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  • City vs. Country: How Where We Live Deepens the Nation's Political Divide

    03/20/2014 9:30:16 PM PDT · by Theoria · 30 replies
    WSJ ^ | 20 Mar 2014 | Laura Meckler and Dante Chinni
    Differences Between Rural and Urban America Are Underappreciated Factor in Political Split EL DORADO SPRINGS, Mo.—The owner of the nicest restaurant in town doesn't serve alcohol, worried that his pastor would be disappointed if he did. Public schools try to avoid scheduling events on Wednesday evenings, when churches hold Bible study. And Democrats here are a rare and lonely breed. Older, nearly 100% white and overwhelmingly Republican, El Dorado Springs is typical of what is now small-town America. Coffee costs 90 cents at the diner, with free refills. Two hours north and a world away in Kansas City, Starbucks charges...
  • PA: Former Police Officer Ordered to Stand Trial for Murder of Gun Shop Owner

    02/24/2014 11:32:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Entrance to Frank's Gun Shop by Ashley Hardway In this highly unusual case, the action was all caught on video.  The gun shop owner, Frank Petro, knew the former officer, Jack O. Edmundson.  Family members said that Edmundson had been extorting Petro by impersonating a state lottery officer.  The scam was that Edmundson claimed that Petro's winnings were fraudulent, and that he would jail Petro unless Petro paid him the winnings.   Petro, as a highly regulated gun shop owner was particularly vulnerable.  Even an accusation might have resulted in the BATFE pulling his license and livelihood.   When Petro's...
  • The White Ghetto

    01/12/2014 9:34:36 AM PST · by Jack Black · 116 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | Jan 9, 20 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Owsley County, Ky. – There are lots of diversions in the Big White Ghetto, the vast moribund matrix of Wonder Bread–hued Appalachian towns and villages stretching from northern Mississippi to southern New York, a slowly dissipating nebula of poverty and misery with its heart in eastern Kentucky, the last redoubt of the Scots-Irish working class that picked up where African slave labor left off, mining and cropping and sawing the raw materials for a modern American economy that would soon run out of profitable uses for the class of people who 500 years ago would have been known, without any...
  • Rural Retreat, VA, Train 42, December 24, 1957 (Christmas Eve Vanity)

    12/24/2013 7:31:53 PM PST · by Rodamala · 19 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | 12/27/1954 | O. Winston Link / Corky Zider
    Train 42, 'The Pelican', headed by N&W 4-8-4 Class J 603 arrives at Rural Retreat, VA eastbound from New Orleans to Washington shortly before 10pm Dec. 27th, 1957, and thunders off into the night. The Norfolk & Western Railway's own Class J was perhaps the finest of all express steam engines, and 603 is heard here in its last days of main line service with a consist of 17 cars. The photograph is of Train 17 'The Birmingham Special' westbound arriving later that same night at 11:37pm, being waved through by Agent J.L. Akers. The photograph and sound recording were...
  • Redneck, Inc: The Duck Dynasty Story, How a backwoods clan of bearded, gun-happy Louisiana duck...

    10/21/2013 10:58:15 AM PDT · by thackney · 41 replies
    Men's Journal ^ | Oct 2013 | ERIK HEDEGAARD
    How a backwoods clan of bearded, gun-happy Louisiana duck hunters became America's favorite TV family. Way out Jonesboro Road in West Monroe, Louisiana, past all the Baptist churches, past the Jack Fluck realty signs, past the Guns & Gifts store, past the dog playing dead in the middle of the road, you will find Phil Robertson in the ramshackle house where he's lived with his wife, Miss Kay, for the past 37 years – a born-again, God-loving, God-fearing bayou couple if ever there was one – and maybe his gap-toothed brother, Si, too, and his boys, Willie, Jase, and Jep....
  • The Real Republican Adversary? Population Density

