Friday, October 9, 2015

Believe It Or Not…


What we hold to be true or false also extends into other basic fields of human existence, such as the economic, political and social systems under which we live, as well as the recorded history of such matters. As with religion, while differences in one’s approach to the political or social systems in which we believe can merely serve as a benign subject of individual choice and philosophical discourse, such differences can also lead to unreasoning fear or hatred, societal persecution or even actual conflict, with an excellent case in point being the American Civil War. In order to be politically correct today, one is forced to accept the premise that the North went to war to free the Southern slaves and that the South treasonously fought to defend its “peculiar institution,” as well as firing on Fort Sumter as an overt act of Southern aggression.

All Southern arguments that present any alternate facts detailing the actual economic, political and social causes of the War are, of course, ignored. Likewise, anything citing the fact that there is no specific clause in either America’s original Articles of Confederation or the subsequent Constitution which forbids the withdrawal of a state from the contract into which it voluntarily entered is also summarily dismissed as Southern propaganda to justify secession. The truth is that had such a restriction been inserted, it is highly doubtful if either document would have been ratified.

Today, both slavery and racial intolerance are presented, and generally accepted, as being unique to white Southerners. Even a cursory examination of history, however, would reveal that slavery actually began in the North, particularly in New England and New York in the 17th Century, and was ultimately exported to the South. As an example, a recent film based on the 1853 narrative of Solomon Northup’s ordeal, “Twelve Years a Slave,” fails to mention the fact that Northup’s father was a slave in Rhode Island . . . not in the South.

Furthermore, just prior to the time Northup’s father was given his freedom in New York, that state contained over 13,000 slaves, the second highest slave population in America, and that more than 35 per cent of all immigrants entering New York City did so as slaves. New York was also the scene of some the earliest slave uprisings, and in 1741 slaves attempted to burn down all of Manhattan. That revolt was brutally put down, with over a hundred slaves being hanged, burned alive or exiled.

It is also a fact that slavery and the slave trade in the North did not end until the early part of the 19th Century, and as late as 1865 in New Jersey. The same holds true in relation to racial discrimination and prejudice, and while the de jure “Jim Crow” segregation laws in the South are portrayed as being the sole representative of racial repression in America, we seldom, if ever, hear now of similar de facto segregation in the North. On that note, perhaps one of the greatest miscarriages of history is the portrayal of Abraham Lincoln as the “great emancipator” and the fatherly benefactor of African-Americans, when in truth history actually shows that Lincoln was not in favor of outright abolition, that he advocated a policy of slave colonization outside America, and on numerous occasions publicly stated his opinion that whites were superior to blacks and since the two races were incompatible, they would be unable to live together in harmony . . . feelings which were shared by many, if not most, Northerners both in Lincoln’s day and well into the 20th Century. In regard to this, while the Ku Klux Klan did originate in the South during the post-war Reconstruction era, by the mid-1920s the KKK had become a national anti-Black, anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic organization with as many as six million members, and 250,000 of them in Indiana alone.

Other areas in the North also had large KKK groups, such as Detroit Michigan’s 40,000 members, with smaller chapters reaching all across the North, from Oregon and Washington State to New York and New England.

Prejudice, however, presents a nasty saber that can cut both ways. Far too many people all across America today, both black and white, now believe, or are led to believe, that most ill will towards African-Americans is based on the perceived feelings of racism in the South that date back to the 19th Century and the cause that was lost in 1865. Because of this, the same voices that cry out against this so-called Southern racism also believe they can shout ethnic epithets with impunity at not only the people of the South, but the history and traditions in which Southerners firmly believe.

While these cries also include demands to permanently furl the banners of the Confederacy, many would like to carry their feelings against what they see as Southern prejudice still further. Like the Islamic Taliban in Afghanistan who, during 2001, blew apart the 6th Century Bamiyan Buddha statues, as well as the more recent acts of wanton destruction carried out by the so-called Islamic State against Assyrian, Roman and Christian antiquities, merely because each represents something in which the Islamic fanatics do not believe, there are those in America who now call for the total destruction or removal of Confederate statues and monuments, including even the historic carvings of President Davis and Generals Lee and Jackson on Stone Mountain in Georgia.

