A Case of Cherry
January 21, 2011

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Sample of Gong Show Acts

Sample of Gong Show Acts

On This Date in History:

Some of you may remember The Gong Show. People came on the show and the judges would give them a score. If the acts were really bad, a judge would stand up and bang a gong that meant the act was off the show. I think the winner of the show got something like $32.98 or some such odd, low number. America loved it for awhile as they loved to watch the stupid, crummy acts, not the good ones. We love competition but sometimes we seem to gravitate to the most preposterous or bad performances. One of NFL Films most popular team biopic is on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that lost 26 games in a row and every game in a season…the only team to do so in modern times until the Detroit Lions joined them this year. And of course, there is American Idol and the infamous William Hung. He is probably more well known than most of the winners.

This is not new with America.

William Hung

Before the Gong Show and the Buccaneers and William Hung, there was the Cherry Sisters. They were so bad, they became a smash hit. The Cherry Sisters first took to the stage on this date in 1893 in Marion, Iowa. They received $250 for a one hour show. Pretty good money. In Marion, the folks must have been kind because it was in Marion that they got their only good newspaper review. When they took their act to Cedar Rapids, the local Gazette referred to their performance as “ultimate gall.” The paper also mentioned that people threw overshoes at the ladies. See…Iraqis did not invent the act of throwing shoes at people on stage. Not to outdone by their neighbors, the people of Dubuque tossed a tin wash boiler, turnips and sprayed them down with a fire extinguisher. I’m not sure what a tin wash boiler is but, who brings turnips to a show? The newspaper in Davenport, Iowa issued a warning to would be concert-goers. Rocks larger than two inches would not be allowed in the theatre! I guess Constitutional rights only go so far….one inch rocks were okay but two inches? Forget it!

Addie and Effie (One In Middle Not Jessie)

Eventually, the act was so bad, it became popular and the “The Celebrated Cherry Sisters” made their way to the big time of the Big Apple. Yup…they went to Broadway in 1896 under the guidance of none other than Flo Ziegfeld himself. People came to the theatre in droves just to hurl insults and garbage at them. Much like the Blues Brothers, the stage manager stretched a fish net across the stage to protect them from hurtling objects. But, it finally went too far.

These ladies were indeed modern women determined to move ahead the process of jurisprudence when they did a very late 20th century thing. They sued. The Des Moines Leader wrote a review that called “Addie” a “capering monstrosity of 35” and sister “Effie” “an old jade of 50 summers.” Not true…Effie lived until 1944. It was kinder to “Jessie” referring as a “frisky filly of 40.”

Hideous Creatures?

The truth is that Jessie died of typhoid in 1903 at age 31. It also called the sounds the sisters made “were like the wailings of damned souls.” I don’t know why they sued the Leader because Billy Hamilton of the Odebolt Chronicle in western Iowa called the ladies “three hideous creatures surpassing the witches of MacBeth.” I guess being a hideous creature and people throwing rocks and garbage was one thing but telling the public that Effie was 50 was too much. So what did the judge do? He had them perform in court and the case was closed. He ruled in favor of the newspaper saying that “Freedom of discussion is guaranteed by our fundamental law.” This was not just any court though…it was the Iowa State Supreme Court and, while the Sister’s act may be long forgotten, the case has become a textbook standard citation of First Amendment law under the moniker, the Cherry Case. I don’t know how much money the ladies made but if they pocketed $250 in Marion, Iowa they must have done pretty good in New York. Nevertheless, I doubt if they planned on being remembered in history for a lawsuit against a newspaper that ridiculed them mercilessly. Another case of unintended consequences.

Weather Bottom Line:  Told you there would be snow and the rest of the forecast will hold true as well with pretty cold temperatures through the weekend.  Snow White was driving to Louisville on Thursday and I told her that she would probably not get snow until about the time she it Lexington.  She reported that at the 75/64 interchange, she saw her first snowflake.  She took some issue with the conditions of I-64 on Thursday afternoon from about Shelbyville on in. Not sure why the road was not addressed since this storm was well known in advance.  On Monday, there is another chance for snow but this one probably won’t be as significant as the system is southern in nature and will be traversing the Dixie states well to our South.  Nevertheless, some over running moisture will bring at least some snow showers if not light snow  We may get back above freezing on Thursday afternoon.

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Try This Cherry and I’m in Heat!
January 21, 2009

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Sample of Gong Show Acts

Sample of Gong Show Acts

On This Date in History:

  Some of you may remember The Gong Show.  People came on the show and the judges would give them a score.  If the acts were really bad, a judge would stand up and bang a gong that meant the act was off the show.  I think the winner of the show got something like $32.98 or some such odd, low number.  America loved it for awhile as they loved to watch the stupid, crummy acts, not the good ones.  We love competition but sometimes we seem to gravitate to the most preposterous or bad performances.  One of NFL Films most popular team biopics is on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that lost 26 games in a row and every game in a season…the only team to do so in modern times until the Detroit Lions joined them this year.  And of course, there is American Idol and the infamous William Hung.  He is probably more well known than most of the winners.

This is not new with America.

William Hung

William Hung

Before the Gong Show and the Buccaneers and William Hung, there was the Cherry Sisters.  They were so bad, they became a smash hit.  The Cherry Sisters first took to the stage on this date in 1893 in Marion, Iowa.  They received $250 for a one hour show.  Pretty good money.  In Marion, the folks must have been kind because it was in Marion that they got their only good newspaper review.  When they took their act to Cedar Rapids, the local Gazette referred to their performance as “ultimate gall.”  The paper also mentioned that people threw overshoes at the ladies.  See…Iraqis did not invent the act of throwing shoes at people on stage.  Not to outdone by their neighbors, the people of Dubuque tossed a tin wash boiler, turnips and sprayed them down with a fire extinguiser.  I’m not sure what a tin wash boiler is but, who brings turnips to a show?  The newspaper in Davenport, Iowa issued a warning to would be concert-goers.  Rocks larger than two inches would not be allowed in the theatre!  I guess Constitutional rights only go so far….one inch rocks were okay but two inches? Forget it!

Addie and Effie (One In Middle Not Jessie)

Addie and Effie (One In Middle Not Jessie)

Eventually, the act was so bad, it became popular and the “The Celebrated Cherry Sisters” made their way to the big time of the Big Apple.  Yup…they went to Broadway in 1896 under the guidance of none other than Flo Ziegfeld himself.  People came to the theatre in droves just to hurl insults and garbage at them.  Much like the Blues Brothers, the stage manager stretched a fishnet across the stage to protect them from hurtling objects.   But, it finally went too far.

These ladies were indeed modern women determined to move ahead the process of jurisprudence when they did a very late 20th century thing.  They sued.  The Des Moines Leader wrote a review that called “Addie” a “capering monstrosity of 35” and sister “Effie” “an old jade of 50 summers.”  Not true…Effie lived until 1944.  It was kinder to “Jessie” referring as a “frisky filly of 40.” The truth

Hideous Creatures?

Hideous Creatures?

is that Jessie died of typhoid in 1903 at age 31.  It also called the sounds the sisters made “were like the wailings of damned souls.”  I don’t know why they sued the Leader because Billy Hamilton of the Odebolt Chronicle in western Iowa called the ladies “three hideous creatures surpassing the witches of MacBeth.”  I guess being a hideous creature and people throwing rocks and garbage was one thing but telling the public that Effie was 50 was too much.  So what did the judge do?  He had them perform in court and the case was closed.  He ruled in favor of the newspaper saying that “Freedom of discussion is guaranteed by our fundamental law.”  This was not just any court though…it was the Iowa State Supreme Court and, while the Sister’s act may be long forgotten, the case has become a textbook standard citation of First Amendment law under the moniker, the Cherry  Case.  I don’t know how much money the ladies made but if they pocketed $250 in Marion, Iowa they must have done pretty good in New York.  Nevertheless, I doubt if they planned on being remembered in history for a lawsuit against a newspaper that ridiculed them unmercilessly.  Another case of unintended consequences.

NAM Midday Friday SFC Temp 1.23.09

NAM Midday Friday SFC Temp 1.23.09

No More Cold Nights...Finally

No More Cold Nights...Finally

Weather Bottom Line:

So, wouldn’t you know it…I finally have a new heater and the temperature is going to rise.  Sorta like getting a car wash which is a sure harbinger of rain.  We’ll start gradually warming up as we head toward the end of the week.  The NAM is going so far as to take us toward 50 by midday on Friday.  We chill back to probably the 30’s for the weekend and then we get a little system from the west that will be problematic.  Still tough to make a call at this point but it looks to me like we will be under at least the prospects for rain or freezing rain for the early part of next week.  I sure hope not.  I don’t want an ice storm.  But wouldn’t that be fitting. I finally get a heater and then watch the power go out.  Maybe I should hold on to these crummy space heaters.  But, for now, the home is happy again as my kitties, Nit and Wit are warm and cozy and no longer causing a fuss and I won’t be inclined to stay under the covers all morning long.