    09/04/2013 5:19:18 AM PDT · by M. Dodge Thomas · 26 replies
    Dave Troy Blog ^ | November 19th, 2012 | Dave Troy
    Curious about the correlation between population density and voting behavior, I began with analyzing the election results from the least and most dense counties and county equivalents. 98% of the 50 most dense counties voted Obama. 98% of the 50 least dense counties voted for Romney... At about 800 people per square mile, people switch from voting primarily Republican to voting primarily Democratic. Put another way, below 800 people per square mile, there is a 66% chance that you voted Republican. Above 800 people per square mile, there is a 66% chance that you voted Democrat. A 66% preference is...
  • 'Tornado clearly targets conservatives': Daily Show creator faces backlash over insensitive tweet

    05/21/2013 5:43:45 AM PDT · by Fullclip · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May, 21, 2013 | Mail Online
    She thought she was making a topical political joke, but a co-creator of ‘The Daily Show’ managed to enrage many of her followers after tweeting joke about the Oklahoma tornado’s political motivations. ‘This tornado is in Oklahoma so clearly it has been ordered to only target conservatives,’ wrote comedian Lizz Winstead, in a tweet, around 3:30 Monday afternoon. The tweet was an apparent attempt at using the occasion of the May 20 twister to comment on the scandal currently plaguing the IRS and Obama administration. Winstead, co-creator and former head writer for ‘The Daily Show,’ promptly received a stream of...
  • Georgia Town Passes Law Requiring Residents To Own Guns

    04/02/2013 4:31:08 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 65 replies
    http://www.reuters.com/ ^ | April 2,2013 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - A small Georgia town on Monday passed a law requiring the head of each household to own a gun as a way to keep crime down.
  • The county(Mississippi) where no one's gay

    03/31/2013 12:37:16 PM PDT · by WKB · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 3-25-13 | John D. Sutter, CNN
    Franklin County, Mississippi (CNN) -- Statistically speaking, Franklin County should be straighter than John Wayne eating Chick-fil-A. The middle-of-nowhere rectangle in southwest Mississippi -- known for its pine forests, hog hunting and an infamous hate crime -- is home to exactly zero same-sex couples, according to an analysis of census data. In other words: It's a place where gays don't exist. At least not on paper.
  • Outgoing EPA chief regrets lack of dialogue with rural America

    02/04/2013 5:10:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/4/13 | Zack Colman
    Departing Departing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson said she wished she had communicated better during her tenure with rural regions that felt victimized by the agency’s pollution rules. “If I were starting again, I would from day one make a much stronger effort to do personal outreach in rural America," Jackson said in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters published Monday. Clashes with rural GOP lawmakers characterized much of Jackson’s time in Obama administration, but Jackson has lamented what she says are inaccurate claims about the scope of EPA’s agenda.
  • Bill Clinton on Rural Culture: 'All They’ve Got Is Their Hunting and Their Fishing'

    01/20/2013 5:12:26 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 84 replies
    Bill Clinton on Rural Culture: 'All They’ve Got Is Their Hunting and Their Fishing' By Tom Blumer Created 01/20/2013 - 3:50pm It's hardly news to those who have followed Bill Clinton for the past two decades, and it's probably even more of the same-old, same-old for those who had to endure having him as governor during the 1980s in Arkansas. Nonetheless, something Mr. Clinton said in a speech at "a joint meeting of the Obama National Finance Committee and a group of business leaders," which was captured without even being deemed possibly offensive by Byron Tau at the Politico, should...
  • Red State, Blue City: How the Urban-Rural Divide is Splitting America

    12/01/2012 9:14:27 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 70 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 30, 2012 | Josh Kron
    The new political divide is a stark division between cities and what remains of the countryside. Not just some cities and some rural areas, either -- virtually every major city (100,000-plus population) in the United States of America has a different outlook from the less populous areas that are closest to it. The difference is no longer about where people live, it's about how people live: in spread-out, open, low-density privacy -- or amid rough-and-tumble, in-your-face population density and diverse communities that enforce a lower-common denominator of tolerance among inhabitants. The only major cities that voted Republican in the 2012...
  • The most anti-Obama place in the U.S.

