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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

ARIZONA AND THE GADSDEN PURCHASE OF 1854

I advertise that American History will be a subject of my writings from time to time.  The following is a piece that deals with the  U. S.- Mexican War of the 19th century.  I hope you enjoy it.

If you have taken courses in American History you probably can remember a mention of incidents like the Boston Tea Party, The Revolutionary War, and the Civil War of 1860-1865. You probably also remember the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 that basically doubled the size of the United States with the large acquisition from France of land west of the Mississippi River.  

Another acquisition of land perhaps less known nationally at the time but important to the growth of Arizona and New Mexico, was the Gadsden Purchase of 1854 between the United States and Mexico. As seen on the map, the purchase of the land by the United States from Mexico for $10 million added 29,670 square miles to southern Arizona and New Mexico. Although the purchase increased the size of the two future states, especially Arizona, it also accomplished its primary goal of providing a flat land area on which to complete an important rail line to the west coast.

It sounds simple enough but it was a lot more complicated beneath the surface than one would imagine before a final agreement was accomplished. For example, Texas declared its independence from Mexico in 1836 and became annexed into the United States in 1845. Mexico had not recognized the Texas independence and considered it to still be in their possession.

War erupted and after one year and nine months of battle, the Mexican-American dispute ended in a victory for the United States bringing about the Treaty of Hidalgo in 1848. The cessation of previously Mexican territory south of the Nueces River made the Rio Grande the new Texas southern border. Also involved was the U.S takeover of California and a large area comprising New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Wyoming and Colorado.

Although the Mexican-American war of 1846-1848 was essentially over with the Treaty settlement, it didn’t mean that the two countries were suddenly going to exist on a friendly basis. A lot of bad feelings still existed for the next six years as the Mesilla Valley located in the region of the border between the countries was being claimed by residents of both sides.

One point of consternation was Mexico’s claim that they should receive payment from the United States for attacks that had been made on them by Native Americans. The United States disagreed and refused to pay up since their interpretation of the agreement said that while they would work to stop such attacks they didn’t feel they were liable for financial compensation. In addition, it didn’t help that Mexico accused private American citizens of entering Mexico illegally and inciting local rebellions in an effort to grab more land.

The endless disharmony between the United States and Mexico over the Mesilla Valley continued into the early 1850s as the only viable southern rail route west was through the Mexican section of the area. To make matters worse, in 1853 the Mexican government evicted Americans from their properties in the area. The national government in Washington did not react to the evictions but Governor William Lane of New Mexico did by declaring Mesilla as part of the of the U. S. Territory of New Mexico.

President Santa Anna of Mexico immediately sent troops into the area at which time U. S. President Franklin Pierce dispatched his U. S. Minister to Mexico, James Gadsden, to negotiate with the Mexican President.  Gadsden was instructed to renegotiate a border that provided a route for a southern railroad and arrange for a release of U.S. financial obligations for Native American attacks.

Gadsden met with Santa Anna on September 25, 1853. President Pierce sent instructions giving him negotiating options ranging from $50 million for Lower California and a large portion of northern Mexico to $15 million for a smaller land deal that would still provide for a southern railroad.  Although Santa Anna needed money to quell local rebellions, he refused to sell a large portion of Mexico. Consequently on December 30, 1853 he and Gadsden signed a treaty stipulating that the United States would pay $15 million for 45,000 square miles south of the New Mexico territory and assume private American claims. In return, the United States Government agreed to work toward preventing American raids along Mexico’s border if Mexico voided U.S. responsibility for Native American attacks.

With difficulties that would result in the Civil War already occurring between the established northern and southern states, the U.S. Senate ratified a revised treaty on April 25, 1854. Under the new treaty Mexico was paid $10 million instead of $15 million and the land purchased was reduced to 29,670 square miles.  Any mention of Native American attacks and private claims was removed. President Pierce signed the treaty as did Santa Anna, who signed it on June 8, 1854.

After Gadsden’s Purchase, not all was serene as a new border dispute caused anguish over the United States’ payment.  Disagreements involving items like financial claims still existed but of more importance, the southern border of the United States and Arizona as we know it today had been established.

