User talk:Richard David Ramsey

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Difference between antisemitism and racism[edit]

Antisemitism has nothing to do with racism since Jews are white, so hating a Jew is not racism. Blacks suffered a lot due to racism and Jews often exploit this name calling despite the suspicion that significant proportion of the slave traders were Jewish. e.g. http://www.rense.com/general69/invo.htm Please mind the difference! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.223.128.111 (talk) 23:59, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Please note that rense.com is run by Jeff Rense, and covers "subjects such as UFO reporting, paranormal phenomena, Anti-Zionist conspiracy theories..." - TheMightyQuill (talk) 14:53, 26 June 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, Themightyquill (User talk:Themightyquill). I couldn't divine what Jeff Rense was referring to. Richard David Ramsey 16:49, 25 August 2008 (UTC)

July 2007[edit]

Information.svg Welcome to Wikipedia. Although we invite everyone to contribute constructively to our encyclopedia, at least one of your recent edits, such as the one you made to List of people with Restoration Movement ties, was not constructive and has been reverted or removed. Please use the sandbox for any test edits you would like to make, and take a look at the welcome page to learn more about contributing to this encyclopedia. Thank you. Action Jackson IV 01:43, 4 July 2007 (UTC)

Action Jackson IV: Can you perhaps specify the reason for the rejection? Ove Johansson indeed did kick the longest field goal (69 yards in Abilene, Texas, in 1976, a record which still stands). After a few years in the NFL he retired to Amarillo, where he is a member of the Church of Christ, one of the groups in the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement. David

Richard David Ramsey (talk) 02:26, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

Sweden[edit]

Hi there. I reverted the latest edit you made to Sweden. Systembolaget is open on saturdays these days, and the piece about drunk driving needs some references. Hope I did not offend. Cheers --mceder (u t c) 21:17, 3 January 2008 (UTC)


Not at all offended. I'm impressed that you read my changes in virtual sync with my making them.

My wife, who is Swedish, was over there this summer but stayed entirely "nykter" (sober). So the information I had was anachronistic. The government is out of money and may be pushing the booze to get some "pengar" (money). Additionally we have seen a number of changes to harmonize to EU requirements. I assume that Systembolaget is still closed on election days. I am certain that the smuggling business has continued as usual, now facilitated by the gleaming bridge between Denmark and the "folkhemmet." We take special note of the fact that, when Sweden entered the EU, the few Swedish taxes which were below the EU norm were raised to meet it but the ones which were above stayed there.

David

Citations[edit]

Hello! Thanks for your contributions to Sweden; I hope you stick around. I have one request though: Could you include citations for the material you add? Wikipedia is now strongly encouraging that material be cited from reliable sources, and citing is so much easier when done right at the beginning when material is added. If you're not already familiar with the wikipedia citation styles, WP:CITE has some instructions. I'd be happy to answer any questions about it too. henriktalk 23:26, 3 January 2008 (UTC)


Thanks, Henrik.

I agree with you about the desirability to provide published sources for data not available in the public consciousness, and I'm generally familiar with the Wikipedia style or know where to find advice.

What I added to the article comes from personal experience in the culture as I have been married to it for over 25 years. You are welcome to insert any published sources of which you are aware and certainly to correct or eliminate any misleading phraseology or inaccurate information.

David

Friendly reminder[edit]

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Hello. I noticed that your edit to USCGC Eagle (WIX-327) did not include an edit summary. Please remember to use one for every edit, even minor ones. You can enable the wiki software to prompt you for one before making an edit by setting your user preferences (under Editing) to "Prompt me when entering a blank edit summary". Thanks, -MBK004 23:14, 10 January 2008 (UTC)

Understood. I've made hundreds of edits, most of them summarized. Some of the others hardly qualify as "minor" but are closer to pedantry or nitpicking. But in the future I'll raise the threshold barring use of the minor-edit checkbox without summary. David

Barnstar - Churches of Christ - BC/BCE[edit]

Barnstar-lightbulb3.png What a Brilliant Idea Barnstar
I must say, I am quite impressed by your line of reasoning on the issue of using BC or BCE as you stated on the CoC page. Very palatably convincing. Kudos! standonbibleTalk! 17:51, 18 January 2008 (UTC)

Sources and personal opinion[edit]

In the Bobby Jindal article you inserted a lot of information that was not sourced and that was also your own analysis. Please try and keep the article as encyclopedic as possible by referencing your sources and by keeping articles free of Original Research. Thanks! DanielZimmerman (talk) 05:31, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

Yes, I read your letter to the editor about Jindal in the 2008 July 3 Times-Picayune. Richard David Ramsey 03:48, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

Coonass etymology reference needed[edit]

Hi, can you provide a reference for the additional information you provided regarding the etymology of "coonass"? Thanks, --Skb8721 (talk) 04:17, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

To establish the equation between cajuns and cajunes, see http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caj%C3%BAn . The transition from cajunes to coonass is not the sort of etymology that easily submits to dignified and written scholarship, but I'll see what I can find. You probably know more about than I do. CODOFIL may have something. Richard David Ramsey 04:46, 13 July 2008 (UTC)
Cajunes is actually related to the Cajun term coullon, the latter meaning a silly or foolish person; it's a relatively benign term (coullon, I mean) despite the anatomical orgin it shares with cajunes.
Frankly, however, I don't think the possible cajunes link regarding "coonass" should be mentioned in the article unless there's a verifiable source. Sincerely, --Skb8721 (talk) 20:10, 13 July 2008 (UTC)
I agree, and I have eliminated it until I have a credible and written source. I'm also in South Louisiana. My Swedish wife knew nothing about Louisiana (when she met me) except that it is the origin of Tabasco sauce, a little bottle of it having always stood on her table in Sweden! You are welcome to send me an e-mail message: Dave.Ramsey@selu.edu. Richard David Ramsey 21:01, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free media (Image:Judith Durham singing 'A Perfect Day'.jpg)[edit]

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Yes, remove it. I have a couple of other photographs together with clearance from Judith Durham's agent to upload them. Richard David Ramsey

