29 August 2008

This week in history

It seems like there are a lot of milestones this week:

Today is the 3rd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Oh and by the way, Bush administration, you know people are still trying to recover down there. It looks like they have to rely on celebrities and television shows at this point. At least there are a few people still trying to help out with the recovery. And hey, Gustav, how about you just leave them alone?

August 26 was the 88th anniversary of women getting the right to vote. When you say something happened "a lifetime ago" it's usually to convey that something is really far in the past, but 88 years is literally a lifetime for some people and it seems crazy that women have only had the right to vote for that long. Thanks, suffragettes.

August 28 was the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream Speech, and Barack Obama accepted the presidential nomination on that day. Quite fitting...

Today is Michael Jackson's 50th birthday. The man is 50 years old, people. How is that possible? Incidentally, Madonna, Prince, and Ice-T all also turn 50 this year.

It's also John McCain's 72nd birthday (making him 2 years older than Reagan was when he became the oldest president) He decided to celebrate by selecting this nightmare as his running mate. I can't even discuss this right now...

Vote Obama people. I can not stress this point strongly enough.

1 comment:

Virginia Harris said...

Senator Clinton and Governor Palin are proof that women can and do diverge on important issues.

The 'women's vote' is a myth!

Suffragettes were opposed by many women who were what was known as 'anti.'

They believed women were incapable of selecting or becoming political leaders, even as they themselves took leadership roles against votes for women!

The most influential 'anti' lived in the White House. First Lady Edith Wilson was a wealthy Washington widow who married President Wilson in 1915, six months after the death of his pro-suffrage wife Ellen.

She endeared herself to her future husband, when she declared at their first meeeting that she didn't even know who the candidates were in the 1912 election, and felt that women had no business whatsoever in politics.

What was her role in the jailing and torture of Alice Paul and hundreds of suffragettes? She was outraged that they picketed her husband's White House.

Most people are totally in the dark about HOW the suffragettes won, and what life was REALLY like before they did.

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