One of our readers sent me an interesting eMail this week:
Hillary says: "Vote for me because I'm a woman."
Bernie says: "Vote for me and I'll give you some of his."
Ted Cruz says: "Vote for me and I'll kick over all those rice bowls in Washington."
Marco Rubio says: "Vote for me because I am electable as determined by the Republican establishment."
Donald Trump says: "Vote for me and the emergency room at your local hospital won't look like a bus station in rural Mexico"
NEW VIDEO EXPOSES MLK MYTHS
John Battell has asked that I share a youtube link with everyone. I have watched the first hour so far and believe that this video is worth your time. If you are determined not to watch all of it at least make a point to watch the first 18 minutes. The video is a documentary of how the MLK myth was fabricated. The first 18 minutes is a concise explanation of how the left has been molding the American mind and political landscape for 3 generations. Here is the youtube link:
The Honorable Lindsey Graham,
My two Great Grandfathers defended the Constitution and their Homeland against an invader whose intent was to crush and subjugate the Southern States. They were honorable men and their pride, heritage and courage to stand up for God And their social, and economical lifestyles are part of the fabric that binds the United States today.
House Bill HR 3007 is an unjust and unpatriotic action by a few to prohibit the display of the Confederate Battle Flag in National Cemeteries. We were divided then as a Nation but "All" serve today under one God and one Great United States of America. No individual or group can devalue the Service of Any Veteran. Veterans are to be protected and respected by all Americans not a few.
Respectfully request your support to defeat this destructive House Bill.
Robert Lee Henderson, Jr.
Note: I am an 80% Disabled Army Veteran who served 30 years Active Duty in 4 combat zones from the Vietnam Nam years to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
SKALLYWAG'S PATHETIC REPLY:
From: "Senator Lindsey Graham" <Senator@lgraham.senate.gov>
Date: February 17, 2016 at 8:15:38 PM EST
Subject: Re: Your Message
Thank you for taking the time to contact me. I appreciate the opportunity to hear from you.
Due to the large volume of mail I receive, I regret that I am only able to respond personally to inquiries from South Carolinians.
As we continue our work in the 114th Congress, I look forward to supporting our troops in the War on Terror, repairing our economy and creating jobs, strengthening Social Security, lowering the tax burden on American families, and making the federal government more accountable and efficient.
If your correspondence pertains to a scheduling request, please fax your request to (202) 224-3808.
Editor's Note: Lindsey Graham is not a "State Senator." He is a UNITED STATES Senator. That means he holds a FEDERAL office, NOT a State office. His actions effect everyone, not just the residents of South Carolina. Also, the First Amendment gives ALL Americans the right to petition all members of the Federal Congress. It also gives Lindsey Graham the Constitutional obligation to entertain ALL of those petitions when he receives them. So Lindsey Graham's canned auto-responder message to Mr. Henderson is proof that he does not take seriously his oath of office, or the responsibilities of his office as they are outlined in the Constitution.
SOUTHERNERS CALLING FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION
One of our readers sent this to us this week:
35 states so far
This is what Mark Levine has been talking about--a constitutional convention by the states to get back to the laws of the Constitution. This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree, please pass it on This is an idea that we need to address.
35 STATES SO FAR...AND GROWING
Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.
For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Their latest stunt is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that they passed ... in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn't seem logical. We do not have an elite ruling class that is above the law. I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.
Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators, Representatives of Congress and the President of the United States; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives and the President of the United States that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States ..."
Editor's Note: I agree that a lot needs to be addressed and changed. I do not know that a Constitutional Convention needs to be convened because when that happens we open the Constitution up to changes that we likely will not like. The Liberals have been clamoring for a Constitutional Convention for decades and God only knows what they would do given the opportunity. Perhaps the solution is that we simply follow the Constitution that we have and hold elected and appointed officials accountable.
NASHVILLE - The state House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday that would, if it becomes law, make it more difficult for a local government in Tennessee to alter, rename or remove a historical monument on public property.
The bill by Rep. Steve McDaniel, R-Parker's Crossroads, isn't limited to Civil War monuments and memorials, like Memphis's Nathan Bedford Forrest statue, but much of the 30-minute floor debate centered on the bill's impact on Civil War era iconography. It would replace and strengthen a 2013 law McDaniel sponsored as the Memphis City Council was renaming Forrest Park and two other Confederate-themed city parks.
The new bill would require a two-thirds majority vote by the 29-member Tennessee Historical Commission before a local government could "remove, rename, relocate, alter, rededicate or otherwise disturb or alter" any memorial or monument regarding a "historic conflict, historic event, historic figure or historic organization" located on public property. The 2013 statute required only a majority vote of the commission.
House bill 2129 would also set out a process in which either the local government, or groups and in some cases an interested individual, could appeal the Historical Commission's action into Chancery Court.
