Saturday, May 30, 2009
RANDOM SQUIRREL MENACE
Cemetery squirrels nuts about U.S. flags
Rogue rodent discovered robbing graves of Old Glory
If he didn't see it happen, Ron Ceglarek said he probably wouldn't believe it.
A squirrel -- weighing about 3 pounds -- got up on its hind legs, tore a small American flag from a small staff next to a grave stone, rolled it up and carried it up a tree to a waiting mate building a nest.
It happened not just once, but about dozen times.
"He plucks them right off," Ceglarek, superintendent of Mount Hope Cemetery in Port Huron, said of a rogue squirrel that is stealing flags. "If I didn't see it, and I didn't follow the squirrel, I never would have believed it.
"But it is a band of tree rodents."
Every Memorial Day, volunteers put small American flags next to grave stones of the about 965 veterans buried at the Krafft Road cemetery.
All the flags were undisturbed during a Mass on Memorial Day. But the next day, cemetery workers noticed the flags were disappearing -- the small, wooden staffs still were in the ground, but Old Glory itself had been removed.
At first, the cemetery's staff was confused. Then, Ceglarek spotted the thief in action.
"It looked like he had a little bandana in his mouth," he said of the squirrel.
Ceglarek has collected a handful of bare staffs. The staples used to attach the flags remain firmly in place with pieces of red, white and blue fabric stuck to them.
The squirrels' nest is in Ward L of the cemetery --a ward now conspicuously without flags.
"Clean as a whistle," Ceglarek said.
The nest, which is about 45 feet up a spruce tree, can be seen by an observant cemetery visitor as red, white and blue cloth drapes over branches.
"Maybe they are trying to tell us it is going to be a hard winter," Ceglarek said with a laugh. "Why use leaves when you can get flags?"
As Ceglarek and Celeste Silvers, the cemetery's office manager, showed off the nest Thursday, one of the squirrels sat watching in a bush about 15 feet away. The other squirrel scurried around a nearby tree.
Most years, Ceglarek said the cemetery leaves the flags up until June 14, which is Flag Day. But, he said, the policy will be revisited.
"This crew here," he said referring to the squirrels, "is going to hamper that, no doubt."
"We're going to almost have to take them out early," he said. "They have one ward almost cleared out."
The other option?
"Shoot 'em," Silvers said. "But you don't want to do that."
RANDOM ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA
DOCK- plant. blah blah
DOCKYARDS- previously in reign of henry VIII, kings didn't have naval arsenals or dockyards, nor any regular civil or naval officers or ships of war. did have admirals. the evidence(?) in 1200's blah blah 310-318. did brit DY's
DODO- from puertuguese doudo(a simpleton) large bird formerly inhabiting the island of mauritius, but extinct.
p found M in 1502/1545ish. found said birds. then dutch. no wings. large heads, minor tail. dutch called them walghvogels-nauseous birds. unedible, nasty tasting, tho breast tender. later called dodaarsen/drouten. list of painting of said dodo. blah blah
DOG- blah blah canidae- illust breeds. 324-331.
DOGE- modified form of italian duce from latin dux, a leader or duke. chief magistrate of genoa + venice.
in venice the doge chosen by universal sufferage, office for life + civil, military, + ecclesiastic chief. in 755, his independence was diminished by appointment of 2 assistants/duumvirs, but the doge again retained powers. usually few powerful families, but in 1033 the hereditary despots checked by flabenigo's law. duumivirate back, 6 councilmen blah blah blah
Friday, May 29, 2009
was going thru one of the books before i squirrel them away, and read a bit about religious martyrs of henry VIII. saw a woman- Anne askew. googled her and she popper right up on wiki-
Anne Askew (also spelled Anne Ayscough) (1521 - 16 July 1546) was an English poet and Protestant who was persecuted as a heretic. She is the only woman on record to have been tortured in the Tower of London, before being burnt at the stake. Born at Stallingborough into a notable family of Lincolnshire, she was forced by her father, Sir William Askew (1490-1541), to marry Thomas Kyme when she was just fifteen, as a substitute for her sister Martha who had recently died. Anne rebelled against her husband by refusing to adopt his surname. It is also speculated that Anne had two children, their sex and names unknown. Even the Dictionary of National Biography can tell us no more than that she left her children to go "gospelling".
Her marriage did not go well, not least because of her strong Protestant beliefs. When she returned from London, where she had gone to preach against the doctrine of transubstantiation, her husband turned her out of the house. She then went again to London to ask for a divorce, justifying it from scripture (1 Corinthians, 7.15), on the grounds that her husband was not a believer.
Eventually Anne left her husband and went to London where she gave sermons and distributed Protestant books. These books had been banned and so she was arrested. Her husband was sent for and ordered to take her home to Lincolnshire. Anne soon escaped and it was not long before she was back preaching in London.
