re: Do you think symbols from the confederacy should be removed from state grounds?
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{ posted: 8 hours ago // views: 0 // words: 98 }

I hate war. The men who start it have the luxury of looking back and changing their views on it, admitting it was a mistake, saying what they would do differently, but the boys they sent off to die don't get that luxury. The powers that be in former states of the Confederacy are free to decide that they no longer wish to honor the sacrifices they compelled their citizens to make, but they damn well better look with reverence on the monuments to those who didn't live long enough to see the world change.

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re: Do you think symbols from the confederacy should be removed from state grounds?
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{ posted: 8 hours ago // views: 7 // words: 98 }

I hate war. The men who start it have the luxury of looking back and changing their views on it, admitting it was a mistake, saying what they would do differently, but the boys they sent off to die don't get that luxury. The powers that be in former states of the Confederacy are free to decide that they no longer wish to honor the sacrifices they compelled their citizens to make, but they damn well better look with reverence on the monuments to those who didn't live long enough to see the world change.

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re: Who do you consider to have been the worst Supreme Court justice ever? What made them such a bad judge in your view?
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{ posted: Monday, 14 August, 2017 at 2:49pm // views: 8 // words: 42 }

For the Gulf States it may have been 100% about slavery. But most of the more northern states of the Confederacy only seceded when forced to choose between providing troops for the invasion of South Carolina or its defense.

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re: Who do you consider to have been the worst Supreme Court justice ever? What made them such a bad judge in your view?
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{ posted: Monday, 14 August, 2017 at 1:46pm // views: 11 // words: 108 }

He was no less supportive of what might otherwise have been the 13th amendment penned by Thomas Corwin which read "No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State."

Lincoln said of it: "holding such a provision to now be implied constitutional law, I have no objection to its being made express and irrevocable."

And yet the South still seceded… Almost as though there were more to it than slavery.

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LPT: You can never be superior to anyone other than who you were yesterday.
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{ posted: Monday, 14 August, 2017 at 9:53am // views: 8 // words: 4 }

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re: Robert E. Lee Was a Cousin of Mine
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{ posted: Monday, 14 August, 2017 at 8:36am // views: 13 // words: 36 }

My favorite part of this dull, meandering piece was the line:

I don’t want to delve into her story, because it is not mine to tell.

Was the irony there intentional?

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Instagram #BXwMv60nvfb
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{ posted: Sunday, 13 August, 2017 at 7:53pm // views: 11 // words: 9 }

Boompa and Sambo lakeside dinner

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Instagram #BXtuI_XHdcf
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{ posted: Saturday, 12 August, 2017 at 8:47pm // views: 19 // words: 7 }

Reflections on aging

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Instagram #BXtnbBoHZ8P
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{ posted: Saturday, 12 August, 2017 at 7:48pm // views: 16 // words: 26 }

“It’s loose? Let me see,” I say. I reach in and touch it. Then jam it out. I learned from the best.

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re: [Serious] Dads who left and never came back; why?
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{ posted: Friday, 11 August, 2017 at 10:37am // views: 16 // words: 43 }

I'm so sorry–I can't imagine. The worst recurring nightmare I had as a kid was running after my mom and her running away and hiding. How have you come to terms with that profound a rejection from your own father?

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re: [Serious] Dads who left and never came back; why?
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{ posted: Thursday, 10 August, 2017 at 1:46pm // views: 24 // words: 231 }

My great-grandfather was a good man who wanted to be better than what he felt he was. But he was the son of a convicted murderer in a very small community in depression-era Georgia, and he couldn't escape his last name. His son, my grandfather, was a brilliant young student, but he was told by the local committee that managed college funds there was no way a McCullough was ever going to get a scholarship.

So ultimately, I think my great-grandfather felt that, based on the toxicity of his own relationship with his father, the best thing he could do for his children was to extract himself. So he took a job as a prison guard in another county. Ultimately, he took a train to California with another woman. Once there he called his wife and said he was sorry for everything, and a few days later he finally succumbed to health issues relating to his service in the first world war.

After he had left home, but before he went to California, his son went to a Junior College in the same area my great-grandfather was working. Seeing his father walking toward him, he crossed the street to avoid him. He hated himself for it the rest of his life, and never knew whether his father had seen him or not.

He never saw him again.

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Instagram #BXWwsH2nmop
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{ posted: Thursday, 3 August, 2017 at 10:47pm // views: 19 // words: 7 }

Party of four

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{ posted: Thursday, 3 August, 2017 at 9:12pm // views: 16 // words: 15 }

Meeting of the little brothers club will now come to order

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re: Does the government keep military portraits?
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{ posted: Wednesday, 2 August, 2017 at 6:24pm // views: 22 // words: 46 }

"First World War", "WWI", both stated explicitly. The government that would oversee the 42nd Division was US, an oversight in not stating. I look forward to the insights that your keen and discerning eye shall now contribute that this has all been clarified.

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Does the government keep military portraits?
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{ posted: Wednesday, 2 August, 2017 at 9:26am // views: 19 // words: 67 }

My great-grandfather served in Battery E, 42nd Artillery during the First World War, and I have no military photos of him. I often see group photos in antique shops of WWI soldiers who have just finished training, which seem like they must have been taken as a matter of course. Does anyone know anything about the government keeping these photos in the National Archives?

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Newspaper Obituary Lookup Request?
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{ posted: Tuesday, 1 August, 2017 at 12:30pm // views: 24 // words: 23 }

Looking for the obituary for Glen Dwayne "Smokey" Simmons, which appeared in The Oklahoman on 19 Jun 2011, page 25A:3

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re: Finding parents of 18th Century Irish immigrant–where to start?
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{ posted: Tuesday, 1 August, 2017 at 12:29pm // views: 16 // words: 27 }

Ah, checking for other people who sailed with him is probably a great idea–especially if I can find someone with more unique names… Thanks!

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re: [Fiction] “Fourth Cousin Twice Removed By A Fifth Cousin?”
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{ posted: Monday, 31 July, 2017 at 12:00pm // views: 21 // words: 18 }

I imagine they're just trying to sound amusingly opaque by throwing around technical-sounding terms.

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re: Tomi Lahren reveals she personally benefits from Obamacare, threatens John McCain for not repealing it
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{ posted: Sunday, 30 July, 2017 at 7:50pm // views: 27 // words: 122 }

There's nothing wrong with disagreeing with policies that benefit you. I disagree with a number of tax breaks I qualify for, but of course I still claim them. And I was on state sponsored healthcare for awhile after my business crashed. I desperately wanted to pay for healthcare, but the system is so broken the cheapest plan was well beyond half my income. Just because it was good for me doesn't mean it's good policy. If my parent decided they wanted to spend every dime they had on taking my family on vacations, I might say that I wasn't sure it was the best idea, but if they swore it wouldn't be a problem and insisted, I wouldn't refuse.

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re: [DNA] Dealing with skeletons… How do you do it?
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{ posted: Sunday, 30 July, 2017 at 7:41pm // views: 24 // words: 49 }

I always wonder how many moms and dads felt their stomachs drop and looked nervously at their spouse when they first saw an ad for Ancestry DNA. On the flip side, my granddad was sure he was illegitimate and my test showed that wasn't the case.

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