"He cut your heart out ..."

"Some close to him even say his expressions of anger are a sign that he is engaged.
"I would much rather have him yell at me than be dismissive," said a source familiar with his management style. "If he doesn't get mad, it means he doesn't care."
Well, God help us if he doesn't display his 'caring' with an insane, raging temper tantrum. I feel so ... alone ... without a president who screams and throws things and rips doors off the furniture, insulting and belittling people the entire time.
Nice choice there, all you who voted for this asshole.
"He enjoys swearing, one source said, especially when he is around people he is comfortable with like his longtime aides and family. But he tries to avoid it with people who don't know him well.
His preferred curse word, multiple people say: The tried-and-true F-bomb."
I wonder if he is 'comfortable' around his Pastoral Pimps.
"He has a temper, yes, and it doesn't take much to set him off, but at the same time, it is always overblown and he will be fine five minutes later," said one person who had worked with Trump. "He can be volcanic and then he will be fine five minutes later."
But ... when this 'volcanic' asshole has launched the missiles ... they can't be called back, and things won't 'be fine five minutes later.'
Sessions is an idiot, for putting up with the abuse from the Idiot-in-Chief.
Meanwhile, Ol' Heel Spurs is fixated on ESPN.
Great leadership.
Nice choice there, all you who voted for this asshole.

Jesus himself ...

"Immigration policy is “not about doctrine,” [Bannon] said. “It’s about the sovereignty of a nation. And in that regard, [the bishops are] just another guy with an opinion.”
“It is preposterous to claim that justice for immigrants isn’t central to Catholic teaching,” wrote Rogers. “It comes directly from Jesus Himself in Matthew 25, ‘For I was hungry and you gave me food … a stranger and you welcomed me.’ "
Jesus himself.
But ... when it comes to matters of state, Jesus is 'just another guy with an opinion.'


Robert E. Lee and the 'communing' Negroe

Meanwhile, we are seeing yet another attempt by 'Lost Cause' apologists to sanctify Robert E. Lee as some sort of civil rights pioneer.

The tale has been posted, and reposted, in several variants, all of which claim to show that Lee essentially embraced the idea of allowing 'Negroes' into his church, and taking communion with them. Lee is even alleged to have stated, "At the foot of the cross the ground is always level". A fine Christian sentiment, I am sure you will agree ... but there is no verifiable source for that comment by Lee.

In fact, an account in the Confederate Veteran magazine in 1905, and earlier published in the Richmond-Times, by a person who was actually at the service, tells quite a different story:


"Col. T. L. Broun, of Charleston, W. Va., writes of having been present at St. Paul's Church, Richmond, Va., just after the war when a negro marched to the communion table ahead of the congregation. His account of the event is as follows:‘Two months after the evacuation of Richmond business called me to Richmond for a few days, and on a Sunday morning in June, 1865, I attended St. Paul's Church. Dr. Minnegerode [sic] preached. It was communion day; and when the minister was ready to administer the holy communion, a negro in the church arose and advanced to the communion table. He was tall, well-dressed, and black. This was a great surprise and shock to the communicants and others present. Its effect upon the communicants was startling, and for several moments they retained their seats in solemn silence and did not move, being deeply chagrined at this attempt to inaugurate the 'new regime' to offend and humiliate them during their most devoted Church services. Dr. Minnegerode [sic., Minnigerode] was evidently embarrassed.
General Robert E. Lee was present, and, ignoring the action and presence of the negro, arose in his usual dignified and self-possessed manner, walked up the aisle to the chancel rail, and reverently knelt down to partake of the communion, and not far from the negro. This lofty conception of duty by Gen. Lee under such provoking and irritating circumstances had a magic effect upon the other communicants (including the writer), who went forward to the communion table. By this action of Gen. Lee the services were conducted as if the negro had not been present. It was a grand exhibition of superiority shown by a true Christian and great soldier under the most trying and offensive circumstances."
I can just picture it. The white elite of Richmond, at their 'Christian' service ... and there's this uppity 'Nigra' creating a 'most trying and offensive circumstance. Lee didn't embrace him; he ignored him. As should have any 'true Christian' and 'great soldier.'

So just who is it, who is trying re-write history?

What's next? Custer was actually just trying to deliver some hand-knitted mittens to Sioux children, for the coming winter?

Here's the Confederate Veteran magazine archive, specifically the article cited.

