Sunday, December 11, 2011
The cabbies had been allowed to park in no-standing zones, and even double-park, without being ticketed. The resulting street blockage became too much for local residents, and they complained. Police responded by starting to ticket and tow the offending vehicles.
Now the cab drivers are upset. They say they are victims of religious discrimination — because they are required to obey the law like anyone else.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:
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North Carolina Patriots of ’61: J. Sidney Setzer:
I enlisted at Newton, NC, in August 1861. We were the First NC Battalion; later Company A, 32nd Regiment. I was not the bravest of the brave, though participated in every engagement of my regiment engaged in (until captured). Beginning with a slight skirmish at Winston, NC, the battles of Gettysburg, Wilderness and Spottsylvania Court House being the most disastrous. During the three days battle at Gettysburg I witnessed about eight men in hand to hand struggle over a Federal flag, using butts of guns; one Confederate soldier only securing it.
Confronting Heights [the] third day, in front of Battery, and small arms [fire], I witnessed a number of our men torn asunder, threads of flesh thrown into low limbs of overhanging trees. We were on the banks of a deep ravine at edge of woods, the front being a steep field, and our only refuge was falling into the ravine, [we then] crawl[ed] to the left to front cover of woods, when we charged and dislodged the enemy for a time.
At dusk, when both armies began to retreat, I was on skirmish between the two and was slightly wounded, but remained with the command. Our retreat re-crossing [the] swollen Rappahannock, struck us under arms, compelling us to cling in groups of fours to avoid washing down[river].
After hard battles of [the] Wilderness to Spottsylvania Court House, half or more of our survivors were captured, including myself. The loss of life was appalling. Our captors, nearly drunk, howled “no quarter.” Interference of their officers saved us from massacre. We were rushed through their six lines of battle over more dead than I ever witnessed elsewhere. We were conveyed to Point Lookout, Md.; later to Elmyra, N.Y., suffering untold destitution at both places. I was paroled February 25, 1865, and sent to Richmond, and from there home. Was not exchanged, consequently was at home when the war ended. The hardships, dangers, etc., of the four years were almost intolerable.
After returning home I engaged in farming and school teaching in the common schools for a few years. Having no means to begin with in the way of money or inheritance of property, I bought a small farm in Caldwell County on credit. Was married and settled down where [my] wife and I labored together on the little farm until it was paid for. Then bought some interest in cotton mill, etc., in Granite Falls, NC, where I worked on salary and accumulated [savings].”
(The Catawba Soldier of the Civil War, George W. Hahn, Clay Printing Company, 1911, pp. 211-212)
North Carolina Patriots of ’61: J. Sidney Setzer
Some things are unforgivable in a democracy. A bill moving through Congress, authorizing the military to imprison American citizens indefinitely, without a trial or hearing, ranks right at the top of that list.
I know—I lived through it on the Patriot Act. When Congress decided to squelch the truth about the CIA's advance warnings about 9/11 and the existence of a comprehensive peace option with Iraq, as the CIA's chief Asset covering Iraq, I became an overnight threat. To protect their cover-up scheme, I got locked in federal prison inside Carswell Air Force Base, while the Justice Department battled to detain me "indefinitely" up to 10 years, without a hearing or guilty plea. Worst yet, they demanded the right to forcibly drug me with Haldol, Ativan and Prozac, in a violent effort to chemically lobotomize the truth about 9/11 and Iraqi Pre-War Intelligence.
Most Americans are dissatisfied with government, an astounding 81%! But the two parties and the establishment elite remain unresponsive. The government is buying off discontent with food stamps and unemployment benefits. It is hoping that more inflation will stimulate the economy for awhile. But all of this in the longer run simply reduces the country's productivity and increases the pressure from below for change. A collision is in the making between the people and their rulers because the political outlets for change are being blocked by the two parties, whose nominees are offering more of the same.