Possibly unfree Image:200px-Seekersultimate.jpg[edit]

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Remove the image. Judith Durham has granted permission to use a couple of other photographs if you want them. Richard David Ramsey


Orphaned non-free media (Image:Judith 2001 Solo.jpg)[edit]

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Sorry, but I find nothing in the link cited above as You may add it back on how to add something back. I have permission for Wikipedia to use the image in question as well as the Judith Durham photo from 1968. Please see string below (emphasis mine) in this section and kindly inform me as to what is still needed. I'm still learning.  :) Richard David Ramsey 16:46, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

Date Sent: 7/7/2008 1:26 AM From: <gsimpson@musicoast.com> To: "David Ramsey" <Dave.Ramsey@selu.edu> Subject: Re: Web site enquiry Attachments: Judith - R Whitaker shot 68.jpg, Judith 2001 Solo.jpg,

Dear David,

Thank you for your email, which was forwarded to Musicoast by the Webmaster at www.judithdurham.com.

I am attaching two JPG photographs of Judith Durham, one from 1968, the year The Seekers broke up, and a more recent 2000s photo of Judith performing solo - and this email confirms that I am giving Wikipedia to reproduce them without infringing any copyrights.

I have passed your comments on to Judith and she has asked me to send you her love and best wishes,

Yours truly,

Graham Simpson General Manager Musicoast Pty Ltd Record Production & Music Publishing P O Box 555 South Yarra Vic 3141 Australia Email: gsimpson@musicoast.com Website: www.judithdurham.com


Original Message -----

From: "David Ramsey" <Dave.Ramsey@selu.edu> To: <mail@judithdurham.com> Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2008 2:36 PM Subject: Web site enquiry


> > Dear Judith, > > Do you have a photo suitable for publication with the article about you in Wikipedia? > > I would be pleased to have it (electronic file, preferably JPG) together with a note from you that it can legally be posted on the Wikipedia article. > > You may also be interested to read the recent comment I posted recently on http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=kuj1IC9kXt8 . Additionally, although many artists have recorded \"A Perfect Day,\" I chose your interpretation to link to in the Wikipedia article on Carrie Jacobs-Bond (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Jacobs-Bond). > > You are cool. > > David Ramsey, Ph.D. >

Image copyright problem with Image:Judith - R Whitaker shot 68.jpg[edit]

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Red link removal[edit]

Re:this edit - in general, it is a bad idea to remove red links. Free speech zone links to Strom Thurmond Jr., as does the article on his father. Therefore, it's probably notable enough to deserve an artilce. By removing red links, you reduce the ability for others to know what articles need to be written. See also Wikipedia:Red_link#Dealing_with_existing_red_links Raul654 (talk) 18:39, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

I agree to a point, Raul654, and do not remove a red link uncritically. When I do remove such a link, I almost always substitute a working link to another Wikipedia domain (preferable) or to a credible domain outside Wikipedia. I will try to restrain that practice.
An additional concern is that frequently an external link simply serves to authenticate the linked item. To insert a red internal link followed by a reference (superscript, note) which merely cites an external link appears a peculiar and cumbersome behavior, heedless of the way a single external link can do both jobs.
If your experienced opinion was to reinsert the red link in the instance you cite, you are certainly welcome to do so. I indeed appreciate your close reading and criticism.
Wikipedia also calls for correct spelling, a behavior we all should consider with respect to situations like artilce.
The philosophy that all red links should become English Wikipedia articles will lead ultimately to a Wikipedia article on every individual who has ever lived. Maybe that's not necessarily a bad idea, but it would certainly occupy and redundify a lot of magnetic room.
Perhaps what is needed is a category for external links which need to be replaced by internal Wikipedia links once the related Wikipedia articles are written and posted. Such a provision would obviate the dilemma of having to choose between a sore-thumb red link and an external link which obscures the need for a Wikipedia article. The provision would also eliminate the attractiveness of the writer's/editor's forming no link whatever (so that there's no redness in the article) in situations where the link would indicate the need for a new article.
Richard David Ramsey 05:05, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

Joseph Cao[edit]

I noticed you're making many changes to this article. In the future, it is advisable to make all your changes at once, either by working on the article in a subpage of yours, or working on the article directly and saving all your changes at once. Making nearly a hundred discrete edits greatly clogs the edit history when you could make all those changes in one edit. Please consider this in the future. Thank you. seresin ( ¡? )  23:26, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

Good advice, but I'm not unlike a lot of other editors even if I find some of them just making changes with a priority on racking up as many hits as possible. But the Joseph Cao article is a developing story, with the election going on right now. Otherwise I would try to play more in the sandbox, which is probably a good place for some of the politicos in both Louisiana and New Mexico. Rammer (talk) 23:33, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

Category:Milligan College alumni[edit]

I created this for you. However as a registered user, do you know you can create categories by yourself? Martin 11:15, 1 January 2009 (UTC)

AfD nomination of John Maginnis (Louisiana political writer)[edit]

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Please see the revised article as well as my comment on said discussion page. I appreciate that you would vet the article but am relatively certain that it needs to stay. Rammer (talk) 06:28, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Michael Shonrock[edit]

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Recommend removal for the time being. Southeastern has an excellent situation. Rammer (talk) 19:24, 21 February 2009 (UTC)

See Talk:Michael_Shonrock. talk talk

Release the article to Wordbuilder. Guns up, Red Raiders! Rammer (talk) 01:17, 23 February 2009 (UTC)

AfD nomination of A. Brooke Bennett[edit]

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I just wanted to expand on my reasoning here and at Joseph Cao. Generally, congressional staff aren't considered notable, unless they have distinguished themselves in some other fashion. Ted Kaufman did not receive an article until being appointed Senator, for example. With respect to including congressional staff in articles about a representative, I once proposed including chiefs of staff, legislative directors, etc. in the infoboxes, but other editors at the Project Congress recommended against it for the same reasons I've stated. As far as adding the information back because Brooke Bennett has an article, wikipedia is not considered a reliable source. So just because an article exists somewhere on Wikipedia, it doesn't mean the subject is notable for inclusion elsewhere on wikipedia. Please see WP:Notability for more information. We'd also welcome you to join Project Congress, because we are always looking for new editors willing to help improve the myriad of congressionally-related articles out here.DCmacnut<> 02:05, 2 March 2009 (UTC)

