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Sunday, March 25, 2012
RALEIGH -- They marched into the woods carrying shovels, axes, hatchets and a Sawzall, tools for digging a pair of Confederate brothers out of the red clay.
When they reached the spot, they brushed the leaves off a pair of cracked tombstones until they could see a soldier chiseled on one of them and a stack of cannonballs.
They ran a metal detector over each slab, but before they turned the first spade of dirt, they stopped to pray.
"We know these young men have left their earthly shell," said Donald Scott, head bowed. "We want to respect and honor these remains, even though we know their souls are with you. They were Tar Heels. We don't want them lost."
With the traffic buzzing past on Trinity Road Saturday, two dozen volunteers worked to pull Joseph and Joel Holleman from their graves, grown less peaceful after a century and a half.
Nothing specific threatens their rest, but Interstate 40 passes near enough to hear traffic, and across the road, an advertisement for single-family homes describes this corner of west Raleigh as "the intersection of tradition and tomorrow."
To the diggers in these woods, the Hollemans belong in Oakwood Cemetery, led there by honor guard, laid alongside men who fell at Gettysburg.
"My heart says this is the right thing," said Scott, who represents the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the 26th N.C. re-enactment unit. "These boys have been here 150 years. Their blood is our blood."
Joseph Holleman was a private with the 26th N.C. Regiment, just 22 when he died of pneumonia near Morehead City.
His brother Joel was older, 28, and nobody knows for sure how he died. He was a teacher, not a soldier, and a secretary with the Masons in Cary. But he had connections to the state Fairgrounds Hospital in Raleigh, and the federal government still lists him as a "Confederate collaborator."
In 1862, they were buried on quiet farmland, side by side.
"My kids played here all the time," said Marilyn Hicks Geisler, whose family owns the land. "We played hide and seek. We had a basketball hoop, and when the ball would come over here, the kids would look at each other like, 'Who is going to get it?' We knew it was a graveyard."
Her daughter Anna, 27, recalls being fond of the brothers' company.
"We grew up with them," she said. "It's going to be strange not having them around anymore."
The diggers worked in shifts, three to a grave. They pried up the stones and carted them away in pieces, moving slowly and carefully.
One foot down, they hit thick roots, chopping them with axes and tearing them with a Sawzall.
Two feet down, the roots got thicker.
Three feet down, someone found a golf ball.
At the edges of the graves, a pair of pine caskets waited to collect the brothers' remains.
"What we'll likely find is discolored soil in the shape of a human torso," Scott said. "You may find a row of buttons where his shell jacket would have been. Belt buckle, as well."
After hours of digging, six pieces of coffin appeared in Joseph's grave, along with eight buttons in a row. He had a small, antique bottle with him, possibly containing spices.
In Joel's grave, the diggers found more buttons, another bottle, pieces of what appeared to be suspenders and a pair of cufflinks.
They collected these remnants, exposed to daylight for the first time in 150 years, and loaded them in the pine boxes. Now, neither kudzu nor concrete will cover Joseph and Joel Holleman.
They will rest as brothers, two more men in the long row of white markers.
Graves of Confederate brothers dug up in Raleigh
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
Benjamin Hill on Andersonville:
“In 1876, eleven years after the South surrendered, Mr. James G. Blaine of Maine, stood up in Congress and poured out “a lot of hate-born lies as malignant as human tongue ever uttered or human brain ever concocted:”
“Mr. [Jefferson] Davis,” cried Mr. Blaine, “was the author, knowingly, deliberately, guiltily, and willfully, of the gigantic murders and crimes at Andersonville. And I here before God, measuring my words, knowing their full intent and import, declare that neither the deeds of the Duke of Alva in the Low Country, nor the massacre of St. Bartholomew, nor the thumb screws, and the other engines of torture of the Inquisition, begin to compare in atrocity with the hideous crimes of Andersonville.”
Mr. Hill’s reply: “If nine percent of the [Northern] men in Southern prisons were starved to death by Mr. Jefferson Davis, who tortured to death the twelve percent of the Southern men in Northern prisons?” (See Secretary Stanton’s statistics.)