No Big Deal-Check out The Gallery Flood Photos
June 18, 2008

There is no big deal regarding anything today or for the following days. Today, maybe isolated stuff late but the guy coming down the pike is weakening and as worthless as I always thought. Pop up stuff mainly. Scattered activity Friday and Saturday and late Sunday into early Monday. Possible, not probable in this scenario something worthwhile is involved. It’s one of those deals where the chance for rain isn’t great, but if we did, then there might be a reasonable chance the storm gets strong….but that’s for F, S and Sun…not to today. Today looks pretty worthless…which means it’s pretty good.

Speaking of good…you really need to check out the photos from the Iowa flooding. If you’ve been to Des Moines, you will be amazed at the shots of down town.

Des Moines Register Flood Photos
 

 

 

The Cedar Rapids Gazette has lots of pictures but scroll down until you find the one about the rail road bridge collapse. Really amazing. The bridge collapsed with loaded railroad cars on it. You can see the power of the river as loaded freight cars get swept down the river.

Cedar Rapids Gazette Flood Photos


These are the same galleries as in the previous post. It’ just they may have gotten lost in the Global Warming talk. Usually I get attacked from the left. Not it appears some people are not reading for content so now I’m being attacked from people who think I’m in Al Gore’s back pocket, which anyone who’s read these here pages knows is far far from reality.

Question: Can anyone tell me why all of a sudden I’ve had about 35 hits from people looking for stuff on John Wilkes Booth?

Iowa Flooding Photos; Global Warming Q & A
June 18, 2008

The weather around here is great, which means it’s lame.  Northwesterly flow with us within the longwave trof means the nice weather conditions continue until a little ripple in the flow, a shortwave or upper low, comes down and it would trigger some isolated to perhaps scattered afternoon t’storms, especially wherever it passes in the afternoon.  The one for around here is weakening and the SPC is losing interest. We’ve still got chances in the forecast which is correct, it’s just there’s not a huge chance for  anything worthwhile.  The timing of these little guys is difficult until they actually form.  For now, it would appear one comes through Saturday and another Sunday night or Monday morning. Otherwise, the weather is great. It will remain nice through the week and relatively rain free for most people.  Heat and humidity increase as the weekend goes on.  We’re a little more uncomfy by Monday, but we may back off a bit with a weak front Monday night.  Snow White and I went sculling Tuesday evening and in spite of the lower humidity and cooler temperatures, I’m still beat.  Age I guess. I couldn’t find anything interesting on this date in history so I’ve got some housecleaning that I hope you find worthwhile. The flooding pictures are amazing and the other discussion may be interesting to you.

IOWA FLOODING PHOTOS Here are some photo galleries from a couple of local papers regarding the flooding in Iowa.  Many rivers have gone higher than the all time records, some of which were set in 1993.  Keep in mind that we have been developing things at a rapid rate over the past several decades which means quicker run-off in many locations.  New housing developments, shopping centers, etc.  There are also dams and reservoirs and such that may not have been around earlier in the century.  So, it’s possible that the rains of days gone by may have been heavier but the flooding today is greater.  I’m not saying that this development is the cause, but  I am suggesting that it is part of the problem.  But, it really doesn’t matter if your house or farm has been flooded.  These pictures are difficult to imagine if you put yourself in their shoes.

Des Moines Register

Gazette-Cedar Rapids

MORE GLOBAL WARMING UPDATE….A QUESTION FROM A READER AND A HALFWAY ANSWER

Here was a question posed yesterday from Johnny b. It’s an interesting question that is probably above my paygrade. See, his question is one of those little things that troubles researchers and opens a whole can of worms for the Global Warming Enthusiasts. First, the question:

“Interesting that the lower troposphere is radically cooler, while surface temperatures seem to be increasing, huh? Seems like common sense and the knowledge that hot air rises would dictate that convection would be increased and the lower and mid tropospheres would increase in temperature as well. Got any explanation for that one other than “One data set must be wrong.” Since I am a lay nerd, I do not have the ability to invalidate any source so I must assume that they are both correct, but I do not understand how. Is there anything on Earth that could suppress convection around the entire world?”

