Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This day in history

In 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first president of the Republic of Texas.

ISIS Seizes US Arms Drop Meant for Syrian Kurds

This is amazing. DC has already blown $424 million in its illegal, cowardly, and inept bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq. And now it turns out that some of the arms intended for the "Good Guys" (the side DC backs at the moment) has gone to the "Bad Guys" (the side DC opposes at the moment). Just another day in the endless crusade to hammer the Middle East into a DC colony:
The US air drops of weaponry to Kurdish fighters in and around Kobani ended up quite a bit more embarrassing than the administration predicted, as ISIS today released a video showing they’d intercepted at least one of the parcels of weaponry.
The ISIS video showed caches of hand grenades, ammunition, and grenade launchers, and will add to the massive amount of US-made weaponry ISIS already possesses.
ISIS supporters followed up the release of the video with a series of “thank you” notes posted on social media, rubbing in the fact that ISIS is armed in great measure by US bungles.

Those ISIS fighters might be brutal fanatics, but, hey, at least they have a sense of humor.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Soon to become a minority in the US, whites express declining support for diversity

The powers that be, from big business, to big media, to big government, all chime that open borders is a grand idea, that it will enrich us, and, hey, it's inevitable anyhow, so you rednecks might as well get used to it.

But some people are realizing that life in areas with real diversity, such as the Balkans or Iraq, is not the kind of vibrancy a sane person would want. So this study from UCLA is no surprise:

“We see a significant reduction in the endorsement of diversity when white Americans are exposed to current projections of future demographics,” said Felix Danbold, a UCLA psychology doctoral student and the paper’s lead author. “Most Americans view diversity in positive terms, but many white Americans who see the actual demographic projections, and the loss of their majority status, end up being less enthusiastic about it.”
So now our handlers' problem is how to silence these heretics until it's too late to do anything about it.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Christmas in Fayetteville, 1864

A North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Observance
Saturday, 13 December 2014 -- 1PM-4:30PM; 6:30PM-9PM
Historic Heritage Square
225 Dick Street, Fayetteville, North Carolina
$5 general admission at door

 1864 Mayor Archibald McLean of Fayetteville will preside over the occasion.
 North Carolina infantry and artillery reenactors; period hospital display.
 “NC Christmas Traditions” tours with historians Kelly Hinson and Ben Eure.
 “Life on the North Carolina Home Front” with author Brenda McKean.
 Hot cider, eggnog, and warm cornbread available.

Please visit Hay Street restaurants/shops during our 4:30-6:30PM Supper Break
Special Narrated Evening Candlelight Tours
of Historic Heritage Square.
Admission: $10 Adults/ $5 Children
Corporate sponsorships are available – contact
Presented by the NC War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
Cumberland Plough Boys Camp No. 2187, NC SCV
All proceeds benefit the Woman’s Club of Fayetteville
For more information contact:

Up To 100,000 Catalans Crowd Barcelona Demanding Independence Vote

The breakup of Spain will have almost as big of an impact here as the Scottish referendum. From Business Insider:

Tens of thousands of Catalans crowded central Barcelona on Sunday calling for early regional elections after plans for a Nov. 9 referendum on independence from Spain were declared illegal by Madrid.

People dressed in yellow T-shirts waved the red and yellow Catalan independence flag, marked with a white star, and bore banners reading “Now is the time” and “We are ready”.
Of course, Madrid doesn't like this. It wants prosperous Catalan to continue subsidizing the government's social welfare programs for the indolent southern regions.

Sound familiar?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Texas orders travel restrictions

Texas health officials are doing the job D.C. refuses to do:

Texas health officials have ordered any person who entered the room of the first Ebola patient at a Dallas hospital not to travel by public transport, including planes ship, buses or trains, or visit groceries, restaurants or theaters for 21 days, until the danger of developing Ebola has passed.

The instructions, issued by the Texas Department of State Health Service late Thursday, cover more than 70 health workers involved in providing care for Thomas Duncan, the Liberian national who became the first patient to test positive for Ebola in the United States.
As we noted yesterday, a majority of Americans now believe their State and local governments should assume many of the powers now exercised by the federal government. The ebola crisis/fiasco illustrates why. D.C. has mutated into a self-serving, entrenched bureaucracy with no regard for its subjects. No wonder the subjects do not consider D.C. a legitimate government.

