Saturday, March 28, 2015

I AM COUNTRY WHEN COUNTRY ISN'T COOL

Jamilah Lemieux
  Jamilah Lemieux, senior digital editor at Ebony magazine, was a guest on an MSNBC program called Now with Alex Wagner and was responding to remarks made by Ted Cruz about how he turned to country music after September 11, 2001. He thought that it was the only genre of music that addressed the anger that he was feeling as a result of the attack. She said “Nothing says ‘Let’s go kill some Muslims’ like country music.”  I have listened to country music for years and I have never heard a song that encouraged people to kill Muslims. I wonder how much country music that Ms. Lemieux listens to. For that matter I wonder how much rap she listens to. The following is a cop killer rap song by Ice-t.

I got my black shirt on
I got my black gloves on
I got my ski mask on
This s_ _t's been too long

I got my twelve gauge sawed off
I got my headlights turned off
I'm 'bout to bust some shots off
I'm 'bout to dust some cops off

Cop killer, better you than me
Cop killer, f_ _k police brutality
Cop killer, I know your family's grievin'
(f_ _k 'em)
Cop killer, but tonight we get even.


  This is one of many rap songs that not only talk about killing cops but gang violence and the degradation of women. There is nothing comparable in country music. On a personal and emotional level I can relate to what Cruz was saying. September 11th 2001 affected me in a way that no other national event ever has. The closest thing that could even compare was the assassination of John Kennedy. After September 11th I would fight back tears whenever I would see the flag waving, hear a patriotic song like the Star Spangled Banner, or God Bless America. I was feeling a range of emotions from anger, sorrow, and horror after watching innocent people forced to jump from a burning skyscraper. Then one day I was riding in my car when I first heard Toby Keith's (Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue). Immediately I connected with that song. I was cheering and crying at the same time. It was all I could do to sing the song without crying at karaoke and later I was even more affected when Daryll Worley's (Have You Forgotten?) came out. I will never forget the negative reaction of the left to the song and how they criticised Worley. Another song that I loved was Allen Jackson's (Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?) No other genre of music addressed September 11th and what Americans were feeling like country music. For me it was therapeutic. At no time was I angry with Muslims in general. Like most Americans I wanted the guilty punished and nothing more. The music simply put me in touch with the raw emotion that I was feeling at the time and it reminded me of how much that I love this country. 

Toby Keith


Allen Jackson
   




THE ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION OF HARRY S. TRUMAN

 

  Anyone that knows anything about me has figured out by now that I am not very fond of the modern day Democratic Party. In my opinion the last fairly decent Democratic president was John F. Kennedy. However one of my favorite presidents, who happened to be a Democrat, was Harry S. Truman. I would put Truman on my ten greatest presidents list. Truman was a man straight from the ranks of the common people. He was a Southerner who only a high school education. Unlike so many presidents and presidential candidates today he experienced true struggle in his life. He had been a farmer, bank teller, railroad worker, who slept in hobo camps along the tracks. Was a artillery captain who experienced combat in World War I and later opened a haberdashery with a close personal Jewish friend, and fellow veteran, that eventually went bankrupt. Although he didn't have to, he spent years paying back his creditors. Truman was honest as the day was long. He maintained that honesty even as a judge in one of the most corrupt political machines in the country. The Tom Pendergast machine in Missouri. In my view Truman had his flaws however. He was a New Dealer, supported national health care insurance, and made flawed decisions in handling the Korean war. However he led the country successfully through the last months of World War II after the death of Franklin Roosevelt in April 1945. He had the courage to drop the atomic bombs on Japan which contributed to the end of the war.

  Truman stood up to the North Korean communists when they invaded South Korea in June 1950. He courageously fired Douglas MacArthur for insubordination knowing that he would be crucified by the press and the public. Signed an executive order integrating the armed forces. Demanded a Civil Rights plank in the 1948 Democratic Party platform. This action caused a rebellion led by Democratic South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond who formed the Dixiecrat Party. Was the first president to address the N.A.A.C.P. and publicly deplored the torture and murders of returning black war veterans to the South. All of this from a Southerner who regularly used racial slurs and had once tried to join the KKK in order to enhance his political career. Truman began the policy of containment which would one day contribute to the collapse of the Soviet Union which was finalized by Ronald Reagan. He initiated the Marshall Plan which would rebuild war torn Europe, saving many lives and helping Europe stand up to the Soviet Union. Developed the hydrogen bomb over the objections of liberal scientists and the liberal press. Unlike the modern day charlatans such as the Clinton's and Obama Truman had great character. No one respected the office of president, and the Constitution, more than he did. I can only imagine what Harry would say about the modern day Democrat and Republican Party if he could see them in action. On a campaign swing in 1948 one supporter shouted " Give em hell Harry" He shouted back " I don't give em hell. I just tell the truth and they think it's hell". How I would love to see Truman give these modern politicians hell today. They wouldn't recognize the truth if it smacked them in the face.

