Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Oh good, Spring has sprung and the snow is here.

This morning I was up and at 'em at the crack of 9:30, hey I'm retired with a lite agenda so don't judge. With my return from the Land of Nod I gave an old friend, R, a call. We are going to get together next week for lunch and a little gab fest. It will be a meeting to discus logistics for our up coming trip. In May I'm off to his trailer with him for a few days and now will be the time we sort out the details. As was once said "armatures talk about strategy, professionals deal with logistics.

Right now as I type this it's snowing... again. There is actually a winter storm in effect and the weathertainers are calling for the end of all life... ER... around 5 to 10 cm (1.5 to 4 inches) of the white fluffy stuff. Just to toss a little wrinkle this will be changing to rain later.  One of the nice thing about being out of the rat race (BTW yes the rats won) is that I can experience all this and the resulting car chaos via the television and my personal confuser.

I was looking at the "This day in history" page as I do every morning. Today's entry was bitter sweet with two momentous events, one bad and one good. On this date in 1862 one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War began, the battle of Shiloh.

Hidden in hollows and behind clumps of rank brambles were large tents, dimly lighted with candles, but looking comfortable. The kind of comfort they supplied was indicated by pairs of men entering and reappearing, bearing litters; by low moans from within and by long rows of dead with covered faces outside. These tents were constantly receiving the wounded, yet were never full; they were continually ejecting the dead, yet were never empty. It was as if the helpless had been carried in and murdered, that they might not hamper those whose business it was to fall to-morrow.    -- Ambrose Bierce American satirist, critic, editor and journalist
The butcher's bill for this battle was 13,047 (1,754 killed, 8,408 wounded, and 2,885 missing) for the Union. On the Confederate side casualties were 10,699 (1,728 killed, 8,012 wounded, and 959 missing or captured). It was a Union victory.

On the plus side of the ledger in 1853 Emil Jellinek was born. While this is not a household name what he started is. He was an businessman who had engineer Wilhelm Maybach design the first Mercedes automobile, which was named after daughter.

The company he founded still, to this day, produced some of the best cars in the world. The only issue I have with his company is that I can't afford one of his cars.

Looking at the news I see the NDP are poised once again to become the party of the jealous. In the NDP the looters and moochers are rearing their ugly heads. They have all sorts of ideas on how to strip wealth from those who produce and give it to the ones who don't. All of their goodies are to be paid for with "robust taxation."

One thing that never fails to amaze me is the attitude that people who create wealth will simply go along with working harder and getting less for their work. The other day there was a story about an entrepreneur who has walked away leaving Canada to live in London England.  God help us all if these bandits ever get power because the trickle of  producers leaving will turn into a flood.

One more thing before I go... It turns out that in England there are a lot more bastards running around than was thought. In fact the ratio is one in fifty fathers don't realise they have a bastard child. So the next time you are walking around and see a kid that looks suspiciously like you stop and think about any transgressions you may have done in the past.

That all from up here North of Disorder...


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