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  • Rare 50 year Arctic Blast Sets Sights On Southern California.

    12/08/2008 1:13:10 PM PST · by JohnJeykis · 129 replies · 5,736+ views
    OWSweather ^ | December 8, 2008 | OWSweather - Unknown author
    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - December 8, 2008 (OWSweather.com) Rare 50 year Arctic Blast Sets Sights On Southern California. With a week away, and a sure sign of things to come, OWSweather.com is making preparations on the server to handle the traffic from this next event. UJEAS is in line with the majority if not all the other models in keeping a near historical arctic air mass into the Southern California region. With a warm November, Southern California is finally ready for cold storms to make their way in. Resort level snow will be likely next week, and in pretty hefty amounts...
  • Scattered, smothered, covered and hitched Couple marries at Waffle House

    07/21/2008 7:41:36 AM PDT · by Alouette · 32 replies · 396+ views
    Gwinnet Daily Post ^ | July 5, 2008 | Alex P. Joyner
    DACULA - As the famous twang of Hank Williams Jr. blasted from an SUV stereo Friday afternoon, about 30 folks socialized, sipped soda and puffed on cigarettes. No, this wasn't a Fourth of July backyard barbecue. It was the run-up to a wedding. In a Waffle House parking lot. The lucky couple, George "Bubba" Mathis and Pamela Christian - both 23 and employees at the Dacula diner located at the Ga. Highway 316/U.S. Highway 29 interchange - wouldn't have it any other way. "I don't know, it's something different," Mathis said while fixing his tie prior to the ceremony. For...
  • Border Fence Creates Mixed Feelings

    07/15/2008 10:12:33 PM PDT · by Southack · 17 replies · 159+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/14/2008 | staff
    “All the illegal border crossings are down. It looks like the border patrol is doing their job. There’s really no need for a wall like that,” said Mark Abeyta from east El Paso. The El Paso sector has reported that they have apprehended 25,500 illegal border crossers during the first nine months of this fiscal year. This is the lowest since 2000, and it was made possible because of more barriers, increased agents and the zero-tolerance policies. Currently the Department of Homeland Security has completed around 300 miles of pedestrian and vehicle fencing and they expect to have a total...
  • Scholar Warriors

    03/01/2008 7:13:11 PM PST · by Davy Buck · 4 replies · 178+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/1/2008 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    At the outbreak of the War Between the States, a group of young men who were students at Washington College formed a military company that eventually would become part of the legendary "Stonewall Brigade."
  • Southern Culture

    03/01/2008 7:13:09 PM PST · by Davy Buck · 5 replies · 350+ views
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 2/25/2008 | Richard Williams
    The song is rich with rural, Southern themes. The upbeat melody combined with the sawing fiddles sets the song's mood perfectly. For those of us who grew up in the South, attached to a local church, a close-knit family whose connection to the land is generational, while immersed in the region's hard-core patriotism, it would be hard to imagine a song better suited to voice these sentiments: "Son of a farmer", - "daddy's daddy", - "working on the land", - "married up and settled down", - "pretty daughters", - "a house built with his own hands", - "keep his family...
  • Liberals Sing ‘Huckelujah’

    12/26/2007 9:12:24 PM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 10 replies · 305+ views
    Human Events ^ | December 26, 2007 | Ann Coulter
    All I want for Christmas is for Christians to listen to what Mike Huckabee says, rather than what the media say about him. The mainstream media keep flogging Huckabee for being a Christian, apparently unaware that this "God" fellow is testing through the roof in focus groups.
  • Jindal's Victory is Personal to Me (Louisiana)

    10/21/2007 12:15:35 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 86 replies · 164+ views
    redstate ^ | 10/21/07 | Erick
    Bobby Jindal won tonight. I may live in Georgia now, but I'm Louisianian through and through. This is historic. No one has ever won a gubernatorial primary outright in Louisiana until tonight. I cannot really express what this means to me. It's like how the exiled English felt when Mary I died and Elizabeth was crowned. It was safe to go home again. If you don't live in Louisiana, you have no clue what it is like. You may think you do, but you don't. You make think your state sucks, but it doesn't really compared to Louisiana. Louisiana sucks...
  • McCain: Senate should apologize for slavery