Reconstruction Continues…


I spent some time perusing my son’s sixth grade history book. I didn’t read it from back to front (yet), but just glanced through it. However, in that short span of time the fallacies, distortions and half-truths were pretty staggering.

To begin with, the book is definitely not on a sixth grade reading level. My child is, in his personal time, reading books about cars that were written for adults, and as a result, his understanding of that subject far surpasses my own. What this tells me is that he is certainly able to comprehend a “history” textbook that should be written on a much higher reading level than his is. I’d suggest that his history book is more along the lines of (what should be) a third or fourth grade comprehension.

I can recall reading The Guadalcanal Diary in the fourth grade, and would suppose that my reading skills at that age were probably in line with the average reading level of my classmates. Today’s kids are reading below their level because the curriculum is written below their level. There is little “challenging” about this book in that regard.

Remus's notebook for 9 October 2015

Via Terry

Kwid lead 

art-link-symbol-small-on-blue-tile-rev01.jpg Peters - Would you be interested in a brand-new, fully warranted, five-door crossover SUV built by a major, name-brand automaker that gave you 50-plus MPG with a gas engine, that has a top speed around 125 mph, is capable of getting to 60 in 12 seconds (about the same as a Prius hybrid) that stickered for less than $5,000? Too bad we can’t buy one. Not because such a vehicle isn’t available. It’s just not available here. Because Uncle.

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Russia Missile Attacks Embarrass Obama, Warn Israel

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Russia’s October 7 cruise missile bombardment of anti-Assad Syrian rebels from ships stationed nearly 1000 miles away was probably the most expensively ineffectual display of military firepower since Bill Clinton launched a similar strike against al Qaeda in 1998.

Clinton’s feckless and spendthrift action was supposedly in retaliation for the embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya and succeeded by most accounts in wiping out a few empty tents with several tons of explosives and several million dollars’ worth of advanced ordnance.  

It is unlikely that Vladimir Putin’s strike did much damage to Syrian rebels either. But unlike Clinton (and the current Democrat in the White House) Putin doesn’t use force to shirk greater national responsibilities, he uses it to pursue clear strategic objectives. In this case, the Russian decision to launch brand-new Kalibr-NK missiles from the Caspian Sea fleet was clearly intended as yet another poke in the eye to President Obama, and a demonstration of Russian firepower, from diminutive but still dangerous Russian warships. 

10 Southern Pictures 1861 -1958

 In 1861, A.M. Chandler enlisted in the Palo Alto Confederates, which became part of the 44th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. His mother, Louisa Gardner Chandler, sent Silas, one of her 36 slaves, with him. On Sept. 20, 1863, the 44th Mississippi was engaged in the Battle of Chickamauga, where Chandler was wounded in his leg. A battlefield surgeon decided to amputate but, according to the Chandler family, Silas accompanied him home to Mississippi where the limb was saved. His master's combat service ended as a result of the wound but Silas returned to the war in January 1864 when A.M.'s younger brother, Benjamin, enlisted in the 9th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment. (See also: A Slave's Service in the Confederate Army.
"Sergeant A.M. Chandler of the 44th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Co. F., and Silas Chandler, family slave, with Bowie knives, revolvers, pepper-box, shotgun, and canteen." Handwritten label on back of frame: "Andrew Martin Chandler, born 1844, died 1920. Servant Silas Chandler. 44th Mississippi Regiment, Col. A.K. Blyth. Wounded in battle of Chickamauga."

More @ NamSouth 

Obama and his minions: "They lie and then they tell more lies to cover up their previous lies."

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 Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - Public Domain

Obama Is Using The Threat Of A UN Resolution That Would Divide The Land Of Israel To Blackmail Netanyahu 

Barack Obama has sunk to a new low.  He is using the threat of a UN Security Council resolution that would divide the land of Israel and give full UN recognition to a Palestinian state to blackmail Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  Many had expected France to submit this resolution to the Security Council for a vote in September, but the French made it very clear that they were not going to go ahead unless they had U.S. approval.  So that means that all of the power is in Obama’s hands, and apparently he is not shy about using it as leverage in order to get what he wants.  And apparently one thing that Obama wants is for the Israeli government to keep any new settlement construction from happening in “Palestinian areas” of east Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

 More @ End Of The American Dream

September Sees Record Gun Sales

Via Michael 


The Federal Bureau of Investigation processed a record number of background checks in the month of September, indicating that gun sales were at an all time high for the month.

The FBI’s National Instant Background Check System processed 1,795,102 firearms related applications in September. That represents a new record: 335,739 more checks than the previous September high set in 2012, or a 23 percent increase.

Chicago: The ‘Billy Graham’ of Islam Arrested, Sexually Assaulted 14-Year Old Girl

Via Billy

Earlier this year it was reported Saleem fled the U.S. after sex-abuse allegations by a 23-year old Muslim woman. h/t TROP

The latest via Chicago Imam Called the ‘Billy Graham’ of Islam Held on $1 Million Bond for Sexual Harassment

Early this year, an Islamic Imam in a western Chicago suburb, who was hailed as the Muslim “Billy Graham,” was accused of sexual assault of an employee at the Islamic institute he founded. Now the Muslim leader has reportedly been charged with another crime of sexually harassing a minor and is being held on a million-dollar bond.

This is the second major case of sexual abuse against Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, 75, and even as the previous case is still winding its way through the courts, the Imam now stands accused of the sexual abuse of a minor.

Israel Will Provide Russia With Intelligence on Syrian Opposition

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) holds a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem on June 25, 2012.  Photo by Marc Israel Sellem/POOL/FLASH90

How bad is the Obama foreign policy?

American ally Israel will provide Russia with intelligence for their operations in Syria.

This is what happens when you have an administration that continually shoves Israel aside.
The Middle East Monitor reported:

Israel will provide Russia with intelligence information about opposition sites in Syria to facilitate Moscow’s military operations, Channel 2TV has reported. The Israeli network said that a senior delegation of Russian army officials will arrive in Israel on Tuesday to coordinate the military cooperation.



Interest in southern Appalachian history and culture is growing in the academy. Moonshining is one particular area that is beginning to fascinate both the scholar and history buff. From the popular Discovery Channel show “Moonshiners,” to the growing number of articles and books, the history of illegal whiskey and its related culture hold a powerful draw. I am fascinated with the topic because of my own history. I grew up in the Appalachian foothills on a tributary of the French Broad River in northeast Georgia, the same river that supplied many of the western North Carolina moonshiners Bruce E. Stewart writes about in his compelling book, Moonshiners and Prohibitionists: The Battle over Alcohol in Southern Appalachia.

My Christian upbringing insured awareness of moonshine’s dark side, but familial association with local people and ways make its cultural mores strangely meaningful. Stories of whiskey stills and liquor-running were commonplace in my childhood. My daddy talked of going to the woods as a kid to secure liquor left for his father in a secret location. I had a neighbor who was one of the original NASCAR drivers, and everyone knows how NASCAR got its start! The sheriff arrested his brother, a deacon, choir leader, and state legislator, caught with a trunk full of moonshine destined for his cronies at the state capital. Another gentleman, a beloved member and deacon of my home church (Broad River Baptist) had been a prominent moonshiner in our community. My parents pointed to his Christian conversion and godly life to reinforce the benefits of faith and sobriety on their children.

300 Year Old Food Forest in Vietnam


The Appalachian Messenger October 9, 2015

This week’s edition of the Appalachian Messenger has articles by:

Robert Gore
Cancel Hope, Cry Havoc

Paul Rosenburg
Big Brother Is In High Gear

Publius Huldah
How SCOTUS Perverted the "Equal Protection" Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment

Click here for the October 9, 2015 edition.

HUNDREDS TURN OUT to Protest Barack Obama in Oregon “Go Golf!”

