It’s the Sabbath for all goyische kats: Sunday, November 15, 2020: National Raisin Bran Day. It’s also National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day, National Bundt Day, and National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. Finally, it’s the Day of the German-speaking Community of Belgium. If you’re wondering what hermit cookies are, they are spicy molasses/brown sugar cookies with ginger, nutmeg, and raisins; the cookie equivalent of Indian pudding. They’re terrific, and you can find a recipe here.
News of the day:
In the main news, Franco is still dead and Trump is refusing to concede. As CNN reports, this is causing an awkward situation, as a transition is required by law to be planned for. One important issue is the pandemic: Biden’s team needs to know what plans the Trump administration has made for distributed a forthcoming vaccine so the distribution can go smoothly. But sorry, Jake, this is the Unhinged Baby Authoritarian in charge, and his people won’t call Biden’s people.
Yesterday thousands of Trump supporters descended on Washington, D.C. to hold a pro-Trump rally. The demonstration was not entirely peaceful: some people brought illegal guns, there were clashes with police, and one person was stabbed. Trump did a drive-by to put oil in the flames. The NYT:
On Twitter, the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, offered an exaggerated assessment of the event, called the Million MAGA March, claiming that a million supporters had turned out.
Accounts on the ground suggested that her estimate was wildly inflated.
“It’s not like the Fourth of July or anything,” said a police officer who was stationed near Freedom Plaza at 13th and G Streets. He declined to give his name because he was not authorized to speak to the news media. “But yeah,” he added, “there’s a crowd down there.”
A rare victory for freedom of expression. After what was apparently a single complaint on twitter, the chain store Target removed both Abigail Shrier’s and Debra Soh’s books about the dangers of uncritical catering to “gender dysphoria” in young people. Now, after pushback from others, including a media inquiry, the store restored both books to their inventory. It is possible to reverse creeping Wokeness!
Uncancel culture is beginning to rack up some wins!
Good job everybody! pic.twitter.com/H3nLMPjRes
— Wokal DistΔnce (@wokal_distance) November 14, 2020
Amidst the wokery of the New York Times, which is really getting to me, this blind pig finds an occasional acorn. One is this story about the pets “owned” by American Presidents. Teddy Roosevelt had a badger and a one-legged rooster, Calvin Coolidge had a raccoon, Herbert Hoover had a possum, and the Kennedys had three ponies. Here’s Rebecca, the Coolidge’s “White House raccoon”:
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 245,460, a big increase of about 1,200 from yesterday’s figure. The world death toll is 1,319,175, an increase of about 8,000 over yesterday’s report.
Stuff that happened on November 15 includes:
- 1532 – Commanded by Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conquistadors under Hernando de Soto meet Inca Empire leader Atahualpa for the first time outside Cajamarca, arranging a meeting on the city plaza the following day.
- 1533 – Francisco Pizarro arrives in Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire.
- 1806 – Pike Expedition: Lieutenant Zebulon Pike sees a distant mountain peak while near the Colorado foothills of the Rocky Mountains. (It is later named Pikes Peak.)
Pike didn’t climb the mountain, which stands out prominently from parts of Colorado; it’s 4302 m (14,115) tall.
- 1864 – American Civil War: Union General William Tecumseh Sherman begins Sherman’s March to the Sea.
- 1914 – Harry Turner becomes the first player to die from game-related injuries in the “Ohio League“, the direct predecessor to the National Football League.
An account of his death (he played for the Canton Professionals):
However, tragedy struck near the end of the 1914 season when Turner was severely injured during a game against Parratt and the Akron Indians. While making a tackle on Akron’s Joe Collins, Turner’s back was fractured and his spinal cord was completely severed. According to Canton manager Jack Cusack, who was at Turner’s bedside when he died, his last words were “I know I must go,” he said, “but I’m satisfied, for we beat Peggy Parratt.” Canton won the game 6–0.
- 1920 – First assembly of the League of Nations is held in Geneva, Switzerland.
- 1939 – In Washington, D.C., US President Franklin D. Roosevelt lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial.
- 1942 – World War II: The Battle of Guadalcanal ends in a decisive Allied victory.
- 1943 – The Holocaust: German SS leader Heinrich Himmler orders that Gypsies are to be put “on the same level as Jews and placed in concentration camps”.
- 1949 – Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte are executed for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi.
