Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The Super Outbreak is the largest tornado outbreak on record for a single 24-hour period. From April 3 to April 4, 1974, there were 148 tornadoes confirmed in 13 US states, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and New York; and the Canadian province of Ontario. It extensively damaged approximately 900 square miles (1,440 square kilometers) along a total combined path length of 2,600 miles
Monday, March 29, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
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I've been searching for a photo of the Fire Tower that stood in the Versailles State Park and today the quest was over. A tip from a friend brought me to the Park and after looking through dozens of photos there it was. The Park was kind enough to let me scan the photo for all to see. I climbed to the top several times when 14 or 15 years old. I do not have much information on the tower, so if you do, please email me . I think it was taken down in the mid 60s.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The focus of my campaign is to re-establish the importance of self government. Of all our founding principles self government is the most important because it ensures all the others. Without self government there is no Freedom. The federal government is good at national security and infrastructure but they are really bad at spending our money and raising our kids. The more the government expands the more Liberty we lose. America is the greatest nation in the history of the world because for two hundred years we have governed ourselves. It is time we got back to that basic understanding.
- Travis Hankins
Travis Hankins shares our Hoosier values of limited government, strong national defense and traditional moral values. Please join Travis Hankins, a leader with a vision.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Columbus - Travis Hankins reacts to Baron Hill's announced support for the health care bill before Congress. Travis comments, "Baron Hill’s announced support for government run health care, tax payer funded abortions, half a trillion or more in new taxes on individuals and businesses and billions and trillions added to the deficit and debt will cost him his seat in November." Hankins continues, "Support for this bill confirms that Baron Hill is in the back pocket of the Washington special interests and the Pelosi-Obama administration. Baron Hill still has time to do the right thing and vote against this bill. "Hankins believes that this bill is nothing but a government takeover of health care that will lead to higher prices and lower quality of care. Travis Hankins had previously pleaded with Hill to vote against this bill due to the certainty that it will lead to tax dollars being used for abortions.
Travis Hankins is a real estate investor and conservative activist seeking the GOP nomination in Indiana’s ninth Congressional district. More information can be found at http://www.travishankins.com.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Last night, March 19th, was the celebration of the American Legion's Birthday. A very fine pitch in meal was served. If a veteran please think about joining us to enjoy the benefits to yourself, and our community.
Versailles American Legion
PO Box 173
119 Washington St.
Versailles, In. 47042
Phone after 4pm 812.689.6400
Club Room open at 4pm
Meeting every Thursday evening at 7:30.
See the Versailles Legion Web Page at:
Thursday, March 18, 2010
The Indiana QSO Party is a contest for amateur radio (Ham Radio) operators located in the state of Indiana. I (WB9OTX) placed 13th in the state and 1st place for the county of Ripley. The next event will be held May 1, 2010. Thanks to the HDXCC (Hoosier DX & Contest Club) for sponsoring the contest and awarding me this certificate. ...... Jack WB9OTX
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig) is a yearly holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (circa AD 387–493), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. It began as a purely Christian holiday and became an official feast day in the early 1600s. However, it has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Ireland's culture. It is a public holiday on the island of Ireland; including Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It is also widely celebrated in places where there are large numbers of Irish immigrants and their offspring – this includes Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and Montserrat, among others. Read more
Sunday, March 14, 2010
14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955, Einstein was a German-born Swiss-American theoretical physicist, philosopher and author who is widely regarded as one of the most influential and best known scientists and intellectuals of all time. He is often regarded as the father of modern physics. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect".
Today, 14 March, is also Pi Day!
Pi, a Greek letter, is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th. Pi = 3.1415926535…
Saturday, March 13, 2010
A trip to the Indiana War Memorial Museum today with lots of Ham radio friends was lots of fun. We operated at the radio room replica of the USS Indianapolis. (WW2IND)
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Many contacts were made and each operator received a nice certificate. *** click image to inlarge.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
This is a little story I have had for years. I have even forgotten where or when I received it, But it is a favorite of mine. Hope you enjoy reading it to. Oh yes, it could happen here...... Jack
There was once a far away land called Ruritania, and in Ruritania
there was a strange phenomenon -- all the trees that grew in
Ruritainia were transparent. Now, in the days when people had lived in
mud huts, this had not been a problem, but now high-tech wood
technology had been developed, and in the new age of wood, everyone in
Ruritania found that their homes were all 100% see through. Now, until
this point, no one ever thought of allowing the police to spy on
someone's home, but the new technology made this tempting. This being
a civilized country, however, warrants were required to use binoculars
and watch someone in their home. The police, taking advantage of
this, would get warrants to use binoculars and peer in to see what was
going on. Occasionally, they would use binoculars without a warrant,
but everyone pretended that this didn't happen.