Dreamers and taxes

'Dreamers' and taxes.
'Conservatives' piss and moan and post endless memes about working hard, paying taxes, being law abiding, contributing to society ... all that sort of thing.
Then why do they have such an intense dislike for DACAnians?
Yep. They are illegal. No doubt about it. But why would you want to deport hard workers, tax payers, people who are in school, and trying hard to make the American Dream come true?
Yep. They are illegal. No doubt about it. But ... these people were brought here as children by their parents. It isn't like they snuck in on their own, scoffing at Trump's Wall.
How about we take a swing through various neighborhoods, pick up those who do nothing but lay around all day collecting welfare and food stamps, and deport them, on a one-for-one basis with DACAnians. One worthless, lazy, doper US citizen gets tossed out; one hard working, tax paying DACAnian gets to stay.

Illegal 'immigrants' and taxes

Illegal 'immigrants' and taxes ... we hear a lot about how the Evil Illegals do not pay taxes, yet suck up untold amounts of money in benefits. Welfare and other freebies, for example.
But ... they *do* pay taxes, as any number of sources show. Here is but one such source. It even includes info from the Heritage Foundation, one of the furthest right of such outfits.

Every year, the Social Security Administration collects billions of dollars in taxes that it doesn’t know who paid. Whenever employers send in W-2 forms that have Social Security numbers that don’t match with anyone on record, the agency routes the paperwork to what’s called the Earnings Suspense File, where it sits until people can prove the wages were theirs, allowing them to one day collect retirement benefits.

But they aren't going to collect those taxes. Those retirement bennies. They can't. They are paying into accounts based on a fake SS card.

Screw 'em, you say?


But here's the deal. When it comes time for you to start collecting your social security bennies ... and social security should be going broke ... you'll be collecting the money paid in by those 'undocumented immigrants.'


But there are still about 340 million unclaimed tax forms recorded in the file, compared to 270 million nearly a decade ago. A good portion of those forms were filed by employers on behalf of some of the most unlikely funders of Social Security: undocumented immigrants. In fact, illegal immigration is considered largely responsible for the mushrooming of the file, with undocumented workers paying billions in taxes for retirement benefits they will likely never receive.

It works like this: Many immigrants who aren’t authorized to work in the United States buy fake Social Security cards and present them to their employers, who either don’t know they are fake or don’t look too closely. When the employer submits a W-2 form and a tax payment on those workers’ behalf to the Social Security Administration, the federal government holds onto those payroll taxes, even if the Social Security number isn’t linked to anyone on file. And then, a large chunk of that money ends up in the Social Security trust funds, from which retirement benefits are doled out to aging Americans.

So what. They're illegals. Screw 'em. 

It's the American Way.


The Silent Majority

Ken Burns' "The Vietnam War" is coming up on PBS; it will be on this Sunday evening.

John McCain watched the advance screening last evening. He had this to say:

"The 81-year-old, who is undergoing chemotherapy as he battles an aggressive form of brain cancer, said that watching “the magnificent work” reminded him of just how young so many of the Americans were who died. With sorrow in his voice, he talked about “the 18-, 19-, 20-year-old kids who had no idea what they were getting into.”

“Their leaders didn’t lead, whether they were military or civilian,” said the Arizona Republican, who spent 5½ years as a prisoner of war after getting shot down on a bombing mission over Hanoi in 1967. “By telling the American people one thing, which was not true, about the progress in the war and the body counts, it caused a wave of pessimism to go across this country, which bolstered the antiwar movement. We can learn lessons today because the world is in such turmoil: Tell the American people the truth!”

McCain said he visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as often as he can to take in the names of the more than 58,000 Americans who died. “Depends on the weather,” he said. “Sometimes once a week. Sometimes once every couple of weeks. I try to go very early in the morning or when it’s near sunset. … It’s really an incredibly emotional experience. … These young men died because of inadequate or corrupt leadership.”

You can think whatever you want of John McCain, but the man paid his dues and then some. I think he hit it right on the head with those comments.

Note that he does not say it was because of Jane Fonda and pinko commie leftie liberals and doper hippies. "Inadequate or corrupt leadership," he said. Yep. And where was the Silent Majority during all that? Yep. Sitting there, silent. It was the Silent Majority that allowed the 'inadequate and corrupt leadership' to gain office; to remain in office; to send our armed services off to the meat grinder.