Debating same-sex "marriage" with a leftist

Here's a recent online debate I had with a leftist who claimed homosexuals have a right to marry. Enjoy.

KyCobb said... Given your belief that everyone's civil rights are subject to repeal by 51% of the voters, if the electorate voted to ban Old Rebel from marrying, or to ban Old Rebel from owning guns, you wouldn't even consider going to court to defend your rights, correct?

Old Rebel said... You're assuming someone took away homosexuals' "right" to marry. Such a right never existed until the Cultural Marxists dreamed it up. Simply claiming a right to something doesn't create an obligation to grant that person's wish. The right to self-defense, on the other hand, is well-defined by history and tradition.

KyCobb said... Homosexuals have the right to equal protection of the laws, which is in the Constitution, and is well defined.

Old Rebel said... Which amendment gives them the right to re-define social institutions? Group marriage is not far away.

KyCobb said... There is no equal protection argument for group marriage, because having two marriage licenses is not equal to having one.

Old Rebel said... If marriage can be re-defined from the union of a man and a woman to a union of two men or two women, on what grounds can we deny a license to polygamists?

KyCobb said... To protect the interest of the original spouse and the original spouse's children in the emotional and financial support of the other original spouse. Another reason is to prevent social instability which could be caused if rich men build large harems leaving few eligible women for less wealthy men to marry. We observe that in polygamous communities where teenage boys are cast out to fend for themselves so that they can't compete with the old men for teenage girls.

Old Rebel said.. In other words, you're saying society must ensure that its members conform to certain standards to promote stability and perpetuation.

I couldn't agree more.

Since only a man and a woman can create babies, and since those who are genetically invested in the survival of their own offspring will provide the best care for those offspring, it's in society's interest to grant special rights to the union of a man and a woman - and deny those rights to others.

Ky Cobb said... crickets chirping...
Religious arguments just won't work on leftists. So we need to steer then into realizing that ALL policies must be grounded in the reality of the human condition. Yesterday's quote of the day from Wendell Berry phrased it perfectly: “Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.”

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Quote of the day

“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.” ― Wendell Berry

Secession is coming

The dysfunction in D.C. would be laughable if it wasn't so tragic. Its sprawling bureaucracy is too big to be managed. Consider this: St. Lucia and Columbia have already done what had to be done about ebola, and that was to prohibit flights from western African countries. Meanwhile, U.S. embassies in ebola-stricken African countries are STILL issuing visas to non-U.S. citizens. That's our government at work, folks.

And remember, it was D.C.'s insane open borders policy that created the ebola problem in this country to begin with.

Secession makes sense. Only those political units organized around the shared values of a unifying culture can govern themselves; otherwise, an authoritarian regime must impose order on its always-squabbling peoples. The primary reason the federal government is becoming increasingly intrusive is directly due to rising diversity, which invites and breeds culture clashes.

Little wonder more people see the central government as incompetent at best, and at worst, a threat to their liberty and security. That attitude, unsurprisingly, has now become mainstream. In fact, a majority of Americans now believe their State and local governments should take over many of the powers now exercised by D.C. From the Washington Post:

On several important issues, majority opinion has actually flipped over the last forty years, shifting from a majority in favor of federal dominance to a majority against it. For example, the percentage of Americans who believe that state or local government should make the major decisions on drug policy has increased from 39% in 1973 to 61% in 2013. On health care, it has risen from 40% to 62%; on environmental protection, it has gone from 36% to 56%. On prison reform, the proportion supporting state and local primacy has increased from 43% to 68%.

In both 1973 and 2013, substantial majorities favored federal primacy on national defense, Social Security, and cancer research. But in the last two cases, the minority preferring state or local control has substantially increased. Similarly, in both 1973 and 2013, large majorities favored state or local control of education, transportation, housing, and welfare policy. But on all three of the four issues, those anti-federal government majorities have grown substantially.
A famous quote from John Adams comes to mind: "The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations ... This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution."

Don't look now, but a similar revolution is well under way once again. Know hope, my friends.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thomas Sowell on the misuse of history

Today's educators aren't educating, says Dr. Sowell. Uneducated but indoctrinated kids grow up to be ill-informed citizens and voters. Look at the response to Ta-Nehisi Coates's apparent misconception that slavery was practiced exclusively by American Whites against Blacks, for which nothing can compensate them but megahuge sums of money. Mr. Coates would benefit from a long talk with Dr. Sowell:

Slavery was common among the vast populations in Asia. Slavery was also common among the Polynesians, and the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere enslaved other indigenous peoples before anyone on this side of the Atlantic had ever seen a European.

