The Telegraphing Canary In The Mine

My old friend called me from New York at midnight last. She asked me how I was doing. I told her I was “despressed”……….

“Because the canary in the mine – died!”

I told her the college scandal has let my daughter out of the Kryptonite proof box, and I’ dying of an overdose of neon-green ignorance.

“They just passed a law here in Oregon where school-beings have to be taught about Autzwitz. It turns out two-thirds of students never heard of this place.”

I talked about my letter to Ed Ray, Phil Knight, and my ex-friend, Mark Gall, a Harvard graduate who was the head of the Department of Education at the UofO.

“He wrote the definitive book on how to educate educators who educate the Children of the Elite!”

My friend was born on Beacon Hill and went to the finest schools. She went to Mills College in Oakland, a all girl’s school. Lately, she has become a Elite Trump Hater, who has dossiers on poor people of color who are invading our borders to get a free hand-out. I refrained from talking about the old world canary in the mine, being, Brexit has destroyed the British Empire, to the delight of Putin – and Trump – who strikes a blow against Boing and American Ingenuity.

Trump declared once again that the Democrats are FOR crime. Hitler said the same thing about the Jews. In the same breath he makes insane cuts in our Social Safety Net. Trump is an expert in pitting the poor against the poor, and the rich against the poor, that has led to HISTORIC mass uprisings and revolutions. Add to this the idea that the rich do not go to jail, then, the fuse is lit. Ignorance, Prejudice, and Hatred – work! Violence -nears!

I refrained from telling my friend of fifty-five years, her president is masterfully preaching ANTI-INTILECTUALISM, but, she would deny it, and we would be in a fight. Why do millions of bright and intelligent Americans want to HATE smart people? Find out who Trump’s living mentor is. He has a Svengali hiding behind the Racist Curtain. These women got the message! This mother  is – A PIMP!

“Being smart is for suckers!”

“I found out Samuel Morse wanted to marry my kin, Jeannette Hart. I didn’t know Morse was an artist – and Jeanette was a writer! I can’t handle the truth my daughter and her family don’t give a shit. She was schooled by her drunken aunt Linda who she titled a “Gold-digger” – with pride! These actresses have raised their daughters to be Gold-diggers – with fake degrees, fraudulent pedigrees! They don’t want to be labeled ‘Common Party Sluts’. My daughter was their Complete Sexy Doll. Somehow, their chance to be Totally Alluring and Sexy, was taken from the by their abusive father.”

After declaring a TRADE WAR on half the world, Donald ‘The Abusive Lump’ takes a crack at the victims of a plane crash – to knock ALL technology.  Rather that express remorse at the loss of life, Trump takes an opportunity to open up even further, and reveal what a stupid, inept, and dangerous leader he is. Sexy women don’t mind if he was an Artful Pussy Grabber. We are getting a hint why. These mother’s want some swank college man, from a wealthy family, grabbing their daughter’s pussy, verses some poor sleaze-ball!

Samuel Morse, turns in his grave! He went for The Gold when he tried to get in Jeanette’s pants via a old fashioned Puritan marriage. She was a Blue Ribbon catch that would have furthered his career. That’s him with medals given to him by world leaders for his invention. Morse, was America’s first Einstein – and Leonardo Da Vinci. There was a New England Renaissance, and the Knickerbocker School. The Hart home was a salon. The poet, Osbert Burr Loomis, was a guest. He wrote a poem about the American Flag, which our President shot full of holes. The parents of these Ignorant Brats – shat all over our flag! Consider the GI Loans, that were given to soldiers who liberated the victims of Autswitz. Real Equality took a – HUGE HIT! We may never recover! The Grand Canary in the Mine – is dead! Turns out it was a caged Bald eagle! Who knew!

One of my heroes is W.C. Fields. I read his biography. He grew up in the real College of Hard-knocks, and juggled before Royalty. He worked in a carney, where the No.1 rule was/is………

“You can’t cheat an honest man!”

