The King Should’ve Asked The People First
March 24, 2010

If George Had Only Asked First....

French and Indian War Became Part of A Very Expensive Anglo-French Conflict

On This Date in History:  Following the French and Indian War, Britain was left with a huge war debt.  That particular conflict began in 1754 but got folded into  a larger scale European  war between the French and English that became known as the Seven Years War that concluded in 1763.  Londoners were getting tired paying higher taxes to pay for the war and so the Crown had to look for other sources of income.  King George III had risen to the head of the monarchy at age 22  at the death of his grandfather.  Now, the previous two kings had been rather weak and Parliament had seized the lead in establishing policy in the English government.  With the encouragement of his mother, George removed from power the coalition of Whigs who had been running the government.  He used patronage to establish a new coalition that would allow him to have control over Parliament.  While the old Whig coalition had been quite stable, George’s new coalition created ministries that proved not to last too long with each lasting in office but a couple of years.

Colonists Weren't Too Kind to Agents of the Crown

With the new regime and the end of the war, a new policy was set forth:  the American colonies would start to pay for their defense.  But, the colonists had been pretty much left alone almost from the outset of settlement and so any direction from across the pond was not well received.  This was especially the case since the Crown didn’t ask the assemblies of each colony but instead made decrees.  If you think about it, it really wasn’t too unreasonable for there to be some expectation for the colonies to pay for part of the costs associated with running a colonial system.  And I suspect that the colonists would have agreed.  But,  the British government passsed new laws without the advise or consent of the colonial assemblies and that ran counter to their perceived rights as Englishmen.  No matter what Parliament passed, the colonists were against it.  The Sugar Act of 1764, the Currency Act of 1764 and the odious Stamp Act of 1765 all were resisted by the colonies.  Ben Franklin was  a colonial agent in London and had long argued that the resistance was to internal taxes; taxes and duties from London on products and services that originated in the colonies.  Franklin had differentiated between these internal and external taxes or duties slapped on good imported into the colonies.

Redcoats Were Not Welcome in New York

  Charles Townsend had ascended to parliamentary power following the incapacitation of William Pitt.  He listened to Franklin and so he issued the Townshend Program that included the Townshend Duties which were taxes put on lead, paint, paper and tea imported into the colonies.  Well, in spite of what Franklin had argued, the colonies didn’t like that either because to the merchants and people taxes proclaimed by any body except for the a colony’s assembly ran counter to the rights of Englishmen.  But, perhaps a more destructive portion of the Townshend Program had nothing to do with taxation but instead actual power.  Townshend had proclaimed that the New York Assembly, the legislative body voted into office by the citizens of New York, was disbanded until it accepted the terms of the Mutiny Act of 1765.   Most people are famliar with the Mutiny Act by a more common term: The Quartering Act of 1765

Working With Colonial Assemblies Instead of Ruling By Decree Might Have Saved the Colonies For George III

During the French and Indian War, British generals had a difficult time getting provisions and quartering  from the colonies for regular Army members.  When requested, most colonies eventually voted to provide for what was requested but the process was difficult.  As part of the effort, Lt. General Thomas Gage had convinced the New York Assembly to provide quartering of British regulars.  That legislative action expired January 1, 1764.  So, instead of getting the colonies to each pass quartering legislation, Parliament just issued the blanket Mutiny Act that included the Quartering Act of 1765 which required colonial governments to not only to provide a place for troops to lay their heads, but also food and supplies.  And, neither the soldiers or the British government would pay for it.  The colonists thought that since the war with the French was over there was no need for permanent British troops since they had never been stationed in America prior to the F&I War and Parliament had no right to compel such servitude without local legislative approval.  The British said that the troops were necessary to defend the borders against Indian attacks and, as subjects, they were bound by Parliamentary Acts.    The Quartering Act was passed on this date in 1765 and when 1500 British troops arrived in New York in 1766, the New York Assembly refused to make appropriations for them in any manner and they were forced to bunk on board the ships.   See, the colonies felt like they had rights of self governance while King George looked at them as subjects to the rule of Parliament.

Tis Easy to Attact a Bear With Honey...Something George Should Have tried

The central government was probably reasonable in many of their requests.  The colonists had in fact been providing for the British troops when the need was brought to their attention by General officers who negotiated with the assemblies.  A large part of the Quartering Act was the fact that the Parliament and the king did not ask but instead imposed thier will on the people.  Was it a good thing? Probably.  Was it just? Probably.  Did the people understand it? No.  Had they simply gone to the assemblies like General Gage had, then there might not have been much of an issue.  It could be argued that same line of thinking might have held with all of the taxation efforts.   But, King George III wanted to show who held the power and so instead of convincing the people that it was in their best interest and necessary to accept these provisions, he instead wished to impose his authority.  The result was a revolution from a bunch of otherwise loyal British subjects who tried to remain Englishmen but eventually felt that they had no voice.  And therefore, they had no choice but to seek their independence.

