First published October 29, 2013 How do we put Wyatt Earp into perspective? By now, you will have come to realize I love history.Read More
It was about 2:15 PM on a very windy, very chilly Wednesday afternoon when four brave men began what we now call The Walk.Read More
It was clearly a case of cops gone bad. Even during the inquest, the judge said that the town marshal had committed an ‘injudiciousRead More
First published on July 12, 2010. …it really did exist! If the history of Wyatt Earp and the Gunfight at the OK Corral wereRead More
First published on April 10, 2017. Ordinance No.9: “To Provide against Carrying of Deadly Weapons” (effective April 19, 1881). Section 1. “It is herebyRead More
I originally published this July 2, 2015. It is perhaps more important today than when I wrote it. I am now blending it inRead More
I saw an article on Friday about the most chivalrous men in history. A medievalist, and lover of anything Arthurian, I think anyone whoRead More
Life during the days of the writing of the Declaration of Independence was not sanitized. Half of the babies born during that time didRead More
The film was forwarded to me by the editor of the Tombstone Times. I was maybe 4 minutes into it and I was inRead More
There are times, when doing the right thing, sets off a chain reaction that results in good and honorable individuals ruining their lives. SuchRead More
Late one evening, I was working on a novel, and going back and forth with some guy on Twitter, about conspiracy theories. It wasRead More
Several months ago, I did a series of articles about retired, and disgraced general Jerry Boykin’s homo-erotic ramblings about the manly Christ. Part IRead More
This is (I promise) the last of the series on modesty, cowboys, and clothing. I was only planning one part to the piece onRead More
The poor little dogie has died, slain by the evil monsters of the BLM, when they rounded up his mama a couple weeks agoRead More
David Brooks had a recent article about the decline of the male. It makes no sense at all. Rather than attempt to make somethingRead More
I am a kindergarten drop-out. Lately, The Pink Flamingo has been getting question about who I am. You can find a bit of informationRead More
The Pink Flamingo owns a shotgun. Anyone where I live should have one. I wish my parents did, but with my father’s Alzheimer’s, noRead More
If you study history the way The Pink Flamingo has done, you know that every nation has a defining moment and a defining individual.Read More
“…”Compassion is never wasted. It has the power to give us hope,” and it brings us into the presence of God’s goodness and mercy…”Read More
It’s the far right’s turn to be dumbed down by revisionism. The left has been infected by this vile disease since the end ofRead More
The Pink Flamingo has just learned that all charges against Tim have been dropped. His mother died of natural causes. The DA is notRead More
Who do you think is the worst person in American history? The Pink Flamingo’s humble nomination, hands down is William Clark Quantrill. Want ProofRead More
The Pink Flamingo is terrified of extremes. I see the growing extremism and irrational behavior of the tea parties as just that. It did not start out this way, but it is getting there. The very real problem is the fact that the people involved in the tea parties are failing to weigh the biased information they are receiving from their tin-plated gods like Glenn Beck.
If something is not done to put some of these people in check, and explain the facts of life to them, via American history, we are in for a very terrifying ride, abjectly terrifying. How long will it be before some idiotic tea party twit who is seriously unstable does something like what happened in India over the weekend?Read More
“…”To the Hispanic community – if you bring a bill up now, it’s going to go down,” Graham said after the hearing. “You won’t get 40 votes because nobody can go back home and justify that the system is fixed when we know it’s not.”…” Lindsey Graham
Barack Obama is attempting (as usual) to subdivide the country along racial lines, trying to ratchet up Hispanic anger against the GOP to get votes in November.Read More
In what is one of the most important historical discoveries in many years, the orignal documents from the coroner’s inquest into the Gunfight atRead More
The following is not a cheap trick to run yet the same clip from Tombstone! I swear it is not. Right now the clipRead More
Because it is The Pink Flamingo’s birthday, I am going to indulge myself. The other night I was watching Tombstone. (Yea, this is yet another “Why I love Wyatt Earp…”). Even having watched the movie so many times, something struck me that I’d not noticed.
The perfect definition of honor:
When a person of honor does something that requires personal strength and character, something difficult that the average person would shrink from doing, that person is usually criticized. Those of lesser character would like nothing better than to swoop in and destroy. The most perfect example of this The Pink Flamingo knows is the life of Wyatt Earp.
Wyatt Earp basically gave up his entire future to do what was right. This 1923 photo is my favorite. It shows a man, brave, courageous, and bold – one unafraid, unflinching, and was willing to face the consequences.Read More
On Sunday afternoon it dawned on The Pink Flamingo that we are taking the whole issue of climate change and politicians in the wrong direction. Lindsey is being hammered for a piece he co-authored with John Kerry for the NYTimes. Even I cringed – because I knew he would be hammered for it.
Suddenly, like the light flashing down from an alien craft about to abduct some drunken deer hunter (note that there is no intentional insult to deer hunters implied) The Pink Flamingo had an epiphany.
GARBAGE IN GARBAGE OUT
Remember that old computer term – garbage in garbage out?
I think expecting our elected officials to know everything about everything, or even a little bit about everything is just not logical. None of us know everything about everything. We specialize. The era of a eclectic “renaissance” style education no longer exists.
Take climate change – please.
The only reason The Pink Flamingo has a different take on things is because of an essay the late great, Stephen Jay Gould penned for his monthly column in the Natural History magazine. Aside from filling The Pink Flamingo with a life-time desire to be a writer of essays, this article tweaked my fancy. I was going into high school, volunteering doing the candy stripe thing at our local hospital. I remember reading the article after my father picked me up at the hospital there in Seneca. The mail was on the back seat, where I was consigned as he and my grandfather drove home.
I read the Gould essay on the drive to Fair Play, fascinated. My current love of all things dinosaur is nothing new. I’ve been fascinated since I was a little kid and saw that now legendary T-Rex fossil in the Natural History Museum in NYC. While it might take a calculator to figure out how many scientists have been inspired by that same critter, including the great Gould himself, The Pink Flamingo never went beyond fascination when it came to dinosaurs. But – it did give me a reason to read geology, paleontology, and delve into archeology as a high school student.
The specic Gould essay, which I can no longer find, was about the fact that the planet was due for another round of what he felt might be a cycle of ice ages.
Golly – an ice age?
I read everything I could on the subject, only to decide upon a life-long fascination with Post-Roman Britain instead of science.
It seems like the alleged time frame of La Morte de Arthur and the alleged fall of the Roman Empire all occurred around 475AD – 550AD. No one in their right mind would even put the idea of the death of Arthur, fall of Rome, and an ice age together. BUT – they all happened around the same time.
Seems like David Keys also put 2 + 2 together to come up with an ice age. Publisher’s Weekly reviewed the book:
“…In Keys’s startling thesis, a global climatic catastrophe in A.D. 535-536–a massive volcanic eruption sundering Java from Sumatra–was the decisive factor that transformed the ancient world into the medieval, or as Keys prefers to call it, the “proto-modern” era. Ancient chroniclers record a disaster in that year that blotted out the sun for months, causing famine, droughts, floods, storms and bubonic plague. Keys, archeology correspondent for the London Independent, uses tree-ring samples, analysis of lake deposits and ice cores, as well as contemporaneous documents to bolster his highly speculative thesis. In his scenario, the ensuing disasters precipitated the disintegration of the Roman Empire, beset by Slav, Mongol and Persian invaders propelled from their disrupted homelands. The sixth-century collapse of Arabian civilization under pressure from floods and crop failure created an apocalyptic atmosphere that set the stage for Islam’s emergence. In Mexico, Keys claims, the cataclysm triggered the collapse of a Mesoamerican empire; in Anatolia, it helped the Turks establish what eventually became the Ottoman Empire; while in China, the ensuing half-century of political and social chaos led to a reunified nation. Huge claims call for big proof, yet Keys reassembles history to fit his thesis, relentlessly overworking its explanatory power in a manner reminiscent of Velikovsky’s theory that a comet collided with the earth in 1500 B.C. Readers anxious about future cataclysms will take note of Keys’s roundup of trouble spots that could conceivably wreak planetary havoc….”
Would you believe the global temperature during the height of the Roman Republic and Empire ranged something like 4 degrees warmer than it is now?
Civilizations flourish during a time of global warming and had a tendency to either fall or wax inward during periods of cooling.
Please expain the importance of the word “Greenland”.
Now, the following completely esoteric lines of study are something no “normal” person who has a “real” life would even bother thinking about, let alone own dozens of books about the above.
There’s even more.
The Pink Flamingo has been interested in astronomy and space even longer than dinosaurs.
Get the picture?
Add a fascination with geology, history, King Arthur, Ancient America fringe archaeology, and a half-way decent working knowledge of science and you have a walking rebuttal to the current infant “science” of climatology. (it is a joke)
We are dealing with a rather fascinating solar minimum. For some strange reason, the utter lack of sunspots indicates a cooling surface on the sun. Anyone who knows anything know the cooler the sun, the cooler the earth.
Know anything about the relationship between very messy volcanic explosions and global cooling?
The Pink Flamingo subscribes to the theory of history that someone must delve, not only into the usual historical tools, papers, archives, etc, but must also integrate misc. sciences be them social, earth, biological, archaeology, or political in order to write history.Read More
The Sierra Vista Times has an excellent article about the Millville site and the Gird and Corbin Mills.Read More
Lesley at Land of Enchantment has a link to an absolutely fascinating tale of Pat Garrett and the man alleged to have murdered him.Read More