Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fifteenth Abbeville Institute Summer School:Come meet Congressional Medal of Honor recipient James Livingston


St Christopher Conference Center, July 9-14, 2017

Seabrook Island, South Carolina

The South has a depth of meaning not available to other regions of the country. It is older than the United States, and for four years it was a nation fighting for its independence. It has known tragedy, greatness, and humility. Having changed, it has yet retained a substantial character. To be Southern does not require being born in the South, nor to be of a specific race or ethnic group, nor is it an ideology. M.E. Bradford defined Southern identity as “a vital long lasting bond among those who have contributed to it.” And Flannery O’Connor said “It lies very deep. In its entirety, it is known only to God, but of those who look for it, none gets so close as the artist.”

Join us for a thoughtful discussion of Southern Identity and the posture it should assume in an increasingly shallow and fractured “American” national identity.


Clyde Wilson (History, University of South Carolina)

Carey Roberts (History, Liberty University)

Donald Livingston (Philosophy, Emory University)

Bill Wilson (Religious Studies, University of Virginia)

James Kibler (Literature, University of Georgia)

Catharine Savage Brosman (Literature, Tulane University and nationally recognized poet)

Ryan Walters (History, Author)


James Livingston (Soldier, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient)


St. Christopher Conference on beautiful Seabrook Island. Wednesday will be spent  touring the historic sights of Charleston.


The cost for tuition, room, board, and continuous refreshments for five days is $1,128 (single) and $1,956 (double). The conference is open to the public, but preference is given to college and graduate students who are encouraged to apply (and soon as space is limited). Scholarships are available. To apply contact or phone (843) 323 0690.

Bernard Baruch: Son of the South


On the morning of July 5, 1880, Colonel E.B.C. Cash and Colonel William M. Shannon faced each other with pistols near Du Bose’s bridge in Darlington County, S,C. At a word of command, Shannon fired quickly, splashing the muddy ground at the feet of his adversary. Colonel Cash, an experienced duelist with a sinister reputation, coolly took aim and fired. Seconds later, Colonel Shannon, believed to be the last man shot in a “high-toned” pistol duel anywhere in the United States, lay dead.

The killing of Colonel Shannon sent shock waves across the state and spurred the South Carolina legislature to enact strict new laws prohibiting dueling and disqualifying from public office anyone who had taken part in one. The incident also had a profound effect on one of the men in attendance that fateful morning. Dr. Simon Baruch, a close friend of Shannon, had reluctantly agreed to witness the affair. Hoping to avert bloodshed, Dr. Baruch had secretly alerted the local sheriff. But the intervention of the law came too late. Haunted by what he believed was a needless and tragic death, Simon Baruch decided to move his family and his very successful medical practice to New York City.

The Senate votes to kill broadband privacy rules

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The Senate voted Thursday to approve a measure that could make it easier for broadband providers to sell private information about you to marketers.

In a 50-48 vote, lawmakers approved a joint resolution from Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, that uses the Congressional Review Act to prevent privacy rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission last year from taking effect.

The resolution also would prevent the FCC from enacting similar consumer protections in the future. The measure must now be voted on in the House of Representatives.

More @ CNET

The disease killing white Americans goes way deeper than opioids

Via Billy

In rich countries, death rates are supposed to decline. But in the past decade and a half, middle-age white Americans have actually been dying faster. Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton first pointed out this disturbing trend in a 2015 study that highlighted three "diseases of despair": drugs, drinking and suicide.

On Thursday, the pair released a deeper analysis that clears up one of the biggest misconceptions about their earlier research.

The problem of dying whites can't only be blamed on rising rates of drug overdoses, suicides and chronic alcoholism, they say. More and more, middle-aged white Americans are dying for all kinds of reasons — and the underlying issue may have less to do with opioids and more to do with how society has left behind the working class.

More @ AJC

President Trump Makes a Statement on Healthcare Law

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President Trump: “What would be really good with no Democrat support if the Democrats-when it explodes which it will soon. If they got together with us and got a real healthcare bill I’d be totally open to it and I think that will happen.
I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because now they own Obamacare. They own it, 100% own it”

Homeowner ordered to take down ‘racist’ Blue Lives Matter flag after years without incident

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 Father: ‘We’ve got black officers, we’ve got Asian officers, we’ve got every race’

A Florida woman who has flown a pro-cop American flag outside her home for years was ordered to remove it from her property after it was deemed “racist.”

Jeff Gaddie of St. Johns County told a local Fox affiliate this week that his daughter has displayed a Blue Lives Matter flag on her front porch for years, but a recent complaint prompted her homeowners association to order its removal. She was told to put in an official request for permission to fly the allegedly “racist” flag and then was denied.

“She called [the HOA] to ask why,” Mr. Gaddiesaid Tuesday. “They told her they had received a complaint that it was considered racist, offensive and anti-Black Lives Matter.”

Trump could order spy agencies to hand over intelligence intercepts that name him — but he hasn’t

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President Donald Trump pauses in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Friday, March 24, 2017, during an announcement on the approval of a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the $8 billion project. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump has not used his authority to compel U.S. spy agencies to turn over transcripts of all intercepted communication that mention him or his associates in dealings with Russia, the White House confirmed Friday.

The information could answer questions about alleged collusion with Russia or whether the Obama administration spied on Mr. Trump and his team, as Mr. Trump has charged.

The president’s handling of the vast resources of the U.S. intelligence agencies have been questioned as his administration struggles to overcome allegations of Mr. Trump’s ties to Russian meddling in the election.

When asked by a reporter about the president’s ability to request the transcripts, White House press secretary Sean Spicer flatly said, “No.”

