Archive for October 2006
Circa 1989, this question came up on an EPA National Priority Superfund Cleanup site, the former Marathon Battery site in Cold Spring, NY named by George Washington, across the Hudson River from West Point Military Academy and across Foundry Cove from Constitution Island, on which fortifications were designed by a Dutch cartographer to the American revolutionaries, Bernard Romans.
What at first appeared to be the procedure was that any artifacts found after recording were to be placed in a bunker onsite for storage forever. The focus of a second cleanup, as it was, of cadmium and nickel (and other) it was negotiated to at first to be processed on site by only HazMat trained personnel in trailers on the site, and then by lab personnel without the training as long as that section of the site not associated with the direct contamination was involved, i.e., the mitigation of the designed “haul road” to create the earthen dam in the cove that would be pumped out and the sediments therein combined with concrete and hauled out on rail, utilizing the former rail bed that once was used by the historic West Point Foundry to its large two railroad line dock out into the Hudson River and later by the Chicago Steel and Bridge Co., constructions of large bridge sections and skyscraper “parts” painted apparently also in Foundry Cove. It was also perhaps where the first “iron clad” ship was created in the US.
As the tests in the cove were monitored for hydrocarbons and wipe tests done on some of the artifacts it was determined that there wasn’t any threats of contamination and the “bunker” idea was abandoned.
Once upon a time I was going to get on the “Casino Royale” a new wooden “purse seiner” in Seal Cove on Grand Manan Island, where we had an old home for awhile, next to the schoolhouse. It had some new GM engine problems (assembly line failed to clean out metal turnings) and didn’t. They had built the boat around the engine and had to cut the deck open to remove it and replace it. The aluminum boat was really fast, the one that pulls the net out in a large circle around the school of herring that the “mother ship” then draws the bottom of the net closed and then hydraulically closes the top of the net, lifting the catch onto the deck into the hold I think. It went for 17 years I heard until it broke up on some rocks, the archipelago is full of submerged hazards, e.g., rock ledges, tricky passages in some of the highest tides in the world (28 feet?). To help save the herring industry in the Northeast Atlantic see: Protect Atlantic Herring: Building Block of Our Ocean Ecosystem and take action at the National Environmental Trust.
We should recall that the Israel flew over other nations in close-formation to be disguised as a wayward jetliner on radar to bomb the then French built nuclear power plant in Iraq. One of the four pilots perished in the disintegration of NASA orbiter Columbia, and ironically his notebook is being preserved, it fluttered to earth. This act directly or indirectly led to belligerency in “southwest Asia”. I don’t think it should be repeated. US Marines, just recently broke the international seals on the “yellow cake uranium” stored at that site which had been under international control, now mostly missing. Why? US mismanagement.
A number of years ago, we built, delivered, and trained from a US compound in Iran of 4000 Grumman employees, pilots for 80 F-14 Tomcats (of 100) in service to the Shah of Iran, before the Iranian student begun “hostage crisis” (over Savak secret police spying on their students here in the US they’ve said). I was sitting with an F-14 test pilot on his birthday at his home when the US announced on national television it would destroy all the F-14’s if the USSR made a move toward Iran’s border, over the “air-to-air” technology the F-14 possessed which acquires up to 6 multiple targets at long range and rumored to have electronic counter-measure.
I thought to speak here as the aircraft carrier Eisenhower steams toward Iran, where the US Navy Aegis system once destroyed a peaceful Iranian jetliner full of Islamic pilgrims. Ike warned us of the military-industrial complex, didn’t he? There’s an atomic cannon pointed at Dwight D. Eisenhower’s hometown in Abilene, Kansas in Junction City, Kansas you can see at roadside america. My high school Western Civ. teacher was an Army Reserve atomic cannonman.
Imagine if she hadn’t said she had. Duh! I was in the White House in my unpaid job as First Lady in charge of many events and affairs and you know, it just never crossed my mind! Imagine that! And you know traditionally regarded in charge of “purse strings” imagine my surprise when the Congress votes a double pay raise for the incoming replacement President whose father occupied the White House prior to President Clinton’s two terms. Gee I’d sound kind of vapid wouldn’t I?
But seriously, I did enjoy her speech at Princeton University I caught on TV. I spent a lot of time in the tree nursery there digging test holes for archaeology in the fall and winter for the interchange on Route 1 there a new hi-tech corridor that’s been ongoing. I went to a conference when PC’s came out and were installed at Forbes College there and met Anna Roosevelt, the former President Theodore Roosevelt’s granddaughter who works on Marajo island in Brazil, the size of Indiana, and with these new tools we have new ways of understanding the past peacefully it’s hoped.
Well, the Republicans did have a voter drive in the great state of Mississippi (and they got that barge canal over the “energy island” for NYC Congress once chose). They got hold of voters rolls or something and cross compared them with phone books I read. They then cold-called people to get them to register to vote. Bravo! However they were also reminding (or harassing) that a Republican called to get out the vote. Anyone have a recording of their “pep” speech?
