Wednesday, July 18, 2018

NC: The Americanization of James Iredell


James Iredell was born at Lewes, Sussex County, England. He was the eldest of the five sons of Francis Iredell, a Bristol merchant, and Margaret McCulloh Iredell, originally of Dublin. Young James came to the New World in 1768 because, after his father suffered a stroke in the mid-1760’s, it was necessary for the boy to leave school and accept an appointment arranged for him by his Irish cousins who owned a considerable property in North Carolina. James’ salary of £30 as Comptroller of the Customs in Port Roanoke (Edenton) went directly to his parents. The boy himself lived off port fees (about £100 per annum). After presenting his credentials to the Board of Customs
Commissioners in Boston, this ambitious stripling journeyed southward swiftly. There, if he had no fortune, he soon began to make one, moving in a circle of gifted friends to whom he was soon firmly attached. This circle stood behind him for the remainder of his life and defined his place in Southern society, the political life of his state and (finally) American politics at large.

FBI Knew Russian Maria Butina Was Working Conservatives But Did Not Warn Them She Was a Spy


Rand Paul: The Only Person We Know Colluded With The Russians Is Hillary Clinton & Waterboards Brennan For Calling Trump Treasonous


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“The president sees the Mueller investigation. He sees all these accusations from partisan Democrats, Hillary Clinton, saying ‘Oh, he colluded with the Russians,” Rand said. “The only people who we actually know colluded with the Russians were Hillary Clinton who paid a British agent who paid Russians for information for the dossier.”

“[Trump] feels like the intelligence community cooked up a political and partisan investigation,” Rand continued, “but also, part of the Mueller investigation is something that should have investigated, and that is: Who hacked into Hillary Clinton’s emails?”


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“John Brennan started out his adulthood by voting for the communist party presidential candidate and showing himself to be the most bias, bigoted, hyperbolic unhinged director of the C.I.A. that we’ve ever had,” Paul stated.

“He called the president treasonous because he doesn’t like him,” Paul continued. “Brennan and [James Clapper] are known for wanting to expand the authority of the intelligence agencies to grab up everyone’s information including Americans and so I don’t have a lot of respect for these people before they decided to go on hating the president.”

First Win for Trump-Putin Summit: Agreement to Restrain Iran in Syria

HELSINKI, FINLAND - JULY 16: U.S. President Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin after their summit on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. The two leaders met one-on-one and discussed a range of issues including the 2016 U.S Election collusion. …

President Donald Trump has been criticized by the media and by Beltway politicians of both parties for his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. But the summit has already produced a very significant win: namely, agreement to avoid a war in the Middle East by restraining Iran in Syria.

As Breitbart News columnist Caroline Glick noted last month, it was crucial that Trump confront Putin over Syria, because Russia  was about to allow Iranian and Hezbollah soldiers, dressed in Syrian uniforms, to move into southwestern Syria along the border with Israel and Jordan.

That was not a situation that the U.S. or Israel could accept.

As Glick explained:

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NC: Empty-holster protest. A prize to the attendee wearing the most empty holsters

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Second Amendment supporters and gun owners are expected to stand together on the Old County Courthouse lawn Saturday morning. The Orange County Second Amendment Rally is being held to advocate for gun rights and create discussion within the community.

Rally organizers Ashley Campbell and Daniel Johnson are Orange County residents who were inspired to create the event due to a Facebook poll of local residents on gun rights.

Johnson says the purpose is to educate and spark more conversation between those who support gun rights and those who support gun reform.

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Grappling net device helps police catch criminals in car chases

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Helsinki Talks - How Trump Tries To Rebalance The Global Triangle

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These imbeciles do not understand the realism behind Trump's grand policy. Trump knows the heartland theory of Halford John Mackinder.  He understands that Russia is the core of the Eurasian landmass. That landmass, when politically united, can rule the world. A naval power, the U.S. now as the UK before it, can never defeat it. Trump's opponents do not get what Zbigniew Brzezinski, the National Security Advisor of President Carter, said in his book The Grant Chessboard (pdf) about a Chinese-Russian alliance. They do not understand why Henry Kissinger advised Trump to let go of Crimea.
The reactions of the U.S. polite to yesterday's press conference of President Trump and President Putin are highly amusing. The media are losing their mind. Apparently it was Pearl Harbor, Gulf of Tonkin and 9/11 all in one day. War will commence tomorrow. But against whom?
Behind the panic lie competing views of Grand Strategy.

