Bastille Day

If you are in France then today is a big day…….

July 14 is celebrated as the French independence day since 1789……and anyone that took a history class knows the story of how the people of Paris stormed the Bastille which was a prison at the time of the revolution…..or so they say…..

You guessed it…the old professor will drop some history on you that you may not have been aware of in you studies…..

In contrast with what we have learned in history class, the Bastille was never captured by attack. Actually, it was handed out to the rebels in a quite peaceful way. Strictly speaking, French national holiday – 14th of July, shouldn’t be celebrated for the storming of Bastille, but for handing it to the rebels instead.

Official historical description of the event is as follows: on the of July 1789, thousands of rebels marched towards the Bastille, well-known royal fortress in the center of Paris, to protest against tyrannical regime of king Louis XVI, and against the retirement of Jacques Necker, popular French minister of finances.

Guards loyal to the king soon started to shoot into the rebel crowd using cannons and muskets, but yet the rebels, although with heavy casualties, managed to heroically storm and conquer this despicable symbol of the royal power. They freed the suffering prisoners from the dungeons of Bastille, announced the end of despotism and beginning of the better future for the mankind.

And that is my dropping of history……did you know that Thomas Paine was earmarked for execution after the Revolution but he made it out because of a mistake.  (that is a post for another day)

Since some of my ancestors were French…I have taken to celebrating the Bastille Day as a family tradition.

Today will be my way of celebrating…… wine and cheese (French of course) and afternoon nap….after all I am an old fart and need my rest……and then a soccer match between Belgium and England……

Have a good day and I will see you guys tomorrow… well, be safe….chuq


Weekends are so relaxing, at least for me, and it is a chore some days to find posts that do not fit into the mold that I have set up here on IST……but this is an interesting thing that I found…..

Check my Spam this morning I have been chosen to make $50,000 a month all I need do is click on a video…..did I?  Not a damn chance!

WE here on the blogs of the world are always going on about which president is the most popular…..well some did a survey (I mean there are surveys for everything)……And the winner is……..

Ask Americans who the best president has been in their lifetimes, and one man ranks significantly above all others—though he didn’t always. Barack Obama won the top spot in the Pew Research Center survey, based on phone interviews with 2,000 US adults during the week of June 5-12; 44% of respondents ranked No. 44 as either the best or second-best president during their years on Earth. Bill Clinton came in second with 33%, while Ronald Reagan ranked third at 32%. Though Donald Trump gained only 19% of the vote, Courthouse News notes those numbers seem to align with how sitting presidents typically do in the Pew survey: In 2011, while he was still in his first term, Obama took in a 20% share. Here, the rankings based on the combined percentages of being selected as either a first or second pick:

  • Barack Obama, 44%
  • Bill Clinton, 33%
  • Ronald Reagan, 32%
  • Donald Trump, 19%
  • George W. Bush, 14%
  • John F. Kennedy, 12%
  • George HW Bush, 10%
  • Jimmy Carter, 4%
  • Dwight Eisenhower, 2%
  • Franklin Roosevelt, 1%
  • Richard Nixon, 1%
  • Lyndon Johnson, 1%
  • Harry Truman, 1%
  • Gerald Ford, 1%

At best this is subjective and it would depend on which generation you ask….

More on how the presidents rated, including within different generations and political parties, here.

Personally, I liked Carter because of his foreign policies…granted there were some decisions that I disagreed with but I can say that for every president.  Ever president since Carter has been a pawn of the M-IC….matters not the party they are equally spineless.

How about you…a favorite president?

Time for some breakfast….. omelette, cheese and spinach, hash browns, bacon and biscuits…..then some more research…..see ya later….chuq