WWIII and The Islamic Rebels, and the Rise and Fall of the US of A

Having just finished Hormegeddon by Bill Bonner and working on the more difficult Death of Money by James Richards, I view the current state of the world with little change. Islam became a problem in the 300s AD when it declared that if you were not Islamic, you were an Infidel and therefore subject to one of three modes of living. First, conversion, giving you the full rights of Islam. The second was the right to live as a subservient person in the Islam world with no rights. The Third, which is reserved for Christians is death. Funny, but I do not consider this a religion. Though I am a Christian, I look at any group that operates under this type of principals as being totally stupid. Sorry, I have to put it that way, but that is how I see it.

Hitler, Rome, and so many other cultures during the past have set edicts that said others had to join or die. Each have been either destroyed by the normal or have died of their own volition. Islam has survived by giving men the dominion over women. This is sad in that with modifications it would be a great religion. Not exactly mine, but one acceptable to the people of the world. It is that Join or Die that does it in. In that respect it places itself against the more than two thirds of the world. The Islamic people who say they do not support Radical Islam, still give their money to those who do support it. They do not violently oppose. This is the problem that has grown. As groups like ISIS come and go, the Islamic people have not opposed. In fact we saw them clapping when the Twin Towers fell.

We in America are blessed with an Islamic President. He has supported many things and is embarrassed when he has to do something against Islam. Thousands of Americans are dual citizens of America and Israel. Because for years America supported Israel, this was not a problem. They could claim alliance to both. But now our President has supported Hamas. To some this means America supports Hamas. That would seem to mean that America opposes Israel. I can not support that. It is saying that we allowed Israel to become a nation so that it could pull all the Jewish people to one place to be destroyed by the Islamic peoples.

The other nations of the world are locked in their own problems. India vs China and and a couple of lesser nations. Russia is trying to regain its neighbors that broke of a few years ago. Then along comes ISIS which is gaining strength in Syria and Iraq. This group is be-heading anyone who will not agree with it. Our President does not want to oppose it because that would mean going to “War”. He can kill people with drones but he can not bring himself to say “War”. He places America in a very bad place. We need to declare war on ISIS, but he will not do so. Thus ISIS grows stronger, and has declared that it will occupy the White House. Our President allows anyone that wants to to cross our borders. This alone will allow ISIS to do violent acts on our soil. At that time the President will be guilty of acts against the American Constitution. He has sworn to protect the American People and the Constitution of the United States. Will we have the strength to kick him out when it happens?

What will a war against ISIS entail? We are making airstrikes against its columns of military now, but what is next? Will be make the commitment as a nation that it takes to destroy this movement and its friends. Will we as a nation stop wasting money on do good projects and in giving money to anyone who ask for it. Can we fight a war while reducing the debt? So many questions.

What will it take. I see years of war with agreements of other nations to let us fight on their soil, or having to fight nations because they support the ISIS. We will have to commit billions of time dollars and men. Plus we will have to clean up America. We can not allow domestic terrorism while there is a war going on. We can not have a system that is teaching that war is wrong and socialism is right. Education must be revamped. So many changes need to be made with a wimp President. Will there be any changes before next January? Will the President allow the new Republican Congress to set before he causes the dollar to collapse or the economy to fail? Will he destroy everything and try to declare Martial Law? All this in the face of a need to fight ISIS.

The real condition are we capable of fighting a war. Has our debt grown so large that we are no longer able. Is the daily cost of feeding our poor and not so poor, our retirees our disabled and on and on got to the point that we will not go to war? Will the economy collapse and ISIS just roll over us to take the White House that will be unoccupied because of the cost of running it?

As I have said before, I will establish my own militia if our country falls. I will support others that do the same. We must be able to defend ourselves. Why me? Basically because I am a Precinct Chair and know the voters in my district. Other local Precinct chairs can do the same and we link together in self defense. When all the Precincts are manned, the County will have to go along. Thus will we start the new government from the grass up. Counties will link till we have a state consensus. In Texas case, I would say stop there for 10 years to make sure. We have been a country before. This time we would be self sufficient with our oil, cotton and grains, plus cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens. We can survive, better off than most.

Personally I would like to get rid of some of the nary do wells, but then that is not Christian. But we can make the education system pure and get rid of the worthless education. It would start to produce students who are good Texans who would be good for the world. We can end things like politically correct, which is not humanly correct. Much improvement can be made. Welfare can be a good thing and not a free loader system as now. It to can produce good citizens. All retirements can be made basic with control over the cost that have been made in the past by governments and individuals. Graft and greed can be made major crimes punishable with harsh penalties. The government can do its job, of government and over site and not control.

But as I have said what comes first. The Death of Money says the Dollar, Euro will die first with other currencies following. Problem here will be the UN trying to establish a new money so it can feed from the trough. Not good. I like Bitcoin, Litcoin, Peercoin which are in existence and have established a track record of speed, ease of use and growth of protection. They will continue to grow and mature. The Digital Coins will have to be pegged against metals such as gold and silver. No more Dollar. Bitcoin today is $480+. That would make it worth 0.3782505 ounces of gold or 25.013027 ounces of silver. This system will adjust itself. Bitcoin will go up a lot before the Dollar dies, and its value against gold will be different, but you can see what is coming. You can buy on line with Bitcoin, Litecoin and others. It is easy and just gets easier. You can even gamble online, but they usually convert it to Dollars or Euros, because of Government regulations. When there are no Dollars or Euros, the Digital Coin will be there and it will peg against metal. On to the future.

The fall of the Dollar or a collapse of the economy or both will cause something we did not see in the 1930s. We did not have riots and murder in the streets. Without a way to pay and receive pay, we will very soon get hungry. Food will not get to markets, groceries will be bare. With out money or something to trade, we will not be able to pay. Without money, retirees will not receive their monthly checks. Soldiers will not be paid and will stay at their post only so long as there is food. When they can not feed their children they will go else where and probably take their weapons with them. It will be a hostile environment. If ISIS is in the middle and the Black Panthers there will be War on the streets. See my militia above. It will no longer be a safe America. A weapon in the hands of a Policeman or Soldier is a safe thing. Put it in the hands of someone hungry or someone looking for food for their children, then it becomes something else. We in the militia will trade food and shelter for good guns. I will not even think about the Utilities here. That scares me beyond belief. I have my own water and electricity. But most do not.