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Jim McAllister said...

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Marshall Trimble said...

You nailed it pretty good Jim. The northern states were opposed to acquiring any more land than enough to build the transcontinental railroad along the 32 Parallel. Santa Anna was willing to sell more land but there was much opposition to that in Mexico. Juan Alamonte, the Mexican Minister to Washington lobbied the northern congressmen skillfully to limit the purchase. That diagonal line on our southern border is the result. Alamonte feared if the line went straight to the Sea of Cortez there would be no land route to Baja California and it would eventually be lost to Mexico by American defacto immigration.
Bottom Line: That's why Arizona doesn't have a seaport.

Joe Finnerty said...

Good article. Wikipedia provides even more detail about the subject.

Gadsden envisioned the southern states would benefit from this land acquisition if a railroad could be constructed from Texas to California, expanding slavery in the process. Ultimately, the Southern Pacific Railroad came into being, crossing much of the land acquired by this purchase, too late to help the Confederates.

Jim McAllister said...

Thanks for the comment, Joe. It was a turbulent time and then the Civil War came about. Do you know where the most western battle of the War took place and who won?

Mike Slater said...

Jim, great article. I believe the the western most battle was north of Tucson.

Jim McAllister said...

BINGO! Mike; You are the winner.

The battle was fought at Picacho Peak at about 50 miles north of Tucson. The Confederacy won but it was a case of winning the battle and losing the war. It was fought in February, 1862.

By May of that year Union forces from California had driven the Rebs back into Texas.

Jim McAllister said...

From: Ken Honeyman

History Ch. Just did piece bout my 4 X grandfather, John Honeyman in the "Crossing of the Delaware in '76. They did not tell what that ole SLY rascal did. He sold booze to Hessians at Trenton, got em drunk, so Washington cud march rute in without any dead Madison was wounded

Jim McAllister said...

Ken,

Sounds like John was our kind of guy. Fooled the Hessians!

Jim McAllister said...

Interesting piece of history, Jim. Thanks.
Larry Rupp
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Jim McAllister said...

Thanks for reading, Larry. Glad you enjoyed that piece of history.

Rick Kepple said...

Great piece, Jimmy. Western history is one of my favorite things to study in college.

Jim McAllister said...

Thanks, Rick.

Glad you enjoyed it. As Arizona historian Jack August says, "You need your food, youneed your water, and you need your history.

Rick Kepple said...

Hey, BO just announced that he's going to mix neighborhoods to make them more inclusive. Diverse.

You said it couldn't happen. Told you the government would eventually put poor folks in North Scottsdale.

Hey, thanks for letting me comment here again. I don't hang with musicians anymore. I just play my favorite tunes and then drum or guitar along with them. One of my favorite famous guitarists is talking to me now! He's nice. I could never play a 10 minute song like he does with such perfection.

Rick Kepple said...

So how's all this change affecting you guys in Middle Class America? Fifteen dollars an hour minimum wage is an invitation to economic disaster and most people know it.

It's called, Social Engineering. Making folks mix together. You know, where the rich become poor and the poor become rich. Not really, but the government's gonna mix the classes.

Jim McAllister said...

Rick,

I wondered what that '79 Pontiac with the reflector mud flaps was doing in our neighborhood. I'll have to bake a "Welcome to the neighborhood" cake for them. I hope they know about our monthly association fee. I guess Obama will pay for that too. LOL

Don Scott said...

Great story, Jim. This is part of American history that every school kid should know. It would be nice if there were small signs on some of our north/south roads indicating "South of this point is land the US bought from Mexico in the Gadsden Purchase".

Rick Kepple said...

Social theory at work. God help us.

Jim McAllister said...

Thanks, Don.

That's a good idea. With the turmoil happening in this country now, a little history lesson would be a good idea. It's hard to believe the actions over the last week. I never thought we would see it.

Best to Annis,

Jim McAllister said...

Rick,

It's all coming apart at the seams. Who would have thought a POS like Obama could bring this about? Like Jack Nicholson said in Easy Rider: "You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it."

Rick Kepple said...

Jimmy, you write some really good positive stuff. There is too much negative for my taste. You know me. Keep writing the good stuff.

