Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Little New Year's Eve Bluegrass Div

Performed at the Station Inn in Nashville 31 Dec 2011 by the Mike Bub Bluegrass All-Stars -
Leather Britches

 Jimmy Stewart - dobro, Dan Tyminski - mandolin, Jeff White - guitar, Mike Bub - bass, Billy Thomas - brushes, Charlie Cushman - banjo, Michael Cleveland - fiddle

Monday, December 26, 2016

Not the Geography Div

The mini-bears in the Geography Division are taking a little break.
So, this Boxing Day, which is also St Stephens Day, the Irish Rovers are back singing
Good King Wenceslas.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

A Christmas Tradition

I've posted this for the past few years and see no reason to not keep doing it. It always manages to make me stop and think just what this time is about.
Hope you and yours shared a joyous Christmas celebration.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Little Christmas Eve Bluegrass Div

The late Earl Scruggs and friends doing Jingle Bells.

Earl Scruggs - Banjo, Randy Scruggs - Guitar, Gary Scruggs - Bass, Phil Leadbetter - Dobro, Sam
Bush and Ricky Skaggs - Mandolins.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Geography Div ( Warmer places subsection)

On this day in 1842, the United States recognized the independence of the Hawaiian Kingdom. We later got over that and took over .........

Also on this day (a few years later) my sister was born. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIS !!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (British subsection)

Still here in England and thought another British group was needed. Here's the Down County Boys doing Talking to Myself.

Chris Elson, guitar
Peter Parker, fiddle
Mick Cooper, bass
Dan Norton, mandolin
Chris Cooper, banjo

Saturday, December 10, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Here in "Blighty subsection)

Well ...... my Judy and I are here visiting the grandson (and the son and daughter-in-law) in London.
Thought it would be appropriate to feature a British Group or two.
The New Essex Bluegrass Band doing the Stanley Brothers'  Who will sing for me - one of my favorites.

Paul Brewer, Terry Hymers, Greg Smith, Grahame Turner and Richard Partridge -  

Sorry, no info on who does what.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Geography Div ( Drink up subsection)

On this day in 1933, the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified. It repealed the 18th Amendment and ended Prohibition.
(In 1978, I broke my ankle boarding SAC's Looking Glass -- made me drink too)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Happy Birthday subsection)

.... and me.

Mike Andes - mandolin and vocals, Tony Shorter - bass and vocals, Jesse Smathers - guitar and vocals Chris Sexton - fiddle and Mitchell Davis - banjo

Monday, November 28, 2016

Geography Div (Round the World subsection)

Today, in 1520, Ferdinand Magellan reached Cape Virgenes and became the first Europeans to venture into the Pacific Ocean.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Thanksgiving subsection)

Last Monday we had Pilgrims. Tonite we get the Thanksgiving Waltz.

Sorry, no info on the artist.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Alice in Wonderland Div ** (Oh sh**t, not again subsection)

Donald of Orange today stated that "... the President can't have a conflict of interest."

Just what does that mean ?? .... Can't ?
Normally, it's defined as, " ... a contraction, .... can not."
OK, let's see here, .....

"Can" .............

auxiliary verbpresent singular 1stperson can, 2nd can or (Archaiccanst, 3rdcan, present plural can; past singular 1stperson could, 2nd could or (Archaiccouldst,3rd could, past plural could.
to be able to; have the ability, power, or skill to:
She can solve the problem easily, I'm sure.
to know how to:
He can play chess, although he's not particularlygood at it.
to have the power or means to:
A dictator can impose his will on the people.
to have the right or qualifications to:
He can change whatever he wishes in the script.
may; have permission to:
Can I speak to you for a moment?

I kinda like #3 - heh!
 ------------------------------------------and then, there's .........................
"Not"....... [not] 

(used to express negation, denial, refusal, orprohibition):
You must not do that. It's not far from here.

