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Confederate emblem removed at U.S. Capitol

State flags, including the controversial Mississippi flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem, will no longer hang in the tunnel at the U.S. Capitol where each had been displayed. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., said Thursday the flags, which had been removed during renovations, will instead be replaced with prints of each state’s commemorative coin. “Given the controversy surrounding confederate imagery, I decided to install a new display,’’ Miller, chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, said in a statement. “I am well aware of how many Americans negatively view the Confederate flag, and, personally, I am very sympathetic to these views. However, I also believe that it is not the business of the federal government to dictate what flag each state flies.’’ Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., had called on Congress to remove all items bearing the Confederate battle flag, including his state flag. The flags had been displayed on the wall in the tunnel that runs between a House office building and the Capitol. Visitors and members of Congress travel between the office building and the Capitol by walking or taking small subway cars that go by the flags. “I am pleased that the Architect of the Capitol will no longer display symbols of hatred and bigotry in the esteemed halls of the United States House of Representatives,’’ Thompson said in a statement. “As I said last summer, this is the People’s House and we should ensure that we, as an institution, refuse to condone symbols that seek to divide us.’’ The committee’s move Thursday puts the spotlight back on the states, including Mississippi, where battles are brewing over whether to remove Confederate flags and statues from public places. Last summer, Thompson urged Congress to hold a hearing on his resolution to remove items from House grounds that feature Confederate flag emblems. Democratic lawmakers, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined Thompson in the effort. But little happened. Thompson, civil rights groups and others argue the Confederate flag is a symbol of racism and a reminder of the South’s long history of segregation. Some communities, towns and universities in Mississippi have removed the flag. Carlos Moore, an attorney from Mississippi, recently filed a lawsuit to remove it from public spaces. Supporters of leaving the flag alone say it’s part of the South’s heritage. Supporters in Mississippi have held rallies. Gov. Phil Bryant, acting at the request of Sons of Confederate Veterans, recently proclaimed April as Confederate Heritage Month.

More political correctness gone crazy…  Unreal..

Virginia High School’s Confederate Flag Ban Sparks Flag Rally in Protest

A Bedford County, Virginia, high school sparked a student rally in support of the Confederate flag after administrators enforced a ban of the historic banner. After school administrators at Staunton River High School in Montea, Virginia, enforced its policy, telling students that the Confederate flag was banned from vehicles in the school’s parking lot, a group of students said they organized to sponsor a parade of cars festooned with the rebel flag to express their First Amendment rights. According to WDBJ, CBS Channel 7, students Chas Goodson and Zachary Barton were told to leave their flags at home but felt the school was attempting to shut down their Constitutional right to free expression. “We’re doing all of this to stand up for our First Amendment rights,” Goodson told the media. The pair of students said they outfitted their vehicles with the Confederate symbol in memory of recently-passed country music legend Merle Haggard but were confronted by school administrators over the flags. The pair also noted their ancestors served in the civil war and the flag was a nod to their ancestry. “We are very proud of our heritage and we want to be able to show it,” Barton told Channel 7. “We were given our First Amendment right for a reason and we want to be able to use it.” School administrations hastened to claim they have no intention of stomping on anyone’s First Amendment rights but feel it necessary to “limit distractions” for the students. “We have to limit any and all things that we determine are a distraction to the school day,” Bedford County Public Schools spokesman Ryan Edward said on Friday. Edwards further noted that large banners and flags had already been banned on vehicles in the school parking lot, even if they are large U.S. flags. But the students who organized the parade of autos said their response isn’t over. Students and parents also went to the campus and marched with their flags too, some representing a group called “Battle Flag Rally for Freedom.” “It’s not about hate. It’s about the heritage,” said Jason Wright, a Staunton River High student. “When schools try to take away our American flags and stuff and tell us we can’t fly them at school, that’s not right.” The students say they intend to rally again sometime next week. The “Battle Flag Rally for Freedom” group has a Facebook page where they describe themselves as a peaceful group. “We promote peaceful rallies for the support of Confederate and American values. We support the Constitution of the Confederacy & the U.S.A. no hate,” the Facebook page says. The group has held rallies in many cities in the south, including Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Salem, Virginia, among other places.

