Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Old Hate: “God damn you dirty rascals.”

“Long before you ever came into North Carolina, your name was a terror to us; news of your march through Georgia and South Carolina had preceded you. “Massa Harold” (my great-grandfather) had expected you to have horns and hoofs; he must have been surprised when you appeared on a neighboring plantation as an ordinary man of forty-five with a head of unruly red hair and a shaggy beard.

But your soldiers were hungry, and they scouted the country-side for food. That is why they came to our house. (No, it was not one of those story-book mansions with white columns; it was only a two-room log cabin. There had been better days for the family, but that is another story.)

On that morning in March of 1865 when your “bummers” rode up to our gate, “Ole Mammy” (my great-grandmother, then a woman of forty-seven) was standing in the yard. Beside her stood a young woman of eighteen (Aunt Fed), a boy of nine (Uncle Richard), and a little girl of six (Aunt Queen), and a Negro slave (“Aunt Bessie”) . . . and Frank (my grandfather, then aged thirteen) were down in the swamp with an old horse and a cow. (Three older sons had been taken prisoners at the fall of Fort Fisher just the month before.)

Your men found the cow; she would not be quiet and so ended in your pot. (She was dry anyhow.) Frank came up to the house and found your men digging in a ditch for a keg of gold which “Aunt Bessie” had told them was buried there. (People still come and dig for that treasure, but ‘ther aint nare been one.”) Thanks for cleaning out the ditch.

And we got the feathers picked up and the bed ticks sewed back together. Thus far, we were about even; you got the cow, and we kept the horse; you cleaned out the ditch and made us clean up the house. But the thing that made us mad was that pot of chicken stew.

Frank remembered it well. It was the last chicken they had. “Old Mammy” had saved it for an emergency. When she heard that you were over on the Faison Plantation, she knew that the emergency had come. She had hoped her family would have it eaten before you came, but it was still in the pot when she heard that dreaded cry, “Yankees, Yankees; the Yankees are coming.”

And everyone had to hurry to his place. At first your soldiers were nice enough, but after all that digging they were short on manners. They ransacked the house, and not finding the gold, they spied the small pot on the hearth. Now, if your men had drawn up a chair and had said grace like Christians ought to do and had eaten the stew, it might have passed without being recorded. But no, your men were mad and poured out stew on the floor and then stepped on the pieces of chicken. This was too much for that hungry thirteen year old boy; he darted up from his stool with fire in his eyes. “God damn you dirty rascals.”

(A Southerner’s Apology to General Sherman, A Reticule by Dr. James H. Blackmore, Flashes of Duplin’s History and Government, Faison and Pearl McGowen, Edwards & Broughton, 1971, pp. 243-244)

Appalling the Horde of Genghis Khan

Wartime Governor Zeb Vance of North Carolina compared the “gentler invasion of Cornwallis in 1781” with Sherman’s hordes in 1865, noting Cornwallis’s order from Beattie’s Ford, January 28, 1781: “It is needless to point out to the officers the necessity of preserving the strictest discipline, and of preventing the oppressed people from suffering violence at the hands of whom they are taught to look to for protection . . . ”
Bernhard Thuersam,   The Great American Political Divide

“Vance considered it apparent to every intelligent observer as 1865 dawned that the Confederacy was doomed. Lee was holding Richmond with what he described as “a mere skirmish line.” In twenty miles of trenches, Grant faced him with 180,000 men. Savannah had fallen and while the south still held Wilmington and Charleston, their loss was inevitable.

Sherman with 75,000 troops was preparing for the “home-stretch toward Richmond,” driving the scattered Confederate detachments – not more than 22,000 – before him. Enemy cavalry overran the interior of the Confederacy. “Nowhere,” Vance continued, “was there a gleam of hope; nowhere had there come to us any inspiring success. Everything spoke of misfortune and failure.”

Vance was most critical of the conduct of Sherman’s army and the “stragglers and desperadoes following in its wake.” He was severe in his castigation of the Federal commander.

“When a general organizes a corps of thieves and plunderers as a part of his invading army, and licenses beforehand their outrages, he and all who countenance, aid or abet, invite the execration of mankind. This peculiar arm of the military service, it is charged and believed, was instituted by General Sherman in his invasion of the Southern States.

Certain it is that the operations of his “Bummer Corps” were as regular and un-rebuked, if not as much commended for their efficiency, as any other division of his army, and their atrocities were often justified or excused on the ground that “such is war.”

Vance in his denunciation of Sherman was not able to look ahead to wars in which supposedly enlightened nations would make civilians their main target, devastate entire cities to break down morale and the will to resist, and degenerate warfare to a barbarity that would have appalled the horde of Genghis Khan.”

[Vance continued:] “The whole policy and conduct of the British commander was such to indicate unmistakably that he did not consider the burning of private houses, the stealing of private property, and the outraging of helpless, private citizens as “War,” but as robbery and arson. I venture to say that up to the period when that great march [Sherman’s] taught us the contrary, no humane general or civilized people in Christendom believed that “such is war.”

