NEW CONFEDERATE MONUMENT ERECTED
Reggie Bennett, commander of the Campbell Guards Camp #2117 - Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), said discussions for a monument began in 1905 when veterans of the Confederacy were at a reunion.
The veterans met at the old Campbell County courthouse in Rustburg to discuss a possible monument, but disagreements among the veterans killed the idea, he said.
When Camp #2117 was chartered in 2007, Bennett said one of their first priorities was to raise money for a monument honoring Confederate veterans. "It's going to be history in the making because Campbell is the only county [in Virginia] that did not have a monument or memorial to Confederate veterans," he said.
The monument, recently dedicated, is located at 2196 Red House Road, Rustburg.
Ernest Hines donated a portion of his property on Red House Road for the monument. Hines has three ancestors who fought in the Civil War. Bennett said, "He has a blood connection to it." Hines' great-grandfather was Confederate Capt. Henry Douglas Puckett, who fought and died there.
The camp spent several years raising money to build the monument, about $10,000, and this year raised enough for it.
At the monument, three stones surround an obelisk. The stones represent people with Confederate ancestors the group wanted to honor, another stone for people who donated and a third in honor of Hines' wife, Sadie Hines.
The group, now 47 members strong, continues to raise money for the monument to cover maintenance costs and a future concrete walkway.
Teresa Roane, with the United Daughters of the Confederacy, was the dedication ceremony's keynote speaker and spoke about black Confederate veterans.
She said by phone that men of color did participate in the Confederate Army and often made more money in the Army compared to their fellow soldiers because they would be cooks or blacksmiths, and people tended to earn more money with skilled jobs than they would as regular soldiers.
Anti-Confederate Activists Plan To Demolish Andrew Jackson's Statue In New Orleans
We have reported previously that the people who wanted to demolish Confederate monuments in New Orleans were not going to stop with those monuments. They were going to eventually target Andrew Jackson's statue in Jackson Square. But we didn't think they would get started so soon.
Angry by court delays, the activists at Take 'Em Down NOLA say they will demolish the iconic statue if the Confederate monuments are not demolished by September 24th. On that day, Take 'Em Down NOLA says they will pull down Andrew Jackson's statue during a demonstration.
"We're going to go to Jackson Square. We're going to put ropes around Andrew Jackson and we're going to take him down off his pedestal," Take 'Em Down organizer and longtime civil rights activist Malcolm Suber said during a public forum the group held Thursday night.
The demonstration, scheduled for Sept. 24, will come a few days before judges of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals are scheduled to hear arguments over whether to lift an order that halted the removal of the other four statues.
Houston Mayor Pushing to Rename Street in Confederate Officer's Memory
Dowling Street is named for Richard Dowling, who served as a lieutenant in the Confederate Army and led Texas troops. He also was a businessman in Houston after the war.
The Mayor wants the authority to change street names without seeking the approval of the street's residents. That would allow him to unilaterally give Dowling Street a new name.
Feds fund study on health risks of looking at Confederate flag
The U.S. government is funding research to show that Confederate symbols prompt a negative physiological response in black people, information some believe will be helpful in lawsuits aimed at removing them.
Jackson State University received $420,000 in grant funds, some from the National Science Foundation, to delve deeper into the physiological responses of black people to Confederate imagery after initial research allegedly revealed negative reactions, the Jackson Free Press reports.
Political science professor D'Andra Orey concocted a study that blends biology and politics by measuring the heart rate of participants, and how much they sweat, when shown different images like a t-shirt with the Confederate flag, or the Mississippi state flag that contains the Confederate flag. The reactions are compared to responses to "happy images" like penguins or exposure to blank images, and an initial pilot study of black faculty and students at JSU allegedly showed the Confederate images produce a negative physical reaction.
"When you see the flag, and you start sweating, that fits with the sympathetic nervous system," Orey said. "When people have a negative response to these particular images, that means that it impacts them negatively, which is physiologically."
Most recently, Grenada-based attorney Carlos Moore sued Gov. Phil Bryant over the Mississippi State Flag, claiming it is both unconstitutional and negatively impacted his health by raising his blood pressure. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves threw out the case, but Moore appealed to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Free Press reports.
The lawsuit was dismissed mostly because Moore could not prove harm from the flag, but Orey's research could change that.
"We're actually trying to see if this negative physiological response can be measured into an injury or can be captured as an injury," he said. "They can say it bothers them, and then it doesn't register in their physiological response while others (can) say, 'it doesn't bother me, I'm immune to it ... but I get (physiologically) pissed off every time I see it," Orey said.
In Moore's case, Judge Reeves ruled that he did now show a "cognizable legal injury" as a result of viewing the state flag, but acknowledged ties between the Confederate battle flag symbol and the state's history of slavery. The ruling makes it clear that regardless of whether the flag makes Moore uncomfortable, there's no constitutional protections for anxiety from state symbols.
