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- I finally got around to watching that Walter Cronkite interview with former President Dwight D. Eisenhower on the 20th Anniversary of D-Day at the Normandy American Cemetery which I posted recently. Ike provides a very interesting bit of trivia. On that very day, D-Day, June 6, 1944, his son was graduating from West Point.
- Things I didn’t know about the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial or simply found interesting:
- It forms a latin cross and unintentionally happens to point to the United States, specifically between Eastport and Lubec, Maine.
- It has a time capsule which will be opened on June 6, 2044.
- This sealed capsule containing news reports of the June 6, 1944 Normandy landings is placed here by the newsmen who were here, June 6, 1969.
- The cemetery contains the graves of 45 pairs of brothers (30 of which buried side by side), a father and his son, an uncle and his nephew, 2 pairs of cousins, 3 generals, 4 chaplains, 4 civilians, 4 women, 147 African Americans, and 20 Native Americans.
- The last burial at the cemetery occurred just under a year ago:
- On June 19, 2018, Julius H.O. Pieper was laid to rest next to his twin brother, Ludwig J.W. Pieper, and became the 9,388th servicemember buried at the Normandy American Cemetery.
- The codename for the Battle of Normandy was Operation Overlord.
- The oldest active battleship at Normandy was the USS Arkansas, commissioned in 1912. After the war, it was elected for the atomic naval tests at Bikini Atoll. It survived the airborne atomic explosion but sank a month later during the second submerged atomic detonation from ninety feet below the water surface.
- I thought that land was considered U.S. soil, and for all intents and purposes I suppose it is, but technically the land is considered a perpetual concession.
- Like all other overseas American cemeteries in France for World War I and II, France has granted the United States a special, perpetual concession to the land occupied by the cemetery, free of any charge or any tax to honor the forces. It does not benefit from extraterritoriality, and is thus still French soil.
- An overlooked fact, German’s also buried their war dead nearby.
- La Cambe is a Second World War German military war grave cemetery, located close to the American landing beach of Omaha.
- Initially, American and German casualties were buried in adjacent fields but American dead were later disinterred and either returned to the US or re-interred at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.
- After the war over 12,000 German soldiers were moved to the cemetery from approximately 1,400 field burials across Normandy. The cemetery is maintained and managed by the voluntary German War Graves Commission.
- The sign in front of the cemetery reads as follows:
- The German Cemetery at La Cambe: In the Same Soil of France
Until 1947, this was an American cemetery. The remains were exhumed and shipped to the United States. It has been German since 1948, and contains over 21,000 graves. With its melancholy rigour, it is a graveyard for soldiers not all of whom had chosen either the cause or the fight. They too have found rest in our soil of France.
- The German Cemetery at La Cambe: In the Same Soil of France
- Before this cemetery, a temporary one was established. I didn’t know the bodies had to be moved, which I imagine was a very solemn, unpleasant, and emotionally heavy thing to do for the people who actually disinterred and reinterred the bodies. Here’s the remarkable story about the Army’s graves registration soldiers.
- “It was a job that had to be done in war; it was certainly no disgrace, but it was something you always thought about being done by someone else.”
- When the bodies began arriving, he helped unload them—the first time he had touched a dead body. He fashioned shrouds out of discarded parachutes that littered the countryside and hired French workers to dig graves, paying them with freshly printed invasion currency.
- Graves registration men had to go underwater to cut corpses entangled in landing craft propellers, something Private John D. Little of the 607th called “the worst experience I would ever encounter.” Time was of the essence; the sight of bodies would be damaging to the morale of the thousands of fresh troops coming ashore.
- Prompt burial was necessary not just for morale; it was crucial for reasons of sanitation, especially in warm weather. The odor of decomposition was almost unbearable. “We stuffed our noses with cotton and wore cloth across our faces,” Private Dowling said. No matter how often they washed out the one-ton trailers used to transport bodies, the odor lingered.
- They had to be careful, too, because the Germans sometimes booby-trapped bodies.
- Dog tags, a pair of government-issued identification disks, were the primary means of identification. If they were missing, graves registration men would take prints of all 10 fingers and prepare a dental chart. If the body was in bad shape, they would inject fluid into the fingers to allow for usable prints or, in extreme cases, remove skin from the fingertips to get prints.
- In 1946 Congress authorized the return of bodies, at government expense, for burial in the United States at an eventual cost of nearly $191 million. The families of 170,752 fallen servicemen chose this option, and graves registration units oversaw the return of these bodies.
