The Kunnel's Korner Saturday Dispatch
Shakespeare's Seasons
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Sometime too hot the eye
of heaven shines,

And often is his gold
comlexion dimmm'd

And every fair from fair
sometime declines,

By chance of nature's
changing course untrimm'd.
-- Sonnet 18
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Moon Probe
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Who was first to reach the Moon?
The first vertebrate creatures to circle the Moon were a pair of Russion steppe tortoises.
Along with mealworms, wine flies, seeds, and bacteria,
they were part of a biological payload in the Zond 5 spacecraft
launched by the Soviet Union on September 15, 1968.
There will be a Full Buck Moon, July 27, 2018
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God's Word is an immovable anchor in times of storm!
Try it; You'll like it!
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"I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows, * * * * * * * * * * * * * Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows * * * * * * * * * * * * * Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, * * * * * * * * * * * * * With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine." * * * * * * * * * * * * * -- William Shakespeare A Midsummer-Night's Dream, [1595-1596]. * * * * * * * * * * * * *
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The Events of July 2018


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Independence Day - July 4, 2018

    This legal holiday in the United States and its territories commemorates adoption by the Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.
    (Historical Note: This independence movement of our founding fathers has lasted this long in spite of the claims of other political frameworks claiming to be superior to ours. (Not to put too fine a point on it but liberal, socialist, communist and others governments not of the people, for the people, and by the people.}
    Ronald Reagan's July 4th Message:
    During his presidency Ronald Reagan wrote a moving article celebrating the holiday.
    Reagan wrote that the founding fathers "...sired a nation that grew from sea to shining sea. Five million farms, quiet villages, cities that never sleep, 3 million square miles of forest, field, mountain and desert, 227 million people with a pedigree that includes the bloodlines of all the world. In recent years, however, I've come to think of that day as more than just the birthday of a nation.
    "It also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history.
"Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government.
"Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.
"We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should."

SlideShow: Memorial Day, Pilsen, the Czech Republic


First U.S. fatality in the Korean War
July 5, 1950


    Headline: First U.S. fatality in the Korean War
    Near Sojong, South Korea, Private Kenneth Shadrick, a 19-year-old infantryman from Skin Fork, West Virginia, becomes the first American reported killed in the Korean War. Shadrick, a member of a bazooka squad, had just fired the weapon at a Soviet-made tank when he looked up to check his aim and was cut down by enemy machine-gun fire.
    Near the end of World War II, the “Big Three” Allied powers–the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain–agreed to divide Korea into two separate occupation zones and temporarily govern the nation. The country was split along the 38th parallel, with Soviet forces occupying the northern zone and Americans stationed in the south. By 1949, separate Korean governments had been established, and both the United States and the USSR withdrew the majority of their troops from the Korean Peninsula. The 38th parallel was heavily fortified on both sides, but the South Koreans were unprepared for the hordes of North Korean troops and Soviet-made tanks that suddenly rolled across the border on June 25, 1950.
    Two days later, President Harry Truman announced that the United States would intervene in the Korean conflict to stem the spread of communism, and on June 28 the United Nations approved the use of force against communist North Korea. In the opening months of the war, the U.S.-led U.N. forces rapidly advanced against the North Koreans, but in October, Chinese communist troops entered the fray, throwing the Allies into a hasty retreat. By May 1951, the communists were pushed back to the 38th parallel, where the battle line remained for the rest of the war.
    In 1953, an armistice was signed, ending the war and reestablishing the 1945 division of Korea that still exists today. Approximately 150,000 troops from South Korea, the United States, and participating U.N. nations were killed in the Korean War, and as many as one million South Korean civilians perished. An estimated 800,000 communist soldiers were killed, and more than 200,000 North Korean civilians died.
    The original figure of American troops lost–54,246 killed–became controversial when the Pentagon acknowledged in 2000 that all U.S. troops killed around the world during the period of the Korean War were incorporated into that number. For example, any American soldier killed in a car accident anywhere in the world from June 1950 to July 1953 was considered a casualty of the Korean War. If these deaths are subtracted from the 54,246 total, leaving just the Americans who died (from whatever cause) in the Korean theater of operations, the total U.S. dead in the Korean War numbers 36,516.

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Wow! Friday the 13th falls on Friday this month!

(The Ol'Kunnel thanks the late Walt Kelly for this enduring reminder of the day.)

