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This penguin sounds like a Cherokee.

In celebration, current events on September 5, 2011 at 6:56 AM

SEPTEMBER 5, 2011

BRUCE A.
BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

September 5
is … Be Late for Something Day

Now today must have been designated for Glenn.

HAPPY LABOR DAY, the
unofficial end of summer. I hope you have had an enjoyable summertime. Don’t be
late.

Thank God President
failed to follow through with this campaign promise and is late in closing
Gitmo.

NATO and Afghan forces have killed a former Guantanamo detainee who returned
to Afghanistan to become a key al-Qaida ally, international officials said
Saturday.

The militant’s death was a reminder of the risks of trying to end a
controversial detention system without letting loose people who will launch
attacks on Americans.

Sabar Lal Melma, who was released from Guantanamo in 2007, had been
organizing attacks in eastern Kunar province and funding insurgent operations,
NATO spokesman Capt. Justin Brockhoff said.

A NATO statement described Melma as a “key affiliate of the al-Qaida
network” who was in contact with senior al-Qaida members in both
Afghanistan and Pakistan. Another former detainee who joined the al-Qaida
franchise in Yemen was killed in a recent U.S. airstrike there.

About 520 Guantanamo detainees have been released
from custody or transferred to prisons elsewhere in the world. There are 171
inmates still held at the facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. President Barack
Obama signed an executive order in 2009 just after taking office asking for it
to be shut down within the year, but it has remained open as the administration
has worked to find ways to deal with the inmates.

After the fall of the Taliban, Melma, 49, was
given the rank of brigadier general in the Afghan National Army and placed in
charge of approximately 600 border security troops in Kunar, according to a
file made public by WikiLeaks.

But he was suspected of still helping carry out
rocket attacks against U.S. troops, and he was captured in August 2002 while
attending a meeting with U.S. military officials in Asadabad and transferred to
the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay in October that year. While imprisoned at
Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. determined he was a “probable facilitator for
al-Qaida members” and was also thought to have links to Pakistan’s intelligence
service. In 2005, he was described as a “medium risk” to the United
States. He was sent back to Afghanistan in September 2007.

NATO said in a statement that coalition forces
have captured or killed more than 40 al-Qaida insurgents in eastern Afghanistan
this year.

Why would we ever release our enemy to fight
against us? Why not put several thousand people to work building a high
security prison at a military facility, try these combatants, release the not
guilty ones by putting them on a small power boat in the Mediterranean Sea and
imprison the guilty ones for life. We could then keep track of who has contact
with them as a lead to other terrorists.

On a happier note, life sometimes imitates art. Free
at last. The wayward emperor penguin dubbed “Happy Feet” is back in
the ocean south of New Zealand. The penguin was released from the research
vessel Tangaroa on Sunday morning about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of
remote Campbell Island in water about 935 feet (285 meters) deep.

Wellington Zoo veterinarian Lisa Argilla said
Happy Feet needed some “gentle encouragement” to leave the
purpose-built crate that had been his home on the boat for six days. He slid
down a makeshift ramp backward and then took off.

The bird was discovered June 20 on a New Zealand
beach far from his Antarctic feeding grounds. He became sick from eating sand
and was transferred to the Wellington Zoo. His story has captured the
imagination of people around the world.

If you go to the website below, you can track
the journey of Happy Feet on his way home. He has a tracking device glued to
him. Good luck buddy.

http://www.nzemperor.com/#mapt

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think
about.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB,
IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE
SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT
ME.

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Go to web sites below
to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my
books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be
available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or
book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com
(do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com
Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the
Ripper

 

A Revengeful
Mix of Short Fiction

“People do not
wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are
willing to remain actually fools.” – Alice Walker

Is it worth the wait; bacon is good.

In celebration on July 19, 2011 at 5:55 AM

JULY 19, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

July 19 is … Flitch Day

 

Casey Anthony was released from jail around 12:30 a. m. Sunday July 17. 2011. She reportedly had just over $500.00 on her, the balance in her jail commissary account, most of it coming from donations made by people she does not know.

 

It was reported she took a private jet to her aunt’s home in Texas. A later report had her in Ohio but neither have been confirmed at the time this is being written. Perhaps her lawyer was not thinking this through too thoroughly. Texas has a tendency of making criminals pay for their crimes. I am sure some State’s Attorney, looking to make a name for himself, is reviewing ways to charge Ms. Anthony in Texas for something. If she tries to cash in on her infamy, I predict she will be arrested if still in Texas.

 

Where did the private jet come from? Her lawyer has less than six years of legal practice under his belt. He lost his license in Florida once; he has filed bankruptcy and there are domestic abuse issues in his past. He got some money from his client out of the $200,000.00 ABC News paid her but how much has never been disclosed. The State of Florida paid his fees to defend the accused. If Florida is like Illinois, they do not pay the going rate for attorneys. An accused is guaranteed the right to counsel, not counsel of his choice and not the best counsel. I do not think the attorney sprung for the jet.

 

Check out the video at this address. It is pretty neat. Did I just say neat?

                   http://www.wgnradio.com/shows/johnwilliams/wgnam-john-williams-dog-bites-shark,0,3025453.htmlstory

What is a Flitch?

A flitch is measurement of bacon, equaling half a pig. (Flitch = side)

In the United States: A side of unsliced bacon was once known as a flitch- it is now known as a slab. An individual slice of bacon is a slice or strip.

 

What is this Holiday for?

An old English custom from long ago eventually turned into the holiday called Flitch Day, which is celebrated on July 19th. Every year on this day, since about 1104, any married couple who could prove they had been faithful and loving to one another for one year was awarded half a pig, known as a flitch of bacon. However, very few couples would actually “bring home the bacon!” There are still flitch trials today, but they are only held once every four years.

 

There are historical references to this day as far back as 1104, and it was a regular civic event in Dunmow by the late 1800’s. Eventually, those who settled in America, brought the tradition with them.

