This is from weeks ago— our first morning in Budapest, 11/24/2019. Let me define the problem space. Despite spending about three weeks in early November (after Mr. Big Food semi-recovered from being a Hip Crip— remember that?) preparing to travel, I failed to pack a pour-over cone in the checked bags. Recall that we *always*
Aside. Started reading a crappy new book, Paul Revere’s Ride By David Hackett Fischer. More on this to come.
Originally posted July 3, 2013. Thomas Jefferson & Co. presented The Grievances in ascending order of importance. Taxation without Consent was #17. In TJ’s mind then, Taxation without Representation wasn’t the worst of what the American People– a people whose heritage of freedom dated to the Magna Carta– had endured under the reign of King
Originally posted July 3, 2013. Reformatted. As just a reminder, “TL;DR” will not be published in the comments. This is the history of your country, for crying out loud! but are interesting historical notes. Can you imagine having to house troops in your barn? Or being denied the right to a trial by jury? Or
Originally posted July 2, 2013. Reformatted. Contemporary commentary, if any, in blue. Grievance 17 of 27 For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent [From The Good Years: From 1900 to the First World War (Walter Lord, Harper & Brothers, Publishers, New York, 1960). How anyone could refer to the years that brought us the
In late June, 2013, I began my “study” of the Grievances. Originally published June 30, 2013. Contemporary commentary in blue. And no– I do not want to see one singe TL;DR in comments. 😉 As I mentioned the other day, I thought I might study The Grievances— the 27 specific gripes the Colonists had with
Originally published June 28, 2018. Reformatted. Contemporary commentary in blue. Every American knows by heart how the Declaration of Independence begins. When in the Course of Human Events… I cannot recall what the circumstances were exactly six years ago, nor can I recall my state of mind, and I’m not inclined to go looking. But
I like technology just as much as the next country mouse but if you turn your life over to something over which you– you— do not have ultimate control, you deserve working up a sweat walking up the steps in your non-air conditioned apartment to physically check on your spawn.
In Pt. 1, I took issue with something our local meteorologist said, “It is impossible for us [meteorologists] to successfully do our jobs and keep you safe if… .” To which I replied: A successful meteorologist provides the information I need– in a timely fashion and with the relevant meteorological analysis– to act in accordance
I took this screen shot and sent it to Miss M who replied, “Ha! That’s pretty bitchy.” She did not realize Joel was a meteorologist. There were a couple of replies to Joel’s tweet, one from a newcomer to Mississippi who admitted she was not yet familiar with the state’s 83 county locations. She thanked
You know what just hit me? “When it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them to another” is something that happens in the course of human events. It’s nothing new. It happens from time to time. #Independence Day!
Good People of the Earth: I have things to do. I cannot become engaged in this flag thing that’s hit Mississippi. It’s hot and there are a few things that I urgently need to tend to so I cannot possibly spend the next day researching the origin of the flag(s) … or burning of …
In the last few days some so-called “conservatives” have informed me that collecting meta-data is nothing to worry about. No biggie, you libertarian-contitution-loving-reason-reading dears- bless-your-pea-pickin’ hearts. The Government just wants to keep you safe! The Government isn’t really listening to your silly phone conversations or keeping track of what looney-tune web sites you visit on
Recall, March’s Crappy Old Book of the Month was Anniversaries and Holidays, a Calendar of Days and How to Observe Them (1928). And the first week of March was a Big one for those Texas folks: Texas Flag Day… Sam Houston Day… Texas Independence Day… and Alamo Day. Mr. Big Food’s Dad– a Texan if
Independence Day is day after tomorrow. I may be busy, but… . It is almost Independence Day.From American History Pop Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Being American? Solomon M. Skolnick, MJF Books, New York, 2005.
The nearly week-long weekend is over and I can finally put away all of those crappy old American history books to gather dust for another year. Thank goodness– they sure were cluttering up the place.~~~ …~~~ . . .~ ~ ~ . . . The Old State House in Philadelphia [From Nation and State: Text-Book
About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very
This evening, Mr. Big Food, Miss M & I watched a video of a television special that aired on NBC in 1976.Here it is. It stars John Wayne and features Ann Margaret, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Roy Clark, Bing Crosby (as Mark Twain), Roscoe Lee Brown (as Fredrick Douglas), William Shatner,
From my inbox: Those of us who celebrate Independence Day here at the Farm read the Declaration every Independence Day. Can’t eat if you don’t! Here’s the link to the Pledge if you’re interested.And by the way– if you head over to the link here, you’ll read that last year there were nine copies
56 Traitors From Independence Day, 2012: At The Volokh Conspiracy, Randy Barnett annotates the Declaration of Independence. His concise (e.g. doesn’t take much time to at least skim through and come back to tomorrow when you have more time) article begins: When reading the Declaration, it is worth keeping in mind two very important facts.