Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.
He said to his friend, "If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,--
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm."
Then he said "Good-night!" and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war;
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon like a prison bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.
Meanwhile, his friend through alley and street
Wanders and watches, with eager ears,
Till in the silence around him he hears
The muster of men at the barrack door,
The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet,
And the measured tread of the grenadiers,
Marching down to their boats on the shore.
Then he climbed the tower of the Old North Church,
By the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread,
To the belfry chamber overhead,
And startled the pigeons from their perch
On the sombre rafters, that round him made
Masses and moving shapes of shade,--
By the trembling ladder, steep and tall,
To the highest window in the wall,
Where he paused to listen and look down
A moment on the roofs of the town
And the moonlight flowing over all.
Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead,
In their night encampment on the hill,
Wrapped in silence so deep and still
That he could hear, like a sentinel's tread,
The watchful night-wind, as it went
Creeping along from tent to tent,
And seeming to whisper, "All is well!"
A moment only he feels the spell
Of the place and the hour, and the secret dread
Of the lonely belfry and the dead;
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent
On a shadowy something far away,
Where the river widens to meet the bay,--
A line of black that bends and floats
On the rising tide like a bridge of boats.
Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride,
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere.
Now he patted his horse's side,
Now he gazed at the landscape far and near,
Then, impetuous, stamped the earth,
And turned and tightened his saddle girth;
But mostly he watched with eager search
The belfry tower of the Old North Church,
As it rose above the graves on the hill,
Lonely and spectral and sombre and still.
And lo! as he looks, on the belfry's height
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns,
But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns.
A hurry of hoofs in a village street,
A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark
Struck out by a steed flying fearless and fleet;
That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight,
Kindled the land into flame with its heat.
He has left the village and mounted the steep,
And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep,
Is the Mystic, meeting the ocean tides;
And under the alders that skirt its edge,
Now soft on the sand, now loud on the ledge,
Is heard the tramp of his steed as he rides.
It was twelve by the village clock
When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer's dog,
And felt the damp of the river fog,
That rises after the sun goes down.
It was one by the village clock,
When he galloped into Lexington.
He saw the gilded weathercock
Swim in the moonlight as he passed,
And the meeting-house windows, black and bare,
Gaze at him with a spectral glare,
As if they already stood aghast
At the bloody work they would look upon.
It was two by the village clock,
When he came to the bridge in Concord town.
He heard the bleating of the flock,
And the twitter of birds among the trees,
And felt the breath of the morning breeze
Blowing over the meadow brown.
And one was safe and asleep in his bed
Who at the bridge would be first to fall,
Who that day would be lying dead,
Pierced by a British musket ball.
You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British Regulars fired and fled,--
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard wall,
Chasing the redcoats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.
So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,--
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Happy birthday to me. I had message from my doctor wishing me a happy 50th and it's time for a colonoscopy
Today in history: April 19, 1775, in Massachusetts, the government sent the army to confiscate the guns and ammuniton of the citizens. The citizens of Lexington & Concord did not approve and met the British army with 'The Shot Heard 'round the World.'
They would find few guns and no opposition there if they were to do it today.
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] President Bob Muggsy Mugabe Octogenarian President-for-Life of Zim-bob-we who turned the former Breadbasket of Africa into the African Basket Case... on Wednesday urged Zim-bob-weans to shun violence ahead of elections he insists be held this year, in his first public appearance since a new wave of worry about his health.
"We are going to elections and troubles have already started. This is happening not only parties versus parties but within parties as well," he said in an hour-long speech at Harare's biggest stadium.
"All our politicians should encourage their supporters to promote the spirit of peace and tranquillity through social dialogue," he said.
The speech to mark Zim-bob-we's 32nd anniversary of independence from Britannia was the first public appearance by 88-year-old Mugabe since he returned from Singapore last week.
That trip sparked new worries about his health, amid reports that he has advanced prostate cancer. Mugabe has repeatedly brushed off concerns about his health.
The government said he went to Singapore to arrange post-graduate studies for his daughter Bona, but his near-monthly visits to the city-state have raised suspicions he is receiving medical care there.
Mugabe's health is a key factor in Zim-bob-we's politics, as he has no clear successor. His ZANU-PF party has already endorsed him as its candidate for the next polls.
Mugabe insists elections to choose a successor to his power-sharing government with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai should be held this year.
[Bangla Daily Star] The BNP-led four-party alliance yesterday expanded to an "18-party alliance" aimed at strengthening the movement for restoration of the caretaker government system and formation of a "patriotic government" to fulfil people's aspirations.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Three-term PM of Bangla, widow of deceased dictator Ziaur Rahman, head of the Bangla Nationalist Party, an apparent magnet for corruption ... announced this at a presser at Diploma Engineers' Institution in the capital.
