H is for Hundred

I have been working hard this month at my blog HSD writing about people who lived in 1921 in the A to Z Blogging challenge. As a supplement to that work here are 10 things that took place in 1921.

Thing 1: According to babynames.it In 1921 The most popular Boy’s name in the U.S. was John and the most popular girls name was Mary. In 2015 (The last available data at babynames.it) John was ranked26th and Mary was down to 124th

Thing 2: In 1921 Boeing which has been a furniture maker before it began to manufacture airplanes. In 1921 it discontiued furniture altogether.

Thing 3: In 1921 John A. Larson invented the first lie detector and it was originally called a polygraph.

Thing 4: On March 4th, 1921 congress approves the burial of an unidentified soldier who died in WW I. While not fully completed until 1932, Warren G. Harding dedicated the tomb to the unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day 2021.

Thing 5: April 2nd 1921 Albert Einstein spoke in New York on his theory of relativity. Einstein received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics but did not receive it until 1922.

Thing 6: May 30, 1921 Tommy Milton wins 9th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Thing 7: July 14, 1921 Nicola Sacco & Bartolomo Vanzetti were found guilty of the 1920 murder of F.A. Parmenter. They were executed 6 years later after many appeals.

Thing 8: July 18, 1921 Babe Ruth hits his 139th home run in Detorit’s Navin Field. This broke the home run record previously held by Roger Connor of 138. Ruth added 596 more dingers in his storied career. Ruth held the record at 714 until 47 years ago tonight when Hank Aaron surpassed him with #715.

In 1921 Babe Ruth broke the single season home run record for the third time in 3 years. He broke it again in 1927. Here is a chart showing who owned the record immediately prior to and after the Bambino.

PlayerYearHr
Ned Williamson188427
Babe Ruth191929
Babe Ruth192054
Babe Ruth192159
Babe Ruth192760
Roger Maris196161

Thing 9: August 3 , 1921 Eight members of the 1921 “Black Sox” were banned by Baseball Commissioner Kennesaw “Mountain” Landis from Major League Baseball for life.

Regardless of the verdict of juries, no player that throws a ball game; no player that undertakes or promises to throw a ball game; no player that sits in a conference with a bunch of crooked players and gamblers where the ways and means of throwing ball games are planned and discussed and does not promptly tell his club about it, will ever play professional baseball. Of course, I don’t know that any of these men will apply for reinstatement, but if they do, the above are at least a few of the rules that will be enforced. Just keep in mind that, regardless of the verdict of juries, baseball is competent to protect itself against crooks, both inside and outside the game.

Kennesaw “Mountain” Landis

Thing 10: October 13 1921 New York Giants defeat New York Yankees in last best 5 of 9 World Series.

That is what’s happening 100 years ago. To see more about 1921 click here for more A to Z challenge at HSD. . Click here to see more blogs participating in the 2021 challenge.

Happy Birthday to Chris and Al.

My younger brother turns 55 today. Happy Birthday Christopper John!

This is not a picture of my brother,

That is a picture of former White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle who shares a birthday with my brother. When Chris was turning 13 Buehrle was born.

My brother is not a White Sox Fan. (He does have many fine qualities, that is just not among them.) So focussing on the former Burlington Bee would not really mean anything to my brother.

This is also not a picture of my brother.

That is a picture of former Mad Magazine artist and writer Al Jaffee. He also shares a birthday with Chris . When Chris was born, It was Mr. Jaffee’s 45th birthday. Today may be a milestone for Chris at 55 , but it is quite the acheivement for Jaffee as he hits 100.


Like most boys growing up in the 70’s we were big fans of Mad Magazine. Jaffee, who retired from Mad in 2020 was most known for the Mad Fold-in. Which originated in 1964. (I also originated in 1964, but I digress)

A fold in was Jaffee’s homage to the fold out posters that are in some magazines. In true Mad fashion, he inverted the idea made one drawing that when folded in would reveal a gag,.that somehow responded to the original drawing.

This was Jaffee’s final fold in from last year when he retired from Mad.

In my blog HSD , I am participating in the A to Z challenge again this year. My theme is people who were alive in 1921. Al Jaffee is one of those people and may get an honorable mention when it comes to the letter J. To find out more about the A to Z challenge click here.

