Archive for May, 2009

Man Killed In Kentucky After Questioning Honor of War Hero’s Wife
May 31, 2009

 

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Chuck Portrayed Andy on Silver Screen

Chuck Portrayed Andy on Silver Screen

On This Date In History:

At Least Andy Pretended to Feel Bad

At Least Andy Pretended to Feel Bad

 

Our future president killed a man in a duel and he did so right here in Kentucky.  Now, Abraham Lincoln was known to be quite abrasive as a young man. His wit was used as a rapier and often really hacked his prey. On at least two occasions, he was challenged to a duel.  That is not the image that we have of Father Abraham.  Well, this isn’t about President Lincoln.  No, this is about “Old Hickory” whose reputation better suits the story. 

Andrew Jackson had developed a rough and tough reputation when he ran for President in 1824.  He handily won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote to John Quincy Adams.  The pair battled for the Presidency again in 1828 and Jackson won in spite of charges from the Adams camp that Jackson was an adulterer.  His wife, Rachel, had been married to some guy named Robards.  In 1790, the Kentucky legislature declared that Robards could sue for divorce.  Now, Jackson had been a practicing lawyer since 1787 but I think he could have used the help of a Heavy Hitter.  Jackson assumed that the legislature’s declaration was one of divorce. So, he married Rachel in 1791.  Robards finally got around to suing for divorce in 1793, citing Rachel’s adultery with Jackson.  The pair got remarried in 1794 but the damage had been done. 

Rachel Looks Worth Dueling Over

Rachel Looks Worth Dueling Over

In spite of the fact that the charge of adultery was technically correct, Old Hickory often too hum-bridge to anyone who questioned his wife’s honor.  It is said that the future President was involved in 103 duels with his actual participation in 14.  Of the 14, only one resulted with the death of one of Jackson’s opponents.  And he did it in Kentucky!!  On this date in 1806 near Harrison’s Mills, Kentucky in Logan county near the Red River, Andrew Jackson shot and killed Charles Dickinson.  The standoff came about because…you guessed it…Dickinson questioned Jackson’s wife’s honor.  You’d think that by that time people would have figured out that, when it came to Rachel, truth was not a defense and Andy was gonna get even. 

Dickinson was younger and a much better shot than Jackson.  He was called a snap shooter for his speed and accuracy.  Jackson knew this and had a risky strategy.  He would allow Dickinson to fire first!  When the pair stood apart at the traditional 24 feet, Dickinson wore a form fitting waist coat and trousers while Jackson had a loose fitting frock coat.  Dickinson fired and Jackson didn’t flinch.  Dickinson couldn’t believe that he missed.  Jackson took careful aim and his pistol got stuck in half cock. So, he tried again and this time he struck a fatal blow to his victim. 

Here’s the interesting part…Dickinson was not wrong.  He didn’t miss Andy.  The loose frock coat made the marksman unclear of his target but it was more luck or Divine intervention.  While Dickinson lay dying, Jackson’s second noticed blood on Old Hickory’s foot and asked if he had been hit.  Jackson replied, “Oh, I believe he has pinked me a little.”  Truth is, the bullet had broken some of Jackson’s ribs before it lodged so close to his heart that it was left there for the rest of his life.    But, Jackson was not about to let his victim know that he had hit his mark. Instead, he went to a nearby tavern and had a bottle of wine sent to his dying antagonist.    And it didn’t change the fact that for two years, Rachel Donelson had indeed been married to two men at the same time.  Imagine what would have happened had someone actually lied about Jackson’s wife!! 

SPC Risk Area Through Sunday AM

SPC Risk Area Through Sunday AM

Weather Bottom Line:  I’ve been skepitcal of the severe weather threat around here but there were a few storms in southern Indiana, what would be the extreme northern to northwestern part of the viewing area that apparently had some storms with small hail.  In general, however, it did appear that anything we did get would be limited to isolated storms coming through with hail and gusty winds the biggest threat. That appears to have manifested itself will to our north. Nevertheless the SPC put us in a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until midnight Saturday night.  One of those…maybe sorta kinda possible…but cerainly not probable.  Sunday will be nice. First part of the week will be pushing 90 with increasing humidity.  Just about every model that I saw wants to bring a shortwave of sorts through hear sometime from Wednesday evening to Thursday midday.    Otherwise, pretty lame weather for so early in the season.

DAY 1 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK 
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   0733 PM CDT SAT MAY 30 2009
  
   VALID 310100Z – 311200Z
  
   …THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE OH
   VLY…
  
   …OH VLY…
   MID-LVL JET STREAK NOSING INTO CNTRL IL HAS BEEN SUPPORTING A FAIRLY
   EXTENSIVE ZONE OF WDLY SCTD TSTMS FROM THE WV/KY COALFIELDS NWWD
   INTO CNTRL IL.  FORTY-50 KT OF DEEP LAYER SHEAR…LARGELY
   STRAIGHT-LINED HODOGRAPHS AND 1500-2000 J/KG MLCAPE WILL CONTINUE TO
   BE SUPPORTIVE FOR OCCASIONAL SPLITTING SUPERCELLS WITH PRIMARILY
   LARGE HAIL AND DMGG WIND GUSTS.  SVR THREAT MAY PERSIST WELL INTO
   THE EVENING ACROSS SRN IND…NRN/ERN KY…EXTREME SRN OH AND SRN WV
   AS THE MID-LVL WAVE CONTINUES ESEWD TOWARD THE CNTRL APLCNS.  WSW
   LLJ OF 30-35 KTS BLOWING STEEP LAPSE RATE AND RELATIVELY MOIST
   PARCELS INTO THIS REGION WILL SUPPORT EVOLUTION INTO A LOOSELY
   ORGANIZED MCS WITH STRONGEST CELLS LIKELY FAVORING THE S AND W SIDES
   OF THE TSTM CLUSTER.
  
   ..RACY.. 05/31/2009

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Cops Called to McDonalds Over Lost Orange Juice. GM Bankruptcy and Here Come the Brides
May 29, 2009

New Chairman of General Motors?

New Chairman of General Motors?

Where’s My Orange Juice? I’m calling the Cops!! We recently had a story of a Texas woman who called 911 because the fast foot joint she went to didn’t have enough shrimp on her order as she thought that she deserved. (story I want my shrimp) Now, we have an Oregon man who ordered a meal at a drive through line at McDonalds. (Orange Juice Story with Video) He was supposed to have a box of orange juice and the clerk neglected to include it. If something like that happens to me, I drive back and go back to the store to retrieve the missing item. Not this guy. He called 911 arguing somehow that this is a case of freedom of speech. Are we becoming a society of whiners that if we don’t get our way, instead of finding a resolution on our own that we need to call government authorities to save us?

Maybe Harpo Is The New Chief

Maybe Harpo Is The New Chief

GM filing for Bankruptcy:  On May 15, 2009 the New York Post reported that the original proposal from GM to reorganize was for the labor unions to get 39% of the new company, the Federal Government to get about 50% control and existing shareholders would get the rest.  If you were one of the bondholders, those who took the risk to finance the $27 billion in debt, you would get way less than the 10% stake in the company that you hoped for.  More recently, the reports have the new deal sporting an 18% stake by the labor unions and the US and Canadian governments gaining a 70% stake in the company with Uncle Sam receiving the lion’s share.  Again, bond holders would get pennies on the dollar.  Today, it was announced that GM would become the largest company in history to file for bankruptcy.  It will be interesting to see what the final outcome will be.  But one thing appears certain and that is that the workers and union will own the vast majority of the new GM.  President Obama says he’s not into socialism and that he has no interest in the government running the auto companies. 

