This is a national religious holiday with a long history.  As a way of remembering, here are links to history, proclamation and establishment.  Thanks to God is noted in each rendition.  We thank Him as well.  We have come thus far through this year with an incredible number of challenges and recognize God’s blessings through them all.


I did a report on this submarine many decades ago.  It was quite interesting to see this report as I had heard that all the men in the sub were there just like they were during the attack.  The explanation makes sense.


I am flying  a different flag today.  (This is from the internet.  Mine is similar)  For those familiar with Texas history, today in 1836 was the decisive battle leading to Texas independence – the defeat of Antonio López de Santa Anna in present day Houston.  Information here.  Since there is an elementary school close to our house, I’m hoping some kids ask their teachers what that new flag down the street is.  Maybe a little history lesson may be disseminated.  Eventually, I’m thinking of placing one of those reader boards, like in a museum, along the sidewalk and have a simple explanation there for the curious.  Someone has to present real history, it might as well be me.

Spouseinbox and I were in the Texas state capital some time ago and I found a plaque in the right hallway behind the stair, facing the outside wall.  It stated that Texas would dedicate itself to the true history of the Confederacy and reasons for the war.  I have been holding off on posting until I found the picture of that plaque, but since I haven’t found it, but have found a good article on the subject, I decided to post anyways.  Next, there is a letter written by a Confederate soldier which describes the feelings, filling in the blanks noted by the article.  When I run across the picture of the plaque, I will post without the extra material.

Quoth the Gipper:

“Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid”  [hence military hardware rolling down our streets.  It’s not there for protection…of us.]

“The most dangerous myth is the demagoguery that business can be made to pay a larger share, thus relieving the individual. Politicians preaching this are either deliberately dishonest, or economically illiterate, and either one should scare us…
Only people pay taxes, and people pay as consumers every tax that is assessed against a business.”

“We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent”

“Peace is not the absence of conflict; it is the ability to manage conflict by peaceful means”

“Of the four wars of my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong”

“If the Soviet Union ever let another political party come into existence, they would still be a one-party state…
because everybody would join the other party”

“How do you tell a communist? He reads Lenin and Marx. And how do you tell an anti-communist?
Someone who understands Lenin and Marx.”

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction; it’s not something we pass along in our bloodstream.

It must be fought-for, protected, and passed-along for them to do the same”

“Entrepreneurs and small businesses are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States”

“If you can’t make them see the light, let them feel the heat”

“They say the world has become too complex for simple answers… they are wrong”

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government, and I’m here to help”

“Recession is when your neighbor loses his job; a depression is when you lose yours”

“Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement…”

Mominbox and I went to a sandwich shop last evening.  It was decorated in a roughly 50’s style of advertisements, and paraphernalia.  There were games there designed mechanically, which our present games make up for electronically.  One I remember was the driving car where the car was an actual model and the road was a roll of plastic (I’m guessing) that rolled underneath.  See, there was life before the x-box.  Anyways, there was one particular sign that caught my eye – both for the age, and the content.  I looked up the origin of Walmart and noted that Sam Walton purchased a store in 1950.    I don’t have a date from the sign, so can’t compare to whether it came first, Sam started first, or both had a similar idea:

hardware store advertisementhardware store advertisementWith the lights, I knew some of it was going to be hard to read, so here is the text:

Hardware Co
Depew, Okla
‘complete house furnishers’
licensed embalmer
auto service day or night
Just think – Add a funeral parlor to Walmart, and one can have everything at an “everyday low price,” just like this store from our history.  Come to the funeral, cry with the family, wish them well, have your oil changed during the service, and grab some milk and on the way home.  What could be more convenient than that?

Try this link now

Note in his tale how precise his training had him drop the bomb.  I did a quick figure and believe they had him about 9 miles away from the blast at the moment of detonation.  Considering the radius of the H-bomb blast, that’s rather close calculating.


*UPDATE – I understand the link was not working, so reset it.

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