 

Origin of this Holiday?

My research did not find the creator, but we know that it does exist because of actual events and customs in history. This holiday is referred to as a “National” day.  However, I did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.

Even though we didn’t, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate. So have fun with it and celebrate it!

 

Flitch Trials

Great Dunmow is a town in the Uttlesford district of Essex, England. Originally the site of a Roman settlement on Stane Street, the town thrived during the Middle Ages. Many buildings survive from this period, including a sixteenth century town hall.

 

Four-yearly ritual of the Flitch Trials

The town is famous for its four-yearly ritual of the Flitch Trials, in which couples must convince a jury of six local bachelors and six local maidens that they have never wished themselves un-wed for a year and a day. If successful the couple is paraded through the High Street and receive a flitch of bacon. The last flitch trials were held in the town in the summer of 2008, with the next scheduled for 2012. The custom is ancient, and is mentioned in the Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.

 

Custom of Giving a Flitch of Bacon

A custom of giving a flitch of bacon to any married couple who would swear that neither of them, in a year and a day, either sleeping or waking, repented of their marriage.

 

The actual words of the ancient rite performed before a ‘judge’ in a mock court and a ‘jury’ of maidens and bachelors, require that in “twelvemonth and a day” both spouses have “not wish’t themselves unmarried again”.

 

The full pledge went:

 

   You shall swear by custom of confession,

   If ever you made nuptial trangresssion,

   Be you either married man or wife,

   If you have brawls or contentious strife

   Or otherwise, at bed or at board,

   Offended each other in deed or word:

   Or, since the parish-clerk said Amen,

   You wish’t yourselves unmarried agen,

   Or in a twelvemonth and a day,

   Repented not in thought any way,

   But continued true in thought and desire

   As when you join’d hands in the quire.

   If to these conditions, without all feare,

   Of your own accord you will freely swear,

   A whole gammon of bacon you shall receive,

   And bear it hence with love and good leave;

   For this is our custom at Dunmow well knowne,

   Though the pleasure be ours, the bacon’s your own.

 

The parties were to make their oath before the Prior and Convent and the whole town, humbly kneeling in the churchyard upon two hard, pointed stones. The ancient oath is still sworn today:

 

   We do swear by custom of confession

   That we ne’er made nuptial transgression,

   Not since we were married man and wife,

   By household brawles or contentious strife,

   Or otherwise in bed or a boarde,

   Offended each other in deed or in word,

   Or in a twelve months and a day

   Repented not in thought in any way.

   Or since the church clerke said Amen

   Wish’t yourselves unmarried agen,

   But continue true and in desire,

   As when you joyn’d hands in Holy Quire.

 

When this oath was taken by each couple, it was the duty of the officer who administered it to reply:

 

“Since to these conditions, without any fear,

Of your own accord you do freely swear,

A whole flitch of bacon you shall receive,

And bear it hence with love and good leave;

For this is our custom at Dunmow well known

Though the pleasure be ours, the bacon’s your own.”

 

This is the origin of “bringing home the bacon”.

 

A holiday for bacon; not big on the Jewish calendar but it seems like a fine tradition to me. The pig can always use a little more respect.

 

 Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

 

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Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

 

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

 

Book Titles:

 

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

 

“Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.” – Francis Bacon

 

 

Good ole summertime

In celebration, current events, Dirty politicians! on June 23, 2011 at 6:29 AM

JUNE 23, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

June 23 is … National Pink Day

Today is another day for Glenn, at least when he dresses for golf. It is also a good day for White Sox fans. The Sox did what they should have done, took 2 out of 3 from an inferior team.

This item is just meant to plant the song in your head for the rest of the day. In 1979, on this date, the rock group, the Knack releases “My Sharona”

How lucky we all are that Walt Disney changed his mind, and instead of opening the Bird Cafe, a Chinese restaurant with an animated, talking Chinese elder spouting Confucius-type bits of wisdom, he created the Enchanted Tiki Room. On this day in 1963, the sounds of Polynesian drums heralded the opening of Disneyland’s first Audio-Animatronic attraction.

If you’ve never been inside the Enchanted Tiki Room, where all the birds sing words and the flowers croon, you are in for a refreshingly innocent 15 (used to be 18) minutes of entertainment. If you’ve experienced this Disney delight, you’ll most likely agree that, after all the thrills and chills of other attractions, the Enchanted Tiki Room is the perfect place to chill out (literally, it’s air-conditioned) and let the Tiki gods take over.

In the tropical garden outside the Enchanted Tiki Room, the Tiki gods and goddesses, Maui, Koro, Tangaroa-Ru, Hina Kuluna, Pele, Negendei, Rongo and Tongoroa set the mood, telling you of their South Sea legends.

The Enchanted Tiki Room entertainment troupe consists of 225 singing, talking birds, flowers, tiki gods and drummers. Emceeing the sit-down show (230+ guests) is the multi-colored Macaw parrot, José. José, speaking with a Spanish accent, brings the show to life, introducing his parrot comedic partners, Michael from Ireland, Pierre from France and Fritz from Germany. The South Seas show is appropriately sponsored by Dole Pineapple and is complete with tropical rain storm … don’t worry … you won’t get wet in the Enchanted Tiki Room (although some redesigning has been done and the Tiki gods in the garden now occasionally squirt water at unsuspecting guests).

Other new additions are Iago and Zazu, Disney’s feathered friends from Aladdin and The Lion King, respectively.

José doesn’t mind changes in the script and partnering with the new Audio-Animatronic additions. He loves to entertain, and says he’ll stay forever, as long as the Enchanted Tiki Room isn’t turned into a taco stand.

Our show is delightful. We hope you’ll agree.

We hope that it fills you with pleasure and glee.

Because if we don’t make you feel like that,

We’re gonna wind up on the lady’s hat.

In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room,

In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room,

All the birds sing words and the flowers croon,

In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room.

