Today is the First Saturday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and today is the last day of the current Church year. With no Saints to honor, we note that today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. And today is the SEC Football Championship Game between #4 Auburn and #6 Georgia.
The First Saturday of each month is dedicated to devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Today is the last day of the current Church year, as tomorrow will be the First Sunday of Advent, which starts the new Church Year. Turning to the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, the United Nations General Council on December 2nd, 1949 approved The Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others. As of December 2013, eighty-two states were party to the convention. An additional thirteen states had signed the convention but had not yet ratified it. Signatories are charged with three obligations under the 1949 Convention: prohibition of trafficking, specific administrative and enforcement measures, and social measures aimed at trafficked persons. The 1949 Convention presented two shifts in perspective of the trafficking problem in that it viewed prostitutes as victims of the procurers, and in that it eschews the terms “white slave traffic” and “women,” using for the first time race- and gender-neutral language. To fall under the provisions of the 1949 Convention, the trafficking need not cross international lines. One of the main reasons the Convention has not been ratified by many countries is because it also applies to voluntary prostitution, because of the presence of the term “even with the consent of that person” in Article 1; in several countries voluntary prostitution is legal and is regulated as an occupation. The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, first celebrated in 1986, is a yearly event on December 2nd, organized by the United Nations General Assembly. Today is the SEC Football Championship game, to determine the winner of the Southeastern Conference. The game will be played between the #4 Auburn Tigers (for the West) and the #6 Georgia Bulldogs (for the East) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia; this is the first time that the game will be played at this venue. On November 11th, 2017, the two teams played their rivalry game, which Auburn won by the score of 40 to 17, so essentially the SEC Championship game will be a rematch. This will be the first SEC Championship game with new SEC on CBS Announcer Brad Nessler replacing Verne Lundquist, who retired in 2016.
Last night our New Orleans Pelicans lost their NBA game with the Utah Jazz by the score of 108 to 114.
On waking up to get ready for work, with a headache, I posted to Facebook that today was the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, and that today is the SEC Championship Game. My headache was worse after I did my Book Devotional Reading, to the point where I called in, and Richard went to work without me. I went back to bed; meanwhile, Richard signed the Early Out list, and at the Pre-Shift Meeting they called my name for an Early Out ticket (which I lost, since I had called in, as opposed to being scheduled off). He was on Three Card Poker, then on Mini Baccarat, until he got out at 7:15 am and came home.
I woke up (again) at 10:30 am. I ate my lunch salad and read the morning paper, then I did my Internet Devotional Reading and said the Fourth Day of my Novena to the Immaculate Conception. Richard paid the bills (we got paid last night, via the miracle of Direct Deposit), and I set up my medications for next week (I have one prescription to renew on Monday). I then plugged the bill payments Richard had done into my Checkbook Pro app. Then, I finished putting out the secular Christmas decorations, and Richard put the boxes of stuff back in the closet for me. I left for church at about 2:45 pm, or after fifteen minutes before kickoff at the SEC Championship Game between the #4 Auburn Tigers (for the West) and the #6 Georgia Bulldogs (for the East) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. At the church I went to Confession, lit my candle, said my Rosary, and attended the Anticipated Mass for the First Sunday of Advent. After Mass I purchased an ornament from the Catholic Daughters, who had a table set up outside. I arrived home at 5:15 pm, with the very nearly full moon rising; Georgia is leading over Auburn by the score of 10 to 7 in the third quarter. And now I will finish this Daily Update and go to bed. Our New Orleans Pelicans (11-11, 2-1) will be playing an Away NBA game with the Portland Trailblazers (13-9, 2-1); I will record the score of the game in tomorrow’s Daily Update.
