Monthly Archives: November 2014

RV Neil Armstrong and RV Sally Ride

Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride
Writer and former P-3 aviator J.L. Curtis (“OldNFO”) has a post connecting space and the Navy that is worthy of note.

Two new Oceanographic Research vessels are under construction or development: RV Neil Armstrong (AGOR-27) and RV Sally Ride (AGOR-28). These paintings are the “commissioning lithos.”

Neither one of these names needs an introduction, but I will say that Armstrong was a former Navy test pilot.

Science fiction writers, always on the hunt for names for future ships, will now have to note that these names are taken for the next few decades, and they won’t be getting the “USS” designation. “RV” stands for Research Vessel. It’s a safe bet that more than a few sci-fi novels already have ships named after these two.

A Kindle deal

(Sorry! Link to this special deal disappeared after just a few days.)

I saw this and had to comment: Kindle + Kindle Unlimited for $99*

“The all-new Kindle plus 6 months of unlimited reading.”

As the link shows, they have a similar type of deal for those who want a different device, like the Paperwhite.

I’ve got three comments:

1. It looks like a great deal.

2. The six-month plan indicates that Kindle Unlimited will be around for a while.

3. It could change people’s reading habits. It will be easier to pick up a book by a new author knowing that you could drop it half-way through. It would almost be like going to the library.

If you’re not familiar with Kindle Unlimited, it’s normally a flat $9.99 per month for access to over 700,000 titles (including my book, of course).

* P.S. Look closely before you buy: The price was $99 when I first wrote this post. It dropped $20 for Black Friday but now it’s back to where it was. It may have changed again by the time you’re reading this.

P.P.S. Kindle Unlimited obviously isn’t for everyone. You’ve got to read or listen to audiobooks a lot, and enough of those books need to be in their library for it to be useful. If you’re already a member of Amazon Prime, then you’ve already got access to a book from their lending library every month.

The Election of 1944

The Milwaukee Journal - June 4, 1944

The Milwaukee Journal – June 4, 1944


Prior to D-Day, when there was still some question as to how the invasion would turn out, there was a concern that radical isolationists, such as Senator William Langer, could rally the mothers of soldiers against the Roosevelt administration for having ”led us into war.“

It would have been an unfair charge, as these things usually are. The GOP’s 1940 nominee, Wendell Willkie, was no more an isolationist than FDR. (Had Willkie been elected in 1932, he would have been a far better president, in my opinion.)

But 1944 was different. The Republicans had nominated Thomas E. Dewey. For V.P., they chose Ohio Governor John W. Bricker. Dewey was a good man, but was definitely an isolationist. And Bricker was making his name that year blaming FDR for Pearl Harbor, by not doing enough to prevent it.

In the above cartoon, it wasn’t simply about making soldiers able to vote. There was also the question of getting them the information. As this next cartoon shows, that’s always subject to debate:

The Milwaukee Journal - February 16, 1944

The Milwaukee Journal – February 16, 1944

Parties change, but politicians don’t.