On this day in 1861, the Civil War began. The Confederates bombarded Fort Sumter. By the next morning, Union forces were beaten and surrendered the Fort.
The Confederate forces were led by General P.G.T. Beauregard.
Beauregard a lovely name of the old South.
Attorney General Sessions’ full name is Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. Sessions is named after his father whose parents gave him Beauregard as a middle name.
Not all Confederates supported the plan to bombard Fort Sumter. One in opposition was Confederate Secretary of State Robert Toombs. Toombs wrote Confederate President Jefferson Davis: “You will only strike a hornet’s nest. Legions now quiet will swarm out and sting us to death. It is unnecessary. It puts us in the wrong. It is fatal.”
Toombs thought negotiation could resolve any problems and that the Union would accept secession of the Southern states. He also believed the manufacturing power of the North would ultimately bury the agrarian South.
I mention Toombs’ words because they are similar to the purported words of the Japanese Admiral who lead the assault on Pearl Harbor. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is claimed to have said, “I fear all we have done is to awake a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”
Many believe Kumamoto so spoke. Historians disagree. His words actually film dialogue. The Admiral and his quote part of the movies Tora, Tora, Tora and Pearl Harbor.
Last night began with the Sons and Daughters of Italy dinner meeting.
One of the members Mac cooked. Chicken marsala and pasta. Delicious!
Mac has played a special part in the lives of Robert and Lisa. For seven years, I engaged Robert to play Santa Claus for them.
A great Santa Claus!
Robert and Ally are now too old to believe in Santa Claus. I intend to have Mac join Robert, Ally and me at some point for lunch.
A notable experience in the making! How many kids have the opportunity to meet Santa Claus years later when they no longer believe?
Headed over to the Chart Room afterwards. John bartending. David and another at the bar. The other Robert Coburn. Robert one of the other authors at the books signing two days ago.
We had never met before two days ago. We greeted each other last night like long lost friends.
Robert started writing five years ago as I did. He also is 82. I am one month older. He will be 83 in August and I in July.
We had a good time.
Robert a snowbird. His home in California’s Carmel. A lovely place. He is on a plane this morning to Carmel. He returns to Key West in June.
The Key West Citizen runs a daily column titled Citizens Voice. A place where people can complain/compliment. Mostly complaints.
A local apparently wanted to reflect on Key West sins. He wrote that as he ran a stop sign on his bicycle, he saw a man using a leaf blower to remove iguanas and chickens from a native tree he was about to cut down. The tree was located near the amphitheater where he had earlier heard the Navy loudspeaker booming. All this made him think about the snowbirds in illegal short term rentals.
Judge Robert Cical. An example of a life destroyed.
Judge Cical a jurist on New York’s Suffolk County District Court.
He became addicted to his 23 year old female neighbor’s dirty panties. He was breaking into her next door house to steal them. He was caught. Some of the panties in his pocket.
He has been arrested. His defense…..an urge made him do it.
Sexual predilections common today with many elected officials. Beginning with the President and working down.
I have revived my video Key West Lou Live on Facebook. Did my second show this morning. Discussed the new toy of the rich. Private railroad cars.
Join me at your convenience. Available any time of the day. Two-three minutes of interesting chat.
Enjoy your day!