26 June 2012

Undermining Parents & Personal Responsibility

 
More propaganda being promoted in "our" public schools:

President Obama spoke at a campaign rally at Oyster River High School in Durham, New Hampshire: “In this election, on every single challenge that we face, you’ve got the final say,” Obama told the students “You can decide that instead of restricting access to birth control or defunding Planned Parenthood, we should make sure that in this country, women control their own health care choices. That’s up to you,” the president said to applause.

My, my, my . . . where are the professional educators? More here.

25 June 2012

Tonight On Relic Roundup Internet Radio

This should be a great show! From American Digger Magazine and the Relic Roundup Show . . .

Gordon Jones, Atlanta History Center Curator, talks about the Dubose and Dickey relics on display there, plus more, this week on Relic Roundup, Monday, June 25 Gordon Jones, Senior Military Historian and Curator at the Atlanta History Center, is responsible for the care, exhibition, and research of approximately 12,000 objects of military origin, most of which relate to the American Civil war. With the History Center for 17 years, Jones curated the 9,200 square-foot signature exhibition Turning Point: The American Civil War, which opened in 1996, as well as a number of temporary exhibitions. This is also one of the few mainstream museums that has a display devoted to relic hunters! He’ll be our guest on American Digger’s Relic Roundup on Monday, June 25. Show runs from 9-10 PM est. Call in (678-369-7943) to talk to Gordon directly, join in our chatroom, or just listen here.

For a list of other guests this month, visit this link

If you're interested in learning more about legendary Civil War relic hunter, Tom Dickey, check out my previous posts here, here, and here.

23 June 2012

Metal Detecting Post #79 - More On The Discovery Of USCT Graves In SC

This is another follow up to a previous post about relic hunter Robert Bohrn's discovery of the graves of USCT in South Carolina. Quite fascinating.

22 June 2012

Writing Projects Update


As readers here may recall, I've been working on a book to be published by the History Press which will be about the Civil War in Lexington, Virginia. Unfortunately, my PC was infected with a really nasty virus late last year and this destroyed a number of related files and put me way behind schedule. However, I hope to complete that book and have it to the publisher by year's end. I've also just completed an article for a CW related website that, hopefully, will be posted soon. That will, in short order, be followed by another. I'm also in the early stages of gathering research materials for another CW related book I hope to start on as soon as the Lexington book is completed. I'm very excited about that one as it's topic has not really been addressed in any detail.

In addition to all that, I've also been collecting information about Black Confederate and Confederate slaves. I plan to write a book about that topic, but come at it from an angle which, I hope, will be unique from what you read on the "pro" and "anti" blogs and websites regarding that subject. I've been reading quite a bit lately about self-publishing and I may use Amazon's CreateSpace to publish that particular book. We'll see.

21 June 2012

Metal Detecting Post #78 - Relic Hunting Fever In The Old South


This is a follow up to an earlier post about Robert Bohrn's discovery of black Civil War soldiers from the 55th Mass. The segment below showed on PBS' "The Collectors" back in the late 1980's. It's quite interesting.

Robert added this commentary about the video, relic hunting and his tavern:

PBS's "The Collectors" was, in it's day, the only television show that featured prominent collections from across the United States. My restaurant "Moultrie Tavern 1862" was a re-created Civil War Tavern that was developed, created, designed and operated by my family. It was the culmination of all of our dreams. To operate a Tavern/Museum, that served food indicative of fare popular in the 1860's. We also had on display, my museum quality artifacts and artifact display for thousands to see and enjoy. So, step back in time with me, and experience the Tavern as she was, new, but old and an antebellum atmosphere that was once the norm, in the "Holy City", Charleston, S.C.

20 June 2012

The SCV Appeals


The fight continues . . . 

The recent dismissal of the SCV lawsuit will be appealed to the 4th Circuit US Court in Richmond. In his ruling dismissing the flag case, the SCV's attorneys believe that Judge Wilson's opinion ignored most of the case law cited in the SCV's complaint and determinations were made which extended beyond the scope of the motion which could only be made by full exploration of the evidence. In a motion to dismiss, the SCV's allegations were to be taken as factual.

