Wood theft

A Chinese woodworker recently opened his shop to discover that sometime during the night a significant quantity of his rare wood blanks had been stolen.
Looking for clues, he discovered a child's footprints in the floor's sawdust. The woodcarver decided to lie in wait to capture the thief.
Sure enough, that night he heard a noise. The Chinese woodwork jumped from his hiding place and flicked on the light.
Standing before him was a SEVEN-FOOT tall BEAR with itty-bitty feet!!!
Thinking quickly, the craftsman hollered: "Ah ha, I've caught you, boy-foot bear with Teaks of Chan!!"
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On 9/28/2011 4:24 PM, HeyBub wrote:

Don't quit your day job.
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Groan...
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I guess I am dense. Can someone explain the reference. I am not getting it. Something about a bare foot boy I presume.
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On 9/30/2011 12:30 PM, SonomaProducts.com wrote:

English Lit I, Whittier
Blessings on thee, little man, Barefoot boy, with cheek of tan!
With thy turned-up pantaloons, And thy merry whistled tunes; ... etc., etc., ...
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On 9/30/2011 1:09 PM, dpb wrote:

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American english literature, that would be, not English ...
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I think I napped that class.
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Well... once again admitting my ignorance has added to my knowledge. Sounds like a cute poem. Majoring in enginnering it was a badge of honor to never (legitimately) pass an English course (includin' spellin'). Thank god for girlfriends. Became a bit more difficult when I went back for a degree in marketing.
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"SonomaProducts.com" wrote in message

I guess I am dense. Can someone explain the reference. I am not getting it. Something about a bare foot boy I presume. ====================================================== You're not alone.
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On 9/30/2011 4:27 PM, CW wrote:

It's a pun on the poem "The Barefoot Boy" by John Whittier, which starts out,
"Blessings on thee, little man, Barefoot boy, with cheek of tan!"
The whole poem's pretty long, you can read it at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174752
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On 9/30/2011 5:27 PM, CW wrote:

That is really too bad for you and Ed. As I reach my twilight years, it was certainly worth a re- read. It revels in the riches of youth; a barefoot boy who is prince, seer, and learned sachem. Yeah, the lord and master of his domain.
Not a bad groaner for a woodworking group either, as groaners go.
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That is really too bad for you and Ed. As I reach my twilight years, it was certainly worth a re- read. It revels in the riches of youth; a barefoot boy who is prince, seer, and learned sachem. Yeah, the lord and master of his domain. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
After finding out what it was, I'm glad I missed it.
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SonomaProducts.com wrote:

Ah, the curse of a liberal education. Recently a conservative penned a novel, The Overton Window. The jacket blurb had this incantation:
"As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man There are only four things certain since Social Progress began. That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire, And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;
"And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins, As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn, The Gods of the Copybook Headings* with terror and slaughter return!"
Or you can view the trailer here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBoeHgy7svg

Without exception, a bevy of liberal bloggers and pundits screeched, hopped up and down, and, with pointed fingers, exclaimed that this digestion was evidence sufficient of a diseased and disgusting mind!
The blurb was not from the conservative author, but from a poem, The Gods of the Copybook Headings, by Rudyard Kipling.
------- * Copybook Headings. In English grammar schools, books were handed out with pages mostly blank. These were "copybooks". Each page had at the top a pithy saying, i.e., "A stitch in time saves nine," "A penny saved is a penny earned," etc., written in a florid hand. It was the object of the exercise for each student to copy the top-line quote, doing his best to match the penmanship.
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YOU ARE IN THE WRONG GROUP !!
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