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Carrie McGavock And Her Yankee Slave

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Jessie James and his brother Frank lived in Nashville for four years, from 1877 until 1881. Frank said these years were some of the happiest of his life. They were hiding out because of their failed attempt at robbing a bank in Northfield Minnesota. Several members of their gang were killed and the Younger brothers had been captured. I am assuming that it was during this time that Frank James met Carrie Winder McGavock who was the owner of Carnton plantation in Franklin and popularly known as the "Widow of the South". Frank and Jesse were Confederate veterans although they were more guerrilla's than soldiers. They rode with Quantrill in Missouri.during the war. An Alabama Colonel gave the following account to Frank of an incident just after the battle of Franklin. Carrie's house and yard were full of wounded and dying soldiers that she and her family were caring for. Next Sunday is the 150th anniversary of the battle of Franklin.
   "I visited the battlefield…

Irma Grese - The Beautiful Beast

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Irma Grese was born on October 23, 1923. She had several nicknames. (The Beautiful Beast), (The Blonde Angel of Auschwitz) and (The Hyena of Auschwitz). She lost her mother at 13 and left school at the age of 15. Like many Germans she became infatuated by the oratory of Adolph Hitler. Irma joined a Nazi youth group and totally embraced their ideas. At the age of 19, in 1942, she was a supervisor at the SS training camp for female guards at Ravensbruck concentration camp. She rose to a senior supervisor in 1943 and was in control of up to 30,000 Polish and Hungarian Jewish women. Grese served at Auschwitz and by the end of the war she was at Bergen-Belsen. After Belsen was liberated the British placed her and other war criminals on trial. She was charged for the mistreatment and murder of prisoners. Prisoners testified that she wore heavy boots and took pleasure in  beating prisoners to death with a rubber whip that she carried. Grese arbitrarily shot people in cold blood, and assis…

Jonathan Gruber

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Jonathan Holmes Gruber is a professor of economics at M.I.T. and is the primary architect of Obamacare. He was caught on film calling the American people stupid. This is what he said about Obamacare.“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage, and basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.” I agree to a point with Gruber. There are far too many stupid people in this country. The stupid people are those who in light of overwhelming evidence to the contrary continue to vote for the Democratic Party and their ideology that is evil to the core. Then there are those who voted for the Republicans believing that they are actually going to bring about positive change. The Republicans stood for nothing. They won because people are desperately seeking to stop Obama and the Democratic agenda. It is obvious that they still don't get it..

  I prefer to believe that most people are just pla…

TUNE TOWN KARAOKE - City Of New Orleans - Gary Scott, Greg, Paulette, and Mark Segroves

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Murder In The Civil War- The Deaths of Major Generals Earl Van Dorn And William (Bull) Nelson

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There were several famous generals killed in the Civil War. Albert S. Johnston at Shiloh. Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson would die as a result of his wounds at Chancellorsville. John Reynolds at Gettysburg. Leonidas Polk at Pine Mountain Georgia. John Sedgwick at Spotsylvania Court House and Patrick Cleburne at Franklin. Two famous generals however died under unusual circumstances. They were both murdered. Confederate Major General Earl Van Dorn and Union Major General William (Bull) Nelson. Earl Van Dorn was born in Mississippi in 1820. His mother was a niece of Andrew Jackson. Through her influence he received an appointment to West Point in 1838 and graduated near the bottom of his class in 1842. He fought in the Mexican War and against the Seminole Indians in Florida. He was so seriously wounded fighting the Comanche in Texas that he was not expected to live. He made a miraculous recovery in five weeks however.


  When Mississippi seceded from the Union Van Dorn resigned from the…

Famous Picture of Three Israeli Soldiers at the Wailing Wall

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I was 17 when Israel captured Jerusalem in the Six Day War. This is one of the most famous pictures to come out of that war. Three Israeli soldiers standing at the Wailing Wall.

Jane Roe (Norma McCorvey) and Mary Doe (Sandra Cano)

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The history of abortion is pretty varied in world history. In America it was fairly common from colonial times through the 1700's and into the early 1800's. There were various methods used to produce abortion such as herbs, abortifacient pills that were advertised in newspapers and other devices. Ironically it was the American medical association and doctors in general who worked to outlaw abortions starting in the early 1800's. They felt that it was a violation of their Hippocratic oath. Even the early feminist movement was anti-abortion in the beginning. Such feminist icons as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony for example. The pro-abortion movement began to pick up steam in the early twentieth century due to the efforts of such people as Marie Stopes in England and Margaret Sanger in America. Then in the late 1950's a drug called thalidomide was prescribed to pregnant women as a sedative and to relieve symptoms of morning sickness. This caused hideous d…