19 June 2012

A Story That Needs To Be Retold


The book came out in 2010, but there's some interesting commentary in the video, i.e. - "The '60's had a lot to do with it"(the story needing to be retold) and the acknowledgement of the South's Christian ethos.
More about Rod Gragg here.

18 June 2012

Tonight On Relic Roundup Internet Radio


Museum Curator, author, and early relic hunter Roger Durham, this week on Relic Roundup, Monday, June 18. Roger Durham has authored numerous books, worked with museums as a curator, and was an active relic hunter along the GA coast in the late 1960s-earl;y 1970s.
 
He’ll be our guest on American Digger’s Relic Roundup on Monday, June 18. Show runs from 9-10 PM est. Call in (678-369-7943) to talk to Roger directly, join in our chatroom, or just listen.
http://relicroundup.blogspot.com/ 

For a list of other guests this month, visit http://relicroundup.blogspot.com/p/american-digger-this-week.html

The Latest Scholarship On Slavery & Reconstruction's Failures



". . . the fact remains that it is very unlikely that *they will read the book." 

Interesting. But this really should not come as any surprise. These folks typically come to conclusions first, then gather supporting evidence. Of course, I never finished college like some of these folks did, but I do believe I learned in junior high school that using that formula isn't the best way to come to truth - but maybe that's just me. I suppose we could give the benefit of the doubt and just acknowledge they have ESP.

Also, if you actually read my post below, you'll note that I made absolutely zero editorial comment. I was just making the book known to readers. I never indicated whether I had the book, was going to get the book (I am), nor had any particular opinion of the book other than pointing out that it is "the latest scholarship" which usually seems to enthrall most academic historians - you know, always in with whatever happens to be trendy and chic. I also included the author's laudatory comment about the Emancipation Proclamation. But, as is often the case, many of these folks prefer to launch from their misguided assumptions and conclusions, then proceed with the fallacies and, voila - "serious" analysis and critique. Yeah, you're really making the case.

*"they" included the prior comment in that linked post which referred to the SCV - which has around 35,000 members. Quite an assumption, wouldn't you say?

"Challenges the accepted wisdom of the Unionist North being sympathetic to the cause of freed slaves . . . The end of slavery in the United States led to anarchy and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of black Americans claims a new revisionist history of the Civil War. Instead of a granting former slaves a glorious moment of freedom, President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation condemned millions to a life of disease and hunger says historian Jim Downs in his new book, 'Sick from Freedom' "

In 'Sick from Freedom' Professor Downs recounts the tragic story of one former slave, Joseph Miller, who arrived at a union camp in Kentucky with his wife and four children in 1864 and watched them all die within months, before he died in 1865. During his research, Professor Downs discovered the horrific conditions within what were essentially refugee camps doted around the south. A military official with the Union army wrote that life for the former slaves was so appalling that they were: 'dying by scores - that sometimes 30 per day die and are carried out by wagon-loads without coffins, and thrown promiscuously, like brutes, into a trench.'

Not wishing to cast aspersions on the Emancipation Proclamation, for which Professor Downs still holds its true moral value, he nonetheless wants to bring a fuller picture to the public. 'I've been alone with these people in the archives,' said Professor Downs. 'I have a responsibility to tell their stories.'
Read more here at the Daily Mail.

Upcoming post: Nascar Is Evil 
 

17 June 2012

It Just Gets Worse For Them Every Day


Since 2008, the ruling class elites in the state controlled media and in academia have poo-pooed the notion that Barack Obama is a socialist (actually, I think he's a Marxist, but we won't quibble over the finer points), despite overwhelming evidence. The "don't confuse me with the facts" crowd are, if nothing else, committed to their narrative, now aren't they?

This same cabal joined in perfect harmony with their classic hit, "Sarah Palin's Just A Big Dummy." Yet with every passing day, we see more and more evidence that folks like Palin were correct and the "experts" to whom we're supposed to allow our news, history, and politics to be "interpreted" for us, are absolute buffoons.

