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Friday, June 03, 2005

Governor Perry demonstrates his disdain for religious freedom, women, and gays in one sitting.

Governor Perry of Texas is going to sign an anti-choice bill and an anti-gay marriage bill inside a Christian school, according to the Houston Chronicle. This is a very exciting event for the wingnutteria, much like being a kid in a candy store. Oh boy oh boy oh boy, which hate is the best hate? It's so hard to decide--hate for sexually active girls, hate for gays and lesbians, and hate for the American value of separating the church and state. They are all very good forms of hate, all forms of Christ-approved hate.

Back in the day, hating was a really time-consuming activity. You had to hate women and gay men and people who don't believe in your religion separately--maybe an hour being pissed at those women with their cunts and their uteruses just making choices like they were free and then another hour spent loathing gay men and imagining that they were all having tons and tons of hot, hot anal sex and not inviting you and then another hour hating people for not just falling lockstep into your religion as thoughtlessly as you did. Man, sometimes you could get up at 6AM and hate your way right through lunch, forgetting even to eat.

Thank god for Governor Perry's innovative attempts to get all the hate out of the way at once. Hating everyone different from you all at once? Genius! Get it out of the way first thing in the day and you even have time left over for bowling.

Frankly, I'm beginning to believe that pod people have taken over my state with the express purpose of making all Texans look like assholes.

9:34:52 PM    


So this is the Friday evening seven p.m."bad news" dump:

American jailers at the Guantanamo prison for foreign terrorism suspects splashed a Koran with urine, kicked and stepped on the Islamic holy book and soaked it with water, the U.S. military said on Friday.

U.S. Southern Command, responsible for the prison at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, described for the first time five cases of "mishandling" of a Koran by U.S. personnel confirmed by a newly completed military inquiry, officials said in a statement.

In the incident involving urine, which took place this past March, Southern Command said a guard left his post and urinated near an air vent and "the wind blew his urine through the vent" and into a cell block.

It said a detainee told guards the urine "splashed on him and his Koran." The statement said the detainee was given a new prison uniform and Koran, and that the guard was reprimanded and given duty in which he had no contact with prisoners.

It may have been an accident but someone, somewhere, will die for this urine.

All these indications hinting at the onset of a religious war make me nervous. I've said this before but it's worth repeating: Most of us are inbetween two religious armies, almost equally fanatic, and the armies are coming at each other. Too bad that we are in the way of either. Too bad that we are not allowed to stay out of this idiotic medieval enterprise. Too bad that most of the victims of any religious violence will consist of the uninvolved.

Can you spot that I slept poorly last night? Perhaps you should take some salt with this post.

8:56:25 PM    

Videos and photos of Abu Ghraib prison abuse ordered released by New York judge.

Larry Neumeister | New York | June 2

AP - A judge has ordered the government to release four videos from Abu Ghraib prison and dozens of photographs from the same collection as photos that touched off the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal a year ago. The federal judge issued the order late Wednesday requiring the Army to release the material to the American Civil Liberties Union to comply with the Freedom of Information Act. The ACLU said the material would show that the abuse was "more than the actions of a few rogue soldiers." Judge Alvin Hellerstein said the 144 pictures and videos can be turned over in redacted form to protect the

[The Agonist]
8:55:42 PM    

Pentagon details mishandling of Quran: Detainees' copies of holy book kicked, splashed with urine.

 June 3 [7:49pm edt]

AP - The Pentagon on Friday released new details about mishandling of the Quran at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects, confirming that a soldier deliberately kicked the Muslim holy book and that an interrogator stepped on a Quran and was later fired for "a pattern of unacceptable behavior." In other confirmed incidents, water balloons thrown by prison guards caused an unspecified number of Qurans to get wet; a guard's urine came through an air vent and splashed on a detainee and his Quran; and in a confirmed but ambiguous case a two-word obscenity was written in English on the inside cover of a Quran. The findings, released after normal business hours Friday evening, are among the results of an investigation last month by Brig. Gen. Jay Hood, the commander of the detention center in Cuba, that was triggered by a Newsweek magazine report -- later retracted -- that a U.S. soldier had flushed one Guantanamo Bay detainee's Quran down a toilet. Paging Mr. Issikof, and the rest of "the liberal media." Howard Fineman happens to be babbling a bit about that right now et on MSNBC, is why I went to look for the article.

