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Veteran’s Loss of Hearing

Monday, September 12th, 2016

You can’t beat this history, M. Welliver, of the U.S. hotel, while hunting, was struck by a copperhead snake. His heavy woolen pantaloons saved him from injury. That piece of news comes from The Muncy Luminary, Saturday, Aug. 19, 1876.

I enjoy reading the news from the city where I was born. I don’t always get to immediately read the weekly Muncy Luminary when it arrives in the mailbox, but at some point I will sit down and read through it. Just seeing it sitting in the mailbox makes me smile. It takes me back to those simple days of being a kid.

Besides the Peek at the Past column that was referenced above, there is also a column titled World War I Memories. In the August 21, 2016 edition, there was a story of war that showed the effects of war, long after the enemy had surrendered.

As told by the paper in the column titled Loss of hearing cost area veteran his life, Merle Earnest Crawford came back from World War I with a loss of his hearing. During the war, his duties included driving ammunition wagons to the front lines and being next to the cannons as they fired.

The roaring blasts of gun and cannon fire caused him to lose his hearing, which lasted through his lifetime. He moved back to Pennsylvania and married Montgomery native Wilda Bieber, who apparently was one of my distant relatives.

After they were married, Crawford began working at the Lycoming Silica Sand Plant. His job was to drive the sand by train locomotive on a narrow gauge line.

One day, his locomotive rounded a tight curve and collided with another train coming the opposite direction. The other engineer heard the other train coming and jumped to safety.

Because Crawford had lost his hearing in the war, he didn’t know of the danger until it was too late. The two trains collided and he died three days later.

Ironically, the company had already decided to switch from trains to trucks to haul the sand. The-train to-truck switch was already scheduled for 10 days after this crash occurred.    A veteran of war whose sacrifice continued, long after the war had ended.

And for pic o’ day I am posting one that might be a bit on the edge. But seriously, he named his boat S.S. Fat Guy! And how can you argue with #17?


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What About Advertising?

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

And for Monday morning… it just always seems fitting to start with a coffee pic o’ unless you don’t drink coffee. Then probably… not so much! I needed it this morning. I was at a meeting this weekend, and then I watched lots of football and some of the baseball pennant race games. That’s code for Orioles baseball!



This past week I was asked a couple of times about TV advertising. It’s my belief that online marketing is taking a big chunk of some TV budgets. But, political advertising still effects our lawyer advertising. By law, political ads have the right to run… for the lowest cost. So, it doesn’t matter how many TV ads that we place, political can replace them all. They “bump” us out of our buy.

There was a time that those political ads became our business enemy. Now, not so much. Lots has changed from the days when there were only three networks.

One British CEO commented about the effectiveness of their advertising by saying, “Half of my advertising is wasted. It’s just difficult to know which half”. Of course, advertising has changed greatly. During the nineteen century, Frank Woolworth discussed his retail advertising for his stores., “Remember your advertisements are in your show windows and on your counters“. Now, that kinda makes me laugh.

I just thought I would mention advertising today because I expect that we will be inundated with political ads over the next couple of months. One politician recently commented that he believes that TV is losing its effectiveness, because people are now used to not believing what they see on TV. Instead, it’s back to personal relationships and personal contact.

Maybe that’s true. Unfortunately, we need to get all candidates, and especially these political PACS, to believe that TV is not effective. By November, it will be such a relief to no longer see some of these ads. For now, it makes me want to pick up a book or my kindle. Or… I just tape and speed through. Gotta hand it to the inventor who gave us the ability to record programming… and use the fast forward on the remote!


And for our Monday pic o’ day, I guess it’s wrong to call them chicken tenders…or chicken nugget?


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“The Man Who Knew”

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Before getting down to “blog business”, I start with something that was forwarded to me. Yes, it’s probably improper to post… but it made me laugh!


Sunday is September 11. It’s the start of the NFL football season. I suspect that there will be at least one player who decides to use the pledge of allegiance to the flag for his opportunity of demonstration.

The meaning of the flag is also part of a remembrance of the murders of September 11, 2001. On that day, all of the United States felt attacked and betrayed. No one was demonstrating during the pledge of allegiance on September 12, 2001.

In light of the importance of that day, I thought that it was worthwhile to look back at the PBS Frontline documentary titled The Man Who Knew (Online here)  which first aired on PBS on October 3, 2002.

It’s the story of the FBI agent who was obsessed with Bin Laden and was warning other officials of an impending attack. So obsessed that he had previously gathered all film and video of Bin Laden that the FBI had acquired, and watched it over and over in his New York apartment. He was trying to look for clues. He is also chronicled in the book titled The Man Who Warned America.

I wanted to blog on this amazing story, but it would just take too long. In short, the amazing part of the story is that he was ultimately forced out of his job at the FBI. So, he entered the private sector as head of security for the World Trade Center. He started his new job on August 23, 2001.