Chico at GM Helm?

Chico at GM Helm?

He’s fired the head of General Motors, as would be the right of the person or entity in charge and now the government will take a huge stake in the company, labor will own the next largest stake and those who used their private money to invest will get nearly nothing.  Perhaps the long term plan is operating on the assumption that, over time, the stock price will rise and Uncle Sam will then divest itself of GM at a tidy profit.  FDR did something similar to this and the goverment did in fact eventually make a profit.  But, no one has publically stated this is the plan.  I suspect that is the objective but it should not come at the expense of private investors.  And besides, do you really think the Taxpayers will get a return of the profits? Not directly, of course, but the government will retain the return on the investment.   A potential consequence of this and the actions of the government taking control of the banks is that other nations look to the US as the proverbial “beacon on the hill.”  In recent years, other governments have decided it was best to back off of government control of businesses but, now that they see the US government changing relationship with capitalism and free markets, they perhaps will or are reconsidering their move toward freedom and back toward their old ways.  So, we’ll have the government and the workers owning GM.

UAW Black Lake Golf Course Clubhouse

UAW Black Lake Golf Course Clubhouse

The Wall Street Journal on May 21 reported that the UAW has $1.2 billion in assets.  At the end of 2007, $871 million was in the strike fund.  But, it also included a $3 million townhouse in Washington, DC and a $33 million golf course and resort on a lake.  Now they will be able to add about a 1/5 interest in an auto manufacturer that gets propped up by the American taxpayer.  Workers unite and fight those fat cats who live in million dollar homes and belong to country clubs!  If ideals were followed, then the adage of President Lincoln would apply which is that “a house divided against itelf cannot stand.”  Nevertheless, ideals and reality sometimes seem to be at odds. 

On This Date In History:  Asa Mercer was already the president of Washington Territory’s first university by the time he was in his mid twenties.  The Pacific Northwest had great natural resources attracting miners and lumbermen from around the nation.  But…there was a scarcity of women.  Mercer decided to fix that by placing an ad in a Seattle newspaper promising to find a wife for every man who paid $300 toward bringing a woman from the East.  A New York magazine hailed Mercer as a modern day Moses.  Skeptics suggested that the women would have nothing to do and their trade would be something less than honorable.  Mercer assured that the ladies would be employed as schoolmistresses and nothing more.  Those same skeptics wondered how they could all be school teachers if there were no children to teach.

Joan Blondell Well Before Her Role On Brides

Joan Blondell Well Before Her Role On Brides

Nevetheless, Mercer sailed a ship from Seattle and found he had some 300 adventurous ladies willing to take the trip.  However, by the time he was to set sail from New England, in January 1866, the number of volunteers had fallen to 100.  I guess they had second thoughts.  Those on board became even more fickle when they began romancing with the ships’s crew.  When they stopped in Chile, many became enamoured with the military officer’s stationed at Lota, Chile.  Apparently, one of Mercer’s ladies rode a spirited pony to the delight of onlookers such that 17 proposed marriage.   So, now Mercer had to deal with women who didn’t want to leave the crew and others who didn’t want to leave their Chilean suitors.  So, he set sail at night and secretly stole away…to keep his cargo from getting stolen away.  When they got to San Francisco, he lost 11 who got off and never returned.

On This Date in 1866, Asa Mercer arrived in Seattle with what was left of his precious cargo.  Many of the subscribers who had paid $300 were chagrined when they found out that their payment didn’t guarantee a woman.  One man was quite upset when the specific woman whom he had asked for showed up and turned out to be a different woman by the same name.  Undeterred, the man said, “All I want is a wife, and if you are willin’ I would as soon take you as the other woman.”  Such romantic overtones went unheeded as the woman replied simply, “I do not wish to marry, sir.”

It wasn’t a total disaster for the operation or for Asa Mercer.  Annie Stephens from Baltimore was one of the first to be married.  Her husband?  Asa Mercer.

Brown (top left) and Leonard (top right) Star Trek Veterans; Blondell (top center) Former Hollywood Siren

Brown (top left) and Leonard (top right) Star Trek Veterans; Blondell (top center) Former Hollywood Siren

This little tale was no doubt the inspiration for the late 1960’s TV show, Here Come the Brides.  The photo above is of the Bolt brothers, Jeremy, Joshua and Jason as well as Candy, a girl with whom Jeremy was smitten.  Jeremy was played by Bobby Sherman, who was a teen idol.  His acting career went no where and after watching the tv show, you might find out why.  He tried his hand at singing and that too went nowhere.  Joshua was played by David Soul who later was one of the rogue young cops in Magnum Force.  I think Clint helped him exit the movie violently.  Later he gained fame for his role in Starsky and Hutch.  He capitalized  on that fame by singing a stupid song that was in the top 40.  Jason Bolt was played by Robert Brown who was an accomplished stage actor.  He is known perhaps more by his role in a Star Trek episode in which he played a guy named Lazarus.  I think that was the last we saw of him. Maybe he got the Star Trek gig by way of Mark Lenard, who plays Sarek in the 23rd century but was Aaron Stemple in Seattle in the 19th Century.  I have no idea who Candy was nor what happened to her.

I want to know what happened to Captain Clancy.  It seems to me that aside from Lenard and Soul, Here Come the Brides was the graveyard for actors though it was a pretty accurate show because, like the Asa Mercer story, it didn’t seem there were too many marriages.

(Snow White thinks I am too hard on Bobby Sherman in this…I told you he was a teen idol)

SPC Convective Outlook For May 30, 2009

SPC Convective Outlook For May 30, 2009

SPC: 15% probability of Severe Weather Saturday

SPC: 15% probability of Severe Weather Saturday

Weather Bottom Line:  There has been talk out there from some place of some terrible weather on Saturday.  Don’t fall for it.  It’s possible that we could get some interesting storms but there is no support at all from the data to suggest any major tornado outbreak or anything like that.  To our Northwest, there will be a dynamical set up that should induce  stronger t’storms.  There is even an indication from the GFS that a small shortwave comes down our way from that region late in the day on Saturday.  Because of this feature, the GFS is doing what it always seems to do and that provide a forecast of the vertical indicies to be pretty healthy, but not really the SWEAT index too much or others that would suggest tornadic activity.  What it does show would be the potential for hail.  I think its the greatest threat should this materialize.  That would also have a fair amount of lightning and even maybe some strong wind gusts.  It only throws out a half inch of rain.  The NAM is putting out over 1.6 inches of rain and even carries light rain through Saturday night and early Sunday.  The truth will probably be in between with maybe some t’storms in the afternoon though not overly troublesome but also, not with as much rain.   Nevertheless, the threat of severe weather is sufficient enough in the eyes of the SPC to put out a slight risk for our area.  I find most curious the mention of potential isolated supercells and a tornado threat. 

Otherwise, the pleasant Friday temperatures will generally hold through the weekend and then we get hot and humid for early next week with highs pushing toward 90 and the moisture getting somewhat uncomfortable and overnight lows not so low.

