Friday, May 20, 2011

Measuring the success of the Yankee culture war

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After Sherman and Grant finished grinding the flower of Southern youth into the mud in 1865, the political disenfranchisement of the heretofore free Southerners began, lasting at least until 1877. However, I would argue a cultural war of North against South, Yankee against normative American, has not ceased in the past 150 years.

The vilification of Southern culture in the North began before the War Between the States of course, and you can debate when it began in earnest. Since the end of the war, the hostility between Northerner and Southerner continued, waxing and waning in public, always simmering beneath the surface in private.

Antebellum Southern political culture was closer to Jeffersonian ideals of decentralized government and free market principles than in other areas of the country.

The memory of the people as sovereign, the state as servant was and is an existential threat to Statism, whether it is the National state of Lincoln, the Progressive State of FDR, LBJ, and BHO, new world order collectivism, or the large totalitarian states.

The proactive self-reliant individual citizen of a Constitutional republic is the antithesis of the obedient fear controlled citizen of a militarized Empire.

So Statists, particularly of the Progressive stripe, have targeted Southern culture and Southern ideals for vilification and marginalization.

They have been particularly successful in this Kulturkampf in the last 50 years.

Take the example of how "official" North Carolina has decided to observe the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States, and how the state observed the 100th anniversary, in 1961.

Southern patriots should celebrate the good in Confederate history, and learn from the bad, but yes, celebrate, not just commemorate the achievements and goals of the volunteer private soldiers in the Confederate States Army: They fought for self-determination and freedom from domination of a remote oligarchy, just as their great grandparents did in the Revolution.

      I'll place my knapsack on my back, My rifle on my shoulder, I'll march away to the firing line, And kill that Yankee soldier, And kill that Yankee soldier, I'll march away to the firing line, And kill that Yankee soldier. I'll bid farewell to my wife and child Farewell to my aged mother, And go and join in the bloody strife, Till this cruel war is over, Till this cruel war is over, I'll go and join in the bloody strife, Till this cruel war is over. If I am shot on the battlefield, And I should not recover, Oh, who will protect my wife and child, And care for my aged mother? And care for my aged mother, Oh, who will protect my wife and child, And care for my aged mother? And if our Southern cause is lost, And Southern rights denied us, We'll be ground beneath the tyrant's heel, For our demands of justice, For our demands of justice, We'll be ground beneath the tyrant's heel, For our demands of justice. Before the South shall bow her head, Before the tyrants harm us, I'll give my all to the Southern cause, And die in the Southern army, And die in the Southern army, I'll give my all to the Southern cause, And die in the Southern army. If I must die for my home and land, My spirit will not falter, Oh, here's my heart and here's my hand, Upon my country's altar, Upon my country's altar, Oh, here's my heart and here's my hand, Upon my country's altar. Then Heaven be with us in the strife, Be with the Southern soldier, We'll drive the mercenary horde, Beyond our Southern border, Beyond our Southern border, We'll drive the mercenary horde, Beyond our Southern border.


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I'm serious.

On the 14th I wrote on the following Indiana Supreme Court Decision:

Barnes contests that the trial court's failure to advise the jury on the right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers constituted reversible error and that the evidence was insufficient to sustain his convictions. We hold that there is no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers.

The record shows:

  • 911 was called during a verbal altercation. The statement was made that the defendant was throwing his own property within the apartment.

  • No allegation was made that anything was thrown at the other occupant, nor that the defendant was destroying anyone else's property, nor that the defendant struck (battery) or threatened to strike (assault) any other person.

In other words, the original cause for the call did not allege an actual crime. It is not illegal to destroy your own property. It is not illegal to raise your voice. Absent a colorable threat to inflict bodily injury or destroy the property of another person there was no crime alleged to have been in progress.

The 911 call dispatch went out as a factual fallacy: a claim that a "domestic violence" was in progress. No such actual assault or violation of another's property rights was alleged by the caller.

Further, once the officers arrived the caller:

Mary came onto the parking lot, threw a black duffle bag in Barnes‘s direction, told him to take the rest of his stuff, and returned to the apartment.

The alleged "domestic violence victim" willingly interacted with the defendant and made no indication of an interest in police intervention. She displayed no evidence of a crime against her person and never alleged there had been one, either at the scene or during the 911 call.

These facts are in the court record and are not in dispute.