And where are we today? In Afghanistan? Our military genius in the Oval claimed to be ever so much smarter than the generals. He had this 'beautiful plan.' Anyone know what it is? Aside from getting more of our people killed?

“Vietnam has always stood out to me a stunning failure of leadership,” said [Kerry]. “We were operating without facts back then. In today’s world, it’s (also) really hard to figure out what the facts are. And people won’t honor facts. You know what they are, but you have your ‘alternative facts.’”

The 73-year-old spoke of feeling betrayed by “the best and the brightest” who he had looked up to in the American government. He singled out Robert McNamara, who was secretary of defense under John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.

“I thought I had felt all the anger I could feel about the war, but I hadn’t until I read ‘A Bright Shining Lie’ by Neil Sheehan,” Kerry said, referring to the classic book that came out in 1988. “All the way up the chain of command, people were just putting in gobbledygook information, and lives were being lost based on those lies and those distortions.”

The RMPBS schedule shows it coming on at 7 PM MDT.

Here are the preview clips.


On not scaring

The 'conservatives' are running around today with patriotic stiffies, mostly over all the flag raising ceremonies yesterday, but particularly because of 'Mad Dog' Mattis' comment.

Yesterday, at the speechifying at the Pentagon, Ol' Heel Spurs was in attendance. Mattis was waxing eloquent ('eloquently?'), and turned to Ol' Heel Spurs, and looked him in the eye (hopefully, not in the same vein as Dubya looking soulfully into Putin's eyes) ... and said, "Mr. President, your military does not scare."

You can take that two ways.

I'm pretty sure that Mattis meant that our lads and lasses in the armed services do not frighten, or frighten easily. It's a nice bit of rhetoric, as in my observation and experience, only a fool does not suffer fear from time to time. It's all in what you do to overcome the fear that matters. I'm sure Mattis understands that completely. But the rhetoric, the minor hyperbole, could be taken two ways.

The second is this: Given the state of readiness of the armed services,our military (it is ours; it is not Trump's private Wermacht) doesn't generate the fear in the nation's enemies that it should.

The state of readiness of the surface navy has been a hot topic over in "Proceedings" for quite some time. These are not the talking heads, the shills so beloved of FauxNews and CNN, blathering on. The people writing for "Proceedings," and discussing the 'issue', are serving captains, serving officers, serving chiefs, in the modern navy. The common thread throughout is that the surface navy suffers from a lack of funding for training, and for maintenance.The ops tempo is too high for the ships we have. This is especially true, it seems, for the forward-deployed components of the 7th Fleet.

Back in February of this year, VCNO Bill Moran told the House Armed Services Committee on the State of the Military: "It has become clear to me that the Navy’s overall readiness has reached its lowest level in many years."

"Admiral Moran identified three main drivers of the Navy's readiness problems: 1) persistent, high operational demand for naval forces; 2) funding reductions; and 3) consistent uncertainty about when reduced budgets will be approved."

Back in April 2016, Marine Corps Times reported that only 87 of 276 USMC Hornets (FA-18) were flyable. Marine pilots were averaging just under 9 hours per month, which is 'well below the minimum time required to maintain safety and basic proficiency.'

It's not just the Hornets. This was a significant factor in the helicopter collision in Hawaii that killed 12 Marines.

This 'issue' extends to the Army and USAF.

Much of it has to do with the inability of the Congress and the Oval Office to pass a budget. All the armed services have to work with is a series of Continuing Resolutions.

It goes back over several administrations. Reagan, Bush(es), Clinton, Obama ... and now, Ol' Heel Spurs ... and Democrats and Republicans all have a share of this mess.

Mattis should spare us the rhetoric. Trump needs to get a grip on his buffoonish bluster and bombast.

The 'conservatives' pride themselves on being 'the silent majority.' We have them to thank for Vietnam. We have them to thank for Iraq. We have them to thank for the current mess in which the armed services find themselves. It's time for them to knock off the endless circulation of stupid memes on social media, and quit being silent.

All the flag-wavin' super-patriots, the 'conservatives' who get their panties in a wad over NFL 'kneelers,' need to get out their crayons and a sheet of newsprint paper and start lighting fires under CongressCreatures. You know. Make an effort, at least.

There's nothing at all wrong with the troops.

The problem is the American public.