Rereading the transcript of the 45 minutes long press conference (vid) I find it rather boring. Trump did not say anything that he had not said before. There was little mention of what the two presidents had really talked about and what they agreed upon. Later on Putin said that the meeting was more substantive than he expected. As the two spoke alone there will be few if any leaks. To understand what happened we will have to wait and see how the situations in the various conflict areas, in Syria, Ukraine and elsewhere, will now develop.

Ocasio-Cortez Explains Unemployment: "Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs."

 

Amid continued backlash over her description of Israel as an occupier of Palestinian land, another comment from Democratic "rising star" and self-described socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from her much-maligned PBS interview is causing a stir online.

Victims of 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' land in ICU after Putin freakout -- Here's my prescription

Via Billy

It's time for the hyperventilating over the Trump-Putin summit to stop and for cooler heads to prevail.

As soon as President Trump concluded his successful summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland on Monday, the Washington swamp and liberal media launched a concerted effort to falsely portray our president’s positive foreign policy achievement in the most negative light possible.

The rabidly anti-Trump reporters covering the summit were single-mindedly obsessed by the collusion myth – determined to prove that the Trump presidential campaign colluded with Russia to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential race, despite no real evidence to support this cockamamie theory.

Sadly, the media had little interest in delving into important issues that Presidents Trump and Putin discussed, including nuclear nonproliferation, destroying ISIS, ending the civil war in Syria, preventing Iran from building atomic bombs, and the security of Israel. Reporters could barely acknowledge the positive sight of former Cold War adversaries talking about peace and areas of agreement.

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Is President Trump A Traitor Because He Wants Peace With Russia?

 
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The Democrats say he is
 
Paul Craig Roberts

The US Democratic Party is determined to take the world to thermo-nuclear war rather than to admit that Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election fair and square. The Democratic Party was totally corrupted by the Clinton Regime, and now it is totally insane. Leaders of the Democratic Party, such as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, my former co-author in the New York Times, have responded in a non-Democratic way to the first step President Trump has taken to reduce the extremely dangerous tensions with Russia that the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes created between the two superpowers.

Yes, Russia is a superpower. Russian weapons are so superior to the junk produced by the waste-filled US military/security complex that lives high off the hog on the insouciant American taxpayer that it is questionable if the US is even a second class military power. If the insane neoconservatives, such as Max Boot, William Kristol, and the rest of the neocon scum get their way, the US, the UK, and Europe will be a radioactive ruin for thousands of years.

Trump Calls Off Cold War II

Via Billy

 Trump Calls Off Cold War II


Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.”

He then added pointedly, that just changed “about four hours ago.”

It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump has signaled a historic shift in U.S. foreign policy that may determine the future of this nation and the fate of his presidency.


Angels in Red Hats By General Barry R. McCaffrey

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The battle record of the Vietnamese Airborne Division and the associated US Army Advisors and Air Force Forward Air Controllers is a tale of courage, self-sacrifice, and honor which stands out in the history of warfare. The ARVN Airborne was the most highly decorated of all the South Vietnamese Army units. Thousands of these brave Vietnamese paratroopers were killed, maimed. or became missing during their 25 years of nearly continuous combat service as an airborne force, from 1951 until 1975.

Eight of the nine Vietnamese parachute infantry battalions and all three brigade headquarters were awarded the United States President Unit Citation during their years of ferocious combat white fighting alongside the US 1st Cavalry, 1st. 4th, and 25th Infantry Divisions; and the 101st Airborne Division as well as the 173rd Airborne Brigade. The Vietnamese Paratroopers also fought valiantly in support of the heroic US and Vietnamese Marine counterattack which successfully recaptured the city of Hue during the Tet Offensive of 1968.

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Mass Immigration as a Form of Warfare

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Russia agrees to help with North Korea relationship, Trump says: North Korea Will Transfer American Remains

 U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, welcome each other at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018 prior to Trump's and Putin's one-on-one meeting in the Finnish capital. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia has agreed to help improve relations with North Korea, President Trump said in a tweet Wednesday.

Trump made the comments in a series of early morning tweets after his highly criticized meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland and his visit with NATO countries.

“…Russia has agreed to help with North Korea, where relationships with us are very good and the process is moving along,” Trump wrote. “There is no rush, the sanctions remain! Big benefits and exciting future for North Korea at end of process!”