Tomorrow is the First Sunday of Advent. Tomorrow is also the Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest (died 1552), and the anniversary of when I was hired again by the casino (after being terminated, due to the time I had to take off for my colon cancer surgery and recovery) in 2001. We will go to work (I will attend the Sunday Pre-Shift Meeting, having missed the Saturday Pre-Shift Meeting), and on my breaks I will continue reading magazines. The Full Moon will arrive at 9:49 am. On our way home I will stop at Walmart for some batteries, Christmas glitter wrap (for the Advent Candle plate), and Christmas candy. After I make my lunch salads for Monday and Tuesday and eat my Sunday salad while reading the Sunday papers, I will put out the Catholic decorations (my Counted Cross Stitch Nativity, my Advent candles, and the crèche). I will then do my Daily Update, light my Advent candle, and go to bed for the duration. Our New Orleans Saints (8-3, 2-0) will be playing a must-win division home NFL game with the Carolina Panthers (8-3, 2-1) at 3:25 pm; I will record the score of the game in Monday’s Daily Update.
Our Parting Quote on this First Saturday afternoon comes to us from George T. Sakato, American soldier. Born in 1921 in Colton, California, his first-generation Japanese parents owned a barber shop. When he was a youngster, the Sakato family moved to Redlands, California, and operated a meat market and grocery. Weeks after the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, the Sakatos moved to Phoenix rather than be shipped to an internment camp. Sakato sought to enlist in the Army Air Forces about a year later. He was rejected, however, since the Military was classifying Nisei (second-generation children of Japanese immigrants) as enemy foreigners, notwithstanding their indisputable American citizenship. Another year would pass before he was allowed to enlist. When he did, in March 1944, Sakato believed he had been accepted by the Air Forces, but when his troop train arrived at Camp Blanding, Florida, he learned he had been taken by the Army. He was trained as an infantryman. Being quite short, he was unable to climb eight-foot walls, and he was unable to hit targets on the range with his rife. The Army shipped him to Europe nonetheless, assigning him to the Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team. In the Vosges Mountains of northeast France in October 1944, near Biffontaine, the Japanese-Americans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team rescued, amid heavy casualties, more than two hundred soldiers from the Texas National Guard, who had been trapped by the Germans and who came to be known as the Lost Battalion. Private Sakato engaged in extraordinary feats of heroism. He killed five German soldiers and captured four others, then made a one-man rush under heavy fire that enabled his squad to destroy a German strongpoint atop a hill. When his squad leader was killed in a counterattack, he took charge, killed another seven enemy soldiers and assisted in taking thirty-four prisoners in all. Private Sakato received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army’s second-highest award for bravery. He was also recommended for the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor. But like other Asian-American soldiers at a time when the Japanese represented the enemy, he was denied it. Only one Japanese-American had received the Medal of Honor during World War II or immediately afterward. That soldier, Private Sadao Munemori, was honored posthumously in 1946. He had fallen on an exploding grenade to save two fellow soldiers alongside him during the Italian campaign. Sakato was evacuated to the United States with a battle wound. He settled in Denver, married, and became a postal worker. In the 1990s and 2000s there was a Pentagon inquiry pressed by Senator Daniel K. Akaka of Hawaii to identify Asian-Americans who may have deserved the Medal of Honor in World War II but did not receive it, presumably because of prejudicial attitudes. On June 21st, 2000. in a gesture of belated recognition, Sakato and twenty-one other Asian-Americans (all but two of them of Japanese ancestry) were finally awarded the Medal of Honor by President Bill Clinton in a ceremony at the White House. The recipients included Senator Akaka’s colleague from Hawaii, Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who lost an arm fighting in Italy. Fifteen of the medals were awarded posthumously, those recipients having either died in the war or afterward. Sakato was the last survivor of the seven living Japanese-American veterans to whom tribute was paid more than a half a century after they fought gallantly for a nation that feared and loathed their people (died 2015): “I don’t know whether I deserve that medal. But I do know the 442nd R.C.T. always seemed to be in the thick of every fight. We didn’t ask questions. We just did our duty. We were willing to die for our country.”