Will it be WWIII, War against ISIS, War against Islam, War against ??????, or ourselves? We wait and wonder!

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Ross Brigade

Some times you wonder why thing are the way they are. Why does Hood’s Brigade get better press. Why are other brigades better known. All things given very few differences can be found between brigades. The Battles they fought is a significant difference. Who the leaders above the brigade where and how the command structure was seen. The Ross Brigade was often under several layers of command and reports were not seen by history. Stephen D Lee was a commander who desired that most data come through him. In the Atlanta Campaign, Ross often reported directly to Johnston or Hood, providing current information to these leaders.

Even when The brigade was under Forrest the command structure was such that it was difficult to find the reports of the Brigade. Another factor was that the trunks holding the Brigade orders and reports was intrusted to a Lieutenant who was going to write the brigade history. He died and the trunks fell to the protection of his wife. Though she tried her best to protect them, they were pilfered in a hotel in Alabama during a search by Union forces. The records were scattered and captured flags and colors were stolen. This one event cause the loss of a lot of Regimental and Brigade history.

A lot of brigade history is lost in attics and scattered over the country. Of the many men of the Ross Brigade, only a few of their descendents are known and recognized today. Each soldier should have many descendents which would should announce the brigade history to the world. But many of us do not know the history. In the year 2000 I had no idea that my kin had fought in the Brigade. I knew nothing of the Brigade and I had graduated from Sul Ross State University. I did not even know that Sul Ross had been Texas most popular governor. That he had been a University President. Part of this is due to the education system that we have grown. It no longer lets us know who our great leaders were, but does let us know who our great dis-tractors were. The Marilyn Monroes and Elvis Presleys are important. Who cares about Sul Ross, for that matter, Jimmy Carter. Obama will be quickly forgotten.

Whitfield was forgotten soon after he left the Brigade. Ross was remembered until the last soldier died. A few Aggies know who Sully is but not who and what Sul Ross was and did. These were the two great leaders of the Brigade. John Whitfield had fought in the Spanish American War of 1845. He was a know leader, who General McCullough placed in a position of leadership early on. McCullogh task him to build a Legion. A balanced 12 company unit with Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery. Whitfield had his legion by March of 1862, but McCullough was gone and the purpose was forgotten. Whitfield commanded a 12 company regiment. Known as the Legion but numbered as the 27th Texas Cavalry Regiment. Two of its companies were basically Arkansas companies. Company B wes transferred to Ras Stirman’s Arkansas Sharpshooter Regiment for the Battle of Corinth. The other, Company K, served as a company of the regiment.

Whitfield was wounded at the Battle of Iuka, Mississippi on 19 September 1862. He was not able to return to command until April of 1863. He missed the Battles of Corinth, Hatchie Bridge, and the Holly Springs Raid. Even then he was no longer the person that he had been before. He spent a lot of time searching for his star and suffering ill health. By September 1862 he was replaced by Hinche Mabry. Two months later Mabry was transferred to General Forrest’s command and Ross took command of the Texas Cavalry Brigade.

What made Ross a Commander. He was a college graduate. He commander an Indian Company as a Ranger Captain under Major Van Dorn before the Civil War. He had killed a Comanche Chief in hand to hand combat. He was a confident of Sam Houston who trusted him to negotiate treaties with the Indians. All of this happened before he was 22. In 1861 he volunteered in his brother’s company as a Private. When a regiment was organized in September of 1861 he was selected to be the regimental Major. By May of 1862 he was selected to be the commander of the 6th Texas Cavalry Regiment. During the next year he was and acting brigade commander of an Infantry Brigade at Hatchie Bridge. During the times when Whitfield was absent sick on on trips to Richmond he was a Brigade Commander in Training.

In August 1863 he was chosen to lead a special unit in support of Gen S.D. Lee. The unit operated in nothern Mississippi and Alabama from September to December 1863 and was very important in causing a Union Corps to withdraw from Mississippi to north of Corinth. The Corps commander thought he had run into a reinforced division. Ross had selected the soldiers in his unit and they were the best fighters. Because of its structure and use, little is know of its actual battle history. Few reports were made and fewer are available for review.

Once Ross took command of the Texas Cavalry Brigade, we know most of its actions until the latter part of the Atlanta campaign. Ross often reported in person to General Johnston so we know of these reports. They are history and are noted in Stephen D Kirk’s book on the brigade. Some are noted by Hood and some by Ross. The actual facts about the Atlanta raids of Kirpatrick and McCook are well documented, but are immersed in incorrect data and innuendo cause by personal pride and lack of character. Even Ross and Victor Ross glossed over the facts, to keep from telling the actual story. Union accounts are even worse. History written by those making it is often not truth.

We can only sift through all the facts and hope we see the truth. Often a letter found one hundred and fifty years later is a key. It might be from a soldier to his father. Here the fact is not obliterated. A son is not afraid to tell his father the truth. A lover to his wife is not so truthful. To his mother, never. For he did not want to scare her because of the facts of War.

Ross wrote to his wife, but often was soft on the facts. He did not want to scare her. Thus is history tinged with the lies of lovers and children of mothers. I have been looking for the results of a battle at Yazoo Pass Mississippi, but nothing has come from history. Not even a fact that there was no battle. But up to a point the 27th was held in Mississippi and then raced to Tennessee to join the brigade on 5 April 1863 for the Battle of Thompson Station. A Union reinforced Regiment had left Nashville and was reconnoitering south of Franklin when it ran into Van Dorn’s complete Corps. The 27th was hiding behind rock walls because its horses were to tired to fight. Acting as Infantry, they completely surprised the Union force and in the ensuing battle the Union force was captured with only a small Cavalry detachment able to make it back to Nashville. The Confederate forces lost few men and won a great battle. One might ask how you can hide a Corps, but the area of Thompson Station is of hills and valleys and much trees and bushes. Around the station were rock walls and a few out buildings that provided good cover. Neither Ross or Whitfield were here to Command. Both were just retuning. John Griffith who commanded the Holly Springs Raid was commanding his last effort with the Brigade. Soon after this Griffith would return to Texas and become a Brigadier General.

