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  • New Orleans delays bid process for Confederate monument removal

    05/24/2016 3:13:23 PM PDT · by BBell · 21 replies
    NEW ORLEANS (WWL-TV) – The city of New Orleans has cancelled the start of the monument relocation bid process that was scheduled Monday as the matter continues to be stayed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision to remove four monuments that celebrate Confederate era figures or events and the bid process to have them removed has been marked by controversy and court hearings. The city council voted late last year to have the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle, The P.G.T. Beauregard statue near City Park, the Jefferson Davis Memorial on Jefferson Davis Parkway and the...
  • Congress votes to ban Confederate flags from VA cemeteries

    05/22/2016 6:17:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 152 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 22, 2016 | Madison Margolin
    Congress passed a proposal on Thursday that essentially bans Confederate flags from national cemeteries. With a 265-159 vote, the proposal makes it illegal to display the Confederate flag in Department of Veteran Affairs cemeteries – even on individual grave sites that honor soldiers who fought for the Confederacy, except on Memorial Day and Confederate Memorial Day. Introduced by Rep. Jared Huffman (D) of California, the proposal received support from 84 Republicans and all but two Democrats. Rep. Sanford Bishop (D) of Georgia, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, voted against the amendment, while Representative Betty McCollum (D) of Minnesota...
  • Tx School Board Ignores Arabic Connection to Slavery-Renames Other Schools

    05/09/2016 3:44:57 PM PDT · by magna carta · 11 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | May 9,2016 | Lana Shadwick
    Houston-The protest organizer at an Arabic Immersion Magnet School says it is ironic that the seventh largest school district in the U.S. is ignoring the Arabic culture’s “long and ongoing culture of enslavement” while stripping names off of schools of anyone connected with the Confederacy or slavery (and spending millions to do so). The leader of “Stop the Magnet,” Liz Theiss, also said she does not understand why the school would reroute school buses and parent pick-up routes where protesters were playing the Islamic Call To Prayer.
  • A Slice of the Confederacy in the Interior of Brazil

    05/08/2016 9:43:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 May 2016 | Simon Romero
    On a stage festooned with Confederate flags, a singer was belting out “Dixieland Delight” by Alabama near an obelisk honoring the Americans who fled to this outpost in the aftermath of the Civil War. “We’re not racists,” said Cícero Carr, 54, an engineer whose great-great-grandfather hailed from Texas. Wearing a fedora featuring the rebel battle flag, he explained in Portuguese, “We’re just revering our ancestors who had the good sense to settle in Brazil.” At the annual celebration of Brazil’s self-described Confederados one scorching Sunday in April, Confederate flags adorned the hoop-skirted gowns of young belles and the trucker caps...
  • Confederate emblem removed at U.S. Capitol (State flags!)

    04/21/2016 2:55:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    USA Today | April 21, 2016 | Deborah Barfield Berry
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/21/confederate-flag-removed-us-capitol-tunnel/83337106/
  • It’s Religious Liberty vs. Gay Sharia in Dixie

    04/06/2016 4:15:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    The Stream ^ | 4/6/16 | John Zmirak
    Ever since Walmart pressured Arkansas to reject civil rights protections for Christians, and the #BoycottIndiana movement roped in huge companies like Apple, there’s been a confrontation brewing between Americans who demand the free exercise of religion, and big business lobbyists who want to keep their gay customers and stockholders happy. We saw it in Georgia recently, and now PayPal is getting in on the act in North Carolina.The question is whether politically active Christians can motivate churchgoers and other fans of the First Amendment to counteract high-dollar blackmail of the sort the NFL and Disney employed to cow the governor of Georgia...
  • Cruz Has Now Beaten Trump in a Majority of States Outside the South

