I am back in Chicago and it’s bloody hot here. My first task is to buy new Rollerblades so I can exercise in the heat without killing myself. And the state of the world is dispiriting: too much violence, too much hatred, too many obtuse and self-deluding Regressive Leftists, and so on. The good news, though, is that Trump is going to lose. Does anybody want to bet me that he’ll win? That’s a bet you can’t lose, for if Trump loses, you’ll be happy and won’t mind paying me!
It’s June 22, otherwise known to Catholics as the Feast Day of Thomas More. On this day in 1633, the Pope forced Galileo to recant his notion of a heliocentric Solar System. In 1906 the flag of Sweden was adopted on this day; do you know what it looks like?
On this day in 1941, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, breaking their nonaggression pact and ensuring that, in the end, Germany would lose the war. And for soccer fans, since we’re in the middle of a tournament (go Argentina!), Wikipedia says this happened on June 22, 1986:
” The controversial Hand of God goal by Diego Maradona in the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup match betweenArgentina and England. This was later followed by the Goal of the Century also by Maradona. Argentina would win 2–1 and go on to win the world cup.”
The second goal was quite an achievement. Although I’ve posted it before, here it is again:
Notables born on this day include John Dillinger (1903), Dianne Feinstein (1933), Kris Kristofferson (1936), and my heartthrob Meryl Streep (1949, making her just six months older than I). Those who died on this day include Fred Astaire (1987) and Eppie Lederere (aka Ann Landers; 2002). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Editor Hili is riding herd on Malgorzata and Andrzej. Hili’s job is just to enjoy herself and ride herd on those who do the real work! In other words, she’s a cat
Hili: Tabula rasa.
A: I don’t understand.
Hili: That’s what the ancient Romans used to say when they saw an empty computer screen.
Hili: Tabula rasa.
Ja: Nie rozumiem.
Hili: Tak starożytni Rzymianie mówili widząc pusty ekran komputera.