Monday, May 28, 2012

Texas honor student jailed for missing too much school


They wouldn't even do this in the now Communist Vietnam from whence she came. What a screwed up country we have become.



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HOUSTON—A judge threw a 17-year-old 11th grade honor student from Willis High School in jail after she missed school again.

Judge Lanny Moriarty said last month Diane Tran was in his Justice of the Peace court for truancy and he warned her then to stop missing school. But she recently missed classes again so Wednesday he issued a summons and had her arrested in open court when she appeared.

Tran said she works a full-time job, a part-time job and takes advanced placement and dual credit college level courses. She said she is often too exhausted to wake up in time for school. Sometimes she misses the entire day, she said. Sometimes she arrives after attendance has been taken.

The judge ordered Tran to spend 24 hours in jail and pay a $100 fine. Judge Moriarty admitted that he wants to make an example of Tran.

“If you let one (truant student) run loose, what are you gonna’ do with the rest of ‘em? Let them go too?” Judge Moriarty asked.

Tran said she is working so hard because she is helping to support an older brother who attends Texas A&M University and a baby sister who lives with relatives in Houston. Tran said her parents divorced “out of the blue” and both moved away, leaving her in Willis. Her mother lives in Georgia, she said.

“I always thought our family was happy,” the teen said tearfully.

Tran lives with the family of one of her employers. They own a wedding venue. She works at the Vineyard of Waverly Manor on weekends and at a dry cleaners full time.

“She goes from job to job, from school she stays up ‘til 7 o’clock in the morning,” said her friend, co-worker and classmate Devin Hill.

We Are Not Hiring Until Obama is Gone

Seems like this came out awhile ago, but has resurfaced.


Joe Marm MOH, Courage Personified

I thought you might like to see this on my friend Joe Marm who lives in Fremont. He is a Medal Of Honor Winner. Joe is a great guy. A very humble man.

--Cousin John (Pippin)



This was an article that was written on him by my friend Mike Parker last December


Meeting Medal of Honor recipient was a moving experience

Thursday evening, I had the privilege to speak to the Fremont Historical Museum and Preservation Society at the group’s 11th annual fall meeting. I had driven through what seemed in the Thursday evening darkness a labyrinth of back roads to arrive at the Governor Aycock Birthplace.

When I arrived, John Pippin, who invited me to speak, seated Sandra and me at the head table. Then John slid a newsletter my way.

“You may want to read this,” he whispered. “You are sitting at the table with a Medal of Honor recipient.”

Strange feelings of excitement and humility flooded me. As I read, I realized that not only was I seated with a man who received our nation’s highest military decoration, but he had received that recognition for valor he displayed at the Battle of Ia Drang during the Vietnam War.

I doubt most Americans today have Ia Drang on the tip of their tongues. Those who served anywhere in Vietnam will immediately know the name. That battle pitted North Vietnamese regulars in overwhelming force against an infantry unit supported by Air Cavalry. The movie “We Were Soldiers” is about that battle.

2nd Lt. Walter Joseph “Joe” Marm was a platoon leader during the first day of the battle, Nov. 14, 1965. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on Dec. 19 of that year, a little more than a month after his actions on the battlefield.

His citation best tells the story. But as you read, please note the words “company” and “regimental.” A company can have anywhere from 80 to 225 soldiers. A regiment has at minimum 3,000.

“As a platoon leader in the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), 1st Lt. Marm demonstrated indomitable courage during a combat operation. His company was moving through the valley to relieve a friendly unit surrounded by an enemy force of estimated regimental size. 1st Lt. Marm led his platoon through withering fire until they were finally forced to take cover. Realizing that his platoon could not hold very long, and seeing four enemy soldiers moving into his position, he moved quickly under heavy fire and annihilated all 4.

“Then, seeing that his platoon was receiving intense fire from a concealed machinegun, he deliberately exposed himself to draw its fire. Thus locating its position, he attempted to destroy it with an antitank weapon.