One day, a smart man invented paint -- and if you painted your house,
suddenly the police couldn't watch all your actions at will. Things
would go back to the way they were in the old age -- completely
Indignant, the state decided to try to require that all homes have
video cameras installed in every nook and cranny. "After all", they
said, "with this new development crime could run rampant. Installing
video cameras doesn't mean that the police get any new capability --
they are just keeping the old one."
A wise man pointed out that citizens were not obligated to make the
lives of the police easy, that the police had survived all through the
mud hut age without being able to watch the citizens at will, and that
Ruritania was a civilized country where not everything that was
expedient was permitted. For instance, in a neighboring country, it
had been discovered that torture was an extremely effective way to
solve crimes. Ruritania had banned this practice in spite of its
expedience. Indeed, "why have warrants at all", he asked, "if we are
interested only in expedience?"
A famous paint technologist, Dorothy Quisling, intervened however. She
noted that people might take photographs of children masturbating
should the new paint technology be widely deployed without safeguards,
and the law was passed.
Soon it was discovered that some citizens would cover their mouths
while speaking to each other, thus preventing the police from reading
their lips through the video cameras. This had to be prevented, the
police said. After all, it was preventing them from conducting their
lawful surveillance. The wise man pointed out that the police had
never before been allowed to listen in on people's homes, but Dorothy
Quisling pointed out that people might use this new invention of
covering their mouths with veils to discuss the kidnapping and
mutilation of children. No one in the legislature wanted to be accused
of being in favor of mutilating children, but then again, no one
wanted to interfere in people's rights to wear what they liked, so a
compromise was reached whereby all homes were installed with
microphones in each room to accompany the video cameras. The wise man
lamented few if any child mutilations had ever been solved by the old
lip reading technology, but it was too late -- the microphones were
However, it was discovered that this was insufficient to prevent
citizens from hiding information from the authorities, because some of
them would cleverly speak in languages that the police could not
understand. A new law was proposed to force all citizens to speak at
all times only in Ruritanian, and, for good measure, to require that
they speak clearly and distinctly near the microphones. "After all",
Dorothy Quisling pointed out, "they might be using the opportunity to
speak in private to mask terrorist activities!" Terrorism struck
terror into everyone's hearts, and they rejoiced at the brilliance of
this new law.
Meanwhile, the wise man talked one evening to his friends on how all
of this was making a sham of the constitution of Ruritania, of which
all Ruritanians were proud. "Why", he asked, "are we obligated to
sacrifice all our freedom and privacy to make the lives of the police
easier? There isn't any real evidence that this makes any big dent in
crime anyway! All it does is make our privacy forfeit to the state!"
However, the wise man made the mistake of saying this, as the law
required, in Ruritanian, clearly and distinctly, and near a
microphone. Soon, the newly formed Ruritanian Secret Police arrived
and took him off, and got him to confess by torturing him. Torture
was, after all, far more efficient than the old methods, and had been
recently instituted to stop the recent wave of people thinking obscene
thoughts about tomatoes, which Dorothy Quisling noted was one of the
major problems of the new age of plenty and joy.
end of story
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Monday, March 08, 2010
Learn About the Iditarod
It’s unlike any other event in the world. A race over 1,150 miles of the most extreme and beautiful terrain known to man: across mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and windswept coastline ...
You can’t compare it to any other competitive event in the world! A race over 1150 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer. She throws jagged mountain ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast at the mushers and their dog teams. Add to that temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, the hazards of overflow, long hours of darkness and treacherous climbs and side hills, and you have the Iditarod. A race extraordinaire, a race only possible in Alaska.
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Rodney Glen King (born April 2, 1965) was the subject of police brutality by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers on 3 March 1991. A bystander, George Holliday, videotaped much of the incident from a distance.
The footage showed LAPD officers repeatedly striking King with their batons. A portion of this footage was aired by news agencies around the world, causing public outrage that raised tensions between the black community and the LAPD and increased anger over police brutality and social inequalities in the black community.
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Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Have you ever read the Constitution of the United States of America ?
If not, its about time you did. If you are a government official may be you should read it and let it be your guide.
Click here to read it on line.
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