Grim Centennial

Bravery and pluck could not carry the day for the ANZACs on April 25, 2015.

April 1915 was an exceptionally ugly month in the horrific four-year death-ride of Western Civilization known as The Great War. The next two days mark a pair of grim centennials. April 24 is traditionally marked as the beginning of the Armenian genocide. No matter how my nation’s government tries to elide the issue — fearing alienating a NATO … [Read more...]

Stuff That Works — Baldwin Custom Hat & Boot Co.

My "everyday" Baldwin hat has been through a lot. It now has "character."

Stuff That Works — Baldwin Custom Hat & Boot Co. Sometimes you get lucky. I’m a hat guy — have been since I was a little kid — and I live in a small town in Oregon that is also home to an award-winning custom hat maker. Lucky. I have two Gene Baldwin custom hats. One is my “everyday” hat, which I bought myself for my birthday about six or … [Read more...]

Claiming Chief Joseph

Oregon and Idaho both want to claim the noble legacy of Chief Joseph.

Oregon and Idaho are contending over who has the best claim to the legacy of Chief Joseph, the Nez Perce leader. From the Associated Press: SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers are considering a recommendation that Nez Perce leader Chief Joseph and suffragette Abigail Scott Duniway replace two other symbols of the state among the statues on … [Read more...]

Removing Rhodes

A legacy Spouth Africa can't live with — or shake off.

  BBC reports:   South Africa's University of Cape Town (UCT) has removed a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes that had become the focus of protests. When the crane removed the Cecil Rhodes statue, it was a huge victory for black South Africans fed up with a lack of education and job opportunities more than 20 years … [Read more...]

Bill O’Reilly produces ‘Legends & Lies’


OK, the headline’s a cheap shot — but how could I resist? FOX News Channel (FNC) will present a 10-week run of historical episodic specials entitled, Legends & Lies: Into the West, with the first installment debuting on Sunday, April 12th from 8-9PM/ET... Executive produced by FNC’s Bill O’Reilly, the hour-long episodes will recount the tales … [Read more...]


O.K. Corral Gunfight — art by Bob Boze Bell of True West Magazine. I love his stuff...

Oh, hell! Another book about the O.K. Corral gunfight? I’d have sworn after listening to the audio book of Jeff Guinn’s excellent “The Last Gunfight,” that I’d never read another book about the unpleasantness in Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881-82. Much less a novel. But … Mary Doria Russell. Mary Doria Russell is a very highly-regarded … [Read more...]

Stuff That Works — S&W 686 .357 Magnum

My S&W 686 .357 Magnum and its little brother in .22 LR.

I’m a rifleman and a shotgunner by preference. If I had a pile of money, I’d have a fine collection of both. I’ve never felt that way about handguns. But a fella ought to be competent with all three guns, so I do a fair bit of work with my revolvers. Yep, revolvers. Supposedly obsolete in a world of polymer-framed, high-capacity 9mm and .40 … [Read more...]

Massacre at Goliad

Goliad Executions, by Norman Price.

On this day in history, March 27, 1836, the forces of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna perpetrated a war crime against Texian rebels led by Col James Fannin. A column of more than 300 men had marched out of the town of Goliad to relieve the Alamo. Indecisive leadership led them to being caught out on the prairie and surrounded by Mexican … [Read more...]

Reservation Weed

Come have a toke, White Man! Art by John Clymer

This from The Daily Beast:  Amid free Mexican food and fair-trade coffee on Thursday afternoon, 10 powerful Native American tribes will convene to discuss an industry with the potential to transform their respective nations: cannabis. “The Future of Marijuana and Tribes” meeting, hosted by Santa Fe law firm Blaze America, will offer information … [Read more...]