Foxfire

I touch on these every now and again because they’re cool. I’m talking about the Foxfire Books.

My great uncle (I would love to know his name if anyone has the family history) was apparently the last or one of the last coal engineers in pennsylvania. One of these years I mean to take my kid to Strasburg for the rail tour and pick their brains to find out who he is and what sort of strange cancers I can expect to get. But anyway, the family has been living and working in Pennsylvania for the last few generations and while not all of us are rail engineers or police, we at least can say we contributed something to the landscape.

I will link to the first three books, the remainder of the text is available online or sold online. The introduction is long but the relevant part follows:

Many older people in this area, for example, still plant today by the signs of the zodiac and the stages of the moon. I had heard them mention it, but I didn’t know what it meant. Rather than interrupt a con- versation to find out, I figured I’d get my students to tell me. They’d probably know since it was mostly their parents and grand- parents who were doing it. But my kids didn’t really know what it was either, and soon they were as curious as I was. Why not find out and turn the information into an article?So they went home and talked—really talked—to their own rela- tives, some of them for the first time. From those conversations came superstitions, old home remedies, weather signs, a story about a hog hunt, a taped interview with the retired sheriff about the time the local bank was robbed—and directions for planting by the signs.

In short, it is appalachian history and makes for a wonderful read. Please enjoy the first, second, third, fouth and fifth issue. Another fun book in the same vein but less folky is the American Boys Book of Camp Lore and Woodcraft.

The War On Oblivion

The Occidental Quarterly has an excellent article they call The War On Oblivion. We should remember as a culture that we’ve traded “father knows best” for Homer Simpson. In a lot of ways it’s true – as men there’s certainly examples of abuses by our hands at the expense of society.

As a new dad the lightbulb went on awhile ago when my father jokingly said “Well you’re doing good to save the race”. Take it how you will (the Knarrs are paragons of entendre) but it’s true. If you’re looking to save decency, then decency has to begin at home. You can’t possibly say to another man that this is sacred and profane without yourself reserving such things.

As I get older I get more and more fed up with pop culture. Gone is Leave it to Beaver and Bill Cosbys Pound Cake, we as dads and people of decent society put on the Simpsons and Dora The Explorer. Objections to Bill Cosby invoking the Nation of Islam include the fact that he never did solve crime in the streets – all they did was redirect it into the Black Panthers – but the point is they did something. They were obviously decent enough parents to make it work, be it Chistianity, Atheistm, Agnosticism, Islam, whatever. But back to our present, morally bankrupt culture, fatherhood used to be something to look forward to and a personal test. Now it’s dad goes to work, fucks off at his job all day, and provides no moral support for his family. I realize I’m making an argument against feminism here, but I don’t see why dad has to be a goon while mom holds up the family. On a more positive note, I feel Dora the Explorer has the right idea. Dad coaches baseball, mom tends to the home (and apparently works in an office). If you’re saying “That sounds like a traditional, really boring whitebread family”, you’re correct. Dora was originally white. Which brings me to part two of my rant, Hispanics never had a family problem and frankly supporting your inlaws was a good thing. If they wanted to make a political statement with it, they wouldn’t have a negro who was a monkey and an overtly jewish fox, complete with yamulka. But they chose to racialise the program, which is completely and totally strange, so now we’re left with Dora The Explorer And Racial Stereotype Friends. Again, Bill Cosby is rolling around in his grave – except he’s not dead yet.

I have no idea what her backpack is, it migth be an eskimo.

But back to the article, I think it puts forward a really interesting point:

The problem is simply that the means [to promote marriage and family] have been removed. I don’t think it will take any pressure or convincing to get men to have children, and to love their children and wives. In fact, pressuring them will inevitably backfire, because our culture apparently has a sadistic tendency to apply only coercive, punitive measures when it comes to men. This only creates more female entitlement, which, as previously mentioned, is one of the biggest problems we have today. Hatred of its men is probably the most critical flaw in Anglo civilization, and if that can’t be changed will probably be its downfall.

And that really sums it up. Next time you’re watching TV, count how many “American Dads” are on there as the strong role model for the family. Then count how many shows don’t show a father figure, or for that matter have one who isn’t worth his salt morally or ethically. Then think about Bill Cosby, and have a poundcake.

EDIT: I would like to add that I very much prefer Handy Manny for my bilingual TV shows. Not only is he a positive male role model, but the program also has moral messages against hubris, promoting respect and family. Aside of the porn, I see nothing to object to in Handy Manny.