Best news I learned today: The TV Torture Training show “24” will end on May 24. This is not really “news,” as the cancellation was announced in late March.
May 4 — What A Day — Part Two
The Haymarket massacre (or Haymarket riot) took place on Tuesday May 4, 1886, at the Haymarket Square in Chicago. It became the September 11 of its time. It began as a rally in support of striking workers. An unknown person threw a bomb at police as they tried to disperse the rally.
May 1 is the seventh anniversary of the day that banner hung above the USS Abraham Lincoln. Remember?
What painful memories that image brings back!
Very interesting – the conversation about the “Expectations” and the framework for the Wichita YAF conference gets more interesting by the day. Two recent communications are especially intriguing and revealing.
First, yesterday a member of the Wichita Planning Committee contacted me, and asked if I really thought they and their rules were really unwelcoming.
Today is Annie Dillard’s birthday. Should be a national holiday. She’s far and away the best
Here’s what’s said to be a photo of her as a young woman; look like a spiritual master? More like trouble. (The same thing?)
More about her at Wikipedia
I found her accidentally. Nature writing is not my thing. But I read “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” in 1994, because it was assigned for a book group.
Well, one of the messages mentioned in the previous post about age-related putdowns has already disappeared from the web. Gone, perhaps, but not forgotten. Here’s the text, mercifully brief but to the point, about: >> 1. An almost 70yo man decrying moral choices of youth–ironic. >> “Almost 70yo” BTW, is Tweet-speak for nearly 70 years old. And on that point, I am so busted. I’m still looking for the irony, tho; maybe it got mislaid in transmission. Some more choice tidbits have turned up, which we may get to presently.
Wow! The 2011 baseball All-Star game is currently scheduled to be played in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ stadium.
But with passage of the state’s new anti-immigrant law, there are now calls for baseball to move the game. Seems the NFL jerked its All-Star match from the state back in the 90s, when AZ was hoilding …out against the MLK holiday. Watch that space!
Micah Bales, one of the planners and main promoters of the Wichita YAF conference, recently replied to an inquiry about the long list of “Thou Shalt Nots” set for the event. He referred the inquirer to a blog post by his wife, Faith Kelley, another of the planners. It’s on the William Penn House blog, entitled, “What Should I Eat? Community & the Individual”
This blog post is very illuminating about the “frame” being put onto the conference, and deserves some careful unpacking. So this commentary will run on a bit; please bear with me.
Following up the earlier post about the involvement of FGC poohbahs with the impending Wichita YAF gathering, with its restrictive dress code and suppressive agenda.
I mentioned a minute adopted by the FGC Central Committee trumpeting their undying support for LGBTQ Friends — a commitment that utterly contradicts the Wichita gathering’s spirit and legalistic rules.