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Mere presence of Sons of Confederate Veterans causes cries of racism

"Your permission is not required for me to honor my ancestors" - Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp No. 273 Columbia, S.C. (Twitter)
“Your permission is not required for me to honor my ancestors” – Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp No. 273 Columbia, S.C. Sons of Confederate Veterans. (Twitter)

Sons of Confederate Veterans anger local “community organizer”…

The annual Flowertown Festival held in picturesque Summerville, SC is usually a celebration of everything Southern by all the people of South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

But in this day and age of political correctness, there are those who don’t really need a reason to be offended or angry, just an excuse.

Case in point would be the “outrage” suffered by certain killjoys who attended this year’s festivities.

H. K. Edgerton, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. H.K. is a former president of the Asheville, NC chapter of the NAACP. (Facebook)
H. K. Edgerton, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Mr Edgerton is the former president of the Asheville, NC chapter of the NAACP. (Facebook)

As reported by both The Charleston Post and Courier and also The Summerville Journal Scene, the Summerville chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) set-up a booth on private property adjacent to the festival proper.

Nevertheless, the affront-o-meter of certain folks found itself cranked up all the way to 11.

Members of the H.L. Hunley Camp No. 143 chapter of the SCV have for years displayed a replica of the CSS Hunley for the festival-goers to see and learn of.

But not this year.

The sightseers and tourists wouldn’t have much of an opportunity to learn of the first operational submarine to ever sink an enemy vessel.

Due to technicality, specifically the “lack of a necessary business license permit,” the SCV was denied permission to display the replica of the historic warship on festival grounds.

“We’ve had the Hunley here the last six years,” said Ben Bunting, commander of the local SCV chapter. “We have never been approached about having a permit.”

Bunting said the submarine display actually arrived in Summerville as usual prior to the festival but was turned away because it lacked the permit required by all vendors.

“By all appearances what went on this (festival) year appears to be collusion in my opinion…to satisfy a problem with a community organizer,” Bunting said.

Louis Smith, founder of the Community Resource Center, which works to promote opportunities for the black community, appeared to confirm that claim.

“If that exhibit had been approved, we were going to protest by putting black people in chains,” Smith said Sunday at the festival. Smith said the display was a tool to spread hate toward the black community and could not believe that it was allowed at a family event.

The various races and ethnicities that comprise the H. L. Hunley Cannon crew at the 150th Anniversary of the battle of Fort Wagner. (Facebook)
The various races and ethnicities that comprise the H. L. Hunley cannon crew at the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Wagner. (Facebook)

While the Flowertown Festival is held in the town of Summerville, the town government isn’t the official organizer of the event, but rather the Summerville Family YMCA.

According to the local Y’s executive director Gary Lukridge;

“That vendor was outside of our jurisdiction,” he said. “We can’t control what happens on private property.”

It was further reported that “Lukridge confirmed that he spoke to Smith ‘a couple of weeks’ before the festival and relayed the information that the Hunley exhibit would not be coming.”

The CSS Hunley attacks and eventually sinks the sloop-of-war USS Housatonic off the Charleston coast. (Pinterest)
The CSS Hunley attacks and eventually sinks the sloop-of-war USS Housatonic off the Charleston coast. (Pinterest)

Despite the fact that the local government has no authority in the matter, community organizer Smith is taking his problems to city hall.

Town Council is expected to be asked soon to take a public stand against a group that promoted Confederate history at last weekend’s Flowertown Festival.

Louis Smith of the Community Resource Center said he and representatives from other area advocacy groups will call on council to condemn the actions of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which handed out Confederate flags and information on their organization at the festival.

Smith said he wouldn’t have had a problem with the group if it had stayed on Couch’s property, but, “the moment they stepped off the private property and started handing out Confederate flags to little children, that became an issue on so many different levels. What I care about is what the flag has come to represent, and that is pure, unadulterated hatred.”

Confederate Naval Jack. (Wiki)
Confederate Naval Jack. (Wiki)

For their part, the SCV is rejecting the “hate” label.

“The citizen-soldiers who fought for the Confederacy personified the best qualities of America,” states the organization’s website.

Bunting said the local SCV chapter holds military funeral services for new graves of confederate soldiers that are found – even those belonging to African-Americans.

“It’s a shame,” Bunting said. “We are not here because ‘the South is going to rise again;’ we’re not para-military; we’re not white supremacists. …We are not a radical group. We’re sympathetic and empathetic to all….issues. We don’t want any problems.”