“Although he inflicted casualties, the weapon did not silence the enemy fire. Quickly, disregarding the intense fire directed on him and his platoon, he charged 30 meters across open ground, and hurled grenades into the enemy position, killing some of the 8 insurgents manning it. Although severely wounded, when his grenades were expended, armed with only a rifle, he continued the momentum of his assault on the position and killed the remainder of the enemy.

“1st Lt. Marm's selfless actions reduced the fire on his platoon, broke the enemy assault, and rallied his unit to continue toward the accomplishment of this mission. 1st Lt. Marm's gallantry on the battlefield and his extraordinary intrepidity at the risk of his life are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.”

Marm went on to serve for 30 years in the Army. He retired at the rank of colonel. On Sunday he turned 70.

After I did my presentation for the society, I shook hands with many society members who approached me. When Joe Marm reached out his hand, I said I was honored to meet him. Those words were all I could manage – and even those caught in my throat.

He smiled.

Mike Parker is a columnist for The Free Press. You can reach him at
mparker16@suddenlink.net

"War Is A Racket" Video USMC General Smedley Butler

Re-post from NamSouth 2009 and FNC 2011/2012

"War Is A Racket" Video USMC General Smedley Butler

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Here richly, with ridiculous display,
The Politician’s corpse was laid away.
While all of his acquaintances sneered and slanged, I wept:
For I had longed to see him hanged.
--Hilaire Belloc



War is a Racket by Smedley Butler is a famous speech denouncing the military industrial complex. This speech by two-time Congressional Medal of Honor recipient exposes war profits that benefit few at the expense of many. Throughout his distinguished career in the Marines, Smedley Darlington Butler demonstrated that true patriotism does not mean blind allegiance to government policies with which one does not agree. To Hell with war.

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Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881June 21, 1940), nicknamed " The Fighting Quaker " and " Old Gimlet Eye ", was a Major General in the U.S. Marine Corps and, at the time of his death, the most decorated Marine in U.S. history.

During his 34 years of Marine Corps service, Butler was awarded numerous medals for heroism including the Marine Corps Brevet Medal (the highest Marine medal at its time for officers), and subsequently the Medal of Honor twice. Notably, he is one of only 19 people to be twice awarded the Medal of Honor, and one of only three to be awarded a Marine Corps Brevet Medal and a Medal of Honor, and the only person to be awarded a Marine Corps Brevet Medal and a Medal of Honor for two different actions.

In addition to his military career, Smedley Butler was noted for his outspoken anti- interventionist views, and his book War is a Racket. His book was one of the first works describing the workings of the military-industrial complex and after retiring from service, he became a popular speaker at meetings organized by veterans, pacifists and church groups in the 1930s.

Tokyo death of Irish girl: Two arrests as American men questioned amid claims Nicola was 'strangled'

Two American men have been arrested by police investigating the death of Irish student Nicola Furlong in Tokyo.

U.S. State Department officials yesterday evening confirmed the arrest of two of their nationals in Japan.

The arrests came amid reports by Japan’s leading news agency, Kyodo – quickly picked up and repeated by Irish and international news websites – that Nicola, 21, may have been strangled.

A Department of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman confirmed that a police investigation into the case was under way but was unable to shed any further light on the Kyodo reports.

It had previously emerged that Nicola died after spending a night in a hotel following a concert by U.S. rapper Nicki Minaj. She was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead.

More @ Mail Online

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CofCC

A white female Irish tourist attended a concert in Japan for an American rap band. She was found dead the next morning. The US media is calling the suspect “an American,” and is censoring the fact that the suspect is black.

The suspect is James Blackston, and is a back-up dancer for American rap artist Nicki Minaj

The Shame of Veteran’s or Memorial Day by Bill Buppert

Publisher’s Note: I published this last November and it certainly rings true for the second holiday during the year when we celebrate the use of war and violence to advance the agenda of the American Federal government around the globe. We are asked to bow our heads in honor of the dead and wounded who gave their service for freedom.

