Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Defending the Monuments & Silent Sam

After the Charleston shooting in 2015, all across the old Confederacy memorials, monuments, flags and other symbols of the South’s Confederate history came under renewed and severe assault. It seemed that the last vestiges of that heritage might be swept away in a paroxysm of politically-driven outrage and media-hyped efforts to purge the landscape of those symbols.

In many ways North Carolina became ground zero for these efforts.  But the Tar Heel State also witnessed a pushback from defenders of the state’s heritage who organized successfully and were able, for the moment at least, to fend off the worst of those attacks. Most significantly, working with a conservative and Republican General Assembly, the state’s Sons of Confederate Veterans division, was able to secure passage of one of the nation’s strongest Monuments Protection Laws [NC General Statute 100-2.1].

Saigon in 1968

Pedestrians dodging traffic on colorful streets, squatting vendors tending baskets stuffed with fresh fruits and sunlight splashing lethargic afternoons along the vier – these photos from 1968 contain many of the scenes that contribute to modern-day Saigon's unique character.

But for all the similarities, the shots from American photographer John F. Cordova reveal some of the ways life has changed here. Large, western steel-frame cars stand-in for today's sleeker Asian models; the subdued, conservative fashion come from a time before ubiquitous branding; and the bright sky peaking above the wharf is delightfully devoid of smog. The city was no less bustling than it is today, but the soft colors cast a placid sheen over the commotion.

Check out the photos below to witness the city's intrinsic and time-tested personality:

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Lockheed Martin F-35 Fighter Poised To Become One Of America’s Biggest Exports

Via The Daily Timewaster

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The tri-service F-35 fighter has completed development and begun deploying overseas.  At least 11 foreign countries will buy it, and if it turns out anything like the F-16 it is replacing, the number of foreign buyers could eventually be twice that number.  Which raises the interesting question of how big a contribution F-35 might eventually make to the U.S. trade balance.  Prime contractor Lockheed Martin figures it will sell around 1,500 of the fighters overseas, which at today’s prices would be worth about $150 billion.  But then there’s life-cycle support, software upgrades, airframe modifications, attrition replacements, new demand stimulated by wars, etc.  In then-year dollars, the export income from F-35 across half a century of service could ultimately approach a trillion dollars.

Why let the law stand in your way? The cities of Richmond and Portsmouth have decided to ignore the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Why let the law stand in your way? The cities of Richmond and Portsmouth have decided to ignore the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. They know that moving war monuments violates that law, yet they are both moving forward with plans to do just that. They know that there is a court case in Charlottesville. They know that 6 attempts in the State House and Senate to change that law were defeated. None of this has slowed them down in their efforts. I know this for a fact because I am there as often as possible to hear them make their hateful proposals.

The Portsmouth case made no sense what so ever. The City of Portsmouth dragged the Stonewall Camp # 380 into court for absolutely no reason. Neither the City Attorney nor the Judge in the case could even define what the case was about. The ruling was nothing that all parties were not already aware of. For the past few decades, no one has been able to determine just who does own the Portsmouth Confederate Monument. The Judge in this case was also not able to make that determination. Out of pure vindictiveness, the City of Portsmouth caused the Stonewall Camp the burden of unnecessary legal fees to defend something that did not even need defending.

I also attended the final meeting of the select panel (7 members) that will submit a recommendation to the Richmond City Council as to the fate of the monuments on Monument Avenue. The obvious answer is that nothing should be done with or to these monuments. What sort of twisted thinking would cause anyone the desire to bring any harm to these great works of art.