Perhaps best explaining why thousands of whites and blacks alike fought for the Confederacy was the often used four sentence history lesson;

Union cavalry surrounded a lone Confederate soldier who had no horse and whose clothes were dirty and tattered. A Union officer said to him that it was obvious that he had no wealth and not the means to own slaves. The officer asked: “Why are you fighting this war?” The Confederate answered: “Because you are here.”
Black Confederate veterans in turn of the century Lynchburg, VA. Note the white man who's doing the driving for the three vets. (Facebook)
Black Confederate veterans in turn of the century Lynchburg, VA. Note it’s a white man who’s doing the driving for the three vets. (Facebook)

The national website for the Sons of Confederate Veterans cites, as well as providing direct links to numerous historical facts that the vast majority of Americans were never taught in school. A handful of examples are as follows;

  • Free black musicians, cooks, soldiers and teamsters earned the same pay as white confederate privates. This was not the case in the Union army where blacks did not receive equal pay. At the Confederate Buffalo Forge in Rockbridge County, Virginia, skilled black workers “earned on average three times the wages of white Confederate soldiers and more than most Confederate army officers ($350-$600 a year).
  • Dr. Lewis Steiner, Chief Inspector of the United States Sanitary Commission while observing Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson’s occupation of Frederick, Maryland, in 1862: “Over 3,000 Negroes must be included in this number [Confederate troops]. These were clad in all kinds of uniforms, not only in cast-off or captured United States uniforms, but in coats with Southern buttons, State buttons, etc. These were shabby, but not shabbier or seedier than those worn by white men in the rebel ranks. Most of the Negroes had arms, rifles, muskets, sabers, bowie-knives, dirks, etc., and were manifestly an integral portion of the Southern Confederate Army.”
  • The Richmond Sentinel reported on 24 Mar 1864, “None…will deny that our servants are more worthy of respect than the motley hordes, which come against us.” “Bad faith [to black Confederates] must be avoided as an indelible dishonor.”
  • The first military monument in the US Capitol that honors an African-American soldier is the Confederate monument at Arlington National cemetery. The monument was designed 1914 by Moses Ezekiel, a Jewish Confederate, who wanted to correctly portray the “racial makeup” in the Confederate Army. A black Confederate soldier is depicted marching in step with white Confederate soldiers. Also shown is one “white soldier giving his child to a black woman for protection”. – Source: Edward Smith, African American professor at the American University, Washington DC.
  • The first military monument in the US Capitol that honors an African-American soldier is the Confederate monument at Arlington National cemetery. The monument was designed 1914 by Moses Ezekiel, a Jewish Confederate, who wanted to correctly portray the “racial makeup” in the Confederate Army. A black Confederate soldier is depicted marching in step with white Confederate soldiers. Also shown is one “white soldier giving his child to a black woman for protection”. – Source: Edward Smith, African American professor at the American University, Washington DC.
  • Black Confederate heritage is beginning to receive the attention it deserves. For instance, Terri Williams, a black journalist for the Suffolk “Virginia Pilot” newspaper, writes: “I’ve had to re-examine my feelings toward the [Confederate] flag…It started when I read a newspaper article about an elderly black man whose ancestor worked with the Confederate forces. The man spoke with pride about his family member’s contribution to the cause, was photographed with the [Confederate] flag draped over his lap…that’s why I now have no definite stand on just what the flag symbolizes, because it no longer is their history, or my history, but our history.”

 

 

Noted liar Susan Rice has quite the history of not telling the truth

Rice and her ex-boss. (Flickr)
Rice and her ex-boss. (Flickr)

Even after moving on from her job as the National Security Advisor to Barack Obama, Susan Rice, the former National Security Advisor and US ambassador to the United Nations is still making headlines.

For those who’ve been in a news-coma the past few days, it’s been breaking that Rice not only ordered the “unmasking” of those on the Trump White House transition team, but according to Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller,  Former US Attorney: Susan Rice Ordered Spy Agencies To Produce ‘Detailed Spreadsheets’ Involving Trump.

In light of the recent allegation against her, many are finding her claim of just a few days ago, with regards to the unmasking of members of Team Trump, “I know nothing.”

 

In a curious turn of events, Rice did admit to her wrong-doing while appearing on MSNBC, albeit that was never what she meant to say.

As reported by Breitbart.com, Rice told Andrea Mitchell on live TV, “I leaked nothing to nobody.”

By virtue of using a double-negative, Rice was actually admitting that she had leaked something to someone.

Either that, or the Obama big shot never grasped the intricacies of primary school English.

But I digress, as reported by The Hill news portal during the summer of 2014, Rice was again caught lying.

She doubled-down on defending her claim that Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl “served the United States with honor and distinction.” As reported;

White House national security adviser Susan Rice on Friday defended her remark about how Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had served in the military with “honor and distinction.”

The comment has come under fire amid conflicting reports about whether Bergdahl deserted the Army in Afghanistan before being captured by the Taliban and held as a prisoner for five years.

Speaking to CNN’s Jim Acosta from the 70th anniversary event to mark D-Day in Normandy, France, Rice said her remark about Bergdahl was describing his decision to enter the military in war time.

