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Magna Carta

Arms of King John

John, by the grace of God, king of England, lord of Ireland, duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and count of Anjou in the meadow which is called Runnymede, between Windsor and Staines, on the fifteenth day of June, 1215, signed the Great Charter in the presence of assorted heavily armed peers of the realm, who assured him it was the right thing to do.

The British Library has pictures of the Magna Carta available, but they are now requiring registration. Wikipedia has a nice discussion of the document.

The Magna Carta of 1297 is permanently residing in the US National Archives.

The Avalon Project has a translation of the 1215 version with an index and definitions.

John abided by the charter for several months, before he returned to business as normal, but the principle was established – no one is above the law.

June 15, 2021   No Comments

Tropical Storm Bill – Day 2

Tropical Storm BillPosition: 40.5N 62.0W [10AM CDT 1500 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [055°] near 38 mph [61 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Wind Gusts: 75 mph [120 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 90 miles [150 km].
Minimum central pressure: 998 mb ↓.

Currently about 295 miles [ 475 km] South-Southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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.]

June 15, 2021   No Comments

Tropical Storm Bill

Tropical Storm BillPosition: 36.7N 69.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [055°] near 23 mph [37 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1003 mb ↓.

Currently about 335 miles [ 540 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.]

June 14, 2021   No Comments

Flag Day

US Flag

Adopted as the flag of the United States of America by the Flag Resolution of 1777 enacted on 14 June, 1777.

The flag was first flown from Fort Stanwix, on the site of the present city of Rome, New York, on August 3, 1777. It was first under fire three days later in the Battle of Oriskany, August 6, 1777.

An official flag has a rise to run ratio of 1 to 1.9 [the flag should be 1.9 times as long as it is high] with the canton [the dark blue part] that rises over the top seven stripes with a run of 40% of the flag’s run.

The only time you will see a “correct” US Flag is if you see the official colors of a military unit. Most flags are 3’X5′ or 4’X6′ instead of 3’X5.7′ or 4’X7.6′.

Frances Bellamy, the Baptist minister and socialist who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance was from Rome, New York.

June 14, 2021   No Comments

June 6, 1944 D-Day

This is the 77th anniversary of one of history’s biggest military gambles – the invasion of Normandy. There were so many things that had to fall into place for it to work, that it really is amazing that it did.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt told a news conference the invasion did not mean the war was over. He said: “You don’t just walk to Berlin, and the sooner this country realizes that the better.”

The war continued for almost a year, but FDR did not, dying a month before the German surrender.

This is what it was like when the US had adults in the White House.

June 6, 2021   No Comments

You Can’t Buy Love

In some circumstances you might be able to do a short-term rental, but you can’t buy it. 😈

Every day my e-mail is primarily made of people wanting money for media buys. I have yet to see any of the ads that various groups are supposedly financing, so I can’t judge the efficacy of these ads, but the fact that I haven’t seen them indicates that they are not targeting people like me. Many of these e-mail appeals are bewailing the amount of money Republicans are gathering and possibly spending for their policies, candidates, and/or obsessions, but I haven’t seen any of those, either. From time to time I will see a reference to ads in a media report, but the ads themselves are apparently only for the media, not for peasants like me.

One of the latest crises was a special election in New Mexico that was going to be a total disaster if I didn’t donate money. The Democrat won by more than 25% without my money or the ad it would have helped to finance.

Another thing are the petitions that groups want me to sign. Who do they think petitions will influence? They are about as useful as suggestion that I contact my Congresscritter and Senators. Yeah, right, like my opinion is going to influence Matt Gaetz, Marco Rubio, or Rick Scott. Get real people!

June 5, 2021   2 Comments

June First

June 1st:

The official start of the hurricane season.

1495 – Friar John Cor records the first known batch of Scotch whisky.
1660 – Mary Dyer is hanged in Boston, Massachusetts, for defying a law banning Quakers from the colony. She is considered by some to be the last religious martyr in what would become the United States.
1890 – The United States Census Bureau begins using Herman Hollerith’s tabulating machine to count census returns.
1967 – The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is released.
1980 – The Cable News Network (CNN) begins broadcasting.