(Truths of History, Mildred Lewis Rutherford, Southern Lion Books, 1998, pp. 100)
Benjamin Hill on Andersonville
MASS FLAGGING OF THE GRAND OPENING OF THE MUSEUM OF THE CONFEDERACY - APPOMATTOX, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
On Saturday, March 31st, the Museum of the Confederacy will open its new site in Appomattox to much fanfare, pomp, and circumstance. There will be re-enactors, vendors, music, and a flag raising ceremony that includes the United States flag, and flags representing the states that sent troops to fight for the Confederacy. There is one thing, however, that will be missing from the grounds of the Museum. Incredibly, there will be NO Confederate flag flying. As descendants of Confederate soldiers who fought and died under her, we find that to be a direct insult to their honor and memory and will not sit idly by and allow this policy to go unchallenged.
The Virginia Flaggers will gather at the Museum, with flags, to stand in peaceful, yet forceful protest of this discriminatory action taken by the Museum of the Confederacy.
We invite all who are willing, to join us. Bring a sack lunch, rain gear, a lawn chair if needed, a Confederate flag, and a heart for standing up for those who can no longer do so.
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Vernon Robinson, candidate for Congress in the North Carolina 8th district, will be holding a Machine Gun Social fund raiser this Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 pm at Eagle guns indoor shooting range in Concord, North Carolina. Eagle guns is located at: 3789 Roberta Church Rd. in Concord.
Rob Peetz of Repent Arms is going to bring various sub machine guns, including an AR-15, AK-47, UZI, MP5, and a Tommy gun. The price is $50. This includes shooting one full magazine through any of the aforementioned guns. It also affords people the opportunity to win a door prize from Eagle guns of a brand-new AR-15.
It has been said that the Constitution would only work in a moral society.
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion ...Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." John Adams
Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the Declaration of Independence - "[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
" Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society." - Washington
I think there's a little more to it than that, but let's assume that the statement is true at face value, and look at some things.
Martin held up Obama’s massive health-care law and announced, “Obamacare is cancer in our government, and we are gonna rip it out, we’re gonna repeal this bill, this law!”
Despite cold and rain, a crowd of patriots warmly welcomed leaders and prayed that Obama’s health-care law will be struck down in the U.S. Supreme Court and fully repealed by Congress. All speakers noted that repeal depends on a new Senate majority and a new president.
Cuccinelli, who’s also a 2013 Republican candidate for Virginia governor, will be arguing before the Supreme Court next week.“You know, yesterday was the second anniversary of the president signing this bill. That’s the bad news,” said Cuccinelli. “The good news is yesterday was the 237th anniversary of Patrick Henry’s ‘Give me liberty or give me death’ speech.
Since our entire country is about to tear itself apart over a hispanic/black/jew killing a black boy, I decided to sit down tonight and do a little digging.
What I found didn't really surprise me -- I'm about the world's biggest cynic -- but it IS pretty staggering in a sick sort of way...
First the "concensus narrative":
Poor little Trayvon - choir-boy extraordinaire, and candidate for sainthood - was chased down and murdered by a racist white man for the "crime" of walking to the store to buy a bag of skittles for his beloved little brother.
The police TOLD the racist murderer not to follow Trayvon, but he continued, and wasn't satisfied until he'd MURDERED this innocent little child.
Naturally, they also trot out heart-melting pictures of the innocent child, to be sure nobody misses the fact that he was someone SPECIAL whose life was cut tragically short by the twin horrors of racism and guns.
What's worse, the evil, racist redneck cops in the Florida town where this tragedy happened chose to let the murderer walk free - after all, he was white and the dead "child" was black!
At this point, 99% of the black community is screaming for "Zimmerman"'s head on a platter, thanks in large part to media pandering and the usual bevy of race-hustlers and pimps. Even King Hussein The First, has chosen to fan the flames by claiming "If (he) had a son, he'd look like Trayvon".
You'd THINK that black folks ESPECIALLY - given the long history of "their people" being lynched without benefit of due process - would be against the whole meme - but obviously you'd be WRONG.
Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you've heard all that so many times that it's become TRUE - though it's nearly all a pack of sickening LIES!
Here's what I've learned...
First of all, Trayvon was in this "strange neighborhood" because he'd been sent there by his Momma -- sent to stay with his DADDY for a bit so Daddy could "straighten him out" during a week-long suspension from school.
