Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Genius of Eli Whitney

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Eli Whitey was a mechanically-talented Massachusetts farm boy who graduated from Yale and ventured South in 1792 to teach school in South Carolina. As he watched plantation slaves working laboriously to pick “the fuzzy, stubborn seeds from “vegetable wool,” at an average rate of two pounds per day,” he quit his teaching position to concentrate on the invention to speed the chore. Cotton production soared from 10,000 bales in 1793 to double that in 1796, and 180,000 by 1810 – Whitney can be said to have single-handedly perpetuated slavery.
Bernhard Thuersam,  The Great American Political Divide

The Genius of Eli Whitney

“The Agricultural Society of South Carolina, second of its kind in the United States, came into being in 1785 “for promoting and improving agriculture and other rural concerns.” Its high-minded purposes were defined by Thomas Heyward, Jr., its first president, who expounded: “After having gloriously succeeded . . . in terminating a war . . . it is incumbent upon us equally to endeavor to promote and enjoy the blessings of peace. Agriculture was one of the first employments of mankind . . . [and] one of the most innocent and at the same time the most pleasing and beneficial of any . . .”

This interest in diversified agriculture was further evidence that the institution of slavery – a national rather than sectional cancer – was well on its way to extinction before the American Revolution. Jefferson was strongly opposed to it; his original draft of the Declaration of Independence contained a denunciation of it. Early attempts along these lines were thwarted by the British crown.

To Virginia goes the honor and distinction of being the first American State to prohibit the importation of slaves, having passed a law to this effect during the very first session of its existence under the republican government (1778). Maryland followed suit in 1783.

The tobacco planters, slavery’s principal eighteenth-century exponents, were learning slavery’s folly and coupling it with old guilts of moral shame.

So firm was the resolve and so positive was the action that there can be no doubt as to the demise of the slave during the early years of the nineteenth century, had it not been for the “sudden apparition of the great cotton crop, conjured by the genius of Eli Whitney” and dwarfing all other Southern resources by the “instant employment of the half-idle slaves, whose presence had begun to be felt as a burden.”

Without an economical means to separate the lint from the seed, cotton could not have become the ruthless king that it was. Without King Cotton, slavery would have withered and died. Without the emotionally packed issue of slavery, the newly-formed States would have arrived at a peaceable solution to their differences, because their quarrels centered around cotton and the tariff.”

(This is the South, Robert West Howard, editor, Rand McNally & Company, 1959, excerpts pp. 136-138)

Willful Ignorance and Contempt for History

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The last people to raise a furor over the American South’s evil slaveholding past would be New Englanders, who after the British, were most responsible for populating North America with Africans slaves. For example, the Puritans enslaved the Pequot Indians; General Nathaniel Greene was a Rhode Islander, a colony which had wrested prominence in the transatlantic slave trade from England by 1750; cotton gin inventor Eli Whitney was a Massachusetts man. Had the latter not perfected his machine, cotton production would have remained a time-consuming enterprise and the New Englander mills would not have perpetuated African slavery in the United States.
Bernhard Thuersam,   The Great American Political Divide

Willful Ignorance and Contempt for History

“You may have missed the teapot tempest of PC hysteria that inaugurated the campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination. The nine announced candidates gather today (May 3) in Columbia, South Carolina, to unveil their charms in a public forum. The show was scheduled to take place at the Longstreet Theater on the campus of the University of South Carolina.

Then someone discovered that the building is named for Rev. Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, one time president of the University’s predecessor institution, South Carolina College. And, Horrors! Mr. Longstreet in the period before the War for Southern Independence defended slavery and advocated secession! Of course, the august aspirants for World Emperor could not be expected to meet on such unhallowed ground, so the gathering was shifted to another building . . .

Let’s set aside that the Longstreet Theater has been the scene previously of numerous public occasions in which at least two Presidents of the United States, the current Pope, and numerous other world dignitaries have appeared. No one ever complained about the name before.

What strikes most is the astounding ignorance of, and contempt for American history that the political leaders and the press exhibit on this and similar occasions. They act as if some dark and terrible secret had been discovered.

But it gets funnier. The carnival has been moved to the theater in a nearby campus building, Drayton Hall. I do not know which member of the Drayton family Drayton Hall is named. I do know the Draytons, who produced prominent leaders from the Revolution to the Southern War, including a Confederate general, were for generations among the largest slaveholders of South Carolina.

Drayton Hall is bordered by College Street, Main Street, Greene Street, and Sumter Street. Greene Street is named for General Nathaniel Greene of the American Revolution, who was awarded a large Georgia plantation for his services (the plantation on which, by the way, Eli Whitney perfected the cotton gin.