The Tiki Room has a special place in my family’s heart and I don’t let them forget it.

In 1993 Lorena Bobbitt cut off her husband’s penis with a butcher knife — while he was sleeping. Police recovered the organ from the roadside where Lorena tossed it. It was surgically reattached to hubby John Wayne Bobbitt, who, by then, was wide awake. Lorena said that she chopped off John’s penis because he had forced himself on her.

Music at the top of the charts over the years on this date:

 
1950 My Foolish Heart – The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
Bewitched – The Bill Snyder Orchestra
The Old Piano Roll Blues – Hoagy Carmichael & Cass Daley
I’ll Sail My Ship Alone – Moon Mullican

1958 All I Have to Do is Dream – The Everly Brothers
The Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley
Hard Headed Woman – Elvis Presley
Guess Things Happen that Way – Johnny Cash

1966 Paint It, Black – The Rolling Stones
Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? – The Lovin’ Spoonful
Barefootin’ – Robert Parker
Take Good Care of Her – Sonny James

1974 Billy, Don’t Be a Hero – Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
You Make Me Feel Brand New – The Stylistics
Sundown – Gordon Lightfoot
This Time – Waylon Jennings

1982 Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
Don’t You Want Me – The Human League
Rosanna – Toto
Slow Hand – Conway Twitty

1990 It Must Have Been Love – Roxette
Step By Step – New Kids on the Block
Do You Remember? – Phil Collins
Love Without End, Amen – George Strait

The Newt Gingrich explosion continues. First his campaign staff resigned en masse. Next, his fundraisers all quit. Now, his online biography has been proven to be a lie. He claimed he was a professor at the college level for years. He is not and never has been. This does not even take into account this moron’s claim he and his home wrecking wife live a frugal lifestyle. The frugal lifestyle includes two lines of credit at Tiffany’s for over one million dollars. Not to mention the constant travel and shopping sprees. This is all coming from a guy who was sanctioned by Congress for ethics violations that led to his quitting Congress. So this liar is also an unethical quitter. Seems like prime presidential stock to me.

 

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT ME.

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

www.brucebrennanlaw.com

www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

www.lawofficeofbruceabrennan.yolasite.com

www.lawyerbruceabrennan.com

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http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“In America, anybody can be president. That’s one of the risks you take.” – Adlai Stevenson

We need to learn from the past. Happy Father’s Day!

In celebration, History and current events, Hitler on June 19, 2011 at 7:22 AM

JUNE 19, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

June 19 is … World Sauntering Day

Happy Father’s Day. Go to the web address below for an American moment of pride; grab a Kleenex first.

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I have sauntered over to my computer this morning. Have you sauntered yet?

To all Fathers, sons, daughters, wives, husbands, mothers, relatives and friends of military personnel, go to this web site and enjoy a three minute break. Make sure your speakers are on.

http://www.andiesisle.com/ifidiebeforeyouwake.html

I sometimes feel I want to get something off my chest or I want to express my opinion on a subject. That should be obvious to anyone who has ever read my blog in the past. Today is one of those occasions. Not every blog will contain light-hearted or fluff material.

The slaughter in the Middle East is not our affair. Why should we or do we care. We have slaughter in America I write about nearly every other day. Below is a story written in a Spanish newspaper over three years ago. I did not write it but I did read it and gave it some thought. History is nothing else but a lesson in life to be learned from. This is not meant to offend but if it does, get over it.

The truth cannot be ignored out of political correctness. The news yesterday reported the United States is negotiating with the Taliban to end the Afghanistan war. We could not beat them, a lesson Russia discovered thirty years ago and we ignored. Bin Laden was not worth billions of dollars or hundreds of American lives but we did it anyway. When we did find and kill bin Laden, he was not in Afghanistan but rather hiding in plain sight in Pakistan.

ALL EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ

The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodriguez and published in a Spanish newspaper on Jan. 15, 2008. It doesn’t take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of Europe – and possibly to the rest of the world.

REMEMBER AS YOU READ — IT WAS IN A SPANISH PAPER
Date: Tue. 15 January 2008 14:30

ALL EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ By: Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez

I walked down the street in Barcelona , and suddenly discovered a terrible truth—Europe died in Auschwitz . . . We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world. The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned. And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride. They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime.

Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts. And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition. We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs. What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe . Approximately 1,200,000,000; that is ONE BILLION TWO HUNDRED MILLION or 20% of the world’s population.

The Jews are NOT promoting brain washing children in military training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews and other non Muslims. The Jews don’t hijack planes, nor kill athletes at the Olympics, or blow themselves up in German restaurants. There is NOT one single Jew who has destroyed a church. There is NOT a single Jew who protests by killing people. The Jews don’t traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for Jihad and death to all the Infidels. Perhaps the world’s Muslims should consider investing more in standard education and less in blaming the Jews for all their problems. Muslims must ask ‘what can they do for humankind’ before they demand that humankind respects them.

Regardless of your feelings about the crisis between Israel and the Palestinians and Arab neighbors, even if you believe there is more culpability on Israel’s part, the following two sentences really say it all: ‘If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel .” Benjamin Netanyahu

General Eisenhower Warned Us—It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead. He did this because he said in words to this effect: ‘Get it all on record now —get the films—get the witnesses—because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened.’

Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it. It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the, 6 million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests who were ‘murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated’ while the German people looked the other way. Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be ‘a myth,’ it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets. This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people. Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world. How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center ‘NEVER HAPPENED’ because it offends some Muslim in the United States ?

 Just a couple of thoughts I had.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT ME.

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

www.brucebrennanlaw.com

www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

www.lawofficeofbruceabrennan.yolasite.com

www.lawyerbruceabrennan.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.law.officelive.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“The trouble with life isn’t that there is no answer, it’s that there are so many answers.” – Ruth Benedict

Happy Flag Day!