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Unhinged Democrat Lawmakers Call For Trump’s Interpreter in Putin Meeting to Testify Before Congress

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The Democrats and Obama’s Deep State thugs lost their minds over Trump’s meeting with Putin.
During the presser with President Trump, Russian President Putin dropped a bomb on the Deep State members in the intelligence community, the Obama Administration and the Clintons.
“For instance, we can bring up Mr. Browder, in this particular case.  Business associates of Mr. Browder have earned over $1.5 billion in Russia and never paid any taxes neither in Russia or the United States and yet the money escaped the country. They were transferred to the United States. They sent [a] huge amount of money, $400,000 as a contribution to the campaign of Hillary Clinton,” Putin said.

It's very simple.........

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Putin Summit May Prove to Be Trump's Finest Hour

Via Susan

 

What?  Did you just read that headline correctly?

Yes, you did.  Writing it I assumed people's heads would explode.  It's about as far as you can can get from today's conventional wisdom (i.e. what David Gergen thinks).  Virtually every member of the smart set from Pelosi to McCain to some ninety-five percent of the media, including several cowards on Fox News, to, alas, Lindsey Graham (who should know better) are going out of their minds excoriating Trump for being soft on Putin, even for being "owned" by the neo-Soviet strongman.

John Brennan -- once a communist himself, so he should know -- accused Trump of treason.

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Wall Street Journal’s Confederate Animus: "A conquered people never forget!"

 

A review of Vicksburg: The Bloody Siege that Turned the Tide of the Civil War by Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr. (Regnery History, 2018).

On the eve of the War for Southern Independence an article was published in The New York Times which unequivocally announced why the North had to invade and conquer the South.  The author of the article declared, “The commercial bearing of the question has acted upon the North….We were divided and confused [about Southern secession] till our pockets were touched.”  The Union Democrat of New Hampshire added this observation, “The Southern Confederacy will not employ our ships or buy our goods….No—we must not ‘let the South go.’”  In an article titled “What Shall Be Done for a Revenue,” the Evening Post of New York warned that without tariff income from Southern ports, “the sources which supply our treasury will be dried up….the railways would be supplied from southern ports.”

These three citations are a small representative sample of the numerous editorials by Northern newspapers warning of the dire consequences to Northern commerce and industry if the South was allowed to establish its independence.  Rather than being the vaunted champion of freedom and equality, it is obvious that the worship of the “Almighty Dollar” was the driving force in the North’s War to Prevent Southern Independence.  Notice how the Evening Post of New York warned that Southern ports would be the recipient of railway commerce.

Paul: Trump has ‘healthy dose of skepticism’ for U.S. intelligence on Russian interference


Incredible 5,500-year-old tomb discovery is 'find of a lifetime'

 A new passage tomb cemetery has been discovered in County Meath, Ireland.

Archaeologists in Ireland have uncovered a megalithic tomb containing two burial chambers, complete with elaborate carvings.

The passage tomb at Brú Na Bóinne, a World Heritage site in County Meath, was excavated by agri-technology Company Devenish and experts from University College Dublin’s School of Archaeology.

Brú na Bóinne, which is described as one of the world’s most important prehistoric landscapes, contains a number of tombs and monuments. The site’s tombs represent the largest assemblage of megalithic art in Western Europe, according to officials.

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The German Soldiers of World War II: Why They Were the Best, and Why They Still Lost

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  Soldiers like these fought with unmatched ability, daring and resourcefulness

The German soldiers of World War II have often been portrayed, both during the war and in the decades since, as simple-minded, unimaginative and brutish. Hollywood movies and popular U.S. television shows have for years contrasted confident, able and “cool” American GIs with slow-witted, cynical and cruel Germans.
 
“Propaganda is an inescapable ingredient of modern conflict,” British journalist and historian Max Hastings has noted. “In the Second World War, it was considered essential for the struggle to defeat the German army that the peoples of the Grand [Allied] Alliance should be convinced of the qualitative superiority of their fighting men to those of the enemy. One [American] dogface or one [British] tommy was worth three wooden-headed krauts. Hitler’s robots could never match the imagination and initiative of Allied soldiers on the battlefield …” Major wartime American motion pictures portrayed German soldiers as dull-witted and simplistic. In the decades since the war, Hastings notes, “a spirit of military narcissism, nourished by such films as ‘The Longest Day,’ ‘A Bridge Too Far’ and ‘The Battle of the Bulge,’ has perpetuated mythical images of the Allied and German armies.”[1] 

Goodies from Ol' Remus

 
                     1939. Filming the field hospital scene for Gone With The Wind.
The scene presents wounded soldiers at the railroad depot in Atlanta. Scarlett has come looking for the doctor to help with Melanie's delivery and is confronted with the magnitude of the war. Filmed on the Selznick backlot, the wounded in the distance were dummies, some manipulated by strings for small movements.
   
