Kunnel's Korner Gazette
Love, whose month is ever May
Spied a blossom passing fair
Playing in the wanton air.
--Love' Labors Lost
Save water in your yard and garden.
- Water plants in the early morning or in evening to
- Mulch plants with bark, grass clippings, and compost
generated on your property.
- Let your lawn grow a little longer than normal before
moving, it will establish deeper roots and require less
Info from The Old Farmer's Almanac, 2019
The Events of May 2019
May Day - May 1, 2019
The month of May is named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants.
National Day of Prayer - May 2, 2019
The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation".New Moon - May 4, 2019
The president is required by law (36 U.S.C. § 119) to sign a proclamation each year, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.
The modern law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952, although earlier days of fasting and prayer had been established by the Second Continental Congress from 1775 until 1783, and by President John Adams in 1798 and 1799.
Thomas Jefferson established a day of prayer and thanksgiving, but this occurred while he served as governor of Virginia.
The constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer was unsuccessfully challenged in court by the Freedom From Religion Foundation after their first attempt was unanimously dismissed by a federal appellate court in April 2011.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kentucky Derby Day - May 4, 2019
The Kentucky Derby The Kentucky Derby is a horse race held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds at a distance of one and a quarter miles (2 km) at Churchill Downs. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57 kilograms) and fillies 121 pounds (55 kilograms).
The race is known in the United States as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports" or "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate duration, and is also called "The Run for the Roses" for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. It is the first leg of the American Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes. Unlike the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, which took hiatuses in 1891–1893 and 1911–1912, respectively, the Kentucky Derby has been run every consecutive year since 1875. A horse must win all three races to win the Triple Crown. In the 2015 listing of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), the Kentucky Derby tied with the Whitney Handicap as the top Grade 1 race in the United States outside of the Breeders' Cup races.
The attendance at the Kentucky Derby ranks first in North Americand usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races including the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, and the Breeders' Cup.
The 2019 Kentucky Derby will be the 145th running, and is set for Saturday, May 4, 2019 with a $2 million guaranteed purse.
The Preakness Stakes is an American flat thoroughbred horse race held on the third Saturday in May each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a Grade I race run over a distance of 9.5 furlongs (1 3/16 miles (1,900 m)) on dirt. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57 kg); fillies 121 lb (55 kg). It is the second jewel of the Triple Crown, held two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks before the Belmont Stakes.
First run in 1873, the Preakness Stakes was named by a former Maryland governor after a winning colt at Pimlico. The race has been termed "The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans" because a blanket of yellow flowers altered to resemble Maryland's state flower is placed around the winner's neck. Attendance at the Preakness Stakes ranks second in North America among equestrian events, only surpassed by the Kentucky Derby.
The running of the Preakness Stakes will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Kentucky Derby race for this year's Run for the Roses.[GO!]
Cinco de Mayo - May 5, 2019
In 1861, Mexico was an independent but highly fragile country unable to pay its creditor nations, with the largest of its debts owed to France. The French, encouraged by the pope, seized upon the situation as an opportunity to expand their colonial empire and to install Maximilian von Habsburg as the emperor of Mexico. The French first took the Mexican port of Veracruz as collateral, then began a march of conquest. It was a victorious invasion with only one defeat along the way, when on May 5, 1862, soldiers of the elite French Foreign Legion succumbed to Mexican troops in the small town of Puebla. This Mexican victory, though futile, is still celebrated as Cinco de Mayo: Ole!
NEW ORLEANS DAY - May 7, 2019
Information on the City and Its History [GO!]
First Quarter Moon - May 11, 2019
Mother's Day - May 12
Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father's Day, Siblings Day, and Grandparents Day.
In the United States, celebration of Mother's Day began in the early 20th century. It is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a commemoration of Mother Church, not motherhood). However, in some countries, Mother's Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Day of Prayer and Fssting - May 17, 2019
General George Washington Proclaims a Day of Prayer and Fasting - May 17, 1776
In May of 1776 fighting was already intense between British and American forces. Washington's men were vastly outnumbered, poorly trained, and facing off against the most powerful military known to man. General Washington knew that if God's hand of protection was not on his men, defeat was a near certainty. Because of this, he issued orders for his troops to fast and pray, beseeching God's blessing.
