Sunday, May 31, 2009
I wanted to test this theory so I have been bringing up the possibility of hyperinflation and a loss of personal wealth to people I know. It is safe to say that eight out of ten people I approach appear not to know current events, say very little, and often change the subject.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
In the winter of 1540-41 Hernando de Soto's expedition came upon one of the main Chickasaw camps. Desoto demanded 200 women to carry supplies and offer other services for the remainder of his journey. The entire village of males attacked the Spaniards and drove them out. These people were much feared by the Choctaw, and stood their ground against the Creek
Indian removal in the 1830's forced the tribe West. They took their belongings and slaves to Oklahoma
It is said they never lost a major battle until Elk Horn Tavern while fighting with Gen. Earl Van Dorn's Confederate Army.
Pontotoc is thought by some to mean =The Place of Hanging Grapes however further examination seems to indicate the word comes from the Chicksaw - ponti meaning cat-tail
and tokali meaning battle - Battle Where The Cat-tails Stood
Sunday, May 24, 2009
This navy fighter had an eighteen cylinder Prat-Whitney engine with a two stage turbo, 100 hp per cylinder and flew speeds up to 470 mph. It had a 13'4" propeller to get maximum use of its power. The navy had to build a special inverted gull wing to prevent the huge triple prop from hitting the deck when taking off and landing. It carried six 50 cal Browning machine guns. Tracers were never used because the flash obstructed the pilot's vision. What a beautiful bird.
Remember all those who flew
The famous baseball announcer Red Barber was born in Columbus Mississippi. He worked for the Reds, Dodgers, and the Yankees, perhaps others. Red began what we call "play by play" announcing.
He coined the term "in the Cat Bird Seat." This is a sports term meaning you have your opponent where you want him.
Like many people Barber thought that it was the Cat Bird, with its catlike meow to the end of its song that impaled its victims, but the Cat Bird is shy and stays in the cover most of the time. The cruel bird is actually the Logger Headed Shrike. He crucifies his victims and sits on his favorite perch to watch over his domain.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
He told me that back in the thirties his family tried to eat a groundhog. He said, "It was so tough that you couldn't stick a fork in the gravy."
I try to call every Saturday. One day before too long there won't be an answer.
My sincere appreciation to all good fathers; my eternal thanks to veterans, the dead, the living, the shattered, and the old ones fading away.
was from Telico Texas where he and his brother began a life of crime early. From 1931 to 1934 the Barrow gang pulled off small time robberies across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, and parts of the Midwest. Clyde's favorite weapon was a Browning Automatic Rifle, BAR.
Texas lawmen swore to get the couple. It appears they did the killing without any warning. Later they said two Louisiana lawmen were with them for jurisdictional purposes. Who knows.
May 23, 1934
"Bonnie Blue Flag." The tune came from an Irish song called "The Irish Jaunting Car"
I wonder is Matt could play that on his bagpipes
Friday, May 22, 2009
Johnny and Edgar Winter's grandfather was a cotton merchant in Leland Mississippi. Being a family of some means the cotton dealer sent his son to VMI. The son came home but didn't stay in the cotton business. He went into the military and met his wife in Beaumont Texas. They lived a while in Leland but moved back to Beaumont where Johnny and little brother Edgar were born. Both were albino but they had extraordinary talent when it came to music. Edgar was the first man in Rock-n-Roll history to use a synthesizer. His trademark song was "Frankenstein." If you "Youtube" Edgar Winter and find his live performance, he will show you how to play every instrument on stage.
Johnny has been a pioneer in blues. If you listen to some of his music you may, like me, believe that Stevie Ray Vaughn as a kid listened to Johnny's music. This cat can play.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Neshoba in Choctaw means wolf.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
In the spring of 1866 the ladies of Columbus, Mississippi carried flowers to Friendship Cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate Soldiers who fell, probably mortally wounded at Shiloh (Pittsburgh Landing.) After the battle, trains moved southward dropping off the wounded in Tupelo, Columbus, Macon, Meridian and all points in between. Many men who died in homes of these communities were buried in those towns.
While decorating graves of our fallen, the women looked over to the graves of the boys in blue with compassion for their sacrifice as well. They too were covered in the fragrance of spring that represents awakening, resurrection.
Other states argue that they were first but it seems to be agreed upon by most that Mississippi was first.
Francis Miles Finch happened to be in Columbus that day and was inspired to write the poem
"The Blue And The Grey"
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Saint Louis Globe Democrat 1895 - William Lyons 25, levee worker was shot in the abdomen by Lee "Stag" Shelton.
Lyons died later of his wounds. Shelton was tried but the jury was hung.
(I didn't go into their archives to verify this)
I was standin' on the corner
When I heard my bulldog bark
He was barkin' at the two men
Who were gamblin' in the dark
It was Stagga Lee and Billy
Two men who gambled late
Stagga Lee threw a Seven
Billy swore that he threw eight
Stagga Lee told Billy
I can't let you go with that
You done won all my money
And my brand new Stetson hat
Stagga Lee went home
And he got his .44
He said I'm goin' to the bar room
Just to pay that debt I owe
Stagga Lee went to the bar room
And he strolled across the floor
He said you did me wrong Billy
And he pulled his .44
Stagga Lee said Billy
Oh please don't take my life
I got three little children
And a very sickly wife
Stagga Lee shot Billy
Oh he shot that boy so bad
That the bullet went through Billy
And broke tha bartender's glass
Go Stagga Lee, Go Stagga Lee
Youtube Stagger Lee Floyd Price
Millions of Americans are watching to see if Montana's State's Rights bill will win a future Supreme Court decision. Thomas Jefferson once said and I paraphraise "As long as Govt. fears its citizens our Republic is safe, but when the citizens fear the Govt. we're in deep Sh--.
Being just a cotton picker, I realize that I'm over my head when discussing court decisions, but
Dr. Mark Levin explained "Liberty and Tyranny" If I read it right and heard it again correctly, the Court ruled against a small wheat farmer in Wickard v Filbum in 1941. It ruled against this ole boy for growing wheat for his own consumption. In no way did he violate interstate commerce.
Levin says Roosevelt made one of the greatest power grabs in American History in this decision. Google it if you care to. Montana, I hope the Feds don't sucker punch you. It has an arsenal of power grab brass knuckles to choose from.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
they spoke a strong gospel.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Wait a minute. Did this man not understand the Constitution?
Oh, that's right, he wrote that document.