Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
So far, Sarah seems to be a non-scruncher, much to her mother's chagrin.
Sherry is encountering the same type of challenge. She has been pronouncing Vonore with the accent on the second syllable instead of the first. In Vonore this would quickly get you the "You-ain't-from-around-here" look.
I was sad to learn that Big Ed himself, Ed Neusel, who was always very nice, has passed away. His family still operates the place.
I left the store feeling like I had done my good deed for the day. Sarah had talked me into using one of those shopping carts that has a plastic car for kids to ride in. When I got to my car and leaned down to help her get out, I realized that while I was being so nice and honest with the cashier, Sarah was down below stealing a piece of candy from the candy rack at check out. Do I have to report her to juvenile court?
We're not sure how many days Sherry will have to work this week. I'm thinking I may take the kids out to the American Museum of Science and Energy out at Oak Ridge at some point, perhaps tomorrow after I go to the doctor to have my foot wound checked.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
The V-1 was a rocket-propelled bomb, used chiefly as a terror weapon by the Germans against English civilian targets, chiefly London, after Germany had largely lost the war. Though the V-1 killed plenty of people, it did not have any significant impact on the outcome of the war.
I'll probably head into Maryville to get our mail from our post office box in a while, and then I'll go liberate Wannie from the Boong while Sherry sleeps in for a bit.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
We're over at Wannie's now. We were hoping to connect up with Biff and Leah Byrd for lunch, but I guess if we don't hear from them in the next fifteen minutes or so, hunger will compel us to go look for some grub.
The pictures were taken on the only vacation I can every remember having
when I was small and my first trip to the beach. I was 15 or 16 (I say 15
and Joan says 16) and Mack was 2 years younger. I remember that I drove
all the way there and back. Daddy hated to drive and I did not yet have my
license. I was 15 and that is where I got the idea to let you drive before
you were old enough. We had no air conditioning in the car so we were very
worn out driving all the was with the windows rolled down. We were
in Norfolk, Va beach or Joan says on the Chesapeake where Joan and George were
stationed while he was in the Coast Guard. The other people in the picture
were George’s mother and sister, Marian. Mrs. Albamonte cooked a big plate
of pork chops for us. I think for the very financially strapped Isenhour
family, the opportunity of visiting the beach and have free lodging pushed Daddy
over the edge. He had a wonderful time but became extremely sunburned (poisoned)
with terrible chills and shakes. He got this from sitting in the ocean on an
inner-tube while crabbing. The neighbors had a big pot under which a fire was
built and the crabs were cooked for all. Daddy was really sick when he got
home from the sun.
We probably got home around 3:15 yesterday afternoon, and Sherry and I were pretty worn out from having slept away from home. Boong, however, was wound up. Also, she got two toy dolls from James and the Giant Peach in the mail, so she was excited about that.
My first hearing was in Chancery Court before Chancellor Richard Dinkins, whom I do not know very well, but whom I admire for having declined an appointment to the Supreme Court of Tennessee because it would take him away from his family. Jake and Joey's paternal grandfather, whom I know as "Grandpa Joe," was also in Chancellor Dinkins' court, though in retrospect, he did not realize who I was. It is my understanding that Joe Ferrelli is primarily a title attorney, and most of the title attorneys I know don't go anywhere near a courtroom if they can avoid it, so I was surprised when I saw his name on the docket. He was very gentlemanly and courteous.
I also had a hearing before Judge Randy Kennedy, and he is one of my favorite Middle Tennessee judges. I have never been in his courtroom when it has not been a true pleasure to transact business there. This is in contrast to another Davidson County Circuit Court, which is almost always unpleasant to appear before. I ran into my friend, Mark Chen, who practices frequently in Davidson County Juvenile Court, so he caught me up on the gossip over there. My adversary in my hearing was another friend, Kline Preston, with whom I had Russian class for three years at UT. I trounced him.
I also ran into Cynthia and Derek from my old law firm in Nashville, and I was sure glad to see them. I'd hoped to have the chance to drop by the office, but wouldn't have had time, so it was good to be able to visit for a moment before they had to get to Judge Soloman's court.