  America acquired Puerto Rico as a territory during the Spanish American War, along with Cuba and the Philippines. The Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico wanted complete independence from America but it had little political power in the 1940's. The popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico was the strongest party and it was in negotiations with the U.S. to create a new political status for the island. On October 30, 1950 the Nationalist Party began a series of revolts. These revolts were put down by military force which included the use of airplanes. Nationalists Greselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo made plans to assassinate Truman. He had said that the revolts were a fight between the Puerto Rican people or if you willan internal affair. Torresola and Collazo intended to kill Truman in order to drive home the point that it was a war between two countries and not an internal problem as Truman claimed. The White House was going through a total renovation. It had been discovered that the structure was on the verge of collapse and engineers decided to gut the building of everything except the original walls and totally rebuild the interior. Temporarily Truman and his family were living at the Blair House across the street from the White House. Francis Preston Blair, publisher of a pro Andrew Jackson newspaper, founder of a powerful political family, and a personal friend of Jackson was the second owner of the house. For many years now it has been used as a guest house for visiting foreign dignitaries. The following is from the Truman Library website.

  On the morning of November 1, they prepared for the assault. Torresola, a skilled gunman, taught Collazo how to load and handle a gun. They familiarized themselves with the area near Blair House, across the street from the White House, where they would stage the assault. (The Truman family stayed in the Blair House during renovation of the White House from 1948 to 1952). Collazo and Torresola planned to approach the house from opposite directions and shoot their way inside. In the ensuing gun battle, Collazo and Torresola traded gunfire with White House policemen and secret service agents. They wounded three White House policemen but never reached the interior of the house. One of the wounded policemen, Private Leslie Coffelt, managed to fire one bullet and hit Torresola in the side of the head, killing him instantly. Coffelt died later that day at the hospital. Two other policemen, Donald Birdzell and Joseph Downs, were each hit more than once but recovered from their wounds. Collazo reached the steps of Blair House before collapsing with a gunshot wound to the chest. It was later found that only one shot fired by Collazo had hit anyone, his first shot, which wounded Private Birdzell. Torresola had inflicted all the other gunshot wounds on the three White House policemen. President Truman was taking a nap upstairs in Blair House when the shooting began. He rushed to a window and saw Collazo below on the front steps. A White House guard saw the President in the window and shouted to him to him to get down. The President obeyed. Collazo was sentenced to death for the attempt; one week before his scheduled execution in 1952, Truman commuted the sentence to life imprisonment. President Carter commuted the life sentence of Collazo in September 1979, and he was freed from prison. He died in Puerto Rico on February 20, 1994 at the age of 80.

  Over the years Puerto Rico has consistently voted to remain a territorial possession of the United States. Their citizens have had the option of voting for independence and they have rejected that option in many national referendums time after time. They enjoy all the rights and privileges of American citizens granted by the Jones Act of 1917.
Griselio Torresola
The body of Torresola
Oscar Collazo and his wife Rosa
The wounded Collazo


Officer Leslie Coffelt

The mortally wounded Coffelt
Wounded Officer Donald Birdzell


 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

PATTON'S PRAYER - OKAY GOD, WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?

General George S. Patton
 

  General George S. Patton is the only American or British general that wasn't surprised by the massive German armored and infantry attack through the Belgian Ardennes forest on December 16, 1944, which came to be called the Battle of the Bulge. The Germans consider Patton to be the best General in the Allied Army and for that reason the spearhead of their their attack avoided the sector that Patton's forces protected. Patton's Third Army has been ordered to save the American's trapped in Bastogne, which are comprised primarily of the elite 101st Airborne Division. The 101st Airborne numbers about 11,000 troops and they are surrounded by 60,000 German troops. They entered Bastogne on December 20th. Patton promised General Anthony McAuliffe, the commander of the 101st, that he would reach Bastogne by Christmas day but due to the terrible winter weather it doesn't look like he is going to make it by then. So, he stops at a Catholic cathedral named the Fondation Pescatore in Luxembourg City, thirty-three miles from Bastogne to pray. Patton has a habit of praying but is one of the most profane generals in the American army and he regularly reads the Bible. He is an Episcopalian who believes in reincarnation. The following is Patton's prayer on December 23, 1944.

Sir, this is Patton speaking. The last fourteen days have been straight from hell. Rain, snow, more rain, more snow – and I’m beginning to wonder what’s going on in Your headquarters. Whose side are You on, anyway?

For three years my chaplains have been explaining that this is a religious war. This, they tell me, is the Crusades all over again, except that we’re riding tanks instead of chargers. They insist we are here to annihilate the German Army and the godless Hitler so that religious freedom may return to Europe. Up until now I’ve gone along with them, too. You have given us Your unreserved cooperation. Clear skies and a calm sea in Africa made the landings highly successful and helped us to eliminate Rommel. Sicily was comparatively easy and You supplied excellent weather tor our armored dash across France, the greatest military victory that You have thus far allowed me.

You have led German units into traps that made their elimination fairly simple. But now, You’ve changed horses in midstream. You seem to have given von Rundstedt every break in the book and frankly he’s been beating hell out of us. My army is neither trained nor equipped for winter warfare. An as You know this weather is more suitable for Eskimos than for southern cavalrymen.

