Showing posts with label Confederate Flag. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Confederate Flag. Show all posts

Monday, August 17, 2015

Massachusetts: Man quietly protests Confederate flag decision

Man quietly protests Confederate flag decision
SALEM — Gary Egge says he isn’t the kind of guy who likes to make waves or cause trouble.
But when the 71-year-old Vietnam War veteran recently heard about the Confederate flag controversy in South Carolina, he just had to speak out in his own quiet way.
The retired Osram Sylvania executive was upset when he learned that lawmakers in South Carolina decided to remove the rebel flag from the Capitol grounds earlier this summer in response to the firestorm that erupted after nine people — all black — were slain at a church in Charleston.
“I am not a racist, but I like to express my opinions,” Egge said.
Dylann Roof, described as a white racist, has been charged in the deaths. Tolerance of the flag was tested in June when photographs circulated on the Internet showing Roof posing with the Confederate symbol, prompting the state to remove it from its statehouse as well.
Across the country, opposition mounted against flying Confederate flags. Political leaders, including some presidential candidates, called for their removal. 
Egge did just the opposite — he began searching online for a Confederate flag he could fly next to his American and Revolutionary War flags above the veterans memorial display he created in the front yard of his Veronica Avenue home.
“All of a sudden they are taking it down off buildings,” he said. “I was ticked off.”

Egge sympathizes with those affected by the tragedy in South Carolina, but said taking down the flag isn’t the way .

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Wisconsin man accused of going into home to remove Confederate flag

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RACINE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a Racine man was arrested after forcing his way inside a home to take down a Confederate flag placed in a window.
The Journal Times of Racine ( ) reports 37-year-old Tajaun Boatner has been charged on counts including criminal trespassing and misdemeanor theft.
A criminal complaint says a woman and Boatner told police he had politely asked her to remove the flag from her kitchen window Friday, and she moved it to another window.
According to the complaint, both started yelling, and the woman used a racial slur toward Boatner. Authorities say Boatner pushed the woman down and walked into the house to remove the flag. According to authorities, Boatner later argued with police and struggled to avoid being handcuffed.
A message seeking comment was sent to an attorney listed as representing Boatner.
Information from: The Journal Times,

Sunday, August 2, 2015


Singling out tiny Fort Bragg, California for alleged Confederate ties.
When South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to boot the Confederate flag from State House grounds earlier this month, it was a beautiful moment — if decades late. State lawmakers finally acted out of revulsion from images of a confessed shooter posing with the Civil War relic before he shot to death nine African-American church parishioners June 17. Flag apologists lost their stomach for defending the banner as an emblem of states’ rights.
The best part was that South Carolinians themselves had decided it was time for the bad flag to go.

The worst part is what is happening now as politicians in other states try to repeat that unique moment by passing their own anti-Confederate flag legislation. California lawmakers are poised to pass state Sen. Steve Glazer’s bill that would ban naming any school, park, building or other piece of public property after generals or leaders of the Confederacy. Observe: Sacramento politicians had so much trouble finding Confederate flags to ban — after they banned them from public buildings last year — that they had to broaden the net to schools and buildings.

State lawmakers even have targeted teensy Fort Bragg, population 7,000. Glazer amended SB 539 to exempt city names, but then he wrote a letter urging Fort Bragg’s mayor to change the city’s name.

The Confederate flag is a poke in the eye to African-Americans. But how many Californians ever have been to Fort Bragg?

The California Legislative Black Caucus also urged Fort Bragg to change its name: “It is time that we move forward as a state and as a nation and stop commemorating those who defended the Confederacy and its cause.” Problem: Fort Bragg was not named after Braxton Bragg to commemorate the Confederacy. Maj. Gen. Zachary Taylor named a military outpost near Mendocino after his former commander before the Civil War even started. Later, to Bragg’s undying shame, he became a Confederate general and the owner of 105 slaves.
“Why would I change the name?” Fort Bragg Mayor Dave Turner told me. “You really can’t airbrush history. Or you shouldn’t airbrush history.” He added: If no city can be named after a former slaveholder, say goodbye to Washington, D.C.

Don’t bring up George Washington’s slaveholder history, Glazer told me. He advocates “a much more narrowly tailored” approach that focuses on men who engaged in “treasonous activities against the United States of America.” Though his bill would ban Confederate names for schools and other public buildings, he’s not forcing Fort Bragg or any other city to change.

He just wants to start a conversation — that ends with Fort Bragg’s changing a brand that until recently offended next to no one. It’s a headline in search of a problem.