In celebration, disgraced public figures, History and current events on June 14, 2011 at 5:57 AM

JUNE 14, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

June 14 is … Pop Goes The Weasel Day

This should be Pop Goes the Weiner this year!

Happy Flag Day to all Americans. “Resolved that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation,” said John Adams on this day in 1777 at a meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, PA. And so, the first Flag Day was celebrated in the United States of America.

Proclamation 1335, May 30, 1916, made it possible for every President to issue a proclamation that June 14 would be celebrated as Flag Day. Pennsylvania is the only state to celebrate June 14 as a legal holiday, proclamation or not, although the proclamation has been issued annually since 1949.

At 7 p.m. E.D.T., across the United States, the President leads the country in a pause to pledge allegiance, a time to honor America. The national ceremony is held at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, and was conceived as a way for all citizens to share a patriotic moment.

I salute the star-spangled banner, now with 50 white stars on a blue field, on this Flag Day. The next time you see someone not respecting the flag, let them have it; Love it or Leave it still means something today, more than ever.

A resort in England has banned bumping other cars in the bumper car ride. Most people see the sign and think it is in jest but they are quickly corrected. Drivers are told to merely drive in circles and attempt to overtake other drivers. All drivers must go in the same direction. I do not recall anyone ever being killed by being hit in a bumper car ride but I could have missed it. Potential liability has homogenized another aspect of life.

On Monday, the Pentagon Papers were declassified and released by the United States government. Those of you too young to have firsthand knowledge of this story, it was a big deal at the time. Four decades after the Pentagon Papers began appearing in The New York Times, triggering a constitutional crisis over freedom of the press, the once top-secret study of the Vietnam War have been released.

The Lyndon B. Johnson Library at the University of Texas in Austin  unveiled the 7,000-page Pentagon report Monday, with only 11 words remaining secret. Simultaneous releases are scheduled at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Calif. and the National Archives in College Park, Md.

The Times began publishing the documents June 13, 1971, but a federal judge soon halted their publication. Other newspapers then began publishing the documents. A fragmented U.S. Supreme Court eventually struck down the judge’s ruling, leading to a major legal victory for press freedom.

Daniel Ellsberg was a high-level Pentagon official who became a traitor to his country. In the 1960s, Ellsberg was a high-level Pentagon official, a former Marine commander who believed the American government was always on the right side. He changed his mind after seeing the lies being told about the Vietnam War. He single-handedly decided the law did not apply to him so he released the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times. It was a big deal and is important for the rights the Supreme Court decided the press has. The actual release did nothing to end the war.

Ellsberg was criminally charged but the charges were dismissed when President Nixon’s Plumbers were caught breaking into the office of Ellsberg’s psychiatrist. These same Plumbers were later caught breaking into Watergate.

Regardless of why Ellsberg released the classified information, he committed a crime and should have gone to prison. This event was the beginning of the unfettered power the press now has where nothing is off limits. The press relishes in building someone up so it can tear them down after mercilessly digging for dirt.

Just a couple of thoughts I had.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

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Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

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Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“When we seek to discover the best in others,
we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.”

“The things that the flag stands for were created by the experiences of a great people. Everything that it stands for was written by their lives. The flag is the embodiment not of sentiment, but of history.” – Woodrow Wilson

I will relish the day Weiner resigns!

In celebration, current events, Dirty politicians!, disgraced public figures on June 13, 2011 at 6:23 AM

JUNE 13, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

June 13 is … National Juggling Day and Kitchen Klutzes Of America Day

I was gone yesterday. Just as I was about to post my column, I accidently hit a delete button. I worked at restoring it but could not get that done. I was not a happy little camper. Life goes on.

Lucas, my oldest son, now has a wife, Joanne. A lovelier couple you will not find. Good luck and have a great life. Call me when the grandkids are seven.

For those of you who +did not know the National Basketball Association was still playing this year, it came to a close last night. The Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat, winning the NBA Final and the Championship. This made nearly every NBA fan happy to see the big three in Miami not win. Money cannot by happiness although Mark Cuban is a happy man this morning.

Shortly, the National Hockey League will be finished for the year. Vancouver is one win away from drinking from Lord Stanley’s Cup. Game six is tonight and game seven, if needed is Wednesday night. Boston would have to win both games to keep the Cup in the United States. By Father’s Day, only baseball will be being played out of the big four. Golf is being competed and as usual, this week the United States Open is played. It is always scheduled to end on Father’s Day.

Rep. Weiner from New York wants to take a leave of absence and enter treatment. He did not say treatment for what. I assume he wants to treat his sex fetishes, his compulsion to lie and deceive, his disrespect for his pregnant wife, his pedophile issues and a host of other problems this weirdo has. He is not sick. He just is not a good person but he wants to continue to be supported by the government. I am sure he will resign but not before he milks the government health care plan for all it’s worth. That is the health care plan we normal citizens cannot have for free but this jackass gets. I hope the father of his wife’s child is not him; pay backs are a bitch, Mr. Weiner.

How do you get a leave of absence from a two year job? Where is this in the Constitution?

Rep. Gabby Giffords is on leave but her problems were caused by a violent attack while she was on the job. His problems were caused by a desire to fondle himself while being photographed. Not quite the same but Giffords was elected to represent voters in Arizona. They need representation sooner or later. Her situation is more akin to a worker’s compensation injury. His is more like shooting yourself in the foot while trying to retrieve your weapon.

Representative Weiner should resign or commit suicide. I would have no problem with either ending.

It has now come out and Weiner has confirmed this that some of the photos he took of himself and sent to women were taken at the Capital. Some photos were taken in the House Members Gym. Rep. Weiner has turned our Capital building, the Halls of Congress into a porn location. It is going to come out that other men were taking some of these photos, opening a whole different can of worms.

Reports Sunday night indicate he is considering resigning. If he resigns, he keeps his pension. If he is booted out of Congress, you would think he loses his pension but that is likely a well guarded secret.

