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SALTIRE

SALTIRE

by Ellin Anderson

It’s the Cross of great St. Andrew, who was martyred on its bars,
And it bears a favored land’s celestial crown of thirteen stars,
To raise courage in a Scottish heart, wherever it may be —
Will you tell your sons and daughters that we fought to make them free?

It was in the crimson gloaming that we left the western shore,
And said farewell to the Highlands, memory’s font forevermore,
Sailing forth to save a nation from the sword of tyranny —
Will you tell your sons and daughters that we fought to make them free?

In the Carolina dawn, I saw it raised upon the quay
Where I traded my old tartan for a suit of battle gray,
And saluted my new standard, and its pledge of chivalry —
Will you tell your sons and daughters that we fought to make them free?

There’s a general called Stuart, like our gallant Cavalier,
And the great commander Robert, like our King who knew no fear;
On their faces, I see glory, in their names a prophecy —
Will you tell your sons and daughters that we fought to make them free?

When the chain of the usurer binds the black man and the white,
When there’s none left to undo it, or to speak for what is right,
With America united in a state of slavery —
Will you tell your sons and daughters that we fought to make them free?

When the leering merchant mogul builds a kingdom with his gold
That will summon home the Serpent, just like Babylon of old,
When no woman keeps her virtue, nor no man his bravery —
Will you tell your sons and daughters that we fought to make them free?

As we marched towards the battle, I knew God would understand
That our victory today will chart the future of our land;
On these green and quiet hills, I see the hand of destiny —
Will you tell your sons and daughters that we fought to make them free?

Though the northern tyrant wears a crown of fame upon his head,
Yet the coming generations will revile his name instead,
For the shame of brother’s slaughter, in the fight for liberty —
Will you tell your sons and daughters that we fought to make them free?

When the Union rifles met us with a sheet of scarlet flame,
And our shattered bodies answered with a deluge of the same,
Still the Saltire fluttered bravely, as it does beyond the sea —
Will you tell your sons and daughters that we fought to make them free?

With the courage of conviction that the righteous never fail,
The self-righteous and the arrogant will see their might prevail,
But beneath the cannon’s triumph, you may hear the last of me —
Will you tell your sons and daughters that I fought to make them free?

Copyright 2007 by Ellin Anderson, Confederate Great-Grandniece

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Coins

Here are the lyrics to the latest song I’ve written. It’s called “Coins,” and I should be recording it in a few weeks, of which I’ll upload an mp3 when it’s complete.

Cold, alone,
destitute from beyond the grave.
The spheres of influence
betrayed my inference.
You’re so intolerant.

Hope is lost,
when seeds of greed start to bloom.
Faces of children
You’re sworn to protect
vanish with indifference.

Lies,
it’s all lies.
They steal the coins
from a dead man’s eyes.

Shallow minds
Never see beneath the surface,
A superficial
mortality.
Corrupted in the womb.

Rule the earth.
Spawn of power, lust, and self.
Cradle destroying,
worshiper of wealth.
I’ll follow another way.

Lies,
it’s all lies.
You stole the coins
from a dead man’s eyes.

My wife and I saw Breaking Benjamin (2nd time) at Cattle Annie’s in Lynchburg, VA on 2/6/07. The first time we saw them play was at The Nation in D.C. during one of the Jagermeister tours. We liked what we saw the first time and were anticipating the second show considerably, especially since BB hadn’t yet released We Are Not Alone and Phobia the last time we saw them.

I talked to the club owner the morning of the concert and he told me the show was sold-out and that doors would open at 5:00 pm for those people who wanted to eat prior to the concert. He also said that the club had a dress code and that “Jackets wouldn’t be allowed in the building. You will have to check them at the door. Also, no hooded sweatshirts, athletic apparel, baggy jeans, or beanies. T-shirts have to be tucked in and any baseball hat had to be worn with the bill in the front.” After his dress code diatribe, I wasn’t sure if I was going to church or to a rock-n-roll show. Earlier, I was planning to wear my black hoodie, but I ditched that and ended up wearing a long sleeve t-shirt with a short sleeve t-shirt over that.

The food before the show sounded like good idea as we wouldn’t have to stop before we got there, so my wife and I took off of work early and arrived at Cattle Annie’s at 5:10 pm. When we got there, there was approximately 20-25 people in line, but the doors hadn’t opened yet. From outside we could hear the band doing a rehearsal and not a sound-check, which seemed strange since they hadn’t been on tour for three months.