    10/18/2007 9:13:32 AM PDT · by freespirited · 143 replies · 210+ views
    Examiner ^ | 10/18/07 | Bill Sammon
    Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Wednesday the Senate should apologize for slavery and segregation, calling them “dark chapters in our history.” McCain said he would support a planned resolution by fellow Republican Sen. Sam Brownback, who is also seeking the presidency, to apologize for racist laws, some of which ended more than a century ago. “They were federal policies,” Brownback told the Boston Globe on Monday. “They were wrong. The only way for us to move forward . . . is at the end of the day acknowledging those, taking ownership for it, and asking for forgiveness.” McCain agreed...
  • Morris Dees to Speak at Nebraska State Bar Association Annual Meeting October 18

    10/16/2007 4:25:41 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 11 replies · 306+ views
    Nebraska State Bar Association ^ | 9-7-2007 | Nebraska State Bar Association
    2007 ANNUAL MEETING October 17-19, 2007 The Cornhusker Marriott Lincoln, Nebraska The General Session will be held on Thursday, October 18th in Ballroom DEF1 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. MORRIS DEES is this year's featured speaker. In 1967, lawyer Morris Dees had achieved extraordinary business and financial success with his book publishing company. The son of an Alabama farmer, he witnessed firsthand the painful consequences of prejudice and racial injustice. He sympathized with the Civil Rights Movement but had not become actively involved. A night of soul searching at a snowed-in Cincinnati airport changed his life, inspiring Dees to leave...
  • Ironic: In defense of his Confederate pride

    10/07/2007 11:10:36 AM PDT · by llevrok · 2 replies · 279+ views
    St Petersburg Times ^ | 10/7/08 | Stephanie Garry
    KISSIMMEE -- Nelson Winbush rotates a miniature flag holder he keeps on his mantel, imagining how the banners would appear in a Civil War battle. The Stars and Bars, he explains, looked too much like the Union flag to prevent friendly fire. The Confederacy responded by fashioning the distinctive Southern Cross -- better known as the rebel flag. Winbush, 78, is a retired assistant principal with a master's degree, a thoughtful man whose world view developed from listening to his grandfather's stories about serving the South in the "War Between the States." His grandfather's casket was draped with a Confederate...
  • Dixie tradition kept alive in Brazil enclave[Confederate immigrants]

    10/02/2007 1:10:01 PM PDT · by BGHater · 221 replies · 2,030+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 02 Oct 2007 | Anton Foek
    AMERICANA, Brazil Now well past 90, Judith MacKnight Jones is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, the illness that robbed her of all of her memory, her most precious asset. She has been lying here for the past 11 years, covered by a patchwork blanket, made from pieces her great-grandmother brought from the United States between 1865 and 1885, after the Confederacy lost the Civil War. Unable to speak or remember now, her book "Soldado Descanso" ("Rest Soldier") is written in Portuguese, but soon will be translated into English, as the publisher thinks Americans should know about the proud history of Confederate...
  • The remarkable death of Dixie America

    09/21/2007 3:26:30 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 11 replies · 194+ views
    The Times Online ^ | Sep 21, 2007 | Gerard Baker
    Few parts of the world are as loved and loathed with the intensity that is felt for the American South. Thanks to a long line of contributions to the popular culture from Gone with the Wind to Borat, via Deliverance, Dixie, the great muggy swath of the southeastern United States, from Washington DC to Texas, has a firm grip on the imagination of Americans and foreigners alike. To its detractors it is a terrifying and contemptible land full of racist rednecks, Bible-toting hypocrites and downtrodden blacks. To those of a more romantic disposition, and certainly to most of its inhabitants,...
  • New Seminary Subject: Homemakng