Stay Thirsty placed in the Belmont. I bet $20.00 across the board on him meaning I bet $20.00 to win, to place and to show. I lost the win bet but I won the place and show bets. He paid $19.40 to place and 10.60 to show, nice payouts. I get ten times that amount since I bet $20.00, ten times a two dollar bet. I was paid back $300.00 for my $60.00 bet. That race worked out for me. My pick in the Acorn Stakes finished third, paying show money. I was at Lucas’ wedding when the race ran and I mentioned to my new, first daughter-in-law that I picked a horse because of her. I picked Her Smile. So did Lucas.

Just a couple of thoughts I had.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

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Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

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Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.

Joanne, welcome to our world.

In celebration on June 10, 2011 at 10:11 PM

JUNE 11, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

June 11 is … National Hug Holiday and King Kamehameha Day

 

My son Lucas is getting married today. What better day than National Hug Day. He is marrying a lovely lady named from Joanne. They will reside in Schaumburg.

I thought today I would just provide Grooveshark links to several love songs; songs you may hear at a wedding. Grab the closer lover, snuggle and listen up.

http://grooveshark.com/#/search?q=paul%20stookey

http://grooveshark.com/#/search?q=color%20my%20world

http://grooveshark.com/#/search?q=lady

http://grooveshark.com/#/search?q=bette%20midler

http://grooveshark.com/#/search?q=commodores

http://grooveshark.com/#/search?q=candle%20in%20the%20wind

http://grooveshark.com/#/playlist/If+You+Don+t+Know+Me+By+Now/34119890?src=5

http://grooveshark.com/#/search?q=love%20songs

http://grooveshark.com/#/s/The+Best+Is+Yet+To+Come/21fvyc?src=5

http://grooveshark.com/#/s/My+Way/3L8zpa?src=5

http://grooveshark.com/#/s/The+Marrying+Kind+album+Version+/3y2NfC?src=5

http://grooveshark.com/#/s/Whole+Lotta+Love/ZyAgO?src=5

CONGRATULATIONS and GOOD LUCK, LUCAS and JOANNE.

He is marrying well, a lovely young lady named Joanne. They will reside in Schaumberg. Joanne is marrying well also.

Just a couple of thoughts I had.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

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Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

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Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.

Where were you 35 yearsgo today? I know where I was; I was in love.

In celebration, Dirty politicians!, disgraced public figures on June 5, 2011 at 6:39 AM

JUNE 5, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

June 5 is … Festival of Popular Delusions Day

 

Today is my 35th anniversary. Happy Anniversary Mary K., I love you. Thank you for a wonderful ride. I was not delusional on June 5, 1976 when I married my young bride. This song is for you, babe.

http://grooveshark.com/#/s/Colour+My+World/5ZR2L?src=5

John Edwards had a tough week. His lawyers and he claimed his innocence. One of the six counts against him is for lying. Nobody believes him and no one has for a year. He should just shut-up and hire smarter lawyers. During his press conference after Court he said he did not break the law and a minute or so later said he did not do anything he knew was illegal. He is a lawyer. He made millions as a Plaintiff’s ambulance chaser. He knows the law.

It has long been said his late wife, Elizabeth, was the real mover and shaker in his world. She was once quoted as saying “…you don’t even read. You’re a hick.” I do not know if he is a hick but he has no ethical backbone. How do you pay a woman you are having sex with and impregnate over $700.000.00 to act as your campaign videographer and ask an aide to claim the bastard was the aides and not expect to get caught. This was all going on while his wife was dying from cancer.

By paying the woman for sex Edwards made her a prostitute which makes John Edwards a real john, bordering on a pimp. The woman, although good-looking, is not much better than Edwards. She is a home wrecker, getting pregnant, likely on purpose knowing he had money to pay her off, agreeing to the story about the campaign aide, who was also married, and living a life of luxury on campaign contributor’s dime. She is a gold-digger. The campaign aide is an idiot. No one in this story has clean hands but they two things in common, sex and greed.

President Obama did not have a much better week. The economy is moving backwards, still slumping in a recession that will not end. Unemployment is out of control. No matter how many times Obama or his people put a favorable spin on economic news it does not change the fact the economy is mired in a sustained downturn. Gas prices are rocketing up, unemployment is going up, job growth is declining, taxes are going up, states, cities and counties are broke and Obama wants to raise taxes.

The Health Care Reform Act has been the law for well over a year. Where is the savings we were promised? Where is the affordable insurance? Where is the improved health care delivery?

Obama has very little to be proud of in his being President. He got bin Laden and probably wishes he had kept that card to play closer to the election.

All of the bad news has knocked Weinergate from the headlines. I bet Weiner is happy.

The DeKalb County Liners had their home opener Saturday night. They won. They play again tonight and Monday night. All games are at Sycamore Park off Airport Road in Sycamore. Night games start at 7:05 p.m. or 6:05 p.m. depending on the day of the week. It is quality, affordable baseball with competitive action between players that play at the College level. The food available is tasty and inexpensive as are the beverages. Alcohol is served. The Liners offer a wide assortment of activities before the first pitch and between innings. The crowd participates in much of the entertainment.

Like the Liners on Facebook or visit the Liners web site.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/DeKalb-County-Liners-Baseball-Official/279057899273?ref=ts&sk=wall

http://www.linersbaseball.com/

Go to the games and support the Liners. It is a good time for all ages and is kid friendly.

Just a couple of thoughts I had.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT ME.

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http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. Mark Twain

Flags-in!

In celebration, Respect for the Military, Thank you Veteran on May 30, 2011 at 6:06 AM

May 30, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

May 30 is … My Bucket’s Got A Hole in It Day, bummer.

 

Memorial Day bought and paid for by the United States Military since 1776. Thank a Veteran today.

