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Apr 17

Let America be America Again

From the blog-savvy mind of Chris, who knows what I like, a United States-shaped bookshelf. Would that an angel investor would purchase this for me…
Apr 12

From the blog-savvy mind of Chris, who knows what I like, a United States-shaped bookshelf. Would that an angel investor would purchase this for me…

(Source: BuzzFeed)

Received Email from source today, subject hed: “Dead Goat Redux???”

After receiving a threatening package in the mail today, Sen. Greg Ball announced the date of his next Homeland Security Committee hearing on post-9/11 preparedness.

“Law enforcement is investigating this incident and I am confident this is in good hands,” the Hudson Valley Republican said.

“I will continue my efforts to review both progress and failure since 9-11 and look forward to my next hearing to be held in Albany, May 17, 2011.”

Ball released photos of the letter he received (it appears after the jump) and also the contents of the package, which the State Police said included a vial of an unknown substance.

Also included: A stuffed Curious George doll wearing a Star of David on its forehead and a label that says “Final Destination: Auschwitz.”

The letter referred to the doll as “your own stuffed miniature Jew that you can worship in the privacy of your own home.”


 

Apr 12
From The Mixed-Up Files of Sen. Greg Ball, Ctd.
Apr 11
Don't Sell Yourself Short
Apr 6
Work-based Humor
Apr 6
Sweet Corn vs. Onion (Work-based humor)

"And when I walk out into the bricky warp of these American cities, that is exactly what I feel. Choices aplenty. Things I don’t know anything about but might like are here, possibly waiting for me. Even if they aren’t. the exhilaration of a new arrival. Good light in a restaurant that especially pleases you. A cab driver with an interesting life history to tell. The casual lilting voice of a woman you don’t know, but that you are allowed to listen to in a bar you’ve never been in, ata time when you would otherwise have been alone. These things are waiting for you. And what could be better? More mysterious? More worth anticipating? Nothing. Not a thing."

- Richard Ford - The Sportswriter

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Jul 4

"Years ago, I used to loiter around in a Memphis record store staring at a double LP by the band Big Star that was hanging on the wall. It cost $75. Thanks to my meager summer lifeguard salary, I certainly couldn’t afford it, but I came in to the store so often, pretending to look at the other records while clearly mooning over that Big Star one, that the clerk cut me a deal one day and let me have it for half-price, although it was surely worth more. I took the record home and played it on my dad’s old Bang and Olufsen stereo over and over again.

Months later, that same clerk, in a fit of beneficence so grand it is still unmatched in my life, sent me a copy of the band’s second album, which he’d found at a garage sale in North Carolina. It still ranks as one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.

In the intervening years those albums, “#1 Record” (1972) and “Radio City” (1974) served as the food of love: They were the soundtrack to first kisses (I’d put it on deliberately), to road trips, to debilitating post-breakup sadnesses.

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Mar 26
Big Star

(The Long-Forgotten Tale of the Anti-Hunger Crusader)

Before the War on Terror and the War on Drugs, Beaufort County waged a War on Hunger. The man who fired the first shot was Dr. Donald Gatch.

While practicing medicine in Beaufort County in the 1960s and ’70s, Gatch exposed staggering levels of malnutrition and hunger in the coastal South Carolina area — hunger few people knew still existed in the 20th century. His revelations made him unpopular among health officials and local media. For example, a Beaufort Gazette editorial in November 1967 said the doctor’s testimony on hunger amounted to little more than Gatch”running his mouth.”

He was threatened by locals, forced to close his practice in Beaufort and investigated by local public officials. Nonetheless, the doctor’s work changed the way community health is practiced in Beaufort County, say health care workers and those who knew him.

Gatch moved from Nebraska to Bluffton in 1962, when the town’s population was 300 to 500 and predominantly black. Tourism and affluence were coming to Beaufort County, particularly Hilton Head Island, yet Gatch saw conditions that were almost Third-World. He treated indigent patients other doctors would not because of their inability to pay. Many were dying of pellagra, a disease thought to have been eradicated in the United States. He saw a woman who died of a full-body infestation of maggots. He found 70 percent of black children in the county ages 5 and younger suffered parasitic infestations that drained their energy and stunted their growth.

The root cause? Malnutrition and unsanitary conditions, the latter of which meant patients who received treatment constantly were re-infected.

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Feb 12
The Hunger Doctor