1 - Medron - First Communion - Two thousand years ago, a Jewish preacher named Jesus celebrated the Passover with the disciples he had taught for three years. They were his friends. His closest confidants. Brothers and sisters who had followed him all over Israel. He washed their feet, as a servant would for a master. He said that one of them would betray him. That even the fiercest of them would deny him in the following days. He told them to break bread and drink wine in remembrance of him and his covenant with them. Two thousand years later, that Communion is still observed all over the world. Every month, every week, someone is breaking bread (or some bread-like substance) and drinking wine (or juice or something akin to it) in remembrance of Jesus and the New Covenant he established with us.
2 - Medron - Black Friday - Two thousand years ago, the leaders of Jerusalem arrested Jesus for numerous and sundry crimes against the people, the priests, and their God. They sent him to the Romans for justice and demanded that they crucify him. They filled the crowds with people paid to call for his head, and they watched the Romans whip him up and down the streets. They watched as he carried the cross he was to be executed on until even his toned, carpenter’s body was no longer able to carry it, and another was dragged from the crowd to take it the rest of the way to Golgotha. There they hammered stakes through his wrists and feet to pin him to the cross. There they lifted the cross and dropped it into a hole with him hanging from it. There they pierced his side with a spear. The ground quaked and day turned to night for three hours. It was the day that Jesus died.
3 - Medron - Crucify Him - Two thousand years ago, Jesus went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. He traveled to the Temple where a market reigned in the middle of the temple, selling offerings to Jews who came from far and wide. Jesus called them thieves, grabbed a whip, and drove them from the temple. He called the priests that supported this corrupt and faithless. This they could not forgive. This dirty carpenter from nowhere had dared to come into their city and called them corrupt. Liars. Morally bankrupt. They could not allow that to stand. They wanted to crucify him. Literally. And then they had the Romans place guards at the tomb to keep his disciples from pulling any mischief with the body. They did not want an empty tomb for stories to be made of. They wanted the name of Jesus stricken from history and his followers forever shunned and ruined. They did not get what they wanted.
4 - Medron - Easter Sunday - Today is Easter Sunday, the day we celebrate that Jesus came to us. We celebrate is life. We celebrate his death. And we celebrate that his tomb became empty. We celebrate that he rose again. And that in the end is the whole point of Easter. Seyla.
5 - Medron - Will the Real Jim Crow Please Stand Up - There appears to be some confusion in our political process when it comes to the Jim Crow laws. So will the real Jim Crow please stand up? See, there were laws passed in some areas that encoded the idea that society had to be separated through the use of racial segregation. No mixed race schools or public buildings, black and white public water fountains, and of course black men could not sit down at a lunch counter in a white neighborhood and order a burger. And poll taxes and literacy tests were used to stop black people from voting. They were most common in the old Democrat South, until fifty or so years ago, when the Civil Rights Movement marched in peaceful protest against them on national TV. By the time I grew up, some twenty years later, they had been all but forgotten, remembered only as an evil that should never be repeated. That is the real Jim Crow. Never Forget it.
6 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - The Commonwealth of Virginia fell into chaos during the Second Great Depression, along with many national governments all over the globe. Their collapse was worse than many in that it revealed a long standing civil war between the eastern and western counties that had gone very cold over the last several decades. The eastern counties and the capital city had effectively become an expansion region of Washington D.C. and fully adopted Washington politics as their own. The western counties hated Washington politics with a cold fury, and the other counties fervently wished the two extremes could just get along and stop antagonizing the other. The arrest of the former Vice President was not a bridge too far for them, but it was one of many paving stones towards it that the eastern counties gleefully placed and polished to a gleaming hue.
7 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - The Commonwealth of Virginia did not lose all federal funding as most American States did during the Second Great Depression. They were Washington D.C.’s closest neighbor, and many who worked in Washington lived in Virginia. So they continued to receive some funding, even if it was greatly reduced. They still had to make many painful spending cuts though, and most of them happened in the western or central counties. Virginia focused the vast majority of their remaining budget on the eastern counties, and used that to maintain services and order in those regions. Their primary interaction with the western counties was through law enforcement convoys sent into “enemy territory” to arrest political foes. Once again, this was not enough to truly break Virginia, but they further polished the paving stones of fate towards that once-unlikely outcome.
8 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - Most people did not know it at the time, but the Commonwealth of Virginia as it had existed died the day the Lexington Gazette printed the front page article “Where is Ruby Freemon?” She was not a native of Lexington, but her husband was, and he was one of their favorite doctors. The fact that he had been elected Vice President was a matter of pride. His arrest by the new President angered them. The disappearance of Ruby enraged them. The Gazette’s total suppression on nearly all public networks turned that into a cold hatred. They shifted to old style paper and private virtual networks to get the word out, and they soon became the newspaper of record when it came to any news about Ruby. Their broadsheets spread far and wide all over America via hidden distribution channels. Everybody knew their name and their message, even if few dared to repeat their words in public.
