Tag: MayDay

May Day: Indianapolis 500

 

The 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 was glorious. It was the fastest qualifying field ever and the fastest ever race on the track. And, a wonderfully positive, emotional driving star won his fourth Indy 500 checkered flag in a race that was a battle to the very last lap. The race was largely unmarred by accidents and was run entirely under bright blue skies. The very best part: the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 was before a full stadium of unmuzzled fans.

This great American tradition, signaling the start of summer, was a loud rejection of the entire leftist agenda, with the sweet smell of racing fuel and hot tires savored by Americans shoulder to shoulder in the sunshine without any sign of leftist plandemic fear and virtue signaling face coverings in the sea of normal humanity. The cherry on top was the winner; Helio Castroneves won at age 46.

True, there was a scattering of masks, frequently pulled down, in the press and event officiating crew. Yet, there was no solidarity in that stance. The masks have dropped. The official story was that track management limited fans to 40 percent, in submission to so-called public health officials or “experts.” On camera, it looked like the stands were full.

Mayday! Water Safety

 

It is time for our annual summer safety briefing, a week before Memorial Day weekend. Multiple deaths from drowning have already made the news, and we know there will be more preventable deaths. The American military has a long tradition of weekly safety briefings, with the contents shifting with the season and occasion. Listen up, this is your water safety briefing for National Drowning Prevention Month.

May is National Drowning Prevention Awareness Month, but in the Valley, three children have already drowned in May.

Old Guys Rule on a Late May Day

 

crossed golf clubsPhil Mickelson, at the age of 50, beat a crowd of younger players on a ocean-side wind-swept PGA Championship course this Sunday. Mickelson’s last major championship was the 2013 British Open. That was his fifth major championship. Now, Phil Mickelson has joined the elite 13 golfers with six major championships in the entire history of the PGA. And. Phil Mickelson has won one for the old guys, blowing away the next oldest winner by two years. The three oldest major PGA championship winners were:

Julius Boros 1968 PGA Championship 48 years, 4 months, 18 days
Tom Morris Sr. 1867 The Open Championship 46 years, 3 months, 10 days
Jack Nicklaus 1986 Masters Tournament 46 years, 2 months, 23 days

Mickelson has consistently played professional tour-level golf for the past quarter-century. Yet, his time as a champion seemed long past. Now, Phil has done what a 53-year-old Greg Norman, leading the 2008 British Open field on Sunday morning, could not do. Phil Mickelson won with the roar of the crowd in his ears, protected by tournament staff from being mobbed by golf fans on the last two holes. No, the crowd in South Carolina was not muzzled with face diapers, and this group of Americans was not showing any sign of signifying obedience to the evil Dr. Fraudci.

At age 50, Phil Mickelson became the oldest player to win a major, holding on for a two-shot victory in the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island on Sunday.

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The Catholic school I and my brothers attended made a pretty big deal out of May Day. Students made “Mary Baskets” instead of May Baskets, and filled them with handmade paper flowers and crafts that we’d created during the previous week. The entire school (grades K-8) attended Mass in the morning, said the rosary, and […]

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It was a bit of silliness that provoked me to sign up for The May Days theme.  I thought of of my great-grandmother, Anna Dey.  Quite a few Deys had come to the United States. I have no idea which ones might have come from the same set of German villages on the Vistula River […]

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April Showers Bring May… Geese?

 

May is definitely the most adorable time of year where I’m from, because that’s when our little local goose family shows up! It’s so fun seeing them waddle around together and watching the babies learn how to swim. Bonus: the mom will hiss at you if you get too close! Please enjoy these recent photos; I pulled over on the side of the road to take them, and then the car behind me did the same instead of going around me. The little goose family is well-loved around here. ☺️

May 1944: Detroit and the Future

 

In the weeks before D Day, there was already unfounded optimism that the war in Europe would be over by Christmas, and that without the Germans, the Japanese would fold quickly. So at the top levels of American government and business, there was a shift of attention towards the postwar period, even if nobody knew exactly how soon that would arrive. War Production Board regulators approved Detroit’s request to build the first new civilian trucks since they ceased production in 1942. But automobile companies weren’t allowed to restart car assembly lines, not until VE Day arrived.

The verdict of the financial experts was bleak: the dislocation caused by reconversion from war to civilian production, plus 11 million men returning to the labor force, was almost certain to cause another Depression. It looked like we were going back to the hunger and strife of the Thirties. With many of our best and brightest convinced that the Fifties was shaping up to be a poverty-stricken, drab and colorless decade, in the last year of WWII Ford and General Motors launched programs to build small, spartan cars that would retail at the lowest possible price. They would have been big Detroit’s first real “compact cars”.

