Among the vicissitudes incident to life, no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the fourteenth day of the present month. On the one hand, I was summoned by my Country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love, from a retreat which I had chosen with the fondest predilection, and, in my flattering hopes, with an immutable decision, as the asylum of my declining years: a retreat which was rendered every day more necessary as well as more dear to me, by the addition of habit to inclination, and of frequent interruptions in my health to the gradual waste committed on it by time. On the other hand, the magnitude and difficulty of the trust to which the voice of my Country called me, being sufficient to awaken in the wisest and most experienced of her citizens, a distrustful scrutiny into his qualifications, could not but overwhelm with dispondence, one, who, inheriting inferior endowments from nature and unpractised in the duties of civil administration, ought to be peculiarly conscious of his own deficiencies.
Without the pendulum clock, the Industrial Revolution doesn’t happen. Without the quartz clock, the technology in the digital revolution doesn’t happen. It’s time, weirdly enough, that advanced our world. How?
The pendulum clock (conceived by Galileo, made by Christiaan Huygens) was useful for accurate timekeeping because the time it takes for a pendulum to swing is approximately the same regardless of the size of the pendulum. That means, a pendulum swing could serve as an accurate measurement of time. Before this, time was relatively useless because of how inaccurate it was across people, countries, and the world. This put everyone on the same time, so to speak.
The quartz clock (shout out Pierre and Jacques Curie) was even more accurate, since when electricity is sent through quartz it vibrates at a specific frequency so it can be programmed for exact timekeeping purposes. This is all necessary to coordinate the microprocessors in our computers and technology.
I think I've got the rate on the church clock pretty well adjusted. But this damned cooling and warming, without Harrison's gridiron pendulum, tasks me...
Anyway, given my hobby of debunking certain things, I did find this debunking the debunking article at FiveThirtyEight to be of great interest. This shit is a lot like conspiracy theories: somebody gets to feel superior over all the garlic eaters and their accepted knowledge. Now lemme tell ya about chemtrails...
Call Guinness: George is still kicking at a spry 150!
Lovely view, eh?
The first landing on the way to the tower.
It was the first time in about 3 weeks that I felt like I had some real energy. I know it's 3 weeks because I was laid up last Thursday and couldn't wind the clock, plus the 2 times before that I was wicked sore and exhausted after turning the crank.
Today, I walked to the church, made sure to pace myself on the winding, and felt darn fine on the walk home. What a gorgeous day to mosey around the Village District...
With time running out in the legislative session, supporters of marijuana legalization launched a sneak attack Wednesday from the Vermont Senate in hopes of forcing a reluctant House to weigh in on the matter.
By a 16 to 12 vote, the Senate moved to send its languishing legalization bill back over to the House, where it has stalled in committee for weeks.
“I thought there ought to be at least an opportunity for House members to express their support or opposition,” said Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Sears moved to attach the contents of a previously passed Senate bill to an unrelated House bill, H.858, which makes miscellaneous changes to the criminal code.
“I’m not surprised,” Speaker Shap Smith (D-Morristown) said of the move, adding that it would not necessarily force the full House to vote on legalization.
Smith described the number of House members who would support legalization as “not many” and said that if it came to the House floor attached to another bill, "It will lose and lose badly.”
Those not part of "not many" in the House can bite me. Cowards.
I spent much of last week in bed. Sadie was under the weather and out of school the last couple days, but we still went to our favorite bakery to get cookies as we do every Tuesday and Friday. From the peeps there, we learned that everybody's been getting hit pretty well by a bad cocktail of bugs floating around, which makes me feel a little better about having at least one Pritsky-Garstka (if not two) down every day since Easter.
Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower— where among these did the power reside that moves the heart? What flower of the nation bride-sweet broke to the whole rapture? Hoover, Coolidge, Harding, Wilson hear the factories of human misery turning out commodities. For whom are the holy matins of the heart ringing? Noble men in the quiet of morning hear Indians singing the continent’s violent requiem. Harding, Wilson, Taft, Roosevelt, idiots fumbling at the bride’s door, hear the cries of men in meaningless debt and war. Where among these did the spirit reside that restores the land to productive order? McKinley, Cleveland, Harrison, Arthur, Garfield, Hayes, Grant, Johnson, dwell in the roots of the heart’s rancor. How sad “amid lanes and through old woods” echoes Whitman’s love for Lincoln!