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 Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch on why compromise with the Left is all but impossible:
The Left’s goals and its model of its adversaries make impossible a lasting agreement of any sort with them, even if such an agreement were morally acceptable. Indeed, the more candid ones have said that those of us who can’t be “re-educated” must simply be eliminated – executed. Their goal is absolute an unbounded power in perpetuity: a position that absolutely forbids the toleration of even a single dissident.
They have already sanctioned the use of calumny, harassment, intimidation, vandalism, and personal violence against us. They will not withdraw the use of those tactics as long as they seem to get them closer to what they seek – and therefore, they will take any sort of concession or “compromise” as reinforcement for those tactics.
Really, really, really long time readers of Woodpile Report remember I used to dwell on how Appalachians are demeaned and taunted without consequence. No insult is out of bounds, in the media or casual conversation. And it's been going on for all of living memory.
Alas, instead of tapering off, it expanded to include all white men. This phase happened quickly, it's pretty much complete. Now white women are feeling the precursors.
Just as with Appalachia, the left's problem with whites is our intractibility. We're not hated per se, we're a menace to navigation. We don't "cling" to our values, we embrace them and live them, despite the constant sliming. They hate it. 

Donald Jr. and his family spends most weekends at his cabin in the Catskills near tiny Roscoe, New York, where they often take a meal at the Riverside Cafe. He buys his ammo at Big Dog Arms and bait at Catskills Flies. Downtown Roscoe—Stewart Avenue—is one block long.  

Revenge, Taki's Magazine - Incapable of the merest self-reflection, the modern left merely ramps up the false premises and baseless moral histrionics. It’s these levels of needless dementia and raging paranoia over a nonexistent threat that are dangerous, especially when these perma-geeks have been working themselves into justifying all sorts of violence against their childhood enemies for years now. The fact that these turd nuggets are so far down the Delusion Hole that they’re willing to start bombing places because they lost an election is a sign we’re dealing with the mentally afflicted. Anyone who wishes that America would merely have the same immigration policies as the rest of the world is a “fascist” and a “white supremacist” and a “Nazi.”

  Naïvecons, American Greatness - The expulsion meme has become popular among the naïvecons. They are increasingly frank about who they’d like to expel: the more rural you are, the redder your state, the lower your income, the more working class your background, the more you cling to guns and God, the more you vote Republican, the more you deserve the boot. For those on the actual Right, merely arguing that the United States enforce existing laws is to be called a Nazi, heckled in public, and picketed at one’s home. But the pro-illegal immigrant, anti-native-born Left can vent their spleens and prosper. They despise you. They hold you in contempt. They want you kicked out of your own country and replaced by foreigners. They are your enemy.

Gang rule, Z Man - There may be rules, but what matters is who enforces the rules and on whom the rules are to be applied. In this case, the wide ranging criminal organization known as the Democratic Party will never let their people get punished by the Republicans. Those rules about complying with a subpoena from Congress only apply when the gangsters with power can enforce them and they will only enforce them when it suits their interests. This is gang life. This is the gangster state. The people inside these agencies have a primary loyalty to the gang, not to the laws of the country or the alleged institutions charged with promulgating and enforcing the laws. In gang life, you are first loyal to the gang.

Identity, Tablet - For many, no defense or condemnation of cultural appropriation is required, because such complaints are almost beyond the realm of comprehension in the first place. Without cultural appropriation we would not be able to eat Italian food, listen to reggae, or go to Yoga. Without cultural appropriation we would not be able to drink tea or use chopsticks or speak English or apply algebra, or listen to jazz, or write novels. Almost every cultural practice we engage in is the byproduct of centuries of cross-cultural pollination. It is by considering the power dynamics at play that the logic of cultural appropriation starts to become clear. 

