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Police Scold Residents For Fetching Mail Without Wearing Pants

Police Scold Residents For Fetching Mail Without Wearing Pants

Kristin Danley-Greiner, Patch<time class="date Fz(11px) Mb(4px) Fz(13px) C(#9ea2af)" datetime="2020-04-15T15:21:11.000Z" itemprop="datePublished" data-reactid="17">April 15, 2020</time>



WESTMINSTER, MD — The new coronavirus has caused many Marylanders to do things they later regret. Say, people cutting their own bangs or coloring their hair. Or dog owners attempting to groom their own pooches. The outcomes aren't always the best.
Residents of Taneytown may be regretting some life choices made lately, ones that have landed them on social media where the incident is spreading like wildfire. Taneytown has a population of almost 7,000 and at least one person is making headlines there. Tuesday night, the Taneytown Police Department had to remind its residents that they need to wear pants before venturing outside to check the mail.
This apparently hasn't been the first time officers have had to say something to folks.
"Please remember to put pants on before leaving the house to check your mailbox. You know who you are. This is your final warning."

So far, the post has been shared more than 2,400 times with more than 1,000 likes and hundreds of comments. Michigan resident Danielle Lynn thanked the police department for the "good laugh this morning."
"We can't even go for walks without sheriffs yelling 'Get in the house,'" she posted on the thread.
Other Facebook users had a bit of fun with the post, taking pictures of themselves outside with an emoji covering their behinds. Others demanded to know if the person was at least wearing a face covering at the time. Some insisted it was a joke to lighten the humor during the stay-at-home order issued March 30 by Gov. Larry Hogan, while some pleaded not guilty in the thread.
Hogan insisted last month that no Maryland resident should leave their home "unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention or for other necessary purposes." Walks for exercise or with a dog are allowed.
"This is a deadly public health crisis," said Hogan during a news conference. "We are no longer asking or suggesting that Marylanders stay home. We are directing them to do so."
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Up here in Canada, the fine is $750 each person for gathering in groups. Nothing about going to the mail box with no pants, still too cold here.
 

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The 78th Anniversary of The Doolittle Raid

On 78th Anniversary of Doolittle Raid, Air Force Does Battle Against a New Foe




Lt. Col. David Faggard, Military.com • April 18, 2020

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Nearly eight decades ago, on April 18, 1942, a band of airmen known as the Doolittle Raiders lined the deck of the USS Hornet in their B-25 Mitchell bombers, riding the uneasy waves of the Pacific Ocean. Readying to strike the heart of the mighty Japanese Empire - Tokyo - these bold and innovative airmen took the fight to an enemy who had earlier attacked the Hawaiian Islands.
The airmen focused their surprise offense with what they had available to them, 16 medium bombers outfitted with just four 500 pound bombs; they chose to strike the enemy’s heart in aviation’s first long-range strike operation. They chose that target not because it was easy, but because it was necessary, for the nation.
It was one of the first bold actions that would later shape our nation’s long-range strike team.
These aviators were the best of us and we must remain deeply humbled and honored to carry on their legacy as Strikers. With the passing of the last of these aviation giants, it is up to us to carry on their legacy through our Striker culture.

Today, Strikers find ourselves battling once again, preserving health while balancing risk to mission during a global pandemic. Risk is balanced now inside the flightdeck and on the flightline, from the maintainers down into the capsules.
Strikers are charged with providing lethal combat power, anywhere, anytime. With overwhelming force, America’s long range strike force remains postured and ready to strike any target with overwhelming and decisive power. Prepared to fight-and win-in all conditions.

All conditions.

As the alliance’s only ICBM and bomber fleet, Strikers are once again innovating boldly by managing a global mission with new challenges at every turn.

This is a new and historic time where bold leaders are required to make bold decisions to ensure the enterprise remains safe, secure and effective.

Strikers operate in isolation and thrive in that environment like no other force can. They haven’t missed a beat and continue to lead by standing on the shoulders of giants like Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle and his Raiders.
These airmen are the nation’s ace in the hole. There is a growing and insatiable demand for global strike on speed dial. We’re mentoring bold innovators and we seek the next generation of airmen ready to lead.

Whether it’s hypersonics, reinventing an aging platform, or providing new options to combatant commands, long range strike will be there.
Our airmen fly, maintain and employ an American arsenal that’s older than their parents. But, the nation is counting on us, and we’ll meet any challenge and any crisis head-on.


