Saturday, January 02, 2010

On Line Services

No I am not going to talk about porno services I am going to talk about the on-line services offered by the Wicomico County Free Library. As you know libraries feel they need to offer more than a book. Now in spite of living in Delmar Delaware, we qualify for a Wicomico County Free Library card. I assume this is because the Delmar Delaware library gives out library cards to Maryland residents living in the Delmar school district, so this is a return favor.

If you go to the Wicomico County Library site and click on "On-Line Services" one selection you will have is "databases and magazines." Now there is a whole lot of selections after that, those that I use most often in "Databases" are "ProQuest Heritage Quest" ( looking up census information from 1860 to 1930 - find that great grandfather you were wondering about), Mango Languages (several language lessons on Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, French German etc. - you don't have to return a tape cassette - just study on line - free) , Legal Forms From Thompson-Gale (How to cut the wife out of your will etc), EBSCO Auto Repair Reference Center (how to fix my 1984 Dodge omni), and various newspapers. If you have not looked at these services you are missing out. It is open 24 hour a day and no trip to Salisbury. All you need is Wicomico County Library card.

Washington Hotel Tonsorial Parlor Princess Anne MD 1916

1916 Boiler Blast

From Marylander and Herald - February 15, 1916


The boiler of the saw mill of Graham and Hurley, near Mardella Springs, exploded at 11:45 last Thursday morning, killing four persons and seriously injuring three more, who are in the Peninsula General hospital at Salisbury. The dead are William Phillips, Webb Robinson and Charles Seabreeze and a negro named Emory Coulbourn. The injured are: Bradley Seabreeze, cut and bruised on the face and body; Staton Evans, both legs and arms broken, and John Seabreeze, arm broken. A man named Lloyd, who was working within a few feet of the boiler, was unhurt. Phillips, Robinson and Coulbourn were killed instantly and Charles Seabreeze who was a young son of John Seabreeze and who had taken his father’s lunch to him, died en route to the hospital in an automobile which contained his injured father.

Webb Robinson leaves a widow and six children, while Emory Coulbourn leaves a widow and five children. William Phillips was single and resided with his father, Thomas Phillips.

The boiler, which weighted several tons, was blown a distance of 150 feet from the mill. Pieces of the men’s clothing and their coats, which hung in the mill, were found in the tops of trees 100 yards from the explosion. Experienced millmen who examined the boiler after the explosion stated the boiler showed evidence that it was dry from lack of water, the supposition being that the water gauge was stopped up and that the fireman unaware, had let in cold water.

Mr. Hurley, one of the owners of the mill, just a few minutes before had gone in the woods to see about some timber and thereby escaped injury. The explosion was heard for several miles.

Grave Hunting on A Cold Day

I spent sometime today with my mother looking for a grave at Asbury Church in Mount Vernon (Somerset County). It was cold. As many of you may know Asbury sets on a hill next to the marsh and the wind was freezing coming off the marsh today - well actually just about everywhere I went today it was freezing, including Delmar.

Anyway the grave I was looking for was of Joseph G. Dashiell, first husband of my grandmother. He was born in 1873 and died in 1916 of a kidney disease (Brights disease). Leaving my grandmother (Lillian Grace Price Dashiell) with two small children. Happily my 85 year old mother got her thought processes in order and we were able to locate the grave in about 15 minutes. The church graveyard does have a number of Dashiell family members.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Entering The Fourth Year

Well I started this blog in January of 2006 and I have over 3,500 posts so it goes to show, living in a small town does not limit you in blogging. Altho many people have different perceptions of what this blog is - it is my personal blog. It is not a news source nor an open public forum blog it is my personal blog where I express my opinion on anything that happens to wander thru my mind each day. I frequently have a knack for picking up strays, signing onto lost causes, and boarding sinking ships but at least I try to express opinions that the majority may not share. I had hoped another Delmar blog would appear, and last longer than a year, that would fill in the areas I have no interest in such as sports and more popular Delmar outlooks, but the world is the world in spite of our wishes to the contrary. I don't think I will change any outlook or format in my blog in 2010 so if you didn't like it in 2009 maybe you should give up reading it, if you did enjoy some parts Welcome Aboard for another year.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

