Barnum served in the U.S. Army from 1973-1977, and eventually married
a man who was a Vietnam veteran. He died in 2010, and she is now a
She told me that her Southern pride was instilled into her from the
time she was a little girl, growing up in Louisiana, explaining that she
listened as her great-grandmother, Artilla White, told her many family
stories. Barnum said that back in those days, they did not send older
family members off to the “old folks home.”
As a young girl, Barnum knew that her family “did not like the
North,” as they told stories of how the Union army had burned up the
land, raping the women, and leaving many, black and white, homeless. Her
ancestor, Richard Stills, she told me, was a Confederate soldier.
“The NAACP needs to stop the race-baiting,” Barnum told me. If the
organization does not stop, she fears that we are going to see a “race
war” in this country.
Anthony Hervey observed in 2000, “We currently live under a
psychological form of reconstruction. Whites are made to feel guilty for
sins of their ancestors, and blacks are made to feel downtrodden....
The political correctness of today is killing the pride of the people.”
Retired general and former Democratic presidential candidate Wesley
Clark has caused a stir with an interview with MSNBC in which he
appeared to call for the establishment of World War II-style internment
camps to be revived for “disloyal Americans.” Clark used the infamous
American internment camps for Japanese, German, and Italian Americans as
a model: “if someone supported Nazi Germany at the expense of the
United States, we didn’t say that was freedom of speech, we put him in a
camp, they were prisoners of war.”
Clark offered little insight into how he would designate certain
people as disloyal for purposes of internment. He simply said “If these
people are radicalized and they don’t support the United States and they
are disloyal to the United States as a matter of principle, fine. It’s
their right and it’s our right and obligation to segregate them from the
normal community for the duration of the conflict.”
As Amazon works to purge its online shopping site of all things
Confederate flag, it seems a nonfiction historical book has gotten
caught in the crossfire.
Michael Dreese is a Pennsylvanian author who writes nonfiction,
historical books predicated on the Battle of Gettysburg. Among his books
include one about the Union battle flag and one about the Confederate
battle flag, the latter of which seems to have been deemed inappropriate
Via comment by Anonymous on Summertime by 13 Year Old Abby Ward "Speaking of "beach music" tunes. Having spent way too much of my
youth in places like "The Cat's Eye" and "The Jolly Knave", I thought I
knew the genre pretty well until about 10 years ago I heard this song,
amazingly for the first time. It's now my favorite song in several
categories. I imagine you know it but it's pretty obscure.
Thanks and I remember this clear as a bell. I was driving my blue '67 Bluebird on the streets of Saigon one morning in 1969, that and Crystal Blue Persuasion.
The 'war hero' candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam
Sydney H. Schanberg won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for
international reporting “at great risk” from Vietnam and Cambodia. After
the war he served as city editor of the New York Times. The Academy
Award-winning film “The Killing Fields” was based on his book “The Death
and Life of Dith Pran.”
Schanberg was a journalist for 50 years.
This is an expanded version of a story that appeared in the Oct.
6, 2008, issue of The Nation.
Research support was provided by the
Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute.
By Sydney H. Schanberg
The Nation – John McCain, who has risen to political
prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably,
worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about
American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home.
Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed
into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing
information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war
hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for
the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange
champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.
A family from Gaston County, North Carolina, was badly frightened,
police say, when they were fired at several times as they drove down the
street–all because they had a Confederate flag flying from the back of
On Monday, a father of two who, for obvious reasons, wished to remain anonymous told his shocking story
on Charlotte’s ABC affiliate, WSOC TV, insisting that his truck was
targeted last Saturday by a group of black men upset over the
Confederate flag he was flying from the back of the vehicle.
The ABC reporter said that up to six shots were fired at the truck,
with two hitting the vehicle and another going through the window of a
nearby home where a young African American woman lives.
