Archive for May, 2018


“RT@USUN: Yesterday, Hamas launched 70 rockets into Israel.  Who among us would accept 70 rockets launched into your country?  We all know the answer to that.  No one would.”

“RT@USUN: Yesterday, Hamas launched 70 rockets into Israel.  Who among us would accept 70 rockets launched into your country?  We all know the answer to that.  No one would.”


#BlackLivesMatter says: “No law enforcement officer has the right to kill an unarmed black person just because that law enforcement officer feels threatened by that unarmed black person.”

#MeToo says: “Any woman can have any man arrested for sexual harassment or assault, and charged with sexual harassment or assault, just because she feels threatened by that man.”

Do you see the hypocrisy in this?


“‘They came burning Atlanta today,’ wrote ten-year-old Carrie Berry in her diary.  ‘We all dread it because they say that they will burn the last house before they stop.’

“William Tecumseh Sherman fought long and hard to conquer that city, but now in preparation for his March to the Sea, he determined to leave nothing behind for Confederates to recover.  All railroad property, warehouses, mills, and factories in Atlanta would be leveled.  On Friday morning, November 11, 1864, he ordered engineer Orlando M. Poe to ‘commence the work of destruction at once, but don’t use fire until the last moment.’  Demolition teams had for a week been undermining masonry walls, weakening chimneys, and burying explosive charges.  A battering ram of railroad iron was required to shatter the stone walls of the railroad depot.  That night flames broke out in several parts of the city, destroying more than twenty residences, ‘the works of some of the soldiers,’ according to witness David Conyngham, ‘who expected to get some booty under cover of the fires.’  Atlanta’s fire engines were being loaded aboard freight cars, bound for Chattanooga, but went into action by order of Maj. Gen. Henry W. Slocum.  ‘Though Slocum knew that the city was doomed,’ continued Conyngham, ‘according to his just notions of things it should be done officially.  No officer or soldier had a right to fire it without orders.’

“Those orders came three days later, as the Federal army marched out of the city.  ‘All is solemnly desolate,’ noted Ohio captain George W. Pepper, commenting on the damage done to Atlanta by Federal shelling three months earlier.  ‘Clouds of smoke, as we passed through, were bursting from several princely mansions.  Every house of importance was burned on Whitehall street.’ Other buildings, public and private, were consumed.  ‘This is the penalty of rebellion,’ concluded Pepper.

“‘I rode through the city while the fire was at its height,’ said artillery officer Thomas Osborn.  ‘All the storehouses, manufactories, railroad buildings and such large blocks as might readily be converted into storehouses were burned.’ Though Osborn saw no residences deliberately fired, he conceded that advancing flames claimed nearby homes and ‘the center of the city was pretty thoroughly burned out.’

“That night an army band played ‘John Brown’s Body’ as the troops continued their trek south.  Col. Adin Underwood of Massachusetts was awestruck by the scene.  ‘No darkness—in place of it a great glare of light from acres of burning buildings.  This strange light, and the roaring of the flames that licked up everything habitable, the intermittent explosions of powder, stored ammo, and projectiles, streams of fire that shot up here and there from heaps of cotton bales and oil factories, the crash of falling buildings, and the change, as if by a turn of the kaleidoscope, of strong walls and proud structures into heaps of desolation; all this made a dreadful picture of the havoc of war, and of its unrelenting horrors.’

“By seven o’clock the next morning Sherman’s engineers estimated that 37 percent of the city had already burned, and the fire continued to spread.  Several churches escaped, though most did not.  Atlanta’s first house of worship built for blacks, on Jenkins Street, went up in flames.  The Medical College was spared when Dr. Peter D’Alvigny confronted soldiers igniting straw and broken furniture they had piled in the entrance hall.  The doctor shouted that sick and wounded soldiers were still inside, throwing open the door to prove it.

“On the evening of that second day Maj. Ward Nichols of Sherman’s staff described what he saw: ‘The heaven is one expanse of lurid fire; the air is filled with flying, burning cinders; buildings covering two hundred acres are in ruins or in flames; every instant there is the sharp detonation or the smothered booming sound of exploding shells and powder concealed in the buildings, and then the sparks and flame shoot away up into the black red roof, scattering cinders far and wide.’

