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The Disappearance of Bobby Dunbar

On August 23, 1912, four-year-old Bobby Dunbar (pictured, left) travelled with his parents and two siblings to Lake Swayze, Louisiana, for a picnic. Bobby became separated from his parents when he went off to explore the swamp, and simply vanished.

The Dunbar family were rich and influential, and for the next two days over 100 volunteers and 30 policemen combed the area for the missing boy. The short list of leads the police produced were fruitless, but Bobby’s parents continued to privately investigate his disappearance.

Eight months later, on a sunny May morning in Mississippi, a police officer flagged down a man and a young child walking along the road. The officer took the man for a vagrant, and didn’t believe his story that the boy -who looked around four or five years old - was his nephew, Bruce.

William Walter’s wasn’t a vagrant - he was a trained piano repairman, and he travelled by foot to his daily appointments. He insisted that the boys mother, Julia Anderson, had willingly given him Bruce to care for while she laboured on a nearby farm. His words fell on deaf ears. Walters was promptly arrested for kidnapping, and ‘Bruce’ (who the police officer suspected was actually the missing Bobby Dunbar) was taken into state custody. Lessie Dunbar immediately travelled to Mississippi to be reuinted with her son, amid much media fanfare.

Although reports vary, one nespaper stated that the newly rescued 'Bobby’ burst into tears when approached by Mrs Dunbar, and did not seem to recognize his siblings or any of his possessions when he returned to his house. Though he quickly adjusted to the Dunbar family, 'Bobby’ had no memory of his supposed abduction, nor of his trip to Lake Swayze. However, Lessie Dunbar was convinced the boy was her son due to similiar scars on his right foot, and moles on his hip.

William Walters was charged with a single count of child kidnapping and found guilty, despite the testimony of Julia Anderson who tearfully insisted 'Bobby’ was her son, and Walters was his paternal uncle. She admitted to having all her children out of wedlock, and that she had little money, and that was all it took; the judge sentenced Walters to life in prison, and Julia was ordered back to her home in Mississippi, where she was treated like an outcast.

Fortunately, Walters was released from prison after two years when his attorney convinced a judge to overturn his charge. The rescued Bobby Dunbar grew up well-to-do and eventually had four children. His granddaughter - who was fascinated about his disappearance - did a little genealogical research and noticed discrepencies in age between the missing Bobby and the recovered child. She also discovered a few members of the family who remembered Bobby’s disappearance, many of whom voiced their long held suspicion that the child recovered in Mississippi in 1913 wasnt their Bobby Dunbar.

It was only in 2006 that a DNA test was conducted on the recovered Bobby Dunbar’s son, and a cousin of the Dunbar family. The results were frighteningly clear; the child found in 1913 wasn’t Bobby Dunbar, but Bruce Anderson. The police had literally stolen another woman’s child, and imprisoned an innocent man for kidnapping. As a final sad reminder, the actual Bobby Dunbar has still never been found.

anonymous asked:

How have you not adopted Rob Benedict and Richard speight Junior yet?

they have quite a few kids already, i don’t wanna clog up the family reunions or anything

but if not adoption i think they could also consider hiring me as a live-in maid

Anonymous said:

Hey Scout! Um…. please don’t answer this if it makes you uncomfortable, but do you often make back your table cost at conventions? Are you doing okay?

it totally depends on the con. sometimes i just break even! this is closest to barren i think i’ve ever been financially, but it’s also been the best i’ve been mentally.

with my last job i was making a lot more money regularly, and while i hid it from literally the entire internet, i can’t even begin to tell you guys how deeply, deeply depressed i was. it got pretty bad. 

so while with money i am scraping a bit, mentally i’m doing much better. i also have other options! i’m just trying to stick with art to see if i can do it for just a biiiiiit longer before i’m beaten down again. I WILL KEEP PURSUING YOU, ART CAREER 

Anonymous said:

Hey Scout, have you ever thought about getting a 23andme kit? My sister just got one and I’m waiting for her to tell me her results :p

my mother actually did one! turns out i’m mostly british, with traces back to the iberian peninsula. this was all news, as my family’s never been much for genetic heritage. but i have super thick dark hair, bright green eyes, and paper-pale skin so it really wasn’t much of a surprise lol

History Fact 7/100 - Admiral Nelson

Viscount Horatio Nelson, the First Duke of Bronté, was a flag officer in the British Navy. He was born in Norfolk, the son of a clergyman, and one of eleven children. He joined the Royal Navy at twelve, and ascended to the rank of Captain by the time he was twenty.

