Saturday, November 12, 2011

Random Thoughts and Comments

It is coming on Thanksgiving time, which is the time of the Cranberry. This must be the biggest time of the year for the cranberry marketing push. There are sales all over for cranberry cocktail, Cranberry juice, dried cranberries, cranberry cookies etc. The Cranberry Cocktail/juice concept is odd in that it is less than 30% juice and in some cases the juice is a combination of grape and apple with only about 10% cranberry Juice. It is only a step away from Cranberry soda.

It has been ugly at Walmart for the past two days, what with people buying for Thanksgiving. The spice aisle is particularly bad. I had to go down the spice aisle at Walmart yesterday and it was packed with people buying spices/sugar/etc for the thanksgiving holiday.

My wife works at Sam's club in the Bakery and she has been knocking out pies all week. They can't keep them in stock on the floor.

Along with cranberries is deer season. I have on several occasions in the past week had deer run in front of my car. Lucky for me I have missed them. Dead deers seem to be everywhere on the highway.

Along with Deer and cranberries I see Perdue grain operation in Salisbury is going full blast. All kinds of overloaded farm trucks groaning their way down the backroads to sell those beans. Money is rolling in.

My mother is improving but I am still doing her grocery shopping for her. Needless to say she like things done a certain way and among the things I have screwed up for her are;
She wanted a quarter pound of "spiced" ham, the oval stuff not the other kind.

My mother thinks ketchup bottle that you stand upside down are ridiculous.

She wanted "medium" white eggs - She doesn't know everything is supersized.

And to her; who ever heard of putting hamburger in a tube and not a tray, must be something wrong with it as you can't even see the meat.

She must be getting better she is complaining more.

So far no candidate for office has taken me up on my offer of posting them on my blog. One did call and tell me since the house is under investigation by the state fire marshal they can't close it up. My comment is even the state fire marshal has to pull his thumb out of his ass and get to work at some point in time and the town government should be pushing them to wrap it up. The candidate said he was working on the issue with the powers to be at town hall, but did not want his name mentioned on my blog in reference to this. But the house is still open to trespassers. I am sure since it is a government thing they will all say it is because of the holiday that things have not been done to the house, instead of facing up to the issue.

My neighbors are having a party tonight (Saturday). No I was not invited. They purchased one of the largest old houses in Delmar and fixed it up to use as a vacation house when they come over from Baltimore. I think the husband and wife have some government jobs. I assume the people they have invited are from the Western Shore also. They must be impressed with the neighborhood now as it looks a ghetto area of Baltimore with the trash dumpsters and the half worked on houses from the previous fire.

I made some Orange Marmalade tonight. A simple recipe. I happen to like a little more than normal orange peel in my marmalade so making it myself allows me to have it my way. I used 2 medium navel oranges, 2 tablespoons of water and 10 packs of Splenda. Sounds simple doesn't it.

Wash the oranges, cut off both ends of one of the oranges, cut that orange into small bits and place them in a saucepan, remember to pour the juice into the pan also, take the second orange and juice it into the saucepan, scoop out the pulp of that orange into the sauce pan, add the two tablespoons of water and ten packs of Splenda,

Boil for 15 minutes. Let it cool and put into a plastic ware container to refrigerate and use later.

Yes the fresh taste is a nice change from the commercial kind which usually use a more bitter orange than navels oranges. It taste good and there is not a whole lot of it so you can finish it up without it going bad.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Dover Air Force Base mortuary

From Stars and Stripes (on the sidebar)

The Dover Air Force Base mortuary for years disposed of some dead troops’ body parts by burning them and dumping the ashes in a Virginia landfill, a practice that officials have since abandoned in favor of burying the remains at sea, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The mortuary sent the remains to the landfill from 2003 to 2008. Air Force officials told the Post that the procedure was limited to portions of body parts that were unable to be identified at first or were later recovered from the battlefield, and which family members had indicated could be disposed of by the military.

On Tuesday, the Air Force acknowledged it had lost or mishandled the body parts of some war dead, prompting Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to call for a 60-day review of the mortuary's procedures. Three Dover officials have received administrative punishments.

