HOME/ABOUT  Prayer  SCOTUS  ProLife  BangList  Aliens  StatesRights  ConventionOfStates  WOT  HomosexualAgenda  GlobalWarming  Corruption  Taxes  Congress  Fraud  MediaBias  GovtAbuse  Tyranny  Obama  ObamaCare  Elections  Polls  Debates  Trump  Cruz  Kasich  OPSEC  Benghazi  InfoSec  BigBrother  IRS  Scandals  TalkRadio  TeaParty  FreeperBookClub  HTMLSandbox  FReeperEd  FReepathon  CopyrightList  Copyright/DMCA Notice 

Please keep those donations coming in, folks. Our 2nd quarter FReepathon is off to a great start and we have a chance of getting 'er done early! Thank you all very much!!

Or by mail to: Free Republic, LLC - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794
Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $34,172
38%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 38% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: civilwar

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • For Whom the Bell Still Tolls

    04/19/2016 4:16:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2016 | Paul Greenberg
    Don't look for any happy ending here. Or any ending. The debate over the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) can be expected to last as long as there are isolationists and interventionists arguing over American foreign policy -- that is, approximately forever. Few if any conflicts illustrate the tragic nature of history so well, for there were no simple choices in Spain. There were more than enough heroes and villains, not-so-innocent bystanders and gawkers galore -- along with an endless supply of impossible choices. No one's hands were Ivory Soap clean, but curiously enough none were hopelessly dirty. Time, the great...
  • 20 Arkansas homes evacuated because of Civil War landmine

    04/01/2016 7:22:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 71 replies
    msn.com ^ | April 1, 2016 | AP
    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. ó Police in Hot Springs, Arkansas, have evacuated about 20 homes after a man mistook a Civil War-era landmine for a cannonball and took it home. Police say as of about 4 p.m. Thursday that the U.S. Air Force Bomb Squad was looking for a place to explode the ordinance. Police spokesman Cpl. Kirk Zaner said a Hot Springs man dug up what he thought was a cannonball near Danville. The man put the 32-pound landmine in the back of his pickup and drove about 65 miles home. After researching pictures of Civil War-era weapons, the man...
  • April 1856

    04/01/2016 5:01:32 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 27 replies
    2004 | Nicole Etcheson
  • Today, March 30, 1870: African-Americans Granted the Right to Vote

    03/30/2016 8:33:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 87 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | March 30, 2016 | Dave Jolly
    Even though the Civil War had ended in 1865, political and racial strife continued to northern and southern states. In an attempt to mend the rift, the Republican-controlled Congress passed the First Reconstruction Act in 1867, but many southerners objected to the act saying it favored northern interests and not their own. At the same time, two groups of disenfranchised Americans lobbied for the right to vote Ė women and blacks. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were among the leading women suffragists. The most prominent among the black suffragists was Frederick Douglas. All these groups wanted was the...
  • Mrs. Hancock's Pension (Communist pensions!!!)

    03/23/2016 9:52:45 AM PDT · by NRx · 11 replies
    New York Tribune ^ | 03-23-1886 | Staff
    Washington March 22 (Special)-The Opposition to the House to grant a pension of $2,000 a year to the widow of General Hancock was strong enough to sustain the demand for a yea and nay vote, which resulted nearly 4 to 1 in favor of the grant. A majority of the negative votes was contributed by Southern and Western Democrats. Although General Hancock was the Democratic nominee for President in 1880, the Southern men do not seem able to forget that he won military distinction in the field in command of Union troops. Some of the opposition was based upon the...
  • Maryland Senate OKs state song changes, cuts 'Northern scum'

    03/17/2016 2:17:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 17, 2016 5:10 PM EDT | Brian Witte
    Maryland lawmakers took a step Thursday toward scrubbing references to ďNorthern scumĒ and other Civil War-era phrases from the official state song. The Maryland Senate voted 37-8 for the changes, while also recognizing ďMaryland, My MarylandĒ as the stateís historic song. Supporters of the measure, which now goes to the House, said it was a compromise that removes offensive language and recognizes history. Ö
  • Jungle Cowboys

