Daily Archive: 11/10/2013

Nov 10 2013

Rant of the Week: Bill Maher’s New Rules: Christian Values – Love Thy Neighbor

Bill Maher – New Rules: Christian Values – Love Thy Neighbor

Nov 10 2013

On This Day In History November 10

This is your morning Open Thread. Pour your favorite beverage and review the past and comment on the future.

Find the past “On This Day in History” here.

November 10 is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 51 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this day in 1975, the 729-foot-long freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks during a storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew on board.

SS Edmund Fitzgerald (nicknamed “Mighty Fitz,” “The Fitz,” or “The Big Fitz”) was an American Great Lakes freighter launched on June 8, 1958. At the time of its launching, it was one of the first boats to be at or near maximum “St Lawrence Seaway Size” which was 730 feet (220 m) long and 75 feet (23 m) wide. From its launching in 1958 until 1971 the Fitzgerald continued to be one of the largest boats on the Great Lakes.

Final voyage and wreck

Fitzgerald left Superior, Wisconsin on the afternoon of Sunday, November 9, 1975 under the command of Captain Ernest M. McSorley. It was en route to the steel mill on Zug Island, near Detroit, Michigan, with a full cargo of taconite. A second freighter under the command of Captain Jesse B. “Bernie” Cooper, Arthur M. Anderson, destined for Gary, Indiana out of Two Harbors, Minnesota, joined up with Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald, being the faster ship, took the lead while Anderson trailed not far behind. The weather forecast was not unusual for November and called for a storm to pass over eastern Lake Superior and small craft warnings.

Crossing Lake Superior at about 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph), the boats encountered a massive winter storm, reporting winds in excess of 50 knots (93 km/h; 58 mph) with gusts up to 86.9 knots (160.9 km/h; 100.0 mph) and waves as high as 35 feet (11 m). Visibility was poor due to heavy snow.  The Weather Bureau upgraded the forecast to gale warnings. The freighters altered their courses northward, seeking shelter along the Canadian coast. Later, they would cross to Whitefish Bay to approach the locks.When the storm became intense, the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie were closed.

Late in the afternoon of Monday, November 10, sustained winds of 50 knots were observed across eastern Lake Superior. Anderson was struck by a 75-knot (139 km/h; 86 mph) hurricane-force gust. At 3:30 pm, Captain McSorley radioed the Anderson to report that she was taking on water and had top-side damage including that the Fitzgerald was suffering a list, and had lost two vent covers and some railings. Two of the Fitzgerald’s six bilge pumps were running continuously to discharge shipped water.

At about 3:50 pm, McSorley called the Anderson to report that his radar was not working and he asked the Anderson to keep them in sight while he checked his ship down so that the Anderson could close the gap between them. Fitzgerald was ahead of Anderson at the time, effectively blind; therefore, she slowed to come within 10 miles (16 km) range so she could receive radar guidance from the other ship. For a time the Anderson directed the Fitzgerald toward the relative safety of Whitefish Bay. McSorley contacted the U.S. Coast Guard station in Grand Marais, Michigan after 4:00 pm and then hailed any ships in the Whitefish Point area to inquire if the Whitefish Point light and navigational radio beacon were operational. Captain Cedric Woodard of the Avafors answered that both the light and radio direction beacon were out at that moment. Around 5:30 pm, Woodward called the Fitzgerald again to report that the Whitefish point light was back on but not the radio beacon. When McSorley replied to the Avafors, he commented, “We’re in a big sea. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”

The last communication from the doomed ship came at approximately 7:10 pm, when Anderson notified Fitzgerald of an upbound ship and asked how it was doing. McSorley reported, “We are holding our own.” A few minutes later, it apparently sank; no distress signal was received. Ten minutes later Anderson could neither raise Fitzgerald by radio, nor detect it on radar. At 8:32 pm, Anderson was finally able to convince the U. S. Coast Guard that the Fitzgerald had gone missing. Up until that time, the Coast Guard was looking for a 16 foot outboard lost in the area. The United States Coast Guard finally took Captain Cooper of the Anderson seriously shortly after 8:30 pm. The Coast Guard then asked the Anderson to turn around and look for survivors.

The Edmund Fitzgerald now lies under 530 feet of water, broken in two sections. On July 4, 1995, the ship’s bell was recovered from the wreck, and a replica, engraved with the names of the crew members who perished in this tragedy, was left in its place. The original bell is on display at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point in Michigan.

The Witch of November I am a sailor. Blessed Be

Nov 10 2013

Punting the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition

Punting the Punditsis an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

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The Sunday Talking Heads:

Just a note of warning, NJ’s newly reelected bullying, buffoon governor will be on every Sunday talk show except CNN

Up with Steve Kornacki: There was no guest list posted for this Sunday’s show.

This Week with George Stephanopolis: This Sunday’s guests on “This Week” are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R); Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R); and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ).

The roundtable guests are ABC News’ Cokie Roberts;, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN); Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot; Republican strategist and CNN contributor Ana Navarro; and New York Magazine‘s John Heilemann.

Plus Canada’s Jon Stewart, George Stroumboulopoulos, weighs in on the Toronto mayor’s wild week.

Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer: Mr. Schieffer’s guests are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R); and former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta.

His panel guests are Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report;, Democratic Strategist Stephanie Cutter; Republican Strategist Phil Musser; and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson.

Meet the Press with David Gregory: This week’s MTP guests are Secretary of State John Kerry; and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).

Joining the roundtable discussion are Presidential Historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin; Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD); Time Magazine‘s Mark Halperin; and host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Joe Scarborough.

State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Ms. Crowley’s guests this Sunday are Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC); DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and RNC Chair Reince Preibus.

Joining her for a special interview is former Senate Republican leader and presidential candidate Bob Dole (R-KS).

Nov 10 2013

Six In The Morning

On Sunday

Typhoon Haiyan: Thousands feared dead in Philippines

The BBC

Around 10,000 people may have died in just one area of the Philippines hit by Typhoon Haiyan, according to officials.

One of the worst storms on record, it destroyed homes, schools and an airport in the eastern city of Tacloban.

Neighbouring Samar island was also badly affected, with reports of 300 people dead and 2,000 missing.

The Philippine government has so far only confirmed the deaths of 151 people throughout the country, but hundreds of thousands have been displaced.

The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports that the scene in Tacloban, the capital of Leyte province, is one of utter devastation.




Sunday’s Headlines:

Geneva talks end without deal on Iran’s nuclear programme

Inspiration or danger? Private schools in Pakistan ban Malala Yousafzai’s book

Van Rompuy warns against rising nationalism in EU

Burundi president builds schools, but education remains weak

Venezuela’s government seizes electronic goods shops

Nov 10 2013

Saturday Night Movie

Nov 10 2013

Three Things On The Internet

The team of All In with Chris Hayes puts out a daily request on Twitter asking their followers to send them the things they find most interesting on the internet. These are their finds for November 7, 2013.

1.This is a ship-shipping ship, shipping shipping ships.”

2. The F-Bombs heard round the world.

3. The gift that is Rob Ford just keeeeeeeeeps giving. And going.