Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Confirmation Fallacy and Scrapple

So if someone eats scrapple for breakfast and then buys a winning lottery ticket, the Confirmation Fallacy will make us all want, in our heart-of-hearts, to eat scrapple for breakfast tomorrow. We will buy books and attend lectures of the amazing new Scrapple Plan for winning the lottery. We will eat quite a lot of scrapple, and still never hold a winning lottery ticket in our hand. In the end, we will judge ourselves for not being able to use the proven Scrapple Plan properly.

My secret is out; "the proven Scrapple Plan"

Read more at Get on the Scale at Conversation Among Masters

Friday, January 14, 2011

Today is Ratification Day

In Maryland this is Ratification Day, marking the date in 1784 when the Continental Congress, meeting in Annapolis, Maryland, ratified the Treaty of Paris, officially ending the Revolutionary War and establishing the United States of America as a sovereign power. The Declaration of Independence was a statement of intent; this marked its fulfillment.

A couple of points; first the capital of the United States in 1784 was in Annapolis. Historical town that Annapolis is the Treaty of Paris turned into an interesting name for a restaurant. Located inside The Maryland Inn it has served such dignitaries as Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, and John Adams. Being rated four stars, of course, I could never afford it.

Juliet Corson was born Today

Today in 1841 Juliet Corson was born. A cookery teacher, the superintendent and founder of the New York Cooking School, and writer. She was part of the scientific cooking methods movement that I love to read about. She wrote many articles and several cookery books, including 'Cooking Manual' (1877), 'Twenty-five Cent Dinners for Families of Six' (1878) and 'Miss Corson's Practical American Cookery' (1886). Since the copywrites have long expired, some of her books can found on line for free. One is 'Twenty-five Cent Dinners for Families of Six'. which I downloaded. In glancing over it there are such comments and recipes as;

Rice Panada.=--Boil half a pound of rice, (which costs five cents,) quarter of a pound of suet, (at two cents,) with one tablespoonful of salt, and one of sugar, (cost one cent,) fast in boiling water for fifteen minutes; meantime mix half a pound of flour, (cost two cents,) gradually with one quart of water, and one gill of molasses, (cost two cents;) stir this into the boiling rice, and boil it for about five minutes; this makes a nice supper of over five pounds of good, nutritious food for twelve cents.

The value of soup as food cannot be overestimated.

In times of scarcity and distress, when the question has arisen of how to feed the largest number of persons upon the least quantity of food, the aliment chosen has always been soup. There are two reasons for this: first, by the addition of water to the ingredients used we secure the aid of this important agent in distributing nutrition equally throughout the blood, to await final absorption; and, second, we gain that sense of repletion so necessary to the satisfaction of hunger--the fact being acknowledged that the sensation we call hunger is often allayed by the presence of even innutritious substances in the stomach.

Good soup is literally the juice of any ingredient from which it is made--the extract of the meat, grains, or vegetables composing it. The most economical of soups, eaten with bread, will satisfy the hunger of the hardest worker. The absolute nutritive value of soup depends, of course, upon its ingredients; and these can easily be chosen in reference to the maintenance of health. For instance, the pot-liquor in which meat has been boiled needs only the addition of a few dumplings or cereals, and seasoning, to form a perfect nutriment. That produced from skin and bones can be made equally palatable and nutritious by boiling with it a few vegetables and sweet herbs, and some rice, barley, or oatmeal. Even the gelatinous residue produced by long-continued boiling, without the presence of any foreign matter, is a useful emollient application to the inflamed mucous surfaces in some diseases, while it affords at the same time the degree of distention necessary to prevent flatulency


=Fish Pudding.=--Make a plain paste by mixing quarter of a pound of lard or sweet drippings, (cost three cents,) with half a pound of flour, (cost two cents,) a teaspoonful of salt, and just water enough to make a stiff paste; roll it out; line the edges of a deep pudding dish with it half way down; fill the dish with layers of fresh codfish cut in small pieces, using two pounds, (cost twelve cents,) season each layer with salt, pepper, chopped parsley, and chopped onions, using one tablespoonful of salt, one saltspoonful of pepper, two bay leaves, a saltspoonful of thyme, four ounces of onion, and half an ounce of parsley, (cost five cents;) fill up the dish with any cold gravy, milk, or water, cover with paste, and bake fifteen minutes in a quick oven; finish by baking half an hour in a moderate oven; serve hot.