Though nobody will say what he did to get himself suspended, one thing is sure: It was relatively SERIOUS if it earned him a weeklong suspension... For Mom to call on DAD to "straighten him out" - thus admitting SHE COULDN"T HANDLE THE KID - is also telling!
Then there's Trayvon himself...Here's the kid we've all been told was so brutally murdered:
As it turns out, that picture is about 5 years old!
In reality, THIS is the "Trayvon 'SLIMM' Martin" who was shot on that fateful night:
Gosh! Gold "grille", "saggin' pants", obscene gestures... Not quite the choir-boy we've all been crying over, huh?
Then there's the fact that - in another image from his Facebook page - young Trayvon apparently self-identified as a "MADE NIGGA" - meaning he'd been officially accepted into a "gang."
Which gang? I'm not sure, but clearly it has a "Waters Avenue" "set" - and "Slimm" made a claim to be in it!
Lest you fall for the claims of "That's a DIFFERENT Trayvon Martin" - note that even the pic his family chose for his "funeral handout" had a similar "tough guy" vibe - also delivered in a red font.
Do a simple Google Image Search for "Trayvon Martin" and look at what pops up. Scroll on down and look -- you'll find all sorts of *OLD* pictures of him (the bastards even go so far as to break out the photo from his "Kindergarten Graduation") -- but you'll find the only sites showing the pics I found above are places like "StormFront"...
EVEN THE "POSTER BOY" SHOT HAS BEEN ALTERED TO MAKE HIM LOOK MORE INNOCENT!!
Lastly, note that the Police Report from the night of the shooting - which took its info from his two-year-old ID - listed him as 6-0, but the Trayvon who was shot was was in fact a six-foot-two and 180+ pounds football player - not the innocent little boy being plastered all over!
Zimmerman OTOH is 5-9, and obviously obese. Further, he was - when police arrived at the scene - bleeding from his nose and from the BACK of his head. He also had grass all over the wet-back of his shirt, which corroborates
the eyewitness' statement that he'd been on the ground on his back being beaten by the poor choir-boy Trayvon prior to his firing his weapon.
Ok ....So maybe Trayvon wasn't the choir-boy we've been led to believe - but that doesn't give Zimmerman the right to kill him!After all - Zimmerman continued chasing Trayvon after the police told him to stop!
As it turns out, THAT is a lie too!
If you listen to the whole 911 call, you'll find two things:
(1) The dispatcher didn't tell Zimmerman "Don't do that" (follow Martin) - he said "We don't NEED YOU TO DO THAT"... The former is an order, the latter a simple attempt to limit liability!
(2) Even more importantly - contrary to the ongoing "concensus narrative" - ZIMMERMAN - upon being told he didn't NEED to follow Martin - STOPPED FOLLOWING HIM!!
You can tell this because he stopped wheezing when he was no longer hurrying trying to keep up with a running Martin - but also because he told the dispatcher that Martin had "disappeared", and that he (Zimmerman) was going to return to his truck!!
Listen for yourself:
I believe we've pretty well established that Trayvon wasn't who we've been told he was.
It's undeniable that they've gone WAAaaay 'round the bend to make poor little Trayvon look like a little boy instead of the LARGE, ATHLETIC *MAN* he really was.
I believe it's undeniable that the "narrative" of the whole thing is also twisted, through selective "editing" of the 911 tape.
What about those racist cops? They STILL should have arrested Zimmerman, right?
Well, as it turns out, that's wrong too!
See, Florida law PROHIBITS police from arresting someone who appears to have been acting in self-defense!
Further, it was *NOT* the cops, but the DISTRICT ATTORNEY who made the decision not to charge Zimmerman -- a decision he made *AFTER* reviewing all the evidence and the testimony of all the witnesses -- which just happens to match what Zimmerman has claimed from the beginning!
Zimmerman says he was returning to his truck when Martin ATTACKED *HIM*!
He says he began screaming for help, and when he was on the ground being beaten to death he finally drew his weapon and fired in self-defense!
This statement matches the story from multiple eyewitnesses, and even a SEPARATE 911 tape where Zimmerman can be heard screaming for help in the background!