You're probably right about Bennett. I'm more concerned to preserve the references. Will take a look at the Cao article later to see whether it can be flexed to meet everyone's wishes. If you delete the Bennett article, please convert the links to her in other articles to external links. On your userpage you indicate that "My interests border on the electic." The word "eclectic" is what you must mean. Rammer (talk) 06:25, 2 March 2009 (UTC)
I'm not sure why we need the references either, unless the references are being used as a source for a different part of the article unrelated to staff members. As far as making external links to Bennett, that would run contrary to WP:External Links against inline external links and overlinking. My arguement is that there is no place to mention Joseph Cao's or any other congressional staff members in any articles, unless that staff member has made a name for him or herself outside of being a staff member or if they became notable as a staff member for other reasons. For example, a Cantwell staffer arrested on child porn charges a few years ago or the intern in Mike DeWine's office that was fired due to a blogging scandal.DCmacnut<> 22:30, 2 March 2009 (UTC)
The references have a place in that they are about several matters in Cao's setting up his office. But there are also other scholarly reasons to preserve a bibliographic record. As time goes on and the number of citations grows, Wikipedia cannot be expected to include all of them, but those at the foundation of Cao's congressional career are bedrock and lend credibility which other articles would do well to emulate. Rammer (talk) 17:21, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

(undent) Agreed on the need for adequate sourcing. I just wasn't sure how you wanted to use the references. i.e. as a general source on the hiring of staff or as a source on the hiring of specific staff. I'm okay with the former, but not necessarily the latter.DCmacnut<> 03:19, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

The former, but my concern, which is compatible, was to retain the sources. Rammer (talk) 03:24, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

Date format on Joseph Cao[edit]

Regardless of your opinion on Year Month Day date format, it is not one of the accepted date formats on Wikipedia per MOS:DATE. As I noted in Talk:Joseph Cao#Date format, Wikipedia only uses international (Day Month Year) or American (Month Day, Year) date formats in article text. ISO 8601 date format (YYYY-MM-DD) can be used in references, but with the end of linking dates for autoformatting this format has fallen "out of fashion" so to speak and there are now scripts that will change ISO 8601 format in references to MDY or DMY format. It looks like another editor has reverted your change back to MDY format, so if you want the article to use YMD format, please do so in the discussion I linked above. Thanks! --Bobblehead (rants) 19:31, 2 March 2009 (UTC)

I disagree, and I am not alone. There are numerous articles where the first major contributor opted for Julian dates. See, for example, the article on Bruno Hauptman. Why the concern to switch the date format on the Cao article which I have been shepherding all along? Don't most of us have enough to do already? Rammer (talk) 19:40, 2 March 2009 (UTC)

MOS:DATE: "Edit warring over optional styles (such as 14 February and February 14) is unacceptable." -- You're right, edit warring over optional styles is indeed unacceptable, so please stop. The policy page in question is very clear about referring to "the style used by the first major contributor." Rammer, you are indeed one of the first major contributors to this page, but you only decided to change it to the British format after most of the dates in the article had adhered to the American style since at least December 7. I'm going to make one revert, but that's it (I'm not about to have this listed at WP:LAME). However, if you are going to re-revert, please seriously consider what you are edit warring over before you do. Khoikhoi 05:06, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

Yes, edit warring is indeed unacceptable, and I was not the one who started the war. During the last 3 months I have devoted many hours to this article. Then abruptly a probably well meaning and intelligent person decided to go through it and change the date format, in some cases getting 2008 and 2009 confused. I'm surely a lousy person and have a lot to learn, but, even amid the absence of a kind word in the criticism of my contributions to the article, I went back through and straightened out that confusion. I am a very busy person and lack the time to engage in repetitions of a pyrrhic skirmish. Anyone who has the time to be interested in it is welcome to read the "Edit summary" reasons, which may or may not have been read before. Julian dates, including with the month spelled in letters for clarity, are spreading worldwide although more slowly in the United States, and even there they are provided for by Microsoft and Dell and required by American Psychological Association (APA) attribution style, the most widely used in scholarly journals. Being heretofore unaware that something like a date format could arouse feelings equivalent to religious intensity, and having more significant matters to deal with—such as family and job—in a world which faces challenges like pollution and genocide, I wish to experience no more time tied up in this late-arriving controversy about date formats on Joseph Cao. Rammer (talk) 17:02, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

Categories[edit]

Please don't add Category:Louisiana politicians to people who are already in a subcategory such as Category:Members of the Louisiana House of Representatives or Category:New Orleans Councilmembers. Wikipedia has rules around duplicate categorization; we don't want the general category to be populated with people who are already in subcategories. Thanks. Bearcat (talk) 00:48, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

Re Charles Davis Tillman[edit]

I did remove the stub templates. Stub articles are generally only a few sentances long and this article is far from a few sentances. Hope that explains thereasons. Waacstats (talk) 21:49, 14 April 2009 (UTC)

Thanks. I caught on later. The article is one of the big boys now. Rammer (talk) 22:09, 14 April 2009 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Katherine Kolb[edit]

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That's a fast reaction, Ridernyc, which impresses me. The page creation was an accident. It wasn't ready to go when I hit the button. Rammer (talk) 23:59, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

Attacks in the article Archie Jefferson[edit]

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I'll pull back, but there was nothing personal in the article's motivation, although I comprehend that someone in the environment might have a motivation to perceive it that way. Wikipedia is supposed to be strictly secondary research, as objective as possible. The post was sourced in the Times-Picayune and Harper's. If you have a way to put a more-transparent filter on the facts, you are welcome to. Rammer (talk) 22:12, 6 June 2009 (UTC)
Please see WP:WEIGHT. Who then was a gentleman? (talk) 20:05, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

