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March 06, 2019



Long time ago, down from Kennedy boulevard,


Kind of discouraging:



jim nj,

We loved taking the Staten Island ferry. Wonderful
senic view of NY and NJ. So happy daddy was
able to do that.
Those wonderful memories will be with you forever.
Hold them close to your heart.


jim nj

When I taught 2nd grade in NYC, one of the favorite trips was the Staten Island Ferry. We would take the subway down and make the voyage. Favorite question - "Are we back in America now?" A marvelous trip especially in the spring, but always well worth it.



Would it be accurate to say that true communism and true laissez faire economics have never been tried?


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Dave (in MA)

Jim, I tried posting it twice. Both times it told me I posted successfully, and the post never appeared.


That's the the no true scotsman fallacy, revolution has not occurred in a first world country, east Germany was an imported enterprise, Russia and China were heavily feudal.

Dave (in MA)

And it just happened again, screenshot forthcoming.

Dave (in MA)



Try posting "shyster" at Patterico.


A new character from captain marvel.

Strawman Cometh

So sad. daddy provided so much joy.


What about France?

Would a rendezvous in the Rocky Mountains ca 1800 something be a small scale example of Laissez faire economics?


Posted by: kiwinews | March 06, 2019 at 10:29 PM

Hey kiwinews, thanks for stopping in. It's good to know there are more readers out there who appreciated daddy and PUK. Hope you'll consider chiming in from time to time.


No because it was feudal as well, we tried land reform strategies in Vietnam and later el Salvador, to speed up development but more often than broke the middle class support base.


Also good to see so many names from the recent and distant past stopping in to remember daddy. I won't mention names because I'm sure I'll leave some out. And I hope it doesn't sound like I'm saying there's an upside to this loss, it just makes it a bit less horrible.


Yes, jimmyk.


It just goes to show the impact he had on our lives, this varied community that tm has enabled,

Dave (in MA)
Try posting "shyster" at Patterico
Howzabout Nifong Junior?

In fact, some of the paramilitaries attacked members of the aid mission, precisely because they saw the writing on the wall


Those are ex?? Military and police, what the left dub 'death squads'

jim nj

Long again.

So Daddy and I are on the ferry. We've discussed the somewhat miraculous rebirth of Jersey City with the newly built upon railheads. We've talked about Ellis Island and the talk turned to the early history of New Netherland.

Daddy had been reading

which I recommend highly, as I've also read it. So we're talking about the distribution of people. New Amsterdam was the trading post connecting back to the old world, but most of the population was much further up the North River, as the Hudson was once known, up near the Beverwyck (now Albany) area where beaver pelts could be had or people were scattered in small villages all the way back down to New Amsterdam. And the peoples varied by nationality - Swedes, Dutch, French, Irish, English and much more. They all came for economic freedom not religious freedom. So most of the settlers are in what we now think of as upstate. But Pavonia in present day Jersey city was settled almost at the same time as New Amsterdam.

I mean we're both history buffs so we had a lot to talk about on the way to Staten Island. I'm just giving you an abbreviated sense of how the conversation was going. We were both having a good time talking about the early history and going off on relevant digressions.

So we arrive at Staten Island. Everyone has to debark. Daddy and I head for the waiting room and there's a huge crowd because a ferry is going to depart shortly. We board and go up to the 2nd level right which is now facing Brooklyn.

Most of what you can see of Brooklyn is low rise development until you get closer to Manhattan. The photos below of the skyline are closer to Manhattan. I don't want to fool anyone. Most of Brooklyn is residential and built at lower scale.


And we start discussing shipping as we watch Brooklyn roll by. In colonial times the Hudson was the highway. If you wanted to go upriver it was the only effective means to do so in a timely fashion. So there would have been many boats moving people and goods up and down the river.Even nmre so in the 18th and 19th centuries. Manhattan and Brooklyn were virtually surrounded by piers. Not so much anymore, and I discussed Port Newark and Port Elizabeth with him. so we're mainly stuck on shipping because you don't see a lot of ships on the Hudson today. Most of the traffic is Ferries across the East and Hudson Rivers. Some barges and oil lighters

Here I pause for a shout-out to JIB and his friend Arthur

He Left the trucking business and bought lots of vacant property, old factories, railyards. etc. And became a visionary on what the Jersey side of the river ought to look like.

And to help lure Manhattanites over he started a ferry service.