Sumter is named for General Thomas Sumter, one of the heroic South Carolina partisan leaders of the Revolution. He was also a large slaveholder and as an old man in the late 1820s advocated the secession of South Carolina from the Union.

In fact, it is not easy to find a building built on the campus before the 20th century, or a street in the central area of the capital city of South Carolina that is not named for a slaveholder or secessionist!”

(Defending Dixie, Essays in Southern History and Culture, Clyde N. Wilson, Foundation for American Education, 2006, excerpts pp. 321-322)

Annie plays Orange Blossom Special at Phil's fish market

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A purdy thang she is. :)

Searched and searched and finally found out that "My dad is from Czechoslovakia and my mom is Japanese, and yet they love bluegrass music!"

One Jew’s Red-Pill Journey (Excellent Interview With Candace Owens)

Before I start in, another piece of my history that occurred to me that I should include – in part because my lesson at the end was part of a foundational part of my evolution.

One summer in college I went on an adventure and worked at a “dude ranch” in the western part of the country (it’d be fun, sometime, to take the family there if it’s still open).  Some of the staffers were retired people from the deep south, and they were racists.  No, not the Left’s definition, i.e., anyone that disagrees with them… I mean actual racists.  They used the “N word” openly, talked about how bad / lazy / you-name-the-stereotype black people were, etc.  I was shocked because this was my first true exposure to such openly-expressed thoughts.  But much, much worse: after a summer of daily exposure to that, I adopted that attitude as well.  I was not yet strong enough in my own self to avoid outside influences from those who were around me.

A couple of years later at school – still retaining many of those inclinations – I was confronted by two black men who were in the dorm room next to mine. 

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"Once you stop hearing 'sir' and 'ma'am' the rest is soon to follow"

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It was after a school shooting near Spokane last September that Spokane Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich addressed a clutch of reporters:
When I was in high school, every one of those rigs in the high school parking lot had a gun in the gun rack. Why? We went hunting on the way home. None of those guns ever walked into a school, none of those guns ever shot anybody... Did the gun change or did you as a society change? I'll give you odds it was you as a society. Because you started glorifying cultures of violence. You glorified the gang culture, you glorified games that actually gave you points for raping and killing people. The gun didn't change, we changed.
It seems clear to me the sheriff was speaking about rap music with its hateful, violent and misogynistic lyrics, and video games like Grand Theft Auto, where you can have sex with a prostitute then strangle her or pull an innocent person out of a car, beat him, then steal his vehicle.

I am a First Amendment purist and don't want to see expression censored in any way.

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Maxine Waters Attended Nation Of Islam Convention Where Farrakhan Defended Suicide Bombers

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Waters attended a Nation of Islam Convention where Louis Farrakhan defended Palestinian suicide bombers

The Nation of Islam believes white people are inherently inferior to black people.

Farrakhan is an anti-Semite who called Jews "Satanic" and said Hitler was "a very great man".

Waters' convention appearance is just the latest tie to emerge between Democrats and the Nation of Islam.

                                                         More @ The Daily Caller

Hungary's Orban calls for global anti-migrant alliance with eye on 2018 elections & calls Christianity 'Europe's last hope'

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 Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his annual "State of Hungary" speech in Budapest, Hungary, in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. The inscription reads: "For us Hungary is first!" (Zoltan Mathe/MTI via AP)

Hungarian leader Viktor Orban called on Sunday for a global alliance against migration as his right-wing populist Fidesz party began campaigning for an April 8 election in which it is expected to win a third consecutive landslide victory.

Popular at home but increasingly at odds politically and economically with mainstream European Union peers, Orban has thrived on external controversy, including repeated clashes with Brussels and lately the United Nations.

Those conflicts, mostly centered on migration since people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa flooded into Europe in 2015, have intensified as the elections approach and Orban poses as a savior of Europe's Christian nations.

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Once Again: :) VietJet Air under intense fire for mid-air lingerie show

 Vietnam airline under intense fire for mid-air lingerie show
VietJet Air CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao: Vietnam's First Woman Billionaire

 I took it to Bangkok from Saigon round trip last year, but it was a no bikini flight. :(

Vietnam’s budget airline has been fined by the country’s aviation authority, after they put on a mid-air lingerie show while carrying home the national under-23 football squad.

VietJet chartered a special flight to carry the team home from the under-23 Asian Football Championship final in China on Sunday as part of a “hero’s welcome,” despite the squad narrowly losing to Uzbekistan.

