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Saturday
Jul042015

I Am Their Flag

“I do not belong in the hands of those who hate”

In 1861, when they perceived their rights to be threatened, when those who would alter the nature of the government of their fathers were placed in charge, when threatened with change they could not accept, the mighty men of valor began to gather. A band of brothers, native to the Southern soil, they pledged themselves to a cause: the cause of defending family, fireside, and faith. Between the desolation of war and their homes they interposed their bodies and they chose me for their symbol.

I Am Their Flag.

The Confederate Congress specified that black soldiers were to receive the same pay as the white soldiers. The Union army’s black soldiers were paid less than the white soldiers. A black soldier in the Union army would have been paid $10 a month with a $3 clothing fee taken out, leaving the soldier with $7 a month. White soldiers were paid $13 a month and were not forced to pay a clothing allowance, which is almost twice as much as the black soldiers. By contrast the Confederate army paid their privates of both races $11/month until 1864

Wednesday
Jul012015

The War of Northern Aggression 

The North started the War Between the States because it faced economic annihilation.  The South controlled the most demanded commodity on earth: cotton. The North’s economy was based mostly on manufacturing for the South and shipping Southern cotton around the world. Cotton alone was 60% of U.S. exports in 1860. When the South seceded, the Northern economy began a dramatic collapse, and by war time, there were hundreds of thousands of hungry, unemployed Northerners in the street —- and the “tocsin of war” sounded.

Northern leaders foolishly passed the astronomical Morrill Tariff that soon threatened to destroy the Northern shipping industry by rerouting trade away from the high-tariff North and into the low-tariff South. The Morrill Tariff was like pumping gasoline into an already raging fire.

Abraham Lincoln was the first sectional president in American history. He was president of the North, and the North was clamoring for war. He saw an opportunity to start it without appearing to be the aggressor, so he took it. Thus, he started a war that killed 800,000 men and wounded a million.

The idea that the good North was so outraged over slavery that they marched armies into the South to free the slaves is an absurdity of biblical proportions.

Read Slavery Was not the Cause of the War Between the States: The Irrefutable Argument, fast-paced 360 page book written by Gene Kizer, Jr,. using over 200 sources with everything cited in footnotes and a bibliography.

Part I proves that the economic annihilation of the North was what drove Lincoln to start the war. Part II proves the right of secession, which Horace Greeley believed in until he realized that secession meant an economic catastrophe for the North.

Part III is the famous treatise by Charles W. Ramsdell, “Lincoln and Fort Sumter,” which proves conclusively that Abraham Lincoln started the War Between the States. Slavery was not the cause of the War Between the States, and this book makes the irrefutable argument.

Here’s what Dr. Clyde N. Wilson says about this book: Historians used to know - and it was not too long ago - that the War Between the States had more to do with economics than it did with slavery. The current obsession with slavery as the “cause” of the war rests not on evidence but on ideological considerations of the present day. Gene Kizer has provided us with the conclusive case that the invasion of the Southern States by Lincoln and his party (a minority of the American people) was due to an agenda of economic domination and not to some benevolent concern for slaves. This book is rich in evidence and telling quotations and ought to be on every Southern bookshelf. - Clyde N. Wilson, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History, University of South Carolina.

Monday
Jun222015

We Are A Band of Brothers 1861

Next to Dixie’s Land, perhaps no other song was as well loved by the Confederate soldier as We are a Band of Brothers, also known as  “The Bonnie Blue Flag.” Written by Harry Macarthy (1834-1888) and sung to the old Irish tune The Irish Jaunting Car, the song lays out the order of secession of the States that went on to form the Confederacy.   The first flag of the Confederacy was a single white star on a blue background. This song, especially popular in the South during the early years of the War of Northern Aggression, counts out the eleven seceding states one by one.  

Macarthy was an English-born vaudeville entertainer who emigrated to the United States in 1849 and settled in Arkansas. He billed himself the “Arkansas Comedian” and traveled widely throughout the South in company with his wife, Lottie, putting on “personation concerts.” These performances featured Macarthy singing in the dialect of other cultures, dancing to ethnic-sounding music, and dressing in flamboyant costumes. Stephen Currie, in Music in the War of Northern Aggression, reports that one of Macarthy’s traveling companions during the war years was a cockatoo who had been trained to squawk “Three cheers for Jeff Davis!” on stage. 

