Tuesday, September 27, 2016

225th post



We "were going to my Grandparents Cline home on the hill back of

Burketown, I'm about 12 years old, me being the oldest born to my 

parents and my siblings (Roland, Nancy the toddler, and Jerry the 

family baby) like stepping stones going downward and maybe 3 years


Father driving, Mother holding baby Jerry in her lap and reading all the

road signs along the way and us kids carrying on in the back seat of the

big car that Father always liked.

The few things that I may remember correctly at the time are the Bridge-

water IGA ? (now a Bridgewater Foods), a service station directly across 

and on the east side of the street (now an Exxon station). Was the chicken

processing plant there then? (a Perdue plant now and on the west side of 

the street), and a lot of older houses that were there then.

A little further down State Route 42 and the main street of Bridgewater 

going south, Father takes the short cut to State Route 257 mostly headed 

east and just on the right hand side, maybe a football field's distance is 

cobbler shop that I will tell you about tomorrow....




"Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off in their first debate since 

becoming the presidential nominees. 

The candidates entered the debate in a near dead heat as polls showed 

Ms Clinton's lead all but disappear. But Ms Clinton may see a boost after 

tonight's performance, during which Mr Trump appeared underprepared. 

Mr Trump repeatedly resorted to the version of himself present during 

the Republican primaries, as he continuously interrupted Ms Clinton and 

continued to repeat falsehoods."

Update: just heard on TV that Donald Trump had the most tweets by people 

on Twitter (68%) while Hillary had 32%. Some of tweets said that she won.

Update: Hillary, in response to something Donald Trump said, performed 

was is now called the "Hillary Shimmer."  It maybe has gone viral by now

and I'm sure it's on YouTube. She might have initiated a new dance craze.

I have 27 more presidents to tell about after President John Quincy Adams 

below, so I'll need to do maybe 1 a day if I'm to cover them all before election



John Quincy Adams

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"6th President of the United States

In office - March 4, 1825 – March 4, 1829

Vice President John C. Calhoun

Preceded by James Monroe

Succeeded by Andrew Jackson

8th United States Secretary of State

In office - September 22, 1817 – March 4, 1825

President James Monroe

Preceded by James Monroe

Succeeded by Henry Clay

United States Senator - from Massachusetts

In office - March 4, 1803 – June 8, 1808

Preceded by Jonathan Mason

Succeeded by James Lloyd

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

from Massachusetts's 8th district

In office - March 4, 1843 – February 23, 1848

Preceded by William Calhoun

Succeeded by Horace Mann

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

from Massachusetts's 12th district

In office - March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1843

Preceded by James Hodges

Succeeded by George Robinson

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

from Massachusetts's 11th district

In office - March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1833

Preceded by Joseph Richardson

Succeeded by John Reed

United States Minister to the

Court of St. James's

In office - April 28, 1814 – September 22, 1817

Nominated by James Madison

Preceded by Jonathan Russell (Acting)

Succeeded by Richard Rush

United States Minister to Russia

In office - November 5, 1809 – April 28, 1814

Nominated by James Madison

Preceded by William Short

Succeeded by James Bayard

United States Minister to Prussia

In office - December 5, 1797 – May 5, 1801

Nominated by John Adams

Preceded by Position established

Succeeded by Henry Wheaton

United States Minister to the Netherlands

In office - November 6, 1794 – June 20, 1797

Nominated by George Washington

Preceded by William Short

Succeeded by William Vans Murray

Personal details

Born July 11, 1767, Braintree, Province of Massachusetts Bay

(now Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.)

Died February 23, 1848 (aged 80), Washington, D.C., U.S.

Resting place United First Parish Church, Quincy, Massachusetts

Political party Federalist (1792–1808)

Democratic-Republican (1808–1830)

National Republican (1830–1834)

Anti-Masonic (1834–1838)

Whig (1838–1848)

Spouse(s) Louisa Johnson (m. 1797)

Children 4, including George Washington, John II, Charles Francis

Alma mater - Harvard University


If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and 

become more, you are a leader.

