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Thursday, April 21, 2011
One of America's longest working employees is calling it quits.
Sally Gordon, the longtime assistant sergeant-at-arms of the Nebraska State Legislature, will retire next Tuesday.
At 102 years old, Gordon has been working for 84 of those years. Even then, she said she can't promise she'll stay retired.
“If something comes up I want to do, I'll probably do it. Because, you know, as I say, I love working," Gordon said. "I love being around people, and it gives me a chance to get all gussied up instead of tramping around the house in a robe."
"We've established that your iPhone is constantly tracking and recording your location without your knowledge or consent, and initially you were helpless when it came to stopping this pesky phenomenon. But now we've got a way to put an end to the creepy tracking feature — assuming you're willing to use an app unauthorized by Apple."
The Center for Immigration Studies has published a study by Steven Camarota (“Welfare Use by Immigrant Households with Children“). Some of the findings are:
- In 2009 (based on data collected in 2010), 57 percent of households headed by an immigrant (legal and illegal) with children (under 18) used at least one welfare program, compared to 39 percent for native households with children.
- Immigrant households’ use of welfare tends to be much higher than natives for food assistance programs and Medicaid. Their use of cash and housing programs tends to be similar to native households.
- Immigrant households with children used welfare programs at consistently higher rates than natives, even before the current recession. In 2001, 50 percent of all immigrant households with children used at least one welfare program, compared to 32 percent for natives.
By current Hollywood standards, it is a movie that should never have been made. Imagine this story pitch to progressive movie execs: "we have a female heroine, genius entrepreneurs disappearing, and a government conspiring to control its people and their creations. In short, a powerfully persuasive anti-government message."
Not exactly “Iron Man 3” is it?
Yet, despite (or because of) Hollywood’s best efforts to keep the movie down, “Atlas” is racking up dollar signs at the box office. With a hearty $5640 per theater in its opening weekend, “Atlas Shrugged,” based on the influential Ayn Rand best-seller, has left Hollywood insiders dumbstruck to explain its success.
Though a duplicitous and scheming politician rather than a statesman, William Seward at least understood the immoral calamity of the North warring upon its fraternal sister States to the South. He lacked the ethical and moral fortitude to confront and stop Lincoln’s rush to war against his own people, and the ultimate deaths of a million Americans.
Bernhard Thuersam, Director
Cape Fear Historical Institute
Seward Analyzes Fort Sumter:
“The question submitted to us, then, practically, is: Supposing it to be possible to reinforce and supply Fort Sumter. Is it wise to attempt it, instead of withdrawing the garrison? The most that could be done by any means now in our hands would be to throw two hundred and fifty to four hundred troops into the garrison, with provisions for supplying it five or six months.
In this active and enlightened country, in this season of excitement, with a daily press, daily mails, and an incessantly operating telegraph, the design to reinforce and supply the garrison must become known to the opposite party in Charleston as soon at least as preparation for it should begin. The garrison then would almost certainly fall by assault before the expedition could reach the harbor of Charleston; suppose it to be overpowered and destroyed, is that new outrage to be avenged, or are we then to return to our attitude of immobility? Moreover in that event, what becomes of the garrison?
I suppose the expedition successful. We have then a garrison at Fort Sumter that could defy assault for six months. What is it to do then? Is it to make war by opening its batteries and attempting to demolish the defences of the Carolinians? Can it demolish them if it tries? If it cannot, what is the advantage we shall have gained? If it can, how will it serve to check or prevent disunion?
In either case, it seems to me that we have inaugurated a civil war by our own act, without an adequate object, which after reunion will be hopeless, at least under this administration, or in any other way than by a popular disavowal both of the war and the administration which unnecessarily commenced it. Fraternity is the element if union; war is the element of disunion.
Fraternity, if practiced by this administration, will rescue the Union from all its dangers. If this administration, on the other hand, take up the sword, then an opposite party will offer the olive branch, and will, as it ought, profit by the restoration of peace and union.”
