Wednesday, June 08, 2011

The LuLac Edition #1627, June 8th, 2011




This past week there was a Sarah Palin controversy regarding her statements about Paul Revere. The former Vice Presidential nominee had her take on the colonial ride of Paul Revere a silversmith and patriot. Revere warned the colonists that the British people were coming and had weapons. Palin's version said that he told the British that America was also armed and would not surrender. This sparked the debate as to who was right and wrong. No matter what happens, the history police will have their version as will Palin and her supporters. In any case, Revere made the ride, warned the colonists and by assumption and osmosis, the British had to realize the colonies weren't going to give up and put their arms down without a fight. Here though is Longfellow's famous work "The Midnight Ride".

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Written April 19, 1860; first published in 1863 as part of "Tales of a Wayside Inn"

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.
He said to his friend, "If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,--
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm."
Then he said "Good-night!" and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war;
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon like a prison bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.
Meanwhile, his friend through alley and street
Wanders and watches, with eager ears,
Till in the silence around him he hears
The muster of men at the barrack door,
The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet,
And the measured tread of the grenadiers,
Marching down to their boats on the shore.
Then he climbed the tower of the Old North Church,
By the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread,
To the belfry chamber overhead,
And startled the pigeons from their perch
On the sombre rafters, that round him made
Masses and moving shapes of shade,--
By the trembling ladder, steep and tall,
To the highest window in the wall,
Where he paused to listen and look down
A moment on the roofs of the town
And the moonlight flowing over all.
Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead,
In their night encampment on the hill,
Wrapped in silence so deep and still
That he could hear, like a sentinel's tread,
The watchful night-wind, as it went
Creeping along from tent to tent,
And seeming to whisper, "All is well!"
A moment only he feels the spell
Of the place and the hour, and the secret dread
Of the lonely belfry and the dead;
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent
On a shadowy something far away,
Where the river widens to meet the bay,--
A line of black that bends and floats
On the rising tide like a bridge of boats.
Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride,
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere.
Now he patted his horse's side,
Now he gazed at the landscape far and near,
Then, impetuous, stamped the earth,
And turned and tightened his saddle girth;
But mostly he watched with eager search
The belfry tower of the Old North Church,
As it rose above the graves on the hill,
Lonely and spectral and sombre and still.
And lo! as he looks, on the belfry's height
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns,
But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns.
A hurry of hoofs in a village street,
A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark
Struck out by a steed flying fearless and fleet;
That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight,
Kindled the land into flame with its heat.
He has left the village and mounted the steep,
And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep,
Is the Mystic, meeting the ocean tides;
And under the alders that skirt its edge,
Now soft on the sand, now loud on the ledge,
Is heard the tramp of his steed as he rides.
It was twelve by the village clock
When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer's dog,
And felt the damp of the river fog,
That rises after the sun goes down.
It was one by the village clock,
When he galloped into Lexington.
He saw the gilded weathercock
Swim in the moonlight as he passed,
And the meeting-house windows, black and bare,
Gaze at him with a spectral glare,
As if they already stood aghast
At the bloody work they would look upon.
It was two by the village clock,
When he came to the bridge in Concord town.
He heard the bleating of the flock,
And the twitter of birds among the trees,
And felt the breath of the morning breeze
Blowing over the meadow brown.
And one was safe and asleep in his bed
Who at the bridge would be first to fall,
Who that day would be lying dead,
Pierced by a British musket ball.
You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British Regulars fired and fled,---
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard wall,
Chasing the redcoats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.
So through the night rode Paul Revere;=
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,---
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.


At 6:06 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Students, we live in an instant coffee fast food world as far as the media of today is concerned. Gone forever are giants like Edward R. Murrow, David Susskind and others (I won't waste my time with more names as I shall bet you probably never heard of these two gentlemen, given the state of our educational system).
My point is that the media has all but nailed Ms. Palin to a cross and inserted a saber into her stomach and yet, this is important---THEY FOLLOW HER EVERY MOVE!!
The answer is very simple, Ms. Palin is one of the most skillful and resourceful politicos to come along in a long while and yet, like Rodney Dangerfield, she gets no respect.
Honestly, students, when was the last time a politician was asked to reveal what he/she read as far as magazines and newspapers? The famous Katie Couric question was nothing but an insult to the then Governor of Alaska. In other words, "we think you're a moron, and I'm going to prove it!"
I admire Ms. Palin for having the chutzpa and class to refuse to answer such a silly question.
It would be the equivelant of your humble professor being asked if I knew who Plato or Aristotle were.
Silliness. But then again, we are referring to what passes as the media today.
Whether or not Ms. Palin is a candidate I do not know. But class, I do know one thing; if Sarah Palin throws her hat in the ring she has an excellent chance of becoming the next President of the United States--even if she doesn't read liberal newspapers.
Have I made my point, youngsters???
CLass Dismissed!!!!!

At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever her words, Sarah Palin even SOUNDS like asn idiot.

At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone, including me, pays attention to Palin because she's such a train wreck. Even Paul Revere knows this, at least when he's not riding around ringing bells and shooting off firearms. Choo choo!

At 8:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Professor, what are your credentials I wonder. If you are a professor I am the Dean and am willing to match wits anytime on newsmen beyond those mentioned or any topic. Couric's question was innocent and an opportunity for the candidate to at least appear intelligent. She choked because she doesnt read, period. Geez.


