Sunday, September 19, 2010

'Twas The Night Before Elections

'Twas the night before elections
And all through the town
Tempers were flaring
Emotions all up and down!

I, in my bathrobe
With a cat in my lap
Had cut off the TV
Tired of political crap.

When all of a sudden
There arose such a noise
I peered out of my window
Saw Obama and his boys

They had come for my wallet
They wanted my pay
To give to the others
Who had not worked a day!

He snatched up my money
And quick as a wink
Jumped back on his bandwagon
As I gagged from the stink

He then rallied his henchmen
Who were pulling his cart
I could tell they were out
To tear my country apart!

'On Fannie, on Freddie,
On Biden and Ayers!
On Acorn, On Pelosi'
He screamed at the pairs!

They took off for his cause
And as he flew out of sight
I heard him laugh at the nation
Who wouldn't stand up and fight!

So I leave you to think
On this one final note-

Via Bazz

Toombs Speech


Kindness of T

NCLS Sunday, 19 September 2010

North Carolina

League of the South News Service

Sunday, 19 September 2010

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NC LS Fall Conference:

“Localism: Effective Political Activism at Home”

Last Saturday’s North Carolina LS Fall Conference witnessed two inspired speakers and a spirited group of members and guests discuss current political issues facing North Carolina and the country. National LS board member and REBELLION! blogger Michael C. Tuggle led the first Conference segment with his talk on “Seeking Allies,” and a call “to focus on NC, not DC.” He stated that “the federal government has broken out of the restraints intended by the Founders,” and that today “illegal immigration has the official stamp of approval” from the regime in DC. Mr. Tuggle added that “the Tea Party movement is the heir to the American Confederacy,” and “promises a genuine path to smaller government,” but cautioned that “there are troubling signs that it is being co-opted by the powers that be.” He sees that Sarah Palin “is actively steering the Tea Party movement toward supporting even more foreign intervention, including an aggressive war against Iran.” Tuggle offered that to prevent this Republican establishment absorption of the Tea Party, “the League of the South can collaborate with the Tea Party and guide it toward supporting policies that will reduce, rather than increase, the power of the central government.”

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The Conference’s afternoon segment was led by John Evans, Chairman of the New Hanover County (Wilmington) Libertarian Party, who after a few introductory remarks challenged the audience with “what do you want to accomplish?” A longtime candidate for political office and experienced political analyst, he suggested that League members look outward from the organization and toward other groups with similar goals and interests. Evans emphasized that “the public at large will not embrace change unless they are persuaded that the new form is better than the old,” and the LS needs to lead the way in asserting that their goal of political self-determination is better than what we currently live with. He added that we must set strategies that either produce “incremental or sudden change,” and be ready for either eventuality. The interactive format of audience participation was well-received, and both speakers were kept busy answering a multitude of questions and challenges to their assertions.

Overall, the conclusions drawn by the discussion were in favor of LS member involvement in local political groups claiming Tea Party ideology and being active in their discussions of the Constitution, the proper relationship of the federal versus State governments, and the ultimate sovereignty residing in the people of each State, and their political will.

NC State Chair Bernhard Thuersam encouraged all to attend the upcoming 17th annual League of the South National Conference in Atlanta 8-9 October, there is still time to register and secure a hotel room at the airport Hilton. See for more information. Many thanks to those members and guests who attended and participated in the group discussion—this has proved to be a popular format and will be a part of future Conferences.

The next NC LS Winter Conference will be tentatively held on Saturday, 12 February 2011 at the Mayflower Seafood Restaurant Banquet Room in Burlington, please make your plans to attend and enjoy another spirited program.

Watch for specific agenda information.

Lincoln's Great Calamity

Lincoln’s reluctance to openly discuss the secession crisis and treat with Southern commissioners deepened the divide between the sections and assured that war would result. By putting his party unity above the interests of the country, Lincoln intentionally drifted or unknowingly blundered into a war against Americans that shattered the Founders republic.

Bernhard Thuersam, Director
Cape Fear Historical Institute

Lincoln’s Great Calamity:

“The scene now shifted to Washington, where opportunism, indecision, chicanery, confusion, and Machiavellian deception of the worst sort were inextricably combined – never, it seems, to be certainly unraveled. The age of Lincoln settled down upon the country with his inauguration on March 4 – in fact, his shadow had fallen heavily over the land and upon [President James] Buchanan since the election in the preceding November. During these four months and until the firing on Fort Sumter, Lincoln showed less understanding of conditions in the South and gave less evidence of broad statesmanship than was ever again to characterize him.

When he might have made some clear unequivocal statement following his election which could have reassured the South of his real intentions toward that region – a statement that was frequently called for and many hungered for – he dismissed the subject by advising inquirers to read what he had already said. Having said nothing to head off secession, when it came he failed to realize its strength and widespread support. A modern authority on the secession movement has declared, “Had the Republicans, therefore, deliberately sought the most efficient method of furthering the secession movement they could have found none better than their refusal to listen to methods of conciliation.”

The conglomerate composition of the Republican party was also another important element in forming the attitude Lincoln held toward the secession movement. As various groups of Republicans stood for various things…it was not as bald a decision in Lincoln’s mind to say that he was willing to see his country disintegrate, but never his party.

The question which has troubled subsequent generations is whether Lincoln was the marplot and bungler or the cunning villain and provocateur; whether he stumbled into war at Sumter or whether he planned it. If Lincoln wanted to successfully relieve the fort, why did he tell the Confederates of the expedition which had set out? Some would answer by saying that Lincoln thus deliberately provoked the Confederates to fire on Sumter. Others say that Lincoln got caught in his own web of confusion and blundered into a war that he by no means planned or wanted. And if war must come, how much more valuable would it be to have the enemy strike the first blow! It would unite all diverging factions.

[Judge John A.] Campbell believed the “equivocating conduct of the [Lincoln] Administration” was “the proximate cause of the great calamity,” and [Jefferson] Davis bitterly commented: “The crooked paths of diplomacy can scarcely furnish an example so wanting in courtesy, in candor, and directness as was the course of the United States Government toward our commissioners in Washington”; and in the light of the fact that a Federal fleet was off the bar, it was an “unfounded pretense that the Confederate States…[were] the assailants.”

(A History of the South, Volume VII, The Confederate States of America, 1861-1865, E. Merton Coulter, LSU Press, 1950, pp. 35-38)

1863 Video?!

Well, this is a good one!

"Confederate Soldiers Marching 1863 - Authentic American Civil War Footage."
I hope I have to eat my words above, because now upon research it looks like this could be authentic. I had never heard of anything but the still picture of the ANV on the way to Gettysburg. When I originally saw this, I thought it was an early 20th century Confederate Memorial Day Parade, perhaps.
Authentic American Civil War footage shot by French experimental photographer and inventor Léon-Alexandre Cànular (1810 - 1896) using a single lens camera that he had devised. It is one of the earliest examples of motion picture and the first with war as the subject matter. Shot at 16-18 frames per second, only photographic copies of parts of the paper filmstrip exist today.

The subject matter is thought to be The Army of Northern Virginia advancing thought Maryland prior to the Battle of Gettysburg. This footage was preserved by the National Film Registry in 1991 for being ''a historically significant film.''