Monday, June 20, 2011

Making a 427 FE Engine Block from Billet Aluminum


We Must Set Aside Old Myths

Via Old Virginia Blog

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"Setting myths aside, a review of the Civil War era strongly suggests that economics, not a moral crusade, brought on the war and shaped its aftermath. More specifically, an examination of this period indicates that the evolution of the Northern and Southern economies was the most important factor producing the conflict . . . Now more than ever we must set aside old myths. Economics more than high moral concerns produced the Civil War."

~ Professor Marc Egnal

The story of Confederate Color Sergeant George Dance

George Dance (back row, position 9 from left) Photo: Moore County Tennessee Genealogy

George Dance (back row, position 9 and extreme left flank of the line) Photo: Moore County Tennessee Genealogy (1914)


Initially serving as a Color Bearer, George Dance, pictured in the 1914 picture above, was promoted to Color Sergeant of the 8th Tennessee Regiment in the Confederate States Army. Even in today’s terms, the appointment of Color Sergeant is a military honor. On the battlefield during the American Civil War, troops depended on the Color Guard as their 19th Century rendition of today’s Global Positioning System (GPS).

In the book, It Happened in the Civil War, Michael R. Bradley, an American author, states: “When the noise of battle made it impossible to hear orders, soldiers followed the flag. As men went down, the gaps were filled by closing in on the colors.” So why was George Dance, an African-American chosen to serve in the Color Guard?

Black Confederate Soldiers

Picture of Marlboro Jones, aka Marlboro Camp
Black Confederate Soldiers

Ron Paul Issues Statement on ATF Gun Scandal

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Second amendment abuses by ATF are ongoing

LAKE JACKSON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, 2012 GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul commented on the recent revelations about the federal government’s botched program to track gun sales. See statement below.

“The ATF has a long history of abusing our Second Amendment rights, so I was glad to see Congressman Issa demanding answers on the Project “Gunwalker”

"My hope is that the recent hearing will further expose the ATF's and Attorney General Eric Holder's assaults on law-abiding gun owners, and more people will start questioning the need for unconstitutional agencies like the ATF that exist solely to infringe on American citizens' God-given right to keep and bear arms.”

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GOA Action Alert

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Gun Owners of America

Oppose the Cover-up Protection Act
-- Vote could come as early as Tuesday

As we reported to you on Friday, House Republicans got a royal “drop dead" from Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich when he testified before Rep. Darrell Issa’s committee last week.

Weich had earlier written Congress to deny wrongdoing by ATF in connection with allegations that it was intentionally allowing firearms to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. This Justice Department denial by Weich turned out to be false.

Weich had also refused to respond to repeated congressional demands for documents, and documents which he did provide were frequently nothing more than jet-black pieces of paper.

At the committee hearing, Weich told Chairman Darrell Issa and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that he would continue to withhold documents from Congress.

He also refused to answer questions from committee members such as Utah's Jason Chaffetz and South Carolina's Trey Gowdy.

And, incidentally, Weich refused to provide any information to Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, on the sole excuse that Grassley was a mere “Republican." If Republicans wanted to exercise their constitutional oversight functions, intoned Weich, they would have to go begging to liberal anti-gun Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy.

So imagine our surprise that the Senate is poised to take up S. 679 -- “bipartisan" legislation which would exempt Weich, his successors, and 203 other similarly situated federal officials from Senate confirmation.

One would think it’s important that federal officials who are responsible for telling Congressmen what documents they can or can't review should be first approved with the “advice and consent" of the Senate.

But for Republican Senator Sue Collins, it’s apparently no big deal. After all, she is a sponsor of S. 679, the legislation to exempt hundreds of officials from Senate scrutiny.

Gun owners who have watched Weich cover up ATF's anti-gun policies -- policies which have intentionally flooded Mexican gun cartels with guns and resulted in the murder of federal law enforcement officers -- realize why it is important that the Senate should be able to block liars like Weich.

One strategy note: We do not expect to defeat the Cover-up Protection Act in the Senate where, sadly, Republican leader Mitch McConnell is a cosponsor. But if we do “respectably” well -- say, we get 20 votes or so against the bill -- it will give us the strength we need to ask that the bill be killed in the House.

