Friday, July 03, 2015


Pickett’s Charge became one of the iconic symbols of the literary and cultural movement known as the Lost Cause. William Faulkner, the quintessential Southern novelist, summed up the picture in Southern memory of this gallant but futile episode:
For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it’s still not yet two o'clock on that July afternoon in 1863, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence, the guns are laid and ready in the woods and the furled flags are already loosened to break out and Pickett himself with his long oiled ringlets and his hat in one hand probably and his sword in the other looking up the hill waiting for Longstreet to give the word and it’s all in the balance, it hasn’t happened yet, it hasn’t even begun yet, it not only hasn’t begun yet but there is still time for it not to begin against that position and those circumstances which made more men than Garnett and Kemper and Armistead and Wilcox look grave yet it’s going to begin, we all know that, we have come too far with too much at stake and that moment doesn’t need even a fourteen-year-old boy to think This time. Maybe this time with all this much to lose than all this much to gain: Pennsylvania, Maryland, the world, the golden dome of Washington itself to crown with desperate and unbelievable victory the desperate gamble, the cast made two years ago.
— William Faulkner, Intruder in the Dust

Fridays Comments

The Bee Balm is in bloom.  Also weeds.

A Chicken Salad Sale is coming up at St. Stephen's .

Peddler's Four had a little sidewall display
The produce stand downtown was busy on Friday.
a number of construction projects are going on about town
The Fourth is tomorrow buy those fireworks

if you’re terrified for the future of your country clap your hands

The Flag

Capt. Julius Dusenberg raises the Confederate Navy Jack over Shuri Castle on Okinawa after its capture by A Company, Red Battalion of the 5th Marine Regiment on May 29, 1945 

President Obama would call this man a white racist.  I call him a hero.


Wednesday, July 01, 2015

July First Happenings

The Post Office gave us the  Zone Improvement Plan (Zip Code).  It was announced to the public on November 28, 1962 and implemented on July 1, 1963.
Today is Canada Day - eh
Today July 1st 1863 the Battle Of Gettysburg begins.  Perhaps there are no Confederate flags displayed there this year.  So here is one for you
And today Debbie Harry 70th Birthday!!! Don't we all feel old


Something To Think About

I can remember when I came back from Okinawa and was put in the transit barracks at Travis Air Force Base to await discharge after wrapping up my four year enlistment, there were others in the barracks also waiting for their discharge who had came back from Vietnam.  We found if they were  a sleep you could slam a book down on the floor making a loud bang of a noise and the ones from Vietnam would roll out of bed and roll under their bed thinking they were in a mortar attack. Great Fun.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Morning Walk and Comments

It is hot and Delmar is filled with paving machines and disrupted traffic patterns.  The good news is this should be completed this week.  Compared to South Salisbury RT13 these people are moving at supersonic speed.
They parked about a million dollars worth of machinery over by the tracks this past weekend so Sunday I was looking at some it.

so if you don't want someone looking in your trailer you just park a roller in front of the door.
although obvious when you think about it, the tires on the equipment had about an inch build up of tar and stone.

with the rain I have weeds.  They grow faster than the vegetable's.

I have no idea how accurate the numbers are from "now you kno" but it does sound reasonable.  The government in their push to show job growth are allowing companies such as WalMart and Sam's Club to lay off full time workers and replace them with two "less than 20 hours a week" workers.  The result is the government can show a new job filled and walmart does not  have to provide benefits to the 20 hour a week worker.  Of course the worker can't survive off the pay for 20 hours a week so they end up at a fast food restaurant to supplement their income. 

and while I am on the subject of Walmart doesn't it gripe your ass about their "made in America tv commercials"? The store has 90 percent of their products for sale made outside the USA and they are advertising they sell Bounty paper towels because they are made in the USA.  Bullshit.

The photo is not the best but what it is, is an 8 year old drummer boy confederate army civil war uniform.  Rt54 Bargain outlet has it for sale at $1,150 but I think they will take less. It is kind of spooky looking in the frame.  There are some blood spots on the uniform.  Oral history alleges the boy was the grandson of a General Roberts out of Texas, the people at RT54 Bargain outlet can tell you more.   

