Take Moe Because Smoot and Hawley Spell Disaster


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Famous Photo May 4, 1970

Famous Photo May 4, 1970

On This Date In History: On this date in 1970, four Kent State students protesting the Viet Nam War were killed by National Guardsman. But I don’t want to talk about that.   President Lincoln was buried on this date in 1865 and David Frost interviewed President Nixon on this date in 1975, but I don’t want to talk about those items either.  This one is a bit more timely as it relates to those who want to have “buy American” become the policy of the United States and to curtail NAFTA and other various free trade agreements. 

Nice Going Boys

Nice Going Boys

On this date in 1930, 1028 economists petitioned Congress warning them against the Smoot-Hawley Act.  America was reeling from the 1929 stock market crash and so President Hoover and other politicians thought it was a grand idea to put a huge tariff on imported goods with the idea that it would promote the sale of American goods domestically and help turn the economy around.  The economists argued that high duties would effectively shut down foreign trade and create the exact opposite result intended.  But, politicians often do what sounds good to the public rather than take the time to explain why what sounds good is often wrong-headed.  Smoot-Hawley passed, foreign trade dried up and the result was the Great Depression.  Nice going. 

Global Trade Collapsed After Smoot Hawley

Global Trade Collapsed After Smoot Hawley

Many scholars point to the Smoot-Hawley Act as the cause of everything, though that’s probably not entirely true.  However, consider that the market crashed in October 1929 just shortly after Smoot-Hawley was passed. It took months for Hoover to think about it but when he finally did sign the bill in mid 1930, then the economy really tanked and didn’t really recover until the US got into World War II.   But, I really didn’t want to talk too much about all of that either…

Maybe the Detroit Lions Could Use These Guys

Maybe the Detroit Lions Could Use These Guys

What I really wanted to talk about was Moe.  Moe Howard departed this earth on this date in 1975.  He was, of course, the ring-leader of The Three Stooges.  Not only was he in charge on the screen but also in real life.  His real name was Harry Moses Horwitz and was born on June 19, 1897.  He teamed with older brother Samuel (Shemp) and younger brother Jerome (Curly) along with Larry Fine to form the stooges, an act that had its roots in vaudeville in the early 1920’s.  Larry and Moe teamed with a rotating third stooge due to health issues and the ultimate death of Curly in 1952.  But the act went on in various forms through the 1960’s and continues today in various mediums. 

One of my favorite stories about the stooges regards Moe’s hair.  Apparently his mother was so enthralled with his hair that she wouldn’t cut it and it often fell to shoulder length.  Moe grew tired of being teased at school so he and a chum got a bowl and some scissors and performed surgery on his hair, leaving him with the mop that remained his style for the rest of his life. 

3 Unique Hairdoes

3 Unique Hairdoes

The Three Stooges are a remarkable part of popular culture in that it transcended time.  Throughout the 20th century there are probably very few entertainment acts that one could go to a kid from any time and ask if they knew who they were and what they did.  If you could transport a kid, regardless of race, ethnicity or social status, from the 1930’s to the 1990’s one of the few things they would have in common would be that they knew the funny noises the Curly made or that Moe called everyone “Porcupine.”  Given the rapid rate of change in culture, society and technology over that time span, it’s really something else if you think about it.  Now, there is a new movie about the Three Stooges beginning production soon with Sean Penn as Larry, Jim Carrey as Curly and Benicio Del Toro as Moe.  Carrey is going to gain 40 pounds to take on the role but, it seems to me that while Penn is short, Carrey is pretty tall.  I think they’re going to have to do some computer work like they did in Lord of the Rings.  Not sure how tall Del Toro is but I do know that the stooges were little short guys.  The only way of making this work is for the movie to be about the stooges and not show much of their acts because you can’t recreate the stooges, but you can tell their story.

If you want to read more about Moe, here is a link.  It’s even got a way to buy the poster of the photo above along with other trinkets!

Clown Ministry-Moe Howard Biography

 

Severe Threat Wed 8am to Thu 8am

Severe Threat Wed 8am to Thu 8am

Weather Bottom Line: The forecast is right on track and holding steady.   Monday featured predawn showers with some malingering showers throughout the morning and then generally cloudy skies for the afternoon as a wave moved off to the east along a frontal boundary to our south.  As mentioned yesterday, Look for some sunshine on Tuesday and moderating temperatures as the system moves to the east…but…the front that came through will be on the way back as a warm front as an area of low pressure forms in the Southern Plains.  That low will drag the boundary and the soupy air back our direction. 

That means rain returns on Wednesday.  The SPC woke up and put the slight risk area from generally the Ohio River and points to the southeast.  The idea here is that the low tracks up along and ahead of a cold front pressing our way from the northwest.  Louisville will be on the edge of the warm air clashing with the front but points to the east should be set up better for severe action as the low drags the warmer air north prior to the front’s arrival.   So, it’s possible for some strong stuff here on Wednesday but my guess is that it would be more likely to our east…say from Lexington and south and east of there…as they would have gotten the warm moist air in the morning and then afternoon heating and then the cold front…while in Louisville it would be the warm air coming right about the same time as the front…however….Louisville will have the cold pocket aloft with the low moving over the  top of us.  That could spell some problems…and…if the low is faster than advertised then that could create some problems..hence, Louisville is in the slight risk area.

Right now it still looks like we do it all again for the end of the week with Thursday not being too bad and then another low swinging out of the southwest dragging back the warm front ahead of a cold front on Friday. 

