Teddy Roosevelt and Bigfoot

Many of you know my friend Audre from comments here. I have known her for a couple years since we both comment on TCW, she has also written several articles there, and now she joins us. I call us lucky! We were just telling each other yesterday that we’re bit tired of politics for the moment. She said she had a cure, She’s right, she does. Here’s Audre:

Now that I have your undivided attention … I thought we’d take a little hike across the country and around the world and find out about this elusive creature – if it exists, that is. But first, to follow through on the heading’s promise, here is a link to a very good breakdown of the Teddy/Bigfoot story https://exemplore.com/cryptids/Teddy-Roosevelt-Bigfoot

New species are being discovered almost every year. This Smithsonian article relates the new species discoveries of 2019 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-the-new-species-748819/ But bigfoot isn’t new; stories about him have been around for centuries in the tales and lore of primitive peoples around the world, including our own ancient Native Americans – and several Native American tribes of our time.

I had seen Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot and laughed at how ridiculous those researchers were. They made so much noise any beast with ears would run the other way. They never find anything but they do have some interesting conversations with folks who claim to have seen bigfoot. Some of those stories are compelling and I’m simply not ready to believe that all of them are looking for their 15 minutes of fame or are drunks or crazy. And then, I was watching a documentary about something entirely different that showed an aerial view of our north western states of Oregon and Washington. It occurred to me – anything could be living in those forests and no one would know.

When I retired, I had time to wander around YouTube and stumbled on a video of bigfoot. Something about that video opened a window in my thought process. Look at all the bizarre creatures God has created – giraffes and deep-sea fish that light up and foot-long centipedes; the list is endless. Could He also have created a very large bipedal creature that resembles humans? He certainly could if He wanted to. I was hooked. Fascinated. I’ve spent the last two years viewing every bigfoot video on YouTube.

Some videos are clearly and deliberately fake. But having viewed the hundreds of videos of bigfoot, I got to where I can spot a fake a mile away and know that something I was watching was not ‘of’ us but was like us -when what you are watching strikes a chord somewhere in your mind.

I’m going to submit a few videos that have struck me as compelling and that are obviously not monkey suits. This first one is broken down by a computer analyst and is fascinating https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Csm2uVtJEeE&list=LLLf02uEhOI167Ytbu6UmQNw&index=89&t=0s The next one is a picture and if you look carefully, it has a downward nose like we do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyx4ncLE2xM&list=LLLf02uEhOI167Ytbu6UmQNw&index=310 And then there’s this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze0ffQsTSaI&list=LLLf02uEhOI167Ytbu6UmQNw&index=323

Do I believe in bigfoot? After two years of research, I think I am 98% convinced that such a creature lives and walks in the world right now. The only way we’ll know for sure is if one is killed or captured, neither of which I want to see happen. I’ll just keep watching new videos as they are posted and try to enjoy not knowing for sure.

 

A Cloud Smaller Than a Fist

We’ll be coming back to politics, for the US mid-terms and the British Brexit will determine much of the history of the twenty-first century. Will the Pax Americana continue or will the Chinese inherit the earth? This fall will have much to say about it. We would be foolhardy to be sanguine about it.

But this week kicks off what I sometimes call “The season of battles” where the English Speaking peoples obtained and held the dominion of the seas. This article, which I first published in 2011, is an excellent introduction.


Sometimes out here on the prairie way off in the southwest you will see a small dark cloud that is not very noticeable but if know what you’re looking at;  you may realize that stormy weather is coming in. History is like that sometimes too. Sometimes a small local event echoes down the halls of history with its reverberations growing until they shake the world.

Constantine’s deathbed conversion to Christianity was like that. it had no real importance at the time but echoes down the corridors of time to this day. So was the death of Genghis Khan and the Battle of Salamis. So was the signing of the Declaration of Independence, for that matter, until made good in American blood.

September 26th was the anniversary of another one of those events. On that day a ship landed in Plymouth, England. This was not uncommon, Plymouth then as now was one of England great ports.

The ship was unusual though, it had been damaged by grounding on a reef, it carried amongst other things, several tons of cloves, nearly unheard of in England. Probably, they didn’t know what they were missing; there weren’t any Virginia Hams, either. But Virginia’s namesake was interested in this ship.

The ship had sailed from Plymouth nearly 3 years earlier in company with four of her sisters. The other four had all been lost or turned back in their many adventures.

For the ship and her company had accomplished a great feat, they had circumnavigated the Earth. They had visited South America, had sailed north in the Pacific to Vancouver, refitted and claimed land around San Fransisco Bay, had made port in the Philippines and the Spice Islands and made it home again.

This ship was no ordinary ship, though, for this was the fabulous Golden Hind, captained by none other than Francis Drake, soon to be knighted on board by Queen Elizabeth I.

An important event no doubt, for this was the first circumnavigation by anyone but a Spaniard, but not really earthshaking, you say.

