Today, June 18, 2012, marks the bi-centennial date of the War of 1812. It was on this day in 1812, Congress declared war on the UK. We here on the "north coast" around the Great Lakes are marking it with bell ringing and re-enactments. I live 20 miles from the Battle of Lake Erie so this is a big deal. In fact my little town of Fremont, OH was the site of a battle in 1813, the Seige of Ft. Stephenson. So my greetings go out to folks in Baltimore, New Orleans, the Firelands of New England, and all the rest of the folks who are American at least in part because of this nasty little war!