So as we're finishing up on shipping and I told Daddy that Govenours Island would be coming up soon so we started talking about that, lots of history there.

The official site


Fort Jay

And Castle William, which really catches your eye, and was part of the harbor defenses.

So forts on Ellis Island, Bledsoes Island, Govenours Island, I don't know where else, and Castle Clinton in Battery Park which I will talk of since Daddy and I debarked the ferry and headed for Battery Park next.

More to come as we explore Battery Park and more.

jim nj

Oh, a little tidbit about Ellis Island that I discussed with Daddy. When they set the border between NY and NJ any island that could be circumnavigated in 24 hours belonged to NY. That's why Staten Island isn't part of NJ even though it's closer to NJ than NY. So Bledsoes and Ellis islands were also NY islands.

Jersey got its' revenge in the late 20th century. Fill was used to expand Ellis Island and a Federal Judge ruled that that part of the island hadn't been circumnavigated all those years ago. So the part of the island built with fill belonged to NJ.


That is fascinating Jim nj


Confirmed, Dave(MA).
If you break dindunuffin into two parts then TypePad won't print it.


The word dindu by itself is OK.


The word nuffin by itself is OK.

Dave (in MA)

Nuffin dindu

Dave (in MA)

D. N. is apparently a racist phrase and is cause for banning on some sites. Hoo noo?


It IS great! Now are you going to come to the meet-up?

Posted by: MissMarple2 | March 06, 2019 at 09:57 PM

I will move Heaven and Earth and make freezer space for rye bread (sorry keto friends).


Jim, I tried posting it twice. Both times it told me I posted successfully, and the post never appeared.

Posted by: Dave (in MA) | March 06, 2019 at 11:31 PM

Maybe it's geosensitive like when you try to bring up certain websites in China.


Resistance Is Feudal


Posted by: jim nj | March 07, 2019 at 01:10 AM

Have you ever seen the island where they kept Typhoid Mary? As far as I know they don't allow people to poke around there.

In 1915, Mallon started another major outbreak, this time at Sloane Hospital for Women in New York City. 25 people were infected, and two died. She again left, but the police were able to find and arrest her when she brought food to a friend on Long Island. After arresting her, public health authorities returned her to quarantine on North Brother Island on March 27, 1915. She was still unwilling to have her gallbladder removed.


I don't know about Sarah Palin leading to Donald Trump but has anyone ever compared John McCain to Winston Churchill? We probably dodged a homicidal maniac with that guy. The power of the executive in his hateful corrupt hands.

jim nj


Now a bird sanctuary for herons and other wading shorebirds, the island is currently abandoned and off-limits to the public.

North Brother Island where Typhoid Mary resided is restricted. Most of the East River Islands have dark early histories. Asylums, hospitals foe communicable diseases, prisons, potters field.


jim nj, I am enjoying your sharing with us your time with daddy. God bless you both.

jim nj

Most of those islands weren't used for residential purposes.


Has some population, but lots of institutions past and present.


Is of course the main NYC jail and a psychiatric institution.


Technically not an East River island is the city's potters field.


Roosevelt Island is mainly residential, but was used by institutions in an earlier life. AKA "Welfare" Island.

If you are familiar with the NIMBY process it is easy to understand why these islands became populated with disliked facilities.

jim nj


I hope to give the full tour over the next few days as a travelogue with some insight as to what Daddy and I were experiencing and talking about.

jim nj



Thanks Jim! My mother was born on Governors Island.


BaldingsWorld's avatar
Kim Jong Balding @BaldingsWorld
Seriously do Chinese businesses think about what comes out of their mouth? Assume the NSA has Huawei source code, you think they are just guessing then about what Huawei is doing?


jim nj


You're welcome, was she an Army brat?

Can somebody repost my two posts for the day crowd, in case they missed them. I have a third post ready, but need to proofread it first. I'm way to tired to do it now.


Jim, yes. Army brat. My grandfather was posted at Pickatinny Arsenal in WWI, not sure where he was posted when mom was born.


Thanks jim for sharing that and also thanks for the cleanup since I turned my computer off.


and https://www.livingcities.org/blog/1281-what-does-racial-equity-inclusion-look-like-for-you give some idea on current philanthropic priorities.

pin-no, true communism has never been tried and is usually misexplained. China, russia, NK, and cuba all lacked the technological base marx wrote about as supposedly enabling the Human Devt Society where "from each according to his ability to each according to his needs" could be operationalized. The UN's 2030 Agenda, properly interpreted, is the HDS vision.

