The Watering Hole, Tuesday, November 22, 2016: Somebody Died On This Date In 1963

On November 22, 1963, author Aldous Huxley died. Famous for writing Brave New World (you can read it free at the link), Huxley also experimented with Mescaline, the experiences of which led to his writing The Doors of Perception.

On November 22, 1963, author C.S. Lewis died. Famous for writing The Chronicles of Narnia (you can pay to read it at the link), a set of children’s stories meant to indoctrinate them into the Christian faith, Lewis also gave highly popular radio speeches on Christianity during WWI.

On November 22, 1963, author John F. Kennedy died. Famous for having written Profiles in Courage, a book actually ghostwritten for him by Ted Sorenson, Kennedy was also President of the United States for a couple of years and his assassination may or may not have involved Rafael Cruz, father of Senator Ted “I have No Morals So I’m Supporting Trump” Cruz.

Yes, it’s true. All three of these famous men died on the dame day.

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I Have A Dream That Our Time For Change Has Come

As I watched the historical event of Barack Obama become President last night, the first thing that came to mind is Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech “I have a dream.”

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

Though I can only appreciate this speech from watching old films; I was just as moved last night, as I was the first time I watched Martin Luther King Jr. deliver this heartfelt speech.┬áIt brings me great hope, that as a nation, we have once again proved, we can live up to our ideals. That we can achieve the dream that Martin Luther King Jr. and so many others – who have fought so valiantly – envisioned that our country could be.

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Speaking of debates…

From Play This Thing!

The contest between Kennedy and Nixon for the presidency in 1960 was a watershed moment in American history….

This election has been transformed into a board game by Jason Matthews and Christian Leonhard. 1960: The Making of the President is a game whose simple and straightforward mechanisms manage to recreate this struggle for the presidency in all of its gritty glory. It presents an battle between asymmetrical forces that is nonetheless so balanced that the result is often in question right up to the final election.