Tag Archives: Blogging

Thanksgiving Day

25 Nov

A quiet morning at my parents before the house awakes.  Thinking and reading before the chaos begins.

I’m in the process of revamping the blog and will detail those changes soon.

In the meantime I’m preparing my heart for Christmas by rereading the Gospels and maybe digging into the Messianic prophecies of the old testament.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.


How I broke the Twitter…

11 Sep

Really,  all I wanted to do was to streamline my online activity.

I got rid of Foursquare, because it was becoming annoying.  Same with Tweetdeck.  And Ping.fm wouldn’t post to Facebook.  So I narrowed my “needs” down to Facebook and Twitter.

And now they’re not taking to each other. 

I’ve changed all the settings.  But when I try to reset things at Twitter, I get this picture of a snarky looking owl telling me to change the cookie settings on my browser.  Of course earlier today I went to that site just fine.  Not so this afternoon.

I have to leave for work in an hour.   So this won’t get fixed today.  Still, I’m not even sure what I’ve done wrong.

My New Blog Project

11 Jun

This morning I embarked upon my new blog project.  You can check it out:  365 Things I Believe.

The One Where We Return to Blogging

2 Jun

It’s taken me a while to get to this point.

I left my previous blog domain of the same name a couple of weeks ago. My intent was first to move that blog all over to WordPress. But there were some technical glitches.

So then I decided to create a new, personal, blog. But the best name I could come up with was “Can’t Find a Good Blog Name.”

In the end I was able to get beyond the glitches and move everything over here. A few less substantive posts didn’t make the journey over. But things are mostly here.

The reason for the move is simple. If I’m not paying for hosting, I won’t feel pressured to provide content. So this place will be here when I’m inspired to write or when I just have something to say.

The old place will be around a few more weeks. But it’s going soon.

Bloggers Who Forget the Past are Condemned to Repeat the Same Smear Campaigns

8 Apr
Robert E. Lee, seated, with 2 of his officers, following surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House. April 1865. Photo by Mathew Brady.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
~ George Santayana

Somewhere, Santayana is rolling in his grave.

Main stream media and the blogs are all atwitter over Governor Bob McDonnell’s proclamation of April as Confederate History Month. Read the proclamation. In it, McDonnell says:

WHEREAS, this defining chapter in Virginia’s history should not be forgotten, but instead should be studied, understood and remembered by all Virginians, both in the context of the time in which it took place, but also in the context of the time in which we live, and this study and remembrance takes on particular importance as the Commonwealth prepares to welcome the nation and the world to visit Virginia for the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the Civil War, a four-year period in which the exploration of our history can benefit all.

Rightly stated Governor. An acknowledgement that, no, it was not our finest hour. But also an acknowledgement that it was a time in history that we must not forget. A time where men and women fought with valour, and yes integrity for a cause in which they believed, misguided though they were.

More importantly, it’s a foreshadowing of the upcoming 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. A time that will bring tourists and history buffs, and their associated cash, to the borders of the Commonwealth.

But, for the perpetually offended, that’s not good enough.

According to The Washington Post, the Governor is Airbrushing Virginia History.

How so?

We all know that when it comes to Governor McDonnell, The Washington Post has no bias. [See Bridge. Brooklyn. Impending Sale]

Not to be left out, Ben and Lowell, otherwise known as the Sisters from Our Lady of the Hysterical Blog Posts weigh in on the subject, as does the real Larry Sabato who tweeted:

Already tweeted about Gov. McDonnell’s Confederate proclamation, but it’s becoming increasingly clear this is a disaster for him & VA.

That would be the same Larry Sabato who helped sink George Allen because he “knew” that’s right he “knew” that George Allen used the “n-word.” Sabato later had to retract that comment and say well he didn’t really “know” it, he sort of felt it.

Still, it’s not just the left attacking McDonnell, Doug from Below the Beltway tweets: Virginia had 48 Confederate History Months between 1861 and 1865. That’s enough for me, thank you.

The subject generates quite a bit of “conversation” amongst the right as well. J.R. at Bearing Drift has called for the recognition of Virginia Heritage Day.

Point is, regardless of where you stand on the issue, emotions run deep.

The larger point is, that on this issue McDonnell will be criticized for his action, or inaction.

George Allen received criticism each of the four years he issued the proclamation. Jim Gilmore endeavored to be sensitive to the issue and in 1998 included an acknowledgement of slavery in his first proclamation.