    04/06/2016 11:01:54 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 78 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | APR 06, 2016 | JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
    With his win in Tuesday’s open primary in the blue state of Wisconsin, Ted Cruz has now beaten Donald Trump in 11 of 21 states that have been contested to date outside of the South. Cruz has now beaten Trump in three Midwestern states (Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota—with Cruz having finished second and Trump third in the latter), one Northeastern state (Maine), three Plains states (Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas), three Western Frontier states (Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming), and one state outside of the Lower 48 (Alaska). The South is Trump country, and he is undefeated there, having posted 11 wins...
  • Bill to block removal of Confederate monuments rejected (Louisiana)

    04/06/2016 11:59:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2016 1:59 PM EDT | Megan Trimble
    A proposal to stop the teardown of Louisiana’s Confederate monuments and step into an ongoing fight in New Orleans has failed to win support in the state Senate, blocked by Democratic lawmakers. Sen. Beth Mizell, a Republican who lives 70 miles north of New Orleans, sought to create a state commission to sign off on monument removals. She told senators: “History is bigger than a single community or the mood of a moment.” The argument failed to sway Democrats on the committee, all of whom are black. …
  • Removal of Confederate symbols turns nasty in New Orleans

    03/25/2016 7:06:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2016 9:47 AM EDT | Cain Burdeau
    Backlash against a plan to remove prominent Confederate monuments in New Orleans has been tinged by death threats, intimidation and even what may have been the intentional torching of a contractor’s Lamborghini. For now, at least, things have gotten so nasty the city hasn’t found a contractor willing to bear the risk of tearing down the monuments. The city doesn’t have its own equipment to move them and is now in talks to find a company, even discussing doing the work at night to avoid further tumult.Initially, it appeared the monuments would be removed quickly after the majority black City...
  • Dem Civil War: ‘Hillary Won Confederacy’ Says Sanders Supporters Progressive Democrats of America

    03/17/2016 11:27:52 AM PDT · by McGruff · 12 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 17, 2016 | Kristinn Taylor
    Shots fired! Bernie Sanders support group Progressive Democrats of America sent out an email after Tuesday’s primaries this week that has caused a civil war on the Left by stating that “Hillary won the Confederacy”. PDA compounded the controversy by attacking and blocking liberal critics–including a Black woman who called out the group. PDA has five Democrat Members of Congress on its advisory board, none are from the South: Rep. John Conyers (MI), Rep. Barbara Lee (CA), Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ), Rep. Keith Ellison (MN) and Rep. Jim McGovern (MA).
  • Maryland Senate OKs state song changes, cuts 'Northern scum'

    03/17/2016 2:17:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 17, 2016 5:10 PM EDT | Brian Witte
    Maryland lawmakers took a step Thursday toward scrubbing references to “Northern scum” and other Civil War-era phrases from the official state song. The Maryland Senate voted 37-8 for the changes, while also recognizing “Maryland, My Maryland” as the state’s historic song. Supporters of the measure, which now goes to the House, said it was a compromise that removes offensive language and recognizes history. …
  • Confederate flag debate stirred up at Gettysburg Battlefield (Scumbag Professor)

    03/07/2016 2:38:12 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 127 replies
    GETTYSBURG, PA (WHTM/CNN) - Tensions ran high during a Confederate flag rally in Pennsylvania this weekend. A Southern heritage group held what it calls Confederate Flag Day in Gettysburg, PA, but there were plenty of vocal opponents to the event. The flag has 13 stars, three stripes and two very different meanings. The refrain is familiar. Supporters such Mark Landree, executive director of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, says it's about history. Opponents like Christina Hansen only see hate.
  • Rallies for, against Confederate flag duel at Gettysburg

    03/05/2016 5:00:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 5, 2016 7:31 PM EST
    Supporters and opponents of use of the Confederate flag clashed verbally in opposing demonstrations at Gettysburg National Military Park, with tensions high at times. [...] The Sons of Confederate Veterans Gettysburg group said its Confederate Flag Day gathering at the park's Eternal Peace Light Monument was intended to honor Southern ancestors. A counter-demonstration was organized by a Gettysburg College associate professor of history and Africana studies, Scott Hancock, who said he wanted to offer a different perspective on the flag's meaning. ...
  • Are Mainstream Civil War Museums Racist?