Who's in charge

This is a good opinion piece:

I don't entirely agree with this closing statement:
"This isn't “the system working,” the cliché for how various other power centers have thwarted Trump in the early going. It's the system gone haywire and tottering on the brink of a more serious crisis.
Nothing good can come from top officials of the U.S. government making it obvious that they believe, to borrow Tillerson’s phrase, that the president speaks for himself—and no one else."
I'm hoping that the president *does* only speak for himself, and that there are some adults keeping things on as much as an even keel is possible.
We have Mattis dealing with South Korea, in talks with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-Moo, trying to keep that mess stabilized, while Ol' Heel Spurs is frothing at the mouth and displaying his complete incompetence for all to see.
We have Tillerson making the statement that we're all not a bunch of ignorant neo-Nazi turds in the social  and cultural punchbowls.
We need to know there are at least a few adults in the 'game.'


Lock and Load!

"In 2010, then-retired Navy Vice Admiral Phil Balisle was asked to take a hard look at the state of the surface community. Admiral Balisle was uniquely qualified for this task. Not only had he succeeded brilliantly in multiple at-sea commands—including in a guided-missile destroyer, a cruiser, and a carrier strike group—but he also possessed expertise in combat management systems, ballistic missile defense, and shipboard engineering.

In fact, he served as the Navy’s chief engineer when he assumed command of Naval Seas Systems Command. Not only did Admiral Balisle know what he was looking at, but he also had the independence to speak truthfully and without fear of repercussions. 

Specifically, he was charged by then-Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughhead to constitute a “Fleet Review Panel to assess surface force readiness across the man, train, equip domain areas, and provide recommended corrective actions.”  

The report was an eye-opening dose of the unvarnished truth. The report was as celebrated as it was ultimately ignored. Nevertheless, Admiral Balisle’s conclusions should give a healthy clue as to what might still be troubling the Navy’s ships: training was drastically insufficient; ship maintenance had no constituency and was therefore persistently given the shortest of shrift; and the operational tempo for ships was crushing."

 - "Collisions: Part I—What Are the Root Causes?" Captain Kevin Eyer, USN (Ret), "Proceedings" Aug 2017

'Might' still be troubling the Navy? There's that pesky article in the WSJ about What The Investigators Found and Told The Navy. There is no 'might' about it.

And as the author mentions in an earlier section of his article, there's that Fat Leonard scandal, hanging around the Navy's neck like a rotting albatross. The admirals and other senior officers involved in that mess should be put up against a wall and shot. Pour encourager les autres. That is not hyperbole; I firmly and irrevocably believe that. Those people betrayed their oaths of commissioning; they betrayed the country; they betrayed the Navy. For money, for hookers, for 'favors.' They deserve to be shot. I wonder if Ol' Heel Spurs would pardon them. They operated well within his moral sphere, so why not?

Balisle revealed a rot that had been occurring since Saint Ronnie's days. It reaches across political party lines. It is as much the fault of the Bushes as it is the fault of Clinton and Obama. Congress bears no small share of the blame. And ... the American people have a considerable burden here as well. An informed and actively engaged patriotic citizen is not going to be wasting a lot of time stupidly focused on nonsense like Kaepernick's Kneeling; dead horses like flag-burning amendments, Obamanian chimp memes, and swooning over empty rhetoric such as we see pumped out from Ol' Heel Spurs and his sycophants like so much sewage overflow from Harvey rainwater.

Really. It's easy to froth and foam over empty, idiotic nonsense like that. It's feel good stuff. It accomplishes nothing whatsoever, but by God, it's RealPatriotism™! Afterwards, you can sit back and listen to Trace Adkins CW tearjerkers and bemoan the fading of the Good Ol' Days. Like, you know. Back when people like Obama knew their place.

Meanwhile, the Fat Little NORK isn't getting the memo, despite the fact that Ol' Heel Spurs is respecting the respect he thinks the Fat Little NORK might be showing.

The NORKs have the 4th largest army in the world. In place. Ready to go. It's one thing to crank off fifty cruise missiles at an empty airbase, knowing full well that not much is going to happen in return. It's quite another to load your testicles in a Red, White, and Blue wheelbarrow and do something stupid that gets millions of people killed, all because the Leader of the Free World (that noise in the background is the rest of the free world puking into the potted plants) is too stupid, too ill-informed, too abysmally ignorant, too incapable of abstract thinking, too incapable of stringing words of more than one syllable into coherent sentences ... to Just Not Do That. Lock and load! Thump the Bible! Wave the flag! Get Trace Adkins to write us a sawng!


