Monday, August 18, 2014

Goodies from Ol' Remus

The Young Scholar
John Peele 1871
John Peele (Peterborough England 1822—London 1897) was a famous British portrait and genre painter.

Islam - We need to stop putting our heads in the sand or we're going to have them lopped off. Great swaths of Western civilization in Europe, including England and France, are already far down the road to willful subjugation. The barbarians are also making good “progress” here in Obama's USA. They've already established beachheads in the White House and other American institutions. Yet the little pushback that exists is relegated to the margins and all but ignored or shouted down by the treacherous MSM, whose job once was to act as our early warning system.
Comment, emailed, from reader JF

National Endowment for the Arts - Among the films featured at taxpayer-subsidized film festivals were “Wawd Ahp,” a short film in which a rapper decapitates himself, then has sex with his own severed head in a bathtub; and “Eczemus,” which uses stop-motion animation to portray a man urinating a stream of blood while pummeling a baby bird to death and watching his dog defecate.
Drew Johnson at

Devolution - In four decades we covered the distance that had taken Rome three centuries. As late as the mid-1960s America was still the greatest nation on earth, the most productive, the freest, the top superpower, a place of safe homes, dutiful children in good schools, strong families a hot lunch for orphans. By the 1990s the place had the stench of a third-world country. The cities were ravaged by punks, beggars and bums; as in third century Rome, law applied only to the law-abiding. Schools had become daytime holding pens for illiterate young savages.
Thomas Hobbes, Victoria: Preface at

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Dealing with fundamentally dishonest
The modern young leftist is a weak, wretched, psychotic creature, at once nasty and cowardly. Notice how these bespectacled, bearded nerdlings didn't have one shred of bravado until they had the full weight of the government, media, and academia on their side. They are the sort of cowards who were terrified to make a peep until it was absolutely risk-free, says Jim Goad in this article, How To Deal With The Brainwashed, at Taki's Magazine.

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg The public be damned!
A shattering new study by two political science professors has found that ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy in our country. The analysts found that when controlling for the power of economic elites and organized interest groups, the influence of ordinary Americans registers at a "non-significant, near-zero level." The analysts further discovered that rich individuals and business-dominated interest groups dominate the policymaking process, says Allan Lichtman in this article, Who rules America?, at The Hill.

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg What we agree not to talk about
Suppose you're a cop. Your job rubs your nose in the reality behind crime statistics. What you're going to see on the streets every day is that random black male youths are roughly 20 times more likely to be dangerous to you – and to other civilians – than anyone who isn't a random black male youth. Any cop who treated members of a group with a factor 20 greater threat level than population baseline “equally” would be crazy. He wouldn't be doing his job; he'd be jeopardizing the civil peace by inaction, says Esr in this article, Demilitarize the police – and stop flinging false racism charges, at Armed and Dangerous.

Ebola - These people infected are literally DISSOLVING from the inside. Just to show you what you don’t understand, put some poop, mix it with some blood, put them in a bucket outside in temperatures over 90 degrees, let it sit for about 5 hours, and go smell of it for at least a few minutes. The odor is so overpowering you have no idea. Now imagine you have to be around that, and that the smell brings with it an infectious agent that will kill you in the same way.
Dr. R., comment at

#5 in a series of essays on Liberty

Via Hans

Most analysis I read is an effort to illustrate what is wrong with our society and its government. I’m more interested in the ideas and actions necessary to reverse the degeneration and re-establish Rightful Liberty.

In prior essays, I argued a case for recovery of Rightful Liberty through a return to the common-law. In so doing, I explored the demise of Liberty as a consequence of the replacement of common-law by statute, ordinance and regulation.
  1. In Search of Mr Jefferson’s Liberty 
  1. More Musings of a Liberty Junkie 
  1. Anarchy is Why We Need a New World Order 
  1. How Will We Govern Ourselves After We Win?
If my argument was and is valid, one should be able to identify a point in time before which Rightful Liberty prevailed under common-law, and after which Liberty was infringed by transformation of law into its’ current form of legislative acts.

We must identify the features of the common-law that promoted individual liberty in an age before our liberty was substantively infringed. We must find indicators in common-law action that signify a change from a ‘concern for justice’ to a principle focus on torte.

The title of this essay is a clue to my findings: creation of legal arguments that promote a concept of ‘public duty’ above individual rights; establishment of ‘civic virtues’ as obligations men owe to society.