The Senate could vote on this bill as soon as Tuesday.

Prison for senior administration officials /indictment against Obama?

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Via Sipsey Street Irregulars

The most damning revelations coming out of the hearings on Operation Fast and Furious held by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are the unmistakable indications that the program was never designed to succeed as a law enforcement operation at all.

A quartet of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) agents and supervisors turned into whistleblowers to bring the operation down, but only after U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was gunned down in the Arizona desert. Two of the weapons recovered at the scene of Terry’s murder were traced to the operation.

Fast and Furious, also known by the more accurate “Gunwalker,” allowed known straw purchasers to buy large quantities of firearms — often a dozen or more semi-automatic rifles — at a time with the full knowledge of ATF agents and executives. The guns were then smuggled into Mexico, as frustrated front-line ATF agents watched, under strict orders to do nothing.

ATF agents testifying in front of the House Oversight Committee could not explain how the operation was supposed to succeed when their surveillance efforts stopped at the border and interdiction was never an option.

ATF Agent John Dodson, testifying in front of the committee, said that in his entire law enforcement career, he had “never been involved in or even heard of an operation in which law enforcement officers let guns walk.” He continued: “I cannot begin to think of how the risk of letting guns fall into the hands of known criminals could possibly advance any legitimate law enforcement interest.”

The obvious answer is that Gunwalker’s objective was never intended to be a “legitimate law enforcement interest.” Instead, it appears that ATF Acting Director Ken Melson and Department of Justice senior executives specifically created an operation that was designed from the outset to arm Mexican narco-terrorists and increase violence substantially along both sides of the Southwest border.

Success was measured not by the number of criminals being incarcerated, but by the number of weapons transiting the border and the violence those weapons caused. An ATF manager was “delighted” when Gunwalker guns started showing up at drug busts. It would be entirely consistent with this theory if DOJ communications reflected the approval of the ATF senior officials they were colluding with — but as we know, Holder’s Department of Justice refuses to cooperate.

At the same time in 2009 that federal law enforcement agencies (the ATF, the DOJ, and presumably Janet Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security) were creating the operation that led to the executive branch being the largest gun smuggler in the Southwest, the president’s team was crafting the rhetoric to sell the crisis they were creating.

Jefferson Davis Memorial, 1935, Irwinville

This monument, erected by the State of Georgia to memorialize the 10 May 1865 capture of Jefferson Davis by Wisconsin and Michigan cavalrymen, has been the scene of many Confederate Memorial Day celebrations and gatherings of reenactors and Civil War enthusiasts over the years. The Confederate Museum on site was a project of the WPA, but being a fierce opponent of FDR, Governor Eugene Talmadge made sure that the State of Georgia was given credit for the monument. Ironically, Eleanor Roosevelt made a $5 donation to the general fund. The property was deeded to the state by Judge Reuben Walton Clements, and while ownership has passed between the state and the county at different times,Judge Clements' wish that "no Yankee ever own this hallowed ground" has been maintained.

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Bravery of Colorbearers at Gettysburg

One of the most incredible events of the battle occurred here, according to (General) John B. Gordon, who fought with the army throughout is entire existence. Pvt. William Faucette, colorbearer of the 13th North Carolina, had the colors in his right hand when he received a mortal blow that almost severed his arm, tearing it from its socket.

Without halting or hesitating,
“He seized the falling flag with his left hand, and, with his blood spouting from the severed arteries and his right arm dangling in shreds at his side, he still rushed to the front, shouting to his comrades, “forward, forward!”

The author quoted below states elsewhere that “the Confederate battle flag was always a target during combat; that when its bearer was shot another man picked it up, knowing that he would be in the sights of the same men who had shot his predecessor. At the Cornfield in Sharpsburg, the flag of the First Texas Regiment, when captured, had thirteen dead Texans lying around it.

Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
Bravery of Colorbearers at Gettysburg:

“By 4PM the Federal forces had retreated to Seminary Ridge, where they formed a hastily constructed line with breastworks of rails and dirt on the slope fronting the west of the Ridge. The Confederate Brigades of Brig. Gen. James Lane, Brig. Gen A.M. Scales, and Colonel Abner Perrin, in Maj. Gen Dorsey Pender’s division of Hill’s corps, charged across an open field and then up the slope, encountering a storm of shot and shell from the batteries and the musketry of the infantry. In many cases the colors of the regiments were advanced several paces in front of the line. Despite taking severe casualties, they pressed on as ordered, without firing “until the line of [Northern] breastworks in front became a sheet of fire and smoke, sending its leaden missiles of death in the faces of men who had often, but never so terribly, met it before.”

One of the most incredible events of the battle occurred here, according to John B. Gordon, who fought with the army throughout is entire existence. Pvt. William Faucette, colorbearer of the 13th North Carolina, had the colors in his right hand when he received a mortal blow that almost severed his arm, tearing it from its socket.

Without halting or hesitating, “He seized the falling flag with his left hand, and, with his blood spouting from the severed arteries and his right arm dangling in shreds at his side, he still rushed to the front, shouting to his comrades, “forward, forward!”

A few minutes later Pvt. Levi Walker, the fifth colorbearer of the 13th to be hit during this charge, was shot in the left leg and knocked down. In the 12th South Carolina one colorbearer after another was shot dead until all four were down. Every one of the colorbearers that went into battle with Perrin’s brigade was killed, and several regiments had several men pick up the flag and then be wounded or killed.

The charge broke the Federal lines, and panic ensured. Federal troops fled off the entire line…and headed back to Gettysburg and the safety of Federal reinforcements on Cemetery Hill south of town. Perrin’s brigade followed the Federals into Gettysburg, with the 1st and 14th South Carolina in the lead. The Federals ran through the town of Gettysburg in a mad dash to escape capture. Chaos reigned in the streets, and men who had sought shelter and aid in the residences of citizens found themselves in danger of being taken prisoner.”

(The Damned Red Flags of the Rebellion, Richard Rollins, Rank and File Publications, 1997, pp. 106-108)

Bravery of Colorbearers at Gettysburg

Hussein's Historic Firsts

Via The Feral Irishman

Yes, he's historic, alright.

• First President to Violate the War Powers Act

• First President to Orchestrate the Sale of Murder Weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels

• First President to be Held in Contempt of Court for Illegally Obstructing Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

• First President to Defy a Federal Judge's Court Order to Cease Implementing the 'Health Care Reform' Law

• First President to Require All Americans to Purchase a Product From a Third Party

• First President to Spend a Trillion Dollars on 'Shovel-Ready' Jobs -- and Later Admit There Was No Such Thing as Shovel-Ready Jobs

• First President to Abrogate Bankruptcy Law to Turn Over Control of Companies to His Union Supporters

• First President to Demand a Company Hand Over $20 Billion to One of His Political Appointees

• First President to Encourage Racial Discrimination and Intimidation at Polling Places

• First President to Arbitrarily Declare an Existing Law Unconstitutional and Refuse to Enforce It

• First President to Threaten Insurance Companies if they Publicly Speak out on the Reasons for their Rate Increases

• First President to Tell a Major Manufacturing Company In Which State They Are Allowed to Locate a Factory

• First President to Withdraw an Existing Coal Permit That Had Been Properly Issued Years Ago

• First President to Fire an Inspector General of Americorps for Catching One of His Friends in a Corruption Case

• First President to Propose an Executive Order Demanding Companies Disclose Their Political Contributions to Bid on Government Contracts

• First President to Golf 73 Separate Times in His First Two-and-a-Half Years in Office

But remember: he will not rest until all Americans have jobs, affordable homes, green-energy vehicles, and the environment is repaired, etc., etc., etc.

