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A fellow blogger in Alabama recently wrote an article about Clint Eastwood and the G.O.P. convention. Noel over at the Blood and Soil blog writes
The Outlaw Josey Wales was always one of my favorite movies and for years it used to give me a sense of pride because I knew my Southern ancestors truly had fought in just a way and suffered those type of crimes at the hands of Lincoln’s Yankee government. As I grew older I came to realize that my beloved movie was nothing but a tale, a script likely penned by a non-Southerner with no kinship for the Southern cause. Just another way to make a buck and push a leading man.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but in Noel’s case he happens to be wrong. “Josey Wales” was more than a tale, a script, he was real and his name was Bill Wilson and as Ronie Atnip writes at: ntex-news:
The story of Bill Wilson has been told throughout the Ozark Mountains since he began his bloody career in 1861 to the present day. He is a true folk hero. The Ozarks were full of men who took to the bush and waged a single man to a small gang warfare on the union soldiers, red legs, jayhawkers and spies for the Union. Although there were a lot of these men, if someone said, “The Bushwhacker,” “The Great Bushwhacker,” or the “Famous Bushwhacker,” everyone knew that they were talking about Bill Wilson. His daring deeds are still considered miracles due to his never being wounded once. He is remembered for his superior skill with revolvers and clever tactics in surprising his enemies. The writings and movie about Josie Wales are based on the real bushwhacker, Bill Wilson.
Bill Wilson was born around 1830 in Phelps County, Missouri. His father, Sol Wilson, was a very well-to-do farmer who owned several slaves, but freed them before the Civil War. Sol remained neutral and advised his children to do the same.
At 6’2” tall and 185 pounds with black curly hair and bright blue eyes, Bill was a very striking man. Because of his fun loving personality and skill at playing the violin, he was always in demand for weddings and parties. Bill was never without at least two forty-four caliber six shooters. This was not uncommon in the mountains at that time.
In the summer of 1861, some horses were stolen from the U.S. Government by a guerilla gang. Bill was accused of the deed. He was questioned, but maintained his innocence. A few days later, while he was away from home, a group of Union soldiers, Jayhawkers and Red Legs rode to his house, ejected his family, took everything he had, and set fire to his house, barn and outbuildings. Bill moved his family into a one room cabin on his mother’s farm and started on his quest. Bill Wilson became, “The Bushwhacker.”..
One mistake many historians make is not recognizing the differences between Southerners in Missouri and their brotheron in the “Deep South”. Missouri was first settled by the French, then the Scots-Irish and later shortly before the War Between the States an influx of European Marxists (but that is a subject for another story).
The War for Missourians was more than an ideological ideal, Missouri was one of the first Southern states to fall, and Missourians fought back because the government would not leave them in peace. As Atnip notes:
Mountain people of the Ozarks maintained a code of “mind your own business.” They didn’t readily take anyone into their confidence. In 1939 a book, Bushwhacker – A True History of Bill Wilson, Missouri’s Greatest Desperado was written by a descendent of friends and neighbors of the famous bushwhacker. Even though the author grew up in Phelps County, he never found out that these bushwhackers were associated with Partisan Rangers under Colonel William Clarke Quantrill. During the winter and when not active in Missouri, they were in North Texas. He only found out that Jim Jamison guided Quantrill while the Rangers were in Missouri.
One may wonder what the bushwhackers did with all the U.S. horses they stole. Easy answer. Quantrill and General Joe Shelby were in constant need of re-mounts. Horses were a great contribution to their cause.
After the war, there was a $300 bounty on bushwhackers. Bill Wilson went to Texas waiting on things to settle down. In March, 1865 Dave Poole, Arch Clement, Jim Anderson and 144 other Quantrill Rangers moved to Sherman, Texas. Wilson was probably one of this group. Captain Dave Poole stayed in Sherman and became a successful rancher, spending a lot of his time brokering pardons for many of the Rangers. Bill would not take the oath, but did make many trips back to Missouri visiting his family.
