April 25, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Nanny State, President, Progressives, Property Taxes, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
Now, usually when a state is dissed it is dissed by people from outside the state. With the usual hometown bravado, and all, denizens of a state used to stick up for their own in the face of criticism. But a new poll finds that Illinois is so bad, even people that live there say it sucks.
America is a land of polls, for sure, but this poll is a particularly telling one. The Gallup polling firm asked residents of the 50 states (or the 57 states if you are our clueless President) what they thought about their own home states. It turns out that Montanans really love their state. But Illinois and Rhode Island? Not so much.
The top five states where residents are happy to live right where they are living are Montana (77% of residents love the place), Alaska (also 77%), Utah (70%), Wyoming (69%), and Texas (68%).
Further, if you ask everyone the general question of where the best place to live is, Texas wins, followed by Alaska then Hawaii.
February 8, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Business, Capitalism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Entertainment, Ethics, Founders, Government, History, Liberals, Progressives, Sports, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
With UPDATE at bottom
The left was ecstatic over Coca-Cola’s decision to air a commercial during the Super Bowl that featured as its sound track the song America The Beautiful. Oh, they weren’t ecstatic because of the song. They were ecstatic that Coke decided to have the song sung in a myriad of foreign languages. They weren’t excited over an American song they were happy that Coke decided to snub English and American traditions, of course.
Naturally, the retort against those that were upset that Coke produced the song in a string of foreign tongues is that they are “racists” and “haters” who hate the fact that there are people other than White, English-speakers in the US.
Just as naturally, this is simply not why people were upset at Coke.
Coke posted a press release claiming that its commercial was “a salute to America” and that “the ad features real people enjoying each other and a Coke.”
Further explaining the commercial in the press release, Katie Bayne, President, North America Brands, Coca-Cola North America, said, “For 127 years, Coca-Cola has been proud to be a part of bringing friends and families together while memories are made. With ‘It’s Beautiful,’ we are simply showing that America is beautiful, and Coke is for everyone.”
January 1, 2014 | Filed Under Uncategorized | Comments Off
Thanks for making 2013 a great year for Publius Forum. Our traffic was up, so that was a great thing. And just as the year drew to a lose, I was named best all around blogger for 2013. So, a little recognition was also nice.
I am looking forward to serving you in 2014 and beyond.
Warner Todd Huston
Owner and editor of www.PubliusForum.com
-By Warner Todd Huston
The Robertson family of TV’s Duck Dynasty are the folks liberals hate the most, but the rest of America (you know, real America) love the Robertson clan. The Robertsons are so loved that their Christmas Album is soaring through the charts and is on track to possibly winning a Grammy Award! That’ll show ‘em!
According to Billboard, the Robertsons’ Christmas album Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas is ranked 6th over all on the best-selling charts for December. And on the country chart, only Garth Books tops the Louisiana clan’s album.
The Duck Dynasty folks are ranking right up there with some of the biggest names in music today. Only Beyonce, Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, R. Kelly, and One Direction have albums with higher sales that the Robertsons.
-By Warner Todd Huston
It is somewhat shocking to find the man that created the book that served as the basis for one of the scariest movies in Hollywood history is a serious, practicing Catholic who is sickened by abortion. After all, few in Hollywood are people of faith. But author and screenwriter William Peter Blatty is unapologetic about his deep faith.
Before mega blockbusters like Jaws, Star Wars, or ET, The Exorcist had audiences around the world flocking to theaters to witness the scariest movie ever produced. Many today feel that the William Friedkin directed picture is still the scariest movie of all time.
July 4, 2013 | Filed Under Uncategorized | Comments Off
We will begin posting again on July 8th… or maybe the 9th. Or….
On Dec. 9th, 1941, the Japanese launched a sneak attack on our forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. As a result, America formally joined the war against the Axis powers.
2,402 American servicemen were killed and 1,282 were wounded.
This is in memory of them.
December 2, 2012 | Filed Under Budget, CNN, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Policy, Progressives, Regulation, Taxes, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
Talks between the White House and GOP leaders in the House of Representatives are on everyone’s mind and solutions and ideas are coming fast and thick from many corners of Washington. But CNN thinks it has the way to fix it all: raise the gas tax.
Dishonestly portraying “some experts” as offering a new fix to the fiscal cliff, CNN explored the idea of hiking the federal gas tax because, CNN says, the current 18.4 cents per gallon is “not enough.”
-By Warner Todd Huston
Michael Patrick Leahy detailed yet another twist to Elizabeth “Faux-Cahontis” Warren’s tale of fake American Indian claims. Apparently in 1984 Warren supplied several “old family recipes” to the “Pow Wow Chow cookbook,” edited by her cousin. Turns out these “family recipes” where just lifted from various cookbooks and newspaper articles of the era. She appears to have plagiarized them.
