Dixie Heritage News – December 1, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a black attorney who called the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi Flag “an official endorsement of white supremacy.”
The justices did not comment as they ended a lawsuit by lawyer Carlos Moore that sought to have the Flag declared an unconstitutional relic of slavery.
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has called Moore’s lawsuit “frivolous.” Bryant has said repeatedly that if the Flag design is to be reconsidered, it should be done by a statewide vote as it was more than 16 years ago.
Moore filed his lawsuit in February 2016. A federal district judge and an appeals court ruled against him, but his attorneys asked the Supreme Court in June to consider the case during the term that began in October.
In written arguments filed to the Supreme Court on Oct. 18, attorneys for the governor wrote of Moore: “All in all, Petitioner alleges that he personally and deeply is offended by Mississippi’s state flag – and the sincerity of those beliefs is not doubted.” But the state attorneys said a lawsuit must show an “allegation of discriminatory treatment,” and Moore failed to do that.
Edward Young, an 85-year-old Mississippi resident, said Monday in the coastal city of Bay St. Louis that the Supreme Court decision to stop the Flag lawsuit was “sensible.”
“That flag has been flying over this land for a long time, so why would they want to remove it?” Young said. “We don’t have any race riots like they do elsewhere. We get along very well with people here, no matter what color your skin is.”
NEW YORK SCHOOL TO REMOVE WBTS MURAL
A mural in Fishkill Plains Elementary School that depicts scenes from the WBTS, including a Confederate Flag, will be replaced.
Fishkill Plains Principal Eric Seipp announced the decision after a Wednesday morning school leadership team meeting, during which there was a half-hour closed-door executive session, but no open discussion.
Daniel Petigrow, a lawyer for the Wappingers Central School District, attended the meeting at the request of schools Superintendent Jose Carrion, Seipp said.
“After seeking (legal) counsel and getting input from the committee, we did determine that we are going to replace the (murals in the) hallways,” Seipp said after the executive session. “We are going to start with two hallways – the fifth- and sixth-grade wing – and the focus (of the new images) is going to be on character education.”
Petigrow and Seipp declined to answer why the mural discussion took place behind closed doors, with legal counsel.
It’s also unclear how the new mural will be funded, if other murals throughout the school will also be replaced, when the hallways will be repainted, what images will replace the current ones, and who will make those decisions.
Carrion, the schools chief, did not immediately respond to the requests for comment via telephone, email and text.
WASHINGTON STATE SCHOOL ISSUES APOLOGY
Tumwater School District officials are apologizing after a Confederate Flag was displayed at a middle school assembly, help up by a “student of color.”
In a letter to families of students at Bush Middle School, Superintendent John Bash wrote, “We extend our sincere apology to this student, her family, and all others offended by this incident.”
According to the superintendent’s letter, the school was hosting a Veterans Day assembly this week to honor those who have served in the U.S. military. Part of the assembly included the school’s student leadership class presenting a chronological American history that displayed 14 different flags from 1775 to the present. One of the flags displayed was a Confederate Flag, and one of the two students holding the flag was a “student of color.”
In his letter to families, Bash said the Confederate Flag should never have been included in the program in the first place.
The 540-student school is named after pioneer George Washington Bush, who was one of the first multiracial settlers in what is now Washington state. He and his wife, Isabella, started a farm and ran a roadside hotel where anyone could stay and get a good square meal for free.
PIZZA JOINT ALSO APOLOGIZES FOR FLAG
An Ohio pizzeria took to social media this week to apologize after a delivery driver was spotted with a Confederate Flag hanging from a delivery vehicle.
In a post on Twitter, a man from Beavercreek, Ohio, posted a picture of a LaRosa’s Pizzeria delivery driver’s truck with the Confederate Flag and said that the chain was “delivering white supremacy.”
The Twitter user said he saw the car outside the Beavercreek restaurant on Nov. 26. The Cincinnati-based company responded Monday with an apology and said the employee was reprimanded.
“We sincerely apologize to anyone who saw this and was offended. When serving our Guests, our Team Members represent LaRosa’s,” the company said on Twitter. “We don’t agree in any way with this display.”
The company said the employee was appropriately reprimanded and that no one would see it again.
In response to more questioning, the company said team members should represent the community values that LaRosa’s has maintained for more than 60 years.
“We promise you no one will see this ever again,” the company said. “Thanks for your comments and concerns.”
