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A Conflict in Ancestry

correct-flags.gifI recently mentioned in a previous post that I have been casually tracing our ancestry. In so doing, I discovered a couple of days ago that I have two ancestors on my Father’s side, each of which fought on opposite sides in the Civil War.

One of my Great2 Grandfathers* on my Dad’s Mother’s side fought for the Union in the 6th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry whose primary mission was to protect the B&O Railway across the Appalachians. He was a private in Company I and was wounded in the leg during a skirmish in 1865. After he recovered, he was discharged and received a $12 pension per month. Big money in those days.

*The superscript “2” above denotes this is a Great-great Grandfather

My Great Grandfather on My Dad’s Father’s side fought for the Confederacy in the 5th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry that engaged Union forces under Sherman in Georgia and the Carolinas. This ancestor was also listed as a private and was attached to Company H, the “Mounted Rifles,” who eventually surrendered to the Union in 1865. This ancestor was paroled and relocated to Colorado where he eventually married my Great Grandmother who bore my Grandfather, my Dad’s Dad.

Since the number of ancestors doubles with each generation, there is a fairly good probability that some of the ancestors were participating in major historical events as was the case above. I went back a couple more generations and found one of the ancestors buried in a grave denoting his participation in the Revolutionary War. I’m sure I will find more tidbits like that as I progress through my ancestry.

R.I.P. Mike


The Country lost a great patriot today with the passing of Mike Vanderboegh. The write-up for Mike is here. I have nothing to add save to say Godspeed to Mike and thanks.

Valediction of a Three Percenter

I don’t know if any readers of this blog are familiar with Mike Vanderboegh who, as a citizen journalist along with David Codrea, managed to get the Fast and Furious” government gun running scandal elevated to being noticed by news outlets and Congress. Mike has, unfortunately, been diagnosed with a terminal health condition and we’re told that he won’t be with us much longer. Mike is still clear-headed and recently offered what he calls his “Valediction of a Three Percenter.

David Codrea urged that we share this important writing far and wide, so I, therefore, urge you to read Mike’s Valediction. It is an important message from Mike to those of us who are willing to defend liberty and to those among us who may be on the edge about what is happening to America.

A Historical Flag Sighting

Historical Flag

The Better Half photographed this SUV and it’s colorful historic flag in the parking lot after our grocery shopping trip yesterday. We think that the truck and it’s flag might be owned by a store employee since it was parked at the back of the lot relative to the storefront.

What is popularly referred to as the “Confederate Flag” is actually not the flag flown by the Confederate States of America. This was originally the Confederate Navy Jack which would have been flown on the fantail of CSA Naval vessels.

The Second Confederate Navy Jack was a rectangular cousin of the Confederate Army’s battle flag and was in use from 1863 until 1865. It existed in a variety of dimensions and sizes, despite the CSN’s detailed naval regulations. The blue color of the diagonal saltire’s Southern Cross was much lighter than the dark blue of the battle flag.

The Confederate Battle Flag, like the one the State of South Carolina lowered today at the whim of the idiot leftists and simpering politicians, was not rectangular like the one in the (clickable) image, but square with a 1:1 aspect ratio.

Seeing this piece of history right here in Arizona makes us proud and happy that some folks aren’t intimidated by the idiotic radical leftists in the country. Shame on Amazon, eBay, Walmart, South Carolina politicians and others for not recognizing the real historical symbol for what is is.

Gadsden Flag Widget

Confederate Don't Tread On MeOver the past several days, you may have noticed that we’ve been flying the Confederate Gadsden Flag in the left sidebar. That is in direct response to the mindless media and mass market merchandisers having a hysterical frenzy over the insane shooter in Charleston posing with the flag.

It is total insanity to think that a fucking flag caused the murders. The alliterative mindless media and mass market merchandisers (5M) cranked up the hysteria and the historical battle flag was toast.

Well, all of the above is a done deal. We’re not particularly in support of the Confederate position in the Civil War, but there are a couple of things we ponder.

First, Arizona, our adopted state (and The Better Half’s birth state), for historical purposes, fought on the side of the south. Secondly, my Great Grandfather George Washington (*surname redacted*) fought for the South in 1863, was captured, imprisoned and eventually expatriated to the Colorado prairie after the war was over. But enough historical dribble.

This post is to inaugurate the rotating Gadsden widget at the top of the sidebar. Randomly, the flag will select between the original Gadsden Flag and Gadsden modified versions of the Arizona State Banner and the Confederate Battle Flag. I wrote the code for the sidebar this afternoon and evening.

All the flags have historical significance and until such time as the First Amendment is completely gutted (fuck political correctness) the flags will fly here.

Punisher Icon T-Shirt

Punisher Icon T-Shirt

Last year was our third complete year of living in the Arizona desert. As such, we have become accustomed to the weather patterns here and when we traveled back to Kalifornistan (southwestern Los Angeles County area) in the spring and summer months, it seemed sorta coolish to us. High temps out there in the low 70’s were not the 90’s to 100’s back home.

It was during one of our visits to the old homestead that we found that we had not packed clothing appropriate to the high 50’s or low 60’s they get out there in the evenings with the coastal overcast and onshore breezes. Shorts and short-sleeved shirts were not cutting it.

The Better Half came to the rescue by going into a Wal-Mart near the hotel where we were staying and buying some long-sleeved apparel including this T-shirt with the Punisher logo. Since we are in the desert winter now, I donned that shirt today and TBH took this shot of the front of it as it was keeping me warm in our current cooler weather.

Now, there are a lot of “snow-birds” in town. We see auto license tags from places like Alberta, Alaska, Montana, Wyoming and other really cold places. In our current cooler weather, it is not uncommon to see people at the grocers or the post office wearing nothing but shorts and t-shirts. I guess they think this is the tropics compared to their native icebergs and igloos.

Veterans Day 2014

Veterans Day 2014

Quoting Mark Alexander of The Patriot Post:

When I hear politicians qualify their political aspirations or tenure in office under the heading of “serving our country,” I strenuously object. Most members of Congress, like the current commander in chief, have never served a day at risk of blood and life, and unlike those who have, too many among the political ranks do not honor their oaths “to Support and Defend” our Constitution and the Essential Liberty it enshrines.

Military service is not a prerequisite for political office, but the sacrifice associated with such service is certainly a fitting exemplar.

Fortunately, rising out of the dust of the 2014 midterm election, there is a growing number of new faces who are are devoted, first and foremost, to Liberty. They join a substantial contingent of conservatives elected to Congress since 2010 who are likewise devoted.

We take the time today to remember those Veterans who served, recognize those who are serving and encourage those who will serve. Bless ‘em all!

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