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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Blue Hen's Chickens, Part 1

When the Scots-Irish came to this country, they brought their cultural eccentricities with them. Among these are cock-fighting and a eternal loathing for anyone who tries to tell them what they can or cannot do. These eccentricities are still evident in some parts of the deep south.
To the Scots-Irish, fighting cocks represented their own heritage, that of a small, cocky, fighter, but one to be reckoned with. Anyone whose ever had a rooster attack them, as I have, can attest to that!

In the late 1770s, the southern settlements of Scots-Irish were busy trying to beat back the Indians, while the northern colonies were trying to beat back the tyranny of George III. As the British troops in the north had reached a stalemate, it was determined to send Lord Cornwallis, with approximatley 8,000 men, up through the "lightly defended" southern theater. This consisted of North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Under the overall leadership of Cornwallis were two very colorful individuals.

Patrick Ferguson- A young Scotsman who had been in the military since the age of 15. He is credited with designing the first breechloading rifle in history. Incredibly arrogant and confident of the ability of the regulars to cut the "curs", as he styled the rebel army, to pieces. His arrogance would cost him his life.

Banastre Tarleton- This Englishman had a grudging respect for the capibilities of the colonials, which is why he was so dangerous. A complete rouge, he respected neither age nor gender, killing anyone anytime he wanted. Ferguson was completley disgusted by his lack of respect for the "rules of war".

Opposing the British army were somewhere around 18,000 militia and colonials (the closest thing the Americans had to a regulars).

General Benjamin Lincoln, had risen through the ranks of the New England militia and had been assigned to the Southern theater. His arrogance and lack of knowledge would lead to his defeat at Charleston.

Horatio Gates, an Englishman, was the commander of the regulars in the southern theater. He took the place of Lincoln after his demise and learned nothing from the mistakes of his predecessor. His most notable feat is that he rode 170 miles north in three days during his retreat.

There was also a motley array of militia leaders such as John Sevier, William Campbell, Isaac Shelby, the McDowell brothers, to name a few. These men were the real fighters. Having been raised on the frontier fighting Indians, they knew it was kill or be killed. If they were unsuccessful in turning back the invader, their homes and families were at stake.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Quick Hit

Hello everyone!

Things have been getting pretty crazy around here. This rain is a regular frog strangler! Needless to say, outdoor work has been at a minimum. I'm really looking forward to some cooler weather.

I will be down at lovely Fort Benning Georgia for the next week, but I do have some posts scheduled.

So hang in there!

I shall return!

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pic Of The Day

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Them That Honor Me...

A great testimony. I heard this the other day on my favorite radio show, Rick and Bubba, and had to pass it on.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Of Indoctrination By Tyrants...

Obama's "back to school" speech has been interestingly, and appropriately, compared with the methods Adolf Hitler used to communicate his ideology to German young people. The entire script can be read here.
Notice his impression that the government has the responsibility for setting high standards in education, "supporting teachers and principles".
Surprisingly, he does tell his audience to "listen to your parents, grandparents, and other adults.
One theme I see is that you can never discover the talents you have unless you go through the conventional model of academia. "Maybe you could be a mayor or a senator or a supreme court justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team."

Hmmmm....wonder what his explanation for Patrick Henry is? You know, the guy who flunked high school but later became the governor of Virginia?

Obama continues, "No matter what you want to do with your life- I guarantee that you'll need an education to do it." Agreed, but what kind of education?

The bottom line is nothing he said was defined. The principles he spoke of are ones we would probably agree with for the most part. The difference is there are no definitions supplied.

I suspect this is just the first of many of Obama's lectures to students.

Another thing I found interesting was the response of conservatives who have their children in public school.
"Thinking about my kids in school having to listen to that just really upsets me," suburban Colorado mother Shanneen Barron. "I'm an American. They are Americans, and I don't feel that's OK. I feel very scared to be in this country with our leadership right now."
(from this cnn article)

Ok, so you want to suddenly have a say in what your children learn after you've sent them from the home?
It was alright when prayer was taken out of public school and when evolution was taught. It was even ok when sodomites were allowed, and they're gonna take offense at the president talking to their children?

Methinks I see some inconsistency here.

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