POW Camp Discovery


When word reached Camp Lawton that the Union army of Gen. William T. Sherman was approaching, the prison camp’s Confederate officers rounded up their thousands of Union army POWs for a swift evacuation – leaving behind rings, buckles, coins and other keepsakes that would remain undisturbed for nearly 150 years.

Outside of scholars and Civil War buffs, few people have heard of the Confederacy’s Camp Lawton, which replaced the infamous and overcrowded Andersonville prison in fall 1864.

In its six weeks’ existence, between 725 and 1,330 men died at the prison camp. The 42-acre stockade held about 10,000 men before it was hastily closed when Union forces approached.

Camp Lawton’s obscurity helped it remain undisturbed all these years. There are no photos of Lawton and few visual stockade details, although a Union mapmaker painted some important watercolors of the prison. He also kept a 5,000-page journal that detailed the misery at Camp Lawton, which was built to hold up to 40,000 prisoners.

Last year a Georgia Southern archaeology student Kevin Chapman seized on an offer by the state Department of Natural Resources to pursue his master’s thesis by looking for evidence of Camp Lawton’s stockade walls on the park grounds. Chapman ended up stunning the pros, uncovering much more than the remains of the stockade’s 15-foot pine posts. “These guys were rousted out in the middle of the night and loaded onto trains, so they didn’t have time to load all this stuff up,” said David Crass, an archaeologist who serves as director of Georgia’s Historic Preservation Division. “Pretty much all they had got left behind. You don’t see these sites often in archaeology.”

Just Imagine

ALERT – Language Warning!
Adam Darski, aka Nergal, of the world renowned death metal band Behemoth was found innocent of charges stemming from a Bible destroying incident on stage at a concert in 2007. Just kidding about the world renowned part, I think (and hope). Anyway, he was charged with offending religious feelings in Warsaw, Poland. Huh? What kind of charge is that? What’s the old saying, the whole sticks & stones thing? That would be like a white man in America being imprisoned for calling a large black woman a water buffalo. How silly. Oh wait… he was. Back at it. The judge ruled that’s Darski’s actions were an “expression of art”.

Now, imagine if you will, that book was not the Bible, but, you guessed it, the Quran. Think you might have heard of this incident before now? You betcha! I don’t know whether the judicial outcome would have been any different. I would hope not, but you know the outrage would be extreme. Death threats against this guy. Worldwide condemnation. The whole nine yards. Because it’s the Bible, nary a mention. I’m just sayin.

Broma del Día

A man was driving along the highway, and saw a rabbit hopping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the rabbit, but unfortunately the rabbit jumped in front of the car and was hit. The driver, being a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulled over to the side of the road and got out to see what had become of the rabbit. Much to his dismay, the rabbit was dead. The driver felt so awful he began to cry.

A woman driving down the highway saw the man crying on the side of the road and pulled over. She stepped out of her car and asked the man what was wrong.

“I feel terrible,” he explained. “I accidentally hit this rabbit and killed it.”

The woman told the man not to worry. She knew what to do. She went to her car trunk and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the limp, dead rabbit, and sprayed the contents of the can onto the rabbit. Miraculously, the rabbit came to life, jumped up, waved its paw at the two humans and hopped down the road. 50 feet away the rabbit stopped, turned around, waved at the two again, hopped down the road another 50 feet, turned, waved, and hopped another 50 feet. The man was astonished. He couldn’t figure out what substance could be in the woman’s spray can! He ran over to the woman and demanded, ” What was in your spray can? What did you spray onto that rabbit?” The woman turned the can around so that the man could read the label. It said:

“‘Hare Spray’ Restores Life to Dead Hare. Adds Permanent Wave.”

Blague du jour

A man is in a bar and falling off his stool every couple of minutes. He is obviously drunk. So the bartender says to another man in the bar: “Why don’t you be a good Samaritan and take him home.”

The man takes the drunk out the door and to his car and he stumbles at least ten times. They drive along and the drunk points out his house to the man. He stops the car and the drunk stumbles up the steps to his house with the man.

The drunk’s wife greets them at the door: “Why thank you for bringing him home for me, but where’s his wheel chair?”

That Dividing Line

I’ve been hearing recently of possible back-door amnesty being pushed through via a Big Sis (Janet Napolitano) fiat. Those in charge have decided to drastically slow the flow of deportation claiming they will concentrate on the criminals. First off…..WHAT? They are all criminals. If one breaks into my home, he is de facto a criminal. If one breaks into our country, ditto. I have seen first hand population enclaves where not a word of english is uttered, foreign flags flown, etc.. These people are not americans nor do they have any aspirations to become. Thinking more on this topic, I recalled a little something John Wayne recited quite some time ago but still applies today. It’s a simple thing that carries big consequences. The Duke rocks!


One has a choice to be an american or not. Have you ever heard of anyone describing themselves as Ameri-German or Ameri-Cuban, or whatever? I didn’t think so. If you want to become an American, first get here legally, play by the rules, speak english and obey our laws. Otherwise, there’s the door.

Joke of the Day

These are actual quotes said by various sports figures.

Oiler coach Bum Phillips: When asked by Bob Costas why he takes his wife on all the road trips, Phillips responded, “Because she is too ugly to kiss goodbye.”

New Orleans Saint RB George Rogers when asked about the upcoming season:”I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first.”

