(::: A society grows great when old men plant trees,
in whose shade they know they shall never sit.
 :::)

my “legacy”
Friday, July 20, 2007

at a certain point-in-time, it becomes necessary to think of the so-called "legacy" which one will leave to the world, however small and insignificant, but necessary, nonetheless. And at 57, I've begun to think about mine. Forget the 11-yr old, weekly, political-ranting "John's Journal", as it's merely a passing blip-on-the-screen, as compared to real legacies, which truly endure for decades, centuries and millenia, and are recalled in books, long after the donor is dead, gone, publicly-forgotten, and yet historically-remembered. To that end, I've embarked on a simple personal crusade, of eventually re-populating York County (PA) with as many American Elms (Ulmus Americana), as I can get acquire, growing-them-on, caring-for-them, and finally-installing them on selected, appropriate properties of my Family, Friends and Good Customers. I buy them, for $1, from a couple in Felton — who have a massive American Elm on their property — as 10" seedlings; pot them up in 1gal containers, and greenhouse grow them on until they're 2-3'; then step them up to 15gal containers, as they hit 7-8', and move them outside to "harden-off" as saplings; prune them-up into an "American Elm silhouette", and begin the final selection of people/ properties, for the giveaway and installation, which we do, N/C. I grew up with an 150ft American Elm on my Parent's 1.5ac home, in Arlington Heights, IL, in the late-50s and early-60s, and Dad installed a rope swing in one of them, for Becky and I to enjoy. I remember many 50s Summer days in that swing, and playing under that majestic, stately, native American Elm Tree, as a kid. It's funny how 'nostalgia' comes back to bite us all in the ass, isn't it? (Thanks, Dad.) It's my wish and hope that, in the near and mid-term future, the American Elms will mature, flourish, and provide the shade and comfort which I enjoyed, as a child in the 50s, for others here in Pennsylvania and Maryland. I don't want to be a part of any "urban legend", but would rather be remembered as "that Nursery in Felton, which had so much rare, unusual and hard-to-find plant material, and which planted scores of American Elms, around the Region". That'll be quite enough for me.



Around The Garden Center™.
With the passing through of a cold front on Thursday, temps dropped into the 70°Fs, and the very uncomfortable 94% hum-didity dropped down into the 20% range, making life much nicer, to tolerate, on Thursday night, Friday and Friday evening. Sleeping with the AC off, and windows open in July, was very nice. Saturday was more humid, and a good deal warmer, in the upper-80s, but still very tolerable.
Sunday was Mom's 84th Birthday, and I made a (MS-Pub) custom, B-day Card for her, on Saturday, along with one from Dad. It was a "rough year for Mom", with a 2nd knee replacement, rehab and recovery, and the very untimely-death of her niece and my younger cousin, Cathy M. (Stottlemeyer) Dickensheets, 55, back in February. I truly hope the rest of 2007 and all of 2008 are better years, for her. Temps hit 93°F by 2pm, and it was miserable. Did I mention that I hate hum-didity and heat, in the Summer months in the Mid-Atlantic Region? At least 150x, I'd bet.
One of my 'condo cats', Murphy, was having some breathing/coughing/gagging problems over the weekend, and I had to get him into the Old Trail Vet's, on Monday morning, thinking that he'd gotten something caught in his throat. The docs checked him out, and found he has an upper-repiratory infection, and they gave him an antibiotic shot, and now I have to give him ½ a pill, daily, for 14 days. At least it wasn't as serious, as I'd thought.
As usual, at this time of year, retail traffic and sales are slow, in July and August, as much of the Mid-Atlantic Region takes vacation and thoughts turn from outdoor gardening projects, in the sweltering "Dog Days" months, to more AC'd/cooler activities. Our landscape jobs are already booked through August, and slightly beyond. As soon as the hot & humid weather breaks, and my nursery-wide 25% Off Fall Sale kicks-in, we'll soon see a resurgence in Sept/Oct/Nov, of retail activity and traffic. Happens every year, right on schedule.
Mark, from J&M Systems, was in on Tuesday to go over the third and final phase of our GC&N hardware/software upgrades. He's our "go-to IT guy", who reps Radiant-Synchronics-CounterPoint POS Systems. It was the best move I've made, two years ago, over the gripes and protestation of my Partners and Employees, to fully-modernize our massive, computerized, inventory/tracking/checkout/sales systems. I wish I'd done it 15 years ago. Sigh. Mark's laid-out some hardware package choices, and a new Radiant-Synchronics-CounterPoint POS System (v8.0) [running under Win-XP] instead of a DOS program [running in a Windows shell (v7.9.6)], as we now have. I truly look forward to the 'new' Radiant-Synchronics-CounterPoint-Win XPs conversion, to "true Windows XP". The current v7.9.6 DOS/Win-shell, sucks, IMO, and reminds me of the DOS-crap I endured back in '82, when I started in DOS II, on an IBM PS2/50.
Slicing-up (paper-thin) a ripe "Beefsteak®" tomato from a local market — my garden's weeks away from producing any, BTW — I had my ***First Tomato Sandwich*** of the Summer, on Wednesday. Mmmmmmmmmmmm: seeded Jewish rye bread, butter, sliced tomato, mayo, hand-torn basil leaves, salt & pepper, and I savored every minute of it. Life is good. I just wished I'd had a cold Rolling Rock® (before Anheuser-Busch bought it, and promptly-ruined the legendary product) to go with it, but it was 11:45am, and alcohol isn't in my vocabulary, before 5pm, so I washed-it-down with a glass of cold, whole milk. Life is really good, IMO.
With the exception of passing/scattered/isolated t-storms for the past 2-3 weeks, it's been very, very dry here, and there's no measurable ground moisture to speak about. T-storm cells usually pass through in the later afternoon and evening hours, and don't give us the long, slow soaking rains we really need, to alleviate the seemingly-unending, "Drought From Hell", now in its third year. (((sigh))) The worst of the hot, dry, sweltering months are just ahead of us.
Gas prices at the pump, in the York (PA) area, have risen another 4¢, in the past week. Unleaded Regular is now at $2.99/gal, Unleaded Plus is at $3.09/gal, and Unleaded Premium is at $3.29/gal, and Diesel is at $2.69/gal. I've lost track of Kerosene/ K-1, but that's okay.



The Coming ShitStorm In America™.
After reading this article, I've cleaned and reloaded my Bushy Carbon Fiber-15 Pistol, laser sight, 8x40-round mags, and plenty of extra .223cal ammo, in an Eagle Bag, into my Jeep. I've also had my (Armalite) AR-10 .308cal "sonic-bath cleaned", and have it 'ready-to-go', as well as the Remy 870 Synthetic 12ga Tactical, and my trusty Beowulf .50cal, and my newest Henry Repeater chambered in .357Magnum, plus several other Class III Weapons. My daily carry-piece, my Kimber "Eclipse Target II" 1911 .45cal ACP, is ready and waiting, to kill murderous muslim-islamist-arabs filth! When TSHTF, "I'm more than ready"; are you?
Load your mags, Friends, with .223cal and .308cal ammo, and get ready for the murderous muslim-islamist-arabs, to be *target practice*. Do you remember "The Beltway Snipers", of Oct 2002? Can you imagine 50-100 'teams' of snipers, doing that to major American cities? I can, and I also envision murderous muslim-islamist-arab garbage, going door-to-door, to hospitals, schools, corporations, apartments, etc etc etc — as I told you back in 2001 and 2002 — and shooting-killing US Citizens, randomly. I told you about this, in 2001 and 2002, dammit! And most didn't listen, as I was years ahead of my time! Open your door, when the doorbell rings, and you're dead.
C'mon, muslim-islamic-arab terrorist filth; come get some death from us!



