We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Fess Parker died today at 85. If you want to hear the ballad of Davy Crockett that had a generation of boys wearing coon skin caps, the Washington Post has that video. I have a VHS of the original Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier that started it all, and watch it with my boys. "Be sure you're right - then go ahead" is a good guide to living.
Here's another video, before the last battle at the Alamo.
Davy Crockett died fighting for free Texas, not 45 minutes drive from where i sit now.
I've grown up listening to nonstop slurs on Crockett and all the Tennesseeans and Louisianians and Carolinians who died in the Texas War of Independence; slurs on the basis of their having been promised by the new government a section of raw land (640 acres), iirc along the Nueces mostly, in payment of their military service. Just tro show how insidious this crap is, tho i paid little attention to it, it never dawned on me until not so long ago to ask, "So what?"
Disproporion is just too nebulous a concept i suppose, but taken out far enough it soon shows its colors. Jesus could've stepped on a grasshopper while dragging the cross to Calvary, and these Crockett-haters would think nothing of joining a class-action lawsuit against his mother Mary led by the American Grasshopper Rights Association.
Instapundit points to a nice site which is very much relevant to today's politics. There printed is a famous speech he made in a long-ago Congress, often refered to as the "Not Ours to Give" speech:
A few letters from the surrounded Alamo have survived, they show what Crockett and all the defenders were made of:
Here is a lovely piece by the great Brendan Miniter, in the WSJ some years back:
Here is a year-old Maggie's featuring "El Deguello", the Moorish tune used by Spanish and Mexican armies as a bugle call signifying "no quarter", in the era often called the "slit throat order". It would have been the last music heard by Davy and the Volunteers at the Alamo.
(note, to escape the no-session-hash scarlet-letter eviction, i added a space after every 'h' in 'aych-tea-tea-pea)
good point, feeblemind --those theme songs are real totems --try to find someone over 15 who can't ID the Beverly Hillbillies theme song --you can't. that's pretty remarkable.
...and you could hardly better explain the early 60s in America than via the raw futuristical optimism --as well as the superb technical jazz skill --of the Jetson's theme song (especially if you listen loud thru headphones for all the 'found sounds'):
Re raw futuristical optimism: Ya had me thinking of the Jetson's before I made it that far Buddy.
That phrase also reminded me of the last three minutes or so of the 1961(?) movie, How the West Was Won. The movie closes with aerial shots of Hoover Dam, mines, sawmills, freeways, smelters, mechanized agriculture...... It was illustrating progress and how much better things were thanks to the settlement of the West, and I believe every example they showed as progress is some thing the Left hates and wants (or has ) stamped out.
In 2008, the United States approved an Israeli request for bunker-busters capable of destroying underground facilities, including Iranian nuclear weapons sites. Officials said delivery of the weapons was held up by the administration of President Barack Obama.
Since taking office, Obama has refused to approve any major Israeli requests for U.S. weapons platforms or advanced systems. Officials said this included proposed Israeli procurement of AH-64D Apache attack helicopters, refueling systems, advanced munitions and data on a stealth variant of the F-15E.
"All signs indicate that this will continue in 2010," a congressional source familiar with the Israeli military requests said. "This is really an embargo, but nobody talks about it publicly."
I'll be darned - haven't thought about Fess Parker in years. Used to have me a real coon-skin cap too - shot the beast myself when I was eight years old and my Dad dressed the skin and had one made by a old German hat maker in Milwaukee. That was great TV.
This may sound a little weird, but I always liked the two episodes that involved Mike Fink - King of The River. When I found out that Mike Fink was actually a real historical personage, well sir I started an interest in history.
When you think about it, there were only five episodes about Davy Crockett in the "Disneyland" series - what a huge impact those five shows had on America's "yute".
Must have been something about Mr. Parker's persona that led him to become TV's Daniel Boone - similar character.
I grew up watching Boone and Crockett. I finally got my first "coonskin cap" a couple of years ago while touring the Fess Parker winery outside of Los Olivos, CA. Bought some mighty fine "port style" wine there,too.
I remember Fess as the pilot who saw the ant shaped ufos in the movie THEM.
RIP Fess , Dan'l, and Davy.