It’s a crusade that ignores the sad lessons of history: 1) Politicians rarely say no to an opportunity to pick on lesser civil servants. 2) The more trivial the offense the easier it becomes for pandering politicians to rail against it. 3) Once they get rolling, purges are almost impossible to stop.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Sarah Palin pulled no punches when calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood on Sunday, pointing out that it was Planned Parenthood, not the Confederate flag, which killed 90,000 black babies in 2014.
In a Facebook status update, Palin posted a picture of the Confederate flag next to the Planned Parenthood logo, then asked, “Which symbol killed 90,000 black babies last year? #Defund Planned Parenthood.” By Monday, the post had garnered almost 111,000 likes and 59,000 shares.
Palin has consistently updated her Facebook page following the revelation that Planned Parenthood executives allegedly confessed selling fetal body parts.
Planned Parenthood receives roughly $500 million in government funding every year, although federal funding is barred from paying for abortions. Planned Parenthoodperformed 327,000 abortions in 2014.
Palin has been a consistent and ardent foe of abortion. In her 2009 book, Going Rogue, she outlined her uncompromising position:
But the debate moderator decided to personalize his hypotheticals with a series of “what if…” questions:
Q: If a woman were, say, raped…
A: I would choose life.
Q: If your daughter were pregnant…
A: Again, I would choose life.”
Q: If your teenage daughter got pregnant…
A: I’d counsel a young parent to choose life & consider adoption.
GOP leaders are acting to remove funding for Planned Parenthood; on Friday, Senate Majority Leader 
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
 (R-Ky.) completed a fast-track process for legislation removing the funding; 
Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)
has brought the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 before the House. House Majority Leader 
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
 wants the funding for Planned Parenthood stopped until an investigation of the alleged sale of fetal body parts has been completed.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

UAF chancellor restores Mississippi state flag to campus display

FAIRBANKS—The University of Alaska Fairbanks started the week by taking down the Mississippi state flag because of its inclusion of the Confederate battle flag emblem, but the flag went back up on Friday.
UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers explained in a post to his Facebook page that he "reluctantly" decided to replace the flag based on comments he's received since Monday.
"The tone and content of some of the responses I received this week have convinced me that it is in the best interest of UAF to return the Mississippi flag to the Circle of Flags, but I do so reluctantly," he wrote.
When asked about the content of the responses Rogers received, UAF spokeswoman Marmian Grimes pointed to social media, where Rogers' decision has been generally opposed.
"As evidenced by the discussions on social media, there are certainly strong opinions on this issue," she said via email. "He reviewed those, along with other verbal and written responses he received, and decided it was best for UAF to return the flag to the display."
The flag had been displayed along with every other state flag at the Cornerstone Plaza on UAF's lower campus.
The move came among intensifying national debate on the Confederate battle flag after it appeared in pictures of a gunman in a racially motivated massacre at a historically black church in South Carolina. Critics have said it still serves as a powerful symbol of slavery and racism.
Juneau earlier this month removed the Mississippi flag from a display along a prominent road.
On Friday, Rogers explained his original decision, saying he felt "it was inappropriate for a campus that values diversity to display a flag that many see as a symbol of racism."
Rogers said he hopes discussion about the flag continues in hopes that efforts in Mississippi to change the flag will be successful.
"I encourage members of the campus community to continue a reasoned dialogue on symbols and other manifestations of racism in our community and throughout the United States," he wrote. "I hope that similar discussions nationwide will help the Mississippi speaker be successful in his efforts to change their state flag."

Contact staff writer Matt Buxton at 459-7544. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMpolitics.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

KKK And New Black Panther Party Clash In South Carolina

Angry clashes have erupted between members of the Ku Klux Klan and the New Black Panther Party as both groups rally at the South Carolina statehouse.

Confederate flags were stolen and ripped up to cheers and applause from the New Black Panther demonstrators - while KKK members stood on the steps of the capitol performing Nazi salutes.

The white supremacists came out in force on Saturday afternoon to condemn the governor's decision to remove the Confederate Flag due to its associations with racial hatred.

Countering their demonstration, around 400 people with links to the New Black Panther Party marched in the name of racial equality - calling on politicians to do more than simply bring down a flag.

