Sixty miles north of Latterdale is a tiny nameless lake surrounded by
cabins. Most of them are old prefab affairs put in as summer escapes and
built upon by their subsequent, more permanent residents. None of these
dwellings were easy to find and this one was no exception. It stood to the
side of a dirt trail which went to the lake. The careless paint job, grey
with black specks, made it blend into the birch undergrowth. An ancient man
that lived there, tall and severe, was up and about early.
From where the old man stood, a scant hundred feet away, the cabin was
already barely visible. The abundant dew of an early summer morning had
already darkened his pants and chilled his pale bare feet. The man stepped
carefully, trying to avoid the wet vegetation. From time to time, he bent to
set down a faceted glass he had in his hand onto the damp black earth. Then
he would reach to his belt, flick open a small knife and cut a wildflower
with it. After placing the flower, a lily of the valley, carefully into the
glass, he would wipe the blade on his jeans, fold it and clip it back to his
Some time has passed and the man finished his slow, deliberate sortie. He
started toward home with light, flowing steps carrying him noiselessly to
the veranda of the cabin. The wooden steps creaked slightly as he mounted
them easily, the glass in his hand unwavering. A screen door separated the
den from the outside. He tried to nudge it aside with his right shoulder
without much success.
The old man was preoccupied with keeping the dewdrops on the bouquet in his
glass undisturbed. In his bid to open the door without shaking the glass,
he nearly lost his balance and the heavy holstered Webley that hanged from his
left side hit the siding with a thud. He winced, squatted and set the
flowers on the floorboards of the veranda. Then his adjusted the shoulder
holster with a practiced, impatient flourish and grasped the door handle
with his right hand.
Inside, he set his improvised vase onto a light wooden tray. A napkin in a
silver ring was placed by it. The old man considered the early dawn light
outside and walked to the kitchenette. There he put on water to boil,
covering the teapot spout with a bit of sponge to keep it from whistling.
He sat down, pulled up a ceramic platter and began to arrange paper-thin
slices of venison alternating with chunks of crispbread and spicy hard
The dew on the leaves beaded prettily, refracting the room around them. The
tiny white flowers held onto their dewdrops as well, listing heavily past
the edges of the glass. Those droplets were beautiful, ephemeral and
fragile yet life-giving, just like his wife. He remembered the day when he
had first noticed her. Unlike most men, he also remembered the day when he
had noticed dew.
They were married four years back then and ready to start on kids. But the
thunder was on the horizon and so they sought to wait out the troubles. One
day their truck rounded a curve past a rare hill in the otherwise flat
Dellie County and drove right into a roadblock. He was at the wheel then
and turned hard onto a dirt road on their right. The people manning the
roadblock opened up through the thick cloud of dust their wheels kicked up.
He got hit in the arm almost at once but kept the pedal floored. The gained
a quarter mile when a freak hit stopped the heavy vehicle for good.
He went into a shock then, barely aware of the pain as his wife dragged him out
of the cab and behind a pile of rocks left there by farmers. When the dust
settled, their ambushers closed in and set the truck on fire. The nearest
of them got to about two hundred yards when Reiko centerpunched him. The
rest fell back, one limping badly. That was their mistake, as she outranged
them. They could not drive off nor take their prey down, but they could
stand off, keep her pinned down and buy time.
The old man glanced at the watch he left at the table and sighed. It was
noon when they got ambushed. By nightfall, he had become feverish. They had
no water and thirst threatened to finish what the machine pistols of the
enemy had started.
The full moon saved them as the attackers stayed in the ditch by the
highway. Trained men would have flanked them in the dark but these were
only jaybooters, well-armed but not so well trained or brave. Those huddled
for warmth and to keep the fear of darkness away. By morning, Reiko found
water. She had crawled to a depression in the ground where a few low shrubs
provided shade for the wildflowers. Those she picked with the kind of care
that misers reserve for gold and sappers, for mines.
