On This Date In History: A Case For The Cows
On this date in 1981…a train pulling cars full of people was tootling down the tracks on a rainy day in India. The engineer was Hindu, who hold cows as sacred. Just before he got to a bridge that crossed a rain swollen river, a cow appeared on the tracks. The engineer braked hard…too hard. The back half of the train with cars full of passengers slid off the tracks and into the river. Though many bodies were never found, it is estimated that 600 people died that day. Thank goodness the cow lived.
These Americans Helped Free a Continent
Ike Had a Tough Decision
A Case For Civilization
On June 6, 1944, the allies of World War II made the largest amphibious landing ever attempted on the area of the coast of France known as Normandy. The allies were successful largely because the good guys’ meteorologists were better than the Nazi meteorologists. The weather had been atrocious causing the allies to postpone the invasion. They had created an armada of over 5000 ships of various sizes and thousands of troops stationed in England. June 6 was the last day that the moon would be right for weeks and it would be almost impossible to maintain the number of troops and supplies in England and also maintain secrecy. The Nazis thought the weather was so bad there was no way for a landing so Rommel went home to his wife’s birthday party and Hitler took a sleeping pill ordering him not to be disturbed.
Landing Map for D-Day
Meanwhile, the American weather men said there was a brief window of opportunity to get it done. See, the allies had an advantage in that weather generally comes to Europe from the west, north or south. Well, the allies controlled those areas so they had data. The Germans were to the east and so had limited information. Remember, there were no satellites and the only observations that the Germans could get would be from their ships, submarines or planes with some data available from neutral nations. But, by 1944, the Luftwaffe was greatly depleted and spent most of its time over the mainland defending “Fortress Europe.” The Nazi surface navy wasn’t ever very formidable and much of what had been in service had been destroyed by the allies, mainly the Royal Navy. Now, they did still have submarines but they too were spending more and more time under water as they were getting their asses handed to them and probably didn’t have too much time to make weather reports when they did surface. Even when they did, it was only surface observations as I doubt they took the time to launch a weather balloon.
So, General Eisenhower gambled and won and so did the good guys. So, chalk one up for the weather man!!
Omaha Beach June 6, 1944
Today, we have public leaders running around making speeches in which they apologize to other nations for America’s actions. They do not mention how we’ve come to the rescue in recent years of the Muslim population in the former Yugoslavia. It was the Americans who led the rescue of the Islamic country of Kuwait. They don’ t mention that it was the Americans who came to the aid of the Muslims in Afghanistan against the Soviets. Some Brits protest against America for some of our foreign policy, yet they either forget or are ignorant of the fact that it was America who provided the armaments and raw materials and food to sustain the island when Churchill and the nation bravely stood alone against Hitler. The French complain about our actions in Iraq but forget it was the Americans who took the toughest route on D-Day at Omaha Beach and took the lead in liberating France from Nazi rule.
Vichy Leader Pierre Laval (with Hitler) was executed after the War
It should be noted that many of their French countrymen collaborated with the Nazis and set up the Vichy Government as a puppet to Hitler, though many defiantly resisted both the Germans and the Vichy Government. It was Americans who fought and died at Anzio in the effort to liberate Italy. It was the Americans who turned the tide in World War I to end the devastating stalemate that cost millions of lives in Europe.
This American Life Ended 65 years ago today, so that others may live
Truth is, it would be a very different and worse off world without the American soldier. It would be a very different world without American efforts to provide hope and liberty to the oppressed, often times sacrificing its blood and treasure to make that a reality to these foreign nations. It would be a very different world without American aid in disasters. Our leaders fail to remind the Middle East that it was America who took the lead in providing relief to a large Muslim population that suffered after the Tsunami a few years ago. Improved health, sanitation, lifestyle and innovation has come to the world because of America. Yeah, we make some mistakes. But we do a lot of good. Those crosses and stars of David that are on the cliffs of Normandy Beach are for men who gave their lives so that others could be free, not so future leaders could tell the rest of the world how bad we are or have been.
An Extra Blanket Needed?
Weather Bottom Line: A couple of days ago I said that I wouldn’t be surprised to see some temps in the 40’s on Friday morning and at least Brandenburg and Patoka Lake made the cut. With high pressure building in there will be clear skies and no wind to speak of so I think more people will have a morning wake-up in the 40’s. Louisville will probably be in the low 50’s. We warm up to the low to mid 80’s on Saturday, mid to upper 80’s on Sunday. Most folks will be around 90 or so on Monday. Next chance for rain shows up Monday night or early Tuesday.