You could have been right, like the Declaration it depends on subsequent events. But on this September 26, in the Year of our Lord 1580, we are less than 9 years away from the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the beginning of the long, slow and painful defeat of Imperial Spain , which would see the famous red and orange ensign fly for the last time in 1898 as the Spanish fleets surrendered to those stepchildren of medieval England, the Americans, at Santiago and Manila Bay.

That long slow decline, and the ascendancy of the English Speaking peoples at sea and around the world begins here.

As so often in history, the contrafactuals are fascinating. If the Golden Hind hadn’t survived, without Drake would the English have (with the help of the storm) have beaten the Armada, if not, would there have been English colonies and all that they represent to our world today, in North America.

But Sir Francis did make it. The North American Colonies were started and in time became the United States of America, Canada was conquered and became a British Commonwealth. Australia and New Zealand were founded and prospered. India was conquered and liberated by Gandhi. The sun that never set on the British Empire finally did; but not until America was ready to take her place as Viceroy of King Neptune.

And so 438 years ago today, occurred one of the seminal events of modern world history.

White Ensign and Navy Jack

English ships and the Spanish Armada, August 1588.

English ships and the Spanish Armada, August 1588. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I notice in the British news that tensions with Spain over Gibraltar are high again, and that soon a task group of the Royal Navy will make a port call. It’s been planned for quite a while but even so will satisfy the British call to send a gunboat. The American equivalent, of course is to send a carrier, or occasionally to “send in the Marines”. This global reach, global power thinking is a legacy of our maritime heritages, and our American one has English roots as well. You’ve heard me say many times that American history until 1776 is British history and this is one of the areas where it shows.

By the time of Napoleon’s defeat, our countries were the two great maritime powers, and it’s significant that even our founder’s, with their fear and disdain of a standing army, once they figured out that we needed it, had no particular problem with the navy, other than paying for it. But how did our countries get to this point?

It’s a fascinating story, and includes the two most famous ships extant, HMS Victory and USS Constitution, but it goes back quite a lot further than that. On 27 September 2011, I wrote this about another one of those ships, the Golden Hind. Here is that story.

A Cloud Smaller Than a Fist

Sometimes out here on the prairie way off in the southwest you will see a small dark cloud that is not very noticeable but if know what you’re looking at;  you may realize that stormy weather is coming in. History is like that sometimes too. Sometimes a small local event echoes down the halls of history with its reverberations growing until they shake the world.

Constantine’s deathbed conversion to Christianity was like that. it had no real importance at the time but echoes down the corridors of time to this day. So was the death of Genghis Khan and the Battle of Salamis. So was the signing of the Declaration of Independence, for that matter, until made good in American blood.

Today is the anniversary of another one of those events. Today a ship landed in Plymouth, England. This was not uncommon, Plymouth then as now was one of England’s great ports.

The ship was unusual though, it had been damaged by grounding on a reef, it carried amongst other things, several tons of cloves, nearly unheard of in England. Probably, they didn’t know what they were missing; there weren’t any Virginia Hams, either. But Virginia’s namesake was interested in this ship.

The ship had sailed from Plymouth nearly 3 years earlier in company with four of her sisters. The other four had all been lost or turned back in their many adventures.

For the ship and her company had accomplished a great feat, they had circumnavigated the Earth. They had visited South America, had sailed north in the Pacific to Vancouver, refitted and claimed land around San Francisco Bay, had made port in the Philippines and the Spice Islands and made it home again.

This ship was no ordinary ship, though, for this was the fabulous Golden Hind, captained by none other than Francis Drake, soon to be knighted on board by Queen Elizabeth I.

The replica of the Golden Hind; courtesy of Annette Fisher

An important event no doubt, for this was the first circumnavigation by anyone but a Spaniard, but not really earthshaking, you say.

You could have been right, like the Declaration it depends on subsequent events. But on this September 26, in the Year of our Lord 1580, we are less than 9 years away from the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the beginning of the long, slow and painful defeat of Imperial Spain , which would see the famous red and orange ensign fly for the last time in 1898 as the Spanish fleets surrendered to those stepchildren of medieval England, the Americans, at Santiago and Manila Bay.

That long slow decline, and the ascendancy of the English Speaking Peoples at sea and around the world begins here.

As so often in history, the contrafactuals are fascinating. If the Golden Hind hadn’t survived, without Drake would the English have (with the help of the storm) have beaten the Armada, if not, would there have been English colonies, and all that they represent to our world today, in North America.

But Sir Francis did make it. The North American Colonies were started and in time became the United States of America, Canada was conquered and became a British Commonwealth. Australia and New Zealand were founded and prospered. India was conquered and liberated by Gandhi. The sun that never set on the British Empire finally did; but not until America was ready to take her place as Viceroy of King Neptune.

And so 431 years ago today, occurred one of the seminal events of modern world history.