Rick Kepple said...

I know, Jim. It's a drag watching our country change so radically.

Jim McAllister said...

Rick,

When I saw that "in you face" demonstration by Obama with the White House covered in the multicolored gay lights, it showed what a foolish little amateur twerp he is. He can't leave well enough alone by just winning the Court decision and shutting his big mouth. Gee, I wonder why we don't hear him talking about his 2012 statement of "I think marriage should be between a man and a woman."

It's the same with Charleston. It was a terrible thing but he, of course, has to try to build himself up again with his nonsense like that silly singing of "Amazing Grace."

The guy is a clueless amateur who is lost in a professional world. He is more interested in selfies and having his face all over TV than he is in doing something meaningful. He blew it with Iran on the nuclear deal; they just laugh at him.

Final note: I read today that a lot of gays are lamenting his decision to allow gay marriage. Apparently, a lot of them liked the gay scene where they had their own groups and clubs to hang out and commiserate in. Now they feel that will be gone with these new privileges and already some gay bar hangouts around the country have closed. Those were special places.

As Sonny and Cher once sang so many years ago........"and the beat goes on."

Rick Kepple said...

Obama's trying to win California electoral votes for the Democrats with the gay marriage thing.

The Republicans need to legalize weed and they will win the electoral votes of California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Florida and many more states. They will also appear to have turned the economy around, but they won't. They can't. The GOP doesn't think like that. It's time for Jeb Bush to pull a joint out of his hat and the gay marriage thing will be all but forgotten.

BO wants to be a Statesman. Told you that from the git-go. Then he can write a few more books about himself.

Jim McAllister said...

Good points, Rick. Everyone is using pot anyway so make it legal and gain some points and votes.,

I think you're right about BO. His ego forces him to be the way he is. Someday when we have had several Black presidents he will always stand out as the trail blazer. He loves it.

Meanwhile, the gay marriage thing is going to have a lot of turbulence especially in the South. I don't think the flag thing is over either. Southerners are no fools, they will fly those flags forever and I don't blame them. Not many were bitching before that kid killed those people.

Mike Slater said...

Jim. WalMart is pulling all the Confederate flags of the shelves. We shop a lot at WalMart but not anymore. I hate companies that cave in and pander. To this day I won't buy any Sara Lee or Hallmark products because they endorse and give money to gun control groups.

Rick Kepple said...

It's not nice to say that the American people are the most dangerous to America.

Jim, I have been investigating a few different cases and there are foreign threats. I guarantee you that they are right here in the United States.

On the lighter side, there's an unemployed kid and he listened to me and did what I told him, and today he got his first HUGE check in the mail and he's been hired to do secret shopping with a salary and expenses for several corporations because of one phone call that he made. Incredible!

Rick Kepple said...

Okay, left turn ...

The bank said that the check that the kid got from that corporation is fake. There's a letter and only one word misspelled. So now I gotta start digging into this. The post mark is from Madrid with an Espana stamp.

So far today, I've analyzed a photo for a local crime, reported bank information of an al Qaeda ring, discovered Nigerians in an American slavery ring and now this. So this will be four law enforcement agencies! Incredible.

Jim McAllister said...

Mike,

It's the same old crap with liberals in this country. As soon as something like Charleston happens everyone goes ballistic and suddenly all things relating to the Confederacy have to be discontinued or destroyed. If not for that kid there wouldn't have been a word about the flag. Now, every idiot liberal has to be involved starting at the top with worthless Obama. He always takes advantage of every opportunity to get involved further proving what an idiot he is. Sharpton is the same; birds of a feather. He wants any southern street names like Robert E. Lee Boulevard changed.

That's what it has come to in this country and it all starts at the top with Obama. Whether it's gay marriage, flags, or anything else he is the harbinger of all things wrong. A couple years ago the two faced fool was saying he "believed marriage is something "between a man and a woman." Now he supports gay marriage.

I read the other day that a lot of gay people are lamenting the new law. They say they will miss their gay clubs and outings, etc. now that everything is wide open for them. Some gay bars have already closed.

Hard to please everyone!

