by Sophia Nostra Damaston for CPW News Service
Not to be outdone, Jason B. Priestly, Chairman of the Greater Boston Community Credit Union, a collector of rare historical musical combs and spoons has lent the hair comb of Horatio Alger and the solid silver teaspoons played by abolitionist orator, Frederick Douglas, to the Ragged Dick Duet, Mortimer J. Baughman and Ira G. Gravitz.
|Douglas' Musical Spoons|
|Priestly's comb played|
by Horatio Alger.
"I was going to give the spoons and comb to the Smithsonian Institute until I learned that Dick Cheney and Bill Frist were on the board of the Institute whose Board of Regents is chaired by Chief Justice John Roberts," said Priestly who was not happy about Cheney's support of extraordinary renditioning and waterboarding which contradicted the Geneva Conventions. "Mr. Douglas would have played his spoons on Mr. Cheney's noggin' if he were living today," said Priestly who also said in an aside..."15 of the 19 World Trade Center terrorists were from Saudi Arabia and we invaded Iraq and Cheney can't see straight enough not to shoot his friend in his face."
|Frederick Douglas (l), Rumsfeld's Misery Plantation (c),|
Donald Rumsfeld (r).
"Frederick Douglas also played the spoons just before his famous speech at Boston's Fenieul Hall which led African-American singer, Marion Anderson, to argue that she was not the first African-American musician to perform in the historic Boston landmark when she was denied the opportunity to sing the National Anthem there in 1939. That incident led First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to resign her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution," said spoon impresario Mortimer J. Baughman who noted that Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld had dined together at Rumsfeld's Misery Plantation, the place where Frederick Douglas was renditioned following his attempted escape from slavery. "Donald Rumsfeld bought Misery Plantation," said Baughman as he referenced Democracy Now's Amy Goodman's coverage of the Rumsfeld purchase and compared and contrasted this fact to Rumsfeld's handling of Abu Ghraib, the U.S. torture prison in Iraq.
|Ira Gravitz playing Horatio Alger's musical comb|
"George Stearns' lead spoons had no musical resonance so he made two silver spoons that Douglas lost at Misery Plantation between whippings and water boardings," said Baughman noting their eventual recovery and that the steady clickety-clack of the spoons against the a man's thigh helped a runner to keep up a steady pace. "Those spoons meant the difference between capture and freedom for Douglas," said Baughman. Butler seemed motivated in his accumulation of spoons by little more than kleptomania," said Baughman as he began playing a rendition of Carry Me Back To Old Virginia.
"George Luther Stearns sold lead to Baltimore's Brown family who used it to make musket balls at the Merchant's Shot Tower in Baltimore where the first test case for the Fugitive Slave Laws was focused on runaway slave and bullet maker, James Hamlet," said Baughman. "This caused many to conclude that John Brown and Alexander Brown, progenitor of the National City Bank Boys fingered by two time Medal of Honor winner, Smedley Butler, for their "business plot" in the 1930's that aligned them with Hitler's growing Axis powers, were a tag-team. John Brown and Alexander Brown's boys appear to have been in cahoots with a plan to use the abolition of slavery to ignite a lucrative, weapons-profiteer's civil war. Kind of like using the high road of the threat of terrorism to invade Iraq while kicking off their civil war....a money mill for the weapons-makers," said Baughman. Baughman then suggested I read General Smedly Darlington Butler's book, War Is A Racket, before he joined Ira Gravitz in playing a zesty arrangement of New Orlean's song writer Randy Newman's Political Science.