You know how important it is to be safe, right? With so many U. S. states enacting laws to permit guns on college campuses, folks might consider body armor…and why not body armor with a little school spirit? “Protect your student body!” Body armor emblazoned with the names of state universities of states promoting campus carry laws. What could be cooler? StudentBodyArmor.com.
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Happy birthday, Mr. Jefferson!
At the University of Virginia (U.Va.), today is called “Founder’s Day.”
At the same time that I temper my admiration for him with the knowledge that he kept people in bondage, bought and sold them, and abided their maltreatment, I also want to remember that Mr. Jefferson was among the principal architects—if not the lead author—of many socio-cultural, governmental, and philosophical constructs that I hold dear:
- Writing “A Bill For establishing religious freedom,” Bill number 82 of 1779, adopted in 1785 by the Virginia General Assembly and now commonly referred to as the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.
- Drafting the Declaration of Independence.
- Founding of U.Va.
- Commissioning the Corps of Volunteers for North West Discovery, led by M. Lewis and W. Clark.
- Designing U.Va., Monticello, and many other buildings, as well as special features in them.
The list could continue….And I very much appreciate these contributions to the commonweal. So, it’s a b’day worthy of celebration.
I’m not an expert on estimating crowds, but I’d say there are a about 100 supporters of Mr. Garrett outside U.Va’s Garrett Hall. There are about 900-1000 protestors. It’s rainy.
There is a substantial number of folks working crowd control. Many are familiar yellow-clad folks from the firm that works sports and similar events. However, there are maybe three dozen VA state troopers and local officers here, too.
Silly: This year’s pi day is a prime pi day.
Today is Julian Bond’s 77th birthday. He may not be able to hear me singing, but I’m going to do it, anyway. He may not hear me wishing, but I’m going to wish anyway. Happy birthday, anyway.
I understand that advertisements are brief, so the iPhone ad by Apple featuring Maya Angelou’s marvelous “Human Family” had to be limited to 60 sec. Ms. Angelou’s poem runs 105 sec. So, of course, some parts of the poem had to be cut. Well, here’s a link allowing you to hear Ms. Angelou reading the poem in it’s entirety. Sorry. No photos shot on an iPhone or anything else. Just the the elegant, excellent words in her beautiful, more-alike-than-different, human-family voice.
Most readers will see the Apple advertisement without my help.
Tired of hearing people using that phrase? Want to see how well sending your thoughts and prayers works? Into retro video games? Well, for whatever reason, now you can play a game of Thoughts and Prayers. That’s right! This image is linked to the on-line version of the game.
By the way, in the game there is an alternative to thinking and praying, but it doesn’t do much, as you may discover if you play. You might consider contributing to Everytown.org, though.