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.
Defending the honor of the Confederate flag. AOL News. We already explained why we honor it, and it ain't racist. Nobody remembers that wealthy Yankees had slaves during the war until the Emancipation Proclamation. We honor our southern brethren at Maggie's Farm every chance we get, for their valiant and hopeless struggle for freedom. And we are sort-of glad that they lost that effort - it was probably for the best in the long run. But worth all of those brave young lives? I doubt it. Slavery was a goner, anyway.
History ended yesterday. Or at least one version of it. Or perhaps it didn’t end as much as it was overthrown, trampled by the feet of 30,000 ordinary Americans who gathered on the mall and along the broad avenues in Washington to confront those who have, either wittingly or witlessly, given aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States for more than 40 years.
Sunday evening tax music: Keb' Mo, Angelina. How good is this guy? And the best blues guitarist in the world - bear with it - wobbly at first. Impossible not to love this guy. White folks just don't move with music, do they? It's a genetic defect. Also, some rather old Buddy Guy, showing off a bit on The First Time I Met the Blues.
Thanks for the kind words on the Stars & Bars, Maggie--you have it exactly right, it's a symbol of a place, a time and an event. If it meant white supremacy, all but a very few fellow southerners would scorn it, rather than respect it.
That "artist" in the AOL article is a rabble-rouser, cashing in on the blood of his betters--of all races.
If I'm an artist, I would never 'hang' even the hateful swastika flag, as it would be my cheap attempt to self-glorify off the sacrifice of others.
Respect, when we don't get enough, nor give enough, we wander in a dangerfield.
BL, can you enlighten me as to "solecistically?" Please don't consider me harsh :-) I learn from you. It is just that it doesn't turn up on Merriam-Webster. Your base point remains of course re technicality's.
Then again, this; http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/emancipation_proclamation/ would appear to give Mr. Sheldon a large point.
All in all, it worked itself out. We are not a perfect country, many faults yet. But we are a dammed sight closer than anyone else, and have been for quite some time. And will continue too be for the foreseeable future.