1963 – Half a Century Ago



In 1963 the world had just survuved the Cuban Missle Crisis and was deep in the cold war with Russia and the US building bombs ever bigger. Spies where everywhere and the Profumo scandal rocked the inteligence community. The United States and the Soviet Union agreed to establish a “hot line” direct communication system between the two nations to prevent a possible Nuclear War.  In the US deep south battles against segregation were being fought long and hard by both sides. Churches were being burned by the KKK and Martin Luther King Junior was giving some of the most inspiring speeches ever written. The average man made $ 13,000, a Car cost $ 3,000 a house cost $ 13,000 , gas cost just over 25c and a loaf of bread just under 25c.

Here are a few other significant events:

Jan 11th – 1st discotheque opens, Whiskey-a-go-go in LA

Feb 6th Wilhelm Laurence Arends was born

Mar 21st – Alcatraz federal penitentiary in SF Bay closed

March 27th Quentin Tarantino, was born

May 1st – The Coca-Cola Company introduces its first diet drink, TaB cola.

May 2nd Thousands of African Americans, many of them children, are arrested while protesting segregation in Birmingham, Alabama.

June 5th John Profumo resigns following his admission that he had lied to the House re: relationship with Christine Keeler

June 9th Johnny Depp was born

Jun 17th – Supreme Court rules against Bible reading/prayer in public schools

Jun 26th – Kennedy visits W Berlin “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner)

Aug 18th – James Meredith becomes 1st black graduate from U of Mississippi

Aug 28th – Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream speech” at Lincoln Memorial

September – Marvel Comics releases the first-ever X-Men comic book

Sep 15th – Church bombed in Birmingham AL, kills 4 African-American girls

Sep 15th – 4 children killed in bombing of a black Baptist church in Birmingham

Oct 13th – “Beatlemania” is coined after Beatles appear at Palladium

Nov 22nd – American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas
Nov 23rd – “Doctor Who,” the long-running British sci-fi series debuts in England

In a Perfect World

Schools would be fully funded and the military would be the ones holding bake sales to buy bombs.

Hair spray would never have been invented preventing ridiculous 1970’s women’s hairstyles and a depleted ozone layer would not have been an issue.

The Mayans had actually finished their calendar so doomsday nuts could find another less stupid reason that tomorrow won’t be a better day.

Someone would have realized that training creepy Islamic fundamentalists to fly 747’s was a bad idea.

Twilight would only be something that ended when the stars came out (Please).

Some one would find proof that people that believe in evolution are actually more evolved than those that don’t.

George W Bush would have learned the real use of a Q-tip cleaned the Texas dust out of his ears and believed his advisors that there were no WMD’s and 4488 American soldiers would still be alive.

Jehovah’s witnesses would find a way to reach only those that might be likely to believe them and leave the rest of us alone.

Atheists would stop trying to convince everyone that they are in the majority.

People would realize that the saying that you can prove anything with statistics is nonsense.

Eventually enough people would find Charlie Sheen annoying enough to stop watching him.

After the Sahara desert has swallowed Egypt Global Warming Deniers would say OOOPS I guess we were wrong.

Hollywood would make a Vampire movie where either Buffy or Abraham Lincoln actually kill Edward.

Dave in Calgary (the true Canadian)

This thread was too funny. Recently a news service posted an article on the Americans going to a dollar coin. Some people wrote in to complain about the loonie which is the marginal few as most people I know don’t care or actually like them. So  I wrote the following:

XXX  in Orleans

John you are entirely wrong the savings have been substantial and except for the very old and traditional folks I have not heard ANY complaints against them (loonies). The US is a more traditional place it accepts change slowly and holds fast to things they see as representative of their unique culture and there is nothing wrong with that as long as the Greenback is used as a cultural icon then they are willing to pay for that icon. Sometimes decisions should not be made entirely on the basis of money. That said Canadians are less attached to their infrastructure and do not see paper money or things as important we are more connected to ideas that define us like Peace order and good Government. That is the Canadian way.

Dave Calgary

“XXX-in-Orleans”. Actually “XXX”… it-is you who is wrong. I’m a born and raised Canadian living in this great country … and you live in “Orleans” which makes you think you know Canadian opinions better than we-do.???? How-so XXX???? People in this country have hated these coins since the day they appeared. Until you walk a hundred miles in our shoes carrying 3 lbs of loonies in your pant-pockets everyday then I might even consider the validity of your foreign opinion. I think its time for all opinionated canadians to move-south and start telling americans how they dont have a clue about any of their own money-affairs !!!

I wrote a response but because I was laughing my head off at the time I am sure it will not be printed.

@ Dave
You asked “you live in “Orleans” which makes you think you know Canadian opinions better than we-do.?” Simple because I live in Orleans ONTARIO a suburb of Ottawa. I too have “since the day they appeared” handled many loonies and I handled many dollar bills for many years before the loonie came along. Given that a loonie is only 11grams in order to carry 3 pounds of them you would have to have 124 of them in your pocket Why would you be carrying that much change in your pocket anyhow. And if you are a true Canadian as I am why are you talking about pounds and miles anyhow you should be talking about Kilograms and Kilometres . When you learn even a little about places west of Winnipeg and start talking about Canada in Canadian terms I will stop laughing.
Since the news service probably won’t post that I also sent a concise version that stated I come from Orleans ONTARIO

Harper’s Environmental Record Gives Ignatief Ammunition


When Canada spends less on renewable energy than the State of Alaska, it means Stephen Harper isn’t just behind Barack Obama on clean energy – he’s behind Sarah Palin.

Michael Ignatief

This quote came in a Liberal party circular I thought it was so funny I just had to post it.  Palin the gift that keeps on giving 🙂

Sarah Palin Strikes Again – Drilling for Oil in a Wildlife Refuge is a Good Idea.


Welcome to Alaska

Sarah Palin was back in the news the other day, in an op-ed piece for the Washington Post entitled The ‘Cap And Tax’ Dead End Palin criticises Obama’s cap-and-trade energy plan which she refers to as a cap-and-tax energy plan.  What I find hilarious though is Palin knows were her critics will come from she begins by writing;” So, at risk of disappointing the chattering class, let me make clear what is foremost on my mind and where my focus will be: I am deeply concerned about President Obama’s cap-and-trade energy plan, and I believe it is an enormous threat to our economy.” For those that don’t know the reference to the Chattering class is a stab at the liberal elite, if those really exist in the US after emerges from the Bush of Republicanism (pardon the Pun).

By Wikipedia definition:

The chattering classes is a generally derogatory term often used by pundits and political commentators to refer to a politically active, socially concerned and highly educated section of the “metropolitan middle class,” especially those with political, media, and academic connections. It is sometimes used to refer to a liberal elite, but its first use by British right wing polemicist Frank Johnson in 1980 appeared to include a wider range of pundits.

Personally I would love to be one of the Chattering Classes in the US (in reality it is more complimentary than derogatory in my books.)  At least I would not be in the same group (the Blithering class) as Palin  who says, “We have more desire and ability to protect the environment than any foreign nation from which we purchase energy today” and in the next sentence says “We can safely drill for U.S. oil offshore and in a tiny, 2,000-acre corner of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge if ever given the go-ahead by Washington bureaucrats.”