 [The Agonist]
8:54:57 PM    

Bulletin: U.S. Intel Misused.

BULLETIN: U.S. INTEL MISUSED....Knight Ridder, your best source for non-bullshit coverage of U.S. intelligence activities, informs us that Abu Musab al Zarqawi didn't visit Syria after all, despite loud reports to the contrary two weeks ago:Three officials who said that...

[Political Animal]
8:53:47 PM    

Congressman meets signature goal.

Rep. Conyers has met his goal of 100k signers, hopes for 250k; tip line set up.

[The Raw Story | A rational voice - Alternative news]
8:53:10 PM    

What a Dump!.

Note the timestamp on this AP story. The Pentagon dumps information into the Black Hole of News, after hours on Friday night, hoping it will be quickly swept down and away as though in the vortex of a, er, flushing toilet.

The Pentagon on Friday released new details about mishandling of the Quran at the Guantanamo Bay prison...a guard’s urine came through an air vent and splashed on a detainee and his Quran...
8:52:13 PM    

5:00 Friday Horror: Gitmo jailers pissed on the Koran

Well, 7:45: American jailers at the Guantanamo prison for foreign terrorism suspects splashed a Koran with urine, kicked and stepped on the Islamic holy book and soaked it with water, the U.S. military said on Friday. In the incident involving urine, which took place this past March, Southern Command said a guard left his post and urinated near an air vent and "the wind blew his urine through...

- Lambert

8:51:44 PM    

Paul Revere A Despicable Tattletale, Says GOP.

Republicans today criticized Paul Revere for his famous ride, saying that he had violated professional colonial ethics by divulging military secrets in violation of his duty to his lord, the King of England. "These were sensitive informations about military troop...

[Opinions You Should Have]
4:37:13 PM    

Breaking Ranks With The Clueless.

There comes a time when a re-evaluation of an enterprise is required. Should one find that a change is in order, one should take the indicated action. One Republican has done that very thing: Andy Warren quits GOP Republican Bucks...

[The Left Coaster]
4:36:43 PM    

Responding to a report on growing opposition to the Tasering of school children, a Taser International spokesman said the "device has been shown to be medically safe when used on children." Amnesty International has long considered electro-shock stun weapons to be "the torturer's high-technology tool of choice."

4:36:13 PM    

New UN report: chemical and biological weapons equipment missing in Iraq.

As we all know, by the time the current Iraq war started, there were no weapons of mass destruction to be found. However, the equipment that was used in Iraq's defunct biological and chemical weapons programs remained in storage at various locations around Iraq.

Well, it looks like those sites have been looted. Big surprise:

U.N. satellite imagery experts have determined that material that could be used to make biological or chemical weapons and banned long-range missiles has been removed from 109 sites in Iraq, U.N. weapons inspectors said in a report obtained Thursday.

U.N. inspectors have been blocked from returning to Iraq since the U.S.-led war in 2003 so they have been using satellite photos to see what happened to the sites that were subject to U.N. monitoring because their equipment had both civilian and military uses.

In the report to the U.N. Security Council, acting chief weapons inspector Demetrius Perricos said he's reached no conclusions about who removed the items or where they went. He said it could have been moved elsewhere in Iraq, sold as scrap, melted down or purchased.

He said the missing material can be used for legitimate purposes. "However, they can also be utilized for prohibited purposes if in a good state of repair."

He said imagery analysts have identified 109 sites that have been emptied of equipment to varying degrees, up from 90 reported in March.

(Emphasis mine.)

The article mentions goes into more detail about the missing equipment, and the potential "prohibited uses":

Perricos said analysts found, for example, that 53 of the 98 vessels that could be used for a wide range of chemical reactions had disappeared. "Due to its characteristics, this equipment can be used for the production of both commercial chemicals and chemical warfare agents," he said.

The report said 3,380 valves, 107 pumps, and more than 7.8 miles of pipes were known to have been located at the 39 chemical sites.

A third of the chemical items removed came from the Qaa Qaa industrial complex south of Baghdad which the report said "was among the sites possessing the highest number of dual-use production equipment," whose fate is now unknown." Significant quantities of missing material were also located at the Fallujah II and Fallujah III facilities north of the city, which was besieged last year.

