May Day is the day that we traditionally get our military hardware out and parade it around Moscow and Havana. It is also International Worker’s Day and International Labor Day. As with all holidays, there are spooky ancient origins as well. May Day is the half way point between Solstice and Equinox, so it is a good day for a blood sacrifice, ritual sex, or repainting the temple. Whatever suits your particular “world view.”
For instance, in America, it is the day the President of the United States pretends to fly a Fighter Jet on to an Aircraft Carrier where he declaires:
[The Hip Hop Rapper here is Brother Ali, home grown in South Minneapolis. Thanks Asha for turning me on to “United Snakes”]
Well, to be honest, this only happened once, and it was five years ago, and in reference to Iraq. The ritual nature of that event is evident in the total disconnect between the activity and reality. Everyone, especially those in the field in the military, and diplomats in West Asia, were utterly astounded at Bush’s announcement because the mission was very clearly nothing like accomplished.
This is also the day, in 1997, when Tasmania decriminalized homosexuality, and the day Rodney King made his second public television appearance to say:
“People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?”
That was just ritual as well, as it turns out.
In 1945 on this day, German Radio made the following announcement:
Adolf Hitler has fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany
It appears that he really was dead, but rather than fighting to the end (one imagines him behind his desk with a luger in one hand and a sword in the other, decapitating and blasting Russian cossacks piling into the room from several directions) he actually passed away in a drug induced haze or shot himself or something.
Not said on this day, but worth noting:
“Racism, left unchecked, will inevidibly lead to holocaust” … Mischa Penn
Another famous statement made on this day, in 1961, was by the now very nearly dead Dr. Fidel Castro, on canceling elections:
… bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla … The revolution has no time for elections. ……. bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla
(The bla bla bla part is meant to represent that he was famous for giving impossibly long speeches.)