"It is bad luck to fall out a 13 story window on Friday."
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BASTILLE DAY - JULY 14, 2018
Place de la Bastille
Today this notorious square is surrounded by a busy traffic circle, which is not the best spot for contemplating its grim history. Originally the Bastille was a fortress built by Charles V to defend the eastern edge of Paris, but it soon became a jail for political prisoners. Angry citizens, rising up against the excesses of the monarchy, stormed the Bastille on 14 July 1789, setting off the French Revolution, and destroyed this hated symbol of oppression. IN its place is the bronze Colonne de Juillet [July Column] 71 feet high and crowned by the Angel of Liberty, which commemorates those who died in the revolutions of 1830 and 1848. Looming behind it is the Opera Bastille, the largest opera house in the world, which opened on the bicentennial of the Revolution in 1989.
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LUNAR ECLIPSE - JULY 27, 2018

    Lucky stargazers will see the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century; also known as a blood moon. The nearly two-hour total eclipse will be visible to people in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia, according to NASA.
    Blood moons are not unusual occurrences. Still, these dramatic celestial events have inspired both awe and alarm throughout the centuries, including among some fringe segments of American Christianity that take the appearance of blood moons to be a sign that the apocalypse is drawing nearer.

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COMMENTS/CRITICISMS FROM MY READERS
[Email Book Comment Carlos Castillo, Tue, Mar 28, 2017 11:28 am]
    “I think that you'll appreciate this one.”

The oldest computer can be traced back to Adam and Eve.
Surprise, surprise !!
It was an Apple.
But with extremely limited memory.
Just 1 byte.
Then everything crashed !!!!

Ihe late Frank Schober and I think it was the pencil with an eraser. Write with one end corrected errors with the other. grin

On March 30, 1858, Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patented a pencil equipped with a rubber eraser.

[Email Sent by Dan Utz to the New Hope Faith Community, July 14, 2017...
Hello everyone, and thank you for submitting your email address for use in connecting you to the assessment link which is about to be launched. We as your call committee thought it would be a good idea to run a test email and make sure we have interpreted the email addresses correctly. This way if we get any bounce backs we can correct the addresses prior to forwarding the assessment link.
Your participation in the assessment and the Pastoral call process is very important. We all want what is best for our church today, tomorrow, and into the future.
We will be using this email address to forward the assessment link so please make sure to add (dutz@embarqmail.com ) to your address book so we don't get dumped in your spam filter.
Thanks again for your support. We will keep you posted as this process moves forward.
In Christ's Abounding Love,
Your Call Committee
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Original Cast of
Saturday Night Live
interviewed by Tom Snyder
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Wizard of Oz
Wicked WItch of The West
and The Flying Monkeys!
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MEDAL OF HONOR
Congressional Medal of Honor
Edward "Eddie" Rickenbacker

    Edward Vernon Rickenbacker (October 8, 1890 – July 23, 1973) was an American fighter ace in World War I and Medal of Honor recipient. With 26 aerial victories, he was America's most successful fighter ace in the war. He was also considered to have received the most awards for valor by an American during the war. He was also a race car driver and automotive designer, a government consultant in military matters and a pioneer in air transportation, particularly as the long time head of Eastern Air Lines.
    Photo is of Rickenbacker wearing the Medal of Honor. (U.S. Army Air Force photo)
    Medal of Honor citation
    Rickenbacker's military awards, badges, and insignia on display at the San Diego Aerospace Museum Edward V. Rickenbacker, Colonel, specialist reserve, then first lieutenant, 94th Aero Squadron, Air Service, American Expeditionary Forces. For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy near Billy, France, September 25, 1918. While on a voluntary patrol over the lines Lt. Rickenbacker attacked seven enemy planes (five type Fokker protecting two type Halberstadt photographic planes). Disregarding the odds against him he dived on them and shot down one of the Fokkers out of control. He then attacked one of the Halberstadts and sent it down also.
    Medal of Honor citation, awarded November 6, 1930
Excerpts from Wikipedia, the free on-line encyclopedia
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Five Facts About:
the Seneca Falls Convention

