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My son and his friend

I introduced them both to the Firefly universe by Joss Whedon in the winter of 2005 when theaters released the movie Serenity–the spin off of the Firefly series.

 

Dylan Lohrstorfer is an expert musician both in practice and theory. He has been practicing and studying music theory since his nascent days. Dylan has composed many pieces for the past ten years since his teenage days. He also performs regularly in the Austin, Texas area. My son, Charlie, is an amateur musician who enjoys dabbling in music and composing small pieces here and there.

 

They definitely need some work on, but I was informed this was a practice video they shared with me merely because they knew I am aficionado of Firefly.

 

 

Thoughts on the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire

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Quite randomly, my son and his best friend Dylan Lohrstorfer asked me late this afternoon:
Question 1: What do you think about the Conquest of Mexico by the Conquistadores?
Answer 1: (I responded extemporaneously, without thinking…)

Question 1:

Mexico was not really conquered by Hernan Cortez and Pedro de Alvarado with Bernal Diaz del Castillo at all.  After they had spent a few months in Mexico City the first time, as honored guests of the Huey Tlatoani Moteuczoma (aka “Montezuma Xocoyotzin” = Montezuma the Younger, the elder being “Montezuma Ilhuicamina” “Archer to the Sky”) who received them as “Divine Guests” either being or Representing Quetzalcoatl, the “Conquistadors” were summarily “uninvited” and expelled on pain of certain death during what was called the “Sad Night” (“Noche Triste”).

Alvarado was among the last to escape, having been caught in bed with an Aztec princess or so the story goes, and not really wanting to leave…. so the Aztec royal guard blocked the bridges across the canal over which he had to escape and Alvarado famously leapt about 10 meters (30 feet) which should have been impossible….the site of Alvarado’s leap was marked by a tree which has survived these five hundred years (or been replaced in the same spot by a similar tree, I’m not sure), which is call the “Tree of the Sad Night” or “El Arbol de la Noche Triste.”

You have to learn (and remember) that Mexico City, when it was Aztec Tenochtitlan Mexico, was a large city of canals and artificial islands reclaimed from a Swamp much like Venice, with much less land than water overall.  The Aztec who saw it said it was bigger than any city in Europe, larger than any known to Europeans except some of the cities of China.   But the Spanish did not all get out of Tenochtitlan alive… one left behind was a sick Moor (soldier of Arab descent and coloring) who had fallen sick of the small pox.   And so, the real conquest of Mexico began.

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Image source: Wikipedia. Aztec Empire on the Eve of the Spanish Conquest

After the battle and escape of the Noche Triste (“Sad Night”) this dying body of the Moor apparently managed to infect another host and within weeks, Small Pox was spreading like wildfire through the Aztec Capital.  Within a few months, the population of Mexico Tenochtitlan was worse than decimated, and may have declined by as much as 75%.  This is because, as bad as small pox plagues were in Europe, the people had some historical exposure and built up genetic resistance to small pox, whereas the Native Americans DID NOT.

So the conquistadores, effectively, only “Conquered” Mexico because of unintentional use of “biological weapons” (as Jenny Calendar pointed out once in BtVS).  Their (the Spanish) accidental introduction of the Bubonic Plague into Mexico in 1520 was repeated several times, notably by Hernando de Soto in what is now the American South.

Otherwise, the “Conquest of Mexico” would probably have been aborted on the Sad Night…. and either Cortez and his troops would have eventually left or been slaughtered.  there were very few of them, at first only about 120-130 if memory serves me.  They got reinforcements and a few Indian Allies, among them the Tlaxcaltecas and inhabitants of what are now the Mexican states of Puebla and Veracruz.  But the Spanish never quite understood (or recognized) how much stronger their bacteria were than their arms…. Spanish Cannon and Rifles in 1519-1521 were as likely to explode and kill or injure the user as the target… and Spanish horses were so few that their strategic advantages were almost nil.  So that’s the introductory “lecture” on the Spanish Conquest of Mexico (and Peru and North America also—the same story of accidental biological warfare was repeated several times).

