Marking 39 years of fighting against greed, arrogance and, often, violence in order to keep our home planet livable.
It’s also the birthday of the National League, to which I’m so partial, if for no other reason than it has existed for 133 years without succumbing to that abomination before God, the designated hitter. It feels particularly good today; because my beloved Cardinals finally got what they needed from their bullpen and beat the Mets last night.
Today’s also the day roller skates were patented, in 1823, and the day Babe Ruth pitched his first game for Baltimore in 1914, shutting out Buffalo 6-0. And on this day Elvis first appeared in Las Vegas, in 1956, and Richard Nixon died, in 1994.
If you celebrate your birthday today, it’s with Queen Isabella of Spain, novelists Henry Fielding, Kingsley Amis, and Vladimir Nabokov, the belle-lettrist Anne Louise Germaine de Stael, philosopher Immanuel Kant, Soviet leader Nikolai Lenin, physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, jazz legend Charles Mingus, actor Jack Nicholson, composer Jack Nitzsche (same year as the other Jack), director John Waters
Warm up here for a VT Earth Day – 61 degrees. It has snowed in the past . . . .
News is full of the findings of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s report on torture. The nauseating fact of it is that Bush & Co wanted a war, and while they were lying to the public and smearing any opposition, they were pushing harder every moment to find justification for their war, and that included ordering interrogators to grind out screaming confessions from those who’d been captured. They weren’t looking for the truth; they were looking to justify their lies. They wanted to be able to say Saddam and Osama were in cahoots, and they didn’t care what they had to do to get that. If it comes to light, as has been suggested many times, that some interrogation victims died as a result, then it’s clear they didn’t stop at murder.