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Slaughter, the Chicago way.

In current events, Fun, News on February 28, 2011 at 5:51 AM

February 28, 2011


The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

February 28 is … Public Sleeping Day
We don’t use it this year but, February 29 is … National Surf and Turf Day

This is the last day of the second month of 2011. Just 300 shopping days left before Christmas. If you do not go shopping, go to the post office and grab a few winks.

M*A*S*H became the most watched television program in history, as the final original episode of the fictitious, but uncommonly real, 4077th M*A*S*H (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) unit of the Korean conflict aired this night in 1983. An estimated 125-million people in the U.S. tuned in to see the broadcast on CBS. The program earned a 60.3 rating and a 77 percent share. According to Nielsen Media Research, the 60.3 rating was the average audience rating or the percent tuned to M*A*S*H during the average minute, while the share measured the percentage of TV households whose sets were turned on that night and were tuned to the 2 1/2 hour special of M*A*S*H. Goodbye, Farewell and Amen (the title of this last original episode) was a fitting farewell to Capt. Benjamin Franklin Pierce (Hawkeye, played by Alan Alda), Maj. Margaret Houlihan (Hot Lips: Loretta Swit), Cpl. Maxwell Klinger (Jamie Farr), Capt. B.J. Hunnicut (Mike Farrell), Col. Sherman Potter (Harry Morgan) and the rest of one of television’s most endearing ensembles. Audience’s other favorite regular M*A*S*H players, Capt. John McIntyre (Trapper John: by Wayne Rogers), Major Frank Burns (Larry Linville), Cpl. Walter O’Reilly (Radar: Gary Burghoff), and Lt. Col. Henry Blake (McLean Stevenson) bid adieu between 1975-1977. Radar, Blake and Trapper were discharged, Major Burns was transferred after being AWOL. The TV version of M*A*S*H first aired on September 17, 1972 and followed the popular movie of the same title. Gary Burghoff was the only actor to take his movie role to TV. The movie had followed the novel, also of the same name, by author Richard Hooker, a doctor who had actually served in an M.A.S.H. unit in Korea. The 251 episodes of M*A*S*H will always be regarded as eleven years of television’s finest moments.

I wonder how the NAACP, the White House and the United Negro College Fund are going to like this scholarship program? A new non-profit group in Texas is offering college scholarships to a demographic it says has fewer scholarship options than other groups: white men. The group, called the Former Majority Association for Equality, was started by a Colby Bohannon, a student at Texas State University. He’s an Iraq war veteran who decided to return to school and said he had trouble finding college scholarships for which he qualified. He said he found many programs willing to grant money to female or minority students, but not white males like him. “I felt excluded,” Bohannan told The Austin American-Statesman. “If everyone else can find scholarships, why are we left out?” So Bohannan and some friends founded the FMAE group, which plans to begin handing out $500 scholarships this summer. Only white men with at least a 3.0 grade point average can qualify.

This has been tried before but not in Texas. It was tried for a brief period of time in 2004-6 in the liberal northeast. It may get a different reception in Texas.

The only Oscar nominated movie I saw from 2010 was True Grit and I only saw that because I like John Wayne and westerns in general. Jeff Bridges did a fine job but you cannot beat the best. Bridges was in a no win situation. Apparently, so was True Grit. It did not win any awards. In looking at a list of the winners, I realize how old I am. I barely recognize any of the names and none of the faces that go with them. Life goes on.

A little senior humor;

No one believes seniors . . . everyone thinks they are senile. 
An Elderly couple was celebrating their sixtieth anniversary.  
 The couple had married as childhood sweethearts and had  
 moved back to their old neighborhood after they retired. 

Holding hands they walked back to their old school. 
I t was not locked, so they entered, and found the old desk  
 they’d shared where Andy had carved ‘I love you, Sally.’ 

On their way back home, a bag of money fell out of  
 an armored car, practically landing at their feet. 
Sally quickly picked it up, but not sure  
 what to do with it, they took it home.  
 There, she counted the money:   
fifty-thousand dollars!  

Andy said, ‘We’ve got to give it back.’  

Sally said, ‘Finders keepers.’  

 She put the money back in the bag and hid it in their attic. 
The next day, two FBI men were canvassing the neighborhood  
 looking for the money and knocked on the door. 

‘Pardon me, but did either of you find a bag  
 that fell out of an armored car yesterday?’ 
Sally said, ‘No.’  

Andy said, ‘She’s lying. She hid it up in the attic.’  

Sally said, ‘Don’t believe him, he’s getting senile.’ 

The agents turn to Andy and began to question him.  

One says:  ‘Tell us the story from the beginning’  
Andy said, ‘Well, when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday’

 The first FBI guy turns to his partner and says, ‘We’re outta here.’ 

Slaughter in America, Chicago style; A fight inside a club in south suburban Richton Park led to a shooting late Saturday that injured four people, including a juvenile, police said. At 11:28 p.m., Richton Park police responded to a shooting at Kingdom Cafe, 22119 Governor’s Highway, a police statement said. The shooting was preceded by a fight, witnesses told police. A man left the club, returned with a gun and began firing, police said. When officers arrived, three men and a boy were found shot and in serious condition. The victims were taken to St. James Hospital and Health Centers in Olympia Fields and Chicago Heights, the release said. The Kingdom Cafe is a nonalcoholic club, according to a sign posted on the front door. A neighboring business owner said it had been open for about a year and catered to teenagers


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“The heart is wiser than the intellect.”


Wounded hearts and Wounded Knee.

In Fun, History and current events on February 27, 2011 at 6:09 AM

February 27, 2011

February 27 is … International Polar Bear Day


The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

On this date in 1970;  Simon and Garfunkel received a gold record for the single, Bridge Over Troubled Water. The duo was so impressed with their deserved achievement that they played the gold disc on their stereo. But they heard Mitch Miller’s Bridge on the River Kwai instead, and on the same Columbia label they recorded for! Go figure.

OOPS! A former president of the defunct local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving was arrested recently by the Gainesville Police Department on a DUI charge. Debra Oberlin, 48, was arrested after she had difficulty on a field sobriety test. She registered a .234 and .239 on breath alcohol tests. Florida’s legal limit for driving is .08. Oberlin, a Realtor, had no comment when contacted Thursday by The Sun. On Feb. 18 at 1:10 a.m., an officer spotted Oberlin driving erratically on Northwest 19th Street, swerving and crossing lanes, an arrest report states. Oberlin was pulled over in the 3600 block of Northwest 39th Avenue. The officer wrote that Oberlin smelled of alcohol and had watery, bloodshot and dilated eyes. The report states that Oberlin told the officer she had four beers. Gainesville’s MADD chapter existed for several years in the 1990s before closing in 1996 because of lack of financial support. Oberlin was the chapter president for three years. Guilty or Not Guilty, I think that part of her life is over, since she admitted to drinking and then driving.

Police in Tennessee have charged a teenager with aggravated assault for allegedly dousing a 12-year-old boy with cologne and setting him on fire during a sleepover. The boy is recovering from second- and third-degree burns that could scar him for life, the victim’s mother said. Trudy Smith said her son, James Whalen, was spending the night at a 13-year-old friend’s house last Saturday when she received an unexpected call from the teen’s mom. “I got the phone call at 2:10 in the morning telling me there had been a minor incident,” Smith told AOL News. “She said my son was OK and wanted to know if he could have ibuprofen.” Smith said the call concerned her enough that she drove over to the home where her son was staying. Once there, she said she was shocked to discover he had severe burns to several areas of his body. The burned boy is autistic. This was the first time in over two years the boy had spent the night away from home. The boy that started him on fire had never bothered him before although he had been bullied in the past by others. He was urinated on in one incident and had a tooth broken in another incident.