Thanks for the comment.

Jim McAllister said...

Rick,

Sounds like another scam from abroad that the kid got mixed up with. It reminds me of the letters we used to get from some crown prince of Nigeria or some other place about wanting to send us money if we sent him something to help his cause. Yeah, right! I'm sure plenty of suckers got caught on that one.

I believe in the old adage that "If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is."

Rick Kepple said...

I'm just a dumb old country boy, Jim. I don't know about financial laws, but I do know that the scammers and terrorists are using our current laws against the American people and the bankers are getting rich from it. BO has not made one law to protect American consumers from foreign financial terrorism.

But BO has done plenty to intentionally divide Americans. The gay thing. The Confederate flags. What's next? Independence Day? Chris Rock, who played the first black president in a movie slammed Independence Day in 2012 with the words, Happy white people's Independence Day!

And they call us racist.

I told a Nigerian scammer that I was with the U.S. government and she gave me a phone number of an associate in the UK. She didn't even bat an eye. BO has made no mention of foreign scammers targeting Americans. I looked it up. But there are plenty of American on American laws. Maybe I'm just a dumb old country boy and I just don't understand how things are supposed to work.

Mike Slater said...

Jim, there is a street east of 40th street and north of Bell called Robert E. Lee. I'm sure that will be next to get rid of.

Jim McAllister said...

It wouldn't surprise me if they tried. Obama is turning out to be the nightmare that we figured him to be in 2008. The disappointing thing is that so far he is getting away with it. America has changed for the worse but I'm hoping there are enough conservatives left to turn this around after he is gone. The Republicans have been the biggest disappointment as they just knuckle under to the bastard. So much for the glory of the election of 2014.

Jim McAllister said...

Rick,

At this point I may be wrong but I still think there will be a huge backlash to Obama coming down the road. So far all we have seen are the supporters of him and those who benefit from his crap. I'm hoping that as we speak there is some movement occurring beneath the surface that we don't know about. I just can't see the South standing by and letting him push them around like he has, especially Texas. Also, the religious crowd seems like it would take a stand.

This isn't over. The SC may be backing him but the people will have the last word.

Rick Kepple said...

Hey Jimmy, I looked up Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and because of the Gadsen Purchase, he was removed from power and exiled. I read that he was very corrupt, and he ran to Cuba in exile. In his absence, he was tried for treason and the Mexican people took everything he had.

Meanwhile in America, our leaders ripping off the people tend to get reelected.

Jim McAllister said...

Sad but true. That jerk in the White House is falling all over backwards trying to kiss himself. He hasn't finished off this country yet. There are a lot of pissed off people left to more than balance out the support he has. With his ego he may not even be able to see the proverbial forest for the trees.

Rick Kepple said...

Bad storm. Internet is out. God's will. Plus I live on the peak of a ridge. Dude, hot news is about nonsense. Phones are neat! Details! Good. Topic. Historic and relevant as successful people do not change unless they must. And we must look like weaklings to our enemies. Good history. Lesson for tyrants.

Jim McAllister said...

I've seen few things as silly and childish as the banning of the Confederate flag. Now, TV Land is discontinuing "The Dukes of Hazzard" because of the Confederate connotation. As usual, Obama has his followers foaming at the mouth over the deaths in Charleston to the point where they won't be happy until every remembrance of the South has been removed. If the flag is such an atrocity, why didn't he jump on that band wagon a long time ago? It's the usual reason: It's a hot item now and another opportunity to get face time in the liberal media about what a great guy he is.

I'm not underestimating the sadness with the church murders but they were done by one crazed teenager, not an entire portion of the United States. Removing a symbol of the Confederacy is only a publicity stunt typical of what we have come to expect from the liberal mentality.

Mike Slater said...

Jim, did you hear the story of a person that went to WalMart and ordered a cake with a Confederate flag on and was refused. The next day the person went back to WalMart and ordered a cake with an ISIS flag on it and WalMart made it. This country is scrwed up.

Jim McAllister said...

