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Greystarfi
Re :   Aimoo Help Forum

 Facebook deleted the Aimoo Help Group. If you are at Facebook join "Aimoo Assistance" at https://www.facebook.com/groups/141193663182473/ .This is the backup Aimoo Help group, in case

server 4 or Aimoo are down. If you are not at Facebook, then book mark the page.

The Aimoo Help group is at http://forum4.aimoo.com/AimooHelpForum .You have to be a member

to post. It is on server 4. If server 4 and Aimoo are up, then use this group to report problems. 



10/30/2017 11:25 PM


Greystarfi
Re :   Cooper: The irony of moving a peacemaker

 The link is at http://www.chattanoogan.com/2017/9/28/355722/Roy-Exum-A.P.s-Statue-Is-Staying.aspx .Roy nailed it.

Roy Exum: A.P.’s Statue Is Staying

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - by Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

The Hamilton County Commission was at its all-time best yesterday when a resolution was presented to remove a statue of a Confederate officer from the entrance of the courthouse in Chattanooga. There was thoughtful discussion, not from “both sides” but rather between kindred elected officials each eager to do the right thing as harmoniously as possible. There was great discussion Wednesday from every voice that was heard.

I am on record in the belief that tearing down a statue is to let emotion and prejudice cloud one’s decision and that the statue craze is a big part of what I see is tearing America up today. Statues of every type are our history and to muffle any part of what has happened since 1776 is shameful.


I can also go on record with the strong belief the monument to A.P. Stewart on the courthouse front law will remain in place – this crowd of nine commissioners is above knee-jerk stupidity and the ridiculous tweets that feed our nation’s savage fire every day. The only thing worst than removing that statue would be to bash the Bible and, in this town, that will never happen.

America is mad. Those on the left howl and have protests over everything. They quiver when they talk and their outbursts are comical. The right, just as quiet as when Obama was president eight years, watches and agrees with what Steven Miller just wrote on Fox: “My question to the Democrats (and media) is simple: What voters in that big chunk of the country turned red do you plan to win back on a platform of kneeling for the National Anthem, revoking due process, removing monuments of our founders, or backing Kim Jong Un in a nuclear showdown?”

“The more the left has ramped up its cultural war, the more their governing power has diminished. Who cares if the Affordable Care Act wiped them from the electoral map, as long as Jimmy Kimmel gets his sick burns in,” Miller added and he’s right. Democrats will get mauled at the polls next year. The liberals are in tatters without any rudder.

I like this take by the National Review writer, too. “Donald Trump’s election should have been a giant wake up call to both the media and the left that the causes they care about and blast out with their bylines are not the issues Americans care about. They may view Donald Trump’s twitter commentary as beneath the office of the presidency, but they can forgive a lot when the other party is demanding they bend the knee.” 

The NAACP is planning a march around the courthouse in protest of the Stewart statue this Sunday but they’d do better joining hands and singing “Kumbaya,” which began – seriously -- as “the sincere plea of a generation of African Americans for God’s intervention.” We need God’s mercy as a country a lot more that hand-wringing over statues in a community that has a great number of them.

Maine Governor Paul LePage, who doesn’t read newspapers because he believes the liberal reporters are “pencil terrorists,” had this to say about Confederate statues, “How can future generations learn if we're going to erase history? That's disgusting," he said. "They should study their history — they don't even know the history of this country and they are trying to take monuments down. Listen, whether we like it or not, this is what our history is." 

Then he took it up a notch: "To me, it's just like going to New York City right now and taking down the monument of those who perished in 9/11. It will come to that." 

When they just took down statues in Southern cities, a quick review reveals almost every city had a Democrat-heavy governing body. In Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, a noted liberal, created an outrage when he wanted the city to disenfranchise itself with the “Confederate Cemetery” but Hamilton County government is solidly conservative with a make-up of seven whites and two blacks.

As eloquent and as solid as Greg Beck and Dr. Warren Mackey most certainly are, it’s the GOP that will keep General Stewart in place, not race (witness the recent swell to memorialize Ed Johnson, who was black, after he was wrongly hanged over 100 years ago.)

Commissioner Greg Martin said it best, “How can we look at the 19th century, and what those Americans believed, through a 21st century lens? I don’t believe that’s fair. And when you study, you realize its importance and meaning in the 21st century.”

Joe Graham, truthfully stating that some people deny the Holocaust despite the brilliant museum in Washington and visible prison camps in Germany, wants to know, “Where does this stop? To deny history, no matter how personally distasteful, does a disservice to our children. We need to teach them this was wrong.”

