90 years ago today the Titanic left Southhampton, England for Manhattan.
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are two shots off the lead as we head into the weekend at the Masters.
We're all for exercise, and even Triathlons, but the opening round of the World Championship Triathlon is taking place in the harbour in Sydney, Australia. Due to concerns from the competitors, boats are being equipped with special electronic shark repellant devices. It seems like it's tempting fate to send so many swimmers at once in to waters populated by sharks.
Vermont Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy was the most junior member of the Senate when in 1975 he was asked to vote on President Ford's nomination of John Paul Stevens to the Supreme Court. Recall that at the time Ford nominated Stevens, he was an unelected President gearing up for perhaps one of the most difficult elections in American Presidential History.
Here's what Leahy said he did as a young Democratic Senator when asked to vote on a Republican nominee to the Supreme Court during those unprecedented times:
"As a young, freshman senator, it was a privilege to support his confirmation in 1975."
Just less than three years after the Court decided Roe v. Wade, Stevens was confirmed by a vote of 98-0. He was not asked one single question about abortion at his confirmation hearings.
The country was a few years removed from the Vietnam war and Watergate, and our senators, rather than seeking to play politics with every possible issue to exploit the weakness of the other party, joined together to help lead and heal the country.
There's nothing about that last sentence that holds true today.
Enjoy your weekend.