Saturday, October 4, 2014

The 'Gone With The Wind' House Is Finally Getting The TLC It Deserves


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Long before Peter Bonner created his "Historical And Hysterical Tours" in Jonesboro, Georgia, he was simply a guide sharing Civil War stories for tips. These days, those stories that he says "saved him" haven't just led him into a career -- they've led him to Tara.

Known more commonly as the house from "Gone With The Wind," Tara has become the reason that Bonner drops character for a few hours a week and hunkers down in a dairy barn about 30 miles outside of Atlanta, he told HuffPost Home via phone. The facade of the iconic plantation made its way from California's Selznick Studio Lot years ago, and is being restored by Bonner in the barn.

There The Skeletons Lie: Corinth in 1866


Confederate dead in front of Battery Robinett at Corinth - Library of Congress

Confederate dead in front of Battery Robinett at Corinth – The bearded man on the far left is Colonel William Rogers of the 2nd Texas Infantry – Library of Congress

I found the following article in The Weekly Democrat of Natchez, which was published on May 14, 1866. The writer was not identified, but whoever it was painted a graphic picture of Corinth one year after the war ended:

Not the least mentionable of the ‘pitched battles’ of the late war was that which was fought in front of this grand ‘intrenched camp’ that we call Corinth, on the 3d and 4th days of October, 1862. During the past two days a portion of my sojourn here has been spent as a partial exploration of that part of the battlefield which lies in the Northwestern angle formed by the crossing of the Memphis, Charleston, Mobile and Ohio Railroads.

Secession–Not Just Southern and Not Just Secular

Via Billy

Often when the issue of secession has been “historically” dealt with it has been done in such a manner as to give the impression that it was purely a Southern political phenomenon. Clearly our present establishment “historians” love to have it so. As usual, there is a little more to the story than what they are pleased to tell us.

Lots of people other than Southerners, in years gone by, admitted the right of secession in this country. Well-known anti-slavery American jurist Joseph Story admitted the right of a state to withdraw from the Union. Judge Story stated: “The obvious deductions which may be, and indeed have been drawn, from considering the Constitution as a Compact between the States, are, that it operates as a mere treaty, or convention between them, and has an obligatory force upon each State no longer that it suits its pleasures, or its consent continues;…and that each State retains the power to withdraw from the Confederacy, and to dissolve the connection, when such shall be its choice;…” So it would seem that Judge Story thus admitted the right of a state to secede.

Confederate Railroad - Summer In Dixie

Son Kills One Of Three Home Invaders In Texas, Possibly Saving EIGHT Lives

 One of three armed home invaders was killed this morning at this rural Texas home.

An adult son woke in Harris County Texas, this morning to the sound of his mother’s voice pleading with three armed intruders for the lives of the three young girls in the kitchen with her. He grabbed a firearm that he kept near his bed and did what he had to do to save his family:

Family members told deputies that their mother was in the kitchen cooking breakfast with three young granddaughters when the armed men broke in. The woman’s adult son heard the commotion from his bedroom and grabbed his gun.

“… and when he heard ‘please don’t hurt the girls,’ that’s when he took action,” deputies said.

More @ Bearing Arms

KIM JONG UN overthrown? Pyongyang Under Lockdown

Via Charlie

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Former Top Official Says Kim Jong-un Is No Longer in Control of North Korea
The Country’s Organization and Guidance Department (OGD), a powerful group of officials, have stopped taking orders from Kim Jong-un. A battle is simmering between factions within the OGD.

North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un went missing this week.

The media said he was recovering from ankle surgery.

There are also reports that Kim Jong Un’s sister is now running the country.

Market Watch says his sister is running the country.