Although some claim that Macarthy was more interested in attracting audiences and making money than he was in supporting the Southern cause, his song was nevertheless an instant hit with Confederate soldiers and civilians alike. He premiered it during a concert in Jackson, Mississippi, in the spring of 1861 and performed it again in September of that same year at the New Orleans Academy of Music in front of an audience of soldiers headed for the Virginia front. The response was enthusiastic, and Macarthy was suddenly in demand as he had never been before. He traveled throughout the South during the war years, performing to packed houses of appreciative listeners, and although he continued to compose patriotic songs (among them “Missouri and The Volunteer” or “It Is My Country’s Call.” “The Bonnie Blue Flag” was his greatest success. 

The New Orleans music publishing house of A.E. Blackmar issued six editions of The Bonnie Blue Flag between 1861 and 1864 along with three additional arrangements. The tune was so popular during the War of Northern Aggression that Union General Benjamin Butler was said to have arrested and fined Blackmar for daring to publish it. 

  

The lyrics are:

We are a band of brothers
And native to the soil,
Fighting for the property
We gained by honest toil;
And when our rights were threatened,
The cry rose near and far—
“Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears a single star!” 

CHORUS:
Hurrah! Hurrah!
For Southern rights hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears a single star. 

As long as the Union
Was faithful to her trust,
Like friends and like brothers
Both kind were we and just;
But now, when Northern treachery
Attempts our rights to mar,
We hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears a single star. 
CHORUS 

First gallant South Carolina
Nobly made the stand,
Then came Alabama,
Who took her by the hand.
Next quickly Mississippi,
Georgia and Florida
All raised on high the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears a single star. 
CHORUS 

Ye men of valor, gather round
The banner of the right;
Texas and fair Louisiana
Join us in the fight.
Davis, our loved president,
And Stephens statesmen are;
Now rally round the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears a single star.
CHORUS 

And here’s to old Virginia—
The Old Dominion State—
Who with the young Confederacy
At length has linked her fate;
Impelled by her example,
Now other states prepare
To hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears a single star. 
CHORUS 

Then cheer, boys, cheer;
Raise the joyous shout,
For Arkansas and North Carolina
Now have both gone out;
And let another rousing cheer
For Tennessee be given,
The single star of the Bonnie Blue Flag
Has grown to be eleven. 
CHORUS 

Then here’s to our Confederacy,
Strong are we and brave;
Like patriots of old we’ll fight
Our heritage to save.
And rather than submit to shame,
To die we would prefer;
So cheer for the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears a single star. 
CHORUS 

Copyright by Benjamin R. Tubb (brtubb@cybertron.com)


Thursday
Jun042015

Jim Cramer's List of 49 'buy' recommendations gets a challenge

Michael Sincere recently posted a very interesting article on MarketWatch, which is worth sharing. If you are investing in your future, MARKETWATCH.COM  should be on your FAVORITES list.  Visit the site early and often.

Jim Cramer’s List of 49 ‘buy’ recommendations gets a challenge 

It’s much easier to buy stocks from a list than to find your own candidates. But can you make money this way? 

David O. England, a retired finance professor from Carbondale, Ill. who now offers investing classes and workshops, decided to test a recent stock “buy” list from well-known CNBC host and best-selling author Jim Cramer. And he’s challenging Cramer to put a meal where his mouth is. 

On April 6, 2015, “Jim Cramer’s Picks — Here are 49 Stocks to Buy Right Now,” was published on TheStreet.com 

In the article, Cramer makes a strong case for these 49 stocks. “Every single one of these companies reported excellent last quarters, and with no exceptions their charts are pretty much perfectly made for this downturn,” Cramer wrote. Even if there is a correction or pullback, Cramer says these stocks will do well. Cramer writes, “This is THE list. Go forth and conquer.” 

To test Cramer’s picks, on April 6, England spent $49,000 in a paper-trade account, i.e. he bought $1,000 of each security not including commissions at the close of the following day. England is tracking Cramer’s performance on his website (http://www.davidoengland.com). He keeps a weekly record of the results, and after six months, he will publish the final results. 