DAY 2 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK 
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   1222 PM CDT FRI MAY 29 2009
  
   VALID 301200Z – 311200Z
  
   …THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS KY…MIDDLE TN…SW OH…SRN
   IND…IL…NRN MO AND FAR NE KS…
  
   …LOWER OH VALLEY/MID TO UPPER MS VALLEY…
   AN UPPER-LEVEL TROUGH OVER THE CNTRL APPALACHIAN MTNS WILL REMAIN IN
   PLACE TONIGHT AND SATURDAY AS A 60 TO 75 KT MID-LEVEL JET MOVES SEWD
   INTO THE BASE OF THE TROUGH. AT THE SFC…A FRONTAL BOUNDARY SHOULD
   BE LOCATED FROM NRN MO ESEWD ACROSS SRN IL INTO CNTRL KY SATURDAY.
   GFS/NAM/NAMKF AND SREF MODEL FORECASTS ARE IN FAIRLY GOOD AGREEMENT
   LATE SATURDAY MORNING WITH A CLUSTER OF THUNDERSTORMS LOCATED ACROSS
   IL…SRN IND AND WRN KY IN THE RIGHT REAR QUADRANT OF THE MID-LEVEL
   JET. CONVECTION WITH THIS FEATURE OR NEW STORMS THAT DEVELOP SOUTH
   OF THE CLUSTER SHOULD MOVE SEWD ALONG THE BOUNDARY ACROSS CNTRL KY
   DURING THE AFTERNOON. A CONSENSUS OF FORECAST SOUNDINGS IN CNTRL KY
   AT 21Z SATURDAY SHOW MODERATE INSTABILITY WITH 40 TO 50 KT OF
   VERTICAL SHEAR SUGGESTING THE ENVIRONMENT WILL BE FAVORABLE FOR A
   SEVERE THREAT WITH THE CONVECTIVE CLUSTER. AT THIS TIME…CONVECTIVE
   MODE REMAINS QUESTIONABLE. IF ISOLATED SUPERCELLS CAN
   ORGANIZE…THEN LARGE HAIL AND A FEW TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE. IF
   LINE-SEGMENTS ARE FAVORED…THEN THE PREDOMINANT THREAT COULD BE
   WIND DAMAGE. ANOTHER UNCERTAINTY IS THE TIMING OF THE CONVECTIVE
   SYSTEM. IF THE TIMING IS LATER IN THE AFTERNOON WHEN INSTABILITY IS
   MAXIMIZED…THEN THE SEVERE THREAT COULD BE MORE SUBSTANTIAL.
  
   FURTHER WEST ACROSS NRN MO…MODEL FORECASTS DEVELOPS STRONG
   INSTABILITY WITH MLCAPE VALUES RANGING FROM 2000 TO 3000 J/KG.
   ALTHOUGH FORCING WILL BE WEAKER ALONG THE BOUNDARY IN NRN
   MO…LOW-LEVEL CONVERGENCE AND SFC HEATING COULD HELP INITIATE A FEW
   STORMS. THE STRONG INSTABILITY COUPLED WITH 30 TO 40 KT OF VERTICAL
   SHEAR EVIDENT ON FORECAST SOUNDINGS SHOULD BE ADEQUATE FOR AN
   ISOLATED SEVERE THREAT SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
  
   …LOWER MICHIGAN…
   AN UPPER-LEVEL LOW IS FORECAST TO MOVE SEWD ACROSS ONTARIO SATURDAY
   AS A 70 TO 85 KT MID-LEVEL JET SOUTHWEST OF THE LOW MOVES INTO THE
   WRN GREAT LAKES. AHEAD OF THIS FEATURE…A COLD FRONT WILL ADVANCE
   SEWD ACROSS LOWER MICHIGAN DURING THE DAY WITH THE MODELS DEVELOPING
   THUNDERSTORMS ALONG THE BOUNDARY. ALTHOUGH INSTABILITY SHOULD BE
   RELATIVELY WEAK ACROSS LOWER MI SATURDAY AFTERNOON…FORECAST
   SOUNDINGS SHOW ABOUT 50 KT OF VERTICAL SHEAR. THIS ALONG WITH COLD
   AIR ALOFT /500 MB TEMPS AROUND -20 C/ SHOULD BE SUPPORTIVE OF HAIL
   WITH THE STRONGER UPDRAFTS.
  
   …SRN FL PENINSULA…
   A COLD FRONT IS FORECAST TO MOVE SWD ACROSS THE FL PENINSULA
   SATURDAY. THUNDERSTORMS SHOULD DEVELOP ALONG AND SOUTH OF THE
   BOUNDARY DURING THE AFTERNOON MAINLY FROM LAKE OKEECHOBEE TO THE
   SOUTH. WITH SFC DEWPOINTS IN THE LOWER TO MID 70S F…MODERATE TO
   STRONG INSTABILITY SHOULD BE PRESENT. IN ADDITION…FORECAST
   SOUNDINGS AT 21Z SATURDAY IN SRN FL SHOW ABOUT 30 KT OF VERTICAL
   SHEAR. THIS COMBINED WITH 20 TO 25 KT OF WLY FLOW AT 850 MB COULD BE
   ENOUGH FOR MARGINALLY SEVERE WIND GUSTS WITH THE STRONGER UPDRAFTS.
  
   …NRN CA/SRN ORE/NW NV…
   AN UPPER-LEVEL RIDGE WILL CONTINUE TO BE IN PLACE ACROSS THE NWRN
   STATES. THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST TO DEVELOP ON THE WRN SIDE OF THE
   RIDGE IN THE SIERRAS AND IN THE CASCADES OF CNTRL ORE BY AFTERNOON
   AS SFC TEMPS WARM. IN SPITE OF THE WEAK MID-LEVEL FLOW /20 KTS OR
   LESS/…MODERATE INSTABILITY AND STEEP LAPSE RATES SHOULD BE ENOUGH
   FOR A MARGINAL SEVERE THREAT NEAR PEAK HEATING.
  
   ..BROYLES.. 05/29/2009

Jose Canseco Pounded in the Ring Again. This Bash Brother Is No Jim Thorpe, All-American
May 28, 2009

The Greatest American Athlete and Perhaps Greatest In World History

The Greatest American Athlete and Perhaps Greatest In World History

Vai Said Bye To Jose

Vai Said Bye To Jose

But first…Jose Canseco…

the man who helped to bring steroids into the game of baseball then helped to reveal to the world the MLB steroid scurge, now has a new way to keep his name in the headlines…though the headlines this time may be on page 17-C.  Last year at this time, he was going to box another former athlete. Former Philadelphia Eagle Vai Sikahema pounded the much larger former Bash Brother(video). 

Jose Danced To a Draw with Danny Partridge

Jose Danced To a Draw with Danny Partridge

Almost exactly a year later, Canseco is at it again.  This time, he took on a guy much larger than him in a Mixed Martial Arts match.  (story) The results were the same, only Jose ended up in a fetal position and got pounded in less than a minute and a half (video).  So, let’s look at the score card for Jose.  He fought former child actor, former substance abuser, former disc jockey and much smaller Danny Bonaduce to a draw in a celebrity boxing match.  He was beaten by a retired football player in a boxing match and now he got pounded by a 7’2″ 330lb fighter in the MMA.  Jose says he had a hurt knee.  So, you have to give him credit for playing hurt.  But, why do I think that Jose is doing this for a paycheck?  Maybe he has another tell all book in him because the punches he throws on the pages seem to be more accurate than the ones he throws in the ring….and probably pays better.  By the way, what happened to the tattos on Jose? There everywhere with Bonaduce and gone with Hong Man Choi.  Temporary Tats?