He thought it a bad jest when she crawled back with lilies of the valley in
her outstretched hand. His glasses lost, he could barely see the closest
blossoms glistening with the drops of the dew.
"Water," she whispered.
The enemy had opened up then and several clumps of dirt kicked up by bullets
marred the perfection of the offering. He licked the wet leaves anyway,
feebly, selfishly. A close report hammered on his ears but so tired he was
that he did not even flinch.
He passed out shortly thereafter. As dusk approached, the jaybooters tried
to rush them, three covering, three running forward with a disdain for cover
born of desperation. Two of the attackers came back after their
front-runner pitched forward, legs still treading but most of the head gone.
That night the jaybooters left. Reiko probed their egressing cruisers with
her 338 but, fatigued as she was, ineffectively. Two hours later she dozed
off for the first time in two days and slept for a long time.
Water came to a boil and the old man brewed smoky Japanese tea in a dark,
He thought again to the day when he woke up feeling light and unreal. He was
too weak to move and that is why it took him a day to miss his left arm.
His wife was next to him, breathing too softly for him to notice.
She had carried his limp, filthy body to the makeshift hospital set up by
the Marines in Jumo. It took her two days and all of her strength to cover
the eight-mile distance to town. She never did recover completely from that
strain. But she has stood by him in the fifty-six years that had passed
since. She had borne his children, fought for him again in '21, aged
gracefully and now slept fitfully in the back of their tiny home.
The old man picked up the tray with the tea bowl and the flowers and went
into the bedroom. There he set the tray on the small folding table at the
head of the bed and made himself comfortable on the floor. Sitting with his
back against the veneer wall, he looked at the white-haired woman whose body
made a tiny lumpy island in the middle of a vast antique bed. Any minute
now, the smell of green tea would wake her up.
"We are rich now," he thought. "We don't have to save dewdrops."
This is the one election that in all of our history is a fork in the road that we had better choose wisely.
That alone should be enough to make everyone sit up and take notice.
If HRC is allowed to stack that Supreme Court, the country is gone.
It is that serious. There is no turning back, none.
We will not have the luxury to say, we can hang for another 4 years.
The communist planks are all in place…
...that ball is at the finish line and just needs that last punt over the goal posts and it is game over.
That one issue will have ramifications for decades.
Your children and grandkids will experience the full weight of that one issue alone.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Much too kind, but appreciated, nevertheless. It is wonderful to hear that good men still exist and are fighting the good fight.
Your work on the North Carolina site is nothing less than fabulous and the South thanks you so much for the contributions you are making today for your father’s and great great Grandfather’s history!
The modern day Confederate movement is frustrating to say the least and your blog will hopefully be a magnet to draw the disparate groups closer together. The reason is simple, its purity. Your site shows the love of Confederacy without the hidden political agendas which so many of the organizations reflect. They too love our Confederacy—but their love blinds them to opening their hearts to seeing the others….we all mourn for our brothers who fell and our sisters who stayed home to the abuse of Sherman and others. This point we find common ground but we seldom find the manners to address one another with the respect and understanding that Southern hospitality should require.
I am a modern day Confederate and espouse those values, Christian values, love of God, Family and State. This is the essence of our cause. We can revive it again with the efforts you deliver into that wonderful website.
We believe the Confederacy never surrendered her government, therefore it exists in exile. Some take advantage of that and others wish for the purity in which you write. Our Confederate government exists and we protect it with great effort against the ones who would seek our destruction. Others have done little to support it but it should be conceptualized, a Confederate government waiting in exile for the opportunity to free States from their occupation and tyranny.
After Texas vs. White, secession is no longer a possibility. They took the right away. The South seceded, lost a war and surrendered her Armies, but the Government of the Confederacy NEVER surrendered….and that is our cause. I ask you to consider that point and move us back towards our status as an Independent Nation!
Thank you again for your efforts and hard work, we need more like you!
