…Warp Factor 2

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I totally loved the original Star Trek series on television!  One of my favorite memories from those years was getting a linguica sandwich from the deli shop in Antioch, CA, taking it home, sitting down on the floor and watching Star Trek as I ate my sandwich!

Now, I have to say that I am totally in to the newest version of Star Trek movies with Christopher Pine as Captain James Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Mr. Spock.  I think that this is the best incarnation to date of any of the Star Trek shows.  If you haven’t see the two movies with them in it, you should.  I can’t wait until they do more (and I hope they do!!!!)  Of course, for the ladies, Benedict Cummerbatch is in the latest one, “Star Trek – Into Darkness”, and for some reason, all the women seem to go ga-ga over him.  I don’t get  it.  I think either Christopher Pine or Zachary Quinto are both better looking, but what do I know?  I’ve never been a lady.  Maybe some of you women can explain it to me.

Anyway, in the movies and on the TV show, when they engaged the warp engines, all the stars would draw out into long star trails and they USS Enterprise would go shooting off into space at light speed (the same as warp) or something like Warp Factor 2 (which would be twice light speed – and I wonder how they’d explain the physics of that to Einstein?)

I recently created my own version of that.  I like my version better because it’s colorful!  Anyone want to know how to do it?  Clue: no Photoshop trickery was used, nor were any animals harmed in the making of this picture!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  in 1943, the Allies began their invasion of Axis-controlled Europe with landings on the island of Sicily. Meeting little resistance, the British 8th Army under Field Marshal Montgomery came ashore on the southeast of the island, while the U.S. 7th Army under General George S. Patton landed on Sicily’s south coast. Within three days, 150,000 Allied troops were ashore.

Benito Mussolini envisioned building Fascist Italy into a new Roman Empire, but a string of military defeats in World War II effectively made his regime a puppet of its stronger partner, Germany.

Meanwhile, Adolf Hitler knew an Allied invasion of Nazi-controlled Europe was imminent, but because Germany’s vast conquests stretched from Greece to France, Hitler was unable to concentrate his forces in any one place. In an elaborate plot to divert German forces away from Italy, a British submarine off Spain released the corpse of an Englishman wearing the uniform of a British major and carrying what appeared to be official Allied letters describing plans for an invasion of Greece. The body washed ashore, and the letters were sent by the Spanish to the German high command, who reinforced their units in Greece. The Axis had only 10 Italian divisions and two German panzer units on Sicily when Allied forces attacked in the early-morning hours of July 10.

First to land were American and British paratroopers and glider-borne troops, and at dawn thousands of amphibious troops came ashore. Coastal defenses manned by Sicilian troops offered scant resistance. Within three days, the Allies had cleared the southeastern part of the island. In a pincer movement the British 8th Army began moving up the southeast coast of the island, with the U.S. 7th Army moving east across the north coast. The Allies hoped to trap the Axis forces in the northwestern corner of Sicily before they could retreat to the Italian mainland. In the so-called “Race to Messina,” Montgomery’s advance up the southeast coast was slowed by German reinforcements, but Patton and the U.S. 7th Army moved quickly along the north coast, capturing Palermo, the Sicilian capital, on July 22.

In Rome, the Allied invasion of Sicily, a region of the kingdom of Italy since 1860, led to the collapse of Mussolini’s government. Early in the morning of July 25, he was forced to resign by the Fascist Grand Council and was arrested later that day.

Montgomery and Patton advanced steadily toward Messina, prompting the Germans to begin a withdrawal of Axis forces to the mainland. Some 100,000 German and Italian troops were evacuated before Patton won the race to Messina on August 17. Montgomery arrived a few hours later. The Allies suffered 23,000 casualties in their conquest of Sicily. German forces sustained 30,000 casualties, and the Italians 135,000. In addition, some 100,000 Axis troops were captured.

On September 3, Montgomery’s 8th Army began an invasion of the Italian mainland at Calabria, and the Italian government agreed to surrender to the Allies. By the terms of the agreement, the Italians would be treated with leniency if they aided the Allies in expelling the Germans from Italy. Later that month, Mussolini was rescued from a prison in the Abruzzo Mountains by German commandos and was installed as leader of a Nazi puppet state in northern Italy.

Rome fell in June 1944, at which point a stalemate ensued as British and American forces threw most of their resources into the Normandy invasion. In April 1945, a new major offensive began, and on April 28 Mussolini was captured by Italian partisans and summarily executed. German forces in Italy surrendered on May 1, and six days later all of Germany surrendered.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  In Texas, it is illegal to graffiti someone ‘s cow.  (I wonder if you can graffiti someone’s spouse, or horse or dog?)

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