Using an old book (sorry...).
Art. 400-8. Uses not permitted (of flexible cords and cables), and Art. 410-47. Screw shell-type lampholders.
It looks as though there are at least four different cords connected to this one fixture, possibly two of which have had it's ground circumvented by all this.
Joe; wonder what the "cord" is which enters the picture from the left (with the wire nuts). It almost looks like a piece of romex
with a short piece of lamp cord/plug spliced to it.
I know that lampholders such as this are made (were made) with an auxilliary outlet off to one side. This is really stretching it.
[This message has been edited by mamills (edited 09-05-2002).]