Monthly Archives: December 2011

Lost and Found – December 31st Edition

What to remember about December 31st…

    • 1695  Britain passes a “window tax”; consequently may britons just brick up their windows to avoid paying
    • 1775  Attack on Quebec during snowstorm by Patriot forces is repulsed; Colonel Benedict Arnold wounded during fighting
    • 1862  Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest pretends to surrender at Parker’s Crossroads in order to  escape
    • 1879  Thomas Edison puts on 1st demonstration of public incandescent lighting on streets of Menlo Park, New Jersey
    • 1943  American musician and songwriter John Denver (John Deutschendorf, Jr.) is born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 1997)
    • 1968  1st test flight by Soviet TU-144 supersonic airliner; nicknamed “Konkordski” for fact that design mostly stolen from european Concord
    • 1974  U.S. citizens are allowed to buy or own gold again after more than 40 years
    • 1999  Treaty signed by President Carter goes into effect and the United States gives away control of the Panama Canal
    • 1999 In surprise announcement, Russia’s 1st President Boris Yeltsin resigns and puts former KGB colonel Vladimir Putin in office
    • 2006  Islamic terror group Jemaah Islamiyah detonates 8 of 9 bombs planted to target New Years celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand
    • 1999  People around the world await the “Y2K Millennium Bug” to crash computers everywhere; disruptions are scattered and mostly minor
    • 2008  In Aspen, Colorado James Chester Blanning Jr. places 4 bombs at banks in extortion attempt and protest against Bush war policies

Lost and Found – December 30th Edition

What to remember about December 30th…

    • 1066  Muslim mobs in Grenada crucify Jewish vizier and murder almost 4000 Jews living there at the urging of an anti-Semitic poem
    • 1803  Welsh-American patriot, POW, and signer of Declaration of Independence Francis Lewis dies in New York (b. 1713)
    • 1852  Future President Rutherford B. Hayes marries abolitionist Lucy Webb in Ohio; 1st presidential wife to be called “first Lady”
    • 1853  James Gadsden and General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna sign Gadsden Purchase in Mexico City establishing U.S. southern border
    • 1862  Civil War ironclad warship USS Monitor sinks in heavy seas off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina with 16 hands still aboard
    • 1922  Delegates sign declaration and treaty creating the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR); apx 58 million of their citizens will die by their own governments hands in next 69 years
    • 1937  Folksinger and songwriter Noel Paul Stookey is born in Baltimore, Md.; famously a member of group Peter, Paul, and Mary
    • 1972  After U.S. agrees to halt Linebacker II bombing campaign, North Vietnamese representatives agree to resume peace negotiations
    • 1977  Serial killer Ted Bundy escapes prison a second time; his bloody rampage in Florida will begin January 14th
    • 2006  Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is hanged for charges related to 1982 massacre of Shi’ite muslims (b. 1937)

A little end-of-the-year Ron Paul roundup.

Ron Paul?  Really?

I have watched this perennial candidate for almost 20 years and still can’t fathom the appeal.  Like a blind hog, he occasionally finds a conservative principle.  But, his prior racist, anti-Semitic, and truther speeches and newsletter articles are baggage that he will not drop.  When confronted on these, Dr. Pul has become the master of the “non-answer”.  Is this so he won’t lose the support his early base like Lew Rockwell, Stormfront and David Duke or losing the new support that just fears another Obama Presidency more than reason.

Check out this recent ad from Revolution PAC for a taste of how they compare America to China and Russia.  Sorry, this just doesn’t cut it.

Oh, and for a little bonus, how about “10 Fun Facts You May Not Have Known About Ron Paul“.

