25 thoughts on “Here They Come …

  1. Ken Noe July 13, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    Lee himself never marched until Stuart reported on parking and bathroom accessibility.

  2. Thelibertylamp July 13, 2014 / 5:10 pm

    Does anyone else have the feeling the LOSers are behind this?

  3. Jimmy Dick July 13, 2014 / 5:31 pm

    I wonder how much money they can raise for the legal fees they’re going to incur if they continue to try their antics against that university. Since the university is a law school the folks there are going to have a much better grasp of the finer details of the legal system then the Flaggers will be able to hire. I would not be surprised to see all kinds of lawsuits brought against the individual flaggers by students, staff, and faculty for things like harassment.

    Then again this might be great advertising for the university too. They could just point to the flaggers over yonder complaining about the equality and progressive attitude on that campus which would appeal to a large segment of America.

  4. rortensie July 13, 2014 / 6:33 pm

    bathrooms are important on the heritage front….

  5. Goad Gatsby July 13, 2014 / 7:16 pm

    So the Virginia Flaggers think that the school has caved to pressure from outside groups. They have an ultimatum, either give in to our demands by September 1 or face civil disobedience. Sounds familiar.

    • Brooks D. Simpson July 13, 2014 / 9:49 pm

      So it seems that they believe that they as non-students have more rights at W&L than do the students there. However, I think they may also face a rather determined counterprotest. Fortunately, Tripp Lewis will be able to coach them on how to get arrested and ask for someone to start a defense fund.

      Again, why the Flaggers don’t investigate the reality show route mystifies me. They would be perfect.

  6. Al Mackey July 13, 2014 / 7:34 pm

    Someone said, “Send in the clowns” and they are being sent in.

  7. Pat Young July 13, 2014 / 8:20 pm

    So, the “Virginia Flaggers” are going to “keep the skeer on.” What the hell is the “skeer”?

    BTW, I am keeping my flag ready. It is by the door as I await the call.

    • Mike Musick July 14, 2014 / 6:44 am

      Pat:: A historical note: “”Keep the skeer [scare] on” is a phrase from Gen. N.B. Forrest.

    • M. E. Martin July 15, 2014 / 2:29 pm

      It is also a favorite Susan Hathaway-ism, used frequently in her postings. Perhaps a little clue (among many) that she is the writer behind “The Virginia Flaggers” moniker, as she can’t use her own name for that anti-Va Fine Arts Museum organization. For well known reasons.

  8. TF Smith July 13, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    W&L is a private university; as such, the university can deny access to the general public. What, exactly, are these people going to picket? The main entrance to the campus? I would expect the city of Lexington police have taken some lessons from the UC Davis debacle a few years ago, but still…

    • The other Susan July 13, 2014 / 11:30 pm

      You beat me to it TF. I had a little bit of pride when I heard my college left those Westboro Baptist folks to sit on the curb a few years back. Of course it’s all up to W&L on whether or not they will let them in.

      • M.D. Blough July 14, 2014 / 5:03 pm

        My church was picketed by Westboro Baptist a few years ago as part of a protest of several churches in our area that it deemed pro-gay (or not anti-gay enough). Of course, they missed a rather obvious point. We are a Unitarian Universalist congregation that is not only a welcoming congregation but our minister at the time (and for some years before and after) is openly gay. The only way they could have upset or angered us is if they DIDN’T picket us. ☺

    • Ken Noe July 14, 2014 / 5:56 am

      These same folks already go to Lexington every January. Access to W&L is limited now. They also already know where to find parking and restrooms. That’s why other flaggers wonder what the stalling is about. Other groups are meeting there next weekend, not maybe in September.

      • Brooks D. Simpson July 14, 2014 / 8:54 am

        In the summer Susan Hathaway finds that it’s too hot to wear her favorite red tops. Thus the wait until September.

        In truth, you would think the Flaggers would dispense with the public declarations and hurry to flag W&L. Instead, they would rather call attention to themselves with boasts and threats. It’s never about heritage: it’s about self-promotion.

  9. Pat Young July 14, 2014 / 3:18 am

    Billy Beardon’s comment at Drudge hits the homophobic theme:

    Then comes Brandon Hicks from North Carolina, a professional black activist who transferred from NCCU to WLU for the distinct purpose of more activism. While at NCCU, he was the leader of the LGBT group, at WLU he formed another group of activists called the “committee” and they demanded every trace of Confederate history be removed from WLU by September 1st, 2014 – else civil unrest shall occur.

    Under the double threat of activism by a black group with LGBT ties, President Ruscio pandered, and destroyed the 84 year old sacred memorial. Ruscio’s actions, however, violated Virginia State Law 15.2-1812 which protects the Memorial.

    #3 | Posted by BillyBearden at 2014-07-13 07:28 PM | Reply | Flag:


    • Andy Hall July 14, 2014 / 8:35 am

      Pat, they’ve been citing that part of the Commonwealth of Virginia code for *years*, about this or that allegedly “illegal” activity. As far as I know they’ve never got around to actually trying it on in court, in front of a judge. It’s all talk.

  10. Buck Buchanan July 14, 2014 / 6:52 am

    Perhaps the flaggers will erect a third flag along I-95 which no one can see to counterprotest the removal of the fake flags from the tomb….

  11. Mark Pethke July 14, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    “Here they come,” indeed, with apologies to Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. Let’s face it, they need a theme song:

    Here we come, walkin’
    Down the street.
    We get the funniest looks from
    Every one we meet.
    Hey, hey, we’re the Flaggers
    The Lost Cause is still around.
    So we’re still busy marching
    And puttin’ Yankees down.

    We go wherever we want to,
    do what we like to do
    When you’re defending your “heritage,”
    There’s always something new.
    Hey, hey, we’re the Flaggers
    The Lost Cause is still around.
    So we’re still busy marching
    And puttin’ Yankees down.

    We’re just tryin’ to be friendly,
    Don’t cross us, let us have our way,
    The antebellum generation,
    And we’ve got something to say.

    Any time, Or anywhere,
    Just look over your shoulder
    Guess who’ll be standing there

    Hey, hey, we’re the Flaggers
    The Lost Cause is still around.
    So we’re still busy marching
    And puttin’ Yankees down.

    Hey, hey, we’re the Flaggers,
    You never know where we’ll be found.
    so you’d better get ready,
    We may be comin’ to your town.

    • Buck Buchanan July 15, 2014 / 9:14 am

      *****golf clap****

  12. The other Susan July 15, 2014 / 2:28 pm

    “Many of you have asked about when we are going to “March on Washington & Lee” and start flagging them.”

    4. Groups not affiliated with the University may continue to use Lee Chapel for events so long as they do so in accordance with our established policies and guidelines. This includes such non-University events as the annual lecture sponsored by an outside group as part of the statewide Lee-Jackson Day observance in Lexington. (W&L does not observe that state holiday.) As a private university, we are not bound by the same legal and constitutional First Amendment constraints as public institutions. As an educational institution devoted to free and open inquiry, however, we are bound by these values. We can and do impose conditions for Lee Chapel’s use and for the use of all campus facilities. For example, a group may not “march” on our campus or use our campus as a platform for its own displays or statements. If it wishes to use the chapel for a lecture and adheres to our policies, however, it may do so.

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