Sunday, June 06, 2004

Sunday Coffee News Briefs a la Allie

TO LAY IN STATE: A President Dies. Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States (1981-1999), died June 5th 2004 at his home in California. Reagan was 69 years old when inaugurated, the oldest candidate ever to have such an honour, and 93 years old when he died. He left office with the highest personal popularity rating of any american leader since Franklin Roosevelt, despite such notoriety as the Iran-Contra affair scandal, but will be better remembered for his role in ending the Cold War - standing at the Berlin Wall shouting "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" A little more than two years later, in 1989, that wall would indeed come down, hailing the beginning of the end of the Cold War. In 1994, he announced that he had Alzheimer's disease, and in 1995, together with his wife, founded the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute to help find a cure for the disease.

Smarty Jones Denied Crown: Birdstone takes Belmont win. Smarty Jones is the 10th 3 year old colt since the last Triple Crown winner (Affirmed,1978) to win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness only to falter at the end of the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes, and it is speculated that Smarty Jones will named the top three year old colt regardless. Birdstone closed the four-length gap in the home stretch to overtake Smarty Jones in the final 100 yards, effectively denying him his Triple Crown Victory, which he was favoured to win. Jockey Edgar Prado, who rode the 36-1 long shot Birdstone to the finish line to win this years Belmont, also rode aboard Sarava in 2002, who spoiled War Emblem's Triple Crown try that year. Future plans for Smarty Jones likely involve the October Breeders' Cup Classic, for it's $4 million purse, and perhaps even a trip overseas for the $6 million Dubai Cup, horse racing's richest event. Go Smarty Jones, Go!

Lessons Learned: D Day Anniversary.(My unit landed on Juno beach as part of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division 60 years ago).

OH CANADA: Go Flames go! Canadians unite behind Flames for hopeful Stanley Cup Victory as the possibilty that the cup will return to Canada will be determined by the outcome of tonights game. Go Flames Go!

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