Stone Mountain, Revisionism ,Hoop Skirts & Dealing with the Wretchedly Ignorant

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Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 8.39.39 PMJust when you think the anti-Southern hysteria could get any dumber, well, it has.  Now the NAACP in Atlanta wants the sculptures on Stone Mountain destroyed. That’s nice, but there is a geological reality that is tied into the Southeastern Tennessee Seismic Zone, which could be almost as deadly as New Madrid. The carvings on Stone Mountain were begun by the same person who went on to do Mount Rushmore.  At one time it was a big fat hairy deal. Contrary to the detractors, it was quite a feat of engineering.  It was a very dangerous project.  People died creating it.  It is art.  It is monumental art.  You don’t destroy monumental art, no matter how repulsive it might be to you.

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I find idiots who think you can just dynamite Stone Mountain to be absurd and also ignorant wretches.  For the ill-informed, Stone Mountain is one of the largest granite uplifts on the planet.  You start trying to destroy the mountain, which is huge, and you can set off earthquakes the same way fracking is setting them off in Oklahoma.  If recent studies are correct and there is a correlation with metasediment, then explosions are not going to be optimal.  All you need to do is note that seismic activity already occurs in the region near Stone Mountain to know that anything that would actually remove the sculptures could cause a serious earthquake.  In other words, I gather geology and earthquakes are racist, right?

“…Stone Mountain is a pluton, a type of igneous intrusion. Primarily composed of quartz monzonite, the dome of Stone Mountain was formed during the formation of the Blue Ridge Mountains around 300-350 million years ago (during the Carboniferous period), part of the Appalachian Mountains. It formed as a result of the upwelling of magma from within the Earth’s crust. This magma solidified to form granite within the crust five to ten miles below the surface.

Stone Mountain pluton continues underground 9 miles (14 km) at its longest point into Gwinnett County. Numerous reference books and Georgia literature have dubbed Stone Mountain as “the largest exposed piece of granite in the world”. This misnomer is most likely a result of advertisement by granite companies and early park administration. Stone Mountain, though often called a pink granite dome, actually ranges in composition from quartz monzonite to granite and granodiorite.

The minerals within the rock include quartz, plagioclase feldspar, microcline and muscovite, with smaller amounts of biotite and tourmaline. The tourmaline is mostly black in color, and the majority of it exists as optically continuous skeletal crystals, but much larger, euhedral pegmatitic tourmaline crystals can also be found in the mountain’s numerous, cross-cutting felsic dikes. Embedded in the granite are xenoliths or pieces of foreign rocks entrained in the magma.

The granite intruded into the metamorphic rocks of the Piedmont region during the last stages of the Alleghenian Orogeny, which was the time when North America and North Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 8.27.42 PMAfrica collided. Over time, erosion eventually exposed the present mountain of more resistant igneous rock. This intrusion of granite also gave rise to Panola Mountain and Arabia Mountain, both in DeKalb County, smaller outcroppings further east of Stone Mountain…”

When you are dealing with geological forces, and something so massive, only a fool would attempt to do damage to it. It is artistically important, contrary to what fake-racists want us to think.  The cure would be far worse than the so-called disease.

I am fully expecting these same anti-racists to come up with the grand idea of banning all hoop skirts since they were worn in Gone With the Wind.  Technically, they were called cage crinolines.  So much of what we’re hearing today is uneducated hyperbole.  That’s okay.  It’s all about the hate – their hate.  Frankly, I’ve never seen so much of it spewed against people in this nation the way I am seeing the hatred against those of us from the South.  It’s quite acceptable.  Apparently we’re to pay for what happened during the era of slavery, even if our ancestors weren’t part of it.  Just being from the South is enough to taint a person.

As far as the history of the cage crinoline skirt, well…. it’s in my book.

 

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