Wellhausen and anti-semitism[edit]

Hello Richard. I reverted and altered some of your recent edits on Wellhausen and the Prolog, not because I disagrre totally with what you want to say, but because the subject is a complex one and it's difficult to get all the nuances across in just a sentence or so. Please don't interpret this as an attack on yourself or your edits. PiCo (talk) 04:59, 28 June 2009 (UTC)

I appreciate the opinion. In the interest of getting "all the nuances across," you IMHO understated the case as much as I had overstated it. Wellhausen was explicit about his quick attraction to the concept that the Jewish law was not what it was cracked up to be. But he is only a pawn on the chessboard of players that the Nazis appropriated for their evil mission: the New Testament, several church councils and Popes, Chrysostom, Ferdinand & Isabella, Luther, Wagner, Nietzsche, the apocryphal Protocols of the Elders of Zion, whatever sources could be wrenched (even out of context) to a purpose aimed at genocide. A corollary was also prevalent—that because Jews were to be perceived (in the Nazi Weltanschauung) as inferior, any source which said as much was deemed credible. Rammer (talk) 05:35, 28 June 2009 (UTC)

July 2009[edit]

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Next day. Thanks. Fixed. Article is better now. Rammer (talk) 19:26, 11 July 2009 (UTC)

Caution[edit]

Please be careful with your additions. I noticed 2 of your additions today caused text to be incorrectly cited to an existing source in the article, which is inappropriate. In the final change in this diff, you edit makes the claim that the deadlinked article found at historyswomen.com was the source of the content that you added, when in fact the earlier sentence was the source of the content. Your content does not actually have a source listed. This is a major problem, since someone like me may want to challenge your addition as WP:POV. Another one of your additions from this diff make the earlier sentence that I wrote look like it's unreferenced, when in fact your addition is unreferenced. I have added the {{fact}} template to your sentence since it's an unreferenced statistic. Please be careful to not falsely claim that your content comes from an existing source, when in fact an earlier addition is cited and yours is not cited. Royalbroil 03:46, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

I agree. Good points. Rammer (talk) 02:25, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

I have another item of caution for you. In the Carrie Jacobs-Bond article, you have been adding inline external links to youtube videos. First and most important, you cannot legally add links to copyright violations per WP:ELNEVER. Highlighted in the guideline: This is particularly relevant when linking to sites such as YouTube, where due care should be taken to avoid linking to material that violates its creator's copyright. So the only circumstances where you could add a link is if the link was to an article/video/song which was created in the U.S. before 1923. Another allowable link would be if you are certain and can prove that the video/image/article/song is published by the real original author. Second, inline external links are frowned upon. Per the external links guideline: "2. External links should not normally be used in the body of an article. Instead, include appropriate external links in an "External links" section at the end of the article, and in the appropriate location within an infobox, if applicable." I have reverted your recent changes to the article based on the guideline. Royalbroil 03:41, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

Thanks. I appreciate our working together. Rammer (talk) 03:57, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

I appreciate how you're trying to give good citation on references that you've added. However, you are adding commentary references to the Carrie Jacobs-Bond article (diff). I hope you're will to use the citation templates. They make adding citations real easy. They ensure that the citations that you add are up to Good and Featured Article standards. The easiest way to use them is to click "My Preferences" on the upper right hand side of the screen. Then click "Gadgets" tab on the right. In the "Editing gadgets" section, add a check mark to "REFTOOLS- adds a "cite" button to the editing toolbar for quick and easy addition of commonly used citation templates." Then a new button will appear on the toolbar above the editing that says {{CITE}}. Position the insert point where you want to add the citation, then click the button. Select web, news, or book to add a new reference. Fill in the fields. If you want to use that same reference a second time in the article, make sure you add a "Reference name". The following times that you want use that same name, click the "named references" button and select the reference's name from the group. I hope this is helpful. Royalbroil 02:54, 9 August 2009 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Talk:Finbar Furey[edit]

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Delete. No objection to its speedy (or even faster) deletion, but the redirect was just a stopgap measure pending an article on Finbar Furey. There are, however, limits to the number of times my hand will get stuck into this fire. If I could delete the redirect myself, I would. Rammer (talk) 23:22, 23 August 2009 (UTC)

Reference as to WWL-TV and Dick Van Dyke incorrect.[edit]

Your reference to WWL-TV being the spring board for Dick Van Dyke is incorrect. Dick van Dyke was never a local employee of WWL-TV. He worked for WDSU-TV as shown by the below reference and many others references as shown by a google search. Please remove reference from the WWL-TV article.

WDSU Serves New Orleans Since 1948 - Community News Story - WDSU ... Television sitcom pioneer Dick Van Dyke hosted his own musical comedy show on WDSU in the early 1950s. After six months on the air, however, he received the ... www.wdsu.com/community/267718/detail.html -

Absolutely right. Fixed. WWL-TV didn't sign on until Dick Van Dyke was long gone from NOLA. I'm old enough to know. WDSU sent the first television picture I ever saw. I was just a toddler at the time, and the family of a kid named Peter, who lived just up the street, had just bought the neighborhood's first television set. Rammer (talk) 03:16, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

RfD nomination of Wizard Oil[edit]

I have nominated Wizard Oil (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) for discussion. Your opinions on the matter are welcome; please participate in the discussion by adding your comments at the discussion page. Thank you. Fences&Windows 01:11, 25 September 2009 (UTC)

Retain until someone writes an article about Wizard Oil, but I don't have time to write it. The redirect was a stopgap measure until an article exists. Maybe the redirect should instead go to the article on patent medicine. Rammer (talk) 02:25, 25 September 2009 (UTC)


RfD nomination of Hamlin's Wizard Oil[edit]

I have nominated Hamlin's Wizard Oil (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) for discussion. Your opinions on the matter are welcome; please participate in the discussion by adding your comments at the discussion page. Thank you. Fences&Windows 01:13, 25 September 2009 (UTC)