The object was to get honest men to be dishonest, so you can make their money, your money! Would not they want to do into you, the same? What a sucker will do for a free gold fish their daughter will name Cleo.

How a shyster and Flim-flam Man worked these prestigious universities, and these wealthy parents, is worth a study by real educators. However, it will be a best seller in three months, and a movie in five. Dickens and Irving would do this story justice. How about Disney?

CNN did a bit about Trump singing Bibles, and, not able to name his favorite verse after he claims he reads his Bible like no other. Trump and his church buddies are handing certificates of artificial self-righteousness, that go with this the costly artificial intelligence, and fake golden sports talented bodies to go with. One mother paid $500,000 dollars to get he daughter in the faux sports side door, while wealthy-man Trump is going to force food stamp recipients to work twenty hours a week, to make sure no poor slob is getting a free lunch – and pass!

What this does to White Women’s Liberation is still to be calculated! Black women who found no side door open to them, and who won seats in Congress, are being called dangerous, un-American – SOCIALISTS! These liberated un-American white women took part in a bogus charity that eluded the IRS who use our taxes to keep millions of non-white people from falling out of the race, falling between the cracks, and falling in with poor revolutionaries – who have nothing to lose! And, who is to blame used to be debatable! This reeks of Maire Antionette’s memorable utterance;

“Let them eat cake!”

I bet you the Women in White will launch a Congressional Investigation. During the Depression W.C. Fields championed The Poor by laying into The Rich. Te line;

“How’s your ping-pong?”

Is applicable to the Side Door Scandal.

“Playing ping-pong got me into Yale! And, I never picked up a paddle!”

Jack Armstrong died yesterday. How many others? La Garrett Blount was my neighbor, who helped me carry a mattress upstairs. While all this deceit was going down, La Garrette was in trouble. He earned three Super bowl Rings – the hard way!

Trump should be given a Bible quiz by Franklin Graham who may have had backroom chats with Paul Manafort, who was sentenced to jail for conduction a UNFAIR RACE? Was Graham able to tell Paul was a Liar and Shyster? Did he warn our President?

John Presco

Let them eat cake” is the traditional translation of the French phrase “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche“, supposedly spoken by “a great princess” upon learning that the peasants had no bread. Since brioche was a luxury bread enriched with butter and eggs, the quotation would reflect the princess’s disregard for the peasants, or her poor understanding of their situation.,_the_All-American_Boy 

“Split second decisions are needed, and the complexity creates danger,” Trump tweeted. “All of this for great cost yet very little gain. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot. I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!”

The president’s tweet came as lawmakers were examining the future of the aviation industry during a congressional hearing Tuesday morning.

“I have a hard time interpreting anything the president says,” Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nevada, said after reading the tweet aloud. “I don’t know if this is a knock at Boeing, or if it’s a knock at pilots or if it’s a knock at Einstein, or just that he’s a Luddite and it’s a knock at technology in general. But it doesn’t seem to be the right attitude at this moment.”

The Oregon Senate overwhelmingly approved a measure requiring schools to teach students about the Holocaust and other acts of genocide.

Senators voted 27-0 on Tuesday to include the Holocaust as part of the statewide social studies curriculum. A recent poll found that two-thirds of American millennials surveyed could not identify what Auschwitz is.

Only 10 states require some level of Holocaust and genocide education in the classroom. Chief sponsor of the bill Sen. Rob Wagner, D-Lake Oswego, said that more education is needed to combat the “recent increase in anti-Semitic violence and hate speech” across the country.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has stated that “Nobody reads the Bible more than me.”

Trump, who recently won a third state primary, this time in Nevada, has become known for his comments about the Bible, some of which have garnered criticism.

The Christian Post reports that Trump previously said that the Bible was his favorite book, but refused to cite a favorite verse of Scripture. Later, he said that his favorite Bible verse was “never bend to envy,” which is not in the Bible.

