Archive for March 2005
West shore of Rock Lake, Wisconsin. Copper outpost of the prehistoric E.U.?
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The Dragon in the Lake — New Book Reveals Latest Research on the Ancient Underwater Pyramids in Wisconsin
I was in the “notorious junk bond” dealers, the “Pep Boys” franchise shop having my car repaired and reading the magazines, they had the original “Low Rider” issue. In it, beyond the statement of purpose, was some of the politics of the day. The Vietnam “war” (never declared by Congress, I was once about to be drafted into) article had that, as someone had obtained the info, not available to the public, that a disproportionate number of Mexican-Americans were dying there, there was protest along those lines by Americans who wanted to know “why”. This image to me refers back to the same question. I attended Newfield H.S., in a “blue collar bedroom community” which, according to my “leaked” source, had the first JROTC Marines in the USA, the US Army one in CT, (in Paul McCartney’s managers town, maybe we had the “Brooklyn Bridge”) and the Navy and Air Force on the West Coast. “Defense Monitor” reported 20,000 of them now, in mostly poor schools, and at $1 billion a year, it asked “Are they worth it”? before going off the air.
As a relation of a TV news producer who had his “common soldiers” view of Vietnam, stopped by “higher ups” (according to Edwin Newman, who read the letter written to his crew there, at his eulogy in the United Nations Chapel, he last “covered” the both US conventions of 1976 for CBS, and had died in Mexico)
I too would like to know if certain types of people (like the Japanese-Americans lost disproportionately to the Texans they saved in the WWII “Battle of the Bulge”) or troops are being asked to serve.
“The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment was drawn up by 1,300 researchers from 95 nations over a period of four years.”
That is interesting observation, one I wouldn’t have made even though I had seen the “Pieta” from behind thick purplish glass at the New York World’s Fair in 1964.
There is a beautiful white copy of the “Pieta” in the St. Joseph’s Seminary, in Yonkers, NY, and other statuary, one a native American. The Seminary once was to have been “condemned” for a site of public housing. Ironically, the Valentine House once there, (now an archaeology site) was instrumental, on a high point, for General Washington’s intelligence and the eventual defeat of the British, who occupied Fort Golgotha in Huntington, NY.
You got me, I missed the Capitol dome, which was made and assembled by Janes and Kirtland, for a tiny bit over $1 million during the Lincoln Administration. It was cast in the Bronx, NY, the company once near the African Burial Ground, on Duane Street in Manhattan, before being “removed” to the Bronx. The previous dome was more like a “hatbox” and Lincoln it’s said thought the new one symbolic of bringing the Union back together. Lifted into place with horsepower, block and tackle, and labor, J. & K. had previously produced, after a fire, an all cast iron Library of Congress, got a foot in the door, and other structures resulted, some superseded as the Nation grew in size. Janes and Kirtland was in business until the 1960’s. (Add-to: last reported in the “Bronx History” journal to have been producing the ubiquitous steel kitchen cabinets found once in many apartments).
– Site Recommended by Brian Flemming, once candidate for Governor of California and author of the musical, “Batboy”.
3/23/2005 I had to replace two out of the four tires I had just bought in September in Monticello, NY. I was in no-man’s land, between Exit 46 and Exit 48 (on the Long Island Expressway, apparently “no Exit” 47, Sartre would have laughed) when the front went out on one of my new Bridgestones. I managed to get into the “Emergency Stopping Only” shoulder and jacked up the car next to the speeding-by traffic and put the spare on. I got off the Long Island Expressway, and after choices offered at the gas station/convenience center of local places that might fix a tire, went past Old Bethpage Village Restoration, into a Gulf station on Manetto Hills and Old Country Road. I was surprised, the busy station was being run by a nice younger woman. She offered to replace the same tire for $89 plus and since I had replaced all four in Monticello, NY after a road hazard there punctured a sidewall and I barely made it into another auto center there, I said OK. Then we went outside, her and I, and I explained I would like to be the one opening and closing the rear hatch on my 1983 black Volvo wagon, and noticed a bubble in the sidewall of the rear tire. Her and the mechanics agreed that would be from potholes, and would I like another tire, which then they sent out again for. Both beads were ripped, exposing steel.
As I pulled back later onto the Expressway, I didn’t get very far when traffic halted near the Huntington exit at 49, I think. There were 2 or 3 police cars, a large NY State vehicle, with strange bumpers, and as we slowly went by in one lane, a small flatbed truck with two guys shoveling a small pile of “hot patch” into some of the holes in the road. Later, I read in Newsday, that the guy who did “The Big Dig” in Boston, MA was supposed to be responsible for finishing all the work on the Long Island Expressway too! Can’t they spread these contracts around a bit! But that “lawnmower entrepreneur” I’m thinking of calling these Nixon-inspired “ragged dick” guys (Horatio Alger, etc. Former Mayor Giuliani threw out the people unloading fish, over pennies, in the Fulton Fish Market, put one in charge, handed him City owned and not yet registered hi-los, and, turns out the guy was wanted in Federal Court! Which was against the “new” law the Mayor had after parading this guy around who had started by mowing lawns in Garden City, Long Island I think) had died and the Expressway (LIE), way behind schedule. (The Fish Market is moving to Hunts Point, Herman Wouk’s “home town” here in the Bronx soon.) Scandal is afoot in Boston too as the largest single construction project in the history of the United States is springing leaks, so many people are afraid to drive “in it”.