But now, Sir. I can’t help but feel that I have offended You in some way. That suddenly You have lost all sympathy with our cause. That You are throwing in with von Rundstedt and his paperhanging-god. You know without me telling You that our situation is desperate. Sure, I can tell my staff that everything is going according to plan, but there’s no use telling You that the 101 st Airborne is holding out against tremendous odds in Bastogne, and that this continual storm is making it impossible to supply them even from the air.

I’ve sent Hugh Gaffey, one of my ablest generals, with his 4th Armored Division, north toward that all-important road center to relieve the encircled garrison and he’s finding Your weather much more difficult than he is the Krauts. I don’t like to complain unreasonably, but my soldiers from the Meuse to Echternach are suffering the tortures of the damned. Today I visited several hospitals, all full of frostbite cases and the wounded are dying in the fields because they cannot be brought back for medical care.

But this isn’t the worst of the situation. Lack of visibility, continued rains have completely grounded my air force. My technique of battle calls for close-in-fighter support, and if my planes can’t fly, how can I use them as aerial artillery? Not only is this a deplorable situation, but, worse yet, my reconnaissance planes haven’t been in the air for fourteen days, and I haven’t the faintest idea of what’s going on behind German lines.

Damn it Sir, I can’t fight a shadow. Without Your cooperation from a weather standpoint I am deprived of an accurate disposition of the German armies and how in hell can I be intelligent in my attack? All this probably sounds unreasonable to You, but I have lost all patience with Your chaplains who insist that this is a typical Ardennes winter, and that I must have faith.

Faith and patience be damned! You have just got to make up Your mind whose side You’re on. You must come to my assistance, so that I may dispatch the entire German Army as a birthday present to Your Prince of Peace.

Sir, I have never been an unreasonable man; I am not going to ask You for the impossible. I do not even insist on a miracle, for all I request is four days of clear weather.

Give me four clear days so that my planes can fly, so that my fighter-bombers can bomb and strafe, so that my reconnaissance may pick out targets for my magnificent artillery. Give me four days of sunshine to dry this blasted mud, so that my tanks may roll, so that ammunition and rations may be taken to my hungry, ill-equipped infantry. I need these four days to send von Rundstedt and his godless army to their Valhalla. I am sick of this unnecessary butchery of American youth, and in exchange for four days of fighting weather, I will deliver You enough Krauts to keep your bookkeepers months behind in their work. Amen”

The weather cleared later that day. Forward elements of Patton's army fought it's way heroically into Bastogne on December 26th under the command of Creighton Abrams. The siege was lifted the next day on December 27, 1944. That morning Patton walked into a small Catholic chapel and dropped to his knees and began to pray. "Sir, this is Patton again and I beg to report complete progress. Sir, it seems to me that You have been much better informed about the situation than I was, because it was that awful weather which I cursed You so much which made it possible for the German army to commit suicide. That, Sir, was a brilliant military move, and I bow humbly to Your supreme genius".


Patton's Prayer

Patton' talking to General Omar Bradley and General Eisenhower 

Patton pinning a medal on General Anthony McAuliffe

Thursday, March 19, 2015

WAS ABRAHAM LINCOLN A CHRISTIAN?

  A few days ago a friend of mine made the statement that in his opinion Abraham Lincoln was not a Christian. There was a time that I would have agreed with him. A few years ago I believed that he was a Deist, Universalist or an agnostic. Over the years I have studied Lincoln extensively and I believe that Lincoln went through several phases in his life. As a child Lincoln's parents were hard shell Baptists. His parents met at a revival that was going on in Kentucky in the early 1800's. Tom Lincoln  and Nancy Hanks set eyes on each other while dancing in the spirit. They were married and Lincoln came along in 1809. Nancy Hanks Lincoln read the Bible to little Abe daily and taught him the Ten Commandments. Lincoln said later that when he was tempted to do something wrong he always thought of his mother and the Ten Commandments. Lincoln once walked for miles to return a few cents to a customer that he had overcharged when he was a store clerk. As president he visited his commanding general at Falmouth Virginia. who told him that he was going to launch his campaign to capture Richmond on Sunday. Lincoln looked at him and said  "General, take a good rest and begin on Monday morning". It is true that as an adult Lincoln never formally joined a church. As a youngster he attended with his family and was friendly toward the Christian faith. He became as well grounded in Christianity as any child might that had a Christian mother or father. I can relate since I had a similar childhood. My mother taught me the Bible and prayed with me every night. She also kept me in Church on Sunday. Lincoln was probably like me in that we never accepted Christ during our mothers lifetimes but they planted the seeds for that day when we were born again. I am not in anyway comparing myself to Lincoln but we share the experience of having Godly mothers  and we both lost our mothers at very young ages. He was nine and I was twelve. His mother was thirty-eight, and my mother was thirty-nine. Lincoln like me was very close to his mother. His mother died of milk sickness and as she lay dying she called him to her bed. Her last words were  "I want you to live as I have taught you to love your Heavenly Father and keep his commandments". 