Ross’s Brigade is important because it is the Brigade and its associations that cause Ross to be elected Governor with the highest percentage of voter turn out before or since. In fact they did it twice. Ross was very popular. He could have served a third term as Governor. That alone might have saved his life. For after 4 years as President of Texas A&M he went hunting and caught a cold. As Governor, he might not have done this. He died of pneumonia.

His work as a legislator, lawman, Governor and President is well documented and should be known. I have the latest Texas Almanac and even it does not include Ross as a two term popular governor. The book glosses over the late 188os and 1890s. Must not have been important. The most popular governor in Texas History forgotten. Only a small town in McClennan county by the name of Ross is remembered. Several rappers are known along with other dignitaries if the time.

So goes history. We remember what the times think is important. Not what has got us to this point. Even an editor of the Texas A&M newspaper wanted to remove the statue of Sul Ross “Sully” because Ross was a racist. Sad. I was on the Amtrack when it stopped in Alpine, Texas, and the conductor wanted to know for what the town was remembered. He then talked about a TV star from the ’70s “Hoss Cartwright”. I ask if he meant Dan Blocker. He said, “Who?” Dan Blocker played Hoss Cartwright in the TV series. No one even thought of the name of the University in Alpine. Sul Ross State. Few deserve to have a University named after them, but Lawrence Sullivan “Sul” Ross does. Who remembers the Ross Brigade?

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A World Gone Crazy, and We Thought the Civil War Was Crazy!

What is it, 239 people dead. A country torn apart and part annexed by Russia. The government attacking an old rancher because he allowed his cattle to graze on government range without paying a rental fee. Of course he had been doing it for years before the BLM imposed the fee. And through all of this, the Bitcoin, which is supposed to be not good as a currency, has remained steady at betweem $430 and $550. Again the Government has decided that it is not currency but property. The media is having a ball with the missing Malaysia Airliner. I have seen more authorities on aviation in the last few weeks than I knew existed. A constant parade of pilots and other smart people and lawyers. Add to that we are still talking about Benghazi after a year and almost one half. A ferry sinks in Korea killing a lot of high school students. The list just goes on and on.

What is to be made of the loss of the Malaysia Airlines 777. One thing I did see in the last few days is how easy it is to get contraband weapons on an aircraft. The other is the danger of having devout Islam pilots driving the aircraft. It is vary obvious that airport security is a joke. Many different types of weapons are taken on to planes, often without effort. It is easy and something not detected in most cases. So why go through the process? The second is even more obvious. In the last 40 years most aircraft that have been taken by terrorist, were Muslim terrorist. It becomes easy to resolve the problem. Have Muslims fly only on Muslim aircraft. Why endanger everyone else. Christians do not commandeer aircraft or kill other passengers, unless that person is deranged. You could probably go through several groups of people who would not kill or endanger other passengers.

You might even have a Terrorist flight. Then you could use a Piper Cub and not a Boeing 777. Flights would be more like cruse ships. Something for everyone. Now, I am getting off the track. Russia planned the take over of the Crimea prior to the Olympic Games. It was almost like an orchestrated play. The actual annexing was the icing on the cake. When Putin signed the annexation everyone called him a thug. But instead, he was an artist, making our President look like a dunce. No, I do not condone what he has done, but he did it and no one could stop him.

My ranting sounds so crazy. What has become of the world. At the same time we are seeing more films of religion than in years. They are good and their are OK. Noah in the latter category. So we do not have much of written history from the beginning of history. Or was Noah the beginning. there were a lot of wild and ranting people in that time. We do not know when it actually was, but from the first two. Adam and Eve must have had a lot of children. The close relationships must have also been crazy. But the time is really unknown. Much happened from the beginning of time and the time of Noah. There are no documents. The only document that contains anything is the Old Testament of the Bible. There may be other documents, but they must be hidden because they may be different than what we know, or they may give a different view. Do they exist?

History is an interesting thing. It happens and immediately there are several different views of what time. We have to wait for historians to write it down a few years latter when the dust has settled. Some times it never settles. Things like the Lincoln and Kennedy assignations, the Civil War and other events that hold the world view for years. I try to find the things that happened in my Great Grandfathers war, and find often the two views and that of the many viewers, presents a much different view of history. A place call Nash Farms in Georgia, reflects the man who has done the archeology and then also tries to write the history of the battle that occurred there. Of course, he is bias in his views. Many different accounts of the battle exist. Some Union and some Southern. The Union versions and that of the man who developed the Georgia History site, show the Union in a glorious charge and victory. The Southern view is that a greatly weaker southern force cornered a much larger Union force and force it to run for its life. What the Union force believed and what the strength of the actual Southern Force was. I can go on and on about this, but the fact is that history has been rewritten. Again and again, we find this happening and the writers getting away with it.
The Progressive is a person who likes to control from the hidden recesses of our world. They do not operate out in the open. Often they use very weird ideas of how we should live. They like to manipulate history. They want it to say what they want it to be. Do you know a progressive. I do not. I am not sure if I have ever met one. Do they exist? Yet, we know someone is causing things to be written in a way that is not true. Even my Vietnam War is being twisted. Things that happened are lessened and others brought to the front to portray something that did not happen. Why? It all comes down to control. They want to control. The same can be said of racial issues. Black versus white. Rebel flag versus every other. The issue is control not flags. It is control not race.