FLAG BURNER AVOIDS ARREST
Activist Gene Stilp has burned a Confederate flag in front of a number of courthouses in Pennsylvania without incident.
But on Tuesday, after he staged one of his demonstrations outside the Union County Courthouse, he was handed a citation for violating Lewisburg’s open burning law.
It was the first time since he began his protests has he been fined. He was made aware in advance he would be violating the borough ordinance, Buffalo Valley Regional Police Chief Paul Yost said. So when he insisted on setting the fire he was cited and fined.
To avoid arrest, Stilp, also a lawyer, went into the courthouse to the office of District Judge Leo Armbruster and paid the $100 fine plus $84 in costs.
Stilp had planned another protest on Wednesday in York County but postponed those plans because York County commissioners denied his request for a permit.
Stilp has taken his flag-burning protests beyond Pennsylvania, including to three NASCAR race locations.
LSU TO DISRESPECT ADMIRAL
Louisiana State University is renaming a street that had been named after an officer in the Confederate Navy.
Raphael Semmes Road will become Veterans Drive. The University included the switch on a list of two dozen street changes announced Monday, part of a “road modernization” plan approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors.
Semmes was a Rear Admiral in the Confederate Navy who later worked as an LSU professor.
NON-HERITAGE NEWS EFFECTING THE SOUTHLAND
Lorelei Laird, a staff-writer for the ABA Journal whined this week that President “Donald Trump’s nominees for the federal courts are overwhelmingly white and male, reversing a trend that’s lasted nearly three decades.”
The ABA looked at nominations for all lifetime appointments to federal judgeships, including International Courts of Trade, as well as federal district and appeals courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. Counting pending nominees, it found, 91 percent of Trump’s picks are white and 81 percent are male. Of the 58 nominees, 53 are white; three are Asian-American; and there is one African-American and one Latino.
That’s a sharp contrast to Trump’s recent predecessors. In the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency, 31 percent of his confirmed nominations were white men compared with 67 percent for George W. Bush; 38 percent for Bill Clinton; 74 percent for George H.W. Bush and 93 percent for Ronald Reagan.
A White House spokesman responded that President Trump is choosing nominees based on their qualifications alone.
“While past presidents may have chosen to nominate activist judges with a political agenda and a history of legislating from the bench, President Trump has nominated outstanding originalist judges who respect the U.S. Constitution,” says Hogan Gidley.
But past presidents had a different take, according to their former staffs. Alberto Gonzales, a past U.S. attorney general, George W. Bush “would look at the list we gave him and he would say, ‘I want more diversity, I want more women, I want more minorities.'”
Because federal judges serve lifetime appointments, and because President Trump has many vacancies to fill, the nominations have the potential to shape the federal bench for decades to come.
ONE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NOMINEES
To be a federal district judge in Alabama, is a champion of Southern heritage.
Recently, on a University of Alabama message board, he posted:
“Heaven forbid we let the facts get in the way of your righteous indignation, but Forrest, when he decommissioned his men, told them to make peace with the men they had fought and live as good citizens of the United States,”
Brett Talley wrote on TideFans.com, using his online alias “BamainBoston.”
“It was only after the perceived depredations of the Union army during reconstruction that Forrest joined (it is highly unlikely that he founded or acted as the Grand Wizard) the first KKK, which was entirely different than the KKK of the early 19th Century,” he said.
“When the Klan turned to racial violence, he distanced himself from the organization as he had long supported the reconciliation of the races. In fact, he often spoke to black organizations,” he wrote.
BuzzFeed reports that Talley often comments on controversial issues such as abortion, government overreach, race, and Southern heritage.
Talley has been the subject of scrutiny as of late, with a New York Times report saying he failed to disclose he was married to Ann Donaldson, the chief of staff to the White House counsel.
The Senate could vote on his nomination as early as Monday.
ACTIVISM RUN WILD
A Federal Judge on Monday permanently blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.
U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick rejected the administration’s argument that the executive order applies only to a relatively small pot of money and said President Trump cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.
The Judge had previously made the same arguments in a ruling that put a temporary hold on the executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities. The Trump administration has appealed that decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“The District Court exceeded its authority today when it barred the President from instructing his cabinet members to enforce existing law,” Department of Justice spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement late Monday. “The Justice Department will vindicate the President’s lawful authority to direct the executive branch.”
