• America First and Trump

    Posted on April 28th, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    Donald Trump uses the words America First often. Has no one told him the history of that term? America First was the organization that among other things filled Madison Square Garden with 20,000 people who refused to stand up to the Nazi invasion of Europe, the fall of France,Hitler’s pact with the Soviet Union, and the Japanese miltary buildup.
    Charles Lindbergh among many others, were members of the organization which was disbanded after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Below the venom that Lindbergh spewed in a speech at the Hollywood Bowl in 1941.

    The rally in Los Angeles was billed as “Peace and Preparedness Mass Meeting,” In his speech of that day, Lindbergh criticized those movements which he perceived were leading America into the war. He proclaimed that the United States was in a position that made it virtually impregnable and pointed out that when interventionists said “the defense of England,” they really meant “defeat of Germany.” Lindbergh’s presence at the Hollywood Bowl rally was overshadowed, however, by the presence of fringe elements in the crowd.

    Nothing did more to escalate the tensions than the speech Lindbergh delivered to a rally in Des Moines, Iowa on September 11, 1941. In that speech above he identified the forces pulling America into the war as the British, the Roosevelt administration, and the Jews.

    Trump’s Jews are the Mexicans and Muslims of today.

  • Super Beta Prostate and My Pillow

    Posted on April 21st, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    Both of these products seem to appear on radio stations which attract older male audiences, Sean Hannity, as an example or Fox TV. Super Beta Prostate says it is free, you only pay for shipping and handling. here is some information to make my male readers pause:

    “Research demonstrates that Super Beta Prostate is an unsafe and ineffective product invented by a convicted felon”

    Another endorsement:
    “Be carefull ordering Super Beta Prostrate. I ordered the free trial bottle and no where did I see that I was signing up for continuous re-orders if I did not cancel in two days. I have not even taken half the trial bottle and they have already charged my card the full price for another bottle. So far I have not noticed any improvement from my urinary problems”

    Now careful readers of this blog will recall a post about My Pillow which arrives about 2 inches high and has to be soaked like a sponge to become normal size. The web is filled with complaints but I rather like this one:

    ‘I can’t get to the remote fast enough to mute this “my pillow” commercial.Can’t stand M.

    L.s irritating, shyster voice, hawking his overpriced cheesy pillow. He stands there, hugging this chopped styrofoam piece of ***, like it was some kind of gift from God. He invented the styrofoam pillow???…..Right!, like I invented the “paper bag”!!!! Sorry Mike, the styrofoam pillow was invented long before you were even born!

    He claims, it’s adjustable. OK Mike……please show me the adjustment mechanism!! You also claim your pillow is endorsed by the National Sleep Foundation…..sorry Mike, I also checked with the National Sleep Foundation. They say that it is not their policy to indorse any specific product.”

    I am trying to figure out whether I can invent one product for both men and women that will allow you to sleep well, pee properly and enjoy a healthy long life. Your money back if disatisfied once I invent it. Of course you will have to pay for shipping and handling. I thinking about $80 for handling.

  • Free is too Expensive

    Posted on April 21st, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    I always look on Ebay to see some of the old cars for sale. sometimes I sell and rarely buy. This Model A is over in Clinton corners, close by Clove Valley. I dont intend to drive over to kick the rims.

    model A wreck

  • Running My Line of Traps- Not for the Squimish

    Posted on April 20th, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    Well, i’ve been busy with a lot of Spring projects here at the farm. Since the great mouser Nipsy disappeared last fall, and Blackstone high tailed it down to Rosie Andrews farm, we havent had any cats, indoor or out. So I’ve taken over duties until I get up to the SPCA for some relief.
    Pictured on the left is the Great Nipsy at the ready. The right was one of three caught in the last few days. i think they are all gone for a while.nipsymouse in trap CV

  • Sunset April 17, 2016

    Posted on April 18th, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    clove sunset April 18 2015sunset april 17, 2016
    There was an old song, called Hallalujah I’m a bum again. I couldn’t find the words on the internet, or at least the ones I remember but Al Jolson sang it,( if anyone remembers him) and one of the verses was

    Why work away at wealth
    When you can travel for your health
    It’s Spring you hobo sing, Hallalujah I’m a bum again.