What will happen? Most of the scenarios are ugly. If the establishment stays unresponsive, one major possibility is that the force that will batter the establishment (and Americans too) will be financial. In this scenario, the U.S. will go the way of Greece and Italy. The deficits and debts will eventually lead to a rejection of U.S. government debt and higher interest rates. That will force the government to retrench. This will lead to draconian powers coming out of Washington. There will be more inflation. Deep fractures will appear among Americans as people thrash around for solutions and new arrangements. A second ugly possibility is that the rulers start to scapegoat certain Americans and institute even more socialist/fascist policies. A third ugly possibility is that the establishment ramps up a major war. One of the better possibilities is that the establishment starts to lose some elections to more libertarian candidates and then starts to alter its policies so as to retain power. There are many more possible scenarios...but something big is in the cards.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
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Dodgers, Pone and Hoe-Cakes:
“A corn-dodger is not now what it used to be. Originally it was a corn-meal dumpling. In very early Kentucky times, the universal dinner, winter and spring, at every farm-house in the State, was a piece of middling bacon, boiled with cabbage, turnips, greens, collards or sprouts – cabbage-sprouts – according to the season. The pot, if the family was a large one, contained about ten gallons, and was nearly filled with clean pure water: the middling and the greens were put in at the proper time, to give them a sufficient cooking.
Almost always the cook would make with water and corn-meal and a little salt, dough-balls, throw them into the pot, and boil them thoroughly with the rest. They were called “dodgers,” from the motion given them by the boiling water in the pot. They eat very well, and give a considerable variety to a dinner of bacon and collards. A dodger in modern times is corn-bread baked in a roll about the size of your hand, and about three times as thick, and in my judgment is not a veritable first-rate dodger, unless when on the table it bears the impress of the cook’s fingers on it, placing it in the oven to bake.
A pone of bread is corn-bread baked in a skillet or small oven. The skillet or oven when at the proper heat is filled with corn dough, which when baked and turned out, is a pone of bread.
A hoe-cake is not now what it used to be. I do not believe there will ever be any more good hoe-cakes baked. I have an inextinguishable longing for hoe-cake, such as the black woman Jinny, my mother’s cook, always baked. It gets its name from the mode of baking. It was originally baked upon a hoe. An old hoe, which had been worn bright, was placed upon the live coals of fire, with the eye down, and on it the cake was baked. Now, hoe-cake is baked upon a griddle, or was before cooking-stoves came into use.
Corn-dodger, pone and hoe-cakes are different only in the baking. The meal is prepared for each in precisely the same way. Take as much meal as you want, some salt, and enough pure water to knead the mass. Mix it well, let it stand some fifteen or twenty minutes, not longer, as this will be long enough to saturate perfectly every particle of meal; bake on the griddle for hoe-cake, and in the skillet or oven for dodger or pone.
The griddle or oven must be made hot enough to bake, but not to burn, but with a quick heat. The lid must be heated also before putting it on the skillet or oven, and that heat must be kept up with coals of fire placed on it, as there must be around and under the oven. The griddle must be well supplied with live coals under it. The hoe-cake must be put on thin, not more than or quite as thick as your forefinger; when brown, it must be turned and both sides baked to a rich brown color. Yet the baking must be done with a quick lively heat, the quicker the better. Saleratus and soda, procul, O procul! Let there be nothing but water and salt!
(Social Relations in Our Southern States, Daniel Robinson Hundley, John A. Gray Printer, 1860, pp. 86-88)
Thomas Woods, Jr. on Libertarianism Versus the Catholic Church, Ron Paul's Presidential Chances and US State Secession
The Daily Bell is pleased to publish an interview with the distinguished libertarian scholar, Thomas E. Woods, Jr. (left).
Introduction: Dr. Woods is a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Harvard and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of nine books, including two New York Times bestsellers: Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. His other books include Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush (with Kevin R.C. Gutzman), Sacred Then and Sacred Now: The Return of the Old Latin Mass, 33 Questions About American History You're Not Supposed to Ask, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, and The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy. His writing has appeared in dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals, including the American Historical Review, the Christian Science Monitor, Investor's Business Daily, Catholic Historical Review, Modern Age, American Studies, Intercollegiate Review, Catholic Social Science Review, Economic Affairs (U.K.), Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Inside the Vatican, Human Events and many more.