Call me a skeptic. Individual citizens have never been in graver danger of being fined, kidnapped, caged, maimed and killed by their own government for the most banal of violations or infractions against the imperial power that has wrapped its tentacles around every living soul in the land of the free. The export of extraterritorial violence does not make a country free, it puts every inhabitant in the hazard as the entire planet has factions enraged, women and children savaged and murdered and entire religious sects chosen for special military attention.

The celebration of Memorial Day should not be about the soldiery, it should be a mass wake and reflection on the untold millions of innocents detained, kidnapped, injured, napalmed, fire-bombed, incinerated, shot, mutilated, tortured and murdered by the barbaric and naked grasping of the American central government for ever-increasing power and control at home and abroad. -BB

“Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service” or “thanks for protecting our freedom.”

What! I hear this familiar refrain again and again every November. I am appalled whenever this unthinking salutation is proffered.

I am a retired career Army officer and like USMC General Smedley Butler before me, I find these sentiments to be hogwash.

More @ Zero Gov

Biscari Massacre in WWII by U.S. of German/Italian POWs

Disgraceful

Re-post from NamSouth 2007 & FNC 2011

HARGROVE, JOSEPH NELSON

A three-man machine gun crew was sent to the perimeter to hold the evacuating force's right flank. The captain who had given the order, however, was wounded in the fighting and was evacuated from the island before he could notify anybody of the crew's position and his intent to let them know when they could fall back. Because of that communication breakdown, when the last helicopter full of Marines left the island, it was believed that every man alive had been pulled off.

When it was discovered that Hargrove, Hall and Marshall were left on the island, any thought of going back was dismissed as there was an expectation of another heavy fight if Marines returned and no indication of their survival."

14 months later, with no bodies and no word given to the families why they were left behind, the Marine Corps declared the three men dead and awarded them the Purple Heart. As it turned out, the Corps was right, even though it had no proof.

"They got away with murder," Sandy said from her Blue Bell, Pa., home. "They got away with Joseph's murder. "They say Marines don't leave any man behind. I've revised that. The Marines don't like to leave more than three men behind at a time."

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Brock, I thought you might like this story that appeared in todays paper. Carey Turner is a past Commander of the Goldsboro Rifles SCV Camp and a friend of mine.

--Cousin John P

Fighting to get Joseph back home

Few members of the Hargrove family talk about it -- not because they want to forget, but because going back to the day they learned that their son, Joseph, was gone, remembering how it took 20 years to find out what had happened and knowing they still haven't brought him home, is simply too painful.

It's an anguish you can hear, just below the surface, in the voice of sister-in-law Sandy Hargrove -- easily the family's most outspoken member.

"It's a subject that's always on my mind and next to my heart," she said of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Hargrove's death on the small Cambodian island of Koh Tang in 1975.

It was the last official action of the Vietnam War, but there was never an official explanation for why he and two other Marines were left behind in what was hailed as a major U.S. victory against the Khmer Rouge.

Today, she said, most of the people she talks to about Joseph are men who served with him and others interested in finding his remains and helping her family find some measure of peace.

But within the family, she added, the subject is largely avoided.

Joseph, who turned 24 years old the day he and nearly 200 other Marines stormed the island of Koh Tang, was the son of family matriarch Charlotte Hargrove, who had already lost one son, U.S. Army Pfc. Lane Hargrove, to the Vietnam War in 1968.

But she got to bury him.

Today, it's still Duplin County Commissioner Cary Turner's hope that she will get to bury Joseph, as well.

Joseph was his mother's cousin.

"Aunt Charlotte will be 85 this year and her health is failing fast," he said. "She still smiles, but she has lived a life of sadness and torment."

Turner's hope is pinned on two things -- the information inside Ralph Wetterhahn's book, "The Last Battle" and the fact that 12 Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) teams are currently working in Laos and Vietnam. Teams deploy to the region about 10 times a year for stints of anywhere from 35 to 60 days.

In the 340-page book, Wetterhahn, a retired Air Force fighter pilot, recounts how he spent six years tracking down what happened on Koh Tang.