Now, an answer.  On the one hand, people might say that all of the recent flooding is occurring because there is enhanced convection due to global warming.  A retort might be that there have been big floods in the past before anyone says global warming took place.  And what about Noah’s flood?  Maybe that was global warming and increased convection. 

As to the final question, I’m not sure that convection is being suppressed because I don’t think we have enough knowledge to make such a conclusion at this point.  When I started fooling around with Meteorology nearly 30 years ago, I was taught by my professor that prevailing wisdom was that El Nino happened every 7 years.  By the end of the 80’s, it had happened 3 times.  So much for that “fact” that was presented.  Truth is, research of El Nino hadn’t happened all that long before.  It hadn’t been too many years before that science even accepted that El Nino really happened.  But the Peruvians knew about it for 500 years and they coined the term El Nino.  They didn’t know what it was except that every so often, they couldn’t catch too many fish.  Same thing applies with hurricanes.  We’ve known about them for centuries but the first hurricane to be tracked by satellite was Camille in 1969.  The National Hurricane Center only consisted of 4 men.  We think we know so much about hurricanes now but we really don’t.  We’ve only been studying them in a detailed, computer driven way for about 50 years.  In the case of tropical weather, El Nino, La Nina, Global Warming and others we are just scratching the surface.  Oceanographers can’t tell us everything about the oceans because it hasn’t been explored.  When I was a kid, the dinosaurs died out because the meat eaters ate all the other non-meat-eaters and they eventually died out.  That was foolish but it was what was said.  Now, the story is that there was some sort of cataclysmic event that occurred and the giant reptiles died quickly.  Volcanoes, comet…asteroid..something. And, coincidentally, the result was said to be rapid climate change that cooled the earth and they died.  Having said all of that, in my view, it is not possible to be dealing in absolutes.  Just as it is wrong for Al Gore to say that the debate is over…we know all we need to know, it’s wrong to say absolutely the opposite and close the door the opposite direction.

In order to really answer the question one must know what is defined by the “lower troposphere.”  The troposphere goes to somewhere between 15km and 18 km.  What is the lower troposphere? 3km? 5 km?  One might say that the heating and cooling numbers are so small, that it won’t have an effect on lapse rates  in a real way.  But, if you had a hot surface and cool conditions in the lower 7km, and you have a steep lapse rate then you might expect free form convection.  But, there is a heating up stratosphere and what if radiational transport is bringing heat down to so 8 km?   Suddenly, there is a cap and convection stops with the inversion.  That would be a global suppression of convection.  I doubt that is happening either.  But, without more specifics of definition, it’s really not answerable.

Then again, as I mentioned, the question is ultimately beyond my paygrade and I’ve given some random thoughts.  Just like the enthusiasts tend to put out limited data to support their position and pretend that other data does not exist, I’ve seen bloggers out to prove the anthropogenic global warming naysayers correct by not reporting conflicting data.  But, the truth is the data does conflict.  You’ll find in this first link an allusion to your suggestion about wrong data.  Apparently, the answer from some is that the tropospheric cooling data is phony…somehow masked by the stratospheric warming that I mentioned.  I say nonsense.  That’s a cop out.  When you can’t explain something you look for an answer even if it may conflict with your worldview…that is unless your livelihood is based on that worldview.  No, a truth seeker would explore whether conflicting data may be corrupt and when it is found to be correct, then you look for the answer.  If one looks for an answer but when he finds it but doesn’t accept it because it doesn’t fit his preconceived notions so he moves on, what’s the point of looking?  They go on forever because they were looking for the answer they wanted and not for the truth.

The key here is the tropospheric cooling.  Why is there not more convection if the surface is warming?  Is there indeed more convection or is it the same?  How can one possibly make that determination without data from years ago?  If the surface is warming, why isn’t the lower troposphere?  Another consideration is that often these articles refer to averages.  If you look at the temperatures that said it was cooler in the winter, I thought I noticed that Antarctica had a warmer anomaly.  The global average was colder but the Antarctic was warm….Hmmm…what does that mean?

A long way to say I don’t know.   Here are some links that may help you try to draw some conclusions.  Just remember, politics, money, power and science are a volatile mix.

Stratospheric Cooling?

 

Comparison of Lower-Tropospheric Temperatures

 

This one will cost you money but may get at the heart of the question…or at least reveal that you aren’t the only one ponder the question at hand as to what is going on.

Reducing noise in the MSU daily lower-tropospheric global temperature dataset