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  • Taking Back Thomas Jefferson

    03/13/2015 12:21:52 PM PDT · by don-o · 11 replies
    The Abbeville Review ^ | March 10, 2015 | James Rutledge Roesch
    Jefferson, a member of the gentry of Old Virginia, was always regarded as one of the best and brightest of his generation, a gentleman of the finest intellect, taste, and manners. Although Jefferson loved and was loyal to the Union, he was a Virginian first and an American second; Virginia, Jefferson avowed, was his “country.” This order of allegiance – State over Union, or “Society” over “the State” – was firmly rooted in the Old South. Accordingly, in the emerging conflict between the North and the South, Jefferson sided with his own country. “It is true that we are completely...
  • ISIS seizes large weapons arsenal abandoned by Iraqi Army in Ramadi says US Department of Defense

    05/20/2015 1:28:26 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 80 replies
    IraqiNews ^ | 5-20-2015 | Abdelhak Mamoun
    The US Department of Defense “Pentagon” accused the Iraqi army of leaving behind large quantities of weapons and ammunition when it pulled out of the city of Ramadi on Sunday. The weapons, which have been seized by ISIS, include tanks, armored vehicles and heavy guns. After the fall of the city of Mosul at the hands of ISIS last June, the latter have seized massive amounts of American weapons and sophisticated gear left by the Iraqi army. After this date ISIS became stronger; it doubled its strength and its fighters became roaming by “Humvee” vehicles and American tanks and they...
  • Breaking: Historic Palmyra, Syria FALLS to ISIS

    05/20/2015 12:03:49 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 119 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 5-20-2015 | Jim Hoft
    The ancient city of Palmyra, Syria fell to ISIS late Wednesday. Syrian television is airing nationalist songs over nature scenes.
  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/19/2015 10:33:26 PM PDT · by iowamark · 256 replies
    New York Times Disunion ^ | May 19, 2015 | Don Doyle
    Even while the Civil War raged, slaves in Cuba could be heard singing, “Avanza, Lincoln, avanza! Tu eres nuestra esperanza!” (Onward, Lincoln, Onward! You are our hope!) – as if they knew, even before the soldiers fighting the war far to the North and long before most politicians understood, that the war in America would change their lives, and the world. The secession crisis of 1860-1861 threatened to be a major setback to the world antislavery movement, and it imperiled the whole experiment in democracy. If slavery was allowed to exist, and if the world’s leading democracy could fall apart...
  • What Happened After Appomattox

    05/16/2015 5:12:04 AM PDT · by OttawaFreeper · 160 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 16 2015 | MACKUBIN THOMAS OWENS
    The North rejoiced: The rebellion had been put down and the Union saved. But Northerners also breathed a sigh of relief. Many had feared that the Confederacy would not accept defeat, but instead would continue the struggle by means of guerrilla warfare. Indeed, Lee’s chief of artillery, E. Porter Alexander, had suggested this option before Lee’s surrender. The Confederate president, Jefferson Davis, also wished to continue the war in this manner. But Lee rejected the guerrilla option in favor of unifying the country. And General Joseph Johnston defied Davis’s orders to continue hostilities, instead surrendering his force to William Tecumseh...
  • North Carolina Students Accused of Racism While Learning History from Yankees

    05/15/2015 1:05:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2015 | Liz Harrison
    “So, you're a jew-hating b***. You even have that b***'s eyes and nose!”It was a harsh comment, but at least it was anticipated. I asked for it because I took a picture of some unnamed cousins in SS uniforms to school for history class. While I never did find out their names, they still remain in my family tree somewhere, along with other relatives that fought against and were held prisoner by the Nazis. It would have been easier to take in the pictures of the GI's that were closer relations, but their history wasn't in danger of being lost,...
  • Civil War Historical Marker Ceremony To Be Held In June In Cleveland

    05/14/2015 3:16:55 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 5 replies
    TheChattanoogan ^ | May 14,2015 | Staff
    The latest Civil War-related historical roadside marker will be dedicated during a special ceremony next month in Cleveland. The marker commemorates the difficult time during the Civil War when much of Bradley County lay between Union and Confederate lines. During this period, homes and businesses were vandalized and robbed by both pro-Union and pro-Confederate forces who took advantage of the prevailing lawlessness. This marker also commemorates the courageous actions of War of 1812 veteran Joseph Lusk II, who at 73, defended his home with determination against a group of outlaws attempting to steal his mules. He shot and killed one...
  • There was heroism and cruelty on both sides, the truth behind one of Ukraine's deadliest days