Here’s a photo of those accused in Gandhi’s assassination:
All save Savarkar were found guilty, but only Godse and Apte were executed (by hanging):
Notables born on this day include:
- 1708 – William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, English soldier and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1778)
- 1738 – William Herschel, German-English astronomer and composer (d. 1822)
- 1874 – August Krogh, Danish zoologist and physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1949)
- 1882 – Felix Frankfurter, Austrian-American lawyer and jurist (d. 1965)
- 1887 – Georgia O’Keeffe, American painter and educator (d. 1986)
Here’s O’Keeffe with her Siamese kitten. Some day someone must explain to me why Siamese cats are so popular among artists:
- 1932 – Petula Clark, English singer-songwriter and actress.
Clark is 88 today, and still with us. Here’s a medley of her hits that she performed at the BBC in 1971:
- 1932 – Alvin Plantinga, American philosopher, author, and academic. [JAC: The fact that Plantinga is honored as both a theologian and philosopher, is gainfully employed, and has won prizes, shows that life is unfair; indeed that there is no God, for the race has gone to the muddled.]
Those who became deceased people on November 15 include:
- 1594 – Martin Frobisher, English seaman and explorer
- 1917 – Émile Durkheim, French sociologist, psychologist, and philosopher (b. 1858)
- 1949 – Nathuram Godse, Indian assassin of Mahatma Gandhi (b. 1910)
The right-wing, ruling party of India, the BJP, has in recent years tried to celebrate Godse. What a bunch of morons!
- 1954 – Lionel Barrymore, American actor, singer, director, and screenwriter (b. 1878)
- 1958 – Tyrone Power, American actor, singer, and producer (b. 1914)
- 1978 – Margaret Mead, American anthropologist and author (b. 1901)
- 1998 – Stokely Carmichael, Trinidadian-American activist (b. 1941)
- 2007 – Joe Nuxhall, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1928)
Nuxhall was the youngest player ever to appear in a Major League Baseball game, pitching 2/3 of an inning in 1944, when he was slightly less than 16 years old. As he said about his rapid transition from high school to the Big Leagues, Nuxhall said, “I was pitching against seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders, kids 13 and 14 years old. . . All of a sudden, I look up and there’s Stan Musial and the likes. It was a very scary situation.
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Malgrzata explains Hili’s latest utterance: “Hili has no illusions about life in general so she wants to have it nicer in particular, i.e., to get more milk.”
Hili: I have no illusions.A: Neither do I.Hili: Then pour me some more milk.
Hili: Nie mam złudzeń.Ja: Ja też nie.Hili: To nalej jeszcze trochę mleka.
Little Kulka is sleeping on the windowsill:
From Stash Krod:
From Jesus of the Day:
A tweet from newsman Dan Rather:
Dude. You lost.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) November 13, 2020
From Barry. You can read more about the trilobite beetle and its bizarre sexual dimorphism here.
Mark Wong found this strange-looking beetle while walking through the jungle in Singapore in 2016. It's a rare and mysterious female trilobite beetle, an ancient-looking insect that has kept scientists baffled for nearly two centuries [more: https://t.co/x5ZgklyAs5] pic.twitter.com/DhCEjbSArd
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) November 13, 2020
From reader Simon, who says, “If there’s prejudice in chameleons, it’s not based on skin color.” Look at the speed of that color change and how it matches each segment of the climb! (n.b., when I put this on twitter, somebody commented that the video was fake and that these reptiles don’t change color that fast. Buyer beware!)
Francis Picabia’s art pic.twitter.com/bpqZLHUCxK
— Oded Rechavi 🦉 (@OdedRechavi) November 13, 2020
From reader Ken, who says, “Can it get any more petty than this?” The “WH” is, of course, the White House.
4) A sign of the loyalty-oath atmosphere now at DOD: When Jim Anderson was fired yesterday as Acting Under Secretary for Policy, he was given a "clap-out" as he left the building. The WH called to request names of any political appointees who joined in so they could be fired.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) November 11, 2020
Tweets from Matthew. First, a squirrel hits the jackpot!
A whole damn egg roll. pic.twitter.com/iqgUkZKYdN
— jamie (@gnuman1979) November 14, 2020
What your plants do when you’re not watching:
someone filmed a 24 hour time-lapse of their plants to show how much they love to move pic.twitter.com/RUFyCchoVn
— plants (@pIantporn) November 14, 2020
This curious creature is an Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus). I’ve seen many videos of them approaching humans. Sound up.
Photographer Stefan Forster meets a curious wild white fox in Greenland…
— Science girl (@gunsnrosesgirl3) November 14, 2020
Nevertheless, she persisted. Sound up.
"not in this fucking house, it isn't"
📹: Imgur user Primmest pic.twitter.com/DlBAjvcO8d
— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) November 13, 2020