Andrew Putter: Native Work (Capetown, South Africa)
This new installation comprises 21 black-and-white photographs of contemporary black Capetonians….
William T. Sherman And The American Term “Bum”- WAR SLANG
The term “bummers” refers to General Sherman’s foragers during the March To The Sea and the Carolinas Campaign and is possibly deriving from the German Bummler, meaning “idler” or “wastrel.” Many soldiers, who believed it struck terror in the hearts of Southern people, embraced the name.Bummer. (1) A deserter. See also hospi- tal bummer. (2) An individual more in- terested in the spoils of war than in good conduct; a predatory soldier. (3) A ge- neric name for the destructive horde of deserters, stragglers, runaway slaves, and marauders who helped make life miser- able in the war-torn South. Bummers robbed, pillaged, and burned along with General Sherman and his army in Geor- gia. These men were known far and wide as Sherman's bummers. The term was not shortened to "bum" until after the war (c. 1870). It is almost certainly a mod- ification of the German Bummler ("loafer").
On the road from Atlanta to the sea and then north, Sherman’s columns left their supply bases far behind, and their wagons could not carry provisions sufficient for all the Union troops. Sherman wanted to move fast and not be encumbered by supply trains or even worrying about protecting supply lines. He therefore ordered the Yankee soldiers to live off the land. Since it was Sherman’s intent, as we have already shown in his statements in the Official Records, “to make Georgia howl" to cause the citizens to suffer as much as possible he accomplished both objectives with use of the bummers. The Yankees also intended to lay just as heavy a hand on South Carolina, because they considered a "hellhole of secession."
The bummer foraging parties became bands of marauders answering to no authority. One conscientious bummer wrote to his sister about the depredations inflicted on South Carolina:
“How would you like it, what do you think, to have troops passing your house constantly … ransacking and plundering and carrying off everything that could be of any use to them? There is considerable excitement in foraging, but it is [a] disagreeable business in some respects to go into people’s houses and take their provisions and have the women begging and entreating you to leave a little when you are necessitated to take all. But I feel some degree of consolation in the knowledge I have that I never went beyond my duty to pillage.”
Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2011/06/28/137450464/3-d-motion-pictures-from-the-civil-war Source:http://archive.org/stream/War_Slang/War_Slang_djvu.txt Source:http://civilwar150th.blogdrive.com/
What’s it called when a New Wave band that was popular in the 80s goes on a murderous rampage?
What if they don’t like Mickey?
Burning Down the Mouse.
What happens when they don’t have a job?
Stop Making Cents
What do they say when they almost have a full house in poker and they’re waiting for the last card to be revealed?
This Must Be The Ace
What if they go to LBI?
Life During Shore Time
What happens when they’re angry and they missed their train ride?
Crosseyed and Trainless
What if the lead singer has a crazy spouse?
Wild Wild Wife
What if he writes an unsuccessful computer program?
Code to Nowhere
What happens when a band member dates Paula Deen?
Girlfriend is Butter
What if the band met an elitist?
Found a Snob
DOES VERONICA KNOW U POST THESE
Not yet she doesn’t
What’s it called when a spy is working in an enemy’s hospital?
A staff infection
What do you call it when you keep repainting the front of your building?
An edifice complex
What did people call Ronald Reagan when eating french fries and ketchup?
Valentine’s Day In The Civil War
The sending of Valentine’s Day cards, a tradition that is thought to have begun more than 20 years before Christopher Columbus went searching for America.
This Civil War-era Valentine features a portrait of General I.B. “The Fighting Duck” Richardson, a major general in the Union Army. This war-time Valentine envelope was postmarked Washington, D.C., of course.
So you open up your valentine and there’s General Richardson, because romance
Merchant Goblin. pencil, photoshop.
Goblin Week has one more day! Draw some goblins!
—a real human woman I just passed on the street (via gabracadabra)