It only takes one justice to decide whether the entire Supreme Court of Virginia will hear the Heritage Preservation Association's appeal of the Danville Confederate flag case.
"Any one justice can grant the rehearing," said Doug Robelen, chief deputy clerk for the court.
The Heritage Preservation Association filed a petition for a rehearing in the Virginia Supreme Court in June. A three-judge panel of the Virginia Supreme Court on June 20 declined to hear the HPA's initial appeal of a local judge's decision that upheld Danville's removal of the Third National Confederate flag from a monument on the grounds of the Sutherlin Mansion.
Robelen said he expects the seven-justice court to consider the petition for a rehearing at the end of September. A decision on whether to hear the appeal could come by the middle of October, Robelen said.
If the court agrees to hear the appeal, the appellants - the Heritage Preservation Association (HPA) - would have 40 days to file an opening brief and the city would have 25 days to respond to the brief, Robelen said. The two sides would argue their cases before the seven justices.
If the Virginia Supreme Court decides not to grant a petition for a rehearing in Danville's Confederate flag case, that would likely bring the matter to a close.
HPA could appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court if the State Court decides against hearing it, but the chances of it making it into the high court would be small, the HPA's attorney, Kevin Martingayle, said.
"There will certainly be other challenges in other parts of the state," Martingayle said. "That's why the Virginia Supreme Court should take up the case," he said.
In rejecting the initial appeal, the three-judge panel said it found "no reversible error in the judgment" of Danville Circuit Court Judge James J. Reynolds, who in October dismissed a lawsuit against the city filed by the HPA and others. The HPA and others filed the lawsuit after Danville City Council adopted an ordinance Aug. 6, 2015, permitting only the U.S., state, city, and POW/MIA flags to be flown on flagpoles owned by the city. Danville police removed the flag from the grounds of the city-owned Sutherlin Mansion just a few minutes after city council's adoption of the ordinance.
Judge Reynolds had granted the city's motion to dismiss the HPA's lawsuit, ruling that a State law protecting monuments to wars and their veterans does not apply to the monument at the mansion. He ruled that the flag is not a memorial to the war dead, but a historical marker for the building.
2 More Universities Furl Confederate-Themed Mississippi Flag
Two more Mississippi universities have stopped flying the State's flag, which prominently features the Confederate battle emblem.
Mississippi State University and the Mississippi University for Women confirmed Tuesday that they had taken down the State's flag from outdoor flagpoles over the summer.
Delta State University is now the only public Mississippi university still flying the flag. A statement from that school Tuesday opened the door to removing it as soon as the university president Bill LaForge's cabinet, which includes faculty, staff and student members, votes to do so.
Liberalest of Democrats shows soft spot for Robert E. Lee
Eradicate it. Terminate it. Eliminate it. Annihilate it. Erase it. Exclude it. Invalidate it.
It's not difficult to see where Delegate Mark Levine comes down on the name of Confederate President Jefferson Davis gracing a major north-south highway through portions of Northern Virginia.
But, and he acknowledges this may be seen by some as inconsistent, Levine said he doesn't have a problem with streets or other public areas across the local region named in honor of Robert E. Lee.
"I feel very different about Lee," Levine said in an interview, describing him as "a hometown guy" whose life's work should be respected.
Davis, on the other hand, was an out-of-towner (Levine first described him as a Texan but was gently corrected: Davis was born in Kentucky and grew to prominence in Mississippi). Unlike Lee, whose greatness in battle is not in doubt, Davis, according to Levine, has gone down in history as something of a bureaucratic bungler. Levine also argued that while Lee preached reconciliation after the war, Davis was essentially unrepentant to the end.
FLORIDA SENATOR WANTS TO DEFILE CONFEDERATE GRAVES
Mindy Koch, despite claiming to represent everyone, despite ethnicity, is falling into line with the hate politics of the NAACP in their campaign to purge all vestiges of the Confederacy from Florida's public spaces.
In a recent Candidate Survey, Koch (Democratic Candidate for State Senate District 19) stated that she believes the graves of American Veterans who served for the South should be dug up if they are buried in public parks or cemeteries.
