His name was Patrick.
This was of course several hundred’s of years ago. Way back before WiFi, connectivity and even before wet blankets over smoldering fires. Norwegian’s call such a time reference as this, “Once Upon a Time…”.
Patrick an administrator of a single party party political system, was already having a difficult problem finding food for his under-fed people, the Irish.
Seems a great migration of Norwegian’s had moved in (illegal immigrants) seeking the warmer climate of Ireland. These northern invader’s thrived as social creatures when no longer confined to a warm fire and the confines of a cabin. Ireland was dwarfed by the great numbers of these sun-loving, thrill seeking, ox ear head dressed and property values tanked. Food was also in short supply. Demand was rising for Political and consumer based solution.
These new inhabitants, (Norwegians) had made all of the local Pub’s, change into bar room fight scenes, as the Norwegian’s fought and then ate them out of business. These Norse invaders drank all of the milk, ale, cheese and potable water to be found on this green isle. Their appetites were enormous and shortages in all the items of daily Irish consumption began to appear.
By this time, the Norwegians had eaten nearly everything caught from the sea.
The Irish were reduced to a diet of potatoes.
At a special council. Patrick convened an organization known as, The IRA. A special committee, RIPNI. (Rid Ireland of the Pesky Norwegian Invaders) was given powers and the mission solve all of Ireland’s woes.
The RIPNI began sabotaging all of the power plants where the Norwegians refrigerated their food. Their thinking was, “Turning off the refrigeration would spoil the fish and force the Norwegians to return to a colder climate where the fish would not spoil.”
The fish spoiled, tis true. But everyone knows Norwegians thrive on spoiled fish.
Faced with failure, the RIPNI snuck into the spoiled fish warehouses and sprinkled the smelly spoiled fish with “lye”. Certain that such treatment would poison the Norwegians.
As if by magic, the Norwegians survived this concoction and actually dubbed this recipe. “Lutefisk”.
Matters worsened as the Norsemen began taking over the remnants of a potato crop with the production of. “Lefse”.
Patrick, vexed and distraught, on March 17th finally, blew his top and told the Norwegians to go to Hell, and it worked.
All the Norwegians left and moved to Minnesota.
Patrick, a catholic, was made a Saint, by the Pope.
Patrick became, Saint Patrick.
Of course HE tells a different story.
Iran – A village’s entire male population executed
IRT – The entire male population of a village in Iran has been executed, news agencies report. The executions have been carried out for alleged involvement in drug trafficking, according to a source inside Iranian cabinet.
According to Euronews Shahindokht Molaverdi, a vice-president of Iran responsible for Women and Family Affairs, said in an interview to the Mehr news agency that she fears violence could worsen in the unnamed village in the Sistan and Baluchistan province.
The agency quoted the vice-president “The children of the executed criminals are also already drug traffickers. They want to avenge the deaths of their fathers. At the same time they are feeding their families with money from the drugs trade and the people of this village can not be protected.”
Euronews reported Sistan and Baluchestan province shares thousands of kilometres of land border with neighbouring Pakistan and Afghanistan and is a key smuggling point for opium and other narcotics. Largely underdeveloped and poor, a large part of the local population relies on the drugs trade for income. In recent years the area has become a base for Sunni, mainly Salafist extremist groups originating in Pakistan. Both drug traffickers and Sunni extremists have been main targets of a strict crackdown led by the Iranian government.
The agency did not report exact number of men executed in the province, but Sistan and Baluchestan figures among the Iranian provinces that applies capital punishment most often.
“If we do not act against these people, crime will return,” said Molaverdi. “Society is responsible for the families of those executed. Although the family support programme was neglected for several years, it has now been relaunched as part of the sixth national development plan.”
Euronews concludes, Iran is among the countries that carries out the death penalty most frequently, and many of those sentenced to death are done so for drug-related crimes. The country’s national assembly recently launched a bill that would see drug offences punished by life imprisonment rather than death.
On the other hand observers believe, crimes and smuggling are basically rooted in the deep deprivation of regional Iran, where people lack any chance of employment, pushing them to pursue illegal ways to feed their families.
