18 August 2014

"The man (and his mom) who gave women the vote"

“From his statements, he changed his mind because of his mother’s note persuading him to support the amendment.  Many say his vote cost Burn his political career.  It should be noted that after Burn cast his historic vote, he hid in the attic of the capitol until the maddening crowds cleared away.  It is also rumored that the anti-suffragists were so angry at his decision that they chased him from the chamber, forced him to climb out a window of the Capitol and inch along a ledge to safety.  We are fortunate that this uncommon man listened to his mother’s advice and put thought into his decision, as it guaranteed all American women the right to vote.” --- http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/exhibits/suffrage/beginning.htm

The man (and his mom) who gave women the vote

On the 94th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification, we look back at a young politician whose unexpected vote in the Tennessee state legislature gave all women the right to vote.
harry-t-burnThe story of Harry T. Burn, the seemingly rogue 24-year-old legislator, has become a bit embellished over the years. And in fact, women had won the right to vote in some states before the 19th amendment was passed by Congress and ratified by three-quarters of the states then in the Union.

But in August 1920, the struggle between the suffrage movement (which wanted the vote for women) and powerful anti-suffrage forces had come down to a series of votes in Tennessee.

The suffrage movement had found a way to get Congress to approve the proposed 19th amendment, with the endorsement of outgoing President Woodrow Wilson (who hadn’t supported it until it became needed as part of the war effort).

By the middle of 1920, a total of 35 states had voted to ratify the amendment. The problem was that 36 states were needed, and there was really only one state left were a vote could be taken that year.
Four other available states—Connecticut, Vermont, North Carolina and Florida—would not consider the resolution for various reasons. The remaining states had rejected the amendment. But Tennessee decided it would tackle the ratification vote.

Supporters from both sides camped out at a Nashville hotel and began intense lobbying efforts in what became known as the War of the Roses. Supporters of suffrage wore yellow roses in public; the anti-suffragists wore red roses.

The suffragists had lobbied Burn, the youngest member of the state house, but they were unsure of how he would vote.

They did know that any vote to bring the amendment to the floor would be too close to call, as well as the vote to ratify the amendment.

On August 18, the legislature voted on a motion to table, or delay, any ratification vote. It seemed as if the anti-suffragists had enough votes to delay a 19th amendment vote, after Burn arrived wearing a red rose and voted to table the amendment.

But another representative, Banks Turner, switched sides during the roll call, leaving the vote deadlocked and moving the ratification vote forward. The suffragists would need one more vote to make the 19th amendment the law of the land, and what happened stunned the legislature.

Early in the voting, Burn, who came from a conservative district and wore the red rose on his lapel, said in a very clear voice “aye” when asked if he would vote to ratify the 19th amendment.

Burn also had a letter in his suit pocket, from his mother Febb E. Burn, in which she asked him to “be a good boy” and vote for the amendment. When Turner also voted in favor of the ratification, the 70-year-old battle for suffrage was over.

Link: Read The Seven-Page Letter

Lawmakers in Tennessee tried to delay the state’s official approval, but on August 26, 1920, the official documents arrived in Washington and they were quietly signed by the Secretary of State.

Burn later explained that he initially vote to table the vote so it could be brought back in the next legislative session. But after it came to the floor, he had several reasons to change his vote.

“I knew that a mother’s advice is always safest for a boy to follow and my mother wanted me to vote for ratification,” he said. “I appreciated the fact that an opportunity such as seldom comes to a mortal man to free 17 million women from political slavery was mine.”

Febb E. Burn then said she was pressured in person by the governor of Louisiana’s wife to recant the letter and say it was a fraud. She refused to do so.

Scott Bomboy is the editor in chief of the National Constitution Center.

09 August 2014

Why --- at all --- Nagasaki ?


Why ?  Why --- at all --- Nagasaki ?  Too ?

Our killings could have, as well --- save for a dude named Hank Stimson, included next after Nagasaki's annihilation then ... ... another pogrom also:  Kyoto !

Then - US Secretary o' Warring ( 'ith Those 'Others' Different Than Us Folk ) Stimson had 'personal' reasons for sparing the Different Folks there in Kyoto.

Yeah.  Yeah:  personal reasons.

Mostly those personal reasons are, aren't they, for w.h.y. --- with another individual or 'different' group --- for why ( her or his justification and 'rational'ization re ) anyone's ... ... warring ? !

For whatever else is done --- because of "your personal reasons" --- make certain over and throughout all of that:  to gut the bitch in the belly.

As per some o' Those in Power w Dominion Over Her of The Contender:  http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1100998-contender and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0208874/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 .

But, most especially, this statement near its end:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlioUeIUuts&list=PLuPQ67nPIEBA-x88H6p_V-7J__0pX_kCI = " ... ... because of half - truths, lies and innuendos "

" simple as that "

29 July 2014

2014's The Big Latch - On


10:30am Eastern -- and worldwide --
both Friday and Saturday, 01 and 02 August 2014

" Imagine a world where every family was supported, 
nurtured by their community, and 
where breastfeeding is a normal part of life. "

26 July 2014

egalitarianism ? not.

Yet, in y2014,  .I.  am the one screamed at ... ... " to wait, "  ... ...  that  .I.  " must be patient, " ... ... that " it will take ' a little ' longer, " for egalitarianism.

That  .I.  don't have " a correct memory " of just " how things are ! "

Yeah, r i i i i ght.  I am  .not.  " waiting " any longer.  And I am not one second more on the defensive of just how " my memory is ! "  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fc_AnLaBew

[ sarcasm:  Well ---- why, if ' okay' here in the US of A ?   ​why then, why not everywhere ... ... in y2014.


As has been said oft before:  ANYthing and EVERYthing --- ALL the time --- whatever it takes ( including " judicial " - / custody of children - battering ) --- to maintain dominion over those wimminz --- uppity or otherwise. ]

No.  No longer. Not one more moment longer.

22 June 2014

21 June 2014

! tart / sour cherries of Iowa ! As was once quoted: " Because P.I.E. ! "

! Summer Solstice y2014 !

Chickabooma Cherry Tree lives on Marston Avenue and is, right now, laden with ripening fruit !

Hers requires picking, stoning and freezing - up within this very next fortnight.  Else the backyard's birds are its profiteers.

And if one is pitting for said local tart pies one’s own fruits, then one may want to be employing for this gargantuan effort what I know to be T.H.E. QUEEN of stoners … … thus: tinyurl.com/q73a6ff .

Still — since the cast iron Chop – Rite #16′s earliest manufacture in y1903 — it is available to be had through calculated online auction – sniping ! Cuts stoning one standard pie’s amount (four pitted cupfuls’ worth) down to a mere ¼ – hour’s work !

Such of Iowa’s labors on the Montmorency variety requires me to so N.O.T. be absent from Chickabooma any time during her last half of Junes !

And at all of the local potlucks held for whatever activity or reason, folks now simply “expect” after my 18 years’ time (so far) with Chickabooma that to these mighty finest - ever nomming events, “Blue is bringing her cherry pies, not ? !”

29 April 2014

another 29 April Tuesday: of 1975 = another part of the World: "catching babies like basketballs"

29 April 1975 // also a Tuesday as today
... ... sitting in class right before second - semester / first - year finals, veterinary medical school

... ... about myself to be pregnant for my first time ever ... ... the very next April.

I cannot imagine.  Even now.   Being that brave a mama.