22 May 2017

Offending With Flags

I love Mike Rowe's wit and wisdom and read much of what he writes. He posted some comments and observations recently on his Facebook page which I found quite interesting. Here are a couple excerpts.
Consider the Confederate flag. Many people now insist upon removing that flag from the public square, because the sight of it offends them. And yet, many of those calling for its removal are the same people demanding the right to burn The American Flag wherever it suits them. In other words, they want the right to offend, but they can’t bear to be offended.
And . . .
Consider the administrators in public universities. Somehow, they’ve gotten it into their heads that it’s OK for their students to shout down speakers they don’t like. Overnight it seems, the feelings of the students have become more important than the first amendment rights of anyone who disagrees with them.
Of course, the two topics are related. Just some food for thought. You can read his complete post here. Logic and reason vs. emotions and agendas.

19 May 2017

Relic Hunting Post #155 - Lots of Lead: Part III

Third and final video from a relic hunt on a battlefield on private property here in the Shenandoah Valley. 

17 May 2017

Today's Academic Climate

Today’s academic climate might be described as a mixture of infantilism, kindergarten and totalitarianism. The radicals, draft dodgers and hippies of the 1960s who are now college administrators and professors are responsible for today’s academic climate. The infantilism should not be tolerated, but more important for the future of our nation are the totalitarianism and the hate-America lessons being taught at many of the nation’s colleges. ~ Professor Walter Williams

12 May 2017

Relic Hunting Post #153 - Obsession

Courtesy of Relic Record . . .

9 Warning Signs That Your Civil War Relic Collecting Has Become an Obsession. 

Me: #1 and #6.

#1: The walls in your home have become less visible due to all of the Civil War related items you’ve covered them with.

When you first moved into your home, your walls were painted a beautiful neutral satin color. Now curio cabinets, Riker cases, custom built shelving, and monstrous Mort Kunstler paintings depicting the entire Peninsula Campaign cover every square inch. You’re now debating on what to do with the ceiling.

#6: Friends and family who don’t understand your hobby have disappeared. As a result, the increased isolation has caused you to spend even more time immersed in your collection.

Your closest friends and family have abandoned you. No matter how many times you’ve tried to explain that your Civil War artillery collection has been rendered safe, they still consider you a danger to yourself and society… and your dog Stonewall, Bedford, Ulysses, or General Lee.
 My wife would definitely concur.

10 May 2017

New Old Virginia Diggers Intro

The apps and software available to individuals to express themselves, share knowledge and, in other ways, be creative these days is simply amazing. From blogging, to self-publishing to creating video, anyone with basic PC knowledge and an idea can create professionally. I've recently discovered 3 such products:

1. Wondershare's Filmora for video production and editing.
2. Canva for creating everything from logos to social media icons to posters.
3. Ivipid for creating Hollywood like intros for film projects.

Here's my latest attempt at being creative and using some of this software in producing an intro for my relic hunting/history related videos:

09 May 2017

Relic Hunting Post #152 - Lots of Lead: Part I

These recoveries were made last November from a battlefield on private property, with permission here in the Shenandoah Valley. After Microsoft stopped servicing Windows Movie Maker, it took me several months to finally settle on a new video editor - Filmora.   And I LOVE it. I'm still learning all it's functions, but here's the first production using Filmora video editing software. Too bad it doesn't have a spell check function. LOL.

02 May 2017

Bible Reading Not Allowed in College Classroom?

Mark Holden, a 22-year-old history major, tells me he was ordered to leave a lecture hall after his professor objected to him reading the Bible before the start of the class.
Story here, with audio.

01 May 2017

Relic Hunting Post #151 - Liberty in the Shenandoah Valley

I've recently received permission to explore and metal detect several very historic homesites here in the Shenandoah Valley. On one recent quick survey excursion to one of these sites, I was able to make several interesting discoveries. Below is one of them. It's an 1820 Coronet Head Liberty Large Cent. These American copper coins were minted from 1816 to 1839. When I first recovered it, detail was rather sparse and I could not make out a date through the incrustation that had accumulated through the years it had been in the ground. So I boiled it in some hydrogen peroxide and gently worked it with a soft toothbrush. I then applied some coconut oil and Renaissance wax. She finally came to life and revealed her secrets. The site actually predates the mint of the coin. I hope to do a lot of exploration of this site and write a detailed history of the home and its inhabitants at some point in the future.