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  • A few minutes of Peace & Beauty

    02/04/2012 11:28:10 AM PST · by BwanaNdege · 8 replies
    In the midst of a Saturday rife with calamities, Obama outrages, MSM malfeasance & primary political posturing, perhaps you would appreciate a few minutes of Peace & Beauty. Sissel singing "Shenandoah". Enjoy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__8ctUsx5DQ
  • Oh Shenandoah

    11/07/2010 9:39:43 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 29 replies
    "Oh Shenandoah" (also called simply "Shenandoah", or "Across the Wide Missouri") is a traditional American folk song of uncertain origin, dating at least to the early 19th century. The Robert Shaw Chorale - Shenandoah
  • Shenandoah-area men convicted of hate crime (illegal immigrant/Fair Housing Act)

    10/16/2010 6:06:23 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 26 replies · 1+ views
    News Item (Shamokin PA) ^ | 10/15/2010 | Peter Bortner
    SCRANTON - Brandon J. Piekarsky will spend his 19th birthday behind federal prison bars after a jury on Thursday convicted him and his friend, Derrick M. Donchak, of a hate crime for participating in the fatal beating of an illegal Mexican immigrant in Shenandoah. In a case that has attracted international attention, the all-white jury of six men and six women found Piekarsky, 18, of Shenandoah Heights, and Donchak, 20, of Shenandoah, guilty of violating the federal Fair Housing Act by assaulting Luis Eduardo Ramirez Zavala. Donchak and his parents sobbed, and Piekarsky grimaced, as federal marshals handcuffed the pair...
  • Views of the Old Shenandoah Valley

    04/11/2010 8:57:03 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 17 replies · 766+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | April 11, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    The Shenandoah Valley -- an expanse of rolling countryside located between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Allegheny Front -- absorbs the new slowly. The people and places in this article were photographed during the first part of the 20th century, up to 1941, at which time automobiles had begun to replace horse-drawn buggies (but not quite), mail was delivered at a log post office, fields were still plowed with draft-horse power, and a steam engine powered a portable sawmill.
  • Vintage Views of Natural Bridge

    04/10/2010 6:01:52 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 25 replies · 1,082+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | April 10, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    As isolated as the Virginia Backcountry was from the coastal colonies, travelers were eager to tour and enjoy the wild country. Among the early tourists was Thomas Jefferson, who trekked across Rockfish Gap in August of 1767 and found himself entranced by the Natural Bridge. [Eight 19th-century paintings and engravings of Natural Bridge]
  • 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 Settlement of the Shenandoah Valley

    03/20/2010 8:00:24 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 43 replies · 700+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | MArch 20, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    "These [Scotch Irish settlers] were the right sort of people to found a commonwealth that should stand the wear and tear of a hundred ages." – Henry Ruffner, President of Washington College (1836-1848). Ruffner's "Early History of Washington College" recounts the settling and development of the Valley of Virginia. An excerpt from "Early History" was printed in Henry Howe, "Historical Collections of Virginia" (1852), which fortunately is more available than the original. Reproduced here are Howe's introduction and the engaging Ruffner excerpt.
  • The Day the Dollar Died Series - Chapter XVI: Where Shopping is a Pleasure

    02/10/2010 1:33:34 PM PST · by dynachrome · 7 replies · 723+ views
    johngaltfla.com ^ | 2-10-10 | "John Galt"
    “Our neighbors spoke with someone down the street who’s husband was taken away. She was allowed to visit him yesterday after two days with no visitors. Apparently this guy was active in the Tea Party movement and some of those right wing websites like Beck’s and Free Republic so they seized his computer, all of his guns, his two German Shepherds and his Jeep Cherokee."
  • Beating death, alleged cover-up strain insular community (small coal town in PA)

    12/20/2009 7:58:18 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 9 replies · 646+ views
    Citizens Voice (Wilkes Barre PA) ^ | 12/20/2009 | Laura Legere
    From the steep heights above Shenandoah, the limits of this square-mile coal-boom settlement are defined by culm banks on one side of the valley floor and the Mrs. T's pierogi factory on the other. Thomas O'Neill, the town's former mayor, stood on his daughter's back deck on Wednesday and pointed out the landmarks: the golden dome of the nation's oldest Ukrainian Greek Catholic church, the smoking cogeneration plant on the far hill that makes electricity by burning the coal waste of the town's mining past, and a low point in the valley - the park where an undocumented Mexican immigrant...
  • Wrong side of the law: Inside the alleged police cover-up (beating death of illegal immigrant)

