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Sunday, October 10, 2010

History Some Would Rather Forget

If you're unfamiliar with the name Harriet Beecher Stowe, please go back to reading the latest on Snookie and her "Jersey Shore" reality TV show and leave this weblog.  Now.

If you know the name but can't place the context, I'll provide a gentle hint:

Uncle Tom's Cabin.

To give you an idea as to how profound her contribution to - and alteration of - American history was, Abraham Lincoln is said to have met her at one point in the early 1860's, looked at her, and said, "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war."

That being the Civil War.  The war that cost the United States of America three-quarters of a million lives, devastated utterly half the nation's landscape, but ended the institution of slavery forever.

No less a personage than James Wadsworth Longfellow wrote of Stowe's anti-slavery novel:

"It is one of the greatest triumphs recorded in literary history, to say nothing of the higher triumph of its moral effect."

She was considered, in the years leading up to that "great war," to be that towering a figure.

It was Stowe, when war broke out, who said, "It was God’s will that this nation — the North as well as the South — should deeply and terribly suffer for the sin of consenting to and encouraging the great oppressions of the South.” 

Other famous Stowe quotes:

"It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done."

"So long as the law considers all these human beings, with beating hearts and living affections, only as so many things belonging to the master -- so long as the failure, or misfortune, or imprudence, or death of the kindest owner, may cause them any day to exchange a life of kind protection and indulgence for one of hopeless misery and toil -- so long it is impossible to make anything beautiful or desirable in the best-regulated administration of slavery."

A day of grace is yet held out to us. Both North and South have been guilty before God; and the Christian Church has a heavy account to answer. Not by combining together, to protest injustice and cruelty, and making a common capital of sin, is this Union to be saved-but by repentance, justice and mercy; for, not surer is the eternal law by which the millstone sinks in the ocean, than that stronger law, by which injustice and cruelty shall bring on nations the wrath of Almighty God.”

For this Harriet Beecher Stowe earned the undying enmity of many in this country. Including many prominent citizens right here in Virginia.

The following "news item" was written long after Stowe wrote the novel that "started the war" between North and South, and long after that war had come to a successful conclusion:
"Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe sailed from New York yesterday for Florida and will spend several months in the land of centipedes, flowers, and free niggers.  It is to be hoped she will not write about any more cabins while she is down there."
And where did that vile bit of malice appear?

In an editorial in the Richmond Dispatch, March 13, 1867.

So you know, the Richmond Times merged with the Richmond Dispatch in 1903.  We know the resulting entity today as the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

It would not be a stretch to believe that those who write for it today would just as soon forget about those who wrote for it in its distant past.

Say What You Will About 'Left' vs. 'Right'

This much is certain:

Our side has all the babes.

Like They Really Care

This should make your blood boil:
Aviation deal clears way for emissions scheme: EU
Reuters

A global deal on emissions curbs by airlines struck late on Friday will allow the European Union to press ahead with plans to charge airlines for emissions permits from 2012, the European Commission said on Saturday.

The EU agreed in 2008 that airlines should be included in its emissions trading scheme (ETS), which forces industry to pay for permits for each tonne of carbon dioxide they emit into the atmosphere.

The ETS is the EU's main tool for combating climate change and it wants to see the system adopted worldwide. Aviation is responsible for some 2 percent of the world's carbon emissions. [link]
Two points:

1) This is just another indication that "emissions taxes" - think cap-and-trade - have never been about the environment.  They've always been about enlarging the tax revenue stream.

2) It should be remembered that airline executives don't give two squirts about taxes.  They'll simply compensate by raising air fares.  It's the poor schmuck who wants to buy a ticket who will be paying out the nose - as always - in order to ... what?  Stop emissions?  Please.  Does anyone actually believe that?

This is so wrong.

Mark Warner Lives!

And you thought he'd vanished shortly after being elected to the Senate in 2008.  Turns out, he didn't disappear at all.

He can these days be found writing rambling, vacuous, impossible-to-read bullshit that appears occasionally in local newspapers that are desperate to kill trees and fill space.

A Correction That Cries Out For a Correction

What to make of this?
Correction: Illegal Immigrant Sex Offenders story
Associated Press

Richmond, Va. (AP) -- In a story Oct. 8 about 365 prisoners who were identified as illegal immigrants while serving terms for sex crimes, The Associated Press incorrectly included 183 U.S. citizens in that group. The 365 illegal immigrants face deportation as convicted sex offenders after they serve their current sentences, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. In addition, the 183 dual-national U.S. citizens identified as sex offenders during the ICE investigation also face deportation to their countries of origin, the agency said. [link]
183 illegals are not illegal because they're legal.  But they're not legal so they're being deported.

Huh?

Why The GOP Was Driven Into Exile

Want to see that face of appeasement?  Want to know how it is that we are where we are as this country teeters on the brink of disaster?  Wonder how it is that we seem to have only a one-party system in Washington sometimes?

Meet Susan Collins ... Rep ... Repub ...Re ...

Compromiser:
It's a tough time to be a moderate in the U.S. Senate. Sitting down with those on the opposite side of a debate, negotiating in good faith, attempting to reach a solution -- such actions are now vilified by the hard-liners on both sides of the aisle. Too few want to achieve real solutions; too many would rather draw sharp distinctions and score political points, even if that means neglecting ... [blah blah blah]
Go away, woman.  You're as much a part of the problem as are Pelosi, Reid, and Obama.  They demand; you meet them half way.  They demand; you meet them halfway.  They demand; you meet them halfway.

Every blessed day of every blessed year.  For decades.

They - with your willingness to give them half of what they want on a daily basis - have driven this country to ruin.  Your "attempt to reach solutions" has resulted in our crushing debt load, our inability to compete with the world's new powerhouses, and, for the first time in our history, a dissolution of the American Dream.

That's what your "moderation" has wrought.

So take it somewhere else.  We've had enough of moderate Republicans like you.

Griffith Garners Major Endorsement

This one may seem like a no-brainer since Congressman Rick Boucher - Democrat - is as pro-abortion as they come (how does any human being outside of Dr. Mengele's Nazi Germany vote NO on banning the practice of aborting children at the moment when they are partially born?), but this endorsement should be shouted from the rooftops.  From a press release:
National Right to Life endorses Griffith

The National Right to Life Political Action Committee has announced its endorsement of Republican Morgan Griffith in the race for the Ninth Congressional seat.

The group says: "This endorsement reflects Griffith's commitment to renewing a culture of life, not only in Virginia, but throughout the nation and in the U.S. Congress.During consideration of sweeping health care restructuring legislation backed by President Obama, your opponent, Congressman Rick Boucher, voted against the pro-life Stupak-Pitts Amendment, a pro-life amendment to remove provisions of the bill that expanded coverage of abortion and authorized government funding of elective abortions."

Griffith says this shows a major difference [between] him and the current Congressman, Rick Boucher. "I support pro-life legislation and oppose the use of federal funding for elective abortion."

The NRL says countless Americans who respect the sanctity of human life appreciate Griffith's willingness to serve and to take a stand as a strong advocate for life.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if the most vile holocaust to have taken place since the days Jews were burned in ovens - this one occurring today right here in our own United States - were ended forever?

So you know, Rick Boucher has obtained the endorsement from the largest baby slaughter mill on the planet.

Take that into the voting booth along with knowledge of the rest of his shameful record.

Found Trying To Board a Plane To The U.S.

They'll try anything ...