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Ad Astra, John Glenn (1921-2016)

An astronaut. 

A pilot. 

A husband. 

A father. 

A United States Senator.

An American hero. 

An original.

John Glenn (1921-2016) was all those things and more. When he rocketed into space on Feb. 20, 1962, to become the first American to orbit Earth, the flight set the nation on course to meet ever-more ambitious goals.

The life and career of Senator Glenn eclipses those of many. In spite of his accomplishments, he was a humble and gracious man (and 4-term U.S. senator).

During Glenn’s first flight, a scheduled 30-minute test to determine whether Glenn could fly the capsule manually became a matter of life and death when the automatic system malfunctioned after the first orbit.

“I went to manual control and continued in that mode during the second and third orbits, and during re-entry,” Glenn recalled later. 

“The malfunction just forced me to prove very rapidly what had been planned over a longer period of time.”

Another problem seemed even more serious – telemetry indicated the spacecraft’s heat shield was loose. It seemed possible that Glenn and the spacecraft would be incinerated on re-entry. 

Glenn left the retrorocket pack in place to steady the heat shield during re-entry. “It made for a very spectacular re-entry from where I was sitting,” he said. Big chunks of the burning material came flying by the window.

He wasn’t sure whether the flaming debris was the rocket pack or the heat shield breaking up. “Fortunately,” he told an interviewer,“ it was the rocket pack – or I wouldn’t be answering these questions.”

In the words of President Obama, who awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012: “When John Glenn blasted off from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas rocket in 1962, he lifted the hopes of a nation. And when his Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down a few hours later, the first American to orbit the Earth reminded us that with courage and a spirit of discovery there’s no limit to the heights we can reach together. With John’s passing, our nation has lost an icon and Michelle and I have lost a friend. John spent his life breaking barriers, from defending our freedom as a decorated Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, to setting a transcontinental speed record … The last of America’s first astronauts has left us, but propelled by their example we know that our future here on Earth compels us to keep reaching for the heavens.  On behalf of a grateful nation, Godspeed, John Glenn.”

Glenn left the Astronaut Corps in 1964 and resigned from the Marine Corps in 1965. And, after some time in private industry ran for and was elected ti the U.S. Senate in 1974, carrying all 88 counties of Ohio. He was re-elected in 1980 with the largest margin in Ohio history. Ohio returned him to the Senate for a third term in 1986. In 1992 he was elected again, becoming the first popularly elected senator from his state to win four consecutive terms.

During his last term he was the ranking member of both the Governmental Affairs Committee and the Subcommittee on Air/Land Forces in the Senate Armed Services Committee. He also served on the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Special Committee on Aging. He was considered one of the Senate’s leading experts on technical and scientific matters, and won wide respect for his work to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

In 1998, Glenn flew on the STS-95 Discovery shuttle flight, a 9-day mission during which the crew supported a variety of research payloads including deployment of the Spartan solar-observing spacecraft, the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform, and Glenn’s investigations on space flight and the aging process.

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden remembers, “Senator Glenn’s legacy is one of risk and accomplishment, of history created and duty to country carried out under great pressure with the whole world watching.”

Today, we honor him for all that he stood for and continues to stand for – grace under pressure, humility, ability, strength. 

Godspeed, John Glenn.

As a matter of fact, I think the nation would have been better served had Gore raised holy hell about what happened to him for as long as he possibly could. I think the nation would have been better served if some Democratic senator had stood with, say, John Lewis, to contest the results of the 2000 election. I think that Kerry should have hollered louder and longer about the shenanigans in Ohio that helped re-elect George W. Bush. Maybe if they had done this, the subsequent flood of voter-suppression laws, and the ensuing gerrymandering of various legislatures, which continues to rage through the political process today, could have been partially stemmed.
A Roleplayer’s Guide to: The State of Ohio!

I’ve seen these posts floating around that are giving roleplayer’s help in regards to writing about certain places but haven’t really seen any regarding the great state of Ohio, so here we are! If you want to play a character from Ohio, here are some helpful tidbits for you!

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“I do not wish to be diddled!”

Today I have a really funny story that was embarrassing to everybody involved – nevertheless it is a wonderful example of how Abraham Lincoln conducted business no matter what the circumstances.

While Lincoln is known as the magnanimous and generous giant that he was, one did not wish to be in the same room with him if he had the slightest suspicion that someone tried to cheat him.

There are various examples, but this one comes with physical proof instead of just second hand story telling like so many others.

(I apologize for the wall of text that is to follow but it is necessary for the background info.)

In the summer of 1859, in the wake of the state election in Ohio, Abraham Lincoln was invited by two gentlemen of the Republican State Central Committee to speak on behalf of their political campaign.

After his long debating summer the year prior, Lincoln had turned down several offers of the kind since the battle with Douglas throughout the state of Illinois had left him financially drained.
While such speaking tours usually paid for room and board, no other income would follow from it.
Eying a possible presidential bid, Lincoln reconsidered and agreed to tour Ohio in September of 1859 where he appeared in Columbus, Dayton, Hamilton and Cincinnati.

After that all was quiet until June 5th in 1860…only a short time after Lincoln had been nominated the Republican candidate for the presidency.

A hotel bill from “The Burnet House” in Cincinnati arrived in Springfield and the owners informed Abraham Lincoln that there was still an open tap from his visit the year prior.