Sunday is the workingman's festival. It is not only a day of rest from manual labor, a breathing space in his struggle for existence, an interval during which his devotional aspirations may have full exercise; it is the forerunner of a new phase of life, in which toil is laid aside for the gentler occupations of home, if he is a man of family, and for rest and relaxation in any case.

The duty of making home pleasant, which a good wife feels, is doubly felt upon the days when the bread-winner abides in it. The husband of such a wife seldom passes his Sundays in strange places: he is content to accept the day according to its recognized signification, and when it has passed he is all the more ready to begin his daily work again. Because much of the comfort of home depends upon good and economical meals, and because Sunday dinners ought to be better than those of working days, we must make Monday dinners supplementary to them; the cost of Saturday night's marketing must be divided between the two days, in order to keep within our financial margin.


Her recipes are heavy on flour and lard which reflects the times in which she lived. In these times, when people are unemployed and now find they have the time to spend the day in the kitchen, perhaps a review of her inexpensive meals would be worth looking at. Strangely there was no mention of scrapple in her recipes.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

He's Back

Yes the blogger That Elbert with an E is back and putting out good stuff on a new format, great looking blog.

Delmar Girl's Basketball Team Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast




You're invited to an
Applebee's® Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast
to support Delmar Girl's Basketball Team

$6.00 per person

WHEN: Sunday, January 23, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar
2703 North Salisbury Boulevard

Salisbury, MD 21801

For tickets or any questions email bfox@delmar.k12.de.us

Valid only at participating restaurant listed above. Ticket valid for pancake event only.

Applebee's menu items are not included as part of purchase.

Delmar Historical and Arts Society Meets Tonight

The Delmar Historical and Arts Society will meet tonight at 7 PM in the Delmar School District Board Room. It is open to the public - stop by.

January is National Soup Month

Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.
Ludwig van Beethoven


January is National Soup Month Lets hear it for soup!!! Hip Hip Hooray Soup and all of those sorta-soup, the chilis, the gumbos, the chowders and the stews, all sorta-soups, but distinctly different.

I have written before about how I view soup as being a great refrigerator cleaner outer.

Soup has been so popular throughout time that it’s actually considered one of the first fast foods. There is documentation that as early as 600 B.C., the Greeks sold soup as a fast food on the street, using peas, beans and lentils as main ingredients.

Before there was soup, there was broth, which people used to pour over a piece of bread in a bowl. That bread was known as sop, and from sop came the word soup.

Every culture does soup. It may not taste the same, it may not look the same and it may not be eaten in quite the same way, but it's on the menu.

Alligator soup, alligator soup,
If I don't get some I think I'm gonna droop.
Give away my hockey stick, give away my hoop,
But don't give away my alligator soup
.
Part of "Alligator Pie" by Dennis Lee, Canadian poet,(1974)

Hot or cold, spicy or mild, thick or clear, meaty or vegetarian, there is a soup for every taste.

