Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Nathaniel Holmes Morison, III

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 Nathaniel Holmes Morison, III

Nathaniel Holmes Morison, III, 83, of Welbourne, Middleburg, Virginia, died peacefully at home October 10thsurrounded by his family and his beloved dogs.  The son of Holmes and Sally Morison, Nat was born in Winchester, Virginia, and spent his childhood years in New York (his father was a broker on the Cotton Exchange) and summers in Virginia. He attended Trinity School in New York City (and was a member of the Knickerbocker Greys),Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, and the University of Virginia.  He was a life-long devotee of the University where he lettered in soccer and boxed, and was honored for his leadership with membership in the TILKA society and the IMP society.  He also was devoted to his fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon, where he received its top honor, the Saer Award.  In 1959 he returned to Welbourne to run the family farm and continued in that role for the next 60 years, creating a sanctuary for retired horses.  He was a former vestryman of Upperville's Trinity Episcopal Church, a former board member of the Piedmont Fox Hounds (which was founded by his great-great grandfather in 1840, and is the oldest hunt in the United States), and the founder of the Goose Creek Jass and Ragtime Society whose annual Stomp and Cakewalk celebrations are now in their 46thyear.

The promotion of traditional jass of the 1920’s and earlier remained a passion throughout his life and he had musician friends across the country. He was an ardent advocate of conservation and preservation, and treasured history and tradition.  He loved the cities of New York, where he was a member of the National Arts Club, and New Orleans.  He made his mark in both places and established timeless relationships with a circle of friends from all walks of life.Known for his hospitality, he held court every evening at Welbourne with walking stick and pipe, welcoming all to join himon the front porch or by the parlour fire for a drink (preferably bourbon). He was the consummate Virginia gentleman and he took pride in upholding the values of the past.  He is survived by his wife, Sherry Weymouth Morison; daughter Rebecca Dulany Morison Schaefer, sons Nathaniel Ames Morison, Joshua Weymouth Morison and wife Amanda; brother George Harris Morison and wife Hope; grandsons Max and Luc Schaefer,  Uly Morison; nephews Beal Jacobs, Holmes Jacobs and wife Megan, South Morison and wife Maggie, Dulany Morison and wife Eleanor, niece Hatley Morison and husband Edwin.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Eleanor (Nellie) Morison.

A celebration of his life will be held at Welbourne at 3 o’clock, Friday October 25th.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Land Trust of Virginia, P.O. Box 14, Middleburg, VA 20118 (http://www.landtrustva.org).

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 Via Anita L. Henderson

 Nat Morison, owner of Welbourne has passed. He was the great grandson of Colonel Richard Dulany of the Valley Light Horse. He was an iconic, unique individual who marched to his own drummer with his stickball tournaments, milk punch get togethers on Sunday afternoons and his summer jazz festivals at Welbourne. He supported the Piedmont Hunt allowing Welbourne to continue as a fixture for the club. He enthusiastically supported all of our Civil War living history events that we held there over the last 30 years. He will be missed.

Indeed. I spent many a night and day there as a boy. George (Nat's younger brother) and I would place ice hockey in the pool when winter came to freeze the small amount of water needed.& Stick-ball on Sundays was indeed great. Brock

Federal judge overturns ObamaCare transgender protections

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A federal judge on Tuesday overturned ObamaCare protections for transgender patients, ruling that a 2016 policy violates the religious freedom of Christian providers.

Judge Reed O’Connor in the Northern District of Texas vacated an Obama-era regulation that prohibited insurers and providers who receive federal money from denying treatment or coverage to anyone based on sex, gender identity or termination of pregnancy.

It also required doctors and hospitals to provide “medically necessary” services to transgender individuals as long as those services were the same ones provided to other patients.

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Family Of Thug Speaks Out On Their Disappointment Of Clerk Stopping His Robbery Attempt!

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Intolerance in academia

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If you need an accurate update on some of the madness at the nation's institutions of higher learning, check out Minding the Campus, a nonprofit independent organization.

John Leo, its editor in chief, says that the organization's prime mission is dedicated to the revival of intellectual pluralism and the best traditions of liberal education at America's colleges and universities. Leo's most recent compilation of campus madness leaves one nearly breathless.

In a USA Today op-ed, Emily Walton, a sociology professor at Dartmouth University, said that all college students should take a mandatory course on black history and white privilege.

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Trump Campaign:“In the last couple weeks we picked up 50,000 new donors.50,000— I mean, that’s unheard of."

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Sudduth Coliseum on Oct.r 11, 2019, in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

As Democrats in the House continue their impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, the president’s re-election campaign is saying that the rhetoric of impeachment is only helping Trump’s chances in 2020.

“With this second witch hunt, this ridiculous talk of impeachment … I think it’s getting more people off the sidelines. It’s not something people outside D.C. want,” an anonymous senior campaign official said Tuesday, according to the Washington Examiner.

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WATCH: Queen Elizabeth Tells Parliament That Going Thru With BREXIT Is Her “Priority”

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Queen Elizabeth II told Parliament that her “priority” is to honor the will of British patriots and go through with leaving the European Union.
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Quite frankly, the only surprise here is that they haven’t completely lost it. Although, seriously: Who loses an election and then spins up fanciful fairy tales that somehow Trump colluded with Russia to win? Or that Kavanaugh ran a rape gang?

Yet now here we are with Democrats conducting an impeachment inquiry without making it a formal one, holding closed door hearings to collect information to conduct the fake impeachment while trotting out a second “whistleblower,” who in all likelihood will turn out to be no different from the first: that is to say, not a whistleblower but a partisan covert operative working in concert with others to conduct a soft coup.

If you think that we’ve reached a point of peak absurdity, wait until they roll out Whistleblower 23 who will breathlessly whisper that he or she has fourth hand knowledge that Trump has been caught colluding with the American people to lower unemployment rate to below 3.5 percent and stop illegal immigration and break apart the administrative state.

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Interesting Observations On The Kalashnikov

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Interesting Observations On The Kalashnikov

A while back we ran a story here on AP about the Indian Army working a deal with the Russians to domestically produce the AK-203, an AKM with a handful of upgrades in order to replace the 5.56 INSAS rifle, which is commonly viewed as a failure in combat. Its not really a shock, considering the reputation of the INSAS as unreliable as well as being heavy for what it is. The AK on the other hand, even in its most basic form, is fairly lightweight and I doubt anyone who’s been on the receiving end of one doubts its capabilities in combat.

But with that said, the AK is considered by many to be a dated platform. I don’t share that point of view, but its a data point nonetheless. As reliable as it is, the venerable Kalash was designed for the parameters of the era- and when implementing modern add-ons such as lights and IR lasers, most rail interfaces come up being compromises at best when compared to other purpose built designs that have come along since. So why in the world would an Army adopt it, in a retro intermediate caliber such as 7.62×39?