Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Society of Independent Southern Historians

Via Timothy

  • Our Society is an independent. website-based organization for the preservation and promotion of responsible, truthful, and important Southern history that is free of the anti-South bias that is pervasive today in the academic community.
  • The first effort of our Members will be to jointly establish, at, an on-line, large, annotated reading guide for general readers, students and researchers seeking undistorted knowledge of Southern history.  Like Wikipedia, our website is the work of volunteer reviewers.
  • After this, we intend to help make readily accessible the texts of materials that are forgotten, or nearly so, and will soon be lost if not brought to public attention and made available, especially through the growing e-book technology.
  • We also see our website as the go-to place to publish and read commentary that relates to our interests.
  • We invite everybody with substantial knowledge of any part of the history of the South to join with us and help in providing this comprehensive and reliable resource for our times and the future (Reading List recommendations and book review write-ups are welcome).
  • More @ Southern Historians



As we prepare to take to the sidewalks of Lexington January 17-18, the local media once again gets it ALL WRONG...

A group that was denied permission to fly the Confederate battle flag from utility poles in Lexington has all but guaranteed that no other flag, aside from the American flag and Virginia flag, will be flown in the city.
It’s one more example of the narrow-minded approach to civic life by the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. They refuse to understand that the battle flag is a polarizing image to many people, including African-Americans for whom it is a symbol of racism and oppression and that it stands for a defense of slavery."
No, this is actually one more example of the ignorance of the editorial board of the News-Advance, since the Confederate Battle Flag WAS NOT among those displayed from City Light Pole flag stands the week leading up to the State Holiday!

Cyclos, Saigon 1950

Via catherine_catty 

Велорикша ищет клиента 1950 Неиз 

The same picture could be taken today on some streets in Saigon.

Leno's Garage: 50 Years of Mustang

Via Way Up North

I had a '65 fastback, HiPo, 4 speed, 389 rear, rally pac, but sold it when I went to Vietnam unfortunately.

Davy Crockett Related Material to be Offered in Upcoming Texana Auction

Autographs:Non-American, [David Crockett] Robert Crockett Document Signed "... Image #1

He killed a bear (read: b'ar) when he was only three. Or so I'm told. We've all grown up with the legend of Davy Crockett, the original frontiersman in his coon-skin cap. But as with so many of our American heroes, the long since forgotten reality of his role in the development of the American West is far more fascinating than his popular legend recalls. That reality and that legend go very much hand in hand, however. Heritage is proud to offer in its upcoming Texana Auction #6109, to be held in Dallas on March 8, two David Crockett related pieces which provide fascinating insight into the development of his legend, both during and after his extraordinary lifetime.

One item we are pleased to offer is a fascinating relic related to the infamous death of Colonel Crockett. On August 12, 1837, Crockett's third son, Robert P. Crockett, signed this legal document swearing to serve as administrator of the estate of his father, famously killed defending the Alamo on March 6th of the previous year. In it Robert swears to inventory and administrate the "goods, credits, lands, and tenements" of his father's estate. While this extraordinary historical document does not tell us anything particularly surprising in and of itself, it serves as a monument to the life and heroic death of this American icon. Interestingly, this lot speaks only to the management of Crockett's physical legacy, drawing our attention to the role of Crockett's heirs in the development and management of his legacy as a whole, a fact that is very important to our understanding of our second Crockett lot and its significance.

An Educational Page on Nullification for Mark Levin

 Repost above.

Radio host Mark Levin has been repeating Rachel Maddow’s arguments against state nullification and denouncing proponents of the idea — including, by implication, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Walter Williams, and Barry Goldwater Jr., who also support the idea — as crackpots, “neo-Confederates” (whatever this Marxian neologism is supposed to mean), etc.

So I thought I would post a few resources Levin might consider consulting. He didn’t learn any of this information in law school, I’m sure, but that speaks in its favor.

Hey, Mark Levin: Debate Us, or Shut Up

Free Fax & Urge Your Senators to Support Mandatory E-Verify Amendment

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Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Al.) has proposed an amendment to the unemployment benefits extension bill, S. 1845.  This amendment, number 2626, would mandate use of the E-Verify system.

While NumbersUSA takes no position on the overall legislation or the extension of unemployment benefits, everything needs to be done to make sure this bill protects Americans from increased foreign worker competition and illegal workers. With 20 million Americans unable to find a job, and 7 million illegal aliens holding jobs, mandating use of the E-Verify system for all employers is the most effective way to provide relief to unemployed Americans.