More whites were brought as slaves to North Africa than blacks brought as slaves to the United States or to the 13 colonies from which it was formed. White slaves were still being bought and sold in the Ottoman Empire, decades after blacks were freed in the United States.
Then again, inconvenient facts are of no use to ideologues such as Ta-Nehisi Coates. If he were to encounter the real historical facts of slavery, he'd dismiss them as irrelevant.

City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons

Now this is scary - though expected:

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”
Now that same-sex "marriage" is the de facto law of the land, we must embrace the homosexual agenda and believe in it with all our hearts. Now that the DC Empire is a full-fledged empire, we must think the same things and uphold the same values.

A country dedicated to the welfare of its people will have their survival as their goal. Its actions will be guided by that ultimate goal. However, a country dedicated to ideology demands uniformity of thought, and all who dare think differently will be hounded or worse. Get used to it.

Thanks to Jeff for the heads up!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Disrupt Speciesism!

From the "Get a Life!" file:

If you really, really believe in equality, you can't stop with humans. The pathetic creature in the above video takes "equality" to its logical conclusion, and rants to the patrons of an upscale restaurant that they're victimizing her pet chicken "Snow" - which she refers to as her "girl" - because they're eating Snow's eggs and kin. Yeah.

She certainly looks the part of an other-worldly ideologue: hair cut by a Weedeater, has the fashion sense of a flood victim, and thinks the nobility of her opinions justifies imposing them on other people. Pathetic.

The Problem With Marxism

The entire leftist agenda is anti-human. That's why leftists support a unitary, centralized government. Their agenda cannot be otherwise implemented, and they know that. If they permit freedom, the left will lose, because people will abandon the rigid, other-worldly constraints imposed on them by a regime that cares more for its precious agenda than it cares about the people's needs. From Real Clear Religion:

In Main Currents of Marxism, Kolakowski wrote that "Marxism has been the greatest fantasy of our century." According to him, socialism signifies giving the solution which can never exist. "At present," the author pointed out, "Marxism neither interprets the world nor changes it; it is merely a repetition of slogans." And this is because the ruling elite does not represent the society's needs, but places empty ideology above anything else. Clearly the most important premise of the socialist rule is that it can be exercised by those who possess power. The system which exacts stern order and blind obedience may only triumph through violence, fear, and military coercion. At the same time this system generates only alienation, and stagnation. The sad story of our times is that the system which claims to embody the rights, privileges and welfare of the working class is the same system whose biggest enemy is its very citizens. Kolakowski jokes that socialism would be a splendid idea if only there were no people.
That last sentence says it all. If there were no Gulag, no Killing Fields, no Terror, the leftist agenda could never exist. That's why communism is the bloodiest ideology the world has ever seen.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Indigenous People's Day!

In the spirit of the new meaning for this date, which a number of cities have proclaimed, I give you David Yeagley, the Comanche warrior who took down Daryle Lamont Jenkins.

Stop the suppression of Black votes!

White liberals are so funny. They howl and gibber about how conservatives secretly want to take away Blacks' right to vote, yet applaud the overturning of state defenses of traditional marriage. Blacks voted in favor of North Carolina's Amendment One confirming traditional marriage by 65%. So a single federal judge invalidated more Black voters than all those eeeevil Tea Party Republicans combined.

Quote of the day

"Censors are motivated not by a certainty that their targets are wrong but a fear that they may be right. The end result of the Free Speech Movement has been to create a generation of graduates whose minds are bolted shut and paved over with cement." Jim Goad, on the tyranny of today's DC/Cultural Marxist axis.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

US-led air attacks backfire

How about that? For the first time in the history of DC's countless interventions in this unlucky region, DC's actions in the Middle East are not working as expected. From the London Independent:

America's plans to fight Islamic State are in ruins as the militant group's fighters come close to capturing Kobani and have inflicted a heavy defeat on the Iraqi army west of Baghdad.