Could This Be How It All Started?

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Abandoned Houses In Delmar

A couple of days ago we had another house catch on fire, it too was an abandoned house. The fire department kept it from spreading but now the windows and back door are gaping holes where the door was stand open and inviting once again scrap metal thieves and people just wandering thru an old house looking for trouble. The Town passed an Abandoned Building Ordinance just recently, yet that house was never boarded up. Why not? It still is not boarded up - again why not? I know when I had my house fire and Brenda Morris had her house fire we were required to board it up and pay to board it up - yet this house seems to be exempt from town ordinances - Why Why Why?

This is why I dislike for the town to continue passing ordinances - they don't enforce the ones they have so why make more?

Why isn't a candidate for the Delmar Maryland election next week standing in front of this building making a public statement that if elected, arsonist will never have this easy of a job to enter an abandoned house as all abandoned houses will be boarded up if he/she is elected. Maybe because Woodcreek has so many abandoned houses and most of the candidates live in Woodcreek they are afraid their community will look like a ghetto once those houses are boarded up. If any of those Maryland candidates want to stand in front of the building on Chestnut street and make that statement I will certainly take their photo and post their statement on my blog.

Veteran's Day Ceremony At High School

The Delmar high school is having a veteran's day ceremony on Thursday at 10:00 am. It is open to the public.

Today is National Scrapple Day.

November 9, 2011 is National Scrapple Day. Let's hear it for scrapple, the food of the Gods!!! Yea

The Lady Be Good

Way back in an ancient time when I was in high school an interesting news story was reported that gripped the U.S. and the world in 1960. The story started back in World War II when an American B-24D Liberator, named The Lady Be Good went on it’s first, last and only combat flight. The bombing run was to Naples Italy on April 4th, 1943, out of the Benina air strip in the city of Soluch in Libya. On the return flight the plane disappeared. It was assumed down at sea and lost. Today, November 9th, 1958 it was discovered 440 miles inland in the Libyan Desert by a British oil exploration team flying over the North African Desert.

It would not be until May 1959 that a recovery team made the first trip to the wreckage site. They found the plane had broken into two pieces and the desert had preserved it remarkably well – but there were no crewmen. In 1960 recovery teams found the first five bodies of the crew members and the news hit the world. Eventually the remains of all but one crewmember would be found.

This story has been written about on numerous websites so I will not attempt to rewrite it again. A site I found interesting is located Here

Simply put it was a mystery story of the time that kept everyone’s attention.
The Life Magazine, March 7, 1960 edition
gave great photo journalism coverage to the incident.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Scrapple In The Smithsonian

There is a little article in Smithsonian Magazine about scrapple. The writer says the McRib is a descendant of scrapple but that person seems to like ketchup on scrapple so we know they don't know much about scrapple.

This Is A test You Have Nothing To Be Afraid Of - Sure - Test or Conspiracy?

Tomorrow (Wednesday, November 9th) at 2:00 p.m. the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be conducted. The alert - which could last up to three minutes - is often used by local officials and will, for the first time, be tested across the entire country. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the national test will help "determine the reliability of the system and its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers nationally and regionally."

FEMA offers the following important facts to keep in mind about tomorrow's test:

- It will be transmitted via television and radio stations within the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa;

- An audio message will interrupt television and radio programming indicating that "This is only a test," though the text may not indicate this same message on the screen on every television channel;

- Organizations that serve people with disabilities or people with limited English proficiency should be aware that they may receive requests for information or assistance from broadcasters or other communications service providers and emergency managers in the days leading up to, during, and after the test; and

- When the test is over, regular programming will resume. For more information, please visit

Dinner To Honor war Criminal

Over at the Daily KOS they have a post on the on the November 7, dinner given by the New York Historical Society to honor Henry Kissinger. Now Henry Kissinger was as much of a crook as Ex-President Nixon, so I found it interesting reading, perhaps you will too.

Speed Camera

I see what looks like the speed camera set up out by the Delmar Elementary school or at least one of them. Supposedly you won't get a ticket unless you are going 12 miles over the speed limit. Make no mistake in this, this is a revenue raising device and has nothing to do with safety of the school kids.

