Monday

November 20th: Charleston Heston, Nazis and Pagans!


On this day in 1993, a filibuster ended in the U.S. Senate.  Despite the use of this effective verbal tactic of running your mouth to avoid a vote, The Brady Bill passed with a vote of 63 to 36 in favor.  The law imposed a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases throughout the United States.   The NRA said it would be the death of our freedom to bear arms.  Charleston Heston actually started wearing diapers to contain his anger.   Judging from this year's gun-violence in the USA, the Brady Bill has done little to protect us from idiots with guns. 

Major Gun Killings in the US this year:

November 5, Texas Church: 27 killed

October 1st,  Las Vegas: 59 killed

plus many more....

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High-ranking Nazis go on trial in Nuremberg, Germany, on this day in 1945 for atrocities committed during World War II.  The proceedings lasted 10 months.  Twelve architects of Nazi policy were sentenced to death, seven others were sentenced to prison for 10 years, and 18 were sent to the US under Operation Paper-Clip to build rockets in the shape of men's privates.

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 This is the feast day of the Greek proconsul Praetextatus and his wife Paulina, who were guardians of the Eleusinian mysteries.   In 364 C.E., they resisted the order of Roman Christian Emperor Valentinian to suppress the very ancient, sacred Greek pagan rites.  Praetextatus allowed the mysteries to be  performed as if the emperor's edict wasn't valid.


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