During the French Revolution, Nelson was in command of the Agamemnon, a 64 gun third rate ship of the line.
Nelson became known as a bold, rational man, with occasional disregard for his senior officers. During the Battle of Copenhagen, in order to avoid withdrawing his ship, he put his telescope to his blind eye and claimed he couldn’t see the signal.

Nelson’s strategic excellence was crucial at the Battle of the Nile, where the English fleet successfully destroyed the fleet of Napoleon. His most famous battle is Cape Trafalgar, where he led the English against a combined fleet of the Spanish and French, protecting England from invasion. Nelson was killed during this battle as he paced the quarterdeck, shot by a French sniper.

The body of Admiral Nelson was transported back to England, and he was given a state funeral.

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Rear Admiral’s undress coat worn by Nelson at the Battle of the Nile in 1798.

The coat is of blue wool and features a stand-up collar with non-working buttonholes and two small gilt brass flag officers buttons. The entire coat is lined with white linen, with the exception of the collar, which is lined with silk twill, and the right sleeve. The cuff of the right sleeve features a small black silk loop which was used to secure it to the front buttons of the lapels. The back of the collar and shoulders are stained with pomatum or pig-tail grease.

Portrait of Union general Cadwallader C. Washburn (sitting at far right) and his staff during the American Civil War, c. 1860′s.

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It’s that time of year again! Back to school haul 2017! I still have a few more things I need, but I will post those later.

From Walmart
1. Papermate Mechanical Pencils
2. Sticky notes
3. Binders
4. All four notebooks
5. Pen holder(plastic)
6. Mini Stapler
7. Charging stick

From Target
1. Folder(pattern one)
2. Scissors
3. Page Flags

From Office Max
1. White folder
2. Mini ruler

From Five Below
1. Earbuds
2. Pencil case

From Hobby Lobby
1. Card stock for binder covers

From BBW
1. Hand sanitizers

From Amazon
1. Muji Mildliners

From Papersource
1. Micron Pen

An Admiral, leading a line of carriers, watched one of the destroyer screen trying to cut through the line between his ship and the next astern. The destroyer captain, anxious not to make the obvious mistake of getting across No. 2’s bows, cut too close to the flagship’s stern. Sure enough an unlucky roll brought her sea boats’ davits in contact with the carrier’s stern. The admiral growled “Make that young blighter a signal.” Everyone waited to hear the great man’s anger put to words.
From Flag Officer to Destroyer:
IF YOU TOUCH ME THERE AGAIN I SHALL SCREAM.
—  Make Another Signal, by Captain Jack Broome, RN (Ret.)

via Representative Alan Lowenthal

Yesterday, an individual barged into my office in Washington and made a disparaging remark about the fact that I fly the Pride Flag outside my office. He then went back out into the hallway outside my office, removed the flag from its holder, threw it to the ground, and stomped on it. He told my staff that the flag was “disgusting, immoral, and goes against everything that is right.”

The Pride Flag is more than just a symbol of pride for the LGBT community–it stands for love, understanding, and unity.

As a Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, I have flown this particular Pride Flag since 2013 in solidarity with the LGBT community. I have committed to fly it proudly until LGBT people have all of the same rights I have and until our laws protect LGBT people from discrimination and violence. Sadly, the violent and disturbing behavior of this individual yesterday demonstrated that we aren’t there yet.

His actions yesterday–intended to intimidate and demean–only make me and those that love freedom and justice want to fight that much harder. We simply MUST pass the Equality Act now! Introduced by my colleague, Rep. Cicilline, the Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

emilisborealis  asked:

(1/2) Hi! So I’m working on this space opera about a flagship in which the (5-star) admiral, flag captain and some other staff/crew are central characters. And while I’ve found info on staff structure and the like, I’d love to get some inside knowledge to help me write these characters better! Sorry if my question is a bit vague & broad, haha, but basically; what –beyond ordering a bunch of ships around– does an admiral actually do? Duties, mundane tasks, management, commanding/leadership etc.

(2/2) What does their day look like? What kind of relationship would they have with their flag captain (& vice versa) and the regular ship crew? And from the other perspective; what’s it like working on an admiral’s staff? Duties, day-to-day, how much/when does staff members interact with the admiral etc. Are there enlisted in the staff or only officers? Also if there’s any good resources (esp. books!) from the perspectives of/about admirals I’d love some recommendations!

