The Kunnel's Korner Saturday Dispatch

Shakespeare's Seasons
O, how shall summer's honey
breath hold out

Against the wreckful siege
of battering days,

When rocks impregnable
are not so stout,

Nor gates of steel so strong,
but Time decays?
-- Sonnet 65
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Moon Probe
How big is our Moon compared to others in our solar system?
As moons go, ours is a big one: It's larger than Pluto and a quarter the size of Earth.
But it's only the fifth largest of the 173 known moons in the solar system.
The largest is Jupiter's Ganymede, followed by Saturn's Titan, Jupiter's
Callisto, and Jupiter's Io.
There will be a Full "Sturgeon" Moon, August 26, 2018
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An August Anxiety
Q: Why were the
elephants banned from
the swimming pool?
A: They wouldn't keep
their trunks up.
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Great is the Sun, * * * * * * * * * * * * * and wide he goes * * * * * * * * * * * * * Through empty heaven * * * * * * * * * * * * * without repose; * * * * * * * * * * * * * And in the blue and * * * * * * * * * * * * * glowing days, * * * * * * * * * * * * * More thick than rain he * * * * * * * * * * * * * showers his rays. * * * * * * * * * * * * * --Robert Louis Stevenson, * * * * * * * * * * * * * Scottish writer [1850-94] < * * * * * * * * * * * * * >
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The Events of August 2018
Invasion of Kuwait
Operation Desert Storm
- August 1, 1990

Birthday of U.S. Coast Guard - August 4, 1790

    Formed in 1915 by the merger of the Revenue Cutter Service (est. 1790) and the Lifesaving Service (est. 1848), and later absorbing other federal agencies, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is a military service, a law enforcement agency, and regulatory agency. It is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States and one of the five services of the United States Armed Forces. Its role includes enforcement of U.S. maritime law, coastal defense, search and rescue, environmental protection, and regulation of maritime industries.
    During peacetime the USCG falls under the administration of the United States Department of Homeland Security (previously the U.S. Department of Transportation, 1967–2003, and the United States Department of the Treasury, 1915–1967). During wartime, the USCG may, at the direction of the President of the United States, report to the Secretary of the Navy; its resources, however, are integrated into U.S. military operations in wartime (see 14 U.S.C. §§ 3–4).
    The USCG maintains an extensive fleet of coastal and ocean-going patrol ships, called cutters by tradition, and small craft, as well as an extensive aviation division consisting of HH-65 Dolphin and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft such as the C-130 Hercules, HU-25 Guardian, and HC-144 Ocean Sentry. USCG helicopters are equipped with hoists to rescue survivors and also play a major role in law enforcement. The helicopters are able to land and take off from USCG cutters, making them an indispensable tool in fighting illegal drug traffic and the influx of illegal immigrants. The fixed-wing aircraft are used for long range search and rescue and law enforcement patrols. A construction and repair shipyard has been maintained since 1899 in the Baltimore Harbor area at Curtis Bay, United States Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay, Maryland
    Today's lighthouses on the American coasts are all maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard, from the previous old U.S. Lighthouse Service. The list of active light houses, lighted beacons, etc. that provide detailed information on aids to navigation with their locations and characteristic signals is currently maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard in its Light List issued each year.
    Information garnered from WikiPedia, the FREE online encyclopedia.

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Purple Heart Day
- August 7, 2018

First Atomic Bombing
- August 9, 2018

The "Little Boy" (uranium) atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, from the B-29 Enola Gay, commanded by Col. Paul W. Tibbets Jr. An estimated 140,000 people were killed.

- August 14, 1945

National Aviation Day - August 19, 2018

    The National Aviation Day (August 19) is a United States national observation that celebrates the development of aviation.
    The holiday was established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who issued a presidential proclamation which designated the anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday to be National Aviation Day (Mr. Wright, born in 1871, was still alive when the proclamation was first issued, and would live another nine years). The proclamation was codified (USC 36:I:A:1:118), and it allows the sitting US President to proclaim August 19 as National Aviation Day each year, if desired. Their proclamation may direct all federal buildings and installations to fly the US flag on that day, and may encourage citizens to observe the day with activities that promote interest in aviation.
    Info and photo from Wikipedia, the FREE online encycopdia.

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The New Hope Faith Community - August 26, 2018
The New Hope Faith Community

    The picnic will be held on Sunday, August 26th at Penn Grove Retreat - Pamadeva Road, Hanover (directions available soon).
    There will be a church service at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel at the retreat.
    Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. Dan Rohrbaugh will be making his famous fried chicken. There will also be hot dogs and hamburgers. Plastic ware will be provided. The retreat has a big dining room and shaded areas for the games. You may bring your own lawn chairs if you want to sit in the shaded wooded area. There are provisions for basketball, baseball, soccer, volley ball and horseshoes (must bring your own equipment). There will be games for all ages. Please sign up on the sheets located on the Hospitality Table for attendance, cake walk and choice of what you would like to contribute (there are plenty of outlets to plug in crock pots and one small refrigerator).
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G. Lorraine Clarke - August 31, 2017]
In Memorian: G. Lorraine Clarke [August 31, 2013]

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[Email Comment: Carlos Castillo, Mon, Jul 23, 2018 5:31 am]
    “Thank you for posting "The Calm Before The Storm".”
For years I have enjoyed receiving and enjoying "The Kunnel's Korner".
What you post is insightful and educational.
Bob, keep up the good work.
Your brother in Christ, Carlos

Always a pleasure for me to hear kind words of a friend
as well as a brother in Christ.
I thank our God whenever I think of you, Carlos.

