Friday, September 25, 2015

Discovering Jackson

 jackson colorized

A braver man God never made.
– Richmond Dispatch, 3-28-1862 (page 226)

Gwynne’s biography of Stonewall Jackson is simply one of the best biographies I have ever read. Many biographies plod along a “cradle-to-grave” timeline that starts out something like “our hero’s father started out as a child…” and relates those supposedly telling events of childhood that shaped the man, indulging in armchair psychoanalysis along the way. Some, in the absence of words recorded by principals, just whip up dialog out of thin air – and here I’m thinking of Michael Shaara in The Killer Angels, half of which consists of invented chatter.

Instead, Gwynne takes known dialog from the letters of principals, and he adapts the timeline to what the biography needs to emphasize. For example, the opening scene is a portrayal of what he later (page 336) calls “one of the most thrilling moments of the war” – when Jackson had catapulted to fame after routing three Union armies in the Shenandoah valley and had been summoned east to save Richmond, on June 19, 1862.

The Governor’s Coffin

The occupation troops of Northern General Ambrose Burnside at New Bern in mid-1862 not only loaded their empty transports with furniture, carpets and jewelry for the return trip North, but also found New Bern cemeteries full of coffins to appropriate.  Even Lincoln’s hand-picked proconsul, Edward Stanly, who was appointed “governor” of North Carolina, resigned in disgust after observing the looting by Northern soldiers.
Bernhard Thuersam,  
The Great American Political Divide

The Governor’s Coffin

Richard Dobbs Spaight (1796-1850), son of a Revolutionary War veteran who was also a member of the North Carolina Legislature, United States Congressman and delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention, served as governor of The Old North State from 1835 to 1837.

He was born in New Bern, and prior to being governor, he served in the State Legislature from 1819 to 1822, and again from 1825 to 1834. Spaight was the last governor to be elected by the legislature, and was a member of the 1837 Constitutional Convention which transferred the gubernatorial election to popular vote. During the War Between the States, Northern occupation troops used the Stevenson House (corner Pollock & George Streets) in New Bern as a hospital for wounded soldiers.

In a truly unbelievable act of barbarism, “the body of Governor Spaight was dug up by Northern soldiers, the skull placed on a gate post, and the metal coffin used to send the body of a federal soldier back North.”

(A New Geography of North Carolina, Bill Sharpe, Sharpe’s Publishing Company 1961, page 1232)

Military Times: Obama’s personal approval rating an eye-catching 15%

Via Mike

Image result for Military Times: Obama personal approval rating an eye-catching 15%

If it weren’t for the large sample size, you would think that the results of the Military Times survey of troop morale couldn’t possibly have been accurate. Released last December, the numbers were brutal. In response to the statement, “The senior military leadership has my best interests at heart,” only 27% agreed, down from 53% in a previous survey conducted in 2009. As for, “Overall officers in the military are good or excellent,” only 49% agreed, down from 78% in the 2009 survey. Agreement with, “Overall my quality of life is good or excellent,” dropped from 91% agreement in 2009 to 56% in 2014, and President Obama’s personal approval rating was an eye-catching 15%.

By anyone’s standard, these numbers should have constituted an alarm for senior defense policymakers, suggesting that whatever they were doing, they should probably try the opposite. So it is disheartening, and even a little stunning, to see the news confirmed in recent days that the president is nominating Eric Fanning, a Washington insider and defense bureaucrat who has never spent a single day in uniform, to be the next secretary of the Army.

Just Wonderful: Citizen Faulkner: “What We Did, In Those Old Days”

 faulkner 2

William Faulkner is of course a giant of 20th century literature. Study of his works of fiction is an immense and world-wide scholarly industry. Most of the vast published commentary is academic effluvia without much usefulness in understanding who Faulkner was and what he really thought about the 20th century America that he lived in.

Conventionally, Faulkner has been described as a Southern liberal. To the liberal academic, it is inconceivable that so great a mind could be anything else. But then there are a few examples of liberal “scholars” whose work consists of a breathless discovery that Faulkner, alas, was not a liberal, and therefore not as smart or as noble in character as themselves.

We should be clear that the essential and important thing about a great artist is his vision, not his opinions. A great artist sees in ways far more fundamentally true and meaningful than mere opinion. Faulkner’s political and social views are secondary to his vision. In twelve major works, more than half of them masterpieces, he has presented a panorama of American experience in the 19th and 20th centuries in relation to nature, God, and history that will last as long as Western Civilization. Such an artist is inspired, and inspiration in its root meaning is something that comes from the gods. Even so, to understand Faulkner’s opinions as a man when he is speaking for himself and not though a character is one clue to understanding his works.

Longstreet Finds Adversaries Lacking Honor

Southern commanders like James Longstreet expected their Northern counterparts to embrace the conviction that enemies no less than comrades merited honorable treatment, from officers down to enlisted men. To encourage a Southern soldier to desert was unthinkable; A letter from a Southern woman in 1862 stated that “the black title of tory and deserter will cling to them, disgracing their children’s children.”
Bernhard Thuersam,  
The Great American Political Divide

Longstreet Finds Adversaries Lacking Honor

Letter from General Longstreet to General [J.G.] Foster:

“Headquarters, Confederate Forces, East Tennessee, Jan. 3, 1864:
To the Commanding General, United States Forces, East Tennessee –

Sir –

I find the proclamation of President Lincoln, of the 8th of December last, in circulation in handbills among our soldiers. The immediate object of this proclamation seems to be to induce our soldiers to quit our ranks and take the oath of allegiance to the United States government.

I presume, however, that the great object and end in view is to hasten the day of peace. I respectfully suggest, for your consideration, the propriety of communicating any views that your government may have upon this subject through me, rather than by handbills circulated amongst our soldiers.

The few men who may desert under the promise held out in the proclamation, cannot be men of character or standing. If they desert their cause, they disgrace themselves in the eyes of God and man. They can do your cause no good, nor can they injure ours.

As a great nation, you can accept none but an honorable peace. As a noble people, you could have us accept nothing less.

I submit, therefore, whether the mode that I suggest would not be more likely to lead to an honorable end than such a circulation of a partial promise of pardon.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,

J. Longstreet, Lieutenant-General, Commanding


Headquarters, Confederate Forces, East Tennessee, Jan. 11, 1864:

“Sir – I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 7th of January, with its inclosures, etc.

The disingenuous manner in which you have misconstrued my letter of the 3d, has disappointed me. Let me remind you, too, that the spirit and tone of my letter were to meet honorable sentiments.

I have read your order announcing the favorable terms on which deserters will be received. Step by step you have gone on in violation of the laws of honorable warfare. Our farms have been destroyed, our women and children have been robbed, and our houses have been pillaged and burnt. You have laid your plans and worked diligently to produce wholesale murder by servile insurrection. And now, the most ignoble of all, you propose to degrade the human race by inducing soldiers to dishonor and forswear themselves.

Soldiers who have met your own on so many honorable fields, who have breasted the storm of battle in defence of their honor, their families, and their homes, for three long years, have a right to expect more of honor, even in their adversaries. I beg leave to return the copies of the proclamation, and your order.

I have the honor to renew to you the assurance of great respect, your obedient servant,

J. Longstreet, Lieutenant-General, Commanding.”

(Lee and His Generals, Profiles of Robert E. Lee and Seventeen other Generals of the Confederacy, Captain William P. Snow, Gramercy Books, 1867/1996, pp. 333-334)

From the Saddle


John Rutledge of South Carolina is one of the most important men of the founding generation, but he has been lost to mainstream history. He is politically incorrect (most in the founding generation are) and his positions on the nature of federal power do not comport with modern nationalist interpretations of government.

At 25, Rutledge was sent by South Carolina as a delegate to the Stamp Act Congress of 1765. Later, he would be one of the more vocal advocates for independence in the South. He and his younger brother, Edward, served in the First and Second Continental Congresses, and contrary to their portrayal in the HBO miniseries John Adams, neither were the effeminate, sullen, waffling fools shown on film. Edward Rutledge would rot in the British prison ship during the War.


Via Skynet

Jiggs McDonald, NHL Hall of Fame broadcaster speaking in Ontario, says:

“I am truly perplexed that so many of my friends are against another mosque being built in Toronto. I think it should be the goal of every Canadian to be tolerant regardless of their religious beliefs. Thus the mosque should be allowed, in an effort to promote tolerance.”

“That is why I also propose that two nightclubs be opened next door to the mosque; thereby promoting tolerance from within the mosque. We could call one of the clubs, which would be gay, “The Turban Cowboy,” and the other, a topless bikini bar, to be called, “You Mecca Me Hot.”

Life In The Old Land Yet


There is life in the old land of Dixie yet. There seems to be no end of talent and knowledge coming forth in our defense against the South-hating jihadists who seem to dominate the American scene these days.   Valiant and wise people continue the daunting task of educating our fellow citizens about the truth of American history.

The end of August saw the appearance of two extremely important contributions to the battle: the film Searching for Lincoln and a reader entitled Understanding the War Between the States.

Searching for Lincoln cannot be praised too highly.

Black Lives Matter & F*** Yo Flag Activist Arrested for Video Threats to Kill White People, Police

Via Billy

Eye Empress Sekhmet Gun YouTube screen grab WSB

A Black woman who goes by “Eye Empress Sekhmet” was arrested in Clayton County, Georgia on Thursday for making video-taped threats to kill white people and police, reported WSB-TV. WSB reported she also called for activists to ‘take over’ police stations.

More with videos @ The Gateway Pundit

Ol' Remus's notebook for 25 September 2015

Via Terry


About movies - Personally, I think the worst thing is giving the audience what they want to see, because in a way it’s almost disrespectful. These people are here to give you their precious time. You should really take them on an odyssey, and the best way to do that is to give them what they don’t expect.
Nicolas Refn at
art-link-symbol-small-on-blue-tile-rev01.jpg A group of students and faculty members at Wesleyan University are petitioning to defund the Connecticut campus’s newspaper, The Wesleyan Argus, because “it neglects to provide a safe space for the voices of students of color” ... The controversy was apparently sparked by an opinion article in the Argus last week that criticized the Black Lives Matter movement, suggesting that it may have sparked violence toward police officers.

art-link-symbol-small-on-blue-tile-rev01.jpg Orban mobilizes Hungary's troops, prisoners, jobless to fence out migrants - Hungary took matters into its own hands, shutting off the route with a new fence along its entire 110 mile border with Serbia, topped with razor wire and guarded by helmeted riot police... The government says it put the military in charge of the construction so that it could act more quickly.

GOP Representative: Mitch McConnell ‘Next Guy in the Crosshairs’

Via avordvet

 Image result for Mitch McConnell ‘worthless
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) will be the next target of conservatives frustrated with party leadership, according to one of the conservative representatives who pressured House speaker John Boehner in the weeks leading up to his resignation. “Next guy in the crosshairs will probably be McConnell,” Representative Matt Salmon (R., Ariz.) said in a text message to Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah), according to National Journal’s Sarah Mimms. Lee replied that he doubts that will happen. 
More @ NRO

Immigration groups urge John Boehner to pass legalization before he goes

Via avordvet

 Image result for John Boehner democrat

Immigrant-rights advocates scrambled Friday to plead with House Speaker John A. Boehner to bring an immigration legalization bill to the floor before he leaves office next month, fearing his replacement will show even more antipathy toward their agenda.

Mr. Boehner had long been pressing his party to tackle immigration, and in the days after President Obama’s 2012 re-election the Ohio Republican set one major goal: The House would pass a bill to legalize those in the country without authorization.

Saudis Blame African Pilgrims For Deadly Stampede Near Mecca

Via comment by Anonymous on At least 717 people killed in Saudi Arabia hajj st...

 Image result for

The head of Saudi Arabia’s Hajj committee blamed the stampede that has killed more than 700 pilgrims in the holy city of Mina on “some pilgrims from African nationalities,” Saudi-owned television is reporting.

The comments have sparked recriminations online towards pilgrims from the African continent, with one person calling for a “decrease in the number of pilgrims from several countries such as Egypt and African countries, with all due respect, and to increase the number of pilgrims from Malaysia who are known for their order and rational behavior.”

More @ Vocativ

Building a tiled roof hut

Via govorilkin

I built this tiled roof hut in the bush using only primitive tools and materials. The tools I used have been made in my previous videos. It should be pointed out that I do not live in the wild and that this is just a hobby. It should be obvious to most that this is not a survival shelter but an experiment in primitive building technology.

To cut and carve wood I used the celt stone axe and stone chisel made in this video ( To carry water and make fire I used pots and fire sticks made in this video ( Finally, to store fire wood and dry, unfired tiles, I used the wood shed built in this video (

The wooden frame was built with a 2X2m floor plan and a 2m tall ridge line with 1m tall side walls. 6 posts were put into the ground 0.25 m deep. The 3 horizontal roof beams were attached to these using mortise and tenon joints carved with a stone chisel. The rest of the frame was lashed together with lawyer cane strips. The frame swayed a little when pushed so later triangular bracing was added to stop this. Also when the mud wall was built, it enveloped the posts and stopped them moving altogether.

A small kiln was built of mud from the ground and a perforated floor of clay from the creek bank. Tiles were made from clay pressed into rectangular moulds made from strips of lawyer cane. 20 tiles were fired at a time. 450 flat tiles and 15 curved ridge tiles were made with only a few breakages. 26 firings were done in all and the average firing took about 4 hours. The fired tiles were then hooked over the horizontal roof battens.

An underfloor heating system was built into one side of the hut to act as a sitting/sleeping platform in cold weather. This was inspired by the Korean Ondol or “hot stone”. A trench was dug and covered with flat stones with a firebox at one end and a chimney at the other for draft. The flames travelled beneath the floor heating it. After firing it for a while the stones stay warm all night with heat conducted directly to the sleeping occupant and radiating into the room.

The wall was made of clayey mud and stone. A stone footing was laid down and over this a wall of mud was built. To save on mud, stones were included into later wall courses. The mud was dug from a pit in front of the hut and left a large hole with a volume of about 2.5 cubic metres.

The finished hut has a swinging door made of sticks. The inside is dark so I made a torch from tree resin. A broken tile with resin on it acts as a small lamp producing a lot of light and little smoke. The end product was a solid little hut, that should be fire and rot resistant. The whole project took 102 days but would have taken 66 days were it not for unseasonal rain. For a more in depth description see my blog (https://primitivetechnology.wordpress...).

Global Warming Alert

Via David

Never be Slaves Website

Via Bonnie Gadsden

A study released by the Cato Institute, in association with Canada’s Fraser Institute and Germany’s Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom has found that America has fallen to Number 20 worldwide in broad measurements of human freedom, understood as the absence of coercive constraint. The detailed study uses 76 distinct indicators of personal and economic freedom in the areas on the right:


Paul Joseph Watson on the Pope

Via comment by Quartermain on It Was All Staged=> Anchor Baby Sophie Cruz Rushes...


@POTUS Blocks Young Black Conservative on Twitter

Via David

"The leader of the free world doesn't stifle free speech -- or at least, that's what I thought."

 More @ Truth Revolt

$PLC fires broadside against pro-family event

Via Billy

A “Values Voter Summit,” a time for the nation’s leading conservative voices to gather and discuss issues and events important to their constituencies, apparently is too much for the Southern Poverty Law Center to tolerate.

The fringe progressive organization, which previously was linked in a Washington federal courtroom to a case of domestic terror and at one point slammed GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson with a “hate” label, has launched a broadside against the events scheduled Friday through Sunday.

Posted online and dispatched into the digital world was a pages-long diatribe against the summit, several of its key speakers and the groups participating. They, according to a fired-up SPLC, are not only “anti-LGBT” but also “anti-Muslim.”

So how is the Family Research Council, the organizer of the events, responding?

More @ WND

Ilana Mercer on Trump

Via comment by Quartermain on Senator Ted Cruz: Syrian refugee flow a national s...

