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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What To Do With This Guy?

He was, by the accounts of many experts, the greatest military genius America ever created.  He was the "Wizard of the Saddle."  A great American, William Tecumseh Sherman - another military genius who knew a good bit about the man - referred to him as "that devil Forrest" and declared in 1864 that he "must be hunted down and killed if it costs ten thousand lives and bankrupts the Federal treasury."

It was that same William Sherman who said of him after the war: "After all, I think Forrest was the most remarkable man our Civil War produced on either side."

To know the history is to accept that statement as fact.

"Remarkable," of course, being a rather elastic word.

For, while Confederate Lt. General Nathan Bedford Forrest was - and is - considered to be a strategic and tactical genius on the battlefield, his biography also has its dark side.

Before the Civil War Forrest, among other endeavors, was a slave trader. And during the war - a case can be made - he allowed himself to become a war criminal.  Then there's the small matter of Forrest being a cofounder of the Ku Klux Klan.

So what to do with this guy?

If you're a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, you honor the man and work to have his name emblazoned on a license plate.  If you're a member of the NAACP, you do everything to prevent it.

The battle is joined.  All these years later:
Haley Barbour in KKK plate uproar
By Kasie Hunt, Politico

In the latest racially charged incident in his home state, Haley Barbour on Tuesday drew fire when he refused to condemn a proposal honoring a Ku Klux Klan leader and Confederate general on a state license plate.

"I don't go around denouncing people. That's not going to happen," Barbour, who is considering a run for the White House in 2012, said when asked about the plate, the Associated Press reported. "I know there's not a chance it'll become law."

The state NAACP has denounced the proposal from the Mississippi Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans to honor Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who went on to become an early leader of the KKK.Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi NAACP, ripped the planned license plate "absurd," blasted Forrest as a "racially divisive figure," and has called on Barbour to denounce the plan. [link]
Me?  I come down on the side of the NAACP.

To know of Forrest's legacy is to be disturbed.  While he was indeed a military genius, he pushed beyond the rules of war and exhibited marked - and unacceptable - cruelty toward his enemies, and not just at Fort Pillow, and not just toward his military foe, but even toward civilians in western Tennessee who he deemed to be enemies of the Confederacy.  It's a chapter in his biography that doesn't get much attention.  But should.

For what it's worth, I have a print of Forrest at the battle of Parker's Crossroads on the wall behind me here in my office.  It depicts the military genius at his most audacious.  That part of his history, I think, should be admired.  And feared.

But it's the entirety of his life that has to be considered when someone today starts talking about honoring the man.  In the many chapters written, only one signals acts to be praised.  Far too many deserve our eternal  condemnation.

Let him rest, fellas.

These Democrats Need To Go

How many of you in Southwest Virginia know you actually have a state senator?

Well you do.

Knowing that, you may be interested in what it is they do for a living.

Or, more to a point I'm going to make, what they do to you for a living.

Who they run with.  Who they're beholden to.  How they vote.  Who they don't give a damn about.

We here in this part of the Commonwealth are blessed with four senators.

Roscoe Reynolds.
John Edwards.
Creigh Deeds.
Phil Puckett.

All Democrats.

All ... your ... typical ... Democrats.

Something you may be interested in knowing:  Say a rapist breaks into your home late at night and displays a knife, cornering you and telling you what he's about to do to your wife and daughter.  Should you be allowed by law to use physical force - including deadly force - against that intruder without fear of civil liability?

Roscoe Reynolds and John Edwards and Creigh Deeds, all Democrats, say NO.

This is beyond shameful:
“Castle Doctrine” Legislation Defeated in Senate Committee

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

On Monday, February 14, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee “passed by indefinitely” House Bill 1573, defeating the bill by an 8 to 4 margin. State Senators Henry Marsh (D-16), Richard Saslaw (D-35), Louis Lucas (D-18), John Edwards (D-21), Roscoe Reynolds (D-20), Toddy Puller (D-36), Creigh Deeds (D-25), and Chap Petersen (D-34) all voted in opposition to this “Castle Doctrine” legislation.