    05/02/2015 11:58:20 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 30 April 2015 | Howard Amos
    The emergency calls became increasingly desperate. “When are you coming? It’s already burning and there are people inside,” a woman told the fire brigade dispatcher. Minutes later, callers started describing how people were jumping from the upper floors. “Have you lost your minds?” one man asked, his voice breaking. “There are women and children in the building!” another man yelled. In one of the most deadly episodes in Ukraine’s turbulent 2014 power transition, 48 people were killed and hundreds injured on 2 May last year in the Black Sea port of Odessa. Street battles culminated in a fatal fire at...
  • Meet Brazil's 'Confederados': South American Descendants Of Rebels Who Fled US After Civil War

    04/27/2015 3:51:01 PM PDT · by drewh · 50 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 17:02 EST, 27 April 2015 | By Associated Press
    It had all the trappings of a down-home country fair somewhere well below the Mason-Dixon line: Lynyrd Skynyrd medleys, mile-long lines for fried chicken, barbecue and draft beer, and a plethora of Confederate flags emblazoning everything from belt buckles to motorcycle vests to trucker caps. But Sunday's party marking the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War took about 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) south of the South, in a rural Brazilian town colonized by families fleeing Reconstruction. Thousands turn out every year, including many who trace their ancestry back to the dozens of families who, enticed by...
  • 'Radical' Republican president righted wrongs

    04/27/2015 1:01:41 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper
    wnd.com ^ | April 27, 2015 | Bill Federer
    Born April 27, 1822, into a Methodist family in Ohio, he was nominated at age 17 for a position at West Point by Congressman Thomas Hamer, who mistakenly added the middle initial “S” to his name.
  • The Civil War in Four Minutes: Ulysses S. Grant

    04/26/2015 7:36:09 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 35 replies
    Civil War Trust ^ | 1 year ago | Curt Fields
    Living historian Curt Fields describes the life and accomplishments of Ulysses S. Grant. This video is part of the Civil War Trust's In4 video series, which presents short videos on basic Civil War topics. The Civil War in Four Minutes: Ulysses S. Grant
  • The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State

    04/20/2015 5:10:42 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 64 replies
    SPIEGEL ON LINE ^ | 18 Apr 15 | Christoph Reuter
    Aloof. Polite. Cajoling. Extremely attentive. Restrained. Dishonest. Inscrutable. Malicious. The rebels from northern Syria, remembering encounters with him months later, recall completely different facets of the man. But they agree on one thing: "We never knew exactly who we were sitting across from." In fact, not even those who shot and killed him after a brief firefight in the town of Tal Rifaat on a January morning in 2014 knew the true identity of the tall man in his late fifties. They were unaware that they had killed the strategic head of the group calling itself "Islamic State" (IS). The...
  • Grierson's Grand Raid

    04/17/2015 8:49:02 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    After conferring with General William Sooy Smith, commanding at La Grange, Grierson issued orders for "light rations" to his brigade, which now consisted of the Sixth and Seventh Illinois, and the second Iowa. On the beautiful spring morning of April 17, Grierson led the long column of seventeen hundred officers and men out of La Grange and headed south. Grierson himself, carried a small-scale map of plantations and Confederate storehouses, and a jew's harp in his blouse. The command met no opposition on the first day, traveling an easy thirty miles to halt just short of Ripley, Mississippi at the...
  • Ted Cruz’s frightening gun fanaticism: When a presidential contender encourages armed insurrection

    04/17/2015 11:48:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 135 replies
    Salon ^ | April 17, 2015 | Simon Maloy
    Ted Cruz thinks Americans should arm themselves against "tyranny," and Lindsey Graham thinks that's crazy. As incredible as it sounds, there’s an argument going on right now between two Republican senators (and, potentially, two Republican candidates for the presidency) over whether the American citizenry should be ready to fight a war against the federal government. The two senators in question are Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham, and they can’t seem to agree whether the Second Amendment serves as bulwark against government “tyranny.” It all started with a fundraising email Cruz sent making the case that “The 2nd Amendment to the...
  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/14/2015 6:57:32 AM PDT · by Paisan · 333 replies
    On this date in 1865, Good Friday, Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. The 16th president died the next morning.
  • Man says photo at center of Civil War mystery is a 30-year-old hoax he did as a teen