A couple of weeks ago, it was revealed that there is no question that Barack Obama had very close ties to the socialist New Party. Funny, ne'er a peep out of the same fools who have come here to criticize me for pointing out Obama's love for Marxist ideology. I guess they just can't bring themselves to admit that Sarah Palin is so much righter and brighter than they are. Actually, it's not that Palin and the rest of us are all that smart, it's just that we're honest. Why can't they just follow the evidence where it leads?


In her RightOnline keynote address on Friday night in Las Vegas, Sarah Palin assailed the mainstream media for having failed to properly vet then-candidate Barack Obama during the 2008 election. She cited the MSM's dismissal of evidence that Obama had been a member of the socialist New Party in the 1990s as one of their most egregious failures.

Palin said if the media had vetted Obama, “they would have known that Obama hung out with anti-American intellectuals” and was “actually a member of the socialist New Party when he ran for state office in the 1990s.” Palin then had more fun at the expense of the mainstream media, pointing out that they were much more interested in her husband Todd's party history (he is a registered independent) than the fact that Obama was tied to a socialist party.

More here.

God Bless The Conservative Father


"My father grew up with strong, Christian, honorable men who served and defended this great nation, knew hard work, God-given liberty, and right and wrong.  My father grew up when Sunday was reserved for family and church; before helmets were required to walk to the mailbox; and before putting the playground bully in his place with a discreet right hook was criminal. " 

More here, at the American Thinker.

16 June 2012

Why Academia Thinks & Acts Like Adolescents


"So again why is it that too many faculty feel it necessary to denigrate our nation?  Here is one theory.  When adolescents come into their adulthood it is both natural and healthy to challenge the authority that ruled them.  This is even more so in a free nation such as the United States.  Yet at some point the adolescent becomes the adult and hopefully, begins to understand some of the decisions of their parents.  In the 1960s adolescents came to the academy in unprecedented numbers due to the demographic anomaly called the baby boom.  Yet for all too many they did not move out.  In fact they stayed and many remain their today in a cocoon of tenure.  Arrested Development prevails on all too many campuses in which many of our professors simply never grew up and with their forefathers gone, it is the United States which represents the authority upon which they exercise their continued teenage angst. 

"But this theory has a hole.  The 1960s were 40 years ago and many of the baby boom professors are gone.  The reality is that like an intellectual aristocracy they control the next group of professors and pass on their positions and tenure like a feudal lord passing on a fiefdom.  It is time for this aristocracy to end and for the members of the faculty lounge to grow up."

Vindication. This is why academia continues to lose credibility in American society and why it is becoming more and more marginalized with each passing semester. Their historic perspectives and analysis is often shallow and reflects a simplistic, almost juvenile understanding of our nation's founding and most of the history that followed. More and more are seeing through their thinly veiled agenda-dominated viewpoints. Many Americans look at these people who apparently live in an alternate universe as a bit "kooky." Perhaps they are. Perhaps they just need to grow out of their intellectual puberty. More here.

15 June 2012

Earl Ijames - Black North Carolina in the 1930s


Ijames is best known for his thorough work documenting the service of Black Confederates. This talk (see link below) is quite interesting as Ijames discusses how entrepreneurship and innovation allowed many blacks in NC to not only survive the Great Depression, but to also thrive - despite tremendous odds. Note his point about how the South was better able to weather the Great Depression and why. Some of those same reasons apply to our current economic conditions. 

Ijames also discusses the "Rosenwald Schools." I attended one of these schools right after our local schools in Virginia were integrated in the 1960's.

There are some lessons here for us all. Well worth the time to watch and listen.

Link to the video here.

14 June 2012

Banning Cultural Symbols - Unintended Consequences


**UPDATE: This just in . . . Judge Wilson has dismissed the SCV case against the City of Lexington. The judges decision basically says that the new law is non-discriminatory since *it bans everyone. The SCV admitted that in court, but argued that the motivation was discriminatory and a violation of the SCV's 1st amendment rights. SCV lawyers are reviewing the decision in regards to possible appeal.