How great is this?!?  Kudos to these kids and their parents for standing up to these school administrator nazis using their positions to push their fascist, politically correct, crap.  It’d be one thing if there was a policy in the actual school about clothing and such.  But, we’re talking about bumper sticker and flags on cars in the parking lot, for crying out loud!  That’s where it crossed a line, and these kids (with the support of their parents) are pushing back.  Good for them!  Virginia was part of the Confederacy.  Those who have  problem with it need to get the heck over it.  Hopefully others will rally to support these kids at their next rally.    🙂

Confederate flag controversies heat up for the holidays

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…circa 1865. A new crop of Confederate flag controversies is boiling up along the East Coast just in time for the holidays. In Virginia, residents are fighting over the flying of the rebel flag in Danville, as a new billboard welcomes drivers to “the last capital of the Confederacy.” About 50 supporters carried the Confederate flag during an unauthorized display at a Roanoke Christmas parade earlier this month. And the flag won a victory in Pennsylvania on Tuesday when Kutztown University overturned a ban on the rebel insignia. “It’s our right to show our heritage, our pride, what we believe in,” Virginia Flaggers member Tommy Goddard told WDBJ7. The Danville billboard, which went up last week, greets those entering town with the message: “Welcome to Danville. The last capital of the Confederacy and proud of it.” Those leaving town see a similar sentiment with the Beverley Hillbilly’s-like addition, “Y’all come back.” Some residents have already complained about flagpoles with Confederate flags the group has placed around the city, Goddard said. City officials confirmed to WDBJ7 that a complaint was filed to the planning and zoning board. Goddard’s group doesn’t seem intent on backing down. “Hoping that the city realizes if they go for this code, that there is always other ways to get around ordinances and codes, other ways to make sure that flag or flag pole stays up,” Goddard said. The Danville debate is at least the second Confederate hullabaloo in Virginia this month. As many as 50 flag bearers carried the rebel banner during a parade in Roanoke on Dec. 11, The Roanoke Times reported. The unauthorized display was reportedly organized by several pro-Confederate flag groups and formed behind the permitted float for the Sons of Confederate Veterans 28th Infantry Camp 49. The Roanoke NAACP, which opposed the Sons of Confederate Veterans float even before the unsanctioned flag bearers showed up, organized an opposition rally near the parade’s beginning. “It shocks and saddens me that these issues resulted in individuals on both sides of the debate resorting to the use of a Christmas parade as a venue to further their cause, not celebrate the season,” Downtown Roanoke Inc. board Chairman Tony Pearman told The Times. DRI organizes the parade. And while Confederate flag supporters in both Virginia cases face significant opposition to their cause, the flag claimed a win in a small Pennsylvania town Tuesday. Kutztown University overturned a ban that barred the Confederate flag – and swastikas – from being displayed inside dorm rooms and other areas on campus, Inside Higher Ed reported. “The Confederate flag and swastika are NOT permitted in any residence hall, suite and apartment or student room,” the original policy, enacted earlier this month, stated. The word “not” was uppercased and bolded in the original text. But the university’s legal counsel put the kibosh on Kutztown’s prohibition, citing a need to review the ban’s “constitutionality.”

Smart move..  This whole pc attack on the Confederate flag has gotten WAY out of control this year.  Glad to see some folks finally fighting back.  Everyone has a right to be proud of their heritage..  And those from the south should have every right to the same…without someone calling them a “racist” because of it.  Besides, those who throw that pejorative around clearly haven’t studied their American history.  If they did, they’d know that slavery played NO part in how the Civil War started.  In fact, that element didn’t come into play until way into the second year of that conflict.  So, these idiots with the NAACP, and other similar entitlement-minded race-baiting organizations, are showing their ignorance by shamelessly playing that card.

