Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
These items caught my attention for this edition of The Wednesday Read:
- Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
- U.S. Senator Steve Daines
- Donald Trump & Boeing
- The Weather
- Larry the Legend
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day:
I had the opportunity to visit Pearl Harbor several years ago. It was a very touching experience that I will never forget.
Today we mark the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. God bless those who lost their lives and served during that time. Your unselfish patriotism will never be forgotten.
Died 10 Years Ago…
I am always on the lookout for news and I happened to catch this story from WDAZ.com which is in North Dakota:
BIZARRE: U.S. Senator Responds to Woman’s Opinion on DAPL
The Senator is U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.). Here’s the story:
Regardless of what state you may live in. One man received a letter from U.S. Senator Steve Daines giving his views on the issue and expressing gratitude for the correspondence.
The problem is, his mother, Suzanne Huhn, who the letter was addressed to, died ten years ago. The letter reads, “Thanks for contacting me to express your opposition to the pipeline.” “Please know I will keep your views in mind if the senate considers legislation regarding this issue.” The Montana man says he contacted the office of U.S. Senator Steve Daines. He says they said that his mother must have contacted them at some point and that they were sorry [sic] the inconvenience. The senator’s office has not publicly commented on the letter.
Daines must have obtained the address from somebody else’s database because if you add up his U.S. House and U.S. Senate service he has not been in office for 10 years.
It might be time for Daines to purge some files over the holidays…
Trump & Boeing:
In case you missed it, on Tuesday President-elect Donald Trump tweeted:
Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!
That sounds wonderful – the soon-to-be new President trying to save us a few bucks. The website “PolitiFact” rated his tweet as “Half True.”
Here is additional information from PolitiFact to consider:
Trump’s tweet referenced one plane, but the Air Force One program will actually produce two planes, not one. That allows one to undergo maintenance while the other one is available.
Of course, Air Force One is more than just a plane. It’s also a mobile command center, with state-of-the-art communications and safety features.
The plane must be able to refuel while flying, and the president and his staff need to have communications capabilities equivalent to what is in the Oval Office — secure video conferences, classified computer access, and nuclear-strike controls. It also needs robust defensive systems such as missile evasion.
The new planes will be “both the fastest and longest commercial airliner in the world,” according to military.com. They will be able to fly 7,730 nautical miles — nearly 1,000 more than the current planes — and will produce 16 tons less of carbon dioxide on a typical flight, according to the company.
As for Boeing, they issued a statement that said:
“We are currently under contract for $170 million to help determine the capabilities of these complex military aircraft that serve the unique requirements of the President of the United States. We look forward to working with the U.S. Air Force on subsequent phases of the program allowing us to deliver the best planes for the President at the best value for the American taxpayer.”
You can read the rest of the report from PolitiFact HERE.
Here in Montana, we are seeing some colder than normal weather with some snow. That’s pretty typical for this time of year. Unfortunately, that seems to bring out the worst in the local television weather people.
Here’s a tip – stop the drama and just report/forecast the weather, please.
Happy 60th birthday to my favorite basketball player, Larry “The Legend” Bird.
Bird was three-time NBA champion, three-time NBA Most Valuable Player, and 12-time All-Star.