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  • Kiev: Military operation in Ukraine southeast to go on despite Geneva agreement

    04/17/2014 11:10:43 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 35 replies
    RT ^ | 4-17-2014 | RT
    Despite calls for a peaceful dialogue in the document on Ukraine adopted in Geneva, the coup-imposed Ukrainian Foreign Minister said it will not affect the “anti-terrorist” operation in the East of the country and the troops will remain there. Soon after the Geneva document, adopted at a four-side meeting between Ukraine, the US, the EU and Russia, was published, Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa said Kiev is not bound by its recommendations. According to Deshchytsa cited by RIA Novosti, “the troops in the East of the country are carrying out a special operation and can remain where they are.”
  • Breaking: Canada and Estonia Call For Emergency OSCE Meeting

    04/16/2014 2:27:22 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    Interpreter Live Blog ^ | 4-16-2014 | The Interpreter
    Chapter 3 of the Vienna Document is designed to reduce risk of international conflicts through "exchanging information on defense policy, force planning, budgets, procurements, and calendars." In other words, OSCE members now believe that the movement and position of Russian troops in eastern Europe constitutes an unusual situation, and one of which the international community has not been properly informed. http://pressimus.com/Interpreter_Mag/press/2339
  • Four anti-govt protesters shot while rallying near Ukrainian military base - reports

    04/16/2014 2:04:47 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    RT ^ | 4-16-2014 | RT
    Four people have reportedly been injured by gunfire in a confrontation between anti-Maidan protesters and soldiers stationed at an Interior Ministry base in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. A group of several dozen protesters arrived at the base, located in the turbulent Donetsk region, on Wednesday evening. They called on the troops to abandon the base, but the soldiers didn't listen, the demonstrators said. Instead, the troops opened fire at the protesters, injuring at least four people. One of them took a bullet in his chest and is in serious condition, according to protesters. Some local media claimed the protesters...
  • Today in Ukraine 16.04.2014 - The Miracle of Slovyansk

    04/16/2014 1:06:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    Twitter ^ | 4-16-2014 | WimLuyckx
    The Easter Miracle of Slovyansk today, Soldiers sent for war end up laying down their weapons, eating with the people and enjoying the spring day in the sun. The Alternative? Bombs and Massacre on an empty stomach. If all armies acted like this, World Peace would be the order of the day.
  • Pro-Russians Take Control of Ukrainian Troop Carriers

    04/16/2014 9:17:47 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 26 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Apr 16, 2014 | THOMAS GROVE AND GABRIELA BACZYNSKA
    (Reuters) - Armored personal carriers driven into the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk had been under the control of Ukrainian armed forces earlier on Wednesday, pictures taken by Reuters photographers showed. A soldier guarding one of six troop carriers now under the control of pro-Russian separatists told Reuters he was a member of Ukraine's 25th paratrooper division from Dnipropetrovsk. "All the soldiers and the officers are here. We are all boys who won't shoot our own people," said the soldier, whose uniform did not have any identifying markings on it. "They haven't fed us for three days on our base....
  • VIDEO: Ukrainian Army Armored Column Defects To Pro-Russians In Kramatorsk

    04/16/2014 12:58:27 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 147 replies
    Youtube/Twitter ^ | 4-16-2014 | TCRLAF
    Seen several tweets of this over the last hour, and now this vid of the defection is posted on YouTube. The column had apparently been surrounded by several hundred pro-Russian civilians inside of Kramatorsk, with several older women linked arm-in-arm to prevent it's passing At about 8:50, you can see the commander arguing with someone on the phone..
  • Putin: Ukraine’s radical escalation puts it on edge of civil war

    04/15/2014 2:07:36 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    RT ^ | 4-11-2014 | RT
    The sharp escalation of the Ukraine crisis virtually puts the country on the brink of civil war, Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a telephone call. Putin and Merkel discussed the upcoming Ukrainian crisis talks between Russia, Ukraine, the EU and the US, scheduled to be held on Thursday in Geneva. Merkel’s press office noted that, despite some differences of opinion, the upcoming talks were the main focus of the telephone conversation.
  • ANALYSIS: Civil War Unlikely as Kiev Junta Loses Support