New building is going on across the street from me.  This is the same property where the house burnt a couple of years back and the same people that worked on that house are working on this one. 

and since I have not shown a picture of the improvements on the Chris Mills building down town I thought I would put this in.  What you don't see any improvements? And I doubt you will be seeing any improvement.  I had thought he was going to put vinyl siding up over the plywood but apparently in Delmar Delaware you don't have to worry about standards as the Mayor and council have said they are not going to bother the guy.

The above is the separation paper of Major Clark Gable from the Army in 1944.  Note that it is signed by Capt. Ronald Reagan.

Monday, June 29, 2015

President Obama's Eulogy

Some comments on parts of President Obama's Eulogy for the Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney.

Comments in no particular order

Amazing grace.  Amazing grace. 
(Begins to sing) -- Amazing grace -- (applause) -- how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me; I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind but now I see.  (Applause.)

The main theme of Obama's speech was the hymn "Amazing Grace" written by white, English slave trader John Newton in 1779 in celebration of God saving his slave ship from a wreck in 1748. Despite this ,it has long been appropriated by America's black community as part of their culture. It is ironic.

Perhaps it causes us to examine what we’re doing to cause some of our children to hate.  (Applause.)  Perhaps it softens hearts towards those lost young men, tens and tens of thousands caught up in the criminal justice system -- (applause

They are in jail because they broke laws - why would a President imply otherwise. Loretta E. Lynch who appears to be Black, but you never know now days, is attorney general of the United States, maybe if he feels Black people are being unfairly treated he should look there.

In 2008, the most recent year for which such data seems to have been collected, FBI surveys show that, out of 520,161 interracial violent crimes, blacks committed 429,444 of them against whites, while whites committed 90,717 of them against blacks.
In other words, blacks commit more than 80 percent of all interracial violent crime.
In order to cover up this percentage they have changed the way a "Hate" crime is viewed, needless to say it biased toward few crimes by Blacks against white as ever showing up in the records.

Maybe we now realize the way racial bias can infect us even when we don't realize it, so that we're guarding against not just racial slurs, but we're also guarding against the subtle impulse to call Johnny back for a job interview but not Jamal.

Who is killing blacks males in our urban areas?

Who is committing violent crimes at 10x their percentage of the general population?

Who is impregnating black and white women and then abandoning these women to raise feral children on the strength of a welfare check?

Who is shrugging when these children fail to do their homework, skip school, start doing drugs, start running with gangs, start having their own babies as schoolgirls?

Is it Johnny?

Or Jamal?

Why would you call Jamal back for a job interview and bring with him his culture of drugs, murder, hate and lack of responsibly?

For too long, we were blind to the pain that the Confederate flag stirred in too many of our citizens.  (Applause.)  It’s true, a flag did not cause these murders.  But as people from all walks of life, Republicans and Democrats, now acknowledge -- including Governor Haley, whose recent eloquence on the subject is worthy of praise -- (applause) -- as we all have to acknowledge, the flag has always represented more than just ancestral pride.  (Applause.)  For many, black and white, that flag was a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation.  We see that now.  
Removing the flag from this state’s capitol would not be an act of political correctness; it would not be an insult to the valor of Confederate soldiers.  It would simply be an acknowledgment that the cause for which they fought -- the cause of slavery -- was wrong -- (applause) -- the imposition of Jim Crow after the Civil War, the resistance to civil rights for all people was wrong.  (Applause.) It would be one step in an honest accounting of America’s history; a modest but meaningful balm for so many unhealed wounds.  It would be an expression of the amazing changes that have transformed this state and this country for the better, because of the work of so many people of goodwill, people of all races striving to form a more perfect union.  By taking down that flag, we express God’s grace.

 As some of you may have noticed there is a confederate flag now in the left hand corner of this blog.  Now I have ancestors that were in the confederate army and ancestors who were in the union army.  I have no great feelings for the confederate flag other than as a historical note.  However when there is a rush to be politically correct and remove the flag due to comments of a highly racist President of the United States than the flag along with guns become an item I will support. 

The one tragic and shameful difference between Roof and Obama, is, that at least Roof was honest about his racist beliefs

So How Much Did Other Mass Shooting Victims Get?