    03/15/2016 6:00:56 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 4 replies
    World Magazine ^ | March 19, 2016 | Sophia Lee
    BURMAóďHelp!Ē Sahale Eubank, 15, screamed as she clung to a rock with one hand and held onto the reins of a panic-eyed horse with the other. River rapids dragged the poor beast toward jagged rocks. David Eubank, 55, dashed into the icy waters without taking off his socks and hiking boots. Father and daughter splashed, grunted, and pulled until the horseótheir main porter for baggage stuffed with medical and educational supplies for impoverished villagersóclimbed trembling onto the rock. Eubank, founder of the Free Burma Rangers (FBR), a humanitarian aid group, was on a two-day trek through the Karen State mountains...
  • Dred Scott Decision Still Resonates Today [March 6, 1857]

    03/08/2016 10:37:11 AM PST · by iowamark · 82 replies
    On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Dred Scott case, which had a direct impact on the coming of the Civil War and Abraham Lincolnís presidency four years later. The case of Dred Scott v. Sandford was one of the most controversial decisions in the courtís history. At the time, the Supreme Courtís majority came from pro-slavery states or had connections to pro-slavery presidents. The case had been in the court system for more than a decade. Scott had been born into slavery in 1795. In subsequent years, he lived in two parts of...
  • Wrecked US Civil War steamship discovered on Atlantic floor

    03/07/2016 6:19:23 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 42 replies
    RT ^ | 7 Mar, 2016
    A Civil War era steamship, thought to have been used to break enemy blockades and deliver vital supplies to Confederate forces, has been located at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Confederate flag debate stirred up at Gettysburg Battlefield (Scumbag Professor)

    03/07/2016 2:38:12 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 127 replies
    GETTYSBURG, PA (WHTM/CNN) - Tensions ran high during a Confederate flag rally in Pennsylvania this weekend. A Southern heritage group held what it calls Confederate Flag Day in Gettysburg, PA, but there were plenty of vocal opponents to the event. The flag has 13 stars, three stripes and two very different meanings. The refrain is familiar. Supporters such Mark Landree, executive director of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, says it's about history. Opponents like Christina Hansen only see hate.
  • Poll: If There Is a Brokered Convention, Who Is Your Top Choice for Republican Nominee?

    03/07/2016 12:19:16 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 125 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/07/16 | NR Staff
    If no candidate arrives in Cleveland with a majority of delegates, resulting in a brokered convention, who would be your top choice to be the Republicanís nominee? Take NRís latest poll and let your voice be heard.
  • Rallies for, against Confederate flag duel at Gettysburg

    03/05/2016 5:00:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 5, 2016 7:31 PM EST
    Supporters and opponents of use of the Confederate flag clashed verbally in opposing demonstrations at Gettysburg National Military Park, with tensions high at times. [...] The Sons of Confederate Veterans Gettysburg group said its Confederate Flag Day gathering at the park's Eternal Peace Light Monument was intended to honor Southern ancestors. A counter-demonstration was organized by a Gettysburg College associate professor of history and Africana studies, Scott Hancock, who said he wanted to offer a different perspective on the flag's meaning. ...
  • March 1856

    03/01/2016 5:06:06 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 114 replies
    2004, 1978 | Nicole Etcheson, Don E. Fehrenbacher
  • Mississippi governor defends Confederate Heritage Month decree (Ruh Roh!)

    02/27/2016 11:53:09 AM PST · by rktman · 27 replies
    cnn.com ^ | February 25, 2016 | Steve Almasy
    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday defended proclaiming April as Confederate Heritage Month in his state. Earlier this month, Bryant quietly issued his proclamation, saying people should "earnestly strive to understand our heritage." A spokesman for the governor said his predecessors from both major parties have made similar proclamations. "Gov. Bryant believes Mississippi's history deserves study and reflection, no matter how unpleasant or complicated parts of it may be," Clay Chandler said. "Like the proclamation says, gaining insight from our mistakes and successes will help us move forward."
  • What would happen if the Second Amendment is repealed?

    02/18/2016 4:30:47 PM PST · by Elderberry · 129 replies
    Josh Blackman's Blog ^ | 2/16/2016 | James Boice
    Last week, author James Boice interviewed me for a Salon essay about what would happen if the Second Amendment is repealed. With Justice Scalia gone, the vitality of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms is in doubt. Here are a handful of quotes from the article. Besides, "if the Second Amendment were repealed tomorrow, very little would actually change right away. Chicago and D.C. might try to reinstitute their handgun ban, but virtually every state constitution carries a provision upholding the right to keep guns," says Josh Blackman, a constitutional law expert at the South Texas College of...
  • Glenn Beck: I Would Feel Unsafe Alone With "Psychopath"Trump Presidency Would "Lead To Civil War"

