Tuesday, August 8, 2017

William Lowndes Yancey: Excellent


A review of William Lowndes Yancey and the Coming of the Civil War. by Eric H. Walther. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2006.

William Lowndes Yancey was described as the Patrick Henry of the Confederacy.  Eric Walther’s biography of follows the evolution of a staunch unionist to the orator of secession.  Yancey was the son of a Navy war hero.  The death of Yancey’s father, and the remarriage of his cantankerous mother to a New England preacher had a profound impact on young William.  The young Yancey grew to hate his father-in-law and the New England society that spawned him, a hatred that spurred Yancey’s politics for the rest of his life.  Yancey was educated in New England, but moved back to the South, and gradually shifted from being a staunch nationalist to become the pre-eminent orator of secession. 

By the late 1840s, Yancey came to believe that the interests of the South lay outside of the Union, and he agitated for secession from that point.  He tried, unsuccessfully, to split the Democratic party in 1848, succeeded in splitting the party in 1860 and then the Union in 1861.  Having succeeded in bringing about the division of the Union, he served the Confederacy as an ambassador in England, and then in the Confederate Senate.  He died in 1863, having lived long enough to see his Confederacy in deep trouble after the twin disasters of Gettysburg and Vicksburg.

Grant’s New Kind of War

An officer and a gentleman.

At Vicksburg, Grant initiated a concept of total war and annihilation against Americans in the South which caused Sherman to worship him. The endless streams of paid substitutes and immigrant recruits sent by Lincoln to fill his constantly depleted ranks far surpassed the small citizen armies of the South who fought with their homes behind them.  Grant may have learned this from British Col. Banastre Tarelton, and saw sheer brutality against soldier and civilian alike as an effective manner in which to subjugate the South. Monitoring both Grant, Sherman and Sheridan destructive campaigns was a young Spanish attache, Captain Varleriano Weyler, who in the mid-1890s became known as “Butcher” Weyler for herding Cuban women and children into concentration camps and burning the countryside.
Bernhard Thuersam, www.Circa1865.com   The Great American Political Divide

Grant’s New Kind of War

“What Sherman could not see was that Grant had, in those silent months before Vicksburg, evolved a new psychology for the Federal armies. At [Fort] Donelson the seed of the new idea had started to grow when he had noted that if two fighters were exhausted the first to revive would be the victor.

Lying at the foot of Vicksburg’s cliffs, Grant had come to the irrevocable belief that, in the end, triumph would come to that army which never counted its dead, never licked its wounds, never gave its adversary breathing space, never remembered the past nor shrank from the future – the army which dismissed old rules and ignored rebuffs – the army which held implicit faith in a simple and eternal offensive.

As he prodded his men . . . , Sherman’s eyes began to open, [and] the old military world of West Point [seemed] to spin around beneath him and disappear. This was a new kind of war – and Grant was making his own rules as he went along. Here was an army caring not a whipstitch for a base of supplies. From field, barn, smokehouse, and cellar they were extracting epicurean meals.

When they squatted on their haunches at noon, they fried ham, bacon, pork chops, beefsteak . . . they rolled blankets around bottles of wine and whiskey lifted from baronial sideboards. What was a base of supplies to them? They were not professional soldiers. They were western pioneers – a new generation of pioneers loose in a new country with rifles and axes.  Had their fathers or grandfathers given a damn about a base of supplies when they had crossed the Ohio long ago to enter the wilderness?

While his men built a new bridge over the Big Black River, he lay down in a Negro’s cabin to snatch a few moments of sleep. It was midnight . . . [and] Grant had just ridden up. Twenty-five years later Sherman recalled the scene in detail:

“I rushed out bareheaded and taking him by the hand said, “General Grant, I want to congratulate you on the success of your plan. And it’s your plan, too, by heaven, and nobody else’s. For nobody else believe in it.”

It was as near to hero-worship as Sherman would come in a lifetime that held no heroes.”