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which 

difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may 

cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost."


Belfast Telegraph UK Website Of The Year

Hi 17°C | Lo 13°C | WEATHER Belfast

"Colombia's government and rebel leaders have signed a historic peace 

agreement to end 50 years of war that has killed more than 220,000 

people. The ceremony in Cartagena was witnessed by an audience 

of 2,500 dressed all in white as a symbol of peace."

US Pressures Kim Regime in North Korea

by Gordon G. Chang

7 June 2016

"On Saturday, Pyongyang reacted to the Wednesday designation, by the

US Treasury Department, of North Korea as a “primary money laundering

concern” pursuant to Section 311 of the Patriot Act.

“North Korea is not frightened in the least by the US’s stereotypical 

method of labeling us as ‘money launders,’ not being content with 

already branding us as ‘nuclear proliferators,’ ‘human rights abusers,’ 

etc.,” said a spokesperson for the North Korean National Coordination

Committee. Pyongyang, despite the bravado of the statement, is 

undoubtedly concerned. The practical effect of the move is that banks 

and other financial institutions, both American and foreign, will not 

handle dollar transactions for Pyongyang’s entities and fronts. In all 

probability, these institutions will also shun dealings in other 

currencies for these customers.

And Beijing is also concerned. For the most part, North Korean 

banks plug into the international financial system through Chinese 

ones. The New York Times recently quoted Andray Abrahamian 

of Choson Exchange in Singapore, a nonprofit providing training 

for North Korean entrepreneurs, to the effect that big Chinese 

banks stopped doing business with North Koreans in 2013.

There is some evidence, however, that the biggest Chinese banks—

Bank of China, China Merchants Bank, and Industrial and Commercial 

Bank of China—kept some of those relationships until early this year, 

when Beijing apparently ordered them to cut off dealings. Moreover, 

Bank of Dandong, a much smaller institution at the China-North Korea 

border, severed its relationships with North Koreans at about the 

same time.

These and other Chinese banks will lose substantial revenue, in the 

billions of dollars according to some estimates. It is no surprise, 

then, that China’s Foreign Ministry immediately complained of 

Treasury’s designation, which amounts to a unilateral sanction, 

but these banks will undoubtedly fall into line with Washington’s 

order, at least at first.

Chinese banks made a show of complying in 2005. Then, Treasury 

designated Banco Delta Asia, a Macau bank handling North Korean 

transactions, a money launderer, essentially freezing $25 million. 

Caught off guard, Pyongyang was forced to use diplomats to ferry 

cash in suitcases around the world. This time, the regime is thought 

to be better prepared to handle such a designation, but Treasury’s 

move will nonetheless make money transfers substantially more 


And North Korea has to be worried about what comes next because 

the designation suggests Washington is adopting a harder approach 

toward the regime of Kim Jong Un. Up to now, American policy has 

been designed “to bring the North to its senses, not to its knees,” 

as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel 

Russel said nearly last month.

Yet former State Department official Evans Revere, in an interview with 

NK News published at the end of May, argued that Washington should 

“take North Korea to the edge and have them stare into the abyss of the 

possible collapse of their system if they do not return to the negotiating 

table.” Moreover, Revere, once a tireless advocate of patience toward 

Pyongyang, said the US is already on that course. “I think there is a lot 

more coming,” he noted, referring to tougher US actions.

Days later, Treasury proved Revere right. 

And there is more the US government can do. The State Department 

could have added to sanctions on Pyongyang on Thursday if it had 

re-designated North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism a prior 

designation was lifted in 2008. State did not do so, however, although 

some believe there were grounds for a re-designation. 

Perhaps the terrorism-sponsorship designation is the next turn of 

the screw. In the meantime, Pyongyang will have to figure out how 

to move money around the world without banks. And how to deal 

with a Washington that, for the first time in years, looks serious 

about shoving it into the abyss."



"I can remember Father singing 'me o my o' and that's all I remember.

