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This Sheriff Makes HUGE Threat if Barack Obama Takes Our Guns

 

 

 

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” Wicomico County (Maryland) Sheriff Mike Lewis is fighting back against the gun grabbers who are using recent high-profile shootings to push for anti-gun legislation. He explained that bad guys shouldn’t have guns. But for many law-abiding Americans, gun ownership is a way of life.

  And what happens when government tries to disarm Americans?

  Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis, a sheriff in the state of Maryland, recently reminded the citizens of his county that he will not violate the Constitution and warned the federal government that any attempt to disarm Americans will result in an all-out Civil War.

“ I made a vow and a commitment,” Lewis said. “As long as I am sheriff of this county, I will not allow the federal government to come in here and strip my citizens of the right to bear arms.” “

 

 

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” KNOW YOUR HISTORY: Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their freedom. They then held a parade of 10,000 people led by 2,800 Black children where they marched, sang and celebrated.

Thanks to Abstrakt Goldsmith for this nugget of history that most of us never learned in school.”

 

 

Memorial Day

Claim:   Former slaves reburied dead Union prisoners of war in May 1865, thus creating the modern observance of Memorial Day. 

MIXTURE:
TRUE: In May 1865, free blacks in Charleston reburied dead Union prisoners of war and held a cemetery dedication ceremony.
UNDETERMINED: The event referenced above is the origin of the modern Memorial Day observance.

” Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their freedom. They then held a parade of 10,000 people led by 2,800 Black children where they marched, sang and celebrated.

 

Origins:   The custom of holding observances (including the laying of flowers on burial sites) to remember and honor those who gave their lives in military service goes back many hundreds, if not thousands, of years. In the United States, that custom has long since been formalized in the creation of Memorial Day (formerly known as Decoration Day), a federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Traditionally, every year the President of the United States (or, in his absence, another high-ranking government official) visits Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day to honor all those Americans who have died in military service to their country by participating in a symbolic wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. 

In a formal sense, the modern Memorial Day originated with an order issued in 1868 by Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, the commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, for the annual decoration of war graves:

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. 

The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. 

The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.

Regardless of when Decoration Day (or Memorial Day) may have been officially established, though, debate continues to this day regarding exactly when and where the first observance of this nature was held in the United States. In May 1966 the city of Waterloo, New York, was designated as the “Birthplace of Memorial Day” via a Congressional resolutions and presidential proclamation commemorating a patriotic observance held in that town one hundred years earlier:

The story of Memorial Day begins in the summer of 1865, when a prominent local druggist, Henry C. Welles, mentioned to some of his friends at a social gathering that while praising the living veterans of the Civil War it would be well to remember the patriotic dead by placing flowers on their graves. Nothing resulted from this suggestion until he advanced the idea again the following spring to General John B. Murray. Murray, a civil war hero and intensely patriotic, supported the idea wholeheartedly and marshalled veterans’ support. Plans were developed for a more complete celebration by a local citizens’ committee headed by Welles and Murray. 

On May 5, 1866, the Village was decorated with flags at half mast, draped with evergreens and mourning black. Veterans, civic societies and residents, led by General Murray, marched to the strains of martial music to the three village cemeteries. There impressive ceremonies were held and soldiers’ graves decorated. One year later, on May 5, 1867, the ceremonies were repeated. In 1868, Waterloo joined with other communities in holding their observance on May 30th, in accordance with General Logan’s orders. It has been held annually ever since. 

Waterloo held the first formal, village wide, annual observance of a day dedicated to honoring the war dead. On March 7, 1966, the State of New York recognized Waterloo by a proclamation signed by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller. This was followed by recognition from Congress of the United States when the House of Representatives and the Senate unanimously passed House Concurrent Resolution 587 on May 17th and May 19th, 1966 respectively. This reads in part as follows: “Resolved that the Congress of the United States, in recognition of the patriotic tradition set in motion one hundred years ago in the Village of Waterloo, NY, does hereby officially recognize Waterloo, New York as the birthplace of Memorial Day…” 

On May 26, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson, signed a Presidential Proclamation recognizing Waterloo as the Birthplace of Memorial Day.

Nonetheless, as the New York Times noted in 2012, dozens of other places still lay claim, based on a variety of criteria, to being the true birthplace of the modern Memorial Day:

According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, roughly two dozen places claim to be the primary source of the holiday, an assertion found on plaques, on Web sites and in the dogged avowals of local historians across the country. 

Yet each town seems to have different criteria: whether its ceremony was in fact the earliest to honor Civil War dead, or the first one that General Logan heard about, or the first one that conceived of a national, recurring day. 

Women in Boalsburg, Pa., which has a claim as the holiday’s birthplace, began decorating graves each year as early as October 1864. In and around Carbondale, Ill., according to the Jackson County Historical Society, there are two markers making such an assertion in two different cemeteries. James H. Ryan, a retired Army colonel, has descended into the Logan archives and come out with a strong case for the town where he lives, Petersburg, Va. 

This — readers, please take note — is just a partial and by no means definitive list.