(Life of William H. Seward, Frederic Bancroft, Volume II, Harper & Brothers, 1900, pp. 99-100)
Seward Analyzes Fort Sumter
"Achievement disparities among racial and ethnic groups persist in the American education system. Asian and white students consistently perform better on standardized tests than Hispanic and black students. While many commentators blame the achievement gap on alleged disparities in school funding, this Heritage Foundation paper demonstrates that public education spending per pupil is broadly similar across racial and ethnic groups. To the extent that funding differences exist at all, they tend to slightly favor lower-performing groups, especially blacks. Since unequal funding for minority students is largely a myth, it cannot be a valid explanation for racial and ethnic differences in school achievement, and there is little evidence that increasing public spending will close the gaps."
Via Conservative Heritage Times
Via Sipsey Street Irregulars
"The investigation will result in one of two conclusions, neither positive for the attorney general. The first is that Holder authorized an operation that likely violated U.S., Mexican, and international law and armed dangerous drug traffickers.
The second is that the head of the Justice Department is presiding over rogue staff that decided not to tell their boss about an operation that poses major legal, ethical and diplomatic breaches.""The Obama administration faces a tough choice: either orchestrate a cover-up, as the ATF appears to be doing, or open up the case and accept the consequences.
The gunwalking case tests the integrity of the Obama government. It also further weakens support for a failing drug war strategy. The administration is currently seeking millions more dollars in security aid to Mexico under the Merida Initiative.
The best path forward is to fully investigate the operation and punish those responsible — no matter how high up the blame goes. It is also time to end support for a war on drugs that becomes more entrenched and more violent every day."
The following is an anonymous comment made in response to Arctic Patriot’s Request for Perspective. Though that post inspired many great and thoughtful comments, this particular gentleman has perfectly captured my own view, and I thought it worth sharing with you my readers (all two of you).
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I have the print and my parents are buried in this cemetery.
I Spied Black Horse Cavalry, So I Run Like A Deer...........
By Gar Schulin
WARRENTON, VA – The annual Memorial Day observance at the Confederate
War Memorial at the Old Warrenton Cemetery in Warrenton, Virginia, will
be held Sunday May 29th at 2:00 PM. The memorial observance is open to
the public and is co-hosted by the Black Horse Camp #780, Virginia
Division Sons of Confederate Veterans; and the Black Horse Chapter #9,
Virginia Division United Daughters of the Confederacy. The public is
encouraged to participate in this very special annual observance which
includes Color Guard members; rifle volleys by the 4th Virginia Cavalry,
Company H, “The Black Horse Troop;” and Striblings Battery, who will
fire three artillery volleys from their 12-pound Napoleon cannon. Live
performance of period music will also pay tribute to Virginia’s fallen
William M. Wilson, Ph.D, distinguished scholar and author, will deliver
the 2011 Memorial Observance keynote address, "The Virtues of
Remembering and Mourning."
Dr. Wilson is the Dean of Honors Students at the University of Virginia,
and serves as a Professor of Religious Studies. He is the winner of one
the University’s highest distinctions, the Algernon Sidney Sullivan
Award for teaching and selfless service. Professor Wilson is the author
of many articles pertaining to religion, literature, philosophical
theology and three volumes of Lectura Dantes Virginiana, and currently
serves on the Board of Directors of the Abbeville Institute for the
Study of Southern Culture.
As America observes the Sesquicentennial of the 1861-65 epic struggle on
our continent, current generations seek a greater understanding of the
essential truths underlying the revolutionary rupture of the federative
polity of the Founders that resulted in what, arguably, was the
bloodiest war of the nineteenth century. In this context, it is worth
noting the words written by Miss Ida F. Powell, United Daughters of the
Confederacy in May, 1930, “We maintain, that the conflict was not a
‘Civil’ War, but was a ‘War Between the States.’ Each Southern State
seceded from the Federal Government after mature consideration, seceded
with all the dignity and weight of their State governments and State
conventions back of them, and formed an independent constitutional
government- the Confederate States of America.”
“The South did not fight to overturn the Federal government. It did not
wish to destroy that government and set up a rival administration in its
place. The Southern States simply desired to withdraw peaceably from
what had hitherto been considered a voluntary union of States, to leave
the Northern States intact, with their recognized government
untrammeled, and to form an independent government of their own. The
South fought to repel invasion, to protect its homes and its inalienable
rights as free men, and it was between two constitutionally organized
governments that the war was waged.”
