June 2006


19 Jun 2006 05:50 pm

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Rice! Get your Rice!

My brother was a groomsman at my cousin, Gary’s wedding back in the seventies. But he had to leave as soon as the ceremony was over for a baseball game so was in his baseball uniform. He played second base for Kerwins and they won the American Legion state championship that year. My cousin, Gary was a pitcher for a minor league club and is a graduate of Laura Bush’s college, Southern Methodist University where he had an athletic scholarship. He’s a marathon runner.

Now my brother is training for his deployment to Iraq. He’s a veteran of the Gulf War, still a big Baseball fan, a clutch player and a Sgt. Major.

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But most important, he’s a grandfather!

19 Jun 2006 11:08 am

I wrote this weekend about the paucity of war history teaching in our nations schools. I was inspired to write about it because of an article Lorie Byrd wrote in Townhall.com that Betsy Newmark linked.

Michelle Malkin links to an article at The Chronicle for Higher Education about academics who have adopted 9/11 conspiracy theories.

These professors of paranoia beget the teachers of the future who will be infecting students’ minds instead of teaching them. Eventually the only thing kids will be learning in school is that the earth is flat.

And this is good……. As if promoting their loony conspiracy theories weren’t bad enough the Ivy Leagues are hiring sixties radicals with no academic credentials whatsoever.

Nearly five years have gone by since it happened. The trial of Zacarias Moussaoui is over. Construction of the Freedom Tower just began. Oliver Stone’s movie about the attacks is due out in theaters soon. And colleges are offering degrees in homeland-security management. The post-9/11 era is barreling along.

And yet a whole subculture is still stuck at that first morning. They are playing and replaying the footage of the disaster, looking for clues that it was an “inside job.” They feel sure the post-9/11 era is built on a lie.

In recent months, interest in September 11-conspiracy theories has surged. Since January, traffic to the major conspiracy Web sites has increased steadily. The number of blogs that mention “9/11″ and “conspiracy” each day has climbed from a handful to over a hundred.

Why now?

Oddly enough, the answer lies with a soft-spoken physicist from Brigham Young University named Steven E. Jones, a devout Mormon and, until recently, a faithful supporter of George W. Bush.

Last November Mr. Jones posted a paper online advancing the hypothesis that the airplanes Americans saw crashing into the twin towers were not sufficient to cause their collapse, and that the towers had to have been brought down in a controlled demolition. Now he is the best hope of a movement that seeks to convince the rest of America that elements of the government are guilty of mass murder on their own soil.

His paper — written by an actual professor who works at an actual research university — has made him a celebrity in the conspiracy universe. He is now co-chairman of a group called the Scholars for 9/11 Truth, which includes about 50 professors — more in the humanities than in the sciences — from institutions like Clemson University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin.

If the Twilight Zone Theme song’s not running through your mind after reading the above you are too young and it’s probably already too late.

Read on. There is more madness.

19 Jun 2006 10:04 am

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My Dad as Uncle Sam

We spent most of the day with family yesterday so I didn’t have much of a chance to check out other Fathers Day Tributes. I wrote one of course but found it interesting to read other bloggers’ posts about their Dads.

The Night Writer has a powerful tribute to his father.

Don’t miss the Atlas Shrugs Video Fathers Day Tribute!

Kitty Litter has a great photo of her Dad tying her shoes.

Kim of Musing Minds has a photo tribute to her Dad.

Ann Althouse also misses her Dad.

Sissy Willis has a photo essay of her family’s celebration of her father, Goomp.

Lorie Byrd was looking forward to celebrating Fathers Day with her Dad.

Hang Right Politics has a Fathers Day greeting.

Ferdinand T. Cat writes about a paternal tradition that’s run into trouble in his family.

Suitably Flip has an appropriate quote for the day.

Gina Cobb has a photo and great cartoon.

Merri of Merri Musings has a tribute to her husband and father of her children.

Something… and Half of Something has a beautiful photographic tribute to a marine……her own Dad.

Planck’s Constant has a tribute to his own Dad and to his father-in-law who died on Saturday.

Mark Sprengel of Mark My Words has a tribute to a good man…. his father.

Imagine Kitty writes about the best Fathers Day gift.

The Medium Sib writes about Seven Important Qualities to look for in a Good Father.

SondraK remembers when Dad said……..

Blonde Sagacity has Fathers Day wishes and great quotes.

To be updated………

19 Jun 2006 08:41 am

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My nephew turned fifteen this weekend. He is an amazing guitarist, straight A student and a clutch Baseball player.

18 Jun 2006 12:42 pm

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Here myarrrrrrr

Captain’s always been known to be literary. His favorite book?

Of Mice and Men.

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Sabby’s always been a Queer Eye for the Straight Guy kind of cat. He likes the color pink and soft, cozy surfaces. Sabby was quite annoyed when we had a visitor staying in this room the other day. Doors are not allowed to be closed in Sabby’s world.

The Amos and the Asta are on vacation this week. But I recently went out in the country to see my sis and her kingdom.

