Daily Archives: May 13, 2009

Threshing Machine Canyon.

Camille-Pissarro-The-Threshing-Machine- Threshing machine canyon was near Blufton, Ks, and got its name from a tragic incident  that occurred in 1867. Blufton was a stage stop. It lay on a trail blazed by John C. Freemont in 1844. The stage stations along the way consisted of Fossil Creek, Forsythe’s Creek, Big Creek, Louisa Springs, Blufton, Castle Rock, Grannell Springs and Chalk Bluffs.

Blufton became a handy campground for emigrants, and the nearby canyon was described as “A vast castle, fashioned by the most ancient architects.”

The incident occurred when freighters, transporting a threshing machine to Salt Lake City, Utah, camped in the canyon. Instead of camping in the open, as was the custom, due to Indians, they camped along a bluff overhang. Indians, who had been following the party, attacked that night, killing and scalping all the men, and set fire to the threshing machine.

For years, souvenir hunters would pick through what was left of the machine. Pieces of it are on display at the Fort Hays State College. The canyon was used for years as a camping and picnic area until the drought years cause it to fill up with a couple inches of dust. Weed seed grew and turned it into a veritable jungle, and it was basically abandoned. Wind and erosion has changed the bluff considerably. The Ceder Bluff Reservoir threatened it, but today, you can still visit it. The reservoir only came up to the bottom of the bluff. It’s located one mile West of the North end of the reservoir.



Filed under History, Kansas

Contest: Name Sarah Palin’s Memoir

palin_winkSarah will be publishing a memoir this spring.  She will cover her trials and tribulations, Politico reports.

The article says unnamed sources confide that a title for this memoir has not been chosen.  Let’s help Sarah out.  Post your suggestion for the name of her autobiography.  If any, or all, are good, I will forward them to the Governor’s office.

My choice: Did Life Throw Me Some Curves?  You Betcha – wink, wink…

Another idea:  Too Few to Pray with, Too Many to Monitor…

One more:  Pallin’ Around with Jesus, Instead of Terrorists…

Sorry.  I will stop now.

Other comments, unrelated to a title, of course,  are welcome, too.

Winners of the contest can get to have lunch on  iggy – in a place of my choosing… (fnord may chip in too).

Deadline for entry:  A week from today – 05-20-09.

iggy donnelly


Filed under Book Reviews, Elections, Life Lessons, Religion, Sarah Palin, Wingnuts!, Woman Power

Secrecy is More Patriotic?

Liz Cheney joined her parents on a trip to the Middle East in March 2008.

From CNN:

“Liz Cheney is picking up where her father left off when it comes to taking aim at the Obama administration, saying Tuesday the new commander-in-chief appears to be siding with terrorists.”

Later in the piece:

“‘I have heard from families of service members from families of 9/11 victims this question about when did it become so fashionable for us to side, really, with the terrorists,’ she continued. ‘You know, President Obama has a lot of rhetoric about support for American military families, support for our men and women who are fighting for us overseas. But if he really cares about them, then he wouldn’t be making such an effort to release photos that show them in a negative light.'”

What is it with those Cheney’s?  Now Liz Cheney is saying that the Obama administration are terrorist sympathizers.

Are these some sort of orchestrated acts of desperation designed to keep dad out of prison?  I think our main stream media is at fault for even acknowledging the psycho-ramblings of this family.  Enough already.  I don’t care what Dick Cheney or any of his enablers think about anything.  Thank you very much..

iggy donnelly


Filed under Cheney, Crimes, Enhanced Interrogations, Obama, Radical Rightwing groups, Republicans, WAR, Wingnuts!, World Politics

Wednesday, 05/13/09 Public Square


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Filed under The Public Square