[Editor's Note: I'm re-posting this as a favor for one of my old consulting clients. I have visited this ranch, and I can attest that it is an amazing
fully-equipped off-grid ranch with large acreage. This would be a great
opportunity for an energetic couple that wants to live in the boonies
but that cannot afford a retreat of their own.]
Seeking two-person team for hard labor job running a remote ranch,
dealing with cattle, grain farming, large garden, and ranch maintenance.
Personal requirements: Stable relationship, no children at home, no smoking, drug use, drinking, or criminal history. We will check.
Must have lived and worked in the country and understand that ranch life is a 24/7 job.
This is not a retirement position. Nearest drug store or doctor is
100 miles away, neighbors are few so you must have no major medical
At least one farm member must have experience growing crops and handling cattle, including operating and repairing machinery.
The other member should plan to plant and harvest a large garden and
can some and separately have basic computer skills to prepare/submit
weekly report of daily activities.
Submit detailed resumes, including education, work history, skills,
goals and three non-family references with phone numbers. No single
person applications please or request for telephone call first.
Total compensation for both: $44,000 per year including basic health
insurance, bonus plus detached caretaker house, utilities, garden food,
good hunting, some fishing.
Interested and available candidates are urged to send their resumes with cover letters to "Archie" at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be prepared to subsequently provide references.
It seems like WRAL has film of NAACP president William Barber every
day. They give him face time if he’s standing on the street BY HIMSELF.
They’ll cover a “press conference” that includes him and four others.
His antics over redistricting of Wake County schools did little to
nothing to help poor or minority kids, but were a big cause of the chaos
currently engulfing the school system. The mainstream media likes to
paint Barber and his organization as a source of unification and
harmony. But at the drop of cheeseburger or the rip of a pair of
stretched-tight 8XL pants, William Barber can get statewide publicity
and stir up TONS of chaos and animosity.
Barber’s latest “victory” involves getting the McCrory administration to order the yanking of a Confederate flag
from a historical exhibit at the old State Capitol commemorating the
sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of The War Between The States.
(It’s interesting that several media outlets refer to Barber as “civil
rights leaders.” Is the AP stylebook now requiring that you pluralize references to loudmouths who weigh in at a half-ton or more? )
Let’s see what Gov. Pat got for his trouble here. He caved in to the demands of someone who WILL NEVER
campaign for him or vote for him. He backed down to pressure from a
man who takes pleasure in making conservatives and Republicans look bad.
Gov. Pat appears to have ticked off a group of people that were likely
with him in 2012, and he will NEED
in 2016. Thomas Smith, commander of the North Carolina Division of
The Sons of Confederate Veterans, has tossed his two cents in on this
Governor Zebulon Vance presents his reasons for not entertaining peace
proposals with the North in a letter to John Haughton -- lawyer,
planter, and former State senator with strong unionist sympathies. Prior
to Lincoln’s invasion of the South, Vance also held strong unionist
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
No North Carolina Troops to Murder Her Southern Brethren:
“Executive Office, Raleigh, 17 August, 1863
To: John H. Haughton, Esq.
My dear Sir, Your letter of the 15th is recd, and I take the first moment allowed me by pressing business to reply.
ask my opinion more especially “as to the best means of obtaining a
speedy, lasting just and honorable peace.” National disputes can of
course only be settled by negotiations or by war, by reason or by brute
force. The former requires the assent & concordance of both parties,
and either party refusing to negotiate can force the other into
hostilities, or an absolute abandonment of all its pretensions. This I
conceive was precisely our case in the beginning of our troubles.
claim of the Southern States to withdraw from the union and form a
separate government for themselves was deemed so inadmissible by the
Federal government that no proposition whatever to negotiate would be
listened to. Commissioners from the seceding States were even refused
an audience of the Federal authorities. War therefore, or a total
abandonment of all claim to the right of separation was the only
alternative – Declining to yield this right….the States then [out]
prepared for war and the President of the United States called for
volunteers to crush them into submission.