Memorial Day, it should be more important than it is. It has become the unofficial beginning of summer, a day for picnics, baseball, and golf and parties unless you are in the military stationed at Arlington National Cemetery. In a stirring tribute to mark Memorial Day each year, all available soldiers of the elite 3rd U.S. Infantry (known as The Old Guard) gather at Arlington National Cemetery to perform a special task. Just before the Memorial Day weekend, they place American flags, one foot and centered, in front of the gravestones and columbarium niches of every service member buried or inurned at Arlington Cemetery.

This tradition of honor, known as Flags-in, has taken place ever since 1948 when The Old Guard was appointed as the ceremonial unit for the U.S. Army. During the Memorial Day weekend, members of The Old Guard patrol the cemetery to make sure each gravesite remains decorated and honored with a flag. In addition, sentinels for the Tomb of the Unknowns place flags at each of the unknown servicemen graves.

The flags are removed after the three-day weekend.

Today, please remember the Minutemen; the Militia; the Army; the Cavalry; the Navy; the Marines;; the Merchant Marines; the Color Guard; the Civil War soldier; the World War I soldier; the Air Force; the World War II soldier; the Korean War soldier; the Vietnam soldier, like my cousin, Paul Woolford from Streator, IL who was killed in Vietnam on November 10, 1969 at the age of 23. He left a young widow. Remember the soldiers in the Cold War; Grenada; the first Gulf War; the Battle of Mogadishu; the current Gulf War; Afghanistan and every other place or conflict an American has died being an American. 

If you know someone that died in Vietnam or just want to look up names, go to;  http://www.thewall-usa.com

Go here for some inspiration and patriotic pride. http://www.andiesisle.com/Liberty/SpiritofAmerica.html

This web site gives everything to you. It is spiritual but not in your face.

http://www.andiesisle.com/index.html

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping” by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication “To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead” (Source: Duke University’s Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860’s tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms. Michael and when she returned to France, made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.

Traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

There are a few notable exceptions. Since the late 50’s on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye’s Heights, the Luminaria Program. In 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to “Taps.”

Reprinted from Arlington National Cemetery site:

On any weekday at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, a military ritual occurs that is both familiar and moving. An escort of honor comes to attention and presents arms. A firing party then fires three volleys. After the briefest of moments, a bugler sounds the twenty-four notes we know of as Taps. The flag, held by members of the military honor guard, is then folded into a triangle reminiscent of the cocked hat from the American Revolution. This ceremony is performed almost twenty times daily during the many funerals held at Arlington. This ritual is also used for the thousands of Memorial Day ceremonies held throughout the United States during events held to remember those Americans who have served our country. As one travels through Arlington the history of our country can literally be read on the quarter million stones.

Arlington and the tradition of Memorial Day were born out of ironies perhaps we might even consider them as tragic or dramatic as in a Greek or Shakespearean irony.

Irony-The famous home at Arlington was located on the land of a Confederate General whose wife’s grandfather served as president of the United States.

Irony-The land was ordered for military use by a general who so hated that Confederate general that he ordered graves dug in the rose garden so that house could no longer be habitable.

Irony-The tradition of decorations on graves started in the south, then considered an enemy country.

And it is a bitter irony that the day of remembrance has almost faded into a weekend of picnics, shopping sprees, and beach vacations. Too many don’t know what the day stands for.

Between 1861 and 1865 our country sorted out whether it could survive as one or two separate nations. It took the tragedy of a Civil War to make us truly a “United” States.

In the spring of 1864 after some of the bloodiest battles of the war and with the Confederacy in its last desperate months, the need for more military cemeteries became a paramount issue in Washington D.C. In the days before refrigeration, and especially in the humidity of the District of Columbia, bodies had to be buried as quickly as possible.

In May 1864 Quartermaster General Montgomery Meigs was ordered by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to find new and suitable burial grounds for the mounting dead. Without hesitation, Meigs ordered the grounds of the Custis-Lee mansion be turned into a cemetery.

The mansion, which had belonged to Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army, was under the control of Union forces. Meigs (a Georgia man by birth) picked the grounds not only because he felt Lee had betrayed his country by leaving it to serve the south but also because he blamed him for the death of his son who had been killed by Confederate soldiers, supposedly murdered. The interment of Union soldiers began in May. Ironically the first burial in the Union cemetery was a Confederate soldier. The grounds would go on to become Arlington National Cemetery our nations’ most hallowed ground.

No one can trace with any certainty the origin of the Memorial Day; it is well believed that the day was born with those who decorated the graves of civil war dead.

Many towns (Waterloo NY being the most prominent) have laid claim to the origin of the tradition. It may have started with women in the South. Originally it was known as Decoration Day. Towns held parades honoring the fallen, the parade routes often times ending at a local cemetery, where Decoration Day speeches were then given. People took the time that day to clean and decorate with flowers and flags the graves of those that fell in service to their country.

In May 1868 General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued a proclamation calling for the decoration of graves.

“Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.”– General Logan – May 5, 1868

In 1882 the day was changed to Memorial Day and to be observed May 30th.In 1971 it was moved to the last Monday in May. Ironically there are some in the south that observe the day on a different day.

Another tradition of Memorial Day is that of giving speeches, addresses or orations at gatherings. The most famous memorial oratory was the one given by Abraham Lincoln and although he gave it on November 19, 1863 it sets the model for speeches and orations of the type. The irony is that the address was not the main oration to be given that day nor expected to be a long speech. According to Gary Wills, author of “Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America,” the address uses the form of the oratory of the Greek Revival and of the funereal addresses of ancient Athens, the imagery of the nineteenth-century rural cemetery movement, the Transcendentalist thought of Unitarian minister and abolitionist Theodore Parker, and the constitutional arguments of Daniel Webster. That he did this in some 242 words is a masterpiece of our American literature.” His words are quoted every Memorial Day:

“…that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion: that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; and that this nation under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

In the 145 years since the Civil War, our nation has healed its wounds and every Memorial Day pauses to remember the war dead. In that time Arlington National Cemetery and the traditions of Memorial Day have gone hand in hand. In 1912 the country was truly reunited when the Confederate monument was dedicated at Arlington and a special section was set for those who served in the Confederate Army. The cemetery which was set to honor Americans ironically today holds the remains of many foreign nationals including a German soldier from WWII.