Then Beck revealed this view. “You can say what you want about a statue … but all I see is the Confederate uniform. That is unacceptable in the lawn of all places where we should all be equal … I personally do not like the statues of the two naked women on Market Street. You can talk about art all you want to, but all I see is two naked women,” he said, drawing laughter and smiles.

Each county commissioner has an opinion but, more, a belief. This is a fun conversation but you won’t get odds on the outcome in Las Vegas or Birchwood. It ain’t happening.

royexum@aol.com





10/04/2017 10:38 AM


Greystarfi
Re :   Cooper: The irony of moving a peacemaker

 The link is at http://www.chattanoogan.com/2017/10/4/356080/County-Commission-Votes-6-2-To-Keep.aspx .

County Commission Votes 6-2 To Keep Bust Of Confederate General At County Courthouse

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The County Commission voted 6-2 on Wednesday to keep the bust of Confederate General A.P. Stewart on the south lawn of the Hamilton County Courthouse.

In favor of keeping the bust were Chester Bankston, Jim Fields, Joe Graham, Randy Fairbanks, Greg Martin and Tim Boyd.

Voting to move it were Greg Beck and Warren Mackey.

Sabrena Smedley was absent due to a medical procedure.

Former City Councilman Yusuf Hakeem, representing the NAACP, said the "symbolism is not one of bringing people together. It is a public space and we are all taxpayers."

He said, "Quite frankly, is this good for business in our community as a whole?""

Mr. Hakeem also said, "Place the statue where the story of General Stewart can be told in context." He suggested Chickamauga Battlefield or a museum.

Bea Lurie said brought up images of Hitler and said of General Stewart, "He had a choice to fight for the Confederacy and against our nation. We call that a traitor."

Commissioner Beck, who proposed the resolution, recommended that an eagle be placed at the site in place of the bust of General Stewart.

He said, "Some people put on a different uniform, and you shoot the hell out of your neighbor. That's crazy. We don't want to remember the Civil War."

Chuck Hamilton, who said he is a relative of General Stewart, said he was on the Chickamauga Park Commission and the park would be an appropriate place for the bust. 

Commissioner Fields said county officials who placed the bust were honoring his service to Tennessee. He said, "The thoughts were different back then. Folks were a lot more loyal to their state than the country." 

He said he could not second guess the council that put the bust in place. He said General Stewart "was a man who was torn" in his loyalties.

Chris Dooley, a retired military officer, said General Stewart was honored "as a great leader and as a unifier of our nation at a time when it was torn. He did something very positive."

He said the bust "should not be thrown in the dust heap, but General Stewart should be held up as a man who did good things."



10/04/2017 10:32 AM


Greystarfi
Topic :   Southern Secession Was Lawful: Uncovering the Truth in American History

The link is at http://www.thetribunepapers.com/2017/08/31/southern-secession-was-lawful-uncovering-the-truth-in-american-history/ .


Southern Secession Was Lawful: Uncovering the Truth in American History

August 31, 2017 Columnists , Mike Scruggs 25667 Views


Southern Secession Was Lawful: Uncovering the Truth in American History


On July 4, 1776, thirteen British colonies announced their Secession from Great Britain and declared to the world their just reasons:

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to separation.”

The Declaration of Independence goes on to say that,

“…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government…”

The Declaration goes on to list numerous grievances against the British Crown and Parliament. Most of these had to do with the British Crown and Parliament usurping the powers of the colonial legislatures. Among the most prominent of these were unjust taxes and taxation without representation. They also asserted that the British Crown and Parliament would not listen to their complaints and pleas for relief. In other words, the colonists felt the Crown and Parliament had usurped their States Rights.

The grievances against the British stated in the Declaration of Independence in 1776 are very similar to Southern protests over the Tariffs of Abomination in 1828 and 1832 and the even more outrageous and unjust Morrill Tariff of 1860 that made secession of South Carolina and the Gulf States an inevitable economic necessity.

The closing statement of the Declaration of Independence declares that the colonies are “Free and Independent States.” This paragraph also contains the words, “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World” and “with firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.” Note that the United States of America were not formed into a single national state, but into a confederation of independent and sovereign states.

Previous to the Declaration of Independence, both North Carolina (May 15, 1775) and Virginia (early 1776) had already declared their independence from Great Britain. The right of self-determination for people seeking independence is firmly established in international law. With U.S. backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903. In the United States, the right of self determination and therefore secession is supported by the precedence of the Declaration of Independence which declared our own secession from Great Britain.

