30 July 2018

The Dean of American Civil War Scholars Takes No Prisoners

Dr. James Robertson gave an interesting talk Saturday at the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation conference which took place at James Madison University. Dr. Robertson represents, in the opinion of many, a balanced view of the American Civil War. One would conclude that his perspective has not been tainted by some of the faddish trends in historiography and he is not part of the group think which seems to be so prominent among many academic historians. Dr. Robertson called the current environment regarding the debate over Civil War monuments, "insanity."

Professor Robertson pulled no punches. He states that future historians may well look back upon this time and label it "the age of idiocy." I highly recommend readers invest the time to watch and listen. It is classic Bud Robertson. Watch here.

Also, I would encourage readers to join and support the preservationist organization that sponsored this event, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.

27 July 2018

Thought For the Day

Don't be rootless. Think locally, act locally.

24 July 2018

Professor Victor Davis Hanson on "Russianism"

The recent orthodox progressive and Democratic view of Russia — until the appearance of Donald Trump — was largely what it had been throughout the Cold War: one of empathy for Russia and understanding of its dilemmas, and shame over supposed right-wing American paranoia over a bogus “Russian bear.” . . . Progressives need a scapegoat to blame for their disastrous election loss in 2016 and their lack of a persuasive agenda, which, hand-in-glove, turned over the Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court to progressives’ worst nightmare.
More here.

17 July 2018

Historical Hypocrisy

For a hundred years the Kremlin has engaged in misinformation, murder, and mayhem. The Russian word for disinformation is dezinformatsiya. I wrote the foreword to a book on the subject, titled Disinformation, by the highest-ranking Soviet Bloc defector, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa. Liberals never gave a rip about Russian agitprop; quite the contrary, they dismissed it as paranoia by Red-baiting right-wingers. The Russians orchestrated deliberate “active measures” campaigns against the Reagan administration. And yet, when conservatives called attention to spies, dupes, fellow travelers, and agents of influence, liberals ridiculed them as McCarthyites.

Glad to see that progressives finally care. My response to liberals now seeking my opinion on Russian meddling? You’re too late. ~ Professor Paul Kengor

12 July 2018

Somethin' I Saw Today

The view just about 1/2 mile from my home just after a rather severe thunderstorm yesterday evening. The photo does not do the scene justice.

11 July 2018

On My Nightstand

From what I've read in reviews, Vance's book is a great companion book to Jim Webb's, Born Fighting.

09 July 2018

Stonewall Brigade Band Loses Bob Moody

It was very sad to read about the passing of the leader of the nation's oldest community band, the Stonewall Brigade Band's, Mr. Bob Moody. My family and I have, for many years, enjoyed their summer Monday evening concerts at Gypsy Hill park in Staunton, Virginia. The band and their concerts are a stubborn (and welcome) vestige of small town Southern community events that continue to hang on--often by a thread--in many communities.

Mr. Moody will be missed.

More here.

03 July 2018

Happy Independence Day!

It's comical to watch all the hand-wringing going on in the history blogosphere these days. It's also kinda fun. I choose to celebrate and embrace our glorious--though imperfect--history. We have much to be grateful for. Happy Independence Day!

One of the ways I usually choose to commemorate the day is to watch old films that celebrate American Exceptionalism and our founding. Below is one of my favorites.

01 July 2018

Harvard Recruits Jethro Bodine?

This here piece from the Boston Globe is chocked full of some of them thar ironies:
Lawrence Bacow has a new vision for Harvard University . . . Bacow, who becomes the Ivy League institution’s 29th president this month, is out to shed Harvard’s image as a Northeast enclave for the country’s elite, in the age of President Trump’s muscular populism.
Yeah, good luck with that partner. Wait 'til he starts getting emails from donors. His outreach to "middle America" will likely come to a screeching halt. LOL.

The piece mentions that universities are suffering due to, "suspicions that a degree costs too much and campuses are too liberal." As long as those in academia view these facts as suspicions, the "suffering" will likely continue. The first step to rehabilitation is admitting you have a real problem. 

And this . . .
Part of his outreach will also extend to academics and people across the ideological spectrum, Bacow said, in part because free-speech controversies have roiled US college campuses in recent years, with provocative speakers sparking protests and, on a few occasions, violence.
Again, good luck with that. I think the anti-free speech environment is so ingrained (purposefully) that it will take a lot more financial pain to root it out. A lot more. Proof:
In his interview last week, Bacow declined to weigh in on Harvard’s decision this year to bar students who participate in single-gender clubs from taking on leadership positions and qualifying for prestigious fellowships.
In other words, those who belong to all female or all male clubs aren't (in Harvard's view) worthy of leadership positions. So much for reaching out to "people across the ideological spectrum." LOL.

Frankly, I doubt many will be fooled by this "outreach." This "effort" seems to be more about helping Harvard's image than anything else. Jethro would probably be better off attending his local vocational tech school and gettin' his edgication there. Ironically, even NPR would seem to concede that point.