Will the media note that Warren plagiarized recipes from other cookbooks, claimed they were “family recipes,” and then signed them “Elizabeth Warren – Cherokee”? Probably not, but the Old Media went ga ga when they thought her opponent, Senator Scott Walker, plagiarized something.
For Warren’s part, Leahy notes that several of her “family recipes” were copied word-for-word from a New York Times News service piece published in 1979. Boston-based talk show host Howie Carr also found that several of her recipes appear to have been plagiarized. (Here, here, and here)
A message from R. Lee Ermey:
Listen up and hear me well! This is a critical time for our nation, and too many people are sitting back to let others do the hard work. So it’s time for all of us to put some gas in it and persuade all eligible gun owners to register. That’s why I volunteered my time to film the ad shown here.
Now it’s your turn and I want to see results! Start now by sending this message to everyone you know who supports the Second Amendment.
I expect 110% right now from everyone who values our freedoms! NO EXCUSES. And remember — pain is just weakness leaving the body!
-By Warner Todd Huston
Old-timer Phil Donahue, about who rumor has it used to have some sort of TV show back in the previous century, has recently turned up on NPR for some unexplainable reason. And, like his long past career, he’s dwelling equally in the past with his new comments about the authorization of force against Iraq in 2002. But he’s adding a new spin to the now irrelevant discussion by adding to it all one of the left’s favorite tropes: racism.
You see, according to Donahue, racism sullied the decision to authorize George Bush to intervene in Iraq in 2002. How is that, you ask? Well, according to Donahue it’s because none of the blacks in Congress voted for the war.
What does that mean? To Donahue it means that these African American congressmen were better, smarter, and free of racism, I guess. Only whites wanted to kill innocent Iraqis, hence the racism.
On NPR’s Smiley & West show*, Donahue floated the idea that all the African Americans — in fact he said “every person of color” — voted against the war in Iraq. Apparently, Donahue thinks that this is because all “the white people in Congress” are racists.
March 23, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Liberals, Nanny State, President, Uncategorized, Video, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
Apparently it’s all sweetness and light, unicorns and fuzzy bunnies in the Youtube comments section of Obama’s new hagiographic, hack-u-mentary short directed by Academy Award-winning director David “star-struck” Guggenheim. Barley a cross word is seen there about the Obammessiah since most negative comments seem likely to have been deleted from the Youtube page leaving only the most sugary, sycophantic sap behind.
Such serious, probing comments as “YES we can, YES we did, Yes we Will !!!!!!!” [sic], “This generations Kennedy! His face belongs on money someday. I’m in!,” and “the best President….EVER!!!” grace the comments section of The Road We Traveled, the cheesy, dear-leader-like film made to flog Obama’s now six-year-long campaign for the White House.
There are teas for Obama, joy for Obama, prayers for Obama, thanks for the blessings he bestowed upon us from on high, grave warnings that without Obama we are lost, and, my particular favorite, the self-chastising comment that went: “Thank you, Mr President. I’m sorry that I’ve been impatient.”
-By Warner Todd Huston
So far, 22 companies have pulled their advertising from the Rush Limbaugh radio show. They have done this, some because they are big dollar Obama supporters (like Carbonite), many more because they were pressured by a concerted campaign to intimidate them launched by various left-wing groups.
Those of you that support Rush Limbaugh really need to contact these advertisers and let them know how upset you are with them for dropping his show. You need to speak up just as the extremist left-wing websites and Obama operatives have done.
Squeaky wheel, you know? After all, we have just as much right to tell these advertisers that we oppose their attack on Rush Limbaugh as the left-wingers do in telling them to drop Limbaugh as a client.
Below are links to the contact pages of each company’s website. Please call them all… and like a good Chicago election campaign, do so more than once!
- Contact Giego Insurance
- Contact Netflix
- Contact ServiceMagic
- Contact Goodwill
- Contact Amberen
- Contact PolyCom
- Contact Hadeed Carpets
- Contact Accuquote Life Insurance
- Contact Vitacost vitamins
- Contact Bonobos clothing
- Contact Sensa weight-loss program
- Contact Thompson Creek Windows
- Contact AOL
- Contact Tax Resolution Services
- Contact ProFlowers
- Contact LegalZoom
- Contact Carbonite web security
- Contact Citrix
- Contact Sleep Train Mattresses
- Contact Sleep Number mattresses
- Contact Quicken Loans
February 11, 2012 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Conservatives, Crony Capitalism, Elections, GOP, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, President, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Taxes, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
CPAC 2012 featured appearances by the three top GOP contenders who came to ask for the support of the conservatives gathered there. First came former Penn. Senator Rick Santorum, then Governor Mitt Romney, and finally former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, all came to sell their ideas and candidacy.
