“MARCH!” (Or Else.)

Hood-College-March-on-Frederick-ROHThis past weekend, Hood College in Maryland hosted a series of events to honor and mark the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

One of the big events was to be the “March on Frederick.”

Hood College, in close collaboration with numerous Frederick community partners, is organizing a March on Frederick, which will be held Sept. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30

p.m. The march, a tribute to the historic 1963 March on Washington, will bring together students, faculty, staff, community members and visitors to reflect on the civil rights progress made within the Frederick community in the last 50 years.

(Frederick, Maryland is the town known for the apocryphal and untrue story of Barbara Fritchie’s confrontation with Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson as Jackson and his troops passed through the town as a part of the 1862 Maryland Campaign during the Civil War. When 95 year old Fritchie saw the Confederates, she hung an American flag from her second story window and was alleged to have said:

“Shoot, if you must, this old gray head,
But spare your country’s flag,” she said.
A shade of sadness, a blush of shame,
Over the face of the leader came;
The nobler nature within him stirred
To life at that woman’s deed and word;
“Who touches a hair of yon gray head
Dies like a dog! March on!” he said…..

Fritchie, who was a friend of Francis Scott Key, was sick in bed that day, and the Confederates never marched down her street, but it is one of those stories that made good telling by the side of many a fire.)

The idea of a commemorative march sounds so noble and inspiring, doesn’t it?

Share the Hoecakes

City Council Meeting Tonight.

Satellite-Beach-Leather-UnFocused-ROHThe Satellite Beach City Council will triple up the fun tonight with three – count ‘em three – meetings.

The first meeting is a workshop starting at 6:30 PM to interview a candidate for an open Board position.

The next meeting is “Special Meeting” starts at 6:45 PM at which time the Council will take up the issue of a grant proposal for recreational improvements to Cinnamon Park.

Then at 7:00PM, the regular City Council Meeting takes place.

Normally we would refer people to the City’s website to be able to download the agenda and support packets but as we write this, the site is down.

However, we had grabbed the agenda packet before the site went down, and you can get it from us here.

Hope to see y’all at the meetings.

Your Lying Eyes.

Who ya gonna believe? Them? Or your lying eyes?


(Courtesy A. F. Branco.)

California Takes On 2″ X 4″‘s.

Wood-pileBecause California has solved all of its problems, Marin County District Attorney Edward S. Berberian decided to sue Lowes for deceptive product labeling practices.

The main issue was that non-dimensional 2″ X 4″ pieces of lumber were not 2″ X 4″ but instead are 1.5″ X 3.5″.

The key wording in that statement is “non dimensional” as 2″ X 4″‘s are cut from freshly cut timber.

Lumber manufacturers typically cut a tree into dimensional

lumber very shortly after the tree is felled. Then, the newly-sawn (but soaking wet) lumber is kiln-dried until it reaches the desired moisture level. As lumber dries, it shrinks (as the moisture in the wood is reduced, the wood cells shrink, particularly across the grain). While the 8′ length won’t change much as the wood dries, the 2″ width and 4″ height (cross-section of the grain) will shrink considerably.

Because of this shrinkage, a typical 2×4 will usually measure out to around 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. These numbers can vary slightly, but modern lumber manufacturers are pretty adept at delivering consistently-sized supplies of dimensional lumber.

In short, manufacturers cut the lumber into 2″ X 4″ pieces of wood, but as the wood dries it shrinks. Add to that the companies plane the wood to make sure it is somewhat smooth and you get a smaller, on-dimensional 2″ X 4″ piece of wood.

Amazingly, (well, maybe not as this is California) a California Superior Court Judge Judge Paul M. Haakenson agreed with District Attorney Berberian and issued an order requiring Lowes to do three things when it comes to labeling products such as 2″ X 4″‘s:

Who Thought This Was A Good Idea?

Just when you thought the episode in Ferguson, Missouri was settling down, the police managed to ramp it back up again.

Somehow a group of police thought it would be a great idea to wear “I AM DARREN WILSON” bracelets while out on patrol.

Wilson, if you remember, is the officer that shot and killed Micheal Brown. The circumstances surrounding the incident(s) that led to the death of Brown and whether Wilson should be prosecuted are still being investigated.

(image courtesy of the Twitter account of "mediablackoutusa.")

(image courtesy of the Twitter account of “mediablackoutusa.”)

Talk about waving a red flag in front of a herd of bulls.

You would think that the “professionals” would understand the effect wearing something like that would have on the protestors and people in the community, but no. Someone thought it would be a great idea to show solidarity and put more bricks in the blue wall.

To make matters worse, the City of Ferguson went out and hired a public relations expert by the name of Devin James.

That didn’t go as well as the City hoped either:

Resiliency Sort Of Revisited.

Be-Resilient-BeachThe other day we talked about a “Resilient Communities” meeting held here in Satellite Beach.

A few days later, our friend William Teach over at the Pirate’s Cove took note that not only is l’il ol’ Satellite Beach looking into to “resilient communities,” but the Department of Homeland Security is as well.

The vision of homeland security is to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards.

According to DHS:

Three key concepts form the foundation of our national homeland security strategy designed to achieve this vision:


Resilience, and
Customs and Exchange.

In turn, these key concepts drive broad areas of activity that the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) process defines as homeland security missions. These missions are enterprise-wide, and not limited to the Department of Homeland Security. These missions and their associated goals and objectives tell us in detail what it means to prevent, to protect, to respond, and to recover, as well as to build in security, to ensure resilience, and to facilitate customs and exchange.

From Reuters:

Pizza Hut Delverymen Now Carry Guns. And Badges.

We give police a hard time around here sometimes when it is deserved, but this story is not about police behaving badly.

After a pizza hut delivery man was involved in an accident, two Portland police officers delivered the pizza to the couple who had ordered the pizza.

(Courtesy: Steve Huckins)

(Courtesy: Steve Huckins)

Ryan Rakos was delivering a pizza to Steve Huckins and his wife when he was involved in a vehicle accident in which he hurt his back and neck. The accident was unknown to the Huckins who called the PIzza Hut to say their pizza had not been delivered. The manager of the store said he would make another pizza and deliver it personally.

While the Huckins were chowing down on the second pizza, there was a knock at the door. Huckins opened the door to find two officers with the first pizza in hand, completing the delivery.

More Educational Stupidity.

Agusta-Chapstick-ROHAn elementary school student at Stuarts Draft Elementary School in the Augusta (VA) School District has a small medical problem – her lips chap to the point where they will bleed.

There is a solution to fifth grader’s Grace Karaffa problem: ChapStick.

Yep. That simple lip balm that millions of people carry around on a daily basis to help with their dry, chapped lips.

One would think that Grace would be able to carry ChapStick with her.

One would be wrong.

The Agusta School District has a policy that classifies ChapStick as an “over the counter medication.” The policy states that if Grace needs the Chap Stick, all she has to do is get a doctor’s permission slip for its use. After that….

“Our policy is not to be so restrictive. It is really a protection for the students,” he said. As with other medications, kids can get their doctors to permit nurses to apply Chapstick in the office, or parents can come in to administer it themselves,” [assistant superintendent for administration said George] Earhart said. (emphasis ours)

The school district’s press release on this says, in part, the following:

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