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Image Source: Wikipedia: Lake Texaco

Featured Image Source at top: Wikipedia “from the Conquest of México series.Representing the 1521 Fall of Tenochtitlan, in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire.”

The only major reciprocity (the only real “Revenge” Montezuma’s people ever took against Europe, despite touristic jargon and lore about forms of dysentery) in the “Columbian Microbial Exchange” was kind of weak and inadequate:
Europeans had no resistance to syphilis which was apparently extremely common among the Native Americans…. who had developed a nearly complete immunity to it.  But during the 16th century, the introduction of syphilis into Europe was like a miniature plague—but since it could ONLY be passed along by sexual intercourse, its wasn’t nearly as widespread or fatal to the larger population as Small Pox Plagues (and other maladies including even that certain upper respiratory tract ailment which we call “the common cold”) were to the Aztec and other Native Americans.
Apologetic Disclaimer: My 25 year old son Charles Lincoln IV, B.A., J.D., LL.M. (who should know better), and his best friend Dylan Lorhstorfer published the above text and added the illustrations without my advance knowledge or consent, but I guess I’m approving it now and taking the blame for writing such drivel.  But I did give them access to my blog to maintain it and edit it…  I, myself, haven’t even looked at, much less read, the Wikipedia article on the Conquest of Mexico (and I don’t really want to—because I despise Wikipedia’s historical and political biases)—but I’m fairly sure it covers the smallpox epidemic in Tenochtitlan (and if it doesn’t—someone needs to add it.) I haven’t even referred back to my copies of Bernal Diaz del Castillo, William Hickling Prescott, Jacques Soustelle, Rudolf van Zantijck, Fray Bernaldino de Sahagun or any other book or standard source…. The history of this article and the one before (as well as ones that may follow)…. some friends who are still at university and continuing their education asked me questions and this was what I wrote…. but I AM a Ph.D. and the rank informality of it all has to be explained….
 
I originally wrote this text just as a long afternoon message answering a question from my overspecialized and only partially educated son (who is, regrettably, at least half crazy, and probably much worse—-much like his father in that regard) and his slightly undereducated best friend from Cedar Park, Texas, who has a healthy hunger for knowledge.  They are both (at best only) somewhat lazily pursuing their education by asking ME questions in the afternoon, and they just happened “Al Hazard” to ask me (via Facebook Messaging) about the conquest of Mexico. They then decided without my knowledge or consent to publish my response and edit it here…. but I guess it’s kind of cute.  If it strikes anyone as totally moronic, I can always edit it, take it down…. or submit it to the Holy Office of Inquisition for Imprimatur/Nihil Obstat.
 
Thus, most of the textual substance was really me (with my son’s and his friend’s minor changes and addition of all the illustrations, pirated from somewhere, I HOPE with permission), but the photos and combination–as well as the final impetus to publish this–is from Charlie Lincoln IV and his artistic friend Dylan… they both at least claim to be interested in my work and thinking…. and when they were small boys we had a lot of fun together out in Lago Vista and elsewhere….  But that was a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far away, when raccoons were under an attack….
 
If I were to bother to cite some sources or at least check them, this could be a lot better and more detailed.  But I wrote most of it in less than a half an hour, maybe twenty minutes, off the top of my head.  My son was impressed because he’s always asking me to write about things and I never get around to it.  I do have a Ph.D. from Harvard, you know, following an M.A. from Harvard, following a B.A. from Tulane, supplemented with 15 regular (and some highly irregular) field seasons in the Southwestern U.S., Mexico, Central America, and Colombia….

Where, how, do I start studying seriously to learn real American history?

