Friday, December 11, 2020
Monday, December 7, 2020
YESTERDAY, December 7, 1941 a date which will live in infamy the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that Nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American Island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.
Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong:
Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island.
And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.
Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our Nation.
As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.
But always will our whole Nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces with the unbounding determination of our people we will gain the inevitable triumph so help us God.
I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.”
Saturday, December 5, 2020
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Have you heard about the Big Bubble in the Buffalo Bayou? Have you seen the mysterious red button on the Preston Street Bridge? We heard about this shortly after we moved here, and I had to look into it to find out what it was.
In the middle of the brick column on the south side of the Preston Street Bridge, is a little red button. When you press it, the water in the bayou will bubble for several seconds. I realize that this is just a button and some bubbles, but if you are going to visit it, you really have all the materials you need for a great adventure.
First off, there is no sign above this little button. It is just a mysterious red button in the middle of Downtown Houston. You don’t know whether you should press it or not. And if you do press it, what will happen? Where should you look? And say you see or hear the bubbles, what is causing it? Did you wake a bayou monster? And if a boat is traveling down the river, what would happen if you timed the bubbles just right?
For best results, tell your kids you hear there is a mysterious red button in Downtown Houston and you need to find out what it does. Get them close to the bridge and see if they can find it.
Once you find it, ask for ideas on what it might do and see who is brave enough to push it.
Once pressed, try to find the bubbles and ask what could be causing them? Finish up with several minutes of pressing the button, running to the side of the bridge, watching the bubbles and giggling with delight.
To get here, drive or take METRO Rail to the Preston Station. Walk a few blocks west towards the Downtown Aquarium until you are over the water. On the southeast side of the bridge you will see the little red button. The water on the south side of the bridge will bubble.
The bubbles are to aerate the slow moving water. The water is aerated automatically throughout the day and whenever a brave passerby presses the button.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Beyoncé was from Houston’s Third Ward
Patrick Swayze, whose most notable role was in “Dirty Dancing.” He was taken from us when he was way too young!
Randy Quaid, everyone’s favorite cousin. “Shitter’s full!”
Dennis Quaid, who played Jerry Lee Lewis in the movie, “Great Balls of Fire”, among numerous other roles.
Gary Busey, from Baytown, just outside of Houston, gave the best movie portrayal to date of the legendary Buddy Holly.
Kenny Rogers, the Gambler! What more needs to be said?
Hilary Duff, the actress.
Travis Scott, rapper and significant other of Kylie Jenner.
Howard Hughes, the eccentric and reclusive billionaire.
Jennifer Garner, actress and one of the spouses of Ben Affleck.
Michael Strahan, former NFL Star and current TV host.
Shelley Duvall, actress from, “The Shining”, “Popeye”, and several other movies.
Vince Young, former NFL quarterback.
Anna Nicole Smith. We all know her tragic story.
Jaclyn Smith, one of Charlie’s original Angels.
Phylicia Rashād, wife of Ahmad. Also known to most of us as Clair Huxtable.
Billy Gibbons, from the Double Z Ranch, and one of the beards of ZZ Top!
Billy Preston, musician who gave us, “Nothing From Nothing”, and, “Will It Go Round In Circles?”
AJ Foyt, champion NASCAR and USAC race car driver and owner.
Tilman Fertitta, owner of the Houston Rockets, and founder of the Landry’s Seafood chain of restaurants. He’s actually from Galveston, but that’s close enough!