    04/13/2015 11:02:03 AM PDT · by dware · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04.13.2015 | Fox News
    A photograph that has posed a Civil War mystery, puzzling historians for three decades, appears to be a long-surviving hoax. The mysterious photograph of what appeared to be a far older photo — showing a figure in a coat and hat and the blurred image of a warship — surfaced in 1986. Some historians believed it might be a photo of the CSS Georgia, a Confederate ironclad that sank 150 years ago in Georgia as Union troops captured Savannah.
  • Federal complaint details Acampo man’s arrest on terrorism charge

    03/18/2014 1:36:59 AM PDT · by blueplum · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 17, 2014 11:18pm updated 12:14am | Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton
    The FBI secretly kept tabs on Nicholas Michael Teausant for six months, having a confidential informant meet with him repeatedly in Stockton at breakfast joints, a park and a flea market as the 20-year-old student allegedly spun his vision of jihad against the United States. Federal court papers say Teausant talked for months of his desire to train fighters in Syria, to bomb the Los Angeles subway system over the New Year’s Day holiday and to spark a civil war that would topple the U.S. government. :snip: In Internet postings quoted in the complaint, as well as conversations Teausant had...
  • Civil War: 150th Anniversary of Lee Surrender at Appomattox

    04/09/2015 10:03:31 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 39 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | APRIL 9, 2015 | STEVE SZKOTAK
    The surrender of Confederate Robert E. Lee to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 150 years ago Thursday was the definitive milestone of the end of the Civil War.
  • Washington Post columnist claims opposition to Obama is 'insurrection'

    04/04/2015 9:28:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | April 4, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    Colbert King published an odd piece in the Washington Post on Friday that was equal parts hysteria, constitutional ignorance, and alternate history. He suggests that resistance to some of President Barack Obama’s executive orders amounts to nothing more than “insurrection.” Indeed, he compares this resistance to the actions of white southerners to President Abraham Lincoln. The assessment is bone chilling since the proper response to insurrection is to send in troops and start shooting people, just as Lincoln did when the Southern states tried to secede and form their own country. King focuses on legislation being passed by the Arizona...
  • Armed With US Weapons, Yemen Rebels Advance On President As Saudi Arabia Prepares For War

    03/25/2015 9:39:21 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3-25-2015 | Durden
    UPDATE: PRESIDENT OF YEMEN SAID TO HAVE LEFT THE COUNTRY ON BOAT FROM ADEN, AP SAYS Previously we reported that in the latest "coup" for US foreign policy, the US had "lost" over $500 million in weapons in Yemen, until recently an Obama administration foreign policy "success story", following the abrupt evacuation of the US embassy there, all of which ended up in local rebel and al-Qaeda hands. It didn't take long for the local Houthi rebels to put all these weapons to good use. Houthi forces in Yemen backed by allied army units seized a key air base on...
  • Ukraine conflict flares as government fights 'Oligarch' Crisis

    03/23/2015 1:46:11 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 3-23-2015 | Aliaksandr Kudrytski and Volodymyr Verbyany
    Clashes between government troops and rebels intensified in southeast Ukraine, undermining a cease-fire as the country's government vowed to prevent an "oligarch- supported political crisis." Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said his government would crack down on "total corruption and smuggling," and the Cabinet gave private security services 24 hours to disarm after a group of men seized state-controlled oil company Ukrnafta. SNIP---- Ukraine's government also vowed to tackle domestic dissent. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced tighter gun-control measures and referred specifically to Dnipropetrovsk Governor Igor Kolomoisky, who has served as a board member at Ukrnafta, Ukraine's richest man Rinat Akhmetov,...
  • Could the South Have Won the War?

