Hero Models

Valley Forge was not a myth. Its mutineers were not a myth. What motivated the Continental Army to stay and fight is not a myth. Our Yellow-Press-Hollywood myth which replaced their experience did not have the backbone to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1976 when it was taken door to door on plain paper. I dare the myth to replace the words "Britain," British, "Great," "King" etc in our Declaration and apply it to Karl Rove's empire. I dare the myth to find someone with the backbone to sign it again with me.



Congressman Robert Smalls


Congressman Smalls is given credit for demanding and
establishing mandatory public school education for all children.
His son William Smalls became Paducah, Kentucky's leading school principal.

Black Americans During the Civil War &
Robert Smalls,
Slave, Confederate Sea Pilot on the C.S.S. Planter,


Christian, Ecovillage, Commune

In contrast to most of the Russian Orthodox underground and old-believers’ communities, Fedorovtsy is open to strangers. Guests are welcome—especially those interested in Russian Orthodoxy or old-believers’ culture. Fedorovtsy is very hospitable, and nobody there will ask you for your help—but actually, if you can help them in the garden it would be great.

Fedorovtsy is a Russian Orthodox commune. It appeared in 1922 as a part of the Underground Church; the movement turned away from the official Russian Orthodox Church, which collaborated with the Soviet state. Members refused to take part in Soviet life and organizations or enroll in the army. They tried to live a simple life by subsistence farming and not occupying excessive property. Most of them spent years in prisons but kept the old peasant’s lifestyle, relationships, and culture that had disappeared from most of the Russian countryside. Especially they kept the tradition of spiritual songs.


9 April 1898 -- 23 January 1976

"The Artist must elect to fight for freedom or slavery. I have made my choice. I had no alternative.  -Epitaph

Paul Robeson, "Joe Hill"

Deep River, Curly Headed Baby - Paul Robeson

Annie Besant
1 October 1847 – 20 September 1933
"I ask no other epitaph on my tomb but 'She tried to follow Truth'."

Theosophist Annie Besant Documentary Pt. 1 of 3

Theosophist Annie Besant Documentary Pt. 2 of 3

Theosophist Annie Besant Documentary Pt. 3 of 3

Theosophy UK C W Leadbeater, Annie Besant, Krishnamurti


 Wyatt Earp's 1929 Pallbearer

January 6, 1880 – October 12, 1940

Heroes Will Rogers and Tom Mix

Tom Mix
by Leon Morgan, Hal Arbo (Illustrator)
ISBN-13: 9780595359493

The Amazing Tom Mix
by Richard D. Jensen
ISBN-13: 9780595359493

Tom Mix: A Heavily Illustrated Biography of the Western Star, with a Filmography
by Paul E. Mix
ISBN-13: 9780786467471

The Fabulous Tom Mix
by Olive Stokes Mix, Eric Heath
ISBN-13: 9781258325534

José Protacio Mercado Alonzo y Realonda Rizal
June 19, 1861 – December 30, 1896

"Why independence, if the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow?"
- Jose Rizal, The Reign of Greed  1912

Lineage Life and Labors of José Rizal
Philippine Patriot
A Study of the Growth of Free Ideas in the Trans-Pacific American Territory
Austin Craig 1913

Home of Jose Rizal, Philippines

“– without confidence in their past, without faith in their present and with no fond home of the years to come. The former rulers who had merely endeavored to secure the fear and submission of their subjects, habituated by them to servitude, fell like leaves from a dead tree, and the people, who had no love for them nor knew what liberty was, easily changed masters, perhaps hoping to gain something by the innovation.”

José Rizal, noted Filipino linguist, novelist, poet, scientist, doctor, painter, educator, reformer and visionary thought leader.

A Martyr Lives On....


Citizen Butler


War Is A Racket

Biography & Awards

World War I History

The Whitehouse Coup (1933) 1 of 3

The Whitehouse Coup (1933) 2 of 3

The Whitehouse Coup (1933) 3 of 3

Captain Butler, USMC

Sgt. Major Jiggs

1924 Street Fighting in Tientsin China

Citizen Soldier

Generals Butler & Lejeune

Semper Fidelis


 Chester Alan Arthur, Union President 

Chester A. Arthur
 (October 5, 1829 - November 18, 1886) 

Chester A. Arthur
Kick-Arse Attorney

“Some atheists are closer to God than those who believe in God.” –Paul Twitchell, speaking on the relative scale of primitive beliefs, social creeds, and actual experience.