A Quick and Easy Homemade Minestrone Soup Recipe (English recipe you will have to adjust the measurements - but that is the great thing about soup - it is forgiving)

A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.
Abraham Maslow

Delaware State Trooper LeRoy LeKites Died Today


On January 13, 1950, a 31 year old Delaware State Trooper was killed instantly just north of Selbyville, Delaware as he assisted a second trooper who was investigation an accident. Corporal LeRoy LeKites of Georgetown was struck as he attempted to flag down a vehicle which was approaching “at a very high rate of speed.” The driver then fled the scene, but was arrested several hours later. Roy Lekites, a six year veteran, was pronounced dead upon his arrival at the hospital. Funeral services for Corporal LeKite were held at the Salem Methodist church in Selbyville on January 17, 1950. Burial took place at the Roxanna Cemetery and was attended by troopers from Delaware and Maryland. Also in attendance was a large group of faculty and students from the Selbyville schools as a tribute to Corporal LeKites and to console Margaret LeKites, who was one of their own. Corporal LeKites was survived by his wife, Margaret, two sons, Wilson and LeRoy Jr., and his parents.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Whiny Ass Group Of Elected Officials

I am listening to the news this evening about the shooting in Arizona and two things come to mind. First this isn't news being reported, this is more of a witch hunt looking for someone to blame. They are pointing at everyone but the person who pulled the trigger. It is almost amusing listening to some reporter interview someone who know the shooter three years ago and hasn't talk to him since. Eventually they will end up putting the blame on everyone who has ever said an unkind word about an elected person.

Second, what a whiny ass group of babies our elected officials are, one of their members get shot and they are in a panic about their own security and are eulogizing on the floor of congress someone who is not dead yet, but the same group have no qualms about sending thousand of American servicemen into a country to die and not a word about it other than an obligatory speech. They don't think twice about an average citizen walking out onto a street and being shot because that citizen is not allowed to carry a gun but the criminals and the policemen, who is never around, can. The way this country is set up nothing will protect you from someone who wants to kill you but yourself. Had those people who were shot been carrying weapons themselves the casualty rate would not be anywhere near as high.

I understand now Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, from the Pima County Sheriff's Department is not convinced only one person was behind the shooting at the town hall-style event Saturday in Tucson, Ariz. This is starting to sound like the JFK shooting.

The blog Feral Jundi has some thoughts on providing security, altho I don't agree with any of them. The same as us average citizens, elected officials should take their chances.

By the way "Feral Jundi" based on the Urban Dictionary is;
The term "feral" is usually used to refer to a domesticated animal which has returned to the wild. The term jundi is arabic for soldier. Put them together, and you have feral jundi. 1. A soldier that is no longer bound by their former occupation or contract. 2. A guard that has wandered away from their post. 3. A soldier that speaks their mind, without worry of consequence.

When you wake tomorrow

When you wake tomorrow

I will give you a poem when you wake tomorrow.
It will be a peaceful poem.
It won’t make you sad.
It won’t make you miserable.
It will simply be a poem to give you
When you wake tomorrow.

It was not written by myself alone.
I cannot lay claim to it.
I found it in your body.
In your smile I found it.
Will you recognise it?

You will find it under your pillow.
When you open the cupboard it will be there.
You will blink in astonishment,
Shout out, ‘How it trembles!
Its nakedness is startling! How fresh it tastes!’

We will have it for breakfast;
On a table lit by loving,
At a place reserved for wonder.
We will give the world a kissing open
When we wake tomorrow.

We will offer it to the sad landlord out on the balcony.
To the dreamers at the window.
To the hand waving for no particular reason
We will offer it.
An amazing and most remarkable thing,
We will offer it to the whole human race
Which walks in us
When we wake tomorrow.


By Brian Patten

The DelDOT Report

DelDOT is in the news again with their payments to a developer to reserve land for the U.S. 113 North-South Project in Sussex County. The report is located here should you want to read it.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

They Just Keep Stealing

Over at the Daily Times On line web site they are reporting a 42-year-old Dagsboro woman has been charged with stealing over $107,000 from Hocker's Grocery and Deli over a nearly two-year period. Lisa A. Christian employee of Hocker's, was charged with 17 counts of theft and 1 count of Filing a False Tax Return for the State of Delaware. Christian after being charged was released on $18,500 unsecured bond.

