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March 31, 2008

Nothing new under the sun

Filed under: ancient history, doomed to repeat, history, humanism — Tags: , , — Frontier Former Editor @ 12:29 am

No humor in this.

With all the relatively recent hue and cry over Darfur, Kosovo, Iraq and other places, I have to let my head drop a bit at the idea of young folk acting if somehow they have single-handedly discovered genocide as they wear their ‘save Darfur’ shirts and shout anti-war invective. All fine and well that they may be developing social conscience, but this obituary in Sunday’s International Herald Tribune is a reminder of how change remains the same.

Dith Pran, a photojournalist for The New York Times whose gruesome ordeal in the killing fields of Cambodia was re-created in a 1984 movie that gave him an eminence he tenaciously used to press for his people’s rights, died in New Brunswick, New Jersey on Sunday. He was 65 and lived in Woodbridge, New Jersey

The cause was pancreatic cancer, which had spread, said his friend Sydney Schanberg.

Dith saw his country descend into a living hell as he scraped and scrambled to survive the barbarous revolutionary regime of the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979, when as many as two million Cambodians — a third of the population — were killed, experts estimate. Dith survived through nimbleness, guile and sheer desperation.

Many of us have probably thought we discovered cruelty in our world, but the true discovery is that cruelty has been around as long as we have.

It doesn’t mean the young – or the old for that matter – shouldn’t fight it, but making the fight a fad eventually creates numbness and short attention span.

When younger folk start protesting China’s behavior in Tibet this spring, they might want to consider just how long repression has been a part of life under the Chinese Communists and pretty much every regime and dynasty before them.

And, given mankind’s general record around the world, that’s just for starters.

March 30, 2008

I’m a gossip maven!

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Darling, the reception will be in my garden on Thursday afternoon. Please be sure to bring your certified genealogical records for admission . . .

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As soon as I get my legs waxed and bits retracted, I’ll conquer the Junior League!

March 27, 2008

I demand a recount!

Filed under: humor, I'm not gay, nuclear weapons, nukes — Tags: , , , , — Frontier Former Editor @ 10:56 pm

And the Florida bases ought to be a hoot, especially if they finish before all the other bases . . .


Now we get to see just how well arithmetic has been promoted among the U.S. nuclear Strategic Integrated Operation Plan by the Bush administration . . . (courtesy of that network hosting that dreamy Anderson Cooper – well, he’d be dreamy if I swung that way, which I don’t – CNN)

Pentagon: Inventory ordered of all U.S. nukes

From Barbara Starr

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates has formally ordered the Air Force, Navy and Defense Logistics Agency to conduct an inventory of all U.S. nuclear weapons and nuclear weapon-related materials to make sure all items are accounted for, according to a Pentagon memo released Thursday.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates orders an inventory of all U.S. nuclear weapons and related materials.
The order comes in the wake of the discovery last week that four nuclear warhead fuses were accidentally shipped to Taiwan in 2006.

Gates’ memo, issued Wednesday, calls for all items to be accounted for by serial number.

Pentagon officials said at a news conference Tuesday that Gates would call for the review in addition to a full investigation into how the shipment to Taiwan from a Defense Logistics Agency warehouse happened 18 months ago.

The inventory review, which will involve thousands of items, is due to Gates in 60 days. Pentagon officials said the request was ordered, in part, because this latest incident comes after the August 2007 accidental flight of six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles on a B-52 bomber across the country.

“At a minimum, your report should include the results of the inventory and your personal assessment of the adequacy of your respective department or agency’s positive inventory control policies and procedures,” Gates said in the memo.

Four officers — including three colonels — were relieved of duty last year after a B-52 bomber mistakenly carried six nuclear warheads from North Dakota to Louisiana, the Air Force said.

A six-week investigation uncovered a “lackadaisical” attention to detail in day-to-day operations at the bases involved in the incident, an Air Force report said.

I’m of the mind that this is one area where the Bush administration take full advantage of the private sector – hire college students and other non-traditional workers to do the inventory starting at midnight and finishing within four hours so the floor crew can get the buffing done before 6 a.m.

The only problem is; having to remove all those pink and yellow count tags before using the bombs and cruise missiles.

Mickey Mouse at the wheel of management . . .

Filed under: human resources, humor, management, Uncategorized, workplace — Tags: , , , , — Frontier Former Editor @ 11:40 am

I share this not out of any sense that it tops other examples of gross mismanagement, but out of tired amusement.

My current layover in the employment arena is a call center which dare not speak its name (no, not a lesbian phone sex call center), but which motivates its employees with images of rock climbing, hiking/orienteering, and kayaking/canoeing.