He was killed on the day of the attacks of September 11,2001.  He was last seen at the 49th floor shortly before the tower collapsed. When he started his new job, he had remarked to a friend that  because of the result of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, that “They’ll probably try to finish the job”.

It’s a good reminder of what our flag stands for, and how others keep trying to take stands against us and what that flag stands for.


I hope you have a great weekend!

And for our pic o’ day


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Pompeii Behavior

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

The ancient city of Pompeii was buried and destroyed by the volcano that erupted from Mount Vesuvius. Before its destruction, Pompeii was a popular holiday resort for rich Romans, who spent their holidays there.

Supposedly, the 79 A.D. eruption started on the morning of August 24, just one day after the celebration of Vulcanalia, the festival of the Roman god of fire.

The walls of the ruins were covered with graffiti. Some of the graffiti written on the walls included Gaius was here, Go hang yourself, Thou art bald, and Atemitus got me pregnant.

History of the disaster and events before and after were detailed at the time by Pliny the Younger, who interviewed survivors and recorded his findings in a letter to his friend Tacitus.

Seismic activity in the region was so common that residents paid little attention when quakes shook the earth on that fateful day. People were unprepared for the disaster.  Wide-ranging estimates of death indicated a number somewhere between 2000- 25000.

The ruins of Pompeii are a reminder that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

For  pic o’ day, I thought this was some interesting “advertising”.


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Rolex Bob?… and Bias

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

If I start the blog with a discussion of the Pythagorean theorem, you will scroll right down to the pic o’ day. Admit it! Right? (Notice how everyone is now saying Right?)

So instead, I take you to the world of Bob McDonnell. I draw from the Washington Post . The article tells the story.  U.S. attorney’s office recommends putting Robert McDonnell on trial again. Now, what is your reaction to that?

Honestly, I wasn’t really that interested in the article. It just made me want to say, “Give me a break”. But, if you scroll down quickly, you can see the meat of the reasoning for the U.S. Attorney’s office. It’s based on Justice Roberts’ language in the Supreme Court opinion. (If legalese is boring to you… skip to the good stuff!)

The court decided that jurors were wrongly instructed on the meaning of the term “official act”.  In a bribery case, an official act “must involve a formal exercise of governmental power that is similar in nature to a lawsuit before a court, a determination before an agency, or a hearing before a committee,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote that it must be “something specific and focused” and that the public official must make a decision or take an action on it, or at least agree to take action.

“Setting up a meeting, talking to another official, or organizing an event — without more — does not fit that definition of ‘official act,’ ” Roberts wrote. So that’s the basis for possible additional prosecution.
OK……. this is where the blog really begins!!!!

Here’s what I enjoyed reading in the article, because it’s a reminder of humanity. It’s found in the comments after the article.

People clearly see through their world (prism) of thinking and the comments at the end of the blog so show that.

If you are commenting as a pro-Republican, then somehow this is an attack on Republicans and should somehow be an attack on the Clintons. Hilary should go to jail for her emails; the Clinton Foundation and all things Democrat for the last 100 years.

If you are Democrat, you see the Supreme Court as Republican and bias in setting aside the conviction,  and that McDonnell should be re-tried and McDonnell is just smug anyway. And his smug picture in that borrowed car is just mystifying anyway.


What do others think, who don’t know if they are Republican or Democrat, or just don’t have a bias. It’s  just a waste of taxpayer money,  and it doesn’t matter anyway. And when is Bob going to get his Rolex watch back from the trial evidence? Ok, maybe I’m the only one wondering about the Rolex.

 And finally, for pic o’ day… it’s the result of a budget crisis!

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Some Football Safety

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Is it hard to come back to work after a long weekend? Here’s a good starter!







It’s football season, so here’s a picture from a this past Friday night’s high school football in Pickens, South Carolina. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line?



Which brings us to our next football story. Sept 5 is an important football anniversary day. On this day in 1906  the first college legal forward pass was thrown by Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University.( Before that time, throwing a football beyond the line of scrimmage was against the rules and the idea of throwing a forward pass was even frowned upon. Not real football!

But in 1905,  football was growing more popular, even with pro football still more than a decade away. But it was also recognized as becoming increasingly violent. That year alone, there were 18 football related deaths nationwide, including three college players. The others were high-school players.

Then President Theodore Roosevelt, whose son was on the Harvard University freshmen football, made it clear he wanted safety reforms in the face of a possibility that college football was going to be abolished. In a commencement address that he gave at Harvard earlier in the year, Roosevelt mentioned the violence of football by saying that, “Brutality in playing a game should awaken the heartiest and most plainly shown contempt for the player guilty of it.

So, despite the fact that initially the forward pass was frowned upon as not being real football… safety was the guiding factor in offering this innovative concept of throwing the ball down the field. Historians argue a bit on who was the first to throw a football past the line of scrimmage in any organized game of football, but no one argues that safety is fun!!!!

And how about some beaver humor for pic o’ day?



