I am going to take a break this week from the regular weekly quote for something that is monumentally more important:
On this day in 1861, just as the Civil War was heating up, the US Navy, in its infinite wisdom, abolished the daily rum ration for enlisted men. Yes, today is truly a sad day, and I think I may have to drink a Dark & Stormy for all those sailors for whom the rum ration was never part of the daily routine.
UPDATE: Check out Mike Williams' blog for a far better explanation of this than I just gave. Tip of the hat to my shipmate!