MORNING STEW #18

So many things happening.

Dorian. Top of the list! Yesterday knocked the hell out of the Bahamas. A category 5. Winds 185 mph. Total devastation.

Sometime today, Dorian will either hit the U.S. or rake its coast line. Wind gusts of 220 mph. Surges 18-25 feet. As much as 25 inches of rain.

If it makes U.S. landfall, it will be anywhere from Miami north. Could be Georgia or South Carolina.

Dorian truly fickle. No one precisely sure its direction….. at any moment!

Two other category 5’s come to mind. The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane and Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

The 1935 hurricane hit mid keys. Two hundred miles per hour. Five hundred died. Bodies were washing up for months.

Key West appears secure. Rain is expected however. Heavy. Showers and thunderstorms.

Most recent Texas shootings that occurred a few days ago. Odessa involved. Seven died. Twenty plus injured.

One of the injured a 17 month old baby girl. Why????? She is to be operated on this morning.

Fifty three people were killed in the U.S. in August as a result of mass shootings.

Come September when Congress returns, gun legislation should be at the top of the agenda. Easy small stuff probably will. Significant will not. Thank Congressional people who continue to suck up to the NRA and gun manufacturers. For political support and huge campaign dollars.

The people deserve better. I know it. You know it. Washington does not.

Pope Francis announced yesterday he is appointing 13 new Cardinals. None from the U.S. Not really a problem. The U.S. already has something like 27 or 34.

Mark Anthony and Cleopatra. Lovers of old. Brought ruin to Egypt. Each died by suicide.

It was on this day in 31 B.C. that the Battle of Actium took place. A sea battle.  Off the western coast of Greece. The Roman leader Octavius defeated the forces of Mark Anthony and Cleopatra.

The defeated lovers fled to Egypt where they ultimately committed suicide one year later.

Key West acquired a new hero on this day in 2013. Diana Nyad. She was the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. A 110 mile swim. Took her 53 hours.

She came ashore at Smathers Beach in Key West.

She took to Key West and Key West to her. An immediate love affair.  Diana a frequent visitor. Loved by all.

George H. W. Bush was a Navy pilot in the Pacific during World War II. Flew 54 missions. A torpedo plane pilot.

He was shot down twice. The first time in June 1943. He was rescued by a U.S. destroyer.

The second time he was shot down was on this day in 1944. Spent 4 hours in a small raft before being rescued by a U.S. submarine.

Fortunate he survived both shot downs and the War. Otherwise, he never would have been President nor would he have had a son who would become President.

I live and learn. The older I get, the more I realize how little I know.

The French Revolution 1789-1799.

It was September 1792. The month became known as the month of September Massacres.

The guillotine did a big business. That you and I knew. What I recently learned however is that the revolutionaries were not fond of Catholics. Three busops, 200 plus priests and a number of Catholics believed to be royalists sympathizers. Their lives ended via the guillotine.

A message here. Catholic clergy should stay out of politics.

The U.S. Conference of Bishops is a far right organization. It does not necessarily represent the views of U.S. Catholics. However, the organization purports to speak for them.

Some day U.S. Catholics as a whole may suffer as a result of the Conference’s positions.

Hopefully, Dueling Bartenders tonight.

I have decided to grow a beard. I am 10 days into it. Looks terrible! Sloppy! Ten more days and it wil bel fine. Like the Smith Brothers. How many remember the Smith Brothers?

Enjoy your day!

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