“An Ohio infantryman witnessed ‘an ocean of fire’ sweeping over Atlanta, ‘leaving nothing but the smoldering ruins of this once beautiful city.’

“As darkness fell on the fire’s second day, James Patten, surgeon with the Federal army, paused on a rural road south of the city.  ‘We could see Atlanta burning,’ wrote the doctor.  ‘I looked at my watch and could see the time very plainly at a distance of ten miles.’

“The Daily Intelligencer later made a detailed street-by-street report on the results of the fire, concluding that two-thirds of Atlanta lay in ashes, with much of the rest damaged by Sherman’s earlier shelling.  ‘The stillness of the grave for weeks reigned over this once bustling, noisy city.’

“Major Nichols was told that the holocaust devoured no fewer than five thousand buildings before burning itself out.  ‘General Sherman is kind of careless with fire,’ observed the major.”

Walter Brian Cisco

Chapter 19: The Burning of Atlanta




Mr. Johnson:

I listened to much of your program on desegregating the schools—until you urged that privileged, Generation-Y brat to compare her situation today with any of the situations those brave, once-young women of the 1950s and 1960s faced.

Mr. Johnson, why did you even bother asking that Generation-Y snowflake if things were any better now—did you really expect that mindless smartphone-addict to tell you the truth?

She had no respect for her elders or ancestors—none of these Generation-Y and Generation-Z brats have any respect for their elders or ancestors.

And Mr. Johnson, you show no respect for your elders or ancestors either, in allowing Generation-Y brats, who have never truly suffered a day in their privileged lives, to even dare compare their lives with those of their elders and ancestors, who have.  You should not host those Generation-Y and Generation-Z brats at all—they are as mindless, godless, and inhuman as the mindless, godless, and inhuman smartphones to which they are addicted.

Scott Mayo

Pensacola, Florida


I do not expect you to agree with everything I say.

That should not surprise you.

Occasionally, when I ask someone if he or she has visited my blog, he or she will make it very clear that he or she does not agree with everything I say on my blog.

There would be something wrong with you if you agreed with everything I ever said.

This mindless Digital-Age technology—particularly social media—is perpetuating a myth that everyone is supposed to agree with everyone else.

That has never been the case.

Understand—I do not expect you to agree with everything I say.

I only hope that you will consider everything I say.

Americans have got to put their disagreements aside, and agree to save their country from its self-destruction.

For that matter, human beings have got to put their disagreements aside, and agree to save their world from its self-destruction. 

Our country is doomed unless we unite in a common purpose—now.

Our world is doomed unless we unite in a common purpose—now. 


It was feared that Bewitched would be rejected in the South because of the positive depiction of witchcraft on the show.

It wasn’t.

It was feared that Mr. Spock would be rejected in the South because he so resembled the Devil.

He wasn’t.

It was feared that the Star Trek episode, Plato’s Stepchildren, would be rejected in the South because of the interracial kiss between William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols.

It wasn’t.

In 1985, a lovely, young lady from Beverly Hills expressed to me her fear of attending Samford University in Birmingham because she had heard that in Alabama they hanged people, and ran over people with their cars.

They didn’t.

In 1987, a hairstylist in Houston asked me how we dealt with the Klan in Alabama—since the Klan supposedly ran everything there.

We didn’t know anybody in the Klan.

It is commonly believed, all over the United States, that Southern Americans are the most ignorant Americans.

Yet it seems that Americans outside the South are more ignorant about the Southern United States than any other region of the United States.



Why does President Donald Trump continuously undermine his own presidency by choosing mindless, neocon snowflakes like John Bolton and Nimrata Randhawa Haley for positions in his cabinet—and refusing to remove them from his cabinet, no matter how frequently and seriously they undermine his presidency?

If you’re a Trump supporter, why don’t you ask him?


The protesting by University of Houston students against Nimrata Randhawa Haley was not a “rant.”

It was the free exercise of their First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceable assembly and petition.

I understand that Nimrata Randhawa Haley is very popular in India, simply because her parents are Indian Americans.

Is that all?

Do you Indians care about anything other than national, cultural, ethnic, or caste identity?