Welfare state must rise up, 'exert control over free market' Professor teaches it's necessary for 'racially just society'
The “welfare state” must rise up and take control in the United States, declares a teacher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The textbook used by Mustafa Emirbayer for his Sociology 134 Class, “American Racial and Ethnic Minorities, is his own book, “Racial Domination, Racial Progress: The Sociology of Race in America,” reports CampusReform.org.
The text calls for a “racially just society” in which “the welfare state would rise up to exert control over the free market,” according to the report.
“The American welfare state – perhaps the skinniest in the developed world – could be fattened up,” he wrote in the book co-authored with Matthew Desmond. “The skimpy American welfare state – in large part responsible for the millions of citizens living hand-to-mouth today – would expand by generous proportions.”
Emirbayer writes the “welfare state would rise up to exert control over the free market, making sure to protect vulnerable citizens from its erratic whims.”
His students can find the book on Amazon.com, where it sells for nearly $70.
His book is the only text he assigns for the class. (How convenient.)
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Newsweek will eventually transition to an online publication, owner IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI) said today, marking the beginning of the end for the magazine’s 79-year run as a print weekly.If they had continued to be the Newsweek that I bought religiously in Saigon instead of the .gov mouth of today, this might not have been necessary. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
IAC Chairman Barry Diller made the announcement during a quarterly earnings conference call, saying the New York-based company aims to curb investments in the money-losing business. Still, he stopped short of saying it would be a “total” shift to the Internet.
“The transition to online from hard print will take place,” Diller said. “We’re examining all of our options.”
On 25 July 1775 Maryland issued a currency depicting George III trampling Magna Carta. Sound sentiment, but bad judgment. They printed it on paper currency, which has harmed mankind & justice more than all the kings, dictators, & tyrants in history.
On 25 July 1805 Aaron Burr visited New Orleans planning to establish a new country with New Orleans as the capital. I don't know . . . Could that be worse than what we ended up with? Mardi Gras would be a national holiday & the national motto, "Laissez le bon temps rouler!"
Ohhh ... seven years of hard luck, comin' down on me
From the Florida border, yes, up to Nashville Tennessee
I worked in every joint you can name, yessuh, every honkytonk
Along come Mister Yankee Slicker, sayin' maybe you what I want
Want you to sign your contract
Want you to sign today
Gonna give you lots of money
Workin' for MCA
Ohhh ... nine thousand dollars, that's all we could win
But we smiled at the Yankee Slicker with a big ol' Southern grin
They're gonna take me out to California, gonna make me a superstar
Just pay me all my money and maybe you won't get a scar
Want you to sign your contract
Want you to sign today
Gonna give you lots of money
Workin' for MCA
Ohhh ... slickers steal my money, since I was seventeen
If it ain't no pencil pusher, then it got to be a honkytonk queen
But I'll sign my contract, baby, and I want you people to know
Every penny that I make, I want to see where my money goes
Want you to sign your contract
Want you to sign today
Gonna give you lots of money
Workin' for MCA
The counselor said she would need to take a basic math test along with English and keyboarding, so we scheduled the tests at 5:40 PM last Monday expecting an hour and half total. When we got there, we were told that she had been scheduled for all the tests required of someone entering after the 12th grade. I mentioned that this wasn't what the counselor had told us, but it was either take them all or comeback after it was straightened out. Dixie went for this which normally takes about 3 1/2 hours and she had only a snack before, because of the time expectation. Beside keyboarding which was no problem, there was an advanced computer test which you could skip and take as a course later, but Dixie decided to go for broke. English was no problem, but math in the last two years of high school was, needless to say, although Dixie does her mother's business books as well as household accounts which is something she will actually use in life. I certainly never used Algebra or Geometry, but did Business Math, Accounting and Bookkeeping.
During the wait I mentioned that the room were too cold, but the girl said she had no way to control it. Figures. At 10:15 after 4 1/2 hours Dixie came out and I could tell she was close to tears. As we walked out, I said don't worry you'll pass, but she said that wasn't her worry but that the room had been so cold she continually made mistakes on the keyboard and was hungry to boot. Poor thing. She passed and now we look forward to whatever gems government education can come up with in the future!
