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Friday, October 14, 2016

October 14, 2016: Think Like Ike

October 14 in history (via Wikipedia):

1066  Norman Conquest: Battle of Hastings: In England on Senlac Hill, seven miles from Hastings, the Norman forces of William the Conqueror defeated the English army and kill King Harold II of England.

No one in my family is called William to this day.

1656  Massachusetts enacts the first punitive legislation against the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The marriage of church-and-state in Puritanism makes them regard the Quakers as spiritually apostate and politically subversive.

Nonviolence is subversive.

1947 – Captain Chuck Yeager of the United States Air Force flies a Bell X-1 rocket-powered experimental aircraft, the Glamorous Glennis, faster than the speed of sound at Mach 1.06 (700 miles per hour (1,100 km/h; 610 kn) over the high desert of Southern California and becomes the first pilot and the first airplane to do so in level flight.

The dude's on Twitter. @GenChuckYeager

1982 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaims a War on Drugs.

Worst thing he did.


Birthday quotes I

"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity."

"I had been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him [Secretary of War Stimson] my grave misgivings [on dropping the atomic bomb on Japan], first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives. It was my belief that Japan was, at that very moment, seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of 'face'. The Secretary was deeply perturbed by my attitude..."

"Un-American activity cannot be prevented or routed out by employing un-American methods; to preserve freedom we must use the tools that freedom provides."

"One circumstance that helped our character development: we were needed. I often think today of what an impact could be made if children believed they were contributing to a family's essential survival and happiness. In the transformation from a rural to an urban society, children are — though they might not agree — robbed of the opportunity to do genuinely responsible work."

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."

Dwight D. Eisenhower (14 October 1890 – 28 March 1969)


Happy Birthday Justin Hayward!




On Social Media

Read all these articles about Trump's sexism that have sponsored links about which female celebs are still hot or got ugly. #JMOE @ARIYNBF

My anonymous appearance in Playboy (guest621515) or here.

"Cops risk their lives every day to ruin yours." - Doug Stanhope, who provides this link.

Rightful outrage about the tape, but STILL no outrage about the #CentralParkFive comments. Why is that?
9 to 5 is on. Dabney Coleman is the best thing about it, proving once again that men are better than women at acting, just as men are better at everything. Also, they should have had Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda show more skin.

 
I wonder how much a $2 bill will sell for. #JustMeOrEveryone #JMOE @ARIYNBF.

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