Friday, March 09, 2012


As I have said before the State Of Delaware has poor museums, but there are other museums in Delaware that are not state run. One of which is The Delaware Art Museum.

What makes the Delaware Art Museum so special for me is the Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelites. Samuel Bancroft Jr (1840 -1915)started a collection of Pre-Raphalites and eventually he donated them to the Wilmington Society of Fine Arts which became the Delaware museum Of art.

The Pre-Raphaelites Brotherhood was founded by in 1848 by a group of young English painters including John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, and William Holman Hunt. Their art was a reaction against the academic painting of that time, which they considered to be unimaginative and pompous. They believed that the Renaissance painter Raphael had had a negative impact on the tradition of academic painting, and looked to artwork prior to the time of Raphel for their inspiration-- hence the name Pre-Raphaelite.

For me the best know characteristics of Pre-Raphaelites is Serpentine Hair.

One of the most impressive paintings in the group at the Delaware art Museum is called Lady Lilith by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The painting represents the attraction of purely sensual beauty through the figure of Lilith, in Talmudic legend the first wife of Adam, who runs away from him to become a witch.

Based on Jewish folklore, The Lilith story goes along these lines;

When God created Adam, he was lonely, so God created Lilith from the same dust from which Adam was molded. But they quarrelled; Adam [the proverbial domineering male] wished to rule over Lilith. But Lilith [a militant feminist] was also proud and willful, claiming equality with Adam because she was created from the same dust. She left Adam and fled the Garden. God sent three angels in pursuit of Lilith. They caught her and ordered her to return to Adam. She refused, and said that she would henceforth weaken and kill little children, infants and babes. The angels overpowered her, and she promised that if the mother hung an amulet over the baby bearing the names of the three angels, she would stay away from that home. So they let her go, and God created Eve to be Adam's mate [created from Adam's rib, so that she couldn't claim equality]. And ever since, Lilith flies around the world, howling her hatred of mankind through the night, and vowing vengeance because of the shabby treatment she had received from Adam. She is also called "The Howling One."

Lilith is the most notorious demon in Jewish tradition. she embodies the emotional and spiritual aspects of darkness: terror, sensuality, and unbridled freedom. More recently, she has come to represent the freedom of feminist women who no
longer want to be"good girls.

Now the only Lilith I have heard of is the character played by Bebe Neuwirth on the sitcom "Cheers," Lilith Sternin, and later on the sitcom "Frazier".

So maybe the character does match up with Lilith.

John W. Parker Death -1898

From the Salisbury Advertiser April 30, 1898

Fatal Accident At Delmar

John W. Parker, a brakeman the N.Y.P. & N. Railroad was fatally injured at Delmar last Tuesday night while coupling cars. A moving train ran over his body, cutting off an arm and a leg. He survived only a little while.

Mr. Parker was 28 years old and married. He was insured by the Heptasophs for $3,000. Mr. Parker was the son of Charles W. Parker of Pittsburg district.

The Cat's Outlook Of Our Bed

Pi Day Is Coming

Once again it sneaks up on us, can it be that next Wednesday is Pi day?

Iditarod Update

DeeDee Jonrowe arrives at the Cripple checkpoint on Thursday, March 8, 2012

From the Anchorage Daily News
Just after it looked as if Mitch Seavey had turned in an epic, possibly game-changing run of nearly 100 miles on Thursday to seize control of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Aliy Zirkle showed up to inject some intrigue.

Zirkle snatched the lead from Seavey by zipping in and out of the Cripple checkpoint, sort of the way Seavey had charged through the Ophir checkpoint earlier in the day.

Zirkle left the halfway point of the 975-mile race at 6:32 p.m., with Seavey following at 6:55 p.m. She spent just six minutes at Cripple, while Seavey spent nearly five hours there.

Whether Zirkle will go the entire 70 miles to Ruby or if she'll stop to rest her dogs is anyone's guess.

What is certain is that the man chasing her has a team capable of making good time over a long haul.

Stopping only long enough to feed his dogs a few times, Seavey drove a swift team of 15 all the way from Takotna to Cripple to turn a narrow lead into what seemed like a bulging one until Zirkle made things interesting.