Before the first Gulf War in 1991, those facilities played a major part in the production of precursors for Iraq's chemical warfare program.

The percentages of missing biological equipment from 12 sites were much smaller -- no higher than 10 percent.

The report said 37 of 405 fermenters ranging in size from 2 gallons to 1,250 gallons had been removed. Those could be used to produce pharmaceuticals and vaccines as well as biological warfare agents such as anthrax.

Damn those pesky UN folks, right George? They've just shown that the Iraq war has even worse implications than anyone would like to know.

 [Daily Kos]

1:59:39 PM    

Introducing a Nick Turse analysis of 'Rummy Rules,' Tom Engelhardt observes recent "brave slips of the tongue" by both Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and Vice President Cheney, in publicly referring to the "detainees" at Guantanamo as "prisoners of war."

1:58:52 PM    

Sydney Blumenthal charges the Bush administration with 'harming the national interest' in 'trying to make its gulag problem disappear by attacking Amnesty International,' and a U.S. military commander at Guantanamo voices his "frustration" at how the handling of detainees is portrayed by "reporters that have not bothered to come here and look for themselves."

1:57:50 PM    

Irradiated Oil.

To drive a machine requires energy, the economic history of the West has seen three major shifts in the energy basis over the last five centuries. The first was the wind and water revolution, where technological improvements allowed the increasingly efficient harnessing of waterwheels and sails. The great leaps forward began with the creation of the mathematical physics of Newton, and the fluid mechanics of Borda, which made it possible to design improved hulls and water wheels. This would drive connecting more complex machines to water power, and open greater trade through faster ships. The force of fluid, not steam, drove early textile mills in England and America. It was the clipper ship and not the steam engine that crossed the Pacific in the early "China Trade".

11:14:47 AM    

All the President's Gates: Let's get somethin' cle...
All the President's Gates :

Let's get somethin' clear here in all the nostalgia over Watergate, all the wish-fulfillment over bringin' down a vile, evil, mad, powermongering President: "Watergate," the historic event, wasn't about break-ins, wiretaps, and cover-ups. Sure, yeah, yeah, that's what the scandal itself was. But Watergate was really about the Vietnam War. Nixon had been re-elected in a landslide, but as soon as the Watergate burglars were convicted, his approval ratings sank into the sewer below the toilet. And once that happened, it was feeding frenzy time.

Support for the war had drifted downward since the Tet Offensive (at the end of Johnson's administration) and Nixon had betrayed the public's trust by promising withdrawal, but instead escalating the war and bombing Cambodia. (Why did Nixon win re-election? One reason is because white people were afraid of the Black Power movement, but that is a tale for another time.) In other words, Watergate was the way to get back at the White House for the monumental fuck-up that was 'Nam (and the Pentagon Papers had demonstrated how monumental that fuck-up was). Nixon resigned and retreated in disgrace with his victory fingers shoved up his own ass over the cover-up of the espionage shit, but that was only because they were able to get him on that instead of the greater crimes of Vietnam.

So it's just goddamn funny to see all Nixon's lackeys out there calling Deep Throat W. Mark Felt a "snake," a "traitor, and more. Pat Buchanan, in his "column" today (if by "column," you mean "the jowly yawps of insignificance from a fascist cartoon balloon"), calls Felt "an FBI hack who was ratting out President Nixon for passing him over as director." Buchanan excuses Nixon using the same rationale that ratfucking scoundrels have used since cavedwellers could belch out sounds: everybody else does it - we just got caught: "Not one miscreancy committed by Nixon's men did not have its antecedent in the White Houses of JFK or LBJ. But they got away with it." It's like saying that other frats gang rape passed out coeds all the time and no one rats them out; but we Dekes rape one Tri-Sig and we get sent to jail.

In the end, it doesn't matter (as the Rude Pundit said earlier this week). In a perfect world, crimes ought to be judged on their own intrinsic harm, whistleblowers' lives and motives ought to be insignificant, and the evil ought to be punished. Nixon had to be dragged up to the Capitol Rotunda and, before the statue of George Washington, sliced open, his cold guts spilled on the floor, like a worthless sacrifice at the end of Mayan civilization. We had to believe the gods needed to be appeased. We had to believe they were appeased. We were wrong, just as the Mayans were wrong to believe the crops would flourish because virgin blood nourished the earth and a heart was burned in honor of absent deities.

