After a long lull in Confederate heritage episodes, things are starting to pick up again, with the 150th anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox just on the horizon. There’s the usual assortment of miscellany …
- The great Texas SCV licence plate controversy has finally reached the Supreme Court. No word as to whether Clarence Thomas will say anything. Whatever. I think placing a Confederate flag by an exhaust pipe is fitting.
- Apparently some people are offended by hoop skirts. Really? Obama must be to blame.
- At the University of Mississippi, Chancellor Dan Jones learns he’ll be leaving, not voluntarily, and Confederate heritage peeps think it’s all about them.
- Pat Godwin and the Friends of Forrest are getting a lot of attention lately. No word yet on whether Susan Hathaway still supports her good friend. After all, Pat’s taking a page out of Susan’s playbook.
- Connie Chastain’s upset. Actually, that isn’t news. She’s always upset. Looking at this, and this, and this, who can blame her? Even she admits she needs help. That’s the first step, right?
- However, Connie’s found friends in California. After all, didn’t she make the same argument about the US flag and racism? Or is the problem that Confederate heritage people can’t remember what they say, and then claim that they don’t mean what they say? They’ve offered the same arguments before.
Well, finally … some news worth reporting.
In Pensacola, Florida, the Escambia County Commissioners chose to revisit their previous decision and decided instead to replace the Confederate Battle Flag with the First National Flag, following the reasoning offered in several places, including this blog. We know not what this means for the struggling Confederate heritage flagging organization in Pensacola. Nor do we particularly care.
UPDATE: You can watch this meeting here, including a statement from someone we all know at the 30:00 mark.
Meanwhile, in Charlottesville, Virginia, the city council decided that the city would no longer celebrate Lee-Jackson Day as a holiday.
Just think … the day after tomorrow will see the Flaggers (and their friends) gather in Lexington to restore the honor and change hearts and minds. This presumes the presence of honor, hearts, and minds among the protesters.
- It appears that the Virginia Flaggers will be joined by a number of white nationalists/supremacists as they venture to Lexington to march and pose for pictures (sometimes with said white supremacists/nationalists).
- Although the Virginia Flaggers are well aware of this post (the Flaggers’ Facebook page contains a call to “Expose these haters and their despicable attempts to malign anyone who has the nerve to disagree with them…”), Susan Hathaway has failed to repudiate the folks at The First Freedom. It’s Skeered Silent Susan once more. You would think she’d follow her own group’s demand to “expose these haters.” Practice what you preach, Susan. Or will you simply pretend that you don’t read the posts to which you respond? That would make you look like Skeered Stupid Silent Susan.
- After listening to Karen Cooper of the Virginia Flaggers speak in this interview (she finally shows up at 26:00), we are reminded of the claim that she wrote the introduction to this book.
- Waiting to see the drone in action to defend Confederate heritage.
- Over the years Connie Chastain has jumped from one name to another as she writes about Confederate heritage. Among those names were Connie Ward and Connie Reb (how cute!). Perhaps her decision to entitle one of her books Storm Surge was influenced by her popularity with one poster at the neo-Nazi white supremacist Stormfront discussion board. Authors are always on the lookout for readers, although they can’t choose them.
- On the other hand, it is interesting to see from her blog (no link provided) that she’s on a first-name basis with the editor of The First Freedom, Olaf Childress. Guess they are old friends. They sure seem to go back aways. Let’s see her deny that.
- By the way, the West Florida Flaggers (sic) made several more appearances on the sidewalks of Pensacola (otherwise we’d have more Photoshopped pictures of fellow Flaggers). Finally someone showed up long enough to be photographed. How exciting. I was anticipating Patrick Stewart.
- Carl Roden shows in this exchange his version of southern manhood:
Yup, quite a man. A Southern Man. A little confused about gender, but then we expected as much.
We are sure to be flooded by pictures from Friday and Saturday, in part because for once there will be more Flaggers than flags. For Flagging is flagging outside the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where flags outnumber protesters.
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.
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