Seavey led Zirkle by only three minutes when he left Takotna early Wednesday morning after the frontrunners wrapped their 24-hour layovers at the checkpoint.

He arrived in Cripple, 96 miles away, with a lead of 1 hour, 42 minutes.

The 13-hour charge could go down as the deciding moment of the race -- but no less an expert than Seavey's son is cautioning that the race is far from over.

Dallas Seavey, 25, arrived in Cripple in second place, and although his dad gained 88 minutes on him Thursday, the son isn't conceding anything.

"As long as he's within a couple hours and we've got speed, I feel pretty comfortable," Dallas said after reaching Cripple.

"We're only halfway, so I'm not ready to start racing. I'm still building a monster. We'll let it out of the cage about halfway down the Yukon."

The Iditarod hits the Yukon River at Ruby, the checkpoint 70 miles from Cripple.

According to a post on his Facebook fan page, Mitch Seavey planned to camp for a couple of hours on the 73-mile trail between Ophir to Cripple, but those plans changed en route.

"We left the 24 (layover) as fed up as we could be, food-wise, so I ran them four hours just to make sure they would eat," Seavey told Iditarod Insider. "They scarfed up 10 pounds of beef, and then after that I stopped every two hours, on the clock."

Seavey said it seemed like the dogs began sensing when the two hours were up and expected the quick snack breaks. Twice, they went through 10 pounds of sheefish.

"They were still going and going and going, so I decided then we were not going to camp," Seavey said.

Others in the lead pack did stop to camp, giving Seavey a chance to pull ahead.

By not stopping, he arrived in Cripple at 2:16 p.m. and was able to rest his dogs through the warmth of the afternoon, almost two hours ahead of his nearest pursuer.

Seavey said the long haul from Takotna didn't stress his dogs, because they're used to long runs.

"You've gotta start with a dog team that's prepared for it," he told Iditarod Insider. "They've seen it before so it's not a shock to them. ... These guys have done that in other races and in training this year, so it's not really that unusual for them."

Almost all of the time Seavey gained on his competition came during the run from Ophir to Cripple.

He left Takotna at 1:13 a.m. Thursday, four minutes ahead of previous leader Aliy Zirkle and 14 minutes ahead of Dallas.

He widened his lead over Zirkle to nine minutes and his lead over Dallas to 21 minutes on the 23-mile run to Ophir.

Then he really started moving. Seavey covered the 73 miles from Ophir to Cripple in 10 hours, 24 minutes. Dallas did it in 11:45 and Baker in 11:53.

Seavey nearly caught Jim Lanier to rob the 71-year-old from Chugiak of the $3,000 in gold nuggets awarded to the first musher to reach the race's halfway point.

Lanier left Ophir nearly 41/2 hours ahead of Seavey but reached Cripple with only 21 minutes to spare to pocket the gold.

Good Photos here

Pat Moon and his team travel the Kuskokwim River toward McGrath, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Anchorage Daily News / Marc Lester

"Made In The USA"

Those who read this blog are aware that I usually try to buy American, if possible, after all the Chinese, Mexicans etc are not paying into the United States Social Security Fund so why cut my throat by buying foreign. Yesterday found me in front of a display of Pens (writing pens) in search of what may be offered as "Made In The USA". Yes it was difficult, pens seem to be made in France, China, Japan and "assembled In Mexico" but few in my price range are "Made In The USA." I finally found a Pilot G-2 07 Gel Pen that had on the package "Made In The USA". Even with the Pilot pens most models are made elsewhere but maybe the company thought it had to have a token "Made In The USA" version for sale since they were selling in America.

Reverse Discrimination?

A new president has been chosen for The University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne. Once again a black person was selected. Juliette Bell, who is currently serving as Provost and Vice President at Central State University in Ohio. She will start her new job in Maryland July 1.

Since I attended UMES, I am familiar with the Presidents of the University over the last 30 years. To my Knowledge they have never had anyone other than a black person as President.

How long will the University of Maryland let this continue, after all the University of Maryland does receive Federal Funds? Since affirmative action is required and those policies are designed to promote and protect groups previously and currently denied equal standing — originated with Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Broadly speaking, it outlaws bias toward race, creed, color or national origin in school admissions, voting rights, employment and government contracting.