High School Rapists Entered U.S. as Unaccompanied Alien Children, Lived in Sanctuary County

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The teenage illegal immigrants charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Maryland public high school last week entered the United States under an Obama program that’s accommodated tens of thousands of Central American youths who crossed the Mexican border. The administration coined them Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and portrayed them as innocent, desperate kids fleeing violence and famine in their homeland. Most are from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala and the influx has overwhelmed border agents, government health agencies and military bases that serve as shelters not to mention public schools nationwide.

This week two of the UACs protected by Obama’s outlaw amnesty measures were charged with the rape of a ninth-grader at Rockville High School in Montgomery County, a Maryland jurisdiction that offers illegal aliens sanctuary. The illegal immigrants, 17-year-old Jose Montano and 18-year-old Henry Sanchez, were both charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense. Both illegal aliens were in the ninth grade like their victim, according local news reports. Montano came to the U.S. from El Salvador and Sanchez, who reportedly had been ordered deported, from Guatemala. Both are being held without bail. Several local media outlets printed a letter sent to parents by the school district describing the rape as a “serious incident” that “is being addressed.

Microsoft Windows 10 has a keylogger enabled by default – here’s how to disable it (1 minute)

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Many Windows 10 users are unknowingly sending the contents of every keystroke they make to Microsoft due to an enabled-by-default keylogger. This function has been around since the beginning of Windows 10, and is a prime example of why you should never go through the default install process on any Operating System. Windows 10 privacy has been a hot button issue since its release years ago. The French government even issued a warning to Microsoft last year, telling them to:

At What Age Do Millennials Consider Themselves Adults? The Answer Will Stun You.

Via Billy

A new report has found that millennials don't consider themselves adults until they reach the age of 30.

Yes, you read that correctly.

According to The Wrap, research compiled by David Poltrack, CBS' chief research officer and their ratings expert, as well as Nielsen Catalina Solutions, found that millennials consider themselves adults at age 30 because that's when they typically are completely responsible for themselves – they no longer reside with their parents and pay entirely for their own bills.

Russian Roulette

 Lies of Omission

I spent some time today on the Southern Sense radio show and discussed Lies of Omission, but more importantly, we discussed the issues of the day. I can only be a marketing whore for so many hours in a day, then I revert back to the fact that we did this film for a reason, several reasons, but they all come back to one thing: the government is operating outside of legitimacy and is likely to do whatever is expedient for them. It is a government turned on the very people who sustain it, because we no longer sustain it. They have spent themselves into a debt outside of the American people.

One might frame the issue any way they choose, but it is consistent on one issue, the government is broken and flailing with both arms (Republican and Democrat) at their own shadow, against the evil they have fostered, that is inevitable whenever a government functions with no oversight, with no accountability, with no discipline. The very idea of high-level government officials going to jail is not even considered despite the open, obvious and brazen crimes committed as a matter of "doing business." We nearly elected a candidate for President of the United States under active FBI investigation for, in effect, selling state secrets to fund her campaign and half the country still clings to that candidate as a savior and a blessing.

Judge Sides With Trump Administration, Refuses To Block Travel Ban

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U.S. President Donald Trump attends a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus Executive Committee at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S., March 22, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A federal judge in Virginia ruled Friday against blocking President Trump’s executive order that called for temporarily stopping the entry of immigrants from six majority-Muslim nations and refugee admittance overall.

The decision against the injunction comes after federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii blocked the implementation of Trump’s executive order nationwide. The ruling in Maryland is set to be heard before an appeals court in May. These two past decisions keep the order at bay.

Judge Anthony Trenga of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia found that Trump was within his legal rights to impose the travel ban and that it was not discriminatory toward Muslims.

FBI Director James Comey seen at the White House

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FBI Director James Comey was seen entering the White House on Friday amid an investigation into Russian activities during the campaign that includes an inquiry into President Trump's associates and their ties to Russia.

It was not immediately clear why Comey had arrived at the White House or who he was planning to meet. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Comey confirmed to the House Intelligence Committee earlier this week that a Russia-related investigation had expanded to include allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian-backed actors who leaked Democrats' emails during the presidential race. Those allegations have not been substantiated.

Discussion About Replacement of Paul Ryan as House Speaker Heats Up in White House, Congress

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President Trump pulled the healthcare bill today after it fell short of the votes needed to pass. Many believed that the highly unpopular healthcare bill dubbed ‘Ryancare’ was just another big government solution.

President Trump may be playing 4D chess with this because this may have been the perfect way to not only get the full repeal of Obamacare, but also a replacement of House Speaker, Paul Ryan.

More @ The Gateway Pundit & Breitbart

Art of the Deal’ Healthcare Bill Failure a Way to Oust Paul Ryan and Achieve Full Repeal of Obamacare?

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“The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it.” 
– The Art of The Deal.

Today, President Trump pulled the healthcare bill after it fell short of the votes needed to pass. 

The highly unpopular ‘Ryancare’ replacement of Obamacare left the Republicans divided.

Did Trump give Paul Ryan just enough rope to hang himself? It is no secret that Paul Ryan has contempt for President Trump and is working to sabotage him. This may Trump’s plan to have Paul Ryan ousted and replaced.

NC: Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows: I promised full Obamacare repeal

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The leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus defended his decision to oppose Republican legislation to repeal Obamacare that was pulled by House leadership Friday because of insufficient support.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said he was willing to work with President Trump again to fully repeal Obamacare, even though Trump and House GOP leaders said they are moving on.

Meadows said in a statement that he promised his constituents he would "fight for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a replacement with a market-driven approach that brings down costs and provides more choices for the American people."

More with video @ Washington Examiner