The 117th Carnival of the Cats is brought to you by the Mind of Mog. Such a fine mind it is too.

18 Jun 2006 01:31 am

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My Dad did this study/print of John Barrymore several years ago and called it Cousin John. (We are distant relatives of the Barrymore family)

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Daddy, along with our Mother, is the owner of an antique shop and still operating it at the age of 78. Daddy’s an artist, a gardener, a woodcarver, and a collector of antiques and political memorabilia.

He’s a songwriter, a musician, a numismatist, an athlete, a coach, and a talented fast-pitch softball player who managed and played on four straight state championship teams. He’s a friend of the great Eddie Feiner of the King and his Court. Daddy brought Feiner to Arkansas to play against his team and was the only one on his team to get a hit off of Feiner.

Daddy is a golfer who, along with his sons competed in and won night-time golf tournaments. He’s a sculptor, a creator of award winning Christmas Scenes, an antique car collector, and the creator of the All American Quarterback Football Boardgame. Daddy is a horse owner, rider, and trainer, a donkey and billygoat owner, and a dog, cat and bird lover.

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My husband and Dad have a football game rivalry and try to beat each other playing football but also in asking this question, “Have you ever beaten me?” Daddy sent this picture to my husband as a joke. On it he had written, “Have you ever beaten me?

Daddy is a premium prankster. One day in December when my husband and then boyfriend, “Bob” was a plebe at West Point my Dad and I made a prank phone-call to him after hours at West Point. I knew the phone number to Bob’s company and dialed it but put Daddy on the phone to do the talking. I had no idea what he would say. I had no idea that calling Bob so late at night would get him in so much trouble. The following is from my husband, Bob’s recollection. ……

The cadet on duty receiving a phone call from an adult after hours, assumed that the call was in reference to a family emergency. He proceeded to awake the cadet company commander and the cadet first sergeant. The first sergeant came quietly into the room and told Cadet Donoho to get dressed because he had a phone call.

Evidently believing that this was a call notifying either sickness or death the first sergeant also woke Cadet Donoho’s squad leader and platoon leader. All of this chain of command quietly filed in to the company orderly room as Cadet Donoho was handed the phone. Of course these leaders could not hear what was being said to the cadet but were concerned that he could be getting very bad news.

As Cadet Donoho picked the phone up and identified himself he heard a “Ho, Ho, Ho!” When he inquired who was on the phone he was told simply that it was Santa Claus. Totally befuddled, Cadet Donoho was speechless which the chain of command took as an ominous sign.

After a pause of silence, the voice on the other end of the phone asked if Cadet Donoho had been a good little boy. To which, the cadet stated “Yes sir, I believe so.” Then the voice ended the conversation by saying, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.”

When Cadet Donoho hung up the phone and turned around he saw the five senior cadets in the orderly room looking at him gravely. The Company Commander softly asked, who was that on the phone. To which, Cadet Donoho having to tell the truth stated, “Sir, he said it was Santa Claus.”

The expressions on the faces of those senior cadets was indelibly imprinted on Cadet Donoho’s mind forever. No one said a word but filed out of the room, except for the first sergeant who asked Cadet Donoho to come see him first thing in the morning so that he could give him something. The present given to Cadet Donoho was eight demerits and four hours on the area.

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Besides being the Dad in our family, one of Daddy’s most important roles is as a deacon at his church. Daddy’s a husband of one, father of four, grandfather of ten, and great-grandfather of two. He’s called “Pappy” by his grandchildren.

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In his youth Daddy was a Golden Gloves winner, football player, track star and fraternity member who was according to my grandmother, pretty wild. His parents were Baptists but enrolled Daddy in Saint Annes, the Catholic High School so the nuns could put the fear of the devil in him.

Daddy once drove to Galveston,Texas in a convertible with no brakes to find out that a hurricane was due to hit. Daddy regularly jumped on his black stallion to ride all the way from Fort Smith to Rogers, Arkansas just to visit friends.

Daddy has enough credits to graduate college but just hasn’t bothered. He’s taken classes in college during every decade from 1950 to the 1990’s. (and made A’s) He’s decided to take a sabbatical for the new century.

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There are more aspects to this man than there are colors in the spectrum and yet to us he is our beloved father who’s never missed any of our performances, rodeo parades, baseball games, graduations, weddings, birthdays, births of our children or any important occasion…. including greeting his sons who were returning from the Gulf War. Daddy is just that kind of man. So much defines him but what truthfully defines him to us is that we are greatly loved by him and he is greatly loved by all of us.

17 Jun 2006 09:10 pm

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How many bunnies?

Rabbitville. That’s where I live. I went outside today and there were not one, not two, but three rabbits in my yard. The population is growing and beginning to remind me of this silly drawing I penned in church one day a few years ago.

17 Jun 2006 02:43 pm

It sure won’t be crow. Or corn pudding. Or fried chicken. Or corn dodgers. Or crawfish etouffee. Or garlic cheese grits. Or biscuits and gravy. Or turnip greens .