While speaking at Liberty University, Trump referred to the book of Second Corinthians as “Two Corinthians,” a gaffe which Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins accepted the blame for, remarking, however, that it “shows that he’s [Trump’s] not familiar with Bible.”


Flag of the brave! Thy folds shall fly,
The sign of hope and triumph high!
When speaks the signal trumpet tone,
And the long line comes gleaming on,
(Ere yet the life-blood, warm and wet,


Has dimm’d the glistening bayonet,)
Each soldier’s eye shall brightly turn,
To where thy meteor glories burn,
And, as his springing steps advance,
Catch war and vengeance from the glance!

Elite colleges already serve as some of President Donald Trump’s favorite targets. Their fat endowments took a hit in the 2017 GOP tax law. A sweeping admissions cheating and bribery scandal the FBI uncovered Tuesday is the latest blow to the nation’s most expensive and selective American universities, which are also battling allegations of misusing race in deciding who will be invited to enroll.

The charges that were unveiled — that dozens of wealthy and famous parents were able to literally write a check to push their children’s way into some of America’s best schools — are certain to confirm the suspicions of many: that the “tried and true” method to successful college admissions, as the ringleader in the scheme put it, is money. Many colleges enroll more students from the top 1 percent of earners than the bottom 60 percent combined. The frenzied race for admissions took on an ugly aura.

“It just exposed that old secret that money buys a lot,” said Anthony Jack, an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “We have this understanding that to make it into these places is somehow about how much work you’ve done or how much you’ve expressed yourself through test scores or essays or extracurriculars. It really is not. Rich people, especially rich white citizens, have been doing this for a long time. This is just very public.”

Hart Family

The Hart Plot adjacent to the Yale Boulder lot in the front of the cemetery is the largest family plot in Cypress.  The map at left shows more than five generations of the Harts buried in Cypress starting with Hart patriarch Reverend William Hart and his wife Mary Blague (red plots, center of family plot).  The last Hart that lived in Old Saybrook is Elizabeth Hart Bailey who died in 1977 (tan plot, lower left of family plot).

Mary Blague Hart (foreground), “Priest” Hart immediately behind, Squire Richard Hart and wife Elizabeth in rear

Reverend Hart was a fourth generation Hart in America. His great grandfather Stephen immigrated to Braintree, Massachusetts from Braintree in England in 1632.  It was Stephen Hart and a number of other “adventurers” that made their way overland from the Massachusetts Bay Colony to discover and settle the first Connecticut Colony in the Windsor/Hartford/Wethersfield area.  It was Stephen’s grandson John Hart that moved to Saybrook after attending Harvard College for a few years.  John has the distinction of becoming the first to receive a Bachelor of Art degree from the fledgling Saybrook Collegiate School in 1703.  Reverend William Hart followed his father by graduating from Yale in New Haven (after the collegiate school moved from Saybrook Point in 1717) in 1732.  Four years later, he was called to follow Reverend Azariah Mather as the pastor of the First Church of Christ in Saybrook.

The Hart family is likely the most notable family that lived in Old Saybrook. Many of the town’s historic buildings that were built by some of them as well, like the General William Hart House that serves as the home of the Old Saybrook Historical Society, and the Samuel Hart House located at the intersection of Main Street and Maple Avenue, the Samuel Hart Jr. house mentioned above, and the Grace Episcopal Church, which was built with the financial support of Squire Richard Hart, General William Hart’s son. There were numerous other homes built by the Harts on Main Street that were torn down as time passed. Much could be written about the Hart clan, but for brevity sake, here’s a short “Hart” primer.

