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  • February 1856

    02/01/2016 5:09:00 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 9 replies
    Amazon | 1892, 1978, 1995 | Frederick Douglas, Don E. Fehrenbacher, David Herbert Donald
  • Feds target rancher after family worked land over 70 years (10/2015)

    01/30/2016 11:37:25 AM PST · by Mechanicos · 56 replies
    WND ^ | Douglas Ernst
    Harrold, Texas, cattle rancher Ken Aderholt and his family have worked the same land since 1941 – and now the federal government says it never belonged to them. The Bureau of Land Management is taking stock of land along the Red River, which happens to be where the Aderholt family has lived for more than 70 years. The federal government says roughly 600 of the family’s 1,250 acres have always belonged to Uncle Sam. “The BLM is saying we should have never had a deed to it, that Texas should have never produced that deed,” Aderholt told KAUZ-6 Texas Oct....
  • Here's What's So Jarring About Hillary Clinton's Thoughts On Reconstruction

    01/28/2016 12:45:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Huffington Post Huffpost Politics ^ | January 27, 2016 | Ryan Grim
    And why she should listen to Killer Mike. At the the Iowa Democratic forum on Monday night, Hillary Clinton took one of the easiest questions lobbed her way -- Who is your favorite president? -- and blasted it right into the back of her own goal. She did fine with the first part, naming Abraham Lincoln, but then dipped into the history of Reconstruction, bemoaning the vengeful way in which the North targeted the South after Lincoln's assassination. You know, he was willing to reconcile and forgive. And I don't know what our country might have been like had he...
  • Blacks and the Confederacy

    01/20/2016 5:03:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 514 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    Last July, Anthony Hervey, an outspoken black advocate for the Confederate flag, was killed in a car crash. Arlene Barnum, a surviving passenger in the vehicle, told authorities and the media that they had been forced off the road by a carload of "angry young black men" after Hervey, while wearing his Confederate kepi, stopped at a convenience store en route to his home in Oxford, Mississippi. His death was in no small part caused by the gross level of ignorance, organized deceit and anger about the War of 1861. Much of the ignorance stems from the fact that most...
  • Six Controversial Paintings Gov. Mark Dayton Doesn’t Want You to See [ Minnesota]

    01/18/2016 5:48:19 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | December 09, 2015 | Brian Sikma
    Controversy over symbols and relics leftover from the American Civil War is hardly new. Earlier this year editorial and journalistic outrage was directed at supporters of the Confederate battle flag; but now in Minnesota a new angle on Civil War controversy is brewing. Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, wants up to six paintings of Civil War events currently displayed in the state Capitol potentially removed to less visible locations. None of the paintings present Confederate forces in a positive light, and none of them feature a Confederate battle flag. In fact, each painting depicts Minnesota soldiers bravely charging into battle...
  • Emancipation Hell

    01/17/2016 1:26:17 PM PST · by soakncider · 124 replies
    That is why, within just a few months of the Proclamation, a number of commanders in the field...felt sanctioned to unleash the equivalent of what in the 20th century came to be called "total war"-a war upon civilians and their property in the South, with attendant looting, murder, arson, and rape, and neither women, children, the old and infirm, or oftentimes even blacks, were spared. As General-in-Chief Halleck noted in a letter to Ulysses Grant on March 31, 1863: The character of the war has very much changed..There is now no possible hope of reconciliation with the rebels..There can be...
  • Warning to Military and Fed: Do Not Follow Orders to “Waco” Bundy Occupation, Risk Civil War 2

    01/16/2016 5:43:11 AM PST · by MikeSteelBe · 67 replies
    Oathkeepers Website ^ | 1/25/16 | Stewart Rhodes
    De Oppresso Liber? We Shall See This is addressed first and foremost to the entire U.S. military, but especially to the military Special Operations Command and community. Secondly, it is addressed to federal LEOs, and especially to their SRTs, such as the FBI HRT (many of whom are former military special operations). This comes from combat arms and special operations veterans, along with veteran Sheriffs and police officers, within the Oath Keepers organization: Critical Warning: The Ammon Bundy led occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon must be handled as a normal, non-crisis, law enforcement matter, and preferably...
  • Taliban Like Attitudes in American South

