Sunday, April 26, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Not Under Command

If the United States were a ship, it would be displaying its "Not under command" signal -- two red balls (by day) or lights (by night) in a vertical line indicating that the ship cannot control its movements because of problems with its steering gear or propulsion system. Other vessels who observe the signal know that they must take action to stay out of the ship's way because it is incapable of fulfilling its obligations under the International Rules of the Road.


During my Navy days, in order to remember the meaning of three similar signals, white over red (a pilot boat on station), red over white (a fishing boat engaged in fishing), and the aforementioned red over red, we used this mnemonic: 

"White over red: Pilot ahead; 
Red over white: Fishing at night; 
Red over red: Captain is dead."


Thought for Today

"After a big war a nation doesn't want another for a generation or more."

~~~~~ Edward Grey

Friday, April 24, 2015

Thought for Today

"Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious."

~~~~~ Arthur Wellesley

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thought for Today

"Let us all be happy, and live within our means, even if we have to borrow the money to do it with."

~~~~~ Charles Farrar Browne

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Thought for Today

"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior."

~~~~~ Hippolyte Taine

Monday, April 20, 2015

Thought for Today

"Obamacare is simply incapable of doing what it is supposed to do - provide nearly universal care at an affordable and sustainable cost."

~~~~~ Dr. Marcia Angell

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Thought for Today

"A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way."

~~~~~ Fisher Ames

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Thought for Today

"When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it."

~~~~~ Clarence Darrow