The first version of “Yankee Doodle” is generally attributed to a British army physician, Dr. Richard Schuckberg, during the French and Indian War. It was a satiric look at New England’s Yankees. According to one story, Shuckburgh wrote the song after seeing the appearance of Colonial troops under Colonel Thomas Fitch, V, the son of Connecticut Governor Thomas Fitch. It is believed that the tune comes from the nursery rhyme Lucy Locket.
“Brother Ephraim sold his cow
And bought him a commission
And then he went to Canada
To fight for the nation;
But when Ephraim,
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Social media, Facebook in my case, was burning up after the Orlando mass murder travesty. I tried my best to mind my own business but as it reached a point of absolute ignorance, I could keep quiet no longer. Continue reading
On June 7th, 1913, Hudson Stuck, an Alaskan missionary, led the first successful ascent of Mt. McKinley, the highest point on the American continent at 20,320 feet.
Stuck, an accomplished amateur mountaineer was born in London in 1863. After moving to the United States, in 1905 he became Archdeacon of the Episcopal Church in Yukon, Alaska, where he was an admirer of Native Indian culture and traveled Alaska’s difficult terrain to preach to villagers and establish schools. Continue reading
In a stunning reversal of what many presumed to be the “consensus,” the most prominent of Global Warming proponents who are scientists now say that the scientific literature does not support the popular belief that the Earth is headed for Armageddon if we do not repent our sins and stop buying Exxon gasoline. That moves the scientific side of the Global Warming debate much closer to what skeptics have said all along: there is no scientific support for the notion that we are destroying the Earth with man-made carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is beneficial.
Warmers have certainly not given up their claim that adding CO2 to the atmosphere will cause noticeable warming, but their continuing dispute with skeptics centers around “How Much?” Skeptics maintain that there will be little or no observable warming, while “alarmists” (if we can still call them that) now see significant but not catastrophic warming. Continue reading
America has centuries of fossil fuels, but hydrocarbon deniers want to strangle our future
Fool me once, the adage says, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
The reality-based fossil fuel version states: Fuel me for 150 years, fuel me forever – or at least until creative, entrepreneurial spirits can devise reliable, affordable alternatives. The 2016 Democratic Party would change this adage to read: Fuel me for 150 years, fuel me never again.
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton want to regulate drilling and fracking into oblivion, or ban them outright. Clinton also says she is “going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” Continue reading
The 12th annual Gorge Days celebration is taking place in North Bonneville, Washington, Friday and Saturday, July 8-9, 2016. Just 45 minutes east of Vancouver off of Highway 14, North Bonneville provides a magnificent setting in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. All events take place at or around North Bonneville City Park and the celebration is sponsored by the City of North Bonneville and organized by the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce.
The weekend kicks off on Friday morning with citywide garage sales that continue all day Saturday. Continue reading
Have you ever wondered what your police officers and county deputies do throughout the day and evening to protect you while you are at work or sleeping? Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is presenting their 12th annual Citizens’ Police Academy in Wood Village City Hall so you can find out first-hand.
The program is open to adults over the age of 18 and, in the past, attendees over the age of 70 have attended. The students are a cross section of our community with several married couples attending. Continue reading
Local Republican Marrieds Are Convention-Bound
The Republican Party has just completed its wildest nominating process, well, since ever.
With Donald Trump striving to gather the full support of a party often divided by his candidacy, the GOP convention in Cleveland this July will be one of the most dramatic in history. Continue reading
Glenn Pelikan, co-founder of U-Choose Education Forum, passed away on June 13, 2016 after a long health battle. Glenn was an experienced and successful leader working in a variety of capacities to bring his expertise to the nonprofit organizations for which he had passion.
Glenn and I met in early 2009, when our passion for improving the Oregon Republican Party was sparked by unwelcome changes we saw occurring in local and statewide politics. Not long after that we met Suzanne Gallagher, also a co-founder of U-Choose. Continue reading
Should we give Washington still more power over our lives – or “Take back control”
Independence Day weekend is a perfect time to reflect on personal freedoms and responsibilities.
The Magna Carta and Declaration of Independence were about overbearing, despotic kings. Brexit, Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, was much about overbearing bureaucrats in Brussels. Continue reading