Friday, August 31, 2012

Irish slave trade

The Irish slave trade began when James II sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as slaves to the New World. His Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies. By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves.
Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white.
From 1641 to 1652, over 500,000 Irish were killed by the English and another 300,000 were sold as slaves. Ireland’s population fell from about 1,500,000 to 600,000 in one single decade. Families were ripped apart as the British did not allow Irish dads to take their wives and children with them across the Atlantic. This led to a helpless population of homeless women and children. Britain’s solution was to auction them off as well.
During the 1650s, over 100,000 Irish children between the ages of 10 and 14 were taken from their parents and sold as slaves in the West Indies, Virginia and New England. In this decade, 52,000 Irish (mostly women and children) were sold to Barbados and Virginia. Another 30,000 Irish men and women were also transported and sold to the highest bidder. In 1656, Cromwell ordered that 2000 Irish children be taken to Jamaica and sold as slaves to English settlers.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

pee wee football

jpr: not just for coaches....its about the kids !!!!

Monday, August 27, 2012


There are not many kinds of insects referred to by the Bard, and all are species with which everyone is familiar. The references are apparently in the following order of frequency: bees and wasps; butterflies, moths and caterpillars; flies and maggots; beetles, crickets and grasshoppers; gnat, flea, ant, louse, gad-fly, bot, water-fly and locust

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Chingachgook.....RUSSELL MEANS

"Great Spirit, Maker of All Life. A warrior goes to you swift and straight as an arrow shot into the sun. Welcome him and let him take his place at the council fire of my people. He is Uncas, my son. Tell them to be patient and ask death for speed; for they are all there but one - I, Chingachgook "- Last of the Mohicans. 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Davy Crockett Toy Rifle


jpr: for those of us who missed this part of childhood go to

the smallest twin engine airplane

Introducing the MC10 Cri-CriDesigned in the early 1970s by a French aeronautical engineer Michel Colomban, the Cri-cri aircraft is the world's smallest twin-engine aircraft at only 4.9 m (16.1 ft) wingspan and 3.9 m (12.8 ft) length. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

soccer fact

In 1976 Chris Nicholl of Aston Villa scored all the goals in one game; two own goals as well as two good goals in a 2-2 draw with Leicester.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

SONNET 43... shakespeare

When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see,
For all the day they view things unrespected;
But when I sleep, in dreams they look on thee,
And darkly bright are bright in dark directed.
Then thou, whose shadow shadows doth make bright,
How would thy shadow's form form happy show
To the clear day with thy much clearer light,
When to unseeing eyes thy shade shines so!
How would, I say, mine eyes be blessed made
By looking on thee in the living day,
When in dead night thy fair imperfect shade
Through heavy sleep on sightless eyes doth stay!
   All days are nights to see till I see thee,
   And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.

jpr: Oh happy dreams from happy sleep

Celebrities With Sleep Problems

George Clooney
Lady Gaga
Shaquille O'Neal
Sandra Bullock

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Are Environmentalists Self-Righteous Elitists?

No, of course not.  This TED talk (Poster Wisdom usually) makes an interesting point though, don't you think?

mars rover

apparently another vehicle was abandoned  there first.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Paul Riddick

Paul Riddick is obsessed with fast cars. It’s how quickly he can get a new purchase back to the showroom and trade it in for something else. The grandfather has been named Britain’s most prolific car owner by Auto Express magazine after going through more than 400 since he passed his driving test in 1959 – an average of eight a year.

Zombie Primer (con't), a service of CDC (Center for Disastrous Catastrophes - a subsidiary of EPL)

Zombie or NO?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

How Ronnie got banned from Playing Golf at Pipestem


Note -which version do you prefer, 1 or 2.  Seriously.


The longest tournament chess game (in terms of moves) ever to be played was Nikolić-Arsović, Belgrade 1989, which lasted for 269 moves and took 20 hours and 15 minutes to complete a drawn game

see movie "Queen to play"

redneck limo

want's me one!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


A woman is taking her 6 year old grandson to his first mass at 10:00am at her church.

Upon entering the boy points to a large bronze plaque mounted upon the inside wall of the church

"There are listed all the members of our parish who died in service!" The woman states.