The multiplicity of sites that have claimed Memorial Day birthplace status for themselves are not all in the North; many contenders are Southern cities that were part of the Confederacy during the Civil War:

Columbus, Miss., was a hospital town, and in many cases a burial site, for both Union and Confederate casualties of Shiloh, brought in by the trainload. And it was in that Columbus where, at the initiation of four women who met in a 12-gabled house on North Fourth Street, a solemn procession was made to Friendship Cemetery on April 25, 1866. 

As the story goes, one of the women spontaneously suggested that they decorate the graves of the Union as well as the Confederate dead, as each grave contained someone’s father, brother or son. A lawyer in Ithaca, N.Y., named Francis Miles Finch read about this reconciliatory gesture and wrote a poem about the ceremony in Columbus, “The Blue and the Gray,” which The Atlantic Monthly published in 1867. 

Georgians dispute little of this. But they argue that the procession in the other Columbus was actually inspired by the events in their Columbus. 

Professor Richard Gardiner has lived here for only a few years, but he has joined with an accountant named Daniel Bellware, an avid history sleuth originally from Detroit, and together they have written an academic paper making the case for Columbus, Ga. 

“The ladies of the South instituted this memorial day,” read The New York Times on June 5, 1868. “They wished to annoy the Yankees; and now the Grand Army of the Republic in retaliation and from no worthier motive, have determined to annoy them by adopting their plan of commemoration.”

In his book Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, Professor David W. Blight made the case for Charleston, South Carolina, as Memorial Day’s birthplace, as that city was the site of an obscure (possibly suppressed) May 1865 event held at a racetrack turned war prison, during which freedmen properly reburied hundreds of Union dead found there and then held a ceremony to dedicate the cemetery:

African Americans founded Decoration Day at the graveyard of 257 Union soldiers labeled “Martyrs of the Race Course,” May 1, 1865, Charleston, South Carolina. 

The “First Decoration Day,” as this event came to be recognized in some circles in the North, involved an estimated ten thousand people, most of them black former slaves. During April, twenty-eight black men from one of the local churches built a suitable enclosure for the burial ground at the Race Course. In some ten days, they constructed a fence ten feet high, enclosing the burial ground, and landscaped the graves into neat rows. The wooden fence was whitewashed and an archway was built over the gate to the enclosure. On the arch, painted in black letters, the workmen inscribed “Martyrs of the Race Course.” 

At nine o’clock in the morning on May 1, the procession to this special cemetery began as three thousand black schoolchildren (newly enrolled in freedmen’s schools) marched around the Race Course, each with an armload of roses and singing “John Brown’s Body.” The children were followed by three hundred black women representing the Patriotic 

Association, a group organized to distribute clothing and other goods among the freed people. The women carried baskets of flowers, wreaths, and crosses to the burial ground. The Mutual Aid Society, a benevolent association of black men, next marched in cadence around the track and into the cemetery, followed by large crowds of white and black citizens. 

All dropped their spring blossoms on the graves in a scene recorded by a newspaper correspondent: “when all had left, the holy mounds — the tops, the sides, and the spaces between them — were one mass of flowers, not a speck of earth could be seen; and as the breeze wafted the sweet perfumes from them, outside and beyond … there were few eyes among those who knew the meaning of the ceremony that were not dim with tears of joy.” While the adults marched around the graves, the children were gathered in a nearby grove, where they sang “America,” “We’ll Rally Around the Flag,” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The official dedication ceremony was conducted by the ministers of all the black churches in Charleston. With prayer, the reading of biblical passages, and the singing of spirituals, black Charlestonians gave birth to an American tradition. In so doing, they declared the meaning of the war in the most public way possible — by their labor, their words, their songs, and their solemn parade of roses, lilacs, and marching feet on the old planters’ Race Course. 

After the dedication, the crowds gathered at the Race Course grandstand to hear some thirty speeches by Union officers, local black ministers, and abolitionist missionaries. Picnics ensued around the grounds, and in the afternoon, a full brigade of Union infantry, including Colored Troops, marched in double column around the martyrs’ graves and held a drill on the infield of the Race Course. The war was over, and Memorial Day had been founded by African Americans in a ritual of remembrance and consecration.

Although contemporaneous accounts from the Charleston Daily Courier describe and document the 1865 ceremony that took place there, and the event was one the earliest known observances similar to what we would now recognize as Memorial Day, whether it was truly the first such ceremony, and what influence (if any) it might have had on later observances, are still matters of contention. Professor Blight termed it “the first Memorial Day” because it predated most of the other contenders, but he noted he has no evidence that it led to General Logan’s call for a national holiday in 1868: “I’m much more interested in the meaning that’s being conveyed in that incredible ritual than who’s first,” he said. 

Last updated:   28 May 2013″

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feds Engage In Chinese-Style Brutality And Violence

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In 1989, members of China’s Democracy Movement staged a massive protest in Tiananmen Square. In response, the communist Chinese government commanded near-total control over the nation’s media while dispatching heavily armed soldiers and tanks to surround and intimidate the protesters.

  Today, the U.S. government has dispatched hundreds of heavily armed soldiers, snipers and helicopters to lay siege to a ranch near Bunkerville Nevada, called the “Bundy Ranch,” where the Bundy family has been running cattle since the 1870’s. In 1949, the federal Bureau of Land Management was created, and in the 1990’s the BLM claimed (false) authority to start charging “grazing fees” for Bundy’s cattle. Today, the BLM claims the Bundy family owes over $1 million to the government.