Ol' 1Y returns

Oh sure. Just what we need. Another loser. Ol' 1Y Tancredo.

Tom Tancredo, upset about canceled white nationalist event, weighs another run for Colorado governor

“Not one Republican in this state, no one elected or running for office, has the guts to say, ‘What the hell is going on?’” [Tancredo] said. “What ever happened with the First Amendment? Have we totally annihilated it in our rush to appease the left?"

Apparently not. Tancredo is certainly exercising his First Amendment rights.

“The kind of hateful politics for decades on the right that fueled the political rise of Congressman Tancredo is exactly what gave us President Donald Trump,” said Ian Silverii, the group’s executive director. “A Tancredo candidacy could unite the Colorado Republican Party, but it would divide Colorado.”

If a Tancredo candidacy would 'unite the Colorado Republican Party,' that doesn't say much for the Colorado Republican Party. But then ... looking at the last few election cycles, what's new about that?

Tom '1Y' Tancredo

An excerpt:

"Among other things, Ol' 1Y is what we call a 'Chickenhawk.' He never served in the armed forces of these United States; he got himself classified as "1Y" during the Vietnam war. That happened because he claimed he was depressed. So far as I know, he has never said why he was depressed, or what it was that depressed him. Perhaps it was the thought of going to Vietnam? Huh. I'll bet a lot of other guys wish they had thought of that one.

So he never served. That in itself is not all that big a deal. There are lots of people who never served in uniform. But Tancredo, you see, is one of those guys who now claims "I wish I had had the opportunity to serve ..." and who now supports quite enthusiastically the Bush/Obama wars. He's glad to send your kids off to war ... but he was, like, you know ... too depressed himself. Tancredo is one of those saber-rattling, flag-waving, super-patriot Chickenhawks."

Of course, it's now a 'Trump war,' too.

What a buffoon. Ol' Heel Spurs and his Nazi pals sure do have 'em crawling out from under rocks these days.

Murrica! Makin' it Grate Again.


The Great Commission

Here's another one, about Ol' Grab 'Em By the Pussy's band of Pastoral Pimps.

All the President's Preachers

A point:

"It is important to understand that these leaders, despite their megachurches and presidential access, do not speak for all Christians in this country. My organization, the National Council of Churches, is made up of 30 million Christians in more than 100,000 local congregations of its member denominations — Orthodox, Anglican, mainline Protestant and historic peace churches — who have been quick to rally against the rise of white supremacists and neo-Nazis."


It's interesting that Ol' Grab 'Em By the Pussy's band of Pastoral Pimps is specifically made up of evangelicals.

So much for that 'Great Commission' thing, hmmm?

Matthew 28:18-20 -  "And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

I suppose what we have here is a variation on the old 'Hearts and Minds' thing, back when we were concerned with 'winning hearts and minds' in Vietnam: "Grab 'em by the balls and their hearts and minds will follow."

Perhaps grabbin' 'em by the pussy will cause their souls to follow? What do Falwell, Graham, and the rest of the Pastoral Pimps have to say about that, as they bend their knees before their Great God Trump? Some deep scriptural interpretation? I mean, c'mon. God's on their side. S'plain it to we benighted heathens.

Pastoral Pimps and the Great God Trump

"For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires."

- 2 Timothy 4:3

... and the Pastoral Pimps continue to bend their knees before their Great God Trump ... given to us by God (the other one) himself.

Pastor explains why he left Trump's evangelical council

Guest comments:

Here's a quote from the article: “Can we talk this truthful in church?” he asked at the noon service. “Speaking in absolute terms, I would love to be a Christian first. But America has created an environment that forces me to be first aware of the color of my skin, then, the content of my character, and my Christian conscription.”

Since when did being a Christian not mean standing against hatred and bigotry? This guy is out of his mind if he is saying that standing up for Christ and the people He loves is not equal with being a Christian.

"I have to go with my race first" ... he's messed up.

Good thing James Reeb didn't see it that way, hey wot. Him and a lot like him.

More Dixie recollections ...

Actually, we had been exposed to the 'Suthren lifestyle' before that New Bern episode. Before his Iwakuni tour, the old man had been an instructor (he was involved in the Marines' development and use of helicopters almost since the beginning, back right after the war, when HMX-1 really was all about experimental helicopters rather than carting the president around ... but that's another story) at NAS Millington (Naval Air Station), just north of Memphis. Millington was a huge naval air training base back then.

