Saturday, August 25, 2012

War Story

Jim Morris

"Think I'll get to keep the arm?".........


"You don't suppose there is any chance I could stay in Nam, you know, do it all here, you know?"

"'re going home."

Oh no, my mind thought as my feeling sank. No, I'm home now. What I'll be doing is going back to the nightmare world of lines to stand in and forms with numbers in little blocks to fill out. That world with all its picayune irritations. No, better by far the total involvement in some monster crusade like Vietnam than being eight-to-fived to death in some foul little job in some foul little office somewhere. Better by far to wind up, as I had once predicted, dead in a rice paddy, face down with my guts in my hand, than that.


Via Tim Manning

Should Obama be elected for a second term it is likely that he will be assassinated for a host of reasons just as there was a host of reasons to NOT assassinate him during his first term. But remember, Americans do not assassinate their politicians, but elements within their government do. 25 Congressmen and other USA government officers were responsible for the shooting of Abraham Lincoln, not the Confederate government.

This record was discovered in 1960 in the coded Military Journal of Lafayette Baker, Lincoln's head of the secret service (known as the National Detective Police and numbered just over 2,000 agents under Lincoln). The message of Baker who was also soon murdered was decoded and is now being read by some historians. The USA Sec. of War Edwin Stanton was also murdered shortly after the president refused to appoint him to the U.S. Supreme Court. He was found with his throat slashed by a straight razor which the USA government claimed was a suicide even though that was very unlikely.

When I was younger I found so much satisfaction in the assassination of Lincoln that I held Booth as a hero, but now I realise that there is more to learn about the extreme tyranny of the USA when it is understood "WHY" the top ranking members of the USA government and key industrial and banking entities planned and executed Lincoln's murder. Little is learned from history when we do not have "The Rest of the Story" and we rarely have the rest of the story when we have strongly centralized governments.
-- The NOVA Institute (White Paper)

Secession: Who WILL Be First?


I’ve been pondering a lot lately about which state it will be that will be the first to secede from the United States of America. For today, let me muse about Texas and Montana.

Texas has a vibrant secessionist organization called the Texas Nationalist Movement. Run by dynamic President Daniel Miller and charismatic Membership Director Cary Wise, they have spread the concept of Texas Independence far and wide in the Lone Star state. The TNM is by far the most well-operated and organized independence movement in the nation, and has touched more lives with the message of regaining personal liberty and nationhood than any other group in North America.

To my knowledge, Montana has no organized secessionist or independence group. So…you may ask…why pick Montana as a potential secession candidate?

Much has been written about The American Redoubt, a Western liberty “reservation” modeled roughly after Galt’s Gulch of the book Atlas Shrugged. The Redoubt could work but it would work best as a new North American nation, not simply a do-over of American government and American culture.

So let’s look at some informal observations about each state.

More @ Dump DC

“The South Under Siege”—It’s about time we woke up!

Via Billy

About five years ago now author Clint Johnson wrote a revealing book called The Politically Incorrect Guide to the South (and Why It Will Rise Again). I expect a book with that title did not gladden the hearts of the many liberals and socialists out there who have dedicated their efforts toward destroying what was left of the Old South so they could replace it with the “new” (Marxist) South where Obama is king and we eagerly await the next boatload of illegal immigrants from anywhere so they can be registered to vote for the “Great One.”

In an article by Ivy Sellers in Human Events Clint Johnson noted: “The South is under attack because it is the last region of the nation to resist being homogenized into an amorphous mass of people who think alike, sound alike, vote alike, buy alike. Nothing angers politicians, marketers, pollsters, and the politically correct crowd more than a group of people who absolutely refuse to get into line…While the South has always been rebellious, these days it’s become a cultural battlefield where the whole concept of Southern history is under attack. Displaying the Confederate battle flag, preserving Confederate statues on public and private property, even singing the song Dixie are under fire as ‘divisive,’ ‘racist,’ ‘hate-filled,’ ‘bigoted,’ and every other PC description imaginable.” I can attest to the truth of Mr. Johnson’s statements. My wife and I have lived in the South for ten years now and I see a constant, ever-increasing stream of vitriolic anti-Southern propaganda coming down the pike with every passing year.