"This service or the earlier one?" The boys responds

Is it that time already?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Repel Mosquitoes

I read that if you took a sheet of Fabric Softener and put it in your pocket, insects would leave you alone.  I tried it the other night, sat on the patio, and wouldn't you know it 

- I was pestered by a bunch of fluffy, nice-smelling mosquitoes

Monday, August 13, 2012

red neck mansion

an Amish POV

Amish Farm and Homestead
An Older Order Amish farmer from western PA, was recently offered $500,000 for the natural gas rights to his land.  Older Order Amish believe that modern devices such as phones, tvs, automobiles, electricity, etc create a chasm between the individual and God.  So they live as simply as possible - horse and buggy; make your own clothes and candles and cheese, etc.

The farmer turned down the offer.  His explanation:  "What would I spend it on?"

the zulu warrior

On 22 January 1879, at Rorke's Drift on the Natal border with Zululand, in South Africa, a tiny British garrison of 140 men - many of them sick and wounded - fought for 12 hours to repel repeated attacks by up to 3,000 Zulu warriors. This heroic defence was rewarded by Queen Victoria's government with no fewer than 11 Victoria Crosses, and was later immortalised by the film Zulu (1964).

Few, however, remember that it was fought on the same day that the British Army suffered its most humiliating defeat at nearby Isandlwana. Of the original 1,750 defenders - 1,000 British and 750 black auxiliaries - 1,350 had been killed.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

oldness and RX's

It is impossible for a senior citizen (rank has its privileges my azz) to regulate the taking of their medicine on their own.  Did I take all of them today?  Or some of them and which ones?.  I can't remember.  I think I did but maybe I didn't.  So I'm even odds to take a second dose or skip a dose only to have the same dilemma tomorrow which confounds the problem, cause I may not have taken it yesterday or I might have taken double and depending on my confidence in my judgment I'll do the same today.  Alright I can get a pill box with the days on them and that'll keep me on track, except that sometimes I'm not sure what day it is.  It may be Tuesday but I think its Saturday (I've done that).  If I'm sharp that day I'll look on my computer to find the day.  But I may believe for sure that I know the day and go with that, and might be wrong. theoretically its possible that I end up taking a triple or quadruple dose or none for 3 or 4 days.  Sheesh Louise, I'm doomed.

Arlene Carol Dahl

 AAmerican actress and former MGMcontract star, who achieved notability during the 1950s. She is the mother of actor Lorenzo Lamas.

jpr: Saw an old movie. Never realized how classic a beauty is she.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

American Hypocrisy

Many chicks and soccer moms and starlets clamor for the rights of Muslim women (truthiness - most men don't care), citing the fact that there are restrictions on their lives (burka is one example plus many proscriptions on behavior - e.g. cannot go out alone, cannot be seen in the company of a man who is not a close relative; frequently can't vote; have little legal support, etc.).  We may be correct in drawing attention to repressive inequalities between men's rights and women's rights in these societies.  We are probably not correct or should I say not honest when we ignore or even admire similar rules and restrictions in various US sub-cultures.

Redneck IQ test

At a reduction in the gene pool variability rate of 7.5% per generation, how long will it take a town which has been bypassed by the Interstate to breed a country-western singer?

 A 2-ton truck is overloaded and proceeding 900 yards down a steep slope on a secondary road at 45 MPH. The brakes fail. Given average traffic conditions on secondary roads, what is the probability that it will strike a vehicle with a muffler?

 Which of these cars will rust out the quickest when placed on blocks in your front yard?
(A) '65 Ford Fairlane
(B) '69 Chevrolet Chevelle, or
(C) '64 Pontiac GTO.

Friday, August 10, 2012

"The Last Rose Of Summer"

'Tis the last rose of summer left blooming alone
All her lovely companions are faded and gone
No flower of her kindred, no rosebud is nigh
To reflect back her blushes and give sigh for sigh

I'll not leave thee, thou lone one, to pine on the stem
Since the lovely are sleeping, go sleep thou with them
Thus kindly I scatter thy leaves o'er the bed
Where thy mates of the garden lie scentless and dead

So soon may I follow when friendships decay
And from love's shining circle the gems drop away
When true hearts lie withered and fond ones are flown
Oh who would inhabit this bleak world alone?
This bleak world alone

jpr: netflix

deer under a crab apple tree

Had me six last evening under my crab apple tree but no golfers.
Two had high racks of antlers and all  but one were in fall shaded fur.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cute Disgusting Cuddly Post

It's been too hot for golf but I was jonesing so I got out early this morning and was able to practice my cursing.  Here's the worthwhile part - the course I often play has lots of wildlife.  I saw a gaggle of wild Turkeys, looking gobble gobble delicious.  I also saw a Momma Deer and two darling little babies, probably not more than a week or two old, tiny they wuz.  She was protective as can be so I stayed still and just watched.  She made sure all was safe before she led them across the fairway into the woods.  Then she lingered behind for a couple moments to make sure nothing was threatening behind them.  And the little bambinos were just plain goofy-cute, like me.

