Thursday, July 30, 2020

Southern Poets and Poems, Part XI

 Annabel Lee: Rhyme Scheme & Figurative Language - POEms


A Series by Clyde Wilson


Annabel Lee (One of my favorite poems to recite as a child.)

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
 By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
 Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
 In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
 I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wing├Ęd seraphs of Heaven
   Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
 My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
 And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
 In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
 Went envying her and me—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
 In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
 Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
 Of those who were older than we—
 Of many far wiser than we—
And neither the angels in Heaven above
 Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
 Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
 Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
 Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,
 In her sepulchre there by the sea—
 In her tomb by the sounding sea.

Trump Card (2020) Trailer | Documentary | Dinesh D'Souza, Bruce Schooley

Via Kevin

Michigan inn owners remove Norwegian flag after taking flak from folk mistaking it for Confederacy banner

Via David

Michigan inn owners remove Norwegian flag after taking flak from folk mistaking it for Confederacy banner
What is red, has a white and blue cross and may make people call you a racist? A Norwegian flag… which owners of a Michigan inn decided to pull down after too many people got angry, thinking it represented the Confederacy. 
The decision to remove the Norwegian flag that flew in front of The Nordic Pineapple bed and breakfast in St John’s, Michigan, was announced by owner Kjersten Offenbecker last week. The flag was a tribute to her and her husband Greg’s ancestry and flew on the front pillar of their establishment opposite the US national flag since they moved in in 2018.

“This flag is so often mistaken for the Confederate flag and people are often offended by it before they realize that they are mistaken,” she wrote on Facebook, adding that she still intends to fly it on special occasions and maybe “find a less conspicuous place” for it.

“We love being members of the St. Johns community and are heartbroken to have had to make this decision,” she said.

More @ RT

Republicans, There Is No Downside to Defending Southern History

Fort Benning, near Columbus, Georgia, entrance.
The Republican Party has committed a major unforced error by backing Elizabeth Warren's amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which changes the names of United States Army bases in the South named for Confederate officers.
That mistake could cost Republicans the election, which promises to be close.

Republicans may now lose the electoral votes of some or all of the following states because changing Confederate named bases in the South right before the election, which is just 95 days away as of July 30, will put a horribly bad taste in the mouths of millions of Republican voters, and Democrats are sure to make that taste as close to raw sewage as they can get with constant hate and agitation on the issue:

The Atlantic Gets It Wrong, Again


I don’t have time to detail everything the piece in question gets wrong, because it’s a lot. I’m sure this will be fodder for Abbeville posts for a long time, so I’m going to focus on the Constitutional issues.

Stephanie McCurry writes:

“In late February 1861, in Montgomery, Alabama, the seven breakaway states formed the C.S.A.; swore in a president, Jefferson Davis; and wrote a constitution. That constitution aimed to perfect the original by dispensing with all the issues about slavery and representation that had plagued political life in the former U.S. The document recognized the constituent states as sovereign entities (though it did not confer on them the right to secede, confirming Lincoln’s point that no government ever provides for its own dissolution). It put the country under God and mandated a one-term presidency, of six years. It purged the original of euphemisms, using the term instead of in its three-fifths and fugitive-slave clauses. It bound the Congress and territorial governments to recognize and protect “the institution of negro slavery.” But the centerpiece of the Confederate constitution—the words that upend any attempt to cast it simply as a copy of the original—was a wholly new clause that prohibited the government from ever changing the law of slavery: “No … law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.” It also moved to limit democracy by explicitly confining the right to vote to white men. Confederates wrote themselves a pro-slavery constitution for a pro-slavery state.”

Claim One: Secession was denied to member states of the CSA

New Polls Show Trump Gaining Ground On Biden In Battleground States

 U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, July 28, 2020. Trump's National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien tested positive for Covid-19 but the White House said his infection poses no risk to the president or Vice President Mike Pence. Photographer: Chris Kleponis/Polaris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

& 48%  Rasmussen today

New polls, at least one of which leans solidly leftward, show President Donald Trump gaining ground on presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in nearly all “battleground” states and seems to indicate Trump is gaining ground in places like Minnesota, where civil unrest has been the worst.

Change Research, which operates as polling apparatus largely for Democratic candidates and organizations, is out with a new poll Wednesday showing Trump making big gains on Biden in “toss-up” states across the board, from Arizona to Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Florida — states Biden led by a considerable margin just two weeks ago.

