Saturday, December 25, 2010

The President Says Merry Christmas

Weekly Address: The President and First Lady Extend Christmas Greeting and Urge Americans to Support the Troops and Their Families

WASHINGTON – In this week’s address, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wished families across the country a “Merry Christmas” and encouraged everyone to support the troops and their families this holiday season. Anyone can visit to find ideas for what they can do to help our servicemen and women and their families.

The full video can be viewed online at

Remarks of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
December 25, 2010

THE PRESIDENT: Merry Christmas, everybody. Michelle and I just wanted to take a moment today to send greetings from our family to yours.

THE FIRST LADY: This is one of our favorite times of year. And we’re so fortunate to be able to celebrate it together in this wonderful home.

This is the “People’s House.” So Barack and I try to open it to as many people as we can, especially during the holiday season.

This month, more than 100,000 Americans have passed through these halls. And the idea behind this year’s theme, “Simple Gifts,” is that the greatest blessings of all are the ones that don’t cost a thing – the comfort of spending time with loved ones…the freedoms we enjoy as Americans… and the joy we feel upon giving something of ourselves.

So in this time of family, friends, and good cheer; let’s also be sure to look out for those who are less fortunate, who’ve hit a run of bad luck, or who are hungry and alone this holiday season.

THE PRESIDENT: Because this is the season when we celebrate the simplest yet most profound gift of all: the birth of a child who devoted his life to a message of peace, love, and redemption. A message that says no matter who we are, we are called to love one another – we are our brother’s keeper, we are our sister’s keeper, our separate stories in this big and busy world are really one.

Today, we’re also thinking of those who can’t be home for the holidays – especially all our courageous countrymen serving overseas.

That’s the message I delivered when I visited our troops in Afghanistan a few weeks ago – that while you may be serving far from home, every American supports you and your families. We’re with you. And I have no greater honor than serving as your Commander in Chief.

Today’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen make up the finest fighting force in the history of the world. Just like their predecessors, they do extraordinary things in service to their country. What makes that all the more remarkable is that today’s military is an all-volunteer force – a force of mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, husbands and wives.

THE FIRST LADY: That’s right. As First Lady, I’ve had the honor to meet members of our military and their families on bases and in communities all across the country. I’ve gotten to know husbands and wives doing the parenting of two while their spouse is on another deployment…children trying their best in school but always wondering when mom or dad is coming home…patriots putting their lives on hold to help with a loved one’s recovery…or carry on the memory of a fallen hero.

When our men and women in uniform answer the call to serve, their families serve, too. And they’re proud and glad to do it. But as long as that service keeps the rest of us safe, their sacrifice should also be our own. Even heroes can use a hand, especially during the holidays.

THE PRESIDENT: So we’re encouraging Americans to ask what you can do to support our troops and their families in this holiday season. For some ideas on how to get started, just visit

THE FIRST LADY: You’ll see that you don’t need to be an expert in military life to give back to those who give so much to us. There are countless ways to contribute by harnessing your unique talents.

If you live near a base, you can reach out through your local school or church. If you don’t, you can volunteer with organizations that support military families. And anybody can send a care package or pre-paid calling card to the front lines, or give what’s sometimes the most important gift of all: simply saying “thank you.”

THE PRESIDENT: America’s brave servicemen and women represent a small fraction of our population. But they and the families who await their safe return carry far more than their fair share of the burden. They’ve done everything they’ve been asked to do. They’ve been everything we’ve asked them to be. And even as we speak, many are fighting halfway around the globe – in hopes that someday, our children and grandchildren won’t have to.

So let’s all remind them this holiday season that we’re thinking of them – and that America will forever be here for them, just as they’ve been there for us.

And on behalf of Michelle, Malia, Sasha…


THE PRESIDENT: and Bo…have a very Merry Christmas.

THE FIRST LADY: and an even happier New Year.

"Victory or Death" George Washington Crosses the Delaware

Fortified with egg nog Gen. Geo. Washington late this evening in 1776 would cross the Delaware River and on the morning of December 26 would attack the Hessian force celebrating Christmas at their winter quarters in Trenton, New Jersey.

In the process General George Washington violates the traditional Christmas truce. Using the secret password "Victory or Death", Washington crosses with 2,400 men, while 3,000 of troops failed to cross at other points, and were not able to join in the attack.

With a successful encounter Washington had to execute a second crossing that was in some ways more difficult than the first. In the aftermath of the battle, the Hessian supplies had been plundered, and, in spite of Washington's explicit orders for its destruction, casks of captured rum were opened, so some of the celebrating troops got drunk, probably contributing to the larger number of troops that had to be pulled from the icy waters on the return crossing. They also had to transport the large number of prisoners across the river while keeping them under guard.

The Delaware Regiment, with less than 100 men (Due to expiring enlistments) led by Colonel John Haslet, helped General Washington capture Hessians in Trenton. However, a week later on January 3, 1777, in a skirmish at the beginning of the Battle of Princeton, with General Hugh Mercer down and fatally wounded, Haslet tried to rally Mercer's brigade and was himself killed, shot in the head and killed instantly. Nevertheless, they did rally and a surprising victory was won to complement the earlier one at Trenton. Legend has it that Washington wept over his corpse on the battlefield and notes by Washington's stepson confirm that Washington did come across Haslet's body at Princeton, but does not mention any shedding of tears.