But... Wasn't that Trayvon screaming for help?!
NOT ACCORDING TO MARTIN'S OWN FATHER - who told cops (after listening to the tape) "That's not my son." !!
FURTHER, ALL THIS HAS BEEN KNOWN FOR AT LEAST A WEEK!
[url=http://www.sanfordfl.gov/investigation/docs/Zimmerman_Martin_shooting.pdf][b][u]Here's a letter from the "City Manager" to the public, trying to calm things down"[/u][/b][/url] - it also has some interesting facts...
Lastly, here's a page with links to several relevant documents and videos...
In short, EVERYTHING you've been told about this case is a lie.
Every "fact" has been twisted, pictures deliberately altered, and the whole thing deliberately manipulated in order to foment and fan the flames of racial tensions.
The race-pimps and hustlers have done THEIR sickening best to wind up as many as possible, and they've been aided by everyone from the media to the White-House.
The ONE QUESTION WE MOST NEED TO BE ASKING AT THIS POINT IS WHY??!!
The answer to *THAT* question may just tell us what we REALLY need to know!!
There *IS* one more thing to consider, here:
Where is O'Blamer's concern for the 10 black kids killed/49 wounded JUST IN CHICAGO, AND JUST THIS WEEK? WHAT ABOUT THE 1500 black babies murdered by their mother EVERY DAY?!
THEY don't matter - because THEY don't serve the AGENDA!!
Pope Benedict XVI, flying to Cuba for a historic visit, has said that Marxism was out of place in the contemporary world and urged Cubans to find "new models".
His remarks on Friday were at least as forthright as any made by his predecessor, John Paul II, on a groundbreaking trip to the country 14 years ago. Answering a question about his visit to Cuba, which has remained a communist bastion for more than 50 years, the pope said: "Today it is evident that Marxist ideology in the way it was conceived no longer corresponds to reality."
He told reporters accompanying him on the papal plane: "In this way we can no longer respond and build a society. New models must be found with patience and in a constructive way."
More @ The Guardian
It’s breaking and entering for dummies.
Picture the Homeless, a Bronx nonprofit that has received at least $240,000 in taxpayer money in the last five years, is giving a crash course on squatting — and city-owned buildings are a prime target.
Two weeks ago, board member Andres Perez held a teach-in on how to wrest “control” of vacant apartments. He called it “homesteading.”
“The best time to enter a building is in the late hours,” he advised a group of about 20, who gathered in front of the half-empty East New York housing complex Arlington Village.
“You make sure you have your proper tools. You remove the chains and padlock, and then you go in.”
He then led them through the next steps — including filling out a change-of-address form at the post office and setting up utilities. After that, “nine out of 10 times the courts will allow you to be able to have control of the property,” he said.
More @ New York Post
It is rhetorical, essentially. We can not give a firm number. There are names we know well from history, from Adams to Henry to Jefferson to Franklin. There are lesser known names who were among the men willing to disguise themselves as indians and head to Boston Harbor. There were others who burned the homes of Governors. Many were business owners. Many were skilled workmen.
But of the roughly one third of Americans (at that time 1/3 of Colonists was merely about 1.3 million across all the Colonies), how many were Sons of Liberty and similar who took action, rather than grumbled at the pub?
The number was small.
TL mentions that 32 people have committed to attending the Liberty Summit.
A few dozens more have attended and will attend PatComs in various locations.
What do we have among our community, perhaps 200 men and women, who are willing to "take action" of some sort, prior to meeting on the Green? And then how many will show on the Green?
Compare simple percentages (round up if it makes you feel better) and you will understand that the Enemies of Liberty exponentially outnumber the people who want liberty, much less those who will act for Liberty.
Are a few hundred modern Patriots like Patrick Henry sufficient or futile in 2012?
I know that lines have been crossed, that the mammoth of tyranny has blundered along, obliviously killing everything in its path for too long, to most of us, but there is another quarter to be considered: the average joe. They need more, they need a line of demarcation. If that is not it, one does not exist, for them.
Patriots, fear not the label. Fear not the obligation. The purpose of the Liberty Summit is to get a commitment from each other, from each group to the other, that there is a point where we stop talking, stop writing and start acting.