    02/14/2016 3:21:50 PM PST · by Biggirl · 167 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 14, 2016 | Breitbart News
    Glenn Beck described Donald Trump as mentally ill and dangerous‚Äďon an individual and national scale‚Äďin his social media reaction to Saturday‚Äôs Republican presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina. Beck, the nationally syndicated talk radio host and founder of TheBlaze cable network, live tweeted the debate, sharing a dozen messages.
  • Group protests Civil War Museum exhibit (because of guns)

    02/14/2016 11:57:23 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 64 replies
    HARRISBURG - Dozens of protesters took a stand against the National Civil War Museum Wednesday, saying that an exhibit currently on display and sponsored by the NRA sends the wrong message to young people. ‚ÄúThis public institution is highlighting guns when we in fact are trying to get them off the streets and limit their use,‚ÄĚ Homer Floyd, a demonstrator, said. Much of the anger is directed at the display of a pistol used by William Quantrill, a Confederate fighter who captured runaway slaves in Kansas and Missouri. In one such raid during the Civil War, Quantrill and his group...
  • Lincoln‚Äôs Birthday Reflections: His insights on liberty and tyranny still ring true today

    02/12/2016 11:59:28 PM PST · by iowamark · 13 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 2.12.16 | Kevin Portteus
    Abraham Lincoln told an 1864 audience that "the world has never had a good definition of the word 'liberty.'" Different people can define liberty in different, even contradictory ways, so that both sides in a conflict can claim to the mantle of liberty. That was exactly the situation in the Civil War: Slaveholders defined liberty in such a way as to make themselves the guardians of liberty... The South's liberty was the liberty to hold other people as chattel slaves. What the slaveholders called liberty, the North quite rightly called tyranny; namely, the systematic deprivation of the natural rights of...
  • February 1856

    02/01/2016 5:09:00 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 72 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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôs 1,250 acres have always belonged to Uncle Sam. ‚ÄúThe BLM is saying we should have never had a deed to it, that Texas should have never produced that deed,‚ÄĚ 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 · 559 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‚Äôt 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 · 126 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 ‚ÄúWaco‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôt 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 ‚Äúpolitically correct‚ÄĚ under the Taliban‚Äôs 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‚Äôs history, all to promote his political career. Yesterday, in the ‚ÄúCity that Care Forgot,‚ÄĚ New Orleans politicians displayed very little care for their city‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúnuisances‚ÄĚ 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: ‚ÄėFar Too Many‚Äô Republicans Are Eager to Drag US Into Syria‚Äôs 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 ‚Äėanarchy and civil war‚Äô

    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 ‚ÄėCivil War‚Äô 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 ‚Äúcivil war could erupt on American soil‚ÄĚ if any administration actually tried to confiscate privately owned firearms. The Daily Beast theoretically agreed that ‚Äúconfiscation on a massive scale‚ÄĚ may be ‚Äúthe only way to solve American gun violence,‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúblack helicopters‚ÄĚ to come take their guns away....
  • OOPS: Watch Obama Promise That He‚Äôd 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 Ryanís past that caused Gun Owners of America to warn that a Ryan Speakership would simply be ďBoehner on Steroids.Ē Ryanís 2014 gun control vote came amid the emotional outpouring that followed Elliot Rodgerís May 23, 2014, Santa Barbara attack. Although Rodger passed a background check, registered his guns with the stateĖas is required in CaliforniaĖand 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 Syriaís civil war, suggested it could intervene militarily following Russiaís intervention in support of President Bashar al-Assad but said it still preferred a political solution to the crisis. The comments by Qatarís foreign minister, made in a CNN interview on Wednesday, drew a swift reply from Assadís government with a senior official warning that Damascus would respond harshly to such ďdirect aggressionĒ. Gulf Arab backers of Syrian rebels such as Qatar have been unsettled by Russiaís three-week-old air strike campaign that has allowed Assadís 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 Assadís fiercest critics, insisting that no lasting peace can be achieved in Syria without his removal from power. ďWork on a plan for Assadís departure is under way ... (Assad) can stay for six months and we accept that because there will be a guarantee of his departure,Ē 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
    RUSSIAíS 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 ďpouring gasoline on the fireĒ in Syria and being ďunprofessionalĒ for only giving the US an hourís notice of its intention to launch air strikes. But just weeks later, Russiaís provocative move seems to be paying off. Professor Clive Williams of Macquarie Universityís 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
    Itís 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 ďSpecial RelationshipĒ 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...