1563 – Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, English statesman and spymaster (d. 1612)
1780 – Karl von Klausewitz, Prussian general (d. 1831)
1804 – Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer (d. 1857)

For some reason, I didn’t make the list. 🧙🏻‍♂️

June 1, 2021   4 Comments

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Memorial DayThis is a picture from one of the columbariums at the Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place of many of those who served the United States since the middle of the 19th century.

That is my Father’s marker. He didn’t know those located around his marker, but they all shared service to their country as part of their life.

The country continues to ask for service and people still respond to that call. As you think about the sacrifices represented by Arlington and other cemeteries, ask yourself if you have done what you could to prevent misuse of the willingness of some to serve.

It is rather for us the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.

Taps – the final salute to a fallen comrade.

May 31, 2021   No Comments


Towel Day

Do you know where your towel is?

May 25, 2021   No Comments

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ‽

People just don’t understand history or the modern military.

First there is a Space Cadet Force squadron commander who succumbs to Marjory Taylor Green syndrome and puts on a public display of his lack of knowledge of Marxism or military regulations:

Washington, DC (CNN)A Space Force lieutenant colonel has been removed from his command after appearing on a conservative podcast criticizing the United States military.

Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier joined The Steve Gruber show to discuss his new book, “Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military,” which alleges that Marxist ideologies are becoming widespread within the armed forces. He expounded on those concerns in the podcast.

Lt. Col. Lohmeier can forget about the courtesy promotion to full Colonel if he is allowed to retire rather than being court martialed. There is no chance in hell his self-published book would have made it through review. He should have retired before displaying his ignorance. He is apparently really upset about anti-discrimination training which has been going on since Harry Truman integrated the military. If he had done some honest research he would have realized that fascism is a bigger problem for the military than Marxism.

Brian Williams of MSNBC has blessed Ted Cruz with a replacement for “Cancun Cruz”, Kremlin Cruz, for his approving sharing of the Russian recruiting agitprop and denigrating the US Army’s recruiting video featuring Corporal Emma Malonelord. Russia has a draft; the US is all volunteer. Push-ups aren’t a lot of good for operating the control panel of a Patriot anti-missile system.

Madison Cawthorn, if possible, is more ignorant of history than epidemiology or aetiology. Congresscritter Cawthorn, who rarely bothers to show up for votes, is totally unaware of the 1775–1782 North American smallpox epidemic. If Washington had been aware of the respiratory side of smallpox, he would have demanded the army wear masks, in addition to his order for entire army to be subjected to variolation. Unlike Jenner’s later discovery of the efficacy of cowpox producing immunity, variolation involved smearing the active virus in a small wound, which is a hell of a lot more dangerous.

These people deal in opinion and don’t approve of facts.

May 24, 2021   No Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Ana – Day 2

Post-Tropical Cyclone AnaPosition: 38.3N 55.2W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [055°] near 28 mph [44 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1007 mb ↓.

Currently about 680 miles [1095 km] Northeast of Bermuda.

This is the last public advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center on this system.

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.]

May 23, 2021   No Comments

Subtropical Storm Ana

Subtropical Storm AnaPosition: 35.0N 61.4W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [050°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1006 mb ↓.

Currently about 270 miles [ 435 km] 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.]

May 22, 2021   No Comments

Tax Day

This is the “new & improved” tax filing deadline due to COVID-19 and the stimulus bill.

As it isn’t the original day, instead of the original version – Stevie Ray Vaughn covers it.

May 17, 2021   4 Comments

Armed Forces Day

It’s the third Saturday in May, so it’s Armed Forces Day which is a hemorrhoid if you are in the armed forces. This is a day for parades and static displays on bases, and most importantly a lost day off as you are required to “volunteer” to participate in the “festivities”.

As what my units did was classified and not suited to static displays of equipment or answering questions from the community, we were used for clean up before and after the event as well as our normal duty rotation at the “office”. Why isn’t it a day off at a barbecue and picnic at a beach or park? If you want to see a military disaster, watch members of the regular Air Force attempt to march in unison in a parade, something most of them haven’t done since basic training.

May 15, 2021   2 Comments