    Rockefeller’s busy giving dough away
    Henry Ford is busy makin’ cars
    Hobo you get busy when they throw away
    Slightly used cigars.

  • Dated Food

    Posted on April 18th, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    The pictures below indicate what I ate for my lunch yesterday. So far so good. An early Spring week at the farm in Clove Valley, perfect.peanut jarpeanut buter jar top (1)

  • April 4, 2016

    Posted on April 4th, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    March came in like a lamb and out like a lion. Of course I turned the outside water on this week and this afternoon we got 5″ of new snow and temperatures going down to 19 tonight. Lou, the plumber over in Millbrook, will be a busy man tomorrow fixing cracked pipes all over the Hudson Valley. Go figure.snow april 4 2016

  • Bull Moose

    Posted on April 1st, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    Teddy 1912The 1912 Republican National Convention was a battle for the soul of the Republican party. The Republican Nomination was decided at the Convention Though President William Howard Taft had been Theodore Roosevelt’s chosen successor in 1908. By 1912, the increasingly radical Roosevelt was dissatisfied with Taft’s relative conservatism in office. In violation of an earlier pledge not to run for a second full term, Roosevelt chose to challenge the president for the Republican nomination. Much like Donald Trump, the progressive Roosevelt was a post-constitutional candidate. There are parallels between Trump’s defense of eminent domain abuse and Roosevelt’s contempt for property rights, and Trump’s strongman tendencies have antecedents in TR’s impatience with the machinery of constitutional government. In the early 20th century, only a handful of states held popular primaries to choose presidential nominees, and the results weren’t even binding. But Roosevelt was a popular figure, and he took advantage of these contests, carrying nine out of twelve primaries. President Taft, however, still controlled the machinery of the party, and in states where convention delegates were chosen by party regulars, Taft’s forces dominated. One can almost imagine the outrage of Trump boosters, such as Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich and others, at the notion that the “will of the people” could be so successfully thwarted by the party apparatus. Unlike Trump, Roosevelt didn’t promise riots if he failed to secure the nomination, but the convention organizers were prepared for them. A thousand policemen patrolled the aisles of the convention, and barbed wire was hidden beneath the bunting of the speaker’s platform in order to prevent assaults. For Roosevelt had cast his battle for the nomination in apocalyptic language, proclaiming to his followers that: “We stand at Armageddon, and we battle for the Lord.”
    Needless to say the rest is history. Roosevelt bolted the party and formed the Bull Moose party. The split allowed Woodrow Wilson to win the election.
    If this sounds familiar, in the interest of full disclosure, my great uncle Sam was a delegate to the Bull Moose convention, didn’t do him a lot of good.

  • 2 Year Free Subscription Plus 1 Thin Dime

    Posted on March 26th, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    court tennis racquetThe first person who identifies the racquet in the below picture will reap a rich harvest. Hint: it is 70 years old.

  • Another Remote Expedition

    Posted on March 21st, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    An Icebreaker, the Braveheart is approaching Heard Island with a group of ham radio operators. Heard Island is fifth on the list of most wanted countries by ham radio operators world wide. North Korea which has restricted the use of amateur radio is first on the most wanted. Below is a description of this incredibly hostile group of islands.

    The islands are among the most remote places on Earth: They are located approximately 4,099 km (2,547 mi) southwest of Perth,[4] 3,845 km (2,389 mi) southwest of Cape Leeuwin, Australia, 4,200 km (2,600 mi) southeast of South Africa, 3,830 km (2,380 mi) southeast of Madagascar, 1,630 km (1,010 mi) north of Antarctica, and 450 km (280 mi) southeast of the Kerguelen Islands.[5] The islands are currently uninhabited.

    Here is a picture of a group of Antartic explorers who were stranded on Heard in 1929. Definitely not on your list of places we’d like to go for a summer vacation. Stay tuned for some pictures when they have landed and set up camp.

    heard island 24