Monday, November 10, 2014

"Fire and be damned"

16 May 1771
Alamance Creek, North Carolina

Final Battle of the War of Regulation

North Carolina Farmers vs The Colonial Government of North Carolina

Angered by excessive taxation and corrupt government officials, North Carolina citizens expressed "Grievances affecting the daily lives of the colonists included excessive taxes, dishonest sheriffs, and illegal fees.”[1]

Regulators: James Hunter, Rednap Howell, William Butler, and Herman Husband.  Herman Husband was a follower of Benjamin Franklin.

Colonial Militia: Governor William Tryon, Gen. Hugh Waddell

Governor Tryon orders the Regulators to disband, after 1 hour the Regulators return their reply “Fire and be damned.”  Governor Tryon orders the militia to fire, they hesitate and Governor Tryon stands orders them “Either fire on them, or fire on me!”  The Militias fires its canon and after a short battle the Regulators retreat.

15 Regulators are captured and 7 are hung. “The executed men included James Few, Benjamin Merrell, James Pugh, Robert Matear, "Captain" Robert Messer, and two others. Six other convicted Regulators – Forrester Mercer, James Stewart, James Emmerson, Herman Cox, William Brown, and James Copeland – were pardoned by King George III and released by Tryon.”[2]

Although this battle was not fought against the governments right to tax, or even the laws imposed by the British government, it did provide an example of how a small group of protestors could stand up to the government.

Aftermath: Governor Tyron would leave the North Carolina Colony and become Governor of New York in June of 1771.  He would serve as Governor of New York until General Howe imposes martial law in 1776.

Herman Husband would return to Pennsylvania and later be jailed by the newly formed United States Government for the Whiskey Rebellion.

[1] Source accessed 10 November 2014 0614am
[2] Source: accessed 10 November 2014 0634

Monday, November 3, 2014

Bacon for Today

"Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake..."

Francis Bacon

One of these days is today.  Sooner or later can become never. Sieze the Day.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Pondering Otter: Depression.

I was pondering some of life's great questions with my otter.

Questions like "Is a naval orange actually aquatic?"

We battled back and forth and finally my pondering otter said,

"Should crazy people diagnose their own brand of crazy?"

That is when I countered, "But only someone who has been through it can understand it."

That pondering otter got me good with "Really? So if you burn yourself are you saying only someone who has been burned can fix it? If you break your leg only someone who has broken their leg can fix you?"

Well he had me, but to at least score one point I said, "This is all true pondering otter, but only someone who has been where I have been should judge me?"

Pondering otter sat there for a moment and said, "Then only you can judge you. And we know you are nuts. Should you be trusted with that task?

Good point Pondering Otter....good point.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Giant Springs State Park, Great Falls, Montana. The Story Behind The PIctures.

Giant Springs

Nature has a way of springing things on you when you least expect them.  This was true when the military stationed me in Montana.  There were many things I had never experienced, and Giant Springs is one of those wonders.

Located in Great Falls, Montana Giant Springs sits along the banks of the Missouri River just down stream from Black Eagle Falls. It was one of the discovery's of the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805.  The spring has water of the bluest blue. Something photographs can not reproduce.

Giant Springs and the Roe River
The water in the spring is always above freezing and this creates a perpetual fog during the winter months. The journey of the water from its source in the Little Belt Mountains 44 miles away.

The sheer amount of water is amazing. The spring produces 144 million gallons of water every day. This is some of the clearest and cleanest tasting water you will ever encounter.

Another feature is that the Giant Springs is the source of the Roe River.  The Roe River is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the shortest river in the world.  At only 201 feet most of the river is only ankle deep, but near its end it drops off to 6-8 feet in depth.

The Roe River
Fishing in this area is very good.  In fact, between June 15th to about early July it is better than good. Montana Fish and Game has erected a small fishing area in the park.  Fishing from this are using small salad shrimp on a bottom bouncing rig produces a nice assortment of trout to include rainbow, and browns.

On the other side of the river, during this same period of time there are large numbers of perch.

Other areas of interest near Giant Springs includes the Great Falls of the Missouri. These are a series of falls all located near the city of Great Falls.

Rainbow Dam and Horseshoe Falls