OK, those are what the dictionaries say. But, how can it be argued ??  Does it mean that the President is a) "unable" to have a conflict of interest ? Or could it mean the President, b)  "may not"  (or in the future tense will not) have a conflict of interest ??
I'll leave it up to the lawyers (thank Dog I decided to give up on that profession years ago) to argue about it: but I'm voting for option "B."

Of course, Donald of Orange won't agree and has even gone so far as to invoke the ghost of Richard Nixon  ... (we know how that ended up, eh?).

No Donald, you CAN'T use the office to promote your businesses, endorsements, children or anything else related to your "business," (I guess that now means your life - get used to it). So, sell all  your shit, tell the kids to get real jobs, get on with raping the country or decide if you want to give the job to Ayatollah Mike.

Of course, I'm old enough to recall the controversy of the meaning of "is."

Oh well .......  maybe the slogan should have been MAKE AMERICA GRIFT AGAIN.

** ** 'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.' Lewis Carroll - Through the Looking Glass

Monday, November 21, 2016

Geography Div (Pilgrim subsection)

On this day in 1620, those Mayflower Pilgrims landed on Cape Cod. I guess the rest is history and/or fable, eh ?

Saturday, November 19, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Wrongful death subsection)

On this day in 1915 Labor organizer and song writer Joe Hill was executed by a firing squad in Utah.
Appropriately - since he was born in Sweden,  here's his ballad written and performed by the Swedish Downhill Bluegrass Band.

The Downhill Bluegrass Band: Jonas Kjellgren - Mandolin, Kenneth Kjellgren - Banjo, Christoffer Olsson - Guitar, Kajsa Kjellgren Westin - Bass, Nickie Wilden - Dobro and
Jimmy Sunnebrandt - fiddle.
Don't ask me how to pronounce 'em ...........

Friday, November 18, 2016

Election Div (voices from the past subsection)

Molly Ivins from 2004 (God how I miss her voice) .... just listen to the words ..... she's still relevant.

Start at the 17:00 minute mark  and follow throughout. I guarantee you will see something familiar ....

the more things change, the more they stay the same ........ oh well.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

More from the Comin' Up div (Transition subsection)

Seems that "Noun + Verb + Nine-Eleven" has slipped a notch or two in consideration as Donald of Orange's gift to the foreign policy establishment. Not much experience and too much baggage.
He really needs to find someone somewhat qualified. How 'bout this guy ??


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Transition Div (Gotta Eat Subsection)

While most of the uproar about Donald of Orange taking the family out for a small dinner last nite revolves around his ditching of the press pool, it's nice to know that he did have some nice words for the surprised patrons having a really nice meal. Click here for the menus.

Now that you've had a chance to whet your appetite, imagine just who was in the room .....and I'll bet they were overjoyed to hear him say, "... we'll get your taxes down, don't worry about it."
RIGHT ! Most of the diners probably paid more for their meal than the average family earns in a week ! And this is what the "working class" voted for ?? I don't think many of them were in the room, eh ?
So enjoy the image, Mr and Mrs Trumpeteer from West Clustershag, Ohio. Maybe next year you'll be eating up the proceeds of YOUR tax cut at Club 21.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Comin' Up Div (Transition subsection)

Well not only do we get a closet Nazi as top advisor ("Renice - just sit back and ask for money")
Now it's reported that we get this as the top contender for Secretary of State.

Noun + verb + 9-11 ...............


Geography Div

Today in 1918, the Republic of Czechoslovakia was created. It lasted until 1939 when the Germans took it over.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Election Div (After the Aftermath subsection)

Since early Wednesday morning, I've been watching the news, reading papers and blogs from all over the country and trying to figure out just what really happened and where the future will find us.
It's still pretty murky, but if Mr. Trump continues to utilize the talents of those currently advising him, I fear the worst.
As Paul Krugman said in his NYT column,  "... remember that elections determine who gets the power, not who offers the truth.     

