It’s the cruelest day of the week: Tuesday, January 12, 2021: National Glazed Donut Day, celebrating my least favorite donut, especially the odious Krispy Kreme version, an insubstantial donut of sugar-covered air. It’s also Curried Chicken Day, National Marzipan Day, National Hot Tea Day, National Pharmacist Day, and International Kiss a Ginger Day.
News of the Day:
Oy gewalt! According to Politico (and the FBI), ubiquitous ARMED protests by right-wing thugs and chowderheads are still in the planning, and they’re going to start soon: several days before Biden’s Inauguration. (h/t Enrico; see also the NYT article here):
The FBI is warning of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington in the days leading up to President-election Joe Biden’s inauguration, stoking fears of more bloodshed after last week’s deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol.
An internal FBI bulletin warned that, as of Sunday, the nationwide protests may start later this week and extend through Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, according to two law enforcement officials who read details of the memo to The Associated Press. Investigators believe some of the people are members of some extremist groups, the officials said. The bulletin was first reported by ABC.
Expect a ton of police and security and an inauguration behind bulletproof glass. Let us cross our fingers and hope for peace.
The impeachment is proceeding in the House may proceed quickly, even getting the articles of impeachment sent to the Senate posthaste. (Biden seems to have dropped his opposition to an immediate Senate trial.) However, given that 17 Republicans have to vote for conviction, and that only one has intimated that, while just two Republican Senators, Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Pat Toomey (PA), have called for Trump to resign and presumably would vote to oust him. Two other GOP Senators, including Mitt Romney (UT) and Ben Sasse (NE) look likely to vote for impeachment as well. But that’s still not nearly enough.
Speaking of protestors, now Fur Hat Viking Loon has two real names (see tweet below). Poor guy—no organic food! Matthew says, “Let him starve!” (h/t cesar)
Jacob Chansley, AKA Jake Angeli, Arizona man makes first court appearance in for charges related to storming the U.S. Capitol. His mom says he hasn’t eaten since Friday because the detention facility won’t feed him all organic food. @abc15 pic.twitter.com/doTLFal4At
— Melissa Blasius (@MelissaBlasius) January 11, 2021
According to the BBC (and other sources) Bill Belichick, the skilled head coach of the New England Patriots football team, has turned down Trump’s award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest honor that can be conferred on an American civilian:
Belichick, of the New England Patriots, said he was flattered when he was first offered the medal – the top award given to civilians in the US.
But he said he changed his mind after a mob of Trump supporters stormed Congress last week. Five people died.
The celebrated coach had previously spoken of his friendship with Mr Trump.
“Recently, I was offered the opportunity to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which I was flattered by out of respect for what the honour represents and admiration for prior recipients,” Belichick said in a statement.
“Subsequently, the tragic events of last week occurred and the decision has been made not to move forward with the award.”
Belichick, who has won a record six Super Bowl titles, is considered one of the most successful coaches in NFL history.
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 376,476, an increase of about 2,000 deaths from yesterday’s figure. In two weeks we’ll pass 400,000 deaths: double what the most pessimistic pundits thought we’d ultimately have. The world death toll is 1,955,155, a big increase of about 10,600 deaths over yesterday’s total, and about 7.3 deaths per minute: one every 8 seconds.
Stuff that happened on January 12 includes:
- 1915 – The United States House of Representatives rejects a proposal to require states to give women the right to vote.
- 1932 – Hattie Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate.
Caraway served for 13 years, and her photo is below:
- 1967 – Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.
His body is still frozen until the day when he can supposedly be revived and cured of his metastasizing kidney cancer. The Facebook page that details his preservation says this:
Compared to those employed by modern cryonics organizations, the use of cryoprotectants in Bedford’s case was primitive. He was injected with dimethyl sulfoxide, a compound once thought to be useful for long-term cryogenics, so it is unlikely that his brain was protected.Vitrification was not yet possible, further limiting the possibility of Bedford’s eventual recovery.
- 1971 – The Harrisburg Seven: Rev. Philip Berrigan and five other activists are indicted on charges of conspiring to kidnap Henry Kissinger and of plotting to blow up the heating tunnels of federal buildings in Washington, D.C.
There was a hung jury and that ended matters for good.
- 1991 – Persian Gulf War: An act of the U.S. Congress authorizes the use of American military force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait.
- 2004 – The world’s largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.
In 2006 I did my first of two lecture series on the QM2’s transatlantic crossing. Here I am doing my daily jog around the deck (I don’t have good photos of the ship itself):
- 2006 – A stampede during the Stoning of the Devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills at least 362 Muslim pilgrims.
