Monday, January 20, 2020

Happy Birthday, Dr King, 2020 -- January 20, 2020

"When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Civil Liberties League is Formed -- January 19, 2020

Wheeling Intelligencer, January 26, 1920
100 years ago today, on 19-January-1920, the American Civil Liberties Union was formed to defend personal liberties in the United States.  


NEW YORK, Jan. 25. -- The formation of a new organization to be known as the American Civil Liberties union, "to champion in the highest courts the civil liberty rights of persons and organizations," was announced here tonight by Prof. Harry F. Ward of the Union Theological seminary, who will head the union. Others who will serve on the executive committee will be Helen Phelps Stokes, treasurer; Albert De Silver and Roger N. Baldwin. Walter Nelles is to be chief counsel.

On the national committees of the new organization are James H. Maurer, president of the Pennsylvania State Federation of Labor; Duncan McDonald, president of the Illinois State Federation of Labor; Helen Keller Hollquit, Jane Addams, Prof. Robert Morse Lovett and John Sayre.

The union, according to Prof. Ward, will fight in the courts all attempts to violate the right of free speech, free press and peaceful assemblage. He added that it was proposed to keep "industrial struggles in conformity with the constitution of the United States and of the several states of the union."

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Articles of Impeachment Sent to the Senate -- January 18, 2020

The House has appointed managers and delivered the articles of impeachment to the Senate.  Step two.

"According to Jane Taylor, 'the central character is notorious for his infantile engagement with his world. Ubu inhabits a domain of greedy self-gratification'. Jarry's metaphor for the modern man, he is an antihero—fat, ugly, vulgar, gluttonous, grandiose, dishonest, stupid, jejune, voracious, greedy, cruel, cowardly and evil..." -- Wikipedia

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Prohibition Begins -- January 16, 2020

Washington Times, January 16, 1920
100 years ago today, on 16-January-1920, the 18th Amendment, Prohibition, became the law of the land.  The law of unintended consequences came into effect soon after.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Mercy SF -- January 11, 2020

We were sad to learn that Mercy High School in San Francisco is going to close at the end of the school year.  My mother-in-law, my wife and our daughter all went there and got an excellent education.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Don Larsen, RIP -- January 3, 2020

Korean War vet Don Larsen has died.  On 08-October-1956, he pitched the only perfect game that has ever been thrown in the World Series.  Pitching for the Yankees against the Dodgers' Sal Maglie, Larsen won 2-0.

He pitched for the San Francisco Giants from 1962 to 1964.  In 1962, the Giants finished the season tied for first with the Dodgers.  Larsen won the deciding third game.