Things Which Make Your Head Explode™.
After this terror threat warning, I'm ready to *rock 'n roll* and kill muslims-islamists-arab terrorists! You ready to do some wholesale defending and killing?
C'mon, al Queerda homo-sodomite-faggot-muslim-islamist-arabs: come get some death, perverts, degenerates, deviants, subhumans, filth, garbage, shit, crap, trash, junk! Time to die, and go to INFIDEL HELL!
Yes, the time is soon coming.
Subhuman filth, treasonous, garbage lowlife, asswipe leftist, liberal-demokkkRAT trash, Betty Williams, a piece-of-shit lowlife dirtbag, who advocates killing US President, GW Bush, needs killing, IMO. Headshoot the filthy, lowlife, dirtbag, f*cking bitch! KILL HER! IMO.
Ready for some new "Summertime ice cream flavors"? Here's the 101 worst flavors, ever invented. YUK!
Shoot and summarily-kill all muderous terrorist muslim-islamist-arabs, IMO. Find them all kill them all! I can easily-recognize them; let me be the ***guide*** to the ID-ing of America's enemy: muslims-islammists-arabs-eastern europeans-liberals-demokkkRATs-MSM-RINOs-GOPers. All of them, treasonous, seditious saboteurs/shit.garbage/trash/scum etc etc etc etc. I could go on, and on, and on.

The DJIA at 14,000? "Worst economy since Hoover." ? Was it, liberal-demokkkRAT, Reid/Boxer/Schumer/Kennedy/Feinstein/ etc etc etc who made such a dumb f*cking statement? Actually, it was all of those assholes.
BREAKING NEWS...... Yikes! A massive 5-alarm fire, "steam explosion" in NYC's Midtown, on Wednesday evening? Thousands panicking and going nuts and screaming *terrorism*? One confirmed dead, and scores injured and transported to local hospitals? Soldiers and police all over the place, trying to keep order amongst panicked NYCers. NYC's Midtown shut-down, trains cancelled in and out of the city? No cabs on the streets. Subways re-routed. Ancient (100 years-plus) NYC infrastructure 24" diameter steam pipe, explosion, underground? Live film is here, and I'd be running UP-WIND, to get the hell away from that possibly-deadly asbestos etc downwind plume, of who-knows-what! The white steam indicates it's steam, and not a chemical/biological dispersal. I'm just glad I got out of that hellhole, in 1989, and moved to (York) Pennsylvania, when I did, and opened my 20ac Garden Center & Nursery. (((sigh))) Not a terrorist act; final verdict is in, thankfully.
C'mon, muslim-islamic-arab terrorist filth; come get some death from us!



Food Imports From China = Death™.
China is shit, junk, garbage, trash, filth and death. Its dangerous, lousy, crappy food, clothing and vitamins imports are slow, certain death, for anyone who takes or uses them. China should be completely cut-off from exporting anything to the rest of the world, IMO. Outlaw and cut-off all imports from the chink shit-hole, IMO.
Racism in the chink, gook, slope, yellow-dog, dink shit imports? Nah. F*ck the racist, bigoted gook writer of this shit article.



