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  • Battle flag at center of Supreme Court free speech case

    03/23/2015 6:22:27 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/23/15 | Associated Press
    exas commemorates the Confederacy in many ways, from an annual celebration of Confederate Heroes Day each January to monuments on the grounds of the state Capitol in Austin. Among the memorials is one that has stood for more than a century, bearing an image of the Confederate battle flag etched in marble. But you're out of luck if you want to put that flag on your license plate. Texas says that would be offensive. Now the Supreme Court will decide whether the state can refuse to issue a license plate featuring the battle flag without violating the free-speech rights of...
  • Battle flag at center of Supreme Court free speech case

    03/22/2015 12:28:41 PM PDT · by PROCON · 106 replies
    AP ^ | March 22, 2015
    Texas commemorates the Confederacy in many ways, from an annual celebration of Confederate Heroes Day each January to monuments on the grounds of the state Capitol in Austin. Among the memorials is one that has stood for more than a century, bearing an image of the Confederate battle flag etched in marble. But you're out of luck if you want to put that flag on your license plate. Texas says that would be offensive.
  • Confederate Flag License Plate Battle Reaches Supreme Court

    03/22/2015 8:11:04 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 86 replies
    chronicle bulletin ^ | 22 Mar 2015 | unknown
    The nine justices will hear a one particular-hour oral argument in a case that raises the situation of how states can let or reject politically divisive messages on license plates with out violating absolutely free speech rights. States can generate revenue...
  • Principal: L.I. High School Students Suspended Indefinitely For Displaying Confederate Flag

    04/16/2014 9:32:58 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 55 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | CBS
    Principal: L.I. High School Students Suspended Indefinitely For Displaying Confederate Flag SOUTH HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Two Long Island high school students have been suspended for allegedly bringing a Confederate flag to school. Brother Gary Cregan, principal of St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, said the two seniors walked in with a Confederate flag draped around their shoulders during an after-hours sporting event at the school. As CBS 2′s Kathryn Brown reported, there is outrage and disgust on Long Island.
  • Teen: Suspended for Confederate flag on truck

    03/29/2014 5:17:56 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 94 replies
    myfoxny.com ^ | March 28, 2014
    <p>By FOX NEWS - A New Jersey high school student says he was suspended from school after refusing to remove a Confederate flag on his truck.</p> <p>Gregory Vied, 17, told News12 he was suspended for flying the flag on his pickup truck, which was parked in a student lot at Steinert High School in Hamilton Township.</p>
  • Save your Confederate money, boys, the South gon rise again (Only a day and here's the race card)

    10/14/2013 10:04:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Orlando Weekly ^ | October 14, 2013 | Jeffrey Billman
    Nothing says patriot like waving around the Battle Flag of the Confederacy in front of the White House.Im still trying to wrap my head around this scene: Yesterday, in Washington, a group of angry white peopleit was billed as the Million Vet March but numbered in the hundreds, maybe the thousands, and who knows how many were actual veteransled by Tea Party-aligned Texas senator Ted Cruz and former half-term Alaska governor Sarah Palin, marched on the Lincoln and World War II memorials, tearing down the barricades and demanding that President Obama reopen these sites, which, of course, are closed because...
  • Kanye West defies critics and wears controversial Confederate Flag jacket to boxing class

    11/03/2013 5:28:08 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 2, 2013 | Mike Larkin
    He has never been afraid to put his reputation on the line by indulging in controversial antics. But many will be thinking Kanye West has gone too far after he brashly ignored critics and wore a jacket with a Confederate Flag patch in Los Angeles on Saturday. The Georgia born singer was spotted in the garment after he worked up a sweat in a private boxing lesson.
  • Protester Shows Up at Vet Rally With Confederate Flag, Democrat Fundraisers Spring Into Action

    10/14/2013 6:34:58 AM PDT · by Qbert · 32 replies
    JWF ^ | Oct 14, 2013 | Jammie
    Nobody expects fair coverage from the media when it comes to peaceful protests against Obama. But this just seems a bit coordinated. About 200 people, counting among their ranks Republican Senator Mike Lee, Senator Ted Cruz and former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, converged on D.C.s World War II memorial Sunday morning. Slightly overselling themselves as the Million Vet March on the Memorials, they cut through barriers to protest the sites closing during the shutdown. This is the peoples memorial, Cruz said in a speech. Let me ask a simple question. Why is the federal government spending money to erect...
  • Football, Confederate flag and The Band Played Dixie

