The government recognized Confederate veterans as equivalent to Union vets via the Congressional Act of 1900, signed June 6, 1903, the Congressional Act of 1906, by the 17th Congress in February 1929 and U.S. Public Law 85-425, Section 410, of May 1958.
These famous Americans were also descendants of Confederate States of America veterans:
- Marine Gen. John A Lejeune's father was Confederate States Army Capt. Ovide Lejeune.
- Marine Lt. Gen. Lewis "Chesty" Puller's grandfather was CSA Maj. John Puller, killed in 1953.
- Army Lt. Gen. George S. Patton III's grandfather was CSA Col. George Patton, killed in 1864.
- The father of Army Lt. Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr., killed in Okinawa in 1945 as commander of the U.S. 10th Army, was CSA Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner.
- U.S. Air Corps Brigadier Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest III was shot down and killed over Germany in 1942; his great grandfather was CSA Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.
- President Theodore Roosevelt's uncle was CSA Chief Foreign Agent, Capt. James D. Bullock, Confederate States Navy.
- President Woodrow Wilson's father, Rev. J.R. Wilson, was CSA chaplain.
- President Harry S. Truman, who was a Sons of Confederate Veterans member, is a descendant of William Young, a trooper in the Missouri Partisan Rangers.
- CSA generals Joe Wheeler, Fitzhugh Lee, Thomas Rosser, Mathew C. Butler and Col. William Oates all served our nation after the war as generals in the Spanish-America War in 1898.
More than 70 million Americans, many of whom served honorably in our U.S. armed forces, are descended from these men.
It is our duty to honor all of our veterans - their monuments, their symbols and their memories - as well as their flags.
NORTH CAROLINA HAS DONE SO
When the Confederate flag was removed from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse last year, it ignited a trend of removing them all across the South. But have you noticed that the one place where we are not reporting Heritage violations is North Carolina?
Dr. Monica Gisolfi is a history professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. She says that other states and localities have chosen to remove monuments from public spaces and transfer them into museums, where "educators" can "contextualize" the pieces. But, "We in North Carolina are not allowed to do that because the state legislature, just as South Carolina last year was deciding to take down its Confederate flag, our state legislature went and passed legislation barring the removal basically of any Confederate monument. So we can't even say, in Wilmington, get to have a decision about whether or not these monuments belong in civic spaces."
Asked for his comment, Governor Pat McCrory says, "The bill is intended to ensure that state monuments tell the complete story of North Carolina."
TEXAS SCV IS DOING SO - AGAIN
Texas currently has 178 "publicly sponsored symbols honoring the Confederacy...including monuments, schools and roads dedicated to Confederate icons."
In the East Texas town of Orange, the SCV is putting the finishing touches on the Confederate Memorial of the Wind, a sprawling structure featuring "13 large Greek columns and 26-32 Confederate flags." It will be the largest pro-Confederacy monument the state has produced in more than a century and it will sit at the intersection of the heavily-traveled Interstate 10 and Orange's Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
WHILE THE HOUSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT IS NOT
The Houston school board voted 5-4 Thursday to rename four campuses named after Confederate loyalists and postponed decisions on four others amid community concerns.
Trustees agreed to kickstart the process of renaming Henry Grady, Richard Dowling and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson middle schools and Robert E. Lee High School.
Now, a committee at each school, including a teacher, student, parent and alumni, will be charged with proposing a new name. The policy calls for the superintendent then to make recommendations to the board for a vote - to take place in May, according to the meeting agenda.
Board president Rhonda Skillern-Jones had included eight schools on the list for renaming, but trustees agreed to remove four - Lanier and Johnston middle schools and Davis and Reagan high schools - to allow for more discussion. Trustees who represent those four schools made motions to exclude them.
Newly elected trustee Jolanda Jones, who represents Lanier, posted Wednesday on Twitter that she supported changing the school's name. However, on Thursday she proposed removing the campus from the immediate renaming list, saying she wanted to host a meeting at the school.
Trustee Harvin Moore tried to postpone the renaming item "indefinitely," but it failed on a 4-5 vote. Those who supported postponement - and then voted against the name changes - were Moore, Anna Eastman, Mike Lunceford and Greg Meyers.
All five minority trustees voted for the name changes.
Moore and Eastman said they were concerned that the renaming proposal and several other items were placed hastily on the board agenda by the president. "I don't think my vote represents pro-celebration of the Confederacy at all," Eastman said. She continued, "We are in a time where our focus needs to be 100 percent on finding a new superintendent and making sure that our 89 under-performing schools have everything they need. And these discussions are important, but they have a time and place to happen."