Bombing Russia, National Interest - On August 23, 1939, Germany and Russia signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. In Allied eyes, the Soviet Union had changed from Germany's nemesis into Germany's ally. So why not strike the Soviet Union and kill two birds with one stone? Thus was born Operation Pike. Flying from Allied bases in Iran and Syria, as well as neutral but anti-Soviet Turkey, more than a hundred British and French bombers would continuously attack Soviet oil fields in the Caucuses in a night strategic bombing campaign. This was more than idle planning. Unmarked British reconnaissance planes flying from Iraqi airfields actually photographed oil installations at Baku and Batumi in March 1940.

How The Vlad and Donald Show Got Gaskets Popping All Over the Imperial City

Via Billy


By David Stockman

The Vlad and Donald show in Helsinki yesterday was simply brilliant and breathtaking---
we'd say even a beautiful thing to behold.

Between them, they left CNN's nattering nabobs of neocon nonsense sounding like the
shrieking monkeys they actually are. And that's to say nothing of the fools they made out
of the newly minted liberal and progressive war-mongers on the Dem side of the aisle in
Washington or the so-called journalists who fill 90% of the space in the so-called
mainstream media with endless pro-war propaganda.

But most of all it was the single greatest blow to the War Party since it turned
Imperial Washington into a colossal menace bent on global hegemony when the Soviet Union
slithered off the pages of history in 1991.

 We have said all along that Putin and Russia have been demonized because the Warfare
State desperately needs an "enemy" to justify its $800 billion annual mugging of
America's taxpayers. Yet today's spontaneous chorus by the two leaders in behalf of
détente, dialogue and diplomacy puts the kibosh on that Big Lie more completely than
could 100 Ted Talks or a year's worth of pro-peace op eds in the Washington Post.
So Flyover America will have no trouble seeing the good of the Helsinki Summit. Trump
and Putin just killed it on every topic where the War Party and its shills in the press
wanted to drive a wedge.

Six ballot initiatives on the NC ballot in 2018

Via Tom

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As of July 12, 2018, six statewide ballot measures were certified for the ballot in North Carolina on November 6, 2018.

North Carolina does not allow any form of citizen-initiated ballot measures, so all ballot measures must be referred by the legislature. In order for the legislature to put a proposed amendment on the ballot, it must be approved by a 60 percent majority of both the legislative chambers. Once on the ballot, constitutional amendments must be approved by a majority of the electorate.

On the ballot

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The Midterm Elections: What Is At Stake?

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Mid-term elections are just around the corner. Once again, politicians are doing all they can to get our votes. As always, the Democrats promise their base everything and more.

Polls show that many Americans are very happy with the President’s economy and where the country is headed. That is good news.  The poll also contained additional good news for Republicans heading into the November midterm elections: Seven out of 10 GOP voters told CBS that they prefer a candidate that the president supports.

Brett Kavanaugh Repeatedly Ruled in Favor of the Security State, Most Recently for the CIA — and Against Me

Via Weaver


On a Monday afternoon, on July 9, the D.C. Court of Appeals handed down a 2-1 decision against me and in favor of the CIA in a long-running Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. At 4:20 p.m., Judges Brett Kavanaugh and Gregory Katsas, a Trump appointee, filed a 14-page opinion with the clerk of the court in Washington. They ruled that the CIA had acted “reasonably” in responding to my request for certain ancient files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Appended to their decision was a 17-page dissent from their colleague Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson who strongly objected to their decision.

Louisa County Wants Massive Confederate Flag on I-64 Near Charlottesville Removed



On Saturday, March 31st, we raised and dedicated the “Charlottesville I-64 Spirit of Defiance Memorial Battle Flag” on private property adjacent to Interstate 64, in Louisa County.  We reported at the time that the property owner had contacted us a year earlier, when Wes Bellamy and Charlottesville City Council voted to break Virginia State Law and attempt to remove the Robert E. Lee monument from Lee Park in Charlottesville. http://vaflaggers.blogspot.com/2018/03/spirit-of-defiance-massive-confederate.html In our report, we also shared that the flag served as a memorial and was erected just a few yards from the grave of a Confederate Veteran.

Before beginning site work, both the landowner and a representative of the Va Flaggers contacted the Louisa Planning and Zoning Division and inquired about building permits and height restrictions.  Both were told, on separate occasions by the same employee, that no building permit was needed and there was no height restriction.  This was confirmed by information found on the Louisa County zoning website, and is not unusual in rural counties in Virginia, especially on property zoned for agriculture.  Site work began in October of 2017, the pole was erected in January of 2018.