We lived in the town of Millington for awhile, and then we moved to Munford, a tiny village that was exactly like Sparta in the original Heat of the Night (which, if you have not seen, you should consider doing so). It was complete to the rich white meat's house on the hill, just like in Sparta in the flick. This was our 'pigs and chickens and crop development' period. It was actually quite a bit of fun. We had a huge garden, a pig pen for 'the livestock' and a coop full of laying hens and a truly demonic rooster. No 4H involvement though. Not sure why. In any case, this Munford was still in the 1860's in many respects. There was a working cotton gin - no shit, we kids would crawl into the pile of cotton husks the same way other kids played in leaf piles. There was a huge cotton field out behind the house we were renting. Huge. In the harvest season there were black folk out there dragging those long bags and filling them up. Not slaves, of course, but still treated about the same, less the whippings. Out in the middle of the field, there was an unpainted house, not much more than a shack. In fact, if you have ever seen Deliverance ... there it is. Complete with white trash family, down to the mewling inbred 'thing.' Seriously. A sharecropper family. They loved the black folk, but not because they were filled with the love of Jesus. Nope. White trash sharecroppers were down at the bottom of the social scale. Scum. But ... they were still white. And so they got to take out all their pent up resentments on the black folk, who were ... not white. You really had to be there.

When Selma blew up, and the bus boycott, and all the rest, I didn't have a bit of trouble in understanding the why of that. Even back then, as a callow and socially unconcious ute, I wondered, "What took you so long?"

There were no black kids in our schools. None. In fact, there were no black kids in my high school until some point after I graduated. But at that time, it didn't even register, because that was just the way it was. Talk about being 'culturally obtuse.'

USAF had been desegrated along with the other branches of the armed forces back in the late forties. But ... in my AFSC (MOS), automatic tracking radar systems, there were very few black folk. There were none during my tech schooling at Keesler AFB. I remember but one, when I went out to my first duty station, and he had cross-trained in from somewhere else. They used him not for radar work, but for 'area maintenance.' The reason for this? "Blacks don't have the intellectual acumen to handle the training materials or the complexity of the systems." I remember when the first black troop came in from tech school. That would have been about 1970-ish. 'They' didn't know what to do about it. How to 'handle' him. He was actually quite good at the job, which really blew 'them' away. The only other time I remember 'them' vapor-locking so heavily was when the first female showed up in the field, about mid-1977. The command crisis there was 'what about latrine facilities? What will we do?!!!' and other command hand-wringing ... but that's another one of those 'that's another story' things.

There's a lot more to this than a bunch of snowflakes wetting their pants over a bunch of statues covered in pigeon shit.

"The night they drove ol' Dixie down ..."

Southern racism and Civil War statues

"I will never forget the time when I gathered with a bunch of Jewish Southerners to watch the movie “The Help,” which is about the experience of black domestics in the South in the 1960s.

At first, there was a lot of denial about the truths portrayed in that film.
That domestics could not use the bathrooms inside the houses: many in the audience refused to believe it.

Until someone stood up and asked: “Haven’t y’all ever wondered why so many of our houses have bathrooms in the garage?”

Which got me wondering: The first Atlanta house that I lived in had a bathroom in the garage. I always figured that it was because when you gotta go, you gotta go.

Apparently not."

 I remember that we had returned to MCAS Cherry Point. This would have been late 1958, early 1959. The old man had just finished an unaccompanied tour at Iwakuni. (That's a Marine air station in Japan, near Hiroshima). We were in New Bern, NC. New Bern, among other things, is famous for being the home of Pepsi Cola - you can get a Pepsi today in the original Pepsi soda fountain, which is right across the street from Christ Church. Christ Church is a magnificent old thing, harking back to the days of George Whitfield. Whitfield actually preached there Christmas Day, 1739. This was all part of The Great Awakening.

New Bern is in Craven County. Back then, it was a dusty, sleepy little burg with more than a few overtones of 'The Heat of the Night' (the original movie, with Sidney Poitier). The civil rights movement was sorta kinda heating up. There were no convenience stores, no places to drop in for a quick selection from the soda machine like we have today. I was looking for a water fountain, so I went across the street to the bus station. And there, I found a water fountain. It was pretty crappy looking. Mineral stains and so on. This was before the days of RO and soft water. I drank deeply.

And then ... I was grabbed by the neck, spun around, and I found myself staring into the porcine eyes of a pus-gutted Craven County deputy. "Whatchew doin', boy, drankin' from the nigger fountain!"

