This weekend brings us a bit of a respite from the crazy campaign. Thank heavens. But before that respite begins, I have to say I still cannot believe how this season is going. I was forced to endure a brief (thankfully) clip of Donald Trump declaring what happened to the EgyptAir plane, and literally shook my head in disbelief and shock that this man with his incredibly limited vocabulary and declarations not hampered by facts is the one a loud minority want as President. Holy moley.
And I have to say, as many of us have suspected, Trump makes Clinton look MIGHTY good by comparison. Meaning, many of us have long suspected this whole Trump run and rise was orchestrated by and with Democrats to make Clinton the President. And when he opens his mouth spewing and spouting off baseless assertions and elementary school level language, it seems the Democrats knew what they were doing. Sad to say, but true. Most of us never thought so many Republicans would fall for this guy though, and that was our mistake. We thought there were smarter than they were.
Oh well. Lesson learned.
But now onto something much more fun and having NOTHING to do with Politics. That would be the second jewel in the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes. No doubt, Nyquist will try to secure his second win, but with the potential for a sloppy track due to rain, his run might be slowed down a bit.If that is the case, expect Exaggerator to take advantage of that muddy run. There will be some new faces in the field doing their best to impede Nyquist’s Triple Crown attempt, but that is expected. It is also a much smaller field than the Derby – 11 horses in all – so there is that aspect when it comes to the Triple Crown try. It will be exciting regardless of who wins, no doubt about it.
Before Saturday’s day of racing though was the Fillies big race, the Black-eyed Susan Race. It was definitely an exciting race with one of my favorites, “Go Maggie, Go!” coming through victorious in this race, one of the oldest stakes races at this track (Pimlico).
But, I know that some of y’all aren’t as enthusiastic about horse racing as I am, so I have something just for you: the smallest jockey around. He happens to be a Jack Russell terrier, Daily, and he is best buddies with the mini horse, Spanky. They are best buddies and do everything together. Check out this amazing cuteness below (h/t IHeartHorses):
Aren’t they just ADORABLE together??? They are most definitely best buds. How wonderful that they found each other.
Saturday isn’t just a big race day. It is also the day we honor the Armed Forces in this country. Yes, it is Armed Forces Day in the USA. Here is a bit of history on how this day came to be celebrated:
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department — the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day, too.
In a speech announcing the formation of the day, President Truman “praised the work of the military services at home and across the seas” and said, “it is vital to the security of the nation and to the establishment of a desirable peace.” In an excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation of Feb. 27, 1950, Mr. Truman stated:
“Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense”. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
This video sums up Armed Forces Day, as well as the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces:
Thank you one and all, to those who are serving now, and to those whose service is past. We could not have such a great nation without your willing sacrifice.
But this celebration is not just theirs alone, but the service and sacrifice of the spouses (and families) who allow our military to serve. This story represents what so many military spouses endure. It is a tribute to all the spouses of those serving in the Armed Forces:
It does indeed “take a village” for these warriors to be able to do what they do. Many thanks to the spouses, partners, and families as we honor those who serve on Armed Forces Day.
That’s it for me, friends. What’s on your minds today? This is the Weekend Open Thread.