On April 16th, two weeks AFTER the flag was raised, and almost three months after the pole was installed on January 24, and apparently under pressure by leftists in neighboring Charlottesville , the Louisa County Board of Supervisors introduced a “stop gap” resolution to AMEND the zoning for A2 (the same zoning as our memorial site) to restrict the height of structures to 60' and to remove the exemptions for flag poles and monuments. The amendment was voted on and passed at their June meeting.

On April 17th, the NEXT DAY after the zoning amendment resolution was introduced, an inspection was performed on the property and the pole was allegedly found to be in violation of the (just passed) 60' height restriction. A formal notice of violation was served, claiming that since a building permit was not obtained, a new one had to be acquired, and the new zoning restriction would apply.

Louisa County thought they had found a way to force the flag down. The process to appeal is expensive and time consuming and the average citizen doesn’t have the time or resources to fight these kinds of heavy handed attempts to restrict First Amendment property rights.  We do not scare so easily.

We immediately hired an attorney who specializes in zoning matters and filed an appeal based on the information given to us by the planning and zoning employee, the illegal way in which the “emergency stop gap” zoning amendment was handled, the fact that the zoning ordinance exempted memorials at the time of construction, the invalidity of the zoning ordinance amendment in that is specifically eliminates the flagpole exemption in ONE zone only, and that all of these attempts are in fact discriminatory and unconstitutional applications of the zoning ordinance designed specifically to force the removal of a Confederate Memorial Battle Flag.

The appeal will be heard tomorrow night, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. at the Louisa County Office building, located at 1 Woolfolk Avenue, Louisa, VA 23093.  The meeting is a public hearing and we encourage all LOUISA COUNTY RESIDENTS to attend and speak and ask the Board of Zoning Appeals to reverse the determination of the planning and zoning board and allow the memorial to remain since it was erected before the zoning changes were made, we acted on good faith based on the information given, and since the First Amendment guarantees us the right to fly whatever flag we wish on private property.

Terrorism, restlessness, and Bastille Day

Via Bjorn

“There is a satanic quality to the French Revolution that distinguishes it from everything we have ever seen or anything we are ever likely to see in the future.” – Joseph de Maistre
With Francophiles throughout the world observing Bastille Day on Saturday, July 14th, some may feel it is poor taste to bring up Maximilien Robespierre. Maybe it is, but there can be no question that Robespierre’s story, embarrassing or no, is one of the foundation stones upon which modern France has been built. Nor can there be much doubt that an honest examination of democratic modernity’s problems entails a confrontation with Robespierre’s legacy.

NEA Whistleblower: Teachers Unions Setting Stage for a Civil War


The below write up is from a current National Education Association (NEA) employee who is disturbed at what is happening inside teachers unions and feels compelled to speak out.

NEA INSIDER:

The NEA just held their national convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 30-July 5, 2018, and adopted the following resolution:

New I. White Supremacy Culture

14 The National Education Association believes that, in order to achieve racial and social justice, educators must

15 acknowledge the existence of White supremacy culture as a primary root cause of institutional racism, structural

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Rand Paul sides with Trump on Russia, says critics 'motivated' by dislike of president

Via Billy
President Trump dug in Tuesday amid bipartisan criticism over his press conference with Vladimir Putin, claiming the "Fake News" is ignoring what he described as a successful summit -- and his tough stance with NATO actually helped the alliance counter Russia's influence.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Monday expressed his approval of President Donald Trump’s handling of Russia despite the tsunami of criticism the president faced after his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“It’s gotten so ridiculous that someone has to stand up and say we should try to engage even our adversaries and open up our lines of communication,” Paul told Politico after the controversial press conference.

“We’re going to talk to the president about some small steps in order to try to thaw the relations between our countries,” the senator added, noting that he’s set to travel to Russia early next month to continue the dialogue that Trump started.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Nathan Bedford Forrest and Southern Folkways

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There are many examples of heroism that illustrate spiritedness in America’s history. Indeed, the American Revolution was won because of the indomitable spirit of the Patriots and a growing unwillingness of the British to put down the campaign for independence. The same spirit was present a century later during the War between the States. It is routinely acknowledged that Confederate commanders such as Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson have achieved a significant place in American history for their military elan.

