31 thoughts on “Memorial Day 2024”

  1. the long hot summer ahead

    Millions in US face extreme-heat threat as experts urge better protections | US weather | The Guardian

    CPC's Three Month Temperature Outlook showing areas with forecast above normal and below normal temperatures. This illustration also shows areas where there are equal chances of above and below normal temperatures.

    Guide To Interpreting Climate Prediction Center Products (weather.gov)

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    June to August 2024













    New York

    Salt Lake City



    San Francisco

    Washington DC

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  2. and too close to home for yours truly yesterday and last night, but thankfully no damage other than lack of sleep.

    Kentucky warns of more severe weather after US storms kill 14 (msn.com)

    (Reuters) – Kentucky governor Andy Beshear declared a state emergency early on Monday after tornado-spawning thunderstorms swept the U.S. Southern Plains and Ozarks, killing at least 14 people and wrecking hundreds of buildings as forecasters warned of more severe weather.
    “Severe weather continues to move through the commonwealth with multiple reports of wind damage and tornadoes,” Beshear said in a post on X.
    At least seven people perished and nearly 100 were injured on Saturday night when a powerful tornado struck communities in north Texas near the Oklahoma border, Governor Greg Abbott said at a news conference the next day.
    On Sunday, as storms shifted to the northeast, unleashing more extreme weather across the U.S. heartland, a landscaper was killed by a tree toppled in winds that gusted to 80 miles per hour in Louisville, Kentucky, police said.
    The Weather Service warned of additional storms moving through the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, bringing a mix of damaging winds, large hail and more tornadoes, as well as heavy downpours capable of triggering flash floods.
    The latest bout of extreme weather came just days after a powerful tornado ripped through a rural Iowa town, killing four people, and more twisters touched down in Texas last week.

  3. back to today’s thread topic

    Taps Across America 2024 – Taps Across America

    On Memorial Day, Americans remember those who have died in military service to the United States. THE NATIONAL MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE is an annual event that asks all citizens, wherever they are at 3:00 p.m. local time, to pause for a duration of one minute in silent tribute to the men and women who have honorably served in uniform and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.
    The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying time off from work for the national holiday. The Moment was first proclaimed in May 2000 for Memorial Day that year, and was put in law by the United States Congress in December 2000.
    TAPS ACROSS AMERICA is an all inclusive patriotic event that honors our nation’s veterans each year on Memorial Day.
    TAPS ACROSS AMERICA provides an opportunity for all musicians of any age or ability the honor of sounding live Taps in recognition of the sacrifice of those veterans that have passed in service to their country.
    TAPS ACROSS AMERICA originally began in 2015 by retired Air Force bugler Jari Villanueva and took off nationally in 2020 during the pandemic when picnics, parades, and other celebrations were cancelled due to the COVID pandemic.  
    The response was overwhelming: More than 10,000 musicians joined in a nationwide salute to remember fallen service members. TAPS ACROSS AMERICA brings the country together, offering everyone an opportunity to Honor, Reflect and Remember in the true spirit of Memorial Day.  
    The 5th annual TAPS ACROSS AMERICA event will happen on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2024 once again bringing together thousands of musicians to sound Taps at 3 pm (local time).

    click here for video

  4. Remember, Orange Adolf’s idea of a war hero is someone who comes out unscathed; not captured, and certainly not defeated by death. Most were very young.

  5. jamie, notably interesting are who were president during the top 3 (as of my last look):

    most responses chose the ’50s (Ike)

    second the 40s (FDR & Harry)

    third NOW (Joe)

  6. 1980s Civil and reproductive rights were a thing. Pre-internet.  Berlin Wall came down. Still a few years from the Soviet Union collapsing, but glasnost was in play.   John Hughes movies.  

    Oh, yeah. My grandparents got indoor plumbing in December of 1979, so the 1980s were easier. No more boiling water for baths in a galvanized tub we kept on the lawn, and hauled into the kitchen for bathing. Plus, flush.

    Everything seemed possible in the 1980s, and POTUS Joe is doing his best to keep us from backsliding.

    Biden/Harris 2024

  7. I went for 1960s not because they were perfect (long way from it), but because they were hopeful.  Jobs were plentiful.  Race relations were improving.  Border crossing both directions were easy.  right up to 1968, you felt anything was possible and then it all started going to hell in a handbasket.  


