Thursday, April 14, 2011

Africa in Black and White

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Via John, Belle Grove

Taxing Those At $100,000 And Up at 100% Will Not Get Us Out Of This Year’s Deficit

“The President tries to tax, to tax our way out of debt. Placing the burden on those earning more than $100,000,“ Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said on the House floor this morning.

“The problem sir, is a simple one, that if we were to tax these individuals 100 percent of their income we still could not cover our deficit this year alone. As a matter of fact, to tax our way out of debt we would need to increase taxes across the board on every man, on every woman and every business by 60 percent, you simply cannot tax your way out of this debt.”

Yugoslavian SKS 59/66, 7.62x39 $269.95 - $329.95

Yugoslavian SKS 59/66, 7.62x39. Good to very good condition.

GOA Alert: Volunteers Needed for Wisconsin

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"Friends, this is an extremely time-critical call for action. As many of you know, Wisconsin has been ground zero in the conservative fight to take back our country. When Governor Scott Walker decided to get serious about controlling run-away government spending, the left decided to make Wisconsin the big stand against the tea party conservatives. When their walk-out of State Senators didn’t work, they went to court. And then they dropped a surprise bomb of $3 million to take over the Wisconsin Supreme Court. We won, but they are trying to steal this victory away from us.

Thanks to many of you, conservative Justice David Prosser beat his liberal activist challenger by around 6,000 votes. Big national unions have spent millions of dollars on attack ads trying to smear Justice Prosser, and aren’t ready to accept election results and their defeat. Now they are funding a full statewide recount of the ballots, and have hired Al Franken’s attorneys to reverse the election results like they did in Minnesota. This race has become much bigger than just the two candidates – it is in fact a battle between big-government, entitlement addicted, anti-Second Amendment liberals, and conservative leaders trying to restore fiscal sanity.

Wisconsin is in urgent need of both attorneys and non-attorneys to come to the state and help oversee the imminent recount and provide needed ballot security."

Obama grossly exaggerated humanitarian threat to justify military action in Libya

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EVIDENCE IS now in that President Barack Obama grossly exaggerated the humanitarian threat to justify military action in Libya. The president claimed that intervention was necessary to prevent a “bloodbath’’ in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city and last rebel stronghold.

But Human Rights Watch has released data on Misurata, the next-biggest city in Libya and scene of protracted fighting, revealing that Moammar Khadafy is not deliberately massacring civilians but rather narrowly targeting the armed rebels who fight against his government.

Misurata’s population is roughly 400,000. In nearly two months of war, only 257 people — including combatants — have died there. Of the 949 wounded, only 22 — less than 3 percent — are women. If Khadafy were indiscriminately targeting civilians, women would comprise about half the casualties.

Via Weasel Zippers

Rubio: I don't know what is wrong with people, but this isn't going to solve itself.

Gun shop owner expressed concerns early on in "gunwalker" scandal

Via Sipsey Street Irregulars
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Damning, newly-obtained emails show that a key gun shop owner made explicit concerns in writing last year in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms' "gunwalking" scandal.

Starting in late 2009, ATF allegedly directed an undetermined number of Phoenix-area gun shop owners to go ahead with sales of thousands of assault rifles and other weapons to suspicious buyers. Insiders claim ATF knew the buyers were connected to Mexico's drug cartels, but let the guns "walk" onto the street anyway in a misguided attempt to obtain intelligence. ATF and the Justice Department have denied that.

Investigators from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) obtained the emails this week.

NC Rep. Sue Myrick: U.S. government has no strategy to deal with Muslim Brotherhood

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The federal government has no strategy to counter the Muslim Brotherhood at home or abroad, according to the chairwoman of the House panel that oversees counterintelligence and terrorism.

“The federal government does not have a comprehensive or consistent strategy for dealing with the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliated groups in America,” Rep. Sue Wilkins Myrick said during a hearing Wednesday. “Nor does it have a strategy for dealing with the Brotherhood in Egypt or the greater Middle East.”

The North Carolina Republican is chairwoman of the House Intelligence subcommittee on terrorism, human intelligence, analysis and counterintelligence. Mrs. Myrick said at the hearing that she planned on scheduling closed classified hearings on the Muslim Brotherhood this session with government officials.

2011 Event: Potluck Lunch at Dixieland Sunday, June 5th

The Mystery of George Masa

Antoinette and Nathan

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I love Mule Day in Columbia, Tennessee, for several reasons. I adore mules, Southern cooking and Tennessee hospitality. I even own one of those hybrids, an old mule named Mathew. The name Mule Day implies a one day event, but it a yearly celebration that lasts for several days with fun for everyone. I jokingly tell folks that they have not really lived if they have never been to Mule Day!