Before the vote, James Douglas, president of the NAACP of Houston, urged trustees to eliminate Confederate loyalists from school names.
The cost to change these school names will be at least $1.2 million, probably twice that.
VIRGINIA MUSEUM REFUSES FLAG
A year ago, Danville City Council decided to remove a Confederate flag from a monument on city property.
But now flag supporters are asking the question: where did that flag go?
One of the conditions stated by Danville City Council last year, was to have the flag displayed in the museum when it was taken down. It hasn't happened yet.
"And it was to their blood and their sacrifice in the war and I think they did the wrong thing by taking it down," Sons of the Confederate Veterans member Bill Soyars said.
"It's been a year now and the flag is still not back in the museum," Soyars said.
Leaders at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts in History say they do not have the exact flag that came down in August of 2015.
The former director of the museum would not accept the flag as a gift, so now Wayne Byrd of the Heritage Preservation Association has it.
"We want to have authentic period artifacts," Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History Visitor Services Coordinator C.B. Maddox Jr. said. "So, to display modern reproductions in a way cheapens the museum experience."
Museum leaders say the museum, "is about the history of the civil war," and "the 3,000 square feet of displays inside are sufficient."
Museum leaders are encouraging "further discussion" but for now, the flag pole is empty and it's flag with the Heritage Preservation Association.
Farmer Forced to Dump Raw Milk & Break Eggs
While Americans in the nearby city of Detroit face life in third world conditions, unable to even afford running water, the state of Michigan decided to direct its resources towards cracking down on a small food co-op for providing milk, butter, cream and eggs to people who bought shares in the organic dairy. The Michigan Department of Agriculture must be so proud of their deeds, after they forced Joe and Brenda Golimbieski, the owners of Hill High Dairy and Jenny Samuelson, the owner of My Family Co-op, to dump out 248 gallons of milk, to break 100 dozen eggs, and to destroy an undisclosed amount of fresh cream, butter and cheese.
According to the owners of the dairy, the MDA threatened to arrest the co-op owner, Jenny Samuelson, for "selling food without a license." However, the farm is a co-op, where people must buy shares. The MDA, however, said that the co-op contracts were invalid, and therefore, instead of being shared, the food was being sold. Because co-op members had paid for their shares, technically the MDA stole food that belonged not just to the Golimbieski family, but to every single member of that co-op.
Teaching Kids Christianity Violates Human Rights
Just another example of why the United States needs to not only defund the United Nations, but remove ourselves from it and the organization from our soil. In a recent paper put out by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the CRC said that demanding that children engage in daily acts of Christian worship at school may go against their, "freedom of thought, conscience and religion."
The Telegraph reports: Britain must stop forcing children to attend Christian school assemblies because it undermines their human rights, a United Nations committee has said in a controversial new report. The authors called on ministers to repeal a law demanding a daily act of Christian worship at schools because it may contradict a child's "freedom of thought, conscience and religion". The report was produced by an 18-person group of "independent experts" of "high moral character" including representatives from Bahrain, Russia and Egypt.
Oliver Cromwell is rolling over in his grave. He defended Protestant Britain from King Charles' tyranny and treason.
From a Pastor in Kentucky:
Regarding the Revolutionary War flag being racist, there are those of us - myself included - who have warned that this "cultural cleansing" is not just connected to the Confederate Battle Flag. If we do not draw a line in the sand at it, all of our historic culture will be eliminated. Fail to defend the Confederate battle flag and be prepared to lose all your historic, honorable past - socially, politically, and religiously.
If we do not stop them now, we will not stop them in the future. First, Confederate symbols and heroes. Then, American symbols and heroes. And our distinctively American culture will be erased. We must raise our voices, sharply and loudly, and state that we want our country back!
John M. Brown
From an SCV leader:
Now, they are going after the "Don't Tread On Me Flag." At first I thought they were coming the anti-terrorist angle but, from I understand, ONE person was OFFENDED because a former slave owner designed it.
I am waiting on them to go after Coca Cola because a former Confederate came up with that formula.
