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The "Other" Side: Reasons For The Way I Chose To Write My Latest Book

I've gotten a lot of feedback since I released "Blood in the Ozarks: Union War Crimes Against Southern Sympathizers and Civilians in Occupied Missouri Second Edition", most of it has been positive but there is the occasional criticism, some of it from critics who haven't even read the book yet. A select few are triggered by the title alone. I often hear "What do you mean occupied? Missouri was a border state!"  The most popular criticisms by far are, "There were atrocities on BOTH sides!", and  "I wish there was a book that told the other side of the story." 
I will try and address these criticisims in order.
You have to admit that describing Missouri as "occupied" in the title is an attention getter. An author should come up with a title and book cover that grabs the attention of would-be-readers but more importantly, it is the truth, Missouri was occupied.
Critics do have a point when they describe Missouri as a "border…

Who Stole Greta's Childhood?

Greta Thunberg of Sweden rose to prominence in 2018 by leading a world-wide student climate strike in 2018. According to her Wikipedia page:

"Thunberg says she first heard about climate change in 2011, when she was 8 years old, and could not understand why so little was being done about it. Three years later she became depressed and lethargic, stopped talking and eating, and was eventually diagnosed with Asperger syndrome,]obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), and selective mutism. While acknowledging that her diagnosis "has limited me before", she does not view her Asperger's as an illness and has instead called it her "superpower"... Thunberg published a collection of her climate action speeches, No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, in May 2019 with the earnings being donated to charity...In August 2019, Thunberg sailed across the Atlantic Ocean from Plymouth, UK, to New York, US, in a 60 ft racing yacht equipped with solar panels and underwater tur…

1918 Newspaper Article Blows the Lid Off White Supremacy Monument Argument.

America is in the midst of an epidemic in which historical monuments across America are being taken down. The majority of these monuments are located in the South, dedicated to remembering the common Confederate soldiers, its leaders and the hallowed ground on which so much blood was shed as two factions of the American continent went to war over political differences. 
Newly elected President Abraham Lincoln envisioned a Union with a strong central government in which the states would be subservient and Northern industrial interests would be protected. Political leaders in the South envisioned a more traditional path for the country in which the states would retain the majority of power and the central government would operate in a more limited role subservient to the states.
It was a bloody, costly brutal war in which (depending on whose figures are cited) 620,000 American soldiers died by combat , starvation and disease.  It is only natural that both factions honored those who ser…

The Truth about "Balance"

We here it all the time, calls for "balance", in newspapers and television. We've all heard that "one" cable news network's slogan of "Fair and Balanced" but are they? Trick question. The answer is "no" they are not and neither is any other newspaper outlet, television news organization or talk radio host.
Everyone has their biases and the only time we really here about bias is when someone from "the other side" says something we don't agree with.
I've recently received a lot of good feedback from the release of my new Kindle eBook "Blood in the Ozarks: Union War Crimes Against Southern Sympathizers and Civilians in Occupied Missouri."
There have been a few people who gave some negative feedback upon the Kindle release of the book. One person had some criticism of "What the hell do you mean occupied? Missouri was a divided state."
I guess it all depends on how you look at it. Was it really divided o…

Who is Simon Roche?

I was recently asked to participate in a four person panel for the Dixie Heritage Hour , hosted by Dr. Ed DeVries. Each person was interviewed separately, beginning with me, then Pat Shannan (former editor of the American Free Press newspaper), Rick Tyler ( a conservative activist, former congressional candidate and American Freedom Party candidate for President in 2020) and finally Simon Roche, Spokesman for the Suidlanders organization) from South Africa.

The reason for this series of interviews was President Trump's  response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Tx and Dayton Ohio. In his response President Trump stated:
"In one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy" and urged the passage of so-called "red flag" laws.
"In one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy" and urged the passage of so-called "red flag" laws.- President Donald Trump
The purpose of the panel was for Dr. Ed to see i…

Sometimes Those Examining the Well Intentioned Get it Wrong Themselves

The following is response to Al Benson's latest article "Sometimes Even the Well Intentioned Get it Wrong". It is an open letter to Al and let me be clear, a man I highly respect and appreciate. The matter at hand is that my "beef" is not with Mr. Benson but a greater problem at large. The "Deep South's" constant labeling Missouri a "Union" state.  Missouri seceded and gave heavily to "The Cause", perhaps in some ways more than any other.

Al sir,
While I have much respect for you I find myself in the EXACT same position that you have towards the Infowars article. I feel you have good intentions with this article BUT as a Missourian with Kentucky roots I have to take issue with the fact that you make the same mistake that many in the “Deep South” make. That mistake is lumping Missouri,, Kentucky & Maryland together as Southern beliefs but loyal to the Union. Maryland never had the chance to secede because of Lincoln’s blatan…