We the People

I didn’t realize that Ray Stevens was still making music.  Here is his latest.


“It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth — and listen to the song of that syren, till she transforms us into beasts. … Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not?” –Patrick Henry



Here is another interesting auction from eBay.  What would eb called in book collecting circle’s an Association Copy.

This term, often scoffed at by laymen, is applied to a copy which once belonged to, or was annotated by, the author; which once belonged to someone connected with the author or someone of interest in his own right; or again, and perhaps most interestingly, belonged to someone peculiarly associated with its contents. Its extension to mean any book owned by a famous person can only be excused by establishing some point of real contact, other than the simple fact of possession. The catalogue note will generally explain the nature of the “association”, which may vary from the obvious to the remote.

The Wabaningo Handbook, which could well be considered the first OA Patch Collecting Guide and a precursor to today’s Blue Book.

The copy in the auction, belonged to Harry Yoder, as the seller explains

The year was 1915. Treasure Island’s Senior Patrol Leader was preparing the first candidates for their trip to the south end of the island. It was the beginning of a lifetime membership in the Wimachtendienk W. W. for Harry A. Yoder. Harry was one of the first 25 members of 1915.

Yoder-wabClicking on the image, will bring you to the auction for the next couple of months.

Despite the rough shape, the auction ended at over $ 112 for this interesting piece of OA History.


Men are generally idle, and ready to satisfy themselves, and intimidate the industry of others, by calling that impossible which is only difficult.
Samuel Johnson, Life of Boerhaave
English author, critic, & lexicographer (1709 – 1784)

Amazon Gift Cards

Time running out to pick up those holiday gifts, you can always give a Gift Card from Amazon.

If your pockets are a bit deeper and there is a reader on your ;ist, consider a Kindle. One of the best gifts I’ve ever received.


It’s Back – Nischa Nimat Lodge #181 Belt Buckle

I wrote about a belt buckle from Nischa Nimat Lodge about 10 days ago.  It back on eBay at a reduced price.

181 BuckleClicking on the image will bring you to the auction for the next couple of months.

Will it sell at the lower price?


You can’t say that civilization don’t advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.
Will Rogers, New York Times, Dec. 23, 1929
US humorist & showman (1879 – 1935)

Shared Items From Around The Web – December 18, 2009