    12/17/2009 3:26:03 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 24 replies · 781+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 12/17/09 | Joe McDonald
    Minutes after the last kick and punch were thrown in a fatal beating in a public park in Shenandoah on a summer night in 2008, the cover-up began, federal prosecutors say. Instead of investigating the vicious beating of Luis Ramirez, police officers of the small borough helped the young men conceal evidence and concoct a less-damaging version of what happened that night, advising the young football players that they "needed to get their stories straight" because the man they had just beaten might die, according to an indictment. The Mexican immigrant's last conscious moments were spent hearing "Go back to...
  • Police accused of cover-up in immigrant attack ("Hate crime")

    12/15/2009 7:49:08 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 6 replies · 685+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 12/15/09 | MICHAEL RUBINKAM and KATHY MATHESON (Associated Press)
    The Shenandoah police chief and two officers under his command are charged with orchestrating a cover-up in the fatal beating of a Mexican immigrant by altering evidence or lying to the FBI in a hate crimes case against two popular football players. The former Shenandoah High School athletes, 19-year-old Derrick Donchak and 18-year-old Brandon Piekarsky, have now been charged with a federal hate crime, accused of beating Luis Ramirez in a park on a night in July 2008 as they headed home from a party, the Justice Department said Tuesday in Washington. State prosecutors who tried unsuccessfully to win ethnic...
  • MaryJane & the Free Market

    11/13/2009 9:29:48 AM PST · by bs9021 · 219+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 12, 2009 | Malcolm A. Kline
    MaryJane & the Free Market Malcolm A. Kline, November 12, 2009 The author of a new study on marijuana use could have used an economics lecture from the late Christopher T. Warden, a journalism professor at Troy University. Maybe we’ll send them the textbook Professor Warden wrote which Accuracy in Academia is publishing, entitled, Voodoo Anyone? How to understand economics without really trying. High prices, Professor Warden pointed out, discourage demand, as do negative consequences. Thus, Professor Warden noted in his chapter on crime, economic principles have an impact on criminal activity. “Certainly, some criminologists and economists analyze the issue...
  • Motoring Down The Great Wagon Road

    09/02/2009 6:45:40 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 5 replies · 404+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | September 2, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    While the exact route of the Great Wagon Road has not been preserved, as such, we know that in Virginia and West Virginia, from the Potomac to the Roanoke Valley, it is either under or parallel to Route U.S. 11. Because the highway has been regraded, straightened, widened, and sometimes relocated and sometimes expanded to three and four lanes, it is often hard to know whether you are on, or simply driving parallel to, the Great Wagon Road. Except . . . there are places where you can be relatively certain that you are on the old road. [Pictures]
  • Teens cleared in killing (llegal immigrant beating death)

    05/02/2009 9:14:25 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 11 replies · 1,044+ views
    Citizen's Voice (Wilkes Barre PA) ^ | 5/2/2009 | Peter Bortner
    POTTSVILLE — Two Shenandoah teenagers were acquitted late Friday night of killing illegal Mexican immigrant Luis Ramirez Zavala. Brandon J. Piekarsky, 17, of Shenandoah Heights, and Derrick M. Donchak, 19, of Shenandoah, were convicted of simple assault. The Schuylkill County jury also convicted Donchak on three counts of corruption of minors and three counts of furnishing alcohol to minors. The defendants hugged each other after the verdicts were read, and friends and family members clapped. Jurors deliberated for nearly eight hours before reaching their verdict around 10:45 p.m., Friday. The all-white jury of six men and six women began deliberating...
  • Geology Pictures of the Week, December 10-16, 2006: Harpers Ferry

    12/13/2006 9:40:45 AM PST · by cogitator · 11 replies · 299+ views
    Various | Various
    For no particular reason, I decided today I'd try to find picture of the remarkable Harpers Ferry, only a short drive from where I live. Harpers Ferry is a striking gap in the mountains where the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers merge. You can also see it from space with Google maps and from high-altitude aerial on MapQuest. The Google image is slightly better. Of course, Harpers Ferry is a very significant historical site for the Civil War era, too. From the ground, it provides some nice views. I've provided a small variety here. This one is a somewhat artistic photo:...
  • Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J. (Survivor of the Siberian gulag)

    08/11/2006 7:36:07 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 2,203+ views
    CERC ^ | June 2006 | Fr. GEORGE W. RUTLER
    Walter Ciszek (1904-1984) Before there was an Armistice Day, Walter Ciszek was born on November 11, 1904, and lived through a crucified century. Death came gracefully in 1984 on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. In boyhood he was a bully in a gang on the gritty streets of Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, and Ciszek’s Polish immigrant father dragged him to the police station, hoping to put him into a reform school. Everyone thought he was joking when the eighth grader announced that he would enter the Polish minor seminary. The seminarian swam in an icy lake and rose before dawn...
  • Westwood One Launches 'The Monica Crowley Show' (debuts Sat April 1st at Noon ET)