In recent years Historically Black Colleges and UMES is considered such, have been sued for denied jobs because of race. I have always thought UMES was considered a God sent to the University Of Maryland System because it filled the "quotas" for having black employees and students. Nevertheless it is time for the University Of Maryland System to step up to the plate and investigate reverse discrimination, if such a thing is happening at UMES.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Laboratory

So what the crap is this about Iran building nuclear weapons? Another Weapon of Mass Destruction Bullshit? Back in the 1950 as kids we played with atomic energy, I guess if we did that today all hell would break loose.

With the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab you could create a personal Manhattan project. In the years 1951 and 1952, the Atomic Energy Lab set was available for purchase for a whopping $ 50 (a weeks salary for most people).

The set included Uranium of four types. Beta-alpha source, a pure beta source, a gamma source and a cloud chamber with its own short-lived alpha source. The pack also included an electroscope, a geiger counter, a manual, a government manual and a comic book. The government manual was called ” Prospecting for Uranium”.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Leg Film The Answer to Nylons in 1944

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Coast Guard Horses For sale - 1944

From the Journal, Wilmington Delaware June 1944

Uncle Sam is going to sell Coast Guard horses here Saturday.

The Procurement Division, U. S. Treasury Department has announced that it will sell at auction approximately 35 horses now not need by the Coast Guard. These are some of the horses used by the Coast Guard on beach patrol of Delaware Coastal areas. The horses, they say, are suitable for riding or light agricultural work.

What Is It With These People Attacking Rush Limbaugh?

Now the president has weighted in on the Rush Limbaugh topic. I simply do not understand what the issue is. If you don't agree with what Rush Limbaugh is saying you simply flip to another radio station. I tell the people who complain about my blog the same thing. No one is twisting is your arm to listen to him or to read me. I for one don't listen to Rush Limbaugh because 90% of what he does is to try to stir up things to attract more attention to him self. Get a life Mr. President, I am sure there are more important things for you to work on and comment on instead of Rush Limbaugh.

Update Iditarod

Aliy Zirkle leads her dogs from the Nikolai checkpoint Tuesday
Photo from anchorage daily News

Article From the Alaska Dispatch

Zirkle and other Iditarod leaders check in at Takotna - by Craig Medred

Update: Aliy Zirkle and other leaders, including John Baker, Mitch Seavey and Dallas Seavey were the first mushers into the Takotna checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail early Wednesday morning.

McGRATH -- All that was missing here Tuesday night were pit crews as the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race sped into this village on the banks of the Kuskokwim River and then out again almost as fast. And, of course, the Iditarod doesn't allow pit crews. On the 1,000 miles of trail from Willow to Nome, mushers are by rule on their own; no outside assistance allowed.

Not that there would have been time for much here. As a bonfire raged outside the local community center and ice lanterns glowed to guide teams into town, a string of race leaders arrived one-by-one to basically sign in and sigh out at the check point. Former Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race champ Aliy Zirkle from Two Rivers was the first to arrived at 8:32 p.m. The race leader for more than 100 miles now, she seemed in good spirits.

She took but minutes to satisfy checkers she had her mandatory gear in the sled, check in and then leave into the snowy night on the trail toward Takotna with the 16 dogs with which she started the race in Willow on Sunday still pulling strongly. She gave no hint as to whether she planned to take the one, 24-hour rest required of all mushers at the next checkpoint -- an old mining town and a popular place for the big break in recent years -- or push on to the Iditarod's halfway point or beyond before putting on the brakes.

As she was leaving, with the full moon fighting to try to push back a foggy sky full of huge snowflakes, defending Iditarod champ John Baker from Kotzebue was pulling onto the river outside of town. He rolled into the checkpoint at 9:07 p.m., a little more than a half hour behind Zirkle. He was all business, too. He dropped a dog he said was tired. He asked a gathering crowd to create a hole to help steer team back toward the trail.

"Thank you for coming out tonight,'' he said. "Time to go."