(Sherman, Fighting Prophet, Lloyd Lewis, Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1932, excerpts pp. 273-274)

Beautiful Shot Vietnam 1964: When Hope, Yet To Be Lost, Was Abundant

Via Kevin Tran

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A-1H PD 518 - 1964 

Stephen Miller Praises POTUS: ‘President Trump’s the Most Gifted Politician of Our Time’

Via Billy 

Stephen Miller, President Donald Trump’s senior advisor for policy, appeared on Fox News Tuesday evening to discuss a number of topics from the President’s skills as an orator to the “extreme” media with Laura Ingraham.

Miller offered effusive praise regarding his boss and continues to be a staunch and vocal advocate of the moves the President has made since taking the White House.
Miller commented regarding the President:
“President Trump’s the most gifted politician of our time, and he’s the best orator to hold that office in generations, and so we’re gonna take the message out to the people
He is the leader of this nationwide and worldwide populist movement and it’s about uplifting working class people, black, Hispanic, white, all backgrounds . . .”

3 Stabbed Before Man With Gun Stops Robber

Via Billy

3 Stabbed Before Man With Gun Stops Robber: Deputies
 Due to slavery, of course..........

Two good Samaritans suffered stab wounds on Sunday when they tried to come to a woman’s aid in a Publix parking lot in Seminole. That’s when Pinellas County deputies say a third good Samaritan with a gun stepped in and put an end to the struggle without firing a shot.

According to the sheriff’s office, the unusual string of events began to unfold around 12:40 p.m. Aug. 6 in the Publix parking lot at 7880 113th St. Rossana Lynn, 44, was sitting in her 2010 Toyota Highlander when Bobby Martin Watson, 49, of St. Petersburg is accused of walking up to her vehicle, opening the door and trying to reach for her purse.

For Brock

Via Brother Henry

"Me (Jessica) reading Peter Rabbit to Valentina from Brock's copy of the book.  His name is in it.  The third generation."

      My Brother Henry and Wife Jessica
           Valentina's Mother and Father,  Claudia and Eduardo

After the Coup, What Then?

Via Wes

 After the Coup, What Then?
“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
That the Trump presidency is bedeviled is undeniable.
As President Donald Trump flew off for August at his Jersey club, there came word that Special Counsel Robert Mueller III had impaneled a grand jury and subpoenas were going out to Trump family and campaign associates.

The jurors will be drawn from a pool of citizens in a city Hillary Clinton swept with 91 percent of the vote. Trump got 4 percent.

Whatever indictments Mueller wants, Mueller gets.

Television series may illustrate modern day fear of secession as a real political choice in America



Conservative talk radio, including the Mega Rushie (Rush Limbaugh) and the Laura Ingraham show have given some air time to a discussion of a possible HBO television series in the making, “Confederate.”

The reported theme of the show is that the South won the War for Southern Independence (called the Civil War by Yankees) and divided the nation.  We are told that in this show slavery still exists in the South.

So what’s the point of a show like this?

Well, at first glance it’s an attack on the modern South, and on many Americans who honor Southern heritage.  It could be seen as part of the assault on Southern Culture and American history as is being conducted through the removal of statues and memorials to Southern heros like Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and the hundreds of thousands of Americans who fought for the South against the Yankee invasion.

It could be seen as a continuation of the “Obama apology tour,” highlighting negative aspects of American history like slavery.  Ofcourse, we won’t see anything about the massacre of 60 million innocent unborn through abortion on this series or any other.

But, I think there may be a larger political objective behind this series, than an attack on American history or a region of the nation.

America is a divided nation.

More @ Nolan Chart

Reagan Campaign Director: "It's Time for Mitch McConnell to Step Down. It's Time for Change"

Via Billy

RNC chair warns: Republicans who refused to back Trump offer 'cautionary tale'

Via Billy


The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee is warning GOP senators to learn from the example of those in President Trump's party who stood up against him and lost at the ballot box.