Guest Book Comment
From: CHERISE alias "skaricheri" aw
Thank you for suggesting this website of yours. I really enjoyed it, especially the music, 20 Questions, the bible verses, stories of your dogs and your life. I will visit again! Grins :)))

The OK responds:
Of course, you will be welcome every time. Grin
But, your visit really pleased me because you are interested in
artificial intelligence since "20 Questions" is a bot version of the
TV show. grin As far as I know we two are the only ones who have played
the game. Heh heh.
When you visit again take a peek at the Newsletter Dispatch if you haven't as yet.
If you like it I will put you on the emailing list.
Thank you again, my friend...
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Congressional Medal of Honor
Jacklyn H. "Jack" Lucas

    Jacklyn Harrell "Jack" Lucas (February 14, 1928 – June 5, 2008) was an American Marine in World War II who was awarded the Medal of Honor at the age of 17 years as a private first class in the Marine Corps during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
    During a close firefight in two trenches between Lucas and three Marines with 11 Japanese soldiers, Lucas saved the lives of the other three Marines from two enemy hand grenades that were thrown into their trench by unhesitatingly placing himself on one grenade, while in the next instant pulling the other grenade under him. The grenade he covered with his body exploded, and wounded him severely; the other grenade did not explode. He is the youngest Marine and the youngest serviceman in World War II to be awarded the United States' highest military decoration for valor. He later reenlisted in the United States Army and reached the rank of captain.
    Photo is of
    Lucas's Medal of Citation reads:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to
for service as set forth in the following
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the First Battalion, Twenty-sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands 20 February 1945. While creeping through a treacherous, twisting ravine which ran in close proximity to a fluid and uncertain front line on D-plus+1 Day, Private First Class Lucas and three other men were suddenly ambushed by a hostile patrol which savagely attacked with rifle fire and grenades. Quick to act when the lives of the small group were endangered by two grenades which landed directly in front of them, Private First Class Lucas unhesitatingly hurled himself over his comrades upon one grenade and pulled the other one under him, absorbing the whole blasting force of the explosions in his own body in order to shield his companions from the concussion and murderous flying fragments. By his inspiring action and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice, he not only protected his comrades from certain injury or possible death, but also enabled them to rout the Japanese patrol and continue the advance. His exceptionally courageous initiative and loyalty reflect the highest credit upon Private First Class Lucas and the United States Naval Service.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Five Facts About: Krakatoa
The Indonesian volcano blew up 135 years ago.
  • Krakatoa, a volcanic island west of Sumatra, then in the Dutch East Indies [now Indonesia], erupted several times over August 26-27, 1883, ending in a final explosion that was heard 2,891 miles away. It was the loudest noise in recorded history. The atmospheric pressure wave circled the world for 5 days after the explosion.
  • Tsunamis caused most of the 36,000 fatalities, swamping coastlines in nearby Sumatra and Java with waves up to 120 feet high. These carried ships and 600-ton blocks of coral miles inland and washed towns and people out to sea. A tsunami reached Aden in Yemen--3,800 nautical miles distant--in 12 hours.
  • A German businessman claimed to have survived by climbing on the back of a giant crocodile.
  • The ash cloud was propelled 22 miles high and spread 275 miles. Rafts of floating ash crossed the ocean and survived for up to 2 ears. The ejected ash and gases reacting with the atmosphere caused global temperatures to lower by as much a 1.2 degrees.
  • Lurid red sunsets caused by dust particles high in the atmosphere, lasted for 3 years.
Excepted from The Old Farmer's Almanac Engagement Calendar 2018
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Delta Is Ready When You Are!

    ...The announcement began with these words: "Delta emphasizes customer comfort."
    Who does that? Which airline even stops to think for a moment about such an archaic concept? Especially when it comes to Economy Class.
    American, United and so many others are far more concerned with shoving as many seats as possible into planes -- even reducing First Class legroom -- in order to make a few more dollars to pad their executives' shareholdings.
    Yet here was Delta suddenly thinking about, well, the people who give it their money? The announcement went on to describe how, in refurbishing its Boeing 777-200ER planes, the airline had decided not to do what its rivals do -- put 10 seats across in Economy Class.
    Instead, there'll be a mere nine. The result is that the seats will be wider. I said wider.
    The seats will be 18.5 inches wide. Yes, almost as wide as the bathrooms in American's Boeing 737 MAX planes -- and soon in many of its 737-800s.
Excerpted an News: Delta Just Made a Huge Announcement That Puts Other Airlines to Shame , by Chris Matyszczyk, July 9, 2018
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