The US-led air attacks launched against Islamic State (also known as Isis) on 8 August in Iraq and 23 September in Syria have not worked. President Obama's plan to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State has not even begun to achieve success. In both Syria and Iraq, Isis is expanding its control rather than contracting.
Of course, Halliburton and McDonnell-Douglas are slavering in anticipation of more bloodshed and mayhem. Ka-ching!

Is there one man with a spine in Raleigh?

Apparently not. In response to a federal judge's diktat imposing same-sex "marriage," thereby overturning the will of the people of the state, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, speaking at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, issued this Official Grovel:

"It's my job to enforce the constitution of North Carolina, and the constitution of the United States for that matter. My administration will be ready to execute the law, as the courts have told us to do. Some rulings go your way, some don't, and that is the beautiful thing about our democracy."

Yes, Pat, it's a beautiful thing indeed. The above picture should remind folks what they're pledging loyalty to when they parrot the Pledge of Allegiance.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Our Judicial Tyranny

Pat Buchanan raises some troubling issues on the apparently inevitable triumph of the homosexual lobby thanks to their allies in the federal courts:

Do the states have the right to outlaw same-sex marriage?

Not long ago the question would have been seen as absurd. For every state regarded homosexual acts as crimes.

Moreover, the laws prohibiting same-sex marriage had all been enacted democratically, by statewide referenda, like Proposition 8 in California, or by Congress or elected state legislatures.

But today rogue judges and justices, appointed for life, answerable to no one, instruct a once-democratic republic on what laws we may and may not enact.
Buchanan is right - this is a scary trend. Federal courts are imposing same-sex "marriage" on an unwilling people in full violation of the Constitution. The 10th amendment specifies the central government ONLY has those powers the people of the states specifically delegate to it.

This is a disturbing trend. Next thing you know, DC could claim the power to indefinitely detain citizens in violation of the Sixth Amendment. Or it might decide to ignore the Fourth Amendment and undertake a massive citizen surveillance program.

We'd be in REAL trouble then.

Want to Secede? Follow the Flemish

Slow but steady is the key to the emergence of independent Flanders.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Could terrorists turn themselves into Ebola suicide 'bombs'?


Who says so? Just some professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College:

Terrorist group Isis may be considering using Ebola as a suicide bio-weapon against the West, according to a military expert.

The virus is transmitted by direct contact with an infected person who is showing the symptoms – and it wouldn't be difficult for fanatics to contract it then travel to countries they want to wreak havoc in, according to a military expert.

Capt. Al Shimkus, Ret., a Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, said that the strategy is entirely plausible.

He told Forbes: 'The individual exposed to the Ebola Virus would be the carrier. In the context of terrorist activity, it doesn't take much sophistication to go to that next step to use a human being as a carrier.'
But remember, we don't want to stop the flow of immigrants from Muslim and sub-Saharan countries. Because Diversity.

The Latest Cause

The Civil Rights Revolution has expanded from its original beneficiaries to include illegal alien invaders and, lately, homosexuals. So what misunderstood minority can DC champion next? How about pedophiles? Take it away, New York Times:

Arguing for the rights of scorned and misunderstood groups is never popular, particularly when they are associated with real harm. But the fact that pedophilia is so despised is precisely why our responses to it, in criminal justice and mental health, have been so inconsistent and counterproductive.
The op-ed makes the case that the "extension of civil rights protections to people with pedophilia" is unpopular, but necessary. Sure it is. Not that long ago, the notion of same-sex "marriage" was outrageous. It's now poised to become the law of the land. Just how lunatic can this never-ending revolution go? Take it away, Jesse Jackson:

National civil rights leader Jesse Jackson visited Dallas Tuesday to see first-hand how Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan is being cared for at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Rev. Jackson said he came at the request of Duncan's family, who told him they were not getting enough information from the doctors, and that Duncan was not getting the best care America had to offer.

In the morning, Jackson compared Duncan's care to what American-born Ebola patients have received at other U.S. hospitals.
Of course, Jesse Jackson's interest was sparked by the welfare of one of "his people." But what he's saying here is that African immigrants have a right to come here with their exotic diseases and expect US taxpayers to pay for their treatment. Sounds fair to me.

What's next, civil rights for viruses? Why not? If you accept the premise that all peoples, cultures, and "orientations" are of equal value - and that IS the regnant ideology of the DC Empire - then the criminalization of pedophilia is indeed "inconsistent and irrational." We must celebrate, rather than stigmatize, these people.