Reading out a declaration paper on the 18-party alliance, Khaleda said expansion of the four-party combine was a necessity in view of demands from "all parties and people from all walks of life to be united to compel the present government to hand over power to a non-party caretaker government. It was a demand of time."
She went on, "Our goal is to build a tougher movement for the formation of a patriotic government to meet the challenge of time and fulfil the aspirations of people."
The leader of the opposition in parliament urged all to form committees across the country to strengthen the anti-government movement.
The new components of the 18-party combine include Liberal Democratic Party, Kalyan Party, Jatiya Gana tantrik Party (Jagpa), National People's Party (NPP) and Bangladesh NAP, and seven other parties not registered with the Election Commission -- Bangladesh Labour Party, National Democratic Party (NDP), Moslem League, Islamic Party, National Awami Party (NAP-Bhasani), Democratic League and People's League.
Among the leaders of these parties, only LDP Chairman Oli Ahmad won the last parliamentary polls.
Most of the new components of the expanded alliance are known as name-only parties.
The four-party alliance was formed in 1999 to intensify the movement against the then Awami League-led government. It comprised BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami ...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores... , Islami Oikya Jote ... a political party in Bangladesh. In the 2001 elections the party won 2 out of 300 elected members in an alliance with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party. It has a focus on building an islamic state, and has used the madrassas to gain support... (IOJ) and Bangladesh Jatiya Party ...aka Jatiya Front; a political party established by Bangladictator Lieutenant General Hussain Muhammad Ershad in 1986 to lend a veneer of respectability to his rule. Since nobody was amused he was forced to resign by popular demand in 1990. The party remains in existence with about a dozen seats in Bangla's parliament... (BJP).
Later, IOJ split into three factions -- IOJ (Aminee), Khelafat Majlish and Jomiyote Ulamaye Islam-- and all of these were active in the four-party combine.
Most of the alliance partners of BNP keep their activities limited to forming human chains and holding discussion meetings.
A woman injured while having sex in a hotel room is entitled to workers' compensation, an Australian federal judge ruled today.
The unnamed employee of ComCare -- the government agency in charge of monitoring occupational health and safety -- met a friend while on a business trip in November 2007, and the two were "going hard" in her hotel room according to the woman's male companion, when a light fixture suddenly fell on them.
The woman's compensation claim for facial and psychological injuries was rejected by her employer.
"If the applicant had been injured while playing a game of cards in her motel room she would have been entitled to compensation," Justice John Nicholas stated in his decision. "In the absence of any misconduct or an intentionally self inflicted injury, the fact that the applicant was engaged in sexual activity rather than some other lawful recreational activity does not lead to any different result."
The ruling reverses a lower court's decision to deny the claim on the basis that sex was "not an ordinary incident of an overnight stay like showering, sleeping, eating."
But, not to worry! The envirowackos have not yet given up!
A coalition of nine environmental groups said Monday afternoon that a defeat at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission earlier in the day would be only a temporary setback in its legal fight to halt construction of the nation's first commercial reactors in three decades.
The coalition is challenging the NRC licenses to build and operate two reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, GA. It has asked the NRC to stop work at the $14 billion project while a federal appeals court in Washington decides the legal challenge to the licenses.
Coalition members say the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that crippled four commercial reactors in Fukushima, Japan, shows that Vogtle is more dangerous to people and the environment than was originally understood. They got neutrons, man! And alpha particles! Waynesboro is about 110 miles from the ocean as the seagull flies. It'd be one big honkin' tsunami to get that far...
The NRC says it had considered the Japanese experience when it issued the licenses in February after reviewing its task force report. "We ultimately accepted the staff's position that our regulatory approach and our regulated plants' capabilities 'allow the task force to conclude that a sequence of events like the Fukushima accident is unlikely to occur in the United States and [that] continued operation and continued licensing activities do not pose an imminent threat to public health and safety,'" wrote NRC Secretary Annette Vietti-Cook in Monday's unanimous commission decision. Get that? Unanimous.
The commission denied the environmental coalition's request because it found that the challenge was not certain to win in court.
Posted by: Steve White ||
Coalition members say the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that crippled four commercial reactors in Fukushima, Japan, shows that Vogtle is more dangerous to people and the environment than was originally understood.
Yeah, Waynesboro The Bird Dog Capital of the World is real susceptible to earhquakes and tsunamis.
I don't + have never believed that Nippon was serious about stopping its NucEnergyProgs - LIKE GOOD POLITICIANS, AT WORST TOKYO WILL PCORRECTLY STOP THE NUCENERGYPROG TEMPORARILY BEFORE RESTARTING IT AGAIN LATER.
"GLOBALISM" + OWG-NWO = akin to PROTO SPACE GOVT-ORDER.
OWG-NWO + "GREEN TECHS" is about getting Earth + Global Consumers, Industries, + Govt-Private Institutions, etc. organized + "penny-pinching" or "cutting back" on $$$ + Scarce Resources, etc. in support of Deep Space Exploration + Colonization, NOT ABOUT GETTING RID OF NUCLEAR POWER FOR PUBLIC, PRIVATE SECTOR UTILITY.
