Letters to Mazie
RE: Professional Southerners
Mazie, dear, you are
fortunate that Bubba doesn't surf the net - glad I do though.
I loved your smartass little letter. Thanks,
"old" southern belle.
Don't you think it is a bit much
to ridicule our State Legislature this way. Are you
trying to start a new UNpleasantness?
PRESENTLY ON SITE:
Letters to the Editor
SC's Fool Du Jour,
Dean Allen announced his candidacy for the office of
He kicked off his campaign
by giving away AK-47 assault rifles & other 'gun nut' items.
Candidate Dean, looking foolish in this undated photo with Newt Gingrich,
calls himself a 'double-dipped Republican.'
'The Newt', one may recall, was earlier awarded our 'Fool Du
Millennium' award for his numerous 'grotesqueries.'
The Atty General is in charge of the state’s National Guard.
South Carolina is the only state in the union that elects this
position. More to come . . .
FOOL DU JOUR
man pictured at left, says he grew-up
Clearly he has not 'grown-up.'
And, he hasn't lived here in decades. For that, at least, we are appreciative.
You can look it up! ...Mazie
(Photo Getty Images)
(R-SC) shouts "You Lie" as
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a joint session of the
WASH, DC 9/9/09:
I'd like to see an honest (without political intent), analysis of the elements
common to both
socialism & modern capitalism. Television's blatherers
seem to worship one & viscerally hate the other, without
enlightening on either.
emotional condemnation of the Obama administration's efforts
to re-energize the economy
& to re-work health care, etc., are fumed at as Obama's 'Socialist
The cry 'Socialist,' is revived by the political 'outs' with
zeal not seen since cold-war days. It is becoming
a favorite buzz-word used to
denigrate any and all acts by the present Congress. It
is the language of 'them,' of 'those people,' the
ones taking away 'our America.' Phrases
tactically employed to inflame the right-of-center base
of the Republican Party - a group which seems infused
with anger and distrust to begin with.
So, just for conversation, what is 'Socialism' in the USA these days? How are
we endangered, or helped, by its tenets? Is the massive frontal
assault by 'conservative' politicians & commentators just
more political theater designed to recapture political
advantage? Or, should we be 'very afraid,' as
appears to be the operative expression of Fox News
Established programs as Social Security, Medicare, the
Veterans Administration as well as other programs providing assistance to
children & indigents, are accurately described as 'Socialist' programs.
They are all government run. Imagining the country
without any of them is not easily done. One
makes his own decision as to their value or danger to
It might be worthy of note and to historical
perspective, that the GOP's most conservative members
aggressively campaigned against all of the above programs when they
were being debated in Congress. An earlier
generation of 'conservatives' fought the original
legislation to establish income tax, originally
conceived as a means to support the
military and build highways. Is their theory of
unbridled free-market capitalism a danger, or the
salvation of, modern society.
This 'Socialism' & its dissenters have a long history,
but economic theory is not really the issue.
Political use, or misuse, of cold-war, McArthy era 'buzz words'
still brilliantly inflame those who identify themselves
as 'conservative.' These terms mean to accuse
opponents of being 'unAmerican, Godless,'
them-against-us,' 'those people.'
One wonders if all those drawing Social Security, or
surviving with Medicare health benefits are really
Our federal & state funded highway infrastructure is
certainly a socialist idea because tax dollars build and
maintain the roads, bridges, etc., (instead of privately
owned roads with tolls for profit of the owners).
Every level of government manages these affairs for the
society at large -socialism.
Free market capitalism has a recurrent history of excess
& corruption in many areas where there is no authority to
Still, many have made
successful political careers by railing against government 'by &
for the people.' 'Government is the problem,' they
like to quote. SC politicians are more likely than not
at the head of the pack in defaming all things
Actually, they are just as likely to damn their
opponents for being Nazis, fascists, Islamists, baby
killers . . . you can pick a theme, SC's politicians
will blanket you with a label. Probably a literacy
issue at base, perhaps a function of too many chitlins -
hard to say.
Our airports & their employees - in the flight towers and behind the
security machines - everything but the ownership airplanes & crews
are similar social programs. Licensing and
operational regulations are prime governmental functions
which we employ to protect ourselves as a society.
Our education system is almost
entirely a social-government system. Only the
children of the wealthy get a proper educations otherwise - the way it
was before 'universal' education came to pass.
