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  • The Sad, Sad State Of Virginia

    11/11/2019 3:56:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies ^ | November 11, 2019 | Scott Morefield
    Ever since its citizens liked Ike in ‘52 (other than one brief hiccup in 1964 when Johnson trounced Goldwater almost everywhere), the Commonwealth of Virginia had voted reliably Republican, until 2008. That year, in a wave election, Democrat Barack Obama won several states Republicans typically win, like Florida, North Carolina and Arizona. One could have been forgiven, then, for thinking Virginia would come back to the fold after the hipness wore off and the cold, hard reality of quasi-socialist governance became all-too-real. After all, this is Old Dominion we’re talking about, the land of Monticello and Williamsburg, of Washington, Jefferson,...
  • 2 arrested at Confederate monument protest in North Carolina

    10/26/2019 9:48:17 PM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 82 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 26, 2019 | AP
    PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say they've arrested two people after a "physical altercation" at a protest over a Confederate statue slated to be removed. The Chatham County Sheriff's Office said Saturday it arrested Calvin James Megginson and Timothy James Osborn on charges related to the altercation. Both were released and are due in court next month. A pro-Confederate group is trying to stop removal of the statue, which has been stationed outside the county courthouse in Pittsboro since 1907.which has been stationed outside the county courthouse in Pittsboro since 1907.
  • U.S. Supreme Court won't hear Confederate monument case

    10/08/2019 3:05:20 AM PDT · by Synthesist · 72 replies ^ | 7OCT2019 | VICKIE WELBORN
    SHREVEPORT, La. -- The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in their fight to keep the Confederate monument on the Caddo Parish Courthouse grounds. Said spokeswoman Jackie Nichols: "Our petition was denied today by the Supreme Court. Although we are disappointed by this news, we are not dissuaded in our fight to protect our monument. We fight on!" The denial of the writ upholds the previous decision of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed the trial court’s ruling in favor of the Parish, dismissing the lawsuit. “The parish is...
  • Judge says statue at center of Charlottesville protests must stay

    09/12/2019 2:00:13 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/12/19 | Justine Coleman
    A Virginia state judge ruled Wednesday that statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson that were at the center of 2017 protests must remain standing in Charlottesville, Va. Circuit Judge Richard Moore ruled that Virginia state law prohibits moving war memorials and that moving the statues would break that law. Moore issued a permanent injunction preventing the statues from being moved at the beginning of a trial over a lawsuit brought against the city by groups that wanted to preserve the statues. People pressing for the statues to be moved argued it was wrong to celebrate generals who had...
  • On this date in 1864

    09/03/2019 5:05:43 AM PDT · by Bull Snipe · 80 replies
    President Abraham Lincoln receives a telegram from General Sherman stating "Atlanta is ours, and fairly won"
  • ‘Burn a rebel flag, get a free chocolate’: NC shop owner denounces Confederate symbols

    08/12/2019 5:03:02 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    CBS 17 (Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.) ^ | August 6, 2019 | By Kelly Kennedy
    HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) - An Orange County chocolate shop owner is an unlikely voice in what’s turning out to be a high stakes game of free speech – and he is showing no signs of backing down. Matthew Shepherd says almost every Saturday a group gathers outside his chocolate shop in downtown Hillsborough waving Confederate flags. “They were calling me names, they’re calling everybody names,” Shepherd said. “They’re instigating, they’re poking, they’re blocking the sidewalk.”
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking removal of Norfolk's Confederate monument

    07/23/2019 12:02:37 PM PDT · by csvset · 20 replies
    Pilot ^ | 23 July 2019 | Ryan Murphy
    NORFOLK A Circuit Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit by activists that attempted to force the city to move its 112-year-old Confederate monument. In an 11-page order entered Tuesday, Chief Judge Mary Jane Hall said the plaintiffs failed to prove that their constitutional rights were being violated by the continued placement of the Confederate monument. The suit was filed in late March by Roy Perry-Bey, from Newport News, and Ronald Green, who lives in Norfolk. The men represented themselves. They argued that the display of the monument endorsed ideas such as secession, slavery, racial segregation, white supremacy and violence and...
  • Illinois governor, Mr. Creosote, Slurs the South