Someone asked for an autograph. He quickly obliged and then headed north, slapping hands with some fans who lined the street as he headed out of town. Less than 20 minutes later, two more Iditarod champs rolled in. Mitch Seavey from Sterling led four-time winner Jeff King into town by only 5 minutes at 9:23 pm. Seavey didn't say much. King seemed mainly interested in finding out what time Zirkle had arrived.

"My dogs want to go," he said, and then he was off. Neither he nor the team seemed to be showing much sign of the year he took off for "retirement." Somewhere just back along the river, Dallas Seavey from Willow, Mitch's son, was coming next and expected to next add to the string of champions. Dallas won the 1,000 miles Quest in 2011 before challenging Baker and the rest of the leaders in last year's Iditarod.

He couldn't quite parlay Quest success into Iditarod success, but did better than Zirkle who abandoned the Quest in favor of Iditarod more than a decade ago only to struggle. She has yet to crack the top-10. But this year looks to be a whole different game. She's been the dominate player to this point in a race where the competition is by no means easy.

Baker won the Iditarod last years after a decade of top-10 finishes. Mitch Seavey has been a regular top-10 contender and one once. King has won both the Quest and the Iditarod, the latter four-times. One more would time him with Rick Swenson from Two Rivers as the winningest Iditarod musher of all time.

Dallas Seavey is trying to bootstrap his way to the top of the Iditarod heap coming off his 2011 Quest victory and not far behind him on the trail Tuesday were a couple more long-distance champions: Hugh Neff from Tok, who won the 2012 Quest just weeks ago, and four-time Iditarod champ Lance Mackey from Fairbanks who rocked the world of sled-dog racing by winning the Quest and the Iditarod -- the world's toughest dog races -- back to back, and then doing it again, and then running his Iditarod record to four straight victories before finally finishing somewhere other than number one.

Trying to get back to his winning ways this year, he was expected to join the parade of champions streaming through here Tuesday night as the snow began to ease and the clouds parted to reveal a curtain of green northern lights dancing across the near-Arctic sky.

Alaska Dispatch staff writer Jill Burke contributed from the Iditarod Trail.

Maryland Speed Camera Legislation

Picked up from the Rockville Patch

Speed Camera Legislation To Affect Montgomery County by Brad Smith

I'm not a blogger by nature, most of the time I don't think others want to hear what I have to say but I believe this is one time that they might.

As any driver is probably already aware of this, Maryland has a speed camera program in Montgomery County and a lot of other counties/municipalities in the state. There are three bills that are being heard by committees from legislators in Annapolis.

These bills are being heard by committees on Friday, March 9 and I would encourage everyone to come and voice your opinion about each bill.

I would encourage everyone to read the specifics for themselves, but here is a short synopsis of each:

HB1044 - to enforce local counties and municipalities to recognize constitutional due process and allow ticket recipients to challenge their ticket in a court of law, including asking to see calibration records and being able to use the photographs as evidence of innocence. This is necessary because some courts have adopted the position that the photograph can only be used to convict, but not to exonerate. In short this bill is to force the innocent until proven guilty mentality that our country was built on.

HB944 - removes the state oversight of ticket reviewing. Each citation is currently reviewed by a public servant and determined whether the tag is legible, whether there is only one moving vehicle in the picture and not a second that could be at fault, etc. HB944 seeks to remove this responsibility from the state and give it to the camera manufacturer. The problem with this, is that it is a conflict of interest between the entity that judges whether a violation is valid and the entity that receives profit from when a violation is valid, because they are one in the same.

HB857 - this bill exempts police offers from receiving speed camera tickets, including when they are not responding to an emergency. The problem with this bill is that it says police officers are above the law, as they can break the law without recourse, while the rest of us would receive the ticket/fine if we did the exact same action. This should anger everyone.

If you cannot make it to Annapolis, you can show your support for the constitutional right do being able to fight the ticket if you are innocent (due process) by signing this petition.

Speed cameras should be used as safety devices, and they should be held to the same constitutional laws that an officer issue speeding ticket is held to.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The Iditarod Update

going thru Finger Lake to Rainy Pass checkpoint

Mushers entered the Rohm Checkpoint (263 miles from Anchorage) last night and are now heading for the Nikolai checkpoint. The mushers are making about 8 to 9 miles an hour.

