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August 10: National Banana Split Day

August 9: National Rice Pudding Day

Staying Home Corporation creates bulletproof storm shelter to keep students safe

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (KSHB/CNN) - One school in Missouri is testing a bulletproof storm shelter in the classroom to help keep students safe.

It's been shot at with an AK-47 and armor-piercing rounds from a 30-06. No bullets penetrated the steel.

And even wooden 2 x4s have been blasted at the outside of this shelter at EF-5 tornado wind speeds.

Today, students got to grade the hide-away shelter.


August 8: National Zucchini Day

Election Yesterday in the Ferguson-Florrisant School District

Regarding a Tax Levy that would have raised property taxes some $11.00 per $100K the results were decided by 4555 people.

The last St. Louis County Report I can find (2010) finds roughly some 47K registered voters in the area.

I just think that's kinda sad....

(Vote for ) 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,919 42.13
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,636 57.87

August 7: National Raspberries in Cream Day

August 6, 1965 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 19731973aa-6)[2] is a landmark piece of national legislation in the United States that prohibits discrimination in voting.[3] Echoing the language of the 15th Amendment, the Act prohibits states and local governments from imposing any "voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure ... to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color."[4] Specifically, Congress intended the Act to outlaw the practice of requiring otherwise qualified voters to pass literacy tests in order to register to vote, a principal means by which Southern states had prevented African Americans from exercising the franchise.[3] The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, who had earlier signed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.[3][5]

The Act established extensive federal oversight of elections administration, providing that states and local governments with a history of discriminatory voting practices could not implement any change affecting voting without first obtaining the approval of the Department of Justice, a process known as preclearance.[6] These enforcement provisions applied to states and political subdivisions (mostly in the South) that had used a "device" to limit voting and in which less than 50 percent of the population was registered to vote in 1964.[6] The Act has been renewed and amended by Congress four times, the most recent being a 25-year extension signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2006.[7]

The Act is widely considered a landmark in civil-rights legislation,[8] though some of its provisions have sparked political controversy. During the debate over the 2006 extension, some Republican members of Congress objected to renewing the preclearance requirement contained in Section 5 of the Act, arguing that it represents an overreach of federal power and places unwarranted bureaucratic demands on Southern states that have long since abandoned the discriminatory practices the Act was meant to eradicate.[9] Conservative legislators also opposed requiring states with large Spanish-speaking populations to provide bilingual ballots.[10] Congress nonetheless voted to extend the Act for twenty-five years with its original enforcement provisions left intact.[11]

In Shelby County v. Holder (2013), the United States Supreme Court struck down Section 4(b) of the Act, which contains the coverage formula that determines which state and local jurisdictions are subject to preclearance,[12] as unconstitutional. The Court said that although the formula was rational and necessary at the time of its enactment, it is no longer responsive to current conditions.[13] The Court did not strike down Section 5, but without Section 4(b), no jurisdiction will be subject to Section 5 preclearance unless Congress enacts a new coverage formula.[14]


August 6: National Root Beer Float Day

August 5: National Waffle Day

August 4: National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

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