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  • Judge bars Richmond from removing more Confederate statues; Ashe family urges memorial's removal

    07/09/2020 3:46:28 PM PDT · by Captain Jack Aubrey · 31 replies
    The Richmond Times dispatch ^ | 7/9/20 | Mark Robinson
    The Richmond judge who blocked Virginia from removing the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue has granted an injunction that bars the city from continuing to remove Confederate iconography. Richmond Circuit Court Judge Bradley C. Cavedo ordered Thursday a 60-day injunction halting further removal of Confederate monuments, which the city has been taking down since last week. The decision came after an anonymous plaintiff sued Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney earlier this week over his order to remove the symbols.

    07/08/2020 3:38:41 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 12 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 8 July 2020 | Ann Coulter
    Fascinating news from The New York Times this week! Reviewing its op-ed titled “I’m a Direct Descendant of Thomas Jefferson. Take Down His Memorial,” I gather we now weigh Americans’ opinions based on who their ancestors are. I’m not sure that’s a good idea, but the rules are the rules. Otherwise, why would the Times consider it so important to publish Lucian Truscott, a great-great-great-great-great-grandson of Jefferson, at all? Blut uber alles! Obviously, we’re going to need a list of Whose Opinion Matters. Here’s my first stab at it: Descendants of John Adams will have their views count the most....
  • VA Officials Cave to Liberal Mob, Order US Flag Be Removed from Construction Site

    07/08/2020 5:46:07 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 18 replies
    The Western Journal ^ | 7/07/2020 | Ryan Foley
    It has become clear beyond a reasonable doubt that many politicians live in trembling fear of the left-wing mob that is committed to tearing down every statue or symbol that commemorates American history. Look no further than an unsettling situation that unfolded in Virginia last week. In Richmond, Virginia, an American flag was put on display at the construction site for the new General Assembly building. That makes sense, since it was just ahead of the Fourth of July, America’s birthday. However, based on the reaction from government officials, one would think that it was the Confederate flag that was...
  • Washington & Lee Professors Vote to Remove ‘Lee’ from School Name

    07/08/2020 5:49:33 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/07/20 | TOM CICCOTTA
    The faculty of Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, voted on Monday to remove the name of Robert E. Lee from the university’s name. During a faculty meeting on Monday, 79 percent of faculty voted in favor of a change to the university’s name. According to a report by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the faculty at Washington & Lee University voted on Monday to remove “Lee” from the university’s name. Zoila Ponce de Leon, an assistant professor at the university, argued that the name change would be a small step towards making students from “diverse backgrounds” more “comfortable” on campus....
  • A blank canvas, and an opportunity for reinvention: What should the new Monument Avenue (Richmond, VA) look like?

    07/07/2020 1:41:50 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 76 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | July 6, 2020 | Zach Joachim
    For a century, Monument Avenue has showcased some of the Confederacy’s most revered figures. Soon, there will be a blank canvas. Over the past week, the Richmond Times-Dispatch asked demonstrators, residents, artists and community leaders what they'd like to see on the new Monument Avenue. There were suggestions of new statues, honoring a more inclusive set of heroes. Others wanted a space for performance or reflection, while some felt the empty pedestals should stay as a historical testimony of their own. One point of agreement was that it must be a communitywide conversation. Through restrictive covenants, real estate companies long...
  • Washington and Lee (VA) faculty vote to change the university's name

    07/07/2020 1:18:23 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 138 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | July 6, 2020 | Elizabeth Bell
    “O Beautiful Flower of Carmel, most fruitful vine, splendor of heaven, holy and singular, who brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining a pure virgin, assist us in our necessity! O Star of the Sea, help and protect us! Show us that you are our Mother!” (pause and mention petitions) Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be “Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.”
  • Virginia School District Develops New ‘Anti-Racist’ Curriculum Shaped by Southern Poverty Law Center

    07/07/2020 1:01:37 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 45 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 7, 2020 | Alex Nester
    Teachers in Virginia's largest school district have developed a new "anti-racist" and "culturally responsible" curriculum that will be available to students as early as this fall. Social studies teachers from Fairfax County collaborated with other Virginia public school teachers to revamp their history curriculum, using a framework from Teaching Tolerance, the educational arm of the liberal nonprofit Southern Poverty Law Center. The new curriculum encourages students to "examine materials, events, and institutions critically attending to power, position, and bias" and will be available for use in 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, and 11th-grade classrooms. Colleen Eddy, Fairfax County Public Schools social...
  • (Governor CoonMan) Northam urges education leaders to remove Confederate names from schools

    07/07/2020 12:33:51 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 33 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | July 7, 2020 | Jusin Mattingly
    Gov. Ralph Northam wants school systems across Virginia to change the names of schools honoring Confederate leaders. In a July 6 letter to the heads of school boards in the state, Northam says the names and mascots have a "traumatizing impact on students, families, teachers and staff of all backgrounds." "When our public schools are named after individuals who advanced slavery and systemic racism, and we allow those names to remain on school property, we tacitly endorse their values as our own," Northam wrote. "This is no longer acceptable." The names have come under increased scrutiny during ongoing civil...
  • 5 teenagers shot at Fairfax Co. (VA) apartment complex

    07/07/2020 11:07:23 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 48 replies
    WTOP News ^ | July 7, 2020 | Jose Umana and Valerie Bonk
    Police are searching for a gunman who shot five people, all teenagers, inside a Fairfax County, Virginia, apartment building early Tuesday morning. The incident happened around 1 a.m. in an apartment complex on the 7900 block of Janna Lee Avenue, in the Alexandria section of Fairfax. After receiving multiple phone calls, officers arrived at the scene to find all five victims suffering from gunshot injuries. Numerous rounds were fired during the incident, and the alleged shooter fled the scene before police arrived. The victims, three females and two males, ranged between 14 to 19 years old. They were all treated...
  • Navajo Code Talker says Redskins name not derogatory

