This Day In History: 1901, Gusher signals start of U.S. Oil Industry

On this day in 1901, a drilling derrick at Spindletop Hill near Beaumont,Texas, produces an enormous gusher of crude oil, coating the landscape for hundreds of feet and signaling the advent of the American oil industry. The geyser was discovered at a depth of over 1,000 feet, flowed at an initial rate of approximately 100,000 barrels a day and took nine days to cap. Following the discovery, petroleum, which until that time had been used in the U.S. primarily as a lubricant and in kerosene for lamps, would become the main fuel source for new inventions such as cars and airplanes; coal-powered forms of transportation including ships and trains would also convert to the liquid fuel. Read more

War is Wicked

 § As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular. §

~Oscar Wilde

There’s Little Sweeter

Welcome home, thank you.  

If you’re reading this and currently deployed, thank you. And this includes our allied forces as well–Britain,  Australia–Canada…et,.  Hello comrades! Thank you. 😉

If you;re a veteran from ANY theatre, I extend my gratitude to you as well. You’re all a part of history and I’m proud to be an American & the ability to support  all of you; I’m among the finest. 

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Boehner: Install Benghazi select committee now

I received this letter from Allen West in  an email and was encouraged to share with who I could. This is the message that accompanied it:

 I’ve downloaded and shared the letter with you here but feel free to download a copy for yourself. The link is below. Thank you.  It’s time we get some answers about Benghazi. 


Today I joined family members of the victims of the Benghazi terrorist attack and more than 70 fellow conservative and military leaders in sending a letter to House Speaker John Boehner demanding that he install a select committee to once and for all get the answers and the truth regarding the tragic events of September 11, 2012.

We can no longer accept silence, obfuscation and inaction on this subject.

You can read the letter here. Please feel free to download and circulate it widely.

Steadfast and Loyal

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Surprising Story: True Courage Not Confined to the Battlefield

By  / 16 November 2013

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It was a relatively small church. The parishioners knew each other quite well. Or did they?

Families had helped build each other’s houses. Barn raising had been a common, even social event. Their children had courted each other, some having gone on to marriage. They had stood together and cried together at the graveside of countless loved ones over the past five years. They had gone through a most traumatic period as a community. Now it was time for the healing to begin.

Together in church one day, they would be challenged, and together, most would fail. Read more

Drunken Sailor

Drunken Sailor” is a sea shanty, also known as “What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor?

I’ve left a detailed description of the meaning and etymology of the term “sea shanty.”

The shanty was sung to accompany certain work tasks aboard sailing ships, especially those that required a bright walking pace. It is believed to originate in the early 19th century or before, during a period when ships’ crews, especially those of military vessels, were sufficiently large to permit hauling a rope whilst simply marching along the deck. With the advent of merchant packet and clipper ships and their smaller crews, which required different working methods, use of the shanty appears to have declined or shifted to other, minor tasks.

“Drunken Sailor” was revived as a popular song among non-sailors in the 20th century, and grew to become one of the best-known songs of the shanty repertoire among mainstream audiences. It has been performed and recorded by many musical artists and appeared in many popular media.

Although the song’s lyrics vary, they usually contain some variant of the question, “What shall we do with a drunken sailor, early in the morning?” In some styles of performance, each successive verse suggests a method of sobering or punishing the drunken sailor. In other styles, further questions are asked and answered about different people.

[The song is No. 322 in the Roud Folk Song Index.]

Here are the lyrics.  Irish Rovers – Drunken Sailor Lyrics | MetroLyrics Read more

Picture of the Day: Make Music Not War

This photo titledwas found as picture of the day via  on  November 20, 2013

Photograph by Mikhail Evstafiev In this powerful photograph by Mikhail Evstafiev, we see musician Vedran Smailović, known as the Cellist of Sarajevo. The photo was taken in 1992 during the Siege of Sarajevo/Bosnian War.Smailović, who often played for free at different funerals during the siege despite the fact that funerals were often targeted by Serb forces, is seen here playing in the destroyed National Library. On 25 August 1992, Serbian shelling caused the destruction of the library; among the losses were about 700 manuscripts and incunabula and a collection of Bosnian serial publications, some from the middle of the 19th century Bosnian cultural revival. Before the attack, the library held 1.5 million volumes and over 155,000 rare books and manuscripts. [Source] Read more