So how did Axelrod respond to this? Well he did sort of like his boss does. When Barack Obama is looking for someone to blame, George W. Bush is his “punching bag.” When Axelrod looked for blame, he blamed Mitt Romney. I’m not kidding.
“Well that’s because the Romney campaign and their friends in the SuperPAC world have just spent tens and tens of millions of dollars specifically on spots accusing Obama of running a negative campaign. So I’m not surprised to see those numbers jump a little.”
You have to watch the video because Joe Scarborough is giggling a bit and it is classic that he asks without skipping a beat, “So it’s not your negative ads, it’s their negative ads accusing you of being negative that has caused that number to go up?”
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Tuesday evening on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly demonstrated just how ignorant he is when it comes to guns and gun laws. He was so insecure about his own thinking in regards to this that he hardly gave Rep. Jason Chaffetz opportunity to respond. But when Chaffetz did, he schooled O’Reilly in the No Spin Zone.
O’Reilly claimed that it “made sense” for the sale of all “heavy weapons” be reported to the FBI and that a law like that was “badly needed.” Now O’Reilly didn’t define exactly what he meant by that till the Congressman misunderstood what he said. Then he claimed he was speaking about “machine guns, mortars, howitzers.”
Now understand they were speaking in light of the Aurora, Colorado shooting. Not one of these devices were used in that shooting. James Holmes was armed with a shotgun, an AR-15, and two handguns.
O’Reilly said that people train at a flight school and the FBI is alerted. That must be news to the Department of Homeland Security who allowed 25 illegals to have flight training and an illegal alien to own the school. He then compared it to purchasing a machine gun and the FBI is not alerted.
For O’Reilly to claim that his show is the “No Spin Zone” he did a lot of spinning. Chaffetz rightly pointed out that you must get permission to purchase a machine gun. You need a class three license that is given by the ATF and there is a thorough background check. You can ask me how I know this via email if you like.In addition to that, when a person goes to purchase a firearm the FBI is not “alerted” per se.
Today, July 25, the House of Representatives passed Ron Paul's Audit the Fed bill (H.R. 459) 327-98.
Here's what Senator Rand Paul said about today's House passage of his father's Audit the Fed bill:
An audit of the Federal Reserve is more urgent than ever. A GAO report from July 2011 revealed the Fed bailed out banks and corporations to the tune of $16 trillion in taxpayer dollars. A full and thorough audit will finally bring transparency and accountability to the secretive institution that devalues Americans’ savings, drives inflation, and enables big government. I applaud its passage in the House today.
I also congratulate my father, Rep. Ron Paul, who has long fought at the vanguard of this movement when he first introduced Audit the Fed in 1983. Now with 271 co-sponsors and having passed the House, I call upon Democrat leadership to allow a vote in the Senate on this much-needed transparency bill.
Your job is to apply grassroots pressure on your two senators to get a vote on Audit the Fed scheduled in the Senate. Click here to send a message to both your senators in support of a vote on Audit the Fed.
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Those who believe in the usefulness of government must be vigilant about making sure all its activities are vital ones, since the unnecessary ones undermine public confidence. With this in mind, Congress should now privatize the U.S. Postal Service.
Further evidence for why this should happen came last week, when the Postal Service announced that it would be unable to meet billions of dollars in payments that are coming due in August and September for future retiree health benefits. Privatization is not always the best way to improve efficiency, but the problems facing the Postal Service will be difficult to address if it remains within the government, and there is no longer any sound reason for it not to go private.
The Postal Service faces three problems: First, Congress has not given it the permission it needs to cut costs and raise revenue -- and lawmakers seem unable to approve even modest reforms. Second, its market has been declining for years, as e- mail, electronic payment and other alternatives to traditional mail have grown. Third, the economic slump has caused a further drop-off in mail volumes.
