For some reason I’m mad at much of the world today (it could be because Leftists are posting nude statues of Donald Trump all over Facebook, mocking his genitalia, not realizing how they’d feel if Republicans did the same thing with nude statues of Hillary Clinton). This is the kind of discourse that has so polarized America. Can we maybe pay more attention to ideas and not use as an excuse “Trump brought it on himself?” We’re better than that.
So if I’m a bit irascible, well, you’ve been warned. Anyway, today is Friday, so others might be in a better mood. And today is World Humanitarian Day, commemorating those brave souls who lost their lives helping others. The day marks August 19, 2003 (was it really 13 years ago?), when the UN’s Special Representative to Iraq, noted humanitarian Sérgio Vieira de Mello, as well as 21 other employees, were killed in the car bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad. Also on this day, in 1944, the liberation of Paris began with attacks by the French Resistance. (Be sure to read Matthew Cobb’s wonderful book on this: Eleven Days in August: the Liberation of Paris in 1944. Matthew has a second career as a historian, and won a French knighthood for this.) The insurrection was hard fought, and ended when the Germans surrendered on August 25.
Today is the birthday of both Ginger Baker (1939) and Bill Clinton (1946; he turns 70 today). Blaise Pascal died on this day in 1662 (I wonder if he won his wager?), as did Linus Pauling in 1994. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, there’s a very complicated Hili dialogue. I’ll let Malgorzata explain it below:
A: What are you doing? Eating off the Constitution?Hili: It’s better to eat off the Constitution than to peck on it.
Ja: Co ty robisz? Jesz z Konstytucji?
Hili: Lepiej jeść z Konstytucji niż ją dziobać.
Leon and his staff are in southern Poland again, finishing up the purchase of their wooden house that will be moved to near Dobrzyn. But they’re also doing some hiking, using a rented cottage as a base:
Leon: I’m getting back the peace of my soul in this cottage.
Finally, relevant comics courtesy of readers Barry and jsp (who sent me that awesome cat tee-shirt I posted yesterday):
From Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller: