Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Obama Administration Stumbles

The Revolution evaporates, & leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy
Franz Kafka

What is the difference between a snowman and a snow woman?

snowballs!

Stockton Electric, Ice and Power Plant - 1945

Misc Saturday Morning Post


Old Section of Delmar about 7:30 AM.

I guess the big news is the Snow. It is a heavy snow (a real heart attack snow) that seems to be changing to rain. Public Works have plowed the streets early this morning. I am sure there is not a loaf of bread or gallon of milk to be had in any store on Delmarva.

Since it is Saturday we can't seem to get any local news early on TV. So we watched Marty Bass on WJZ. He has been around since what maybe 1977? I was watching back in 1984 when he ditched the toupee he had worn up to that time, that certainly got a little attention. I always liked him but there is a (large) number that don't seem to care for him as he was voted the "Best Reason Not to Watch WJZ-TV".

School at Delmar Middle and High School let out yesterday for Winter Break. They are off until January 3rd, may God have mercy on us.


My youngest got out of college for winter break yesterday. She decided about 9 PM last night to drive home and "beat" the snow storm. A tribute to the theory that the more education they have the dumber they get. About 5 AM this morning we got a phone call from her to the effect she had slid off the road and was waiting for a tow truck to pull her out of a ditch. She was in Harrington and it is ironic that after driving around Edinboro Pa where it has been snowing for a month, she would slid off the road in a snow storm in Harrington Delaware. The above photo is of her finally getting home about 8 AM.

I see Black Belt World has moved from downtown Delmar. I don't know where they went.

We drove over to the Western Shore yesterday to do some shopping. Thrilled me. It was a test of my Christian forbearance and a tribute to gun control laws that prevent me from carrying a loaded gun on the front seat of my car. I was impressed that so many farmers were out with their combines in their soy bean fields. I would have thought the ground was too wet but I guess with the expected snow they figured now or never.

My niece Lisa Dennis graduated at UMES yesterday. She received a doctorate degree.

As some type of historical note today in 1686 -- Robinson Crusoe left his island after 28 years.

"& thus I left the Island, the Nineteenth of December as I found by the Ship's Account, in the Year 1686, after I had been upon it eight & twenty Years, two Months, & 19 Days; being deliver'd from this second Captivity, the same Day of the Month, that I first made my Escape in the Barco-Longo, from among the Moors of Sallee."



Delmar lone Christmas Decoration.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Slavery, 13th amendment and Delaware

Today in 1865, Slavery ended in the United States as the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was declared in effect.

During the American Civil War, Delaware was a slave state that remained in the Union (Delaware voted not to secede on January 3, 1861). Delaware had been the first state to embrace the Union by ratifying the constitution and would be the last to leave it, according to Delaware's governor at the time. While most Delaware citizens who fought in the war served in the regiments of the state, some served in companies on the Confederate side in Maryland and Virginia Regiments.

Two months before the end of the Civil War, however, Delaware voted on February 18, 1865 to reject the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution and so voted unsuccessfully to continue slavery beyond the Civil War. Delaware symbolically ratified the amendment on February 12, 1901—40 years after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Slavery ended in Delaware only when the Thirteenth Amendment took effect in December of 1865. Delaware also rejected the 14th amendment during the Reconstruction Era

From Delaware in The Civil war

Delmar Planning and Zoning Meeting - Dec 2009


Delmar Planning and Zoning Commission had their December meeting last night at 7 PM in town hall. Once again commission member Joy Slabaugh was missing. I think the last meeting she attended was back in March. The other members; Vice Mayor Michael Houlihan, Ed Ferro, James Henderson, William Boyan, Maryland Commissioner Carl Anderton, Jr., and Joe Dixon were present

A certificate of appreciation was given to William Boyan and Joe Dixon by Michael Houlihan for volunteering their time on the P & Z commission.

A discussion of what type of house and which direction it should face was held on the two houses Lou Alberti is building in West Delmar.

Frank Ferrogine and Barbara Stockford of Subaru came to discuss obtaining permits for having a Subaru dealership in the old Saturn building. It will be called Gateway Subaru of DELMAR. He said they were interviewing people now for jobs.


Mrs. Stewart of Full House Poker Parlor requested approval for signs. She presented a very open ended sign presentation. At first she just wanted a sign on the building saying POKER. No name of the operation etc. It reminds me of when you drive thru the seedy sections of a city and see signs that just says STRIP CLUB or GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS. Well that's what you wanted Delmar. Anyway the commission felt it should have the name Full House Poker on the sign - Yea looks better already. They also will have a smaller sign advertising another business in the shopping center.


Anthony Dunnatelli of Rexel Electrical appeared with his sign man to discuss signs on the Rexel building on RT 13 and south of Foskey Lane. It is always good to have another business in Delmar particularly Rexel which is world wide and has 34,000 locations (that's what the guy said). They have hired two people and are looking for a third one.

This building was being looked at by a waste management company back in the spring and the potential buyer came before the P&Z commission and discussed the site with them. The Commission told him how they wanted the face of the building to look and what the landscaping etc should look like. Rexel comes in paints the building that dark blue color puts up fencing etc and doesn't ask the P&Z commission anything. Remember that each time the Town Council or the P&Z Commission says they can control a business if it is in town.

The final item was what was referred to in the agenda as "Revision of Zoning Code." It was of course pertaining to the casino. The town seems to like to downplay any advertising of this fact in their agenda etc. I think it can be summed up in Mr Anderton comment that the code changes to allow a casino "was done solely for the proposal of Mr. Rostocki".

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thoughts On Christmas Shopping

I can think of no difference between being dipped in snot and sent to hell and going to the Centre of Salisbury Christmas Shopping.

Miss Vicki and Tiny Tim Get Married

Today in 1969 Miss Vicki (Victoria May Budinger) age 17 married Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury) age 47 and received her 15 minutes of fame. They married on the Tonight Show and had an estimated 40 million viewers, which shows how desperate people were for entertainment in 1969.


The couple had a daughter -Tulip Victoria - on May 10th 1971. Miss Vicki filed for divorce March 6, 1972 and it was granted in 1977. Miss Vicki went on to have a number of marriages and at last reference to her was married and living in Tennessee.

Tiny Tim was best known for his rendition of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" sung in a distinctive high falsetto/vibrato voice. He was generally regarded as a novelty act, with a cult following. He would marry three times in his life and die on November 30 1996.

More than you would ever want to know about Tiny Tim can be found at the Official Tiny Tim website

Of interest in 1968 he released his first album called "God Bless Tiny Tim". On December 19, 1843 Charles Dickens would publish his Christmas classic "A Christmas Carol, In Prose, Being A Ghost Story of Christmas" from which he took his name.

Homemade Apple Butter

About twice, maybe three times, a year I will get a craving for apple butter. The commercially made stuff satisfies that craving and usually I end up throwing the jar away with half or more still left in it once I have got my fill of apple butter. Apple butter however is easy to make. I started a batch last night in the crock pot and completed it this morning. Tasted good to me. The recipe is about as simple as it gets.

Peel and core about five apples, slice or chop them and dump them in a crock pot. Add a half cup of water. Let it cook on low over night. The next morning add one and one half teaspoons of cinnamon and a half cup of splenda. Using a stick blender blend the cooked apples until smooth. That's it. Additional spices you can add would be allspice and cardamon if you want. Warm out of the crock pot it is good on toast or pancakes or whatever you desire.

Paul Cadmus

Paul Cadmus, noted artist, was born today December 17, in 1904. He died December 12, 1999. His paintings are noted for their homosexual orientation.


In 1934 he painted "The Fleet's In!" while working for the Public Works of Art Project of the WPA. This painting, featuring carousing sailors, women, and a homosexual couple, was the subject of a public outcry and was removed from exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in the 1930's. The publicity on this painting alone helped to launch his career. The painting today is hung at the Navy Art Gallery, Washington Navy Yard, where, unless it is on loan, it is on public display



Hinky Dinky Parley Voo, 1939

Middle School Chorus Concert Tonight

The Middle School Chorus Concert will be held Thursday, December 17th at 7pm in the Delmar Middle school/High School auditorium.

If I Were Mayor I would..

No I am not dreaming of running for Mayor. Over at the Maryland Municipal League website is an entry form to enter a contest called "If I were Mayor I would..." The contest is open to all Maryland students in the 4th grade. A written essay not to exceed 275 words is to be completed on the subject of "Using Community Volunteers." Essays must be received by April 1st. It is unknown as to what the prize will be.