I feel we all now need to be ready to fight for the truth. It's time for the Democratic Party to stop being "nice," and start confronting the Republicans every time they offer a policy that hurts the very people they claim to represent and challenging them on just why (and who) is responsible for the population's distrust and disgust.  As Leon Weiseltier said in today's Op-ed in the Washington Post, titled "Stay Angry:
" ..... Republicans contribute significantly to the breaking of the system, and then they thunder to the country that the system is broken. They refuse to govern, and then they denounce government. They seem to confuse governing with having their way." (emphasis mine).
Calling for calm is one thing; demanding honesty is another. What today purports to be journalism needs to get over it's obsession with letting the truth be obscured in order to let each viewpoint have it's say - you don't see this on FOX News, eh?  When an interviewee (no matter what side of an issue he or she is on) states something patently untrue, the interviewer is obligated to challenge them and press the issue over and over until the truth is told.
The late Republican senator from New York, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, said it best:"Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts."

Many have called for calm and for letting the Trump Administration have it's opportunity. My overriding wish is that everything will work out for the best...............
If the ACA is repealed and replaced with something better, Great! If the job market for middle-class Americans surges, wages increase and the inequality in income distribution decreases, Great! If a way is found to defeat terrorism without compromising our integrity, freedom or dignity, Great! If a way is found to train and educate our children without saddling them with life crushing debt, Wonderful!

I'll sing the praises of any President, Senator, Congressman, Diplomat or Businessman that can accomplish them.................. Unfortunately, I don't believe our President-elect or the in-coming Congressional majority will be willing.

 As Barbara Res (a Trump employee for 18 years) wrote in an open letter:
In this crazy world, you are poised to be either a total disaster, or one of the greats. Once you are president, you can do what you want. Forget what it took to get you here. Maybe you will lose some evangelicals and the racists will stay home next time but you will pick up lots of Democrats. You can be a president for everyone if you put the country first and let your ego take a back seat. Reform the prisons, rebuild our infrastructure, make healthcare affordable, fix immigration humanely. Forget about reducing taxes for the rich, reduce them for the middle class. You know jobs were lost to technology, not to closing factories due to trade agreements. Bring the technology jobs back to the US. Do something about student debt. Help poor young people get college or training for the good jobs you are promising. 

Perhaps in the next two years, people will realize that they have been "had" and will be willing to vote for those that will respect them ...........
Here's hoping.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

The Trinity River (Family) Band doing Salt Creek followed by Freight Train.

Mike Harris, Guitar
Lisa Harris, Bass 
Sarah Harris, Mandolin
Josh Harris, Banjo
Brianna Harris, Fiddle

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Veteran's /Remembrance Day Div ( different date, same thoughts subsection)

Ninety-eight years ago, the "War to end all wars" ended. I guess we all know by now how well that turned out, eh ?

I wrote this a few years ago when I was still living in DC. 

I still remember the day I saw that young man, and I will never forget it.
The dates are different, but the sentiment remains.

Remember ............

Election Div (more from the Aftermath subsection)

I'm feeling less worse than I was yesterday - amazing what ten hours of sleep after being awake for forty hours will do.
Several reads this morning helped me begin to regain my perspective. First this (I've omitted the authors's name, but you can find it via this link if you really need to go there):

"Not all bad news after election
Today is Nov. 9. Last night there was an astonishingly beautiful sunset here: it reminded me that I have loved living in South Dakota.
The election, which apparently was not “rigged,” is over. Many millions of people voted for the Republican candidate. The house first lived in by John Adams will be home to someone who does not read and distrusts science. The person who called our military a “disgrace” will be commander in chief. The leader of the free world will be someone known the world over for his vulgarity and greed. We survived WWII and will have an anti-Semite in the White House. Our diplomatic relationships with other countries are in danger. My teenage daughter is weeping. The people who voted for him, and the people who did not bother to vote, will have the president they want.

