David Berg has a reading at Square Books in Oxford tomorrow at 5:30. Berg is a lawyer from Houston whose brother was murdered in the sixties. In his memoir, he works through those events, including the murder trial of hit man/serial killer Charles Harrelson (who died in prison for the murder of a federal judge, and who is Woody Harrelson’s father) for the murder of his brother.
A story about all this on NPR last Saturday caught my attention. There’s also a good New York Times story. I’ve just made a good start on the book, and like it so far. I’ll be there, and think it will be a good one.
.. in which the description sets out the metes and bounds identifying the property followed by this: “… including and excluding [another metes and bounds description], consisting of a one acre tract that is [a statement about what is on the one acre tract].”
Will someone please tell me what could possibly have been meant by the phrase “including and excluding??” I mean, either it is or it isn’t, right?
The first is my dad at two months old, in Harriston, Mississippi, with a family dog (who is obviously happy to serve as a pillow for the new baby in the family. His grandparents were living at Harriston then, so that must be where this pictures was taken.
The second is my dad soon after starting his partnership with G.A. Gafford. It was taken in what is now my office, in about 1963, I’m guessing, which would make him 33 or so.
1975: John Denver wins Country Music Entertainer of the year, beating the likes of Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Conway Twitty, and Ronnie Milsap.
Charlie Rich, who had obviously had a drink or two, in presenting the award finds a special way to express his opinion about who won. After they go back from Denver accepting the award on a remote feed, check out Glen Cambell’s sideways glances.
h/t Scott Barretta
Today’s Supreme Court cases brought two songs to mind, one apparently intentionally and the other less so. The later was from Justice Scalia’s concurrence in the DNA/patent case (which I was glad to see turn out 9-0 that you can’t patent genes found in nature. Justice Scalia concurred to explain that he was not joining in Justice Thomas’s attempt to explain the science, because, like Sam Cooke, Justice Scalia doesn’t know much biology:
I join the judgment of the Court, and all of its opinion except Part I–A and some portions of the rest of the opinion going into fine details of molecular biology. I am unable to affirm those details on my own knowledge or even my own belief. It suffices for me to affirm, having studied the opinions below and the expert briefs presented here, that the portion of DNA isolated from its natural state sought to be patented is identical to that portion of the DNA in its natural state; and that complementary DNA (cDNA) is a synthetic creation not normally present in nature.
The other more intentional reference is from Justice Kagan:
The two directly at issue here compel the company to (1) affix a placard on each truck with a phone number for reporting environmental or safety concerns (You’ve seen the type: “How am I driving? 213–867–5309”) and (2) submit a plan listing off-street parking locations for each truck when not in service.
I hate to link a song that will, unbidden, take over your mind like some alien parasite, but in case you didn’t catch the reference, there it is. If you want your mind cleansed now, perhaps this will help.
I like to think that someone, somewhere had their speakers up really loud and unwittingly clicked on that last link. We mean it, man.
Roasting vegetables has become a default solution to me. This one is a late-Spring early-Summer dish in north Mississippi. What you want is a mixture of vegetables to roast. I use a Corning-ware dish with a lid. What you need to consider is the cooking time for the various vegetables, and keeping enough space in the pan so you can move the vegetables around and keep it to about one layer.
Roasted Late-Spring or Early-Summer Vegetables
a small handfull of new potatoes, somewhere between shooter-marble sized and smaller than walnut sized.
a relatively short sprig of rosemary, cut in thirds. You can get fresh rosemary at local farmer’s markets if you don’t have it. This really needs fresh rosemary (if you’re in Oxford, call me, and I’ll give you some)
salt, pepper to taste
a scant tbs of unsalted butter
4 boiler onions (these are the ones at Spring farmers market that look like scallions with an onion-sized based) trimed
4 baby yellow squash
3 baby patty-pan squash cut in half
1. heat an oven to 475
2. In a pan you can cover, in which the vegetables will fit in one layer, place the potatoes, rosemary, salt, pepper, and butter. Place in the oven.
3. After ten minutes, take the lid off the pan, and shake it vigorously to cover with butter, etc. Put the onions in the pan and shake again.
4. When it has cooked 20 and 30 minutes, shake again.
5. At 40 minutes of cooking time, take the lid off and add the baby yellow squash and the patty pan squash. Shake again, and then again after it has cooked another five minutes. The idea is to get the potatoes to a creamy level, the onions soft cooked and starting to caramelize and the squash browning and just beyond crunchy. Salt and pepper at the end to taste.