There's many reasons why the Downing Street Memo has gotten so little attention in America beyond Left Blogsylvania, despite the fact that it says that the Bush administration "fixed" the intelligence around its desire to bomb the living shit out of Iraq, "fixed" it like a cheap mafia thug fixes a warehouse boxing match. We could point to the corporate media, the post-Rather memo fake-out, and more. But remember: the Pentagon Papers were published in the middle of 1971. Nixon still got over 60% of the popular vote and 520 electoral votes in 1972.

The Rude Pundit thinks this: the American public, in growing numbers, knows in its heart that they've been lied to, just like in Vietnam, and that Americans are being killed for those lies, just like in Vietnam. But fear is a powerful thing: deep, psychological, repressed fear - that if the truth is not held back, then the monsters of anarchy must be unleashed. It is better to take down a President for something a great deal more prosaic than war crimes and mass murder. Because what does it say about us if our leader is guilty of such things?

Which is why the Rude Pundit believes, hopes beyond rational hope, that other 'Gates are going to develop around George W. Bush, 'Gates that will move in tighter and tighter until they become increasingly strangling. And that's why this is a very interesting little development in the Jack Abramoff scandal: it seems that the White House was allowed to be used to fundraise for Abramoff's and Grover Norquist's various causes/pocketbooks.

Ahhh, the sweet relief of dirty money. Now there's something we can actually get our heads around.

- Rude One

 [The Rude Pundit]
11:13:22 AM    

United Kingdom Announces Marshall Plan For Africa.,13365,1498591,00.html

11:11:13 AM    

Bush Losing Touch On War.

Bush and Cheney keep spinning victory. Americans increasingly know otherwise.

11:10:33 AM    

Ohio fundraising scandal explodes.

 Fundraiser reimbursed donations to Bush; Bush returns just $4,000.

 [The Raw Story | A rational voice - Alternative news]
11:09:41 AM    

May Jobs Report

The May employment report released this morning by the BLS is quite disappointing:

Nonfarm employment edged up by 78,000 in May following a much larger increase in April, and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 5.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Payroll employment continued to grow over the month in health care and construction, but was little changed in the other major industry sectors.
Unfortunately, it still seems that the strong jobs reports that crop up sporadically (like last month's report ) remain more the exception than the rule.

More analysis of this report to follow.

- Kash

[Angry Bear]

8:02:03 AM    

They still don't get it.

The BBC concludes that the US and the UK are still at a loss to explain what is going on in Iraq. I concur. They are operating on flawed assumptions and old models. Their pet theories shift daily. Given the...

[John Robb's Weblog]
8:00:52 AM    

Fewer Perverts, Please

This is what Ted Turner asks of the U.S. news reporters:

Mr Turner told staff at a celebration of CNN's 25th anniversary that he had tried to create a channel that would eschew the "trivial news" liked by local stations in favour of international coverage.

"I would like to see us return to a little more international coverage on the domestic feed and a little more environmental coverage and, maybe, a little less of the pervert of the day," he told staff in Atlanta.

Ted Turner no longer owns CNN so what he says has only symbolic meaning. I doubt that we can get rid of talking about perverts, even if all the newscasts focus only on U.S. politics...

7:20:28 AM    

If He Was So Bad, Why Doesn't Bush Give Him A Medal Of Freedom?

Is there anything more laughable than a pair of fools like Freidman and Brooks extolling the poverty of the Third World as an antidote to those spoiled rich kids in Europe with all their outdated perks? (Brooks' "It is happier to live in a poor country that is moving forward - where expectations are high - than it is to live in an affluent country that is looking back" is particularly delicious;

- Riggsveda

7:19:40 AM    

Luxembourg rebuffs eurosceptics.

EU president Luxembourg denies talk of a crisis, saying ratification of the European constitution should continue.

[BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition]
7:18:55 AM    

Bush opposes UK Africa debt plan.

 The UK's proposals to write off the debts owed by African countries are facing opposition from the US.

 [BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition]
7:17:42 AM    

EU Politics.

