30 October 2008

The Last Bastion


Regional Distribution of Members of Evangelical Protestant Churches in the United States
:

50% - South
23% - Midwest
17% - West
10% - Northeast

Political Ideology Among Evangelical Churches in the United States:

52% - Conservative
30% - Moderate
11% - Liberal
7% - Don't Know

Source: The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

The South remains the last great bastion of Judeo-Christian conservatism in the United States. Some folks just seem to have a real problem grasping facts.

"From Virginia sprung the Southern Mind, a mind which favoured the local community, Burkean conservatism, the folkways of ancestors, an unwavering orthodox Christian faith." ~ Alphonse Vinh


Franklin Springs Family Media - In Peru

Franklin Springs Family Media, the wonderful company that filmed and produced the Still Standing - The Stonewall Jackson Story, film is filming on location in Peru. Click here for the interesting details.

Abraham Kuyper

"A number of politicians were dissatisfied with Kuyper’s leadership because he refused to separate his theological and political views. To him, they were identical interests since Christ was king in every arena of human life." ~ George Grant

Read this very interesting post on this most amazing man, Abraham Kuyper. It is Kuyper's words that grace the cover of my book about Stonewall Jackson and his black Sunday school class:


"He is your friend who pushes you nearer to God." ~ Abraham Kuyper

Hat tip, of course, to Dr. Grant.

29 October 2008

Academic Inquiry For Joe The Plumber


Some academics like to poke fun at the Politically Incorrect Guide series. That’s to be expected. As the publisher’s site explains:

“Regnery Publishing created the bestselling Politically Incorrect Guide™ (P.I.G.) series to tackle a variety of topics in our society—issues that have been hijacked by politically correct historians, academia, and media.”

Even so, many of these books have been written by credentialed academics and experts in their fields. They are written mostly for a general audience and not for academic peers. Thus, the authors are not constrained to follow politically correct dogma and kiss the ring of the court historians. Yet they serve a useful purpose in revealing that there is much more to the subjects addressed than what the PC elites in academia and the media are force feeding us—the statist approved version. They provide a good place to start an inquiry and provide sources for further study. By all means, read the scholarly works being published by the university presses--many of them very good studies--but why not explore other views and celebrate diversity in opinion and academic inquiry? Do not fear the truth, come to the light.

I’ve listed a few of these very popular books below, along with the authors and their credentials:

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization

By Anthony Esolen who is a professor of English at Providence College, and a senior editor of Touchstone magazine. He is the editor and translator of several epic poems of the West, including the three volumes of Dante’s Divine Comedy. He is one of the team-teachers of Providence College’s Development of Western Civilization Core Curriculum. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife, Debra, and two children.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible

By Robert J. Hutchinson, who is a veteran religion writer, studied philosophy as an undergraduate, moved to Israel to study Hebrew, and earned an M.A. in biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. He writes frequently on the intersection of religion and popular culture. He lives in Southern California with his wife and five children.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution

By Kevin R. C. Gutzman, J.D., Ph.D. who is associate professor of American history at Western Connecticut State University. He received his Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas, his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of Virginia. Dr. Gutzman is the author of Virginia’s American Revolution: From Dominion to Republic, 1776–1840 and was a featured expert in the documentary film John Marshall: Citizen, Statesman, and Jurist. He has written scores of articles and encyclopedia entries, as well as reviews of books, films, and exhibitions for magazines academic and popular. He lives in Bethel, Connecticut, with his three children.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism

By Robert P. Murphy who earned his Ph.D. in economics from New York University. A former professor at Hillsdale College, he is now an adjunct scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute and an analyst at Laffer Associates. He has worked as both an economics scholar and lecturer, as an investment/business analyst, and as a writer of popular journalism on economic topics. He lives with his wife and son in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature

By Elizabeth Kantor who earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in philosophy from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She is the editor of the Conservative Book Club, and writes for Human Events.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design

By Jonathan Wells who is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington. He holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in theology from Yale University. He is the author of Icons of Evolution: Why Much of What We Teach about Evolution Is Wrong (Regnery) and is currently doing intelligent design–related scientific research.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism

By Carrie Lukas who is the vice president for policy and economics at the Independent Women’s Forum. She is a senior fellow at the Goldwater Institute and a contributor to National Review Online. She holds a master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science

By Tom Bethell who is a senior editor at the American Spectator. He has contributed to many publications, including the New York Times magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Crisis, and National Review. He writes often on science. Tom Wolfe has called Bethell “one of our most brilliant essayists.” Bethell was born and raised in England and graduated from Oxford University in 1962 with a degree in philosophy, physiology, and psychology. He lives in Washington, D.C.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History