Santorum came out to the most applause of the three, for sure. As he and his family mounted the stage the crowd was obviously eager to hear what the candidate had to say.
“Conservatism did not fail this country,” began the meat of the former Pennsylvania Senator’s remarks, “conservatives failed conservatism.”
Santorum said that in the past we, “listened to the voices that said we had to abandon our principles and our values to get things done, to win.” But no more compromise, he said. “The lesson we’ve learned is that we will no longer abandon and apologize for the policies and principles that made this country great for a hollow victory in November.”
Santorum went on to say that Obamacare was a “game changer” and with it, as the British found with their system, we will never be free again. “It’s about government control of our lives and it’s gotta stop,” he asserted to great applause.
-By Warner Todd Huston
Senator Jim DeMint (R, SC) is well known as the most conservative man in the upper chamber. He gave a rousing speech here at CPAC and afterward told a small gathering of us that many of the points he made will appear in his forthcoming book, Now or Never, Saving America From Economic Collapse. That message is, he said, that we have only a short time to turn this mess around and get this country back on track.
DeMint said that we need to remind our people — or in too many cases teach them from scratch — about America’s exceptionalism, but we also need to learn what changed from the days when our exceptionalism was better understood by the people. DeMint also noted that one of the problems we have to over come is that the Democrats agenda now prevents them from working in any way with the GOP and because their agenda is so extreme we just can’t compromise with them any more.
“Something’s gotta give,” DeMint said, “We have about a year before its too late
-By Warner Todd Huston
Apparently it is not morning in America for CBS. The big network roll out of its revamped morning show, CBS This Morning, is struggling to gain a foothold. It’s so bad that even the Fox News’ morning show, Fox and Friends, is beating the network morning extravaganza. In Chicago, Fox and Friends even beat the debut episode of CBS This Morning despite the fact that Gayle King, a long-time Oprah confidante, was one of the main features of the program.
In fact, CBS This Morning isn’t even beating its own former iteration when it was called The Early Show. The new show is down 10 percent in total viewers and down 13 percent in the key demo of 25-45 year-old viewers. Interestingly, Fox and Friends is beating CBS in four of the top 20 national markets in total viewers (Atlanta, Detroit, Orlando, and Tampa).
|Market||Fox And Friends (P2+)||CBS This Morning (P2+)|
|CBS This Morning
|CBS This Morning||2718||1115|
|Same Week 2011||1/10/11
(Stats from Nielson)
It should be remembered that Fox News cable channel reaches just over 102 million homes whereas CBS ostensibly gets to 100 percent of the 116 million homes with TVs. Since CBS is one of the “big three” original TV networks, it is interesting that a cable channel has seen such an amazing success rate for its early morning show.
-By Warner Todd Huston
Since you clicked on the photograph of my collection of antique Stetson cowboy hats, here is some more info on those hats.
First of all, Stetson is the cadillac of hats, for sure. John B. Stetson became one of the most famous hatmakers in history thanks to his ubiquitous western hat. His name is so synonymous with cowboy hats that a western hat is often generically called a “Stetson” whether made by Stetson’s company or not.
In 1865, with $100, John B. Stetson rented a small room, bought the tools he needed, bought $10 worth of fur and the John B. Stetson Hat Company was born. A year later the “Hat of the West” or the now famous “Boss of the Plains” hat was born and the name Stetson was on its way to becoming the mark of quality, durability, innovation and beauty.
John B. Stetson experienced trying times in his life but after it all he relied on the one thing he did exceptionally well, making hats. He was trained by his father, a master hatter, and applied his skills and knowledge to a trade that, at the time was not held in high regard.
A hatter was seen as unreliable, lazy, or aloof, only looking to make his money and go have fun. John B. Stetson changed all that and built one of America’s most well-known and successful businesses. The longevity and history of the John B. Stetson Company is based on innovation and quality! John B. Stetson led the hat industry his entire career by designing new hat styles for fashion and function. When it came to quality it was his creed and for the past 130 years it has so stamped the product that the name and the word are synonymous.
Today the Stetson hat factory in Garland, Texas is one of the largest in the country and produces a line of hats in hundreds of different styles and colors. In spite of this size, however, classic styling and premium quality remain as the driving forces behind each and every hat. As a result, Stetson hats are the most well known hats in the world. Wherever and whenever hats are discussed Stetson will be mentioned.
Stetson is the standard in hats, the essence of the spirit of the West and an icon of everyday American lifestyle. Because of its authentic American heritage, Stetson remains as a part of history and, for the same reason will continue into the future.