On a less happy note I read in the New Hampshire “Granite State News” a number of years ago that MLKjr had friends in Wolfeboro, NH and where it was reported Coretta Scott King, his wife, was hidden after the assassination. Wolfeboro is also where recently there is the small Wright Museum of WWII (former Wolfeboro Falls lumber yard) partly designed by the D.C. “Holocaust Museum” designer I was told. Former Vice President Dan Quayle was seen at the local lunch counter one election year and its said Bob and Libby Dole bought a judge’s place out near the now to be decommissioned grass airfield on Wolfeboro Neck. Another rumor I heard in an antique barn was that Tom Selleck, a friend of the Doles’, bought a place across the former seaplane strip over on Tuftonboro Neck.
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire: Vice President George W. Bush stopped on the upper deck of the Motor Ship Mount Washington to ask the small crowd gathered at dockside to join him in a moment of silence. President Ronald Reagan was to go under general anesthesia for a colon probe and operation to correct a diagnosed medical condition. Vice President Bush would be Acting President during the procedure. He appeared to be wearing garters on his sleeves, perhaps. Vice President George W. Bush left the ship’s deck and came ashore, and was surrounded by the Secret Service and whisked into a waiting limo.
I was getting an ice cream cone at “Dockside”.
oops… Vice President H. W. Bush. Please believe me that really happened. I once was on the side of the road at MacArthur Airport on Long Island, NY when Hubert Humphrey went by who I still recall said “Thank you, boys” which we were. Later President Nixon stopped there at night in the old Air Force One and they moved the placard holding demonstrators to behind the bleachers. When President George W. Bush visited St Patrick’s Cathedral, there were two sections one up the street away from the church for the myriad placard holding peaceful demonstrators and another cheering section out in front of the cathedral. I was there on a bus I had been called in in the middle of the day to go pick up maps to get the archaeological surveys of the Upper Hudson River for the GE PCB cleanup designed by T.A.M.S. which was then bought by TYCO, embroiled in fiscal scandal thereafter. Coincidently, under the alter in St. Patrick’s, before Cardinal O’Connor “joined him” is Pierre Toussaint, a famous African-American Catholic helper of the poor in NYC whose burial was excavated apparently by an archaeologist for the church.
One of Yonkers (mayors), not too long ago, when they were in Federal court over minority and low-income housing provisos, committed suicide. Yonkers is New York State’s fourth largest city according to Encarta. One proposal I worked on the archaeology of, was to take property from St. Josephs Catholic Seminary, on the former strategic Valentine tavern site from which General Washington’s spies could see British ships on the Long Island Sound and in the Hudson River. I’m pretty sure that didn’t happen. There’s a “pieta” replica in it and other interesting sculpture.
This is an interesting “attack” which if you take the citizen test is sort of meaningless. In the one of twenty multiple choice questions in their review book one is asked who elects the President? If you answer the people and not the Electoral College you will be marked wrong. The Electoral College should be reformed, imho, as it was part of the Constitution before an amendment was passed requiring that the President and the Vice-President be from the same party, not as the framers wrote it.
“It’s been quoted so many times since it was first uttered during FDR’s first inaugural address in March 1933, it’s become almost too familiar — we hear it without really hearing it.” – Arianna Huffington
I referred to this, Monday, October 09, 2006, and have been thinking about it, the Sing Sing exhibit in New York Urban Cultural Park in Ossining, NY, standing in Watertown, NY airport with one of the editors of “Archaeology” Angela Schuster, as a big 747 Aer Lingus jet landed out of the blue, and the NY Dept. of Correctional Services buses pulled up to it I thought for the new prison at Cape Vincent, NY (where some of the Bonapartes were seen and perhaps lived) with apparently no crash equipment and one small hangar her husband had flown their recently restored plane to, through the last night’s storm, while we were watching “Young Guns” at the mall. We were at Sacketts Harbor tracking down human remains in the area where condos were planned in this Lake Ontario-side touted retirement community, where its said over 45,000 may have been encamped in the War of 1812. We were testing near a small fort that was manned by the veterans of the American Revolution, and at one point called the County Coroner to verify the bones we had found were historic, in the parade field where a young lieutenant, Ulysses S. Grant had served, fresh out of West Point Academy in the Madison Barracks, a future captain on Governors Island, a General in the Civil War, a President of the United States and who is interred in Grant’s Tomb with his wife on Manhattan Island in NYC. (Add: “Both Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia Dent Grant are still in New York’s General Grant National Memorial, commonly known as Grant’s Tomb.” bluffr.com)
In the intro film clip of “To Kill a Mockingbird” from the book by Nelle Harper Lee, the narrator, remarks that in 1932, “Macon County had been recently told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.” It then has the dialogue begin with Atticus and the boy, a guest at their table. Atticus explains his father told him he could shoot all the bluejays he wanted but it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.