It used to surprise me how those liberals and socialists who constantly talked about “love and diversity” could be so hate-filled when it came to the South and its people. Their “diversity” includes no white Southerners except those few guilt-ridden wretches that are forever willing to bemoan their “guilt” over the slavery question. They will be tolerated but no others. For years it never struck me that this irrational hatred was really anti-Christian. and that it wasn’t really irrational. It was consistent with the Marxist agenda.

And those that complain so loudly about “racism” see everything in life as connected to race—exactly what they accuse others of doing. If you fly a Confederate flag you are a racist; if you want to preserve a statue or other piece of Confederate history you are a racist; if you won’t vote for Obama you are a racist and on and on their tired litany continues. What it all amounts to is that if you won’t do what they want you to do you are a racist. This is a favorite tactic of Marxists and other assorted leftists and unfortunately it seems to work on many people who end up doing all manner of mental gyrations so they won’t appear to be “offending” anyone. It’s time we all quit playing the guilt game for the satisfaction of those racists who accuse us of what they are guilty of.

More @ Revised History

Town council considers offering free concealed carry classes

In the wake of recent mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin, the Jeffersontown City Council is considering offering free concealed carry licensing classes to residents.

Councilman Ron Powell suggested the idea at a City Council meeting a day after a gunman shot and killed six people at a Sikh temple in Milwaukee on Aug. 5.

Had someone with a gun and a concealed carry license been present at the temple, and at the Aurora, Colo., movie theater where a gunman killed 12 people July 20, the death tolls at both locations might not have been as high, Powell said.

NC: Outcry causes atheist-funded billboards to come down

American Atheists and Adams Outdoor Advertising are removing two Charlotte billboards slamming Christianity and Mormonism after the national atheists' group said it received an outpouring of public anger and threats.

The billboards, targeting the faiths of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, went up about two weeks ago. They were supposed to be present for the duration of the national conventions, though there were only billboards in Charlotte.

Amanda Knief, the managing director of American Atheists, said that a report from Fox News about the billboards this Wednesday incited a national outpouring of "vitriol, threats and hate speech against our staff, volunteers and Adams Outdoor Advertising."

More @ Brandenton

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States May Lose Gun Makers Over New Laws

bullets microstamping

Executives of the historic firearms companies on America's East Coast may not all be young men, but they might want to follow Horace Greeley's advice, anyway. They may want to go west if legislators in New York and Connecticut pass laws that would limit their sales while driving up their costs.

That could be the fate of the Remington Arms Company plant in Ilion, New York, the economic lifeblood of the small New York town lying halfway between Albany and Syracuse. The company's roots in the town go back nearly 200 years, since Eliphalet Remington, Jr. forged his first rifle barrel there. Today the company employs about 1,000 workers in a town with a population of just over 8,000. But the company has suggested, none too subtly, that it may move its Ilion plant to another state if Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's lawmakers enact gun legislation now under consideration in Albany.

The proposals, the New York Times reported Friday, include a limit in firearms sales of no more than one per month to any one person and a background check of anyone purchasing ammunition. Most troubling to the manufacturers, however, is a plan to require, for the purpose of ballistics identification, the microstamping of every semiautomatic pistol sold in the state. The law would require manufacturers to laser-engrave the gun's make, model, and serial number on the firing pin of each handgun so the information is imprinted on the cartridge casing when the gun is fired. Gun makers say the method is flawed, could easily be defeated, and would require a retooling of the industry that would add what Remington executive Stephen P. Jackson, Jr. called "astronomical sums" to the cost of manufacturing.

More @ New American

NYPD Gunfire In Empire State Building Shooting Wounded All Nine Bystanders

Via Blue

Empire State Building Shooting


New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said all nine bystanders wounded in Friday's Empire State Building shooting had been hit with police gunfire, CNN reported Saturday morning.

According to Kelly, of the nine wounded, three suffered gunshot wounds and six were hit by fragments.

More @ Huff Post


Via Blue

Ruby Ridge and the Age of State Terrorism

Via Battlefield USA

Sara Weaver has forgiven the people responsible for murdering her mother Vicki and younger brother Samuel twenty years ago. Lon Horiuchi, the FBI sniper who shot Vicki in the head while she was holding a ten-month-old infant, is still being sheltered by the Regime that employed him. If he were any part of a man, Horiuchi would make a pilgrimage to Sara’s home in Montana to express remorse for the crimes he committed against her family.

