Bustin’ rustlers

Cattle rustling has been on the rise in the American West throughout the recession. NPR has a nice story on an Oklahoma livestock agent. Jerry Flowers' official job title is chief special agent in charge of the law enforcement section for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. Jerry is a cowboy through and though. He and his team have an … [Read more...]

The Frontier Partisan Art of Steve White

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  Just discovered the Eastern Frontier art of Steve White. I like. I like a lot. The 1750s-1815 era east of the Mississippi has become a very popular subject for historical art. Robert W. Griffing, John Buxton and David Wright are the titans of the genre, but there are many other equally compelling artists working these old hunting … [Read more...]

The Great Sioux War of 2014

The echoes of old treaties reverberate down the generations. Once it was gold, now it's black gold. From Huffington Post: The president of South Dakota’s Rosebud Sioux (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) tribe has called the House of Representatives’ vote to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline an “act of war,” the Summit County Citizen’s Voice … [Read more...]

Frontier Partisan Cinema — Marco Polo

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  “He is a perfect balance between storyteller and badass warrior.” OK, I’m interested. This December, Netflix is launching another original series, a lavishly-produced epic on the journeys of Marco Polo. Everybody’s heard the name of the Renaissance-era Italian merchant who penetrated the Wild East and came back with strange tales that were … [Read more...]

On OPSEC and Warriors Waving Scalps

Wm. F. Cody became an international star riding on taking "the first scalp for Custer."

My buddy Greg Walker was quoted in a Tampa Tribune op/ed about Robert O’Neill, the former Navy SEAL who was on Fox News on November 11 & 12 claiming to be the guy who killed Osama bin Laden.  I didn’t see the Fox piece, but I read the earlier Esquire article about “The Shooter,” so I’m familiar with the claim— and with the backlash. A lot of … [Read more...]

Borderlands History

The Comanche Empire is one of the best-known books to come out of the borderlands history movement.

Once upon a time, I thought I’d be a college professor. You know, like Indiana Jones. Didn’t work out. By the time I’d done a year of graduate school, I was heartily sick of academia. Maybe my timing was off just a bit. Since the turn of the 21st Century “borderlands history” has been a hot trend in the academy — and it’s right in my … [Read more...]

Stuff That Works — The Moleskine Notebook

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Every year around this time, I buy myself a new classic Moleskine lined notebook. For the next twelve months I scribble away, working out ideas for Frontier Partisan posts, songs, stories; kettlebell sessions. Sometimes it’s thoughts on books; sometimes it’s rants that don’t need to get aired in public. There’s something about these classic … [Read more...]

A Fine Gift

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My friend Lynn Woodward — band-mate, creator and master of this site, ace photographer, former back-country horse-packing guide, etc. — handcrafted a print "broadside" of the lyrics to my song “Once We Moved Like the Wind.” The song is an original, depicting the fate of an aged Apache who, as a youth, rode with Geronimo. The band, The Anvil … [Read more...]