    08/10/2013 3:12:36 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 166 replies
    Canda Free Press ^ | August 10, 2013 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    It is reported that a Southern Heritage group has purchased land in Richmond, Virginia to fly a 10-by-15 foot Confederate flag on Interstate 95 in the city.
  • NAACP decries Va. groups plan to fly huge Confederate flag near I-95

    08/08/2013 6:17:07 AM PDT · by kevcol · 615 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 7, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The NAACP has come forward in staunch opposition and anger about a heritage groups plans to fly a 10-by-15-foot Confederate flag on a 50-foot pole south of Richmond, Va. large enough to be seen from the corridors main highway, Interstate 95. The Virginia Flaggers say its to show respect for those on the Souths side who fought and died during the Civil War . . . But the NAACP sees differently. Virginia chapter executive director King Salim Khalfani told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the flag would show Richmond as a backwater, trailer park, hick town.
  • Feds investigate Redneck Day at Arizona high school

    07/26/2013 9:57:38 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 30 replies
    970 WFLA ^ | 7/26/13
    The U.S. Department of Education has officially opened an investigation into allegations that an Arizona high schools campus-wide Redneck Day amounted to a federal civil rights violation. The kerfuffle giving rise to the investigation arose back in May at Queen Creek High School on the outskirts of Phoenix. The student council hatched a plan to energize students for prom week that included a faculty adviser-approved Redneck Day. The point was to dress like and spoof Duck Dynasty, an A&E reality TV show which follows a wealthy, eccentric Louisiana family. Its not exactly clear how dressing like a hillbilly...
  • Why Would A Black Man Wanna Fly A Confederate Flag?!?

    01/18/2013 12:41:21 PM PST · by onedoug · 21 replies
    Average Bro.com ^ | 6 DEC 2011 | Satff
    Byron Thomas is 19, black, a freshman at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and a proud Southerner. He hung a Confederate flag in his dorm room window until the university asked him to take it down because several people had complained about it. (The university later stepped back from the request, saying all students have the right to free speech.)
  • Warner Bros. Removing Confederate Flag From Dukes of Hazzard Car

    08/30/2012 2:37:55 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 65 replies
    Screen Crush ^ | 8/27/12 | Mike Sampson
    The General Lee Bo and Luke Dukes vehicle of choice from The Dukes of Hazzard is a classic and instantly recognizable Hollywood car. But its about to get a little less recognizable as Warner Bros., the studio that owns the theatrical, DVD and licensing rights to The Dukes of Hazzard, has decided to remove the confederate flag from all future versions of the car. The news has reportedly been floating around the hobby community over the past few days as Dukes of Hazzard collectors became aware of a new regulation. A collector on HobbyTalk.com was told by a...
  • Teen banned from prom over controversial dress (Confederate Flag theme)

    04/25/2012 3:56:16 PM PDT · by Stoat · 32 replies
    WAFB News / Various ^ | April 24, 2012 | Janice Broach
    MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) A Mid-South teen is banned from prom for wearing a dress that resembles a confederate battle flag. "It wasn't done to offend anybody," Texanna Edwards explained of her dress. "It was done just for the sole fact that I just wanted a rebel flag dress because I thought it was cool." But the principal at Gibson High in West Tennessee did notthink it was cool. Edwards, a senior at the school, tried to wear the dress that she helped design to the prom Saturday night. She also wore a rebel flag necklace. "He told...
  • MSNBC's Bashir Superimposes Republican Candidates In Front Of Confederate Flag

    01/21/2012 3:37:49 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 46 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Given the abundance of options at the network, it's saying something to name Martin Bashir as the most noisome of MSNBC hosts. But so he is, in my book. Witness the low stunt Bashir pulled to open his show today, on the afternoon of the South Carolina primary. Bashir superimposed photos of the Republican candidates in front of a Confederate flag image. Lest their be any doubt as to the message Bashir meant to send, the screen graphic read "Rebel Yell." Oh those racist Republicans. View the video here.
  • Student Sparks Debate With Dorm Room Confederate Flag

