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WARNING: THIS SITE FEATURES ORIGINAL THINKING...Jim Croce once sang Don't tug on Superman's cape..., which seems like reasonable advice should we not wish to anger the supreme powers. We do have this duality in our culture: the Superman that is the state collective, the leftist call to a politics of meaning managed by the state, the deification of "we're from the government and we'll take care of you" - versus the Superman that celebrates individual freedom, private property, freedom of conscience, free enterprise, and limited government. We humbly take on the latter's mantle and, eschewing the feeble tug, we dare to PULL, in hope of seeing freedom's rescue from the encroaching nanny state. We invite you, dear reader, to come and pull as well... Additionally, if you assume that means that we are unflinching, unquestioning GOP zombies, that would be incorrect. We reject statism in any form and call on individuals in our country to return to the original, classical liberalism of our founders. (We're also passionate about art, photography, cooking, technology, Judeo/Christian values, and satire as unique, individual pursuits of happiness to celebrate.)

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It's in the genes...
Filed in: Current Affairs, The Armadillo Conceptual Series

No, this isn't that Friday post that I normally do to blatantly shadow Jeff's little guy. This is about some real, honest to goodness Armadillo research turned in by my intrepid father, who, for some reason, all of his own volition, recently toured the country to come up with some obscure 'Dillo lore.

Mrwpletchworth In the Genesee valley in Western New York, there is a state park bequeathed to New York State by William Pryor Letchworth, a notable businessman and philanthropist who acquired the lands around 'Glen Iris' and preserved them for posterity. It is appropriately named: Letchworth State Park. This remarkable man had the foresight to preserve some of the most beautiful natural wilderness in the country for the enjoyment of future generations.

This is a fascinating place for historical Americana - from early construction and engineering, to natural artifacts, to Native American history - there are enough fascinating stories associated with this park and this region that one could stay very busy for a long time just doing their telling.

One of the most fascinating parts of the park is the museum - the William Pryor Letchworth Museum. Pikemastadon Which brings me to the telling of this particular tale. There are a great number of artifacts of all kinds, along with art and other memorabilia in this decades long snapshot of 19th century American history. And just beyond and around the corner from the Pike Mastodon (left) is one of the best preserved examples of early American metallurgy as art. It also just so happens that this particular piece provides in itself a most incredible record of a beloved species from our earliest history...


This sewing basket - that's what the museum calls it - was made sometime in the mid-1800's. It is made from several pieces of worked metal welded together. Metal working tools were used to flawlessly produce a beautiful rendition of the shell, tail, and head. It is clearly a masterpiece. My father asked the curator for a picture - they subsequently photographed this fellow, scanned the photograph and shipped it off to my father, who in turn sent it my way saying "thought you'd be interested."

My friends, I assert to you that everything I have written to this point is the absolute truth (well - except the part about my father traveling around just collecting Armadillo lore - he was in New York on other than exclusively Armadillo business.)

Thing is, Jeff and all the PW folks, like me, will instantly recognize that this is no sewing basket. No, no, this is nothing other than a beloved record of the famous spinning that we've all come to covet every Friday.

I showed the picture to Jeff's little guy - and he wept. (I don't really know if that was because of the picture or the line drive.) He was clearly moved. For all of us, there comes some point of epiphany when we realize that something that we do, some way that we are, is rooted in our very nature - that it is passed like a life torch from those that came before us. That's the way the little guy felt today.

There is a place, in the Genesee Valley in upstate New York, near the Glen Iris Estate, not far from the grave of Mary Jemison (Dehgewanus), and near the beautiful middle falls near Portage where there is an eternal commemoration of the Dance of the Armadillo. Among our forefathers are those that loved the dance so much that they commissioned this work so that - like the museum and the park that surrounds it - everyone would know how treasured these little friends are and that spinning like a dradle is an ancient dance that works its blessings from generation to generation.



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