House Bill 1573, sponsored by Delegate Bill Cleaveland (R-17), sought to codify a version of the “Castle Doctrine” which would have allowed lawful occupants of a dwelling to use any degree of physical force, including deadly force, against an intruder who has committed an overt act against him, without the fear of civil liability. [link]
Outrageous.

Absolutely unconscionable.

And emboldening.

We got rid of Rick Boucher in November because his voting record became more akin to the wants and desires of East Coast liberals than to those of his constituents here in Southwest Virginia.  We now need to concentrate our efforts on the slugs in the Virginia state Senate who vote in opposition to their constituency - and in support of the gun control lobby, for God's sake - as well.

Democrats.

As long as they're around, your home, your hearth, your way of life are unsafe.

They need to go.

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For details on HB 1573 go here.

Quote of the Day

Michelle Malkin (in "Super Nanny: First Lady of Junk Science Michelle Obama") brings us this quote from C.S. Lewis to make the case that our president's wife is trying to "socially engineer" our food intake.  With messianic determination.

I can't help but think about the poor cigarette smokers among us - who are shunned as being modern day lepers - and who will, by God, alter their lifestyle or be punished severely for it:

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

The tyrants of today force smokers to leave the office building in the dead of winter to sate their habit huddled against the wall in sub-zero weather.

For their own good.

And the tyrants are pleased that they have exacted such torture.

In America. 2011.

We Allow Them To Walk Among Us

With the hundreds of billions we've spent on defending this country against terrorist attack since 9/11, those given that charge seem to not even know a terrorist when he's sitting at the lunch counter with them.  For years.

This is frightening in its implications:
Major Hasan, 'Star Officer'
By Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal

[European denunciations of "multiculturalism"] came at a fitting moment, just as Americans had been handed a report providing the fullest disclosures so far about the multiculturalist zeal that had driven Army and medical school superiors to smooth Nidal Malik Hasan's rocky way through training, promote him, and, despite blatant evidence of his unfitness, raise not a single concern. Maj. Hasan, U.S. Army psychiatrist, would be assigned to Fort Hood where, in November 2009, he opened fire, killing 12 fellow soldiers and a civilian employee, and wounding 32 others.

In this report, titled "A Ticking Time Bomb" and put out by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, there is a detail as dazzling in its bleak way as all the glowing misrepresentations of Dr. Hasan's skills and character, which his superiors poured into their evaluations of him. It concerns the Department of Defense's official report on the Fort Hood killings—a study whose recital of fact made no mention of Hasan's well-documented jihadist sympathies. Subsequent DoD memoranda portray the bloodbath—which began with Hasan shouting "Allahu Akbar!"—as a kind of undefined extremism, something on the order, perhaps, of work-place violence.

This avoidance of specifics was apparently contagious—or, more precisely, policy. In November 2010, each branch of the military issued a final report on the Fort Hood shooting. Not one mentioned the perpetrator's ties to radical Islam. Even today, "A Ticking Time Bomb," co-authored by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) and Susan Collins (R., Maine), reminds us that DoD still hasn't specifically named the threat represented by the Fort Hood attack—a signal to the entire Defense bureaucracy that the subject is taboo. [link]
In a way this is understandable.  The military, since the Vietnam days, has been tied in knots by do-gooders in and out of government who have exacted political correctness on those in uniform like in no other segment of society.  Whether the subject be male chauvinism, racism, homophobia, or religious intolerance, the armed forces have buckled to pressures applied by those who see it as being some kind of cultural Petri dish in which diversity training takes precedent over weaponry and conditioning training .

Still, there is a limit beyond which no one who has sworn the oath to "support and defend" should go in order to "play nice."

And too many individuals - it is now clear - crossed that boundary and people died.

Bottom line:  The Fort Hood massacre could have been prevented.  An Islamist extremist signaled his intentions to all those around him - over a period of years - and those responsible for providing for our protection looked the other way.

The worst part?  The murderer's superiors looked the other way because that was how they were trained.

"Against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

Except under certain circumstances involving ...

Hold His Banner High

We need to appoint this dude Spokesman of the Loony Left.

Typical.  So typical.