More @ NC Renegade

Ol' Remus: The Ferguson Missouri spectacle

The Ferguson Market and Liquor store. Police observed from the protection of armored vehicles, drawing full pay, and made no attempt to stop them.

Remus has a few words for you about the North Saint Louis dustup. Let's start with some empty calories from DC:
President Barack Obama called the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager a tragedy and called on Tuesday for thoughtful response after two nights of violent protests, looting, arrests and tear gas in a St. Louis suburb. He promised a full investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into the case, which has provoked outrage in the largely African-American town of Ferguson.
Carey Gillam at
Isn't that just too precious. Lets look at the "largely African-American town of Ferguson":
Ferguson is about 10 miles north of downtown St. Louis... About two-thirds of residents are now black. Fewer than half of the approximately 9,100 homes are owner-occupied, and about a quarter of residents live below the federal poverty level. Several North County school districts—including the Normandy system from which Brown recently graduated—have lost state accreditation because of declining test scores and other academic shortcomings.
Alan Zagier at
The "unarmed teen", Michael Brown, was a six-foot four, 292 pound 18-year-old gangsta art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif who was wanted, along with an accomplice art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif, for a strong arm convenience store robbery committed minutes before his attempted apprehension and death. Video and stills of that assault and robbery have been released:
art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif The convenience store video reveals Michael Brown entering the store followed by Johnson. Brown hands a box of Swisher Sweets to Johnson. Brown took several boxes of cigars and turned to leave the store. “Brown grabbed the clerk and “forcefully pushed him back into a display rack.”
Jim Hoft at
There is no dashcam video of the subsequent shooting, perhaps the Ferguson police blew their budget on armored vehicles and tactical gear and a helicopter, but the first reports looked bad:
Controversial shooting... You mean the apparent fact that the kid was shot in the back? It is alleged that the deceased assaulted the cop and attempted to grab his gun. However, it appears that the suspect was shot multiple times outside of the vehicle and he was unarmed and leaving—that is, after the confrontation in the vehicle... Shooting unarmed people that are not actively attacking you tends to be a pretty good way to rile up the population. After all the ordinary citizen who does that sort of thing is usually staring down a Murder or Manslaughter charge, but when the cops do it the worst thing that usually happens is that they get paid leave off for a while.
Karl Denninger at
As always, these early reports may have been more rumor than fact. They were, after all, based on the story told by his accomplice, repeated elsewhere and embellished in the social media. Whether the "suspect" was shot in the back or not will be known soon enough.
Update, August 18th: Michael Brown... was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found. One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury... Mr. Brown, 18, was also shot four times in the right arm, he said, adding that all the bullets were fired into his front.
Dr. Michael Baden, autopsy, via
Baden's autopsy found that Brown was shot at least six times—twice in the head—and that all of the bullets struck him in the front, the New York Times reported late Sunday. The bullets did not appear to have been fired from close range because no gunpowder was found on Brown's body, the newspaper reported. Dorian Johnson, a friend who was with Brown and ran from the scene during the shooting, has said through an attorney that Brown was shot in the back.
Brown, Thibodeaux and Markon at
A Ferguson police officer tells it this way:
art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Michael just bum-rushes him and shoves him back into his car. Punches him in the face and them Darren grabs for his gun. Michael grabbed for the gun. At one point he got the gun entirely turned against his hip. And he shoves it away. And the gun goes off. Well, then Michael takes off and gets to be about 35 feet away. And, Darren’s first protocol is to pursue. So, he stands up and yells, “Freeze!” Michael and his friend turn around. And Michael taunts him… And then all the sudden he just started bumrushing him. He just started coming at him full speed. And, so he just started shooting. And, he just kept coming. And, so he really thinks he was on something.
"Josie", Ferguson PD, to Dana Loesch, via Jim Hoft at
art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Note: this version is apparently supported by a witness, see this article, The “JJ Witness Video” – Eye Witness Audio of Mike Brown Shooting States: “Brown Doubled Back Toward Police”, at The Last Refuge
Boiling away beneath this incident is another problem, the militarized police. We no longer speak of peace officers or police departments. They've come to be known as law enforcement officers and police forces, by their own preference and usage. Given their tactics, equipment and behavior, the police closely resemble the standing army we've rightly feared—one of the few things liberals and conservatives agree on. Notice they call us "civilians". Police chose this path knowing, or perhaps because, it creates a clear cut "us and them" relationship with the populace, most visible in their routinely botched and often fatal "no knock" home invasions. The excuses are rarely convincing, as in all things, you are what you do, not what you say.
That sort of conduct by armed agents of the State is characteristic of war zones: places where no rights are recognized, where the preponderance of force is the one and only standard of ownership, where "you're either one of us or the enemy."
Francis Porretto at
But Ferguson is no different from anywhere else. This has been creeping up on all of us for generations. The police—from the French word meaning "people", ironically—were something akin to a paid Neighborhood Watch until the mid-1800s. When police adopted military ranks and uniforms following the Civil War, it was widely predicted they would become an army of occupation. Unless we believe the militarized police of one city is to protect them from the militarized police of another, an army of occupation is what they appear to be. One putative reason for all their gee whiz army stuff—to quell large scale riots and looting—has yet to be demonstrated.
