Rain To Change Our Fortunes; Spelling Dooms Presidential Fortunes

Here is a link to a cool set of photos in a slide show brought to our attention by Rick, a frequenter of these here pages. He sent it as a response to this post but I’m bringing it to your attention….CLICK HERE for Photos From Parker, CO Tornado

2 Day Rain Forecast Tue and Wed

2 Day Rain Forecast Tue and Wed

To Track Fay via radar imagery, you can click on this Interactive Radar (Click Here) and zoom in to street level, loop and navigate anywhere in the entire nation .

The track of the remnant of Fay is lifting up and perhaps a shade farther west. That is good for we in the Louisville Metro area. Now, we are on the left hand side of the storm and by far, the heaviest rain will be to our east and south. But, if you look at the 2 Day rain forecast from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center you notice that they have nudged the rain blob farther west to perhaps an inch. That is not too far off and we are currently looking more closely at the ETA model which over the weekend advertised a blob coming over Louisville. Conversely, the GFS has no interest in rain for the next few days. Given the current position of the center of Fay and its previous track and the environmental conditions, we feel like a good shot at area wide rain, beneficial rain, is in the cards, particularly Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. A front comes through late Friday that may bring some showers or t’storms, followed by a great looking Labor Day Weekend.

Shooting Holes In The Dictionary

Taking Aim at Mr. Webster

Don't Forget The "e"

On This Date In History: On this date in 1906, President Teddy Roosevelt made his final plans for his effort to be Vice-President Dan Quayle about 90 years before there was a Vice-President Dan Quayle. If you recall, on June 15, 1992 then Vice-President Dan Quayle went to an elementary school in Trenton, New Jersey. He decided to help a kid with his spelling and added an “e” to the end of the word, potato. That was effectively the end of Quayle’s political career and was no help in President Bush’s re-election bid. Well, Theodore Roosevelt got almost as much of a backlash, but managed to hold his seat in the White House.

In the early 20th Century, Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie funded an organization that crusaded for a more simplified spelling system. They advocated dismissing the “u” in behaviour and honour. To that end, they were successful, unless you live in Europe. They failed in their effort to convert “kissed” to “kist” and “though” to “tho”. There are many examples of success and failure but the point is, Teddy liked the concept. So, he ordered the public printer to change the spelling of 300 words to adhere to the code of the Simplified Spelling Board guidelines.

The response was swift, broad and wicked. One columnist wrote that “nuthing escapes Mr. Rucevelt. No subject is tu hi fr him to takl, no tu lo for him tu notis.” Congress wasn’t too certain that presidential powers extended to the spelling book and ordered the printer to pay no attention to the man with the big stick in the bully pulpit. So great was the public response, Mr. Roosevelt withdrew the order but later wrote that he glad “did the thing anyhow.”

Make sure you learn to spell properly. Dan Quayle never won another election and neither did Theodore Roosevelt.

Here is a list of all of the changes that President Roosevelt wanted to change…



2 Responses

  1. Mr. Symon,

    A tornado touched down somewhere in Colorado yesterday. I found these pictures while surfing the web. Thought you would enjoy seeing them.

    Seems I learn something new every time I read your blog….Roosevelt, who would have ever thunk it?

  2. Thanx Rick. Since you posted this, I may copy it for the next post. I had some video…they showed it this morning, noon and 5 pm…of the stuff in Colorado but I was too consumed with our rain chances to be worried about Colorado. Good pragmatism but not necessarily good tv….or as Mr. Roosevelt might have it…tee vee.

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