31 August 2011

Mr. Edgerton Goes To Lexington

All of this controversy is related to Lexington City Council's proposal to ban Confederate flags from flying on city owned light poles. A federal judge has already smacked them (the city) down once in an earlier suit in 1993. In a rather transparent attempt to skirt the court order, they are using lawyerly language and manuevering to make it appear this proposed ordinance has nothing to do with the Confederate flag. 

30 August 2011

What's Wrong With School Choice?

It deprives statists and the NEA of their power and control. No commentary needed for this video - it speaks for itself.

Tip o' the hat to BigGovernment.com.

29 August 2011

Recently Rescued From A Watery Grave

CS Gardner Dropped Bullet
Video, more pictures, and commentary coming soon.

Happy Birthday Mr. Locke

On this day, in 1632, John Locke was born. Considered by scholars to the be father of *classical liberalism, his views on private property were embraced by many of our Founding Fathers and enshrined within our founding documents. 

*Not the version of the kooky American left (socialists).

28 August 2011

What's This Man Doing In The River?

I'm back from a metal detecting adventure in a river located in the southeastern United States. I'm working on a Youtube video that will showcase the relics we recovered and I hope to post that some time later this week. Stay tuned for this and more interesting posts coming up this week.

26 August 2011

Despised By The Intellectuals

Amazing how, despite dramatic changes, some things never change. Is this new book the 2nd coming of Adam Smith? What is it about intellectuals which prevents them from learning anything from history? Despite their constant claim that they are the experts, they seldom learn anything from our past, which is why they should, in most cases, be ignored when it comes to lecturing the rest of us.

Business has always had a bad rap. Throughout almost all of history, business has been despised by the intellectuals, it’s been heavily regulated by governments, it’s one of the reasons the world didn’t make much progress…as little as 200 years ago, 85 percent of people on planet Earth lived on less than a dollar a day, 85 percent, we’re down to 20 percent now. (Emphasis mine)

"Beware committees, conferences and leagues of intellectuals. Distrust public statements from their serried ranks. Discount their verdicts on political leaders and important events." ~ Historian Paul Johnson (Intellectuals, page 342) 

25 August 2011

Breitbart's Big Education - Challenging The Status Quo

As a big advocate of homeschooling and a homeschooling parent, I've been involved in education options and reform since the early 1990's. And, as readers of this blog know, I am also an unapologetic critic of academia and America's government educational system, for a number of reasons. (I am always quick to add that I realize there are many good teachers in public education fighting the good fight - often against a system that actually hinders more than helps their efforts. I have known a number of them - as well as a number of administrators - over the years.)

Now comes the recent announcement from conservative gadfly Andrew Breitbart regarding his newest website. BigEduation.com (not live yet) will address many of the same issues which have been discussed here - indoctrination, failed philosophies and policies, abuse of parents' rights, poor results, etc, etc. Breitbart has a reputation for shaking things up. I suspect his new project will only enhance that reputation, as well as expose the shortcomings of the government's and academia's education monopoly, as well as their desperate attempt to hold on to that monopoly. They will ultimately fail in that attempt. Breitbart discusses this new project and the motivation for it in the video below.

More here.

Virginians Are Tough

I know, everyone has probably already seen this. But I simply could not resist.

24 August 2011

Civil War Chaplains Project - Please Help

Recently the National Civil War Chaplains Museum submitted several grant proposals to various organizations in order to fund our project of collecting images and information for a database of all of the known Confederate chaplains, priests, and rabbis who served during the War Between the States. (This had already been accomplished for Union Chaplains.) The Museum has received conditional approval of a $5000 grant for one of those requests. Details to come as soon as the grant is confirmed.

2.       The research process for this project is as follows:

A.   The Chaplains Museum will employ a graduate history student from Liberty University to conduct the research.  (In case a graduate history student is not available, a senior history undergraduate will be employed.)
B.   The student will be employed for 40 hours per month at the rate of $10.00 per hour to conduct the research under the supervision of the Museum Director.
C.  The text Faith in the Fight will be utilized in the research.  This book already gives the name, life dates, denomination, and unit association of known CSA chaplains, priests, and rabbis.  However, in some instances not all of this information is available for each figure.  Missing from this listing in the text are images of each and other anecdotal information.
D.  Further research on each figure will be augmented by searches per Ancestry.com, unit histories per the Internet, texts such as Soldiers of the Cross by Kent Dollar, A Narrative of the Great Revival Which Prevailed in the Southern Armies During the Late Civil War by W. W. Bennett, Christ in the Camp by J. William Jones, Religion and the American Civil War by Miller, Stout, and Wilson, and The Spirit Divided:  Memoirs of Civil War Chaplains:  The Confederacy by John Wesley Brinsfield, Jr.
E.  Other contribution sources could include information from institutions such as the Museum of the Confederacy and U. S. Archives and solicitation of chaplain info via the Museum’s web site and CW related publications such as Civil War Courier, Civil War News, and The Confederate Veteran.
F.   Once every four months the information will be collated, organized, and uploaded on the Museum’s data system.
G.  Upon completion of the research, a copy of the data base will be sent to the headquarters of the SCV (as earlier requested) and made available to the public via the Museum’s stipulations.

If any of my readers have ancestors who served as Confederate Chaplains, or, if you have any information, photographs, Bibles, letters, diaries, etc. related to any CSA Chaplain that you'd be willing to either loan or allow the museum to photograph and/or copy, your kindness would be greatly appreciated. 

For further details, you may comment here or contact me or, you may contact the museum's director, Professor Kenny Rowlette at 434-582-2087.

Also, please share this post with anyone who might be able to assist in this project.

*By the way, someone was kind enough recently to loan the museum David Farragut's Bible.

23 August 2011

The History Of Earthquakes In Virginia

Since it's in the news, I thought this was rather interesting . . . 

"On February 21, 1774, a strong earthquake was felt over much of Virginia and southward into North Carolina. Many houses were moved considerably off their foundations . . . "

Even had one during the WBTS.

More here from the USGS.

22 August 2011

Book Review - The Battle of Piedmont by Scott Patchan

I received the updated edition of Scott Patchan's book about the Battle of Piedmont earlier this summer but have taken my time to read through it carefully due to my keen interest in this battle. Though I'd read the previous edition some time ago, it was no longer in print and I'd been looking forward to seeing the new edition since I first learned that Scott had updated the original. It was well worth the wait. I will admit that I have a special interest in this particular engagement. First of all, Piedmont is located near my home in Augusta County, Virginia - about a 20 minute drive through beautiful countryside from where I live. Secondly, my mother was born in New Hope, which is a small community adjacent to Piedmont. (Actually, Piedmont was nothing more than a crossroads and small general store in its hey day - there's really nothing left to mark it anymore, other than the boarded up store.) Finally, my great-great grandfather, John Meredith Crutchfield, was wounded at Piedmont while serving in Virginia's 60th Infantry. He was involved in some of the heaviest fighting of the battle. Grandpa Crutchfield's personal experience adds an interesting back story to what happened on that June day in 1864. 

The Battle of Piedmont is probably one of the most overlooked Civil War battles to have taken place on Virginia soil. This despite the fact casualties from the battle were more than any of Jackson's legendary Valley campaign of 1862. The casualties also outnumbered those of New Market; and the bitter memories of New Market served as a rallying cry for the vengeance seeking yankees at Piedmont. Though overlooked, Piedmont was an important battle. As Patchan points out:

Most importantly, the true significance of Piedmont has dissipated over the years. Although its obscurity can be explained, it cannot be justified. At the time, Piedmont changed the course of the war in Virginia.

Published by The History Press as part of their Civil War Sesquicentennial Series, Patchan's book is an easy, but interesting read. The style is crisp and the narrative moves along at a good clip, keeping the reader's interest while not getting too bogged down in minutia; as do many WBTS books which focus on battles. Yet Patchan does a great job of describing the terrain and movements of the opposing armies that fought at Piedmont that fateful day of June 5th, 1864. Ample maps, along with present day photographs, allow the reader to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each army's initial field positions and how Union General David Hunter took advantage of a weakness in Confederate General William E. "Grumble" Jones' line at a crucial moment in the fighting.

My ancestor was most likely wounded during some of the heaviest fighting as his unit was in the thick of it. He was taken prisoner and transferred to the infamous Camp Morton in Indiana where he suffered, along with other Confederate POW's, in miserable and cruel conditions. He was later transferred to Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond where he died in March of 1865. His widow and family never knew what became of him until the 1950's when my great aunt did the research and found his records. 