    12/02/2011 7:33:08 AM PST · by Scotsman will be Free · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 1, 2011 | Associated Press
    "A black U.S. college student who drew complaints for displaying a Confederate flag in his dorm room window said he sees the banne as a symbol of pride and not racism."
  • Teen Suspended From N.J. School For Wearing Confederate Flag Shirt

    11/14/2011 6:10:50 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 49 replies · 1+ views
    CBS New York ^ | Nov.14, 2011
    EAST WINDSOR, N.J. (CBSNewYork) A 14-year-old New Jersey girl has been suspended for wearing a sweatshirt with a Confederate flag on it. Many see it as a symbol of hate and racism, but this teenager claims its part of her heritage, reports CBS 2s Christine Sloan. Torri Albrecht said Monday when she showed up to her middle school wearing a sweatshirt with the confederate flag. She said her vice principal gave her a choice: He said I had to take off the sweatshirt or flip it inside out or face the consequences, Albrecht said. But the eighth grader, who...
  • Confederate flag causes race war (dramatic headline from Michigan)

    10/21/2011 7:09:21 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 81 replies
    ABC57 ^ | October 20, 2011 | Rachel Glaser
    DOWAGIAC, Mich. Classrooms were noticeably empty at Union High School on Thursday. Its been almost a week since administrators banned students from wearing anything with the confederate flag. Since then, things at the school have been tense, Its been really hectic, pretty awkward, Brittany Williams said. Thursday was a half day for students, Williams and her friend spent the day downtown trying to escape the controversy at the high school. They need to stop, theyre doing it on purpose just to agitate people, Williams said. To her, its not just the Confederate flag she finds offensive, its the students...
  • Outrage continues over Dowagiac students' decision to fly Confederate flag (Michigan)

    10/20/2011 4:06:01 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 56 replies
    ABC57 News ^ | October 20, 2011 | Jaclyn Kelley
    DOWAGIAC, Mich. -- School officials at Dowagiac Union High School have banned students from wearing the Confederate flag. Now students are fighting back! There has been outrage, hurt feelings, and death threats after a student was suspended last Friday for wearing a belt buckle with the Confederate flag on it. On Monday, a handful of students wore Confederate flag T-shirts in retaliation, and they too were suspended. On Wednesday, dozens of students went to school in protest, wearing T-shirts with a Confederate flag on them. The students either left school on their own, or were sent home for fighting back...
  • Freep a Poll! (When you see a Confederate flag, what does it mean to you?)

    04/12/2011 2:47:10 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 87 replies
    Roanoke.com ^ | 4-12-11 | Roanoke.com
    When you see a Confederate flag, what does it mean to you? Symbol of Southern culture Symbol of enslavement and bigotry Memorial to fallen soldiers None of the above
  • School bus driver fired over Confederate flag

    03/09/2011 5:59:49 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 9, 2011 | JEFF BARNARD
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon school bus driver fired after he refused to remove a Confederate battle flag flying from his pickup truck has enlisted the help of a conservative civil liberties group in hopes of getting his job back. The Rutherford Institute of Charlottesville, Va., sent a letter Wednesday to First Student Bus Transportation Services demanding that Ken Webber of Medford, Ore., be reinstated.
  • NAACP Should Not Honor Confederate Flag Waving Kid Rock

    03/07/2011 10:36:50 AM PST · by Mozilla · 30 replies
    News One ^ | 3-7-11 | Dr. Boyce Watkins
    In one of the most interesting What the hayell moments in recent memory, the NAACP Detroit branch has announced that they plan to give singer Kid Rock an award at their annual Great Expectations Dinner, which typically draws 10,000 participants. The dinner is going to be held on May 1, and if recent protests are an indicator, there wont be 10,000 people in the audience ready to celebrate. The reason that people are up in arms is because Kid Rock has often used the Confederate Flag as part of his routine on stage. The singer has argued that the flag...
  • School bus driver suspended for Confederate flag

    03/03/2011 9:45:30 AM PST · by Libertarianize the GOP · 30 replies
    komonews.com ^ | Mar 3, 2011
    <p>MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon school bus driver has been suspended for refusing to remove a Confederate flag from his personal vehicle.</p> <p>The Mail Tribune reports that 28-year-old Ken Webber of Medford said he's worked four years for First Student School Bus Transportation Services, a contractor for the Phoenix-Talent School District in the Medford area.</p>
  • Artwork with Confederate flag removed in Ga.