Laissez faire is, like capitalism, almost always used as a term of disparagement on the need to plan outcomes in an economy. The term is French because it was created there by entrepreneurs reacting to the dirigisme Mercantilist French orientation compared to the English in the 18th and 19th centuries. The entrepreneurs created the term to say "we are the ones with the knowledge of what will work and what is desired. Let us do it."

Very different sense from how the term is used now.


jim nj, I look forward to your travel log future posts. I've been to NYC a dozen times and passed through NJ going somewhere else. I've never been able to enjoy the experience; too much humanity gets me edgy and looking forward to them being in the rear view mirror. There's so much history and heritage that I enjoy learning about when I'm physically not there. Still I greatly appreciate your sharing about your home ground.

Robin, eff 'em all

JimNJ, love the Manhattan history. Thinking about the surrounding islands being forts brings it to life.

For a laugh this morning, check out this post about a rapper who identified as a woman long enough to break the UK women’s deadlift record.


Also, we’re going to be in New Orleans for two days next month and could use a couple don’t miss things to do. I have some ideas and we’ll be traveling with our tween, but confirmation would be great. We like art and being outside and eating along the way. Nobody in our house is good at late nights.

Thanks in advance!


jim nj,

Thank you so much for those posts about your time with daddy in New York. U enjoyed imagining you two talking while on the ferry, and since I have only been through New York while switching planes, I learned a lot about New York City history.


Robin, I've heard great things about the The National WW II Museum.

Ralph L

I don't remember that NJ skyline when we were on the Hoboken shoreline in 2000, but then the Towers made everything else look small.



Sanders, Warren, and Harris.


I posted this video yesterday. I am pleased to see the RNC promoting it. Crenshaw is definitely a star. Video at the link.

MUST WATCH: This exchange between @RepDanCrenshaw and @SecNielsen where they deconstruct and rebut the Democrat’s arguments on illegal immigration and border security. pic.twitter.com/E62v2vrMlr

— GOP (@GOP) March 7, 2019


daddy's knowledge of early American history was broad and deep.

I only had to mention that there was a rumor of a native American in my family named "granny hopper" and he told me the whole story of my 7th great grandfather born in 1641.

He didn't have to research it. He know the history of the top of his head. What are the odds of that?

daddy was a walking encyclopedia!


A headline daddy would have loved:


"4 Canadian wolves air-dropped in US national park to deal with moose"



Elizabeth's, in the Bywater, for breakfast is a must. Get the Fried Green Tomatoes, not to be missed.

Acme Oyster House off Bourbon Street. Get them Roasted, their speciality.

Across the street from Pesche, Auction House Market, a mini Food Court of the best of NOLA. Great stop while walking.

La Petit Grocery or Shama off Magazine St, make reservations well in advance.

Use Open Table app for easiest access.

Make reservations and prepay for tickets to Preservation Hall Jazz, now.

More can be found here: https://nola.eater.com/

Splurge on a historic boat ride? It's a PT Boat!

They re-open in April, I see now.

And the New Orleans Museum of Art is worth a quiet stroll: https://noma.org/

Have not done The Garden District, yet: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60864-d105733-Reviews-Garden_District-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html

But not necessarily at night.

Be safe, and use Uber.

Lastly, when you find a cabby you like, get their card to make a reservation back to the airport, it will save you a ton of time and headache.

(Radio out)



I have long ceased caring about whether Obama is Muslim or not. He was a terrible president who caused a lot of harm to this country, and that is really what I think is important.

However, Jerome Corsi has tracked down this ring and enlarged photos and such, which is, in a way interesting, but also reveals Corsi's obsession.



Thomas Sowell Warns U.S. May Not Resist Calls For Socialism: "I Wouldn't Bet On It"


jim nj, I am re-reading posts from March 5 evening and the wee hours of March 6th. Thank you for the beautiful and detailed ones you posted, and for the accounts of your Monday morning with daddy you 've taken the time to write and share.

And again, thank you for the John Shroeder essay. Interesting timing with all this, your posting that Monday, isn't it?
Reflecting on daddy, the word that comes to mind for me is joy. He sparked joy!
He lived life joyfully, and chose to see the joy in the world.

from the essay, Proverbs:

A joyful heart is good medicine,
But a broken spirit dries up the bones.