Furthermore, the right of secession was very well stated by none other than Congressman Abraham Lincoln himself in 1848:

“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable and most sacred right, a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world….Any people that can may revolutionize and make their own of so much territory as they inhabit.”

While the Declaration of Independence is of immense importance as a founding document, it is the Constitution of 1787 and the Bill of Rights ratified in 1791 that are the official founding documents. The Constitution was made official by the approval of the people of each state acting independently in convention, not by the people of the United States in general. Nor did these states surrender their sovereignty to the United States. Only limited governmental powers were delegated to the Federal Government and every state reserved the right to withdraw these powers. In fact, three states—Rhode Island, Virginia, and New York—specifically stated in their ratifications that they reserved the right to withdraw. Other states had less strongly worded reservations, but no state would have ratified the Constitution if they believed that in doing so they would be surrendering their newly won independence. It was to guarantee the sovereignty of the states that the ninth and tenth amendments were added to the Bill of Rights.

The Ninth Amendment: “The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

The Tenth Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

New Hampshire’s constitution of 1792 contains very strong words reserving its sovereign powers as a state. In 1798, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison circulated the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions among the states. Known as the “Principles of 98,” these resolutions strongly supported the Doctrine of States Rights and nullification and secession as rightful remedies. No states disagreed!

The New England states threatened secession on five occasions: in 1803 because they feared the Louisiana Purchase would dilute their political power; in 1807 because the Embargo Act was unfavorable to their commerce; in 1812 over the admission of Louisiana as a state; in 1814 (the Hartford Convention) because of the War of 1812; and in 1845 over the annexation of Texas (which had seceded from Mexico). From 1803 to 1845, any time New England felt their political power or commercial dominance might suffer, they threatened secession. Many New England abolitionists favored secession because the Constitution allowed slavery.

As early as 1825, the right of secession was taught at West Point. William Rawle’s View of the Constitution specifically taught that secession was a right of each state and was used as a text at West Point in 1825 and 1826 and thereafter as a reference. Rawle was a friend of both George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, and his 1825 text was highly respected and used at many colleges. A subsequent text by James Kent maintained the same position and was used at West Point until the end of the war in 1865

The right of secession was almost universally accepted until 1861, when Lincoln came up with a new theory of the Constitution based on an 1833 text by Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story. Story’s theory was that there was an American nation in the minds of the people before the states were formed. Lincoln adopted Story’s constitutional humbug as an expedient argument against secession and for holding the Southern States in the Union against their will.

So Lincoln characterized the orderly secession conventions of South Carolina and the Gulf States, conducted in accordance with Rawle’s text on the Constitution, as a rebellion perpetrated by a small minority and commenced a path every member of his cabinet knew meant war.

The function of the Constitution is to define and limit the powers of the Federal Government. It was ratified by the people of the States. From this ratification and consent by the people of the respective States, the Constitution derives its validity. The Tenth Amendment was meant as a final reinforcement and written guarantee that the powers of the Federal Government would be limited to those enumerated in the Constitution. This was a safeguard against the infringement of rights and powers retained by the States and their people. It was also a safeguard against the tyranny, despotism, and abuses which have so often evolved from unchecked centralized power.

Southern historian Clyde Wilson notes that the people of the States do not derive their rights from the federal judiciary, nor have they by any means delegated that power to federal judges. The people of the States have reserved the power to determine their unalienable rights to themselves. The Tenth Amendment thus cannot be left to the Federal Government and its courts to ignore or interpret for themselves. A defining characteristic of a constitutional government is that power must not be allowed to define its own limits. Power must be checked and restrained by an equal or greater power.

I rest the case for lawful secession with two final quotes:

“If you bring these [Southern] leaders to trial, it will condemn the North, for by the Constitution, secession is not rebellion….We cannot convict him [ CSA President, Jefferson Davis] of treason”—Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1867.

“The principal for which we contend is bound to reassert itself, though it may be at another time and in another form.”—Jefferson Davis

About the Author- Mike Scruggs, Author and Columnist a.k.a. Leonard M. Scruggs.

Mike Scruggs is the author of two books: The Un-Civil War: Shattering the Historical Myths; and Lessons from the Vietnam War: Truths the Media Never Told You, and over 600 articles on military history, national security, intelligent design, genealogical genetics, immigration, current political affairs, Islam, and the Middle East.