At 9:41 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

The answer is very simple, Ms. Palin is one of the most skillful and resourceful politicos to come along in a long while and yet, like Rodney Dangerfield, she gets no respect.
Honestly, students, when was the last time a politician was asked to reveal what he/she read as far as magazines and newspapers? The famous Katie Couric question was nothing but an insult to the then Governor of Alaska.

At 10:50 PM, Blogger PoorRichard said...

The professor is frustrated by his lack of eduction so he has compensated for it by talking down to any who read Yonks glorious words. He wont answer your questions about his credentials just as he won't answer my questions with regard to his health insurance or Meidcare. The guy is a phony, pure and simple.

At 11:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are so right about Palin. I don't understand how these idiots get anywhere.

I mean come on, who says they travelled to "all 57 states", talks about making sure kids have breathalyzers to help them breathe, talks over another nation's National Anthem and all that kind of stuff.........

Oh, that wasn't Palin that said and did all that stupid stuff? That was President Obama? Surely you jest.

In any case, those are obviously just honest mistakes and don't reflect on his robust intelligence.

Palin's every slip-up does show how stupid she is, though, just like Bush's slip ups did.

At 12:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Professor,

Susskind and Murrow werent even in the same line of work. Murrow was a giant of news. Susskind was a producer of shows and a talk show host. Much like Sarah you really have little or no idea what youre talking about. And we are certainly not your students fortunately. Why dont you go teach in Texas where they are rewriting history books and knowledge or experience are not necessary?

At 5:53 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

I understand the vitriole possessed by those who dislike, and may I say, students, even hate Ms. Palin---it is simply because she is feared by the left.
There's an old adage, "Nobody kicks a dead dog"; Class, if Ms. Palin were truly the dimwit that the left portrays her to be and NOT a skilled politico, why are they even paying attention??? Why is she constantly being referred to and attacked on the left wing political programs?? Why students, why? Give me an answer!!
WHy should I be surprised.

Truly, if there is a dunce in the class (and of course there are many amongst your generation) he/she usually flies under the radar. NO attention, none at all and of course, the liberal educational establishment flips a diploma to them on graduation day.
FOr the record,
This woman managed to get herself elected Governor of Alaska and, if you will forgive me students, I don't see any of you even approaching an accomplishment such as that.
Not bad for a so called dimwit, correct?
Have I made my point, youngsters????
Class Dismissed!!!!

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

RE: Richard:
Young man, I will match my knowledge of American and world history with you any day of the week. And may I say, I have no ill feeling towards you in the manner you hold towards me.
Case in point: Mr. Yonki retorted some of my commentary on Governor Palin (and I hope you'll take the time to read it) but he did so with dignity and clarity. I do not agree with his statements but at least they were presented to your humble academian in a civilized manner.
You on the other hand have only retorted my teachings with insults and outright untruths. As you ask for my personal information you volunteer none of your own. Such is the state of the young liberal crowd today, "do as i say and not as i do". it's a foolhardy practice and will not endear you to the vast majority of Americans.
However, as I am a fair man and have never given a good grade as a favor, nor a bad one in retribution, I shall advise that in order to learn more about me you ought to perform a google search. This will allow you to view some of my lectures that date back many years and son, again, if you do some research you will have the information you desire.
As a great man once said, "If you don't shovel the snow out of the driveway, you don't drive."
Class Dismissed!!!!!

At 12:12 PM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

ANon 12:48 a.m.
Of course, young man, I know who David Susskind is, but I have a feeling you actually do not. Instead of finding your information on Wikipedia, you ought to hit some "real" books.
You refer to Mr. Susskind as a "talk show host" as if that disqualifies him. One can say that Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz, Cenk Ugar and the late Keith Olbermann (all heroes of your's I am certain) are also talk show hosts.
Mr. Susskind conducted many political interviews in his day and was a precursor to these gentlemen.
By the way, I also forgot to mention Eric Sevareid in my previous lecture, he was a great one.
A far cry from the pin up boys on TV today who have more looks than brains. Of course, such is our homogenized society.
Class dismissed!!!

At 11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Young Man my Ass, Professor. I remember Susskind well and you make too many assumptions. It seems everyone is inferior to you in your mind or less experienced but I am old enough to know and agree with you about the old ones versus the new in news. Education and life experience are what I speak from certainly not Wikipedia.
By the way in what capacity did you serve youre country and how long have you been on welfare?
Schools out!

At 6:07 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

ANon, 11:00p.m.
Welfare? Your postings place me in a jocular mood, young man; a nice way to start my morning. Welfare is, of course another word for national mother hen insurance.
I recall once being in the checkout line at a local grocery store and the family (and I use the word loosely) in front of me purchased items such as Delmonico Steaks, Jello pudding, Ready Whip, Round Steak, in other words items they did not need. The woman, who was excessively overweight, then asked the clerk to fetch her two packs of Marlboro cigarettes. As we live in a free country none of this would be my concern until I noticed they paid with food stamps!
SO, students, perhaps I am wasting my time and you are the intelligent ones.
I get up every morning to undertake my profession and the slacker family sits on their front porch swilling beer and grilling filet mignon. SUch is the state of American liberalism.
Have I made my point, students????
Class Dismissed!!!!!

At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont think you can buy cigarettes using food stamps, but I could be wrong. Since I am not receiving stamps and dont currently know anyone who is perhaps someone could answer this for us. Much as I disagree with you I sometimes agree with you. On some things I am liberal and on others very conservative and thats the danger of labels. Have a good weekend Perfesser.
the Dean


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