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  1. I can't argue with the way the South Carolina Secession Articles were written and yes it did have slavery in it as a cause to freely leave the Union as they felt it was their right. This Article of Secession, like most laws were written by wealthy - highly - educated - men and not the common farmer/merchant that lived in the South (This also happened in the North). One cannot make an accurate opinion of why the War Between The States started if you only look at the beginning of hostilities. The bad temperament between both sides had existed for at least 30 to 40 years before the outbreak of the War Between The States. They almost came to blows in the 1850's if it had not been for cooler heads and minds. The only good thing for the South if war had broken out in 1850, it would have a lot better percentage of winning as the North had not fully entered the Industrial Leap Forward as it did in the early 1860's. South was being taxed at a high rate and only saw their tax dollars going North for the most part, which was a true statement. After our first war of independence from Great Britain and we won our freedom, there was the great difficulty of having 13 colonies to sign 13 different peace accords with. Then you had to get all 13 original colonies to agree to come together and form one nation. There's where the "rub" came into play. No state wanted to give to a central govt the power that they had just fought with the "Super Power Of The World To Win" and thus be in the same boat all over again. So, a loosely formed central govt was formed with the 13 original colonies where they all "freely joined". Since they all agreed to "freely join" there was nothing in the constitution of the United States that said they could not "freely leave whenever they got ready". In fact, during the War of 1812, once again with Great Britain, the New England States met together and voted on a resolution to succeed from the Union and it passed and before they could adjourn their meeting, a rider on horseback came up and told of General Andrew Jackson's victory over the British Army at the Battle of New Orleans. Now what would have happened if General Andrew Jackson had lost that battle or the rider had gotten there a day late? Would we had have the New England States forming their own govt??? If secession was wrong or illegal, then Jefferson Davis (Who Begged To Be Tried) Robert E. Lee and several other high ranking members of the Confederate States of America would have been brought to trial. The U.S. Supreme Court knew it was a battle that they could not win in the courtroom and suggested that President Jefferson Davis be released and set free. As I had stated in a earlier post, the blame for slavery in the USA can just as easily be laid at the doorstep of the North as it can be at the South. No slave ship ever flew the Confederate Flag over it and all slaves that were brought into Southern Ports where from the New England States where merchant ships was the main form of commerce. Slavery also existed in the United States from 1776 until 1865. Slavery only existed in the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865. It is easy to point fingers when your cash crop and commerce for the most part has been driven by the greed of Northern Merchants and Businessmen. I would also like to point a fact that I have discussed with many of my Northern Friends over the Late War Of Northern Aggression (Civil War) and it is this: "If slavery was such an evil thing (we all know that slavery in any form is bad - but consider the times these people live in), why during a mighty - four year struggle by the undersized and out-numbered Confederate Armies - who depended on the crops/meats/supplies that were coming in from the rural areas of the South so all the able bodied white men could go off and fight and all that was left at home were "old men - women - children", the slaves could have revolted and over-thrown their masters and the Southern Armies in the fields fighting the Yankees would have had to return home to put down the rebellions, but this never happened on a large scale, maybe a few revolted here and there, but for the vast majority of them (slaves) they stayed loyal and helped the South do all it could do as they also felt like they were defending their homelands. Now this is something you will never read in books that were written after the "Carpetbaggers/Scallywags" came South and then the total Military Occupation of the only part of the United States that has ever had to have military troops in it and some of them stayed as long as 12 years - came to be. After this time there were certain elements of the Northern Abolitionist Movement and the Union Army/Govt that wanted to divide the Southern Whites against the Southern Blacks and they did a pretty good job of it. This 12 year occupation and restriction of Southern Soldiers/Sailors/Govt Officials is the main reason the KKK was formed and that was to protect what little rights the Southern Whites had after military occupation by the North and they used many Colored Troops in their occupation which only further widened the gap between the Southern Whites and Blacks. The KKK in it's early days did a very good job in helping rid the land of military occupation by Northern Troops. Once this was done throughout the South the KKK (Original KKK) was totally disbanded and told to never reform. Over the years after this, many outlaw units that could not be controlled began to reform, but it was not the intent or desire of the original leaders of the KKK to have this continue. As a matter of fact the largest ever organization of KKK Members was in the state of Indiana????? Ain't that a hoot!!! I enjoy our talks/conversations as it is good to hear comments and understanding from both sides of the aisle. Please keep up the good work.