    02/29/2016 5:42:47 PM PST · by Davy Buck · 16 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 2 February 2016 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    Not only is the assumption "a fundamental mistake", it, by necessity of logic, transfers that same assumption and guilt to many more organizations and persons than just the one displaying the flag . . .
  • Ted Cruz's Southern strategy hasn't panned out as hoped

    02/28/2016 10:17:56 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 88 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 2/28/16 | TODD J. GILLMAN
    The South was to be Ted Cruz’s springboard to the nomination, his firewall in case the first few contests didn’t quite finish off the competition. After a string of third-place finishes, the boasts are gone. The optimism seems forced. Cruz is now engaged in a long slog, overshadowed by Donald Trump and Marco Rubio and heading into Super Tuesday with dim prospects for retaking control of the Republican presidential race. -snip- Cruz offered a far more restrained assessment Saturday as he stumped in the shadow of Georgia’s gold-domed capitol. The midday rally drew no more than 400 people, even as...
  • Mississippi governor defends Confederate Heritage Month decree (Ruh Roh!)

    02/27/2016 11:53:09 AM PST · by rktman · 27 replies
    cnn.com ^ | February 25, 2016 | Steve Almasy
    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday defended proclaiming April as Confederate Heritage Month in his state. Earlier this month, Bryant quietly issued his proclamation, saying people should "earnestly strive to understand our heritage." A spokesman for the governor said his predecessors from both major parties have made similar proclamations. "Gov. Bryant believes Mississippi's history deserves study and reflection, no matter how unpleasant or complicated parts of it may be," Clay Chandler said. "Like the proclamation says, gaining insight from our mistakes and successes will help us move forward."
  • Md. House OKs barring Confederate flag license plate renewal

    02/25/2016 4:09:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2016 2:40 PM EST | Brian Witte
    The Maryland House has passed a measure prohibiting the transfer or renewal of a license plate depicting the Confederate battle flag to another vehicle. [...] Maryland does not now offer plates with the Confederate battle flag. But prior to November, the Motor Vehicle Administration offered a Sons of Confederate Veterans organizational special registration plate that included it. ...
  • Mississippi lawmakers not erasing Confederate emblem on flag

    02/23/2016 5:48:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2016 6:47 PM EST | Emily Wagster Pettus
    Mississippi legislators this year won't attempt to redesign the last state flag that features the Confederate battle emblem because leaders say they can't find a majority to remove the symbol from the 122-year-old banner. Tuesday was the deadline for legislative committees to act on general bills, and flag proposals are among hundreds of measures that died without being brought up for debate. Some bills proposed redesigning the flag to remove the rebel cross, while others would have stripped state money from colleges and local governments that refuse to fly the current banner. One bill offered separate-but-equal flags, keeping the current...
  • Trump to Confederate flag: You're fired! (2015)

    02/22/2016 4:59:44 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 64 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/23/15 | Adam B. Lerner
    When asked whether he supported South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s decision to call for the Confederate battle flag to be taken down from out front of the State Capitol building, Trump said he did. “I would take it down, yes,” the billionaire real estate mogul said. “I think they should put it in a museum and respect whatever it is you have to respect.”Then, when asked what woman he would like to see on the new $10 bill, he responded — to laughter — “My mother.”The questions came after Trump spoke outside his Trump National Golf Club in Virginia. There,...
  • Cruz Robocall Tells South Carolina Voters Confederate Flag is ‘Our Flag’