Here's an interesting thought. The ban was enacted due to a petition of "offended" citizens. While I can understand that emotional reaction to the flag in certain settings, I don't think its warranted when the flag is displayed in a historical context - which was the case: Lee-Jackson Day in the city in which both men are not only most connected, but where they are also laid to rest. (Not to mention the fact Lexington also pulls in considerable revenue from tourism connected to the legacy of the two men.) 

Moreover, consider the thousands of license plates where the SCV logo (which includes the Battle flag), is prominently displayed; and on a government sponsored item. Why not the same issues and results with the license plates? One reason, and one reason only: revenue. States raise enormous amounts of money from specialty license plates and if they banned the SCV, they would have to ban them all; thus losing lots of money for the state coffers.

Bottom line, many politicians and bureaucrats are willing to ban symbols and restrict expression which may offend some, while claiming the moral high ground in doing so - as long as it doesn't deprive them of revenue. Morality among politicians does have its limits you know.

Also, while we are constantly reminded by lefty bloggers and historians that the Confederate heritage crowd is too emotionally involved, and like to bring "morality" into these arguments, we now have bloggers calling this a victory for "public decency." Good Lord. Perhaps the SCV would have prevailed if they had just claimed the flags were "art." Funny, the same end of the political spectrum that has a problem with the Confederate flag will go to the ends of the earth to defend as free speech and expression any perversion - no matter how offensive - which claims to be art.


Frauds.

I've read Judge Wilson's decision. Though I'm not an attorney, I am a trained paralegal and worked 12 years in Virginia's court systems, so I have more than a layman's background in these areas. You may be surprised to know that I believe the judge's decision is well-reasoned and will be difficult to overturn. When I say it's well-reasoned, I say so because he bases his arguments on precedent and previous decisions of other courts - which is exactly what he's supposed to do - unless he is convinced of the legitimacy of some new twist or argument which is compelling enough to override those precedents. Obviously, he was not. However, it's my own opinion that another court might. I think the other decisions cited are flawed in that they don't recognize motivation as a factor in these types of bans. That argument is far too complicated for my blog, but I just wanted to pass on my own initial thoughts. I may have more to say at some point in the future.
  
*This is seen as a cause to celebrate and as a victory by the ideologues on the left. Everyone loses - yippee! What a mindset. And they claim not to be emotionally involved. I think they're lying.

End of update.



Another Confederate flag debate is raging over at Civil War Memory. I've chimed in with my humble opinion. In the never-ending debate over the banning of the display of Confederate symbols, I am reminded of the Dress Act of 1746. In reading about the Dress Act, I came across this observation:

The tartan ban, enforced by means of the 1746 Dress Act, was a determined effort on the part of the British government to stifle rebellion, humiliate the Highlanders and crush the power of the Chiefs and put an end to Gaelic culture. Ironically, however, it also elevated tartan to almost cult status. As so often is the case, the act of banning something made it seem more rather than less important, and the Highlander devised many ingenious ways of evading it. (Source.)

While the Confederate flag (and even monuments) issue is not a perfect repeat of history, there are definite similarities. The current efforts are, in a sense, an intent to "stifle" rebellion and suppress some aspects of Southern culture. Though Kevin Levin argued on his blog that the flag issue was really not about politics, we all know that is not completely true. Read these posts and you'll understand what I mean: here, here, and here. A political body passed the Lexington ban - of course it involved politics.

Like the Scottish Tartan, the constant attempt to relegate the Confederate flag to museums where it can be "properly interpreted" (by detractors, of course), has actually caused the flag's display to be much more widespread and constantly in the news. And, like the Scottish Highlanders, the descendants of Confederate soldiers are continually coming up with ingenious ways of evading the efforts to lessen the flag's display, thus thwarting the "oppressors."

You would think the "smartest among us" and the "professional historians" would actually learn something from history, wouldn't you?