John Wayne Dobson
THE POPPYCOCK AT PAMPLIN PARK CONTINUES. LIVE THE LIFE OF A WAR BETWEEN THE STATES SOLDIER WHILE DENYING THE. CONFEDERATE SOLDIER HIS COLORS IS A DEFINING POINT OF THE CONTINUING BIAS OF THIS CRAP INSTITUTION THAT SHOULD BE PUT OUT OF LEE'S VIRGINIA. THE GOVERNING BODY AT PAMPLIN PARK IS A DISGRACE, SOUTHERN BABIES SHOULD NOT GO THERE.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF ADVISORS EMERITUS
Southern Legal Resource Center
A reader in Bessemer, Alabama sent this picture of a church in his neighborhood:
TRY TO IMAGINE THE UP-ROAR,MEDIA NAME-CALLING, PROTESTS, RIOTS, LOOTING, JESSE JACKSON VISITS....if THIS HAD BEEN A WHITE CHURCH?!?
More from H.K. on General Forrest:
After the courageous Ms. Emily McDonald led a fight successfully to keep the name of the Honorable General Nathan Bedford Forrest on Forrest Hall at East Tennessee State University almost a decade ago, the Board of Regents climbed into bed with the shame that Niki Haley has gendered across the South by voting to remove the Generals name.
One needs to be reminded that as Grant was burning 42 cities in the great State of Mississippi, his men carrying out their orders to rape, murder, and plunder; General Forrest along with the forty plus Black Confederates under his command were saving the great State of Tennessee from the same.
Grant's reward is to have his Presidential Library placed on the campus of Mississippi State University. General Forrest's reward is to have his grave stone removed, and now the removal of his name from Forrest Hall.
As I made my way on Tuesday morning, August 8, 2016 with the Southern Cross in hand, I would be stopped by several young people, who not only expressed their thanks for my efforts to showcase the true meaning of the Southern Cross and the cause of those who served under it, but also asked of me, what did I think of Michael Jordan donating one million dollars to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and who was I going to vote for in the Presidential race?
I told them that I could understand Mr. Jordan's overtures, because I think that he truly believed he was following the advice of Mr. Donald Sterling to help his Black community. However, I think for that purpose his money could have been spent in a better venue, because the NAACP has become nothing more than an organization headed up by self serving poverty pimps spreading hate and tainted propaganda that does no good for anyone but themselves.
I reminded them that a White man who was an NAACP Chapter President during the time that a White woman was chided for pretending to be Black and serving as a Chapter President, remarked that she had hurt the organizations image, because the primary goal of the NAACP was to raise money. Dylan Roof succeeded in stopping that dialogue.
Ask that question of the many card holders who have gone to them for help, and they will tell you just as the men of the Black Historic District on Peach Tree Street in Atlanta told me during the so called Million Children March;"the NAACP has not done anything to help us; showboating to increase their coffers, and very little substance to help the people they claim to serve". Mr. Jordan could have donated the money to the Sons of Confederate Veterans Legal Defense Fund and helped the Southern people of all colors.
In regards to who I would vote for President, I told them that when I was a small child ; I heard my father preach a sermon about a Jewish man who entered a Temple, and kicked over the table of the Money Changers. I would vote for such a person who reminds me of that man.
I would hug them all, and continue on my way while listening to the sounds of the car horns blowing, the rebel yell, and the calling out of my name.
God bless the Barber family, and the most sincere condolences to the Honorable Dewey Barber, owner of Dixie OutFitters whose mother passed away this week.
And God bless you!
One more from H.K.:
I just find myself clawing and scratching and just fighting as hard as I can, and most of all praying. I remember the words of my mother; the Southern people deserve better than the program hate that folks who don't come from here have placed upon us.
She believed that well intentioned Southern Black folks have no idea how they have been used against the very people who cared the most about them. She always said that her mother like my father, the Rev. Roland Rogers Edgerton's mother knew what they were saying; "if those folks who come here from the North would just leave us alone; we will be alright."
I want to relay that message to the duped, and to those who can find no forgiveness for those among us who were never prepared for freedom, and were used unknowingly used as they climbed into bed with those who brought an illegal war and 12 years of terror afterwards to all the Southern land. and continue to do so. Didn't mean to preach to you this morning, Just my way of saying thanks for all the help you have given to me to help right a historic wrong.
I have become use to fighting with depleted funds, balding tires, skeptics, and a great deal of love from those who cheer for me after having done so. God bless you and your wonderful family!
Are you a conservative, a libertarian, a Christian or a gun owner?
Are you opposed to abortion, globalism, Communism, illegal immigration, the United Nations or the New World Order?
Do you believe in conspiracy theories, do you believe that we are living in the "end times" or do you ever visit alternative news websites (such as this one)?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are a "potential terrorist" according to official U.S. government documents.
At one time, the term "terrorist" was used very narrowly. The government applied that label to people like Osama bin Laden and other Islamic jihadists. But now the Obama administration is removing all references to Islam from terror training materials, and instead the term "terrorist" is being applied to large groups of American citizens.