I saw that online today. This country is getting more screwed up every day. I see that yesterday some idiot teacher was stomping on the American flag in front of his students. Fortunately, he was fired. Now, I see where "The Dukes of Hazzard" has been cancelled on one of the networks that shows reruns, TV Land. Meanwhile, Obama has time to ass kiss with Cuba.

This clown we have makes me feel nostalgic for the good old days of Jimmy Carter!

Be sure to check out the blog occasionally as I am inserting some of my personal comments periodically along with transferring blog messages there.

Rick Kepple said...

The Dukes of Hazard was a very positive show. Most of the kids that were toddlers watching that show are now hard working Americans now. I pulled a King Solomon. I gave a home to a couple of kids cause their roommate never paid me and tried to kick out those kids who helped me.

Jim McAllister said...

Rick,

It was an excellent show but of course they dared have the Confederate flag featured which pisses of the super sensitive self important idiots of today. That's OK because hopefully the South will get upset enough over Obama and his loser followers that the whole South will go Republican in 2016. It's not that the Republicans are that great; they just happen to be a step above the crew that is in power now.

Rick Kepple said...

The phone is off and storms again. These new phones are cheap and have their own wifi. I read propaganda about a rainbow flag on 7-4, Cia warnings, and gun confiscations. Sounds like 1854

Jim McAllister said...

Rick,

Nothing surprises me anymore. The rainbow flag guys better be careful; this country is like a tinder box ready to explode. As far as gun confiscations I suggest Obama personally should go into someplace like the Tennessee mountains and see how good he is at doing that. Nothing would please me more.

Rick Kepple said...

Presidents never visit the hills, Jimmy. They go to cities where their lies will seem believable.

The heydays of corruption are back, Jimmy. Cuba is a bit before my time, but I understand it's a good place to be exiled for former presidents.

Jim McAllister said...

Rick,

I remember the Cuban crisis very well from 1959. A lot of Americans had property there and it was all confiscated. There are some bad people from the US hiding there for many years like that woman who killed the policeman in new Jersey in 1973. I hope they get her back but even if they do, a-hole Obama will probably give her a medal at the White House.

Jim McAllister said...

From Cari Brown

I was having trouble posting my comment, Jim. Tried twice. So if they both actually went through, please publish the second one because I made changes to it. If neither went through, though, here is the text that I want published:

Thanks for adding information to my perspective on the current issue of taking down the Confederate flag, Jim. I was already thinking about this angle -- we allow Mexican flag to be flown all over the place here in the southwestern US & the Mexican people lost the fight to keep this land as part of their own country. And it doesn't really matter whether there was actual bloodshed or shots fired, although there were in certain places, or the simple act of selling the Mexican people out for personal gain by their former revolutionary leader Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna ... Mexico lost this part of the world & shouldn't be allowed to fly their flags here if the descendants & sympathizers of the American Confederate cause are to be punished by taking away their proud symbols of lost independence.

Don't get me wrong. As usual, I can see both sides of the issues. Another one is the memorials & sympathetic memories of the battles lost by Native American Indians. I have read the book BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE cover to cover more than any other single book ... And that lost cause hits a little closer to home for me than either the Confederate or the Mexican ones. I actually went looking for Confederates in my own family tree but all I can find are Union soldiers & American Revolutionary fighters. Plus an American Indian or two. But call me a rebel -- if the current P.C. nonsense prevails, fair is fair, those should go too. Actually, though, I believe we should let it all be.

Jim McAllister said...

Cari,

I posted your comment. Good points. The rebel flag thing is typical overkill by politicians. Because of one unfortunate incident done by a crazed kid, all semblance of anything that relates to the Confederacy has to be eliminated.,

It's a silly rush to judgment that has become typical of the crowd that follows Obama and his ultra liberal mentality. Nothing was being said about the flag before this; now it is front page material and must be destroyed. It shows the mentality of those in charge and is very scary when one thinks about it. What happens if Obama sudden decides that he should ban corn flakes tomorrow or anything else that is dear to certain groups like various religions, etc.?

It's scary how we are losing more and more of our rights on a daily basis under this administration.

Rick Kepple said...

I never did care for grits anyway, Jimmy.

I went through my survival gear and the coffee pot is just fine. I was worried.

Rick Kepple said...

