The Word of the Virginia Flaggers (Updated)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, is the 150th anniversary of the battle of Five Forks. One feature of this battle was that the Confederate commanders in the area, led by George Pickett, gathered at a shad bake that day, leaving the commands unattended as Phil Sheridan and G. K. Warren moved to crush the Confederate position.

This past weekend the Virginia Flaggers, people of sterling integrity and absolute honesty … people of their word … and the future of Confederate heritage, gathered to raise a flag along I-81 near Lexington, Virginia, followed by flagging Washington and Lee University in protest of the university’s decision to remove replica Confederate flags from the Lee Chapel.

[Judy Smith does not want you to see this picture of a Flagger.]

After all that work and effort, you might expect that someone might be hungry. Barry Isenhour certainly was. He loves hot dogs. So he went to eat one … at Kenney’s of Lexington.

Barry's Hot DogWant to know where Kenney’s of Lexington is located?

Kenney's locationThat’s right … in Lexington, Virginia … within town limits.

What happened to the boycott, Barry? Did you eat alone?

Boycott LexingtonSo, has someone betrayed Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson? Or have the Virginia Flaggers been lying all along, asking people to boycott Lexington businesses while doing business with them?

This is the future of Confederate heritage? Really?

Restore the honor, Barry. Return the hot dog.


The Flaggers reluctantly admitted the violation … but they threw old Barry under the bus, because that wasn’t all that happened …

Why is Virginia Flaggers photographer Judy Smith both so sore and so silent when it comes to the dining habits of the Virginia Flaggers last Saturday? Well, lookie here …


And where is Sweet Things located?

Sweet Things VF

Boy, the Virginia Flaggers really are people who “honor” their word … and it seems Barry was not alone in violating that boycott pledge. No wonder Judy Smith didn’t want to answer my questions. And no wonder the other Flaggers didn’t want you to know that they are lying frauds as well.

We thank the Flaggers themselves for providing evidence that they are not people of their word. So much for “restoring the honor,” I guess.

This is getting to be too easy.

Are the Virginia Flaggers Now Irrelevant?

Today the Virginia Flaggers will dedicate yet another flagpole bearing the Confederate navy jack, this time along I-81 near Lexington, Virginia.

How many people really care? I know I don’t.

Of more interest to me is the notion that despite over forty-two months of picketing the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, complete with many, many pictures of Flaggers posing for effect (and a few embarrassing videos involving law enforcement and security), it appears unlikely that the VMFA will heed the cries of “Restore the Honor (sic)! Return the Flags (sic)!” directed at the decision to remove two small Confederate flags from the portico of the War Memorial Chapel. Forty-two months for two flags. Nor does it seem likely that the SCV chapter in question will decline to sign the agreement offered by the VMFA, which renders them complicit in the decision (note that the national organization of the SCV remains silent about the approaching lease renewal).

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A Modest Proposal for the Arizona Legislature

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has emphasized the importance of civic literacy in the education of Arizona schoolchildren. I wholeheartedly agree with this idea. People should know the basics of American history, the political process, and the law, including the United States Constitution and the Arizona Constitution.

I propose that the members of the Arizona State Legislature should model the behavior of good citizenship by serving as a test group for the examination they propose to administer to high school students. After all, they, too, should be well versed in civic literacy. They should know something about the Bill of Rights, the supremacy clause of the US Constitution, and so on. Indeed, should they fail to achieve a passing score on the test, they should immediately resign their seat in the state legislature, because they surely can’t claim that they should hold a seat given their manifest failure to understand American civics and history.

Who’s with me?

The River Queen Conference: March 27-28, 1865

On March 27 and 28, 1865, Abraham Lincoln welcomed Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, and David Dixon Porter aboard The River Queen to discuss how to close out the Civil War.

The Peacemakers (Wikipedia Commons)

Lincoln had been visiting Grant at his headquarters at City Point, Virginia, for several days when Sherman arrived. Here’s how Sherman described what came next: Continue reading

Research Exercise: Where Are the Flags?

Our friends at the Virginia Flaggers recently offered this 1908 photograph of the Old Soldiers Home at Richmond:

VMFA 1908

They also offered this text:

Old Soldiers Home, Richmond Virginia, Circa 1908. Look closely at the photo and you will see Veterans in their wheelchairs on the porch on the right. These men answered the call of Virginia to defend her from invasion. They fought with honor and bravery, and spent the last years of their lives on these grounds, now desecrated by the Commonwealth and the VMFA.

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

For the flags to be returned, they must be visible in the first place. Could someone show me where there’s a Confederate flag in this photograph?

Indeed, let’s ask: where’s an image of the Confederate flag flying from the portico of the War Memorial Chapel before 1993? Anyone? Bueller?

(Substitute “Hathaway” and the effect is the same.)

No, showing me Confederate flags flying elsewhere on the grounds won’t do, folks. Show me the War Memorial Chapel with flags flying from the building itself … prior to 1993.