    04/14/2014 3:05:18 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 68 replies
    RIANovosti ^ | 4-14-2014 | Daria Chernyshova
    Civil war in Ukraine is unlikely as Kiev’s junta is quickly losing support, according to Jon Hellevig, co-author of the book “Putin’s New Russia." “I don't think there will be any civil war,” Hellevig, a managing partner at the Moscow-based Awara Group, told RIA Novosti. “The Russian people of eastern and southern parts of present-day Ukraine will take over their local governments soon, without large-scale conflict,” said Hellevig, a longtime observer of Russia's development. Pro-federalization protesters in Ukraine’s eastern city of Slaviansk ignored a Monday deadline by the central regime to lay down arms.
  • George Soros about Europe, Russia and Ukraine (Euromaidan PR interview of Soros

    04/14/2014 12:55:16 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 65 replies
    EuroMaidan PR ^ | 4/12/2014 | Vitali Usenko
    In an interesting interview [link at URL] to the New York Review of Books, George Soros shared his ideas on many topics including Europe, Russia and the Ukranian crisis. He also presented his new book [link at URL] The tragedy of the European Union: Disintegration or Revival? Whether one agrees or disagrees with Soro's interpretations and arguments, it is hard to deny that the interview is extremely insightful and gives a lot of food for thought. I offer a discussion of the part of the interview devoted to Ukraine. George Soros emphasized the necessity of a large-scale technical and financial...
  • White House confirms Russian media reports that CIA director was in Kiev over the weekend

    04/14/2014 12:50:17 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 45 replies
    NEWSER ^ | 4-14-2014 | AP
    The White House is confirming that CIA Director John Brennan was in the Ukrainian capital over the weekend. White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed Russian media reports of the trip to Kiev. Carney says Brennan's visit was part of a trip to Europe. Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is accusing the CIA of being behind the new government's decision to turn to force. But the CIA denies that Brennan encouraged Ukrainian authorities to conduct tactical operations.
  • Ukraine’s New Government Has Lost Its Grip On East Ukraine

    04/14/2014 12:39:54 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 23 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 4-14-2014 | Max Seddon
    “The police in Horlivka have gone over to the side of the people.” At 10:33 Monday morning, Sergei, a freelance cameraman in this sleepy industrial town 30 miles from the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, got a call from a blocked number. The man on the line said he was from Russian state television and asked if he could film an angry mob storming the local police station. Unsure what they were talking about — some anti-government activists had protested in Horlivka over the weekend but police held firm and things were now quiet — Sergei, declined. Two hours later,...
  • Russia Calls Emergency Un Securty Council Meeting Live Thread (8PM)

    04/13/2014 4:04:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 60 replies
    United Nations ^ | 3-13-2014 | TCRLAF
    A live thread for the upcoming Security Council Meeting. It will be PUBLIC, and Ukraine will attend. Live Stream at: http://webtv.un.org/ http://webtv.un.org/
  • Ukraine crisis: UN Security Council to hold emergency session on Ukraine (8PM Tonite)

    04/13/2014 1:46:47 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    CBC ^ | 4-13-2014 | CBC/Reuters
    The United Nations Security Council will meet for an emergency session to discuss the escalating crisis in eastern Ukraine at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday. "The Council will meet at 8 at Russia's request," a council diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Another diplomat said negotiations were under way on Ukraine's participation. Russia's Foreign Ministry said earlier it would put an urgent discussion of the situation in Ukraine on the Security Council agenda, calling Kiev's plans to mobilize the army to put down a rebellion by pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine "criminal".
  • Town by town, Assad regime retakes southwestern Syria

    04/09/2014 5:03:13 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 15 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 04-08-2014 | Nicholas Blanford
    Hezbollah and the Syrian Army's five-month campaign to clear rebels from the strategic Qalamoun region is approaching its final stand. The allies have seized one village and town after the other, gradually moving southward through the corridor between Damascus and Homs which links the Syrian capital to the Mediterranean coast. According to Syrian state media, Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters are set to launch an offensive against Rankous in central Qalamoun after seizing high ground overlooking the town and encircling it. Once Rankous is seized, only a tract of mountainous terrain stands in the way of the regime's final objective:...
  • ​Kiev orders ‘state protection’ of protester-held govt HQ in Donetsk

    04/09/2014 4:08:59 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    RT ^ | 4-9-2014 | RT
    Ukraine’s self-imposed president Aleksandr Turchinov has ordered the protester-held local govt HQ in Donetsk to be taken under ‘state protection’ as armed personnel and armored vehicles have been reported moving into the eastern region of Ukraine. According to a decree signed by Turchinov, the local administration building in Donetsk and surrounding territory is an “important government facility, which is a subject to state protection.” The decree entered into force upon signature and Turchinov has already given Ukraine's state security service appropriate directions, Itar-Tass reports. Ukraine’s acting interior minister Arsen Avakov stated earlier on Wednesday that a “special police task force”...
  • Donetsk Protests Live Thread (About to be Stormed?)

