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"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." -- George Orwell

"Let no man pull you low enough to hate him." -- Martin Luther King Jr

"An epiphany to many. A Christian does not follow and serve Jesus to be saved.
A Christian follows and serves Jesus because he is saved". - Mike Hollingsworth

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Press Release from NCSCV Camp 794, "The Columbus County Volunteers"

News Release:  NCSCV Camp 794, “The Columbus County Volunteers,” Sons of Confederate Veterans – North Carolina Division:

NCSCV Camp 794 Press Release…  Thursday, July 31, 2014

For Immediate Release:

Michael C. Hardy, Author, Historian, Civil War,ConfederateThe North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 794, “The Columbus County Volunteers,” will sponsor a program by  Michael C Hardy, Award-winning author and historian, at Camp 794's August meeting. His topic will be “Civil War Charlotte: Last Capital of the Confederacy”.

Michael C. Hardy has been interested in military history for over thirty years. He's penned nineteen books, and his articles have appeared in America's Civil War, Civil War Times, Gettysburg Magazine, and the Tar Heel Junior Historians.

Michael's works have won numerous awards, and in 2010, he was named the North Carolina Historian of the Year by the NC Society of Historians. In 2013, he became a Road Scholar for the NC Humanities Council. Since 2014, Michael has served as historian for the North Carolina Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

He lives in western North Carolina with his wife Elizabeth and their children, Nathaniel and Isabella.

The Columbus County Volunteers, will meet on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM at the North Carolina Forestry Museum at the corner of Columbus and Madison Streets in Whiteville, NC.

The meeting is open to the public.  There is no admission charge. 


Michael "Mike" Hollingsworth,
Communications and Information Officer
NCSCV Camp 794 “The Columbus County Volunteers”
North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans    

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pink Slips to Cut Military Expenditures - Smart or Stupid (SOS)?

Support Our Troops,Army,Air Force,Marines,Navy Coast Guard
Okay, let's see if I can wrap my mind around this.  We have military officers on active duty performing their jobs/missions, many in hot-spots and war zones, and we are giving them pink slips. Informing them that we must scale-down.  Even though they are highly skilled and performing very well, their service, including their family, is no longer wanted.  Notice I wrote “wanted” not “needed” because it seems to me they are needed as much now as ever.  Government spending is out of control so they think the solution is to cut defense...a scale-down of military expenditures!  

Meanwhile, Obama set free terrorist prisoners at a time of war when they can return to the battlefield to kill our troops.  

Huh?  What's up with all of this?

On the other hand, IRS targeted Obama's political opponents for harassment purposes, lies to Congress, and destroys evidence all the while Obama denies any corruption – not a smidgen. Anyone getting pink slips and messages that they are no longer wanted at the agency?  
I could go on and on but enough here to make my point.

Obama,stupid is,Born Ignorant, and working hard at remaining stupid.
To cite one of Forrest Gump's quotes "stupid is as stupid does" but this incredible move by Obama and his administration is more than just stupid.  I think Allen West says it best, “Leave it to the Obama administration to do something so amazingly dumb it takes your breath away”.  

Well folks, I'll have to admit.  I can't wrap my mind around this one and I'm absolutely breathless!

Read more at http://allenbwest.com/2014/07/abject-disdain-military-troops-get-pink-slips-combat/#ZbgfIhQ6Dd3bmEM1.99

Sunday, July 13, 2014

She Tells the Truth!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

IRS Lois Lerner Email Lies are so Blatant

Michael Hollingsworth, Author TheGlobalPosition.com,blog,blogger,
This IRS-lost-email-explanation stuff does not pass the smell test.    I believe there's criminality involved and  I hope this matter is not allowed to just fade away.  We must know the truth and hold all those embroiled in this corrupt behavior responsible. 

Americans are sick and tired of all the deluge of lies coming from our oversize colossal government.  The lies are so blatant!

When I was a boy there was an old proverb used while seeking the truth - "Call a spade a spade".  Now-a-days some have tried to make this innocuous phrase into a raciest thing relating it to the black spade in a deck of cards.  The truth is "spade" refers to a shovel.  Soooo, I guess, to be politically correct Mr Orwell suggest that we should "Call a shovel a shovel".  

Anyway...his quote, "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act",  certainly suits these ages! --Mike Hollingsworth

Scandal: The IRS canceled a contract with an email storage contractor weeks after Lois Lerner reported lost personal files and before other IRS officials had their hard drives crash as Tea Party-targeting investigations began.

Timing is everything, the saying goes, and sometimes the timing of events is also very curious, as in the case of the lost emails of Lerner and at least six other officials at the very same time the IRS canceled its contract to back up and preserve those emails as required by federal law.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A Question of Power: The Imperial Presidency By Jonathan Turley

This  is very powerful and spot-on!  The United States is truly at grave risk of embracing an imperial presidency...Just as Mr. Turlry writes. -- Mike Hollingsworth

When James Madison shaped a new constitutional system for the United States, he and his fellow framers had one overriding fear: tyranny.  They wanted to divide power between three branches and create lines of separation that prevented the concentration of power in any single branch. The framers based their ideas on an understanding of human nature – and human weakness. They tried to create a system in which ambition would check ambition. However, they knew that citizens can be distracted or deceived into giving up their very freedom. Madison warned future generations that “if Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” The framers knew how effective fear can be to induce citizens to give up their liberties. Recent years have proven them once again prophetic in their warnings.

