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.

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.