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But a few years later, as we mentioned in that article, in 1588, 425 years ago, the Royal Navy, and it is proper to call it that because it was a standing navy, met the Armada in the channel, and with the help of the weather, defeated it. In truth, by today, it was pretty much all over but the British didn’t know it yet. In a few days the queen would give her famous Tilbury speech to encourage her forces, which is probably her most famous speech:

My loving people, we have been persuaded by some that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit ourselves to armed multitudes for fear of treachery; but, I do assure you, I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people. Let tyrants fear, I have always so behaved myself, that under God I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and goodwill of my subjects; and, therefore, I am come amongst you as you see at this time, not for my recreation and disport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of battle, to live or die amongst you all – to lay down for my God, and for my kingdoms, and for my people, my honour and my blood even in the dust. I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king – and of a King of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm; to which, rather than any dishonour should grow by me, I myself will take up arms – I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field. I know already, for your forwardness, you have deserved rewards and crowns, and, we do assure you, on the word of a prince, they shall be duly paid you. In the mean time, my lieutenant general shall be in my stead, than whom never prince commanded a more noble or worthy subject; not doubting but by your obedience to my general, by your concord in the camp, and your valour in the field, we shall shortly have a famous victory over those enemies of my God, of my kingdom, and of my people.

But you know, this “Royal Navy” was something new, as Dr Suzannah Lipscomb tells us, it was a Tudor invention. And it’s flagship was the Mary Rose. Enjoy

‘Shining city’?

It was John Winthrop, Governor of Massachusetts in the early seventeenth century who uttered the phrase used by so many politicians since.

For we must consider that we shall be as a City upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. Soe that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause him to withdraw his present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world. 

President Reagan, of course, used it in his great farewell address to the Nation on 11 January 1989, when he thanked the American people for ‘the chance to serve’. How much, in that simple phrase, he caught the essence of Christian leadership – that he who is first should be the servant of all. There was no arrogance of power and office in President Reagan. He came from humble beginnings and was, in many ways the quintessence of the American Dream. He wasn’t a great intellect, he wasn’t even a professional politician, and in many ways seemed uninterested in politics at the every day level. He saw the big picture – what it meant to be ‘an American’ – ‘we stood for freedom’, he told the Nation. That America did, does, and always will. ‘We made a difference’, he told America.

Winthrop was born not far from where I live now, and this part of England was a stronghold of Puritanism. He and his fellow Puritans went to the colony of Massachusetts because they could not get the freedom they needed in Suffolk – or anywhere else in England or Europe.

Historians talk as if the passage to the New World was easy and one way, forgetting that very many of the early colonists came back to England, and, as their story is not part of the New or the Old worlds, they are forgotten by history; but they serve to remind us of something it is easy to forget – how hard life was in New England. As Winthrop and his people arrived in Salem after a voyage of nearly three months across the Atlantic, they were about to take another huge risk, after already risking their lives and livelihoods. Their faith in God had sustained, and would sustain them. Winthrop was Governor four times in all, and devoted his life and fortune to sustaining the new colony. His life was one of service to his community, and although a man of firm will, he was no autocrat.

In many ways Winthrop symbolised everything that America would become. In 1634-5, and again in 1645-6, Winthrop fiercely opposed attempts by Parliament to interfere in the affairs of the Colony; he had not travelled so far and fared so long in the wilderness to bow to the yoke he had left at such a cost. He stood for freedom – but knew the difference between that and license.

We often see the first part of the ‘Shining City on a hill’ comment quoted, but often the second part is missed off – perhaps now deliberately. Winthrop stood as a man under judgement. He knew that the day would come when he and his fellows would have to answer to the only Just Judge, and then no words and no political skills would avail any man. In his time he dealt with God as a just man should – humbly and in fear and trembling; in his day the colony was not a byword throughout the world. But Winthrop saw clearly – that should American fall away from its dream and vision, then, like the disobedient children of Israel, they would find themselves under God’s wrath.

Kitty Werthmann Interview: Listen and learn…very relevant to todays political parties.

If you’ve ever wondered why the von Trapp family (the family behind The Sound of Music) decided to come to America, here’s why.

Reblogged from: a12iggymom’s Blog

Kitty Werthmann Interview: Listen and learn…very relevant to todays political parties. ‘Many from my generation remember this history. However; this current generation does not know or remember this since the history books continue to be altered to be “politically correct.”

Continue Reading and listening: Kitty Werthmann Interview: Listen and learn…very relevant to todays political parties..

The World Without America

This is just a couple of short videos from America in the World, a British group. They are not new dating from 2007-8. However I had never seen them before today and maybe we need a reminder of what America is (or has been) to the world. I’m not overly given to patting myself on the back but, perhaps we need a reminder from our friends once in a while of what we are.

If the embed didn’t work, here is the link

And one for the best ambassador the American people have ever had: the American Soldier:

and again the link

We have brought help to our friends and defeat to our enemies for the last 125 years, do we really want to change?

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