    02/04/2011 12:51:54 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 4, 2011
    OAKWOOD, Ga. (AP) -- A college president in Georgia says she ordered an instructor's painting that featured a Confederate flag removed from a faculty art exhibit. The Athens Banner-Herald reports the flag was superimposed on images including a hanged black man and a hooded Ku Klux Klansman.
  • Court rules Tennessee school's ban on Confederate flag OK

    11/18/2010 1:08:42 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 77 replies
    Timesnews ^ | 11/18/2010 | Timesnews
    KNOXVILLE - A federal appeals court has upheld a district court's ruling that a school's ban on Confederate clothing was a reasonable attempt to prevent disruptions. Tommy Defoe sued Anderson County school officials after he was sent home and then suspended for insubordination in 2006 for wearing a T-shirt and a belt buckle bearing the image of the Confederate battle flag. He said he wanted to display his pride in his Southern heritage. In court filings, he claimed school officials violated his First Amendment rights.
  • Confederate flag near Walpole HS sparks debate

    05/26/2010 4:49:23 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 680 replies · 5,772+ views
    WHDH - TV ^ | 5/25/2010
    WALPOLE, Mass. -- The Confederate flag is at the center of a growing controversy in Walpole. The Confederate flag, considered by many to stand for the Old Souths fight for slavery, was the symbol of Walpole sports teams for decades. The football team is still known as the Walpole High School Rebels The Walpole School board voted in 1994 to do away with the divisive symbol after a 25-year run. I dont really like it. I think it should go down, said Marven Jensimon, who opposes the flag. Yet the flag is still being displayed on private property right next...
  • New Fredericksburg movie theater to remove Confederate flag from mural

    05/19/2010 10:17:38 AM PDT · by Captain Jack Aubrey · 94 replies · 2,295+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | May 19, 2010 | AP
    A new movie theater in Fredericksburg is removing a Confederate flag from a mural after it received complaints. The Muvico theater includes a Civil-War themed bar and the mural is painted on a wall of an outside seating area. The mural depicts a U.S. flag on one side, a Confederate flag on the other, and has stars, an eagle and other adornments.
  • Party in Strmstad in progress (Drunken Norwegians invade Sweden...with Confederate flags)

    04/01/2010 3:36:09 PM PDT · by Dagnabitt · 42 replies · 1,195+ views
    NRK ^ | April 1, 2010 | Espen Torgersen
    NRK (Norwegian National Broadcasting)Party in Strmstad UnderwayThe annual Easter break pilgrimage of thousands of young Norwegians to the Swedish border city is in full swing, with thousands descending upon their neighbors, attracted by cheaper alcohol and the party atmosphere. As in years past, scores have ended up in Swedish jail.
  • Missing piece in collection

    11/17/2009 8:25:16 AM PST · by cowboyway · 8 replies · 770+ views
    Pasadena Citizen News ^ | 11.15.09 | YVETTE OROZCO
    Paul Schupska knows his history. Over the years, his vast collections of baseball, World War I and II and antique toys have been displayed at community public libraries throughout the area. Whether it is a vintage GI Joe or an authentic World War II map used by Allied forces in a European bunker, Schupska prides himself on the completeness of his displays, on telling as much of a complete history as possible. When he recently showcased his World War II collection at the Pasadena Public Library on Fairmont, the Nazi insignias were part of that story. He has shown several...
  • Does the Confederate Flag offend you?

