Archive for March 15th, 2015

Buildings In Winter Sunset

Sunday, March 15th, 2015


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‘How American Are You?’ Fung Brothers

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Beware The Ides Of March

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Many people consider today, March 15th, very unlucky. It certainly was for Julius Caesar whose life ended rather abruptly in 44 B.C.

A seer – someone who predicts the future – said great harm would come to Caesar before the end of the Ides of March.  On his way to the Pompeii Theater, Caesar again ran into the seer.

“Well, the Ides have come,” laughed the Emperor.

“Aye, Caesar,” the seer said. “but not gone.”

Within minutes, about 2-dozen Roman Senators pulled daggers from their togas and stabbed Caesar to death.

The incident was not the origination of the term “stabbed in the back.” nor the first toga party, nor the inspiration for the movie “Psycho.” The phrase “Beware the Ides of March” was originally coined by William Shakespeare many centuries before.

What does it feel like to be stabbed?

‘Crazy’ (1962) Patsy Cline

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Ross Perot ran for President in 1992 and his critics called him ‘crazy’ for his unconventional ideas. So he chose Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” for his campaign song – fuck them.  Read more:


The Girl Who Struck Out Ruth And Gehrig

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Back to back! What?

On April 2, 1931, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the New York Yankees played an exhibition game against their AA  minor club team the ‘Lookouts.’  Its pitcher was 17-year-old Jackie Mitchell, a woman in an almost exclusively-male dominated sport.

After the team’s first pitcher let a few Yankees on base, the Lookout’s coach sent Jackie to the mound with her odd, left-handed, sidearm delivery.  Her first batter?  The ‘Sultan of Swing’ himself, Babe Ruth. The Babe swung mightily  and missed twice before taking a called third strike.  He then lambasted the umpire for the call and stalked away from the plate.

Lou Gehrig was up next and he didn’t look too happy.  The “Iron Horse” swung and missed three times, striking out on just three pitches stunning the crowd.  That was the Lookouts high point in the game.  They predictably were crushed by the Yankees 14-4.

After the game, Ruth said, “I don’t know what’s going to happen if they begin to let women in baseball. Of course, they will never make good. Why? Because they are too delicate. It would kill them to play ball every day.”

What did Mitchell get for her triumph?  She was immediately banned from Major and Minor league baseball by Commissioner Landis.

Were the strikeouts an “act” for the hometown crowd?  Most people don’t think so. Although Ruth led the league in home runs for his career, he was also known as the “Strikeout King,” topping the league in that category for 5-years*.  Gehrig just wasn’t a guy who fooled around much on the diamond. Neither took Jackie Mitchell seriously and her strange pitching style may have thrown them.

Jackie Mitchell shaking hands with Ruth and Gehrig.

You can read more about baseball’s greatest woman pitcher here:

*Although Babe Ruth was a master of big hits, he wasn’t exactly known for his all-around baseball expertise.  Ty Cobb, often judged as the “best overall” player in the game, was jealous of the Bambino.  Once when asked to say something “good” about Ruth, Ty said, “Well, for a fat guy, he runs pretty good.”