Several of the homes and farm structures that stood during the battle are still standing, though driving through the quiet, peaceful community today one sees no evidence of the bloody battle that took place there almost 150 years ago. Even so, some locals still harbor not-too-pleasant memories of those who invaded their community those many years ago. Some years ago, I spoke to a woman who lived on a farm in Piedmont that had been in the family for generations. In discussing the battle with her one day, I mentioned George Armstrong Custer. Her back stiffened as she clenched her jaw and said, "We don't mention that name in my home. That devil burned our barn for no reason other than his own entertainment." I quickly changed the subject.

For a concise and interesting read of one of the Civil War's "forgotten" battles, one could not do better than Scott Patchan's The Battle of Piedmont and Hunter's Raid on Staunton.

Quote Of The Month - August 2011

“I’ll work every day to try to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your life as I can.” ~ Texas Governor Rick Perry

Oh if we could only dream of such a day.

Review of Scott Patchan's book coming soon . . . just been a bit busy as of late, but have several interesting posts in the hopper, plus an underwater relic hunt planned for later this week. Where? Somewhere in the United States is as about as descriptive as I'm gonna be for now. Should be interesting though. More to come next week on that along with, I hope, some good video. It should be quite an adventure . . . canoes, compasses, and Confederate booty.

15 August 2011

13 August 2011

Metal Detecting Post #44 - H2 O My!

A gentleman with whom I've exchanged quite a few emails recently posted this video about Civil War relic hunting underwater. Fascinating! Oh yes, I'm already making plans.

12 August 2011

Metal Detecting Post #43 - Equipment Set Up

Steve Kaighen, aka KC Steve, produces some great Civil War relic hunting videos. I'm on his Youtube subscribe list and, since a number of readers have commented and shown interest in this wonderful hobby/sport, I thought I'd share Steve's most recent video about the equipment he uses. He uses one of the same detecting units I own, the White's MXT. Great info and a funny ending.

My adventure into the Blue Ridge this morning yielded only iron farm implement pieces - nothing exciting to report. :o(

11 August 2011

Darwinism & Socialism - What The gods Have Wrought

"Abused and neglected from the cradle through adolescence, American children watch and learn. And if their parents finally realize the error of their ways, it is often not until they are living their twilight years in solitude because their children are too busy to visit them. There, alone, they spend their idle final days gazing out at their surroundings through iron bars on their windows, welded on to prevent the next generation of children from blowing their brains out." ~ Andrew Thomas

Max Hastings recently wrote a blistering indictment of the root causes of what we've been witnessing in Great Britain. In what could have been film scenes from Mad Max, many of us recoiled in horror at the images of animal-like (feral) children stalking the streets of London fearlessly assaulting, murdering, and burning.

But Hastings' piece is not only an indictment of Great Britain's society - it is also an indictment upon American society, for we suffer from the same ills. 50 years of the Great Society, of relativism, the new morality, Darwinism, socialism - all brought to us by the smartest people in the room - are now yielding a bumper crop of societal ills. The experts on child-rearing, on government policies, and social engineering have bestowed this upon us. These are the same "experts" who tell us every day how to live our lives, how to vote, how to educate our children, what to eat, what to drive, what to believe about our past, and, soon, when to die. Well, we are now witnessing what these experts and their gods have produced: destruction, chaos, and anarchy. Hastings writes:

"They respond only to instinctive animal impulses — to eat and drink, have sex, seize or destroy the accessible property of others."

And why shouldn't they - since that is what Hollywood and the government has taught them. Yes, Mayberry is no longer the norm from Hollywood. Hollywood prefers South Park. And, of course, socialists in our government encourage class-warfare at every available microphone. This justifies a mentality of - "I can take what you have if you have more than I do." What we're seeing in London is just the logical outcome of socialism and Darwinism. The "fittest" are simply "spreading the wealth around" - among themselves. They've learned well.

"Nobody has ever dared suggest to them that they need feel any allegiance to anything, least of all Britain or their community."

Allegiance to a country? You gotta be kiddin' me - sounds like suggesting someone should embrace our equivalent of American Exceptionalism and be proud of their history and culture. That notion is soooo 20th century. No, we are all citizens of the world now. Taking pride in one's own Nation's (especially a Western nation), accomplishments is haughty and outdated.