    02/21/2016 7:28:52 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 64 replies
    The South Carolina primary is about to get under way today, so of course Ted Cruz is up to his last minute shenanigans. You remember Iowa, of course, where he told voters Ben Carson was dropping out of the race and lied that the news came from CNN. This time, according to Schuyler Kropf at The Post and Courier, a Ted Cruz super pac, the Courageous Conservative Political Action Committee, has a new robocall going out to South Carolina voters that the Confederate flag is “Our flag.” Yes, it is your flag, and the first time you ran her up...
  • Pro-Cruz super PAC uses Confederate flag against Trump

    02/20/2016 7:52:15 AM PST · by LesDowrey · 84 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/19/16 | Katie Glueck
    WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.-- A super PAC backing Ted Cruz is running robocalls and radio ads that remind voters Donald Trump supported removing the Confederate flag from South Carolina statehouse grounds. "Trump talks about our flag like it's a social disease," intones the spot, which is playing on about 30 radio stations in South Carolina, as well as a few in neighboring states. It includes clips of Trump saying, "Put it in the museum, let it go." "That's Donald Trump supporting Nikki Haley removing the battle flag from the Confederate memorial in Columbia," says the spot, which is paid for by...
  • Pro-cruz-robo-call-hits-trump-on-confederate-flag

    02/20/2016 3:53:24 AM PST · by scooby321 · 42 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 02-19-2016 | Bradford Richardson
    A pro-Ted Cruz robocall in South Carolina is slamming Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump — and tying him to Gov. Nikki Haley (R) — for supporting the removal of the Confederate battle flag from public property. The call was put out by the Courageous Conservative Political Action Committee, which supports Cruz.
  • SEC primary update: If you thought Iowa was friendly to Ted Cruz, try the South

    02/13/2016 2:59:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | February 11, 2016 | Jim Galloway
    SEC-wide: Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma all have higher proportions of evangelicals than Iowa. That bodes well for Ted Cruz. (Washington Post) Texas: The University of Houston will host a Feb. 25 GOP president debate, televised by CNN. The host and broadcaster had been in flux, and the event was moved back one day. (Texas Tribune) The mother of Sandra Bland, a Texas woman who died in police custody in a case that made national headlines, will campaign with Hillary Clinton in Chicago. (Associated Press)
  • Christian conservatives pivotal in the South, and feeling under siege

    02/13/2016 11:03:39 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 70 replies
    McclatchyDC ^ | 2/12/2016 | DAVID GOLDSTEIN
    Because of their opposition to issues like same-sex marriage, abortion and others, many Christian conservative voters in the South and elsewhere feel their faith and the moral code by which they live is under siege and look to the political arena for support. Inside the Sunshine Coin Laundry near the Piggly Wiggly supermarket, Lagretta Ellington removed her family's clothes from one of the large dryers and began to neatly fold them on a nearby table. The air was moist and smelled of detergent. The floor was concrete. Her views of the presidential race were anything but. She was unsettled, and...
  • Bill would stop removal of Confederate, historic markers [Alabama]

    02/09/2016 6:12:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2016 7:41 PM EST | Kim Chandler
    Confederate monuments first erected after the Civil War to honor Southern soldiers have increasingly been targeted by civil rights activists who say they are offensive to blacks and should be taken down. An Alabama legislator wants to make sure that doesn't happen without state lawmakers' approval. Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa has proposed a bill that would prohibit the removal of historic monuments, plaques and statues from public property unless a committee of lawmakers grants a waiver. "I think there is an undercurrent, not just in Alabama, but throughout the nation" of people who "want to kind of rewrite...
  • Child catches Confederate flag Mardi Gras beads at Sunday parade

    02/02/2016 2:14:13 PM PST · by BBell · 73 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 2/1/16 | Doug MacCash, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    Andre Perry, a New Orleans education consultant, said he was shocked on Sunday (Jan. 31) afternoon when he noticed that his 5-year-old son had caught a necklace of Mardi Gras beads studded with plastic Confederate flags, thrown from a float in the Krewe of Carrollton parade. "When I noticed what he caught," Perry wrote in a text message, "I took them away from him." Perry, who is African-American, said that he later did his best to help his son understand the implications of the symbol. He also posted a photo of the beads on his social media account, which attracted...
  • ‘Confederate cleansing': Lawmaker vows to stop ‘cultural terrorism’ in Georgia

