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Amen, brother.
 
It's a great time to be an American!
We are starting to take our country back!

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"One hundred and fifty years after the end of the Civil War, it's long past time for the dead-enders, hagiographers and opportunists of the Lost Cause to forever renounce the hateful symbols, disgusting slogans and supposed saints of the Confederacy. As the massacre this week by an apparently radicalized Neo-Confederate terrorist at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina should remind everyone, no one who displays that flag can be an American patriot. No state that flies that banner of slavery and fratricide can be considered anything but a national disgrace. And no political party that casually traffics in the racist rhetoric and treasonous tenets of nullification and secession deserves either power or respect."
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"The savagery of slavery is offensive enough to justify any level of outrage. The disgusting post-war history of the Ku Klux Klan is offensive enough to justify any level of outrage. But what might be the most absurd part of this neo-Confederate "heritage" romanticism is that its advocates are simply glorifying treason."
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Yes, the Civil War was about slavery and equality. The #Confederacy  said so itself.
The meaning of the Confederate flag is best discerned in the words of those who bore it.
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"Make no mistake: it is not heritage it is hate."

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  I am a Southerner.  I have lived in 3 cities in my life; 18 years in a rural town in North Alabama, 5 in Atlanta and 12 in Birmingham, Alabama.  I grew up middle class, white in a small raci...
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"Cuz we're so good and they're so evul"

"Like everything else, "our" hate is so much better than "their " hate. It never occurred to him that nice little white boys from South Carolina might be vicious homicidal bastards? It's true they haven't had a full blown lynching in a while, but there was a time they made quite a habit of it. Senator Graham needs to get out more."
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Visit the page and scroll slowly down. The page does a very good job using animation to display the individual factors and then show how they combine to produce the observed effects.
Climate deniers blame natural factors; NASA data proves otherwise
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quote: But the breakdown of extremist ideologies behind those attacks may come as a surprise. Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims: 48 have been killed by extremists who are not Muslim, compared with 26 by self-proclaimed jihadists, according to a count by New America, a Washington research center.
A count by a research center found that non-Muslim extremists have been far more lethal than Islamic militants on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001, running counter to public perception.
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"The secession declarations of each Confederate state make abundantly clear that their cause was exactly and precisely and almost entirely the protection and promotion of slavery. Top middle and bottom. First and last.  The very word is praised more than thirty times in South Carolina's document. Those who tout any other explanation for the treason know no history."
 
Where do you stand on the Confederate Battle Flag issue?  It's the topic of this week's posting. And sure to raise ire, because it is about symbolism.  And symbolism and made up tales are just about the only things that the wagers of our re-ignited Civil War have, as real grievances.  "Americans now discriminate more on the basis of party than on race, gender or any of the other divides we typically think of — and that discrimination extends beyond politics into personal relationships and non-political behaviors...  even though Americans aren’t all that split on policies or ideology. Their partisanship is more tribal than anything — the result of an ill-informed electorate." 

We have a future to win.  Science and all that blue stuff are vital to our childrens' future. We would rather not have this be about symbols... but if you insist....

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/06/fort-sumter-redux-battle-flag-and-re.html
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Too true.
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It’s Time to Burn the Confederate Flag!
Of course, burning the Confederate flag would be disrespectful. That is exactly the point. Dylann Roof's mindboggling act of terrorism signals time to fight fire with literal fire.

I'm immensely proud that progressive Minnesota was the first state in the Union to volunteer troops to go down and kick some racist southern conservative ass in the Civil War. Any institutions that pride themselves on racism, prejudice, and oppression deserve to get smashed. 

It's a shame that some southerners continue to see this flag as a source of pride, when it should go down in history as just as shameful as the Nazi swastika. The worst part is that this racist flag is still flying over the South Carolina capitol days after a southern conservative racist slaughtered 9 African-Americans in their church in Charleston. This is a testament to how deeply entrenched institutional racism still is, and that our fight to destroy it is far from over.

#Racism   #SouthernSwastika   #BurnTheConfederateFlagDay  
Dylann Roof's mindboggling act of terrorism signals time to fight fire with literal fire
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