"And call upon me in the day of trouble:
I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me." -- Psalm 50:15 [KJV]
Full Flower Moon - May 18, 2019
Armed Forces Day - May 18
In the United States, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. It falls near the end of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May (the fourth if the month begins on a Sunday, as in 2016).
First observed on 20 May 1850, the day was created on 31 August 1949, to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches – the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard – following the consolidation of the military services in the U.S. Department of Defense. It was intended to replace the separate Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Days, but the separate days are still observed, especially within the respective services.
Preakness Stakes - May 18
The 144th running of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the American Triple Crown. It is a Grade I stakes race with a purse of $1.5 million for three-year-old Thoroughbreds at a distance of 1 ³/16 miles. It will be held on May 18, 2019, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland and will be broadcast on NBC from 5:00pm to 7:15pm EST with coverage of the undercard on NBCSN starting at 2:30 pm.
Victoria Day - Canada - May 20, 2019
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Victoria Day (French: Fête de la Reine, [lit. "Celebration of the Queen"]) is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday preceding May 25, in honour of Queen Victoria's birthday. As such, it is the Monday between the 18th to the 24th inclusive, and thus is always the penultimate Monday of May. The date is simultaneously that on which the current Canadian sovereign's official birthday is recognized. It is sometimes informally considered the beginning of the summer season in Canada.
The holiday has been observed in Canada since at least 1845, originally falling on Victoria's actual birthday (May 24, 1819). It continues to be celebrated in various fashions across the country; the holiday has always been a distinctly Canadian observance.
Victoria Day is a federal statutory holiday, as well as a holiday in six of Canada's ten provinces and all three of its territories. In Quebec, before 2003, the Monday preceding 25 May of each year was unofficially the Fête de Dollard, a commemoration of Adam Dollard des Ormeaux initiated in the 1920s to coincide with Victoria Day. In 2003, provincial legislation officially created National Patriots' Day on the same date.
Last Quarter Moon - May 26, 2019
Memorial Day, observed
May 27, 2019
COMMENTS/CRITICISMS FROM MY READERS
[Guest Book entry: Keshi 04/13]
Hey Bob thanks for all those pretty cards. I have been working on teaching a citizen in aw how to run a world although once it is purchased i will be hosting both the path and the world for next 2 years minimum . Why am i telling you this. I made the road textures for your world currently it is only place they are. I would like to know if you mind if i use in the project worl i told you about. This Citizen is a returning aw cit who started here back 20 yrs ago and loves your roads. He is from Brazil. The project world will focus on a place for mobility challenged people of all ages to came and enjoy or even learn to build and just enjoy aw and the free feeling it generates. However , if you wish me not to use the road set I will not us eit as it is in your world. Thanks for being a friend and let me know. Hugs Angela
Thank you, dear Lady, for your kind kudoes and support...
Bob...aka the Old Kunnel....
[Guest Book entry: Paul Shattuck, Thu, May 03, 2018 4:45 pm]
Too bad the F101 had such unpredictable querks. It had some great qualities. One crashed at my permanent duty station at Lockbourne AFB in Columbus, Ohio in 1964.
I have dug up an old Hanger 18 page of the VooDoo and made it the Aircrfaft Of the Month for the merry month of May. Future comments received will shurely be added when received. I's rather be flying....
BTW, be sure to check out the YouTube video in the Aircraft Section of the Newsletter....
VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY - May 8, 1945
Video: The Blue Danube Waltz [Piano]
MEDAL OF HONOR
Congressional Medal of Honor
John James Powers
Video: Will The Donald Trump?
John James Powers was born in New York City. He was appointed to the United States Naval Academy from New York and graduated an Ensign in 1935.
For sea duty, he reported to USS West Virginia and transferred two years later to USS Augusta. In June 1938, Powers was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade. Remaining at sea, he served on board USS Utah. After completion of flight training at Naval Air Station, Pensacola in January 1941, he was designated a Naval Aviator.
He was assigned January 21, 1941, to Bombing Squadron 5 (flying the SBD Dauntless), attached to the USS Yorktown. As the fleet moved to prevent further Japanese expansion in the Solomons, Powers took part in the May 4, 1942 raid on Tulagi, flying without fighter cover to score two hits on Japanese ships.
As the main Battle of the Coral Sea developed on May 7, Powers and his companions discovered carrier Shoho and, bombing at extremely low altitudes, sank her in 10 minutes. Next morning, while the carrier battle continued, he joined the attack on Shokaku, scoring an important bomb hit.
In a September 1943 radio address to the nation, Franklin D. Roosevelt said,
"During the first two days [of the Battle of the Coral Sea, Lieutenant Powers, flying a divebomber in the face of blasting enemy anti-aircraft fire, demolished one large enemy gunboat, put another gunboat out of commission, severely damaged an aircraft tender and a twenty thousand ton transport, and scored a direct hit on an aircraft carrier which burst into flames and sank soon after."
] His low-bombing run, however, brought Powers into heavy antiaircraft fire, and his plane plunged into the sea. Powers was declared dead and, for his actions in this series of attacks, was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously.
Medal of Honor citation:
Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Navy. Born: 13 July 1912, New York City, N.Y. Accredited to: New York. Other Navy award: Air Medal with 1 gold star.
For distinguished and conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, while pilot of an airplane of Bombing Squadron 5, Lt. Powers participated, with his squadron, in 5 engagements with Japanese forces in the Coral Sea area and adjacent waters during the period 4 to 8 May 1842. Three attacks were made on enemy objectives at or near Tulagi on 4 May. In these attacks he scored a direct hit which instantly demolished a large enemy gunboat or destroyer and is credited with 2 close misses, 1 of which severely damaged a large aircraft tender, the other damaging a 20,000-ton transport. He fearlessly strafed a gunboat, firing all his ammunition into it amid intense antiaircraft fire. This gunboat was then observed to be leaving a heavy oil slick in its wake and later was seen beached on a nearby island. On 7 May, an attack was launched against an enemy airplane carrier and other units of the enemy's invasion force. He fearlessly led his attack section of 3 Douglas Dauntless dive bombers, to attack the carrier. On this occasion he dived in the face of heavy antiaircraft fire, to an altitude well below the safety altitude, at the risk of his life and almost certain damage to his own plane, in order that he might positively obtain a hit in a vital part of the ship, which would insure her complete destruction. This bomb hit was noted by many pilots and observers to cause a tremendous explosion engulfing the ship in a mass of flame, smoke, and debris. The ship sank soon after. That evening, in his capacity as Squadron Gunnery Officer, Lt. Powers gave a lecture to the squadron on point-of-aim and diving technique. During this discourse he advocated low release point in order to insure greater accuracy; yet he stressed the danger not only from enemy fire and the resultant low pull-out, but from own bomb blast and bomb fragments. Thus his low-dive bombing attacks were deliberate and premeditated, since he well knew and realized the dangers of such tactics, but went far beyond the call of duty in order to further the cause which he knew to be right. The next morning, 8 May, as the pilots of the attack group left the ready room to man planes, his indomitable spirit and leadership were well expressed in his own words, "Remember the folks back home are counting on us. I am going to get a hit if I have to lay it on their flight deck." He led his section of dive bombers down to the target from an altitude of 18,000 feet, through a wall of bursting antiaircraft shells and into the face of enemy fighter planes. Again, completely disregarding the safety altitude and without fear or concern for his safety, Lt. Powers courageously pressed home his attack, almost to the very deck of an enemy carrier and did not release his bomb until he was sure of a direct hit. He was last seen attempting recovery from his dive at the extremely low altitude of 200 feet, and amid a terrific barrage of shell and bomb fragments, smoke, flame and debris from the stricken vessel.
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05/26/2018 1241The Front Porch
Thanks to Melba Yate
for the following:
On the first day,
God created the dog and said: "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this I will give you a life span of twenty years."
The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?"
And God said that it was good.
On the second day,
God created the monkey and said,
"Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span."
The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?"
And God again said that it was good.
On the third day,
God created the cow and said, "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years."
The cow said "That's kind of hard to want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?"
And God agreed it was good.
On the fourth day,
God created humans and said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years."
But the human said, "Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?"
"Okay," said God, "You asked for it."
So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
Life has now been explained to you.
There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. I'm doing it as a public service.
If you are looking for us, we will be on the front porch....05/03/2018 1615
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