    01/13/2016 12:21:39 PM PST · by kathsua · 12 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | January 13th, 2016 | reasonmclucus
    The world cringed when the Taliban destroyed ancient Buddhist Statues in Afghanistan. The Taliban destroyed the historic artifacts because Buddhist statues represented something the Taliban considered immoral. They didn’t want people to be reminded that people in the region had at one time been involved in something that was no longer considered morally acceptable. Buddhist statues were not “politically correct” under the Taliban’s view of the Muslim religion. Allowing the statues to stay advertised that Afghans had once behaved in what the Taliban regarded as an immoral fashion. Recent reports claim that ISIS may be doing the same thing to...
  • Could heart disease in the South be a lingering effect of the American Civil War?

    01/06/2016 2:07:30 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 86 replies
    National Post ^ | January 5, 2016 | Carolyn Y. Johnson, Washington Post
    A map of deaths from heart disease reveals the American South ablaze in red; of the 10 states with the highest rate of death from heart disease among white people in 2010, all but two are below the Mason-Dixon line. To Richard Steckel, an Ohio State University economist, that striking pattern raises a seemingly outlandish, but utterly serious question: Could the heavy toll of heart disease in the American South today have been triggered, in part, by the region's rapid rise out poverty since the 1950s? In a new paper, Steckel argues that decades of poverty caused by the Civil...
  • January 1856

    01/01/2016 5:55:35 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 136 replies
    Amazon | 1892, 2004 | Frederick Douglass, Nicole Etcheson
    Happy New Year. I promise there will be some actual 160-year-old information to present later on, but for now let us continue catching up on . . . Continued from 1855 reply #371 1 2 3 "The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass," by Frederick Douglass, (1892 edition)
  • A monumental victory for political correctness in New Orleans

    12/19/2015 8:27:31 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/19/15 | Jeff Crouere
    Mayor Landrieu created a firestorm, stoked racial divisions, and attacked the city’s history, all to promote his political career. Yesterday, in the “City that Care Forgot,” New Orleans politicians displayed very little care for their city’s history, but showed they cared a great deal for political correctness. In a 6-1 vote, City Council members passed an ordinance supported by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to declare four historic Confederate monuments “nuisances” and remove them from the city landscape. It was a big political victory for Landrieu who created this controversy after the murder of nine African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina, by...
  • New Orleans council votes to remove Confederate monuments

    12/17/2015 12:28:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2015 2:51 PM EST | Cain Burdeau
    The New Orleans City Council has voted in favor of removing prominent Confederate monuments along some of its busiest streets - a sweeping move by a city seeking to break with its Confederate past. The council's 6-1 vote on Thursday afternoon allows the city to remove four monuments, including a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has stood at the center of a traffic circle for 131 years. The decision came after months of impassioned debate. Now, the city faces possible lawsuits seeking to keep the monuments where they are. ...
  • Why do we allow the enemy to infiltrate into our country?

    12/06/2015 9:07:12 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 165 replies
    This question is directed to Obama and his admin, all dhimmicrats, GOPe RINOs like Rubio, McCain, McGrahamnesty, Kascich, Bush, and the usual cheap labor lobby traitors: You say you want to keep us safe and that we have to sacrifice our rights for security, and that you can't tell which Muslims are radical vs which will remain peaceful (until they too are radicalized), but why then do we allow the bloodthirsty enemy to infiltrate into our country? Would not the prudent thing be to place a moratorium on importing people from Muslim countries and immediately cease allowing refugees in? It's...
  • Watching Ken Burns' The Civil War on Netflix

    12/01/2015 7:39:44 PM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 45 replies
    Sullivan Ballou Letter July 14, 1861 Maj. Sullivan Ballou The following is a letter written by Maj. Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah (née Shumway) at home in Rhode Island. Ballou died a week later, at the First Battle of Bull Run. He was 32. BallouPortraitCamp Clark, Washington My very dear Sarah: The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days - perhaps tomorrow. Lest I should not be able to write you again, I feel impelled to write lines that may fall under your eye when I shall be no more. Our movement may be...
  • 1855

