Archive | March 2014

Please give Tolley’s Topics your opinion…..

As the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 drags into its third week, what is your personal opinion of the event and all issues surrounding the search?


It has been botched from the beginning. Transponders should not be able to be turned off. Boeing should provide the location satellite plan on all planes in their sale price. It gives location, speed, fuel usage, engine performance, and location, location, location, just like a realtor.




This Disgusting Face……gives me nightmares!


Medicare Part X

“NEW SENIOR PROGRAM…New Medicare Program.

You’re a sick senior citizen and the government says there is no nursing home available for you. So what do you do?
Our plan gives anyone 65 years or older a gun and 4 bullets. You are allowed to shoot four Politicians.

Of course, this means you will be sent to prison where you will get three meals a day, a roof over your head, central heating, air conditioning and all the health care you need! Need new teeth? No problem. Need glasses? That’s great. Need a new hip, knees, kidney, lungs or heart? They’re all covered.  As an added bonus, your kids can come and visit you as often as they do now.

And who will be paying for all of this? It’s the same government that just told you that you they cannot afford for you to go into a home.  And you can get rid of 4 useless politicians while you are at it.

Plus, and because you are a prisoner, you don’t have to pay any income taxes anymore.  Is this a great country or what?”

A Southern Saint Patrick’s Day Remembrance

You don’t have to be Irish to wear the green on Saint Patrick’s Day!

He was nicknamed “Stonewall Jackson of the West” during America’s War Between the States.

Monday March 17, 2014 is Saint Patrick’s Day and it’s also the 187th birthday of one of Ireland’s sons Patrick Ronayne Cleburne.

Confederate Park in Ringgold, Georgia

A statue of Cleburne was unveiled in the year of our Lord 2009 at Confederate Park in Ringgold, Georgia and a life-size bronze statue of General Patrick R. Cleburne was unveiled in 2012 at the Helena Museum of Phillips County, Arkansas. The Patrick R. Cleburne Confederate cemetery in Jonesboro, Georgia is also named for him.

There has been much written about the 150,000 Irishmen who fought for the Union during the War Between the States “1861-1865” but did you know there were 30,000 equally brave Irishmen who fought for the Confederacy? It is written that by population a comparable number of Irishmen fought for the Confederacy as did those who supported the Union.

The 8th Alabama Irish Brigade made their mark in history fighting for the Confederacy and is remembered for their Erin Go Braugh! flag with a field of green with Faugh A Ballagh on bottom that is Irish for “clear the way.”

Among the Union Armies fighting Irish was the 69th New York but….

Did you know the Confederacy’s units included the 10th Louisiana and the 10th Tennessee Infantry which were formed at Fort Henry in 1861 and defended Fort Donelson before becoming part of the Army of Tennessee?

General Patrick Ronayne Cleburne

Patrick Ronayne Cleburne was born on March 17, 1828, in Ovens, County Cork, Ireland. He was an Anglo-Irish soldier who served in the 41st Regiment of Foot of the British Army. He is however best known for his service to the Confederates States of America.

He was only eighteen months old when his Mother died and only fifteen when his Father passed away. He tried to follow in his Father’s footsteps, Dr. Joseph Cleburne, in the field of medicine but failed his entrance exam to Trinity College of Medicine in 1848. He immigrated to America three years later with two brothers and a sister and made his home in Helena, Arkansas.

In 1860 Cleburne became a naturalized citizen, lawyer and was popular with the residents.

He sided with the Confederacy at the outbreak of the War Between the States and progressed from the rank of private of the local militia to major general.

Cleburne, like many Southerners, did not support the institution of slavery but chose to serve his adopted country out of love for the Southern people and their quest for independence. In 1864, he advocated the emancipation of Black men to serve in the Confederate Armed Forces.

Cleburne participated in the Battles of Shiloh, Richmond, Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Ringgold Gap and Franklin. He was killed at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee on November 30, 1864 while charging the enemy lines with his sword held high.

Yankee troops were quoted as dreading to see the blue flag of Cleburne’s Division on the battlefield. General Robert E. Lee referred to him as “a meteor shining in the clouded sky”.

William J. Hardee, Cleburne’s former corps commander, had this to say when he learned of his loss: “Where this division defended, no odds broke its line; where it attacked, no numbers resisted its onslaught, save only once; and there is the grave of Cleburne.”

Gen. Cleburne was engaged to Susan Tarleton of Mobile, Alabama. Cleburne is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery in Helena, Arkansas.

A good book “A Meteor Shining Brightly” Essays on Maj. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne” –edited by Mauriel Phillips Joslyn, is a good source of information about Cleburne.

April is Confederate History and Heritage Month. Read more on face book at:

By: Calvin E. Johnson, Jr., Speaker, Writer of short stories, Author of book “When America stood for God, Family and Country” and Chairman of the National and Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Confederate History and Heritage Month committee.

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