Carolina refused to furnish her quota of troops to murder her Southern
brethren….severed the tie that bound her to [the] union by the unanimous
voice of the peoples’ delegates & solemnly pledged her blood and
treasure to the common course of Southern independence. This was the
issue plain and unmistakable, then – the terms of the North were, lay
down your arms and submit; [the terms] of the South – let us alone.
The whole world understood it. Is it not the same today?
is therefore no escape from the conclusion, that should the North cry
peace, it would indicate an intention to yield [the claims of the
South], and should the South cry peace it would imply submission to the
North. Are we ready for this?
the stout hearts of our soldiers and the patient sufferings of [our]
people already reached that valley of humiliation which good old Bunyan
located but one stage from the valley of the Shadow of Death?
knows my dear Sir, that I would gladly lay down my life to restore
peace to my country on terms of honor and safety, and would prefer the
distinction to all the honors a grateful people could heap upon me. But
as the matter stands and has stood from the beginning, I can only look
upon propositions of peace coming from us, no matter how pure and
patriotic the motive which induces them, as involving national dishonor,
ruin and disgrace.
can sympathize deeply with [our peoples’] sufferings under the
desolating scourge of civil war waged with such bloody and vindictive
cruelty, and do not wonder at their seeking for relief. But how any one
can think there [is any prospect] for an honorable peace by
negotiations, I am at a loss to know. But recently Vice President
[Alexander H. Stephens] was sent to seek an interview with the Federal
authorities to see if some more humane method of conducting the war
could not be devised.
Even this mission of mercy & civilization was
treated with [scorn/indifference] and he was sent back without a chance
to consult the proper authorities.
the State should be unanimous in the determination to make propositions
to our enemies, how could it be done? What do we propose? Why sir the
whole thing is [perfectly] absurd….except upon the supposition that we
desire to submit….
trust in God my countrymen will not be led blindfolded to their
destruction. What would be the result of submission? To say nothing of
the question of honor, it implies with absolute certainty….In short the
fate of the conquered, with the fierce and vindictive passions
engendered by civil strife goading on our conquerors, is what we should
if possible, would be little better; but it is a physical and moral
impossibility. As soon would I think of resurrecting the bones of our
gallant soldiers scattered from Gettysburg to New Orleans and invest
them with living flesh, as to undertake [reconstruction the union as it
once was] founded on mutual good will and sustained by a constitution
limiting the powers and defining the rights of each member [State].
mutual good will has [now] given way to fierce hatred and bloody
hostility, and [the old] constitution torn into a thousand shreds and
laughed at a waste papers. You might indeed reconstruct the territory
of the old union, but the soul, the living principal of accord and
nationality will not be there.
this too, would for a time give our afflicted country peace….[as the]
prisoner has peace in his dungeon, and if his soul be sufficiently
ignoble may hear complacently the rattle of his chains. Such I feel
assured, is not the peace the brave and high-minded people of [North
whom would we again enter into this national wedlock, and take upon
these ties of [unity and] common fellowship? With men who have
slaughtered our sons and brothers in battle, murdered our citizens in
cold blood, burnt our homes into cinders, stolen our property and
inflicted upon our mothers, [sisters and] daughters the crowning outrage
of humanity, and now send against us our own slaves armed and ready to
surfeit their savage natures in brutality and murder! These people we
are to receive again as brothers, red handed, reeking with the slaughter
of our people and the desolation of our country, and sit as quietly
down together in all peace and amity as one great and happy family!
them we are expected to say, welcome thou slayer of my son, thou
[gallant] murderer of my father, thou thief of all my goods, incendiary
of my home, ravisher of my daughter….to this home you have made desolate
and to this shelter I have built upon the ashes of our home you have]
any true son of North Carolina be found whose crawling, creeping soul
would so grovel in the dirt of degradation and [so] lick the vile dust
from the boot of a master? Mat God pity him [if there be]! Why is this
idea even talked of?
