April-May 1944

Pacific Paratrooper

fter running for 4 concsecGen. Stilwell & Gen. Liao Yueh-shang, Cmdr of the 22nd Chinese Div. discuss plans. Gen. Stilwell & Gen. Liao Yueh-shang, Cmdr of the 22nd Chinese Div. discuss plans.

During the first week of April, Gen. Stilwell’s New China Army was preparing to attack Gen. Tanaka’s men, but Stilwell’s own supply base was being threatened.  Urgent pleas were sent to Chiang Kai-shek to send his Nationalist Army to eastern Burma for assistance – but Chiang failed to respond.

FDR was notified of this lack of support and the president sent a cable to Chiang:  “If they [Nationalist Army] are not to be used in the common cause, our most strenuous efforts to fly in equipment and furnish instructional personnel have not been justified.”

map of Burma map of Burma

This meant that Chiang’s Lend Lease was threatened and 10 days later, 72,000 Chinese troops marched to Burma.  Japan considered this action a break in their “silent” truce and the Imperial Staff ordered the…

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Defending Europe From An Invasion From The Sea

The Arts Mechanical

This post from War History showed up on my Facebook timeline.  It’s a small album of pictures of the Atlantik Wall built by Nazi Germany to stop an Allied invasion. The defense failed. The Atlantik Wall was a huge effort on the part of the Wehrmacht using some 600,000 workers.  Massive concrete bunkers and gun emplacements were built all up the Atlantic coast.


The Germans naturally concentrated their construction on what they thought were the main avenues of attack, the Pas de Calais peninsula and other major ports believing that the allies would prefer to attack and capture a port as soon as possible.  There was also the problem of Hitler’s pronouncements and requirements that cause an enormous effort in pouring concrete and building bunkers that were useless. Here are some links to more stuff about the Atlantik Wall.

Atlantic Wall I

Atlantic Wall II










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In a horrendous miscarriage of justice, the Supreme Court of the United States studied a criminal case from Utah, in which evidence was collected illegally by police officers to determine whether it was constitutional for police evidence collected unlawfully to be used in a court of law.

In a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that ” Evidence does not violate the Fourth Amendment because the evidence seized weakened the unlawful stop”

According to news one:

“Justice Sonia Sotomayor disagreed, and says stops like this are all too familiar for people of color. In her dissent, she uses James Baldwin‘s The Fire Next Time, W.E.B. Du Bois‘s The Souls of Black Folk, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me to support her argument.”

This decision will undoubtedly disproportionately affect the daily lives of ethnic minorities and their treatment by cops.


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Mytwosentences 149 (The Preston Tapley Chronicles)


(He just arrived. Inform PICKERING)

All of his adult life clothes had been a systematic repetition of perpetual insignificance, but his hair, that was a different story.

He carefully styled his hair, not so much like James Bond, more like James Dean, if James Dean spent a little extra time in front of the mirror making a possible perfect a true perfection.

(Continued from Mytwosentences 148)

(Photo: Edward Roads)
Written by Edward Roads

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What We Mean When We Talk About the ‘Death’ of Flagship Beers

This Is Why I'm Drunk


Not once, but twice last week I read about a presumptive sweeping movement in the beer industry: the death of the flagship brand.

First, it was Chelsie over at Stouts and Stilettos, followed by Derek at Bear Flavored. Two different takes and perspectives on the cultural rejection of the notion that breweries, as a business, might have One Beer to Rule Them All.

Is there truth to this? Maybe a little, but no more than what we could glean from when Andy Crouch wrote about this same topic in 2012 :

So in the end of an era for some pioneer brands, where consumers appear ready to fully embrace their long-developing beer brand promiscuity, the first era of the flagship is over. The ultimate result of the evolving craft beer consumer’s fickle palate is the end of relations with these former beaus, only to be replaced with a…

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Dave Douglas Golden Heart Quartet “The Music of Don Cherry” – Jazz in Marciac 2007

Jazz You Too

Warm clear music to fit the day – no clouds, hot breeze, right before morning city walk – love the whole package!

Dave Douglas – trumpet
J. D. Allen – tenor sax
Cameron Brown – bass
Andrew Cyrille – drums

Track list:
1. Awake Nu (Donald Eugen Cherry)
2. Art Deco (Donald Eugen Cherry)
3. Unite (Donald Eugen Cherry)
4. Living Streams (Dave Douglas)
5. Mopti (Donald Eugen Cherry)
6. Elephantasy (Donald Eugen Cherry)

Dave Douglas High Risk

Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas: 36th Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival

Dave Douglas Quintet: Donosti Jazz Festival

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My Diary: Making Promises Inside A Tree Many Feet Above The Ground

Gerald's Rather Strange Diary

June got up songbird early to hang the washing on the line‭ ‬-‭ ‬in the distance another lady was doing likewise with what looked like centurions from a Marian legion of the Late Republic.‭ ‬I looked up to write an invisible poem which started with an angel in sunlight and ended with an eagle of the heart escaping‭ ‬-‭ ‬I vowed to never leave cage door open again and then resurrected my alternative self:‭ ‬he/I danced an aboriginal ceremonial dance to the passing of a friend.‭ ‬That evening I stood outside a deserted house and pretended I could see conversation uttered decades before rise like smoke.‭ ‬On the walk home I lit up a pen and circled sad thoughts floating above a row of laughing heads that I had strung like beads around a multistorey neck‭ ‬-‭ ‬June got the clothes off the line‭ (‬they were dry‭)‬.

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Grumpy Railroad

Last weekend on our way to Lake Shasta,  we made a slight detour and ended up at my favorite museum!  I know I am a train geek, I cannot help it!   If you are one of the few that hasn’t been here you really do need to stop and visit. It is in Old Town Sacramento with is a gem in itself.

There are a number of permanent displays,  but the cool thing is the trains in the roundhouse change often,  you never know what you might see.    Also upstairs on this trip,  they had a huge display of photographs!   That was fun and different.    Below are a few of my favorite pics from this trip.   DSC_6051DSC_6060DSC_6073DSC_6108DSC_6141DSC_6134-EditDSC_6142-EditDSC_6145-Edit

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Watch “Vintage 1954 Hotpoint Appliances ~ Animated Ozzie, Harriet, David & Ricky Nelson” on YouTube

Miss Back In The Day USA (An AmericaOnCoffee Blog)


Formation in California
Hotpoint was founded in 1911. The name of the company comes from the hot point of the revolutionary first electric iron of 1905, invented by the American (Wisconsin) Earl Richardson (1871–1934) having formed his Pacific Electric Heating Company in Ontario, California, in 1906.[1][2] It was known as the Hotpoint iron, with its hottest point at the front and not the center. In 1912 the company began making electric irons, and electric cookers in 1919 in the USA. Earl Richardson also invented the first iron that switched off automatically when a maximum temperature was reached.

Hotpoint sign in Great Barrington, MA
It is claimed to have developed one of the earliest electric toasters in 1908, known as the El Tosto, and later, under GE, the Hotpoint brand name became one of the most popular brands of toaster in the USA in the 1920s and 1930s. Richardson founded…

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