Monthly Archives: May 2007

Confederate Memorial Day

The following was received from Elliott Cummings. Elliott is a loyal and hardworking member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He’s a top-shelf type of guy. I’ve attended the Confederate Memorial Day Ceremony on Confederate Hill at Loudon Park Cemetery on several occassions. If you are in the Baltimore area and can attend, please do.

Details and map are below:

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2007, 10:30 A.M.

CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL DAY is celebrated in Maryland each year on the first weekend in June nearest to the birthday of President Jefferson Davis, Once again this year the Colonel Harry W. Gilmor Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has the honor of assisting the Maryland Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in planning and presenting the CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL DAY ceremony at Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland.

The purpose of the ceremony is to honor the thousands of soldiers who served the Confederacy during the War Between the States. Over 600 Confederate soldiers are buried at Loudon Park including Colonel Harry W. Gilmor, General Bradley T. Johnson, and Colonel James R. Herbert. Almost all of the states that gave troops to the Cause of Southern Independence are represented by the honored dead at Loudon Park.

We would like to cordially invite you and all the members and friends of your organization to participate in this important annual ceremony. The event can only be successful with your help. CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL DAY will be held on SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2007 at 10:30 A.M. Loudon Park Cemetery is located at the 3800 block Frederick Rd.. in southwest Baltimore. This is about three to four mile east of Exit 13 of the Baltimore beltway, Rt. 695. We would like to have all military units meet at Confederate Hill between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

The program will include:
* March on of troops
* Invocation by UDC Chaplain
* Pledge of Allegiance to the US flag
* Salute to the Confederate flag
* Introduction and welcoming remarks by SCV, MOSB, and UDC representatives.
* Guest Speaker
* Presentation of memorial wreaths and floral tributes by various patriotic organizations and military units.
* Dedication of Adopt a Confederate grave markers
* Rifle salute
* Benediction
* Refreshments


* Military units, please bring ALL your colors, your drummers and fifers, if any, and as many men as you can muster. Please consider dressing as you would for a parade, not field duty. We ask that reenactors under 16 years of age not carry muskets or edged weapons.

* If you have contacts in other reenactment units, Confederate or Federal, please invite them or ask them to call us for details.

* All groups, military or civilian are encouraged to bring wreaths or floral tributes to be placed at the Stonewall Jackson Monument in memory of our Confederate patriots.

* If you have contacts in the PRESS, invite them to attend.

For additional details call Elliott Cummings 410-296-9235. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

G. Elliott Cummings
Col. Harry W. Gilmor Camp #1388, SCV


Student’s Letter To God

The following was sent in by Rick Sheppard, member of the Depraved Brain’s administration. Original source unknown.

Dear God:

Why didn’t you save the school children at:

Virginia Tech
Amish Country, PA
Columbine High School
Moses Lake, Washington 2/2/96
Bethel, Alaska 2/19/97!
Pearl, Mississippi 10/1/97
West Paducah, Kentucky 12/1/97
Stam P, Arkansas 12/15/97
Jonesboro, Arkansas 3/24/98
Edinboro, Pennsylvania 4/24/98
Fayetteville, Tennessee 5/19/98
Springfield, Oregon 5/21/98
Richmond, Virginia 6/15/98
Littleton, Colorado 4/20/99
Taber, Alberta, Canada 5/28/99
Conyers, Georgia 5/20/99
Deming, New Mexico 11/19/99
Fort Gibson, Oklahoma 12/6/99
Santee, California 3/ 5/01 and
El Cajon, California 3/22/01?

Concerned Student

Dear Concerned Student:

I am not allowed in schools.


How did this get started? Let’s see, I think it started when Madeline Murray O’Hare complained she didn’t want any prayer in our schools.

And we said, OK.

Then, someone said you better not read the Bible in school, the Bible that says “Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, And love your neighbors as yourself,”

And we said, OK.

Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehaved because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem.

And we said, an expert should know what he’s talking about. So we won’t spank them anymore.

Then someone said: Teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave. And the school administrators said no faculty member in this school better touch a student when they misbehave because we don’t want any bad publicity, and we surely don’t want to be sued. And we accepted their reasoning.

And the entertainment industry said, let’s make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence and illicit sex.

And let’s record music that encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes… and we said, it’s just entertainment and it has no adverse effect and nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead.

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, classmates or even themselves.

Undoubtedly, if we thought about it long and hard enough, we could figure it out. I’m sure it has a great deal to do with.