A[n] audience member who said he backs Sanders' candidacy asked the senator whether he will encourage his supporters to back Clinton if she wins the nomination.
"We’re not a movement where I can snap my fingers and say to you or to anybody else what you should do, that you should all listen to me. You shouldn’t. You make these decisions yourself," Sanders replied.
He then said that Clinton will have to court his supporters herself.
"And if Secretary Clinton wins, it is incumbent upon her to tell millions of people who right now do not believe in establishment politics or establishment economics, who have serious misgivings about a candidate who has received millions of dollars from Wall Street and other special interests," he said. "She has got to go out to you."
I'll leave aside the PUMA Phenomenon in '08 and just note that, if we're stuck with a 2-party system, then an internal coalition is necessary for one to be successful politically. That means, in part, that the significant number of voters who went with the old socialist Jew ought to be acknowledged in more than a glib You Don't Want Trump To Win fashion, n'est pas? Why shouldn't Hillary expect to reach out, making her positive case, addressing their concerns expressed throughout the silly season?
Now would be a good time to remember that the victor, if she wants to rely on certain folks, might want to keep campaigning to ensure Democrats and Independents who supported her fellow primary candidate help her win the big one.
Sybil Ludington was born on April 5, 1761 in Patterson, New York, the daughter of Abigail and Colonel Henry Ludington. He had fought in the French and Indian War and was an influential community leader. He volunteered to head the local militia during the American Revolution. In 1777, Sybil was sixteen years old and the oldest of twelve children. Being the oldest, Sybil was often in charge of caring for her eleven younger siblings.
On the night of April 26, 1777, Colonel Ludington received word that the British were attacking Danbury, Connecticut, which was 25 miles from Ludington's home in New York State. Sybil Ludington went out to gather her father's troops and warn the countryside of the British troops’ incoming attack. She took a forty-mile route by horse, and riding through the pouring rain, shouted that the British were burning Danbury, and called for the militia to assemble at the home of Colonel Ludington. By the time Sybil had returned home from her ride, around four hundred men were assembled, ready to stop the British army.
Sybil Ludington was recognized for her heroic ride by the man who would become the first American President, General George Washington. She continued to help throughout the rest of the Revolutionary War as a messenger.
Bonus: she's white, so I'm sure no rightwingers would complain about having her replace...dunno, Jefferson? Grant?
According to the documents filed Friday, Bundy's defense will argue that the Constitution was "only intended to give broad federal power of property in Territories, as the Founders contemplated the expansion westward."
"Once statehood occurred for Oregon, Congress lost the right to own the land inside the state," the defense argued in the brief.
Bundy's defense is expected to argue in court that Malheur was not federal land because it had been doled out to homesteaders and was "relinquished." It is also expected to "provide evidence about foundational documents from the Federal Convention of 1787."
But there's one top pol who has little walking-back to do.
Doug Hoffer, the Democratic and Progressive state auditor, has long been critical of the federal EB-5 investor visa program, which the developers used to attract more than $350 million in foreign financing. Under EB-5, those who invest $500,000 in certain economic develop projects are eligible for a green card; if they can later show the investment generated 10 jobs, they and their families can become permanent residents of the U.S.
In a March 2012 interview with Seven Days, most of which was never published, Hoffer questioned the program's moral underpinnings, its economic utility and its oversight structure. At the time, he called EB-5 "offensive on some levels" because it allows those with means to bypass the nation's restrictive immigration procedures.
“It’s a policy that rewards wealth with citizenship,” he said. “They don’t need to wait in line like everybody else.”
He's been doing great work keeping an eye on how our state works, and shows that you can't just focus on the race for president if you want good governance.