It has been written that Virginia is sewn into the very fabric of
American history. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison,
Patrick Henry, George Mason and countless other patriots first drew
breath on Virginia soil. In many respects, American Independence began
with Virginia. It was Richard Henry Lee, delegate from Virginia, who
first proposed on June 7, 1776, that the Continental Congress declare
independence from Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence was
itself a secession document, listing the reasons for the separation from
the British Crown. The distinguished Historian Emeritus of the
University of South Carolina, Dr. Clyde Wilson, keenly observes Robert
E. Lee's decision to resign from the U.S. Army to serve in the defense
of the invaded South was one of the most important and monumental
decisions in American history, similar to George Washington's gradual
increasing resistance to the acts of the British ministry (whereupon he
came to believe the English government had a deliberate intent to
subvert Virginia's traditional liberty). The progression of Lee's
thought in regard to Abraham Lincoln and an increasingly hostile
Republican Party toward a large portion of the voluntary Federal Union
was exactly the same. Was George Washington, who had held a royal
commission, a traitor for fighting the invaders and would-be conquerors
of his country? Was he obligated to fight for the King against the
By 1861, faced with the harsh realities of a voluntary Union which had
become unworkable, Virginians followed other Southern States in
secession after careful deliberations and conventions, and in the
aftermath of Lincoln’s announcement of his intention to invade the
Southern States by force of arms. To better gauge the sentiments among
Fauquier County, Virginia citizens of the mid-19th Century, history has
recorded only one man cast a vote for Lincoln at the Old Warrenton Court
House in the 1860 Presidential election while having to carry a sidearm
to do it. Several months later in 1861, the Fauquier County vote for
Virginia secession was 1809 to 4 in favor. Dr. Wilson clearly notes in
Virginia and throughout the South, with the carefully considered
official act of secession, a solemn act of the sovereign people
representing the consent of the people, represented the most fundamental
principal of American government.
The Founders bequeathed to us a small, limited national government,
essentially providing three functions: law and order; national security
(an Army, Navy and a Marine Corps); and delivery of the mail. Prior to
the election of Abraham Lincoln, the most interaction any citizen had
with their national government was mailing a letter at the Post Office.
Much of the balance of power resided among the sovereign States. King
George III, when officially recognizing the independence of the former
English colonies, cited each one separately by name. It is important to
recognize from our vantage point today, the question, "What does it mean
to be an American?" has a Jeffersonian answer and a Lincolnian answer.
Both views are diametrically opposed to one another.
In our current time, the true causes of the War Between the States are
often misrepresented by revisionist historians found throughout
academia, and many news media and pop culture outlets. Contemporary
Americans know the institution of slavery was and is evil. Most
thoughtful and educated Southerners and Northerners alike understood
this in 1861 as well. The key point to remember is that in America,
slavery was a national blight in 1861 and not just a Southern problem.
Quite clearly, less than five percent of the Confederate army soldiers
came from families who owned slaves, yet they sacrificed for liberty and
constitutional government for four long years under the worst conditions
imaginable that had nothing to do with the preservation of slavery. Dr.
Donald Livingston of Emory University also notes by 1861, no national
party of any significance, since the founding of our nation 70 years
earlier, ever advocated or advanced a bill in Congress abolishing the
institution of slavery. Lincoln himself once said he could accept
slavery lasting for another 100 years provided that it could be confined
to the South. Before the war, Lincoln even drafted an emancipation plan
for New Jersey that would take effect in 1914.
Contrary to the popular myth widely repeated endlessly today which seeks
to characterize the war as a holy crusade to abolish slavery, the
historic record reveals twice in 1861, the U.S. Congress affirmed that
the war was not waged over the national blight of slavery. Just how far
the North and Lincoln were prepared to go in supporting slavery in the
South can be seen in the Corwin Amendment, passed on March 2, 1861 with
President-Elect Lincoln's personal lobbying efforts, which ordained, "No
Amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give
to Congress the power to abolish or interfere with any state with the
domestic institutions thereof including that of persons held to labor or
service by the laws of the said State." Here, in these very words, the
protection of slavery was tied to the Union itself. If the southern
States truly wanted to preserve slavery within their borders, all they
needed to do was to remain in the Union in the Spring of 1861.
