Invented by Jos. Peavey around 1850, the peavey grips a log and gives you amazing leverage while trying to cut or move it. I used one – still have it, in fact – when I lived in Bangor with Pal Nancy and our then-one-baby-family in an old farmhouse we heated with six (!) cords of wood each winter. That much wood, you buy it in 20′ lengths and buck it, unless you’re being paid more than newly – minted lawyers are, so I had plenty of occasion to wield it. I think they’d be useful down here now for wrestling with fallen trees in driveways and living rooms, but I’ve never seen one for sale in this area. Still available in Maine, I’m sure, if there’s any lumbering business left alive up there.
Here’s a story on the loss and recovery of Paul Bunyan’s own peavey.
UPDATE: And thanks to Google, I learn that they are still made and are still available for purchase – price has gone up since 1981 but then, they last a long time.
All your vote are belong to us
Self-anointed Black Panther head King Samir Shabazz hints that he’ll join other UN observers in poll watching tomorrow but unlike 2008, he and his gang will leave their batons at home. “This is democracy in action,” crowed retired UN poll watcher Jimmy Carter. “King Shabaz is relieving us of the White Man’s burden and together with our new world government, will ensure that all persons of color enjoy their right to vote early and often. God bless the king.”
And they’re (freshly) off! Lawnmower nipsters rush supplies to Nome tipplers.
Severed, pickled toe in alcohol is growing in popularity. While actual numbers are hard to nail down, tourists and miners alike are stepping up to guzzle this vile concoction. Stash this story in your clippings file as a reminder to change your socks before your next trip to Alaska: no one likes the smell of defeat.
Chris Matthews, pondering
No sooner did we point than out that the Washington Redskin’s loss yesterday portends a whupping for Obama but word comes from his birthplace that he’s going to win! The pollsters in Kenya may be biased in favor of a native son, of course, but I personally have never been lied to by a witch doctor, so I’m confused.
[W] itch doctor John Dimo tossed some shells, bones and other items to determine who will win Tuesday’s election.
After throwing the objects like so many dice outside his hut in Kogelo village, Dimo, who says he is 105 years old, points to a white shell and declares: “Obama is very far ahead and is definitely going to win.”
BS from NBC
The headline reads, “two arrested for gasoline hoarding”, which is a deliberate distortion of the facts and one intended to scare viewers into what the editor feels is proper social behavior. What really happened, according to the article itself, is that a man collected money from his neighbors and drove to a gas station to fill 30 five-gallon buckets for them. The police arrested him and the owner for transporting gasoline in unapproved containers, which was proper – a plastic Home Depot bucket with a loose-fitting lid is a stupidly dangerous container and a van filled with thirty of them is a rolling bomb, but nowhere is “hoarding” mentioned except in the headline writer’s fervid imagination.
Pravda on the airwaves.
(7:00) no line at the gas station corner of Railroad Avenue.