NY v. Boston, Strauss smackdown edition

New York World (19.06.1872) decried Strauss as

the little hop and skip maestro, hot from the wicked salons of Vienna

and adjudged his music “clap-trap,” so the Boston Globe (21.06.1872) retorted that,

New York is to be pitied

and a Boston periodical, Jubilee Days (20.06.1872), likened New York’s critics to a “herd of mules.”

October 1863, a terrible time

Some text from the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion. There are many, as in thousands of, noteworthy items in this giant collection.

First

He himself blew the brains out of one, and, as I had ordered that no more prisoners should be taken, he says their loss must have been very great.

THOMAS C. FITZ GIBBON, Major, Commanding Fourteenth Michigan Volunteers

Second

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
La Grange, Tennessee, October 29, 1863.
Lieutenant HILLIER,
Comdg. Detachment of Ninth Illinois Cavalry:

You will proceed immediately to La Fayette, Tennessee, and, if you find the railroad bridge destroyed and cannot find the men who did it, you will promptly arrest every man and lad in that neighborhood and send them here. You will then burn down every house in that vicinity.

By order of Brigadier General Thos. W. Sweeny:

THOS. G. MORRISON,
Major, and Chief of Outposts, Second Div., 16th Army Corps.

Panzerlied

Ob’s stürmt oder schneit,

Ob die Sonne uns lacht,

Der Tag glühend heiß

Oder eiskalt die Nacht.

Bestaubt sind die Gesichter,

Doch froh ist unser Sinn,

Ist unser Sinn;

Es braust unser Panzer

Im Sturmwind dahin.

Von Oberleutnant Kurt Wiehle am 25 Juni 1933 auf der Fahrt nach Königsbrück gedichtet

Auf Englisch:

In blizzard or storm,

Or in sun warm and bright,

The day hot as hell

Or bone-chilling be the night,

Our faces may with dust be laid,

But spirits never fade,

No, never fade;

Relentless, our tank

Thunders out on a raid.

 

There are four more verses to enjoy, should one be inclined. That first verse is in the 1965 Battle of the Bulge movie, with actors getting somewhat close to German singing.

Vexillological prank

TRI-WEEKLY ALAMO EXPRESS

San Antonio, TX, February 6, 1861, p. 3, c. 1

The Lone Star flag which was raised over Carolan’s Auction room on Tuesday and left up over night, was floating Wednesday morning bespangled with the complete “glorious constellation,” much to the annoyance of the enterprising gentlemen who put it up. Of course the culprit is not known. The stars were sewed on.

So some bold wag sewed six stars around the Texas star, after the 2/1/61 Texas secession. The other four states seceded after Texas.

 

Another RACIST Civil War general

RALEIGH, June 4, 186x.

Brigadier-General HAWLEY,

Wilmington:

You are to use the colored troops as you think best, so as to relieve the white troops from duty where they would be exposed to disease.

x. x. xxxxxxxxx,

Major-General.

Those Southerners, what a group of bad men….

Wait, this order came out 9 days later, I reveal the year and the general for the above note:

GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPT. OF NORTH CAROLINA,, ARMY OF THE OHIO, Numbers 84.
Raleigh, N. C., June 13, 1865.
The time has arrived when I must bid farewell to many of my old comrades of the Army of the Ohio, and doubtless the time will soon come when we all must separate. It is a farewell tinged with no feeling of sadness, save for the loss of our brave comrades who have fallen. Our thoughts at parting are of duty faithfully done, of hardships and dangers bravely met, of battles fought and victories won, of our glorious Union saved from destruction and more firmly reestablished on the basis of freedom for all, of dear homes and friends to which we are returning, rendered tenfold more dear by the price it has cost us to preserve them, and of the grateful welcome that awaits us among our friends and countrymen.