Please send a fax to your U.S. Senators and urge them to support Sen. Sessions' E-Verify amendment to S. 1845.
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American citizens are 'nothing more than rabble'


The Department of Justice regards American citizens as “nothing more than rabble,” charges the attorney who won a legal challenge to the National Security Agency’s spy-on-Americans program called PRISM.

The DOJ moved Wednesday to block the plaintiffs in the case brought by attorney Larry Klayman, founder of FreedomWatch, against the NSA’s telephone call-tracking program.

In its motion filed with U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, who earlier issued an injunction against the spy program and called it “Orwellian,” the government is asking that the judge halt any further proceedings while an appeals court examines the ruling that said the government was violating the Constitution.

Klayman said the move wasn’t exactly a surprise in light of the government’s spying on Americans and its reluctance to provide information about the programs.

“This is a further attempt to keep information about the biggest violation of the Constitution in American history from the American people. It’s an outrage,” he said.

He said the Obama administration has the perspective of “heads I win, tails you lose,” and its attitude is: “We control all the information and the American people be damned. They don’t have rights.”

More @ WND

Second Giant Sea Creature Washes Ashore Along Santa Monica Coastline - Alarms Sound Over Radioactive Gigantism

Via avordvet


For the second time in recent months, a giant sea creature has washed ashore in California.  First it was a rare oarfish that had grown to a freakish 100-foot length.  This time it was a giant squid measuring a whopping 160 feet from head to tentacle tip.

These giants look different but experts believe they share one important commonality: they both come from the waters near the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant in the Futaba District of Japan.

Scientists believe that following the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant an unknown number of sea creatures suffered genetic mutations that triggered uncontrolled growth – or “radioactive gigantism.”
"Imagine a tuna fish that could feed a city the size of Austin, Texas.”
 "Take Jaws but make him the size of a Manhattan skyscraper.”

Unfortunately, this cadre of mutant giants seems to be drifting towards the continental U.S.  Local officials in Santa Monica, CA – where the creature drifted ashore – tried to calm residents.  “This creature appears to be deceased and even if alive only thrives in water,” said Santa Monica Parks Manager Cynthia Beard.  “We intend to move the creature in pieces to Scripps Research Institute so that they can study it,” she noted.

‘Cataclysmic’: What You Probably Didn’t Know About Germany Getting Its Gold Back From the Federal Reserve

Via avordvet

 Glenn Beck on Federal Reserve Returning German Gold

What does Germany requesting the return of its gold from the Federal Reserve have to do with you? Glenn Beck argued on his radio and television programs Wednesday that if what he suspects is true, it could bring about an unprecedented financial crash on a global scale. His radio co-host Pat Gray described it as potentially “cataclysmic.”

“Subprime crisis, do you remember that?” Beck asked. “Imagine that crash on a global scale, and instead of houses it’s gold, which backs all of our money, and gold that is not really owned by anyone. Our money becomes worthless.”

More @ The Blaze

JUSTICE: Feds pick Obama supporter to lead probe into IRS tea party targeting

This ought to work well..........

The Justice Department selected an avowed political supporter of President Obama to lead the criminal probe into the IRS targeting of tea party groups, according to top Republicans who said Wednesday that the move has ruined the entire investigation.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, and regulatory affairs subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, said they have discovered that the head of the investigation is Barbara Kay Bosserman, a trial lawyer in the Justice Department who donated more than $6,000 to Mr. Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, as well as several hundred dollars to the national Democratic Party.

“The department has created a startling conflict of interest,” Mr. Issa and Mr. Jordan said in a letter sent Wednesday and reviewed by The Washington Times. “It is unbelievable that the department would choose such an individual to examine the federal government’s systematic targeting and harassment of organizations opposed to the president’s policies.”


Via Billy

Many people are familiar with the Jesse James story. How at the time of the Civil War, along the border between Kansas and Missouri, the conflict was bitter and intense. When many Southern sympathizers in Missouri, the James family among them, were victimized, terrorized, and robbed of all their material possessions in the name of the Union by the Federal militia. Countless small landowners saw their farms, including the James-Samuel farm, raided and their crops burned, their farmhands beaten, their children abused and their womenfolk molested by Federal militiamen.

The James family, often the most outspoken for Southern rights, bore the brunt of these vicious Federal militia raids. Frank, as so many young Southerners did, took up with Quantrill, the fiery guerrilla leader, and Jesse while still in his teens joined the band of William "Bloody Bill" Anderson, to strike back at the North and what they had done to his people.

Evangelical Marxism–Part two or " Socialism is theft."

