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October 22, 2010

Friday Browser Dump

Sorry guys. I am just too busy to write anything but you're welcome to peruse the approximately 90,000+ browswer windows I opened this morning:

1. First off, this hilarious sendup of Babs Boxer:

Call Me Madam Joe from RightChange on Vimeo.

2. More college sex slides surface. A teaser:


Women are such pigs...

3. Meant to link to this yesterday but I was hoping to have some time to make a few comments on the value of ritual.

4. Tom Ricks jumps on the "Don't Know Much About History" bandwagon:

The textbook makes the extraordinary claim that there were two black battalions fighting under Stonewall Jackson.

Extraordinary? Why? Because Ricks doesn't like the idea? To understand the progressive concept of historical evidence, one need look no farther than the "Nyah nyah, he/she's such a dummy!" school of ad hominem non-refutation, wherein attacking the speaker without providing the slightest bit of evidence in refutation or his or her arguments is considered persuasive.

Would Mr. Ricks believe the contemporaneous statements of Frederick Douglass, who upbraided the Union for refusing the aid of black soldiers in 1861? Or was he lying, too?

It is now pretty well established, that there are at the present moment many colored men in the Confederate army doing duty not only as cooks, servants and laborers, but as real soldiers, having muskets on their shoulders, and bullets in their pockets, ready to shoot down loyal troops, and do all that soldiers may to destroy the Federal Government and build up that of the traitors and rebels. There were such soldiers at Manassas, and they are probably there still. There is a Negro in the army as well as in the fence, and our Government is likely to find it out before the war comes to an end. That the Negroes are numerous in the rebel army, and do for that army its heaviest work, is beyond question. They have been the chief laborers upon those temporary defences in which the rebels have been able to mow down our men. Negroes helped to build the batteries at Charleston. They relieve their gentlemanly and military masters from the stiffening drudgery of the camp, and devote them to the nimble and dexterous use of arms. Rising above vulgar prejudice, the slaveholding rebel accepts the aid of the black man as readily as that of any other. If a bad cause can do this, why should a good cause be less wisely conducted? We insist upon it, that one black regiment in such a war as this is, without being any more brave and orderly, would be worth to the Government more than two of any other; and that, while the Government continues to refuse the aid of colored men, thus alienating them from the national cause, and giving the rebels the advantage of them, it will not deserve better fortunes than it has thus far experienced.--Men in earnest don't fight with one hand, when they might fight with two, and a man drowning would not refuse to be saved even by a colored hand.

Perhaps the diary of a Union surgeon would suffice, containing as it does a a firsthand contemporaneous account of the presence of 3000 black Confederate troops among Stonewall Jackson's army?


I understand that the idea of uppity blacks making decisions that don't support Mr. Ricks' preferred narrative must be quite distressing, but human beings are like that. It's that whole free will thing, doncha know.

5. Speaking of progressives doing their damnedest to silence uppity blacks, NPR continues to undermine their own credibility:

Schiller issued an internal memo on Thursday saying that Williams was fired for violating an NPR principle that states that on other networks "NPR journalists should not express views they would not air in their role as an NPR journalist,” reads the memo obtained by Fox News.

"News analysts may not take personal public positions on controversial issues; doing so undermines their credibility as analysts, and that's what's happened in this situation," she added.

Examples of personal public positions on controversial issues that don't violate NPR's editorial standards:

....the evaporation of 4 million" fundamentalist Christians would leave the world a better place

saying if there was "retributive justice" in the world, former North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms would "get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it."

You know, I've given literally thousands of dollars to NPR over the years. I'm thinking that since they appear to be bought and paid for by George Soros, they don't need my money any more.

It's a damned shame. For years I've been willing to subsidize a network that actively promotes ideas I don't agree with. NPR's rabid intolerance of ideas THEY don't agree with is the straw that finally broke this conservative camel's back.

Posted by Cassandra at October 22, 2010 08:19 AM

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#1: LOL, was that Zo in the cop uniform?? AWESOME video. I hope they give it airtime. :D

Posted by: Jewels at October 22, 2010 12:26 PM

What I find most distressing about the NPR/Juan Williams mess is that NPR says the statements Williams made to O'Reilly would not be appropriately aired on NPR or - and I sincerely hope this at least is not the case - would not be allowed on NPR. So far as I am concerned their firing Williams is a small matter in comparison and, really, nothing more need be said about NPR.

Posted by: Elise at October 22, 2010 01:01 PM

Re 4 - thank you for doing the research I would not even know how to do.

I scratched my head about it when it came up this week, because I vaguely recalled hearing something of the sort (armed non-white units of the Confederacy) in school here in New England. Vaguely, since it was probably the late Fifties or early Sixties and I have never been noted for my memory...

Posted by: John A at October 22, 2010 01:40 PM

Several years ago I became very interested in the Civil War and I read many accounts of black soldiers fighting for the Confederacy.

If you want to read more about the subject, you may be interested in this book:


I've always like this quote from Cicero on history:

“The first law for the historian is that he shall never dare utter an untruth. The second is that he shall suppress nothing that is true. Moreover, there shall be no suspicion of partiality in his writing, or of malice.”

Posted by: Cassandra at October 22, 2010 01:57 PM

Well I'll be. I had always heard this but the evidence always seemed a little thin. The author of that journal seemed acutely aware that the use of black soldiers by the CSA was highly controversial in the south, but didn't seem overly surprised that they did.

It also takes up a mere fraction of his observations, which also makes it seem rather unremarkable. That tends to give it more credibility in my mind.

Posted by: Allen at October 22, 2010 02:47 PM

While I was showing that hilarious Boxer clip to my husband, I joked that it was right out of "Airplane!" (a movie I love), so I was delighted to see that it was in fact made by David Zucker.

"She's worked so hard. Isn't it time she got a rest?"

Posted by: Texan99 at October 22, 2010 04:53 PM

A witty comeback certainly.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at October 24, 2010 08:02 AM