Thus someone wants to control us. Who is this person? Why do so many go along and play the game. Thousands of blacks say that the world is racist. Thousands more say nothing. Thousands of whites go along with the comments. Yet, the issue is control, not racism. Someone wants control. Not Obama, he does not seem smart enough. Is it Soros? Not sure I spelled that right. George Soros is a very rich man who controls a lot of things. is he the puppet master. Several years ago, I was in the Bahamas on vacation, and someone said the three richest men in the world were there dividing up the world. I thought that absurd. But was it true. Were they deciding how we would live and where and how. Do they control so much that they can do this. Do their employees make things happen. Do they care about how it happens only that it happen. And what about these middle men. Do they know they are being used, and do they care. So much is done in this world, without care. It is control that is important.

Perhaps, I go on about something that I know nothing about. But the one sure thing I do know, is in a fight about the Battle Flag versus others views, it all is about control. It has noting to do with the flag. The fact that the Battle Flag flew over so many good soldiers, is not important. Only control is important. Who wants that control. Blacks over the Battle Flag. Government over the People. On and on. God help us all!

Remember, fifty percent of the people are now sub servant to the Government is some way or other. Is not that control. The Tea Party is a bunch of uncontrolled people. The Government does not like them because they do not control. At this point no one controls the Tea Party. The few things in the world that are not controlled are allowing the rest of us to live in some sort of freedom. Give them credit for your right to say or do. If you can join them, for the more that are not controlled, the better that it is. It is like the soldiers that came to Clive Bundy’s help. They were something the Government does not control. That there are things the Government does not control, the better that it is.

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Mt Gox, A Viable Exchange?

Lately, I have talked about CoinEX.pw. That exchange now seems to have disappeared. Not reputable. Well I lost a little. I am using Coinbase, Vircurex, Btc-E, and a couple of more. Now Mt Gox. This morning it has disappeared from its offices. It apparently moved for self protection. The sell off that they have had because of some lost Bitcoin, has all but destroyed them. I see there is one document that says there assets are one third their debt. That is a tough road to hoe, and Mt Gox may not survive. Now we have to see why it happened and how the collective we can prevent it in the future. At least, I did not have a Wallet at Mt Gox.

Why we? We are Bitcoin. Not governments or regulating agencies. If we cause things to occur, the use of Bitcoin and other digital coins will survive. I look at some of the other digital coins. DGC, digital coin is small. But it is traded. Some other, smaller coins are very active. I wonder why. Then basically I understand. At micro pennies, you can not lose much, but you stand to gain alot, if it takes off. It has to be fun, like penny anie poker. How can we manage the market? Now that is a good question. Even the US Government can not influence the market. It can feed it by making money, but little else. Each week they try to encourage it, but only the little investors stir. The big money makers and Hedge Funds do not move. They wait for the big moves, up or down. That is when money is made.

But we can look at the other exchanges. Today, Bitstamp is at 503.2; Mt Gox at 137; BTC-E at 507 and Camp.BX at 650.01. The volume of exchange has moved to Bitstamp and BTC-E. Now 506 is not the 1200 of Bitcoin at its height, but it is well above it lows. It looks like the volume and the price are both healthy. I like Bitstamp and BTC-E. I have not used CAMP.BX. I like Virxurex for other digital coins and it does sell Bitcoin, but is more difficult to buy from the US, therefore I use Coinbase. Are any of these the best? As I like to say, only the Market knows.

These exchanges say they are well, but the market is not well. There are companies like Mt Gox that need fixing or new owners. Also, I hear that there are hackers that are using something called a pony. This rides with your browser and relays everything you do, passwords and access to the hacker. Thus, do not keep your wallets on your computer. Use high security wallets online that protect your assets. When you leave your computer remove your memory stick and make sure your passwords are not on your computer.

I can see the internet is in need of some aggressive security. I like to think of some of the syfi stories about security that operated online in a virtual mode and went after the hackers. When they found then them, they destroyed them in place. You could almost see the hacker being shot, though that was not possible, but the computers were destroyed. Yeah for our side. Now I am dreaming!

But this is where we need to go. I hope the Bitcoin Foundation Council, minus one, the Mt Gox representative resigned, will consider going in the policing direction and ask us for funding. They could even tax Bitcoin exchanges at some point, say BTC0.00000001 at that rate. If that provided enough revenue, great. If not raise it to 2. And then 3. It would not take long to build an online police force to get rid of bad hackers. We need some good hackers to advance the web, and to be policemen.

Also, I can see where each major exchange need to sit on the Bitcoin Foundation, along with some minor exchanges based on revenue and acceptance by US. We could vote. We all have access and could register our desires. We can now, but we can not control the Bitcoin itself. We can only influence.

I will not make this long. I see too many Bitcoin articles that are way to long. I am thinking about making future comments at VIMBRA. That way everyone can comment and make corrections and additions. Interesting website. It is new but interesting.

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CoinEX.pw Questionable Exchange

Of the several exchanges that I have used, coinEX.pw seems to be the only one that is really questionable in its business model and mode of operation. To call itself an exchange and then not provide the function of exchange, is beyond reason.

To take someones’ money and then not allow them access to me is out right theft. I am not sure whether the site has access to the coins in my wallet, but I know that I do not. I have not had access to over $2000 for over a month. This to me is not acceptable. I have lost both Digital Coin and Lite Coin. Basically when you do not have access the ability to protect the value of your investment, degrades by the day.

After extensive effort to get my coin, it has now reached the point that the site administrator does not even answer my email. What he will lose in gaining a bad name and disrespect from his fellow business users is more than he has gained by not maintaining at least some contact to show concern that I have been wronged by his site.

I used the site coinEX basically to purchase Digital Coin. I bought some Litecoin because it was at a price and it was easier to buy at coinEX rather than go to another site. BAD CHOICE! I am not denied my money and have had to resort to writing and warning others that this site is not worthy of use and not trustworthy with any ones’ money.

If you have comment or wish to add your displeasure with coinEX please add a comment. If you wish to add a positive note or to give me direction to regain my coin, please add a comment.

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coinEX.pw

Of all the exchanges for digital coins that I have visited, coinEX.pw is the first that has tried to rip me off. Not one of the many pirates on the waves, but the exchange itself.