  Lincoln spent most of his childhood years in Kentucky and Indiana. As a young adult he moved to Springfield where he fell under the influence of religious skeptics. These friends gave him a volume of Volney's Ruins . A book that attacked the scriptures and had a huge negative impact on Lincoln. At this time of his life he said  "I am not a Christian. God knows I would be one". Lincoln went through a second phase of his life when he was very insecure with his looks. He looked into a mirror and said "It's a fact Abe! You are the ugliest man in the world. If ever I see an uglier man than you, I'm going to shoot him on the spot"  He was a giant of a man for the time at six foot four when the average man was much shorter. He was lanky with long arms and huge hands. During this phase of his life he began to study his mothers Bible. He studied the Sermon on the Mount and those passages that described what God intended a man to be like. You can see the influence of the Bible in his quotes and speeches like the Gettysburg Address. However in my opinion the Malice Toward None speech or his Second Inaugural Address was the greatest and most spiritual of all of his speeches. 

  The war seemed to change Lincoln. Especially the death of his son Willie from Typhoid in February 1862. A pastor friend came to visit Lincoln at the White House at the height of Lincolns grief.  The pastor bluntly told him that it was wrong to grieve this way because Willie was in heaven. Lincoln was startled by his words. Alive! Alive!"Surely you mock me".  The pastor answered "No Mr. President, it is a great doctrine of the church" Jesus himself said that God is not the God of the dead but of the living". Lincoln jumped to his feet and hugged the pastor weeping. "Alive! Alive! My boy is alive!" From that day forward even Mary Lincoln saw a change in him. An Illinois pastor asked him, "Mr. President, do you love Jesus? Lincoln answered this way.  "When I left Springfield, I asked the people to pray for me. I was not a Christian. When I buried my son, the severest trial of my life, I was not a Christian. But when I went to Gettysburg and saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there consecrated myself to Christ. Yes, I do love Jesus. 

  A few years ago I listened to the audio book of Dorris Kearns Goodwin's book Team of Rivals. I have read many books on Lincoln but this book more than any other I have read made me realize and appreciate how Christ-like Lincoln was. Yes he was capable of ruthlessness when it came to the politics of getting elected, especially in 1860. When he suspended habeus corpus and arrested people for the purpose of saving the Union. However he would do things like write vicious letters to generals and people that had disappointed him but put the letters away in a drawer until after he had calmed down. This was for his own benefit and the letters would never be sent. On one occasion he waited at General McClellan's home for an hour to see him. When McClellan arrived he ignored Lincoln and went to bed. A lesser man would have severely reprimanded McClellan but when Lincoln was asked why he put up with such disrespect and insubordination he replied that he would hold McClellan's horse if that is what it took to win battles. At the end of the war when most Northerners wanted revenge on the South Lincoln wanted a peace based on forgiveness and reconciliation. He told Grant and Sherman to "Let them up easy". This is one of those things that truly sets America apart as an exceptional nation because of the influence of Christianity on this nation. Civil Wars are the bloodiest of all wars but we settle ours based on Christian principles. This carried over to when we made peace with Japan and Germany in World War II. We helped to rebuild both countries and men who were treated brutally by these countries, like Louis Zamperini, travelled in droves to preach the gospel to their former enemies. Lincoln was not a churchgoer and he was probably never baptized but the evidence bolsters my opinion that Lincoln was a Christian. It also shows that many people who regularly attend church, could learn something by the example set by Lincoln  
NANCY HANKS LINCOLN

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A TRIBUTE TO MY FRIEND JERRY HONEYCUTT


  I heard the sad news a few days ago that a very good friend of mine had passed away. We served together in the Tennessee Air National Guard 118th Security Police. The two of us trained together in a medical evacuation exercise at Savanna Georgia in 1979. There a nurse dropped me on my head, while carrying me on a stretcher. She and another nurse were trying to carry me on to a C-130. We guarded a C-130 crash site in McMinnville in 1980. Pulled summer camp together at Gulfport Mississippi in 1981. Two weeks at Rhein Main Germany in 1983, where we did air base ground defense training, and riot control. We worked an air show and witnessed a demonstration by German protesters and an F-104 crash on the autobahn that killed five people in a car. The crash also severely burned several people in a parking lot. In 1984 we endured two weeks of Air Base Ground Defense School at Little Rock A.F.B.. Probably my two roughest weeks in the Guard. From the time I met Jerry we were pretty much inseparable.
  
  My first impression of him was negative. The first day on the job he came to work in wrinkled fatigues, this was before BDU's, and combat boots that looked like he had been running through a cow pasture. Needless to say he got off on the wrong foot with our upper ranks. However it did not take long for me to learn to like him. In spite of his appearance he was one of the most knowledgeable and conscientious cops I had ever worked with and he kept me laughing all of the time. I would sometimes laugh until I cried. In those early years in the Guard I don't think I have laughed more than I did then. His humor was very dry and he could keep a straight face the whole time he would be telling a funny story and you didn't know until the punch line whether he was joking or not. He once told me that he was worried about his mother's mental state because she was hallucinating and thought she was a chicken. He said that they had thought about having her committed but were enjoying the eggs too much. Another time after we came home from two weeks in Germany he said that he missed his wife so much that they made love three times as soon as he saw her. Then he put down his bags and made love again.