    08/09/2007 12:19:03 PM PDT · by balch3 · 28 replies · 604+ views
    WTOPnews..com ^ | August 9, 2007 | Rose French
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary offers coursework in Greek and Hebrew, in archaeology, in the philosophy of religion and _ starting this fall _ in how to cook and sew. One of the nation's largest Southern Baptist seminaries, the school is introducing a new, women-only academic program in homemaking _ a 23-hour concentration that counts toward a bachelor of arts degree in humanities. The program is aimed at helping establish what Southwestern's president calls biblical family and gender roles. Coursework will include seven hours of nutrition and meal preparation, seven hours of textile design and "clothing...
  • Nostalgia on ice: Cold, sugary tea is a sweet Southern tradition

    06/15/2007 9:47:49 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 302 replies · 3,949+ views
    wilmington star ^ | 13 June 2007 | Lisa Singhania
    More than 140 years after the Civil War ended, a Mason-Dixon line of sorts still persists when it comes to iced tea. Order an iced tea at a restaurant in the Deep South or Texas, and the frosty beverage set before you likely will be a world away from what you’d be served in New York or Chicago. Sweet tea, as Southerners call their iced tea, is named for its two key ingredients – tea and lots of sugar. There’s no such thing as an unsweetened sweet tea. And unlike its summer-loving Northern counterpart, sweet tea is consumed year-round. “About...
  • US In Thrall To Southern Drawl (Fred Thompson)

    06/10/2007 7:00:01 PM PDT · by blam · 63 replies · 1,480+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-11-2007 | Alex Spillius
    US in thrall to southern drawl By Alex Spillius in Washington Last Updated: 2:21am BST 11/06/2007 To British ears, an American southern accent carries connotations of cowboys and country singers, but in the US it signals something quite different: political success. Ronald Reagan was not southern but possessed home-baked charm Four of the last five US presidents have been southerners, and the only exception, Ronald Reagan, possessed the demonstrably southern virtues of straight talking and home-baked charm. But in the early stages of the competition to succeed George W Bush neither the Republican nor Democrat parties boast a bona fide...
  • 'Stealth racism' stalks deep South (What a load of trash).

    05/24/2007 11:05:41 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 30 replies · 1,346+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, May 24, 2007 | Tom Mangold
    Jesse Rae Beard is one of the 'Jena Six' students on trial This World investigates the rise of discrimination in America's deep south as six black youths are charged with an alleged attack on a white student, which could see them jailed for up to 50 years. Three rope nooses hanging from a tree in the courtyard of a school in a small Southern town in Louisiana have sparked fears of a new kind of "stealth" racism spreading through America's deep south. Although this sinister episode happened last August, the repercussions have been extensive and today the town of...
  • Woman Has Tough Time Getting Confederate Cake

    05/03/2007 10:18:34 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 125 replies · 4,685+ views
    whnt ^ | 01-May-2007
    A local woman thought getting a cake decorated would be simple. However, she ran into some problems she didn't expect, when she approached different bakeries. Connie Ansley is part of the Daughters of the Confederacy. She wanted a cake with the Confederate emblem on it, for the opening of a new memorial museum. Ansley says several big chain stores refused to decorate a cake with a confederate flag on it. They told her it was because of the emblem, which some consider a symbol of racism and slavery. "It's a constant battle we fight every day to keep our heritage,"...
  • Racism fades, but not religion - These days, Southern churches embrace God and other races

    03/21/2007 3:49:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 829+ views
    For a taste of the old South, you can attend a Civil War battle re-enactment. Or you can visit Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. This fundamentalist school - catchphrase: "Brains are no substitute for God" - forbade interracial dating among its students until 2000. The place is easy to mock, and people often do. The Bob Jones rulebook bans all the things that other students think make college fun: booze, cigarettes, fornication. Mark Lopez, one of the 4,200 smartly dressed and unfailingly polite students at Bob Jones, says he applied there because he wanted to study "conservative Christian music":...
  • Elevated Arsenic Levels Reported In Rice Grown In South Central States

