Tags: history

Heritage, Not Hate. . .

...and there was secret racist code in the license plate, too. A Sons of Confederate Veterans plate I might add. And of course CV stands for Confederate Veterans in the code. Ah, hell, I may as well decode the whole thing no one clicks on links. . .


14 = Fourteen Words which are "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children." That is the motto of the late David Lane, imprisoned white supremacist.

CV = Confederate Veteran. This veteran who as Gawker noted, must be 172 years old.

88 = HH = Heil Hitler, though he could just be showing support for Barack Obama. As numerous average concerned citizens have argued, Obama is just like Hitler!

Yeah, he's just celebrating his heritage.
Huey Freeman

Confederate History Month

Oh, how I wish I could simply say there's just eleven more days of this nonsense and be done with it, but it's never that simple. Several weeks ago, new Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, at the behest of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, issued a proclamation declaring this month Confederate History Month. The original proclamation romanticized the cause of the South by calling the conflict a war for independence and omitting that the root cause was that the South wanted to maintain the institution of slavery. After a public firestorm, during which he made the unfortunate statement that slavery wasn't a significant issue for Virginia (despite it being the reason Virginia itself broke in two during the Civil War), he backed down and added an apology for slavery to the declaration itself.

Really, there's a lot one can say about this, but one understated irony here is how the party of Lincoln and abolition -- a fact which is brought up frequently when the discussion in politics comes to race -- will today honor the people who launched a war against their country, against Lincoln and those abolitionists. Which brings up the irony of the following, spotted by Gawker.

While condemning an entire religious group because a number of its followers executed an attack on America nine years ago, he is celebrating a group who also executed an attack on America one hundred and forty-nine years ago.

Fifteen years ago today, Timothy McVeigh attacked a federal building in Oklahoma City. Many people died. Today, there will be protests more in support of the militias to which McVeigh swore allegiance to, against this nation. Today, many actual members of the government by election pander to the people who see the United States Federal Government as illegitimate. This is playing with matches around a open powder keg.

Happy 1400th post to me.

Meme, Myself and I...

Instructions: Go to Wikipedia and look up your birthday (excluding the year). List four neat facts, three births and two deaths in your journal, includingthe year.

October 18th appears to be national possession day, as that was the day the United States took possession of Alaska (1867) and Puerto Rico (1898), and musician Paul Kantner took possession of marijuana in Hawaiʻi (1969), who was only following in the footsteps of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, who one year earlier discovered marijuana in their flat (1968).

Happy birthday to:
Chuck Berry (1926)
Terry McMillan (1951)
Wynton Marsalis (1961)

Sorry to see you go:
Charles Babbage (mathematican Dec 26, 1791 -- Oct 18, 1871)
Thomas Edison (inventor Feb 11, 1847 -- Oct 18, 1931)

It figures...

I was watching the old MGM short "Red Hot Riding Hood" on the Turner network that shows cartoons 24 hours a day*, and they ran this interesting factoid: the Hays Board rejected the original ending where the lustful wolf is forced into a shotgun marriage to the grandma of Red. The acceptable replacement ending? The wolf shoots himself in the head.

Illuminating, don't you think?

*No, this network would not be the Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network doesn't show cartoons 24 hours a day. (Despite making an claim earlier to do so until the "end of time".)