We’ve heard of amnesia. Few of us have ever really encountered anyone actually getting amnesia and our knowledge of the condition is generally limited to tv shows or movies. There was the recent case of the man in Seattle who apparently had amnesia. Many people speculated that he was faking it. But, amnesia is apparently more common than we think. Transient Global Amnesia occurs with some frequency in people over 50. It is triggered when there is strenuous activity. That would include bowel movements. That’s got to be some trauma…both the event that caused the amnesia and the resulting amnesia. But, there is another fairly common causation. Sex. This woman suffered from amnesia after sex with her husband. Oh, she finally recovered but she can’t recall one thing: having sex with her husband. Experts say she must have had fun.
On This Date In History: The 19th Amendment to the Constitution that guaranteed women the right to vote was not ratified until August of 1920. However, on this date in 1916, Jeanette Rankin(bio) was basking in the glow of becoming the first woman elected to Congress on the previous day. How does that work?
Well, western states were in a somewhat leadership position regarding suffragettes. Wyoming gave women the vote in 1869 when it was still a territory. Utah, Idaho and Colorado voted for the suffragettes by the turn of the century. One must remember, there is no such thing as a Federal Election. All elections are state or local. So, states can pass their own voting laws. Rankin was from Montana and after working in New York as a social worker and getting involved in the women’s suffrage movement. She moved home to Montana in 1914 because she believed that the western states offered the best opportunity to gain women’s suffrage due to their pioneering spirit that she thought gave more respect to women and their ability. She was right because shortly after she moved there, women in Montana got the right to vote. She was elected to Congress in 1916 with strong support from men and women. When she went to Washington, the nation looked to see if she could handle the office.
Handling the office was not an issue. What became an issue was her strongly held beliefs. She was elected as a Progressive Republican and she held strong pacifist views. When the vote to enter World War I came up, she voted against it. Even though 55 other Congressmen voted against it, she was ridiculed by many as not having the ability to take on the responsibility of national office. Others though said she showed strong, courageous leadership in her vote. She remained in office through World War II. She held on to her convictions and voted against that war too. She is the only member of Congress to have voted against the United States entry in both world wars. This time, she voted alone.
Seems Jeanette was one of those who thought that President Roosevelt had deliberately provoked the attack on Pearl Harbor. That didn’t sit well with anyone, including her constituents in Montana. So, instead of being defeated, she declined to run in 1943. But, she wasn’t done. In 1968, the 88 year old Rankin led a march on Washington to protest the Vietnam War. Rankin died in 1973 but you’ve to admire her. While I would not necessarily agree with her positions, one has to acknowledge that, unlike most politicians, she had a core belief and never knuckled under and remained active in promoting that belief until her last breath. Rather remarkable on many levels if you think about it. The Jeanette Rankin Foundation awards scholarships or low-income women over the age of 35.
Weather Bottom Line: A spectacular Sunday will lead us into an almost equally as nice Monday. Perhaps it’s time to use up that extra sick day for the year. Highs again will be in the low 70′s with some folks perhaps pushing the mid 70′s. But, clouds will be on the increase late in the day. A cold front is sweeping down from the west and northwest. Chances for rain will start to increase late Monday evening and continue to rise into Tuesday when there will be a pretty fair chance for rain and maybe some rumbles of thunder. However, I suspect that the best chance for rain will be sometime before sunrise to just after midday so there will probably be insufficient heating to create much noise. The rest of the week into the weekend look pretty quiet with highs in the low 60′s with mid 60′s perhaps by Friday. It is this front that will pick up Hurricane Ida.