    03/05/2007 5:34:52 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 467+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-5-2007 | American Chemical Society
    Source: American Chemical Society Date: March 5, 2007 Elevated Arsenic Levels Reported In Rice Grown In South Central States Science Daily — The largest market basket survey of the arsenic content of rice grown in the United States has found elevated levels of arsenic in rice produced in the South Central part of the country, scientists report in an article scheduled for the April 1 issue of ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal. The University of Aberdeen’s A. A. Meharg and colleagues did the study, which involved analyses of rice purchased at U. S. supermarkets. A previous study...
  • US Denies Southern Somali Attacks

    01/10/2007 4:32:05 PM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 433+ views
    BBC ^ | 1-10-2007
    US denies southern Somali attacks UN officials fear the air strikes could lead to an escalation of hostilities US forces say they have carried out no fresh air strikes in southern Somalia against Islamist fighters since Monday. Residents in Afmadow town, north of Kismayo, have described two attacks, whilst another was reported by Somalis in the coastal area of Ras Kamboni. Reports suggest Ethiopian MiG fighters and helicopter gunships seen in the city of Kismayo may be involved. There has been considerable criticism of the US after its first overt military action in Somalia since 1994. The Pentagon confirmed that...
  • Trump to Miss USA: You get a second chance

    12/19/2006 8:12:41 AM PST · by 1Old Pro · 360 replies · 14,564+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 19, 2006 | Reuters
  • Miss USA's 'personal issues' scrutinized

    12/14/2006 6:33:39 PM PST · by IndyTiger · 103 replies · 25,158+ views
    AP ^ | 12/14/06 | ADAM GOLDMAN
    The organizers of the Miss USA pageant said Thursday they are evaluating the "behavioral and personal issues" of the reigning winner and will decide her future within a week. Pageant officials and Donald Trump, who co-owns the Miss Universe Organization with NBC, would not say what Kentucky native Tara Conner, 20, had done to prompt the serious evaluation. "I can't really talk about it now," Trump said. "But we have to make a decision. There is no question about that." Internet gossip Web site TMZ.com reported that pageant officials and NBC met Tuesday to discuss Conner's alleged bad behavior, "including...
  • Southern Ocean Could Slow Global Warming

    12/05/2006 3:41:48 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 514+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-5-2006 | University Of Arizona
    Southern Ocean Could Slow Global Warming The Southern Ocean may slow the rate of global warming by absorbing significantly more heat and carbon dioxide than previously thought, according to new research. This image shows the oceans and continents that surround Antarctica. The tip of South America is on the upper left, the tip of Africa is at the upper right and Australia is at the bottom right. The ocean colors indicate temperature, with the darkest blue indicating the coldest water. The black arrows show the direction the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds and the Antarctic Circumpolar Current take as they swirl...
  • 100 Best Songs of the South

    11/12/2006 8:25:07 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 181 replies · 7,949+ views
    accessatlanta ^ | 26-Aug-2005
    1. "Strange Fruit" -- Billie Holiday (1939). Atrocity becomes bitter poetry in this anti-lynching song written by a Jewish schoolteacher and union activist from New York named Abel Meeropol (aka Lewis Allan). When Billie Holiday took it on, it became one of the most powerful pieces of popular music ever recorded. The chilling images are made even more horrifying by Holiday's reportorial, matter-of-fact delivery.2. "Summertime" -- written by George and Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward (1935). Our favorite version is by jazz goddess Sarah Vaughan, who sings smooth and slow, capturing the pace of life in a land where time...
  • Vandals Pour Paint On Elamite Bas-Reliefs In Southern Iran

    09/18/2006 10:58:43 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 916+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | 9-18-2006
    Vandals pour paint on Elamite bas-reliefs in southern Iran Tehran Times Culture Desk TEHRAN -- Unidentified men have poured paint on the bas-reliefs of the Elamite Tarisha Temple in the Izeh region of Khuzestan Province, the Persian service of CHN reported on Sunday. In response, the Izeh Cultural Heritage Lovers Society has asked Iranian cultural officials to mobilize security guard teams for the Tarisha Temple, which is also known as Eshkaft-e Salman, and for the nearby Kul-Farah site. The security detail for Izeh’s ancient sites has no means to defend themselves or the ancient sites, society chairman Faramarz Khoshab told...
  • Reflections

