Monday OT: January 20 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 20 is day 20 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Setting Orange, Chaos 20, 3186 YOLD (Discordian)
And let us not forget 13.0.7.3.6 by the Mayan Long Count

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking.], 08/28/1963.
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Kindly Reduce Expectations
1958 Edsel Bermuda Station Wagon.

We are getting ready to head out on yet another multi-week adventure in the near future. This means that I need to write, post and schedule a whole bunch of OTs for the period of my absence, as well as some to bridge the gap between now and the start date. This means, among other things, that you shouldn't expect too much from them and will need to provide content as well as commentary yourselves (as if you don't already, heh). So, here we go ...

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On this day in history:

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1567 – Portuguese forces drove the French out of Rio de Janeiro for good.

1649 – Charles I of England went on trial for treason and other "high crimes".

1783 – Great Britain signed preliminary articles of peace with France, setting up the end of the American Revolutionary War
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1839 – In the Battle of Yungay, Chile defeated an alliance between Peru and Bolivia and broke up that alliance.

1841 – Hong Kong Island was occupied by the British.

1887 – The US Senate allowed the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.

1949 – Truman announced the Point Four Program for economic aid to poor countries

1954 – The National Negro Network was established in the US with 40 charter member radio stations.

1981 – Twenty minutes after the inaugeration of Ronald Reagan Iran released 52 American hostages whose prior release had been held up by Iran at the request of the GOP to create a political campaign talking point.

1986 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated as a US federal holiday for the first time.

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Born this day in:

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1029 – Alp Arslan, sultan
1526 – Rafael Bombelli, mathematician
1573 – Simon Marius, astronomer and academic who made the first observations of the Galilean moons of Jupiter
1741 – Carl Linnaeus the Younger, botanist and author
1775 – André-Marie Ampère, physicist and mathematician
1856 – Harriot Stanton Blatch, suffragist and organizer
1882 – Johnny Torrio, Chicago businessman
1883 – Enoch L. Johnson, New Jersey businessman
1883 – Forrest Wilson, journalist and author
1888 – Lead Belly, legendary singer, songwriter, guitarist, prone to social commentary
1910 – Joy Adamson, painter and author
1918 – Juan García Esquivel, pianist, composer, and bandleader
1920 – Federico Fellini, director and screenwriter
1922 – Ray Anthony, trumpet player, composer, bandleader, and actor
1923 – Slim Whitman, country and western singer, songwriter and musician
1926 – David Tudor, pianist and composer (think Nash)
1931 – David Lee, physicist and academic
1931 – Hachidai Nakamura, pianist and composer (think Sukiyaki)
1952 – Paul Stanley, singer,songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1957 – Andy Sheppard, saxophonist and composer
1960 – Scott Thunes, bass player

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Died this day in:

1900 – John Ruskin, painter and critic
1921 – Mary Watson Whitney,astronomer and academic
1947 – Andrew Volstead, can you say "Volstead Act"?
1962 – Robinson Jeffers, poet and philosopher
1965 – Alan Freed, DJ, not like "DJ badass whoop-de-do", but a real Disc Jockey
1996 – Gerry Mulligan, saxophonist and composer who was part of the birth of cool
2012 – Etta James, singer and songwriter
2012 – John Levy, bassist and manager

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Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Leadbelly's Birthday (Unofficial)

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Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies Wink

Lead Belly

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John Hardy

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Easy Rider

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Midnight Special

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The Bourgeois Blues

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Juan Garcia Esquivel

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Ray Anthony

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Andy Sheppard

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Scott Thunes (want some bass with that nail job?)

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Gerry Mulligan

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Etta James

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Stormy Weather

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At Last

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John Levy

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Heh - I had hoped to bookend Leadbelly and Etta, but just can't skip Levy. Ah well.