King Presents Gold Medal and Laurel Wreath

King Presents Gold Medal and Laurel Wreath

On This Date In History:  King Gustav V of Sweden said to Jim Thorpe, “Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world” following Thorpe’s performance at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm.  Two things are funny about the famous utterance that would precede just about every Thorpe appearance for the rest of his life.  First off, Thorpe had tried to walk away but before he could, the king reached out and grabbed his hand.  Then, after the comment, Thorpe simply said, “Thanks King!” The king then gave Thorpe a silver chalice in the shape of a Viking ship lined with gold and embedded with jewels

1932 Thorpe With Sons Phil and Billy

1932 Thorpe With Sons Phil and Billy

New York Giant...An American Sports Giant

New York Giant...An American Sports Giant

James Francis Thorpe was born on this date in 1887 in what was then the Indian Territory of Oklahoma.  They say he was 5/8 Indian…whatever that means.  He was the great-great grandson of Black Hawk, the famous chief of the Sauk tribe that fought valiantly to preserve the tribes land against the European settlers in Illinois.  Black Hawk was known to be a tough and courageous warrior, though it is unknown what kind of football player he was.  But he great-great grandson was one of the best ever and then some.

World Record Decathlete

Gold Medal Pentathlete

Football Star

Football Star

Thorpe not only won the Decathlon AND the Pentathlon in the 1912 Olympics, he did so by finishing first in every single event except the Javelin.  He played football at Carlisle Industrial Indian School under Pop Warner where he became and All-American.  He played professional football and became the commissioner of what was to become the NFL.  While he was playing pro-football, he also played Major League Baseball for John McGraw’s fabled New York Giants and the Cincinnati Reds.  He was known world wide and still is today. He became an active spokesman for Indian affairs, had a dance troupe. At age 58, he showed his patriotism by joining the merchant marine toward the end of World War II.

Baseball Star

Baseball Star

World Record Decathalete

World Record Decathalete

But, like many American heroes, Thorpe’s tale of triumph has a tragic side.  A year or so after he returned to New York to a ticker tape parade, a newspaper reported that Thorpe had played for a semi-pro baseball team while he was in college for two years.  I think he made something like $60 a month.  Thorpe said he was just a poor Indian kid who didn’t know that was against the rules.  Well, the AAU and the US Olympic Committee as well as the International Olympic Committee all came down on Thorpe and took his medals away and struck his records from the books.  They even took back the Viking Ship!   In 1950, he was voted the best athlete of the first half of the 20thcentury by the Associated Press. By that time, Sports Illustrated says he was a bloated alcoholic living in a trailer.  He died of a heart attack in 1953 with very little to his name, not even his gold medals.

Brundage Sore Loser?

Brundage Sore Loser?

From 1952 to 1972, Avery Brundage served as the head of the International Olympic Committee and he staunchly held firm in preventing Thorpe from being reinstated, even after he

Brundage No Match For Thorpe on the Field

Brundage No Match For Thorpe on the Field

died.  Brundage used the old “ignorance is no excuse” routine.  Brundage died in 1975 and in 1982, the IOC changed course and said it had erred in taking Thorpe’s medals. His records were put back in the  books and by the end of the century, he was again honored as, not just the greatest athlete of the first half of the 20th century, but of the entire 100 year span.

Here’s the kicker.  It is speculated that Brundage held a racial grudge against Thorpe.  That is probably up for debate….but here is a more specific fact.  Avery Brundage did have an ax to grind against Thorpe.  You see….the man who ate Thorpe’s dust in 1912 by coming in 6th in the Pentathlon and 15th in the Decathlon was none other than, Avery Brundage.

Oh…and by the way…there’s a town in Pennsylvania called Jim Thorpe. 

You can read about Jim Thorpe, PA.

Front Plods Through on Thursday

Front Plods Through on Thursday

Weather Bottom Line:  The story is really pretty much the same.   We had the numerous t’storms on Wednesday and now we have a front coming down on Thursday.  It will be a slow mover but the best chances for rain would be early Thursday and then another chance later in the day but by day’s end, the front should be sufficiently through and the dry air moving in enough to end the rain.  Look for a drier and cooler Friday morning and a warm but not so humid Friday.  I don’t think the storms Thursday will be overly ferocious, but there could be some windows rattling and furniture moving to wake you up.  Another system drops down and prior to its arrival we have a warm front.  The other day I mentioned that it may be too dry to have any precip.  But, the SPC has us in the edge of the slight risk area and really keeps us close through Monday.  The reason is that they feel as if the boundary will remain fairly close to our region and that there will be developing MCS situations periodically and they will be moving along the boundary southeast.  It’s tricky and certainly not a slam dunk but probably worth watching out for.  Either way, we get a return flow to start next week and that should start the mercury upward, perhaps the upper 80’s, and increasing humidity to start June.

Weekend Worth Watching as per SPC

Weekend Worth Watching as per SPC

DAY 4-8 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK 
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   0401 AM CDT WED MAY 27 2009
  
   VALID 301200Z – 041200Z
  
   …DISCUSSION…
   GFS AND ECMWF IN GOOD AGREEMENT AT LEAST THROUGH DAY 6…AFTER WHICH
   SUBTLE DIFFERENCES IN THE MODELS BEGIN TO INCREASE.  OVERALL
   HOWEVER…MODELS CONTINUE TO POINT AT A FEW DAYS OF HEIGHTENED
   SEVERE POTENTIAL OVER THE CENTRAL CONUS AND VICINITY.  BOTH MODELS
   CONTINUE TO FORECAST NW FLOW ACROSS THE CENTRAL US AND INTO THE
   MIDWEST ON THE BACK SIDE OF A ERN NOAM UPPER LOW/TROUGH FOR DAY 4
   /SAT. MAY 30/.  AS A PORTION OF THIS TROUGH MOVES QUICKLY EWD AND
   TAKES ON A NEGATIVE TILT DAY 5…FLOW ALOFT BECOMES MORE
   NWLY/WLY…WITH SEVERAL SHORT-WAVE FEATURES MOVING THROUGH THE
   RELATIVELY FAST FLOW FIELD OVER THE CENTRAL AND NRN
   PLAINS/MIDWEST/OH VALLEY.  FLOW ALOFT SLACKENS A BIT DAY 6…BUT
   BOTH MODELS PROG A SHORT-WAVE TROUGH TO ENTER THE CENTRAL PLAINS
   WHICH SHOULD MAINTAIN SEVERE POTENTIAL.
  
   DAY 4 /SAT. MAY 30/…IT APPEARS THAT STORMS SHOULD EVOLVE ACROSS
   THE NEB VICINITY…AS AMPLE MOISTENING/DESTABILIZATION OCCURS NEAR
   AND S OF A NW-SE BAROCLINIC ZONE RETREATING NWD ACROSS THE CENTRAL
   CONUS.  STORMS SHOULD EXPAND INTO ONE OR MORE MCS LATE IN THE
   DAY…AND THEN ACCELERATE SEWD TOWARD THE UPPER MIDWEST THROUGH THE
   SECOND HALF OF THE PERIOD — WITH DAMAGING WINDS EXPECTED TO BE A
   MAIN THREAT.
  