I googled 'me o my o' and came up with a song written and sang by Hank

Willams called "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)""

My Bucket's Got a Hole in It

The popular song "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It" became a hit for Hank 

Williams in 1949.

There are several versions of how Williams got his first guitar. His mother 

stated that she bought it with money from selling peanuts, but many other 

prominent residents of the town claimed to have been the one who 

purchased the guitar for him. While living in Georgiana, Williams met 

Rufus "Tee-Tot" Payne, a street performer. Payne gave Williams guitar 

lessons in exchange for meals prepared by Lillie Williams or money.... 

Payne's base musical style was blues. He taught Williams chords, chord 

progressions, bass turns, and the musical style of accompaniment that 

he would use in most of his future songwriting. Later on, Williams 

recorded one of the songs that Payne taught him, "My Bucket's Got a 

Hole in It".... Williams musical style contained influences from Payne 

along with several other country influences, among them "the Singing 

Brakeman" Jimmie Rodgers, Moon Mullican, and Roy Acuff.... In 1937 

Williams got into a fight with his physical education coach about 

exercises the coach wanted him to do. His mother subsequently 

demanded that the school board terminate the coach; when they 

refused, the family moved to Montgomery, Alabama. Payne and 

Williams lost touch, though eventually, Payne also moved to 

Montgomery, where he died in poverty in 1939. Williams later 

credited him as his only teacher....

Early career....

In July 1937, the Williams and McNeil families opened a boarding house 

on South Perry Street in downtown Montgomery. It was at this time that 

Williams decided to change his name informally from Hiram to Hank, 

a name he said was better suited to his desired career in country music. 

During the same year he participated in a talent show at the Empire 

Theater. He won the first prize of $15, singing his first original song 

"WPA Blues". Williams wrote the lyrics and used the tune of Riley 

Puckett's "Dissatisfied."[25] He never learned to read music and, for 

the rest of his career, based his compositions in storytelling.... After 

school and on weekends Williams sang and played his Silvertone 

guitar on the sidewalk in front of the WSFA radio studios.... His recent 

win at the Empire Theater and the street performances caught the 

attention of WSFA producers who occasionally invited him to perform 

on air.... So many listeners contacted the radio station asking for more 

of "the singing kid" that the producers hired him to host his own 

15-minute show twice a week for a weekly salary of US$15 (equivalent 

to US$246.90 in 2016)....

In August 1938, Elonzo Williams was temporarily released from the 

hospital. He showed up unannounced at the family's home in 

Montgomery. Lillie was unwilling to let him reclaim his position at 

the head of the household, so he stayed only long enough to celebrate 

Williams' birthday in September before he returned to the medical 

center in Louisiana....

Williams' successful radio show fueled his entry into a music career. 

His salary was enough for him to start his own band, which he dubbed 

the Drifting Cowboys. The original members were guitarist Braxton 

Schuffert, fiddler Freddie Beach, and comedian Smith "Hezzy" Adair. 

James E. (Jimmy) Porter was the youngest, being only 13 when he 

started playing steel guitar for Williams. Arthur Whiting was also a 

guitarist for The Drifting Cowboys.... The band traveled throughout 

central and southern Alabama performing in clubs and at private 

parties. James Ellis Garner later played fiddle for him. Lillie Williams 

became the Drifting Cowboys' manager. Williams dropped out of 

school in October 1939 so that the Drifting Cowboys could work 

full-time.... Lillie Williams began booking show dates, negotiating 

prices and driving them to some of their shows. Now free to travel 

without Williams' schooling taking precedence, the band could tour 

as far away as western Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. The band 

started to play in theaters before the start of the movies and later in 

honky-tonks. Williams' alcohol problem started during the tours, on 

occasion spending an important part of the show revenues. Meanwhile, 

between tour schedules, Williams returned to Montgomery to host his 

radio show....