WILD HELICOPTER RESCUE: Firefighters say a 74-year-old woman had to be flown off of Piestewa Peak this morning after she suffered an injury while hiking.
— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) June 4, 2019
- I think it’s interesting Mikhail Gorbachev is still alive, he’s eighty-eight. He looked old back in the Eighties. Huh, lots of “eight” references in this short bullet point.
- Not many people realize that Chernobyl kept three reactors operating in the wake of the meltdown — nearly 14 years altogether.
- Unit 2 shut down in 1991 after being damaged by a fire. Unit 1 closed in 1996 amidst international outcry about the health effects radiation poisoning, including elevated rates of thyroid cancer among children. The last unit, Unit 3, operated until 2000, when international negotiations finally shut down the plant for good.
- Baltimore Mayor Jack Young Suggests Public Boxing Rings To End Street Beefs
- The story reminds me of my middle school principal who later became my high school principal and later became mayor of my hometown. He told us if two students were ever so upset with each other that they wanted to fight, he would provide the gloves and referee the match. He said he would rather students fight in a controlled environment than disrupt class or others and be a distraction. I don’t recall it ever happening, but I do recall a few friends trying to work up the courage to talk to him about it.
- Northern New York News – White elementary students instructed to bid on black classmates in mock slave auction
- I often wonder how news organizations will select a profile picture of a politician or celebrity for a story. For instance, there are thousands of pictures of a president, but how does someone decide to choose one singular photo to appear above a news anchor’s shoulder for a 20-second story? That came to mind recently when I saw a local story on the possibility of Senator Ted Cruz and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez teaming up to draft legislation. CBS11 used a smiling portrait of Cruz with a U.S. flag as the backdrop (like an official Senate portrait). Next to that Cruz’s portrait was a stern-looking AOC with reading glasses at the tip of her nose and a microphone placed on a table, like something out of a committee hearing. The local news amuses me sometimes.
- Up to 25 cups of coffee a day safe for heart health, study finds
- The CMC Cartonwrap 1000 scans items to be packaged and makes a custom sized box
- Every Creature in the Star Wars Movies | Star Wars By the Numbers
- DaughterGeeding took two of her friends (twins actually) to an indoor trampoline and adventure park for her birthday. As you can see, they had a ball pit. I think my selfie looks a bit artistic. Upon further reflection, I might look a bit of a crazed look like Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining.
- One of DaughterGeeding’s birthday wishes was to watch the sunset with the family on the roof. WifeGeeding said the experience reminded her of one of our favorite television shows, “Ed” on NBC (the one about the bowling alley lawyer, or as he would say, a lawyer who happens to own a bowling alley). The title character would often sit atop the roof of Stuckeybowl on a lawn chair with a friend (usually his best friend Dr. Michael Burton or crush Carol Vessey) and sip on some Rolling Rocks in the evening.
- Our family has been listening to Hamilton almost nonstop and I’m impressed how well the kids have memorized most of the lines and asking questions about our nation’s history. There are many YouTube videos available which play the songs and display the lyrics, kinda like karaoke, and the kids love them. Well, I ended up getting tickets to next week’s show in Austin as a birthday present to DaughterGeeding. We revealed the present to her by downloading one of the videos, editing the lyrics (and keeping the rhyme), and uploading it back to YouTube include the surprise. This will most likely be our summer vacation.
- There’s still plenty of time left in the rest of the year, but I never imagined I would be going to more musicals in a year than sporting events. This will be my third musical of the year.
- BoyGeeding received the first buzzcut of his life yesterday, he did most of the work.
- Meet the computer scientist using artificial intelligence to help 140,000 paying customers plan the perfect Disney vacation
- TouringPlans.com helps you decide which Disney World park to visit by analyzing historical attendance data to predict crowd levels on any given day. Then, for each day of your visit, just plug in all the rides, shows, and restaurants you want to hit up, and it spits out an optimized itinerary that promises to minimize wait times while still getting you everywhere you want to go. It even makes recommendations on how, when, and where to deploy FastPass+, which lets you make reservations to go on the resort’s most popular rides ahead of time.
- But wait, there’s more: It’ll alert you if hard-to-get reservations at in-demand eateries like Be Our Guest at the Magic Kingdom open up. A personal favorite feature is that it has a directory of the view from every single Disney World resort hotel, and can automatically send a fax to the front desk requesting a specific room. The site even recommends rooms to request, based on criteria like distance from the food court or time to the bus stop.