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 06-18-11 to 06-19-11

  • Granite City IL police are being sued on an excessive force claim in an incident that was caught on camera. However, while both sides insist that the video in question supports their case, the police filed a suit to prevent that video from getting into the hands of the press and released to the public. [5]
  • A Dubuque IA cop is the subject of a lawsuit by 3 people alleging excessive force over his use of his police dog in three different incidents. (the link is to a subscription site) [3]
  • RCMP mounties in BC are being sued by 2 fellow mounties claiming that the officer beat their teen son while he was cuffed then taped his mouth shut while taunting him for an extended period of time. [3]
  • 6 New York NY police are being sued alleging they profiled a retired cop’s 13yr-old son who was frisked & cuffed for 6hrs then taunted for crying, but never charged. The suit comes after the ex-cop and his wife were acquitted on allegations that the assaulted an officer when they went to pick their son up at the department and, instead, say they were attacked by police as well. [3]
  • The infamous Chicago IL ex-police lieutenant Jon Burge & other former city officials are being sued by one of Burge’s alleged torture victims… though not for the torture itself since the statute of limitations expired for those claims, but for covering up the torture since Burge was convicted for lying about the torture recently. [0]
  • A Saltville VA cop already subject of 2 false arrest lawsuits is now being sued by a man arrested for public intoxication in his own driveway & obstruction after he called the police to report a prowler he believed stole one of his guns from an outbuilding on his property. [3]
  • A Mount Vernon NY cop is being sued by a bouncer claiming the officer has continually threatened him whenever the officer has been drinking and that, on one occation, the officer smashed a badge into his head. [3]
  • Princeton NJ lost a $525k suit to an ex-cop claiming he was retaliated against when he filed a racial discrimination complaint. However, the police department insists the officer didn’t file the complaint until he found out he was under investigation on misconduct allegations. [0]

Before calling it a night I wanted to mention that now, in addition to our news feed on Twitter, I’ve also created a second account that is a bit more interactive where I’ll mostly discuss reports that didn’t make the feed or additional details about reports we did track. Also, unlike our news feed, you can write to this account and get a response. Just follow me at @David_NPMSRP to find out more.

That’s it for this weekend, stay safe out there!

African Village Uses Tech & Shotguns to Fight Off Rape Cult

Local Defense Units / / Obo, C.A.R. from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.

An old woman had died. Before burying the her, the residents of the village of Obo — in southern Central African Republic, just north of the Congolese border — gathered around a campfire to eat, drink, cry and sing in celebration of the woman’s long life. It was a night in March 2008, just another beat in the slow rhythm of existence in this farming community of 13,000 people.

Then the dreadlocked fighters from the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group — tongo-tongo, the villagers call them — rose from their hiding places in the shadows and advanced toward the fire. Others blocked the paths leading from town. The rebels killed anyone who resisted, kidnapped 100 others and robbed everyone in sight.

The LRA forced the captured men and women to carry stolen goods into the jungle before releasing them. Boys and girls, they kept. The boys would be brainwashed, trained as fighters and forced to kill. The girls would be given to LRA officers as trophies, raped and made to bear children who would represent the next generation of LRA foot soldiers.

The gang released the adults. Boys and girls, they kept.

It was a familiar tragedy, repeated countless times across Central Africa since firebrand Christian cultist Joseph Kony created the LRA in the mid-1980s, aiming to establish a sort of voodoo theocracy in northern Uganda. Defeated in its home country, in 2005 the LRA fled westward across Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic, looting, raping, killing and mutilating as it went.

Obo was just one of hundreds of communities terrorized by the LRA. Many simply wither and die afterward.

But Obo didn’t.

Instead, Obo’s surviving villagers raised their own volunteer scout force (depicted above), armed it with homemade shotguns, and began disseminating intelligence on the LRA’s movements using the village’s sole, short-range FM radio transmitter.

The results of this do-it-yourself approach were encouraging. Since the attack three years ago

It's Coming

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Via Western Rifle Shooters Association

Same old, same old…

Last week was another somewhat depressing chapter in a now long saga of living where I was born. I returned to the farm from leading a European military history tour, and experienced the following—mind you, after a number of thefts the month prior (barn, shop, etc.):

1) I left my chain saw in the driveway to use the restroom inside the house. Someone driving buy saw it. He slammed on the brakes, stole it and drove off. Neat, quick, easy. Mind you there was only a 5-minute hiatus in between my cutting. And the driver was a random passer-by. That suggests to me that a high number of rural Fresno County motorists can prove to be opportunistic thieves at any given moment. The saw was new; I liked it—an off-the-shelf $400 Echo that ran well. I assume it will be sold off at a rural intersection in these parts, or the nearby swap meet for about $60. I doubt the thief was a professional woodsman who needed a tool of the trade to survive.

