Stay Away from This Lincoln, Independence Day is Fraudulent and Amelia is Missing


JFK was riding in this Lincoln in Dallas

JFK was riding in this Lincoln in Dallas

Jim never caught his train

Jim never caught his train

On This Date in History: President James A. Garfield was shot in a train station by Charles Guiteau on this date in 1881. Guiteau had wanted a political appointment and didn’t get what he wanted so he shot the President. I did a report on Garfield in 5th grade so I know a little about this. One story claims that the bullet nicked an artery and that eventually killed him 11 weeks later. The bullet was lodged in his body and another story says that if they had left it alone, he would have lived. Both stories allude to the doctors ignoring the research of Louie Pasteur who had brought to light the idea of bacteria. Garfield’s doctors were skeptical and so they didn’t bother washing their hands nor the instruments. They poked dirty fingers into the hole in his body looking for the bullet. Alexander Graham Bell was summoned to try to locate the bullet with some gizmo. But, all of that poking and prodding with unsterile hands and instruments probably brought about the President’s demise, just 6 months into his term. Or…

Bad Luck For Presidents Bob

Bad Luck For Presidents Bob

It could have been the presence of one man who brought the doom. Robert Todd Lincoln was Abraham Lincoln’s oldest son. While he was not present in Ford’s Theatre when John Wilkes Booth fired the fateful bullet, he was at the 16th President’s bedside when he died. In the train station with Garfield was Robert Todd Lincoln. Twenty years later, President McKinley was at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York on September 6, 1901. Presidential invitation in hand, Robert Todd Lincoln entered the exposition hall only to hear two shots ring out. The President had been assassinated. Robert Todd Lincoln became a recluse for the remainder of his life lamenting that “there is a certain fatality about presidential functions when I am present.” Well…that followed him even in death. Robert Lincoln’s grave can be found in Arlington National Cemetery…just a few yards from that of John Fitzgerald Kennedy…who was killed when riding in a Lincoln!

Signatures Came on July 2, 1776

Signatures Came on July 2, 1776

The Fourth os July is a Fraud!  Independence Day is not really the day that we declared independence. Nope. It was really This date in 1776. Richard Henry Lee had proposed a resolution for Independence in June but it was apparent there were not sufficient votes to pass it. So, they held off until July 2, 1776 when almost everyone voted in favor of independence. The delegation from New York abstained. They claimed that they were not sure what their constituents wanted them to do so they did nothing. I wonder though if this is not a case of fence sitting. They had to have known there were the votes for passage so, by abstaining, if the revolution failed, then they could always tell the crown that they never voted for it and maybe save their skins. It’s called covering your backside, among other things. But, Congress didn’t allow the New Yorkers off that easy as they very shrewdly appointed Robert Livingston, a delegate from New York, along with John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Roger Sherman of Connecticut to draft a formal declaration. That formal declaration was completed and adopted on July 4, 1776. Its rather interesting that we celebrate the fourth and not the second given that John Adams wrote that the second of July would be the most celebrated day in all of American history. On the one hand I’m glad Adams was wrong because “The Fourth of July” has a better ring than “The Second of July”. On the other hand, perhaps if it had been celebrated on the day of the actual vote instead of when they got the paperwork done and when it was formally adopted,  then people would remember it more commonly as “Independence Day”.

 

Others Gaining Independence on this Date:
 
Freedom for Amelia?

Freedom for Amelia?

Amelia Earhardt gained independence from the rest of the world when her plane disappeared on this date in 1937.

 

President James Garfield began his trek for independence from this earth when he was felled from an assassins bullet on this date in 1881. He was shot while standing in a train station, but he didn’t gain full independence for another 6 months.

 

In 1809, Shawnee Chief Tecumseh began his quest for the Indian nations to re-establish their independence from the white settlers. Tecumseh observed how much the native culture had changed and become dependent on the white economy and trade. So, he encouraged going back to the old ways and resistance to European influence. Of course he failed and his fears came true. He gained ultimate independence in 1813 fighting for the British in the War of 1812 when he was killed, but not before he put his curse on the white man. That curse, it is said, caused the death of every president elected to office in a year ending in zero with the first being the man who led the troops against Tecumseh in his final battle, William Henry Harrison. The curse held true until Ronald Reagan overcame the curse of Tecumseh.
Fatal Attraction

Fatal Attraction

Don’t Get Too Independent
A few years ago, a couple in South Carolina made international headlines in June when they took their freedom to new heights. Be careful that you don’t get too  free.
8 AM Sat through 8AM Sunday