By Professor Thomas E. Woods, Jr. who is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, as well as The Church Confronts Modernity: Catholic Intellectuals and the Progressive Era and The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy. He holds four Ivy League degrees, including an A.B. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Columbia. He teaches courses in Western civilization, is the associate editor of The Latin Mass magazine, and is a prolific essayist on historical subjects. He lives with his family in Coram, New York.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War

By H. W. Crocker III who is the author of Robert E. Lee on Leadership; a history of the United States military, Don’t Tread on Me; a history of the Catholic Church, Triumph; and the prize-winning comic novel The Old Limey. Crocker holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and American Literature from the University of California at San Diego, and a Master's Degree from the University of Southern California's School of International Relations in London, England. He lives on the site of a former Confederate encampment near the battlefields of Northern Virginia.

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Folkways of Ancestors

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I, along with some of our children, their spouses, and many of our grandchildren; gathered at my home to make apple butter--a tradition that goes back generations in many Virginia families. We made over 40 quarts from 3 bushels of Virginia grown apples! The process begins early in the morning and lasts most of the day. Use a copper kettle over an open fire, throw in a few pennies to help keep the stirrer and apples from sticking to the bottom and burning, and then enjoy the fruits of your labor on hot butter biscuits! Here are just a few pics from the event.

28 October 2008

Shhh...This Is A Secret (To Some)

Need more evidence of leftist ideology impacting the classroom? Ok, for the fearful among us, I offer:

Educational Biases :

"It should concern everyone that our students, and we as a society, seemingly have little choice but to accept that our schools are dominated by leftist teachers promoting their own agendas. It is no longer a grand secret that many public and private universities are awash in military-demeaning, left-leaning, inculcating faculty and receptive students . . . Even the staunchest naysayer would have major difficulties debating this; the facts are overwhelming." (Facts do not matter to some.)

Intellectual Diversity :

"The proper conservative model of education is one which emphasizes classical liberal values, teaches a traditional canon of literature, and inculcates in students the principles of America's ordered liberty." So, conversely, what would be a proper "liberal" (leftist) model?

Learning How To Think :

"Students are simply inculcated with one-sided denigration of American history and of the Judeo-Christian principles that were the essential ethos of the society that wrote the Declaration of Independence and crafted the Constitution."

The Myth of the Religion Neutral Classroom

"Far from ensuring religious equality, the modern educational paradigm in fact promotes a secular humanistic atheism or agnosticism."

If that's not enough, in addition to all the previous evidence I've cited, just let me know. I'm happy to share information which will enlighten the uninformed and help those in denial throw off the shackles of the oppressive court historians. Do not fear the truth. Come to the light. ;)




Choosing The Right College



My critics will love this.

Man Up



. . . by reading some good advice from Robert E. Lee here.

27 October 2008

More On Academic Bias

"Liberalism is, in practical terms, a parasitic worldview, and the universities provide a perfect field of potential hosts.

'Most of our students come in as good Republicans, but that’s just because they’re ignorant. We change that.' – A distinguished professor of history

For the last decade or so, the general public has been regularly briefed on the fact that our universities, particularly the public ones, aren’t the places of balanced intellectual pursuit that they pretend to be. Yet study after study, report after report, and experience after experience argue the opposite . . . "

So says Dr. Brian Melton

**Update: It's almost embarrassing to witness some deny the mountain of evidence and widely accepted fact that liberal bias in academia impacts the teaching of history and interpretation. Absolutely jaw-dropping amazing. Are these folks in denial or really that insulated from reality? I read a criticism on another blog regarding the fact that the above reference quote is not sourced. That's a fair criticism and I expected it. All I can say is that the professor who shared the quote wanted to remain anonymous. Given the subject matter, that's understandable. Nonetheless, the particular professor who shared what another professor told him is well known and respected in academia and a proven Civil War scholar. For what it's worth, you have my word on that.

**Update 2: Kevin Levin has made this false claim ad nauseum: "Williams has never been able to cite evidence of such a movement within the halls of academia." Lord have mercy, how much evidence does he need? There are mountains of evidence supporting my claim, and I've cited some of it many, many times. Mr. Levin just chooses to ignore it. I wonder why he doesn't respond to these other academics and students' claims of liberal bias impacting academia?

Bedfellows

This article comes at a providentially interesting time. Much of academia and the mainstream media are on a mission to bend the views and shape the culture of the United States to a more socialist environment. This interesting piece details the obvious in the mainstream media and was written by an insider to whom it will be difficult to tag with "right-wing paranoia."