(Zeb Vance, Champion of Personal Freedom, Glenn Tucker, Bobbs-Merrill, 1965, pp. 374-376)

Watch Lecture Two: “Lochner v. New York: Property Rights”



The American Founders held the view that the right to property is a natural right possessed by all human beings and that the fundamental purpose of the Constitution is to secure the natural rights of all American citizens. For many decades after the Founding, the U.S. Supreme Court remained faithful to this purpose. Beginning in the late 19th century, the Supreme Court embraced the doctrine of substantive due process, which gradually undermined the Founders’ understanding of property rights.

More @ Hillsdale

Russia Threatens to Shoot Down U.S. Aircraft in Syria

Via Billy

Our government is insane. The current government of Syria is internationally recognized as legitimate.  Syria invited Russia into their country, but not the US.  The Obama regime knows no bounds to it's hypocrisy.

As reports that the Obama administration are, once again, considering launching airstrikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Russian Defense Ministry on Thursday issued a clear warning that it will shoot down American aircraft if such a campaign was launched.

The statement comes just days after reports that Moscow had deployed additional S-300 surface-to-air missile batteries to its air base in the Assad-controlled Syrian region of Latakia. Russia is in Syria providing air support to Assad's forces, as they battle to retake positions to the east.

“Let me remind the [so-called] American 'strategists': the Russian military bases in [Latakia] and Tartus are covered by S-400 and S-300 air defense systems, the range of which may come as a surprise to unidentified flying objects.”

Brilliant Sabotage: Giant Putin Banner Hung from Manhattan Bridge

Via comment by Anonymous on Countries behave as idiotically as dogs because t...

 putin banner bridge

Sabotaging the System One Truth at a Time.

The guys (gals?) who hung this Putin banner that reads “Peacemaker” did the world a great service. It shows that not everyone is on board with Hillary Clinton’s bull that Putin is the new Hitler.
Having a big banner like that made will lead to the perps being caught. There’s only a limited number of places to have something like that made and there’s probably a record of who made it.

That’s OK. The perps can explain why they pulled their harmless little act of sabotage, which should get even more people thinking.

Of course, Hillary will say that Trump’s deplorables did it, which is probably true.

More @ Saboteur365

Jimmy Stewart’s Stepson Ambushed in DMZ: “He didn’t have to go on the patrol, but once committed, he had a premonition that he would get killed”.

March 19, 1985

Dear Robert Lake,

My wife Gloria and I wanted you to know that we are grateful to you for your kind and thoughtful letter. We are so grateful to you for telling us about our son, who died in Vietnam. To tell you the truth, you are the only Marine who served directly with our son that we have heard from….

Best wishes,

James Stewart


War stories, as the adage goes, are all true and all false. The survivors of one patrol had been telling a mostly false version of this story for 31 years—not deliberately, but because each man’s personal survival strategy had repressed large parts of the traumatic memory. One thing that helped unlock those memories was a celebrity’s published account of the loss of his stepson, who had been one of their teammates (see end of story for a letter written by Jimmy Stewart about the loss of his son).

When America first landed on the moon in July 1969, the world knew about it. But the previous month in Vietnam, when a U.S. Marine Corps ­reconnaissance patrol code-named “American Beauty” fought for its life, nobody knew the whole story of the Marines’ ­bravery. And none of the survivors could tell it themselves.

On June 8, 1969, those Marines were trapped in an ambush that claimed the life of actor Jimmy Stewart’s stepson, Marine 1st Lt. Ron McLean. The remaining five were pinned down for 24 hours by a dug-in NVA platoon. The resulting onslaught of automatic-weapons fire, grenades and 12 hours of close air support should have killed the team many times over.

“We all expected to die on the hill,” said Bob Lake of Aitkin, Minn., who at 19 had been the assistant patrol leader. “We were in no man’s land, unknowingly dropped into a [1,200-member] enemy battalion, and [helicopter extraction from] the hilltop was the only way out.”

More @ History

Jimmy Stewart suffered such extreme PTSD after being a bonber pilot in World War II that he acted out his mental distress during 'It's a Wonderful Life'.

Via David

Matzen's book,¬†Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe, hits bookstores on October 24 and is available for order on Amazon 
Fellow actor Clark Gable (right, with Stewart) also entered the military and was sent into combat 
When men were men.

 Just minutes after a¬†harrowing¬†conclusion to a nearly 13-hour B-52 bombing mission, Brig. Gen. Jimmy Stewart greets relieved crew and VIPs on the tarmac at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam on February 21, 1966. Photo courtesy Bob Amos.

Stewart did not leave the military and continued to serve until May 1968 when he retired after 27 years of service during which time he was a bomber pilot during the Vietnam War.

Stewart played George Bailey in the classic movie and channeled his anger and guilt into the scenes where he rages at his family.

Stewart was haunted by 'a thousand black memories' from his time as an Air Force commanding officer that he took with him back to Hollywood after the war.

Pilots who flew with him said that became 'Flak Happy' during World War II, a term to describe what is now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

Stewart wrestled with the guilt of killing civilians in bomb raids over France and Germany including one instance where they destroyed the wrong city by mistake.