   DAY 5 /SUN. MAY 31/…A COLD FRONT IS FORECAST TO BEGIN MOVING SEWD
   ACROSS THE PLAINS…PROVIDING A FOCUS FOR STORM DEVELOPMENT —
   PARTICULARLY INVOF THE MID MO VALLEY REGION — WITHIN DESTABILIZING
   AFTERNOON AIRMASS.  AGAIN…ONE OR MORE MCS SHOULD EVOLVE BY
   EVENING…WITH A MORE EWD STORM TRACK INTO THE UPPER MIDWEST REGION.
  
  
   DAY 6 /MON. JUN. 1/…CYCLOGENESIS ACROSS THE SRN HIGH PLAINS IS
   HINTED AT ALONG THE TRAILING PORTION OF THE AFOREMENTIONED FRONT
   MOVING SEWD ACROSS THE CENTRAL CONUS — IN RESPONSE TO THE EJECTING
   SHORT-WAVE TROUGH.  WHILE FLOW ALOFT SHOULD BE WEAKER…A
   PARTICULARLY MOIST/UNSTABLE AIRMASS ACROSS THE KS/OK REGION SHOULD
   OFFSET THE SLIGHTLY-WEAKER FLOW FIELD…WITH THE SEVERE POTENTIAL
   POSSIBLY INCLUDING TORNADOES NEAR AND NE OF THE LOW/INVOF THE WARM
   FRONT WHICH IS PROGGED TO EXTEND ACROSS THE KS/NRN OK/MO VICINITY.
  
   ..GOSS.. 05/27/2009

Your Fear Can Cost You Your Dreams. Live a Fearless Life.
May 26, 2009

Clay-Liston Tale of the Tape

Clay-Liston Tale of the Tape

Fearsome Liston Destroyed Floyd Patterson

Fearsome Liston Destroyed Floyd Patterson

On this date in 1965, a young man awoke in the light of having lived a fearless life.  Just a few hours before, on May 25 in 1965, Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston a second time to retain the heavyweight championship he had won from Liston on February 25, 1964. I’ll spare you most of the details as they are well documented. But, did you know that the fight was supposed to come in November 1964, but Ali had a strangulated hernia. Not sure what that is but it sounds like it hurts. Then they rescheduled it for Boston. But, the promoters didn’t have a license to promote fights in Massachusetts. For some reason, instead of getting licensed, they moved the fight to Lewiston, Maine. Why they would be licensed in Maine and not Massachusetts is beyond me. If you find out what the story is, you can share it with us. Anyway, because it was in Maine’s second largest city, only 2434 people saw the fight live. The bats draw more than twice as much as that on a daily basis. It was the lowest attended championship fight of all time.

Ali Overcame Fears To Beat the Unbeatable

Ali Overcame Fears To Beat the Unbeatable

Sonny Liston was feared. Many boxers wouldn’t fight him. Top contender Henry Cooper said if Ali won he would seek a shot at the title but not if Liston re-claimed the crown. Later, another boxer, George Foreman was feared. Ali overcame any fear he may have had, against Liston and again against Foreman, accepted the challenge and secured his lore as one of the greatest of all time. While the first fight against Liston was amazing and along with Ali’s 1960 Olympic gold medal put him on the boxing map, the second fight started the legend of Muhammad Ali…and it also stands as testament of what can happen when one’s faith is great enough to overcome one’s fears.

Manny Was Fearless

Manny Was Fearless

There is a line in the movie, Runaway Train in which Manny (Jon Voight) hears his comrade Buck (Eric Roberts) say “Manny, I can’t do it!” to which Manny replies, “You don’t know what you can do! It’s in your head!”  Don’t let the fears in your head or those created by others or by the media keep you from finding out what you can do.  Had Ali been like Henry Cooper, he never would have found out that not only was Sonny Liston beatable, but that he, Ali, was the one could and would do it.  Not once, but twice.

No Real Severe Chances from SPC until Saturday and Its Not Around Here

No Real Severe Chances from SPC until Saturday and Its Not Around Here

Weather Bottom Line:  Expect a sunny start on Tuesday and by midday, we’ll probably see alot of cumulous clouds that have a good billowing vertical development.  Should that pan out, as I think it will, look for scattered t’storms in the afternoon.  Probably somewhat numerous.   The storms will be slow movers and will tend to rain themselves out.  The severe risk is minimal but, there would probably be a fair amount of lightning and local heavy downpours will be likely.  In other words, if you find yourself under a t’storm, expect it to last for awhile and drop a goodly amount of rain. 

This soupy pattern will continue into Wednesday.  On Thursday, a cold front comes down and slowly moves through.  Rain chances will be enhanced on Thursday with the front.   T’storms I would think would be likely.  It’s a slow mover so I would call for rain chances at least off and on throughout the day.   The front moves through and there is a model consensus of slight trofiness over the Ohio Valley for about 36-48 hours.  Afternoon temperatures on Friday and Saturday will still be warm, but the humidity levels back off.  A secondary push of drier air slips through early Saturday to reinforce the drier conditions.  It goes on the retreat back through the region late Saturday but I suspect that the environment will be too dry to produce rain.  But, it should open the door for increasing humidity levels and overnight temperatures for the start of next week.

Put Down the Beer and Barbecue and Remember the Meaning of Memorial Day
May 25, 2009

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Revolutionary War 1775 to 1783                      4,435          US dead

War of 1812  1812 to 1815                                       2,260         US dead

Mexican War 1846 to 1848                                    1,773         US dead

Civil War   1861 to 1865                approx.   600,000 USA/CSA dead

Spanish Amer. War 1898                                      2,446           US dead

WWI  1917 -1918                                                 116, 516          US dead

WWII 1941-1945                                                405, 399         US dead

Korean War 1950-1953                                      36, 914         US dead

Vietnam War 1958-1973                                   58, 167          US dead

War on Terrorists  2001 to present           nearly 3000 sept 11, 2001

                              Iraq/Afghanistan               approx 4900

 

Normandy Cemetery

Normandy Cemetery

Today, we hear on TV that Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer more than we hear of it’s original meaning.  The history of Memorial Day began at the close of the Civil War.  There were Memorial Day activities for both the soldiers of the Union and the Confederacy.  Eventually, they were combined and in the 20th century became recognized as a day to remember those who made the ulitmate sacrifice in their service to our nation.  In your time of barbecue, family gatherings and fun…take a moment to remember those who have made it possible for you to have such a holiday.  It is not just a day off from work, but instead is a day of rememberance and thanks to the men, women and families who laid such a sacrifice on the alter of liberty.  Snow White and I attended the services at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.   I don’t know anyone who has died though we did visit the final resting place of her uncle’s cousin who lost his life on December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor.  He was just 19.  No, we went to pay our respects for all of those in our American brotherhood whose graves remind us that our freedom was paid for by others.  We should not take it for granted nor as something that is a right or something that is perpetual.  It is a privelidge and must be fought for to maintain.  Lest we forget….

