Thursday, January 29, 2009

Kansan Flag and Anthem

Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

Home, home on the range,
Where the deer and the antelope play;
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

Where the air is so pure, the zephyrs so free,
The breezes so balmy and light,
That I would not exchange my home on the range
For all of the cities so bright.


The red man was pressed from this part of the West
He's likely no more to return,
To the banks of Red River where seldom if ever
Their flickering camp-fires burn.


How often at night when the heavens are bright
With the light from the glittering stars
Have I stood here amazed and asked as I gazed
If their glory exceeds that of ours.


Oh, I love these wild flowers in this dear land of ours
The curlew I love to hear scream,
And I love the white rocks and the antelope flocks
That graze on the mountain-tops green.


Oh, give me a land where the bright diamond sand
Flows leisurely down the stream;
Where the graceful white swan goes gliding along
Like a maid in a heavenly dream.


~Original poem by Dr. Brewster Higley in 1876; official state anthem of Kansas since 1947.

Kansas Day

Happy Kansas Day, everyone!

Enjoy the tunes of the Sunflower State!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Kansas Week: A Little Quote about Kansas

“Kansas is a state of the Union, but it is also a state of mind, a neurotic condition, a psychological phase, a symptom, indeed, something undreamed of in your philosophy, an inferiority complex against the tricks and manners of plutocracy -- social, political and economic.”

~William Allen White (1868-1944), a Kansan, and internationally renowned journalist and founding editor of the still-existing
Emporia Gazette.
Also known for his famous editorial, "What's the Matter with Kansas?"

Monday, January 26, 2009

Kansas Week: Kansas' State Seal

"The east is represented by a rising sun, in the right-hand corner of the seal; to the left of it, commerce is represented by a river and a steamboat; in the foreground, agriculture is represented as the basis of the future prosperity of the state, by a settler’s cabin and a man plowing with a pair of horses; beyond this is a train of ox-wagons, going west; in the background is seen a herd of buffalo, retreating, pursued by two Indians, on horseback; around the top is the motto, ‘Ad astra per aspera,’ and beneath a cluster of thirty-four stars. The circle is surrounded by the words, "Great seal of the state of Kansas. January 29, 1861."

~John James Ingalls, Wyandotte Constitutional Convention member; also coined the state motto, "Ad astra per aspera".

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Kansas Week: The Kansacity of Hope

Above is a rather shocking change from the warm and quiet blog header I had up before, but I felt that I must fully immerse my blog in the celebration of Kansas' statehood.

It means more to me than its admittance to the Union of the 1860's, as it marks the day that Kansas was recognised as a free and sovereign entity, just as any other state.

When the Kansan legislature drew up its final draft of our state constitution and submitted it for Congress to admit to the Union, it signified that Kansas was a legally sovereign entity, as only sovereign entities can apply for statehood.

The plague-like skirmishes Kansas endured in the most ridiculous and insane war, the War for Southern Independence, will forever blot the Kansan countryside with the stain of unnecessarily-shed American blood, giving the label "Bleeding Kansas" to this our most trying era in our state history.

Ad Astra Per Aspera: "to the stars through hardship".

In case you wondered, I just made up the word "Kansacity" (sounds sorta like "audacity") to describe the Kansasness of the Kansan Kansarama. Don't let the Kansations get to you, though; we Kansans can get a little bit Kansankerous about the Kanserocity of the Kansacious Kansasisms. Kan't you?

Monday, January 19, 2009

Obama: President for Life: The Repealing of the 22nd Amendment

New York Rep. Jose Serrano (D) has submitted a bill to House that would repeal the twenty-second amendment to the Constitution; that being the amendment that limits Presidents to two terms.

Oh, how wonderful it would be to have Obama as a career President!

But, don't hold your breath; there's talk that the Berg v. Obama case will be heard after Obama's sworn in.

That would start the beginning of the end. Or, perhaps it would be the end of the beginning.

Time will tell what happens next.

Ramos and Compean Sentences Commuted

It was just reported that the two border agents, Ramos and Compean, who were fraudulently imprisoned for political reasons, have had their sentences commuted by President Bush on his last day in office.

Of Men and Apes

I was always amazed at George Bush's resemblance to a chimpanzee, especially during his earlier years as governor of Texas.
Even Democrats noticed and mentioned it.

Someone went so far as to make a shirt that shows the similarities.

Now, we have another President-Primate lookalike, though a little more specific this time.
I hadn't noticed before a few months ago, when it was brought to my attention by a news story of a man being labeled a "racist" for making these shirts:

There were demonstrations and protests outside the man's business, because he was selling these shirts. The creator of the shirts said, "Look at him . . . the hairline, the ears — he looks just like Curious George."

Why is it wrong to make the Obama/Curious George comparison, but not to make the Bush/Chimp comparison?

Let's put this into better perspective:

"Man 'A' looks like a monkey."
"Man 'B' looks like a monkey."

