The mind is wasted on stupid things

A florist should specialize on floors.

A taxidermist should specialize on taxes.

Or be a driver of a taxi?

As in the early days, worshipers are still encouraged to lay hands on the sick, speak in tongues, provide testimony of miracles, and occasionally consume poisons such as strychnine.[17] Snake handlers do not worship snakes, instead using the snakes to show non-Christians that God protects them from harm. In church services, when they feel the anointing of the Holy Spirit come upon them, these Christians reach into boxes, pick up venomous snakes and hold them up as they pray, sing, and dance. Gathering mainly in homes and converted buildings, snake handlers generally adhere to strict dress codes such as uncut hair, ankle-length dresses, and no cosmetics for women; and short hair and long-sleeved shirts for men. Most preach against any use of tobacco or alcohol.  And I thought that snake handlers worked with asps.

Only mutes do not speak in tongues.  Unless mute is a language only the deaf can hear.

Are cartoons about toons with cars in them?

Does Superman donate his sperm to a super sperm bank?  Does his sperm used in sperm whale research?

Is Wonder Woman invisible in her stealth jet?  Otherwise you would see her fly through the air.

Does Aqua man swim in polluted waters and gets gummed up?

There are jelly donuts why not jam donuts?

Can one fly low rather than fly high

The writer gone and unpublished

The times are changing for the good and for the bad,

I remember typing on an Olivetti typewriter, so rad.

Whiteout was used to erase a mistake,

We all felt that our words were so great and debonair.

On sheets of paper they lay in a stack,

Now in a closet way in the back.

Words written so long ago on faded paper,

A testimony to the writer in me, a mystery caper.

But it lays in a heap not published nor ever read,

A mystery written and now lays in a box encased like the living dead.

And the mind lacks the spark that created a masterpiece now long gone,

A possible masterpiece, a shame if you think about it, a long- lost yarn.

But as the tapestry unwoven the threads are bare and so worn,

A piece of me that lays in the box, unborn.

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The monster inside us

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The myth is this is Frank.  But this is his creation.  His real name is monster.
Frankenstein created him but in reality this is the other side of the man.  In other words this is the Hyde and Jekyll and Hyde story.  The modern version is the Hulk.
We all have a dark side.  We fight to contain it but every once in a while it comes out.
Money and fame are the motivators of the dark side.  Impulse anger is an element.
Go back into the ages of time and this evil is what God destroyed with the Flood.
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The basis of Two Face.

Puns in the middle of the night

Is Robin Hood a bird in a hoodie?

What are the elements in Metallica?

Why is the water boy bringing Gatorade to the players who are from the Crimson Tide?

How tall is the ruler of a country?

Can there be a city bumpkin? Who is his kin of the bump?

Can there be urban bumpkin?

An indent is good for a paragraph but not for a car.

Dentures for dentists, an example for a poor tooth man.

Moles and voles and frogs and tadpoles are always mixed up in my mind.

If you are between the North and South Pole are you bipolar?
Can spaghetti not be pasta?

What about a spaghetti plot of a hurricane? And where is the sauce?
If I had a four hour erection I would not require a hospital just the funeral.

If he is the spitting image of his dad was his dad made of spit?

If the air is thin the further you go up should not there be a lot of air on the bottom of the ocean?

What ever happened to Popeye, did he get a spinach overdose and end up on spinach steroids?

Can you have a u ball and see it with your eyeball?

How can you get a good night’s sleep on a bed of roses?

What cause do bees have? Do they have placards declaring their love of their honey?

Who chose the colors of the rebels in the Civil War? Why gray?

Notice that people are made out of flesh and blood. What about the little gray cells? Are they flesh with electrons?

What is being subservant? Is it a valet on a boat?

Can there be boats called Q boat, D boat or any other letter? We do have the U boat.

What does gun packing mean? Does it mean the gun is packed in a luggage piece?

Zulu distortion

Zulu is a 1964 epic war film depicting the Battle of Rorke’s Drift between the British Army and the Zulus in January 1879, during the Anglo-Zulu War. It depicts 150 British soldiers, many of whom were sick and wounded patients in a field hospital, who successfully held off a force of 4,000 Zulu warriors.

The film was directed by American screenwriter[4] Cy Endfield and produced by Stanley Baker and Endfield, with Joseph E. Levine as executive producer. The screenplay is by John Prebble and Endfield, based on an article by Prebble, a historical writer. The film stars Stanley Baker and introduces Michael Caine, in his first major role, with a supporting cast that includes Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth, Nigel Green, Paul Daneman, Glynn Edwards, Ivor Emmanuel and Patrick Magee. Future South African political leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi played Zulu King Cetshwayo kaMpande, his great grandfather. The opening and closing narration is spoken by Richard Burton.

The film was first shown on the 85th anniversary of the actual battle, 22 January 1964 at the Plaza Theatre in the West End of London.

The Zulus

The attack on the mission station was not ordered by King Cetshwayo, as the audience is led to believe in the film. Cetshwayo had specifically told his warriors not to invade Natal, the British Colony. The attack was led by Prince Dabulamanzi kaMpande, the King’s half-brother, who pursued fleeing survivors at Isandlwana across the river and then moved on to attack Rorke’s Drift. Although almost 20,000 rounds of ammunition were fired by the defenders, just under 400 Zulus were killed at Rorke’s Drift. A similar number were left behind when the Zulus retreated, being too badly wounded to move. Comments from veterans many years after the event suggest the British killed many of these wounded men in the battle’s aftermath, raising the total number of Zulu deaths to over 700.