To offer more proof that “Josey Wales” was infact inspired by Missouri’s Bill Wilson , Atnip continues
“In the movie, Josie Wales, Josie arrives in Texas, goes into a store, is shown a death picture of Simp Dixon and is told that Bob Lee is still fighting in Fannin County. Actually, Simp wasn’t killed until one year after both Bob Lee and Bill Wilson were killed. Also, there are no known pictures of Simp Dixon. The one used in the movie was that of Bill Doolin, killed many years later. When Simp Dixon left North Texas, a Missouri Partisan Ranger, Sam Stone, let him set up an ambush in Stone’s woodlot to kill Judge Hardin Hart. Hart was not killed, but did lose his left arm to a shotgun blast. This happened five miles south of Bonham, Texas. Dixon went south tracking Lewis Peacock, Bob Lee’s nemesis, and was killed near Fort Parker. He is buried close to Cynthia Ann Parker, Quanah Parker’s mother, and her family.
The saloon/bordello/gambling house in the movie would have been that belonging to Jim, “Jim Crow” Chiles. Mr. Chiles was burnt out in Missouri before the war and moved his family to Sherman, Texas. He was an uncle of President Harry Truman and had met Quantrill while a wagon master on the Santa Fe Trail. He rode with both Quantrill and General Joe Shelby. All the Rangers frequented his place while in Sherman.
While the movie Josie Wales had minor historical inaccuracies, it had many parallels to the life of the Bushwhacker Bill Wilson. The one big surprise came towards the end of the movie when “Jim Crow” Chiles told the two police officers who were on the great outlaw roundup, that Josie’s name was “Mr. Wilson.”
I further disagree with Noel, when in his article he writes (of Clint Eastwood’s appearance at the G.O.P. convention ):
As my mind snaps back to the scene on my television with one of America’s favorite actors, I can’t help but see the similarities between Eastwood’s portrayal of Josey Wales and his attempt to portray himself as a Republican zealot. Only this time instead of using history as his backdrop he uses a stage and has an empty chair as his villain. This is symbolic of the Republican party and their choice of Mitt Romney as their new hero out to save the day.
Mr. Eastwood paints the typical picture that the evil liberals have pursued his team and his country is at stake. Out of the Northeast comes a hero. A new political version of Josey Wales who will fight against long odds but who in the end, will set things right. Watching Mr. Eastwood sputter out his half-hearted script a couple of things become painfully obvious. Clint Eastwood is just an actor, who mouths words written by someone else for entertainment. He answers to others behind the scenes who foot the bill for his movies just as Mitt Romney reads his script and answers to those who foot his political bill. There is no reality to either of their speeches. Only hollow words spoken to an empty chair.
In case anyone hasn’t noticed, the country is at stake and many of my “Nationalist” friends in the “Deep South” need to understand that no, Romney is not the answer to our prayers but he is the best chance we have to remove a socialst-marxist ideologue from the White House. Any dreams you or I have for self-government will be much harder if he is reelected.
I do not believe that someone else wrote Eastwood’s “script” and I don’t believe he has caved in to anyone. For those who’ve might have forgotten the tenacity of Mr. Eastwood allow me to quote from a 2008 Huffington Post article which reported:
Clint Eastwood has advised rival film director Spike Lee to “shut his face” after the African-American complained about the racial make-up of Eastwood’s films.
In an interview with the Guardian published today, Eastwood rejected Lee’s complaint that he had failed to include a single African-American soldier in his films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, both about the 1945 battle for the Japanese island.
In typically outspoken language, Eastwood justified his choice of actors, saying that those black troops who did take part in the battle as part of a munitions company didn’t raise the flag. The battle is known by the image of US marines raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi.
“The story is Flags of Our Fathers, the famous flag-raising picture, and they didn’t do that. If I go ahead and put an African-American actor in there, people’d go: ‘This guy’s lost his mind.’ I mean, it’s not accurate.” Referring to Lee, he added: “A guy like him should shut his face.”
When Alex Jones and crew were traveling back from Chantilly, Virginia, stopping in Memphis was more or less random. But discussion of the “Great American Pyramid” looming over the city was unavoidable. Was it really built by occultists? If so, for what purpose? Was Alex’s memory correct about hidden charms found on top of the Egyptian-inspired structure?
Yes, we soon found out, after scouring the Internet for answers before shooting the now controversial You Tube video and subsequently heading downtown for some of Memphis’ world famous barbecue.
The business about the crystal skulls was reportedly first exposed in the Memphis Flyer by John Branston. In 2010, he recapped his original report for the Internet audience, suggesting that it was part of an effort by the Tigrett family to “activate” the pyramid:
In late 1991, The Pyramid was new and exciting. Befitting the weird building, there was a weird rumor that, during construction, workmen were paid to weld a metal box inside the apex. The installation supposedly took place late at night, with the mysterious box carried by persons dressed in black and carrying a transit pointed to the North Star.