    11/15/2012 7:12:30 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 77 replies
    CNN ^ | November 15, 2012
    CNN's Gary Tuchman heads to King County, Texas, where President Obama won only five votes. Video at link.
  • ‘Coal mine’ stalls small Virginia airport runway’s takeoff (Obama's War on Coal = War on Airport)

    10/18/2012 10:39:46 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 17, 2012 | Debra McCown
    Officials from two Southwestern Virginia counties say a project vital to the area’s economic development has been held up for years because of a dispute with federal regulators over what is an airport and what is a coal mine. Local leaders say the three-year battle with the U.S. Office of Surface Mining over plans to extend the runway at Grundy Municipal Airport has cost taxpayers in this poverty-stricken corner of Appalachia millions of dollars in lost opportunities, and a list of regulatory hurdles remains before construction can even begin. “We were attempting to permit this project as an airport project,...
  • Romney struggles to get 'hillbilly' vote

    10/01/2012 12:23:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Australian ^ | October 1, 2012 | Nico Hines
    DEAD possums litter the roads of the southern United States and whenever Bernie Smith encounters another fallen marsupial he pulls over and hurls the corpse into the back of his truck. One man's detritus is another man's feast: cooked slowly with potato, carrot and celery, the meat becomes tender in a rich and spicy stew known as burgoo. Mr Smith, 67, was showing off this traditional technique at the annual Road Kill Cook-Off festival in Marlinton, West Virginia, an isolated town nestled in the Appalachian mountains. Thousands were on hand this weekend to compare his casserole with barbecue squirrel, bear...
  • Poll Shows Rural Battlegrounds Backing Romney

    09/24/2012 1:32:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Capitol Public Radio ^ | September 24, 2012 | Howard Berkes
    Rural voters who helped elect President Obama four years ago are now keeping his challenger competitive in key states. A new survey shows they favor Republican Mitt Romney by 14 points, and support for Obama is eroding. Listen Now: (AUDIO AT LINK) Monday, September 24, 2012 The nation's smallest and most remote places are providing Mitt Romney's biggest margins in battleground states as the 2012 presidential race enters its final weeks. In fact, rural counties are keeping Romney competitive in the states that are now up for grabs. That's what a new bipartisan survey indicates. The poll also finds that...
  • Rural jobless rate rises to 8.4%

    09/06/2012 10:13:58 AM PDT · by GOPinCa · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 6, 2012
    The jobless rate for rural counties rose to 8.4 percent in July 2012--lower than the 9.1 percent rate recorded a year ago, but continuing a trend that began in April of this year. Agricultural regions have suffered an unusually dry summer, in addition to economic problems shared in common with urban and suburban regions. The news comes ahead of tomorrow's release of August employment data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Analysts are already predicting a slight rise in the unemployment rate, from 8.3 to 8.4 percent--though media outlets are already describing that rise as "steady" rather than an increase.
  • FCC opens $300M fund to boost rural broadband access

    05/02/2012 4:28:55 PM PDT · by bigbob · 9 replies
    Fierce Telecom ^ | 4-27-12 | Sean Buckley
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week unveiled a $300 million fund to extend broadband to as many as 400,000 previously unserved homes, businesses and anchor institutions. Created by the regulator last October, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the Connect America Fund (CAF) was a "once-in-a-generation reform of the Universal Service Fund" that will connect all Americans with broadband Internet by the end of the decade.
  • Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town

    04/27/2012 5:00:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2012 | Mike Adams
    One afternoon I stopped by the bank to make a few deposits. I was in a rush and needed to get in and out as soon as possible. I had places to go and things I had to do. I picked the worst possible time of day and the worst day of the week to do my banking. But I had been out of town and needed to catch up on errands before the weekend began. There was only one teller working and the line was about fifteen people deep. After waiting patiently, I got close to the front of...
  • Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores (nanny state cont'd)

    04/25/2012 5:51:20 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 115 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/25/12 | Patrick Richardson
    A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves. The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land. Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”
  • China's urban population exceeds rural for first time ever

    01/17/2012 7:08:00 AM PST · by GAB-1955 · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 01/17/2012 | Peter Simpson
    China's urban population now exceeds the number of rural dwellers for first time in its history, the country's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Tuesday.
  • A True slice of Americana - Popcorn Sutton