1914 Postcard Delmar Train Station


Out on Ebay is a 1914 postcard of the train station. I assume the original postcard image had been retouched quite a bit as no one believes the town looked that clean.

They are back in business

Tuesday, January 11th – Governor Markell will be in Dover for the first day of the 146th Delaware General Assembly. Let hear it for the 146th General Assembly hip-hip, hurray. This is the year they are really going to do something.

The First Insulin Injection

Today in 1922 -- Canada (of all places) At Toronto General Hospital, 14-year-old Leonard Thompson becomes the first person to receive an insulin injection as treatment for diabetes.

Thompson was the first patient to receive injections of pancreatic extract on January 11, 1922. He was 14. He had been diabetic since 1919. He weighed only 65 pounds and was about to slip into a coma and die. At first he received Dr, F. Banting’s and Dr. Charles Best’s extract. However, the first injection had an apparent impurity which was the likely cause for the allergic reaction he displayed. After a refined process was promptly developed for extracting the insulin, the purified dosage was successfully delivered to young Leonard Thompson twelve days after his first dosage was administered. He then showed signs of improved health and went on to live thirteen more years taking doses of insulin. He died of pneumonia at age.

Sussex County Press Release

Winter weather requires proper preparation

A few simple steps now can save you from being out in the cold

With one major snowstorm already in the books for Sussex County this season, and the possibility of more on the way – it is only January, after all – residents and property owners should keep a few supplies on hand and tips in mind to be ready for whatever winter weather may come this way.

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center reminds the public just as preparations are a must ahead of each hurricane season, the routine should be much the same ahead of the nor’easter and winter storm season that spans October to March.

“People often assume that hurricanes pose the greatest threat to us here in Delaware because we’re a coastal state,” said EOC Director Joseph L. Thomas. “While tropical weather does present a significant risk, the fact of the matter is nor’easters and other coastal storms have historically caused more damage and been among our most significant weather events.

“We want residents to keep that in mind as we plow through what could be another busy winter season,” Mr. Thomas added. “The key to getting through any kind of extreme weather is preparation – having the necessary supplies, and most importantly, having a plan.”

Sussex County and Delaware saw unprecedented weather in 2009-2010, with repeated coastal storms and back-to-back blizzards that scoured beaches, flooded fields and dumped snow measured in feet, not inches. So far for the 2010-2011 winter season, one major storm has brought nearly a foot of snow to Sussex County – the so-called Boxing Day Blizzard on Dec. 26 – and more is in the forecast in the days and weeks ahead.

To ensure you are prepared for winter weather, the Sussex County EOC suggests the following preventive actions:

Before the Storm
· Spread rock salt on walkways and driveways to melt ice and keep surfaces free of ice; use sand to improve traction;

· Have snow shovels and other equipment handy;

· Winterize your vehicle:

o Ensure antifreeze levels are sufficient to avoid freezing;

o Ensure the heater and defroster work properly;

o Check lights and flashing hazard lights for serviceability;

o Pack a winterization kit that includes an ice scraper, de-icer for door locks, blankets, and sand or kitty litter to provide traction if your vehicle becomes stranded.

During the Storm

· Listen to television, radio, or NOAA Weather Radio for weather reports and emergency information. Also, visit the Sussex County EOC Web site and its Twitter feeds, www.twitter.com/SussexCtyDE_EOC, for up-to-date information;

· Eat regularly and drink ample fluids; avoid caffeine and alcohol;

· Conserve fuel and power, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms;

Limit unnecessary travel and heed all advisories and warnings.

Dress for the Weather

· Wear layers of loose-fitting, thin, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellant;

· Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves, as well as a hat;

· Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.

For more winter weather information and helpful tips, please visit the Sussex County Web site at www.sussexcountyde.gov/services/storms and click on the ‘Other Hazards’ link on the left.