  Jerry's one flaw was that he didn't know when to keep his mouth shut. He was constantly butting heads with our NCOIC of Security over issues like his appearance and the fact that certain people in the unit were shown undue favoritism. I was friends with him and tended to be a misfit magnet and always have been. This probably did not help my career. Although I made SSgt in the regular Air Force with less than three years time in grade, I was never promoted in the Guard. I was very honored to be friends with Jerry and may he rest in peace.
MEDICAL AIR EVACUATION EXERCISE AT SAVANNAH GEORGIA / 1979


ME ON THE LEFT AND HONEYCUTT ON THE RIGHT AT BILOXI MISSISSIPPI / 1981

JERRY HONEYCUTT  RAPPELLING AT THE NASHVILLE FIRE TOWER IN MAY 1983

GERMAN GREEN PARTY PROTEST LEAFLET PROTESTING THE EXPANSION OF THE RUNWAY AT RHEIN MAIN IN JUNE 1983



PICTURE THAT I TOOK IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CRASH

CAR IN WHICH A FAMILY OF FIVE DIED ON THE AUTOBAHN

A PARKING LOT WHERE SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE SEVERELY BURNED BUT SURVIVED


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Ben Shapiro: The Myth of the Tiny Radical Muslim Minority

LAURIE PRITCHETT AND THE ALBANY MOVEMENT

Laurie Pritchett on the right speaking with Martin Luther King Jr.

 

As a student of history my favorite area of study is military history, especially the American Revolution, the Civil War and World War II. Running a very close second is the study of race and the Civil Rights movement in America. The history of race is closely intertwined with military history. The American Revolution was a compromise between those who saw the need to establish a free Republican form of democracy for a limited group of white people and those who wanted to preserve those freedoms by the continued enslavement and subjugation of black people, Indians and certain classes of poorer white people. There were a few egalitarians like Benjamin Franklin and John Adams who were willing to go much further but they were too few in number. However the brilliance of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution was that it gave an unfulfilled promise to people of all races and classes. The Founding Fathers supplied the machinery that would one day fulfill that promise. The Civil War was a struggle that was the result of that unfulfilled promise and the festering sore of slavery. World War II was the catalyst for social change that set the stage for the modern Civil Rights movement.

  Anyone who has a fair knowledge of history can probably point to the highlights of the modern civil rights movement. Like Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The desegregation of Little Rock Central high school in 1957. The Greenville and Nashville sit-ins of 1960. The Freedom Rides of 1961. The Birmingham Children's Crusade and the pictures of Bull Conner's dogs and fire hoses being unleashed on peaceful demonstrators. The Selma march for voting rights in 1965 and the encounter with police nightsticks at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Well my question is this. How many of you have ever heard of the Albany movement of 1961 and 1962? It was a movement to desegregate restaurants, bus station waiting rooms, libraries and everything that needed to be integrated in Albany Georgia. The movement was started by several of Albany's black citizens in November 1961. Several members of SNCC or the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee came to town to organize non-violent demonstrations. The original organizers of the movement at first resented their presence but later came to accept them. Then Martin Luther King Jr., who was sensitive to the criticism that he had not gotten involved in the Freedom Rides decided to lend his prestige to the movement by showing up in Albany on December 14, 1961. He was arrested in a mass demonstration the next day. King refused to be released until the city agreed to concessions. The city made concessions but King claimed that they later went back on their word.

  The reason that most people have not heard about Albany is because of a very smart Albany police chief named Laurie Pritchett. He was not your run of the mill redneck southern cop like Bull Connor of Birmingham or Jim Clark of Selma. The following paragraph is from the Washington University Film & Media Archive. Laurie Pritchett was born on December 9, 1926 in Griffin, Georgia. He attended Auburn University and South Georgia College before graduating from the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville as well as the FBI National Academy. He was the chief of police of Albany, Georgia from 1959 to 1966. Pritchett then moved on to become police chief in High Point, North Carolina. He held this post from 1966 to 1974. He died in North Carolina in 2000.

  Pritchett had done his homework on the nonviolent tactics of groups like SNCC and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He arranged beforehand with neighboring police and sheriff departments to have access to their jails in order to use them for mass arrests. Pritchett did not want to fill up his own jails drawing outside news attention. He ordered his officers not to use violence in arresting the demonstrators. Again he did not want to draw undue news attention to Albany. Pritchett also arrested the demonstrators for violating the city's public disturbance laws instead of the city's segregation laws which could be challenged in court. He defeated non-violence with non-violence. Looking at the situation pragmatically and not necessarily in a moral sense, Southerners have always been their own worse enemy. They tend to overreact to situations or make poor decisions that end up having negative unintended consequences. For example the South went to war in 1861 over the election of Abraham Lincoln because they thought that Lincoln was a threat to slavery. By firing on Fort Sumter they rallied the North in the same way that the Japanese rallied America by attacking Pearl Harbor. By starting the war they insured the destruction of slavery, the very thing they were trying to protect. When Bull Connor set the dogs on defenseless children and demonstrators of Birmingham he guaranteed the end of segregation with passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The thing he was trying to protect. Jim Clark busted heads of marchers near the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma because people were marching peacefully for the right to vote. Clark's actions helped to guarantee the 1965 Voting Rights Act. By resisting desegregation of their schools they insured a radical and impractical system called busing that has led to the deterioration of our schools and white flight.