They also confirm multiple businesses vandalized and looted. But the shocker happened when county Police told Fox 2 News that its officers were at the Ferguson Market earlier when looters showed up, but were ordered to “Stand down” by Missouri State Highway Patrol incident commanders at the scene and basically withdrew and allowed the looters to have their way with the store.
Joe Lamie at KTVI
There are no official reports of arrests being made.  As looting occurred, police dressed in riot gear mainly stood and watched, apparently under orders not to engage.
Looters ran out of shops with boxes stacked in their arms up to their chins. Behind them lay overturned shelves, spilled goods and wrecked displays. All the while, police stayed back by their armored vehicles and observed but did not stop them... Jay Kanzler, lawyer for Ferguson Market and Liquor, said police did nothing to stop the looting in town. "Don't know why the ... police didn't do anything. They were told to stand down and I don't know why," Kanzler said.
Brumfield, Hanna and Prokupecz at
The Ferguson Market and Liquor store. Police observed from the protection of armored vehicles, drawing full pay, and made no attempt to stop them.
There was a time when rioters and looters were shot on sight with every weapon that came to hand, including artillery in the nineteenth century. The Ferguson and State police were content to observe them from behind armor and bulletproof glass, even when the mob used gasoline bombs. The law-abiding citizen may rightly ask, what are all the military vehicles and weaponry for? Shall they next be serving pot and donuts to rioters? How are the police not accomplices if they disregard their sworn duty and announce it in advance? Are they not effectively protecting the looters?
The law-abiding citizen also notices SWAT teams weren't deployed to take out the looters torching downtown businesses. Yet they'll do bomb-throwing midnight raids, guns blazing, often for what was once routine process-serving, even when toddlers and other innocents are known to be in the house. Their nonperformance in Ferguson suggests police protect themselves first and the citizenry maybe. But all of this is a separate issue. Whatever else the police may be blamed for, the Ferguson riot isn't among them.
Next, cue the celestial chorus for a kumbaya from high atop Mount Olympus:
We have been very, very neglectful of the St. Louis community, as in communities all over America, when you look at the urban core. There is an obvious disconnect where we have allowed a subculture to grow and fester within our neighborhoods. And so we have learned that we cannot shut people out. We cannot disregard people’s need to be welcomed into society because it means that the individuals are now angry, and they have the right to be angry. So–so, and we in some way have to thank them for giving us a wake-up call. And now that we have the wake-up call, we must mobilize and go into our neighborhoods and offer them a sense of hope and a sense of purpose.
James Clark, community activist, at MSNBC, via Susan Jones at
This shuck'n jive doesn't work anymore. Ferguson was once a middle class suburb of Saint Louis, now, along with all of North Saint Louis, it's being subsumed by East Saint Louis, itself a pest-hole rivaling Port au Prince. Maybe even Detroit. "Community"? Looters, dopers, moronic thuggers, arsonists, activists and other criminal psychopaths do not a community make. Real communities don't go from rumors to looting to burning the place down in a matter of hours. Real communities certainly aren't on international travel lists of places to avoid. Notice who and what this "community" admires, and how uncritically they believe each other's lies and rumors. Notice who their martyrs are and who their spokesmen are. Being "very, very neglectful" of this 'community' is unwarranted forbearance.
What about the" Rights of Property Owners" to be safe in their Homes & Businesses? What about my property values declining because of burned out, boarded up shops because of these unemployed Rioters? What about the Children, who's schools were closed today for the Chaos?
RJ Chesnut Jr., comment at
There seems no reason to treat Ferguson as if it were an actual neighborhood rather than what it's become, namely, just another place where civilization goes to die. The current residents have amply demonstrated their "sense of hope and sense of purpose." There's compelling evidence outsiders won't impose another. As with any natural sinkhole, wishing it were some other way is futile.
Ferguson's fate seems decided. Businesses which escaped the looting and arson will also be abandoned, never to return. The remaining law-abiding, productive citizens will flee with them. The tax base will collapse. Schools will teach it's all someone else's fault. Guess who. City government will fall into the hands of activists—i.e., looters with big mouths, their sessions featured on YouTube for their comedy value. Mere corruption will be a fond memory. DC will point to the lack of jobs and green grocers as proof of oppression. When the streetlights go out because the copper wiring has disappeared, Ferguson will have finally been looted out of existence. About then the adjacent town will have its Michael Brown moment, and so it is these rampages resemble victory celebrations.
This next news article suggests Mr. Clark is right when he says "we have a wake-up call," but he should also know tolerance for this stuff is running a couple quarts low:
Gun sales are up across St. Louis since the shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent nights of violence. Sales have quadrupled at ‘Metro Shooting’ in Bridgeton according to owner Steven King. He says sales have mainly been to men, but not all... Nearly all of his sales at the Bridgeton store have been to people in North County. He has a store in Belleville and says, in contrast, sales have been normal there.
Metro Shooting's customers know this sort of violence is never far away. Ramping up the hate keeps the hustlers in business—their audience doesn't do concepts, much less analysis, so politics has to come with compelling visuals and a payoff. Their Martyr Selection Committee blundered with Trayvon Martin, too many unwelcome surprises so, as the Trayvon Martin yarn unravels, the Michael Brown saga takes its place. But Alinsky-style "personalization of issues" is a tricky business, and the curve steepens as people catch on. As with any tale told too often, disbelief is setting in early on this one.

