Morning minutes: July 15
Word of the Day
Abdicate AB-dih-kayt (verb) To cast off, discard; to relinquish (as sovereign power) formally; to renounce a throne, high office, dignity or function - www.merriam-webster.com
Website of the Day
Cost to Drive
Whether you're planning a road trip or just trying to save on gas money, this site will tell you how much it costs. Enter your route and car information, and find out approximately how much it will cost you in gas and the size of your carbon footprint.
Number to Know
3: Ranking of Canada in the State of World Liberty Index, which ranks countries according to the degree of economic and personal freedoms that their citizens enjoy. Today is Respect Canada Day.
This Day in History
July 15, 1979: President Jimmy Carter gives his famous "malaise" speech, where he characterizes the greatest threat to the country as malaise. (See below for excerpt.)
Today's Featured Birthday
Actor Forest Whitaker (49)
"I want to talk to you right now about a fundamental threat to American democracy. ... I do not refer to the outward strength of America, a nation that is at peace tonight everywhere in the world, with unmatched economic power and military might. The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways. It is a crisis of confidence. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation. ..." - Jimmy Carter