He holds a BS degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Stanford University. A former USAF intelligence officer and Air Commando, he is a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and holds the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, and Air Medal. He is a retired First Vice President for a major national financial services firm and former Chairman of the Board of a classical Christian school.

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 Mike Scruggs is the author of two books: The Un-Civil War: Shattering the Historical Myths; and Lessons from the Vietnam War: Truths the Media Never Told You, and over 600 articles on military history, national security, intelligent design, genealogical genetics, immigration, current political affairs, Islam, and the Middle East.

He holds a BS degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Stanford University. A former USAF intelligence officer and Air Commando, he is a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and holds the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, and Air Medal. He is a retired First Vice President for a major national financial services firm and former Chairman of the Board of a classical Christian school.

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10/01/2017 8:25 PM


scooterguy
Re :   DESTROYED!!!!

as of now, might avert the additional 3 operations. BUT, with the nerve endings in my leg waking up, will bring a fair amount of pain. back on the muscle relaxer and norco. UUGGH. I thought I was in deep sshhhh.... last night when I could not get up or move my leg.


09/18/2017 7:59 PM


Greystarfi
Re :   DESTROYED!!!!

 I understand.


09/04/2017 7:15 PM


scooterguy
Re :   DESTROYED!!!!

 I dont get online much anymore, but still pop by here a few times a month.


09/04/2017 2:42 PM


Greystarfi
Re :   DESTROYED!!!!

 You did not wear me out. It sounds like, you had a great vacation.

I am so glad, that you are getting disability and some state aid.  

If you are at Facebook, you are welcome to send me a friends invite.

I am at https://www.facebook.com/teresa.radford.77 .



09/02/2017 2:02 AM


scooterguy
Re :   DESTROYED!!!!


Yes, I got approved just recently, first payment starts first week of September I guess.
Up yonder we have a MIBRIDGES card for food, a whoppin $96, dont go far at gfs. So I
use that just for condiments, small things like gatorade/tea/lunchmeat/bread and such.

As for pics, my trip last year, got... well had over 300 pics along the way. US23, started
in Portsmouth Ohio on down to Kingsport Tn, Tail of the dragon, tree of shame, Stone
mtn Ga, Lake worth area, Eastern edge of the everglades, FT.Meyers and Bradenton,
ran outta time for a venture across the sunshine skyway tho. Did I wear`ya out there?
I got back home, and the phone puked out AAGGHHH!!!!!


09/01/2017 11:02 AM


Greystarfi
Re :   DESTROYED!!!!

 


John,

Your pictures are very beautiful. Are you going on disability? Get well very soon.

Teresa




09/01/2017 1:56 AM


scooterguy
Re :   DESTROYED!!!!

Got a loooong way to go, 9 surgeries in a month time, possibly 3 more within a year. Hate to put it this way, but there is no other way.
Found out who my REAL friends are. Many are ones from down yonder, and only 60% local.
And I was always one to throw a hand in when asked. SHAME ON ME one distant one, Maumee Oh, made the 1hr 20 ride to
pop on by for 3 hrs, just as I was coming from recovery, and back to my room in ICU. I was so drugged up and out of it
I barely remember the visit, but got a few pics.


08/31/2017 10:58 AM


Greystarfi
Re :   DESTROYED!!!!

 John,

I am so sorry to read about your accident. I found the Macomb County Sheriff's Office Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/Macomb-County-Sheriffs-Office-288866701171269/ .I have liked the post.

Get well very soon.

Teresa



08/29/2017 10:21 PM


scooterguy
Topic :   DESTROYED!!!!



April 21st pretty much ended me, and 28 years out on 2. I had just started at
another shop 3 weeks before. After a evening out with a few buddies, showin
off my new riding gear I had just gotten 4 days before. It has the shoulder-
 elbow and back armor, my old gear was about 15 years old, and yes, still cant
find me another Rebel vest. (not that it matters now)

SSSSOOOO, on my way home, I had someone turn left right into/ in front of me.
Not really sure myself, I dont remember much more than leaving the restaraunt,
and friends house and first 6 miles on my way home. Hit me so hard on the rh
side of the bike it shattered my leg, and sending bone thru my upper leg,
snapped my wrist, hand was on the 45 degree angle, back, neck and head
injures now. The armor somewhat did its job, no broken elbow, shoulder or other
internal injuries. The back protector didnt do no good in this case, its function is if
your rolling/ skidding across pavement.

