Sorry for the delay in getting this edition out. I had a lot of stuff goin’ on!
How About Those Yankees!
I wrote and then rewrote Yankee win stories three times this week, because I didn’t get around to publishing the next edition of FOD. Home field has diffidently had its place in this year’s American League Championship Series, as every game was won by the home team.
The Yanks certainly had opportunities along the way to win another game, but that’s baseball. At the beginning of spring training no one imagined Aaron Judge would have the success he and the Yankees enjoyed. In fact he didn’t make the team until the last few days. Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird contributed mightily down the stretch and we had good pitching. The team has excellent prospects in their minor league system and likely we’ll see new names and new faces next spring. Until then there’s a good World Series to watch and comment on.
US Navy Ships Delivering Food and Water to Irma Victims
Positioned off the coast of Florida, helicopters from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) are now delivering food and water to Florida as part of the Hurricane Irma relief effort. As part of the ongoing recovery in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Navy and Coast Guard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS New York (LPD 21) are expected to join the relief effort Tuesday. As part of the ongoing recovery in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Navy and Coast Guard helicopters and ships are continuing to evacuate people and shuttle food, water, and supplies to the U.S. Virgin Islands and south Florida. Near Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Military Sealift Command’s dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) started providing supplies to the USS Wasp (LHD-1), USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and USS Oak Hill (LSD-51), along with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Federal Emergency Management Agency staff, which started providing humanitarian aid and medical airlifts Friday. William McLean pumped 620,000 gallons of diesel fuel, 40,000 gallons of jet fuel, and delivered 40 pallets of supplies to Navy units, according to the Navy. USNS Wright (T-AVB 3), aviation logistics support ship, is expected to leave Philadelphia Tuesday to support relief efforts in near the Virgin Islands. Wright is assigned to the Military Sealift Command Prepositioning Program and carries aviation maintenance equipment to support U.S. Marine Corps fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
“May you live in interesting times.” Well at least that seems to be true when looking at the national and international picture today. I had always heard ‘May you live in interesting times to be a Chinese curse or to have at least originated in China. Despite being widely attributed as a Chinese curse, there is no equivalent expression in Chinese. The nearest related Chinese expression is “寧為太平犬，莫做亂離人” (nìng wéi tàipíng quǎn, mò zuò luàn lí rén), which is usually translated as “Better to be a dog in a peaceful time, than to be a human in a chaotic (warring) period.”The expression originates from Volume 3 of the 1627 short story collection by Feng Menglong, Stories to Awaken the World. Evidence that the phrase was in use as early as 1936 is provided in a memoir written by Hughe Knatchbull-Hugessen, the British Ambassador to China in 1936 and 1937, and published in 1949. He mentions that before he left England for China in 1936, a friend told him of a Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.”
Unlike the Today Show that only publishes birthdays of centenarians, here at FOD we like to celebrate great souls early. Pictured here is Ms. Hazel Stout Forsman. She is the grandmother of Friend of FOD Mo Fo Joe. She’s celebrating her 99th Easter. And Joe tells me, she’s smiling because she just got to pay $44 to the state of Oklahoma for her state income tax because …. well, it’s better than the alternative. Oklahoma, that’s not OK. If you live to be 80, and you’re income is < $100K per year you should be exempted from all taxes at the state level. The United States currently has the greatest number of known centenarians of any nation with 53,364 according to the 2010 Census, or 17.3 per 100,000 people. In 2010, 82.8% of US centenarians were female. Grandma Forsman attributes her longevity to not eating all her vegetables just because somebody puts them on your plate. She has recommended to Joe that he work on developing a really good beer recipe from Idaho ingredients and start brewing it at Joe’s hilltop airport called Red Bird. Mo Fo Joe – listen to your grandmother!
Fireball’s Observation of the Day. Did you know that in 2015, women working full time in the United States typically were paid just 80 percent of what men were paid, a gap of 20 percent? While the number has gone up one percentage point from 2014, the change isn’t statistically significant — because the increase is so small, mere tenths of a percent, it doesn’t amount to perceptible change. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the earnings ratio hasn’t had significant annual change since 2007. Since President John F. Kennedy
signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963, it has been illegal in the United States to pay men and women working in the same place different salaries for similar work. But the pay gap has not gone away. This is wrong. Support equal pay for equal work!