All these things paid for by society 'communally'
with our taxes. Our banking & securities system is also
a socialist idea - excepting where our 'free
market' entrepreneurs were/are exempted from oversight
by 'anti-socialist' ideology & less than
by officials who share the ideology of those who appointed
We are a greedy lot. It is argued that the dismantling of the
'socialist' safeguards by the party in power in
Washington for the last decade or so (the GOP's
permitted the excesses that has laid us low.
So, what actions, other than the short list of
socialist activities above, have been condemned and campaigned against
by politicians on the outside who employ the fear of
dreaded socialism to regain political power?
The creation of the US Department of Education & later the
Department of Environmental Control were the object of
cries of 'more socialism,' by conservative GOP
politicians. They have several times launched
efforts to disband these departments, as 'socialist
intrusions in American lives.'
The various Civil-Rights era laws and court rulings were
viciously attacked by conservative members of the GOP as
'...socialist, communist and against the laws of GOD,'
Strom Thurmond, on the floor of the US Senate.
Recently, Republican conservatives attacked
with vitriol the idea that tobacco companies were liable
for the affects of their products on the health of
individuals and on the cost to society for their health
care. Even the present GOP minority-leader, in the
US House of Representatives, John
Boehner, was exposed for passing our
tobacco company lobbyist 'campaign contributions' on the
floor of the House during a debate on tobacco
legislation. 'Creeping socialism'
he was quoted as saying while slamming the efforts by
supporters. Today he is leads the pack with cries
of 'Obama's socialist agenda....'
(In South Carolina, then Attorney General, Charles
Condon stated that he would not let the state join the
lawsuits which eventually forced the companies to change
their practices, & to pay their costs to individuals and
to society forced to pay the medical bills it caused). Eventually he was forced to relent and to accept the
states' share of the fund established by the courts &
and by the US Congress. Even so, he condemned the
actions as a 'socialist plot.'
You name it, conservatives politicians seem always to have
the same name for it if they oppose it
CONTRIBUTED AS A LETTER TO THE EDITOR BY:
MARION W. DODGE, CHARLESTON, SC
Arthur Ravenel, Jr.,
photographed below while
speaking at a confederate flag rally in 1999, is the namesake of
bridge over Charleston Harbor. Arthur is the father of Thomas Ravenel,
who recently resigned his post as SC State Treasurer.
The younger Ravenel was
campaign manager for the state until his indictment for cocaine
distribution and related drug charges in June 2007. He
has, in the modus of all recent celebrities being brought to
justice, lawyered-up, enrolled in a rehab clinic & gone
The joke making the rounds in Charleston is that while the
Republican legislative majority named the bridge after their
colleague Arthur Ravenel,
the white lines on the road bed are named after son Thomas.
The younger Ravenel's indictment revealed that he was under
investigation before & during his election campaign for the
Treasurer's post in 2006. Thomas Ravenel has hired lawyers
Gedney Howe and Bart Daniels to represent him. Daniels is
a former Assistant Attorney General for SC, and US Attorney,
appointed by President George Bush (senior), in 1989.
Arthur, referred to as 'Cousin Arthur' by many locals, is known for
his caustic, racially antagonistic remarks and rabid support of
all things Confederate.
During a contentious effort to remove the Confederate flag from atop the State's Capitol building
seven years ago,
Arthur referred to the NAACP as the National Association of
Retarded Persons. He refused to apologize to the NAACP,
saying only that he apologized to retarded persons for the
reference. He has held several political jobs including
member of the US House and SC State Senate.
coming to Iraq:
Office of Homeland Nation-Building has a Plan
Anticipating the eventual creation of a new nation in the
middle-east, President Bush announced the formation of the
"Office of Homeland Nation-Building" which will be tasked with
creating "a peace-loving democracy from the ashes of Saddam
Hussein’s evil dictatorship."
Several referenda are being considered for the Iraqi public as part
of a plan being designed by the U.S. and its "coalition
partners" Pago-Pago, Wazzitland and the Fugu
Among the possible selections are:
1. “I would like for the Iraq to become a
franchise of the FOX news channel,”
2. “I would like a faith-based conservative
group to assist me in becoming more Bush-like,”
3. “I would like to change the name of “Iraq” to:
“Haliburton," b. Dick Cheney,
Nixon's missteps instructive to Bush...
presidency may have answered one of history's lingering questions.