The January Delmar Police Commission Meeting

The Quarterly Delmar police Commission meeting was held last night. All members of the commission, including Woody Payne were there. Chief of Police Harold Saylor gave his quarterly police report which went something like this;
From October thru January in Delaware
211 Delaware "E" Tickets issued
106 Delaware warnings
1 Delaware parking citation
4 town civil citations
a total of 322 Delaware citations issued in the quarter

In Maryland
62 Maryland warnings
1 Maryland Parking citation
55 Maryland Traffic citation
2 criminal citations
for a total of 120 Maryland citations

Delmar Drug Activity
4 vehicle seizures
2 search warrants
$3,000 US Currency seized
7 CDS arrest

DEA Drug activity
14 arrests
3 vehicles
$10,000 in US Currency seized
The month of October and November were consumed primarily in a Title III (wire tap) investigation. in late November 18 people were arrested on prescription drug violations.

Occurring in the next quarter, was a drug related arrest a few days ago when an officer pulled over a vehicle and the drug dog alerted him to drugs. A small amount of drugs were found and $7,000 in cash.

Chief Saylor than showed plans to the commission as to how the police department could fit into the present Town hall.

In a letter, Dale Carey had complained of the amount of tickets being given on RT13 and how it was harming business. It was explained there was no more tickets given in the Christmas season than normal.

A proposed parking ordinance was discussed. The public won't see it before the joint council takes it up.

The commission donated an old Crown Vic that was being used for junked parts to the Police department in Fruitland for a drug program.

Dr David Ring and Tony Sims ( a school bus driver) talked to the commission about traffic flow in front of the school. He gave them maps of the streets in front of the High school and for the next ten minutes everyone was drawing traffic flow patterns on the maps. Suggestions made were; barriers in front of Jewell St, bus traffic and traffic exiting from the school in the morning to go down Delaware or Lincoln instead of 8th street, on the Bi-state and State street intersection move the painted line for left turn traffic on the Delaware side back so buses and fire trucks can make a better turn there. Anyway fun things may happen on 8Th street in the morning in the future.

David Ring also mentioned the school district was looking for land for a new school. Presently they are looking out around Susan Beach Road for as he puts it "a major state of the art school and athletic facility". This is 5 to 10 years out in the future, if it ever happens.

Other things happened but are not worth my while to mention, if you were interested you would have attended the meeting.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Delmar Police Commission Meeting tonight

The Delmar Police Commission Meeting is tonight in town hall at 6:30PM.

The Third Man

Last night I watched the movie, “The Third Man” on TCM channel. This is one of my top ten movies that I like. I assume they were showing it because it was first released in the USA in February 1950 so perhaps it was some sort of anniversary showing. As we all know the movie takes place in post war Vienna, Austria and the two stars are Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton, neither of which are favorites actors but in this film they are good. The film has all the elements I like; exceptional black and white cinematography, good story line, good mystery, bombed out desolate city, shadows, odd camera angles and as an added plus for me, film shots of cemeteries and the underground tunnels and sewer that feed to the Danube River – great infra structure.


The supporting characters in the film are of the strange variety.. They remind me of the characters in the novel "Berlin Alexanderplatz" by Alfred Doblin, plus one guy from the movie “Blue Velvet” and some of the savage caricature drawings by George Grosz , Certainly Little Hans (the boy with the ball) reminds you of something out of the Adam’s Family.


But of course what stands out most is the zither musical score by Anton Karas. At first you enjoy it because it is totally unique and then about three quarters way thru the film it really gets on your nerves. But it set the standard for zither music. After seeing the film every time you hear zither music you think of the movie "the Third man."

And the ending what a great two maybe three minute scene of her just walking down that street and past Joseph Cotton, not even looking at him. Then Cotton lights the cigarette and throws the match away in disgust.


Other great reviews are here.
Overall it is a great movie.

