Today is Bastille Day.
It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution. [Wikipedia]
Of course by that time, my French Hugeunot ancestors had been in Virginia nearly 100 years.
Obama: ‘This May Bring My Presidency Down, but I Will Not Yield’ on No Short-Term Extensions
ABC News Political Punch
“This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield on this,” he said.
Dear Mr. Speaker
Erick Erickson, RedState
Mr. Speaker, you can win this fight. Don’t blink. Bring Cut, Cap, and Balance to the floor. Hold the freaking line. You can do this Mr. Speaker. And if you can’t, we’ll find someone else who can.
Finally: Cantor and Obama come to blows
There’s dispute over whether the thin-skinned commander-in-chief stormed out of the meeting, left in a huff, or what, but all agree: GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and President Obama had a moment.
Final ‘Potter’ film is sad and satisfying
Hogwarts is no longer a place of refuge as Voldemort draws ever closer; his attack on the stately school is thrilling, but it also provides moments of heroism for some characters you might not expect.
Unless, apparently unlike this reviewer but like the majority of school-age children and millions of adults…you’d actually read the books…you know exactly whom to expect.
That being said: Accio Tickets
Born on this Day
1834 – James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American painter (d. 1903)
1912 – Woody Guthrie, American folk musician (d. 1967)
1913 – Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States (d. 2006)
1918 – Ingmar Bergman, Swedish film and theatre director (d. 2007)
1926 – Harry Dean Stanton, American actor
1928 – Nancy Olson, American actress
1930 – Polly Bergen, American actress
1952 – Franklin Graham, American evangelist
1966 – Matthew Fox, American actor
1986 – SpongeBob SquarePants, Nickelodeon cartoon star, Lives in a pineapple under the sea