    04/09/2014 12:45:26 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 98 replies
    Various/twitter ^ | 4-9-2014 | TCRLAF
    Twitter Hashtag #Donetsk has gotten busy in the last hour, especially after this Tweet from a UK blogger stating that the media was gathering, on rumor that the storming of the Donetsk Barricades was imminent. UStream live feed from the Donetsk Barricades. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/artem77?utm_campaign=t.co&utm_source=ustre.am%2F1b876&utm_medium=social&utm_content=20140409121554 Has been up for a while, but down the last 5 minutes. Several recent tweets about "Blackwater mercenaries being seen around/in Donetsk. Euromaidan PR tweets: "Rossiya 24 TV channel illegally broadcast by Donetsk administration captured by separatists." Acting President Turchynov orders to take Donetsk RSA under state security Numerous Twitter reports and Videos of Ukrainian troops, including...
  • The American Flag Daily: Appomattox

    04/09/2014 5:32:08 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 6 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | April 9, 2014 | FlagBearer
    149 years ago today, the Civil War all but came to an end with the surrender of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia to Union forces headed by Ulysses S. Grant. While a few battles were still to be fought and many other Confederate units or forces would surrender over the following weeks and months, Lee's surrender marked the end of the war in the Eastern Theater.
  • The American Flag Daily: Five Forks

    04/01/2014 5:50:07 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 4 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | April 1, 2014 | FlagBearer
    Today in 1865 was the Battle Of Five Forks near Petersburg, Virginia. This Union victory caused Robert E. Lee to move his remaining men of the Army of Northern Virginia away from Petersburg and begin the final flight toward the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House nine days later.
  • An Analysis of President Lincoln's Legal Arguments Against Secession

    03/31/2014 10:24:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 172 replies
    Apollo3 ^ | April 9, 1994 | James Ostrowski
    INTRODUCTION On May 27, 1861, the army of the United States of America (the "Union")--a nation formed by consecutive secessions, first from Great Britain in 1776, and then from itself in 17881--invaded the State of Virginia,2 which had recently seceded from the Union, in an effort to negate that secession by violent force. The historical result of the effort begun that day is well known and indisputable: after four years of brutal warfare, which killed 620,000 Americans, the United States negated the secession of the Confederate States of America, and forcibly re-enrolled them into the Union. The Civil War ended...
  • Martin Armstrong Warns This Is The Age Of Civil Unrest

    03/31/2014 1:51:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 31, 2014 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Martin Armstrong via ArmstrongEconomics, All governments had better open their eyes for we are on the brink of a major convergence between both the Cycle of Civil Unrest, Civil War & Revolution and International War. Both of these models converge and as I pointed out at the Cycles of War Conference, this is the first time we have seen this convergence since the 1700s. This is no plain modern event with civil unrest erupting because of an interconnected world. These are grassroots uprisings cross-fertilized perhaps from a world contagion yet they often have similarities – corrupt governments. Turkey,...
  • Finding and Losing the World's Oldest Subway Tunnel (& a steam loco)

    03/27/2014 9:50:37 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 20 replies
    Daily Paul ^ | 3/13/2014 | unkn
    History, Mystery, and Tunnels (& Trains). Reading The Cosgrove Report sent this guy on a hunt for a missing tunnel possibly used by John Wilkes Booth. After finding the tunnel, and running tours in the tunnel for 30+ years the city all the sudden revoked his business license and a part of history goes back undercover.
  • On third anniversary of Syrian rebellion, Assad is steadily winning the war