    01/31/2016 12:16:15 PM PST · by PROCON · 46 replies
    WAPO ^ | Jan. 30, 2016 | Sarah Larimer
    A Republican lawmaker who says he's grown weary of what he calls "Confederate cleansing" is working to preserve the famous carving of Robert E. Lee and other Confederate leaders on Georgia's Stone Mountain. "I'm tired of the anti-Confederate rhetoric toward Stone Mountain and any other Confederate monument that's out there," state Rep. Tommy Benton told the Morris News Service. "We're entitled to our heritage just like other people are entitled to theirs, and there seems to be an attempt to do Confederate cleansing." He continued: "I refer to that more as cultural terrorism than anything. They're attacking us for no...
  • Marine Corps rejects enlistee over Confederate flag tattoo

    01/22/2016 9:58:23 AM PST · by Bon of Babble · 42 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | Jan. 22, 2016 | Kyle Olson
    GREENBRIER, Ark. Recent high school graduate Anthony Bauswell wanted to join the U.S. Marines, but contends he was rejected by a recruiter because of the color of his skin. On his left rib cage Bauswell has a Confederate flag tattoo, with a banner across it reading “Southern Pride,” and he told Arkansas Matters that the Marines recruiting center in Conway insists it disqualifies him from serving his country.
  • Blacks and the Confederacy

    01/20/2016 5:03:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 559 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    Last July, Anthony Hervey, an outspoken black advocate for the Confederate flag, was killed in a car crash. Arlene Barnum, a surviving passenger in the vehicle, told authorities and the media that they had been forced off the road by a carload of "angry young black men" after Hervey, while wearing his Confederate kepi, stopped at a convenience store en route to his home in Oxford, Mississippi. His death was in no small part caused by the gross level of ignorance, organized deceit and anger about the War of 1861. Much of the ignorance stems from the fact that most...
  • Confederate flag's removal turns King Day into celebration (SC)

    01/18/2016 8:14:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2016 6:02 AM EST | Jeffrey Collins
    Civic leaders, activists, artists and others are celebrating, marching and paying homage Monday to Martin Luther King Jr., marking the 30th anniversary of the federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader. In South Carolina, civil rights leaders planned a march to their state capitol as in past years when their rally highlighted calls to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds. The King Day at the Dome gathering began in 2000 with that call. Last July, organizers got their wish as South Carolina swiftly removed the flag which had flown at the capitol for more than 50 years after...
  • Beyond Iowa, Cruz Betting Heavily on the South

    01/11/2016 7:52:23 AM PST · by Isara · 87 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Jan. 11, 2016 | Abby Livingston
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz arrived Jan. 4 at the first stop on a six-day tour of Iowa. The Republican presidential candidate was set to visit 28 counties by bus. (Photo by Patrick Svitek) WASHINGTON — In the more than 200 events he's held since launching his campaign for the White House 10 months ago, Ted Cruz has tested out an unorthodox strategy, one that could rewrite the rules of Republican presidential politics.Since the Texas senator declared his candidacy in March, 40 percent of his public events have taken place in Iowa, according to a Texas Tribune analysis of his travel schedule as of Saturday. But...
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: The True History of the War for Southern Independence

    01/09/2016 7:35:03 AM PST · by soakncider · 227 replies
    Shotwell Publishing ^ | Clyde N. Wilson
    TRUE HISTORY OF THE WAR FOR SOUTHERN INDEPENDENCE IN THIS AGE OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS there has never been a greater need and greater opportunity to refresh our understanding of what happened in America in the years 1861-1865 and start defending our Southern forebears as strongly as they ought to be defended. There is plenty of true history available to us. It is our job to make it known. All the institutions of American society, including nearly all Southern institutions and leaders, are now doing their best to separate the Confederacy off from the rest of American history and push it...
  • Cruz and Trump Battle for the South

