Thursday, July 4, 2019

Saigon Street Life in 1965 by Bruce Baumler – Part 2


Continuing the visual spectacle of Saigon from part 1 of the collection, here are more candid shots of the city’s street life in 1965.

While a lot of landmarks have endured the test of time — such as Le Loi Boulevard, Ben Thanh Market and a host of other religious structures — others have succumbed to development pressures.

The Eden Department Store, Saigon Tax Center and Nguyen Hue Fountain now only exist in our collective memory.

More @ Saigoneer

Banana Bread, Blue Berries.......

.......and the Vardells. :)

 Shy though I tried my best. :)

Home picked /made Blueberries and Banana Bread!  Just wonderful.

Breaking Down “Civil War 2″ Part 2

Via Knuckledraggin' My Life Away

Civil War PC is Mental Imprisonment


Yesterday The Times published an article titled: “What Should Happen to Confederate Statues?” Among its remarks were the following:

Many Confederate statues being debated today did not originate during the Civil War era, when Southerners built obelisks in cemeteries and other tributes with themes of mourning. The towering figures of individual soldiers and monuments in public squares generally came later, historians say, during the rise of Jim Crow laws and subsequently during a backlash against desegregation.

“That is when you are simultaneously seeing the dedication of these monuments,” said Christy Coleman, the chief executive of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Va. “They are not separate things. They are a reassertion of the ideal.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) originated that bogus narrative when they released the chart below. While it documents that the vast majority of the “towering figures of individual soldiers and monuments in public squares” were erected between 1900 and 1920, the SPLC falsely attributes the surge to white supremacy and Jim Crow. Only someone mentally imprisoned by political correctness could reach such a conclusion for four reasons.

First, and foremost, the period coincided with the war’s semi-centennial when veterans were dying off. A twenty-one year old who went to war in 1861 was sixty years old in 1900 and eighty in 1920.

Second, the same factor caused the number of Union soldier statues erected to swell during the same era. Presumably, Jim Crow and white supremacy cannot explain the Union statue-building. Third, the South was too impoverished for decades after the war to financially afford memorials like those that Northerners had been building for years in honor of their Civil War heroes. Notwithstanding its population growth, the South did not recover to its of pre-war economic activity level until 1900.

Fourth, Jim Crow was not isolated to 1900 – 1920. It extended for years on either side of the interval.

When The Times attributes the second minor surge of Confederate monument building during the 1960s to “a backlash against segregation” it overlooks the fact that the early 1960s coincided with the Civil War Centennial. Although the United States Post Office issued five Civil War commemorative stamps between 1961 and 1965, only  an imprisoned mind could believe that the Office was motivated by “a backlash against segregation.”

America’s Greatest Problem: We’ve been off the farm too long

Via Hard Right

 Photo courtesy: Benjamin D. Esham

 In the year 1790, 90% of the American population were farmers.  By 1850, this percentage had dropped to 64%, and then down to only 21% by the year 1930.  Today, only 2% of the American population serve as farmers.
This past year, our nation celebrated its 241st birthday and though my heart fills with patriotic fervor each time I catch a glimpse of those red stripes flapping in the wind, I can’t help but have those feelings checked by the harsh understanding that America 2018 is a nation in dire trouble.

Far from being the land of the free and the home of the brave, we are now a nation of spineless weaklings ready to be offended at the drop of a hat and often it is the very ones who dropped the hat who are the most offended.

CNN's Fareed Zakaria: Guys, Trump is Right About the Asylum Abuse Crisis on the Southern Border

 CNN's Fareed Zakaria: Guys, Trump is Right About the Asylum Abuse Crisis on the Southern Border

The situation on the U.S. southern border with Mexico continues to deteriorate as hundreds of thousands of Central Americans falsely claim asylum, overwhelming Border Patrol and HHS facilities.

But while most Democrats are still sitting by with complaints and false accusations instead of solutions, others are finally admitting a crisis exists.

More @ Townhall


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33 Key Questions for Robert Mueller

 Special Counsel Robert Mueller at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)
Crucial questions that should be asked when former special counsel testifies before House  committees on July 17 
Robert Mueller, who investigated allegations of Russia collusion and obstruction of justice for nearly two years as special counsel, will be testifying before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on July 17.