Wednesday, October 20, 2010

No Virginia, There is no apology... Call this number

Anita Hill or Clarence Thomas?

It seems that Clarence Thomas's wife, Virginia, has the focus today.
Her Husband was confirmed to a United States Supreme Court seat 19 years and a week ago on October 15, 1991.
What I remember from the sensational televised hearings was a pubic hair on a can of Coke, the one with a registered trademark, Anita Hill worked for Clarence Thomas, Clarence Thomas spoke with sexually inappropriate references to Anita Hill, and something about some pornography.
After a while the hearings became tedious to follow. He said and she said...
There was much anticipation of the final vote.
Then it was over.
Now it is back.
News has it that Virginia has called Anita and asked for an apology. Anita called the FBI because she was unsure of the caller.
Who would believe that Virginia Thomas would call and ask for an apology and explanation via phone messaging?
Well there are some seated senators that voted against the confirmation.

Don't stop now.
Call these 15 senators that voted against Clarence Thomas' nomination:

Chris Dodd     D-Connecticut     (860) 258-6940
Joe Lieberman     I-Connecticut     (860) 549-8463
Daniel Akaka     D-Hawaii     (808) 522-8970
Daniel Inouye     D-Hawaii     (808) 935-0844
Tom Harkin     D-Iowa     (202) 224-3254
Barbara Mikulski     D-Maryland     (410) 962-4510
John Kerry     D-Massachusetts     (508) 677-0522
Carl Levin     D-Michigan     (202) 224-6221
Max Baucus     D-Montana     (406) 761-1574
Harry Reid     D-Nevada     (702) 388-5020
Frank Lautenberg     D-New Jersey     (973) 639-8700
Jeff Bingaman     D-New Mexico     (505) 988-6647
Patrick Leahy     D-Vermont     (802) 863-2525
Jay Rockefeller     D-West Virginia     (202) 224-6472
Herb Kohl     D-Wisconsin     (414) 297-4451

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Van Houten Mines

Van Houten was originally developed in 1901 and 1902 by the Raton Coal and Fuel Company.
The mines were then referred to as the Willow Mines.
In 1904 and 1905 the mines were renamed the Van Houten Mines after the company president, J. Van Houten.
In 1907 and 1908, the mines were taken over by the St. Louis Rocky Mountain and Pacific Company.
Kaiser Steel Corporation bought the Van Houten Mines in 1955 and sold the Canyon area to the National Rifle Association in 1974.

A Railroad operated by AT&SF, was completed in November of 1902. Six mines operated periodically from 1901 until 1954.
The coal mined in Van Houten Canyon was bituminous and primarily used for cooking. All mining was done underground.
At it's peak, approximately 1200 persons lived in the canyon.
This marker is dedicated to those who lived and mined in this canyon.
Installed in 1988 by the New Mexico Abandoned Mine Land Bureau.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Thursday, March 13, 2008

On the way back from Raton, New Mexico with my Uncle Joe and Aunt Angie, We stopped in Aguilar, Colorado to visit with Georgia Abeyta. My Grand-Mother is Georgia's God-Mother.

Aunt Angie and I had visited before but this was the first time for Uncle Joe. Well, after 60 years, no introduction was necessary. They spoke of times and people I knew very little or nothing about.

Georgia said she liked going to Grandma's house because the kids could play and nothing would bother grandma. Such was not the case at home.

Uncle Joe said there was a pretty lady at Georgia's home one day. He said he used to peek in her room and talk to her. Uncle Joe asked Georgia "who was that lady?" Georgia immediately knew who she was. The lady had taught Georgia how to sing.

The lady and her family were in Raton to perform. While she was in Raton she stayed at Georgia's home.

The lady's name is Lydia Mendoza.

Lydia Mendoza died last year, December 20. 2007. Georgia showed us the obituary she saved from the newspaper. The clipping stated that she sang at President Carter's Inauguration and was recognized by President Clinton.

In 1982 Lydia Mendoza was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts with an NEA National Heritage Award. Bill Munroe was also recognized that year. In 1999 she was awarded the National Medal of Arts at a White House ceremony. She shared that stage with Aretha Franklin.

I asked, why did Miss Mendoza stay at with Georgia's family? Georgia said "so nobody would bother her." I did not ask anymore about it, though I did find another answer online at

She was called "la alondra de la frontera" - the lark of the frontier or "the lark of the border."

Check the links below.

Friday, August 6, 2010


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Ask for any info or music.
There is so much to write about these days. These days will soon be the 'good ole days." Believe it. Live it. Enjoy.
Just looking through my folders while trying to find a draft and being distracted by that cute blonde nurse on Scrubs, she's on top,
As I wanted to say, yeah, my document's folder list is:
  • 2009 Taxes
  • ACC Arapahoe Community College
  • Addresses
  • alcohol content of the beers listed here
  • Aloe Vera repot
  • Belarc LPB64
  • Blogger Text
  • Chet Kelley
  • Crocs
  • HTC Hero
  • Kenmore dehumidifier
  • Kingston Memory
  • Maps
  • Pei
  • Personal Information Exchange
  • Sprint
  • United Flight from San Fancisco
  • Walgreens Hudson Sofa Bed Pillow Top Mattress Pad
  • Yahoo
  • Yakimaa

    Maybe the space bar now...