 The bike, just as bad, the rh mirrors and side marker light- gone, broke off the front
master cylinder (brake) cracked the clutch cover in 3, as well as the lower engine
casing. The front forks where shoved into the engine as well. The only thing that was
able to be salvaged with the wheels/tires. It even cracked the tail light somehow.

Now its either, walker/ crutches or a wheelchair. Not sure if i`ll walk again, or even in a
year yet. Good thing I did my marathon vacation/ visiting last year. Looks like i`m now
the poster child for motorcycle awareness????




08/29/2017 9:20 AM


scooterguy
Re :   'Antifa' radicals plan to desecrate Gettysburg graves

These "usefull idiot" antifa tolls/fools are diggin their own grave. I had a runin with a few back in the winter, did`nt end well for them(wink wink).


08/29/2017 8:47 AM


Greystarfi
Topic :   US vet returns dead Japanese soldier's flag

This is great! http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/36136087/us-vet-returns-dead-japanese-soldiers-flag .

 


US vet returns dead Japanese soldier's flag

Posted: Aug 15, 2017 3:17 AM CDT Updated: Aug 15, 2017 11:28 AM CDT
 
(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko). WWII veteran Marvin Strombo, right, and Tatsuya Yasue, 89-year-old farmer, hold a Japanese flag with autographed messages which was owned by his brother Sadao Yasue, who was killed in the Pacific during World Work II, during ...
(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko). WWII veteran Marvin Strombo, right, and Tatsuya Yasue, 89-year-old farmer, hold a Japanese flag with autographed messages which was owned by his brother Sadao Yasue, who was killed in the Pacific during World Work II, during ...
 
(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko). WWII veteran Marvin Strombo, center, returns Tatsuya Yasue, left, a Japanese flag with autographed messages which was owned by his brother Sadao Yasue, who was killed in the Pacific during World Work II, during a ceremony in ...
(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko). WWII veteran Marvin Strombo, center, returns Tatsuya Yasue, left, a Japanese flag with autographed messages which was owned by his brother Sadao Yasue, who was killed in the Pacific during World Work II, during a ceremony in ...
 
(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko). WWII veteran Marvin Strombo, right, and Tatsuya Yasue, 89-year-old farmer, hold a Japanese flag with autographed messages which was owned by his brother Sadao Yasue, who was killed in the Pacific during World Work II, during ...
(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko). WWII veteran Marvin Strombo, right, and Tatsuya Yasue, 89-year-old farmer, hold a Japanese flag with autographed messages which was owned by his brother Sadao Yasue, who was killed in the Pacific during World Work II, during ...
 
(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko). Tatsuya Yasue, left, kisses the hands of WWII veteran Marvin Strombo during a ceremony in Higashishirakawa, in central Japan's Gifu prefecture Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Strombo returned a Japanese flag with autographed messages...
(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko). Tatsuya Yasue, left, kisses the hands of WWII veteran Marvin Strombo during a ceremony in Higashishirakawa, in central Japan's Gifu prefecture Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Strombo returned a Japanese flag with autographed messages...
 
(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko). In this Aug. 14, 2017 photo, Tatsuya Yasue, 89-year-old farmer, shows a photo of his brother Sadao Yasue, who fell in battle during the war in Pacific more than 70 years ago, in Higashishirakawa, in central Japan's Gifu prefe...(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko). In this Aug. 14, 2017 photo, Tatsuya Yasue, 89-year-old farmer, shows a photo of his brother Sadao Yasue, who fell in battle during the war in Pacific more than 70 years ago, in Higashishirakawa, in central Japan's Gifu prefe...



By MARI YAMAGUCHI
Associated Press

HIGASHISHIRAKAWA, Japan (AP) - Tatsuya Yasue buried his face into the flag and smelled it. Then he held the 93-year-old hands that brought this treasure home, and kissed them.

Marvin Strombo, who had taken the calligraphy-covered Japanese flag from a dead soldier at World War II island battlefield 73 years ago, returned it Tuesday to the family of Sadao Yasue. They had never gotten his body or - until that moment - anything else of his.

Yasue and Tatsuya's sister Sayoko Furuta, 93, sitting in her wheelchair, covered her face with both hands and wept silently as Tatsuya placed the flag on her lap. Strombo reached out and gently rubbed her shoulder.

"I was so happy that I returned the flag," Strombo said. "I can see how much the flag meant to her. That almost made me cry ... It meant everything in the world to her."