I bought some Digital Coin DGC and some Litecoin LTC at coinEX and was very happy with the whole process. When I entered the site a few times, I had minor problems. Finally, the site would not except my password. I had not forgot it, it was written down. I sent a message to the site manager “captainfuture” . He said at first there were no problems. At the site, I was entering the password, then asking to reset the password and an email was to be sent to me. Funny thing is the site can not send me an email, but captainfuture can. After a week or more of waiting I tried again, hoping things were fixed. Again, the same response. This time in a direct email to captainfuture he said that he could not send me an email with the password or send me my coins. I even gave him new digital mailboxes for LTC and DGC.

This cost to me is over $2000. The cost to Captainfuture when I stop writing blogs about his poor site and its danger to the general community, will Im sure be more than $2000. Why would a site try to become and exchange to make money, and then gyp people of their coin.

If you are having trouble with this site, please comment to this blog. I will certainly write about it under the same heading.

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Ross Brigade, December 1862 and Today

On this day in December 1862, the Whitfield Brigade had just received their horses back from Texas. The 9th was still in the line acting as an Infantry regiment. The 6th had received their horses first and were quickly becoming Cavalrymen again. They had already been in a small skirmish and were ready for anything.

Lieutenant Colonel Griffith of the 6th was the Acting Brigade Commander. Colonel Whitfield had been wounded at Iuka, Colonel Ross had gone to Texas on leave to recoup from his having horses shot from beneath him at Corinth and to rest from his malaria. Griffith had been a militia commander in Texas and was seasoned compared to the other 4 regimental acting commanders. When General Pemberton asked for targets or operations that might help his command, Griffith came up with an idea of severing the supply lines of Grant, thus greatly slowing his progress in Mississippi. He talked this plan over with his fellow regimental commanders and sent his plan, indorsed by the regimental commanders of the new Texas Cavalry Brigade, to Pemberton at Vicksburg.

Winter in Mississippi can be very cold one day and very warm the next. When I was there two years ago, it was hot at Jackson. I was in my wool Cavalry uniform and went to mark the grave of Lieutenant Colonel Henry W. Bridges, who had been the Company Commander of my Great Grandfather. I was sweating in the wool. It is normally humid and is not the best place for troops to winter but it is better than many areas of the North, but the troops were in good spirit and ready for a good battle. They were brushing up on cavalry tactics and replenishing their supplies and gear for the up coming winter and any battle that might occur. That the senior commanders were absent was not a problem, for the troops liked all of their seniors, as they had elected them.

General Pemberton saw merit in Griffith’s plan and added some marks of his own. He asked that Colonel Forrest conduct a similar operation in north west Tennessee at the same time. The timing was for the last two weeks in December. The call went out on the 14th of December for the Regiments to meet at General Van Dorn’s headquarters. Thus on the 15th a corps of three brigades left Granada on a raid. On the morning of the 20th the corps destroyed the depot at Holly Springs, capturing over 1000 troops and over a million dollars in arms and supplies. The troops left well provisioned and in good spirits. The next day they attacked a fort at Davis Mills, without success. They moved on and managed to win some small battles and destroyed several miles of railroad and bridges and equipment. They arrived back in Jackson on December 29th, 1862.

The two raids combined cause General Grant to regroup and start over in his assault on Mississippi. With a great loss in materials and supplies, the Union Army was forced to forage off the land. This cause great hardship on the people of Tennessee and Mississippi. The Union troops left the people with nothing in the middle of winter, and often burnt the homes in which they lived. The only solace, is the Union Army of Mississippi also suffered. They were short of rations and supplies. To some degree they were in the same condition as the southern troops. The raids probably caused the war to be 6 to 8 months longer. We know that Grant did not capture Vicksburg until July 1863, while his plans were for a winter 1862 capture.

Though the members of The Texas Cavalry Brigade, were well provisioned after the raid, they soon left Mississippi during a period of heavy rain and moved several hundred miles into Middle Tennessee. By March they were operating near Spring Hill Tennessee.

Because the South lost the War, the Holly Springs raid is down played by the Union. It receives little praise for it success and that it delayed the War’s end. The wars in Europe lauded the success of Napolian but really like his Waterloo. Why is the War in America any different. The difference, lies in the cause. The Union says the War was fought over slavery. We in the South fought to protect our new nation from Northern aggression. The South had other reasons for fighting such as the high taxes and the rights of the individual states, but the invasion of the South by Northern troops was the biggest call to arms. Linclon’s reason for fighting the war, was to keep the Union intact. He knew that his power lay in the number of states in the Union. To have it decreased by thirteen or more states, would have been a blow to his presidency. He had never expressed any support of the end of slavery. Only when it became a tool of war, to impact the Southern states did he use it. Even then he did not include the freedom to Union controlled areas and states.

Here is where history is being rewritten to give it a different slant than it had in 1861. Only the Abolitionist desired to end slavery in 8161. They did not believe that blacks were equal, only that they deserved freedom. The ideas expressed today and those of 1861 are vastly different. The manner that blacks demand an extort with terms like racist, and extreme terminology are extreme today, but in 1861 it would have cause their death. It is a sad state that we have come to. When one race can extort another, we have only come full circle, and the other race is now in slavery. The black leaders will get a group of preachers and legislatures and a group of agitators, and force their way. They will yell down other groups and the newspapers will support them. Thus freedom is gone. It has died a new death, for America will never return to the greatness it once had. Even the definition of that greatness is gone.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans has now become the Great Grandsons and Great Great, but we are still committed to the charge given by Stephen Dill Lee at one of the Reunions at the end of the 19 Century. He asked that we maintain watch over the Southern Way and help to remember the sacrifice of the Southern Cause. It was his desire that we remember. For some in the North, they want to reeducate the Southerner to believe that we were wrong, and that everything we believed was wrong. The fact that the Constitution supported the Southern cause makes no difference. The fact that we were both Americans, by definition, is not relevant. Because the North wore down the Southern Army, had more men, had more materials, the South has to believe everything that the North does. General Lee said had he known of reconstruction, he would not have surrendered. Many of the South still fight on, but many others have been beat down by political correctness and green propaganda. It is easier to join them than to fight them. To some degree the same is true of Obamacare. Even though we know that it is no good, many of us still will join in the program and support it. This healthcare act is the most socialist oriented act ever enacted in America and greatly taxes the people and redistributes the wealth of the nation.

