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10 February 2010


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Sidney O. Smith III

Opps…I forgot…speaking of Grant…I believe he helped Longstreet get a couple of government gigs after the military struggle that occurred during mid 19th century American history. Plus Grant was instrumental in finally getting Ole Pete a pardon.

And here is a bit about Grant’s wife via the gospel according to Wiki:

“Born Julia Boggs Dent at White Haven plantation west of St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Colonel Frederick Dent, a slaveholding planter and merchant, and Ellen Wrenshall-Dent…

Grant proposed several times before Julia finally accepted. When she did, they were sitting on the front steps of her beloved childhood home, a picturesque plantation called White Haven…"

Thus endeth Wiki quote.

Her beloved childhood home? Picturesque Plantation? Grant’s wife? Good grief, reads like a scene out of Gone with the Wind.

Actually, Grant bought a slave but when the couple were getting ready to move, Grant freed him. So…good Lord…give the man his due.

“One of the individuals who worked with
Grant was William Jones, a mulatto, about 35
years old in 1859. Grant purchased William Jones
from Frederick Dent. When and why Grant purchased
him is unknown at present, the only known
record of his existence being the manumission
paper Grant filed in St. Louis Circuit Court on
March 29, 1859. ”


" The lefties write off line to to discuss my advanced age and senility after their rejection. This is an interesting contrast."

To All

Drink more wine, especialy Cabernet Sauvignon. A laser eye test in clinical trials reveals that the amyloid placques that cause Alzheimer's show up in the retina 20 years ahead of being detected in the brain. The imbibing of C.S. wine retards them.

IMHO the Col. retains his full brim & vigour.

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This site is great.

I appreciate what I see as its insider/ outsider perspective.

I would, however, like to read more about how Canada totally kicked butt and won the War of 1812.

Just kidding!!

(Though we did 'win', albeit in a very ambigious, unstatisfactory manner, or rather the British did -- though their focus was elsewhere. Napoleon. Congress of Vienna).

Sidney O. Smith III

Be honest now…are you talking about the image of the bikini clad woman that Col. Lang posted awhile back, whereupon the bikini depicted the Confederate flag? That is the only bikini clad woman that comes to mind, here at SST, anyway.

But my God, have you checked out the progressive Huffington Post? The right side of the website looks like an entry into a topless bar - a progressive feminist oriented topless bar, mind you, but a topless bar nonetheless, and at some point, one says, “who cares?” Typically, when I visit the Huffington post, I click right, forgetting to read the progressive screeds on the left side.

Anyway, if I recall, after looking at the photo at SST, I thought it was 1980, I was at gulf shores, getting’ drunk and listening to Skynard! Actually, I exaggerate, it was the Allman Bros. Probaby Perdido Bay. Anyway, the song Dreams comes to mind.

But alas, at that time, I did like CCR -- them Berkeley boys could flat out get it on with Down on the Bayou, no? The best of Berkeley and LSU…opps… Louisiana, all wrapped into one.


Col. Lang:

Due to your repeated references to Rothko, I have been mulling over his work a bit lately and, honestly, I believe that Rothko’s art may very well mirror certain aspects of the type of Zionism that has now prevailed. Imo, Rothko was a tragic hero and his art very well may contain a prophetic content -- one that gives us an underlying assumption upon which further analysis rests.

As a result, I am now at the point where I highly urge people to take his art seriously and, yes, particularly those who fancy “strategic intel analysis” (great government words!), particularly those who desire to defend the sovereign people (through the 10th Amendment?) and, not instead, represent special interest.

When I say that Rotho’s artistic development may reflect the trajectory of certain types of Zionism, I am not talking about Buber’s Zionism or that of Judah Magnes. Neither of these men would have had the same as a Rothko chapel, something called the Buber chapel or the Magnes chapel that, in effects worship an ego that has rejected religion or, for Jungians, even the collective unconscious. And, let the record reflect, there are/were untold numbers of Zionists who fall into camps similar to Buber and Magnes. But, alas, not Goldberg and not the mediatrx of today’s Zionism -- Ms. Caroline Glick.

If I recall, in Rothko’s artistic development, this great tragic hero rejected orthodoxy only to replace it with his art. In some ways this reflects the history of Judaism and Zionism, as, if you rely on the wisdom of the Satmar and some of their analytical assumptions, the Jewish people embraced orthodoxy only to replace it with a type of nationalism and therefore have tried to go where no one has gone before without tragic results.

At a certain level, Rothko does the same, as he heroically but tragically mixed up the idea of art (in this scenario, think Zionism) and religion and he paid a heavy price. His art has a unique brilliance as it goes into the abyss, and it may contain a prophetic message for those he loved.

The Moar You Know

Colonel: the de-evolution of discourse is a universal problem, sadly not one limited to your blog.

