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By: palmettobug53, 11:07 AM GMT on May 31, 2010
It was about time to get the old blog down and put up a new one. Right now, with all the mess in the GOM, I'm not particularily inspired. There's enough "Oil Spill" entries going on. We don't need another one. And I'm too bummed out about the whole situation to come up with anything lighthearted at the moment. Especially when I opened up the paper to see that it might be August - AUGUST!- before they can get a handle on the thing.
So, I've added our local regional radar. As for the rest, maybe I'll just put up a daily link for "This Day in History", an interesting article from our local paper or something, maybe a little music and we can just have another general chit-chat blog for the time being.
July 2 1937: Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific. 1961: Ernest Hemingway took his own life. 1962: The first Wally World opened for business in Rogers, Arakansas.
July 1 The Battle of Gettysburg commenced on this date in 1863.
In the weird news category today is Ozzie's DNA Decoded: Why is Osbourne Still Alive? Man, you really gotta wonder, don't you? LOL
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
Margaret Mitchell publishes "Gone With The Wind" June 30, 1936.
"Well, fiddle-de-de! Ah'll worry about it tomorrah."
GWTW online at Gutenberg.net
June 29 On this date in 2003, one of my favourite actresses, Katharine Hepburn, passed away and the Globe Theatre in London burned to the ground in 1613.
June 28 On this date in 1914, Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie were assassinated, effectively starting WWI. The Treaty of Versaillles was signed on this date in 1919. Germany's disastifaction with the harsh terms of the treaty, as well as the Depression, led ultimately to Hitler’s rise and WWII. What a chain of events.
Many of you may be familiar with the words of Mary Boykin Chestnut, from having watched Ken Burn's film, The Civil War Here is an excerpt from her diary for June 27, 1861, in which she describes an evening at the home of Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, and his wife:
In Mrs. Davis's drawing-room last night, the President took a seat by me on the sofa where I sat. He talked for nearly an hour. He laughed at our faith in our own powers. We are like the British. We think every Southerner equal to three Yankees at least. We will have to be equivalent to a dozen now. After his experience of the fighting qualities of Southerners in Mexico, he believes that we will do all that can be done by pluck and muscle, endurance, and dogged courage, dash, and red-hot patriotism. And yet his tone was not sanguine. There was a sad refrain running through it all. For one thing, either way, he thinks it will be a long war. That floored me at once. It has been too long for me already. Then he said, before the end came we would have many a bitter experience. He said only fools doubted the courage of the Yankees, or their willingness to fight when they saw fit. And now that we have stung their pride, we have roused them till they will fight like devils.
June 26 There will be a partial lunar eclipse this evening: Link. I'll try to watch it but I'm not optimistic. The local forecast is for some heavy rain/T-storms this afternoon and this evening is supposed to be partial cloudy here.
June 25 On this date, George Armstrong Custer let his ego lead him into a gross miscalculation, costing the lives of nearly a third of the men of the 7th Cavalry at the hands of the Lakota Sioux: Custer's Last Stand. The only living thing to survive the massacre was Capt. Myles Keogh's horse, Comanche, who, despite 7 bullet wounds, reached the age of 28.
June 24 On this date in 1314, Robert I of Scotland (Robert the Bruce) defeated the forces of Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn (Blàr Allt a' Bhonnaich in Gaelic).
June 23 On this date in 1955, Walt Disney's 'Lady and the Tramp' was released.
June 22 Bonnie Prince Charlie sailed to Scotland in 1745 in what was to be one of the last ill-fated attempts to reinstate the House of Stuart on the Scottish throne.
June 21 marks the summer solstice for the Northern Hemisphere.
June 20 Buncha stuff happened this date. Queen Victoria ascended the throne. The British garrison was imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta. Lizzie Borden was acquited of murdering her father and stepmother. And on an insignificant blue-green planet orbiting a small, disregarded yellow sun in Sector ZZ Plural Z Alpha, far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the galaxy, was born a small Bug.
June 19 On this date in 2006, prime ministers of several European nations participate in a ceremonial 'laying of the first stone' of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the island of Spitsbergen.
Paul McCartney turns 68? OMIGOD!
June 17 Amelia Earhart takes flight.
June 15 On this day, King John put his seal to the Magna Carta, a document that has influenced government, law and the rights of citizens to date.
June 6 - Normandy Landings
National WWII Museum in New Orleans
U.S. Army - D Day, June 6, 1944
Pause for a moment and remember those who fought and survived and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom on this day 66 years ago.
May 31: US Memorial Day.Org
Not that I want to "Let it be" but we are in times of trouble and maybe Mother Mary will intercede.
I tried to find "Little Piggies" but there wasn't anything on YouTube except covers; nothing by the Beatles themselves.
Since I can't hear the videos, I hesitate to embed one that may sound terrible and I can't tell.
You'll just have to sing it to yourself, I suppose.
Little Piggies ( My apologies to the songwriter, George Harrison, for fiddling with his words.)
Have you seen the little piggies
Crawling in the dirt (oil)?
And for all the little piggies
Life is getting worse
Always having dirt (oil) to play around in
Have you seen the Bigger Piggies
In their starched white shirts?
You will find the Bigger Piggies
Stirring up the dirt (oil)
Always have clean shirts to play around in
In their styes with all their backing
They don't care what goes on around
In their eyes there's something lacking
What they need's a damn good whacking
Everywhere there's lots of piggies
Living piggy lives
You can see them out for dinner
With their piggy wives
Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon
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Updated: 11:26 AM GMT on July 03, 2010