Koch was one of the most extremist respondent to the Survey, earning her a "F"Heritage Rating in the recently released Candidate Voter Guides.
In addition to digging up graves, Koch also wants to remove Confederate imagery from all public places, and offered to sponsor/co-sponsor or support a bill like one sponsored in the 2015 Florida Legislature last session (HB 0243/SB 154) that, if passed, would have prevented residents from wearing or displaying any imagery relating to Confederate Veterans on government property throughout Florida. It would also have created liability for any governmental entity that allowed imagery on public spaces, like a Southern Cross on a headstone of a veteran in a cemetery.
And when it comes to putting a price tag on the cost of erasing Florida's history, Koch wasn't willing to put any limits on the taxpayer burden...she is willing to authorize spending "whatever it takes" to jettison Florida's history.
Nearly a third of Democrats opposed any restriction on the display of Confederate Imagery in pubic spaces, agreeing with former Florida Governor Lawton Chiles that 'it's just history'.
SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE Inc. is a 501 c(4) public welfare corporation that educates & advocates on behalf of Southern Heritage & History. It was started in 2015 in response to the knee-jerk Anti-Southern institutionalized bullying and "Eracism" levied against the people of South Carolina by Governor Nikki Haley, after she broke all previous agreements about how South Carolina's historical veterans and their symbols should be treated and respected.
The Florida branch was activated in mid-January 2016, in response to three initiatives in the Florida Legislature that are part of hate campaign led by extremists, who refuse to respect the various cultures that make up the fabric of Florida's society. Since that time, it has grown in membership and has been active in Heritage battles throughout Florida. The Candidate Survey and Voter Guides are a continuation of the "Well Remember in November Campaign" launched in January with a Capital Flyover. More info: www.sshfl.org.
Is it legal to wear a Confederate flag shirt for jury duty?
A prospective juror wore a Confederate flag with the words "If this flag offends you, you need a history lesson" on it to court this week in York County, South Carolina. A lawyer wanted her struck from service but a judge ruled she could stay, and a legal expert said that the flag itself doesn't disqualify someone wearing it from jury service.
When a judge was qualifying jurors for the week of court, the woman was asked about the shirt by the judge, but said she could be fair and impartial, court officials said. Later, in a courtroom, a prosecutor and a defense lawyer readied for a drug trial. The lawyer, Monier Abusaft, a 16th Circuit assistant public defender, saw that the woman was part of the potential jury panel for the case.
Abusaft, who said he was the only person of color among the trial participants, including his client, made a motion that the woman be struck from possibly serving "for cause." Abusaft said his reasoning, his "cause," was even though the woman said she could be fair and impartial, the shirt with the flag, and the saying on it, should disqualify her. "To me, it was problematic - not just the flag, but the message," Abusaft said afterward. As the lawyer for the defendant, Abusaft said that "I speak for my client" and he was concerned that the shirt and its message were potentially confrontational. The flag shirt and slogan meant to send a message to people, Abusaft said.
But the judge ruled that the woman had stated that she could be fair and impartial, and did not excuse the woman from the potential jury panel.
Abusaft then chose to use one of his juror "strikes" - both sides have the right to dismiss a certain number of potential jurors when picking a jury. The woman was dismissed from the case and never was seated as a juror.
The case ended with a plea deal - no jury needed.
The prosecutor on the case, Matthew Hogge, said he, too, finds the flag offensive. Hogge said he was prepared to use a juror "strike" against the woman in the flag shirt if he needed to.
Kenneth Gaines, a University of South Carolina law school professor and expert on criminal law and rules, said the Confederate flag on a shirt does not by itself disqualify someone from jury service, as a "for cause" strike is a ruling toward someone who admits they can't be fair and impartial, or is found not to be able to be fair and impartial. The judge questioned the woman, and she claimed she could be fair and impartial, Gaines said. So the defense lawyer had to use one of his strikes, Gaines said. "You can use a strike for anything except for race or gender," Gaines said.
Why the woman wore a Confederate flag T-shirt to the Moss Justice Center courthouse in York County for jury duty this week is unclear. Maybe, said Gaines, she hoped the flag would have disqualified her from even being considered. Maybe she hoped the court would have sent her home. "It didn't work," Gaines said.
