June 9, 2012 archive

Good Morning From NN12

Well, we warned you posting would light.

h/t John Aravosis @ AMERICAblog who is not here but Chris in Paris and Gaius Publius are.

On This Day In History June 9

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

This is your morning Open Thread. Pour your favorite beverage and review the past and comment on the future.

Find the past “On This Day in History” here.

June 9 is the 160th day of the year (161st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 205 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this day in 1973, Secretariat wins Triple Crown

With a spectacular victory at the Belmont Stakes, Secretariat becomes the first horse since Citation in 1948 to win America’s coveted Triple Crown–the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes. In one of the finest performances in racing history, Secretariat, ridden by Ron Turcotte, completed the 1.5-mile race in 2 minutes and 24 seconds, a dirt-track record for that distance.

With easy victories in his first two starts of 1973, Secretariat seemed on his way to the Triple Crown. Just two weeks before the Kentucky Derby, however, he stumbled at the Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct, coming in third behind Angle Light and Sham. On May 5, he met Sham and Angle Light again at the Churchill Downs track in Louisville for the Kentucky Derby. Secretariat, a 3-to-2 favorite, broke from near the back of the pack to win the 2 1/4-mile race in a record 1 minute and 59 seconds. He was the first to run the Derby in less than two minutes and his record still stands. Two weeks later, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, Secretariat won the second event of the Triple Crown: the Preakness Stakes. The official clock malfunctioned, but hand-recorded timers had him running the 1 1/16-mile race in record time.

On June 9, 1973, almost 100,000 people came to Belmont Park near New York City to see if “Big Red” would become the first horse in 25 years to win the Triple Crown. Secretariat gave the finest performance of his career in the Belmont Stakes, completing the 1.5-mile race in a record 2 minutes and 24 seconds, knocking nearly three seconds off the track record set by Gallant Man in 1957. He also won by a record 31 lengths. Ron Turcotte, who jockeyed Secretariat in all but three of his races, claimed that at Belmont he lost control of Secretariat and that the horse sprinted into history on his own accord.

Late Night Karaoke

Popular Culture (Music) 20120608: Still More Moodies – Seventh Sojourn

Last time whe discussed Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, and this time we shall discuss Seventh Sojourn, which is the last of what I term the “canonical” Moody Blues albums.  I say this because there were some major changes after the record which we discuss, and their sound was never quite the same.

Many people consider this to be their finest record, and I do not intend to argue with them.  Although my personal favorite is still In Search of the Lost Chord, Seventh Sojourn is certainly a wonderful work.  I have an hypothesis about what that is so, and shall share it with you in a bit.

Once again Tony Clarke produced the record and Phil Travers provided the cover art.  It was a gatefold album, in accordance with the deal that Threshold Records had with Decca because of the expense of the cover format.  I also have an hypothesis about why they insisted on that format.

Facepalm Day

Zombie bullets in demand?


Is Facebook the next myspace?  An entity on the downward curve of product life cycles.  Who knew ahead of time about this.  Questions pondered NOT by lamestream media.


Why not just have the naked robots be the soldiers just like the automated drones with the advanced AI intelligence capacity “we” don’t want to reveal yet?  I don’t know, did I say that right.


Oh, I am currently building parts for those laser targeting devices we are going to ship to Israel so that would probably put Iran sometime just AFTER the Bilderberg selection media circus event.

If you might be considering any sort of refinance deal to take advantage of the “lower rates” I can not recommend more highly the refresher courses entitled Today’s Sith Lord banking finance policies and or the new book Financial Colonoscopy, Two Root Canals Plus a life long IRS Audit Combined.

Otherwise the horses are fine although a bit wet.   The grandkids are fine.  I am awaiting termination from my temp job because I daily flag a posting for the job I have right now as spam/discrimination/fraud/pick a category.  Of course Monster don’t respond.  Why?  Because the 30 something ditz in HR can’t “bring me onboard” if I don’t like (re-entering junior high school) it here.  You got nine temp companies on speed dial just to avoid paying benefits so an ice cream social does not make up for that one.  No I didn’t say it because being 57, a former regarded expert at a much larger and far more globalistically oriented company in a directly related field, I made the error of thinking perhaps this meager Hr ditz might be interested in what I had to say about this particular companies obvious shortcomings.  My mistake.  People polish their own turds.  You know it’s their turd and thus it simply can not, does not and will never ever stink.

It made sense to me now why this recent MBA linkedin HR professional left a decent drug company for a has been third rate washed up defense contracting company.

I also like this commencement speech given at a local yuppie Mass town I know not well but has been the brunt of political posturings of late.  An English teacher advises students that you are not special.  How blatantly true.


A last thought and an addition.  While in Germany I did have the opportunity to witness real Russian soldiers dusting snow off their war memorial.  I happened to be with an American soldier at the time so I did pick up on his tension at this sight.  Moments like this started my new worldview about bankers socially engineering both of the isms my Dad spent fighting.

Transgender woman seeks to re-enlist

Specialist John Ackley served in the 34th Infantry Division (the Red Bulls) in Iraq in 2009.  Ackley recently inquired about re-enlistment in the National Guard.  The Guard was all happy about it until they discovered Ackley has legally changed her name to Ashley and has transitioned to a woman.

A history of, or current manifestations of…transsexual, gender identity disorder to include major abnormalities or defects of genitalia such as change of sex or a current attempt to change sex…or dysfunctional residuals from surgical correction of these conditions render an individual administratively unfit.

–Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, Spokesman for the Minnesota National Guard

That response is far different than the response Ackley got from her superiors when she told them at the end of her tour of service that she was wanting to begin transition.

I figured there would be boards and I would have to talk to people all the way up the chain of command.

But no, they were fine with it.