Sunday, March 30, 2014
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Friday, March 28, 2014
I'm sure this has been discussed somewhere ad nauseam. I know the five point star is a universal symbol and used everywhere. But I couldn't help to notice the striking similarity between the stars pictured above. The red star on the left is from a photo I took of a MiG-17 Russian fighter plane (mentioned in an earlier post). The star on the right is obviously the logo of the Dallas Cowboys. The only difference between the communist star of the Soviet Union and the star of "America's Team" is the color.
The Cowboys came into existence in the early 1960's during the height of the Cold War. You're telling me someone didn't notice this in the design process of creating the Cowboys logo? Surely there's a story there. I'm not much of a Cowboys historian so maybe the stories about this similarity are exhaustive and I just haven't been exposed to them. Just weird.
Posted by Dave at 5:30 AM
Thursday, March 27, 2014
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Friday, March 21, 2014
This Polish made Korean War era Russian MiG-17 has been in this parking lot down the road from my house since we moved to this town over twelve years ago. And no one seems to know how it got there. Okay, I'm on it. It's been long enough. I'm getting to the bottom of this.
UPDATE (11:30 am): Apparently the owner of an antique store saw this jet in a museum in Norway and bought it. They shipped it to Texas to put in front of their store next to the highway in order to attract customers. It has definitely worked in attracting attention. Not sure how long it's been there by the side of the highway, but most say at least twenty years.
Posted by Dave at 8:44 AM
Thursday, March 20, 2014
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Last night we attended the Season Opener for FC Dallas. First time we've ever gone on Opening Day. FCD was victorious against Montreal. The new FCD jerseys look pretty nice. Might have to snag one, at the very least to antogonize my friends who root for Houston. Cold rainy night. Felt like a match in England. Before the match we got to walk around the field due to On The Field Experience Pases from Groupon. Nice deal. Glad MLS is underway! #DallasTiLIDie
Posted by Dave at 12:27 PM
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Friday, March 07, 2014
This little cartoon is genius. I show this to my European History students when introducing the Russian Revolution of 1917. It does a great job of summarizing the Bolshevik takeover of Russia. Granted, it leaves out Kerensky and the Provisional Government...but you'll have trouble getting this song out of your head. "Peace, Land and Bread!"
Posted by Dave at 5:00 AM
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Saw one of my students reading this. They checked it out of the public library.
Just to be clear: the south was not right. Not even a little bit. By the way, the code word for slavery is "states rights."
"States rights." That's what southerners we're fighting for..."states rights." Yeah sure.
Those guys wearing gray were not modern libertarians fighting for modern conceptions of states rights. For the Confederacy, "states rights" meant one thing: the right to own human beings, who were of African descent, as property.
In 1860, "states rights" meant the right to dehumanize, torture and commidify human beings that were seen as racially inferior.
Today, states rights mean something else, revolving around ideas about taxation, definitions of social morality, the right to smoke pot and a host of other things. Slavery is not on the list.
But if the dude is holding a confederate flag, states rights means slavery.
Posted by Dave at 7:25 AM