Anne was arrested again. This time, Sir Anthony Kingston, the Constable of the Tower of London, was ordered to torture Anne in an attempt to force her to name other Protestants, and so Anne was put on the rack. However, Kingston refused to carry on torturing her on the grounds that it was not the custom to torture women, and especially one from a noble family, thus he could no longer partake in such an abominable act. Kingston ran away from the Tower and sought a meeting with the King at his earliest convenience to explain his position, and also to seek his pardon for not continuing with the torture. Henry VIII listened, pardoned Kingston, but did not put an end to the torture. Instead, it was now left to Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor, Thomas Wriothesley and Richard Rich, to take over.
According to Anne's own account - and that of gaolers within the Tower - she was tortured only once. It was usual to take a prisoner to see someone being put to the question before their turn came, and this often resulted in an immediate confession. In Anne's case however it was not thought decent for her to see a man naked on the rack, so her first visit to the chamber involved the actual application of the torture. She was taken from her cell to the lower room of the White Tower to where the torture chamber was situated, at about ten in the morning. She was shown the rack and asked if she would name those who believed as she did. Although she never said so, she could have realized that the intention of her interrogators was to implicate Catherine Parr, the Queen Consort. Anne declined to name anyone at all, and she was asked to remove all her clothing except her shift, which she did. Anne then climbed onto the rack and lay quite still as she was spreadeagled and her wrists and ankles were fastened. Again, she was asked for names, but she would say nothing. The wheel of the rack was turned, pulling Anne along the device and lifting her so that she was held taut about 5 inches above its bed and slowly stretched. In her own account written from prison, Anne said that she fainted with the pain and that she was then lowered and revived. This procedure was repeated twice more before the Lieutenant of the Tower stopped it, and went to complain to the king.
Left on their own Wriothesley and Rich may have been worried: they had put a noble woman to torture with no result. They were unable to persuade the professional torturers to carry on, so they set to work themselves. The rack was worked by a wheel at the head, and in the first stage this was turned and held taught by hand. For more reluctant prisoners, a ratchet could be applied which stopped the rack going slack between turns. Wriothesley and Rich put the ratchet on, and went to work stretching Anne. Apart from the pain of stretching muscles and cracking joints, the rack also constricted the wrists and ankles, causing blood to flow from the finger nails. Anne's cries could be heard in the garden next to the White Tower where the Lieutenant's wife and daughter were walking. So piteous were the cries that they turned indoors and shut the windows. In spite of this terrible treatment, Anne gave no names and her ordeal was ended when the Lieutenant returned and ordered her to be returned to her cell.
During the ordeal, she wrote a first-person account of her ordeal and her beliefs, which was published as the Examinations by Protestant bishop John Bale, and later in John Foxe's Acts and Monuments of 1563 which proclaims her as a Protestant martyr. Several ballads were written about her in the 17th century. She was burnt at Smithfield, London aged 25, on 16 July 1546. As Fuller described it, "she went to heaven in a chariot of fire."
Anne Askew was carried to execution in a chair, as she could not walk after her torture. She was dragged from the chair to the stake which had a small seat attached to it, which she sat astride. Those who witnessed her execution (including Lady Jane Grey) were very impressed by her bravery, and many witnesses reported that throughout the long execution she did not scream until the flames reached her chest whereas the 3 men burned with her cried out from the first touch of the fire. Undoubtedly Anne was very brave but she may also have been so badly damaged on the rack that she had lost the feeling in her legs and perhaps even below the waist. Although she was a Protestant martyr Anne is principally famous as the only woman in the recorded history of the Tower of London to have experienced the tortures of the rack. There was a resurgence of interest in her story during Victorian times, and the Bleets company produced an Anne Askew doll complete with rack and stake. One is on show at the Leeds Toy Museum.
maybe they should have tried waterboading.
RANDOM ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA
DISTILLATION- p 261-266
DISTRIBUTION- p 267-290 animals thru time. fossil shit. oy.
DIVINATION- term used to mean the obtaining of knowledge of secrets or future things by revelation from oracles or omens. some pencil marks.
DIVING- deep diving. contraptions illus. diving bell. suit. 294-300
DIVORCE- P 300-305
DOBSON, WILLIAM- 1610-1646. english portait + historical painter. b. london. father master of the alienation office, but had imprudently reduced the family's for time. w apprenticed to stationer + picture dealer + while there, copied pictures of titian + vandyck, who influenced his work. also did live portraits under francis alizn(?), german artist. vandyck happened to pass the shop w/ had one of Ds pictures in the window + v searched him out + presented him to charles I, + ch I retained him. replaced V with D when V died. after ch I's fall, D reduced to poverty + fell into bad habits. (ah, this may be why i had a hard time finding his stuff. destroyed?)