Saturday, November 25, 2017

False Witness: The Trial of Henry Wirz

Via Mike

Allegations are not facts, and they frequently prove to be false. Politics, corruption, bribery, greed, revenge, and blind ideology are often the seeds of false witness that produce character assassination and murder. The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 resulted in the judicial murder of twenty people based on the testimony of false and hysterical witnesses. This is the history of the judicial murder of Henry Wirz in 1865, using a false witness and a military commission that was really a “hanging jury.”

Henry Wirz was a Swiss immigrant, who settled in Louisiana before the Civil War. He enlisted in the Confederate Army and by 1864 held the rank of Captain. Captain (later Major) Henry Wirz was appointed Commandant of the Confederate Prisoner of War (POW) camp at Andersonville, Georgia, a few months after it was established early in 1864. During its existence in 1864 and 1865, it was the largest Confederate prison, holding at one time nearly 33,000 Union POWs. Of the 45,000 Union soldiers there during its existence nearly 13,000 died. Most of these died of diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid, small pox, scurvy, and hospital gangrene. Dysentery and diarrhea alone accounted for 4,500 deaths from March to August 1864.

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Pat Spicer Napoleon Addresses Charlottesville City Council on Recall Effort

Via Billy

Formula One in flames: Horrifying images show the true dangers of motor racing when drivers stood a one-in-three chance of being killed each time they took to the track

Via David

If the image of Von Trips' lifeless body lying on the race track isn't horrific enough, the image of an Italian woman standing in hysteria over the bodies of some of the 15 spectators that also perished is simply incomprehensible by today's standards

As Formula One fans prepare for the final weekend of the racing season - with Lewis Hamilton already confirmed as world champion - the drivers will be sat in the safest cars to ever be used in the sport.

But it wasn't too long ago that stepping into a Formula One car was an act either of extraordinary bravery or total recklessness.

In the mid-twentieth century, an average of two drivers died each season while even spectators were regularly at risk from flying debris. 

Between 1952 and 1970, a staggering 32 drivers died during Grand Prix races, many in horrific circumstances.

In one fateful weekend in 1994, Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna and Austrian Roland Ratzenberger both died in devastating crashes in Italy.  

More @ Daily Mail

Cuban War Crimes in Vietnam

Via Jonathan


We had quite a few Cubans who attended our military school. A number went back to fight Castro and some were liquidated.

 “I decided to research the "Cuban Program" after repeated claims by the Administration, Senators John McCain and John Kerry, Ambassador Pete Peterson, and members of the Department of Defense (DOD) that the Vietnamese Government was ‘cooperating fully’ in resolving the POW/MIA issue. This is far from the truth. Senator McCain likes to make himself out as the speaker of the truth, but interestingly enough he did nothing regarding VN POWS supposedly tortured by the Cubans. In addition, The Cuban Program was evaluated by two of the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office's (DPMO) chief analysts Robert Destatte and Chuck Towbridge. Destatte also has the audacity to claim that the Vietnamese were unaware of the Cuban Program, and it was stopped once the Vietnamese found out that "Fidel" and the others were torturing the American POWs.”
The Cuban government is an oppressive regime known for its human rights violations. In late last year, sixteen American diplomats based at Havana's U.S. Embassy, appear to have suffered traumatic brain injury caused by a subsonic attack. President Trump has gone on the record accusing the Cubans of responsibility for the attacks. But this is not the first time it has experimented on Americans.

As a former Marine, Mike Benge believes that there were seventeen Americans held in the Villa Marista prison and confirms that there were Cubans who tortured American POWs in Vietnam. In 1968, he worked for the Agency for International Development, serving as a civilian economic and community development advisor.

How To Make A Feminist Teacher Speechless

Via comment by Anonymous on Thanksgiving & such

Nolte: Shaky Allegations Against Roy Moore Are Not Enough to Disqualify Him

Via Mike

Just as the media do with guns, abortion, homosexuality, Obamacare, and Trump, all of their coverage is geared towards pressuring you to agree with them because if you do not agree with them, that means you are an immoral and indecent person.

Any commentary I have thus far made about the Roy Moore scandal has been on social media, and that has centered primarily on mocking the media’s hypocrisy while also noting my thoughts on individual aspects of the story. The big question, though, the question of whether or not the allegations add up to something serious enough to knock Moore out of Alabama’s Senate race, I have saved until now.

It may no longer be fashionable to wait for all the facts before expressing an opinion, but when it comes to something as deadly serious as a man’s reputation and allegations of child molestation, call me a fuddy-duddy.

From my vantage point, the issue comes down to four allegations:
  1. Beverly Young Nelson
Beverly Young Nelson claims that in 1977, when she was just 16 and Moore was 30, he attempted to assault her.

This one is easy. The yearbook she and her attorney Gloria Allred dramatically waved around as proof of the relationship is an obvious forgery. Please note that I am not couching my words about this forgery; there is no “apparent” or “probable” leaving myself some wriggle room.

I believe the yearbook is forged, and that blows all of Young’s credibility, as does the fact that once the veracity of the yearbook was called into question, after trying to talk around the obvious discrepancies, Allred disappeared; she went dark.

At best, Allred and Nelson might be trying to frame a guilty man. Regardless, this claim is not worth spit.

More @ Breitbart

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Giving Thanks and Taking Issue
 Killed a few weeks later.

It is a time of Thanksgiving, a moment when it is good to reflect on the gifts of God as they show up in our daily lives. When I think of it, I think about the people I have come to know. Not all of the people you meet are going to fit into your life, but enough of them will. This year I have come to know a number of people who have either participated in LIES OF OMISSION, or who have contributed to it in one way or another. I consider many of them friends beyond this project or that, this effort or that.

Over the years, I have had the pleasure of meeting many during Patcons, or the Fourth of July Parade up in Westcliffe, or in Pikeville, KY and yes, during the filming of Lies of Omission. While these might seem transient acquaintances, they are not. Not to me. The ideas shared, the issues discussed and the fact that they showed up at all are important, not only to me, but to an understanding that there is some point where actions will be required instead of words, but when that time comes, we will know who to count on. We can count on the people who showed up.

Country Music Star Faith Hill: ‘Military Weapons Should Not Be in the Hands of Civilians’


Evidently some  'country music singers' are imbeciles also.
A few weeks ago, country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill started chirping about gun control. Like the vast majority of celebrities that open their blowholes about guns, they sounded like idiots.

“Look, I’m a bird hunter — I love to wing-shoot,” said McGraw, in an interview with Billboard. “However, there is some common sense that’s necessary when it comes to gun control. They want to make it about the Second Amendment every time it’s brought up. It’s not about the Second Amendment.”

More @ Guns America

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