Saturday, June 29, 2013

Mexican Lasagna !

OK folks it would take up too much space on a F/B page so I'm gonna give it to ya here!

Spray a baking dish with no-stick cooking spray

put in a layer of soft tortilla shells

a layer of cheese
add some mild salsa

cook up 2 pounds of hamburger taco style

add 1/2 can diced tomatoes
chop up some peppers

add to the salsa

looks good don't it ?
Strain the taco mix
add 1/2 to the dish
another layer of shell

salsa and cheese

the rest of the hamburger

more cheese

final shell layer
more cheese
 The rest of the salsa and a few more peppers

put the rest of the diced tomatoes along the edges

put it in the oven on 350 for 25 minutes!

Friday, June 28, 2013

The First Shot !

OK, my old buddy Gary Adams has cleared up something that I read sometime ago !

Ok, here is the response from Mr. Hatcher concerning Edward Ruffin from it agrees with the responses from the “Museum of the Confederacy; Library of Congress; National Park Service (NPS) and now the Virginia Historical Society”

“Mr. Gary Adams

Dear Mr. Adams, 

In response to your request concerning if Edmund Ruffin, Captain George S.
James, or Lieutenant Henry S. Farley fired the first shot of the war, I
offer the following information.

After Major Robert Anderson rejected the surrender demand from the members
of Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard's staff on the morning of 12 April 1861, they
went to Fort Johnson. There, by prearrangement, a 10-inch mortar was to be
fired to mark the beginning of the general bombardment of Fort Sumter. The
East Battery, containing two 10-inch mortars was selected for this honor.
Capt. James (South Carolina Artillery Battalion) commanded the artillery at
Fort Johnson was present at the battery, which was commanded by Lieut.
Farley. It is not known if James, Farley, the gun's chief of piece, the
mortar's gunner, or the No. 4 man actually pulled the lanyard that fired
the shot at 4:30 am. This shell exploded directly over Fort Sumter. This
was the first shot.

As for Ruffin firing the first shot, he wrote the following in his diary on
12 April 1861:

"At 4.30, a signal shell was thrown from a mortar battery at Fort Johnson,
which had been before ordered to be taken as the command for immediate
attack - & the firing from all the batteries bearing on Fort Sumter next
began in the order arranged ... The night before Capt. Cuthbert had
notified me that his company requested of me to discharge the first cannon
to be fired .... By order of Gen. Beauregard .... the attack was to be
commenced by the first shot at the fort being fired by the Palmetto Guard,
& from the Iron Battery (Ruffin was an honorary member of the Cuthbert's
command, the Palmetto Guard, located at the Iron Battery on Cummings Point
on Morris Island -my insert) ... Of course I was highly gratified by the
compliment, & delighted to perform the service - which I did. The shell
struck the fort, at the north-east angle of the parapet.

So, the first shot is fired from the East Battery at Fort Johnson at 4:30
am, 12 April 1861. This was followed by the gun fired by Ruffin with its
shell being the first to hit Fort Sumter.

I trust you will find this information meets your needs. If I may be of
any additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me again.


Richard W. Hatcher III

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Terrorism !

This Photo of The Oklahoma City Bombing
Touches My Heart Like NO Other Image I've Ever Seen !
A child / who will never ride a pony, or Blow out the candles on a birthday cake.
An innocent victim of a mad man ! Who in his mind was doing the right thing !
Hitler, Stallin, Malosivich, Hussain, Polpot, Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, all fit the same Profile.
All Criminals, who were doing what they thought was the right thing.
Lincoln condoned the shelling of confederate civilians, Grant and Sherman were all at ease doing this.
Look again at the picture, the year doesn't matter, Oklahoma City, Petersburg VA. or Georgia.
This is the reality of the mad men who devised the Tactics. Truck Bomb or cannon ball it matters not !
Herman Goering during the war crimes trials from WWII was asked where he got his tactics from.
His Answer " From American General Sherman."

Look again at the picture, take a long hard look ------

Then tell me that Lincoln was right in invading the South !

General Sherman's out look at the war
The cause of the war is not alone in the nigger, but in the mercenary spirit of our countrymen.”

Then he moved on to the American Indians =
General Sherman / “We must act with vindictive earnestness against the Sioux, even to their extermination, men, women and children.”

General Grant / Gen Order # 11 -
The Jews, as a class violating every regulation of trade established by the Treasury Department and also department orders, are hereby expelled from the department within twenty-four hours from the receipt of this order.
Post commanders will see to it that all of this class of people be furnished passes and required to leave, and any one returning after such notification will be arrested and held in confinement until an opportunity occurs of sending them out as prisoners, unless furnished with permit from headquarters. No passes will be given these people to visit headquarters for the purpose of making personal application of trade permits

Hitler / “The internal expurgation of the Jewish spirit is not possible in any platonic way. For the Jewish spirit as the product of the Jewish person. Unless we expel the Jewish people. Unless we expel the Jewish people soon, they will have judaized our people within a very short time.”

At the end of the War, a few weeks before Lincoln was assassinated, Union General Benjamin Butler asked him what he was going to do with all the recently free Southern Blacks. To this Lincoln replied, "I think we should deport them all."

So lets for a moment think about something ! If Slavery was always an evil, wouldn't terrorism be also.

No matter the year, no matter past moral interpretations. Right is right and wrong is wrong.
The picture above could just as well been taken in 1864 during the shelling of Petersburg.

The same heartbreak and sadness would apply ! And the same injustice would still exist !

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

When Duty Calls !

Defending Dixie was done from a sense of duty, not pay !