When set in the context of this particular facility, all of those motivational images can be set in the context of some classic movies:

rock climbing, for example . . .


or a nice hike . . .


or a relaxing canoe trip . . .


You may get the point.

This past week has shown our facility’s management at a new peak of cinematic allegory. Our site director and the associated human resources director found it vital to change the morning clock-in process so that 400 people have to clock in at the same time – 8:25 a.m.

Two months ago, this would not have been a particularly intense logistic exercise, since everyone punched the clock at their respective cubicle phone. But why make something easy and efficient when you can adopt (drum roll please) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE LATEST IN TECHNOLOGY!

Coming from another company which dare not speak its name (no, not a homosexual lifestyle-oriented company – the gay community has much better taste than to be associated with this particular firm) is our new biometric finger-scan timeclock designed to simplify our clock in process by clocking in with our mathematically-modeled fingerprint image before scrambling to clock in at our phones as we did before.

As the supplier told out corporate purchasing and efficiency gurus, it’s a real ‘timesaver.’

And to speed the process of clocking in, two of these devices were placed in our lobby so 400 people could be processed at two chokepoints and one person at a time.

But wait, it gets even more efficient. Instead of keeping the 10-minute window in which employees could clock in with our new ‘timesaver,’ the site director decided that we all could wait (read: “cannot clock in before 8:25 a.m.”) to punch in at 8:25 a.m. so we could be ready to take calls at . . . . . . 8:25 a.m.

The past few days have been a wonder of an approximately 40-foot-by 40-foot lobby crowded with 100 people waiting to see if Newtonian physics can be circumvented and all clock in at the same time.

What of the other 300? They all learned fast to say ‘screw it’ and have their team managers correct their clock-in times on the insanely efficient site network.

But, not content with their contribution to a tightly organized example of Swiss-watch efficiency, said site director and HR director implemented another cutting-edge methodology to improve the workplace environment.

They sent maintenance out to take away the wastebaskets at each and every cubicle.

I can’t wait for the new directive where each employee will have a kidney removed once a quarter. That should solve the turnover problem, since the company will probably invest in two dialysis machines to serve 400 workers.

And this leads to the cinematic allegory for our beloved management . . .


And it reaffirms my suspicion of our HR department’s concept of human resources . . .

It’s a shame that I don’t get to talk to any sweet Canadian FedEx ladies

March 24, 2008

It warms the cockles of my heart . . .

Filed under: 2008 election, Election '08, politics — Tags: , , , — Frontier Former Editor @ 1:01 am

to see that old-style politics is alive and well in one of my old stomping grounds.

The background for the following two video clips is that Virginia is readying for three major federal elections this year – presidential, congressional House, and congressional Senate. In Virginia’s Ninth Congressional district, the Republican Party is pretty much expected to do what it has since 1986 – put up a sacrificial goat for the pretense of running against the Democrat incumbent who would be considered a respectable, intelligent and moderate Republican candidate anywhere else in the U.S. As the associated arithmetic will show, the Ninth District’s Republican party has failed 13 times in their challenge of Congressman Rick Boucher since the 1982 congressional election. Since 1986, the party has failed miserably 11 times.

In addition, the state Republican party seems to be stuck with Jim Gilmore as its choice to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by John Warner (once the husband of Elizabeth Taylor). Gilmore’s opponent? the Democrat former governor who followed him and spent four years cleaning up what just about every Virginia resident acknowledged was Gilmore’s wreckage of the state transportation system and budget.

Given all of this, enjoy the ensuing jocularity as Tazewell County, Virginia Republican officials demonstrate their grasp of democratic principles as they enforce seemingly Bolshevik standards of party discipline in running a simple party mass meeting (read ‘caucus’) while committing intra-party fratricide. Thanks to the blog Raising Kaine for tonight’s entertainment.

Part one . . .


and Part two

It should be noted that the two uniformed officers stepping outside the building in clip one and seen outside the building in clip two are NOT Virginia State Police as claimed in the Youtube side notes. Rather, they are Tazewell, Va. town police officers. What police are doing inside a Republican mass meeting might be interesting, though.

I remember writing a couple of years ago at least one editorial encouraging all Tazewell County voters to show up at the party meetings of their choice and take advantage of the lip service either party pays to American voters and a free democracy.

Sounds like what’s needed is a Glorious Revolution of our own, where the tired old deadwood gets run out of town but with no bloodshed.

March 23, 2008

Thank you George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet et al

Filed under: dumbasses, Iraq — Tags: , , , , , — Frontier Former Editor @ 10:50 pm

for making the U.S. more secure and bringing peace and democracy to Iraq . . .

