The Politics Thread Looks Over Its Shoulder

With thanks to aggocraig for running the Tuesday show for awhile, he retired from it last week and handed off the dark rod of power to me. I’ve been a part of this community for maybe a year and half now, a chunk as a lurker and then as a poster after I got a feel for how this thread worked. It’s been a lot of fun and I enjoy bringing my own contributions to it, from the recent run on the Impeachment threads so we had a place to congregate for live-mockery while also running Couch Avocados and the Box Office report.

Taking on just the Tuesday PT thread, I’m looking to do it more as a bit of a look back in time each week because, well, the news moves hard and fast and sometimes what we post in the morning isn’t even a blip by the time the afternoon or evening crowd comes on. And it’s important to remember parts of the past as they echo and shape the future.

Looking back today, it’s been a whopping 30 years since Nelson Mandela was freed back in 1990 after twenty-seven years of imprisonment.

In 1794, the very 1st session of US Senate opens to the public.

Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill – first “gerrymander” – way back in 1812. Okay, I’m a bit ashamed of my state for that.

In 1861, US House unanimously passes a resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state

In 1942, the first Archie Comics debut!

In 1978, China lifts a ban on Aristotle, Shakespeare, & Dickens

It’s Thomas Edison’s birthday! Turn on a lighbulb for him! Eva Gabor as well in 1919 and the delightful Leslie Nielsen in 1926. If today is your birthday, you also share it with Burt Reynolds, Jeb Bush, Sheryl Crow, Tammy Baldwin, Alex Jones, and Sarah Palin!

Be excellent to each other and remember that the McSquirrell rule is always in effect! And if it gets problematic out there, grab ahold of a mod at