Not interested in any scandal, Lincoln thought to pay immediately…but then started to think.

What probably nagged him most was the suspicion that the hotel tried to cash in twice since he remembered that he had asked about the bill and was told that it had been settled by the Republican State Committee.

Upon closer look, Lincoln discovered more oddities.

First, he thought that the charge for the room - $ 37,50 – was “a little steep”. Furthermore, he was charged for “wines, liquors & cigars” ($ 18,50) that he was sure he did not consume.

The whole bill amounted to $53.50 and Lincoln could have easily paid it out of his pocket…but he just wasn’t that kind of guy.

Instead he wrote to the husband of his wife’s cousin, William M. Dickson, from Cincinnati and asked him to investigate the matter “quietly”.

As it turned out, the Committee had simply forgot to pay and Dickson took care of it quickly.
Highly embarrassed about the Committee’s lack of decency and the “simply outrageous” idea that the speaker should foot the bill, he begged Lincoln “for the honor of our City don’t send me the money” and all was settled.

However, in his original note, an angry Lincoln had made clear that “I can and will pay it if it is right; but I do not wish to be “diddled”!”

Below are the original letter from the hotel as well as Dickson’s reply on their stationary:

anonymous asked:

Living in Ohio how much do you hate Presidential campaign ads? Sincerely, Your friend who doesn't live in a battleground state

I don’t have cable, so, I blatantly ignore them and always keep my aux/Bluetooth for music to avoid radio ads during the election 😂 Ohio is a huge swing state, so it’s always big here. I just do my research, make my own opinion, and stay out of the drama of it all.

If you’ve seen the critically acclaimed Broadway musical “Hamilton,” then you’ve heard the song “Farmer Refuted.” It’s based on a letter a young Alexander Hamilton wrote — he was barely 20 — offering a passionate defense of individual liberty and the brewing American Revolution. Yet he did not sign it under his own name, instead writing as “a sincere friend of America.”

This overlooked fact deserves greater attention. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical has renewed Americans’ appreciation of Hamilton, one of our nation’s most dynamic founders. Never before have his life and views, from his defense of individual rights to his opposition to slavery, been so celebrated. But Hamilton’s frequent use of anonymous speech has received scant attention, even though it has a significant bearing on American politics today.

Anonymous speech was a frequent feature of Hamilton’s life — and of the American founding overall. Arguably the single most influential piece leading to American independence was “Common Sense,” the pamphlet penned by Thomas Paine anonymously. Just over a decade later, Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay co-wrote the Federalist Papers as “Publius.”

These were not unconnected or uncommon occurrences. The United States was built in large part on the exchange of ideas circulated anonymously. In the years before the Declaration of Independence, anonymous speech was one of the greatest weapons the colonists used against the tyrant King George III. As for the Constitution, had Publius and others not anonymously dialogued in newspapers about the equally revolutionary document, it might never have been adopted, nor would have the subsequent Bill of Rights with its First Amendment guarantee of free speech.

The bottom line is that it is highly probable that the United States would not even exist without anonymous speech. Sadly, we have forgotten this lesson somewhere in the intervening years. Today, anonymous speech is too often demonized, derided as “dark,” or otherwise dismissed for its lack of “transparency.”

Although there are many examples, the brunt of these attacks centers on the anonymous speech used by nonprofit organizations on both the right and the left. These groups reach out to the public with messages on a wide number of issues, and they can be supported by individuals, corporations, unions and more. The nationwide campaign against anonymous speech is, by and large, a campaign to force these supporters’ identities into the open.


Some opponents of anonymous political speech claim it enables businesses and individuals to advocate in secret for government policies that benefit themselves. But an idea aired in the public forum — whether it’s suggested by an individual, nonprofit or business — doesn’t mandate an action. It asks people to evaluate the merits of the argument and to decide for themselves if the proposed change would advance society. As then-Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission in 1995, “ ‘the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.’ . . . Don’t underestimate the common man. People are intelligent enough to evaluate the source of an anonymous writing.” Perhaps we should have more faith that voters — and reporters — are smart enough to smell a rat.

When anonymous speech flourishes, ideas that are unpopular, controversial and revolutionary have a much better chance of finding their way into the public square and gaining wider public acceptance. Absent anonymous speech, America’s political discourse would become less vibrant, more impoverished. Hamilton proved it.

quick update on some key states:

Florida is pretty much tied.

Florida, which has 29 electoral votes up for grabs, is slightly leaning in Clinton’s favor — but not by much. A RealClearPolitics average of polls has Clinton at 47.7% to Trump’s 46.8%, which is a statistical tie.

Clinton may have the overall edge, however, as she is leading Trump in early voting, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Trump is favored to win Ohio.

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog has Trump at a 64.2% chance of winning the state’s 18 electoral votes. Although the race is tight, RealClearPolitics has Trump up nearly 2 points in an average of polls. Trump is at 46.6%, while Clinton is at 45%.

North Carolina is leaning in Trump’s favor.

In the swing state of North Carolina, Trump has the slight lead, 47.8% to Clinton’s 46%. FiveThirtyEight gives Trump a 50.4% chance of winning the state, but Clinton is certainly not far behind.

Who’s going to win? The NY Times and FiveThirtyEight show different odds for Clinton.