Monthly Archives: October 2017


Myth of the West

by Steve Lancaster10/26/17
In 1893 Fredrick Jackson Turner stated in his paper “The Significance of the Frontier in American History”, that not only was the finite frontier closed but Americans might need to find a replacement. Since then, historians, authors of both fiction and non-fiction, playwrights, musicians and movie makers have sought to enlarge and explain the mythos of the American west. More » • (218 views)

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The Song of Bernadette (1943)

Suggested by Brad Nelson • A peasant girl has a vision of “a beautiful lady” in the city dump. The townspeople all assume it is the Virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is nuts and do their best to suppress the girl and her followers. The Church wants nothing to do with the matter.
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A Few Thoughts on Casablanca

by Brad Nelson10/22/17
This is not a full and complete review of Casablanca, although it should serve as a launching point for further discussion. I posted this on Facebook in 2010. It’s nothing special. I’m still not the writer I need to be to tackle this review. But here are those few thoughts (slightly edited) from the Wayback Machine: More » • (335 views)

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37 Calorie Brownies

by Brad Nelson   10/21/17

I found this recipe online and then made some small changes. A friend of my brother’s recently underwent bypass surgery (which was successful). More » • (95 views)

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Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

Suggested by Brad Nelson • In the spring of 1939, a top-secret organization was founded in London to plot the destruction of Hitler’s war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage. The guerrilla campaign that followed was every bit as extraordinary as the six men who directed it.
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Thinking Outside the Daily Drama

by Brad Nelson10/20/17
As I get older I learn. Sometimes reality is a cruel teacher. There are real enemies in the world. There are bad people who can harm us. But often our worst enemy is ourselves. Sticking our face in a fan and keeping it there is not smart. Hitting your head against the wall just because it feels better when you stop is not kind. More » • (309 views)

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Interrogations: The Nazi Elite in Allied Hands, 1945

Suggested by Kung Fu Zu • Acclaimed historian Richard Overy opens a new window into the Third Reich, providing an intimate glimpse of the savage dictatorship in its death throes. More than thirty transcripts of the interrogations are reproduced here for the first time.
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An Open Letter to the NFL

by Anonymous10/15/17
The following was posted by a friend of mine on Facebook who said he had the author’s permission to spread this about.  •  You graduated high school in 2011. Teen years were a struggle. You grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Your mom was leader of the family & worked tirelessly to keep a roof over your head & food on your plate. More » • (646 views)

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Why I Oppose Banning Bump Stocks

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke10/13/17
The latest firearm-equipment boogeyman is the “bump stock,” a device allowing one to fire a semi-automatic rifle more rapidly. Liberals learned of bump stocks because Las Vegas murderer Stephen Paddock had modified 12 of his rifles with them. More » • (164 views)

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It Didn’t End With Mahler

by Steve Lancaster10/12/17
Gustav Mahler, 1860-1911, was the last of traditional composers of the 19th century. His First symphony, composed in 1887/88 is a capstone to the late romantic period of classical music with numerous themes, some of which also appear in Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth). More » • (432 views)

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Now, We Know My Mother Has Flaws, but….

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke10/11/17
There’s a disclaimer many of us have been conditioned to utter, quite reflexively, and it’s something that has got to stop. When preparing a defense of the United States (against, lamentably, other “Americans”), we may preface it with, “Well, I know our country isn’t perfect” or, as pundit Tucker Carlson said while debating a bigoted lawyer last month More » • (196 views)

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Fall Pledge Drive

by Brad Nelson10/9/17

My inbox sees its share of junk mail. But what a delight it was to see a most generous donation from our own Koch Brother, Pat Tarzwell. He has started off this year’s StubbornBucks pledge drive with a $100 donation. More » • (171 views)

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