America First

If you are a liberal this is code for racism and white supremacy... Or something. If you're everyone else, America first simply means that our needs - as a nation - should come before all others. It's not a complicated idea and has worked, more or less successfully, for two and a half centuries. The ... Read More

The More Things Change….

I ran into an interesting book of illustrations from 1942 by an artist named Constantin Ajalov, entitled Conversation Pieces. I did an art piece centered around The New Yorker's cartoons from World War II, all about the socialite women, who, in the 40s were almost exclusively Rockefeller Republicans, who were very funny, indeed.  Ajalov was ... Read More

Famous Americans We Haven’t Met Yet

Do you know me? No one in Bulgaria does, either. His name was Raiko Daskalov, and he was a small-time labor organizer who died in 1923, while the communists were still an illegal underground movement. But 1986 was the 100th anniversary of his birth, soooo… This is how it works, beginning soon at a post office ... Read More

Just Remember, “Patriot” Means other things to Other People

Just a reminder. This song was written in the 1950s by an Irishman named Behan, who had friends in the IRA. It was a much requested song by IRA members, and recorded by the Clancy Brothers, Joan Baez, and others, as well as the Kingston Trio in the early 60s ... Read More

By An Angel’s Kiss, Gunnery SGT Scott Koppenhafer, 35, USMC (Iraq)

Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony           Gunnery SGT Scott Koppenhafer, 35, of Mancos CO,         was killed on Aug 10, 2019, in Iraq by small arms fire as part of Operation Enduring Freedom He was of 2nd Marine Raider Bn, MARSOC, Camp Lejeune, Rest in peace,  ... Read More

Maoism in America?

For years we've been steered toward the old Soviet Union as the model of Marxism to both admire and hate in America. In the process very little notice has been given to Maoism and the rise of the cult of personality that surrounded the most violent and cruel decade, 1964-1974, in modern human history. It was called the Cultural Revolution. But very ... Read More

The Christian MAGA Prayer

I developed a habit of crossing myself when I first went to USSR in 1991. I'm not Catholic or Orthodox, but to spend two months in Soviet states that were atheist by law can make anyone aware of his church teachings as a youth...if he was lucky enough to have had any in the first place ... Read More

The Story of Kate Smith’s First Singing of “God Bless America”

(h/t to Jerome Llaneza and Steve Regone) Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing “God Bless America” on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two ... Read More

Mrs Brophy and the Ring Dang Do

I've told stories of my mountain home before, and also stories about the differences between racial feelings about blacks and whites in the South and in the North at the time of Martin Luther King. We had two major coal towns living side by side along a creek that rose out of Black Mountain, running due west about ten ... Read More

Liberal POTUS Candidates Should Withdraw After El Paso, Dayton

The mass shootings in El Paso Texas and Dayton Ohio were awful, terrible, horrific tragedies. Innocent men, women, and children were killed or wounded by people that set out to intentionally take innocent lives for reasons we will never fully understand. Shootings like this have happened before and unfortunately will happen again. And again. And ... Read More

Banning The Method Will Not Mitigate The Motivation

The bodies weren't even cold before Democratic presidential hopefuls climbed over each other to be the first one in front of a TV camera to renew their stale and hollow pledge to ban assault rifles. Biden even went so far as to pledge that he, personally, was going to take down the NRA. It's all ... Read More

Fauxcahontas: Migrants and Babies and Cages Oh My!

Via Breitbart comes yet another unsurprising story about a Democrat making wild unsubstantiated claims about something s/he swears is true knowing full well it can't be proven. I know... I know... This is S.O.P for Democrats and especially Progressive liberals that have absolutely no business being given the keys to the White House. This one ... Read More

By an Angel’s Kiss, SPC Michael Nance, 24 and PFC Brandon, Kreischer, 20, Army (Afghanistan)

Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony SPC Michael Isaiah Nance, 24  of Chicago, Ill, and PFC Brandon, Kreischer, 20, Stryker, OH Both of the 1st Bn, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne, Ft Bragg, NC  were killed on June 29, in Uruzgan ... Read More

Slavery, Like Racism, is also in the Eyes of the Beholder

This was mentioned in a different context a few days ago, but today, President Trump flew to Jamestown, VA today to make comments at the 400th Anniversary of the First Legislative Assembly in North America, which occurred July 30, 1619 at Jamestown. Governor Ralph Northem invited President Trump, probably as a matter of protocol, since ... Read More

A Bright New Star Shines In Heaven

On June 30th, 2019, after a mercifully-brief and terribly unforgiving illness, Denise passed away in a hospital bed somewhere in Brooklyn New York. I don't know when she was born, I don't know where in Brooklyn she lived, I never met her in person... no idea what she looked like... and I never talked to ... Read More

Without Attribution

We've all stolen words from others and failed to give credit for it. Joe Biden did it all the time as far back as the 80s, over thirty years ago. Still does it in fact, as recently as this new 2020 campaign. But in all fairness, Biden doesn't write his own speeches, and pays others to ... Read More