Traitors, Seditionists & Saboteurs™.
US Rep Ron Paul (Wacko-TX) is a fruitcake, for this idiotic statement.
Goodbye and good riddance, traitor, sell-out and liar, US Rep John "No Brain" McCain (TRAITOR-AZ), for selling-out America with the Bush-Kennedy Amnesty Bill, and for the evil, anti-First Amendment, McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Crap. You are loathed, despised and hated in America, asshole.
Dumbass porch-monkey, muslim-islamist garbage, lowlife sambo, piece-of-subhuman-shit, Nigga®-boy, US Rep Keith "Mo-Ham-Head" Ellison-of-a-bitch (SUBHUMAN-MN), apologized for calling President Bush, 'Hitler', and saying he and VP Cheney were responsible for 9-11-01, comparing it to the "Reichstag Fire", an event that led to Adolf Hitler's consolidation of power in Nazi Germany, at an appearance/speech before a group of (muslim-islamist-loving) atheists in Minnesota, on July 8th. Hitler used the 1933 burning of the Reichstag, the German parliament building, to suspend constitutional liberties. Ellison-of-a-bitch (SUBHUMAN-MN)? Where's Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley or James Earl Ray, when the Nation really needs them?
Good; the two-bit, lying c*nt CIA clerk, Valerie Plame's lawsuit was dismissed, against The Bush Administration, since it was shit-for-brains, lying asshole, Richard Armitrage, who "outed" the skank whore. Scooter Libby had nothing to do with it, and took the fall for some unrelatred bullshit. Plame and Wilson should be tried and shot for treason, sedition and sabotage, IMO. They're both subhuman filth, IMO.



The Religion of Perpetual Outrage™.
IMO, KILL Muhammad Haneef, 27, a subhuman piece-of-lowlife-muslim-islamist-arab-indian shitscum. Haneef, an Indian 'doctor' accused of supporting the foiled car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow, will not be extradited to Britain while he faces charges in Australia, the attorney general said Sunday. Muhammad Haneef, 27, was charged Saturday with providing support to a terrorist organization by giving his mobile phone SIM card to British suspects Sabeel and Kafeel Ahmed when he moved to Australia in July 2006. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted. KILL HIM! Kill the subhuman muslim-islamist garbage! KILL HIM!
AP is dogshit and bin Laden is long dead, in Tora Bora, in 2001, IMO.



Lowlife, Subhuman Filth™.
Sorry, I don't have any sympathy for mentally-ill criminals, of any stripe. They richly-deserve summary execution, or life-imprisonment in a dedicated, high-security asylum, force-injected with hi-po drugs, until they either recover, or expire. The mentally-ill have no place in any civil, functioning society, IMO, other than being incarcerants, safely-stowed-away from society's innocents, whom they regularly harm and kill. If I had my way, aka *King For A Day*, they'd all be used as medical experiments, for drugs and procedures to be tested and clinically-proven, for the good of "sane, normal society". Resurrect the 50s and 60s asylums, and confine the mentally-ill, therein, IMO. For the violent offenders, kill them. Zero recividism. Problems solved.
Bottom-feeding, pieces of verminous shit, Conrad Black needs a .45cal, in the head, for his corruption, greed and filth, IMO. So do corrupt, criminal dirtbags, John Rigas and his son, Timothy J Rigas, need killing, IMO. Having so many millions, and stealing more millions, is unconscionable, and 'extreme punishment' is duly-warranted and required. Kill them all.
(((sigh))) Lowlife GOPers/RINOs like "needs a whore; can't get any at home", US Sen David Vitter (ASSHOLE-LA), and homo-sodomite-faggot, fat, bloated, lardass, loser McCain staffer — the co-chairman of his Florida campaign was arrested Wednesday for allegedly offering an undercover *male* police officer, money for a homo-sodomite-faggot sex act — Florida state Rep Bob "Teenie Weenie 2-incher" Allen (FAGGOT-FL), got his fat, bloated ass, busted. hey, McCain, you mentally-ill loser: did you know that fatbot was a homo-sodomite-faggot, fat, bloated, lardass, loser? I think you did, and intended to play thye "homop card", if it benefitted you, No-Brain Johnnie "The Coward" McCain (TRAITOR-AZ)! Get some real skin cancer, and DIE!
Sorry, but I have no sympathy for the US Catholic Church, which knowingly hired, concealed and protected thousands of homo-sodomite-faggot, child molesting, subhuman priests, in the 50s, 60s and 70s, and who is now being almost sued out of existence. The concealment and protection of this most-heinous-and-evil-of-crimes, should be all their tickets to burn in fucking hell, for all eternity! IMO. This LA case is only the beginning of the CC's demise, in America. Film at 11.
No, I have no sympathy for a grossly-obese, piece of 500lb subhuman shit, who was injured while rafting down a shallow stretch of the St Croix River, was pulled to safety Tuesday by dozens of rescue workers, who spent hours carrying him to a navigable part of the waterway. Martin Rike, 39, of Pine City, MN, shouldn't have been accorded the effort of MN Taxpayers' monies, IMO. Let the pig sink and drown. Obesity problem, solved.
The turd-polishing, lowlife race-pimp filth, at liberal-demokkkRAT AP News, maintain that "when it comes to rooting for Barry Bonds to become the home run champion, one factor stands out: race." An AP-Ipsos poll released Monday showed 55 percent of minority baseball fans want Bonds to set the record, while only 34 percent of non-Hispanic white baseball fans hope he passes Hank Aaron’s record. Who the f*ck cares? Bonds is a steroid drug-addicted piece of shit, IMO, and doesn't deserve any kind of recognition, fame or fortune in so-called Professional Baseball. He deserves prison, and ignominity, IMO. Bonds is dogshit/trash/garbage/shit/junk/crap.
Corrupt, criminal Cardinal Rogery Mahony needs to go to prison, for so many felonies, that I don't have the time or space to delineate it all, here.