  2. Having coached baseball at all levels in both many REC Leagues and also in Travel Baseball Leagues, how many out there think that "Travel Baseball Is Killing Recreational Baseball Leagues - Dixie Youth - Cal Ripken - Little League - Countless Other Leagues"? I would also pose this question also; Did the overbearing and for the most part - sorry Rec League Baseball Directors/Officials run their programs into the ground or become such tyrants or dictators that many parents had no over choice but to start up Travel Baseball Leagues? I have seen the many reasons why Travel Baseball has reached the high popularity it has now, but I also hate to see the Rec Leagues die out, but this is a "two-headed monster" and I saw it coming 20 plus years ago and yet at the same time many Rec Leagues were also starting to become more "PC" so that everyone would feel the same and to them it was more like a overall participation league - which in turn was one of the many reasons that have killed the numbers of kids playing Rec League Baseball now. I know many of you parents have your kids either playing Travel Baseball or still hanging out at the Rec Leagues each year. I would love to hear your stories on this vital viewpoint as it does mean a lot about the direction of organized youth baseball.
  3. As a True Southerner and devout historical student of the War Between The States Period of our great nation, one thing that I have found myself doing a little more and more each year and that is studying the Union Generals in a more honest and personal detail. One of my favorite Union Generals is Major General George Meade who successful led the Army of the Potomac at the Battle of Gettysburg and defeated the Army of Northern Virginia - who was led by in my humble opinion the greatest army general that has ever lived in the USA/CSA. But, please allow me to get back to my original post here about Major General George Meade. After thinking that he was going to be arrested after General Burnside was removed as Commander of the Army of the Potomac, instead he was promoted to it's commander and had the uneasy task of not only finding the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, but also go up against the "Invincible General Robert E. Lee"!!! This had to be unnerving in itself, but MG Meade slowly put his army in motion and once arriving at the small town of Gettysburg, PA and seeing that his leading elements of his army had been driven out of town, decided to stay put on the high ground and build his defense in a "fish-hook-like-shape" and this turned out to be the master move of the whole battle. After fighting the Confederate Army to a standstill, MG Meade retains his high ground and he and General Lee both study and wait on each other to make a move on the 4th day and neither one does as both armies have been bleed just about dry. General Lee pulls out in the night during the 4th day and goes back into Maryland/Virginia. After the battle, everyone from the President of the USA start criticizing MG George Meade for not aggressively following the Confederate Army and destroying it while it was stretched out going back into Virginia. MG Meade did send some cavalry after the Confederate Army, but the rain had started falling hard and it was turning the roads into a mud-bog and would have really produced no great effect for his troops as they were basically exhausted from fighting a Confederate Army for three hot days in July that gave almost as good as it got and the battle could have easily turned several times if not for the cool handling of his divisions by MG George Meade. After reading the Battle of Gettysburg more times than I can count, the one thing that always remains constant during the very hectic times of this great battle was the great leadership of MG George Meade, even though he would be severely rebuked by President Lincoln and others in the Northern Cabinet that Major General George Meade offered his resignation. This would have been a terrible mistake for the Union Govt at the time as they did bring Major General U.S. Grant to come east and be the "Over-All Commander of All Union Armies", General Grant did have enough sense to realize that Major General George Meade was a "Rock Solid Soldier" and one he could count on in battle and this was never proven more than when MG Grant drove the Army of Potomac towards Richmond, VA in battle after battle - and actually losing more men killed in the Union Army than General Lee had in his Confederate Army and General Grant never defeated General Lee and had to be "consoled and challenge to give up some of his headlong - murderous charges straight into the Confederate Fortifications - several times to insure that the Union Army of the Potomac would survive. Grant gets all the glory at the eventual surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, but it was Major General George Meade that put all the pieces of the puzzle together to make it happen and keep peace in an army that was about to have an inter-revolt due to the high volume of deaths within the ranks of the Union Army on their drive to take Richmond/Petersburg. Major General George Meade - truly a Northern Hero who does not get his due credit for making this happen.
  4. Yancey, have you ever tried putting Ghee on your steaks before you cook them? I have done this with the last three that I have grilled on my Black Egg and they have tasted and came out with a deeper and more smokier taste and are tender and juicy. Now these steaks were also 1-3/4 inches to 2 inches thick - which will make a huge difference in your taste of your steak.
  5. I see a lot of people doing this now. I have not tried it yet, but you give me another angle to think about as I use to do all of my steaks the low & slow method until I got a ceramic grill/cooker. I could actually do this by cooking my steak on my RECTEC Smoker and then have my Black Egg ready to go and get that "reverse grill mark". Thanks for the advice.