    07/07/2020 4:23:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    nbc ^ | Nov. 27, 2013 | Felicia Fonseca and Matthew Brown
    A leader of the Navajo Code Talkers who appeared at a Washington Redskins home football game said Wednesday the team name is a symbol of loyalty and courage — not a slur as asserted by critics who want it changed. Roy Hawthorne, 87, of Lupton, Ariz., was one of four Code Talkers honored for their service in World War II during the Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers. Hawthorne, vice president of the Navajo Code Talkers Association, said the group's trip was paid for by the Redskins. The four men met briefly with team owner Dan Snyder but...
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    07/06/2020 3:14:20 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | July 6, 2020 | Mark Levin
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  • Gun sales in Virginia reached historic levels in June

    07/06/2020 11:58:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    AP ^ | July 6, 2020 | Staff
    Sales of firearms in Virginia soared to historic levels last month. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Sunday that the rise in purchases is happening amidst the uncertainty of the coronavirus and protests against racism and police brutality.
  • Virginia officials order US flag removed from building site

    07/04/2020 4:52:43 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 101 replies
    Fox 8 WGHP ^ | July 4, 2020
    RICHMOND, Va. — State officials in Virginia ordered the removal of a large American flag from a construction site ahead of the Fourth of July, calling it a potential target for people protesting racial injustice and police brutality. A spokeswoman for the state Department of General Services said officials asked a contractor to take down the flag from a new office building for state lawmakers under construction in Richmond.
  • Virginia officials order removal of American flag from construction site, calling it a 'target' for protestors

    07/05/2020 10:01:25 AM PDT · by blueyon · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/04/20 | Kaelan Deese
    An American flag presented at a Richmond, Va., construction site was taken down almost as soon as it went up Friday after city officials voiced concerns that it could be a "target" for demonstrators and protesters. Since the death of George Floyd in police custody in late May, protests and marches have continued throughout the nation. While most demonstrations have remained peaceful, officials worried the flag could pose a "safety risk" for the July Fourth weekend, according to The Washington Post. "Over the past month we've seen buildings and structures around Capitol Square vandalized and flags, dumpsters, a bus and...
  • Christian photographer sues State of Virginia over law that may force him to service gay weddings

    07/03/2020 7:04:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/03/2020 | Michael Gryboski
    A professional photographer has filed a lawsuit against a new Virginia law that he says would force him to violate his sincerely held Christian beliefs by requiring him to provide his services to same-sex weddings. Chris Herring filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division, against the newly enacted Virginia Values Act. Signed into law by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam in April, the law prohibits businesses from engaging in discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The lawsuit is a “pre-enforcement challenge,” as Herring has not yet...
  • Monument Avenue in Richmond is no more.

    07/02/2020 9:21:44 PM PDT · by central_va · 92 replies
    wrva ^ | 7/2/20 | wrva
    Richmond, VA _ The City of Richmond Thursday removed the Maury Statue on Monument Avenue at Belmont, along with two cannons on Monument avenue, one just west of the Arthur Ashe Monument, and the other east of the Jefferson Davis statue. Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said the statue and cannons were among eleven the city would be removing in the coming days, following Wednesday's removal of the Stonewall Jackson statue, but it would wait until after the July 4th holiday. Maury was a confederate navy officer during the Civil War and known as the "Pathfinder of the Seas", which is...
  • Virginia Democrats propose lowering assault on police officer from felony to misdemeanor

    07/02/2020 8:52:36 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 33 replies ^ | July 2, 2020 | Madison Dibble
    Democrats in the Virginia Senate proposed downgrading the charge for assaulting an officer from a felony to a misdemeanor. The Senate Democrats released a plan to address police brutality and racial injustice in response to nationwide protests. The proposal includes several changes to policy regarding policing, including changes to the crime of assaulting an officer. “Our constituents want change,” said state Sen. Mamie Locke, chairwoman of the state Senate Democratic Caucus. “We hear that loud and clear from them. They want policy change. They’re pretty much done with thoughts and prayers. They’re done with ‘one more discussion’ and hearing us say we’ll get it...
  • Second Confederate statue removed in Richmond [Maury]

    07/02/2020 2:05:45 PM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    AFP ^ | July 2, 2020 | Staff
    Work crews acting on the orders of the mayor took down a second statue on Thursday of a Confederate military figure in Richmond, the Virginia city that was the capital of the pro-slavery Civil War South. The statue of Matthew Fontaine Maury, a Confederate naval officer, was seen in televised footage being lifted off its stone base by a crane and placed on a flatbed truck.
  • Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany

    07/01/2020 11:04:53 PM PDT · by robowombat · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/29/20 03:19 PM EDT | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany BY JORDAIN CARNEY - 06/29/20 03:19 PM EDT A bipartisan group of senators is trying to place limits on President Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany unless the administration is able to meet a slew of requirements. The proposal, spearheaded by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), would prohibit the administration from reducing the number of active-duty troops in Germany below 34,500 unless the Pentagon can certify to Congress that it is in the national security interest of the United States and would not negatively undermine European alliances or NATO....
  • Virginia Beach First Responders 'pushed and kicked' Responding to Deadly Crash

    07/02/2020 6:57:25 AM PDT · by Don@VB · 13 replies
    WAVY News ^ | 7/1/2020 | WAVY News
    Virginia Beach first responders ‘pushed and kicked’ while responding to a deadly motorcycle crash |