To this day, many Americans misunderstand the separation of powers as simply a division of authority between three branches of government. In fact, it was intended as a protection not of institutional but of individual rights, by preventing any branch from assuming enough power to become tyrannical. No branch is supposed to have enough power to govern alone. Once power becomes concentrated in the hands of a president, citizens are left only with the assurance that such unchecked power will be used wisely – a Faustian bargain the framers repeatedly warned us never to accept. Benjamin Franklin said it best when he warned that “they who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” - See more at:http://www.legion.org/magazine/222394/question-power-imperial-presidency#sthash.jcTRkZDv.dpuf 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Moses Cooley

Mike Hollingsworth, 2nd-Great Grandfather, Moses C. Cooley,
     Moses C. Cooley was born May 14, 1832 in Choctaw County, Alabama and he died March 19, 1922 in Wayne county, Mississippi.  Moses is my 2nd-Great-Grandfather.  He served as a private in the 7th Infantry Battalion, Company C, Mississippi Confederate Army.  As was typical with the times he, like so many others, signed-up by placing an “X” in the appropriate spaces being it was his official signature.
     Moses’ wife, Margaret Ann Butts (Dec. 11, 1837 –  Apr. 26, 1903), was blessed with a little more literacy as evidenced by the letter she wrote to her brothers, John and Andrew Butts.  Margaret wrote her letter a month after the war began which was, of course on April 12, 1861.
     Since she did not write anything about the war or the firing on Fort Sumter, I feel certain that she and Moses had yet to hear the news of the war or were simply deluded of occurrences in South Carolina – so far from deep South Mississippi.  Perhaps Moses and Margaret felt that the conflict was so distance from them that it was like the faint sound of rumbling thunder one might hear on a peaceful summer day – posing little or no threat to them.
     Following is her letter in her very own vernacular:

Miss. Wain County May the 11, 1861
Deare brothers,
     I take my pen in hand to let yo know that I
got yore letters and we was glad to heare that yo
was well and that yo was coming to see mee this
fall. I will look for yo. Yo must be shore to some
to see mee. Times is hard and money is (s)case
(scarce). Yo must write to mee as soon as yo get
these fiew lines. When yo write tell us what all of
the friends and connecktion is doing and where
they are living.
     Tell grandmaw and Uncle Mabry’s folks that I han’t
forget them yet. I han’t got time to
write to them a letter this time. I
want to send these letters in the morning to the
depot. Tell them to write to mee I will write to
them the next time. I would write oftener than I
do but it is so far to the depot and money is (s)case
till we make something to sell.
     We have a rite smart of cotton planted and
it looks very well. The crops looks very well we
have plenty of rain here.
     They had two men in
jail and they was going to hang them yesterday
they hired a man to kill another man.
Sister Cory’s gal run away with a man Jack Overstreet
and Maryan run away with his brother his name
is John and he can’t see out of but one of his eyes.
Her daddy won’t let her come to see them he don’t
like him.
     Andrew, Cory has got one girl left and
she will soon be grone. She is a pretty girl and she
is smart too. Yo must come and steal her. I have
just got out my pease of cloth they was thirty one
and half yards in it. I work it myself and put it in
the loom. I must come to a close it is getting late
so no more at presant but remains brother and
sister untill death.
Margaret A and Moses Cooley
To John and Andrew Butts

     Probably the War precluded the trip that she was hoping her brothers would make.  Both perished during the war and I suppose that she and Moses never saw her brothers again.  John, 6th Texas Infantry, Company F,  was in prison at Camp Butler when he died February 28, 1863.  Andrew was born 29 Sept 1843 and died 4 July 1863 from injuries received after being thrown from a horse in Banquete, Texas.  I can’t determine if he was in the confederate military at the time of his death.
     Margaret wrote about Maryan referring to Mary Ann Cooley, Moses sister and twelfth child of Harbard and Easter Sumrall Cooley. Harbard and Easter had five sons Albert F. Cooley, Martin Van Buren Cooley, Nelson Cooley, Littleberry Cooley, and Moses Cooley.  All served in the Confederate Army. To suffer with five sons at war at the same time must have been especially difficult - to say the least.
     Exactly a year after Moses’ wife wrote her letter to her brothers from Wayne County Mississippi, Moses enlisted in the newly formed 7th Infantry Battalion on May 12, 1862 near Quitman Mississippi, Clarke county.  He was 29 years old and signed his name with an “X”.  Private Cooley was paid a $50.00 bounty for joining the Confederate Army.
     They received training and didactics for awhile in Quitman and Enterprise before the battalion deployed to Saltillo (Present day Lee County) in September 1892 and attached to brigade commanded by General M.E. Green which was in Major General Sterling Price’s Army of the West.  It was with this Army that the 7th Infantry Battalion, the one that Private Moses Cooley was a member, on September 14,1862, seized the pretty little resort town set in the rolling hills of Northern Mississippi, Iuka. Iuka was being used by the Federals as a supply depot and General Price’s move brought the Confederates a trove of hardtack and salt pork.
     Records reveal that Private Moses Cooley was sent to the hospital in September – October and I would venture to surmise that he was wounded in the Iuka battles.
     The Confederates slipped out of Iuka right under the noses of the Federals because their real target was Corinth – one of the principle rail junction in the Western Confederacy.

