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Some infomation on NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
The League of the South opposed the removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans by the Landrieu administration. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who pushed hard for the monuments’ removal, seems to

League President on Red Ice TV

Sunday, May 14th, 2017
League President Michael Hill appeared on Red Ice TV today to discuss the ongoing assault on our Southern inheritance. Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww5DoyrsTh4

Confederate monuments are coming down in NOLA

Monday, April 24th, 2017
Today as many Southerners celebrate Confederate Memorial Day, workers, guarded by heavily-armed police, began dismantling four Confederate monuments (see one of them at right, replete with graffiti message to whites)

A warning from a Southern nationalist

Thursday, November 10th, 2016
(The photo on the right is from Lee Circle in New Orleans after Trump’s victory) It is commonplace for the victor in a hotly-contested political race to offer an olive

New Orleans and raw power

Thursday, December 17th, 2015
The New Orleans city council voted 6-1 to remove four Confederate Monuments from Lee Circle (Lee, Beauregard, and Davis) and Liberty Place (which commemorated the White League defeating Reconstruction in

San Bernadino is just the latest . . .

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
We in The League of the South speak for the Southern nationalist white man. He has no other voice. If there was ever any doubt that the “white man” is

Norwegians Made Northwood not New Orleans

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Northwood, N.D., has the highest percentage of Norwegian American ancestry of any community in the United States.

That high ratio of Norwegians explains the town’s rapid and complete recovery from its 2007 tornado.

So says Curt Stofferahn, a UND sociology professor who led a study and penned an article about the recovery that will be published in the Journal of the Community Development Society in the spring.

However, a study of newspaper articles and government reports and interviews with 16 Northwood residents by Stofferahn and 10 of his students back the conclusion.

The locals “defined themselves as self-reliant, independent, hardy, tough Norwegians with a strong work ethic who wouldn’t give up to adversity,” Stofferahn said. “It’s built into their culture.

“Like the city’s slogan said: ‘It takes more than an F-4 (tornado) to keep us down.’ “

Being Norwegian wasn’t the sole reason for the success, however. Being similar was, too.

“With so many having farm backgrounds, they had more self-reliant skills,” Stofferahn said. “And the people were so intertwined socially in clubs, organizations, school, churches and families that they got along with each other and trusted each other.

“There was very little controversy and conflict because of the high degree of trust from those relationships. This is a town where residents don’t lock their doors or their cars.”

This is in sharp contrast to Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans in 2005. In addition to having Michael “You’re Doing a Heckuva Job Brownie” Brown as the FEMA director, instead of James Lee Witt, New Orleans’ diversity played a role in the havoc.

“If you live in a very diverse community, it’s more difficult because people don’t trust each other as much,” Stofferahn said. “In small towns, people can have arguments that don’t turn into conflicts because of the trust.”

Marcy Douglas, the Northwood city administrator in 2007 and the disaster recovery point person, reviewed the paper and said it’s an accurate take.

“It’s highly complimentary of us,” she said. “But that’s how the people are here. They take care of each other, neighbor-to-neighbor. They got together and got things done.”

Even without Douglas’ stamp of approval and the UND professor’s academic finding, we already knew this about the likes of Northwood, Lake Wobegon and other small outposts, right?

Yes, it’s a painful elaboration of the obvious,” Stofferahn said with a laugh.

Obvious? Yes. Painful? No. We need to be reminded occasionally about how lucky we are, even if it takes an F-4 to deliver the news.


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