Stop Presses… National Chess Day on October 8 This Year

by admin on August 3, 2011

In a recent post, I mentioned that October 9 is National Chess Day in the U.S. Alas, in my never-ending quest to provide you accurate and timely information in this blog, I now have to correct myself. According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Senate voted yesterday to make October 8 National Chess Day this year. I don’t know the reason for the change. Presumably someone thought the holiday would be more widely observed if it fell on a Saturday rather than a Sunday.

If any of you were making plans for October 9 and now have to change them to October 8, I apologize for the inconvenience.

As pointed out in the Wall Street Journal article, the Senate managed to squeeze this vote in between raising the debt ceiling and adjourning for the month. Perhaps we were being duped all along as to why there was such a hurry to pass this emergency legislation on the debt ceiling? All along, the news media told us, “Congress needs to raise the debt ceiling by August 2 or the nation will default on its debts.” Actually, what they meant was, “Congress needs to raise the debt ceiling by August 2 or else we won’t have a National Chess Day this year.”

You’re supposed to laugh.  😀

Oh well, so much for political chess humor. It’s not so easy to combine the two, you know. Actually, I’m not sure there is anything humorous about politics any more.

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Patrick September 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm

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