Comic by Jamie Smith
Monthly Archives: November 2013
“It’s a helicopter, and it’s coming this way. It’s flying something behind it, I can’t quite make it out, it’s a large banner and it says, uh – Happy… Thaaaaanksss… giving! … From … W … K … R… P!! No parachutes yet. Can’t be skydivers… I can’t tell just yet what they are, but – Oh my God, Johnny, they’re turkeys!! Johnny, can you get this? Oh, they’re plunging to the earth right in front of our eyes! One just went through the windshield of a parked car! Oh, the humanity! The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement! Not since the Hindenburg tragedy has there been anything like this!”
What 70mph wind gusts can do to snow.
For the doubters out there, the Rover Hut held up great, although the wind beating against the door all night, unzipped all the zippers.
The longest running rivalry in NCAA Division 1 football continues today when the Wisconsin Badgers play the Minnesota Golden Gophers. This is the 123rd meeting between the two schools, who first played each other in 1890.
The Badgers come in heavily favored, and rightfully so, they have one of the top B1G teams, but the Gophers have their best team in probably 10 years and there is excitement once again in Minnesota. Plus, it’s rivalry time, and any time these teams play the blood gets pumping. It should be kind of cool out in the stands, with highs in the upper teens, so hopefully it’ll be a hard fought, close contest to keep everyone warm.
It’s the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe in Minneapolis.
It’s Border Battle time as the Wisconsin Badgers get ready to cross The River to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday at TCF Stadium.
Here’s a photo of a game between the two schools from 1900. Minnesota won that game 6-5, which is a score you just don’t see often enough in football.
Photo courtesy of Golden Gopher Football
I awoke this morning to see the thermometer reading -40degs for the first time this season.
For some odd reason, I just don’t feel like celebrating.
On 19 November 1963, former President Dwight Eisenhower addressed a crowd at the Gettysburg Battlefield on the 100th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
Eisenhower’s words were mostly forgotten after the tragic events that would occur three days later in Dallas.
“We mark today the centennial of an immortal address. We stand where Abraham Lincoln stood as, a century ago, he gave to the world words as moving in their solemn cadence as they are timeless in their meaning. Little wonder it is that, as here we sense his deep dedication to freedom, our own dedication takes added strength.
Lincoln had faith that the ancient drums of Gettysburg, throbbing mutual defiance from the battle lines of the blue and the gray, would one day beat in unison, to summon a people, happily united in peace, to fulfill, generation by generation, a noble destiny. His faith has been justified – but the unfinished work of which he spoke in 1863 is still unfinished; because of human frailty, it always will be.
Where we see the serenity with which time has invested this hallowed ground, Lincoln saw the scarred earth and felt the press of personal grief. Yet he lifted his eyes to the future, the future that is our present. He foresaw a new birth of freedom, a freedom and equality for all which, under God, would restore the purpose and meaning of America, defining a goal that challenges each of us to attain his full stature of citizenship.
We read Lincoln’s sentiments, we ponder his words – the beauty of the sentiments he expressed enthralls us; the majesty of his words holds us spellbound – but we have not paid to his message its just tribute until we – ourselves – live it. For well he knew that to live for country is a duty, as demanding as is the readiness to die for it. So long as this truth remains our guiding light, self-government in this nation will never die.
True to democracy’s basic principle that all are created equal and endowed by the Creator with priceless human rights, the good citizen now, as always before, is called upon to defend the rights of others as he does his own; to subordinate self to the country’s good; to refuse to take the easy way today that may invite national disaster tomorrow; to accept the truth that the work still to be done awaits his doing.
On this day of commemoration, Lincoln still asks of each of us, as clearly as he did of those who heard his words a century ago, to give that increased devotion to the cause for which soldiers in all our wars have given the last full measure of devotion. Our answer, the only worthy one we can render to the memory of the great emancipator, is ever to defend, protect and pass on unblemished, to coming generations the heritage – the trust – that Abraham Lincoln, and all the ghostly legions of patriots of the past, with unflinching faith in their God, have bequeathed to us – a nation free, with liberty, dignity, and justice for all.”
—President Dwight D. Eisenhower