Musings from a history geek

Simon & Garfunkel – I Am A Rock

Today’s Quote: “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” — Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 – 4 July 1826)

Tom and I are both celebrating half-birthdays today. We haven’t made any definite plans yet. He suggested dinner at Applebee’s and then head out to a strip club or two. Tom is such a party animal. He really believes what he wrote about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. When he designed the layout of the University of Virginia, he placed a brothel on each of the four corners of the campus.

Today is Paul Simon’s 63rd birthday (1942). Other birthdays being celebrated today include Lenny Bruce (1925-1966), Sammy Hagar (1949), Marie Osmond (1959), Nancy Kerrigan (1969), and Margaret Thatcher (1925).

On this day in 1792, the cornerstone of the White House was laid. In 1800 when John and Abigail Adams moved in, she wrote, “I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house, and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but wise men ever rule under this roof!” We can safely (and sadly) say she didn’t get her wish.

0n this fine October day in 1966, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara declared that the war in Vietnam was progressing satisfactorily. That is to say, we were winning an unwinnable war. Haven’t I heard something similar lately? And we know how our adventure in Vietnam turned out. According to the Defense Department’s official body counts, every person in Vietnam was killed at least three times (for their own good, of course). And for some reason, the democratic governments we appointed didn’t work out.

Today is also Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. The high holiday actually began at sundown yesterday and continues until midnight tonight.

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