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The Great Storm of 1913

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 11/09/2013 - 18:02


One hundred years ago this weekend, the most destructive storm in their recorded history struck the Great Lakes.



Bodies along the beach south of Goderich, Ontario wearing Wexford life jackets. Photo: The Historical Collection of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University, as used in The Wexford: Elusive Shipwreck of the Great Storm, 1913; Paul Carroll.


Twelve ships went down with all hands, eight on Lake Huron as over 250 men were lost.

Waves reached thirty six feet as winds in excess of eighty miles and hour were recorded.

Sustained winds of over sixty miles per hour raged throughout the Great Lakes Region for over sixteen hours.

Click on the photo above for a nicely done story on this tragedy from The Detroit News.



The Great Storm 1913 from Andy Morrison on Vimeo.


Your government at work

Submitted by Roanman on Mon, 10/07/2013 - 07:03


This one has well over three million hits by now, so maybe you've seen it.

We post it as an example of the attitude and quality of service being provided to the American people by the Federal Government of the United States of America.

Which service by the way, the American people are paying top dollar for.



Neither rain, nor sleet, nor a real long sidewalk .......



Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 09/27/2013 - 18:49


Named after the application for unemployment benefits from the United Kingdom, UB40 went on to sell over 70 million records over their 30 plus year career, during which time they have filled major concert venues on every continent and nearly every country on this earth.

If ever there was a testament to the power of simple songs with simple parts and simple arrangements played perfectly night in and night out it is UB40.

Here is the incomparable Ali Campbell on vocals and hips.  Robin Campbell playing his upside down strung, Fender Strat, left handed. Astro doing whatever it is that Astro does.  James Brown is on the drum kit and Norman Hassan is playing percussion.  Earl Falconer is playing bass guitar and Mickey Virtue the keyboards.  The back line features Brian Travers on a Yamaha WX7 breath controller to a synth, along with Henry and Patrick Tenyue on Trombone and Trumpet respectively,


Where Did I Go Wrong.



And from the same show, because I couldn't make up my mind.

Come Out To Play.



To quote Winston Churchill over and over and over and .....

Submitted by Roanman on Sun, 09/15/2013 - 21:14


If you are going through hell, keep going.
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they’ve tried everything else.
A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.
Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
He is a modest little man with a good deal to be modest about.
The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
Do not criticize your government when out of the country.  Never cease to do so when at home.
Personally, I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
Some people’s idea of [free speech] is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
There is no such thing as public opinion.  There is only published opinion.
History is written by the victors.  History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
Study history, study history.  In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.
The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
We must beware of trying to build a society in which nobody counts for anything except a politician or an official, a society where enterprise gains no reward and thrift no privileges.
It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider the real vice is making losses.
You may try to destroy all the wealth and find that all you have done is increase poverty.
We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
Saving is a fine thing. Especially when your parents have done it for you.
I am an optimist.  It does not seem too much use being anything else.
The optimist sees the opportunity in every calamity.  The pessimist sees calamity in every opportunity.
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
When you get a thing the way you want it, leave it alone
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
We occasionally stumble over the truth but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.
A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
”Lady Astor, “Winston, if I was your wife I’d put poison in your coffee.”  “Nancy if I were your husband, I’d drink it.”
Old expressions are the best, and short ones even better.
The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.
To jaw-jaw- is always better than to war-war.
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.
The problems of victory are more agreeable than the problems of defeat, but they are no less difficult.
I hope I shall never see the day when the Force of Right is deprived of the Right of Force.
Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.
To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years.  To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.
The length of this document defends it well against the risk of it ever being read.
I like pigs.  Dogs look up to us.  Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.


75% of active American military personnel oppose military action in Syria

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 09/14/2013 - 07:35


A Military Times survey of more than 750 active-duty troops this week found service members oppose military action in Syria by a margin of about three to one.

“I haven’t heard one single person be supportive of it,” said an Army staff sergeant at Fort Hood who asked not to be identified by name.

Click on the pie chart over there to the right for a series of three charts summarizing the opinions of the men and women in America's armed forces concerning air strikes on Syria, whether President Obama's proposed military intervention in Syria is in America's national interest, and whether or not Congress should pass a resolution on military action against Syria.


Jerry Lee lewis

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 15:38


When it comes to Jerry Lee Lewis, ain't nothin' we could say here that hasn't already been said before ..... and then some.

So we'll spare you.

This vid is titled from 1964 which puts it near the recording of Jerry Lee's Live at the Star Club, Hamburg which is commonly acknowledged to stand among the greatest live records in the history of Rock and Roll.

This is Jerry Lee Lewis just beginning to move away from Rock and Roll and into Country music, performing the Hank Williams classic, You Win Again.



I've no real idea on the drummer or the rest of the band.

If forced to guess, I'm going with Dave Maine of/and the Nashville Teens.



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