Free Speech Violation: Park Ranger Orders Visitor to Leave National Military Park, Citing Objection to Ron Paul Decals on Car

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Via California Tree of Liberty

The Rutherford Institute has come to the defense of a 73-year-old Virginia resident who was allegedly ordered by a park ranger to remove his car from a national military park in South Carolina because of political messages attached to his vehicle. Jack Faw, whose ancestors fought in the historic battle memorialized at Kings Mountain National Military Park, contacted The Rutherford Institute after being told by a park ranger that the decal promoting a political organization associated with Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), which was displayed on the back window of Faw's car, was not allowed in the park. In a legal letter to Park officials, constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead warned that the ranger's directive, which resulted in Faw being forced to leave the park, violated Faw's First Amendment rights, as well as National Park Service regulations. Whitehead also demanded assurances that Park employees will be properly instructed in how to respect the constitutional rights of visitors to the Park so that Faw and others will not face similar restrictions in the future.

Ron Paul Responds to President Obama’s Middle East Speech

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Via California Tree of Liberty

“Unlike this President, I do not believe it is our place to dictate how Israel runs her affairs. There can only be peace in the region if those sides work out their differences among one another. We should respect Israel’s sovereignty and not try to dictate her policy from Washington.

“The President also defended his unconstitutional intervention in Libya, authorized not by the United States Congress but by the United Nations, and announced new plans to pressure Syria and force the leader of that country to step down.

“Our military is already dangerously extended, and this administration wants to expand our involvement. When will our bombing in Libya end? Is President Obama seriously considering military action against Syria? We are facing $2 trillion dollar deficits, and the American taxpayer cannot afford any of it.

“Our military’s purpose is to defend our country, not to police the Middle East.

“As the President prepares to send even more support to Egypt, we should be reminded that it was our foreign aid that helped Mubarak retain power to repress his people in the first place. Now we have to deal with the consequences of those decisions, yet we keep repeating the same mistakes.

“I am not the only one who can see the absurdities of our foreign policy. We give $3 billion to Israel and $12 billion to her enemies. Most Americans know that makes no sense.

From Switzerland to Rowan to clear Wirz name from Civil War

Heimrich L. Wirz, great-great-nephew of Capt. Henry Wirz, Commandant of the Andersonville, Ga. Confederate Prison. Visited Salisbury to see the area where the Salisbury Confederate Prison. Photo by jon C. Lakey, Salisbury Post.
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Capt. Henry Wirz

The present-day Heinrich Wirz has found “so many descriptions” about his ancestor’s trial suggesting it was a kangaroo court, he says. Captain Wirz proved to be a scapegoat of sorts, especially with the lingering Northern outrage over the assassination of President Lincoln, Heinrich Wirz adds.

He also cites evidence that the night before he was hanged, Captain Wirz was offered a pardon if he would implicate Confederate President Jefferson Davis and testify that he ordered Wirz to mistreat prisoners.

Wirz refused and was hanged in sight of the U.S. Capitol building. He is buried in Washington’s Mount Olivet Cemetery, a place Heinrich Wirz has visited many times, often for memorial services conducted by organizations such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Wirz is a retired colonel in the Swiss Army, a writer in defense and military affairs and a self-described “independent parliamentary journalist.” He started out compiling information on Capt. Henry Wirz for a family history and a brochure on federal military history.

Via Jamey, SDYC

Creedence - Fortunate Son

Via Rebellion

We Don't Need No Steenking Declaration!

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So says Mo-Barack....

U.S. operations in Libya hit the 60-day mark Friday, but Congress has grown largely silent on the administration’s unilateral intervention into the war-torn North African nation.

The 1973 War Powers Act (WPA) — the statute President Obama invoked when he launched forces in March — requires presidents to secure congressional approval for military operations within 60 days, or withdraw forces within the next 30.

Mo-Barack doesn't care. His entire administration does not care, and neither does Congress.

Look folks, let's sum up the entire primary question: Do we have a sitting President who is ineligible?

  • Is the "birth certificate" authentic? There are plenty of questions, even now. They could be resolved in 30 minutes by a handful of forensic examiners who, if allowed, could go look at the original Hawaiian records (paper, microfilm and electronic) and see what's there. A 50 year old piece of paper will be able to be validated as actually 50 years old. If it's not....

  • Did Obama take an affirmative act after his 18th birthday in furtherance of foreign citizenship? We know, by his own written admission in his books and speeches along with his "birth certificate" that he had dual citizenship at birth, as his father was a British subject. His adoption clouds the issue further, especially if he was ever traveling on a foreign passport. Among them, all of which have been sealed by executive order (why?):

    • School records: Was any claim made for foreign student aid? Who paid the bills? What's on the admissions paperwork? What social security number was given to the colleges?

