Daily Update: Thursday, October 13th, 2016

10-13 - United States Navy Birthday

With no Saints to honor today, we note that today is Navy Birthday, the commemoration of the date in 1775 when the United States Continental Congress ordered the establishment of the Continental Navy, the precursor to today’s United States Navy (of which my son is a part).

The United States Navy recognizes October 13th, 1775 as the date of its official establishment, being the day of the passage of the resolution of the Continental Congress at Philadelphia that created the Continental Navy. On this day Congress authorized the purchase of two vessels to be armed for a cruise against British merchant ships; these ships became Andrew Doria and Cabot. The main goal of the navy was to intercept shipments of British matériel and generally disrupt British maritime commercial operations. The initial fleet consisted of converted merchantmen because of the lack of funding, manpower, and resources, with exclusively designed warships being built later in the conflict. The vessels that successfully made it to sea met with success only rarely, and the effort contributed little to the overall outcome of the war; the Navy lost twenty-four of its vessels and at one point was reduced to two vessels in active service. The Revolutionary War was ended by the Treaty of Paris in 1783. As Congress turned its attention after the conflict towards securing the western border of the new United States, a standing navy was considered to be dispensable because of its high operating costs and its limited number of roles. By 1785 the Continental Navy was disbanded and the remaining ships were sold. The Navy was only reconstituted in 1794 to respond to American merchant shipping being menaced by Algiers. The United States Department of the Navy was established by an Act of Congress on April 30th, 1798, to provide administrative and technical support and civilian leadership to the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps (and when directed by the Congress or President, the United States Coast Guard). In 1972 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt (died 2000) authorized recognition of October 13th as the Navy’s birthday.

Last night Richard gathered up the trash and wheeled the trash bin out to the curb.

When I woke up at about 8:30 am, I posted to Facebook that it was Navy Birthday. The kids arrived at 9:00 am and collected the cats, and headed off east (they hope to make Montgomery, Alabama today, and arrive home in South Carolina tomorrow); Callie reported that Kitten was doing much better. I did my Book Devotional Reading and started my laundry, then I read the Thursday papers. I then did my Internet Devotional Reading, uploaded the September 2016 photos from my phone to the hard drive of the computer, did a photo CD of my September 2016 photos for myself, and dd a photo CD of my September 2016 photos for Liz Ellen. We then got the announcement that the Noble Prize in Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” (I have always held that Dylan was the best male living songwriter, and the worst male living singer.) I then reconciled the bank statement, which came in the mail today, and finished my laundry.

Richard and I left the house at 1:00 pm; our first stop was at the bank to cash a refund check from my Ob/Gyn’s office. We then went to Valero, where I purchased my Powerball and Louisiana Lotto lottery tickets for Saturday night’s drawing. We ate Chinese for lunch at Peking, then went to Wal-Mart, where I got Liz Ellen’s 12-hour Sudafed©, and where we got bread and my salad supplies.

We arrived home at 1:00 pm. I Ironed my Casino pants, apron, and shirts, cleaned out my purse, cleaned out my Barnes and Noble bag, and sent an email to the Third Tuesday Book Club liaison at Barnes and Noble in Lafayette. I then made my lunch salads for Saturday and Sunday. We got word that the LSU Tigers game with the Florida Gators has been rescheduled for November 19th in Baton Rouge; this means that LSU will not be playing South Alabama, which was originally scheduled for that date. Richard went to bed, and I watched Jeopardy! And I will read a bit in First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde before going to bed. 

Tomorrow is the Optional Memorial of Saint Callistus I, Pope and Martyr (died c. 222). We will return to the casino for the start of our work week; on my breaks I will write a note to the couple who does Adoration the hour after mine to ask them on Saturday if they can cover for me for the Saturdays in November when I will be on vacation, and I will continue reading A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (my goal is to read 25% of what I have not read yet). On our way home we will stop at the bank to meet with our Loan Officer to have her set up our yearly Vacation Loan. And I do not have much of anything else scheduled for the afternoon.

Our Parting Quote this Thursday afternoon comes to us from Stephen Barnett, American law professor and legal scholar. Born in 1935 in Brooklyn, New York City, he grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, and attended Harvard University, from which he earned an undergraduate degree in 1957, having served as president of The Harvard Crimson. At Harvard Law School Barnett served as note editor of the Harvard Law Review; he was awarded his law degree in 1962. Following his graduation he clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for Second Circuit Judge Henry J. Friendly and then for Justice William J. Brennan of the Supreme Court of the United States. After a few years at the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, he was hired by Berkeley Law School, where he spent almost the entirety of his career. A leading critic of the Newspaper Preservation Act of 1970, which was intended to allow multiple newspapers in the same city to survive by forming joint operating agreements (JOAs) to share revenues and cut costs, Barnett argued that the unintended consequence of the legislation was the consolidation and development of large nationwide newspaper chains. These agreements often resulted in the demise of the weaker paper once the agreement was ended. He left Berkeley Law School to serve as assistant solicitor general in the United States Department of Justice, where Barnett argued cases before the Supreme Court from 1977 until 1979; he then returned to Berkeley. His writing on issues pertaining to government regulation of the press and television helped European governments shape communications policy in the 1980s. In this regard, his book Law of International Telecommunications in the United States (1988), written with Michael Botein and Eli M. Noam, was a significant textbook. He was a fierce critic of California’s Supreme Court and the State Bar Association. His campaign to bring greater openness and accountability to California’s legal system led to significant victories, notably a 1999 ruling that compelled California’s Commission on Judicial Performance to disclose the way individual members vote. In his article ”The Dog that did not Bark: No-Citation Rules, Judicial Conference Rulemaking, and Federal Public Defenders” (2005) Barnett was critical of a practice called “depublication”, under which the California Supreme Court could, at its choice, or if requested, order that a decision by the California Court of Appeals be excluded from publication, which would mean that it would become impossible to cite the decision in later legal actions, making the court less open and accountable (died 2009): “It’s increasingly clear that JOAs perversely produce the single-paper monopolies they are supposed to prevent.”

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