Wednesday: Hili dialogue

We’ve reached midweek: it’s Wednesday, June 21, 2017, and, after much confusion on all of our parts, it really does appear to be the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere. Or so says Google, which proclaims that “the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere began at 11:24 PM last night”. And they celebrated it with this lovely animated Google Doodle, one of the cutest I’ve seen:

Appropriately for summer, it’s National Peaches and Cream Day. One wouldn’t guess a priori that this combination would be good, but it is. Sadly, it’s hard to get a good peach in Chicago, as they’re shipped here unripened and never develop that fresh, off-the-tree flavor. When I lived in Davis, California, I could sometimes pick them ripe from the tree and consume them on the spot, my chin dripping with peach juice; and oy, was that a treat! A ripe peach or mango is also the perfect accompaniment to a Sauternes, which otherwise is best enjoyed on its own. It’s also World Humanist Day.

On this day in 1749, the city of Halifax was founded in Nova Scotia. On June 21, 1919, there was an event I’d not heard of: “Bloody Saturday,” when the Canadian Mounties (RCMP) killed two people, firing into a crowd of strikers during the Winnipeg General Strike (that’s where Gus lives), a mass protest against low wages and poor working conditions. In 1982, John Hinckley, Jr. was found not guilty by reason of insanity for trying to kill Ronald Reagan. He was kept in a mental hospital for 35 years and, on September 10 of last year, was released to his mother’s custody in Williamsburg, Virginia—the town where I went to college. Finally, on June 21, 2009, Greenland, the world’s largest island, gained autonomous government, though it reamains part of the Kingdom of Denmark.

Notables born on this day include Reinhold Niebuhr (1892), Jean-Paul Sartre (1905), Mary McCarthy (1912), Michael Ruse (1940), Nils Lofgren (1951), and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge (1982). Those who died on this day include Inigo Jones (1652), and three American civil rights activists murdered by the Klan near Philadelphia, Mississipi on June 21, 1964: James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. During that “Freedom Summer”, the three men shown below were killed for the horrid crime of trying to register blacks to vote. Seven men were convicted of the murder in a 1967 trial; none served more than six years. In 2005, based on new evidence, Edgar Ray Killen was convicted of manslaughter for his role in what happened 41 years earlier. He remains in prison, serving a 60 year sentence.

Top to bottom: James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.

Here’s a well known photo of Lawrence Rainey, the sheriff of Neshoba County, where the murders were committed. He  was also charged with the conspiracy. A Klan member, he was acquitted, but this picture taken during the trial, with Rainey having a chaw of Red Man chewing tobacco, shows the insouciance with which he and others regarded the charges:

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is affronted once again:

Hili: I have to think it over.
A: Did something happen?
Hili: Yes. I have a feeling that you’re neglecting me.
In Polish:
Hili: Muszę to wszystko przemyśleć.
Ja: Coś się stało?
Hili: Tak, mam wrażenie, że mnie zaniedbujesz.

And out in Winnipeg, scene of the General Strike, Gus is sleeping weird, as cats are wont to do.  As staff member Taskin reported yesterday:

Afternoon greetings from Gus. We submit this picture from this morning. Gus laid like this for quite a while but there was no catnip involved, so I have no explanation for it. =^..^=


  1. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 21, 2017 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    … three American civil rights activists murdered by the Klan near Philadelphia, Mississippi …

    Right after the 1980 Republican convention, Ronald Reagan kicked off his first presidential campaign with a “states’ rights” speech at the Neshoba county fair outside Philadelphia MS, further consolidating the “Southern Strategy,” begun a decade earlier by Richard Nixon, of appealing to the old segregationist vote in the states of the former confederacy, a region that remains the solid-red base of the GOP today.

    Never forget.

    • darrelle
      Posted June 21, 2017 at 7:31 am | Permalink

      That really is shamefully disgusting.

    • George
      Posted June 21, 2017 at 8:24 am | Permalink

      What has happened is the complete reversal of the ideologies of the two parties. I am amazed that Democrats still have Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners to honor the early leaders of their party – Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. It is today’s GOP that promotes that ideology. Jefferson has a memorial and is on Mount Rushmore but was not a little d democrat. He saw the USA as an agrarian society ruled by an aristocratic elite.

      And there is an issue of the “will” of Tadeusz Kosciuszko –
      I think Te-nehisi Coates was closer to the truth than Jefferson apologist Annette Gordon-Reed.

      Andrew Jackson was a batshit, racist populist who ruined the US economy and perpetrated genocide against native Americans.

      It is the GOP that has fully embraced Jefferson and Jackson while the Democrats have become the party of Lincoln and embraced Teddy Roosevelt’s progressivism.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted June 21, 2017 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

      Another reason to not like Reagan. I’ve never understood why this man is considered a great president.

      I think Carter, who’s always portrayed as somewhat incompetent, was better. For example, the peace he negotiated between Egypt and Israel still stands.

  2. kieran
    Posted June 21, 2017 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Hike naked day!

  3. Posted June 21, 2017 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    That photo of Rainey speaks volumes.

  4. Posted June 21, 2017 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Here’s a great song to welcome summer, The Door Into Summer, based roughly on Heinlein’s novel.

    • Earl Scott Nicholson
      Posted June 21, 2017 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

      By the way, the Hero of the novel has a cat. I don’t remember the name or type though.

  5. koseighty
    Posted June 21, 2017 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Gus is cooling off with his paws in the air.

  6. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted June 21, 2017 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    “the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere began at 11:24 PM last night”

    That would be Chicago time, I’m guessing; Goggle tells me the solstice was at 9:24 PM Pacific time on June 20, and Wikipedia says it was at 04:24 UT on June 21.

    Also, unless I’m very confused, the solstice is an instantaneous event, when Earth’s rotational axis momentarily lies in the same plane as a line passing through the Sun perpendicular to the ecliptic.

  7. David Coxill
    Posted June 21, 2017 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Some times my cats will sleep with one paw over their face as if they are shielding their eyes .

  8. Jenny Haniver
    Posted June 21, 2017 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    I learn that today is also Atheist Solidarity Day. I wonder if this is in competition or in coordination with World Humanist Day?

  9. Heather Hastie
    Posted June 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    We had the winter solstice yesterday. From here on out the hours of daylight increase, which I’m very much looking forward to.

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