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God bless all who have served. My uncle was a captain of a Boeing back in the 40's, made flights from England to Germany and returned. He didn't like Germany much. He never stopped. He was luckier than other captains who were making the same run.
 

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25 Years Ago: Oklahoma City Bombing

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Residents of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, are remembering those lost in a huge bomb attack on the Alfred P Murrah federal building on 19 April, 1995.

The massive 4,800lb device was detonated by a disgruntled 33-year-old from upstate New York, Timothy McVeigh, who had served during the first Gulf War in the US army.

McVeigh was apparently angry at the US government over the siege at Waco, Texas, in 1993 in which the FBI had surrounded a compound occupied by a religious cult, and where 86 people – many of them children – died. Many were burned to death. The siege ended on 19 April, 1993, two years to the day before the Oklahoma attack.

He was similarly incensed by the 1992 Ruby Ridge incident, when agents surrounded the Idaho home of Randy Weaver, and launched an 11-day siege that resulted in the deaths of his wife and children.


McVeigh and an accomplice, Terry Nichols, killed 168 people in the bombing incident and injured more than 600. The bomb wrecked scores of buildings and left a large hole in the ground.

The site is now occupied by a memorial – the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.
It remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in the US, and until the attacks of 9/11 was the biggest.

McVeigh was sentenced to death and was executed in 2001. Nichols was sentenced to life without parole and remains in jail.
A third man, Michael Fortier was sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined him $200,000, for failing to warn the authorities of his former army friend’s plan. Fortier’s wife, Lori, escaped prosecution after agreeing to testify against McVeigh and Nichols.


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The Doolittle Raiders. This is the definition of brave men. Even before leaving, the knew they did not have enough fuel to return. It would be a one way trip. Most had to crash land someone in China and make their way back on their own.

I second Paul. God bless all who served. Even those who did not serve on the front lines make it possible for ALL to succeed.
 

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Aftermarket Supersizes The New Ford Godzilla V8

It’s time to push your Ford Super Duty to new performance heights.

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No matter how powerful a vehicle is, enthusiasts can and will tune it to make more power. This includes the massive 7.3-liter V8 known as Godzilla, which you can get with a new Ford Super Duty truck. While the factory 430-horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque might sound like plenty to some, there are others who want to push those figures higher. The aftermarket has already heard your calls with a growing number of mods, but Whipple Superchargers has gone above and beyond so now you have a forced induction option to really crank things up.

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The Stage 2 supercharger uses a Gen 5 3.0-liter twin-screw unit. What’s great about this solution is Whipple claims no cutting or grinding is necessary for the installation, making it far easier for owners to put on themselves. An air-to-water intercooler is included.

According to Whipple, using this supercharger will dial up output to a monstrous 700-hp and 700 lb.-ft. of torque. If that’s not enough to tow your trailer through a mountain pass, you need a semi-truck. Some are pointing out that Whipple is probably not going very extreme with this setup, and that’s likely true, considering the aftermarket has already squeezed 600-hp from Godzilla without forced induction.
Power is great, but that’s not enough to maximize performance. Whipple gets that, which is why it also includes a powertrain control module (PCM) which tunes the 10-speed automatic for the Ford Super Duty. This will keep the engine right in that torque sweet spot. The PCM also fine-tunes spark, fuel delivery, and the electronic throttle.

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Plenty of people have been fantasizing about swapping the big 7.3-liter V8 into a Ford Mustang, Taurus, or some other project car. No doubt someone will do this eventually, but considering Godzilla isn’t in the Ford Performance crate engine lineup (yet), getting your hands on one is going to be expensive or difficult (for now).

With more aftermarket upgrades available, enthusiasts are going to be clamoring for this engine, so maybe the Blue Oval will see a way to accommodate that. For now, it will help Ford Super Duty owners tow with greater confidence and have more fun behind the wheel.
Whipple will be launching this supercharger kit in the third quarter of this year. Expect to shell out $7,895, but that number apparently isn’t official yet.


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and you can install one in a fox body mustang pretty easy.
this motor actually has smaller exterior dimensions than a ford modular motor.
if i remember correctly someone was supposed to be making a kit to do so in the near future.
 

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The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day



Earth Day, an event to increase public awareness of the world’s environmental problems, is celebrated in the United States for the first time on April 22, 1970.