A LITTLE more news on Bill Hitch

I see where the News Journal has a brief article about Bill Hitch. Again not much information on Hitch (who admitted taking money from the school payroll account), but making a plug to approve the funding for four new schools in Laurel and not to hold the fact they couldn't control the money they have against them in the vote for new schools.

As one of the comments on the article said; Why isn't he in jail? It seems to be a government thing that government employees never go directly to jail - they get a break by an audit being performed. The school district has no ideal how much money was taken or how. I had heard it was by him paying himself overtime but who knows? Was it planned to release this information prior to a two week break when you can't get up with anyone in the school office to ask questions? Maybe they figure with a two week break everyone will forget it. The money taken is one thing but will this be another case where his retirement will go thru at some future point and be untouched, like Wicomico County?

The Governor's Wife Speaks

"His sweat doesn't stink"
Carla Markell, wife of Governor Markell
Altho meant as an amusing remark in a News Journal interview it does reflect on One Eyed Jack Markell's outlook.

The Avenue

I see where the Old Movie Theatre in Delmar is advertising floor space available. Altho I refer to as the Old Movie Theatre it has of course been renovated

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

46 Years Ago Today

I received this information and photos from C. R. Hook and I thought some of my readers might enjoy it. Naturally I too remember the Ulmans. My next door neighbor, Ronnie Brewington's, father was manager at Ulmans so every Saturday we use to go to the show. I think it cost a dime to get in at that time, maybe around 1950.

Located on Main Street, the Ulman Theater was a part of the Salisbury entertainment scene since 1888. In the late 1940's and early '50's it was packed on Saturdays with kids. The Ulman specialized in double feature westerns preceded by 3 or 4 cartoons. At the end of the decade and going into the early 1960's it became a teen mecca on Saturdays, showing monster pictures and B films.

On December 30th, 1963 shortly after lunchtime the 4-4 commerical alarm signal sounded at Headquarters company. When the engines arrived, smoke was pouring through the front doors. Station 2 sent their equipment and volunteers as the firefighters entered the burning building. Smoke conditions were extremerely heavy and Chief Wilson Taylor called on help from Fruitland, Hebron, Delmar & Parsonsburg. Cracks began developing in the front wall so all firefighters were ordered out of the building.

My Mother worked at Benjamins at the time and I have gone down to watch but police were driving all spectators back up Main St. behind barricades so I went up to the second floor of Benjamins and joined the employees watching from the windows. It was cold and all the water being poured into the Ulman and hose lines on Main Street were turning to ice. Very treacherous for the firefighters. It was late that evening before everything was brought under control. Luckily no serious injuries were suffered by either the firefighters or spectators. Nor were any other Main St. buildings burnt although some had smoke and water damages.

The Ulman Theater was never rebuilt. It was located next door to the Thomas R. Young Music Store (now called Parker Place). The gap next to that building was where the Ulman once stood.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

You smuggle drugs - you die.

In China today a British citizen, caught smuggling heroin, was executed by lethal injection . Solves that problem and no expense keeping him in jail for 10 years than releasing him so he can go back to doing the same thing. I only wonder why they waited two years to do it.

Packing Away Christmas Decorations


Yes, you can fully expect to see these newspaper headlines one day concerning Howard's house. I have spent the morning packing up and hauling Christmas decorations back to the attic. The attic is on the third story so I have been huffing and puffing most of the morning - pretty near had a heart attack hauling that stuff. Finally am taking a break and having a beer and a cigar to recover from it all.