The agency has been struggling to meet these challenges by becoming more productive -- and has been more successful than many people may realize. As the Cato Institute (hardly a bastion of support for government operations) has noted, a decade ago sorting 35,000 letters an hour required 70 employees. Today, it takes only two. Over the past six years, the number of career Postal Service workers has declined by more than 20 percent.
The bill from Texas Republican Paul, a persistent Fed critic, would remove all restrictions on the Government Accountability Office’s ability to examine the central bank’s deliberations. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke opposes the bill, and argued last week that the Fed’s discussions about monetary policy should be protected.
The House vote was a moment of triumph for Paul, who announced earlier this year that he won’t seek another term. He has long sought to shed light on the Fed’s operations, and the full House vote put his once-obscure quest in the national spotlight. Read about bill on Paul's web site.
“The Fed needs transparency and [my bill] would provide it,” Paul said earlier this month.
The measure passed overwhelmingly, garnering 327 yes votes, and 98 no votes. It had 274 co-sponsors, including 45 Democrats.
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While some senators on the Foreign Relations Committee expressed such concerns, the majority still support the treaty. We urge you to continue to contact your senators and share your concerns about the risks of signing the UN CPRD. Please also urge all of your friends and family to call their senators.
Please give your senators some or all of the following message:
“I urge you to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty surrenders U.S. sovereignty to unelected UN bureaucrats and will threaten parental control over children with disabilities. Our nation already has laws to protect disabled Americans. This treaty is unnecessary and will hurt families. If the Senate ratifies this treaty, it would be the first time ever that the U.S. has ratified a treaty that obligates us to recognize economic, social, and cultural entitlements as rights under domestic law. Please take the time to examine this treaty carefully.”
You can read more about our concerns with the UN CRPD online.
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Especially considering that England basically took away any and all means for the Scots and Irish men to support their families. It was a very common practice for those men to enlist in other nations armies just so they could send money home. They were called the flying geese. When I make a quilt I always add a bit of the flying geese pattern on the back, in memory of those poor souls and the injustices England constantly battered them with. But it is a bit ironic that they would come and fight the Southerners, considering there were many a Southerner that had ancestors from Ireland or Scotland. I guess people will do what they have to, to feed their families.
How ironic. Seems that I remember reading that one of the Confederate Irish yelled at the Yankee Irish: 'What are you thinking?"
The brigade suffered its most severe casualties in December at the Battle of Fredericksburg where its fighting force was reduced from over 1600 to 256. The brigade was involved in the northern battleground at Fredericksburg where they assaulted the sunken road in front of Marye's Heights. Coincidentally, one of the regiments manning the sunken road defenses was a predominantly Irish Regiment commanded by Brigadier General Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb. Knowing that Cobb's men manned the wall, and that both Cobb's and Meagher's units contained members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, an organization dedicated to gaining military experience in the United States, then freeing Ireland from Britain after the Civil War, Lee ordered reserves sent to the position. He need not have worried. Cobb's men helped decimate the Irish Brigade before the reinforcements could settle in place. It was at Fredericksburg that Lee allegedly referred to Meagher's regiment as the "Fighting 69th".
There’s an old joke about sending someone you hate on a one-way trip to Mars. Now, a Dutch entrepreneur has formed a company around this concept -- and it’s no joke.
Bas Lansdorp, the 35-year-old founder of Mars One, told FoxNews.com his company is serious about a one-way mission. The company will hold a worldwide lottery next year to select 40 people for a training team. They will then set up a mock colony in the desert, possibly somewhere in the U.S., for three months. This initial team will be reduced to ten crew members.
They will then be sent to Mars, never again to return.
“We will send humans to Mars in 2023,” he told FoxNews.com. “They will live there the rest of their lives. There will be a habitat waiting for them, and we’ll start sending four people every two years.”
The habitat will consist of several housing structures that Mars One will launch before 2023. In 2016, the company plans to launch the first supply vessel. In 2018, it plans to send a rover.
