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|Part of Operation Overlord, Battle of Normandy|
On this day, 78 years ago:
The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, were the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy, in Operation Overlord, during World War II. The landings commenced on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (D-Day), beginning at 6:30 am British Double Summer Time (GMT+2). In planning, D-Day was the term used for the day of actual landing, which was dependent on final approval.
The landings were conducted in two phases: an airborne assault landing of 24,000 British, American, Canadian and Free French airborne troops shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armoured divisions on the coast of France starting at 6:30 am. There were also decoy operations under the codenames Operation Glimmer and Operation Taxable to distract the German forces from the real landing areas.
(And to this day, Pat Buchanan would have rather have seen the landing located somewhere in Siberia!)
Sunrise: 5:12 AM (CDT)
Sunset: 9:01 PM (CDT)
Weather: Thunderstorms, cold, sunny, hot (What can I say, up here anything can happen!)
Squirrels: Kind of happy today, busy, finding nuts, crawling by my window looking for handouts; kind of like Congressmen.
I was watching this vision of a nekked lady crossing the Sun and then I realized that I had hit the wrong tab.
You see, I almost never download.
IN OLDEN TIMES
In Puritan times, to be born on a Sunday was interpreted as a sign of great sin. Puritans believed that children born on the Sabbath Day were conceived on this sacred day. Sexual intercourse on Sundays was a sacrilege in this austere society. As a result, Benjamin Franklin's birth on Sunday, January 6, 1706, had the potential to cause the young Franklin ignominious shame for life. To remove suspicion and eschew the scandal of having a "child of the Devil", Josiah, Benjamin's father, had Franklin quickly baptized on the same day of his birth.
STRANGE RITES OF PASSAGE
Shoe flinging or "shoefiti" is the practice of throwing shoes whose shoelaces have been tied together so that they hang from overhead wires such as power lines or telephone cables. The shoes are tied together by their laces, and the pair is then thrown at the wires as a sort of bolas. This practice plays a widespread, though mysterious, role in adolescent folklore in the United States. Shoe flinging has also been reported in many other countries.
YOUR RINE TESTS
Georgia businesses have complained recently that they have had trouble finding workers who can pass drug tests. But since February, when the Georgia Department of Labor started encouraging businesses to report job applicants with dirty urine, not a single one has done so.
"We have not received anything since we sent notification to employers and put the website up back in February," Brenda Brown, director of the department's unemployment insurance division, said in an interview. "That doesn't mean we're not going to get one."
Federal law does not allow states to require the unemployed to pass drug tests as a condition for receiving unemployment insurance, but it does allow states to deny benefits to workers who fail an employer's or potential employer's drug test. Failing a drug test can be interpreted as being unavailable for work, since many businesses require new hires to be clean.
(I have concluded that most employers are sick and tired of being pissed upon).
ZOMBIES (An awful lot of zombie stories today!)
In yet another horrifying incident of human flesh-eating this week, a student in Maryland allegedly admitted to devouring his roommate's brain and heart.
Kinyua's father called police late Tuesday night when Kinyua's brother reportedly found human remains -- a head and two hands -- in a metal tin in the basement. The brother and father left the room for a short time, but when they came back, the body parts had been moved and Kinyua was washing out the tin, the paper reported.
Officers searched the house and arrested Kinyua. The man allegedly confessed a shocking revelation: not only had he killed Agyei-Kodie by cutting him up with a knife and then dismembered him, he ingested parts of the victim's brain and all of his heart. He then allegedly dropped most of the remains in a Dumpster behind a church in Joppatowne.
CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms)," wrote agency spokesman David Daigle in an email to The Huffington Post.
Nevertheless, recent incidents in which humans reportedly ate human flesh have the Internet in a firestorm, with "zombie apocalypse" being Google's third most popular search term by Friday morning.
The zombie craze seemed to start with an attack in Miami on Saturday, when Rudy Eugene, 31, was killed by cops while in the process of eating almost the entirety of a homeless man's face off. The victim, Ronald Poppo, miraculously survived, but doctors are having a hard time figuring out how to put his face back together.
ZOM-BIE: n. also ZOM-BIES pl. 1. An animated corpse that feeds on living human flesh. 2. A voodoo spell that raises the dead. 3. A Voodoo snake god. 4. One who moves or acts in a daze "like a zombie." [a word of West African origin] - Max Brooks, "The Zombie Survival Guide"
Then, on Tuesday, 21-year-old Alexander Kinyua of Maryland allegedly admitted to dismembering his roommate and then eating his heart and brain.
Cops in Canada are also searching for a low-budget porn actor who allegedly killed a young man with an ice pick, dismembered the body and then raped and ate flesh from the corpse. Luka Rocco Magnotta is being hunted after he allegedly mailed some of the body parts to Ottawa. He's also accused of killing cats on video and posting the footage online.
Throwing your bowels at the cops!
When then-Vice President Cheney visited a Colorado mall in 2006, Secret Service agent Dan Doyle overheard Steven Howards say that he was "going to ask [the vice president] how many kids he's killed today." Howards then got in line to meet Cheney and, when he reached the vice president, told him that his "policies in Iraq are disgusting." As Cheney moved along, Howards touched him on the shoulder, prompting the supervising Secret Service agent, Gus Reichle, to accost and arrest Howards for assault.
After the charges were dismissed, Howards sued the agents, claiming they arrested him in retaliation for exercising his First Amendment right to criticize Cheney. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled in Howards' favor.
The Supreme Court unanimously reversed the appeals court on Monday. Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the court, rejected Howards' argument that the "general right to be free from retaliation for one's speech" put the Secret Service officers on notice that their behavior was unconstitutional, thereby opening them up to liability. The justices instead held that the Secret Service agents were entitled to immunity because no federal court had clearly established the "specific right to be free from a retaliatory arrest that is otherwise supported by probable cause."
(Just a note here from Poor Dick, I mean this Cheney guy scares the shite out of me more than the other Zombie who flings his innerts at the cops. But then again, that might just be me!)
QUOTES OF THE DAY
When did Republicans start supporting hate-crime legislation? (Repub Rep Justin Amash)
(My response: about 40 years ago!)
We are all Wisconsinites now! (Governor Walker)
(My response: GOD ALMIGHTY I HOPE NOT!)
Why the frick are we not at war with at least six more countries? (Senator McCain)
(My response: WHY NOT 60 COUNTRIES?)
Ray Bradbury died yesterday.
Andrea Mitchell noted today:
Ray Bradbury was the author of Fahrenheit 451 and the Martin Chronicles.
Thanks Andrea! You speak for some of us...those who have not read the Martin Chronicles
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(No reason for this song; I just like it!)