Stetson, it’s not just a hat, it’s the hat.
I have been collecting hats for many years, but my favorites have always been Stetsons. I am mostly interested in fedoras, but I also have a little collection of original Stetson westerns that range in manufacturing dates from the 1890s to the 1930s. Original Stetsons from the early days (especially pre 1900) are very hard to find. You see, a Stetson was a man’s most beloved possession back in the old days and he usually wore his hat to pieces before he finally bought a new one. Therefore, old Stetsons don’t exist in great numbers because. They were just used up and finally discarded, not saved for posterity. Additionally, the ones that do still exist these 100 years later are rarely in great shape. I mean, come on. They are cloth items, made to wear, not built to last forever in the first place, and are usually quite well used. Granted, any hat that is still around since before 1900 is a rare piece, but an antique Stetson just has that extra aura about it. It was the hat that tamed the west, after all.
In any case, here is my little collection. I hope you enjoy viewing it.
(Note: You can click on the first photo of each hat to go to a larger image so you can see details better. Be sure to hit your back button on your browser to come back to this page. The photos of the insides of the hats are not linked to larger photos.)
1). The Derby (1900)
The derby is not really an American hat. It was actually created in England as the bowler or the Cooke Hat (pronounced koke). It was initially invented to be a sort of protective helmet for equestrians over there, but by the time it got to America is was merely an item of fashion. Derbies were considered a city hat more than a western hat, but regardless of that general conception, the derby was seen throughout the country–the west included–from the moment it came to America’s shores in the mid 1800′s.
This size 7-1/8 derby is the model that won Stetson a “grand prize” at a 1900 Paris hat manufacturer’s competition. It is duly marked with the 1900 prize winner imprint on the sweatband and was originally sold at a store named “Haskell and Jones Company,” of Portland, Maine. The hat is also a “flexible conforming” hat. This one was made between 1900 and 1920.
This derby has the brown re-oder tag in it as seen in the last photo above. Sometime in the early 1910s Stetson changed the color of the re-order tag from brown to orange. No one left alive knows why the color change, but whatever the case, only Stetsons from previous to 1910 have the brown re-order tags.
2). The Boss Raw Edge (1930s)
The Boss Raw Edge was one of Stetson’s early big sellers. They were made from the late 1800s until the 1930s. Called “raw edge” because there was no binding sewn to the edge of the brim and no edge treatment otherwise (like stitching or welting), the Boss Raw Edge was made in many, many crown heights, brim widths and came in several colors like black, brown, natural, and sometimes white.
This one is a size 7-1/8 and was sold originally in Sheridan, Wyoming at an outlet of “Stevens – Fryberger Company.” Due to the size of the crown and the fact that the sweatband stitching is an up and down stitch, this hat was likely made in the 1930s. (Earlier Stetsons had a “v” stitch on the sweat band, instead of an up and down stitch.)
There are no tags inside, but this hat does have one of those oil skin sweat barriers that Stetson tried out in the 1930s. These sweat barriers were meant to stop the wearer’s sweat from wicking through to the outside of the hat. When a hat is worn a lot outside in summer weather, sweat naturally leaks through to the outside and will stain the area where the brim meets the crown. When the sweat dries it leaves a white salt stain in that area as well as on the ribbon. Because of this, Stetson tried this sweat barrier idea. It’s a band of oil skin sewn between the leather sweatband and the hat body.
This idea didn’t last too many years, though. It was ultimately found that the sweat that wicked off the wearer’s head got trapped between the leather sweatband and the oil skin shielding and this caused the oil skin to adhere to the leather sweatband which quickly rotted the sweatband out and caused it all to fall apart. The oil skin sweat barrier, while a seemingly good idea, caused more trouble than it was worth.
3). The Boss Raw Edge, 3X, Kettle Finish (1920s)
Here we have another Boss Raw Edge, but this one is a 3X quality model sporting a “Kettle Finish” brim.
The 3X in the earlier days of Stetson’s manufacturing likely had a very high beaver fur content. It was one of the more expensive hats and was one of Stetson’s higher grade hats at the turn of the last century. The “Kettle Finish” meant that the brim edge was curled in what many call a “pencil curl.” This hat was originally made between 1900 and 1920. It was originally sold at “McVicar – Howard Clothing Co.” of Wichita, Kansas.
Unfortunately, some goof removed the entire sweatband from the hat at some point in the past. It has been tacked back in, in six places as you can see with the light colored thread in the photos. Still, it is a solid and rare hat in great condition.
4). No. 1 Quality (1930s)
The number one quality (No. 1 Quality) western was originally one of Stetson’s mid priced hats. This particular one is in a beautiful white and sports a bit of history, too. I have since sold this hat, but I have a similar one that you can see below.