Although leaders insisted they would steer clear of one another, disputes were soon breaking out between off-shoots.
Via: Daily Mail

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Petition calls for removing Confederate leader's name from DC-area road

An online petition is calling for renaming a street named for Confederate leader Jefferson Davis in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. 
The petition, on the website, is urging officials to rename the stretch of road in Arlington, Va. that is near Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport in the wake of efforts around the country to remove the Confederate flag and other images that are associated with the losing side of the Civil War. 
"Jefferson Davis was hailed as the 'champion of a slave society' when he was selected in 1861 to become President of the Confederate States of America," says the petition, which is directed at Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D). 
"Davis was an unrepentant white supremacist who fervently believed the Southern cause, slavery and segregation were right and just until his last dying breath in 1889," the petition continues. "It is therefore outrageous that a major Virginia thoroughfare, Jefferson Davis Highway (aka Route 1) which abuts the Pentagon and other US Capital landmarks continues to bear the name of a morally depraved, non-Virginian who rejected the very idea of a United States." 
The petition had just over 3,500 signatures as of 4:10 p.m. on Monday.
The placement of images and people who are associated with the Confederacy has become controversial in recent weeks after a shooting in Charleston, S.C. at a historic black church that killed nine. 
State lawmakers in South Carolina voted to remove the Confederate flag from its capitol grounds after pictures surfaced showing the suspect, Dylann Roof, displaying the flag prior to the shooting.
Roof allegedly told police that he was targeting African-Americans and hoped to spark a race war.  
The organizers of the petition said "it's time for the Commonwealth of Virginia, to remove the name of this Confederate leader from all sections of Route 1 in Virginia. 
"Virginia is a state that prides itself on its diversity, technological innovation, leadership in education and progress," the petition says. 
"The name Jefferson Davis is far from what the state should honor. Let's stop indulging the race haters who named the road after their race hating hero. Let’s change the image of this important roadway from hatred and rename it to memorialize hope and progress."

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Walmart to ‘melt’ class rings bearing Confederate flag rather than complete orders

An Arkansas woman who went to pick up the class ring she ordered from Walmart left disappointed, after store officials told her the retailer's new policy barred them from turning the item over -- because it bore an image of the Confederate flag.
Elaine Glidewell told KFSM someone from the store in Fort Smith called her to pick up the ring she'd ordered for her nephew, but when she arrived on Tuesday, a clerk told her she couldn’t have it. The ring had been ordered before Walmart stopped selling items bearing images of the flag, in the wake of controversy that stemmed from a racially-charged shooting in South Carolina.
“I wanted to cry,” Glidewell told KFSM, adding that the store clerk said the ring would be "melted."
Glidewell said she paid $320 for the ring and was going to present it to her nephew, who recently graduated. He had expressed interest in a design that bore a Rebel mascot that incorporates the Confederate battle flag. She got her money back, but no ring.
“They wouldn’t let me have the ring. It had a note on it, was in a plastic bag, it said do not sell. It was signed by the store manager,” Glidewell said.
Brian Nick, spokesman for Walmart, told Glidewell was denied the ring because her transaction came after the retailer made a “business decision” to stop selling items with the Confederate flag on it.
“The decision was made several weeks ago not to sell products promoting the confederate flag and this item fell under that category and the associate made the right choice and did not complete the sale,” Nick said.
Nick said the ring might have slipped through the cracks because a third party manufactured it, and the store did not realize the Confederate flag was on the ring until an associate went to sell it.
“Because there was a little bit of time I think that’s probably the reason it was noticed a few weeks after,” Nick said.
Nick said the store put Glidewell in touch with a manufacturer, who can get her a new ring, but Glidewell says it was that particular piece she wanted.
“I would give anything to have that ring. Anything. Just because it means so much to him,” Glidewell said.

Friday, July 10, 2015

FULL VIDEO: South Carolina’s Confederate Flag Removed from State Grounds

It comes down this morning at 10 a.m. ET.
After an astonishingly quick vote, South Carolina’s lawmakers voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from its state house grounds. Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed the removal into law on Thursday afternoon.
UPDATE — 10:15 a.m. ET: Oh, hey, it came down in less than five minutes. Here’s the full video of the ceremony, via Fox News:

Thursday, July 9, 2015

House Dems display incorrect Confederate flag

And someone had the stupidity to vote for these idiots time after time after time.
House Democrats referenced the wrong Confederate flag Thursday during a debate over the controversial symbol.
A photo from floor debates shows a Confederate flag with 17 stars, according to a post on CSPAN’s Instagram account.
The actual Confederate battle flag had 13 stars, one for each of the states that seceded from the Union before joining the Confederacy as of late 1861.
CSPAN’s photo shows a number of House Democrats speaking by a cutout of the incorrect version on Thursday morning.
Reps. James Clyburn (S.C.), Al Green (Texas), Keith Ellison (Minn.), David Cicilline (R.I.), Eric Swalwell (Calif.), Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.), Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas) and Terri Sewell (Ala.) all missed the apparent mistake.
House GOP leaders abruptly canceled a vote Thursday on a spending bill for the Interior Department amid intraparty infighting over displays of the Confederate flag.
The proposed legislation was shelved after the House moved to vote on an amendment to a measure that would continue allowing the display of the controversial symbol in certain federal cemeteries.
 Via: The Hill
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Gay marriage, Obamacare, Confederate flag comes down - a generation is defined: Rhonda Mays