Some Furniture Store Reviews

We have been buying furniture for our "new" house. Four of the places we have bought from are; Johhny Janosik, Mike's Clearance Center, Dutch Country Heirloom Furniture, and Furnitureland. All in the Delmar / Laurel area. The furniture from Johhny Janosik and Mike's Clearance Center we had delivered and assembled by them. The delivery occurred in the middle of the aftermath of the snow storm last week. Mike's delivery people were good - cleaning their feet before entering etc. Johhny Janosik people were not so good - tracked mud all over the place. Tomorrow Dutch Country Heirloom Furniture delivers, so I will see how well they do.

We had only purchased two recliners (the least amount of money spent among the four) from Furnitureland and my brother and I picked them up from the warehouse (to save the $69 delivery fee) so I can't say how well their delivery people are. The warehouse for Furnitureland is very professionally run and they get high points from me. Also the sales lady, Kelly Beauchamp, sent us a handwritten thank you note for buying.

Dear
Thank you for choosing Furnitureland for your new recliners. I'm sure they will be enjoyed for many years to come. Please think of Furnitureland and me for any future furniture or bedding needs. Have a great New Year!
Sincerely
Kelly Beauchamp


Fairly standard type customer service note but given the fact we did not receive one from anyone else, and it was handwritten (if it had been a computer generated postcard I would have ignored it) - again Furnitureland scored points with me.

The January storm of 1883

January 10, 1883 - Fifty people were rescued at Green Run Inlet, on Assateague Island over a ten day period. Bad snow storms, fog, heavy seas caused the wreck of the schooner "Sallie W. Kaye", the schooner "Wyoming", the schooner "Elizabeth M. Buebler", the schooner "Julia Grace," and the Spanish steamship "Alpin". Some died, most were saved by the Ocean City Life-Saving Station.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

DelDOT Continues To Screw Up

What's up with the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)? First the Woodland Ferry, The Tina Fallon (named for an elected public official)doesn't work half the time. Cost us about 3.2 million dollars. No one in DelDOT can grasp the engineering concept of a ferry so it continues to cost us money. Now the Indian River Inlet Bridge (The Charles West Cullen bridge, another state government official) has been delayed in opening again and is now not scheduled to open until December. The bridge at $150 million had an early on problem and had to be re engineered. We are now in year 3 of the investigation into recouping money for the taxpayers from the original Indian River Bridge fiasco. DelDOT always has some comments on problem that has cropped up; hairline cracks in some concrete segments, the frames can't support the weight, etc . DelDOT Secretary Carolann Wicks earlier this year describes it as "bumps on the way to completion," and said that bridge builders were entirely responsible for any delay caused by the frames. No rush on anything - no accountability - no responsibility - it's the Delaware Government way.

The builder, Skanska is a leading international project development and construction company headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Skanska is one of the world's ten largest construction companies, employing some 51,000 employees in selected home markets in Europe, the US and Latin America.

DelDOT is run by Secretary Carolann Wicks, who was sworn in as the eighth Secretary of Transportation on February 1, 2006 by former Governor Ruth Ann Minner, then re-nominated by Governor Jack Markell and sworn in on January 21, 2009. Wicks, a Professional Engineer and a University of Delaware graduate, began her career at DelDOT as an entry-level engineer in 1982. So the only professional job she has every had is as a givernment employee.

Let's face it DelDOT has problems with water related engineering projects. In Spite of Gov. Markell's supposedly business outlook in Delaware I think we can assume, safely, no heads will roll over these projects not working and costing the taxpayer millions - It's just a bump in his governor's record.

Today's Quote

It Takes very little to govern good people. And bad people can't be governed at all.

Sheriff Ed Tom Bell "No Country For Old Men"

Sikhism, Kirpans, and Schools

What do you know about Sikhism? The men wear turbans. I think everyone has the last name of Singh. It is the 5th largest reglion in the world. It comes from the north-west of India. It has at its heart the five "Ks", the kesh (long hair), kara (steel bangle worn on the right hand), kaacha (undergarment), kanga (comb) and kirpan (a ceremonial dagger); all baptised Sikhs are expected to wear the five "Ks" daily.