The impoverished areas of Baluchistan, lack basic services, while they serve most of natural resources transferred to central Iran, with its high standard metropolitans.
The Iranian clerics spent hundreds billion dollars to support insurgent affiliated groups in most of Middle East countries and pursue nuclear bomb, but don’t allocate budget to improve lives of people in Baluchistan.
Earlier, Iran Rights Transparency – IRT reported about Iran’s overseas spy operations, and direct involvement of Iranian Revolutionary Guard in exporting drugs to Arabic and European countries. You could read at below links:
MENU AND WIDGETS
Too bad the first one is a woman; Thrown out of the Nixon hearings, Partner in the Rose Law Firm, initiated Travel Gate on an innocent family; making $1,000 thousand into $100,000 with a phone call; Bimbo Eruptions; Cradle to Grave Health Care; Benghazi Libya; Mysterious Video; Outraged at Hearing; 36 month drip drip drip of emails; FBI investigation; State Department investigation; House Hearing; No major accomplishments as Senator and Secretary of State; Purse string control of Clinton Foundation; Sold 50% of US Uranium reserve to Russia; Spoke bad things of Bernie Sanders; Does NOT like the 2nd Amendment.
Once the hero of 11 battles in the Revolutionary War. Promoted to Major General and Military Governor at Philadelphia. Later he betrayed George Washington and the Continental Army at West Point, NY.
His deeds proved fatal to British Major, John Andre, (caught using the name John Anderson, possessing the smuggled plans, in route to the British).
Arnold was ‘a man without a country’ as a result of his actions and aspirations.
“What a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive.”
by Benjamin Franklin To Madame Brillon
Timely advice for a certain party that religiously reads this blog.
– Editors Note.
I received my dear friend’s two letters, one for Wednesday and one for Saturday. This is again Wednesday. I do not deserve one for to-day, because I have not answered the former. But, indolent as I am, and averse to writing, the fear of having no more of your pleasing epistles, if I do not contribute to the correspondence, obliges me to take up my pen; and as Mr. B. has kindly sent me word that he sets out to-morrow to see you, instead of spending this Wednesday evening, as I have done its namesakes, in your delightful company, I sit down to spend it in thinking of you, in writing to you, and in reading over and over again your letters.
I too am very fond of getting away here at the International World HQ’s and snuggling down in an easy chair, preparing to read a good book, short story or Greek tragedy. Thank you, Mrs. Jeanne Fischer!
– Editors Note.
I am charmed with your description of Paradise, and with your plan of living there; and I approve much of your conclusion, that, in the meantime, we should draw all the good we can from this world. In my opinion we might all draw more good from it than we do, and suffer less evil, if we would take care not to give too much for whistles. For to me it seems that most of the unhappy people we meet with are become so by neglect of that caution.
You ask what I mean? You love stories, and will excuse my telling one of myself.
It would be very difficult for me to be an editor. I too love stories. All kinds of formats, subjects and morals.
– Editors Note.
When I was a child of seven years old, my friends, on a holiday, filled my pocket with halfpence. I went directly to a shop where they sold toys for children; and being charmed with the sound of a whistle, that I met by the way in the hands of another boy, I voluntarily offered and gave all my money for one.
I then came home, and went whistling all over the house, much pleased with my whistle, but disturbing all the family.
This last paragraph is the one most modified from the original text, before the 1900’s, This letter once said, “…pocket full of coppers…”. above. Since all changes since the 1900’s point to Woodrow Wilson supporters apparently changing the 18th century units of measure, trying to make Richard Saunders’, (Ben Franklin’s secret identity) “A penny saved is two pence dear.” into the modern progressive gibberish, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”
– Editor’s Note
My brothers, and sisters, and cousins, understanding the bargain I had made, told me I had given four times as much for it as it was worth; put me in mind what good things I might have bought with the rest of the money; and laughed at me so much for my folly, that I cried with vexation; and the reflection gave me more chagrin than the whistle gave me pleasure.