Retain until someone writes an article about Wizard Oil, but I don't have time to write it. The redirect was a stopgap measure until an article exists. Maybe the redirect should instead go to the article on patent medicine. Rammer (talk) 02:25, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
Hi, redirects aren't meant to be stop-gaps. I had a quick check and think that Hamlin's Wizard Oil might indeed be notable enough to have an article about it, if we can find enough decent sources. I've started a stub in my user space at User:Fences and windows/Hamlin's Wizard Oil. Fences&Windows 14:33, 25 September 2009 (UTC)

Articles for deletion nomination of Keith Bardwell[edit]

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Retain. People rely on Wikipedia for information. Government officials should not be in charge of approving or disapproving what people choose to do within the law, and Wikipedia editors should not be in charge of denying information to people who are seeking it. The Deletion Policy is well thought out and articulated. Yesterday it might have applied to this situation. Today it doesn't. Your concern has been mooted by a market issue, demand. Rammer (talk) 22:28, 16 October 2009 (UTC)

Keith Bardwell[edit]

You appear to be fabricating claims that Bardwell has paraplegia, was born with no knees, walks on his thighs, etc. I Googled "Keith Bardwell paraplegia" to see if this was really true, and the only meaningful results I could find were the two articles (Keith Bardwell and List of paraplegic people) that you had added these claims to. Not only that, but Bardwell is also a carpenter and I don't think that there are very many (if any) paraplegic carpenters out there. Therefore, it looks like you are making these claims up.

In addition to being dishonest, this is a blatant violation of WP: BLP. Just because you personally dislike him and his views (as I also do) does not mean you can make statements like that without any evidence. The sources you have been using to "back up" these claims, in fact, make no such statements about Bardwell's health. It undermines the integrity of Wikipedia when people use it for that kind of childish name-calling. Stick to the facts, please. Stonemason89 (talk) 10:11, 17 October 2009 (UTC)

He is paraplegic, an observation made with no value-judgment whatever. Wikipedia is to convey the facts, not editorials. Why do you think someone is engaging in "childish name-calling" by conveying the disabilities which the subject has congenitally and manages to overcome in the world of work? Another editor wants to know more of Bardwell's biography; yet, when someone includes biographical information, another editor eschews it. Bardwell, incidentally, has an excellent reputation as a cabinetmaker, and he overcomes the handicap in doing that job. Please come out from behind your anonymous username. I live within 10 miles of Bardwell and know his demographics, which were conveyed in honesty and fidelity to the facts. Rammer (talk) 20:14, 17 October 2009 (UTC)
So? You say that you know he is paraplegic because you know him personally. That is not acceptable for additions to Wikipedia articles, as it violates WP: OR. And don't accuse my of being insensitive to people with disabilities. I have a disability. But I am also quite well aware that all too many Americans, even in this day and age, tend to use disabilities as insults. Witness the all-too-frequent usage of the slur "retard" (the R-word), as many of us like to call it), or spaz, crip, et cetera, as generic insults in American culture. I still don't believe he is really paraplegic. If he is, how come none of the over 1,000 news articles that have mentioned him in the past 2-3 days have mentioned the fact? Stonemason89 (talk) 20:20, 17 October 2009 (UTC)
That's a very good question--why the media don't mention it. Yes, I know the WP rule and comprehend the benefit of keeping WP strictly in the arena of secondary research. His paraplegia is part of his biography and has no causal relationship to the event which put him into the news. I didn't "accuse" you "of being insensitive to people with disabilities," and you should not have alleged that I am "dishonest" or engaging in "childish name-calling." Let's put all that behind us and try to improve the article. Do you have a way to get someone in the media to comment more biographically and descriptively on Bardwell? Rammer (talk) 20:32, 17 October 2009 (UTC)

I'm curious for real, and don't mean to sound sarcastic at all; is Keith Bardwell really paraplegic? I can imagine if he uses a wheelchair, but he walks around on his thighs, and has no feet, legs, or knees? When did he enter the carpenting profession? I guess that's his trade? --rock8591 01:26, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for your inquiry. I understand from some of the locals that Keith Bardwell makes cabinets (cupboards). I don't know how long he has been in that business except that it has been a very long time, many years. Yes, he is paraplegic and walks on his thighs, uses a wheelchair, and drives a vehicle equipped with hand controls; but I concurred with others to withdraw all that information until it is confirmed by a primary published source. I anticipate that that will possibly happen before too long. Rammer (talk) 02:29, 19 October 2009 (UTC)
For your handling of this situation with Civility, I give you a:

--TParis00ap (talk) 21:06, 20 October 2009 (UTC)

Deletion of Keith Bardwell[edit]

I've asked the closing admin to reconsider his conclusion. Probably best if you don't jump in on his talk page too, as he'd probably just feel ganged up on. If he still disagrees with me, I'll be happy to post the deletion review request. Postdlf (talk) 13:39, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

Thanks. At last count (I read the deletion discussion yesterday) there were more votes to keep than to delete although several voters on both sides recommended renaming the article so as to emphasize the incident instead of the man. Consequently I created a REDIRECT called "Bardwell incident" which could be populated as the main article. You're right to warn against petitioning the gatekeeper, because the evidence so far has been that democracy is not necessarily considered welcome or even desirable. Nonetheless, wiking the article out entirely is not a reasonable alternative. Writers whose legitimacy is above reproach had dedicated many hours to creation of an article which thousands of readers were finding useful. It was the one source on the 'net where people could find a dispassionate attempt to contextualize the situation and to provide more information than just what the man did and how he is horrible. There was good reason for renaming the article but no good reason for deleting its substance. Rammer (talk) 16:10, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

lloyd George[edit]

Would you please tell me on what basis you chose to add an obscure US protestant sect as the religion of a Welsh politician? Was it a mistake? I ask because this has been done once before (I can't remember if it was you) and I'd like to get to the bottom of the reason. --Snowded TALK 02:52, 30 October 2009 (UTC)

