Saturday, July 11, 2009
Midgets - Looking For Respect
A couple bits from their Little People of America site;
On April 05, 2009 the NBC network aired an episode of Celebrity Apprentice which was degrading to people of the LP community. On the show, Donald Trump challenged this crew of b-list luminaries to come up with a viral video campaign for ALL laundry detergent. Playing on the product's "small and mighty" slogan, Melissa River's team came up with a video entitled, "Jesse James Dirty with Midgets." During the 2-hour program things seemed to go from BAD to WORSE! Not only was the word “midget” used in a derogatory way a dozen times, other comments were made to further degrade people in the dwarfism community.....
As a volunteer organization and a community of people with little numbers in the general population, it takes a lot of work and effort to take one step forward in raising awareness about our organization and our members. It is even more difficult when a two-hour program seems to throw us five steps back and overshadows years of work......
So other than the "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" monologue comedian George Carlin use to like to do (Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, Cocksucker, Motherfucker and Tits) and what ever is the most recent politically correct outlook on racist, ethnic, sexual orientated phrases, that may offend some minorities, Midget isn't one of them. Besides in one of the FCC fact sheets indecent and profane speech is only prohibited between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the nation’s airwaves, not after those time slots. I think even that oversteps their constitutional bounds.
Banning the word could interfere with Bridget,the midget and the money she makes from her act. It just wouldn't be the same if she was called Bridget, the Little Person. Well maybe after watching Bridget perform, the word Midget might be offensive to a number of people.
Delmar Mosquito Control - 1958
ALL OF DELMAR WILL BE SPRAYED FOR MOSQUITO CONTROL
The Mayor and Council of Delmar, Del. has entered into an agreement with the Delaware Mosquito Control Commission at Lewes to have Delmar sprayed for the control mosquitoes. The town of Delmar, Md. has already been sprayed once by the equipment of Wicomico county.
The Delaware Commission, just as Wicomico county does, has offered to do the job on a cost basis.
Friday, July 10, 2009
The Nanticoke Riverfest is Open
The Water Test on Pennsylvania Avenue
Bob Windsor cranking open the fire hydrant
Bob Windsor and Jerome Reid and the foreman from Hopkin's Construction.
One end of the Street Flooded
Sponsors of the 1976 DPI Chicken Festival
Allen's and Freestate Foods
Thursday, July 09, 2009
The Surf Bagel Shop Burglary
1952 the year of UFO's and the Hebron Ghost Light
Since July was a hot month and school was out and lets face it there was not much to do around Salisbury and Hebron, the roads around Hebron for the rest of the summer had a number of young people each night sitting around in their cars listening to the Buffalo New York radio station supposedly looking for glowing lights. It was not seen again in July but some unplanned pregnancies did occur. Various explanations were given for the light (not for the pregnancies), like marsh gas escaping from the ground and igniting but no one had heard of marsh gas bouncing around for two hours. A Life Photographer, Albert Fenn, came over and set up his equipment in hopes of catching a picture but no luck there. The state police refused to give out anymore information about it as it was causing traffic hazards in the area.
July was also a busy month for UFO sighting in the Chesapeake Bay region. They were picked up on radar scopes, airline pilots saw them and reported them and just plain folks saw them. Pan American Pilots, W. B. Nash and W. H. Fortenberry, reported, eight glowing like red hot coals, objects over Newport News. Elmer Chambers saw six bright orange dics streaking through the sky around Washington and the Air Force reported UFO's picked up on their radar scopes. Unlike today, the President was not flown to an undisclosed secret location that only Joe Biden knew about. Everyone just seem to say oh wow UFO's isn't that so much better than the Russians.
What can I say they tried to contact us but we just couldn't reach them.
From the Salisbury Times, click to enlarge
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association
David Burton - Star Camper - 1954
DELMAR LAD IS NAMED STAR CAMPER
David Burton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Burton, of near Delmar, last week was named star camper at camp Wo-Me-To, Rocks, Md.
Young Burton, one of 97 campers registered here for junior camp during the week, received a trophy for earning the highest number of points awarded on the basics of conduct, promptness, tidiness, athletics and camp attitude.
In the same week, thirty-three boys were named honor campers. Among them were five from this area; Chelton Hills, James McClaine, Clark Layfield, Paul Hastings and Frank Craven.
Other area boys registered were Adolf Seefried, Allen Hearn, Douglas West, David Perry, John Taylor, Donald Wiltbank, Steven Thompson, John Hudson, and Thomas Marshall.
In the previous week, Wilhelm Seefried scored the third highest number of points. This was intermediate week at Camp Wo-Me-To, and sixty-eight campers were registered.
Also listed among thirty six intermediate honor campers were Wayne Boney, Waldamer Seefried and Standley Hudson.
