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

Back in April I posted about an upcoming film, The Birth of a Nationthat 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 movie which covers a time and topic in history that is often overlooked; slave rebellions. That was before Gabrielle Union’s op-ed about Nate Parker’s rape allegations grabbed my attention.  Continue reading “The Birth of a Nation: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back”

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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 to the social commentary South Park provides; you can see what I mean in the video below. Enjoy 😉

Big Bang Theory

Sleep Hollow

South Park

 

“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 my soul. His portrayals inspired me, enraged me, and brought me to tears. Robin Williams is no longer with us, but the cultural legacy he left behind is astounding. Some say that the world is now a darker place without him. I disagree. He did too much in his time to leave anything but brightness. RIP Robin, you will be missed and admired.

 

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, Connie sends out the message to the counter protester Goat Gatsby.  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.

demotivational poster 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 plan on posting excerpts from my research as I progress through the semester. I will also post book reviews for the class I am currently enrolled in.

While I am away, here are some things to ponder.

Still Recovering…

Hopefully I can get back to blogging in the near future. A recent shoulder surgery is keeping my down in the dumps for the most part. On a happier note, I passed my foreign language requirement for my Master’s degree. Now to finish that prospectus. Happy Holidays Everyone!

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 posts garnered some attention from one particular individual who goes by the name Caldwell….and Austin….and Jennifer Cotton, Clarissa, Reed and who knows how many other names. Not being very mindful, I engaged both Austin and Caldwell in the comments section of various posts, only to realize later that they shared a common IP address. The same person, was literally signing on under different names to agree with him/herself. Of course, the arguments were all too familiar. Finally I cut the conversation off, telling said person that if they wanted to converse again, it must be under a real name. Of course, this was met with a private email from Caldwell that is particularly nasty, and his propensity to use childish name calling on other forums continues. Continue 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 believe nobody has the authority to tell others what to believe, even if the others believe in offensive things. They value freedom of speech and thought. Floggers and other authoritarians do not believe in freedom of speech and thought. They get off on telling people what they can and cannot say and even think….(my emphasis)

Anyone else see the problem here? Granted, I’ll admit that some leftists are rather authoritarian in the sense of the definition. The recent “Big Gulp” argument in New York is a prime example of that. But to say “conservatives usually believe nobody has the authority to tell others what to believe, even if the others believe in offensive things. They value freedom of speech and thought. Floggers and other authoritarians do not believe in freedom of speech and thought” is a completely asinine statement. Notice I said the statement is asinine. Calling something stupid, is not the same as calling someone stupid or telling a person that they cannot say stupid things. This is something that is often lost by those that cry wolf; but I digress. Let’s play a Connie game.

1con·ser·va·tive

 adjective \kən-ˈsər-və-tiv\

2
: of or relating to a philosophy of conservatism

capitalized : of or constituting a political party professing the principles of conservatism: as (1) : of or constituting a party of the United Kingdom advocating support of established institutions (2) : progressive conservative

3
: tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions : traditional
Now I ask you, how is one disposed to maintaining the status quo, if they believe “nobody has authority to tell others what to believe.” Connie seems to be at odds with this philosophy. Other, more prominent conservatives, definitely have a hold on this.

The truth is, many political ideologies can seem authoritarian because of the numerous issues involved in politics. This is especially true with hard line issues when different portions of the country have a perception of right and wrong when it comes to the issue. Such is the case with Gay Marriage and Abortion. But to say conservatives represent freedom and leftists are authoritarian is like calling me the Queen of England. By the way, I’m not telling you what to think, I’m just letting you know when your statements are misleading hoping that you will not say them anymore.

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 updates every time I write a post. I know of numerous other blogs that do the same thing. Regardless, Google is a great reader and I hate to lose it. It allows me to keep up with so many wonderful blogs. Thankfully, Google is allowing the export of feeds into different RSS readers. Here are a couple of recommendations. 

Needless to say, many are going to be unhappy about the change. Web users are already posting petitions asking Google not to go through with it.  It also appears that Hitler is extremely pissed off…

WARNING: Video Contains Graphic Text