    11/21/2015 11:35:55 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 376 replies
    Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era | 2004 | Nicole Etcheson
    Before when free-soil men invoked the right of revolution in defense of their political rights, proslavery men condemned them for defying the legitimate government. But proslavery men feared the loss of their right to own slaves as much as free soilers feared the loss of the right to exclude slavery. At Hickory Point, [Kansas] a squabble over land claims ignited these political quarrels. A settler named Franklin M. Coleman had been squatting on land abandoned by some Hoosiers, who subsequently sold the claim to Jacob Branson, another Hoosier. In late 1854, when Branson informed Coleman of his legal claim and...
  • Warning From Ted Cruz: ‘Far Too Many’ Republicans Are Eager to Drag US Into Syria’s Civil War

    11/18/2015 7:17:28 PM PST · by Isara · 105 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Nov. 18, 2015 | Leigh Munsil
    Putting U.S. troops on the ground in Syria to counter the Islamic State and take on Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime would be a mistake, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Wednesday."I don't believe the answer is sending boots on the ground to Syria," the Republican candidate for president told reporters in Washington. "President Obama - and I think far too many Republicans - are eager to get us in the middle of an internecine civil war in Syria. We don't have a dog in that fight."Assad is a "monster" who has murdered women and children and gassed his own citizens,...
  • Syria army, rebels in talks over 15-day truce near capital

    11/18/2015 1:38:09 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11-18-2015 | AFP
    Syria's army and rebels were locked in talks Wednesday night to reach a 15-day ceasefire in the Eastern Ghouta region east of the capital, a monitor and a security source told AFP. These are the first known talks aiming for a truce in the region and are likely being brokered by Russian or Iranian mediators, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. If agreement is reached, "a ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta would begin at 6:00 am (0400 GMT) Thursday and will last 15 days," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said. A senior Syrian security source told AFP "talks are ongoing...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Tennessee State Representative Casada Wants Governor to Call Out National Guard...

    11/18/2015 11:59:36 AM PST · by don-o · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 18, 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Tennessee State Representative Glen Casada tells Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that he wants Republican Governor Bill Haslam to call out the National Guard to prevent additional Syrian refugees from entering the state. Further, Casada tells Breitbart News the 30 Syrian refugees settled in the state last year need to be re-vetted and sent back to ICE if they don't pass muster. "THE ISIS headquarters said we are embedding terrorists in refugees and they’re coming to the U.S. The FBI director today said that we may have missed those that are associated with ISIS or are ISIS trained that...
  • Clashes near Syrian base besieged by Islamic State - monitor

    11/10/2015 7:52:33 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11-10-2015 | Reuters
    Pro-government forces in Syria clashed with Islamic State fighters around a military air base in the north of the country on Tuesday as they tried to break the jihadists' siege on the facility, a group monitoring the war said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said forces fighting on the side of the Syrian government, including Lebanese and Iranian militiamen, were trying to secure Kweires air base, which has been under attack for nearly two years.
  • Migrant crisis pushing Germany towards ‘anarchy and civil war’

    11/03/2015 7:26:02 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    Russia Today ^ | November 3, 2015
    Germany now is somewhere at the edge of anarchy and sliding towards civil war, or to become a "banana republic without any government," says Hansjoerg Mueller of the Alternative for Germany party.
  • The Party of Lincoln AND Calhoun? The Right and the Civil War

    11/03/2015 6:52:26 AM PST · by don-o · 277 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | November 3, 2015 | Tony Petersen
    The Civil War is, as Shelby Foote noted, at the crossroads of our being. Looked at one way, it marked the end of a long struggle against slavery and the beginning of a long one for civil rights and racial equality. Looked at another, it marked the end of limited government and the beginning of the encroaching, ever-present Leviathan that exists today. These memories can be both in sync and in conflict. After all, it was the deployment of strong government in the form of a dominant army and the passage of federal amendments that played a large role in...
  • Daily Beast: Obama, Hillary Toying With ‘Civil War’ Over Gun Confiscation

    11/03/2015 5:10:27 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/02/15 | AWR Hawkins
    On November 2, The Daily Beast pointed to recent statements from President Obama and Hillary Clinton regarding the implementation of Australian-style gun confiscation and suggested “civil war could erupt on American soil” if any administration actually tried to confiscate privately owned firearms. The Daily Beast theoretically agreed that “confiscation on a massive scale” may be “the only way to solve American gun violence,” but they pointed out that it was not realistic and suggested Hillary risks causing irreparable divisions by talking about confiscation then mocking gun owners as conspiracy theorists waiting for “black helicopters” to come take their guns away....
  • OOPS: Watch Obama Promise That He’d Never Send Troops To Syria