The recipe is a generous serving for two, sufficient for three….
This goes with any kind of griller or broiled meat. I’ve served it with grilled chicken breast, hanger steak, and the like. Tonight, it went with thin-pounded chicken breast (that was skinless and sprinkled with chopped rosemary, salt, and pepper) and a green salad.
Pepper Crutcher at the Balch & Bingham law firm in Jackson has a long-time practice as a management-side labor lawyer. He’s been making a serious study of employer-side obligations under the Affordable Care Act, and has begun to blog in depth about the subject.
I’ve given it a hard look, and already seen at least one post that I will be using in my practice.
I’ve been posting Grant’s memoirs from more-or-less the Battle of Raymond through the end of the siege, as we advance through the 150th anniversary of all of these events.
By late May, he had settled into a siege…
On the 26th of May I sent Blair’s division up the Yazoo to drive out a force of the enemy supposed to be between the Big Black and the Yazoo. The country was rich and full of supplies of both food and forage. Blair was instructed to take all of it. The cattle were to be driven in for the use of our army, and the food and forage to be consumed by our troops or destroyed by fire; all bridges were to be destroyed, and the roads rendered as nearly impassable as possible. Blair went forty-five miles and was gone almost a week. His work was effectually done. I requested Porter at this time to send the marine brigade, a floating nondescript force which had been assigned to his command and which proved very useful, up to Haines’ Bluff to hold it until reinforcements could be sent.
On the 26th I also received a letter from Banks, asking me to reinforce him with ten thousand men at Port Hudson. Of course I could not comply with his request, nor did I think he needed them. He was in no danger of an attack by the garrison in his front, and there was no army organizing in his rear to raise the siege.
On the 3d of June a brigade from Hurlbut’s command arrived, General Kimball commanding. It was sent to Mechanicsburg, some miles north-east of Haines’ Bluff and about midway between the Big Black and the Yazoo. A brigade of Blair’s division and twelve hundred cavalry had already, on Blair’s return from the Yazoo, been sent to the same place with instructions to watch the crossings of the Big Black River, to destroy the roads in his (Blair’s) front, and to gather or destroy all supplies.
On the 7th of June our little force of colored and white troops across the Mississippi, at Milliken’s Bend, were attacked by about 3,000 men from Richard Taylor’s trans-Mississippi command. With the aid of the gunboats they were speedily repelled. I sent Mower’s brigade over with instructions to drive the enemy beyond the Tensas Bayou; and we had no further trouble in that quarter during the siege. This was the first important engagement of the war in which colored troops were under fire. These men were very raw, having all been enlisted since the beginning of the siege, but they behaved well.
On the 8th of June a full division arrived from Hurlbut’s command, under General Sooy Smith. It was sent immediately to Haines’ Bluff, and General C. C. Washburn was assigned to the general command at that point.
On the 11th a strong division arrived from the Department of the Missouri under General Herron, which was placed on our left. This cut off the last possible chance of communication between Pemberton and Johnston, as it enabled Lauman to close up on McClernand’s left while Herron intrenched from Lauman to the water’s edge. At this point the water recedes a few hundred yards from the high land. Through this opening no doubt the Confederate commanders had been able to get messengers under cover of night.
On the 14th General Parke arrived with two divisions of Burnside’s corps, and was immediately dispatched to Haines’ Bluff. These latter troops—Herron’s and Parke’s—were the reinforcements already spoken of sent by Halleck in anticipation of their being needed. They arrived none too soon.
I now had about seventy-one thousand men. More than half were disposed across the peninsula, between the Yazoo at Haines’ Bluff and the Big Black, with the division of Osterhaus watching the crossings of the latter river farther south and west from the crossing of the Jackson road to Baldwin’s ferry and below.
There were eight roads leading into Vicksburg, along which and their immediate sides, our work was specially pushed and batteries advanced; but no commanding point within range of the enemy was neglected.
On the 17th I received a letter from General Sherman and one on the 18th from General McPherson, saying that their respective commands had complained to them of a fulsome, congratulatory order published by General McClernand to the 13th corps, which did great injustice to the other troops engaged in the campaign. This order had been sent North and published, and now papers containing it had reached our camps. The order had not been heard of by me, and certainly not by troops outside of McClernand’s command until brought in this way. I at once wrote to McClernand, directing him to send me a copy of this order. He did so, and I at once relieved him from the command of the 13th army corps and ordered him back to Springfield, Illinois. The publication of his order in the press was in violation of War Department orders and also of mine.
You should, too.