The question, left to us by the Nixon administration is
what if Nixon had simply burned those incriminating tapes which established that he was indeed 'a crook,
would he have survived?
Bush & Cheney have surely 'burned the tapes' by commuting the
their foil "Scooter" Libby.
The Scooter, of course, was found guilty of
lying under oath to a Grand Jury, perjury, & for obstruction
of justice in his role in 'outing' a covert CIA operative,
Valerie Plame. His sentence was two & a half years.
The 'Decider' has shielded for now his
crookedness, with scant regard to the honor of
the office by removing the convicted White House insider's
Conservatives are usually painted with the same brush
as Republicans. But, these are not conservatives,
these neo-Republicans are political hacks of a lesser order.
July 4, 2007
BUSY SENDING BACK BUSH-DODGERS
The flood of American
liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified
in the past week, sparking calls for increased patrols to stop
the illegal immigration.
The re-election of President Bush is prompting the exodus among
left-leaning citizens who fear they’ll soon be required to hunt,
pray and agree with Bill O’Reilly.
Canadian border farmers say it’s not uncommon to see dozens of
sociology professors, animal-rights activists and Unitarians
crossing their fields at night.
"I went out to milk the cows the other day, and there was a
Hollywood producer huddled in the barn," said Manitoba farmer
Red Greenfield, whose acreage borders North Dakota.
The producer was cold, exhausted and hungry. "He asked me if I
could spare a latte and some free-range chicken. When I said I
didn’t have any, he left. Didn’t even get a chance to show him
my screenplay, eh?"
In an effort to stop the illegal aliens, Greenfield erected
higher fences, but the liberals scaled them. So he tried
installing speakers that blare Rush Limbaugh across the fields.
"Not real effective," he said. "The liberals still got through,
and Rush annoyed the cows so much they wouldn’t give milk."
Officials are particularly concerned about smugglers who meet
liberals near the Canadian border, pack them into Volvo station
wagons, drive them across the border and leave them to fend for
"A lot of these people are not prepared for rugged conditions,"
an Ontario border patrolman said. "I found one carload without a
drop of drinking water. They did have a nice little Napa Valley
When liberals are caught, they’re sent back across the border,
often wailing loudly that they fear retribution from
conservatives. Rumors have been circulating about the Bush
administration establishing re-education camps in which liberals
will be forced to drink domestic beer and watch NASCAR.
Since Bush's reelection, liberals have turned to
sometimes-ingenious ways of crossing the border. Some have taken
to posing as senior citizens on bus trips to buy cheap Canadian
prescription drugs. After catching a half-dozen young vegans
disguised in powdered wigs, Canadian immigration authorities
began stopping buses and quizzing the supposed senior-citizen
"If they can’t identify the accordion player on The Lawrence
Welk Show, we get suspicious about their age," an official said.
Canadian citizens have complained that the illegal immigrants
are creating and organic-broccoli shortage and renting all the
good Susan Sarandon movies.
"I feel sorry for American liberals, but the Canadian economy
just can’t support them," an Ottawa resident said. "How many
art-history majors does one country need?"
In an effort to ease tensions between the United States and
Canada, Vice President Dick Cheney met with the Canadian
ambassador and pledged that the administration would take steps
to reassure liberals, a source close to Cheney said.
"We’re going to have some Peter, Paul & Mary concerts. And we
might put some endangered species on postage stamps. The
president is determined to reach out."
guests at a $12,000-a-plate fundraiser, George W. Bush pledged
Monday that he and Dick
Cheney will "restore honor and dignity to the White House."
"I will "put an
end to the current lack of honesty in politics."
"After years of false statements
and empty promises, it's time for big changes in Washington,"
"It's time to renew the faith the people once had in the White
House. We will usher in a new era of integrity inside the Oval
Office . . .from the very first hour of the very first day,
after being sworn in for my second term."
Excerpted from "The Onion"
Cries & Whispers...from
the 2004 Election cycle.
