A Better Chance to Win a House than an American had winning a country


We’re nearing the time for the big drawing. IT’S A CHANCE TO WIN A HOME ….a nice suburban home. These good folks are raffling the home but, they are doing so to raise money for mission work. They are setting out to bring clean water to the impoverished of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Therefore, they tell me the purchase of a ticket is tax deductable. Great opportunity to win, great opportunity to give. At least take the time to click on the links and check it out.

On this Date In History: American William Walker was a doctor, lawyer, newspaperman and hypnotist in the middle of the 19th Century. But he became better known as a filibuster, which is from the Dutch word that means freebooter or soldier of fortune. He was a little guy as he weighed all of about 120 pounds but he had big ambitions. On This Date in 1856, at the age of 31 he became the only American born citizen to become President of another country….supposedly. At least that is what my source claims. I would suggest that Sam Houston as President of the Republic of Texas was first. Anyway, this guy convinced the head of the Democrat party in Nicaragua to invite him and some “settlers” to come to Nicaragua. In reality, they were a bunch of mercenaries hired to help that party win a civil war that was going on. The ruse of being settlers was set up to avoid entanglement in US neutrality laws. So, he and his band of merry men helped defeat the opposition and he set up a phony election that made him president. He only served two years because he irked the wrong guy.

Walker leading the way at Lake Nicaragua

Walker leading the way at Lake Nicaragua

One of the things he was doing was trying to conquer neighboring countries by hiring more mercenaries and also get support from the slave holding South in the United States by rescinding Nicaragua’s long standing Emancipation order. Well, none of that sat well with Americans in the North and particularly Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt who had a company that ferried freight and passengers across that part of Central America before the canal was built. He even had designs of building a canal across Nicaragua and Walker was in the way. So, he got together a bunch of guys in neighboring Costa Rica and even got help from the British and American Navies. That was the end of Walker who lost a key battle on April 11, 1857 and surrendered on May 1st of that year. He was sent back to the United States where he wrote a book about his adventures. He tried to return and when he did, he was captured again in Honduras by the British Navy who turned him over to local Hondurans who promptly had Walker executed by firing squad at the age of 36 on September 12, 1860.

While we don’t think about William Walker much, his defeat and failure marked a turn around in Central America as it was seen as a pseudo war of independence. His name is one hated as it is held up as a symbol of “Yankee imperialism.” In Costa Rica, there is a national holiday commemorating Walker’s defeat on April 11. So, for all his trouble…he got a day in Costa Rica for his failure. Take a lesson from this. Don’t try to take over a country. Leave that to the professionals.

SPC Severe Threat Sun 8am to Mon 8am

SPC Severe Threat Sun 8am to Mon 8am

Weather Bottom Line:  The weak boundary dropped down (it was a COLD front, not a cool front…there’s no such thing as a cool front) and came through but a quick looksee leads me to believe that we were sandwichced in between shorts…there was one to the northeast and one to the southwest and all that rising air had to sink somewhere so my guess is that it was over our area and it suppressed t’storms in our area Saturday afternoon.  Now the boundary is just to our south and any waves will be running along it.  The SPC has the focus for today just to our southwest.   They’ve probably got a wide enough berth to account for an undulation to the north but, should the boundary set up much farther north, then we may be susceptable.  I’ll give you a hint of what I really think…I watered my flowers.

DAY 1 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK 
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   0739 AM CDT SUN JUL 12 2009
  