Michael S. Malone's articles and editorials have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, the Economist and Fortune, and for two years he was a columnist for The New York Times. Malone is the author or co-author of a dozen books, notably the best-selling "Virtual Corporation." Malone has also hosted three public television interview series, and most recently co-produced the celebrated PBS miniseries on social entrepreneurs, "The New Heroes." He has been the ABCNews.com "Silicon Insider" columnist since 2000.

25 October 2008

Don't You Dare Question Me



Wow! A media person who actually does her job! This is an amazing video. Finally, someone willing to ask the same type of tough questions routinely asked of conservative candidates. Both camps should be asked the tough questions, but Ole' Joe Biden doesn't seem to know quite how to handle this tough lady. He's used to being questioned by those who have man-crushes on him and get tingles up their leg. I suspect Ole' Joe may have had a trickle down his leg about half-way through this interview.

He got his wittle feelwins hurt and canceled a follow up interview with his wife. Awww, poor, poor Joe. If Biden can't take some tough questions from a female reporter, how is he going to stand up to the international thugs that want to destroy us? Come on Joe, man up. Take some of those hair plugs out of your head and put them on your chest.

On Deck

























































See page 234 of this book. But it's "Richard", not "Robert." This is my security blanket. ;)

I'm Shocked!

From George Grant's blog:

"What a surprise! The New York Times today endorsed the Democratic candidate for president, Barack Obama. Last time around, the influential daily newspaper endorsed John Kerry. The time before that, it endorsed Al Gore. Before that, it was two consecutive endorsements for Bill Clinton. Before that, it was Michael Dukakis. Before that, it was Walter Mondale. Jimmy Carter got two nods. Before that, it was George McGovern. Before that, Hubert Humphrey. Before that, Lyndon Johnson. And before that, John Kennedy. Umm. See the trend? In the last 100 years, the Times has endorsed only three Republicans. It just makes you wonder why the paper even bothers to announce their picks anymore."

Arguing The Obvious

I recently picked up a copy of Ludwell Johnson’s North Against South ~ The American Iliad 1848-1877.

Though first published in 1978, the book is still in print and has been republished twice—once in 1995 and again in 2002; both times with new prefaces by the author. For those unfamiliar with Professor Johnson, he is Professor Emeritus of History at the College of William and Mary and has authored numerous books, articles, and reviews on the topic of the Civil War. He is a native Southerner and a traditionalist.


While I’ve read some of Professor Johnson’s articles and an interview of him some time ago, I’d never take the opportunity to read one of his books. This one comes highly recommended and, though I don’t need yet another book on my plate, I reluctantly added it to the ever-growing stack next to my parlor chair. After reading the prefaces, I’m most glad I did.

As a true academic, Professor Johnson knows the university environment as well as anyone. This post is, in part, a response to Kevin Levin’s suggestion that there is no pervasive liberal bias against Southern heroes and culture in academia, although he has admitted there is liberal bias in academia. I suppose Kevin believes that this liberal bias is just against traditionalist Northerners and traditionalist Westerners. The libs hate Custer, but they really love Lee and Jackson. Right.

In Professor Johnson’s preface to the 2002 edition, he goes into some detail about political correctness and liberal bias on college campuses in the United States. He writes:

“PC has roots in both American socio-political realities and postmodernist theory, with which it shares method and mission to a large degree, but the overt form PC has taken in America is a home-grown product. It can be defined by its purpose, which is to achieve a social and cultural revolution along the lines of the postmodernist agenda by means of an intolerant and selective relativism. In the university PC has become self-perpetuating and self-generating through its influence on curriculum, hiring and firing of faculty, graduate admissions and training, codes of language, and social behavior.”

And Johnson further points out that, “Of all the fields of scholarship, history is perhaps most attractive and vulnerability to Political Correctness.” Exactly.

And in his 1995 preface, Johnson wrote:

“In dealing with any part of history, the selection of facts is bound to be controversial, especially when the subject is as highly charged as the conflict between the North and South. . . However, the historian [or writer] will find that he will draw the least hostile fire if his approach falls within the mainstream of interpretation that has generally prevailed ever since the North won the war. This involves the essential premise that the North was right and the South was wrong, that the palm of moral superiority must be awarded to the victor—an illustration of the truism that the winner of the war also wins the history. The historian by trade departs from these assumptions at considerable professional risk, particularly when, as in the 1990’s, the academy is so thoroughly pervaded by what is called “political correctness.”

The results of political correctness are being played out on many Southern campuses, despite some historians being in denial. Vanderbilt wanted to remove the word "Confederate" from the name of Confederate Memorial Hall, a dormitory. Since its etched in stone, I assume they were going to sandblast it. 1984 anyone? But their efforts failed after losing a lawsuit brought by The United Daughters of the Confederacy. The organization had originally financed the building with the understanding the name would never be changed. The PC police didn’t care. Plunder is acceptable in their quest for cleansing the South’s “stains.” At the University of Texas, there are efforts under way to move statues of Confederate leaders from any prominent site. Sewanee, once known as the “University of the South,” is also involved in dishonoring many of its cherished symbols.