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Lincoln’s endless levies for troops and dwindling enlistments forced him to scour Europe for mercenaries, sending agents with cash and promises of government land to attract military age immigrants. The editor of the Ulster Observer cited below pointed out that the Southern army was full of Irishmen and “asked on what principle the Irish people could leave their homeland to steep their hands in the blood of those who were their kith and kin.”
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Lincoln Scours Europe for Troops:
“…[T]here had begun to be opposition to the departure of Irishmen from the country by the thousand, a migration greatly aggravated by the economic distress of the island. As early as January, 1862, the Liverpool Reporter observed that for several months young men loaded with gold watches and large bounties had been leaving Ireland, ostensibly to emigrate to America, but actually to serve in the Federal army, for which they were engaged by Northern agents.
An extract from the Ulster Observer of Belfast is typical of the comments appearing in the opposition press: “We have more respect for our country and our countrymen than to see them wearing the livery of a foreign state in a cause which involves no principle with which they can be identified….[but America] cannot, and should not, expect our countrymen to be her mercenaries in the present fratricidal struggle. Already the battlefields are white with the bones of their brethren. Thousand of Irishmen have, thanklessly, it would appear, laid down their lives for the North…and if President Lincoln still stands in need of human hecatombs, he should look elsewhere than to the decimated home of Ireland for the victims.” In general, it can be stated that the public journals were loud in denouncing “Federal agents” and clamorous for their prosecution and punishment.
“…One might say that [Secretary of State] Seward did everything he could to encourage….[foreign enlistments]…the Homestead Act of May, 1862, which provided free farms to all aliens who had filed declarations of intention to become citizens of the United States. It further provided that foreign-born residents might become full citizens after one years’ residence on condition of honorable service in the army. By an act approved July 4th, 1864, the Office of Commissioner of Immigration was created under the Secretary of State; the duties imposed upon him were to gather information as to soil, climate, minerals, agricultural products, wages, transportation, and employment needs. This information was to be disseminated throughout the countries of Europe.”
(Foreigners in the Union Army and Navy, Ella Lonn, LSU Press, 1951, pp. 412-418)
Lincoln Scours Europe for Troops
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By HK Edgerton
LAKE CITY, FL – When I arrived in Lake City on Monday afternoon, July 16, 2012, for the lynching that was planned for the Honorable Police Chief Argatha Gilmore, I could see the press already gathering. I could smell the tar and see the feathers blowing in the wind. The NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference had babies, who looked to be as young as six years old, carrying custom made signs that read, "Chief Argatha Gilmore has to go." I thought to myself: got no shame. These babies have no idea what's going on and should be home in bed.
The Commander of the Florida Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Calvary and I gave interviews to two different television stations expressing our support for the Chief.
We also held conversations with several citizens who expressed support for the Chief and the wonderful job she had done since taking office. This sentiment resonated when we entered a downtown bakery shop.
It had been a long time since I had seen so many citizens and press gathered for a public meeting and by the time the Mayor called the meeting to order, even an ant would have to wait in the hall. It was standing room only.
Then the Council meeting began.
The head of the state Southern Christian Leadership Conference would drag a dark cloud over the room as he laid out a convincing indictment that the Chief and her department had broken the public trust. Then he started in on the Southern Cross, General Forrest, and the picture taken with the honorable men of the Mechanized Calvary.
I was very proud of the Commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry as he spoke so eloquently about the Chief and the integrity of his men.
Then it was my turn. I read my prepared statement. I promised the Chief I was going to be good. However, after hearing what I had heard the Chief would have to forgive me because I was mad and was not going to stand by and let a good person, no a great Chief be railroaded by the likes of those who had come against her. I had already gone over my allotted 5 minutes, but was allowed to take 15 minutes more.
I was flabbergasted by the thunderous applause I received from all those wonderful folks. It was like a flood gate had been opened as more and more folks stepped to the mike in support of the Chief, including another former NAACP President like myself.