9 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - The Commonwealth of Virginia changed forever when the eastern counties helped Washington D.C. arrest the former Vice President and his family. The change could not be reversed after the former Second Lady disappeared and the Lexington Gazette fought all attempts to silence it to get the word out. Lexington, Virginia was soon the center of public protests against those actions. And it was in Lexington that the smoldering conflict between east and west exploded into a conflict none of them could take back. The Federal and Commonwealth governments sent law enforcement officers with orders to silence the protests. They used jammers to cut off network access, and then moved in to arrest the protesters. The protesters did not cooperate, and one of the Feds used lethal force to subdue an elderly couple. The other protesters did not take well to that.
10 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - The Lexington Day Massacre is what modern citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia call the day that everything changed. It was not the day they won. They lost, in fact, depending on how you measure victories and losses. It was the day Lexington, Virginia began to fight back with the only currency that tyrants understand. The Fed that killed two elderly protesters sparked a gunfight between the Feds and Rooftop Virginians that claimed the lives of fifteen Federal and Commonwealth officers, twenty-nine citizens of Lexington, and the police chief and half his department. The Feds eventually evacuated the city, though only after they set fire to the majority of the downtown buildings, destroyed the local police and fire stations, and arrested the mayor and his family for taking part in the protest. It was the wrong move for them to make.
11 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - The Federal and Commonwealth law enforcement officers left Lexington, Virginia in flames behind them, and began their long trek back out of the Shenandoah Valley with the mayor and his family in custody. Unfortunately for them, footage of the Lexington Day Massacre had leaked out through the jamming, and the other Virginians out there were not happy with them. What followed was fifty miles of pure hell. Random car wrecks and tree-falls slowed them, and hillbilly hunters took potshots from what seemed like every tree and hill. Sometimes far more powerful sniper rifles would blow clear through their armored vehicles, and anything that happened to be in the path of fire inside. A relief column from Richmond linked up with the dispirited and bleeding convoy, but the random sniper fire continued. Then the Virginia Defense Force arrived to clarify the situation.
12 - Medron - Dairycon - This weekend, I went to the first convention I’ve been to since the government lockdowns blew civilization up and flushed it right down the toilet. I didn’t go last fall, because I didn’t want to bring anything back home to mom. She has her vaccine now, so I felt a lot safer going out of town and back. So I got to get together with three hundred of my closest friends that I haven’t seen in a couple years. Where we got together to celebrate Transformers. The toys. Not the big power thingies. We play games (though not as many this year as those that came before), we buy and sell toys, and we talk with each other. It’s a fun time had by all. I’m glad I went. And maybe, if you like Transformers, I’ll meet you there next year.
13 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - The Virginia Defense Force detachment in Lynchburg had been watching the situation in Lexington go wildly out of control all day, but Richmond ordered them to remain in place. They were the closest VDF detachment, and they mobilized despite those orders when the killing started. The VDF linked up with Lexington’s surviving police department and moved to intercept the Federal and Commonwealth convoy holding the mayor. They caught the convoy in the Rockfish Gap, shortly after the relief column out of Richmond made rendezvous. The Lexington police demanded the release of their mayor, and when the Feds refused, the VDF moved to execute the mayor’s release. The Feds opened fire, the Commonwealth officers joined in, and the Virginia Defense Force returned fire. The long and bloody engagement stretched long into the night.
14 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - The firefight in the Rockfish Gap escalated as midnight approached. More law enforcement and military forces swarmed in from all directions, some seeking to support the Feds, and others seeking the Lexington mayor’s release. Individual Virginians joined in as well, and the conflict spread far out of any control the Commonwealth of Virginia could place on it. The Feds moved to smuggle the mayor of Lexington, and his family, out of the growing firefight and into nearby Afton, but they ran into a disorganized force of mountain volunteers. With the volunteers blocking their path, and the Lexington police and Virginia Defense Force closing in from behind, the Feds called in an air strike to blow a hole for them. That turned out to be another of many bad decisions that day.
15 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - Richmond ordered the Virginia Air National Guard to perform an air strike on the escalating conflict in the Rockfish Gap. That turned out to be a Bad Idea. With capital letters. Some pilots followed the orders. Some could not in good conscience. And some fought to counter the orders. The Virginia Air National Guard exploded in the sky over the Rockfish Gap, and wreckage, bombs, and gunfire rained down towards the fighting below. Those seeking to stop the attacks controlled the air when it was all over, and they ignored all orders from Richmond to stand down. Someone else might seek to follow those orders, after all.