VietJet is notorious for their scantily-clad flight staff who often saunter the aisles in bikinis during flights and represent the airline in raunchy calendars and marketing campaigns.

More @ RT

Ex-CIA operative: Nothing in the allegations against Russians that Americans haven't done themselves.

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Ex-CIA operative says US has long meddled in elections, but it’s OK since they are ‘god cops’

As Democrats indict Russians over "election meddling," former CIA officers say the US has been interfering in foreign elections for decades and “hopefully” will keep doing so because it has the moral high ground.

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Hannity on Russian indictments: 'Where the hell was the Obama administration?'

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Fox News host Sean Hannity railed against the Obama administration on Friday after an indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller's team charged Russians with election interference efforts going back to 2014.

During a segment on his show, Hannity said that former President Obama should have done more to stop Russian efforts to influence American democracy.

"Where the hell was the Obama administration? What did they do then to stop this?" Hannity said, noting that Mueller's indictment indicated Russia's election meddling efforts went back to 2014.

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George W. Bush Doesn't Deserve the Media's Efforts at Rehabilitation

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Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results,” former President George W. Bush declared in a presumably well-paid speech last week in the United Arab Emirates, a notorious Arab dictatorship. Bush is being exalted as if he is the second coming of George Washington thanks to his implied slams against the Trump administration. But Bush’s actions during his eight-year reign did far more to ravage democracy at home and abroad than most people realize.

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Alabama House Passes Broadened ‘Stand Your Ground’ After Florida School Shooting


Conceal carry pastor (Jim Suhr : Associated Press)


The Alabama House of Representatives voted 40-16 to expand “Stand Your Ground” the day after the Florida school shooting occurred.

The vote was to broaden the statute to allow defense of life in churches. It was presented as part of an overarching goal of removing weak spots in current law so that citizens can defend themselves when an attacker strikes.

The Seattle Times quoted state Rep. Lynn Greer (R-Rogersville), saying, “You got nuts everywhere just like you had in the high school in Florida yesterday. Occasionally, they show up in a church.”

Democrats opposed the vote to expand Stand Your Ground, with Rep. Chris England (D-Tuscaloosa) describing the pro-self-defense push as “pandering.” He indicated that Alabama “already has a self-defense law” and said broadening it “doesn’t accomplish anything.” Rep. Laura Hall (D-Huntsville) said the expanded law would just encourage people to “shoot first and ask questions later.”

Nevertheless, Rep. Greer seized on small rural churches, pointing out that such congregations are on their own should an attacker strike. He explained that larger churches “can afford to hire professional security teams and off-duty police officers,” but smaller churches cannot.

The church that was attacked in Texas on November 5, 2017, was a rural church with no armed security. The attacker was able to kill 26 people before a neighbor of the church, Stephen Willeford, ran barefoot to the scene and shot the attacker with an AR-15.

Rep. Scalise Shot by Crazed Gunman: No Law Will Stop Killers

Mueller’s Investigation A Farce: Files Joke Indictment Against Russian Trolls

Mueller "troll farm" indictment today
- explicitly states no collusion
- does not mention WikiLeaks
- states trolls intent to support Trump & Sanders, oppose Clinton, Cruz
- states trolls intent on anti-Trump AND pro-Trump rallies post election 

If one needed proof that Mueller’s investigation was an utter farce, they were in for a treat this morning when the Deputy Attorney General announced the indictment of thirteen “Russian trolls,” for allegedly interfering in the 2016 Presidential election by posting on social media accounts.

Laying Mueller’s disregard of the First Amendment aside, the indictment is blatantly hypocritical in light of active social media intervention by pro-Clinton David Brock and his multi-million dollar efforts to ‘Correct The Record.’

Mo Ghille Mear (My Gallant Hero) A lament by the Gaelic goddess √Čire for Bonnie Prince Charlie, who was then in exile.

Via comment by Seneca III  on Celtic Woman - You Raise Me Up

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Three fellow students reported Florida suspect to school before shooting

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 Three fellow students reported Florida suspect to school before shooting: report
"..the FBI acknowledged that it failed to follow its own protocol after it received a tip in January.." 
Three students who said they knew the teenager accused of carrying out a deadly school shooting in South Florida this week claim they previously reported him to school administrators, BuzzFeed reported on Saturday.

According to BuzzFeed, the three students — Dana Craig, 16; Matthew Rosario, 16; and Enea Sabadini, 17 — said they reported Nikolas Cruz, 19, to school administrators after he displayed erratic and threatening behavior.

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