Shortly before he murdered Vicki on August 22, 1992, Horiuchi attempted to murder her husband, Randy Weaver – a man who had done nothing to harm any living soul. Acting under "rules of engagement" that were tantamount to a murder warrant, Horiuchi shot Randy in the back, attempting to kill him instantly by severing his spinal cord.

Owing to a last-second motion by Randy, the bullet hit his shoulder and exited his armpit. Randy and a visiting family friend named Kevin Harris fled back to their cabin. Vicki Weaver flung open the door and was shot in the head by Horiuchi. The same round used to murder Vicki ended up wounding Harris.

At the time Horiuchi attempted to murder him, Randy was visiting the forlorn outbuilding that sheltered the lifeless body of his only son, 14-year-old Samuel, who had been murdered the previous day by U.S. marshals preparing to ambush the Weaver family. Three of the six camouflaged marshals threw rocks to distract the Weaver family’s dogs. When Samuel and Harris went to investigate, a marshal panicked and shot one of the dogs.

After Samuel fired in the direction of the gunshots, Randy told him to return to the cabin.

"I’m coming, Dad," shouted Samuel.

At that point, one of the marshals, in keeping with the standards of valor expected of those who serve the federal Leviathan, shot the 14-year-old in the back.

More @ LRC

When Liberty is under Attack

Mike Scruggs

South Carolinian Henry Laurens (1724-1792) was the 5th President of the Continental Congress, from November 1, 1777 to December 9, 1778. One of the most fervent of American patriots, he was a signer of the Articles of Confederation in 1777 and a key political leader during the Revolutionary War.

While on a diplomatic mission to the Netherlands in 1780, he was captured by the British at sea and charged with treason. The British declared war on the Netherlands, and Laurens was imprisoned in the Tower of London, the only American ever to have been imprisoned there. While imprisoned, he was treated with severity, yet he never wavered in his patriotism and loyalty to the American cause. He was released in exchange for General Lord Cornwallis on December 31, 1781. He resumed his diplomatic mission to the Netherlands almost immediately, although he never recovered his health, lost as a result of his 14-month prison ordeal. Meanwhile, the British burned his South Carolina home and destroyed or confiscated most of his wealth.

Laurens’ son, John, the eldest of three, was a colonel in the Continental Army and served on Washington’s staff. He was killed-in-action, however, in early 1782.

Laurens sacrificed his wealth and health and lost a beloved son in his unwavering dedication to the cause of liberty and the defeat of tyranny. His words are remarkably appropriate for our own troubled times. Every American should remember them:

“At a time when liberty is under attack, decency under assault, the family under siege, and life itself is threatened, the good will arise in truth; they will arise in truth with the very essence and substance of their lives; they will arise in truth never shying from the Standard of Truth, never shrinking from the Author of Truth.”

We are once again living in a time when liberty in under attack, and common decency is under assault. Never before have America’s founding principles and values been more aggressively threatened by an incumbent president and his party. Virtually everything Americans have believed in, worked for, prayed for, and fought for in the last 240 years is at stake. The vote climaxing on November 6, 2012, may be our last chance to turn back the radical economic and social agenda that is threatening our freedoms, our values, our prosperity, and our national security.

We must take back our country. I do not believe it is an exaggeration to say that unless Barack Obama, his party, and the sweeping socialist measures imbedded in the 2,700 pages of Obamacare are defeated in November, freedom may have seen its last hours by 2016. The American dream will become a totalitarian nightmare without hope of future remedy.

Do not be deceived by the mainstream media or be lulled to sleep by complacency. This election is a battle for the survival of freedom in America, and the enemies of freedom are straining every nerve to win by any means—deception, fraud, defamation, and intimidation.

We must take back our country. But just voting and watching the election news coverage on TV will not win it back. Political campaigns are won, when people resolve to participate, to influence their family and neighbors, and to do what needs to be done to carry forth the banner of truth and liberty to other voters. They must also make sure that like-minded patriots vote. When scarcely two-thirds of eligible voters register to vote, and scarcely half of those actually vote, the side that best mobilizes its supporters to actually show up and vote wins. .