Today at 1 Pm there will be the annual reenactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware.

My brave fellows. On our recent march through Jersey from New York, one of our own, Thomas Paine, aide-de-camp to Gen’l Greene, penned by firelight a tract which captures the essence of our present situation. Permit me to share with you a few lines…

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and sunshine patriot, will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country, but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered: yet we have this consolation with us -- that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods: and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.

Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared, that she has a right not only to tax, but to bind us in all cases whatsoever -- and if being bound in that manner is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious, for so unlimited a power can belong only to god.

Men, Your conduct during this recent campaign has been most commendable. You have sacrificed much for your country and brought much honor upon yourselves. I assure you that I am not insensible to the needs that you have and hardships we are enduring. We are indeed distressed beyond measure for clothing and other articles. Tents, blankets, flints, powder, cooking pots and food are in short supply. Our force is small and our defensive positions along the banks of the Delaware stretched thinly and quite exposed and vulnerable. About all of this I have made further mention to Congress and have pressed them for relief with all possible dispatch. I trust these matters will meet their earliest attention. As for this moment, I fear, we face a more critical and alarming situation…

You, the officers and men of this American Army must remember that you are free men fighting for the blessings of liberty. It is a great stake we are playing for. Every virtuous citizen is depending on you to rid this land of the ministerial troops that have brought wanton destruction to its shores and is attempting to enslave America. The time is now near at hand which will probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves, whether they are to have any property they can call their own, or whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed and they consigned to a state of wretchedness from which they cannot be delivered. Our cruel and unrelenting Enemy leaves us no choice but a brave resistance or the most abject submission.

Men, you are assembled here for tonight we cross back into JERSEY. Those of you who stood with me at Long Island and on the battlefields around the environs of New York, I entreat you to remember those actions. Those of you who have since joined our ranks from General Schyler’s army up north, I beseech you to listen carefully… Across that river not 10 miles distant in the town of Trenton and just beyond in Bordentown are posted the same regiments of base hirelings and merceneries that attacked us at Brooklyn Heights and White Plains. The same Hessian merceneries that spared not the bayonet and showed no quarter to many a brave American soldier who fell on those fields of battle. The same slavish merceneries that imprisoned hundreds of your fellow soldiers, captured at Fort Washington, on royal prison ships in New York Harbor. Those same merceneries hired by the Ministry then pillaged and plundered the good citizens of Jersey. And those same merceneries WILL….as soon as this river freezes over, march across and carry those atrocities here to Pennsylvania and throughout the rest of these United States should we let them.

Tonight, our mission, our duty as a free people, is to stem the tide of these atrocities, to retake what is rightfully ours and rid this great land of the plague of the merceneries, and those who brought them to our shores. At this fateful hour the eyes of all our countrymen are now upon us. The eyes of the world are watching. Let us show them all that a freeman contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.

Yes Men, Tonight we cross back into Jersey. I beseach you all, remain close to your officers. They are good men. Heed their commands. On the march south a profound silence is to be enjoined and reflect upon what we owe those mercenaries. And when the hour is upon us fight for all that you are worth and all that you cherish and love. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct that you show. The watch word is VICTORY OR DEATH -- For I am resolved that by dawn both Trenton and Victory shall be ours.

A child is born Today

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Luke 2:8-14 “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Big Bucks For Condom Design

Christmas bills got you down sparky, well open that box of 64 color Crayola and enter the One Condom package design contest. Winning designs receive a cash prize, a donation of condoms in your name and a year's supply of condoms featuring your own design! As the title says "Become the Rembrandt Of Rubber".

ONE® Condoms feature more than 200 different designs, with many created or voted on by customers like you. Since the first Design ONE® Contest in 2004, innovative designers have helped push the ONE brand in exciting new directions, and inspired people to think about condoms in new ways.

We're counting on you to put your talents to work to help us create the next generation of ONE® Condoms. So express yourself. Push the envelope. Show us what you've got!

Listen up on this Randie, I know you are still jobless and owe a ton of college loan money - now is your chance to show your graphic design ability.

Today is National Egg Nog Day

Yes, when else would it be? Today is National Egg Nog Day lets hear a big hurrah for eggnog

Egg nog day brings us to the 1826 'Eggnog Riot' at West Point military academy. When informed that their Christmas eggnog would be alcohol free, cadets in North Barrack No. 5 decided to make their own eggnog with alcohol, for a Christmas eve late night/early morning celebration. Of course it got noisy and they were caught. Shouting and general disorder developed, some swords were drawn, firewood crashed through windows, and at least one shot was fired. The artillery unit stationed at West Point had to be called in to quell the disturbance. In the aftermath 6 cadets resigned, 19 were court marshaled, and many, including a young Jefferson Davis, were confined to quarters for more than a month.

The General Geo Washington's Eggnog recipe

One quart of cream
One quart of milk
A dozen eggs
One pint of brandy
A half pint of rye
A quarter pint of rum
A quarter pint of sherry

A Scrapple Adventure

Over at the blog the Bucket List, she tells her tale of eating scrapple at "Rotisserie & Wine" in Napa, California. She did nelect to say what type of wine she had with it.

It arrived at the table looking much like a deep-fried mozzarella stick with a to-die-for honey mustard sauce. Noone would suspect that it contains an array of piggy parts. The texture was falafel-esque though less dense.

