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Interests: History (all kinds), theology, literature, cowboy boots, the War Between the States, Norwich Terriers.
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"A century and a half ago this weekend, hundreds of thousands of white Americans in the lowland South did something unprecedented in their lifetimes: They declined to commemorate the Fourth of July. On July 4, 1865, newly freed African-Americans and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
All Discussion begins tomorrow in the SC legislature about the terrible, horrible flag. It will be interesting to see what happens there as opposed to in The Borg. Governor Haley will learn there if she has a future in SC politics. As cville reader and tyler observed correctly there is a very great gap politically between the big towns in the southern states and the surrounding territory. I earlier observed that in towns where the population no longer represents inheritors of the memorialized dead it may be necessary to remove memorials from public property but for me that represents a disrespect that should not be forgotten. pl
Tyler Charles is an Ontarian. pl
Brad Ruble I had never heard of this outfit. Juin must have been short of armor and the 755th was attached to him for that reason. The term in the French Army for the Moroccan soldiers was "goumiers" this is a French version of the Arabic word "qawmi" meaning a tribal, ethnic fighter. I had a colleague in the faculty at West Point who had been an officer in Juin's force in Italy and was badle wounded while a liaison with Truscott at Anzio. He taught French and was much feared by the cadets whom he treated as the children that they were. pl
Charles I "Forward he cried from the rear And the front rank died And the general sat And the lines on the map Moved from side to side" Pink Floyd' What's that? Are you sure you are still off the sauce? The generals I know are not cowards. Their problem is that they are unimaginative men chosen to mirror image other unimaginative men. pl
Kooshy Webb tried this on six months ago and it fell flat. I don't think he is a serious candidate. I suppose he is working on a cabinet post in HC's regime or on a line for his epitaph. pl
This is a re-enactment drill team from the "Regiment Saintonge." This was one of the seven French infantry regiments who fought at Yorktown and without whose service and courage Cornwallis would never have surrendered. Anthony Wayne's Continentals and these men... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Hank P Secession was unsuccessful 150 years ago because the North invaded the South and enforced re-unification by force majeure employing its superior manpower resources reinforced by foreign enlistment and Black second line troops. I accept the point about proportional sharing of the federal government's debt. I am curious to know what assets civil or military the federral government possesses that should not be divided proportionally if a state left. The reality is that the federal police and military forces would suppress with force any attempt at secession. pl
mbrenner A phone call to SECDEF. pl
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Closer and Closer... at Sic Semper Tyrannis
TTG W&L is a private institution. Students should have no part in what the Regents do. If the students do not like that they should leave. OTOH I increasingly think that the populations of many locales in Virginia are so changed that the memorials to the Confederate dead do not represent the ancestors of the present population and are unappreciated. If that is the case they should be removed from public lands like crèche scenes. pl
TTG The only good thing about sharks is that they are tasty. pl
"At the conclusion of NATO’s defense ministers meeting in Brussels last week, Breedlove lauded the decision to help him more quickly mobilize forces while acknowledging there was more work to do at the political level. “In order to have a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
All As a former military and sports diver I can say without doubt that I hate sharks. I have physically run into them in the dark while swimming ashore from boats. I particularly remember the night in Limon Bay in Panama when I was swimming along helping to tow a neutrally buoyant but slightly submerged raft with our gear when my outstretched hand ran into a rough skinned thing that could only be a shark and a big one. The bay was full of sharks because merchant ships in the anchorage area illegally dumped their galley scraps over the side. I yanked my hand back and the startled shark left and in the process hit me with its tail. DOL pl
nick B "Booby" is a private distiller of fine Bourbon. If he wishes to tell you more about that, he will do so. pl
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Old Tom at Sic Semper Tyrannis
HankP Your outraged nationalism is showing. Seriously, what would you propose the federal government should do if a state took action to leave the Union today? How much blood would you spill? pl
Booby - The bottle arrived in great shape. We look forward to it immensely. Thanks. Pat Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Hank P "But we are all part of the US now" Yes, you are a nationalist. What would your reaction be if Hawaii or Vermont passed by referendum an ordinance of secession from the US? pl
"The federal designation allows the Pamunkey Indian Tribe to receive certain federal benefits on medical care, housing and education, among other things. That tribe is only the second recognized since President Barack Obama took office, joining hundreds of others nationwide... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
HankP I have already stated that I have no objection to removing modern CS flags from public property. Shall we do away with state flags as well to serve the centralizing message? How about the US flag? A lot of Indians died at places like Sand Creek, killed by men like the Colorado Volunteers who carried the US Flag. How about the Americans of Japanese Descent who were interned in camps over which the US flag was flown? Your statement sounds like regional prejudice. In any event there is a state law in Virginia that prevents the removal or defacement of any monument to war dead. If the removers and eradicators wish to remove such monuments let them find a majority in the General Assembly. Governor McCauliffe would be glad to sign the bill. pl
FB Ali No. Men do not willingly kill themselves to be freed from oppression or the "Stooges of the West." If they were coldly calculating of the odds of survival to a better life I would be inclined to believe you but they are not. pl
So much news, so little time to work on this. I confess to having been distracted most of the day by telephone and internet time trying, finally successfully I think, to resolve a minor issue with the VA over allotment... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Andy The new flags are unimportant. What matters is the thought inscribed on the pediment of the Confederate Army Memorial in Charlottesville, Virginia, "Love makes memory eternal." pl
rick Like a lot of people down here I am very tired of being addressed as a cross between a moral reprobate and an intellectually challenged product of inbreeding. Perhaps I am a little over sensitive about it. In any event I DO NOT support "titling" guns although I do think that running federal and state background checks may be inevitable. We have very good background checks in Virginia, in fact, were the first in the country to have them. pl
rick It may well be that the burglar was some kid from within a ten mile radius. Shenandoah County has 30,000 inhabitants, a very low unemployment rate and a stable population. There were 20,000 people at the time of the WBS. There is a lot of light industry along I-81, restaurant food prep, furniture, slick magazine printing, etc. There are also dairies, beef cattle often worked by families who have been on the land since they came from Germany in the 18th century. There really were not a lot of poor people. These are Jefferson's yeomen. It is not the kind of place where you would expect to face your own gun and there was a trigger lock. the burglar carefully cut open a screen, opened the window without breaking the lock, removed the shotgun, and carefully closed the window behind him. sounds like my handyman who said he was a reformed "inebriate" and not taken too seriously by others in the area. pl
Steve G "Name?" Ah, you mean he is a Jew. I don't think that matters anymore about someone like him and Webb is a very stiff-necked guy. He is a bit like McClellan as candidate. IOW, I'll take it on my terms if you insist. pl