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John Ross's article on the 500 magnum revolver
Hosting for posterity... | 10/13/2017

I noted when I went to look for it that John Ross's website is offline.  John's ... Read More

Star Trek – Discovery
A new hope (haven't I seen that somewhere before?) | 9/25/2017

As a longtime Trek fan, I wanted to review my thoughts, and writing them out helps ... Read More

A peek behind the curtain
Aquarium filtration | 8/25/2016

Took this pic earlier to help illustrate an answer to a question on a forum, thought ... Read More

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Erasing History

Attacking the civil war | 6/24/2015
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” 
― George Orwell
 
That's what is happening... an all out attempt to rewrite history, to erase the civil war, purge reminders of it from our memories.  People are calling to cut down the stars and bars, rename Robert E Lee Park, destroy the statue of Jefferson Davis... even a ban on the song 'Dixie'!  
 
This is _supposed_ to be a free country.  Eliminating what is obviously political speech, regardless of how repulsive you may find it, is never acceptable, or shouldn't be.  The right to burn Old Glory was upheld by our courts.  If people can do that, there is no question that there is a right to display the stars and bars, or sing Dixie.  
 
No matter how you feel about these symbols, the events that they symbolize happened.  Trying to purge them from the public record is pointless.  The manufactured outrage we're seeing today is political... an attempt to exploit a tragedy in order to further divide this nation, racially, regionally, and philosophically.
 
One more quote:  “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." 
― George Santayana