Saturday, October 28, 2006

Chocolate-Eating Surrender Monkeys, We

Theobroma%20cacao%20Echter%20Kakaobaum%207It's National Chocolate Day! No better time to remember, as Kevin Drum warns, that we are 100% dependent on foreign chocolate-making resources! Call your senator; let's make tax breaks for carob growers the priority it should be.

And on this day in history:

1919 -- Senate passes the Volstead Prohibition Enforcement Act. Country needs a drink.

1929 -- Stock Exchange collapses (Black Friday), starting the Great Depression, & world economic crisis. After criminalizing liquor, is it any wonder?

1965 -- Pope Paul VI formally absolves the Jews of collective guilt for the crucifixion of Christ. The rest of us can now stand down.

1970 -- J. William Fulbright, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, accuses Nixon administration of conducting an illegal war in Laos without congressional knowledge or approval. As with the later Bush wiretapping scandal, the country goes on about its business and the president makes things even worse.

This look backward into the tar pit of history is brought to you by Dave Brown's The Daily Bleed.

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