Small stories that don’t warrant posts of their own:
- When my colleague Rob Baker questioned Monticello’s reference to the American Revolution as secession, one of their staff replied that the American Colonies were part of “a federal union,” and were “semi-sovereign polities who agreed to offer loyalty to the British crown in exchange for protection from the British king.” That’s just nuckin’ futs.
- David Barton, Glenn Beck’s favorite historian, is telling friends he doesn’t really want to run for office, but may be “drafted” to primary “Big John” Cornyn in 2014. Pass the popcorn.
- Scott Manning gives us a tour of a much older battlefield — Agincourt.
- U.S.S. Forrestal, the first of the U.S. Navy’s “supercarriers,” was sold to a Brownsville scrapping yard for 1¢.
- Couple weeks back, Buncombe, County, North Carolina precinct chairman Don Yelton got thoroughly skewered by The Daily Show after giving an interview in which he said that newly-passed voter ID laws would primarily impact “a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything.” You’ll never guess in a million years who’s now come to Yelton’s defense. (OK, you probably guessed already.)
- Speaking of Edgerton, I recently came across an image I’d read about, but never seen. It shows Edgerton, the odious Kirk Lyons and his brother-in-law, Neill Payne, at a restaurant wearing napkins on their heads and hamming it up as klansmen (right). Edgerton was president of the local NAACP chapter at the time, and its publication in the Asheville Citizen-Times in March 1998 apparently raised serious doubts about his judgement. Lyons and Payne were at that time principals in the soon-to-be-shuttered white-identity CAUSE Foundation (Canada, Australia, United States, South Africa, Europe). The restautant photo was one of a number of issues that caused the state NAACP organization to push Edgerton out the next year. By January 2000, under Lyons’ and Payne’s mentoring, Edgerton was appearing at rallies with his Confederate flag shtick. I suppose you might say this photo represents the birth of H. K. Edgerton, Confederate activist/performance artist/beard.
- You’d think that the guy who used to run the National Security Agency would be smart enough not to give a telephone interview to a reporter as an anonymous source (“on background,” as they say), while riding on a crowded commuter train. You’d be wrong.
- A well-known CW shop in Gettysburg has recovered $28,000 in merchandise allegedly stolen by a former employee. Unfortunately, that’s only a fraction of what may have been taken.
- In New Orleans, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard the SCV’s appeal of an earlier district court ruling, that backed Texas’ denial of the group’s request for specialty license plates. I still think the SCV’s going to win this one.
- I’m looking forward to reading Robert Hilburn’s Johnny Cash: The Life. It sounds fantastic.
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