Around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, 2017, my son Charlie’s (CEALIV) best friend since childhood, Dylan Lohrstorfer, asked “Where, how, do I, should I start studying seriously to learn real American History?”  Dylan and Charlie are both 25 years old, although Dylan is about 6 months older, both born in 1992—Dylan in Texas, my son in Florida (during Hurricane Andrew, as it happened).  It happened, of course, that 1992 was the 500th anniversary of (1) the final expulsion of the Jews and Muslims from Spain at the end of “La Reconquista” [at the beginning of the year] and (2) Columbus’ first voyage across the Atlantic, which happened, ironically (amazingly) enough, right during Hurricane Season (August-October, 1992).  It’s remarkable to think that had this in some senses idiotic navigator been caught in a storm….which was highly probable that time of year… his name would be utterly lost to history.

Dylan is a devoted Catholic (he works at St. Thomas Moore on FM 620 towards Mansfield Dam in Williamson County).  He has more than an average sensitivity to all things religious and spiritual, and although my son has far exceeded him in formal education, I think Dylan’s artistic tendencies, and spiritual devotions… make him more sensitive.  My son is obsessed with his Harvard Bachelor’s Degree, his J.D., and his University of Amsterdam LLM. in International Tax Law…. so he tends decidedly in a more… material direction.

ANYHOW—to anyone who wants to learn American history “for real” and “seriously” is to start with a catalog of names, memorize them, and then distribute them in time and space, and only then to begin to learn the processual interconnections and socio-economic, cultural, and political systems which produced the names and created the distributions and interconnections. THAT is the essence of the “old fashioned”way I would suggest studying American history (meaning the history of ALL the Americas, of the so-called “New World”).  The place to begin is with the status and history of Spain (Castile, Aragon, Granada, Portugal, and Cordoba) in 1492 and Christopher Columbus first four voyages. You can move back into Native American history in Mexico and Peru or Archaeology everywhere else, but 1492 was like the moment when that Meteor hit at the Cretaceous-Triassic boundary. You have to know that moment and everything associated with the 300 years before and after to understand American History in a meaningful way. Look at all the places Columbus visited and all the things he saw. Learn that geography.

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Image of Columbus’s voyages. Image Source: Wikipedia.

Compare with:

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“”Columbus map”, drawn c. 1490 in the Lisbon workshop of Bartolomeo and Christopher Columbus” Image source: Wikipedia.

1192-1792 is your 600 year time frame in which the foundations for all modern realities, social, cultural and political. But you need to focus on 1492 and Columbus’ explorations, the antecedents snd the consequences. Who were Queen Isabella of Castille and King Ferdinand of Aragon? Where are Granada, Cordoba, and Seville in Spain? What was “La Reconquista?” Who was Henry VII? Who was John Cabot? What is Newfoundland? Who were the Caribs? Of what importance was Cod to the English? Who was Montezuma? Who was Cuautemoc? Who was Hernan Cortez? Who was Francisco Pizzaro? Who was Bartolome de las Casa?

Bartolome de las Casas?

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Featuring Bartolome de las Casas Image Source: Wikipedia.

Who was Francisco de Montejo? Who was Bishop Diego de Landa?

Who was Guamanpoma de Ayala?

Who was Sir Walter Raleigh? Virginia Dare?What was the Treaty of Tordesillas?

Who was Emperor Charles V? Why did they name the oldest brand of chocolate in Europe after him?

Who was Sir Francis Drake?

WHERE IS NEW ALBION?

Where is Old Albion? What is Perfidious Albion?

Who were the Quiche? What was the legend of El Dorado? Who was Francisco de Coronado? Who was Cabeza de Vaca? Who was Juan Pomce de Leon? Which name is older: Brazil, California, Cuba, Florida, Jamaica, or Santo Domingo? What is Borinquen? Where were the Seven Cities of Cibola? Who was Hernando de Soto? Who were the Moundbuilders? What is “the Southern Cult”? Who were the Anasazi? What does “Pueblo” mean in Spanish? Who or what was Quetzalcoatl? Tezcatlipoca? Huitzilopochtli? Tenochtitlan? Teotihuacan? Tula? Mayapan?

