Archive for May 2006
This reminds me a bit of John Wentworth vs. Peter Livius, in pre-Revolution New Hampshire. Wentworth, the only former governor to survive the Revolution, ending up the Governor of Nova Scotia, and Livius who was appointed one of the first Supreme Court justices of Canada to stop his apparent attack as “Americus” in the London press on Wentworth, while awaiting the hearing on the accused nepotism of the Wentworth family in allotting privilege, property and rights in New Hampshire, which at the time included parts of today’s Vermont. An excellent recent historical study was done of it and one wonders how much of it was part of the American cause of jurisprudence, perhaps now overlooked (“Governor John Wentworth & the American Revolution: The English Connection” by Paul W. Wilderson, c) 1994, The University Press of New England). My friend has a cabin on Tuftonboro Neck outside Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, the neck which Livius once owned and the family he represented by marriage, and nearby Governor Wentworth’s place, the “oldest summer resort” in America because of it, the former Governor’s site is on Lake Wentworth near the big Lake Winnepeasauki where Bob and Libby Dole bought a judge’s place, a friend of theirs.
“Anytime, baby” was on the shoulder patch of the Grumman trained pilots of the F-14 Tomcat’s the Shah of Iran ordered (80 [of 100?] delivered according to an F-14 test pilot Tom Gwynne, vice president of the “Cradle of Aviation Museum” on Long Island, NY the other day in Newsday) for defense of Iran back in the late 1970’s before “Top Gun” and the revolt, I believe over the impunity of Savak, the Shah’s secret police, that operated here in the U.S. collecting info on students here in American schools. There was a striped orange tiger tabby cat in a boxing ring with gloves on standing at one of the corners on it.
Back in the early 70s there was also a wanted poster too, of Jesus Christ, “Wanted Dead or Alive” maybe part of the crusade we seem to be involved in. Apparently, Pontius Pilate may have been involved in the assassination death of Emperor Tiberius, however the story of the cobbler “wandering jew” who drags his body out of a lake every year, is a fictional account partly from Texan frontier pharmacist, an O. Henry story (after Ohio Penitentiary they they think in Austin).
Posted by georgejmyers at 3:10 PM : May 30, 2006
Note: the Iranian student problem was noted in the film “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” where a demonstration is included in the film I seem to rememeber which may date the script or lend an historical telling to the tale, of the two “witnesses” to a murder played by Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.
I worked on the U.S. EPA National Priority Superfund cleanup in Cold Spring, NY on the Hudson River, in Foundry Cove, next to Constitution Island, where a great chain had been stretched across the river to the river-edge of what is now the West Point Academy to then stop the British Navy, with a series of them along the river, to prevent a “divide and conquer” of the Northern and Southern colonies, by commanding the river. We worked in the remains of the edge of the “West Point Foundry” which patented a rifled cannon, the Parrott “rifle” (New Hampshire brothers) used in the US Civil War to great advantage. As a part of an archaeology team, as required by law, some things were known and some not. After some remote sensing, the or a prototype of the “Swamp Angel” gun platform was partially recovered, used in 1863 bombardment of Charleston, South Carolina. In the history of the property, it was rumored that a Canadian company had been there producing “heavy water”, where the Chicago Steel and Bridge Co., had last made bridges and steel work until its “Bridge Shop” burned down in 1913. It was also recently the site of a chlorine storage fire that was fought by 700 firemen for 24 hours reported by the press, so not much of the foundry exists, piles of brick on the water tunnels, which had the first labor action in a U.S. Federal facility, it’s also written. The “lead” said don’t worry about heavy water production it doesn’t present a hazard as much as the nickel and cadmium in the Foundry Cove and Constitution Marsh, spilled from the production of batteries for the NIKE missile defense systems, once used around the world. I wonder, did this site, whose “workers” were once smuggled under aliases from Great Britain to work on the cannon founding, make the heavy water for Great Britain sent to Israel as reported?