I may be an unapologetic leftie, but a sane one. I would not insult you under any circumstances; you have "been there and done that". I have not. I come here precisely because I need the viewpoint of someone with life experience such as yourself, because I don't have it. I may not agree with your conclusions in the end, but please keep in mind that I respect those conclusions enough to seek them out in the first place.

Anyone who insults you, toss 'em. You wouldn't put up with it in your home, don't put up with it here.

Patrick Lang


An interesting topic. I learned a lot about this when I was scheduled to be stationed in Ottawa as the DIA rep to the Ministry of Defense. It would have been interesting but I retrired instead to go into business. I'll do a post on that. pl


I didn't know you had been up in Ottawa. Second coldest capital city in the world after Ulan Bator in Mongolia.

An interesting post would be on the differences between intelligence bureaucracies.

Obviously you know what a big deal the War of 1812 is for Canadians.

Charles I


All the Rothko's you've posted, and the chapel you pictured some years ago seem unremittingly bleak to me, sure hope death is more or less than that.

It certainly gives Sidney's delightfully gloomy synthesis of art and Zionism some very somber prophetic content. Could it but be grasped by the Zionists might it represent their penultimate, or indeed the existential opportunity to achieve temporal grace in lieu of the dark spiritual state that Israel and Zionism seem bent on attaining.

Paul Hartvigson, Denmark

On anti-americanism and pro-americanism.

The US is a frame of reference for the whole world. People (and peoples) identify with America, or take excemption to America. Often without thinking about the complexity of a large country.

In Europe we have people idenfifying themselves strongly with US, while also intolerant of immigrants in a way which is uncommon in the US.

Some are now very well informed about the US. Some should know better.

It's not easy, though. Certainly Americans don't seem always to agree with each other about what is the essense of the US.

The country has been a huge success in promoting the idea of America in the world. That's bound to cause confusion. And speaker feedback.

Got A Watch

Col., it's your Blog, and you are a gentleman of the old school. If they can't make their point without being abusive, who cares what they have to say.

I have little faith that the outcomes envisioned by the military planners will come to pass exactly as printed in 'The Official War Plan'. Call me a cynic.

Israel can strike Iran a few times, but can't mount a sustained campaign of repeated strikes. The US will be blamed and involved, Iran will retaliate, the entire Middle East will be aflame, friendly Governments could fall etc, etc. A ground invasion of Iran is problematic, an air campaign probably can't win a war on its own.

Or maybe the Iranians will be stoic and take a sound thrashing without starting a war. Low odds there.

The various arguments have been made here many times, nothing new I guess. I have stated before this is the longest delayed punch in history and Iran has the internet too. Maybe they are stupid enough to keep all their nuclear eggs in one basket, but I doubt it.

Iran will lose of course, but victory is an elusive concept in The Middle East.

The list of unknown long term consequences is err, unknown. I know that much. And they probably won't be good. For anybody involved, or the rest of the world. The human condition. Sad. We are clever but not smart.

N. M. Salamon

To those interested:

an intelligent analysis of China's position vis-a-vis Iran USA stand-off:


The author of this article has commented on this issue personally at an earlier posting here [anti USA/Isreal attack for economic reasons]


Col., This blog is an important part of my education. Most other blogs have devolved into left-right calling each other names. You keep it on topic are interested in thought not egoes, and that's what the world needs.

Catherine Deneuve, wow! Saw her in "Hustle" with Burt Reynolds the other night but she was wearing clothes. It's a mid-seventies noirish mystery, despite being filmed in color. Pretty good. Joe Bob says check it out.

Sidney O. Smith III

Hi Charles I

I see Rothko as much of a hero. Sometimes I wish someone had intervened in his life. You know…save a brilliant friend who is going off a cliff.

Not to peddle my stuff…well…why not:


BTW, I greatly enjoy your comments. Just one man’s opinion, but I think you would make a very talented constitutional lawyer or the Canadian equivalent.

Patrick Lang


Look, They shot the shit out of us on all battlefields except New Orleans. And then their Indians murdered our prisoners. pl


I hope this works.

Meaning no disrespect, but I see the same blasted thing happening on comment pages pretty much across the Internet. News sites, blogs, web boards, you name it.

The ONLY thing that seems to work is moderation. Active moderation, including a large well-advertised bitbucket for the disposal of obvious propaganda, provocation, and other forms of obnoxious nonsense.

Blogs whose owners have been unwilling or unable to enforce standards of discourse seem to end up in one of two ways: with comment sections less inspiring than a view from the bottom of a septic tank, or closure of comments altogether.

If you have to uncase your cluestick, I hope you'll wield it more vigorously than many gentler souls have done in the past.

Since their blogs no longer have open comments.

Patrick Lang


I will follow your advice. pl

John Minnerath

I'll confess to not commenting often, I've been so busy I can't even begin to keep up with things going on here.
But, when I can spend a little time perusing the comments here, this is the place that makes me think.

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