In another formal affirmation the war was not being waged on the issue
of slavery, on July 22, 1861, the U.S. Congress issued a "Joint
Resolution on the War," the Crittenden Resolution, passed by two-thirds
majority of both Houses, that echoed Lincoln's reasons for the invasion
of the Southern states: "Resolved: That this war is not being
prosecuted upon our part in any spirit of oppression, nor for any
purpose of conquest or subjugation, nor purpose of overthrowing or
interfering with the rights or established institutions of those states,
but to defend and maintain the supremacy of the Constitution and all
laws made in pursuance thereof and to preserve the Union, with all the
dignity, equality and rights of the several states unimpaired; and that
as soon as these objects are accomplished the war ought to cease."
In the Crittenden Resolution, by "the established institutions of those
states," the U.S. Congress was referring to slavery. For President
Lincoln, destroying the secession movement took priority over addressing
the national blight of slavery. Americans today would be well served to
recall the written words passed by the U.S. Congress in 1861 regarding
the real reasons why the seceding American States were being invaded by
force of arms by President Lincoln.
Many Americans today also contend Lincoln waged the war to preserve the
Union. They mistakenly believe Lincoln took the oath of office as
President to preserve the Union- at all costs. Lincoln took no such
oath- he took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Dr. Livingston
observes America has never fully come to terms with the evil of waging
total war against a American civilian population of unimaginable horror
and brutality that ravaged the South. The War Between the States was
arguably the bloodiest conflict of the 19th Century, and it left
Europeans aghast at the destruction unleashed against the southern
States, a mere 80 years after the greatest triumph of human liberty and
the right to self-determination the world has ever known- killing
one-fourth of its able-bodied male population and leaving untold
hundreds of thousands more Southern soldiers maimed; and women,
children, the elderly, slaves and freemen orphaned, homeless, starving
and destitute; merely to preserve a Northeastern industrial empire. Dr.
Livingston concludes that if Americans today are never forced to
confront these essential truths, then our American nation can never hope
to achieve the moral and political maturity that would result from
having fully considered them.
Today, Warrenton and Fauquier County, Virginia recall a proud and
distinguished Confederate heritage, as the home of such notable leaders
as General (and later U.S. Senator) Eppa Hunton; two-term Virginia
Governor and Major General William "Extra Billy" Smith; and General
William Henry Fitzhugh Payne. Thomas Marshall, grandson of John
Marshall, commanded the 7th Virginia Cavalry after the death of Turner
Ashby, is recalled among many other local heroes who answered the
summons to defend their native Virginia. General Lunsford Lindsay Lomax
farmed near Warrenton after the war. All were heroic men who lived in a
Compatriot George V. Godfrey’s research indicates Warrenton's town
cemetery holds the remains of almost 900 Confederate soldiers;
approximately 600 having died in that great struggle. Two Confederate
Generals, William Henry Fitzhugh Payne and Lunsford Lindsay Lomax are
buried there. Captain John Quincy Marr, the first Confederate soldier
to die in the War Between the States, rests in his home town cemetery.
And it should be noted Warrenton is the final resting place of Colonel
John S. Mosby.
The Virginia Division S.C.V. Commander notes the citizen-soldiers who
fought for the Confederacy personified the best qualities of America.
The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the
South's decision to peacefully, legally secede from the voluntary union
of States as bequeathed by the Founders. The tenacity with which
Confederate soldiers fought underscored their belief in the rights
guaranteed by the Constitution. These attributes are the underpinning
of our Republic and represent the foundation on which our nation was
Today, the spirit of the Founders, and those brave individuals who
sacrificed all for our Constitutional Government in the mid-19th
Century, lives on in the hearts of the more than 3,100 members of the
Virginia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans. The Black Horse Camp
#780 S.C.V. encourages all eligible males of lineal descent to join our
heritage preservation ranks by contacting Commander David Goetz at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or via our web site:
The S.C.V. is the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans, and
the oldest hereditary organization for male descendents of Confederate
soldiers. Membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans is open to all
male descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the Confederate
armed forces. Organized at Richmond, Virginia in 1896, the S.C.V.
continues to serve as a historical, patriotic, and non-political
organization dedicated to ensuring that a true history of the 1861-1865
period is preserved.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy is the outgrowth of many local
memorial, monument, and Confederate home associations and auxiliaries to
camps of United Confederate Veterans that were organized after the War
Between the States. The National Association of the Daughters of the
Confederacy was organized in Nashville, Tenn., on September 10, 1894.
