Tuesday, July 11, 2006

MOUNT MISERY


Donald Rumsfeld's aptly named home has some unsavory history behind it.

Mr. Rumsfeld's house is Mount Misery and is just across Rolles Creek from a house called Mount Pleasant. On four acres, with four bathrooms, five bedrooms and five fireplaces, built in 1804, the Rumsfeld house is just barely visible at the end of a gravel drive.

Thomas M. Crouch, a broker at the Coldwell Banker office in town, says one legend attributes the name to the original owner, said to have been a sad and doleful Englishman. His merrier brother then built a house, and to put him on, Mr. Crouch supposes, named it Mount Pleasant.

But there is some historical gravity to the name, too. By 1833, Mount Misery's owner was Edward Covey, a farmer notorious for breaking unruly slaves for other farmers. One who wouldn't be broken was Frederick Douglass, then 16 and later the abolitionist orator. Covey assaulted him, so Douglass beat him up and escaped. Today, where the drive begins, Mount Misery seems a congenial place, with a white mailbox with newspaper delivery sleeves attached, a big American flag fluttering from a post by a split-rail fence and a tall, one-hole
birdhouse of the sort made for bluebirds — although the lens in the hole suggests another function.

And that's the least of Rummy's bad karma.

(via magpie)

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seen this yet?
http://onegoodmove.org/1gm/1gmarchive/2006/06/sunday_bloody_s_1.html

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE TREES HAVE EYES...or the bricks.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9184329400593634920&q=wtc+7
A clip of the "collapse"
Building 7 was not hit by a plane.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7082804592890872932&q=wtc+7
Another angle.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8403741864603265979&q=wtc+7
And another...

Takes roughly 6.2 seconds to go down - nearly 'free fall' speed.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7750532340306101329&q=wtc+7
Owner of WTC telling interviewer of the decision to "pull it". From a
"special" on PBS
"Pull it" is standard industry lexicon in controlled demolition.

11:57 PM  
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