    • Foreign and US Passport records: Was he traveling on a foreign passport after the age of 18? More to the point, did he renew a foreign passport at or after the age of 18? The latter, in a nation that did not at the time recognize dual citizenship, would be an act of renunciation from the US perspective and would instantly and permanently render him ineligible. Since Obama has stated he was traveling in foreign lands after his 18th birthday, why is this not a legitimate area of inquiry? Expired US passports are returned when you renew; I have my old, expired one that was sent back with my renewal. Show us a US Passport that was valid on your 18th birthday Barack - or were you traveling on a foreign one in your young adulthood?

    • Social Security number and property tax number questions: There are too many here to list. In fact this guy's record in those areas looks like someone trying to hide something. In the case of the Chicago property records it's ridiculously convoluted. Remember, this guy was a nobody until he ran for the Senate. Or was he? Maybe there's an innocent explanation and maybe there's not. Let's have the facts and vet 'em.
In short there's more than enough here to raise eyebrows.

The End of Obama

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First he announced that he was the enemy of America. Now Barry “Obama” Soetoro has announced that he is the enemy of Israel. Yet, the lying, alien black African Communist traitor is able to deceive more than half the American voters that he is the savior of the world. As long as he passes out candy to the poor, hates successful whites, and kisses Muslims, the American voters he has seduced continue to honor him, and to believe his lies. Apparently many Americans love lies. Not a good sign.

GOP blasts ‘dangerous’ Obama speech, but not Obama.

The truth is, there is no “Palestine.” There are no “Palestinians. But, let them have a state–in Jordan. They’re mostly Jordanian anyway. Or, let them have a state in Syria. Many are Syrian natives. Why call them “refugees” in Israel? They are native Jordanian and Syrian. America’s
Democrat Communist traitors are more ignorant and racist than any white Southern boy they are so prone to accuse. White boys are nationalists. “Palestinians” and their Democrat Communist supporters are anti-nationalists. They are destructionist globalists–like George Soros. They want to destroy nations. Any nation. All nations. They want a global government. They pander to large world entities, like Islam, Roman Catholicism, world bankers, and global businesses.

The downfall accelerates

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It's really impossible to pretend that Americans don't deserve to have their country overrun with barbarians. France has banned the burqah, Switzerland has banned minarets... and 11 U.S. states are providing affirmative action to illegal immigrants:
This week, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a bill to require the state's public universities to give undocumented aliens -- generally illegal -- in-state tuition privileges. The bill, known as the Dream Act, is already the law in ten other states, including California, New York, Texas and Illinois. But critics argue that the bill will give illegal aliens better treatment than Americans and legal immigrants -- thanks to existing diversity policies at universities.
When one reads history, one often finds oneself astonished at the apparent inability of various political and military leaders to foresee the obvious consequences of their actions.

National Police Misconduct News Recap 05-19-11

Here are the 24 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, May 19, 2011:

  • Orlando FL cop investigated after video of him breaking 100lb woman’s teeth when he performed a takedown maneuver on her contradicted his report where he apparently claimed she fell. [3]
  • Riverdale IL sued by woman claiming 2 cops assaulted & falsely arrested her after her 3yr-old granddaughter mistakenly called 911 [3]
  • Menlo Park CA & East Palo Alto CA are being sued by man claiming he was beaten and his 2yr-old threatened with a gun during a wrong door raid [3]
  • A Tappahannock VA cop is accused of using excessive force on 2 mentally disabled boys, breaking one of their arms in two places, then entering their home without a warrant to arrest them for obstruction after he found out their parents called to file a complaint. [3]
  • Colorado Springs CO cop already charged w/child exploitation now charged w/sexual assault on multiple children when he allegedly groped them while performing what parents were told was a ringworm exam. He was a volunteer wrestling coach as well at the time. [0]
  • Lantana FL cop arrested on allegations he stopped Hispanic men outside of check cashing stores then robbed them. [0]
  • A Lower Merion Twp PA cop has been accused of stalking and sexually assaulting a woman who went public with her allegations during a public meeting of township commissioners. This one wouldn’t normally make the feed due to the lack of supporting factors, but apparently her story was so convincing that a criminal investigation is underway. [3]
  • Muscatine Co IA deputy charged w/assault on allegations he punched man at least 2x without justification on duty [0]
  • Burlington VT police cpl on paid leave while judge tosses evidence in drug case due to his unprofessional behavior [0]
  • Newport Beach CA sued by 2 well-respected former detectives claiming intolerable corruption within department [4]
  • Miami FL cop sentenced to 6mo in plea deal to extortion charges for protecting deliveries of stolen goods. [0]
  • Louisville KY cop rehired on technicality is fired again on allegations that she arrested someone without a warrant and damaged a police cruiser then tried to keep it secret. [0]
  • 6 Austin TX SWAT officers were suspended & 1 was fired for drinking at a party while on call. The fired officer ended up in a DUI involved crash in his unmarked cruiser afterward. [0]
  • State Univ of NY Albany police officer arrested on federal marijuana manufacturing charges along with her husband [0]
  • Los Angeles CA police officer wins $1.16mil judgment against LAPD claiming a transfer was retaliation against him for being gay [0]
  • Barrow County GA sheriff’s capt resigns after disciplined over racial slurs reported by fellow officers and other allegations including Facebook posts that referred to Obama as a “towel-headed camel jockey”. [0]
  • Honolulu HI cop gets deferred sentence & community service after pleading no contest for shoplifting groceries [0]
  • Eunice NM police sergeant charged with animal cruelty for allegedly killing 2 turkeys within city limits? [0]
  • Louisville KY cop suspended 30days w/o pay for failing to report on-duty police cruiser accident [0]
  • New York NY police sgt assigned as integrity officer docked 1mo pay for letting mom use police parking placard [0]
  • Milton FL cop on paid leave after arrested for DUI when found passed out in truck, investigated in other incident [1]
  • Vineland NJ police officer charged w/drunk driving after crashing his pickup truck into utility pole (correction) [0]
  • New Jersey State police sergeant faces DUI hit & skip charges days after stricter DUI policies take effect [0]
  • Cedar Rapids IA cop receives unspecified disciplinary action after photographed sleeping in cruiser on duty [1]

