And while this past week's news cycles seemed pretty non-eventful - a lot has actually happened. For example, right now, today, Jewish presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is at the Vatican, by invitation of the Pope, to lecture the top leaders of the Catholic Church on "economic justice." While the Pope and Bernie may not agree on much theologically it would seem both are socialists who share the same ideas when it comes to economics. I also found out that Ted Cruz and I have something in common - I'll share it with you later.
"WHOLESALE ERASURE" OF CONFEDERATE PAST
Because of the light news cycles it is easy to assume that there were no real threats to our heritage this week. But such would simply not be correct. For example, this week there was a meeting at City Hall in Alexandria, Virginia to begin the planning of what will result in the city's removal of every Confederate monument, to rename every street named for a Confederate hero, etc. While that meeting did not result in any direct threat against a specific monument or street we will monitor this because if they are having these meetings the attacks are coming.
This week's meeting in Alexandria was not an isolated meeting? It was one in a series of ongoing meetings that the City has been holding for the last four months!
The city's Communications Director, Craig Fifer, noted that the City Charter gives the City power to name streets that supersedes the state level authority, including possibly renaming Jefferson Davis Highway. Most of the group agreed on renaming the highway.
With over 60 streets in the city potentially named after Confederate leaders..."It's huge and it's going to cascade," said Elizabeth McCall, representing the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission. McCall insists that, "more needs to be done to honor African American heritage in the city," but agrees that "wholesale erasure" of the city's Confederate past is a slippery slope.
"It is," agreed fellow committeeman Eugene Thompson, "but I want us to have that conversation."
MARION COUNTY, FLORIDA will "RELOCATE" FLAG
For over a year we have been actively fighting a battle to keep the 3rd National Flag flying in Marion County. The City of Ocala removed the flag. The County Commissioners voted to restore it. We reported the restoration of the flag as a heritage victory. But the forces of evil would not stop.
Each Commissioner's meeting the NAACP or some other liberal group would raise the subject anew and each meeting we would manage to postpone the discussion. Until about 6 months ago when the County Commission finally voted to take the Confederate flag away from the front of the McPherson Governmental Complex, replace the roadside display with something else, and relocate the Confederate flag elsewhere - in a spot much less visible from the roadway. And also, the 3rd National would be replaced with a "less offensive" Confederate Flag, possibly the 1st National.
But today the Confederate flag is still flying in the same place, plain for all to see as they pass by on 25th Avenue just south of Fort King Street.
So what happened to the plan? It's been very slowly being worked.
When the Commissioners voted to remove the flag they stated, on the record, that the, "plan would take time to develop --- and that the existing flag display would remain in place while details were worked out." That is Marion County secret code meaning that all would remain as it is for at least a few years. Ocala is called "Slowcalla" for a reason.
Essentially, with the help of sympathetic public officials, we have been able to delay the movement of the flag through bureaucratic stalling and "explorations." And the enemies of our heritage seemed content enough to allow the "stalling." Maybe because they too know that is how this place works and after all, the vote did go their way, even if the actual implementation would be slow to materialize.
But recently, a liberal reporter for our Yankee owned local newspaper has decided to stir the pot on this and to keep stirring. The County announced on Wednesday an accelerated timetable for the final removal of the Flag that will happen within the next few days.
The current display of flags will be replaced with flags "relevant" to the nearby Fallen Officers Memorial. The new flags will be those of the Ocala Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office and Florida Highway Patrol. The American flag will continue to fly, as well.
"The priority is to have the agency flags in place at the current display before the Fallen Officer Memorial ceremony on May 19," county government said in a statement issued in response to a Star-Banner inquiry.
As for the historic flags: "They will be moved to a new display elsewhere on campus. The Confederate flag now flying is from 1865. The new one will be the first Confederate flag, which flew between March 1861 and May 1863."
"The final historical flag display (which is currently in the design phase) will consist of the flag display as well as permanent interpretive signage or monuments. Private donations that will go toward the permanent display are still being received. So far, $25,000 has been privately donated," the county statement said.
There will be "some time" between May 19 and when the final historical flag display site is ready. This means that just as there was a delay in taking the flag down, there will be a delay in putting up its "less offensive" replacement in a location where nobody is going to ever see it anyway.
In November, two men were arrested and accused of trying to vandalize the Confederate flag at McPherson. One man said the plan was to lower the flag to half staff and put a sticker from the group Anonymous on the ground beneath. Ocala police thwarted the effort.
One man pleaded guilty and was ordered to complete 20 hours of community service; prosecutors didn't bring charges against the second.