This was a beautiful hat, originally owned by one Mr. Nathan Levy, the Post Master of Visalia, California — Nathan Levy was the son of Julius Levy and was Postmaster of Visalia up to the time of his death in 1939 at the age of 67. He arrived in California in 1863, and in Tulare County in 1865. His daughter Rita married Marco Hellman of Los Angeles. I purchased this hat from his great grandson. The hat was made likely sometime in the 1930s and was purchased at “Whitehill’s” of Salinas and Visalia, California. The size is 6-7/8.
5). No. 1 Quality (1900 to 1920)
Here is another No. 1 Quality, but it is an older hat than the one above.
This raw edged, flat brimmed hat has a great western pencil curl all the way around. It is a size 6-7/8 and was made between 1900 and 1920. It was originally sold at “Woods Brothers men’s Store,” but where that store was located is unknown.
This one has the brown re-oder tag in it as seen in the second to last photo above.
6). Clear Nurtia (1900 to 1920)
This one is a nutria felt hat, not beaver. Most hats of this era were made of the fur of the good old American beaver, but at the turn of the century, the nutria came to America and its fur made a very tough hat. Nutria–a rat-like creature imported from South America–produces a fur felt that is tough as nails, not soft and pliable like beaver felt. In fact, it is so tough that even with time it never really softens like beaver fur felt does. Many cowboys liked the nutria hats because they were almost indestructible. This one is a “clear nutria” meaning that it was a 100% nutria fur felt hat.
Originally sold at “Burlington Arcade,” in New York, this hat features a shortened crown creased in a telescope dent. It is a size 7-1/8 and was apparently originally owned by a fellow named “R. Nutt” if the inked name is any indication.
It is a raw edged brim with the right and left edges slightly turned upward.
Since nutria were introduced to America, though, they’ve become a dangerous, destructive, invasive species that most people would rather see eliminated. Nice move, hat makers!
7). No Name Hats (1890s to early 1900s)
The last one is quite special. It is a “No Name Hat Company” Hat made between 1890 and 1910.
This hat was originally sold at “Greentree” of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and is in the style that was extremely popular for townsfolk and city folk. This hat would have been worn by laborers, bankers, newspaper men, men of all sorts. It was a very typical style at the turn of the century, but what makes it special is the company that made it.
The “No Name Hat Company Hat” was actually a Stetson hat company. It wasn’t the Stetson company that was owned by the John B. Stetson that we are all familiar with, but it was a company that John worked for nonetheless. You see, it was his father’s and brother’s company–though John also was a principal in the company at one time.
This hat was made in the early 1900s by Henry Stetson (John’s brother), who was the main “No Name” man. By this time Stephen (the father) had long since passed away. John’s younger brother, Stephen L. Stetson, also worked for “No Name.”
It may sound like a joke, but it was called “No Name” because the Stetsons just couldn’t come up with a name for the company. So, they just stuck with “No Name.”
The “No Name” company and “John B. Stetson Hat Company” were apparently quite close, though. How close can be seen on the sweat band of this hat. In the photos you’ll see an imprint bearing “The Fray” patent. “The Fray” is actually a trademarked process for making the leather sweatbands. This was one of John B. Stetson’s big selling points on his hats between 1879 and 1920. But since this “The Fray” patent mark appears on a “No Name” hat, this means that John and his brother Henry shared the process between their two companies without argument. The patent was taken out by one of Stetson’s earliest employees of long standing, one Mr. William F. Fray.
Interestingly, the happy cooperation between Stetson companies that I mention above did not stay so cordial later in the century. As it happened, in 1933, John’s younger brother Stephen L. Stetson started a hat company of his own that he tried to call “Stetson Hats.” But big brother John wasn’t amused and sued him for violating his trademarked name. Stephen lost in court and had to make sure he called his company the “Stephen L. Stetson Hat Company.” Not only that but Stephen had to include a little disclaimer on every hat and hat box that went to great pains to inform customers that his company was not connected in any way to the John B. Stetson hat company. You can see an example of a Stephen L. Stetson hat along with the ubiquitous disclaimer on my other thread HERE.
Recently Purchased and Not Pictured Above
8). Stetson No. 1 Quality (1930s)
Here is another No. 1 Quality, and it is nearly the same model as the white one above that I sold. Oddly enough, this one was even originally sold at the same California store as the one in my little diorama photo of Stetson Westerns!
This one has a finely trimmed brim edge that measures in at a generous 3-1/2 inches. It was manufactured sometime in the 1930s. It has the name “Hap Corey” imprinted into the sweatband. This owner wanted to be sure no one walked off with his Stetson, for sure.
