GDG- Chilli in DC

ATMackeyJr at ATMackeyJr at
Wed Jan 4 21:40:37 CST 2012

You're very kind, sir, but I'm neither a "senior member" nor an  "expert."  
I'm a student of the war and the time period, like everyone  else.
Best Regards,
Al Mackey
In a message dated 1/4/2012 1:59:53 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
joadx1 at writes:

Esteemed  GDG Member Contributes:
While intended as a light-hearted reply to a  light-hearted attempt to 
lower the temperature on this conversation, this  message is indicative of a 
certain subtext in your posts to this group.   Since you may actually not be 
aware of that subtext, I'll give you some  hints.

First, in this message you write "Damn that Bill Cosby," while  insisting 
that "You can't beat Patsy Cline and Willie  Nelson when chili  grease is 
dribbling down your chin."

Now, the former phrase is intended  jocularly and literally, but taken in a 
larger context it sends a message that  you may not intend.  Here is that 

1.  You insist  upon misspelling Abraham Lincoln's name, even though Ms. 
Margaret Blough (who  is not only a senior member and director of this 
discussion group but is also  about as good an expert as there is on the 
Constitutional history relevant to  the Civil War) has asked you, politely, twice, to 
stop doing that because it  is disrespectful.  It is disrespectful.  Why do 
you continue doing  that?

2. You attribute language and motivations to Abraham Lincoln that  other 
senior members and experts on this site (like Mr. Al Mackey) have  
definitively refuted.

3.  You insist that you personally know what  is most "important" about 
Arlington Cemetery.  That insistence is  consistently voiced as a protest of 
what you call the disproportionate  attention to black Americans by the NPS.  
As a number of thoughtful and  well-informed messages to this list have 
explained, given over a century of  not only ignoring the slave-related part of 
the American story but also of  persecuting the freed slaves and their 
descendants, the NPS, at the behest of  the elected leaders of this country, has 
been trying to redress the  balance.  Your protest of this is part of a 

Within such a  context your Bill Cosby/Patsy Cline-Willie Nelson quips 
assume a certain  resonance, a resonance that is clearly apparent to a number of 
the  contributors to this discussion.

To:  gettysburg <gettysburg at>
Sent: Wed, Jan 4, 2012 10:33  am
Subject: Re: GDG- Chilli in DC

Esteemed GDG Member  Contributes:

Ha ha!

You like Ben's?

I think it  is lousy and excessively over-rated.  It is  more of a 
than real chili.

I'd go to Ben's for a chili half-smoke  tho.

I don't understand the attention Ben's gets.  Damn that   Bill Cosby!

What about the Hard Times Cafe?   That's pretty  damn  good.  The Terlingua 
any time.  I'll eat the veggie  too.  Last  time I was there some guy came 
and bot up a whole  mess of corn bread.   All their juke boxes are good.  
You  can't beat Patsy Cline and Willie  Nelson when chili grease is 
down your chin.

Any time-  we'll go find John Grim  too.

;-)  !!!
Your  Most Obedient  Servant,

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