Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Vietnam War Display in Dragon Man's Museum

Total War on the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia: Uncovering the Truth about the Un-Civil War


On June 27, 1863, near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania–just days before the momentous Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee issued a general order to the Army of Northern Virginia, praising them for their honorable conduct thus far in their march into Union territory, but cautioning them on their continuing responsibility to respect all private property and the lives of all noncombatants.
“The commanding general considers no greater disgrace could befall the army, and through it our whole people, than the perpetration of the barbarous outrages upon the unarmed and defenseless and the wanton destruction of private property, that have marked the course of the enemy in our own country…It must be remembered that we make war only upon armed men, and that we cannot take vengeance for the wrongs our people have suffered…without offending against Him to whom vengeance belongeth, without whose favor and support our efforts must all prove in vain.”
More @ The Tribune

In Memory of Andrew Lytle (1902-1995)


The poem was written shortly after Mr. Lytle’s death in 1995. I intended it to be part of an expanded edition of Poems from Scorched Earth, thus continuing the meditation on fire–in both its destructive and regenerative powers.
The fire that he loved to stoke was an image
of his eternal energy and his gift for conviviality.

–J.O. Tate
No longer will he stand in life
Before his blazing hearth
The fire of bourbon in his aged hand.
No longer will the warmth of cabin flame
Heat up the soles of winter’s pilgrim feet,
Or brightest talk
Cheer up the way-worn wanderer’s heart.

That fire in memory preserved
Must last in shadows of cold
And dark diminished time;
Must last reflected in the gift
Of our own warmth
That burns brighter,
Compensating loss.

Trump Has Changed the VA and Wonderfully So

There are not enough words to express the excellent changes he has ordered and/or the difference in attitude the VA personnel now have contrary to their mediocre one before. I am now able to go to practitioners in Tarboro instead of Durham.  (Before I had a 6 hour round trip when I lived in Cape Carteret)

Redddit Just Exposed the Entire Hong Kong Government

Via Anonymous

San Clemente Island: German shepherd found alive five weeks after lost in Pacific

Via Dan Boyette

I've dived off the island before from the Spirit of Adventure

A fisherman's beloved dog that was presumed to be drowned in the Pacific Ocean has been found alive five weeks after falling overboard his boat.

Nick Haworth's dog, Luna, a 1 ½-year-old German shepherd, was spotted Tuesday on San Clemente Island, a Navy-owned training base 70 miles off San Diego. The blue-eyed pup disappeared February 10 as Haworth, a commercial fisherman from San Diego, worked on a boat two miles from the island.

CNN Death Spiral Continues with Double Digit Q2 Ratings Collapse

 Bernie's supporters protest against the lack of Sanders coverage in front of the CNN building in Los Angeles, California, on April 3, 2016. / AFP / TOMMASO BODDI (Photo credit should read TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images)

FOX: 2.4 million
MSNBC: 1.67 million
CNNLOL: 761,000

Total Day
FOX:  1.32 million
MSNBC: 900,000
CNNLOL: 541,000

Viewership drops compared to this same quarter last year…
FOX: -2% MSNBC: -4%
CNNLOL: -18%

Total Day
FOX:  -6%
MSNBC: -3%

Joe Scarborough Has Twitter Tantrum over 2020 Dems’ Positions: ‘Y’All Be Y’All and Lose’


 Joe Scarborough

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough in a series of tweets on Tuesday scolded the 2020 Democrats for taking leftist positions, arguing that they would all lose to President Trump.

Addressing the candidates, he wrote, “You now support: (1) universal health care for illegal immigrants, (2) making illegally crossing America’s borders legal, and, (3) a return to forced busing. Do you also now support the banning of the Betsy Ross flag from public places?

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‘This Is the Liberal Establishment’: As Homelessness Rises in Major Cities, Trump Speaks Out

Via Cousin John

President Donald Trump says he is working on a plan to address a spike in homelessness in the United States, particularly in several California cities.

During a Fox News Channel interview that aired Monday night, host Tucker Carlson asked the president about homelessness in major urban centers.     
“It’s disgraceful. I’m going to [propose something], maybe, and I’m looking at it very seriously,” Trump told Carlson on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “We’re doing some other things that you probably noticed.”

The president added: “This is the liberal establishment. This is what I’m fighting. They—I don’t know if they’re afraid of votes. I don’t know if they really believe that this should be taking place.”

Behind Ocasio-Cortez’s border-camp theater

 Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) addresses the media after touring the Clint, Texas, Border Patrol Facility housing children.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is horrified at what she’s seen on her visit to a holding facility for illegal immigrants — just a week after she voted against emergency funding to improve conditions at what she’d taken to calling “concentration camps.”

This after months when Democrats insisted that talk of a border crisis was just a Trump administration contrivance, and refused to even vote on its requests for funds.

AOC has a great gift for theater, as in her claim that detained women are forced to drink from toilets — which apparently refers to standard plumbing units for these facilities, which hold both a sink and toilet.

More  @ New York Post

Counting illegal aliens on census dilutes American’s voting power

Via John

The 4th

Hey Brock,

I have two pieces for you this week as I want to address some issues that have hit the news. 

1. Nike pulled a sneaker displaying the “Betsy Ross Flag” in response to a complaint from Colin Kaepernick. The NFL star (known for political activism in protest of systemic racism – including kneeling during the national anthem) expressed that he and others considered the symbol (featured on the shoe’s heel) offensive. The shoe was set to go on sale this week.