our only hope for national honor, for happiness, for peace itself lies
in a cordial undaunted and & vigorous prosecution of the war until
our enemies offer us peace. The State of North Carolina by a solemn
ordinance of her convention formally and forever dissolved her
connection with the old government, [entered] into a compact with the
new, and pledged her blood and treasure to the support of the common
cause – in accordance with this solemn pledge….the best and bravest of
her sons rushed to arms and for nearly thirty months have met the
[almost] overwhelming numbers of the foe and driven him back upon a
hundred fields of slaughter, with a gallantry and devotion which have
excited the admiration of the world.
now with the battle half won, must all this energy, this bravery, noble
devotion and patriotic self-sacrifice be thrown away? Shall timid
souls…drive our people to despair and crucify afresh the spirits of our
heroic dead, and put their noble souls to open shame? God of his
infinite mercy forbid!
say the battle is half-won & why? Because Sir the North gives
unmistakable signs that she finds it quite as difficult to keep up the
strife as we. The blood which flows through the streets of her cities,
the bold and defiant tone of her press and politicians towards Lincoln’s
administration, the thousands of Federal bayonets gleaming throughout
the land to enforce conscription and “preserve order,” as they
significantly term it….all show that they are having their troubles
our impatient, suffering people would only have more trusting faith,
write cheerfully to their sons in the army, hold meetings all over the
country, to devise means for the assistance of the poor and to induce
the [poor and] tired and disheartened deserters to return to their
colors, and sin no more, and [to] resolve to fight and suffer yet awhile
longer, trusting the issue with God, in His own good time our
deliverance will come -- Such are my impressions of our public duty,
hastily given – You or any one else may see them.
Very truly yours, Z.B. Vance”
(The Papers of Zebulon Baird Vance, Volume II, 1863, Joe A. Mobley, editor, NCDAH, 1995, excerpt, pp. 242-247)
On the streets of Dodge City, famous western lawman and gunfighter Bat Masterson fights the last gun battle of his life.
Bartholomew "Bat" Masterson had made a living with his gun from a
young age. In his early 20s, Masterson worked as a buffalo hunter,
operating out of the wild Kansas cattle town of Dodge City.
years, he also found employment as an army scout in the Plains Indian
Wars. Masterson had his first shootout in 1876 in the town of Sweetwater
(later Mobeetie), Texas. When an argument with a soldier over the
affections of a dance hall girl named Molly Brennan heated up, Masterson
and his opponent resorted to their pistols. When the shooting stopped,
both Brennan and the soldier were dead, and Masterson was badly wounded.
Found to have been acting in self-defense, Masterson avoided
prison. Once he had recovered from his wounds, he apparently decided to
abandon his rough ways and become an officer of the law. For the next
five years, Masterson alternated between work as Dodge City sheriff and
running saloons and gambling houses, gaining a reputation as a tough and
reliable lawman. However, Masterson's critics claimed that he spent too
much as sheriff, and he lost a bid for reelection in 1879.
For several years, Masterson drifted around the West. Early in
1881, news that his younger brother, Jim, was in trouble back in Dodge
City reached Masterson in Tombstone, Arizona. Jim's dispute with a
business partner and an employee, A.J. Peacock and Al Updegraff
respectively, had led to an exchange of gunfire. Though no one had yet
been hurt, Jim feared for his life. Masterson immediately took a train
to Dodge City.
When his train pulled into Dodge City on this morning in 1881,
Masterson wasted no time. He quickly spotted Peacock and Updegraff and
aggressively shouldered his way through the crowded street to confront
them. "I have come over a thousand miles to settle this," Masterson
reportedly shouted. "I know you are heeled [armed]-now fight!" All three
men immediately drew their guns.
Masterson took cover behind the
railway bed, while Peacock and Updegraff darted around the corner of the
city jail. Several other men joined in the gunplay. One bullet meant
for Masterson ricocheted and wounded a bystander. Updegraff took a
bullet in his right lung.
The mayor and sheriff arrived with shotguns to stop the battle
when a brief lull settled over the scene. Updegraff and the wounded
bystander were taken to the doctor and both eventually recovered. In
fact, no one was mortally injured in the melee, and since the shootout
had been fought fairly by the Dodge City standards of the day, no
serious charges were imposed against Masterson. He paid an $8 fine and
took the train out of Dodge City that evening.