    08/06/2009 11:14:41 AM PDT · by poetbdk · 186 replies · 6,137+ views
    Does the Confederate Flag offend you? http://www.sodahead.com/question/537677/does-the-confederate-flag-offend-you/ I came across this question asked at SodaHead.com that has produced a lively discussion with over 2500 comments. I thought I would post it here at Free Republic and see if it gets a similiar response.
  • General Forrest and the Confederate flag

    07/11/2009 7:53:15 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 46 replies · 1,302+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | July 11, 2009 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Monday, July 13th, in the year of our Lord 2009, is the 188th birthday of American legend and Southern Hero--Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.
  • Flag fallout: ACC reverses S.C. baseball bid

    07/07/2009 5:40:55 AM PDT · by Bulldawg Fan · 9 replies · 530+ views
    www.thestate.com ^ | 7/7/09 | Paul Strelow
    CLEMSON The ACC has halted its plans to hold its conference baseball tournament in Myrtle Beach, citing failure to reach an agreement on the Confederate flag issue. In May, the ACC awarded the event to Myrtle Beach for 2011-13, expressing a willingness to look past the NCAAs ban of predetermined championship events being contested in the state. On Monday, the league announced it had given the event to Durham, N.C. (for 2011, 2013) and Greensboro, N.C. (for 2012), confirming a report by The State that its plans had changed. Clemson coach Jack Leggett - Mary Ann Chastain /AP Do...
  • Maryland School Blocks Distribution of Confederate Flag Brochure

    06/12/2009 1:25:19 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 5 replies · 559+ views
    AP/FoxNews.com ^ | 6/10/09 | N/A
    CUMBERLAND, Md. A dispute has erupted in Cumberland over the distribution of a brochure that purports to explain the history of the Confederate battle flag in Allegany County public schools.
  • FREEP A POLL:Should the U.S. keep a closer watch on white supremacists?

    06/12/2009 8:16:58 AM PDT · by AZ .44 MAG · 31 replies · 789+ views
    South Florida Times ^ | 6-12-2009 | South Florida Times
    Should the U.S. keep a closer watch on white supremacists? Yes No Poll is in reference to an article about flying the Confederate Flag at taxpayer-funded events.
  • NAACP issues ultimatum on Confederate flag ban

    06/12/2009 6:23:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 82 replies · 2,042+ views
    South Florida Times ^ | 06/12/09 | Elgin Jones
    Civil rights groups on Thursday put city and business leaders here on a 30-day notice that unless they meet a list of demands including a ban on the display of the Confederate flag at taxpayer-funded events they will be subjected to protests and boycotts.
  • NAACP ponders NASCAR boycott in fight against Confederate Flag

    05/22/2009 5:09:15 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 89 replies · 4,252+ views
    South Florida Times ^ | 5-21-2009 | Elgin Jones
    HOMESTEADThe Miami-Dade branch of the NAACP has set its sights on NASCAR, Homesteads major national attraction, in its fight against the Confederate Flag. The civil rights organization will first reach out to officials with the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, seeking to enlist their help in efforts to ban the controversial symbol from city-sponsored events. If that does not work, however, NAACP officials say they will consider a boycott and protest march at the NASCAR events slated for Nov. 20-22 at the Homestead-Miami Motor Speedway. NAACP officials on Wednesday said they are drafting a letter to NASCAR Chairman...
  • Court sides with Missouri school in flap over rebel flag on student's cap

    01/30/2009 2:21:00 PM PST · by stan_sipple · 16 replies · 855+ views
    BND.com ^ | 1-30-09 | Belleville New Democrat
    A federal appeals court ruled that a Missouri school district had the right to suspend a student who wore a cap depicting a Confederate flag. The ruling Friday by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis said schools may restrict First Amendment rights "in certain limited circumstances." It affirms a lower court ruling from 2007. Bryce Archambo was 14 when he was suspended from Farmington High School in September 2006, after wearing a baseball cap depicting the Confederate flag with the words, "C.S.A. Rebel Pride, 1861." The district said the flag was associated with racism and feared...
  • Confederate flag causes flap at Marysville [WA] school [Students Supsended for Displaying It]

    01/15/2009 11:05:27 AM PST · by matt1234 · 83 replies · 9,651+ views
    Northwest Cable News ^ | January 15, 2009 | ELISA HAHN
    MARYSVILLE, Wash. - At least three students were suspended from Marysville-Pilchuck High School after displaying the Confederate flag. Ray Hauser, spokesperson for the school district, said one incident occurred in October, and another just last week. The students say the flag is a symbol of culture and heritage, but the school district says it's also a symbol of hatred. Hauser said the students are aware of school policy, and when the administration learned of the displays, the students were called in for a discussion and suspensions occurred immediately. Eighteen-year-old Ethian Allen is a senior at the school. Over the past...
  • The President is Black, Hide the Confederate Flag

