Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Georgia Scenes


When Georgia Scenes came from an Augusta, Georgia press in 1835, the literary world realized (to varying degrees) that here was a new kind of book. It took a discerning critic like Edgar Allan Poe to recognize so immediately that its “verisimilitude” was an outstanding trait. What was so radically new about the work was its author’s intention not to pretty life up. He would view the world and human nature head-on without idealization or sentimentality. Neither would he sensationalize experience by- dwelling overmuch on life’s grim, violent, or bizarre aspects. To do so would be yet another form of distortion equally false as idealization; though when he encountered these unattractive truths of life, he would certainly not ignore or diminish them. Furthermore, he would choose his human subjects as he found them. And for the most part, he encountered “plain people”—the yeoman farmer, the dwellers in small towns and rural commu­nities, the simple folk satisfied to be let alone to live their “com­monplace” lives.

His canvas would also include members of an “upwardly mobile” middle class intent on making its way in the world; the manly gatherings for the hunt, horse race, gander pulling, or shooting match; the participants in a rural frolic; the more sophisticated devotees of parlor gatherings for cotillions and musical entertainments. His work would be set solidly on Georgia soil; and Georgia scenery (both natural and man-made) would be easily discernible as Georgian. No detail w-ould be too insignificant to chronicle in presenting this slice of life. For exam­ple, when we encounter a picture of a Georgia log cabin with mud-daubed log chimney, then we must know that such is as close to a photograph thereof as we will ever see. When the rules by which a shooting match is carried on are set forth by a charac­ter, then we can assume that this is precisely the way it was done; and make no mistake! Longstreet’s ear was particularly keen; and his realistic dialogue rich with carefully rendered Georgia dialect (as Poe noted) is an especial strength. His different characters speak differently, as they indeed must have in real life. The fact that Longstreet so often takes time to note a particular localism (for example, that the word “rotation” in middle Georgia dialect means “fight”) should impress on the reader the particularity with which he draws his picture, and the extreme care he lavishes on the specificity of his canvas. To expand the art figure: his writing is thus akin to the masterpieces of the Dutch genre painters.

There Are 11 FISA Judges, Guess How Many Obama Appointed…

Via John

Obama is as crooked as Hillary!

Of the 11 FISA court appointed judges, 10 of them were appointed by Obama, including the corrupt Rudolph Contreras that granted the FISA warrant after another judge rejected it. He is also the same judge who had to recuse himself days after the Michael Flynn plea.

Justin Trudeau is a Complete Idiot

Via Billy

Monument Tarps in Charlottesville Removed AGAIN Tuesday Evening

Via Susan

Lee and Jackson ride again in Charlottesville, for the fourth time in four days... and the 12th time since City Council covered the monuments with hideous black tarps after a Charlottesville judge ruled that they could not be moved.

Citizens are fed up with the childish behavior and hateful rhetoric of former Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy and his pals on City Council.

Today’s tarp removal commemorates one year since City Council voted to violate state law and attempt to remove the magnificent equestrian statues of Lee and Jackson. Their hateful action has led to numerous law suits, violence, falling revenues, and chaos in the city.

It is fitting that Lee and Jackson will mark the occasion free of their coverings, and that the citizens of Charlottesville can pay their respects one year after the vote that sent the city on a downhill spiral.

We will win this fight... because we love Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and the men who served under them, more than they hate them.


Uranium One FBI informant makes Clinton allegations in testimony

Via Billy

An FBI informant connected to the Uranium One controversy told three congressional committees in written testimony that Moscow routed millions of dollars to America with the expectation it would be used to benefit Bill Clinton's charitable efforts while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton quarterbacked a “reset” in US-Russian relations.

The informant, Douglas Campbell, said in the testimony obtained by The Hill that he was told by Russian nuclear executives that Moscow had hired the American lobbying firm APCO Worldwide specifically because it was in position to influence the Obama administration, and more specifically Hillary Clinton.

More @ The Hill

In Olympics, let's focus on the winner of the race -- not the race of the winner

Via Billy
 I can hear my Mother now.

Unless it’s changed overnight, the motto of the Olympics, since 1894, has been “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” It appears the U.S. Olympic Committee would like to change that to “Darker, Gayer, Different.” If your goal is to win medals, that won’t work.

A USOC official was quoted this week expressing pride (what else?) about taking the most diverse U.S. squad ever to the Winter Olympics. That was followed by a, frankly, embarrassing laundry list of how many African-Americans, Asians and openly gay athletes are on this year’s U.S. team. No sport that we are aware of awards points – or medals – for skin color or sexual orientation.