Beginning in 1995, his was a mission that culminated in 2001 with Em Son, the local commander of the Khmer Rouge forces in 1975, telling him the fate of the three men left behind -- Hargrove, Pfc. Gary L. Hall and Pfc. Danny G. Marshall.

But first, to begin understanding the complicated 32-year-old story, there are some basic facts.

On May 12, 1975, after the end of hostilities in the Vietnam War, a United States merchant ship, the S.S. Mayaguez was seized by the Khmer Rouge as it sailed in international waters that Cambodia then called its own.

On May 14, President Gerald Ford ordered an assault on the island of Koh Tang to free the 40 prisoners thought to be held there. -

Early on the morning of May 15, nearly 200 Marines stormed the island, which was held by a similar number of heavily-armed Khmer Rouge forces. They received Air Force and Naval support.

That same day, shortly after military action began, the hostages were released from a different location. They had never been on Koh Tang.

Orders to evacuate the island came late that evening. There were 41 Marine, Naval and Air Force casualties -- 18 on the island and 23 in a helicopter crash in Thailand.

A three-man machine gun crew was sent to the perimeter to hold the evacuating force's right flank. The captain who had given the order, however, was wounded in the fighting and was evacuated from the island before he could notify anybody of the crew's position and his intent to let them know when they could fall back. Because of that communication breakdown, when the last helicopter full of Marines left the island, it was believed that every man alive had been pulled off.

When it was discovered that Hargrove, Hall and Marshall were left on the island, any thought of going back was dismissed as there was an expectation of another heavy fight if Marines returned and no indication of their survival.

14 months later, with no bodies and no word given to the families why they were left behind, the Marine Corps declared the three men dead and awarded them the Purple Heart.

As it turned out, the Corps was right, even though it had no proof.

"They got away with murder," Sandy said from her Blue Bell, Pa., home. "They got away with Joseph's murder.

"They say Marines don't leave any man behind. I've revised that. The Marines don't like to leave more than three men behind at a time." In his book, Wetterhahn recounts how Em Son told him about the capture and execution of one of the Marines, a light-haired man believed to be Hargrove, the day after the battle.

Later, Em Son changed his story, describing the man as one of the others and saying he died from wounds suffered during the fighting. Wetterhahn, however, writes that based on other information, he is more inclined to believe the first version that places Hargrove's grave under a mango tree on the west beach.

Em Son also told Wetterhahn about the other two Marines who were later captured and executed in a different part of the island.

Gravesites and remains believed to be those of Hall and Marshall were found by a Joint Task Force for Full Accounting (now JPAC) team in 1999.

In 2001, the gravesite believed to be Hargrove's was identified and GPS coordinates were taken. That JTF-FA team, however, was unable to excavate the site before they were called back to the U.S.

"The Hargrove family still waits," Turner said. "Six years have passed since his grave was located and his family still waits for his remains to be brought home.

" For Sandy, her husband, Douglas, and the rest of the family in the Beulaville area, it's been a long six years.

"I don't understand why they can't just go. Just go bring him home," she said. "Mrs. Hargrove just wants her son laying right there beside her other son and her husband. He should be under the Carolina sky, not under some Cambodian tree.

"I'll take my sticker off my car. I'll take my POW bracelet off and I'll stop being so bitter. He was an American and he just needs to be on American soil.

" But after 32 years of waiting, Turner knows it's going to take a lot of work to get Hargrove home now.

"I'm going to try to start at the basic level and work my way up and gain strength as I go and I don't rule out the White House," he said.

He began his journey April 2 on the local level, asking the Duplin Board of Commissioners for its support. He's also been lobbying state Rep. Russell Tucker, D-Duplin, and state Sen. Charlie Albertson, D-Duplin, for their support.

"I think maybe now I'm in a position to help," Turner said. "My first basic step was to get support from the board of commissioners, but state Rep. Russell Tucker has been excellent."