Here’s a short video of the Stoning of the Devil (and a flock of sheep awaiting the end-of-Hajj slaughter). For a longer Hajj video filmed in secret, but fascinating, see here.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1729 – Edmund Burke, Irish philosopher, academic, and politician (d. 1797)
- 1856 – John Singer Sargent, American painter and academic (d. 1925)
Here are “Two Cats” by Sargent:
- 1884 – Texas Guinan, American entertainer and bootlegger (d. 1933)
- 1893 – Hermann Göring, German commander, pilot, and politician, Minister President of Prussia (d. 1946)
- 1930 – Tim Horton, Canadian ice hockey player and businessman, founded Tim Hortons (d. 1974)
Horton, cofounder of the famous chain of donut stores, died in an automobile Here’s a Wikipedia photo from him captioned: “Tim Horton, playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, sitting in the penalty box at Madison Square Garden, New York City during a game against the New York Rangers.” He died at only 44 after osing control of his fancy De Tomaso Pantera sports car in St Catharines, Ontario. He was returning from a hockey game, probably intoxicated, and still playing at over 40.
- 1942 – Bernardine Dohrn, American domestic terrorist, political activist and academic
Dohrn and her husband Bill Ayers, also an ex-radical, live in Chicago.
- 1958 – Christiane Amanpour, English-born Iranian-American journalist
- 1964 – Jeff Bezos, American computer scientist and businessman, founded Amazon.co
Bezos is the second richest person in the world, after (of course) Elon Musk. He’s worth over $200 billion.
Those who Bit the Big One on January 12 include:
Here’s Walker, who invented barrel aging of whisky:
- 1976 – Agatha Christie, English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright (b. 1890)
- 2003 – Maurice Gibb, Manx-Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1949)
- 2020 – Sir Roger Scruton, English philosopher and writer (b. 1944)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili sounds like Sherlock Holmes in “His Last Bow”:
Hili: The night is coming.A: From where?Hili: From east Dobrzyń.
Hili: Idzie noc.Ja: Dokąd?Hili: Do Dobrzynia.
And a photo of lovely Kulka, with the Polish caption below the photo. Malgorzata explains that caption:
“Licho” is a kind of evil spirit in Polish folklore. But it’s a tiny one. It’s often used in various sayings and proverbs. Sometimes about mischievous children or animals. “A licho nie śpi” means literally “The little evil spirit is not asleep”. But it’s also used often as a warning to be careful because an evil spirit can cause harm (a small one).
From Chris Janis, a new Lego set! You can put one of the guys at Pelosi’s desk:
From Jesus of the Day: How do cats make do in Japan?
A lovely photo from Emporium of Unique and Wondrous Things (no attribution of photo):
Titania got investigated by German Twitter:
Nice try, Nazis… pic.twitter.com/zwznWQ3FLZ
— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) January 11, 2021
Tweets from Matthew. First, the beauty of nature. The female seems to like being preened.
Wow Cahow. What a beautiful petrel pair – preening & squeaking & nest prepping before they lay their single egg. Amazing to watch. Love those squeaks. @BermudaCahowCam#seabirds #cahow #birds pic.twitter.com/sWInDItljw
— belgraviasq (@belgraviasq) January 10, 2021
There’s a mole at Microsoft!
Some software engineer at Microsoft was probably laughing so hard when this got approved and nobody noticed pic.twitter.com/6U8x7OpioE
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 9, 2021
And this is adorable. Look at that clumsy baby!
The cutest thing EVER. How a mother elephant crosses Ewaso Nyiro river bed VS how the child does it 😂 pic.twitter.com/4NnBGBfACq
— Faisal (@PyeparFaisal) January 11, 2021
Do these people know no limits????
— Craig Pittman (@craigtimes) January 11, 2021
Sean, who didn’t get his cats that long ago, has discovered the delights of the cat belly rub. I presume his cats don’t shred him when he does it.
— Sean Carroll (@seanmcarroll) January 11, 2021
I like whoever had this idea:
My mam is out walking and has sent me a picture of this terrifying hedge pic.twitter.com/44F3XcUcsu
— Jack Kirby-Lowe #BLM (@jackkirby) January 11, 2021
I had no idea until I posted this that Harun Yahya (Adnan Oktar) was now in jail for life. Looking it up, he was sentenced to 1,075 years, not just for sex crimes but for “sexual assault, sexual abuse of minors, fraud and attempted political and military espionage.”
— Tyler Greenfield (@Carnoferox) January 11, 2021