GENE KIZER'S new book

"SLAVERY WAS NOT THE CAUSE OF THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES: the irrefutable Argument." Gene's new book is an excellent treatise on the actual cause(s) of Lincoln's War, and slavery is not one of them. To say that this war was to end slavery is simply to "sugar coat" the invasion and destruction of the South, and give "moral cover" for the annihilation of a people. Wherever slavery had ended, it had been done peacefully and with compensation. Only in Haiti and the South, where war erupted, was the outcome a destructive one. In the end, not a single Southerner , black or white, gained anything good from this unnecessary war.

 

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Why "they" really HATE the Confederate Battle Flag

In 1863, Lincoln was losing an unpopular war and needed a "Cause" to rally his citizens, and convince Congress to continue funding his invasion of the Southern States. He found one in the issue of slavery.

The same man who, just two years earlier, supported an amendment that would have made slavery permanently legal if the Southern States would simply agree to stay in the Union, suddenly changed course and issued a proclamation that effectively freed slaves in territories over which he had no control, and left them enslaved in the locations where he actually had authority to free them.

A propaganda machine was set in motion, the effects of which were magnified with Yankee victory and subsequent subjugation, and continue to this day.

Even so, and in spite of their best efforts, there a still a great number of folks who know the truth and are not afraid to speak out. Losing its effectiveness over time, the "it's all about slavery" mantra needed updating.

It didn't take long for the enemy to find that new smokescreen... "racism". The fear of having that label applied was enough to make even some in our own

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The New England Slavers

The New England Slavers

 

Of the 500,000 or so Africans brought over to the good ‘ol USA, it’s likely that as many as 300,000 came courtesy of the New England slave traders and entrepreneurs. The remainder were no doubt transported by others of the big five slaving giants, mainly England. You may have missed this little tidbit in history class. I know I did.

 

Do you know of any slave ports located in North America in the 1700s and 1800s? I bet you do. How about Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia? I’m sure these two have probably been drilled into your head since birth. But, the dirty little secret is there are lots more than these two. Lots and lots. And, they’re all up North where the cotton don't grow. Try these names. Boston, Cambridge, New London, Newport, New York, Philadelphia, Providence and Salem. Get yourself a colonial map of the US and see if these ports don’t start in New Jersey and go all the way up to Maine. And, most of them … GASP! … are in New England!

 

It seems the New England states were up to their necks, big time merchants in the buying, transporting and selling of their human brethren from Africa. They even dropped off several for home use. They were the biggest slave carriers to the Americas in the 1700s, and had their own little route set up from the Puritan Shining Cities on a Hill to the West Indies, over to Africa and then back, making money hand over fist. Some went to the far coast of Africa to avoid the giants of the trade and picked up slaves from points East including Madagascar.

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RECONSTRUCT! South Carolina Highway Patrol

No, no, wait! Sorry about that. "Reconstruct" much bad word here in the South. How about revise, modify, do over? Whatever the verb, it should be obvious to the bureaucrats at the famed SCHP (South Carolina Highway Patrol) and ALL citizens that restructuring the organization is vital as the recent shooting of an unarmed citizen for a violation of the SC "seat belt law" shows. Per my viewing the incident on a Facebook post (none available now .... wonder why?), I recall the officer seemingly "lying in wait" for the "perpetrator" who was in a gas station. When the man came outside he was confronted, reached into his pickup truck for his license and was subsequently shot by the trooper. No matter how it happened, my point is that "gray shirted troopers" armed with "hand cannons on their hip" should not be enforcing minor traffic laws.  

 

In my more naive years I sent a letter to the editor of The State "newspaper" when it was still almost a "real" newspaper. The letter concerned my distress at the waste of man-power within the ranks of the Highway Patrol. (Sorry, make that "person-power"). The letter was well received by the general public, and even produced a letter to me from the then "High Commissioner of the Department of Transportation". Rose was his name, I

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Monument Cleanup already underway



MONUMENT CLEAN-UP UNDERWAY LESS THAN 24 HOURS AFTER DESECRATION! :)

We received word early this morning that crews were scheduled to be at the JEB Stuart monument today for clean up.

We sent someone to verify, and when we arrived at 9:30 a.m., clean up was almost complete!

 

Two men were on site and we shook both workers' hands and thanked them, and told them how much we appreciated their efforts.

Many thanks, also, to each of you who made a call this morning!

If you are so inclined, please take a moment to send an email or make a phone call and kindly THANK Richmond City officials for their prompt action in this matter.