This, however, was afterwards of use to me, the impression continuing on my mind; so that often, when I was tempted to buy some unnecessary thing, I said to myself, Don’t give too much for the whistle; and I saved my money.
As I grew up, came into the world, and observed the actions of men, I thought I met with many, very many, who gave too much for the whistle.
When I saw one too ambitious of court favor, sacrificing his time in attendance on levees, his repose, his liberty, his virtue, and perhaps his friends, to attain it, I have said to myself, this man gives too much for his whistle.
When I saw another fond of popularity, constantly employing himself in political bustles, neglecting his own affairs, and ruining them by that neglect, “He pays, indeed,” said I, “too much for his whistle.”
If I knew a miser, who gave up every kind of comfortable living, all the pleasure of doing good to others, all the esteem of his fellow-citizens, and the joys of benevolent friendship, for the sake of accumulating wealth, “Poor man,” said I, “you pay too much for your whistle.”
When I met with a man of pleasure, sacrificing every laudable improvement of the mind, or of his fortune, to mere corporeal sensations, and ruining his health in their pursuit, “Mistaken man,” said I, “you are providing pain for yourself, instead of pleasure; you give too much for your whistle.”
If I see one fond of appearance, or fine clothes, fine houses, fine furniture, fine equipages, all above his fortune, for which he contracts debts, and ends his career in a prison, “Alas!” say I, “he has paid dear, very dear, for his whistle.”
When I see a beautiful sweet-tempered girl married to an ill-natured brute of a husband, “What a pity,” say I, “that she should pay so much for a whistle!”
In short, I conceive that great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by the false estimates they have made of the value of things, and by their giving too much for their whistles. Yet I ought to have charity for these unhappy people, when I consider that, with all this wisdom of which I am boasting, there are certain things in the world so tempting, for example, the apples of King John, which happily are not to be bought; for if they were put to sale by auction, I might very easily be led to ruin myself in the purchase, and find that I had once more given too much for the whistle.
The apples of King John (perhaps St. John) were harvested in May (St. John’s birthday) and kept in special wraps to produce a very special treat, consumed and enjoyed, after a period of two years.
– Editors Note
Adieu, my dear friend, and believe me ever yours very sincerely and with unalterable affection.
A time when ambassador’s, like Ben Franklin, were selected from the ‘best and the the brightest’ or as John Adam’s once described, “…as laudable…”. Not like uhh, like uhh, like uhh, the selection made by Obama. (Caroline Kennedy)!
– Editors Note.
The TRUTH about wealth. Along with a warning about destruction. And an ominous reminder of all the structure and purpose of a centralized banking system collapsing, such as, our beloved, Federal Reserve. Presently being placed in the cross-hairs of a 20 trillion (TRILLION) dollar debt. A Senate that has NOT voted on a budget since Geo. Bush. And, a congress crippled without a budget, saddled with absolutely NO OVERSIGHT, since Obama’s inauguration. Not ideal.
This is a tribute to the wisdom found in the bible and studied by the analytical mind of Milton Friedman during the decades following WWII.
Such a narrative is required to survive our economic future when one takes stock in the dismal environment progressive politicians have invoked via the Obama regime.
Making dowels – the pencil sharpener method
Buying dowels can be a frustrating experience. I have started taking calipers with me when I try to shop for dowels. Lately, I often return empty handed – unable to find a single dowel that is round and close enough to its specified size to be usable for joinery.
I recently came across this post about making dowels on the Sandal Woods blog, and it inspired me to experiment with that sort of method.
I start by cutting some square stock, just a bit (0.020″ or half a millimeter) larger than the dowels I want to make.
Next I round or chamfer the corners on the router table. A 1/4″ (6 mm) roundover bit is ideal for rounding the corners for 3/8″ (10 mm) dowel blanks. I don’t so much want to make a stick that is perfectly round, but just to round the corners a bit so less material needs to be removed in the next step.
I use a 3/8″ drill bit to check that my roundover would not cut away anything that would be part of a 3/8″ dowel.