U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 4,000

Grim milestone reached when IED kills 4 U.S. soldiers in Baghdad

MSNBC News Services
updated 8 minutes ago
BAGHDAD – Four U.S. soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in southern Baghdad late Sunday, raising the death toll for American forces since start of the war to 4,000, according to the Pentagon.

The grim milestone was reached less than a week after the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion to topple former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and coincided with a spate of violence across Iraq on Sunday that left at least 61 people dead.

The attacks included rockets and mortars fired at Baghdad’s U.S.-protected Green Zone and a suicide car bomb detonated at an Iraqi army post in the northern city of Mosul.

You lying, malignant, incompetent, ignorant, dumbassed whatever you might be.

Sunday entertainment . . . .

One of the few things I miss about living in Northern Virginia 20 years ago (aside from the fantastic French bakery run by the Vietnamese couple just up the road from my apartment; being able to get Chinese food at 2 a.m.; two great family-owned hobby shops within less than a half-hour’s drive, and; riding the Metro) was getting a Washington Post on Sunday and spending the whole day wading through it. The crossword puzzle and the Post Magazine could take up half the day alone.

These days, I can still get a hard copy of the Post – three days late – but surfing and blogging are a fair substitute.

Something to share while I got do a crossword (online, since my local Sunday paper hasn’t made it here yet) is this little tidbit from Your Three Cents (via that radio babe who definitely doesn’t have a face for radio, Miss Cellania)

 And to be fair to our president (I still refuse to capitalize the title while that f**kwit’s in office), our own former governor Jim Gilmore showed his own continuing fiscal prudence in the news last week.

Who’da thunk that, after running Virginia’s transportation system into the ground and adding another $100 million annual burden to our state budget, that Gilmore would have been given a chance to preside over another good financial screwing?

(fom Associated Press, via Yahoo News)

RICHMOND, Va. – Former Gov. Jim Gilmore, who was criticized for his handling of state finances, was chairman of a Bear Stearns subsidiary set up to market some of its highest-risk securities tied to the home mortgage industry meltdown.

One money manager said Gilmore’s involvement in Everquest Financial Ltd. reflected his “naivete” in finance. Gilmore, a Republican, is now running for U.S. Senate.

Two troubled hedge funds managed by Bear Stearns owned a 60 percent share of Everquest when it was created in 2006. Everquest withdrew its bid for an initial public offering last June amid criticism of the hedge funds — which saw the mortgages underlying the bonds in some of their holdings fall sharply in value because of increased mortgage defaults.

I can’t wait to see the vote tally in our senatorial election.

Stilletto can appreciate this little side story. I got to watch one of the final public appearances of Jim Gilmore in our fine corner of Virginia before that idiot sailed off into hopefully permanent public oblivion. After presenting a big foam core check for some funding with which he had essentially noting to do with obtaining, Gilmore stood around for an hour in a chapel at what was then Clinch Valley College. He and his aides picked at the table of refreshments, half-heartedly nibbling at mini-muffins or cookies and drinking canned soda while waiting for the fog to lift so they could catch a plane out of town.

Several lawmakers who attended the event didn’t stay to talk with the governor – they beat it as soon as the presentation was over. After a few folks who just wanted to be able to say they shook hands with the governor did so, the chapel emptied in about 5 minutes.

Hemingway might have written; “His party stood alone. In the chapel. In the fog.”

I would have written; “What goes around comes around, with an extra 200 knots.”

March 22, 2008

In my old school . . .

Filed under: music, old times, Steely Dan — Tags: , , , — Frontier Former Editor @ 12:12 am

the white kids at Jacox Junior High in Norfolk were either listening to Nazareth, Aerosmith, Foghat or Frampton.

I was wearing out the grooves on my copy of “The Royal Scam,” and this track especially:


Sometimes I wonder if I should have listened to more ‘fun’ music, and then I remember: This is fun music.

March 21, 2008

Death by stingray . . . .

Filed under: Fish, Florida — Tags: , — Frontier Former Editor @ 2:17 pm


‘Outrageous fortune’ certainly applies here:

A woman from the Thumb died after a large stingray leaped from the water off the Florida Keys on Thursday and struck her in the head while she was on a fishing boat with her family, officials said.

It’s akin to seeing Samuel L. Jackson disappear in a flash of shark flesh , except the shark was trying to commit aquatic murder. The stingray was just doing what stingrays do and happened to hit a human in mid-flight before dropping as dead as the human did.

 I’m not even going to make a comparison to Steve Irwin.

Interestingly enough, while googling this little bit of oceanic Warner Brothers cartoon tragedy, I did find another bout of fatal involvement with stingrays of another sort here . . . .


But . . .

Filed under: humor — Tags: , — Frontier Former Editor @ 7:38 am

This makes about as much sense as any real news today . . . .

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