I’m going to take this one on piece by piece.  Before I get on with that, I do want to say that how an admiral and their staff work depends a lot on their personalities.  Admirals, like any other leader, come in all shapes and flavors.  Some are petty tyrants who are great at micromanaging, and some do a really good job of stepping back.  So, part of what happens will be defined by the characters you’ve got.  That said, I’ll talk about what probably should happen.

What –beyond ordering a bunch of ships around– does an admiral actually do? Duties, mundane tasks, management, commanding/leadership etc.

An admiral’s job is looking at the big picture.  A five star admiral is going to be commanding a huge fleet, possibly the entire navy.  So, he/she is going to spend most of their time looking at these kind of things:

  1. Logistics, logistics, logistics.  There’s a great saying about war: Amateurs study tactics, professionals study logistics.  You would be shocked how much goes into moving a fleet around.  Do they have enough fuel (or whatever resource your ships use for propulsion)?  What about food?  Ships can’t stay at sea/away from port indefinitely (even in space), so what safe ports/planets are there?  Sailors need R&R or they’ll go crazy - and be less combat effective - so where in a warzone is there safe liberty?  How can you get spare parts for when things break?  Even spaceships can’t carry everything they need.
  2. Mediating conflicts of priority.  Whether that’s having to decide which ship gets widget A that will fix broken gun B when four ships need it and there’s only one of widget A available, or who gets the replacement gunner’s mate out of three ships that want him/her, Admirals get to make the hard decisions.
  3. Keeping an overall eye on the material condition of the ships under his/her command.  Ships break, and there’s no amount of advanced technology that can fix that.  Think of how complicated your car is, and then multiply that by about a million.  Ships break all the time, just because there’s so much complicated equipment.  My first ship was fond of lighting on fire at random moments.  Most fires were minor, but they required a lot of new (expensive) circuit cards to be replaced, and every cruiser in the Navy seemed to want those same cards.  Depending on how many ships the admiral has under their command, this will probably be a daily or weekly meeting that takes hours.
  4. Overall strategy.  Where is the fleet going?  What do they want to accomplish?  What ships are chosen as scouts?  Which ones have to play rearguard (which their captains may not like)?
  5. Answering the mail.  Unless the five-star admiral is also the leader of the nation, he/she has a boss who is going to want status updates.  In order to provide these updates, the admiral is going to have to have updates provided to him/her by their staff.  Someone might ghost write the emails/messages for the admiral, but the admiral still has to know what’ going on.
  6. Dealing with the locals.  If the ships stop in anywhere other than where there’s Naval/Fleet apparatus to deal with trouble, the admiral is The Guy who has to smooth over ruffled feathers.  Sailors will always get in trouble.  It’s pretty much a law of the universe.  It doesn’t matter how well-educated your worlds are…Sailors will still be Sailors.  When you’re cooped up in a restricted environment like a ship for weeks/months on end, you really want to let loose when you finally get ashore.  Admirals also get the fun public relations things, like making speeches, taking tours of important places, and generally playing like a uniformed politician.  

What does their day look like?

Honestly, an average day is probably full of meetings.  We often joked that we had meetings to plan more meetings, but there’s an enormous amount of administration that goes into running a ship or a fleet.  An admiral sets their own schedule, but there will be a lot of things that need their attention.  There will be at least one unpleasant surprise on any given day, from Ship X broke Important Thing Y to Seaman Timmy went and offended the locals by lighting precious statuary on fire.

Outside of meetings, a lot of people (staff, captains, etc) will come by and need the admiral’s answer on something.  They’ll need a decision made or the knowledge that a senior officer has, or just to brief the admiral on something that has happened (be it wrong or right).

What kind of relationship would they have with their flag captain (& vice versa) and the regular ship crew?

An admiral has to trust their flag captain.  The flag captain has to fight the ship while the admiral fights the fleet; the admiral isn’t going to be able to pay attention to the “little” things, like if their ship is surviving the battle.  So, there has to be a lot of trust.  The flag captain also has to understand the admiral’s tactical and strategic thinking very well, so that he/she puts the ship in the right place at the right time and understands what the admiral is thinking.  And that trust has to run both the other way, too, because the flag captain has to trust their admiral not to do something stupid and get them killed - because no one wants to fight for someone who will do that.

The admiral’s likely to be a more distant figure to the regular ship crew, but he/she will be on the ship, so they’re likely to wander around and chat with folks to get the pulse of the fleet.  The flagship is likely to be a large ship, so the crew probably won’t know the admiral well at all.