Tony Stewart and Andersonville


Tony Stewart

Last weekend, a tragedy on a Sprint car racetrack in NY resulted in the tragic death of Kevin Ward, Jr. who had gotten out of his car and was hit and killed by Tony Stewart. The investigation continues, but it did not stop at least one sports commentator from one of the most idiotic accusations this side of accusing George Bush being responsible for 911. Here’s the comment from ESPN’s Colin Cowherd: “It’s really, really part of the South, and it’s an eye-for-an-eye culture.”
Really? So this guy thinks the death of Kevin Ward is because of a southern culture? Since Ward is a native of New York and Stewart is from Indiana, I guess I’m not getting the geographical connection, but as a proud Southerner, I take offense at some guy whose name rhymes with cow turd trying to blame southerners for a testosterone fueled feud between two Yankee drivers. Cowherd reveals his ignorance of southern culture by invoking an eye for an eye as being Southern. Maybe he should get out more.
If you have a flat tire on a country road in Mississippi, you won’t be there long before someone in a pickup truck stops to help you change it. People in Arkansas still pull over to the side of the road so a funeral procession can go by; A fellow who kills a deer in Georgia will probably give you some of the meat for your family; catching a mess—yes, we call it a mess of fish means the neighbors will get some too; total strangers in Tennessee will say hello, and when people say they will pray for you in South Carolina, they really will. I don’t know where the goon from ESPN is from, but it ain’t from the south.
If he wants to make a complete fool of himself, he should come see us and try to show us how to cook grits, make redeye gravy, run a trotline in Louisiana, set a hook on a largemouth bass, field dress a deer, or clean a Weatherby 300 mag rifle. He can explain to us the difference between King James Version and the NIV, sing Amazing Grace in 4 octaves, and play fiddle in a country band. He can give us his recipe for a barbecue rub, coach Little League football, tree a coon with a hound dog, and show us how he calls ducks. If he can’t do that, he ought to stick with what he knows which clearly is not Southern culture and shut his pie hole. Bless his heart!
Mike Huckabee


James King is right that the food shortages afflicting Union POW's held by the Confederates were the fault of the policies of the Lincoln Administration.
This has been affirmed by My ancestor, Major Raphael Jacob Moses, who was General James Longstreet's Chief of Commissary, responsible for feeding and supplying his army of 40,000 men.
When Henry Wirz, the former commandant of the   Andersonville Prison in Georgia was put in trial for his life after the war, for starving and abusing his POW’s, Moses came to his defense. Moses wrote to him, pointing out that the hungry federal prisoners at Andersonville were receiving the same provisions as the equally deprived Confederates in the field:
"I only heard a few days ago that you were in prison, charged with cruelty to the Andersonville prisoners. Heaven knows that if there was ever such a charge without a shadow of foundation, this is such. Major Allen can prove, and so can I, that the Andersonville prisoners were supplied from this post with precisely the same rations as our army in the field…"
As Jerrold Northrop Moore writes in “Confederate Commissary General,”
"Wirz was condemned to death. Just before his execution he was offered a reprieve in exchange for a statement to convict Jefferson Davis of cruelty to Federal prisoners of war. Wirz refused and was hanged."
It is shameful, but not surprising, that some in the news media will not allow the truth to be published about this historical issue.
Lewis Regenstein