Aliy Zirkle was the first out of Rohm last night with her 16 dogs

Aliy Zirkle, 41, was born in New Hampshire. She spent her childhood in New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, and Missouri. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Biology and came to Alaska in 1990, where she lived in a wall tent on the Alaskan Peninsula and worked for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. She’s lived in Two Rivers for the last 14 years and says she “enjoys the community and the surrounding wild lands.” Aliy lists her occupation as “dog musher” and has finished the Iditarod 10 years. She and her husband, Allen Moore, also an Iditarod musher, share the kennel. Aliy has two adult step daughters, Bridgett and Jennifer. She says she enjoys guiding novice dog mushers on wilderness adventure trips around Alaska.

Daylight Savings Time Returns

This upcoming weekend is the official switch back over to daylight saving time, so don't forget to "spring forward." At 2 a.m. March 11, the time will be moved forward by one hour.

What used to begin on the first Sunday in April and ended the last Sunday in October has slowly been extended to make for a longer period of daylight saving each year. This year it will run from March 11 until Nov. 4.

Twice a year, fire departments use the change to remind everyone to check smoke detector batteries. So don’t forget Saturday night before you turn in for the night to set your clocks forward one hour – and to check the batteries on your smoke detector.

Monday, March 05, 2012

How You Get Freckles

I have heard people get a freckle for every soul they steal and give to the Devil.

Judith Beheading Holofernes

Well it is Women History month

Judith Beheading Holofernes (1598-99) by the Italian Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610).

Taken From Women in The Bible which is more of an art blog than a Bible blog.

He seems to like the theme Judith and Susanna or maybe early artist liked those two bible women.

Judith the Savior
Once Nebuchadnezzar the mighty king of Babylon sent his general Holofernes with a powerful army against the rebellious provinces in the west with the order to punish them for their disobedience. Holofernes had already devastated large parts of Asia Minor and Syria when he reached Palestine. There the Israelites in the small mountain town Bethulia made a desperate resistance.

But as the situation of the besieged turned worse, they decided to surrender the fortress after some more days. A resolute opponent of this plan was the young widow Judith, who was well known because of her beauty and her piety.

After Judith had prayed long, she dressed and adorned herself, and went accompanied by her maid to the camp of the besiegers. Here because of her beauty and her eloquence she attracted the attention of Holofernes. Finally he gave a great feast to her honor, during which he became drunk. Because he wanted to spent the night alone with her, she murdered him with his own sword. Then she returned with his head as a trophy to the besieged town. Deprived of their commander the Babylonians fled and the whole encampment fell into the hands of the Israelites.

In art Judith is one of the great icons to symbolize the savior of his own people. When all seems lost, she remains strong in her faith in God and thus has the power to kill the enemy of her people.

She went to the bedpost near Holofernes' head, and took down his sword that hung there. She came close to his bed, took hold of the hair of his head, and said "Give me strength today, O Lord God of Israel!" Then she struck his neck twice with all her might, and cut off his head. Next she rolled his body off the bed and pulled down the canopy from the posts. Soon afterward she went out and gave Holofernes' head to her maid, who placed it in her food bag.
(Judith 13:6-10)

Delmar School Board Election - 2012

Well the Candidate Filing Deadline for filing of March 2nd has past and there are two people running for the one open position on the Delmar School District Board of Education. They are;
Gregory A.Cathell 12228 Coachmen Ln., Delmar DE. 19940 Date Filed 01/06/12
Thomas K. Elliott 14784 Arvey Rd., Laurel DE. 19956 Date Filed 02/13/12

The Date of Election is Tuesday, May 08, 2012

I will try and contact the candidates before May 8th to get their views and outlook on the position.

The Blogger considers His Next Post

Death Of Wm Parker - 1897

From the Salisbury Advertiser July 24, 1897


Horribly Mangled By a Freight Train Which He Fell Under In An Attempt To Board

A most distressing and fatal accident occurred last Tuesday afternoon on the N. Y. P. & N. railroad in Salisbury near the crossing of the B. C. & A. railway.