Fifteen years after Vladimir Putin first walked into the
Kremlin, Russia’s army is bigger, stronger, and better equipped than at
any time since the end of the Cold War. Able to call on three quarters of a million frontline troops, The Telegraph reports,
with more tanks than any other country on the planet, and the world’s
third largest air force, Russia retains much of the brute force
associated with a former superpower. But it has also rapidly modernised,
spending millions on rearmament and retraining programmes aimed at
professionalising the lumbering, conscript-reliant force it inherited
from the Soviet Union. The latest effort, as Reuters reports, Putin has ordered the creation of a new reserve armed force as part of steps to improve training and military readiness at a time of international tensions with the West over Ukraine.
When financial markets crash, they do not do so in a vacuum. There
are always patterns, signs and indicators that tell us that something is
about to happen. In this article, I am going to share with you four
patterns that are happening right now that also happened just prior to
the great financial crisis of 2008. These four signs are very strong
evidence that a deflationary financial collapse is right around the corner.
Instead of the hyperinflationary crisis that so many have warned about,
what we are about to experience is a collapse in asset prices, a
massive credit crunch and a brief period of absolutely crippling
deflation. The response by national governments and global central
banks to this horrific financial crisis will cause tremendous inflation
down the road, but that comes later. What comes first is a crisis that
will initially look a lot like 2008, but will ultimately prove to be
much worse. The following are 4 things that are happening right now
that indicate that a deflationary financial collapse is imminent…
#1 Commodities Are Crashing
In mid-2008, just before the U.S. stock market crashed in the fall,
commodities started crashing hard. Well, now it is happening again. In
fact, the Bloomberg Commodity Index just hit a 13 year low, which means
that it is already lower than it was at any point during the last
This is the nail-biting moment, reminiscent of the Battle of Britain,
when a skilled pilot was forced to carry out an emergency landing of his
replica Spitfire - without any WHEELS. The aircraft was flying at
Sibson Airfield when the worried pilot radioed airfield bosses to say he
couldn't release his landing gear. Skydivers jumping at the airfield
in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, were grounded as the brave pilot
circled for more than 20 minutes in a bid to frantically burn fuel.
Emergency services arrived at the scene just as the stunning one-man
plane was carefully flown towards the ground in strong winds by the
nervous expert. But amazingly he managed to land the replica fighter
plane without ANY landing gear - skillfully skimming the aircraft over
the grass on its belly. Relieved onlookers said the propeller fell off
when it came to a safe stop, and the relieved pilot was completely
The Navy released John McCain’s military record after a Freedom of
Information Act request from the Associated Press. The record is packed
with information on McCain’s medals and commendations but little else.
The one thing that the McCain campaign does not want to see released is
the record of McCain’s antics on board the USS Forestal in 1967. McCain
was personally responsible for the deadliest fire in the history of the
US Navy. That catastrophe, with 27 dead and over 100 wounded trumps
McCain’s record as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.
learned additional details regarding the deadly fire aboard the Navy
aircraft carrier, the USS Forrestal, on July 19, 1967 in the Gulf of
Tonkin. The additional details point to then-Lt. Commander John McCain
playing more of a role in triggering the fire and explosions than
have been advised that my news story and picture are front page news on
both major papers in the province of Saskatchewan this morning. This
will have a serious impact here, I have not yet seen the article.....I
work all day and will tonight. It's apparently being carried by Saskatoon Star Phoenix and Regina Leader Post.
Again, I would hope that what is reported meet with your approval and support. Take care for now."
Cousin Dale Pippin
Saskatchewan man says he filed a human rights complaint because
negative media coverage of the Confederate flag debate is discriminatory
and promotes hatred.
Dale Pippin's family is originally from
North Carolina, but settled in Canada 110 years ago.
He takes great
pride in his Southern U.S. heritage and sometimes displays the
Confederate flag on his vehicle, although he's more reluctant to do so
given the intense debate about the controversial symbol, he said.
Pippin, the flag represents his family roots and the sacrifices his
descendants made fighting in the Confederate army during the American
Civil War; for others, the flag represents a legacy of slavery and
"Racism and hate have been linked to the flag for
far too long and it's incorrect," Pippin said in an interview, noting
history is filled with "bad instances" when people have linked
themselves with other symbols.