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The Quaker Rebellion and the Promises of Politicians

The northern region of the Carolina Province is chock-full of Quakers, and travel is tedious compared to the southern region of Carolina where there is easy access to deep-water ports. Because of this difficult access to the north, Colonel Thomas Cary was appointed a few years ago to run it as a separate entity. (North and South Carolina were formed shortly thereafter.) Cary was a big Anglican Church supporter so he imposed a tax to build up the Anglican Church. Naturally, the Quakers objected strongly, so he was removed from office... but Cary refused to leave! Instead, he switched sides and became a big QUAKER SUPPORTER! Thus, Cary's Rebellion began. Now, the official Governor of North Carolina shows up but then flees to Virginia to escape the rebellion. He calls for a man named Hyde to put down Cary's Rebellion, but before Hyde receives his official appointment with all the signatures and seals, the Governor of North Carolina... dies. (Whoa, Nelly!) Hyde tries to wrest control from Cary anyway. A sudden uptick in German immigration upsets the balance of power in favor of Hyde and the Anglicans, not because German farmers love Anglicans but because they see Hyde as the establishment. However, the newcomers are deep in debt, so Cary offers to help them out... and so it goes. By next year the Royal Marines will oust Cary. Shots will be fired but not by Quakers. [1] [2] [3] [4]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
I am reminded of so many craven political flip-flops that it is almost too easy to write this segment. There was Senator John Kerry's famous flip-flop when he said he voted FOR the war appropriations bill before he voted AGAINST it. It sounded so bad that he would have done better simply taking the hit and moving on. And Governor Mitt Romney was Pro-Choice before he was Pro-Life. He actually stood his ground on that flip-flop. He flopped. And, I didn't like seeing Governor Chris Christie walking down the beach with President Obama after Super Storm Sandy. Even though it was his job to do the best he could for New Jersey, it just seemed... wrong. And don't get me started on Hillary. She was a "Goldwater Girl" in 1964. President Ronald Reagan was a Democrat before he was a Republican, but he had such a long history of making Republican-like statements that one story tells of a lady heckler who asked him why he didn't just sign up to become a Republican. When Reagan came up with the lame excuse that he didn't have the proper form to switch parties, the lady produced the form and he filled it out immediately. Frankly, I've been so disappointed in the past, I no longer trust ANY politician. Now, I assume they are all liars and it goes downhill from there. [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]

Hoofing It at the Ascot Races

Oh Heavens to My Fair Lady! Queen Anne of England authorizes horse racing at Ascot! They make it quite a festive occasion. Ladies and gents arrive in carriages on Royal Ascot day and even in the modern day they make quite a show of it. Queen Elizabeth the 2nd will show up. [10] [11]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
There is a famous scene in the movie "My Fair Lady" where Eliza the street urchin is dressed up like a lady and is taken to this special Ascot Race. She has been trained to be prim and proper and "to speak like a lady," but a fellow hands her a ticket to help her enjoy the horse racing (and the betting). As the horses round the curve her horse, Dover, has fallen behind. She mutters, "Come on. Come on, Dover." And then a little louder, "Come on. Come on, Dover." And as the horses run past, she shouts, "Come on, Dover! Move your bloomin' arse!" Everyone is shocked. One woman faints dead away. It is probably the funniest scene in the movie. [12]

Firsts in the Arts

* The clarinet is added to the orchestra. [13]
* The tuning fork is invented. [14]
* The London Academy of Arts is founded. [15]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1711, Wikipedia.

See Also


  1. Cary's Rebellion - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 15 January 2016. “The rebellion was part of a long-standing tension between the religious and political groups in North Carolina, generally divided between the Quaker party, of which Cary was a part, and the Church of England party, to which Hyde belonged.”
  2. Dill, Alonzo Thomas Jr. (July 1945). "Eighteenth Century New Bern: A History Of The Town And Craven County, 1700-1800: Part III: Rebellion And Indian Warfare". The North Carolina Historical Review (North Carolina Office of Archives and History) 22 (3): 293-319. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23515140. Retrieved January 18, 2016. "Unfortunately, the governor of Carolina, under whom Hyde was to be the deputy administering the northern province, died before Hyde's arrival from England, so Hyde had no commission from him, although he did have private letters confirming his appointment. These the Cary party refused to recognize.". 
  3. Nelly - definition of nelly (2016). Retrieved on 18 January 2016. “'not on your nelly' slang, Brit, not under any circumstances; certainly not”
  4. Alex Shrugged notes: I am conflating a number of events that occurred over a couple of years. Thus I portray Cary's rebellion as a quickly evolving, clown car, catastrophe, but this catastrophe took time.
  5. Kerry discusses $87 billion comment. CNN (September 30, 2004). Retrieved on 18 January 2016. “Kerry made the comment during a March 16 appearance at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, in response to a question about his vote against an $87 billion supplemental appropriation for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. As he tried to explain that he had voted for an earlier version of the bill before opposing final passage, Kerry said, 'I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.'”
  6. Ronald Reagan. about.com (December 16, 2014). Retrieved on 18 January 2016. “After actively supporting Nixon's campaign for president in 1960, Reagan switched political parties and officially became a Republican in 1962.”
  7. Hillary Clinton - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 18 January 2016. “She then volunteered to campaign for Republican candidate Barry Goldwater in the U.S. presidential election of 1964.”
  8. Washington Post Editors (September 21, 2007). Fact Checker - Romney and Abortion. voices.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved on 18 January 2016. “Mitt Romney has publicly acknowledged changing his views on abortion, from what was an 'effectively pro-choice' position to a 'firmly pro-life' stand.”
  9. Alex Shrugged notes: I remember Ronald Reagan telling this story of the woman heckler who turned out to be carrying the forms to change political parties. I hope I got it right. I tried looking it up but could not find it. It might be apocryphal... a nice way of saying... a lie.
  10. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. Simon and Schuster, 326-327. “Queen Anne establishes Ascot races” 
  11. Ascot Racecourse - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 15 January 2016. “The Royal Ascot is the centrepiece of Ascot's year and dates back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen Anne. Every year Royal Ascot is attended by Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal Family such as The Prince of Wales, arriving each day in a horse-drawn carriage with the Royal procession taking place at the start of each race day and the raising of the Queen's Royal Standard. It is a major event in the British social calendar, and press coverage of the attendees and what they are wearing often exceeds coverage of the actual racing. There are three enclosures attended by guests on Royal Ascot week.”
  12. Come on, Dover! Move your bloomin' arse! (24 seconds). My Fair Lady (YouTube Clip) (2016). Retrieved on 18 January 2016.
  13. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. Simon and Schuster, 326-327. “Clarinet for first time in an orchestra (in J. A. Hasse's opera “Croesus”)” 
  14. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. Simon and Schuster, 326-327. “Eng. trumpeter John Shore (1662-1752) said to have invented tuning fork” 
  15. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. Simon and Schuster, 326-327. “London Academy of Arts established under Geoffrey Kneller” 

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