"They are trying to bury the founding fathers and the founding men who taught there and who had a definite part to play in the Civil War, having been generals and engineers. It's a silly sort of reverse thing to attract students, to keep this quiet now." So said Prescott N. Dunbar, an alumnus from New Orleans.

I could go on and on, but why argue the obvious? The South remains the last great bastion of Judeo-Christian conservatism in the United States. This is why her heroes and culture are under attack. As Professor Johnson points out, the goal of the left is to “achieve a social and cultural revolution along the lines of the postmodernist agenda by means of an intolerant and selective relativism.” The South stands in the way of that goal.

Do Not Criticize "The One"

Or his disciples will use the power of the state to investigate you. Very Nixonian.

23 October 2008

My Favorite Atheist

"We still believe in 'the experts.' They still believe in themselves."
~ Chris Hedges, The Idiots Who Rule America.

Read his insightful piece here. Much of what he says also applies to the elites and self-proclaimed "Wizards of Smart" in academia, particularly historians.

22 October 2008

A Must Read Piece

"Barack Obama is just another politician, and not a very wise one. He has revealed his ignorance and naivete time after time -- and you have swept it under the rug, treated it as nothing. Meanwhile, you have participated in the borking of Sarah Palin, reporting savage attacks on her for the pregnancy of her unmarried daughter -- while you ignored the story of John Edwards's own adultery for many months. So I ask you now: Do you have any standards at all? Do you even know what honesty means?"

I'll answer that. Yes, they (the mainstream media) know, but they don't care.

This must see piece can be read here.

Bill Ayers - Still A Marxist And Proud Of It

But will it matter to the Kool-Aid drinkers?

"I considered myself partly an anarchist then and I consider myself partly an anarchist now. I mean, I'm as much an anarchist as I am a Marxist which is to say I find a lot of the ideas in anarchism appealing. I'm very open about what I think, and nobody here is surprised about what I think. There is a struggle over various religious fundamentalism, Jihad being the most visible, but the religious fundamentalism of the Christians and of the Jews is equally troubling. Is one of those regrets that I took extreme measures against the United States at a time of tremendous crisis? No, it is not. I don't regret that."

More here.

Will The Counter Culture Rule America?

"The extent to which the 1960s counter-culture has become the culture and 1960s anti-Americanism become the new patriotism is amazing. That's why Obama could launch his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist and pay almost no price for it. As Chris Matthews lectured Pat Buchanan on Hardball last Friday night, Ayers was a terrorist with a worthy motivation: he bombed the Pentagon because he wanted America out of Vietnam, a blameless goal indeed. Under the Left's tortured understanding of the new patriotism, even Jeremiah Wright is pro-American: his fulminations had the purpose of drawing America into the light."

Complete article here.

SCV Virginia Division Helps Lee Chapel

The Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans recently donated six replica flag staffs to the Lee Chapel and Museum of Lexington, Virginia. For decades, eight original battleflags and staffs were hung about the chamber which contains the famous recumbent statue of General Robert E. Lee. The Museum of the Confederacy laid claim to the flags in the 1990's and the original flags were sent to Richmond. The current flags are replicas which were donated by the UDC. The MOC recently requested that the original flag staffs be turned over to the museum as well. Brandon Dorsey, Past Virginia Division Commander, was made aware of the situation and requested that the Virginia Division cover the cost of creating period looking replicas. Daniel Young, a sutler and member of the Stuart-Hairston Camp #515, was chosen to make six of the replica staffs and finials. Two of the original staffs were field replacements made from a dogwood tree and a pine tree. The replicas of these two staffs were selected and cut by Mr. Dorsey.

20 October 2008

Man of the Year Contest


A blog/site I read every day: *The Art of Manliness, is sponsoring, along with Old Spice, a "Man of the Year Contest." They are now taking nominations. I encourage you to visit and nominate someone worthy - your father, son, brother, teacher, pastor, friend, co-worker, etc. Look at the qualifications first though as they tend to narrow your choices. Just what type of man are they looking for?

"The First Annual Art of Manliness Man of the Year Award sponsored by Old Spice seeks to find the man who represents what’s best in men; men who do the right thing, even when it’s not convenient; men who work hard and never complain; and men who are loyal to their friends and family. In today’s celebrity focused world, these type of men sadly go unrecognized . . . We’re looking for men who epitomize the manliness that used to exist before the arrival of metrosexual pretty boys. Examples of the type of manliness we’re talking about include men like Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. Men like your grandpa. These men knew what it meant to be a man. They understood things like hard work, responsibility, and looking out for others. They lived by a code of honor and respect for others. Sadly, many of today’s men lack these attributes. But we know there are men still out there like this. Our goal is to find them and honor them."

