Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Matchless Devotion of Black Confederates: A Neglected Chapter of American History

Louis Napoleon Nelson Cavalryman and Regimental Chaplain Seventh Tennessee Cavalry, CSA Serving under Cavalry Corp Commander Nathan Bedford Forrest

At Appomattox Courthouse in April of 1865, an Alabama soldier by the name of Zeb Thompson stood, rifle by his side, within a stone’s throw of General Robert E. Lee when he surrendered to General Grant.

Thompson had participated in many of the greatest battles of the War during his service to the Confederacy and had been wounded three times. Thompson, like several other Confederate soldiers looking on, was a black man. Also there was Private Needham Leach, one of two blacks, and ten whites left in Company C of the 53rd North Carolina Regiment.

These were just a few of at least 50,000 and as many as 100,000 black slaves and freemen who served the Confederate cause in some military or naval capacity. Thompson indicated in his 1917 interview with the Birmingham Age-Herald that he had attended every Confederate reunion and was very proud of his war record.

Federal Judge Slaps Down Governor's Gun Store Closure Order: 'There's No Justification'

 Federal Judge Slaps Down Governor's Gun Store Closure Order ...

The coronavirus crisis doesn’t trump the Constitution.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was the latest official to get that lesson in constitutional law on Thursday when a federal judge announced Baker had overstepped his bounds with an executive order that closed gun stores by lumping them in with other businesses deemed “nonessential” by the powers that be.

More @ WJ

Sure-fire way to End Lockdowns: Food For Thought

Via Edward Cowell 

 Celebrities and the Media Shouldn't Sneer at Coronavirus Lockdown ...


Mr. Townsend:

Why doesn't everyone who has had a business shut-down by executive order sue the Governor under each state's eminent domain constitutional provisions? 

State actions shutting down certain businesses "for the public good" is a State taking of property for the public good. EACH taking requires just compensation.

Just compensation would bankrupt States.

My guess is these Little Dictators would fold rather than incur those liabilities.

Don Leicht
attorney/retired Circuit Court Judge
Kokomo, IN


More than half of North Carolina's restaurants may permanently close because of COVID-19

Via Jessica

 More than half of North Carolina's restaurants may permanently ...

Saddled with debt, payroll and mounting utility bills North Carolina restaurants are struggling to remain open even as the state starts to ease stay-at-home restrictions. Gov. Roy Cooper’s plan to reopen restaurants with limitations beginning May 22, but owners are having to make tough choices right now.

“Every day it gets harder and harder,” said Lou Reda, the owner of An American Table in Rocky Mount.

Only thirty-five percent of restaurant owners in the state have indicated that they can stay afloat beyond two months of closing down or offering limited service, according to the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Associations. That two month marker is rapidly approaching. Restaurants in North Carolina shut down around Mar. 17 to adhere to restrictions put in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

More @ WRAL

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: Title IX Final Rule ‘Balances Scales of Justice’

 Betsy DeVos

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Thursday the new federal Title IX rule that specifies how schools must handle allegations of sexual misconduct is a win for both victims and the accused.

In an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow, DeVos said the new regulations have been “a long time in the making” and “give historic recognition of sexual harassment as sex discrimination.”

The secretary emphasized the new rule “empowers and protects victims” of sexual misconduct, “protects due process rights for those who are accused,” and will “balance the scales of justice on college campuses.”

More @ Breitbart

Texas Governor Abbott Alters Stay-at-Home Policies to Prevent More Mothers from Being Jailed

First qualifying pass at the Tri-State divisional View from the rear bumper. 6.89 at 202 mph

Justice Department is dropping Flynn’s Trump-Russia case

Via Red

The Justice Department on Thursday said it is dropping the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, abandoning a prosecution that became a rallying cry for the president and his supporters in attacking the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation.

The action was a stunning reversal for one of the signature cases brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. It comes even though prosecutors for the past three years have maintained that Flynn lied to the FBI in a January 2017 interview about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

Flynn himself admitted as much, pleading guilty before asking to withdraw the plea, and became a key cooperator for Mueller as the special counsel investigated ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign.

More @ AP

California Sheriff: ‘I Refuse to Make Criminals Out of Business Owners’

 Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco

Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco reaffirmed his stance on not enforcing stringent stay-at-home orders, telling the Riverside County Board of Supervisors this week that he refuses to “make criminals out of business owners, single moms, and otherwise healthy individuals for exercising their constitutional rights.”

Eight weeks ago, officials, including Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) “participated in something never done before in our nation’s history,” Bianco began.

 Government “ordered residents into their homes, closed their businesses, made them wear masks, forbid them from going to church, and eliminated constitutional freedoms put in place over 200 years ago,” he explained.

More @ Breitbart

“There Was NO Legal Justification for Mueller’s Appointment…The Entire Mueller Investigation Was Illegitimate”

Democrat Illinois Governor Pritzker Says Christian Churches May Not Reopen for a Year


Illinois Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker told reporters on Wednesday churches in his state may not reopen for a year.
Pritzker must believe the First Amendment is optional.

As Cassandra Fairbanks previously reported an Illinois church filed a lawsuit against Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker in April for violating the First Amendment and the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The lawsuit, filed by the Thomas More Society on behalf of The Beloved Church in Lena, claims that the governor has a “hostility” towards religious faith.

It Begins. California Official Announces Program to Remove People with COVID-19 From Their Homes to Quarantine Centers (VIDEO)


And here we thought Democrats were against internment camps?
Guess not.

Ventura County officials in California announced plans to remove infected residents with the Wuhan virus from their homes and place them in quarantine centers.

On Wednesday, Ventura County Health Director Robert Levin announced that the forcible quarantines are underway and will continue.

U.S. Constitution shredded by dangerous elected officials: Does not permit government infringement upon assembly, worship, travel or commerce

I have been taking some heat from friends and colleagues for my steadfast defense of personal liberties and my arguments that the U.S. Constitution — when interpreted in accordance with the plain meaning of its words, and informed by history — does not permit the government to infringe upon personal freedoms, no matter the emergency or pandemic. For those who agree with me, worry not. We will persevere. For those who trust the government, worry a lot. You are not in good hands.

The purpose of the Constitution is to establish the government and to limit it. Some of the limitations are written in the Constitution itself. Most of the limitations that pertain to personal freedoms are found in the Bill of Rights — the first 10 amendments.

These amendments were ratified to restrain the federal government from infringing upon personal liberties. Since the enactment of the 14th Amendment in 1868, and subsequent litigation, these amendments, for the most part, restrain the states as well. The courts have characterized these protected liberties as fundamental.