    12/22/2011 4:06:25 PM PST · by bksanders · 21 replies
    The World Wild Web ^ | Jan 13, 2011 | WildlifeSeriaLKiller
    Join Popcorn Sutton and J.B. as they do what they do best, one last time. This film is unavailable ANYWHERE as it was Mr Sutton's to distribute personally and I felt that it was worth sharing. Film maker NEAL HUTCHESON- 2009 Emmy Award winner- created this outstanding work of art. I own no copyrights to this film. Credit goes to the film maker, Neal Hutcheson, and Popcorn Sutton. R.I.P Mr. Sutton.- You are missed. - WildlifeSeriaLKiller
  • O'Malley signs executive order on Md. growth plan (Fascist scum mini-obamao alert)

    12/20/2011 5:32:34 AM PST · by SuperLuminal · 23 replies · 1+ views
    WTOP ^ | 12/20/11 | By BRIAN WITTE Associated Press
    (Excerpt) Glendening, who has long been a smart growth advocate, said the tension has resulted from the traditional reliance on local decision making and concepts of private property."That worked fine for several hundred years," Glendening, who was governor from 1995 to 2003, said.
  • Heavy Metal Is Back: The Best Cities For Industrial Manufacturing

    12/18/2011 7:03:49 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Newgeography.com ^ | 12/15/2011 | Joel Kotkin
    For a generation American manufacturing has been widely seen as a “declining sport.” Yet its demise has been largely overplayed. Despite the many jobs this sector has lost in the past generation, manufacturing remains remarkably resilient, with a global market share similar to that of the 1970s. More recently, the U.S. industrial base has been on a powerful upswing, with employment climbing steadily since 2009. Boosted by productivity gains and higher costs in competitors, including China, U.S. manufacturing exports have grown at their fastest rate since the late 1980s. In 2011 American manufacturing continued to expand, while Germany, Japan and...
  • Sisters survive deadly attack at Utah cabin

    12/15/2011 4:23:13 PM PST · by KyGeezer · 23 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 10, 2011 | Gail Zimmerman and Stephen McCain
    OAKLEY, Utah -- When the Tiede family headed off to spend a snowy Christmas at their remote family cabin, they had no idea what the trip would bring. Two sisters who survive a harrowing home invasion share the terrifying story in their first extended television interview. Linae Tiede: My family owns a beautiful cabin in Oakley, Utah. The sound of the river, the horses that are down in the pasture, the birds -- it's absolutely heaven on earth to me. My mom had given it a name: "Tiede's Tranquility," because of the serenity and peace. Trish Tiede: The cabin was...
  • Elderly Humptulips couple attacked with crossbow, hatchet

    11/10/2011 6:58:13 PM PST · by gettinolder · 25 replies
    King 5 TV ^ | November 7, 2011 | DREW MIKKELSEN
    HUMPTULIPS, Wash. - When heading north on Highway 101, the first house you come to in Humptulips is the Aldrich's place. The manicured yard is a trademark of the family that's been here for decades. "Just nice, older people," said Karen Willis. Neighbors are just sick about what happened to Ralph and June Aldrich. Prosecutors say 31-year-old John Chase was walking down the highway when he saw Ralph Aldrich, 88, in his back yard. Detectives say Chase shot and killed Aldrich with a crossbow and then went inside the home and repeatedly hit 83-year-old June Aldrich with a hatchet.
  • Obama sets sights on rural America to talk jobs

    08/13/2011 8:12:25 AM PDT · by Justaham · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8-13-11 | Ken Thomas
    President Barack Obama is headed to the Midwest after a summer of discontent over a debt showdown with Republicans and the downgrade in the nation's credit rating. Obama's bus tour begins Monday. It's his first as president and will take him to prairie communities in Minnesota and through Iowa and Illinois. There are stops in the farmland and rural towns that launched his first White House bid. Obama won a clean sweep in 2008 of Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. But Obama's standing in these states, like elsewhere, has grown precarious as the economy has slumped.
  • Common Sense Firearms Policing Is Out There. Somewhere(AL)

