Col. Abel Streight's force was made up largely of "tories" (Union
loyalists) who were recruited from northwest Alabama. Most of these men
belonged to the 1st Ala. Cav. U.S. Other regiments who took part were
the 3rd Ohio, 51st Indiana, 73rd Illinois, and 18th Illinois. The men
of the 1st Ala. were practically on a cake walk as they led Streight
through familiar and often times loyalist territory. The main objective
was to destroy the Western and Atlantic railroad and it's sidetracks
that were being used to supply the Army of Tennessee. Things were going
good for Col. Streight until CSA Gen. Phillip Roddey of Moulton, Alabama
began to screen the movements of the enemy force and worked in
conjunction with Forrest to begin pursuit of the invaders.
isn't familiar with the story, the capture of Streight and his men was a
stroke of genius executed by Forrest who was outnumbered approximately 3
to 1. It is a great story and I will not spoil it here. The fighting
began at Battleground, then on to Hog Mountain, Days Gap (Blountsville,
and parts of what is presently Cullman and Etowah counties today), and
then on to Gadsden and the battle of Black Water Creek where Confederate
Heroine, Emma Samson, did her part to show Forrest a ford in which to
cross and pursue the Union forces (Streight's men had burned every
bridge as they crossed it along this route which is pretty much U.S. Hwy
278 today). As an interesting note, Forrest also killed fellow
Confederate Officer Lt. A. Wills Gould who shot Forrest in the hip after
a disagreement where Gould allowed artillery pieces to be captured and
spiked. After being shot, Forrest stabbed Gould who lingered long
enough to apologize to Forrest for shooting him. At first it appeared
that NBF's wound would prove fatal, but he recovered fully and in time
for Chickamauga. http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-1380
Research from investment bank JP Morgan allegedly found coronavirus
infection rates decreasing in states that have lifted their lockdown
CNBC anchor Carl Quintanilla posted a lengthy thread to
Twitter outlining the investment bank’s research, which counters many
media and political figures who predicted dire consequences for those states when coronavirus lockdown measures began lifting.
has a devastating piece arguing that infection rates have declined —
not increased — in states where lockdowns have ended, ‘even after
allowing for an appropriate measurement lag.’
tweeted to introduce the thread.
‘I know nothing about this.” That’s how Susan Rice, President
Obama’s national security adviser, responded when asked on PBS’s
NewsHour in March 2017 “whether Trump transition officials, including
the President, may have been swept up in surveillance of foreigners at
the end of the Obama administration?”
Now we know that denial
wasn’t true. The evidence comes from her own hand. In her last minutes
in government, on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, she sent
herself an email to memorialize an Oval Office meeting two weeks...
Will the shutdown in NC lead to more “deaths of despair” than deaths from COVID-19?
While I am concerned for the health of people who are at risk of
serious illness and death from COVID-19, I ask you to also consider the
serious injury being caused by the quarantine in North Carolina where
fewer than 530 people have died from COVID-19 (as of May 8, 2020).
Historically, “deaths of despair” caused by increases in the unemployment rate, have been shown to far overshadow
the predicted mortality rates from COVID-19 models. In an ongoing
study, beginning in the 1940s, data consistently shows that a 1%
increase in extended unemployment correlates to an increase in our
nation's mortality rate by approximately 58,000 people per point.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for
March of this year is 4.4% with the possibility of it rising past 30% in
the next quarter. Roughly 25% of small businesses have already closed
their doors in NC and more will continue to do so even after the
quarantine ends. The permanent loss of jobs from closed businesses will
lengthen the time people remain out of work, pushing unemployment
numbers higher for a longer period of time. There are factors not
being considered in the drastic measures to contain the virus and
"flatten the curve.” Violence at home is on the rise with victims
trapped with their abusers due to stay-at-home orders. More children
are calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline with reports of abuse
that is escalating in frequency and severity. Suicide rates are
predicted to rise dramatically due to the direct correlation between
unemployment rates and suicide. Students requiring specialized school
services and therapies are not being served and are impacted both in the
short and long term. With lost taxes due to shuttered businesses,
public health programs suffer, impacting health services in the
community. Young adults entering a poor job market for the first time
are at risk for negative lifetime outcomes including unhealthier,
shorter lives. All of these factors, and many others, must be considered
when assessing the impact of wide spread shutdowns. What can be
done to save lives? We can open the economy back up to healthy people
while protecting the vulnerable. Many highly respected professionals
advocate for an approach similar to Sweden’s model, with resources
directed to those most at risk from complications from COVID-19,
including the elderly and immune compromised. By advocating for
self-quarantine of high-risk categories, we protect the truly
vulnerable. This allows low risk, healthy children and adults to get
back to school and their jobs preventing vast segments of the economy
from collapsing. Our current approach all but ensures death to many
through inadequate health care, lack of resources, child abuse, domestic
abuse, suicide, and depression. Let’s reduce deaths of despair while
addressing management of the virus. There is a solution.
Well, Governor Roy Cooper may have announced that North Carolina
would move into Phase 2 of his tentative reopening plan, but the actual
details look more like the state will be stuck in Phase 1.5 for five
Restaurants can open at 50 percent capacity and under a pile of
social distancing and sanitizing rules, but bars will not be allowed to
open. Salons will again be allowed to serve customers at 50 percent
capacity, but gyms are not allowed to open. Your kid can now attend day
care or even go off to summer camp, but cannot go to school.
Gatherings are still limited to 10 people, unless you’re in a
Wal-Mart, or a reopened restaurant, or an education facility, or a
church, or a house with a big family for that matter.
Support for gun control has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic,
according to a new national survey commissioned by Everytown for Gun
Safety, the gun-control organization largely funded by failed 2020
presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg.
Everytown tapped the
pollsters at Global Strategy Group last month to ask 1,500 Americans
whether gun control was “more important” now than it was before the
two issues were highlighted in the poll (conducted April 17-22):
background checks on all gun sales (aka universal background checks) and
disarming domestic abusers.
Get ’em skeered and keep the skeer on ’em.” — Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA, on the importance of using fear to control the enemy and achieve victory.
When President Trump announced that he was taking hydroxychloroquine
(HCQ) to protect himself against contracting COVID-19, the Democrats and
their mainstream media propaganda machine reacted with disbelief,
horror, panic, and outrage. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.) intoned that experts have warned about HCQ’s harmful effects
and that the president is placing his health at grave risk because the
drug is simply too dangerous to take.
declared, “It’s like maybe if you inject Clorox into your blood it may
cure you. C’mon, man! What is he doing? What in God’s name is he doing?”
Georgia man whose cellphone video of Ahmaud Arbery’s fatal shooting
helped reignite the case was charged with murder Thursday, making him
the third person arrested more than two months after the slaying.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation said 50-year-old William “Roddie” Bryan
Jr. was arrested on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to
commit false imprisonment. Agents later searched Bryan's home, several
TV stations reported. The GBI said in a statement that it would hold a
news conference Friday morning.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) continued his ongoing spar with Dr. Anthony
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
Diseases, in a USA Today op-ed
he co-wrote with Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), blasting Fauci’s alleged doom
and gloom policies for destroying the American economy and countless
Paul and Biggs respect Dr. Fauci’s expertise on infectious diseases and
his medial opinions, the pair were severely critical of Fauci for
crafting his entire COVID-19 strategy off of flimsy models that turned
out to be false, such as the U.K. Imperial College model from disgraced professor Neil Ferguson that warned of 2.2 million deaths in the United States with no mitigation.