    10/30/2015 9:28:32 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10-30-2015 | Sean Davis
    "My answer is simple: I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria." If you like your boots-free Syria, you can keep your boots-free Syria. The White House reversed course today and announced that the Obama administration would be deploying special forces troops and military advisers to Syria. The new White House policy directly contradicts multiple promises personally made by President Barack Obama in 2013 that he would not put combat boots on the ground in Syria.
  • US Ground Troops In Syria Is Illegal, Big Mistake, Russia Warns Obama Of Unpredictable Consequences

    10/29/2015 8:40:19 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 10-28-2015 | Durden
    The change in rhetoric (and apparent shift in strategy) comes just days after the US seemingly prepared the public for what might be coming by releasing helmet cam footage of what Washington says was a raid on an ISIS prison by Delta Force (accompanied by the Peshmerga). 70 prisoners were allegedly freed although not before the US suffered its first combat death in Iraq since 2011. The timing of the video is suspect, to say the least. It came just days after Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford visited Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi in an effort to dissuade Baghdad...
  • Turkey confirms shelling Kurdish fighters in Syria

    10/28/2015 2:00:35 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 10-27-2015 | BBC
    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has confirmed that the Turkish military has attacked Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) said Turkey shot at its forces in the town of Tal Abyad on Sunday. The YPG has been a key ally of the US in fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Syria. Turkey fears advances by the YPG near its Syrian border could fuel separatist sentiments amongst Kurds in Turkey. The attacks come amid increasing tensions in Turkey ahead of elections. "We said the [YPG-aligned Democratic Union Party] PYD will not go west of...
  • Turkey confirms shelling Kurdish fighters in Syria

    10/28/2015 2:00:27 PM PDT · by tcrlaf
    BBC ^ | 10-27-2015 | BBC
    Representative Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) 58% (R-WI) 2014 gun control vote could present another obstacle to this path to the Speakership of the House. It is certainly one more aspect of Ryans past that caused Gun Owners of America to warn that a Ryan Speakership would simply be Boehner on Steroids. Ryans 2014 gun control vote came amid the emotional outpouring that followed Elliot Rodgers May 23, 2014, Santa Barbara attack. Although Rodger passed a background check, registered his guns with the stateas is required in Californiaand only used ammunition magazines of 10 round or less, Ryan voted for Representative...
  • Syria Advances as Russia Strikes ISIL: Another Week in Review

    10/23/2015 9:51:39 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 10-23-2015 | Sputnik
    Russia has increased the number of daily airstrikes in Syria several times as it coordinates them with the Syrian army's offensive. Over the past week, Russia destroyed 363 ISIL installations, as the Syrian army continues offensives around the country to combat terrorist groups. Russia's presence in Syria led to a change in the focus of the US-led coalition's strikes against ISIL. The US continues minor airstrikes in Syria, generally using drones and striking near the Iraqi and Turkish borders. However, the drone use has created issues of air control, as Russian aircraft are often forced to fly in close proximity...
  • Qatar says it could intervene militarily in Syria

    10/21/2015 9:55:21 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 88 replies
    Al-Aribya ^ | 10-21-2015 | Al Aribya
    Qatar, a major supporter of rebels in Syrias civil war, suggested it could intervene militarily following Russias intervention in support of President Bashar al-Assad but said it still preferred a political solution to the crisis. The comments by Qatars foreign minister, made in a CNN interview on Wednesday, drew a swift reply from Assads government with a senior official warning that Damascus would respond harshly to such direct aggression. Gulf Arab backers of Syrian rebels such as Qatar have been unsettled by Russias three-week-old air strike campaign that has allowed Assads forces to wrest back some territory to help secure...
  • Turkey ready to accept transition period for Assad

    10/20/2015 9:48:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    Al Aribya ^ | 10-20-2015 | Reuters, Ankara
    Turkey is ready to accept a political transition in Syria in which President Bashar al-Assad stays in symbolic power for six months before leaving office, and is discussing the plan with Western allies, two senior government officials said on Tuesday. NATO member Turkey has long been one of Assads fiercest critics, insisting that no lasting peace can be achieved in Syria without his removal from power. Work on a plan for Assads departure is under way ... (Assad) can stay for six months and we accept that because there will be a guarantee of his departure, one of the officials...
  • US contemplates failure in the Middle East as Russia rises