    07/31/2011 8:24:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 31 July, 2011 | Frank Williams
    My parents live in the middle of ten acres of woods in a small community in central Alabama [not shown]. Since they moved there, houses have sprung up all around them as people who want to “live in the country” have migrated there from nearby cities. A few years back a developer put a “manufactured housing developemnt” (a.k.a., a trailer park) in a field across the road from them. Enter my brother and his collection of firearms . . . For years he’s been target shooting whenever he’s visited the ‘rents. There’s a natural berm on the backside of the...
  • Rural US disappearing? Population share hits low

    07/27/2011 8:23:08 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, July 27, 2011 9:22 PM EDT | Hope Yen
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rural America now accounts for just 16 percent of the nation's population, the lowest ever. The latest 2010 census numbers hint at an emerging America where, by midcentury, city boundaries become indistinct and rural areas grow ever less relevant. Many communities could shrink to virtual ghost towns as they shutter businesses and close down schools, demographers say. More metro areas are booming into sprawling megalopolises. Barring fresh investment that could bring jobs, however, large swaths of the Great Plains and Appalachia, along with parts of Arkansas, Mississippi and north Texas, could face significant population declines. These places...
  • White House Council Takes Aim on Rural America (While Weiner was all the news)

    07/21/2011 3:47:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Right Side News ^ | July 3, 2011 | Henry Lamb
    Where, exactly, does the U.S. Constitution authorize the federal government to create "sustainable communities" in order to: "... expand access to the capital necessary for economic growth, promote innovation, improve access to health care and education, and expand outdoor recreational activities on public lands." Clearly, the Constitution provides no such authority, and the Tenth Amendment prohibits the federal government from engaging in activity not explicitly enumerated and authorized in the Constitution. This fact meant nothing to Bill Clinton, who created the President's Council on Sustainable Development by executive order. Nor does this fact have meaning to Barack Hussein Obama. On...
  • Executive Order - Establishment of the White House Rural Council (#13575)

    07/12/2011 11:23:00 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 47 replies
    The White House ^ | June 9, 2011 | Barack H. Obama
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 09, 2011 Executive Order - Establishment of the White House Rural Council By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America and in order to enhance Federal engagement with rural communities, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. Sixteen percent of the American population lives in rural counties. Strong, sustainable rural communities are essential to winning the future and ensuring American competitiveness in the years ahead. These communities supply our food, fiber, and energy, safeguard...
  • A REALLY neat Web Site...

    06/18/2011 9:51:37 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 8 replies
    6/18/2011 | US Navy Vet
    Ran across this Web Site: http://vintageaerial.com/
  • Agenda 21 and Obama’s Rural Council?

    06/15/2011 2:47:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    CFP ^ | 6/15/11 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    On June 9, 2011, an Executive Order established the White House Rural Council with 25 executive branch departments including Defense, Justice, Homeland Security, National Drug Control, Environmental Quality, Labor, Commerce, Interior, EPA, Housing, Health, Education to name just a few. The order covers 16% of the American population who lives in rural counties because they “supply our food, fiber, and energy, safeguard our natural resources, and are essential in the development of science and innovation.” “Strong, sustainable rural communities are essential in winning the future and ensuring American competitiveness in the years ahead.” What kind of future are we supposed...
  • Tips on Community Gardens, Rural, and Small Towns

    01/19/2011 8:00:42 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 2 replies
    Yahoo/AC ^ | Jan. 18th, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Community gardens are gardens that more than one family plants, weeds and harvests together. They were called Victory or war gardens in the past because they were planted when the country was at war and helped provide AdChoices food for Americans. Rising grocery prices,recalls and health and environmental concerns have brought them back. Does a community garden fit rural and small towns? Like a gardeners glove!
  • American Redneck Society formed to advocate for rural Americans

    12/16/2010 8:36:51 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 24 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 12/16/10 | David Sherfinski
    You might be a redneck if…you create a dues-paying society and a scholarship fund? And that's what a Virginia man did last week, launching the “American Redneck Society.” “I really felt that American Rednecks are an under-served, but large population that could benefit from a formal membership organization structure,” said American Redneck Society Executive Director Rob Clayton.
  • Refugees find the American dream down on the farm

