New member Taylor White gave an in-depth presentation on the eastern
North Carolina campaign and members listened with great interest.
Discussions ranged from the Burnside Campaign to General F. Holk's
victory at the battle of Plymouth.
Police are looking a man caught on
surveillance tape they say sucker punched a 76-year old woman in East
It appears she is the latest victim of the violent “knockout” game. PIX
11 tried to speak with the victim at her apartment but she is so shaken
she refused to open the door. “I feel like crying,” the woman said from
behind the door.
Confederate Constitution of 1861 is the manifestation of the
Southerners’ better comprehension of the theory of our government. It
is, indeed, a reactionary document; a reaction to inevitable changes
that political, social, and economic forces were thrusting upon the U.S.
Constitution, thereby transforming the community of States into a
national community of individuals. The emerging nationalism [in the
United States] was not, they alleged, the nation of the mutual fathers
of 1787. .
[and] the Confederate framers contended that they were
seceding on behalf of the U.S. Constitution, not against it, their
understanding of the U.S. Constitution was, in certain respects . . .
rather that of the Anti-Federalists
(e.g., Agrippa) and John C. Calhoun.
(The Confederate Constitution, DeRosa, pg. 17)
Confederate framers careful tinkering with the US Constitution betrayed
a suspicion of party and partisan politics that had become the norm by
mid-century in America. Civic virtue – the willingness to put the
common good ahead of individual interests – was central to the ideology
of republicanism that emerged from the Revolution. Additionally, a deep
distrust of politicians and a conviction that persons who wielded
government authority must be carefully watched lest they expand their
power at the expense of liberty was foremost in the framers’ minds.
1860 Southerners were perhaps more receptive to anti-party ideas than
other Americans. The meteoric rise of the Republicans impressed upon
Southerners the evils of party: in their eyes the Republican party was
bent upon using government to promote the interests of the North by
riding roughshod over the rights of the South. As such, it was a
chilling reminder of the dangers posed by political parties.”
(An Uncertain Tradition, Hall & Ely, Jr., pg. 218)
A Pinellas County woman has been charged with second-degree murder,
accused of luring a man to an empty home where three men were waiting to
The robbery went bad, though, and the intended victim shot one
of the would-be robbers, killing him, according to the Hillsborough
County Sheriff’s Office.
Erika Sanez, 20, of 5925 72nd Ave., Apt. 4, met Travis Weller
of Tampa about a month ago, and the two agreed to meet Friday morning
for a date, investigators said. They met at 8903 Plum Grove Court in
Tampa at about 4:40 a.m.
Deputies said three men were waiting in the the vacant house to rob Weller. Instead, Weller began firing.
Former President Ronald Reagan
has edged out Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy as the nation's
greatest president in over a century, and President Obama was rated the
biggest failure by a sizable margin over George W. Bush, Richard Nixon
and Jimmy Carter, according to a new poll.
rankings just released found that more adults, 32 percent, put "the
Gipper" in the “great” category. Of the 1,000 polled, FDR followed at 31
percent and JFK at 30 percent. Just 14 percent rated Obama as great.
2013 Slowest Hurricane Season Since 1982
The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially ended on Saturday,
had the fewest hurricanes in 30 years, casting doubt on claims from
climate change alarmists that global warming will lead to more frequent
and stronger storms.
No major hurricanes formed in the Atlantic basin
for the first time since 1994, thanks in large part to "persistent,
unfavorable atmospheric conditions over the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean
Sea, and tropical Atlantic Ocean," according to a report from the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Thirteen named storms formed in the Atlantic basin this year. But only two, Ingrid and Humberto, became hurricanes.
The average number of named storms is 12, but the
average number of Atlantic hurricanes is six. On average per hurricane
season there are three major hurricanes of Category 3 and above.
Tropical Storm Andrea was the only named storm to
make landfall in the United States this season, bringing heavy rain and
minor flooding to portions of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
This year ranks as the sixth least-active
Atlantic hurricane season since 1950, and was only the third
below-normal season since 1995, when a high-activity era for Atlantic
"A combination of conditions acted to offset
several climate patterns that historically have produced active
hurricane seasons," said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster
at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.
"This unexpectedly low activity is linked to an
unpredictable atmospheric pattern that prevented the growth of storms by
producing exceptionally dry, sinking air and strong vertical wind shear
in much of the main hurricane formation region," he said.
NOAA and the U.S. Air Force flew only 45
hurricane hunter aircraft reconnaissance missions over the Atlantic
basin this year, totaling 435 hours — the fewest flight hours since at
least 1966, NOAA reported.
