Interesting how times have changed. In that picture, you see all sorts of people standing in front and besides the president, something you won’t see ever again.
I wonder if FDR had any idea how much the word “infamy” would stand out, and now when spoken or written, makes Americans think of one specific event in history. Instead of “infamy”, “world history” was originally in place.
The speech lasted just 6 1/2 minutes, 2 1/2 pages. Sometimes, shorter is better, just ask Lincoln. I can’t imagine another president giving such a short speech in front of Congress after such a grievous tragedy.
The State Department drafted a 17-page speech rehashing the history of U.S.-Japanese relations, but Roosevelt set it aside and went with his gut.
Per his secretary – “He dictated most of it without interruption, punctuating, letting her know where the periods and the exclamation points needed to go. “After he finished she left the room and typed it up, brought it back to him. And then FDR himself did all of the editing in pencil to his own speech.” And here it is — edited by Roosevelt in his own hand. Two-and-a-half pages in length, it begins with what would become one of the most famous sentences in American history.
Of course, I’ve been aware of the sinking of the USS Arizona, but it’s not until becoming an adult that I got a real grasp and power of the death toll: 1177 – the single largest loss of life in American naval history, and there were 23 sets of brothers.
Hangar 79, still bears the scars — the bullet holes in its bright blue window panes remain, reminders of the serenity shattered on a quiet Sunday morning.
“At that moment we were the 14th military power in the world, behind Sweden.”
“It is the transition day when we shifted from being an isolationist nation to being a global superpower.”
Three years ago, he started work on an idea for a thin red outline across the bustling commons at the University of Arizona. It is something new to remember something old: The exact measurement of the doomed battleship’s main deck. “In the initial outline of the ship, 597 feet long, and we had 5/8 of an inch to spare,” Carter said. In the middle, a structure like a ship’s bridge with a medallion for each man who died. More than 700 were 22 or under — college age.
I’m not suggesting there’s any truth behind this, but here’s something fun for the conspiracy theorist. Trump made comments about Boeing yesterday which caused their stock price to slide in premarket trading; however, they fully recovered by the end of the day. Trump did this as a favor to someone who was trying to short the stock. Again, I’m just having fun with a conspiracy theory, and not suggesting there’s an ounce of truth in what I just wrote.
A question for you auto mechanic types – I own a 2007 GMC Acadia. When I turn on the blinker to turn right, it blinks at a rapid rate, which led me to believe the bulb was out, and that appears to be true. I did some research and discovered the Acadia uses LED lights, which means you can’t replace the bulb and forced to replace the entire housing. Before I purchase one, which can cost $65-$120, I thought I’d check to see if a fuse was blown, and they all appear to be in working order. Before I buy a new housing or light assembly, I thought I’d check with you experts to see if I’m missing anything obvious.
A question for your veterinarian – DogGeedingII was playing fetch with the kids. I wasn’t outside watching them, but the dog came back home limping, not putting any weight on his back right leg. I’ve inspected his paws and didn’t notice any thorns or the like, and I gently moved every joint in his leg and hip, but he shows no signs of pain whatsoever. It’s been a week, and he still won’t put any weight on it, and I’ve checked his paw and joints numerous times rotating them in every direction they are supposed to go – nothing, no pain. He’s still full of energy and hasn’t had a loss in appetite, and he still brings the ball to play fetch, but I have to keep hiding his ball because I’m trying to get him to rest and heal. His only limitation is that he can’t put weight on it and can’t jump on the sofa or bed. I thought after a week he’d be well by now, any thoughts before I schedule a vet visit?
A lot of folks I know who own a DSLR really don’t know how to use it well, but there’s a new tool that might make it easier. I spent a good half-hour toying around with it.