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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Free Book! Postage-package costs only

Sorry for the delay. Problems with the site for the last few weeks, and I just got them resolved with GoDaddy. Now let's give away some books!!


 I've got ten new copies of "SLAVERY & LINCOLN'S WAR" 1st ed, which I will give away for $3.65 each. This is $2.65 for media mail postage and $1.00 for packaging. (First edition retailed for $14.95. Overpriced? Yes.)

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Monument Cleanup already underway


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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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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REVIEW of "Paper Woman"

“Paper Woman” by Suzanne Adair

A Riveting Historical Read


While searching for a new Southern historical novel to enjoy, I was shocked to encounter a book set in Georgia during the American Revolution.Given that Georgia is one of our nation’s thirteen original colonies, it should come as no surprise that there are fine Southern authors willing to

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A Great Movie

One of the greatest movies ever made about the era of Lincoln's War. Betcha never even heard of it. It's about ordinary people in the Cumberland Gap area of Kentucky and the horror they experienced because of this unnecessary war. Not just from the Union soldiers, but from their neighbors as well. It's a great history lesson. Inexpensive copies are available on Amazon.


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