Uglier Than Homemade Sin

I was freshly in from the cold rainy highlands of Scotland enjoying a hot Virginia summer day at the Little Creek, US Navy base swimming pool.

I was all of eleven years old and trying to talk to a girl also swimming at the base pool. As we spoke her better looking friend swam up and yelled at me for trying to speak to the lesser attractive of the two.

I do not know what the pretty one’s problem was, but when she announced that “I was uglier than homemade sin” I understood the conversation was over.

I am from Iowa, but between my father’s Navy career, my Air Force career and my wife’s Air Force career I have lived approximately one third of my live in the south. Studying history in junior high and high school in Virginia and South Carolina meant learning revisionist southern Civil War history.

They see the outcome of the Civil War differently than does the North, and the revisionist take on the war has changed much of how large parts of this Nation views that conflict. Hollywood and TV has helped that pro-southern philosophy along.


The issue of the Confederate Stars & Bars flag has been in my life since I first moved to Virginia in 1963 from Yankee-land Northern Illinois. One side claims it is heritage, and one side claims it is about hate. On both my maternal and paternal sides of my family I have members who fought for the Union and the confederate side.

In fact in sheer numbers more of my family fought for the south than the north. I have tried to stay away from the heritage vs. hate argument. You just cannot win that argument from either direction.

I am a retired field grade Air Force officer who swore to defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies foreign and domestic. My approach is; the confederate flag represents the worst, most deadly attack on the Constitution of the United States that the Union was able to prevail from. Then there is the argument about State’s rights and that each State should be able to decide how they “used the law” to justify slavery.

Lets us step back from the heritage, hate, or the attack on the Constitution points of view, and concentrate on that fine southern phrase “uglier than homemade sin” and what that might have to do with slavery and sex.

“You are the ugliest little white boy in all the State of Mississippi. You were so ugly your momma had to tie a pork chop around your neck to get the dog to play with you when you were a child. It is so bad for you, that as you come into your manhood, the worst looking, grossest white trash female below the Mason-Dixon line will not look your way without laughing. But not to worry ugly-boy, you live in the Antebellum south. All that money you saved not having to spend on trying to date southern Bells has added up. Now you can buy yourself a slave girl of your very own.”

Approximately 70% of Black Americans have white DNA. This is not because the USA so openly embraced inter-racial marriage. The math would suggest that many little slave girls were the forced sexual partners of white male slave owners.

Black women suffered the most under slavery in this Nation. State’s rights were first and foremost about the massive economy of the slave business (money—it always goes to money), but it was also about sex. If you own them, and they had to do whatever you tell them, then you can truly be “uglier than homemade sin” and still be a “man,” and all that that implies.

Fast forward to a time of a modern major crisis, when the only two thing of true value are food and firearms (ammo actually), sadly in a total social breakdown women become a commodity.

This is not meant to be a joke in any way. Men be prepared to defend and protect the women in your life. Women do not sit back and expect this protection by your men to always happen. The first thing evil does is separate the men from the women. It happens in all races and all cultures in time of chaos.

Look at the abuse of women in WWII, the Balkans in the 1990s, South East Asia in the 1970s and Africa with the Boko Haram stealing young women to make them sex slaves, using their religion as a de facto states-rights to subjugate, enslave and sexually abuse for their “cause.”

Do you see the comparison? Mao Zedong stated “power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Women remember this when evil tries to invade your life. You must be ready to stand and defend yourself, expect no one else to do this for you and you will be better prepared.

There is greater safety in numbers, but always know the limitations of the people in your inner circle. They can and will fail you. When in doubt, always buy more fresh ammo.


Major Van Harl USAF Ret. / [email protected]

About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.:
Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret., a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry School.  A retired Colorado Ranger and currently is an Auxiliary Police Officer with the Cudahy PD in Milwaukee County, WI.  His efforts now are directed at church campus safely and security training.  He believes “evil hates organization.”  [email protected]

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