 Anne Nicol Gaylor
Advocate for Freedom

Co-Founder, Freedom From Religion Foundation

Anne has always worked. She took over housework and cooking for her father and 3 brothers when she was 12. She graduated from high school at 16, worked for room and board and waitressed to pay for college, and graduated with an English degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1949. --FFRF.org Tribute p. 5

Freethought Hall

(Sung to Gilbert & Sullivan's "Modern Major General")

Anne is the very model of a Modern Major Activist.
She studies every issue and she gathers every fact of it.
She has a thorough expertise in all things institutional.
She even knows precisely what is meant by Constitutional.

In dealing with the public she's a true encyclopedia.
She understands exactly how to give it to the media.
In short, in all things feminist and humanist and atheist,
She is the very model of a Modern Major Activist.

Respecting human values, she's a tender-hearted atheist,
An "action-over-prayer" and a "reason-over-faith"-eist.
She never wilts from laboring to keep the country secular.
And all her major victories are really quite spec-tec-ular.

Although a gentle woman, she can protest energetically.
She handles all apologists quite unapologetically.
She's not afraid to say a politician is a criminal.
She's practically rewritten every lyric in the hym-i-nal.

A battle-tested feminist, she's plucky and adventury,
And just like Margaret Sanger, she's a "Woman of the Century."
And so, in all things feminist and humanist and atheist,
She is the very model of a Modern Major Activist.

(lyrics 2004 by Dan Barker FFRF.org Tribute p. 2)

[Note to Clarify my choice:  Experiencing Wisconsin’s lack of these freedoms expressed in our Declaration of Independence and with her family tradition rooted in our Union’s earliest inspiration, Anne Nicol Gaylor formed the Freedom From Religion Foundation in 1978. “Religion is not a crutch” as a Wisconsin news article quoted her. In my opinion, as her life proved to be an example of, religion is a way of living and applying ones principles which gives atheism and communism the impetus to be religions themselves. Freedom from religion is a neutral statement. Freedom from religion does not denounce the personal beliefs of others, but their imposed effects on those whose conscience is free. Free of what? For a start, free from hypocrisy or to be hypocritical if so chosen, because authenticity is what makes a conscience worth owning.

Our Union’s early advocates and leaders before the 1776 Revolution spoke from a Unitarian pulpit in New England. Later leaders advocated a press willing to publish opinion unblemished by religion. And our Union’s first Constitution applied this freedom to allow members and population of each state the freedom to define the differences between Deism and Theism for themselves without interference by a universal entity such as we have now in the Federation which implied its consent in FFRF v. Department of Veterans Affairs - April 19, 2006, that Veteran’s Affairs employees had legal standing to limit or refuse non-Christian-Catholics-Jews-Muslims medical care.]

Our Union was founded on the right to think for one's self without interference by any creed or its deus ex machina in a dark box, before a shrine, the alter or on a sacrificial pyre.

Reference for further enjoyment: A Short History of Free Thought by J. M. Robertson.


Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali



Elizabeth Jennings Graham

Jennings v. Third Ave. Railroad 
Horace Greeley's New York Tribune commented on the incident in February 1855:

"She got upon one of the Company's cars last summer, on the Sabbath, to ride to church. The conductor undertook to get her off, first alleging the car was full; when that was shown to be false, he pretended the other passengers were displeased at her presence; but (when) she insisted on her rights, he took hold of her by force to expel her. She resisted. The conductor got her down on the platform, jammed her bonnet, soiled her dress and injured her person. Quite a crowd gathered, but she effectually resisted. Finally, after the car had gone on further, with the aid of a policeman they succeeded in removing her."

Future President from North Carolina
Chester A. Arthur took the case.

 (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005)


 Louis Silvie "Louie" Zamperini (January 26, 1917 – July 2, 2014) 

Heroes start out by being flexible enough to know what to practice if we are going to preach it. Hollywood phrases such as 'walking the talk' have no meaning in opinions. And in my opinion, Ms. Jolie accomplished a difficult task in directing the story of  Mr. Zamperini. She kept it straightforward and factual. She overcame to her critics' needs to milk Mr. Zamperini's life  for profitable melodrama. Doing so would have been a dishonor to all heroes.

Once having both sides of ones mouth in agreement, a Hero figures out who owns the dead horse for their model of achievement, “Us” or “Them.” Winners will not waste time whipping it. Winners creatively use personal insight and ingenuity to leave “integrity's” false sense of self to those who cannot adapt to change as easily as he or she. Heroes rise above their natural "human-ness" to walk with angels.


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