James A. Jackson - Director of Public Works
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Phone: 804-646-3702

J.E.B. Stuart statue vandalized

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Who defaced a statue of a Civil War general? A resident in the area reached out to 8News to find out who's behind the crime.

Sometime Monday morning, the statue of Civil War General J.E.B. Stuart was vandalized. Someone scrawled the words "F*** WORK" on the base of the statue, which is located at the intersection of Lombardy Avenue and Monument Avenue in Richmond.
8News contacted police about the crime; as of 2:15 p.m., we're still waiting to hear back.

"It's terrible," an 8News viewer wrote in a Facebook message to us. "Help us find out who did the defacing."

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

Va Flaggers Call To Action! Please call Richmond Public Works starting at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at (804) 646-7000, let them know you are disgusted by this act of desecration and ask them when the monument will be cleaned. If you have any information on who may have vandalized the statue, call Richmond Police at (804) 646-5100.

 

Additional contacts:
James A. Jackson - Director of Public Works
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Phone: 804-646-3702

We will have Flaggers on the ground at the statue at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Join us and help
draw attention to this crime, expedite the clean up, and help publicize the incident to facilitate the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Susan Hathaway

 

(Reprinted with permission of the Virginia Flaggers: Susan Hathaway)

 


VA Flaggers at Washington & Lee

"I flagged W&L from 2 to 6 on Saturday. The majority of the passing traffic gave no response. Of those that did (maybe 25% - 30%) the response was overwhelmingly positive. One alumnus pulled out of the parking lot and asked me the status of things. He evidently has not been keeping up with things, and was mad when he found out Ruscio had removed the flags. I asked him to get the alumni involved and gave him a copy of my "Blame Abraham Lincoln for the Confederate Battle Flag." I had a stack of them with me and I handed out quite a few. One man walked up the sidewalk and asked me if I had any flyers. I suggest it might be a good thing in the future if we had some brief handouts on the situation for passers by who might be interested.

Of the negative responses, I can think of only two or three thumbs down from people with Massachusetts license plates. Their logo on the plate is "The Spirit of America" which I take to be their heritage of seceding from the British Empire and firing the first shot for their own independence from an exploitative mercantilist empire bent upon invasion, conquest, and coerced political allegiance. Evidently the secession from Old England is considered the height of patriotism in those parts, whereas secession from New England is considered high treason - a logic understandable only if one understands New England hubris.


At the VA Flaggers website .....

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SURRENDER at Orchard Rest: A Southern Gothic Romance

 

Surrender at Orchard Rest is my debut novel, a tale of passion, pride, and deceit in Reconstruction-era Alabama. Set in fictitious Century Grove, Surrender chronicles the tumultuous lives of the Forrest family as they try to regain their footing after the ravages of the Civil War.

 Somerset Forrest, middle child in the Forrest family, struggles to deal with the disappearance of her previous fiancé, Eric Rutherford, in the foothills along the Chickamauga only five years earlier. She is set to marry his best friend, Sawyer Russell, but Sawyer has a secret that threatens to unravel the very seams of Century Grove. Meanwhile, her mother Blanche deals with a loss that seems inadvertent on the surface but has the ability to tear the Forrest family apart forever.

 

I grew up on a steady diet of Southern literature and British classics with  gothic elements. I was also surrounded by a host of elders and family members who could list every feud and grudge in our tiny community for the last one hundred years. When I penned Surrender at Orchard Rest, I aimed to pay homage to Faulkner’s claim that the past is never really past, that it permeates our present and haunts our future.  While I can’t give away much of Surrender’s plot without blowing many delightful twists and turns in the novel, I can assure you that the journey is a worthwhile one that will stick with you for years to come.

 

I never intended the novel to be anything but a standalone book. However, I’ve received enough correspondence asking for another book to convince me to pursue a

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HIGH ON A MOUNTAIN review


By Tommie Lyn of the Florida Panhandle, an extremely well written story about the Scottish Highlanders, their "loves, lives and wars" and the impact they had on the history of the British Isles, as well as their importance in the settling of the American Colonies. They were, indeed, one of the British groups so very instrumental in the development of the South and the Southern People.

Tommie Lyn weaves a beautiful tale of the "loves and struggles" of a Scottish man and his development into a Southern man. Her novel is loaded with Southern terms which I heard as a boy when visiting my kin in upstate South Carolina. "Hello, the house!" was the customary greeting by the Scots when approaching someone's
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