    03/17/2015 8:14:26 AM PDT · by iowamark · 313 replies
    NY Times Disunion ^ | March 16, 2015 | Terry L. Jones
    By March 1865, it was obvious to all but the most die-hard Confederates that the South was going to lose the war. Whether that loss was inevitable is an unanswerable question, but considering various “what if” scenarios has long been a popular exercise among historians, novelists and Civil War buffs... Perhaps the most common scenario centers on the actions of Gen. Robert E. Lee... What many fail to recognize is that Northerners were just as committed to winning as the Southerners. Some saw it as a war to free the slaves, while others fought to ensure that their republican form...
  • Putin's recent public reappearance is a sham — he's been out of sight for 8 days now

    03/13/2015 8:44:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/13/2015 | Amanda Macias
    The Kremlin's attempt to dispel rumors that Russian President Vladimir Putin's health had deteriorated just backfired again.On Friday, Russian state television released footage of the "perfectly healthy" 62-year-old leader meeting with Supreme Court chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev to discuss judicial reform systems — except, the world has already seen this video, in October.The video appears in a news report last year: 1TV.RU Kremlin's statement with the same video today: Kremlin/Amanda Macias/Business Insider Putin's rare absence is tallying in at eight days.
  • Putin's mysterious absence has Moscow a-buzz with rumors

    03/12/2015 8:44:11 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 58 replies
    Fortune ^ | March 12, 2015 | by Geoffrey Smith
    Chechen leader’s brazen support for murder raises fears of a bitter power struggle close to the heart of the Russian state. Is he ill? Is he too busy trying to contain a power struggle at the top of the Russian state? Is he really going to fire Igor Sechin, his strong right arm? Moscow is awash with rumors about President Vladimir Putin, who hasn’t been seen in public in nearly a week. He’s also postponed a trip to meet with the presidents of Kazakhstan and Belarus, two important neighbors, and–even more intriguingly–skipped one of his favorite diary items, an annual...
  • Ukraine crisis: Inside the Mariupol base of the controversial Azov battalion

    03/12/2015 2:27:42 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    ABC News Australia ^ | 3-12-2015 | Nicholas Lazaredes
    The first thing you notice as you walk through the corridors of the Azov battalion's base in Mariupol are the swastikas. There are many — painted on doors, adorning the walls and chalked onto the blackboards of this former school, now temporary headquarters for the Azov troops. It is a confronting sight and when I query the young soldier assigned to show me around he is quick to correct me, pointing out that the symbol is in fact a "modified swastika" — more like the letter N crossed with a straight line. When I point to another symbol of the...
  • Moscow Wants to Try US General Who Rallied to ‘Kill More Russians’

    03/12/2015 9:44:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 3-12-2015 | Sputnik
    Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case against Robert Scales, a retired US major general and a Fox News military analyst, who said in a live broadcast that the only way for the US to turn the tide in Ukraine is to start killing Russians. The criminal case is launched under an article on “Public calls for unleashing an aggressive war through the mass media”, according to a statement on the official website of the committee. The investigators believe that such statements “break not only the norms of the Russian legislation but Article 20 of the International Covenant on...
  • Blast occurs near Odessa office of Ukraine’s Samopomoshch party

    03/11/2015 9:46:28 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    TASS ^ | 3-12-2015 | TASS
    An explosion has occurred in Odessa near a business centre where an office of the parliamentary party Samopomoshch (Self-assistance) is located, a spokesman for the Odessa region department of the Ukrainian interior ministry said on Thursday. "The explosion occurred on the ground floor near the entrance to the building. Bomb specialists are working at the site," the spokesman said, adding that the blast had been classified as a terrorist act. The blast at the Admiralteisky business centre was reported at 0:30 a.m. local time /1:30 a.m. Moscow time/. No one was hurt.
  • Nathan B Forrest's Address to the Pole Bearers

    03/07/2015 11:30:33 AM PST · by Repulican Donkey · 117 replies
    Civil War Talk ^ | 2007 | Sears
    Ladies and Gentlemen, I accept the flowers as a memento of reconciliation between the white and colored races of the Southern states. I accept it more particularly as it comes from a colored lady, for if there is any one on God's earth who loves the ladies I believe it is myself. (Immense applause and laughter.) I came here with the jeers of some white people, who think that I am doing wrong. I believe I can exert some influence, and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal relations, and shall do all in my power to elevate...
  • Lincoln’s Best Speech: A Sesquicentennial

    03/04/2015 9:24:56 PM PST · by iowamark · 44 replies
    ThePublicDiscourse.com ^ | 3/4/2015 | Matthew S. Holland
    “With malice toward none; with charity for all…” It was a civic gesture as unexpected then as it is needed now. One hundred and fifty years ago today, Abraham Lincoln stood on the eastern portico of the U.S. Capitol and delivered a few words—703, to be precise—at his Second Inaugural. The speech remains the most celebrated inaugural address in our history. Fredrick Douglass, not always an admirer of Lincoln, called it a “sacred effort.” Lincoln himself acknowledged it was filled with “lots of wisdom” and predicted it would “wear as well as—perhaps even better than—any thing I have produced.” From...
  • RUSSIA: 100000 ČELOVEK in Moscow picket in memory of Boris Nemtsov live!

