Friday, September 20, 2013

Commemorating the Birth of the Confederate Battle Flag

 *152 years later, the Virginia Flaggers marked the occasion of the birth of the Confederate Battle Flag, THE SOLDIERS' FLAG, by displaying the 15x15 ANV Battle Flag that will be raised September 28th at the RVA I-95 Flag Site, on the steps of the Virginia State Capitol.

Surely this must have ruined the Useful Fools night. :)

*"When the Confederate Army of the Shenandoah, under Joseph E. Johnston, and the Confederate Army of the Potomac, under Pierre G. T. Beauregard, met Union forces at the First Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861, their troops flew an assortment of flags, both state and national. (States' rights was a founding principle of the Confederacy and influenced the attachment many units had to their state flags. Some Virginia and North Carolina soldiers refused to fly anything but their state flags.) The Stars and Bars' resemblance to the U.S. flag, combined with similarities between the two sides' uniforms and the general confusion of battle, contributed to an incident at First Manassas in which Confederate forces fired on a Confederate infantry brigade commanded by Jubal A. Early. Shortly after, Johnston and Beauregard resolved to establish a new, sufficiently distinctive flag for their troops, and they consulted one of Beauregard's aides, the same William Miles who had opposed the original flag in the first place.

Miles resurrected what had been his preference for the national flag, a design of his own that featured a blue saltire, or X shape, with a white border and white stars (again, one for each state) on a field of red. The Committee on the Flag and Seal had rejected it the first time, suggesting that it looked "like a pair of suspenders," and now the members rejected it again. Johnston and Beauregard decided to use it anyway, with Beauregard proposing to Johnston two Confederate flags: "a peace or parade flag, and a war flag to be used only on the field of battle." This second flag, the so-called battle flag, would be the one Miles designed, and the two generals and their lieutenants met at Fairfax Court House in September 1861 to work out the details. At Johnston's urging, a square design was adopted, and each branch of the army was assigned a different size: forty-eight inches square for infantry, thirty-six inches square for artillery, and thirty inches square for cavalry." 

-- Encyclopedia Virginia

Martha Raye - The Vietnam Experience

Phu Loi 1967

 (Note: As far as I know Phu Loi

141 Pictures Of The Vietnam War
was the only place that I was exposed to Agent Orange. BT)

 Martha Raye


 Colonel Maggie – Nurse, Entertainer, and Honorary Green Beret

Almost everyone knows about all of Bob Hope’s trips to Vietnam. He would do his annual Christmas Shows for TV, which were recorded live at some of the safest bases in Vietnam, while surrounded by TV cameras, reporters and lots of tanks and protective armed troops. I was at his Christmas Day show back in 1966, just north of Saigon. I enjoyed it very much. It was one of a few good memories that I have of my Tour of Duty. But, meeting Martha Raye – better known to the troops, as Colonel Maggie – was the highlight event of the year for me.

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Ted Cruz staffer told: 'May your children die'


When a speechwriter for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took to Twitter to tout her boss’ recent work, a California Democrat Party official blasted back, wishing death and “debilitating diseases” upon her children.

Amanda Carpenter, a speechwriter and senior communications adviser to Cruz, tweeted out Friday morning, “GOP beat gun control, changed Obama’s mind on Syria, is holding the line on amnesty. We can defund Obamacare, too!”

But Allan Brauer, who works as the communications chair for the Democratic Party of Sacramento County in California, fired back a shocking reply, “@amandacarpenter May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases.”

It wasn’t the first time, however, that Brauer, a longtime activist in the homosexuality movement who co-chaired the University of Chicago’s Lesbian/Gay Student Organization in the 1970s, has used Twitter as an outlet for scathing, personal attacks.

In an lengthy feud with a self-proclaimed tea partier using the Twitter handle @SooperMexican, Brauer has made several crude and even racially charged comments.

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This N' That

Southern women seem more comfortable battling for Dixie in politics


Americans are a fiesty bunch. If you try to squash their spirit with regulations or tie the hands of their groups you might find they will revert to the tactics of the colonialists when the British marched to seize guns in Massachusetts. There is a spirit in the South and it is rising. The more today's government attempts to bridle our freedom, the more you see individuals resisting. And surprisingly women are proving to be the most active and most effective leaders.

This Christmas travelers driving on Interstate 95 south of Richmond may find themselves looking at a large Confederate battle flag waving in the breeze welcoming all to the South. A group known as the "Virginia Flaggers" is working to install a large flag pole on privately owned property in the vicinity of the Interstate. It's just one more front in the battle for Richmond.