To hell with the Dixie Chicks. Their southern accents are the only trace of Dixie left in them. If the Chicks couldn’t sell enough concert tickets in Houston, Indianapolis and Oklahoma City they will have to seek out other fans because they’ve lost their original base…

It doesn’t matter anymore, anyway. I never liked the Dixie Chicks that much and only bought one of their CDs. I don’t even know where it is. Maybe it’s in the shed or the box on the shelf in the closet. Maybe I left it in the car I traded in or possibly it went in the garage sale last summer. That must be it. I probably put it in the box with items for a nickle.

This article actually claims that Natalie Maines has sculpted cheekbones. That is really the only thing in the article that made me crack a smile.

It also has some choice overwrought Chick quotes……..

“The reaction was as if Natalie had said ‘Death to the President’ or something,” says violinist and vocalist Maguire.

“It was the bullying and the scare factor,” shudders banjo and guitar player Robison. “It was like the McCarthy days, and it was almost like the country was unrecognisable.”

I think I’m going to cry………/not.

Oh, here’s more…..

The Chicks can’t hide their disgust at the lack of support they received from other country performers. “A lot of artists cashed in on being against what we said or what we stood for because that was promoting their career, which was a horrible thing to do,” says Robison.

“A lot of pandering started going on, and you’d see soldiers and the American flag in every video. It became a sickening display of ultra-patriotism.”

“The entire country may disagree with me, but I don’t understand the necessity for patriotism,” Maines resumes, through gritted teeth. “Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don’t see why people care about patriotism.”

Nope. Don’t think I’m going to buy Dixie Chicks music. They are over.

Michelle Malkin nails them.

Oh, (smile on my face) Michelle really nails them.

17 Jun 2006 02:22 pm

It’s a joke. Really.

Just ridiculous anymore. I never like to tell anyone I have anything to do with art and for good reason.

Hat tip: Protein Wisdom

17 Jun 2006 09:12 am

Instapundit linked to an Ann Althouse post yesterday about the kind of schools that would capture boys attention and favor them as well as they invariably do girls. (Althouse also links to one of my favorite movies, The Paper Chase

Althouse posts an excerpt of a letter to the editor in response to a David Brooks column about why girls do so much better than boys in school. I’ve felt that public schools have made it difficult for boys to be boys and succeed in school for quite some time.

Elementary schools discourage physical agression and competition and when boys get restless parents are encouraged to place them on ritalin. Boys (and girls) are taught to be passive. I’ve seen it happen too often. I’ve read recently that some school systems are considering getting rid of recess completely which hurts both boys and girls but boys much worse.

Here is a snippet from the letter Althouse posted…..

Imagine a school where the vast majority of teachers and administrators are men and where competitive sports are compulsory.

Imagine that students get rewarded for being overtly aggressive in school and that there is a zero tolerance policy for being passive.

Imagine getting extra credit for resisting authority, and having points deducted for being compliant with arbitrary rules and meaningless deadlines.

Another thing schools don’t do which I know for a fact would capture male attention is to teach the history of wars. Before I became an art teacher I taught sixth, first and fifth grade. I loved teaching history especially.

One year when my fifth grade class learned about Greek culture I had my students pick various aspects of the culture, research it and present an oral report to the class (we invited the parents to come for the presentations.) Three of my male students selected the Peloponnesian Wars. I remember bringing my husband’s military history books into class to help augment the pitiful amount of military history books in the school library.

The boys did a fantastic job and their parents (of course) enjoyed seeing their excellent presentation. And how long did the Peloponnesian War last?

27 years.

The War on terror has been going on for at least five years but President Bush has counseled the American people throughout these years that the war against Islamic terror will be a long conflict. Many Americans, unfortunately, have no understanding or concept of war. Even the Vietnam War and World War ll. That’s another important piece of history neglected (I think purposely) by schools.

Betsy Newmark links to Lorie Byrd’s Townhall.com article today.

As Lorie points out, if kids are kept ignorant of how wars have always involved mistakes and setbacks, then they will come to expect every military engagement to be a 100-hour engagement like Desert Storm. They (and seemingly, many in America) don’t have the memory of how wars have happened throughout history and so they seem so surprised that we have had setbacks. That will always happen in wartime. The question is whether or not the military can show the flexibility to adjust their strategy and tactics. We have been doing that for the past three years. That is what happens and anyone who knows anything about history wouldn’t be so surprised about that.

Lorie writes………

Without an understanding of battles and victories, war casualties can be viewed out of the context of the overall progress made in a war. Frustrated by media coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Zell Miller wrote about how Iwo Jima might have been covered had it occurred in modern times. His work of satire showed how the combination of the way the media reports wars today, with the lack of understanding of the concept of fighting individual battles to make progress in a bigger war, can lead to the impression much of the American public has had of the war in Iraq.

Let the students learn about the history of war. The Revolutionary War, The Civil War, The Hundred Years War, The Peloponnesian War and others.

Welcome Lorie Byrd readers Wizbang readers Betsy’s Page readers and Ninth State readers!

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