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Very Long Engagement or Un long dimanche de fiançailles (2004)

Since I wrote about President Reagan in an earlier post it also links some what to a French movie that I enjoyed called “A Very Long Engagement” or the French Title “Un long dimanche de fiançailles”. It is a 2004 movie starring Audrey Tautou and Gaspard Ulliel in French, with subtitles. The movie takes place in World War I and after WWI in France. A young girl seeks what happened to her fiancée who disappeared and was assumed dead and in turn it explores the lives of five men. It has enough battle scenes to hold my interest and is very romantic.

Included in the film is Jodie Foster as Elodie Gordes. Yes - the Jodie Foster of John Hinckley – President Reagan fame who left this note to Jodie Foster on his way out the door to shoot President Reagan.

Dear Jodie:

There is definitely a possibility that I will be killed in my attempt to get Reagan. It is for this very reason that I am writing you this letter now.

As you well know by now I love you very much. Over the past seven months I've left you dozens of poems, letters and love messages in the faint hope that you could develop an interest in me. Although we talked on the phone a couple of times I never had the nerve to simply approach you and introduce myself. Besides my shyness, I honestly did not wish to bother you with my constant presence. I know the many messages left at your door and in your mailbox were a nuisance, but I felt that it was the most painless way for me to express my love for you.

I feel very good about the fact that you at least know my name and how I feel about you. And by hanging around your dormitory, I've come to realize that I'm the topic of more than a little conversation, however full of ridicule it may be. At least you know that I'll always love you. Jodie, I would abandon the idea of getting Reagan in a second if I could only win your heart and live out the rest of my life with you, whether it be in total obscurity or whatever.

I will admit to you that the reason I'm going ahead with this attempt now is because I cannot wait any longer to impress you. I've got to do something now to make you understand, in no uncertain terms, that I'm doing all of this for your sake! By sacrificing my freedom and possibly my life, I hope to change your mind about me. This letter is being written only an hour before I leave for the Hilton Hotel. Jodie, I'm asking you to please look into your heart and at least give the chance, with this historical deed, to gain your love and respect.

I love you forever,
John W. Hinckley

Anyway it turns out Jodie Foster is fluent in French and I thought she did a good job in the movie. I don’t speak French - it took me the longest time when asking for the magazine OUI to find it was not prounced ou-ee but instead wee (go figure), so I can’t comment on her French.

As far John Hinckley this past summer he was given the ability to visit his mother for nine days at a time from the mental institution he is in and have a driver license. A problem just waiting to happen.

Health Care

We just can’t trust the American people to make those types of choices … Government has to make those choices for people.

First Lady Hillary Clinton commented to Representative Dennis Hastert, R-Ill, regarding her national health care plan and the issue of who should oversee the distribution of funds, 1993

Scumbag Republicans

“Retired lieutenant-colonel and conservative pundit Oliver North will be the keynote speaker at the annual Kent County Lincoln Day Dinner on Friday, February 19, at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

“We’re letting the public know now because Ollie North is attracting folks from across the region regardless of political affiliation and people are already making reservations” said David Burris, Kent Co. GOP chairman.

Cocktails and a silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Donations for a silent auction are also being sought.

Individual tickets are $100, with corporate sponsorships available from $300 to $2,500. Upper level sponsors will spend a private cocktail hour with Col. North, then sit with him at the chairman’s table at dinner. For more information and updates click on or call 302-747-7579.”

I have given this free plug to the Kent County GOP and their Kent County Lincoln Day Dinner because they are an insulting group of bottom-feeding scumbags. Of the many people I hold in contempt Oliver North has a special place in my black heart. Now he happens to be only a couple of months younger than me and I understand he is battling prostrate cancer and I truly wish him well in his fight against cancer.

Today Oliver North runs a public speaking operation, as many people view him as a hero as related to the Iran-Contra affair, I of course do not.