Because of Covid, I have not seen my brother since 2019 even though we live relatively close to each other. we are planning on getting our families together again soon.

Until then Chris, I hope you enjoy your birthday. I have many fond memories of our childhood and I like the man you have become. Now become a White Sox fan, and you may have something.

The Politics of Christianity

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Dave Handles the Tough Issues

The other day I overheard my wife Amy ask the following question:

“How come all the people I know who are protesting the stay at home order are Christians and the people I know who are defending the order are not?”

It is a great question, one that she’s going to ask our small group leader when we meet next. It got me thinking not only about that question but about some broader questions that her question made me ponder. One of these was: Is american evangelicalism becoming more about politics and less about following Christ?

Wikipeidia defines Evangelicalism as

Evangelicalism (/ˌiːvænˈdʒɛlɪkəlɪzəm, ˌɛvæn-, -ən/), evangelical Christianity, or evangelical Protestantism, is a worldwide, trans-denominational movement within Protestant Christianity that maintains the belief that the essence of the Gospel consists of the doctrine of salvation by grace alone, solely through faith in Jesus’s atonement.] Evangelicals believe in the centrality of the conversion or “born again” experience in receiving salvation, in the authority of the Bible as God‘s revelation to humanity, and in spreading the Christian message.

Wikipedia

That simply is what I mean when I say that I am a Christian. I’ve been saved by God through Christ’s life, death and resurrection, I believe the Bible is the Word of God and I believe that I am called to share this good news to all. “Christian” may mean other things to other people, but this is what I mean by it. Also, since we are doing definitions, when I say “Church” I mean the world wide group of Christians per the above definition.

My concern is that evangelicalism at least in America seems to be adding to the Wikipedia definition. Which leads us back to Amy’s question. Why was all the support she was seeing for the stay at home order coming from those who believed differently than she does and everything she was seeing in opposition to the stay at home order coming from “like minded” believers.

Now it doesn’t surprise me that there is a political divide in this country about the response to the corona virus. There seems to be a political divide in this country about everything these days. We all seem to have been transported into a Seussian childrens’ book entitled “Red State, Blue State.” I get that. What I don’t get is that the evangelical church seems to have picked sides.

I remember 30 to 40 years ago when the republican party was courting the evangelical vote, but since then it seems like they’ve got engaged to it. Why is the church getting engaged to the republican party when we are supposed to be the Bride of Christ?

My political beliefs tend to originate from my Christian faith. A better way to say that is my faith informs my political preferences. I do vote republican much of the time, but there have been many instances where my faith has informed me the better candidate was not riding on the elephant. I have received much grief, even ridicule over the years for this practice. Some people it seems, have their political preference inform their faith. A few years ago a young man who had just moved to our near Chicago suburb from downstate Illinois visited our youth group. While introducing himself he said something to the effect of “Of course I’m a Christian I’m a Republican.”

Over the years I have seen a growing tendency to think the exact thing. This kind of thinking has had many evangelical leaders promote Republican dogma like it’s a tenet of the Christian faith. One of my heroes, the late Billy Graham, has 3 very instructive quotes regarding the mix of politics and religion.

…  it would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it.

Billy Graham – Parade Magazine 1981


“I’m just going to preach the gospel and am not going to get off on all these hot-button issues. If I get on these other subjects, it divides the audience on an issue that is not the issue I’m promoting. I’m just promoting the gospel.”

Billy Graham 2005 – quoted in What Billy Graham taught us about a healthy relationship between religion and politics – Deseret News 2/21/2018

“I’m trying to stay out of it and just keep preaching the gospel, because there’s nothing coming out of Washington or any of those places that are going to save the world or transform men and women. It’s Christ,”

Billy Graham 1987 – quoted in What Billy Graham taught us about a healthy relationship between religion and politics – Deseret News 2/21/2018

I think that Graham’s quotes are even more instructive when you consider in his lifetime he met and prayed with every president from Truman to Obama.