Success Can Be an Enigma and or Come From a Code of Inspiration Where you Least Expect It
May 24, 2009

 

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I guess Morse Ended Up Finishing His Lafayette Painting

I guess Morse Ended Up Finishing His Lafayette Painting

On This Date in History:  In 1810, a young man graduated from Yale and immediately went to England to study art.  He created a giant painting and a small sculpture and called them both “the Dying Hercules.”  These were his most significant works and I suppose that he figured that was the best he could do and so he came home to America.  He decided to paint portraits for a living.  He had some works that were considered outstanding including one of Lafayette and other historical figures that were recognized for the extreme detail.  Among his portraits of famous people was one of Eli Whitney.  The young man gained a pretty big reputation but also was known as a man with a small income.  That makes me think that if he was such a big painter, then maybe he would figure out that he needed to charge more for his paintings.  I guess perhaps his reputation was good at the price he charged. Had he charged more, then maybe he wouldn’t have been so popular.  Well, its a good thing for him, and for the rest of the world, that he had other pursuits to relieve his creative mind.

The word “telegraph” derives from the Greek word, “to write far.”  Pretty good description.   Before there was electricity, there was a communication system that fit that description.  It was in the form of tall poles that put up different arms and other signals.  It could be seen at a distance.  It was used during the Battle of Waterloo to let the folks know back in London what was going on with the struggle against Napoleon.    I suppose that has its use but for long distances, you probably would need a series of big poles with a guy hanging around each one and waiting for a signal to be seen from one direction so he could then relay it to someone in the other direction.  I suppose it was better than nothing and probably faster than relying on a guy on a horse, like Paul Revere…though Paul was pretty fast and he could travel at night, which obviously was a limitation for this early form of “telegraph.”

1844 First Telegraph Receiver

1844 First Telegraph Receiver

So, along comes electricity.  Now, a bunch of inventors had figured out the basic principals involved but it was left to the somewhat successful American painter, Samuel Finley Breese Morse, to understand the practical application of those principals and the first to take pragmatic steps to invent a way to take exploit those principals.  While at Yale, Morse had taken a keen interest in electricity but was lured by his love for art.  He studied under Benjamin West and Washington Allston, who were considered two of the better painters of the day.  He got married in 1818 but, while he was working on his painting of the Marquis de Lafayette, he got news his wife died.  He left the painting unfinished and became an artistic recluse in his grief.  But an odd thing happened, in his grief, he rediscovered his interest in electricity.   He attended some lectures of academics but eventually returned to art.

William Cullen Bryant by Morse

William Cullen Bryant by Morse

In 1829, he went back to Europe to study art.  Had he not done that, he may never had received the inspiration of the telegraph.  You see…in 1832 he was on board a ship returning to America when he came upon some scientists who were discussing the properties of electricity.  One man queried whether electricity lost its velocity over a long distance.  When another remarked that in Ben Franklin’s experiments, he had noted that a captured electrical current traveled over several miles of wire without any time differential as the reaction at the end of the wire  seemed to be coincidental with the intialization of the current.  That statement triggered the small spark of inspiration in Sam Morse’s head.

Old Sam Looks Like a Decorated Warrior

Old Sam Looks Like a Decorated Warrior

That left Morse with a tough choice.  If he wanted to immerse himself in electricity, then he had to give up painting but, with no painting, he had no income.  He was already rather poor, often skipping meals for extended periods or depending on the help from friends.  In 1835, he was granted a teaching position in the Art Department of the State University of New York.  That gave him access to the facilities and faculty at the University and afforded him the opportunity to expand his electrical research.  With the help of a colleague, he made numerous successful experiments and developed a code of communication, known today as the Morse Code.  In 1842, Morse went to Washington to build a telegraph line.  In early 1843, he convinced Congress to grant him $30,000 to build a line from Washington to Baltimore.   An finally, on this date in 1843, Samuel F.B. Morse demonstrated his telegraph to the world.  His friend, Miss Ellsworth, came up with the first words to be transmitted.  It was “What Hath God Wrought?”  Indeed…what?  It was the beginning of the information age that eventually progressed from communications by telegraph to radio to television and now the internet.  All because a painter became heartbroken by his wife’s death and because he had run off to Europe as part of his grief. 

I suppose, this might be an example of “don’t give up.”  Difficult situations today might make you say “why me?” or make you angry.  But, it could be that circumstance that proves necessary for your later success and happiness.

Japanese Model Thinks We Get 2-3 inches of rain This week

Japanese Model Thinks We Get 2-3 inches of rain This week

Weather Bottom Line:  Pretty much status quo in the weather department with several question marks.  First, we remain warm and humid.  Rain chances will be in the picture for the entire week.  Afternoon showers and t’storms will be scattered about with the determining factor of the frequency and area coverage dependent on afternoon heating and little upper disturbances wandering through.  Those are so numerous and so random there is great difficulty to determine exactly when or where they will show up.  But, they will be around and so that will maintain the expectation of scattered stuff.  I would not think that any of them will be particularly tough, but given the amount of moisture in the air, if you find yourself under one, there will be the potential for heavy rain in spots.

A front is supposed to get close midweek, though it’s tough to determine if it comes through or if it washes out or goes on the retreat.  It really won’t change much.  There is somewhat of a consensus from the models concerning what was left of the quasi tropical low that came ashore in Mississippi.  It is moving past us to the Soutwest today and is responsible for the elevation in humidity.  It will move into the Southern Plains and join up with a front sliding down.  I would keep an eye on Thursday night or Friday.  Most public forecasts have Friday dry but I”ve got some model data that says otherwise and its not unusual for fronts to move slower than the foofs on TV think as we head into the summer.  Either way, depending on the timing I might suspect some action that may be worthwhile.  We’ll see how it shakes out.  Have a good Memorial Day.

Shirley Jones (aka Mom in Partridge Family) Posing Nude at age 75? A Funeral for Yourself?
May 23, 2009

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Shirley Was a Hottie

Shirley Was a Hottie

Shirely Jones is a lovely woman who had a pretty good singing and acting career.  She is best known as the mother on the Partridge Family.  Now, at age 75, Jones wants to be known as the oldest woman in history to pose nude for Playboy(NYPost) The current record holder is Nancy Sinatra who bared all at age 54.  She was pretty hot.  I didn’t ever see the pair of 50 year old beauties, Joan Collins and Farrah Fawcett get naked for Hef’s cameras.  Would you want to see a 75 year old naked woman?  Apparently, Jones’ husband thinks you do because he is the one pushing the project.  Stay tuned.

Funeral Obsessed Frances

Funeral Obsessed Frances

On This Date in History:  Frances Hiller  was what we might call eccentric.  The 18th century woman was married to a doctor who had made a fortune from a patented medicine that he had invented.  Frances bought hundreds of hats and wore costly jewelry, even when gardening.  Her odd ways may have dervied from the fact that she had 23 children!  She was rather economical in that department as well as the 23 kids includes 7 sets of twins.  That is amazing but its also quite sad because not a single child lived beyond infancy.  So, she had attended a lot of funerals, which may explain her strange story.