Ronna Romney McDaniel was speaking specifically Monday on "The Laura Ingraham Show" about Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz) and his reelection chances next year. Flake has spoken out publicly against Trump recently, and McDaniel warned he could face the same fate as former Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) and former Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), both whom opposed Trump and lost Senate campaigns last year.

“If you look at 2016, the senators that did not support the President … they fell short in those Senate races,” she said. “There is a cautionary tale there because voters want you to support the president in his agenda."

More @ The Hill

Silencing ALL opposition voices: Inside The Media Matters Playbook

Via Billy

Even to casual observers, it has been obvious for months that the left is orchestrating a tightly-coordinated campaign to undermine and delegitimize the current presidential administration.

As an extension of the decades-long campaign to wrestle the narrative away from conservatives, independents and centrists, they’re smearing right-leaning commentators with anything they can find.
In the take-down of Bill O’Reilly and Monica Crowley and attempted hit on Sean Hannity, for example, it’s more than evident.

And just this week, the suspension of Fox’s Eric Bolling provides even more proof.

We now know how the left is running this non-stop smear campaign and who is pulling the puppet strings.

Body Language Expert: Gen. John Kelly KNOWS 100% Who The White House Leaker Is

Via Billy


The body language expert behind the Youtube Channel, Bombard’s Body Language, believes Gen. John Kelly knows who the White House leaker is, but likely cannot keep intel from him/her because information must flow through them. The expert analyzes the body language of Kelly discussing leaks with FOX News host Chris Wallace last Sunday.

More @ The Gateway Pundit

Sekulow: Redacted FBI Email Addresses in New Lynch-Clinton Docs Could Be James Comey

Via Billy

An attorney for Trump, Jay Sekulow discussed the new Lynch-Clinton docs with fellow member of the American Center for Law and Justice, attorney Jordan Sekulow on his radio show Monday morning.
Jordan Sekulow pointed out that the new Lynch-Clinton docs released after a FOIA request, redacted FBI email addresses and speculated that if the emails went all the way up to the AG, they most likely went all the way up to James Comey; the redacted email address can actually be James Comey’s.

More with video and audio @ The Gateway Pundit

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Eric Trump: DC 'absolutely' more corrupt than most Americans think

Via Billy


Eric Trump appeared on "Hannity" Monday night and spoke about the corruption in Washington, saying the nation’s capital is “absolutely” more corrupt than people think.

“Do I think Washington is a lot more corrupt than most Americans think? Absolutely. No question about it,” he said on the show.

More @ The Hill

Moore for Senate Drain the Swamp: McConnell's Slime Machine

Via Billy

The lies behind the Paris climate accord

Via Billy

China coal

On June 1st, President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate accord.

He was right to do so.

Paris accord supporters were always deluding themselves about China's commitments to reduce carbon emissions. As I explained, they "cite China's reduced coal usage as evidence of its seriousness about the process. Unfortunately, their assumption rests on the reliability of Chinese government data." That data, I suggested, was not reliable.

I was correct. On Tuesday, a BBC investigation outlined massive data flaws that undercut the very essence of the Paris climate accord.

China and India, respectively the world's top and fourth highest carbon emitters, are vastly under-recording their emissions. The BBC notes that "levels of some emissions from India and China are so uncertain that experts say their records are plus or minus 100%."

US job openings hit record high in June

Via Billy

The number of advertised job openings rose to a record-high 6.2 million in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The number of advertised job openings rose to a record-high 6.2 million in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.

Tuesday's release marked the first time that advertised job vacancies cleared the 6 million mark, which had been approached but not hit a few times in the past few years of the recovery. The data goes back to December of 2000.

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Offers Job to Fired Google Engineer: “Censorship Is for Losers”

Via Billy


This past weekend Google engineer James Damore released a ten-page manifesto criticizing the politically correct culture that has infected Google’s corporate environment.

On Monday night Damore was fired by Google for straying from company diversity policy.

 More @ The Gateway Pundit

1.1 Million Drop Off Food Stamp Lists -- Mostly Illegal Aliens

Via Billy

The Congressional Map Has A Record-Setting Bias Against Democrats And it’s not just 2018.