Annette Renee White is a restaurateur, adventurist, explorer, entrepreneur etc

Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Wesley Freeney Died Today In 1944

Samuel Wesley Freeney, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Marine Corps died today in 1944. He entered the Marine Corps from Hebron, Maryland. Sam Freeney, born in 1896, was inducted into the Marines at St. Johns College, Annapolis, Maryland in 1917, just as the nation was entering the First World War. He served in Cuba and Haiti in that war and stayed in the Marines after World War 1 ended. In 1939, he was sent to Shanghai as Commander of the Marine Garrison there. Then in 1941, on the eve of America’s entry into World War 11, he was transferred to the Philippines. As Japan launched its attack on Bataan he was wounded and made a Prisoner of War in April 1942. From Corregidor in 1944, he was put on a POW ship leaving the Philippines. It was sunk by a United States submarine. He was rescued but remained a Prisoner of War of the Japanese until he was killed by them on 24 December 1944 (Page 58) on outskirts of San Fernando, Pampanga. (ref Peterson diary) A picture of Lt. Col. Freeney hangs today in St. Johns College, Annapolis where he was an excellent baseball player. In his honor, the baseball field at Quantico, Virginia, Marine Corps Base was named the Freeney Field.

The Dutch Receive an early Christmas Present From Lord Baltimore

December 24, 1673 - Lord Baltimore's soldiers from nearby Maryland raided and burned buildings in Whorekill, Delaware. Whorekill (Lewes) was a refortification of the Dutch whaling settlement of Swanendale which had been wiped out by Indians in 1632. The settlement of Whorekill, attacked by the English, had under 60 people in it. For the next year there will be a brief interlude of Dutch authority before England takes possession by Treaty of Westminster in 1674.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

George Turner's Will - 1753

Copy George Turner's Will

In the name of God amen I George Turner of Northampton County being very sick and weak of Body but of perfect memory blessed be God for the same do make and appoint this to be my last Will and Testament in manner & form as followeth First of all I Bequeath my Soul to Almighty God who of his great Mercy gave it me and my Body to the Earth from whence it came and for what Worldly Estate it hath pleased God to bestow on me I Give & Bequeath as followeth

Item I give & bequeath to my loving Wife Sarah Turner the Use of my Plantation whereon I now Dwell during her Widowhood, with all the Stock and all other my Estate Real and Personal Except such as shall hereafter be mentioned

Item I Give to my said Wife my black horse called (unreadable) and twelve head of sheep and sixteen Head of Hogs, three Cows & Calves or yearlings, one good Bed & furniture and one small Oval Table with Maple Legs and Walnut Liefe, one Oval Table of black Walnut six soop Plates, and two new Peter Dishes to her and her Heirs forever with this Condition that she my said Wife pay to my Brother Joshua Turner the Sum of nine Pounds Cash when he shall arrive to the Age of Twenty one Years

Item I Give to my Brother Theophilus Turner my Bay mare named Venus and my sadle and bridle to him & His heirs forever

Item my Will is that my Executors and trustees hereafter mentioned may sell my Negro Abel either private or publick Sale as they shall see proper for the Discharge of my Debts and in Case the said Negro should die before Sold or when Sold should not be sufficient, the I desire that my said Exectrx and Trustees may sell out of my Estate such other things for the Purpose aforesaid as they shall seem proper and of least Damage to my Estate.

Item I Give to my loving Wife Sarah Turner one Negro Man named Peter which did belong to my Sister Margaret Turner and one Negro Boy called Isaac to her my said Wife & to her Heirs forever

Item I Give to my daughter Margaret Turner one Negro man named Peter which did belong to my Wife before Marriage and a Negro man named James to her and her heirs forever

Item my Will & desire is further that my Wife do pay off the Estate of my sister Henrietta Turner when she comes to Age or Marriage according to the Inventory, taking what is present and to make up the Diffeciency if any out of the Profits of my Estate hereafter raised

Item I give to my Brother Theophilus Turner all my Wearing apperal not heretofore given to be delivered to him at the Discrestion fo my Wife upon Condition that he the said Theophilus shall not leave till he arrives to the age of twenty Years

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Daughter Margaret Turner my Plantation whereon I now live but in Case my said Daughter shall have no lawfull issue of her Body at the time of her Death or having such Issue at her Death which shall not arrive to lawful Age then I Give the said Plantation to my Brother Joshua Turner and his Heirs forever but if my Daughter shall have issue as above mentioned then I Give the said Land to my said Daughter and to her heirs lawfully begotten of her Body forever

Item I Give and Bequeath to my daughter Margaret Turner after my Debts & legacies paid, all the residue of my Estate of what nature or kind soever to her and her Heirs forever

Item my Will and desire is that my Estate may not be divided till my daughter Marrys or arrives to the Age of Seventeen years, unless my Executrix and Trustees shall perceive a Waste of my Estate, or ill usage of my Child

Item I appoint and desire Thomas Preeson This James and William Major Junr to be Trustees of my Will

Lastly I nominate & appoint my loving Wife Sarah Turner my Exectx of this my last Will and Testament Revoking all other Wills by me heretofore made In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and affixed my Seal this twenty third Day of December one thousand seven hundred and fifty three
George Turner
Signed Seald & Acknowledged
the word (her) being
interlined before Signing
in Presence of us
Thomas Preeson
Francis Roberts Junr
Thomas James
William Major

At a Court held for Northampton County the 12th Day of March 1754
The last Will & Testament of George Turner decd was proved by the oaths of Thomas Preeson & Thomas James Witnesses thereto & ordered to be Recorded And upon the motion of Sarah Turner the Executrix therein appointed and she having given Bond with Security and taken the Oath according to law Certificate is granted her for obtaining a Probate thereof in due form
Griffin Stith Cl:C
Copy Test
Griffin Stith Cl:C

NOTE: This is a copy of the Will of Sarah Turner as submitted as evidence in a Chancery Cause Joshua Turner vs Thomas Fisher & wife in 1762.