The word I have is there is a group of senior citizens who are going to go out and moon the camera. They are just trying to figure out how to run past the camera at 12 miles over the speed limit with their pants down so the damn picture will take

Delmar, MD Fire Intentionally Set

Picked up from WGMD

Nov 8, 2011 posted by: Kelli Steele - WGMD News

Delmar, MD Fire Intentionally Set

The Maryland State Fire Marshal says a blaze that destroyed a vacant home on Chestnut Street in Delmar, Maryland Sunday morning was intentionally set.

Firemen were called to the home around 1 a.m.; they say the blaze probably started in the kitchen and then spread.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fire Marshal at 410-713-3780

What is a vet?

What is a vet?

By Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC

Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity. Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by looking.

What is a vet?

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the38th parallel.

She or he is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another or didn't come back AT ALL.

He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat, but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.

He is the parade riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.

He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb of the Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket-palsied now and aggravatingly slows who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being, a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say "THANK YOU." That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

Two little words mean a lot, "THANK YOU."

"It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."

As The World Turns - Delmar Maryland Politics

I see Tom over at the Delmar Daily (see the side bar for link) has posted a letter allegedly from Jim Henderson bad mouthing Carl Anderton, Jr. It is disappointing to me how ugly this Maryland election has become but it is also surprising how relationship between the candidates keep changing. It does remind you of a soap opera. A month ago Tom, a candidate in the primary election, was supporting Carl - this month he seem to have moved Carl up along side Bunky Luffman on his list of people to run down. I certainly respect Jim Henderson but I think he may have went a step to far in his comments in the posted letter attributed to him. You expect such actions from a blogger but I would think an elected official would be a little more conservative in the manner in which he presents his view. Altho I have not worked with Carl behind the scenes on council matters, in my dealing with him, I have not found him to be the type of person Jim Henderson is describing. This should not be misconstrued that I am supporting Carl over Luther Hitchens for the Mayor's office as I feel both are about equal for the office. The real effect of this letter and Tom's constant harrying of candidates for elected office is there will be less people interested in running for any elected office in the future.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Who Is A Veteran?

This coming Friday is Veteran's Day. It sounds innocent enough - we give a moment of respect to “honor all soldiers who have put their lives in danger to protect the United States." It is one of three days - actually holidays, (Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, and Veteran's Day) celebrating the men and women who serve or have served our country. Armed Forces Day is a day to honor those who serve the United States willing no matter the dangers they face. Memorial Day was created to honor those that have died during wars and other military duties defending our country.

I usually consider it a day to honor all who have served in the military regardless of the time span in which they served, however being a government thing, every government unit has a different definition of a veteran.

Taking the attitude of "money talks, bullshit walks" lets look at the veteran definition when you apply for "veteran" benefits and preference.

Looking at the Federal Government

1. The authority for part 211 continues to read as follows:

Authority: 5 U.S.C. 1302.

2. In Sec. 211.102, revise paragraphs (a), (b), and (g) to read as

Sec. 211.102 Definitions.

* * * * *
(a) Veteran means a person who has been discharged or released from
active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions performed--
(1) In a war; or,
(2) In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been
authorized; or
(3) During the period beginning April 28, 1952, and ending July 1,
1955; or
(4) For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training,
any part of which occurred during the period beginning February 1,
1955, and ending October 14, 1976; or
(5) During the period beginning August 2, 1990, and ending January
2, 1992; or
(6) For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training,
any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11,
2001, and ending on the date prescribed by Presidential proclamation or
by law as the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
(b) Disabled Veteran means a person who has been discharged or
released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable
conditions performed at any time and who has established the present
existence of a service-connected disability or is receiving
compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension because of a
statute administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs or a
military department.
* * * * *
(g) Discharged or released from active duty means with either an
honorable or general discharge from active duty in the armed forces.
The Department of Defense is responsible for administering and defining
military discharges.