Via Billy

Regarding all this, a case in point is a book, originally written in 1977 by Ronald J. Sider and called Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger. It was published by Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Downer’s Grove, Illinois. I understand this book has gone through several printings and some of the later ones are not quite as left-leaning as the earlier printings. I wonder, did some folks catch on and complain and so the publisher decided to tone it down a bit? Nonetheless, something like 350,000 copies of the earlier left-leaning printings still went out to a mostly evangelical audience. In the copy I have, which is the 1977 printing, Mr. Sider is quite hard on anyone that didn’t immediately sell all that he  had over and above the bare subsistence level and give it away to the poor.

On pages 75-76 he wrote about rulers cheating the poor. What else is new? Surely this isn’t “news” to Mr. Sider. This has gone on in every culture and in every century of human history.  It’s not a peculiarly American problem. On page 76 he wrote about the “God of the poor” as though God were not God to anyone but the poor.  Somehow you get the impression from Sider’s comments that no one but the poor deserved to have God be concerned about them. In John’s Gospel, in chapter 3, we are told that God loved the world, not just the poor that happened to be in it.

Caught on camera: Black mob ransacks, robs store


Postal Service ordered to reinstate GI, potentially pay millions in back pay, fees

Roundabout via Carl

A federal board has again ordered the U.S. Postal Service to reinstate a National Guardsman wrongly fired from his job as a postal worker because he took military leave, telling the agency to pay him what could add up to millions in back pay, benefits and legal fees.

On Monday, the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, which rules on disputed federal personnel actions, reiterated that the decision in 2000 to fire Sgt. Maj. Richard Erickson, now 50, violated federal laws designed to protect troops’ civilian jobs.

The board made a similar ruling in 2012 and ordered the Postal Service to immediately reinstate Erickson, a decorated long-time Special Forces member, even if it planned to appeal. But the Postal Service appealed the ruling without reinstating Erickson.

North Carolina sheriff swaps Bonnie and Clyde-era ‘Tommy Guns’ for new arms

Via Jeffery

A North Carolina sheriff has pulled off a deal that should make everyone but the bad guys happy.
When two vintage Thompson fully automatic submachine guns -- better known as “Tommy Guns”-- were discovered collecting dust in the Forsyth County armory, Sheriff William Schatzman immediately realized their value. They weren't worth anything in the hands of his officers, but to a collector, it was like a law enforcement version of "Antiques Roadshow."

“We recently moved to a new facility, and we noticed what we had in our inventory during that process,” Schatzman told “It’s just like when you move to a new house. You start inventory and discover these things.
“It’s just like when you move to a new house. You start inventory and discover these things.”
- Forsyth County Sheriff William Schatzman
“We said, ‘What are they worth?’ When we found out we started to see if we could make a trade,” Schatzman said.

More @ Fox

Bossnapping: "I suspect the US would treat it as terrorism and shoot everyone involved."

Reuters.  Bossnapping returns to France.  The target?  A couple of unlucky Goodyear executives.

 What's bossnapping?  Here's the entry for it in Wikipedia

Bossnapping:  a form of lock-in where employees detain management in the workplace, often in protest against lay-offs and redundancies, and has especially been carried out in France. The term gained wide usage in the media following a series of bossnapping incidents in the spring of 2009 in France where workers used the tactic in the context of widespread labor unrest resulting from the late 2000 recession. 

Where did the tactic originate? 

NC: Police group: Detective who fatally shot mentally ill teen acted justly

Via Jeffery

A North Carolina detective justifiably shot a schizophrenic 18-year-old because he believed another officer's life was in danger, a group representing police officers said, offering an account vastly different from that of the late teen's outraged family.

The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association laid out its version of what happened in Boiling Spring Lakes in a statement issued Wednesday, three days after Keith Vidal was killed.

The most salient part was its defense of a Southport police detective for shooting Vidal after, in its view, determining the teenager posed a "deadly threat" to another officer. The professional organization represents both these officers, but not a sheriff's deputy also at the scene.

"(The) detective ... employed authorized law enforcement action to stop the continuing threat of deadly harm to (the officer) and others," the Police Benevolent Association concluded.

The Southport detective's lawyer, W. James Payne, has told CNN affiliate WWAY that he believes once investigations into the shooting are complete, "All folks -- everybody -- will conclude that the officers acted appropriately."

Payne elaborated to CNN on Wednesday night, claiming his client fired after Vidal made multiple attempts to stab the other officer with a screwdriver. The other officer was wearing a bulletproof vest and was not injured.

More @ CNN

Jeffery Jones, '14, "Dixie" Runner-up in The Citadel's 2013 Henry Dale Smith Corps-Wide Public Speaking Competition

Via Hamp