 Joseph Sohm /

Bless Donald Trump. Inadvertently, by just being Donald, Mr. Trump has delivered more good news to liberty lovers.

In his bid for the presidency, Mr. Trump is not only threatening the Republican establishment, but is forcing a war with the cable news channel that does the Republican regimists’ bidding.

The Fox News Channel backed Genghis Bush’s wars. The Powers That Be at FNC now wish to roger (Ailes) America, again, by delivering the country to neoconservative tool Marco Rubio, or to fool John Kasich (governor from Ohio), or to Ms. Fiorina, whom tacky media types call “Carly.” However, this little lady’s honeyed words conceal a burning desire to commit the country to an arms race with China and Russia.

Not for naught did Scott Walker go from 2 percent in the polls, to zero, to sayonara.

Walker, that live wire, picked up his marbles and went home, blaming Trump for making him sad. But like the rest of the establishment’s candidates, Walker had served up the same sub-intelligent, hackneyed lies about the root-causes of the migration problem plaguing Europe.

Thumpathumpthump, Here Come Trump: Pols Have Knickers in Knot

Via comment by Sioux on Senator Ted Cruz: Syrian refugee flow a national s...

 Image result for Here Come Trump: Polls Have Knickers in Knot

What is it that puzzles New York about Trump’s enormous appeal? . He does what so many of us desperately want. He takes no guff from the loathsome talking heads who have never baited a hook or worried about a mortgage payment or been bankrupted by the confluence of Wall Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. He doesn’t whimper and wriggle and apologize like a puppy who has wet the rug after saying something that upsets the priss spigots. He says, perhaps in different words, what so many want to say. “Stick it where the sun don’t shine.”

It’s wonderful. The Beltway bastards just don’t know what to do about it. They try all the political-correctness sure-fires—“You are racist! Sexist! Insensitive! Islamophobic!”–and he doesn’t respond correctly. No. He says, “Up yours, Potato Chip. I made ten billion dollars. What have you ever done?”

Speaker John Boehner to resign at end of October

Via Billy

Image result for Boehner democrat republican

In a stunning move, House Speaker John Boehner informed Republicans on Friday that he would step down at the end of October, giving up his coveted leadership post and his seat in Congress in the face of hardline conservative opposition.

More @ AL

A People Betrayed & The Emperor's Moral Narcissism


 TOPSHOTS Migrants walk through the countryside after crossing the Hungarian-Croatian border near the Hungarian village of Zakany to continue their trip to the north on September 21, 2015. Croatia and Hungary have traded barbs on a national level, each pointing the finger at the other over their responses to Europe's escalating migrant crisis.     AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEKATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images

Despite having taken in more than its fair share of immigrants since the 1960s, Europe is now being forced to take in swarms of illegal immigrants fleeing from third-world hell-holes in Africa and the Middle East.

The United Nations, that wretched anti-west viper’s nest, is demanding Europe does more to help the invaders. Amnesty International, an organization originally formed to help prisoners of conscience, also chimed in, proselytizing for the human rights of immigrants without giving a thought for the human rights of Europeans. Obviously, European people don’t have a right to their nations and should just meekly surrender territory and resources.



Twelve years ago, it was said that the western armies in Iraq would be welcomed as liberators. (They were - for a while.) Today in Germany, another conquering army are being welcomed as liberators - liberators from the residual moral stain of what remains of ethnic nationalism and cultural identity. Watching European news broadcasts right now is like an insane demotic inversion of the Emperor's new clothes. 

"To a fool these thousands of fit young Muslim men appear well dressed and well fed. But a wise man such as Your Majesty can easily see that they are desperate starving refugees in rags." And so as the trains pull in to German railway stations to disgorge men who meet no known definition of "refugees" they are greeted on the platform by volunteers offering food and second-hand clothes. The cameras do their best to alight on a telegenic moppet or a covered woman, but, even when they do, you notice that they're surrounded by a sea of confident vigorous males - who, according to the UN, make up 75 per cent of the "refugees".

More @ Steyn