While watching the series of special reports on television news during the last week of June as Supreme Court rulings were announced, I turned to my daughter and said, "Pay close attention to what is happening. This is a week that will be remembered for generations to come."
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Only once or twice in a lifetime can we expect to witness a decision of historic significance. To witness several major rulings within a short period of time, so different in their focus but extremely important regarding the future of our nation, is very unusual.  
Confederate flag

While not a ruling by the Supreme Court, the decision by Gov. Nikki Haley to request removal of the Confederate flag flying on state grounds in South Carolina has had an impact nationwide. For millions of Americans, and many citizens of other nations, the Confederate flag is a relic of a sorrowful and unfortunate past. To them it represents rebellion against our Union, terrorism, and officially sanctioned oppression of a massive number of individuals for promotion of the false narratives of racial superiority and segregation.

Personally, I would be in favor of banning the display of the Confederate flag on any property, public or private, due to its perverse symbolism. However, I understand that would be disagreeable to many and adverse to the American premise that freedom of speech and expression is a right. Accordingly, in America, an individual is free to privately fly or stick the Confederate flag anywhere they please on their person or private property, and we are free to surmise what displaying that flag represents regarding the individual's character.   
Affordable Care Act

With the Affordable Care Act, federal subsidies to the poor were upheld as constitutional in a 6-3 decision. Chief Justice John Roberts was joined in the majority opinion by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Anthony Kennedy and Elena Kagan.

In a case which exemplifies the notion of the impact of unintended consequences, the Supreme Court ruled tax credits which make medical insurance affordable for low and moderate income families are allowable nationwide. The case, King vs. Burwell, establishes the intent of Congress to provide subsidies for health care by the state or the federal governments. If the ruling had denied the ability of the federal government to provide tax credits or subsidies, millions of individuals previously receiving health care purchased through exchanges would have experienced drastic increases in premium costs which, in turn, would have made medical insurance prohibitively high. Many of these individuals would have lost their health care rendering the ACA ineffective. For them, the only hope would be for the states which decided to not establish their own exchanges did so, as states, "under a death spiral scenario so coercive as to be unconstitutional."

In the majority opinion, Roberts wrote, "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter."
With those two simple sentences a key part of the ACA intended to extend health care to millions of Americans who probably would not be insured, was established as law.

Fair housing

Texas Department of Community Affairs vs. Inclusive Communities Project upheld claims of disparate impact as a measure of fair housing practices by a 5-4 decision. Justices Kennedy, Sotomayor, Ginsberg, Breyer and Kagan were in the majority.

For civil rights and fair housing advocates this ruling is critical because it reaffirms the notion that "intent" to racially discriminate need not be proven, only a negative impact to the goals of the Fair Housing Act must be demonstrated  to exist. This ruling upheld the constitutional legitimacy of one of the most powerful tools used by advocates to promote housing desegregation, equal access to services, and diverse communities within the nation.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Confederate Flag Kills Ten in Chicago... OH WAIT!!!!

If President Obama had a son, he might look like Amari Brown, the little boy killed by a bullet intended for his gang-banger father on the streets of President Obama’s Chicago in yet another bloody Windy City weekend. As the Chicago Tribune reported, over the Fourth of July weekend, Amari Brown was one of the ten that were killed among 55 that were shot, none attributed to Confederate flag loyalists:
Among those killed was 7-year-old Amari Brown, shot in the chest as he watched fireworks near his father's home in Humboldt Park late Saturday night.  Police say they believe the attack was aimed at the father, whom they described as a ranking gang member.
Also gunned down was 17-year-old Vonzell Banks, who was shot as he played basketball Friday at a park named for Hadiya Pendleton, a high school student fatally shot in 2013 near President Barack Obama's Chicago home.
The wounded included a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl shot shortly after midnight Sunday as they walked in Old Town, and a 19-year-old man shot around 10 p.m. Saturday as two groups fought near Navy Pier after the fireworks display there.
We are told that black lives matter, but apparently only those that can be blamed on rogue white cops or the occasional loony tune inspired by admirers of the Confederate flag. Trayon Martin matters, President Obama’s first imaginary son, who turned to confront neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman instead of just continuing on home. 