While Lee and Jackson immediately come to mind as exemplary leaders, perhaps the ultimate Southern military genius was an unschooled man of the Tennessee frontier. General Lee was to remark after the War that his greatest soldier was a man he had never met whose name was Forrest. And it was to this Achilles of the Confederacy that Andrew Lytle turned to begin his career as a writer. Certainly Bedford Forrest and His Critter Company appeals to the military historian, but additionally Lytle adds an important mythical dimension to Forrest’s career. Lytle sees in Forrest the heroic summation of nationalism and leadership; he shows both to be patriarchal and familial and, thus, reflective of the fundamental character of the Southern nation and the now obscure form of Confederate nationalism it represented.

Devastation and Denial: Cambodia and the Academic Left

Via David





Looking out across the yellow-washed angular buildings (French) that clutter the inner city of Phnom Penh in 2016, hindsight fills me with anxiety. Imagining myself here in 1975, I recall the jubilant and cheering crowds in the spring of that year who weren’t privy to that hindsight as they welcomed Khmer Rouge communists into Cambodia’s capital city after months of siege.

On the morning of 17 April, word had arrived that the Khmer Rouge had captured the government’s last beleaguered military stronghold on the outskirts of the city. Prime Minister Long Boret could hardly believe the news. He demanded to be driven to the riverside to see it with his own eyes. By the time he arrived, order had already collapsed in the streets and men wearing the black shirts of the Khmer Rouge surrounded his small entourage and demanded his guards put down their guns.

Managing to slip away in the chaos, Boret reported back to his cabinet at the Defence Ministry that the enemy was already in the streets. The rush then began to evacuate senior government members from the country on any government helicopters still available amidst the anarchy. Had he taken action, Boret might have escaped with his wife and children on a helicopter reserved for him, but he delayed, trying to find a helicopter with enough space for his extended family.

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Soldiers in Hiding - Documentary about US veterans

Via Anonymous


New Jersey Poll: Republican Bob Hugin Ties Democrat Bob Menendez amid Corruption Concerns

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New Jersey’s senior Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez is seriously struggling in his re-election bid, as Republican Bob Hugin has pulled into a statistical tie with him this year, months ahead of the November election, a new survey conducted by Gravis Marketing and provided exclusively to Breitbart News shows.

Menendez, at 43 percent, only leads Hugin, at 41 percent, by two percentage points–inside the poll’s 4.1 percent margin of error. An unusually high 16 percent are undecided in the Senate race, meaning Hugin has a major opportunity to convince those voters to come his way should he be able to effectively get out his message. It also means Menendez has a lot of work to do between now and November to convince voters in New Jersey he is not corrupt, as they now overwhelmingly believe.
A majority of voters–56 percent in total, split 28 percent apiece–say Menendez’s corruption trial is either somewhat or heavily impacting their voting decision.
 
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New England’s Perpetuation of Slavery

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There is little question that the origins of the American Revolution, and the later War Between the States, are rooted in New England’s illicit trade in slaves and molasses, and England’s efforts to stop the maritime competition with the mother country. By 1750, Rhode Island had become the center of the transatlantic slave trade, surpassing Liverpool for the dubious honor.

The author below writes: “nine-tenths of the colonial merchants and skippers had become smugglers as the break with England neared. Such men as John Hancock, a prince of contraband traders, on the eve of Paul Revere’s ride had for counsel before the Admiralty Court in Boston none other than John Adams, answering for him a half-million dollar suit in penalties as a smuggler.” He went on that “One-quarter of all the signers of the Declaration of Independence were bred to commerce, to the command of ships and to contraband trade.”
Bernhard Thuersam, www.Circa1865.org   The Great American Political Divide

New England’s Perpetuation of Slavery

“In accord with the spirit of the times the British Parliament passed a series of statutes in 1633 providing, among other things, that nothing could be brought into the colonies that wasn’t carried there in British ships, “whereof the master and three-fourths of the crew are English.”

[Concerned about the rise of illicit maritime trade of New England] the shipbuilders of the Thames district met in London in the winter of 1724-1725 and formally complained to the Lords of Trade:

“In the eight years ending in 1720 we are informed that seven hundred sail of ships were built in New England, and that in years since, as may if not more; and that the New England trade, by the tender of extraordinary inducements, has drawn over so many working shipwrights that there are not enough left to carry on the work [in England].”

Linked inseparably with the venture south to the [West] Indies the colonists’ brisk trade in rum and what they were in the habit of calling “Black Ivory.” For the Indies trade was a three-cornered affair hinging on rum, slaves and molasses. Together they comprised the foundation for more ships and hence more trouble than all the politicians ashore put together.