Friday, July 27, 2007
I figure if we'd attended, I probably could have bluffed my way through since I knew so many people that worked there and therefore know many stories from the place. My theory on parties has always been "the more the merrier" at least if the party-crashers aren't causing problems. I guess I'm glad we gave it a miss if the host was being such a creep.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
My mother makes much of my Isenhour shoulders, which quite obviously came from Grandpa Isenhour.
Everyone but Joey and me headed back out to the Cracker Barrel for some supper. I'm in the process of winding down in anticipation of a busy morning in two courts tomorrow. J&J complete their last week of camp tomorrow at noon, so we'll be able to hit the road shortly thereafter. (We weren't expecting them to get out of camp until late in the afternoon, so we're happy to be able to get on the road at midday instead of late afternoon.)
When I told her I was leaving for court this morning, she wanted to go with me, which warms a lawyer-daddy's heart. Anyway, I returned from the proceedings this morning with her toy, and more candy from the judge, so she's bound to start thinking court is pretty cool. It is, at least if you're a lawyer and not a defendant.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
About the time Sherry left yesterday, I looked at my calendar and realized that although the second day of my trial did not occur, I had forgotten that I had a motion scheduled in another case. I quickly donned my lawyering garb and toted Sarah to the courthouse with me to present my motion. It was her second appearance in an actual court proceeding, the first being when I was clearing my schedule for Sherry's grandmother's funeral in June. Yesterday, Judge Denton won her over with his bench candy jar, and Assistant Public Defender Ed Wilder also gave her some candy. She was happy, and we did a short tour of the courthouse during which I showed her some of the rooms that used to be the courtrooms in which I learned the practice of law. We also went up to visit the Register of Deeds office, where we ran into my former law partner, Duncan.
I had several errands in town at both the justice center and the courthouse, and just got home a bit ago. I'm going to try to get some more paperwork done today. Tomorrow we head to Nashville to pick up J&J!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Young John Ogle early became aware of the difficulties which his family were likely to experience after the Restoration, and he undoubtedly had heard tales of adventures in the New World; and so when the opportunity was presented to him him, John Ogle joined Colonel Nicolls' expedition, bound for America.
In March 1664, the whole of the territory in America occupied by the Dutch on the Atlantic seaboard was granted by Charles II to his brother, the Duke of York, on the plea that it was British soil by right of discovery. On 25 May 1664, Colonel Nicolls, with four ships, 300 soldiers and 450 men, sailed from Portsmouth. The expedition arrived at New Amsterdam, and without firing a shot, Governor Stuyvesant surrendered the town on 29 August and promptly changed the name to New York.
Delaware had been origanally settled by Swedes, who quarrelled with the Dutch, who built Fort Casimir 6 miles from the Swedish Fort Christiana. In 1654 Governor Rising brought a large number of colonists from Sweden; he took Fort Casimir, renaming it Fort of the Holy Trinity, in honor of the day of capture. Governor Stuyvesant, who later came down from New Amsterdam and recaptured the fort, renamed it New Amstel.
John Ogle, who had served under Captain Carr in Delaware, became a permanent resident of White Clay Creek Hundred, named from the deposits of white clay found along its banks. John Ogle first resided at New Castle, where he was a large land-buyer; he afterwards lived at various sites on his extensive holdings. He commenced acquiring land at an early date, probably as soon as the confusion of the conquest and the settlement of Indian troubles permitted it.
The first grant that John Ogle received was in February 1666, from Governor Nicolls, who had empowered the officers of Delaware to dispose of 'implanted' land there for the best advantage of the inhabitants. The parcel known as Muscle Cripple was granted to Sgt Thomas Wollaston, John Ogle, John Hendricks and Herman Johnson. It consisted of a part of 300 acres and was bounded by a creek at the head of Bread and Cheese Island and also by the plantations of Hans Bones and James Crawford. Sgt Wollaston had been a comrad in arms, as had James Crawford of the adjoining plantation. James Crawford, having gained some knowledge of medicine in the army, was known as 'Doctor' on the early assessment rolls. His daughter Mary was later to marry into the Ogle family. Crawford was one of the heroes of the Nicolls expedition, his grant specifically stating that it was given 'in consideration of the good service performed by James Crawford, a soldier'.
The story of John Ogle is closely bound up whith that of his friends Thomas Wollaston and James Crawford, who took a liking to young Ogle and formed a friendship which continued throughout their lives.