President Bush, Karl Rove & Company, are employing a well
tested technique against John F. Kerry. It was perfected
by his father against Michael Dukakis in 1988, though its roots
go back at least to Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
contributor, David Dodge, Columbia, SC
Actually, Geo Bush senior had his own dirty trickster and PR
"handler" who taught Karl Rove some of his tricks. Rove
studied under him in the first Bush White House, as did young
George W. Bush, who was also a political hatchet man in "Poppy's
The PR mastermind was, of course, South Carolina's own
Lee Atwater, described here in an article excerpted from one
published in the State newspaper, Columbia, SC:
"Atwater invented, for a whole
generation of politicians and consultants, the art of modern
political warfare. First as an aide to Senator Strom Thurmond
and later as a consultant to Governor Carroll Campbell, he
identified what he called "symbolic platforms"--the flag, family
values, taxes--and painted his opponents, regardless of their
ideology, as ultraliberals, as outsiders and transgressors of
the Southern way of life. He helped label one congressional
candidate a foreign-born Jew and said a Democrat who had
suffered shock therapy as a 16-year-old had been 'hooked up to
jumper cables.' 'I guarantee you I can get the negatives up on
anyone,' Atwater boasted."
Atwater was the architect of the "New" Southern
Strategy in the eighties - it has become the global strategy of
the present political administration.
It works like this: Bring a charge, however bogus. Make
the charge simple: Dukakis "vetoed the Pledge of Allegiance";
Bill Clinton "raised taxes 128 times"; "there are [pick a
number] Communists in the State Department." But make sure the
supporting details are complicated and blurry enough to prevent
Then sit back and let the media do your work for you.
Journalists have to report the charges, usually feel obliged to
report the rebuttal, and often even attempt an analysis or
assessment. But the canons of the profession prevent most
journalists from saying outright: These charges are false.
As a result, the voters are left with a general sense that
there is some controversy over Dukakis' patriotism or Kerry's
service in Vietnam. And they have been distracted from thinking
about real issues (like the war going on now, and the
misinformation which got us into it), the economy, the by these
laboratory PR concoctions.
. . . AND THESE DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT.
Julian Bond of the UN and Atlanta liberal "intelligencia,"
should there be such a thing, wins the best quote award for the
Sunday morning talk shows. He said, referring to the
recent elections, that "in a contest between the shameless
and the spineless, the shameless always win." I think the
Dems are referred to as the spineless.
proof proves we are right”
Speaking to a stunned audience at the Pentagon, Secretary of
Defense Donald Rumsfeld declared
that the inability of the UN inspectors to find any evidence,
whatsoever, that Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction was
"proof positive" that the President had been right all along.
Asked how, given this line of reasoning, anyone could prove
their innocence, Rumsfeld replied
“That is not my problem, ask the PR people. Carl Rove will issue
a policy statement on the subject.”
Meanwhile North Korean troops have advanced inland as far as
and have demanded unconditional surrender of all US forces west
of Salt Lake City. A spokesman at the the White House stated
that "we are talking to them, but we will not 'negotiate' until
they release the states west of the Rockies that voted
Republican in the last Presidential Election.
Rumsfeld chastised reporters for asking questions about the North
Korean incursion, saying that "I will not let you divert
America's attention from the evil menace that lurks in Iraq."
Bush Re-Enacts Jim Crow Laws
Flanked by members of the Southern Republicans for Jesus and
Affirmative Re-action, President George Bush endorsed the
re-enactment of Jim Crow laws to help the minorities in
America understand that “they
have a 'place' in the compassionate conservative revolution.”
"If they want affirmative action," he chuckeled, "we'll give it to
Bouyed by high approval ratings, an
emmasculated Democrat Party and the suspension of the Rule of Law
by the John Ashcroft's Justice Department, Bush was overheard as
he left the podium saying “No wonder Saddam won’t quit. Hell I
don’t blame him. You get rid of the opposition and declare martial
law and the world is your oyster!
Hammered by poor ratings against Fox News and MSNBC, CNN has fired
several on-air reporters in an attempt to give the once dominant
news service a new look. Among them was Garrick
Utley, veteran reporter and author with over thirty years of
experience. Utley has covered some of the most decisive events of
the twentieth century. A high-level spokesman for the network, whose
previous experience includes working at a car wash and at Denny’s,
spoke off the record and stated “Garrick
just doesn’t fit our new image. No one trusts those intellectual
types. We’re going to replace him with someone more suitable for a
forward-looking news network. You know, bottle-blond, nice
gams, heavy eye-liner,
maximum cleavage. Someone the average guy
can trust while lusting after. It’s working well at Fox.”
Networks look for next ‘Scud
The three major networks are scouring
New York area health clubs for the
next good-looking reporter in hopes of that person becoming the next
‘Scud Stud’ of the upcoming Iragi war.