The attack on the South continues, but the attack on America is now at its zenith. We do not know the true nature of this attack nor who the real leader is. Many say it is George Soros, but we do not really know. At every point, we see the American way being destroyed. The Constitution is being dismantled before our eyes. Our very way of life is being taken away from us, and few really care. They have been charmed by the government with its free gifts of money and things, without being required to work. We are watching the end of our great Nation, and we do nothing, but send emails and write blogs. Some Text or socialize but direct action is from few. Even the Tea Party can not get all of its members to really react and try to stop the destruction.

It is sad that the destruction of the South was the start of the destruction of America.

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Ross Brigade, Who Ever Pulls the Strings, Ruins the Show!

When you watch a debacle such as the Government shut down this last week, and then see the Vice President on the steps greeting the Government workers returning to work after two weeks off. It makes you sick. We watch our tax dollars being wasted, while grown men play, and pretend that they govern.

How can you run up a bill of 17 trillion dollars. The truth is, you, do not. In fact even $10,000 would put you or me in the poor house. Some people do more by using several credit cards for several different banks, but even then they run up against the wall and loose it all. But oh no, not the government. They can go on making money out of thin air, and spending it over and over again, and never have to pay the piper. Who pays? We the tax payer. And we will pay when the government falls. The government has assumed a great amount of food and weapons, and has nice billets and probably power supplies so that they can continue to live in luxury, while we just struggle to live. It was obvious that Vice President had missed all those government workers. They probably made his life much easier, thus he was happy to see their return. And of course we were glad to hear that they would be given the pay that they had not been paid for two weeks. Are we not a great nation. We make sure over paid government workers do no lack. Of course they do not care about those that they put out with policies against the people during the shut down. No that is not important.

We, meaning I, keep hearing that the programs used to set up Obamacare, are greatly lacking and are of very poor quality. In many respects they do not work. People can not easily get their health care. But the important thing, the program has started and thousands of Obama supporters are being paid to run a government program, that is becoming a joke. More government workers. I keep hearing that over 900 thousand government workers were laid off. That many people out of two weeks pay would have added up to a large part of the debt. Maybe 1 percent. Probably less.

When I ran a small department at the US Army Engineer School, I found it very difficult to get the workers that I had to work. Soldiers would work, but had to be supervised. One GS9 inspector I had just had no get up and go. He had been unsupervised for too long. It took several weeks to get him going, and even then it took more time to keep him working.

At the US Sergeants Major Academy at El Paso, my logistics department ran well. I did have one GS9 property clerk, who felt she did not have to do as her job description had required. She file a complaint that were were abusing her. It went to Department of the Army. I was prepared to defend it to the max. I was told by the Commanding General at Ft Bliss, that I was to stand down and let it go. He did not have the money to fight her complaint. The woman was transferred to another agency, given back pay and allowed to continue to do nothing. The Army, the other services, the government is rife with these people who do nothing.

One of the members of my Architecture class, was hired by HUD after graduation. He was working in Washington DC. Before long, he found that no one ever checked to see if he was working. He would come to work, hang up his coat, place a pair of glasses on a paper on his disk, turn on the light and all would look like he had just left his disk. In reality, he was several blocks away, renovating brown stone apartment buildings. He would buy, gut the building, modernize and secure the buildings and then rent them out as apartments which were greatly in demand, due to its closeness to the capitol. He did several, before leaving HUD and moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he opened an gallery and displayed his and other art for sale. His apartments in DC financed his operation. Is not our government great.

The Congress has been levered to give government workers, its own retirement system and medical. They have reached the point that they are paid more than their civilian counterparts. In the TV we see government workers working very hard. In actual practice, they do not. Or in a lot of cases, they are working on things that are not needed. They draw up rules and regulations for businesses that they do not understand. The result is a more difficult environment for businesses to work.

They have destroyed the coal industry and are working to destroy the oil industry. The quantity of rules and regulations created, cause business to have to open departments, just to take care of government regulations. Nearly all business have departments for taxes, and many have departments for other government regulations.

All this at your and my pay. We are taxed to pay the government workers. In turn they make regulations which cause businesses to have departments and rules that increase their cost. This is passed on to us. Thus were are taxed again.

The conservative, Tea Party, is working to reduce the size of government, to reduce the rules, and to make government as a whole smaller. Thus they are trying to cut our tax burden. Of course the beast, Government, is fighting the Tea Party. For to become smaller, they would have to admit that they, the Government were wrong. And we all know that the Government never admits that it is wrong. The average Tea Party Patriot is a normal conservative adult, who wants the best for his family and children. This week I have heard them call all kinds of names and their representatives even called terrorist. The people calling the names seem to be media. But we all know that media represents us. Why would they be doing this, unless they have gone to bed with the politicians, both parties, to work against all the people who want conservative smaller government.

The Government changes labels at its convenience. For years we paid into a system called social security. We paid 7 1/2 percent of our pay and our employer paid another 7 1/2 percent for a total of fifteen percent of our wages each year went into a kitty for our retirement. Obama had declared that this is an entitlement. Something the Government gives us. In the statement above did I say that the government put in one penny? No. The government just held it until our retirement. For years this fund did grow, until one day, the government noticed it. My that is a lot of money, going to waste. So they changed the law, so that they could borrow from the fund. Of course, they, meaning us, would pay interest. This would help the fund grow. But know the fund is running out. How can that be? The problem is the government borrowed it down so low, that it was making nothing.

Another point to ponder, is the guy who pays in all his life and then dies at age 65. That money was his and the money paid by his employer was his. Where did it go. Is the government actually enjoying its great life, of free medical, cars, expenses, and all other kinds of good things, at our expense. Why should this money go to the government. In a similar manner, I pay taxes all my life, and then when I die, the government taxes what I have and my family gets to pay from their inheritance. Is this right.