    03/14/2014 5:56:46 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 03-14-2014 | Liz Sly
    BEIRUT — Three years into the revolt against his rule, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is in a stronger position than ever before to quell the rebellion against his rule by Syrians who rose up to challenge his hold on power, first with peaceful protests and later with arms. Aided by the steadfast support of his allies and the deepening disarray of his foes, Assad is pressing ahead with plans to be reelected to a third seven-year term this summer while sustaining intense military pressure intended to crush his opponents. The strategy is not new, but in recent months it has...
  • US To Tap Strategic Petroleum Reserve

    03/13/2014 11:20:50 AM PDT · by Cletus.D.Yokel · 96 replies
    The Obama administration will release 5 million barrels of sour crude from the United States’ emergency stockpile in what officials described as a “test” of the nation’s ability to respond to oil supply disruptions around the globe.
  • The American Flag Daily: Battle Of The Ironclads

    03/09/2014 5:17:12 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 7 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | March 9, 2014 | FlagBearer
    On this date in 1862, the first naval battle between two ironclad ships took place as the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia fought to a draw over the course of three hours in the Battle of Hampton Roads near Chesapeake Bay. The battle changed naval warfare practices around the world almost immediately, as naval powers started constructing ironclad ships and incorporating other advances seen in the battle into the new ships in their navies.
  • An Open Letter to the Men and Women of the Connecticut State Police

    02/28/2014 3:14:41 PM PST · by Salvavida · 39 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 15 February 2014 | Mike Vanderboegh
    "The odds are, and it gives me no particular satisfaction to say it, is that someone is going to get killed over your unconstitutional misadventures in Connecticut. And if not Connecticut, then New York, or Maryland, or California or Colorado. And once the civil war you all apparently seek is kicked off, it would not be -- it could not be -- confined to one state."
  • Ukraine crisis: No talk of split in eastern city of Kharkiv

    02/22/2014 1:00:38 PM PST · by Blackyce · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | Yuri Maloveryan
    Here in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, the most important thing coming out of a congress of pro-Yanukovych politicians is the sentiment that they don't want Ukraine to split but to remain united. Kharkiv's regional governor, Mikhaylo Dobkin, told the meeting of MPs from predominantly Russian-speaking areas of eastern Ukraine and Crimea : "We're not preparing to break up the country. We want to preserve it."
  • Painting Dixie Blue: Can Democrats retake the South? Yes, and here’s how.

    02/21/2014 6:17:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | February 20, 2014 | Scott Arceneaux, executive director, FL Dem. Party
    Often you need to hit bottom before you can start working your way back up. We Southern Democrats are basically at that point. With control of only two of 22 legislative bodies, three of 11 governors’ mansions and precious few other statewide offices, Southern Democrats are an endangered species indeed. In 1969, Republican strategist Kevin Phillips argued that the South was “shaping up as the pillar of a national conservative party.” He was half right: Although Democrats have made great strides elsewhere, between 1992 and 2012 Republicans won the governorships and legislatures of all but two Southern states. The last...
  • Latest News From Ukrainian Protests_20.02.2014

    02/20/2014 3:11:57 PM PST · by dynachrome · 7 replies
    en.pravda.com.ua ^ | en.pravda.com.ua
    23.15 Oleh Lyashko on the Maidan stage: "The power of Yanukovych is finished, he has no majority in parliament." 23.09 People singing the national anthem on the Maidan right now: thousands of them, holding up phones with lights on like candles. It's been a horrible day, but as it ends. 22.48 Verkhovna Rada report: Parliament votes for ceasefire MPs approved resolution aiming calling for ceasefire and the return of all security forces to barracks. The resolution was voted for, including amendments by Lytvyn and Poroshenko, by 236 deputies. The bill requires a cease-fire, and equipment and troops have to return...
  • Ukraine Facing Civil War: Lviv Declares Independence from Yanukovich Rule

    02/20/2014 9:33:24 AM PST · by Blackyce · 192 replies
    International Business Times ^ | February 19, 2014 12:49 PM GMT | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    Ukraine's western region of Lviv has reportedly declared independence from the central government.Hours after protesters seized the prosecutor's office in central Lviv and forced a surrender by interior ministry police, the executive committee of the region council - also called the People's Rada – claimed control over the region. Reuters A portrait of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich burns near the destroyed building of the security service in Lviv "The regime has begun active military action against people. Dozens of people have been killed in Kiev and hundreds have been wounded. Fulfilling the will of society, the executive committee of the...
  • SC archeologists race to uncover Civil War prison