Ratings points and advertising dollars depend on finding a
good-looking hunk that can wear earth tones well and attract female
viewers. Not to be outdone Fox news is planning a reality TV special
where eight hunks in scantily clad outfits perform in bizarre
sports-like events that show off their ‘special qualities’. PBS is
following suit by attempting for once in thirty years to hire
someone zit-free that doesn’t look like they just fell out of bed
while being handed a microphone.
Fox sound effects a hit. Other
networks follow suit.
Canned laughter, Bronx
cheers, and cartoon sounds definitely do not adversely impact the
news delivery process according to sources at the big three
networks. Encouraged by the success of Fox News, the other networks
are working on new and better content-delivery styles. CBS anchor
Dan Rather is considering Roger Rabbit-style falls and
spittakes in future broadcasts, and may
even ask him to co-anchor. Peter Jennings has asked Britney Spears
to host a teen segment of his broadcast, and Anna Nicole Smith is
rumored to be the next anchor for Nightline. “The news is evolving,”
said one spokesman at CBS. “We can’t just sit there and talk for
thirty minutes.” He went on to say that the NBC is experimenting
with a Game Cube-type broadcast of the news where viewers interact
with the reporters in video-game style news segments. “The future of
network news definitely has large boobs, cartoons, and video games
in it. We just need to make sure they meld correctly with serious
content the way Fox does with their broadcasts.”
The failure of UN inspectors to find a
shred of evidence that Sadam Hussein is developing weapons of mass
destruction has prompted US authorities to demand ever-widening
search scenarios, including the investigation of tanning and nail
salons for charged particle weapons research. Certified tanning
and nail technicians were flown in from the US to investigate the
shops in the hopes of exposing a hidden research and development
arm of the government. At present, no nation in the world
possesses or has the ability to develop these weapons, but US
President George Bush is convinced Iraq is deep in the development
stages and will probably have a prototype by the eve of the next
Presidential election. Other advanced investigations include dairy
farmers from Wisconsin are investigating Iraqi milking machines
for evidence of any research into telepathic devices, and New York
City sanitation workers investigating the possible growing of
giant alligators that will infiltrate US sewers.
Oh, we get letters...
Overheard at a
recognizable Republican politicos were seated around a table in one
of North Charleston's best motel restaurants: Cousin Arthur
Ravenel speaking to his fellows, was overheard to say "well, the
liberals and pinkos have made us drive brother Trent Lott out of
office. Nothing else to do now, but we all know there ain't no
racism in the Republican Party,
. . .Hell there ain't none left in America, far as I can see."
"Absolutely right," John Graham Altman interjected, " but you just
wait those N...... will find something else to whine about."
Bush Ok's More
Star Wars Spending:
Money for Research
President George Bush
announced that the US would have a space-based missile program within two years. "It
may be a non-working program technically," he said, "but,
we won't let our enemies know that."
When asked about mounting speculation that Iraq does
not in fact have any missiles or nukes, he responded, saying "North
Korea might already have a non-working nuclear weapon" and
that "other evil threats could pop up from time to time, just as the
Iraqi threat popped up shortly before last November's elections."
Rummey Rumsfeld, backed by several Generals from the DOD stated
that it is "beyond a certainty" that our non-working missile
defense system will be in operation before the North Korean
non-working missile system.
At a cost of under 300-billion dollars the defense shield is
considered a bargain "even if the system is technically
non-working," according to analysts from Northrupp-Grumman,
Raytheon, and General Dynamics; all agree that, "excepting the
occasional cost overrun, the price is a real bargain."
"While our new program will not stop all missiles," Rumsfeld said "
any projectiles aimed at the US that happen to be traveling slower
than eighty miles an hour, would immediately be targeted and fired
upon." He said that provided the weather was clear and
visibility was good we could make something "go boom."
Democrat leaders in Congress reportedly plan to attach a multi-million
dollar mandate for research to the funding bill. Insiders at
the DLC say the research is needed to find a way to enable their
elected leaders grow their own cajones.
After the news
conference, it was learned from sources close to the
Fox Network, that Rumsfeld angrily denounced reporters who
suggested that deployment of the first phase of the Star
Wars missile shield will take two years which perfectly coincides
with the next Presidential Election.