    09/17/2006 2:54:39 PM PDT · by grandpa jones · 198+ views
    Nuke Gingrich ^ | 9/17/06 | Nuke Gingrich
    If you've ever read Willie Morris' My Dog Skip, or seen the movie, then you know a great deal about my own youth, growing up in the Deep South. My hometown was not unlike many small towns across the South, and the similarities between Morris' Yazoo City are many. Other than the technological differences between the 1940's and the 1960's, only the backdrop of the American Civil Rights Struggle, and the War in Viet Nam provide the more significant differences between the two periods. As I write this, I remember the shoot 'em up games that boys often play: Cowboys...
  • Southern summer surprises and teaches valuable life lessons

    09/13/2006 11:33:05 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 26 replies · 446+ views
    Collegian ^ | Sept. 13, 2006 | Sarah Goldfarb
    Although my days of overplaying my Beach Boys albums are over, whenever I happen to catch California Girls, I completely ignore that Mike Love wishes all girls were cute, tan Californian girls. Instead, I take pride in my geographical origin and grin at "The northern girls with they way they kiss, they keep their boyfriends warm at night." I have lived in the state of New York my whole life, and although I often joke that I went south for school, Penn State, with its copious amounts of colorful trees surrounding old collegiate buildings, couldn't possibly exude the northern university...
  • Florida Group Proposes Confederate Flag License Plate

    08/18/2006 9:48:38 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 96 replies · 2,552+ views
    wftv ^ | August 18, 2006
    The group Sons of Confederate Veterans met at Orlando's Lake Eola Park to show off their proposed personalized tag late Friday morning. They said it's simply a matter of time before the plate becomes one of the many you can purchase as a specialty license plate. The group said the plate honors Florida's heritage by showing all five flags of the confederate army, including their battle flag. But it's a heritage some say simply represents hate. Standing below the memorial for confederate soldiers, a small but vocal group made their point Friday. They want Floridians to learn that the Civil...
  • NATO Force Committed in Southern Afghanistan

    08/06/2006 2:31:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 149+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, August 6, 2006 – The NATO force in southern Afghanistan has met resistance from the Taliban and other criminal elements, but the force remains committed to establishing a safe and secure environment in the region, NATO’s supreme allied commander Europe said Aug. 4. “NATO's operations in the southern region are focused on establishing a safe and secure environment in order to permit the government and international aid organizations to bring elements of reconstruction and hope for a better future to this region,” U.S. Marine Gen. James L. Jones, NATO’s supreme allied commander Europe and commander of U.S. European Command,...
  • Southern culture or guilty pleasures?

    07/30/2006 8:40:10 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 19 replies · 628+ views
    G'Ville.com ^ | June 22. 2006
    No matter. Scene suggests the best in Southern songs, books and fried food Is Southern culture on the skids? We think not. In fact, with wrastlin' in Newberry this weekend and that artsy-fartsy Hippodrome State Theatre rompin' through Starke and gettin' all jiggy in single-wides, there never has been a better time to revel in the gritty guilty pleasures of the blue-collar South, even if your collar is white, starched, sweaty or splattered with strawberry jelly tossed by youngins chowin' down on frosted, generic-brand breakfast pastry treats (or "Pop-Tarts" brand pastry rectangles for special occasions). So you want some Southern-fried...
  • Mary Boykin Chesnut a Confederate heroine

    07/26/2006 3:38:05 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 12 replies · 389+ views
    roanoke ^ | July 23, 2006 | Ned Harrison
    She was called the diarist, the grande dame, the confidante of the Civil War. She moved in the highest circles, and was personally acquainted with Varina Davis, wife of the president of the Confederacy. Mary Boykin Chesnut was all that and more: She brought the war to life as did no other of the time. For her writings and her insight at the most critical time in the history of the United States, she is a heroine of the Confederacy. She was born to Southern aristocracy: Her father was Stephen Decatur Miller, a lawyer and later governor of South Carolina...
  • Israel widens control of southern Lebanon