Over the past several years there has been a continuing effort to "PC" the Confederate White House and other Confederate structures in Richmond. The Confederate battle flag, the red field with the blue St. Andrews Cross and white stars has been removed and replaced by the less well recognized Stars and Bars. And the Musuem of the Confederacy's long term fate has been in question as its director and others seem to be working towards it's removal from its present location.

This anti Southern activity has spurred local activists to "push back," as Rush Limbaugh would say. In this case, it's a woman named Susan Hathaway. When she realized that southern heritage organizations like the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy were often timid in taking action to stand up for the South, Susan and a small band took the line.

Their strategy was simple.

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$20,000 reward offered for info on ‘persons of interest' in Rite Aid murder
 With a $20,000 reward posted for information, the search continued Friday night for two “persons of interest” in the fatal shooting of a West End pharmacy manager, city police Commissioner Joseph Bail Jr. said. 

Police were dispatched to the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 2722 block of W. Ninth St., at Highland Avenue, for a shooting at 9:53 p.m. Thursday. Officers found manager Jason Scott McClay lying in a rear shopping aisle with a fatal gunshot wound. 

He was pronounced at the scene by paramedic Tim Kaiser.

Robber unintentionally shoots, kills accomplice outside Tulsa motel

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Tulsa Police have taken 32-year-old Elbert Hendrickson into custody for his part in the robbery at the Georgetown Motel at 8502 East 27th Street on Thursday.

Investigators tell KRMG that Hendrickson unintentionally shot his accomplice, 35-year old Aaron Warner, who died later at a Tulsa hospital.

Police tell us Hendrickson's gunfire struck Warner who was fighting with the robbery victim outside of the motel.

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GOP Plans Multiple Resolutions Defunding Obamacare

Image: GOP Plans Multiple Resolutions Defunding Obamacare

As House Republicans take the first step Friday to fund the government without funding Obamacare, GOP lawmakers spelled out their strategy when the Democratic-controlled Senate refuses to go along, as it surely will.

The Republican-controlled House, they said, will keep passing the original resolution with "everything-but-Obamacare" funding and then send to the Senate separate bills to fund the military and other key programs if the Senate strips out "defunding" language.

"We're willing to do every other program — everything — except Obamacare," Republican Rep. Tom McClintock of California told Newsmax. "Nobody is pressing for, or even hoping for, a shutdown. In fact, it's exactly the opposite."

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a leader of the Republican effort, said in conference call with reporters that if there is a shutdown, the public will realize that "Harry Reid and Barack Obama are the only political actors keeping the government shut down."

"If Harry Reid thinks Obamacare is so important that he is willing to shut down the government, then we will be standing firm," Cruz said.

"It will take 60 votes [to pass a Senate resolution with Obamacare funding] and [Utah Republican Sen.] Mike Lee and I will be using any means we can to make sure Republicans stand side-by-side to stop this," Cruz said.

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Peggy Noonan: WH Staffers Nickname President 'Obam-me'

White House staffers have adopted a new and unflattering nickname for their boss:"Obam-me," Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan says she heard in chats with a few senators.

And how did the staffers come up with that name?

"Because it's all about him and his big thoughts," Noonan writes in a column. "I guess the second-term team is not quite as adoring as the first."

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Obama's DHS seizing local power


The Department of Homeland Security under President Obama is demonstrating troubling signs the agency is shifting the balance of power away from local and state municipalities toward a centralized federal authority, charges a recently released book.

In “Impeachable Offenses: The Case to Remove Barack Obama from Office,” New York Times bestselling authors Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott document the DHS has likely violated the Posse Comitatus Act.

The law expressly forbids direct participation by the military in a “search, seizure, arrest, or other similar activity.”

The authors further cite evidence the DHS is building a de facto domestic military, with the purchase of military-grade equipment and the execution of military-style training exercises.

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Jesse Jackson Jr. to Grab $8,700 Per Month in Disability, Plus Pension In Prison

Via Billy


Convicted Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) is scheduled to receive $8,700 per month in government disability pay, as well as a partial federal pension of $45,000. That generous $8,700 in disability comes thanks to Jackson’s sudden development of a “mood disorder” as the federal government began looking to indict him. Jackson, who was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison, had no history of mental illness during his prior 17 years in Congress.

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Professor put on indefinite administrative leave for rant about killing NRA children

A University of Kansas journalism professor who suggested that the sons and daughters of National Rifle Association members would be good targets for a crazed killer has been suspended.