The flag's white background is filled with signatures of 180 friends and neighbors in this tea-growing mountain village of Higashishirakawa, wishing Yasue's safe return. The signatures helped Strombo find its rightful owners.

"Good luck forever at the battlefield," a message on it reads. Looking at the names and their handwriting, Tatsuya Yasue clearly recalls their faces and friendship with his brother.

The smell of the flag immediately brought back childhood memories. "It smelled like my good old big brother, and it smelled like our mother's home cooking we ate together," Tatsuya Yasue said. "The flag will be our treasure."

The return of the flag brings closure, the 89-year-old farmer and younger brother of Sadao Yasue told The Associated Press at his 400-year-old house on Monday. "It's like the war has finally ended and my brother can come out of limbo."

Tatsuya Yasue last saw his older brother alive the day before he left for the South Pacific in 1943. He and two siblings had a small send-off picnic for the oldest brother outside his military unit over sushi and Japanese sweet mochi. At the end of the meeting, his brother whispered to Tatsuya, asking him to take good care of their parents, as he would be sent to the Pacific islands, harsh battlegrounds where chances of survival were low.

A year later, Japanese authorities sent the family a wooden box with a few stones at the bottom - a substitute for his body. They knew no details of Sadeo's death until months after the war ended, when they were told he died somewhere in the Mariana Islands presumably on July 18, 1944, the day Saipan fell, at age 25.

"That's all we were told about my brother. We never knew exactly when, where or how he died," he said. The family had wondered whether he might have died at sea. About 20 years ago, Tatsuya Yasue visited Saipan with his younger brother, trying to imagine what their older brother might have gone through.

So Strombo was able to give Yasue's family not just a flag, but also some answers.

He said he found Sadao Yasue's body on the outskirts of Garapan, a village in Saipan, when he got lost and ended up near the Japanese frontline. He told Yasue's siblings their brother likely died of a concussion from a mortar round. He told them that Sadao was lying on the ground on his left side, looking peacefully as if he was sleeping and without severe wounds.

And there is one more thing Strombo delivered: a little hope that Yasue's remains might one day be recovered, given the details about where he found the body.

The remains of nearly half of the 2.4 million Japanese war dead overseas have yet to be found. It's a pressing issue as the bereaved families reach old age and memories fade.

Allied troops frequently took the flags from the bodies of their enemies as souvenirs, as Japanese flags were quite popular and fetched good prices when auctioned, Strombo said. But to the Japanese bereaved families, they have a much deeper meaning, especially those, like Yasue, who never learned how their loved ones died and never received remains. Japanese government has requested auction sites to stop trading wartime signed flags.

Strombo said Tuesday that he originally wanted the flag as a souvenir from the war, but he felt guilty taking it, so he never sold it and vowed to one day return it.

He had the flag hung in a glass-fronted gun cabinet in his home in Montana for years, a topic of conversation for visitors. He was in the battles of Saipan, Tarawa and Tinian, which chipped away at Japan's control of islands in the Pacific and paved the way for U.S. victory.

In 2012, he was connected to the Obon Society, an Oregon-based nonprofit that helps U.S. veterans and their descendants return Japanese flags to the families of fallen soldiers. The group's research traced it to the village of 2,300 people in central Japan by analyzing family names.

Tuesday's handover meant a closure for Strombo too. "It means so much to me and the family to get the flag back and move on," he said.

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This story has been corrected to say the Japanese soldier's first name in 8th paragraph is Sadao, not Sadeo.

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08/15/2017 10:53 AM


Greystarfi
Topic :   Cooper: The irony of moving a peacemaker

The link is at http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/opinion/freepress/story/2017/jul/14/cooper-irony-moving-peacemaker/438240/ .This is another attack on Southern heritage.

Cooper: The irony of moving a peacemaker

July 14th, 2017 by Clint Cooper in Opinion Free Press Read Time: 3 mins.


The nascent effort toward removing a bust of Confederate Lt. Gen. Alexander P. Stewart from the grounds of the Hamilton County Courthouse for racial motives is an irony, indeed, because of the Tennessean's role in the peacemaking creation of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

The Chattanooga chapter of the NAACP has begun an endeavor to engineer that removal, building off similar undertakings that have occurred in other Southern cities because of what have been called painful memories for blacks of the United States Civil War more than 150 years ago.