Remember "Permanent" Anti-Freeze

Hard to believe back in the 1950's we were so cost conscious we use to think it was a big deal if we bought "Permanent" anti freeze. Anyone under 50 of course will have no ideal what I am talking about. The non-"Permanent" anti-freeze was an alcohol based antifreeze (desperate people tried to drink it) and was a lot cheaper than the Ethylene glycol antifreeze which was considered permanent. As the higher powered cars came on the market the engine thermostats temperature went up to 180 degrees so the alcohol based antifreeze would boil away, since they were best down around 140 degrees.

A Prestone advertisement from Life Magazine, November 24, 1952. Alcohol anti-freeze was significantly less expensive than “permanent” anti-freeze, so it remained popular with budget conscious automobile owners.

Click to enlarge, and look at that $3.75 a gallon in today's prices that would be about $30. Damn it was expensive, no wonder we went with non permanent antifreeze

The UConn Women's Basketball Team

Altho I normally could care less about sports I was impressed that the UCONN female Basketball team won 89 consecutive wins. Woman basketball or not that is an impressive number of wins.

As you may recall back a couple of years ago Elena Delle Donne (from Delaware) went there to play basketball and couldn't hack it. The Coach Geno Auriemma released Delle Donne from her scholarship, and she transferred to the University of Delaware. She nows plays basketball for the University Of Delaware which has a win record not anywhere close to Uconn.

It has always rankled me in the way the University Of Delaware let Delle Donne "transfer" in to the college. She was only at Connecticut for 48 hours before she left and UD considered her a transfer. I can't think of any one else they would let do that.

Anyway Uconn has 89 consecutive wins and Delle Donne is the big frog in the little pond.

Taphophile Thursday

Wilmer L. Brittingham

Vernon German Died Today In 1944

Vernon L. German, 2nd Lt. United States Army. Lt. German died on 23 December 1944. He is buried in the Luxembourg American Cemetery, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

He was with the 345th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division and he entered the Service from Wicomico County, Maryland. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Delaware History Today - Ann Pennington

Ann Pennington was born on December 23, 1893 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Lil Ann Pennington! At 4'10", red hair and dimpled knees she was a hit on stage and played the Ziegfeld Follies in 1913. She quickly became a star in the Follies and moved out of just being in the chorus. Because she was so well known on the stage, she was able to appear in both the Follies and George White's Scandals. Her dressing room door bore a sign, "For Men Only."

Ann appeared in a total of 23 movies, 13 of which were silents. She lived in both New York and California, depending on what she was working on at the time. In California, she was roommates with friend Fanny Brice, whom she lend a great deal of money.

Ann continued to tour on stage dancing until the 1940s when she retired. One of her last big public appearances was at the 1939 World's Fair.

Ann Pennington died in New York City on November 4, 1971, aged 77. She had lived alone on welfare in New York hotels overlooking 42nd Street. Most of Ann's huge earnings were wiped out over the years by betting at the racetrack, decades of hotel bills, and gifts to charities and churches.

She was buried in Valhallia Cemetery in New York. Her funeral and grave were paid for by the Actors Benevolent Guild.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Making The Big Boys Richer

A Good Man's Gift

For Those who have not yet purchased that special gift for their husband and / or boyfriend here is a remote control that satisfies on a number of levels.

To Hell With the Poor Eat the Goose

"Peggy, it is Christmas time,
So let us drive dull care away,
For we have got our Christmas goose,
So cook it well, I pray
No matter how the poor are clothed,
Or if they starve at home,
We'll drink our wine, and eat our goose,
Aye and pick it to the bone."

William Topaz McGonagall (March 1825[1] – 29 September 1902) was a Scottish weaver and amateur poet and actor. He won notoriety as an extremely bad poet who exhibited no recognition of or concern for his peers' opinions of his work. He wrote some 200 poems, including the infamous "Tay Bridge Disaster", which are widely regarded as some of the worst in British history. Groups throughout Scotland engaged him to make recitations from his works; contemporary descriptions of these performances indicate that many of these listeners were appreciating McGonagall's skill as a comic music hall character, and as such his readings may be considered a form of performance art. Collections of his verse continue in popularity, with several volumes available today.

The Christmas Goose

Mr. SMIGGS was a gentleman,
And he lived in London town;
His wife she was a good kind soul,
And seldom known to frown.

'Twas on Christmas eve,
And Smiggs and his wife lay cosy in bed,
When the thought of buying a goose
Came into his head.

So the next morning,
Just as the sun rose,
He jump'd out of bed,
And he donn'd his clothes,

Saying, "Peggy, my dear.
You need not frown,
For I'll buy you the best goose
In all London town."