AFP - Horse riding has become a popular hobby in the Gaza Strip but local Palestinians face constant hurdles -- from a conservative society to Israel's blockade on the territory -- to practise the sport on their home turf.
The Al-Faisal equestrian club, on the seafront in Gaza City, attracts around 50 riders a day, according to Samir Salama Saad, director of the "Beautiful Life" society which bought the club several months ago.
Founded in 2003, the club now attracts both male and female equestrians ranging in age from eight to 40 years, Saad said.
But the club, which occupies some 10 dunams of land -- around 100 hectares (247 acres) -- has had to resort to unusual methods to obtain the 60 horses it owns, smuggling them in through tunnels from Egypt.
"We don't have medicine because of the blockade, and this affects the horses we have locally, so their numbers are constantly diminishing because of deaths," Saad told AFP.
To make up the numbers, horses are brought in through the tunnels dug under Gaza's border with Egypt, but the process is dangerous and often leaves the animals with injuries and psychological problems.
Israel imposed the blockade in June 2006 after the capture of an Israeli soldier. The restrictions were tightened when the Islamist Hamas group seized control of Gaza a year later.
Israel defends the blockade, saying it is necessary to prevent weapons smuggling, but the Palestinians call it collective punishment.
Despite the restrictions, Saad runs an equestrian school at the club, with five trainers, including one qualified at the international level, who provide lessons and organise competitions.
There's plenty of interest, but Saad acknowledges that the lessons remain out of the reach of most people in impoverished Gaza, where unemployment is around 45 percent and much of the population is dependent on foreign aid.
Still, he said, "the prices are 20 percent less than those in neighbouring countries," and they have come down in recent years as poverty in Gaza has continued to worsen.
Before the Israeli blockade was imposed in 2006, the club charged around 300 shekels ($80, 61 euros) for 15 lessons, according to 18-year-old Ola Abu Safiya who has been riding for five years.
"Now they don't take more than 150 shekels because they're taking into account the economic conditions in Gaza," she said.
Abu Safiya is a psychology student but she dreams of one day teaching horse riding herself.
"It's been my favourite hobby since my father took me riding for the first time," she said.
She finds the sport liberating -- "there's no difference between boys and girls when it comes to horse riding," she said.
Hanan Abu Nada, a 28-year-old lawyer and a mother of two, said she had to overcome some local scepticism when she took up the sport.
"My father and mother encouraged me to ride. We had a small stable and my father was passionate about it. He wanted all his children to be excellent riders."
"People said 'You're veiled, how can you ride a horse? It's impossible'," she said. "But I insisted on the idea that a veiled girl is like any other girl who wants to enjoy a pastime."
"They shouldn't be criticising. On the contrary, Palestinians should be proud of us," she added.
Abu Nada takes lessons with Omar al-Mamluk, the club's only international-level trainer, and aspires to one day participate in global competitions "representing the country of Palestine".
But Mamluk says opportunities to compete have been sharply curtailed by the blockade and the division between the Gaza Strip and West Bank because of tensions between rival Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas.
The division "has greatly affected horse riding and stopped us from participating abroad, which had allowed us to reach the level of our Arab brothers," he said.
"The Palestinian Equestrian Federation works in the West Bank and Ramallah, but because of the division we have been excluded, even though we have horses for show jumping and racing, as well as riders."
"If the division were to end, we would be able to cooperate with our brothers in the West Bank," he said.
"For now, all our competitions are local," Saad added.
Posted by: Chris Farley ||
Excuse me. They have money for horses? I thought they were starving and that is why the western tax-payers was hanling thelm hundreds of millions of dollars all while people starve in Darfur and Somalia.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike ||
> WW2 was all but officially over.
> UK's Local or Regional Allies may need 'em vee the West-recognized, looming post-War new Soviet threat.
> War-damaged UK saved a bundle of $$$ on international return shipping costs.
Fully expect the MoD to take a page from the US DoD and claim the aircraft belong to the gov't AFTER they have been recovered using private funds.
please hope he has had a good lawyer work this angle before he turns another shovel of dirt.
Amazing. The ingenuity and tenacity of our WWII generation, on either side of "The Pond" just never fails to astound.
My Dad (from W. Massachusetts)served during the China-Burma-India (CBI) campaign as a 20 year old Signal Corp technician. He came close to dying from Malaria twice before being sent Stateside.
Dad is still "hanging in there" at 87 in a care-facility in NJ-with mid-stage Alzheimer's.
I'd download everything available on this story tonight and head up to see him in Jersey in the morning if he were able to recognize me or remember his connection to CBI. As much as I hate I-95N/S, and my own physical limitations, I might just do that anyway...
I will continue to follow this and to stay plugged-in. Better than the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 IMHO...