California (43rd in the country in math, and 42nd in reading) Bill Would Force Schools to Lecture Children on the ‘Racial Significance’ of Obama’s Presidency


California’s children will receive only the best educational opportunities, including thorough indoctrination into the “racial significance” of Barack Obama’s presidency, if a new state bill passes.
From CBS Sacramento:
The bill by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, asks state education officials to include Obama’s election in history and social studies standards laying out what students are expected to learn.

High school history students already learn about recent presidents. But Holden says lessons about Obama also should focus on what his election meant for racial equality and civil rights.

He said on the Assembly floor that the 2008 election “should not just be a mere footnote within textbooks, but rather focus on the significance of Americans overcoming our nation’s past and acknowledging that Americans are moving in the right direction.”
  More @ IJ Review

Massive Collection of WBTS atrifacts to be sold at auction "One of the finest in the country that is not already in a Museum."

Via Cousin John


James Carlos "Cotton" Reynolds began collecting Civil War artifacts from a very early age as he scoured the fields surrounding his Perryville home.

What began as a simple hobby with boyhood friends soon became a passion Reynolds would pursue for rest of his life.

Reynolds died in April at the age of 84, leaving behind a "massive" collection that is being touted as "one of the finest in the country that is not already in a Museum."

On Aug. 19, the collection will be auctioned at Johnson Properties Auction Facility in Algier, North Carolina, near where one of Reynolds' daughters lives.

"We are just honored to help the family out," said Jimmy Johnson, owner of Johnson Properties, on Thursday. "It is so rare to see such a collection, and we have had an overwhelming response already for the items. We've had calls from around the country for some of these artifacts that are just impossible to reproduce, and we have a large group of more than 30 re-enactors coming in tonight to preview the collection."

Johnson said bids are currently being accepted online and will continue up until the time an item is sold during the live auction, which begins 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. He could not estimate the worth of the collection.

"We will have a live feed for those who would like to bid online. When the auctioneer says sold, no further bids will be accepted online," said Johnson.

Reynolds was known in the region and throughout the Southeastern United States as being a premiere collector of Civil War artifacts, John Primble knives and other fine cutlery.

Representing more than 50 years of gathering, the collection is the life's work of a man known as a "walking encyclopedia" of historical knowledge, particularly of history surrounding the Perryville Battlefield.

A plumber by trade, Reynolds was renowned for his knowledge and expertise on Civil War artifacts, his story-telling and his love for everything Perryville.

Bill Baas of Danville, an avid Civil War re-enactor himself, knew Reynolds for more than 30 years.
Baas' face lit up as he recounted stories of the man he considers his mentor, fellow historian and friend.

"We talk about people being characters, and if ever there was a character of local color, he would be it," said Baas. "He was very much a Perryvillian. Not that he was that local a person — he was well-traveled and well-experienced — but his world revolved around Perryville — the town, the battle, Civil War history and collecting."

Baas first encountered Reynolds in the early 1980s at an organizational meeting to discuss the possibility of having a Perryville Battlefield Association, comprised of city, county and state volunteers working together to preserve and honor the battlefield.

Baas said the collector was sitting at a table behind him in the now-closed Battlefield Restaurant. When the presentation was finished, Baas said Reynolds made his opinion on the matter very clear.
"I heard this voice say, 'Well, we don't need no fuh-reigners telling us what to do,'" said Baas. "Here was this fellow sitting in the booth, waving his cane. I turned around and was then introduced to Cotton Reynolds."

Baas said Reynolds initially didn't like the idea of out-of-towners meddling in Perryville's business. When Baas asked Reynolds if he was considered a foreigner since he lived in Danville, Reynolds asked him where he was from originally. Baas responded, "Louisville," to which Reynolds quickly retorted, "Yep!"

As Baas recalls, one didn't really sit down and chat with Reynolds.

"It was more like you sought an audience with him, at least in the Civil War collector's audience," said Baas. "If there was a question about something, like, 'Is this a button from the Louisiana infantry or is it Louisiana artillery?', someone would say, 'Go ask Cotton.'"