The Hart patriarch was Reverend William Hart. He was the fourth generation Hart to live in America – his Great Grandfather Stephen Hart immigrated to Braintree, Massachusetts from Braintree, England.  His father, John Hart, had the distinction of receiving the first Bachelor of Art degree from the fledgling Saybrook Collegiate School on Saybrook Point in 1703.  Twenty nine years later, in 1732, his son William Hart received his degree from Yale in New Haven after the collegiate school left Saybrook for that city in 1717.  The pastorate of Reverend Hart and his successor (and son in law) Reverend Frederick Hotchkiss, together, spanned over 108 years of service to the Congregational Church and community. Reverend Hart and his wife Mary Blague lived in a house on Main Street that was torn down in the 1930s to make way for Old Saybrook’s Catholic Church on Main Street.  The Harts had nine children including oldest son General William Hart, next youngest Samuel Hart and youngest son Elisha Hart. Oldest daughter Sarah Hart Jarvis – said to be a “free spirit and quite opinionated woman” – was divorced from her preacher husband, an unusual occurrence in those days. Another son, Joseph Hart, was an influential merchant and business man who got caught up in a significant financial scandal. After leaving Old Saybrook, he met his demise falling overboard from a ship while at sea. Youngest daughter, Amelia, was married to the aforementioned Reverend Hotchkiss.  With the exception of Ann Hart (who married Commodore Isaac Hull and was buried with him in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia) and Joseph Hart, are buried in Cypress.

General William Hart

General Hart, along with being a war hero, was a successful merchant who owned numerous ships. He was also a land speculator who was a major investor in the purchase of land in what was known as the Connecticut Western Reserve in western Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio. Hart made his fortune in shipping and land speculation. His only son, Squire Richard Hart, himself a successful merchant, eventually attained a combined wealth of almost a half million dollars, an incredible fortune in those days. Squire Hart’s only son, Richard Jr., died at only 10 years of age, so the fortune was split among Richard’s three daughters. Richard’s stately home was located at the corner of Main Street and the Old Post Road across the street from the Old Saybrook Firehouse. Richard, his wife Elizabeth, Richard Junior and several of the daughters are buried in Cypress.

Elisha Hart Family Plot

Elisha Hart and his wife Janette McCurdy eventually moved into Reverend Hart’s house on Main Street and there raised seven “beautiful” daughters who were known by many for many interesting reasons. Daughter Jeannette was quite the social butterfly and was said to have had a “fling” with Simon Bolivar of South America during one of her many travels with her sister Ann. Some suggest that this never happened, however. Daughter Ann was married to Commodore Isaac Hull, commander of the USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) and, together with Jeannette, traveled the world during missions of the Constitution (immediately after Hull’s retirement, the US government passed a law prohibiting such family accompaniment on missions). Jeannette and Ann were also known to have an interest in Cypress Cemetery. In order to get permission to bury Leah Lathrop Hart, the Hart family “slave”, in the fenced in Hart family plot in Cypress (photo at right), the sisters purchased the black wrought iron fence that marks the College Street boundary of the cemetery as an enticement to the powers-that-be.  The wrought iron fence around the family plot was installed at the same time. Leah was said to have been buried in the plot, but those cemetery “powers” required that it be without an inscribed marker. A marked grave in the Hart family plot for Leah’s two year old daughter, Fanny, would suggest that Leah is indeed buried there as well.

At about that same time, Jeannette – said to be a converted catholic – decided to hire a stone cutter to inscribe the tombstone of Lady Fenwick, which for the first two hundred years, lay unmarked. Unfortunately, the date of death that she had inscribed was 1648, three years after Lady Alice was said to have passed in 1645. In addition, Jeannette had a cross inscribed on the tombstone which upset many because the cross was more a Catholic symbol than one used by the conservative Congregationalists. Lady Alice Fenwick was a Congregationalist.

With the exception of Ann Hart Hull and Joseph Hart, all of the Harts mentioned and many more are buried in Cypress Cemetery.

Samuel Finley Breese Morse, OIC (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of the Morse code and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy.

Samuel F. B. Morse was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, the first child of the pastor Jedidiah Morse (1761–1826), who was also a geographer, and his wife Elizabeth Ann Finley Breese (1766–1828).[1] His father was a great preacher of the Calvinist faith and supporter of the American Federalist party. He thought it helped preserve Puritan traditions (strict observance of Sabbath, among other things), and believed in the Federalist support of an alliance with Britain and a strong central government. Morse strongly believed in education within a Federalist framework, alongside the instillation of Calvinist virtues, morals, and prayers for his first son.