At 5:30 pm it started snowing and as the sun began to set, it got extremely cold. It was worse than usual since no one was wearing a jacket. The club manager came out around 5:45 pm and said that they would not be serving any buffet and wouldn’t be opening the doors until 6:30 pm. My jaw hit the floor. We would now have to stand outside in 20 degree weather for 1.5 hours in nothing but t-shirts?!?!?! What the fuck! We begged to be let in even if we could just stand inside the restaurant, but the manager said that no one would be allowed inside until after the sound check. (It wasn’t a sound check, but a rehearsal.). The crowd outside was getting ready to riot. Most were standing there shivering to death, noses running, and faces flushed.

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Bertrand Russel gives the most convincing argument for the non-existence of God due to his systematic approach and through applying previous theological concepts universally to include deity. Whereas previous theologians would proffer arguments such as First-Cause, their mistake was in exempting God from the process by which all other objects were defined and held accountable. The universal application of philosophical principles to include deity was the only intellectually honest approach used when juxtaposed to the likes of Anselm and Aquinas.

An example of this universal application was Russell’s “First-Cause Argument,” which is essentially, although not stated specifically, a refutation of Thomas Aquinas’s second of The Five Ways in proving God’s existence. Aquinas stated, “There is no case known… in which a thing is found to be that efficient cause of itself, for so it would be prior to itself, which is not possible… Therefore, it is necessary to admit a first efficient cause, to which everyone gives the name of God.”(1) Much like U.S. Congressmen who exempt themselves from laws that are passed, St. Thomas is here exempting God from the same laws that he attributes as necessary to all other beings. This concept of divine exemption was not lost on Russell who addressed it immediately by referring to John Stuart Mill’s autobiography: “’My father taught me that the question ‘Who made me?’ cannot be answered, since it immediately suggests the further question ‘Who made God?’”(2)

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Schopenhauer and Pessimism

After much contemplation regarding which philosopher’s view of human nature I most agree or disagree with, my answer is Arthur Schopenhauer and pessimism. My arrival at this conclusion is the argument of evidence that Schopenhauer used in determining there isn’t an “all-wise, all-good, and at the same time, all-powerful Being,” which governs our lives or is concerned with His work.(1)  One need only but look around at the vast amount of frustration, disappointment, and human sorrow that exists to reach the same conclusion. Therefore, the human experience provides plenty of readily available evidence that our condition is solely and succinctly an individual’s suffering.

Furthermore, given my agnostic viewpoints, Schopenhauer’s insistence on the truth of The Will as the eternal and universal force that governs man serves as a replacement for my skepticism in a personal and personified deity. The belief in a governing Will as a guiding force offers an explanation for the world’s troubles and fills the vacuum left by an otherwise absent god.

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In the “Is online poker rigged?” debate, proponents of the rigged conspiracy will say that better players are getting cheated. The odds of their opponents catching runner-runner so frequently, they say, seems statistically improbable or occurs with such frequency that an experienced player would begin questioning the veracity and ethics of the hands played. Conspiracy theorist will give examples that KK loses the majority of the time to Ax when KK is a 70% favorite, and that AA is no good because it to frequently loses to a small-mid pair set when it’s an 80% favorite. Surely all of us have heard runner-runner flush stories as often as we flush toilets. However, opponents of the conspiracy theorists trump player observations every time by asking, “Why would the online poker rooms want to cheat anyone?” Continuing, they’ll explain that poker rooms are making a lot of money and that there’s too much at risk by cheating anyone. If caught, they’ll aver, they lose everything. Essentially, supporters of the poker rooms are offering the Christians’ “You just have to have faith,” argument. Which is not much of an argument in and of itself.

Poker rooms exist for one reason only: To make money. It’s an entrepreneurial and capitalist adventure for the owners who are doing remarkably well, and I applaud them. Yet, when the increase of power or profits is the motivation behind a service, there will always be room for corruption. Furthermore, when an electronic medium is the avenue for the service, there will always be the possibility of fraud. Hence the many grassroots political efforts to ban electronic voting machines. Due to the nature of software and the coding required to run the system (gambling or politics), it would not be difficult for someone to exploit an advantage – stacking the deck in favor of the house or political party. Continue Reading »

Evans Blue video

I first learned of Evan’s Blue back in the summer and loved what I heard from them. Earlier this year they were touring with Breaking Benjamin, which would have been nice to see, but I’m not sure where they’re at at the moment. In any event, below is their latest (and first) video.