Baas said Reynolds attended nearly every collector's show in the region, and his table was always surrounded by people asking advice, which, as Bass recalls, was "usually spot-on."

Baas, a retired ophthalmologist, said whenever Reynolds would come in for an appointment, he would ask his receptionist to block off a generous amount of time so he could catch up on relevant news surrounding Civil War "goings-on."

Described by Baas as cantankerous at times, Reynolds could be very opinionated, a quality Baas says he misses.

"Saying cantankerous could get me in trouble. He could be cantankerous if you were not genuine or truly interested. If the conversation was not worthwhile, he was cantankerous," said Baas. "We didn't always share the same opinion. But, I have to admit, when it came to Civil War history, and Perryville, Kentucky, arms and equipment in particular, he was always correct."

According to Baas, visiting Reynolds' home was more along the lines of visiting a museum.
"You didn't just stop by and say, 'I want to see your stuff,'" said Baas. "You scheduled weeks in advance. His house was a museum — every corner, every room was full of artifacts. But, you have to remember, he began this as a child, his backyard was the battlefield. He grew up finding these things in the fields, in the stone walls, and not that long after the battle. His family was right there during the war."

Despite the enormity of his collection, with pieces numbering in the thousands, Baas said Reynolds could recall precisely where he found a particular artifact like it was yesterday.

When I was 14,' or 'I found that stand of grapeshot right over in Terrell's Battery,'" said Baas.
"He was a real wealth of information," he recalled. "I miss his expertise; I miss his animated conversations, and I miss his opinions. He was a character of local color, and Perryville — and the battlefield — was his life."

The auction will begin 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, and will include both onsite and live online bidding.
For more information and to see the collection, visit Johnson Properties 

1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda 426/425 HP, 4-Speed

- Believed to be 30,800 original miles
- Documented with two broadcast sheets
- Original exhaust
- Unstamped 426 CI Hemi block
- Original 4-speed transmission and rear end
- Hemi Orange paint
- Chrysler Registry report

More @ MECUM

Why Were The Police In Ferguson Told Not To Stop The Rampant Looting On Friday Night?

 Ferguson Looting - Posted by Michael Calhoun On Twitter
 Like his shirt and I see he is an equal opportunity assault rifle owner.......:)

On Friday night, the city of Ferguson, Missouri was absolutely packed with militarized police.  But when the looting started, they did nothing about it.  In fact, news reports indicate that the police were lined up just blocks from where the looting was happening but did not make any attempt to stop it.

When I first read the news reports that I am about to share with you, I could hardly believe them.  I had to read them more than once just to be sure that I was understanding what I was reading.

According to eyewitnesses, police vehicles were seen driving by some of the stores while they were being looted and they did not respond.  If the police are not even going to lift a finger to stop rampant theft, then what in the world are they there for?  Why don't they just pack up and leave the streets completely?  If they are just there to confront protesters and arrest journalists, all they are accomplishing is inflaming the situation.  And is this what we can expect when civil unrest spreads to more cities throughout America?  Will we not be able to depend on the police to protect our homes and our businesses?

After Uproar, ‘Ole Miss’ Leaders Defend Embattled Nickname, Pledge To Keep It


Ole Miss protest

 Pro-Confederate group protests ‘Ole Miss’ rebranding efforts, urge secession


Was it all just one big misunderstanding?

In an interview with The College Fix, University of Mississippi’s chief communications officer Tom Eppes strongly denied the campus will eliminate or diminish its widely used and beloved “Ole Miss” nickname due to its historic ties to slavery.

The recent idea that “Ole Miss” would be axed or used less frequently because some people are uncomfortable with it had been met with a huge backlash, prompting national headlines, a petition that called for Chancellor Dan Jones’ resignation signed by about 3,000 people, and a protest march against the changes.

Confederate Surgeon Honored by Famous Son

Simon baruch
 Confederate surgeon Simon Baruch

Wealthy American financier Bernard Baruch was born in 1870 in Camden, South Carolina, the son of Dr. Simon Baruch, an East Prussian immigrant who became a Confederate surgeon.  Simon was a graduate of South Carolina Medical College and the Medical College of Virginia, entered Confederate service in 1862, and witnessed the carnage at Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Gettysburg, and later the western theater.   Dr. Baruch was later a Jewish member of the Ku Klux Klan in Camden which sought order in the postwar chaos.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"

“Just before his trip down to Hobcaw [plantation near Georgetown] with President Roosevelt, [Bernard] Baruch took the first steps toward accomplishing another long-cherished ambition, setting up a research foundation that he hoped would be of tremendous benefit to mankind in general and returning soldiers in particular.