    12/23/2015 11:43:10 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/23/2015 | Katie Glueck
    Rubio wants a piece of the March states too, but his rivals have the momentum. "Amongst a lot of the grassroots, Sen. Cruz is definitely picking up momentum, there's no doubt about it," said Ryan Haynes, the unaligned chairman of the Tennessee GOP. NASHVILLE, Tenn.:The battle for the South has settled into a race between two candidates, and neither is Marco Rubio. In interviews with more than two dozen party officials, political operatives and activists, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump were repeatedly named as front-runners and likely winners in one of the most conservative regions of the country. Both contenders...
  • Some Strong Signals for Donald Trump in the South [Highest Support in Minority Counties]

    12/21/2015 10:25:58 AM PST · by GonzoII · 47 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12:24 pm ET | Dante Chinni
    The unique base of support that has pushed Donald Trump to the top of the Republican presidential field in national polls is also likely to give him boost this spring when the campaign shifts to the South. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has drawn wide attention for his own efforts in Southern states, many of which will vote as part of the big, March 1 "SEC Primary," when more convention delegates will be awarded than on any other day. Mr. Cruz, who is surging in the polls, is focusing on evangelical Christian voters and other social conservatives, which form the...
  • Some Strong Signals for Donald Trump in the South

    12/21/2015 1:19:20 PM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 21, 2015 | By Dante Chinni
    The unique base of support that has pushed Donald Trump to the top of the Republican presidential field in national polls is also likely to give him boost this spring when the campaign shifts to the South. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has drawn wide attention for his own efforts in Southern states, many of which will vote as part of the big, March 1 "SEC Primary" when more convention delegates will be awarded than on any other day. Mr. Cruz, who is surging in the polls, is focusing on evangelical Christian voters and other social conservatives, which form the...
  • Ted Cruz launches southern offensive

    12/19/2015 6:52:57 PM PST · by Isara · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/19/15 | Katie Glueck
    DAPHNE, Ala.- After several days of the most intense scrutiny he's faced as a presidential candidate, Ted Cruz took the stage here on Saturday and delivered a fiery performance to a crowd of more than 1,300 cheering fans, aiming to put a turbulent week behind him.He roared threats to ISIL. He cracked jokes with the talkative audience members. And he received a big assist from Jeff Sessions, among the party's staunchest immigration hardliners and, the 2016 contender suggested, a possible secretary of homeland security in a Cruz administration."One of the things you've been hearing about is criticism of Ted and...
  • Lawmaker seeks to return Confederate flag to Virginia plates

    12/17/2015 11:13:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 17, 2015 1:43 PM EST
    A southwest Virginia lawmaker has filed a bill that would allow a Confederate battle flag to again be displayed on state-issued license plates. Senator Charles W. Carrico Sr. told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that his constituents believe Gov. Terry McAuliffe went too far when he moved to have the plates phased out. The Grayson County Republican says he represents his district "first and foremost." ...
  • Old Dixie Highway renamed in honor of Obama in Riviera Beach

    12/18/2015 11:29:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    sun sentinel ^ | 12/17/15 | Skyler Swisher
    Riveria Beach renamed Old Dixie Highway in honor of [Hussein] Obama during a ceremony on Thursday, a change that city officials say will help move the community past its segregated history. It is the second road in Palm Beach County to be named in honor of [Hussein], county officials said. Two years ago, Pahokee in western Palm Beach County renamed East First Street to Barack Obama Boulevard. A crowd cheered as a crew lowered the Old Dixie Highway street sign in Riviera Beach and raised one bearing the [Hussein's] name...
  • The New Name Chosen for ‘Old Dixie Highway’ is a Sign of the Changes in the Deep South