  6. Hey SA, it looks like you have the "Black Egg" like I do? I really enjoy mine and having been using it for about two years now - all four seasons. My step-son bought him the BGE and paid a heck of lot more money than I did and I can do everything that he can do and he does not have the upper grill like we do. He may get a little bit better heat/temp rating from his ceramic cooker than mine, but I saved about a $1,000.00 per what he paid and I am having a blast with mine. I have to admit that I use it for steaks and hamburgers mostly now since my wife bought me the RT 700 RECTEC Bull - Pellet Smoker. That's my low and slow baby and I can cook/smoke up about anything out there with this thing. I truly love it, but I also love my Black Egg. Good Cooking/Grilling To You - Weekend Pit Master!!!
  7. I have been fighting off some type of head/chest - bug for about 9 days now, but I did get out there last night and do some "smoked wings" for me and my wife and they were awesome again! I put them in some apple cider vinegar and lemon juice for about 30 minutes after washing them. Then I put them in a Extra Virgin Olive Oil Bath until they were all coated and then put my seasoning on them. I cooked them about 250 for one hour and then flipped them and did another hour. I had some Texas Pete Wing Sauce and I put about 8 of them in an aluminum pan and cooked them about 15 minutes longer and I liked them, but my wife likes her without the hot/spicy flavor that she thinks is in the Texas Pete. To be honest, Texas Pete Wing Sauce does have a tad bit of heat, but not a whole lot and especially a lot milder than a majority of wings sauces out there on the market now. I think once again when I have more time and feel better - I am going to soak about 8 or ten wings in the Texas Pete Wing Sauce - then smoke them for two hours and then have my deep fryer ready and just dunk them in and out to see what this taste like. I like trying them different ways and hopefully that will be a new way for me, but I have got to admit that just taking them off my RECTEC Pellet Smoker after two hours and eating them is just an awesome adventure.
  8. FC, you live in a beautiful area of our nation. Besides where I now live, my two favorite cities are Charleston, SC and Asheville, NC & surrounding area - especially the Lake Lure area. Checked out the Red Stag Grill on their website and it does look nice. I went to the Ruth Chris Steakhouse about three years ago over by the Biltmore Estates Rd and they gave me and my wife a baked potato that was as big as a small football. We had to send it back three times to get it properly cooked. Their steak was good, but the bill that they gave me did not justify the steak that I had been served. Thanks for your info as I will continue to check out some places.
  9. I have a friend that puts livers in his hash & rice. Personally, I don't care for it, but I know a lot of people do. Good to see that you make your own. I hope to start making my first attempt in a couple of weeks. I have a recipe from a guy over in Florence, SC and he makes his own "Carolina Red Hash" and it looks pretty good. I hope mine will turn out as good as his did.
  10. Glad to hear that "developers are not trying to take parts of this great battlefield". I had a cousin that is now past on and he had a son that lived in Virginia and I think his son had told him about encroachment on a few battlefields and I thought that Sharpsburg was one of them that they had spoken about. He and his son did a lot of sight seeing of many battlefields in Virginia for several years before my cousin's health started to worsen for him. Maybe it was Cold Harbor that they had stated as I have lost some of the emails that he use to send me of all of his travels. He really got into the War Between The States when he retired and had time to do so as many people do with whatever their main interests or hobbies are. You are very fortunate to be living in an area that is so full of history and also be that close to so many battlefields. I was in the Shenandoah Valley a few years ago and stayed over three days and I still could not find enough time to go to every site I wanted to visit. I did get to Winchester and spent a lot of time in Lexington and at VMI and Washington & Lee College. Both of these colleges have strong historical ties to our beloved South-land and nation. I got to sit in the exact spot in the Chapel where General Robert E. Lee sat each morning and prayed before he started his day. A beautiful city and it is just bursting alive with history. I also got to visit the grave of Lt. General Stonewall Jackson. That was also a moving experience for me. What is taught in school these days in a whole lot different than what was taught in my day and even back then it was a "watered down version of the truth" as I was lucky enough to be able to find some books in our county library that still told the truth as much as it could be written back then. That was one thing that President Jefferson Davis worried about to the end of his days and that was "the truth concerning the Confederate Soldier and why he fought for his nation and it's independence". Back in the late 1990's I was invited to come and speak at a local Elementary School and I was able to get a friend who was a Confederate Re-enactor to come with me. I gave the class the gospel truth on the causes and reasons for the War Between The States and even though the teacher really appreciated our coming and talking to the kids, we were never ask back nor was anyone else since that time??? This is why our world has become so "PC" and the truth cannot be told nor will it be tolerated. You are absolutely