An Apology, and a Morning Rant
I regret the short and limited-stories WC today… been having a heck of a time fighting with the WiFi all morning, frequently even having to tether via tablet and/or phone. And this hotel claims to “cater to business travelers” as a “Premier” property and wants two hundred frickin’ bucks a night (admittedly, I’m just over half that on a client’s Corporate Rate code) with Internet access that’s like “how can we screw you over today?” *rolls eyes* In light of this, I figured it best to get what I could up while I could before I have to pick up the phone and fight with the douchemonkey IT butt-nugget again…
This Week In History
- Sunday, 9/11: Hudson discovers Manhattan, 1609; Hamilton named first Secretary of the Treasury, 1789; Battle of Plattsburgh, 1814; Allies reach German soil at Aachen, 1944
- Monday, 9/12: Battle of Chapultepec, 1847; Lascaux cave paintings found, 1940; Battle of Edson’s Ridge on Guadalanal, 1942; “Bonanza” introduces scheduled color TV, 1959
- Tuesday, 9/13: Scott takes Mexico City, 1847; Goodwin patents celluloid photo-film, 1898; IBM 305 RAMAC introduces disk data-storage, 1956
- Wednesday, 9/14: Key writes “The Star-Spangled Banner,” 1814; Battle of South Mountain, 1862; McKinley assassinated, 1901; Elizabeth Ann Seton canonized as first American saint, 1975
- Thursday, 9/15: Battle of Pelelieu begins, 1944; Inchon landing, 1950; Smithsonian restores and re-fires C&A “John Bull” to become world’s oldest operable steam locomotive, 1981
- Friday, 9/16: Siege of Savannah, 1779; Cornell Daily Sun, oldest independent college paper, debuts, 1880; American Legion incorporated, 1919
- Saturday, 9/17: Constitution signed, 1787; Battle of Antietam, 1862; Allied paratroops invade Occupied Netherlands, 1944; Space Shuttle unveiled, 1976
Today’s Birthdays: Archpriestess of evil Margaret Sanger, 1879; actor Walter Koenig, 1936 (S dnjom razhdenija, Mr. Chekov!); disbarred ambulance-chaser Mike Nifong, 1950; chef/author Katie Lee, 1981
Holidays Around the World: Here in the States it’s Eat A Hoagie Day (if you can still find someplace that makes ’em, as opposed to mere subs). Ukraine celebrates Mobilized Servicemen Day, Romania has Engineers’ Day and Nepal Children’s Day, and Nicaragua observes San Jacinto Day.
This Week In History is compiled with assistance from History.com and Wikipedia. Something interesting not listed here? Please share in the Comments section–this is an Audience Participation Encouraged featurette.
Gratuitous Gun Giveaways
- *American Handgunner magazine, for a Sig-Sauer P320RX pistol or SIG716 DMR G2 precision rifle package, a Heritage Rough Rider revolver or HK VP40 pistol: http://americanhandgunner.com/giveaway/
- *Guns Magazine, for a Ruger Hawkeye FTW bolt-action rifle and scope package, a Rock Island Armory .22TCM 1911 pistol package or EAA polymer 1911 .45 package: http://gunsmagazine.com/giveaway/
- Davidson’s Gallery of Guns, for a Remington 700VTR bolt-action rifle or 200th Anniversary Commemorative 870 shotgun: https://ggg.galleryofguns.com/
- GrabAGun, for an HK VP9 pistol: http://grabagun.com/giveaway
*Note: FMG Publishing giveaways require you to provide an FFL dealer’s info at entry.
Quote of the Day
In re today’s media…
Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.–Adlai Stevenson
As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. I hope you folks can handle picking up the slack I’ve been forced to leave today, and that you found something interesting in my meager contribution.