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THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Starburst Galaxy M94
Image Credit & Copyright: Leonardo Orazi
Explanation: What could cause the center of M94 to be so bright? Spiral galaxy M94 has a ring of newly formed stars surrounding its nucleus, giving it not only an unusual appearance but also a strong interior glow. A leading progenitor hypothesis holds that an elongated knot of stars known as a bar rotates in M94 and has generated a burst of star formation in the inner ring. Recent observations have revealed the outer, fainter ring is not closed and relatively complex. M94, pictured here spans about 30,000 light years, lies about 15 million light years away, and can be seen with a small telescope toward the constellation of the Hunting Dogs (Canes Venatici).
Tomorrow’s picture: pluto ahoy
The Editor: What is Memorial Day, LL ?
Patriotic Cat: It is to honor those who died to keep us free.
Awhile back as I was scanning the news articles on Yahoo, I noticed a USA Today story titled “America Wants Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill”. My first reaction, which was mostly likely as others who saw the article, was “Who the hell is Harriet Tubman and why do we want her on the $20 bill?”. The article went on to say that America had spoken, loud and clear. Well I don’t know about you but I haven’t said a word about changing the $20 bill except maybe for exchanging one for smaller denomination bills.
After reading the article, it became clear what was going on here. Seems a group called “Women On 20s” recently ran an online poll asking who you would like to see replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Supposedly, the Tubman woman won the final vote with 33.6 percent of the vote. A little over 118,000 votes of the 352,000 votes cast in the final round. To me, that number hardly qualifies as “America has spoken”. Like the vast number of Americans, I didn’t even know there was a vote. According to their website there were fifteen woman in the running in the primary round. So, who were some of the other candidates? Besides Tubman, some of the other women on the list included Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cody Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordon, Clara Barton, and the one I like, Wilma Mankiller. No, I’m not joking. That’s her name. The list of candidates seemed to be heavily weighted with Socialists. abolitionists, feminists, civil rights activists, birth control activists, and environmentalists. In other words, the darlings of the Liberal left. A Democrat’s female dream team.
Oh, and did I mention that this “Women On 20s” organization is non-profit. Bet you the IRS didn’t give them any hassle when they applied for non-profit status.
So, just who is Harriet Tubman? She was a black abolitionist who helped smuggle slaves from her home state of Maryland to the North via the network known as the Underground Railroad. She also was a supporter of John Brown and helped recruit men for his failed raid on the US arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia in 1859. A spy and a scout for the North during the War Between the States. Later on she became involved in the women’s suffrage movement.
I’m not a real fan of Andrew Jackson because of the way he treated the American Indian, but I see no reason for the taxpayer to have to pay to replace his image on the bill. However, it seems it only takes one person to make the change. That person is Jack Lew, the Secretary of the Treasury. You guessed it, an Obama appointee. I’m sure Obama will recommend the change.
What would this new bill look like? Here’s one example:
Just looking at that, I still wouldn’t be convinced we would have a woman on the $20 bill. Brings to my mind Fred Sanford’s reaction to seeing Ester’s face, if you remember the “Sanford and Son” TV series.
So folks, don’t be surprised when you find this woman’s mug on the next twenty someone hands you. Anybody got change for a twenty? Two tens or even a ten and ten ones, but no fives, please. I don’t like Abraham Lincoln either!