According to a report Friday at Campus Reform, which first uncovered the comment, school officials suspended David Guth in an announcement by KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.

The statement said, “In order to prevent disruptions to the learning environment for students, the School of Journalism and the university, I have directed Provost Jeffrey Vitter to place Associate Professor Guth on indefinite administrative leave pending a review of the entire situation.”

The statement said Guth’s classes will be taught by others.

The school also now is taking a position on Guth’s comment, which he made on a private Twitter account earlier in the week after a dozen people were shot at killed by a gunman at the Washington Navy Yard.

“#NavyYardShooting The blood is on the hands of the #NRA,” tweeted Guth, part of the university’s William Allen White School of Journalism.

“Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters,” he continued. “Shame on you. May God d— you.”
Said the university, “The contents of professor Guth’s tweet were repugnant and in no way represent the views or opinions of the University of Kansas. [I]t is truly disgraceful that these views were expressed in such a callous and uncaring way. We expect all members of the university community to engage in civil discourse and not make inflammatory and offensive comment”

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13 Shot In Mass Shooting at Chicago Park
Police believe the shooting stemmed from an ongoing dispute between the Black P. Stones and Gangster Disciples, a law enforcement source said. It was not known if any of the victims were intended targets.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said it was a "miracle" no one was killed when
 someone opened fire with a high-powered rifle at a pick-up basketball game in the Back of the Yards, and he renewed his call for a ban on assault weapons.

"A military-grade weapon on the streets of Chicago is simply unacceptable,"  McCarthy told a news conference this morning, 12 hours after a 3-year-old boy and 12 other people were shot during at Cornell Square Park.

"It's a miracle there has been no fatality," he said. "Illegal guns. Illegal guns. Illegal guns drive violence." (Oh, I got it, legal guns wouldn't.  Now that clears things up.......)

One gunman walked up to the park's basketball court in the 1800 block of West 51st Street around 10:15 p.m. Thursday and opened fire. Thirteen people who were on the court or were watching the game were hit, many of them in the arms or legs.

Professor: Crazed shooters should target NRA kids

A professor in the University of Kansas journalism department has tweeted that he would prefer to see the sons and daughters of National Rifle Association officials the targets the next time a crazed gunman attacks innocent people.

It was in response to the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday that David Guth posted on his Twitter account: “The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God d— you.”

Commenter “AJ” responded to the professor, “Shame on you. I bet you think of yourself as a Christian while you are asking God to d— people and wishing their children dead.”

Campus Reform caught the statement, and writer Katherine Timpf said when Guth was contacted about it, he not only confirmed he made it, he doubled down.

“Hell no, hell no, I do not regret that tweet,” he told Campus Reform. “I don’t take it back one bit.”
In fact, after “AJ” criticized his statement, Guth said, “That moronic logic defies description,” and “God’s justice takes many forms.”

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S. Carolina Town Approves Plan To Exile Homeless Citizens

Via LH


“The Columbia City Council in South Carolina has unanimously approved a new plan, the “Emergency Homeless Response,” that seeks to remove homeless people from the downtown area.
The initiative, which was started by Councilman Cameron Runyan, will consist of police officers — who patrol the city center — enforcing the city’s “quality of life” laws, including bans on loitering, public urination and other violations.

In addition, officers will be instructed to keep homeless people out of the city’s center. If the homeless refuse to leave, they could be arrested.

The city will partner with a local charity to keep an emergency shelter located on the outskirts of the city open 24 hours a day. The shelter in question has the capacity to hold up to 240 guests at a time. Once at the shelter homeless people won’t be allowed to leave the premises.

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Defender of lost causes took on Abraham Lincoln. The editors of Leben recall 'man without a country,' Clement Vallandigham

Via Billy

Copperhead: A Democratic Critic Of Lincoln Administration  


What is it about “lost causes” that they attract such blind and earnest sons? Surely, no figure of the American Civil War is as tragic as Clement Laird Vallandigham. He was, at once, pro-Union and anti-war, a friend of the Confederacy and an opponent of slavery. He intensely opposed religious leaders meddling in matters of public policy (e.g. slavery), presaging a debate that, though the issues differ, remains in principle the same.

Copperhead snakes are found throughout the southern and eastern United States. Their heads are distinctively penny-colored, and black swathes of scales down a copperhead’s back camouflage the snake handily in its favorite habitat, dark underbrush. This member of the pit viper family can grow up to three feet long and has a bite roughly one-half the potency of a rattlesnake. Typically, copperheads keep to themselves. Unlike other snakes, which may flee when threatened, a copperheads will hold its ground if it perceives itself to be in danger. And just when a passerby least expects it, the copperhead delivers a poisonous bite.

