On This Date in History:
Today was one of a couple of mistakes. The first big mistake we will look at goes back to 1943. Now, most people are well aware of the failed attempt on Hitler’s life in 1944 by Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg. This was played out recently in another Tom Cruise movie that I don’t think faired too well, Valkyrie. A bomb was placed next to Hitler at a staff meeting. The bomb exploded but the device was placed next to a heavy table leg that protected the Fuhrer from the blast. Hitler survived and the assassins were executed. But, that was not the first attempt on Hitler’s life. On this date in 1943, assassins were scratching their heads in disbelief as their plot failed before it got started.
It was the brainchild of Gen. Henning von Tresckow who didn’t seem to have much of a brain for such things. He had thought back in the summer of 1941, before the European war became a true global conflict involving the United States, that Hitler was leading Germany on a road of ruin and humiliation. So, he thought he’d simply walk up and arrest the Fuhrer. When Hitler showed up to the location that was supposed to be his spot of detainment, he was surrounded by a bunch of SS body guards. So, that plan got scrapped. Undeterred, von Treskow tried again on March 13, 1943. Hitler was to fly back to Germany from the USSR and he was to be handed a bomb disguised as a gift. It had a timer set to explode while the plane was in the air. All went as planned except that the detonator was defective and the bomb never went off. Strike two.
A week later von Treskow tried again. At least he was persistent. This time he got some doof to be a suicide bomber. He was to walk beside Hitler at a memorial dedication. The bomber had two bombs…one in each pocket. Both had 10 minute fuses. But, they had a little problem. Hitler only attended the dedication for 8 minutes. The bomber might have been dumb but he wasn’t stupid. When he learned that he would only be with Hitler for 8 minutes, he nixed the plan. Von Tresckow should have stayed on the bench after he struck out. In October 1943, he hooked up with von Stauffenberg and when the more famous Hitler assassination attempt failed on July 20, 1944, von Treskow decided to go into permanent would-be-assassin retirement when he took himself out with a grenade the following day. No telling how many grenades it took, given this guy’s record.
The second big mistake
came in the mid 18th Century. And this one is arguably bigger than the von Tresckow keystone cops episode. After the British had won the French and Indian War, they had a pile of bills. Since the crown was protecting the colonies, it figured that the colonies should help share the financial burden for their protection. So, in 1764, parliament passed the Sugar Act which put a duty on all textiles, wine, coffee and sugar imported into the colonies. Later that year, the Currency Act was passed and that devalued the money used in the colonies. But that wasn’t enough. The next year, the crown passed the Quartering Act which meant that colonists were required to put up British soldiers in their homes…good way to save money on food and lodging for the boys overseas. That pushed the colonists to the edge. First there are all of these taxes and then they force uninvited guests into their homes. But, it was on this date in 1765 that the British pushed too far, and that would ultimately be the beginning of the end.
The Stamp Act of 1765 required that colonists buy a stamp for all legal transactions and commercial activity. That included playing cards, pamphlets and newspapers. As politicians today have learned, its not a good idea to anger the fourth estate(the press) and I’m sure card players of the day probably had something to say in the taverns. The colonists resisted this tax and by October of 1765, representatives from 9 colonies met at the Stamp Act Congress and drafted a Declaration of Rights and Grievances which outlined the colonists’ problems with the recent activities of the crown. Parliament figured it was all more trouble than it was worth and enforcement would cost more than the Stamp Act would generate, so it rescinded the law. But it was too late. The biggest effect that the Stamp Act had was not monetary, but instead it had pushed the colonists toward independence.
The Stamp Act was the catalyst for the formation of the Sons of Liberty, who were a bunch of tradesman, mainly around Boston, who organized into a permanent group of agitators and resistance to pretty much anything that the crown did that they did not like. There were other groups across the colonies that also organized. The Stamp Act had served to rally the colonies into a united cause whereas previously they had been separate entities. Eventually, you know where that led….to the bloody and complex transition from a bunch of independent colonies under British rule to a United States of America. All because the government tried to squeeze more money out of the people without the consent of said people.