In today's world there has been a great deal of political conflict with the wearing of the kirpan. The function of the kirpan arose from necessity. From the end of the 16th century, as the Moghuls swept through Persia into the peace-loving hinterland of the Hindus, converting them to Islam, Sikhs became defenders of freedom, guardians of religious independence, champions of tolerance; and they were willing to lay down their lives for the cause.



So the most recent news is a Sikh student in Canton township Michigan has been banned from bringing the kirpan to school. The Sikh community is upset. The student was wearing the kirpan (3 to 5 Inches long) under his clothing (Delmar Police would call it a concealed weapon).

Anyway this is not the first time the Sikh and their kirpans has had problems. From Airport security to schools they are naturally in trouble with the authorities.

A Sikh representative Mr. Singh stressed that no one is in danger. “Equal damage could be done with a fork or with a butter knife,” he said.

“Every kid has a pair of scissors, a pencil.” Sikh leaders are hoping to meet with school officials and work out a compromise that will allow their children to practice their faith.

There have been several court cases in states of the USA relating to the legality of wearing a kirpan in public places. Courts in New York and Ohio have ruled that banning the wearing of a kirpan is unconstitutional. In New York City a compromise was reached with the Board of Education whereby the wearing of the knives was allowed so long as they were secured within the sheaths with adhesives and made impossible to draw.

No doubt they will never get an interview with President Obama or VP Joe Biden.



I am at odds about this. When I went to school in the 1950's and 1960's we carried hunting knives to school. It is less about the instrument and more about today's world.

Pearls Before Swine

After last weeks go around with Verizon and Comcast I thought it ironic this cartoon showed up in today's paper.


click to enlarge

Vote No To Joe

I am glad to see there is a movement afoot to not consider naming the new Brandywine school after Joe Biden. The website Vote No To Joe feels Most people feel it is inappropriate to name a public building after someone still in office. One reason being Naming Things After People Poses A Problem If The People Go To Jail. Um Joe Biden in jail interesting concept.

Now I feel no public official, elected or not, should have any thing named after them. After all their position of power came from US, the voters, electing them. They merely doled out the tax money we paid in and got a hefty salary and benefits for doing so. In other words they were doing their job. However, I am trying to get a monument to Joe Biden placed in Georgetown in honor of him killing Returns Day. But you know Joe, in his words "This is a big fucking deal". If the school is named after anyone in 75 years the name will mean nothing and will be changed anyway. Better to go with a geographic name so Brandywine School District name the new elementary school the "New Brandywine Elementary school" and be done with it.

By the way it would appear anyone in the world can vote for this so go to sample ballet. Ballet Due in January 31st.

20 indigent veterans buried with honors on Long Island


Amid the sound of bagpipes and the rattle of drums, ushered by kilted pipers past the solemn salutes of hundreds of well-wishers, the remains of 20 indigent U.S. military veterans were carried to their final resting places at Calverton National Cemetery Saturday.

The burial, attended by Reps. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) and Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), was the largest interment of unclaimed remains at any local veterans cemetery in the nation's history, according to U.S. Veterans Affairs spokesman Jim Blue.

"These are virtually forgotten veterans who were literally left on the shelf," said Lawrence Murphy, who served in Vietnam in 1969 and 1971. Murphy, 62, was one of scores of flag-bearing veterans who formed a human colonnade at the cemetery's snowbound entrance, as hearses bearing the 20 veterans eased past.

Burials done at no cost

The interments were arranged by Dignity Memorial, a nationwide network of funeral homes, after the City of New York asked for help with the burial of indigent veterans who had died there and had gone unclaimed at city morgues, some for as long as three years. Dignity Memorial provided the burials at no cost, said spokesman Chris Marsh.

