07-Nov-17

Bad News

Just found out our court jester Bosco has a large, fast-growing osteosarcoma, which engulfed three ribs and is probably…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Monday, November 6, 2017
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06-Nov-17

Fiery Marble

And I always knew I loved Maureen O'hara. Now I know why, thanks to this clipping from 1945. So, the only thing new…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Sunday, November 5, 2017
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29-Jun-17

You're Home!

Posted by Steve Pollock on Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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03-Jun-17

To the Editor

In which we in the future answer "Letters to the Editor" of the Chicago Tribune written during the past that was called World War Two.

"Globaloney Stamps.
"Chicago, June 1. — Today I received the shock of my life when I went to mail a package to my boy in service. I needed 20 cents in stamps and was given four 5 cent stamps with the red flag of Albania spread almost across the entire surface. Just what is this country coming to?
"Mrs. H.V."
Chicago Tribune, 6-June-1944, Page 10


Methinks I smells the grandmother of a future Trump supporter!

Actually, "Mrs. H.V.", on 6-June-1944, "what this country had come to" was the liberation of the European continent from Nazism and Fascism, which it did along with 22 other nations (hence the term "Allies") and an "associated power," Albania, which at the time of your "Letter to the Editor" was occupied by forces of the German Wehrmacht.

By the way, Albania’s designation as an associated power was formally recognized at the 1946 Paris conference. Albania officially signed the treaty ending World War II between the "Allied and Associated Powers" and Italy in Paris, on 10 February 1947. Albania had been occupied by Fascist Italy then Germany; it was quickly subjugated to communist party rule and suffered under Enver Hoxha for the next five decades.

Finally, "what this country had come to" on D-Day 1944 was to recognize on a five-cent postage stamp that it wasn’t winning the war alone, was not in the war alone, and was not suffering in the war alone.

I hope your "boy in the service" was able to hold on to his U.S. Postal Service five-cent Albanian flag stamps. They’s probably worth some moneys today. [And thank him for his service.]


"Four More Years of War
"Mankato, Minn., June 1. — I wonder how many people now earning big money, more money thant they have ever handled before, and who will vote a certain way thinking to insure a continuation of this income, ever pause to think what another four years will bring?
"Among the many unpleasant things that are to me a foregone conclusion is that Roosevelt will drag the war out another four years. Why wouldn’t he? It is the perfect solution of unemployment, a problem he failed to solve until we managed to become embroiled in war. Another very good reason to drag it out is, that he is not restricted in war time spending.
"He has a mania for spending and giving and war allows him privileges which peace would curtail, we hope. So, I say vote for Roosevelt and draw four more years of war at least.
"Reader"
Chicago Tribune, 6-June-1944, Page 10


Is that you, Erle P. Halliburton? No? Are you Fred Drumpf? Ah! I suspected so. It’s the 1944 version of a Twitter storm (ask your son, he’ll explain).

Where to start, where to start.

1. "What will another four years bring?" Oh, honey, you have no idea. You should just suspend time and stay safe and quiet in 1944, baby. You don’t really wanna know the answers to this question. Lessee. Hitler? Dead. Mussolini? Hangs lifelessly from a lamp post. Tojo? Incompletely suicides, resurrects, then is executed. Roosevelt? Dead. A National Security State is born. We have to start hand-feeding everyone in Berlin. Truman gets pissed over a negative review of one of his daughter’s piano recitals. We fuck up in Korea causing … some very bad shit to be set into perpetual motion. China turns red. Japan turns black, largely from just two very large bombs. Lots of soldiers come back from all points of the globe and take your job, discontinuing your own income.

2. "… Roosevelt will drag the war out another four years. Why wouldn’t he?" The war will continue for one year and three more months. Roosevelt won’t drag the war out because he’ll be dead in ten months.

3. "… unemployment, a problem he failed to solve …" Unemployment was nearly 25% in 1933 when Roosevelt took office; in 1941 it had fallen to 10%; and when he died in 1945, economists considered the country at "full employment," with less than 2% of the nation’s workforce unemployed. You’re just being deliberately idiotic here, my friend.

4. "… until we managed to become embroiled in war." The United States was not attacked by Franklin Roosevelt; war was declared by the Empire of Japan on 7-December-1941 with the launching of a surprise attack on military installations near Honolulu, Hawaii. War on the United States was declared by Germany the next day. The United States Congress "embroiled" us in the war by declaring war in Public Law 77-328, 55 STAT 795 on 8-Dec-1941. After Germany declared war on the U.S., the Congress reacted with a declaration of war on Germany in Pub. Law 77331, Sess. 1, ch. 564, 55 Stat. 796. The "embroiling" would seem to be, then, a joint act of Japan, Germany and the United States Congress, the parties with power to declare, embroil and conduct warfare.