Membership is open to women no less than 16 years of age who are blood
descendants, lineal or collateral, of men and women who served honorably
in the Army, Navy or Civil Service of the Confederate States of America,
or gave Material Aid to the Cause. The objectives of the U.D.C.
organization are Historical, Educational, Benevolent, Memorial and
Patriotic, including to collect and preserve the material necessary for
a truthful history of the War Between the States and to protect,
preserve, and mark the places made historic by Confederate valor.
The Black Horse Chapter #9, United Daughters of the Confederacy of
Warrenton, Virginia, encourages all eligible females to join their
heritage preservation ranks by contacting the Virginia Division U.D.C.
web site at: http://vaudc.org/
A Long Island mansion said to have inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald in writing his classic American novel "The Great Gatsby" has poured its last drink, rolled up the dance floor and kicked out the guests for good. No more parties, no more gazing out of windows. Heck, no more windows. The once-elegant mansion has been razed.
A planned demolition took place this week, but not before writer Christine Lee Zilka rushed out with her camera to capture the home's last moments.
Via Belle Grove
--Thomas Jefferson, letter to Lafayette, 1823
“These are foreign-born criminals that are here in our country,” Babeu said, “That’s what we’re finding is going on here, and not only is it unacceptable, it has created a situation where now, there are as few as 75, as many as 100 lookout posts from drug cartels just for this one smuggling corner- drug cartels hold high positions on terrain features or mountains to provide safe passage for their drug cartels. That a cartel from Mexico can have this mature an organization in our country is outrageous.”
Cartels derive much of their power by violence and instilling fear into the law enforcement officials. Indeed, Babeu and his team of deputies have had numerous threats on their lives. Babeu says he never is unarmed.
“They kill police chiefs, they kill judges, they kill journalists, and mayors of small communities. That violence clearly is coming to America,” he said. “ We’ve had people that have been kidnapped, people that have been murdered, largely illegals. We’ve had, in Chandler, Arizona, a beheading that is now confirmed…. So the violence isn’t coming here, the violence is here. It’s not going to get better; it’s going to get worse until we secure this border..”
Remembering Robert E. Lee
Theodore Roosevelt characterized Lee this way: "the very greatest of all the great captains that the English-speaking peoples have brought forth." Lee is also venerated in Europe as evidenced by this tribute by Winston Churchill: "one of the noblest Americans who ever lived."
In 1998, a Midwestern college decided to publish a book about the persons they considered to be six authentic heroes of our nation. They selected George Washington, Daniel Boone, Louisa May Alcott, George Washington Carver, Robert E. Lee, and Andrew Carnegie. Excellent choices; a group of outstanding people and a selection made without kowtowing to current political trends.
Robert E. Lee’s father was a Revolutionary War hero, a three-time governor of Virginia and a congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives. Two members of the Lee family risked their lives by signing the Declaration of Independence. Lee married Mary Custis, great-granddaughter of George Washington and she inherited Arlington House, Washington’s antebellum estate in Virginia that eventually became home to Lee, Mary, and their seven children, before being confiscated by Lincoln. He turned it into a Union cemetary with an eye to making a return to its owners impossible.
After graduating from West Point, Lee became a member of the U.S. Army and began a long and remarkable military career. He distinguished himself in the Mexican War earning three honorary field promotions. His accomplishments were many including Assistant to the Chief of the Engineer Corps and Superintendent of West Point. In later years he was appointed president of a college in Lexington, Virginia that was later renamed Washington and Lee University in honor of his outstanding years of service.
Cathal Brugha & The Great Escape
"He appeared to be the very incarnation of one of those brave Irish warriors of yore, the story of whose bravery in battle has been handed down to us in song and story. Cathal Brugha's courage in 1916 and the calmness with which he then faced the British when riddled with their bullets (twenty five wounds of which five were after cutting through arteries) is only surpassed by the epic of his own passing in 1922. Then, alone of all the garrison, he refused to surrender, walked towards his enemies with his revolver blazing until he fell, mortally wounded."
Hard Things: You Are Already DeadCaveat #1:
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