Harry Lane Foxwell and Elmer Taylor also attended camp at this time.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
The Economy is Recovering
Proof that the economy is recovering is another new business in Delmar. Over on East Grove these two young ladies are selling 50 cent snow cones and they are good as I had one myself.
The First Transcontinental Motor Train - 1919
Ninety years ago, today, at 11:15 AM the first transcontinental motor train gathered for a dedication of the Zero Milestone in Washington DC and left town heading for the Pacific Ocean. The motor train was made up of eighty-one Army vehicles. The vehicles were operated by thirty-seven officers and 258 enlisted men with Lt. Colonel Charles W. McClure as the convoy commander. Sixty-two days and 3,251 miles later, on September 6th the convoy would arrive in San Francisco.
In 1919, there were only a few people who had ever crossed the United States by Motor Car. The Army decided they would use this transcontinental trip to test the difficulties of sending the Army to the Pacific Coast in the event of war and road test the performance of various makes and sizes of trucks, types of tires, and repair equipment in the inventory of the Army at the time. There was also some good publicity to be gained for the army in doing this.
The convoy would pass thru about 350 communities and be witnessed by over three million people. It would travel over what was called the Lincoln Highway. They would drive about six to twelve hours a day, making about 5 miles an hour. They would then make camp, work on the vehicles and than the local populace would invite them to parties. The convoy in turn had a searchlight that they would fire up and give the equivalent of a 1919 laser show to the local towns. All the towns along the route celebrated that the convoy was driving thru their town. In Delphos, Ohio the men were given dinner in the local dance halls of the town and driven out to swim in Auglaize River. In Illinois, Joliet served cold drinks. In Aurora they handed out sandwiches, cakes, and ice cream. As they pulled into Oakland California two hundred girls sang to welcome the convoy (reminds me of Norfolk when the fleet drops anchor).
As one soldier described the trip; “Pretty strenuous. Up every night until eleven or twelve o’clock at banquets and dances and out in the morning at five and five-thirty to be on our way… It’s a great life if you don’t weaken.”
But there were great difficulties on the trip. What roads that existed were made for the weight of a horse and wagon, not 81 motor vehicles. The engineer company attached to the convoy had to rebuild bridges so they would hold the weight of trucks (88 were destroyed by the heavy trucks). The convoy encountered quicksand, ravines and creeks. The men had to attach ropes to the trucks and pull them across parts of the desert. Each night the vehicles were inspected, re-oiled, greased, carburetors cleaned, etc. The tires on the vehicles were solid, not air filled, the steering wheels were large and took great strength to turn them, and shocks were none existence.
Among the officers on the trip was Captain Dwight D. Eisenhower. Thirty-seven years after making this journey, President Eisenhower would sign into law establishing the interstate highway system.
A good book on this subject is “American Road” by Pete Davies.
the final dinner program in San Francisco. Also includes list of men in convoy.
Junk Spam Comments
Monday, July 06, 2009
Changing Your address in France
Firework Fines - 1951
FIRECRACKERS BRING FINES FOR TWO THIS YEAR
So far this fourth of July has brought fines for two Delmar boys for illegally setting off fireworks. Magistrate Patrick H. Hearn fined Earl Horsey and Dallas Hearn each $10 and costs on the firework ordinance charge, Monday evening.
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Libertarians back down from meeting
The Western Sussex County Libertarian Party of Delaware Meeting, scheduled to occur on Tuesday, 7/7/2009 has been canceled, due to a conflict with the 19th Senate District Candidates discussion held at the same time at the SCCOR, held at 7:30pm at the outdoor pavilion of the American Legion in Oak Orchard. Please update your plans accordingly. The Sussex LPD encourages all Libertarians and everyone from the 19th to attend the SCCOR event. If you were planning to go to the LPD meeting, please consider our event in Milton on Thursday, the 9th @ 6:15pm at the Milton Public Library.
Stockton Bottle Trees
Someone down in Stockton, Maryland has these great bottle trees in their yard. Being an Eastern Shoreman I am attracted to anything shiny and as an added enticement it is a yard ornament. They shine like a whore’s eyes on pay-day as you ride by and each year they seem to add another tree. Puts that feeble one of mine to shame. Guess I will just have to drink more so I will have more bottles to improve it. Yes The sacrifices I make for public art in Delmar.
A Requested Favor
Chincoteague Carnival and Fire Works
The Fourth was wrapped up with us going to the Chincoteague Carnival
Had been almost a year since I had my last Oyster Sandwich and they are still the best oyster sandwiches on the shore.
The place was packed. I think even more people than pony penning time.
Since it was packed meant when it was over with there was only one road off Chincoteague so we waited a while until it was our turn to leave.
I don't think the fireworks display was as good as the Laurel Firework display. but what they do, which is better than Laurel, is to turn the surrounding lights off when the fireworks start. You can see the fireworks better.