For the current USOC, a dream team should look more like the general population. So, while uncomfortable, the question probably needs to be asked: were our Olympians selected because they’re the best at what they do, or because they’re the best publicity for our current obsession with having one each from Column A, B and C?

More @ Fox

5 Worst Mistakes of Historic Homeowners

Via Susan

Being in the business of restoring and preserving historic structures, I have seen many a house that made me cock my head in amazement at some of the frightening things people do to “upgrade” their old homes. The phrase “What were they thinking?” is almost a cliche at my company.

Every year people tear out important (and valuable!) architectural elements and replace them with off the shelf items from the local big box hardware store all in the name of “improvement” or “energy-efficiency.”

Don’t get me wrong, I know that the science of building a house has been added to significantly in the last 100 years. And I’m not one to spit in the eye of progress when it comes to green products and energy saving upgrades- quite to the contrary!

The value of a historic home lies largely in its historic features. Remove or cover those up and you destroy the value of the home. So, in the interest of educating some of you about how to invest properly in the value of your historic home and to save some valuable historical elements from the landfill, I’ve compiled a list of the 5 worst mistakes we see when it comes to restoring historic homes. This week we’ll touch on the #1 offense- windows.

FBI Paid Steele’s Travel Expenses to Make Him Look Like an “Informant” Rather Than DNC Hack

Via Billy

Congressional investigators are looking into whether the FBI paid dossier author Christopher Steele’s travel expenses to D.C and Rome in order to make him look like an official “informant” rather than a DNC-paid oppo research operative before the FISA court.


Dossier author Christopher Steele is under siege right now after an 8-page criminal referral was filed with the DOJ by the Senate Judiciary Committee against him.
Christopher Steele and the dossier are central to the Russian collusion investigation. Disgraced FBI Deputy Director said under oath if it weren’t for the dossier, the FBI would have never sought the FISA warrant to spy on Trump’s camp.

Declassified Grassley Document Confirms FISA Memo's Explosive Claims


A declassified document from the Senate Judiciary Committee confirms that the FBI "relied heavily" on an unverified dossier in order to obtain FISA surveillance warrants on one-time Trump advisor Carter Page.

Unredacted portions of the document reveal the FBI's extensive involvement with the creator of the dossier, former UK spy Christopher Steele.

Despite Steele lying to the FBI which led to the agency ending their relationship, they still used his unverified memo and vouched for his reputation to obtain the FISA warrants The unredacted memo clarifies that the FBI notified the FISA court of the dossier's political origins "to a vaguely limited extent".

The FBI has withheld the notes from their meetings with Steele.

 Steele received information for an unpublished second dossier from the Obama State Department led by John Kerry at the time.

 Much of the information in this "Grassley Memo" matches with the contents of the "Nunes Memo" released by the House Intelligence Committee last Friday.

More @ Zero Hedge

Budget Deal Sinks 2018 Amnesty, Splits Democrats


What a pair.............

The two-year budget plan announced Wednesday by top Senate leaders has caused an apparent split between Sen. Minority Sen. Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

The plan sharply increases domestic spending by roughly $131 million over the next two years, but it effectively blocks the Democrats’ push to win a 2018 amnesty for so-called ‘dreamer’ illegals.

The agreement blocks that amnesty push because it leaves the Senate Democrats without any budget leverage to force House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan to schedule an amnesty debate on the House floor that would split the GOP caucus prior to the November election. 

More @ Breitbart

My Saigon

Via John

Burns Estate 3 DayTag Sale in Tarboro, NC starts on 2/16/2018



This is quite likely the largest Estate Sale ever held in Tarboro, over 2000 lots

 Do not miss this sale!


Being an outstanding collector of Fine Art, Sterling Silver, Ceramics, Oriental Rugs and Decorative Arts accumulated over many years of international travel collecting and operating their Antique Shop “Above and Beyond!” in Tarboro, NC, this estate is packed with many beautiful items.
  • Antique Furniture: Hepplewhite Style Sideboard, Banquet Table, and set of ten chairs, English William & Mary Drop Leaf Table, Two Chippendale Chests of Drawers, French Style Vitrine, Wellesby Grand Piano and much more.
  • Oriental Rugs: Persian Heriz 9’1” X 12’1”, Persian Kerman 11’1” X 17’2”, Persian Mahal 5’ X 11’5”, many
  • Scatter Rugs.
  • Sterling Silver: 5 Piece S. Kirk & Son Repousse Tea & Coffee Service, Pair of Gorham Swan Form Centerpeices,
  • Large Russian Enameled Silver Egg dated 1891, many Pitchers, Bowls and Plates over 150 lots.
  • Fine Arts: 16 Works of art by Hobson Pittman including large Oils,Watercolors and Pastels, many more paintingsby late 20th Century N.C., Haitian, and Russian Artists, 19th Century European and English Oils and Watercolor Icons.
  • Decorative Arts: Over 150 miniature Antique Figurines by Staffordshire, Villeroy & Boch, Meissen & Dresden,early samplers, Porcelain & Fine cut Crystal, pair sevres lamps, 40 pieces of Watterford, “Lismore”, Fine Russian laquered boxes and much much more. More with individual items pictured and expected dollar amount @ Estate Sales

