The Week of Premiers and the Washington Redskins

I don’t know about you guys, but I am so glad this week is finally here. It is the week of premiers. The season premiers of both the Big Bang Theory and Sleepy Hollow are tonight. On Wednesday, the 18th season of South Park begins. I am beyond stoked. I am especially looking forward to the social commentary South Park provides; you can see what I mean in the video below. Enjoy ;)

Big Bang Theory

Sleep Hollow

South Park

 

“Genuine Negro Jig”

I’m putting the final touches on Total War Before Sherman (pt. 2). In the meantime, let me introduce you to the Grammy Award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. They’ve got a lot to say, a lot to reinvent, and a lot energy…..and that’s before they pick up their instruments.

(Note: Don Flemons is no longer with the group, but he does have his own album out. I’m looking forward to hearing it.)

Total War Before Sherman: Patrick Cleburne at the Battle of Ringgold Gap (pt. 1)

Many lost cause proponents of the Civil War often criticize the so called “barbarity” of Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign and subsequent “March to the Sea.” Often these people ignore the numerous historical accounts which prove most of the Sherman atrocity stories as myth. These same people also turn a blind eye to Confederates such as Stonewall Jackson, who argued for total war as early as 1861. Neo-Confederates never bother to analyze the actions of notable Confederates who did in fact wage total war, sometimes on southern people. This is largely because they are so wrapped up in their own lost cause ideology that they already believe what they think they know is factual. With that in mind, here is an interesting opportunity for all.

Are Patrick Cleburne’s actions at the Battle of Ringgold Gap (Nov. 1863) an example of total war on the southern people. Bare in mind, Cleburne positioned his command in Ringgold Gap and turned his guns towards the town.

Chapter Three Sent to Committee

Finally, it’s coming to an end. Here’s a taste.


 

The presence of professional army officers on the frontier presents a new dynamic to Indian relations. Before an officer class subservient to the nation emerged, officers in charge on the frontier who acted according to their own ambitions harmed the nation’s policy of avoiding long drawn out conflicts. Continue reading