Already, Tucker has sent letters to President George W. Bush, U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, and U.S. Reps. Walter Jones, R-North Carolina, and Mike McIntyre, D-North Carolina. Turner also said Tucker is hoping that he might be able to draw up resolution for the state General Assembly to pass in support as well.

"If I can get the support of the entire state legislature and get some Congressmen in on it, we might stand a chance," Turner said. "It's hard to ignore an entire state.

" But he's also setting a deadline.

By October, he said, if a team has not returned to the site, he's going to start raising money for a January trip. He estimates he will need at least $20,000.

"It's a simple thing to ask. Either they go or I'm going," Turner said. "And I would a whole lot prefer if the government does it, they allow me to go with them. I don't trust the government and the family has had their chain yanked so many times that it would be good if an eyewitness from the family went to make sure they go to that specific gravesite.

" And while he's not particularly excited about a possible trip to Cambodia, he said he would go in a heartbeat if it would help bring Joseph home.

"That's the only site left. If we go and there's nothing there, then we can put it to rest, but if there is, then we can bring him home.

"I live to be able to make that phone call. Even if I don't bring home but a tooth, it'd be worth it to say just those simple words -- 'Tell Aunt Charlotte we're bringing Joseph home.

A Veteran's Day Re-post from 2007 of Disgraceful

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An in-depth report from Task Force Omega

750515 MAYAGUEZ INCIDENT LOSS

SYNOPSIS: The Sikorsky HH53 Super Jolly Green Giant was the largest, fastest and most powerful heavy lift helicopter in the US Air Force's inventory. In 1967, a program to develop a night rescue capability was initiated. By late 1970 the program successfully installed night recovery systems aboard five HH53C Super Jolly helicopters in Southeast Asia. These helicopters were used in such vital operations as the US raid on the San Tay Prison Camp near Hanoi in November 1970 and the assault mission to free the Mayaguez crew in Cambodia in May 1975.

On 12 May 1975, the SS Mayaguez, a merchant ship owned by Sea-Land Corporation of Menlo Park, NJ was en route from Hong Kong to Sattahip, Thailand. It was carrying a shipment of non-arms military supplies and commercial goods stored in 274 35-foot cargo containers for a number of military bases in Thailand. The Mayaguez carried a civilian crew of 39 including Capt. Charles T. Miller. Shortly before the Mayaguez entered normal international waters, the Cambodian government arbitrarily claimed additional territorial waters extending 90 miles into the Gulf of Thailand instead of the standard 3-mile limit.

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U.S.A. 2012: Is This What We've Become?

Via Western Rifle Shooters Association




U.S.A. 2012: Is This What We've Become?

Incentivize victimhood, fraudulent accounting of income/collateral and gaming the system, and guess what you get? A nation of liars and thieves.

Memorial Day is traditionally a day to speak of sacrifices made in combat. Like much of the rest of life in America, it has largely become artificial, a hurried "celebration" of frenzied Memorial Day marketing that is quickly forgotten the next day.

Instead of participating in this rote (and thus insincere) "thank you for your sacrifice" pantomime, perhaps we should ask what else has been sacrificed in America without our acknowledgement. Perhaps we should look at the sacrifices that need to be made but which are cast aside in our mad rush to secure "what we deserve."

The unvarnished reality is that most Americans have no idea what service members experienced in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they don't want to know. When 4,488 white crosses were erected on a hillside to remind us of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq, people didn't like it, labeling it "unpatriotic."



“What you are proposing is murder”



Lt. Joseph Cramer told his commanding officer, Colonel John Chivington of the Third Colorado Cavalry, shortly before daybreak on the morning of the planned assault. Cramer and several other members of Chivington’s command staff had severe misgivings about the prospect of a sneak attack against a band of defenseless of Cheyenne Indians who had been promised protection.

Chief Black Kettle had distinguished himself through repeated efforts to secure the peace – on one occasion riding weaponless between opposing skirmish lines to prevent a battle from breaking out. In witness of his non-belligerency he had been provided with a United States flag by military officers who promised to protect the Cheyennes and Arapahos who lived in his encampment.

