The Birth of a Nation: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Back in April I posted about an upcoming film, The Birth of a Nation, that is coming to theaters this year.  I thought then, and still do now, that the movie comes at a much needed time as the country struggles to come to terms with its current racial dilemma. Additionally, I was excited at the prospect of a movieContinue reading “The Birth of a Nation: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back”

The Week of Premiers and the Washington Redskins

I don’t know about you guys, but I am so glad this week is finally here. It is the week of premiers. The season premiers of both the Big Bang Theory and Sleepy Hollow are tonight. On Wednesday, the 18th season of South Park begins. I am beyond stoked. I am especially looking forward toContinue reading “The Week of Premiers and the Washington Redskins”

“Oh Captain, My Captain!”

Yesterday I learned of the tragic death of Robin Williams. This man’s comedies brought me much laughter and joy in my childhood. His improv routines were unmatched; he came like a hurricane and swept you off your feet leaving you in a laughing tizzy. In my teen and adult years, his dramatic acting soothed myContinue reading ““Oh Captain, My Captain!””

From the Holler!

I’ve done it. This is the name I will give my small updates, or as Andy Hall puts it, “Small items that don’t warrant full posts of their own.” Holler is an Appalachian term for a small valley in the mountains. This fits in nicely with my Appalachian background as well as my passion for AppalachianContinue reading “From the Holler!”

Profane Music: Grand Funk Railroad

[Warning: May Contain Elements of Satire and Sarcasm] In the words of Connie Chastain, I must issue “my apologies in advance for the utter filth of the lyrics posted below the video, but it is necessary for people to understand what is being blasted [by] the VaFlaggers” and their proponents. In one of her more recent posts,Continue reading “Profane Music: Grand Funk Railroad”

Staying Busy

Numerous things kept me swamped over the winter break. The job, the coaching job, the role of the grad student….I miss laziness. Because this is the semester of the thesis, my posts on here are going to be few and far in between. I will probably be limited to small updates but I do planContinue reading “Staying Busy”

A Short Lesson in Historical Research

This post has been a long time coming. Settling into a new schedule both in my teaching position and my duties as a student can be quite exhausting, but I’m starting to get into the swing of things. Recently, I started a little segment entitled, “Stupid Things People Say About the Civil War.” Those postsContinue reading “A Short Lesson in Historical Research”

Leftists vs Conservatives in Connie’s World

The infamous Southern Heritage defender, Connie Chastain, seeks to chide Andy Hall in her latest post. Rather than achieve her goals, she comes off as bitter, mean spirited and naive. Especially in this line and graphic: Actually, unlike floggers, leftists, authoritarian PC-ers and the like, Southern heritage folks are mostly conservatives, and  conservatives usually believeContinue reading “Leftists vs Conservatives in Connie’s World”

Say Goodbye to your RSS Feeders

Well…if you have Google that is. Google is closing the door on its once popular RSS feed. This is probably due to the rise of social media and the vast amounts of information and/or stories that can be shared, tabbed, and posted several times over. For example, this blog has a Facebook page that updatesContinue reading “Say Goodbye to your RSS Feeders”