VIRGINIA SCHOOLS SCEW STUDENTS AGAINST CONFEDERATES
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The report makes it very clear that the public schools in the State of Virginia have outdone themselves in their intentional effort to inspire 4th graders to hate all things Confederate.
IOWA STUDENT TOLD TO REMOVE FLAG
An East High School student was told to remove the confederate flag from his car in the school's lot Thursday morning, Des Moines Public Schools officials confirmed.
"This morning, an East High School student displayed a confederate flag on his vehicle while parked in the school parking lot," DMPS communications officer Amanda Lewis said in an emailed statement. "Similar incidents involving the confederate flag last year led to fighting, and other material and substantial disruption of school. Therefore, East High School staff acted reasonably and appropriately when they asked the student to put the flag away. Rather than remove the flag, the student voluntarily moved his vehicle off campus."
TV station KCCI reported school officials said the student's car would be towed from the lot if the flag was not removed.
"It's not racist, it's just history. I have the right to fly what I want," the student told KCCI Thursday morning.
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Just some feedback on your question about Virginia still being a Southern state.
You are wholly right in what you saw and it is the combined influence of the past 25 years of the Northern Va (Arlington, Alexandria, Manassas, Fairfax) becoming "Yankeeized." These areas have been taken over by liberal loving idiots from Northern states and many work for DC groups which are overwhelmingly libtards themselves.
This is a major metropolitan area of Va and carries many votes. If you look at the voting breakdown over the past 25 years you'll note that this area/block has consistently voted Libtard.
When looking at it on a map basis you will see almost the entire state one color and then this area plus other metropolitan areas another color.
Sad thing is they have a greater population and carry the state but believe me there are many, many of us who can't stand what is going on.
Look at the Va Flaggers and see what they've done over the past few years. It disgusts me to see a carpetbagger from Syracuse, NY as the Governor of the great state of Virginia. Disgusting.
Follow the Va. Flaggers....they tell how we feel!
Our friend Al Benson shares this link to his latest blog entry:
WHAT IS HILLARY HIDING?
In response rot last week's article one of our readers shared the following video:
I know, it sounds crazy. But after last week's discovery that Hillary sent factory workers home so that she could stage a rally with actors pretending to be the factory's workers - well we share the link and you can decide for yourself.
Thieves of Southern Heritage
They have always existed. They sailed the same ships as my ancestors. True Southern people have always stood a proud, steadfast vigil, beholding "those people" for what they are. Clearly, the decaying America of today is much of what Confederates passionately fought to prevent. Save your breath contending with me about slavery. Too much of that tired ol' saga is effortlessly refuted.
Proverbs 25:21-22 says "If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee." Hence, our enemies, bear their own shame void of pride or honor. They are, typically, the same voices who shout for justice, equal rights, peace, understanding, fairness, for us to "give back" and "come together." They enjoy the tacit approval of unknowing and/or uncaring Southerners who deserve their fate.
These robbers have not even paused when Confederate flags came down, but were immediately after the "Don't Tread On Me Flag", and now the Nation Anthem. How long will it be before their aim is set on "Old Glory?" as you call it. They are daily heaping deserved coals of fire up their own heads as the Lord rewards the Southerner more in every perceived defeat than any victory claimed against him.
John Wayne Dobson
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When the Governor of a State (Jerry Brown of California) in this so called Union can ban the sale of a Congressional venerated symbol, the Confederate Flag, with no repercussions from Congress or any of the law makers that regulate interstate commerce, we as a nation are in trouble in this so called democracy with our Constitutional laws .
When the media can designate an organization so called the NAACP as the voice of a race of people, and then began to orchestrate social and cultural genocide at their beckoning ; as a nation , we are in trouble.
Confederate cleansing is an outright act of war upon the people of the South. And to use as an excuse to do so, somehow includes a race of people into the mainstream of American life in our institutions of higher learning is an out right lie, because it has effectively done just the opposite.
