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Oh man, a friend's daughter was in a 15 vehicle pile up today

South of Atlanta on I-75:

Pileup on I-75 causes major issues for motorists in Bartow County

BARTOW COUNTY, Ga -- At least 10 people were injured in a major accident Sunday afternoon that has closed several I-75 lanes in Bartow County.

The accident, which happened at 1:42 pm on I-75 at the Allatoona Lake bridge near Glade Road and exit 278, involved numerous vehicles, according to a Bartow County EMS spokesman.

"The crews where having difficulty getting to the accident scene due to vehicles blocking the emergency lanes northbound," said Brad Cothran. "A total of 10 patients were transported to hospitals in the area."

"Two patients were transported to Kennestone Hospital and eight were transported to Cartersville Medical Center," said Cothran, all with non-life-threatening injuries.

Everyone involved was incredibly lucky - no life threatening injuries. The daughter was asleep in the back seat, apparently got a mild concussion. She doesn't remember the accident at all but was awake and oriented in the hospital. They had to cut her out of the car she was in.

I suspect rain was a contributing factor - there is a cell phone video at the bottom of the story in the link above and the pavement is wet.

My husband and I have known the parents since before they married and my husband is her unofficial godfather so we're both really happy that she isn't seriously hurt.

Liberal Redneck - Mama Missiles and Baby Dictators

Re-run of April the Giraffe's birthing!

Charging Bull sculptor says Fearless Girl distorts his art. Hes fighting back.

Source: Washington Post

With hopes of dispensing the “perfect antidote” to the stock market crash of 1987, Italian-born sculptor Arturo Di Modica spent two years welding a 7,000 pound bronze bull statue designed to capture the resilience of the American people.

Under the cover of night and without a permit, he installed his massive “Charging Bull” directly before the New York Stock Exchange, a gift New Yorkers loved but New York City initially hated. Authorities removed it, but later reinstalled it under pressure at a small public park in the financial district.


Then last month, on International Women’s Day, a new statue of a symbolically brave “Fearless Girl” stole its spotlight — and, Di Modica says, fundamentally corrupted the artistic integrity of his “Charging Bull.”


The artist will hold a news conference Wednesday with attorney Norman Siegel, the former director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, to explain his plans to challenge the city officials who let “Fearless Girl” happen without asking his permission.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/04/12/charging-bull-sculptor-says-fearless-girl-distorts-his-art-hes-fighting-back/

A little historical context:
Charging Bull
Construction and installation

The bull was cast by the Bedi-Makky Art Foundry in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Di Modica spent some $360,000 to create, cast, and install the sculpture following the 1987 stock market crash as a symbol of the "strength and power of the American people".[2] The sculpture was the artist's idea, not the city's. In an act of guerrilla art, Bedi Makky Art Foundry, along with Di Modica, trucked it to Lower Manhattan and on December 15, 1989, installed it beneath a 60-foot (18 m) Christmas tree in the middle of Broad Street in front of the New York Stock Exchange as a Christmas gift to the people of New York. That day, crowds came to look at the bull, with hundreds stopping to admire and analyze the gift as Di Modica handed out copies of a flier about his artwork.[2]

The police seized the sculpture and placed it into an impound lot. The ensuing public outcry led the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to re-install it two blocks south of the Exchange in the plaza at Bowling Green with a ceremony on December 21, 1989. It faces up towards Broadway.

The Charging Bull was installed on Wall Street without permission, was impounded for a while before being relocated. It has been at its present location with a technically temporary permit since 1989. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charging_Bull#Ownership)

The Fearless Girl was installed with permission: "The sculpture's installation is temporary; it was initially expected to stay in place at least several weeks,[8] given a New York City Hall permit for one week that was later extended to 30 days.[9] On March 27, it was announced that the statue would remain in place through February, 2018." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fearless_Girl#History

Frankly in my opinion, the Fearless Girl gives the Charging Bull even more relevance for today. While the Bull stands for American Power, the Girl stands for the power of the individual in American society, no matter how small they are, standing up to the most powerful forces in the land.

If Di Modica does not like the juxtaposition of the Fearless Girl to his statue, he is perfectly within his rights to remove the Charging Bull and to reinstall it wherever he likes. I'm sure people would be happy to give him some suggestions.

Ancestors your family may not have wanted to recognize...

My husband has been scanning photos from his family. He came on one labeled "Clara Ward, Princess de Chimay" - a name that he could not find in his family tree. Well, after checking out her Wikipedia entry it turns out dear Clara was the Kim Kardashian of the 1890s!

Clara Ward, Princesse de Caraman-Chimay
Clara Ward (17 June 1873 – 9 December 1916) was a wealthy American socialite who married a prince from Belgium.

The story of Clara Ward, who commonly used one or another version of the title "Princesse de Caraman-Chimay", is poorly known today, but for some years in the early 1890s she was the toast of the United States. During the late 1890s and the Edwardian years, she spent much time in both the society and gossip columns of two continents. She was widely known, envied and admired, desired, loathed and reviled.

First marriage
She came to the public's attention in 1889 or early 1890, when it was announced that a distinguished Belgian visitor to the United States, the Prince of Caraman-Chimay, a member of the Belgian Chamber of Deputies, had proposed marriage to the very young, very attractive daughter of a very wealthy family.


Second marriage
After a series of secret meetings, Ward and Rigó Jancsi {a Gypsy musician} eloped in December 1896. To her family's consternation, the Ludington Record of 24 December 1896 carried a news service dispatch about the elopement with a woodcut illustration of Ward and the headline "Gone With a Gypsy".

Her main talents were being beautiful by the standards of the time, and being famous. She combined the two by posing on various stages, including at least the Folies Bergère and probably also the Moulin Rouge, while wearing skin-tight costumes. She called her art-form her poses plastiques. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec made a scarce lithograph of her and Rigó in 1897, "Idylle Princière". She was often photographed, and featured on many postcards during the Edwardian period, sometimes in a pose plastique and sometimes in more or less conventional dress. Kaiser Wilhelm II is said to have forbidden the publication or display of her photograph in the German Empire because he thought her beauty "disturbing".


Clara went on to marry Peppino Ricciardo, a Spaniard, or maybe Italian, who was a waiter on a train. Her last marriage was to Signor Cassalota who was the station agent for the tourist train at Mount Vesuvius.

The Wikipedia article has a few pictures of her. It also includes a note that her parents were "Captain Eber Brock Ward (1811–1875) and his second wife, Catherine Lyon, a niece of Senator Benjamin Wade." Catherine Lyon was a half sister to my husband's 2nd great grandmother and his 3rd great aunt.

Benjamin Wade "was one of the most radical politicians in America at that time, supporting women's suffrage, trade union rights, and equality for African-Americans. He was also critical of how certain aspects of capitalism were practiced in the 19th century." If Andrew Johnson had been impeached, Benjamin Wade would have become President since he was President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate. "Although most senators believed that Johnson was guilty of the charges, they did not want the extremely radical Wade to become acting president. One newspaper wrote, "Andrew Johnson is innocent because Ben Wade is guilty of being his successor." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Wade#Impeachment_of_Johnson)

The photograph my husband found was taken in 1886 before Clara began all her adventures - when she was a young ingenue from a wealthy Michigan family.
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