More Fraud In Academia

Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive . . .

In 1990, Rutgers Professor Philip Shuchman charged Elizabeth Warren, along with Teresa A. Sullivan (above), the President of University of Virginia who resigned unexpectedly yesterday, and Jay Westbrook, her two co-authors of the 1989 book, As We Forgive Our Debtors: Bankruptcy and Consumer Credit in America, with “scientific misconduct.” Within a few months, Warren’s friends and former colleagues at the University of Texas quickly completed an error-filled investigation.


Personally, I think this and the Flat-Earthers (man-made global warming believers) scandal is just the tip of the iceberg. More here. What's the take away? Don't trust academia.

13 June 2012

I Could Be Wrong, But . . .

I think I'll need to update this from time to time with relevant pieces of news. Taken alone, they mean little, but taken as a whole, something ominous for the left could be shaping up for this election cycle. I think we got a taste of it in 2010. 2012 could be a historic landslide. Again, I could be way off and this is just my wishful thinking but then again . . .

Update #2: From a Washington Post op-ed piece:

I expect it will become clear to the Obama campaign that Florida, North Carolina and Virginia are lost and not worth the fight. More here.
As I said in the original post below . . .

Obama will lose both Virginia and North Carolina by more than 10 points. The notion that either state can now be considered "purple" is laughable. The number of "experts" in academia, government, and the media which will see (and are seeing) their credibility ruined will be talked about for years to come.

Update #1:

"Republican super PACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives – including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November’s elections for the White House and control of Congress . . . the $1 billion total surpasses the $750 million that Barack Obama, one of the most prolific fundraisers ever, collected for his 2008 campaign."

Story here.

The other side is not seeing the same type of enthusiasm. Seems like "Hope & Change" has turned to "Nope & No Change":

"MoveOn, a giant in the progressive political world and an early endorser of Barack Obama in 2008, warns that it might have to 'pull the plug' on key campaigns to help Obama and Senate Democrats if its 5 million members don’t pony up with at least $5."

Story here.

**End of update**

**I'm also working on a post about a number of historians who publicly endorsed Barack Obama. I want to compare their analysis in 2008 with the reality of 2012. (Don't bother to scrub your blogs - too late for that.)


(Original date of the following post: 27 May 2012):

I'm going to go out on a limb and make an election year *prediction:

Barack Obama is going to lose in a landslide, perhaps by as much as 10 points - 55 to 45.

Obama will lose both Virginia and North Carolina by more than 10 points. The notion that either state can now be considered "purple" is laughable. The number of "experts" in academia, government, and the media which will see (and are seeing) their credibility ruined will be talked about for years to come.

Since 2008, I've been working, on and off, on a post which will use this endorsement as a springboard in which to make some observations. Stay tuned.

*Obviously, unforeseen events could dramatically change the political landscape. But barring that, I believe Barack Obama is headed back to private life.

12 June 2012

Finally, A Dose Of Sanity

Most folks have, by now, likely heard about the recent commencement address in which the speaker very wisely gave the students the cold water in the face treatment: "None of You is Special."

What I did not realize until today, however, is that the speaker is the son of one of my favorite historians - David McCullough. It is quite obvious from reading the text of the address and listening to the recording that David McCullough, Jr. is a chip off the old block. Thank God for a dose of sanity in an increasingly insane society run by the inmates. You may view the address below. You can read the text here. I'm sure we'll be hearing more from David Jr.

11 June 2012

Metal Detecting Post #77 - How We Save History


From American Digger Magazine and the Relic Roundup internet radio show: 

". . . relic hunter Robert Borhn will talk about one of the greatest moments in relic hunting and anthropology. After a bulldozer exposed human remains on Folly Island, SC, Robert notified the authorities. Determining that the remains were black Civil War soldiers from the 55th Mass, Robert spearhead work that resulted in not only a monument on the site, but reconstructed faces of two of these soldiers, and also reburial with full honors." 

The dedication ceremony can be seen here: 




You can listen to an interview about this here tonight at 9 PM EST on the Relic Roundup Show.