In 1958, the Unknowns from World War II and the Korean Conflict were laid to rest on Memorial Day and in 1984 the Vietnam Unknown joined them in honored rest. Another irony is that the Unknown was identified and reburied in Missouri.

Ironically, over the years the meaning of Memorial Day has faded too much from the public consciousness. From a solemn day of mourning, remembrance, and honor to our departed loved ones, it has turned into a weekend of Bar B Q’s, shopping bargains and beaches where only token nods toward our honored dead is given, if at all.

I think Oliver Wendell Holmes, chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Civil War Veteran said it best:

“So to the indifferent inquirer who asks why Memorial Day is still kept up we may answer, it celebrates and solemnly reaffirms from year to year a national act of enthusiasm and faith. It embodies in the most impressive form our belief that to act with enthusiasm and faith is the condition of acting greatly”-Oliver Wendell Holmes Memorial Day address May 30, 1884

The final tradition is the bugle call

Of all the military bugle calls, none is so easily recognized or more apt to stir our emotions than the haunting and eloquent melody of Taps. The call is unique to the United States military. Taps is used at U.S. bases around the world as the final call of the day. It has given a sense of safety and security to U.S. soldiers from the Civil War on, signaling to our men and women in uniform that another day in service to their country is done and all is well.

There is a wonderful myth about the origin of Taps. During the Civil War, it says, there was a young soldier who was killed while fighting for the Confederacy. His father, a captain in the Union Army, came upon his son’s body on the battlefield. In the pocket of his son’s uniform, he found the notes for Taps. Ironically, this story will be repeated on Memorial Day.

This is a great story but it’s just that a story.

In 1862, Union General Daniel Butterfield and his brigade bugler, Oliver Willcox Norton, revised an earlier bugle call to create the 24 notes we know today as Taps. The new call quickly spread throughout the Union army and was soon used even by Confederates to signal the end of the day.

Later that same year at a battlefield funeral, Captain John Tidball chose to forgo firing the customary volleys over the grave for fear that he might rouse the enemy. The Captain chose the sounding of Taps as the most appropriate substitute.

Today, sounding Taps at ceremonies is the most sacred duty a bugler can perform. When I sound Taps at a funeral, I’m sometimes approached by family members who wish to thank me for being part of the service. To answer “You’re welcome” seems inappropriate. Instead, I always reply, “It is my honor.”

So traditions born of Irony are celebrated every Memorial Day

 

Just a couple of thoughts I had.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

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Exit Donald “The Joke”

In celebration, Fun on May 17, 2011 at 5:24 AM

May 17, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

May 17 is … Pack Rat Day

 

I correctly predicted Donald “The Joke” Trump would not run for President. He confirmed my prediction on Monday. Now we can move onto the serious matters facing this country.

The head of the International Monetary Fund seems to be a piece of work. Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s reputation with women earned him the nickname “the great seducer,” and not even an affair with a subordinate could knock the International Monetary Fund leader off a political path pointed in the direction of the French presidency. All that changed with charges that he sexually assaulted a maid in his hotel room, a case that generated shock and revulsion, especially in his home country.

Police said the maid picked Strauss-Kahn out of a lineup. His lawyers should have stopped that until he was under arrest. Unless the charges are quickly dropped, they could destroy his chances in a presidential race that is just starting to heat up. Do you smell a payoff to the maid? This could end up being the most expensive head in history.

An arraignment expected Sunday night was postponed until Monday. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer William Taylor said testing for evidence delayed the arraignment. As is expected and required by the legal canon of ethics, yes lawyers have a canon of ethics, his lawyers are declaring his innocence of these outlandish charges. Lawyers have ethics we just do not always have morals. Their client’s reputation, however, preceded them.

The European politicians seem to live on Viagra; of course we have our share, Bill Clinton, John Edwards, JFK, just to name a few.

I have always enjoyed the Rat Pack and I’m not talking about failing to throw things away. Many readers may not remember and have only a vague inkling of who the Rat Pack is. Read on.

The Rat Pack was a group of actors originally centered on Humphrey Bogart. In the mid-1960s it was the name used by the press and the general public to refer to a later variation of the group, after Bogart’s death, that called itself “the summit” or “the clan,” featuring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop, who appeared together on stage and in films in the early-1960s, including the movie Ocean’s 11. Sinatra, Martin and Davis were regarded as the group’s lead members.

The name “Rat Pack” was first used to refer to a group of friends in New York. Several explanations have been offered for the famous name over the years. According to one version, the group’s original “Den Mother,” Lauren Bacall, after seeing her husband (Bogart) and his friends return from a night in Las Vegas, said words to the effect of “You look like a goddamn rat pack.” “Rat Pack” may also be a shortened version of “Holmby Hills Rat Pack,” a reference to the home of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall which served as a regular hangout. Visiting members included Errol Flynn, Nat King Cole, Mickey Rooney and Cesar Romero. According to Stephen Bogart, the original members of the Holmby Hills Rat Pack were Sinatra (pack master), Judy Garland (first vice-president), Bacall (den mother), Sid Luft (cage master), Bogart (rat in charge of public relations), Swifty Lazar (recording secretary and treasurer), Nathaniel Benchley (historian), David Niven, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, George Cukor, Cary Grant, Rex Harrison, and Jimmy Van Heusen. In his autobiography The Moon’s a Balloon, Niven confirms that the Rat Pack originally included him but not Sammy Davis Jr. or Dean Martin.