Maryland gets okay to recall Confederate flag license plates; Virginia’s recall meets defiance

Maryland got the okay from a judge to recall Confederate flag special license plates, joining Virginia — where a similar recall effort has encountered near universal defiance from owners of the tags to return them. Both states acted to recall the plates after a self-proclaimed white supremacist killed nine black South Carolina churchgoers in June. The gunman had taken photos of himself with guns and the Confederate flag and posted them online before the shooting. A federal judge issued an order Thursday allowing Maryland to recall tags featuring the Confederate battle flag after Nov. 17, Reuters reported. “I look forward to the day when these plates are no longer on the road,” Maryland Attorney General Brian Frost said in a statement. “This flag is a painful symbol that divides us, conjuring images of hate and subjugation. It has no place in any contemporary government use.” A judge ruled in 1997 that Maryland’s Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates were protected free speech and enjoined the state from recalling them, Reuters reported. But in June, the U.S. Supreme Court said Confederate flag license plates constituted government speech that could be subjected to regulation. Virginia announced it would recall the plates in August and as of Oct. 4 it is illegal to drive with Confederate license plates. Violators face prosecution on a misdemeanor if stopped. But the recall has encountered little cooperation, according to WAVY-TV. Of 1,600 Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates on the road, only 187 have been returned, the station reported Thursday. Kevin Collier told the station he is refusing to give up his plates. He is the commander of the Stonewall Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and his great-great-great grandfather fought with the Confederacy. “I can’t fight on the battlefield like they did, but I can fight however I can in modern times and I will not give them plates up,” he said. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles asked the Sons of Confederate Veterans to help design a new plate but the organization did not respond. “Next thing you know, they’re going to say you can’t wear blue on Monday, you know, or you can’t wear yellow on Thursday,” Collier told WAVY. “Where’s it going to end?”

The pc police and speech nazis have struck again! This time, it’s coming from the courts..

VA Drivers Refusing to Return Confederate License Plates

Earlier this year, after racist terrorist Dylann Storm Roof was charged with shooting nine black people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, the media and Democrats across the nation embarked on a crusade to wipe the Confederate flag from society. One of the crusaders, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, decided to get rid of license plates containing the Confederate flag altogether and informed those with such license plates that they had until October to hand the license plates over to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Those found driving with the plates will be charged with a misdemeanor. On Friday, local station WAVY reported that the vast majority of citizens with such license plates have refused to comply with the government’s flag-recall notice. The DMV stated that just 187 Virginians had returned their license plates out of 1,600 who had received a recall notice. One of those who has refused to heed the call is Kevin Collier, commander of the Stonewall Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, whose great-great-great-grandfather fought with the Confederacy. “Next thing you know, they’re going to say you can’t wear blue on Monday… or you can’t wear yellow on Thursday,” he told WAVY. “Where’s it going to end?” The answer: It isn’t. In forwarding the regulation, McAuliffe said the Confederate flag was “unnecessarily divisive and hurtful.” He added, “Even its display on state-issued license tags is, in my view, unnecessarily divisive and hurtful to too many of our people.” Apparently, McAuliffe missed the fact that the victims in Charleston did not suffer from hurt feelings thanks to license plates, but from murder at the hands of a racist renegade criminal. But government’s job is now to protect feelings rather than lives.

Oh, let’s be honest here..  Democrats are just using that horrible tragedy in Charleston as an excuse to further their politically correct, fascist, anti-Confederate flag bs.  If it wasn’t that shooting, it’d be something else.  Clinton adviser turned Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) is the head nazi in Virgina now.  Kudos to these Sons of the Confederate Vets who are exercising a little civil disobedience, and standing up for their heritage.  They have every right to be proud of their heritage like everyone else.

Confederate flag on Ga. kid’s backpack leads to school lockdown

A Confederate battle flag attached to a high school sophomore’s backpack reportedly led to a school lockdown in Polk County, Georgia. Officials at Rockmart High School say the flag caused a disruption when the 10th-grader, who is white, was confronted Wednesday morning by two black students prior to school starting, a local Fox News affiliate reported. “They wanted to confront him about what he had on his backpack. What did they say? ‘Hey man, why you doing that,’” Principal Wesley Cupp told the station. Mr. Cupp said there was shoving and an exchange of words, but it was broken up by staff within minutes. He said no weapons were found. Still, the school was put through a lockdown drill with students kept in class after rumors surfaced of other students bringing Confederate battle flags to school, Fox reported. “We just did that as a precautionary situation to help maintain and control what could have been a bad situation,” Mr. Cupp said. He said all three students involved were suspended for the disruption. When they return to school they will be offered counseling and other services to help ease tensions, Fox reported. “When you become a distraction where students can’t learn because of a distraction then that needs to be removed,” Mr. Cupp said.

