🎃 October Things 🎃 Weekend Open Thread



I like October. I like the crisp cool days – even the chilly nights. I am a cooler rather than warmer kind of woman. At least when it comes to temperatures. Heat drags me down. Cool revives and invigorates me. Cold is a different matter, brrr… But cool, yeah I’m cool with that.

October has things other than Halloween to recommend it. In History lots of things happened in October. Lots of things happened in other months too but that’s an idea for another post. 💡

100 years ago on October 15 In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte, the deposed Emperor of the French, arrived on the British-ruled South Atlantic island of St. Helena, where he spent the last 5 1/2 years of his life in exile. Bet you didn’t know that. Actually I didn’t either it popped up when I was looking for something else. Many Most of my greatest discoveries happen like that.

On this date in 1917, Dutch dancer Mata Hari, convicted of spying for the Germans, was executed by a French firing squad outside Paris. In 1945, the former premier of Vichy France, Pierre Laval, was executed for treason. I didn’t know that either. Didn’t/don’t much care either. It does show the French to be a more bloodthirsty bunch than I thought.

By pressing a button in Rome, Senator Guglielmo Marconi illuminated the giant statue of Christ the King surmounting the summit of Corcovado, the mountain overlooking the Bay of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Oct. 15, 1931. Which means that on this date Senator Guglielmo Marconi perfected the first “remote” and turned us all into people too lazy to get up and change a channel on our televisions. With that he also invented channels surfing although I doubt he ever knew that.

On this date in 1939 Germany invaded Poland and we were on the road to World War Two.

On October 15, 1940, Charles Chaplin’s first all-talking comedy, “The Great Dictator,” a lampoon of Adolf Hitler, opened in New York.

In 1946, Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering (GEH’-reeng) fatally poisoned himself hours before he was to have been executed. In the end a man who was part of a death machine hadn’t the courage to accept the punishment for his crimes.

On October 15, 1954 – Hurricane Hazel devastates Carolina coast. High tides, whipped in by Hurricane Hazel, shattered boats and buildings in Swansboro, North Carolina. Back then this was just a terrible hurricane. That’s because the Liberals hadn’t invented “Global Warming” yet and this was still blamed on Mother Nature.

People still suffered from the weather but back in 1954 media didn’t pound that suffering and the storm into our heads hour after hour. Maybe that was because there were fewer channels and because they didn’t have a need to fill 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with noise.

On October 15,1968 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill which authorized a $576 million health service program. That would be considered a cheap bill today. The bill was part of Johnson’s “great society” and was supposed to eradicate poverty.  It resulted in trillions of dollars being thrown at the problem of poverty with the results we see today. Poverty is still with us only now the “impoverished” expect us to support them. In fact, many of them demand it. Not unexpected when you give the Democrats the keys to the treasury.💸  Massive fail Lyndon.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs a bill which authorizes a $576 million health service program Oct. 15, 1968. During the signing ceremonies, the president said the program "will greatly strengthen the right of every citizen to have good health." Standing are, from left: Senators Jennings Randolph (D-W.V.); Mike Mansfield (D-Mont.); and Lister Hill (D-Ala.).

On October 15,1990, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev was named the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.  On October 15, 1993 Nelson Mandela and South Africa President F W de Klerk  were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On October 9, 2009 Barack Obama was awarded the  Nobel Peace Prize for getting elected.

In 1991, despite sexual harassment allegations by Anita Hill, the Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court, 52-48. Back then I really thought Clarence Thomas was guilty. Today, not so much. Today I look at the totality of Justice Clarence Thomas’s life and I see no pattern of this kind of behavior. It seems out of character in the totality of the man’s life. Now it seems to me that Justice Thomas had a trial by media and was found guilty in public opinion. That is not, IMO, justice.

On October 09,1888 – The Washington Monument, designed by Robert Mills, opened to the public.