The wager 

To make it interesting, England is betting Cramer a dinner at the 17th Street BBQ in Murphysboro, Ill., recently cited as one of the best rib houses in the country. The bet includes a round-trip (coach) airplane ticket. If Cramer’s picks are profitable (more stocks up than down) at the end of six months, England pays. If the picks are unprofitable, Cramer picks up the tab to send England to New York for ribs. 

Of course, this depends whether Cramer accepts the wager (so far, no word from Cramer). 

The purpose 

I asked England why he is tracking Cramer’s buy list. 

“I want hard-working people to know if they should buy stocks based on buy lists,” England says. “The bull market is getting long in the tooth so is it time to jump into new positions or take profits? I have tracked buy recommendations in the past and most have been bloodbaths.” 

He adds: “I am keeping an open mind on Cramer’s picks. If he hits a home run with his stocks, I will publicly praise him and treat him to dinner. If his picks are unprofitable, I’ll write about the dangers of buying stocks from buy lists without having a system.” 

What kind of system? “If you don’t rely on buy lists,” England says, “then you should learn how to do your own stock scans. I think people should be empowered to make their own financial decisions. Perhaps Cramer is an excellent stock-picker. I am not challenging him as a person, only the quality of his buy recommendations. I can’t wait to see who’s right.” 

The lesson 

There are many lessons to learn from this challenge. First, test the stocks by paper trading. Knowledgeable investors, meanwhile, can buy call options rather than individual stocks. The best idea is never to buy stocks based on tips or recommendations — even if they come from pros. 

People will immediately invest $20,000 after hearing a stock tip from a stranger or unknowledgeable friend, but spend a month researching a $400 TV. If you feel compelled to buy any of the 49 stocks on Cramer’s list, or any other, first analyze and test whether the picks are credible. 

For reference, here are the 49 stocks Cramer recommended in his April 6 column: 

AutoNation (ANOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

AutoZone (AZOOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

CarMax (KMXOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store(CBRL) 

Costco Wholesale (COSTOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

CVS Health (CVSOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol) (http://www.thestreet.com/quote/CVS.html) 

Darden Restaurants (DRIOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Dillard’s (DDSOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKSOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Dollar Tree (DLTROpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Dollar General (DGOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Hanesbrands (HBIOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Jack in the Box (JACKOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Jarden (JAHOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

L Brands (LBOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Kroger (KROpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Kohl’s (KSS) 

Macy’s (M) 

Ross Stores (ROSTOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Under Armour (UAOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Urban Outfitters (URBNOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Actavis (ACTOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

AmerisourceBergen (ABCOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Boston Scientific (BSXOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Cardinal Health (CAHOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Cerner (CERNOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Cigna (CIOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Edwards Lifesciences (EWOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Humana (HUMOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Medtronic (MDTOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

McKesson (MCKOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Perrigo (PRGO) 

UnitedHealth Group (UNHOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Hormel Foods (HRLOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

J.M. Smucker (SJM) 

Mondelez International (MDLZOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Monster Beverage (MNSTOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Toll Brothers (TOLOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

D.R. Horton (DHI) 

Lennar (LEN-BOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol) (LEN) 

Analog Devices (ADIOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Avago Technologies (AVGOOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Cypress Semiconductor (CYOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Qorvo (QRVOOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Skyworks Solutions (SWKSOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

CyberArk Software (CYBROpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

FireEye (FEYEOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Fortinet (FTNTOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

Palo Alto Networks (PANWOpens Flyout Module that includes Quote information for linked symbol

-Michael Sincere; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com 

June 01, 2015 06:02 ET (10:02 GMT)

 

Monday
May252015

Chuck the Wolf for Chuck C. Johnson

The Wolf is alive and well but no longer posting much to BW Today.  Hard to believe, but we have enjoyed almost 7 years of retirement and plan on enjoying whatever time we have left even more than before. That means less time here and more with Mrs. Wolf, Kinsloe, Hank, the Spyder and WTF else I want to do.  We still post on Twitter (but that may change)  and Facebook and you can enjoy the Bonzer Wolf archives (use search on the site to find some good stuff).  And here’s a site that will both entertain you and keep you informed;

Chuck the Wolf and follow 26 year old Chuck C. Johnson at GOTNEWS.COM

Like we said before, PROGRESSIVES ARE THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL, no seriously