I've been traveling for a couple of weeks - business not pleasure - and most of that travel has been later in the week when I would normally be working on this muse.
Several weeks ago I reminded readers that one sure fire way to ensure a rain was for former scoutmaster Dennis Bracey to organize and go on a camping trip. That probably generated a couple of chuckles. However, as reader Jill Rickman pointed out to me in an email there's something to the Dennis Bracey legend.
"I read your column article about it always raining when Mr. Bracey goes camping, well last Sunday when it rained...he was camping. Haley and Everett are home and Mr. Bracey, Everett (Ed), and Jim and Joseph Stokley were all camping. I really think he has some kind of magic."
It's just a guess here, but do you suppose Bonnie didn't go camping so she could have a little "Grandma"with her grandson, Mason, all to herself? That's probably the case, but it's also a pretty good bet that when young Mason gets a little older he'll be on the campout with his dad and granddad. Bonnie better enjoy her time while she can.
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Headlines that caught my attention
From Yahoo News! -- "EPA drones spy on farmers in Nebraska and Iowa" The article says drones are being used on farming operations with livestock that reportedly generate a lot of contamination. One other note to this story; those two states are two of the four states in EPA's Region 7. The other two, you ask? Kansas and Missouri. Big Brother is here.
Earlier I have commented on the Arab Spring and the administration's backing of the uprising in Middle East countries, noting that a driving force behind those was the Muslin Brotherhood. That's the same organization where Osama bin Laden had his radical Islamic roots. This week's headline comes from the New York Times, "Al-Qaeda insinuating its way into Syria's conflict." The story tells of a group planning a jihad against the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad.
This headline from Fox News, "(Michael, Katherine, Janet) Jackson family is dysfunctional" Wait, this is news?
Just a little touch of irony here. A couple of weeks ago U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to the NAACP convention. Members of the media who wanted to attend and cover the speech were required to provide two forms of identification, one of which had to be a photo ID.
The irony here is that Holder and his justice department are challenging voter ID laws in states across the country requiring the very same thing. One of those states happens to be Texas. The NAACP convention was held in Houston, Texas.
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From the pages of the Friday, January 26, 1945 edition of the Dunklin Democrat courtesy of the DDD's unofficial, but much appreciated historian, Vivian Helton.
"Mrs. Virginia Morgan of Kennett, route two, has recently received a letter from her husband, Pvt. Roland E. Morgan of the U.S. Marine Corps saying he had arrived overseas safely, that the weather was hot there, but plenty of shade. He also stated he had been swimming in the ocean several times and the water is swell, if you can keep it out of your eyes.
"Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rickman of Senath, have received the following letter from their son, Pvt. Russell G. Rickman: 'I am having a Red Cross worker write for me as I won't be able to write for a while as my arms have been injured. I'm getting along OK and am still in one piece, so don't worry about me. Pvt. Rickman was with Patton's Third Army in Germany when injured.
"Cpl. D. G. (Jake) Cash, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Cash, Kennett, route one, writes his parents from Fort Meads, Md., saying he had arrived there after five days stop-over here at Kennett with his parents, his wife and two children. Cpl. Cash had been in training in Texas.
"Pvt. Vondas P. Wright has been slightly wounded in action, according to a telegram from the War Department received Sunday by his wife, Mrs. Velma Wright of Holcomb. Pvt. Wright was wounded January 8 while serving in France and his wounds were classified as 'slight' by the War Department. He has been in service since last April and went overseas in October. He is the son of Manning Wright or Holcomb.
"A recent issue of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch carried the following: 'Radioman Roy E, Battles of Arbyrd, Mo., has received a letter of commendation from the Navy Department for service on a submarine during a war patrol. He is credited with contributing materially to his vessel's success in sinking or damaging enemy warship totaling over 45,000 tons and freighters totaling 18,000 tons. Roy is the grandson of W. J. Battles of Arbyrd.
"Mrs. Elmer Ray Duncan of Cardwell has received word that her husband landed in California, from overseas. Pvt. Duncan entered service in October 1943 and went overseas in June 1944. He was wounded in action in New Guinea. Mrs. Duncan is the former Miss Hazel Krantz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Krantz of Cardwell."
Bud Hunt is regional vice president, publisher of the Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and North Stoddard Countian.