    Action in memory of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. LIVE In Moscow, March 1 goes rally in memory of Boris Nemtsov, who was killed last night in the Greater Moscow River bridge, Column Proceeds from the Slavic area. Completed a march at the murder scene Policy. http://tvrain.ru/articles/aktsija_pamjati_borisa_nemtsova_v_moskve_live-383168/
  • Profile: Boris Nemtsov

    02/28/2015 7:49:21 AM PST · by McGruff · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 27 February 2015
    Nemtsov founded a number of opposition movements after leaving the Russian parliament in 2003 and he had served as the co-chair of the opposition Republican Party of Russia - People's Freedom Party since 2012. He was a prominent and vocal critic of Mr Putin, denouncing him for Russia's part in the Ukraine crisis, its worsening economic situation, and the alleged corruption surrounding preparations for the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014.
  • Chinese diplomat tells West to consider Russia's security concerns over Ukraine

    02/27/2015 10:31:31 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Reuters Mobile ^ | 2-27-2015 | Sui-Lee Wee
    Western powers should take into consideration Russia's legitimate security concerns over Ukraine, a top Chinese diplomat has said in an unusually frank and open display of support for Moscow's position in the crisis. Qu Xing, China's ambassador to Belgium, was quoted by state news agency Xinhua late on Thursday as blaming competition between Russia and the West for the Ukraine crisis, urging Western powers to "abandon the zero-sum mentality" with Russia. He said the "nature and root cause" of the crisis was the "game" between Russia and Western powers, including the United States and the European Union. He said external...
  • Eight Spaniards arrested after returning from combat in Ukraine

    02/27/2015 5:27:49 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    El Pais ^ | 2-27-2015 | Jorge A. Rodriguez
    The National Police on Friday detained eight Spaniards suspected of fighting alongside pro-Russian forces in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The arrests took place in Asturias, Catalonia, Extremadura, Murcia, Navarre and Madrid. Three of the suspects are former members of the Spanish armed forces, and one is confirmed to have been on the frontline, according to anti-terrorist sources. The men are all aged between 20 and 30 years old. The eight Spaniards belong to several different communist organizations, and had received support from an unofficial pro-Russian European network. The operation was completed after three of the men returned to Spain...
  • Emergency announcement of the Head of the DPR in regard to the withdrawal of heavy armaments

    02/26/2015 11:55:24 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 1 replies
    Novorossiya Today ^ | 2-27-2015 | DPR
    Head of the DPR Aleksandr Zakharchenko made an emergency announcement in Donetsk on February 26 in regard to the withdrawal of heavy armaments from the line of contact. He recited to the journalists the text of the document submitted to the Head of the OSCE mission in the DPR. “In pursuance of the Declaration of 12.02.2015 and the “Package of measures concerning implementation of the Minsk Agreement” the Donetsk People’s Republic has withdrawn heavy armament to the agreed upon and registered by the given document distance”, the document claims. Aleksandr Zakharchenko remarked that the DPR has withdrawn 90% of artillery,...
  • Ukraine Enters The Endgame

    02/25/2015 6:06:04 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 49 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2-25-2015 | Durden
    Back in March 2014 we forecast that it in the aftermath of the US State Department-sponsored coup in Kiev, it was only a matter of time before Ukraine (all of its sovereign gold having since "vaporized") succumbed to full blown hyperinflation and economic implosion. Less than a year later, precisely this outcome has finally played out, and as a result, the entire nation has finally entered its economic endgame, which has two conclusions: either it joins Greece in becoming a ward of Europe and the IMF (thank you Joe Q taxpayer), or it quietly fades away into insolvent "failed state"...
  • Ukraine Enters Hyperinflation: Currency Trading Halted

