Archive for November 2005
“Webster’s ‘Word Histories’ decimate Any Roman soldiers who pondered mutiny had good reason to think twice. A technique used by the Roman army to keep mutinous units in line was to select one-tenth of the men by lot and execute them, thereby encouraging the remaining nine-tenths to follow orders. The Latin verb for this presumably effective form of punishment was decimare, literally ‘to take a tenth of,’ which was derived from decimus, ‘tenth’, from decem, ‘ten’. It is also the root of the screeve ‘tithe’ which religious people pay a portion of their wealth to their faith, I read automatically taken out in Germany lately. Where’s Padilla’s motive? What are we supposed to think will happen if he does not do what we allege he would do, spoken in the beheaddist regime on the planet, Saudi Arabia? (sorry England stopped doing that but, heh, first will get Darwin then bring women back for beheading, bring lions back to the Tower, etc.)”
November 23, 2005 at 10:01pm
It was 10:00 PM Do you know where your rights are? New Jersey was the first state to sign the “Bill of Rights” I read. New York would not sign the U.S. Constitution without a Bill of Rights. Constitution Island is across the Hudson River from the West Point Military Academy, and a large chain stretched there (and elsewhere) across the river to stop the British Royal Navy. The fortification of Constitution Island was designed by forgotten Dutch patriot Bernard Romans, also a cartographer to the Continental (Congress) Army.
Sadly, NASA has been beat up pretty bad by the hurricane season ending today. Other problems have occurred, i.e., the recurring foam problem on the orbiter’s fuel tank, new directions from the current administration, and the cancellation of the “Prometheus” endeavor, which was to bring nuclear power to outer planetary exploration, beyond large supplies of solar power, it was lost in cutbacks as NASA recovers from these recent problems.
One of the wonderful facts of the Solar System is that there is a moon larger than a planet! At least one anyway, Ganymede, the largest of Jupiter’s satellites, is larger than the planet Mercury! Europa, the 4th largest of Jupiter’s satellites, is covered with a smooth shell of frozen water. One of the objectives of the “Prometheus” project was to explore Jupiter’s Europa, where below the kilometers of ice on its surface, may be more water than on all the Earth, and perhaps some form of life, water thought necessary for its survival, and forms of life recently found in Earth’s deep oceans, at unbelievable pressures and temperatures, once thought impossible, have totally surprised scientists.
The Planetary Society is recovering from a recent “Solar Sail” test launch failure, the launch was on an un-upgraded Russian missile (it was overlooked in the assembly) fired from a Russian submarine, and is stating that a “mission to Europa should be of the highest priority at the world’s space agencies.” It would, “unite the world’s spacefaring nations and the most talented scientists and engineers in developing a mission to this intriguing moon and advance humankind’s exploration of our cosmos.” As one sitting in the classroom of “Planetary Atmospheres” when the Mars Viking mission landed and sampled that planet for life, and later at the Jupiter Voyager fly-by pictures, Stony Brook University then involved with those and other explorations (i.e., the expedition to Antarctica to study the “ozone problem” within the Astronomy Dept.) I could not agree more.
Hastert Does Falwell’s Bidding, Renames Capitol "Holiday" Tree "Christmas" Tree… | The Huffington Post
“The last original tree on the White House grounds was taken down because the squirrels were annoying the Bush Administration (‘methinks he protesteth…aw shucks, conjure ’em’). I wrote they perhaps should have tried cutting the offending tree square instead of down, as are all the trees at the Albany Capital complex in New York, put up by former Governor and then Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller. I think it was to cut down on squirrel ‘limb’ networks, once said to stretch from NYC to Chicago, when Europeans first arrived. So all the trees are now ‘foreign’. Tannenbaum started in New York City among German immigrants in Brooklyn it’s written spreading from there to the rest of the US. Hope it don’t come with a dictator.”
Just before President Bush selected the current Chief Justice Roberts of the Supreme Court, his brother-in-law crashed and died off the Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River connecting Westchester and Rockland counties. He had been in a Land Rover, a few years old, about 4:00 AM. Currently the bridge is under study to be replaced, and many problems were also reported in the Land Rover management. Wouldn’t it be a shame if someone was brought to trial for it, when perhaps under habeas corpus it could be shown that the either the car company or the bridge authority was at fault, which as I understand it would be required under the law Lincoln once suspended, leading to the summarily execution of over 20 native Americans in the Midwest without trial, which to this day I suspect may have contributed to the problems on the Great Plains, and in the film “Sitting Bull” (played by “Iron Eyes Cody” whom I met at a Choctaw pow-wow in 1979, the poster-Indian for a clean America) he was promised a meeting with the CiC (Commander in Chief, today CinC, and up until 2002, could also be a senior officer in a unified command, an edict by the Defense Secretary making it only refer to POTUS President of the U.S.)
I have a theory about George Clooney’s bad luck. Maybe he knows, maybe he doesn’t know about the legend of Lake Como in Italy. I’m not sure where this story comes from, for a long time now I thought it came from O. Henry (William Sydney Porter, frontier pharmacist in Texas, then a bank teller charged with embezzlement, remanded to the Ohio State Penitentiary where some in Austin, Texas think he got his name from the fragments O. Henry, which is what the former prison is today, demolished.)
O. Henry then lived and wrote in NYC, where he used to frequent the German bar and restaurant Scheffel Hall on Third Avenue near 17th Street, where electric guitarist Les Paul used to play every week with his trio, at “Fat Tuesdays” before moving to the “Iridium”. It once had a moving hologram of jazz horn player “Dizzy” Gillespie in the window (John Birks Gillespie: United States jazz trumpeter and exponent of bebop (1917-1993)). Scheffel Hall, first noted in 1966, yet still might not be a NYC Landmark, was once part of the Lower Eastside’s “Kleine Deutschland” “Little Germany”.
Anyway according to this story, Lake Como is where Pontius Pilate drowned (or was?) after returning to Italy after the fated judgment against Jesus Christ, he washed his hands of. Now here’s where it gets kind of wacko. As Jesus was dragging his cross up to Golgotha (“place of skulls” also a British fort in Huntington, NY in a cemetery atop a hill in the American Revolution) a Jewish (wasn’t everybody?) cobbler came out to Jesus and smacked him in the face as he was about to fall. According to this here telling of it, where it came from I’m not sure, for it, the “Wandering Jew” was to live forever and every year drag Pontius Pilate’s body out of Lake Como, put him on a throne of stone there and he would have to again “wash his hands” of the matter of Jesus’ guilt or innocence. At least that’s how I remember it from somewhere. Maybe it can bring bad back, being an actor, or dragging a cross?
In addition to his grandson, Ryan, the twice-divorced actor is survived by a son, Mark, an original member of the rock groups Canned Heat and Spirit, another son, Matt, and two other grandchildren.
“The wind project is planned for a mountaintop in the southern Adirondacks owned by the Barton Mines Co., a five-generation family business that has mined garnets for industrial use since 1878.”