I may be the last person on earth not to know about The Rainbow Bridge. A friend was mentioning it to me the other day so I looked it up. I am reprinting it below. I did not write it or any part of it. The poem was allegedly inspired by a Norse Legend. The author is unknown. Below is just one version. I found different versions with slightly different words but the gist is the same. Grab a Kleenex;

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,

Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friends of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,

Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

On this golden land, they wait and they play,

Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,

Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;

Together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from long past,

The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,

Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever,

And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

Events on this date in History;

1901 NL Rules Committee decrees that all fouls are to count as strikes except after two strikes
1908 Sacrifice fly adopted (repealed in 1931, reinstated 1954)
1908 Star #46 was added to US flag for Oklahoma

1946 4th “Road” film, “Road to Utopia” premieres (New York NY)
1947 Paul-Emile Victor French polar expeditions organized
1949 Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st Israeli President
1950 General Chiang Kai-shek elected President of Nationalist China
1951 22nd amendment to the Constitution is ratified, limiting President to 2 terms in office
1956 Elvis Presley’s releases “Heartbreak Hotel”
1956 Female suffrage in Egypt
1957 Mao’s speech “On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People”
1957 Premiere of only prime-time network TV show beginning with an “X” “Xavier Cugat Show” on NBC (until X-Files)

1970 New York Times (falsely) reports US army has ended domestic surveillance
1972 President Nixon & Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued Shanghai Communique
1973 American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota
1973 Dick Allen signs a record $675,000 3-year contract with White Sox
1973 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius
1974 “People” magazine begins sales

1982 Earl Anthony becomes 1st pro bowler to win more than $1 million
1982 Wayne Williams found guilty of murdering 2 of 28 blacks in Atlanta GA


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 “Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.”


Gas prices and the Grand Canyon.

In current events, News on February 26, 2011 at 5:39 AM

February 26, 2011

February 26 is … National Pistachio Day


The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

Well, it’s Saturday. What do you want to read about or think about. I am just sitting here with a computer in one hand and a pistachio nut in the other, but that is a story for another day. I have to come up with something or this will not take long. I got the beginning.

Charlie Sheen, your fifteen minutes are so up. I think you should just taste the bullet now. Stop the bullshit. It seems obvious you have a higher regard for yourself than anyone else. I am not alone in believing this is going to end with your suicide. Go ahead, do it now, please. I am tired of your distasteful attitude and rants. By the way, what does an eight ball go for in Hollywood?

I may be a slow learner but someone told me about The Rainbow Bridge. I did a little research and found the poem. It was written by an unknown author. I am reprinting it below. Grab a Kleenex;

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…. 

Author unknown


On Wednesday afternoon I saw gas at $3.13 a gallon. On Thursday, while on my way to the doctor’s office, I noticed it was $3.17 a gallon. I needed gas but decided to wait until after the doctor. Less than ninety minutes later, I stopped at the same station and paid $3.29 a gallon. Today, gas is $3.45 a gallon. Why? There is no way the gas we are purchasing in DeKalb, IL this week or even next week was mined or processed in the Libya in the last thirty days. Why is the price going up on gas the distributor purchased weeks ago? What’s next? Are they going to send me a bill for the gas I bought last week that is already in my tank to cover the price increase difference?

I would bet the oil companies have a record or near record profit this year. The only winners are stockholders, including money market holders, pension plans, investment bankers and insurance companies. That is a lot of people but even they will complain about the price of gas. The $5.00 a gallon price I mentioned earlier this week seems more likely. The federal government is sitting on huge strategic gas reserves in case of emergencies. I think we are getting intimately close to an emergency. What are we waiting for, a nuclear attack when no one could drive anyway and the infrastructure cannot deliver basic needs?

How about the Grand Canyon? The Grand Canyon was established as a National Park on this day in 1919 by an act of the U.S. Congress. The gigantic gorge that cuts through the high plateaus of the northwest corner of Arizona was formed by thousands of years of erosion. The raging Colorado River was the culprit. Called one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon National Park covered 1,218,375 acres … and still does. It measures 18 miles across, over two hundred miles long, and is a mile from its rim to the Colorado River below. The Grand Canyon, home to American Indian tribes for many hundreds of years, was first discovered by European explorers on the Coronado expedition of 1540. An inspiration for artists, musical compositions, amusement park attractions, novels and more, it remains one of nature’s most magnificent displays, attracting over two million sightseers a year.

From the Grand Canyon Web site run by the National Park Service: The Grand Canyon we visit today is a gift from past generations. Take time to enjoy this gift. Sit and watch the changing play of light and shadows. Wander along a trail and feel the sunshine and wind on your face. Attend a ranger program. Follow the antics of ravens soaring above the rim. Listen for the roar of the rapids far below. Savor a sunrise or sunset. As the shadows lengthen across the spires and buttes, time passing into the depths of the canyon, understand what this great chasm passes to us – a sense of humility born in the interconnections of all that is and a willingness to care for this land. We have the responsibility to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to form their own connections with Grand Canyon National Park.

Births on this date throughout history;

1802 Victor Hugo France, author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables)

1846 William F “Buffalo Bill” Cody Davenport IA, killed 4000 buffaloes
1852 John Harvey Kellogg surgeon, inspired flaked cereal industry

1928 Antoine “Fats” Domino New Orleans LA, rhythm & blues pianist/singer (Blueberry Hill)
1931 Robert D Novak Joliet IL, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak)
1932 Johnny Cash Kingsland AR, country singer (I Walk The Line, Folsom Prison Blues, Boy Named Sue)

1943 Bob “The Bear” Hite California, singer (Canned Heat-Going Up the Country)

1945 Mitch Ryder rocker (Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels-Devil With the Blue Dress)

1954 Michael Bolton New Haven CT, rock vocalist (How Am I Supposed To Live Without You, That’s What Love Is All About)

Events on this date throughout history, at least recently;

1993 – Six people were killed and more than a thousand injured in New York City. A van packed with a 1,210-pound bomb exploded in the parking garage underneath the World Trade Center. The explosion left a gigantic crater 200 feet wide and caused over 591 million dollars in damage. Fourteen of his followers and Dr. Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman were accused of the bombing. Rahman is now serving a life sentence in a U.S. prison.

1998  A jury today rejected a lawsuit by Texas cattlemen who claimed Oprah Winfrey’s televised comments about mad-cow disease caused the beef market to plummet and cost them millions of dollars.

Deaths on this date;

1903 Richard J Gatling US inventor (Gatling Gun) dies at 84

1959 Lou Costello actor (Abbott & Costello) dies at 52


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“Let he who takes the plunge remember to return it by Tuesday.”

Did Samuel Colt cause the Slaughter in America? I don’t think so.

In Fun, History and current events on February 25, 2011 at 5:05 AM

February 25, 2011

February 25 is … Pistol Patent Day (Samuel Colt)


The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

The Bulls beat the mighty LeBron James last night and the Blackhawk are actually starting to look good. It might be too late for the Hawks but it isn’t for the Bulls.

The end of the troubled space shuttle program officially started yesterday. Discovery, the world’s most traveled spaceship, thundered into orbit for the final time Thursday, heading toward the International Space Station on a journey that marks the beginning of the end of the shuttle era.  Two more space flights will be made before the program actually ends, one more by Atlantis and one by Endeavor. Those two ships, along with Discovery comprise the entire remaining Space Shuttle fleet.

The program has accomplished quite a bit but will be remembered for the two shuttles that exploded in air, killing all on board. NASA is not sure where it is headed. Mars is an option as is back to the moon. Wherever NASA takes us, it will be an exciting ride that will ultimately contribute to man’s development, if we don’t kill ourselves first.

Check out this web site. Why do we give a damn about the Middle East?