We had been living in Buffalo whilst the old man was overseas. Before that, we lived on Marine and Navy bases. They didn't have separate water fountains. I was baffled. I had no idea.

The signs were there. Hard to see from the dirt and rust, but there they were.

I was, at that young age, apparently a Nawthin Ajitater. Come to stir up the darkies or somesuch.

I got frog-marched back across the street to the bosum of my family. There was some kind of an exchange between the old man and the pus-gutted deputy. Probably to the effect that 'it won't happen again.'

Southern culture. It ain't all sweet tea and pecan pies. It isn't hard to see why some people get their undies in a wad over statues of such as Nathan Bedford Forrest and his ilk.

"It's like everyone forgot ..."

“I can’t guarantee your kids won’t be here in 20 years with another old guy standing in front of them,” [Neller] said, according to multiple Marines at the meeting."

No shit.

"Neller" is the current Commandant of the Marine Corps.

"We only need a few thousand more troops," said the generals ...

Where have we heard that one before. I swear, if I hear any one of those bastards in Washington utter anything like '... the light at the end of the tunnel ...' I will send them a quart freezer bag of vomit.

"McNamara visited Vietnam — the first of many trips — and returned predicting that American intervention would enable the South Vietnamese, despite internal feuds, to stand by themselves "by the end of 1965. That was a forerunner of a seemingly endless string of official "light at the end of the tunnel" predictions of American success. Each was followed by more warfare, more American troops, more American casualties, more American bombing, more North Vietnamese infiltration — and more predictions of an early end to America's commitment."

"Just a few more troops ... just a few more years ..."


Vital issues ...

Strange bedfellows

Birds of a feather. Strange bedfellows. Whatever other cliches fit.

Free speech

I see this morning that the ACLU, which has defended the rights of the neo-Nazis and other white supremacists to hold their rallies and make their speeches, is being 'criticized' for so doing.

The ACLU is correct. The neo-Nazis and the other white supremacists have that right.

Apparently donors and members of the ACLU are either withholding donations or rescinding memberships over this.

Clearly, such people had no idea of the purpose of the ACLU, which is to defend civil liberties, no matter whose they might be.

It's not the responsibility of the ACLU to keep the peace at those rallies. That is the responsibility of the local governments and law enforcement. It may even become the responsibility of state and federal governments, to keep the peace.

But the ACLU is correct in defending the right of the alt-right slime to have their say.

No one has to listen to it, but they have the right to say it.


"A pleasing duty ..."

An open letter from the great great grandsons of Stonewall Jackson

"Confederate monuments like the Jackson statue were never intended as benign symbols. Rather, they were the clearly articulated artwork of white supremacy. Among many examples, we can see this plainly if we look at the dedication of a Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina, in which a speaker proclaimed that the Confederate soldier “saved the very life of the Anglo-Saxon race in the South.” Disturbingly, he went on to recount a tale of performing the “pleasing duty” of “horse whipping” a black woman in front of federal soldiers. All over the South, this grotesque message is conveyed by similar monuments. As importantly, this message is clear to today’s avowed white supremacists."


The descendants of Lee, Jackson and Davis want the Confederate statues to come down

Moral Equivalence

It's interesting how the Trumpkins are focused on the bad behavior of the 'leftist terrorists' at Charlottesville and other places.
They miss the point, badly, either deliberately, or through abject ignorance and a lack of ability to reason.
There is no question that a good many 'leftists' (we'll hold the term 'terrorists' in abeyance for the nonce) behaved badly. They should be arrested for crimes committed; they should be charged for crimes committed. I haven't heard anyone say otherwise.
The problem is not in the idea of giving the 'leftists' a bye on any of this.
The problem is the President of the United States repeatedly attempting to establish moral equivalence between a collection of loosely organized (at best, 'loosely') 'leftist' rabble and 'many fine people' who are in the neo-Nazi and white supremacist movements.
There's no such thing as a 'nice' Nazi. There's no such thing as a 'nice' white supremacist. There are no 'fine people' in the American Nazi movement, or the other white supremacist movements. The 'Christian Identity' types are not 'Christian.' The 'Christian White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan' and other such outfits are not 'Christian.' They express no sense of 'American values' whatsoever.
There is no moral equivalence. None.
It's a shame and a disgrace that the President of the United States utterly fails to grasp that.