    02/17/2014 3:24:48 PM PST · by gooblah · 12 replies
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Racing against time, South Carolina archeologists are digging to uncover the remnants of a Civil War-era prisoner-of-war camp before the site in downtown Columbia is cleared to make room for a mixed-use development.
  • 2014 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize Recognizes Guelzo, Johnson and Spielberg

    02/12/2014 3:28:53 PM PST · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Gettysburg College ^ | 12 Feb 2014 | Nikki Rhoads
    The 2014 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, which includes an award of $50,000, will go to co-winners Allen C. Guelzo of Gettysburg College, for "Gettysburg: The Last Invasion," (Alfred A. Knopf) and Martin P. Johnson of Miami University Hamilton, for "Writing the Gettysburg Address" (University Press of Kansas). Steven Spielberg will also receive a Special Achievement Award for the movie "Lincoln," released in 2012, which won two Academy Awards, was nominated for twelve and grossed over $275 million worldwide.The Prize is awarded by Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The winners were chosen from 114 nominations. Guelzo...
  • Shots, blasts as Thai protest rivals clash on election eve

    02/01/2014 11:40:07 AM PST · by mojito · 1 replies
    AFP/Google ^ | 21/1/2014 | William Davies
    Explosions and heavy gunfire rattled Bangkok Saturday as pro- and anti-government protesters clashed on the eve of controversial Thai elections seen as unlikely to end a cycle of violence in the kingdom after months of opposition rallies. Bystanders, security personnel and journalists raced to take cover in a shopping mall after a masked gunman man began spraying bullets from an assault rifle during confrontations between government supporters and opposition demonstrators, according to an AFP reporter. At least six people were injured as a busy intersection in a northern suburb of the capital was turned into a battle zone with volleys...
  • 150 Years Later, Floridians are Still Fighting over the Civil War

    01/25/2014 6:38:12 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 110 replies
    AllGov ^ | January 22, 2014 | Noel Brinkerhoff, Danny Biederman
    Florida’s first state park has become ground zero for a raging political fight to establish a monument honoring Union Army soldiers who died during the Civil War. The three-acre Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park currently includes three monuments honoring Confederate soldiers who died fighting to secede from the country. The park, first established in 1912, was the site of Florida’s largest and bloodiest Civil War battle that killed 3,000 Union and 1,000 Confederate soldiers. It occurred on February 20, 1864, and raged on for four hours. With no marker respecting the sacrifice of so many northern men, the Florida chapter...
  • Chuck Schumer Calls For The IRS To Stop The Tea Party

    01/25/2014 10:44:46 AM PST · by raptor22 · 58 replies
    Investot's Business Daily ^ | January 25, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Free Speech: The IRS scandal is not only not over but is getting worse, with a call by New York's senior senator for the already-politicized agency to use its power to tax to destroy the conservative grass-roots movement. Arguing that the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision allowed Tea Party groups to "funnel millions of undisclosed dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government," Charles Schumer wants the IRS and other government agencies to take on the Tea Party through their administrative powers. "It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as...
  • Ruth: Slavery's reality contradicts Sons of Confederate Veterans, Civil War revisionists

    01/24/2014 8:00:53 AM PST · by rockrr · 206 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | January 20, 2014 | Danial Ruth
    It seems fitting that the de facto anthem of the Confederacy during the Civil War, which some people might still be shocked to learn the North won, turned out to be "Dixie." After all, since Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox there's been no shortage of looking away, looking away at the reality of history when it comes to the Civil War. Nowhere is that full flower of denial more apparent than among the followers of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which is upset about a proposal to erect a monument to Union soldiers who died in the Battle...
  • North Carolina elementary school rewards black student with Confederate hat

    01/21/2014 4:03:43 AM PST · by dennisw · 52 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Monday, January 20, 2014, | By Nina Golgowski
    The 9-year-old boy's outraged mother said she's unable to grasp how her son's school thought it was appropriate to send him home with the hat on his head. 'This stands for a dark time in our history,' Natasha Lea told MyFox8 in tears. A North Carolina mother is reeling after an elementary school rewarded her black son with a Confederate Army hat. When Natasha Lea's 9-year-old son Jacob got off his Reidsville school bus last week, she said she was absolutely floored by what she saw him wearing on his head. Natasha Lea said she can't understand why her son's...
  • The Terrible Truth About Abraham Lincoln and the Confederate War