    07/25/2006 4:45:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 459+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/25/06 | Lee Keath- ap
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israeli troops sealed off a Hezbollah stronghold Tuesday and widened their foothold in southern Lebanon, but officials said Israeli bombs killed six people in a south Lebanon town and two U.N. observers in a border outpost with two other peacekeepers feared dead. Two weeks into the war, a senior Hezbollah leader said the guerrillas had not expected such an Israeli onslaught when they snatched two Israeli soldiers July 12. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other key Mideast players gathered in Rome for a meeting Wednesday to discuss proposals for ending the fighting that has claimed more...
  • 341 Americans Successfully Evacuated by Bus From Southern Lebanon

    07/20/2006 4:20:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 350+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 20, 2006 – A total of 341 Americans successfully convoyed out of southern Lebanon and are shipping out of Beirut harbor for Cyprus, State Department officials said today. Maura Harty, assistant secretary of state for consular affairs, said the bus convoy got the Americans to the harbor, where they are boarding the Orient Queen cruise ship. They are among the 2,250 Americans that left Lebanon today. "That brings the total of assisted departures to 3,850, and there are another 400 people our embassy in Damascus has confirmed have made it out by land to Syria," Harty said during...
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Enter Southern Villages

    07/19/2006 3:53:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 177+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Combined Forces Command Afghanistan
    KABUL, Afghanistan, July 19, 2006 – Afghan and coalition forces reasserted authority in two villages reported to be under Taliban control in the Helmand province of southern Afghanistan, military officials reported. The combined forces moved into the village of Narwa in the Nawa Barakzayee district yesterday, meeting no resistance and finding no Taliban extremists. There were no indications of damage or violence as the village was secured. Although media sources had reported the Taliban was in control of Narwa, village elders said a group of Taliban had been in the village, but had since left the area well before Afghan...
  • Matera: A Southern Italian Town Revives Its Ancient Cave Dwellings (9,000-Years-Old)

    07/17/2006 12:07:20 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 874+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 7-17-2006 | Carol Pucci
    Posted on Mon, Jul. 17 Matera: A southern Italian town revives its ancient cave dwellings By Carol Pucci The Seattle Times (MCT) MATERA, Italy - Nicola Rizzi stands in front of his boyhood home where chickens and ducks used to wander, closes his eyes and smells bean soup and tomato sauce boiling on pots heated by wood fires. He was 11, a survivor in a neighborhood of windowless caves and damp walls, where animals and humans slept side-by-side and half the children born there died, among them three of his brothers and sisters. Mostly though, Rizzi remembers the smell of...
  • Violence in Southern Afghanistan Poses Complex Challenge

    07/11/2006 4:58:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 238+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    KABUL, Afghanistan, July 11, 2006 – Violence in southern Afghanistan is caused not just by militant extremists, but also by regional issues such as a lack of governance, the U.S. general in charge of coalition troops in Afghanistan said today. The Afghan government has not traditionally had strength and presence in certain provinces in southern Afghanistan, so the Taliban can easily gain strength, Army Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, commander of Combined Forces Command Afghanistan, told reporters in Tajikistan before boarding a flight here with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. "It's not a question of the enemy being strong; it's very...
  • Drought-yes, drought-plagues southern La. (driest during the 111 years that records have been kept)

    06/15/2006 10:13:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 1,143+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/15/06 | AP
    NEW ORLEANS - After most of New Orleans sat submerged in water for weeks after Hurricane Katrina, the eight months since Oct. 1 have been the driest southern Louisiana has been during the 111 years that records have been kept, the state climatologist says. Since October, most of the southern half of the state has averaged just 21 inches of rain, down from the usual 40-inch average, climatologist Barry Keim said. The National Weather Service says the rest of June promises more of the same. "We're in what's called extreme drought," Keim said of the state's record-breaking dry spell. "We've...
  • 'Kissing bugs' return to Southern Arizona

