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Lost and Found – April 26th Edition

What to remember about April 26th…

  • 1607  English settlers land at Cape Henry, Virginia to establish Jamestown; 1st permanent English settlement in North America
  • 1865  John Wilkes Booth dies after an hours-long stand-off with Union soldiers; assassin had shot President Lincoln 12 days ago
  • 1933  Brutal secret police force of Nazi Germany is founded; the Gestapo terrorized German citizens into informing on each other
  • 1962  Failure to deploy solar panels leaves NASA’s Ranger 4 spacecraft powerless; mission ends when ship crashes on dark side of the moon
  • 1977 Infamous discotheque and nightclub Studio 54 opens its doors
  • 1986  Near Kiev in the former Soviet Union, explosions rock Chernobyl nuclear power plant; 31 die and tens-of-thousands exposed to radiation
  • 2011  Rep. Ron Paul announces that he will be seeking Republican nomination for President of the United States… again

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Lost and Found – March 12th Edition

What to remember about March 12th…

  • 1864  Ill-fated Union Red River Campaign begins; infantry embarked on riverboats hope to reclaim territory in Louisiana
  • 1903  Baseball team owners give New York Highlanders permission to join the American League; in 1913 they will be renamed “Yankees”
  • 1915  Medal of Honor recipient, Philippine Scout, and U.S. First Lieutenant Willibald C. Bianchi is born in Minnesota (d. 1945)
  • 1930  Mohandas Gandhi begins a defiant march to the sea in protest of the British monopoly on salt and to promote independence movement
  • 1933  To bolster morale of people suffering through Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt addresses the nation in “fireside chat”
  • 1993  Appointed by President Clinton, Janet Reno is sworn in this day as 1st female Attorney General of the United States
  • 2003  15-year-old Elizabeth Smart is found alive nine months after she was kidnapped from her home; both abductors captured
  • 2011  Reactor explodes and releases radiation at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant after earthquake and tsunami strike the day before

fdr fireside chats

Lost and Found – March 12th Edition

What to remember about March 12th…

  • 1864  Ill-fated Union Red River Campaign begins; infantry embarked on riverboats hope to reclaim territory in Louisiana
  • 1903  Baseball team owners give New York Highlanders permission to join the American League; in 1913 they will be renamed “Yankees”
  • 1915  Medal of Honor recipient, Philippine Scout, and U.S. First Lieutenant Willibald C. Bianchi is born in Minnesota (d. 1945)
  • 1930  Mohandas Gandhi begins a defiant march to the sea in protest of the British monopoly on salt and to promote independence movement
  • 1933  To bolster morale of people suffering through Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt addresses the nation in “fireside chat”
  • 1993  Appointed by President Clinton, Janet Reno is sworn in this day as 1st female Attorney General of the United States
  • 2003  15-year-old Elizabeth Smart is found alive nine months after she was kidnapped from her home; both abductors captured
  • 2011  Reactor explodes and releases radiation at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant after earthquake and tsunami strike the day before

fdr fireside chats

Lost and Found – April 26th Edition

What to remember about April 26th…

  • 1607  English settlers land at Cape Henry, Virginia to establish Jamestown; 1st permanent English settlement in North America
  • 1865  John Wilkes Booth dies after an hours-long stand-off with Union soldiers; assassin had shot President Lincoln 12 days ago
  • 1933  Brutal secret police force of Nazi Germany is founded; the Gestapo terrorized German citizens into informing on each other
  • 1962  Failure to deploy solar panels leaves NASA’s Ranger 4 spacecraft powerless; mission ends when ship crashes on dark side of the moon
  • 1977 Infamous discotheque and nightclub Studio 54 opens its doors
  • 1986  Near Kiev in the former Soviet Union, explosions rock Chernobyl nuclear power plant; 31 die and tens-of-thousands exposed to radiation
  • 2011  Rep. Ron Paul announces that he will be seeking Republican nomination for President of the United States… again