The three friends settled on nearby plantations in New Castle County, where their wives survived them. The Records of the Court of Newcastle give a picture of their lives after 1676.
The three are the foundation of the Ogle genealogy. John Ogle's son Thomas married Mary Crawford, daughter of James. Wollastaon connections appear in the fourth and fifth generations. Joseph Ogle married Priscilla Wollaston, and their son Samuel married Deborah Wollaston.
An eye-witness account of the events of June 1675 has revealed something of the character of John Ogle of that period - swashbuckling, rash and reckless, with an amount of courage appropriate to the rough and tumble frontier environment. He was not one to be imposed on, especially by one of the Dutch who certainly did not amount to much in the eys of His Majesty's soldiers. Under order of the Governor-General, the magistrates met at New Castle on 4 June 1675, and decided that it would be necessary to build a road across the marsh and to build a dyke in the marsh next to the town. Another dyke across Hans Block's marsh was also thought necessary, and the inhabitants were orderd to assist in the project by contributing labour or money. The project was strenuously opposed by the settlers because the dyke across Hans Block's marsh was an improvement to private property. John Ogle was a leader of the objectors and peremptorily informed the magistrates that no dykes at all would be built under any such unfair conditions. His objections stirred the people to great excitement in the church where the public meeting was held; and Ogle was put out of the church. Mathys Smith and the Rev. Jacobus Fabricius took up the cause and as a result Ogle and Fabricius were arrested. They were confined in a boat which was anchored nearby, where they continued their public imprecations. Excitement was high, and they were eventually released. Later Hans Block encountered Ogle on the street and was told that if the Finns had been drunk no good would have come from the incident. It was an affront to constituted authority and called for severe disciplinary measures.
Conditions in New Castle were not good at that time; carousals, fights and robberies were the order of the day, and it wasn't a safe place for a stranger. William Edmunsdon, 'a Public Friend' visiting there, found it difficult to secure lodgings, 'the inhabitants being chiefly Dutch and Finns addicted to drunkenness', who refused to take him in, even though he had money.
Special warrants were issued by the Governor against Fabricius and Ogle, who with others had signed a remonstrance. The two chief trouble makers were ordered to appear in the August Court, and the other signers before a later court. Fabricius appeared and the proceedings resulted in the unfrocking of the troublesome person; Ogle, who conveniently fell sick, failed to appear, and no further action was taken against him.
After the excitement of the summer of 1675, Ogle proceeded to acquire more land, and the tract known as Hampton, on the south side of St. George's Creek, consisting of 300 acres, was confirmed to him by Governor Andross on 5 November 1675.
New Castle court records reveal that in February 1676 Ogle accused one of the Dutch residents of stealing his heiffer. As one of the jurmen was Thomas Wollaston, the outcome was predictable.
The above incident marked the beginning of a series of court proceedings which involved John Ogle and James Crawford for the rest of their lives. Ogle was an extensive producer of tobacco, and like other planters he was continually involved in financial and other difficulties. Little ready money changed hands in those days, and the barter system was the common way of doing business.
Various deeds of the period after 1678 record transfers of extensive tracts of land to a number of Ogle's associates; among them, Swart Neuton's Island was transferred to John Darby of Maryland, and other lands to John Test and to Augustine Dixon.
In 1675 the Governor ordered the construction of highways, and the inhabitants of New Castle and the surrounding area, and on the south side of Christiana Creek were made responsible for constructing a highway from New Castle to Red Lyon between the first of January and the end of Frebruary. The highway was to be a good passable one, twelve feet wide, and John Ogle was appointed overseer of the residenst around Christiana Creek.
On 25 August 1680, Thomas Wollaston of White Clay Creek wrote a letter to John Briggs of West Jersey which he gave to John Ogle for delivery. Wollaston had a debt of three years standing against Briggs. Ogle made the journey, stopping in New York, where 27 August he made an affidavit concerning the transaction. The affidavit began: 'John Ogle, aged thirty-two or thereabouts, . . . . .
The incident itself is not important, but Ogle's statement of his approximate age has been of crucial importance to ogle genealogy, as without it, it would have been impossible to connect him with absolute certainty to his Northumberland Family.