Will you be helping to win back our country and our freedoms? Or will we forfeit the game and see America’s freedom and greatness swept into the dustbin of history? Saving our liberty and heritage is going to require hard work and sacrifice. Love of country, people, and principle is best measured, not by words alone, but by action.

"When I grow up, I want to be a crony!’

Via William

A new video about crony capitalism by free-market group Crony Chronicles is making the rounds online, attracting nearly 40,000 viewers in just one day.

The darkly humorous video, featuring children talking about how they want to grow up to be federal regulators and lobbyists, attracted the attention of a large number of conservative think tanks and blogs. It highlights the election-season clashes of the GOP’s anti-regulation, free market tea party faction against groups of both Democrats and Republicans.

Democrats, they say, are slamming Wall Street leaders as “fat cats” while accepting donations and giving generous subsidies to favored industries. And they believe Republicans, meanwhile, slam liberals while pushing the interests of big business donors under the guise of free-market politics. (RELATED: Former tea party darling Nikki Haley now attracts scorn from SC conservative groups)

“Our children used to have big dreams,” the video begins, as children in a circa 1960s settings talk about their plans for success in private enterprise. ”What are you children learning today?”

“I’m going to Capitol Hill to work on a committee to put whatever my friends want into legislation,” one young girl says. “When I grow up, I want to be a crony!” (RELATED: Obama donor’s SEC fines ten times more than Obama contributions)

What is a crony, exactly? The kids explain it.

“It’s like having a best friend who give you other people’s stuff,” one child says, over haunting background music. “We get paid not to work. We take care of our friends. The tax code is so complicated, nobody knows how we get rich.”

More with video @ The Daily Caller

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NYPD release shooting video

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Rural property with underground lake

Commander Zero

A year-round 58-degree temperature would be a nice way to beat that Tennessee heat. I’m sure some sort of heat exchange system could be built to regulate the temperature of a house built nearby. But, man, think of the awesome fish farming opportunity…several acres of what is essentially an indoor lake. Obviously a man-made cave…but still….

This is an unbelievable tract. I have never listed a tract this neat with so many possibilities. It has a large creek on the front of the property that runs year round. Just past the creek there is a huge lake that runs almost the length of the property. It is beautiful and great for Bass and Catfish. Next to that, there is a very small pond that has tons of Tadpoles that turn into big frogs, but the neatest thing about this property is the CAVE. It is HUGE.

When you step out of your car, at the road, on a 95 degree day, you can feel the 58 degree air hit you. As you walk into the front hole the ceiling is about 25 to 35 feet high (as it is throughout the whole cave) and goes back to the back, I'm told, an 1/8th of a mile. It has some land inside the cave but is mostly a indoor Lake. It goes from 30 feet deep in some places to up to two feet. I have ridden in a canoe back to the back and it is pitch black. I am guessing that there is 5 acres underground in this cave. At this time there are Bass and Bluegill in the Cave, but I have ordered 500 Rainbow Trout.

Can you imagine the revenue brought in by making this a pay lake. The temperature is the same, YEAR-ROUND, no matter what it is doing outside, it is a constant 58-60 degrees. What about renting boats and fishing. Renting out to Cub scouts, church and school events. The possibilities of making money are endless. You could camp inside the cave during a Rainstorm, blistering heat, or even a Tornado and not be affected. I have seen no bats, the cave is very clean and the water is crystal clear other than right in the front where the sun shines in and makes some algae. Don't miss out on this tract.

In Paul they trust as he leaves political stage

Long-fought battle within GOP ends in small victory for his loyalists

One way to measure Rep. Ron Paul’s ascendance as a political player is to compare the cold shoulder he got from rival Republican presidential candidate John McCain in 2008 with the cozier embrace he has received from 2012 presumptive nominee Mitt Romney.

When Mr. Romney announced Monday that he supports auditing the Federal Reserve, it underscored the odd but powerful influence of the maverick congressman from Texas, whose years-long push for a Fed audit will now appear in the party platform.