Cancelled to Death: The Mike Adams I Knew

                     My Two Cent Check Is Returned  

Our cultural institutions are facing a moment of trial,” write the signatories of the now infamous Harper’s Letter. Despite the hysterical reactions it drew, the letter itself could not be more minimal or measured in its call for a check on “public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty.” Last week, this warning was made tragically tangible, as friends and family grieved the loss of Mike Adams—conservative columnist, free speech activist, and gadfly professor of criminology at University of North Carolina Wilmington. A lifelong firearms enthusiast, Adams died by a gunshot wound, now confirmed to be self-inflicted.

Best Community Colleges in America – 2020 Edition: NC has first, second and *fourth.*Carteret Community College


4. Carteret Community College – Morehead City, NC
The third North Carolina community college on this list, Carteret Community College (located in Morehead City), has the fourth-best student-to-faculty ratio in the study, at seven students to a faculty member. The graduation and transfer rate is 65%, the 52nd-highest out of all 821 colleges for which we considered data. Carteret ranks within the top 200 overall for its low price, with a two-semester tuition and fees bill totaling $2,696.

More @ Smart Asset

NC: Sen. Ballard Statement on NCAE Suit to Keep Private Schooling Away from Low-Income Families

Far-left NCAE suing to stop low- and middle-income families from accessing scholarships for private schools
Program serves higher proportion of Black students than public schools
 Reminder: Republicans have increased public education budget by $1,748 per student

Yesterday, the far-left N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE), which is aligned with Gov. Roy Cooper, sued to eliminate the Opportunity Scholarship program that helps low- and middle-income families afford private schooling. Gov. Roy Cooper has said for years that he wishes to defund the program.
A much higher proportion of Opportunity Scholarship applicants are Black (35%) than the proportion served by the public school system (25%). Polling consistently shows massive support for school choice, especially among Black respondents.
Programs like the Opportunity Scholarship empower parents with a choice in their children's education. The N.C. Supreme Court has already ruled that the Opportunity Scholarship program is Constitutional, and the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that public funds can go to private schools.
Sen. Deanna Ballard (R-Watauga), who co-chairs the Senate Education Committee, said, "The far-left NCAE says it cares about equity in schooling, but it's suing to ensure low-income families can't afford to send their children to private school. Nobody disputes that children will suffer from public school closures, yet this suit would strip low-income children of the only chance they have to attend private schools, which are open for in-class instruction."
The evidence showing harm from school closures to at-risk children is overwhelming. If successful, the far-left NCAE's suit would restrict access to private, in-person instruction to only children from wealthy families. Eliminating Opportunity Scholarships would have a disparate impact on low-income communities and communities of color.
As a reminder, Republicans have increased public school funding by large amounts since coming into power in 2011. Education funding in North Carolina has increased by $968 per student in just four years, and $1,748 per student in nine years

~~Sen. Harry Brown

Racial justice: The new religion? The "woke" movement is built on shows of "right thinking" and Puritan-style intolerance.

Via 4Branch

Since the death of George Floyd, a movement that condemns America as “systemically racist” has convulsed our public consciousness. Sixty years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — and despite decades of affirmative action, massive social welfare spending and a two-term Black president — we are told that “white supremacy” deforms America today, as it has throughout history.

The movement to eradicate “white privilege” manifests in demands to defund police and in the toppling of statues — not only of Confederate generals, but of figures such as Theodore Roosevelt, Ulysses S. Grant, even George Washington.

Educational, business, media, nonprofit and entertainment institutions have taken up the “systemic racism” mantra with breathtaking speed, issuing statements declaring their virtue and right thinking.

More @ Star Tribune

NFACs Militia Leader Doesnt Know How an AR Works

Via Herschel

Comment by Fred: "The NFAC 'leader' has to be a fed plant. There is no other explanation I can come up with."

No.  The 5.56mm round will not “knock yo’ bitch ass down.”
No.  That’s not a bullpup.

No.  That’s not a shorty.  It looks to me like a 20″ barrel, common on earlier AR platforms.

No.  Guns don’t “go off” every day of basic training with people getting killed.

No.  The AR platform isn’t that reckless and dangerous.  Eugene Stoner was a genius, and he objects to your stupidity.

No.  The BCG moving forward is by design to chamber a round – it does not cause a round to discharge.

Yes.  This NFAC leader is an imbecile.

Herman Cain Dies From Coronavirus at 74

Via Cousin John 

 herman cain in a dark gray suit and yellow tie laughing

What a nice guy.He'll be missed.

Herman Cain — the maverick American business czar and Republican presidential candidate who campaigned for a sweeping tax reform plan called 9-9-9 — died Thursday morning after a monthlong battle with the coronavirus. He was 74.

Cain, who recently joined Newsmax TV and was set to launch a weekly show, died in an Atlanta-area hospital where he had been critically ill for several weeks.

He was admitted on July 1, two days after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

More @ Newsmax