Category Archives: History

Blacks at D-Day

You never hear about blacks in WW2, other than the Tuskegee Airmen, since all of them were in segregated units. But one canard, that blacks did not land on Omaha Beach, is exploded by the Army, itself. In this cool story about barrage balloons to thwart strafing fighter planes manned by an all-black battalion.

Sept 11, 2020

Watching the first video of the smoking Twin Towers in the TV room with my wife in the kitchen feeding our 1 and 1/2 year old early-rising son. Later us driving to a pre-planned vacation at Port Aransas, one of the few cars on the road, but seeing American flags flying from rural home after rural home. For miles. No falling man this year, unless you need it.


Finally finished the Aidan Turner-Eleanor Tomlinson PBS version of Poldark, about Cornish miners and the local elite in 18th century England. But the resolution of the various stories confused me a bit, so I may have to watch the final episode again. Pity it’s over but maybe the principals had other work, or the audience was declining. Mrs. Charm was watching it before she passed away.

Meanwhile, I’ve been following the careers of Turner and Tomlinson, for the first time of following actors. Watched a new movie Love Wedding Repeat on Netflix with Tomlinson (and as an added attraction Jack Farthing of Poldark) that was entertainingly comic. Turner, who played Kili the dwarf in the Hobbit, also is in something new that hasn’t been released yet. I’ll be sure to catch it. They’re both very good as was most of P.’s cast.

I’ll go for most corrupt

“When the truth is finally known, the nation will learn that the Obama Administration was one of the most corrupt in its history by politicizing the IRS and FBI, surveilling the media, unmasking and leaking the names of U.S. citizens swept up in likely illegal surveillance, destroying the sanctity of the FISA court, and spying on a political campaign with the intent of destroying it before a U.S. election.”

Historian Victor Davis Hanson at American Greatness

Ninety-five vandalized statues

Some toppled, some defaced, some beheaded. And multiple removals. Most Confederate, but also Christopher Columbus and a few anti-slavery abolitionists. All interesting to one degree or another.

Via Daily Signal

Slaves in the family

Edward Ball’s book Slaves In The Family came out in 1998 and inspired me to try and track down some of the descendants of the thousands of slaves on both sides of my family. Beginning in 1600s South Carolina on my mother’s side  and spreading in a family dynasty across Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Pegues was the dynasty’s name, a name still borne by my maternal grandmother and great aunt when I was growing up in the 1940s and 50s. So by 1998 I knew there were no white Pegues still in Oxford, MS, and yet the phone book (remember those?) was full of Pegues names. I wrote them all but got no replies. I went to Oxford and, working with two popular black pastors, I tracked down two of them: an elderly woman still farming her family’s cotton land not far from the site of the old Pegues plantation on Woodson’s Ridge; and a young, and gay, man who was the principal of an integrated elementary school near Oxford.

The woman, who has since passed away, was indifferent to the photos I brought her of the plantation owmers and was mainly irritated by my presence and her memories of the past that I evoked. But she did send her handyman to show me  the graves of her slave ancestors, some of whom were mentioned in an old letter I had. Later I wrote the county urging them to shore up the old graveyard whose land was badly eroding away.

The school principal was more friendly and he introduced me to his sister and her young son. They thought my effort was commendable but they didn’t know much about their slave forebears and I had no letters mentioning them. They said the black Pegues, in general, were known for their education and conservative spending habits and some were doing very well indeed.

So do I believe in reparations? No, I do not. Do I feel guilty? No, although as a kid I was embarrassed by my connection to slavery. Even in the segregated South of the 1950s, it was not something most white people talked about. My mother was proud of the dynasty, especially their two Revolutionary War soldiers and a Nobel Prize winner in medicine, but clammed up on the larger subject. I doubt she knew much about it.

Black Lives Matter is a great slogan. Who can argue with it? Then you find out the mainly white group are communists and are rioting, looting and burning shops and banks and government buildings to try to foment a revolution.  When I was in the Army, I swore an oath to defend the Constitution. The oath was not abrogated when I left the military. Counter-revolutionaries are my enemies. Simple as that.

The woke but godless

Classicist historian Victor Davis Hanson:

“Historically, the tips of the spears of cultural revolutions are accustomed to comfort. But they grow angry when they realize that they will never become securely comfortable….

“The woke but godless, the arrogant but ignorant, the violent but physically unimpressive, the degreed but poorly educated, the broke but acquisitive, the ambitious but stalled — these are history’s ingredients of riot and revolution.”

Which is why they’ll likely go on rioting in Pedo Joe’s high-tax, big government regulations economy, and why they’re likely to stop if/when the Trump low tax reduced-regulation capitalist economy gets going again.

Via PJMedia

UPDATE: Meanwhile AG Barr says the FBI has arrested 150 rioters and has 500 ongoing investigations into the riot instigators. Yes, only 150. And Bull Durham’s probe of the Deep State also is coming up a dud.