"Marxism is a worldview and a method of societal analysis that focuses on class relations and societal conflict, that uses a materialist interpretation of historical development, and a dialectical view of social transformation." - Wikipedia

The WTO ordered BO to get rid of country of origin food labeling saying that COOL was not fair for competition. COOL, or the U.S. country of origin labeling for meats, was repealed after the U.S. lost billions of dollars to Canada by order of the world government's court to which there is no appeal. And Cuba ... weird. Maybe world leaders want the country spiffed up before their exiles like in 1854.

Jim McAllister said...

Rick,

I was never in love with grits either. Now, coffee is another matter. Can't get by without a morning couple cups of "joe."

Rick Kepple said...

Definitely need my cup of java. I like my coffee strong too.

Rick Kepple said...

The U.S. government's intent was to buy land for the Southern Pacific railroad, but instead the Gadsen Purchase further provoked hostilities between slave owning states and free states. When the railroad was finally built, most of it wasn't even in the GP. - Smithsonian.com

Seems like the U.S. government is always trying to provoke someone.

Rick Kepple said...

In the 1850's, there was a serial killer in Mexico City and he was absolutely brutal. Thirty years later, another serial killer took the lives of girls with starvation, probably because of Santa Anna's corruption. A recent study links a failing society with mass murder.

Today, I was threatened because I challenged the delusions of a schizophrenic man and all the court will say is that there is nothing that can be done. So you see, that's how mass murder is happening. Nothing can be done to prevent it. Then the President says how dangerous guns are when some unstoppable kid shoots nine people.

Jim McAllister said...

That kid in SC gave Obama all the ammunition he needed to justify destroying the Confederate flag. The action of one nut case does not justify the nonsense going on now with everyone destroying the flag. Liberals finally found something to justify their hate for the flag and the removal of it from any public place.

If I know Southerners thew way I think I do, this is far from over. They will not give up that flag and their heritage easily.

Rick Kepple said...


The South Carolina senate just voted to remove the Confederate flag.

Jim McAllister said...

It's ridiculous. Because of one incident the whole history and honor of that flag has to be erased. If I know the South the way I think I do, this isn't over. They are not going to sit back and let Obama claim another fake victory. It will be interesting to see how the south votes in 2016. It's an opportunity for the Reps.

Rick Kepple said...

I just read that the Sweet Cakes bake shop in Oregon lost the case so no one may refuse gays for religious reasons. Throw in the Confederate flag. The gun control issue. Islam is raising money for black churches to be rebuilt. And now there is this movement that the American flag is offensive to some.

I don't know who they are, but some group called the "Investment Research Dynamics" wrote in May that the Pentagon is preparing for massive civil unrest. There's no information about who owns the site. http://investmentresearchdynamics.com/a-big-problem-is-brewing-behind-the-scenes-pentagon-admits-to-prepping-for-mass-civil-unrest/

Is someone investing in the possibility of war in the United States?

Jim McAllister said...

Rick,

Will someone please pinch me and assure me that this is just a bad dream? It's a good example of what happens when we have a totally incompetent and clueless President. Another example of the nonsense of liberal politics.

Rick Kepple said...

It's not a dream, Jim. I'm living in a barn when you think of how bad your life is.

Rick Kepple said...

I'm reading about the National Conference of State Legislators' news concerning BO's gun control measures.

Doctors will be able to prescribe firearm confiscation. Imagine a foreign doctor telling your sheriff to confiscate your guns, because of a medication they prescribed.

An assault weapon ban. Magazine ban. Cracking down on gun smuggling (that's the pot calling the kettle black). Training school officials how to behave during an active shooting.

"The initiative consists of 23 executive actions and three presidential memoranda, most of which will require congressional approval. Many parts of the plan may have significant effects on states." http://www.ncsl.org/research/civil-and-criminal-justice/summary-president-obama-gun-proposals.aspx

This legislation does not prevent crime. All it does is control good Americans so the criminals and tyrants can do as they please.

Jim McAllister said...

Doctors prescribing gun confiscation and now Oreg on will allow 15 year old kids to have sex change operations. What's next? This country is nuts; there will be a backlash; has to be.