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Contemplating his concepts of peace,
racial and economic justice.
Stormy Monday

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@QMS

About 20 this AM and a high in the 30's. Quite chilly for Alabama, but normal for this time of year. It was 60 degrees this time last week.

It is a good day to think about peace and justice!

Y'all have a great holiday!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

@Lookout @Lookout
wind chill about 6 degrees
the 'stormy monday' reference was mostly
meant as the social-psychological type
enjoy your view of the mountain...

I've been to the mountaintop...
Rev. MLK, Jr.'s final speech
April 3rd 1968

Well, I don't know what will happen now; we've got some difficult days ahead. (Amen) But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. (Yeah) [Applause] And I don't mind. [Applause continues] Like anybody, I would like to live a long life—longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. (Yeah) And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. (Go ahead) And I've looked over (Yes sir), and I've seen the Promised Land. (Go ahead) I may not get there with you. (Go ahead) But I want you to know tonight (Yes), that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. [Applause] (Go ahead, Go ahead) And so I'm happy tonight; I'm not worried about anything; I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. [Applause]

https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/ive-been-mounta...

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@Lookout
mentioned that aspect of things. Quite true that:

It is a good day to think about peace and justice!

Every day is when one stops to think about it.

have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@QMS @QMS
were some way to get there NOW. MLK had a wonderful vision and was one hell of a speaker, but I fear that we still need healthy doses of Malcolm and Huey P to bridge the gulf between his vision and the reality that surrounds us, plus Debs, the IWW, Greta and hordes of activists, marchers and boycotters. LBJ looked at the civil rights marchers and tried to do a little something to remedy some of the country's ills (only some mind you), and the elites have been working steadily to tear all that down ever since. We're almost back to where we started in many ways, and far worse off in some (thanks New Dems).

Sorry, grouchy today.

have a good one

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Deep-freeze here, colder tonight; big fluffy snow falling.

MLK, been a long journey, sadly, agree, backwards this country has marched in many ways.

Happy travels to you, be safe and enjoy.

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@smiley7
to the Bay Area in 1964 and still haven't acclimated to the cold and wet. Snow and such is simply off of my to-do list. When I was about 8 my dad took us all up Mt. Palomar one winter to see snow, and I already knew at that age that I had absolutely no use for the stuff. Do stay warm and dry.

Long journey, long, long way to go. MLK also spoke about the need for peace, how disppointed he would be to see that we are so open about being a warfare state.

Not leaving just yet, but thanks.

have a good one.

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@enhydra lutris  
at least once before, prior to going off to college. Maybe they even got to take a “look-see” introductory tour of the college they end up at. They already know everything about life on the Mainland anyway, if not from people close to them then from TV and the Internet.

Not kids from families like mine in the mid-Sixties.

Still remember the thrill of being in North America and experiencing snow for the first time, one December night long ago.

“What strange new planet is this, where a mineral crystallizes out of the atmosphere and falls to the ground?”

Really messed up a perfectly good pair of shoes, too. Got ’em wet running around in snow. Tried drying ’em next to a radiator, but the leather cracked and they were never the same.

Me, a couple months later: “Two degrees below zero? Everywhere, grimy icy piles lining the streets. Why, oh, why did I ever leave the Islands?”

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@lotlizard
It wasn't quite that bad for me, but I went from San Diego, where I had spent my whole life, punctuated by trips to the desert and L.A., to SF, arriving during one of the worst el ninos ever, torrents of rain driven by cold winds that blew them almost horizontal. I remember thinking "wait, where am I, this isn't California."

have a good one.

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@humphrey
Virginia ... Reminiscent of the cartoons of my youth.

have a good one.

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1882 – Johnny Torrio, Chicago businessman
1883 – Enoch L. Johnson, New Jersey businessman

Always love how you correctly identify mobsters. Makes my day!

Thank-you.

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@travelerxxx
the ballad of pretty boy floyd one line stuck "some rob you with a six gun, some with a fountain pen.".

have a good one.

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