This year Mule Day was held from March 31st through April 3rd, 2011. I had made tentative plans to drive down to Columbia and had ordered their colorful catalogue of events weeks in advance. Due to various circumstances, I did not attend this year’s Mule Day. Before disposing of their fine brochure, I decided to read all the articles it contained. One paragraph on page 8 stood out from the rest.

“A young lady, Antoinette Polk, made a heroic ride from Columbia to her home in Ashwood to warn her friends and family that the Federal troops were headed their way. She, no doubt, saved some lives that day. For her efforts, she was presented a battle flag by General Nathan Bedford Forrest. This flag has been restored and is back in Maury County after years in Switzerland and France. It’s an interesting story.” At the bottom of the page was listed the telephone number for the Maury County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Columbia, Tennessee.

In order to learn more about this Tennessee heroine, I took to the internet and found a lovely photograph of Antoinette Polk Baronne de Charette. The name suggested that she married into a European family.

In addition, I found an article written by B. L. Ridley for the 1896 Confederate Veteran about various heroines of the War. Antoinette Wayne Van Leer Polk was the full name of our heroine. She was related to Major General Anthony Wayne of Revolutionary fame.

According to Ridley, “She was not fully grown when she took this famous ride. After the war she went abroad with her father and mother and finished her education in Europe. The health of her father, Andrew Jackson Polk, having failed when in the Confederate Army, he grew worse and died in Switzerland.

Miss Polk had a most brilliant young ladyhood abroad. principally in Rome, where she was beloved by the Princess Margarite, and universally admired. She married a distinguished French soldier of the old regime, the Marquis de Charette de la Contrie, like herself, of heroic stock, and has her home in France. She has one son, a youth of great promise.”

From a 1909 New York Times article with the heading French Marquis Weds Miss Henning, there were many details about Antoinette’s son, Antoine de Charette, and his wedding to a Kentucky horsewoman named Miss Susanne Henning. She was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. James Williamson Henning. John B. Castleman was in attendance.

I was soon able to get in touch with Bob Duncan, the Director of the Maury County Archives. From Bob’s research I learned that their Paris-born daughter, Susanne de Charette, married Brigadier General Ronald Van Stockum. This granddaughter of Antoinette Polk had made her home at Allen Dale Farm in Shelby County, Kentucky.

Per Mr. Ridley: “They talk about Sheridan’s ride but let me tell of one that strips it of its grandeur the famous run of Miss Antoinette Polk, displaying a heroism worthy of imperishable record. She was on the Hampshire Turnpike, a few miles from Columbia, Tenn., when some one informed her of Federals contemplated visit to her father’s home on the Mt. Pleasant Pike five miles across—said pikes forming an obtuse angle from Columbia. She knew that some soldier friends at her father’s would be captured unless they had notice, and in order to inform them, she had to go across the angle that was barricaded many times with high rail and rock fences. There was no more superb equestrienne in the valley of the Tennessee and she was of magnificent physique. She had a thoroughbred horse trained to her bidding. The young lady started, leaping the fences like a reindeer, and came out on the pike just in front of the troopers, four miles from home. They took after her, but her foaming steed was so fleet of foot, that she got away from them in the twinkling of an eye, and saved her friends from capture.”

In recognition of this heroic ride, General Nathan Bedford Forrest while stationed in Columbia in 1863, presented Miss Polk with the battle flag already mentioned in the Mule Day report. Naturally, I felt the flag would have been a Confederate flag, but it was not. The flag presented to this young lady was a Federal flag taken when General Forrest captured the entire command of Colonel Abel Streight during a raid in Alabama.

That same flag had been to Switzerland while the Polk family resided there. It had been displayed at the French home where Antoinette lived outside of Paris. Finally, after years and miles of travel, the flag was back in this country with her granddaughter and family.

In 1999, due to the generosity of the Von Stockum family, that fragile piece of our history was returned to its home. Susanne de Charette Van Stockum donated the flag to the people of Maury County. Over a period of years the Maury County Archives were able to raise the necessary funds to have the flag restored and encased in a glass frame.

Many thanks are due to Bob Duncan for his assistance and Southern hospitality. Bob gathered and recorded many of the facts and photos contained in this report. He would be glad to show you the Streight/Forrest/Polk flag next time you visit Columbia, Tennessee.

In modern parlance you might say that General Forrest truly “punked” Federal Colonel Streight in a masterful act of war. With outnumbered forces, that devil/genius Forrest tricked Colonel Streight into surrendering his entire command along with his reputation.

You just never know where interesting War tales are to be found and waiting to be retold.

Nancy Hitt – 2011

What You Have to Believe to Believe in GUN CONTROL!