Daily Bell: Thanks for sitting down with us again. Let's jump right in. Do you think Ron Paul has a real chance to win the GOP presidential nomination?
Thomas E. Woods, Jr.: It won't be easy, but it's less difficult to imagine a scenario in which he wins than it was even four or five months ago. An outright win in Iowa, which is a strong possibility, gives him momentum going into New Hampshire. At least a strong second-place showing there silences the doubters who hesitate to support him because they think he can't win. Now those are on board. The momentum builds further. Money pours in like crazy. It is not impossible.
I'll never forget, in 2008, reading articles about the GOP primary following John McCain's win in New Hampshire. Voters in states where the primary election had yet to be held were actually saying things like, "I don't like McCain but I guess I have to go vote for him." What? Why do you have to go vote for him? There are other candidates still in the race! What possible reason could you have for voting for someone just because he won the New Hampshire primary?
It's bizarre behavior, and apparently there's no getting rid of it. Might as well hope it can be used in our favor this time.
Almost everything we know about the origins of the famous pirate Blackbeard comes from a seven-word phrase in an 18th-century book:
"Edward Teach was a Bristol man born."
Kevin Duffus, a North Carolina historian, writer and filmmaker, didn't think that made sense. Why, he wondered, would a man from Bristol name his ship -- the Queen Anne's Revenge -- for a Stuart monarch? Why was his crew largely from the colonies?
And why was he so solicitous of Stede Bonnet, a Barbadian pirate he allegedly had just met?
"For 280 years, people have adhered to that story. But there is no source listed for his information," Duffus said, talking about Capt. Charles Johnson's 1724 "General History of the Pyrates." "Historians don't even know who Charles Johnson is."
As Duffus researched his book, "The Last Days of Black Beard," he found a lot of historical inaccuracies that have been repeated over the centuries. And that led him to wonder if that most basic fact -- Blackbeard's English heritage -- could be wrong.
The investigation led him from North Carolina to London to the Caribbean and, finally, to the Lowcountry.
Just think how times have changed considering this:
When I was a boy, my mother would say
"If it snows, you don't see Brock from after breakfast until it's dark."
Can you imagine this today? She didn't have a worry in the world, as she knew someone would look out for, feed, and/or chastise me.
Armed with a search warrant, Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke went looking for six missing cows on the Brossart family farm on June 23. Three men brandishing rifles chased him off, he said. Janke knew the gunmen could be anywhere on the 3,000-acre spread in eastern North Dakota. Fearful of an armed standoff, he called in reinforcements from the Highway Patrol, a regional SWAT team, a bomb squad, ambulances and deputy sheriffs from three counties. He also called in a Predator B drone.I have little doubt that 99 percent of all Americans who hear about this will dismiss it as any serious cause for concern "because at least the drones aren't armed". The interesting question is what will come first, the first use of an armed drone to kill American citizens inside the US, or the first shooting-down of a military drone by American citizens.
As the unmanned aircraft circled 2 miles overhead, its sensors helped pinpoint the suspects, showing they were unarmed. Police rushed in and made the first known arrests of U.S. citizens with help from a Predator, the spy drone that has helped revolutionize modern warfare.
That was just the start. Police say they have used two unarmed Predators based at Grand Forks Air Force Base to fly at least two dozen surveillance flights since then. The FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration have used Predators for other domestic investigations, officials said.
"We don't use [drones] on every call out," said Bill Macki, head of the police SWAT team in Grand Forks. "If we have something in town like an apartment complex, we don't call them."
The drones belong to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which operates eight Predators on the country's borders to search for illegal immigrants and smugglers. The previously unreported use of its drones to assist local, state and federal law enforcement has occurred without any public acknowledgment or debate.
Forget the hacking involved in the capture of a Sentinel drone by Iran. A $200 souped-up Hawk Sky radio-control plane is all that's needed to take down a $5 million Predator or a $30 million Reaper. I note that 70 of the 223 Predators and Reapers in operation through 2009 were "lost during combat operations" although the military has only admitted to four of them being shot down.
Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Human Smuggling Unit arrested 17 illegal aliens over 48 hours – including 2 smugglers, in the north valley region.