“I realize there has been a lot of discussion and controversy around this,” Rice said to CNN about that remark. “What I was referring to is the fact that this was a young man who volunteered to serve his country in uniform at a time of war. That in itself is a very honorable thing.”

“But ‘honor and distinction?’ ” Acosta asked.

“Jim, really,” Rice said. “This is a young man whose circumstances we are still going to learn about.”

 

But the individual that Rice claimed to have served his country and fellow soldiers with honor and distinction is still facing the most severe of all military trials, a general court-martial. Specifically, Bergdahl is charged with violating two counts of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

As ABC News reported in 2015;

The Army said today Bergdahl has been charged with two counts under the Uniform Code of Military Justice: one count of “desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty” and one count of “misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.”

The second count is the more severe of the two, carrying a potential sentence of “confinement for life” should Bergdahl be convicted. Both charges also potentially carry a dishonorable discharge, a reduction in rank to private, and a total forfeiture of all pay and allowances.

But it turns out that lionizing Bergdahl wasn’t the first nationally televised departure from the truth for Rice.

In the wake of the Benghazi debacle that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, Rice made the rounds on the Sunday morning shows to perpetuate the Obama narrative.

As Breitbart.com reported at the time;

Rice told Fox’s Chris Wallace “what sparked the recent violence was the airing on the internet of a very hateful, very offensive video.” She told CNN’s Candy Crowley, “There was a hateful video that was disseminated on the internet… That sparked violence in various parts of the world…” She told ABC’s Jake Tapper, “What happened this week in Cairo, in Benghazi and many other parts of the region… was a result, a direct result, of a heinous and offensive video that was widely disseminated…” She gave similar answers to NBC’s David Gregory and CBS’s Bob Schieffer. In every case, the Benghazi attack was either framed as part of the response to the video or an attempt to replicate the Cairo response to the video.

In fact, later investigations made clear there was no protest similar to what took place in Cairo. The attack in Benghazi took place with no warning except for a guard caught taking photos of the compound earlier in the day. This incident led Sean Smith to tell a group of online gamers, “Assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking picture.”

There was other evidence available prior to Rice’s appearance on television on the 16th that indicated Benghazi was not a situation where a protest had gone wrong. The first word of the attack to the CIA Annex from one of the Diplomatic Security agents on scene was simply, “Benghazi under fire, terrorist attack.”

 

Democrats angry that ICE is enforcing immigration and customs laws

ICE doing ICE stuff. (Wiki)The third word in the acronym ICE is “enforcement”. The first and second words are “immigration” and “customs,” respectively. Yet for whatever bizarre reason, Democrats are quite upset with ICE doing their job.

Arguably, the Democrats understanding of the English language is on par with their understanding of the constitutionality of the electoral college.

Proof of such would be the latest Trumper-tantrum the members of the Jackass Party are clutching their pearls over.

Like everything else with the Dems, they’re now having yet another group-power-pout over the Trump Administration violating various “sensitive” spaces that illegal aliens might find themselves occupying at any given time.

Yet to say that the Trump-haters are in melt-down is an understatement. Case in point would be Washington Post reporter Katie Mettler (via the Norwich Bulletin) managing to get the words “Donald Trump,” “undocumented immigrants” and “Gestapo” in the very first sentence of her article concerning recent ICE arrests.

But for a far-more objective and professional report, Lincoln Graves of KATU News (of Roseburg, Oregon), cites a US Representative from the Beaver State is none-too thrilled with how ICE has gone about arresting a number of illegal aliens.

As reported;

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, along with other U.S. House members, unveiled legislation Thursday aimed at protecting “sensitive” locations during immigration enforcement efforts.

It would prohibit arrests, interviews, searches, and surveillance in medical or health care facilities, public and private schools, places of worship, courthouses, DMV offices, and locations that provide emergency services.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement currently operates under similar guidelines, but Bonamici says the bill would solidify and expand them.

“So this bill would put that into law and also expand sensitive locations to include courthouses because we are very concerned about people not being able to report crimes or, for example, seek protective orders,” Bonamici said.

Bonamici hosted a roundtable discussion at Portland State University Friday morning. Local and state leaders joined the discussion, which centered on why the legislation was needed.

“These are people who feel safer at home with their abuser than they do coming to get services they need,” said Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, in reference to undocumented immigrants who’ve avoided domestic violence counseling because they’re afraid ICE agents could be staked out a government buildings.

“It pains me that we are not able to take away the fear and the stress and the strain that our community members are feeling,” Kafoury said. “I strongly believe this legislation is an important step forward.”

There is, however, opposition to Bonamici’s idea.

