The Watering Hole: August 24 – Events in History

This was actually a very busy date. In fact so many events occurred on this date that I have problems picking one of significance.  Here are a few:

79 – Mount Vesuvius erupts. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae are buried in volcanic ash.
410 – The Visigoths under Alaric begin to pillage Rome for three days.
1200 – John of England, famous for issuing the first Magna Carta, married Isabella of Angouleme at the Bordeaux Cathedral.
1215 – Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid.
1456 – The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed.
1814 – British troops invade Washington, D.C. and burn down the White House and several other buildings.

79 – Mount Vesuvius erupts. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae are buried in volcanic ash. (The Katrina of the Roman Empire!)

410 – The Visigoths under Alaric begin to pillage Rome for three days. (Blackwater (Xe) = Visigoths!)

1215 – Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid.  (Another Christan Conservative, hardly innocent!)

1456 – The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed. (Schieße, they can read it now!)

1814 – British troops invade Washington, D.C. and burn down the White House and several other buildings.  (Hello Dolly!)

55 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: August 24 – Events in History

    • Back to school day for me!!

      I got the TA position I wanted in Psych of Personality at the last minute. Yay!!

      Now…where do I get a personality? 😉

  1. Well, we may be spared another celebrity murder trial. The suspect in the Jasmine Fiore murder, her ex husband, has been found dead in Canada of an apparent suicide.

    • Wayne, thank goodness it’s not my class. I’m assisting the professor.

      I wouldn’t mind whapping some students upside the head, though. I don’t think they teach high school students how to walk through a corridor without causing a traffic jam. 🙄

  2. Not being a chemist, I’m not sure what you get when you mix coal dust, rock salt and water but is very yucky and hard on boots.

  3. Just read EV’s linked story at Crooks & Liars. Now they’re obsessing over whether or not Obama’s foreskin is intact?

    Lord knows the racists have always obsessed over the Negro penis, but this is just hysterical. Apparently, it’s deeply suspicious that he might not have been cut. Hmmmmm. More proof that he was born in Kenya.


  4. Zooey, Alex would agree. It’s funny because he’s intact, and so is my dad. During the period when I was born, it was more or less routine, but not before or after. Alex hasn’t had any issues, so I’m guessing he’s not alone in his age group.

    I take no credit for the decision. His mom was more or less, “Fuck no!”

    • I had never thought about it, gummitch, but they showed me pictures of how to care for it afterward, and I said FUCK NO.

      This was in the deep south, and they looked at me like I have three heads.

  5. Never did understand the debate, one way or another. I know there was a period when it was assumed. Never did understand why. Seems sort of barbaric to take a knife to an infant wee wee but I survived.

  6. It looks like the evidence he isn’t circumcised comes from that cab driver Larry Sinclair who says they had a gay fling in Gurnee, IL. Gurnee is past all the northern most suburbs and the only thing that was out there at the time was Bass Pro Shops and Great America. Obama lived on the south side of Chicago. Between his neigborhood and Gurnee sits Rush Street and Clark Street. Rush Street is party town and Clark Streett contains Bug House Square and a flourishing gay prostitute section. But Sinclair would have us believe that Obama drove with him two hours to have sex with a toothless cracker. My guess is Sinclair came to town for Bass Pro Shops and that’s the only landmark in Illinois he knows. I’d like 5 minutes to cross examine him.

  7. I’m not even sure about Catholics. But I can tell you right now that lots of guys born in southern states in hospitals were never circumcised.

  8. I thought so:

    “Most Jewish and Muslim parents throughout the world today continue to have their sons circumcised for religious and cultural reasons.”

    I guess this would throw a crimp in their Obama is a Muslim argument.

  9. Oops:

    “In Islam, though not discussed in the Qur’an, circumcision is widely practiced and most often considered to be a sunnah.[6] It is also customary in some Christian churches in Africa, including some Oriental Orthodox Churches.[7] According to the World Health Organization (WHO), global estimates suggest that 30% of males are circumcised, of whom 68% are Muslim”

  10. Gurnee, North Chicago? I’d guess Sinclair played with a sailor of color from Great Lakes. You know they all look the same.