Lloyd George's connection with the Disciples of Christ is well established. For internet sources see the following:
http://www.adherents.com/people/pg/David_Lloyd_George.html
http://everything2.com/title/David+Lloyd+George
http://www.nndb.com/people/935/000088671/
http://www.liberalhistory.org.uk/item_single.php?item_id=12&item=biography
I was surfing for something else when I came across the religion of Lloyd George as indicated by the infobox in the article about him. Rammer (talk) 03:14, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
The only one of those which approaches being a reliable source does not mention Lloyd George but only Richard. --Snowded TALK 04:23, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
Cf. http://www.mun.ca/rels/restmov/texts/rbutchart/dcc/DCC25.HTM and http://www.mun.ca/rels/restmov/texts/gchapman/ONELORD.HTM. Lloyd George also may have made contributed a brief article to the Disciples’ publication World Call. See http://www.mun.ca/rels/restmov/texts/world/WCIL.HTM . I don't know whether the Disciples were so enthusiastic to claim him in his later years when his membership and behavior were known to be less faithful. He was, as you are aware, quite a character. I was not, incidentally, the prior inserter of the Disciples monicker into the Lloyd George article, but the contributor who did cited adherents.com. Rammer (talk) 06:05, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
`still mainly internal sources, and I don't see it in the biographies. He was in the welsh non-conformist tradition, but any associations with specific sects were loose at best. Its also not clear (from what I can see) that the chapel in the Llyn Peninsular was really linked to the US movement. I think its a curiosity (and an interesting one) but not for the info. box --Snowded TALK 06:10, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
See http://yba.llgc.org.uk/en/s-LLOY-RIC-1834.html on the influence of Richard on David Lloyd George. The correlation between the US Disciples and the Welsh Disciples is not necessarily causative although the Americans were certainly aware of their British counterparts and supported them. See Restoration_Movement#Great_Britain. Thomas Campbell (clergyman) and Alexander Campbell (clergyman) had already acquired their religious mind set in Scotland before leaving for America. Rammer (talk) 17:09, 30 October 2009 (UTC)

Reply[edit]

Birmingham. Sorry about the delay in relying, I've only just found your post. I should have redirected that page to my talk page. I think I'll update my profile. TheRetroGuy (talk) 13:53, 3 November 2009 (UTC)


File copyright problem with File:2009Dec12 Southeastern Louisiana University Center commencement.jpg[edit]

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Janet C. Wolfenbarger[edit]

A special "thank you" for this article! It's nice to see something on a military figure which isn't ripped off from public domain federal sources, and is instead properly referenced. Keep doing what you're doing :). Ironholds (talk) 20:20, 21 December 2009 (UTC)


File copyright problem with File:Southeastern University Center cr sign out.JPG[edit]

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Fixed. Rammer (talk) 17:26, 24 December 2009 (UTC)

Tantamount to election[edit]

Hi, I've dropped an unreferenced tag on your new article tantamount to election. Please add some references as soon as possible, or it is very likely one of the deletionists will pick up on it and nom it at AfD. Thanks for your help!--Wehwalt (talk) 22:26, 28 December 2009 (UTC)

Added sources. Thanks. Rammer (talk) 23:37, 28 December 2009 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of File:Head poster Garden District.jpg[edit]

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Delete the duplicate. Connect the other one to the Stacy Head article's link. Find a way to make the uploading of file images between Wikipedia and Wikimedia less confusing and redundancy prone. Rammer (talk) 23:42, 4 January 2010 (UTC)
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Annika Johansson[edit]

Are you planning on creating an article at this title? At the moment this is a redirect to an article that barely mentions the subject of the redirect. If the daughter meets the notability standard, then she ought to be the subject of her own article; if she doesn't, the redirect serves no purpose. I thought I would check what you intended before doing anything with this. --R'n'B (call me Russ) 17:13, 19 January 2010 (UTC)

I would like to revise and extend the redirect into a brief article but may need a few weeks to get around to the task. Miss Johansson now lives in Florida and is out on a touring production. Rammer (talk) 03:15, 20 January 2010 (UTC)

Song file[edit]

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AfD nomination of List of African-American Republicans[edit]

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Talk:List of African-American Republicans discussion on inclusion criteria post-AfD[edit]

Hi Richard David Ramsey. I'm leaving you this message because you commented at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/List of African-American Republicans. There appears to have been consensus to clarify the scope of the list. I've started a discussion on the topic at Talk:List of African-American Republicans and would welcome any input you have. Shadowjams (talk) 06:06, 19 February 2010 (UTC)

Frank L. Stanton Portrait[edit]

I noticed that you had done much work on the Wikipedia page for Frank Lebby Stanton. I recently uploaded a portrait of Mr. Stanton on Wikimedia that I scanned from an October 1892 issue of The Magazine of Poetry, if you would like to incorporate the portrait into the Wikipedia article. You can find the portrait here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Frank_Lebby_Stanton_Portrait_Magazine_of_Poetry.jpg Londonjackbooks (talk) 01:25, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

Yes, much clearer picture. Thanks. Rammer (talk) 02:34, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

CfD nomination of Category:FEMA critics[edit]

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Unofficial sites[edit]

Please don't add links to unofficial sites like you did with this diff. Fansites and unofficial sites are unwanted in the external links section and elsewhere, as it encourages continued addition of such sites. The problem was, is, and always will be, which unofficial and non-neutral sites do you allow and which do you not? The answer is to allow none. In the future, if you see such sites in articles, please remove them. Thanks. Huntster (t @ c) 00:20, 13 April 2010 (UTC)

That's fine. I'm a very busy person and do not need to invest time trying to assist with the Wikipedia. Rammer (talk) 03:39, 13 April 2010 (UTC)

Articles for deletion nomination of Tony Smith (preacher)[edit]

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Woodville Republican[edit]

Always happy to be of help - thanks to HotCat. :-) Excellent article; keep up the good work! --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 00:58, 9 August 2010 (UTC)

Scott Perrilloux[edit]

If you think Scott Perrilloux is a notable individual, I encourage you to write an article about him. Creating a misleading redirect, or adding his picture to another article, is not really a useful substitute for an encyclopedia article. --R'n'B (call me Russ) 13:52, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

