We have met the enemy and they are us
Today is the 6th day of the 39th week, the last business day of the 3rd Quarter, the 28th day of the 9th month, the 271st day of 2018 [75% of the year is gone], and:
- Ask a Stupid Question Day
- Fish Tank Floorshow Night
- Hug a Vegetarian Day
- International Right to Know Day
- Love Note Day
- National BRAVE Day
- National Drink Beer Day
- National Gay Men HIV AIDS Awareness Day ((again?))
- National Good Neighbor Day
- National Strawberry Cream Pie Day
- Read a Child a Book You Like Day
- Save the Koala Day
- Silver Lining Day
- Support Purple for Platelets Day
- Vegan Baking Day
- World Rabies Day
ON THIS DAY IN ....
1542 – Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo of Portugal arrives at what is now San Diego, California.
1871 – The Brazilian Parliament passes a law that frees all children thereafter born to slaves, and all government-owned slaves.
1892 – The first night game for American football takes place in a contest between Wyoming Seminary and Mansfield State Normal.
1893 – Foundation of the Portuguese football club FC Porto.
1912 – Corporal Frank S. Scott of the United States Army becomes the first enlisted man to die in an airplane crash.
1924 – two United States Army planes landed in Seattle, Washington, having completed the first round-the-world flight in 175 days.
1928 – Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin.
1941 – Ted Williams achieves a .406 batting average for the season, and becomes the last major league baseball player to bat .400 or better.
1951 – CBS makes the first color televisions available for sale to the general public, but the product is discontinued less than a month later.
1987 - Premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation drawing 27 million viewers, with the two-hour pilot "Encounter at Farpoint", set in the year 2364, 99 years after the start of the five-year mission described in the original series, which began in 2265. It was broadcast it in first-run syndication on independent stations
2008 – Falcon 1 becomes the first privately-developed liquid-fuel ground-launched vehicle to put a payload into orbit.
The conflict of 1861 – 1865 – whether you call it the Civil War, the War Between the States, or the War of Northern Aggression – as well as the events leading up to it and following it, was especially hard on Maryland. The Mason-Dixon line is the traditional divide on the East Coast between the North and the South, but Marylanders have a bit of a identity crisis. The North definitely considers Maryland to be a southern state, but the South definitely feels Marylanders are Yankees. We who live here are pretty much split on the subject and in those years, many families were irrevocably ripped asunder. Even today, while the Democrats seem firmly in control, the state often elects Republican governors and Congressional representatives of both houses. The economy of the state is equally at odds, from the mountains of Western MD to the flats of the Eastern shore to the city of Baltimore and the suburbs of DC –not many of our interests are aligned. It is a fiercely partisan state, but the O’s and the Ravens and crab feasts as well as a resentment and distrust of DC society thinking unites us, providing common ground.
But what unites the country as a whole? Where is our common ground where we can agree? When did our own fellow citizens become the enemy, the target of so much hate and vitriol?
And who will unite us instead of dividing us furher?
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