Amazon Black Friday Deals

3D Tip Jar

Amazon mp3s

Promote Your Blog

Black Friday All Week Long at Amazon

Shop Amazon – Black Friday Deals Week

As always you can help us pay the bills at no extra cost to you. Tap those links all year long. :-)

Why Not?

This is the coolest thing in the last 15 hours or so.

Sunday Open Thread

MST3K Turkey Day!  Joel, Tom Servo, Gypsy, and Crow T. Robot

MST3K Turkey Day! Joel, Tom Servo, Gypsy, and Crow T. Robot

Sunday Gospel

One of the most beautiful pieces of music in the history of music… Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis by the NY Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein.

Sherman Thanks

General William Tecumseh Sherman

General William Tecumseh Sherman

I was in a Facebook discussion earlier today about General Sherman and how the South, or at least some in the South, came to hate Sherman. He had enjoyed, well not celebration, but warm reception all across the South in the 1870s. Suffice to say that the main reason hatred for Sherman grew was the old snake Jefferson Davis.

The discussion stoked my memory of the speech Teddy Roosevelt gave at the dedication of the the memorial to Sherman in Washington, D.C. in October 1903 (Sherman died in 1891). The speech is here:

So much for our duties in keeping unstained the
honor roll our fathers made in war. It is of even
more instant need that we should show their spirit
of patriotism in the affairs of peace. The duties
of peace are with us always; those of war are but
occasional; and with a nation as with a man, the
worthiness of life depends upon the way in which
the everyday duties are done. The home duties are
the vital duties. The nation is nothing but the
aggregate of the families within its border; and if
the average man is not hard-working, just, and
fearless in his dealings with those about him, then
our average of public life will in the end be low;
for the stream can rise no higher than its source.
But in addition we need to remember that a peculiar
responsibility rests upon the man in public life.
We meet in the capital of the Nation, in the city
which owes its existence to the fact that it is the
seat of the National Government. It is well for us
in this place, and at this time, to remember that
exactly as there are certain homely qualities the lack
of which will prevent the most brilliant man alive
from being a useful soldier to his country, so there
are certain homely qualities for the lack of which
in the public servant no shrewdness or ability can
atone. The greatest leaders, whether in war or in
peace, must of course show a peculiar quality of
genius; but the most redoubtable armies that have
ever existed have been redoubtable because the aver
age soldier, the average officer, possessed to a high
degree such comparatively simple qualities as loyalty,
courage, and hardihood.

And so the most successful governments are those in
which the average public servant possesses that variant of loyalty
which we call patriotism, together with common
sense and honesty. We can as little afford to tolerate
a dishonest man in the public service as a
coward in the army. The murderer takes a single
life; the corruptionist in public life, whether he be
bribe giver or bribe taker, strikes at the heart of the
commonwealth. In every public service, as in every
army, there will be wrongdoers, there will occur
misdeeds. This can not be avoided; but vigilant
watch must be kept, and as soon as discovered the
wrongdoing must be stopped and the wrongdoers
punished. Remember that in popular government
we must rely on the people themselves, alike for
the punishment and the reformation. Those upon
whom our institutions cast the initial duty of bringing
malefactors to the bar of justice must be diligent
in its discharge; yet in the last resort the success
of their efforts to purge the public service of corruption
must depend upon the attitude of the courts
and of the juries drawn from the people. Leadership
is of avail only so far as there is wise and
resolute public sentiment behind it.

In the long run, then, it depends upon us ourselves,
upon us the people as a whole, whether this Government
is or is not to stand in the future as it has
stood in the past ; and my faith that it will show no
falling off is based upon my faith in the character
of our average citizenship. The one supreme duty
is to try to keep this average high. To this end it
is well to keep alive the memory of those men who
are fit to serve as examples of what is loftiest and
best in American citizenship. Such a man was
General Sherman. To very few in any generation
is it given to render such services as he rendered;
but each of us in his degree can try to show something
of those qualities of character upon which, in
their sum, the high worth of Sherman rested his
courage, his kindliness, his clean and simple living,
his sturdy good sense, his manliness and tenderness
in the intimate relations of life, and finally, his in
flexible rectitude of soul and his loyalty to all that
in this free Republic is hallowed and symbolized by
the national flag.

I have nothing really profound to add to that… just thought I’d share it. The picture painted by TR of course stands in stark contrast to many of our so called leaders today. It’s also a chance to share The Civil War Monitor.

From the Trailer Park — Cinderella

Disney’s live action retelling… no surprises here which is not a bad thing. I love an old story told well. Cate Blanchett does the wicked stepmother…

Saturday Song

Saturday Open Thread


Neal and Del heading to Neal's for Thanksgiving -- Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Friday Night Fight Part Deux — Dog v. D-Bag

Man’s best friend indeed.

Friday Night Fight — Equilibrium

Equilibrium is a dystopian film about a hero defeating a fascist regime. Strictly fictional though timely in message. NSFW due to awesomeness.