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.
Gulf Coast FlaggersWest 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.