This Week in Confederate Heritage: January 6, 2015

This year I’m going to try something different when it comes to chatter about the antics of various Confederate heritage apologists advocates. As a rule, I’m going to confine my commentary to a weekly column for the normal run-of-the-mill items. Of course, there will be exceptions to the rule, but only in cases I find particularly interesting.

And that’s the point. Some of you hate reading about these people, some of you love it, and some of you say you hate it while it’s evident that you really can’t help yourselves (I have always enjoyed the people who say they don’t read a blog when they seem rather familiar with its contents). This love-hate-love sentiment tends to confirm my notion that these folks would make a great reality television show. They are entertaining, even when they don’t know it, and some of you just can’t get enough, no matter what you say. But these folks have also become a bit boring and predictable again: one might even suggest that in the new spin-off show, “West Florida Flagger,” these folks may have jumped the shark.

Take, for example, the forthcoming Confederate heritage protests in Lexington, Virginia, against the town’s policy on displaying Confederate flags on city property as well as in opposition to Washington and Lee University’s decision to remove replica Confederate flags from the Lee Chapel, thus restoring to its original appearance the room where Edward Valentine’s rendering of Lee asleep resides. I think we all know how that will go. There will be plenty of photographs, claims about changing hearts and minds, and so on, but let’s face it … we’ve heard all of this before. I’m hoping for something different this year. Maybe the drone will crash into the spire atop Lee Chapel.

And, of course, we just can’t wait until another Confederate flag goes up somewhere near a Virginia interstate, although we hope that those folks will never again bow to sectional stereotypes by locating the new pole by a trailer park.

  • The Gulf Coast Flaggers West Florida Flaggers (sic) appear to have hit a lull in efforts to flag the appropriate places in Pensacola. It’s been a few weeks since we heard anything about that tennis ball-shod walker (hey, Virginia Flaggers, why don’t you raise funds to help Connie out just like you raised funds to “defend” Tripp Lewis?). In fact, we still have no actual photographic evidence that any real person has been walking the sidewalks … just a walker, a sign, a flag, and a Photoshopped fellow. However, the Pensacola Plagiarist’s style has migrated northward to her Virginia cousins, whose Facebook post on flag care was stripped without attribution from a website.
  • There’s signs of a lovers’ spat between Jerry Dunford and the Pensacola Plagiarist over something said at Backsass. You two make up, now, okay?
  • Word is that Carl Roden has a blog. Keep it clean, Carl.
  • This video by Anonymous CSA, rumored by some to be Norwood “Tripp” Lewis, is a hoot. Pay attention, Ben Jones: it’s an attack on the Virginia SCV.

In short, it’s been rather quiet on the heritage front, although we anticipate a little noise from the Old Dominion in the next two weeks. Perhaps it’s all wearing a bit thin.


14 thoughts on “This Week in Confederate Heritage: January 6, 2015

  1. Schroeder January 6, 2015 / 7:41 am

    Unfortunately, in his attempt to spread a false Anonymous message, he has drawn more attention to himself (and his brethren) – most likely not the good type.

  2. Eek-a-mouse January 6, 2015 / 8:13 am

    Will Susan carry her redshirt tribute act across the threshold onto campus? Would those be billable hours?

  3. leo January 6, 2015 / 10:40 am

    A friend of mine in Memphis told me the Mid-South flaggers will be “flagging” at Health Science/Forrest Park on January 19 (the MLK holiday). What could possibly go wrong? 😉

  4. Pat Young January 6, 2015 / 11:12 am

    Thanks for the reports. I think weekly is a good choice. So much of what the Confederate wannabes do is exactly what they have done before. Sometimes all the self-defeating antics seem to blend into one another.

    I occasionally repost whole paragraphs from Connie or Jerry Dunford on my Facebook page and get asked if I am making up the quotes, they are so delusional and self defeating. The suggestion that the two bloggers seek the aid of mental health professionals is made quite often.

    Anyone who is not Connie or Jerry or one of a handful of Flaggers can see that their “activism” comes from a place of deep personal trauma.

  5. Andy Hall January 6, 2015 / 11:21 am

    The video looks like something Tripp Lewis would come up with, over-wrought and too-clever-by-half.

    • Brooks D. Simpson January 6, 2015 / 12:36 pm

      Just remember what happened the last time Tripp hooked up with a film maker.

      • C. Meyer January 6, 2015 / 1:24 pm

        So since the last time the film maker turned out to be less than honest, are you insinuating that this time Tripp is just skipping the middleman?

        • Brooks D. Simpson January 6, 2015 / 1:33 pm

          Recall this:

          “The fees for this dismissal have been paid, and any all donations over that amount or received moving forward, will be used to fund the civil lawsuits that will bring justice to those who have dishonored the Confederate Veterans who lived and died on the grounds of Confederate Memorial Park.”

          Waiting to see those civil lawsuits.

          • C. Meyer January 6, 2015 / 1:39 pm

            Is there a statue of limitation on any of those?

          • Brooks D. Simpson January 6, 2015 / 1:40 pm

            The silence is deafening. Drones cost money.

          • Mousy Tongue January 6, 2015 / 2:06 pm

            Maybe he’s onto more fantastical notions of “bringing justice”? They did say the drone was for heritage defense.

  6. Goad Gatsby January 6, 2015 / 2:47 pm

    As someone who has listen to Lewis quite a few times, these are things that he would say. He would even lurk behind a tombstone to take those photos.

  7. The Lamp January 6, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    Anonymous is a hacker collective, it is not a political movement and there are no Anonymous Ops geared toward promoting Southern heritage/nationalism/advocacy.

    We have written up about Anonymous actions and this is our special note:

    “We are fully aware that Anonymous is not an organization, nor does Anonymous advocate anti-racism and it does not advocate racism either.
    Anonymous is a collective that operates in the actions of a hive that is made up of many different kinds of individuals who all have their own ideas and ideologies.
    We are also aware that there are a few individuals who have participated in Anonymous hive actions who do consider themselves white supremacists, conservatives, Republicans, Libertarians … but there has never really been any hive action advocating for racist, conservative, or Republican ideology that falls under “srs bznz”.

    There have been, however, certain hive actions that have fought up against racism, police brutality, and right wing insanity.
    In stating all of this we are trying to clear up any confusions of claims of what Anonymous as a collective does or does not stand for or believe, as this is a fluid concept and always depends on the individuals participating in the various hive operations.”

    Putting a Guy Fawkes mask in an avatar does not make one an Anon, nor does making a badly produced video using a voice changer an Anon either.

    Most of the real Anonymous hive operators are in prison now, or are still fighting court battles. Some of them are probably the most talented hackers on the planet.

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