“Copperhead” was also the derogatory nickname given to Northern Democrats who opposed Abraham Lincoln and his policies during the Civil War. Though the exact origin of this moniker is unknown, some suspect that Republicans thought their Northern colleagues were just like these snakes – sneaky, treasonous creatures lurking in the shadows, waiting for their chance to strike out at the Union. One such famous Copperhead was Clement Laird Vallandigham, an outspoken critic of Lincoln and the war.

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Emily Miller Takes on CNN Gun Control Panel With Facts, Wins


Washington Times Senior Opinion Editor and the author of Emily Gets Her Gun Emily Miller, was on CNN last night to talk about the Navy Yard shooting. Up against four people, she prevailed in her arguments. When the rest of the panel threw out emotional and non-factual arguments for more gun control, Miller came back with arguments backed up by facts and years of research. The whole thing is worth your time to watch.

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Adm. Mullen Admits Special Ops Told to 'Hold in Place' During Benghazi


 Criminal.  Might as well shot them himself.

On Thursday, while denying that a "stand-down order" was given to Special Forces members ready to help Americans who were under siege at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last September, one of the heads of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board (ARB) admitted that a "hold in place" order was in fact given.

Testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Admiral Mike Mullen said that the direction given to Special Operations Command Africa commander Lt. Col Gibson was to "hold in place" on the night of the attacks.

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Gun rights group sues Colorado governor over new laws

Colorado's largest state-based gun lobbying group has filed a lawsuit against Gov. John Hickenlooper over the strict new gun control measures he signed into law in the aftermath of last year's mass shootings.

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners filed the lawsuit in district court Sept. 4 in hopes of overturning what it says is unconstitutional legislation requiring extended background checks and restricting the size of ammunition magazines.

Dudley Brown, the group's executive director, said Tuesday the Windsor-based organization "will fight to keep the constitutional rights of Coloradans intact by challenging these laws on every front."

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Ted Cruz: Will Do 'Anything and Everything' to Defund Obamacare

Congressional Republicans struggled to tamp down a family feud Thursday as they approached a politically charged showdown with the White House that combines the threat of a government shutdown, a possible first-ever federal default and the GOP's bid to repeal the nation's three-year-old health care law.

One day after conceding that the Democratic-controlled Senate probably would prevail on the last part, Sen. Ted Cruz still vowed to do "everything and anything possible to defund Obamacare." That includes a possible filibuster of legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown, added the Texas Republican.

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Americans Fault Mental Health System Most for "Gun Violence"

 How Much Various Factors Are to Blame for Mass Shootings in the United States, 2011 and 2013 results

Forty-eight percent of Americans blame the mental health system "a great deal" for mass shootings in the United States, unchanged from January 2011. At the same time, fewer blame easy access to guns now (40%) than two years ago (46%), making the mental health system the perceived top cause of mass shootings.

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Democratic congressman mocks tea party’s affinity for ‘guns and the Bible’ [VIDEO]

Via Billy

Tennessee Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen blamed opposition to gun control on voters’ affinities for “guns and the Bible” on Wednesday in an MSNBC appearance.

“I got the vitriol from on the Twitter from all these people who opposed that cartoon,” said Cohen, who tweeted a cartoon that appeared to blame the National Rifle Association for the Navy Yard shooting spree on Tuesday. ”They are hardcore Republicans. This I think means more to them than — I think their guns are right there next to their Bibles. I’m not sure which they find more important to them.”

Cohen’s remarks bear a strong resemblance to comments made by President Barack Obama in 2008 at a California fundraiser, where he explained that economic downturns pushed “bitter” Pennsylvania voters to “cling to guns or religion” — a point co-host David Corn quickly made.

The Uniter-In-Chief

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Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

17 Southern Pictures 1865 - 1943

Some of the boys working in the Saxon Mill.  Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina.
May 1912. "Some of the boys working in the Saxon Mill. Spartanburg, South Carolina."

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Raising The Debt Ceiling

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Spitting on Their Graves: Democrats Leave Benghazi Hearing Before Testimony From Families of Victims

Via Blue


During the second portion of a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing about Benghazi Thursday on Capitol Hill, the majority of Democrats on the Committee left the room and refused to listen to the testimony of Patricia Smith and Charles Woods. Ms. Smith is the mother of Sean Smith, an information management officer killed in the 9/11 Benghazi attack. Charles Woods is the father of Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was also killed.

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