Check out the short story about my most recent book in The Midweek on February 23, 2011. You can find The Midweek at;

The Normalite, a weekly newspaper in Normal, IL also ran a story about my books in the February 17th edition. I lived in Normal. IL and graduated from Normal Community High School and Illinois Wesleyan University. Normal is a twin city to Bloomington, IL. My wife and her family are from Bloomington, IL. She graduated from Bloomington High School and Illinois State University. That publication can be found at;

Another web site well worth your time is the official 911 web site. They just put up a timeline page that is interesting, informative and heart wrenching. Go to;


Mr. Magoo was born on this day in 1913, well, not really. It’s the birthday of Mr. Magoo’s voice, actor Jim Backus. The actor, who bore no resemblance to the extremely nearsighted, Rutgers College pennant-waving, elderly Magoo, brought him to life once John Hubley created him in 1949. Jim Backus’ raspy Mr. Magoo voice is immediately recognizable to ’toon aficionados the world over.

Mr. Backus entire persona is also immediately recognizable to Gilligan’s Island fans. From 1964 to 1967 (with reruns, it seems much longer than 4 seasons), He played the role of Thurston Howell III in CBS-TV’s popular Gilligan’s Island series; and returned for several sequels, the first, Rescue from Gilligan’s Island aired in 1978 and was a big hit. (Later versions did not fare as well; although one can catch them in reruns on late-night TV.)

Jim (James Gilmore) Backus starred in I Married Joan from 1952 through 1955; was the first host of Talent Scouts in 1962 and played the role of Dagwood’s boss, Mr. Dithers, in the 1968 version of Blondie. Jim Backus appeared in many films including: The Great Lover in 1949, Rebel Without a Cause in 1955, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World in 1963, Angel’s Brigade in 1979 and Slapstick of Another Kind in 1984.

This is just a sampling of the entertainment brought to us by the man whose career spanned several decades of radio, film and TV until his death on July 3, 1989. We miss you, Mr. Quincy Magoo.

Slaughter in America, at least Ohio caught the guy. Ohio also executed a killer last week. Hopefully this guy, if guilty, dies also. Authorities in Ohio have made an arrest in the double homicide of a young couple who were found shot in the head over the weekend. According to the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office, investigators have arrested 20-year-old James Leider of Geneva Township in the slayings of Cord Cox, 23, and his 25-year-old girlfriend, Betheny Mehall.

Ashtabula County Prosecutor Thomas Sartini announced the arrest at a 4 p.m. news conference. Sartini said Leider was identified as a person of interest in the case early on. During police questioning, he allegedly admitted he had been at the scene of the crime, Sartini said. The bodies of Cord Cox, 23, left, and his 25-year-old girlfriend, Betheny Mehall, were discovered on Sunday. Police announced on Thursday that investigators have arrested James Leider, 20, in connection with their slayings. “The evidence against Mr. Leider is very, very significant and it includes a statement by him implicating himself in the murders,” Sartini said.
The bodies of Cox and Mehall were discovered Sunday afternoon in a vehicle parked on a remote road in Ashtabula County, about 50 miles northeast of Cleveland. Coroner’s investigator Richard Mongell said the preliminary autopsy indicates Cox and Mehall each died from a single bullet to the back of the head.
The killings are believed to have occurred between 7:45 and 8:15 p.m. Saturday. According to Mongell, authorities believe both victims were killed with the same weapon. Forensic evidence also indicates the killer was in the back seat at the time of the slayings. Sartini did not elaborate on an alleged motive but did say Leider and Cox had known each other for about four years. “There was a relationship between the male victim and Mr. Leider that involved a past history of drug transactions,” he said. Investigators believe Mehall was killed because she was a witness to Cox’s slaying, Sartini said. According to Sartini, Leider has no prior criminal history. He has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder and is being held at the county jail on a $5 million bond.

1836 – Sure as shootin’, Samuel Colt received a patent for a pistol that used a revolving cylinder containing powder and bullets in six individual tubes. (Pre-assembled loads [cartridges] came later.) Up to that time, the single-shot flintlock pistol had been the fastest firearm around. Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company was incorporated in 1855 and some 30 million Colt pistols and rifles have been sold since.

1924 – Ty Cobb, one of the legends of baseball, issued an edict to his team, the Detroit Tigers that outlawed the playing of golf during training camp. A report in the Detroit Free Press said that Cobb went so far as to confiscate players’ golf clubs! Wow! Talk about being a little ‘teed off’, huh?

 1964 – Twenty-two-year old Cassius Clay won the world heavyweight boxing title by defeating Sonny Liston in the seventh round in Miami, FL. Clay had been an 8-1 underdog. In fact, only 8,297 fans showed up for the bout.

1966 – Nancy Sinatra was high-stepping this day with a gold record award for the hit, These Boots are Made for Walkin’. When she cracked open the wooden-framed award to check out the gold disk inside, she heard Pink Shoe Laces by Dodie Stevens. Nancy was reported to have been incensed.

Music at the top of the charts on this date in certain years;

1944 Besame Mucho – The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Bob Eberly & Kitty
My Heart Tells Me – The Glen Gray Orchestra (vocal: Eugenie Baird)
Shoo, Shoo, Baby – The Andrews Sisters
Ration Blues – Louis Jordan

1952 Cry – Johnnie Ray
Slowpoke – Pee Wee King
Anytime – Eddie Fisher
Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses) – Lefty Frizzell

1960 The Theme from “A Summer Place” – Percy Faith
Handy Man – Jimmy Jones
What in the World’s Come Over You – Jack Scott
He’ll Have to Go – Jim Reeves

1968 Love is Blue – Paul Mauriat
(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls – Dionne Warwick
(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
Skip a Rope – Henson Cargill

1976 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon
Theme from S.W.A.T. – Rhythm Heritage
Love Machine (Part 1) – The Miracles
Good Hearted Woman – Waylon & Willie

1984 Jump – Van Halen
99 Luftballons – Nena
            Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Stay Young – Don Williams


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Check out the site below. Paybox is a new site, competing with PayPal, etc. Sign up is free. It seems good for small businesses or ebay users.

 “Lend money to a bad debtor and he will hate you.”


Screw the World.

In History and current events, politics on February 24, 2011 at 5:11 AM

February 24, 2011

February 24 is … National Tortilla Chip Day


The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

Slaughter in America; fortunately, the stories about slaughter of people in America it is still news but for how long? News, by definition, is a story that is out of the ordinary; the slaughter in this country is not out of the ordinary anymore.

Authorities in Ohio are investigating the double homicide of a young couple who were found shot in the head over the weekend. The bodies of Cord Cox, 23, and his 25-year-old girlfriend, Betheny Mehall, were discovered Sunday afternoon in a vehicle parked on a remote road in Ashtabula County, about 50 miles southwest of Cleveland. Authorities have not named a suspect or person of interest in the killings. Coroner’s investigator Richard Mongell said the preliminary autopsy indicates Cox and Mehall each died from a single bullet to the back of the head.

The world has been undergoing an enormous amount of change or proposed change and revolution during most of 2011. This, however, is not new. The 1900s were full of change, proposed change and revolution. The Russian revolution happened, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War, the Viet Nam War and many other wars or skirmishes. The 1800s also had upheaval and revolutions around the globe. Of course, the 1700s saw the American and French revolutions

The African continent is always changing and it is today, as are other parts of the world. Russia revolted, became a main player in world policy and revolted to insignificance again. Germany started two major wars, lost them both, became a divided nation and reunited. Japan has had economic ups and downs to go along with its political upheaval. Korea is a mess and will be for the foreseeable future. China was a non-entity for a large part of its history outside of the Far East. Japan pillaged China before and during WW II, waking it up. China is constantly experiencing protests, suppressing them and then waiting for the next one to suppress. The latest news out of China during the last few days is that another citizen’s revolt is being suppressed.

There is one recurring theme running through history since 1900; the United States of America always comes to the rescue, checkbook in hand. That has got to end now!

