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Monkeys, monkeys, monkeys. It was 1986. And bad year, very bad, with unending writer’s block that crushed my spirit and left me thrashing about for any cure at all. I hadn’t written more than five sequential sentences in all the previous year. I’d tried all the popular cures: massages, meditation, Freudian psychoanalysis; each intriguing in […]

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As I sit here keeping an eye on the TV watching one of my favorite movies Serenity, wrapping up what could and should have been a long running show but failed due to inept scheduling, I ponder the last several weeks of my life with a smile on my face. From the end of October […]

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“…and I’ll make Mexico pay for it!”

Who cares if Mexico pays for it? We’re arguing over $5,000,000,000 in the budget; it’s an unimaginably huge amount in terms of my pocket book but the federal government wastes that much money on nothing every day. Yeah, I darn well would prefer if the feds didn’t waste all that money all the time. Border defense constitutes one of the fundamental duties of the government, and I’m willing to pay for it. The question then becomes what’s the best way to go about it?

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I have been a member of Ricochet for years now, but always as a lurker; I wasn’t sure if I had anything meaningful to add to the conversation. The Member Feed has always been my favorite part of the site, reading about he experiences and expertise of so many Ricochet members has truly been a joy. Lately, though, I have felt the urge to add my voice to the conversation, and perhaps I can contribute in a meaningful way. I am a professional historian, and my personal area of interest is 19th Century American history, in particular, the Civil War era. I have been writing on the subject of the Civil War for many years now, concentrating on how the conflict affected my home state of Mississippi. The following is a short piece I wrote for my blog; I chose it as it has a New Year’s theme. I hope you like it, and I wish everyone here a very happy 2019!

The coming of a new year is a good time to reflect on the changes that the old year has brought. For Mississippians, no year ushered in more change than 1865, as the Confederacy crumbled to ash and Southerners lost not only a war but a way of life. On January 1, 1866, The Natchez Democrat ran the following article that very eloquently explained the altered world that Mississippians had to learn to live with. The original article was very long, and I have edited it down to a more manageable size:

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Palestinian-American Sentenced to Life in Prison by PA for Selling Property to Jews The good news is that the sentence was light. According to the article in The Jerusalem Post: More

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We all know how reserved Donald Trump is, right? With so much having been revealed regarding the DoJ and FBI efforts against him, both before he was in office and after, and the same institutional efforts in support of Clinton covering up her crimes, why has Trump not acted to disrupt the institutionalized corruption? I’m […]

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In public discourse about politics and economics, one often hears the term “Gross Domestic Product” (“GDP”). It’s used as a quantitative measure of the material well-being of a nation for a time period. Or, the relative well-being of one nation at one time, compared to that or another nation at the same or a different […]

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Homemade pancakes sizzling on the stove. Brother-in-law hovers as husband cooks, More

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Apparently Stratcom, whose rasion d’etre is dropping big bombs, posted a New Year’s Eve tweet about …dropping big bombs. And then later deleted it. When I was at a SAC base in the 80’s you could buy a t-shirt with a B-52 flying away from a mushroom cloud with the caption “Now It’s Miller Time”. […]

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2019 started out with some snow in Catalina, Arizona. Started the coffee this morning, walked across the street to my neighbor’s house to put her newspaper against her garage door. She uses a walker, and her driveway isn’t flat. Snow is not her friend. Enjoyed my coffee and when there was enough light I stepped […]

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I just need to write this short essay, which pays homage to the joys of Pandora. I always liked music. But, now that I don’t have to go to work, and have more time to indulge my avocations, I find Pandora a real God-send. More

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A comment on my previous essay, which can be read here, prompted me to write this one on one of my favorite westerns. The reason it is one of my favorites is almost solely due to Barbara Stanwyck’s portrayal in the Matriarchal role of Victoria Barkley, whose late husband helped settle the big valley. I […]

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