"Not only do they know nothing of Britain’s past, they care nothing for its present."
Why should they care anything about the past? They should hate it since the past was full of nothing but sexists and racist oppressors.

"These kids are what they are because nobody makes them be anything different or better. "

"Make them different"??!! That would damage their self-esteem. No, can't do that.

"So who is to blame? The breakdown of families, the pernicious promotion of single motherhood as a desirable state, the decline of domestic life so that even shared meals are a rarity, have all contributed importantly to the condition of the young underclass.
The social engineering industry unites to claim that the conventional template of family life is no longer valid."

No further commentary is needed there. Progressive views on the family and raising children are, by every objective statistic available, demonstrably a colossal failure.

"How do you inculcate values in a child whose only role model is footballer Wayne Rooney — a man who is bereft of the most meagre human graces?"

Role models? Aren't role models also heroes? One historian recently opined that "there are no heroes in history." Really? Modernity has taught school children to disdain the heroes many of us looked up to when we were in school. Every mention of a Confederate icon, or even a George Washington, must be accompanied by the obligatory reminder that they were evil slaveowners. Every American patriot must be brought down to the level of moderns, because it is quite evident most moderns don't have the moral aptitude to ascend to theirs. But a world without heroes that leaves a void, a vacuum; which is then filled with celebrity "heroes" who abuse drugs, women, our sensibilities, and themselves - and are paid quite handsomely for it. Of course, it you point that out, you're "judgmental" and "insensitive", blah, blah, blah. And we are then dismayed that children follow suit? The ruling class answers with another government program which will, by design, not solve the problem but create a whole new set of problems and more calls for yet more destructive government intervention.

"A century ago, no child would have dared to use obscene language in class. Today, some use little else. It symbolises their contempt for manners and decency, and is often a foretaste of delinquency."

Obscene language? Nothing is obscene according to the gods of modernity. It's free expression. Had I used obscene language in class when I was in school, I would have been sent home with a note where my mother would have promptly washed my mouth out with soap. Today, I'd be sent to "anger management classes" and my mother would be arrested for child abuse. Contempt for manners and decency? Yes, but where did children learn that? Former high-ranking government officials casually use the "F" word on national television and everyone gets a big ha-ha and yawns. Bloggers who claim to be serious historians lace their posts with profanity and allow others to do so in their comments. Public school teachers publicly use gutter-level bathroom language to insult others - why should we expect children to behave any better that ourselves? Our culture has become coarse, crude, and ugly. And some call that "progress."

Welcome to the brave new world, brought to you by the gods of modernity. 

More of Hastings' essay here.

Fortunately, for me, I am going to take some time tomorrow and escape the insanity that is modernity; where intelligent human beings are afraid to admit what they know in their heart is true because it is not politically correct; where men are afraid to admit they'd send their own sons to the battle front before they'd choose their own daughters for that ugly task, afraid to admit they would prefer their daughter have an escort on certain outings and which they would not give any consideration that their son would need an escort on the same outing. Modernity - where nothing is real and adults prefer to live among unrealistic platitudes that defy the laws of science, nature, and common sense. Yes, I'm escaping Never-Never land for a few hours tomorrow. When the sun rises tomorrow morning, it will find me in a very remote hollow deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains with nothing but a metal detector and my back pack as my companions. Alone with God, nature, and reality.

Manliness Wins Wars

 According to one very brave woman:

"Well, manliness wins wars. Strength and guts plus brains and spirit wins wars. But also, you know what follows manliness? The gentleman. The return of manliness will bring a return of gentlemanliness, for a simple reason: masculine men are almost by definition gentlemen. Example: If you're a woman and you go to a faculty meeting at an Ivy League University you'll have to fight with a male intellectual for a chair, but I assure you that if you go to a Knights of Columbus Hall, the men inside (cops, firemen, insurance agents) will rise to offer you a seat. Because they are manly men, and gentlemen." ~ Peggy Noonan, contributing editor to The Wall Street Journal

More here.

BTW, is Ms. Noonan a sexist?

10 August 2011

NFL To Allow Women To Play

The NFL announced last night that, starting in 2012, the league will allow women to play. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement to a group of reporters outside the NFL headquarters in New York City early Wednesday evening. He said he hoped the decision to include female players would convey the NFL’s more “feminine” and “progressive” sides . . . “The National Football league was once considered a bastion of masculinity. That women can now participate in it is a huge step for gender equality.”

