27 December 2018

Twitter Transformation

It is amazing (and entertaining) to observe grown men and women regress into adolescence on Twitter. Does Twitter transform everyone into 14 year olds? Apparently so. I have to wonder if these folks ever go back and read their tweets and realize their absolute juvenile character. LOL.

Carry on.

22 December 2018

The National Guard Channels Robert E. Lee

"I must side either with or against my section or country. I cannot raise my hand against my birthplace, my home, my children." ~ Robert E. Lee
I heard a recruitment ad for the National Guard yesterday morning on a local radio station. The announcer encouraged those interested in serving to sign up so they could serve and protect "family, community and country."

The ad lists the motivations for "serving"; listing one's love of family first. I don't think that was random or accidental. I was immediately reminded of Robert E. Lee's words; which express identical sentiments. 

What comes first, ones family or one's country?

18 December 2018

The Loud, The Few

Forty-two percent of Southerners said to leave Civil War memorials alone, according to the poll released Wednesday. While 28 percent said to add a plaque for context and historical interpretation, nearly one-fourth want to move the statutes to a museum. Only 5 percent want to remove them completely.

In other news . . . 
  • I hope to have my 4th essay for the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech completed after the recent peer review and suggested edits. 
  • I have an article coming out in American Digger Magazine this coming spring and just completed another article for Western & Eastern Treasures Magazine
  • Over Christmas, I hope to be able to finish producing the Youtube video about the British cartridge box plate I recovered earlier this year.
  • I'll announce some exciting news about the Waynesboro Heritage Museum.
  • I'm still tweaking the new website, but plan to have it fully functional and will begin posting there regularly by the first of the year. There will be some design revisions before that happens. I'm really excited about the new site and the new direction.
  • I'll cross post here for a while before retiring this blog.
  • I hope to finish the proposal for my next book which will be considered by a major publishing house.
  • I'll post some interesting research I recently completed regarding my ancestry and Roger Williams.
Carry on.

Read more here: https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article223203085.html#storylink=cpy

08 December 2018

Of Treasure, Pirates & Wide-Eyed Boys

I don't believe I ever posted this. Though 3 years old, I thought it would be of interest to some readers . . .

07 December 2018

Does Academia Deserve Its Reputation Of Lefty Kookiness?

You decide. Stanford wanted a fraternity to strike its colors - the American flag. Their reaction?
In protest of Mr. Z’s suggestion, the house declined to remove the flag, instead choosing to replace it with an even bigger one. . . . The vilification of our nation and its symbols is damning for the social fabric of American society.
Indeed. By design.

Kudos to the fraternity. Maybe Stanford should refuse all those American dollars with George Washington's face on them. Some folks' virtue signalling goes only so far.

More here.

06 December 2018

Massachusetts: Still Persecuting Dissenters

  • States with high [homeschool] regulation (all the above regulations, plus other requirements — e.g., curriculum approval by the state, teacher qualification of parents or home visits by state officials) include Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Note that much of the least free states in this report are in the Northeast. Other reports/studies show similar results. This is due (at least in part) to the legacy of the Puritans who, as we know, were hard on dissenters. Watch the video below for the latest Puritan attack on freedom. Here's the latest example of a modern day witch hunt:

03 December 2018

My Next Book?

I think I may write a book exploring the tweets of academic historians, Hollywood celebs (hard to tell the difference these days), Fake News types and whacky politicians.. If I do, I'm going to call it Tweets from Twistorians or How to Use Twitter to Destroy Your Credibility.

Some real money quotes out there. LOL. I'm collecting and cataloguing them for future generations. 

(I'm serious, though it won't be my next book. That's one's already in the pipeline.)

02 December 2018

Archeology at Arlington House

As a passionate preservationist and amateur archeologist myself, I found this new effort quite interesting.

01 December 2018

The Next Conservative Generation - Millenials?

Millennials will surpass their ‘Baby Boomer’ parents in 2019 as the largest adult generation and will subsequently become the largest U.S. voter demographic.

Boomers born between 1946 and 1964 were the hippie “drugs, sex and rock-and-roll” liberal Democrats of the late 1960s and early 1970s. But after launching into the adulthood of marriage, mortgages, babies and paying taxes, Boomers evolved into the conservative voter demographic that elected Republicans as four of the next six presidents.

Millennials voted as liberals in 2018 because they got off to about a seven-year delay on the road to adulthood. But with Millennials playing catch-up on marriage, mortgages, babies and paying taxes, don’t be surprised if Millennials start voting for their own economic interests and morph into another dominant conservative voter demographic over the next four decades.
More here.