The Watering Hole: February 17 – Sub: CSS Hunley

On February 17, 1864,  the CSS Hunley attacked and sank the  USS Housatonic in Charleston harbor.  Soon thereafter the Hunley also sank, along with her crew of eight. Over 136 years later, on August 8, 2000, the wreck and the remains of the crewmen were recovered. After full DNA evaluation, each crewman was buried with full military honors on April 14, 2004.

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Calling Out the Right Wing

Sara Robinson at Firedoglake wrote a great piece yesterday asking the right wing a simple question: Are you trying to start a civil war?

Dear Conservatives:

Your fellow Americans demand an answer — and we want it now. Just one simple question:

Are you deliberately trying to start a civil war?

Just answer the question. Yes or no. Don’t insult us with elisions, evasions, dithering, qualifications, or conditional answers. We need to know what your intentions are — and we need to know NOW. People are being shot dead in the streets of America at the rate of several per month now. You may not want responsibility for this — but the whackadoodles pulling the triggers make no bones about who put them up to this.

You did.

For the past thirty years the right wing has been ratcheting up their violent hate speech. They have incited, incensed, and inflamed the more radical among us to stop taking it and start doing something about it. And some of them did. Continue reading