And, upon hearing Joe Jacoby of the ‘Skins say “I’d run over my own mother to win the Super Bowl,” Matt Millen of the Raiders said, “To win, I’d run over Joe’s mom too.”

Football commentator and former player Joe Theismann 1996: “Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”

Senior basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh: “I’m going to graduate on time, no matter how long it takes.” Bill Peterson, a Florida State football coach: “You guys line up alphabetically by height.” and “You guys pair up in groups of three, then line up in a circle.”

Clemson recruit Ray Forsythe, who was ineligible as a freshman because of academic requirements: “I play football. I’m not trying to be a professor. The tests don’t seem to make sense to me, measuring your brain on stuff I haven’t been through in school.”

Boxing promoter Dan Duva on Mike Tyson hooking up again with promoter Don King: “Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton.”

Stu Grimson, Chicago Blackhawks left wing, explaining why he keeps a color photo of himself above his locker: “That’s so when I forget how to spell my name, I can still find my fucking clothes.”

Shaquille O’Neal on whether he had visited the Parthenon during his visit to Greece: “I can’t really remember the names of the clubs that we went to.”

Shaquille O’Neal, on his lack of championships: “I’ve won at every level, except college and pro.”

Lou Duva, veteran boxing trainer, on the Spartan training regime of heavyweight Andrew Golota: “He’s a guy who gets up at six o’clock in the morning regardless of what time it is.”

Pat Williams, Orlando Magic general manager, on his team’s 7-27 record: “We can’t win at home. We can’t win on the road.. As general manager, I just can’t figure out where else to play.”

All tied in Knots

(Gotta get this done. Pats are on tonight)

Representative Maxine Waters, who proudly serves the 35th district of California is in a bit of a quandary. She’s quite angry with her President but isn’t sure she can really show it. She told a Detroit crowd this week that members of her Congressional Black Caucus are hesitant to criticize President Barack Obama because they feel they may lose support from the black community. Ms. Waters said, “We do not put pressure on the president because y’all love the president”. That’s rather spineless, if you ask me. She goes on to say, “You are very proud to have a black man as president for the very first time in the history of the United States of America. If we go after the president too hard, you are going after us.” Waters then adds, “The Congressional Black Caucus loves the president, too. We’re supportive of the president, but we’re getting tired. We’re getting tired. The unemployment is unconscionable. We don’t know what the strategy is. We don’t know why on this trip that he’s in the United States now, he’s not in any black community.” The U-3 unemployment rate in July was 9.1%, with about 14 million Americans out of work. But the unemployment rate for blacks is 15.9%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The real number, the U-6, is at least double. Now that’s a scary number. I actually agree with Ms. Waters on 2 points. The unemployment rate is unconscionable & we don’t know what his strategy is either. Actually, I know what his strategy is. Cloward & Piven. Also, he doesn’t feel the need to visit any “black community”. He knows they’re not going anywhere. They’re locked up.

I guess I was under the misimpression that Congress is suppose to work for the people in their districts & not worry about our black President.

Obama did respond saying, ” I cannot pass laws that say I’m just helping black folks”. True, but how about an executive order? He likes those.

As much as I hate the situation our country is in, it is kinda fun watching these disheartened hacks squirm.

Just a Joke

A man is stranded on a desert island, all alone for ten years. One day, he sees a speck in the horizon. He thinks to himself, “It’s not a ship.” The speck gets a little closer and he thinks, “It’s not a boat.” The speck gets even closer and he thinks, “It’s not a raft.” Then, out of the surf comes this gorgeous blonde woman, wearing a wet suit and scuba gear. She comes up to the guy and says, “How long has it been since you’ve had a cigarette?”

“Ten years!”, he says.

She reaches over and unzips a waterproof pocket on her left sleeve and pulls out a pack of fresh cigarettes.

He takes one, lights it, takes a long drag, and says, “Man, oh man! Is that good!”

Then she asked, “How long has it been since you’ve had a drink of whiskey?”

He replies, “Ten years!”

She reaches over, unzips her waterproof pocket on her right sleeve, pulls out a flask and gives it to him.

He takes a long swig and says, “Wow, that’s fantastic!”

Then she starts unzipping a longer zipper that runs down the front of her wet suit and she says to him, “And how long has it been since you’ve had some real fun?”

And the man replies, “Wow! Don’t tell me that you’ve got golf clubs in there!”

Oooh, SNAP!

Let the jobs flow. Obama’s AG Secretary Tom Vilsack Has discovered a new stimulus. As if unemployment checks didn’t stimulate the economy enough. Now foodstamps or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) will add even more jobs? Fantastic! (Definition of fantastic: conceived or appearing as if conceived by an unrestrained imagination; odd and remarkable; bizarre). Sounds apropos.

You know those kiosks in the mall that sell sunglasses & jewelry. I say we have foodstamp kiosks. If you’re unemployed, all the better. At the kiosk you will receive foodstamps & a universal, government approved job application. The applications will, of course, be in 97 different languages. Wouldn’t want to discriminate. Fill out the application & take it & the foodstamps to a store that accepts them. Use the foodstamps to purchase whatever you need & hand them the application. They will be so overwhelmed with the additional workload, they’ll hire you on the spot. Easy peasy.

Oh, I forgot. Think of all the extra government jobs created by people having to man the kiosks. Just keeps getting better. We’re on the road to fat city!