Jim Wooten’s round-up in the AJC contains this interesting paragraph:

The city of Ringgold is betting that erecting a statue of Confederate Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne next October will bring tourists with fat wallets eager to spend. It’s on my list —- just after the Golf Hall of Fame, the Music Hall of Fame, the Sports Hall of Fame and the various others that were to be the salvation of some place or other. But give the people of Ringgold credit. The statue was not financed by taxpayers.

Cleburne was one of the most effective commanders of the war, particularly on defense. His men were were renowned for holding back the enemy, it was his men that at Lookout mountain that held Sherman on the right flank while the center gave and who covered their retreat.

What he was not so renowned for has his proposal to emancipate the slaves in 1863 by the south and enlist them.

We can do this more effectually than the North can now do, for we can give the Negro not only his own freedom, but that of his wife and child, and can secure it to him in his old home.

He believed that it would also remove the “all selfish taint from our cause” he figured that slavery was doomed anyway so why not, particularly since tens of thousands of black soldiers were already in the Northern ranks.

It was considered so incendiary that it was suppressed for over 30 years after his death at the battle of Franklin. Foote states that the result of his paper Cleburne was never promoted from that point.

A luckier break the Union never had.

Was doing some channel surfing and briefly came across the Monk Episode Mr. Monk and the Three Julies.

There was a brief scene (couldn’t find the scene) where Randy names his 2nd theory on a case of the person killing Julie Teagers, and it is the T2 theory.

I couldn’t help but think of this clip.

This is a perfect example of comedy about religion without defaming it. And most important it is funny!

Well I guess we can remove the presuming line this post. It appears the raving atheist is now definitely the raving theist. His first non comedy post confirms it.

Yes, my conversion is real and sincere and heartfelt. It is not a mean atheist hoax or prank. At first I was offended that anyone could suspect me of such monstrous cruelty, but I realize that most people don’t know me well enough to understand how my character would so absolutely preclude such a charade. And having written my share of skeptical posts about the conversion of other atheists, I understand how impossible it would be for anyone who has perused my archives to conclude that I am anything more than fraud.

He promises an explanation for his conversion:

The atheists have justifiably pointed out that I have not supported my new thesis with anything more than a picture and an oath. As noted above, I will in time supply my reasons. I did not do so at first because the announcement was intended as consolation rather than argumentation. Furthermore, the calls for a full and immediate explanation of my beliefs and their justifications are unreasonable. I spent years on the exposition of my atheist views, and as I have noted, atheists disbelieve for a wide variety of reasons, and not all subscribe to the same rationales. I will pontificate at my leisure, in between silly headlines.

His blog will be the place to be for anyone interested in these issues.

Woke up with a headache this morning which wouldn’t be so bad except I didn’t have a drop last night and fell asleep around 10.

So I’m starting the year with a bit of a headache, some low dose asprin, no job, a new mortgage, my kids college fund down half its value 5 months before he graduates, a house that needs cleaning before Saturday, and a house full of people due in 54 hours (which means my wife will be in panic mode for the next two days).

Of course things are not so bad, I have my health, the family is well, her sauce is in the fridge, the oldest has been accepted to one college and looks like his hard work will pay off with some serious financial help.

One nice thing about thing starting the year in a bit of a hole is that you are bound to climb out of it.

So welcome to the year 2009 AD and a happy new year to all.

And Yes I typed AD not “Common Era” or “Before Common Era”, common era refers to the common time scale used and what marks the use of that “common era”? Why the birth of Christ!

It’s another cheap trick to deny history, I don’t seem anyone in a rush to call Thursday day 5 because they don’t want to say “Thor’s” day.

You know there are a lot of what I like to call “indirect proofs” of Christianity. Little things that indicate something funny. The obsession some people have with removing Christianity from sight is rather amazing particularly when they don’t have that same obsession with Islam or Buddhism or Hinduism or even Judaism.

Why such venom at only one target? Why even be bothered by something that one believes is a myth?

And even within the Christian community is a protestant goes from one denomination to another there is hardly an eyelash blinked, but if one converts to Catholicism its a big fuss.

Why be so angry when an atheist converts?

Interesting questions over the year I’ll talk about it more.

Anyways a happy new year to all.

As an apparently Jihad friendly YouTube bows to the whims of those who support Rocket Attacks to Kill Jews the IDF’s Videos have gone elsewhere. Powerline decided to host the videos for a start even offering the code to embed them to others.

It didn’t take long for the Pro Hamas types to respond:

Talk about disproportionate response. Just an hour or so after Power Line posted a series of videos from the Israeli Defense Forces–videos that, as Scott discovered, YouTube had pulled–we experienced a Denial-of-Service attack from a cabal of a half-dozen servers in the U.S. The attack sought to make Power Line and the videos we are hosting inaccessible by overloading our server. Our data center promptly registered the attack, and then defeated it by placing Power Line behind an advanced computer called a Cisco Guard.