Which statement is objectionable? Neither?
Now, let's add a little more information.

"Man 'A' is a Republican, and he looks like a monkey."
"Man 'B' is a Democrat, and he looks like a monkey."

Anything objectionable yet?

Let's continue.
"Man 'A' is from Texas, and he looks like a monkey."
"Man 'B' is from Illinois, and he looks like a monkey."

Objection, anyone?

"Man 'A' speaks with a "Texan" accent, and he looks like a monkey."
"Man 'B' speaks with a "Northern" accent, and he looks like a monkey."

Still no complaints?
"Man 'A' has served as President, and he looks like a monkey."
"Man 'B' will serve as President, and he looks like a monkey."

The silence is deafening.
One last thing...

"Man 'A' has a light-skinned mother and a light-skinned father, and he looks like a monkey."
"Man 'B' has a light-skinned mother and a dark-skinned father, and he looks like a monkey."


Why? Would this have anything to do with the differing amounts of melanin in the skin of man "A" and the skin of man "B"?

Their politics, states of origin, speech patterns, and public offices had no bearing on anybody's opinion, only their skin tone. I guess we haven't gotten past our "racism" after all.
But, it isn't about "race"(as they like to call it), only those who do not understand ideology and politics worry about a person's skin color.
I don't look at Obama and think "black", I think about his ideology and politics.
I don't look at Bush and think "white", I think about his ideology and politics.

But, I still don't know what to do with this one:

Strange world.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Necessary to the Security?

Since before the Revolution, we've had a "Civilian National Security Force" that was equally matched to the U.S. military establishment, and was deliberately "opposed to the military"; it was called "the militia".

Civilians trained in the use of arms for the benefit of repelling invasions and suppressing rebellions in the homeland, without the need of the state-run military to be deployed on our soil.

This principle of opposing wings of our American military defense system was purposely dismantled by the Congress in the early years of the 20th century, and was replaced by the "National Guard", a mere shadow of the former militia and a concept never imagined by the Founders.

Now Obama wishes to enlist young men and women into yet another insidious attempt to overthrow the concept of a civilian military; an attempt to destroy and reverse what was imagined by Thomas Jefferson when he said, "Every citizen should be a soldier."

If Obama wished to bring back the citizen militia as intended by the Founders, I would thank him. However, he wishes to corral the strongest backs and the brightest minds into service of the state, service that will be used as one more tool for the construction of a socialist America.

I only hope that he doesn't know what he is doing to our country.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Restarting the Blog Machine!

Getting back into the usual blogging groove has been difficult, what with the new Internet radio show and the past two hectic weeks.

I'll be posting again soon, though!

I would like for you to take a look at the blog that I have started as a companion to the show, American Republic Radio Blog.

I'm thinking there are going to have to be a few vacations taken from the show; as spring approaches, so approaches a lot of time-sensitive work that needs to be done here at NottaLotta Acres.

Everything will be duly blogged. I'm already getting that "springy-planty-moving-goat-pastures-aroundy" feeling.

Even the smallest amounts cold of medicine can do that to you.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Before You Listen...

Be forewarned, this weeks show will have all of the bugs, glitches, and mistakes that are to be expected from a first show, so please be patient.

Music, technology, and my own voice will be updated and revised for next week's show, so don't let this first impression of American Republic Radio represent the entire show.

What can I say? It's my first show; bear with me, people!

Listening Info

To listen to the live radio show at 4:00 Central Time, go to my BlogTalkRadio profile (BlogTalkRadio link to the right), and click the title of the show listed (Checkpoints, Israel, Joe Horn, and Illegal Immigration).

Websites That Make This One Possible

Ideations of a Jayhawker: Blog Policies

No vulgar, obscene, vile, or inappropriate language or insinuation may be used, and comments are subject to editing or deletion at my own discretion.

Please use proper spelling, following the rules of grammar of the English language.

The elimination of comments due to an objectionable account image may also be used at my discretion. Links given in comments that direct one to a website containing evil or unsightly content will also be deleted at my discretion.

Advocating or promoting specific acts of violence isn't allowed, but the vitriolic spewing of rants and ravings is encouraged.


Content found in this blog is public domain, and it may be used freely; permission to recreate is automatically given, I only ask that I be informed when it is copied on another website; though this is not required, it would be considered a kind gesture.

Content found at any other website that was linked to from this page is beyond my control. I strive to put out as little objectionable content as possible here, but if you do find something that you feel is inappropriate, please contact me via comment, and I will duly edit it to a degree I deem appropriate.

Quotes you may find are all sic, including spelling, grammar, etc.

Followers of this blog are more than welcome, but if you have a website that routinely displays content that you wouldn't allow a child to view or read, do not follow this blog unless you have a blogger warning previous to entering your website.
Failure to do so may result in being blocked from the followers list.

A follower may also be blocked if your account image is found to be objectionable.