  In order to collect that $1 million and lay seize the land the Bundy family has been using for generations, the BLM in engaged in the very same kind of brutality and threat of violence that the Chinese government used against its protesters in 1989. I fact, similarities between the two are numerous:

•  The mainstream media now functions as a total government mouthpiece, broadcasting lies and propaganda such as the false claim that “a protester kicked one of the BLM’s security dogs.” (In fact, a BLM officer verbally commanded the dog to attack the protesters.) This is similar to the Chinese government directly controlling virtually the entire Chinese press.

•  The massive show of unjustified force, such as positioning government snipers on hilltops around the Bundy ranch, with line-of-sight inside the Bundy home so that shots can be taken to kill the Bundy family.

•  The deployment of absurd “overkill” hardware: Tanks in the case of China, and government helicopters in the case of the Bundy ranch in Nevada. It has also been reported by Pete Santilli and Adam Kokesh that BLM has hired Blackwater-style operatives to don BLM badges and wade into the scene as soldiers for hire.

•  The intimidation and silencing of local law enforcement. In the case of the Bundy ranch in Nevada, the local Sheriff of Clark County has the constitutional authority to arrest all BLM personnel for felony theft of cattle and trespassing. Yet he has been intimidated into silence, thereby abandoning his own constituents. In China, officials who were friendly to the protesters were demoted, purged or kidnapped and killed by the Chinese government.

•  The Chinese government declared Martial Law and arrested anyone they wished. Similarly in Nevada, the BLM has declared a state of effective Martial Law by threatening to arrest anyone who sets foot on the desert dirt. The BLM also set up a “First Amendment Zone” and threatened to arrest anyone who strayed outside the zone who wished to express their First Amendment rights. Dave Bundy, son of Cliven Bundy was brutalized and arrested for taking photographs on a public highway. “

 

 

   Natural News has much more on the powder keg that is Bunkerville .

     See also this report alleging that the Feds have shut down the area cell towers in order to cease communications and this reportthat raises further questions about the motives of the State and features an appearance by none other than Dingy Harry Reid . As we said yesterday , if there is something dirty going on in Nevada chances are that Reid is involved 

  This letter sent to Jim Stone paints an ominous picture of Federal motives and reveals them for the thuggish thieves that they are .

 

 

 

” Immediate family friend of the Bundy’s tells it all in a mail sent to Jimstonefreelance.com

  

A Rancher TELLS ALL:

B. Hunt wrote:

  I live in SW Utah. I grew up on a ranch less than 100 miles from the Bundy’s ranch. My father knows Cliven Bundy. I know Cliven’s son Ryan. This is not a hoax, it is an action of force by the BLM.

  The BLM was going to sell the cattle at one of the smallest cattle markets in Utah.No cattle markets in Nevada would take the cattle without a properly signed brand inspection (which the BLM cannot obtain without Cliven Bundy’s signature). The BLM paid the owner of the Utah cattle market $300,000 to do the sale (‘R’ Livestock Connection in Monroe, Utah, owned by one Scott G. Robbins, according to the Utah Business Entity Search). Utah Governor Herbert stepped in and forbid them from bringing the cattle into Utah without the legally required health and brand inspections (which again, require Bundy’s signature) and that no feral cattle are allowed to be imported at all (per Utah statute). Because Bundy claims ownership over maybe 350-500 head of branded cattle, the other 500-700 estimated head of cattle would all be considered feral. BLM officially backed off, but we suspect they are still secretly shipping them through Utah without any permission to do so, to “private” buyers in Colorado. The contract cowboys that the BLM hired to do the roundup are from Sampson Livestock in Meadow, Utah (traitors one and all).

  From what I understand, Cliven Bundy owns both the Water Rights and Grazing Rights to all of the land where his cattle run. If Bundy failed to use them, the Grazing Rights would revert to the BLM and would be retired, while the Water Rights would revert to the State of Nevada, likely to be sold to the highest bidder (which would probably be a bidding war between mineral companies that are behind this action with the BLM and the City of Las Vegas which is thirsty for water and has had multiple attempts to buy water–through eminent domain from Utah farmers and ranchers–from Utah, which were all blocked by the Utah Legislature and Utah Governor Herbert). Chances are, the BLM has already filed a claim on the water rights so that they can sell to the highest bidder (instead of the state) and are trying to get the cattle off to show that Bundy cannot use the water beneficially (much like what the US Forest Service and BLM both tried to do to Wayne Hage).

  Now, for Cliven Bundy, he’s not fighting this for his cattle or his own livelihood. He recognizes that he will probably die before this fight is over. He has said multiple times that he is fighting this to wake people up about the tyranny of the Federal Government and also to help wake up the western states about getting the rights to their own land back from the federal government, which has repeatedly shut down ranchers and closed off land. (MO = 1st, get all the ranchers, farmers, Native Americans, and foresters that use the land for positive, sustainable production off of the land; 2nd, grab up all the resources; 3rd, close off the lands to public access including camping, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, boating, shooting, etc; 4th, sell off the resources to the highest bidder regardless of what that will do to the land, the local environment, or the economy; 5th, collect royalties on the resources in perpetuity; 6th, reduce and eliminate all SLS and PILT payments to the states, impoverishing them beyond belief.)