    Your Music? Could Be...
  • John Lennon
  • Various Artists
  • Jethro Tull
  • Tito Puente
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Muddy Waters
  • Meat Loaf
  • The Moody Blues
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Van Morrison
  • Dr. John
  • The Edgar Winter Group
  • Asleep at the Wheel
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Joe Cocker
  • Patsy Cline
  • Leon Redbone
  • Neil Young
  • Charles Mingus
  • Joe Holiday
  • B.B.C. Big Band
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Big Joe Turner
  • Bob James
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Brian Hornbuckle
  • Chuck Berry
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash (And Young)
  • Earl Bostic
  • Eddie Cochran
  • James Brown
  • Little Richard
  • Otis Redding
  • Robert Johnson
  • Rusty Zinn
  • Sade
  • Sly & the Family Stone
  • The Beach Boys
  • The Isley Brothers
  • The Itals
  • Train
  • Al Green
  • Andre Williams
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Johnny Vaughn
  • Kraftwerk
  • Leon Russell
  • Leon Russell B. R. Hornsby
  • London Festival Orchestra, The Moody Blues
  • Manhattan Transfer
  • Marty Robbins
  • Don McLean
  • Michael Floorwax
  • George Harrison
  • Hank Wilson
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Stanley Turrentine
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Sundance
  • The Allman Brothers Band
  • The Asylum Choir
  • The Doors
  • Unknown Artist
  • Oscar Peterson
  • Yvonne Reyes
  • Pulp Fiction - The Motion Picture
  • Rob Fisher
  • Robbie Robertson
  • Dr. John
  • Santana
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
  • Boz Scaggs
  • John Coltrane
  • Joe Holiday
  • Friday, July 30, 2010


    I have been wanting to write for a while now. My Freshman English Professor at Louisiana College (a Baptist Teacher's College in Pineville) said it was a waste of time to become a writer. I was sceptical. A couple of years later at in Natchitoches Louisiana a professor said that a fly will never land on any thing that was the color blue. Hmmm... I have ideas and history I have not shared. Maybe I can open up. I was eighteen before I learned how to ___ __ ___. Opening up is not something that you(I) can not do as easily as flipping a light switch.

    Next is easier to share...

    When I was old enough to drive I went duck hunting with my Dad, Clevin Paul Brossette, Preston Delrie, Rodney Delrie, and Ronnie Delrie. We went to Catahoula Lake. I harvested two French Hens that I jumped while crossing the swamp to the lake. It was the only score of the morning. I am sure my Dad remembered that forever. I will, I was with my Dad.

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010

    Thursday, April 8, 2010

    What is good today?

    It is April 2010. Thursday.
    What's good today? Today Tina Fey is good. She has been good for a while now. Would not mind knowing how good. The country, United States of America has recovered from the blast at the end of 2008. Smart phones are available for the proletariat. I have one. After dropping it about twenty times, now I have a cracked screen. I taped plastic over it and ordered a new "SPRINT HTC HERO OEM TOUCH SCREEN DIGITIZER LENS COVER + TOOLS (CDMA)." 62.99 from Hong Kong. I remember... stop. I should never say, "I remember..." In the 60's, In the last century, Hong Kong was a part of the Commonwealth. Hong Kong was not part of everyone's wealth but there was mucho stuff "Made in Hong Kong." Later it was " Made in Taiwan." Later mucho stuff was "Made in Korea." Later it was made in other places, Shirts from Guatemala, Pakistan. And... Cars Hecho en Mexico, Volkswagen Beetles and Jettas. I have VW from Germany. Good Car. The internets are good today. Jobs are good today. If you have a job, jobs are good today. When I did not have a job jobs were not good that day. I spent my 401K on my mortgage and Cobra. I am still paying for my mortgage and Cobra insurance and tax penalties for my early withdrawal.

    Saturday, March 27, 2010

    From Being a Kid to Being a Kid

    I lived in Germany in 1968, a couple of years before my best friend was born. Daddy was the family name for our father, Clevin Paul Brossette, Daddy was a SFClass in the US Army. 7th Battalion, I think. We lived in Army housing. We lived on the top floor of a long building that had about four stairwells that separated four floors, with eight single family dwellings per. We had eight bed rooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and living room. Too many bedrooms and enough for all five of us kids and Mom and Dad. It was a very good time. we bowled in the hall. Plastic pins and ball. Fun. There was a truck that came by on Tuesdays and Fridays. I would hear the truck before I saw it. I called it, The Beer Truck. It was a truck full of beer bottles. It was like the dairy trucks that used to pickup empty bottles and leave full bottles. That was the best beer... I had nothing to compare with but it was good. Actually, Colt 45 Malt Liquor was a new beer at that time. Oh I remember it now, beer buzz, cigarette mind clog, and base ball specatalating and particulalating. 'Smoking Camel cigarettes that cost a buck 70 for a carton, 200 fags, 0.85 cents each. A Fag was a smoke and something else, something like a bundle of sticks. I am not too sure right now. Ask Google. I have Sudden Linguistic Deficiency Syndrome.
    Lucky me. I have not had a cigarette in over twenty years.
    Available beer was easy too. At the local Gasthause, bar, I could drink a liter of local brewed beer and have a meal with the regular patrons at the local Gasthause. No prejudice from the Greybeards for being 13 or 14 years old and partaking. Mucho Respect from me and back. For an adolescent it was like being a grownup that was having a liter at the local bar along side the locals. I did it. It was what it was. I was also welcome at the Discotheque. A Discotheque was a bar with strobe lights, black lights, a dance floor with lights from below and techy music. Discotheques existed but not Disco.