Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, December 7, 2016


  • 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.
  • ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ had a segment on FDR’s speech
    • 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.”
  • The ‘CBS Evening News’ had a cool segment on how the University of Arizona honors the USS Arizona
    • 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.
  • Men’s Health – How This 104-Year-Old Pearl Harbor Survivor Packed On 20 Pounds Of Muscle
  • 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.
  • Seeking advice:
    • 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.
    • Wired – Learn How To Use A DSLR Camera, With This Nifty Web Tool
  • Stuff about Arizona Iced Tea I didn’t know until yesterday
  • Gun-wielding Alabama Mannequin Challenge leads to 2 arrests; weapons and drugs seized
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7 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, December 7, 2016

  1. FDR says:

    DogGeeding – might be a torn ACL

  2. ALEC666 says:

    "A question for you auto mechanic types"-I'm not, that's why I drive a Toyota.
    I have often wondered why the Japanese are not as reviled as the Nazis, google Japanese war crimes and you will see what I'm talking about.
    Edward Everett went for broke….and no one knows who he is, or what the heck he said…

  3. kevin says:

    Regarding doggie Geeding: very likely torn ACL (as previously mentioned). It wont heal on its own but will become less troublesome. Play with him but don't push him. It can be repaired surgically but is very expensive with often an iffy outcome.
    Headlight: odd a LED would go out. First get in there and jiggle connections then unplug it and reconnect. If it doesn't work try a used one. It will be about half the cost and basically last forever (like the first one should have).

  4. John Mackovic says:

    – The US became a global superpower when it took down Spain in 1898, our military was in terrible shape in 1941 because the government cut the defense budget to the bone to pay for all of FDR's work programs.

    – I've got an '09 Traverse and it just has regular light bulbs, next time don't get one of them fancy-pants GMC models.

    – I love how today's date led you to research about the origins of Arizona Ice Tea, isn't the internet great?

  5. Nathan Hart says:

    "All sorts of people" surrounding the president in that picture. Funny, when I looked at it, I thought, There is only one sort of person surrounding him! Lots of white males. Times have …sorta… changed?

  6. BSG says:

    Dog- Torn ACL. My lab did it three years ago. Let the dog rest, they will learn to live with it and pain will go away. The lab runs and plays for hours. ACL repair super $ and doesn't always fix it.

    Light bulb- Rich white people problems…$100 bucks tops and your concerned? You live next to Doug Free who is a multi-millionaire, so we know you got the coin.

  7. Mr. Mike Honcho says:


    If you light is still blinking but it doing so rapidly on one side only, I don't believe its a light problem, its the Turn Signal Relay. It's a replaceable item on the fuse box (typically) that times the electrical pulses to make the car's blinkers blink. Cheap replacement that on a consumable item. Should save you some cash.

    Re: Vinyl vs. Downloads… I think that makes perfect sense. Along with the holiday season driving sales of vinyl, don't underestimate how big an impact Spotify and other subscription services have. Apple music, etc, these all won't count as paid downloaded albums. And from what I can tell, that is the biggest factor in the shift. (A shift that I think doesn't last. Vinyl's novelty will wear off on the millenials in a few years).

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