SPC Thunderstorm Risk For Thursday

Thursday Evening 8 PM

Weather Bottom Line:  The forecast is running along as expected. Wednesday we pushed toward 70 in spite of increasing cloud cover.  There is a southern system running along Dixie that will help trigger rain in our area and perhaps some t’storms on Thursday with temperatures in the 60’s.  But, as I mentioned on Tuesday, the biggest threat for any real thunderstorm activity or even severe weather for that matter will be well to our south.  The SPC got on board and put out an outline suggesting the same thing that I did on Tuesday with the edge of the t-storm activity just on our doorstep but the biggest threat for some action will be South.  There is a cold front running down from the Northwest late Thursday evening that will pick up the system but we could see some shower activity the first part of Friday with improvements as the day progresses.  Saturday looks pretty nice with highs in the low 60’s.    Then Sunday another southern system passes us to the South and again brings rain but not real threatening conditions.  I suspect that we’ll be fine for churchgoers but rain chances increase by the afternoon.

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“Thomas Paine” and Two Big Mistakes
March 22, 2009

A German Officer And the English Show Little Common Sense While a Modern Day Thomas Paine Presents His Own

A German Officer And the English Show Little Common Sense While a Modern Day Thomas Paine Presents His Own

Cruise As Von Stauffenberg Sans Accent

Cruise As Von Stauffenberg Sans Accent

On This Date in History:

Today was one of a couple of mistakes.  The first big mistake we will look at goes back to 1943.  Now, most people are well aware of the failed attempt on Hitler’s life in 1944 by Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg. This was played out recently in another Tom Cruise movie that I don’t think faired too well, Valkyrie. A bomb was placed next to Hitler at a staff meeting.  The bomb exploded but the device was placed next to a heavy table leg that protected the Fuhrer from the blast.  Hitler survived and the assassins were executed.  But, that was not the first attempt on Hitler’s life.  On this date in 1943, assassins were scratching their heads in disbelief as their plot failed before it got started.

Tresckow: Col. Klink Look Alike?

Tresckow: Col. Klink Look Alike?

It was the brainchild of Gen. Henning von Tresckow who didn’t seem to have much of a brain for such things.  He had thought back in the summer of 1941, before the European war became a true global conflict involving the United States, that Hitler was leading Germany on a road of ruin and humiliation.  So, he thought he’d simply walk up and arrest the Fuhrer.  When Hitler showed up to the location that was supposed to be his spot of detainment, he was surrounded by a bunch of SS body guards.  So, that plan got scrapped.  Undeterred, von Treskow tried again on March 13, 1943.  Hitler was to fly back to Germany from the USSR and he was to be handed a bomb disguised as a gift.  It had a timer set to explode while the plane was in the air.  All went as planned except that the detonator was defective and the bomb never went off.  Strike two.

Hitler Survived This

Hitler Survived This

A week later von Treskow tried again.  At least he was persistent.  This time he got some doof to be a suicide bomber.  He was to walk beside Hitler at a memorial dedication.  The bomber had two bombs…one in each pocket.  Both had 10 minute fuses.  But, they had a little problem.  Hitler only attended the dedication for 8 minutes.  The bomber might have been dumb but he wasn’t stupid.  When he learned that he would only be with Hitler for 8 minutes, he nixed the plan.  Von Tresckow should have stayed on the bench after he struck out.  In October 1943, he hooked up with von Stauffenberg and when the more famous Hitler assassination attempt failed on July 20, 1944, von Treskow decided to go into permanent would-be-assassin retirement when he took himself out with a grenade the following day.   No telling how many grenades it took, given this guy’s record.

Stamp Proposed by Newspaper

Stamp Proposed by Newspaper

The second big mistake

came in the mid 18th Century.  And this one is arguably bigger than the von Tresckow keystone cops episode.   After the British had won the French and Indian War, they had a pile of bills.  Since the crown was protecting the colonies, it figured that the colonies should help share the financial burden for their protection.  So, in 1764, parliament passed the Sugar Act which put a duty on all textiles, wine, coffee and sugar imported into the colonies.  Later that year, the Currency Act was passed and that devalued the money used in the colonies. But that wasn’t enough.  The next year, the crown passed the Quartering Act which meant that colonists were required to put up British soldiers in their homes…good way to save money on food and lodging for the boys overseas.  That pushed the colonists to the edge.  First there are all of these taxes and then they force uninvited guests into their homes.  But, it was on this date in 1765 that the British pushed too far, and that would ultimately be the beginning of the end.

Official Stamp

Official Stamp

The Stamp Act of 1765 required that colonists buy a stamp for all legal transactions  and commercial activity.  That included playing cards,  pamphlets and newspapers.  As politicians today have learned, its not a good idea to anger the fourth estate(the press) and I’m sure card players of the day probably had something to say in the taverns.   The colonists resisted this tax and by October of 1765, representatives from 9 colonies met at the Stamp Act Congress and drafted a Declaration of Rights and Grievances which outlined the colonists’ problems with the recent activities of the crown.  Parliament figured it was all more trouble than it was worth and enforcement would cost more than the Stamp Act would generate, so it rescinded the law.  But it was too late.   The biggest effect that the Stamp Act had was not monetary, but instead it had pushed the colonists toward independence.