So away to the poultry shop he goes,
And bought the goose, as he did propose,
And for it he paid one crown,
The finest, he thought, in London town.

When Smiggs bought the goose
He suspected no harm,
But a naughty boy stole it
From under his arm.

Then Smiggs he cried, "Stop, thief!
Come back with my goose!"
But the naughty boy laugh'd at him,
And gave him much abuse.

But a policeman captur'd the naughty boy,
And gave the goose to Smiggs,
And said he was greatly bother'd
By a set of juvenile prigs.

So the naughty boy was put in prison
For stealing the goose.,
And got ten days' confinement
Before he got loose.

So Smiggs ran home to his dear Peggy,
Saying, "Hurry, and get this fat goose ready,
That I have bought for one crown;
So, my darling, you need not frown."

"Dear Mr Smiggs, I will not frown:
I'm sure 'tis cheap for one crown,
Especially at Christmas time --
Oh! Mr Smiggs, it's really fine."

"Peggy, it is Christmas time,
So let us drive dull care away,
For we have got a Christmas goose,
So cook it well, I pray.

"No matter how the poor are clothed,
Or if they starve at home,
We'll drink our wine, and eat our goose,
Aye, and pick it to the bone."

Governor's Challenge High School Basketball Tournament

Governor's Challenge High School Basketball Tournament tips off December 28th!

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley issued a challenge to Delaware Governor Jack Markell. The wager - Maryland’s Smith Island Cake to a Delaware Peach Pie. Only one state will be declared a winner at the end of the Governor’s Challenge. State and school pride are on the line...which state will win the cake (or pie that is)!

Twenty-nine teams are scheduled to compete in the three day tournament, taking place at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center December 28-30. Games will begin daily at 2pm. One-day admission passes will be sold at the gate for $5 (students with school ID) or $10 for adults.

For more information and a complete tournament schedule please visit

Maryland Teams
Charles Herbert Flowers
Colonel Richardson
Fairmont Heights
Frederick Douglass
James Hubert Blake
James M Bennett
Kent County
Kent Island
North Caroline
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Queen Anne’s County
Stephen Decatur
Thomas Stone

Delaware Teams
Caesar Rodney
Cape Henlopen
Sussex Tech

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Nuts - Dec 22

December 22, 1944: Surrounded with his 101st Airborne Division in the Battle of the Bulge, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe receives a surrender ultimatum from the Germans, to which he delivers his immortal reply: "Nuts." In later years, he would suggest that his actual reply was a stronger four-letter word.

Delmar The Town Of Gas Stations - 1942

From The Bi-State Weekly July 24 1942

Delmar has been nicknamed the town of gas stations. There are ten stations on U. S. Route 13 within the city limits which is approximately a one and one-half mile stretch.

How To pronounce Lewes

Two tourists were driving through Delaware. As they approached Lewes, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the town.

They argued back and forth until they finally stopped for lunch.

As they stood at the counter, one tourist asked the blonde employee, "Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce where we are... very slowly?"

The blonde girl leaned over the counter and said, "Burrrrrrrr, gerrrrrrr, Kiiiiing."

Principal's Office

Winter Solstice is here

December 21, 2010 is the annual Winter Solstice. Not only that but other astronomical events will be happening tonight. A full Moon, a total lunar eclipse and the Ursids meteor shower.

December 21 is one of two solstices (days when the rays of the sun directly strike one of the two tropical latitude lines). In 2010 at precisely 6:38 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on December 21 winter begins in the Northern Hemisphere and summer begins in the Southern Hemisphere.

But are we within two years of the final days of the earth? The Maya's "Long Count" calendar will mark the end of a 5,126-year era. Will it merely reset to zero or

on the winter solstice in 2012, the sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way for the first time in about 26,000 years. This means that "whatever energy typically streams to Earth from the center of the Milky Way will indeed be disrupted on 12/21/12 at 11:11 p.m. Universal Time.

No one seem to know what the Mayas had in mind for 2012 but some believed that it will be the Earth's final day. The Maya claimed that this future end-time could include a catastrophic magnetic pole reversal of the planet Earth, a solar shift, a Venus transit and mounting earthquakes, among other catastrophes. However, the Maya did not actually claim that the year 2012 would mean the end of the world - perhaps just the end of an age, with a new one beginning afterwards.

So live it up for the next two years. Mean while winter is here with it's problems and enjoyments.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Downtown Delmar at night

The December Delmar Joint Council Meeting - 2010

Tonight the Delmar Joint Council Meeting was held. All members were present with the exception of Glen Payne and James Henderson. As I mentioned in the Utilty Meeting post Clerk of Council, Cindy Fisher, was out sick tonight. One of her functions is to put the name plates out on the table where the council people sit, with out this being done there was much confusion among the council people in finding a place to sit.

My usual disclaimer is I am not part of the council and what I write is my personal views, not the minutes, of the meetings. It is also just the parts I want to comment on or write about. If you want to know the real story go to the meeting.

It was a short meeting (over with my 7:40PM) with only a few items worth mentioning.

A Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to Randy Ellis for services to the town.

The Town of Delmar Delaware has a grant of $233,070 for street work On First street and Delaware avenue. Another $50,000 was supplied by Biff Lee for street work.