The illegals had paid the smugglers between $1,000 and $2,000 each to be smuggled across the border. Demonstrating how Arizona is a critical gateway for the entire nation, most of those arrested were heading to locations in the east: Mississippi, Virginia, Florida, Georgia and New Jersey. They are now headed to Sheriff Joe’s Tent City instead. Way to go, Joe!
But the shocking detail of this arrest is the history of the two smugglers, and what it says about he disgraceful situation at our Southern border.
The two smugglers had been deported a combined 27 times! One smuggler, Ivan Lara-Roque, has been deported 13 times, and had been permanently banned from entering the United States (boy, that really stopped him, huh?). The other smuggler had been deported 14 times – the latest just one week earlier out of Colorado! That smugglers also admitted to 5 additional border crossings without being apprehended.
Via Cousin John
By Varina Davis
...Rice, flour, molasses and tiny pieces of meat, most of them sent to the President's wife anonymously to be distributed to the poor, had all be weighed and issued, and the playtime of the family began, but like a clap of thunder out of a clear sky came the information that the orphans at the Episcopalian home had been promised a Christmas tree and the toys, candy and cakes must be provided, as well as one pretty prize for the most orderly girl among the orphans. The kind-hearted confectioner was interviewed by our committee of managers, and he promised a certain amount of his simpler kinds of candy, which he sold easily a dollar and a half a pound, but he drew the line at cornucopias to hold it, or sugared fruits to hang on the tree, and all the other vestiges of Christmas creations which had lain on his hands for years. The ladies dispersed in anxious squads of toy-hunters, and each one turned over the store of her children's treasures for a contribution to the orphans' tree, my little ones rushed over the great house looking up their treasure: eyeless dolls, three-legged horses, tops with the upper peg broken off, rubber tops, monkeys with all the squeak gone silent and all the ruck of children's toys that gather in a nursery closet.
Makeshift Toys for the Orphans
Christmas in the Confederate White House
"I've seen it," Edward told WND. "I don't want to go that way again. I left the Soviet Union to come to the U.S. and then I'm seeing the Occupy Wall Street anti-Semitism. Where do I go from here?"
He said the least Scholastic should have done was to offer a fair explanation that included both sides of the arguments.
Edward's comment to Scholastic was: "I grew up in Soviet Union and seeing your propaganda about Occupy Wall Street brings back my memories. I'm neither Republican or Democrat but I would rather see my kids hear about both sides."
Barack Obama’s speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, has certainly made waves. Well-received by the mainstream media, The Baltimore Sun wrote that the President has finally found “his voice” while the ever-dour Bill Press said that Obama was “channeling Teddy Roosevelt.” Yet if talk-show host Rush Limbaugh is correct, the President was channeling someone also long-dead but a lot more red. The radio giant asserts that Obama has “outed” himself, in that he has “announced to the world in no uncertain terms that he is a socialist, if not a Marxist.”
What did Obama say that brought cheers from the Left and jeers from the Right? Among other things, he stated that our relatively free enterprise system not only “doesn’t work” — “it has never worked.”
The first thing to note is the blindness and ingratitude evidenced by this statement. Our nation enjoys wealth unprecedented in man’s history, with its supermarkets stocked with thousands of products from the world over; and with how its “poor” people usually have cars, TVs, cellphones and other luxuries, as well as bellies that come out and greet you. So while “never worked” may describe Obama’s constituents, it can hardly be said about our system.
So our system shouldn’t be on trial here — Obama should be. But is it really fair to suggest he may be a Marxist? Or was there evidence for it all along?
Well, consider the words of John Drew, a man whom writer Paul Kengor calls “Obama’s Missing Link.” A contemporary of Obama’s at Occidental College three decades ago, Drew says that he himself was a Marxist at the time — and part of Obama’s inner circle. And what does he reveal?
Obama was an “ardent” “Marxist-Leninist” who “was in 100 percent, total agreement with [his] Marxist professors,” said Drew.
In fact, Drew states that while he was a more nuanced Marxist who tried to convince Obama that old-style communist revolution was unrealistic in the West, the future President would have none of it and considered Drew a “reactionary.”