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Oh God Buddy! Nyah ha ha ha! :)

Indian Empire wrote:As a September Birthday I'm obligated to tell you to vote YES on September.

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Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
Constitution Day
International Patient Safety Day

National Pet Bird Day

Quotes of the Day:
“To be heroic is to be courageous enough to die for something; to be inspirational is to be crazy enough to live a little.”- Criss Jami

“Life is all about balance. You don’t always need to be getting stuff done. Sometimes it’s perfectly okay, and absolutely necessary, to shut down, kick back, and do nothing.”- Lori Deschene

“You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.”- Billy Wilder

Music of the Day:

Hobbit Drinking Medley - Peter Hollens feat. Hank Green!!

On This Day In History:
1683 Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek is the first to report the existence of bacteria

1862 Battle of Antietam [Battle of Sharpsburg], bloodiest day in the American Civil War: 22,000 dead, wounded or missing in first battle on Union soil

1900 Commonwealth of Australia proclaimed

1916 WWI flying ace The Red Baron of the German Luftstreitkräfte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France

1978 Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Camp David Accords, frameworks for peace in the Middle East and between Egypt and Israel

1991 The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet.

2001 Major trading markets in the United States, including the New York Stock Exchange and the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), reopen for the first time since September 11

2007 AOL, once the largest ISP in the U.S., officially announces plans to refocus the company as an advertising business and to relocate its corporate headquarters from Dulles, Virginia to New York City

2019 Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg tells US Congress "I know you are trying but just not hard enough. Sorry.”

Constitution Day

Celebrated on , Constitution Day, also known as Constitution and Citizenship Day, honors the document that guarantees Americans their essential rights. Since its ratification in 1787, the Constitution of the United States has served as the basis for all U.S. laws.

To prevent the abuses of power they felt subjected to under the British monarchy, the Founding Fathers framed the Constitution carefully, distributing power between three branches of government. The Constitution outlines the government’s powers, the limitations on those powers, and the rights of citizens. It also outlines an amendment process for making changes in the future.

After the American Revolution freed the American colonies from British rule, the Founding Fathers wanted to make sure the new government couldn’t abuse its power. At the 1787 Constitutional Convention, delegates from twelve of the thirteen new states gathered to draft the document that would serve as the basis of all future U.S. law.

The Constitution calls for three branches of government with equal powers, creating a system commonly known as “checks and balances.” Each branch has power to mitigate the others. Powers not assigned to one of the three branches are left to the individual states.

Delegates at the Convention had two options for setting up the framework of the new legislative branch. The Virginia Plan, predictably supported by larger states, called for representation based on population. The competing New Jersey Plan called for equal representation for each state. The two-house solution known as the Great Compromise combines aspects of both plans and is still in use today.

The Constitution also outlines the responsibilities and powers of the judicial and executive branches, how the President is elected, and other nitty-gritty details.

The Founding Fathers recognized that society evolves, and that the Constitution would require a mechanism for making changes. However, they wanted to ensure that making changes would require agreement from a large number of states. To alter the Constitution, a proposed amendment must be ratified by three-fourths of states.

In 1940, Congress and the President passed a resolution creating “I Am an American Day,” observed on the third Sunday in May. In 1952, the holiday was renamed to “Constitution Day” and moved to September 17, the day in 1787 that the Constitution was signed. More than 50 years later in 2004, Congress once again changed the name of the holiday to Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

Constitution and Citizenship Day first created

Congress passes a resolution creating “I Am an American Day,” recognizing new American citizens.

Bill of Rights ratified

The first ten amendments of the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, are enacted.

French Revolution

Inspired by the American Revolution, the French take up arms against the monarchy, eventually toppling King Louis XVI.

June 21, 1788
U.S. Constitution goes into effect

The U.S. Constitution goes into effect when New Hampshire becomes the ninth state to ratify it.

How long did it take to write the Constitution?

The Constitution was written in about four months in the summer of 1787.

When was the Bill of Rights added?
The first ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, were ratified in December 1791.

What powers does the Constitution explicitly give the President?
Article II of the Constitution gives the U.S. President the specific powers to: sign or veto legislation, command the armed forces, ask for the opinion of Cabinet members, convene or adjourn Congressional sessions, grant pardons, and receive ambassadors. The President can also make treaties, provided that they are ratified by two-thirds of the Senate.

