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Virtual reconstruction…

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…of the Halls of Scotland’s Lords of the Isles is complete.   Instead of the reality of semi -organized piles of stones where structures were from the 13th through 15th Centuries,  you can now  virtually tour  the site as it once existed.  I visited the original many years ago, and I must say the virtual experience is very worthy of your time.  And you are guaranteed safety from cold Scottish rain!

 

 

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March 28, 2020 at 1:41 pm

Oldest warship afloat…

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… is “Old Ironsides”,  the affectionate nickname for the U.S. Navy’s 222 year old frigate USS Constitution,  which has amassed quite a history.   There is one older warship, but the British Royal Navy put it in drydock almost a century ago.  Read,  enjoy,  and learn!

 

 

 

 

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March 18, 2020 at 1:22 pm

2020 St. Patrick’s Day…

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If you were in Chicago,  you went bar hopping in spite of coronavirus.   Gov. J.B. Pritzker was  very displeased  with the number of folks he saw out and about and violating social distancing.     It seems a bit odd to be taking health advice from a man a good 50 pounds overweight, whose appearance would never suggest his family owns the Hyatt hotel chain.   He has an estimated personal net worth of $3.4 billion,  at least some of which he must have made while in private business with the group he co-founded.   He cancelled all the parades and such,  so what did he expect the people to do,  sit at home and play tiddlywinks?   is that the Chicago way?

Denver without  the parades  saw only a few people gathered in empty parking lots.   Most cities cancelled all parades and other large events.   Savannah did turn  its fountain  green,  resulting in some nice pix.   If you’re feeling a bit blue instead of the traditional green,   here’s a bit  of history and folklore to cheer you up.

And I did indeed have corned beef  (though it’s not Irish),  colcannon (made with cabbage), and Irish soda bread.   I skipped the Guiness in favor of Sam Adams beer.   Most of my ancestors hailed from the British Isles,  so rest assured I am not committing cultural appropriation here,  though I cheerfully admit to doing so in other situations.

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March 15, 2020 at 1:39 pm

Double-decker outhouse…

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Cedar Lake,  Michigan has  a two-story  outhouse,  which is quite a tourist draw.   There are two separate stories about its history,  both interesting and perhaps probable.   If you’re up that way anyhow,  please stop by and take some pictures!

 

 

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January 31, 2020 at 1:14 pm

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Yuletide has arrived…

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Do you hate Christmas?   Some people do,  but they shouldn’t  blame Trump  for their Yuletide misery.   Some associate the  season with a tragedy which has befallen them.   Many on the  Left correctly  view Christianity as its primary ideological and political enemy.   The only large-scale organized opposition to the Left comes from the traditional Christian community — evangelical Protestants, traditional Catholics and faithful Mormons — and Orthodox Jews. Leftism is a secular religion,  and it deems all other religions immoral and false.

Yet there  are thousands  of Christians celebrating Christmas in Aleppo after Liberation from ISIS and Al-Qaeda Islamists.  They know what a  marvelous gift  Christmas is.   More than half of the  state capitols  in the  U.S. feature nativity scenes this year.   Is the decline because so many of us  no longer  recognize God?   I think it is certainly something to ponder,  along with some of the  real magic  of the season.

And finally on this Christmas Day,  a  Rasmussen poll  shows that Americans are religious extremists and holiday bigots.  That is to say that  nearly 70% of adults say “Christmas should be more about Jesus Christ than about Santa Claus.”   Of course that marks us as religious nutjobs.   And a huge majority of us prefer “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays” so we are clearly intolerant and non-inclusive radicals.   Merry Christmas from a not-very-religious radical, and be warned that there will bed at least a couple of more Christmas posts.

 

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December 25, 2019 at 9:45 pm

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Scapegoating Columbus…

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Don’t read merely the main article  in this  link — read all of them to grasp that the attack on Columbus is in reality an attack on the virtues of Western civilization.   Columbus is a 15th C man in a 21st C court,  with a jury consisting of self-righteous,  ignorant pretend victims claiming 20-20 hindsight.   The explorer was  a victim  of the culture wars even before we knew what to call them.

UPDATE:  And still more people think  property damage  is the answer.   There  are many  of them.

UPDATE:    And more yet.  It would be wise to contemplate  what follows  the toppling of statues.

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October 14, 2019 at 2:04 pm

2019 D-Day, Part VII…

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Here is  a reprint of an August 1944 article in Popular Mechanics explaining how D-Day was planned.   It is well worth your time to gain an understanding of how  complicated  planning a war was.   It still is.    All that toxic masculinity  saved the world,  which should be much more grateful for the Greatest Generation.

Most journalists were surprised to find that many of the veterans of that historic  battle support  Pres. Trump.   One of the British vets  even flirted with our First Lady,  who smiled graciously at his audacious charm.

Some French villages still honor Americans.   That includes the only church in  Sainte-Mere-Eglise,  the first village liberated by the Allies.  One must not underestimate  the power  of memory.   I am somewhat surprised that Congresswoman Speier was moved by any of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 25, 2019 at 2:43 pm

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