Anyway, thanks for posting about this. It is important for us to be able to raise the appropriate resistance.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

Army Goes To War With National Guard, Seizes Apache Attack Helicopters

 

 

 

 

” All of the Guard’s AH-64 Apache helicopters are scheduled to go to the active Army, and there’s nothing its top brass can do about it.

“ None of us like what we’re having to do,” National Guard Chief Gen. Frank Grass told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, the military website Defense One reported. “My big concern right now is figuring out how I’m going to move, and how many states I’m going to have an impact on, and what’s the cost of facilities and to retrain pilots. I’ve got to tackle that because the decision’s been made.”

  Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told members of Congress on Tuesday that the move will save $12 billion through fiscal year 2017, Defense One reported.

  When the logistics are worked out, the Army’s fleet of OH-58 Kiowa helicopters will be divested, its newly acquired Apaches will fill its reconnaissance and scouting needs, and the National Guard will be given UH-60 Black Hawks.”

     Anybody who believes this is about saving money is deluded . This is a power grab pure and simple . While the Feds go about disarming the State guard units so as to deny the states any offensive air assets in the event of an “emergency” , the same Dept of Defense continues to up-armor local police departments with billions in free ordnance .

    Here’s a cost saving idea General , how about you sell the excess MRAPS to allies , thus keeping them out of podunk towns across America and use the proceeds to let the National Guard to keep the Apaches . These ongoing deployments and re-deployments appear to be “battle space preparation” on the part of the Feds .

    Looking at this situation from another angle , the disarming of the Guard plays right into the Obama administration’s continued efforts to destroy American readiness . The Guard has played a pivotal role in the “War on Terror” for the past decade and now the fliers will be unable to train . Just another sop to our enemies as King Obama softens us up for his terrorist cronies .

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Then again maybe this piece from December’s Conservative Infidel helps clarify the Fed’s motives … 

14 Governors : Prepare State Militia Defenses, To Be Ready Against Obama’s Rogue Federal Forces

 

” Obama fearing a revolution against him by the states, has moved swiftly by nationalizing nearly all National Guard Forces in multiple states; Georgia, Alabama, Kansas, Minnesota, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana, South Carolina – to name a few. The Governors of the Great States of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia still have under their Command-and-Control the State Defense Forces to go against U.S. Federal forces should the need arise. Also important to note: There are NO U.S. laws prohibiting National Guard troops from also joining their State’s Defense Forces. This dilemma occurred during the Civil War with many “citizen soldiers” choosing to serve their states instead of the Federal Government.”

Terrifying GoPro Video From Tanks In Syria’s War Zone

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Need a quick reminder as to why war should be avoided at all costs? Spend an hour in the driver’s seat of a Syrian Army T-72 tank column as it spews destruction through Syria’s Darayya warzone. Then watch the rebels destroying the tanks. Warning: Although you can’t see the bodies, fighters on both sides are dying. This footage may upset you.

 

Here’s a rundown of what’s going on here:

  • Tanks attack a fortified Rebel stronghold 00:15
  • Armored Russian infantry BMP and tanks fire on fortified positions 11:14
  • Tanks get ambushed on route to a mission 18:26
  • Fire support for the advancing infantry 30:54
  • Tank gets destroyed by rebels 33:44
  • Fire support near stronghold 42:47
  • Protecting BMPs during a supply run 46:38
  • Tank gets destroyed by rebels 41:07
  • Tank gets destroyed by rebels 57:48 “

 

Thanks to Gizmodo/Sploid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gettysburg Wax Museum Selling Historical Figures

 

 

 

” The American Civil War Wax Museum has occupied a prime spot near the center of the battlefield for more than half a century. But it recently underwent an extensive renovation and wants to take a new approach to history. As part of those changes, it is preparing to unload dozens of its historical figures – most made of vinyl, not wax – in what the auctioneer calls a once-in-a-lifetime sale.

  The March 15 auction will also feature diorama contents, tapestries, furniture and books. The items include soldiers, a Southern plantation scene and the Lincoln-Douglas debates’ stop in 1858 at Knox College. Also for sale is an enormous reproduction of Gilbert Stuart’s 1796 portrait of George Washington, which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.

  When the wax museum reopens later this year as the Gettysburg Heritage Center, its focus will have shifted to the experience of town residents before, during and after the July 1863 battle between the Confederates under Gen. Robert E. Lee and the federal troops commanded by Gen. George Gordon Meade.”

 

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Connecticut Cop Who Said He’d Love To “Bang Down Your Door and Come For Your Gun” Placed On Leave

 

John Cinque

 

 

” As a first step towards gun confiscation, Connecticut is implementing gun registration. That has turned tens of thousands of formerly law abiding citizens in the state who’ve refused to comply into felons. Now, the state is trying to figure out what to do next. If the “next” thing they decide to do is door-to-door gun confiscation, there’s at least one police officer who wants everyone to know that he’ll be just following orders when he puts a gun to your head in order to take away your second Amendment rights.”

 

 

gun confiscation “I give my left nut to bang down your door and come for your gun …… ”


 

” A Connecticut officer with the Branford Police Department has reportedly been placed on extended leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation after he allegedly told a Facebook user he couldn’t wait to “bang down your door and come for your gun.”