The New Englanders had Indian slaves as early as 1637 . . . and more or less formal business developed, with traders nabbing Indians along the banks of the Kennebec River in Maine and selling them into slavery up and down the coast. It was the black ivory from Africa, however, that turned the trick in the West Indies trade and established Southern slavery on a solid and enduring footing.

The mechanics of this all-important trade worked like this: molasses was brought to New England and made into rum; the rum, highly prized among Negroes on the west coast of Africa, brought its own price among the drinkers, a price that included any of their relatives or friends who might have the bad judgment to be lying about, and the resultant human cargoes were disposed of profitably in Boston, Newport [Rhode Island] and on south.

Not all the West Indies rum was drunk by Negroes. A flourishing local trade in fur was conducted with the Indians by the extremely profitable exchange of a few bottles of cheap rum or whiskey for the entire season’s catch of its drunken owner. The tribal chiefs . . . in 1726, begged without avail to have the sale of firewater to the young braves stopped.

It is hardly surprising, then, that among the first real troublemakers of all the British efforts to raise money [to support the colonies] was a new Molasses Act, for it was molasses brought in from the French West Indies from which New England rum was made. To put teeth into the effort Parliament authorized the use of writs of assistance, a sort of search warrant covering an entire community that gave British customs officials the right to search any ship, warehouse or even private home for smuggled goods.

When the harried Board of Trade and Plantations finally decided to act, its attempt to enforce the Navigation Acts [to restrict New England’s rum and slave triangle] was the spark in the touchhole that set the guns to booming.”

(Yankee Ships, an Informal History of the American Merchant Marine, Reese Wolfe, Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1953, excerpts pp. 39; 43-44; 49-51)

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Yankee Slave Trader Gordon

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In late February 1862, Yankee slaver trader Nathaniel Gordon of Portland, Maine, was hung in the stone courtyard of the Tombs, in New York City, convicted of “piratically confining and detaining Negroes with the intent of making them slaves.” Ironically, New York’s own Declaration of Independence signer, Phillip Livingston, made his own vast fortune in the slave trade, as did many other New Englanders. A further irony is that soon Lincoln would be formulating a plan to foment race war in the American South, replicating the emancipation edicts of Royal Governor Lord Dunmore in 1775, and Vice Admiral Alexander Cochrane in 1814. It was England and New England that brought shiploads of enslaved Africans to work Southern and South American plantations, and both would later demand liberty and the rights of man for those they had placed in bondage. See: Hanging Captain Gordon, Ron Soodalter, 2006 for deeper reading.
Bernhard Thuersam, www.Circa1865.org   The Great American Political Divide

Yankee Slave Trader Gordon

“In November 1861 a Yankee slave trader was captured on the high seas with a boat load of slaves bound for the West Indies. Trading in slaves had been illegal for years, although the New England slave ships had been carrying on clandestine slave trading with considerable success for Cuba and Brazil but not the South, which was not interested.

It is commonly but erroneously assumed that slave trading was a Southern occupation, but in fact almost all slave trading, when it was legal and later illegal, was from ships of New England registry with Northern crews.

The Yankee slave trader Nathaniel Gordon, who was originally from Maine, was tried before a federal judge in New York and sentenced to be hanged on 7 February 1862. It was the first and only time such a sentence was handed down and carried out.

Realizing the undue harshness of the sentence, 25,000 New Yorkers petitioned Lincoln to commute Gordon’ sentence to one of life imprisonment. There was nothing to be lost by Lincoln doing this, but Lincoln refused to commute the sentence. (Later, when another slave trader was caught, Lincoln went to the other extreme and granted a pardon).

There were many vociferous abolitionists who called for the hanging to be carried out, and Lincoln yielded to their demands. He did, however, grant a cruel delay of thirteen days so that the execution would not take place until 20 February. Lincoln explained his course of action in these words: “In granting this respite [thirteen days] it becomes my painful duty to admonish the prisoner that relinquishing all expectation of pardon by human authority, he refer himself alone to the mercy of the common God and Father of all men.”

It would seem that mercy from God, to be realistic, would have to come through men, and in this case, Lincoln. Where was the “mercy of the common God” when Lincoln had him hanging from a rope until dead? What is the logic of this cruelty?”

(When in the Course of Human Events, Arguing the Case for Secession, Charles Adams, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2000, excerpts pp. 209-210)