Group Writing: The Earth Turned

 

It’s been a pretty cold May so far – though a shade warmer than what was, apparently, a cold April – at least compared to recent years. And such seeds as I have sown in pots are pretty generally only tentatively peeking out from beneath the soil – don’t I know it’s cold out there? Still, the sun shines through occasionally, and while it was doing so yesterday I went out and did a spot of digging and cultivating, which did me and the garden good.

On the windowsill (it’s a fairly big windowsill), I’ve got tagetes ‘Lemon Gem’ and a nice single French Marigold called ‘Naughty Marietta’ (I didn’t pick the name – but they’re nice Marigolds that I’ve grown before), which have germinated, and Michaelmas daisies (which are starting to) and heleniums and helichrysums (strawflowers) and things, that are, so far, shy about putting in an appearance. Par for the course, thus far, it seems.

The Best Gift I Ever Got

 

Last weekend I traveled to my mom’s house for a visit. The only thing unusual about this was the fact that it was the first time I’d seen her in more than a year; it was the resumption of a long-standing tradition, a tradition that the pandemic had suspended. May 14 is my birthday, which means that it always falls close to Mother’s Day (sometimes even on the same day). So, long ago, I established the habit of an annual mid-May visit for a joint celebration of the two occasions.

I’ve always thought the conjunction of these two May days was appropriate, because they are two sides of the same coin. Of course, I didn’t realize that when I was a kid; back then, my birthday was all about me, about getting older and getting a bunch of presents. But now I realize that I am not the person who deserves recognition on that day: where my birth is concerned, I had the easy part. More to the point, I no longer expect any gifts from my mom, because I have come to understand how very much she has already given me.

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May Garden Memories

 

My mother’s garden has been a feature of every place we called home. Once my parents settled into the home where they retired, almost the entire yard became gardens, with each section planted so that there would be something happening throughout the year in the Pacific Northwest. What follows is a small sampling of photographs from the past decade or two. 

My folks had a significant portion of a concrete patio ripped out shortly after they took ownership of their house, leaving a covered patio off the family/TV/media room and enough uncovered space for Dad’s charcoal grilling. Much of that uncovered chunk was turned into a tiered potted garden, with a variety of colors and shapes of foliage. Yes, that is a greenhouse/garden shed in the left background. We kids put the garden shed together one summer early on, from a prefabricated kit. It has stood going on three decades of rain and wind. The orientation lets Mom start plants in the late winter, so she, with the assistance of her undergardener (Dad) can get them into the ground at the earliest safe date.

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Montana Journal Entry: May 12, 2008. My daughter A. was six and made Mother’s Day memorable for me–but not in the way she expected.  It dawned on me how much A. delighted in celebrations of any sort when she was a chubby toddler, not two yet. We were at a friend’s birthday party and the […]

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May Day Down by Law

 

ConstitutionMay 1st, May Day, is formally recognized in the United States as Law Day, not Workers Day, and certainly not International Workers Day. We successfully rejected the left’s class warfare agenda for a century because of the reality of American law, grounded in our foundational law, the Constitution of the United States of America. Because of our reasonable reliance on a system of laws, not men, we observed that economic status was not fixed from birth, so the weeds of envy could not take deep root on American soil. That is why the left both set about subverting our system of law and creating a different basis for division, hate, and envy.

The effort to make May Day a class-based workers holiday was driven by the early socialist movement:

In 1889 an international federation of socialist groups and trade unions designated May 1 as a day in support of workers, in commemoration of the Haymarket Riot in Chicago (1886). Five years later, U.S. Pres. Grover Cleveland, uneasy with the socialist origins of Workers’ Day, signed legislation to make Labor Day—already held in some states on the first Monday of September—the official U.S. holiday in honour of workers. Canada followed suit not long afterward.

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[Cross-posted on RushBabe49.com] The title of the story on the KOMO news web site is Watchdog: SPD Needs Big Mayday Reforms. In Seattle, MayDay every year brings out the Anarchists, masked and destructive, breaking glass in store windows, and other acts of vandalism. See this picture-this is what the Seattle Police Department is faced with […]

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Conservative Turns Tables, Wins Lefty Video Contest to Oppose ‘Big Money in Our Politics’

 

Tom Steyer Ad 2014A funny thing happened to a video contest put on by lefties to highlight the scourge of big money in politics. A conservative video won!

The video with the most votes — by a factor of 20 — highlighted the influence of the biggest individual spender in American politics today: Billionaire left-wing activist Tom Steyer. But we should expect that victory by popular acclaim to be erased from memory by the leftists, Soviet-style. Let me explain.

MoveOn.org and MayDay.us asked the public to “make a 30-second ad to wake up America to the crisis of big money in our politics.” BTW: MayDay.us is a SuperPAC that brags of raising $10.6 million so far this election cycle to… wait for it… “reduce the influence of money in politics.”