I think the fear here is not so much that the world will see the Hamas guys loading rockets or the precision of the attacks, I think the fear is that the Hamas guys will see how they can be targeted without being noticed.

Well Hamas is doing its level best to maximize civilian casualties among their own people to boost the body count as a propaganda tool.

What? You don’t believe me? Well lets quote their own spokesman:

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Al-Qassam Brigades said that If Israeli soldiers enter Gaza, “your children will collect your soldiers’ corpses.”

“Hamas and Al-Qassam are in every house. They will attack you from under the debris. If you believe shelling homes will make us retreat, you will learn that your plans are wrong, and we will surprise you,” Hamas spokesperson Abu Ubayda said in a televised speech.

That sounds like hiding among civilians to me.

Under the rules of war a “protected building” such as a church or hospital loses its protected statue when you take fire from it. These guys care as much for their own people as the rest of the Arab world does.

via Israellycool which if you read this blog you should have already bookmarked by now.

I got in early this morning and woke up late today so this is behind the times.

Of course if you really want to get most of the news as always you can keep an eye on Israellycool since they are as on top of it as you can get.

Well Hamas continues the great Arab tradition of saying on this in English and another thing in Arabic:

It is also the exact antithesis of how Hamas sounds on the Arabic website. In Arabic, death is glorified; in English, it is tragic. In Arabic, martyrdom is the highest achievement; in English it is barely mentioned.

Hasn’t it struck people as odd over the years that the protests from Gaza et/al over the years always have more signs in English than Arabic? It’s almost as if their photos are staged!

Meanwhile Michael Ledeen states that the war has to be won in Iran not Gaza:

They, and those who think the same applies to the Iranians, forget that our enemies want us dead or dominated, they don’t want a world at peace in which they will have to deal with real problems of governance. They are waging jihad, not diplomacy.

It follows from this that you cannot “solve” Gaza by fighting in Gaza alone, you have to win the terror war. And to do that, you must accomplish regime change, just as Netanyahu said. But the crucial regime change must be accomplished in Iran. Whatever Israel accomplishes in Gaza (and the same holds for our battles in Iraq and Afghanistan), it is only a matter of time before the mullahs reorganize, rearm, and return to battle. And the next battle may involve nuclear weapons.

Boy that sounds familiar.

Cynthia McKinney has apparently found a new source for a paycheck. Pimping for Hamas. The Captain comments:

I think McKinney would have been shocked to reach Gaza’s shore. The whole blockade-running attempt was a cheap political stunt intended to get attention.

I actually think this is what she does for a living, an awful lot of money seems to fund “protesters”. And as Michelle reminds us she was bought and paid for long ago.

In fact so was George Galloway.

Jeff Goldberg reports the position of the president elect:

If someone was sending rockets on my house where my daughters were sleeping at night, I would do everything to stop it, and I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.

These aren’t my words — they’re Barack Obama’s.

Of course they are old words as comments from the invisible man are fleeting these days as the Daily Mail notes:

Barack Obama remained silent over the violence in Gaza as Israel today threatened to continue its attacks for weeks.

Instead, the president-elect is continuing his 12-day Christmas holiday in Hawaii and was seen enjoying a round of golf.

Gateway Pundit reports the Arabs are playing the Nazi Card:

The reaction to Operation Cast Lead by the pro-Hamas radicals and Leftists has been predictably foul and bizarre.
They are even equating the Israeli acts of self defense to the holocaust.

They should take it as a complement after all Arabs communities are one place where Mein Kampf still sells.

Egypt is worried about Hizbullah reaction:

Turkey and Egypt plan to warn Israel that if a ground operation is launched in the Gaza Strip, Hizbullah might open another front in south Lebanon, Turkish sources told al-Hayat newspaper.

The article suggests that Nasrallah will settle for protests but I maintain that the decision will be made in Iran not in Lebanon.

Will Israel go in with ground troops? Will Lebanon? When will all of this be finished? Only time will tell.

For the 2nd time Israellycool is liveblogging a war.

If you want a comprehensive update from our last post this is the place for it.

The most ridiculous statement is not from the left or even the Ron Paul forums from which I don’t expect better but comes from Pajamas media. Not from the article which is fine but from the title:

Israel Furiously Attacks Gaza — And Braces for Reprisal (emphasis mine)

Braces for reprisal? Braces for reprisal? As opposed to what?

The Arabs sent 300 rockets at them this week and thousands during the “ceasefire”. They have been under constant attack. They are already braced, and what is coming isn’t “reprisal” it’s the same violent attacks that those Palestinian bastards (yes I said bastards) have been launching against these guys for years.

Calling Arab attacks “reprisals” is a sin against language. What have the previous days, weeks months, years and decades of attacks these Palestinians be in reprisal for? The Jewish sin of breathing?

The only reason why these Palestinians are still alive is the fact that they are fighting Israel. Any other country would have destroyed them decades ago and not batted an eyelash.

I have never understood the irrational hatred of the Jews that exists.