The United States experienced civil unrest in the sixties and seventies to the point our troops shot and killed U.S. citizens. The U. S. government has abandoned the free enterprise system for a modified form of Socialism. Redistribute the wealth by always portraying the wealthy as the greedy bad guys. The United States Congress is constantly fighting and bickering while never changing a thing for the better. During 1995, while Clinton was President, the federal government was forced to shut down for a few days over a budget battle. No one missed it unless you were waiting for a government check. You never lost money however, the payments were made a little late but they were made. The country did not save a penny even though millions of government workers did not work. That battle came to an end with no political winner but two big losers, the citizens of this country and the illegal aliens in this country.

The federal government is closing in on another shut down. What does Congress do? They go on vacation. When Congress reconvenes they will have four days to avert a shut down. The government is already working on an extension. Whatever plan is passed, it will only cover the final seven months of this fiscal year. The NFL and the federal government could shut down at the same time. More people will follow the NFL shut down because we all know the government will not cancel a year.

Then we have Wisconsin. What is happening in Wisconsin is a preview of what is going to happen all around this country. Every Republican governor is watching Wisconsin with hope and a smile. If the governor wins in Wisconsin, an epidemic will breakout. Republican governors will call for the tough cuts, blaming the Democrats for getting the state into the situation and refusing to fix it. The governor will bite the bullet and force the tough changes on the state, counting on it working and counting on people forgetting before the next election if it doesn’t. Like James Carvill repeated for Clinton, at election time, the only issue is. “It’s the economy stupid.”

The United States is nearing a revolution against the institution of Congress. The decades old policy of “throw money at it” does not work. We have now thrown so much money at problems Congress created in the first place without fixing them that we are out of money to throw. Mother Hubbard’s cupboard is bare. Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Rangel, Franks and the rest of the Democrats just don’t get it. Luckily, the citizens do and the revolt is gaining steam and it is unmistakable.

Congress and our other leaders, we have no more money, quit spending our money, quit raising taxes and/or fees and quit passing unfunded mandates on the states and on us. Lead or get the hell out of the way! For once in your existence listen to a voice other than your own. Quit blaming Bush. Quit saying these are the worst economic times in our history or in some 80 years. Congress, you created the mess. Every bad time is the worst in history or in some identifiable time period. You cannot spend your way out of bankruptcy and even the federal government ought to know that.

President Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War and toppled the Communist Soviet Union by building a huge defense system; smart bombs, Star Wars stuff. Never mind most of it did not work. The Russians thought it did and had to stay current with us. They were too far behind the eightball and did not have the financial wherewithal to stay-up. Reagan forced the Soviet Union into spending itself into bankruptcy. We can all see what happened there. They are still trying to recover over twenty tears later. Congress better learn from those historical times.

The Middle East appears to live in its own world and timeline and always has. Tunisia collapsed then Egypt. Next will likely be Libya followed by Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Lebanon, Oman, Morocco, Iran and Iraq, which we already pushed into revolution; perhaps even Saudi Arabia. What happens when the world has a significant area of it without genuine leadership, governments or a viable plan. A rudderless boat cannot be steered. One chief can rule an entire tribe if he is wise, kind, compassionate and peaceful.

Is this Armageddon? Is this normal? Is this just the way it is? Did the citizens of the world bring this upon themselves? Is the United States a major culprit in this global crisis?

This is not Armageddon. This will be the new normal for a few years. The United States no longer can afford to charge in on our white horse and save the damsel in distress. John Wayne is dead but he can be reincarnated. This will be this way for a while. It has been this way in the Middle East for centuries and that will not change. The world brought this upon itself by forcing everyone to be the same. We are not the same. We do not think the same. We do not like the same things. We do not treat women the same. We dot have the same justice system. We do not raise children the same. We do not follow the same God. History should have taught us we are not all equal. We are not all the same. We do not all eat the same foods, play the same games or respect each other, borders or peace the same. If we refuse to learn from history, we will continue to repeat it. The United States is arrogant enough to believe only we do it the right way and if you do not do it our way you are doing it wrong. ‘It’ can be anything.

The United States has to accept much of the blame for the broken down world we live in. We should not export democracy. Not everyone wants it or likes it. We should quit buying friends and supposed allies with foreign aid. We do not need to be the world’s police force any longer. The chicks must leave the nest sometime, even if we have to push them out. They will quickly learn to fly on their own during the fall.

The downfall of the United States and much of the world is the phantom global society and global economics. Why not try isolationism again. If we have something the rest of the world wants, they can come to us. Remember the ‘build a better mousetrap’ concept? The United States is a resourceful nation with intelligent, resourceful people in it. We can engineer our way through any material shortages isolationism creates. The rest of the world cannot. We have more natural resources than any country in the world. Let’s get back to good old American ingenuity and fend for ourselves. Let the rest of the world fix itself and deal with its own problems. It does not take a village to raise a child, it takes a brain. Let’s build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to our door.

I love the United States of America and would not want to live anywhere else. This country has to get back to where we were when we were loved and admired almost universally around the globe. We can get back there but not if we insist on bringing the world with us. In everything in life we have champions, the best of the best. Our country should be the champions of the world. Lead by example. Do as we do not as we say. The world will catch on. It did once, it will again.


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Chicago will never be the same, unfortunately.

In current events, History and current events, politics on February 23, 2011 at 6:52 AM

February 23, 2011

February 23 is … International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. A delicious day for my dog, Burdette.


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Illinois, welcome to the Rahm Emanuel era in running Chicago and Illinois. If he follows in the footsteps of his former boss, President Obama, Chicago will attract most of the deadbeat welfare recipients in the Midwest with all the give-aways he will push. They will reelect him and Detroit will be happy but that is all that will happen. Nothing good for Illinois, business or working people will happen. Chicago had just started to see a return to the city of working people; that will come to a screeching halt.

 It was February 23, 1945 and four days of bitter battle had taken its toll on the 28th Regiment of the Fifth Marine Division of the U.S. Marines. Their task had been to neutralize the defenses and scale the heavily fortified Mount Surabachi. The volcanic peak, at the southern tip of the Japanese island of Iwo Jima, was one of the first objectives of the Marines’ invasion of this small, strategic island, 750 miles south of Tokyo. Although losses were heavy, the Marine platoon succeeded in its mission and reached the top of Mount Surabachi on this day. Victory was triumphant as the famous photograph (by Joe Rosenthal) of these Marines raising the American flag portrayed.

The photograph inspired the Marine Corps Memorial, Iwo Jima Statue which now stands near Arlington National Cemetery, the largest cast bronze statue in the world. This monument is dedicated to all U.S. Marines (since 1775) who have given their lives for their country. As the flag was being raised, Navy Secretary James Forrestal was standing on the beachhead below. When he saw Old Glory waving in the breeze, he told Lt. General Holland M. Smith, “The raising of that flag on Surabachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years.”  God Bless the Marines and all of our military branches.

Yesterday I mentioned $4.00 a gallon gas was on the horizon. I spoke too soon. Libya, with 2% of the world’s oil reserves underground, will cause a greater price increase. Over 90% of Libya’s income from exports comes from oil. It costs money to suppress a country, kill your citizens and end a revolution. Libya will spend whatever is necessary to stop this revolt. Even if they cannot stop the revolt, the oil prices will go up. Oil companies will see to that. If the Libyan leaders lose their struggle to remain in power, they will damage the frail infra-structure enough that oil prices will have to remain high to rebuild.

The selfish, self-centered leaders in the Middle East have the “If I can’t have it, neither can you.” attitude. The Nazis had it and Saddam Hussein had it.  Remember him starting the oil fields on fire as he ran away with his tail between his legs from Kuwait. I am confident Moammar Gadhafi, who vowed to die a martyr, has it. I only hope old Moammar gets about that dying part quickly. Send him to the streets of America for a weekend; someone is bound to slaughter him and his young nurse that he takes everywhere.

Slaughter in the streets of America; Libya has nothing on us. A Florida police officer was shot and killed near downtown St. Petersburg, becoming the city’s third officer to be killed in the line of duty in less than a month.