One thing led to another, and in December an expedition of county officials and Pyramid management climbed to the top to have a look. Sure enough, there was a metal box welded to a beam 300 feet above the Mississippi River. Someone mounted a ladder and detached it. It was stuck in a vault over the weekend.
When it was opened, there was a wooden box inside the metal box and a black velvet box inside the wooden box. Inside the velvet box was a crystal skull about the size of a man’s fist, with sunken eyes, a sunken nose, and elongated teeth. […] The next day, Isaac Tigrett confirmed that he had placed the skull in The Pyramid as part of a … promotion called “The Egyptian Time Capsule.”
But back to the curse. The most ominous warning was given by Isaac Tigrett following the removal of the crystal skull that he had secretly riveted to the steel superstructure of The Pyramid apex…“You don’t have any idea what you have done,” he said upon being told that the crystal skull had been removed. He added somberly that the cosmic balance of the earth could be disturbed as well.
The Memphis Flyer also cites a number of failed projects and proposals at the pyramid, starting from the official opening. “Things did not go smoothly from jump. Perhaps this negativity was a harbinger of things to come. Rain postponed the festivities of the Big Dig the first night. On opening night, the toilets of the Pyramid overflowed at the Judds’ concert… There was even a fake bomb scare in the Pyramid, pre-911,” the report claims.
A blog also correlates the flooding issue, monetary failures and mounting debt, city & county officials who believe the place was cursed… even deaths. Under a header dubbed “Flush And Flood,” the blog Smart City Memphis writes: “Although arena officials had been referring to opening night as their “baptism by fire,” because of the rushed opening, it was a more traditional baptism – by water. When the packed house stormed the restrooms and flushed the toilets at the same time, it was too much for the city sewer transfer station, which flooded the arena floor with water of varying degrees of sanitation, giving birth to the so-called Pyramid test now conducted in all new arenas.”
Under “Death By Pyramid,” Smart City Memphis reports that “More than once, it was muttered that the building was cursed, particularly after someone fell to his death from the rigging and a gunman holed up in the ground floor.”
So while all of that is wild indeed, is any of it “slanderous”? If so, take issue please with the source of these reports, not Alex’s larger synthesis of case after case of bizarre and cryptic behavior by the elites. Memphis’ Great American Pyramid was just a pit stop on the road back from exposing the elusive Bilderberg group, and the pyramid’s occultic controversies are likewise just another case example among mountains of evidence, whatever one wants to make of it.
Later in the report, selective editing in WMC-TV’s piece even distorts Alex’s attempt to explain how the takeover by the Bass Pro Shop is emblematic of the popularity of hunting, fishing, the 2nd amendment and the ‘good ol’ boy’ Americana mentality.
“You failed! Your devil worship failed! The hillbillies, the country boys can survive, the John Deere hat wins. You lose, we win, your big devil palace is falling down!” said Jones in the video.
Instead, WMC-TV makes Alex’s statement seem like a random non-sequitur before appearing to correct him by pointing out the plans for the Bass Pro Shop– as example of the pyramid’s triumph.
Below is Alex’s original You Tube video, judge for yourself who was misleading or even “slanderous.” Andrew W. Griffin of the Red Dirt Report also gives his analysis here.
Devil Pyramid Rotting in Memphis Alex Jones reports on the failing tourist attraction admittedly set up by occultists John & Isaac Tigrett. Long after the crystal skulls and other sacraments hidden inside were exposed, the ‘cursed’ pyramid is once again revamping, now as a Bass Pro Shop.
Corey Meyer over at the “Blood of our Kindred” blog has never missed an opportunity to belittle those who step up to the plate to defend Southern heritage and it doesn’t matter if they are man, woman, young or old. With that in mind we at Across our Confederation feel it is only fitting to return the favor by bashing Mr. Meyer’s Yankee heritage by announcing our “Caption the Corey” contest. Below is the banner that appears on his blog, use our comment option at the bottom of this post and send in your favorite derogatory caption that is fitting for these blue bellies. The contest will run for one week at which time all the options will be listed on a poll, the winner’s caption will then be posted with the picture on A o C. Okay here’s the pic and let the Yankee bashing begin!-Webmaster