I must admit, I never thought I'd see this. Well, of course, it just makes sense, doesn't it? Based on recent discussions here (after I mentioned my son had decided against attending VMI back in the '90's due to their going co-ed), I thought this announcement was quite timely. The NFL is finally shedding its sexism. Time does indeed march on. We are definitely making progress as a society. I'm sure the NFL will survive and that all the old traditions will continue - it will certainly be entertaining, won't it? Nothing like seeing a 6' 10", 380 pound lineman running at a full gallop and lower his helmet as he nails a 165 pound powerhouse of a woman quarterback right in the gut - yeah, can't wait! And don't worry, physical standards won't be lowered - no sirree! The NFL actually has plans to toughen their practices and guidelines. 2012 is sure to be a bang up season. Nothing quite like brutalizing those physically weaker than you, is there?

More here.

You Can Thank The Sons Of Confederate Veterans

For the preservation of the Manassas Battlefield:

The actual battle ground was acquired by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and donated to the U. S. Park Service in 1938 as a gift to the American people in honor of the soldiers of both armies that fought in the historic battle which was won by the Confederates. The donation of 130 acres include the Henry Farm and the site of the Visitors Center. A plaque at the visitors Center describes the donation and land transfer for thousands of visitors annually.

Included in the transfer agreement is the following: "the strictest observance of the accuracy and fairness of the markers and monuments and there will be no development or markers or inscriptions which detract in any way from the glory due Confederate heroes."

More here.

Though the SCV-- as well as the UDC--are often malignied by the High Priests of Political Correctness, the legacy of America's greatest war would be lacking were it not for these two patriotic civic organizations. As a matter of fact, many of the historic sites that Americans enjoy today would not even exist. 

Take Lee Chapel in Lexington, Virginia for example. The Chapel had been in Robert E. Lee’s mind almost since accepting the presidency of the beleaguered school in 1865. When General Lee reported to the board of trustees in June of 1866, he wrote: “A larger chapel is much needed. The room used is too small and badly adapted to the purpose. It is moreover required for additional lecture rooms, into which it could be conveniently converted.” This would be Lee’s pet project and construction began in 1867. It was his first major undertaking as President of Washington College. One year later, in Lee’s 1868 report, he wrote: “The completion of the new chapel, which has recently been dedicated to the service of Almighty God, is a pleasing as well as useful addition to the College buildings.”

The Chapel remains, to this day, a fitting memorial to Lee. As Douglas Southall Freeman wrote of Lee: “What he seemed, he was—a wholly human gentleman, the essential elements of whose positive character were two and only two, simplicity and spirituality." As President of Washington College, Lee often expressed his sense of spirituality and its connection with the Chapel. Lee was often visibly moved during Chapel services. Upon one of these occasions, as Lee was leaving the building, a friend inquired of Lee if something was wrong. Lee replied, “I was thinking of my responsibility to Almighty God for these hundreds of young men.”

But Lee Chapel was actually almost torn down in the early 1920's. Then President Dr. Henry Louis Smith thought the structure was "unattractive" and not "architecturally compatible" with the other building at W & L. Fortunately, the brave ladies of the United Daughters of the Confederacy mounted a spirited public relations campaign that saved the grand old building. Thank God for the UDC.

Visiting Lee Chapel today is well worth the effort. There is no admission charge and the museum in the basement houses an wonderful collection of Lee family heirlooms and historical artifacts. The museum shop has an excellent selection of books, framed art, and souvenirs. I highly recommend a visit if you are ever in Lexington.

How poorer we all would be were it not for the preservation efforts of these two Southern heritage groups.

09 August 2011

Metal Detecting Post #42 - 19th Century Items

The dog days of Summer do not often offer ideal metal detecting conditions - hot weather, parched, concrete-like ground, snakes, and mosquitoes make a detectorist long for the cooler days of autumn. Many of the areas I have permission to hunt are currently either in crops or located in very overgrown areas of the Blue Ridge. Nonetheless, it is hard for me to stay away from all the history which I know is lying just beneath the surface here in the Breadbasket of the Confederacy - the Shenandoah Valley. Below are a sampling of a few items I've found recently - despite the less than favorable conditions.