Kevin Hoar, spokesman for the Oregon GOP sent KATU a statement that reads:

“Congresswoman Bonamici is proposing to create a “safe zone” to interfere with the enforcement of federal law that she has sworn to uphold. ICE is performing an essential service to Americans by seeking to detain and deport the illegal aliens who have been committing serious crimes in our country. Why isn’t her priority to ensure that our country is a “safe zone” from the serious crimes of illegal aliens?”

The greatest conservative and libertarian Rock & Roll songs ever recorded

"Let it rock!" (Wiki)
“Let it rock!” (Wiki)

Rock and politics… what hath Charlie Daniels wrought?

While the whining lyrics of Elton John, Green Day, Sting and Bruce Springsteen dominate the charts when it comes to political songs making their way to the charts, there have been more than a few that managed to work their way into the hearts of conservitarians everywhere.

While most of the tunes on this list are openly and unashamedly jingoistic, a few have managed over time and circumstances to easily fall into the small government and/or flat-out nationalistic leanings of many Rock fans.

In no particular order;

Swords of a Thousand Men – Tenpole Tudor
The advent of Medieval-Punk very well may fizzled and died an early death when first unleashed on the world in the early 1980s.

But luckily for the London-based Tenpole Tudor, Swords of a Thousand Men was released right when Prime Minister Thatcher loosed the British Armed Forces for a bit of good old fashioned Argie-bashing.

 

Long-Haired Country Boy – Charlie Daniels Band

“If you don’t like the way I’m livin’ you just leave this long-haired country boy alone.”

The rock anthem for libertarianism before there ever was libertarianism.

 

Don’t Tread on Me – Metallica
While James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich are known to be at opposite ends of the political spectrum, the two co-wrote this ode to the leave-me-alone-or-I’ll-crush-your-face sentiment.

Besides, any song that references the first official flag of the United States Marine Corps must be pretty kick-ass to begin with.

 

I Love America – Alice Cooper
Vincent Furnier meant it when he wrote;

I love that mountain with those four big heads
I love Velveeta slapped on Wonder bread
I love a commie, if he’s good and dead. Yup
I love America
I love Old Glory and homemade pie
I think them Ruskies should be sterilized
I love my chicken Kentucky Fried
Finger lickin’ good!

 

I’m in Love with Margaret Thatcher – Notsensibles
Never purposefully intended to be either pro- or anti-Maggie, simply by virtue of their never-ending vow of fealty to the PM, this automatically rates as conservative/patriotic. The lyrics are more English than jellied eels and spotted dick;

I’m in love with Margaret Thatcher
I’m in love with Maggie T

Oh, Margaret Thatcher is so sexy
She’s the girl for you and me
I go red when she’s on the telly
‘Cause I think she fancies me

 

American Bad Ass – Kid Rock
Notice he didn’t identify himself as a Canadian bad ass, nor a Sri Lankan bad ass, or even as an Uruguayan bad ass. This guy’s 100 percent an American Bad Ass.

 

The South’s Gonna Do It Again – Charlie Daniels Band
Before Bo, Luke, Daisy, Uncle Jesse and the General Lee… there was the Charlie Daniels Band.

“Be proud you’re a Rebel, ’cause the South’s gonna do it again, yes it is.”

If that doesn’t say it all, nothing does.

 

VOA (Voice of America) – Sammy Hagar
Reagan Rock at it’s finest. The video of The Red Rocker parachuting into a White House strategy meeting, then getting the official Fist Pump of Approval from Ronnie himself is just too awesome for words.

Raise the Flag! Let it wave.
Shoot them down to their graves, yeah.
Spread the news for all to hear.
We’ve come to fight, let’s make that clear.
You push too hard, you’re gonna fall.
We got fifty million rockers, we’re all on guard, yeah!
We don’t like it. (Oh, no!)
We can make it stop (Oh, yeah!)
We won’t take it (C’mon!)
Let it rock!
You in the Middle East, you be on your toes.
We’re bound to strike, everybody knows.
Just tell your friends, the USSR
We’re gonna, we’re gonna crash that party, ’cause they’ve gone too far, yeah!

 

Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who
Yes, it was Pete Townshend who thumped big mouthed yippie/commie Abbie Hoffman off the Woodstock stage with his guitar. But Townshend did state years after the song was released that it’s against all forms of -isms.

Nonetheless, Libertarians and anti-establishment Republicans have embraced the song as their own.

 

(You Can Still) Rock in America – Night Ranger
No ifs, ands or buts about it. You really can still rock in America.

 

There’ll Always Be An England – The Sex Pistols [Well, sort of]
In spite of the fact that The Sex Pistols never sing nary a word of the Vera Lynn WWII ultra-patriotic song, there’s something to be said of how endearing it is to have the audience open a Punk Rock concert by belting out that particular tune.

Especially heartwarming is when Lydon tells the assembled punks;

“Thank you for singing along to ‘There’ll Always be an England’! ‘Cause as long as we exist, there’ll f*****g well will be!”