From overseas adventurism to deficit spending to a distrust of government institutions, the gospel of Paul has revived long-simmering debates that were muffled during the eight-year tenure of President George W. Bush — and, at least on some of those issues, Mr. Paul’s side appears to have gained the upper hand.

Indeed, with Mr. Paul and his ardent supporters set to play a visible role in the Republican National Convention next week in Tampa, Fla., it’s arguable that Mr. Paul, in his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, has done more to shape the party’s ideology than either Mr. McCain or Mr. Romney.

“More than anything else, what Ron Paul with these past two presidential runs has done is used the Republican Party presidential process as a platform to proselytize to an audience that otherwise wouldn’t hear it,” said Mark P. Jones, chairman of the political science department at Rice University in Houston, just north of Mr. Paul’s southeast Texas congressional district.

Final bow @ The Washington Times

Quiet Clay

Jonn writes; I’m out for the weekend to a family event, so Stu offers this in my stead;

This could be more for my own personal good than the good of anyone else, and it is not intended to be a history lesson or a political statement, but sometimes you got to do something to get things off your mind.

Sometimes when I get all rung out reading and keeping up on the issues and events happening with or to my fellow Veterans I have to stop and read the attached article from the Stars and Stripes that was printed just before I returned from Iraq in 06. It never fails to bring tears to my eyes and re-enforce my feeling that Veterans are a special class of people and makes me grateful that so many men and women continue to serve, and that I was given the privilege to serve with some of the finest Soldiers.

Who else would actually volunteer for service that could lead to the outcome detailed in the article by COL Frank? A subculture that values those three sacred words, DUTY-HONOR-COUNTRY (General Douglas MacArthur at West Point on 12 May 1962) a subculture that would rather give their own life so that others they don’t even know can sleep safe in their beds at night, or hang out at the mall on texting on the latest cell phone thing. We are a group of people who would rather die than surrender their belief in the principles of freedom, our form of government, and commitment to their fellow service members.

There is the problem in my eyes with some of the MSM today. Seems every story if it involves someone doing something bad the speculation begins, was the suspect a Veteran? Then the wild guesses about PTSD, and they must be damaged goods turned loose on the public by the military, even before the facts are in. Standard policy seems to be blame first and retract or just forget it was said later on when it comes out they weren’t. I don’t see many if any in the MSM taking “our” side. Maybe if a few of them had actually served instead of watched it on TV they would understand, nope, don’t think so, they just ain’t wired that way I guess.

Let’s face it, they (civilians, military family members excluded) don’t understand us, and we scare them. They can’t get a grasp on the commitment and sacrifice that a service member makes, and what our “work” environment has the potential to be. We speak a different dialect. When a few of us get together even though complete strangers we can be laughing and talking like long lost friends in mere minutes, and moments later crying together over the fallen.

Some of us have tattoos of scary stuff, some dealing with dark or morbid images and the names of the fallen and dates and times they think we should want to forget, yet we chose to remember, and refuse to forget. We get upset because someone wears some little piece of cloth or ribbon with a metal trinket one the end in funny shapes they bought at a pawn shop or surplus store. We put things like SGT, MSG, CPT, and (Ret) and such behind our names like it is some sort of college thing or something. Yep, after a decade of conflict one would think “they” would catch on, but that saying I seen some years ago is true.

The Marines are at war, America is at the mall.


Quiet Clay

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Reasonable Person Conclusion: The US Fed Has Stolen the German Bundesbank's Central Bank Gold Reserves

The US Fed Still has not Disclosed What They've Done with Germany's Gold Reserves! Enough to make a prudent man wonder how many other foreign central banks may have had their custodial gold 'misplaced' by the Fed, eh?

Are you beginning to understand why the US Fed is terrified of an independent congressional audit? Grabbing ETF and COMEX gold is just a 'walk in the park'.

UVA Declines Obama Campaign Request

A University of Virginia spokeswoman says President Barack Obama will not be at the university when he comes to Charlottesville on Wednesday. In a statement released Friday, it was confirmed that the university declined the president's request to speak at UVA.

UVA says the Obama campaign requested the use of one of two outdoor venues - the Amphitheater or the Harrison-Small Library plaza. The university declined the request for a number of reasons including class cancellations, which UVA estimates could be more than 186 classes on the second day of school. The other main reason is they would have to take on the full cost of security, and because of university policy and their federal and state tax exempt status, they would have to offer the same opportunity to the other candidate so as not to show favor for either candidate.