This is a spoon I recently found at the farmstead once owned by Stonewall Jackson's Chief of Staff, Robert Lewis Dabney. It was manufactured by Wm. A. Rogers and is stamped "German Silver", though I'm not convinced it is silver. After some cleaning, the metal has the appearance of being some type of copper alloy. I don't know enough about metals to make a determination. I believe it dates to the late 19th century.

Another close up shot of the spoon's intricate design. When considering the technology available at the time these items were made, the craftsmanship is quite remarkable.

Pictured here are some miscellaneous items I dug at another Shenandoah Valley farmstead. The larger item is, I believe, one of the bells off of an old telephone. The iron item on the left is some type of tag. The decorative brass piece could be off of a lamp or other household item. I've been told the two items at the bottom are lead weights and were used in the hems of frock coats, as well as tents used by soldiers in the WBTS. The area where they were dug did see a major battle during the Civil War.

I seem to find a lot of 19th century flat buttons. Here's another. The tag is a bit difficult to read (click to enlarge image) in this photograph but it reads: "Anchor Buggy Co. - Cincinnati Ohio" The company made buggies during the 19th and early 20th century and also manufactured "Carriage" automobiles from 1910 - 1911. Both of these items were found on the same farmstead as the lead weights.

I've been fortunate enough to secure several very promising sites where concentrated WBTS activities occurred and will be exploring those as soon as cooler weather arrives. I'll also be detecting some sites this fall that date to the early 19th and late 18th century. As much as I love summer, I'm looking very forward to the changing of the seasons. Now, if I can just find time to get started on that next book project . . . ;o)

08 August 2011

The Decline Of The American Republic

". . . Obama is overseeing, and in some respects engineering, the decline of the American republic . . . the downgrading of our credit rating isn’t an isolated event; for many people it will be seen as the nearly inevitable outcome of an extraordinarily reckless set of policies, implemented by a man of unusual incompetence."
More here.

And let's not forget *many academic historians, and not just a few Civil War bloggers, publicly endorsed this guy (and his policies)--all the while reminding us of their "expertise" "as historians" and while simultaneously looking down their collective noses upon the Tea Party types - who they view as "anti-intellectual" and "politically motivated" butchers of history who aren't "sophisticated" enough and who don't know how to "properly interpret" history. What a joke. The Tea Party has been right about a lot more than these self-proclaimed experts and members of the ruling class.

So, the anti-American Exceptionalism crowd now has egg on their face. Do they possess enough brains to wipe it off? Do they even realize how much they've damaged their credibility and how they are tied, inextricably, to Obama's incompetence and recklessness?

I once caught heck for simply endorsing a book (supposedly because it was "bad history" and because I was motivated by politics), yet this same crowd is silent about all the professional historians and bloggers who endorsed the man who very likely will go down as the most incompetent and dangerous President in modern American history. That, alone, should tell us much of what we need to know about many modern academics and "professional" historians.

I am, once again, reminded of the words of Paul Johnson:

"Beware committees, conferences and leagues of intellectuals. Distrust public statements from their serried ranks. Discount their verdicts on political leaders and important events." ~ Historian Paul Johnson (Intellectuals, page 342) 

*That post just serves as a convenient sampling - there are literally scores, if not hundreds, of other examples one could cite.


04 August 2011

Metal Detecting Post #41 - Recovery Of The Month - July 2011

One of the relic hunters with whom I regularly correspond, Mr. Beau Ouimette, recently recovered an extremely rare WBTS item - the spear point from a lance which belonged to one of Rush's Lancers. This is quite a discovery and he is in the process of writing an article for a national magazine about the details of his find. This is a photograph of this very rare WBTS relic. Notice that even after 150 years, part of the wood is still attached. History preserved. I'll post more about it once the article has been published later this year.

(I am going to try to post a relic "Recovery of the Month" from now on which will feature rare, unique relics recovered by metal detectorists. Stay tuned.)

03 August 2011

Public Education - The Trust Factor

If you can't trust public schools to teach a balanced, apolitical approach to science, should you trust them to teach a balanced, apolitical approach to history? *No, you shouldn't. They have an agenda.


