Wild Bill Hickok and Warren G. Harding: Keep your Friends Close and Your Back to the Wall


Choose Your Friends Wisely

Choose Your Friends Wisely

warren_g_hardingOn This Date in History: President Warren G. Harding died on this date in 1923 in San Francisco. Officially he died of a heart attack but speculation is that he may have been murdered. However, all subsequent investigations have determined that he was not poisoned, as conspiracy theorists suggest. Why would there be a conspiracy? Well, Harding had allowed his Secretary of the Interior to take over the Teapot Dome oil reserves in Wyoming from the Navy Department. The Secretary then allowed for two oilmen to develop the oil field and another in California. Murmuring began as the Secretary suddenly upgraded his lifestyle. Turns out he had received $400,000 in “gifts” from the two oilmen. The Teapot Dome Scandal was the first huge Federal Government corruption scandal in the 20th century, if not in all US history. Many more have followed.

Teapot Dome Steamrolled Harding to Death?

Teapot Dome Steamrolled Harding to Death?

 When told that his friends may be enriching themselves at the Federal trough, Harding is said to have exclaimed, “My…friends…they’re the ones that keep me walking the floors nights!” Herbert Hoover urged Harding to publicly expose the scandal, but Harding did not, fearing the certain the public uproar it would cause. Harding avoided the whole mess and possible impeachment by conveniently dying before the Teapot Dome Scandal really bubbled to the surface.  For some, however, the convenience of his death was a little too convenient.  There are those who speculate to this day that President Harding was murdered, committed suicide or was the victim of neglegent homicide.  That puts his death in the company of that of many celebrities, such as Jim Morrison and, more recently, Michael Jackson.  Somehow, when an average Joe expires unexpectedly, no one thinks twice.  But, for some, when it’s one of the popular kids in the class…it must be something much more interesting.

Hickok

 In 1876, Wild Bill Hickok was shot and killed in Deadwood, South Dakota. But, it wasn’t in a gunfight. Hickok was playing cards in Saloon Number 10 with his back to the door. A tinhorn gunman named Jack McCall came in an shot Wild Bill in the back of the head. Legend is that Hickok was holding a pair of black aces and black 8’s. That is now commonly known as the “dead man’s hand” though most of the time the suit is not noted and just aces and eights will suffice for the moniker.

Watch Your Back!

Watch Your Back!

Two things have eluded me.  One is how does someone named James Butler become “Wild Bill?” The other is why he had his back to the door. Hickok had a storied life as a gunfighter and his reputation made him a target for those wanting to make a name for themselves. So, he typically sat with his back to the wall.  It is especially odd that he was so careless when he knew that he had just taken McCall’s money at the poker table and  the very sore loser McCall  was on the loose and very angry tht Bill had taken all of his money.  I guess on August 2, 1876 he thought he was among friends. Seems Wild Bill and Warren G. needed to be more careful about their friends.

SPC Severe Outlook Tue 8am to Wed 8am

SPC Severe Outlook Tue 8am to Wed 8am

Weather Bottom Line:  The front late Saturday night certainly did not “pack a punch” as I heard one local weather foof say that it did.  There were some rumbles of thunder out to the west but the action basically fizzled as it moved through.  There just wasn’t enough instability and the boundary itself didn’t have enough slope and there were no shortwaves to help.  A different story perhaps with the next system.  Timing may be better…say Tuesday afternoon or evening….and there may be a shortwave to boot.  Until then we will probably be rain free and warm, but still below seasonal norms.

DAY 3 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK 
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   0229 AM CDT SUN AUG 02 2009
  
   VALID 041200Z – 051200Z
  
   …THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS THE OH/TN VALLEYS…
  
   …MIDWEST AND OH/TN/LOWER MO RIVER VALLEYS…
   COLD FRONT SHOULD CONTINUE TO GRADUALLY SPREAD SOUTHEASTWARD OVER
   THE MIDWEST/OH VALLEY ON TUESDAY…AS BRUNT OF UPPER TROUGH PIVOTS
   EAST-NORTHEASTWARD OVER ONTARIO/QUEBEC AND THE ADJACENT GREAT LAKES.
   UNCERTAIN DAY 2 CONVECTIVE EVOLUTIONS INHERENTLY LIMIT CONFIDENCE OF
   DETAILS INTO TUESDAY…HOWEVER OVERALL SCENARIO/REASONABLE GUIDANCE
   CONSENSUS APPEARS TO WARRANT A BROAD CATEGORICAL SLIGHT RISK ACROSS
   THE REGION. INITIAL THINKING IS THAT SCATTERED TSTMS /PERHAPS SOME
   STRONG/ WILL BE ONGOING ACROSS THE OH VALLEY TUESDAY MORNING. AIDED
   BY A POTENTIAL MID LEVEL IMPULSE EMBEDDED WITHIN NORTHWESTERLY FLOW
   ALOFT…PER 00Z NAM/GFS/ECMWF GUIDANCE…THE REMNANTS OF THIS
   ACTIVITY AND/OR PERIPHERAL STRONG/SEVERE DEVELOPMENT COULD OCCUR
   ACROSS THE LOWER OH VALLEY/TN VALLEY. PRESUMING A RELATIVELY
   UNPERTURBED/NON-CONVECTIVELY OVERTURNED AIRMASS…ADDITIONAL
   STRONG/SEVERE DEVELOPMENT WOULD ALSO BE POSSIBLE FARTHER NORTH
   ACROSS THE LOWER MO VALLEY/MIDWEST/UPPER OH VALLEY IN VICINITY OF
   THE ROUGHLY WEST-EAST SURFACE FRONT. DAMAGING WINDS/SEVERE HAIL WILL
   BE THE PRIMARY HAZARDS.
  
   …LOWER GREAT LAKES/NORTHEAST STATES…
   A SOMEWHAT MORE ISOLATED/LESSER CONFIDENCE SEVERE THREAT WILL EXIST
   WITH THE EASTERN EXTENT OF THE ADVANCING COLD FRONT ACROSS THE LOWER
   GREAT LAKES VICINITY TO THE NORTHEAST STATES…MAINLY ATTRIBUTABLE
   TO MORE MODEST INSTABILITY. NEVERTHELESS…DAMAGING WINDS/SEVERE
   HAIL WILL BE POSSIBLE…AND PORTIONS OF THE REGION COULD ULTIMATELY
   WARRANT A CATEGORICAL SLIGHT RISK.
  
   …ORE…
   UPPER HEIGHTS WILL LIKELY FALL OVER ORE ON TUESDAY AS PERSISTENT
   UPPER LOW MIGRATES SLOWLY EASTWARD TOWARD THE NORTHERN CA COAST. A
   MOIST/UNSTABLE AIRMASS AND MODERATE SOUTHERLY FLOW ALOFT WILL AGAIN
   FAVOR THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGING WINDS/HAIL WITH THE STRONGEST
   STORMS TUESDAY AFTERNOON/EARLY EVENING.
  
   ..GUYER.. 08/02/2009

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