Community activist Delphine Herbert, an outspoken critic of the County Commission, responded to the announcement to remove the flag by saying: "Our county commissioners operate as if Ocala/Marion County was still a small sleepy Southern enclave inhabited mainly by good ol' boys rather than an ever increasingly diverse population of almost a third of a million people who come not only from the north but from the far reaches of the world."
The current display, which will remain on display for at least the next week, includes all the flags that have flown over Florida, including the Confederate flag.
Come to Old Clinton and take a step back in time on April 30 & May 1, 2016, when re-enactors from the Southeast recreate the Battles of Sunshine Church, which took place in July of 1864, and Griswoldville, which took place in November of 1864 during Sherman's March to the Sea.
The 16th Georgia will sponsor a children's battle and a Ladies Tea. The National Naval Civil War Museum in Columbus is to bring a Naval Display/Marine, with replica cannon like those once made in Macon
The entire event takes place in the Old Clinton Historic District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Self-guided walking tour information will be available, and guided tours are available by pre-reservation.
Crafts of the era will be demonstrated; "modern" arts and crafts will also be available for purchase; and "modern" as well as food of the period will be served.
Gates open at 9:00 A.M. Battle at 2:05 each day. Admission/Contribution each day: Adults - $5; Students 18 and under $3; Children under 6 - Free. Memorial service - Free.
Clinton is located 12 miles NE of Macon, 1-½ miles SE of Gray, one block west off US Hwy 129. For more information contact Earlene Hamilton at 478-986-6383 or the Jones County-Gray Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Center at 478-986-1123.
Confederate Memorial Day at Landmark Baptist Church
April 23 & 24, 2016
For More Information: http://libcfl.org/invite/
One of our readers has asked us to check out his latest article:
On Wednesday, Justice Thomas -- disagreeing with Chief Justice Roberts' denial of attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley's petition to release the sealed phone records of the late DC Madame (records that allegedly document Ted Cruz being a client of the infamous prostitute) -- has referred the original petition for determination by the entire Supreme Court at their Conference on April 29th.
Attorney Sibley has responded by saying, "More waiting for Lady Justice to grind out her answer. But at least all of the Justices will be on record as to whether they will continue the muzzling of my First Amendment Political Speech so that We the People can govern ourselves accordingly."
Is this a true investigation on the part of Justice Thomas? Or is it a well calculated political stall intended to keep the lid on this until the 6 remaining April primaries have been completed?
WHAT DO TED CRUZ AND I HAVE IN COMMON?
We both like soup.
I am not sharing this story in hopes of promoting or denigrating Senator Cruz. I just saw this on the TV last night and thought CRAZY!
Newlywed Ted Cruz celebrates his marriage by buying 100 cans of Campbell's Chunky soup.
During last night's CNN town hall America got another glimpse into the life of Heidi and Ted Cruz.
The story defies any logical explanation, so I'll let Heidi do the talking:
When I married Ted, we got back from our honeymoon, and he went off to the store and came home by himself. And I was completely shocked to see that he arrived back at our apartment with literally 100 cans of Campbell's Chunky soup. I never bought 100 of anything.
This was shocking to me, so we had a tough conversation about it. I said, "You don't buy 100 of anything, much less canned soup. We can't do this. I'll be making things." He said, "No, I know you. you won't be making things."
So the next morning, it was a weekend morning, I loaded up our car before he woke up and returned every single can. And when I got home, I called my mother just to make sure I'd done the right thing as a newlywed. And she emphatically disagreed with me. And so when Ted opened the pantry, I had to quickly tell him that I would go back and buy those cans again.
First and foremost-why?
What did this "tough conversation" consist of?
Did Heidi really go back to the store to re-buy 100 cans of soup? Did she re-buy the soup in the same variety and quantity?
How long does it take Ted to finish 100 cans of soup?
Heidi, are you okay? You know you can tell us if you're not okay?
We've reached out to Campbell's for comment and will update if and when we hear back.
THERE IS MORE TO THIS THAN THE MEDIA REPORTS
New Jersey Secretary of State, Kim Guadagno has chosen not to over-rule Administrative Law Judge Jeff S. Masin's decision on Ted Cruz's eligibility to be on New Jersey's Presidential Primary Ballot.
After reading Judge Masin's opinion in this matter I can say without reservation that Ted Cruz is a natural-born citizen .... of Canada - but certainly not the United States.
Come to find out, Ted's mother was not a US citizen, as he claims.
Ted's father was a bigamist. While married in Cuba, he ran off to Canada with his new girlfriend - Ted's eventual mother. The senior Cruz gave an interview with NPR and said:
"I worked in Canada for eight years, and while I was in Canada, I became a Canadian citizen."
