History Is Written By The Losers

The part that shouldn’t surprise you:

A textbook distributed to Virginia fourth-graders says that thousands of African Americans fought for the South during the Civil War — a claim rejected by most historians but often made by groups seeking to play down slavery’s role as a cause of the conflict.

The part that should frighten the hell out of you:

When Masoff began work on the textbook, she said she consulted a variety of sources — history books, experts and the Internet. But when it came to one of the Civil War’s most controversial themes — the role of African Americans in the Confederacy — she relied primarily on an Internet search.

The book’s publisher, Five Ponds Press, based in Weston, Conn., sent a Post reporter three of the links Masoff found on the Internet. Each referred to work by Sons of the Confederate Veterans or others who contend that the fight over slavery was not the main cause of the Civil War.

Review Question: When the Northern Hemisphere goes down the toilet, which direction does the idiocy spin?

Virginia 4th-grade textbook criticized over claims on black Confederate soldiers [WaPo]

America’s Losers bumper sticker [Stinqueria]


The author’s claim that two black battalions fought under the command of Stonewall Jackson is ludicrous since he died at Chancellorsville in May 1863, back when the Confederates still thought they would win. Arming black men was the furthest thing from Jefferson Davis’ mind.

I wonder if the author’s extensive research also revealed the first-class accommodations that millions of Africans enjoyed on their all-expenses paid luxury cruises to highly-compensated jobs in the New World.

reminds me of a recent quote on FOX.

“this may not be factual but its the truth”

@Capt Howdy: Matthew Yglesias recently remarked that “Glenn Beck’s TV show is, in its way, the most fact-filled program on cable.” And it’s true!

@Dave H:
Of course. Those ungrateful slaves…

TJ/ I came back from my regular 6k mostly walk/jog and immediately turned on the SF/Phightings game which was at the beginning of the 5th inning. I’m not saying that I jinxed the Gnats… yet.

@ManchuCandidate: Freddy Sanchez? Ex-Pirate….adelante, Los Gigantes!

@ManchuCandidate: Meh. Lemme know if someone gets tased. ETA: Never mind — they’re not in Philly.

TJ/ 27bslash6! Thanks, Nojo

Sorry. I just changed channels to see Ross double and a Happy Non-Sexual Harassment Panada hit.

It seems I’m not a jinx but rather more of a non-biased rally monkey.

Fear the Beard warming up!! Viva Los Gigantes!

Fucking Panda.

@SanFranLefty: “We’ll paint any beard for 99 cents.”

Mind you, I’m rooting for the Giants. But note that (a) when the San Francisco Giants win the pennant, chances of The Big One go up to even money, and (b) I’M GOING THERE TOMORROW. That’s just fucking dandy.

BTW, nojo: I heart you for that bumper sticker.

And who’s the starting pitcher for Game 5?? Timmm-maaay! Let him smoke.

@CB: The big one won’t hit this weekend. It is going to be Kah-razy in Ess Eff on Thursday.

@DB: Bite your tongue! Giants over Rangers 4 games to 2!

So this baseball thing: is it over by Halloween? Thanksgiving?

Incidentally: Tree 10th reunion will feature not only me, but also… uh huh. Her. The spaaatula-hating, waffle-rejecting, golden-flute-playing one herself. Yes, yes, our mascot-for-a-day… DRUE! Full updates as warranted.

@Mistress Cynica: It never ends. Like More Stately Mansions it just goes on and on and on.

I love the bumber sticker but couldn’t use it around here without have my windows smashed in.

– Heartbreaking game for me but expected. Phils got this far by luck and bad calls even with the excellent pitching. That was how they won 2 of the Cinci games. Their luck has dried up.

– I would like to see the Giants play the Rangers for the pitching match-ups. I also hate any team from Neu Yawk.

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