But there is good news. The democracy my ancestors fought for works. And provided Mr. Trump does not have himself declared Emperor, it will work again four years from now. Meanwhile, I look forward to the apologies from the people who have so little respect for our electoral system that they called it “rigged.” That will be sweet."
Read some of the bloggers I follow and will recommend these for your consideration:

My own words will have to wait for a bit -- thanks to these others that have expressed my surpressed outrage.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Monday, November 7, 2016

Geography Div (VOTE !! subsection)

Tomorrow, is the end of this seeming endless "election campaign" (and the start of the next).
Here's what will be decided tomorrow  - -

You do know that you don't vote for a "candidate," eh ?? ... but "electors who may (or may not  - depending on stste law) vote for your winning choice. Reference those revered "Founding Fathers" if you have a problem with the the way things go.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen doing She said she will but she won't, like I knew she would  with WAMU.

 Frank Solivan - Mandolin, Mike Munford - Banjo, Jeremy Middleton - Bass and Chris Luquette - Guitar

Thre's still time Div (Congress subsection)

Besides the top of the ticket, consider the choices "down-ballot" .......  anything look or sound familiar??

Friday, November 4, 2016

It's almost over Div (help for the undecideds subsection)

I received an interesting post a few days ago. It compared the candidates, should you be ailing :
H/T to David Malki (the author) -- full article here.

"Let’s say you go to the doctor
Turns out that achy, oozing, blindingly-painful rash you thought was nothing is actually pretty serious. You need treatment right away.
There are two different treatments available for your condition. (There are some others that sound promising, but they’re still in clinical trials and you can’t get them.)
Treatment A is a prescription pill that’s been around a while. Doctors and researchers agree that it is moderately effective, although it does cause side effects. It’s a “Big Pharma” type medicine, which means their profits go into a huge black hole for them to do whatever with. In fact, the CEO of the company is, by some reports, not a nice person. But the medicine will probably keep you alive, at least for a few more years.
Treatment B is also a pill, but it’s not FDA approved — most doctors advise against taking it. Its website is full of claims like “The miracle medicine Big Pharma doesn’t want you to know about!” and “Research shows this pill could be as effective as many prescription drugs!” (There are no studies to back up this “research.”) In breathless tones, the ads boast that “No one else has made the secret medical breakthroughs that we have!” — but also warn that this information “may soon be banned by the government!”
The owner of the company who makes Treatment B is best known for being a wheeler-dealer in an altogether different industry, completely unrelated to medicine. He always seems to be in court, threatens to sue anyone who disagrees with him, and allegations of personal and professional misconduct follow wherever he goes.
But he’s bought a bunch of infomercials, full of testimonials from happy patients and explanations of everything wrong with Big Pharma and the medical establishment. Doctors, he says, “are a bunch of crooks” and his pill won’t just cure your illness, it’ll “make you feel young again” and “make you as strong as anyone you’ve ever seen.” There are no explanations given for how it might accomplish this in your body, and the ingredients of the pill are unknown.
The point is not that Hillary is great, and that Trump is a maniac. Reasonable people can claim both things, but I think that claim rings false to people who distrust Hillary and/or find Trump’s brazenness refreshing.
The point is that a Hillary Clinton presidency, for all its many flaws, would be survivable, whereas Donald Trump is an impostor, a snake oil salesman whose promises and claims smart people would instantly disbelieve in any other context."

Monday, October 31, 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

The Seldom Scene was a unique group - often described by its members as their "Friday nite poker club." Every member had a "real" job and all members had to agree to every number performed ( and everyone shared the $$ equally). They also "pushed the envelope" on just what a "Bluegrass" group could perform .........
After Midnight ......... 

John Duffey - mandolin, lead vocal, Ben Eldridge - banjo , Mike Auldridge - dobro, Phil Rosenthal, - guitar
 and Tom Gray - bass

Thursday, October 27, 2016

"On My Mark, three two one, turn ..." Div (Addendum/Update subsection)

I'm making a reference to an earlier post or two  - -

I was rummaging about the intertubes this afternoon and stumbled upon this article from Politico by Bruce Blair - one of the signatories of the letter on why Mr Trump should not have his finger on the "nuclear button."
It's lengthy, but provides a pretty good primer on the process and procedure of how nukes are committed. Many of the statements bring back memories, and from my background and hands-on experience are accurate - and frightening.