Dog Licenses

From the town of Delmar website; THE TOWN OF DELMAR WILL NO LONGER BE OFFERING DOG LICENSES FOR SALE FOR DELAWARE RESIDENTS.

Planning and Zoning Meeting Reminder

As a reminder the Delmar Planning and Zoning meets tonight at 7 Pm. Among the items currently listed on the agenda are;
Parker & Associates. c/o Dr. Chandrasekhara ( comp. development plan 10 unit strip mall )
Lou Alberti- New Construction of home
Gateway Subaru, LLC. Zoning Approval for MVA license and business license
Zoning Code Revision (Casino)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Oral Roberts - "Something good is going to happen to you!"

Oral Roberts, now there is a history item for you. Back in the 1950's my family, as well as thousands of other families, watched his healing tent crusades revivals on TV. We never had much belief in him, but a large number of other people did. As he would work the healing line he would grasp cripples, shake the hell out of them, and make them walk. Okay the man is dead so there is no reason for me to belittle him.

He says he was cured of tuberculosis at a revival when he was 17 and turned to the ministry. He created evangelistic TV and was a household name.

In 1965, he created Oral Roberts University, a fully accredited university, located on a 500-acre campus in south Tulsa, OK., with enrollment now at 3,140.

He did a lot in his lifetime and I think he believed in what he was doing. Even down to talking to the 900 ft Jesus Christ that told him to collect money or die.

Oh, the "Something good is going to happen to you!" is a trademark saying he used a lot.

Jane Austen

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. - Jane Austen


Jane Austen was born today December 16th in 1775. She has been a popular author since her first successful book "Sense and Sensibility ". The outcome of her books are a wide selection of movies, miniseries, Plays, Jane Austen Book Clubs, Jane Austen blogs etc. If you love money you have to love Jane Austen as her books mention it often. Certainly Miss Elizabeth Bennet, of inferior position, first thoughts on Mr FitzWilliam Darcy is his annual income of 10,000 pounds. Even Bridget Jones is enticed by Mark Darcy income in the comedy movie take off of Pride and Prejudice. Didn't Colin Firth play both Mr. Darcys? Jane Austen's books remain over the centuries amazing and very entertaining.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December Delmar Board Of Education Meeting


Instead of listening to joyful music tonight at the High School Band Concert we entered "The District Office" for the 7 PM Board Of Education Meeting

The District office meeting room is small so only about fifty people could sit in it others waited outside in the office area.

Board of Education Members David Burton and JoAnn Gum were missing as they were sick. I wasn't sure there would be a quorum until Shawn Brittingham slipped in at the last minute.

Other Business for the night included thanking Mrs. Franceschi for 21 years as a guidance counsellor. She is retiring.

Presented to Jodi Hollamon for being in the University of Delaware Women's Hall of Fame

A presentation to Christy Parsons for being teacher of the year

A presentation was made to Coach Hearn for the Division II State Championship

Getting down to the business of the night for most of us. Principal Shawn Larrimore gave a power point presentation on the Trimester Project.

Some literature was passed out pointing out features of the trimester. Click on photo to enlarge it. One point made was Delmar students graduate with the lowest number of credits in the State of Delaware (22) with the trimester system it could be increased to a possible 36 credits.
The Trimester schedule is used alot in Michigan.
Student classes per day would go from 8 to 6
It would be three trimesters of 12 weeks each per year called Fall Winter Spring
Final Exams would be based on the 12 week period instead of a Full Year exam
Since there are fewer classes there a fewer class changes resulting in less disruptions and discipline problems

Some of the drawbacks mainly concern elective subjects. There will be three marking periods instead of two, this results in core elective subjects only being taught in two of those three marking periods with the third period being a bridge elective. Whereas Band and Chorus would be allowed to continue and have continuity over the three marking periods, art subjects, language subjects and some other electives would have a marking period that would break up a subject prohibiting the continuity of the subject. As an example Spanish could be taught in the Fall and Spring marking period but a different but related subject such as Latin America Culture would be taught in the winter period. I don't see how you can learn a language if you study 12 weeks, take 12 weeks off, than study it again for 12 weeks. Likewise with art subjects there are times when you need the full year to do an art project. I don't think any art classes were removed under the trimester system. I mentioned Arts and language but there is a wide range of elective subjects this will alter and I don't know the effect on them.