The American entry into World War II in 1941 marked the beginning of 

hard times for Williams. All his band members were drafted to serve in 

the military, while he got a 4-F deferment from the military draft after 

falling from a bull during a rodeo in Texas. Many of their replacements

refused to continue playing in the band because of Williams' worsening 

alcoholism.... He continued to show up for his radio show intoxicated, 

so in August 1942 radio station WSFA fired him for "habitual drunkenness.

" During one of his concerts Williams met backstage his idol, Grand Ole 

Opry star Roy Acuff,.... who later warned him of the dangers of alcohol, 

saying, "You've got a million-dollar talent, son, but a ten-cent brain."....

He worked for the rest of the war in a shipbuilding company in Mobile, 

Alabama, as well as singing in bars for soldiers. In 1943 Williams met 

Audrey Sheppard on a medicine show in Banks, Alabama. Williams and 

Sheppard lived and worked together in Mobile,.... Sheppard later told 

Williams that she wanted to move to Montgomery with him and start a 

band together and help him regain his radio show. The couple were 

married in 1944 in a Texaco Station in Andalusia, Alabama, by a justice 

of the peace. The marriage was declared illegal, since Sheppard's divorce

from her previous husband did not comply with the legally required 

sixty-day trial reconciliation.....

 In 1945, when he was back in Montgomery, Williams started to perform 

again for radio station WSFA. 

He wrote songs weekly to perform during the shows.... As a result of 

the new variety of his repertoire, Williams published his first song book, 

Original Songs of Hank Williams.... The book only listed lyrics, since its 

main purpose was to attract more audience. It included ten songs: "Mother 

Is Gone", "Won't You Please Come Back", "My Darling Baby Girl" (with 

Audrey Sheppard), "Grandad's Musket", "I Just Wish I Could Forget", 

"Let's Turn Back the Years", "Honkey-Tonkey", "I Loved No One But You", 

"A Tramp on the Street", and "You'll Love Me Again"..... Williams 

became recognized as a songwriter,.... Sheppard became his manager 

and occasionally accompanied him on duets in some of his live concerts.

On September 14, 1946, Williams auditioned for Nashville's Grand Ole 

Opry but was rejected. After the failure of his audition, Williams and 

Audrey Sheppard tried to interest the recently formed music publishing 

firm Acuff-Rose Music. Williams and his wife approached Fred Rose, the 

president of the company, during one of his habitual ping-pong games at 

WSM radio studios. Audrey Williams asked Rose if her husband could 

sing a song for him on that moment,.... Rose agreed, and he liked 

Williams' musical style.... Rose signed Williams to a six song contract, 

and leveraged this deal to sign Williams with Sterling Records. On 

December 11, 1946, in his first recording session, he recorded "Wealth

Won't Save Your Soul", "Calling You", "Never Again (Will I Knock on Your 

Door)", and "When God Comes and Gathers His Jewels".... The recordings 

"Never Again" and "Honky Tonkin'" became successful, and earned 

Williams the attention of MGM Records...."



"Weeds are the work of the devil to agravate the gardener."
Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 653,000 results (0.85 seconds) 

No results found for "Weeds are the work of the devil to aggravate the 



Ryan and I went to Wooster yesterday where Ryan wanted to go the Dollar 

Tree and General Dollar. I wanted to go to Walmart and Lowes and I went

to the latter first. 

At Lowes I picked 2 bags of top soil, 1 bag of fertilizer (13-13-13) and 1 fern

and 2 other perennials that were on sale. As I was looking over the grass seed,

one of Lowes' employees came up to me with some advice. He said that he

had worked for Ohio University as a grounds keeper and said that it is too

late to plant regular grass, but a fiscus grass seed would work. 

I told him about my difficulties with wire weed, which he had never heard of 

before, and he suggested that I use a weed and grass killer to spray on the 

wire weed, wait 3 days and then seed the that same area with the fiscus grass

seed. If this works, it will sure be a lot easier than digging up the clumps of 

wire weed. It rained yesterday, so I'll have time for working on the wire weeds

as described above.

I picked up Ryan at the Dollar Tree and we then went to Walmart to shop for

some things and then on to Dollar General and the house.

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