” Connecticut resident John Cinque, whose passionate remarks to lawmakers on the state’s new gun registration laws went viral, provided screenshots of a Facebook conversation involving Officer Joseph Peterson to the conservative blog Freedom Outpost. The officer is reportedly a “long-time friend” of Cinque’s. “

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The Hidden Military Fortress Found Underneath Alcatraz

 

 

 

” Researchers have found a hidden military fortress, thought to have been destroyed previously, beneath the former Alcatraz Prison, where notable prisoners, such as Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly and Mickey Cohen were once imprisoned.

  According to scientists, there is more history to “the Rock” than just crime and punishment. Researchers from Texas A & M have gone to Alcatraz to learn more about the hidden history beneath the prison walls.

” That’s ground-penetrating radar,” according to professor Mark Everett. 

” The cart has a transmitter and a receiver – it sends an electromagnetic wave into the ground that then reflects off all the different structures underneath. 

” Much like medical imaging would make a scan of the body, we are making a scan of the ground under the rec yard.” By using the science, the team has found a military fortress from the 1800s, which experts had believed was destroyed.”

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The Best (And Worst) War Movies Of All Time

 

” War movies have been around as long as cinema has existed. There is something about the horror, bravery, tragedy, and excitement of combat that has inspires filmmakers and put butts in the seats. By our thinking, a good war movie says something specific to the conflict it purports to represent. Historical accuracy is also a plus, but it’s easy to forgive some errors in the face of a good plot or overall effectiveness of a film. We limited our list to conflicts in which the U.S. fought, and we skipped a few, such as Kosovo or Grenada, that didn’t inspire many films. Of course, let us know what movies we’re missing.”

 

 

Worst Korean War Movie: MASH (1970)

” There are not many movies about the Korean War. So it’s annoying that perhaps the most famous one doesn’t actually focus on the conflict. MASH riffs on Vietnam while setting the battlefield hospital in Korea. The helicopter, introduced in Korea as a way to get casualties to hospitals, became an icon of the Vietnam War. The tales of cynical, world-weary doctors who misbehave, save lives, and gripe about the folly of war were comments on the war of the time, not the Korean conflict. The movie is much better than the TV show, though, and has an intriguing mix of comedy and bloody surgery. But these positives do not make MASH a great war movie or even a great antiwar movie. Its attitude and willingness to shock the establishment feel stuck in its time.”
See the best & worst movies of all US conflicts here … See how their choices stack up against yours 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guess Who’s Funding The Republican Civil War

 

 

 

” The Republican Main Street Partnership has emerged as an outspoken, deep-pocketed player in pro-business GOP plans to beat back tea-party challengers next year. But the group’s new super PAC has an unexpected source for its seed money: labor unions.

  The super PAC, called Defending Main Street, has not yet submitted a major donor disclosure to the Federal Election Commission. But documents filed by other groups show that two labor organizations, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers’ International Union of North America, directed a combined $400,000 to the Republican group in September and October.

  Main Street says it has raised roughly $2 million total between its super PAC and an affiliated nonprofit group so far—and that means labor has supplied at least 20 percent of those funds.

  For the unions, this is not a surprising move. While both labor groups direct most of their millions to Democrats, they have consistently given smaller amounts to friendly Republicans.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Military Officer Writes Troll-Like Attack On The Second Amendment

” Trolling. That’s the word that comes to mind when I read Lt. Col. Robert L. Bateman’s editorial on the Second Amendment in Esquire.

  He’s got to be trolling the gun community. Either that or he’s bat-shit crazy. Those are the only two conclusions this humble writer can draw from reading his piece entitled, “It’s Time to Talk About Guns and the Supreme Court.

  Seriously, no solemn individual — let alone an officer who swears to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic — says what he said with a straight face.

  Consequently, he proposes a six-point platform that drastically curtails the Second Amendments rights of law-abiding citizens. As you’ll read below, it includes, severe restrictions on the types of guns one can own, confiscatory polices for guns that fall outside those categories, an end to police auctions that sell firearms, a nationwide federally-funded ‘gun buyback’ program, a 400 percent tax hike on ammo, the nationalization of gun manufacturers among others:

1. The only guns permitted will be the following:

a. Smoothbore or Rifled muzzle-loading blackpowder muskets. No 7-11 in history has ever been held up with one of these.
b. Double-barrel breech-loading shotguns. Hunting with these is valid.
c. Bolt-action rifles with a magazine capacity no greater than five rounds. Like I said, hunting is valid. But if you cannot bring down a defenseless deer in under five rounds, then you have no fking reason to be holding a killing tool in the first place.

2. We will pry your gun from your cold, dead, fingers. That is because I am willing to wait until you die, hopefully of natural causes. Guns, except for the three approved categories, cannot be inherited. When you die your weapons must be turned into the local police department, which will then destroy them. (Weapons of historical significance will be de-milled, but may be preserved.)

3. Police departments are no longer allowed to sell or auction weapons used in crimes after the cases have been closed. (That will piss off some cops, since they really need this money. But you know what they need more? Less violence and death. By continuing the process of weapon recirculation, they are only making their jobs — or the jobs of some other cops — harder.)

