Monday, March 28, 2011

How Bout Another War

It is said that the first casualty of war is truth. We have a new war/non-war in Libya. The last few presidents have moved us further away from Congressional approval in war. This time the president didn't even speak to the congress. His permission came from the U.N. This is no accident

Monday, March 21, 2011


Without the rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.



The President has been down in Rio talking up new trade.
My sources say that he is actually down there begging them to buy some more of our debt.
Just guessing; I'd say they have all they want.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Fighting Irish

During the Civil War the Irish were represented well on both sides.
The Union Irish Brigade was made up of the 69th NY, 63rd NY, 88th NY, 116th Penn, and 28th Mass. Many of these men were fresh off the boats from the old country. The original and best known Regiment was the 69th known as the Fighting 69th.
After the war some of the Chaplains of the Brigade were on the staff at Notre Dame. It is said that from them the University adopted the name "Fighting Irish"

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lets Sneak In Gun Control

While everyone is watching the horrors in Japan, a quiet push is on for stricter gun laws.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Church Bells To Cannon

In 1862 Edenton N.C. formed the Albemarle Artillery but it had no guns.
The War of Northern Aggression was well under way.
The unit asked for donations.

Brass bells came from the surrounding area to be cast into cannon.

Each gun in the four gun battery was named.

The St. Paul - a 12 pounder from the Episcopal Church

The Fannie Roulac - a 12 pounder named after a woman leader of the Methodist Church

The Columbia - a 6 pounder from a bell donated by the Tyrell Co. Seat

The Edenton - a 6 pounder from a bell donated by the Chowen Co. Courthouse

Obviously these bells took on more of a baritone or bass voice
The Fannie Roulac and the Columbia were lost during the war
The other two were surrendered with Joe Johnston in April of 1865

In 1990 the Edenton was discovered on display at Shiloh Military Park
In 1999 the St. Paul was found at Fort Niagra, N.Y.
After ten years of work both guns, half the battery, are back home.
These weren't the only church bells that went to the cause.