    06/02/2006 5:46:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 615+ views
    KVOA Tucson Channel 4 News ^ | Erica Heartquist
    A kiss is just a kiss unless it's inflicted! It's that time of year, again, when experts have a warning about the desert-dwelling "kissing bug." It's a blood-sucking insect that can cause life-threatening reactions in some of us. "That's disgusting." "No, I've never heard of it." "Don't want any kissing bugs going in my mouth." No matter who we talked to around town, the kissing bug was not very popular. Just what is a ‘kissing bug?' "They are blood parasites that must suck the blood of other animals in order to survive." Doctor Leslie Boyer is the Medical Director of...
  • Iraqi Security Forces Taking Larger Role in Southern Baghdad

    05/26/2006 6:27:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 243+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 26, 2006 – More and more Iraqi national police are working alongside U.S. soldiers in securing southern Baghdad, a U.S. Army colonel working there said today. Terrorists would like the American public to believe violent groups are winning the fight in Baghdad, Army Col. Michael Beech, commander of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, said from Forward Operating Base Prosperity in central Baghdad. "But, of course, that's not what's happening here," he said. Beech's brigade includes 4,400 U.S. troops, a battalion of soldiers from the former Soviet republic of Georgia, and about 2,000 Iraq soldiers and police....
  • Confederate song at Highlands School upsets some black parents (Bonnie Blue Flag)

    05/09/2006 8:54:07 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 114 replies · 3,267+ views
    WTVM ^ | 09-May-2006
    MOUNTAIN BROOK, Ala. Some parents are asking for answers after their children sang a popular marching song of the Confederacy during a Civil War history lesson. At least five black students sang, along with other fifth-graders, the lyrics of "The Bonnie Blue Flag" at the closing of last Friday's program at The Highlands School in Mountain Brook. The 1861 song was written in honor of the blue flag with the white star that Mississippi flew over the state Capitol upon seceding from the Union. Some are the lyrics are --quote-- "We are a band of brothers and native to the...
  • Film about illegal immigration highlights Southern Arizona

    04/23/2006 12:38:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 351+ views
    strong dose of the world's many cultures and issues right here in Tucson brings dozens of filmmakers to the Arizona International Film Festival. Featured at the festival Saturday night a film that hits close to home here along the U.S./Mexico border. El Inmigrante is a documentary film that examines the Mexican and American border crisis ..... There's also a film on line about this
  • FLAG: Taking political correctness too far

    03/28/2006 9:37:15 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 58 replies · 1,081+ views
    Winston salem ^ | March 27, 2006 | Clint Johnson
    What else should we ban from public view other than the Confederate battle flag? Should we ban the Stars and Stripes? After all, it flew from the fantail of slave-carrying ships owned in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Old Glory is the official flag not only of the United States, but also of the Ku Klux Klan. Look at photos of the largest Klan march in history, in Washington in 1925. The only flag you see the Klansmen carrying is the United States flag. Not a single one of them is carrying the Confederate battle flag....
  • April is designated Confederate History and Heritage Month

    03/28/2006 9:28:11 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 54 replies · 1,118+ views
    Navasota Examiner ^ | January 17, 2006 | Jim Westmoreland
    Many southern states and their political subdivisions, including Texas and Grimes County, recognize April as Confederate History and Heritage Month. The war had many causes, including slavery and tariffs. In March 1861, the U.S. Senate passed the Morrill Tariff, which immediately raised the average tariff rate from about 15 percent to 37.5 percent, but with a greatly expanded list of covered items. Soon thereafter, a second tariff increased the average rate to 47.06 percent. President Lincoln hinted very strongly in his first inaugural address a military invasion was possible if the tripled tariff was not collected. At that time the...
  • A Condensed Look at the Southern Side of the Civil War

    02/26/2006 10:38:34 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 48 replies · 3,836+ views
    cs ^ | 2004 | Michael T. Griffith
    When I began to study the Civil War, I realized that much of what I had been taught about it in school was either wrong or incomplete. It has been said that history is written by the victors. This is especially true when it comes to the Civil War. The Southern side of the story is rarely presented fairly in our public schools and textbooks today. I believe it is important that we as Americans know the whole truth about the Civil War. The purpose of this article is to present the South's side of the story. The following basic...
  • Southern hospitality is good for the soul, not the waistline