Read the Constitution

How familiar are you with our nation’s most important document? If your answer is “not very,” there are many resources that will help you read and digest the Constitution at your own pace.

Congratulate an Immigrant
Do you have any friends who have passed the Citizenship test to become naturalized U.S. citizens? Congratulate them on their achievement today.

Get a “Pocket Constitution”
Did you know you can buy convenient, pocket-sized versions of the Constitution to keep with you? Check your local bookstore or educational supply shop, or order one online.

Thomas Jefferson never signed it

Some very important Founding Fathers never actually signed the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson, for example, was away in Paris serving as an ambassador to France.

“Pennsylvania” is spelled wrong at the top
In the list of signatories, Pennsylvania is spelled with just one ‘N.’

The right to vote isn’t defined
Because the Constitution did not set out rules for who gets to vote, minority groups have gained suffrage through subsequent amendments.

Less than 1% of constitutional amendments pass
Of 11,600 proposed amendments, only 27 have been ratified, making the chance of passing an amendment 0.23% — or, rounded down, 0.

Ben Franklin had to be carried
The aging statesman had to be carried to and from the Convention meetings due to his poor health, and needed assistance signing the document.

The U.S. Constitution inspired others

Our Constitution has served as the basis for other similar documents around the world.

The Constitution provides our most important rights
The Bill of Rights and other parts of the Constitution guarantee the essential liberties that we value most as Americans.

The people can change it
As the Founders worked on the Constitution together, they quibbled over what title the head of government should have. After throwing out “His Highness the President of the United States of America and Protector of their Liberties,” “Electoral Highness” and “Excellency;” the delegates settled on "The President of the United States of America." Catchy!

International Patient Safety Day

Complex, multi-layered health care systems can sometime stray from patient safety considerations. Thus, International Patient Safety Day, observed on September 17, reminds us that patient safety is up to all of us. All relevant stakeholders in our health care process —patients, doctors, administrators — need to work together to ensure the safe delivery of health care.

Finally, the theme of International Patient Safety Day in 2019 is to build a culture of safety at all levels of the health care system.

"Hospital Openness"

A study, published in the journal "Health Affairs," found that “an environment in which [hospital] staff freely speak up if they see something that may negatively affect a patient has been tied to overwhelmingly positive outcomes.

The Lindbergh operation

A team of doctors in New York successfully completed surgery on a patient in Strasbourg, France using high speed telecommunications.

Dialysis machine

Willem Kolff invented the artificial kidney dialysis machine.

Have a heart

Dr. Christian Bernard performed the first human heart transplant.

Talk to you doctor

Doctor visits can be intimidating and doctors aren't always the best communicators. Maintain an open dialogue with your doctor about how you're feeling. This is one issue for which you can't talk too much.

Read the label
Errors in delivering and taking pharmaceuticals account for a significant portion of errors in patient safety. Make sure you read the labels on your medication to take the right dosage and don't be afraid to chat with your pharmacist about any questions related to your prescriptions.

Contribute to your own safety
Read up on best practices for maintaining good health and for ensuring your visit to the doctor or the hospital is as safe as possible. The World Health Organizations offers a host of resources on its website.


Make sure anyone involved in providing medical care to you knows about your allergies.

Be prepared
Don't just show up at the doctor's office or hospital; think about what you want to know and learn ahead of time.

Get an advocate
Sometimes you're not thinking at your best when getting treatment. Identify a family member or friend who can be your advocate to those providing your care.

Do your own research
Doctors know a lot, but there's no harm in digging into the facts yourself about any conditions you might have.

It's a substantial problem

According to the World Health Organization, patient harm worldwide causes as many deaths as tuberculosis, and one out of every 10 hospital patients is harmed in some way during a visit to the hospital.

It's expensive
Nearly 15 percent of all healthcare spending is wasted dealing with events caused by a lack of keeping patients safe. Staying focused on patient safety can reduce healthcare costs and make health care delivery more efficient.

Administrative errors are rampant
There's a lot of paperwork involved in providing health care. More than any other issue, administrative errors contribute to a lack of patient safety. International Patient Safety Day is a reminder not just to patients, but to health care administrators to keep patient safety top of mind.

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Ruritania Hadar Aldebaran wrote:@ Fort Verden

Please confirm my BINGO Verner:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Ruritania Hadar Aldebaran has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.


Have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner