Friday, May 13, 2016

Secession of the Heart

 River Plantation

A dear friend of mine, a Harp like myself but born and raised in the Deep North, repeated to me for the umpteenth time one of the most persistent of all Southern stereotypes, the duplicitous Southerner.

This type is all smiles and sweetness, until the proper time comes to lower the boom. As my friend put it, “No, we are not as polite in the North, but at least we know where the bullet is coming from.”

This friend and I taught together at a school in the South whose professional and social environment was challenging to say the least. The enrollment, however, was overwhelmingly Northern expatriates, a point that I never tire of repeating to my skeptical friend. Moreover, I have again and again explained to this friend of mine that the “South” is a very big and very diverse place. Where I grew up in the border Tidewater region, duplicity was not looked upon kindly. Forthrightness was the preferred virtue, and being respected was prized above being respectable. Duplicity almost always resulted in shunning or a right hook. No, duplicity was not our capital sin in the Tidewater, our capital sins were of the Satanic variety: pride, vanity, and arrogance. Still is my friend all wrong? Are there places in the South were duplicity is cultivated like a fine California cabernet? Where the smile and the verbal stiletto are the mainstays of social intercourse? I do know of a place or two like that below the Mason Dixon, but I am still convinced that duplicity is a far more universal fault.

Re-post: A Train Called Glory

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Isla Grant was born in Wigtownshire, Scotland.She started singing in folk clubs in Scotland at 14 then discovered country music.

Nullification: A 21st Century Remedy August 13, 2016 Atlanta, GA


 Topic: The general government in Washington D.C. is out of control.  All three branches of government are complicit in the destruction of real federalism, what was once considered the cornerstone of the American polity.  “States’ Rights,” in fact, were a recognized fact of the original Constitution, both North and South.  As virtually every proponent of the Constitution insisted during the ratification process, the States were to be the pillars of the American federal republic with virtually unlimited power over the domestic concerns of their people.  The general government had expressly delegated powers for the general purposes of the Union, namely commerce and defense.

If the general government violated it’s enumerated authority, “the States would be powerful enough to check it,” as Roger Sherman of Connecticut said.

States in the North and the South routinely dusted off the idea of “nullification”  or “state interposition” before the War for Southern Independence.  Since 1865, however, the idea of  a State resisting unconstitutional federal authority has been branded “racist” or archaic, a relic of the past that should be buried along with any vestige of “disunion” sentiment.

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NC: 4 Very Important Bills Dealing With Illegal Immigration Have Been Filed In General Assembly

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Remember when Americans were Clamoring for Revolution? By Ron Paul

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In a recent interview I was asked why Bernie Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist” had seemingly attracted so much support among young people. In fact polls suggest Sanders is the most popular candidate among people aged 18-29, and 51 percent of that same age group appears fed up with “capitalism in its current form,” according to a recent Harvard study.

It was just four years ago that so many young people turned out to hear and support my message of personal liberty, non-aggression, and non-intervention at home and abroad. I was thrilled that so many young people were attracted to a candidate whose main message was “I don’t want to run your life.”

Socialism, of course, is the opposite philosophy. The socialist philosophy has at its core the desire to run people’s lives. It is by design an authoritarian system. Who would willingly give up so much of their own property to the state to redistribute to others? That is where the use of government force comes into play. Socialism tells how much of your money you can keep, how you can spend it, if you can spend it, which of your personal habits must be modified in order to qualify for your “free” healthcare, what course of study you must pursue to qualify for your “free” education, and so on.



The American Revolution didn't happen overnight, there was a long period of organization
and preparation before Lexington and Concord.  And those guys didn't show up at Lexington
Green or Concord Bridge spontaneously.  The Companies were organized and commanded.
Their officers took their orders from some authority, already established and accepted.

The Viet Cong didn't rise up out of the dew, they had a history, an organization, and extensive
planning in place.  They are a good model to study if anyone is really serious about insurgency.

They had three wars to gain their sovereignty, the Japanese, the French and the American.
Five years of Japanese occupation, eight years of war against the French, and another ten years
of war against the Americans.  By the time we showed up, they pretty much had it down pat.

They were organized down the village level, hamlet even in some areas.  They had cadre in place,
veterans mostly; weapons and ammunition cached, supplies and stores hidden away.  They had
one object, one goal, one design and they stuck to it throughout.  B-52 carpet bombing? No matter,
they were fifty or a hundred feet below ground.

American mobility and firepower?  They had sanctuaries and safe zones.  Unless they chose to
fight, they weren't where we were hitting.  Only when a decision was made to go 'full scale' did
they lose their asses.  Tet was a disaster for the VC and NVA.  Only CBS declaring a win for them
turned it around.  Gen Giap was prepared to call for peace.  So a Command misjudgement almost
cost them the war.

But this is not about the war, in that sense. This is about their organization and preparations for that
war, THAT NOBODY IN FREEFOR IS DOING TODAY.  VC/NVA could and did withdraw to safe places in Cambodia, Laos. or even across the DMZ.  VC/NVA had an army of support folks in the countryside. They didn't like it but they fed, housed and cared for their troops.  VC/NVA had extensive logisticsupport from East Europe and China, our NATO allies, and neutrals.  Swedish, Norwegian, Englishships routinely docked at Haiphong and 'Sihanoukville' (Kompong Son, IIRC) delivering aid and comfort to our enemies.  (How could we bomb or mine Haiphong with all those 'friendly' ships coming and going?)

We joined active combat in 1965, I remember picking up an old Japanese Arisaka rifle in 6.5mm from a dead VC.  Within two years every one of them had AK's or SKS.  They never lacked ammunition or weapons.  They began stocking up for TET in 1966. Prepositioned material and supplies two yearsbefore the OP began.  That required planning, organization, and efficiency.

What is happening or who is handling little details like that for this proposed "revolution"?

Despite all our efforts, the Ho Chi Minh trail was never seriously disrupted.  They had prepositioned
engineer and transportation units, along with support facilities and elements, to keep stuff moving.

THEY EVEN LAID FUEL PIPELINES ALL OVER THE PLACE, WELL IN ADVANCE.  And kept them,in operation in spite of all.  They had pump stations and personnel available to maintain and repair their, mostly six inch lines.  That took planning, surveying, engineering, organization and efficiency. So where is any of that among our heroes of the republic?

Believe me, after I was Infantry, I was US Army Corps of Engineers, and I can recognize an outstanding feat of military engineering in their logistical campaigns to keep open the roads, bridges, pipelines, tunnels and fortifications.  I rather doubt we have any such plans and preparations anywhere.

They had supply routes secure from our attack, they had sea and overland routes of supply.  They had
powerful allies, willing and able to supply their needs. Who might ours be? They had safe sanctuaries
across contiguous borders . . . we have Canada and Mexico?  Who's kidding who?

They had even more powerful allies right here at home; they owned the media, they had most of the
Catholic Church clergy, they had virtually ALL of Academia and the Intelligenstia . . . and Hollywood. I think we have some way to go there, fellas.

The media turned the country against the war, and General Giap is right, the won the war on American TV screens.


True Confessions Of A White Supremacist

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Emily is a visual artist, musician, curator, and writer Dorkhead based in Seattle. She is the frontwoman of the band Midday Veil, half of the ambient synth duo Hair and Space Museum, co-founder of the record label Translinguistic Other, and curator of art exhibitions at Cairo in Seattle. She has written for Decoder Magazine, The Stranger, and City Arts.

Must be a MAD magazine article........................

 Hello, Internet! My name is Emily, and I’m a white supremacist.
I know you might find this revelation upsetting, but before you start taking me to task, please allow me explain what I mean by that.

I don’t mean that I believe white people are inherently superior to Black people, or to anyone else for that matter. I believe that empathy is the highest human quality, and that privilege is one of the greatest obstacles to empathy because it allows us to ignore or rationalize the suffering of people whose experiences are different from our own. By this measure, the more privilege you have, the more challenging it is for you to be “good.”

I believe in the mission of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. As a white ally, I believe that it’s my job to engage in uncomfortable conversations with other white people about racism, taking whatever pressure I can off people of color who are constantly called upon to educate the rest of us about the nuances of oppression. And most of all, I believe that it’s my job to shut up and listen when Black people take the time to tell me about things I’ll never experience, so that their insight isn’t lost on me.

Zimmerman gun bids reach $65M at auction

Bidding for the handgun George Zimmerman used to shoot and kill Trayvon Martin in 2012 topped $65 million after Zimmerman moved the sale to a new auction site.

Zimmerman moved the auction to United Gun Group, an online firearms marketplace, on Thursday after it was rejected by The starting bid of 5,000 quickly escalated to $65 million by 6 a.m. Friday.


