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Jan '09 Contents

Jan '09 Cover


Family in Six-Part Harmony
By Gert Slabach

Convergence Art Guild
(Grand Opening Show)
By Ed Wilborne

Meet the Brown Brothers
By Michael Ray



South Winds
(New & Improved)

On The Funside
(A Christmas Miracle in Rocky Mount?)
By Amy Hanek

Southside Gardener
(Forcing Bulbs)
By William H. McCaleb

Ask Bubba - Advice
Bubba New Year


Editor's Page
(Sausage & Politics)

V & B Comics
(Verrnack & Blupirk - New Year)

Festivals & Events

Past Issues

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Editor's Page

Sausage and Politics

   The election is long over and the waiting game to see which, if any of the campaign promises will be kept has begun. So I felt it was safe once again to poke a little fun at the political process.

If you like sausages and respect the laws, you should not watch either one being made.

~ Otto von Bismarck

   The following was sent to me by a dear friend (She is actually family, but I like her anyway) who knows my appreciation for putting a positive light on things. Such things are often more amusing when politicians and their spin-doctors get involved.

   AND this is why we call it "POLITICS"

   Judy Wallman, a professional genealogical researcher, discovered that Stephan Dion's, the leader of Canada's Liberal Party, great-great uncle, Robert Dion, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Quebec in 1889. The only known photograph of Dion shows him standing on the gallows. On the back of the picture is this inscription:

   "Robert Dion; horse thief, sent to Quebec Provincial Prison 1883, escaped 1887, robbed the Canadian Pacific Railway six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted, and hanged in 1889.�

   Judy e-mailed Stephan Dion for comments. Dion's staff sent back the following biographical sketch:

   "Robert Dion was a famous horseman in Quebec . His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to service at a government facility, finally taking leave in 1887 to resume his dealings with the railroad. Subsequently, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Dion passed away during an important civic function held in his honour, when the platform on which he was standing collapsed."

   Now that's a great reply!

   And a few more quotes to tickle your political funnybone.

   Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.

~Author Unknown

   Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.

~W.C. Fields

   George Washington is the only president who didn't blame the previous administration for his troubles.

~Author Unknown

   Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

~Ronald Reagan

The letter above has been around in several versions for quite a while, but is still a fun read.
See http://www.snopes.com/politics/humor/horsethief.asp for more on the origins.


WB Carver - Editor/Publisher      


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