    03/28/2006 4:58:35 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 12 replies · 2,886+ views
    Westwood One Press Release ^ | Monday March 20th, 2006 | Peter Sessa
    WESTWOOD ONE LAUNCHES THE MONICA CROWLEY SHOW --New Program to Air Saturdays, Noon - 3 p.m. ET-- Beginning Saturday, April 1, 2006 New York, NY Monday, Mar 20, 2006 - Westwood One (NYSE: WON) is proud to announce the national launch of The Monica Crowley Show, the three-hour talk program hosted by author and news personality Monica Crowley. The show begins Saturday, April 1, 2006, and will air from noon to 3 p.m. ET. The Monica Crowley Show will debut on major market stations across the country including: WABC-AM New York, WTKK-FM Boston and WTNT-AM Washington DC. The show will...
  • Vatican to begin review of Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J. of Pennsylvania for sainthood

    03/12/2006 10:33:05 PM PST · by Coleus · 15 replies · 1,840+ views
    Standard~Speaker ^ | 03.12.06 | L.A. TARONE
    The Diocese of Allentown is asking the Vatican to canonize a Shenandoah priest who survived more than two decades of imprisonment in the Soviet Union. The diocese sent three crates of materials concerning the Rev. Walter Ciszek’s life to Rome two weeks ago. The crates included six cardboard boxes that contained things such as sworn testimony from 45 witnesses and thousands of typed pages of his writings and meditations. The documents reportedly took 16 years to compile. The Vatican is slated to review them beginning Tuesday. “They arrived last week,” Sister Albertine of the Father Walter Ciszek Prayer League in...
  • In Quest for a State Song, Va. Looks West 'Shenandoah' May Get the Nod, at Least for Now

    01/26/2006 3:43:17 AM PST · by aculeus · 55 replies · 779+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 26, 2006 | By Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post Staff Writer
    RICHMOND, Jan. 25 -- It may not actually mention Virginia or even be about Virginia, but "Shenandoah" may soon become the commonwealth's official state song. A Senate panel has voted to designate the melodious folk tune as the state's "interim official state song" -- temporary, that is, in case something better comes along. The commonwealth has gone without a theme since 1997, when lawmakers retired "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia" because its lyrics were deemed offensive to black citizens. Lawmakers labeled the anthem, with its references to "darkies" and "massas," the state's "emeritus song" and appointed a 12-member committee...
  • This Day In History | Civil War July 24, 1864 Second Battle of Kernstown, Virginia

    07/24/2005 4:10:53 AM PDT · by mainepatsfan · 25 replies · 447+ views
    historychannel.com ^ | 7/24/05 | historychannel.com
    This Day In History | Civil War July 24 1864 Battle of Kernstown, Virginia Confederate General Jubal Early defeats Union troops under General George Crook to keep the Shenandoah Valley clear of Yankees. On June 13, 1864, General Robert E. Lee sent Early north from Petersburg to clear the Shenandoah of Union troops and relieve pressure on his own beleaguered force. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia had been pinned in Petersburg after a bloody six-week campaign with General Ulysses S. Grant's Army of the Potomac. The campaign mimicked that of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's in 1862, when the Confederates...
  • Pirates in the Confederacy: How a rebel ship changed history

    07/04/2005 8:48:40 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 16 replies · 1,884+ views
    Seattle times ^ | July 4, 2005 | Diane Albert
    >>>Book Review<<<<Recent headlines have proved a vindication of sorts for frustrated historians who cringe at the question, "Why should I care about something that happened ages ago?" Suddenly, "Deep Throat" is on the nation's lips almost as breathlessly as it was 35 years ago. So why should we care about "The Last Shot," Lynn Schooler's entry into the Civil War canon? "It is incompatible with virtue that the South should ever be reconciled to the North," said Capt. James Waddell, skipper of the Confederate vessel that would fire the last shot of the Civil War. Substitute "red state" or "blue...
  • Turkey Shoot: White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

    04/30/2003 2:53:11 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies · 603+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 4/30/2003 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    Washington -- Last Saturday, after awakening at 5:00 a.m. in Virginia's Shenandoah Mountains to hunt wild turkey, I showered and dressed in black tie for one of my favorite Washington evenings, the White House Correspondents' Association dinner. If I did not see any turkeys during the matutinal hunt, I was guaranteed to see them in abundance during the vespertine melee that this distinguished gathering has become. In all of New York there is nothing quite like it, though you can find an approximation of it on the Virginia countryside. I have in mind the county fair, at least the county...