Stewart, who was not a notable battlefield figure but did lead a Confederate division against the Union at the Battle of Chickamauga on Sept. 19-20, 1863, later returned to Chattanooga after legislation was passed creating the national military park in Chickamauga. By that time, he had been an insurance company employee in St. Louis, mathematics professor at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., and chancellor at the University of Mississippi.

The former soldier, his Chattanooga biographer Sam Davis Elliott told the Times Free Press in 2011, "supervised in a lot of ways the startup of the battlefield [park]."

For those who don't bother to study history before attempting to remove it, the creation of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park was set in motion with an 1889 barbecue on the Chickamauga battlefield to which veterans of the North and South were invited.

"Chattanooga welcomes the Blue and Gray to a barbecue to be given on Veterans Day, on Chickamauga Battlefield, where they will smoke the pipe of peace and bid each thought of conflict cease," the invitation read.

A year earlier, Union veterans Henry Boynton and Ferdinand Van Derveer had conceived the concept of a national military park while riding through the battlefield. This concept, they hoped, would involve the federal government, where previous battlefield preservation efforts had been private — as in Gettysburg, Pa. — and did not allow for Southern participation.

At the 1889 barbecue, 12,000 veterans from both sides — including Stewart — heard the park plans and enthusiastically supported them. Side by side, at the end of the meal the next day, they actually smoked commemorative peace pipes. One attendee, according to a 2014 Times Free Press history article by local Civil War expert Dr. Anthony Hodges, said, "Men embraced. Old veterans cried like infants as they clasped the hands" of former comrades and enemies.

Congress officially established the military park the next year, the oldest and largest in the country.

In accordance with the congressional act, according to Elliott, two of the commissioners of the park were to be appointed from civilian life, both veterans of the local battles. Although the measure didn't specify it, one was a Union veteran and the other a Confederate veteran, who was Stewart.

Stewart, as resident commissioner, "spent a great deal of time in the park, supervising road construction, the erection of towers and bridges, and the general engineering work of the park ."

Though past 70, he, according to Elliott, "learned to ride a bicycle, and by that means or on horseback traveled all about the park." His biographer said he continued to have spirited conversations about the war with friends on both sides and, to a New York writer, noted in his conclusion on what transpired "that Providence had a great deal to do with the affairs of men, and that human efforts, even those of men who were considered great, had very little to do with great achievements."

Stewart, who never owned slaves, didn't believe in slavery, opposed Tennessee secession and garnered the nickname "Old Straight," probably for his moral uprightness, wistfully concluded at the death of a friend, "It will not be long until the Confederate soldier will be a dream of the past, but his name will live in history, in story, in song and in tradition while the world stands."

Nevertheless, the Chattanooga chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy renamed its chapter for Stewart in 1904. The former park commissioner died in 1908, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy unveiled the now tarnished bronze bust on a marble base of him in 1919. The bust stands beside the walkway to the front doors of the courthouse, which are locked. So few people even pass the bust, whose subject was probably known to less than 1 percent of Hamilton County residents until the NAACP sought to remove it.

However, the bust stands not as a relic of the Jim Crow era or as glorification of the Confederacy, as the NAACP maintains. If it did, it would likely depict Gen. Braxton Bragg, Confederate victor at Chickamauga, Gen. Robert E. Lee, the best known Confederate hero of the war, or Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, the Tennessee native who was an early member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Stewart, on the other hand, was memorialized, at least in part, for his devoted role to the unification effort that resulted in the nation's first national military park. His was a uniting effort rather than the divisive one that attempts to remove him.





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Topic :   Whiskey and the war: Alcohol played a role in the Civil War

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Whiskey and the war: Alcohol played a role in the Civil War

October 21st, 2012 by Tim Omarzu in Life Entertainment Read Time: 4 mins.


Legend has it that when critics of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant complained to President Abraham Lincoln about Grant's drinking, Lincoln replied, "I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals."

Grant's favorite brand is said to be Old Crow, a Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey that is still sold today.

With Steven Spielberg's film "Lincoln" due to hit theaters in November and the Civil War sesquicentennial under way, it's anyone's guess whether supporters of the North will scour liquor store shelves so they can sip Grant's favorite bourbon while Southern sympathizers seek a suitable counterpart.

One thing's certain: Whiskey and other forms of alcohol played a role in the epic conflict, from the tax on whiskey that helped fund the Union Army to an incident in Chattanooga that sent one of Grant's colonels home in disgrace.

"Grant was what we would call today a binge drinker," said Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park historian Jim Ogden.

And -- Lincoln's quip aside -- it was a serious matter to the North.

