Wednesday, December 3, 2014

I only regret that I have but one life, wish I had two.

I'm reading "George Washington's Secret Six - The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution" which is the book that inspired the AMC show  TURN.   Very interesting.  All about the Culper Spy Ring.

As Major George Beckwith - British Intelligence Officer in 1783 said "Washington did not really outfight the British, he simply outspied us"!

Historians now know who all 5 males were but still cannot pin down who the female spy was in teh Culper Ring. No names real names were ever used.  They really did save the American Revolution. 

OH  Nathan Hale?  The dude that was hung saying "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."  or something on that order? There seems to be some controversy on the actual quote because it comes 2nd hand.

He COULD have said  "I am so satisfied with the cause in which I have engaged that my only regret is that I have not more lives than one to offer in its service."

Which to me seems rather wordy when you have a rope around your neck.

He also COULD have said "
How beautiful is death, when earn'd by virtue!
Who would not be that youth? What pity is it
That we can die but once to serve our country.

Which again seems a little too fluent as you pee your pants WITH A ROPE AROUND YOUR NECK. 

Whatever he said he really did not help the cause with secrets that much in the first place because he was one of the first official spy's and got caught pretty quick.  But he did inspire thousands to join the cause.

Currently the place he was hung is a Gap Store in Manhattan where clothes are also hung. His body was never found.
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The Rotary Club has decided to make Councils life slightly more hellish as they want to donate body cams to the Columbus Police Department.

I'm not against the IDEA of body cams but there are so many tricky little nuances and hidden costs down the road.  The argument is that if we try it and it does not work we can always do away with them?  Yea - good one. 

If the CPD can find a place in their budget to fund the continual software upkeep and so forth OK, but let's not start increasing their budget for something that is not really needed.  It would be nice in my book but unless they are basically free . . . . . is it needed?

I can see this taking a lot of time.  Madison is talking about this, it will cost them $1,000,000 and they are looking at 2016 MAYBE!! 

Madison - home of the Madison Police Department
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A new city website was talked about and Aldermen mentioned putting my blog on the site . . .  NO NO JUST KIDDING!!  At least he (or she) didn't give me a vote of confidence and say only 50% of my blog is correct like the Mayor (who shall remain nameless to hide his identity) did.  

Actually the Madison government website has a blog for every Aldermen - rather nice.  Think of all the trouble I could get in.   

But back to our website.  There are two avenues we are exploring.  One is a purchased site from people who know what they are doing and have sold thousands of sites. This costs $10,000 and $2,000 a year but are ultra stable and we could actually have a site up in months. 

 Or local talent where we would have to reinvent something and take much longer but for much cheaper.  I assume.  My worry there is stability, updates, technology changes and so forth. If he/she can offer the exact package with the exact lifetime guarantee and create a site faster and cheaper  - that's great.

Nuff said on that



I love this kind of stuff - this shows where your eyes go and for how long.