Judy Hearn gave some counter points on the presentation and pointed out some of the success stories of her students and some highlights of her 12 years of teaching Art at Delmar.

Many in the audience were previous students of Judy Hearn. They gave a very emotional testimony to her teaching ability. Those that were in college pointed out with a trimester system you could not develope the required art porfolio to be accepted into an art program at a college.

Some of the audience talking of the talents of Judy Hearn

This is an early proposal of a trimester plan. It is not the final version and it will be talked about for some time to come so if you have questions please contact the school. I like a number of points in this ideal but I do think it needs more work. I am sure in the half hour or so that trimesters were spoken of there was a great deal I didn't understand and no doubt a number of points that totally went over my head.

After the discussion of the trimester we left, there was still more business for the board to resolve.

The Honeymoon express


For the history people; The Historical Society of Cecil County will have a program about the marriage industry Elkton Maryland was so famous for. February 13, 2010 at 7 PM

A tip of the hat to Fallston Almanac of History

Decisions Decisions

Normally I have a Tuesday night meeting I attend, today I find there is my regular meeting, the Delmar School Board Meeting and the High School Band Concert. For an old person having to make decisions like this is just mind boggling. Christmas time tends to create these problem I see the same problem coming up Thursday night in which there is a Middle School Chorus concert and the Delmar Planning and Zoning meeting. Tsk tsk.

As I have written before the Delmar School Board Meeting is a regularly scheduled meeting. They will discuss the Trimester concept I assume they are considering at Delmar. It is at 7 PM. I have been told a large number of people will turn out for it, but I have been told such things before only to find they didn't. We will see, if I don't go I am sure my wife will go.

The Delmar High School Band Concert is also at 7 PM and I am sure will be much more interesting than the Board of Education meeting. The concept of a Trimester however will affect all students not just the art program students I had mentioned before.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Teaching on a Reservation

Wow another blog to mention!! In my post on the Sulgrave Incident I mentioned Kaitlyn Stasik. She left a comment thanking me for citing her. I backtracked on her name and found she does a blog called MSSONTHEREZ which translates I think to Ms. S on The Reservation. She doesn't post that often but I found first, she writes well and second she has an interesting blog about her second year as a Teach For America (TFA) Teacher teaching 10th grade English class on Pine Ridge Reservation in rural South Dakota. It is like reading about something in the 1800's only it is today. Some bits from her blog;

The realities of life here amaze me every day. I'm still in awe of how my students even make it to school in the morning with some of the environmental and structural barriers to education that are everyday things

had a student call me washichu -- which, loosely translated from Lakota, means "white pig" or "one who steals fat

There is so much animosity towards white teachers here -- especially female white teachers.

I teach at [a high school] on Pine Ridge Reservation in rural South Dakota. My students, Lakota Sioux children, are descendants of Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the members of the 1973 AIM Movement. Despite this, they face seemingly insurmountable obstacles: alarming levels of AIDS, STDs, diabetes and heart disease; widespread poverty; poor family lives; abuse; gangs; alcohol and drug problems. Our county is the second poorest county in the nation with an average annual per capita income of just over $2,000.

In a school this disorganized, sometimes you have to gauge the general direction of the wind to predict how your class will go on any given day

My 10th grade English class has an average reading level around 5th grade. Many are much lower level readers. I have been trudging through teaching them literature, though most of them do not have the self confidence (or the reading skills) to delve into a novel

Question of the Day

What dumb ass at Sam's Club in Salisbury decided ten days before Christmas would be a good time to pave the parking lot?

Have You Lost A Cat?

A young female cat has been found in the Shadow Hills development. It is solid gray with white feet and a white face and from appearance and actions has been well taken care of. Should you have lost a cat of that description please email/contact kscausey@salisbury.edu

DelMar History

There is a blog called DelMar History that is aimed at - No not the town of Delmar - but DelMar history as in the two states. It's byline is History of Sussex County Delaware and surrounding counties in Maryland and Delaware. It has been active since October so take a look at it.

