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Thursday, January 13, 2011
-- Milton Friedman
educate themselves on the finer points of constitutionally guaranteed protections, and to aid us in exercising our right to peaceful protest."
"The CBP agent stated that I had posted on Twitter before my flight and that slip ended the debate about their random selection process"
Ah, yes, just imagine that, liberals toying with the truth.
HERE and HERE.
"In an electrifying moment, the president revealed that Giffords, who on Saturday was shot point-blank in the head, had opened her eyes for the first time shortly after his hospital visit."
Sunday, January 9th 2010
"Giffords can open her eyes, but because she is on a ventilator she can't speak", said Rhee.
The sesquicentennial of the American Civil War is upon us, and we can expect a lot more conversation in the coming months regarding the causes and effects of that catastrophic war.
Several editorials have recently been published in major newspapers making sure we all know what the real cause of the War was: Slavery. Locally, Gary Dickson reaffirmed this point of view in an editorial entitled “Nothing to Celebrate.”
This view typically hinges on two premises: First, that President Abraham Lincoln was committed “to end slavery in America,” and second, that when the Deep South seceded, they referred to their belief in the inferiority of blacks and their rightly being slaves as justification. Essentially, the idea is that the South was wrong, the North was right, and it is wrong for Americans today to celebrate Confederate heritage.
But these editorials miss the mark. Often they either conveniently leave out important facts or distort them to prove their point.
Via Jamey, SDYC
Challenging The Accepted View Of The Civil War (Sic)
"Two events were held concurrently at the University of Arizona in Tucson on Wednesday night. One of them was a memorial service for the dead and wounded from Jared Loughner’s rampage on Saturday. This event went quite well. The other was an embarrassing political pep rally, held before a mob of rowdy kids whose cell phone numbers were likely harvested by the Obama campaign at rock concerts in 2008.
The undisciplined audience was bad enough to provoke criticism from observers across the political spectrum, and that leads to some questions. It is said that the event organizers cannot be blamed for the behavior of the crowd. Is that really true? They staged this thing like a pep rally, complete with rush-week T-shirts bearing the rock-concert name of the event, “Together We Thrive.” Organizers could have prepared the crowd by insisting on silence during the speeches, and making sure the kids understood the gravity of attending a memorial service that would be viewed by the entire world.
President Obama gave a good speech. The most anticipated, and problematic, passage was his call for a return to civility in politics. “What we can’t do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another,” he declared. Sorry, Mr. President, but a vast segment of your supporters has already done that. Admonishing every part of the political spectrum to avoid “pointing fingers and assigning blame” is horribly disingenuous. Barack Obama is not a centrist wandering into a partisan squabble and offering a hand of peace to both sides. He’s a hard-core liberal, and the hard Left has been doing all of the finger-pointing during this drama, beginning within minutes of the shooting.
There was never any political dimension to the awful story of a deranged loner who tried to assassinate a woman he was obsessed with, killing six other people in the attempt. The only reason we are discussing the nature of our discourse in connection with the case is because the Left manufactured that connection out of thin air.
There’s no reason Obama couldn’t have delivered this fine speech last Sunday, when it would have made a real difference. That would have been leadership. What we saw tonight was a solid performance. Those are two very different things.
"Everything I saw at that memorial service last night disgusted me. First, there was the fact that this event, which was supposed to be a memorial service, was given a slogan. It was branded. The brand was stamped all over university buses preceding the event to advertise, as well as free t-shirts handed out to people who attended the service.
Oh, and the concession stands were open, too. Because you can’t pay your respects to those murdered by a madman without a large Coke and some popcorn, right?Yet we’re somehow surprised at the pep rally-like atmosphere? Please. Add in some styrofoam Greek columns and you’d have Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention all over again. The disgusting, disrespectful whooping and cheering was infuriating — but not surprising. Obama played into it."
Via Hamp, SWR
"Without question, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were two of the greatest military leaders of all time. Even more, many military historians regard the Lee and Jackson tandem as perhaps the greatest battlefield duo in the history of warfare. If Jackson had survived the battle of Chancellorsville, it is very possible that the South would have prevailed at Gettysburg and perhaps would even have won the War Between the States."
PRAISE FOR LEE AND JACKSON
Bernhard Thuersam, Director
Cape Fear Historical Institute
Andersonville Horrors and Grant:
“I am certainly no admirer of Jefferson Davis or the late Confederacy, but in justice to him and that the truth may be known, I would state that I was a prisoner of war for twelve months, and was in Andersonville when the delegation of prisoners spoken of by Jefferson Davis left there to plead our cause to with the authorities at Washington; and nobody can tell, unless it be a shipwrecked and famished mariner, who sees a vessel approaching and then passing on without rendering aid, what fond hopes were raised, and how hope sickened into despair waiting for the answer that never came.
In my opinion, and that of a good many others, a good part of the responsibility for the horrors of Anderson rests with General U.S. Grant, who refused to make a fair exchange of prisoners.
Henry M. Brennan, Late Private, Second Pennsylvania Cavalry”
(Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume I, page 318)
Horrors Of Andersonville Belong To Grant
|War Crimes Of Lincoln, Grant And Sherman|
"It’s easy to forget that 12 soldiers (including one who was pregnant) and one Army civilian were killed at Fort Hood.
Today, Giffords - an incredibly dedicated and decent public servant - lays wounded in a Arizona hospital, while six others who stood near her, were murdered.
Yet, the news coverage of her wounding far eclipses the killings at Fort Hood. Why?
Unfortunately, no mystery here. It was clear to all that the Fort Hood shooting was terrorism and that the shooter was a Muslim fanatic."
--Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Cartwright, 1824
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