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I realize how hard it is for you to comprehend, but disagreement is welcome on this site - as long as its intelligent and thoughtful.

This, of course, lets you out as you are neither intelligent or carry a single thought in your empty head.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 30.06.2006 @ 08:00

JUNE 29, 1863

I must have been thinking somewhat of Baldy Smith who was responsible for "the cracker line" that saved the army when Chatanooga was besieged following the defeat at Chickamauga, although my memory seems to have abandoned me generally.

I had forgotten that Johnson took over for Bragg - until Davis got tired of his failure to engage (McClellan syndrome?) and put JB Hood in there to fight. As I recall, he wasn't disappointed.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 29.06.2006 @ 15:16

I knew someone would notice Rathbone. It seemed a good device since he was an aide to Lincoln (although I have no idea when he became one).

And you're absolutely correct about Rosey. Bragg was actually ordered to invade Ohio at the same time Lee was invading the north as I recall. The plan was to put pressure all along the front so that the various union armies couldn't re-enforce each other.

Grant liked Rosey a lot even after Chickamuage. And I think his campaign the following year in destroying Bragg's army was textbook stuff.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 29.06.2006 @ 11:51



As for me "creating friction..." are you kidding? Do you think that the fact that Hamas refuses to recognize that Israel even exists is some kind of NEGOTIATING PLOY?

These are not rational people that you can negotiate with - not when their stated goal is the destruction of Israel. For anyone to believe that they aren't deadly serious about this you have to ignore events over the last 60 years.

And if you are going to comment on an article, let me give you a word of advice: READ THE DAMN THING BEFORE YOU SHOOT YOU MOUTH OFF!

There is no way in hell that any general Middle East conflict will arise from these raids. None. Zero. Zilch. And the fact that Israel has endured nearly 800 separate rocket attacks over the last month as well as the provacative attack on their outpost will be forgotten as everyone starts to blame Israel for the violence.

The "Possibility of peace" can only come when Hamas stops wanting to kill every Israeli citizen and negotiates on the basis of a two state solution, something they have made absolutely clear they do not wish to do. And until they do, Israel will continue to defend itself without any help from people like you.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 29.06.2006 @ 11:12


What do you think the courts do when they mandate Congressional representation for minorities? Gerrymander, that's what.

Of course, since it's done for such noble reasons, not to many on the left seem to care that the practical effect of that gerrymandering is the concentration of people who vote Democratic.

There is no doubt that gerrymandering, as it is practiced today, is harmful to our democracy. But the drawing of district lines has always been done with politics in mind. It's just that with the polarization we have today, there is less comity about it.

It used to be that incumbents - especially long term incumbents - of either party were drawn pretty safe seats no matter who was in charge in the state capitol. These kinds of gentleman's agreements were quite common until the court mandated redistrictings that serve two purposes; marginalize minorities by limiting their representation in Congress and increase the number of Democratic seats.

What DeLay did was extreme - as what Burton in 1980. As long as their is partisanship, you will have excesses on both sides.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 28.06.2006 @ 17:52


Surely your research showed that gerrymandering has been an American tradition since the founding of the Republic.

The problem is that the tools used by gerrymanderers have become so much more precise and elegant, that modern day Burtons are armed with extraordinary stats so that they can cleave and slice and dice until they get what they want.

DeLay's sin was that he went overboard. Usually, to forstall court challenges, the party in power will not go too far in its partisan line drawing. DeLay simply didn't care - like Burton in 1980 - and ended up doing a partisan hack job.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 28.06.2006 @ 12:43

JUNE 28, 1863


Once Lee was reported moving up the Shenendoah Valley everyone knew it was an invasion of the north. That was the route taken by Lee in September of 1862 as well as Stonewall Jackson's route when he raided in the summer of '62.

Everyone also knew that there would be a battle. Some thought it would be closer to Harrisburg, PA but, as you'll see over the next few days, Lee was forced into the battle much earlier than he would have wished.


That's a great anecdote. Those works were in York as I recall - a city Early almost burned to the ground.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 28.06.2006 @ 17:41


Good question. Depends whether it's lunchtime at Google headquarters or not.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 28.06.2006 @ 11:20

You're right. I will make the correction.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 28.06.2006 @ 09:43



You are a brainless twit. How else can you explain that the link in your comment is the exact same link to the Newsweek story I have in my post? Are you totally brain dead? Can't you read?

I don't ban idiots. But in your case, I may make an exception

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 24.06.2006 @ 19:21

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