5. "Another very good reason to drag it out is, that he is not restricted in war time spending." Dear "Reader," am I to extrapolate from this sentence that you wish to conduct the most massive conflict in human history involving most of the peoples and locations of the planet, the object of certain parties (see #4 above) being to destroy the United States and dozens of other countries … that you wish to conduct this war "on the cheap"? The Congress has appropriated funds necessary to forestall the aim of aforementioned parties and it is the duty of the President to use those funds to defend the country to the utmost against, again, parties which wish us destroyed. And you’re taking exception? Oh, sweetie, wait until a certain actor whom you’ve seen in "Bedtime for Bonzo" seizes the presidency and spends over $700 a piece for hammers for the armed forces, which will partially explain trillion-dollar-deficits. Then we’ll get back to you and ask your opinion. Surely we can count on that opinion being, shall we say, apoplectic? Or is it just Mr. Roosevelt who gets under your skin? Enquiring minds wish to know.

6. "… vote for Roosevelt and draw four more years of war at least." A vote in November 1944 six months hence will, dear "Reader," get you nine more months, not years, of war, and just about one month of a Roosevelt fourth term.

So buck up, dear "Reader"! The end is nigh. Now go sit by the radio and let General Eisenhower entertain you with tales from a place called Omaha Beach. And then write back and tell us how much money you would have allocated to the D-Day Invasion of German-occupied Europe, the largest military invasion in human history. Give us a hint. $100,000? $200,000? Can’t wait for your fascinating reply!

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28-Oct-16

Vandy's Gorgeous Afternoon

Gorgeous autumn afternoon on the campus of Vanderbilt University.

Posted by Steve Pollock on Friday, October 28, 2016
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23-Oct-16

New Swirly Lights

Bought new LED swirly lights for the front of the house. They have a remote that can change the colors to…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Sunday, October 23, 2016
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20-Oct-16

Hello Autumn!

Hello Autumn. Nice to see you finally show up. But could we have something between 90 degrees yesterday and 67 today so I could use the blasted hammock at least once this year? Yeesh.

Posted by Steve Pollock on Thursday, October 20, 2016
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04-Oct-16

The Distribution of the Fries

The distribution of the leftover fries. The Hounds have Unca Frankie surrounded. (Clockwise from top: Fergus, Goose,…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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04-Oct-16

Make with the Fries, Churl!

"Churl! You better make with the fries or I'm gonna wreck this kitchen!" His Majesty #IAmTheRoux demands the remains of tonight's DQ visit.

Posted by Steve Pollock on Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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02-Oct-16

Welcome to October

Seen while mowing. Welcome to October!

Posted by Steve Pollock on Saturday, October 1, 2016
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24-Sep-16

His Majesty's Crush

We have de'tente! His Majesty is deigning to take a nap next to Princess Tessa, who is at the Manse for a weekend visit….

Posted by Steve Pollock on Saturday, September 24, 2016
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24-Sep-16

Miss Tessa Visits Hound House

"My mommy went to the Smokies but I have to stay here in the Horror Hound House for THREE WHOLE DAYS!! While she rides…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Friday, September 23, 2016
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22-Sep-16

Shame

Posted by Steve Pollock on Thursday, September 22, 2016
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14-Sep-16

Another Hermitage Sunset

Hermitage I-40 sunset.

Posted by Steve Pollock on Wednesday, September 14, 2016
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14-Sep-16

Downtown Music City Sunset

Music City sunset.

Posted by Steve Pollock on Wednesday, September 14, 2016
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14-Sep-16

"You're taking me WHERE??!"

"You're taking me WHERE??! To the horror house with all the noisy smelly hounds?! Nooooooo!" The eyes speak volumes as…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Wednesday, September 14, 2016
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08-Sep-16

Gotcha Day for The Roux

Yesterday was a bit much, but His Majesty #IAmTheRoux did get extra hugs and Frosty Paws for dessert on his Gotcha Day…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Thursday, September 8, 2016
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07-Sep-16

I'm So Pretty

"I'm still pretty. Let that vet come in and witness my prettiness." (Queen of Our Hearts Sascha, dirty ears, long…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Wednesday, September 7, 2016
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07-Sep-16

"You've brought me to the vet for whut?!"

"You've brought me to the vet for whut?!" – Prince Bosco. (Ear cleaning and nail trim. And execution by firing squad, from the looks of him.)

Posted by Steve Pollock on Wednesday, September 7, 2016
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28-Aug-16

Braniff 250 Book Housecleaning

Just some housekeeping: For those of you I met in Falls City, I'm posting this link in case I've missed anyone's email…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Sunday, August 28, 2016
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25-Aug-16

Staples Removed from The Roux

His Majesty wishes it be known that the Royal Surgeon has removed the staples from his recent ear injury and all is … Posted by Steve Pollock on Thursday, August 25, 2016

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20-Aug-16

Books Arrived

The wonderful folks at McFarland did a special rush printing for me and as soon as I get them signed and addressed, they…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Friday, August 19, 2016
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16-Aug-16

His Majesty's Ear Mishap

Official from Saddlebrooke House, Newsflash: His Majesty #IAmTheRoux wishes it known He has survived a coup d'etat…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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15-Aug-16

Books Arriving Soon

Just a note to any of your wonderful Falls City people who were so gracious to order the book, it's being processed by…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Monday, August 15, 2016
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08-Aug-16

Back to Churl Status

Home again! Glad to be here. It was a wonderful weekend. His Majesty #IAmTheRoux immediately assigned me back to General…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Monday, August 8, 2016
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