Twelve Days of Christmas

What is more strange than The "Twelve Days of Christmas" song? With it's strange selection of gifts to that repetitious melody plus the question; when does the Twelve days of Christmas start? Any retailer will tell you it is before Christmas. The religious side will tell you the 12 days are before the Epiphany (the time the Wise Men or Magi arrived to present gifts to the young Jesus) but even that is in dispute as to if the 12 days start on the evening of Christmas and goes to January 5th or does it start December 26 and go to January 6th? Tsk Tsk Just when you thought Christmas was not stressful enough now you have to think about a silly song.

In addition some people say the song is really a secret code developed in the late 1500's to teach Catholics the basics of their faith, a "Catechism Song". Catholics in England between 1558 to 1829 were prohibited from being Catholic so in secret they practiced their faith and they supposedly developing this song in code to help teach their faith. "My True Love" referred to in the song is God and the "me" part represents baptized people. So let's look at the meanings;

The Twelve Days of Christmas

1. On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me: A Partridge in a Pear Tree - Symbolizing Jesus himself (partridge) and The tree is the cross.

2. On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Two Turtle Doves - Symbolizing the Old and the New Testaments

3. On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Three French Hens - Symbolizing the three theoretical virtues of Faith, Hope and Love

4. On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Four Calling (black) Birds
Symbolizing the Four Gospels:
Mark, Matthew, John, and Luke, who announced the Good News of God's reconciliation of the world to Himself in Jesus Christ

5. On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Five Golden Rings - Symbolizing the Five Books of Old Testaments

6. On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Six Geese a-laying - Symbolizing the six days God took to create and sustain the world

7. On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Seven Swans a-swimming
Symbolizing the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit:
prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading, compassion

8. On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Eight Maids a-milking
Symbolizing the Eight Heavenly Happiness:

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
those who lament,
the humble,
those who hungry and thirsty for justice,
the merciful,
the pure in heart,
the peacemakers,
those who are offended for the sake of justice.

9. On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Nine Ladies Dancing
Symbolizing the nine Fruit of the Holy Spirit:
love,
joy,
peace,
patience,
kindness,
generosity,
faithfulness,
gentleness,
self-control

10. On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Ten Lords a-leaping
Symbolizing the Ten Commandments:
You shall have no other Gods but me.
You shall not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it.
You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy.
Respect your father and mother.
You must not kill.
You must not commit adultery.
You must not steal.
You must not give false evidence against your neighbour.
You must not be envious of your neighbour's goods. You shall not be envious anything that belongs to your neighbour

11. On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Eleven Pipers Piping
Symbolizing The eleven Faithful Apostles:
Simon Peter,
Andrew,
James,
John,
Philip,
Bartholomew,
Matthew,
Thomas,
James son of Alphaeus,
Simon the Zealot,
Judas Thaddaeus son of James
(This list doesn't include the 12th disciple Judas Iscariot for betraying Jesus)

12. On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Twelve Drummers Drumming
Symbolizing the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell [the grave].
On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
life everlasting.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Tom McGuire Challenge

Below is a letter sent to the Maryland Mayor and Commissioners and the Delaware Mayor and Council people by Tom McGuire

SEASONS GREETINGS,

I have recently partnered with the MD food bank for a food drive. The MD Food Bank will be in Delmar Dec 21st at 6:30 to 7:30 PM to pick up donations. They will be parked across from town hall, as not to affect the joint meeting's parking.

I have delivered a copy of the flyer enclosed to all Delmar residents. Lacey Griffith and FOX news is doing a story to help raise donations of food items. Copies will also be sent to local bloggers, The Laurel Star and the Daily Times. In the flyer I challenge all counsel, and commissioners and both Mayors to bring a frozen ham or turkey to donate.

This is a very worthy cause to help out. I am very proud to be associated with them. YVONNE TERRY, Director of the Salisbury food bank is my contact her number is 410-742-0050.

This is a great way for residents to come out and donate and also attend the joint counsel meeting
 
 
Sincerely Thomas McGuire

TOM MCGUIRE IN THE NEWS AGAIN

The Following is a flyer Tom McGuire has put out

HELP

The MD. food bank is in need of your help DECEMBER 21 ST IN FRONT OF DELMAR TOWN HALL

Just before the joint meeting at 7 pm please clean out your pantry & bring as many food items as you can! The MD food bank will be there to accept them. I personally challenged all commissioners to bring a frozen Turkey or Ham to the meeting to donate.