A discussion of the fees charged by The Humane Society of Wicomico County to the town of Delmar for "handling" picked up animals were discussed. Again it is a double taxation thing since Maryland residents already pay for animal control to Wicomico County.

It was mentioned all new houses in Wicomico County would be required to have fire sprinklers installed beginning January 1st. The Delmar Housing code will have to adjusted for this. I spoke out against this as the Delmar Delaware side usually like to have mirror image ordinances with Maryland and I think the added cost of installing fire sprinklers will add to much to the price of a home.

Finally Mayor Houlihan managed to take control of all the Christmas cookies that Lori Dewald baked (using her Grandmother's recipe) for "Everyone". A number of Council people did a radical thing and wished everyone a "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays."

The Delmar Utility Commission Meeting For December 2010

The Delmar Utility Commission had their December 2010 meeting tonight at 6:30 PM. All members, with the exception of James Henderson, were present. The Clerk of Council, Cindy Fisher, was out sick. She is the one that see to it the meetings runs smoothly by unlocking the doors, turning the lights on, putting the commission member name tag out so they know where to sit etc, well tonight everything was in complete disarray. It was however a short meeting since there was nothing on the agenda and there was nothing worth noting discussed.

Town Employees Install Additional Light Display

Public Work Employees installed another "Holiday" light display in State Street Park today. Be sure to ride by tonight to see it lit.

and at night it looks

The Sledding Slopes Of Pond Edge

Before Pond's Edge my wife would take the kids to Salisbury Park for sledding, but theses mounds at Pond's Edge makes for a shorter trip

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Today in Delaware History - First Jury Trial

today in 1669 was the 1st jury trial in Delaware; Marcus Jacobson condemned for insurrection & sentenced to flogging, branding & slavery.

Source one
It was near the middle of the year 1669 that an adventurer, one Marcus Jacobson, alias John Brinckson, etc., but better known to the then inhabitants of the Delaware as the "Long Finn," because of his lofty stature, had succeeded in imposing himself on the Swedes as the son of Konnigsmark, a noted general of Sweden. Jacobson, it was alleged, was inciting the settlers of that nationality to rebellion against the English authority, with the design of re-establishing the Swedish power in the province. With him was associated a wealthy Finn, Henry Coleman, while Rev. Lawrence Lock, the former Swedish chaplain, was said to have "played the Trumpeter to the disorder," and Mrs. Pappegoya, the daughter of Governor Printz, was charged with intermeddling "in so unworthy a design." Governor Lovelace, Aug. 2, 1669, issued an order for the arrest of the Long Finn and his fellow-conspirators, accompanying the order with instructions as to the manner in which the trial should be conducted. In accordance therewith Capt. Carry caused the arrest of the Long Finn, who was thrown into the fort at New Castle, in irons (in those days the irons were riveted on the limbs of a prisoner, and at West Chester, among the records in the commissioners' office, in the next century, are bills paid to blacksmiths for removing the fetters from culprits), while Henry Coleman, learning of his intended apprehension, abandoned his property, fled to the Indians, with whom he seemed to have had great influence, and is never more heard of. Dominie Lock and Mrs. Pappegoya gave security for their appearance to answer the charges against them when required. The commissioners appointed by the Governor to try the case sat at New Castle, Dec. 6, 1669, and, as was to be expected, the jury returned a verdict of guilty against Jacobson, who was thereupon sentenced in accordance with the punishment prescribed by Council, the 18th of October previous, which was, "that the Long Finn deserves to die for the same, yet in regard that many others concerned with him in that insurrection might be involved in the same Premunire, if the rigor of the law should be extended, and amongst them divers simple and ignorant people, it is thought fit and ordered that the said Long Finn shall be publicly and severely whipped and stigmatized or branded in the face with the letter R, with an inscription written in great letter and put upon his breast, that he receive that punishment for attempted rebellion, after which he be secured until he can be sent and sold to the Barbadoes, or some other of those remote plantations." On Jan. 25, 1670, the Long Finn was placed on board the ship "Fort Albany," to be transported and sold to the Barbadoes, after which date nothing further respecting him is now known. His accomplices were sentenced to forfeit to the king one-half of their goods and chattels, while a small fine was imposed upon those of lesser note who had taken part in the rebellion. The case will always be an interesting one to the annalist, for therein is the first recorded trial under English procedure on the Delaware, in which a prisoner was formally indicted, arraigned, and a jury of twelve men impaneled, subject to challenge on the part of the prisoner, who are charged to render a verdict in accordance with the evidence.