Masterson never again fought a gun battle in his life, but the
story of the Dodge City shootout and his other exploits ensured
Masterson's lasting fame as an icon of the Old West. He spent the next
four decades of his life working as sheriff, operating saloons, and
eventually trying his hand as a newspaperman in New York City. The old
gunfighter finally died of a heart attack in October 1921 at his desk in
New York City.
"Though their hands were small and not hardened in battle, their service to the Confederacy looms large."
In memory of those who lost their lives in the explosion of C.S.
Laboratories on Brown's Island - Richmond, Virginia, March 13, 1863.
Some were as young as 11, assembling or disassembling percussion caps,
friction primers, signal lights, rockets, all things explosive for the
southern cause. Dozens of girls – many of them young Irish immigrants –
were injured during the chain-reaction explosion at the Confederate
State Laboratory munitions factory on Brown’s Island. As many as 50
On March 13, 2013, a new marker was dedicated at the
site of the tragedy. Va Flagger Grayson Jennings forwarded the colors
and provided a Confederate presence there, and provided Confederate and
Irish flags for the marker’s dedication.
That evening, a flag was also placed at the monument in Oakwood Cemetery.
On Sunday, March 17th, the Va Flaggers attended a service in Shockoe
Cemetery, where 14 of the girls are buried. A new marker was unveiled.
Tripp and Jack Lewis were recognized as an honor guard and I carried
the Hardee flag of General Patrick Cleburne in honor of his birthday.
The ceremony was sponsored and attended by Richmond’s Irish community,
and many were interested to learn of the flag, General Cleburne, and its
connection to their Irish Heritage.
150 years later, their
memory lives on, in the hearts of those who honor and recognize their
sacrifice. God bless the girls of the Confederate States Munitions
Sen. John McCain (R-Sunday Shows) expressed bewilderment on CBS'
"Face the Nation" that GOP Sens. Cruz, Lee and Paul would filibuster gun
control legislation. “I don’t understand it,” McCain said. “The purpose
of the United States Senate is to debate and to vote and to let the
people know where we stand.” With all due respect to Sen. McCain, that
is almost completely backward.
The purpose of the US Senate is not to be some federal debating
society. It is not tasked with taking the great issues of the day and
giving its "august" members a platform for their musings on policy. The
public does not look to the Senate for guidance in its deliberations on
The Senate's first, and only, task is to uphold the Constitution.
Originally, the Senate was designed to act as the states' check on an
encroaching federal government. Senators were appointed by state
legislatures to be their voice in Washington. The House was designed to
be the voice of the people. Sadly, those days are long gone.
Majority Leader Harry Reid vows to bring S. 649, the latest "universal
background check" (read that "registration") bill to a
vote as early as this week, Bloomberg's "Mayors Against Illegal Guns,"
Obama's "Organizing for Action, and the media have begun a full
court press to pass whatever gun control they can foist on the American
fact, North Carolinians "Against Gun Control" just dropped
39,000 petitions, presumably gathered by Obama's radicals at "Organizing
for Action," on Hagan. In response, the National Coalition to Stop
the Gun Ban forged by GRNC and others is running a campaign against
Hagan and 5 other senators.
S. 374 & S. 649 would
make you a criminal
is nothing benign about "universal background checks," which are gun
control code words for "universal gun
registration." Not only would S. 649 open the door for registration, it
and similar bills under consideration would make it a 5-year federal
Leave town for more than 7 days, and leave your wife, partner, or roommate at home with your guns;
Lend a gun to a friend to take shooting or to go hunting;
Loan a gun to your mother if she lives at a different residence;
Hand a gun to someone at a gun club which is not a shooting range;
Teach someone to shoot on your own land, if you hand them the gun; or
Fail to report a gun as lost or stolen within 24 hours, even if you are on a hunting trip deep in the
woods and are unable to do so.
