With that kumbayah moment at the Capitol in South Carolina, when the Battle Flag of the Confederacy was lowered forever to the cheers and tears of all, a purgation of the detestable relics of evil that permeate American public life began.
City leaders in Memphis plan to dig up the body of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, who is buried in a city park that once bore his name. A statue of the great cavalrymen will be removed. "Nathan Bedford Forrest is a symbol of bigotry and racism, and those symbols have no place on public property," said council chairman Myron Lowery, "What we're doing here in Memphis is no different from what's happening across the country."
Myron's got that right.
Panicky Democrats are terminating their tradition of Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners, as both presidents were slaveholders.
Other slaveholders include Presidents George Washington, James Madison, who authored the Constitution that equated slaves with 3/5ths of a person, James Monroe, of Monroe Doctrine fame, John Tyler, who annexed Texas, and James K. Polk, who tore off half of Mexico.
Jefferson, Jackson and Madison are also the names of the state capitals of Missouri, Mississippi and Wisconsin, and Washington is the capital of the United States. Is it not time to change the names of these cities to honor more women and minorities who better reflect our glorious new diversity?
Washington, Jefferson and Jackson are on the $1, $2 and $20 bills. Ought they not all be replaced?
In Baltimore and Annapolis, calls are heard for the removal of statues of Chief Justice Roger Taney of the Dred Scott decision. In Fairfax County, Virginia, J.E.B. Stuart High may be headed for a name change. Can George Washington and Washington-Lee, rivals of my old high school, be far behind?
But it is Statuary Hall, beneath the cupola of the U.S. Capitol, where each state is represented by statues of two of its greatest, that really requires a Memphis-style moral cleansing.
Mississippi is represented by Jefferson Davis and Georgia by Alexander Stephens, the president and vice president of the Confederacy; South Carolina by John C. Calhoun, who called slavery a "positive good," and Confederate Gen. Wade Hampton.
Kentucky is represented by slave owner Henry Clay; Florida by Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith; North Carolina by Confederate colonel and Civil War governor Zebulon Vance; Texas by Stephen Austin and Sam Houston who seceded from Mexico to create a slave republic that joined the United States as a slave state in 1845.
Utah is represented by Brigham Young, founder of a Mormon faith that declared black people unfit to belong; Virginia by Robert E. Lee and Washington. California is represented by a statue of Fr. Junipero Serra, who established the missions that became the cities of California and converted and disciplined pagan Indians to Christianity.
Among the men revered by the generations that grew up in mid-20th-century America, five categories seem destined for execration:
Explorers like Columbus who conquered the indigenous peoples. Slave owners from 1619 to 1865. Statesmen, military leaders, and all associated with the Confederacy. All involved in the dispossession and ethnic cleansing of Native-Americans, like Gens. William Sherman and Phil Sheridan who said, "The only good Indian is a dead Indian," and acted on that maxim.
Lastly, segregationists. There is a move afoot to take the name of Sen. Richard Russell of Georgia, an opponent of civil rights laws, off the Senate Office Building to which it has been affixed for 40 years.
As there are thousands of schools, streets, highways, buildings, towns and cities that bear the names of these old heroes and men like them, the purging is going to take decades. Yet, make no mistake, a Great Purge of American heroes of yesteryear is at hand.
What did all those named above, who would be Class-A war criminals at the Southern Poverty Law Center, have in common?
All were white males. All achieved greatly. All believed that the people whence they came were superior and possessed of a superior faith, Christianity, and hence fit to rule what Rudyard Kipling called the "lesser breeds without the law".
Acting on a belief in their racial, religious and cultural superiority, they created the greatest nation on earth. And people who got in their way were shoved aside, subjugated, repressed and ruled.
As for the Confederates of the Lost Cause, they yielded to superior force only after four years of fighting, but their battle flag has ever after been seen as a banner of rebellion, bravery and defiance.
And those tearing down the battle flags, and dumping over the monuments and statues, and sandblasting the names off buildings and schools, what have they ever accomplished? They inherited the America these men built, but are ashamed at how it was built. And now they watch paralyzed as the peoples of the Third World, whom their grandfathers ruled, come to dispossess them of the patrimony for which they feel so guilty.
The new barbarians will make short work of them.
(Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He won the New Hampshire Republican Primary in 1996.)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 September 2015 10:53
Each September, as we remember that tragic Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, it is common for Americans to ask why some people would hate us so much. Perhaps a place to begin that discussion is with the "Other 9-11" which occurred in Chile on Tuesday, September 11, 1973.
One that date, the Chilean military, with U.S. government/corporate backing, brutally overthrew a constitutionally elected government that was seen to threaten U.S. corporate interests. This story is known to a lot of Americans: thousands were executed outright and thousands were "disappeared."
Tens of thousands more were detained and most were brutally tortured. Tortures included electroshock, beatings, mock executions, and threats to family if the detainee did not talk. Both men and women were sexually abused and raped, often in front of family members.
The military junta claimed it was going after "communists" but even more moderate Chileans, some of whom had originally supported the coup, came to oppose the methods used It came to pass that even those who moderately opposed the human rights violations became targets. In addition, hundreds of Chileans were driven into exile.
While many Americans know that part of the story, they often do not know the other half. After the country had been terrorized into a state of fear, the junta invited economic advisors trained by free market, neoliberal economists like Milton Friedman at the University of Chicago which had a long relationship with Chile's Catholic University, the country's most conservative institution.
The "Chicago Boys" proceeded to immediately cut government spending for social services and education. Many state services were sold to the lowest bidder — often supporters of the dictatorship. Unions were suppressed abs health care, social security, transport and other services were privatized.
This was done in a climate where feared the consequences of speaking out. Milton Friedman likes to talk about the "Chilean miracle" and it did make some Chileans really rich. In fact because of policies imposed under a US-backed dictatorship, Chile now has the biggest gap between rich and poor in South America.
For working class and poor Chileans, Friedman's "miracle" was a nightmare. Even General Pinochet, the military dictator, eventually realized that some social services had to be restored. Interestingly, he kept the copper mines which were nationalized in government hands but only as long as 10 percent of Chile's copper profits went to fund the military.
Some of the economic "reforms" that took place under military rule were in education. These reforms were enacted when faculty were in a state of fear, often for their jobs and lives. Right after the coup, educators who were deemed "leftist" or "subversive" lost the jobs or worse, a move that might actually please some writers to The Sun!
The policies were those advocated by many modern conservatives in this country. Before the coup, Chile had expensive private schools but public education, even at the university level, was free or very low cost. Under the dictatorship, university education became very expensive with students taking out costly student loans. Public money was given to private schools and for-profit "universities" that were actually little more than glorified trade schools. Richer neighborhoods had better public schools or because of the wealthier tax base.
Over the past years, high school and university students have taken to the streets, gone on strike, and shut down schools and campuses. In many instances, the professors and the parents were marching alongside! Finally, the Chilean government has announced that it is going to grant many of the students' demands.
Steve Volk, a professor of history Oberlin College "who was there" once told this writer that he strongly believes that Chile was the U.S.A.'s first experiment in neo-liberal, free-market economics, later called Reaganomics in this country. It is now part of the agenda of the GOP.
Naomi Klein, in her book Shock Doctrine, outlines the methodology of the Chicago economic model: create a crisis, real or imagined, put people in a state of fear, and then put in a massive program of privatization that favors profits. Sound familiar?
(Scott Cracraft is a citizen, voter, taxpayer, veteran, and resident of Gilford).
Last Updated on Monday, 14 September 2015 09:10
On the anniversary week of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Obama is rolling out the welcome mat to tens of thousands of Syrian Muslim refugees. What could go wrong?
There's no need to hypothesize. Our nation remains utterly incapable of screening out legitimate dreamers from destroyers, liberty-seekers from liberty-stiflers. Indiscriminate asylum and refugee policies rob the truly deserving of an opportunity for freedom — and threaten our national security.
It's shameful that our leaders in Washington, sworn to uphold and defend our Constitution and our people, suffer chronic amnesia about the fatal consequences of open borders. I'll keep reprinting my reminders. Maybe someday someone in a position of power will pay heed, throw political correctness out the window, and stop hitting the snooze button.