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Armed guards protect Senate Democrats as they demand new gun-control laws

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 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., walks from an elevator on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The U.S. Senate has rejected a proposal to fast-track the approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Senate Democrats gathered Thursday on the steps of the Capitol surrounded by about a dozen armed guards to announce a new push for tougher gun-control laws.

The officers from the U.S. Capitol Police, who carried sidearms, were in addition to the regular detail paroling the Capitol ground due the large number of elected officials attending the event, according to a officer on the scene.

Uniformed Officer Was Driving Home in His Personal Vehicle When He Noticed He Was Being Followed. His Instincts Were Spot-On.

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 Image source: KHOU-TV

A Houston police officer shot and wounded a man he believed was following him home late Thursday night — and it appears that the cop was spot-on.

The 33-year-old officer was on his way home from a second job in his personal vehicle when he noticed a group of suspects behind him, KHOU-TV reported.

That’s when the officer, who happened to be in uniform, pulled off on another street to see if the suspects would keep going, but they didn’t. Moments later, the car that had been following the officer stopped as one man got out carrying a gun.

More @ The Blaze

A doctor's take

Via Skynet

This letter, purportedly written by a Czech doctor working in a Germany hospital, illuminates the true blessings of diversity presently being wrought by the mass Islamic migration:

Eyewitness from a Munich hospital: A friend in Prague has a friend, who, as a retired physician, had returned to work at a Munich area hospital where they needed an anaesthesiologist. I correspond with her and she forwarded me her email. Yesterday, at the hospital we had a meeting about how the situation here and at the other Munich hospitals is unsustainable. Clinics cannot handle emergencies, so they are starting to send everything to the hospitals.

Many Muslims are refusing treatment by female staff and, we, women, are refusing to go among those animals, especially from Africa. Relations between the staff and migrants are going from bad to worse. Since last weekend, migrants going to the hospitals must be accompanied by police with K-9 units.

More @ Vox Popoli

7 Gun Control Myths That Just Won’t Die

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 7 Gun Control Myths That Just Won’t Die

After every shooting, politicians and activists rush to the cameras or their keyboards to tell people exactly what should be done to stop mass shootings in the future. Gun control proponents demand more gun control. Gun rights advocates dig in their heels and explain why new laws won’t stop evil people from doing evil things, especially when current laws aren’t adequately enforced.
Unfortunately, the debate between the two sides is rarely illuminating, as it usually devolves into tired recitations of worn-out talking points about the issue. These talking points are invariably littered with myths and factual inaccuracies. Here are 7 myths about gun control that just won’t die.

1) The ‘Gun Show Loophole’ Allows Anyone, Even Criminals, To Get Guns. 

More @ The Federalist

#BlackLivesMatter Riot Leader Deray McKesson Promotes Ethics of Looting to Yale Students

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 deray netaaaa

Deray McKesson and Johnetta Elzie (ShordeeDooWhop) are credited with being the founders of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The two were the lead agitators at the Ferguson and Baltimore riots.

The two Soros-sponsored leftists leave a wake of destruction behind them: hundreds of businesses looted and burned to the ground – hundreds of arrests – the destruction of minority neighborhoods.

The left rewarded their “accomplishments.”

The left loves their race agitation.

The left believes their work is not done.

Stoked Hispanic Trump Supporter Says She Waited in Line Five Years for Citizenship

Via Billy

Several Latino supporters were present in the crowd. Colombian immigrant Myriam Witcher praised the real estate mogul’s opposition to illegal immigration, saying, “He needs to send illegal (immigrants) out of the country. I came here legally.” She added that since she had waited five years to receive a visa that other immigrants ought to wait as well.

Baltimore Police Officer Knocked Down by Thug

Via Billy

Two Baltimore police officers were attacked by a man while trying to talk to him on a residential city street, according to a video posted to World Star Hip Hop on Thursday.

 The video shows two uniformed officers, a Black man (a trainee) and a white woman, attempting to talk to a young shirtless Black man. The man keeps telling the officers not to touch him. A crowd of onlookers is gathered around on the sidewalk at a distance while others can be seen looking out from ground floor rowhouse windows, doors and an alley gate.