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Carry On My Wayward Son

Once i rose above the noise and confusion
Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion
I was soaring ever higher
But i flew too high
Though my eyes could see i still was a blind man
Though my mind could think i still was a mad man
I hear the voices when i’m dreaming
I can hear them say
Carry on my wayward son
There’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry no more

Techno-Toasted by Jeff Carlson_82 on Flickr.

Just west of the Argentine Diesel Shop, there’s usually a few units that have found their way to the dead line, and such is the sad case of the BNSF 876. After a good GE-style engine fire, it found its way over here and given the fact that most all of these are in storage now, I’d be shocked to see this one ever back in service for the BNSF.

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States Spend Hundreds Of Thousands On Welfare Drug Testing, Turn Up Barely Anything

As state legislatures convene across the country, proposals keep cropping up to drug test applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, or welfare. Bills have been introduced so far in Montana, Texas, and West Virginia, with a handful of others also considering such a move. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has gone further, proposing to drug test applicants for food stamps and unemployment benefits. They follow recent bills put into action in Maine, Michigan, and Mississippi.

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Simply put: A winter mess across much of the region today. Dealing with snow and some ice — this system moves out and another one moves in tomorrow. Should have some form of rain/snow/storms in the region each day through at least Tuesday. Still very much winter despite the fact we’re about to enter meteorological Spring on March 1!

Back to BN! by Jeff Carlson_82 on Flickr.

After a few years of being renumbered into various number series’, these TEBC6’s have finally found their way back home to the BN! These all started off as BN SD9’s before being rebuilt into slugs in the early 90’s, and while they’ve been stored for some time now, the BN fan in me really likes that they’ve “come home,” even if it’s short-lived.

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UPDATE: 

My mom in Kansas took pictures of/with the Impala now own by fans. It was the exact Impala used in “Bloodlines” (S9Ep20) set in Chicago. The fans stayed at my mom’s hotel while there for business (aka Supernatural Documentary). I am so proud of my mom for doing this yet so jealous! Follow proud owner & fan @/StefanyReneT on Twitter! Jensen, Jared & ? signatures on visor. Angel blade signed by Misha!!! 

(please don’t repost or steal pictures. if you want to use ask me please :))

(deleted pics of my mom. figured should keep it just of Impala)

Kansas Governor Signs Away Existing LGBT Workplace Protections

For the past seven and a half years, LGBT state workers in Kansas have been legally protected from workplace discrimination and harassment. But not any more. On February10th, Governor Sam Brownback announced that he was getting rid of these protections by executive order.

This order rescinds the previous executive order made by then-Governor Kathleen Sebelius in August, 2007, which first put these protections in place. As the New York Post reports, “The [2007] order applied to hiring and employment decisions by agencies under the governor’s direct control and required them to create anti-harassment policies as well.” Brownback stated that he was rescinding Sebelius’ order because he believes that such changes should have been made by the state legislature instead.

Doug Bonney, Legal Director of the ACLU of Kansas, told the LA Times that “workplace protections for underprivileged groups have historically first been instituted by executive order and later codified by legislative action.” Of course, a spokeswoman for Governor Brownback explained that he has no intention of proposing such legislation. Further, it’s highly unlikely that Kansas’ majority-Republican legislature would make the initiative to put forward an anti-discrimination bill themselves.

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A proposed bill in Kansas removes the protection of educators against prosecution for sharing so-called “harmful material” in schools. Senate Bill 56 has sparked strong partisanship, and the American Library Association is closely monitoring its progress.

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If the bill becomes law, librarians who work with young adult literature, English teachers who teach “controversial” books, including The Red Badge of Courage, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Huckleberry Finn, and sex educators could be subject to a class B misdemeanor charge and, if convicted, serve up to six months in jail.

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John Brown American Abolitionist Who Believed Armed Insurrection Was The Only Way To Overthrow The Institution Of Slavery In The United States

Americans might ask how they should remember John Brown. Was he a bloodthirsty zealot, a vigilante, a terrorist, or a madman? Or was he one of the great heroes of American history? a freedom fighter and martyr to the cause of human liberty?

Although initially shocked by Brown’s exploits, many Northerners began to speak favorably of the militant abolitionist. “He did not recognize unjust human laws, but resisted them as he was bid… .,” said Henry David Thoreau in an address to the citizens of Concord, Massachusetts. “No man in America has ever stood up so persistently and effectively for the dignity of human nature… .” John Brown was in the evolution of the United States “The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights.”

John Brown was a man of action — a man who would not be deterred from his mission of abolishing slavery. On October 16, 1859, he led 21 men on a raid of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. His plan to arm slaves with the weapons he and his men seized from the arsenal was thwarted, however, by local farmers, militiamen, and Marines led by Robert E. Lee. Within 36 hours of the attack, most of Brown’s men had been killed or captured. Despite his contributions to the antislavery cause, Brown did not emerge as a figure of major significance until 1855 after he followed five of his sons to the Kansas territory. There, he became the leader of antislavery guerillas and fought a pro-slavery attack against the antislavery town of Lawrence. The following year, in retribution for another attack, Brown went to a pro-slavery town and brutally killed five of its settlers. Brown and his sons would continue to fight in the territory and in Missouri for the rest of the year. Brown returned to the east and began to think more seriously about his plan for a war in Virginia against slavery. He sought money to fund an “army” he would lead. On October 16, 1859, he set his plan to action when he and 21 other men — 5 blacks and 16 whites — raided the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry.

Brown was wounded and quickly captured, and moved to Charlestown, Virginia, where he was tried and convicted of treason. 

Before hearing his sentence, Brown was allowed make an address to the court.
… I believe to have interfered as I have done, … in behalf of His despised poor, was not wrong, but right. Now, if it be deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children, and with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I submit: so let it be done.”

John Brown was hanged on December 2, 1859.

BROWN AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF HISTORY

Nearly a century and a half after his execution, John Brown remains one of the most fiercely debated and enigmatic figures in American history. 

  • Brown’s earliest biographers—especially James Redpath, Franklin Sanborn, and Oswald Garrison Villard—were hero-worshippers who considered Brown a warrior-saint whose assaults on slavery represented the first crucial steps toward emancipation. 
  • During the 1930s and early 1940s, a more critical view arose. At a time when revisionists regarded the Civil War as a needless conflict fomented by fanatics and blundering politicians, many scholars followed the lead of James C. Malin, who argued that Brown was little more than an indiscriminate murderer, swindler, and petty horse thief, who had little genuine interest in anti-slavery or in the rights of African Americans.
  •  Following World War II, many leading historians dismissed Brown as clinically delusional—Bruce Catton called him “unbalanced to the verge of outright madness”—and denounced his attack on Harpers Ferry as an act of treason. 
  • A notable dissenter was the Marxist historian Herbert Aptheker, who argued that Brown’s rage against slavery grew out of his fury over market capitalism, which had reduced his family to poverty.
  •  In the 1960s a new generation of scholars viewed Brown as an uncompromising idealist, a principled agitator, and a genuine revolutionary who envisioned an America free of racial prejudice. Credit to Steven Mintz-

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p1550.html

http://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/failure-compromise/essays/john-brown-villain-or-hero