My degree is in history. Specifically, US and English History, and I further specialized in military history.
Now that typed, my particular interest is in the American Civil War, and in my opinion, Robert E. Lee is perhaps the most overrated general in existence.
For one, he was fighting a defensive campaign in an era where technology far outstripped the tactics of the time. Rifles vrs. Napoleonic tactics gives the advantage to the defender.
Secondly, his greatest successes were against some rather timid Federal generals. And those successes were all tactical. Strategically, their impact was near nil.
Thirdly, every time he went on the strategic offensive, he had his ass handed to him. At Antietam in particular, McClellan should have ended the war THAT DAY, but he was too timid to strike the killing blow.
At Gettysburg, he made serious tactical and operational errors, allowing Meade to essentially defeat in detail every attack he mounted.
And finally, at the end of the day, he was, and remains, a goddamn traitor to his country.
Emotions are running high in Emsworth, where the Holy Family Institute has announced that it will take in up to three dozen child immigrants from Central America who have crossed the U.S. border illegally.
The Catholic nonprofit will house the unaccompanied minors while they wait to be placed with a family member or foster parents. The children will be under the age of 12. Sister Linda Yankoski of Holy Family plans to hold a public forum at 7 p.m. July 29 to address area residents' concerns about the institute's plans.
"A lot of community members are concerned about the disease and drug cartel involvement these children could bring," said Emsworth Mayor Dee Quinn. "The news was quite a shock."
Never mind that most of the "disease" concerns are totally without merit, a phantom created by the right-wing noise machine in order cast these refuges (and that's what they are) as "the other." Luckily, Central America doesn't have Jenny McCarthy and does have universal health care, so their vaccination rates are actually better than ours.
As approved and certified foster parents, I wouldn't be at all surprised if we get a phone call sometime in the future looking to place some of these children with us, and we will welcome them.
I think that's all the Republicans/conservatives have. They scream that President Obama isn't doing enough to secure the border. The President asks Congress for nearly 4 billion dollars to do just that.