More @ NBC 29

Lost in the 60s of Drive-in movies, catfish and Dixie

Close, at least.:)

Ronnie Milsap - Lost in the Fifties tonight


By: Calvin E. Johnson, Jr., Speaker, Writer of Historical Essays, Author of book "When America Stood for God, Family and Country" and Chairman of the Confederate History and Heritage Month Committee for the Sons of Confederate Veterans 1064 West Mill Drive, Kennesaw, Georgia 30152, Phone: 770 428 0978 or 770 330 9792.

Hello America!

Do you remember the late Southern-American columnist, comedian and speaker Lewis Grizzard {October 20, 1946 –March 20, 1994} who made us laugh, think and proud of whom we are? There are few that write with the heart and soul of Mr. Grizzard who wrote and spoke compassionately about subjects that included the American-South.

This letter is dedicated in memory of an American-son of Dixie, Lewis McDonald Grizzard, Jr.

Do you remember when people didn't always apologize for America and Lewis Grizzard, with his witty humor and Southern accent was un-apologetically proud of his Southern birth and that of his Confederate ancestors who defended their homes, family and way of life during the War Between the States, 1861-1865?

In an article from February 5, 1993, Mr. Grizzard wrote quote, "Whatever the reason, there was a citizenry that once saw fit to fight and die and I come from all that, and I look at those people as brave and gallant, and a frightful force until their hearts and their lands were burnt away. I will never turn my back on that heritage." unquote

My memories of the 1960s include Saturday night supper with my family at the Rio Vista Restaurant on Stewart Avenue that featured all you can eat catfish or fried chicken and golden brown "melt in your mouth" hush puppies for a dollar and a quarter and later a double-feature movie at the Stewart Drive-in theater. Stewart Avenue and Theater were named after a Confederate soldier but sadly the street has since been renamed and the theater is gone. The Starlight Six is the only drive-in theater remaining in Atlanta, Georgia. See their website at:

New York City the "Big Apple" was famous in the 60s for the Broadway shows and folks came way down South in "Dixie" for Tara, Southern Belles and a taste of our famous Southern Hospitality. Soul Food Restaurants were also popular in the South with a deliciously different cuisine that included: ham hocks, black eyed peas, turnips and hush puppies that are just down home Southern food.

The Academy Award winning movie in 1965 was "The Sound of Music" with Julie Andrews that premiered in New York City and later in Atlanta for a near two year run at Martin's Georgia Cinerama Theater which was located on Peachtree Street near the Fabulous Fox Theater.

During the 1960s America celebrated the War Between the States Centennial, 1961-1965, the Vietnam War was in its early days and we mourned the deaths of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1963 and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, and….

Dan Emmett's song Dixie was still played at college football games from the Dixie Redcoat Marching Band at the University of Georgia to the "Pride of the South" University of Mississippi Band at Ole Miss where Colonel Reb was the school mascot.

In 1965, Atlanta's Minor League team the Atlanta Crackers played their last season at the new Fulton County, Georgia stadium and the following year the Major League team the Atlanta Braves made their debut at that stadium…And, what about current Braves Veteran of 19 years Chipper Jones who celebrated his 40th birthday this year? Did you know the "Beatles" tour of the USA included Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium in August of 1965?

Elvis Presley, Diana Ross and the Supremes and The Beach Boys were hot on the Rock and Roll scene and Loretta Lynn, George Jones and Roy Acuff performed at the Ryman Auditorium then Home of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Do you remember the Hullabaloo show on NBC during 1965 and 66 that aired the top pop hits of the day with guest hosts that included: Michael Landon, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Jerry Lewis?

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin of Americas Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, Colonel Sanders Kentucky "finger licking good" fried chicken was served at Davis Brothers Cafeteria, Jacobs Drug Stores where Coca Cola was first served still thrived and the "Popeye Club" with Office Don aired live in the early 60s from WSB TV White Columns on Peachtree in Atlanta.

Wherever you call home, memories with family and friends last forever. Ya'll come back now, you here!

Mint Juleps & General Buckner

Re-post thanks to mind jog from Miss V.

