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Tuesday, October 27, 2010 — Teddy Roosevelt’s birthday (1858)

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  • On this day in history:
    Constantine's symbol -- Chi Rho

    In his vision, Constantine was told to place this symbol on the shields of all his soldiers. It's a well-known Christian symbol, representing the Greek letters Chi and Rho, the first two letters of the Greek word for "Christ." Click on the image for more info.

    • In hoc signo vinces: In the year 312 AD, Constantine the Great received his famous Vision of the Cross, which caused him to convert to Christianity and declare his kingdom Christian, one of the major turning points of both Christianity and Western history.
    • In 1682, the city of Philadelphia (Greek for “City of Brotherly Love”) is founded. Belying its name, it immediately becomes a mecca for the world’s most rude sports fans.
    • In 2004, the Boston Red Sox win the World Series. Immediately afterward, Hell issues a freeze warning.
  • Did you know there’s a Wikipedia in Simple English? It’s just like the regular English Wikipedia, but uses simpler words, grammar, and syntax. It’s primarily intended for children and people not fluent in English, including adults learning English. It doesn’t have all the content of the regular English Wikipedia, which at present contains over 500 000 articles vs. 50 000 for the Simple English version, but it’s still a great resource if you have kids or know people not fully fluent in English.
  • A defeat for the Thought Police: A U.S. District Court in Washington State has ruled unconstitutional a request by the state of North Carolina for a list of all of Amazon’s customers in its state and their purchases. The court ruled that “The First Amendment protects a buyer from having the expressive content of her purchase of books, music, and audiovisual materials disclosed to the government. Citizens are entitled to receive information and ideas through books, films, and other expressive materials anonymously.
  • The wonders of ubiquitous video: Did you see the news yesterday about a Democrat activist being “stomped on the head” at a Republican candidate’s rally in Kentucky? I watched the video — she was not “stomped on the head,” but she was taken down to the ground and one person used his foot to push her shoulder back down when she tried to get up. (I did think it odd that she claimed to be stomped on the head and neck, yet she refused treatment and moments later she was giving an interview with not a mark on her.)
    Well, today a second video surfaced showing why she was taken down by security and bystanders: First she rushed the candidate’s car and pushed something into the open passenger window — a very aggressive act that caused her to be pulled away from the car by security. She then ran around the car and rushed the candidate directly as he was getting out of the car. It was then that she was tackled and held down, thinking she was attempting an attack on the candidate. Given her very aggressive actions — seemingly trying to attack the candidate — tackling and restraining her seems the right reaction by those standing nearby. Perhaps it could have been done more professionally, but these were civilian bystanders who happened to be on the spot, not the police.
    I doubt that Lauren Valle, the Democrat activist, intended actual harm to Rand Paul, the candidate. But her very aggressive and threatening actions were certainly provocative, and I think that was her intent — to provoke a reaction while her cohort nearby shot the video and immediately blasted it to the news media, which is precisely what was done. It got her the intended news coverage, made the Republican crowd look bad, made the headlines. And now that the full story has come out (both in video and in eyewitness accounts), that’ll be buried in the back pages, if it’s covered at all. From a left-wing activist’s point of view, it was a successful false-provocation media event.

Written by dasrabblemeister

October 28, 2010 at 4:34 am

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