  Pritchett, I am sure, probably held the typical racist views of most white male Southerners of that time. However I sense that Pritchett was basically a decent man. Even Martin Luther King admitted this. King tried as late as August of 1962 to bring about change in Albany but eventually had to accept defeat. He had been outmaneuvered by Laurie Pritchitt. However King said this about Pritchett. He used ‘‘the moral means of nonviolence to maintain the immoral ends of racial injustice’’ It would be a short-lived victory because as I said future acts of violence committed by Southern police,sheriffs and bigots would help to insure change in America. The peaceful Civil Rights activists and demonstrators using the tactics of non-violence knew that violence was what they were really hoping for. It was their friend. I am sure that John Lewis, who was beaten to within an inch of his life. On at least three occasions. Or Jim Zwerg, a white Freedom Rider, who nearly died with Lewis in the Montgomery Greyhound bus station. Probably did not look forward to these beatings but they understood that they brought welcome media attention to their cause. Pritchett robbed the Civil Rights movement of this kind of media attention. When King arrived in Birmingham just before the Childrens march, in 1963, his morale was very low because of the lack of results and damage to his prestige. This low point in his life would lead to his famous (Letter From A Birmingham Jail). However Bull Connor and James Bevel, who was the driving force behind using children in the Birmingham demonstrations, would be Kings salvation in the end.




 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

THE ILLUSTRIOUS POTENTATE OF DISRESPECT

OUR ILLUSTRIOUS POTENTATE
 

  A writer by the name of Sara Paretsky has made the charge that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell disrespected Obama twice in one week by inviting Netanyahu to speak without State Department approval and not attending the observance of the 50th anniversary of the March on Selma. Technically it was a violation of protocol for Congress to bypass the State Department. In my opinion it was the right call because the stakes are too high on this one. The treaty that Obama is negotiating with Iran has the potential of leading to World War III and no one is more qualified to sound the alarm than Netanyahu. It was a violation of protocol but no law was violated that I am aware of. Secondly, in my opinion it was a public relations mistake for the Republicans to ignore the ceremony in Selma. However we must never forget that the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which resulted from what had occurred in Selma could not have been possible without the support of the Republican Party led by Everett Dirksen. First of all my hatred of Boehner and McConnell is only exceeded by my hatred of Obama. In my mind Boehner and McConnell are the ultimate sellouts. They are Benedict Arnold's and the Republican Party would be better off without them.

  For this woman to make the charge that the Congress has disrespected Obama is preposterous in light of the disrespect that Obama shows Congress, the Constitution and the American people on almost a daily basis. Allow me to remind the reader of these incidents of disrespect. In 2012 he bypassed Congress in signing executive orders that allowed 1.7 million illegal aliens who arrived in the United States before their 16th birthday and had not reached the age of 31 to not be deported. He set conditions that were drawn from thin air for them to be qualified for legal status. In 2014 he essentially gave the same rights to five million illegals, this time without age limits Obama acknowledged at least 22 times that he did not have the legal authority to do this without first going through Congress. A Federal judge has issued an order putting a halt to this. Evidence has shown that he is continuing with the process in defiance of the court order. In 2011 Obama decided not to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act. A law that was duly passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. Last week the FCC took over regulation of the internet. Federal courts have twice ruled that Obama does not have that authority. Time after time he has violated the so-called Affordable Care Act by illegally delaying certain aspects of the law for political reasons.

  Now he is seriously considering signing orders that will raise taxes on corporations by redefining tax terminology. This will drastically effect shareholders and 401K's. Article I, section 1 of the Constitution begins, “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.” Congress is a legitimate check on power. This was the intention of the framers. What Obama is doing now is exactly what the framers feared the most. My biggest beef is with the Republican Congress. They have a Constitutional duty to stop Obama but they are not doing it. Just because the Republicans for example want amnesty for illegals they should at least care enough about the Constitution and have the courage to accomplish their goal by the legislative process. Instead these worthless little cowards are allowing Obama to do their dirty work for them in granting amnesty by fiat. Something they want as badly as Obama and the Democrats. They put on a show for their constituents who voted for them. The voters put the Republicans in power to put a stop to amnesty. They think we are stupid and don't know what is really going on.The Democrats need to realize that Obama is setting a dangerous precedent. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. If by some miracle a Republican is ever elected president in the future how would they feel if that president decided not to enforce Roe vs. Wade, labor laws, or chose to ignore laws important to liberals by issuing executive memos and actions that nullified those laws. This issue is not about left and right. It is about right and wrong.
SARA PARETSKY

ALONZO CUSHING AND A WELL DESERVED MEDAL OF HONOR

ALONZO CUSHING
  Alonzo Cushing was born on January 19, 1841 in Delafield Wisconsin and was raised in Fredonia New York. Cushing was one of four brothers who would eventually serve in Union forces. Alonzo would graduate from West Point in June of 1861. Just two months after the beginning of the Civil War. His younger brother Lt. William Cushing would serve in the Union Navy. Howard Cushing would be killed in 1871 fighting the Apache's. Alonzo must have been pretty sharp because he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and First Lieutenant on the same day. He was brevetted a Major after the battle of Chancellorsville. A brevet rank was a rank that was usually given for bravery in battle or meritorious service but once the war was over you reverted back to your actual rank. For example Cushing was only paid as a major if he actually performed the duties of a major. Once the war was over he would revert back to his actual rank of First Lieutenant. 