Michael Brown matters, the thug who committed a strong-armed robbery of a convenience store and then assaulted a police officer, trying to kill him with his own gun. The rush to judgment false narrative inspired the “hands up, don’t shoot” false mantra endlessly repeated by those determined to perpetuate black victimhood and white guilt.
Chicago Police Commissioner Gary McCarthy got it right when he observed that Amari Brown was another victim, , not of racism, but of gang violence and a revolving door justice system:
Antonio Brown, who police say is a ranking member of the Four Corner Hustlers street gang, has been arrested 45 times on charges ranging from gun possession to burglary, and is not cooperating with detectives in their investigation into the slaying of his son, Amari Brown, police said.
McCarthy said that the elder Brown's last arrest was in April for gun possession after leading police on a vehicle pursuit. Brown was later released on bail in that case, Cook County court records show.
"If Mr. Brown is in custody, his son is alive," McCarthy, flanked by several police officials and other officers, told a room full of reporters at the Harrison District police station on the West Side on Sunday afternoon. "That's not the case. Quite frankly, he shouldn't have been on the street."

Friday, July 3, 2015

Senator wants public to vote on Confederate flag bill proposal

Lawmakers will debate Monday on what to do with the Confederate flag at the State House.
To take down the flag, it requires two-thirds of both the House and Senate to vote for it and enough lawmakers to meet that quota say they're going to vote to take it down.
COLUMBUS, SC: If both the House and Senate vote quickly on the bill, it could make it to Gov. Haley's desk by the end of the week. Some lawmakers said they're going to make that happen but it still has to clear a lot of legislative hurdles.
Any bill has to get three readings or votes in a chamber to pass.
The Confederate Flag bill already got a reading in the Senate; it's up for its second reading Monday, and could move to the House of Representatives by Tuesday.

If it gets a vote a day, it could be on Governor Haley's desk by late Thursday or Friday but if the bill gets sent to a committee, or lawmakers add several amendments, it means more debate.

Right now, two lawmakers have amendments prepared - Senator John Courson wants a South Carolina State flag to go up on the flag pole behind the monument, he says as a symbol of state unity.

Senator Lee Bright wants the question to put to a referendum saying South Carolinians need to weigh in.
"There's conversation about putting other Confederate flags that are less offensive out there, but let's just move forward and put a South Carolina flag and say 'I'm ok, you're ok' and show the world what we are. I think we've done that very well the past two weeks," Courson said.
Bright contends the flag is a symbol of the state’s history.
"To me and many others, this flag represents the Confederate soldier that fought under it,” Bright said. “It's a part of history. I think the way a majority of South Carolinians feel. But they're not being intimidated by the national media."

Before lawmakers can take up the Confederate flag debate, they've got to get budget vetoes out of the way.

The House will take them up first on Monday.
And while Senator Courson says he's hoping to knock them out fast- however long it takes lawmakers to tackle vetoes- will set the pace for the flag debate.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Forget the Confederate Flag...Ban Democrats

In any sane culture, the reaction to the recent massacre at the Charleston Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church would have been a racially and ethnically unified demand to try, convict, and swiftly execute the monster who perpetrated the evil attack. 

But we don’t live in a sane culture.  So instead, we are chasing a 150-year-old battle flag from the 1860s, pretending that by abolishing it from public sight, we are striking some kind of historic blow for racial healing.  What foolishness.

To make things worse, the liberal politicians and media elites promoting this meaningless distraction as some kind of substantive objective are doing so not because they are truly interested in providing a lasting peace to those who have suffered loss in this South Carolina bloodbath.  No, they are despicably consumed with advancing their political agenda.

Less than a week after the slaughter, the national Democratic Party was shamelessly trying to raise funds over the Confederate battle flag issue.  And faithfully fulfilling their role as mouthpieces of the Democrat left, the Washington Post followed up with an article titled “The GOP’s uneasy relationship with the Confederate flag.”  Yes, that would be the Confederate flag designed by a Democrat for a country full of Democrats and warred against by Republicans.  Good heavens.

I find it far more useful to judge modern politicians, parties, and movements on the basis of their ideas and the moral appropriateness of their policies.  But if leftists are intent on slandering their opposition by tying conservatives and Republicans to what they call a symbol of racism, then it is more than fair to open up the history books and remind all Americans of a few poignant facts regarding race relations in our country.

Democrats were the party of secession.  They were the party of slavery.  They were the party that defended the plantation owners’ whips, railed against abolitionists, and put bounties on the heads of heroes like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. 

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