Thursday, December 1, 2011


Today marked an interesting collection of anniversaries in American History.  For anyone keeping score it's been 14 years since the Kyoto Summit that gave a push to the Global Warming hype.  Today scientists are still arguing over the truth of this stuff, much like they are arguing about whether salt is good or bad, or whether cell phones cause brain tumors and pretty much everything else.  If you are like me, you just ignore everything that begins with the words, "Scientists say."  
It it also the anniversary of the arrest of Rosa Parks for refusing to ride in the back of bus in Montgomery Alabama in 1955.  When I was younger I used to believe she was just a lady who suddenly made this decision after she boarded, to refuse to move to the back.  It was not till much later that I learned she was drafted by members of the Civil Rights Movement and the whole thing was planned BEFORE she got near a bus.  Nonetheless, I have to give her credit for having the guts to do something that was so dangerous and at the same time, revolutionary.  
Finally, December 1st was also the 167th anniversary of the Election of 1824, which say the U.S. House of Representatives handed the election to John Q. Adams over Andrew Jackson, after Henry Clay (the third wheel in this Constitutional Dilemma) threw his support to Adams.  This was one of the first major Constitutional Crisis in U.S. History.  (Gee, I wonder if Obama's eligibility would have been another had it come to that?)  I bet so.  
Well, enjoy the month and I'll mix in a few of these reminders as time goes along. 

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