What a ridiculously silly, and politically correct, standard!! The kid that had the flag on his backpack didn’t do anything wrong. It was the two black students who “confronted” him, that caused the disruption. It is THEY who should have been suspended; NOT the kid who had the flag on his backpack. At MOST, they should have told him to put it away.. But, even that would be a bit much. After all, Georgia was one of the Confederate states, for crying out loud! That flag is even on some Georgia license plates!! And Polk County is over 80% white. Soo.. its not like this kid was in east LA, or southside Chicago, or Harlem. This whole pathological thing surrounding the “Stars and Bars” has gotten WAY out of hand. This idiot principal needs to apologize to the kid for suspending him, and direct the discipline where it belogs, to the kids who confronted him and tried to intimidate him for expressing his southern pride. Unreal…

Virginia High School bans Confederate flag symbol from vehicles

The debate over displaying the Confederate flag has made its way into school parking lots. Three students were called to the principal’s office at a Christiansburg, Virginia high school earlier this month and told to remove Confederate symbols from their vehicles. All complied. Two of the students told the Roanoke Times they were threatened with a three-day suspension. Officials at the school said that wasn’t the case. “We cannot suspend students for violating parking guidelines,” Montgomery County schools spokeswoman Brenda Drake said. Christiansburg is the lone school of the county’s four public high schools to have a parking contract requiring that “vehicles must be free from displaying any flags or symbols that are deemed offensive to any race, religion, ethnic group, or sexual orientation.” The rule was added this year in order to bring the parking requirements in line with school dress code and locker guidelines, Drake said. Debbie Cox, the mother of one of one of the female students who was asked to remove the Confederate logo, admitted she didn’t thoroughly read the parking contract before signing it. “I honestly did not think it was a problem around here,” Cox said.

And there shouldn’t be, Debbie.  If some teenager, in a state that was part of the Confederacy at one point no less, wants to put a Confederate flag on their car, they should be able to.  This is a silly parking “contract” that hopefully will be revised to remove such politically correct, free speech suppressing, crap.  The pc police have struck once again.  And, we support those who would fight back again such nonsense.  Ya know..  There are many cars in Virginia that still legally have license plates with the Confederate flag on those license plates.  I wonder..  Would those cars with legal license plates be allowed to park in this high school parking lot?  Perhaps some enterprising parent will allow his/her kid to park the family car there to see what happens..and then use the opportunity to push the issue.  We’ll keep an eye on this to see how it develops..

Pandora’s Box: New Orleans prof says Confederate purge would target Andrew Jackson, too

If New Orleans intends to purge all symbols of the Confederacy, it must take down its famous statue of Andrew Jackson, too, according to a Big Easy professor, who says his tongue-in-cheek demand is meant to show the absurdity of measuring historical figures by contemporary standards. With rebel symbols under fire around the nation in the wake of the mass shooting in June of black worshipers at a Charleston, S.C., church by a white supremacist who embraced the stars and bars, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has called for the removal of statues of Confederate stalwarts Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and PGT Beauregard. But a local university dean says a longstanding city ordinance being invoked by Landrieu would just as easily apply to the seventh president, known as “Old Hickory” and famous for defeating the British in the War of 1812’s pivotal Battle of New Orleans. The ordinance allows city officials to remove any statue or monument deemed a nuisance if, among other things, it “honors, praises, or fosters ideologies which are in conflict with the requirements of equal protection for citizens as provided by the constitution and laws of the United States.” Taken at its word, and without the benefit of historical context, the ordinance would mandate the removal of the statue of Jackson on horseback that has marked Jackson Square since 1856, said Tulane University Prof. Richard Marksbury. “I don’t want to see any statues taken down,” Marksbury told FoxNews.com. “I’m trying to prove a point.” Marksbury, who has called New Orleans home for more than 40 years, said he is dismayed at the calls for removal of historical statues. Jackson owned slaves, battled fiercely against Seminole Indians in Florida, ordered the Cherokee nation onto reservations and signed the Indian Removal Act, all actions that could put his statue at odds with the ordinance. But he was of a different time, and a significant historical figure, said Marksbury. Monuments may be seen as marking history, not necessarily venerating individuals, he said. Last week, a public commission in the French Quarter voted to remove a 124-year-old obelisk monument dedicated to the White League’s brief, and bloody, overthrow of a biracial Reconstruction government after the Civil War. The fate of 35-foot-high monument, which stands on the edge of the old historic district, now awaits a decision from the City Council, as do the Confederate statues. “If they [keep] going down this route, they will open Pandora’s box,” Marksbury said, explaining why he proposal, first made in a letter to local newspaper The New Orleans Advocate in late July. “My position is that if you remove one, you have to remove them all.” Landrieu’s office in New Orleans did not immediately return requests for comment. Jackson died 16 years before the Civil War but made military history in the War of 1812. When New Orleans was under threat, Jackson took control of the defenses, including militia for various western states and territories. In the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, his 5,000 troops successfully fought off nearly 8,000 British troops, saving the city. Next on the chopping block is an engraving of the Confederate flag that is part of a mural near the entrance of City Hall according to local TV station Fox8. “Across our state and our country, there has been broad consensus that confederate flags should not fly over government buildings,” Landrieu said. “Staff is currently researching the history of the etched marble at the entrance of City Hall to determine the process for removing the Confederate flag crest, as well as alternatives to represent the Civil War period of our city’s history in this mural.” Orleans Parish Councilman James Gray is in favor of taking down the Confederate monuments in the city, but he does not believe the Confederate engraving should be removed.