St. Petersburg Police said the shooting happened after two officers were called to the area around 10:30 p.m. Monday to investigate a report of a suspicious person who may have been a prowler. Officer David Crawford spotted the suspect and got out of his vehicle to approach him. At 10:37 p.m., another officer, Donald J. Ziglar, reported an exchange of gunfire and told dispatchers an officer was down. Ziglar found Crawford lying on the pavement near his cruiser, police said. He had been shot multiple times at close range. Crawford, a 25-year-veteran, was pronounced dead at Bayfront Medical Center. He was 46. Authorities said there was no evidence that the suspect was injured during the exchange of gunfire and an intense manhunt was ongoing Tuesday. A helicopter and canines were being used in the search. Sponsored LiPinellas County Schools announced that a middle school and two elementary schools near the scene would be closed Tuesday and students were being notified to attend nearby schools.

U. S. Marshalls released mug shots of the Tucson shooter. He does not cleanup that well. He still looks like a killer taking up needed space and wasting good oxygen.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard hacked into the web site for the news organization Voice of America. This propaganda arm of our government seems to be up to the task of protecting its secrets and internal files. I wonder how WikiLeaks missed this one.

A top Republican seen as a potential presidential candidate has changed his position about a KKK inspired license plate Mississippi was considering making available to citizens of that state. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour now says if a proposal to issue a license plate honoring a confederate general, who became an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan, ever reaches his desk, he won’t approve it. Earlier, he would not say what he would do but he has apparently read the opinion polls that are generally against the license plate. Another potential candidate moving to the center to upset the fewest number of people; even politicians know you can’t please all the people all the time but you can please the most number of people all the time with a little poll watching. Politicians do not need conviction; they need a good bean-counter.

The Wisconsin protests have spread to Indiana and Ohio. Tomorrow, I will speak my mind on this whole revolution frenzy we are seeing throughout the world.


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I wish the Middle East would disappear.

In current events on February 22, 2011 at 6:05 AM

 February 22, 2011

February 22 is … Be Humble Day


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Libya is Africa’s third largest oil producer. The unrest their gave oil speculators and oil companies a chance to raise oil prices and once again rape the oil consumer. Oil prices went up over 6%, surpassing $91.00 a barrel. Coincidentally, this happened on a day when the United States financial markets were closed. That prevented a full blown response from our markets and our government. We, as consumers, should be prepared to bend over and just take it. BP, a British company surely will offer no help, as they have proven with the lies and cover-up they perpetrated, with the help of the Obama Administration, after the Gulf oil spill. The industry follows BP’s lead. Get ready America for $4.00 a gallon gas and $125.00 a barrel oil. If you have money, buy oil stock.


There are some real jackasses in the United States. Another endangered whooping crane — part of a breeding program to repopulate the species — was found shot to death in the marshes of Alabama, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. Over the past 14 months, a total of six cranes have been shot dead.

The whooping crane discovered last week, identified by the Fish and Wildlife Service as #22-10 because it was the 22nd to be hatched in 2010, was released last year in Wisconsin to migrate with other adult whooping cranes, federal investigators said Friday. I would bet the moron that killed this whooping crane or any of them is not bright enough to get from the world he/she lives in to Wisconsin. It was discovered in the same area as another whooping crane that was found shot to death late last month; investigators consider the deaths linked. The crane discovered last month, #12-04, was an adult male who had learned how to migrate behind an ultralight aircraft flown by Operation Migration, a partner in a group of dedicated people and concerns formed to increase whooping crane numbers.

I hunt and own guns. I hunt within the limits of the law and I harvest and eat everything I kill. I do not kill for the sake of killing or target practice. When the culprit is found doing this to the whooping cranes perhaps he/she should be used for target practice, if not with guns then with whooping cranes with diarrhea. Just tie them to a stake in an area frequented by messy birds and leave them alone for 48 hours or so.

That crane made its first migration to Florida in 2004, wintering there for five years until it started spending winters on the marshes around Weiss Lake, Ala., where the Fish and Wildlife Service said it was found dead. The crane had nested with a female in the spring, producing a chick that did not survive. “This is a six-year-old bird, one of a couple of dozen that are old enough, sexually mature, and could breed,” Liz Condie of Operation Migration told the St. Petersburg Times.
“This crane had a chick. Could this be any freaking worse?” Condie said.

Three cranes -– two males and a female that hatched in 2010 — were found shot to death in Calhoun County, Ga., on Dec. 30. In November 2009, a crane hatched in 2002 and led south by an ultralight was found shot to death in Vermillion County, Ind. That crane had hatched and raised the first wild whooping crane in the eastern United States in more than a century, according to the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership. Operation Migration and the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership work together in the effort to increase whooping crane numbers.

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The chicks are painstakingly raised by handlers who costume themselves as cranes in order to keep the birds from becoming too trusting of humans. This is dedication that obviously should not be met with some selfish jackass killing an innocent bird. They then learn the migratory route by either following an ultralight plane flown by a costumed pilot or by following wild adult whooping cranes and sandhill cranes, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service. How would you like to be flying your plane and notice another plane being flown by a person dressed like a crane? The cranes are tagged with transmitters and leg bands to track their movements. A variety of private groups are offering a reward — now at $23,250 — for information about the deaths. “The amount of effort that goes into a program such as this — hatching young, raising them, teaching them to migrate — is absolutely huge,” Tom MacKenzie, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, told the St. Petersburg Times.

“The loss of any of those birds to nonnatural causes is not acceptable.”

Slaughter in America;

Elisa Baker was indicted today on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of her disabled 10-year-old stepdaughter, Zahra Clare Baker, whose remains were found in various locations around North Carolina. The indictment handed up by a grand jury in Catawba County, N.C., asserted that Baker had “a history and pattern of physical, verbal and psychological abuse of the victim,” The Charlotte Observer reported, and that she had “desecrated the victim’s body to hinder detection, investigation and prosecution of the offense.” In documents released today by the state’s chief medical examiner, it was revealed that authorities still haven’t found the girl’s skull, but an autopsy had still been performed. Medical examiners say Zahra died from “undetermined homicidal violence.” This woman has got to be a piece of work.

Music at the top of the charts on February 22 throughout history;

1949 Powder Your Face with Sunshine – Evelyn Knight
Far Away Places – Margaret Whiting
A Little Bird Told Me – Evelyn Knight
I Love You So Much It Hurts – Jimmy Wakely

1957 Too Much – Elvis Presley
Young Love – Tab Hunter
Love is Strange – Mickey & Sylvia
Young Love – Sonny James

1965 This Diamond Ring – Gary Lewis & The Playboys
My Girl – The Temptations
The Jolly Green Giant – The Kingsmen
I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail – Buck Owens

1973 Crocodile Rock – Elton John
Oh, Babe, What Would You Say? – Hurricane Smith
Dueling Banjos – Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell
I Wonder if They Ever Think of Me – Merle Haggard

1981 9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
I Love a Rainy Night – Eddie Rabbitt
Woman – John Lennon
Southern Rains – Mel Tillis

1989 Straight Up – Paula Abdul
Wild Thing – Tone Loc
Born to Be My Baby – Bon Jovi
Big Wheels in the Moonlight – Dan Seals

Holidays around the world on February 22nd;

British Commonwealth : Girl Guides Thinking Day (1857)
Central African Republic : President’s Birthday
Egypt, Syria : Unity Day (1958)
India : Mothers Day
México : National Mourning Day (Francisco I Madero-1913)
Qatar : Amir’s Assumption of Amirship (1972) A little ego here?
St Lucia : Independence Day (1979)
Virgin Island : Donkey Races Day. Not quite The Kentucky Derby.
World : Brotherhood Day (1934) – – – – – ( Sunday )


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I wish Lincoln and Washington were given their own day

In history on February 21, 2011 at 6:43 AM


February 21, 2011

February 21 is … Card Reading Day


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Happy President’s Day. I liked it better when we celebrated both Washington’s Birthday and Lincoln’s Birthday. I think both of these patriots deserve their own day. Putting Millard Fillmore, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter on even footing with George and Abraham does not feel right and is not right. It is all just part of the dummying down of America and the homogenation of our society. Personally, I like being me not you or just like you.