Wm. Parker, of Delmar, and a companion, whose name is Lowe, were in Salisbury, and they expected to return to Delmar on the last afternoon passenger train going north. Some business matters kept them down town longer than they expected, and before they reached the station that train had gone.

A special freight train leaves here each afternoon between five and six o’clock, but does not take passengers. Parker and his companion preceded this train up the road to the B. C. & A. crossing where they awaited the train’s arrival, and as she passed by moving at the rate of a dozen or more miles per hour, they attempted to get on board. Parker was thrown under the train and his body was fearfully mutilated. His right leg was cut off at the hip and was picked up several feet from his body. His left leg was cut off between the hip and knee and also at the ankle. The right hand was ground into a shapeless mass of human flesh.

Drs. Slemons & Morris were summoned and speedily reached the scene of the distressing accident. Parker was conscious and requested the physicians to administer something to prevent pain. His torn and severed body was placed on the floor of the freight house where sympathetic neighbors strove to lessen the agony of his expiring hours. It was nearly seven o’clock, over two hours before death brought a welcome relief to his suffering. Until his death the sufferer was conscious and spoke tenderly of his mother.

The victim was twenty-five years old and the son of Scott Parker, Esq., of Delmar, where his remains was taken for interment. He was unmarried, but it is stated, was engaged to a young lady whom he expected to wed, in a very short time. A number of people witnessed the tragedy in which Parker lost his life, and as the accident occurred, the poor fellow was heard to cry “God have mercy on my soul”.

Justice Trader summoned a jury of inquest, with E. S. Adkins as foreman. The jury exonerated the railroad company.

Parker’s death is one of many that happen in the same way, and the wonder is that people have not taken warning. His companion just barely escaped a similar fate. Boarding a train in motion is always attended with great danger. Moreover there is a law which makes it a misdemeanor.

Joke Of The Day

From the Daily times

Settlement nears for Delmar's Lecates Building

DELMAR -- A nearly decadelong attempt to rehab an aging building in the downtown area of Delmar could soon be under way pending resolution.

Later this month, Chris Mills is scheduled to go to settlement to purchase the 119-year-old Lecates Building. The acquisition of the structure, which has sat vacant for more than two decades, has been in a holding pattern due to legal disputes.

"Everyone's been very helpful in the process and so far the legal process is complete," he said. "Everybody will be happy and I am excited by it to have everything behind us."

Past issues that have slowed down the legal process included questions about the ownership of an alleyway that was eventually settled by a lawsuit to quiet title claim and a review of the corporation name Mills formed that would buy the building.

Once the eventual cleaning and renovation is done, a refurbished Lecates Building
would be another part of the town's revitalization efforts, which have included a streetscape project on the Delaware side and the new town hall building on the Maryland side. Town Hall, which was completed last summer, directly faces the Lecates Building.

Town manager Sara Bynum-King said improving the building, which is located at the corner of State Street and North Pennsylvania Avenue, remains an essential part of downtown renovation efforts.

"Mr. Mills has assured us that he is still dedicated to his commitment to restore the building as soon as he has clear ownership of the property," she said. "It is our hope that we begin to see some cleanup activity on the property within the next couple of months."

Mills said despite the age of the building, he is confident in its sturdiness following an inspection after the 5.8 magnitude
earthquake that hit the East Coast in August 2011.

"This structure of the building is pretty unique," he said. "It survived a pretty big earthquake with the standards from the late 1800s. I went through it and not one brick fell down. Hopefully it has structural integrity."

Sunday, March 04, 2012

2012 Iditarod Starts

From the Anchorage Daily News

Sixty-six mushers and over 1,000 dogs set out from snowy, blue-skied Willow Sunday afternoon, marking the official start of the 2012 Iditarod. First out of the chute on the 975-mile journey to Nome was Knik musher Ray Redington Jr., whose grandfather Joe Redington is known as the "Father of the Iditarod

Read more Here

A Look At The Social Security Death Index (SSDI)

The Death Master File (DMF) from the Social Security Administration (SSA) currently contains over 89 million records and is updated weekly. The file is created from internal SSA records of deceased persons possessing social security numbers and whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration SSA. The Social Security Administration sells this information to private companies and they in turn create their own Social Security Death Index (SSDI). It is quite useful in Genealogical research.

