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21 Aug

When the human body contracts an infection, whatever the cause, there comes a time, if left untreated, the body’s defenses totally fail and that body succumbs and dies. But life—physical life—is not the only realm in which death is active. Everything originated by Man, dies. Indeed, the very universe itself is in the throes of death. Stars and planets die though from that death comes rebirth, but inevitably there will be an end to all things. The cultures that Man…..

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19 Aug

It is time to consider the crimes committed against Southern prisoners of war by their federal captors. In 1903, Adj. Gen. F. C. Ainsworth estimated that more than 30,000 Union and 26,000 Confederates died in captivity (that is 12% died in the North and 15.5% died in the South). However, the numbers and the death rate of Confederate prisoners were vastly understated first, because many captives died without their deaths being recorded and secondly, the winners did not wish to…..

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19 Aug

Martin Niemoller wrote the statement made famous during the rise of Hitler’s Nazis, or at least it used to be famous. Today, with the almost total ignorance of all things not digital or sexual, probably only those of my generation remember his efforts to arouse an apathetic public ~ They came for the socialists and I said nothing because I wasn’t a socialist . . . and so forth. For those who do not know it, by all means “google”…..

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16 Aug

For years I’ve been told I would do well on the TV quiz program Jeopardy—but I doubt that. Though I would not be ignorant of the answers to the questions, I would forget to couch the answer as the program demands. Thus while the correct response would be, say, “the Great Wall of China,” the program demands that I respond, “what is the Great Wall of China?” Thus I would fail because I did not posit the answer as a…..

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13 May

Below is a review of the book by Col. Stephen McGehee. A Thousand Points of Truth has never gotten a “bad” review. Indeed, it has never gotten a review below five stars though two reviews purchased through the publisher, while admitting that the book was well written, suffered from both reviewers’ dislike of the subject. Frankly, in all honesty, the reviewers should have recused themselves if they were so prejudiced against Col. Mosby that they merely parroted spurious claims that…..

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20 Mar

“Jesus said . . . I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.” Truth: [noun] 1. The quality or state of being true*; 2. That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality; 3. A fact or belief that is accepted as true. *True: [adjective] 1. In accordance with fact or reality; 2. Accurate or exact; 3. Honest [archaic]. A significant percentage of the peoples of the earth…..

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09 Feb

In 1935 Lyon Gardiner Tyler (descendant of 10th President John Tyler) wrote: “The old Union was a union of consent; the present Union is one of force. For many years after the war, the South was held as a subject province, and any privileges it now enjoys are mere concessions from its conquerors, not rights inherited from the Constitution. The North, after the war, had in domestic negro rule a whip which England never had over Ireland. To escape from…..

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11 Jan

If there is any question that is asked today that immediately makes me conclude that the questioner is an ass—and that the respondent isn’t much better—it is the question, “How do you FEEL about that?” Of course, the “that” may be anything from the weather to a national tragedy—and everything in between—but the question always refers to feelings. Nobody today asks, “What do you think about that?” I believe that if such a question were asked, the individual would be…..

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27 Nov

Book Review from The Civil War Courier “A Thousand Points of Truth” by Matt Thompson Along the path of history there is a blurred line were fact becomes fiction becomes myth becomes truth. A person’s life summed up by only parts that on the surface seems tantalizing, exciting, exhilarating. As time marches on, it seems to shave legacies to a fine point. That was the case personally with the subject in V. P. Hughes book A Thousand Points of Truth,…..

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23 Nov

I had always believed that Lincoln’s assassination hurt the South in that it had removed a man who intended as easy a transition for the Southern States back into the Union as possible. Remember, “…with malice towards none, with charity for all…” However, I should have known better! I should have remembered that what Lincoln SAID and what Lincoln DID were always two different things. In a critique of Doris Kearns-Goodwin’s book “Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham…..

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