Back in 1985 and 1986 he was a well known personality. He worked in the presidency of Ronald Reagan – one of the most corrupt and economy deficient presidencies in the history of the US of A. By the end of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, 138 administration officials had been convicted, indicted, or subjected to official investigations for official misconduct and/or criminal violation. Reagan’s economic recovery was made possible because it was purchased on credit as the U.S was transformed into the world's greatest debtor nation. He created an environment from 1981 to 1989, of lying, stretching the truth, bending laws, government doublespeak and just encouraging his underlings to run illegal operations as long as it was covered by the title of patriot. Elected at age 70 his mind was shot and he allowed other people to run the details of his office.

Now some people will say Howard is a Democrat just out to run the good and true Republicans party down, but no I am a registered Republican. A Republican that is frequently embarrassed by the people we put up to run for office and have elected. A Republican that has not voted for a high level Republican elected office in a number of years, of course I also haven’t voted for a high level Democratic, the people the Democratic Party have had elected aren’t any better. Good Old Bill Clinton, who taught a generation of school age kids that “oral sex isn’t really sex” and it is Biblically sanctioned (cited Genesis 38: 8-10 where Onan is reluctant to impregnate his brother's widow and "spills his seed on the ground.") and quoted Black's Law Dictionary which states that oral sex is not technically adultery. Today we have Obama, who at this time doesn’t appear to be screwing anyone but the American Taxpayer.

Back to Oliver North. Oliver North was involved in the Iran-Contra Scandal and just how "Iran" and "Contra" came to be said in the same breath was the result of complicated covert activities, all carried out, the players said, in the name of democracy, with Oliver North standing in his Marine Uniform swearing he did as he was ordered to do.

In two separate parts of the world the United States stuck it’s nose into other countries government. In Central America the United States (under President Carter) had helped the Sandinista’s overthrow the Somoza government of Nicaragua and establishes the Sandinista government. Once that government turned against the United States again, thru our CIA, we funneled money and arms to the various rebel groups opposing the Sandinista government, know in Spanish as la contra, short for “la contrarrevolucion,” or in English the term "Contra" . Between 1982 and 1984 the congress in an effort to stop the involvement passed three U.S. legislative amendments called the Boland Amendment. The amendment outlawed U.S. assistance to the Contras for the purpose of overthrowing the Nicaraguan government.

Meanwhile over in the Middle East Iran and Iraq were at war with one another. In addition in Lebanon the Hezbollah organization were kidnapping and holding hostages (96 foreign hostages between 1982 and 1992). At that time the American hostages in Beirut were; Father Martin Jenco, Terry Anderson, David Jacobsen, Thomas Sutherland, and Peter Kilburn. The Hezbollah was thought responsible for the killing of 299 American serviceman in the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing. President Ronald Reagan did not fight the Hezbollah instead he withdrew the Marines from Lebanon. He later would invade Grenada and turn it into a little Club Med war as a PR stunt so he could show democracy rules. Altho the President swore there would be no ransom for hostages he was two faced. He left it to the National Security Council to work out the details. The Iranians did not have the hostages but could generate influence on the people who did and the Iranians need arms for their war. The United States thru middle men and Israel sold to Iran over 2,500 TOW Anti-tank missiles and a number of HAWK anti-aircraft missiles plus spare parts. By using middle men the letter of the law was not violated but the spirit of the law was. Some hostages were released and than more taken hostage.

Centered in both Central America and Iran covert operations was Oliver North. The Boland amendments, prohibited the Defense Dept., the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), or any other government agency from providing military aid to the contras from Dec., 1983, to Sept., 1985. The Reagan administration circumvented these limitations by using the National Security Council (NSC), which was not explicitly covered by the law, to supervise covert military aid to the contras. This operation was directed by NSC staffer Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North.

The money made off these sales were so large that Oliver North figured there was no reason to turn it all back to the United States Government and he directed a part of it to the Contras. Of the $30 million received for arms to Iran only $12 million was turned back to the US coffers.