16 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - The trapped Federal law enforcement officers called on the United States Air Force to open a path for them to escape with their prisoners. The Air Force swept in before daybreak, and the Virginian fighters met them in the skies over the Rockfish Gap. Missiles and gunfire lit the night for a few minutes, but the Virginians were heavily outnumbered and the Air Force quickly took control of Rockfish Gap airspace. Air strikes soon dispersed the Virginians blocking the Federal officers’ escape route, allowing them to flee the fighting with the mayor of Lexington and his family in their custody. Live and nearly-live footage of the fighting preceded them, which did not improve matters for them.
17 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - The United States Air Force shooting down Virginian fighters enflamed the fighting in and around the Rockfish Gap. Their air strikes against other Virginians did far more. The Virginia Air National Guard that had remained neutral until that point quickly launched with orders to clear the skies of Virginia’s enemies. Those were not Richmond’s orders, but fewer and fewer Virginians outside the eastern counties still listened to Richmond. The aerial combat proved swift, deadly, and decisive, and Virginians quickly took control of Virginia airspace again. It was a sobering moment for everyone involved in the fighting in the Rockfish Gap.
18 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - Fighting in the Rockfish Gap came to a momentary end after the air battle concluded. Ruined aircraft raining down all over the landscape was a sobering moment for all involved. The Federal law enforcement officers had left the Commonwealth officers to slow down their western brethren alone. That was more than the Richmond-aligned Virginians wanted to do, and they quickly negotiated a withdrawal from the gap. The Virginia Defense Force and the Lexington Police accepted that withdrawal and continued their pursuit of the Federal officers holding Lexington’s mayor and his family. They caught the Feds less than ten miles outside the gap, and this time there was no one in range to support them. The fight was quick, bloody, and decisive.
19 - Medron - The Vaccine - For a number of reasons, I chose to get the vaccine for the Big C. I’m an essential worker, my mom has many co-morbidities, and I’m asthmatic. So I really do not want to get the Big C. I scheduled an appointment to get it a couple Wednesdays ago, and the day I showed up they were stocked up on the J&J vaccine. Yes, the one-shot vaccine that is now on hold because six people got blood clots after taking it. I was one of the 40% who got side effects. In fact, I got ALL of the side effects. On Wednesday night, while at work. And I got one of the really bad ones as well. I went short of breath. Of course, I am asthmatic, so I’m used to being short of breath. And now I have an inhaler for that, so a couple hits later, I was breathing normally again. And after a couple hours of total side effect time, I was back online and fully operational. So I’m vaccinated and alive. Woohoo.
20 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - The mayor of Lexington took a bullet during the final firefight to rescue him and his family from the Federal law enforcement officers that had taken them from Lexington, Virginia. The Virginia Defense Force secured them and the surviving Lexington police department tended to the many wounds the mayor and his family suffered during the long ordeal. And when the mayor conducted his press conference an hour later, their injuries were visible for all to see. They were mostly scratches and bumps and bruises, but the mayor’s arm hung in a sling, and the bullet hole and bloodstains in his suit told that tale without words. His words were simple. The Federal government had burned his city, killed his people, and kidnapped his family because they had dared to protest against government abuses. He said that the time for protest was over. It was time to stand up to their abusers.
21 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - The mayor of Lexington, Virginia’s call to stand against government abuses earned him permanent bans on many networks throughout America and beyond. But the Virginia Defense Force escorted him back to the ruins of downtown Lexington and secured the town from further attacks. Most of the other towns and counties in the Shenandoah Valley declared their allegiance with Lexington by the end of the day. By the next day, most of western Virginia had rallied to the mayor’s call. By the end of the week, so had most of central Virginia. The majority of the Virginia Defense Force and Virginia National Guard also answered the call. The message was clear. Over half of Virginia now stood against Richmond, and only force would bring them to heel.
22 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - The Commonwealth of Virginia military largely left Richmond and the eastern counties after Commonwealth and Federal law enforcement officers burned downtown Lexington to the ground and kidnapped the mayor and his family. It was not an entirely bloodless affair. Most of the higher ranks were loyal to Richmond, while most of the enlisted soldiers were loyal to the rest of Virginia. The torching of Lexington was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. Firefights raged all over eastern and central Virginia for over a week, sometimes touched off by a unit moving without orders. Sometimes loyalty tests conducted by Commonwealth officials touched off the fighting when soldiers refused to be arrested for being insufficiently loyal to Richmond. Those units that made it to the west were rarely complete.
23 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - The majority of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s military self-destructed and left its ruins all over eastern Virginia in a few days. A mix of Commonwealth troops loyal to Richmond and Federal special forces attacked troops that showed signs of declaring their support for Lexington, and the casualties in both men and material proved devastating to all sides. The National Guard forces were particularly savaged, and perhaps a quarter of those stationed in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s eastern counties survived the fratricidal conflict. Many of them streamed into the western counties without weapons or vehicles to their name. The Richmond loyalists suffered similar casualty rates, and there were fewer of them to begin with. The Virginia Defense Force represented Virginia’s primary surviving fighting force in the end, and nearly all of them had declared for Lexington.