McDaniel said after the House session that the bill can't be used to seek to reverse the renaming of Forrest Park to Health Sciences Park, Confederate Park to Memphis Park and Jefferson Davis Park to Mississippi River Park, but he's not sure whether it might impact the City Council's vote last summer to remove the statue of Forrest astride his horse and the remains of the Confederate general and his wife from the park to another location.
The City Council still has not petitioned the Historical Commission for approval to move the statue and remains, as apparently required by the 2013 act, and a lawsuit challenging the parks' renaming is still pending in the courts.
On the House floor, some black lawmakers argued against the bill but it ultimately passed on a 71-23 vote. Rep. Larry Miller, D-Memphis, asked whether a city council or county commission could vote to remove a Confederate flag that might be flying on public land.
McDaniel said he's unaware of a Confederate battle flag flying on any local public property but removing "a monument or emblem or symbol put there legally by a local government" would require petitioning the Historical Commission for approval and a two-thirds vote.
Conversely, if Nashville's Metropolitan Council wanted to rename Rosa Parks Boulevard in Nashville, McDaniel said in response to questions from Rep. Brenda Gilmore, D-Nashville, the council would also have to win the commission's approval because Rosa Parks was a historical figure.
Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, argued for the bill and urged his colleagues to consider the bill an effort to preserve history.
"We have a stain on our history because of what took place with the black community of our country," he said. "But it would be wrong to our children and grandchildren to erase and pretend that part of our history didn't happen. We know what we did wrong because we still have the history of what we did wrong."
Rep. Joe Towns, D-Memphis, said he agreed with much of Faison's remarks but is concerned that the state is removing the authority of local governments to make their own decisions.
"At some point we're going to have to stop constricting the ability of local officials," he said. "We become the dictator to locals. We don't like it when the federal government does it to us. The locals don't like it when we do it."
The discussion involved a brief heated exchange of words in the rear of the House chamber when Rep. G.A. Hardaway, D-Memphis, walked across the chamber to chastise Rep. Curry Todd, R-Collierville, for Todd's failed effort to cut off debate on the bill. When Todd rose to face him, Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Rep. John Mark Windle, D-Livingston, separated the two.
Governor Proclaims That April Is Now 'Confederate Heritage Month'
In Mississippi, Governor Phil Bryant has declared April as Confederate Heritage Month, and the last Monday in April as Confederate Heritage Day.
Bryant signed an official proclamation regarding the month of April's new designation, which you can view on his website, between Physician Anesthesiologists Week 2016 and Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Action Day 2016. The Governor's proclamation was requested and championed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans according to the Jackson Free Press.
From Bryant's proclamation:
"April is the month in which Confederate States began and ended a four-year struggle; and on Confederate Memorial Day, we recognize those who served in the Confederacy; and April 25, 2016, is set aside as Confederate Memorial Day to honor those who served in the Confederacy; and it is important for all Americans to reflect Upon our nation's past, to insight from our mistakes and successes, and to come to a full understanding that the lessons learned yesterday and today will carry us through tomorrow if we carefully and earnestly strive to understand and appreciate our heritage and our opportunities which lie before us: Now, Therefor, I, Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi, hereby proclaim the month of April 2016 as Confederate Heritage Month in the State of Mississippi.
CELEBRATE FLAG DAY
On March 5th, the SCV will be holding flag rallies across the country to commemorate the first annual "Confederate Flag Day." We encourage everyone to check the CSA Flag Day website, www.csaflag.org - find the event closest to you, and make plans to attend and show your support for our flags and our Cause.
EFFORT TO REMOVE STATUE OF GENERAL MOUTON IN LOUISIANA TAKES A NEW TURN
Last week we reported that in the City of Lafayette, Louisiana, there is a small movement to remove the statue of Brig. Gen. J.J. Alfred A. Mouton from its prominent location downtown in front of the old city hall.
As we reported last week this is not the first time an effort has been made to remove the statue. Back in 1980 a court injunction was sought by the UDC to protect the monument. The injunction seems to be preventing those who would remove the statue today from doing so. So the enemies of our heritage have taken a different approach. They are proposing that General Mouton's statue be surrounded by statues of slaves and signage pontificating the evils of slavery and of the slave-holding Confederacy.
Will the LUNACY ever stop?
MARYLAND TO PROHIBIT RENEWALS OF CONFEDERATE LICENSE PLATES
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The Maryland House has passed a measure prohibiting the transfer or renewal of a license plate depicting the Confederate battle flag to another vehicle.
The House voted 131-8 on Thursday for the bill. It now goes to the Senate.
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.
In October, a federal judge lifted a 1997 injunction preventing Maryland from removing plates from circulation. Maryland tried to recall the plates in the 1990s, but a judge at the time ruled they were protected under the First Amendment. In June, the Supreme Court ruled they were a form of government speech and could be rejected by states.
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