You need to be careful whom you support—supporting someone as evil as Nimrata Randhawa Haley can bring forth some very bad karma for you.

Yours sincerely,

Scott Wesley Mayo


“On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, the University of Houston is hosting a student session with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at the Cullen Performance Hall from 4:00pm to 5:30pm.  Nikki Haley’s spiteful actions before and during her time as ambassador to the United Nations demonstrate her blatant discrimination against Palestinians and blind eye to injustices around the world.  Nikki Haley has worked relentlessly to block the UN Human Rights investigation into Israel’s murderous crimes in Gaza, which resulted in 109 dead and thousands more injured, including children, women and the disabled. [1]  Continuing to falsely justify the massacres, Haley claimed that Israel showed ‘restraint’ on the bloodiest day for Palestinians since the 2014 assault on Gaza. [2]  On Tuesday, May 15th, Haley walked out of the UN Security Council meeting when a Palestinian envoy arrived to speak on the murders Israel has committed against peaceful protesters taking part in the Great March of Return, a protest signifying the right of return for all Palestinians exiled from their homes in 1948. [3]

“Nikki Haley’s longtime commitment to silencing the voices of those who have spoken out against Israel’s atrocious acts against Palestinians traces back to her tenure as state governor of South Carolina.  Haley spearheaded the unconstitutional anti-BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions), movement making South Carolina the second state in the nation to sign into law a bill that prevents businesses from engaging in their first amendment right to boycott. [4]  These anti-boycott laws have been enacted in 24 states,[5] all sharing the common goal of prohibiting people from participating in boycotts protesting Israeli government policies. [6] 

“As we mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, which dispossessed 750,000 Palestinians with the creation of Israel and set off decades of ongoing displacement, ethnic cleansing, and settler colonialism, Israel continues to perpetrate acts of genocide in Gaza.  The two million Palestinians living in Gaza, most of whom are displaced from other parts of Palestine, exist in the world’s largest open-air prison.  Through its military occupation and decade-long blockade, Israel has left Gaza with over 95% of its water undrinkable and only 4 hours of electricity a day. [7]  The United Nations has deemed Gaza unlivable by the year 2020 due to these worsening conditions. [8]  We recognize the need for Palestinian resistance in a situation that is no less than a question of life or death.

“Nikki Haley embodies the racism inherent in the US’s anti-Palestinian position.  Her decisions, actions, and dehumanization of Palestinian lives show her complicity in the genocide of a native people fighting for liberation.  In inviting Nikki Haley to its campus, the University of Houston demonstrates how little it cares about the safety and concerns of its students, including the large community of Palestinians that attend and contribute to UH’s diversity.

“We, the undersigned student organizations and faculty, declare unequivocally that hatred in all its forms is not welcome at our University and that no matter when injustice rears its ugly head, those of us on the correct side of history will confront it.  We call on the University to signal to its students and the broader community that it is committed to its principles of diversity and inclusion by condemning the presence of Nikki Haley on our campus in light of her recent actions.  No matter how blurred the values of our country become, the University must stay true to its values and speak out against all forms of injustice, hatred, and bigotry.”











Students for Justice in Palestine

Students for a Democratic Society

CoogSlam, Poetry Community and Slam Team

Muslim Student Association

Youth Empowerment Alliance

Refugee Advancement through Humanitarian Aid

Palestinian Youth Movement Houston

Palestine Solidarity Committee, Austin, TX

Dallas Palestine Coalition

Students of East Africa

Ahlul Bayt Student Organization

National Lawyers Guild Student Chapter of UHLC

Students for Justice in Palestine at UT San Antonio


In response to Ken Paxton’s editorial of May 24, 2018, our First Amendment right to freedom of speech protects his rabid Zionism—and our First Amendment right to freedom of speech protects my condemnation of his rabid Zionism.

Since Mr. Paxton is so fond of the Zionist State of Israel, he can take his hatred there—and leave us real Americans alone.

Scott Wesley Mayo

Pensacola, Florida, resident

Mobile, Alabama, native

Proud descendant of Confederate veterans and U.S. veterans alike

Proud opponent of the Zionist State of Israel, and our government’s support of it—with our tax dollars, but without our consent