Rick Kepple said...

Fifteen-year-old's? So I guess statutory rape is up until that age now, huh? Start drinking at 15 too. Get married, get a job, buy a house and all before sixteen! Why stop at just sex change surgery!

Jim McAllister said...

The world is going nuts.

Rick Kepple said...

In Rolla mo hospital. Mini stroke

Rick Kepple said...

Jim, MRI shows some kind of bacteria in the head. Doc is to explain it. No pain. Stroke like symptoms.

Jim McAllister said...

Damn! Sorry to hear that Rick. Keep me up to date.

Rick Kepple said...

Docs said it is bacterial infection but I did have a mini stroke at one time. May get out tomorrow if I can walk. Thanks

Jim McAllister said...

Rick,

Keep me in touch. Good luck

Rick Kepple said...

May get out today. In 2008, had chest pain, headache. St. Johns hospital said depression looking for S. Now with Obama care, Ct and MRI. Bacterial now, but in 2008 was a stroke. On MRI. Right side of brain. Explains a lot. Getting home today maybe.

Rick Kepple said...

I'm home, Jim. Hey, thanks for the interest in my existence. Must rest now. Motorized shopping carts aren't so bad. Race cars.

Rick Kepple said...

How about this, Jimmy. A good time in world history for the brain to go funky.

Rick Kepple said...

Hey, I got invited to go see Wishbone Ash in concert up in Edwardsville, Illinois in the next day or so. Wish I could go. AP is very nice. It's so cool how the people I have admired so long and now I get to talk to them ... sort of.

Oh and I get to talk to Jim McAllister too. Not bad for an old country boy, eh?

Jim McAllister said...

Wishbone Ash? Wow, I haven't heard of them for many years. Glad to hear they are still around.

Rick Kepple said...

Jimmy, I musunderstood. I have signs of stroke to both sides of the brain, particularly the right side. It's like looking at a chord chart. Anyway, learning guitar as it turns out is the only therapy that seems logical. I wonder how that woman knew? No more reason to be negative, jimmy.

Rick Kepple said...

You've been quiet, Jimmy. Has BO done something? Is that a rhetorical question? I'll be fit as a fiddle in no time, Jimmy. By Christmas, we'll be discussing the 51st state of Cuba and the relocation of DC to Gitmo. And you'll say, gosh that almost seems the perfect place for the President. And everyone else will go, yup. Jim's right. Course, the PC crowd ... well I'm tired. Run out of funny.

Jim McAllister said...

Rick,

I wouldn't be surprised if you are right on those observations. Nothing surprises me with Obama. Now he is catching hell for giving away the doorknobs to Iran on the missile deal. The guy is an idiot and an embarrassment to this once great country.

Rick Kepple said...

Why would BO give doorknobs to Iran? Why did BO write books, run for President, etc.? To be remembered.street names. A Night of a Thousand Obama's.

Jim McAllister said...

His day is coming. No one that worthless can withstand the pressure forever. Stay tuned for new blog within a couple days.

Rick Kepple said...

New blog. Very cool. Is the nation actually considering Trump as President? Will that blowhard be any good?

Jim McAllister said...

I like Trump because he pisses off Democrats and exploits their weaknesses which are many. In reality, he has no chance although he is currently riding high.

Rick Kepple said...

I sort of just spoke to workers spraying the trees with herbicide under the power lines to try to explain in English, I don't know what they were speaking, that my fruit trees are not to be sprayed. Desegregation? I wonder if they are Latino hillbillies?

Mike Slater said...

Obama reminds me of a quote by H. L. Mencken. " As democracy perfected, the office of president, more and more closely, the inner soul of the represents people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic morn."

Jim McAllister said...

Hi Mike,

Mencken was ahead of his time with his observations. He certainly nailed the one on Obama and his loser wife. This deal with Iran is the icing on the cake for his caving to the Muslims. Fortunately he is catching hell even from his own party.

I only hope we can survive until he is gone. Just about anyone would be an improvement.

Rick Kepple said...

"I believe it is better to know than be ignorant" - Henry Louis Mencken from the Mencken Society http://www.mencken.org/wordpress/