In November 1681 Ogle received a court order to take up 200 acres of land for each of his two sons, Thomas and John Ogle, and on 27 December 435 acres, called the 'Fishing Place', on Christiana Creek were surveyed on the warrant. On August of the following year, Northampton, a tract of 200 acres in White Clay Creek Hundred was surveyed for Ogle. On 14 October 1683 more acres in Mill Creek Hundred were surveyed for him, and on 8 December Eagles Point in White Clay Creek Hundred was also surveyed. This ended the accumulation of the original Ogle acreage, for in 1683 John Ogle died.
Source: 'Smoky Mountain Clans', Donald B. Reagan, 1978, p 128b. 'The English Origin of John Ogle', Francis Hamilton Hibbard, 1967, p 9-14. 'Pedigrees of Some of the Emperor Charlemagne's Descendants', Langston & Buck, 1986, p 199.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Sherry came home to several advertisements for Skirt!, so Boong and I painted and played to give Sherry some work time during the afternoon, though Sarah has a tendency to seek out the parent who is trying to concentrate on something other than her.
Les and Fraz had an impromptu event at their place last night, and Mom has her friend, Ed Huffman, in from Asheville, North Carolina. They were at Fuzzy Manor when I talked to Les yesterday evening. We decided to take a pass, since Sherry had been out most of the day. I'm not sure if the Grahams planned on attending or not.
We really don't have much planned for the weekend, other than the usual errands. Les and I talked about lunch at Sam and Andy's today, but I suspect that will hinge on how late they were up with company last night. I talked to Biff yesterday as well, and he was planning to brew a batch of home brew today. Perhaps we'll connect up with the Byrds for some brewing activities. (I have a batch in the garage that needs to be bottled, but I lack bottles and know Biff has some to spare.)
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
The guys arrived here this weekend wanting to camp, canoe and fish, and at least we got to go camping. My injured foot precludes getting anywhere near lake water, so I guess we'll try and get some fishing and canoeing in after I've healed.
We travel to Nashville again a week from today to pick the boys up for their last summer stint with us and for me to attend a couple of hearings. Davidson County schools begin classes in mid-August, so the end of their summer is right around the corner. So far, it seems like they've had a good one, including two trips to the beach and a long visit with their cousins from Italy and their cousins in Nashville. Ferrellipalooza!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
From a kid's point of view, I think I would resent such a dress code. A big part of my junior high and high school experience was social. I can't imagine going through high school without my AC/DC T-shirt and my hat with horns. My friends and I expressed ourselves through our clothing in school, and it was a big part of my experience growing up.
I think the policy is aimed at diluting the distraction that things like AC/DC T-shirts (and worse) cause among the students. As a parent, my tendency is to agree that the policy will prevent kids from focusing on the messages that clothing transmits, rather than studying their lessons. If one kid doesn't get killed because he was wearing red in Cripps territory or blue in Bloods territory, the policy will be worthwhile. At any rate, it's what the school board has decreed.
I consider it a good omen that my arrival to Canada coincided just before "Canada Day", the birthday of this country; because for me and my family it is also a kind of rebirth into a new life and a new country. Now, the country of your birth is an accident that is not of your choosing; but a country that you have chosen of your own free will and that has accepted you for citizenship for your own worth, when it had no obligation whatsoever towards you, and I have not come in as a refugee nor am I a wealthy man; such a country is perhaps more deserving of allegiance. But of course, I have been long enough in this world to realise that nowhere is everything perfect, nor all people are the same. I can expect disappointments and difficulties but that changes nothing. The worst bigot that I may expect to encounter here cannot be considered but a mild case of bad temper compared to the throat slitting eye gorging hate filled types that have come to infest our poor Mesopotamia and the whole region around it. What do I have in common with these latter types? They are more foreign and repugnant to me than any monsters descended from outer space perhaps.
As I am watching the firework displays I can feel the stirring of the first feelings of belonging and affection for the new home. I pray to God who has brought me here to help me settle and succeed to become a good citizen of this land. Home is where you are made to feel at home. So on this day I want to extend my congratulations to all Canadians and above all to say:“Thank you Canada”
Recently, Sarah has been imagining herself as Ben 10 when confronted with a potentially frightening situation. During the scene in James and the Giant Peach where the rhino comes to get James, Sarah slaps her wrist and sings her Ben 10 song. She also has a particular stance she assumes when she turns big and ugly. "I big and ugly!"