    01/20/2014 1:42:16 PM PST · by mhutcheson · 443 replies
    Snap Out of it, America! ^ | 1/20/14 | Michael Hutcheson
    President Lincoln has been all but deified in America, with a god-like giant statue at a Parthenon-like memorial in Washington. Generations of school children have been indoctrinated with the story that “Honest Abe” Lincoln is a national hero who saved the Union and fought a noble war to end slavery, and that the “evil” Southern states seceded from the Union to protect slavery. This is the Yankee myth of history, written and promulgated by Northerners, and it is a complete falsity. It was produced and entrenched in the culture in large part to gloss over the terrible war crimes...
  • CHURCHILL VS. ROBT. E. LEE

    01/17/2014 5:55:06 PM PST · by DIRTYSECRET · 43 replies
    OK my friends: In case you forgot: It was the Prez who returned the bust of Churchill to London. We ALL know it was petty. Am I right? Just remember that 2 can play this game. It all depends on which of us is in the W.H. I don't think we should bring it back. Some GOP debater tried to make points on that issue-didn't work. Just put a bust of Americas greatest General in the same spot. Just watch the Great Ones friends react. Tit for tat. Thoughts?
  • Happy Birthday, General Lee

    01/17/2014 10:44:44 AM PST · by DanMiller · 156 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 17, 2014 | Dan Miller
    This is a "revised and extended" re-post of an article I wrote in 2011 to mark an anniversary of General Lee's death. It celebrates instead the two hundred and seventh anniversary of his birth on January 19, 1807, a happier occasion. It's a couple days early, but I don't think he would mind. We have changed as a nation, often for the worse.We, as a nation, seem to have done with heroes of General Lee's type. Yet he inspired a fledgling nation, the Confederate States of America -- young, old, rich and poor alike. Those who reminisce about him do...
  • The Dedication of the McLean House

    01/16/2014 2:57:22 PM PST · by Davy Buck · 1 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 01/14/2014 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    On November 25, 1947 bids for the reconstruction of the McLean House were opened and on April 9th 1949, eighty four years after the historic meeting reuniting the country, the McLean House was opened by the National Park Service for the first time to the public. At the dedication ceremony on April 16, 1950, after a speech by Pulitzer Prize winning historian Douglas Southall Freeman, Major General U.S. Grant and Robert E. Lee IV, direct descendents of Robert E. Lee and Ulysses Grant, cut the ceremonial ribbon. The event was attended by an audience of approximately 20,000 . . .
  • Beyond All That Changes: The Unchanging Lee

    01/16/2014 7:37:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January16, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Dear Alert Reader, It was wholly a pleasure to get your email informing me that a Carol Kerr, who is identified as a spokesperson for the Army War College, says the school may remove the portraits of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson that now adorn a third-floor hallway. Your astonishment is all too understandable; erasing history to appease today's politically correct attitudes is an exercise better left to totalitarian societies. They have so much more practice at it. No edition of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia, for example, was complete until all traces of the old Bolsheviks who'd been purged...
  • Is There Something Wrong With The Term: "War Between the States?"

    01/11/2014 11:16:07 AM PST · by Davy Buck · 332 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 01-06-2014 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    However if one truly wants to make such a big deal out of what we call the armed conflict which occurred in America from 1861 to 1865 , and if its historical accuracy and honesty that one truly seeks, then I think Douglas Southall Freeman is, perhaps, the truest to historical accuracy in coining the proper term . . .
  • Robert E. Lee: American Patriot and Southern Hero

    01/07/2014 6:48:32 AM PST · by BigReb555 · 159 replies
    Cumming Home ^ | January 7, 2014 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    The Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans will again sponsor their annual Robert E. Lee Birthday Commemorative on Saturday January 18, 2014 at the Old Capitol Building, 201 E. Greene St., Milledgeville, Georgia.
  • General Cleburne’s Radical Plan

