Thursday, August 13, 2020

Southern Poets and Poems, Part XIII


A series by Clyde Wilson

MIRABEAU BUONAPARTE LAMAR (1798-1859) of Texas moved from his native Georgia to the Texas Republic in 1835. He took a conspicuous part in the Texas War of Independence and was cited by Sam Houston for outstanding bravery at the Battle of San Jacinto. Lamar served in the Texas government and followed Houston as President. He was also a prolific poet. His verses were often addressed to or about ladies—his mother, sister, daughter, or others he admired. His work gives something of a hint of the mind of the early Southern settlers of Texas.

The Daughter of Mendoza

[Photos] On the Road in Quang Ngai in 1967

Is nostalgia always a positive emotion?

Invented by a Swiss physician in the 18th century, the word nostalgia was originally a clinical term meaning acute and painful homesickness. Viewed as a brain disorder, people were even said to die on account of nostalgia. Today, the word has evolved into describing a mostly positive desire to re-experience a place, person or event from the past. It's looked upon so favorably that nostalgia has even become a popular element in music, design, fashion and decor. There is no doubt that marketing agencies around the world throw it around in brainstorm meetings as an appealing buzzword.

 One wonders what version of nostalgia the people in these photos would experience when reflecting back on their lives in Quảng Ngãi in 1967. US artillery officer Larry Solie was serving in the area, and his images reveal an economically disadvantaged region dusted with the detritus of war. Unpaved roads, bare feet, rickety transportation and arduous tasks to perform in the fields — life certainly appears difficult. Yet, amidst the challenges, people still smile, construct homes, sell sunglasses and peel bananas. It's impressive that people can look back on difficult times with a certain joy knowing they overcame them; it's more remarkable they can find happiness amidst them.

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This Is Amerika: Where Fascism, Totalitarianism and Militarism Go Hand In Hand

Via Terry

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“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem.”—Ronald Reagan
There’s a pattern emerging if you pay close enough attention.

Civil discontent leads to civil unrest, which leads to protests and counterprotests.

Without fail, what should be an exercise in how to peacefully disagree turns ugly the moment looting, vandalism, violence, intimidation tactics and rioting are introduced into the equation. Instead of restoring order, local police stand down.

Tensions rise, violence escalates, and federal armies move in.

Coincidence? I think not.

Peak Idiocy: Wisconsin Government Agency Mandates Facemask Use For Virtual Zoom Meetings

Via Terry

Despite the deluge of data that continues to come in indicating that the coronavirus may not be the death sentence that the mainstream media has made it out to be, the sharp overreaction from those who can't help but be scared half to death from the virus continues unabated.

The latest example comes to us from the Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources, who told its employees that effective August 1, they would have to wear a mask - even for teleconferences. 

Preston Cole of the DNR said in an e-mail to employees: “Also, wear your mask, even if you are home, to participate in a virtual meeting that involves being seen — such as on Zoom or another video-conferencing platform — by non-DNR staff. Set the safety example which shows you as a DNR public service employee care about the safety and health of others.”

News Fronts, Rumors, False Reports and Speculations

 Bohemian Brigade: Civil War Newsmen in Action by Starr, Louis ... 

“When we study the history of journalism we are principally studying a way in which men in the past have grasped reality.” James W. Carey, (“The Problem of Journalism History, Journalism History, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 1974)

In 1860 New York City was the hub of journalism and locked in the maelstrom of lurid crime reports, immoral . . . created by James Gordon Bennett’s news machine, the New York Herald. Pay for “reporters” was minimal and all that was required was a reasonable grasp of the English language.

The worst “were not above fabricating news if facts did not come readily to hand.”

The New Orleans Picayune editorialized that “The Herald may be said to represent, in one particular, the genius of the ‘universal Yankee nation’ — that is, in its supreme regard for what is vulgarly called the main chance.”

NC: SBE Memo: Seven Ways to Steal Elections

How many ways can our election be stolen? According to Voter Integrity Project North Carolina, at least 7. Check this out:
This info applies ONLY to NC, though other states may have similar problems. They have a strategy posted here of how folks can canvass.
Possible solutions, or at least ways to make the mugging more difficult and easier to resist are here:
This info applies nation wide.
Scroll down on that last link to read a copy of a White House petition that has now been closed for a lack of signatures. Please Mr. Townsend, POST THIS INFORMATION. Folks need to know what we're up against and ways to fight back. Maybe see if we can get our House Reps and/or Senators to pass word on to President Trump. If we can make a big enough stink, maybe we can convince him to sign the Executive Orders outlined in the now-defunct petition.
Another possible way of fighting back is, for those who think they're up to the task, apply to work for their state Board of Elections. The NC Board is still looking to hire and that may be the case in other states as well.
Yet another way to fight back, at least in NC, is to use the following tool here:
Also a link for those wanting to work as poll observers:

~~Russell Stone in New Dale 

Trump announces 'Historic Peace Agreement' between Israel, UAE: United Arab Emirates and Israel agree to 'full normalization' of diplomatic relations

 Trump announces historic peace agreement between Israel and United ...

The president, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed released a joint statement Thursday, after the three spoke “and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.” The statement said that the “diplomatic breakthrough” was at “the request of President Trump,” and that Israel will “suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President’s Vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.”

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US Navy amphibious assault ship sails into Hawaii with flight deck loaded up with World War II warbirds

Via Tuan Hoang

USS Essex carrying vintage World War II warplanes into Hawaii

The US Navy Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex sailed into Pearl Harbor this week carrying 14 vintage World War II aircraft.

The Rescue of Boxer 22

Via Thieu Tai Tang via Jeffrey Chunglo

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The Rescue of Boxer 22 was a highly secret operation. It occurred in a forgotten country, Laos, during the Vietnam War. An international agreement had banned military operations in Laos, yet some of the most vicious battles of the Vietnam War occurred in that region. The rescue of Boxer 22, and its details, were classified as SECRET until documents surrounding this mission were declassified in 2001. This mission remains the largest Combat Search and Air Rescue mission in U.S. Air Force history.

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The Military Won’t Save Us – and You Shouldn’t Want Them To - It’s deeply irresponsible, not to mention organizationally nonsensical, to suggest that Gen. Milley should evict an election-losing Trump from the White House.

Via Cousin John

President Donald J. Trump disembarks from Marine One at the White House on June 14, 2020.

We write to repudiate the deeply irresponsible position taken by John Nagl and Paul Yingling in these pages yesterday. Their call for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to be ready to issue orders to the American military for forcibly removing President Trump from office is as dangerous to our republic as the problem they purport to solve. Even contemplating it is damaging to the trust between the American people and those citizens who serve in our military. Their comments denigrate the Constitution, suggesting an unelected military officer should ever occupy the sole position as its judge, jury, and executioner.

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