Then the Chief had her turn. When she was finished exposing the poverty pimps and those who had instigated this planned fiasco she could have run unopposed for any position in the entire land, especially if all in that room were doing the voting. If I wasn't so filled with male machismo, I would cry as many of the ladies and men had already began to do.
When one of the Councilmen called for a confidence vote and the City Clerk read off their names it was unanimous. The poverty pimps and those they had brought with them had already existed in shame. I had shouted out in glee as each Council gave a resounding vote of yes and then we all cried.
I was so proud of Chief Gilmore and wish I could write all the reasons why. It was one of the greatest days in Dixie that I have ever had.
The Table of Brotherhood had been prepared by the Police Chief in Lake City, just as it had in been done in Cross City Florida by the Honorable Sons of Confederate Veterans Commander Joe Sparacino and the President of the MLK Peace March Ms. Angela Carter. May God shine his Grace on these wonderful people for they are truly deserving.
North American Indian tribe of equestrian nomads whose 18th- and 19th-century territory comprised the southern Great Plains. The name Comanche is derived from a Ute word meaning “anyone who wants to fight me all the time.”
The Comanche had previously been part of the Wyoming Shoshone. They moved south in successive stages, attacking and displacing other tribes, notably the Apache, whom they drove from the southern Plains. By the early 1800s the Comanche were very powerful, with a population estimated at 7,000 to 10,000 individuals. Their language, of the Shoshonean branch of the Uto-Aztecan linguistic stock, became a lingua franca for much of the area.
Like most other tribes of Plains Indians, the Comanche were organized into autonomous bands, local groups formed on the basis of kinship and other social relationships. Buffalo products formed the core of the Comanche economy and included robes, tepee covers, sinew thread, water carriers made of the animal’s stomach, and a wide variety of other goods.
The Comanche were one of the first tribes to acquire horses from the Spanish and one of the few to breed them to any extent. Highly skilled Comanche horsemen set the pattern of nomadic equestrian life that became characteristic of the Plains tribes in the 18th and 19th centuries. Comanche raids for material goods, horses, and captives carried them as far south as Durango in present-day Mexico.
Early 21st-century population estimates indicated some 20,000 individuals of Comanche descent.
Released 2005. Director: Martha Sloan. TV documentary.
You would think $30,000 a year would get you a decent education. For just a few thousand more, you could cover the cost of Harvard’s yearly undergraduate tuition or send your child to the prestigious Sidwell Friends School, which the Obama daughters attend.
But spending $30,000 to cover the cost of a child’s education in a district that has one of the lowest graduation rates in the nation and produces some of the country’s lowest achievement scores? Seems a bit steep. But this is the hefty per-pupil bill taxpayers are made to foot for D.C. public schools every year.
Despite this astounding price tag—$29,409 for the 2009–2010 school year, to be exact, compared to the national average of just under $12,500 (both figures are total expenditures calculated on a per-pupil basis, including capital outlays)—the graduation rate for D.C. students hovers around 60 percent, well below the nationwide average of 74 percent. Math and reading scores are also among the lowest in the country.
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I've met and spoken Rep. Broun a couple of times at local TEA Party evens here in N.E. Ga. and have engaged him on Amendments issues, many pertaining to the Bill of Rights and our freedoms. The video is a product of research of hi office and outside sources also....
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But the Chick-fil-A president, Dan Cathy, did not condemn gay marriage. CNN and other liberal outlets made their own leap from Cathy expressing support of the traditional family and Christian growth and ministry to making Cathy appear to be condemning gay marriage.
A review of the original interview shows he wasn’t even asked a question about gay marriage nor did he say he condemns it.
The erroneous report caused such an uproar that even Boston's mayor threatened to deny the company business permits, and the Muppets announced the fast food chain wouldn't be able to license any new toys for their kids meals.
For example, CNN said in its story: “But the comments of company President Dan Cathy about gay marriage to Baptist Press on Monday have ignited a social media wildfire.
‘Guilty as charged,’ Cathy said when asked about his company's support of the traditional family unit as opposed to gay marriage.
