Thursday, July 22, 2021

Today -100: July 22, 1921: Of American bread, immunity, and klans

Headline of the Day -100:  

As proof that half of Russians have “returned to the mental and physical level of the Middle Ages,” the NYT claims millions of Russian peasants are moving to Moscow where “American bread” is said to be being distributed, while other hordes are moving East to meet with a rumored new Tsar.

Illinois Gov. Len Small fails to show up in court to give bail, saying he’s immune from arrest because the state constitution makes the 3 branches of government equal, so for him to go on trial for his many crimes would be to subordinate the executive branch to the judicial. Two consecutive Illinois governors in the 1890s also refused to be arrested.

49 members of the Texas Legislature request a bill aimed at the Ku Klux Klan (presumably the disguised men in white behind recent tar-and-featherings. The NYT has reported several incidents without offering any hint about what the victims’ offenses may have been. It also it hasn’t specified their race, which means they’re white). The proposed bill would ban people in disguise punishing people against whom no legal complaint has been filed.

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