An Understandable Shift

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All things 1860’s “Civil” War are losing the interest of an increasingly vapid public.

FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga.—Is Civil War tourism history?

Once a tourism staple for many Southern states and a few Northern ones, destinations related to the 1860s war are drawing fewer visitors. Historians point to recent fights over Confederate monuments and a lack of interest by younger generations as some of the reasons.

The National Park Service’s five major Civil War battlefield parks—Gettysburg, Antietam, Shiloh, Chickamauga/Chattanooga and Vicksburg—had a combined 3.1 million visitors in 2018, down from about 10.2 million in 1970, according to park-service data. Gettysburg, in Pennsylvania, the most famous battle site, had about 950,000 visitors last year, just 14% of how many it had in 1970 and the lowest annual number of visitors since 1959. Only one of these parks, Antietam, in Maryland, saw an increase from 1970.

When Louis Varnell opened a military-memorabilia store near Chickamauga Battlefield here in the 2000s, he had several competitors. Today, his store is the only one left. Only about 10% to 20% of his sales are Civil War-related; he mostly sells stuff from World War II or other conflicts, he said.

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It may be that subconsciously the sheeple begin to suspect that the next civil war is much closer, temporally, than the last one. Tick, tick, tick…

The Southern Roots of Memorial Day

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Fred Wheeler explains:

The worsening lack of historical awareness of our society is saddening and frightening. For a case in point, ask a group of young people what we will be celebrating on the Fourth of July. Or, what we are memorializing on the approaching Memorial Day. Chances are you will get a bunch of blank stares.

What we now call Memorial Day, before World War ll, was officially called “Decoration Day”. While several places claim to be its birthplace, the consensus is that the holiday’s genesis was in Columbus, Mississippi a year after the Civil War ended

Columbus was the location of a Confederate hospital. After the battle of Shiloh (April 6-7, 1862) many of the wounded were brought there and by the end of the war, the community’s cemetery was the resting place for thousands of souls of Union and Confederate soldiers.

On Confederate Memorial Day (April 25, 1866) the ladies of Columbus laid flowers on the graves of both the Union and the Confederate dead in the cemetery. A poet, Francis Miles Finch, from Ithaca, New York, happened to be in Columbus at that time and was inspired by the ladies’ actions to write a poem, “The Blue and the Gray”. One of the verses reads,

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On a somewhat related note, I’m four chapters into Tom Moore’s “The Hunt for Confederate Gold.”

A Tale of Two Countries

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One country sends across or allows to cross, our Southern border, some 4,000 invaders every single day. Thousands of miles away, another country, with no ability to attack the imperial homeland, mostly minds its business. Regarding the first country, your President sends hundreds of soldiers – to shuttle the invaders from welfare appointment to welfare appointment. To the other, harmless country, he sends a carrier task force, heavy bombers, fighters, and combat troops.

Can you name the countries? MAGA?

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You’ve Fallen a Long Way, Baby

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Women’s liberation and most of what passed for cultural progress in the 20th Century was and are dyscivilizational. Bill Sardi explains:

An historical sequence of events exemplified by advances in the women’s liberation movement combined with demographic changes in the American population has led to an irreversible catastrophe of cataclysmic proportion in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Allow me to pen the historical steps that led to the present situation. Few women in the 1960s would guess that the women’s liberation movement would have such a profound effect upon geopolitical events in the world today.

1960s: the birth control pill gives women freedom to have sex without fear of pregnancy.

He goes on and on. The slide did not start in the 60s. Nor are only the ladies to blame. For instance, it was a bunch of misguided men who approved and ratified the Nineteenth Amendment. Thanks, fellas!

 

 

Time to Ban Suitcases

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Past time, in fact. A random suitcase launched a terror attack in Lyon.

A nail bomb device detonated in the central Victor Hugo Area around 5.30pm local time.

A man, thought to be in his 30s and wearing a mask, reportedly dropped it in a suitcase outside a bakery.

Cops are now hunting him and have since launched a terrorism probe, the French prosecutor has confirmed.

Ban nails, masks, bakeries, and local time, to be saaaafe. Ban “men” too, as long is the “man” turns out to a member of the gilets jaunes or some other white nationalist outfit. Jail somebody at le Monde for safe measure.

BREXIT’s Been a Little Bit Hard on Her

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May gives resignation notice:

TEARFUL Theresa May today finally admitted her time was up and quit as Prime Minister insisting: “I’ve done my best”.

The PM was forced to resign after she failed to deliver Brexit and lost the support of her own MPs – but will continue in office as a lame duck until July.

Nigel! Nigel! Nigel!

The War on Journalism

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Is underway in the case against Julian Assange, with more fake charges piled on.

The Justice Department has hit WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with Espionage Act charges, escalating a legal fight against the high-profile activist and alarming press freedom activists.

DOJ had previously only indicted Assange on a single count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. Thursday’s revelation of the additional 18 charges, filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, means Assange could face significantly more prison time if found guilty.

“Any government use of the Espionage Act to criminalize the receipt and publication of classified information poses a dire threat to journalists seeking to publish such information in the public interest, irrespective of the Justice Department’s assertion that Assange is not a journalist,” said Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, in a statement.

Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who also touched off a debate about the media’s role in publishing secret files when he leaked classified information to reporters in 2013, proclaimed: “the Department of Justice just declared war – not on Wikileaks, but on journalism itself.”

Luckily, Assange can expect a fair trial on these trumped-up nonsense charges! Maybe just as fair as his seven-year confinement in the Embassy for nothing. Then again, knowing Amerikan jurors, they’re probably already asleep.

Whose next?!

Restoring the Promise Review Preview

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I have just finished reading Richard Vedder’s Restoring the Promise. It’s good, spot-on in many places. Vedder is an economics professor so his take on academia is geared as such. Many, may charts and graphs, but most of the astoundingly worthwhile variety. He goes well beyond a purely financial analysis and he isn’t afraid of the tougher social issues. He essentially lays out two paths of redemption: the “conservative,” and the radical. Guess which one I favored?

More on this when I have time. There’s going to be a lot more, from me, on education.

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Vedder.

If England had a Queen

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There would be no need to suffer any more May-related drama.

On another day of high drama in Westminster;

  • Tory kingmaker Sir Graham Brady will tell Theresa May she must name her departure date on Friday or face being forced out by his powerful committee within days.
  • Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn refused to engage with the PM, telling her it would be pointless because “she only has a few days left in the job”.
  • Desperate Tory and Labour chiefs attacked Nigel Farage in a last-ditch bid to stop him trouncing them at the Euro elections, as the nation goes to the polls.
  • Senior ministers demanded meetings with the Prime Minister to tell her NOT to offer MPs a chance to vote on a second Brexit referendum – but she refused to meet them
  • Dozens of Tories – including previously loyal backers of Mrs May – say she has now run out of road and must resign as soon as possible and leave Brexit to her successor
  • The Chief Whip told party bosses she was not planning to stand down last night and instead will hold a crunch showdown with the Tory backbench chief tomorrow – after today’s Euro elections
  • Tory grandees pulled back from changing party rules so the leader can be removed immediately
  • The PM’s DUP allies warned she is leaving Britain at the mercy of the EU

A ruling monarch could simply go ahead and sack May (and Parliament). Then, she could pronounce BREXIT done and over with. A little Spring cleaning and things would be much better in Avalon.