Archive for January 8th, 2020

Death Valley Highs & Lows

on January 8, 2020, 8:37 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s January 8, 2018. To quote the Cowardly Lion, “Unusual weather we’re having, ain’t it?” Then again, we don’t need a sudden snowstorm in a mythical poppy field in “The Wizard of Oz” to remind us that weather can be unpredictable. The polar vortex and “bomb cyclone” serve that function. On this date in 1913, the coldest day […]

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The Other Champion Tigers

on January 8, 2020, 8:36 AM / in History, Sports

Good morning, it’s January 8, 2020, President Trump had scheduled his first prime-time Oval Office address this night last year, presumably on the ongoing government shutdown. Meanwhile, college football had a new national champion, Clemson University, which many commentators believe has eclipsed Alabama as the supreme college program. Perhaps, but as they say in my favorite sport: “Wait ’til next […]

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What’s Worth Keeping?

What’s Worth Keeping?

on January 8, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

For one morsel of food [Esau] sold his birthright. —Hebrews 12:16 A story is told of a man who loved old books. He met an acquaintance who had just thrown away a Bible that had been stored in the attic of his ancestral home for generations. “I couldn’t read it,” the friend explained. “Somebody named Guten-something had printed it.” “Not […]

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January 8th in History

January 8th in History

on January 8, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History

January 8 is the eight day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 357 days remaining until the end of the year (358 in leap years). Holidays Christian feast day: Abo of Tiflis Apollinaris Claudius Gudula Harriet Bedell (Episcopal Church (USA)) Lawrence Giustiniani Lucian of Beauvais Our Lady of Prompt Succor (Bon Secours) (Roman Catholic Church) Pega Severinus […]

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Operation Ironside

Operation Ironside

on January 8, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History

Operation Ironside was a deception operation in the Second World War, meant to persuade the Germans that the Allies would stage an invasion near Bordeaux along the Bay of Biscay. The operation consisted entirely of deceptive messages, without any supporting physical evidence, unlike other deception operations intended to draw German defences away from the planned Normandy landings. Bordeaux was an […]

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“This Is Government Land”: The Eternal Refrain of the Federal Occupiers

“This Is Government Land”: The Eternal Refrain of the Federal Occupiers

on January 8, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History, National News, Opinion

By William Norman Grigg Without seeking permission, a small group of defiant armed men seized control of coveted property in Oregon. They weren’t welcomed by local residents, some of whom petitioned the government to evict the intruders from federally administered land. Rather than sending in the troops to uproot the uninvited settlers, the U.S. government told the local residents to […]

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