Just imagine if some Republicans gave as much effort to attacking Democrats as they do attacking genuine Conservatives?

Hell, they might actually do some good

Senate Republicans furiously attacked Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Utah Sen. Mike Lee behind closed doors and leaked details of an off-record meeting to the media to harm the two senators, according to Lee.

Lee divulged some of the details of a closed-door meeting on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Friday, since he said much of it had been leaked to the media by his own colleagues.

“[N]ormally, I don’t comment at all on closed-door meetings between Republican senators,” Lee said. “It’s a pretty strict rule we follow. But one exception I’ll make is circumstances like this, where contents of the meeting were leaked deliberately by several of my colleagues and leaked in a very one-sided way. I’m happy to tell you about it here.”

I am sure these gutless Republicans would tell me “we have to win elections first”. Well, good luck winning any election if you continue to kick your base in the groin!

 

Your Saturday History Arrogance Does Not pay

Patton was a great general, and some might call him arrogant I found this at 90 Miles From Tyranny Pay close attention to the quote

Patton

Confidence is a necessity for a good military commander, over confidence, not so much. History is full of examples of military leaders who over estimated their, or their armies own ability. 

The quote from Patton reminded me of three Union generals that came against Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

General John Pope was given command of an army in the Summer of 1862. His army was to cooperate with George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac, but Lee already heavily outnumbered, set about to defeat Pope, who he called a miscreant before he could team up with McClellan. 

Pope, for his part had had some smaller successes in the Western theater. His message to the troops upon assuming command said, in part, that he had come from the West, where he had always seen the backs of his enemies. In closing he announced that anyone looking for him would find his “headquarters in the saddle”. Upon hearing this Lee remarked that Pope did not know his headquarters from his hindquarters.

In late August Lee sent Stonewall Jackson’s corps to get Pope’s attention. Jackson took a defensive position in an old railroad cut, and repulsed attack after attack from Pope. Lee, meanwhile, had arrived with James Longstreet’s corps, about 30,000 men. Pope, intent  on destroying Jackson, was unaware that Longstreet was in position to crush his flank. Despite warnings that Longstreet was on the field, Pope sent his last divisions against Jackson, opening the opportunity for Longstreet to fall upon his flank. Pope was routed, and was soon sent to Minnesota to fight Indians.

General Joseph Hooker was a far better general than Pope, and even more arrogant. After Lee had won another victory over Ambrose Burnside at Fredericksburg, Hooker replaced Burnside as commander of the Army of the Potomac. To his credit, he stole a march on Lee in late April 1863. Hooker, whose army numbered 134,000 while Lee, who would have to fight without two divisions and General Longstreet, had about 57,000. Hooker had put himself in position to possibly end the war. He announced that he had Lee where he wanted him. “Lee must ingloriously flee or come out in the open where certain destruction awaits him, may God have mercy on Bobby Lee for I will have none” 

Lee, did neither of the two things Hooker suggested. Instead he sent two divisions to attack Hooker. Hooker, rather than using his superior forces began to entrench, the bully had backed down. The next day, Lee sent Jackson around Hooker’s right flank. Jackson found Oliver Howard’s division resting completely unaware of what was about to hit them. What followed is known as Lee’s greatest victory. He wrecked his much larger opponent, and Hooker was soon replaced.

Lastly there is US Grant. He had achieved much fame and success in Tennessee, and was placed in command of all the Union armies in early 1864. He would face Lee himself, and in early May 1864, he began his campaign. Grant had heard some in his army remark that Grant had “not yet faced Bobby Lee” and that talk agitated Grant. He snapped that Lee better worry about what Grant would do to him, and added that his army talked as if Lee would do a back flip and turn Grant’s flanks and pierce his center at the same time.

At the Wilderness, on My 5th and 6th Lee attacked Grant, and oddly enough, in the battle Lee did turn both of Grant’s flanks, and almost pierced his center as well. In short Lee delivered a strategic and tactical beating to Grant. Grant, of course, was tenacious and continued to push his much smaller army South. Grant was not Pope, or Hooker, or Burnside, or McClellan. The armies would meet at Spotsylvania Courthouse, where Lee won another victory, and later at Cold Harbor, where Lee dealt Grant over 7,000 casualties in a matter of minutes. In all the first three meeting shad cost Grant as many casualties as Lee had in his entire army. In the end Grant won the war of attrition, but likely had no doubt who the better general was.

How about some history kids?

I am linking The Other McCain a lot today, maybe I am hoping for an Instalanche, but I could not resist linking Stacy McCain’s post “We need reinforcements” because in said post. McCain, a proud Southerner like myself, references the great Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee once famously paid tribute to the fighting ability of Texans: “I rely on Texas regiments in all tight places, and fear I have to call upon them too often. They have fought grandly, nobly.” During the Battle of the Wilderness, when it seemed the Confederate line could not hold, Lee rode his horse into the midst of the fighting to rally his troops. His soldiers urged him to go back, but Lee would not leave until reinforcements arrived. Learning that the fresh troops were from Texas, the general declared: “Texans always move them!” And so they did.

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General John Bell Hood 

Yes, that is one of the most famous moments in the War of Northern Aggression, as Hood’s Texas Brigade, named for General John Bell Hood,the brigade’s original commander, threw back the Union troops, but only after making sure General Lee would not personally lead the charge. The men cried “Lee to the Rear” before delivering a devastating blow to Grant’s Army of the Potomac that April 6th morning. The day, and the two day battle known as The Wilderness would end with one of the most ironic incidents of the war. 

General Longstreet, who Lee called his “War Horse” would lead a crushing flank attack that day, rolling up Union General William Hancock’s troops “like a wet blanket”. 

General James Longstreet

General James Longstreet

 

 

As Longstreet sought to press his attack before sunset, he was wounded by his own men. One year, and four days previous, on May 2, 1863, General Stone wall Jackson, seeking to press a devastating flank attack on the Army of the Potomac, was also wounded by his own men.

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Not only were Lee’s top lieutenants wounded in a similar fashion one year apart, but also on very nearly the same spot. About one mile separates the locations.

Pharmacy owners shoots, kills gunman, second gunman in costudy

Still waiting for some snarky “look at me” tweets from noted douche nozzle David Frum. Story at Weasel Zippers

MADERA, Calif. (KFSN) – The second suspect in a deadly shooting has been arrested in Southeast Fresno. He’s accused of trying to kill a Madera pharmacy owner and his mother.

The shooting happened inside the pharmacy on Almond and Emily Way around 6:30 pm.

The pharmacy owner Bryan Lee said he left the back door of his store unlocked for a customer stopping by after business hours. Shortly after the customer left, Lee said two men in ski-masks barged in through the back door and started shooting.

The mother and son said they ducked behind the counter as bullets kept flying. One of them hit the mother in the leg. “It was not a robbery so much as an execution,” Lee said. “It was an attempted assassination, they didn’t make any demands, they simply came in, reached over, and it was basically shooting us almost in the back of the head.They shot my mother and almost shot me, I was just surrounded by holes.”

Lee grabbed a gun and started shooting at one of the two suspects.

Police Chief Steve Frazier said he had information that the suspect was shot in the face, in the torso, and then once in the leg.

Frazier said the suspect, 31-year-old Aquilla Bailey, fell to the floor, and then managed to run out of the store and down the block before collapsing. Bailey later died at the hospital.Officers spent the day searching for the second suspect and piecing together a possible motive.

“The information we’ve developed is that the pharmacy was targeted probably specifically for the drugs on hand there, we don’t have any information that the owner was specifically targeted at this point,” Frazier said.