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A belated happy Lenin's birthday

Just when you think it's safe to go out of the house, like maybe to celebrate Earth Day, you discover the loonies are still lying in wait.

This one's a classic, by someone named David Ziemer writing online in the Wisconsin Law Journal. He has discovered -- aha! -- that Earth Day is Vladimir Lenin's birthday, and, well, you know the rest:

It's appropriate that the two are celebrated on the same day, because there is no relevant difference between the socialist and environmentalist agendas in this country.

The John Birch Society peddled this ridiculous claim about Lenin's birthday in 1970 -- the first  Earth Day fell on the 100th anniversary of Lenin's birth.  Earth Day Founder Gaylord Nelson patiently explained that with 3.7-billion people in the world at the time, every day was the birthday of some 10-million people, some good and some bad, some alive and some dead.  April 22 was also the birthday of St. Francis of Assisi, who some consider the first environmentalist, as well as being the birthday of Queen Isabella of Spain and -- most importantly, Nelson said -- "my Aunt Tillie."

Amazing that this still circulates 40 years later -- and in a law journal  at  that.

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April 23, 2010 - 5:58pm

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