Monday, October 23, 2017

Fact of the Day: Prince Edward and Joan of Kent

Edward, the Black Prince (name derived from the color of his armor) despite being heir apparent of King Edward III, did not have a very traditional marriage. Instead of marrying a foreign princess (to establish a political alliance) he married his cousin Joan of Kent who not only was older (two years) but she was married twice with one husband still alive. The Catholic Church and King Edward III approved the marriage despite the conditions and Joan only produced one child for Prince Edward when she was almost forty. Their son took the throne as Richard II after the death of his grandfather as Prince Edward had died before Edward III.  

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Photo: Lunch at the Spartanburg International Festival

I ate before I went (cheaper that way) but Daisy always wants to try some food there. She ended up going to the Laos (Hmong) vendor where she got some chicken on the stick and a sandwich and she drank a bottle of coca-cola. 

Story: Pledge of Allegiance in Schools Post-NFL Debate

Unless you're living under a rock, a hot topic debate is on whether or not NFL players should kneel for the national anthem or not. This has spread to public schools where many students especially African-American children who understand why players are kneeling (to protest racial injustice and police brutality) and wish to do the same. Now I've been seeing stories of certain school districts requiring students to stand for the pledge of allegiance with some even claiming it is "the law" when it's actually their right to protest which has been protected by the Supreme Court long before most of us we were even born. It pains me to see this faux-patriotism by right-wingers who are angry for a different reason. Like someone said before, Rosa Park wasn't protesting public transportation, she was protesting racism. But I will say, a country that doesn't respect constitutional and human rights (and hopefully we will remain a free country, but under President Cheeto, who knows?) is not a country that is worth giving any allegiance to. 

Fact of the Day: Saved by the Bell

The phrase saved by the bell is believed to have originated during a paranoia that a person may be buried alive. Coffins were created where they would be attached to a bell in case a person found themselves to buried alive. These coffin devices weren't very practical as its difficult to say if they actually saved one life at all. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Photo: Games at Spartanburg International Festival

Every year me and Daisy play this big chess game. She got destroyed, I am not going to lie. The thing about the games is that they all get picked up fairly quickly and it's hard to get a chance to do anything.