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The Impact of a Smile

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

As a kid, I remember walking down the second floor hallway of my grandparents house and noticing some pictures on their wall. In fact, they were a bit scary because they just looked like angry people. A few years later I learned that the “pictures” were portraits of my ancestors, who simply were not smiling.

When I walked on the Virginia Beach boardwalk yesterday, I noticed that several people smiled at me and some even waved and it made me feel good. I think that we all shared the common experience of the sunrise, and the joy of just being outside.

Which brings me to the question of why those old portraits always had people that looked angry. Angry enough to scare a kid!

In the “old days” of the 18th and 19th century or so, smiling was considered to be poor etiquette. That’s why our friendliest of politicians were never smiling in a photograph.


In 1703, St. Jean-Baptiste De La Salle wrote The Rules of Christian Decorum and Civility. He stated that, There are some people who raise their upper lip so high… that their teeth are almost entirely visible. This is entirely contradictory to decorum, which forbids you to allow your teeth to be uncovered, since nature gave us lips to conceal them.

Mark Twain even expressed that, A photograph is a most important document, and there is nothing more damning to go down to posterity than a silly, foolish smile caught and fixed forever.

Supposedly, photographers would ask people to say prunes instead of cheese, to get the correct serious look. Thankfully, we now smile. Kodak is credited with changing the mindset of smiling in photos, because of their marketing campaigns for their Brownie cameras.

When we smile… we can help others smile. Although, I am uncertain what Mark Twain would now say about the advancement of a smile… to the selfie!

Have a great weekend!!!

And for our Friday pic o’ day…


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The T-Shirt Message

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

It’s a story of jury selection from a criminal trial in South Carolina. (Rock Hill Herald) First, I think that if lawyers use lip-service, they probably would say that they are seeking a fair and impartial jury. I think that’s code for ”I am looking for a jury who is fair and impartial (and supportive) of my argument and case”.

Second, this puts the following story in context. The Confederate Flag flew above and then as a compromise, next to South Carolina’s Statehouse in Columbia, for 54 years. That Rebel flag finally came down last year  after  nine black people were killed in a Charleston church. That caused the South Carolina politicians to finally vote to remove the confederate flag off Statehouse grounds.

Which causes me to pause and post this pic o’ which is completely unrelated, but is a clothing picture!
But I digress!
Here’s the story. Assistant public defender Monier Abusaft asked a judge in York County to remove recently remove a potential juror because of the shirt that the potential juror was wearing.  Abusaft felt that the shirt and its message were confrontational. The T-shirt had a picture of a Confederate flag and it read, “If this flag offends you, you need a history lesson.”

“To me, it was problematic—not just the flag, but the message,” Abusaft told the Herald reporter.

The judge refused to remove the potential juror for cause, because she told the judge she could be fair and impartial. So, the defense attorney (Abusaft) used a peremptory challenge to remove the juror. She didn’t trust the T-shirt.

Separately, the prosecutor in the criminal case told the Herald that he also found the flag T-shirt to be offensive. He admitted that he would have used a peremptory strike to remove the juror, if Abusaft hadn’t acted.

The reporter went on to note that University of South Carolina law professor Kenneth Gaines the potential juror may have worn the T-shirt in hopes that a judge would send her home and she wouldn’t have to serve as a juror.

And for pic o’ day, this seemed relevant, since I have heard about people quitting their jobs… because the surf is chest high and glassy!


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A Click and Some Pic O’s

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

First, here’s a place to click for our August newsletter, in case you didn’t receive it in your email. Also, if you go to our website media section, we have all our past newsletters collected there.

Now… here’s some stuff that made me laugh, and I enjoy laughing on a Wednesday!







And one of those funny family pictures!


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All in the Eyes

Monday, August 29th, 2016

When the  Nielsen Company selects a new Nielsen family to determine television ratings, they disregard the new family’s results for the first three months. Based on experience, Nielsen feels that because families know that they are being monitored,  they are watching. For instance, families will tune into PBS for educational programming to appear like they are watching those kinds of programs. But, after three months, they get tired of pretending. Then it’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians or Big Brother.

That’s why I enjoyed the real in the following story: Recently, WKYT in Lexington, Kentucky reported on a drunk couple who crashed their Geo Tracker into a beehive. It disturbed a hive of bees, which then proceeded to attack them. Based on the story, clearly the bees can’t stand drunk drivers. Thankfully,  the whole thing was witnessed by local resident Gary Lee Anderson. Here’s how he told the story:

Well I just had got done feeding my chickens waterin’ em and stuff and I walked back to my house there to get my phone so I could play a video game on it and all a sudden I heard a big boom…
And they like AAAH come out, screaming and squalin, and uh, running around, bout like a chicken with his head cut off.

[After taking Gary's garden hose to try to spray the bees off] But I told em, you need to get out of that water, but see I didn’t know they was getting eatin’ by bees I thought they was jus high.

That’s the story. As told by an eye witness. I love real! In my world, the eyewitness carries the day.

And for pic o’ day, dogs driving always gets me!


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