July 19-20, 1898
  • The Seneca Falls Convention took place at Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, in a part of New York State known as "the burned-over district." Religious reform movements and revivals throughly swept the area, much like a wildfire consumes its fuel.
  • The convention was organized during a tea at the home of Jane Hunt in Waterloo, New York, and was attended by a small group of women that included Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. All were Quakers except for Stanton, who later called Seneca Falls the birthplace of the women's rights movement.
  • Only women were invited to the first day's session, men who came the first day were allowed entrance but not permitted to speak.
  • The Declaration of Sentiments presented at the convention was modeled on the Declaration of Independence, and included the phrase "All men and women are created equal." It called for equal education, equal treatment of women under the law, and the right to vote. A total of 68 women and 32 men signed the document. A local newspaper commented: "If our ladies will insist on voting and legislating, where, gentlemen, will be out dinners?"
  • The small table on which the Declaration of Sentiments was drafted is now in the Smithsonian Institution
Excepted from The Old Farmer's Almanac Engagement Calendar 2018
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Delta Is Ready When You Are!

    ...The announcement began with these words: "Delta emphasizes customer comfort."
    Who does that? Which airline even stops to think for a moment about such an archaic concept? Especially when it comes to Economy Class.
    American, United and so many others are far more concerned with shoving as many seats as possible into planes -- even reducing First Class legroom -- in order to make a few more dollars to pad their executives' shareholdings.
    Yet here was Delta suddenly thinking about, well, the people who give it their money? The announcement went on to describe how, in refurbishing its Boeing 777-200ER planes, the airline had decided not to do what its rivals do -- put 10 seats across in Economy Class.
    Instead, there'll be a mere nine. The result is that the seats will be wider. I said wider.
    The seats will be 18.5 inches wide. Yes, almost as wide as the bathrooms in American's Boeing 737 MAX planes -- and soon in many of its 737-800s.
...
Excerpted an MSN.com News: Delta Just Made a Huge Announcement That Puts Other Airlines to Shame , by Chris Matyszczyk, July 9, 2018
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Happy Birthday, Roald Amundsen on July 16,...

 
    In 1872, Roald Engelbregt Grauning Amundsen, Norwegian polar explorer; the first person to reach the South Pole. He served (1897-99) as first mate on the Belgica (under the Belgian Adrien de Gerlache ) in an expedition to the Antarctic, and he commanded the Gjöa in the Arctic in the first negotiation of the Northwest Passage (1903-6); the Gjöa was the first single ship to complete the route through the Northwest Passage. His account appeared in English as Amundsen's North West Passage (1908). He then purchased Fridtjof Nansen 's Fram and prepared to drift toward the North Pole and then finish the journey by sledge. The news that Robert E. Peary had anticipated him in reaching the North Pole caused Amundsen to consider going south. He was successful in reaching the South Pole on Dec. 14, 1911, after a dash by dog team and skis from the Bay of Whales (an inlet of Ross Sea). He arrived there just 35 days before Robert F. Scott. This story he told in The South Pole (tr. 1913). In the course of these expeditions, he added much valuable scientific and geological information to the knowledge of Antarctica. In 1918, back in the Arctic, Amundsen set out to negotiate the Northeast Passage in the Maud. After two winters he arrived at Nome, the first after N. A. E. Nordenskjöld to sail along the whole northern coast of Europe and Asia. Amundsen then turned to air exploration. He and Lincoln Ellsworth in 1925 failed to complete a flight across the North Pole, but the next year in the dirigible Norge, built and piloted by Umberto Nobile, they succeeded in flying over the pole and the hitherto unexplored regions of the Arctic Ocean N of Alaska. A bitter controversy followed with Nobile as to the credit for the success. Yet in 1928, when Nobile crashed in the Italia, Amundsen set out on a rescue attempt that cost him his life. Although credit for the first flight over the North Pole has long been given to Richard Byrd , notes from Byrd's diary suggest that he may not actually have reached the pole, in which case Amundsen and Nobile would hold that distinction. The story of the ventures with Ellsworth, written by the two of them, appear in Our Polar Flight (1925) and The First Crossing of the Polar Sea (1927).
 
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  1. Aircraft Of the Month.

Music
  1. The Godfather Theme: Speak Softly Love
  2. Onward! Christian Soldiers

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  1. The Holy Bible [NKJV].
  2. The Book of General Ignorance.
  3. LILA.
  4. Daily devotional "My Upmost for His Highest" by Oswald Chambers...

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  1. Tribute to WWII Veterans

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