Saturday, July 14, 2007

Illegally Occupy This! Miland Brown's Tips for American Separatists Updated

Last summer, I wrote a post titled Miland Brown's Eight Tips for American Separatists. It was a follow up to The Dominion of British West Florida and Tips for Creating an American Separatist Cause. The latter post was extensively commented on and was featured in four separate Web carnivals.

In the last year, I have ascertained three more steps that any American separatist group ought to use to help advance their nonsense. Knowledge is power in fighting bad history so I have decided to update the list to eleven. Knowing how easy it is to make bogus claims of illegal occupation should make it easier for the historian and your average joe in being able to critically think about and refute these claims.

Of course, if separatists are able to use this list to successfully set up an independent republic of Idaho, I will feel bad but I do not think it is likely to happen...

Here is the new list with the new tips in bold:

Miland Brown's Eleven Tips for American Separatists

I guess if we get creative, every part of the USA is under illegal occupation by the USA. Here is a list of tips for creating your own American separatist cause! (These tips would work for non-American parts of the world too.)

1. Start with the premise that your area is illegally occupied. Working backward in time, accept any evidence which supports your view, ignore or misconstrue any evidence that does not fit it, and then reach the conclusion your area is illegally occupied. Be sure to negate strong evidence which refutes your view by denying the validity of the problematic fact.

2. Look over every treaty, agreement, document, or ruling that impacts the current legal status of the area in question. Go back as many centuries as you need to find the right dirt. Can you find even a single instance where someone forgot to dot an "i" or cross a "t"? Is there any technicality (no matter how minor) that could be highlighted? If so, congratulations! You can now claim that American sovereignty is illegal under American and international law and that all subsequent legislation by the USA is not binding.

3. Has even a single American military member been in your area since the time you can "prove" American ownership of you area is bogus? If so, you can now claim an invasion happened and can throw around the word occupation. It does not matter if shots were fired. The mere presence of American soldiers constitutes an act of war.

4. Did the people of your area actually vote to join the USA? If not, claim the annexation as illegal and undemocratic. If so, did it happen after the "occupation" began? Did people (or their descendants) who were not citizens of your area prior to American "occupation" participate in the vote? If so, dismiss the election and declare it invalid as the "occupiers" rigged the election by voting too.

5. Look at international law passed by the League of Nations or the United Nations after your area was "illegally" annexed by the USA. Using an ex post de facto approach, hold America accountable for violating international laws which were passed long after the area in question was acquired by the USA.

6. Put up a web site bolding stating your "facts." Claim to be the legitimate representative of your nation under occupation. Be sure to put up lots of pages detailing the alleged violations of international law and showing American aggression. Be sure to get your site listed in as many places as possible. Be aggressive in search engine optimization. (Create a blog or two too!)

7. Have a forum at your site. Use it to repeat your claims over and over again and link to any website or news article which in any way could be twisted to support your arguments. Ruthlessly use ad hominem attacks on anyone who posts anything you disagree with. Calling them ignorant of international law and history or even racist should do the trick.

8. Head on over to Wikipedia, learn the ropes, and start inserting your version of history in every article you find! If you are subtle, good at edit wars, and have a lot of patience, you can make a real difference.

9. If you are brave, start up your own national bank and start issuing money and loans. You can also sell passports! When you get busted, use this as evidence of continued American aggression and attempts to silence your movement. Be sure to highlight on your site the "political prisoners" the USA puts in jail. (Go ahead and sell stamps too!)

10. Distance yourself from other separatists groups. Some Hawaiians, Texans, Alaskans, etc. may be claiming occupation but in your case it is real. You may all use the same arguments but there are important differences. Also, deny you are a separatist. Since your area was never legally American, you are not separating or seceding. You are asking to be restored. Further, make clear your area never has been and is not currently legally American.

11. Praise anyone who in anyway agrees with any point you are making. Treat criticism of your arguments as proof that your movement is growing and the your opponents are panicking. Treat the issue of people ignoring you as proof that your opponents fear confronting you because they know you are right. No matter what your opponents do, it proves your point.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier

WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier. This is a blog transcribing the letters of British soldier Harry Lamin from the front lines of World War I. Harry's grandson posts each dispatch exactly 90 years after they were written.

This is a great idea for sharing a personal history online. Others have done this with public domain material with blogs but I think this is the first World War One I have seen.