Lost and Found – December 29th Edition

What to remember about December 29th…

  • 1778  Redcoats, mercenaries, and loyalist militia surprise Patriots at Savannah; city remains British controlled until 1782
  • 1808  Future 17th President Andrew Johnson is born in Raleigh, N.C. (d. 1875); he will be impeached for opposing reconstruction
  • 1812  HMS Java engages USS Constitution off Brazil; though damaged her captain wounded “Old Ironsides” captures the British ship
  • 1845  Texas is admitted to the Union as the 28th state
  • 1862  Union forces repulsed at Battle of Chickasaw Bluffs at Vicksburg, Mississippi; Sherman will learn from the mistake
  • 1890  U.S. Cavalry massacre over 100 Souix at Wounded knee following a scuffle and accidental shooting
  • 1939  1st flight of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator
  • 1975  Bomb explodes in main terminal at La Guardia Airport killing 11 and injuring 79; remains unsolved

Warbirds – AV-8A Harrier

In honor of the Hawker Siddley Harrier’s first flight on April 1, 1969 , I present you with the latest edition of our ongoing “Warbirds” series.

The Harrier, as most people consider it, is actually a family of aircraft.  The first and only operational family of jump jets ever developed.  The main versions of the family in order of development are the Hawker Siddeley Harrier, British Aerospace Sea Harrier, Boeing/BAE Systems AV-8B Harrier II, and BAE Systems/Boeing Harrier II.  Initial work began on the series as early as 1957 in cooperation between airframe maker Hawker Aircraft and engine manufacturer Bristol Engine Company on the project P.1127.

What came from this project was a fixed-wing aircraft that absolutely embodies the spirit of aviation innovation.  First operational jump jet.  First capable of hovering.  First to fly backwards (WHAT!).

When you think of the Harrier, the first thing that comes to mind is often the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina in 1982.  Deep in the South Pacific and over 8,000 moles from home, the Harrier saw her first combat in some of the world’s worst flying conditions.  While deployed, Harriers flew over 2000 sorties – over six per aircraft per day.  though 10 Harriers of various types were lost to ground fire or mechanical failure, none were lost in air-to-air combat.

After the war, the first generation of Harriers saw continued Cold War tasking, but declining service with British and American forces.

Most of the continuing production was earmarked for export to NATO and allied countries.  But, this wasn’t because of any failings.  Rapid advances in avionics, navigation, and propulsion would give birth to a next generation of jump jet.  A new partnership between McDonnell Douglas and British Aerospace would soon bring the world the Harrier II.  These aircraft serve still today and have seen combat during the Gulf War, Yugoslavia, the Iraq War and Afghanistan.  Though slated to be replaced by the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II, the Harrier II still serves the USMC, British armed forces (G-5/7/9 series), Spanish Navy, and Italian Navy.

UPDATE:  2012  America suffers greatest aircraft loss since Vietnam when Afghan terrorists breach security at Camp Bastion; destroying 6 USMC Harriers and damaging 2 more.  In addition, 2 Marines and 9 Nato personnel lost their lives.

Lost and Found – December 28th Edition

What to remember about December 28th…

    • 1793  American patriot and author of Common Sense Thomas Paine is arrested for treason in France
    • 1832  John C. Calhoun resigns as vice-president to Andrew Jackson over states rights; 1st ever to step down from that office
    • 1846  Iowa is admitted to the Union as the 29th state
    • 1856  Future 28th President Woodrow Wilson is born in Staunton, Virginia (d. 1924)
    • 1922  American comic book writer Stan Lee is born in New York City; co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, Iron Man and more
    • 1941  Admiral Ben Moreell requests permission from Navy to form specialized construction battalions; will become known as “Seabees”
    • 1973  President Nixon signs Endangered Species Act into law
    • 2000  After 128 years , retail giant Montgomery Ward announces that they are going out of business

Stan Lee's 1st published work.

Where do our leaders come from?

I have heard often times that the first disqualifying characteristic of a presidential candidate should be that they desire the office at all.  I can understand the sentiment and only partly disagree.

Service to your country and your fellow citizens is an honorable career choice and only the individual holding the job can know what their true motives are.  Results can be judged any number of ways but what is in a man’s heart is known only to him and God.  However, service in the public sector or even the military is no indicator of virtue.  As power corrupts so does absolute power have the potential to corrupt absolutely.  Where else than in the service of the government – where your dictates can carry the weight of law and be enforced at gunpoint – can such ultimate power be found.