Unlike the United States, Mexico was battered by
eight storms, including three hurricanes. Five came from the Pacific
Ocean and three from the Atlantic.
Gettysburg speech was at once the shortest and the most famous oration in American
history...the highest emotion reduced to a few poetical phrases.
himself never even remotely approached it. It is genuinely stupendous.
But let us not forget that it is poetry, not logic; beauty, not sense.
Think of the argument in it. Put it into the cold words of everyday.
doctrine is simply this:
that the Union soldiers who died at
Gettysburg sacrificed their lives to the cause of self-determination -- that
government of the people, by the people, for the people, should not
perish from the earth.
It is difficult to imagine anything more untrue.
The Union soldiers in the battle actually fought against
self-determination; it was the Confederates who fought for the right of
their people to govern themselves."
H. L. Mencken
Is it possible to teach students the meaning behind President Abraham
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address without mentioning the Civil War?
According to the government’s new Common Core education standards,
the Gettysburg Address must be taught without mentioning the Civil War
and explaining why President Lincoln was in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
The membership of the "Greatest Generation" is dwindling, with it
will go the last bastion of old-time traditions, honor, justice, and a
way of life - though certainly not perfect - that was a far better way
of life than we know today; not in monetary gains or technology, but
"God, King, and Country," Mom, and apple pie.
generation longed for a better way of life, and wanted what was best
for their children, and because they did, you, me, and others of our
generation have benefited from their desirers to extricate themselves
and this country from the deprivations and extreme hardships of the
Great Depression and the horrors of the Second World War. They left us a
greater country. The letter states,
"What will we leave our children?"
If we don't put our national finances in order, we may face a
complete meltdown of everything we know - culturally, politically, and
physically. With today's Americans, who know nothing of hardship,
extreme poverty, and deprivation year in and year out, along with
having precious little concept of self reliance, what will happen when
out country as we know it evaporates into a misty haze of what once
was? Modern day Americans - most not all - are takers, not givers.
Nearly half our population depends on Uncle Sam for survival; 48% pay
zippo taxes. Like the old-times say, they've got
"a hand full of gimme and a mouth full of much obliged."
when it's gone, what? Massive civil disobedience? Riots in the
streets, as we've seen in Greece and other counties? Can't it happen
here? I imagine that's what dear ol' King George III said about all
those nasty Colonials,
" Revolution? Never happen there."
a ragtag bunch of folks brought down one of the mightiest military
powers in the world at that time. Why? Because they believed in a
cause, and nothing would sway their resolve. Has that time come again?
it time to set up a "guillotine" on the National Mall and start lining
up the "aristocrats" who for so long have ignored the pleas of this
country's good, hard-working, tax-paying folk who only want "bread" for
their dear children's future?
If I hear one more peckerwood in
Washington City talking about the horrors of spending cuts, government
shut-downs, and the like, I think I'll puke. And why are so many of
the county's problems the fault of us nasty Baby Boomers? How dare us
be so bold and brazen to work all our lives, save, try and make ends
meet, and then, when retirement is just around the bend, to have the
pure gall to live so long!
When all the "humble, starving poor"
who have child after child after child they can't afford, expect me - a
working, taxpaying citizen - to pay for it! Trust me my friend, I see
the "humble, starving poor" five days a week, 8 hours a day. I know
that of which I speak. Are there folks who truly need help? You bet
your sweet Maltese bippy there are. But they are about as scarce as
hen's teeth. But those lapping at Uncle Sam's trough are fat and
getting fatter. And what about those "anchor babies" who parents are
illegal? Dear ol' Mom and Pop have not paid a dime into the system,
and yet their children are eligible for Medicaid and food stamps until
they are 18. And the REAL dear ol' Moms and Pops who were born and
reared in this county and paid taxes all their lives are only eligible
for 15/20 dollars in stamps. What a travesty!
And yet, there are those who praise Washington for its record of
helping the poor, and keeping those nasty millionaires and
billionaires in check. I'm willing to take my licks, as it were, but
by-dingoes, what about all those billionaires and millionaires, and
those irresponsible poor people who don't appear to care about anything
but a hand-out and the next child/meal ticket they can sire? Perhaps
if there were any real, red-white-and-blue Americans left, especially
in Congress, they'd stand up and say,
"Short-term discomfort is better than a lifetime of misery."
I've plucked gems from a friend's newspaper letter to help compose this rant, but feel it's just time to stand and say,
"I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired."
Thanks for posting the letter, and sorry for this long, boring rant.