Unfortunately not everyone agrees with Graham on this. I have been embarrassed and outraged by how unchristian much of the political rehtoric I see by fellow believers. Our President had his share of rants during the early days of his daily co-vid briefings. On at least 2 occasions he went off on journalists who were asking valid questions. In both cases, I saw on Facebook people I respected saying the reporters deserved those attacks and not one apology for our President’s behavior. One person referred to one rant as one of the best things he ever heard him say. The main gist of the commentary was that the left deserved everything the President was doling out.

As a Christian I believe that the only thing I deserve is a Christless eternity as a result of my own sins. I also beleieve that my salvation comes from God through Christ and is taught in the Bible. Nothing else is needed. When evangelicals defend unchristian behavior because they like the politics behind it they are not showing an understanding of Christ’s redemptive love to a watching world.

I am very passionate about political involvement. I have written many blog posts, letters to the editor and letters to my elected officials regarding my beliefs. I have had many politically charged conversations and firmly believe that I have a duty and a responibility to share my convictions with my representatives.

Another passion I have is my passion to shower the world with the love of Christ. If I had to choose between passions I hope I’d choose the passion mandated in the Bible. Jesus states this passion very succinctly in the book of John …

12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

John 15:12-13

As I come to an end of my thoughts about Christianity and politics, I will try to circle back and answer my wife’s question. The Christian response to the Covid 19 situation, or any situation for that matter, should be the response that speaks in the economy of God rather than man. Man’s economy may be all about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. God’s economy is about experiencing Christ’s love, sharing that love and putting others needs ahead of your own.

Saturday Six Word Story Prompt.

Last month I was visiting blogs for the a to z challenge road trip and I came upon A blog called Keith’s Ramblings. I really enjoyed his theme and I like his flash fiction so I have returned a few times since. When I visited his blog today I saw that he was participating in something called The Saturday Six word story prompt (6WSP) at My Random Ramblings. Each Saturday the host gives a prompt and then you write a six word story that is about the prompt but does not need to contain the word.

Since I already participated in a 6 sentence story, I thought a 6 word story wouldbe kind of fun. This weeks word was Coffee. What I decided to do was write 2 stories and then I had my wife and daughter vote on which one to submit.

Today’s winner…

Coffee, not my cup of tea.

For more 6WSP click here.

A to Z Roadtrip 2020

Every year, a few weeks after the A to Z challenge has ended, the A to Z road trip begins. The A to Z road trip is a challenge to go back and review all the particpating posts from the challwnge before the beginning of next year. Here is a link to the 374 blogs suitable to all ages that particpated in the challege this year. If you are stopping by from the challenge, I have constructed this post for you so you can link to all my a to z 2020 posts. I have also constructed a page that does the same thing.

My theme this year was Capitals, but that is somewhat misleading. While I have a few posts that give information about the capital itself, most of my submission are based on what pops in to my mind when I think of that capital. It was a crazy bumpy covid lock down ride. Some times more than one capital was listed in the same post, so don’t be confused if you link to the same post from different letters.

Most of my posts also include links to previous years a to z submissions form the same letter, so feel free to visit them as well.

Enjoy your visit and have a wonderful road trip. I will also try to visit all the participating blogs before 3.31.21 and hope to feauture some of my reactions to them in upcoming entries.

To go directly back to the a to z challenge page click here.

Albany, New York

Boston, Massachusetts

Columbia, South Carolina

Dover, Delaware

Edinburgh, Scotland

Frankfort, Kentucky

Georgetown, Guyana

Honolulu, Hawaii

Indianapolis, Indiana

Jerusalem, Israel

Kaskaskia*, Illinois

* Previous Capital

Lansing, Michigan

Madison, Wisconsin

Nashville, Tennessee

Olympia, Washington

Pierre, South Dakota

Quito, Ecuador

Raleigh, North Carolina

Springfield, Illinois

Tallahassee, Florida

Ulan-Ude, Buryatia*

*Russian republic

Victoria, British Columbia*

*Province of Canada

Washington D.C., USA

Xalapa, Vera Cruz*

*State of Mexico

Yucatan, Yucatan

*State of Mexico

Zanesville*, Ohio

* Previous Capital

Trip Over. To go directly to my a to z 2020 archive page click here. To go back to the a to z challenge page click here.