Lacking Any Credibility

If you'll read through my posts here about academia, you'll notice one common thread from many of the professional historians and lefty bloggers - they like to poo-poo the notion of political correctness and rampant anti-Americanism in our educational system - even though some of them admit being "an enemy of American Exceptionalism." Below is more evidence why these people have zero credibility. Everything they write should be read through the prism of their anti-Americanism - their books, their blog postings, their comments, etc. Of course, you should do the exact same thing with anything I write - but at least you know that up front.

The principal of a Brooklyn, N.Y. elementary school has reportedly pulled the song “God Bless the USA” from a kindergarten graduation ceremony so as not to offend other cultures, according to the New York Post.

More here. Perhaps this principal prefers the Jeremiah Wright version of that song?

Along The Path Of Lee And Jackson



Click on images, then right click, then "view image" and enlarge to read details.

09 June 2012

No Father Abraham He

 


Team of Rivals vs. Team of Mascots

"Four years ago, Barack Obama said he wanted a Lincoln-esque “team of rivals” in his Cabinet. Thanks to his own temperament, the modern White House, and the 24-hour news cycle, what the president has created is something that doesn’t look Lincoln-esque at all." 

Story here.


08 June 2012

Saul Alinsky 180

Ron Maxwell's Latest - Copperhead

This is being filmed in New Brunswick, Canada, which is where one of my sons in law pastors a small country church. It looks quite interesting.

Based on the extraordinary novel by Harold Frederic, which the great American critic Edmund Wilson praised as a brave and singular book that “differs fundamentally from any other Civil War fiction,” Copperhead is the story of Abner Beech, a stubborn and righteous farmer of Upstate New York, who defies his neighbors and his government in the bloody and contentious autumn of 1862.
Copperhead is the great untold Civil War story. Far from the Virginia battlefields whose names etch our history, the war of Copperhead visits the devastation and unimaginable loss of a civil war upon a family and a community whose strength and very existence are tested by fire, rope, knife, and betrayal. This is the Civil War come home.





Read all about it here.

07 June 2012

32 Years Ago Today, I Married My Best Friend


And then did what every good Southern boy would do. I took her fishin'.


What a deal. I gotta looker who knows how to bait a hook. She snagged me, then she snagged some red eye.

06 June 2012

Bill Press - Enemy Of American Exceptionalism


Hating the Star-Spangled Banner? Wow.



You might also be interested in this piece I wrote for the Washington Times.

No Mr. Press, it is not impossible to sing. You hate it for what it stands for.

05 June 2012

Why Southerners Were Better Horsemen


Vengeance at Okolona by John Paul Strain

The following is an unedited excerpt from a book titled, Brave Deeds of Confederate Soldiers, by Philip Alexander Bruce, published in 1916.

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The universal love of the horse in the South, and  its constant use for recreation or display, was also promotive of the military spirit. As from childhood almost every boy knew how to shoot a gun, so from the time he had the length of leg to bestride a saddle, he was able to ride. While still a little fellow, he would perch up behind the negro stable-man when the horses were taken to water in the morning or at night; and he soon acquired sufficient confidence to ride his own pony, the first step to mounting a larger animal.

Before the Civil War, most of the Southern boys obtained the rudiments of their education in what was known as the old field school because situated in some retired spot equally distant from the different homes in the neighborhood. Very often, the only way of reaching this school was by a narrow bridle path through the woods. Hither came the boys on horseback five mornings of the week in all sorts of weather, at every season of the year; nor were they always content to let their steeds walk or jog quietly along — many a race was run under the bower of forest leaves, in which skill was necessary to avoid the trunks of trees that sprang up along either side of the way.

There were numerous other opportunities of becoming proficient in the art of riding; every Saturday was a holiday, and from morning until darkness came on, the boys were using their horses either in hunting in the fields and forests or in travelling to some distant mill-pond famous far and wide for perch and mullet. Every one of them looked upon himself as fully able to break in a young colt however raw and fractious it may have come from the pasture; and many a young fellow was seriously injured by his reckless indifference to the dangers of mounting such a wild beast before its spirit had been even partially broken.