Let the memory of Knoxville, Resaca, Dallas, Kennesaw, Chattahoochee, and Atlanta; of Columbia, Franklin, and Nashville; of Fort Wagner, Drewry’s Bluff, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Richmond, and Fort Harrison; of Fort Fisher, Anderson, Wilmington, and Kinston, ever remind us of the priceless value of our free institutions, and incite in us that faithful discharge of our duties as citizens which alone can secure to us and to our posterity the full fruits of the victories which as soldiers we have won.

My comrades, I bid you farewell, and may Almighty God bless and reward you for patriotism and fidelity in the cause of liberty and Union, and may he comfort and protect the widows and orphan children of our comrades who have given their lives for their country.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,
Major-General.

Things were not as clear-cut as we have convinced ourselves during the intervening 150 years.

Idiot

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, IN THE FIELD, BIG SHANTY, June 16, 1864.

General Halleck, Washington, D. C. :

General Thomas did not make the progress last night I expected. He found the enemy strongly intrenched on a line slightly advanced from a straight line connecting Lost and Kenesaw Mountain. I have been along it to-day, and am pressing up close. Shall study it, and am now inclined to feign on both flanks, and assault the center. It may cost us dear, but in result would surpass an attempt to pass round. The enemy has a strong position, and covers his road well, and the only weak point in the game is in having the Chattahoochee in his rear. If, by assaulting, I can break his line, I see no reason why it should not produce a decisive effect. I know he shifts his troops about to meet our supposed attacks, and thereby fatigues his men, and the woods will enable me to mask our movements.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major- General Commanding.

150th anniversary at Kennesaw Mountain

Cost were “dear” indeed to ~3,000 men and their families.

 

Reward

tracert -h 100 216.81.59.173

Be patient, watch, and read. If you are enjoying freedom (linux), then

traceroute -m 100 216.81.59.173

jb

Bit late for Force of July festivities.

Finally, for text rick rolling, try tracert -h 100 obiwan.scrye.net

Updated signature

To replace “bomb bomb president” as the primary e-mail signature, a Slashdot contributor provided this improved content. Improvement is possible, but it is a great start.

Update from jawa report:

Dear NSA,

Constitution Allah Ackbar Tea Party bomb abortion patriot gun IRS Islam dog whistle Obama prayer tax surveillance.

To make sure you get this message, may I also say 9/11 Eric Holder birth certificate Bill Ayers drone Orwell Anonymous leak.

