Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 183: Is "new orleans" Already Removing the Monuments?

From the Feb. 2, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Woman known for taking down South Carolina Confederate Flag talks to Dallas students.  (Texas)  Believe it or not, she is described as an activist.  Anyone who didn't like what she did last summer is described as a racist, of course.

**  Author tells story of his Black Confederate ancestor.  (Tupelo, Mississippi)  Al Arnold, a black man, researched and wrote a book about his great-great grandfather, Turner Hall Jr., who was an orderly for Robert E. lee and Nathan Bedford Forrest and in the Confederate Army for 4 years.  he was a body servant for Lee and was at Appomattox.

**  Ga.  Lawmaker withdraws pro-Confederacy bills after KKK remark.  There goes that Tommy Benton again.  Open mouth, insert foot.  I understand he didn't drop the bills, but removed his name from it.

**  Crane company says city never hired it to move Confederate monuments.  ((n)ew (o)rleans)  There was a photo along with the article which makes it look like the small case city is already removing the monuments, even before it is legally possible to do so.  They must be fairly sure they will win in court.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 182: Initiative 58 in Mississippi

From the Feb. 1, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Lawrence students create petition to ban Confederate Flag.  (Kansas)  (Loss)  Like I said before, no free speech at Free State High.  I always believe the students should be allowed to decide by voting on the issue.

**  Atlanta History Center Proposes Keeping Confederate Monuments in Place, But Adding Context.  (Georgia)  (Win)  Regarding to Confederate monuments and memorials.

**  NAACP requests removal of state flag from Harrison County property.  (Mississippi)  (Loss)  You know what the flag has on it.  Big surprise they would be against it.  Personally, I think the state should cut off funds to any institution or governmental body that refuses to fly the flag.

**  Of interest, in the above article, it was mentioned that there is an Initiative 58, a proposed constitutional amendment that requires the state to keep the current flag.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 181: Now, It Goes to Mardi Gras

From the Feb. 1, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Gun threats made after Confederate Flag incident at Westport High School.  (Ocala, Florida)  (Loss)  1,600 students stayed home.  Four students brought small Confederate Flags to school and waved them at lunch.  A black female student  became offended and punched one.  The four students were disciplined.  It is always sad when something like this occurs.  They shouldn't have waved them in the cafeteria.

**  Child catches Confederate Flag Mardi Gras beads at Sunday parade.  ((n)ew (o)rleans)  (Ridiculous)  The Krewe of Carrolton threw it.  A black child caught it and his parents were REALLY UPSET.  They should have had the child throw it down and step ion it or something else to show disdain.  Shoot, i would have given the child $5 for it.  What next, or we going to need the "Bead Police" to make sure blacks are not offended.

Call Out the Bead Police!!  --Old Secesh

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 180: Don't Hand Out Confederate Flags to Black Kids

From the Jan. 31, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Tallahassee Veterans  Day Parade Will Still Feature Confederate Flags.  (Florida)  (Win)  But, they can not hand out any small ones.  They weren't giving them to black children, just white, and the parents of the black kids complained that was racist.  Man, you just can't please some people.  I wonder what those black parents would have done had one been handed to one of their kids?  Probably wouldn't have been pretty.

**  There have been articles in several places attacking the racism of Georgia Rep. Tommy Benton.  I admit, often he would be better just doing what he's doing and keeping quiet about it.  He sure is prone to opening his mouth and putting his foot into it.

**  Politician Who Supports 'Confederate Memorial Day' Argues KKK Wasn't Racist.  (Tommy Benton)  Like I Said, open mouth, insert foot.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 179: No Free Speech at Free State High School

From the Jan. 29, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Free State High School student told Confederate Flag not allowed at school.  (Lawrence, Kansas)  (Loss)  He displayed it on his vehicle but can't do it any longer on school grounds.  I would say that flying a large Confederate Flag would be ok to ban as long as no one else can fly a large flag.  But I see nothing wrong with decals.  Sure not a lot of Free State of Speech at that school.

**  County, Matheson History Museum continues to ponder future of Confederate statue.  (Gainesville, Florida)  (Loss)  A new location for "Old Joe," erected in 1904.

**  Move underway to bring "nola's" Confederate monuments to Beauvoir, Mississippi.  (Win)  Beauvoir is the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  Good idea since those statues are essentially gone.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 178: Battling "Cultural Terrorism"

From Jan. 28-29, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Get rid of the tasteless relics of the Confederacy.  (baltimore sun)  (Loss)  looks like that newspaper is looking to go lower case.  Well, they did.

**  Georgia legislator introduces pro-Confederate bills to combat "cultural terrorism."  (Win)  If he would just do that and bite his tongue as he makes outlandish statements.  He wants state protection for Confederate memorial Day and Robert E. Lee's birthday.  State Rep. Tommy Benton.  It is nice, though, to see a rare politician who is not afraid to stand up to the blacks and their pc allies and their obsession to destroy any and everything Confederate.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 177: Confederate Monument Fight in "new orleans" Goes to State Court

From the Jan. 28, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

Most people don't hear about this ongoing effort to exclude the Confederacy from history, but it continues.  It was bad enough before the murders in Charleston, but now are out of hand.

**  Fight over Confederate monuments goes to state court.  (new orleans)  (Sure it will be a loss.)  Having failed in federal court, defenders of the monuments take it to the state.  Not going to win there either.

**  Georgia lawmaker seeks constitutional protection for Stone Mountain carving.  (Win)  State Representative Tommy Benton is an "unapologetic supporter of Georgia's Confederate heritage.  Sadly, as we shall see, he didn't shut up right there.

