Monday, July 11, 2011

Time to Edit!

It's time to edit! Everything! If i find it offensive, away it goes!

No longer should anyone else be allowed to read or see anything i don't like!

Bowdlerize: v., to remove material from a written work that is considered improper or offensive, usually resulting in the work becoming weaker or less effective.

Thomas Bowdler, English physician born this day in 1754, published expurgated versions of Shakespeare and Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire.

It seems he thought the originals weren't proper for women or children.

Yes, some things aren't appropriate for kids.

You know what? You need to leave it up to me to decide what those things are when it comes to my kids.

No censorship, thank you.

The California Supreme Court ended its session in June with a vigorous defense of Free Speech. It struck down the law that bans the sale of violent video games to minors.

Do i like violent video games? No. Should they decide whether my kids can play them, or should i? My opinion on that should be clear by now.

On Bowdler's Day, i celebrate Free Speech, even for those with whom i disagree.

Okay, off the soap box now.

Today is

Bonfire Night -- Northern Ireland (precursor to The Twelfth a/k/a Orangemen's Day)

Bowdler's Day

China National Maritime Day -- People's Republic of China

Day of the Flemish Community -- Flemish community of Belgium, commemorates the Battle of the Golden Spurs of 1302

Feast of Theano, Philosopher, Mathmatician, wife of Pythagoras, patron of vegetarianism

Feast of Min -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar

Free Slurpee at Seven-Eleven -- if you have these stores where you live, stop by and get a free Slurpee (TM) today

Gospel Day -- Kiribati

Imamat Day -- Ismailism

International Town Criers Day

Kaustinen Folk Music Festival -- Kaustined, Finland (the largest international music festival in the Nordic countries, through the 17th)

Naadam Festival -- Mongolia (a/k/a Revolution Day, traditional sporting events nationwide, but best at Ulaanbaatar, through the 13th)

National Blueberry Muffin Day

National Cheer Up The Lonely Day -- begun by Francis Pesek of Detroit, Michigan; he chose to spend his birthday as a day to promote kindness, especially the forgotten at nursing homes who have no visitors and shut ins

Sempach Battle Commemoration -- Lucerne, Switzerland (remembrance of the battle in 1386 includes a solemn procession to the battlefield and services in the chapel)

St Benedict Day (patron of Europe, architects, the dying, farm workers, monks, spelunkers, servants who break things; against gallstones, poison, witchcraft)

St. Pius I's Day

World Population Day -- UN

Birthdays Today:

David Henrie, 1989
Marie Sernehold, 1983
Lisa Rinna, 1963
Richie Sambora, 1959
Suzanne Vega, 1959
Mark Lester, 1958
Leon Spinks, 1953
Giorgio Armani, 1934
Tab Hunter, 1931
Yul Brynner, 1920
E.B. White, 1899
John Quincy Adams, 1767

Today in History

Admiral Zheng He sets sail on his first exploratory expedition for the Ming Dynasty, 1405
Samuel de Champlain returns to Quebec, 1616
Jews are expelled from Little Russia, 1740
Halifax, Nova Scotia is almost completely destroyed by fire, 1750
Captain James Cook begins his third voyage, 1776
Jacques Necker is dismissed as France's Finance Minister sparking the Storming of the Bastille, 1789
French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons made his first comet discovery (he discovered 36 over the next 27 years, more than any other person), 1801
Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel, 1804
Waterloo railway station in London opens, 1848
Tijuana, Mexico, is formally founded, 1889
The Lumière brothers demonstrate film technology to scientists, 1895
Babe Ruth makes his Major League debut, 1914
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is first published, 1960
The first U.S. space station, Skylab, is destroyed as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere over the Indian Ocean, 1979
According to the UN, the Earth's population crosses the 5,000,000,000 mark, 1987
Full diplomatic relations are established between the United States and Vietnam, 1995


  1. No. No. No. Messymimi, there shouldn't be anything that I consider offensive.
    Actually, given that what I consider offensive is Bowdlerization, my comment falls short.
    Thanks for this reminder that free speech must be guarded.

  2. We need to all stand guard, Leah.


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