Have you forgotten? Boston jihadist brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received dubious asylum status through their parents thanks to lax vetting. After entering on short-term tourist visas, their mother and father (an ethnic Chechen Muslim) won asylum and acquired U.S. citizenship. Next, younger son Dzhokhar obtained U.S. citizenship. Older son Tamerlan, whose naturalization application was pending, traveled freely between the U.S. and the jihad recruitment zone of Dagestan, Russia, a year before executing their Boston Marathon massacre. Though they had convinced the U.S. that they faced deadly persecution, the Tsarnaevs' parents both had returned to their native land and were there when their sons perpetrated their bloody terror rampage.
Have you forgotten? Ramzi Yousef landed at New York City's JFK airport from Pakistan and flashed an Iraqi passport without a visa to inspectors. He was briefly detained for illegal entry and fingerprinted, but was allowed to remain in the country after invoking the magic words "political asylum". Yousef was released for lack of detention space and headed to Jersey City to plot the deadly 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Have you forgotten? Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer, a Palestinian bomb-builder, entered the U.S. illegally through Canada in 1996-97. He claimed political asylum based on phony persecution by Israelis, was released on a reduced $5,000 bond posted by a man who was himself an illegal alien and then skipped his asylum hearing.
In June 1997, a federal immigration judge ordered Mezer to leave on a "voluntary departure order." Mezer ignored him. He joined the New York City bombing plot before being arrested in July 1997 after a roommate tipped off local police.
Have you forgotten? Mir Aimal Kansi, convicted in 1997 of capital murder and nine other charges stemming from his January 1993 shooting spree outside the CIA headquarters in McLean, Va., also exploited our insane asylum laxity. Despite his history as a known Pakistani militant who had participated in anti-American protests abroad, Kansi received a business visa in 1991. After arrival, he claimed political asylum based on his ethnic minority status in Pakistan. While his asylum application was pending, he obtained a driver's license and an AK-47, murdered two CIA agents and wounded three others.
Have you forgotten? Somali national Nuradin Abdi, the al-Qaida shopping mall bomb plotter convicted in 2007, first entered the U.S. in 1995 using a false passport. He entered again illegally from Canada in 1997 and secured asylum on false grounds. Abdi then was able to fraudulently obtain a refugee travel document, which he used to fly to Ethiopia and, yes, Chechnya for jihad training.
Have you forgotten? Among the convicted Fort Dix (N.J.) jihad plotters were three ethnic Albanian illegal alien brothers, Dritan, Shain and Eljvir Duka, who snuck into the country through Mexico with their parents. In 1984, the father applied for asylum, but the feds ignored them for two decades. In the meantime, as America showed the Dukas' refugee community unmatched compassion and generosity, the Muslim trio returned the favor by planning to massacre U.S. soldiers.
Have you forgotten? Are you not paying attention? The Somali refugee population in Minnesota has been a gold mine for jihadist recruiters for ISIS. America has failed miserably to assimilate waves of young Muslims from Africa and the Middle East.
Our asylum and refugee programs are routinely abused by ordinary fraudsters and Islamic terror plotters alike. Our immigration enforcement failures are compounded by deadly illegal alien sanctuary policies, a deportation abyss that allows hundreds of thousands of deportation fugitives to run loose, and the persistent lack of a tracking system to identity and kick out millions of foreign visa overstayers.
When will Washington finally make it a priority to get our own trashed house in order?
(Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin is the daughter of Filipino Immigrants. She was born in Philadelphia, raised in southern New Jersey and now lives with her husband and daughter in Colorado. Her weekly column is carried by more than 100 newspapers.)
Last Updated on Friday, 11 September 2015 09:57
By MARY O'NEIL
Newfound Lake draws a captive audience year after year. Its mystique is nothing new. Frank Roche, president of Roche Realty Group, mentioned to me that when he was doing a high school project on Newfound Lake in the 1960s, it was called one of the cleanest lakes in the country by National Geographic. Today, it is still considered to be one of the cleanest in the world.
Newfound is the 5th largest lake in New Hampshire. It encompasses 4,106 acres with 22 miles of shoreline and is fed by eight springs. It is about 7 miles long, 2 ½ miles wide, and is one of New Hampshire's deepest lakes, dropping to depths of 183 feet deep. The lake is surrounded by the towns of Hebron, Bridgewater, Bristol, and Alexandria.
Newfound beaches are renowned for their soft white natural sand. The lake is framed by the White Mountains to the North and enveloped by stately forest. There is a quiet, country atmosphere about it. This old New Hampshire character is due to the small amount of commercial development along the shoreline. The homes on Newfound Lake are an eclectic mix of cabin colonies, upscale homes, condominiums, and cottages. In the summer, both motor boats and kayaks find a place on the lake. In the winter, the activities continue with snowmobiling, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Newfound and the connecting rivers are popular with fishermen for a catch of the perfect trout or salmon. The region is very accessible to travelers from Massachusetts and the rest of New England. Popular ski and recreation areas including Loon, Cannon, Waterville, Ragged, and Tenney are an easy drive. Many quaint eateries surround the lake. The Pasquaney Restaurant & Wild Hare Tavern offers a beautiful dining experience as you overlook the lake and enjoy the sunset. The Big Catch, Kathleen's Cottage, Gilly's Breakfast and Lunch, The Mill Fudge Factory, and Pat's Seafood and Pizzeria are just a few of others in the Newfound Lake area.
Newfound's reputation as one of the cleanest lakes is not just a matter of opinion. Its repute is backed by hard evidence. The NH Department of Environmental Services monitors New Hampshire lakes to ensure their water quality. One important parameter of quality utilizes a method of assigning water bodies a numerical value according to a designation of "Color". The scale runs from "0" (clear) to "75" (tea colored). Newfound Lake is one of five in the state with a "0" designation, the others being Squam Lake, Merrymeeting Lake, Pleasant Lake, and parts of Lake Winnipesaukee. The DES also gives each lake a "Trophic Class." This designation labels the lake according to water clarity, rooted plant growth, algae production, and bottom dissolved oxygen levels. Newfound Lake is designated "OLIGO," which means there is minimal support for algal blooms and rooted plant growth. This is one of the contributing factors to the lake being milfoil free.
It's no surprise that people have taken notice of Newfound Lake's special attributes. This is another lake that draws the highest accolades from those who experience it. Yankee Magazine calls it the "most beautiful lake in New Hampshire." On Tripadvisor the reviews range from delighted to speechless. "The pictures didn't do it justice," said one commenter. One reviewer called it "the secret big lake in New Hampshire." Another reviewer said, "Newfound lake is gorgeous, surrounded by mountain views...we kayaked into the sunset, it was awesome!" Almost every reviewer echoes the remark of a commenter from Bristol: "The water is so clean and clear you can not believe it" and another adds you "can still see the bottom in 8+ feet of water." A couple who bought a home on the lake had this to say: "We bought our home up here after researching lakes in NH. Newfound, while not the largest, is so very clean and pristine. Living in the town of Hebron allows us to use the town beach which is only for taxpayers (and they do check). Great beach, small yet never a problem parking or finding a picnic table." Chris H. from Boston wrote: "It's the best place on earth...I almost lied and gave a bad review so no one else finds this amazing area."
There are many ways to experience Newfound Lake. Wellington State Park in Bristol offers the largest freshwater swimming beach in New Hampshire's State Park system. This pristine beach is surrounded by hiking trails and picnic areas. There are volleyball and horseshoe courts. The park's peninsula nature trail has designated fishing areas, plant identification markers, and unbelievable views. Trails from the park give hikers access to the Sugarloafs, Goose Pond, Bear Mountain, Welton Falls, and Mt. Cardigan. The N.H. Fish & Game maintains a boat launch, which provides boaters free year-round access to Newfound Lake. The park was given to the State of New Hampshire for one dollar back in 1931. A summer visitor from New York City, Elizabeth R. Wellington, deeded the land to the state in memory of her father, Aaron, with the intent "to be forever kept as a public forest reservation, to be used for the development of a bird sanctuary, for public recreation...and for any purpose tending to the promotion of forestry." Other parcels were later granted or purchased and added to the original reserve. The beach, picnic areas and original buildings at Wellington were created in the 1930s by President Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC).
The Newfound Audubon Center, located on the lake's northern shore, is comprised of three wildlife sanctuaries: Paradise Point Nature Center, Ash Cottage at Hebron Marsh Sanctuary, and the Bear Mountain Sanctuary. Their trails are open year-round to hikers, bird watchers, Nordic skiers, and snowshoers. In the summer, the Nature Center offers interactive exhibits, canoe and kayak rentals, and programs for all ages.
During the first weekend in October, Newfound Lake plays host to the New Hampshire Marathon. This world class running event, which is a sanctioned qualifier for the Boston Marathon, offers events for all ages and abilities. The course takes in the amazing views around the lake during the peak of the fall foliage season. Other activities on and around the lake include the Granite Ledges Triathlon, Hebron Fair, Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival, foliage tours, auto racing on the ice during the winter months, and "Snodeo" snowmobile races.
The pristine beauty and peaceful atmosphere provide an ideal setting for youth summer camps. These camps are considered special members of the Newfound Lake community since they are committed to protecting thousands of feet of shore frontage and hundreds of acres.
When visitors speak of the Lakes Region, the big lake, Winnipesaukee, usually comes to mind even though there are about 273 lakes, ponds, and rivers in the Lakes Region. But Newfound Lake will not be left behind. It has earned a reputation for its natural splendor and unspoiled waters. It has kept this reputation thanks to the efforts of local conservation groups, residents, and devoted visitors. Compared to old Winni, Newfound may be smaller in size. Still there is no question, there are those who love it. The secret may be out about the beauty of Newfound Lake, but its future is in good hands.
Please feel free to visit www.rocherealty.com to learn more about the Lakes Region and its real estate market. Mary O'Neill is a sales associate at Roche Realty Group in Meredith & Laconia, NH and can be reached at (603) 366-6306. rocherealty.com
Last Updated on Friday, 11 September 2015 08:28
As of September 1, 2015 there were 1,252 residential homes on the market in the twelve Lakes Region communities covered by this report. The median price point came in at $269,900 meaning that there were 626 homes at or below that price point. That's a lot of affordable property. There were 375 homes available under $200,000. The current inventory level represents 14 month's worth of inventory based on the current sales rate.
Everyone thinks they are experts on real estate and houses. After all, everyone owns homes or lives in one, so that must make them an expert, right? So, you can tell me what a door, a window, a stair tread, or a ceiling fan is. You know that the board nailed up there around the ceiling is a crown molding and if it is in the middle of the wall it is a chair rail. You know the difference between a slider and a French door because that's very important in getting out to the back deck. But here are some terms for some common parts and pieces of a house used loosely (very loosely) in sentences. Do you know what the words really describe?
Earlier settlers walked across a bargeboard to get onto the vessel to go across the river.
John returned from the doctor, obviously still and pain and could only utter "check throat" when asked what the doctor did.
Little Johnny was adept at flying his kite and used a specially made kite winder to bring it back to the ground.
This inglenook is very dry and you can't put it in either a gablet or a goblet (hey, that's two terms in one sentence!)
I couldn't believe my eyes when I looked on the roof and saw a gray squirrel sitting on a cricket. Amazing sight!
I saw the intruder in the back yard on his haunch and all scuncheon down behind a bush. (another double)
The kids down on the farm would sometimes try to put a stick in the oxeye and then run like hell.
She loved the new French fragrance called "oeil-de-boeuf."
Rosie had fireplace cheeks and a great larder to boot... (again, two terms in one sentence! Extra points for this one!)
A bargeboard is the board used on the edge of the roof on the gable end of a house.
If you look outside on the bottom side of the window sill you may see a groove called a check throat that keeps water from reaching the exterior wall of the house.
If you have three wedge shaped stairs that make a ninety degree turn, you have a kite winder.
An Inglenook is a corner nook beside a fireplace often with a built in bench. You can't drink out of a gablet as it is a small gable at the top of a hip roof. You do know what the gable is, right?
A cricket is a pointed roof section that diverts water around some obstacle like the high side of the chimney. A squirrel can easily sit on it.
A haunch is the curved part of an arch (like over a doorway) that is bookended at the top by the peak and a molding on top of the post, column, or trim on the side of the door. A scuncheon is the reveal or trim between the inner face of the window or door and the wall.
Both an oxeye and an oeil-de-boeuf are small round windows.
Fireplace cheeks are the slanted side walls of a fireplace and we no longer use a larder because we now have refrigerators. A larder was a room constructed to keep food cool.
Pease feel free to visit www.lakesregionhome.com to learn more about the Lakes Region real estate market and comment on this article and others. Data compiled using the NNEREN MLS system as of 9/1/15. Roy Sanborn is a sales associate at Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty and can be reached at 603-677-7012.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 September 2015 05:57