Saturday, March 15, 2008

Corporate Welfare

Bears Stearns an investment banking, securities trading and brokerage firm is to be bail out of a near financial collapse by our federal government (ig taxpayers) and J P Morgan bank. The collapse of the subprime mortgage market has forced global banks to write down $105 billion worth of investments, putting Bears Stearns in a bad cash liquidity position, meaning it's money is tied up in house mortgages that aren't worth today as much as they were two years ago.

Bears Stearns has over 13,000 employees world wide. It is not just an investment bank who territory is limited to the United States. It is international. It makes home loans to people in foreign countries and we are bailing foreigners out, again, with taxpayers money. It's previous CEO was James Cayne who stepped down from the position in January. He was paid in 2007 a total compensation package of $28 million. Good pay for being a fuck up. I am sure he got a bundle when he left the company. The new CEO is Alan Schwartz, who prior to the promotion made a salary of $250,00 plus bonus of $16 million, plus along term compensation of $19 million. The stock for Bears Stearns (BSC) has fallen from a high of $159 per share a year ago to $26 last Friday and I don't feel sorry for them in the least. These are the very people who supplied the money for speculators to drive up the price of houses and gasoline. They deserve to collapse.

The newspaper/government spin on this is if Bears Stearns collapse it will like a domino effect causing the financial system to fail. I have heard about the domino effect most of my life (If Vietnam falls it will cause a domino effect and all of south east Asia will fall) I am tire of hearing it. The only fear going on in the Financial system is some rich New York Jews are going to go bankrupt. Does that sound anti semitic to you - good it was meant too.

I feel the same way about bailing them out as I do the government (ig taxpayers - me) helping homeowners who house is being foreclosure - you made the mess - you work it out - leave me out of it.

Old Stage Road and The King’s Highway

In Pre-Revolution days there were few roads on the Eastern Shore. Those that did exist would appear to meander along but in truth they were touching long forgotten settlements. These communities were frequently centered around a mill pond. One road extended from Forktown (now Fruitland), crossing the dams at Tony Tank creek, continuing north thru what would become Salisbury, across the dams at Middle Neck and Leonard’s Pond, on into Delaware (although at that time it was still part of Somerset County, Md.). It didn’t go in to Delmar as there was no Delmar at the time. It then wandered northeast to Houston’s pond (now called Chipman pond) and the bog iron furnace, crossed the dam there and on to Hearn’s Corner (It didn’t go thru Laurel as there was no Laurel), north to Concord and another iron furnace, east to what would become Georgetown and into Lewes. From Lewes it would go to Dover. The road was called variously; the King’s Highway, Old Stage Coach road, the Post Road, and the section in Delmar is called Old Stage Road. Of interest is; in the 1930 census, Daniel Short was the census taker, he noted by the people he listed, the road name they lived on and he wrote "The King's Highway" when he was listing the people that lived on what is now called "Old Stage Road".

The road itself was dirt and sometimes when the road passed over the swampy areas, logs were laid close together to make a corduroy road. Sometimes planks were laid down making a plank road. Either way it must have been a slow bumpy ride in a carriage on that road. The road was narrow, as traffic was light, and the road was surrounded by woods.

North East of Delmar and South East of Laurel, there was a small community that worked at the bog iron furnace on James Branch. This settlement was near the Laurel American Legion on Rt24. It was the reason why Old Christ Church was built where it was built. Since old Christ Church has seating for 350 people we can assume the community that was there approached that number. There is almost nothing left of the iron furnace, unlike the iron furnace in Snow Hill the stone and brick was hauled away by farmers to be used as building material.

