The Gettysburg Address

Submitted by Roanman on Sun, 11/19/2017 - 06:57

On November 19, 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, President Abraham Lincoln delivered arguably the most memorable speech in American history.

During the the single most brutal three days in American history, nearly one-third of the total forces engaged at Gettysburg became casualties, as more than 45,000 men were killed, injured, captured or went missing.

George Gordon Meade’s Army of the Potomac lost 28 percent of their men.

Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia lost over over 37 percent.

Of these casualties, 7,058 were fatalities (3,155 Union, 3,903 Confederate). Another 33,264 had been wounded (14,529 Union, 18,735 Confederate) and 10,790 were missing (5,365 Union, 5,425 Confederate).

Charged by Pennsylvania’s governor, Andrew Curtin, to care for the Gettysburg dead, attorney David Wills bought 17 acres of pasture to turn into a cemetery for the more than 7,500 who fell in battle.

Wills invited Edward Everett, one of the most famous orators of the day, to deliver a speech at the cemetery’s dedication.

Wills also sent a letter to President Lincoln requesting “a few appropriate remarks” to consecrate the ground.

Nobody remembers a word of Edward Everett's two hour oration.

In just 272 words Abraham Lincoln established the standard against which every speech made since has and will be measured, likely until the end of our species.

Click on the photos for a trip to the life of Abraham Lincoln, or the Bttle of Gettysburg at the Civil War Trust, as the case may be.

 

The Gettysburg Address

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. 

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. 

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

On this Day In History, Richard Nixon Resigned From The Presidency

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 08/08/2017 - 09:33

 

 I know this to be the case because I happened to have tickets for Joni Mitchell that night at Pine Knob.

You can trust me on this one when I tell you that the crowd was ready.

 Under normal circumstances, I would have never gone out and bought myself a ticket to a Joni Mitchell show but ..... there was this girl .....

 Anyway, I was completely unprepared for a band that rocked as hard as Tom Scott and the LA Express.

To this day, Court and Spark remains one of my all time favorite records.

Do what you want, but my best advice to you would be ..... crank it.

Apologies for the crap resolution, the great version of this performance has disappeared from the internet.

He bought a 57 Biscaine, he put it in a ditch.

Drank up all the rest that sonofabitch.

Rest in Peace, John Warren Geils Jr.

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 07:45

 

They may have come out of Boston, but if you're a Detroiter of a certain age, you know for a fact that The J. Geils Band is ours.

I don't even know how many times I saw this band, for a while there it seemed like they were in town nearly every week.

Here is J. Geils on guitar, Seth Justman on organ and piano, Stephen Jo Bladd pounding the drums, Danny Klein on bass, the always magnificent Wooba Gooba With The Green Teeth, Peter Wolf on vocals and the great Magic Dick on his lickin' stick.

One of the surest things in the history of Rock and Roll, this is J. Geils live and at the height of their powers in 1977.

 Whammer Jammer.

"Let me hear ya Dickie."

 

 

Yeah, Yeah, I know ..... Whammer Jammer was Magic Dick's moment. But J. Geils always seemed perfectly happy in the background gluing the whole thing together.

At least that's how I remember him.

 

On this Day in History, Garry Kasparov Loses at Chess to a Computer.

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 02/10/2017 - 07:31

 

On February 10, 1996 World Champion chess player Garry Kasparov lost the first of a 6 match series to "Big Blue" a computer built by IBM that was reputed to have the ability to analyze 2,000,000 moves per second.

This victory was the first ever for a computer under international chess rules for match play which requires 40 moves in the first two hours, 20 moves over the course of the next two hours and one last hour to complete the match.

Cheer up humans, Kasparov, who is widely considered the greatest player in the history of the game, ended up winning the series with three wins, two draws and the one loss in the first match.

Abandon all hope humans, Big Blue won the 1997 rematch.

Click on the photo above for an interesting ... at least to me ... Time Magazine story on the move that got inot Kasparov's head.

Click on this little gear right here for a move by move accounting of the entire series.

As an aside, who the hell sets up an even game series?

Just sayin'.

Garry Kasparov would retire from professional chess in 2005 and pursue a career as a professional critic of Vladimir Putin. So much so that the fact that Kasparov is still alive is evidence to Iowa Republican Congressional Representative, Steve King that Vladimir Putin does indeed allow dissent.

On this day in 1886, the first groundhog day was observed.

Submitted by Roanman on Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:45

 

But not really.

Groundhog Day is a driect descendent of Candlemas Day.

    The celebration began in America with the descendents of German immagrants in central and southern Pennsylvania during the 18th century. It's origins are ancient and the date, Feb 2 is the seasonal turning point of the Celtic calender.

The official celebration began on February 2, 1866 when Clymer Freas, editor of the Punxutawney Spirit published the following comment, "Today is groundhog day and up to the time of going to press the beast has not seen it's shadow."

The ground hog was subsequently named Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary.

In his first recorded appearance, no shadow ..... early Spring.

From England:

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.

From Scotland:

If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
There'll be two winters in the year.

From Germany:

For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day,
So far will the snow swirl until May.
For as the snow blows on Candlemas Day,
So far will the sun shine before May.

He looks a little crabby over there.

Otis Redding And The Bar Kays Are Lost In A Wisconsin Plane Crash

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 12/10/2016 - 08:31

On this day in history, December 10, 1967, Otis Redding and all but one member of the Bar Kays lost their lives when the plane they were travelling in crashed into Lake Monona just outside of Madison, Wisconsin.

Just three days earlier Redding had finally completed a six month project, writting and recording what would become his greatest hit and an American pop music staple, (Sitting On) The Dock Of The Bay.

This is Otis Redding backed by Booker T and The MG's, Booker T Jones on the organ, Steve Cropper on his Tele, Duck Dunn holding down the bass position and Al Jackson Jr on the drums. With them are arguably the greatest horn section in the history of Soul if ot all of recorded music, The Memphis Horns which were for the most part, Wayne Jackson on trumpet and Andrew Love standing at about center stage on the saxaphone. I think that's Joe Arnold on the second sax.

From the "Legendary Stax-Volt Euaropean Tour of 1967".

Try a Little Tenderness

The Bar Kays were Redding's every day, road band and had scored a #3 hit record on Billboard's R&B Singles chart themselves with their 1967 instumental Soul Finger.

This is Jimmy King on the guitar, Ronnie Caldwell sporting a very nice perm, on the organ, Phalon Jones on the saxaphone and Carl Cunningham on the drums, all of whom lost their lives in Lake Monona. Ben Cauley on the trumpet was the only survivor of the crash. Bassist James Alexander enjoyed the glorious fortune of having to take a later flight.

The band was rebuilt by Cauley and Alexander and charted it's share of Disco and Funk hits on the R&B charts well into the 80s.

This is the Bar Kays.

Soul Finger

Formatting Drupal latest is kicking my ass.

To quote Dave Brubeck

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 11/22/2016 - 20:52

 

 

Known for writing in unconventional time signatures, the Dave Brubeck Quartet was/is widely regarded as the last and likely best of the "Cool Jazz" groups.

The cool style of play was forced upon Brubeck after a neck and spinal cord injury suffered in a diving, maybe surfing accident made it difficult for him to play the fast one note runs that were popular among jazz pianists of the day, forcing him into a slower style of play that featured more complex rhythms and harmonies along with chunkier revolving chords.

From their classic album Time Out, this is the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Dave Brubeck on Piano, his longtime partner Paul Desmond on the Alto Sax, Eugene Wright on the upright bass and Joe Morello on the drums performing their international hit in 5/4 time.

Take Five.

 

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