Archive for May, 2012

poppies in the spring? Cool-weather Iceland poppies don’t last very long during the blooming season and the plants themselves aren’t long-lived, but they are easy to grow and showy while they last.

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Hatfield-McCoy tourism links

http://www.kyforward.com/2012/05/visit-pike-county-for-a-closer-look-at-hatfield-mccoy-feud-now-featured-in-movies-on-tv/  This link at the KyForward blog contains info and several links to find out more info on the Hatfield-McCoy feud and the Pike County area in general. I like Pikeville. The first time I went to Pound, Virginia on US 23 after the river bypass – they literally moved a river – I nearly wrecked while gawking at the change. Incredible engineering feat. Pikeville College is an interesting school, too.

I’m surprised the miniseries was such a big hit, I guess big-name Kevin Costner plus the heavy advertising pulled viewers in. I didn’t watch it since my eyes aren’t up to watching much tv yet plus I typically wait for reviews on any shows dealing with Eastern Kentucky. I hate to be hit with bias unawares.  Of course, it’s hard to put a positive spin on the feud, isn’t it?

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The $23,000 router installed in a small Hurricane, WV branch of the Putnam Co library was designed for “tens of thousands of users” on a college campus. This branch has 4 public service internet computers. It’s not the fault of the branch library staff. The router simply was delivered and installed one day with no manual or instructions to the library staff.

It was purchased with federal stimulus money.


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Don’t we have a gazillion people working at the State Dept and the CIA and doesn’t Obama have a ton of advisors to prevent this kind of debacle? http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/05/jan-karskis-message.php

You’ll never hear me ridiculing the Poles, some of the bravest and most resilient people on earth. Despite the promises of Winston Churchill, Poland got royally screwed during the aftermath of WWll – read I Saw Poland Betrayed by Arthur Lane Bliss, former US ambassador to Poland, who resigned his post in protest over the world’s inaction against Soviet occupation – after their courageous fight against the Nazis and their brave flyers and soldiers who fled Poland to fight for the Allies.  The Russians screwed them before, during and after the war, and despite protests, surely committed the Katyn Forest Massacre. http://katyn.org.au/  I’m a bit of a conspiracy theorist over the plane crash that virtually wiped out their government while on the way to commemorate the Massacre.

So our “smart diplomacy” president comes along and insults Poland by referring to the Nazi concentration camps that killed Jews in  Nazi-occupied Poland as “Polish death camps” and Jay Carney offers a tepid “he misspoke” regret but the Poles aren’t buying it.  Good for them, I hope they stand their ground.

Obama is always saying or doing something stupid to other countries, at least our allies. The list is lengthy and humiliating. My favorite gaffe is when he made a toast to Queen Elizabeth, trying to talk through “God Save the Queen” which is pretty much their national anthem. The look the queen gave him was priceless. Just imagine if the president of Country X came to the WH and tried to give a toast by talking through the “Star Spangled Banner?”

My favorite Michelle foreign gaffe? I’m divided between the too-familiar arm around the shoulder of Queen Elizabeth – one wag commented Michelle looked as though doing a  PR photo-op for opening a senior citizen center – and the pic of her walking up the steps in extremely casual summer clothes and shoes while meeting Spanish royalty at their vacation home. Yes, it’s true Michelle was on vaca in Spain but so was the royal family, and they looked fabulous and dignified. Michelle could have arranged a casual private meeting with the family, but instead chose a public meeting open to international media, and she was representing the United States.


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Another pic from http://www.theospark.net

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Speaking of flying flags

Hope you did better than the French here celebrating the election of socialist Hollande. You might notice this:

This photo was taken at the Place de la Bastille in Paris, during the election celebration for the comrade socialist president Hollande.  See any French flags? Anywhere? Actually, there is ONE towards the bottom right.  The other flags are in order of appurtenance, Palestinian (2 flags top right & one centre left),Algerian, Turkish (towards center), Syrian (towards left of pic + belowPalestinian flag), Moroccan (w. star in center), and European Union flag.The other flags I can’t recognize, there are also Syndicates or Unions’flags.  That’s France in a nutshell.

thanks to http://www.theospark.net for the pic and text, which I took in whole.

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For many years, farmers sold their produce at stands all along US 23 and Route 60, as well as on smaller roads and hollers. They tended to have small amounts of produce or honey or sorghum or whatever, and it was fresh and cheap. Sometimes the stands were neat and painted, sometimes just a little shack or a few boards on saw horses or sometimes in the back of a wagon or truck.

I went to Hardin’s Greenhouse & Nursery last week to get some plants, and it reminded me of going there as a kid with my mom’s parents. Hardin’s had a neat and pretty painted white produce stand right in front of their home. My grandparents lived in Flatwoods so it was a bit out of their way to drive to South Shore on the old 2-lane US 23 back then. My maternal grandfather was something of a watermelon connoisseur, however, and he always believed Hardin’s had the best watermelons. He would take it home, cut it open with some fanfare while we waited for his verdict. Great fun and great food, fresh ripe watermelon of old-fashioned varieties and picked that morning.

I mentioned that story to Mrs Hardin, who told me she and her husband were the third generation Hardin’s to own the nursery. His grandparents began the greenhouse/nursery in 1917, then his parents took it over, then she and her husband. That’s amazing to think of a small business managing to survive in the same location for nearly 100 years of depression, wars, recessions, gas shortages, busy lifesyles, and changing food habits. Here’s a picture of the entrance to their business. It’s on US 23, on the right side of the road if you’re coming from Ashland and there’s a sign to let you know it’s around the curve. It’s a few miles, maybe 5 maybe less, past the intersection of the AA Highway and the US 52 bridge turnoff at the BP Station. Here’s a link to their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/KC-Hardin-Greenhouse-and-Garden-Center/387285907958227

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