He provided $1,100,000 for the promotion of “physical medicine,” especially for war veterans to 

whom such treatment might prove beneficial.  The money was distributed as follows:

$400,000 to Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

$250,000 to New York University College of Medicine.

$250,000 to the Medical College of Virginia, at Richmond.

$100,000 to various other medical schools.

$100,000 to provide fellowships and residencies.

The survey for the program . . . was made by a committee headed by Dr. Ray Lyman Wilbur, chancellor of Stanford University and an old friend of Baruch. Dr. Frank Krusen, professor of physical medicine at the University of Minnesota, agreed to act as chairman of the committee that will put the program into effect.

Baruch announced that the gift was in honor of his father, Dr. Simon Baruch, of whose record and achievements Baruch was enormously proud.  It was Dr. Baruch’s interest in physical medicine, particularly treatment by water, that resulted in the family’s moving to New York from South Carolina.  So interested was Dr. Baruch in research that in 1900 Baruch persuaded his father to retire from active practice so as to give all his time to medical research.

Many of the results of his experiments are preserved in the Army Medical Library, in Washington, as is also Dr. Baruch’s first effort in print, called “Two Penetrating Bayonet Wounds of the Chest” and published in The Confederate States Medical and Surgical Journal.

The Army Medical Library also preserves a copy of Dr. Baruch’s Reminiscences of a Confederate Surgeon, which was published in 1915, and an address by the doctor on January 19, 1918, which was virtually a biography of Robert E. Lee, delivered before the Confederate Veterans Camp of New York at the Hotel Astor.”

(Bernard Baruch, Park Bench Statesman, Carter Field, Whittlesey House, 1944, pp. 300-302)

Police Departments Weigh In On The Use Of Military Gear

Via avordvet


LA Times:
The department has posted the list, complete with pictures, on its SPD Blotter website.
It includes floatation vests and binoculars, signage and gloves, pistol holders, a radiation detector and rifle sights “used by the approximately 130 officers who have passed the department’s rifle-certification program.”
“We have equipment that we feel is necessary for a city of our size,” Whitcomb told The Times. “The equipment we have serves a police purpose. Our No. 1 priorities are protecting people’s lives and looking after their well-being. Our second most important is looking after possessions and property.
“The gear that our department employees use … is primarily defensive in nature,” Whitcomb said. “Our equipment is police specific. We don’t have any military weaponry. The weapons we do own are specific to our profession. … No rockets, no predator drones, no cannons, no tanks.”
The department’s SWAT team does use a BearCat – an armored truck for situations where there may be gunfire, Whitcomb said, but such a vehicle is standard operating procedure for modern police departments.
“It’s used to get our personnel in and out safely, so we can rescue people and evacuate if necessary,” Whitcomb said. “You cannot do that in a sedan. Though we have put some armored plating on the doors in our cars. We also have purchased ballistic shields. It all goes back to the problem of gun violence in our country. … But ultimately we are a police service. We are not the military.”
This is a red herring.  Only seven percent of all SWAT deployments are for hostage, barricades or active shooter situations.

Anderson Cooper Accidentally Tweets Mindset Of Ferguson Community Protestors – Why Won’t Police Offer Just One Cop For A Sacrifice…

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Every once in a while serendipity strikes the background.


Check out the cardboard sign carried by a group of protestors being interviewed by Anderson Cooper:

“You’ve Killed Our Kind 4 Years But Won’t Sacrifice 1 Cop For Justice & To Save A Community & These Businesses”

Somebody tell me exactly how you open dialogue with that mindset ?

Dated: Biloxi, Mississippi I-10 Car Crashes Into Semi, Explosion

A car t-bones a semi truck on I10 near Biloxi, Mississippi. The car struck the fuel tank of the semi causing a large fire ball. The doors of the car were jammed shut and the driver suffering a broken leg could not exit the vehicle. Luckily my father had a fire extinguisher on hand to fight back the flames and give enough time to pull the driver and her 1 year old granddaughter out of the flaming vehicle.

Once the passengers are free from the vehicle the flames rapidly grow in strength consuming the vehicle. Thankfully my father had the presence of mind, bravery, and forethought of carrying a fire extinguisher, to be the first person on scene to risk his own life in order to possibly save another and to inspire others and lead them into taking action. Everyone involved in the rescue effort is a hero in my books. The police and fire department responded within minutes of the accident and also deserve praise.

