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Leadership

Lieutenant General Jay Silveria, Superintendent of the Air Force Academy shows what leadership is all about.

Trump’s Tweetstorm attacking San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, is what being a thin-skinned schmuck is all about.

When asked about the Tweetstorm, Lieutenant General Russel Honore, retired, the eventual commander of the Katrina response shows how to deal with schmucks: “I have no reaction,” he said tersely. “The mayor is living on a cot. I hope the president has a good day at golf.”

September 30, 2017   10 Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Maria – Day 15

Post-Tropical Cyclone MariaPosition: 42.0N 43.9W [ 4PM CDT 2100 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [065°] near 32 mph [52 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 65 mph [105 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 230 miles [370 km].
Minimum central pressure: 991 mb ↑.

Currently about 560 miles [ 895 km] East-Southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

This is the final NHC advisory.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 30, 2017   Comments Off on Post-Tropical Cyclone Maria – Day 15

Post-Tropical Cyclone Lee – Day 13

Post-Tropical Cyclone LeePosition: 46.7N 35.6W [ 4AM CDT 0900 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [050°] near 51 mph [81 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 70 mph [115 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 150 miles [220 km].
Minimum central pressure: 998 mb.

Currently about 745 miles [1195 km] North-Northwest of the Azores.

Lee has gone post-tropical. This is the final [for the second time] NHC advisory.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 30, 2017   Comments Off on Post-Tropical Cyclone Lee – Day 13

Tropical Storm Maria – Day 14

Tropical Storm MariaPosition: 38.6N 53.9W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [070°] near 31 mph [50 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Wind Gusts: 80 mph [130 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 255 miles [405 km].
Minimum central pressure: 988 mb.

Currently about 560 miles [ 900 km] South of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 29, 2017   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Maria – Day 14

Tropical Storm Lee – Day 12

Tropical Storm LeePosition: 44.3N 42.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [060°] near 41 mph [67 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Wind Gusts: 70 mph [115 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Minimum central pressure: 998 mb ↑.

Currently about 925 miles [1490 km] West-Northwest of the Azores.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 29, 2017   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Lee – Day 12

Tropical Storm Maria – Day 13

Tropical Storm MariaPosition: 37.1N 65.5W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East [080°] near 17 mph [28 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph [100 kph].
Wind Gusts: 80 mph [130 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 230 miles [370 km].
Minimum central pressure: 985 mb.

Currently about 335 miles [ 535 km] North of Bermuda.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 28, 2017   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Maria – Day 13

Hurricane Lee – Day 11

Hurricane LeePosition: 36.3N 54.6W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [045°] near 22 mph [35 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 80 mph [130 kph].
Wind Gusts: 100 mph [160 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 90 miles [150 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 35 miles [ 55 km].
Minimum central pressure: 994 mb ↑.

Currently about 645 miles [1035 km] East-Northeast of Bermuda.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 28, 2017   Comments Off on Hurricane Lee – Day 11

They Are US Citizens

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are American territories. Their citizens are US citizens. People wondered: Does Trump care about Puerto Rico’s hurricane victims? No, he doesn’t and he still hasn’t mentioned the Virgin Islands which also got smashed.

When he finally made a statement whoever briefed him failed to explain they are in the Caribbean, not the Atlantic. While he believes them to be very difficult to reach, by Friday of last week Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, had visited both and brought supplies and emergency personnel with him.

When he finally mentioned Puerto Rico, Trump was more concerned about the money Puerto Rico owes Wall Street than the disaster the people are experiencing. He has refused to suspend the Jones Act that requires goods shipped between US ports be carried on US flagged vessels with US crews. He suspended the Act for both Florida and Texas which have road access, but not the islands.

Trump is, was, and always will be a schmuck.

Update: This morning the “White House” announced that the Jones Act would be suspended to help the relief efforts for Puerto Rico. Note that Trump didn’t announce this, it came from the “White House” [via Twitter, of course].

September 27, 2017   2 Comments

Hurricane Maria – Day 12

Hurricane MariaPosition: 36.8N 71.5W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [040°] near 7 mph [11 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 75 mph [120 kph].
Wind Gusts: 100 mph [160 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 230 miles [370 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Minimum central pressure: 979 mb.

Currently about 250 miles [ 400 km] East-Northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 27, 2017   Comments Off on Hurricane Maria – Day 12

Hurricane Lee – Day 10

Hurricane LeePosition: 31.7N 57.3W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northwest [345°] near 7 mph [11 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 110 mph [175 kph].
Wind Gusts: 135 mph [215 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 90 miles [150 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 35 miles [ 55 km].
Minimum central pressure: 966 mb ↑.

Currently about 440 miles [ 710 km] East of Bermuda.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 27, 2017   Comments Off on Hurricane Lee – Day 10

I Break For Pirates

While watching hurricanes and cat-sitting I have failed to acknowledge some great “pirate” posts. Ellroon has just what you need to take notes at a meeting of pirates, while Cheezburger has launched a pirate meme.

September 26, 2017   Comments Off on I Break For Pirates

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

Das war ein Vorspiel nur, dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen.” That is the original German. My English translation would be ‘That is but a prelude, where they burn books, they will in the end burn people.” It is from Heinrich Heine’s 1821 play Almansor.

While technically not a banned book, one of the most important written documents in the United States is seemly unread. That is the Constitution of the United States, the law of the land. The current occupant of the White House would do well to read Article 2, which is the ‘job description’ for the position he captured. From there he can proceed to the Amendments. If he reads the whole thing, he won’t find any mention of a flag or a national anthem. Those are creations of Congress and are subordinate to the rights guaranteed by the Amendments to the Constitution.

September 26, 2017   Comments Off on Banned Books Week

Tropical Storm Maria – Day 11

Tropical Storm MariaPosition: 34.9N 72.9W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North [005°] near 7 mph [11 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 70 mph [110 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [145 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 230 miles [370 km].
Minimum central pressure: 975 mb.

Currently about 150 miles [ 240 km] East of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of North Carolina from from Bogue Inlet to the North Carolina/Virginia border, including the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for the coast of North Carolina from from Ocracoke Inlet to Cape Hatteras.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for the coast of North Carolina from Cape Lookout to west of Ocracoke Inlet and north of Cape Hatteras to Duck.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 26, 2017   2 Comments

Hurricane Lee – Day 9

Hurricane LeePosition: 30.0N 55.5W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [275°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 110 mph [175 kph].
Wind Gusts: 130 mph [210 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 25 miles [ 35 km].
Minimum central pressure: 971 mb.

Currently about 570 miles [ 920 km] East-Southeast of Bermuda.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 26, 2017   Comments Off on Hurricane Lee – Day 9