U.S. Education Dep’t Pushes Man-Made Global Warming, Saving the Earth at Children’s Reading Event

Unadulterated indoctrination. They are teaching false science. Story here. I'm glad all (8) of my school-aged grandchildren are being homeschooled.

*Yes, I realize that there are exceptions with individual teachers.

Does The Tea Party Signal A Tipping Point?

"This is not the first time a 'Tipping Point' has occurred in American history. The lead up to the tipping point that was the American Revolution​ was replete with incidents and powerful personalities stretching over a century and a half from the initial landing of the Pilgrims (literally sailing across the Atlantic to get out from under British control) to the first "Tea Party" in Boston to the rhetoric of Patrick Henry and the ride of Paul Revere. All these and more finally culminated in the "shot heard 'round the world" when Americans confronted the British militarily at Lexington and Concord. The world was never the same again, the once presumed eternal certainty of British colonial rule on its way to being shattered for good . . ."

"Thanks to the Tea Party movement, Conservatism is on the verge of a major victory that dwarfs the technical and actual realities of whatever the details of the resulting deficit deal passed last night. Yes, there is a long, long way to go. But the idea that America doesn't, in fact, have to be governed for eternity as a debtor nation with a mammoth, out-of-control, ever-expanding government is winning the day. It is tipping the balance with increasing decisiveness against an idea that has become so much a part of conventional wisdom that even some conservatives, startlingly including, inexplicably, the Wall Street Journal, have displayed the wobblies at the thought of confronting the Leviathan. The WSJ's attacks yesterday against Jim DeMint​, Michele Bachmann and Sean Hannity, saying 'sooner or later the GOP had to give up the hostage' -- follows another editorial in which the paper railed against Tea Party members as 'hobbits.' The paper, sounding like cranky British Tories in 1775 Boston rather than the bold, forward-looking paper that championed the much-derided ideas of Ronald Reagan, wildly bought into the liberal notion that the Tea Party from Hobbitville . . ."

A fascinating perspective here, at the American Spectator.

01 August 2011

A Great Southern Tradition Is Back - Duck Head

(Click to enlarge)

Ah yes, my favorite khakis before the company went out of business a few years ago. I still have 4 pairs - all of them with that classic, worn look; but still going strong. I'm actually wearing a pair now, though a bit frayed. The Duck Head brand has a great history and tradition. The company was actually started by two Confederate veterans after the WBTS using "duck cloth" for overalls and which they marketed to working class Southerners as they started to rebuild their devastated economy. Tough times call for tough pants.

Anyway, I'll be doing a product review for Duck Head in a couple of weeks on another blog to coincide with their "relaunch." Maybe I'll do a tease or two prior to that piece. You can watch a pretty cool video about the history of the company here - it even includes a Rebel Yell! After WWII, Duck Head signed Hank Williams to endorse their products. Duck Head - no Southern man should be without a pair. Wear history.

The Tea Party & Historical Perspective

Once again, facts and results have proven academic elitists wrong. Despite suffering months and months of unfair criticism from the ruling class, academics, progressives, and neocons, the news this morning is that the real winner in the recent debt debate was the Tea Party.

While I remain very skeptical about the details of the "deal", the initial perception is that the Tea Party has changed the terms and parameters of the debate in Washington and has handed Obama a sound defeat:

While the details of the debt ceiling deal remain fuzzy, this much is clear: Barack Obama may be president, but the Tea Party is now running Washington.

While I don't agree with all written in the piece, this article gives an interesting perspective and comparison regarding Obama and Roosevelt and how each handled a nationwide financial collapse.

**Update - I am not a member of the Tea Party, but the more I hear them attacked by the likes of this plagiarizing, lying dirt bag, the more I think about joining them.

**Update #2 - “but as result of the Tea Party direction of this Congress these last few months has been very, very disconcerting . . ." Granny Harry Reid 

Most of what Granny Reid finds disconcerting makes me very, very happy. ;o) Granny is disconcerted for the same reason academic elites and the rest of the ruling class are - the TP threatens their power and control.

**Update #3 - "Democrats in Washington have called them terrorists and extortionists, but tea party activists say that is only proof they are finally influencing the debate over government spending. “Our enrollments go up and people start new chapters,” said Mark Meckler, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, of the impact of rhetorical attacks during the recent battle with President Obama and congressional Democrats. “It’s definitely worked to our advantage.” Story here.