Most parts of the road has been plowed over by farmers or reverted back to woodland or swamp. Parts of it no doubt became the modern day road we refer by any of those old stage coach road names.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Poor Ignorant Wicomico County

So they are going to pay some guy from Minnesota $165,000 plus benefits to be Superintendent of Wicomico Schools. I guess that means there is no one already living in Wicomico County who is smart enough to be Superintendent and the only thing the residents of the county are good for is be the sheep that get fleeced to pay for government workers from out of state. This guy has 35 years in the Minnesota school system so you know he is retiring from that school system and just can't get rid of the habit of sucking off the government payroll tit so he is coming here. Sort of like the new Salisbury Zoo Director. The area is made of farmers who care for animals everyday and they go out of state for someone to run the zoo. John Fredericksen reminds me of Evelyn Holman, a prior Wicomico County School Superintendent, who came here from a retired school position on the Western shore and than retired from Wicomico County and took a job in a New Jersey school system. Government payroll must be like drugs to these people.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


1990 High School Project

From the March 2, 1990 State Register

Students of Delmar Junior-Senior High School are making yet another effort to beautify their environment and profit from the undertaking in the process.

Science Club members have acquired permission from the town officials to install two igloos for glass recycling at the future site of the Brown Derby Store on Bi-State Boulevard in Delmar, Md.

The effort is being made with assistance from Owens-Brockway Glass Co., which has agreed to pay for the glass and revert profits back to the Science club.

According to an Owens representative, last year the program debuted in Sussex County and brought in more than 350,000 pounds of glass, saving the county close to $10,000 in tipping fees.

The success of the program in Delaware inspired Maryland officials to initiate the use of igloos in that state this year.

Igloos will be placed at the Delmar, Md site as they are available. When igloos become available in Delaware (there is currently a shortage due to demand), two will also be situated at Goff's IGA on Bi-State Boulevard in Delmar, Del.

The igloo project is one of many environmental activities undertaken by Delmar High students. Numerous school organizations are currently participating in Maryland's Adopt-a-Highway program, a continuing effort to beautify Maryland roadways.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Outraged Richard for President

I read an article by Outraged Richard that listed the people's demand for a renewed United States. The only person I know that could have the qualifications he list would be Outraged Richard himself (I'm out for being obese), so lets start a campaign to write his name in for President. VOTE FOR OUTRAGED RICHARD

Ponder Mints

Okay, I am a little slow in finding new blogs. I back tracked on a comment left by Brian Shields, who apparently lives in Seaford, and found he has a blog called Ponder Mints. It is really an interesting blog, well written, and he gives what sounds like an honest opinion. I didn't see any bad mouthing of other blogger (well not that much) he obviously has more to do in his life than center the focus of his blog on other bloggers. Take a look, I think you will like it.

1934 Car Accident

From the Milford Chronicle - Delmar News March 12 1934

A near tragedy was enacted on the Delmar-Hebron road Sunday night when the sedan in which Mrs. James C. Morgan and son Thomas, were traveling from Dover to their home in Quantico, Md., was overturned in a snowbank, landing on its side in a ditch. Mrs. Morgan was knocked unconscious by the impact of the car with the frozen ground but the young son, although severely cut by the flying glass, shook and called his mother until she revived. The mother then attended to the son’s wounds and faced the problem of escape or the dangers of a lengthy wait in the car. Believing the boy unable to brave the blizzard and fearing to leave him alone in the car, she choose to risk refuge in the car. After suffering terribly from the near zero cold and the terrifying effects of the darkness and the howling storm, they were rescued by Henry Ellis, a farmer, who noticed the lights of the machine about two hours after the accident and struggled across fields and through deep snowdrifts to rescue the occupants of the wrecked car. This good Samaritan then gave them refreshment and shelter until the arrival of Mr. Morgan who took them to their home early Monday morning.

NOTE: The year of the wrecked car is not given but safety glass was not used in Motor Cars until 1928 and than only in some models and mostly just in the windshield. It was not until 1937 that it became mandatory for glass in autos to be safety glass.

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Iditarod Finish - It's Mackey!

