August 12, 2004

Middle Initials

In the previously mentioned uproar about the gun t-shirt, one of the frothers offered up two dots for which we are expected to believe a connection. In the same year that the Ku Klux Klan was first outlawed, the National Rifle was founded. Not mentioned, because it doesn't fit the agended stereotype is that the NRA was founded in New York by generals from the Federal side who saw that the forces of good would have prevailed more quickly if the U.S. were a nation of riflemen. One other significance, aside from casting doubt on the alleged racist history, is that this is why it was New York state law which prohibited the NRA from cancelling their annual meeting in Colorado so soon after the evil at Columbine.

There were other interesting events which took place in the year 1871. There were simultaneous fires of suspicious origin in Peshtigo, Wisconsin and Chicago Illinois. U.S. Patent #110,626 was issued to Henry W. Bradley of Binghamton, New York for an "improved compound for culinary use" called margarine. Things got so bad in Paris before the surrender to the Prussions that a zoo elephant was killed for food.

The event of 1871 which has the most relevance to the Internet took place in Africa when the explorer Stanley found Dr. Livingstone I. Presume, obviously the precursor of such spamming entities as Handgun P. Osprey, Pesticide O. Oxidizer, Wandering L. Shrews, and Creepies J. Clergyman, none of whom know how to spell.

Posted by triticale at August 12, 2004 09:13 PM

I love it when people try to make historical connections when they have no real clue of the history involved. They read something somewhere, take it as gospel, and spew idiocy. Makes for some fun reading though, if you're in the right frame of mind.

Posted by: Teresa at August 13, 2004 04:30 PM
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