George Washington, the father of our country, married Martha Custis. She was the richest widow in Virginia at the time. This made George Washington one of the richest men in the colonies. Martha had children, making George a step-father. The evidence strongly suggests the father of our country was sterile and could not father children of his own. Martha Custis was related to General Robert E. Lee of Civil War fame. Arlington National Cemetery sits on land once owned by the Custis/Lee family. George Washington never lived in the White House but helped design it and the city of Washington DC. He died in 1799 having never worn false teeth made of wood.

George Washington’s official biography from the White House web site reads;

George Washington; the First President

On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States. “As the first of everything, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent,” he wrote James Madison, “it is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles.” Born in 1732 into a Virginia planter family, he learned the morals, manners, and body of knowledge requisite for an 18th century Virginia gentleman.

He pursued two intertwined interests: military arts and western expansion. At 16 he helped survey Shenandoah lands for Thomas, Lord Fairfax. Commissioned a lieutenant colonel in 1754, he fought the first skirmishes of what grew into the French and Indian War. The next year, as an aide to Gen. Edward Braddock, he escaped injury although four bullets ripped his coat and two horses were shot from under him. From 1759 to the outbreak of the American Revolution, Washington managed his lands around Mount Vernon and served in the Virginia House of Burgesses. Married to a widow, Martha Dandridge Custis, he devoted himself to a busy and happy life. But like his fellow planters, Washington felt himself exploited by British merchants and hampered by British regulations. As the quarrel with the mother country grew acute, he moderately but firmly voiced his resistance to the restrictions.

When the Second Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia in May 1775, Washington, one of the Virginia delegates, was elected Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. On July 3, 1775, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, he took command of his ill-trained troops and embarked upon a war that was to last six grueling years. He realized early that the best strategy was to harass the British. He reported to Congress, “we should on all Occasions avoid a general Action, or put anything to the Risque, unless compelled by a necessity, into which we ought never to be drawn.” Ensuing battles saw him fall back slowly, then strike unexpectedly. Finally in 1781 with the aid of French allies–he forced the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown.

Washington longed to retire to his fields at Mount Vernon. But he soon realized that the Nation under its Articles of Confederation was not functioning well, so he became a prime mover in the steps leading to the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia in 1787. When the new Constitution was ratified, the Electoral College unanimously elected Washington President.

He did not infringe upon the policy making powers that he felt the Constitution gave Congress. But the determination of foreign policy became preponderantly a Presidential concern. When the French Revolution led to a major war between France and England, Washington refused to accept entirely the recommendations of either his Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, who was pro-French, or his Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, who was pro-British. Rather, he insisted upon a neutral course until the United States could grow stronger.

To his disappointment, two parties were developing by the end of his first term. Wearied of politics, feeling old, he retired at the end of his second. In his Farewell Address, he urged his countrymen to forswear excessive party spirit and geographical distinctions. In foreign affairs, he warned against long-term alliances.

Washington enjoyed less than three years of retirement at Mount Vernon, for he died of a throat infection December 14, 1799. For months the Nation mourned him.

Abraham Lincoln official biography from the White House web site;

Abraham Lincoln; the Sixteenth President

Lincoln warned the South in his Inaugural Address: “In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you…. You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it.” Lincoln thought secession illegal, and was willing to use force to defend Federal law and the Union. When Confederate batteries fired on Fort Sumter and forced its surrender, he called on the states for 75,000 volunteers. Four more slave states joined the Confederacy but four remained within the Union. The Civil War had begun.

The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln had to struggle for a living and for learning. Five months before receiving his party’s nomination for President, he sketched his life: “I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families–second families, perhaps I should say. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was of a family of the name of Hanks…. My father … removed from Kentucky to … Indiana, in my eighth year…. It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up…. Of course when I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher … but that was all.”

Lincoln made extraordinary efforts to attain knowledge while working on a farm, splitting rails for fences, and keeping store at New Salem, Illinois. He was a captain in the Black Hawk War, spent eight years in the Illinois legislature, and rode the circuit of courts for many years. His law partner said of him, “His ambition was a little engine that knew no rest.”

He married Mary Todd, and they had four boys, only one of whom lived to maturity. In 1858 Lincoln ran against Stephen A. Douglas for Senator. He lost the election, but in debating with Douglas he gained a national reputation that won him the Republican nomination for President in 1860. As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. Further, he rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy.

Lincoln never let the world forget that the Civil War involved an even larger issue. This he stated most movingly in dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg: “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Lincoln won re-election in 1864, as Union military triumphs heralded an end to the war. In his planning for peace, the President was flexible and generous, encouraging Southerners to lay down their arms and join speedily in reunion.

The spirit that guided him was clearly that of his Second Inaugural Address, now inscribed on one wall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C.: “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds…. ”

On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who somehow thought he was helping the South. The opposite was the result, for with Lincoln’s death, the possibility of peace with magnanimity died.

Plop, plop, oh what a relief it is; 1931 Alka Seltzer introduced

On February 21 in 1885, the official dedication of the Washington Monument took place in Washington, D.C., although the monument did not open for another three years. In fact, the structure took a total of thirty-six years to finish. Construction took place in two major phases, 1848-1856, and 1876-1884. The Civil War and a lack of funds caused the big delay.

The stone obelisk honoring the first President of the United States was designed by Robert Mills who died in this, the year of the dedication.

A major visitor attraction, one can see the entire city of Washington D.C., plus parts of the surrounding states of Virginia and Maryland from the top of the 555-foot monument. If you visit the city when the cherry trees are in blossom, you will be treated to a spectacular view from ground level too, as images of the blossoms and monument shimmer in the rectangular pool facing the Washington Monument. Now, that’s something to reflect on…


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Happy birthday, DeKalb’s own, Cindy Crawford.

In Books, Fun on February 20, 2011 at 5:35 AM


February 20, 2011

February 20 is … Hoodie Hoo Day


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The criminal that shot the Poughkeepsie, NY Police officer killed that 18 year veteran of the police force. He had already killed his wife, who was found nearby in a car. He then took the coward’s way out, and I am happy for this, by killing himself. That was likely the only decent thing this slime ball ever did.

Millions of kids throughout the world have spent their summer days playing baseball thanks to a man named Carl E. Stotz. Stotz was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on this day in 1910. Twenty-nine years later, Carl Stotz found a way for little boys to play at the man’s game of baseball. He founded the Little League Baseball Organization, which consisted of three teams. (Today, each local league may have from four to ten teams.)

Boys, ages 8 to 12, formed the baseball teams that played on a diamond two-thirds the size of a regulation diamond; and played for six innings. Wearing rubber cleats and using bats no longer than 33 inches, boys were able to participate in America’s favorite pastime. Girls have been included in Little League since 1974 and championship tournaments are played at the end of the regular season of at least 15 games. The tournaments are held to select eight regional winners from around the world.