24 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - The Virginia Defense Force is one of the very few regiments in America with a battle history going back to before the United States was even formed. What is often simply called the Virginia Regiment has served in nearly every major conflict since the French and Indian War. Or elements of it have, at least. It usually represented a final reserve of fighting potential, or a cadre of volunteers ready for more important duties, but by the beginning of the Second Great Depression, it served primarily in non-combat roles to support civil order. It was a glorified civil service agency with delusions of a grand history. That is what most people thought. It may have even been true. But the Virginia Regiment lived up to its name when it helped the Lexington police department rescue their captured mayor from Federal custody. And when they swore to rescue Virginia from Richmond’s tyranny.
25 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - There were many side effects to the Federal and Commonwealth of Virginia law enforcement’s actions in Lexington. The burning of downtown. The arrest, transport, and eventual rescue of Lexington’s mayor. The negotiated withdrawal of Commonwealth officers after the Feds fled the field of battle with their mayor and his family. The officers felt like they had been left high and dry to fight their fellow officers from Lexington while the Feds ran for safety. That caused many of them to question certain talking points from Richmond and Washington. They did not voice their questions though. Questions were dangerous in those times. But they made preparations. They called in favors. They may have even swapped duty assignments. It was a sad day when former Vice President Freemon and his children disappeared from Federal custody. A sad day they had nothing at all to do with, of course.
26 - Medron - Movie Award Show So I hear there was some big movie awards show last night. With a bunch of movies nominated that I’ve never heard of, and certainly never saw showing in a theatre.
What theatres were open this year at least.
So I need to ask you all, if any of you know anything about the relevant material, do these movies measure up to Debbie Does Dallas?
I’m not expecting to be blown away by these movies you understand, but I’m hoping they at least rise up to that standard.
Or that they at least not suck too bad.
So, does anybody know how they score on the Debbie Does Dallas scale?
27 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - Former Vice President Freemon and his children reappeared in Lexington, Virginia mere hours after their disappearance from Federal custody. Their feed went live on every network that would carry them, and inventive hackers pushed the signal to many networks that refused the feed. The elder Freemon could barely stand, and both he and his children wore clothing that revealed the obvious signs of long-term, systematic torture. His address to all the nation that would listen was simple. He recanted his admission of partaking in sedition, and every single named coconspirator, stating they were the result of torture. He said that he did not believe his wife was alive. He charged the government with killing her and demanded justice. He ended with a smile of broken teeth and a simple statement. “Sic semper tyrannis.” The Commonwealth of Virginia motto. “Thus always to Tyrants.”
28 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - The Federal government and Richmond reacted quickly when former Vice President Freemon appeared in Lexington, Virginia. They dispatched a far larger law enforcement and military force to deal with the man once and for all. The orders technically stated that they wanted him dead or alive, but were weighted in such a way that anyone with more brain power than the average network mouthpiece knew that this time they wanted him dead and only dead. This was too much for the soldiers of Fort Lee, who quickly announced their intention to stop any attempt to kill the former Vice President. It should be noted that Fort Lee had been renamed in previous decades in honor of a more politically correct individual than the former Virginia general. That made using the name Fort Lee another very interesting message, one that anyone smarter than the average network mouthpiece also noticed.
29 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - The Federal government did not react well to Fort Lee’s public announcement that they stood ready to stop any and all attempts to kill former Vice President Freemon and his remaining family. First they denied that any kill-orders existed. Then they ordered other military commands to kill every last soldier of the Fort Lee garrison for their mutiny against their rightful chain of command. The remaining military still under their command did not react well to those orders either. The First Fighter Wing in Langley not only refused to follow them, but then started flying active cover for both Lexington and Fort Lee. Those military and law enforcement units that followed orders quickly found themselves outgunned by those willing to block said orders. Some stepped back from the brink. Some did not.
30 - Charles - The Confederation of Dixie - Norfolk tried to stay out of the fighting between the Federal government, Richmond, and the rest of Virginia. It tried very hard to not get involved. But the Feds and Richmond were having too many problems keeping enough of a fighting force loyal to them to push through to Lexington and remove the former Vice President from their list of problems. So of course they ordered the Navy to go in to kill Freemon and burn the rest of Lexington to the ground. They assumed the Navy fliers would succeed where the Air Force had failed them. They were wrong. Naval Station Norfolk had no intention of sending their helicopters and fighters out with orders to shoot their fellow Americans. The base commander had in fact gone through channels to inform her superiors of that fact. So when the politicians called her bluff, she revealed that she was not bluffing.