Orrick’s ruling came in lawsuits brought by two California counties, San Francisco and Santa Clara.
BAD OBAMA STRATEGY FINALLY UPENDED
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday that the Department of Justice will no longer issue “guidance memos” that have the effect of “adopting new regulatory requirements or amending the law” outside the federal government, and said the Justice Department would initiate a review of previously issued memos.
Sessions made the announcement in a speech to the Federalist Society in Washington Friday afternoon, and said guidance documents, which President Obama’s Justice Department leaned on, should be a way to “explain existing law – not to change it.”
The change takes effect immediately, Sessions said in a memo to the entire Justice Department.
“[G]uidance may not be used as a substitute for rulemaking and may not be used to impose new requirements outside the Executive Branch,” Sessions wrote in the Friday memo. “Nor should guidance create binding standards by which the department will determine compliance with existing regulatory or statutory requirements.”
In his remarks, Sessions said “simply sending a letter” to “make new rules” is unconstitutional – and that previously issued memos might soon be rescinded.
“We will review and repeal existing guidance documents that violate this common sense principle,” he said.
According to a Justice Department press release, Sessions’ memo “prevents the Department of Justice from evading required rulemaking processes by using guidance memos to create de facto regulations.”
One of the more recent and infamous Justice Department guidance memos from the former administration that had this type of effect was issued by Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch in May 2016 on transgender students’ access to bathrooms.
That guidance, which was rescinded by the Trump administration in February, required public schools to permit transgender students to use the bathroom and locker room facilities that corresponded with their gender identity, not their gender at birth.
Lynch had made it clear the guidance did not impose any new legal requirements, but was a means to help school districts deal with a complicated civil rights issue and comply with Title IX. Still, many argued it was effectively a new rule that schools had to follow or risk losing federal funding.
Associate Attorney General Brand, who leads the department’s Regulatory Reform Task Force, will conduct the review.
Our friend, HK Edgerton, submits the following:
An Open Letter to the People of Lakeland and the Mayor and City Commission
I regret that I cannot be with you in person at your December 4th meeting but after watching the video of your last Commission meeting I felt the need to write to you with my thoughts.
First, I am sick and tired of all the whining and complaining by the NAACP about all things Confederate. They’ve complained for years about tee-shirts that my babies wear to school.
They blaspheme against the Southern people – white – black – yellow and brown – by demanding the removal of the Confederate flag – the Christian Cross of St. Andrew is only meant to divide us not unite us.
And now they are trying to divide up the whole country by going after memorials to Southern veterans.
The MOST appropriate place for a memorial to our Southern veterans is right where it is and has been for over 100 years. It is poppycock to claim that that memorial, put there by those ladies generations ago, was intended to intimidate anyone. No, it was a loving tribute not only for fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons who fought and died … of all colors. The soldier on top of that monument isn’t white, he isn’t black, he is gray – that monument is colorblind and it represents Holt Collier, Mac Lee, and the tens of thousands of African-American Southerners, many known only by God who stood shoulder to shoulder with their white families and neighbors when War came against them.
Who is doing the intimidating is the hate groups, like the NAACP, that around Florida, are threatening economic boycotts, violence and worse to take away the honor black Southerners earned in that War.
Slavery is not the issue here – it is the Constitution…the 1st Amendment…free speech.
I saw a poll that showed 80% of African Americans in Lakeland disagree with the poverty pimps of the NAACP and want the memorial to stay. Well the NAACP doesn’t speak for me, and it doesn’t speak most of black Americans. Its mission has been perverted and this anti-Confederate agenda is misguided, and an attempt to shut down those who disagree with them.
The decent black citizens of Lakeland should not let the so-called “leaders” of the NAACP get away with the hateful things they are saying about their Southern family. Over in Tampa, Commissioner Les Miller, now that their monument is gone, is whining that race relations are worse than ever. That’s not a surprise because that is exactly what its removal was meant to do, and what will happen in Lakeland if you remove yours.
Rev. Mac Lee had it right when he cautioned his flock to only trust the Southern white man. Some of you may remember that I tried to give a copy of my book and tapes to Yankee Commissioner Don Selvege, but he threw them back in my face. He didn’t want to know about the bonds between blacks and whites in the south before the War, that still l exists despite the best efforts of the NAACP.
Also, every black descendant of former slaves should get down on their knees every day and thank God that their ancestors got a free ticket to the South. Slavery exists even today, but the Southern version of slavery under the instruction of the disciple Paul was unique in all the world.