In honor of Carl Stotz, each August, the regional winners from the U.S. compete in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Part II; the final 50 in the best 100 lines from novels from;

51. Elmer Gantry was drunk. – Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry (1927)

52. We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall. – Louise Erdrich, Tracks (1988)

53. It was a pleasure to burn. – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

54. A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead. – Graham Greene, The End of the Affair (1951)

55. Having placed in my mouth sufficient bread for three minutes’ chewing, I withdrew my powers of sensual perception and retired into the privacy of my mind, my eyes and face assuming a vacant and preoccupied expression. – Flann O’Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds (1939)

56. I was born in the Year 1632, in the City of York, of a good Family, tho’ not of that Country, my Father being a Foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull; He got a good Estate by Merchandise, and leaving off his Trade, lived afterward at York, from whence he had married my Mother, whose Relations were named Robinson, a very good Family in that Country, and from whom I was called Robinson Kreutznaer; but by the usual Corruption of Words in England, we are now called, nay we call our selves, and write our Name Crusoe, and so my Companions always call’d me. – Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (1719)

57. In the beginning, sometimes I left messages in the street. – David Markson, Wittgenstein’s Mistress (1988)

58. Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress. – George Eliot, Middlemarch (1872)

59. It was love at first sight. – Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (1961)

60. What if this young woman, who writes such bad poems, in competition with her husband, whose poems are equally bad, should stretch her remarkably long and well-made legs out before you, so that her skirt slips up to the tops of her stockings? – Gilbert Sorrentino, Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things (1971)

61. I have never begun a novel with more misgiving. – W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor’s Edge (1944)

62. Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person. – Anne Tyler, Back When We Were Grownups (2001)

63. The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children’s games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. – G. K. Chesterton, The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904)

64. In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)

65. You better not never tell nobody but God. – Alice Walker, The Color Purple (1982)

66. “To be born again,” sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, “first you have to die.” – Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses (1988)

67. It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York. – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (1963)

68. Most really pretty girls have pretty ugly feet, and so does Mindy Metalman, Lenore notices, all of a sudden. – David Foster Wallace, The Broom of the System (1987)

69. If I am out of my mind, it’s all right with me, thought Moses Herzog. – Saul Bellow, Herzog (1964)

70. Francis Marion Tarwater’s uncle had been dead for only half a day when the boy got too drunk to finish digging his grave and a Negro named Buford Munson, who had come to get a jug filled, had to finish it and drag the body from the breakfast table where it was still sitting and bury it in a decent and Christian way, with the sign of its Saviour at the head of the grave and enough dirt on top to keep the dogs from digging it up. – Flannery O’Connor, The Violent Bear it Away (1960)

71. Granted: I am an inmate of a mental hospital; my keeper is watching me, he never lets me out of his sight; there’s a peephole in the door, and my keeper’s eye is the shade of brown that can never see through a blue-eyed type like me. – GŸnter Grass, The Tin Drum (1959; trans. Ralph Manheim)

72. When Dick Gibson was a little boy he was not Dick Gibson. – Stanley Elkin, The Dick Gibson Show (1971)

73. Hiram Clegg, together with his wife Emma and four friends of the faith from Randolph Junction, were summoned by the Spirit and Mrs. Clara Collins, widow of the beloved Nazarene preacher Ely Collins, to West Condon on the weekend of the eighteenth and nineteenth of April, there to await the End of the World. – Robert Coover, The Origin of the Brunists (1966)

74. She waited, Kate Croy, for her father to come in, but he kept her unconscionably, and there were moments at which she showed herself, in the glass over the mantel, a face positively pale with the irritation that had brought her to the point of going away without sight of him. – Henry James, The Wings of the Dove (1902)

75. In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains. – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms (1929)

76. “Take my camel, dear,” said my Aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass. – Rose Macaulay, The Towers of Trebizond (1956)

77. He was an inch, perhaps two, under six feet, powerfully built, and he advanced straight at you with a slight stoop of the shoulders, head forward, and a fixed from-under stare which made you think of a charging bull. – Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim (1900)

78. The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. – L. P. Hartley, The Go-Between (1953)

79. On my naming day when I come 12 I gone front spear and kilt a wyld boar he parbly ben the las wyld pig on the Bundel Downs any how there hadnt ben none for a long time befor him nor I aint looking to see none agen. – Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker (1980)

80. Justice? – You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law. – William Gaddis, A Frolic of His Own (1994)

81. Vaughan died yesterday in his last car-crash. – J. G. Ballard, Crash (1973)

82. I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. – Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle (1948)

83. “When your mama was the geek, my dreamlets,” Papa would say, “she made the nipping off of noggins such a crystal mystery that the hens themselves yearned toward her, waltzing around her, hypnotized with longing.” – Katherine Dunn, Geek Love (1983)

84. In the last years of the Seventeenth Century there was to be found among the fops and fools of the London coffee-houses one rangy, gangling flitch called Ebenezer Cooke, more ambitious than talented, and yet more talented than prudent, who, like his friends-in-folly, all of whom were supposed to be educating at Oxford or Cambridge, had found the sound of Mother English more fun to game with than her sense to labor over, and so rather than applying himself to the pains of scholarship, had learned the knack of versifying, and ground out quires of couplets after the fashion of the day, afroth with Joves and Jupiters, aclang with jarring rhymes, and string-taut with similes stretched to the snapping-point. – John Barth, The Sot-Weed Factor (1960)

85. When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon. – James Crumley, The Last Good Kiss (1978)

86. It was just noon that Sunday morning when the sheriff reached the jail with Lucas Beauchamp though the whole town (the whole county too for that matter) had known since the night before that Lucas had killed a white man. – William Faulkner, Intruder in the Dust (1948)

87. I, Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus This-that-and-the-other (for I shall not trouble you yet with all my titles) who was once, and not so long ago either, known to my friends and relatives and associates as “Claudius the Idiot,” or “That Claudius,” or “Claudius the Stammerer,” or “Clau-Clau-Claudius” or at best as “Poor Uncle Claudius,” am now about to write this strange history of my life; starting from my earliest childhood and continuing year by year until I reach the fateful point of change where, some eight years ago, at the age of fifty-one, I suddenly found myself caught in what I may call the “golden predicament” from which I have never since become disentangled. – Robert Graves, I, Claudius (1934)

88. Of all the things that drive men to sea, the most common disaster, I’ve come to learn, is women. – Charles Johnson, Middle Passage (1990)

89. I am an American, Chicago born – Chicago, that somber city —and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted; sometimes an innocent knock, sometimes a not so innocent. – Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March (1953)

90. The towers of Zenith aspired above the morning mist; austere towers of steel and cement and limestone, sturdy as cliffs and delicate as silver rods. – Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt (1922)

91. I will tell you in a few words who I am: lover of the hummingbird that darts to the flower beyond the rotted sill where my feet are propped; lover of bright needlepoint and the bright stitching fingers of humorless old ladies bent to their sweet and infamous designs; lover of parasols made from the same puffy stuff as a young girl’s underdrawers; still lover of that small naval boat which somehow survived the distressing years of my life between her decks or in her pilothouse; and also lover of poor dear black Sonny, my mess boy, fellow victim and confidant, and of my wife and child. But most of all, lover of my harmless and sanguine self. – John Hawkes, Second Skin (1964)

92. He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad. – Raphael Sabatini, Scaramouche (1921)

93. Psychics can see the color of time it’s blue. – Ronald Sukenick, Blown Away (1986)

94. In the town, there were two mutes and they were always together. – Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940)

95. Once upon a time two or three weeks ago, a rather stubborn and determined middle-aged man decided to record for posterity, exactly as it happened, word by word and step by step, the story of another man for indeed what is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal, a somewhat paranoiac fellow unmarried, unattached, and quite irresponsible, who had decided to lock himself in a room a furnished room with a private bath, cooking facilities, a bed, a table, and at least one chair, in New York City, for a year 365 days to be precise, to write the story of another person—a shy young man about of 19 years old—who, after the war the Second World War, had come to America the land of opportunities from France under the sponsorship of his uncle—a journalist, fluent in five languages—who himself had come to America from Europe Poland it seems, though this was not clearly established sometime during the war after a series of rather gruesome adventures, and who, at the end of the war, wrote to the father his cousin by marriage of the young man whom he considered as a nephew, curious to know if he the father and his family had survived the German occupation, and indeed was deeply saddened to learn, in a letter from the young man—a long and touching letter written in English, not by the young man, however, who did not know a damn word of English, but by a good friend of his who had studied English in school—that his parents both his father and mother and his two sisters one older and the other younger than he had been deported they were Jewish to a German concentration camp Auschwitz probably and never returned, no doubt having been exterminated deliberately X * X * X * X, and that, therefore, the young man who was now an orphan, a displaced person, who, during the war, had managed to escape deportation by working very hard on a farm in Southern France, would be happy and grateful to be given the opportunity to come to America that great country he had heard so much about and yet knew so little about to start a new life, possibly go to school, learn a trade, and become a good, loyal citizen. – Raymond Federman, Double or Nothing (1971)

96. Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space. – Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye (1988)

97. He – for there could be no doubt of his sex, though the fashion of the time did something to disguise it – was in the act of slicing at the head of a Moor which swung from the rafters. – Virginia Woolf, Orlando (1928)

98. High, high above the North Pole, on the first day of 1969, two professors of English Literature approached each other at a combined velocity of 1200 miles per hour. – David Lodge, Changing Places (1975)

99. They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did. – Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)

100. The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting. – Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage (1895)

I hope you enjoyed this listing the last two days.

