Apparently the people and Land Rover have been watching old James Bond movies. (Grokked from Dan)
The 81 Shade of Mikey. Let's give it to Mikey. He won't like it, he hates everything. The Hucklebees with 81 things he hates (some of which he was okay with, before the winds blew the other way). (Grokked from the Slactivist)
In case anyone is still confused over "The Cause" for which all those grandpappies fought and died. All the declarations of succession. Fun drinking game, hold your breath until you read the first instance of slavery, and then take a drink everytime it's mentioned after that. Don't worry, it's typically mentioned in the second paragraph, the first paragraph being devoted to "we succeed for the following reasons". Also you should be good and drunk quickly. (grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)
"'If a team member sees two Humvees full of soldiers driving through town, they're going to follow them,' (leader of the Texas branch of a civilian surveillance group calling itself 'Counter Jade Helm,' Eric Johnston) told the newspaper. 'And they're going to radio back their ultimate location.'" What could possibly go wrong with that? Trailing military vehicles full of soldiers, many of who have found counter-insurgency warfare and might be a little edgy being followed by unmarked vehicles, that seems sensible.
Why do people think that the Civil War was not about slavery? Because one side intentionally tells them it wasn't. Guess which side. (grokked from John Scalzi)
Oh, and about your "states rights". The South said, "Fuck your states rights" when Kansas was about to be made a state and would have voted to be a free or slave state (hint, they were leaning Free).
Because this seems to be what we're going to talk about this summer, bringing British slavery into the light. (Grokked from CC Findlay)