Saturday, July 2, 2011


National Museum of the US Air Force
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Vietnam Babylift, My Story

Posted on our Carteret homeschoolers site.

Ok. So, I am going to continue to homeschool next year, BUT, I need some suggestions for a good, self-explanatory math program.

------ is going into 7th grade, and, unfortunately, my math S U C K S. I hate math, I do not like math, I detest math, I abhor math! Need I say more?

My response.

Welcome to the club and this is from an ex-Embassy Budget Analyst! The wisdom of the government in that they put you in whatever they need as long as you pass their test. I protested to no avail........

Day by Day: Media Whiteout.


Jefferson Davis Highway has winding history

A Jefferson Davis sign at the 5th street bridge on the Georgia side in Augusta, Georgia.  Sara Caldwell/Staff

Naming a highway after the president of the Confederate States of America makes sense in the heart of the South.

Augusta and Aiken's stretch of U.S. Highway 1 have several markers identifying the road as Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway, including over the Fifth Street bridge.

But if the history of Jefferson Davis Highway starts in the South, it doesn't end there.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy launched plans for a coast-to-coast highway commemorating Davis in 1913. It was common in the years just before World War I for private organizations to name a stretch of highway for their cause. The transcontinental Lincoln Highway, for instance, was proposed in 1912 by industrialist Carl Fisher, who also developed Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Miami Beach.

UDC President-General Mrs. Alexander B. White wanted a similar route through the South and announced the project at the group's 1913 convention.

In her annual report, she recommended "that the United Daughters of the Confederacy secure for an ocean-to-ocean highway from Washington to San Diego, through the Southern States, the name of Jefferson Davis National Highway."


Via T

"Let Us Cross Over The River and rest in the shade of the trees."

Via Old Virginia Blog

Aristotle quote

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"[B]efore some audiences not even the possession of the exactest knowledge will make it easy for what we say to produce conviction. For argument based on knowledge implies instruction, and there are people one cannot instruct."
- Rhetoric, Aristotle
With the benefit of an additional 2,333 years of human history, the only way this statement could be improved upon would be to replace the word "some" with "most".

How the British Nearly Supported the Confederacy

Was it a civil war twice over? Not only did the “war between the states” divide the American people, it sundered the larger English-speaking community stretching across the Atlantic. The conflict was followed with consuming interest by the British, it affected them directly, many of them fought in it — and it split them into two camps, just as it did the Americans.

Now that Americans are taught that the war was a noble conflict waged by Lincoln and the forces of light against misguided and contumacious Southerners, it’s especially valuable to be reminded that this was far from how all the English saw it at the time. To be sure, almost no Englishman defended slavery, long since abolished in the British Empire. The British edition of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” had sold an astonishing million copies, three times its American sales, and the Royal Navy waged a long campaign against the slave trade: on his first visit to Downing Street, President Obama was presented with a pen holder carved from the wood of one of the ships that conducted that campaign.

But while some English politicians, like the radical John Bright and the Whig Duke of Argyll, ardently supported the North, plenty sided with the Confederacy. They even included W. E. Gladstone, on his long journey from youthful Tory to “the people’s William,” adored by the masses in his later years. Apart from sympathy with the underdog, many Englishmen believed that the South had a just claim of national self-determination.


Via Ann, Belle Grove