The "Battle" of Sand Creek could be considered the last engagement in which the U.S. flag flew over Americans who mounted a desperate defense of their homes and families against a barbarous aggressor.

During the months leading up to the November 1864 attack on the Sand Creek Reservation, Black Kettle had cooperated in efforts to identify and apprehend Indians who had stolen horses and attacked white settlers. He had also repeatedly petitioned both civilian and military officials on behalf of Indians who had suffered similar abuses.

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Suspended in Light by Mary Kay (MaryKay) on 500px.com

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Why does Google hate the Confederacy, hmmmm?

Via SHNV



3. Google Earth blurs the Confederate General Memorial carved into Stone Mountain. Is this a massive conspiracy that involves to Goldman Sachs and the Denver International Airport? We will say yes. (H/T Atlanta subreddit)

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Texas Monument Dedication at Gaines' Mill


The flyover was paid for by the Texas Division, SCV.

The Richmond Battlefields Association dedicated a monument to Hood’s Texas Brigade on the Gaines Mill battlefield near Mechanicsville on Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m.

The Texas Battlefield Monument is the first on a Hanover County Civil War battlefield and recognizes the Texas brigade commanded by General John B. Hood that is commonly credited with being the first to break the lines of the Union Army on June 27, 1862. The result was General Robert E. Lee’s first battlefield victory.

More @ SHNV

Another good one from General Joe Wheeler



General Miles and staff visiting General Joe Wheeler and staff.

“In the [1898] war with Spain [Confederate General Joe] Wheeler fought in Cuba with a blue uniform on his back. When he first got this uniform, he advised his wife to hang it up, not on a chair, but in a closet out of sight: “I’m afraid I might wake up some morning and shoot at it.”
--(Son of Carolina, Augustus White Long, Duke University Press, 1939, pp. 3-4)

North Carolina Patriots of ’61 – General James Byron Gordon

General James Byron Gordon of “the State of Wilkes”



“[James B. Gordon]….was born [November 21, 1822] in Wilkes County – “the State of Wilkes” – in Western North Carolina. He is not to be confused with General John B. Gordon, of Georgia, a distant kinsman. His forbears were Scotch-Irish pioneers, members of a large migration that swept South in colonial days and occupied the valleys among the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Here came the Jacksons, the Gordons, the Breckinridges, the Polks, the Prestons, and many other shining names.

Jim Gordon, as his family and friends called him, grew up and inherited lands in the Yadkin Valley – the same valley that was long the home of Daniel Boone and from which he and his friends and kinsmen set out on their famous trek to Kentucky. In the eyes of the simpler mountain folk, Gordon was a personage. He too liked to think of himself as the lord of the manor, surrounded by the mountaineers as his retainers, after the tradition of his ancestors across the water.

As the years rolled quietly on and he found himself a bachelor of forty, life began to lose its flavor. Perhaps he grew tired of it all. One crop of corn was like another. The Yadkin became just another river. His retainers, when fully exposed to light, turned into barefoot hillbillies from up the creek; so when the snows set in, he was accustomed to go every winter down to Charlotte in search of amusement. Cards and whiskey were not neglected.

Then came 1861. Something in his blood flamed at the call to arms. He stemmed from the Scottish Gordons, whose name sounded of fight for hundreds of years along the Border or wherever else in the world there was fighting to be done. He telegraphed the governor of the State, offering his services. Turning his personal property into cash, he used the money to equip a cavalry troop; his rich bottom lands he divided among his sisters. “I do not expect to get back,” he said.

He proved to be an expert cavalryman. His old troopers in the mountains have told me that. John Esten Cooke, a war novelist, speaks of him in the somewhat exaggerated language of that day as “the peerless Gordon.” He was killed, with Stuart, in a cavalry charge [at Yellow Tavern/Meadow Bridge on May 18] 1864 when Sheridan was pressing down upon Richmond.

When Stuart was mortally wounded, the command in the field devolved upon Gordon, but when the order reached him, he was dead. Such a death was the last gallant gesture of a dying civilization – a civilization not without its faults but one that still flares in the imagination.”

