I know. I’m late to the party, but I recently watched the best movie I’ve seen in a long time, Hidden Figures. The film, a biographical drama based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, is the story of three brilliant African-American mathematicians, Katherine Goble Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson who worked at NASA, each leaving her own indelible mark on history. Katherine Goble Johnson calculated trajectories for Project Mercury, Friendship 7, Apollo 11 and Space Shuttle missions. Dorothy Vaughan was NASA’s first African-American supervisor and Mary Jackson attended graduate school at night to become NASA’s first female engineer. These women sought to achieve equality by challenging unfair labor practices and discrimination at NASA in 1961. Their story, and others like it, sparked what historians call “the second wave of feminism,” marking the 1960s as a decade of profound cultural transition which forever altered the role of women in American society.
Today is National Dog Day and in case you’ve ever wondered how your best friend “sees” the world, check out this video.
In honor of my best friend, here’s a post from 2011. RIP Pudge, you’re still THE BEST DOG IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE.
[RELATED POST: Dear Georgia: Thank You]
Thank you for your interest in the great state of Georgia. I’m writing to let you know your attempts to undermine our special congressional election for the vacated sixth district seat fell woefully short. In other words, you failed to #FlipTheSixth.
Bless your hearts. A defeat like that must sting like the dickens, but this should bouy your spirits: in the race for most money raised, John Ossoff blew Congresswoman-elect Karen Handel out of the water thanks to y’all. [RELATED: John Ossoff Reported Three Times as Many Donations from SF Bay Area than Georgia in Two Months] Evidently the number of donations you Golden Staters made to your golden boy’s campaign dwarfed the financial support he received from actual Georgians. Unfortunately, political contributor or not, one must actually live (cough…Ossoff…cough) in Georgia’s sixth district to vote in it.
A funny thing happened as Vice President Mike Pence approached the podium to give his commencement address at the University of Notre Dame last weekend. Several dozen students quietly filed out of their own graduation exercises because…resist y’all! Plenty of folks are trumpeting the praises of these young people for their courage (insert sarcasm). Not me. It’s probably no secret how irritating I find a bunch of twenty-something-year-olds who believe they have nothing to gain from the wisdom of a person who is experienced and accomplished enough to be the vice president of the greatest and most powerful nation on the planet, but I won’t condemn them for being arrogant and disrespectful. You can’t talk the entitled out of being
stupid offended. It’s futile.