- I ran across the following question and it really got me thinking, thankfully I haven’t had to break a lot of bad news and when I did, it was already expected – What was the hardest piece of news you’ve had to tell someone?
- Boooo – NTTA Toll Rates to Increase this Summer – On average, TollTag rates will adjust one penny per mile, from 18 to 19 cents.
- I’ve said it before, I’ve always felt a toll is a form of double- taxation and should at least be a tax-deductible expense.
- Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower speaks with CBS News’ Walter Cronkite on the 20th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 1964.
- If he only learned from an unfortunate event of a former rival and predecessor
- Nine years ago today I became a parent. Well, I suppose WifeGeeding did as well.
- Yesterday DaughterGeeding stopped by my office (I work at home) and I asked her what she’s been up to. She excitedly told me she was practicing pole dancer and she was confused as to why I had such a puzzled look on my face. Immediately I thought I failed as a father. A top goal for any father is to “keep your daughter off the pole.” She found a really sturdy cardboard tube about five feet long and was using it to some sort of innocent pole-vaulting dance routine.
- I forgot how much B. A. Baracus feared getting into an airplane or helicopter and how the rest of the A-Team had to either knock him out or drug him to get him on a flight.
- The Musers interviewed 22-year-old motorsports team owner George Michael Steinbrenner IV, the grandson of famed Yankee owner George Michael Steinbrenner III. The name skipped a generation with Henry George “Hank” Steinbrenner III. I suppose you can name anyone anything you want, but I didn’t know you could skip a generation with post-nominals formalities or whatever they are called. I feel like they are cheating the system.
- For any son named after his father, I wonder if they ever felt the need to make their signature look the same as their namesake. My father’s first name is my middle name. As a kid, I used to try to sign my middle and last name exactly as he did.
- Earlier this week, I watched the pilot episode of ‘Green Acres’ with the kids and the very next morning, The Musers talked about the show and wondered if it would hold up. I identified with the show because it was about an older white man married to a woman from another country with a thick accent. The pilot episode was done in a new or documentary typestyle. Here’s a little bit of ‘Green Acres’ trivia for ya, lead character Oliver Wendall Douglas was named after Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. Douglas’ father named him after the justice because he decided at birth his son should have a career in law.
- A close-up look at Star Wars Land’s life-size, hyper-detailed Millennium Falcon
- Readers Still Prefer Physical Books – Results from a new survey regarding reading habits are out and consumer preference still lies with physical books
- I bought the Kindle version of the new Scott Pelley book. I think e-ink is easier on the eyes and I like the ability to highlight a word with my finger and get an immediate definition or Wikipedia entry. However, I do miss being able to look at my bookmark and see how much more I have to go. I know the Kindle provides that feature, but there’s something special about looking at the physical pages and flipping through them which feels more real or authentic.
- I don’t have a backstory on this video but I think it’s pure greatness.
Here’s the actual trailer.
- On ‘Jeopardy’ last night, one contestant described his occupation as “therapeutic humorist”. Another contestant fit the psycho ex-girlfriend persona to a T, so much so, Alex Trebek told her, “You’re starting to scare the hell out of me.” Speaking of Trebek, he looks great for someone who is undergoing chemotherapy to fight pancreatic cancer. He admitted in a recent ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ interview that he’s wearing a wig, and I’ll say it’s exceptional, you can’t tell he’s bald.
- Pauley asked, “When you recorded the ‘Jeopardy!’ segments featuring James [Holzhauer], was that before you had had your diagnosis?” “Some of it was before, and some of it was after,” he replied. “And so, what the challenge for ‘Jeopardy!’ viewers is right now is to figure out, ‘Is that Alex’s real hair, or is that a full hairpiece?’ Because they all know that when you start chemo you lose your hair. So, which is it?” Noticing Pauley studying his hair, Trebek said, “This is not the real me. We have the summer months off. So hopefully, my own hair will grow back. ‘Cause I like my own hair!”
- A 9/11 fact many of you may have already known but I did not until yesterday –
- The authoritative study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology estimates there were 17,400 people in the two towers combined. Of the total, 87 percent evacuated. Of those who were below the points of impact, 99 percent survived.