Slavery existed long before the War, brought to Florida by the Spanish 300 years before, and it exists today. Blaming it on the South is a lie meant to discredit and dishonor one group of American veterans. Shame on those who do it.
I have enjoyed my visits to Lakeland and Munn Park and hope that my next one, everyone will come and visit with me at the Monument.
Southern Heritage 411
Few things are more “southern” than Sassafras.
This tree and its composite parts have been used in foods ranging from root beer and salads to sassafras root tea and flavoring agents in Creole cuisine. Medicinally, it can be consumed directly, or topically applied.
Sassafras has many important health benefits, including its ability to cleanse the body, eliminate colds, boost kidney health, relieve pain, prevent certain cancers, boost the immune system, soothe inflammation, reduce menstruation pain, increase energy, and protect dental health. These trees can grow more than 100 feet in height and have been part of Native American cultures which used nearly every part of these trees, including the bark, stems, leaves, branches, roots, fruit, and flowers, for a range of medicinal, culinary, and cultural needs. This tree is packed with impressive nutrients, which is partly why it remained such an important resource. Modern research has validated many of those traditional beliefs and supported the use of this plant in these ways, which is why the tree continues to be popular. Sassafras has a uniquely pleasant taste, which is why it is most commonly used to flavor other medicines, but that is not to take away from its individual potency.
The concentrated essential oil of sassafras is very powerful, and should only be used with extreme caution, in small amounts, and with the direct oversight of a medical professional.
LOSS OF A REAL DAUGHTER
Leontine Lavigne Duplessis, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017 in her home surrounded by loved ones. She was 103.
A life-long resident of Gonzales, Louisiana near Duckroost. Leontine was born on April 21, 1914 in Gonzales to Confederate veteran George Augustine Lavigne and Eugenie Leblanc. She was the youngest of 9 siblings.
She was a real daughter of Joanna Waddill Chapter #294 United Daughters of the Confederacy. Leontine is survived by her 12 children, 35 grand children, 70 great grand children, 25 great-great grand children & 2 on the way.
Obama Brought Back Muslim Enslavement of Black People
By Daniel Greenfield
Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Fellow, Author of the Sultan Knish blog, and a columnist covering politics, and the struggle against Islamic terrorism.
America’s first black president didn’t bring “Hope” to America, but he did bring slave auctions to Africa. After Obama “liberated” Libya for the Islamist rebels, Arab Muslims sell black slaves for a few hundred dollars at slave auctions.
While leftists tear down the statues of slave owners from centuries ago, it was the left that brought back the sale of black men as property.
America’s first black president unquestionably helped bring Muslim slavery back to Libya
Slavery was always one of Barack Obama’s favorite subjects.
It was a favorite subject because it provided him with countless opportunities for tearing down America.
When called upon to disavow the racist, anti-Semitic and anti-American rants of his mentor, he instead denounced the Constitution as “stained by this nation’s original sin of slavery.” At the funeral of the Dallas police officers murdered by a member of the racist hate group he supported, he once again invoked this original sin even while he was justifying Black Lives Matter’s bigotry and violence.
At Hillary’s DNC convention, Michelle Obama claimed that the White House had been “built by slaves”.
The unifying theme was that America’s racist past made its origins, including their constitutional restraints on his power, illegitimate. A Constitution tainted by slavery should not be able to inhibit the actions of the nation’s first black president. His wife had a special moral authority over the White House because it had been built by slaves. Slavery gave the Obamas a unique moral claim on power.
But Barack Obama and his ancestors had never been slaves. They might have been slave owners and sellers. And America’s first black president unquestionably helped bring Muslim slavery back to Libya.
After Obama invaded Libya to aid the Muslim Brotherhood, black slaves are being sold there once more.
Videos show black people being put up for sale for as little as $400 by Arab Libyan Muslim slave traders. The black men being sold as slaves are described as “big strong boys for farm work.”
After years of lecturing Americans about the “original sin” of slavery, Obama brought it back.
The black men being sold as slaves are Nigerians. Islam forbids Muslims to enslave Muslims. Nigeria has a large non-Muslim population. It is likely another case of Arab Muslims selling Christians into slavery.
Unlike President Bush, Obama paid little attention to Africa. When he did pay attention to Africa, it was largely to reward Muslim violence against African Christians in Nigeria, Kenya or Côte d’Ivoire. And, most prominently, Libya.