9). Stetson No. 1 Quality (1930s)
And here is another No. 1 Quality, and it is nearly the same model as the white one above, but in brown. Even sold at the same California store which makes the third one I’ve seen from that store.
This also has the finely trimmed brim edge that measures in at a generous 3-1/2 inches. It was manufactured sometime in the 1930s.
Sadly, one of the original owners poked two holes in the brim in order to add a stampede string. But that flaw is small and doesn’t detract too much from the hat.
10). Stetson No. 1 Quality (1890s to 1910s)
I have to say, I was thrilled as heck to come across this No. 1 Quality Stetson.This hat is particularly beautiful. It looks as though it just came off the store shelves even though it is likely older than any of the hats above. It is rare, indeed, to find a 100-year-old Stetson in such perfect shape.
Anyway, this black No. 1 Quality is finished in a wonderful pencil curl brim and also features one of Stetson’s 1890s era imprint stamps. This hat was made between 1890 and 1910. It also sports a “The Fray” sweatband. This was the patented sweatband invented by one of Stetson’s earliest employees of long standing that I mentioned above.
This one also has the brown re-oder tag in it as seen in the last photo above.
11). Stetson No. 1 Quality (Late 1940s to Early 1950s)
Here is a No. 1 Quality Stetson from the late 40s or early 50s. It’s in very good shape, but the previous owner stretched it a bit as you can see the hat jack indentations in the leather sweatband. I hate these new hat-jacks as they always leave indentations in the leather sweatbands. I never use them.
Anyway, this black No. 1 Quality is finished in a deep pencil curl brim that measures a full 4 inches.This hat was made between 1945 and the early 50s. Despite the hat-jacking it took, the leather is in very supple condition with only a few scuffs here and there and no broken stitches.
12). Stetson Boss Raw Edge, Kettle Finish, Nutria (1913 to 1920s)
This hat is a bit moth eaten, but is a great example of the sort of early dress western hat that was worn between the late 1890s and about 1930. This particular one has the brown reorder tag, so that makes it of a manufacturing date previous to 1920. It is made of nutria fur and features the “kettle finish” brim edge which meant the brim was curled (as pictured). It is also Stetson’s then famous “Boss Raw Edge” meaning it had no edge treatment, just cut raw, no stitching or ribbon binding. Only in advertising can something be finished with no extra treatment, no extra effort to jazz it up yet have that be advertised as a major selling point!
The felt is quite pliable and can be shaped in several ways.
13). Stetson Boss Raw Edge, Kettle Finish, Real Nutria (Late 1920s to Early 1930s)
This is a great Boss Raw Edge western hat with a marked “Kettle Finish” brim edge and made of “real nutria.”
What is very interesting about this is that a Boss Raw Edge usually has a brim edge with no ribbon or stitching adornment. This one, however, has an interesting flat ribbon sewn completely underneath the brim edge. Also, “Kettle Finish” usually meant that the brim had a pencil curl to it. This one, though, is flat. I don’t know if it ever had a curl, but if it did there is no vestige of it now. Also, the leather sweatband is a bit larger than average. It measures 2-1/2 inches in depth.
Another odd thing on this is the older style inventory label. Usually by the late 20s and into the 30s the inventory label had already moved to the orange label as seen in the hats above.
Other wise, it is a typical Boss Raw Edge from the late 20s and 30s. A little dirty, but in great–even wearable–shape.
Lastly, it has a very wide oil skin sweat barrier sewn between the leather sweatband and the hat. It is fortunate that this sweat barrier didn’t destroy the hat as they had a tendency to do over the ages. This one survived in great shape.
14). Stetson No. 1 Quality, Boss Of The Plains Style (Made between 1880 and the 1920s)
This is a great Boss Of The Plains style Stetson. The Boss Of The Plains was one of Stetson’s most famous and popular styles from the 1860s on into the early 20th century. In fact, this flat-brimmed, round-crown style was the so popular, nearly every photo of a real cowboy from the late 1800s is wearing this style hat or something close to it.
Take this photo from my personal collection, for instance. This is of a couple from the 1880s or so.
So, here is my Boss Of The Plains, Stetson’s most famous hat of all…
Finally, this one has the brown reorder tag as seen in many pre 1920 Stetsons.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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November 19, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, House of Representatives, Liberals, President, Senate, Taxes, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
With the U.S. debt now officially over $15 trillion, to pay it off each working American would now owe more to the federal debt than they make in a year according to a new report by the U.S. Treasury Department.
The debt has now reached $15,033,607,255,920.32 and Terence Jeffery did a few calculations to see what that would mean.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that there were 93,641,000 full-time private sector workers in the United States in 2010 (and 18,073,000 full-time workers in federal, state and local government). That means the $15.0336 trillion federal debt equals approximately 160,545 per full-time private sector worker.