4. We will submit a new tax on ammunition. In the first two years it will be 400 percent of the current retail cost of that type of ammunition. (Exemptions for the ammo used by the approved weapons.) Thereafter it will increase by 20 percent per year.

5. We will initiate a nationwide “buy-back” program, effective immediately, with the payouts coming from the DoD budget. This buy-back program will start purchasing weapons at 200 percent of their face value the first year, 150 percent the second year, 100 percent the third year. Thereafter there will be a 10 year pause, at which point the guns can be sold to the government at 10 percent of their value for the next 50 years.

6. The major gun manufactures of the United States, less those who create weapons for the federal government and the armed forces, will be bought out by the United States of America, for our own damned good.

He can’t be serious.”

    This man must be insane . Has he forgotten his oath to “support and defend” the Constitution ? Just in case , here it is as a reminder of what we pay him for : 

The wordings of the current oath of enlistment and oath for commissioned officers are as follows:

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).

“I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.” (DA Form 71, 1 August 1959, for officers.)

   The Examiner offers a frank refutation of the Col.’s assertions as does the Sipsey Street Irregulars , and you can read previous articles written by Lt. Colonel Bateman who is a contributor to the Small Wars Journal . An attempt to uncover contact info for the Colonel so that our readers could let him know their thoughts has been unsuccessful . 

 

 

    Update 06:10 EST … Some more diligent bloggers have come up with a more comprehensive bio on Lt Col Bateman and his businesses including links to DHS … no surprise there … he fits right in with the storm trooper crowd . Anyway you can contact the Colonel here . Please be polite . Thanks to TeaParty.org for their investigative work .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Video 11.16.13

18+ Syria FSA Compilation, 2013 HD

 

 

FSA War Footage From Syria

From Brandon Smith At Personal Liberty

 

 

 

” The idea that our government has indeed run economic collapse scenarios, found the United States in mortal danger and done absolutely nothing to fix the problem is bad enough. I have my doubts, however, that the Pentagon or partnered private think tanks like the RAND Corporation did not run scenarios on dollar collapse before 2009. In fact, I believe there is much evidence to suggest that the military industrial complex has not only been aware of the fiscal weaknesses of the U.S. system for decades, but they have also been actively engaged in exploiting those weaknesses in order to manipulate the American public with fears of cultural catastrophe.

History teaches us that most economic crisis events are followed or preceded immediately by international or domestic conflict. War is the looming shadow behind nearly all fiscal disasters. I suspect that numerous corporate think tanks and the Department Of Defense are perfectly aware of this relationship and have war gamed such events as well. Internal strife and civil war are often natural side effects of economic despair within any population.

Has a second civil war been “gamed” by our government? And are Americans being swindled into fighting and killing each other while the banksters who created the mess observe at their leisure, waiting until the dust settles to return to the scene and collect their prize? Here are some examples of how both sides of the false left/right paradigm are being goaded into turning on each other.”

 

 

    The signs are ominous . Anyone who strives to keep themselves well-informed should have cause for concern . There are certainly strong indications that our present course is leading us ever-closer to class warfare , civil strife and yes , maybe even civil war . Is it intentional ? Is it Alinskyite ? Cloward-Piven

 

 

 

 

 

 

Civil War Pop Music: Divided & United

 

 

” A 32-song double CD collection of rootsy and acoustic, stripped-down and emotion-packed renderings of tunes of the day, the album features a stellar lineup of old-guard Nashville stalwarts like Ms. Parton and Loretta Lynn (“Take Your Gun and Go, John”) and clangorous newcomers.

The album mixes new takes on old tunes like “Dixie” (by Karen Elson and the Secret Sisters) and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” (Angel Snow) with a raucous partisan Yankee stomp like Shovels & Rope’s “The Fall of Charleston” and the rebel reel “Secesh” (The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band)—songs that have been in mothballs since Appomattox.

Some tunes sound like after-action reports telegraphed from the front. Among them are T Bone Burnett’s dirge, “The Battle of Antietam,” and Ricky Skaggs ‘ “Two Soldiers,” about Union soldiers caught in the deadly fire from the heights at Fredericksburg in 1862.”

 

 

Here is the full track list :

Divided & United

Disc 1

  1. Take Your Gun and Go, John – Loretta Lynn
  2. Lorena – Del McCoury
  3. Wildwood Flower – Sam Amidon
  4. Hell’s Broke Loose In Georgia – Bryan Sutton
  5. Two Soldiers – Ricky Skaggs
  6. Marching Through Georgia – Old Crow Medicine Show
  7. Dear Old Flag – Vince Gill
  8. Just Before the Battle, Mother/ Farewell, Mother – Steve Earle and Dirk Powell
  9. The Fall Of Charleston – Shovels & Rope
  10. Tenting on the Old Campground – John Doe
  11. Day Of Liberty – Carolina Chocolate Drops
  12. Richmond Is a Hard Road to Travel – Chris Thile and Michael Daves
  13. Two Brothers – Chris Stapleton
  14. The Faded Coat Of Blue – Norman Blake, Nancy Blake and James Bryan
  15. Listen to the Mockingbird – Stuart Duncan featuring Dolly Parton
  16. Kingdom Come – Pokey LaFarge