   VALID 121300Z – 131200Z
  
   …THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FROM THE CENTRAL HIGH PLAINS
   INTO THE MID SOUTH/TN VALLEY…
  
   …CNTRL HIGH PLAINS/CNTRL AND NRN PLAINS/MID-MO VALLEY…
   COMPLEXES ONGOING OVER NERN KS AND SERN SD MAY CONTINUE SEWD THROUGH
   THE MORNING ALONG PERIPHERY OF SRN HIGH PLAINS MID LEVEL
   ANTICYCLONE.  REGION WILL REMAIN WITHIN MODERATE TO STRONG NWLY FLOW
   ALOFT AND THEREFORE SUSTAIN SUFFICIENT ORGANIZATION FOR SEVERE
   THUNDERSTORMS…WITH SEVERITY AND LONGEVITY DEPENDING ON AVAILABLE
   INSTABILITY.  THERE REMAINS SOME CONCERN ATTM THAT BOWING COMPLEX
   APPROACHING NWRN MO AT 13Z COULD SUSTAIN ITSELF AND INCREASE SEWD
   TOWARDS THE MID SOUTH TODAY IF SUFFICIENT HEATING CAN BREAK CAP
   ALONG SURGING OUTFLOW.  THIS WOULD SUGGEST A MORE WIDESPREAD SEVERE
   THREAT ACROSS PORTIONS OF MO.  REGARDLESS… ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT
   OF SEVERE STORM CLUSTERS/MCSS CAN BE EXPECTED THROUGH THE PERIOD
   EVOLVING TO THE NORTHWEST INVOF HIGHER TERRAIN OVER THE HIGH PLAINS
   AND/OR INVOF SURFACE FRONT/BOUNDARIES ALONG FRINGE OF STRONG WNWLY
   FLOW ALOFT.  CONSIDERABLE UNCERTAINTY REMAINS REGARDING DETAILS OF
   ACTUAL SEVERE MCS DEVELOPMENT AND TRACKS.  THEREFORE…WILL EXPAND A
   BROAD SLGT RISK AND ACCOMPANYING HIGHER SEVERE PROBABILITIES FROM
   THE HIGH PLAINS REGION SSEWD INTO THE MID SOUTH/TN VALLEY WITH
   LIKELIHOOD OF SEVERAL ROUNDS OF STRONG/SEVERE STORMS CONTINUING
   THROUGH EARLY MONDAY.
  
   …ERN CAROLINAS/SE VA/SRN MD…
   AN UPPER-LEVEL TROUGH IS FORECAST TO MOVE EWD ACROSS THE NERN STATES
   TODAY AS A QUASI-STATIONARY FRONT REMAINS IN PLACE EWD FROM THE
   CNTRL APPALACHIANS INTO THE MID-ATLANTIC. ALONG AND SOUTH OF THE
   BOUNDARY…MODERATE INSTABILITY IS FORECAST AND SEVERAL MODELS
   DEVELOP THUNDERSTORMS ALONG THE INSTABILITY AXIS THIS AFTERNOON.
   FORECAST SOUNDINGS LATE THIS AFTERNOON ACROSS SERN VA AND ERN NC
   SHOW 30 TO 40 KT OF VERTICAL SHEAR SUGGESTING AT LEAST A THREAT OF
   SEVERE STORMS…INCLUDING SUPERCELLS AND SMALL LINES INTO THE
   EVENING.
  
   …PACIFIC NW/NRN ROCKIES…
   FAIRLY STRONG MID/UPPER LEVEL TROUGH NOW OFF THE PAC NW COAST WILL
   OVERSPREAD THE PAC NW THROUGH THE PERIOD…ENHANCING SWLY FLOW ALOFT
   ACROSS THE NRN INTERMOUNTAIN REGION/NRN ROCKIES.  IN
   ADDITION…FETCH OF MODEST PWS EVIDENT THIS MORNING AHEAD OF THIS
   IMPULSE WILL SUPPORT SCATTERED TO WIDELY SCATTERED HIGH-BASED TSTMS
   ACROSS THE REGION…INCREASING THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.
   FORECAST SOUNDINGS INDICATE STRONG VERTICAL SHEAR AND STEEP
   MID-LEVEL LAPSE RATES…SUPPORTIVE OF A FEW MARGINALLY SEVERE
   STORMS.  HAIL AND DOWNBURSTS WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THE STRONGER
   STORMS.
  
   ..EVANS/HURLBUT.. 07/12/2009

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