According to the panel, the results of the polls taken were:

36% away with the monuments

22% voted.......leave as they are

27% voted.......leave in place with interpretation added

16% opinion either way

I know that adds up to 101%, their figures......not mine. Who is to say what else may be incorrect or skewed? None the less, this poll shows a clear majority of 49% in favor of leaving the monuments in place. The meeting itself was very telling. There was a (crowd) of 11 spectators. Of this number, at least 2 were city employees who were there to assist with running the meeting. Of the remaining 9, I had only one obvious ally, H. V. Traywick, Jr. He gave each member of the panel a well written handout of the facts relevant to Virginia's part in "The War". The problem is, that these people are not interested in facts. Facts of any kind, about any thing only serve to confuse and irritate them. This was demonstrated by their comments. One member stated that Monument Ave. had no impact on tourism in Richmond. There would be no noticeable effect if all the monuments were gone. One member of the panel commented on his views of Richmond when he moved there in 1982. He did not say where he had moved from, but I wager that it was somewhere North of the Mason-Dixon line. This same panelist proudly stated that 1 in 9 people living in Virginia are from foreign countries. He went on to say that this part of Virginia History is not relevant to them. It sounds like this carpet bagger wants all of us native Virginians to pick up and get out. Does he have any suggestion where we might go? We certainly know where he can go!

Another ridiculous comment was that this issue has nothing to do with race. Are they joking?? Every comment they make is about race. According to them the War was about nothing other than slavery. The monuments were put up in the "Jim Crow Era" to intimidate "African Americans". They also think the only reason we want the monuments to remain is to continue to intimidate and irritate "African Americans". Do they really believe these things? You can be assured that they really do!

The bigotry, hatred, and racism are not coming from us. These thoughts are emotional not based on facts, and that is hard to fight. One place we can fight and win is at the voting booth. Get out and vote! Talk to your neighbors and friends and get them out to vote! Campaign for those who support us! Be at the polls on June 12th!

B. Frank Earnest, Heritage Defense Coordinator, Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans

UK's Tommy Robinson: Racist, Bigot, or Hero?

Via Mike

North Carolina’s Team Bigun is headed to the Horsepower Wars $10K Drag Shootout!

 Yost’s highly successful, street-driven ’68 Camaro.
The leaf spring record-setting “Tooth Jerker” with Barnett at the controls.

Headed up by Drag Week and street car racing standout Eric Yost, this stacked team of racers, tuners, and fabricators is unequivocally a force to be reckoned with in this 10-day build-off and the subsequent drag race that will decide the whole battle later this summer. Yost’s team nabbed more than half of the votes cast, earning 56-percent of the overall vote to beat out the other two finalists: Dwayne Gutridge’s Team Dirty Jersey and Brad Riekoff’s West Bend Dyno Tuning squad.

“We had a lot of family and friends to help out with the vote count, and we had a ton of good companies to share our posts and give them likes and it went really well. All the Drag Week guys, all of Lyle’s supporters, and groups like Real Tuners and Leaf Spring Nation, they all pushed our stuff,” said Yost.

Barbara Spectre


Unless you’re pretty deep in the so-called “Alt-Right” movement, or at least actively monitoring it, you’re probably scratching your head and saying “WHO?”  Let me introduce you to someone who, IMHO, rises to the level of Benedict Arnold.  On two fronts.

Barbara Spectre is a Jewish woman living in Europe, who – based on the evidence I’ve been able to gather – is on the Left-side of the political spectrum.  Given that the spectrum in Europe is shifted significantly leftward from that in the US, that’s certainly putting her on the far-Left in terms of the US scale.  Now let me be clear: she is entitled to believe this, even if I would vehemently disagree with her Leftism as contrary to the Judaism I learned.  Quoting a great essay, Why Jews Support the Democratic Party, by Evan Sayet (bolding added

Put simply, the more Jewish is the person, the more they reject the policies of the Democrat Party.  This should not be the least bit surprising as Modern Liberalism – the dominant ideology of today’s Democrat Party – is the very antithesis of Judaism.

But no, her Leftism – much as I disagree with it as being in contradiction to Judaism – is not why I condemn her.  (Side note: too many American Jews identify more as liberals than as Jews, as Evan Sayet noted, which – alas – leads to a conflating of the two.)  I condemn her for two specific reasons.  Here’s the first.


Update of Passive Subversive Terrorism within The Liberal Party of Canada

Via Cousin Dale


This last six months of events within Canada have certainly educated the Canadian public as to how passive subversive terrorism has been adopted by the Liberal Party of Canada. I have been vastly ignorant and critical regarding the decisions and plans of the Liberals, because their every action just happens to fit the description for the extremist islamic strategy of war against free countries. Let us review shall we?