As an aside, I have used Old Spice cologne and after shave since I was a teenager - many, many moons ago. You may ask how that happened? Glad you asked. When I first started courting, I was at an age when I spent a lot of time at my grandfather's home. He used Old Spice and it was cheaper to use his than buy my own. I grew to like it and never stopped using it. My wife loves it, my children call it "old man stuff." I'll take that.

*I've been invited to write something for the Art of Manliness as a guest post which will appear some time next week. Stay tuned.

More Information Suppression From The PC Left

This is enough to cause the left to mess their diapers. Unbelievable.

"A government report that found old-fashioned reusable nappies damage the environment more than disposables has been hushed up because ministers are embarrassed by its findings."

Yes, it's true. The left is often "embarrassed by the truth." Perhaps "discredited by the truth" would be more accurate. Story here.

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The Left Can't Tolerate Dissent

Why? Because their kooky ideas can't stand up to honest debate. Their solution? Quash dissent, debate, and conservative opinion - just like they do on most college campuses with political correctness. Cowards. Story here.

I can only smile as I predict a huge backlash.

"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." Proverbs 16:8

18 October 2008

Chaplain Duties

Today I will be privileged to officiate an Iron Cross honor ceremony dedication for Pvt. Schuyler Bradley Wright of Chrisman's 3rd Battalion Virginia Reserves. The ceremony will take place at 2 PM at Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church, 6410 Lee-Jackson Highway (Rt. 11), Steeles Tavern, (Augusta County) Virginia.

Tomorrow afternoon at 4 PM, I will be presenting a program about Stonewall Jackson and his black Sunday school class for the Frank Stringfellow Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Fairfax, Virginia.

17 October 2008

Is the Washington Post Schizophrenic?

The Washington Post endorsed Obama in a love-fest editorial (what a surprise) writing that he "has the potential to become a great president," this despite his "relatively brief experience in national politics." The Post continues, "The choice is made easy in part by Mr. McCain's disappointing campaign, above all his irresponsible selection of a running mate (Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who has more experience than Obama) who is not ready to be president."

So let me see if I can get this straight. McCain isn't qualified to be President because his VP is inexperienced, but Obama is qualified to be President despite his inexperience.

I see.

Is the Washington Post schizophrenic? No, they are just applying liberal logic. You see, there are two sets of rules - one set for the elites, one set for the rest of us.

And then I came across this tit for tat post today: Jesus was an unlicensed carpenter. Hat tip to Southern Appeal.

Why Low Voter Turnout Is A Good Thing



Do your patriotic duty. If you're stupid, please stay home on election day.

16 October 2008

You Can Spell, But Can You Count?



I have 3 words for this Wizard of Smarts: You are unable to count.

I Think This Has Already Been Tried



"From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs."
~ Karl Marx

Hey Senator, you don't fix the economy by "spreading the wealth around." That's raw socialism. You fix the economy by CREATING new wealth in a dynamic economy with tax cuts and less government interference. You should read Adam Smith and put The Communist Manifesto back on the shelf.

15 October 2008

2009 Liberty University Civil War Seminar


The 2009 Liberty University Civil War Seminar The Reel Civil War: The Civil War in the Cinema


On March 27-28, 2009, Liberty University will present its 13th annual Civil War Seminar. This year's program is entitled The Reel Civil War: The Civil War in the Cinema. Featured speakers include the following nationally renowned authors and writers whose books and work are familiar to all Civil War enthusiasts:

  • Bruce Chadwick--The Reel Civil War: Myth Making in American Film --A Dramatic Homage to Gone With the Wind
  • Ron Maxwell—Producer/Director of Gettysburg and Gods and Generals
  • CBN Anchorman Lee Webb-- Walking a Minefield: Reporting the Civil War Today
  • David Sachsman-- Memory and Myth: The Civil War in Fiction and Film
  • Ken Elston-- Raising the Ghost: Composing Engaging Theatre from the Story of John S. Mosby
  • Mel Reid--Glory, Twenty Years after the Fact
  • Katharine Lane Antolini-- Scarlett O'Hara as the Confederate Woman
  • Paul Ashdown-- From Cold Mountain to the Carpathians: Filming a Civil War Odyssey in Transylvania
  • Dr. Brenda Ayres—Reconciliation in Civil War Movies: The Colt, Shenandoah, Mosby’s Marauders, Little Colonel, Little Rebel, Johnny Shiloh
  • Kevin Hershberger of Lion Heart Filmworks, LLC—Filming The Civil War Documentary
  • Kenny Rowlette—Civil War Films of the Centennial Celebration (1961-1965)
  • Dr. Brian Wills-- Screening History: Hollywood’s Depiction of the American Civil War
In addition to the speakers' presentations, there will be numerous exhibits of Civil War artifacts and memorabilia for the public, vendors of Civil War items, and a special exhibit of Civil War movie posters. The event will be held at the Kirkley Hotel on Friday, March 27, 2009, and the Saturday, March 28, 2009, session will be held in DeMoss Hall on the campus of Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Everyone is encouraged to secure reservations for this seminar by Wednesday, March 25. Admission to the seminar is $65 (which includes all of the seminar sessions, the Friday night banquet, and Saturday's luncheon). Admission for Friday only is $35; admission for Saturday only is $40. Special lodging rates at the Kirkley Hotel of Lynchburg are available for those who will be attending the seminar. For pricing and location of lodging, call 434- 237-6333. For special group pricing for the seminar or more information, call 434-592-4366 or email klburdeaux@liberty.edu

Still Wanted: Entrepenurial Filmmaker/Investor

Still taking applications . . . I've still not found a good match for this project so . . .

I am still seeking someone to work with on a very unique history related documentary. The qualifications I am seeking are:

  1. Must possess the equipment to film and produce HD quality work suitable for broadcast.
  2. Must have a passion for history and truth and share the worldview of the producer/director (me).
  3. Must be willing to work as a “partner” and share in costs as well as profits.There is another option I am considering: Raising $15,000 from an investor(s). With that money, I can hire and/or purchase everything I need to produce, edit, and market the film.
I have *two successful films under my belt and am excited about this next project. The most recent film, Still Standing ~ The Stonewall Jackson Story, was released one year ago and has grossed well over $60,000 as of June this year. Not bad for a small independent film company on a very tight budget. No, that doesn't compare with the most recent Indiana Jones film, but then it didn't cost us $185 million to produce either. ; )

Still Standing is being sold in several well known Civil War museums, on Amazon, and on a number of Christian media and book outlet internet sites as well. Its available on Netflix. It has been broadcast on cable twice and is scheduled for several more broadcasts as well. We expect Still Standing to be a strong seller throughout the upcoming Sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War. As a matter of fact, we think we've only scratched the surface in both sales and broadcast opportunities. There is a huge market for unique documentaries; especially in the Christian history documentary genre. As film technology continues to revolutionize the industry, this market will only grow.

Will someone join me?

Amateurs as well as professionals are invited to contact me but please, SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY. (College and homeschooled students are also encouraged to apply.) Send email to address in left sidebar or on my profile page.

*My first project (I worked as a co-producer) was an educational film which won a national award from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

14 October 2008

The Best Sort of History

". . . the best sort of history is always a series of lively adventure stories—and thus should be told without the cumbersome intrusion of arcane academic rhetoric or truck-loads of extraneous footnotes. History from that perspective is a romantic moral drama in a world gone impersonally scientific—and thus should be told with a measure of passion, unction, and verve." ~ George Grant

Which is why most academics have such difficulty connecting with the masses.

13 October 2008

How Courageous

Obama wants to send our mothers, daughters, and sisters to fight in combat roles. What a man.

08 October 2008

Who's Odd?

Some comments on another CW blog recently suggested that anyone who could admire a slave owner who, (despite the contradictions and inherent evil associated with slavery), introduced slaves to Christianity was "very odd." Of course, this opinion is not, despite what some suggest, at all out of the mainstream of modern historiography:

"It is inspiring . . . Jackson's faith led him to show kindness to those around him, including the slaves." -- Steven E. Woodworth, Ph.D., author - While God is Marching On: The Religious World of Civil War Soldiers (Commenting on my book about Stonewall Jackson and his black Sunday school class.)

Other comments on this same post referred to "the inherent equality of every man, woman, and child on Earth and of all other life forms, too."

Wow. Ok, maybe I've been abducted by aliens, but I think most Americans would find that equating "all other life forms" with human life is very odd indeed. Equality of human life, yes, but "all other life forms too?" So a rat is "inherently equal" to a child? A cockroach should have the same rights and considerations as your mother? This utter silliness drew not a single rebuke, disagreement, or question. Amazing.

07 October 2008

Mark Warner Is A Disgrace



I'm a Christian, an NRA member, pro-life and a homeschooler. According to Mark Warner, I don't know what it means to be an American. I believe Senator Obama referred to us as "bitter clingers." Mark Warner, you're a disgrace and should be ashamed of yourself.