On October 15, 1989 Billy Graham is given 1,900th star on Hollywood Blvd. Nothing against the Reverend Graham but that never set right with me. Hollywood and religion just don’t mesh well IMO.

On October 15, 1977 Debbie Boone’s “You Light Up My Life,” goes #1 and stays #1 for 10 weeks.

On October 15,1962 Byron R White appointed to Supreme Court. Anyone ever hear of him?  I didn’t remember him so I went to Wikipedia and this is what I found:

 Byron RaymondWhizzerWhite (June 8, 1917 – April 15, 2002) won fame both as an American Byron Raymond White legal definition of Byron Raymond Whitefootball halfback and as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.[Born and raised in Colorado, White played in the National Football League for three seasons and practiced law for 15 years before his Supreme Court appointment. White was the Colorado state chair of John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign.

White was appointed to the Supreme Court by Kennedy in 1962 and served until his retirement in 1993. He died in Denver at the age of 84. He was the first Supreme Court Justice from the state of Colorado.

Imagine that, a Supreme Court Justice that retired before he was carried out. Amazing. And imagine a Supreme Court Justice nickname “Whizzer”.

I think I will end with the fact that on October 15, 1951  “I Love Lucy” debuted on CBS TV.  I suspect Lucille Ball will be remembered longer and with more harmony and love than anyone on the Supreme Court.

Have a great weekend!
On o0nOn ddd


39 Responses to “🎃 October Things 🎃 Weekend Open Thread”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin debated Russ Feingold last night. Johnson stood by “our Republican nominee”.


    • piper Says:

      Listened to debate while cleaning house so didn’t pay close attention to answers but they did sound respectful. I hope that Ron knows that he’s hitching his candidacy to a sexual pervert. I like his TV ads regarding Russ but don’t care for Trump’s ads which reflect the inner turmoil of a crazed loser.

      Read an interesting article the other day that said Trump refused op. research on himself by his team which tells me that he knew that his history of indiscretions might come up however he was trusting that his bully acts and outlandish verbiage would overcome any past misdeeds.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Johnson “standing” by Trump bothers me a lot. But having Russ Feingold back in the Senate bothers me more.

        It does look like it will be Feingold. I guess people don’t mind losing their insurance or paying double or triple for it so long as the parasites get it for free.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, boy. I am sorry to hear that, Marge. Ugh…

  2. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I love this post! Thank you, Marge! You are right, a whole bunch of things have happened in the month of October over the years.

    And I agree abt Lucille Ball. I loved that my younger brother’s girls grew up watching her and the Andy Griffith Show. The oldest one is just 18, and the other one is 14. So another generation raised on these two classics. Hard to beat them!

  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Looks like Evan McMullin may just take his home state: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/301062-independent-may-make-history-in-utah

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      To bad he didn’t get in sooner and get on more ballots. A Wisconsin resident at RS told me that he did register for a write in here in Wisconsin so I may vote for him.

      I had planned on voting for Darrell Castle. Either man is far superior to the candidates offered by the two major parties.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        GOOD NEWS!!! A friend sent me this link: https://www.evanmcmullin.com/how_to_vote_for_evan

        I CAN vote for McMullin! Yay!! I am happy abt that. I want to vote FOR someone, as opposed to just registering an opposition vote. I can vote for him with a clear conscience.

        I know I saw that he got in too late for almost half the States, and it seemed SC was one of them, but it seems the info was wrong, or I was – either way – happy to be wrong this time!

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          MSM is in no hurry to “report” on how people can vote for someone other than the Democrat or Republican choice are they? Fancy that.

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Ben Shapiro: The Myth of the Binary Choice


  5. kenoshamarge Says:

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Jerry Falwell Jr.: Put Christian values on hold until after the election

    Jerry Falwell Jr. continues to disgrace himself for the sake of his favorite orange-faced idol, Donald Trump.

