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16 July 2013


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Yup No One, I know that....but I still urge people to read the fine print of the policy...or have a lawyer one trusts (not an easy thing these days) and pay the lawyer to read it. And then request the lawyer opine on the adequacy of the policy. In writing.

steve g

How about that heat wave just about everyone
is experiencing? Heard the last ten years were
hottest on record. We up nort Yanquis are
witness to Florida, Texas style heat. Had
9 inches of rain the last 3 weeks now the drought
cycle again? Maybe Col.Lang could recommend a
hardy short season tobacco type so we can grow
our own as the guvment has raised taxes ala
Canada on those products. I dont personally smoke
but could see people that do grow their own.
I believe back in the Revolutionary era they grew
it as far north as New York and Conn still might.


Congrats. I did both at the same time a few years ago. My mistake was that I didn't let things slide with fixing up the house as much as I should have. And if you do have to work on the house, never do so during naptime. I once dropped an aluminum ladder outside the baby's room just after my wife has finally gotten her to sleep. Wasn't pretty. Best of luck.


Pelham was a brave man. It's good to see Virginia isn't forgetting her history. As to the cannon, I see they sell to private buyers. I wonder if I could at least get a loan for the back yard for the summer. I don't know if it would be good for keeping the Yankees away, but it would sure irritate the liberal next door.


Great news from down under (not)


Nice to be required to conform to computer programming. What's the calibration accuracy on speedometers; or speed radar for that matter?


Congratulations, Tyler. Big changes on the way. enjoy them all.


That is very true:



Definitely a moving story. I can only imagine what these communities look like now.


More news from the 'drone' world.


A remote controlled F-4 that can self destruct? If memory serves that stretch of Rt 98 isn't part of a bomb range. There are certainly some beautiful beaches along it though and great scalloping/fishing off shore this time of year.

William R. Cumming

Here are excerpts from a speech entitled “The President and the Press: Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association”, given by US President John F. Kennedy at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, April 27, 1961.

“Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen:

“Tonight, I want to talk about our common responsibilities in the face of a common danger. The events of recent weeks may have helped to illuminate that challenge for some; but the dimensions of its threat have loomed large on the horizon for many years. Whatever our hopes may be for the future — for reducing this threat or living with it — there is no escaping either the gravity or the totality of its challenge to our survival and to our security — a challenge that confronts us in unaccustomed ways in every sphere of human activity.
“The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.
“Today no war has been declared — and however fierce the struggle may be, it may never be declared in the traditional fashion. Our way of life is under attack. Those who make themselves our enemy are advancing around the globe. The survival of our friends is in danger. (…)
“For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence — on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.
“Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match. (…)
“It is the unprecedented nature of this challenge that also gives rise to your second obligation — an obligation which I share. And that is our obligation to inform and alert the American people — to make certain that they possess all the facts that they need, and understand them as well — the perils, the prospects, the purposes of our program and the choices that we face.
“Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed — and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment — the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution — not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply ‘give the public what it wants’ — but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.
“This means greater coverage and analysis of international news — for it is no longer far away and foreign but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improved understanding of the news as well as improved transmission. And it means, finally, that government at all levels, must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security — and we intend to do it.”

John Fitzgerald Kennedy


Thank you all for your advice and well wishes. I will try to live up to the expectations this tiny baby has for me as a father, and will certainly take everything you've said to heart.


McCain can find the time to push through Obama's insanely leftist nominees, but refuses to accept the nomination of GEN Dempsey because he won't agree with Judas McCain who thinks we should invade Syria.


I have to concur hearthily with jonst. MERS, among other financial things, is a total mess. Barry Ritholtz has written quite a lot about it.

Hernando de Soto, a Peruvian economist, has written about the failure of record keeping in under developed countries, and how it affects peoples ability to lend capital.

You can find a nice law review at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1791896&rec=1&srcabs=1737857&alg=1&pos=1

The short version: Keep very careful track of your papers and transactions. Trusting your bank is foolish.

The truth shall set us free.

William R. Cumming

Tyler! Assuming that in January 2015 the US Senate has a Republican Majority McCain will hold at least one Committee chair. WOW!


Steve G -

The Connecticut River Valley is still home to some pretty significant tobacco farms. My high school English teacher grew up in Deerfield, Mass., and worked every summer in the tobacco barns as a teenager. However, it won't grow anywhere else in New England on a large scale -- only the Connecticut Valley has the right combination of soil and climate. But I wouldn't be surprised to see tobacco cultivation start moving north into New Hampshire and Vermont parts of the valley as the climate gets hotter.
Speaking of which, I'd take five or more blizzards in a row over even a few days of this heat. This is insane. My Swamp Yankee compatriots and I wilt in this stuff. Time to find a deep kettle pond, or maybe head over to Brant Rock where the Gulf of Maine's nice and cold.


Surprise, surprise:


Retirees in Detroit are about to get shafted. Mr. Orr was one of Obama's fundraisers.

Top unsecured creditors and where that obligation goes:
Pensions, $5 billion. That's out of a 'debt' of 18 billion. Translation, we have a proglem that was spun into a 'crisis' by bundling pension obligations into the term 'debt' thus creating a reason for CH-9 bankruptcy. The City of Detroit's pension plan is in better shape than the State of Michigan's, but you wouldn't know that from what'b being reported in the press.

On another note the Downtown Development Authority is proposing $167 million in public funding for billionaire Mike Illich to build a new hockey arena while at the same time being # 14 on the unsecured debitor list with $33.6 million. Just why a billionaire needs a $167 million of Detroit's money when pensioners are about to get shafted is beyond me.

On a bright note Egypt is still getting $1.7 billion and Israel $3 billion. Who says the President and Congress can't work together. Way to go with the bi-partisan support.

William R. Cumming

The US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has ruled against Reporter James Risen of the NY Times and denied any reporter or press privilege when a leak to the reporter was the subject of criminal charges against the leaker. A three judge opinion it could still be reheard En Banc by the 4th Ciruit of

William R. Cumming

Continued Comment: IMO if the decision stands the USA will have had its Judiciary adopt an Official Secrets Act through enactment by the Courts.

I had posted a comment previously with extracts from a JFK speech in anticipation of release of the opinion.

The Twisted Genius


As a transplanted Yankee, I share your preference for five blizzards over this oppressive heat and humidity. My wife's friend in Saratoga was complaining about the heat adding that my wife must be used to it down in Virginia. My wife was quick to tell her that she will never get used to this heat.

That Connecticut shade tobacco was a great source of pride when I was growing up there. It was grown under cotton cover to provide a filtered light and a warmer and more humid climate. Used for cigar wrappers, I believe many Cuban cigar makers often boasted of their fine Connecticut shade tobacco wrappers.

You're right about the quality of Connecticut Valley soil. It's good stuff. Of course I'm sure you can vouch for the rest of the soil in New England being especially suited for growing rocks. I've picked truckloads out of fields as a youth. You cannot get rid of them. I'm still amazed by the garden centers here in Virginia selling rocks.

The Twisted Genius


That Steen Cannons definitely does some quality work. They also made two three inch ordnance rifles for the new Stafford Civil War Park. They're also expensive. If you and your friends are handy, you might want to try your hand at building your own mountain howitzer.



He won't hold it for long. He's polling pretty low here in AZ IIRC.


I may just try that one, though I"m not sure how I'll live down having to shoot a deer with artillery.


Belated, but as hearty congratulations as all others on both counts!

Charles I

God Bless Helen Thomas. Rest in Peace.

David Habakkuk

Belated congratulations. I hope sleeplessness does not prevent you from commenting!

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