Deliberate stagnation of our economy and resource sectors: We certainly saw everything but progress or intelligence regarding the development of any oil pipeline. In fact, all "efforts" were put forth to ensure that the pipeline chosen for expansion would be the one that faced the most protests and environmental concerns. We watched as everything became ridiculous and two provinces forgot they were in the same country. Alberta and British Columbia were deliberately set upon one another, while Native protesters had a wonderful time tooting their horns and pooping their pants. Without any intelligent leaders to properly negotiate, Kinder Morgan had no choice but to set a deadline. For those of you that fail to understand, deadlines are set as a last result when absolute idiots cannot get anything done. I predicted that the Liberals would practice filth politics and divisional tactics against Canadians, and what have we witnessed? How about that carbon tax, eh?

Avenatti Withdraws Motion to Represent Stormy Daniels in Cohen Case After Taking a Beating From Judge For ‘Publicity Tour’

Stormy Daniels’ sleazeball lawyer Michael Avenatti took a beating in a Manhattan federal court Wednesday morning by Judge Kimba Wood.


Avenatti subsequently withdrew his motion to represent Stormy Daniels in the Cohen case after the judge blasted him for his ‘publicity tours.’

Matt Drudge: ‘New Low’ for Ambien Maker to Mock Roseanne ‘While They Drug a Generation’

 Matt Drudge, editor of The Drudge Report, condemned the maker of Ambien for mocking Roseanne Barr, who claimed to have posted an offensive tweet while using the drug.

Conservative media pioneer Matt Drudge slammed drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis on Wednesday for mocking Roseanne Barr’s suggestion that her racially charged remark about Obama White House aide Valerie Jarrett was induced by Ambien.

“The drug company mocking Roseanne for her mental illness while they drug a generation is a new low!” Drudge tweeted at the drugmaker’s Twitter handle, @SanofiUS, including three sources detailing the drug’s scary side effects.

The first report — published by Thought Catalog, titled “44 Ambien Stories That Will Creep You The Eff Out” — is a listicle of people recounting their bizarre experiences while on the drug.

One person says they had no recollection of purchases they made on Amazon.
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The Maltese Phantom of Russiagate’

In the shifting narratives of the Trump-Russia probe, a Maltese academic named Joseph Mifsud has remained a linchpin regarding claims of collusion. He is the professor who allegedly told Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that the Russians had emails related to the Clinton campaign. The FBI says it opened its investigation in late July 2016 after Papadopoulos relayed that information to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer, and the Australians tipped off U.S. authorities.
While some news accounts describe Mifsud as an accomplice to Russian clandestine operations or a “cut-out” (intermediary), others contend he is a full-fledged Russian spy.

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Military Vet Who Survived Benghazi Attack Blasts Parkland Activist For Tweet


Remeber a time when there wasn't a school shooting every week? I don't because I wasn't alive.

White House blasts 'double standard' over Olbermann, Hill, Griffin, Behar anti-Trump comments

Via Billy

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders cited ESPN's Jemele Hill and ABC's Joy Behar's anti-Trump comments on Wednesday.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says President Trump wants to know why Disney CEO Bob Iger hasn’t apologized for the “horrible things” said by its anti-Trump personalities like Keith Olbermann, Jemele Hill, Joy Behar and Kathy Griffin.

“Where was Bob Iger's apology to the White House staff for Jemele Hill calling the president and anyone associated with him a white supremacist?” Sanders asked during Wednesday’s press briefing, referencing the ESPN host. “To Christians around the world for Joy Behar calling Christianity a mental illness?” Behar is a frequent Trump detractor.

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RNC's First MS-13 Ad Against Democrats Starring Pelosi.

 Nancy Pelosi

"Democrats' Midterm Message: MS-13 Killers...They're Not So Bad."

The Democrats knew it was coming, but that can't make it any more pleasant to watch. The Republican National Committee has released its first "Democrats defend the brutal MS-13 gang whose motto is 'Kill, Rape, Control'" ad — and it's appropriately brutal.

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USA Today POLLS: Don't help only illegal immigrants & Save 'DREAMers' from Donald Trump's legal limbo