"Moore's arguments are phrased as constitutional claims, yet his allegations of physical injuries suggest that he is making an emotional distress tort claim," Judge Reeves wrote. "To succeed in constitutional litigation, however, Moore needs to identify that part of the Constitution which guarantees a legal right to be free from anxiety at State displays of historical racism. There is none."
Baltimore Quietly Contacting Confederate Groups to Unload Statues
What do you do with very large and controversial statues no one wants? That's the dilemma faced by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake following a city commission recommendation to remove statues in honor of Robert E. Lee, "Stonewall" Jackson, and Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney who authored the infamous Dred Scott decision.
"She wants to find an appropriate place for those monuments, if she decides to go ahead and remove them," said Rawlings-Blake's spokesman, Anthony McCarthy. "It hasn't been as easy, to be honest, as we thought."
In fact, the city has been quietly contacting "Confederate groups" to ask if they would like to buy the statues, The Wall Street Journal reports, but so far the organizations have balked either at the cost or the idea of helping to remove the memorials from public space.
The commission recommended transferring the statues to a national park such as a Civil War battlefield, but it turns out parks aren't allowed to accept the statues unless they were previously "removed from the park and are necessary to achieve the park purpose or authorized legislation."
In the meantime, Rawlings-Blake has ordered new signage for the statues to "explain their historical context."
FLORIDA STUDENT DEFIES SCHOOL
After being told twice by his Clay High School principal this week to take down the confederate flag from his truck, Robert Martin says he plans to keep flying it.
"Where I was born, where I was raised and that flag always stays up. It ain't coming down," said Martin. "They pretty much told me I could suffer a referral every time I show up to school with it on my truck."
"I'm not racist at all. That flag does not stand for racism," said Martin.
Martin said he ended up buying back his parking pass and plans to park off campus until he is allowed back on the property with his flag.
GOODWILL SWORD SELLS FOR $17,250
The auction of a rare Confederate naval sword donated last week garnered thousands of dollars for Goodwill Industries of the Valleys.
Jarrod Hines, owner of Farmer Auctions in Salem, said the sword sold for $17,250, which includes a buyer's premium that goes to the auction house. A Goodwill official was unclear Wednesday exactly how much of the sale will go to the organization.
Hines said he was pleased with the Sept. 15 auction's outcome. The sword was valued at $8,000 to $12,000, but sold for much more.
"Items are worth what buyers are willing to pay for them on that day and at that time, and a lot of times we exceed our expectations," he said.
HILLARY FOR PRISON FLOAT
Amarillo TV station KFDA reports that a float at the annual Tri-State Parade sparked mixed reactions among fairgoers Saturday morning.
A picture of the float was submitted to NewsChannel 10 by a viewer. In the photo, a man wearing a President Obama mask is shown waving to the crowd as the float passes by. The Obama look-a-like is also barricaded inside a makeshift prison alongside a faux Hillary Clinton.
The photo circulated through Facebook over the weekend with some users believing the message was racist. Questions like: "why would you put a black man in a cage?," said Amarillo resident Rodney Darnes.
The float was organized by a group called Stars and Bars and rode along side the Confederate Riders of America. They said the float was strictly a political message.
"It was in no way racist," said Michael Bateman, the President of the Confederate Riders of America. "There was a sign right next to them that said 'Hillary for prison, 2016. We had no racial intentions at all."
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When we lived back in Lincolnian Illinois I used to bring up the subject of secession here and there. Many of the people I worked with laughed (admittedly behind my back) because in their thinking the secession issue was only something I had wild delusions about and no one else was ever going to think seriously about it. After all, the "Civil War" settled all that didn't it? Sorry folks, it didn't. Nor did that Supreme Court decision in 1869 that supposedly made it illegal really settle anything either.
When the secession issue burst upon the scene again several years ago with many states sending petitions to Sodom on the Potomac stating that people in their respective states wanted to secede by the thousands, one man who had listened to what I said about it back in Illinois sent me an email and said "You're a prophet." Well, not hardly, nor even the son of a prophet, but it wasn't hard to figure out that the secession sentiment, even after 150 years, was still out there. Just because some federal flunky informed us that "secession is illegal and you can't do that" nothing changed.
There are two variations of the secession question that are out there today, not that you'd ever realize it if you were checking your Evening Fish Wrapper or listening to the Communist Broadcasting Service or the Communist News Network. These great purveyors of all the news that fits the agenda will barely admit to one. And when they do that they always seek to portray its adherents as "gap-toothed racists" who are all second cousins to Hitler and whose granddaddies were all Grand Dragons in the KKK. This sort of drivel is standard fare for our "news" media and most people should be able to recognize that by now, although if you were "educated" in public schools you might have somewhat of a problem figuring it all out.