Village Idiots

"For teachers unions and education bureaucrats, compulsory school attendance is a tool of social control." So says Dr. Brian Melton. See more here.

06 October 2008

Suspicions Confirmed

At least 2 undisturbed graves have been confirmed at this location, houses may have been built over many more - I've been told hundreds, perhaps as many as a couple of thousand more. I was at the location in Lexington yesterday. An "official" report is pending, thanks due largely to the efforts of the local Sons of Confederate Veterans camp in Lexington and the work of Doug Harwood, who has been agitating the city of Lexington for years over the issue. I first discovered this story when researching my book about Stonewall Jackson's black Sunday school class. I interviewed several descendants of those with connections to this old cemetery, as well as Evergreen cemetery where both Jeff Shields and Levi Miller are buried. My book called for some type of a monument to commemorate this cemetery.

More to come soon.

A Blow Against Ignorance

Kevin Levin recently stated on his Civil War blog that:

". . . the battle for Civil War memory or how we approach the history will be won or lost in cyberspace - including blogs, listservs, message boards, etc. - and not in books, conferences and other traditional forms of public outreach." (I discussed some of his recent remarks here.)

While I don't believe that to be completely true, I do agree cyberspace's influence will play a large and significant role. But books and other traditional forms will continue to play a major role in this "battle" as well. Of course, these various mediums also often work in concert. For example, I recently wrote a piece about Francis Scott Key, his grandson, and our national anthem for the Washington Times. A retired U.S. Navy chaplain read that print edition and then shared it with folks online and then sent me this kind email:

Mr. Williams- I read your piece in the Washington Times yesterday and I thank you very much for it. I sometimes post on blogs on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation web site, my mission being to correct some of the more egregious errors regarding politics and government here. For example, one Canadian was up in arms wondering "how can the Senate take up a bill that was rejected by Congress?" One blogger was writing that the Star Spangled Banner was written by a socialist that Republicans would certainly reject. Your article was a great help in setting him straight.

Many thanks,

Gil Gibson Commander, Chaplain Corps, US Navy (Retired)


And many thanks to you Chaplain Gibson for making a blow against ignorance.

04 October 2008

Politics in the Classroom

"An e-mail distributed by a Virginia teachers union encouraged members to bring politics into the classroom by wearing blue in support of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and simultaneously suggested that the union's voter registration efforts include those "you teach."

Complete story here.

So, not only is "higher education" and academia being slanted with political liberalism in the classroom, it’s now openly come to K-12 public schools in Virginia. Will some of my readers stay in a state of denial? Yes.

This story providentially dovetails with several other recent posts at Kevin Levin's Civil War blog. Do I view this so-called "intellectual activity" a threat? Yes. Mr. Levin's post suggested that those who believe this is a problem, do so out of "ignorance and a whole lot of fear" despite the overwhelming evidence supporting my charge. Moreover, suggesting that I, and many, many, others, just "soaked up this critique from the mainstream media" is a fallacy and without merit. The mainstream media largely ignores (covers up) this problem. I only cited the Washington Post piece due to the fact that they can't be charged with being "right-wing boogie-men." Most of the complaints with which I'm familiar come directly from students (including two of my daughters) and those inside academia. Numerous persons on the inside have written about this issue for years. Some folks act as if this is some new "right-wing conspiracy." Hardly.

And I've never said this problem is unique to Civil War history. I don't know where that came from. I've repeatedly said, and have for a very long time, that the problem involves all of our history--and academia as a whole. This whole agenda-driven effort has very broad implications. And I am by no means alone in stating this. See here , here, and here.

Citing anecdotal evidence to support one's argument may convince the writer of his own position, but I doubt it has much influence on the intelligent reader. How much evidence does one need?

However, if it's anecdotal evidence one favors, here's *some that might be of interest:

Example 1 (A conservative student shares his experiences)

Example 2 (A doctoral candidate and Civil War blogger shares his experiences)

Example 3 (A political analyst weighs in with convincing research, not anecdotal)

Example 4 ("Historians for Obama." You will search in vain for "Historians for McCain" at HNN. Go ahead, try it. Gee, I wonder why? Of course, this overwhelming, outspoken, and organized support among academic historians for a hard left candidate has absolutely no consequences in the classroom or their writings.)

Example 5 (You will, however, find articles like this one in abundance at HNN: The McCain-Palin Ticket Appeals to a Powerful Strain of Anti-Intellectualism in American Society. Sound familiar?)