    10/20/2015 9:28:04 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    News.au ^ | 10-22-2015 | Charis Chang
    RUSSIAS power play in Syria appears to be paying off with the superpower making inroads against Islamic State and other extremist groups, leaving its American rivals looking ineffective and highlighting US failures in the region. When Russia decided to involve itself in the war in Syria, American officials accused it of pouring gasoline on the fire in Syria and being unprofessional for only giving the US an hours notice of its intention to launch air strikes. But just weeks later, Russias provocative move seems to be paying off. Professor Clive Williams of Macquarie Universitys Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter...
  • Syrian rebels say receive more weapons for Aleppo battle

    10/19/2015 8:18:49 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-19-2015 | Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    Rebels battling the Syrian army and its allies near Aleppo said on Monday they had received new supplies of U.S.-made anti-tank missiles from states opposed to President Bashar al-Assad since the start of a major government offensive last week. The rebels from three Free Syrian Army-affiliated groups contacted by Reuters said new supplies had arrived in response to the attack by the army, which is backed up by Russian air strikes and on the ground by Iranian fighters and Lebanon's Hezbollah. The "Free Syrian Army" refers to a loose affiliation of groups fighting Assad that do not operate with a...
  • Meet the guy who convinced Russia to side with the North during the Civil War

    10/17/2015 1:46:27 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    We Are The Mighty ^ | Oct 16, 2015 9:04:57 am | Blake Stilwell
    Its hard to determine which is more surprising: the British aching to send troops and materiel to aid the Confederacy during the Civil War or that the first Special Relationship was between the U.S. and Russia against the British. Both of these facts are true and for the latter negating the former, we can thank one Cassius Marcellus Clay. Clay was more than just a namesake for the greatest boxer of all time. He was also a politician, representative, officer in the Mexican War and Civil War, abolitionist, and ambassador with a pedigree in badassery. This man once frightened an...
  • U.S. delivers 50 tons of ammunition to Syria rebel groups

    10/12/2015 7:41:10 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-12-2015 | Barbara Starr
    U.S. military cargo planes gave 50 tons of ammunition to rebel groups overnight in northern Syria, using an air drop of 112 pallets as the first step in the Obama Administration's urgent effort to find new ways to support those groups. Details of the air mission over Syria were confirmed by a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly because the details have not yet been formally announced.
  • A monument to MLK will crown Stone Mountain

    10/11/2015 10:48:18 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 52 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | October 11, 2015 | Jim Galloway
    On the summit of Stone Mountain, yards away from where Ku Klux Klansmen once burned giant crosses, just above and beyond the behemoth carving of three Confederate heroes, state authorities have agreed to erect a monument to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Specifically, an elevated tower featuring a replica of the Liberty Bell would celebrate the single line in the civil rights martyrs 1963 I Have a Dream speech that makes reference to the 825-foot-tall hunk of granite: Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. (snip) Gov. Nathan Deal has green-lighted the projects, and a formal...
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans say theyre preserving history, not racism

    10/11/2015 10:08:23 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 161 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 10/11/15 | Sarah Gish
    On a warm day in August, a couple dozen people gathered for an afternoon picnic at Shawnee Mission Park. Under the shade of a shelter surrounded by leafy green trees, two men cooked burgers and brats on a charcoal grill next to a row of tables topped with red plastic tablecloths and a summery spread of sliced watermelon, barbecue-flavored potato chips and sopapilla cheesecake. The weather would have been perfect if not for occasional gusts of wind that whipped through the grove and threatened to topple the three flags fixed to portable poles next to the dessert table: an American...
  • Russian Air Force Strikes ISIS in Al-Raqqa and East Aleppo: Terrorists Suffer Heavy Casualties

    10/05/2015 12:00:08 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 114 replies
    AlMasdar ^ | 10-5-2015 | Leth Fadel
    Over the last 48 hours, the Russian Air Force has targeted the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) with relentless airstrikes above the provincial capital of the Al-Raqqa Governorate and the terrorist groups stronghold inside the Deir Hafer Plains in the Aleppo Governorates eastern countryside. On Sunday morning, the Russian Air Force struck ISIS again with a flurry of airstrikes above the Tabaqa Military Airport and the Tabaqa National Hospital, destroying another weapons depot belonging to the terrorist located inside the storage facility that is situated to the north of the military barracks. Meanwhile, to the east of the...
  • Why the Civil War Remains Relevant Today