Despite efforts by RNC spokesperson Sean Spicer to walk those comments back,
local conservative grassroots leaders--almost all of whom have been
working hard for over four years with no compensation--remain
Ben Cunningham, founder of the Nashville Tea Party and one of the leaders of the decade earlier Tennessee Tax Revolt,
told Breitbart News that "we are not about to be led by a bunch of
timid Washington, D.C. Brahmins who are interested in making a buck off
of people they see as naive. Either join us in the fight or get the hell
out of the way."
Cunningham added that "the problem for Washington, D.C.-based
Republican consultants is they have become almost completely detached
from the passion and purpose of the grassroots. To the grassroots Tea
Party activist," Cunningham continued, "the future of the country is at
stake and they immediately distrust 'consultants' who feel uneasy about
manifesting their passion and fighting for the cause. Tea Party
activists have been demonized and vilified and called every name in the
book by liberals for four years and it has only made us stronger and
more determined than ever."
Katherine Mangu-Ward, managing editor
of Reason magazine.
At Reason Weekend 2013, the annual donor event for the nonprofit
that publishes this website, Mangu-Ward discussed the future of
education, how technology can change the classroom for the better
and why she loves computers more than people.
In post-9/11 America, mere words can get you thrown in jail with a
felony terrorism charge poised to ruin your life and confine you to a
cage for years on end.
Sandy Hook has amplified the insanity.
Brian Davis, disabled man from Iowa, made the mistake of telling his
physical therapist that he believes security at his grand daughter’s
school is lacking. Now he is in the slammer charged with felony threat
According to the people who ratted out Davis to the cops, he
threatened to storm the school and shoot people. “I never said that I
would go in there and do something to those kids.” Davis told WHO TV 13 in Des Moines. “I said anybody, any one person could go in there. Anybody.”
In last article I wrote about surviving combat and how I experienced it during my year in war.
Today I write about the aftermath. Survival is not only hard on your
body but can also kill you inside. So you survive but you are just empty
shell. You all heard of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) but I
call this just being dead inside. But this does not have to be like
that. First let me tell you about Alek.
I know Alek for many years now, I met him during one hiking trip I
did with my survival group here. He was something like outdoor
instructor. Later I heard from other folks that he went through some
crazy stuff during the war, and that he was member of one of the groups
when he was just 15 years old.
We never talked about that before, anyway that kind of topic here is
very unusual to discuss. Many have blood on their hands and it brings up
bad memories. If we talk about that period we only mention some funny
and stupid things like „do you remember the tree leafs we smoked as
tobacco man?“ and we laugh.
But in same time we are remembering in thoughts how someone gets killed or similar. You laugh because you dont want to cry.
Gawker has just published a list of gun owners in New York City. Reporter John Cook says he got the names of licensed gun owners in the five boroughs via
a Freedom of Information Law request two-and-a-half years ago. The New
York Police Department did not give up gun owners’ addresses, Cook
writes, despite state law saying those are public records, too.
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) is calling her state’s new gun laws,
including bans of some weapons and high-capacity magazines, a “great
package of reforms” that are the “foundation of what we must have at
Speaking Friday evening on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” Esty said it
was heartening to see bipartisan support in a “big gun state.”
been able to engage gun owners in my district who are highly
supportive, particularly around universal criminal background checks for
all sales and around federal felonies for trafficking and straw
purchasing. They know they are essential tools for law enforcement. And
face it, Rachel, if we are going to keep guns out of hands of the
criminals, we have to ask who these people are when they are buying
guns. It just makes sense.”
Esty said it would have been difficult for Republican state lawmakers,
many of whom knew victims of the attack in Newtown, to vote against
measures such as the high-capacity magazine ban.
“Eleven lives were saved by the real-life example of what happens when
you run out of bullets in a magazine and in a chamber. It has real-life
consequences. And so, how could those legislators look them in the eye
and say, ‘I`m not doing everything I possibly can so save another
family, another community from this sort of heartache?' ”
Oh yes, because you can't reload them or have more than one magazine or gun. Now, I've got it.......