In more than 200 years of American history, the citizen soldiers that step forward to serve have forged a tradition of selflessness, sacrifice, and honor.  In the early days of the Republic, the military could have easily installed Washington as the first American king.  The choice to uphold their oaths is now now set as the weigh-stone against which today’s military leaders measure their own actions.  These traditions of our armed services have also benefited the nation by providing a testing ground – a crucible if you will – that helps identify leaders worthy of being followed.

Though I believe military service would be beneficial to any holder of the Presidency, I am loath to change the Constitution to make that service a requirement of office holders.  First, the political creatures that structure their lives around the attainment of power would be funnelled into our armed forces where they could cause untold damage.  Also, like a peacetime draft, the “required” service can create an institutional resentment against the military that would drive away those actually desiring to serve and not attain.  And finally, the founders saw that civilian control of the military was indeed another check against the totalitarianism that they had just recently escaped.

With all that said I thought I would post a short (haha) poll to see what people remember of our Presidents.  Do you know which 12 never served?  Make your selections and then check below for the answers.

Highlight the area below to see the correct answers.  You may be surprised.

  • John Adams
  • John Quincey Adams
  • Martin Van Buren
  • Grover Cleveland
  • William Howard Taft
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Warren G. Harding
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Herbert Hoover
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Bill Clinton
  • Barack Hussein Obama II

(Hat tip to the every amusing and sometimes useful Ace of Spades HQ.)

Lost and Found – December 27th Edition

What to remember about December 27th…

    • 1831  British naturalist Charles Darwin leaves England aboard HMS Beagle on surveying expedition of southern Atlantic and Pacific
    • 1836  American pioneer and “Father of Texas” Stephen Fuller Austin dies of pneumonia (b. 1793)
    • 1941  Rationing program begins in U.S. when federal Office of Price Administration mandates no driver can own more than five tires
    • 1944  FDR orders the National Guard to sieze Montgomery Ward plants because of refusals to allow unionization
    • 1945  International Monetary Fund and World Bank are created; agreement to organize was signed in July at the Breton Woods Conference
    • 1968  Crew of Apollo 8 splashes down safely after becoming 1st humans to orbit the Moon
    • 1979  Soviets begin to send an additional 75,000 troops to Afghanistan in 10-year bid to support puppet communist regime
    • 2002  Raëlian bishop and Clonaid CEO Brigitte Boisselier announces 1st human reproductive cloning success with birth of baby Eve; scientists sceptical and no proof ever supplied

In 1776 a “Christmas Miracle”

General George Washington and the remains of his rag-tag army make an historic attack on Hessian mercenaries during massive snowstorm.  Crossing a river at night and marching with bloody feet to attack Trenton, “victory or death” was their passphrase.  Against all logic, the Americans capture hundreds and inspire the birth of an army and a nation.  Watch this great video from Newt Gingrich on this historic battle.

Lost and Found – December 26th Edition

What to remember about December 26th…

    • 1610  Investigator for King Matthias discovers Countess Elizabeth Bathory directing torture session of young girls; believed most prolific female serial killer and part inspiration for Vampire mythology
    • 1776  America’s 1st real victory; after bringing his army across the Delaware River at night, General Washington’s troops capture Trenton, NJ and nearly 1000 Hessian mercenaries
    • 1862  4 volunteer nuns board USS Red Rover; 1st female nurses aboard U.S. Navy hospital ship; forerunners of Navy Nurses Corps
    • Winston Churchill is 1st foreign leader to address Congress
    • 1944  General George Patton turns his 3rd Army 90 degrees and races to Bastogne relieving the beleaguered 101st Airborne
    • 1956  Visionary automaker Preston Tucker dies (b. 1903); though unable to produce his dream car, his ideas change the industry
    • 1966  Holiday designed by California black studies professor Maulana Karenga is 1st celebrated; Kwanzaa is born from amalgamaton of many nations harvest festivals
    • 1972  Former President Harry S. Truman dies (b.1884)
    • 1996  JonBenét Ramsey case switches gears when her body is found beaten and strangled in basement of her family home
    • 2004  Underwater earthquake spawns 500-mph Pacific tsunami that will leave 230,000 dead; effects felt from Sumatra to Somalia
    • 2006 Former President Gerald Ford dies at home California (b. 1913); only office holder never elected president or vice-president