Politics & Pop Culture from a homocon.
Morning Shot: May 18, 2010
May 18, 2010
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- Birthday Shots
Today shots go out to keyboarder for the rock band Yes, Rick Wakeman, country legand and Texas native George Strait, Mr. October himself, Reggie Jackson, crooner Perry Como, and Pope John Paul II.
- This Day in History
A crowd of protesters, estimated to number more than one million, marches through the streets of Beijing calling for a more democratic political system. Just a few weeks later, the Chinese government moved to crush the protests. Protests in China had been brewing since the mid-1980s when the communist government announced that it was loosening some of the restrictions on the economy, allowing for a freer market to develop. Encouraged by this action, a number of Chinese (particularly students) began to call for similar action on the political front. By early 1989, peaceful protests began to take place in some of China’s largest urban areas. The largest of these protests took place around Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing. By the middle of May 1989, enormous crowds took to the streets with songs, slogans, and banners calling for greater democracy and the ouster of some hard-line Chinese officials. The Chinese government responded with increasingly harsh measures, including arrests and beatings of some protesters. On June 3, 1989, Chinese armed forces stormed into Tiananmen Square and swept the protesters away. Thousands were killed and over 10,000 were arrested in what came to be known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
- And the Ass-hat of the Year Award goes to…
This weekend, the all-around general asshat Bill Maher offered up the quote, “How exactly does President Sanford and Son think he got elected — by CB radio? The campaign was based on the Internet.” (expect a longer post on this later!)
- What’s In a Number?
Last night, the Gertrude Stein Democrats, DC’s gay Democratic club handed out City Council endorsements for Wards 1 and 5. What is of interest is that while Jim Graham, one of two out gay men on the Council got 77 percent of the vote, Tommy Thomas, who’s straight, received 89 percent. All of this on the same day that two new Democrats pick up petitions to run for DC Shadow Rep — Mike Jones (not the rapper, I hope) & Allen Wallace.