And if you are a "terrorist", that means that you have no rights and the government can treat you just like it treats the terrorists that are being held at Guantanamo Bay.
So if you belong to a group of people that is now being referred to as "potential terrorists", please don't take it as a joke. The first step to persecuting any group of people is to demonize them. And right now large groups of peaceful, law-abiding citizens are being ruthlessly demonized.
Below is a list of 72 types of Americans that are considered to be "extremists" and "potential terrorists" in official U.S. government documents. As you can see, this list covers most of the country:
1. Those that talk about "individual liberties"
2. Those that advocate for states' rights
3. Those that want "to make the world a better place"
4. "The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule"
5. Those that are interested in "defeating the Communists"
6. Those that believe "that the interests of one's own nation are separate from the interests of other nations or the common interest of all nations"
7. Anyone that holds a "political ideology that considers the state to be unnecessary, harmful,or undesirable"
8. Anyone that possesses an "intolerance toward other religions"
9. Those that "take action to fight against the exploitation of the environment and/or animals"
13. "The Patriot Movement"
14. "Opposition to equal rights for gays and lesbians"
15. Members of the Family Research Council
16. Members of the American Family Association
17. Those that believe that Mexico, Canada and the United States "are secretly planning to merge into a European Union-like entity that will be known as the 'North American Union'"
18. Members of the American Border Patrol/American Patrol
19. Members of the Federation for American Immigration Reform
20. Members of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition
21. Members of the Christian Action Network
22. Anyone that is "opposed to the New World Order"
23. Anyone that is engaged in "conspiracy theorizing"
24. Anyone that is opposed to Agenda 21
25. Anyone that is concerned about FEMA camps
26. Anyone that "fears impending gun control or weapons confiscations"
27. The militia movement
28. The sovereign citizen movement
29. Those that "don't think they should have to pay taxes"
30. Anyone that "complains about bias"
31. Anyone that "believes in government conspiracies to the point of paranoia"
32. Anyone that "is frustrated with mainstream ideologies"
33. Anyone that "visits extremist websites/blogs"
34. Anyone that "establishes website/blog to display extremist views"
35. Anyone that "attends rallies for extremist causes"
36. Anyone that "exhibits extreme religious intolerance"
37. Anyone that "is personally connected with a grievance"
38. Anyone that "suddenly acquires weapons"
39. Anyone that "organizes protests inspired by extremist ideology"
40. "Militia or unorganized militia"
41. "General right-wing extremist"
42. Citizens that have "bumper stickers" that are patriotic or anti-U.N.
43. Those that refer to an "Army of God"
44. Those that are "fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)"
45. Those that are "anti-global"
46. Those that are "suspicious of centralized federal authority"
47. Those that are "reverent of individual liberty"
48. Those that "believe in conspiracy theories"
49. Those that have "a belief that one's personal and/or national 'way of life' is under attack"
50. Those that possess "a belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism"
51. Those that would "impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)"
52. Those that would "insert religion into the political sphere"
53. Anyone that would "seek to politicize religion"
54. Those that have "supported political movements for autonomy"
55. Anyone that is "anti-abortion"
56. Anyone that is "anti-Catholic"
57. Anyone that is "anti-nuclear"
58. "Rightwing extremists"
59. "Returning veterans"
60. Those concerned about "illegal immigration"
61. Those that "believe in the right to bear arms"
62. Anyone that is engaged in "ammunition stockpiling"
63. Anyone that exhibits "fear of Communist regimes"
64. "Anti-abortion activists"
65. Those that are against illegal immigration
66. Those that talk about "the New World Order" in a "derogatory" manner
67. Those that have a negative view of the United Nations
68. Those that are opposed "to the collection of federal income taxes"
69. Those that supported former presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr
70. Those that display the Gadsden Flag ("Don't Tread On Me")
71.Those that believe in "end times" prophecies
72. Evangelical Christians
The groups of people in the list above are considered "problems" that need to be dealt with. In some of the documents, members of the military are specifically warned not to have anything to do with such groups.
We are moving into a very dangerous time in American history. You can now be considered a "potential terrorist" just because of your religious or political beliefs.
Free speech is becoming a thing of the past, and we are rapidly becoming an Orwellian society that is the exact opposite of what our founding fathers intended.
Please pray for the United States of America. We definitely need it.
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Buster Keaton stars as Johnny Gray, a blundering train conductor who inadvertently saves the Confederate Army during the WBTS. It mixed a then-unique blend of Keaton's trademark slapstick with action and drama, not to mention one of the most ambitious stunts of the silent era.
