Happy Thanksgiving

I am taking this moment to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. My family typically does not do the Thanksgiving Dinner thing. As my children got older and my own family moved farther and farther away, I decided not to deal with the stress of it all. I decided that the real deal, the real reason I liked Thanksgiving…

CNN and Fox Epic Fail and Why I Hate the Media

Yesterdays United States Supreme Court ruling on the Healthcare Act in particular the individual mandate (is it a penalty, nope it is a tax, who’d of thunk)cause a flurry of media activity. All the major cable news networks gathered their panels, had their people on scene so they could be first in bringing you the news, had their “experts” ,all…

National Flag Day

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of United States. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day and in August 1949, an Act of Congress established National Flag Day.       National Flag Day is not an official Federal holiday, although I think it should be. It is left…

National Memo Day

In case you did not get the memo, today is National Memo Day. So sit up and take note.  Today is the day we celebrate that most auspicious of communications, the memorandum. When I think of memos , think of the interoffice memo, usually stuffed into a large manila office plainly marked in bold letters as such. You needed to…

The Golden Spike

The date was May 9, 1869, four years after the end of the civil war. The time was 2:47 PM. The place was promontory Summit, Utah.  Two trains faced each other a railroad tie apart.  A large crowd had gathered. Railroad Financier and California Governor Leland Stanford using a silver hammer drove a golden spike into the final tie with…