General Gordon is buried in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Cemetery at Wilkes County, North Carolina.

Source: Son of Carolina, Augustus White Long, Duke University Press, 1939, pp. 43-44

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North Carolina Patriots of ’61 – General James Byron Gordon

NC Teen's Gay Marriage Video Banned By YouTube



UPDATE: Early Monday morning, May 28, YouTube reinstated Ms. McAulay's video. Apparently, now the content of the video does not violate the Google-owned company's community guidelines. Also, as can be seen on the YouTube page, the downloads forthe video are well over 25,000 despite misrepresentations by some of the more vociferous commenters on this post's comment thread.

We congratulate Ms. McAulay for persevering and we hope the attention we brought to this matter helped YouTube to better evaluate their decision.

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Wow, This Obama Story Is Turning Heads


Wow, this is a story!

A liberal former New York Times editor turns on his media colleagues . . . and writes a devastating biography of Barack Obama.

Then the New York Times tries to destroy the author and the book, calling it an "invective-laden" anti-Obama book, and tells its readers to ignore the book since it offers no real sources.

But then the book hits the #1 spot on the New York Times best-seller list its first week of publication . . .

And, as it turns out, the book, by journalist Edward Klein, is based on 200 interviews of people who personally knew Barack Obama, including the first major interview with Jeremiah Wright and even Obama's personal physician — with some shocking revelations!

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Darkening Shadows over Europe and America



Muslim Voters Are Changing Europe

Mike Scruggs

The May 6 election in France, which ousted French President Nicolas Sarkozy from office, was scarcely noted by the American Press. The consequences, however, may prove much more profound than the American people or the peoples of Europe dream.

Socialist challenger Francois Hollande got 51.6 percent of the vote, while incumbent President Sarkozy of the center-right People’s Union Movement got 48.4 percent of the vote. Hollande is the first Socialist to be elected President of France since 1995. He received 18.0 million votes to Sarkozy’s 16.9 million, winning by 1.1 million votes. The dark significance of this vote was that of 2.0 million Muslim voters, 93 percent or 1.7 million voted for the Socialist Hollande. Thus the Muslim vote determined the French election and put France back on a course to socialism.

Hollande tried to appear moderate on some issues, but during the election he promised 400,000 amnesties for illegal Muslim immigrants and promised legislation to let non-citizens vote in 2014 local elections. The Left-wing parties in neighboring Belgium have already managed to prolong and increase their political power by allowing non-citizens with three years residence to vote. Thus the French Socialists are making Muslim issues and increased Muslim immigration solid planks in their political platform. Most French Muslims are poor and are heavy welfare users, giving them a natural socio-economic alliance with the Socialist Party. This is in fact true everywhere in Europe.

But it was the Muslim Imams that pushed hard to get the Muslim vote out on May 6. If they are successful in increasing Muslim immigration, the Socialists may gain permanent control of France. However, the objective of the Imams is not European style socialism. The Imams are engaging in “Civilization Jihad.” Their objective is France under Islam, and the form of socialism they must inevitably demand is Sharia (Islamic Law). European socialists are just useful idiots paving the way for total Muslim dominance.

Sarkozy was pro-Israel in his foreign policies, although France’s 5 to 6 million Muslim population made him cautious in his support for Israel. There is no doubt Hollande will be pushing the anti-Israel Palestinian narrative. Anti-Semitism has been growing and acts of violence against Jews have been increasing in France. Consequently, a trickle of emigration by Jewish French citizens is becoming larger. While Jewish support for the Democratic Party in the U.S. has usually been strong, a majority of French Jews voted for Sarkozy.

A big-welfare-spending Socialist government in France is also likely to interfere with Germany’s European leadership in fiscal responsibility necessitating more austere social spending. The recent downturn in the U.S. and European stock markets was not just about Greece’s questionable fiscal state and survival. Between Greece and France, France’s new Muslim supported Socialist government is by far the greater concern.