To take away the place of honor that the African people earned in the service of the Southern Confederacy is an act so deemed necessary by the haters of the South during the first period of so called reconstruction by haters like Thaddeus Stephens. And now to somehow clear their traitorous conscious, White folk guilt thinking leaders who run institutions like the University of Texas, University of Mississippi, Vanderbilt, and not to forget Mississippi State who completes the epitome of this sacrilege by bringing the Presidential Library of the greatest war criminal in the War For Southern Independence who burned over 42 cities in Mississippi; Ulysses S. Grant. adopt the buzz words inclusion.
I ask of them, why don't you take the lead from decent institutions like Angle Valley College of Virginia, Furman University of South Carolina, and Wright State University of Ohio in inviting in Black folks like the Honorable Teresa Roane, Nelson Windbush, Stanley Lott, Stanley Armstrong, Terry Lee Edgerton, or even myself who tell a different tale than that by the so called historians who have climbed into bed with the so called victor of the War for Southern Independence that excludes the exploits of the African people of the South who loyally stood by and with a man that he not only called Master, but also family and friend in lieu of all the things that was , have and continues to be done to divide and separate them. If you truly seek inclusion, accept this challenge, and give back the badge of honor that you who hate the South try to push asunder.
God bless you!
H. K. Edgerton
INTERESTING VIDEO BY SOME BLACK GUY
One of our readers eMailed me a link to a youtube video titled SOME BLACK GUY RESPONDS TO TRUMP:
Wednesday afternoon Donald Trump flew to Mexico City to meet with the President of Mexico. Wednesday night he gave a speech on Immigration at a rally in Arizona.
If you missed the speech and would like to view it in its entirety use the link below:
The mainstream media has continually mocked Donald Trump's plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border, a national security measure the Norwegian government is now employing to control the unchecked flow of thousands of refugees coming through Russia.
The steel fence will be about 660 feet long and 11 feet high, stretching from the Storskog border crossing on the Norway-Russia border, where 5,500 migrants, primarily from Syria, came into Norway last year.
Nordic countries, which have liberally distributed welfare benefits for migrants, have been viewed as a safe haven for refugees - encouraging thousands to trek there.
In the final four months of last year, a record-breaking number of asylum seekers, nearly 23,000, applied for refugee status in Norway, according to a report by the nation's Directorate of Immigration (UDI). That number has dropped by 95 percent since the beginning of this year after officials began enforcing strict border checks and offering financial incentives for migrants to leave voluntarily, according to The Independent.
Even pro-migrant activists acknowledge the need for some control amid the refugee crisis.
Though Refugees Welcome group members in Norway think "the fence sends a very negative signal," Deputy Justice Minister Ove Vanebo defended the measure.
"The gate and the fence are responsible measures," he told reporters.
Preparatory work for the fence is underway. Officials anticipate it will be finished in the coming weeks - before winter sets in, to make it more difficult for refugees to come into Norway through the forested border.
Civil Rights Leader Backs Trump
Saturday, on "CNN Newsroom," one of the men who helped stage the 1960 sit-in at a North Carolina Woolworth's lunch counter to protest segregation endorsed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Charles Henderson told CNN's Jim Sciutto that he is drawn to Trump because of his business acumen and ability to create jobs, which he said black communities lack.
"Donald Trump is a businessman, and America is a business," Henderson stated. "In order to run America, in order to be a part of running America, you have to understand the economics of America and that we are free society."
"He knows how to create jobs," he added. "One of the biggest problems in America right now, especially in black communities, are the lack of jobs. He has proven before that he knows how to create jobs. We are a country, the land of opportunity, not the land of entitlement."
I took down my Rebel flag (which you can't buy on Ebay any more) and peeled the NRA sticker off my front window.
I disconnected my home alarm system and quit the Neighborhood Crime Watch.
I bought two Pakistani flags and put one at each corner of the front yard.
Then I purchased the black flag of ISIS (which you CAN Buy on Ebay) and ran it up the flag pole.
Now the local police, sheriff, FBI, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security, Secret Service and other agencies are all watching my house 24/7.
I've NEVER felt safer and I'm saving $69.95 a month that ADT used to charge me.
Plus, I bought burkas for me to wear when I shop or travel. Everyone moves out of the way and security can't pat me down. If they say I'm a male wearing a burka, I just say I'm feeling like a woman today.
Hot Damn - Safe at last.
Is this administration great or what?
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