Hmm. I wasn't surprised by the French and Dutch no votes on EU expansion. The reason? Economic integration is a trend. Political fragmentation is a trend. Superstates are evolutionary oddities -- creatures with outsized heads, claws, and fangs that doom...

 [John Robb's Weblog]
7:16:10 AM    

12,000 Dead in Iraq

Yeah, they control Baghdad

Iraq Puts Civilian Toll at 12,000

Insurgency Claiming About 20 People a Day

By Ellen Knickmeyer

Washington Post Foreign Service

Friday, June 3, 2005; Page A01

BAGHDAD, June 2 -- Violence in the course of the 18-month-long insurgency has claimed the lives of 12,000 Iraqis, Interior Minister Bayan Jabr said Thursday, giving the first official count for the largest category of victims of bombings, ambushes and other increasingly deadly attacks.

At least 36 more Iraqi civilians, security force members and officials were killed Thursday in attacks that underscored the ruthlessness and growing randomness of much of the violence. The day's victims included 12 people killed when a suicide attacker drove a vehicle loaded with explosives into a restaurant near the northern city of Kirkuk.

In Baghdad, gunmen opened fire on a market area crowded with civilians, killing nine, the Defense Ministry said.

The U.S. military reported that two soldiers were killed Wednesday, by a bomb and by small-arms fire, in the western city of Ramadi.

Thursday's violence demonstrated the ability of insurgents to keep up attacks despite a week-old security operation in Baghdad billed as the most aggressive yet by Iraq's new government, in office for less than two months.

The checkpoints and raids that leaders have dubbed Operation Lightning have brought all roads in and out of the capital under government control, said Jabr, the minister in charge of Iraq's police forces. The actions are meant to expose insurgent hideouts in the city, he told reporters from some foreign news organizations, adding, "Within the next few months, we can deal with all of the killings and assassinations

Just noting the lies...

[The News Blog]
1:04:35 AM    

Ours is not a gulag.

Listen up, this week's right wing talking point is improvisational. Your job is to act outraged, horrified, shocked, and dismayed that Amnesty International described Guantanamo Bay as "the gulag of our times." Unfortunately, from a marketing perspective, "We aren't running...

12:05:38 AM    

Ruin and lie

Brandon Hughey (R), a 19-year old American soldier

who came to Canada in March 2004 to avoid fighting

in what he considers an illegal war in Iraq,

Wreck It and Run

by William S. Lind

Among the many unhappy developments in American industry in recent decades has been the advent of "wreck it and run" management. A small coterie of senior managers takes over a company and makes a brilliant show of short-term profits while actually driving the business into the ground. They bail out just before it crashes, cashing in their stock options as they go, and leave the employees, ordinary stockholders, and customers holding an empty bag.

It is increasingly clear that under Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the U.S. armed forces have also been taken over by "wreck it and run" management. When Rumsfeld leaves office, what will his successor inherit?

A volunteer military without volunteers. The Army missed its active-duty recruiting goal in April by almost half. Guard and Reserve recruiting are collapsing. Retention will do the same as "stop loss" orders are lifted. The reason, obviously, is the war in Iraq. Parents don't want to be the first one on their block to have their kid come home in a box.

The world's largest pile of wrecked and worn-out military equipment (maybe second-largest if we remember the old Soviet Navy). I'm talking about basic stuff here: trucks, Humvees, personnel carriers, crew-served weapons, etc. This is gear the Rumsfeld Pentagon hates to spend money on, because it does not represent "transformation" to the hi-tech, video-game warfare it wrongly sees as the future. So far, deploying units have made up their deficiencies by robbing units that are not deploying, often National Guard outfits. But that stock has about run out, and some of the stripped units are now facing deployment themselves, minus their gear.

While the wingnuts take Max Boot seriously, people who want real thinking read Bill Lind.

I'll say this: the future of warfare was glimpsed in Somalia in 1993 and things have not changed much, except we invaded a country with enough weapons to arm every male adult.

The US Army needs to work, for both social and security reasons. It is one of the largest educational institutions in the world. It pays for millions of dollars of civilian education for its personnel. Those people often return to civilian life far better educated when they left it. When you cripple the Army, you do far more than cripple the warmaking power of the United States.

For 200 years, the Army has provided a tool for social promotion and education. Because of the Iraq War, many people who would have gained skills and benefitted from seeing the world, will instead avoid military service.