The only hope for France is that the Muslim immigration issue is beginning to turn the solidly Socialist French working class to the right, especially to the party of Marine La Pen. The Socialists plan to overcome this with more Muslim immigration. The Muslim birthrate is already more than twice that of the native French. The Muslim population of France is now conservatively estimated at 7.5 percent but should increase to at least 10.5 percent by 2030.

Elsewhere in Europe the Muslim population increase foreshadows more socialist victories and dominance of socialist-Muslim coalition governments. Denmark had elected a right-center government that had begun to get its immigration problems under control in 2007, but on October 3, 2011, the leftist Social Democrats were elected by a mere 8,500 votes. Of the 200,000 Muslim voters in Denmark, 89.1 percent voted for Social Democrat Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Denmark’s 45-year-old first woman Prime Minister. I expect she will undo the immigration reform and control of the last four years and use more Muslim immigration to enhance her political position.

Europe’s Muslim population is expected to grow from 44.1 million in 2010 to 58.1 million in 2030. The UK’s Muslim population is expected to increase from 4.6 percent to 8.2 percent during the same period. Belgium’s Muslim population is expected to grow from 6.0 percent to 10.2 percent. Belgium is already an ethnically divided country. The immigration issue has caused a strong secession movement in Flanders—the Flemish speaking part of Belgium. The politically more conservative Flemish are actually a majority of Belgium’s population. The Socialists continue to maintain power by outrageous methods. Just a few years ago they outlawed the conservative Flemish opposition party, the largest in Belgium. The conservatives had to form a new party to get back on the ballot. In Spain, the Socialists are trying to give amnesty to 500,000 illegal Moroccan immigrants. Such an amnesty should give them permanent power in Spain.

Is there a lesson for Americans here? Europe is not the only region in the world where amnesties and non-enforcement of immigration laws at the workplace are being traded for votes. President Obama and his party would probably receive 65 to 75 percent of amnestied illegal immigrants registering to vote. If President Obama is reelected in November, we will probably see all the horrors of continued high unemployment, runaway spending and inflation, crippled military effectiveness, and escalating anti-Judeo-Christian Executive policies. With four more years of Obama, you can probably kiss any chance of overturning his party or restoring our country goodbye. November 2012 is our last chance.

Elvis Presley crypt up for auction this month



The picture is listed as 1977, but should be 1957 I believe.

For the right price, you or a loved one can rest in peace in the tomb of The King.

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien is selling Elvis Presley’s original crypt to the highest bidder as part of his “Music Icons” auction later this month.

The tomb is located inside the granite and marble mausoleum at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn.

Presley was interred there alongside his mother, Gladys, after he died Aug. 16, 1977. Two months later, they were re-buried at his Graceland home. The original crypt has remained empty ever since.

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My Uncle Charlie was there for Pearl Harbor, although the snapshots I have of him and his fellow officers, show only smiling faces, leis, girls, booze and food! More power to them!:) I will take the photos back from Dixieland next week when I go to our annual reunion to scan and post. A wonderful man, whose love of raw oysters evidently let to his demise. I got leave from Basic Training at Fort Bragg to attend his funeral in 1966. Wish we could have had another beer together.





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Those Pesky Rape Waves — Now in London


I can’t file this article under “cultural enrichment”, because the Metropolitan Police make no reference to the ethnicity of the perps in their statistics on rapes reported in their jurisdiction. However, given the explosion of Third-World immigration to Britain in the last few years, and given the statistical data on rapes in other major European cities, it’s hard to believe that there is no connection between the celebration of diversity in London and the dramatic rise in reported rapes.

What makes this BBC article interesting is the almost word-for-word correspondence between the explanations given by police in London with those coming out of Oslo — that is, the increase is due to the greater willingness of women to report rapes. It’s as if the Metropolitan Police were reading their script from a playbook translated directly from the Norwegian.

If they continue to follow the Scandinavian script, they may start to cite global warming as a causative factor in the increased incidence of rape in London.

Recorded Rape Up 53% in London