Lets show them what Delmar can do!!!

If you can't make it call 443-3595049 and I will come pick up your donation and take it for you.

YOU COULD BE THE DIFFERENCE FOR A FAMILY/CHILD EATING THIS SEASON

TOM MCGUIRE PARTNERED WITH MD FOOD BANK DIRECTOR YVONNE TERRY, MD. FOOD BANK,
28500 Owens Branch Road, Salisbury, MD 21801 (410) 742-0050

COME GET YOUR CASINO UPDATE

You'd Better Not Pout

Christmas Glad Tiding 1950 style - the Sulgrave Incident

Today’s history topic concerns a 1950 elected official making a fool of himself – something that is unheard of today right?

Back in 1950 the United States was just beginning to be inundated with television news, but the main news media was still printed material such as newspaper and magazines. One of the journalists of the period was Drew Pearson (Andrew Russell Pearson 1897-1969). He had a syndicated newspaper column called “Washington Merry-Go-Round”, which he used in an aggressive style against the public personality of the day. One of these people was Senator Joe McCarthy (R-Wisc. 1908-1957), well known communist fighter.

"Today we are engaged in a final, all-out battle between communistic atheism and Christianity. The modern champions of communism have selected this as the time. And, ladies and gentlemen, the chips are down—they are truly down." Joe McCarthy - sounds like something that could be spoken today – just insert the current fight against religion, people, ideas, etc in place of communistic and Christianity.

Drew Pearson had been writing about (attacking) Senator Joe McCarthy for a year or so before the incident. The Senator had been elected for less than three years and Pearson had already found out various dealings of his and his Red Scare that threw fear into the nation. McCarthy’s aggressive investigations and the red-baiting, blacklisting, jailing and deportation of people suspected of following Communism is well known. In that period the Cincinnati Reds changed their team name to "Redlegs" to avoid the association of "Reds" and Communism. It would not be until 1961 that the name "Reds" resumed.

The interesting thing about this situation between Pearson and McCarthy was Jack Anderson. Anderson would later take over the column “Washington Merry-Go-Round”, and was on the staff of Drew Pearson at this time. Anderson worked with McCarthy, supplying him with information about politicians and state officials he suspected of being "communists". In turn McCarthy would supply Anderson with information for the column “Washington Merry-Go-Round.”

Today, December 13th, is Drew Pearson birthday and on that birthday Tuesday in 1950 he was invited to a party at the Sulgrave Club. Now the Sulgrave Club is a one of a number of private Washington DC clubs (others are the Washington Club, Metropolitan Club, Cosmos Club, Georgetown Club, University Club, City Tavern Club, Army Navy Club, etc none that would invite me to them unless it was as hired help) it is located off DuPont circle at 1801 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest in an elegant old mansion. The Sulgrave Club is a stalwart sorority of socially prominent Washington ladies who throw events at the club. Louise Steinman Ansberry, known as Tinnie to her friends, was known for having parties in which she would invite people to dinner who had opposing viewpoints. That often led to interesting conversations and, occasionally, skirmishes, like the celebrated confrontation between columnist Drew Pearson and Sen. Joe McCarthy I am about to write about.

So two strong personalities who didn’t like one another attended a dinner party in which they both consumed alcohol and made snipping remarks about one another during the evening. Even Richard Nixon was involved in the ensuing confrontation that I think is best described by an excerpt from the book "The Age of Anxiety: McCarthyism to Terrorism" by Haynes Johnson

“. This confrontation between Drew Pearson, the most popular muckraking columnist, I guess you would say, but also widely known for his radio broadcasts of the time. He had been very critical of McCarthy, and they happened to meet at the private Sulgrave Club in Washington D.C., off Dupont Circle. McCarthy comes up to him and starts taunting him, taunting him, says, "Drew, I'm going to ruin you in the Senate, I'm going to give a speech under the cloak of immunity, I'm going to destroy you, and your wife will -- I'll prove that you're a communist." He went on and on and on. And he kept doing this during the dinner. At one point, he reached over and puts his hand -- McCarthy was very strong -- behind Pearson's neck, and Pearson -- this pain shot through him. It was a horrible night.