Libya tumbled into a second civil war between Islamists and the Libyan government
Obama’s Arab Spring encouraged Islamist movements in their bids for power whether they used ballots or bullets. The resulting devastation in the Middle East, with its death toll in the hundreds of thousands, and the rise of ISIS, has captured the world’s attention. But the Islamist wave spread chaos and terror through Africa. Egypt and Tunisia fell into the hands of Islamist killers who brutalized their own people even as the media cheered these “democratic revolutions”. Boko Haram allied with ISIS in Nigeria.
And Obama illegally bombed Libya to aid the Muslim Brotherhood and allied Islamist groups in their bid for power. The regime change operation in Libya had been urged on by Hillary Clinton. The former Secretary of State had been encouraged by her associates to use it as a platform for a presidential run. But the Islamist takeover in Libya made for a bad photo op. Our attempts to address the flow of Qatari weapons into the hands of terrorists (after Obama gave a pass to their weapons smuggling scheme during the civil war) led to the Benghazi massacre. And the blackest stain on Hillary’s record.
But it didn’t stop with Benghazi.
Libya tumbled into a second civil war between Islamists and the Libyan government. Despite the media blackout, the violence touched off by Obama’s regime change has never really stopped. ISIS has a significant presence in Libya. And until recently had a death grip on parts of Benghazi.
And that isn’t the worst of it.
The Islamist Arab rebels had quickly begun targeting Africans during the civil war in a racist purge. Photos and videos showed beheadings, beatings and mutilations. The false claims of genocide in Benghazi that Obama had used to justify his invasion became real when his invasion led to the actual ethnic cleansing of Africans in Libya.
Obama ignored another racist Islamist war caused by his pro-Islamist intervention
The first black president, who had allied with hate groups such as Black Lives Matter that accused America of genocide, had made possible an actual genocide of black people by his Arab Muslim allies.
The rebels he had armed and backed would identify themselves as, “The Brigade for Purging Slaves, Black Skin”.
And then it got even worse.
The Tuaregs, a Berber Islamist people whose leaders claim to trace their “pure” ancestry back to Mohammed, invaded and captured a large section of Mali. Accompanying them were Al Qaeda Jihadists. The Tuaregs keep slaves and have been at war with the “blacks”. Their hostilities were motivated in large part by the conviction that “blacks” were slaves while they were the descendants of Mohammed.
Obama ignored another racist Islamist war caused by his pro-Islamist intervention. Instead it was the French that stepped up. The recent deaths of four American soldiers in Niger however can be traced back to the disaster in Mali.
Sgt. La David Johnson, the African-American soldier whose condolence call by President Trump touched off a storm of leftist outrage, was murdered after being captured and tied up. The Jihadists who murdered Johnson are believed to be from the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, an ISIS affiliate empowered by the Mali invasion, whose perpetrators are from a group deeming themselves “white”.
While President Trump has been accused of racism by Rep. Frederica Wilson over the death of the African-American soldier, it was Obama who had empowered the racist Islamists that murdered him.
The slave auction is ancient history in America.
Meanwhile back in Libya, the slave trade has made a comeback. Videos show public slave auctions in Libya where light skinned Arab Libyans sell black Nigerians for a few hundred dollars.
The slave auction, that terrible institution, wasn’t brought back by the right. It was the left.
Slavery isn’t new to the Islamic world. And where Islam rules, slavery returns. The leftist-Islamist alliance doesn’t just mean the burning of churches and the bombing of synagogues, or that Jewish students are hounded out of college campuses while European streets flow with blood.
Muslims immigrants have brought slaves to America. When Islamists took over Egypt, one of their political projects was undoing the ban on slavery. “It’s not possible to say that slavery is inherently absolutely categorically immoral in all times and places since it was allowed by the Quran and the Prophet,” Professor Jonathan Brown, an Islamic Civilization professor, at Georgetown, insisted. Brown is an Islamic convert. The Washington Post, and the rest of the left, came to his defense.
The left spends a great deal of time lecturing Americans on the evils of slavery. But it is they and their allies, from Cuba to Libya, who practice slavery today.
The slave auction is ancient history in America. But Obama’s Islamist alliance brought it back to Africa.
“I love the Union and the Constitution, but I would rather leave the Union with the Constitution than remain in the Union without it.”
— Confederate President Jefferson Davis
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