Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Henry the Eighth of America:  Hit me with your comments right here, just click on the comment tab and you are good to go. 
Here's a few links to more STRANGe info on King Strang and a few links to cool spots for history in the Northern Great Lakes. 

The Our Land and Culture PDF at this site is excellent!!! 

Masters of Empire, hits on things we should all know to understand our world today and have a real understanding of history.  The role of the native peoples of this country in it's history is tremendous, yet most of us were never taught about it in our schools beyond a few lessons on the Trail of Tears.  This is wrong and it needs to change.  The profound impact of trade agreements and the costs of dealing with a sharp, effective and powerful trading force just isn't a perspective we get in our history, yet it led to the taxes that ticked off so many of our founding fathers.  It is a key cause and effect relationship regarding the founding of the USA and its almost completely veiled in the shadows of our typical founding narratives.  

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Talk to the Troll: Your Thoughts on "The Custer Effect"

Ole' Custer had a way of stealing the show while alive and that persists through time.  He was certainly a brave and interesting man with a remarkable story. His family history is equally interesting and holds a lesson it would have been great to learn much earlier in our military history. 

Here are some links related to the show, the stuff hidden by "The Custer Effect"  The first one regards the Sullivan brothers and their relation to the Sole Survivor Act.  Hope you enjoyed the podcast, thanks for listening!!  Please let me know your thoughts in the comments!!!!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Talk to the Troll about The Liberty Bell is Sick of Puberty

As you can tell from the podcast, seeing The Liberty Bell and the surrounding exhibits in Philadelphia triggered my overthink and babble a bit reflex.  That said, it is an icon of liberty in a nation full of people who believe in liberty on it's face yet has often and currently struggles with the meaning of liberty, the right to liberty for all and the intent of our founders surrounding all issues related to liberty.   Liberty as an American ideal and founding principle is, has been and will be cracked by the differing views on the meaning of Liberty, conflicts between the ideal of liberty and the compromises of shared governance and all the political pandering surrounding the ideal.  The Liberty Bell is cracked, silent yet symbolic and that is a very disorienting thing for me to deal with.  I do think, if it was a thinking being, it would be quite sick of the divisions considering the very true "ring" the spirit of liberty must have in response to the obviously false "thunk" of voices that argue against it's universal application with the notion that liberty for all means less liberty for others - and it's even more selfish and crappy angle, liberty for all means less for me.  We used that kind of logic to justify slavery, robbing Native American's of their lands despite legal treaties and on many other occasions where we acted in ways supposedly demanded by the situations and demanded by the politics of the times without respect for the liberty of all involved.   I see a lot of that going on now when I hear talk about women's rights, LGBT rights and more.  For me this is an indication of our not growing up and into a society that reflects it's belief in liberty as a rhetorical tool rather than as a practiced ideal.  Liberty as an ideal will not be realized as long as it is used by those with more liberty to limit those with less.  Your thoughts are welcome and thank you for bearing with me on this one!!

Here are some great links to more information on the Liberty Bell and the National Park Service.

Note - That last link from the National Science Foundation is PHENOMENAL and contains even more ringing contradictions about our national symbol of liberty, The Liberty Bell!