Millions of Americans, including students from thousands of colleges and universities, participated in rallies, marches and educational programs across the country.
Earth Day was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, a staunch environmentalist who hoped to provide unity to the grassroots environmental movement and increase ecological awareness. “The objective was to get a nationwide demonstration of concern for the environment so large that it would shake the political establishment out of its lethargy,” Senator Nelson said, “and, finally, force this issue permanently onto the national political agenda.”

The 1962 publication of Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring—about the effects of pesticides—is often cited as the beginning of the modern environmental movement in the U.S. Sustainability, organic eating and the “back-to-the-land” movement continued to gain steam throughout the 1960s.

The first Earth Day indeed increased environmental awareness in America, and in July of 1970 the Environmental Protection Agency was established by special executive order to regulate and enforce national pollution legislation. Earth Day also led to the the passage of the Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.

On April 22, 1990, the 20th anniversary of Earth Day, more than 200 million people in 141 countries participated in Earth Day celebrations. Senator Nelson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton. (He died in 2005.)

Earth Day has been celebrated on different days by different groups internationally. The United Nations officially celebrates it on the vernal equinox, which usually occurs about March 21.

Earth Day 2020—the 50th anniversary—will be celebrated on April 22.



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President Truman is briefed on Manhattan Project

This Day in History, April 24, 1945

President Truman is briefed on Manhattan Project

President Harry S. Truman learns the full details of the Manhattan Project, in which scientists are attempting to create the first atomic bomb, on April 24, 1945. The information thrust upon Truman a momentous decision: whether or not to use the world’s first weapon of mass destruction.

America’s secret development of the atomic bomb began in 1939 with then-President Franklin Roosevelt’s support. The project was so secret that FDR did not even inform his fourth-term vice president, Truman, that it existed. (In fact, when Truman’s 1943 senatorial investigations into war-production expenditures led him to ask questions about a suspicious plant in Minneapolis, which was secretly connected with the Manhattan Project, Truman received a stern phone call from FDR’s secretary of war, Harry Stimson, warning him not to inquire further.)

When President Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945, Truman was immediately sworn in and, soon after, was informed by Stimson of a new and terrible weapon being developed by physicists in New Mexico. In his diary that night, Truman noted that he had been informed that the U.S. was perfecting an explosive great enough to destroy the whole world.

On April 24, Stimson and the army general in charge of the project, Leslie Groves, brought Truman a file full of reports and details on the Manhattan Project. They told Truman that although the U.S. was the only country with the resources to develop the bomb –eliminating fears that Germany was close to developing the weapon– the Russians could possibly have atomic weapons within four years. They discussed if, and with which allies, they should share the information and how the new weapon would affect U.S. foreign-policy decisions.

Truman authorized the continuation of the project and agreed to form an interim committee that would advise the president on using the weapon.

The first nuclear device ever detonated was an implosion-type plutonium bomb at the Trinity test, conducted at New Mexico's Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range on 16 July 1945.

Little Boy and Fat Man bombs were used a month later in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively.

In the immediate postwar years, the Manhattan Project conducted weapons testing at Bikini Atoll as part of Operation Crossroads, developed new weapons, promoted the development of the network of national laboratories, supported medical research into radiology and laid the foundations for the nuclear navy. It maintained control over American atomic weapons research and production until the formation of the United States Atomic Energy Commission in January 1947.


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Thanks Ron for this reminder.

This was something with the potential of doing so much evil and also the potential of doing so much good. Especially when it came to medical usage as well a Clean power source.
 

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Gale Halderman, Mustang Designer, Passes Away at the Age of 87

Designer of the original Ford Mustang, and member of the Mustang Hall of Fame, dies at the age of 87. Halderman worked 40 years at Ford Motor Company.



The Mustang World lost an Icon today, Gale Halderman, passed away this morning.
He was the main designer of the original Ford Mustang. It was his sketch that was chosen by Lee Iacocca to become the 1965 (1964 ½ if you will) Mustang. Just being known for that alone makes Gale a legend.

Recruited to Dearborn in 1954, designer Gale Halderman had helped shape the 1957 standard Ford before moving to the Corporate Advanced Studio, where he worked on ideas for a new low-cost sporty car favored by Ford division boss Lee Iacocca. As fate would have it, Halderman was transferred to the Ford Studio just in time to help Joe Oros' team create the design chosen for the production Mustang over proposals from Corporate Advanced and the Lincoln-Mercury Studio.

Oros credits Halderman not only for contributing to the design but also for skillfully guiding the Mustang from clay-model dream to realistic, fully producible car. Here is Halderman's account of the creation of the 1965 Ford Mustang prototype.

