Saturday, January 02, 2010
On Line Services
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
BOILER BLAST KILLS FOUR
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
Thursday, December 31, 2009
A LITTLE more news on Bill Hitch
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
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.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
46 Years Ago Today
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
“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 www.KentRepublicans.com 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
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.