I would hope the government can help the Tesla museum at Wardenclyffe, near Rocky Point on Long Island in New York after the (psycho-toxic) clean-up of Peerless Photo that once inhabited his complex. It is to become a Museum of Science on Long Island. An archaeologist friend once was asked about all the weird brick tunnels in the place by the photo people, I am not sure what she knew. Her husband was killed by radiation at the Brookhaven National Laboratory I heard, when it was run by the Dept. of Energy, now by a consortium of universities, nearby Stony Brook University the lead. Hope they can clean up that tritium in the aquifer.
I urge you to vote for H.R. 5388, DC Fair and Equal House Voting Rights Act, which will be considered by the Government Reform Committee on Thursday.
The DC Voting Rights Act will give the citizens of the District of Columbia voting representation in the House. The bill was introduced by Representative Tom Davis (R-VA) and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and has both Republican and Democratic cosponsors.
We believe this bill is a fair and politically viable way of correcting an injustice that has existed for over 200 years. The committee has an opportunity to make history, to bring more than half million Americans fully into our democracy, where they belong.
The citizens of the District of Columbia deserve the same right that all other Americans have to be represented in Congress. DC residents pay federal income taxes, serve on juries, and die in wars to defend American democracy. DC citizens are currently serving in the armed forces in Iraq, fighting for new democratic rights for Iraqis that they do not enjoy themselves.
Please vote for H.R. 5388, the DC Voting Rights Act, and give the more than half million Americans in the District a vote in the House.
I am just saying D.C. should have the right to vote, it after NYC and Philadelphia the capital of the U.S. The Capitol dome was made in Motthaven in the Bronx, NY and assembled for President Lincoln for just over 1 million dollars. That was after the fire in the Library of Congress and they replaced it with an all cast iron one in 1859, which has been replaced as the Library grew, covered up I read. Janes and Kirtland last had an office in the Seaport and made the ubiquitous steel kitchen cabinets still in many apartments in New York City. I know if I didn’t have a vote, I’d have so much to complain about, I’d be bonkers.
There was an interesting author interview on the L.A. based book show that was broadcast on WNYC TV I think it was. It was with the author Kevin McKiernan who recently published, “The Kurds” about those people who live in the north of Iraq, Turkey, Iran and former Soviet Union. I was once assigned a reading topic on them in anthropology, not much had been done, the particular group studied lived a semi-nomadic herding life bringing goats and sheep to higher pastures in the summer and lower altitudes in the winter. I had just caught the end of the interview, where the author stated most of the Kurds in the U.S. are in Nashville, TN, Fargo, North Dakota and San Diego, California and had been responsible for some of the information supplied leading up to the occupation of Iraq, where they control mostly the area around Kirkuk, an “Iraqi-Kurdistan” which contains the rich oil fields of Mosul. The famous archaeology site “Nuzi” is there, excavated by Starr of Harvard University in the 1930’s, which I had the opportunity to read the site report from.
The author thought the Kurds more secular Sunni’s than the Iraqi Shi’ite, who are ruled from Friday services from the mosque, and the country may go the way of Czechoslovakia (now separate republics) and partition off into three separate areas of defense, though the Turkish government may not allow it to happen, as recent bloody fighting has been going on there with “their” Kurds. My anthropology education has been one study, then a war, after another starting with East Timor, which nations that could have stopped but allowed an invasion to go on, right after the Vietnam debacle, said to be over off-shore oil there too. It looks like a book the leadership should be reading.
U.S. Senator Clinton, the former “First Lady”, once sponsored the “Purple Heart” stamp, the Post Office often honors politician’s requests, the medal first given out in New York City, the Order of the Purple Heart was established Aug. 7, 1782, and then made them permanently print it I read. At the New Windsor Cantonment, near Newburgh, NY (where a conspiracy to make General George Washington king was thwarted) will be a veterans Purple Heart center, announced by Bernadette Castro, who once ran for U.S. Senator against NY’s former senior U.S. Senator Patrick Moynihan, she since, the appointed head of NY State’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Some remember her as the young girl bouncing up and down on the TV ads for “Castro Convertible” sofas. I slept on one the night she lost. The New Windsor Cantonment is where we asked the troops to over-winter after the treaty with the British had been signed, just in case. I slept there too once in the winter.