    Bottom line is, its a birther, deather, whitewing asshole.

  11. I’ve never heard anything in reference to Catholics and circumcision — theoretically, it would be avoided because they believe the body should be whole for the Resurrection (which is why they’re generally opposed to cremation). Not to mention it was a handy way to spot the Jew.

    I’d be willing to bet that the early Muslims (even Mohammed (BBHN) ) borrowed the practice from the Jews in their community, along with the aversion to pork (YUM).

  12. Shayne: I’m not even sure about Catholics. But I can tell you right now that lots of guys born in southern states in hospitals were never circumcised.

    Dare we ask?

  13. I was chopped at 29 after I developed a cancer in that region. The operation was painful and removing the gauze and stitches were worse. At least, the operation worked and I am happy as I did not wish to take the next step in the sequence.

  14. Correct me if I am wrong but when was the last time a major political figure won or lost anything because of the condition of the end of his wee wee?

    And actually has this question ever been asked?

  15. After me, my mother’s next issue was triplets. The first was born feet first and the others head-on. The first also had his umbilical caught up from another on the team. He was slow up until the third grade, but after that could record memories with the best of us. He sat down for hours with my GPa and record baseball statistics that he retains to this day. Never dismiss the power of a mind and the stimulation of thought.

  16. I always wondered about the logic of cutting on something so small before it was known how big it was going to get…Sorry, coulden’t pass that up…Then there’s the pain thing for the little tyke…Madness, seems to me…..P. B. & J

  17. Scenes from the first circumcision:

    “Your monotheistic, invisible sky-fairy with no name told you to do *what*?”


    “Abraham, please put the knife down and come out of your tent, no one’s going to hurt you!”

    For the record, Terry, Andy and Tommy the Turtle are all Cavaliers (as in *not* Roundheads).

    In my opinion, God (in the vein of Einstein) does not send out humans with ‘Release notes of known defects’.

  18. Back at ya Lady Z, trees safe but could not get any of the code enforcement, Fish and Game, EPA or any to respond even the police were out and the clearing and encroachment continues…Seem’s the land owner being robbed has to jump through hoops, file written complaint’s and wait in line while the distruction continues…The complaints were filed this morning and they would not look at the movie showing the distruction..several of us called and filed on line.. Code enforcement said they would be out tomorrow, maybe….The owner and all of us were shocked at the slip shod, lack a dasical way the planning comission is run here….

    To bad this isn’t like Montana, one sip of someone elses water and your called on it…One fence post an inch over the line and the property owner has a right to get in your face and with in an hour a sheriff is called and the offender is told to cease and dissest…Not in all cases I am sure but most…And in Montana ya damn well better remove the fence post quicky or someone else will and might come after you with it in hand…LOL..It was like that when I lived there, think that’s one reason why I loved the state so much……Bear walk time, then a nap…..Night…Blessings

    • That is unbelievable, Great Lady. That wouldn’t stand in Idaho either. Somebody would get shot…

      Take care of yourself. My thoughts are with you. (((hugs)))


  19. Don’t knock circumcision, having the tip nipped makes it a lot easier to polish the nob.

    All kidding aside, it does reduce the risk of STD’s

  20. Not to undermine Walt’s fine job as thread poster…

    … my bid for August 25th – Galileo Galilei demonstrated his new telescope and in doing so was able to prove Copernicus’s theory of heliocentricity was more correct than Church dogma about the Universe’s creation.

    It took almost 400 years for the religious fanatics to ‘forgive’ Galileo, how long does Darwin have to wait before the fanatics ‘forgive’ him for hacking another huge block out of their delusional edifice?

    Religion is about closing minds….

    Back in the old days at TP, you could have all kinds of handles – I did a few Galileo’s in my time

    The last paragraph is a real quote paraphrased:

    “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”
    – Galileo Galilei

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