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Happy Birthday John McCain

Reported by Chrish - August 29, 2008 -

Today is John McCain's 72nd birthday. I know this because it's also my mom's birthday (I'd send her a birthday wish here but like John McCain, she is from the olden days and does not get on-line except at the grocery store), and because it's the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina - remember that?

So, 72 years old, hmmm. What else was happening when John McCain was born?
(from Wikipedia)

* January 31 - The Green Hornet radio show debuts.

* February 17 The first superhero to wear a skin-tight costume and mask, The Phantom, makes his first appearance in US newspapers.

* March 1 - Construction of Boulder (later Hoover) Dam is completed.

* May 12 - The Santa Fe railroad in the United States inaugurates the all-Pullman Super Chief passenger train between Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California.

* June 30 - Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone with the Wind is first published.

* July 11 - Triborough Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic

* August 1 - 1936 Summer Olympics open in Berlin, Germany, and mark the first live television coverage of a sports event in world history.

* September 6 - The last surviving Tasmanian Tiger dies in Hobart Zoo in Tasmania.

* November 2 - BBC launches world's first regular (then) "high definition" television service.

* November 2 - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) begins radio in Canada.

* November 12 - In California, the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge opens to traffic.

* (Undated) - Stress is first recognised as a medical condition.

How Much things cost in 1936 (from thepeoplehistory) :

Average Cost of new house $3,925.00

Average wages per year $1,713.00

Cost of a gallon of Gas 10 cents

Average Cost for house rent $24.00 per month

A loaf of Bread 8 cents

A LB of Hamburger Meat 12 cents

Studebaker Car $665.00

Ladies Swimming Costume $6.95 (even way back then, women were getting ripped of by the fashion industry)

The Helicopter, Magnetic Recording, and the Zippo Lighter were invented in 1936.

Celebrities making news included the late Lucile Ball, the late Clark Gable, the late Joan Crawford, the late Howard Hughes, the late Jimmy Stewart, and the late, great Katherine Hepburn.

The government says retirement age in the USA for someone born in "1937 or earlier" is 65. John McCain is seven years past retirement. He's already got the homes in Arizona. He's served his country and earned his pensions; it's time to enjoy the fruits of his labors and let the next generation determine their own path. Of course he wants to go out with a bang, but the rest of us do not.

As Rear Admiral John Hutson (Ret.) said, "The Grand Old Party is no longer grand - it's just old."

And John McCain is the face of it.