Rough Enough: The best in Civil War History – Backwith Amazon! The Red Border Cover!

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Back at last!      Worldwide Distribution!      In Better Format!    Better Font!

Through Kindle Direct Publishing and Create Space

ISBN# 9781494257668

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With a page of quotes from some of the Reviewers!

You will Read this like it was your favorite adventure story – only It’s True History!

The Union Troops at Petersburg – What they saw!

Take a good look at the Header above on this page!

If you were one of the Union troops in the 56th Massachusetts like Richard Clow in 1865, you’d have been looking out over the top of sand bags and trenches to the grassy slops beyond from which you would have expected the Confederate troops to come. In the distance you see the Chemin de Frises (Fresian Horses) named after the early cavalry stoppers invented by the Fresians in Europe. These logs, chained together with their projecting sticks would prevent a massed cavalry charge across the open field.  By the time the cavalry managed to cut the connecting chains and roll the obstacles out of the way, and momentum and surprise would be lost and they would be stationary on the field directly in front of the cannon and musket fire. Even infantry had a hard time getting past these obstacles. Note that once across the field the Infantry or cavalry would still have another big obstacle slowing them down in any frontal assault on this small fort (very similarly built to the one Richard Clcow occupied, Fort Alexander Hayes). That obstacle was the line of  “Abatis” (sharpened stakes and or bushes pointing directly out from the sides of the mud trench that needed to be crossed by the troops in assault. Note the sandbags and wickerwork holding mud walls that also protect the defending troops. A pretty formidable obstacle course, don’t you agree?

The Best Civil War Buff’s Christmas Gift!

The Best Civil War Buff's Christmas Gift!

Here’s the best Christmas Gift you could give to your Civil War Buff Sweet Heart!

Want to Classify These Caribbean Shells? Get E-Shell: Seashells of the Caribbean! Out soon!

Take a look at these Beauties!

Oh you beauties of the sea,how your spell calls out to me.When I find you lying on the beach, I know the world has much to teach.

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Sea Shells of the Caribbean
A beachcomber’s field guide to Caribbean shells, correlated to 6 key references.
by Richard H. McBee Jr.,
Copyright 2013
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Hypocrites! On the Infallibility of Politicians within the U. S. Empire

Essay on the Infallibility of Politicians views through the Protestant Principle

We just recently passed the very important Protestant Church Date of Reformation Sunday (commemorating the approximate date of 31 October, 1517,  when Martin Luther supposedly posted his 95 theses on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany).

One of the basic ideas behind the Protestant reformation applied to the infallibility of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church. It was called the Protestant Principle.

This Protestant Principle states loosely that: Only God is to be worshiped and only God can be infallible.  Thus the Church, the Pope, and human beliefs and doctrines which are not God are therefore fallible. That is to say they are prone to error!

How does this apply to the political scene within today’s empire, more commonly known as the United States of America?

  1. 1.      It applies in that we now have political party members who have elevated their political beliefs to the level of a religious God.
  2. 2.      By taking an oath of allegiance to the absoluteness of principles and beliefs of a political party, the participants of today’s ultra-conservative Republicans and Tea Party members have tried to elevate their political stance to that of an infallible God.
  3. 3.      By seeking to discern among themselves whether Ted Cruz or Rand Paul is the correct infallible prophet of their false God, these ultra-conservative Republicans and Tea Party members are falling into the same trap that the Roman Catholic Church fell into centuries ago, that is, placing a human as a purveyor of infallible belief.

What is the real core of Politics that it cannot live under the above principle of infallibility?

  1. 1. defines “politic” as: [pol-i-tik] adjective

a. shrewd or prudent in practical matters; tactful; diplomatic.

b. contrived in a shrewd and practical way; expedient: as in a politic reply.


  1. 2.      Chamber’s Twentieth Century Dictionary uses these words to describe “politic”:
    1. a.      Prudent, discreet, astutely contriving or intriguing.
    2. b.      Politics: becomes the art or science of government.


Do you get the gist of where I am leading?


  1. 1.      Are they Religious Prophets? If the ultra-conservative Republicans and Tea Party members who so vehemently uphold their falsely contrived God as an infallible set of beliefs, actually believe what they are saying, then they aren’t politicians, they are purveyors of a religion and should be separated from our government according to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
  2. 2.      Or, are they Real Politicians? If on the other hand this same group of Republicans and Tea Party members are really only politicians and do not really believe in their party allegiance, then they are no more than astutely contriving or intriguing human beings who are using an expedient method of attempting to take control of the U.S. government and they have no idea whether their method will work nor any intention of following the path they espouse once they are in control.


In either case, it is time for the Empire of the United States of America to beware!


Book Review: “The Wailing Wind” by Tony Hillerman

Promise me not to read the last chapter in this mystery  until you finish the rest of the book.  It’s a good one.  I love Hillerman’s trio of retired Officer Leaphorn,  Lt. Jim Chee and beautiful Officer Berni Maunuelito who wend their way through Navajo cultural parables, taboos and medicine men to solve another murder on the reservation.  Will Lt. Chee finally get off his behind  and propose to the lady who adores him? Will Leaphorn once again cross the line of legality to fiddle the evidence of the old tobacco tin? Will they locate killer Denton’s lost wife before the inevitable happens? When will the FBI get a truly competent Navajo speaker who can unravel the medicine tales of a cultural icon such as Hostiin Peshlakai? Patience my friends, all shall come to those who have patience. Read the book!

Butterflies and Flower Pollination?

Butterflies and Flower Pollination?

A fuzzy skipper butterfly pollinates a flower just about as well as a bee or bee fly. Don’t kill these babies, they may look like clothes moths, but they are really an ancient type of butterfly that rests with it’s wings in this funny cocked position rather than wide open or closed.

Three Striped Hourglass Beefly – Another Cool Pollinator

Three Striped Hourglass Beefly - Another Cool Pollinator

Here’s a super close-up photo of another great non-bee pollinator that we need to protect in case Honey Bee Colony Collapse Syndrome wrecks our bee industry.

Barreleye Zoology

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