You are right about that, but please don't accuse me of being "misleading" with a redirect. There was no intention of parking him there permanently. Rammer (talk) 14:21, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

Russ: I believe the reason for your objection is now resolved. Respectfully request that you remove the RFD templete on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Perrilloux . One of these days I may get around to writing an article about the 21st Judicial District. That needs to be done, but my time is limited. I believe that the situation which now prevails with the redirect is the best way in the meantime. Rammer (talk) 15:15, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

Thomas Sjöberg (journalist)[edit]

Hi! It seems you recently created an unreferenced biography of a living person: Thomas Sjöberg (journalist). The community has decided that all new biographies of living persons must contain a reliable source that supports at least one statement made about the person in the article as per our verifiability policy. Please add references as soon as possible. Thanks! --LaraBot (talk) 00:10, 21 November 2010 (UTC)

Not exactly. What I did was to translate the article from the Swedish Wikipedia. Your problem is with the Swedish version. Respectfully recommend you go to http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Sj%C3%B6berg_%28journalist%29 and raise your complaint there. I agree with your complaint. Rammer (talk) 22:15, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

Wikipedia Campus Ambassadors wanted at LSU[edit]

Hi! I'm leaving you this message because you are listed as a Wikipedian in Louisiana. The Wikipedia Ambassador Program is currently looking for Campus Ambassadors to help with Wikipedia assignments at Louisiana State University, which will be participating in the Public Policy Initiative for the Spring 2011 semester. The role of Campus Ambassadors will be to provide face-to-face training and support for students on Wikipedia-related skills (how to edit articles, how to add references, etc.). This includes doing in-class presentations, running workshops and labs, possibly holding office hours, and in general providing in-person mentorship for students.

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Thanks for your support! If you think you'd like to help bring the Wikipedia Ambassador Program to Southeastern Louisiana University for some later term, I encourage you to apply to be a Campus Ambassador... either now (we'll probably have a training event in Baton Rouge in early January) or later on. Then you can keep an eye on things as they develop, and maybe take the lead at SLU at a time when you have more time for it. Cheers --Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 15:33, 7 December 2010 (UTC)

WP:USERNOCAT[edit]

Dear Richard. I have removed a number of categories from your user and user talk pages. These categories are suitable for articles and article talk pages only, as described at WP:USERNOCAT. Thanks. Rockpocket 00:23, 4 January 2011 (UTC)

Whatever. I use my middle name, David. Rammer (talk) 05:01, 4 January 2011 (UTC)

Semicolons and emphasis[edit]

Hello. Whilst I very much support your efforts to encourage the correct use of the semicolon, I do not understand why adding bold to them, like this and this, would be a good idea. I don't think that adding the bold is helpful: surely an informative edit summary would suffice? Thanks and best wishes, DBaK (talk) 23:19, 17 April 2011 (UTC)

I don't want semicolons to look like commas. Otherwise I agree with you. Maybe, where possible, the preference would be to use periods (full stops). The main problem, however, is to rid the encyclopedia of comma splices. Periods and commas are never interchangeable. Why someone intelligent enough and informed enough to write an article cannot identify a sentence and punctuate it as such is a mystery. Rammer (talk) 23:27, 17 April 2011 (UTC)
Thank you very much for the nice reply. I think I understand your point but I don't think that adopting a personal typographic convention will stick - not unless you want to try to get it adopted as part of the MoS! I do love to see semicolons and colons properly used so I'd be a bit sad to see them replaced by full stops. As for the mystery of people who know enough to write but not enough to write well - yes, it's sad, but I suppose that's why we have subeditors, wikipedia punctuation nerds, and the like. I saw an article today, about a railway station in England, which I think would have made you feel quite unwell. It consisted of good information with horrible presentation: I feel as if I'll need a day off before I look at it again. Oh well ... and thanks again for the reply. Best wishes DBaK (talk) 22:29, 18 April 2011 (UTC)

Nomination of Sohaib Athar for deletion[edit]

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Alas! Hereby I make the first (personal) comment on the user page of the guy who started the wikipedia article about the guy who happened to be online when Osama bin Laden was killed. Can I get a WP page now too? -- 09:07, 3 May 2011 (UTC)
Fine with me, if you happened to appear on every television screen in the world. Rammer (talk) 16:18, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

Thank you, Mr. Ramsey, for writing me. I'm starting to think that perhaps the article Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Sohaib Athar should be deleted and have that content rolled into Death of Osama bin Laden. Kindest respects: AdjustablePliers (talk) 22:50, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

The Sohaib Athar article had 263 hits on May 2 and 16862 hits on May 3. I'm aware that the number of hits is not a criterion for inclusion. Nonetheless, Wikipedia has done the service of making the information available to a lot of people who, for some reason important to them, are seeking it. Rammer (talk) 03:33, 4 May 2011 (UTC)

Re: Genaro Codina[edit]

Hola Richard. El artículo era muy corto, terriblemente corto. Dos de las referencias eran de la misma Wikipedia y, como seguramente sabes, no son aceptables. No dudo que la persona sea relevante pero no podemos aceptar un artículo tan reducido. Mi inglés, me temo, es tan básico como tu español así que lamento no poder ayudarte. Saludos desde esta tierra de gracia, Laura Fiorucci (talk) 01:49, 31 August 2011 (UTC)

Okay, Laura. I have decided to agree with you. I may be wrong, but it seems that the "Zacatecas March" was Codino's one stunning work, such that, even though he composed other works, he almost becomes a flash in the pan. There are four images related to him in Wikimedia Commons, plus others on the internet although I'm not sure whether all of them are legally available. Just merge everything toward the article about the march itself. Rammer (talk) 02:13, 31 August 2011 (UTC)

Categories for discussion nomination of Category:People from Saint Helena Parish, Louisiana[edit]

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Speedy deletion nomination of File:Stanton Jacobs-Bond Spencer Just Awearyin 1911 cusb-cyl3824d.ogg[edit]