We took her on Friday morning for her follow-up appointment at the doctor's office. At the top of the steps she hesitated, then slapped her wrist and turned into Ben 10 before proceeding down the steps.
The place has a three-star state rating, which is the highest, and the director told us they were the second highest rated facility in Maryville and the fifth highest in the state. Base full-time tuition for Sarah will be $131.00 a week, compared to the $182.00 per week we were paying at Active Learning Center in Nashville. They had an opening, so Sarah will be able to start full-time on August 13, when Sherry starts her new job.
Ruth Chris Steak H0use is a very nice, upscale restaurant. Sherry and I have dined at their store in Nashville, and we had a very enjoyable meal there, though I will wear a business suit the next time I go to a Ruth's for dinner as it's rather stuffy. They may operate one of their stores at the former site of Volunteer Landing.
I was not aware that Humdingers Drive-In on East Broadway had closed, but another couple plans to reopen it. They will be using some of the equipment from Kay's in their operation.
Finally, ALCOA is going to start work renovating the huge tower that is visible from Alcoa Highway, and from most of the north end of the county for that matter. Because of its size and position on the highway, it's something that almost everyone sees. It really needs a face lift.
We made the first batch on the Fourth of July when Zandar and his lady were visiting us, but we followed the directions on the outside of the box that recommended using half and half. I thought at the time that heavy cream would be better, and later saw in the recipe book that came with the Megaball that the cream was acceptable. We made a batch with the cream yesterday, and it was definitely the way to go. Yummy!
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Caveman also provided me with a link to Concertwire, a resource for concerts for East Tennesseans.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Sherry begins training part-time July 30th, and she will begin full-time on August 13. This will give us some lead time to try and find a day care we like, and Sherry has already put us on the waiting list of the one place we really liked out of the three we've looked at. We've been talking to Boong about returning to school, and she seems like she's hip to the idea. While it's been a treasure spending so much time at home with Sarah, particularly at this young age, Sherry and I both feel like it will be good for her to be back in a learning environment and socializing with other children her age.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Circuit Judge Clara Byrd of Lebanon, whom I have not appeared before, is being investigated by the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary for allegedly failing to carry out the mandate of the Tennessee Court of Appeals reversing a custody decision she made. According to the TBA Today, she has a 65% reversal rate, which is more than double the average reversal rate for Tennessee trial judges.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Sherry had a luncheon meeting today with another local publication that she expects will provide her with further freelance work, and she got home and set up an interview tomorrow morning in Powell with another prospective employer. We're excited that there are so many opportunities presenting themselves.
I've been hoarding the sofa most of the day, and am feeling better so Sherry's taking her turn. I just set Boong up with a movie, but I suspect she'll be asleep soon after her traumatic day.
Sarah was plagued by ear infections until she had the operation to put drainage tubes in, and that was pretty much the end of the infections. This is the first time she's even had a prescription filled since we lived on River Bend Circle. The doc says that the tube that was in her right ear is gone. We'll find out about the other one on Friday, when she returns for a follow-up appointment after the antibiotics have reduced the inflammation in her left ear.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
We walked through the campground and up the trail toward Abrams Falls about a mile and a half. Sarah loves to run, so she expended all of her energy in the first half mile, and then wanted to be carried. We stopped at a stream that crosses the trail and explored it a bit before heading back to town, and Sarah made it with minimal parental help.
She has been staying up later than we like, sometimes until 10:00 p.m. or later, and like a lot of children, she comes up with all kinds of disarming excuses of why she is, yet again, out of her bed. Her best ploy is to get up and come and kiss you goodnight.
Unless she got back up after I went to sleep at 9:00 last night, she's been asleep for about twelve hours now. She played hard at the pool, where she displayed impressive swimming skill. I bet she'll be fully charged by the time she wakes up.
Anyway, if numbers are your thing, today is 07-07-07. Aren't sevens supposed to be lucky?
Friday, July 6, 2007
Mom has volunteered to have Boong spend the night over here, but we're not sure yet if she's going to go for it.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
A couple has purchased the blue house across the creek from us, and their grandson, Austin, who is about Jake and Joey's age, spent quite a bit of time visiting with us down by the creek. We met both of his grandparents, who operate a small engine shop in nearby Normandy, Tennessee. They bought their place in Estill Springs for a weekend get-away, and we're happy to have neighbors who will have their eyes on the Camp just about every weekend. Also, I'm sure J&J will enjoy getting to know Austin, who will no doubt have all of the nearby woods explored by the time we visit there next.