This who purging of anything Confederate is offensive.  It’s the sorta thing we’d expect from the Nazi in WWII, or in N. Korea; NOT in the United States of America.  The fascist speech police and pc police have gone TOO far.  It’s time people fought back against this crap.

Liberal celebs call for removal of Confederate emblem from Mississippi flag

A Confederate battle is brewing in Mississippi. A cadre of athletes, authors, actors, musicians, business leaders and judges signed a letter calling for the removal of the Confederate insignia from the state’s flag. The letter appeared in a full-page ad in Sunday’s Clarion-Ledger newspaper. Mississippi’s state flag features three stripes, of red, white and blue, with the Confederate emblem in the top left corner. “It is simply not fair, or honorable, to ask black Mississippians to attend schools, compete in athletic events, work in the public sector, serve in the National Guard, and go about their normal lives with a state flag that glorifies a war fought to keep their ancestors enslaved,” the letter said. “It’s time for Mississippi to fly a flag for all its people.” Actor Morgan Freeman, quarterback Archie Manning, author John Grisham and musician Jimmy Buffet were among those who signed the letter. Mississippi last voted on changing the state flag in 2001, with the current form being retained by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. “Think of America in 1931 and then in 1945 – that’s 14 years, and a tectonic shift in national identity,” author Greg Iles, who signed the letter, told the Clarion-Ledger. “Think of 1961 and 1975. The confederate flag is no longer a viable state or national symbol in 2015.” Gov. Phil Bryant has noted the previous vote and said he has no plans to call a special session on the matter, according to the Clarion-Ledger. A newspaper survey of the state’s lawmakers found 64 supported changing the flag, 24 opposed it, nine were undecided and 96 wouldn’t respond.

Do you need to step away to vomit? I almost had to! The PC police and speech nazis have now targeted the great state of Mississippi with this crap. What a bunch of self-righteous, sanctimonious, arrogant, limousine liberal elitists talking down to us peasants and telling us what we should do, think, and say. The Civil War happened. Fact. Mississippi was part of the Confederate States of America (CSA) during that Civil War. FACT. The Civil War did NOT start because of slavery. It started as a state’s rights thing. FACT. The slavery component didn’t even enter into the picture until about 2 years into the fight. And, there were blacks who were IN the CSA army! There are many decedendants from CSA army vets that are proud of that heritage. FACT. Get over it! The state last revisited this issue in 2001, and determined by a 2-1 margin that they liked the flag as it is. So, kudos to Gov. Phil Bryant (R-MS) for blowing this issue off. More people like him need to stand up to this type of bullying by the liberal elitists who want to impose their history revisionism on America, and NOT jump on the bandwagon of political correctness.

Confederate flags greet Obama in Oklahoma

President Obama was greeted by people waving Confederate flags when he arrived in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. Several dozen people stood on the sidewalk as the presidential motorcade arrived at hotel where Obama was staying. About 10 people were waving Confederate battle flags.

Hahaha!!! How great is that?!? To read “the rest of the story,” click on the text above. Excellent!!! 🙂