Unprecedented: Inspectors General Say Obama Administration Obstructing Justice

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In an unprecedented letter, a majority of the federal government’s inspectors general (IGs) claim that the Obama administration is obstructing their investigations into government mismanagement and corruption. So much for President Obama’s claim that his would be the most transparent administration in history.

And it truly IS unprecedented. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, says “there has never been a letter even with a dozen IGs complaining” about such obstruction by an administration. The fact that the Justice Department’s IG, Michael Horowitz, also signed on is particularly revealing. After all, it is the duty of senior executive officers like Eric Holder to advise subordinate officials that they are obligated to cooperate with the IGs of their agencies.

The Answer To Race Riots Is Ruthless Coercion. What Is America Waiting For?

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Some of the people Johnson is marching with are masked, and wearing the colors of the Bloods.

The Democratic governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, announced late Saturday a state of emergency and a curfew in Ferguson. This obviously is an attempt to repair his disastrous earlier decision to order local and county police to stand down and to put the area under the symbolic overall control of a black highway patrol captain, Ron Johnson, (shown below marching with masked demonstrators), which inevitably emboldened more violence and looting Friday night.

But at the same chaotic press conference, Captain Johnson made clear that Nixon’s mistake is not really being reversed:
Johnson…said law enforcement would not be heavy-handed in enforcing the curfew.
“We won’t enforce it with trucks, we won’t enforce it with tear gas,” he said.
The fragile peace shattered in Ferguson earlier in the day when looters again targeted neighborhood businesses while law enforcement in riot gear largely looked on without intervening.
[Missouri governor imposes curfew in Ferguson, declares emergency, by Ralph Ellis, Jason, Hanna and Shimon Prokupecz,, August 16, 2014. Emphasis added].
There has to be a limit to how much there is to steal in a poor community like Ferguson and to how many nights its young men want to spend roaming the streets (especially when it rains, as it began to do on in Ferguson Saturday morning).

So it’s possible Nixon and Johnson may get lucky and things will just calm down.

But they will flare up again—quite possibly if and when the local authorities dare not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer involved—particularly because the Left is obviously gearing up to use this type of discontent as an excuse to launch more social engineering drives to seek out and destroy America’s remaining whitopias. (See Ferguson Is a Microcosm of Our Racially—and Politically—Polarized Country| In the St. Louis suburb, the white ruling class has created de facto apartheid, by Brian Beutler, New Republic, August 16, 2014 [note comment thread!]; Around St. Louis, a Circle of Rage, by Tanzina Vega and John Eligon, New York Times, Aug. 16, 2014)

So here are some pointers to consider when this racial melodrama is replayed—either in Ferguson in the next few days or a similar town disturbingly near you in the future:

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RULE FOUR: Even Worse

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Earlier in the week we discussed the incident in Virginia where a homeowner failed to follow Rule 4 (Always be sure of your target). He shot his teen-aged daughter as she attempted to reenter the home after sneaking out the night before. He simply heard a noise, assumed that his family was upstairs asleep, and shot at the human shape as it came through the garage door.

It was an obvious and blatant violation of a cardinal rule of shooting, and she is very lucky to have survived.

Now we know that the shooter can’t even feign ignorance of this basic rule.

He was a law enforcement officer, and thus trained in low-light techniques.

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Trial of Texas father accused of shooting driver who killed 2 sons raises legal, moral issues


David Barajas denies killing a drunken driver in a fit of rage after his two sons were fatally struck in 2012 on a rural road in Southeast Texas.

 His defense attorney says Barajas is a good man, a grieving father and not a murderer. At the same time, his defense hasn't publicly suggested who else might be responsible for Jose Banda's shooting death.

Barajas' trial is set to begin Monday in a case with many complexities: No weapon was recovered, no witnesses identified him as the shooter and many in Barajas' community have strongly sympathized with him, with some saying they might have taken the law into their own hands if faced with a similar situation.

Legal experts acknowledge prosecutors could face a greater challenge than simply proving who committed the shooting, similar to another Texas case from 2012 in which a grand jury declined to indict a father who killed a man who molested his child.

"It's not the right way to do it, but jurors a lot of times make judgments based on moral responsibility, not legal responsibility," said Joel Androphy, a Houston defense attorney who isn't connected to the case.

More @ Fox