Calculations also show that the “federal debt equals approximately $197,579 for each American family.”
November 4, 2011 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Islam, Islamofascism, Liberals, Pat Quinn, Religion, Saudi Arabia, Terrorism, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
(Apologies, but we had a server switch yesterday and we lost the whole day’s worth of posts.)
Recently Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced the formation of the Illinois Muslim American Advisory Council, a group that will somehow “ensure” that Muslim American concerns are taken into account in state government. Among those appointed by the Governor to this board is ISNA Secretary-General Safaa Zarzour, a man who has been linked to organizations that fund Islamist terrorism.
Zarzour is known as a supporter and member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group well known for pushing extremist Islamism and for funding terror throughout the world.
October 29, 2011 | Filed Under Uncategorized | Comments Off
On Friday I wrote a piece expressing my dismay at an op ed written by John Tillman, CEO of the excellent Illinois Policy Institute. In his piece he claimed there was common ground between the “Occupy” folks and the Tea Party. I wholly disagreed with that. Mr. Tillman has written a follow up that he wanted to make sure readers saw.
The Persuadable Middle is Listening to Occupy; Why the Tea Party Should Start, Too
-By John Tillman, Ill. Policy Institute
Last week, the Chicago Tribune published a commentary piece I wrote about the Occupy Wall Street protestors in Chicago. They’ve been camped out near my office for the past few weeks, and I decided to engage them in conversation on my way home one night.
The media has likened the Occupy Wall Street protestors to the tea party, making the case that these protestors are the left’s version of the small government movement that has swept the nation.
Let me be clear: The Occupy Wall Street protestors and the folks who hold tea party rallies are not the same, and I do not believe there is any real opportunity for a union between the two groups. But what I learned that night is that these movements both are rooted in the idea that this country is moving in the wrong direction.
October 27, 2011 | Filed Under Uncategorized | Comments Off
We are now using a new WordPress plugin called Wordbooker. This allows the posts on Publius Forum to automatically post from WordPress to Facebook!
This will save quite a bit of time, though I have yet to figure out how to make it post the photo that is in the piece. But, maybe soon I’ll figure it out.
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-By Kevin Roeten
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has told the Obama Administration they’ve found enough oil under US territory that estimates 163 billion barrels of recoverable oil and enough natural gas to meet the country’s demand for 90 years. [Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/10/new-report-says-u-s-has-largest-fossil-fuel-reserves-in-world/#ixzz1ZAKRYXDD.]
Back in 2006, the Department of Energy (DoE) and the Mineral Management Service (MMS) both revealed the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) had enough oil to last at least another 50 years [Assessment of Undiscovered Technically Recoverable Oil and Gas Resources of the Nation’s Outer Continental Shelf, 2006 (Summary Brochure)].
The map above is from a 2006 MMS titled “Assessment of Undiscovered Technically Recoverable Oil and Gas Resources of the Nation’s Outer Continental Shelf”. Additional details are here.
That was well before the CRS report. In fact, the CRS report shows how the US leads all nations in World Fossil Fuel Resources. That includes Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran–everyone.
September 29, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Energy, Government, Liberals, President, Solar, Stimulus, Taxes, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
In a recurrence of its bout with Bush Derangement Syndrome, MSNBC recently relied on a left-wing, green activist to assert that the whole Solyndra scandal was really started by George W. Bush. Yep, it’s Boosh’s fault once again. Of course, the facts speak otherwise, but let’s not let truth get in the way of a good left-wing trope, shall we?
On the Friday September 23 episode of MSNBC Live, host Thomas Roberts was discussing the wasted loan of half a billion in tax dollars to the later bankrupt green company Solyndra and he brought on a the left-winger to address the mounting scandal plaguing the Obama administration. Naturally Thomas and guest were desperate to find someone other than Obama to blame this mess on. And who better to blame than the left’s favorite fall guy, George W. Bush?
Thomas had showed a video clip of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R, Fla) who called the loan “waste” and “corruption,” but Thomas next went to left-wing, green activist Dr. Mijin Cha who earnestly told the audience that, “the administration actually didn’t do any wrongdoing, right,” because “this loan was begun under the Bush administration.”
Sorry, Cha Cha, but you’re wrong.
September 21, 2011 | Filed Under Uncategorized | Comments Off
-By Kevin Roeten
Asheville’s Planned Parenthood Health Center
What is happening with Obama and Planned Parenthood (PP)? Obama and the United Nations? It’s a plain fact Obama can reduce the debt easily. But he’s not budging with those items. Obama’s being very coy about his actions. Obama will not cut taxpayer funds for PP, even though 98% of their expenditures are for abortion.
