Invoking Slavery in Today’s Politics

This should annoy some folks.

Over here we have someone comparing slavery to health care:

And here is a story about a Republican candidate for the United States Senate from Indiana who compares himself to Lincoln and invokes slavery and the sectional crisis as points of comparison.

But you can always use slavery to create compelling math problems for third graders, right?

h/t to the reader who sent me the image.

Welcome to the Blogosphere

Over the last several weeks we’ve had some new additions to the Civil War blogosphere.  One that shows some substance and staying power is Student of the American Civil War, Al Mackey’s attempt to come to grips with questions that he’s encountered as … wait for it … a student of the American Civil War.  Al’s one of those lifelong learners we hear about but don’t always see (as opposed to lifetime pontificators with very little learning).  A graduate of Virginia Tech, where none other than James Robertson introduced him to the serious study of the Civil War, Al has transcended his Hokie roots to offer assessments that are tough-minded and fair (keep in mind that this comes from a University of Virginia alum).  There are some other new blogs that I’ll highlight as they gain traction.  My only advice to Al: jazz up the blog’s name.  Make it something people ponder about.  And yes, “Crossroads” is taken.

Oh, and Connie Chastain has changed the title of her blog from 180 Degrees True South to Backsass, the same name as her Facebook group, where we find that she’s her most frequent commenter by a large margin.  She’s also broadened the definition of her targets (both the blog and the FB group are best understood as attack blogs) to encompass anyone who does not agree with her.  That should keep her busy.  Whether she will choose to comment in reply to her own blog postings to the same degree that she talks to herself on her FB group remains to be seen.

I recommend Al’s blog for informed discussion and Connie’s blog for comic relief.

Update From the War Within

Well, well, well …

First, it appears that Connie Chastain has broken (yet again) with the League of the South.

This is amusing.  Last week Chastain pretended she was just fine with the group, claiming that she’d communicated with Michael Hill and had been allowed back into the group.  Hill said nothing about the communication but offered that if Chastain had rejoined, he did not know about it and had not approved it.  One wonders where the truth is here.  Either she’s in or she’s out.  Either Hill supports her or he doesn’t.

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In Other News … July 29, 2012

I gather that the 2012 London Olympics are under way (I found this while channel-surfing between innings of the Yankees-Red Sox game on Friday).  I also gather that one of the short-term pop music sensations of the summer is the bubbly “Call Me Maybe.”

Here at Crossroads we want to keep you well-rounded and informed, and yet we do so with respect for your time in such a busy world, so we’d thought we’d introduce you to the US Olympic swim team’s rendering of the pop hit.

You’re right … you won’t find this on any other Civil War blog.  That is, until someone links to it, offers profound commentary, or simply rips off the idea.