Sunday, June 20, 2010

The little black dog is gray

Here is a more recent photo of the site's namesake Kelly. The little black dog is nine this year and has become quite a gray old lady.

The little black dog is perturbed with me today. I stained the deck in the back yard and had to fence it off from canine curiosity until it finishes drying. This is clearly an imposition. In the canine world change is bad.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What Obama should have said!

Fake President Obama, Rachel Maddow, gives her take on what the Carebear should have said last night, instead of his message of Wing it and pray.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Better than Cloverfield

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It always amazes me what a small team of students can put together. Here's what four French Art students were able to do. IO9 says it out Cloverfield's Cloverfield. It definitely worth a few moments of your time.

Friday, June 04, 2010

The first Decoration Day

David W. Blight has a fantastic article about the The first Decoration Day.
Thousands of black Charlestonians, most former slaves, remained in the city and conducted a series of commemorations to declare their sense of the meaning of the war. The largest of these events, and unknown until some extraordinary luck in my recent research, took place on May 1, 1865. During the final year of the war, the Confederates had converted the planters' horse track, the Washington Race Course and Jockey Club, into an outdoor prison. Union soldiers were kept in horrible conditions in the interior of the track; at least 257 died of exposure and disease and were hastily buried in a mass grave behind the grandstand. Some twenty-eight black workmen went to the site, re-buried the Union dead properly, and built a high fence around the cemetery. They whitewashed the fence and built an archway over an entrance on which they inscribed the words, "Martyrs of the Race Course."

Then, black Charlestonians in cooperation with white missionaries and teachers, staged an unforgettable parade of 10,000 people on the slaveholders' race course.