Atkisson: I've never seen journalists so uncurious about spying

Judge David Lampe rules for Tastries Bakery, owner Cathy Miller can continue to refuse to make same-sex wedding cakes


Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe has ruled that owner Cathy Miller can continue to refuse to make wedding cakes for same sex couples.

But his ruling, on a motion for preliminary injunction, only leaves Miller alone until the full case comes to trial. The next hearing on the case is set for June. But Miller's attorney said he will move for dismissal of the case immediately because of the strength of Lampe's ruling.

Lampe's ruling relied heavily on the First Amendment to the Constitution.

More @ Bakersfield

Murder and homicide rates before and after gun bans

Via John

See Also:

Flawed Study from the Prestigious Lancet Exposes Broader Problems in Anti-gun Research

Evaluating new research “Firearm Ownership and Violent Crime in the U.S.: An Ecological Study” By Monuteaux, Lee, Hemenway, Mannix, Fleegler

Zero correlation between state homicide rate and state gun laws

There’s No Correlation Between Gun Ownership, Mass Shootings, & Murder Rates

Murder and homicide rates before and after gun bans

UPDATE: An interview that John Lott had on this post on Cam & Company is available here  (SiriusXM Channel 125).

Original post: Every place that has been banned guns has seen murder rates go up. You cannot point to one place where murder rates have fallen, whether it’s Chicago or D.C. or even island nations such as England, Jamaica, or Ireland.

More @  Logos & Liberty

Grassley-Graham Memo: Dossier Author Christopher Steele Lied to FBI, FBI Didn’t Tell FISA Court

Trump dossier author Christopher Steele lied to the FBI about his contact with Yahoo News, and the FBI misled a court to obtain a surveillance warrant on a former Trump campaign adviser, according to a less-redacted version of a memo by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Their memo, which was released Tuesday evening after the FBI withdrew some of its previous redactions, also reveals a number of other bombshells, and backs up assertions made in the House Intelligence Committee memo.

A newly-unredacted portion of the memo says that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley, ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Graham all saw the FISA warrant application and renewals for a surveillance warrant on Carter Page.

More @ Breitbart

Senate Homeland Security Committee releases report on FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton

Via Billy

The report released Wednesday is titled

The Senate Homeland Security Committee released troves of documents Wednesday highlighting the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

The near-three year investigation was spearheaded by Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and the Republican majority, and specifically highlights text messages between top FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

The interim report released Wednesday — titled “The Clinton Email Scandal And The FBI’s Investigation Of It” — claims the text messages “paint a picture of bias and animus, and certainly raise questions about possible corruption," Johnson said.

The oversight investigation will continue, the report claims.

Memo to Dan Rather: Shut Up About Memos

Memo to Dan Rather: Shut Up About Memos

Old liberal media liars never fade away. They just rage, rage against the dying of their dinosaur industry's light.

I'm looking at you, Dan Rather.

After years of trashing alternative media, which exposed the veteran CBS News reporter's monumental Memogate fraud in 2004, Rather has joined the ranks of pajama-clad online
broadcasters. The 86-year-old grandfather of fake news now uses Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to stoke the left's anti-Trump resistance -- all while clinging bitterly to the vestiges of his defunct "legendary" newsman persona.

More @ Dan Rather

FBI lovers' latest text messages: Obama 'wants to know everything'

Via John

Newly revealed text messages between FBI paramours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page include an exchange about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to President Obama, who wanted “to know everything we’re doing."

The message, from Page to Strzok, was among thousands of texts between the lovers reviewed by Fox News. The pair both worked at one point for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Page wrote to Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016, about prepping Comey because "potus wants to know everything we're doing." According to a newly released Senate report, this text raises questions about Obama's personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation.

More @ Fox

30-04-1975: Sàigòn Đẹp Lắm Sài Gòn Ơi

Via Thuong Tran