Obama seems to think PP can do no bad. Lately, he decided to trample the will of New Hampshire. On 9/13, the Obama administration made a decision to force New Hampshire taxpayers to fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business, even after New Hampshire’s Executive Council voted to revoke a $1.8 million contract.
PP says the reinstated grant will not fund abortions. But it frees up money the abortion business would otherwise have to spend on advertising and promoting abortions. Obama Administration did not provide any competitive process for other non-abortion agencies to compete for the contract.
-By Kevin Roeten
Mixing abortion with woman power is not an oxymoron. Women many times claim that a young baby they’re pregnant with (what else can they be pregnant with?) is only her body. She says she can do anything with her body she wants.
If she’s pregnant, she’s got a living, breathing, human within her body. But that living human is a totally separate entity, with a whole set of different chromosomes. It’s in her body, but it’s no longer her body.
One non-abortion group seems overly concerned with the “After Abortion” part. They believe abortion can be a direct or indirect result of an unwanted abortion, or coerced actions that can psychologically force the woman into aborting.
Women are considered the stronger sex in many forms. Usually, they can withstand higher amounts of physical pain than their male counterparts, and many women would consider themselves equal or better than men in most instances, except with the possibility of brute strength.
-By Kevin Roeten
Of course, the words ‘Death Panel’ weren’t in Obama’s 2000-word health care plan. The words socialism, aborting, taxing, and redistribution of earned money weren’t in there either. But most Americans know they’re in there.
Obama’s Universal HealthCare won’t give people the option to put people’s relatives to death. At least not yet. It is known by millions what will happen if government-run health care becomes a reality. First, people will be allowed (or the government will do it for them) to euthanize older folks, or generally anyone expected to die in less than six months.
If Universal Healthcare gets voted in, the Obama administration holds every ‘control’ button. With the unsustainably high budget deficit, the government will inevitably make cost-minded judgments about what procedures are ‘worth’ doing, and which are not.
July 2, 2011 | Filed Under Abortion, Anti-Americanism, Declaration of Independence, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Government, History, Illinois, Independence Day, Liberals, Rights, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
Apparently, when no one was looking, the Jaycees became a pro-Infanticide group. I wonder about this because the United States Junior Chamber Jaycees has thrown the Palatine Area Catholics Respect Life Group out of the Palatine, Illinois July Fourth parade, preventing them from participating in this year’s celebration.
The Jaycees claim that they have done so because the pro-life group has an “offensive” photo on the banner they planned to carry in the procession. Following is a photo of the banner as seen on the local Patch story:
“They decided that an unborn baby is too offensive,” said Martin Kelley, co-founder of Palatine Area Catholics Respect Life. “It’s an ultrasound photo. It’s not a picture of an aborted baby.”
So, how is an ultrasound photo of an in utero infant “offensive”? This isn’t a gruesome photo of an aborted fetus like many pro-life groups use to shock viewers — if it were I might agree with the claim that it is an offensive display. This is simply a live baby in the womb captured through the wonders of modern technology.
On Wednesday, 6/15/11, I will be announcing my run for the Republican nomination for the State Senate for the 52nd District currently held by Democrat Mike Frerichs. After having spoken with many of you and others around the district and state, I have been honored and humbled by the outpouring of support. Together, I know we can bring this seat back home to the Republican Party.
It goes without saying the level of harm that years of Democratic Party governing have caused this state. Many companies have left Illinois to never return, crushing tax increases, billions of unpaid bills, and the list goes on. The only way this changes is by changing the people in Springfield. The good news is, the 52nd State Senate district is one seat where we can replace a tax-and-spend Democrat with a conservative fiscal watchdog.
This race will be difficult, make no mistake. Several Republican groups have listed this as a Tier 1 target and you can bet the Democrats will defend it with everything they have. I am up to the challenge, but I will need your help. Here are a few things you can do to help now:
May 27, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Health, Liberals, Medicare, Nanny State, President, Socialism, Taxes, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston, Washington D.C. | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
Obama and his Democrat pals have been lying to you, America. They do not want to find a cure for America’s obviously ailing healthcare system. They want to erect its headstone. Democrats want to destroy every aspect of our healthcare system. They have to, you see, because if they don’t they cannot rebuild it to operate under a socialist model. More proof of that was highlighted by Conn Carroll earlier in the week at the Washington Examiner.
Carroll rightly points out that Obamacare is purposefully designed to collapse Medicare and to run 25% of all hospitals out of business. Sure this will hurt — even kill — thousands of America’s most vulnerable citizens, but, heck, you have to break a few citizen eggs to create the ideal, socialist omelet, don’t you know?
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