The Justice Department will fast track the sending of $29 million to South Carolina to help families of victims of the mass murder of nine churchgoers at a historic black church in Charleston, a Justice Department spokesman said on Friday.

An unspecified portion of the money, allocated under the government's national Crime Victim Assistance Formula Grant program, can be used to provide services to the families of victims of the shootings at Emmanuel AME Church, spokesman Kevin Lewis said.

 On the late afternoon of Friday June 19 the Obama Justice Department led by new Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced it will “fast track” $29 million to victim families of the June 17 shooting at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston South Carolina, The exorbitant payout amounts to over $3.2 million per family.

update I found this on the internet


Obama DOJ in $7.1 Million Sandy Hook Payout

The Obama Administration is giving Newtown another $7.1 million in federal funds for those allegedly impacted by the December 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, and will pay for long-term mental health counseling for families, law enforcement and first responders. Officials say some of the money will be set aside for school safety measures.

The funds are being sent to the Connecticut Office of Victim Services, which is part of Connecticut’s Judicial branch. From there the money will be distributed to the town of Newtown and other organizations designated to serve the community, including Newtown Youth and Family Services, St. Rose of Lima Church, the Newtown Resiliency Center, Wellmore and the United Way of Western Connecticut

“This grant will provide much-needed relief and support for Newtown to help this brave community heal,” says Elizabeth Esty, US Representative for the 5th District of Connecticut that includes Newtown. Esty announced the news on the morning of June 17, 2014.[1]

In August 2013 the Obama Department of Justice doled out $2.5 million to law enforcement and first responder agencies involved in the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. In May 2013 and January 2014 the US Department of Education directed a total $3.2 million to Newtown. Also in 2013, Newtown received a $1.5 million grant from the DOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime. Overall the federal government has now funneled a total $14.3 million to the Newtown region since the Sandy Hook event.

In October Governor Dannell Malloy designated $50 million for Newtown to build a new school in place of the Sandy Hook facility. Shortly thereafter the Sandy Hook school was slated for demolition.[3]

Attorney General Announces $8.3 Million to Support Victims of Boston Marathon Bombings

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) today announced a $8,355,648 grant to organizations providing direct support to assist the victims, witnesses and first responders involved in the events surrounding the Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013.

“This grant funding will provide critical support to many who were affected by last year’s terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. 

“We will never forget the courage of the first responders, marathon participants, and bystanders who rushed to save lives on that terrible day, nor the heartbreak and pain of those who suffered injuries or lost friends and loved ones.  With this grant, we reaffirm the Justice Department’s firm commitment to standing with the victims of this heinous crime – and all of the community leaders and service providers who continue to heal this remarkable and resilient city.”

On April 15, 2013, two pressure cooker bombs were detonated 13 seconds apart near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators and injuring hundreds more.  On April 18, 2013, the suspects allegedly shot and killed an officer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Department.  Subsequently, the two suspects allegedly carjacked a vehicle and took the vehicle’s owner hostage; he later escaped.  On April 19, 2013, a Watertown, Mass., police officer identified the suspects and a gunfight ensued between the suspects and police in a Watertown neighborhood.  This incident resulted in one suspect’s death when he was struck by a vehicle as the other suspect fled the scene.  Later that day, police apprehended the remaining suspect in a different Watertown neighborhood.  Victims affected include those in the vicinity of the bombings as well as the residents of neighborhoods in which subsequent events unfolded.  An estimated 1,000 victims will require crisis and/or longer-term recovery services.

OVC provided the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) grant to the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA).

Feds announce $2.9 million grant to aid services for Aurora theater shooting victims


Fatalities: (12 total)
Jonathan T. Blunk, 26
Alexander J. Boik, 18
Air Force Staff Sgt Jesse E. Childress, 29
Gordon W. Cowden, 51
Jessica Ghawi, 24
Petty Officer 3rd Class John Thomas Larimer, 27
Matthew R. McQuinn, 27
Micayla C. Medek, 23
Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6
Alex M. Sullivan, 27
Alexander C. Teves, 24
Rebecca Ann Wingo, 32