There are many SSDI search engines on the web, but because each company builds its own SSDI database from the data they purchase from the Social Security Administration, the SSDI Search Engines are not identical.

I use the SSDI to find birth dates or death dates or the last residence of the person I am searching for. It gives you one more bit of information to steer you in a direction to continue your search. In order to use the search engines you have to know at least one or two bits of information about the person you are looking up. The person’s name is obvious but some clue as to where they were born or the year they were born or the date they died etc. If you have a match most SSDI’s will give up; Last Name, First Name, Social Security Number, State Issued, Birth date, Death Date, Last residence.

The issue with the SSDI is the giving of the social security number. This feature has been used often for identify theft. Now the social security number and other information you get from a SSDI will be for a dead person but for documents it is a good number. It is good for illegal aliens. It is a good source for the social security numbers of children who died young and that social security number can be used on someone’s income tax form to claim them as a dependent. One good article on the use fraudulent social security numbers and the SSDI is found here

Some SSDI providers do not give the social security number anymore, some still do. My father died in 2006 so I entered some information on him in the search engine and no social security number was shown when his data was found. I entered some information into the New England Historic Society search engine and it gave the same information from plus the social security number.

So the Social Security Death Index is a handy Genealogical tool. Like any data base it can be used by someone for abuse.


Are you AWARE?

For this week’s Are You Aware, the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section would like to remind anglers that a Delaware fishing license is required to fish, crab or clam in tidal or fresh waters. The minimum fine for being caught fishing without a license in $106. Anglers who wish to catch trout must also purchase a trout stamp.

Resident annual fishing licenses are on sale now and cost $8.50 for ages 16 through 64. Trout stamps cost $4.20 for ages 16 through 64; a youth stamp costs $2.10 for youth anglers ages 12 through 15. Persons under the age of 16 and residents age 65 and older are not required to purchase fishing licenses in Delaware, although exempt persons may purchase fishing licenses and trout if they so choose to help support fisheries management and trout stocking efforts. Higher stamp and license prices apply to non-resident anglers.

With fish entering the spillways early this year due to the warm weather, anglers are also reminded that using any type of net to catch fish within 300 feet of a dam or spillway is illegal, with the exception of using a landing net on a fish caught with hook and line. Also, new this year is the closure of Delaware’s river herring fishery, as directed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. This regulation makes it illegal for anglers to catch and keep river herring, a fish commonly used for bait.

“Delaware’s fishing regulations are based on scientific review of conservation needs determined by state, regional and federal fisheries agencies, and we are charged with enforcing these regulations,” said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. “The fishing public is encouraged to become familiar with the regulations before they head out to fish. And remember, it’s better for the environment – and less expensive for the angler – to follow the rules, including buying a fishing license.”

To purchase a fishing license or stamps online, or for more information, visit, or call the Fisheries section at 302-739-9914.

Montgomery County 5-cent Tax on Carryout bags

From Washington Post;

Montgomery County officials collected $154,000 during the first month of implementing its controversial bag tax, according to county data released Thursday.

The 5-cent tax on paper and plastic carryout bags debuted Jan. 1. County officials say they are making as much as expected.

County officials have expected that stores would distribute more than 36 million carryout bags in 2012. Stores distributed 3.8 million bags in January, according to the data which the county provided to The Washington Post.

Officials also had expected that they would raise about $1.2 million this year. If the January rate continues, the county would make about 50 percent more than expected, or $1.8 million. But county officials have said bag use would drop over time.
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Musher's Secret Paw Wax

Delaware Rep. John C. Atkins

Delaware Rep. John C. Atkins, D-Millsboro, is back in the news again this time after time for speeding and sending the State police a nasty email for stopping him for speeding. This son-of-a bitch insist to everyone he is special, you might remember him from 2006 being stopped for drunk driving in Ocean City and waving his legislative identification card to get out of it and the next day was arrested for offensive touching after a domestic dispute. Like they say It Is The Delaware Way.