October 3-4, 1863 - battle of Corinth

December 31, 1863, Snyder’s Bluff

May 17-18, 1863  marched from Snyder’s Bluff to Vicksburg and engaged Grant’s Army on the 18th.

July 4, 1863 at 10 o'clock, they stacked arms and marched back to bivouac, where they were captured and paroled.

(Confederate Parole Records indicates that Pvt. Moses C. Cooley,  7th  Mississippi  Battalion, Company C, was paroled July 10th  while in the Field and after being captured at Vicksburg on July 4, 1863.)

In parole camp at Enterprise the battalion was reorganized. ( Moses was recorded absent with out leave since 23 August 1863 on the October 31 Muster roll.)

November 1, 1863, Moses reported to parole camp and declared an exchanged prisoner on December 20

May 16, 1864,  Battle near Resaca, Georgia and constantly engaged  in a line all the way down to Atlanta

June 5, 1864,  Moses was captured near Dallas, Georgia and sent to Rock Island, Illinois Yankee prison camp on June 14th.  He was later transferred to the Department of West Mississippi/New Orleans for prisoner exchange which took place on May 23, 1865.

 October 5, 1864, Allatoona, Georgia

October 13, 1864, Tilton, Georgia

October 26-29, 1864,  Decatur, Alabama

December 4-7, 1864, Murfreesboro

December 15-16, Nashville

February 1, 1865, brigade was ordered to Mobile, Alabama

April 8, 1865, The remnant of the battalion were among the defenders of  the Spanish Fort, east of Mobile, and being captured there, were sent as prisoners of war to Ship Island, and from there to Meridian, where they were paroled.

May 23, 1865 Moses was exchanged and paroled.

Mississippi flag,confederate flag,Waynesboro, Mississippi

 Sources:
1. http://sherry.server-hosts.com/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I1382&tree=Roots
2. War On The Mississippi by Jerry Korn and the editors of Time-Life books
3. http://www.mississippiscv.org/MS_Units/7th_Bn_MS_INF.htm

Friday, June 6, 2014

Jefferson Davis' The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government

The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government -- Jefferson Davis,Mike Hollingsworth,TheGlobalPosition.com
This book turned out to be easier to read and enjoy than I thought when I purchased it. It gave me a deeper understanding of why the war was fought and a profound respect for President Davis, CSA.

The Southern states did not fight to gain control of the United States central government but fought to secede from that central government.

Northerners fought a war to control the South and prevent Southerners from becoming independent. The war did not abstractly wage. Rather, it was waged by the central government against the Southern people to prevent their self-determination, which Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence referred to as an "unalienable" right of all people.

One comment received on Goodreads: 

Glenn wrote: "Didn't the slaves have an "unalienable right" to freedom also?"  

Mike Hollingsworth,Writer,Author,Global Position
My answer:  My you sure have it wrong Glenn, you have been lied to about the real reason for the war. Study the historical documentations in the archives. The Confederate nation was formed by seven states that legally and peacefully seceded from the US when they followed Lincoln's guidelines that Lincoln spoke during the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates. Secession was legal, period. But Lincoln didn't want to let the South's flow of money stop, since the tariffs on Southern cotton were paying about 75% of the Federal budget. The South wanted to stay with the original Constitution, they didn't want Lincoln's distorted brand of government in which there was an all-powerful Federal government so they seceded. They never intended to overthrow the US gov't or any other gov't. It was the US who invaded and overthrew the CSA government.

Slavery had very little to do with the war as many of today's PC uninformed folks want you to believe. Study the facts and you will discover the truth.   -- Mike Hollingsworth  June 4, 2014  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/464029621

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Court rules bias at University of North Carolina-Wilmington against conservative professor - Washington Times

Mike Hollingsworth,Global Position,Conservative,Christian,Justice
This ruling sends a message to public universities: Academic freedom isn’t just for the Left, it’s a constitutional right for all professors — even Christian conservatives,” said David French, senior counsel at the conservative American Center for Law and Justice, which represented Mr. Adams. 

READ MORE → →  Court rules bias at University of North Carolina-Wilmington against conservative professor - Washington Times

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

President Obama Seen as Uninspiring, Even Among Liberal Voter Base

Mike Hollingsworth,TheGlobalPosition.com,Politics,Obama,democrates

Where’s the love? Even Obama’s liberal base bailing