The 1960s version of the group included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford, and for a brief stint, Norman Fell. Marilyn Monroe, Angie Dickinson, Juliet Prowse, and Shirley MacLaine were often referred to as the “Rat Pack Mascots”. Angie Dickinson was a fine looking woman. She appeared in Rio Bravo with John Wayne and Dean Martin in the 1950s western. The post-Bogart version of the group (Bogart died in 1957) was reportedly never called that name by any of its members — they called it the Summit or the Clan. “The Rat Pack” was a term used by journalists and outsiders, although it remains the lasting name for the group.

Often, when one of the members was scheduled to give a performance, the rest of the Pack would show up for an impromptu show, causing much excitement among audiences, resulting in return visits. They sold out almost all of their appearances, and people would come pouring into Las Vegas, sometimes sleeping in cars and hotel lobbies when they could not find rooms, just to be part of the Rat Pack entertainment experience. The marquees of the hotels at which they were performing as individuals would read, for example, “DEAN MARTIN – MAYBE FRANK – MAYBE SAMMY” as seen on a Sands Hotel sign.

Peter Lawford was a brother-in-law of President John F. Kennedy (dubbed “Brother-in-Lawford” by Sinatra), and the group played a role in campaigning for him and the Democrats, appearing at the July 11, 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. Lawford had asked Sinatra if he would have Kennedy as a guest at his Palm Springs house in March 1963, and Sinatra went to great lengths (including the construction of a helipad) to accommodate the President. When Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy advised his brother to sever his ties to Sinatra because of the entertainer’s association with Mafia figures such as Sam Giancana, the stay was cancelled. Kennedy instead chose to stay at rival Bing Crosby‘s estate, which further infuriated Sinatra. Lawford was blamed for this, and Sinatra “never again had a good word for (him)” from that point onwards. Lawford’s role in the upcoming 4 for Texas was written out, and his part in Robin and the 7 Hoods was given to Bing Crosby.

On June 20, 1965, Sinatra, Martin, and Davis, with Johnny Carson as the emcee (subbing for Bishop, who was out with a bad back), performed their only televised concert together during the heyday of the Pack at the Kiel Opera House in St. Louis, a closed-circuit broadcast done as a fundraiser for Dismas House (the first halfway house for ex-convicts). Thirty years later Paul Brownstein tracked down a print of the “lost” show in a St. Louis closet. It has since been broadcast on Nick at Night (in 1998) as part of The Museum of Television & Radio Showcase series and released on DVD as part of the Ultimate Rat Pack Collection: Live & Swingin.

In 1981, Martin and Davis appeared together in the film Cannonball Run, and were joined by Sinatra in the sequel Cannonball Run II. This would be the last time that the three would appear in a movie together. (Shirley MacLaine also appears in the latter film).

In December 1987, at Chasen’s restaurant in Los Angeles, Sinatra, Davis, and Martin announced a 29 date tour, called Together Again, sponsored by HBO and American Express. At the press conference to announce the tour, Martin joked about calling the tour off, and Sinatra rebuked a reporter for using the term “Rat Pack,” referring to it as “that stupid phrase”.

Dean Martin’s son, Dean Paul Martin, had died in a plane crash in March 1987 on the San Gorgonio Mountain in California, the same mountain where Sinatra’s mother, Dolly, had been killed in a plane crash ten years earlier. Martin had since become increasingly dependent on alcohol and prescription drugs. Davis had had hip replacement surgery two years previously, and been estranged from Sinatra because of his usage of cocaine. Davis was also experiencing severe financial difficulties, and was promised by Sinatra’s people that he could earn between six and eight million dollars from the tour.

Martin had not made a film or recorded since 1983, and Sinatra felt that the tour would be good for Martin, telling Davis, “I think it would be great for Dean. Get him out. For that alone it would be worth doing” Sinatra and Davis still performed regularly, yet had not recorded for several years. Both Sinatra and Martin had made their last film appearances together, in 1984’s Cannonball Run II, a film which also starred Davis. This marked the trio’s first feature film appearance since 1964’s Robin and the 7 Hoods. Martin expressed reservations about the tour, wondering whether they could draw as many people as they had in the past. After private rehearsals, at one of which Sinatra and Davis had complained about the lack of black musicians in the orchestra, the tour began at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on March 13, 1988.

To a sold-out crowd of 14,500, Davis opened the show, followed by Martin and then Sinatra; after an interval, the three performed a medley of songs. During the show, Martin threw a lighted cigarette at the audience; this, coupled with his increasingly blasé attitude to the tour and his frustration with Sinatra’s anger over hotel accommodation in Chicago, led to his leaving the tour after only four performances. Martin cited ‘kidney problems’ as the reason for his departure. Eliot Weisman, Sinatra’s representative, suggested replacing Martin with his client, Liza Minnelli. With Minnelli, the tour was called The Ultimate Event, and continued internationally to great success.

My wife and I were supposed to see the reunion tour of the Rat Pack in Chicago but I would not go see Liza Minnelli instead of Dean Martin, his replacement. I did see Frank Sinatra live twice and Dean Martin once. I never saw Sammy Davis , Jr. or Joey Bishop.

Davis’s associate recalled Sinatra’s people skimming the top of the revenues from the concerts, as well as stuffing envelopes full of cash into suitcases after the performances. Eliot Weisman had already been convicted of skimming, the act of taking money before it has been accounted for taxation purposes, after a series of Sinatra performances at the Westchester Premier Theatre in 1976, eventually being sentenced to six years in prison for the offence. August 1989, after Davis experienced throat pain, he was diagnosed with throat cancer; he would die of the disease in May 1990. Davis was buried with a gold watch that Sinatra had given him at the conclusion of The Ultimate Event Tour.

A 1989 performance of The Ultimate Event in Detroit was recorded and shown on Showtime the following year as a tribute to the recently deceased Davis. A review in The New York Times praised Davis’s performance, describing him as “pure, ebullient, unapologetic show business.”

Just a couple of thoughts I had.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

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Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

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Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“Probably nothing in the world arouses more false hopes than the first four hours of a diet.” – Samuel Beckett

Don’t I know this to be true!