Answer all those questions and you will be on your way…

Organize the questions and your answers and put them in time sequence and geographical-spatial order on a map. One will find the Treaty of Tordesillas, Bartolome de las Casas, Bernaldino de Sahagun, and Diego de Landa perhaps particularly interesting.

Question: What were the targets of the first shots of Israel’s 6 Day War in 1967? Answer: against the US Navy, specifically the USS Liberty!

 

David Gahary’s http://www.erasingtheliberty.com project and commentary by Kenn Gividen, Charles E. Lincoln, and Pastor Larry Beane focus attention on one of the least known crimes of the century.  The attack on Liberty was a PRECURSOR to 9-11, just as Menachim Begin’s attack on the King David Hotel was PRECURSOR to the Establishment of the State of Israel.  Who is the leader of all International Terrorism in the World?  Is it the MOSSAD?  If not then who?

REMEMBER THE USS LIBERTY (50th Anniversary of the 6 Days War in June—Israel’s First Attack was against the US Navy, NOT EGYPT!

Kenn Gividen and I, together with David Gahary and Pastor Larry Beane REMEMBER THE USS LIBERTY—it has been Fifty Years since the 6 Days War started with an attack (not on Egypt but… on the USA:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK4rJR1lIfo

A CANNIBALISTIC ORGY OF MAYHEM—CULTURAL GENOCIDE & DEGRADATION

Mitch Landrieu’s program of cultural genocide in New Orleans has led to an orgy of cannibalistic mayhem across the United States. The injuries inflicted against the Southern People in particular, all real Americans in general, and against the ideals of the Constitution of 1787 and the legitimate disputes, grievances, and political failures that led to the War Between the States in 1861-65 together amount to an intentionally malicious attack on the very foundations of Western Civilization itself. It is time we fight back and pin the blame for all the destructions nationwide on the Mayor of New Orleans and his unnamed sponsors. 

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Eric Pierce
Eric Pierce Did he abolish gumbo???
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Katherine Connella Weissmann
Katherine Connella Weissmann Eric Pierce…that would have been preferable!
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Charles Edward Lincoln

Charles Edward Lincoln I wouldn’t call it “preferable”—because starving the body and mind of a people from the distinctive food and tastes that define their culture actually resembles starving their soul and mind by depriving them of their history and heroes… a lot more—

a lot more than you might imagine. Unique statues, street names, architectural monuments both reflect our memories and help shape our mind and values just as distinctive food shapes our daily lives. Gumbo reminds me of my grandmother and her sisters from Natchitoches and our cousins from Avoyelles….. just as the statues of the Confederate Generals remind me of the dozen or so male ancestors of mine on both sides who fought for the CSA, several under the command of Marse Robert himself at Gettysburg….. I would not wish to lose any of those memories, because they make me who I am…. and if they are not there for my grandchildren…. they will not know me or my life as I was.
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Katherine Connella Weissmann
Katherine Connella Weissmann True, Charles Edward Lincoln…what I should have said is that I personally am no fan of gumbo so — to me — it would have been preferable. 🙂
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Charles Edward Lincoln
Charles Edward Lincoln I will never hold it against you… I promise (lol!)… Your gastronomic predilections and tastebuds are your own….. We can still fight to overthrow ANTIFA together (besides, it means more gumbo for me…)
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Eric Pierce More gumbo! Less Kevlar sombreros with anti-drone armaments.
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Charles Edward Lincoln
Charles Edward Lincoln Eric Pierce I need some anti-drone armaments… where can I get them?
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Janine Dunn
Janine Dunn He has been blamed, he does not care
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Charles Edward Lincoln
Charles Edward Lincoln But has he been held responsible for starting the avalanche? Have the roots of the conspiracy been exposed? I am rethinking the strategy of counterattack…. and MITCH started it… so MITCH should be held liable for Baltimore, Charlottesville, Durham, Manatee, Orlando…..
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Janine Dunn
Janine Dunn No. We all know it’s true. Like the plague spreading rapidly and he was ground zero. In actuality he hasn’t really broken the law (morally another issue but he has no morals) and he may have been the person to whisper in every other mayors ears but they could have stood up to him and did not. There are also people that are pulling Mitch’s strings. He’s not smart or wealthy enough to have pulled this off solo
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Charles Edward Lincoln
Charles Edward Lincoln Janine Dunn, I would like to debate with you about whether Mitch has really broken the law or not on several levels. First, the original “Nuisance” Ordinance was entirely against the law. Now whether it was a crime or not is a separate story and a moot point, because we more-or-less know nobody around will prosecute him, but the Nuisance Ordinance was enacted, applied, and enforced in direct violation of Louisiana Civil Law and all court theses or precedents concerning the same.
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Charles Edward Lincoln
Charles Edward Lincoln In fact, Janine Dunn, I would say that the mere enactment of Ordinance in violation of Louisiana Nuisance law was so great as to constitute a violation of the Louisiana and Federal Constitutional prohibitions on Bills of Attainer/Bills of Pains & Penalties, and that the application and enforcement of the law violated both due process and, more interestingly, equal protection of the laws analyzed on racial and even possibly religious grounds (identifying and persecuting the monuments as part of an hypothetical “Cult of the Lost Cause”).
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Charles Edward Lincoln
Charles Edward Lincoln So basically, I think that, using the very “take ’em down” side’s widely published logic that public-sponsored iconographic and textual monuments are “icons” are created for and involve making symbolic statements about the upholding certain elite political structures and communicating the semiotics of power and the applications of the law, I think that the removal of those monuments is an affront to the honor and integrity of the people who love and support them—and that this hateful affront involves a suppression of our civil rights…
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Thinking of General Robert Edward Lee and Charlottesville