    11/10/2008 3:17:30 AM PST · by ComputerGuy · 46 replies · 383+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 11/10/2008 | Mike S. Adams
    A few weeks ago, as I was walking across the campus of UNC-Wilmington, I heard an old familiar sound. A rap song was blaring from the general vicinity of the university amphitheater. I heard the n-word broadcast loudly (from over 100 yards away) so I decided to walk over to investigate the source of the racial epithet.
  • NAACP: Hollywood showing interest in SC boycott

    09/23/2008 5:53:47 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 127 replies · 224+ views
    Myrtle Beach Online ^ | 9/22/2008 | Katrina A. Goggins - Associated Press Writer
    The leader of the state NAACP said Monday that the group's boycott of South Carolina over the Confederate flag on statehouse grounds is gaining traction in Hollywood, but Lonnie Randolph declined Monday to name drop, saying an announcement would come in January. Using its offices in Hollywood, Baltimore and South Carolina, leaders of the civil rights group have been aggressively courting actors and film executives since calls for a renewed economic sanction was announced during the NAACP's national convention in July. The new plan calls for asking actors and movie studios to shun the state's efforts to lure film makers....
  • School officials: Rebel flag suit more than a dress code issue; funded by outside sources

    08/15/2008 4:24:22 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 72 replies · 174+ views
    The Oak Ridger ^ | August 14, 2008 | Leean Tupper
    CLINTON, Tenn. Likening the case to the racial discord of the mid- to late 1950s in Anderson County, county school officials on Thursday night said this week's U.S. federal court hearing over a student's right to wear the Confederate flag symbol is being funded "by outside sources." "Regardless of what you read there's a lot more to it than our enforcement of our dress code," John Burrell, Anderson County Board of Education chairman, said during the county school board's regular monthly meeting. At the meeting's start, Anderson County school board members spent approximately 20 minutes in an executive session...

    08/05/2008 12:11:25 PM PDT · by cowboyway · 242 replies · 299+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 4, 2008 | Patrik Jonsson
    TAMPA, FLA. - Chip Witte doesn't consider himself a Rebel. He doesn't hang Dixie battle flags in his living room, nor does he wear one on the back of his leather jacket. Yet when the Tampa motorcycle mechanic saw the world's largest Confederate battle flag unfurl above the intersection of I-75 and I-4 in June, he felt a jolt of solidarity with the lost cause and lost rights that he says the battle flag represents. "I think it's great that they're allowed to fly it," says Mr. Witte. [Editor's note: The original version misidentified the highway intersection.]
  • Confederate flag advocate Bart Siegel found dead (Giant Tampa Flag)

    08/09/2008 9:02:39 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 60 replies · 1,741+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | August 9, 2008 | St, Petersburg Times
    TEMPLE TERRACE Bart Siegel, an outspoken advocate for the display of the giant Confederate flag near the intersection of Interstate 4 and I-75, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot in his Temple Terrace home Thursday. Siegel, 50, was a Republican accountant who penned long letters to newspapers and verbally sparred with columnists. In 2000, he announced his desire to "stir things up" by running against then-Hillsborough Clerk of the Circuit Court Richard Ake, a Democrat unopposed since 1986. Siegel lost, but kept stirring things up. In the face of a protest, Siegel professed his love for the...
  • Battle over Confederate flag hits highways

    08/04/2008 3:47:13 PM PDT · by LAforme2008 · 70 replies · 335+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | August 4, 2008 | Patrik Jonsson
    Chip Witte doesn't consider himself a Rebel. He doesn't hang Dixie battle flags in his living room, nor does he wear one on the back of his leather jacket. Yet when the Tampa motorcycle mechanic saw the world's largest Confederate battle flag unfurl above the intersection of I-10 and I-4 in June, he felt a jolt of solidarity with the lost cause and lost rights that he says the battle flag represents. "I think it's great that they're allowed to fly it," says Mr. Witte. Despite years of boycotts, schoolyard bans, and banishment from capitol domes, the Southern battle colors...
  • CONFEDERATE FLAG AT GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS/Neal Boortz misses the point!