1. Banning guns works, which is why New York, DC, & Chicago cops need guns.

2. Washington DC's low murder rate of 69 per 100,000 is due to strict gun control, and Indianapolis' high murder rate of 9 per 100,000 is due to the lack of gun control.

3. Statistics showing high murder rates justify gun control but statistics showing increasing murder rates after gun control are "just statistics."

4. The Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban, both of which went into effect in 1994 are responsible for the decrease in violent crime rates, which have been declining since 1991.


150th Of Fort Sumter And An Historic Fraud

With the 150th anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter fast approaches let us all stop and take a moment to consider exactly what sparked that momentous event.

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It has been said many times that those that do not remember history are condemned to repeat it. But what happens to those who remember and perpetuate a fraudulent “history”? The standard explanation of the beginnings of the War Between the States is a good example of such fraudulent “history”. Most Americans who write or speak on the subject, even those who should know better, continue to perpetuate a fraud that was committed in 1861. They explain that the federal troops that occupied Fort Sumter in early 1861 after South Carolina had seceded “needed to be supplied with food and provisions”, that President Lincoln had decided to “resupply” the garrison and it is then the Confederacy wantonly opened fire on the Fort .

They never mention the fact that the “Fox expedition” (the forces sent to “resupply” and “provision” Sumter) included the following:

Robert E. Lee Forever!

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"Tuesday last, April 12, one hundred and fifty years ago, the American Civil War began when Confederate forces fired the first shots on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. The bombardment lasted 34 hours, and Fort Sumter occasionally replied with fire of its own. Then the white flag went up and the Union troops within the fort surrendered. Not a single man had a scratch on either side. It looked as if neither gang could shoot straight. If only.

620,000 American lives were lost in the next four years, from Bull Run to Petersburg, before the unequal contest came to an end at Appomattox, Virginia, in 1865. 620,000 is a hell of a number of dead soldiers among an American population which stood at 31 million in total. Eleven slaveholding states withdrew from the Union to form the Confederate States of America over states’ rights, and Abe Lincoln pursued the war between brothers unrelentingly and in a sea of blood. As a University of Virginia man–The University, it’s called by native Virginians—I have always sided with the South, and not because of Gone With the Wind romanticism, either. What I learn as I get older is that like most wars, the Civil War was pursued by so-called Honest Abe because big Northern business wanted to conduct big business in the Union. They wanted to build railroads and wanted interstate roads and access to markets. The South wished to remain sleepy and agricultural. Lincoln did not make slavery an issue until two years after the first shots over Fort Sumter. But that’s not what we were taught when we were young. No sirree, it was all about slavery, they told us, and woe to those who had actually been correctly taught and knew the contest’s true nature—like the poor little Greek boy and University of Virginia man."

DIY Your Camera Into A Radiation Detector

"Here’s an interesting little project that anybody with some foil, gaffing tape, and a scintillator can do. It’ll let you see for yourself the natural radiation associated with elements like 40K Potassium, and of course any radiation coming off things like reactors or Godzillas. The project is really simple;"

"........*and starved at Point Lookout."

"Madness is rare in individuals - but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule."
-- Friedrich Nietzsche

*I'm A Good Old Rebel

Here is a picture of my Great Grandfather, William Fredrick Pippin. (Pippen/Pippin)

William Fredrick was born in Pitt County, N.C., where he resided as a farmer, prior to enlisting in Pitt County at age 22 on August 7, 1861 for the Civil war, with 'Company G, 8th Regiment of the North Carolina State Troops'. He served over three years and 3 months, while being captured at least twice and receiving three wounds. He was first captured at Roanoke Island on February 8, 1862 and paroled at Elizabeth City on February 21, 1862. He was exchanged during a prisoner exchange in August, 1862. He was present or accounted for until captured at Fort Harrison, Virginia, September 30, 1864. He was confined at **Point Lookout, Maryland, until paroled and transferred to Venus Point, Savannah River, Georgia, where he was received November 15, 1864, for exchange. He served the North Carolina Confederacy with Distinguished Service. He returned back home to his father's home in Pitt county sometime after the 15 Nov 1864.

The following is recorded in his personal Family Bible: "W.F. Pippin enlisted Aug 7, 1861 in Pitt County, N.C. Surrendered in May 1864. Member Slingman Brigade & North Carolina State Troops

He applied for a military pension due to his injuries received during the war and was approved on the 2nd try.

Cousin Colby
** My great great uncle was also imprisoned there.

The 7 Blackbirds & Descendants Of Point Lookout POWs
"Nathan Knight Pippen B Co NC 16th Cav Wounded Hamilton POW Pt Lookout Buried Palmyra Plantation."

"The Seven Blackbirds" (My Graveyard)