Thursday, September 26, 2013


Researchers for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority found over 200 dead crows near greater Boston recently, and there was concern that ey may have died from Avian Flu. A Bird Pathologist examined the remains of all the crows, and, to everyone's relief, confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu.  The cause of death appeared to be vehicular impacts. However, during the detailed analysis it was noted that varying colors of paints appeared on the bird's beaks and claws. By analyzing these paint residues it was determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, while only 2% were killed by an impact with a car. MTA then hired an Ornithological Behaviorist to determine if there was a cause for the disproportionate percentages of truck kills versus car kills. The Ornithological Behaviorist very quickly concluded the cause: when crows eat road kill, they always have a look-out crow in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger. They discovered that while all the lookout crows could shout "Cah", not a single one could shout "Truck". ........ Absolutely amazing!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Versailles Pumpkin Show

September 25-29, 2013  On the Ripley County County Courthouse Square in Versailles, two blocks north of U.S. 50. Look for the carnival sounds and lights!

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Sponsored by the
Versailles Lions Club!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

First Day of Fall 2013: The Autumnal Equinox

When does fall begin? The equinox brings autumn on September 22, 2013 at 4:44 P.M EDT.  The word equinox comes from the Latin words for "equal night." The fall and spring equinoxes are the only days of the year in which the Sun crosses the celestial equator. From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter than the nights

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Muscatatuck lookout

As an avid military frequency listener I and another friend have been hearing OV-10 aircraft above Jefferson Proving Grounds (JPG) on 343.00 MHZ. also many pilots with heavy accents. These OV-10 aircraft seem to be flying above Muscatatuck. Anyone have more info ?

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For Sale

I have two (2) used desk top computers for sale. These are trade ins and are working perfect. No monitor or speakers. Cash or PayPal $50.00 each, with no support. Pick up only, 812-689-5960 ask for Jack.

Happy birthday Air-Force

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Versailles Pumpkin show continues in its 111th year

The Versailles Pumpkin Show, sponsored by the Versailles Lions Club, has continued for over a century and still brings thousands of visitors to Ripley County. “It’s like a homecoming,” reports show President Jerry Gilpin. “There’s good, clean family fun in a small-town setting, and erybody’s friendly and nice.
Read the full story on the The Herald-Tribune page

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Pearl Harbor - Admiral Chester Nimitz

Admiral Chester Nimitz
Really interesting, and I never knew this little bit of history: Tour boats ferry people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii every thirty minutes. We just missed a ferry and had to wait thirty minutes. I went into a small gift shop to kill time. In the gift shop, I purchased a small book entitled,
"Reflections on Pearl Harbor" by Admiral Chester Nimitz. Sunday, December 7th, 1941-- Admiral Chester Nimitz was attending a concert in Washington D.C. He was paged and told there was a phone call for him. When he answered the phone, it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the phone. He told Admiral Nimitz that he (Nimitz) would now be the Commander of the Pacific Fleet. Admiral Nimitz flew to Hawaii to assume command of the Pacific Fleet. He landed at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1941.There was such a spirit of despair, dejecttion and defeat you would have thought the Japanese had already won the war. On Christmas Day, 1941, Adm. Nimitz was given a boat tour of the destruction wrought on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Big sunken battleships and navy vessels cluttered the waters every where you looked. As the tour boat returned to dock, the young helmsman of the boat asked, "Well Admiral, what do you think after seeing all this destruction?" Admiral Nimitz's reply shocked everyone within the sound of his voice. Admiral Nimitz said, "The Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could ever make, or God was taking care of America. Which do you think it was?" Shocked and surprised, the young helmsman asked, "What do mean by saying the Japanese made the three biggest mistakes an attack force ever made?" Nimitz explained: Mistake number one: the Japanese attacked on Sunday morning. Nine out of every ten crewmen of those ships were ashore on leave. If those same ships had been lured to sea and been sunk--we would have lost 38,000 men instead of 3,800. Mistake number two: when the Japanese saw all those battleships lined in a row, they got so carried away sinking those battleships, they never once bombed our dry docks opposite those ships. If they had destroyed our dry docks, we would have had to tow every one of those ships to America to be repaired. As it is now, the ships are in shallow water and can be raised. One tug can pull them over to the dry docks, and we can have them repaired and at sea by the time we could have towed them to America. I already have crews ashore anxious to man those ships. Mistake number three: Every drop of fuel in the Pacific theater of war is in top of the ground storage tanks five miles away over that hill. One attack plane could have strafed those tanks and destroyed our fuel supply. That's why I say the Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could make or, God was taking care of America. I've never forgotten what I read in that little book. It is still an inspiration as I reflect upon it. In jest, I might suggest that because Admiral Nimitz was a Texan , born and raised in Fredricksburg, Texas -- he was a born optimist. But anyway you look at it-- Admiral Nimitz was able to see a silver lining in a situation and circumstance where everyone else saw only despair and defeatism. President Roosevelt had chosen the right man for the right job. We desperately needed a leader that could see silver linings in the midst of the clouds of dejection, despair and defeat . There is a reason that our national motto is: "IN GOD WE TRUST" Why have we forgotten?  PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY!
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Happy Birthday 9/13/45

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If I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of my self. My uniform from 1964 still fits (very tight) and again I will be wearing it in the Pumpkin Show Parade.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

I've lost a good friend

Lin Oatman Townsend, Daughter of Ruth & Ernie Oatman of Versailles, passed away on Aug. 17, 2013 in California.  A visitation will be held at 10:00 AM followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Versailles Baptist Church with internment to follow in Cliff Hills Cemetery next to her parents.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Japanese Instrument of Surrender

The signing took place on the deck of USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.
Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signing the Instrument of Surrender on behalf of the Japanese Government, formally ending World War II
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Sunday, September 01, 2013

Labor Day

Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September. It was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations' strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events.
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U.S. History of Labor Day