Lance Mackey won his second Iditarod this morning at 2:46 AM Alaska time, which would be 6:46 AM our time. It took him 9 days and 11 hours to run the 1,123 mile course. He came into the finish line with eleven dogs pulling. He wins $69,000 and a new Dodge Truck.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Moore's Meat Market

I was up in Elbert's territory today at Moore's Quality Meats Market in Laurel. As I have said before I am disappointed in the meats at Food Lion and Wal-Mart and I am looking for other sources. Moore's Meat Market is at 537 East 4th Street, Laurel DE. Steve Moore is the owner and he has been a meat cutter for a while, I think he worked a number of years at Giant in Salisbury. It is a meat market, don't look for groceries or even a soda. The steaks look great (don't expect Wal-mart prices) and the man can cut the meat anyway you want it. I was there however looking for Crab Seasoned Bratwurst. They are the sole retailer of them in the area. Basically they are bratwurst with crab (imitation) in it. Now I thought the crab would be overpowered by the pork and seasoning but they are quite good. He sells them for $4.99 a pound, the package I brought had five at $6.59. I cooked them very simply for the first time as I wanted to get the taste of them, not confused with onions peppers etc. They are good and I will no doubt buy them again. He is open 10 to 6, seven days a week. If you are looking for something special his phone number is 302-875-2373. If you go north on Rt13 at the Carey Gas Station turn left and go about a mile. Opposite a church on the right is Moore's Meats.

Just slightly off the subject is a memory I just had of Jimmy Smith about 1980 when he ran a grocery store in downtown Delmar. He use to cook a really great rotisserie Chicken at his store. I use to buy a couple of a week. He also had some good steaks and chops.

Blizzard of 1888

On a Sunday evening on March 11, 1888 an enormous blizzard hit the East coast and for the next week everything was snowed in. With the snows came hurricane force winds that wrecked ships up and down the coast. Lewes, Delaware was no exception. The Harbor at Lewes and the breakwater off Cape Henlopen was filled with ships seeking refuge, too no avail for a large number of them. Ships were tossed about and men froze to death clinging to the rigging and masts of sinking ships. When it was over 29 ships were sunk or severely damaged and 18 men froze to death in the riggings of their ships.
There is a story on it at the Ocean City Life Saving Museum

From Shipwrecks, Sea Stories and Legends of the Delaware Coast by Seibold and Adams
The following ships were wrecked;
Allie W. Belden, schooner, Two men died but five survived by taking to the rigging.
A.P. Crammer, schooner
C. B Hazeltine, Five deaths recorded on this coal transport.
Earle P. Mason: schooner
Elizabeth M. Lee, schooner
Elliot L. Dow, schooner
Flora A. Newcombe, schooner
George W. Anderson, schooner collided with the Paul & Thompson and the C. H. Kirk
George J. Simpson, tug
Isabella Alberto, schooner
Lizzie Crawford, tug
Lizzie V. Hall, schooner
Paul & Thompson, schooner
Providence, schooner
Rebecca M. Smith, schooner
Tamesei, Dredging steamer
Vanadis, Norwegian bark
William G. Bartlett, schooner
Zephyr, Norwegian Brig

As they say “it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good”, the Delaware beach wreckers (those who pick clean beached, wrecked or stranded ships claiming salvage rights) made a big haul salvaging lumber, cargo etc from the beached ships.

Update: The News Journal on March 12th did an article on the storm

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Viewpoints from a Correctional Officer

I had a visit from my brother last night, he is a correctional officer in a local jail. In our visit he was talking about my blog and how he thought the posts were getting to long (Who really wants to read FDR's Inaugural speech and who would want to read anything about the 1933 Bank Holiday?) and there were not enough pictures in them. Well, I had thought about putting a code in the title of the posts with more than 200 words that indicated the content was not suitable for correctional officers. Might save them some time before they used up their 200 word retention span and realized there was still more to go in the post. Anyway I will have to work on that reader problem.

Today's Correctional Officer joke; How many Correctional Officers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Six, actually none screws in the light bulb, they drag an inmate out to do the work but it takes six to "guard" him while he does it and three of the six are on overtime.