second source
The following account of the seditious false Königsmark in New Sweden was translated by Professor G. B. Keen (the original manuscript, date 1683, is preserved in the Royal Library at Stockholm), and published in Penn. Mag. of History, vol. vii. p. 219: "In Provost Acrelius's 'Beskrifning om de Swenska Törsamlingars Tilständ uti Nya Swerige,' p. 123, is introduced what Pastor Rudman noted in the Wicaco Church-book about the rioter among the Swedes, who called himself Königsmark. These are the particulars which I received from the oldest Swedes. This impostor was by birth a Swede, but, for some crime committed by him in England, he was sent to Maryland, to serve there as a slave for a number of years. He ran away from there, however, and came to the Swedes in New Sweden, who were then subject to the English government. Here he made the Swedes believe he was descended from a great and highly-honorable family in Sweden; that his name was Königsmark; that a Swedish fleet of war-ships lay outside of the bay, and were, as soon as they entered, to take the land again from the English; and that he was sent to encourage the Swedes who lived here to shake off the foreign yoke, and to fall upon and slay the English as soon as they had heard that the Swedish fleet had arrived. A great many of the Swedes permitted themselves to be persuaded by this. They concealed the pretended Königsmark for a long time, so that no one else knew anything of him, supplying him with the best meat and drink they had, by which means he fared very well. Moreover, they went to Philadelphia* and bought powder, balls, shot, lead, etc., to be ready at the first signal. Hereupon be caused the Swedes to be summoned to a supper, and after they had been drinking somewhat exhorted them to free themselves from the yoke, reminding them what they suffered from the English, and how the latter, partly by fraud and partly by force, had taken from them one large piece of land after another, and finally asked them whether they held allegiance to the king of Sweden or to the king of England. A part immediately declared themselves for the king of Sweden; but one of the most honorable of the Swedes, Peter Kock by name, said that as the country was English, and had been surrendered by the king of Sweden to the crown of England, he deemed it just to hold with the king of England. Thereupon Kock ran out and closed the door again, laying himself against it, that the so-called Königsmark might not slip out, and called for help to make him prisoner. The impostor labored with all his might to open the door. Kock endeavored to prevent him by hurting him in the hand with a knife. Notwithstanding, he effected his escape, wherefore Kock immediately hastened to give information to the English, who then made search for him, and in a short time took him prisoner. The above-named Peter Kock then said to him, 'You rascal, tell me what is your name, for we can see well enough that you are no honorable person?' The impostor then answered that his true name was Marcus Jacobson. He proved, besides, to be so ignorant that he could neither read nor write. Thereupon he was branded and sent to Barbadoes, where he was sold as a slave. The Swedes who permitted themselves to be imposed upon by him were punished by the confiscation of half their property, land, cattle, goods, clothes, etc."

The Scrapple Letter War of 1872 - Continued

In the winter of 1872 there was a series of letters printed in the New York Times proclaiming the virtues of scrapple and the deficiencies of scrapple. Here is one;

To The Editor of the New York Times:

My dear good wife has caught the economy fever, and the case is a severe one. Doubtless with a new bonnet in view, she has determined to introduce the epicurean delicacy of scrapple to our hitherto happy home.

Sunday morning last I rang the bell, and told the cook that she had spilled grease in the range and ordered its instant removal - the perfume filled the house. The only reply from Bridget was an idiotic grin. I finally had to open the window and hurried on my clothes to avoid catching cold, as the temperature of the room was low. I reached the breakfast table, and, well I can't find words to express my feelings; I never swear. Heaven preserve all contented households from scrapple! Give me a quart of sawdust and a pound of tallow dips, and with wicks included, I can make a dish infinitely superior.

I have a favorite terrier who is so regular in his habit of sitting at my left side, that he has worn a smooth spot on the carpet by wagging his tail; he received my portion, and Bergh has a good case, the poor brute was doubled up with colic for two days, and now the breakfast bell is a signal for him to rush down cellar and bide in the coal bin. At my urgent request the scrapple was generously handed to the first beggar, who dumped it in the ash barrel and went off insulted. With her nose turned up to an angle of forty five degrees, my wife - persistent woman - says she will try it again. Won't some incendiary please set fire to my house before next Sunday.

The New York Times February 6, 1872

Delmar Joint Council Meeting Tonight

On Monday, December 20, 2010, the Joint Council, consisting of the Mayor & Council of Delmar, Delaware and the Mayor & Commissioners of Delmar, Maryland, will meet at the Delmar Town Hall for their regularly scheduled meeting at 7:00 pm.

Sussex Tech Winter Band Concert Tonight

Tonight, Monday, Dec 20, 2010 7pm - 8:30pm, at Sussex Tech is the Winter Band concert. To be played in the Gym

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Common Sense From 114 years ago

I picked this up from the Genealogy blog Itawamba Connections It is true today as it was a hundred and fourteen years ago. The man had common sense. The bold hightlighted items are my do ins

The Hamilton Appeal
Marion County, Alabama
April 17, 1896


It has been a custom from time immortal for people to delegate power or authority to individuals to meet in council and consult and devise legislation for the benefit and government of the people, but it seems to me that this, like many other things, has grown beyond its sphere of usefulness and instead of being a benefit it has gotten to be a burden. Don’t understand that I am opposed to legislation for I am not, but I content that we as a nation are being legislated to death.

When we elect a man to congress or the legislature he must do something to commend himself to his constituents, and that something is generally to try to get an appropriation the proceeds of which will be spent in his county or district. If successful in this he has accomplished something that will insure this perpetuation in office a the next election.

