Oct 31 2014

Scariest jack-o’-lantern ever

It looks like some kind of sci-fi blob from outer space, but it’s actually a high-speed photograph of a nuclear explosion. It was captured less than 1 millisecond after the detonation using a rapatronic camera, which is capable of exposure times as brief as 10 nanoseconds (one nanosecond is one billionth of a second). The photograph was shot from roughly 7 miles away during the Tumbler-Snapper tests in Nevada (1952). The fireball is roughly 20 meters in diameter, and three … [more]

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Oct 20 2014

Memphis Blues Caravan


Once upon a time in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on a cold January night in 1975, I had the distinct pleasure of seeing and hearing a unique gathering of Delta bluesmen.  Here’s the clipping from the top of page 4 of the 1/22/1975 edition of The Daily O’Collegian (Oklahoma State’s college paper)…

…and here are the fascinating stories of the Memphis Blues Caravan, as told by Arne Brogger.  Mr. Brogger wrote me today and added “It was an extraordinary experience, from start to … [more]

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Oct 19 2014

House to house, field to field

Elie Wiesel hides ethnic cleansing behind a prayer shawl

By , Oct. 17, 2014 1:16 AM


Much have I learned from gossip columns, which for reasons of propriety are also called “social columns.” Without them how would we know who’s going with whom and for what gain?

Before turning to the news pages, cast an eye on the yellow stuff. It will help you understand how the system works.

The special ads – not those intended to … [more]

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Oct 19 2014

Crossing Central Avenue




This letter appeared in today’s Sentinel Record…


Remember the unborn

Dear editor:

I want to thank the First Church of Nazarene, located on Central Avenue next to the expressway. They have crosses located on their church grounds that reflect the children who have been aborted for several years now. It is a soul-searching experience to see this and it hurts my soul to think we, as Americans, allow abortion to exist and using taxpayers money to [more]

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Oct 12 2014

Ghost story


On the right-of-way of the New York Central Railroad, track-walkers, sand-house men, “shacks” and section-hands used to tell this ghost story of Lincoln’s funeral train.  So said the Albany Evening Times:

“Regularly in the month of April, about midnight the air on the tracks becomes very keen and cutting.  On either side of the tacks it is still warm and still.  Every watchman, when he feels the air, slips off the track and sits down to watch.  Soon the … [more]

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Oct 08 2014

Prepared, preconceived and planned

From Pol Pot to ISIS: “Anything that flies on everything that moves”

By John Pilger, 8 October 2014


In transmitting President Richard Nixon’s orders for a “massive” bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, “Anything that flies on everything that moves”. As Barack Obama ignites his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the orchestrated hysteria and lies make one almost nostalgic for Kissinger’s murderous honesty.

As a witness to the … [more]

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Sep 24 2014

I hate to besmirch ignorance


Monsieur d’Nalgar (September 24, 2014 CE):  This bit of plagiarized bigotry appeared in today’s Sentinel Record, under the red, white, and blue title of “The American way”…


Dear editor:

During the Civil War, the nurses were nuns. They, along with Upjohn, developed the plasma system in the ’30s that saved so many lives in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and now in the Middle East.

Back when the church first started, there were no Catholic hospitals. Today, [more]

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