“Ozymandias” revisited

Source: “Ozymandias” – Percy Bysshe Shelley | British Library – Learning: English Timeline

Will this be the fate of Europeans, and those of European heritage? It may be that the generations alive today hold the answer to that question in our hands…

Why the Confederacy and the War Between the States – essay on the Morrill Tariff

Actually, of course, it was hundreds of thousands – by some estimates, nearly a full million, both North and South.

Full text of Mr. Moore’s comment, in case the link fails to work:

Most people who protest the Confederacy have never even heard of the Morrill Tariff which then makes their argument null and void. Abe Lincoln never issued any proclamation which stated slavery was the cause for going to war. One can search high and low for the existence of evidence which would prove the north fought the war to end slavery and they will continue to come up empty handed.

Without the reality of proof the argument which states, the cause of the Northern War of Aggression was slavery becomes nothing more than a grievous lie which is being used to divide people. Sadly people today can easily be led to believe in absurdities, due to the fact no one researches the facts which are always hid deep below the surface of the media’s lies.

The Morrill Tariff was a heavy tax (named for Republican Congressman and steel manufacturer, Justin S. Morrill of Vermont) raising the average tariff from about 15% to 37% with an increase to 47% within three years. The U. S. House of Representatives passed the Morrill Tariff by 105 to 64, even though the tariff was very similar to the tariffs of Abomination which had led in 1832 to a constitutional crisis and threats of secession as well as armed force. Out of 40 Southern Congressmen only one congressman, from eastern Tennessee, voted for the tariff.

The tariff considerably raised the cost of living and commerce in the South, while protecting Northern industrial interests. The Morrill Tariff placed severe economic hardship on many Southern states. Even more appalling was that 80% or more of these tax revenues were spent on northern public works and industrial subsidies, further enriching the north at the expense of the South.

Just days before Lincoln’s election in November, 1860, an editorial in the Charleston Mercury summed up the feeling of South Carolina on the impending national crisis: “The real causes of dissatisfaction in the South with the North, are in the unjust taxation and expenditure of the taxes by the Government of the United States, and in the revolution the North has effected in this government, from a confederated republic, to a national sectional despotism.” Continue reading “Why the Confederacy and the War Between the States – essay on the Morrill Tariff”

Nothing compares to the beauty of Europe. – YouTube

Lest anyone foolishly attempt to tell you that “white people have no culture”! Granted, our culture, history, and heritage is frequently under-valued, under-appreciated, insufficiently known, and poorly taught, especially here in the United States. But yes, we have culture. Oh, man – do we ever have culture!!!

(And this video deals merely with the architectural aspects: it doesn’t even begin to touch on the areas of folk / national culture – dance, music, and other forms of artistic expression – or intellectual culture. This is just the tip of the iceberg…)

Serbian Rakija: A Strong Drink With Good Spirit – Europe Up Close

In the heart of the former Yugoslavia lies an old tradition still quite unknown to the rest of the world: rakija (pronounced RA KEE YA)…

Source: Serbian Rakija: A Strong Drink With Good Spirit – Europe Up Close

“Net-surfing” can take a person to some interesting and unexpected places! A little outside the usual scope of this blog, I admit; but it is definitely a classical European tradition.

Rakija is the Serbo-Croatian name given to an alcoholic drink made from the distillation of fermented fruit. It is a clear-as-water kind of drink, with a percentage of alcohol that can range from approximately 40% to 65%. You might think that Rakija is similar to brandy or schnapps and that there’s nothing new here. But in fact, there lies an entire world to be discovered, as Rakija has its own tradition, its own rituals, and particularities…

Serbians take much pride in producing Rakija in the home. Making your own cheese, jam or wine is nothing strange in Serbia, and making rakija is no exception. Every Serbian either makes their own Rakija, has a cousin who makes it, or just knows somebody who makes it.

I particularly like the fact that they emphasize finding the “real thing” – homemade – and through it, getting in touch with the local population:

Rakija Home Distillery

If you actually want to get a taste of the real thing, you must know this: get in contact with the locals. They will show you the places where you can get good Rakija, or, most likely, will share their own stock with you (commercial Rakija is sold in supermarkets, but try to avoid this kind as it contains preservatives.)  Serbians are very open and generous people with a great sense of hospitality. They will open the door of their homes to you and treat you as a guest, offering you food and making you feel comfortable as if you are among friends. Even if their knowledge of English is little to none, through their gesticulation and big smiles, you will know you are in a safe place.

Now you are ready to start experiencing the world of Rakija. Your new goal is to try to find the most diverse home-made varieties of Rakija. You will have better luck in small towns where people can direct you to the people selling their own Rakija than in big cities. Knock on a door, introduce yourself politely, and you could find yourself being drawn down into a cellar by an old man, where you end up trying various Rakijas directly from the barrel where they are being aged, and where you can buy bottles at a very cheap price (usually less than 10 euros per liter). Don’t be worried if you receive your Rakija in a reused mineral water plastic bottle–that’s as domace (homemade) as it can get!

Certainly sounds intriguing!