Hiller Financed Frances Eccentricies

Hiller Financed Frances Eccentricies

While she lived, she planned her own funeral which included a very ornate casket.  Dr. Henry Hiller hired a famous wood carver to fashion a pair of exquisite caskets.  But, Hank went and died in 1888 before the caskets were finished.  So, she kept her husband’s body in a vault until the work was completed.  It had hand carved vines, cupids, bats, dragons and angels, which seems like a display of contrast.  Perhaps the angel was slaying the dragon.  If the angel was doing battle with the large reptile, it would have to watch out for the skull that featured lizards crawling out of the eye socket.  When the finally got around to burying Henry, he was taken in his fabulous casket in a procession that marched to the sounds of a military band and was escorted by a procession of 2000 people. 

In 1893, she married her chauffer…..a boy toy perhaps? I dunno but part of the deal was the guy had to change his name to Henry Hiller.  I suppose thats not a bad trade from being a chauffer to being married to a rich widow.  Anyway, she was married but kept her casket handy…even on display in her parlour.  She would climb into it and show visitors how she would look when she was dead.  She even had a life-sized wax replica of herself made to place in the casket so she could see what she’d look like six feet under.  Finally she died in 1900 and I bet the chauffer didn’t sign a pre-nuptual agreement so he made out pretty well.

Such an Eyesore Even Photographers Kept their Distance

Such an Eyesore Even Photographers Kept their Distance

So, she finally got her wish and made it to the casket on this date in 1900.  It was a duplicate of the one Henry had used.  The wood was of the finest quality which means it was quite heavy.  It took 10 men to carry it.  The funeral car was drawn by 4 black horses with black netting.  The funeral car sagged terribly from the weight and almost fell apart.  A journalist who was on hand said that the excitement and hoopla was only matched by the local cattle fair.   Frances was placed in an enormous masoleum that were quite a site…but in 1935, they were condemned as an eyesore.  The cemetery tore it down and buried the couple in their ostentatious coffins.  Today, all that remains are an urn and bronze plates that mark the location.  This brings to mind the old adage…you can’t take it with you.

Weather Bottom Line:  A couple of items.  First, if you recall I told you several days about about that area of low pressure coming into Florida and how it may get a little hype.  The National Hurricane Center scheduled and then cancelled several hurricane hunter flights.  They put a medium risk of the low (Invest 90) going tropical but..alas it did not.  I’ doubt if the water temperatures in the Gulf are warm enough in any consistency to support a tropical system.  Now it’s moved ashore near the Alabama/Mississippi border.  Now, if you were paying attention this week you would have noticed an evolution of our conditions.  Wednesday not a cloud in the sky.  Thursday a few friendly white puffies.  Friday, in the afternoon you began to see some vertical development.  What this all tells you is that we have gradually been getting more moisture at all levels and the atmosphere is losing some of its stability.  So, on Saturday there was even more vertical development as the afternoon temperatures had to be hitting the convective temperature because all of a sudden a bunch of showers popped up at once.

I suspect that this will continue for several day.  We start off nice, heat to the mid to upper 80’s.  That provides the lift to make the clouds tall and fat and then we get scattered showers.  Again, if you paid attention, then you know that the showers didn’t move too much.  So, for the next several days expect even less stability so the afternoon pop ups will probably be more intense with lightning and heavier rainfall.  The biggest problem with this won’t be severe weather but heavy rain as the clouds might be so big and fat that they rain themselves out  over one area.  Enjoy the holiday weekend and just dodge those pesky afternoon t’sorms or showers.

 

Get Lucky! Enter Raffle For a Suburban House! Lucky Day For Me…Not So For US Senator. George Says No!
May 22, 2009

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A couple with three children in Louisville Kentucky is raffling their 2100 foot home to the public as they say adios to the good life in the Bluegrass State in the good old USA.  They are selling everything they own (see broadcast story here) and moving to the Dominican Republic where their mission will be to fix broken wells and provide communities with safe drinking water. (See more from the couple’s blog here)

Great Backyard with B-Ball Court

Great Backyard with B-Ball Court

One of the main causes of death and disease in the Dominican Republic is due to contaminated water and this couple is dedicated their lives and their children to serving others in need.  That is the American Way!   But, they need to sell the house quickly so they can use the funds to help finance their mission.  To do so, they are selling raffle tickets for the home for a mere $50 a chance.  Here is how to buy a ticket.  You can do so from any part of the world.  You will be helping a good cause and, if you are lucky, you will get an fantastic investment to do with as you please.  Talk about a capital gain if you sell the property!  Or, its in a nice neighborhood in suburban Louisville and is a very nice home.  I encourage you to participate.  The odds of winning are way way better than winning the lottery.  Click here for their website and take a chance!

From Your Son, Dopey

From Your Son, Dopey

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD

On this  date a long long time ago, Robert B. Symon, Sr. was introduced to the world.  And the world has been a better place for it.  I’m hoping to one day live up to the old man but I haven’t quite gotten there.  When I was a kid and he helped coach my football or baseball teams. the other guys on the team always told me that my dad was their favorite coach.  They said he was nice.  Today, I realize that is true.  I think we all wish that we could be a person whom about people would say, “you know, I’m a better person for having known him” or “I’m just a little happier for having known him.  My dad is one of the few people I know in life that I think that is the case.  Come to think of it, Snow White is too.   One would think that if I am surrounded and influenced by such people, some of it would rub off on me.  Well, there’s always tomorrow.

General Washington Would Not Be King!

General Washington Would Not Be King!

On This Date In History:

In 1782, there was some chaos in the new nation.  There was a shortage of funds to pay foreign debts and Congress was arguing about what to do.  There was a proposal afoot from officers in the army to settle the situation by proclaiming George Washington as King George I.  On This Date in 1782, General George Washington refused to become king when he quickly dispatched such notions when he said that no such occurrence in the war gave him “…more painful sensations…” than such talk.  The word of General Washington was formidable, thus saving the Democracy before it even really got started. The Constitution was adopted in 1787 and the General became the first President in 1789.

Chuck Was In Trouble

Chuck Was In Trouble

On this date in 1856, abolitionist Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner insulted South Carolina Senator Andrew Butler in a rant against slavery.  Well, Butler’s nephew, Representative Preston Brooks decided to defend the honor of his uncle, and presumably slavery.  He later entered the Senate chamber and beat Sumner so severely that he could not return to the Senate for 3 years!  How’s that for civility in government.  Turns out that Brooks had considered challenging Sumner to a duel but a South Carolina House colleague suggested that dueling was for men of social standing and that Sumner’s coarse language used toward Butler indicated his standing was that of a drunkard.  In other words, “he’s not worth it.”  Well, Brooks decided that if he was such a low life, that a beating was the proper coarse of action.  South Carolinians sent Brooks a bunch of new canes and told him to “beat him again.”  Brooks was not expelled from the House, but instead resigned.  The beating was seen in the North as a sign of southern cowardice and newspaper drawings like the one above ensued.  Brooks gave a interesting defense of his action as he resigned. If you are interested, it’s linked below.  Once again, we complain about the lack of civility in Congress these days but, fear not, it’s been worse.

“If I desired to kill the Senator, why did I not do it?”