Chris Raglin - In The News

The Laurel Star is reporting that Chris Raglin, Delmar High school student has signed with a talent agency called L.A. Talent in California.

Recent lottery Winner?

No doubt won the lottery and sending a personal "kiss this" photo to her boss

A Visit To The Air Mobility Command Museum

After the Amelia Earhart talk I ran some errands in Dover and ended up at the Air Mobility Command Museum. This is one of the great museums in Delaware - if you like aircraft. The day had cleared up so you could walk around outside. The State of Delaware has a poor museum system and this museum is not part of it. It has 25 or so aircraft you can look at and many you can go on board. It is by donation. I have written about it before.

Inside the hanger they have an assortment of WWII aircraft and exhibits.

A C133 Cargomaster

The C124 Globemaster is not the largest, but surely it is the fattest and tallest at the museum. I have a personal interest in the Globemaster. In 1959 my uncle was aboard one, with eight other men, in a flight from McChord Air Force Base in Washington State to Elmendorf in Alaska. While over the Gulf Of Alaska they lost two of their four engines and while trying to clear a 5,200 foot mountain range hit the Petrof Glacier and all on board were killed. His body was recovered and buried at Arlington.

The wings were thick enough to have a tunnel in them that lead to the engines where you could stand up and work on them. The front part where the 0258 is was the loading ramp and dropped down.

Inside a Globemaster

KC97 Strofreighter tanker

Inside with the fuel tanks and a cargo area

C130 Hercules sporting a new paint job

In the cabin

The To Do List

What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?

Yesterday I left Delmar to go to the Delaware Public Archives to listen to the talk on "What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?". I had a miserable drive to Dover with rain, road spray, traffic and I hit every traffic light red so I naturally cussed Laurel (The town with more traffic lights per capita than any other town in Delaware) for the 15 minutes it took me to past thru it.

It was an interesting two hour talk given by Richard E. Gillespie, Executive Director of TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery).

A good crowd of about 150 people, most all over the age of 50 and 99.5% white were at the archives to listen to the talk. Not surprising about 40% of the audience were women and they did not seem to be merely accompanying their husbands. At the end of talk in the question and answers period most of the questions were asked by women.

In 1937, Amelia Earhart set out to be the first person to circle the globe by air in the area close to the equator. On July 2, Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan failed to arrive as planned on Howland Island in the Central Pacific. Since that time, their disappearance has become one of the most baffling mysteries of the 20th century. At the time of her disappearance, Amelia Earhart was arguably the most famous woman of her generation and is, even today, certainly the most well-known woman aviator of all time.

This is the 75th anniversary of the last flight of Amelia Earhart. The three theories most accepted into the disappearance of Amelia Earhart are;
1)She ran out of gas and crashed into the ocean and sank.
2) She was a spy for the United states and was captured by the Japanese and eventually died
3) She was a spy but was recovered from the Japanese and entered a witness protection program and lived out her life in New Jersey disguise as Irene Bolam.

TIGHAR however feels Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan landed, and eventually died, on Gardner Island, now Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati. They have spent the last 23 years trying to prove it. At present a 3 million dollar underwater search is planned for this year, maybe.

The person sitting next to me was an Earhart/TIGHAR geek and he was showing me clippings from 1990 that said TIGHAR was very close to proving Earhart landed on a reef at Gardner Island. So 20 years later TIGHAR is still saying the same thing.

It was an entertaining talk but frankly TIGHAR isn't any closer than they were 20 years ago in proving anything. Altho I am interested in the Search For Amelia Earhart I have not spent that much time researching her, so a number of "facts" Gillespie spoke about were interesting. One item of interest was in 1934 she had written to her mother saying, more or less, if I die burn the papers in the suitcase. In 1937 one message received a couple of days after the plane disappeared said George (her husband) get the suitcase in my closet. So what papers and why did she want no one to find them after her death and if you were stranded on a reef on a deserted island why would they be so important to tell some one to find them? Oh well just more material for Earhart people to spread about.

Amelia Earhart visited Salisbury in 1929 and I posted the newspaper article back in 2007.

Needless to say with an audience of this age, once the 2 hour talk was over with there was a mad rush for the restrooms.

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