Short Takes

by Fred Ray on October 7, 2008 · 0 comments

A group of high school students attend a Civil War re-enactment and have an authentic experience. No, they didn’t get shot, they got sick, which was far more common.

Eighth-graders from West Valley Middle School who fell ill were wearing the blue T-shirts on a field trip Friday to a Civil War re-enactment in East Knox County. They complained of nausea, dizziness and a heavy feeling in their arms and legs.

Obviously they should have been wearing gray.

Also, in secession news, northern California and southern Oregon want to secede and form their own state.

12 sparsely populated, thickly forested counties in both states want to break away and generate the 51st star on the nation’s flag – the state of Jefferson.

You can see the signs of discontent from Klamath Falls to Dunsmuir, where green double-X “Jefferson State” flags hang in scores of businesses. You can hear the talk of revolution at lunch counters and grocery lines, where people grumble that politicians to the north and south don’t care.

You can even hear the dissent on the radio, where 21 area FM stations broadcast from Oregon into California under the banner of “Jefferson Public Radio.”

The idea of the state of Jefferson has been around for awhile and got most serious during the “Patriotic revolution” in 1941.

And there’s always the Republic of Cascadia, which longs for independence from both the US and Canada. They even have the Sasquatch militia, which ought to make for interesting re-enactments.

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