02/20 VISION

In the tumult of men and events, solitude was my temptation; now it is my friend. What other satisfaction can be sought once you have confronted History? –Charles de Gaulle

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Indeed.  Where else but in my solitude can equilibrium’s vision be sought (much less found), if the following selection of February 20 events from “confronted History” is representative of “the tumult of men and events”:

1513 Pope Julius II (aka The Fearsome Pope and The Warrior Pope) died and was laid to rest in a huge tomb sculptured by Michelangelo [In those days, Catholic artists regarded such Popes as ‘Patron’ Saints

1839 U.S. Congress prohibits dueling in the District of Columbia [What a bad idea this turned out to be, given that since then, no one in D.C. has had a clue how to better resolve differences]

1907 President Theodore Roosevelt signed an immigration act which excluded “idiots, imbeciles, feebleminded persons, epileptics, and insane  persons” from being admitted to the U.S. [Unfortunately, there has not been a comparable act excluding such persons from becoming politicians]

1909 F.T. Marinetti, Italian poet, published the first Futurist Manifesto in the Paris newspaper Le Figaro and in Venice, including the statement “We want to glorify war – the only cure for the world.” [Evidently a utopian exception to “The cure is worse than the disease”]

1927 Golfers in South Carolina were arrested for violating the Sabbath [Talk about playing a-round!]  

1933 Congress completed action on an amendment to repeal Prohibition in the U.S. [and “I’ll drink to that!” rang out across the land]

1942 Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate Majority Leader, was born [Coincidentally, the cartoon character Pruneface premiered (in a Dick Tracy comic strip) the same year]

1996 Gangsta rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg acquitted of murder in 1993 shooting of alleged gang member [Draw your own conclusions]

2002 The Pentagon stated that its recently created “Office of Strategic Influence” would not spread falsehoods in the media to advance U.S. war goals. Office was shut down six days later (Feb. 26) [Apparently the bummed guy in this snapshot was the last to get the message]:

Love’s labor lost. Lament in SOLITUDE. But despair not. It seems that Love, like the passions and madness of history, is where you — and a buoyantly young Julie Andrews — find it. So don’t be [Venetian] blind, it’s/all around you/everywhere.




12 comments on “02/20 VISION

  1. scifihammy says:

    Very funny! 🙂
    And what a lovely old recording of Julie Andrews. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. arekhill1 says:

    For the foreseeable future, Sr, Muse, despite my wish to honor Snoop Dogg and the repeal of Prohibition, February 20th will be Not My President’s Day over here.

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    • mistermuse says:

      Actually, I think all (not just two) of the enumerated events which occurred in history on Feb. 20 are too sacred to profane by celebrating President’s Day on the same day. But not to worry — I expect The Donald to prevail upon Congress to move President’s Day to June 14 (his birthday).


  3. BroadBlogs says:


    “1907 President Theodore Roosevelt signed an immigration act which excluded “idiots, imbeciles, feebleminded persons, epileptics, and insane persons” from being admitted to the U.S. [Unfortunately, there has not been a comparable act excluding such persons from becoming politicians]”

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  4. Don Frankel says:

    As they would say on Game of Thrones Feb 20th was “a day of days”. I think that’s what they say. But I do feel for the guy who got fired there. I was a government employee and trust me no one cared and then you realize it.

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  5. mistermuse says:

    Don, I have no doubt that you could pick any day of the year at random, and that date in history would yield similar “bummer” examples — many even worse than Feb. 20 (by the same token, any date would have many examples of beneficial feats — not to mention hands and other body parts). I guess that helps explain what makes the world go ’round, and why the spin makes us dizzy.


  6. I love your wry commentary, despite how depressing some of it is. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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