Via Billy


When Democrats think about their party’s problems on the political map, they tend to think of President Trump’s ability to win the White House despite losing the popular vote and Republicans’ potent efforts to gerrymander congressional districts. But their problems extend beyond the Electoral College and the House: The Senate hasn’t had such a strong pro-GOP bias since the ratification of direct Senate elections in 1913.

Even if Democrats were to win every single 2018 House and Senate race for seats representing places that Hillary Clinton won or that Trump won by less than 3 percentage points — a pretty good midterm by historical standards — they could still fall short of the House majority and lose five Senate seats.

This is partly attributable to the nature of House districts: GOP gerrymandering and Democratic voters’ clustering in urban districts has moved the median House seat well to the right of the nation. Part of it is bad timing. Democrats have been cursed by a terrible Senate map in 2018: They must defend 25 of their 48 seats1 while Republicans must defend just eight of their 52.
But there’s a larger, long-term trend at work too.

H.R. McMaster becomes Trump diehards' top target as tensions with Steve Bannon rise

Via Billy


President Trump's national security adviser has drawn the wrath of Trump's populist supporters, friendly media outlets and allies of chief strategist Steve Bannon as the dynamics of the West Wing once again shift amid a staffing shake-up that shows no signs of slowing down.

Tensions between Bannon and H.R. McMaster, who took the reins of the National Security Council in February, bubbled over late last week after McMaster dismissed a top NSC aide who was widely viewed as an advocate for the president's campaign promises. Amid the subsequent backlash from Trump's nexus of populist supporters, the president issued a rare statement of support for McMaster.

Internal rivalries have ebbed and flowed throughout Trump's young presidency with little lasting effect on the White House hierarchy until recently. The White House's roster of top staffers remained stable through months of intrigue until the recent departures of press secretary Sean Spicer and outgoing chief of staff Reince Priebus.

Deep State Teams with Fake News: Email Evidence Proves New York Times Soliciting Anti-Trump Bureaucracy Leakers

Via Billy

People walk past the New York Times building on July 27, 2017 in New York City. The New York Times Company shares have surged to a nine-year high after posting strong earnings on Thursday. Partly due to new digital subscriptions following the election of Donald Trump as president, the company reported a profit of $27.7 million in the second quarter, up from $9.1 million in the same period last year. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Emails from a reporter for the New York Times to government employees obtained exclusively by Breitbart News demonstrate that the newspaper’s employees are not just on the receiving end of leaks, but are actually soliciting government employees to become leakers. What’s more, the emails demonstrate the Times colluded with the president of government union to encourage and solicit these leaks—something that may become highly problematic for both institutions.

“Thanks again for taking the time to speak today,” Coral Davenport, an “Energy and Environment Correspondent” for the New York Times, writes in an email to John J. O’Grady of the EPA workers’ union. O’Grady is the president of the AFGE Council 238 in Chicago—which represents EPA workers.

“As I mentioned, I’m working on a story looking specifically at concrete examples of unusual secretary at E.P.A.,” Davenport states, continuing:
I’ve heard a lot of second-hand rumors, but in order to report these incidents, I’d need to have first-hand or eyewitness accounts. I’m looking for examples of things like, information being communicated only verbally when it would historically have been put in writing, people being told not to bring phones, laptops or even take notes in meetings where they would in the past typically have done so, eyewitness accounts of things like the administrator or top political appointees refusing to use official email, phones or computers, or any other specific, first-hand examples of practices that appear to demonstrate unprecedented secrecy or transparency.
More @ Breitbart

Saigon 1969 - Crystal Blue Persuasion & My '67 Datsun Bird

In a 1985 interview in Hitch magazine, James said the title of the song came to him while he was reading the Biblical Book of Revelation: I took the title from the Book of Revelations [sic] in the Bible, reading about the New Jerusalem. The words jumped out at me, and they're not together; they're spread out over three or four verses. But it seemed to go together, it's my favorite of all my songs and one of our most requested.