Example 6 (A history professor at the university level cites numerous examples)

Example 7 "Here at Columbia, as at most top universities, we enjoy belittling conservative beliefs. Even the professors are in on it . . . " (A refreshingly honest admission from a student)

Frankly, I find it staggering that anyone can deny this reality, unless one is divorced from reality. I could go on and on, but it’s like shooting fish in a barrel. The ease in which the opposing position can be refuted offers little challenge. Suggesting that "these accusations are nothing more than a product of a defensive posture that views intellectual activity as a threat" is ridiculous on its face. Who is it being defensive here? All I've done, along with countless others, is point out the well-established--and widely accepted--truth.

Of course, that is not to say that there aren’t some politically liberal history professors/academics who keep their personal political views out of the classroom and who are also very good at what they do. Certainly there are exceptions, but the argument as to whether or not there is an overall pervasive liberal bias in academia and on most college campuses was settled long before I ever came on the scene.

And, to be perfectly clear, I’m not suggesting that these individuals are intentionally “evil”, as this author explains. Furthermore, I am not suggesting that one cannot receive an excellent education at a liberal institution of higher learning. Nor am I suggesting that there is not value in attending academic conferences, workshops, etc. I am saying that one should be aware of the battle that is going on in modern historical studies, know the instructor's perspective, and that one should not assume that just because someone has an advanced degree that their perspective is the right one.

As Mr. Levin writes: “. . . the battle for Civil War memory or how we approach the [all, in my opinion] history will be won or lost in cyberspace. . .”

He is apparently admitting that there is a battle going on in American culture over the interpretation of history, even though he seems to be dismissing my contention that his side is winning in academia.

*As always, a link to an article or site does not necessarily mean I endorse all of the positions/statements taken or made by the author and/or the site.

03 October 2008

Very Well Said

Thanks to fellow CW author and blogger Michael Aubrecht for posting this book excerpt on his blog. Author Duane Liftin puts the recent debate that has taken place on my blog in very understandable terms and does it very well.

Great post Michael. Simple, but to the point.

Who Won The Debate



As an aside, Biden made two major gaffes regarding history and our Constitution. This is amazing considering Biden is an attorney and has been in the Senate for over 30 years. He said that the executive branch is defined in Article I of the Constitution. In fact, Article I describes the legislature, while Article II defines the executive branch of government. You would think he knew which Article defined the branch of government he's served in for three decades. He also made a fool of himself in attempting to define the VP's role in the Senate saying that the vice president's only role is to support the president and then stated that there was only one time a VP had authority to preside over the Senate: "only in a time when in fact there's a tie vote. The Constitution is explicit." Sorry, that ain't so Joe.

Actually, the Constitution says the vice president is always president of the Senate. Moreover, the VP has the Constitutional right to preside in the Senate any time he so desires though, in practice, that isn't often. I wonder how many students of history caught these missteps?

Sister Saint Sarah wins hands down. Whether or not it will make any difference remains in question.

02 October 2008

Irony, Christianity & Our National Anthem

"I don't believe there are any new objections to be discovered to the truth of Christianity, though there may be some ... in presenting old ones in a new dress. My faith has been greatly confirmed by the infidel writers I have read: and I think such would be their effect upon anyone who has examined the evidences. Men may argue ingeniously against our faith, as indeed they may against anything - but what can they say in defense of their own - I would carry the war into their own territories, I would ask them what they believe." ~ Francis Scott Key

And . . .

"No specific charges were ever levied against Key's grandson. The editor's offense was simply that he had dared criticize President Lincoln. Thus, some of the liberties Francis Scott Key had enjoyed and had written about so eloquently had been lost in just one generation."

Read "the rest of the story" (by yours truly) here in Thursday morning's Washington Times.

Did Key "wear his religion on his sleeves" or was he simply exercising his Christian faith consistently in the public square?

(The timing of this piece is quite Providential.)

01 October 2008

For The Misinformed

“Even the venerable Robert E. Lee has taken some vicious hits, as dishonest or misinformed advocates among political interest groups and in academia attempt to twist yesterday’s America into a fantasy that might better serve the political issues of today. The greatest disservice on this count has been the attempt by these revisionist politicians and academics to defame the entire Confederate Army in a move that can only be termed the Nazification of the Confederacy. Often cloaked in the argument over the public display of the Confederate battle flag, the *syllogism goes something like this: Slavery is evil. The soldiers of the Confederacy fought for a system that wished to preserve it. Therefore they were evil as well, and any attempt to honor their service is a veiled effort to glorify the cause of slavery.” ~ From Born Fighting by Virginia Democrat Senator James Webb (Page 208).

*"Syllogisms are particularly interesting in persuasion as they include assumptions that many people accept which allow false statements or (often unspoken) conclusions to appear to be true. There is a difference between truth and validity in syllogisms. A syllogism can be true, but not valid (i.e. make logical sense). It can also be valid but not true." (From Changingminds.org)