Chickamauga temptation

A principal responsibility for Grant's chief of staff, Brig. Gen. John Rawlins, was, Ogden said, "to make sure Grant did not succumb to the temptation ... to drink."

Grant decided before the war that he needed to get his drinking under control, Ogden said, which he did through abstinence.

But temptation loomed when Grant had his headquarters at the Latner House at 320 Walnut St. in downtown Chattanooga. Rawlins kept a wary eye on Col. Clark B. Lagow, one of Grant's staff officers who had a penchant for partying. Rawlins worried Lagow might offer Grant a drink.

"Rawlins goes to Grant and says [Lagow] must go," Ogden said. "He is setting you up for a fall from the wagon."

Things came to head before the Battle of Missionary Ridge, a key Union victory that took place on Nov. 24-25, 1863.

According to a diary from the time, Lagow threw "quite a disgraceful party" at the Latner House on Nov. 14.

"General Grant breaks up the party himself at 4 in the morning," Ogden said.

Lagow was "greatly mortified," Ogden said, and tendered his resignation not long after that.

Despite Grant's reputation as a drinker, Ogden said, "During the Civil War there is not a documented case where any use of alcohol by Grant negatively impacted his performance in the field."

Drunk in the saddle

That's not the case for Confederate Gen. Benjamin Franklin Cheatham, a Tennessean who was so drunk on Dec. 31, 1862, Ogden said, "he actually fell out of the saddle at one point" at what Southerners called the Battle of Murfreesboro and Northerners call the Battle of Stones River.

Cheatham and Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg didn't see eye-to-eye on things, Ogden said, and "that incident only further reduced Bragg's opinion of him."

Cheatham survived the war, and later earned a whiskey-related honor.

"There was an early Jack Daniel's bottle with a portrait of Cheatham on it," Ogden said.

So Jack Daniel's might qualify as a Southern sympathizer's counterpart to Old Crow, though the Jack Daniel Distillery wasn't formally founded until 1866, after the Civil War ended.

Rebel Yell, a bourbon that was created to "personify the South" and has a label showing a Rebel soldier charging off to battle, wasn't created until 1936.

Chattanooga whiskey honors lee

Chattanooga had its own brand, Deep Spring Whiskey, that was launched in 1866, the same year as Jack Daniel's. It had advertising that paid homage to the Confederacy.

A Deep Spring Whiskey poster shows Gen. Robert E. Lee on horseback, surrounded by soldiers carrying aloft Confederate flags. In the foreground, a female battlefield nurse holds a hefty glass of whiskey to the lips of a wounded Rebel soldier. A case of Deep Spring Whiskey is shown near his bandaged leg.

"Deep Spring distillery was on the south end of what today is the Market Street Bridge," said Joe Ledbetter, co-founder of the modern-day Chattanooga Whiskey Co., which has sold some 3,000 cases of Chattanooga-branded whiskey since starting up six months ago. The whiskey is distilled in Indiana, because distilleries aren't allowed in Chattanooga, but Ledbetter's business is campaigning to repeal the law prohibiting distilleries here.

Civil War re-enactors who wanted to get their whiskey right wouldn't want to buy a bottle off the shelf, anyway, because that's not how Civil War soldiers drank, said Michael Veach, Associate Curator for Special Collections at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Ky.

"The major package for selling whiskey was the barrel. You would take your flask or your jug to the liquor store or saloon and get it filled there," said Veach, who's authored a book due out in February: "Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey an American Heritage."

"It wasn't bottled by the distiller," Veach said. "Bottles were very expensive at that time, because they had to be hand-blown."

Whiskey Part of U.S. history

While discouraged by the Army brass, soldiers did whatever they could to get their hands on booze.

"Alcohol was an extremely pervasive part of United States culture," Ogden said.

The South prohibited bourbon distilling during the war, Veach said, partly because corn was needed to feed soldiers.

"The other big thing was, they wanted the copper for the stills, so they could turn that copper into cannons," he said.

The North kept whiskeymaking going and taxed it, Veach said.

Whiskey, and the tax on it, is intertwined with American history, he said.

"It paid for the Revolutionary War debts," Veach said.

President Thomas Jefferson repealed the whiskey tax in 1802, but it was reinstated from 1814-1817 to fund the War of 1812. The tax on whiskey was reinstated in 1861 and has remained in place since then, Veach said, accounting at times for between 50 percent and 70 percent of the federal budget.

Contact staff writer Tim Omarzu at tomarzu@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6651.







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