And from the other perspective; what’s it like working on an admiral’s staff? Duties, day-to-day, how much/when does staff members interact with the admiral etc.

It depends on how senior you are.  The department heads (we call them N-heads in the USN, since they all have staff codes.  For example, the N-3 is Operations) see the admiral every day or most days.  But someone who works for the N-3 probably won’t see the admiral even most days.  I generally saw the admiral about once a week as a lieutenant working under the N-3, and that was in a meeting that I coordinated.  Yeah, I saw him in the hallways sometimes, and when I was Staff Duty Officer, although then I usually dealt with the Chief of Staff.

Day-to-day duties depend upon what the person in question is doing.  Each individual has a job, whether it’s in operations/planning, weapons, navigation, tactics, supply, engineering, training, etc.  The heads of each department will coordinate with their counterparts on the ships to help the ships deal with whatever problems they have, and if the problems need to be brought to the admiral’s attention, they’ll do that.

And…well, there will be a lot of meetings.

Have you noticed that I keep mentioning meetings?  The Navy is full of them, and the more senior you get, the more time you spend sitting around a table.

Are there enlisted in the staff or only officers?

There are definitely enlisted members of the staff.  Most of them are more senior enlisted, generally first class petty officers and above.  They’re there to be the technical experts and generally keep officers from doing anything too stupid.  There are a lot more officers than enlisted on most staffs (unlike ships, where it’s the other way around), but you tend to get very smart senior enlisted folks on the staff.

Also if there’s any good resources (esp. books!) from the perspectives of/about admirals I’d love some recommendations!

I haven’t read a lot of books about Admirals in particular, but  The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King–The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea has generally good reviews and has a great reputation.  Another book that talks a lot about command and decision making is The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors.  It’s about a corner of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, which is one of history’s biggest naval battles.  Some fascinating decisions and mistakes were made by flag officers during that battle, so it’s a really good window into decision making processes.  

Both these books are focused on World War II, but you really do need to go that far back if you want a mother-loving navy war, so it makes for good examples.

One series that handles staff organization and dynamics pretty well is the Honor Harrington series by David Weber.  If you haven’t read it, it’s billed as Horatio Hornblower in space, and I will unashamedly say that I adore the series books.

Thinking today about the contrafactual where the Death Star succeeds in destroying Yavin 4, and while it would be a disaster for the Rebellion, it would actually not be that much of a disaster, and certainly not one on the scale that Tarkin is hoping for.

Tarkin is clearly under the impression that the entire Rebel leadership is on Yavin, but it isn’t – the base we see in ANH is more than half-empty compared to the base we see in Rogue One, and it looks like no one from the High Council is there.  If Mon Mothma was there, it seems pretty likely that she would have come out to say “I’m glad you’re alive to Leia” along with General Dodonna, but she doesn’t, so she must have already been moved at that point, and she doesn’t return for the ceremony either.  Admiral Ackbar appears in the Princess Leia comic, but he doesn’t seem to have been on Yavin during ANH and possibly wasn’t during Rogue One, either.  No other generals appear in ANH and the rebel fleet isn’t at Yavin then, either – just a small handful of X-wings and Y-wings, probably meant to defend the base while the Rebellion is in the process of breaking it down and moving on.  Which they do seem to be doing prior to ANH, probably beginning immediately after the scale of the disaster at Scarif becomes evident.  The bulk of the Rebel Alliance is not at Yavin 4; the fleet is either still scattered after Scarif or has rendezvoused elsewhere.  The Council and the other Rebel leadership, with the exception of General Dodonna (whose base was at Yavin anyway), wasn’t there.  Possibly Cassian’s boss, General Draven, was still there; possibly he was not.  (My assumption with Ackbar is that he arrived at Yavin between the destruction of the Death Star and the ceremony to help with the evacuation.)

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anon requested alfie dealing with the kids getting arrested

“I am so fucking disappointed in the lot of you”

Reggie sighed at the sound of his father’s voice, taking a few more moments before he tilted his head forward and away from the wall. He met eyes with his sister who was tucked up against the opposite wall, both of them daring each other to turn their head towards their father first.

“Hi, Uncle Alfie” Joe lifted his arm from his chest to wave, sprawled on his back on the floor.

“Joey Shelby, shut your mouth before I get in there and do it for you. Speaking of, eh!” Alfie flagged down the officer who was walking to the desk adjacent to the holding cell and motioned for him to open the door. 

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