    08/25/2010 8:45:47 PM PDT · by thecodont · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | August 26, 2010 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
    A dingy floral print peels from the walls, and sheets of plastic are taped over some of the windows. But for Harka Rai, the sagging trailer home he bought in rural Oregon is his piece of the American dream. Rai, who is married with a 4-year-old son and another child on the way, was just a boy when new citizenship laws forced his ethnic Nepalese family out of Bhutan. For 18 years, they waited in a refugee camp in Nepal, hoping to return home. "We built a bamboo house," he said. "The dust comes inside. The rain comes inside. And...
  • Roads to Ruin: Towns Rip Up the Pavement(America returning to the stone age?)

    07/20/2010 8:34:11 AM PDT · by mick · 43 replies · 2+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/17/2010 | Lauren Etter
    Paved roads, historical emblems of American achievement, are being torn up across rural America and replaced with gravel or other rough surfaces as counties struggle with tight budgets and dwindling state and federal revenue. State money for local roads was cut in many places amid budget shortfalls.
  • Scotch-Irish Appalachian Vocabulary Quiz No. 2

    04/05/2010 8:33:37 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 32 replies · 934+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | April 5, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Here's the challenge: certain words and phrases characteristic of Appalachian English in eastern Tennessee and elsewhere can be traced back to Scottish English. Some of these are disappearing; others have spread throughout the South; a few seem to be making it into widespread usage. How many do you know? 1. backset; 2. let on; 3. bonny-clabber; 4. palings; 5. redd up; 6. creel; 7. kindling; 8. hull; 9. nicker; 10. whenever. (I knew 5 of the 10, so that makes me 'bout half smart . . .)
  • Backcountry Log Cabins As Drawn By James Wells Champney

    04/04/2010 5:06:16 PM PDT · by jay1949 · 23 replies · 930+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | April 4, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    In 1875, writer Edward King published a travel memoir, "The Great South: A Record of Journeys in Louisiana, Texas, the Indian Territory, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland." The book contained numerous illustrations by James Wells Champney, including drawings of log cabins of Backcountry folk. [Vintage illustrations]
  • Backcountry Folk of the Shenandoah Valley -- The Farm Life

    03/28/2010 9:43:58 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 15 replies · 499+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | March 28, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is above all a land of farms and farmers. Since the firm Pennsylvania Germans crossed the Potomac with horses, oxen, pigs and tools, the fertile lands along the Shenandoah River have beckoned to those who love the country life. Although areas of the Valley have developed and there are cities here and there, a drive along the old roads will provide a multitude of pastoral views. [Vintage pictures]
  • Scotch-Irish Appalachian Vocabulary Quiz

    03/29/2010 5:52:06 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 48 replies · 1,232+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | March 29, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Here's the challenge: certain words and phrases characteristic of Appalachian English in Eastern Tennessee and elsewhere can be traced back to Scottish English imported to this country by Scotch-Irish settlers. Some of these are disappearing; others have spread throughout the South; a few seem to be making it into widespread usage. How many do you know? 1. piece; 2. beal, bealing; 3. mend; 4. airish; 5. chancy; 6. muley; 7. bottom; 8. discomfit; 9. singlings; 10. fireboard . . . .
  • A-huntin' The Sources of Appalachian English

    03/26/2010 7:00:19 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 184 replies · 1,756+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | March 26, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    An order of the Virginia Colonial Council dated May 4, 1725, concerned an allegation that "divers Indians plundered the Quarters of Mr. John Taliaferro near the great mountains [i.e., the Blue Ridge] . . .[and carried off] some of the Guns belonging to and marked with the name of Spottsylvania County . . . ." The Council concluded: "It is ordered that it be referred to Colo. Harrison to make inquiry which of the Nottoway Indians or other Tributaries have been out ahunting about that time . . . ." Now, the Colonial Council was an august body and its...
  • Talking Appalachian English -- and Scotch-Irish