…before I go, to help end on a little bit of a high note, here’s a commendable story about a cop who didn’t shoot.

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

North Carolina Declares Independence on May 20, 1861

The North Carolina Monument at the Gettysburg Battlefield

“Stephen Douglas of Illinois let everyone in hearing distance know his prediction of the future. He said on August 21, 1858 that “I believe that this new doctrine preached by

Mr. Lincoln and this Abolition party would dissolve the union. They try to array all the northern States in one body against the South, inviting a sectional war…to last until one

or the other is driven to the wall.” (Lincoln-Douglas Debates, Holzer)

The Old State Capitol at Raleigh


North Carolina Secedes From the Union:

The legislature set May 13th as election day for delegates to a State convention that would convene at 11AM on May 20th, the very day when, in 1775, North Carolina

revolutionaries had signed the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, and declaring themselves a free and independent people. In precipitating war with North Carolina,

the Lincoln regime had already begun blockading its coast on 27 April -- an act of war and treason --even before the legislature had convened. This left little to discuss.

On May 20th, 122 delegates filed into the southern wing of the State Capitol to decide whether The Old North State would join 10 other Southern States already out of the

old Union. With the galleries crammed with onlookers, the delegates argued the merits of leaving the union or staying a member despite the threatening federal agent.

The April 17th secession of Virginia caused even staunch Unionists in North Carolina to accept the inevitability of a break with Washington, and debate ended at 6PM when

by unanimous vote, the convention adopted an Ordinance of Secession penned and presented by Burton Craige of Salisbury at the request of Governor Ellis. Craige was a

strong Southern rights advocate as was part of the 1860 Goldsboro convention of the Southern Rights party which called for North Carolina’s secession.

Though rejecting a lengthy document which enumerated the reasons and justifications for North Carolina’s sovereign action, including Lincoln’s unconstitutional and

coercive actions against the States, Craige’s ordinance simply repealed the one in 1789 by which the State had voluntarily joined the second union.

“I immediately….called upon the assembled multitude to volunteer not to fight against, but for South Carolina. I said,

if war must come, I preferred to be with my own people. if we had to shed blood I preferred to shed Northern rather than Southern blood.

If we had to slay I had rather slay strangers than my own kindred and neighbors; and that it was better, whether right or wrong, that communities and

States should get together and face the horrors of war in a body---sharing a common fate, rather than endure unspeakable calamities of internecine strife.”

Zebulon Vance



Celebration in Raleigh:

Immediately after passage of the Ordinance, Major Graham Davee, private secretary to Governor Ellis, threw open a window on the west side of the building and

related the news to Ellis Artillery Captain Stephen Dodson Ramseur. One hundred cadenced discharges marked the occasion of North Carolina reclaiming her independence;

and this was followed by a ten gun salute to the other independent States. Within a short time it was announced that the convention had adopted the

Constitution of the Confederate States, whereupon a twenty-gun salute was commenced.

May 20th was a much-revered date in North Carolina---Ada Amelia’s Diary entry of Tuesday, May 21st, 1861 mentions that “the centenary celebration is near at hand.

It is likely to be hereafter marked by a still more solemn and important event in the history of the State. It will be known, we trust, as the anniversary not only of the first,

but of the second and crowning declaration and act of independence for the old State.”