Today’s birthday worth noting; 1966 – Cindy Crawford supermodel, actress: Fair Game, Sex with Cindy Crawford, The Simian Line


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“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

In History and current events, Uncategorized on February 19, 2011 at 6:14 AM

February 19, 2011

February 19 is … National Chocolate Mint Day


The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

Slaughter in America. Authorities say a police officer was shot, three others were wounded and the gunman killed in a shootout near a train station in New York’s Hudson Valley. Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik tells the Poughkeepsie Journal the wounded officers were taken to a hospital. Greg Zurawik, a spokesman for St. Francis Hospital, says the gunman died at the hospital Friday afternoon. He says the man suffered a gunshot wound but he had no other details. The shooting happened around 1 p.m. in a parking lot. No other details were immediately available. Poughkeepsie is a city of about 30,000 people about 70 miles south of Albany. Poughkeepsie was made famous, along with its park benches in the move The French Connection. Gene Hackman, dressed as Santa Claus, interrogates a suspect about picking his feet on a park bench in Poughkeepsie. It is a wonderful scene near the beginning of the film.

What is the world coming to? The Chicago-based pizza chain Giordano’s has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but will continue operating with court approval to use part of a $36 million bankruptcy loan to pay employees and vendors.  The chain, known for its stuffed pizza, owes nearly $46 million to Fifth Third Bank, its main lender, according to this week’s bankruptcy filing.  The company runs stores in the Chicago area, four joint-venture locations and 35 franchised restaurants. The chain sells frozen pizzas for overnight delivery. John and Eve Apostolou own the pizza chain. Attorney Michael Gesas, representing the debtors, says the pizza business is strong, but the company defaulted on real estate loans.

I recently read a list of the best 100 lines in novels. Today I am reprinting the first 50. Tomorrow I will reprint the final 50. I find this quite interesting. I hope you do too. While you are reading this you will recognize many of the lines and perhaps you did not know the origin. This information was printed at

Following is a list of the 100 best first lines from novels, as decided by the American Book Review, a nonprofit journal published at the Unit for Contemporary Literature at Illinois State University:

1. Call me Ishmael. – Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851)

2. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)

3. A screaming comes across the sky. – Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow (1973)

4. Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. – Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967; trans. Gregory Rabassa)

5. Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. – Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955)

6. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. – Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1877; trans. Constance Garnett)

7. riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs. – James Joyce, Finnegans Wake (1939)

8. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. – George Orwell, 1984 (1949)

9. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

10. I am an invisible man. – Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952)

11. The Miss Lonelyhearts of the New York Post-Dispatch (Are you in trouble?—Do-you-need-advice?—Write-to-Miss-Lonelyhearts-and-she-will-help-you) sat at his desk and stared at a piece of white cardboard. – Nathanael West, Miss Lonelyhearts (1933)

12. You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain’t no matter. —Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)

13. Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested. —Franz Kafka, The Trial (1925; trans. Breon Mitchell)

14. You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino’s new novel, If on a winter’s night a traveler. —Italo Calvino, If on a winter’s night a traveler (1979; trans. William Weaver)

15. The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new. —Samuel Beckett, Murphy (1938)

16. If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. – J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (1951)

17. Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo. – James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)

18. This is the saddest story I have ever heard. – Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier (1915)

19. I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me; had they duly considered how much depended upon what they were then doing;—that not only the production of a rational Being was concerned in it, but that possibly the happy formation and temperature of his body, perhaps his genius and the very cast of his mind;—and, for aught they knew to the contrary, even the fortunes of his whole house might take their turn from the humours and dispositions which were then uppermost:—Had they duly weighed and considered all this, and proceeded accordingly,—I am verily persuaded I should have made a quite different figure in the world, from that, in which the reader is likely to see me. – Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy (1759n1767)

20. Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. – Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (1850)

21. Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. – James Joyce, Ulysses (1922)

22. It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness. – Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford (1830)

23. One summer afternoon Mrs. Oedipa Maas came home from a Tupperware party whose hostess had put perhaps too much kirsch in the fondue to find that she, Oedipa, had been named executor, or she supposed executrix, of the estate of one Pierce Inverarity, a California real estate mogul who had once lost two million dollars in his spare time but still had assets numerous and tangled enough to make the job of sorting it all out more than honorary. – Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (1966)

24. It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not. – Paul Auster, City of Glass (1985)

25. Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting. – William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury (1929)

26. 124 was spiteful. – Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987)

27. Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing. – Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (1605; trans. Edith Grossman)

28. Mother died today. – Albert Camus, The Stranger (1942; trans. Stuart Gilbert)

29. Every summer Lin Kong returned to Goose Village to divorce his wife, Shuyu. – Ha Jin, Waiting (1999)

30. The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. – William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984)

31. I am a sick man . . . I am a spiteful man. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground (1864; trans. Michael R. Katz)

32. Where now? Who now? When now? – Samuel Beckett, The Unnamable (1953; trans. Patrick Bowles)

33. Once an angry man dragged his father along the ground through his own orchard. “Stop!” cried the groaning old man at last, “Stop! I did not drag my father beyond this tree.” – Gertrude Stein, The Making of Americans (1925)

34. In a sense, I am Jacob Horner. – John Barth, The End of the Road (1958)

35. It was like so, but wasn’t. – Richard Powers, Galatea 2.2 (1995)

36. —Money . . . in a voice that rustled. – William Gaddis, J R (1975)

37. Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. – Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (1925)

38. All this happened, more or less. – Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

39. They shoot the white girl first. – Toni Morrison, Paradise (1998)

40. For a long time, I went to bed early. – Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way (1913; trans. Lydia Davis)

41. The moment one learns English, complications set in. – Felipe Alfau, Chromos (1990)

42. Dr. Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature. – Anita Brookner, The Debut (1981)

43. I was the shadow of the waxwing slain / By the false azure in the windowpane; – Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire (1962)

44. Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. – Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)

45. I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story. – Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome (1911)

46. Ages ago, Alex, Allen and Alva arrived at Antibes, and Alva allowing all, allowing anyone, against Alex’s admonition, against Allen’s angry assertion: another African amusement . . . anyhow, as all argued, an awesome African army assembled and arduously advanced against an African anthill, assiduously annihilating ant after ant, and afterward, Alex astonishingly accuses Albert as also accepting Africa’s antipodal ant annexation. – Walter Abish, Alphabetical Africa (1974)

47. There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. – C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)

48. He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (1952)

49. It was the day my grandmother exploded. – Iain M. Banks, The Crow Road (1992)

50. I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974. – Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex (2002)

Born on this date:

1943 “Mama” Cass Elliot actress (Mamas & Papas-Monday Monday) If Karen Carpenter would have eaten the ham sandwich “Mama” Cass choked on, they would both be alive today!

On this date in history;

1934 Bob & Dolores Hope marry

1992 Porn producer Jim Mitchell found guilty of killing his brother Artie.


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