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Another Display Of Ignorance

If you have been in US scouting, the military, or a military school there are four bugle calls that you will recognize because you heard them every day:

Reveille – wake up and raise the flag.

Retreat – return to base, the duty day is done, and the flag will be lowered.

To the Color – a salute to the flag as it is being lowered.

Taps – lights out or the final salute to a fallen comrade.

The retreat ceremony predates the Revolution and originally used drum rolls until bugles became common in the mid 19th century. The practice has been traced back to James II of Britain in 1690.

Robin Williams was a comedian and donated his talent to USO shows for deployed troops. He started a show a little early and was interrupted by the retreat ceremony. He wasn’t sure what was going on, but as a professional he took his clues from his audience and stood quietly until the the ceremony was over. Then he asked what had happened.

Donald Trump is a joke who happens to be the Commander in Chief of the armed forces of the United States. When his interview with Sean Hannity at an Air National Guard base in Pennsylvania was interrupted by the retreat ceremony, Trump ignored the reaction of the military audience and continued to talk. That is not how you react when you claim to respect the flag and the military. Trump went to a military school, so he has heard the bugle calls before.

October 13, 2017   16 Comments

Hurricane Ophelia – Day 5

Hurricane OpheliaPosition: 33.0N 30.6W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [060°] near 20 mph [31 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 100 mph [155 kph].
Wind Gusts: 125 mph [200 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 90 miles [150 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 25 miles [ 35 km].
Minimum central pressure: 971 mb.

Currently about 400 miles [ 645 km] South-Southwest 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.]

October 13, 2017   Comments Off on Hurricane Ophelia – Day 5