Mr. Blair is featured in this ad for Hillary Clinton that was filmed at the Park Service site where I volunteer.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Geography Div (Secession subsection)

On this day in 1861, part of the state of Virginia decided it didn't want to be part of the confedracy.
Today, it's called West Virginia and sort of belongs to the New Confederacy.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass div

Something else from the Seldom Scene , A Small Exception of Me.

John Duffey - Mandolin and lead vocal, Ben Eldridge - Banjo, Mike Auldridge - Dobro,
 Phil Rosenthal -  Guitar, & Tom Gray - Bass.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

If I Win Div

Of course I will acknowledge the fairness of the Powerball or MegaMillions lotteries ......
If I should win.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Goodbye lil friend Div

It doesn't get any easier,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
On Saturday Nite we had to say goodbye to our little "Schnoodle," Schubert ........
after nearly fourteen years and cancer, his body finally said "enough" and, thankfully, we had the sense to listen. He was my Judy's  companion for thirteen years, and in two years had won my heart.

Goodbye my little friend .........

Monday, October 17, 2016

Geography Div (Oh say, can you see by the dawn's early light, etc subsection)

Obviously, if you were going to explore ice-choked waters, you needed ships that were pretty strong.
Like any technology, it often is the result of war or defense. It was no different in the nineteenth century. The explorations of the polar regions were the "moon shots" of the time.
HMS Erebus  and  HMS Terror  were military ships converted to a scientific mission. Both were "bomb" (or mortar) ships with highly reinforced hulls to withstand the recoil of their armament.
So, what's that have to do with this ???

One of the vessels of the British fleet that bombarded Ft. McHenry with "the rocket's red glare," was
HMS Terror.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out doing John and Mary

IIIrd Tyme Out: Russell Moore - Guitar and lead vocal, Wayne Benson - Mandolin, Steve
Dilling - Banjo, Justin Haynes - Fiddle and Edgar Loudermilk - Bass.

Note: Wayne Benson is the husband of Grascals banjoist Kristen Scott Benson.
Nuther Note: Edgar Loudermilk is now part of the Adkins (Dave) and Loudermilk band.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

"On my mark, three two, one, turn" Div (Add my name subsection)

I've written about missile crew duty before in these pages.
I don't know how many times I heard and/or said those words in the Missile Procedures Trainer (simulator - both ground and airborne) or aboard an EC-135 aircraft launching a Minuteman missile on a test flight from Vandenberg AFB.
I use them when conducting tours for the Park Service here in South Dakota and always tell the visitors that "there ain't no button." Oh well, it's just an expression.
Today's WaPo has an article reporting that ten former Minuteman launch officers have signed an open letter stating that DDT "should NOT have his finger on the button."

Good on ya guys ! I don't know any of the signatories, but agree wholeheartedly with their words:

Scores of leaders and experts from both political parties have questioned whether Donald Trump has the experience, temperament and judgment to have his finger on the proverbial “Red Button.” We share their concern – and we see the issue from a unique perspective.
We are former nuclear launch control officers, or “missileers.” We sat nuclear alert in underground missile launch centers. It was our job to turn keys to fire nuclear-armed missiles if the president so ordered us. Once we began alert duty, we took orders from the president and no one else.
Only the president can order a nuclear launch. That order cannot be vetoed and once the missiles have been launched, they cannot be called back. The consequences of miscalculation, impulsive decision-making or poor judgment on the part of the president could be catastrophic.
The pressures the system places on that one person are staggering and require enormous composure, judgment, restraint and diplomatic skill. Donald Trump does not have these leadership qualities. On the contrary, he has shown himself time and again to be easily baited and quick to lash out, dismissive of expert consultation and ill-informed of even basic military and international affairs – including, most especially, nuclear weapons.
Donald Trump should not be the nation’s commander-in-chief. He should not be entrusted with the nuclear launch codes. He should not have his finger on the button.
Bruce G. Blair Malmstrom AFB, 1972-74
William A. DeGroodt Minot AFB, 1967-72
Harvey R. Greenberg Minot AFB, 1974-77
Geoffrey Kanner Malmstrom AFB, 1980-84
Louis Mark Lussky, ESQ. Grand Forks AFB, 1971-76
Michael Miller
F.E. Warren AFB, 2009-13