America’s Conservative Political Crisis

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When Ted Cruz suspended his presidential campaign, it set off a chain reaction of frenzy and panic.

The significance of the moment was clear, and it struck fear into the hearts of many conservatives:

Donald Trump had effectively locked up the Republican nomination. But what happened next was a pleasant surprise to obscure political parties long relegated to the fringes of mainstream American politics. They found themselves having a moment.

In the days following Cruz’s exit from the race, the Constitution Party experienced a surge of tens of thousands of visitors flocking to its website—which crashed under the weight of people searching for an alternative candidate. Many people undoubtedly have never heard of the Constitution Party, a political party that advocates social conservatism and noninterventionist foreign policy. But it is just one of many third parties that stand to benefit from the chaos in the Republican Party. Leaders of alternative parties that hold appeal for conservatives say Trump’s rise has sparked intense interest in what they have to offer. Many hope a backlash against the billionaire candidate might even set into motion, or accelerate, a fundamental remaking of American politics.

Mr. Job Creator & Real Men for Trump

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 Many rightish critics of our current political state of affairs assert that modern mass democracy does not breed true statesmen, and some of these sincere rightish critics point to the success of Donald Trump as a case in point. (I say sincere rightish critics because globalist donor class shills masquerading as movement conservatives who are critical of Trump, such as Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, Bill Kristol, the boys at National Review, et al, are not sincere.) And these sincere critics are certainly right. This point deserves separate elaboration, but suffice it to say that the suite of traits that make for a good campaigner in our modern democracy, especially at the national level, do not necessarily make for a good leader, and are even potentially antagonistic to each other. The current occupant of the Oval Office, who is a master campaigner but a lousy leader, is an excellent illustration of this.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Immigration Records Reveal FBI Bombshell

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev  Photo credit:  Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Dave Newman / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

WhoWhatWhy has discovered that the FBI secretly flagged at least one of the “Boston Marathon bombers” as a terrorist threat in his immigration records, despite publicly denying it had done so.
This designation existed right up to the time the bombs went off at Boylston St. on April 15, 2013.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s heavily redacted immigration records, known as an A-file (alien file), were released in February under the Freedom of Information Act and posted online by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). FOIA has a “frequently requested record” provision where multiple request for the same record triggers a “reading room” (posted online) treatment of the records. WhoWhatWhy was one of those requesters.

"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child!"

We performed this in grade school and was one of Mother's favorite quotes.
If she must teem,
Create her child of spleen, that it may live
And be a thwart disnatur'd torment to her!
Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth,
With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks,
Turn all her mother's pains and benefits
To laughter and contempt, that she may feel
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child!
King Lear Act 1, scene 4, 281–289
King Lear has cut a deal with the two more flattering of his three daughters: he will turn power over to them as long as he can keep the name and respect due to a king, and so long as they alternately host him and his train of a hundred knights. Once they've got the power, of course, Regan and Goneril renege on their part of the bargain. When Goneril, as prelude to disbanding Lear's miniature army, objects to the group's rowdiness, the king is furious. Her ingratitude is to Lear "sharper than a serpent's tooth." He demands that Nature render Goneril infertile, or, if his daughter must "teem" (give birth, like an animal), that her child be a "thwart disnatur'd (unnatural and perverse) torment to her, as she is to him. He vividly imagines a monstrous infant stamping wrinkles in Goneril's brow, and burning her cheeks with its "cadent" (falling) tears.

Later, Lear complains to Regan—who will turn out to be, if anything, worse than Goneril—of Goneril's "Sharp-tooth'd unkindness" and her "serpent-like" tongue (Act 2, scene 4). His snakelike daughters represent the bestiality of all women: "Down from the waist they are Centaurs. . . Beneath is all the fiends'" (Act 4, scene 6). As he plunges from indignation into madness, Lear becomes more and more horrified at the act of generation, and of his spawning such monstrous children; but he deflects self-criticism into vilification of women.

Speakers: Lear


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(Richard B. Levine/Newscom)

Wendy’s (WEN) said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages.

It will be up to franchisees whether to deploy the labor-saving technology, but Wendy’s President Todd Penegor did note that some franchise locations have been raising prices to offset wage hikes.

McDonald’s (MCD) has been testing self-service kiosks. But Wendy’s, which has been vocal about embracing labor-saving technology, is launching the biggest potential expansion.

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