You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.



I saw that interview Jim. It was indeed frightening.

Robin, eff 'em all

Thank you, Melinda!


jim_nj, thanks for your posts on the day with daddy, and for your kind words about the Sunday meet-up. It was great meeting you, and sorry it was relatively brief. Of course in retrospect I wish I'd hung out longer, but I had a busy day coming up on Monday.


Looking for travel advice in NorCal.
In April, with the kid on a school trip to D.C., Mrs NorCal and I are planning a two day trip.

For sure we'll sleep one night in Big Sur and walk Pfeiffer Beach.
But the other night is open. We could pick Half Moon Bay, Carmel, Monterey, Santa Cruz ... we've never eaten at Nepenthe, have you? Other recommendations for activities that should not be missed?

Sammy Small

What a shock losing Daddy. His comments and stories here were a joy to read. I never met him, but his ability to convey such a wide ranging knowledge in such an easy to understand manner captivated my attention and my admiration. I felt as if he could have been a close friend if we had crossed actual paths along life's way. I pray for his daughters and family who must be devastated by this loss.



Axios is seemingly convinced that Trump is the big scandal. I really think they are in for an unpleasant surprise.

Thanks to ChiTown for alerting me to this story.

Sammy Small

The sudden loss of someone that you admire is tough. The news of Daddy's passing was stunning for me. I would say it affected me at the JOM scale similar to the what I felt with the loss of Andrew Breitbart at a national scale.


In 2017, FBI personnel were running FISA queries on other FBI personnel.

This thread discusses it:




Ralph L

I was conceived in Carmel. I believe there's a monument and museum.



Philip Klein discusses how Clyburn defends Omar, essentially giving her a free pass to persecute others for their religion because she went through hard times in Somalia.

What's interesting to me is how desperate the democrats are to avoid ostracizing Omar. Why? She's a freshman member from a district in Minnesota and should have little clout. Why are they afraid of her?


Sammy, interesting comparison, but I feel an accurate one on scale.
Daddy's death creates a huge void on JOM. I was starting to feel like that cafe across from Notre Dame was my regular hangout place in Paris!
And as "we all are Breibart" was what was needed then, "we all are daddy" can help us all carry on and address our loss. He is irreplacible, but his spirit, his love of life, his kindness can live through us. Yesterday, I already thought "what would daddy do?" IRT a situation, and definitely chose well based on that.


Because they hate Jews like the British labour party, and like the socialists that's why mitterands vichy ties went down the memory hole.


Philip Klein discusses how Clyburn defends Omar, essentially giving her a free pass to persecute others for their religion because she went through hard times in Somalia.

Christians went through hard times in Europe before leaving to come here and in many cases face even harder times creating this country (yes Obama, we built this, as far as the eye can see).

I don't recall them being given a pass to persecute other religious groups. Yes it happened, but history has not treated that behavior kindly.

How many times do we have to repeat the same mistake?


She was in the bureaucrat class of thr Siad barre regime, theres no excuse.


That explains a lot:



MEL, Felix's, nearly directly across from ACME on IBERVILLE and BOURBON.

Best PO-BOY in NOLA.



James D.

From MM's link2 8:34

The article quotes Clyburn as saying, “There are people who tell me, ‘Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.’ ‘My parents did this.’ It’s more personal with her ... I’ve talked to her, and I can tell you she is living through a lot of pain.”

That statement right there ought to disqualify Clyburn not only from a seat in Congress, but from participation in general society at all.


Jim in NJ, thank you so much for this travelogue. I know daddy must have loved it. Having seen some of these sights a year ago it feels fresh to me.

Hello to all the lurkers and occasional commenters. It is so nice to see you and read your thoughts about daddy.

henry, my best friend's FIL grew up on Governor's Island. He is in his early 70s now, I think. Irish family, many siblings. Perhaps his family and your mother's crossed paths.





That was a wonderful comment about daddy's joy.

I am going to try to take that to heart.


New Orleans - in the Quarter we always go to Cafe du Monde for beignets and coffee and Central Grocery for muffalettas (the line moves quickly and the sandwiches do not require refrigeration, in fact they are best after a few hours).

You can sit in Jackson Square and enjoy your muffalettas. Do cross the street and take a closer look at the river at some point.