‘We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,’ Cathy is quoted as saying.”
In the actual interview, Cathy wasn’t specifically asked about gay marriage.
His remarks to the paper were as follows:
Anyone who has paid attention to Fast and Furious - certainly only one of the more recent episodes of government manipulation of the lives, and deaths, of American citizens as well as over 300 dead innocent (non-cartel) Mexican citizens - knows what our government is capable of doing. Knowing that they can do that, knowing they can be responsible for the deaths of almost 80 men, women, and CHILDREN in a church in Waco, Texas, how can we escape the thought that the government might also be responsible for this tragedy? It is small potatoes compared to things we know for a fact that they have done to advance their agenda.
Unfortunately, as we saw with Waco, even the most horrible, egregiously illegal and immoral behavior by our government slips past the "bread and circuses", "Dances with the Stars" mentality of what appears to be a majority of Americans. We who pay attention to such things are in the minority.
Unless we are able to awaken enough people to what is going on, to the terrifying depth of corruption and treason being perpetrated by our own government, America will continue on this death spiral into either complete tyranny or total destruction, or both.
If enough of us who value liberty survive the die-off, perhaps liberty will be able to Rise From The Ashes (if I may abuse the title of an old William Johnstone cheap novel about the end of our dream of a Constitutional Republic). Otherwise, it will be a cold, dark, century before the new Dark Ages come to an end, if ever.
Obama on the economy: ‘We tried our plan — and it worked’
Discussing his economic policies at a fundraiser in Oakland, California, last night, President Obama, told supporters that “we tried our plan — and it worked.”
“We tried that and it didn’t work,” Obama said of Mitt Romney’s proposed tax cuts and spending cuts, which he dismissed as a Bush-style “top down” economic policy. “Just like we’ve tried their plan, we tried our plan — and it worked,” he added later in the speech. “That’s the difference. That’s the choice in this election. That’s why I’m running for a second term.”
Obama made these comments in Oakland, where the unemployment rate was 13.7 percent in May 2012. The national unemployment rate is 8.2 percent — up from 8.1 percent in May — for the second straight month.
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No question about it, liberals are braindead.
Marissa Mayer is young, blond, attractive, and six months pregnant. She’s also, as of last week, the new president and CEO of Yahoo, a Fortune 500 tech company, and—much to her chagrin, I’m guessing—the fevered subject of dozens of angst-laden feminist blog posts.
As a woman, Mayer is a rarity in the world of Silicon Valley power players, but she’s not too hung up on the whole feminism thing. The term itself, she pointed out in a PBS-AOL interview, is tainted with “negative,” “militant,” “chip-on-the-shoulder” connotations. “I was always very gender blind,” she told a recent audience. “I think if I had felt more self-conscious about being the only woman along the way, it would have actually stifled me a lot more.”
Mayer, in other words, got over it, got a job, and got on with her life—and this does not sit well with the sisterhood. According to Slate’s Amanda Marcotte, Mayer’s rejection of the feminist label boils down to pure cowardice: “Those who take up the mantle of social justice have always been people who, for whatever reason, are willing to be hated and willing to suffer repeated losses that affect them personally. . . . Someone who would rather do what's right than what's profitable simply isn't going to climb very high on that corporate ladder. ” Mayer, feminist writers seem to agree, is ditching the ideological date that brought her to the dance.
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Background checks for people wanting to buy guns in Colorado jumped more than 41 percent after Friday morning's shooting at an Aurora movie theater, and firearms instructors say they're also seeing increased interest in the training required for a concealed-carry permit.
"It's been insane," Jake Meyers, an employee at Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo in Parker, said Monday.
When he arrived at work Friday morning — just hours after a gunman killed 12 and injured 58 others at the Century Aurora 16 theater — there already were 15 to 20 people waiting outside the store, Meyers said.
He called Monday "probably the busiest Monday all year" and said the basic firearms classes that he and the store's owner teach are booked solid for the next three weeks, something that hadn't happened all year.
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