This knowledge of horseflesh, this love of equestrian exercise, was never lost by the Southerner, however old he might grow. Though he might be poor in a property sense, it was not often that he did not own at least one horse, which served both as his helper in working the tobacco lots and cotton fields, and as his carrier in visiting neighbors, attending church, or moving about the countryside on business. He rode to the distant county seat to be present at the sessions of court; and it was on horseback too that he travelled to political barbecues and religious camp meetings. There was no publicoccasion in his life, indeed, which did not permit of this means of locomotion; in fact, at certain seasons of the year, the roads were hardly passable with ease except by persons on horseback; and this custom led many women to acquire the like skill so that they might not be impeded in getting about their neighborhoods.

The planters took great pride in the pure blood of their horses; skilled attention was everywhere given to horse breeding; and universal interest was felt in racing. Many large estates possessed a private course laid off with more or less exactness; there was a public track in nearly every county, where trials of speed came off each year, with crowds of people in attendance; while one of the principal features of every agricultural fair was the succession of heats run by horses that enjoyed a reputation for fleetness throughout that part of the South.

With all this knowledge of horseflesh and skill in horsemanship, was it strange that the Southern States should have produced so many brilliant cavalry leaders during the Civil War? The fact had been noted from the first years of the West Point Military Academy that the cadets appointed from the districts between the Potomac and the Rio Grande were especially proficient in horsemanship as a part of their course of study; and they were thus accomplished because they had been brought up to love horses and had become expert long before they were leaping the hurdles in the riding school on the Hudson. The cavalry was the favorite arm of the Confederate service; the arm which all would have preferred to join; the one arm for which even the soldiers in the infantry had been trained in the first great essential by constant previous exercise at their own homes. Wheeler, Fitzhugh Lee, Hampton, Forrest, and Stuart were the most famous officers of the cavalry corps, but behind those gallant cavaliers, there rode thousands of men, not only fully as gallant as they were, but also from their earliest boyhood just as deeply versed in horsemanship. Again and again, in the midst of flying bullets, while the musketry was crackling and the cannon reverberating to the sky, the song rang out gaily from many "If you wish to have a good time, Come jine the cavalry, come jine the cavalry."

That song was the favorite air of Stuart, who summed up in his dashing and chivalrous personality, not only the finest qualities of the fearless and stainless soldier, but also the boldest characteristics of a horseman who has passed almost his entire life in the saddle.



04 June 2012

Academia's & The Ruling Class's Colossal & Embarrassing Failure(s)


Despite scientists’ increasing efforts to convince the public to embrace evolution and to abandon creationism, it seems Americans’ views on the matter have changed little over the past three decades. New research from Gallup conducted earlier this month found that 46 percent of Americans still embrace creationism, the notion that God directly created human beings in their present form at one point in the last 10,000 years. More here.
And . . .

The researchers found significant drops in public climate change beliefs in the late 2000s: for example, the Gallup 2008 poll reported that between 60 and 65 percent of people agreed with statements of opinion that global warming is imminent, it is not exaggerated, and the theory is agreed upon by scientists. By 2010, those numbers had dropped to about 50 percent. (That's what happens when you're caught lying.) More here.

And, finally, this one must really tweak their twinkies . . .

A new poll from the Pew Research Center reports that nearly half of Americans identify states’ rights as the primary cause of the Civil War. This is a remarkable finding, because virtually all American textbooks and prominent historians emphasize slavery, as they have for decades. Even more striking, the poll shows young people put more stock in the states’ rights explanation than older people. The 38 percent of Americans who believe slavery was mainly to blame find themselves losing ground. More here.

This is what happens when you've ruined your own credibility. The truth always prevails - eventually. Sometimes the intervening period of deception causes much destruction and pain, but the truth always prevails. The laws of nature and nature's God guarantees it.

