SUMMER weather is in store for us in this third week of August.
And we've LOTS to cover today, so let's jump right in with that Hoosierland weather.
Supposed to be a nice day with a chance of some showers with a high around the lower 80s...so long mild temperatures (damn).
It will be pretty much a hotter and more humid week overall.
Also, it's now "official"...all the little minions are back to school, and I've got to get used to packing a lunch for Wifey. Im sure the aprents are ecstatic over this, and whatever passes for a parent living down here in the ghettohood will be able to roam about without "restrictions" a lot easier...gotta love that.
Now, with that behind us, let's grab that cup of morning comfort and fortitude and get busy seeing what's been going on elsewhere.
*** First up is the special 3-day gig known as "What the hell happened today, Bob?", because no calendar day this month gets left behind.
|Max, you rascal, you...|
1812 – War of 1812: American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit without a fight to the British Army
|Jimmy B almost got it right.|
1929 – The 1929 Palestine riots break out in Mandatory Palestine between Palestinian
Arabs and Jews and continue until the end of the month. In total, 133 Jews and 116 Arabs are killed.
1930 – The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
1946 – Mass riots in Kolkata begin, in which more than 4,000 would be killed in 72 hours.
|And swimsuits became REAL hot.|
1960 – Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet (31,300 m), setting three records that held until 2012: High-altitude jump, free fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft.
1974 – Punk Rock pioneers The Ramones play their first show in a local New York
club named CBGB.
1989 – A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto's stock market.
2008 – The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago is topped off at 1,389 feet (423 m), at the time becoming the world's highest residence above ground-level.
2010 – China Overtakes Japan as world's second-largest economy
1888 – T. E. Lawrence, Welsh colonel (d. 1935)
1892 – Otto Messmer, American cartoonist and animator, co-created Felix the Cat (d. 1983)
1913 – Menachem Begin, Israeli politician, 6th Prime Minister of Israel,
Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1992)
|As Davy Crockett.|
1928 – Eydie Gormé, American singer (d. 2013)
|As Bill Maxwell in The Greatest American Hero|
|My FAVORITE Catwoman|
|A perennial hottie|
1953 – Kathie Lee Gifford, American talk show host, singer, and actress
1958 – Madonna, American singer-songwriter, producer, actress, and director
|It's Evan Almighty.|
And, it's Benningtion Battle Day in Vermont...
1585 – A first group of colonists sent by Sir Walter Ralegh under the charge of Ralph Lane lands in the New World to create Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island, off the coast of present-day North Carolina.
1807 – Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat leaves New York, New York, for Albany, New York, on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.
1863 – American Civil War: In Charleston, South Carolina, Union batteries and ships bombard
Confederate-held Fort Sumter.
1943 – World War II: The Royal Air Force begins Operation Hydra, the first air raid of the
Operation Crossbow strategic bombing campaign against Germany's V-weapon program.
1950 – Hill 303 massacre: American POWs are shot to death by the North Korean Army.
|Jazz trumpet never sounded SO good.|
1977 – The Soviet icebreaker Arktika becomes the first surface ship to reach the North Pole.
1982 – The first Compact Discs (CDs) are released to the public in Germany.
|Liar, liar...pants on fire...as usual with Billy.|
"improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about the relationship.
2008 – American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.
1786 – Davy Crockett, American soldier and politician (d. 1836)
|Ditto on the YOWZAH!|
1929 – Francis Gary Powers, American pilot (d. 1977)
1933 – Gene Kranz, American NASA flight director and manager
1943 – Robert De Niro, American actor, director, and producer
|From Band of Brothers.|
(New Kids on the Block)
And, it's Portunalia (if the Roman Empire was still around)
1587 – Virginia Dare, granddaughter of Governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, becomes the first English child born in the Americas.
1868 – French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium.
1920 – The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing
1976 – In the Korean Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjom, the Axe murder incident results in the
death of two US soldiers.
1750 – Antonio Salieri, Italian composer and conductor (d. 1825)
1834 – Marshall Field, American businessman, founded Marshall Field's (d. 1906)
1920 – Shelley Winters, American actress and singer (d. 2006)
1927 – Rosalynn Carter, American wife of Jimmy Carter, 41st First Lady of the United States
1933 – Roman Polanski, French-Polish director, producer, screenwriter, and actor
1936 – Robert Redford, American actor, director, and producer
1941 – Christopher Jones, American actor (d. 2014)
1943 – Martin Mull, American actor and singer
1952 – Patrick Swayze, American actor and singer (d. 2009)
1957 – Denis Leary, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter
1958 – Madeleine Stowe, American actress
1969 – Edward Norton, American actor, singer, and producer
1970 – Malcolm-Jamal Warner, American actor and producer
And, it's LONG TAN DAY also called Vietnam Veterans' Day (Australia)
There, that should cover most of that.
Meanwhile back at the editor's desk...
*** There was a story in yesterday's J-G paper that made me laugh.
Here's the link:
|Keeping pace with the crims.|
Let's have Mr Peabody set the WAY-BACK Machine to North Hollywood, 1997...when two heavily armed AND "armored" thugs robbed a bank..When police responded they were OUTGUNNED and outclassed by the robbers, who went on a shooting spree in the aftermath until they were finally taken down..
|How SOON some people forget.|
THAT is why police have armed THEMSELVES in "mil-gear"...to stay on an even keel with ANY criminals they might meet. And mil-SURPLUS makes it a bit easier to do that.
And since then, police around the nation HAVE met perps like this...and not always came out on top. It's damn near SOP to have an "AR" in the trunk of a squad car...or at least a pump shotgun.
BEFORE 1997 had been maintained, a lot MORE LEOS wouldn't be going home for dinner, and THAT is a bad precedent to establish for ANY civilized society. It's to stay ahead of the bad guys...simple as that.
*** Last back to the station house today...the situation in Ferguson is the result of low-information people creating a knee-jerk reaction BEFORE all the facts have come out.
And in some perverse way, they DO mirror much of law-enforcement today.
The people causing the riots and looting in Ferguson have become REACTIVE.
Our police tend to be more REACTIVE than PROACTIVE, in spite of what we see and hear, because the truth is that they show up (almost always) AFTER a crime,
When i comes to the citizens in Ferguson, rather than allow the investigation into the shooting to proceed to it's end, these morons have created the perfect storm for chaos to proliferate.
the race-baiters who talk out BOTH sides of their pie-holes also have to share the weight of blame.
Sure, you hate to see a life snuffed out, BUT, there are ALWAYS two sides to every story, and what was once thought of as empathy can turn around to the lack of same whenever laws are broken.
Blame such lack of ethical behavior on the entitlement mindset...which is purely self-serving.
Perhaps if such people were not AS "entitled" and learned to be a lot more self-reliant and were productive citizens, we would not even be discussing this...would we?
Stay SAFE out there, America.