This week we are celebrating the 90th anniversary of this great film.
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This week's video is a MUST WATCH. For over 50 years Dr. Julius Howell, served as the President of a Southern Baptist College, as a Southern Baptist Pastor, and as a national leader in the Southern Baptist Convention. At the SAME time, General Howell was the Commander-in-Chief of the United Confederate Veterans, and an advocate for State's Right's in the United States Congress.
In this week's video, we play a recording of General Howell speaking about what it was to be a Southerner, a Baptist, and a Confederate soldier and prisoner of war. After a brief introduction, by myself, the lion's share of this video is the recording of General Howell.
It was great men like General Howell who have made the Southern Baptist Convention what it is today. Clic below to watch the video:
Smoothies are a fun and quick food fix for breakfast. But when it comes to the health benefits behind the trend, the blended drinks might not be as filling or as healthful as some people think.
Nutritionist Sarah B. Krieger, of St. Petersburg, Florida stirred the controversy after her presentation to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her hypothesis: pulverizing fruit reduces fiber and lets sugar from fruit speed into the blood stream. She asserted that quick release of sugar spikes the blood sugar, speeds through your system and you get hungry sooner. This sets the stage for snacking!
If you break down the health differences between drinking the ingredients that have been blended together as a smoothie, versus consuming them separately. New York-based dietitian Maya Feller explained, "When you get a dump of sugar into the blood stream it spikes the blood sugar. Then you get a drop." The fiber in fruit slows digestion and acts as a time release, gradually distributing fuel into the body. When fruit is blended into a smoothie, that release occurs sooner than it would with whole food. "You could say that fiber is like a mesh-netting ... it slows the sugar absorption down, so that it's not going to rush in," Feller said.
As a test, a person ate the raw ingredients of a smoothie, including 4 and a half ounces of mango, 4 and a half ounces of pineapple, 2 ounces of bananas, 3 ounces of vanilla yogurt and 6 ounces of apple juice. It took about 15 minutes to chew the ingredients and the feeling was like having a real meal. Blood sugar levels every 15 minutes for two hours. It took less than five minutes to drink the same ingredients followed by the same blood sugar tracking. There was a blood sugar to spike to 129 milligrams per deciliter within the first half an hour. After an hour and fifteen minutes, it dropped a lot lower, even below the 80 mg/dl before it was consumed. This was followed by feelings of hungry and lightheadedness because the body was "really trying to get itself back up to normal with a high and then a low." When the fruit was simply eaten the blood sugar never got above 112 mg/dl. Moreover, there were no feelings of hunger or lightheadedness. This means that after drinking a 300 calorie smoothie in five minutes, hunger returned and snacking began adding more calories to the daily intake than less. That is simply smoothie diet sabotage.
Blackberry Farm will commemorate the 152nd anniversary of the WBTS with a weekend-long event from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again on Sunday, at 100 S. Barnes Road in Aurora.
The event will be highlighted by a full-scale re-enactment featuring simulated battles between Union and Confederate soldiers at 5 p.m. Saturday. Throughout the weekend, guest speakers and interpreters will stage numerous demonstrations of 1800s-era war life.
"These stories we bring to life go beyond the battles; they're about real people caught up in an unimaginable war -- soldiers, civilians -- all with a story to tell," said Blackberry Farm Manager Sandie Gilmer.
Examples include demonstrations of medical procedures as they were performed in the battlefields, how wool and fabric were dyed for soldiers' uniforms, and crafts such as corn husk dolls.
A full schedule of events and map is available at www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
All of Blackberry's regular amenities will also be available, including the train, pony rides, carousel and hay wagon rides, and the Adventure Playground.
Everything is included with daily admission of $5 for adults and $4.50 for seniors and children, free for kids younger than 2.
THIS WEEKEND IN PENNSYLVANIA
Saturday at noon is The Jefferson Davis Day Picnic !! We plan to be a voice for limited government, state nullification, individual liberty & resistance to tyranny in general.
We hope to have former Constitution Party National Chairman, Jim Clymer, 2012 Vice Presidential candidate.
We will have Dr. Ed DeVries, Dixie Heritage Director, Baptist pastor, author, (28 books), seminary president, as our keynote speaker.
Good southern / gospel music will delight you. Some folks in period dress is another addition to the atmosphere.
We will have the last man to carry a firearm along the route of Pickett's charge since 1864!
Free food all day starting at 12 noon.
You might be a red-neck if you miss it. But, you will never prove it to those who will be there!
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