Take the St. Charles streetcar up St. Charles Avenue and you can see the beautiful homes with Mardi Gras beads still in the trees along the boulevards.

Tulane University is on the line, and Audubon Park, and the haunted Columns Hotel where there is a lovely old paneled bar inside, or you can sit on the veranda for cocktails. The movie Pretty Baby with Brooke Shields was filmed there.

Get off the streetcar at Carrollton and have lunch at Camellia Grill, a classic old lunch counter - a little shabby but that's how it's supposed to be. There is a French Quarter location, too.

We also love to have Pimms Cups at Napoleon House in the Quarter.

The WWII museum is fantastic.

My favorite thing about New Orleans is the street names. Best in the world IMO. Especially if you take the St. Charles streetcar as described. I never get tired of looking at them.

Sure, much of the above is touristy, but it gives you a sense of the city.


Clybourn is a typical black politician. He has all the VICTIM SHIT down to a T.

Black Drivelage.

He relates to all of the OPPRESSED who are not WHITE.


Cuba was the country that blocked the st. Louis entry and subsequently one of one seven that voted against Israel's recognition in 1947, would I use that as an excuse?


Porch, my grandfather was never based there, it was the nearest Army hospital for the birth. Plus she's a bit older, I've seen pictures of her with my grandfather reviewing troops in Chicago pre-WWII (he was 6th Service Commander then). In those pics she had a "uniform" fit for a six year old girl. My nieces all got to wear that uniform when they turned 6.



Highly detailed article with a timeline and examples of how his testimony was false.

Recommend bookmarking it for reference.


It's very consoling to have so many JOMers write to mourn daddy--all these familiar names and others who don't post very often (post more!). It really is a loving community.


Guess what today is?

World Book Day! I cannot think of books without thinking of daddy.

I never heard him mention a kindle. I think he agreed with me and preferred the "real thing!"


Cool, henry. I would love to see that little uniform.

Jim Eagle

Great travelogue by JimNJ.

As an Air Force brat, I stayed a week on Governor's Island as my Dad awaited further orders, which took us up to Plattsburg to start a new SAC base. Later in life, I got a chance to play the golf course on the island.

I am surprised Jim didn't mention the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail System that runs from Bayonne on the Southern terminus to Englewood Hospital at the Northern terminus. 17 miles, 24 stations. How I met the great Arthur Imperatore, Sr., and to this day a dear friend, who at 93 goes to work every day at the Port Imperial ferry terminal.

Governor's Island is open to the public between May and September. Worth the visit if ever in NYC. Ferries run from Manhattan, and from Brooklyn. A lot of historic buildings, including Castle Williams one of most unique fortifications designed for artillery fire on 3 levels.


P.S. - my avatar is a New Orleans gas street lamp.



Amazing coincidence, World Book Day.

I also remember he preferred the real thing. I


Jim in Sunnyvale, my brother and SIL stay in Big Sur every January. They like the very quaint Deetjen's Inn for lodging, Nepenthe for drinks and the view, and the restaurant at the Mission Ranch Hotel in Carmel for dinner and more drinks and more view.

I hear Point Lobos National Reserve is also worth a trip.


Donald J. Trump
‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump
9m9 minutes ago

It was not a campaign contribution, and there were no violations of the campaign finance laws by me. Fake News!

I have no idea what this is about. Must have been something covered on TV.

Jim Eagle


Not just the real thing but checked-out of his local library. Saves money on bookcases at home:)


Donald J. Trump
‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump
2m2 minutes ago

We are on track to APPREHEND more than one million people coming across the Southern Border this year. Great job by Border Patrol (and others) who are working in a Broken System. Can be fixed by Congress so easily and quickly if only the Democrats would get on board!



True! Boy did I learn a lesson on buying books when I moved. Had to sell about 75% of what I owned, and when I did, I realized most of them were not reference but novels and things I would never read again, anyway!

Jim Eagle

For those going to NYC, I see that there is now a small restaurant, beer garden, and bar on Governor's Island. Don't know if it will be open in late March.



I’m a couple days behind here and just caught up to the news of daddy’s death. What a gut punch. FUCK...

Back much later.


Boy did I learn a lesson on buying books when I moved.

I think the Sciatica I am dealing with was partially the result of moving boxes and boxes of books.

Not much, other than maybe an anvil, that is heavier.



Video. Pretty scary.

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