Archive for January, 2008


On This Day 1-31-08: The Thirteenth Amendment

1606 – Guy Fawkes was executed after being convicted for his role in the “Gunpowder Plot” against the English Parliament and King James I.

1865 – In America, General Robert E. Lee was named general-in-chief of the Confederate armies.

1865 – The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by the U.S. Congress. It was ratified on December 6, 1865. The amendment abolished slavery in the United States.

1876 – All Native American Indians were ordered to move into reservations.

1917 – Germany announced its policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.

1929 – The USSR exiled Leon Trotsky. He found asylum in Mexico.

1940 – The first Social Security check was issued by the U.S. Government.

1944 – During World War II, U.S. forces invaded Kwajalein Atoll and other areas of the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.

1945 – Private Eddie Slovik became the only U.S. soldier since the U.S. Civil War to be executed for desertion.

1946 – A new constitution in Yugoslavia created six constituent republics (Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia) subordinated to a central authority, on the model of the USSR.

1950 – U.S. President Truman announced that he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb.

1971 – Astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon.

1985 – The final Jeep rolled off the assembly line at the AMC plant in Toledo, OH.

From being a patriotic myth, the Russian people have become an awful reality.
Leon Trotsky

I like whiskey. I always did, and that is why I never drink it.
Robert E. Lee

13th. Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


Charcoal or Gas?

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I try not to use charcoal lighter.  And these chimney starters work really well!

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I prefer charcoal.  The weekend’s almost here.  Why all the Summer pictures?  Um…it’s minus five degrees outside.  Underneath, sizzling rib eye steaks.


On This Day 1-30-08: Mohandas Gandhi

Mohandas Gandhi is assassinated in New Delhi by a Hindu extremist. Gandhi first fought for the rights of Indian people in South Africa before returning home to India in 1915 to join the Indian independence movement.

He gave up western ways to lead a life of spirituality and launched a campaign of civil disobedience against British oppression. In 1947, he was a leading figure in the negotiations that led to Indian statehood. He called the granting of independence the noblest act of the British nation, but was distressed by the religious partition of the former Mogul Empire into India and Pakistan.

When violence broke out between Hindus and Muslims in 1947, he resorted to fasts and visits to the troubled areas in an effort to end the religious strife. He was on one such vigil when Nathuram Godse, a Hindu who objected to Gandhi’s tolerance for the Muslims, fatally shot him.

1649 – England’s King Charles I was beheaded.

1847 – The town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco.

1862 – The U.S. Navy’s first ironclad warship, the “Monitor”, was launched.

1900 – The British fighting the Boers in South Africa ask for a larger army.

1910 – Work began on the first board-track automobile speedway. The track was built in Playa del Ray, CA.

1933 – Adolf Hitler was named the German Chancellor.

1948 – Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.

1968 – The Tet Offensive began as Communist forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals.

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
Mohandas Gandhi

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi


Governor Dodge: Lost Canyon Trail

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Another reason why Governor Dodge State Park is one of my favorite parks is because of The Lost Canyon Trail.  Rated as an advanced trail because of several steep grades and overall trail length of eight miles, this trail twists and winds through the park and Lost Canyon where you’ll find Stephens Falls.  During the Summer it will always be about ten degrees cooler here than anywhere else in the park.  If you’re not up to hiking the whole eight miles, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has built a paved wheelchair accessible trail that overlooks the falls, and has built a rock step trail down the side of the canyon so you can enjoy Stephens Falls.  The park itself is located north of Dodgeville, Wisconsin.  Another reason why this is one of my favorite parks is because Dodgeville has one of the few remaining A&W Root Beer stands left in Wisconsin.  It is the only fast food restaurant I’ll eat at.  For more information about Governor Dodge or other Wisconsin State Parks feel free to follow the link and browse the Wisconsin DNR’s website:


On This Day 1-29-08: Charles Starkweather

1845 – Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” was published for the first time in the “New York Evening Mirror.”

1850 – Henry Clay introduced in the Senate a compromise bill on slavery that included the admission of California into the Union as a free state.

1861 – In America, Kansas became the 34th state of the Union.

1886 – The first successful petrol-driven motorcar, built by Karl Benz, was patented.

1900 – The American Baseball League was organized in Philadelphia, PA. It consisted of 8 teams.

1916 – In World War I, Paris was bombed by German zeppelins for the first time.

1949 – “The Newport News” was commissioned as the first air-conditioned naval ship in Virginia.

1958 – Charles Starkweather was captured by police in Wyoming.

1979 – U.S. President Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House. The visit followed the establishment of diplomatic relations.

1987 – “Physician’s Weekly” announced that the smile on the face of Leonardo DeVinci’s Mona Lisa was caused by a “…facial paralysis resulting from a swollen nerve behind the ear.”

1990 – Joseph Hazelwood, the former skipper of the Exxon Valdez, went on trial in Anchorage, AK, on charges that stemmed from America’s worst oil spill. Hazelwood was later acquitted of all the major charges and was convicted of a misdemeanor.

1997 – America Online agreed to give refunds to frustrated customers under threat of lawsuits across the country. Customers were unable to log on after AOL offered a flat $19.95-a-month rate.

1998 – A bomb exploded at an abortion clinic in Birmingham, AL, killing an off-duty policeman and severely wounding a nurse. Eric Rudolph was charged with this bombing and three other attacks in Atlanta.

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allan Poe

For more on Charles Starkweather:


Governor Dodge: Pine View Trail

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Governor Dodge is one of my favorite Wisconsin State Parks.  The Pine View Trail completely circles the lake.  A branch of the trail will take you onto the bluff pictured across the lake.  It’s a five and a half mile hike over moderate terrain.  One of Wisconsin’s largest parks it features nearly forty miles of hiking trails and is accessible from the Military Ridge Trail, which is a bicycle trail that will take you forty miles back to Madison.  The park has two lakes and two campgrounds with over two hundred sites, but this very popular park fills every weekend, so make reservations if you plan to stay.

For more information about this park check out this link:

January 2008

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