    12/18/2015 11:39:51 AM PST · by Hotmetal · 27 replies
    WPTV ^ | 12/18/15 | PARKER LEE
    When Governor Nikki Haley – in the wake of the shooting that claimed the lives of nine churchgoers in Charleston – called for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina State Capitol, it marked a significant shift. Across the South, symbols of the Confederacy have been taken off of store shelves and monuments to Confederate generals and leaders are being taken down even in 300-year-old cities like New Orleans. In one city in the Deep South, the name chosen to replace Old Dixie Highway, as WPTV reports, is a sign of the extent of the cultural...
  • Stone Mountain monument at center of racial tension over Confederate tributes

    11/28/2015 1:04:27 PM PST · by bob_denard · 95 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 28 November 2015 | Matthew Teague
    Names and flags have been removed from statehouses and street signs across the US, but at the stone-etched Georgia monument, no one is able to claim victory Exactly a century ago this holiday weekend, more than a dozen men climbed to the top of a mountain outside Atlanta, pulled on white hoods and lit a 16ft, kerosene-soaked wooden cross. It marked the rebirth of Ku Klux Klan, and Stone Mountain became the Klan’s spiritual home.
  • Mass. School Offers Counseling For ‘Victims’ Of Confederate Flag Sticker

    11/26/2015 6:57:29 PM PST · by markomalley · 44 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/26/15 | Philip Devoe
    After a student filed a “bias report” accusing a student with a Confederate flag sticker on his laptop of racism, Framingham State University officials offered offended students counseling.“We recognize that bias incidents are upsetting for the entire campus community, but especially for the target(s) and witness(es) of these incidents,” wrote Sean Huddleston, the Massachusetts-based school’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, in a campus-wide email published in part by FSU campus newspaper The Gatepost. “It is strongly suggested that anyone impacted by a bias incident find someone to speak with.”In his email, Huddleston assured students “symbols such as these are not condoned...
  • Trump Golf Course erects Civil War monument and liberals are upset

    11/25/2015 10:39:04 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 103 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 11/25/2015 | Nicholas Fandos
    In an undated handout photo, a plaque at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., commemorates a stretch of the Potomac as the “River of Blood” due to casualties there during the Civil War. Between the 14th hole and the 15th tee of one of the club's two courses, Mr. Trump installed a flagpole on a stone pedestal overlooking the Potomac, to which he affixed a plaque purportedly designating "The River of Blood." "Many great American soldiers, both of the North and South, died at this spot," the inscription reads. "The casualties were so great that the water would...
  • Did Hillary Clinton put on a southern accent on campaign stop in Memphis? Some critics claim...

    11/22/2015 3:37:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/22/15
    Did Hillary Clinton put on a southern accent on campaign stop in Memphis? Some critics claim she changed her voice Hillary Clinton has been accused of putting on a southern accent during a campaign stop in Memphis. During a speech at LeMoyne-Owen College earlier this week, some people claimed the Democratic presidential candidate's voice had something of a southern twang. Clinton has faced similar accusations in the past, most notably during speeches in Alabama and South Carolina.
  • Mississippi Flag, a Rebel Holdout, Is in a New Fight

    11/08/2015 9:36:32 AM PST · by yoe · 402 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 7, 2915 | CAMPBELL ROBERTSON
    LOUISVILLE, Miss. — In single strokes after the massacre of nine black churchgoers in Charleston in June, Confederate battle flags were taken from statehouse grounds in South Carolina and Alabama, pulled from shelves at major retailers like Walmart and declared unwelcome, if to (limited effect), at Nascar races. What happened so swiftly elsewhere is not so simple in Mississippi. The Confederate battle flag is not simply flying in one hotly disputed spot at the State Capitol but occupying the upper left corner of the state flag, which has been flying since 1894. (And as recently as 2001), Mississippians voted by...
  • Fight over Confederate Flag decal could be investigated as hate crime, police say [Salt Lake City]