    10/03/2015 1:28:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 322 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2015 | Ed Bonekemper
    Although the American Revolution resulted in independence for the United States and World War II made it an international power, the American Civil War was arguably the most important war in American history. It truly was an American watershed. In order to appreciate that wars significance, it must be understood what the Civil War was about. Contrary to all-too-popular opinion, the Civil War was not about states rights. Instead it was all about slavery and white supremacy. As shown in my just-released book, The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North...
  • Erdogan: Turkey will not allow 'fait accompli situations' next to borders

    10/01/2015 6:35:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    Jpost ^ | 10-1-2015 | Jpost
    Turkey will not allow "terror to take root" or "fait accompli situations" next to its borders, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, in an apparent reference to Russian air strikes in neighboring Syria. Erdogan made the comment in a parliamentary speech in Ankara. The Russian air force began air strikes in Syria on Wednesday, targeting areas near the cities of Homs and Hama in the west of the country, where President Bashar al-Assad's forces are fighting a number of insurgent groups, though not Islamic State, which is based mostly in the north and east.
  • Exclusive: Assad allies, including Iranians, prepare ground attack in Syria - sources

    10/01/2015 6:00:26 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-1-2015 | Laila Bassam
    Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria in the last 10 days and will soon join government forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies in a major ground offensive backed by Russian air strikes, two Lebanese sources told Reuters. "The (Russian) air strikes will in the near future be accompanied by ground advances by the Syrian army and its allies," said one of the sources familiar with political and military developments in the conflict. "It is possible that the coming land operations will be focused in the Idlib and Hama countryside," the source added. The two sources said the operation...
  • Russian Military Intelligence Help Syrian Air Force Kill Large Number of ISIS Terrorists in Al-Raqqa

    The recent arrival of the Russian military advisors has found the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) specifically concentrated on the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Shams (ISIS) positions in the eastern Syrian provinces of Deir Ezzor, Al-Hasakah, Homs, and Al-Raqqa. On Wednesday morning, the Syrian Air Force launched a series of airstrikes above the Al-Raqqa Governorate that targeted ISIS supply route from the aforementioned province to the Deir Ezzor Governorate; this supply route is considered ISIS lifeline in both Iraq and Syria due to the long highway that stretches from Al-Raqqa to the Iraqi Al-Anbar Governorate. The specific locations the...
  • 9,000 pound Confederate cannon recovered from CSS Georgia

    09/23/2015 2:29:45 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 19 replies
    AL.com ^ | September 22, 2015 | By Jeremy Gray
    A team of marine archaeologists last week recovered a 9,000 pound cannon from the CSS Georgia, a Civil War ironside that has rested at the bottom of the Savannah River since 1864. The Dahlgren rifled cannon was previously undiscovered by several high-tech, multibeam sonar surveys, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wrote in a press release. The ship must be moved for a $700 million project to deepen the river to proceed.
  • Russian Air Force Given Full Access to the Hmaymat Airbase in West Latakia

    09/21/2015 1:39:26 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    Al Amsdar ^ | 9-21-2015 | Leth Fadel
    This past weekend, the Russian Air Force was given full access to the Hmaymat Military Airbase inside the Latakia Governorates western countryside after the Syrian Arab Armys Central Command approved the Russian Navys recent delivery of Sukhoi fighter jets through the Syrian port-city of Tartous. The Hmaymat Military Airbase is located inside the Bassel Al-Assad International Airport, which sits just east of the densely populated coastal city of Jableh in western Latakia. With full access to the Hmaymat Military Airbases airfields, the Russian Air Force possesses a temporary airbase to begin their aerial operations above the Islamic State of Iraq...
  • Constitutionally, Slavery Is No National Institution

    09/16/2015 9:27:36 AM PDT · by Theoria · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 16 Sept 2015 | Sean Wilentz
    The Civil War began over a simple question: Did the Constitution of the United States recognize slavery property in humans in national law? Southern slaveholders, inspired by Senator John C. Calhoun of South Carolina, charged that it did and that the Constitution was proslavery; Northern Republicans, led by Abraham Lincoln, and joined by abolitionists including Frederick Douglass, resolutely denied it. After Lincolns election to the presidency, 11 Southern states seceded to protect what the South Carolina secessionists called their constitutional right of property in slaves. The war settled this central question on the side of Lincoln and Douglass....
  • Could a coup really happen in the United States?