Iditarod Update

An Update on day 11 and it should finish today or early tomorrow, Lance Mackey and Jeff King have left Elim. With only 123 miles left until they come into Nome it could be either one of them winning. Mackey is down to 12 dogs and King has 16 still left. They have to go thru the Goloyin, White Mountain and Safety checkpoints before entering Nome. Of the 96 mushers and over 1,500 dogs that started out, 12 mushers have scratched from the race. Bid Number 83 is Steven Madsen, who is in last place, just today checking into the Ruby checkpoint. He has another 445 miles to go. He may be the last musher to cross the finish line in Nome and he may be the one that receives the Red Lantern award, which is the award for finishing last.

Yesterday the dogs were running on sea ice into a heavy wind. As you can see from the photos the dogs have on their jackets as they are further north from Anchorage and into slightly cooler weather. Last time I looked it was 40 degrees in Anchorage and 9 degrees in Nome.

As is mentioned in the rules the mushers have to carry 8 pairs of booties for each dog. The booties cost between $10 to $40 for a set of four booties and they seem to lose them frequently. In the past the booties have been a wider range of colors and must not have fit as well as the trail was littered with booties. If you figure an average of 16 dogs times 8 sets of booties times 4 feet times 96 mushers you have 49,152 booties out there on the dogs, in the sled or on the trail.

Monday, March 10, 2008

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The Delaware Oil Boom of 1934

From the Milford Chronicle, May 11, 1934


Farmers Near Bridgeville Have Happy Visions of Soaring Land Price

A group of employees of the Cleveland Petroleum Corporation drove into Bridgeville Wednesday night with samples of oil they said had been struck at a dept of 400 feet on the Bunting Apple Orchard Farm.

Less than two hours later the adult population of every town and village in Sussex county was in the throes of a boom, farm prices in the vicinity were soaring rapidly and Delaware was winding up for its private oil rush.

Before midnight the lingo of Texas and Oklahoma “derrick farms” was being spoken in general stores and on corners that had never heard anything before but the soft twang of agriculturists.

“I ’ve got a lease” he said “which guarantees me a share of the profits if the well should prove a success The people drilling tell me the farm lies over a lake of natural gas and oil extending 25 miles north of Bridgeville.

The Cleveland Company came in here early in the year. They said their instruments showed gas and oil. They have been quietly studying the section for seven years. We hadn’t anything to lose so we signed a lease.

“I am told the company has leased thousands of acres of adjoining lands so that nobody can cut in on them. At the time our oil lease was signed, we asked if this was a stock selling proposition. We were told the company had no stock for sale.

Drillers employed by the company stayed in Bridgeville only long enough to snatch a cup of coffee and wait for a train to Washington. But there was plenty of time to touch off the boom.

Telephones in the homes of the owners of the land were buzzing with the calls of concession hunters. Real estate men were lining up prospects. Wires were being sent throughout the state.

United States Senator John G Townsend and Clayton A Bunting , son of levy court Commissioner Bunting, of Selbyville are joint owners of the apple orchard. It covers a thousand acres.

Alone of all his neighbors for a radius of 25 miles Bunting remained calm.

Most of those who talked with the drillers were so excited over the oil rush that they could not agree on the quantities of oil exhibited. But they did agree that it is supposed to be a very special oil “much better than the general run of the Western wells”.

Mr. Bunting said he had been told the company expected to find natural gas at 1800 feet and oil at lower depths. The drillers told people that the oil had begun to flow at 400 feet.

All sorts of stories were being circulated in Bridgeville, Seaford, and Selbyville Wednesday night about the rise in the price of farm land. One man who had been trying to sell a small holdings for a few hundred dollars was offered $1500. “I wouldn’t take $4000 for it now “ he said.

In Seaford the largest town near the farm, seven miles away merchants were getting together on a plan to build everything from hot dog stands to hotels as near as they can to the site.

The Cleveland Company went to work shortly after the first of the year and has one drill operating. Its engineers had marked other spots for wells if the first failed to pan

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Welcome Breda

A new local blog is out there, it is called Breda Blog it has just started but give it a look and see how it turns out. Welcome to the blogging world Breda.

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