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Standby. Sfan00 IMG, can you update me on what the situation is there? Maybe I'm missing something or not looking in the right place, but I see no deletion tag. Additionally, the file works. Nonetheless, if you can remove it from Wikipedia so that it remains just on Wikimedia Commons, then that action makes sense. The song itself is in several Wikipedia articles, and we only have to be careful that they all link directly to the file in Commons without any need for a page containing the file in Wikipedia per se. Rammer (talk) 15:22, 14 September 2011 (UTC)
Already resolved, If all the links are named the same, the image from Commons should show through without intervention:) Sfan00 IMG (talk) 18:54, 14 September 2011 (UTC)
Sounds good to me. Let's see what happens. Rammer (talk) 19:39, 14 September 2011 (UTC)

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Since he is now a university president, what are your thoughts on Michael D. Shonrock meeting Wikipedia's notability threshold? →Wordbuilder (talk) 08:00, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Wordbuilder: If you will, please move the earlier deleted article into the active English Wikipedia. Wikipedia protocol requests that I check first with the deleter, in this case Wordbuilder, and I have now done so. Rammer (talk) 17:03, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
The article has been restored to Michael Shonrock. →Wordbuilder (talk) 07:02, 20 February 2012 (UTC)
Thanks, Wordbuilder. Rammer (talk) 21:48, 20 February 2012 (UTC)
Glad to help. →Wordbuilder (talk) 05:31, 21 February 2012 (UTC)

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You need a page number for the reference The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism: Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin Al-Husseini or it will be removed, okay? --TIAYN (talk) 14:42, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

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Fred Luter[edit]

It is probably easiest to upload a derivative file onto Commons. I had thought about cropping it, and then having the cropped picture in the infobox, and the full picture lower down in the article. StAnselm (talk) 04:13, 26 June 2012 (UTC)

I cannot get DerivativeFX to work. But the idea is still that the photograph needs brightening. I don't think cropping will help much or even at all, including to display just Luter himself. The current group photo is fine because of the famous company Luter is in there, but we really need a better portrait of Luter. Rammer (talk) 15:22, 26 June 2012 (UTC)
Yes, we do. That was the only one on Commons. StAnselm (talk) 22:37, 26 June 2012 (UTC)

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Nearer, My God[edit]

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Quotations from an existing source are not original research. Yes, I know the prohibition. I merely clarified what the article already asserts about Genesis 28:11-19. I did not "dispute" anything, nor will I continue to edit that article. Rammer (talk) 05:15, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Are you sure that Lowell Mason's tune BETHANY has yet to make such serious inroads into the British repertoire as to threaten the indigenous British tunes? Compare, in reverse, the way in which—on "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah/Redeemer"—CWM RHONDDA has virtually driven ZION out of American churches. Rammer (talk) 18:37, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

This statement is supported by a source from 1898 (a long time ago):

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Do you have a more recent source that states which tune is the most popular in Britain in recent decades? -- Ssilvers (talk) 06:07, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
Ian Bradley in the Daily Telegraph Book of Hymns as of 2006 indicates HORBURY as the dominant tune in the U.K. (with the others in the WP article as alternatives) and BETHANY as the sole tune in the U.S., but I will try to do more checking on the British situation with an informed source on the scene. Rammer (talk) 23:16, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. What page does he say that on? -- Ssilvers (talk) 03:35, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
Bradley, Ian (2006). Daily Telegraph book of hymns. London: Bloomsbury Academic. p. 294.  ISBN-10 = 0826482821, ISBN-13 = 978-0826482822. That's the paperback edition. The hardbound edition was published in 2005. Here's a quotation from Bradley on p. 294:
Perhaps the best-known tune for the hymn, at least in Britain, is Horbury, which John Bacchus Dykes (1823-76) wrote for the first edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern in 1861. He named it after the town in Yorkshire which he had visited two years earlier to make his first confession. In the USA the tune most often used has been Bethany, which was composed in 1856 by Dr Lowell Mason (1792-1872), a bank clerk from Savannah who founded the Boston Academy of Music.
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Useless eaters[edit]

Hi there, Richard David Ramsey. Is the reason you redirected the phrase useless eaters to Der Giftpilz because the phrase was coined in that book? Jonas Vinther (talk) 18:52, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

I'm not sure, Jonas Vinther. I have forgotten what happened with that redirect. The term "useless eaters" is nonetheless associated with Julius Streicher as an epithet he used against Jews. But didn't he use that expression before publication of Der Giftpliz? I'll be interested in your response, and I think maybe your knowledge may be more eclectic than mine. Rammer (talk) 20:33, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Well, according to Laurence Rees, Hitler and the top Nazi chieftains coined the phrase "useless eaters" to describe the Jews. I haven't read Der Giftpliz nor do I know anything in particular about Streicher. I was wondering if the phrase itself would deserve an article? Jonas Vinther (talk) 20:52, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
I can see that the expression "useless eaters" has had referents broader than just the Jews in the Third Reich. See http://rense.com/general78/philo.htm . That's an article I cannot necessarily recommend, but it does provide indication of a wider meaning of the "useless eaters" term. Rammer (talk) 21:24, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Nice work, Richard. I have quite a lot of Wiki projects running right now, but later in the year I'll make into a full article. Your help is welcome. :) Jonas Vinther (talk) 22:44, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Det är bra, Jonas. Du får bestämma. Min fru är, förresten, svenska. Jag använder mitt mellannamn, som är David. Rammer (talk) 23:35, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Ahh, en folkunge? Jamen goddag David, det er rart at møde en af samme slægt. :) Jonas Vinther (talk) 23:51, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Nåårh, jeg kan se fra din userpage du er Amerikaner, men kan tale svensk. Fedt man. :) Jonas Vinther (talk) 23:53, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
 :) Rammer (talk) 21:18, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

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Keep. BDD: You are impressively fastidious to raise such a question, but you worry too much. If the current mention of Diego Mendez is all that Wikipedia has, then the redirect is critical to help readers use what there is. The alternative is to write a self-standing article on Diego Mendez. Embedding his information into the article on Columbus and providing a redirect for individuals who seek information on Mendez alone is the best compromise, the best alternative. Rammer (talk) 19:13, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

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