After attending Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, Samuel Morse went on to Yale College to receive instruction in the subjects of religious philosophy, mathematics, and science of horses. While at Yale, he attended lectures on electricity from Benjamin Silliman and Jeremiah Day and was a member of the Society of Brothers in Unity. He supported himself by painting. In 1810, he graduated from Yale with Phi Beta Kappa honors.


Self-portrait of Morse in 1812 (National Portrait Gallery)

Morse expressed some of his Calvinist beliefs in his painting, Landing of the Pilgrims, through the depiction of simple clothing as well as the people’s austere facial features. His image captured the psychology of the Federalists; Calvinists from England brought to North America ideas of religion and government, thus linking the two countries.[citation needed] This work attracted the attention of the notable artist, Washington Allston. Allston wanted Morse to accompany him to England to meet the artist Benjamin West. Allston arranged—with Morse’s father—a three-year stay for painting study in England. The two men set sail aboard the Libya on July 15, 1811.

In England, Morse perfected his painting techniques under Allston’s watchful eye; by the end of 1811, he gained admittance to the Royal Academy. At the Academy, he was moved by the art of the Renaissance and paid close attention to the works of Michelangelo and Raphael. After observing and practicing life drawing and absorbing its anatomical demands, the young artist produced his masterpiece, the Dying Hercules. (He first made a sculpture as a study for the painting.)

Dying Hercules, Morse’s early masterpiece

To some, the Dying Hercules seemed to represent a political statement against the British and also the American Federalists. The muscles symbolized the strength of the young and vibrant United States versus the British and British-American supporters. During Morse’s time in Britain, the Americans and British were engaged in the War of 1812. Both societies were conflicted over loyalties. Anti-Federalist Americans aligned themselves with the French, abhorred the British, and believed a strong central government to be inherently dangerous to democracy.

As the war raged on, Morse’s letters to his parents became more anti-Federalist in tone. In one such letter, Morse wrote:

I assert … that the Federalists in the Northern States have done more injury to their country by their violent opposition measures than a French alliance could. Their proceedings are copied into the English papers, read before Parliament, and circulated through their country, and what do they say of them … they call them [Federalists] cowards, a base set, say they are traitors to their country and ought to be hanged like traitors.[2]

Jonas Platt, New York politician, by Morse. Oil on canvas, 1828, Brooklyn Museum.

Although Jedidiah Morse did not change Samuel’s political views, he continued as an influence. Critics believe that the elder Morse’s Calvinist ideas are integral to Morse’s Judgment of Jupiter, another significant work completed in England. Jupiter is shown in a cloud, accompanied by his eagle, with his hand spread above the parties and he is pronouncing judgment. Marpessa, with an expression of compunction and shame, is throwing herself into the arms of her husband. Idas, who tenderly loved Marpessa, is eagerly rushing forward to receive her while Apollo stares with surprise.

Critics have suggested that Jupiter represents God’s omnipotence—watching every move that is made. Some call the portrait a moral teaching by Morse on infidelity. Although Marpessa fell victim, she realized that her eternal salvation was important and desisted from her wicked ways. Apollo shows no remorse for what he did but stands with a puzzled look. Many American paintings throughout the early nineteenth century had religious themes, and Morse was an early exemplar of this. Judgment of Jupiter allowed Morse to express his support of Anti-Federalism while maintaining his strong spiritual convictions. Benjamin West sought to present the Jupiter at another Royal Academy exhibition, but Morse’s time had run out. He left England on August 21, 1815, to return to the United States and begin his full-time career as a painter.

The decade 1815–1825 marked significant growth in Morse’s work, as he sought to capture the essence of America’s culture and life. He painted the Federalist former President John Adams (1816). The Federalists and Anti-Federalists clashed over Dartmouth College. Morse painted portraits of Francis Brown—the college’s president—and Judge Woodward (1817), who was involved in bringing the Dartmouth case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Morse maintained a studio at 94 Tradd St., Charleston, South Carolina, for a short period.