Some People Just Need Killing™.
Headshoot and kill the subhuman filth, Leslie M(aggot) Gee, who is not a veterinarian, and who caused "unnecessary pain and suffering" to the horse, a bay mare named Bella. I'd headshoot the subhuman Gee garbage, in the blink-of-an-eye. Subhuman garbage Gee, would be tortured, and finally killed, by a real society, protecting its innocent animals. SHOOT AND KILL THE GARBAGE Gee shit!
Mikey "The Nigga® Vick filth, is a subhuman nigger®, who deserves a headshot, IMO, with a .45cal, for this dogfighting, cruelty to animals and criminal actions. Vick's a subhuman piece of nigger-shit maggot filth, and $100 says his criminal, scumbag friends — Purnell A. Peace, 35, of Virginia Beach; Quanis L. Phillips, 28, of Atlanta; and Tony Taylor, 34, of Hampton — are lowlife, sambo-nigger, maggot-vermin, too. Kill them all, IMO. Think I'm being too tough on them? Read this about dogfighting. Go ahead; I'll wait.
NJ millionaire pervert, deviant, degenerate, subhuman lowlife filth, Anthony "Mark" Bianchi, 44, of North Wildwood, NJ, needs killing for molesting children, committing crimes — assaulting nearly a dozen minors — on foreign soil, and travelling to Moldova, Romania, Cambodia and Cuba to recruit destitute boys for sexual trysts. Headshoot Bianchi, with a .45cal, immediately after the summary trial, IMO. I'd volunteer to do the shot, with my Kimber 1911 "Eclipse Target II" .45cal ACP, at no charge to US & NJ Taxpayers.
Shoot and kill the two subhuman f*cking teenage bitches, who did this to a 3-month old, baby kitten! I'd shoot and kill them both, after extensively-torturing them both with pliers, a hammer and a blowtorch, dammit! God Bless the kitten.



Colonial Meeting Houses of New England.
Before the notion of separating church and state took root in the new America, "meeting houses" that combined both dotted the New England landscape. Built by townships, often paid for by taxes, and home to Sunday morning sermons as well as weekday commerce, these handsome structures played a central role in states like Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Photographer Paul Wainwright has devoted himself to capturing large-format portraits of these buildings today. In many of the pictures, he shoots the meeting houses in black and white, capturing their strikingly modern look against the sky and clouds. In others, he uses color to highlight their gleaming white clapboard walls. In all of them, he conveys the classically American look of the design. As Mr wainwright says, "There is something moving about a structure that has long outlived the community to which it was familiar, surviving lonesomely in a new age, the life of which it has no part." May these photos help the "meeting houses" to find new community and worldwide respect.

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