Sons of Liberty Was a Rough Crowd

Sons of Liberty Was a Rough Crowd

The Stamp Act was the catalyst for the formation of the Sons of Liberty, who were a bunch of tradesman, mainly around Boston, who organized into a permanent group of agitators and resistance to pretty much anything that the crown did that they did not like.  There were other groups across the colonies that also organized.  The Stamp Act had served to rally the colonies into a united cause whereas previously they had been separate entities.  Eventually, you know where that led….to the bloody and complex transition from a bunch of independent colonies under British rule to a United States of America.  All because the government tried to squeeze more money out of the people without the consent of said people.

Thomas Paine Speaks via Youtube!

We The People Stimulus Package

We The People Stimulus Package

The Second American Revolution

The Second American Revolution

Today, there is a popular video of a gentleman portraying the revolutionary agitator Thomas Paine.  You can find that video at the right….”Thomas Paine” seems to think that we the people need to wake up and so he presents his “We the People Stimulus Package.” View it and see what you think.    If you like it, look at the “common sense” from our modern day “Paine” from July of 2008 called “The Second American Revolution.” As with all things in free speech, you can decide if its common sense or rubbish…but you should at least listen and consider his words.

SPC Convective Outlook Probability Mon AM to Tue AM

SPC Convective Outlook Probability Mon AM to Tue AM

SPC Convective Outllook Tue AM to Wed AM

SPC Convective Outllook Tue AM to Wed AM

Weather Bottom Line:

The weather story remains the same.  As expected we got to 61 on Saturday and look for mid to upper 60’s on Sunday.  Monday and Tuesday will be in the 70’s and perhaps Wednesday as well.  Still, Monday morning through Tuesday morning looks to be a pretty good bet for some action in the plains.  After that, the SPC has an area to our southwest that is suspicious.  After that, the upper pattern sets up with a flow such that shortwaves, or upper lows will have an opportunity to move through and if they did, wherever the dynamics were best suited, strong storms will erupt.  Trouble is, its tough to say exactly when and where that scenario will set up.  My guess is that from midweek through the end of the week, there will be a relatively unsettled pattern with probably a risk of strong storms somewhere from the southern plains and lower Mississippi Valley into and through the Ohio Valley.  We’ll have to wait to see how it shakes out.  Don’t look for any real chilly weather this week…we are getting deeper into spring, you know?

DAY 4-8 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0351 AM CDT SAT MAR 21 2009

VALID 241200Z – 291200Z

…DISCUSSION…

A LARGE-SCALE TROUGH WILL REMAIN ANCHORED OVER THE CENTRAL CONUS
THROUGH THE EXTENDED PERIOD WITH A SERIES OF DYNAMIC SHORT WAVE
TROUGHS ROTATING THROUGH THE MEAN LONG WAVE PATTERN.  ON D4 /TUE MAR
24TH/…IT APPEARS THE FIRST IMPULSE WILL SHIFT EWD THROUGH THE SRN
PLAINS INTO THE MID MS VALLEY…CONTRIBUTING TO STRONG TO SEVERE
TSTM DEVELOPMENT ALONG A SEWD-ADVANCING COLD FRONT OVER PORTIONS OF
ERN OK INTO THE ARKLATEX.

FROM D5 /WED MAR 25TH/ TO ABOUT D7 /FRI MAR 27TH/…CONSIDERABLE
MODEL DIFFERENCES EXIST IN THE TIMING AND TRACK OF SUBSEQUENT
VORTICITY MAXIMA TRANSLATING THROUGH THE MEAN LARGE-SCALE TROUGH.
REGARDLESS OF THESE DIFFERENCES…MOIST ONSHORE FLOW WILL CONTINUE
ACROSS THE WRN/CNTRL GULF STATES…COINCIDENT WITH MODESTLY SHEARED
KINEMATIC ENVIRONMENT.  AS SUCH…THE POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE WEATHER
WILL EXIST THROUGH THIS TIME FRAME…THOUGH MORE PRECISE DETAILS OF
CONVECTIVE EVOLUTION REMAIN UNCERTAIN AT THIS JUNCTURE.

FROM D7 INTO D8 /SAT MAR 28TH/…LATEST RUNS OF THE ECMWF AND GFS
SUGGEST THAT A SIGNIFICANT SHORT WAVE TROUGH WILL EVOLVE OVER THE
SRN ROCKIES BEFORE SHIFTING EWD TOWARD THE MS VALLEY.  SHOULD THIS
SCENARIO UNFOLD…THE POTENTIAL WOULD EXIST FOR A MORE WIDESPREAD
SEVERE WEATHER EVENT FROM PARTS OF THE MID/LOWER MS VALLEY EWD
TOWARD THE ATLANTIC COAST.

..MEAD.. 03/21/2009