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Letters From Home….by Guest Writer Dan Hall

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 26-02-2018

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Letters

I like to read the letters that Confederate soldiers wrote home or would  have a friend write home for them. It gives you some understanding about their lives and the things that were important to them. Being from Alabama,  I mostly read about Alabama soldiers, but I have read books about letters from soldiers in Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana and Texas. Most of the letters are basically the same as they want to know about their wife and kids. Are they making out ok, do they have food, do they have feed for their stock, have the kids been well, and how are other family members?
Very little is said about the war, they may say where they are and how long they have been there. They will tell about soldiers in their Company that are sick or have been sick.
( For the ones that don’t know, each Regiments Companies were made up of soldiers from the same county, town or community. So the soldiers knew each other before going off to war. In some cases it was brothers, fathers and sons, uncles and cousins in the same Company, so the soldiers wife and family would know the other soldiers also.)
At times the soldiers would get to missing their family so much they would tell their family if they couldn’t get a furlough, they were coming home anyway. And in a lot of the letters back to these soldiers their wife would tell them to stay there not to bring shame and dishonor to the family name, that they were fine and for him to stay there and do his duty.
But I have read accounts of soldiers that couldn’t get furlough, and knowing their families didn’t have enough food to last, would slip off and go home in the spring to plant the crops that the family need for another year. They would then go back to their Regiments to face their punishment. In most cases these soldiers were listed as “stragglers”,  not as deserters. Deserters left with no intentions of coming back.

( Now, dear reader, as a veteran myself  I  know there’s nothing like a letter from home,  unless it’s a package from home.)

Thanks to Dan Hall for another thought provoking article about the trials of our CSA soldiers.

Rev. Billy Graham…Nov. 7, 1918 – Feb 21, 2018

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-02-2018

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I feel as though I have lost a great friend. I never met him, but I attended about three of his crusades, but his preaching was just so personal. From the first time I heard him to the last time, I was always touched and moved by his sermons. I watched many of his crusades on television, never growing tired of his message. America’s pastor is the name some have given him and I certainly would agree with that. But I think he also had a very world wide appeal and acceptance as a man of God. The  article I read this morning said that he preached to about 215 million people in 185 countries. That is amazing. I am glad we got to enjoy him for so many years. Truly a man blessed by God.

Yes, Black Lives Matter by L. Todd Wood

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 16-02-2018

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Build It And They Won’t Come?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 15-02-2018

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I don’t know….Is a wall the answer? Seems like something needs to be done. Maybe just declare an open border and let h’r rip……130 million people heading north…Or what about this? I’m not all that good at math, but if we took 25 billion dollars, the amount to build the wall, and divided it equally amongst 130 million people, wouldn’t that add up to almost 2 million dollars to each resident of Mexico….and would they be willing to stay home then….well, no, cause every business in America would be wanting them to come up and spend some of that money….Mexican could come up here and have some “servants” and spend some quality time at spas and rental properties all over the states….Well, this is my attempt at humor, but, 25 billion dollars?….could we not invest in Mexico some way, get them to building roads and bridges and putting their own people to work? At good wages?….. Come on Congressmen…..Come on Senate….Come on Mr. President……Is a wall  really the answer?

A Repost on the Oryx in New Mexico…From NM Wildlife

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 10-02-2018

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A graceful gazelle becomes a pest

The exotic oryx is wearing out its welcome in the Chihuahuan Desert

  • LIKE DUCKS TO WATER: Oryx

    photo courtesy White Sands Missile Range

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – They are majestic animals, weighing 400 to 500 pounds, their straight black horns 30 to 40 inches long. Their faces are adorned with distinctive black-and-white masks, and they stare at you as if deciding whether to run.

They are oryx gazelles, from the Kalahari region of Africa. But this is the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico, where the animals have been multiplying since 1969, when the New Mexico Game and Fish Department released oryx as part of its exotic animal introduction program on the White Sands Missile Range.

The idea to provide exotic big-game hunting opportunities for local hunters originated just after World War II with Frank C. Hibben, today professor emeritus of archaeology at the University of New Mexico, but then chairman of the New Mexico Game Commission. Mustered out of the Navy in the Mediterranean, Hibben had hunted oryx in the Atlas Mountains in northwest Africa, an area that resembled his adopted state of New Mexico. Hibben believed there was a “niche” in the Chihuahuan Desert that would support a large ungulate. Years later, he paid for and helped to trap 18 oryx which, after quarantine, were shipped from Africa to New Jersey and then on to the Albuquerque Zoo.

Under federal law, the original animals had to spend the rest of their lives confined at the zoo, but their offspring were released onto White Sands Missile Range, a 2.2 million-acre parcel of property. Studies conducted in the 1960s by wildlife-management scientists at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces suggested that the oryx would be successful, but nobody knew just how far they would spread – or how many problems they would cause.

“The oryx thought this was home sweet home,” says Hibben, “and they took to New Mexico like ducks to water.”

Major headaches

Between 1969 and 1973, 93 oryx were released onto the missile range – and quickly began to reproduce. Researchers believed that the population would never grow beyond 500 to 600 and would remain within the Tularosa Basin. However, the animals proved to be extremely opportunistic, and quickly spread into the San Andres Mountains. Some observers estimate the current oryx population at 5,000 or more, and animals have been spotted from 60 miles south of Albuquerque all the way down to West Texas.

“Oryx do not go through a rut,” says Patrick Morrow, a wildlife biologist at White Sands Missile Range. “Even in the Kalahari, they have the ability to mate and breed year round. But conditions are much harsher there, and African lions prey on them. Here, their only predator is man.”

Since 1974, hunters have killed approximately 5,000 oryx, says Morrow. The first year, the missile range and New Mexico Game and Fish issued only four hunting permits for oryx. This year, the agencies will issue 895 once-in-a-lifetime permits, and Game and Fish will issue 500 year-round permits for hunts off-range.

“Eventually, we’d like to see no oryx outside missile range boundaries,” says Patrick Mathis, area game manager at the New Mexico Game and Fish Department. “We want to decrease the herd on the range to 1,000 animals –

Democrats in Congress…Get A + at State of the Union Address

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 01-02-2018

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According to me, I think the Democrats attending the State of the Union address the other night gets an A Plus on doing what I am pretty sure they set out to do. You may not have noticed all the scowls, frowns, grimaces, and sulks and the many other signs of extreme displeasure displayed by the, er,  pillars of our government. Even when I just knew that the President made some points that should have perked the ears of these people, ie, spending trillions of dollars on our infrastructure…nothing…..spending and no emotion from our elite? Amazing. I fully expected them to jump to their feet at such an announcement. But, then maybe I’m just being too harsh, too judgmental, and just overreacting…..Did you notice the camera made sure you saw all those reactions, or non-reactions….Probably fake news….