2) On the next night, three 15-hp agriculture pumps on our farm were vandalized—all the copper wire was torn out of the electrical conduits. The repairs to each one might run $500; yet, the value of the wire could not be over $50. I was told by neighbors that reports and descriptions of the law-breakers focused on youthful thieves casing the countryside—in official parlance a “gang”, and in the neighborhood politically-incorrect patois “cholos”—like the fellow who recently drove in, in his new lowered shiny red pickup (hydraulic lifters are not cheap), inquiring about buying “scrap” and “just looking” before I ran him out.

3) A neighbor has a house for sale. It is unoccupied and rather isolated. I saw someone approach it on Friday, and drove over to ensure he was lawful. It was the owner’s assistant who lamented that someone had just stolen all the new appliances out of the house—carting off the refrigerator, dish-washer, stove, and microwave. But why? Do these miscreants wish a civilization of the sort that all houses must seem occupied all the time, or are otherwise considered ‘communal property’ for the taking? Don’t the appliance thieves have homes, and if so, do they have locks on the doors to protect their investments from the likes of themselves?

These days I sympathize with gloomy St. Augustine, writing after the sack of Rome in 410, and then again contemplating things lost when back home, near death and besieged by the vandals at Hippo Regius. He died I think convinced that a millennium of culture was about to end. And despite a Belisarius to come, it did.

Reflections on the Redistributive State

Misplaced Loyalty of a Father
They were not the traitors, but you who spit upon your Revolutionary father's graves.

British journalist William H. Russell toured both North and South in early 1861 and saw firsthand the cultural differences between the two countries. In March he wrote that he was “convinced that the South can only be forced back by such a conquest as that which laid Poland prostrate at the feet of Russia [but] success must destroy the Union as it has been constituted in times past.” He also learned that Southerners considered their State their country and recipient of true loyalty, as they could not war against their own family.

Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"

Misplaced Loyalty of a Father:

“Major Vogdes, an engineer officer from the fort [Pickens], who happened to be on board [the USS Powhatan], volunteered to take a letter from me to Colonel Harvey Browne, requesting permission to visit it; and I finally arranged with Captain Adams that the Diana was to be permitted to pass the blockade into Pensacola Harbour, and thence return to Mobile, my visit to Pickens depending on the pleasure of the Commandant of the place.

“I fear, Mr. Russell,” said Captain Adams, “in giving you this permission, I expose myself to misrepresentation and unfounded attacks. Gentlemen of the press in our country care little about private character, and are, I fear, rather unscrupulous in what they say; but I rely upon your character that no improper use shall be made of this permission. You must hoist a flag of truce, as General Bragg, who commands over there, has sent me word he considers our blockade a declaration of war, and will fire upon any vessel which approaches him from our fleet.”

In the course of conversation, whilst treating me to such man-of-war luxuries as the friendly officer had at his disposal, he gave [me] an illustration of the miseries this cruel conflict – of the unspeakable desolation of homes, of the bitterness of feeling engendered in families.

A Pennsylvanian by birth, he married long ago a lady of Louisiana, where he resided on his plantation till his ship was commissioned. He was absent of foreign service when the feud first began, and received orders at sea, on the South American station, to repair direct to blockade Pensacola. He had just heard that one of his sons is enlisted in the Confederate Army, and that two others have joined the forces in Virginia; and as he said sadly, “God knows, when I open my broadside, but that I may be killing my own children.”

But that was not all. One of the Mobile gentlemen brought him a letter from his daughter, in which she informs him that she has been elected vivandiere’ to a New Orleans regiment, with which she intends to push on to Washington, and get a lock of old Abe Lincoln’s hair; and the letter concluded with the charitable wish that her father might starve to death if he persisted in his wicked blockade.”

( My Diary North & South, William Howard Russell, Fletcher Pratt, editor, Harper & Brothers, 1954, pp. 116-117)

Ballistic Effects on water barrels

Via The Bonnie Blue Blog

Does anyone have the suicide note?

Evidently, the Keene Sentinel chose to make the link bad and I can't find it anywhere. Hopefully someone copied and pasted it.

When the State Breaks a Man

suicide note/manifesto he sent to the Keene Sentinel, which was published the day after his death ,