John Noonan
F.E. Warren AFB, 2006-10

James Robertson Malmstrom AFB, 1999-2003
Edward Warren
F.E. Warren AFB, 2008-13

Brian Weeden Malmstrom AFB, 2000-04 

Consider my name added.  Malmstrom AFB 1969-1972, Minuteman Airborne Launch Control System - 4ACCS/2ACCS 1972 -1982.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Geography Div (Cooler Climes subsection)

Last week I posted about the discovery of the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition.
It isn't a coincidence that HMS Terror and HMS Erebus were on a polar expedition, they had experience.
From 1839 thru 1843 Sir James Clark Ross explored the Antarctic with the self-same ships.In fact, two of the Antarctic mountains are named Mt Erebus and Mt Terror.
Unlike Franklin, Ross and his ships returned.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

This song written by Herb Pedersen has always been one of my favorites. This rendition by the Seldom Scene from 1976 only makes it better.

The Seldom Scene: John Starling - Guitar and lead vocal, Mike Auldridge - pedal steel, Tom
Gray - Bass, John Duffey - Mandolin and Ben Eldridge - Banjo

Train Wreck Div (Political subsection)

The "presidential campaign" of DDT continues down the track. Seems to have hit a snag (or two or three or 10 to the 17th power.

Maybe they should change the slogan to: MAKE AMERICA GROPE AGAIN.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Geography Div (Cooler climes subsection)

While my ladylove and I are visiting sunny Arizona, thoughts turn to cooler  weather.
Gladly, not so cold that none are left to tell the tale.
I've always been fascinated by the Franklin Expedition's search for the Northwest Passage ever since I watched a PBS documentary on the autopsies of three of the sailors buried on Beechey Island (some of the images may be disturbing).

Finally, both of the missing ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror have been found. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Back in Arizona and stumbled upon this group, The Titan Valley Warheads (reminiscent no doubt of the Titan II missile wing that was scattered around Tucson).
Here doing Wild Bill (yeah, the guy what got shot in Deadwood)

The Titan Valley Warheads are Gary Kuitert (mandolin), Ed Davenport (upright bass) and Earl Edmonson (guitar).

Monday, September 26, 2016

Geography Div (Reunion Subsection)

Off to Arizona again. This time for a reunion of the Strategic Air Command Airborne Command and Control Association  (SAC ACCA).
Will be good to see some old friends.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div ( Illegal whiskey subsection)

Band of Ruhks doing Bootleg John.

Band Of Ruhks: Don Rigsby - Mandolin, Kenny Smith - Guitar, Ronnie Bowman - Bass  and
John Meyer - Banjo.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

The Earls of Leicester (get it, Earl & Lester ?) doing the old Foggy Mountain Boys' standard
Shuckin' the Corn.

The Earls of Leicester: Jerry Douglas - Dobro, Barry Bales - Bass, Jeff White - Mandolin,
Shawn Camp - Guitar, Charlie Cushman - Banjo and Johnny Warren - Fiddle.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Geography Div (Now that your car has been stolen subsection)

So, your're driving that stolen vehicle. What other laws might you be breaking??