I'm happy to report that the critters of Taylor Creek, which is also known as Dry Branch on our deed, are thriving. There is a bumper crop of periwinkles this year. These are small, black mollusks that inhabit the creek, and they were so plentiful this year that one couldn't avoid stepping upon them. Even more happily, we saw much evidence of crawdads. I've been concerned about the apparent lack of crawdaddies in recent years, but we saw two live ones, one dead one and a couple of claws. I have many fond memories of my Granddaddy, my Dad and myself catching crawdads in that creek through the years. I wasn't able to snag one to show the Boong this trip, but it will be soon.
I learned something I did not know about President Eisenhower yesterday. He predicted that the totalitarian regime that existed under the Soviet Union would not be able to sustain itself because in order to keep up with the western democracies, the Soviet Union would be constrained to educate its citizenry. Once their citizens were educated, they would reform their government and throw off totalitarianism. This came to pass. Not only was the Soviet Union unable to compete with the West, but in the process of trying to they not only ran their economy into the ground they created an educated citizenry which enabled Gorbachev to introduce Glastnos and Perestroika, leading to a much different Russia today than existed during the Cold War years when Eisenhower made his prediction.
For all the heat we take, America has wrought much good in the world. More people around the globe enjoy democracy and freedom today than ever before in human history. The evil that existed in Germany and Japan in the 1930's and 40's was destroyed, and even the people in those countries, once our mortal enemies, live free and are our friends. Human progress has a long way to go, but the gains that have been made during the existence of this republic are remarkable. We are still the shining city on the hill.
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
hen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
Jimbo and I were able to get together for lunch one last time at Toot's, a local restaurant that has hosted our meetings a couple of times now. As usual we had fun telling family stories and talking politics over a yummy lunch before he had to get back to work, and I had to head on to Estill Springs and the Camp. I hope we are able to get the rest of the Spencer side of my family together again soon. Visiting the cabin always makes me miss Dad and Grandmother and Granddaddy, and spending time with my kin always makes me feel connected to those memories.
Anyway, he's been threatening to invade Knoxville for quite a while, and has finally made good on his promise. The last time I saw him was in the mid to late 80's, and he was sporting an atrocious hair band hairdo. (In addition to his talent as an illusionist, Zandar is also a hell of a drummer.) We're planning a cook-out at the Fuzzies tomorrow and are trying to get a group together over here on Independence Day, so hopefully we can lure Jon over for at least one of those events.
It was a lot of fun catching up with Robin and meeting Bob and the boys. They are living in England in Ascot, which is just south of Windsor Castle, but are visiting in Tullahoma, where Robin's parents now live. It turns out that both of our fathers worked for Arnold Engineering and Development Center in Tullahoma, though at different times. I worked with Robin's brother, John, at McDonald's on Kingston Pike in Knoxville, but that's a different story.
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Water tower in
Kill Devil Hills, NC
How a Water Tank Works:
A water tower is an incredibly simple device. Although water towers come in all shapes and sizes, they all do the same thing: A water tower is simply a large, elevated tank of water. For example, take the water tower shown at the right. This tower is located in Kill Devils Hill, near Kitty Hawk, NC. It is about 165 feet (50 meters) tall.
Water towers are tall to provide pressure. Each foot of height provides 0.43 PSI (pounds per square Inch) of pressure. A typical municipal water supply runs at between 50 and 100 PSI (major appliances require at least 20 to 30 PSI). The water tower must be tall enough to supply that level of pressure to all of the houses and businesses in the area of the tower. So water towers are typically located on high ground, and they are tall enough to provide the necessary pressure. In hilly regions, a tower can sometimes be replaced by a simple tank located on the highest hill in the area.
A water tower's tank is normally quite large. A normal in-ground swimming pool in someone's backyard might hold something like 20,000 or 30,000 gallons (that's a lot of water!), and a typical water tower might hold 50 times that amount! Typically, a water tower's tank is sized to hold about a day's worth of water for the community served by the tower. If the pumps fail (for example, during a power failure), the water tower holds enough water to keep things flowing for about a day.