Finally it was over, and Pearson goes down to the cloak room to pay the hat check person for his coat, and all of a sudden McCarthy comes up behind him, spins him around and kicks him twice in the groin, wham!, wham!, and Pearson doubles over, and he says, "This is what you're going to get," and so forth. At that point, Nixon, who was just a new senator, comes along and says, "Let a Quaker stop this fight." And McCarthy said, "No, I'm not ... " -- and then McCarthy reaches over and slaps Pearson so hard that Nixon later described, "I thought he was going to kill him."
And then McCarthy goes out with [Nixon] -- Pearson pretends that he's all right and he goes out and they find their car and they drive off, and McCarthy that night calls -- boasts -- calls two people, one in Appleton, Wisconsin, a judge, Greta Van Susteren's father, as a matter of fact, Irvin Van Susteren, and he calls the editor of the Washington Times Herald, a very conservative paper at the time, and boasts, "I kicked Drew Pearson in the groin" -- that's not the phrase he used.

McCarthy boasted throughout his career that he learned how to fight in Wisconsin from an "Indian Charlie," a member of an Indian tribe. He said, "Here's what you have to learn. When you have an opponent you start kicking him in the groin and keep kicking and kicking until there's nothing left in the groin, until you win." He boasted of this to his fellow senators in private hearings. I mean, that's the other side of Joe McCarthy, absolutely brutal, monstrous. And he was a strong, very powerful man. That's what he was capable of.”


In 1950 Richard Nixon, at 37, was the youngest senator in the Senate and as he stepped between the two he said “Let a good Quaker stop this fight”, of interest Pearson was also a Quaker. Nixon took McCarthy outside where he found the Senator was too drunk to remember where he had parked his car and they spent the next half hour looking for it. This was 1950 and I don't think anyone would questioned a U S Senator, at that time, driving drunk, I doubt even today anyone would question it. By 1952 Drew Pearson would emerge as Richard Nixon’s journalistic enemy he would denounce Nixon's earliest Red-baiting campaigns, unearthed his links to political extremists and organized crime figures, and helped uncover the secret personal slush fund that led to the famous "Checker's" speech, which nearly ended Nixon's political career in its infancy.

As you may recall his famous Checkers speech came about because Senator Nixon had been accused of improprieties relating to a fund established by his backers to reimburse him for his political expenses During the speech, he stated that regardless of what anyone said, he intended to keep one gift: a black-and-white dog which was named Checkers by the Nixon children, thus giving the address its popular name.

“My fellow Americans
I come before you tonight as a candidate for the Vice-presidency and as a man whose honesty and integrity has been questioned…… And to answer those questions let me say this--not a cent of the $18,000 or any other money of that type ever went to me for my personal use. Every penny of it was used to pay for political expenses that I did not think should be charged to the taxpayers of the United States………. A man down in Texas heard Pat on the radio mention the fact that our two youngsters would like to have a dog, and, believe it or not, the day before we left on this campaign trip we got a message from Union Station in Baltimore, saying they had a package for us. We went down to get it. You know what it was? It was a little cocker spaniel dog, in a crate that he had sent all the way from Texas, black and white, spotted, and our little girl Tricia, the six year old, named it Checkers. And you know, the kids, like all kids, loved the dog, and I just want to say this, right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we are going to keep it. “


Edward R. Murrow’s famous television "See It Now" broadcast on March 9, 1954 is usually given credit for ending Joe McCarthy but many others by 1954 had had enough. Senator Millard Tydings from Maryland, was reported to have said, "Let me have him [McCarthy] for three days in public hearings, and he'll never show his face in the Senate again." But Drew Pearson was one of the first to stand firm against McCarthyism long before the others got on board.

A week later after the the Sulgrave Incident Drew Pearson was again involved in a physical fight this time with Washington Lawyer Charles Patrick Clark, a lobbyist for Franco's Spain, who has been one of Pearson's prime targets in the past few months. For Christmas that year Columnist Drew Pearson received boxing gloves from his secretaries.

Should you want to read more, a short good paper on this event is "Confronting McCarthy: Drew Pearson, Forgotten Journalist?" By Kaitlyn Stasik. It is on the internet.