Michael Vick Vs Leonard Little; Charles Lindbergh Vs Amelia Earhart
May 21, 2009

Is This Fair?  Michael Vick was convicted on Federal and state dog fighting charges.  He has been in prison for about a year and a half, he is bankrupt and now he has to petition the league for reinstatement as the commissioner mulls whether or not he should serve a league suspension.  Compare this with the case of Leonard Little.  He was drunk and got in a wreck that killed someone.  He spent 90 days in jail.  He was suspended from the NFL for 8 games.  He went on to sign a multi-million dollar contract.  A few years later, he was arrested again for DUI but was not convicted.  Let’s see…kill a person….8 game suspension and sign a multi year contract.  Kill dogs through pre-meditated abuse through conducting dog fights…2 years out of hte league, prison and the loss of millions of dollars…should the league prevent him from salvaging his career or pile on some more?  The system seems to be saying he’d be better served had he been drunk and killed someone.  Somethin’ ain’t right.  And something really ain’t right when someone, somehow equates the efforts of Vice-President Cheney, who has not been charged with a thing except by the lunatic fringe of doing anything except to try to maintain national security.  Unbelievable.

On This Date In History: Remember the story about De Soto and his pigs from a few days ago? Well, he died on this date in 1542 and the pigs he was saving got auctioned off.
Pig Brigade

But it was a day for flying. On this date in 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic when he landed in Paris. But, I think it was the 22ndin Paris while it was the 21st in the US. Anyway, less celebrated but significant nonetheless was on the same date in 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic when she landed in Ireland. Now, she flew from New Foundland and it was just under 2000 miles. Lindbergh flew from New York to Paris which was nearly twice as far and he had to stay awake for over 33 hours while Earhart’s flight lasted but 15 hours. He won a prize of $25,000 and she got the Distinguished Flying Cross from the US Congress.

The photo of Earhart is interesting because most of the photos of her are somewhat unflattering but do indicate the potential for beauty. This photo verifies….she was a hottie.

Whether it’s 15 or 33.5 hours, that’s a long time to be driving, or flying. Perhaps they could have used the help of Jacob German, who on this date in 1899 became the first person ever arrested for speeding. He had been spotted driving a taxi for the Electric Vehicle Company at the “breakneck” speed of 12 miles per hour. The cops grabbed him and threw him in the clink but they didn’t take his driver’s license. That’s because New York didn’t issue driver’s licenses until 1901.

2009 Hurricane Season Forecast. Will Global Warming Reduce The Number of Hurricanes?
May 20, 2009

Big Bopper Ike

Big Bopper Ike

2008 Named Storms Track

2008 Named Storms Track

Hurricane Season begins in less than two weeks.  Last year, there were 16 named storms in the North Atlantic with half of those becoming hurricanes at some time during their lives.  7 struck the United States and an eight skirted the east coast briefly.  Here is the archive of the 2008 Hurricane Season.   The most ferocious  for the US was Hurricane Ike  and if you like, here is a link to a gallery of Hurricane Ike video and Hurricane Ike photos.  The average for tropical activity has been some 10 named storms with 6 becoming hurricanes.  The general thought in research circles is that there is about a 30 year cycle of hurricane activity and that it was long forecast that activity would turn to the more active 30 year cycle starting in the mid 1990’s and that seems to have come about.  People forget that Hurricane Andrew, while a strong hurricane, was just the first of the season and that was not until late August 1992.  Just a few years later, we had a record number of named storms in the North Atlantic and its been active ever since. 

Dr. William Gray and Dr. Phillip J Klotzbach

Dr. William Gray and Dr. Phillip J Klotzbach

Dr. William Gray at Colorado State University has long been considered an expert at hurricane forecasting with his Tropical Meteorology Project.   This year, the 2009 Hurricane Forecast predicts 14 named storms with 6 hurricanes, two of which will become major hurricanes.  There is no predictability on landfalling hurricanes.  This forecast holds with the theory of the North Atlantic being in the active hurricane cycle but the number is supressed as a weak El Nino is being anticipated as the season unfolds.  It has been determined that an El Nino event in the Pacific tends to curtail tropical activity in the North Atlantic.

None of this has any relation to Global Warming.  However, Mr. Gore and others have speculated that Global Warming would result in more hurricanes and also more intense hurricanes.  In recent years, there has been an increase in North Atlantic tropical activity in recent years.  Many with a US based world view point to this as evidence of Global Warming.  However, the number of tropical systems in the Eastern Pacific has been supressed during that time as has been the case in other parts of the world.   So, it is held by many that the increase in the North Atlantic has its roots in the natural cycle rather than other factors.

Al Gore Linked Katrina and Global Warming In Spite of What some Experts Conclude

Al Gore Linked Katrina and Global Warming In Spite of What some Experts Conclude

 Last year,   A meteorologist with NOAA who had apparently been an advocate of a link between Global Warming and an increase in Hurricane Intensity and the numbers of hurricanes now has a new report that says the opposite.  Tom Knutson even says that warmer temperatures could decrease hurricane activity and their landfall. That last part is something that I cannot fathom how anyone could make the statement..but he did.  Anyway, here is the article with some other links to the study.  This guy’s new report may be more of an indication that the wheels may be falling off the Al Gore Juggernaut.

New Global Warming/Hurricane Study

 

Hey, it’s going to do what its going to do, whatever the cause.   We currently have a system that has been traversing the Florida Peninsula bringing welcome rain.  For several days, the National Hurricane Center has been threatening to send out a Hurricane Hunter to investigate even though they admitted the chances of it turning tropical was minimal.  They keep cancelling the flights and have now said that they will stop making special reports.  However, it will be interesting to see what they will do in the coming days as the models suggest the low will move into the middle of the Gulf and not along the Gulf Coast, as previously indicated.  It remains progged to be around a 1008 mb low, which is below standard sea level pressure but not all that low.  It will give the boys at the NHC something to talk about and use as a PR tool as we head into the hurricane season, which starts June 1.

NAM Fri Eve has 1006 mb low in Gulf

NAM Fri Eve has 1006 mb low in Gulf

SPECIAL TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
830 AM EDT TUE MAY 19 2009

FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC…CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO…

SATELLITE IMAGES AND SURFACE OBSERVATIONS INDICATE THAT THE WEAK
AREA OF LOW PRESSURE LOCATED NEAR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS IS BECOMING
ABSORBED BY A LARGER NON-TROPICAL LOW CENTERED OVER FLORIDA.
DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM NOW APPEARS UNLIKELY…AND THE AIR FORCE
RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT MISSION SCHEDULED FOR TODAY HAS
BEEN CANCELED. IN ADDITION…LITTLE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NON-TROPICAL
LOW OVER FLORIDA IS EXPECTED AS IT MOVES WESTWARD INTO THE GULF OF
MEXICO AT 10 MPH OVER THE NEXT DAY OR TWO.  THERE IS A LOW
CHANCE…LESS THAN 30 PERCENT…OF TROPICAL CYCLONE DEVELOPMENT IN
THIS AREA DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.  THIS WILL BE THE LAST SPECIAL
TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK ISSUED FOR THIS SYSTEM.

$$
FORECASTER BERG

 

Good Weekend For a Cruise on the Belle of Louisville

Good Weekend For a Cruise on the Belle of Louisville

Weather Bottom Line:

  The ridge continues to hang out and will do so through the weekend.  Shower activity will be supressed and the temperatures will elevate into the mid 80’s as we move through the end of the week into the weekend. Enjoy it.  Snow White and I are going on a bike ride this afternoon.  Yesterday we saw Star Trek and she liked it so much, she wanted to see it again….like right then.  Never knew she was a trekkie.  It was good though.  I love McCoy and Scotty.  They have some great lines.