Government has got to big, and big business has got to big. We need to downsize to where we can afford them. Only government says we need all these things. Of course when you start giving out free food, free phones, free everything. It does not take long before there is a line to collect these items. The problem is, the Government has no money. Only we the people have money. So the government is giving away our money, without our permission. They say, oh no. You gave us your permission through you representative. Did I say my representative could do this. No. But over time the lawyers have figured out, that they could add little amendments to bills which no one would notice or read. These were the give a ways. It has now got so far out of hand, that in the start up of the government this week, Mitch somebody received 3 billion for his state to do some project. Of course everyone approved it.

We are coming to the end of this give a way. Both the public and government are running out of credit. Now the FED keeps printing money, but each day it is worth less. Someday, the people who loan the money will say, dollars are not good. We prefer gold or silver. Of course over time our government and the FED have given a way or used up all the gold and silver. At that point the dollar will hit zero in value. I keep saying we are getting close. I wrote several blogs about the Bitcoin. When I started buying Bitcoin they cost $10. This morning they have reached $195 for the second time. Now they could go down in value again, but each time the bottom is higher. The first time it was about $70. The bottom the next time will be higher, because there is so much money in the system. At some point the Bitcoin will start up and go until it is worth over $1000 or more. It will never come back to its lowest value, until it is replaced with some other money in the far future. We will forget the dollar.

Let us hope we can forget big government. The time has come for us to have what we can pay for and no more. The size of government has to be set relative to the size of the paying population. Non paying people should not be able to vote. The Social Security should be in the hands of the people. Where the people have controlled there own retirement funds, those funds have prospered. Where Unions and Government have worked together, the people have been robbed. Government has to be controlled. Legislators must be controlled. At all levels this is necessary, and recall and voice of the people are important portions of the government. Do not trust lawyers working together to work for the people. Lawyers work for themselves.

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9-11 and One Year Later, Do We Care

Twelve years after the Twin Towers fell and one year after Benghazi and the real problem has not been addressed nor solved. A war was fought to punish Radical Islam. Thousands have died and the root problem still exists. The Islamic law states that Christians should be subverted and Non-believers punished. I do not know the exact wording, but the actions go on in Syria. Christians are killed and Churches burned, for what purpose. I can not believe that a God is so petty as to require others to die to appease his greatness. What a small God. My God ask only that we love him. He does not ask that we kill others for his name.

America went after the radicals that killed over 3000 people. It was not after the Islamic Faith nor its people. Our President even stated this. But after 12 years the fact remains that the word of the religion, Islam, wants non-believers destroyed. I say after 12 years, but it is actually after 1600 years. We have fought Islam since the Crusades. We fought them in the 1800’s, when the Marines went into Libya. We have fought them in countless actions around the world concerning our Embassies and our bases. Even our ships have been attacked. Thousands of Americans have died and many thousands of Islamic Radicals have died to no end. This does not even take into account the hundreds of thousands that have died because they were there where the battles or bombs took place. They say we or they have created Martyrs, but in fact we have only killed miss led young men who died in vain or poor people who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is very sad.

It is sad that we have to send our soldiers to fight a people who are led by a few who are so wrong. Religious leaders that take the word written in 300 AD and applying it to their people with such hatred. They have guided their people much like the socialist have tried to control the poor. They have required the marriage of first cousins, which does nothing but cause a weakening of the gene pool and a lessening of the mental ability of its people. Of course they say this is not true, and get around it buy marrying more than one wife. Both the people of socialism and of Islam are led by the elite who seek to control. It has little to do with religion or mankind, only with control. One who considers himself better than those under him fall into the elite. All others become believers or followers. Most do not know why, except for the word of religion or the word of the elite, do they follow.

Our Bible ask only that you believe. It does not command. It does not require. The Bible is not a concise book to explain our religion. It is more a History and many books brought together. Many do not truly fit, but they still apply to the end. Love your fellow man, care for the weak and poor. Help all others, turn the other cheek.

Because of this the Islamic faith has required the Christian to to subvert themselves to Islam or that they be destroyed, have we come to the great war that is underway. The Christian has yet to admit that this is war, because they do not believe that they are called by their religion to fight against Islam. Maybe they are right. Only God knows. But we do know that when Jesus Christ returns to the earth to fight the final fight against wrong, we will be called to fight with him. Is this the fight too come?

As I watch the names being read and the somber ceremonies of 9-11, I am sad. I do remember those who I watched die on that day. I normally do not watch TV during the day, but that day, I had to turn on the TV. I did not know why, but I quickly understood. I was a witness. Like thousands of Americans, we Witnessed the death of our comrades when the Towers fell or the planes crashed. We also Witnessed the deaths of 4 Americans in Benghazi and we have Witnessed the deaths of many more in Iraq, Afghanistan, and countless other countries of the world as we have fought Radical Islam. I know that it is wrong that we fight Radical Islam. In truth, the Islamic faith should be fighting Radical Islam. But, in my heart and in the heart of everyone else, we know that most of Islam supports the Radical Islam. I will not say all, for there are people of good heart in this human race. Not everyone is led by the bad of our world.

Islam must rid itself of the bad within. It must get rid of the leaders that are teaching bad and death. It must do this or suffer the worst world war that has ever been known. I do not know of any Christian who wants to subvert himself to another God. We have only one God. He has many names, but there is only one. We will not allow ourselves to be forced to be sub servant to another religion, or another race. We are all equal. We in America have given ourselves freedom to join the religion of our choice, to do as we please, and to say and believe as we please. No one has the right to cause use to do otherwise. Thus, those of us who are military in nature, will fight for those of us who are not. We will not allow another to cause us to do that, that we do not want to do.

