Occupy Wall Street

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 10/19/2011 - 07:52


We've been having just the best time enjoying the haters on both the left and the right as they attempt to either dismiss or insert themselves into the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The trolls, media and politicians of the right religiously pursue the most cliche' ridden and ditziest possible occupiers for their film crews and interviews in an effort to portray the occupation as a gaggle of stupid, lazy, foul smelling, ner-do-well, hippy socialists.

The trolls, media and politicians of the left in a cynical attempt to ride it into electoral glory and in so doing provide themselves with yet another opportunity to plunder America for still one more election cycle, are now seeking to portray themselves as part of and ingratiate themselves into a movement that has correctly identified those very people to be a significant part of the problem.

Both will fail.

To quote anonymous,

"The abuse of corporations, banks and governments ends here."



If it wasn't for football, we would not be watching football today.

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 10/15/2011 - 06:22


As we have made a point of explaining in the past, we're guys around here and as such we like football.

And to paraphrase somebody, as nobody around here can remember who came up with the original schtick, "If it wasn't for football, we would not be watching football today." 

So anyway, we had an idea for a post having to do with our strongly held opinion that football is the single most competitive activity/endeavor/business within all of modern American life.

We pestered our friend Thunder who runs one of our two favorite Michigan football sites Touch the Banner and has forgotten more about football than most people are likely to know for some links/thoughts.

We did our homework and wrote, rewrote and wrote again 53 different posts without even sniffing a satisfying result.

Yesterday our other favorite Michigan site MGoBlog posted the following what we consider to be brilliant layman's analysis of the inside zone read play as run by the Oregon Ducks that was originally posted at FishDuck.com.

We just compile the stuff around here, we don't name it.

About which all we have to say is ..... "It is our strongly held opinion that football is the single most competitive activity/endeavor/business within all of modern American life."

That is all.



To quote Field Marshall Erwin Rommel

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 10/14/2011 - 06:54


Among our new favorite sites is Eyewitness to History.com.  

And among the most remarkable sentences we've ever read is the following from the account of Erwin Rommel's then 15 year old son Manfred regarding the last 15 minutes of his father's life.

On October 14, 1944, his house surrounded by Gestapo, Rommel had just been given the choice of suicide, a state funeral and protection for his family and staff or face trial for treason for his alleged part in a plot to overthrow Adolph Hitler.



Click on either the photo or the quote for the story of the future Mayor of Stuttgart's last moments with his father.


US Indian Map

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 10/12/2011 - 09:23


Among the links Kaitlyn sent over the other morning was one to Indian-languages.org which produced the following map.

Click the map below to open up their state by state interactive on the individual tribes and branches of tribes that were roaming your state prior to Columbus.

Pretty neat stuff.

Then, and also from Kaitlyn, Access Geneology provides a very good writeup on the history and leadership of most of the tribes, organized by state and/or tribe and subtribe, maybe faction or branch is a better way to describe it, offered occasionally with a distinct point of view.

Very good stuff and occasionally pretty funny.




To quote John Maynard Keynes over and over and ...

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 06:02


In the long run we are all dead.


A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind.


Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering what average opinion believes average opinion to be.


Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.


The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.


Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others. 


Most men love money and security more, and creation and construction less, as they get older.


The importance of money flows from it being a link between the present and the future.


There is no harm in being sometimes wrong - especially if one is promptly found out.


Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking.


For at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to every one that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little longer still.


I work for a Government I despise for ends I think criminal.


Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.


Like Odysseus, the President looked wiser when he was seated.


The decadent international but individualistic capitalism in the hands of which we found ourselves after the war is not a success. It is not intelligent. It is not beautiful. It is not just. It is not virtuous. And it doesn't deliver the goods.


The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.

I think that one merits a repeat.

By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.


If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble, competent people on a level with dentists:  that would be splendid.


Quintette du Hot Club de France

Submitted by Roanman on Sun, 10/09/2011 - 17:03


Having lost the use of two fingers on his fretting hand in a fire at age 18, Django Reinhardt literally played the guitar like nobody had ever played it before.

 Along with the great Stephane Grapelli, Reinhardt fronted one of the greatest bands in the history of popular music, Quintette du Hot Club de France.



This is the certainly the most well known and probably the best version of the band.

It features Django Reinhardt on Guitar, Stephane Grappelli playing Violin, bassist Louis Vola, and rhythm guitarists Roger Chaput and Joseph Reinhardt. 




Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli - J'Attendrai - Newsreel 'Jazz Hot' from Stoney Lane on Vimeo.


People always get real crabby when I say this out loud, so I usually mumble it or type really, really small.

The first great Western Swing band came from Paris, France.


To quote Chief Joseph over and over and ...

Submitted by Roanman on Sun, 10/09/2011 - 08:43


So I'm sitting here at about 3:15 AM, wide awake, minding my own business and trying to decide what to post this AM when Outlook offers it's friendly little ding to let me know that I have mail.

"Hmmm. What's a Kaitlyn." I wonder as I open the link.

Well, evidently Kaitlyn is a regular around here, breeds the occasional Appaloosa horse and has forgotten more about Chief Joseph, the Nez Perce people, their culture and horses than most people are ever going to know.

And ......... she's got the links to prove it.

Viola, this mornings post.

With the exception of the first paragraph, these quotes were taken from an 1879 speech Chief Joseph made to a group of Congressman and "other dignitaries" in Washington DC where he had journeyed to meet President Rutherford B. Hayes in an effort to secure a better deal for his people.

The photo will link you up to an interesting timeline from student sketchbook project offering beau coup links to maps and first person accounts of the history of the Nez Perce War.


" I will not move (to the reservation). I do not need your help; we have plenty, and we are contented and happy if the white man will let us alone. The reservation is too small for so many people with all their stock. You can keep your presents; we can go to your towns and pay for all we need; we have plenty of horses and cattle to sell, and we won't have any help from you; we are free now; we can go where we please, our fathers were born here. Here they lived, here they died, here are their graves. We will never leave them."


Treat all men alike. Give them the same laws. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.


You might as well expect all rivers to run backward as that any man who was born a free man should be contented penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases. If you tie a horse to a stake, do you expect he will grow fat? If you pen an Indian up on a small spot of earth and compel him to stay there, he will not be contented nor will he grow and prosper.


I have asked some of the Great White Chiefs where they get their authority to say to the Indian that he shall stay in one place, while he sees white men going where they please. They cannot tell me.


I know that my race must change. We cannot hold our own with the white men as we are. We only ask an even chance to live as other men live. We ask to be recognized as men. We ask that the same law shall work alike on all men. If an Indian breaks the law, punish him by the law. If a white man breaks the law, punish him also.


Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself -- and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty.


Whenever the white man treats the Indian as they treat each other then we shall have no more wars. (Yeah, I'm not altogether sure about that one) 


Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekht has spoken for his people.



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