Disc 2

  1. Rebel Soldier – Jamey Johnson
  2. The Legend of the Rebel Soldier – Lee Ann Womack
  3. The Mermaid Song – Jorma Kaukonen
  4. Dixie – Karen Elson with The Secret Sisters
  5. The Vacant Chair – Ralph Stanley
  6. Hard Times – Chris Hillman
  7. Down By the Riverside – Taj Mahal
  8. Old Folks at Home/ The Girl I Left Behind Me – Noam Pikelny and David Grisman
  9. Secesh – The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
  10. The Battle of Antietam – T Bone Burnett
  11. Pretty Saro – Ashley Monroe featuring Aubrey Haynie
  12. Aura Lee – Joe Henry
  13. Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier – AA Bondy
  14. When Johnny Comes Marching Home – Angel Snow
  15. Battle Cry of Freedom – Bryan Sutton
  16. Beautiful Dreamer – Cowboy Jack Clement

 

 

 

 

    If you are a history buff like those of us here at YouViewed you will want to check out this album which is due to be released on November 5th . You can pre-order yours today direct from ATO Records if you are so inclined . CD Universe is also taking pre-orders as well as offering samples that can be listened to now .

  While we are thrilled to see this important music being brought to the public’s attention once again , we grew up listening to these songs from a different source and that version is so ingrained in our imagination and ears that we will forever judge all Civil War musical endeavors by the standard set by the one and only Tennessee Ernie Ford .

 He recorded two albums of Civil War era songs , Songs of the South and Songs of the North and to put you in the mood and give you a taste of those tumultuous times we have decided to include some of our favorites below . We hope you enjoy them as much as we do . Give a listen.

 

 

 

 

  Most of the songs that Tennessee Ernie recorded do not appear on the new album so there isn’t much fear on our part that these samples will dampen your interest in the new album .  

 

 

   These first few songs are from the Southern song collection , which we have always had a particular affinity for . The Northern collection of songs has never be able to move us as do the songs of the Confederacy .

   Those are three of our favorites from the Confederate collection . Here is one from the Union collection which is actually a Northern rebuttal of the hugely popular Confederate song “Dixie” , called , understandably “Union Dixie” .

 

 

 

 

   “Lorena” is a song that typifies the internecine conflict that characterized the War Of Secession . The song was of Northern origin but it became a common lament of troops on both sides that were years from home , hearth and loved ones .

 

 

   Here is another example of the Union music of the day , “The Army Of The Free” .

 

 

   And finally we present one that is a favorite of my children and gets played on the iTouch in the car on a regular basis. Readers of a certain age will recognize the tune even if they are unaware of the song’s Civil War roots . Enjoy.

 

 

Songs of the Civil War

 

 

 

    Allmusic.com provides us with a complete discography of the re-released double album that featured the collection in it’s entirety , Union and Confederate Songs . Included in the discography are links back to samples of each song on the Allmusic website .

 

Track Listing

 

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:09
2 4:16
3 2:49
4 3:15
5 3:17
6 2:05
7 2:30
8 3:29
9 3:44
10 3:05
11 2:17
12 2:21
13 2:09 MOG
14 4:34
15 3:00
16 2:14
17 4:16
18 2:22
19 2:06
20 4:32
21 2:22
22 2:48
23 2:02
24 2:22

 

 

   These albums are also available as a double set at Amazon. Thanks for allowing us to indulge ourselves . We have always wanted to do a post on these songs from our youth and never quite knew how to bring it about . The impending release of Divided & United offered us the perfect opportunity to do something we have been longing to accomplish for a long time and in so doing we hope that we have brought something new into our reader’s minds . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

100 Percent FED Up

 

 

 

 

” HOLDER: Whites Can’t Be Victims of Racial Injustice Because They Haven’t Suffered Enough….
Or, The Continuing Media Narrative of ‘Acceptable’ Racism. 

Dr. King once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Apparently, US Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t get the memo. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten Thousand People Take Part In Re-Enactment Of Battle Of Gettysburg

 

 

 

” Re-enactors fire the opening volley, starting the commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the most violent of the American Civil War.

More than 160,000 men fought at Gettysburg from July 1-3, 1863. Around 8,000 Union and Confederacy soldiers lost their lives over the three days as they fought in and around the Pennsylvania town, with tens of thousands wounded.

The battle is often described as the turning point of the war, when the Union ended Confederate Gen Robert E Lee’s invasion of the north.

Four months later, President Abraham Lincoln honoured the fallen at a cemetery in the town and delivered the Gettysburg Address, in which he redefined the purpose of the war.

While the Blue Gray Alliance re-enactment does not have the same number of soldiers involved as the original battle, everything else is being made as authentic as possible.”

 

 

 

 

 

Gunmen Attack Libyan Posts In Benghazi

 

 

” Gunman attacked the city’s Special Forces headquarters and other security buildings in this increasingly restive city Saturday in what some residents suspected was a retaliatory response to an assault a week ago that killed 32 and shut down the nation’s largest militia.

The latest attack fueled concerns of a further deteriorating security situation in this already volatile city, Libya’s second largest. The interim head of the Libyan army, Salem al-Konidi warned of a potential “bloodbath” that could emerge here.

The attacks began around 3 a.m. local time when gunfire could be heard outside places such as the nation’s Army Special Forces headquarters. The mob then moved to a police building and at least three other security outposts, before fighting ended around 6 a.m. According to estimates by one Special Forces official, five soldiers and four gunmen were killed and another four people were injured.