Sort of hard to read, but here's a synopsis:

Alabama – No driving while blindfolded
Alaska – It’s illegal to tie a dog to your car roof
Arizona – It’s against the law to drive a car in reverse on a public road
Arkansas – Don’t honk your car horn anywhere that serves cold drinks or sandwiches after 9 p.m.
California – It’s against the law for women to drive in a housecoat
Colorado – It’s illegal to drive a black car on a Sunday in Denver
Connecticut – A fire engine should not exceed 25 m.p.h. – even on the way to a fire
Delaware – You should not change clothes in your vehicle
Florida – By law, you must feed the parking meter if you tie an elephant, goat or alligator to it
Georgia – It’s illegal to spit from a car or bus, but it’s OK to spit from a truck
Hawaii – It’s against the law for any vehicle in motion to use its hazard lights
Idaho – Anyone over age 88 is forbidden to ride a motorcycle in Idaho Falls
Illinois – It’s illegal to drive a car without a steering wheel
Indiana – It’s against the law to sell cars on Sundays
Iowa – In Mount Vernon, it’s illegal to throw a Red Ryder onto the highway
Kansas – You can’t transport dead poultry in this state
Kentucky – It’s illegal for your pet to molest a vehicle in Fort Thomas
Louisiana – A woman’s husband is required by law to wave a flag in front of her car before she can drive it
Maine – It’s illegal to buy a car on a Sunday
Maryland – It’s a crime to swear from a vehicle in Rockville
Massachusetts – You cannot drive with a gorilla in your backseat
Michigan – It’s against the law to sit in the middle of the street and read a newspaper
Minnesota – You’re a public nuisance if you drive a truck in Minnetonka that leaves mud, dirt or sticky substances on the road
Mississippi – In Oxford, it’s illegal to honk your horn because it might scare nearby horses
Missouri – You can’t honk someone else’s car horn
Montana –  Unless you have a chaperone, it’s illegal to have sheep in your truck
Nebraska – By law, drivers on mountains should drive with caution near the right edge of the highway, even though there are no mountains in Nebraska
Nevada – It’s illegal to ride a camel on the highway
New Hampshire – It’s against the law to inhale bus fumes with the intent of inducing euphoria
New Jersey – Frowning at a police officer is against the law here
New Mexico – It’s illegal for cab drivers to reach out and pull potential customers into their taxis
New York – It’s against the law to disrobe in your car in Sag Harbor
North Carolina – It’s illegal to play in traffic
North Dakota – You’re breaking the law when you put a penny in an automatic parking ticket machine
Ohio – It’s illegal to run out of gas in Youngstown
Oklahoma – It’s illegal to read a comic book while driving
Oregon – By law, you must yield to pedestrians when driving on the sidewalk
Pennsylvania –When driving on a country road at night, you must stop every mile and set off flares or other warning signals and then allow 10 minutes for livestock to clear the road
Rhode Island – It’s illegal to ride a horse on a highway for the purpose of racing or testing the speed of the horse
South Carolina – It’s unlawful to store trash in your vehicle in Hilton Head
South Dakota – You only need to be 14 years old to get your license in South Dakota
Tennessee – It’s illegal to shoot any game other than whales from a moving vehicle
Texas – You must have windshield wipers to register a car, although having a windshield is optional
Utah – By law, birds have the right of way on all highways
Vermont – It’s illegal for cars to backfire in Rutland
Virginia – Women are prohibited from driving a car on Main Street unless her husband is walking in front of the car waving a red flag
Washington – A motorist with criminal intentions must stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town
West Virginia ­- It’s legal to eat road kill
Wisconsin – It’s against the law for a person to ride a bicycle with their hands off the handlebars
Wyoming – By law, you must close a gate crossing over a road, river, stream or ditch or you risk a $750 fine

Saturday, September 10, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Kinda makes ya just wanna get up and dance, eh ? Fisher's Hornpipe here performed by
Michael Cleveland - fiddle (but you knew that) and Gavin Largent - Dobro

Monday, September 5, 2016

Geography Div (Organizing subsection)

There's a lot mentioned in the political press these days about the Right - to - Work  and it's implications and impact on employment.

Since today is Labor Day thought this might be appropriate.

Where do you fit in the picture?  And just what can unions do for us ??

Saturday, September 3, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Speaking of work, Monday is Labor Day. The Spinney Brothers from Nova Scotia doing
I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow. 

Allan Spinney - Guitar, Rick Spinney - Banjo, Gary Dairymple - Mandolin and
 Terry Poirier - Bass.