Zombie Primer (con't), a service of CDC (Center for Disastrous Catastrophes - a subsidiary of EPL)

Identify your Cataclysmic Actors.  Which is the Real Zombie?

Which is the Zombie and which is the Pretender?
Note that Basset Hounds will likely cuddle up to either and that is why their population is decreasing.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

when power goes out in a heat wave

why not?

Speaking of Fitness...

either will make a great doorstop, paperweight,  or wrecking device.
I just bought 2x10lb kettle bells (different from dumbbells).    Either a prelude to a six-pack ab or some high-priced doorstops.  We'll keep you informed.  I'll post a "before" pix as soon as I get rid of some flab.

Good for you?

Irresistible comfort food.

More than 10 billion are consumed in US each year!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Aphorism and Corollary (long scree - sorry)

I don't remember where this originated but its my favorite quote (note that is unnecessary and annoying to add "best ever all-time greatest..." to get the idea across.)

"If the only tool you have is a Hammer, then everything starts to look like a nail."
Probably some Chinese Zu or Xu or tao or whatever; but I will take credit unless you come up with the source.

This seems (I will not add "to me" because who else would it "seem to".  I haven't a clue what it seems like to you so you should know that its my opinion that I express.  Jeez.") to have Universal application in my experience.  Generals see strategy and tactics; pimps see t&a; bankers see rates and terms, etc.  Now lets apply this to the players in the "Global Warming" situation.  The unknowing, ill-informed, irrational masses tend to see terrible uncertain disasters.  The climatologists and meteorologists tend to see evidence of events peculiar to their area of expertise, thus underlining their professional interest and importance; the deciders (politicians) see the opportunities to cater to the masses irrational fears and compulsions to enable their own maintenance or gain of power and wealth.

I am not a global warming denier.  I am instead a global warming "agnostic".
And a skeptic that we know enough to be able to make necessary changes, let alone to make decisions about what changes will be beneficial.  What I fear most is not the global warming but the political pressures to do something even though we have little idea how to fix what we're are somewhat uncertain is the problem.   The politicians will act  in a way that maintains or enhances their status.  This will certainly be either useless and costly or disastrous and costly.  Reason and truth is a minor element in policy.  For e.g. What is the single greatest source of greenhouse gases - Beef Production.  Have you seen any calls for cutting beef consumption and production?  No!  It would be political suicide for a politician.  Don't trust them to do what's best for us. It is much safer politically to target Coal Production which has less political and economic influence

So my corollary - If you only look for signs of dramatic, disastrous, inevitable global climate change for the worst, that's what you'll see.  I happen to think that this planet has been around a long time and its got many surprises for us yet.

List of Fat Storing Foods

Thank you JP Ronan for this opportunity.

1.  butter
2.  pizza, dipped in garlic butter
3.  Ice Cream
4.  Pie a la mode
5. Deep fired pickiles
6  Deep fried snickers.
7. Deep fried oreos.
8.  Triple bacon multi-cheese, special fattening sauce, with tomato and lo-cal beverage.
9.  Fried bread with fried cheese with fried fries with fried chicken with deep fired turkey with massive mayo, catsup, and ranch.
10. Water, mixed with hops, grains, alcohol and other "flavorings"
11.  Unable to complete list due to unexpected lack of energy during smoke break..

List Of Fat Burning Foods

Citrus Fruits






Almonds and walnuts



Sunday, August 5, 2012

weight loss tips

5 - foods that should never be eaten to keep weight off according to some.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Butterfly Bush

Me grandmother had her one....I gots one!
Caught me first butterfly on hers when I was ~ 3 yrs old.

Friday, August 3, 2012

line up

If you can critically distinguish individuals from this line up then we wish to speak with you! USA/gov/gsa

Lying Eyes

The article “Eye Direction and Lying” discusses  determining a person's truthfulness based on the direction of their gaze. You can tell whether a person is constructing or remembering information by the direction in which they are looking. Meaning, if you ask them to describe an experience and they look up and to the left from your viewpoint, in the direction of visual construction, they are probably making it up rather than remembering. A gaze downward can also indicate guilt or shame because the person knows their statements to be false.

Be careful with these cues. They are indications but they are not foolproof. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

two famous guys

  The really bad and the really good. Be hard to pick one over the other in a line-up.

log cabin available

One room,  one door, no window, no road, central heating... oh yeah no neighbors!
Pets welcomed.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012