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Joke of the Day
Lady in the Drug Store

A lady walks into the drug store and asks the pharmacist for some arsenic. 
The pharmacist  asks, "Ma'am, what do you want with arsenic?"
The lady says, "To kill my husband." 
"I can't sell you any for that reason," says the pharmacist . 
The lady then reaches into her purse and pulls out a photo of a man and a woman in a compromising position, the man is her husband and the lady is the pharmacist 's wife, and shows it to the pharmacist. 
He looks at the photo and says, "Oh I didn't know you had a prescription!"

Today in History
1980 Carter tells U.S. athletes of Olympic boycott

President Jimmy Carter informs a group of U.S. athletes that, in response to the December 1979 Soviet incursion into Afghanistan, the United States will boycott the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. It marked the first and only time that the United States has boycotted the Olympics.

After the Soviet Union intervened in Afghanistan in December 1979 to prop up an unstable pro-Soviet government, the United States reacted quickly and sharply. It suspended arms negotiations with the Soviets, condemned the Russian action in the United Nations, and threatened to boycott the Olympics to be held in Moscow in 1980. When the Soviets refused to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan, President Carter finalized his decision to boycott the games. On March 21, 1980, he met with approximately 150 U.S. athletes and coaches to explain his decision. He told the crowd, “I understand how you feel,” and recognized their intense disappointment. However, Carter defended his action, stating, “What we are doing is preserving the principles and the quality of the Olympics, not destroying it.” Many of the athletes were devastated by the news. As one stated, “As citizens, it is an easy decision to make—support the president. As athletes, it is a difficult decision.” Others declared that the president was politicizing the Olympics. Most of the athletes only reluctantly supported Carter’s decision.

The U.S. decision to boycott the 1980 Olympic games had no impact on Soviet policy in Afghanistan (Russian troops did not withdraw until nearly a decade later), but it did tarnish the prestige of the games in Moscow. It was not the first time that Cold War diplomacy insinuated itself into international sports. The Soviet Union had refused to play Chile in World Cup soccer in 1973 because of the overthrow and death of Chile’s leftist president earlier that year. Even the playing field was not immune from Cold War tensions. 

Verse of the Week
My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long. —Psalm 71:8

Our mouths can be filled with food, profanities, or gossip. Or... we can choose for our mouths to be filled with praise for God and his loving grace. We can talk about many things and speak to many different people about many different subjects. Or... we can choose to declare the greatness, majesty, and splendor of our heavenly Father all during our day. Why don't we choose to praise God with our mouths and tell him of his greatness and let others know of his grace as we go about today's activities?

Born on this Day
March 21st

1972 

  • Chris Ball, born in Costa Mesa, California, kayak, 1996 Olympics

1968 

  • Jeff Lazaro, born in Waltham, Massachusetts, U.S. hockey forward 1994 Olympics

1967 

  • Elaina Oden, born in Orange California, volleyball middle blocker, Olympics bronze-92, 96

1958 

  • Gary Oldman, actor, Sid and Nancy, Criminal Law, State of Grace

1944 

  • Charles Edward Greene, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, 4x100m runner, 1968 Olympics gold

1939 

  • Martha Hudson, born in Eastman, Georgia, 4X100m relayer, 1960 Olympics gold

1934 

  • Lister Carney, born in Bellaire, Ohio, 200m runner, Olympics silver 1960

1902 

  • Eddie James "Son" House, folk blues musician, Delta Blues

1713 

  • Francis Lewis, signer, Declaration of Independence

 

 
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