    07/10/2019 3:45:34 PM PDT · by Bonemaker · 40 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 07/09/2019 | John O'Connor
    SPRINGFIELD — Country rock band Confederate Railroad has been barred from performing at an Illinois state fair because of its use of the Confederate flag, setting off a firestorm by southern Illinois fans who believe they’re under Chicago liberals’ thumb of political correctness. The band was scheduled to appear Aug. 27 at the DuQuoin State Fair , but Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration canceled the appearance last week. “This administration’s guiding principle is that the state of Illinois will not use state resources to promote symbols of racism,” Pritzker spokeswoman Emily Bittner said. “Symbols of hate cannot and will not represent...
  • Lake County calls for end to Civil War Days

    06/16/2019 10:11:23 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 42 replies
    The Lake County Sun ^ | June 12, 2019 | Frank Aberderholden
    The 2019 Civil War Days might be the last hosted by the Lake County Forest Preserves after the district president questioned the appropriateness of the annual commemoration that features the Confederate flag. President Angelo Kyle said he would prefer to focus on environmental issues such as climate change. In 2015, the district staged Civil War Days shortly after South Carolina removed the battle flag from its Capitol. At the time, forest preserves officials said Confederate flags were not being displayed inappropriately and were used in a historical context. Kyle, who is African American, said that history is written by the...
  • Virginia agrees to let Arlington rename Jefferson Davis Highway

    05/15/2019 12:48:32 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 80 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 15, 2019 | Patricia Sullivan
    Almost 100 years after Confederate sympathizers named a major Virginia road after the president of their lost cause, Arlington County won approval from a state transportation board to rename Jefferson Davis Highway. The Commonwealth Transportation Board voted unanimously Wednesday morning to allow Arlington to change the name of the road — commonly known as Route 1 — to Richmond Highway by Oct. 1, after lobbying by the county, legislators, business and residential groups, and Gov. Ralph Northam (D). “What we just heard, through the unanimous vote and the words of the governor, is it’s past time,” said Christian Dorsey (D),...
  • Why The War Was Not About Slavery

    05/03/2019 7:54:25 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 1,596 replies ^ | March 9, 2016 | Clyde Wilson
    Conventional wisdom of the moment tells us that the great war of 1861—1865 was “about” slavery or was “caused by” slavery. I submit that this is not a historical judgment but a political slogan. What a war is about has many answers according to the varied perspectives of different participants and of those who come after. To limit so vast an event as that war to one cause is to show contempt for the complexities of history as a quest for the understanding of human action. Two generations ago, most perceptive historians, much more learned than the current crop, said...
  • Clyburn on Trump’s praise for Robert E. Lee: ‘The president is now glorifying a loser’

    04/28/2019 10:35:02 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 219 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | April 28 at 10:24 AM | Felicia Sonmez
    House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Sunday offered a sharp rejoinder to President Trump’s lauding of Robert E. Lee as a “great general,” noting that Trump “always said that he hated losers.” “The fact of the matter is, Robert E. Lee was a great tactician,” Clyburn said on ABC News’s “This Week,” then added, “Was not a great person. Robert E. Lee was a slave owner and a brutal slave master. Thankfully, he lost that war. And I find it kind of interesting that the president is now glorifying a loser. He always said that he hated losers....
  • JUST IN: A Virginia judge in Charlottesville has ruled...