That wasn’t good enough. The NAACP still criticized Gilmore and threatened a tourism boycott of the state. Gilmore’s last proclamation recognized “Virginia Civil War Month.” He also was the one who provided separate but equal days off for Lee-Jackson Day and Martin Luther King Day, pleasing no one except the state employees who get a four day weekend two weeks after Christmas, er…the winter holidays. For many, that also wasn’t good enough.

It never would be.

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine avoided the issue.

But we’re on the eve of an important anniversary. The plans for the Sesquicentennial are well underway. It’s important that we remember our history. The good and the bad.

It may be painful to do so. And surely emotions will rise again, even if the south doesn’t.

But no one, not McDonnell, nor Gilmore or Allen before him, is calling for a return to racial discrimination and certainly not a return to slavery. Anyone who implies that they are is either grandstanding for political purporses or…a moron. I have no patience for either.

I had great-grandfathers who fought for the Confederacy, so I could be a legitimate “Son of the Confederacy.” But between you and me, those people scare me. Still I’m not about do deny my heritage. I’m not about to deny that I love Virginia. I love the South. And I can appreciate that heritage without having to whitewash it. So to speak.

Do I love the fact that our history bears the dark stain of slavery? Of course not.

But it’s the sum of that history, the good and the bad, that makes me who I am, and who our Commonwealth is today.

There are a lot of disagreement on this issue. There have been for, oh at least 150 years. But it’s not going to go away. And the vast majority of people who are critical of the Governor are going to be critical no matter what he does. Today it’s Confederate History Month. Tomorrow it’s something else.

Would it have been easier for McDonnell to take the Warner and Kaine route and ignore Virginia’s history altogether? Maybe.

But it wouldn’t have been honest.

This afternoon, McDonnell issued a statement adding the following paragraph to the proclamation:

WHEREAS, it is important for all Virginians to understand that the institution of slavery led to this war and was an evil and inhumane practice that deprived people of their God-given inalienable rights and all Virginians are thankful for its permanent eradication from our borders, and the study of this time period should reflect upon and learn from this painful part of our history.

In an equitable world, this would be the end of it. In a world where petty grudges and the scoring of political points is more important than history and integrity, there will never be enough.

Hey, Virginia Blogosphere, remind you of anyone?

21 Mar

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Maybe reading this article would help.

Non Resolute

18 Feb

Back on New Year’s Eve when I returned from my post-historical-election hiatus, I pointed out that I was not making resolutions for 2010.  Instead, I gave a list of things I wanted to work on.

Now, almost two months into the year, how am I doing?

Health and Fitness:  Not where I want to be.  As I mentioned a few minor health bumps slowed me down. Nothing major, but all of which have prevented me from going back to the gym (specifically the pool).  But we’ve now resolved other issues with the Wii Fit and the weather is warming up enough to allow me to walk at lunch time. So, there’s not much progress.  But there is movement.

Writing:  I’ve not really made progress towards getting published. But I’m writing, researching and reading daily.

Spanish:  Sigh…I’ve still got the CDs in the truck.

Study:  I’m back in class, back in a regular Sunday School class and I’m reading daily.  I’m also a little more than halfway through The 90 Day Challenge.

So, not exactly where I want to be.  But not a total slacker either.

Test posting from the Droid

12 Jan

I think I’m about to be a very happy camper.

The blogoshere just got a little better

3 Jan

Scott’s Morning Brew is returning.

Welcome back, Scott! We’ve missed you.

Saturday Morning Randomness

2 Jan

If my people, who are called by my name,
will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and
turn from their wicked ways,
then will I hear from heaven and will forgive
their sin and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

It’s the first Saturday of the new year and the last Saturday of vacation. Not planning to wander far from the homestead today. Sitting at my desk where I can look out on the back yard and think about gardening projects for the spring. I’ve got tulips and daffodils that, thanks to Thanksgiving rain and Christmas snow, didn’t make it into the ground that will go into pots today.

Maybe a movie, maybe a board game. Maybe some focused time sorting out partially completed writing projects.

In other news…

On January 2, 1941 The Andrews Sisters recorded their hit “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” By the end of that year, the U.S. would be at war with Germany and Japan.

Closer home…

Governor-Elect Bob McDonnell is featured in a Wall Street Journal interview today: Back to GOP Basics Virginia’s governor-elect Bob McDonnell on his plans for spending cuts, offshore drilling and charter schools.

The 90 Day Challenge: Day 2, Genesis 13-28