Bush and Rumsfeld have never gotten past the Central Front of Germany. The American Army needs a radically different philosophy on dealing with threats which relies on a much better defined use of small arms and more infantry, as well as much better training for support personnel. The current plans for the Army are as bad as the Pentonic organization of the 1950's which did away with the traditional structure of company, battalion, brigade, division for five mid-sized groups. This idiotic scheme was soon tossed aside.

The next President and Congress will have a herculean task in reforming the Army. The Cold War may gave ended in 1989, but the US Army is still refusing to face the micro nature of warfare, not realizing the greatest threat a US soldier will face in the next few decades is not Iranian nukes, but an armed guerrilla with an automatic rifle riding in a pickup.

[The News Blog]
12:03:13 AM    

A lie which will not die

Our ancestors did not fight for

the South,1406,KNS_364_3709883,00.html

Jefferson Davis (1808-1899), president of the Confederacy, made a statement that may have colored the views of his men in the field. On Dec. 23, 1862, he had words for Gen. Benjamin Franklin Butler (1818-1893), who was in command of the Union troops in New Orleans and had armed his black soldiers.

Said Davis: "All commissioned officers in the command of Benjamin F. Butler are not declared entitled to be considered as soldiers engaged in honorable warfare, but as robbers, and criminals, deserving death; and that they, each of them, be whenever captured, reserved for execution."

He further stated that private soldiers and noncommissioned officers be considered regular prisoners of war. He said that all captured slaves be delivered to the authority of the state in which they lived. Often that did not happen.

Some commanders in the field did things their own way. Col. James S. Brisbin reported that, when he and his troops left Bean Station, Tenn., in the winter of 1864 to destroy the salt works in Virginia, Confederate troops followed them, captured lagging soldiers and butchered them.

Said he: "For the last two days a force of Confederate cavalry, under Witcher, had been following our command and picking up stragglers and worn out horses in the rear. Part of our troops were Negroes and those Confederates killed them as fast as they caught them, laying the dead bodies by the roadside with pieces of paper pinned to their clothing 'this is the way we treat all (n - - - - -) soldiers who fight against the south.' We did not know what had been going on in our rear until we turned about to go back to Wytheville."

Many captured black Union soldiers were hanged, buried alive, put before a firing squad, nailed by their hands to posts or locked in barns and burned alive. Indeed, a few black Rebels carried weapons, but they were not issued by their government.

In fact, the Confederate government began debating whether to arm black soldiers in December 1864 to reinforce their depleted ranks. Even Gen. Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), commander of Confederate forces, favored arming black Rebels.

Many members of Confederate Congress denounced Lee for his views and on Feb. 9, 1865, voted down a resolution that would have freed 200,000 slaves and put them in the army. The Confederate Senate continued to postpone or defeat the proposal until it finally approved it on March 9, 1865. It was too late. Lee surrendered April 9, 1865, exactly one month later.

I don't know why the Civil War was fought, and I won't offer any guesses. I don't know the real reasons for fighting in Iraq. I do know that we go to fight where our leaders send us. Some of us even believe the attending propaganda. Some slaves did, too.

Yes, there were few free blacks who fought with the South. Maybe they were told that the Yankees had weapons of mass destruction that would disintegrate their shacks, poison their food crops and ruin their cotton fields. Rather than risk being homeless, hungry and naked, they went off to war. Their greatest insult is that Black History Month ignores them?

The Union Army enlisted 179,000 blacks. The Confederacy had ONE company of black troops at the end of the Civil War. The idea that the Confederate forces were integrated in any way shape or form beggers the mind. This was a war or racial subjugation. It would be like looking for the Jewish units who fought for Hitler. They don't exist, nor do organized units which fought for the Confederacy.

The reason this lie has to exist is because without it, all the Confederate kitsch and ancestor worship will be revealed for the racist tribute it really is.

I watched this girl who wanted to attend her prom in a Confederate dress make this very claim. No one wanted to call her a liar who had racial motives. Because racists use this to hide their agenda. If blacks fought to stay slaves it wasn't all that bad. Of course, reality was quite different. Blacks enlisted in massive numbers as soon as the Union would take them. Anything else is fiction.
[The News Blog]
12:01:05 AM    

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