Grady Peeler

The Charlottesville situation, and the concerted effort to disparage a great man of General Robert E. Lee’s character is upsetting. Something occurred to me recently, something that the antifa/BLM, scumbag Dems, and cowardly Repubs that are so set on disrespecting this great man, fail to understand.

At Appomattox when Gen. Lee’s army was finally cornered and defeated, he went to the house where they negotiated surrender and signed papers. After the surrender terms were finalized, Gen. Lee had his military aide fetch his horse, and after Gen. Lee had mounted and was about to leave, Grant’s entire present staff of his Union army, as well as Gen. Grant, came to attention and saluted Gen Lee, and held their salute until he had departed.

Later, Lee’s army marched to the surrender site in Appomattox, filed down the road and stacked their arms. As they were marching, the receiving Union regiment as well as the head of the regiment, Gen. Chamberlain, were called to attention and saluted the Confederate soldiers as they marched past. This is a singular occurrence in the history of US warfare, a mark of unprecedented respect to an opponent.

These Union soldiers, who had bitterly fought to the point of death, for four long years had the class to treat these Confederates, including Gen. Lee, with the respect they deserved.

Here we are, many years later, and a class of scumbags, who aren’t fit to even wipe the ass of the lowest Confederate private, and will never succeed in developing the character of a man like General Robert E. Lee, have the temerity to claim he deserves scorn, as well as the soldiers he led. The opposite is true.

Gen. Lee’s contemporaries considered him of such high character that, when it was proposed by Repub war criminals in Congress that Lee be prosecuted for treason, were informed by Gen. Grant that he would resign from the Union Army and expose them for the corrupt bastards they were if they did not immediately desist in their efforts. They, of course, immediately desisted.

Never has a person deserved to be honored more than General Robert E. Lee, nor will any person ever deserve more honor. Though Lee had been offered command of the Union army at the outset of the Union invasion of the South, he declined, in order to follow the dictates of his conscience and his duty to serve God as he understood that duty, and took on the far more difficult task of defending the South and Virginia, in a conflict he knew would be very difficult to win, especially given the North’s virtually unlimited resources.

The only question remaining, for we who will not re-write history to serve the peculiar, perverted ends of our scumbag foes, is to determine what will be necessary to stop this determined destruction of our country, its institutions, and all that makes America great.