    06/06/2008 5:24:06 AM PDT · by wintertime · 40 replies · 4,895+ views
    http://boortz.com/nuze/index.html ^ | June 5, 2008 | Neal Boortz
    In Minnesota, three government high school seniors were suspended and banned from graduation ceremonies for a prank involving Confederate flags. The principal says they were suspended for violating the school district's anti-discrimination rules. The Bloomington Kennedy High School says that three male students brought the flags onto school property. They were apparently suspended after "carrying and waving" the flags in the parking lot as parents and students arrived at school. Something tells me there is more to this story. Ok, here we have a government school that has suspended some students for bringing a freaking flag on school grounds. There...
  • Bloomington Kennedy students suspended after Confederate flag incident, previous warning issued

    06/05/2008 7:30:03 PM PDT · by radar101 · 7 replies · 243+ views
    SUN NEWS ^ | June 5 2008 | HARVEY T. ROCKWOOD
    At least one of the Bloomington Kennedy High School students suspended Tuesday, June 3, for displaying a Confederate flag had been warned about doing so after an earlier incident. Rick Kaufman, Bloomington Public School's executive director of communications, said three students who participated in the flag display have been suspended and won't be permitted to take part in Kennedy's graduation ceremony tonight, June 4, at Target Center in Minneapolis. At least one of the suspended students had been warned against displaying the flag following a previous incident, said Kaufman. He declined to give details but said the student must have...
  • No Graduation Walk for Confederate Flag-Wavers

    06/05/2008 12:09:34 PM PDT · by XR7 · 107 replies · 339+ views
    Breitbart/WCCO ^ | 6/5/08 | Lisa Kiava
    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) ― Flying the Confederate flag has long been controversial in Southern states but now it's causing a heated debate at Kennedy High School in Bloomington, Minn. Three seniors who displayed the flag will not be allowed to attend their graduation ceremony Wednesday evening. "It was sitting like that in the parking lot," said Justin Thompson, as he held a Confederate flag that was hanging from a pole inside a pick-up truck bed. On Tuesday, three seniors, each with a rebel flag on the back of their pick-ups, parked at Kennedy High School. "I'm just a country type...
  • 3 Bloomington (MN) seniors barred from graduation over Confederate flag prank

    06/04/2008 2:40:17 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 26 replies · 738+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribuine (aka The Red Star) ^ | 6/04/08 | Patrice Relerford - Staff Reporter
    Three high school seniors have been barred from Bloomington Kennedy High School's graduation ceremony tonight at Target Center because of what the school district is calling a prank involving Confederate flags. Rick Kaufman, a spokesman for the Bloomington School District, said three male students brought the flags onto school property Tuesday morning. He said they were suspended after "carrying and waving" the flags in the parking lot as parents and students arrived at the school. Bloomington Kennedy senior Kellie Rezac is a friend of the three boys and helped organize a protest outside the school earlier today. Rezac said the...
  • Confederate flag controversy brews at Bloomington school (Minnesota)

    06/04/2008 1:32:11 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 143 replies · 513+ views
    KAAL-TV ^ | June 4, 2008 | Justin Piehowski
    Three seniors at Bloomington Kennedy High School will not be allowed to walk in their graduation ceremony after driving to school with confederate flags flying from their trucks. Seventy-five other students showed up at the school Wednesday morning to protest the action taken by the school against Justin Thompson, Joey Snyder and another student. "I figured, you know, were seniors, its the last day of schoolwe didnt mean any offense by it," Thompson said. Added Snyder: "We didnt look at it as racist or anything." But school officials feel that flying a confederate flag violates the schools student conduct policy....
  • 'World's Largest' Confederate Flag May Fly In Fla.

    06/01/2008 10:47:58 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 55 replies · 122+ views
    local6 ^ | 01-June-2008
    TAMPA, Fla. -- A giant Confederate battle flag -- believed to be the world's largest -- may soon be flying near a Tampa highway intersection. A Confederate heritage group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans plans to fly the flag that measures 30 feet tall and 50 feet wide. The group said it expects to have its flag in place by 2009. "I'm surprised that they would allow something like this to go on in Hillsborough County," county NAACP President Curtis Stokes told the St. Petersburg Times. The group has building permits but still needs $30,000 to complete the project,...