    02/22/2006 8:52:19 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 38 replies · 791+ views
    Insidethebay ^ | 2/22/2006 | Doug Mead
    HEADING into my one-week relief-effort trip to Louisiana, I half-expected to lose a little weight because of the hard work I anticipated as a volunteer on a roofing crew. Oops. I gained five pounds. In keeping with the upcoming Fat Tuesday celebration New Orleans is famous for, I was a glutton for a week on the bayou. I couldn't help myself. The food just appeared while we were working. People felt bad if we didn't eat their treats right away. We had to oblige them. It started with our first meal in Beaumont, Texas, about an hour out of our...
  • New book looks at startling Confederate policy during Civil War

    02/21/2006 7:59:04 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 266 replies · 4,460+ views
    Current ^ | 20 February 2006 | Scott Rappaport
    Relatively few people are aware that during the Civil War, Confederate leaders put forth a proposal to arm slaves to fight against the Union in exchange for their freedom. In his new book Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free and Arm Slaves during the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2006), UCSC history professor Bruce Levine examines the circumstances that led to this startling and provocative piece of American history. In the process, he sheds new light on a little-known but significant story of slavery, freedom, and race during the Civil War. The idea for the book came to Levine in...
  • Ancient 'Kitchen' Unearthed In Southern Indiana

    01/16/2006 3:25:53 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 713+ views
    Fort Wayne.com ^ | 1-16-2006
    Ancient ‘kitchen’ unearthed in southern IndianaFrom The Associated PressCHARLESTOWN — Workers building a boat ramp at southeastern Indiana’s Charlestown State Park have uncovered the apparent remains of a 4,000-year-old “kitchen” ancient American Indians tribes may have used to prepare their winter food supply. The discovery of the site in eastern Clark County prompted the state to temporarily halt work on the Ohio River boat ramp project. Bob McCullough, who heads an archaeological survey team from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, said the low-lying area was probably used by nomadic tribes of hunters and gatherers. He said they appear to have...
  • A LOST CAUSE, BUT AN HONORABLE ONE

    01/06/2006 12:28:55 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 14 replies · 381+ views
    phxnews ^ | 20-December-2005 | Lewis Regenstein
    A largely forgotten and greatly misunderstood era of American Jewish history concerns the leading role-played by Southern Jews in the Confederate armed forces. Some 3,500 to 5,000 Jews fought for the South, honorably and loyally. They, like their compatriots, showed amazing courage, dedication, and valor, enduring incredible hardships, against overwhelming and often hopeless odds, in fighting, for their homeland -- not for slavery, as is so often said, but for their families, homes, and country. The story of these Southern patriots is told eloquently in two authoritative books: “The Jewish Confederates,” by Robert Rosen, and “Last Order of the Lost...
  • Santa's Southern Replacement

    12/24/2005 5:26:55 PM PST · by Jemian · 7 replies · 544+ views
    email from Dave | December 24, 2005 | unknown
    Memo from Santa:     I regret to inform you that, effective immediately, I will no longer serve Georgia, Florida, West Virginia, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, Ohio, Louisiana or Alabama on Christmas Eve.     Due to the overwhelming current population of the earth, my contract was renegotiated by North American Fairies and Elves Local 209. As part of the new and better contract, I also get longer breaks for milk and cookies so keep that in mind.     However, I'm certain that your children will be in good hands with your local replacement, who happens to be...
  • Definition of South, Southern Is Changing

    11/25/2005 5:17:11 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 41 replies · 1,733+ views
    http://www.comcast.net ^ | 11 25 05 | ALLEN G. BREED
    CARY, N.C. - The joke around here is that this town's name is really an acronym for "Containment Area for Relocated Yankees." As far as Vernon Yates is concerned, they haven't been contained well enough. Nearly surrounded by pricey subdivisions, the cinderblock Yates Grocery and Farm Supply sells neither anymore. As if things weren't bad enough, style maven Martha Stewart has chosen this Raleigh suburb to build a signature neighborhood of houses designed after her homes in Maine and New York. Holding court near a potbellied stove, the 69-year-old man in the suspenders and NASCAR shirt laments that his old...