    01/06/2014 4:53:35 AM PST · by iowamark
    NY Times Disunion ^ | January 3, 2014 | PHIL LEIGH
    On Jan. 2, 1864, Gen. Joseph Johnston, the commander of the largest Confederate army outside Virginia, called an evening meeting of his subordinate generals in his headquarters in northwest Georgia. The purpose of the meeting was kept secret from all but a few. When they arrived, they found Gen. Patrick Cleburne, an Irish immigrant and one of Johnston’s best division commanders, who presented a radical proposal: to enlist slaves as rebel soldiers in exchange for their freedom. Cleburne, who did not own slaves, focused on three points. First, the North had an insurmountable three-to-one manpower advantage among whites. Second, since...
  • Time Grows Short

    01/03/2014 8:46:33 AM PST · by fatman6502002 · 94 replies
    Me | January 3, 2014 | James F. Brown
    "THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." Thomas Paine, from the essay “The Crisis”, December 23, 1776 “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Abraham Lincoln Oh how prescient these men were. And so again we’ve reached that point as history repeats itself. Once again a Republic finds itself rotted...
  • So WHY EAT Hog Jowl, Black-Eye Peas, Collard Greens and Cornbread on New Year's Day

    01/01/2014 8:41:27 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 88 replies
    Jan 1, 2014 | Yosemitest
    My brother's wife wanted to know the history behind the southern tradition of the New Year's Day meal, and that started a search. I thought I'd share it with you. First, let me show you What hog jowl is, is, by J.A. Bolton Storyteller I hope your family will be enjoying the traditional meal of collards, black-eyed peas, hog jowl and cornbread for New Year’s Day. I thought in today’s column I would try to explain some of the folklore and customs behind the delicious meal we observe here in the south on New Year’s. I probably need to...
  • Top 15 Civil War movies

    01/01/2014 4:34:31 AM PST · by iowamark · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 29, 2012 | John Haydon
    15. “Cold Mountain” (2003) — Jude Law plays a Confederate soldier... 14. “The Horse Soldiers” (1959) — Directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and William Holden, this film is based on the true story of Col. Benjamin H. Grierson and the Battle of Newton Station... 13. “Gods and Generals” (2003) 12. “The Outlaw Josey Wales” (1976) 11. “Shenandoah” (1965) — Jimmy Stewart plays a Lincolnesque widower from Virginia who is adamant about keeping his sons out of the Civil War... 10. “The Beguiled” (made in 1970, released in 1971) — Clint Eastwood portrays a wounded Union soldier 9....
  • Cynic’s Progress - The brave life and mysterious death of Ambrose Bierce

    12/30/2013 5:51:56 PM PST · by jocon307 · 30 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/30/13 | Andrew Ferguson
    One golden autumn morning 100 years ago, a few blocks from where I’m writing these words in northwest Washington, D.C., Ambrose Bierce said goodbye to his secretary, turned the key in the door to his apartment on Logan Circle, and went off to God knows where. I’m not speaking figuratively: God and nobody else knows where Ambrose Bierce ended up—or when, how, or why. He had taken September and early October to settle his personal affairs, as people used to say. His literary affairs had been settled with the publication of his collected works, more than a million words packed...
  • South Sudan rebels hold key oil-producing city

    12/22/2013 8:59:40 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    FNC ^ | 23/12/13
    KAMPALA, UGANDA – South Sudan's central government lost control of the capital of a key oil-producing state Sunday, the military said, as renegade forces loyal to a former deputy president seized more territory in fighting that has raised fears of full-blown civil war in the world's newest country. Bentiu, the capital of oil-rich Unity state, is now controlled by a military commander loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, said Col. Philip Aguer, the South Sudanese military spokesman. "Bentiu is in the hands of a commander who has declared support for Machar," he said. "Bentiu is not in our hands."...
  • A (non) debate over honoring Confederate generals (Reply to Wash. Times article of 12/17)

    12/22/2013 1:53:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 22, 2013 | Jazz Shaw/Dr. James Joyner
    There was an article by Rowan Scarborough this week in the Washington Times which claimed that the US Army War College in Pennsylvania was considering removing portraits and statues of Confederate Army leaders such as Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. The purported reason for the possible “purge” was depicted as being some sort of statement against the CSA. Nestled in rural Pennsylvania on the 500-acre Carlisle Barracks, the war college is conducting an inventory of all its paintings and photographs with an eye for rehanging them in historical themes to tell a particular Army story.During the inventory, an unidentified...