    03/14/2010 10:30:44 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 55 replies · 1,075+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | March 14, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Are yous up for a few more words on the subject of Appalachian English? The words for today being "yous" and "you'ns," along with variant spellings like "youse," "yooz," "you-uns," and "youens," and their Scotch-Irish roots. The traditional speech of the Backcountry is not a "corrupt" dialect, as is often assumed by those from "yonder" and “away,” and its roots can be traced to the places from whence the Backcountry settlers originated. "Yous" or "youse" as the plural form of "you" is of ancient origin and came to America with Scotch-Irish settlers in early colonial times.
  • Troopers: Autopsy shows village teacher likely killed by wolves (Alaska)

    03/11/2010 7:19:47 PM PST · by ASOC · 37 replies · 1,004+ views
    KTUU Channel 2 ^ | 3/11/2010 | Channel 2 News staff
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- An autopsy conducted Thursday shows that wolves likely killed an itinerant teacher in the southwest Alaska village of Chignik Lake, according to the Alaska State Troopers. Village residents found the body of Candice Berner, 32, a short distance from town on Monday. Multiple injuries due to animal mauling caused Berner's death, trooper Col. Audie Holloway said, referencing a report from the state medical examiner's office.
  • Vintage Log Cabins of Kentucky

    02/15/2010 7:51:35 AM PST · by jay1949 · 34 replies · 1,211+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | February 15, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Kentucky lays claim to the most famous of log cabins -- the one in which Abraham Lincoln was born. In the early days of Kentucky, log cabins were abundant throughout the state, and a few of these survived to be photographed in the early 20th century. Also in this collection of vintage images -- two log cabins under construction in 1940 in East Kentucky, where the old ways die hard.
  • Log Cabins and Buildings of the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains

    03/02/2010 11:51:25 AM PST · by jay1949 · 33 replies · 837+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | March 2, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Tennesseans are proud of their frontier heritage and have preserved quite a few vintage log cabins and farm buildings. After the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established in the 1930s, mountain communities were displaced but some of their habitations were preserved. This article presents an archive of monochrome photographs which documented these historic structures.
  • Backcountry Folk of the Virginia Blue Ridge

    02/19/2010 5:28:18 AM PST · by jay1949 · 29 replies · 815+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | February 19, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    The Shenandoah National Park displaced some 450 families from the northern reach of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. The Park meant the end of a generations-old way of life for the mountain folk, many of whom didn't want to leave. [numerous vintage photographs]
  • Backcountry Folk of the Kentucky Mountains

    02/28/2010 1:55:49 PM PST · by jay1949 · 25 replies · 1,269+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | February 28, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Life in the mountains of East Kentucky has been demanding since the early days of European settlement. In the many isolated valleys and hollows, it is a hardscrabble life, even today, yet many of the mountain folk wouldn't trade that life for the city, even when they could -- isolation and self-sufficiency being primary reasons why the first settlers came here to put down roots.
  • Backcountry Folk of the Tennessee Mountains

    02/09/2010 5:39:32 AM PST · by jay1949 · 89 replies · 1,480+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | February 9, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Two major Federal projects, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Tennessee Valley Authority, brought the outside world irrevocably into the Tennessee high country, displacing whole communities from ancient abodes and altering forever the way of life that had endured from the Colonial period. Among the archives from that time are a scattering of photographs which recall an independent, hardy, resourceful, and industrious people, worthy descendants of the Backcountry settlers of long ago. [Many vintage photographs.]
  • Looks Matter More in a City

    01/08/2010 11:15:12 AM PST · by Ellendra · 2 replies · 406+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | 1-8-10 | Melissa Mahony
    For women, looks may matter more if they live in the city than in rural areas, a new study finds. The results, which are based on body shape rather than overall beauty, showed that in cities the most attractive gals had higher social and psychological well-being. That same link wasn't found for country residents. The researchers suggest with higher population densities, cities offer more potential friends and sexual partners, allowing city folks to be choosier and so theoretically able to select the cream of the crop to associate with. Though the study is based on women, the researchers suspect similar...