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Coli, Infrastructure Security, , Infrastructure security, Airport, CIKR (Critical Infrastructure & Key Resources), AMTRAK, Collapse, Computer infrastructure, Communications infrastructure, Telecommunications, Critical infrastructure, National infrastructure, Metro, WMATA, Airplane (and derivatives), Chemical fire, Subway, BART, MARTA, Port Authority, NBIC (National Biosurveillance Integration Center), Transportation security, Grid, Power, Smart, Body scanner, Electric, Failure or outage, Black out, Brown out, Port, Dock, Bridge, Canceled, Delays, Service disruption, Power lines, Southwest Border Violence, , Drug cartel, Violence, Gang, Drug, Narcotics, Cocaine, Marijuana, Heroin, Border, Mexico, Cartel, Southwest, Juarez, Sinaloa, Tijuana, Torreon, Yuma, Tucson, Decapitated, U.S. Consulate, Consular, El Paso, Fort Hancock, San Diego, Ciudad Juarez, Nogales, Sonora, Colombia, Mara salvatrucha, MS13 or MS-13, Drug war, Mexican army, Methamphetamine, Cartel de Golfo, Gulf Cartel, La Familia, Reynose, Nuevo Leon, Narcos, Narco banners (Spanish equivalents), Los Zetas, Shootout, Execution, Gunfight, Trafficking, Kidnap, Calderon, Reyosa, Bust, Tamaulipas, Meth Lab, Drug trade, Illegal immigrants, Smuggling (smugglers), Matamoros, Michoacana, Guzman, Arellano-Felix, Beltran-Leyva, Barrio Azteca, Artistics Assassins, Mexicles, New Federation, Terrorism, , Terrorism, Al Queda (all spellings), Terror, Attack, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Agro, Environmental terrorist, Eco terrorism, Conventional weapon, Target, Weapons grade, Dirty bomb, Enriched, Nuclear, Chemical weapon, Biological weapon, Ammonium nitrate, Improvised explosive device, IED (Improvised Explosive Device), Abu Sayyaf, Hamas, FARC (Armed Revolutionary Forces Colombia), IRA (Irish Republican Army), ETA (Euskadi ta Askatasuna), Basque Separatists, Hezbollah, Tamil Tiger, PLF (Palestine Liberation Front), PLO (Palestine Libration Organization), Car bomb, Jihad, Taliban, Weapons cache, Suicide bomber, Suicide attack, Suspicious substance, AQAP (Al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula), AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb), TTP (Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan), Yemen, Pirates, Extremism, Somalia, Nigeria, Radicals, Al-Shabaab, Home grown, Plot, Nationalist, Recruitment, Fundamentalism, Islamist, Weather/Disaster/Emergency, , Emergency, Hurricane, Tornado, Twister, Tsunami, Earthquake, Tremor, Flood, Storm, Crest, Temblor, Extreme weather, Forest fire, Brush fire, Ice, Stranded/Stuck, Help, Hail, Wildfire, Tsunami Warning Center, Magnitude, Avalanche, Typhoon, Shelter-in-place, Disaster, Snow, Blizzard, Sleet, Mud slide or Mudslide, Erosion, Power outage, Brown out, Warning, Watch, Lightening, Aid, Relief, Closure, Interstate, Burst, Emergency Broadcast System, Cyber Security, , Cyber security, Botnet, DDOS (dedicated denial of service), Denial of service, Malware, Virus, Trojan, Keylogger, Cyber Command, 2600, Spammer, Phishing, Rootkit, Phreaking, Cain and abel, Brute forcing, Mysql injection, Cyber attack, Cyber terror, Hacker, China, Conficker, Worm, Scammers, Social media

 

Belloc

Here is a fun find from over a hundred years ago, thank you Hilaire Belloc:

The Hippopotamus

I shoot the Hippopotamus

       With bullets made of platinum,

Because if I use leaden ones

       His hide is sure to flatten ’em.

 

United States of TEXAS

The Confederate Congress sometimes passed “votes of thanks,” such as the one to Cleburne’s Division for the defense of Ringgold Gap (many Texans fought there as well). Another striking event was this proof of the strength of realtors’ “location, location, location” mantra: Sabine Pass. The emphasis is mine.

No. 14. — Joint resolutions of thanks to Captain Odlum, Lieutenant Dowling, and the men under their command.

Feb. 8, 1864.

Thanks of Congress to Capt. Odlum, Lieut. Dowling and the Davis Guards under their command, for the defence of Sabine Pass, Texas.

Resolved, That the thanks of Congress are eminently due, and are hereby cordially given, to Captain Odlum, Lieutenant Richard Dowling, and the forty-one men composing the Davis Guards, under their command, for their daring, gallant and successful defence of Sabine Pass, Texas, against the attack made by the enemy, on the eighth of September last, with a fleet of five gun-boats and twenty-two steam transports, carrying a land force of fifteen thousand men.

Resolved, That this defence, resulting, under the Providence of God, in the defeat of the enemy, the capture of two gun-boats, with more than three hundred prisoners, including the commander of the fleet; the crippling of a third gun-boat, the dispersion of the transports, and preventing the invasion of Texas, constitutes, in the opinion of Congress, one of the most brilliant and heroic achievements in the history of this war, and entitles the Davis Guards to the gratitude and admiration of their country.

President requested to communicate these resolutions.

“Come and take it” indeed….

Inner duck shun

I recently learned a bit about Lucretius’ De rerum natura, a nearly 2,100 year-old document that provides summaries of science, philosophy, and other human behaviors. A snip from one web page caught my eye:

Hutchinson points out that Lucretius often juxtaposes the depiction of pleasure with an immediate cold shower of a depiction of regret, frustration, and absurdity.

That is a broadly useful statement. Cheers.