Lt. General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr.
(foreground, holding camera),
photographed with Major General
Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr., USMC,
on Okinawa.

Confederate Major General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Sr.


Letter from Lt. Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. USA (VMI -1906, West Point -1908, killed on Okinawa, 18 June 1945) to the Major General Wm. D. Connor, Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. This Gen. Bucker was the son of Confederate Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner, Sr.

"30 March 1937

My Dear General Conner:

Your letter requesting my formula for mixing mint juleps leaves me in the same position in which Captain Barber found himself when asked how he was able to carve the image of an elephant from a block of wood. He said that it was a simple process consisting merely of whittling off the part that didn't look like an elephant!

The preparation of the quintessence of gentlemanly beverages can be described only in like terms. A mint julep is not a product of a formula. It is a ceremony and must be performed by a gentleman possessing a true sense of the artistic; a deep reverence for the ingredients and a proper appreciation of the occasion. It is a rite that must not be entrusted to a novice, a statistician nor a Yankee! It is a heritage of the Old South; an emblem of hospitality and a vehicle in which noble minds can travel together upon the flower-strewn paths of a happy and congenial thought.

So far as the mere mechanics of the operation are concerned, the procedure, stripped of its ceremonial embellishments, can be described as follows:

Go to a spring where cool, crystal-clear water bubbles from under a bank of dew-washed ferns; in a consecrated vessel, dip up a little water at the source. Follow the stream through its banks of green moss and wild flowers until it broadens and trickles through beds of mint growing in aromatic profusion and waving softly in the summer breeze. Gather the sweetest and tenderest shoots and gently carry them home. Go to the sideboard and select a decanter of Kentucky Bourbon distilled by a master hand, mellowed with age, yet still vigourous and inspiring. An ancestral sugar bowl, a row of silver goblets, some spoons and some ice and you are ready to start.

Into a canvas bag, pound twice as much ice as you think you will need. Make it fine as snow, keep it dry and do not allow it to degenerate into slush.

Into each goblet, put a slightly heaping teaspoonful of granulated sugar, barely cover this with spring water and slightly bruise one mint leaf into this, leaving the spoon in the goblet. Then pour elixir from the decanter until the goblets are about one-fourth full. Fill the goblets with snowy ice, sprinkling in a small amount of sugar as you fill. Wipe the outside of the goblets dry, and embellish copiously with mint.

Then comes the delicate and important operation of frosting. By proper manipulation of the spoons, the ingredients are circulated and blended until nature, wishing to take a further hand and add another of its beautiful phenomena, encrusts the whole in a glistening coat of white frost; thus, harmoniously blended by the deft touches of a skilled hand, you have a beverage eminently appropriate for honourable men and beautiful women.

When all is ready, assemble your guests on the porch or in the garden where the aroma of the juleps will rise heavenward and make the birds sing. Propose a worthy toast, raise the goblets to your lips, bury your nose in the mint, inhale a deep breath of its fragrance and sip the nectar of the gods!

Being overcome with thirst, I can write no further.


Lt. Gen. S.B. Buckner, Jr.

VMI Class of 1906"

Via The Feral Irishman

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Defense: Obstacles Part XI: Breaking Contact And Evading

Things are finally settling down and I’ve recovered enough from the hard drive crash (backups – a real necessity) that I can drive on with the blog. Up to this point we’ve covered numerous types of obstacles and creative ways to delay a threat headed your way. Before we actually look at the ground we’ve got one more thing to do and that’s develop an escape/bug plan out aka Escape and Evasion (E&E) plan. For our purposes I’ll also call it a Break contact and Evade plan (B&E). One thing I’ve harped on throughout the entire series is that any obstacle that slows them down or keeps them out is going to have the same effect on you getting out. There’s a basic truth in defense planning: No matter how well planned, how well constructed, how well defended there’s always a possibility of being attacked by such a superior force that your position will no longer be tenable. Given that truth it’s pretty imperative you develop your B&E/E&E plan prior to planning and executing obstacles. By developing that plan ahead of everything else you can also leverage some of your obstacles to help facilitate your B&E/E&E.

When would you execute an B&E/E&E plan? IMHO there are two instances it comes into play.