I’m using two featherboards to ensure that the sticks are always right up against the fence and the table.
Looking through between the featherboards and fence, you can see the corner that the router bit will cut away. The opening you see is a bit smaller than the sticks I will pass through so that the featherboards will have to flex away from the stick.
Pushing the stick through goes quite fast. With the featherboard pressing it in place, I only need to worry about pushing forward. I use the next stick to push the last one all the way through. Each stick needs four passes to do all the edges.
Here’s my sticks with the edges rounded off. They aren’t quite round, and they aren’t the right size yet. Though they’d probably pass as “dowels” from a home improvement store!
Finally, here’s the dowel making jig. It’s a block of hardwood with a hole and a chisel clamped to it at an angle.
The hole has two sizes. The infeed size is 29/64″, but then reduces to a 3/8″ outfeed hole. Metric equivalents would be a 12 mm infeed hole transitioning to a 10 mm outfeed hole. The infeed side hole is large enough for the blank, while the smaller outfeed hole will guide out the finished dowel. The chisel is positioned so that its edge is tangent to the edge of the smaller outfeed hole. The chisel is mounted at an angle, so that its cutting edge, on the infeed side extends out to the edge of the larger hole.
I made the jig by drilling the larger hole, then the smaller hole through, then cutting away part of the block on the table saw. The cutaway is deep enough to reach the edge of the smaller hole. If you cut too deep, you can always shim under the chisel, although I was lucky and didn’t need to.
Making the dowels is as simple as putting the dowel blank in the drill chuck and pushing it through the jig while spinning it.
Works like a charm! About five seconds to cut a 40 cm long dowel.
Once the chuck was up against the jig, I unchucked the dowel and put the drill on the other end. Reversing the drill to keep the dowel spinning in the same direction, I was able to pull it through to finish the dowel.
The dowels end up perfectly round, and quite consistent in size. I was aiming for 0.375″, and the worst of them was .005″ (about 0.1 mm) under. Most were around .002″ (.05 mm) under, none was over.
The dowels above were made of birch, and the procedure worked flawlessly. I later used that same procedure to make some 1/2″ (12.5 mm) dowels out of maple, but I ended up breaking a few of them. Specifically, some of them would jam into the chisel when starting and then snap. Sanding the starting end to be slightly conical, so that the start of the cone fit into the 1/2″ outfeed hole right at the start, solved that. I only ever encountered problems on starting the dowels. Once started, none of the dowels jammed or broke. Part of the problem may have been that my 1/2″ dowel blanks fit too loosely in the infeed hole, so they could move and jam into the knife. Another factor may have been that maple doesn’t carve as nicely.
A better solution would be to have a conical hole in my dowel jig so that the dowel blank is tight in the hole even when starting. But I don’t have a conical drill. Another solution would be to buy a pre-made jig. Lee Valley Tools sells a product they call the “Veritas dowel and tenon cutter” which has a conical hole and a curved knife. I’d expect that gadget to work quite well, considering how well my improvised jig works already.
I also made a sort of “adapter” for mounting the 1/2″ dowel blanks in a 3/8″ drill. this consisted of a block of hardwood with a 5/8″ hole in which I could secure the 1/2″ dowel blanks with a wood screw. A 3/8″ dowel on the other end of the adapter could be mounted in the chuck. But after several jams, the 3/8″ dowel got twisted off. So I switched to a hand drill with a 1/2″ chuck to finish the job.
So, summarizing, the following helps to make the procedure go smoothly:
- Woods that are not prone to splintering (such as birch) work best
- The blank should fit snugly in the larger infeed hole (little play)
- Tapering the starting end of the blank can prevent jams on starting the dowel
- Make sure the chisel is really sharp
More about how I made the dowel maker
Paul Grundbacher sent me a picture of his “rundstabhobel” dowel makers. These are for making very small dowels for his marble machines. The knives are made from hacksaw blades.
I like the idea of a blade permanently fixed to to the block. That way, the jig doesn’t need re-tweaking when it’s used again, so it’s more suitable for making dowels on demand.
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