One version of the secession question says that the original Confederate States that seceded do not have to do it all over again, that they are still seceded and, basically under federal occupation. In other words "reconstruction" never really ended in the South, we were just told that it did. They lied. Unfortunately many were presuaded to believe the lie. In the interim the federal government has stretched "reconstruction" so that now the entire country labors under it-they just haven't bothered to tell anyone. A slight lapse in their "transparency" I guess.
Author Kirkpatrick Sale, formerly of Vermont but now living in South Carolina, noted in a recent column on http://www.lewrockwell.com that "There are the usual cries against secession: it's illegal, unconstitutional, and pointless, and that it didn't work the last time. But although there was a Supreme Court decision of shaky logic and narrow jurisdiction in 1869 that some have taken to have made secession illegal, there has never been any law passed by Congress against secession and indeed the one time when such a law was proposed it was voted down. As to what the Founding Fathers thought, the fact that they had no trouble with three states explicitly stating they would join the Union with the provision that they could withdraw anytime they wanted to suggests that originally secession was assumed to be a taken-for-granted right." If Mr. Sale is correct in this it just may be that the folks who have said we are still seceded and don't have to do it all over again have a valid point.
There are others, however, for one reason or another, that feel we do have to do it all over again. The purpose of this article is not to argue with them or to create even more division between the two groups, but to point out that, whichever position you take, there are lots of people out there today that view secession as about the only way left to get out from under the clutches of a tyrannical Marxist-oriented regime that seeks to run, literally, every aspect of our lives-even to how much water we can flush down our commodes when we use them or what kind of light bulbs we can use. They seek to leave no part of our daily lives untouched by their leftist beneficence (and the constant reminder that they have the power and will not hesitate to use it if we fail to tow their line).
Thus it comes as no real surprise that in Texas a Public Policy Polling survey in August of this year found that 61% of those who support Donald Trump have stated that if Hillary Clinton is enthroned in the White House (which is still the plan of the One World Government crowd) they plan to try to get Texas to secede from the Union. It would be interesting to see what percentage of the Trump supporters in other Southern states feel the same way. Personally, driving across the Texas State line from Louisiana into the Republic of Texas when we go there would not bother me all that much.
So we'll keep our eye on the secession question that used to bring so much laughter to some folks I knew up North. It just may be that some of them are not laughing quite so much at its possibilities now as they did earlier. And after the Brexit vote in Britain-who knows? Is there the possibility of a "Texit?"
On Sept. 16 Jim Stone reported that Hillary Clinton did not appear in North Carolina. What everyone saw was a CGI generated image, and the CGI glitched repeatedly.
In the video these frames were pulled from, Hillary, (AND ONLY HILLARY) glitches repeatedly while the rest of the screen stays clear. In two frames out of the video the glitches are so bad she vanishes entirely in one, and almost completely vanishes in another. This, according to video analysts, can only happen if she is a CGI drop in.
If this report is true it is just mind-blowing. Again, as with similar reports, we provide the video link and you can make up your own mind:
It seems Mexico agrees with Donald Trump's plans to build a wall to keep out illegal immigrants - but only on its southern border with Central America.
Mexicans are calling for the border wall to keep out Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans fleeing violence in their own countries.
hey complain 'hordes' of immigrants pass through on their way to the United States -who are then simply deported back to Mexico rather than their home countries by the US.
Central American migrants are left stuck in border cities with Mexican officials unable to afford to send them back to their own countries, according to an article by one of the largest newspapers in the border state of Tamaulipas, El Mañana, titled: 'Yes to the Border Wall ... but in Mexico's South.'
While Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has mocked Trump's plans, many Mexicans praised the concept of a border wall. "Trump's idea of a border wall is a good one but it should be on the southern border with Central America in order to stop the flow of Central Americans from entering both countries," the El Mañana board wrote in July. The paper also called for proper immigration checkpoints on the southern border. El Mañana even criticized Hillary Clinton for failing to raise the issue of border security.
The newspaper says that many illegal immigrants turn to crime as shelters can often only provide a few days of food and bedding. "Many of these migrants when they are unable to find an honest way of life turn to robberies, kidnappings, extortion, and in the worst cases join the ranks of organized crime," El Mañana's piece claimed.
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I was sad and disappointed to read about the Alexandria City Council's vote on the Confederate statue, another example of the popular anti-everything-Confederate hysteria. I guess the removal of Robert E. Lee's pew from Christ Church and the demolition of his boyhood home will be next.
Removing reminders of the Confederacy annoys and disappoints native Alexandrians and Virginians. Maybe the Alexandria City Council should remember a quote from Golda Meir of Israel: "One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present." The council should focus on improving the school system, increasing pay for teachers and finding low-cost housing for the needy.
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