More @ Mail

Muslim shoots up three churches, says “Read the Qur’an”

Via Billy

The link to Buchanan’s Facebook page in the report below has already gone dead. In any case, the screenshot makes Buchanan’s mindset clear: “Read the Qur’an because it is the true word of God…”

A Muslim shoots up three churches and nothing is said about his motive or his Islamic identity.

Would the same courtesy be shown a Christian who shot up three mosques? Why the coverup? Who is responsible for it?

More @ Jihad Watch

Donald Trump, Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali

Via Butch, my roommate at Greenbrier.



Here's Something You Don't See Everyday:

Trump being given the Ellis Island Award in 1989 for

contributing to the conditions of inner city black

youths, standing alongside Muhammad Ali and Rosa Parks.

Funny.....Why Doesn't NBC Or CNN Show This?

Poll Shows ‘Great Opposition’ to Refugee Expansion ‘Even Among Democrats and Hillary Voters’ + 70% Oppose Internet Take Over

Via Billy


Pollster and political analyst Pat Caddell discussed results from the latest Breitbart News/Gravis poll on Thursday morning with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow, saying, “In particular, I’m fascinated with this refugee question. We’re seeing great opposition even among large numbers of Democrats and Hillary voters against the refugee expansion, which the mainstream media basically doesn’t cover.”

 More @ Breitbart

Public Outrage Forces Hillary to Delay Campaign Ads on Weather Channel During Hurricane

Via Billy


Public outrage forced Hillary Clinton to delay her campaign ads on the Weather Channel during Hurricane Matthew.

Hillary was planning on spending $63 on campaign ads during the catastrophe.
Shameful Hillary was going to politicize the tragedy.

Matthew's eye off coast of Wilmington: Category 1 85 mph

DOJ Let Clinton Aides’ Lawyer Limit FBI’s Investigation

Via Billy

Department of Justice (DOJ) officials let the attorney for two of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s closest aides shape the FBI’s investigation into her private email server, including allowing the assistants to destroy official records and laptops.

"Countries behave as idiotically as dogs because they are ruled by people as idiotic as dogs."

Male dogs in a pack want to be alpha-dog, and fight to get there. Male politicians, to include the marginally female, want to be alpha-pol and fight, scratch, claw, lie, cheat, and steal to get there. 

Politics rewards the unprincipled and truculent, and thus those most likely to start wars. A fairly small number of these pathologically combative people decide whether a country of three hundred million go to war with another that most of the population has never heard of.

Dozens of Afghan troops AWOL from military training in U.S.

Via Billy

Forty-four Afghan troops visiting the United States for military training have gone missing in less than two years, presumably in an effort to live and work illegally prepare for Jihad in America, Pentagon officials said.

Although the number of disappearances is relatively small -- some 2,200 Afghan troops have received military training in the United States since 2007 -- the incidents raise questions about security and screening procedures for the programs.

                                                                   More @ Reuters

Leaked Audio: Clinton Says Supreme Court Is ‘Wrong’ on Second Amendment

Via Billy

Hillary Clinton slammed the Supreme Court as “wrong on the Second Amendment” and called for reinstating the assault weapons ban during a small private fundraiser in New York last week, according to audio of her remarks obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

While Clinton has previously supported an assault weapons ban, this is the first time since launching her campaign that she indicated that she would take on the Supreme Court over gun issues.

Hannity Goes After Megyn Kelly

Via Billy

Sean Hannity has hurled what many of his Fox News Channel viewers would consider an insult at colleague Megyn Kelly: He accused her of being a Hillary Clinton supporter.

Hannity reacted by Twitter on Wednesday night after Kelly had a segment on her show about the presidential candidates tightly controlling press access. She noted that Republican Donald Trump "will go on Hannity and pretty much only Hannity and will not venture out to unsafe spaces these days."

Hannity responded on Twitter, writing "u should be mad at @HillaryClinton. Clearly you support her. And @realDonaldTrump did talk to u." When another Twitter user told Hannity he should stand by his colleagues, the host said, "Sure. When they stand by me."

More @ Windstream

Hannity Goes After Megyn Kelly:

Hillary Planted Child Actor to Ask Question at Pathetic Little Town Hall Rally


On Tuesday Hillary Clinton held another small town hall rally in Haverford, Pennsylvania.
Maybe 200-300 people turned out.

During the event a young 15 year-old girl asked Hillary Clinton a question on body image.

 Her name is Brennan Leach.

Virtually unchanged since before debate: Trump Up 4 in LA Times – USC Dornsife poll: Washington Bureau chief of the LA Times: We Got “President Obama’s Reelection Margin Right”

Via Billy

David Lauter: It’s a balanced mix weighted to be representative of the population as a whole…
Megyn Kelly: How confident are you because of course your poll is an outlier?
David Lauter: Well, of course, we don’t have a crystal ball so you never really know.
But this group at USC that is doing a poll with us they did the same technique four yearsago and they produced a very accurate poll. They were one of the only polls that got President Obama’s reelection margin right. So we think they’re doing a good job.