Ending

The ending of the film is somewhat fictitious. There was no Zulu attack at dawn on 23 January 1879, which in the film led to the singing of “Men of Harlech”. There was only sparse fighting with a few remaining Zulus.

However at roughly 7:00 am, an Impi suddenly appeared, and the British manned their positions again. No attack materialized, as the Zulus had been on the move for six days prior to the battle. In their ranks were hundreds of wounded, and they were several days march from any supplies.

Around 8:00 am, another force appeared, the defenders abandoned their breakfast and manned their positions again. The approaching troops were the vanguard of Lord Chelmsford’s relief column.

The Zulus did not sing a song saluting fellow warriors, and they did not depart peacefully. They departed at the approach of the British relief column.

I am always amazed that when history is changed by a Hollywood movie it becomes real.

.  It was brought out when the legend sounds better than what  happened than believe the legend.

You have be Warned!

Watch the skies! Mutters the scientist in It.

They are coming to colonize on earth.

Be scared, for the blob is from outer space,

Independence Day is at hand, death is now the insert.

 

Wipe out mankind and womankind too,

Change the atmosphere to ultramarine from blue.

Poison the oceans and make fish with no fins,

Put the human race in cattle cars for future food.

 

“Bleak, I be,” Yoda states to the Enterprise crew,

The future is dimmed and glassy to my view.

Doomed and gloomed is the race of man,

Soon to be harvested and eaten like spam from a can.

 

As T. S. Elliot says on the Alps struggling for a breath.

“This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.”

“This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.”

On this day in History

In one of the most infamous incidents in America’s industrial history, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City burns down on this day in 1911, killing 145 workers. The tragedy led to the development of a series of laws and regulations that better protected the safety of factory workers.

The Triangle factory, owned by Max Blanck and Isaac Harris, was located in the top three floors of the Asch Building, on the corner of Greene Street and Washington Place, in Manhattan. It was a true sweatshop, employing young immigrant women who worked in a cramped space at lines of sewing machines. Nearly all the workers were teenaged girls who did not speak English and made only about $15 per week working 12 hours a day, every day. In 1911, there were four elevators with access to the factory floors, but only one was fully operational and the workers had to file down a long, narrow corridor in order to reach it. There were two stairways down to the street, but one was locked from the outside to prevent stealing and the other only opened inward. The fire escape was so narrow that it would have taken hours for all the workers to use it, even in the best of circumstances.

The danger of fire in factories like the Triangle Shirtwaist was well-known, but high levels of corruption in both the garment industry and city government generally ensured that no useful precautions were taken to prevent fires. The Triangle Shirtwaist factory’s owners were known to be particularly anti-worker in their policies and had played a critical role in breaking a large strike by workers the previous year.

On March 25, a Saturday afternoon, there were 600 workers at the factory when a fire began in a rag bin. The manager attempted to use the fire hose to extinguish it, but was unsuccessful, as the hose was rotted and its valve was rusted shut. As the fire grew, panic ensued. The young workers tried to exit the building by the elevator but it could hold only 12 people and the operator was able to make just four trips back and forth before it broke down amid the heat and flames. In a desperate attempt to escape the fire, the girls left behind waiting for the elevator plunged down the shaft to their deaths. The girls who fled via the stairwells also met awful demises—when they found a locked door at the bottom of the stairs, many were burned alive.

Those workers who were on floors above the fire, including the owners, escaped to the roof and then to adjoining buildings. As firefighters arrived, they witnessed a horrible scene. The girls who did not make it to the stairwells or the elevator were trapped by the fire inside the factory and began to jump from the windows to escape it. The bodies of the jumpers fell on the fire hoses, making it difficult to begin fighting the fire. Also, the firefighters’ ladders reached only seven floors high and the fire was on the eighth floor. In one case, a life net was unfurled to catch jumpers, but three girls jumped at the same time, ripping the net. The nets turned out to be mostly ineffectual.

Within 18 minutes, it was all over. Forty-nine workers had burned to death or been suffocated by smoke, 36 were dead in the elevator shaft and 58 died from jumping to the sidewalks. With two more dying later from their injuries, a total of 145 people were killed by the fire. The workers’ union set up a march on April 5 on New York’s Fifth Avenue to protest the conditions that had led to the fire; it was attended by 80,000 people.

Despite a good deal of evidence that the owners and management had been horribly negligent in the fire, a grand jury failed to indict them on manslaughter charges. The tragedy did result in some good, though—the International Ladies Garment Workers Union was formed in the aftermath of the fire and the Sullivan-Hoey Fire Prevention Law was passed in New York that October. Both were crucial in preventing similar disasters in the future.

Now why is this have meaning for me. My wife’s grandma joined that union and when she died they paid the insurance policy of three thousand dollars to my wife.  Funny how little stuff is all connected.  The ripple effect of life is strange indeed.

 

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The SullivanHoey Fire Prevention Law, passed in November, 1911, combined six agencies to form the Bureau of Fire Prevention, giving it broad powers to enforce fire safety and expanding the responsibilities and jurisdiction of the fire commissioner.Mar 21, 2010 and was a direct result of the protest of this fire.