  At Gettysburg Cushing commanded Battery A, 4th US Artillery. On the third day at Gettysburg, during Pickett's Charge, Cushing was hit by a shell fragment that tore right through his shoulder. A second shell fragment, hit him in the abdomen and groin, exposing his intestines. Any soldier that was hit in the abdomen knew that it was a fatal wound during the Civil War. Doctors did not have the expertise to repair these wounds and there were no antibiotics. A higher ranking officer ordered " Cushing, go to the rear". Because of the limited number of men in the battery, due to casualties, Cushing refused to leave. Holding his intestines with one hand he continued to give orders to his men. He was so horribly wounded that he could not be heard above the roar of battle. His 1st Sergeant held him up while relaying Cushing's orders to the men. Then at the height of the assault a bullet crashed through Cushing's mouth and exited through the back of his skull, killing him instantly. He was twenty two years old. 

  Efforts to award Cushing the Medal of Honor were begun by certain citizens of Wisconsin in the late 1980's. In 2002 Russ Feingold nominated him for the award. On May 20, 2010 it was announced that Cushing would be awarded the Medal of Honor. Finally on November 6, 2014, one hundred and fifty one years after the battle, Barack Hussein Obama presented the medal posthumously to Alonzo Cushing. The ceremony was attended by two dozen relatives of the Cushing family. Alonzo had no direct descendants. Cushing was buried in the West Point cemetery right next to General John Buford. He was the Cavalry commander that helped to insure a Union victory by holding off the Confederate Army until the high ground could be secured on the first day at Gettysburg. 
ALONZO"S WEST POINT PICTURE

CUSHING IS CENTER BACK ROW

CEMETERY RIDGE DURING PICKETT"S CHARGE

CUSHING'S COUSIN BEING PRESENTED HIS MEDAL OF HONOR

Thursday, March 5, 2015

EASY EDDIE AND BUTCH O'HARE - A LEGACY RESTORED

Eddie and Butch Ohare
  Edward Joseph O'hare aka "Easy Eddie" was the lawyer for Al Capone. He was very skilled at keeping his only client out of jail during his career as one of America's most notorious organized crime bosses during the 1920's and 30's. Eddie was paid a very lucrative salary by Capone that enabled him to live a lavish lifestyle. He had a home that filled an entire city block in Chicago. Easy Eddie had two children, a son and a daughter. Then one day he decided to rat out Al Capone. He had been a part of Capone's illegal activities and could see that the Feds were going to get Capone one way or another and by turning states evidence he might be able to keep from going to prison himself. It was his testimony that helped nail Capone for income tax evasion. Capone was arrested and sent to the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary and later to Alcatraz. Eddie was able to avoid prison but not a mob hit. One thing that you don't do is rat out the mob. He was gunned down by two shotgun blasts as he drove home on a Chicago street, November 8, 1939.

  Butch O'hare was the son of"Easy Eddie"and was born on March 13, 1914. His parents sent him to a military academy at the age of 13. He was accepted at the U.S. Naval Academy and after graduation Butch became a naval aviator. After the attack on Pearl Harbor he was assigned to the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lexington. On February 20, 1942 a Japanese spotter plane discovered the Lexington but was shot down. However it was able to alert the Japanese of the Lexington's presence. The Japanese sent out two waves of bombers. The first wave was shot down by American Wildcats. Butch and his wingman took on the second wave by themselves. The wingman's guns jammed and he returned to the carrier. Butch was left to fight the second wave of nine bombers alone. The other fighters were too far away to help. Skilfully using his ammunition he attacked full throttle and shot down five Japanese bombers. Just as he ran out of ammunition the rest of his squadron caught up with him and splashed the remaining planes before they could damage the Lexington. For his bravery he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Butch was sent home to raise money on War Bond tours. In late 1943 he was sent back to the Pacific where he saw more combat. On a night mission in November 1943 Butch was killed. It is not known exactly how he died. Some believe that he may have been shot down by friendly fire during the confusion of fighting at night. Butch O'hare was able to redeem the honor of his family name. As a result of his bravery one of the busiest airports in the world was named in his honor. Chicago's O'hare International Airport. 
Al Capone