After last month’s filibuster of the Obama administration’s new drone
policy, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has received a lot of attention from
both libertarians and Republicans. With Senator Reid looking to
introduce new gun legislation soon, Senator Paul isn’t afraid to use the
same method to get his opinions out there. Late last month Senators
Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz all sent a letter to the Senate Majority
leader. The letter threatened to filibuster the new proposed bill that
would expand background checks and crack down on interstate gun trading.
But on Monday Rand Paul and 12 other GOP Senators will send a follow
up letter showing their support for a potential filibuster. According to
Reid may be able to break a filibuster with bipartisan
support, which would obviate the need to do an end run around Paul’s
group. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has said he won’t support a
filibuster if Reid promises to allow for amendments on the floor.
In the letter due to be sent Monday, a carbon copy of the first
missive, Paul and his expanded group of allies reiterate that they
“intend to oppose any legislation that would infringe on the American
people’s constitutional right to bear arms, or their ability to exercise
this right without being subjected to government surveillance.”
Bill would take effect in 2016 and increase
requirements for absentee voters
House Republicans have rolled
out their voter identification bill.
While it has some resemblance to the one vetoed in the
previous legislative session by former Democratic Gov. Bev
Perdue, it also has a significant number of differences.
Still in the bill are strict photo ID requirements for most
voters. And most of the acceptable IDs voters can present
remain the same — a driver’s license, DMV-issued ID card,
passport, state employee ID card, or a tribal ID card.
The new bill would expand the allowable photo ID cards to
include cards issued by the UNC and community college systems,
or identification cards issued to firefighters, EMS, hospital
employees, or law enforcement officers. Cards would be valid
up to 10 years after they expire, and voters 70 and older
could use the photo ID card they had on their 70th birthday,
provided it was still valid on that date.
The state also would pay for ID cards and supporting documents
(such as a birth certificate) for people demonstrating a
financial hardship. A voter requesting free documents would
have to certify, under penalty of perjury, that the expense
for those documents would create a financial hardship.
“The citizens of North Carolina want some form of voter ID
legislation,” House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said
during a Thursday morning press conference. He said he
believed voter ID would restore a “level of confidence” in the
New York father has had his firearms all but confiscated after the
Suffolk County Pistol License Bureau suspended his pistol license
indefinitely over a perceived threat made by his 10-year-old son and two
of his classmates at school.
Mayer, of Commack, N.Y., told TheBlaze that the incident occurred on
March 1. It was like any other day, the father explained. He put his son
on the bus and sent him off to school.
that day, Mayer got a call from school officials at Pines Elementary
School informing him that his 10-year-old son and two other students
were talking about going to a boy’s house with a water gun, “paint gun”
and a BB gun. There had reportedly been a school yard pushing incident
the day before involving the boys, excluding Mayer’s son, and they were
seemingly talking about getting even in some way.
told TheBlaze that a teacher overheard the students talking and
informed the principal, who then immediately called police and filed a
report. He said the principal told police something to the effect of,
there’s a “kid with a gun, ready to go.” Mayer maintains that no serious
death threats were made by the students. The Hauppauge Public School
District has not returned several messages left by TheBlaze, therefore,
it is not clear what they are claiming was said.
officials then “interrogated” the boys, Mayer explained. It was later
determined that the 10-year-old boys did not have access to a BB gun,
paintball gun or any actual firearms.
school’s principal later informed the father that his son would be
suspended for two days for the incident. But the ordeal was far from
said police officers were then deployed to his home where he was
advised by officers that they might have to confiscate his firearms,
which he says were all properly stored and secured. “I just couldn’t
believe what was happening,” he told TheBlaze.
following Monday, Mayer got a call from the Suffolk County Pistol
Licensing Bureau. He was reportedly told that his license would be
suspended and police would arrive at his house the next morning to
retrieve his handguns. Acting quickly on the advice of his attorney,
Mayer transferred all 15 of his handguns to his friend to prevent them
from being confiscated. He also transferred his long arms to a local gun
store out of fear that police would attempt to confiscate them as well.