Thomas Paine Speaks via Youtube!
Today, there is a popular video of a gentleman portraying the revolutionary agitator Thomas Paine. You can find that video at the right….”Thomas Paine” seems to think that we the people need to wake up and so he presents his “We the People Stimulus Package.” View it and see what you think. If you like it, look at the “common sense” from our modern day “Paine” from July of 2008 called “The Second American Revolution.” As with all things in free speech, you can decide if its common sense or rubbish…but you should at least listen and consider his words.
Weather Bottom Line:
The weather story remains the same. As expected we got to 61 on Saturday and look for mid to upper 60’s on Sunday. Monday and Tuesday will be in the 70’s and perhaps Wednesday as well. Still, Monday morning through Tuesday morning looks to be a pretty good bet for some action in the plains. After that, the SPC has an area to our southwest that is suspicious. After that, the upper pattern sets up with a flow such that shortwaves, or upper lows will have an opportunity to move through and if they did, wherever the dynamics were best suited, strong storms will erupt. Trouble is, its tough to say exactly when and where that scenario will set up. My guess is that from midweek through the end of the week, there will be a relatively unsettled pattern with probably a risk of strong storms somewhere from the southern plains and lower Mississippi Valley into and through the Ohio Valley. We’ll have to wait to see how it shakes out. Don’t look for any real chilly weather this week…we are getting deeper into spring, you know?
DAY 4-8 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0351 AM CDT SAT MAR 21 2009
VALID 241200Z – 291200Z
A LARGE-SCALE TROUGH WILL REMAIN ANCHORED OVER THE CENTRAL CONUS
THROUGH THE EXTENDED PERIOD WITH A SERIES OF DYNAMIC SHORT WAVE
TROUGHS ROTATING THROUGH THE MEAN LONG WAVE PATTERN. ON D4 /TUE MAR
24TH/…IT APPEARS THE FIRST IMPULSE WILL SHIFT EWD THROUGH THE SRN
PLAINS INTO THE MID MS VALLEY…CONTRIBUTING TO STRONG TO SEVERE
TSTM DEVELOPMENT ALONG A SEWD-ADVANCING COLD FRONT OVER PORTIONS OF
ERN OK INTO THE ARKLATEX.
FROM D5 /WED MAR 25TH/ TO ABOUT D7 /FRI MAR 27TH/…CONSIDERABLE
MODEL DIFFERENCES EXIST IN THE TIMING AND TRACK OF SUBSEQUENT
VORTICITY MAXIMA TRANSLATING THROUGH THE MEAN LARGE-SCALE TROUGH.
REGARDLESS OF THESE DIFFERENCES…MOIST ONSHORE FLOW WILL CONTINUE
ACROSS THE WRN/CNTRL GULF STATES…COINCIDENT WITH MODESTLY SHEARED
KINEMATIC ENVIRONMENT. AS SUCH…THE POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE WEATHER
WILL EXIST THROUGH THIS TIME FRAME…THOUGH MORE PRECISE DETAILS OF
CONVECTIVE EVOLUTION REMAIN UNCERTAIN AT THIS JUNCTURE.
FROM D7 INTO D8 /SAT MAR 28TH/…LATEST RUNS OF THE ECMWF AND GFS
SUGGEST THAT A SIGNIFICANT SHORT WAVE TROUGH WILL EVOLVE OVER THE
SRN ROCKIES BEFORE SHIFTING EWD TOWARD THE MS VALLEY. SHOULD THIS
SCENARIO UNFOLD…THE POTENTIAL WOULD EXIST FOR A MORE WIDESPREAD
SEVERE WEATHER EVENT FROM PARTS OF THE MID/LOWER MS VALLEY EWD
TOWARD THE ATLANTIC COAST.