Monday, April 03, 2017

April 4

1968 - Civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis.

Martin wasn’t a perfect man, but he was the perfect Civil Rights leader. His message of peaceful disobedience and cultural assimilation is the only one which would have worked, and had the movement been led by any other type of leader it would have failed...Sadly this has become evident by the clowns who have succeeded MLK and bastardized his efforts.

527 - Justinian I was crowned Byzantine Emperor.

Justinian was one of the greatest ‘Roman’ emperors, and his rule marks the complete demarcation between the ancient Empire and the Byzantine Empire proper...That said, I hope you understand the Byzantine Empire was the Roman Empire.

1581 - Frances Drake completed his second circumnavigation of the world.

Drake was one of the 'astronauts' of his time...And an excellent pirate, too.

1818 - The U.S. Congress decided the Flag of the United States would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state of the Union.

”I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, One nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”

1896 - Gold was discovered in the Yukon, Alaska.

’Seward’s Folly’ proved to be very profitable...And then came the discovery of oil in Alaska, which made it incredibly profitable.

The Ruskies have to be kicking themselves on this one.

1945 - Hungary was liberated from Nazi occupation:  WWII.

Always be mindful of the word 'liberated' when it comes to the Russian Theatre of WWII...I’m quite certain the Hungarians would doubt they were 'liberated' by their soon-to-be Soviet overlords.

1949 - Representatives of eleven nations gathered in Washington, D.C. to sign the North Atlantic Treaty, creating the NATO alliance.

NATO, a dubious alliance since its inception, had a purpose as an alliance against Soviet aggression...That said, the dissolution of the Soviet Union should have led to the dissolution of NATO. Especially if our European 'friends' refuse to play a much bigger role in the alliance - financially and in personnel.

1973 - The ribbon was cut to open the World Trade Center in New York City.

On 9/11/01 the WTC disappeared...Never Forget. Never Forgive!!

1988 - The Arizona Senate convicted Governor Evan Mecham on two charges of official misconduct and removed him from office. Mecham was the first U.S. governor to be impeached and removed from office in nearly six decades.

I was only 17, but was in Arizona during this time, and Mecham shouldn’t have been impeached...He was a jackass, and an embarrassment to the state, but he committed no criminal acts or impeachable offenses. And if we impeached every political jackass there would be many empty political offices.

1989 - Democrat Richard Daley was elected mayor of Chicago.

Compared to Mecham, Daley should have been an absolute impeachment possibility...There have been few bigger crooks in American politics. Well, I guess his father may have been a bigger crook.

1992 - Bill Clinton's campaign acknowledged Clinton received an induction notice in April 1969 while attending college in Oxford, England; Clinton said the notice arrived after he was due to report, and his local draft board told him he could complete the school term.Considering Bubba’s history of truth-telling (or lack of it), I’m sure you believe this claim.


1995 - Francisco Martin Duran, who raked the White House with semi-automatic rifle fire in October 1994, was convicted in Washington of trying to assassinate President Bill Clinton. Duran was later sentenced to 40-years in prison.

I just don’t get it: Why isn’t an attempt on the President a capital crime? Even an attempt on a POS president like Clinton should lead to the shooter’s death.

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