Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Long Ago

 

Oh! a wonderful stream is the river of Time,
As it runs through the realm of tears,
With a faultless rhythm, and musical rhyme,
And a broader sweep, and a surge sublime,
And blends with the ocean of years!

How the winters are drifting like flakes of snow,
And summers like buds between,
And the ears in the sheaf, — so they come and they go
On the river’s breast with its ebb and flow,
As it glides in the shadow and sheen!

A Stroll on the Quaint Streets of 1920s Chau Doc


Today, Chau Doc is a busy secondary city just a stone’s throw from the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Formed at the intersection between two major rivers, the town has always been a dynamic trading hub connecting Khmer merchants with commercial centers in Vietnam.

Chau Doc is part of An Giang Province and the city center is right where the Chau Doc River and Hau River meets. Most residents live along the National Route 91, which runs along the bank of the Hau River. The origin behind its name is unclear, but some theorize that it was named after a Khmer word, me├áth chruk, meaning “pig snout” because of the shape of the islands formed by the intersecting rivers.

Most southerners know Chau Doc as home of the Ba Chua Xu Temple at the foot of the Sam Mountain, a spiritual location for followers of folk religions; and the mausoleum of Thoai Ngoc Hau, a court mandarin for the Nguyen Dynasty.

See what the border Mekong town looked like through these 1920s postcards.

More @ Saigoneer

Why Do Southerners Eat Black-Eyed Peas on New Year’s?

Via Jonathan

  

A basic part of being human is to have a culture and people, an identity. Without identity, one would just be a sad hedonistic worker unit with no past, no future and no reason to live beyond personal pleasure. White folks, particularly Southerners are forbidden an identity in the modern West. As a consequence, our societies are being taken worldwide by the forces of globalism. The basics of decency is to love who you are, love the way God created you….and to love your people!


It was the winter of 1864 when the devil went down to Georgia. William Tecumseh Sherman issued special field order no. 120 which commanded his soldiers to forage liberally. The 60,000 man army would forcefully live off the people of the South; foragers rode off in all directions looking for loot.

According to Sherman’s own estimates, his armies seized over 5,000 horses, 4,000 mules and 13,000 head of cattle, while confiscating 9.5 million pounds of corn and 10.5 million pounds of livestock fodder.

A Realist Plan for the Arab/Israeli Conflict?

Via Billy

 A view of the national flag of Israel in Eilat city center. On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Eilat, Israel.

Ambassador Nikki Haley, in her final U.N. Security Council briefing on the Middle East, began to lift the veil on the Trump administration’s long-awaited plan for resolving the Arab/Israeli conflict.

President Trump and a handpicked team of his closest advisors from his private and business life – Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Special Representative Jason Greenblatt and Ambassador David Friedman – have invested considerable time and effort crafting that plan. Despite obsessive curiosity and endless speculation, they’ve developed it without a single leak. That they allowed Haley to describe those efforts, even in general terms, suggests that a larger scale rollout approaches.