on this day 6/5 1851 – Harriet Beecher Stow published the first installment of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in “The National Era.”

1595 – Henry IV’s army defeated the Spanish at the Battle of Fontaine-Francaise.

1752 – Benjamin Franklin flew a kite for the first time to demonstrate that lightning was a form of electricity.

1794 – The U.S. Congress prohibited citizens from serving in any foreign armed forces.

1827 – Athens fell to the Ottomans.

1851 – Harriet Beecher Stow published the first installment of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in “The National Era.”

1865 – The first safe deposit vault was opened in New York. The charge was $1.50 a year for every $1,000 that was stored.

1884 – U.S. Civil War General William T. Sherman refused the Republican presidential nomination, saying, “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.”

1917 – American men began registering for the World War I draft.

1924 – Ernst F. W. Alexanderson transmitted the first facsimile message across the Atlantic Ocean.

1927 – Johnny Weissmuller set two world records in swimming events. Weissmuller set marks in the 100-yard, and 200-yard, free-style swimming competition.

1933 – President Roosevelt signed the bill that took the U.S. off of the gold standard.

1940 – During World War II, the Battle of France began when Germany began an offensive in Southern France.

1942 – In France, Pierre Laval congratulated French volunteers that were fighting in the U.S.S.R. with Germans.

1944 – The first B-29 bombing raid hit the Japanese rail line in Bangkok, Thailand.

1946 – The first medical sponges were first offered for sale in Detroit, MI.

1947 – U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a speech at Harvard University in which he outlined the Marshall Plan.

1956 – Premier Nikita Khrushchev denounced Josef Stalin to the Soviet Communist Party Congress.

1967 – The National Hockey League (NHL) awarded three new franchises. The Minnesota North Stars (later the Dallas Stars), the California Golden Seals (no longer in existence) and the Los Angeles Kings.

1967 – The Six Day War between Israel and Egypt, Syria and Jordan began.

1973 – The first hole-in-one in the British Amateur golf championship was made by Jim Crowford.

1975 – Egypt reopened the Suez Canal to international shipping, eight years after it was closed because of the 1967 war with Israel.

1981 – In the U.S., the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five men in Los Angeles were suffering from a rare pneumonia found in patients with weakened immune systems. They were the first recognized cases of what later became known as AIDS.

1986 – A federal jury in Baltimore convicted Ronald W. Pelton of selling secrets to the Soviet Union. Pelton was sentenced to three life prison terms plus 10 years.

1987 – Ted Koppel and guests discussed the topic of AIDS for four hours on ABC-TV’s “Nightline”.

1998 – A strike began at a General Motors Corp. parts factory near Detroit, MI, that closed five assembly plants and idled workers across the U.S. for seven weeks.

1998 – Volkswagen AG won approval to buy Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for $700 million, outbidding BMW’s $554 million offer.

1998 – A strike at a General Motors parts factory began. It lasted for seven weeks.

2001 – Amazon.com announced that it would begin selling personal computers later in the year.

2004 – The U.S.S. Jimmy Carter was christened in the U.S. Navy in Groton, CT.

We’re hiring Seattle’s next mayor — shouldn’t we interview the applicants?

We are Working Washington

We, the people of Seattle, are hiring a new mayor and two City Council members. Working Washington wants your help interviewing them for the jobs.

Tell us what to ask the candidates in their “job interviews.”

Workers need to know as much as we can about all the candidates before we vote — and we’re looking at some crowded races. As the Seattle Times put it, “the once-drowsy Seattle mayor race has become a mind-boggling free-for-all with more than a dozen serious candidates.” Plus, there are 15 candidates for two City Council positions.

Running Seattle is a big job — and since we’re the ones hiring for it, we want a chance to interview the candidates. We should all get to ask candidates about the issues that are most important to us, and find out who is going to hear what Seattle workers have to say.

What do you want to ask Seattle’s mayor and City Council candidates?

Your questions will help us give the candidates a “job interview” before the primary. We’ll be in touch soon with more details.

Thanks for your help,
Emily, Working Washington

Source: With Ed Murray out, ho-hum Seattle mayoral race now a free-for-all, Seattle Times, 5/14/2017

The 115th congress … no better than the 113th or 114th

demsVrepub            … just another rant

So, in 2016-2017, Paul Ryan told CNBC that republicans have spent years getting ready for a “UnifiedGovt” and are now going to “rock and roll.”   There are several disturbing questions that come to mind! Like … what actions have republicans been taking to get here, was trump in on any of the steps toward a trifecta government, who exactly helped them over the years, did they cross that line of ethics and will some members of congress get kicked out and or held accountable for sudden sweeping of necessary oversight of Congress under a dirty House rug!, which was and still is led by Republicans btw.

Things to be reminded of … Congress, paid for by taxpayers lest we talk about the GOP’s seemingly big issue with “political privilege” could be on the agenda of several in Congress and putting the department under the House jurisdiction quashing not only the whole idea of an “independent oversight office of ethics” and that is absolutely offensive on its own, but knowing they planned, held a secret meeting quietly voting somewhere in Congress just seems appears and is un-American.  Though, if we reach back to say…  when  the 113th Congress’ actions were found out, those of ted cruz and others,  you are reminded this is basically the same crew who were willing to shut our government down twice; who also met in some restaurant pledging to do nothing for 4-8yrs because the likes of a President Obama,a bi-racial man was holding down the highest office in the land? And offended to him being in their White House on January 20, 2008-2017, but that’s my opinion.  This move obviously means their plan will be to dump, cut, slash and burn what those of us leaning left of center believe are #AmericanValues

Again, just to remind you! Congress, led by republicans when Paul Ryan was there killed transparency, good governance, the ability for folks to file complaints, a path to reconcile any conflict of interest issues, ended a vehicle to challenge the behavior of congressional member’s that act up. If you have heard or watched any of the horrible stories your jaw would lock up .

and … on the list of honey do it to me, my family friends and co-workers

  • Dismantle Repeal and or totally dismantle ACA ?
  • Kill the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Rip up Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid
  • Give Tax cuts for wealthy Americans and big Corporations
  • Repeal Dodd – Frank- done
  • Privatize the VA