The Lebanese newspaper "Al-Shiraa" printed an exposé on the clandestine activities in November 1986, Reagan went on television and vehemently denied that any such operation had occurred. (On Nov 13th President Reagan address to nation: "We did not-repeat-did not trade weapons or anything else for hostages nor will we.") He retracted the statement a week later, insisting that the sale of weapons had not been an arms-for-hostages deal. Reagan defended the actions by virtue of their good intentions.

On November 21st Reagan asks Attorney General Meese to conduct an inquiry of the Iran affair to get facts straight. Oliver North and his secretary begins shredding documents. Upon further investigation, Attorney General Edwin Meese verified the report and an independent special prosecutor Lawrence E. Walsh was appointed to investigate the activities surrounding the arms sale and the Contra aid. On November 25th National Security Advisor John Poindexter resigns and Oliver North is fired. President Reagan appoints the Tower Commission to review Iran Contra and in February they issue their report which is critical of Reagan.

In July and August of 1987 Oliver North testifies in Senate hearing where he claims he had approval from superiors in all matter. The outcome of all of this was Oliver North was indicted on twelve different counts ranging from Obstruction of Congress to Concealing, removing, mutilating, obliterating, falsifying and destroying official NSC documents relevant to the Iran/contra matter. He was found guilty by a jury of only three minor counts in the original 12. The convictions were vacated on appeal on the grounds that North's Fifth Amendment rights may have been violated by the indirect use of his testimony to Congress which had been given under a grant of immunity. Over the six year period that this played out it was media circus. A number of Senators and Representatives used the media resulting from the Iran-Contra affair as free publicity for themselves. In truth it was a distraction from the main issue as to rather or not President Reagan should be impeached.

On Christmas Eve 1992, President George H W Bush issued presidential pardons to all indicted in the scandal. Bush said the "common denominator of their motivation -- whether their actions were right or wrong -- was patriotism." The Iran-Contra Affair was ended. North's conviction was expunged on the grounds that he had acted strictly out of patriotism, which insulted all Americans who follow the law. I truly feel Oliver North, the same as Bill Hitch, knew he was wrong in what he did. Oliver North did it for personal gain by an attempting to carry out an assignment well and be promoted to full Colonel. He can swear on a stack of bibles as long as he wants that he was a patriot and I will never believe him. We can not exempt ourselves from a law nor can we play games with the spirit of the law. For all of us who attempt to obey the law, both to the letter and the spirit of the law, the support shown him by the Kent County GOP is an insult.

The Christmas Bubble Burst

Ok so I ate too much, drank too much and exercised too little, maybe insulted a few people, and perhaps Christmas was not a remake of “It’s a wonderful life” but it has come and gone and it has been placed in it’s proper place of Christmases past. With the burst of the Christmas Bubble there usually comes a day of mediation as the extra high sugar level my body acquired over Christmas begins to ramp down to something close to normal and I start to think about Christmas bills, heating bills, packing up a mountain of packaging material and wrapping paper and wondering what happen to the Green initiative we had tried to start but forgot about as the commercialism of Christmas sucked our souls and wallets dry and made the Chinese rich. Without a doubt looking at outside Christmas decorations on a winter’s day, blowing in a wind is as depressing as it gets. In addition I and a large number of other people for the past few days have thought about what kind of person would kill an eleven year old girl? What kind of Maryland court system do they have that allowed sex offenders to have a list of criminal charges dismissed and still be allowed to walk our streets free and commit more crimes? And in Delaware what kind of Doctor would harm from one to one hundred children who seemed to have been under the age of five? This is a Christmas I won’t forget but I look forward to it being in the past.

Making Friends Since 1786

John Molson was born today in 1763. Born in England he emigrated to Canada in 1782, where he started the Molson Brewing Company. Now I always pick at Canada for a variety of well deserved reasons but even I will say they brew really good beer, eh. So good, that when they merged with Coors I pass Molson products off to my friends as being American beer brewed in Canada.