    09/10/2015 1:49:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 135 replies
    YouGov ^ | September 9, 2015 | Peter Moore
    43% of Republicans could imagine supporting a military coup in the United States. A law professor at West Point was forced to hastily resign after it emerged that he had authored a number of controversial articles. In one he suggested that legal scholars defending the rights of suspected terrorists could be considered legitimate military targets, while in another he examined a potential military coup in the United States, arguing that officers may have a duty to sieze control of the federal government if the federal government acted against the interest of the country. The United States military has long...
  • California lawmakers vote to ban Confederate names from public buildings

    The California Legislature on Tuesday sent the governor a measure that would bar the naming of public buildings, including schools, after Confederate leaders from the Civil War. Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) said the bill "shines the light" on the practice of naming buildings in a way "where we are celebrating traitorous leaders" who "attempted to break our nation in two to continue to enslave black people." His bill would affect two schools named after Gen. Robert E. Lee, one in Long Beach and the other in San Diego. Senate passed the bill, SB 539, by a 31-2 vote, with two...
  • Russias involvement in Syria might be ramping up

    09/03/2015 8:46:43 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 9-2-2015 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    While the tweeted images have no landmarks on the ground as reference points, the Iranian state-sponsored FARS news agency released a report that Syrian aircraft bombed opposition forces in Idlib, including al-Nusra fighters on Wednesday. The possible sighting of Russian aircraft in Syrian skies comes just two days after the Jerusalem-based newspaper YNET released a report indicating that Russian pilots and aircraft would be arriving in Syria in the coming days with the purported mission of flying airstrikes against the Islamic State and opposition forces that are threatening the Assad regime.
  • Would Hillarys Election Cause an American Civil War?

    09/03/2015 6:21:09 AM PDT · by PROCON · 27 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | Sep. 3, 2015 | Roger L Simon
    It would seem a tad overheated to speculate that Hillary Clinton being elected president could trigger an American civil war. Unfortunately, its not. If not an outright war, massive civil disobedience would likely be in the offing. If our chief executive is assumed to be dishonest by the majority of the population a solid plurality and possibly even a majority believing her actually to be criminal before she takes office, what would be the natural outgrowth to society, if not a breakdown of one sort or another? Exactly how would she bring the country together on Inauguration Day...
  • Ukraine Kiev protest clashes kill policeman after MPs vote

    08/31/2015 6:47:34 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | 8-30-2015 | BBC
    One policeman has been killed and about 100 more injured outside Ukraine's parliament, after MPs gave initial backing to reforms for more autonomy in the rebel-held east, officials say. National guardsmen were pelted with fire crackers and petrol bombs and an explosion was heard in the crowd. MPs had just voted in a rowdy session to approve more powers in areas of Donetsk and Luhansk under control of pro-Russian rebels. (Snip) A missile was hurled from the crowd of demonstrators, many of whom were carrying banners supporting ultra-nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party. A loud explosion rang out and an AFP reporter...
  • Civil War [Union] monument in Petersburg vandalized

    08/30/2015 7:05:08 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    WTVR.com ^ | August 30, 2015 | WTVR 6 Staff
    A Civil War monument in Petersburg was vandalized at some point early Saturday morning. The Monument to Union Soldiers stands on Wakefield Street and is across from Walnut Hill Elementary School. Petersburg police and the National Parks Service are working together to investigate the damage. If you have any information that could help investigators, call Petersburg police at 804-732-4222 or Crime Stoppers at 804-861-1212.
  • Commander of United Confederate Veterans Gen James W. Moore of Alabama, being laid to rest

    08/30/2015 9:14:20 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    In 1949, the surviving members of the United Confederate Veterans attend the funeral of their commander, James W. Moore. Moore joined the confederate army at the age of 13, died at the age of 99 and was buried in Selma, AL. Here's your chance to see video of some real confederate veterans.