Generational Differences


Mrs. Hoge and I were both Baby Boomers, but she was seven years younger. Her idea of old time rock was the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Mine was Bill Halley and Elvis, so even within a “generation” there are differences in world experience. I was old enough to be subject to the draft during the Vietnam War. Many younger boomers weren’t. (I served in Vietnam as an officer in the Army Signal Corps.)

I saw this tweet go by, and it reminded me of how the lack of big wars over the past couple of generations as lulled some people into a false sense of security.When one has experienced the fear of running out of ammunition, the prospect of running out of toilet paper is less likely to be viewed as a existential threat.

UPDATE—America’s Newspaper of Record reports that some are responding to The Pandemic properly—

CPAC 2020, Day Two


There’s a lot of speechifying at CPAC, and some of it’s worth hearing, but I spend most of my time networking and developing background information for future posts. I spent most of my time today on the floor of the exhibit hall, on broadcast row (where talk radio outlets are set up doing interviews), and in the lobby bar. One recurring theme I heard today was about outreach to minority voters and especially about bring black voters back into the Republican party.

I live in a far suburb of DC which is in range of WCSP-FM, C-SPAN’s local FM station, so during the drive home this evening I was able to listen to President Trump’s speech at a rally in South Carolina. His opening seemed almost like a standup comedy routine; he was clearly having a good time with a friendly audience. Toward the end of the speech, he made a pitch targeted explicitly at black voters which he ended by reminding everyone that the Republicans are the party of Lincoln. The crowd, a South Carolina crowd, erupted in cheers and applause.

The Republican Party has changed since I was growing up in the ’50s.

And so has South Carolina.

What Apollo 13 Saw


These animations uses data obtained by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter depict views of the lunar surface that would have been visible to the crew of Apollo 13 during its one turn around the Moon, starting with earthset and sunrise and concluding with the time Apollo 13 reestablished radio contact with Mission Control. Also depicted is the path of the free return trajectory around the Moon and a continuous view of the Moon throughout that path. The animations don’t run in real-time but has been sped up for this short video.

Video Credit: NASA

Meanwhile, in Dixville Notch …


… the New Hampshire town with the longest tradition of midnight voting has given the majority of its votes in today’s Democrat primary to a write-in candidate Michael Bloomberg.

BTW, Dixville Notch has a roughly 50/50 record of selecting the eventual winner of the Democrat’s nomination. Here are their previous winners who wound up failing to receive the nomination.

1968 Richard Nixon (I’m not making this up!)
1972 Edward Muskie
1984 Ernest Hollings
1988 Dick Gephart
2000 Bill Bradley
2016 Bernie Sanders

Well, we see how things go over the next few weeks and months.