    04/29/2019 2:59:35 PM PDT · by blueyon · 79 replies
    Twitter ^ | 4/29/19 | BNLNews
    JUST IN: A Virginia judge in Charlottesville has ruled that the Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson statues in the city are Civil War Memorials and protected by law
  • Virginia Governor Ralph Northam calls for the removal of an arch honoring a Confederate leader [tr]

    04/19/2019 11:31:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 19, 2019 | Leah Simpson
    Virginia Governor Ralph Northam on Thursday called for the removal of a 50-foot arch at Fort Monroe that honors the former president of the Confederacy - two months after a blackface scandal nearly ended his time in office. The Daily Press reported that Northam's office presented a letter to the Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees supporting removal of the Jefferson Davis Memorial Arch, which was built near to where the first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia some 400 years ago. The board's eight members voted unanimously for the structure's removal, though this is likely to be a long process...
  • Johnny Cash is replacing one of the Capitol’s Civil War statues

    04/18/2019 10:11:52 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 50 replies
    rollcall ^ | April 17, 2019
    The country music legend and civil rights leader Daisy Gatson Bates will replace controversial Civil War figures The times are changing, and so is the marble. Arkansas is leaving behind statues of the old guard and sending a few new faces to the U.S. Capitol. Civil rights icon Daisy Gatson Bates and musician Johnny Cash will join the Statuary Hall collection in D.C., replacing 19th-century attorney Uriah Milton Rose and statesman James Paul Clarke. The governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, made the plan official by signing a bill last week. Both Rose and Clarke were political figures during the Civil...
  • Lee, Virginia, and the Union

    03/28/2019 8:50:21 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 576 replies ^ | March 27, 2019 | Fred H. Cox
    The Hall of Fame recently dedicated at New York Uni­versity was conceived from the Ruhmes Halle in Bavaria. This structure on University Heights, on the Harlem river, in the borough of the Bronx, New York City, has, or is in­tended to have, a panel of bronze with other mementos for each of one hundred and fifty native-born Americans who have been deceased at least ten years, and who are of great character and fame in authorship, education, science, art, soldiery, statesmanship, philanthropy, or in any worthy un­dertaking. Fifty names were to have been chosen at once; but, on account of...
  • (Don’t) Tear Down Those Monuments

    04/01/2019 11:23:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | April 1, 2019 | Young Voices Advocates
    Editor's note: This column was authored by Ross Marchand.To say the least, America has a complicated relationship with its past. Hundreds of Confederate monuments dot town squares, mountains, and prominently-placed paintings, and recent tussles show we still have no idea how to deal with them. Dallas’s Confederate War Memorial (near City Hall) was recently deemed by the City Council as “non-contributing to the historic overlay district” in which it resides, and will probably be removed soon—at a cost of half-a-million dollars. Soon, one of Winston-Salem’s most prominent Confederate statues will also come down, amidst “public safety” concerns cited by Mayor...
  • 50 Actors Sign Letter By Alyssa Milano Threatening State Of Georgia With Boycott Over Abortion Bill

    03/29/2019 7:50:26 AM PDT · by Dacula · 74 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | 3/28/2019 | Hank Berrien
    I am not sure if Daily Wire is allowed to be placed in FR. Here is a comment directed to Alyssa Milano
  • Pro-Confederacy billboard in Kemp sparks debate about vulgarity, free speech

    03/21/2019 11:12:24 AM PDT · by Envisioning · 65 replies
    Fox 4 News ^ | 3/21/2019 | Staff
    A billboard with Confederate symbols is raising the question of basic decency in Kaufman County while taking aim at the city of Dallas. The billboard is on Highway 175 in the town of Kemp, about 45 miles southeast of Dallas. The sign shows a cartoon character with a Confederate flag urinating on the Dallas skyline and says “I support Confederate heritage.”
  • Warren Tells Mississippians at Town Hall: Get Another State Flag Sans Confederate Symbol

    03/19/2019 6:52:02 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 19 March 2019 | Penny Starr
    CNN hosted a town hall on Monday in Mississippi with presidential candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) where she answered questions on a range of issues, including the Mississippi flag, which features in its field a Confederate symbol. “Mississippi’s the only state in the country that still has the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag — do you think Mississippi should adopt a new flag?” Jake Tapper, CNN anchor who moderated the town hall, asked Warren. “Warren replied with one word — ‘Yes’ — and was met with loud applause from the crowd,” CNN reported on its event....CNN also...