  8. Re Taps across America.  This video is Canadian, but it expresses the idea beautifully.

    A Pittance of Time



  9. Seven years ago Washington Post vetted this quote attributed to Trump by his former casino manager and it’s  making the rounds again now:

    “Laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. I’ve got black accountants at the Trump Castle and at Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. Those are the kind of people I want counting my money. No one else.” — Donald J. Trump


  10. Covid martyrs should be honored as patriots too. They died because the then-president didn’t do his sworn duty to protect the country from foreign attack. 
    President Obama did his job by keeping Ebola from spreading to the U.S.

  11. Ivy
    You can’t compare Ebola to a SARS virus. While both can be extremely deadly. Ebola out breaks are easily contained by simple hygene. Bleach water and keep everything clean. don’t come in contact with any bodily fluids.  I also suspect a modern medical facility helps too, as most of the cases treated in the US survived.

  12. BTW, the great ebola scare demonstrates our biggest weakness. We tend to scare our silly selves over trivial things. 

  13. Another uplifting Memorial Day message from our adjudicated rapist..

    Donald J. Trump


    Happy Memorial Day to All, including the Human Scum that is working so hard to destroy our Once Great Country, & to the Radical Left, Trump Hating Federal Judge in New York that presided over, get this, TWO separate trials, that awarded a woman, who I never met before (a quick handshake at a celebrity event, 25 years ago, doesn’t count!), 91 MILLION DOLLARS for “DEFAMATION.” She didn’t know when the so-called event took place – sometime in the 1990’s – never filed a police report, didn’t have to produce the “dress” that she threatened me with (it showed negative!), & sung my praises in the first half of her CNN Interview with Alison Cooper, but changed her tune in the second half – Gee, I wonder why (UNDER APPEAL!)? The Rape charge was dropped by a jury! Or Arthur Engoron, the N.Y. State Wacko Judge who fined me almost 500 Million Dollars (UNDER APPEAL) for DOING NOTHING WRONG, used a Statute that has never been used before, gave me NO JURY, Mar-a-Lago at $18,000,000 – Now for Merchan!

    May 27, 2024, 10:00 AM

  14. It is my hope there could be some honor in the sacrificial deaths of Covid victims, but likely never. 

  15. Trump’s birthday is June 14th and he should do something to prove his great mental prowess much like Jack Lalane used to swim around the sf bay towing a row boat by a chain in his mouth on his birthday.

  16. “It is my hope there could be some honor in the sacrificial deaths of Covid victims, but likely never.”

    ivy, will this do in the meantime?

    Political Cartoon: Remembering on Memorial Day

  17. Ivy
    As to a memorial of some type I agree. 
    Covid was going to happen, it was just a matter of time. In a world that is so interconnected it will happen again.
    What didn’t have to happen is the politicizing of the epidemic, the total lack of leadership from the federal government. In some cases making it even worse by forcing the states to compete for scarce resources. The biggest sin of the whole Trump administration was that they were totally in over their heads yet they couldn’t quit flailing away preventing those who weren’t from doing their jobs. 
    I suspect if you want some memorial you will have to do it yourself.  The good thing about social media is that it allows you to connect with like minded individuals. You have a good story, you could be the start of the movement. 

  18. Thinking of all those who didn’t make it back to get out of uniform…  thank you!

  19. medical cross above a pot and a pan

    in a grey circle on a black and white field to represent objective duty in a polarized environment

  20. Thanks, y’all. These commemorative days are hard in what they unexpectedly bring up. I feel common cause with all the military-loss families. 

    Our covid-loss community is small and insular, but we keep ourselves mutually supported without politicizing it.

    For a number of our families, it was a mass casualty event. 💛

  21. My question about Stump saluting “Amazing Grace” is still whether the guy standing next to him with his hand over his heart KNEW it.  

  22. Orange Adolf doesn’t give a flip about the sacrifices of our military, unless he can use the current members to take power and keep his demented ass there.  
    Can E.Jean file another defamation suit against him?  
    Threatening all DAs and judges except Cannon, who may be playing for a future seat on SCOTUS, but who’s head  is already above her level. 
    Gag order? I hope his syphilitic tongue falls out of his pumpkin head. 

  23. I hope by the end of the week he’ll have some time in the can for his cumulative gag order violations. 

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