Two takeaways here. Apparently, Colin Kaepernick is able to control a $134.2 billion dollar company whenever he finds something offensive. And two, he clearly doesn’t know the full history behind the Betsy Ross Flag. Please read our guide and share so you can show other’s what the Betsy Ross flag truly stands for:

2. Happy Fourth of July! 

To celebrate, here is a Live Photo of me during last years holiday:

In all seriousness, I feel that we can get lost in this holiday (like others) and focus solely on the BBQ and fireworks. But let’s take a minute to reflect on America and the true heroism it took to give us freedom. We are the greatest country alive so let’s show a little appreciation :)

You stay safe out there, Brock, and have an amazing 4th of July!

Talk soon! 


Tijuana authorities investigating migrant groups trying to buy children to cross into the United States

 Tijuana, Mexico

“I can’t go to work because I can’t take my eyes off my boys,” said Antonia Portillo Cruz, a 44-year-old migrant from Honduras, who said the men have been targeting the shelter where she stays. She said she witnessed some of the men asking women in the shelter about purchasing their children, but none of them made the offer directly to her.

Local pastor says groups are trying to buy children or pair up with single mothers out of sheer desperation, but women and children migrants in Tijuana are terrified.

Some migrants in Tijuana are trying to purchase children from vulnerable single mothers in local shelters so they can more easily cross into the United States, according to shelter directors, migrants and Tijuana law enforcement authorities.

Russian oligarch's story could spell trouble for Team Mueller

Most importantly, Deripaska’s interview with the FBI reportedly was never provided by Team Mueller to Manafort’s lawyers, even though it was potential proof of innocence, according to Manafort defense lawyer Kevin Downing. Manafort, initially investigated for collusion, was convicted on tax and lobbying violations unrelated to the Russia case.

Sometimes it is the quiet, elusive ones who come back to haunt you. And for ex-special prosecutor Robert Mueller, one of those might be a Russian billionaire named Oleg Deripaska.

The oligarch who once controlled Russia’s largest aluminum empire has been an international man of intrigue in the now-completed and disproven Trump collusion investigation.

More @ The Hill

Trump Slaps 400% Tariff On Vietnamese Steel

Via Jonathan

the Commerce Department said certain products produced in South Korea and Taiwan were shipped to Vietnam for minor processing before being exported to U.S. as corrosion-resistant steel products and cold-rolled steel.
If you thought the world was safe from further trade-war escalation after Trump vowed to postpone slapping tariffs on $300 billion+ of Chinese goods, think again.

During an interview with Maria Bartiromo last week, President Trump accused Vietnam of being "almost the single worst abuser of everybody" and asserted that "Vietnam takes advantage of us even worse than China."

This sudden turn in Trump's rhetoric contrasted with the praise he offered Vietnam back in February for trying to reduce its trade surplus with the US. According to the Office of the Trade Rep, trade with Vietnam amounted to nearly $60 billion. Though earlier this year, the Treasury Department stopped short of accusing Vietnam of manipulating its dong (for those who are unaware, that's the name of its currency).

More @ Zero Hedge

Repost NC: “Let Us Fight Like Men for Our Firesides”
 51. “I was canvassing for the Union with all my strength; I was addressing a large and excited crowd, large numbers of whom were armed, and literally had my hand extended upward in pleading for peace and the Union of our Fathers, when the telegraphic news was announced of the firing on Ft. Sumter and the President’s call for 75,000 volunteers. When my hand came down from that impassioned gesticulation, it fell slowly and sadly by the side of a secessionist. I immediately, with altered voice and manner, called upon the assembled multitude to volunteer not to fight against, but for South Carolina. I said, if war must come, I prefer to be with my own people. If I had to shed blood I preferred to shed Northern blood rather then Southern blood. If we had to slay I had rather slay strangers than my own kindred and neighbors.”
--N.C. Gov. Zebulon Vance, April 1861 on Lincoln’s call for troops 

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Say Goodbye to Texas

Via Tedmund Chan

 Say Goodbye to Texas

I always liked the idea of Texas—a massive, arrogant, sun-scorched, red-blooded homeland for impenitent cattle rustlers who provided a cultural counterpoint to the sniffly, snobby classes of the Eastern seaboard. Back when America was all about expansion rather than retreat, Texas was far more American than anything you could scrape up from either coastline.

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"We are facing our second Civil War and all the marbles are on the table."

 civil war cannon

Vicksburg didn't celebrate the 4th until WWII. 
While July 4th has special meaning for Americans, our Independence Day celebrates the concept of the sovereign individual, a world view and an ideal that extends far beyond our borders.

For centuries, man was ruled by autocrats and despots who owned everything and everyone, controlled all property, and had the authority to dictate the course of events in their realm.  Common man eked out his sparse existence with the constant anxiety of an uncertain future.  No part of his day to day life was secure or safe from the whims of the monarch who controlled his fate.

The Declaration of Independence, by far the most important of our founding documents, ousted the ruling elite from their positions of power and destroyed the pedestals that supported their thrones. 

This document declares the sovereignty of the individual, outlines the Natural Law Rights that belong to each of us by dint of our birth, summarizes the grievances against the British Crown, justifies separation from the mother country, and sets out the proper place for government as the servant of the people.