Looking at Delaware;
o A person who served on "active duty" other than for training, as defined in Title 38, Section 101(21) U.S. Code as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States whose service was terminated honorably.
o A person who dies under honorable conditions while serving on active duty in an Armed Force of the United States.
a. A member of the Reserve component of the Armed Forces, the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, and the Reserve of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard, who dies under honorable conditions while serving on active duty for training or full-time service. Members of these organizations whose death occurs while hospitalized or undergoing treatment at the expense of the United States for an injury or disease contracted or incurred under honorable conditions while serving such duty or performing travel directly to or from that duty or service may also be eligible.
b. or a member who has received a letter of notification for eligibility of retired pay at age 60; or
c. who at the time of death would have been entitled to retired pay under Title 10, Chapter 67.
o Members of the Delaware Army National Guard or Air National Guard who have served on full-time duty as a member of the United States Army or Air Force (Federalized) and was not under the direct orders of the Governor of Delaware, may also be eligible.
To meet the legal residency requirement (in addition to the required active military service that was honorable) the veteran must have been:
a. A legal resident of Delaware at the time of death; or
b. A legal resident for a period of 10 years (or more); or
c. A legal resident of Delaware when he or she entered the Armed Forces of the United States; or
d. When an honorably discharged veteran was a legal resident of Delaware for less than 10 years, the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs may determine whether or not there are compelling reasons for waiving the 10 year residency requirement.

In Maryland one version has this;
Veterans Affairs, Maryland Department of (MDVA
Who Is A Veteran?
• A person who served on full time active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, other than active duty for training, and was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Those who enlisted in the military after September 7, 1980, and officers commissioned or who entered active military service after October 16, 1981, must have completed two years of continuous active duty or the full period for which they were called or ordered.
• An individual who died while serving on active duty, or was disabled or died from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty while performing active duty for training or inactive duty training.
• Certain members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who meet the legal residence requirements.
• Certain members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (formerly the Coast and Geodetic Survey) and the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service who meet the legal residence requirements.
• Members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Regular Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service are eligible for burial if they completed full-time duty (other than for training) as a commissioned officer:
• On or after July 29, 1945. If the service is performed while serving on active duty for training, his or her death shall have resulted from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty; or before that date:
• While on transfer to one of the Armed Forces; or
• While in time of war or national emergency declared by the President, assigned to duty on a project for one of the Armed Forces in an area determined by the Secretary of Defense to be of immediate military hazard; or
• In the Philippine Islands on December 7, 1941 and thereafter.
In addition, Public Law H.R. 821, enacted May 4, 1994, extends burial eligibility to persons who have 20 years of service creditable for retired pay as members of a reserve component of the Armed Forces or who would have been entitled to retired pay but for the fact that the person was under 60 years of age.

and in Virginia
Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Eligibility for most federal and state benefits is based on discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Active service means full-time service as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or as a commissioned officer of the public health service, the Environmental Services Administration, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Current and former members of the Selected Reserve may be eligible for certain benefits, such as home loan guaranties and education, if they meet time-in-service and other criteria. Men and women veterans with similar service are entitled to the same federal and state veterans benefits.
World War I: April 6, 1917 through Nov 11, 1918
• for veterans who served in Russia

April 6, 1917 through July 1, 1921

April 6, 1917 through Nov 11, 1918
• for veterans who had at least one
day of service
World War II: Dec 7, 1941 through Dec 31, 1946
Korean War: June 27, 1950 through Jan 31, 1955
Vietnam War: Aug 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975

Feb 28, 1961 through Aug 5, 1964
• for veterans who served "in country"
Gulf War: Aug 2, 1990 through a date to be set by
law or Presidential Proclamation

Now this is but some of the definitions of a veteran, but each time you try to claim you are a veteran there seems to be a different set of rules. I can remember applying for a State Of Delaware job back some years ago and being told I couldn't take the Veteran's Preference because I had not enlisted in Delaware - apparently enlisting in other States doesn't count.

There are so many other rules that will knock you out of the Veteran classification here are two examples; the first is someone who was still in the
and the second is someone who did not fall into the time spans for certain veteran preferences

So rather you go for those free meals on veteran day or those extra points you may or may not get for Veteran Preferences in jobs and housing stop and think about rather or not you are a veteran.