Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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The Real Thing

Col. Alexander Cheves Haskell


A Review of The Everlasting Circle: Letters of the Haskell Family of Abbeville, South Carolina, 1861—1865. (Mercer University Press, 2019) Edited by Karen Stokes.

Participants in the Old South and the Confederacy were conscientious in preserving their documents, as were several succeeding generations.  They knew that their history was important and that it would suffer massive misrepresentation.  As a result, by the mid-20th century, Southern archives contained a wealth of primary sources that were available to historians who cared to look.

For the 19th century “primary sources” means letters, diaries, account books and business papers, first-hand newspaper reports, memos made while memories were fresh, authentic official records— documents that are original to the times they record.  It used to be that historians had to assiduously study primary sources before they could be considered experts on some small part of history.

In our times we have “historians” who have never read a single relevant primary document but declare their “expert” interpretations of Southern history and what it is all about. For them our Southern ancestors are not real people who lived out their time on earth as best they could but only ideological categories to be condemned and abolished by “experts” of superior wisdom and morality.

A good many Southern primary sources have made their way into accessible printed versions over the years. The letters of the Haskell family during the war for Southern Independence are a new major published asset for real Southern history.  These are the letters exchanged among seven Confederate brothers (all of them accomplished men) and their intelligent and brave mother, sisters, and wives. 

The letters are full of affection, realism, and sometimes even humour, among highly literate people who interacted with many of the most important people of South Carolina and the Confederacy.  It is safe to say that these examples of Confederates were admirable people in every way.

Karen Stokes is a marvel of contemporary Southern letters.  Not only is she highly productive (a dozen or so books) but she is that very rare writer who excels at both historical scholarship and fiction.  This latest work is a major and lasting contribution to real history.  Only those who have actually done documentary editing can know the time-consuming and meticulous labour and wide range of knowledge that must go into a successful rendering of aging manuscripts into accurate printed text.  What Stokes’s presents here is extraordinary. I know whereof I speak.

Carteret County high schoolers earn highest test scores in NC

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*Can't imagine why......

The North Carolina State Board of Education released its annual School Performance Grade Accountability report in September, revealing the number one test scores weren't coming from big cities like Charlotte or Raleigh, but from students who live at the coast.

According to the report, Carteret County public high school students earned the top end-of-grade and end-of-course test scores in the state. It also showed more than 88 percent of the district's schools received an A or B grade, which is based on a school's achievement scores on reading and math tests combined with the academic growth rate of its students.

*The population of Carteret County, NC is 86.4% White Alone, 5.65% Black or African American Alone, and 4.22% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Carteret County, NC speak a non-English language, and 97.9% are U.S. citizens.

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What They Don’t Want to Hear

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” -- George Orwell
“Sure I am this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.” --Winston S. Churchill

In our ceaseless struggle against the seemingly overwhelming forces of Cultural Marxism, political correctness, identity politics, and historical “presentism”, I believe we have great allies in an unlikely pair of 20th century Englishmen. Eric Blair, whose nom de plume was George Orwell, so despised totalitarianism that his pen name now applies to the mindless miseries that have been created by the demagogues of right and left.

And without Winston Churchill, we all would likely live in a very different and dystopian world, an “Orwellian” world.

NARCO-TERROR: 9 U.S. Women, Children Murdered by Cartel Gunmen near New Mexico Border

 Murdered Family in Mexico


Initial reports from the family said 12 members were killed. Over night, the number of dead adjusted to 10. Alfonso Durazo, Mexico’s Public Security Secretary, announced Tuesday morning that the death toll stands at three women and six children. Another six children were injured and one more remains missing as of Tuesday morning.

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Pelosi’s impeachment rules guarantee a partisan circus

 Pelosi’s impeachment rules guarantee a partisan circus

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insists the impeachment procedures adopted last Thursday are “the fairest possible.” Don’t believe it. In truth, a provision slyly added at the last minute is all but certain to deprive President Trump of the ability to defend himself. Expect a one-sided propaganda circus with Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff acting as ringmaster.

Democrats are boasting about the “impeachment inquiry protections” offered to Trump, claiming they’re the same as the rules devised for President Richard Nixon and President Bill Clinton. But that’s a bald-faced lie.

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NC: 3 Shots & A Fight: Hunter Survives Bear Encounter, Bear Does Not

Hunters in North Carolina were surprised last Saturday when a bear they had shot multiple times decided to fight instead of drop dead.

North Carolina is known for trophy-sized black bears, and the population of black bears is growing at least 6% per year, according to Captain Andrew Helton of the state’s Wildlife Resources Commission. To help manage the population, the state allows hunters one bear tag each year, and there is no draw — it’s all over the counter. Non-residents can also purchase one bear tag per year.

The huge bear population isn’t surprising. Daniel Boone killed hundreds of bears a year near this region in the 18th century, and with the success of conservation efforts, their numbers are rising in this historic range.

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‘Illogical’: Brit Hume Points Out ‘Huge Fallacy’ In Vindman’s Impeachment Testimony

 Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, director of European affairs at the National Security Council, arrives in the Capitol Visitor Center for his deposition related to the House's impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
Hume clarified the “huge fallacy” in a reply, explaining, “it’s the fact that the president is the constitutional author of foreign policy, so the idea he is ‘subverting’ it is illogical.”

On Friday, seasoned political commentator Brit Hume took issue with Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s testimony regarding the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

According to Vindman, Trump’s call to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25 left him “deeply troubled” that the president was attempting to “subvert U.S. foreign policy,” The Washington Post reported: