Morgan’s Great Raid and Camp Douglas’s 80 Acres

My great-great grandfather, Theodoric (Teddie) Edward Scruggs was born in 1806 in upstate South Carolina. He moved his family to Blount County in northern Alabama sometime after his first wife died in 1854. He remarried there and had a total of 17 children by the two wives. Four of his sons by his first wife, Nancy Stone, served in the Confederate Army. My great grandfather, John Berry Scruggs, and his brother James, enlisted in John Hunt Morgan’s 2nd Kentucky Cavalry, CSA, in May 1862 in Blountsville, Alabama. Thomas and Sterling were already serving in the 19th and 26th Alabama infantry regiments respectively. The 26th Alabama was later merged into the 26/50th Alabama because the casualties in those two regiments had been so high. The 19th and the 26/50th Alabama were in the same brigade. All three regiments saw considerable combat, but all four brothers survived the war.

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A Humanitarian Crisis Made in Washington

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The truth about the tragedy of Andersonville is much different from the propaganda version that prevailed after the Civil War and still flourishes in politically correct media.    

Near the tiny village of Andersonville, Georgia, are 13,714 graves, a testament to one of the greatest tragedies of the Civil War and of American history. In fourteen months of 1864 and 1865, nearly 13,000 Union prisoners of war died there of malnutrition, disease, and despair. Union propagandists then and still today have branded it an atrocity. But what is the truth?

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October and Other Election Surprises

The thirty days before an election are the season of political dirty tricks. It is frequently referred to as the “October surprise” and is generally launched by desperate candidates or campaign consultants with moral compasses aligned to power rather than ethical conduct and the public good.   It is often a Halloween basket filled with misleading or outright false statements and statistics; character defamation; economic, social, and historical ignorance; and the usual litanies and virtue-signaling of victimhood politics   Delivering this blizzard of falsehoods and distortions during the last weeks or even the last few days before an election will usually prevent opponents from responding before most of the damage is done.  

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Insight into the Death of Jamal Khashoggi 

Jamal Khashoggi, Murdered Washington Post Journalist & Influential Muslim Brotherhood Member.
Jamal Khashoggi, Murdered Washington Post Journalist & Influential Muslim Brotherhood Member.

There are two main things you need to know about the presumed brutal death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. First, the Saudi-born and raised Khashoggi, who held permanent U.S. resident (Green Card) status, was an influential member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Second, while Saudi relations with the Muslim Brotherhood had been supportive in the past, after the so-called “Arab Spring” in 2011, the Saudis strongly suspected that the Muslim Brotherhood planned to overthrow the Saudi monarchy and replace them with a regime much less cooperative with secularist or Judeo-Christian dominated Western powers. The Brotherhood is fervently committed to the principle that all Muslim rulers should be firmly dedicated to Islamic Supremacy and global Jihad against all non-Muslims. The Brotherhood, established in 1928 in Egypt, is a fundamentalist Islamic revivalist movement committed to the teachings of the Koran, Muhammad, and his early “rightly guided” companions. In its quest for world Islamic dominance, the Brotherhood seeks to purify Islam of secularist and infidel contamination as a prerequisite for Allah’s favor.   

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Cycles of Human Government

Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee glorifies ancient Greece and replicates original in Athens, Greece.
Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee glorifies ancient Greece and replicates original in Athens, Greece.

“Those whom Jupiter would destroy, he first makes mad” is an ancient Greek proverb quoted in various forms by later Greek and Western authors. It seems to have the meaning that whom the gods would destroy, they first relieve of their common sense. This is very close to a Greek sentence in the play, Antigone, by Sophocles (497-405 BC):

"Evil appears as good in the minds of those whom [the] gods lead to destruction."

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