THIS morning is starting out a LOT different than yesterday, isn't it?
No rain to speak of, the sun's rising exactly where (and when) it SHOULD be, and it's not hot or humid outside.
A very fine start...so far.
The Hoosierland weather today will see us with a high around 81 degrees, good amount of scattered sun (and some clouds) and little chance of rain.
All in all...not too damn bad, hmm?
So go fill up that morning beverage as we get busy seeing what's going on...
*** First out of the rucksack today is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"There's nobody who cares more about you than you, and there's nobody better equipped to take of you than you."
RUSH LIMBAUGH, and here is his WIKI:
And here is his "official" website:
Now, you have to admit that Rush has a very sharp mind...and can see things they way they are.
Back in 1992, his first book (The Way Things Ought To Be) became a New York Times BEST SELLER.
And the funny thing is, if you change the name from Bill Clinton to Barack Obama, the book reads as if it were published in 2010!.
I happen to own BOTH, and they are just as timely today as they were back then.
I'll leave it up to all of you to read up on his life and times, but I will say I really like one of his latest ventures (and he doesn't have that many) - the TWO-IF-BY-TEA business.
We've bought some of it, and it IS better than Kroger brand sweet tea, even if it costs a bit more...not as "cloudy", and no after-taste.
This is his newest thing...children's books, and they are flying off the shelves.
The first book was Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims...a "time-travel" story with a talking horse (Liberty) and a trip back to the early colonial days in America.
Rush Revere and the First Patriots. Both have become best sellers.
A marvelous attempt at teaching children REAL American history, as opposed to the homogenized and left-slanted texts we have today.
Goes to show that a self-made man CAN achieve the AMERICAN DREAM...through diligence, failures, persistence, and hard work.
And now, for OUR trip through history, it's time for "What the hell happened TODAY, Bob?"
1679 - The brigantine Le Griffon by Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de LaSalle is towed to the southeastern end of the Niagara River, to become the FIRST ship to sail the upper Great Lakes of North America.
1782 - George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit, for wounded soldiers, later to be renamed The Purple Heart.
1789 - The United States Department of War is established.
1794 - President George Washington invokes The Militia Act of 1792 to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania.
|A LONG drive for a new pair of shoes?|
1927 - The PEACE BRIDGE opens between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, NY.
1930 - The LAST confirmed lynching of blacks in thee northern United States occurs in Marion, Indiana.
Two men (Thomas Shipp an Abram Smith) are killed.
1940 - WW2 - Alsace-Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich
1942 - WW2 - The Battle of Guadalcanal begins.
1944 - IBM dedicates the FIRST program-controlled calculator (known as Harvard Mark 1)
1947 - Thor Heyerdahl's raft, Kon-Tiki, smashes into the reefs near the Tuamotu Islands, ending a 101-day, 4.300 mile journey across the Pacific Ocean to prove that pre-historic people could have sailed there from South America. (a great book, too).
1955 - Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (precursor to SONY) sells it's FIRST transistor radio in Japan.
|Penny for your thoughts|
1964 - The Gulf of Tonken Resolution is passed by Congress, giving LBJ broad powers when dealing with North Vietnamese attacks on American forces.
1966 - Race riots occur in Lansing, Michigan.
|"It's not the fall...it's that sudden STOP at the bottom."|
1978 - President Carter declares a federal emergency at Love Canal due to toxic waste that as not disposed of properly.
1987 - Lynne Cox becomes the FIRST person to swim from the USA to Soviet Union.
1726 - James Boudoin - American politician, and 2nd governor of Massachusetts (d-1790)
1742 - Nathaniel Greene - American General (d-1786)
1876 - Mata Hari - Dutch dancer and spy (d-1917)
1904 - Ralph Bunche - political scientist, academic and diplomat - Nobel Prize Laureate (d-1971)
1926 - Stan Freberg - American voice actor and singer
1927 - Carl Switzer (Alfalfa) - Actor and "singer" (d-1959)
1942 - Garrison Keiller - author and radio host (Prairie home companion)
|Never gonna stop the rain by complainin'|
1944 - John Glover - American actor
1950 - Alan Keyes - American diplomat, 16th Asst. Sec of State for Int'l Affairs
1955 - Wayne Knight - American actor (JFK, Jurassic Park)
1960 - David Duchovney - American actor
1963 - Nick Gillespie - American journalist (Reason.com)
|Yeah, she's hot!|
1978 - Cirroc Lofton - American actor (ST: DS9)
And...it's YOUTH DAY in Kirabati (wherever the hell THAT is).
So, now you know a LOT more than you did when you woke up, right?
*** Last back to the sleeping bag today...it now seems like the USA will open some sort of "CDC" in AFRICA to confront this latest outbreak of the EBOLA virus.
BILLIONS along the way, as things always do), WHY can't Africa do something like this for ITSELF?
I mean, it's not like WE (the USA) haven't been dropping boatloads of MONEY (and other items such as food) their way for YEARS...we HAVE, but to what end?
It's as though the cash is falling into some sort of black hole (no pun intended) and into an alternate reality.
But the REAL reality is that many warring factions have been siphoning OFF the moolah to fund their little "games" over there.
|Been busy, lately?|
No...that's up to US...WE build the schools, the hospitals, and all sorts of other infrastructure, only to see it go to waste as some OTHER tribal war monger comes along and upsets the "apple cart".
|Learn it...Live it...Love it!|
We've enough (major) issues that need attention HERE, and not getting it, and perhaps it's time we took care of our OWN "house" before we get busy building all those other ones for someone else.
It's just a thought (and a pretty good one, if you ask me).
Stay SAFE out there, America.