Monthly Archives: December 2012

It’s Christmastime so I thought I would update and repost this from last year. How many ways do you know how to say “Merry Christmas”?

Lost and Found – December 24th Edition

What to remember about December 24th…

  • 1814  War of 1812 ends when representatives of Britain and America sign treaty in Belgium; hostilities continue for months due to slow travelling news
  • 1851  Fire spreads quickly through Library of Congress; two-thirds of Thomas Jefferson’s personal literary collection is lost
  • 1865  Confederate war veterans found Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee; Republican militias form soon after to combat KKK violence against blacks
  • 1923  President Coolidge presses a button and lights 1st national Christmas tree
  • 1943  General Dwight D. Eisenhower is appointed Supreme Allied Commander
  • 1979  Soviet Union invades Afghanistan with almost 10,000 troops to “protect” Soviet-Afghan Friendship Treaty of 1978
  • 1997  International terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez (aka The Jackal) is sentenced by French court to life in prison

1923 cooligde 1st christmas tree

Holiday Tips for the Zombie Apocalypse

Now that all the drama of  Thanksgiving has played out, it’s time to get spirited about the holiday season.  Here is a quick PSA (Public Service Announcement) with some holiday tips you should practice during a zombie apocalypse.

Just a little Black Friday humor.  Merry Christmas to all and to all of you…  full magazines.


Lost and Found – December 22nd Edition

What to remember about December 22nd…

Winter Solstice and shortest day of the year.

  • 1775  Continental Congress organizes the navy by naming 4 captains and a commander-in-chief of the fleet Admiral Esek Hopkins
  • 1808  World premier of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in a freezing cold Viennese auditorium; he plays piano part himself

THIS, is probably not what he envisioned.  Still good though 🙂

  • 1864  General Sherman wires Lincoln of his success saying “I beg to present you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah”
  • 1944  German troops demand American surrender at Battle of the Bulge; General McAuliff famously replies “Nuts”
  • 1964  Super-secret Air Force SR-71 Blackbird takes first flight
  • 1968  Children of 2 U.S. Presidents marry in New York City; Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower wed
  • 1978  Serial murderer and s-lf-proclaimed “killer clown” John Wayne Gacy confesses in Chicago to murders of over 25 young men
  • 1984  Bernhard “Bernie” Goetz shoots 4 black men on New York subway; claiming self-defense he is cleared of most charges
  • 1989  West German Chancellor walks through “closed” Brandenburg Gate signaling the permanent opening of Berlin Wall
  • 2001  Richard Reid attempts to detonate “shoe bomb” aboard flight from Paris to Miami; subdued by fellow passengers he will later be given multiple life sentences
  • 2006  District attorney finally drops rape charges against falsely accused Duke University lacrosse players; ethics charges pending
  • 2010  President Obama signs bill repealing Clinton-era  “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” prohibition on disclosing sexual orientation in the military

(And happy birthday to Ms. Rory.  Have a terrific 4th Lady Bug!)

Lost and Found – December 21st Edition

What to remember about December 21st…

  • 1620  Mayflower’s 1st landing parties of Pilgrims go ashore at Plymouth to begin construction of permanent settlement
  • 1761  Patriot soldier and statesman Robert Barnwell is born in Beaufort, SC; wounded in battle, left for dead, taken prisoner by British, delegate to Continental Congress and US Representative (d. 1814)
  • 1861  President Lincoln signs Senate Bill 82 and establishes Medal of Honor for Navy personnel, Army bill passes the next year
  • 1945  In a freak car accident, General George S. “Blood and Guts” Patton, Jr. dies outside Mannheim, Germany (b. 1885)
  • 1968  NASA successfully launches Apollo 8 on 1st manned mission to leave Earth’s orbit and visit the Moon
  • 1970  Elvis visits President Nixon in the White House to offer his help in administration’s anti-drug campaign; Secret Service forgets to search him allowing Presley to bring gun gift to Oval Office
  • 1978  Police serve search warrant on home of “killer clown” John Wayne Gacy and arrest him for marijuana possession; they will discover over 26 bodies buried under his house
  • 1988  Terrorist bomb detonates aboard Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland killing all 259 aboard and 11 on the ground; pressured by Obama administration, convicted Libyan bomber is released in 2009 on compassionate grounds

Lost and Found – December 20th Edition

What to remember about December 20th…

  • 1783  Virginia cedes western territory reaching as far as Mississippi River
  • 1803  French peacefully surrender New Orleans to America as part of Louisiana Purchase
  • 1946  Classic Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life is released in New York; Frank Capra movie stars James Stewart and Donna Reed
  • 1957  Elvis Presley receives his draft notice during the Korean War; he served in West Germany in a tank battalion
  • 1963 For the 1st time in 2 years East Germany allows westerners to enter on one-day passes through the Berlin Wall
  • 1989  After the murder of a U.S. Marine by Panamanian police December 16th, American forces invade in Operation Just Cause
  • 2005  US District Court rules against mandating teaching of “intelligent design” in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.

Lost and Found – December 19th Edition

What to remember about December 19th…

  • 1732  Benjamin Franklin first publishes Poor Richard’s Almanac
  • 1776  Thomas Paine published his American Crisis pamphlet to boost flagging Patriot morale:

“These are the times that try men’s souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

  • 1777  Continental Army enters its winter encampment at Valley Forge
  • 1828  Vice President John C. Calhoun submits his South Carolina Exposition and Protest to state legislature; argument for states rights and nullification of federal excesses
  • 1942  Adolf Hitler fires many top generals and appoints himself Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the German Army
  • 1972  Splashdown of Apollo 17 capsule in the Pacific marks end of program and last human visit to the Moon
  • 1984  Britain agrees to give sovereignty over Hong Kong to the Chinese government
  • 1998  House of Representatives approves 2 articles of impeachment against President Clinton; 1 each  for perjury and obstruction

poor richards almanack

From someone who has had to lern to live with a physical disability over the past decade, I can truly appreciate the author’s point of view. A great read.

concealed carry

Lost and Found – December 18th Edition

What to remember about December 18th…

  • 1620  After scouting a suitable location for settlement and signing Compact, Pilgrims anchor Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor
  • 1777  Declared by Continental Congress after victory at Battle of Saratoga, America celebrates 1st national day of thanksgiving
  • 1865   Secretary of State Seward certifies that enough states have ratified Republican proposed 13th Amendment to the Constitution; slavery is finally abolished in America
  • 1915  Woodrow Wilson marries his second wife Edith Bolling Galt at her home while still serving as President; after his stroke, she will assume power and act as secret president
  • 1946  American filmmaker Steven Spielberg is born in Cincinnati, Ohio; one of the most prominent directors in history
  • 1973  Islamic Development Bank is established to support and promote worldwide Sharia banking standards
  • 1996  Oakland, California school board officially recognizes “Ebonics” as a language
  • 2011  Playwright, anti-communist dissident, and 1st President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel dies (b. 1936)

Edith Wilson poses a paralyzed President Wilson so public will think that the nation is still led by its elected leadership.

Blast From The Past…

Around this time last year, I put up a post that summed up a lot of my thoughts on gun control and the 2nd Amendment.  I have had trouble putting my feelings about last Friday’s school shooting in Connecticut into a post – at least without raging on the page.  The politicization and sensationalization of this tragedy disgust me.

So, take a moment and check out the Impromptu Gun Control Post from December 17th, 2011.

dalai lama on gun control

(Dalai Lama urges students to shape world – Seattle Times, Tuesday May 15, 2001)