Harry McKay, Isle of Palms
Reprints Below -
A two year-old
Rep. Mark Sanford, R-SC - Now Candidate for SC Governor
Young Mr. Sanford went to
Roll over, Mr. Smith. There is a new hero in
Washington. In the celebrated Capra movie "Mr. Smith
Goes to Washington," a humble, honest man is
plunged into a Washington cesspool of corruption and self
interest, and emerges a hero; a shining example of what one
man can do if he maintains his integrity.
years there have been many crusaders in Washington.
Generally disliked by all, they are grudgingly accepted
only if they survive long enough to learn the pecking
order. In the case of Mr. Smith, the crusade
results in a moral victory and a renewed faith in the
American ideal - the film version.
In the case
of Mark Sanford, the results have been somewhat less
evident. House leaders had long since learned to
ignore or bury heroes with film version ideas of how the
system works. Sanford's pledge to quit the House
after six years put the first nail in his coffin - Why
would the Leadership invest political capital in a man
with no future?
his office, his staff reduced and increasingly transient,
zealously opposing every spending bill, pork or
otherwise, even when it ignored hometown needs, Mark has
truly been an example to us all. Unfortunately, it
is difficult to find the good in it. Mark's relevance to
the system is indicative of his Committee assignments -
the Postal oversite subcommittee; Foreign Relations
subcommittees for Africa and Asia. Rest in peace,
Mark Sanford's influence in the US Congress.
difficult to say if his own public relations effort,
which aims to position him as a crusading budget-cutting
conservative, is more than symbolically different from
the age old southern politician repackaged in a $1500
suit. Fear and dread of the Federal Government, the
bloody flag of states rights, trickle down economics and
a little Bible thumping - Washington has seen
that show many times.
Sanford's style and message seem to have good local legs,
however. In South Carolina there is a soft spot for
lost causes and disaffected politicians who rail against
Washington DC, even when it damages our own
welfare. Those Federal education and research
monies, health services monies, bridge and infrastructure
monies. . . it's all just pork, you know, we'll have none of it !
PLATOON OF CONFEDERATE FLAG WAVERS ENTRENCHED
AROUND MY DINING TABLE - FLAGS FLAPPING AT 50-KNOTS . . .
With a negotiated return to civil discourse
slipping away fast, I put my elbows on the table, leaned
into the breeze and proclaimed that Stonewall Jackson was
my great grand father. I knew from family oral history, I
said, that he had been an amateur ventriloquist before
Even this troop ought to be diverted by
invoking the name of Stonewall Jackson, I reckoned.
The ventriloquist "history" thing ought to
bring to heel a full regiment of flag wavers, at least
make them take a breath while I gathered
have at least one professional Southerner in the
family, but lately the ranks of these tenders of the
flame are so worked up over the flag thing that they are
making us all look a little dippy.
my relationship to Stonewall at a dinner party. It
was a desperate flanking effort to lighten up the so called conversation, which had been scraping
bottom to find a new, real cause of th'
late *UN-you-know-what. A real
cause, which, to be sure, must
have nothing to do with the economics of labor - perish
enthusiastic antagonist, a red cheeked gentleman with an
empty wine glass, did not question the specifics of my
lineage - and I didn't expose his, for which I'm sure he
was appreciative. My other guests were beginning to
straighten their napkins, fiddle with their silverware,
check their watches.
as with most Sons of the South who have wrapped
themselves in the "The Flag," he continued to
vent without intermezzo. Finally, I banged my
sherbet glass hard on the table, bouncing forks and
finger bowls. "We know all of that, Beauregard," I low
growled. "You have pleasured us all with
the same interminable course of Bull Run at least one
hundred times - me especially, in the in the last
35-years of our blessed marriage. And, I have also
heard everything your best man, Ashley Bob, here, and
your other brothers-in-arms have ever said on the
subject!" That quickly moved the
conversation to where the coats were and how much fun
everyone had had.
make the point, of course, but Beauregard's ancestors, and those of more than
one of the other plantation gentility assembled at my table, were still grubbing potatoes
by hand in North Ireland and in the South of Poland when
all of our greatly lamented unpleasantness
transpired in the first place. How they have transformed
themselves into the last survivors of Picket's Charge and
world class economic historians is quite beyond me.
wager that a majority of the Southern patriots in the
State Legislature have the same congenital connection to
the "Glorious Cause" as Beauregard, Ashley Bob
I've said too much. I'll have to finish this later, I'm
feeling a little dippy, myself.
* The War Between the
( translation for you unfortunates from off the