**  Proposal to remove Confederate statues thru senate committee, but not without considerable debate.  (Florida)  (Not really a loss)  The question revolves around the statue of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith in the National Hall of Statuary in D.C..  Normally, I'd say no, but he really didn't have much to do with the state's history, so I am o,k, with his removal.

--Old Secesh

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 176: No Big Surprise with (n)ew (o)rleans Confederate Monuments

From the Jan.27,2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Judge OKs Removal of Confederate Monuments in new orleans.  (Loss)  No big surprise here.  There was no way the judicial branch was going to do right in this case.  This city has gone lower case.

**  Construction worker's Confederate Flag on state job site stirs controversy.  (Slidell, Louisiana)  (Loss)  Some folks need to get a life.

--Old Secesh

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 175: Fighting the Good Fight in "new orleans" to Keep the Statues

From the Jan.27-28, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Judge OKs Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans.  (Loss)  How come this doesn't surprise me at all?

**  Construction worker's Confederate Flag on state job site stirs controversy. (Slidell, Louisiana) (Loss)  Working on I-12.

**  Fight over Confederate monuments goes to state court.  (new orleans)  (No doubt, this will be a loss.)  Those fighting to keep the monuments take their case to state courts after federal ones turn them down.  This will also result in a loss.  Too bad as I like New Orleans' music and culture.  Apparently, once those statues (well at least the ones of Confederates) are removed, I won't ever be going back to new orleans.  new orleans receives lower case treatment for its shame.

--Old secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 174: Reward Raised to Locate Those Who Desecrated Confederate Grave

From Google Alerts for Jan. 26, 2016 for Confederate.

**  Fight continues to remove Confederate statues in Memphis.  (Loss)  The Nathan Bedford Forrest statue downtown.  The article also mentioned that Birmingham is considering removing their Confederate statues.  Really a horrible thing when a Southern towns remove their Confederate statues.

**  Raleigh cemetery raises reward to $3,500 after Confederate graves vandalized.  (Raleigh, N.C.)  (Win)  Oakwood Cemetery.  So sad when something like this happens.

**  N.C. County must reconsider flying Confederate Flag at courthouse,  (Lenoir County)  (Loss)  They have been flying the First National Flag since March 4, 1992.  I am surprised it took this long for those haters to figure out this was also a Confederate Flag.

--Old Secesh

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 173: I Would Have Been in Trouble

I can't help but think that I would have been in trouble in today's pc climate.

For many years, I wore a Confederate flag belt buckle when I was teaching.  I also had a SCV sticker logo on my vehicle which I drove to school.  Once a year I put up a Confederate flag along the hallway lockers as part of a mural of historical U.S. flags.

I also had a portrait of Robert E. Lee in the classroom.

No parent, student, fellow teacher or administrator ever questioned me about it or approached me about these things.

I am very sure I could no longer do this.


The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 172: High School Students Getting Into Trouble for Supporting Their Heritage

From the Jan. 24-26, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Cities would lose power to remove monuments under bill.  (Alabama)  (Win)  But I doubt that it will pass.

**  High School Student Suspended For Wearing Confederate Flag Apparel.  (Prophetstown, Illinois)  (Loss)  Again, it seems that it is high school students who support Confederate heritage more than college.

**  Confederate Flag stirs emotions at Johnson County school.  (Gardner, Kansas) (Loss?) A boy was suspended at Gardner-Edgerton High School after hanging a Confederate flag in the cafeteria.  I put this as a Loss? because that was going way overboard.  It's one thing to wear Confederate clothing or put stickers on your vehicle or wave a flag from it, but this is taking it too far.

--Old Secesh


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 171: Confederate "Cleansing" Continues

From the Jan. 22-23, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  "Maryland, Mt Maryland" state song latest target in nationwide Confederate cleansing.  (Maryland) (Loss)  No kidding about the "cleansing" part.

**  Fewer words proposed to tell history of Helena monument to Confederate soldiers.  (Montana)  Confederate Memorial Fountain in Hill park, constructed by UDC in 1916.  Plans are to rewrite the marker with fewer words.  Well, at least they're keeping it.

**  Atlanta Fed to move meeting over Confederate Flag.  (Georgia)  (Loss)  The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta had been holding their annual meeting at Stone Mountain but now moving it to Amelia Island, Florida.

--Old secesh

Back to That Facial Hair Thing...Again-- Part 2: Big Beard Vs. Little Beard

Then, the question arises, Does the commander with the larger beard/face ratio win more battles.

Using the data, there were 226 battles where bear/face ratio could be determines.  Of them, the commander with the bigger beard won 114, a winning ratio of 50.4%,  Just two more than the smaller beard.

So, obviously, it did not make much difference.

--Old Beardless Secesh

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Back to That Facial Hair Thing...Again-- Part 1: The Beards of War

Proceedings of the Natural Institute of Science "Beards of War: Relationship  between facial hair coverage and battle outcome in the U.S. Civil War" by Matt Michel.

I wrote about this last month (hit the facial hair label).

Using the Facial Hair Database from the previous post/paper and Battle Database from the National Park Service of the 383 battles and classifying the outcome as a Union Victory, Confederate Victory or Inconclusive and the 196 battles which have casualties listed, these stats became evident:

Long Bearded commanders were involved in the most battles: 54 for Union, 108 Confederate
Short Beards:  101 Union, 57 Confederate
Van Dykes:  39 Union, 46 Confederate
Mustaches:  32 Union, 20 Confederate
French Cuts:  20 Union, 31 Confederate
Clean Shaven:  12 Union, 25 Confederate
Friendly Muttonchop:  21 Union, 3 Confederate
Muttonchop:  6 Union, 11 Confederate
Chin Curtain:  11 Union, 3 Confederate
Muttonchop with mustache:  4 Union, 5 Confederate
Goatee:  0 Union, 7 Confederate

--Old Secesh