Ted was born on Dec. 21st, 1970, shortly after citizenship was granted to both parents. To be granted Canadian citizenship, one must live in Canada for 5 years - a crucial point! The only exception to that is if one of the spouses is a citizen of the mother country, England.
Ted's mother, Eleanor, was originally married to a British mathematician. Although they met and married in Texas in 1956, 4 years later, they moved back to his hometown, London, in 1960. A year later, she abandoned the marriage without notice. Her husband filed for divorce in 1962. Accounts vary slightly, but she probably returned to her family in Texas in 1966, having acquired British citizenship while there.
Soon after, she met Ted's father and they fled to Canada, probably so that Rafael would not have to deal with a messy and expensive divorce.
Eleanor and Raphael were married in Canada in 1969 and a year later, Ted was born in late 1970 to parents who were full Canadian citizens by then. Remember, the ONLY way citizenship could have been granted so quickly was if Eleanor claimed British citizenship.
Canadian Immigration and Naturalization officials have reportedly confirmed that Ted Cruz was a natural-born citizen of Canada, the son of two parents who had recently applied for and received citizenship prior to Ted's birth.
"He's a Canadian," said Toronto lawyer Stephen Green, past chairman of the Canadian Bar Association's Citizenship and Immigration Section.
It was Ted Cruz, himself, who released his Canadian birth certificate and "renounced" his Canadian citizenship.
In addition, we know by the admission of Ted's father, Raphael, that he was never a U.S. citizen until 2005. We also know that regardless of whether his mother gave up her U.S. citizenship to become a British citizen no longer matters because Canada did not allow dual citizenship and so both Raphael and Eleanor had to give up any other citizenship they may have held to become Canadian citizens.
In any case, we now know that all three, Raphael, Eleanor, and Ted Cruz returned to the U.S. in 1974 as Canadian citizens.
So, Ted Cruz is certainly not a natural-born U.S. citizen, in fact, it is questionable whether he is even a U.S. citizen today, and that is probably why he has sealed his birth records.
Which is why Judge Masin did not rule on anything. After the hearing, the judge did not issue a ruling. Rather, he issued an "opinion" to the Secretary of State. The media is trumpeting a "ruling" when no ruling was issued.
It is Judge Masin's opinion that Ted Cruz is eligible to be nominated as a Republican Candidate for president and therefore his name can appear on a ballot in a Republican Primary. As for whether or not Ted is actually eligible to be president, Judge Masin's opinion is that: "the issue can never be entirely free of doubt, at least barring a definitive ruling of the United States Supreme Court."
Needless to say there is a LOT to this story that the Media is NOT telling us. Now that at least some of it, Ted's mother being a British and not US Citizen, etc., has come out in court, is it coincidental that certain people on both the right and the left are all of the sudden this week starting to warm up to Donald Trump?
TEBOW FOR CONGRESS?
Rumors are circulating that former University of Florida football star Tim Tebow may run for Congress.
Speculation emerged after U.S. Congressman Ander Crenshaw, 71, unexpectedly announced that he is not running for reelection in November for the safe Republican seat after 16 years in federal office.
Crenshaw represents Florida's fourth Congressional district in the Jacksonville area, which is also Tebow's home.
Tebow, 28, a devout Christian, recently acknowledged that he considered the possibility of a career in elected politics intriguing.
"Republican sources told the Examiner that they are reaching out to Tebow in hopes he will consider a bid. They are even quietly pulling together a potential campaign team that he could use for the upcoming August 30 primary," the Washington Examiner reported about the Tebow for Congress rumors.
As you know, April marks the beginning of baseball season.
As we reported at length in several of last year's issues, baseball was a favorite game of both Southern soldiers and of POW's during the WBTS. So this week's offer is a baseball offer.
We at Dixie Heritage remain vigilant in our efforts to promote and defend our Southern Heritage. Your weekly gifts help us to stay active in the fight.
Everyone who gives a gift of $12 or more to Dixie Heritage this week will receive a CD-Rom containing the textbook and audio lessons of a college course on the history of baseball. This course specifically covers the early history of baseball as it was played by our southern ancestors during the WBTS.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge says the Confederate emblem on the Mississippi flag is "anti-American" because it represents those who fought to leave the United States.
But U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves is not yet saying whether he will fully consider a lawsuit that seeks to eliminate the flag as a state symbol.
Reeves heard arguments Tuesday over motions in a lawsuit filed by Carlos Moore, an African-American attorney who's asking Reeves to declare the flag an unconstitutional relic of slavery.
Reeves must decide two questions: whether Moore has legal standing to sue the state, and whether flag design is an issue that can be decided by a court.
An assistant state attorney general, Doug Miracle, argues flag design is a political question that should be decided by the Legislature.
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