Only the tiniest bits of these men's lives are known, gleaned from a variety of decades-old records rendered incomplete or partly illegible by inattentive typists, poor photocopying or the yellowing of time. Records that might have given full military biographies to some of the men were lost in a 1973 fire at the U.S. Military Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, which destroyed 16 million files.

But what records did show was that these 20 men had served their country from the 1940s through the 1970s in a variety of ranks, from private first class and medical field service technician to master sergeant.

Clifford Henry, 58, a former Navy petty officer 2nd class, had been a medical field service technician and a small-arms marksman. His place of enlistment was recorded as Jacksonville, N.C. The record is silent about where he was born, whether he ever married or where any of his relatives might be today.

James Rose was born in 1926 and died July 31. Nothing else - not his hometown, nor where he served, not even his Army rank - could be learned.

Terrance Holliday of the New York City Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs said the men had gone unburied for so long because of the difficulty of confirming the veteran status of people who die poor and alone.

Despite the anonymity in which the men died, word of their planned burial raced through area patriotic groups in the past week, spurring a larger than expected turnout of well wishers, organizers said.

Along the route the funeral procession took from the Queens border to the cemetery, volunteer fire companies strung huge American flags, and onlookers saluted from highway overpasses.

At the cemetery, several people who stood in the snow, including Bill and Rosetta Araujo, of Glen Oaks, Queens, wondered whether difficulty coping with post-military life had isolated the men.

"They just get lost," said Rosetta Araujo. She said her husband still struggles with nightmares and bouts of rage related to his Vietnam War experience.

The ceremony drew several parents of Long Islanders killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. As the ceremony ended, members of a military honor guard folded American flags that had draped some of the coffins and presented them to these parents.

Chrystyna Kestler, whose son, Army 1st Lt. Joseph Theinert, of Sag Harbor, was killed June 4 in Afghanistan, said she felt compelled to attend.

"I can hold this flag as a mother for a veteran who did not have family here," said Kestler, who received a flag that had covered the coffin of Pfc. Miguel Lugo, an artilleryman who served in the 1950s and who died last year. "That is a privilege and an honor."

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Approval of a Catholic Church at Newtowne Neck, Maryland -1661

Taken from the Digitized by Google

Provincial Court Proceedings, 1661. 53

This day came M*^ William Bretton and desired the ensueing to I
recorded (vizt)

Ad perpetuam rei memoriam

Forasmuch as divers good and Zealous Roman Catholick Inhabi
ants of New Towne and S* Clements Bay haue unanimously agree
amongst themselues to erect and build a Church or Chappell wheth<
they may repayre on Sundays and other Holy dayes appoynted ar
Comanded by holy Church to serue Almighty God and heare divii
Service, And the most Convenient place for that purpose desired ar
pitcht upon by them all, is on a certaine parcell of the Land belongir
to William Bretton Gent Now Knowe yee that I William Bretton (
Little Bretton in the County of S^ Marys in the Province of Marylar
gent, with the hearty good Hkeing of my dearely beloued wife Ter
perance Bretton, To the greater bono' and Glory of Almighty Gc
the euer immaculat Virgin Mary and all Saints haue given and d<
hereby freely & for euer give to the behoofe of the said Romi
Catholick Inhabitants and their Posterity or Successors Romj
Catholicks soe much land as they shall build the said Church or Cha
pell on which for their better Convenience they may frequent
serue Almighty God and heare divine Service as aforesaid with su<
other land adjoyning to the said Church or Chappel conveniei
Likewise for a Church yard wherein to bury their dead Conteynir
ab* one acre and halfe of Ground Scituate and lying on a devident <
land called Brettons Out Lett, and on the Easte side of the sa
devident neere to the head of a Creeke called S* Williams Creel
which falleth into S* Nicholas Creeke and neare unto the narrowe
place of the freehould of Little Brittaine

Tenth day of November Anno domini 1661 W°* Bretton Ter
perance Bretton

Delivered and Signed and Sealed in the p'sence of W*" Euai
James Thompson Luke Gardnor Robert Cole