Morse also sought commissions among the elite of Charleston, South Carolina. Morse’s 1818 painting of Mrs. Emma Quash symbolized the opulence of Charleston. The young artist was doing well for himself. Between 1819 and 1821, Morse went through great changes in his life, including a decline in commissions due to the Panic of 1819. Unable to stop the rift within Calvinism, his father was forced to resign from his ministerial position, which he had held for three decades. The new branch that formed was the Congregational Unitarians, Morse considered them to be anti-Federalists, as their beliefs were related to religious salvation.

Although Samuel Morse respected his father’s religious opinions, he sympathized with the Unitarians. Among the converts to Unitarianism were the prominent Pickerings of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, whom Morse had painted. Some critics thought his sympathies represented his own anti-Federalism. Morse was commissioned to paint President James Monroe in 1820. He embodied Jeffersonian democracy by favoring the common man over the aristocrat.

Morse had moved to New Haven. His commissions for The House of Representatives (1821) and a portrait of the Marquis de Lafayette (1825) engaged his sense of democratic nationalism.[citation needed] The House of Representatives was designed to capitalize on the success of François Marius Granet‘s The Capuchin Chapel in Rome, which toured the United States extensively throughout the 1820s, attracting audiences[3] willing to pay the 25-cent admission fee.

The Chapel of the Virgin at Subiaco, 1830

The artist chose to paint the House of Representatives, in a similar way, with careful attention to architecture and dramatic lighting. He also wished to select a uniquely American topic that would bring glory to the young nation. His subject did just that, showing American democracy in action. He traveled to Washington D.C. to draw the architecture of the new Capitol and placed eighty individuals within the painting. He chose to portray a night scene, balancing the architecture of the Rotunda with the figures, and using lamplight to highlight the work. Pairs of people, those who stood alone, individuals bent over their desks working, were each painted simply but with faces of character. Morse chose nighttime to convey that Congress’ dedication to the principles of democracy transcended day.

The House of Representatives failed to draw a crowd when exhibited in New York City in 1823. By contrast, John Trumbull’s Declaration of Independence had won popular acclaim a few years earlier. Viewers may have felt that the architecture of The House of Representatives overshadows the individuals, making it hard to appreciate the drama of what was happening.

Morse was honored to paint the Marquis de Lafayette, the leading French supporter of the American Revolution. He felt compelled to paint a grand portrait of the man who helped to establish a free and independent America. He features Lafayette against a magnificent sunset. He has positioned Lafayette to the right of three pedestals: one has a bust of Benjamin Franklin, another of George Washington, and the third seems reserved for Lafayette. A peaceful woodland landscape below him symbolized American tranquility and prosperity as it approached the age of fifty. The developing friendship between Morse and Lafayette and their discussions of the Revolutionary War affected the artist after his return to New York City.

In 1826, he helped found the National Academy of Design in New York City. He served as the Academy’s President from 1826 to 1845 and again from 1861 to 1862.

From 1830 to 1832, Morse traveled and studied in Europe to improve his painting skills, visiting Italy, Switzerland, and France. During his time in Paris, he developed a friendship with the writer James Fennimore Cooper.[4] As a project, he painted miniature copies of 38 of the Louvre‘s famous paintings on a single canvas (6 ft. x 9 ft), which he entitled The Gallery of the Louvre. He completed the work upon his return to the United States.

On a subsequent visit to Paris in 1839, Morse met Louis Daguerre. He became interested in the latter’s daguerreotype—the first practical means of photography.[5] Morse wrote a letter to the New York Observer describing the invention, which was published widely in the American press and provided a broad awareness of the new technology.[6]

Some of Morse’s paintings and sculptures are on display at his Locust Grove estate in Poughkeepsie, New York.[7]

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