"I worked on a little electric-car proposal with Colin Neale and Alex Tremulis, who each did one side of a clay model. Elwood Engel said he liked both sides and wanted to do two full clays, which were then built in fiberglass. Lee Iacocca and Hal Sperlich came through and saw them. They said, "You know, they have flair and lots of excitement. Why don't we give the sporty-car package one more shot?

Those proposals encouraged them to reopen the design process for the car that became the Mustang. They had Ray Smith prepare a 2+2 package on the blackboard, and that's where the Mustang program started.

We did a design series called Median based on that package -- what the car would look like proportioned in different ways and with different engine options. We did maybe six. We were still searching for the right-sized car and package arrangement. They were good-looking cars, except I think none of them were exciting enough.

About that time, I was transferred to the Ford studio again. They were just starting work on the '65 full-size Ford and I was assigned to work on it with Joe Oros. But one day Joe said, "We've just been told by Bordinat to do a proposal for a small car that Lee wants to build." I told Joe, "I won't have time. I'm doing the '65 Ford." He told me I had to give him some designs. So I went home and sketched. I took about five or six sketches with me the next morning and put them up on the board. Joe picked one of those to be clay-modeled."

Dave Ash had already done a clay -- very boxy, very stiff-looking. Joe came back from a management conference and said, "No, no, no, we're not going to do that!" That's when he said he wanted me to submit some designs. So we actually started over on the clay model using the theme from one of my designs, which had scoops on the sides and the hop-up quarter lines. The front end was primarily designed afterward.



We built the clay model in our Corporate Advanced Studio. George Schumaker was assigned to follow my sketch into the full-sized clay model. I was still working on the big '65 Ford across the hall, but during the day I kept going over to where the Mustang clay was to help interpret my sketch. Then Joe got me in there working on the taillamps and rear end while he and Charlie Phaneuf did the front end."




Halderman Barn Museum
After retirement, Gale turned his family barn and property into a museum dedicated to car design. Gale, being the humble human being he was, didn’t center the museum around his career and his accomplishments, even though that’s certainly worthy of a museum. Rather, the Halderman Barn Museum was turned into a homage to all things car design.

With a few Mustangs and other Ford vehicles inside the museum the primary focus is on the walls which have sketches, designs and concepts that Gale collected throughout his illustrious career. Many were from designers that Gale helped hire or that Gale found to be very talented.




(Compiled from various sources.)


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He was a fantastic person to get to know. I am glad I heard his stories and met him in person. He lived only an hour drive away.
 

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This Day in History: World Wide Web (WWW) launches in the public domain

April 30, 1993

On April 30, 1993, four years after publishing a proposal for “an idea of linked information systems,” computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee released the source code for the world’s first web browser and editor.

Originally called Mesh, the browser that he dubbed WorldWideWeb became the first royalty-free, easy-to-use means of browsing the emerging information network that developed into the internet as we know it today.

Berners-Lee was a fellow at CERN, the research organization headquartered in Switzerland. Other research institutions like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University had developed complex systems for internally sharing information, and Berners-Lee sought a means of connecting CERN’s system to others. He outlined a plan for such a network in 1989 and developed it over the following years.

The computer he used, a Steve Jobs-designed NeXT desktop, became the world’s first internet server. Berners-Lee wrote and published the first web page, a simplistic outline of the WorldWideWeb project, in 1991.

CERN began sharing access with other institutions, and soon opened it up to the general public. In releasing the source code for the project to the public domain two years later, Berners-Lee essentially opened up access to the project to anyone in the world, making it free and (relatively) easy to explore the nascent internet.

Simple Web browsers like Mosaic appeared a short time later, and before long the Web had become by far the most popular system of its kind. Within a matter of years, Berners-Lee’s invention had revolutionized information-sharing and, in doing so, had dramatically altered the way that human beings communicated.

The creation and globalization of the web is widely considered one of the most transformational events in human history.

4.39 billion people, including you, are now estimated to use the internet, accounting for over half the global population.

The average American now spends 24 hours a week online. The internet’s rise has been the greatest expansion in information access in human history, has led to the exponential growth in the total amount of data in the world, and has facilitated a spread of knowledge, ideas and social movements that was unthinkable as recently as the 1990s.



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Interesting..nut I couldn't help but think: "And people have been feuding on posting boards ever since." :D

Also, on this date...30 April, 2009. I wrote a check for $30,075 and drove a new 2009 Bullitt Mustang off a dealership lot.
 
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