Suspicion fell on members of the Libyan Shields, a militia group set up and funded by the government to buttress the nation’s nascent government forces.”

   “President Peace Prize®” ‘s successful winning liberation streak continues . Is this a harbinger of things to come in Syria ? His “Arab Spring” is leaving a lot to be desired . 

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Steyn Warns Of ‘Serious Secession Movements’ If Drift Toward Socialism Not Reversed [VIDEO]

 

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” Radio host Dennis Miller and National Review columnist Mark Steyn considered Thursday the possible outcomes if the United States continues down the path of socialism.

If socialism became the prevailing governing philosophy, Miller speculated, escaping it wouldn’t require a move to the Australian outback. Instead he suggested heading for the state of Texas, because it would be the first place to push back against it.”

 

 

U.N. Has Testimony That Syrian Rebels Used Sarin Gas: Investigator

 

 

 

 

 

” U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria’s civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday.

The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law, said commission member Carla Del Ponte.

“Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated,” Del Ponte said in an interview with Swiss-Italian television.

“This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities,” she added, speaking in Italian.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Throughout the two year civil war that has raged unabated in Syria, the Obama administration has tried very hard to portray the Free Syrian Army as a revolutionary force of freedom and democracy. However, the actual truth is much more frightening.

 
There is a false assumption by many Americans that because the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are fighting to topple the regime of ruthless dictator, Bashar al-Assad, and have the backing of U.S. president Barrack Obama that they are automatically a force for freedom, democracy and justice.

 

This could not possibly be any further from the truth.” 

” Indeed, Al-Assad is a devil, but he is a devil that we know well. It is the devil that we do not known in the form of the FSA and its affiliates that should concern us the most. 

The little that is already known about these so-called freedom fighters is deeply disturbing.

How much more do we not know about this dark entity? 

Despite the U.S. currently suffering through a sequester and precariously close to falling into yet another recession, Obama has deemed it okay to provide this suspect entity with as much as $250 million in non-lethal aid. “

 

 

 

 

” The fact that the U.S. is in bed with the FSA is emblematic of Obama’s poor judgment and train wreck of a foreign policy, especially with regard to the Middle East. 

What’s more disturbing is the fact that the administration is actually contemplating going beyond the non-lethal aid that has already been rendered and providing opposition rebels with actual weaponry and military hardware – considering that it has not already done so covertly.”

 

 

 

   America has no business getting in bed with either faction in this civil war . One side is more brutal than the other . Have we learned nothing from Egypt and Libya ? 

 

 

 

 

 

First Day At Chancellorsville Virtual Tour

 

 

Chancellorsville

 

” In addition to preserving Civil War battlefields, the Civil War Preservation Trust is also actively engaged in working to improve the public’s understanding of the great events that occurred on these fields of combat.

This online exhibit will follow a battlefield tour of the First Day at Chancellorsville installed at the Chancellorsville battlefield.”

For more information on the Battle of Chancellorsville, please visit:www.civilwar.org/chancellorsville

 

 

 

 

 

 

Syrian Blood Tests Positive for Sarin Gas, U.S. Spies Say

 

 

” The U.S. intelligence community has uncovered strong evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria. Several blood samples, taken from multiple people, have tested positive for the nerve agent sarin, an American intelligence source tells Danger Room. President Obama has long said that the use of such a weapon by the Assad regime would cross a “red line.” So now the question becomes: What will the White House do in response?

In March, the Assad regime was accused of using chemical weapons during an attack on the city of Aleppo. The blood samples were taken by Syrian opposition groups from alleged victims of that strike. But American analysts can’t be entirely sure where the blood came from or when the precisely exposure took place.

“This is more than one organization representing that they have more than one sample from more than one attack,” the source tells Danger Room. “But we can’t confirm anything because no is really sure what’s going on in country.”

What’s clear is that the samples are authentic, and that the weapons were almost certainly employed by the Assad regime, which began mixing up quantities of sarin’s chemical precursors months ago for an potential attack, as Danger Room first reported.

“It would be very, very difficult for the opposition to fake this. Not only would they need the wherewithal to steal it or brew it up themselves. Then they’d need volunteers who would notionally agree to a possibly lethal exposure,” the source adds.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defy the King! Electrifying Speech At Pro-Gun Rally In CT

” In a rousing speech which is sure to inspire pro-gun rights advocates across the nation — and enrage those who choose to limit the Second Amendment — Mike Vanderboegh took to the Connecticut State Capital yesterday. Speaking at the Connecticut Citizens Defense League’s Second Amendment rally, Vanderboegh — one of the men who broke the Fast & Furious debacle, declared “civil war is starring us in the face.”

 

This Is Islam

 

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” Puffing on a cigarette, a Kalashnikov AK-47 slung awkwardly across his little shoulders, seven-year-old Ahmed stands at a makeshift barricade in Syria.

He is one of the youngest fighters to be swept into his country’s civil war and something in his blank expression seems to hint at horrors that no child of his age should ever have to witness.

The picture was taken in the neighbourhood of Salahadeen, one of the front lines in the battered city of Aleppo.”

 

 

 

 

 

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