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Photo: Lafayette County covered bridge and unidentified boy, early 1950s

 

This is one of my favorite Lafayette County vintage photos I’ve ever seen.

It is a covered bridge that was torn down about 1952 or 1953.  Joe Black, posting on Facebook, identified it as “the covered bridge at Fudgetown;”I’m guessing it was below Fudgetown (the road from Fudgetown south crossed the Yocona […]

Christmas music (and greetings): “Its Christmas time in Hollis, Queens Mom’s cooking chicken and collard greens…”

…Rice and stuffing, macaroni and cheese, And Santa putting gifts under Christmas trees.

Merry Christmas!

Run-DMC sings “Christmas in Hollis,” with horns and backing that really remind me of the Stax approach to Christmas music.  Bear with the video until 0:47 point, roughly.

 

A Christmas Poem about King John

King John’s Christmas

by A.A. Milne from Now We are Six.

King John was not a good man –
He had his little ways.
And sometimes no one spoke to him
For days and days and days.
And men who came across him,
When walking in the town,
Gave him a supercilious stare,
Or passed with noses in the air –
And bad King John stood dumbly there,
Blushing beneath his crown.

King John was not a good man,
And no good friends had he.
He stayed in every afternoon…
But no one came to tea.
And, round about December,
The cards upon his shelf
Which wished him lots of Christmas cheer,
And fortune in the coming year,
Were never from his near and dear,
But only from himself.

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Legal Authority for Odd Propositions (Missouri and, updated, New Jersey divisions): “The people of this state are not idiots.”

“The people of this state are not idiots.”  State, on Inf. McKittrick v. Wymore, 345 Mo. 169, 184, 132 S.W.2d 979, 988 (1939); see State v. Winne, 21 N.J. Super. 180, 225, 91 A.2d 65, 87 (Ch. Div. 1952) rev’d on other grounds, 12 N.J. 152, 96 A.2d 63 (1953) (“The people of this State are […]

Great Bill Withers interview about making the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rolling Stone talked to Bill Withers (“Lean on Me” “Ain’t no Sunshine”) about making the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The interview is hilarious, a must read even if you care about neither the hall of fame nor Withers.  A couple of highlights:

If you think about it, it’s an odd collection of […]

Today’s Mississippi lawyer internet scam is the cancelled Automated Clearing House transfer…

… which involves an odd email from what appears to be a small Jackson law firm with the subject line:  “Cancelled Automated Clearing House Transaction” and a text purporting to tell me that such a transfer from my “online bank account” (no account specified) “was cancelled by the Electronic Payments Association.”  There follows information […]