How else can we paint with all the colors of the rainbow?

Quote of the day

"Invasion by immigrants who do not acculturate is more dangerous than invasion by the army of a foreign state. In America, a similar invading army took to our streets last week, demonstrating against any attempt to stem the invasion. Few of the flags they carried were American." William Lind

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kim and Fred Kagan Strike Again!

Oh, no, not the Kagans again!

Yes, they're back. This charming couple has a new op-ed in the L.A. Times entitled "U.S. strategy against Islamic State is too much air, not enough boots."

Thing is, it's just not newsworthy that these two are arguing for expansion of Obama's air war. It's like Al Sharpton demanding more welfare. The arms industry that funds Fat Freddy's bottomless appetite always wants to stoke another war. He knows where his bread is buttered. Neither Fat Freddy nor Kim have any military experience, yet the pro-war, any war crowd laps up their every pronouncement.

Here's how the L.A. Times identifies this fun couple: "Frederick W. Kagan is the director of the Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute. Kimberly Kagan is the president of the Institute for the Study of War."

With those credentials, what can we expect from them but endless agitation for more war? And as we all know, that will inevitably mean more blowback, more domestic terror, and more government surveillance. The winner will be Big Government and Big Business.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Boehner rakes in cash for openly gay Republican candidate

Yes, the party of tradition, conservatism, and morality strikes again. From The Hill.

Supreme Court Effectively Legalizes Same-Sex "Marriage"

Just where in the Constitution do the people of the sovereign States authorize the central government to regulate marriage? Nowhere, right? But everyone assumes DC has that power, as illustrated in this story.

Shoot, we've already submitted to the Temporary Dictator Chief Executive assuming the power to indefinitely detain and even murdering American citizens, as well as bypassing Congress to declare war. So who's to say DC cannot grant itself the power to redefine marriage? Other than "extremists," that is?

Maryland, My Maryland!

Following the bombardment and surrender of Fort Sumter at Charleston on April 9, 1861, Lincoln ordered Governors of the remaining Union states to call up their state militias and supply an army of 75,000 to invade and subdue the seven Southern states that had seceded. While this was received enthusiastically in many Northern States, the Border States viewed this order as a tyranny they would not follow. Consequently, the border states of Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Arkansas seceded and secession efforts were underway in Missouri and Kentucky. The order was likewise not well received in Maryland.

One of the first steps of the Lincoln administration was to secure the Capitol in Washington, although the Southern States wished to secede peacefully and had indicated no aggressive intentions against the Northern capitol. In order to get to Washington, the mustered Union regiments had to come through Baltimore. As the railroad did not go through the city of Baltimore, they had to disembark their troop trains north of the city and proceed by wagon, horse, and foot through the city, and then embark on other trains. on the south side. Unfortunately, on April 19th, the 6th Massachusetts chose to march through the city fully armed and in military formation. They were jeered by unsympathetic crowds of bystanders. Furthering the misfortune, the troops fired on the crowds killing twelve people. Fire then began to be returned from the crowd, and four soldiers were killed. These twelve civilians and four Union soldiers, whose blood flecked the streets of Baltimore, were the among first deaths of a war that would take the lives of 620,000 Union and Confederate soldiers and an estimated 50,000 Southern civilians from all causes.

By May of 1861 Lincoln, his cabinet, and generals had already begun to close down dissenting newspapers all over the country from Chicago to New York. Lincoln also took it upon himself to suspend the Writ of Habeas Corpus, a constitutional guarantee of the Bill of Rights with precedent dating back to the English Magna Carta. Habeas corpus is a fundamental liberty which prevents arbitrary arrest and imprisonment indefinitely without defined charges, trial, or means of release. Suspension of habeas corpus under conditions of civil disorder can only be temporary and must be authorized by Congress within 30 days.

In that same month of May a resident of Baltimore, John Merryman, who had been arrested on the order of Union General George Cadwallader and held at Fort McHenry without charges or trial, petitioned U. S. Chief Justice Roger B. Taney for a writ of habeas corpus. Taney granted a writ and set a date for a hearing, but it was ignored by Lincoln and his generals. Cadwallader responded by letter that Lincoln had suspended habeas corpus, so there would be no compliance with the Supreme Court. Taney ordered a federal marshal to Fort McHenry to enforce the writ, but Union Army officials refused his entrance.

