October 28

Feast of Saints Simon and Jude. Both men were apostles of Jesus. Simon was known as "the Zealot" and Jude (not Judas) was also called Thaddaeus. Rainy weather is expected around this time in October in England, so it is said,

On Saint Jude's Day
The oxen may play. (they are given the day off from farm work because of rain)

Auto dealers in Pennsylvania were pleased with a new law that allowed private owners of station wagons to haul bulky items without buying commercial license plates, 1959.

Gen. Charles de Gaulle ordered French resistance fighters to turn in their weapons, 1944, presumably to reduce bloodshed in attacks on collaborators.

Germany was forcing thousands of Jews into Poland, which was not known as a destination friendly to them, 1938.

John D. Rockefeller's gift of $1 million to research a cure for hookworm disease in the South was announced, 1909.

Composer Howard Hanson was born, 1896. His works include the Merry Mount opera and the “Nordic” Symphony.

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated, 1886.

The management of Yellowstone National Park reported that 20,000 visitors had been to the park in 1883. The year's most notable visitor was President Chester A. Arthur.

A Boston town meeting agreed that merchants would stop importing British goods to protest the Townshend Act excise taxes, 1767.

The Massachusetts legislature approved the founding of Harvard College, 1636, and appropriated 400 English pounds for start-up expenses.

Desiderius Erasmus, humanist, was born, 1467.

It is observable that the Christian Religion seems to have some relation to Folly, and no alliance at all with wisdom. Of the truth whereof, if you desire farther proof than my bare word, you may please first to consider that children, women, old men, and fools, led as it were by a secret impulse of nature, are always most constant in repairing to church, and most zealous, devout, and attentive in the performance of the several parts of divine service; nay, the first promulgators of the gospel, and the first converts to Christianity, were men of plainness and simplicity, wholly unacquainted with secular policy or learning.
Farther, there are none more silly, or nearer their wits' end, than those who are too superstitiously religious. They are profusely lavish in their charity; they invite fresh affronts by an easy forgiveness of past injuries; they suffer themselves to be imposed upon by laying claim to the innocence of the dove; they make it the interest of no person to oblige them, because they will love and do good to their enemies, as much as to their most endearing friends; they banish all pleasure, feeding upon the penance of watching, weeping, fasting, sorrow and reproach; they value not their lives, but with St. Paul, wish to be dissolved, and covet the fiery trial of martyrdom; in a word, they seem altogether so destitute of common sense, that their soul seems already separated from the dead and inactive body. And what else can we imagine all this to be than downright madness? -- Erasmus: Praise of Folly [This qualifies to be filed under Curdled Comments by Caustic Writers]

"Mother," said a little boy after his walk, "I've seen a man who makes horses."
"Are you sure?" asked his mother.
"Yes," he replied. "He had a horse nearly finished when I saw him. He was just nailing on his feet."

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression. -- Thomas Paine

Scientists have found the gene for shyness. They would have found it years ago, but it was hiding behind a couple of other genes. -- Jonathan Katz

Proverbs 18:9 (American Standard Version)

  He also that is slack in his work is brother to him that is a destroyer.

58 Average High Temperature in Boise

38 Average Low Temperature in Boise

8 16 a.m. Sunrise

6 41 p.m. Sunset