Harry Hamlin was born 1888 in Awsworth Notts, to Henry and Sarah Lamin. He had an elder sister Catherine (Kate) and and llder brother John (Jack). He was educated at Awsworth Board School, just outside Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England. What happens to Harry? The blog notes, "To find out Harry's fate, follow the blog!" I am interested in what happens to Harry so I guess I am going to have to keep reading this blog.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Tagged by Jennie!

I have been tagged by Jennie Weber of the American Presidents Blog. That means that I have to:

1. Let others know who tagged you.

2. Players start with 8 random facts about themselves.

3. Those who are tagged should post these rules and their 8 random facts.

4. Players should tag 8 other people and notify them they have been tagged.

Here are 8 random facts about myself:

1. Miland Brown is a pseudonym. My identity is known by many in the history blogosphere as I have volunteered it to the coordinators of the various history carnivals I have hosted. Many at the higher education institution I work at know it as well. The clues are there if you want to learn my true identity.

2. I have four academic degrees of which three are at the graduate level.

3. I love American football. I concentrate on watching Division 1A college football but also like to watch the NFL.

4. I also am a big fan of soccer (football) at the international level. I really enjoy watching the American national team repeatedly beat the Mexican national team. Most of my Spanish has been learned from watching Univision. Gooaal!!

5. Not a surprise to regular readers of this blog, I am a critic of bad historical revisionism. Proponents of 9/11 revisionism, Holocaust denial, Roswell Aliens, lunar landing hoaxer claimers, illegal occupation lunatics in Hawaii and Texas, etc. do not fair well here.

6. I am a fan of Ayn Rand. Like her or not, Atlas Shrugged is a thought provoking novel.

7. I feel strongly that if you have a blog, you should allow comments. I agree with deleting spam comments but almost everything else should be published. If you have a blog and do not allow comments, you are indicating to others that you are not interested in academic debate. If you are using a blog to only further search engine optimization or to further your own views OK, but...

8. I like Piers Anthony as an author. The Incarnations of Immortality series dominated my imagination as a teenager. Although not as well written as I remember when I re-read them, I still get a thrill by perusing them.

I tag the following:

The Dougout

Pistols in the Pulpit

Time and Seasons

Gates of Vienna

Ludus Historiae

History Librarian

Tudor History Blog

Coming Anarchy

My apologies to any of the above if they have been previously tagged. Feel free to ignore me if you have.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Two History Carnivals

Due to my recent vacation, I am late on reporting two recent history carnivals.

History Carnival LIV is up at Rebecca Goetz's Historianess. The Military History Blog is now up at Battlefield Biker. The next edition will be here at the American Presidents Blog in mid-August so remember to submit articles there.

Happy reading!

Monday, July 09, 2007

History of the Isle of Man

History of Isle of Man. This is a brief history of the British territory of the Isle of Man. I have to say, I love this flag!

The Encyclopædia Britannica notes, "The Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom but rather is a crown possession (since 1828) that is self-governing in its internal affairs under the supervision of the British Home Office. The Isle of Man is about 30 miles (48 km) long by 10 miles (16 km) wide, its main axis being southwest to northeast. It has an area of 221 square miles (572 square km). The island consists of a central mountain mass culminating in Snaefell (2,036 feet [621 m]) and extending north and south in low-lying agricultural land."

From the site:

Part of the Norwegian Kingdom of the Hebrides until the 13th century when it was ceded to Scotland, the isle came under the British crown in 1765. Current concerns include reviving the almost extinct Manx Gaelic language.

The history of the Isle of Man falls naturally into three periods. In the first of these the island was inhabited by a Celtic people. The next is marked by the Viking invasions and the establishment of Scandinavian rule. The third period is that of the English dominion.

The secular history of the Isle of Man during the Celtic period is an absolute blank, there being no trustworthy record of any event whatever before the incursions of the Northmen, since the exploits attributed to Baetan MacCairill, king of Ulster, at the end of the 6th century, which were formally supposed to have been performed in the Isle of Man, really occurred in the country between the Firths of Clyde and Forth. And it is clear that, even if the supposed conquest of the Menavian islands Man and Angleseyby Edwin of Northumbria, in 616, did take place, it could not have led to any permanent results; for, when the English were driven from the coasts of Cumberland and Lancashire soon afterwards, they could not well have retained their hold on the island to the west of these coasts. During the period of Scandinavian domination there are two main epochs one before the conquest of Man by Godred Crovan in 1079, and the other after it.