Taney responded by writing a blistering court opinion, a constitutional classic, that held Merryman’s arrest to be unlawful and a violation of the Constitution, and that only Congress could suspend the Writ of Habeas Corpus. The Chief Justice stated that if Lincoln’s actions were allowed to stand, “…the people of the United States are no longer living under a government of laws, but every citizen holds, life, liberty, and property at the will and pleasure of the army officer in whose military district he may happen to be found.”

Lincoln not only ignored the Supreme Court’s ruling, he wrote out an order for arrest of Chief Justice Taney. This arrest, however, was in the end not actually carried out for fear of extremely adverse public opinion and political consequences.

With these developments, a sizeable portion of the Maryland public was becoming sympathetic not only to the South but even to secession. Therefore, there was much talk of it among Maryland State Legislators. Consequently, Northern informers were asked to identify members of the Maryland Legislature that might support secession in the coming legislative session. Secretary of War Simon Cameron then issued an order to Major General Banks in Maryland that “all or any part of the Legislative members must be arrested to prevent secession.”

On the night of September 12-13 all suspected Southern sympathizers in the Maryland Legislature were arrested and imprisoned in Fort McHenry. In all fifty-one persons were arrested and imprisoned. Ironically, among those arrested and imprisoned was the grandson of Francis Scott Key, the author of the Star Spangled Banner.

To further tighten Union political hold on Maryland, all members of the Union Armed Forces were allowed to vote in the November election, although they were citizens of other states. Voters had to walk through platoons of soldiers with rifles and fixed bayonets to reach their polling place. The London Saturday Review noted:

“It was as perfect an act of despotism as can be conceived. It was a coup d’etat in every essential feature.”

The story of this despotism is reflected in the lines of Maryland’s state song from the poem written by James Ryder Randall in 1861. Few now realize the lines were directed against Abraham Lincoln, his cabinet, and generals. Here are the most famous lines:

“The despot’s heel is on they shore,
Maryland, My Maryland!
His torch is at thy temple door,
br>Maryland, My Maryland!
Avenge the patriotic gore,
That flecked the streets of Baltimore,
And be the battle queen of yore,
Maryland, My Maryland!
Dear Mother! Burst the tyrant’s chain,
Maryland, My Maryland!
Virginia should not call in vain,
Maryland, My Maryland.”

Twenty thousand of Maryland’s sons were able to escape the Union occupation of their mother state and distinguish themselves in the Confederate Army.

Mike Scruggs

Does Anybody Really Think He Cares???

Al Benson, Jr. reminds folks that Obama is just another politician with an agenda, so don't believe the assurances Obama cares about us. Obama's actions are based on his agenda, not his love for us.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Lessons for today from the Shenandoah’s Civil War flames

James Bovard reminds us of the savagery unleashed against innocent American civilians in DC's first war of "liberation," which was in fact a war to retain and expand the power of the ruling elite:

This is the 150th anniversary of one of the Civil War’s most destructive and controversial campaigns. After Confederate armies had used the Shenandoah Valley to launch several invasions of the North, Union Gen. Philip Sheridan unleashed a hundred-mile swath of flames that left vast numbers of civilians tottering toward starvation. Unfortunately, the burning of the Shenandoah Valley has been largely forgotten, foreshadowing how subsequent brutal military operations would also vanish down the memory hole.

In August 1864, supreme Union commander Ulysses S. Grant ordered Sheridan to “do all the damage to railroads and crops you can. If the war is to last another year, we want the Shenandoah Valley to remain a barren waste.” Sheridan set to the task with vehemence, declaring that “the people must be left nothing but their eyes to weep with over the war” and promised that, when he was finished, the valley “from Winchester to Staunton will have but little in it for man or beast.”
You'll want to read the whole thing, if you can take it. Remember, this is the same regime that sacrificed over 600,000 American lives to maintain its grip on power, and plotted terror attacks against Americans in the 1960s (yes, 1960s, not 1860s) to justify an invasion of Cuba.

The innocent always suffer in a war, so let's not be so gung-ho about every war the government proposes. Bovard's article should make us consider that our ancestors suffered unjustly, and we should be aware of the impact on innocents in distant lands when we unleash hell in the name of promoting "democracy."