DAY 3 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK 
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   0236 AM CDT MON MAY 04 2009
  
   VALID 061200Z – 071200Z
  
   …THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FROM THE CENTRAL/SRN
   APPALACHIANS SWWD TO THE LOWER MS VALLEY/E TX…
  
   …CENTRAL/SRN APPALACHIANS SWWD TO LOWER MS VALLEY/ERN TX…
   MODELS ARE IN GENERAL AGREEMENT IN THE MID/UPPER LEVELS WITH A
   TROUGH TRACKING EWD FROM THE OZARKS/LOWER MO VALLEY TO THE SRN/
   CENTRAL APPALACHIANS AND UPPER OH VALLEY BY 12Z THURSDAY.
   HOWEVER…MODELS DIFFER IN THE AMPLIFICATION AND ORIENTATION OF THIS
   TROUGH BY THE END OF THE FORECAST PERIOD…WITH THE NAM/NAMKF/ GFS
   INDICATING A MORE NEGATIVE TILT TO THE SYSTEM…BUT THE GFS SUGGESTS
   THE LEAST AMPLIFICATION.  THESE DIFFERENCES IN THE UPPER LEVELS
   TRANSFER TO THE LOWER LEVELS WITH THE GFS LACKING IN MUCH SURFACE
   LOW DEVELOPMENT…WHILE THE NAM/NAMKF/ECMWF ALL INDICATE A SURFACE
   LOW DEEPENING AS IT TRACKS NEWD THROUGH THE OH VALLEY. 
  
   MODELS DO TEND TO AGREE THAT A BAND OF 40-50 KT SWLY MID LEVEL FLOW
   WILL EXTEND FROM THE LOWER MS VALLEY/MID SOUTH TO CENTRAL
   APPALACHIANS WHICH WILL SUPPORT A LARGE AREA WITH STRONG DEEP LAYER
   SHEAR.  TSTMS…SOME SEVERE…SHOULD BE ONGOING AT 12Z WEDNESDAY
   FROM ERN OK/NERN TX EWD THROUGH THE TN VALLEY TO SRN APPALACHIANS.
   STRONGER DESTABILIZATION /MODERATE INSTABILITY/ MAY BE LIMITED TO
   THE SERN STATES WWD TO TX…ALONG AND S OF ONGOING MORNING
   ACTIVITY…WHERE GREATER MOISTURE/STRONGER SURFACE HEATING WILL
   OCCUR.  WEAKER INSTABILITY WILL LIKELY EXTEND NEWD FROM THE MID
   SOUTH TO THE OH VALLEY. 
  
   INCREASING EFFECTIVE BULK SHEAR THROUGH THE DAY WILL SUPPORT A
   THREAT FOR ORGANIZED SEVERE STORMS FROM PARTS OF THE LOWER MS VALLEY
   EWD TO NRN PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL/ERN GULF COAST STATES.  ALTHOUGH
   INSTABILITY WILL BE WEAKER WITH NWD EXTEND…THE POTENTIAL FOR
   STRONGER FORCING FOR ASCENT PER NAM/NAMKF ACROSS TN/KY INTO OH
   VALLEY SUGGESTS POTENTIAL FOR ORGANIZED STORMS PRODUCING DAMAGING
   WINDS AND ISOLATED TORNADOES.
  
   FARTHER SW INTO TX…MODERATE INSTABILITY AND STRONG EFFECTIVE BULK
   SHEAR WILL DEVELOP BY AFTERNOON SUPPORTING A THREAT FOR ORGANIZED
   SEVERE STORMS/SUPERCELLS.  SURFACE BASED DEVELOPMENT SHOULD BE MORE
   ISOLATED WITH SWWD EXTENT AS HEIGHT RISES WILL TEND TO SUPPORT A
   STRONGER CAP.  IF SURFACE HEATING IS STRONG ENOUGH /AROUND 90
   F/…THEN SUPERCELLS WOULD BE LIKELY.
  
   …UPPER MS VALLEY…
   A SHORT WAVE TROUGH/ATTENDANT LOW LEVEL TROUGH WILL TRACK EWD INTO
   THE UPPER MS VALLEY/WRN GREAT LAKES ON WEDNESDAY…WITH THE SURFACE
   TROUGH EXTENDING FROM CENTRAL WI SWWD INTO THE LOWER MO VALLEY BY
   LATE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.  STEEP MID LEVEL LAPSE RATES WILL SPREAD
   EWD ACROSS THIS REGION ATOP SURFACE DEWPOINTS IN THE UPPER 50S.
   DESPITE THESE FACTORS…LIMITED SURFACE HEATING DUE TO EARLY PERIOD
   CLOUDINESS SHOULD PRECLUDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF STRONGER INSTABILITY.
   EFFECTIVE BULK SHEAR OF 25-30 KT SUGGESTS THE POTENTIAL FOR
   MULTICELLS PRODUCING AN ISOLATED THREAT FOR SEVERE STORMS.
  
   ..PETERS.. 05/04/2009

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3 Responses

  1. Interesting post. That’s more than I ever knew about the Three Stooges. My mother-in-law gave my kids a video she got at Big Lots or someplace like that. It’s of the Fab Three and it looks like it was filmed in the late fifties. It’s in color, believe it or not. The video has animated Three Stooges shorts punctuated with live action very short bits of the real Three Stooges. The live action portion looks like it was shot at a kids birthday party or something. Probably one of their last releases, I’ll bet. The quality is not good at all and they all look old and tired. I guess that may have been the last gasp of a great American act. I always liked them better than Laurel and Hardy.

  2. I think you’re talking about the cartoon from the late 60’s. I remember that with the opening and end being the live stuff, with the three of them introducing and then ending the cartoon. They have a cameo in Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World which was methinks 1962. Good hearing from you.

  3. Moe Howard’s ancestors came from the country who refused to join the Commonwealth of Independent States. Larry Fine is a Russian-Jewish man.

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