I watch the Islamic Faith enter America and grow. I know it is teaching things that are against our form of government. Its laws do not conform to our laws. Islam seeks to make its laws our laws. In doing this it will try to make us sub servant to their religion. This we can not allow. Thus, I say, now is the time to fight. Now while they are weak among us. Either cause them to change their Religion, or return to the origin of their religion and live their lives under their law there. We do not need it. Even now I am having to watch a Christian Church in Syria that is under siege. Convert to Islam or die. The Islam Faith allows this, so it must be part of it. Thus the war is started.

Will the next war be the great war or the last war. I hope that it is the last. I do not want to see so many die, but it will happen. All those who oppose God will die by his hand.

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Emperor, Burning Churches, and Things We Could Change in Law!

The new MacArthur movie, called Emperor, probably reflects a dictatorial man who served and thrived in the Far East, building an empire in the brewing industry. Like other great Military Leaders, he was overpowering to most people. In 1964 I went to the Capital one evening to see the Emperor laying in state. I was able to talk three other new lieutenants to don new dress blues and make the trip from Ft Belvoir, VA. It was a pleasant evening and as we walked up the steps to the entrance, a young female military specialist four ran to meet us. She took us in hand and led us up the family side of the visiting lines. Long lines of Civilians went up the other side. We were given the honor because we were in dress uniform. It became both a pleasant and somber experience.

My knowledge of Douglas MacArthur at that time was limited. I remembered the headlines during World War II. He was a lion. Only later did I read his biography and that of other leaders in the Battle with Japan. I had also read what had happened with President Truman, another great man. The battle between these two was epic. On a humble civil servant and one a most powerful general. But we have trusted the civil servant to oversee our military, and thus keep it in check. It is a policy that has truly paid off. We have had now overthrows of our government. We have had some good arguments, and some good family discussions without the problems of other nations.

But this brings up some of the military features that we need. During the wars in the Philippines General Pershing is said to have captured a number of the local terrorist, buried them in pig dung up to their necks and then had Cavalry ride over them, killing them all. I do not know if I have the details correct, but what happened, destroyed the view of the terrorist that they were martyrs. They were damned and not allowed to enter their heaven, because of the pig dung they died in. This ended the problem of the Muslim terrorist in the Philippines for almost 100 years. Only today are they back. Though this general was incorrect in what he did, the results benefited all concerned. Today we need that kind of generals. We have had no one come forward and fall on their sword for a long time. We need someone to explain Benghazi. Why has no general complained of the women in the service, the enlistment of gays, the destruction of the Chaplain’s Corps. We have too many problems, with no one taking any action, but the political hacks, we call our government.

It is also sad that in Egypt Christian Churches and people are desecrated and we hear nothing here in the United States. Have we become so week from the black forgiveness issues we suffer, that we longer act like Christians. God did not say we should sit and allow things like this to happen, while we are strong enough to voice our concerns, here in a country that suffers all religions to have the same freedom. Today, I listened to Glenn Beck talk of the sad issues in Egypt and the fact that Al-Jazeera will launch a new TV channel dedicated to the propaganda of the Islamic Jehad. It will continue to speak in nice terms in English, while cursing America in Arabic. Why do we allow this? This is not the America that I was born in. Can you imagine the young minds that will be twisted by this so called nice TV channel. Before long we will begin to see the bombings here in America, and wonder why it is happening. It is happening because we all sit here and do nothing. We should be counter marching in front of every Islamic Mosque, in front of ever Mid-East Consulate, in front of the United Nations.

So long as we allow the wrong of this religion, to exist, we will watch the world go up in flames. We see them kill each other in the name of religion, and now watch them destroy Christian Churches in Egypt. We must rise up and force them to modify their religion to allow other religions to exist as co-equal. If they do not do this, then the World, has to declare them as not eligible to be part of the Human Race.

Islam, can not hide behind its religion saying that it is a peaceful religion, while allowing a faction, they say only one percent or less, to destroy other religions. Either they police their church, and the police of their countries take action, or they suffer the consequences. It is not possible for us to police their church. To do that will cause the Third World War. We have fought Islam during the Crusades, during the pirating near Tripoli, Libya. We allowed then to capture blacks and sell them as slaves in the south. We have fought them in Iraq and Afghanistan in some cases, almost destroying them. We have watched their destruction of many of our embassies and the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon in Washington DC and the crashing of several airlines without calling them out. Just a small percentage. Nothing we are led to believe. But that small percentage is receiving a large amount of support from the religion as a whole, and it is making it difficult for the world to exist with them. During the destruction of the Twin Towers, it was noted that a large percentage of people were rejoicing. The same was occurring during the burning of Christian Churches in Egypt. This is of course propaganda, but it is there to draw support from the Islamic Religion. When they can draw funding from sources here in America, within the Islamic Religion, we as a whole do not have to allow it. Also the other countries of the Mid-east are guilty. The either sit and watch or they join in an rejoice. The world must hold them in contempt. They all should pay, for they are supporting that one percent to their gain. It must end.

I would rather fight a Third World War, than to continue to see what is happening within the Islamic Religion. They can either fix it, or they can be prepared to be contained here in the United States and fought around the world.

The world as a whole could make some interesting laws to fight Terrorism. In countries where it is contained within their boundaries, that country would make the laws. But where a small Islamic group is causing world wide trouble, we could make some laws that would soon gain attention of the Islamic multitude. First if a person committed Terrorism, he would be drowned in pig entrails. If a person were of a terrorist group, he would loose his right hand. If he supported a terrorist group, he would loose his job, and all his possessions. Make being a terrorist a very undesirable position. Never allow a solution to become a martyrdom. Make putting a terrorist picture on the front cover of a journalistic magazine a federal offense with a penalty of twenty years in Jail.

It is time to take back our country and to stop the bully tactics of Islam who hide behind their one percent of bad guys. End it NOW! Am I too unrealistic? After 800 years of taking this crap, it is time for Islam to clean up its act. It is time to put down the one percent. It is time to make them pay, for the constant damage they do to the world. Make them pay. Them the one percent and the other one percent that is using them to their gain. The King, the Rulers, the Presidents. The Princes and the Business Men that benefit from the war. Get them all.

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