right in stating that the "truth or the way it is taught is usually written or enforced by the victors". I would take that another step in saying that the "P.C. Crowd" most likely dictate the way things are taught in order to not offend anyone with anything. You can't teach history without telling the gospel truth, but this is the world we live in today. Yes, my calling the Civil War - The War Between The States" is truly a Southern Thing. Any true Southerner who knows his history (there are fewer and fewer of us each year) would never call it the Civil War. In the 1920's - Congress pass a resolution to officially call it the "War Between The States". Somehow over the years it has been changed by so called historians always referring to it as the Civil War. The last time I looked at war - a civil war was - a war between the people of one nation - fighting it out to see who would gain control. This happened in Spain and in Russia, where they had an internal civil war. The Civil War or War Between The States was fought by two separate nations - The United States of America and The Confederate States of America. Just because one side lost (due to many reasons) does not mean that the other side was right, it just means that the other side had more men and weapons to wage war more effectively than their opponent did. 94% of all Confederate Soldiers never owned slaves. No slave ship that ever brought slaves to the American coastlines ever flew a Confederate Flag over it. Slavery was first tried in the North and if the climate would have allowed it, there is no doubt that our northern brothers would have become very wealthy slave holders/owners. Since the climate would not accommodate slave labor in the mass scale that a Southern climate would, Yankee ingenuity once again reigned supreme in their efforts to buy slaves from stronger tribes in Africa, who actually caught and enslaved their own black skinned brothers/sisters and sold them to the highest bidders. There are still a lot of rich New England Families that can trace their wealth back to their "slave-selling-ancestors-that owned the large slave ships that visited the many Southern Ports to unload their cargo and make a huge profit from it". Also, at the outbreak of the War Between The States, there was over 10,000 "Free Men Of Color That Owned Slaves Throughout The South" That's right, free black men owned other black slaves and worked them to make themselves a profit. Yes, it is clearly in the Articles of Secession of SC - concerning slavery, but the vast, vast, majority of Confederate Soldiers did not own slaves and many worked along side black men on small farms in the South land just to make a living (Share Croppers). There was also many "Slave-Owning Yankees" in the so-called border states, such as MO, Maryland, Kentucky, Washington City, (D.C), Southern Indiana, Southern Illinois, although you won't read or hear much about that now. Honest Abe Lincoln's own wife came from a slave owning family. General U.S. Grant owned a slave and was ask after the war "why it took him so long to give the man his freedom - Grant replied that good help was hard to come by"???? The Great Emancipation Proclamation is really a joke if you consider what Honest Abe wrote. He wrote that "slaves that lived in the states that were in rebellion were now free men"? He did not free slaves in the states of Kentucky, Missouri or Maryland and Washington City???? Abe Lincoln did not have the executive power to free slaves in any state that was a Confederate State and was pretty much avoided in all the other places where slavery was allowed in order to not offend many of Abe Lincoln's slave owning friends???? Stuff like this is never told or spoken in public schools these days and everyone is taught to think that Abe Lincoln freed all the slaves??? Was slavery an issue, yes it was and I think even if the South had won the war and with the coming of the mechanical revolution that was already sweeping across the North, that slavery due to the increase of productive machinery and the high cost of keeping slave labor around and healthy, the slavery question would have come to an end by the end of the 1870's - if not sooner??? Slavery was an awful thing and throughout history - this evil institution has been forced on many weaker nations in our world. For people to think and believe that slavery is just a Southern Thing is the biggest lie since the case of "Original Sin" as both the North and South were equally involved in this ugly institution and should equally share the blame, along with the black tribes that enslaved their own people and sold them to the slave traders in Africa. I had over 20 Confederate Ancestors that fought for the Confederate States of America and not the first one of these brave men owned any slaves, but fought for the reason that the Union Army had cross over into the Confederate States of America and they all felt that they had to go and do their duty to help fight what they truly believed was the 2nd American Revolution. It's sad to know that it is so hard these days to speak and talk about the War Between The States - albeit from a Northern or Southern point of view without the whole issue turning into "the slavery thing". Many people also do not know that a "Three Man Peace Committee" went to Washington, City to speak with newly elected President Lincoln of the USA and tried to broker a peace accord before the war actually started, but Lincoln could not understand where the North would replace over 3/4 of the G.N.P. at the time if the South withdrew from the Union. Just think what might have happened if cooler heads would have prevailed in that meeting??????????
