Mandeville, LA – Mike Church’s daily Pile of Prep, chock full of the latest [r]epublican Christmas goodness including the the controversy over who wrote The Night Before Christmas. Read along with my historical viewpoint to help make sense of it all plus other [r]epublican stories used to perform the Mike Church Show on Sirius/XM Patriot channel 125.“His eyes — how they twinkled! His dimples: how merry, His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry; His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow; The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face, and a little round belly That shook when he laugh’d, like a bowl full of jelly: He was chubby and plump, a right jollyold elf, And I laugh’d when I saw him in spite of myself;” Author in Dispute, The Night Before Christmas
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Washington Irving was a writer without equal, who felt compelled to biography his namesake. This “Student Edition” of his 5 volume bio of Washington is just thrilling to read.
Paoul Anderson’s tale of time travel is an insightful reminder that our ancestors were as smart if not smarter than we are and in complete control of their technology
There’s no better long form reading project than getting familiar with John Taylor of Caroline’s “Tyranny Unmasked” quite possibly the best tract ever written on the subject of what he called “protection” but what we call “corporatism”
What did the English think of the North’s ridiculous claims that the Confederate States 1. Could not secede 2.Were never sovereign & Independent and 3. Were justified in their defense of themselves? Read all about it, start on p. 650
H.L. Mencken is worth reading on many topics but especially on Gettsyburg, you will find his entire critique of Lincoln’s “Gospel” beginning on page 173
The biography of Albert Gallatin is worth knowing and this “American Statesman” book on him is a good start
John Taylor of Caroline was the most influential [r]epublican voice of his day and his work remains as necessary reading. This essay by the great Joseph Stromberg, first published in 1982, explains Taylor’s [r]epublicanism and libertarian thought, unlike any other American of his time
S.J. Quinn’s The History of Fredericksburg, VA is a most thrilling historical walk through 18th & 19th century American history &b includes episodes from 1776, 1798 and 1861
One of the most accomplished yet little know Founder AND Christian Gentlemen was John Randolph of Roanoke, I am researching him for reference and for a good volume on his life to republish, this one is rare and good
The Widow Who Saved The Revolution, who was she? the mystery is finally revealed. This woman took the Hessian Colonel Donop into her home of Dec., 23rd and kept him there until December 27th, long enough to prevent him reinforcing Trenton, NJ and squashing Washington’s Crossing
So you can play a rural, devout Christian on A&E but you can’t actually live and believe and the, heaven forfend, talk like a rural Christian even when you’re not on A&E? But selling dope to minors is ok? Miley Cyrus may be the smartest girl in the world, after all
Hooray, quantitative easing to… oops, it just says Bern-Yank-Me to offer gold standard dogs a small bone, trim direct transfers of wealth $10 billion to a mere $75 BILLION per month
Obama, appoints gays to our “delegation to the Winter Olympics”; making another executive decision and creating a title of nobility that he can’t under the Constitution
Recall that I have been warning you of the impending purge of all things “conservative” from the GOP in favor of the micro-managed, big military, big spy and big corporatist State? Look who is forming a PAC to promote those candidates while accusing Senator Rand Paul of “I want to create a presence for those like myself who feel Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are out of touch with the American people”
FLASHBACK: Where are the gentleman? 2004 review of Miner’s “The Compleat Gentleman” gives us yet another inside look at a book that is nearly extinct but that has such needful information and guidance in it
Glenn Greenwald sounds positively [r]epublican and maybe even a bit KingDude’y (or maybe I have that backwards) when asked why it is not ok for the government to spy on you but it can be ok for google to do it
Paging Mr. T- States make the move to ban lead bullets in favor of more environmentally friendly bullets, because there are so many bullets flying about and lead is imported into the “ecosystem” from Krypton anyway, right? Mr T would say “Eat lead, fool!”
Incorporationistas celebrate! Federal judge rules that Utah’s Bigamy law violates the 1st Amendment because it infringes the bigamists’s religion. Now the Utah freedom of religion amendment may be at issuer here but not the 1st via the 14th
FDA announces new Federal war against anti-bacterial soap makers, seizing the power to make sure we’re all protected from soap fraudsters. In the biggest blow to reasonFDA claims that these soaps must prove that they’re better than soap and water. OK, WHICH soap? Mixed with WHAT water? From Where? At what ratio of liquid to solid? Maybe the FDA should just forbid us to go outside until we can be escorted by a bureaucrat “guardian federale” Please also explain when Congress granted the agency to conceive of a product to harass then write it’s own regulations to harass it?
Patrick J. Buchanan wants to know why we as a “nation” [emphasis mine] refuse to let go of treaty responsibilities for countries no longer threatened by the USSR or the real Chairman Mao
BUT Paul D. Ryan, co-author of Ryan/Murray which may as well be Martin/Lewis (as in Deano) claims that “We still have a Pentagon beget that is not where it needs to be.” So Ryan is of that number that believes the U.S. spending 43% of the known universe’s military spending is inadequate to the task of “defense”
DeceptiCONNED: Mitch McConnell tells MIC member company that if they don’t pony up the $$$ to defend guys like him in re-election & some non-interventionist kook [emphasis mine] defeats him then Mordor will lose interest in spending trillions on “robust national security”
The early reviews on the Hobbit are: Why? Why stretch out one long, exciting epic (h/t Peter O’Toole & Lawrence of arabia) to make 3 movies to fill the pockets of greedy filmmakers who could give three Hail Marys about Tolkkein’s works
Nomocracy in Politics: The virtues necessary for the Constitution to be effective are the “lower virtues”. “This constitutional morality is no set of theological convictions or habits; it does not explicitly demand any particular conception of the human good beyond recognition of the duty to uphold the Constitution. It is not some high virtue of the saint. But this lower virtue is essential for constitutional government to survive.”
LATIN PHRASE OF THE DAY: Adeste fideles læti triumphantes, Venite, venite in Bethlehem. Natum videte Regem angelorum: Venite adoremus (3x) Dominum – O come, all ye faithful
Brion McClanahan: Thomas Paine and his “Crisis” breathed life into Washington’s near dead campaign for the “Glorious Cause” in December, 17776
Mike Rowe, he of Dirty Jobs fame, warns yet again about asking young people to borrow money to get college degrees for jobs that will never exist
Nathan Bedford Forrest High School is no more as FL county boots the Confederate General and opponent of Union subjugation. The board claims that students led the movement including getting a petition going to demand the change and of course, we always let students control their environments formerly controlled by adults
One man who took Obama and the NSA to court and actually won proves it can be done, but what happens next?