Easy Eddie's car after being shot


Butch O'hare

A NUCLEAR MUNICH IN THE MAKING

Neville Chamberlain and Barack Hussein Obama
  On September 30, 1938 English prime minister Neville Chamberlain negotiated the sovereignty of Czechoslovakia away in the infamous Munich agreement. It was an agreement between England, France, Germany, and Italy. Hitler issued an ultimatum demanding the German speaking and very strategic Sudetenland in order to avoid war. Chamberlain sincerely believed that appeasing Hitler would avoid war. Just twenty years earlier the world had experienced the worst war in world history to that time. Sixteen million people died, which was mostly soldiers, and twenty million were wounded. Although it is generally agreed that Germany lost the war, the armistice of 1918 left many unresolved problems and Germany physically intact. Germany itself for the most part had not been invaded. Because of the harshness of the Versailles treaty, especially in the area of reparations, this caused hyper-inflation and severe economic problems for Germany and the German people. This set the stage for Adolph Hitler to exploit the economic woes of the country. He exploited German anti-semitism with the myth that Germany had been stabbed in the back by a Jewish conspiracy. A conspiracy that had robbed Germany of a military victory. A myth that would eventually lead to the destruction of six million Jews. England had been nearly bankrupted by the war and France lost a whole generation of young men. The political structure of Europe was radically changed and Russia had fallen to the Communists. European leaders were desperate for a peaceful solution. So desperate that they were willing to sell out a small Democratic country in the hopes that this would pacify Hitler. He expected to fight over Czechoslavakia and was shocked that he got it so easy. Hitler was laughing at Chamberlain and European leaders behind their back. He said later "Our enemies are little worms. I saw them at Munich." Winston Churchill was a voice crying in the wilderness. While Europe exulted over what they mistakenly considered a great step toward peace, Churchill called it an unmitigated defeat. 


  We face the same scenario today. There are many similarities and some differences. Iran is Hitler. Obama is Chamberlain. Churchill is Netanyahu. Czechoslovakia is Israel. Iran at the moment is Hitler light. I call it Hitler light because Hitler laid out his plans for world domination in his book Mein Kampf and in his speeches. Although he ultimately failed in carrying out all of his plans he was responsible for a cataclysmic war that ultimately took the lives of over sixty million people. Three percent of the worlds population at that time and over three times as many people died in World War Two as opposed to World War One. Iran has been responsible for much death and destruction but until this point they are Hitler only in the sense that they have made the same threats as Hitler but they have not had the means to carry out their threats. When they finally have the bomb that will change. Like Hitler their number one goal is the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people. Hitler had several goals. The destruction of the Jews. The destruction of Communism and world domination. We know how important the destruction of the Jews were to him because he diverted valuable war resources, manpower, and time and effort into killing them The extermination camps ran with a brutal efficiency right up to the moment they were liberated by Allied forces at the end of the war. We can only imagine the loss of life that would have occurred if Hitler had developed the bomb before we did. Will Iran fulfill their threat to annihilate Israel if they get the bomb. We can't take that chance. Like Hitler Iran is dedicated to a Final Solution of the Jewish question.



  Obama is Chamberlain with some differences. I believe that Chamberlain was sincere but very naive. He truly wanted to avoid another devastating war but his desire for peace overwhelmed his common sense. I am not so sure that Obama's motives for appeasing Iran is based on naivete or something more sinister. Generally I do not like to question anyone's Christianity but I do question the Christianity of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright and by extension Obama's who was supposedly saved in Wrights church. I wonder if his supposed conversion was mostly for political reasons than anything else. Obama had a Muslim father, a Muslim stepfather, was educated in a Muslim school and spent considerable years of his youth in Indonesia, which is a Muslim country. Judging by his past words and actions you can only arrive at two conclusions. He is at the very worst a Muslim in disguise or he is at the very least a Muslim sympathizer. Whatever he is Obama is comfortable with radicals and the radical position. Obama's foreign policy has been responsible for the instability we now face. Not since Hitler has the world been this unstable. He has been responsible for the rise of radical Islam in the Middle East. It has been a mistake lifting economic sanctions in Iran because those sanctions were working. Now they are free to pursue the development of nuclear weapons from a position of strength. Like Obama, Franklin Roosevelt believed in sharing the wealth but Roosevelt had Hitler pegged. He knew that Hitler was the greatest threat that the world faced but because of American isolationism his hands were tied politically. He took certain steps to prepare America for war under great limitations. Once the war started Roosevelt led us to victory. Obama wont even identify the enemy much less fight them.

  
  Netanyahu is the voice crying in the wilderness today. He is Winston Churchill. Churchill was out of power and because his views were unpopular in 1938 was in the political doldrums. Some thought that his political career was over. However he realized that Hitler posed a long term threat to England's very survival. Netanyahu is in power but because of Obama has been isolated on the world stage. Israel is a nuclear power. Although it is small they probably possess enough nuclear armament to reduce the Middle East to ashes. In this sense they are not like Czechoslovakia. It was not strong enough militarily to fend off the major powers of Europe. With nuclear weapons Israel is in a much more powerful position. In return if Iran gets the bomb it would not take much to destroy Israel. Obama is setting the stage for World War III because that will leave Israel with few options. Israel is not Iran's only target. We will also be targeted. They have been chanting death to America since 1979. Israel is Czechoslovakia in that it was being asked to give up the Sudetenland. Czechoslovakia could not defend itself without it. Obama declared that "We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states," This would make a conventional defense of Israel very difficult. I wont say impossible because Israel successfully defended itself before it captured Jerusalem and the Golan Heights in 1967. In conclusion the world cannot afford a nuclear Munich. There may not be anyone around to write about it.
Chamberlain and Hitler at Munich


Hassan Rouhani


Destruction of a mock US aircraft carrier by the Iranian military

Benjamin Netanyahu