We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Saturday, August 11. 2007
Mostly pre-posting this weekend, because your editor (photo below) will be in cow-land and happily without modern conveniences, and thus unable to serve the gate-keeping function.
Dr. Bliss on Do Americans expect too much from marriage?
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Fish chowder! Boy, you resurrected memories of my mom's (1900-1997) cooking from long ago. She made a great fish chowder--out of one of her yellowing old newspaper clippings that she kept filed in her cook book from when she was married in 1926. One of your recipes looks great. I will try it.
Thankfully (to the Lord), my daughter has the same adventurous culinary attitude as my mom and enjoys cooking a variety of dishes. This, in spite of just graduating from a NYC university, and living like a near-destitute bohemian in and around NYC itself for nearly five years. Fortunately, she is back in the Windy City.
First rumors of mafia dons taking over college departments originated in New Jersey--late 1970's. About the same time as America's teacher's unions linked up with AFL-CIO.
Why is it that occasionally I'll get a comment finished and suddenly be confronted with security letters to input prior to being able to send the comment. Then after complying with the letter secuity step I receive a message saying the comment will have to be reviewed prior to posting.
Then it never appears....today I've wasted 45 minutes on two such postings ..it's irritating as hell and not conducive to continued desire for participation.
Habu, I betcha you were trying to comment within one of the archived posts. You're getting the old software, with the security letters and all, and the comments don't appear because the archived articles are closed. I know this because I did the same thing sometime back (one of my >duh< moments, of which I have a sad surfeit).
I don't think that was the situation. I was commenting right on this posting ...spent a good 45- hour creating what I thought was gonna be some entertaining reading.
Flop that ..got the security jazz and the "it'll be reviewed" notice and zip,nada...of course I didn't copy it to the notepad so it was gone .. piss me off royally...
I restarted my computer ..problem gone but the exteperaneous/artistic aspect of creation was gone.
I'm not too sure a good southern boy belongs on a Yankee commune anyway ..Yankee is bad enough, throw in commune and it's a damn stretch .. AND they've got their own Dylanologist ..a damn anti war,Joan Baez hugging , pied piper of the crud generation and despoiler of youth .... and I'm helping increase their networth ..hmm.
For Yankees they do seem to have the correct orientation in todays world, I will acknowledge that. And they have been courteous...reach me at Sparrowhills@aol.com ...it's not my main address so I can dump it after contact should you wish to correspond. Best, Habu
"...Yankee is bad enough" LOL --jeez, habu --you take curmudgeon to dizzying heights--I laughing to tears--
Anyhoo, on the 'college degree' archive, whoever names the illo is offered a MF tee shirt. It is Trinity College in Cambridge. My address for the tee shirt is, the Dripping Springs Soup Kitchen, located at the corner of Easy Street and Haste Parkway.
Yeah, there's still an abiding hatred for Wm. T . Sherman in our family and Grant doesn't rank much either....but Sherman is the grave you'd most like to anoint on.
But I don't fly the Confederate Battle Flag or belong to any organizations ..I'm just aware of my heritage.
Been to Gettysburg 4x , walked the entire area from day one ... when you cross the field where Pickett lost his guys it's UNREAL to thinK of taking enfillade, cannister, carbine., musket and rifle fire..and some made it all the way.
That was a war of real carnage.
mercy --how arcane a reference --but it's a nice thing to say. Being a peacemaker @ Burning Man has got to a highly interesting thing--wooo.
Re Civil War: this book mentions Montana. MF won't let me post the URL (big red "Invalid"), but search "How Few Remain" by Harry Turtledove.
(snip from website)
How Few Remain is a pure alternative history book as opposed to alternative history blended with science fiction as in Guns of the South. Turtledove assumes that several plausible events happened in the original Civil War, which allowed the Confederacy to win. How Few Remain takes place twenty years after the Civil War. The Confederacy buys Northern Mexico to enable the Confederate States of America to extend from coast to coast. This touches off a second war between the United States of America and The Confederate States of America. The Confederates are joined in the war by their allies England and France.
Turtledove follows the action by jumping around the country to various locales of the confrontation. Real and imagined historical figures are woven into the story. The action mainly focuses around:
General "Stonewall" Jackson defending the Yankee advance against Louisville
Jeb Stuart's cavalry (and camelry) launching attacks against the New Mexico territory from former Mexican provinces
Teddy Roosevelt defending Montana from a British invasion launched through Canada
Abraham Lincoln leading socialist rallies
Frederick Douglass' exploits as a war correspondent
Can the United States redeem themselves from the disgraceful loss of the first Civil War? Will the residents of Montana end up speaking with a British accent? Will Lincoln incite a Marxist revolt in Utah? I couldn't wait to find out. Turtledove weaves a fascinating "what if" scenario that is based on good research of the original Civil War. Anyone with an interest in the Civil War should find this book fascinating.
In front of the Capitol building in Helena is a horse mounted Yankee General ..Meagher....He was assign governor of the Montana Territory after the CW. He was a bum who got run out of Ireland for being a rebel.
While in office he went cruising one night on a Missouri River paddlewheeler with friends...... he "disappeared".
It stresses me none to know that he died in such a manner. As Shakespeare had Caesar speak;
“It seems to me most strange that men should fear; seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come" I sure hope he werent afear'd.
I think someone helped him and since Helena was founded by three guys from Georgia...well, ya just never know ....
More Reuters photo fraud uncovered
Barely over a year ago, in the midst of Reuters being proven to have fraudulently Photoshopped a picture of Beirut under attack, I wrote that founder Julius Reuter must be spinning in his London grave. Poor Julius has not gained any more peaceful repose a year later. This time the fraud is not even political, and the person who busted the formerly prestigious news agency turns out to be a 13 year old in Finland.
The U.K. Guardian reports:
News agency Reuters has been forced to admit that footage it released last week purportedly showing Russian submersibles on the seabed of the North Pole actually came from the movie Titanic.
yep, we had Gen Benjamin Butler running Reconsruction in New Orleans. The people called him "Beast" Butler. He's the one who set up the prototype graft-DC-using-poor-people model. His handiwork, lo these many years later, was on display for all the world, when Katrina hit the Ninth Ward.
Probably violated one of the filter word sequences. Nothing personal, but I'll ask Chris what the deal is.