Thursday, January 15, 2009

Armed and Dangerous, Say It Ain't So Joe, -and- Shop 'til You Drop

Armed and Dangerous - BART officer who shot train passenger arrested for murder
Say It Ain't So Joe - high caffeine intake linked to hallucinations
Shop 'til You Drop - shopaholic dies in avalanche of clothing

On this day in history: January 15, 1947 - The body of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short is discovered in a vacant lot, her mutilated corpse chopped in half at the waist. Her murder is known as The Black Dahlia Murder, one of the most lurid murder cases in Los Angeles history. The murderer was never found.

Born on this day in history: January 15, 1929 - Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 - 1968) Born in Atlanta, GA, Baptist minister Martin Luther King, Jr., was the guiding light for the most crucial years in America's civil-rights struggle. Chosen president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, advocating nonviolence, he was jailed, attacked and had his house bombed. King's finest hour came on August 28, 1963, leading the march in Washington, DC, and making his famous "I have a dream" speech. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Scripture of the Day: For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. - Psalm 100:5

Video of the Day: The Loaded Dancer - submitted by Connie

Remembrances of things past. Click to enlarge.

My cat, Zeus, often speaks in my dreams. He does not ask for cat food or milk. He does not ask to be petted. He does not ask to be allowed outside. He speaks of the things he wishes to do! He has expressed his desire to be a tour guide at MOMA, a croupier, a CIA operative, a rock star, the captain of a cruise ship, and so forth. The list is long, and his aspirations are often very great indeed. Last night, while I slept, Zeus told me of his current desire: He said that he wished to journey to Los Angeles and help solve the Black Dahlia Murder! Imagine my great surprise when I began composing today's blog posting and encountered the news item for "on this day in history" that stated today is the day—in 1947—on which the body of Elizabeth Short was found! It could well be that I simply remembered this to be the anniversary of Elizabeth Short's demise, but that would certainly seem an odd bit of trivia to store in memory. However, having no alternative explanation, I shall (for the time being, at least) accept that as the genesis of my dream.