Lost and Found – March 28th Edition

What to remember about March 28th…

  • 1834  President Andrew Jackson is censured by Congress for refusing to provide documents requested by lawmakers
  • 1862  Union forces halt Confederate invasion of New Mexico at Battle of Glorieta Pass; hopes of capturing western gold mines are foiled
  • 1910  Near Martigues, France, Henri Fabre becomes first person to successfully fly a seaplane
  • 1969  34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower dies in Washington, D.C. (b. 1890)
  • 1979  Pressure valve fails at Three Mile Island power plant in Pennsylvania; human error overrides safety systems causing worst nuclear accident in U.S. history
  • 1990  President George H. W. Bush posthumously awards Congressional Gold Medal to African-American Olympian Jesse Owens
  • 2006  In tragic rush to judgement, Duke University lacrosse team is suspended after rape allegations arise from off-campus party

Lost and Found – March 12th Edition

What to remember about March 12th…

  • 1864  Ill-fated Union Red River Campaign begins; infantry embarked on riverboats hope to reclaim territory in Louisiana
  • 1903  Baseball team owners give New York Highlanders permission to join the American League; in 1913 they will be renamed “Yankees”
  • 1915  Medal of Honor recipient, Philippine Scout, and U.S. First Lieutenant Willibald C. Bianchi is born in Minnesota (d. 1945)
  • 1930  Mohandas Gandhi begins a defiant march to the sea in protest of the British monopoly on salt and to promote independence movement
  • 1933  To bolster morale of people suffering through Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt addresses the nation in “fireside chat”
  • 1993  Appointed by President Clinton, Janet Reno is sworn in this day as 1st female Attorney General of the United States
  • 2003  15-year-old Elizabeth Smart is found alive nine months after she was kidnapped from her home; both abductors captured
  • 2011  Reactor explodes and releases radiation at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant after earthquake and tsunami strike the day before

fdr fireside chats

 

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.

 

Was Sandy A Union Hurricane?

I guess Hurricane Sandy had to be a union storm.  Otherwise, the storm wouldn’t have been allowed to wreak havoc in New Jersey.  Likewise, non-union utility crews coming to the aid of the victims of Sandy in the Garden State were turned away yesterday.  “Thanks, but no thanks” was the greeting they got after driving in from as far away as Alabama.

Next Tuesday, you get to decide if this is the right path for America.  Vote like your life depends on it.

Brilliant Child Safety Tip

Our family spent a beautiful day at Busch Gardens Amusement Park in Tampa, Florida yesterday.  This wonderful place was filled with crowds having a wonderful time.  However, in the back of my mind, I always worry about safety in bustling environments like this – especially for the children.  It’s just that way I am wired.

This morning, a friend on Facebook had posted a brilliant tip to help if anything were to ever happen to one’s child on an outing.  It doesn’t really fit with what I usually post on this blog, but it is just too good not to pass along.  Please share with your friends and family that have kids.

I have friends that use permanent marker to write their name and number on the labels in all their kids clothes.  Another does it on the bottom of the kids shoes.  I even saw on Facebook where one mother used Sharpie to put her cell number on her childs forearm whenever they go out and could get separated.

Take a few precautions for your peace of mind.  Vigilance wards off tragedy.

(H/T: Thanks for sharing this tip Arica)

What ya gonna do when he comes for you?

My kid would turn, take a good solid stance, breathe, aim, and squeeze… then skin it and build a fire, before cooking and eating it. Later, he could tan the hide, make tools from its bones and teeth, and scare the crap out of the neighbor kids by wearing the skull as a hat.  All of these are zombie-apocalypse survival skills. Don’t let your loved-ones become victims – preparedness is a mindset.

Besides, if you are mentally prepared, you are less likely to poop yourself.

Visit Bill Quick’s preparedness forum for preparedness tips and tricks for all expectations, experience levels, and budgets.

(Hat tip to E.T. on Facebook for sharing the photo.)