    02/25/2015 9:42:33 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 2-25-2015 | durden
    Yesterday we summarized the most recent economic, political and social situation in Ukraine as follows: "A year or so on from the last coup in Ukraine, Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Sergey Arbuzov told TASS, with growing popular discontent, "another state coup can’t be ruled out in Ukraine." As the cease-fire deal hangs torn and tattered in the Debaltseve winds, the nation is a mess, a new gas dispute looms as Gazprom demands upfront payments, capital controls have been tightened as the $17.5bn IMF loan may not be enough; and the central bank governor faces prosecution as the economy craters. All...
  • 60 Percent of Ukrainian Casualties Due to Friendly Fire and Incompetence

    02/24/2015 6:51:00 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 81 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2-22-2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    More than half of the Ukrainian casualties in the battle against Russian-backed separatists are killed by friendly fire and lack of training, a British army veteran who volunteered with the Ukrainian forces has revealed. The soldier, known only as “Saffron”, confirmed that the Ukrainian forces were in complete disarray, lacking basic equipment and having no concept of military strategy. Last week Ukrainian forces suffered defeat at Debaltseve. But Saffron, a 40 year old naturalised Briton of Ukrainian descent, told the Sunday Times that the defeat was inevitable thanks to incompetent leadership and lack of training. “Six out of 10 casualties...
  • Early Concealed Carry Before Permits (photo)

    02/24/2015 6:10:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Many have speculated on the reason for the hand inside the coat pose of officers during Civil War photographs.   Perhaps it was to render access to a concealed weapon.  These, after all, were military officers. Is that the bulge of a Smith & Wesson #1 under his left arm?  It is about the right size.   The number one was one of the first easily concealable cartridge pistols.  It was first produced in 1857 and was in great demand by officers in the Civil War. As a .22 short, we might not think of it as having much stopping power. ...
  • To Obama, From Russia With Love... And 20 Megatons

    02/23/2015 11:28:10 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 42 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2-23-2015 | Durden
    As Russia celebrates 'Defender Of The Fatherland' Day, they had an interesting message on the side of the parade's missiles: "To be personally delivered to Obama."
  • Ukraine ceasefire not holding, OSCE says

    02/23/2015 8:22:17 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    France24 ^ | 2-23-2015 | F24
    Monitors from the OSCE, which is monitoring the ceasefire between Kiev and separatist rebels in east Ukraine, told FRANCE 24 on Monday that the truce is not being respected in critical areas nor with regard to the withdrawal of heavy weapons. Alexander Hug, the deputy chief monitor of the special mission to Ukraine for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), warned that fighting had continued over the weekend and urged both Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed rebels to disclose information about the current positions of the heavy artillery that is to be pulled back from the front line...
  • Heroes of the Euromaidan Revolution are Leaving Ukraine

    02/21/2015 1:07:21 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 39 replies
    VICE ^ | 2-21-2015 | Isaac Webb
    One year ago, Dasha Oratovska and Sasha Zakhovaieva fled from Kyiv's Independence Square as riot police launched an assault on anti-government protesters, firing flares and rubber bullets into the crowd. Sasha lost consciousness and was dragged by a friend to a makeshift hospital in the nearby Trade Unions building. The building soon caught fire, forcing doctors and wounded protesters to evacuate. As the Euromaidan Revolution reached its bloody crescendo, Dasha found Sasha sitting, dazed, on St. Sophia Square, a short distance from Independence Square. Six months later, Dasha left Ukraine, likely permanently. Sasha remains in Kyiv but has begun formulating...
  • Need Help Identifying A US Military System

    02/19/2015 5:46:56 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 61 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2-19-2015 | TCRLAF
    LifeNews is showing a video of a system in 3 transport crates, with lettering in English, that was found in a wrecked Kiev encampment in Debaltseve. I believe it was the 40th Regiment's HQ. Start at4:20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjf95WiAo3g#t=254 They don't really show it well, but my guess is that it could be a Sat Communications System. Others on another website are saying it's likely a US Counter-Mortar Radar. I thought the wealth of knowledge on FR might be able to answer this question?
  • Lslamist faction in Libya repairs Russian-made MIGs, conducts first airstrike

    02/18/2015 11:26:31 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2-18-2015 | Douglas Ernst
    Russian-made MIGs from deposed Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi were used by an Islamist faction vying for control of the nation’s affairs. A spokesman for the Libya Dawn coalition said Tuesday that “two or three” jets were used to attack an airstrip occupied by a rival militia in the town of Zintan, The New York Times reported.
  • A Bloody Retreat From Debaltseve as Ukrainian Forces Suddenly Withdraw