- Almost all fire departments have a similar looking symbol our outline, but I never knew how that came to be until a few days ago. It’s patterned after the Maltese Cross. Here’s my butchered abbreviated version:
- This emblem had its beginning during the Crusades and was the symbol of the knights of that period. The cross design was adopted and put into use by the early Knights of Malta (Knights of St. John). Large crimson-colored capes were worn over the suits of armor. Not only were the capes symbolic, but they also helped provide a defense against one of the newest weapons of war–fire. As invading forces attacked a castle, the defenders would throw containers of naphtha and other flammable liquids. With their fellow troops engulfed in fire, the Knights of Malta would approach on horseback, rip off their capes, and use them to extinguish the flames on their burning fellow fighters.
- The Lion King was on ABC last night. Whenever that movie is referenced, I automatically think of the Steven Curtis Chapman song “King of the Jungle”, in particular, the part which goes, “K-I-N-G of the J-you-N-G-L-E . . . He is the king of creation.”
- On Pooping In The Dark—no Lights, No Phones, No Distractions – This Story Is Part Of A Series On How We Make Time—from Productivity Hacks And Long Walks To Altering The Function Of Our Own Circadian Clocks.
- What I Learned Trying To Secure Congressional Campaigns – This article is specifically about campaign security, or how to keep candidates and their staff and families safe from people trying to break into social media, read their email, or wire their campaign war chest to Nauru.
- Flying a plane upside down under a low bridge is crazy and impressive.
"Can't be done….."
…. "hold my pint!" pic.twitter.com/f1WSf8tXLQ
— Lord Flashheart (@EatKnuckleFritz) May 12, 2019
- Our family has been watching the HBO John Adams mini-series. It’s hard to believe it’s eleven years old, and I forgot how much I enjoyed David Morse‘s portrayal of George Washington.
- The series led me to research a few things and I discovered, to my surprise, there has never been a fatality reported due to tar and feathering and the tar used was usually pine tar, not the black tar we associate with roofing and roadwork. I’m not advocating that it wasn’t brutal, just it wasn’t what I thought it was.
- I’ve also been watching the new HBO miniseries Chernoble. I can remember the first time I heard about the actual accident, it was told to me by Clarice Tinsley and she was explaining if the radioactive air would reach the Dallas area and whether or not local residents should be concerned. She then moved on to a story about the local Comanche Peak Nuclear Plant. I was eleven at the time, and if memory serves correct, she was wearing a blue or purple dress with a large metallic necklace.
- I’m really enjoying Scott Pelley’s new book. It focuses on virtues or character traits (and flaws) of people in extraordinary events, each chapter is titled accordingly. The first chapter is over 9/11 and he goes into vivid detail. I like how he takes time to educate the reader. For instance, he describes firefighting terminology, ranks, and organization/leadership structure. For instance, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) has five Borough Commands. Within them exists nine firefighting Divisions, each headed by a Deputy Division Chief). Each Division has four to seven Battalions, each led by a Battalion chief. Each Battalion consists of three to eight firehouses and consists of approximately 180–200 firefighters and officers.
- Pelley stated he lost his job as the ‘CBS Evening News’ anchor because of his complaints of a hostile work environment. As much as I love and admire the man, I think it’s more adequate to state that as one of the reasons he was removed from the coveted spot. He also lost it because of ratings and his agent negotiating a salary and contract not in line with management and rating results.
- I don’t have a logical explanation for this, but I find it weird for the NCAA World Series to be played outside of the regular academic school year yet I’m okay with college bowl games being played during the holiday break.
- The 1995 version of me would faint from this news – Founding Members Of dcTalk, Petra, WhiteHeart & Jars Of Clay Form New Supergroup
- Last night’s Final Jeopardy – When this game was introduced in 1860, it had squares like intemperance & poverty & if you hit the suicide square your game was over.
- What is Life?
- Man allegedly hiding drugs in butt accidentally shoots himself in testicles, report says
- It’s the Editor’s Note which is the kicker: Editor’s Note: This story initially reported the man accidentally shot himself in the penis. He actually accidentally shot himself in the testicles.
- Following this on Twitter was a fun event, I wish I could make such a positive impact on a community that I’d be loved like this – More Than 300 Neighbors Throw Retirement Block Party for Beloved Mailman of 34 Years — and Raise Money for His Dream Vacation
- I’ve run into a handful of organ donation honor walks. I’d encourage you to at least skim through one of these videos. Here’s a story of a mother in Iowa who shared footage of her 1-year-old daughter’s honor walk, (getting wheeled into organ donation surgery) who had been declared brain dead after contracting a virus. ‘Amazing Grace’ is such a fitting song for everyone to sing. For those interested in becoming an organ donor and giving the gift of life, visit Donate Life America.