Balto-Wash Methodist Leadership Has Lost Its Mind

It’s official. The Baltimore – Washington Methodist Leadership has lost it’s mind.

A minister who went through a sex change operation has just been reappointed.

Apparently there’s nothing in their bylaws against that. It must be OK to change from male to female (or vice versa).

Gee, I wonder what God says on that subject?

The world has gone mad.

Go here for the article.

Now don’t you think a person has to be at least a little screwed up in the head to do something like that? I do.

And yet, the Methodist leadership find no problem. Apparently, this is the type of person needed to serve the spiritual needs of the congregation.

Creative Zen Vision M – mp3 Download Source

CreativeZenVisionM1.jpgAs hard as I tried, I was not able to talk Mrs. Depraved Brain into letting me ‘use’ her Creative Zen Vision M ipod player. Even a few weeks of being on my best behavior, had no effect on her.

However, with my birthday approaching she bought me the same exact unit as she owns. We got it last Saturday. I must say I’m very impressed with the unit. I’ve also become better with the software and interface.

Last weekend, we went out and looked at some houses (mainly from the outside). As we drove around Sunday, I took many photos with my new digital camera. When we got home I uploaded the photos to the hard drive. Later, I decided to put some more music on the Creative Zen and load the most recent Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, and Michael Savage talk radio shows.

When I synched everything up, I didn’t realize, but the house photos downloaded directly to the Creative Zen in it’s own folder. It’s smarter than I am.

I now have all of the digital photos of Jackson on the Zen, each in their own directory, according to the date taken.

Nora got a trial subscription to Rhapsody’s music download site. There are many music download sites, but now have impressed me. Basically, I think they are very expensive.

You have to pay a monthly fee to be a member (abt $15).

Then you pay to download most songs (about .89 or .99 cents each).

With some of the services, you must remain a member of the service, even if you aren’t downloading any current music. If you don’t synch your Zen with the computer (which then goes out to the website to see if your subscription is current) within a certain time period – the songs you’ve download do not play.

Basically, you’re paying a monthly fee, paying for individual downloads, and are only ‘renting’ the mp3 songs while your subscription is current. Also you are very limited to the number of hard drives, CDs, and iPod type devices you can transfer to.

To me, that’s like the criminal on the street that not only takes your wallet; he bangs you on the head; then comes back every so often to do it again.

I literally stumbled into a music website called GoMusic.Ru

There is no monthly subscription, no ‘renting’ the mp3 for as long as you subscribe.

To make it even better, the cost of downloading is about .19 cents per song. This is anywhere from .70 – .80 cents cheaper than the other sources.

I spent the other night downloading and synching well over 300 songs. I might have spent $45 total. That is less than 3 new CDs.

Also, you get a 10% discount on any ‘album’ you purchase. I was able to download full ‘albums’ for anywhere from $1.75 to $2.29 each.

I haven’t bought CDs in years – my ‘lite’ jazz collection is well out of date. I was able to get a large amount of mp3s for a little money.

Also, the other day, I ordered a few ‘accessories’ for the Creative Zen. I ordered an external charger, some cables, plus a nice little unit to sit the Zen in, on my desk. That way, I don’t have to use headphones when at home at the computer working on my genealogy.

One other item – the unit has a built in microphone and FM tuner. Within a few minutes I was able to lock in the local FM music stations I like. Also, I tried out recording a short memo to myself. It only took a second to do. This can come in handy when you think of something, but don’t have a pen and paper handy.

Jackson Reverdy Orrell – Christening #6

While Jackson was taking a little nap, I snapped this photo of my (1st) cousins, Phyllis (Orrell) Gettier and Mary Lynn (Jahnigan) Bunting.

From a genealogical perspective, they are Jackson’s ‘first cousins, twice removed’.


Jackson Reverdy Orrell – Christening # 11

Here one final photo from Jackson’s christening with the Orrell family.


Jackson Reverdy Orrell – Christening # 11

Here one final photo from Jackson’s christening with the Orrell family.


Jackson Reverdy Orrell – Christening #10

Here’s a photo of Mary (Orrell) Jahnigan holding her great – grand nephew, Jackson


Jackson Reverdy Orrell – Christening #10

Here’s a photo of Mary (Orrell) Jahnigan holding her great – grand nephew, Jackson


Jackson Reverdy Orrell – Christening #9

Here’s another photo from Jackson’s christening of Reb, Sara, Jackson, and godparents, Lori and Brent.