Also worth noting - I read a post by one of these pretend historians recently which called Glenn Beck's internet TV venture "fledgling." That particular blogger has since removed that post (a recurring habit of his) - perhaps he had an encounter with the truth:

I may find Glenn Beck’s schtick repellent, based as it is on demonization of Beck’s perceived enemies and conspiracy theories. But six months after his Glenn Beck TV launched, it’s relatively clear that Beck’s efforts to build a stand-alone television channel have been successful: 300,000 people are paying either $9.95 per month or $99.95 per year for access to the network, which they can access on their computers, iPads and iPhones, and on their televisions through streaming players like Roku. Between subscriptions and advertising, GBTV is going to make $40 million in its first year. More here at Think Progress.

And . . . 

To that end, Emanuel praised Glenn Beck as a "model" for the future of television . . . (More here at the Huffington Post.)

And . . . 

What's the future of television? It might be online. Glenn Beck's new online-only show, GBTV, kicked off with a bang to the tune of 230,000 paying subscribers -- before any episodes were released. That's more than Oprah's entire channel netted in June, according to the Wall Street Journal. More here at BusinessInsider.
Now, you will note that none of the above sources could be considered "right-wing" cheerleaders for Beck - as a matter of fact, two of them are ideologically 180 degrees of Beck. But, even a blind hog can find an acorn once in a while. Here's the lesson - check your facts before you post nonsense. The days when academia and the rest of the elite class controlled the flow of information are over - they've just not realized it yet.

And the folks at some of the big lefty networks are in panic mode - and rightfully so:

  "May Ratings: CNN Hits New Low, MSNBC Down Double Digits" (More here.)

I suppose the media "experts" should try to learn something from Glenn Beck. But they won't. Yes, it would appear the propagandists are losing their grip on their version of the "truth." Isn't it delightful? And just wait until the next bubble bursts - the student loan bubble.

02 June 2012

Front Porch Pickin' #22 - Save Your Confederate Money


Gitch yer culture here.

Best Book On Civil War Cavalry?


Knight of the Valley
by John Paul Strain


I'm asking readers to recommend some books to me. I'm involved in a project in which I need to learn more about cavalry and the Civil War. I'd like anyone and everyone to recommend their favorite book, best resource, etc. Yes, I could just Google, but I would appreciate some input from readers.

Thanks in advance.

01 June 2012

We But Tread In The Path Of Our Fathers


Hat tip to David Corbett for sharing this video with me. Jefferson Davis resigns the Senate.

Marxism In Academia - Still In Denial?

A number of academics come here from time to time to poo-poo the leftist bias which permeates academia - despite overwhelming evidence. If they only realized what they do to their credibility when they demonstrate their state of denial. Of course, some of them parse their comments suggesting that, "Yes, academics do tend to be much more liberal than most Americans, however, they don't let it influence their teaching." Yeah, right. The following video needs no commentary.

Was Virginia Founded As A Christian Commonwealth?


Of course it was - in principle - just like the *United States. The Virginia Constitution makes that quite clear. It says, in part:

Section 16. Free exercise of religion; no establishment of religion.
That religion or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and, therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.

Now, be sure, those practicing deconstructionism will spin a fairy tale about the words you read above. Can't believe what you read in the original documents and writings don't you know. All that evidence was planted by aliens - the same ones that built the Pyramids. (I think these folks belong in the same room with flat-earthers and man-made global warming advocates. Don't confuse them with the facts.) 

But what I really want to know is why do we have a half naked chick standing over a dead dude on our flag? That's not very Christian. And she's got a sword in her hand! Doesn't that promote violence? Time to march and protest! Sword control! This flag wickedly promotes violence by women toward men who are tyrants - how shameful!

Some have suggested that the newer flag design represented what the North had done to virtuous Virginia during the WBTS - "raped" her. Don't know about that, but in the pre-war flag, Virtus was fully clothed and the tyrant was shown mercy - he's still alive . . . hmmmm. Ah, the complexities of history.


*The evidence is so overwhelming that this is the case, even the Library of Congress accepts the truth.