To offer a man promotion in the early part of the war was equivalent to an insult.
The higher the social position, the greater the wealth ,the more patriotic it would be to serve in the humble position of a private ; and many men of education and ability in the various professions, refusing promotion, served under the command of men greatly their inferiors, mentally, morally, and as soldiers. It soon became apparent that the country wanted knowledge and ability, as well as muscle and endurance, and those who had capacity to serve in higher positions were promoted. Still it remained true that inferior men commanded their superiors in every respect, save one rank ; and leaving out the one difference of rank, the officers and men were about on a par.

It took years to teach the educated privates in the army that it was their duty to give unquestioning obedience to officers because they were such, who were awhile ago their playmates and associates in business. It frequently happened that the private, feeling hurt by the stern authority of the officer, would ask him to one side, challenge him to personal combat, and thrash him well. After awhile these privates learned all about extra duty, half rations, and courts-martial. It was only to conquer this independent resistance of discipline that punishment or force was necessary. The privates were as willing and anxious to fight and serve as the officers, and needed no pushing up to their duty.

It is amusing to recall the disgust with which the men would hear of their assignment to the rear as reserves. They regarded the order as a deliberate insult, planned by some officer who had a grudge against their regiment or battery, who had adopted this plan to prevent their presence in battle, and thus humiliate them. How soon did they learn the sweetness of a day s repose in the rear !

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Yankees on alert as Hunley surfaces in New York

File/Associated Press The H.L. Hunley Traveling Exhibit alarmed motorists last week as it pass through New York City on its way to Connecticut for a Civil War show at Mystic Seaport. Local, state and federal authorities had to track down the replice of the Confederate sub after folks worried terrorists were bringing a torpedo to town.

Well I guess I better take my cannon outta my truck before I go that way !

Sunday, June 2, 2013

How the Confederate Flag made its way to Okinawa

How the Confederate Flag made its way to Okinawa


Robert Mestas
How the Confederate Flag Made its Way to Okinawa
Thanks to GySgt Stephen Wallace, U.S.M.C., Cambridgeshire, England for this Article.
Only the Normandy D-Day invasion surpassed Okinawa in its scope, preparation and forces employed. More than 548,000 Americans participated in the Okinawa invasion. American service members were surprised to find virtually no resistance as they stormed the beaches on Easter 1945. They soon discovered that the Japanese Imperial Army and Navy had literally gone underground having spent a year forcing Okinawan slaves to dig their underground defenses. It required 83 days of combat to defeat the Japanese.
The invasion of Okinawa was by the newly organized American 10th Army. The 10th, commanded by Lt. Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner, was composed of the XXIV Corps, made up of veteran Army units including the 7th, 27th, 77th, and 96th Infantry divisions, and the III Amphibious Corps, with three battle-hardened Marine divisions, the 1st, 2nd, and 6th.
One of the most significant milestones in the Okinawan campaign was the taking of Shuri Castle, the underground headquarters of the Japanese Imperial Army. After two months of fighting the Japanese, the 6th Marines and the Army’s 7th Division were moving south, nearing Shuri Castle. The 6th Marines were commanded by Maj. Gen. Pedro del Valle. Following a hard fight at Dakeshi Town, del Valle’s Marines engaged in a bloody battle at Wana Draw.
Wana Draw stretched 800 yards and was covered by Japanese guns from its 400-yard entrance to its narrow exit. The exit provided the key to Shuri Castle. The Japanese were holed up in caves the entire length of the gully, and had to be eradicated in man-to-man combat.
While the Marines battled through the mud and blood up the draw, the Army’s 77th Division was approaching Shuri from the east. To the west, the 6th Marines were pushing into the capital city of Naha. Faced with this overwhelming force, Japanese Gen. Ushijima’s army retreated to the south. On May 29, 1945, A Company, Red Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, commanded by Capt. Julius Dusenberg, approached to within 800 yards of Shuri Castle. The castle lay within the zone of the 77th Infantry Division, known as the Statue of Liberty Boys. However, Gen. Ushijima’s rear guard had stalled the 77th’s advance.
Impatient, Maj. Gen. del Valle ordered Capt. Dusenberg to “take that damned place if you can. I’ll make the explanations.”
Dusenberg radioed back, “Will do!”
Dusenberg’s Marines stormed the stone fortress, quickly dispatching a detachment of Japanese soldiers who had remained behind. Once the castle had been taken, Dusenberg took off his helmet and removed a flag he had been carrying for just such a special occasion. He raised the flag at the highest point of the castle and let loose with a rebel yell. The flag waving overhead was not the Stars and Stripes, but the Confederate Stars and Bars. Most of the Marines joined in the yell, but a disapproving New Englander supposedly remarked, “What does he want now? Should we sing ‘Dixie’?”
Maj. Gen. Andrew Bruce, the commanding general of the 77th Division, protested to the 10th Army that the Marines had stolen his prize. But Lt. Gen. Buckner only mildly chided Gen. del Valle, saying, “How can I be sore at him? My father fought under that flag!” Gen. Buckner’s father was the Confederate Gen. Buckner who had surrendered Fort Donelson to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in 1862. The flag flew only two days over Shuri Castle when it was formally raised on May 31, 1945. Dusenberg’s flag was first lowered and presented to Gen. Buckner as a souvenir. Gen. Buckner remarked, “OK! Now, let’s get on with the war!” Tragically, just days before Okinawa fell, Gen. Buckner was killed by an enemy shell on June 18, 1945, on Mezido Ridge while observing a Marine attack.