  11. Being always a negative fan or a fan who is all supportive of this staff is not what to complain about here. If you are a True Gamecock Fan and have suffered under many Head Coaches over the years, then you will understand what I am saying. There is something totally wrong with our football team at this time. Our O-Line could not block their sisters on Saturday and Tenn did a pretty good job of allowing their QB time to throw the ball. Our QB was having to rush throwing the ball a tad early and this will cause your ball to be either "high - low - too fast - or behind you - etc". I think the QB always gets far too much credit for a victory and far too much blame when we lose. The last time I looked - there are supposed to be 11 guys on defense and 11 offense and each one has to do his job. We have many areas on both sides of the ball where the starter is not doing his job and the rest of the team is suffering from it. Is it coaching, is it the overall defensive/offensive game plan, who da heck knows, but I do know this as a True Gamecock Fan - we have got some problems on both sides of the ball and it starts with the coaching and overall game plan and we are not looking good at either one now. You should get better in your preparations each game - albeit win or lose and we just don't seem to be doing this. One week we look OK, and then go out and get our ass handed to us by a "so-so Tenn Team"??? Team improvement does not seem to be consistent and moral losses don't mean diddle squat and losing to teams you should beat is what our team should not be doing!!!!! I am as die-hard as anyone on this board, but our team seems "like a fart in a spacesuit and we are just going around in circles"??? Hell, I just want us to win and play tough week in and week out. We don't have to be Alabama every year, but is it too much to ask for a season to be where our opponents fear playing us???? I know it is tough being a Gamecock Fan and I have seen us almost get to "the top of the mountain a couple of times in my life", but I am sick and tired of sorry performances by our team and piss poor playing calling on both sides of the ball. Nuff said!!!!
  12. You make some very good points here. I have also wondered at times where our receivers are at when our QB is running for his life. Our O-Line is not that good and this in turn makes our QB (Regardless of Who Is Playing QB) have to get rid of the ball a tad bit quicker than they do in practice. This in turn makes our receivers have to catch a ball that is either "too high - too fast/hard - or in the dirt - wrong side of body - etc". It seems as though every QB we play against has enough/more time than he needs to get rid of the ball or check off to another receiver. Heck, sometimes we don't have time to throw a pass out into the flat??? Where is Orte Smith at this year??? He is 6ft - 4 inches and should give you those tough - hard - yards - that a team needs for a first down and thus freeing up B. Edwards and S. Smith??? I just think our O-Line could do a heck of lot better job of protecting, thus ensuring the receivers have time to run their routes and the QB has enough time to at least hit his first read on a pass play??? Is being the O-Coordinator too much of a strain to also be the receivers coach? Maybe we need to allow someone else to handle receivers and just allow Coach B-Mac to concentrate on our offense??? If our O-Line cannot protect our QB properly, then keep in a back or two to help with the protection as nothing else seems to be working?????
  13. Nobody but me has ever been to Asheville, NC???? Yancey, you have been everywhere at least once? Where you be on this subject?
  14. It is on my "Bucket List" the next time I visit up through the Shenandoah Valley. It seems as though I read several years back that "commercial developers" were trying to move in on some of the original battlefield? Have you heard this or is it just another rumor? I can easily understand how you can "imagine the movement and strategy of the troops involved. I find myself sometimes pouring over the maps that many authors put into their books or what I can gleam from other sources. I honestly wish that today's schools would teach the "truth" about the War Between The States/Civil War to the students without a bias for either side and just tell what these brave men fought for on both sides of the issue. Many of these brave men were just simply farmers/merchants and only knew what their limited educational background or sectional part of the nation was prescribing at the time. Today's history lessons are far too politically correct and have lost all creditably with the truth. These brave men on both sides deserve the truth to be told. It's funny for a long time after the War Between The States ended and they would have "Reunions From Both Sides - Both Union/Confederate" these brave survivors would meet and gladly talk and share their undying devotion to the men who fought and died on both sides without any animosity. Wonder why we can't do that same type of thing today without the "PC Police" trying to get involved and make their opinions and beliefs the only side of the argument and if you don't fall in line with their belief you are some type of racist or hater??? You can't go back and "re-write history". All you can do is hopefully understand and learn from it.
  15. Where are all you "Outstanding Brisket Cookers At"???? I have got to hurry up and try to do one soon as this is about one of the few things I have not done yet.

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