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Politics has been in the news a great deal lately, especially this past week, and i deal with that by scanning headlines, listening to the radio recap of the news headlines a couple of times a day, and otherwise ignoring it. While i keep up with what's going on, i refuse to obsess about it.
We in Louisiana tend to know the score and where we stand with politicians, and if we don't know yet, shame on us. After all, it was our own Uncle Earl (Earl K. Long, Huey's brother) who, as governor, stood on the steps of the state capitol and told us the score. His constituents from back home confronted him there about a promise he had made, and he pulled a bottle out of his pocket, said, "I lied," took a swig from the bottle, and continued into the capitol building.
Boudreaux had this to say about a local political figure that sums it all up. "Mais, he had him a promisin' career as a politician 'cause he made him a career out o' promisin'!"
Answer Your Cat's Questions Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; meditate on what your cat's question might be, then answer it
Celebration of Life Day
Come in From the Cold Day -- somebody at an ecard company decided today would be a good day to do that
Day of Unity and Liberty of Ukraine -- Ukraine
Dia de la Fundacion del Estado Pluinacional de Bolivia -- Bolivia
Homeless Sunday -- UK (an opportunity to consider what action churches are being called to in addressing homelessness) www.homeless-sunday.uk
National Blonde Brownie Day -- i thought these were just called "blondies."
Polka Dot Day -- looking up why they are called "polka dots" gives lots of stories, but no concrete evidence; they were probably named after the dance craze that became fashionable around the same time the pattern appeared
St. Vincent of Zaragoza's Day (Spanish martyr and Patron of vine dressers, vinegar makers, vintners; Lisbon, Portugal; Portugal; vicenza, Italy; Vilamalla, Catalonia, Spain)
a sunny day today indicates a good wine crop next season
Stephen Foster Day -- Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs, FL, US
Christopher Masterson, 1980
Balthazar Getty, 1975
Olivia D'Abo, 1967
Steven Adler, 1965
Diane Lane, 1965
Michael Kelland Hutchence, 1960
Linda Blair, 1959
Steve Perry, 1949
John Hurt, 1940
Joseph Wambaugh, 1937
Seymour Cassel, 1937
Sam Cooke, 1935
Bill Bixby, 1934
Piper Laurie, 1932
Ann Sothern, 1909
Robert E. Howard, 1906
George Balanchine, 1904
Rosa Melba Ponselle, 1897
D.W. Griffith, 1875
Grigori Rasputin, 1869
August Strindberg, 1849
Richard Upjohn, 1802
Nat Turner, 1800
Lord Byron, 1788
Andre Ampère, 1775
Sir Francis Bacon, 1561
"Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In"(TV), 1968
"The Crucible"(Miller play), 1953
"Our Town"(Wilder play), 1938
"Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District"(Opera; Shostakovich Op.29), 1934
Today in History:
The first contingent of Swiss Guards arrive at the Vatican, 1506
Postal service between NYC and Boston is inaugurated, 1673
The Native American Iroquois tribes renew their allegiance to the British against the French, 1690
Spain ceded the Falkland Islands to Britain, 1771
A severe earthquake in southern Syria kills thousands, 1837
The Zulus attack the British Army camp in Isandhlwana, South Africa, 1879
The Ancient Egyptian obelisk "Cleopatra's Needle" is erected in Central Park, 1881
After 63 years, England stops the sale of Queen Victoria postage stamps series and begins King Edward VII series, 1901
First live radio commentary of a football match anywhere in the world, between Arsenal F.C. and Sheffield United at Highbury, 1927
KTLA, the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River, begins operation in Hollywood, California, 1947
Apollo 5 lifts off carrying the first Lunar module into space, 1968
The Boeing 747, the world's first "jumbo jet", enters commercial service, 1970
The Singapore Declaration, one of the two most important documents to the uncodified constitution of the Commonwealth of Nations, is issued, 1971
The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, is introduced during Super Bowl XVIII with its famous "1984" television commercial, 1984
Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. is convicted of releasing the 1988 Internet Computer worm, 1990
Kmart becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, 2002
Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country's first indigenous president, 2006
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