8 AM Sat through 8AM Sunday

Weather Bottom Line:  We will remain in the clouds and cool conditions for today as the big trof over the Great Lakes holds tough.  The long wave pattern will shift sufficiently on Friday to welcome in more sunshine and take us back to more seasonal conditions i n the mid to upper 80’s.  We have a system coming through the flow from the west.  Some disagreement on the model front as some want to increase the rain/t’storm chances for early Saturday afternoon with others making it Saturday evening.  Either way, the revision here is that instead of greatest rain chances Saturday night into Sunday, it looks now as if the Fourth of July may have some bugaboos.  The SPC puts the best risk for severe weather from the southern parts of the viewing area and points to the west but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be any t’storms rumbling about. 
DAY 3 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK 
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   0230 AM CDT THU JUL 02 2009
  
   VALID 041200Z – 051200Z
  
   …THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FROM A PORTION OF THE CNTRL AND
   SRN PLAINS INTO THE LOWER MS AND TN VALLEYS…
  
   …SYNOPSIS…
  
   WNWLY QUASI-ZONAL PATTERN WILL PERSIST INTO SATURDAY OVER THE NRN
   TWO THIRDS OF THE U.S. WITH A FLAT RIDGE OVER THE SRN PLAINS AND
   SWRN STATES. SEVERAL IMPULSES WILL MOVE THROUGH THIS PROGRESSIVE
   FLOW REGIME. CIRCULATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THESE FEATURES WILL HAVE
   AN IMPACT ON HOW FAR SOUTH FRONT PROGRESSES DURING THE DAY WHICH
   REMAINS SOMEWHAT UNCERTAIN AT THIS TIME. BASED ON CURRENT MODEL
   RUNS…FRONT WILL PROBABLY ADVANCE INTO SE CO…SRN KS/MO AND NRN
   OK/AR DURING THE AFTERNOON/EVENING.
  
   …CNTRL AND SRN PLAINS THROUGH LOWER MS AND TN VALLEYS…
  
   PLUME OF STEEP MID LEVEL LAPSE RATES WILL HAVE ADVECTED OVER THE
   CNTRL AND SRN PLAINS INTO A PORTION OF THE MID/LOWER MS IN VICINITY
   OF THE FRONTAL BOUNDARY. MODERATE INSTABILITY WILL BE PROBABLE AS
   THE BOUNDARY LAYER WARMS DURING THE AFTERNOON…ESPECIALLY JUST
   NORTH OF THE FRONT WHERE HIGHER DEWPOINTS WILL RESIDE. STORMS ARE
   EXPECTED TO REDEVELOP IN VICINITY OF THE FRONT AS WELL AS FARTHER
   WEST ACROSS THE HIGH PLAINS WITHIN DEVELOPING UPSLOPE FLOW REGIME.
   MUCH OF THIS REGION WILL REMAIN ON SRN FRINGE OF THE STRONGER FLOW
   ALOFT WITH BULK SHEAR MARGINALLY SUPPORTIVE OF ORGANIZED STORMS. THE
   PRIMARY THREAT WILL BE ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND AND LARGE HAIL AS
   STORMS DEVELOP SWD INTO MORE DEEPLY MIXED BOUNDARY LAYERS.
  
  
   FARTHER EAST TOWARD THE TN VALLEY…MCS THAT WILL PROBABLY BE IN
   PROGRESS OVER THE MID MS VALLEY EARLY SATURDAY WILL CONTINUE SEWD
   TOWARD THE TN VALLEY REGION IN ASSOCIATION WITH SEWD ADVANCING
   IMPULSE AND ATTENDANT LOW LEVEL JET. RENEWED STORM DEVELOPMENT COULD
   OCCUR ALONG SWRN FLANKS OF ANY OUTFLOW BOUNDARY ACCOMPANYING THIS
   ACTIVITY WHERE LIFT COULD BE POTENTIALLY AUGMENTED WSWLY LOW LEVEL.
   STRONGER BULK SHEAR ATTENDING THE MCV/SHORTWAVE TROUGH WILL POSE A
   CONDITIONAL THREAT FOR ORGANIZED STORM STRUCTURES IF STORMS CAN
   BECOME SURFACE BASED. OTHERWISE…STORMS DEVELOPING UPSTREAM ALONG
   FRONTAL BOUNDARY COULD MOVE INTO THIS REGION DURING THE AFTERNOON
   AND EVENING WITH A THREAT OF ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND AND LARGE HAIL.
  
   ..DIAL.. 07/02/2009

One Response

  1. Nice post, Todd Lincoln saw quite a bit in his lifetime.

    James
    History Cellar

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