    11/04/2015 6:26:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    fox13now.com ^ | Updated at 10:45am, November 3, 2015 | by Matt McDonald
    SALT LAKE CITY -- A fight outside a Salt Lake City hotel early Sunday morning could possibly be investigated as a hate crime, authorities said Monday. Cell phone video captured a black man throw a punch at a Caucasian man who knocked him out. The fight was over an argument about a Confederate Flag decal on a truck parked at the Red Lion Hotel. The truck belonged to Kelly Leeper’s friend. Leeper was in town for the Garth Brooks concert. On Sunday, he said looked out the window of his room at the Red Lion and saw a group of...
  • Rutherford Institute files suit over Confederate plate removal

    11/01/2015 12:34:54 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 6 replies
    Daily Progress ^ | Friday, October 30, | Dean Seal
    Attorneys for an Albemarle County-based civil liberties advocacy group are challenging the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ order to revoke specialty commemorative license plates bearing the Confederate battle flag. The Rutherford Institute’s legal counsel filed a petition Wednesday in Brunswick County Circuit Court asking for a review and reversal of the divisive ruling to recall the plates issued to 1,600 members of the state’s division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Gov. Terry McAuliffe called for the change earlier this year when the flag fell into controversy following a racially motivated shooting in June at a South Carolina church, calling...
  • Bowdoin College drops award honoring Confederate president

    10/22/2015 11:05:41 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 59 replies
    BDN Staff ^ | Oct. 22, 2015 | By Beth Brogan,
    BRUNSWICK, Maine — Bowdoin College will no longer bestow the Jefferson Davis Award, after the college’s board of trustees voted to approve President Clayton Rose’s proposal to end the practice. The annual cash award to a student of government and legal studies who excels in constitutional law was named for the Confederate president. It was established in 1972 with an endowed gift from the United Daughters of the Confederacy, according to a news release from the college. In 1858, Davis received an honorary degree from Bowdoin College.
  • Driving with state-issued Confederate plates now a misdemeanor in Virginia

    10/18/2015 7:05:09 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 78 replies
    http://newsl.org ^ | October 18, 2015
    Kevin Collier, a commander of the Stonewall Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, has had enough. The Suffolk, Virginia, resident told WAVY-TV he got a warning letter last month indicating he had until Oct. 4 to ditch his Confederate flag license plate in favor of a new tag from the Department of Motor Vehicles. It’s now a misdemeanor to drive with Confederate flag plates in Virginia — Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, pushed for the ban amid furor over the symbol and its connection to the June shooting massacre in an historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, the...
  • Some Virginians are resisting Confederate flag ban

    10/17/2015 2:35:27 PM PDT · by PROCON · 52 replies
    msnbc ^ | Oct. 17, 2015 | Zachary Roth
    Virginia has banned driving with a license plate that depicts the Confederate flag — but some in the state are resisting. Around 1,600 Virginians with state-issued Confederate flag plates received a letter last month from the DMV saying they had until October 4 to swap them out for new ones that don’t show the flag. Only 187 people have so far complied. One man who has not is Kevin Collier.“Next thing you know, they’re going to say you can’t wear blue on Monday … or you can’t wear yellow on Thursday,” Collier, who is active with the Sons of Confederate...
  • Md. is likely to begin recalling license plates with Confederate flag images

    10/15/2015 7:29:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/15/15 | Ovetta Wiggins
    Maryland is likely to begin recalling Maryland license plates with images of the Confederate flag this fall after a federal judge agreed on Thursday to lift a 1997 injunction that prevented the state from taking the specialty plates out of circulation. U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis issued an order that allows Attorney General Brian Frosh (D) to lift the injunction. “I look forward to the day when these plates are not longer on the road,” Frosh said in a statement. “This flag is a painful symbol that divides us, conjuring images of hate and subjugation. It has not place...