    02/18/2015 10:25:36 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 26 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 2-18-2015 | ANDREW E. KRAMER and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    Ukrainian forces fought their way out of the embattled town of Debaltseve in the early hours of Wednesday, choosing a risky overnight breakout rather than surrender as they abandoned the town to Russian-backed militants. President Petro O. Poroshenko said in a televised statement that he had ordered the retreat from Debaltseve, a strategic transportation hub where intense fighting raged in recent days despite a cease-fire agreement signed last week in Minsk, Belarus. Mr. Poroshenko sought to cast the retreat in a positive light, but the loss of the town was clearly a devastating setback for the army at the hands...
  • General Staff gave the soldiers a Debaltseve destroy all machinery and exit paths

    02/17/2015 1:48:50 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    UAPress ^ | 2-17-2015 | Elena Yarmolyuk
    General Staff ordered the militias, which are surrounded by Debaltseve, the destruction of heavy machinery and departure. However, out of the new boiler in a fight almost not possible. It is reported online volunteer "Fund Peace and Order" Vsevolod Kozhemeyko, news reports "Press Ukraine". "Our part in the area Debaltseve no longer be able to enter the engineering and lossless. Order of destruction technology has received. Next to wade explored paths "- says volunteer. "What is it again? How long can you tolerate errors Viti Muzhenko war and lose people, equipment and grounds. Can this be enough dense unprofessional and...
  • Rebel commander says separatists control 80 pct of Debaltseve in east Ukraine

    02/17/2015 9:22:37 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 72 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2-17-2015 | Reuters
    Senior rebel commander Eduard Basurin said on Tuesday pro-Russian separatists had gained control of more than 80 percent of the east Ukrainian transport hub of Debaltseve, which has been gripped by fighting despite a ceasefire deal.
  • Kiev Forces Fire Mortars, Shell LPR, DPR Targets – Donbas Militia

    02/14/2015 4:21:45 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 38 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 2-15-2015 | Sputnik
    The leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko has called an emergency meeting Sunday regarding the violation of silence regime in Donbas by Kiev forces, the deputy head of DPR militia said. "The head of the Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko has called an emergency meeting at which the current situation is being discussed," Eduard Basurin said. Eduard Basurin said that at 02:00 (February 14, 23:00 GMT) armed groups of Kiev militants in the town of Debaltseve have opened fire targeting the positions of LPR and DPR. “In order to avoid civilian casualties, the units of DPR...
  • Ukrainians Rage Against Military Draft: "We're Sick Of This War"

    02/10/2015 10:04:10 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2-10-2015 | Durden
    When Ukrainian army officers came to the Ukrainian village of Velikaya Znamenka to tell the men to prepare to be drafted, they weren’t prepared for what happened next. As the commanding officer was speaking, a woman seized the microphone and proceeded to tell him off: "We’re sick of this war! Our husbands and sons aren’t going anywhere!" She then launched into a passionate speech, denouncing the war, and the coup leaders in Kiev, to the cheers of the crowd. What she did is now a crime in Ukraine: the only reason she wasn’t arrested on the spot is that the...
  • Europe Fractures:France Pivots To Putin, Germany-US Splinter On Ukraine

    02/08/2015 10:52:44 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2-8-2015 | Durden
    Following yesterday's summary of the utter farce that the Minsk Summit/Ukraine "peace" deal talks have become, the various parties involved appear to be fracturing even faster today. The headlines are coming thick and fast but most prescient appears to be: Despite John Kerry's denial of any split between Germany and US over arms deliveries to Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Steinmeier slammed Washington's strategy for being "not just risky but counterproductive." But perhaps most significantly is France's continued apparent pivot towards Russia. Following Francois Hollande's call for greater autonomy for Eastern Ukraine, former French Pres Nicolas Sarkozy has come out in...
  • The Birth of a Nation: The most racist movie ever made?

    02/08/2015 8:25:02 AM PST · by Borges · 50 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/8/2015 | Tom Brook
    D.W. Griffith’s film was released on 8 February 1915. One hundred years after it was made The Birth of a Nation still has the power to both enthrall and appall. The film is as confounding as ever, both brilliant and repugnant. Groundbreaking in its use of innovative cinematic techniques, it remains tainted by its brazen racism. The Birth of a Nation was the creation of DW Griffith, who had tried his hand as an actor and playwright but whose real genius lay in film-making. Nothing on its scale had even been attempted before. It was the epic story of the...