Appropriations have gone on from one cause and another until it is said by some writers that we (the people of the United States) are paying a higher tax than any people in the world. If this is a fact where, oh where is the advantage of living under a republican or democratic form of government? I have always thought that government which exacted the least tribute from the people for its support was the most desirable government to live under. When a man sees that his expenses are exceeding his income it looks to me like the reasonable and proper thing for him to do would be to reduce his expenses until his income and expenses will about balance. But our government, both state and national, takes the other end of the dilemma and says that you are not paying taxes enough, and your taxes must be raised; and that you are swearing lies about the value of your property so we will appoint a commission to raise your own taxation. There is hardly ever a law passed that is not a diminution of the liberties of the people and in addition to their taxation. We have gone on legislating and legislating until we have some such law, and it is subject to so many different constrictions and we so often see it fail to mete out justice that people have almost lost confidence in the operation of the law, and this is the cause of so much lynch law a this day and time. The practice of law has undergone a considerable change. The time once was when a lawyer delighted to be employed on the side of justice but not so now. The man who feels that he has the law and justice on his side is not disposed to pay as large a fee as the man who is trying to beat justice, consequently the lawyer studies the side to defeat justice because there is more money in it, and they are too often successful.

If our legislature met but once in ten years, the people would then learn something about laws they were living under, and know which was good and which was bad, but this everlasting legislation we don’t have time to try a law until it is repealed, and anther enacted.

We don’t need any more law but less law, and it better understood and better executed.

I. J. LOYD, Bull Mountain, Ala, April 17

Governor Markell announces the membership of his Council on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Last week Governor Jack Markell announces the membership of his Council on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. The membership consist of 21 people, if there was one less they would never be able to function. The council will address wellness and health-related economic issues, with the view to provide recommendations to Improve Public Health and Drive Down Costs Due by June 1st. Yea same people who are functioning in his government now and he thinks by putting them on a council they are going to do anything new.

According to Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH), more than $844 million is spent each year in Delaware to treat chronic disease and other health problems that could be prevented. While tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death, disease and disability, obesity has become a public health crisis. The obesity rate among adults doubled between 1990 and 2007, while the rate among children tripled. Approximately 37 percent of Delaware children have an unhealthy weight and are at risk for related health complications. Since he taxes the shit out of everything else why doesn't he tax all products with high-fructose corn syrup in them. He can call it a service fee like he does the soda bottle recycling "fee."

“Public health challenges are complex, requiring collaboration and coordination among nonprofits, health professionals, businesses, and government agencies,” Markell added. “The good news is that Delaware does cooperation well. We can bring together experts in a variety of areas to develop creative, cost-effective solutions. Even an incremental improvement in health could yield significant savings for taxpayers.” If there any saving I can assure you, you as the taxpayer will never see it, they will just spend it some other way.

The Council on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention will be chaired by Dr. Sandra Hassink of Nemours Health and Prevention Services, and the members of the Council are:

1.Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP of Wilmington, Chair;
2.Vickie George of Newark, Yes You Can
3.Patricia Hoge, PhD of Wilmington
4.Paul Kaplan, MD of Wilmington, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware
5.Robert Laskowski, MD of Wilmington, Christiana Care
6.Kathleen Matt, PhD of Newark, University of Delaware
7.John Moore of Magnolia
8.Paula Rose of Selbyville, Allen Family Foods
9.Representative Michael Barbieri, Democrat
10.Another House of Representatives appointee, not yet named;
11.Senator Bethany Hall-Long, Democrat
12.Senator Dorinda Connor, Republican
13.Ed Kee, Secretary, Delaware Department of Agriculture;
14.Lillian Lowery, Secretary, Delaware Department of Education;
15.Rita Landgraf, Secretary, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services;
16.Collin O’Mara, Secretary, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control;
17.Vivian Rapposelli, Secretary, Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families;
18.Alan B. Levin, Secretary, Delaware Economic Development Office;
19.Carolann Wicks, Secretary, Delaware Department of Transportation;
20.Karen Weldin Stewart, Commissioner, Delaware Department of Insurance; and
21.Ann S. Visalli, Director, Delaware Office of Management and Budget.

All You Can Eat - next to free it can't be beat

I stopped by Applebees on Rt. 13 (across from Walmart)this morning to eat at the Delmar Band Booster all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage (no Scrapple) breakfast.

For $6 it was well worth it.

They will be serving until 10 AM so you still have time to stop by and eat before the traffic gets bad.

and it is for a good cause - the wildcat marching band

The Scrapple Letter War of 1872 - continued

In the winter of 1872 there was a series of letters printed in the New York Times proclaiming the virtues of scrapple and the deficiencies of scrapple. Here is one;

To the Editor of the New York Times:

Your correspondent "Epicure" has done well to call the attention of your readers to the article of food known as scrapple. I regard it as a positive luxury, throwing the Frenchman's "pate de foie gras" entirely into the shade. I know of nothing more tempting to the palate at the breakfast table, especially to those who have become wearied of the eternal round of steak, chop, and the rest of a long chapter. You may eat heartily of it at breakfast, and yet it does not seem to interfere with your appetite for a good dinner at 1 or 2 o'clock. It is a Pennsylvania dish, originating among the Germans, and is to be met with in Philadelphia in private families, but not in the hotels or restaurants. The best scrapple is made by the farmers, who bring it to the Philadelphia market two days of each week. Some people may object to scrapple because it contains pork and yet they will fill their stomachs with unwholesome dishes fried in hog's lard, which is the worst form of the "unclean animal." The use of lard in cooking is an American peculiarity, and is doing much injury to our American stomachs, causing more dyspepsia than will ever be cured by the nostrums of the quacks, or the drugs of the physicians. Give me scrapple every morning for breakfast, in the season of it, and I care not who may have the steak, and chop, and sausage.