    In this sparkling interview, he says we have to put our Christian principles on hold until after the election:


  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    I’ve believed for a very long time that it is impossible to be a practicing Catholic, or Evangelical Christian and be pro-choice.

    Even when I was a Democrat I struggled with the whole idea. I knew that I personally would have never had an abortion, but some how I thought it all right for other women to do so if they thought it was all right? It felt wrong.

    I have evolved from that hypocrisy. Wrong is wrong.

    Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden are no more Catholics than any pagan worshipping a golden calf. They should be excommunicated and kept from partaking of any of the sacraments.

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    Why the church deserves most of the blame for 2016 – Counter Cultural Ep43


  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Cartoon for a Sunday Morning:

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    Steve Chapman: Pro-Lifers’ Fatal Attraction to Trump

    Trump could not be further removed from the values of most people in the anti-abortion movement, who tend to prize sexual restraint, traditional morality and reverence for the sanctity of life. But these days, distinguishing the pro-life movement from the Trump parade is devilishly hard.


    I don’t believe that Roe will be struck down no matter who is put on the court. It is “settled” law whether we like it or not. I believe that it can be diminished and minimized by making that “choice” seem wrong, stupid, and difficult by society. Society determines much of what we do. We can defeat 9 unelected tyrants by eliminating their power and their importance. They were meant to be one of branches of the government – not the branch that decides what the others may do. JMO

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    David Harsanyi: The United Nations Is Run By A Bunch Of Depraved Totalitarians, Villainous Barbarians, And Anti-Semitic Scum

    The United Nations (UNESCO, to be specific) recently adopted an anti-Israel resolution that disregarded the Jewish connection to the faith’s two holiest sites, the Temple Mount and Western Wall. The motion was supported by 24 nations, including Russia and China. Only six countries opposed it.

    Now, the UN is too impotent to make history, much less redraft it. Still, it’s never a waste of time to remind people of its long record of empowering cheerleaders and perpetrators of violence against Jews.


  12. helenk3 Says:

  13. helenk3 Says:

    I just saw the best picture on face book but I do not how to bring it over . it is from istagram.

    I will just type what it says

    Hillary and Trump are stuck on a boat in the middle of the ocean. Who survives?



  14. helenk3 Says:

    I got a geography lesson yesterday. i was looking for a house near tarpon springs fla. Did not know that there is a Dunedin and a Dunellen fla. Thought I was going to Dunedin and instead went to Dunellen. Now this is over an hour away from Tarpon Springs. when they say country it is country. Beautiful but I am a city girl I would be so lost there.
    see you are never too old to learn something

  15. helenk3 Says:

    another great thing about October

  16. helenk3 Says:


    9th e-mail dump

  17. kenoshamarge Says:

  18. helenk3 Says:


    would this be a kick

  19. helenk3 Says:


    49ers are going to have a rough season

  20. helenk3 Says:


    Unprecedented—Hungary opens office for persecuted christians

  21. helenk3 Says:


    good article

  22. helenk3 Says:

    just because some days you need a story like this


  23. helenk3 Says:


    it seems we are not alone

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I loved this part:

      I am not voting for either candidate. I will not support either candidate. I will oppose both candidates. Trump supporters will say that this means I’m supporting Hillary. Hillary supporters will say that this means I’m supporting Trump. Both are wrong.

      Our nation was built on the dissent against the choices given to pre-revolution patriots by the ruling class. Those patriots, many of whom died fighting for the birth of the nation while others became the leaders who carried us through those formative years, did so against the call of the masses.

      People often forget or never learned that the American Revolution was not popular before it started. There wasn’t a massive uprising of the mighty majority to make it happen. Most Americans, unhappy as they may have been with the circumstances, would have preferred to work within the British system rather than oppose.

      This changed once the revolution started gaining traction, but if it were up to the masses, we would have ended the 18th century under the rule of the King.

  24. helenk3 Says:


    wikileaks assange internet connection severed by state

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