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Morning Roundup: Sad Virginia A-Holes Cry Racist Tears Edition

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In Virginia, gays can't get any kind of official recognition. But celebrations of institutionalized racism can! Yesterday, Gov. Bob McDonnell apologized for declaring April "Confederate History Month" (Note: south of the Mixing Bowl, the term for this is "month") without mentioning that...whole slavery thing. Getting smacked by Sheila Johnson may have speeded the apology.

Brag Bowling, a "commander" in an organization called Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), advocated strongly for the proclamation, as he believes it will boost tourism in the commonwealth. And if you look at the Facebook profile of someone named Brag Bowling who is "a fan of" groups such as the SCV–Sam Davis Youth Camp and the Southern Legal Resource Center, Inc. ("Defending the Rights of Southerners to Honor Their Culture and Heritage"), you will see he is also friends with Kirk David Lyons.

Lyons, the chief legal counsel of the SLRC, likes to wear kilts, has a fascinating history of alliances with white-power groups, and is currently campaigning for people who are proud of their Southern heritage to give their race on census forms as "Confederate Southern American."

SCV has been split between moderates–who do dope-swoons about the days when people owned people–and neo-confederates, who trend a little more rightward. In 2002, the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report reported that a man named Bragdon Bowling "is connected directly to Lyons through an apparently clandestine circle within the SCV — what members call the 'John Wilkes Booth Camp'."

I predict tourism will be up!

ITEM: Naked Guy is free!

Nats lose. Wizards lose. The Haynesworth signing does not seem to be working out.

That BB gun at St. Albans? Police say it belonged to a St. Albans student, which means you and your future boss will probably have a good laugh about his colorful youth someday. Also interesting: that piece mentions it's illegal to own a BB gun in D.C. Yeah, you wouldn't want people running around with those.

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  • Kim Chi Ha

    You have unread messages.

  • http://rickmangus@aol.com Rick Mangus

    For God sakes why do people dwell in the past? I know it's part of American History and it should be studied but some of these folks in Virginia act like the Civil War was just last week!

  • http://www.farmfreshmeat.com Jamie

    That guy's facebook page, and it's public wall, is awesome!!

    "Brag Bowling For those who are interested in Southern oriented history take a look at http://www.StephenDLeeInstitute.com and come to Nashville on February 26-27."

    "Southern-orented history!!" That explains why the Governor can talk about the Confederacy without mentioning slavery, because it's "southern-oriented" history. Not to be confused with actual history.

    This is good too...

    "Brag Bowling Abraham Lincoln: Tyrant
    http://www.youtube.com
    When Abraham Lincoln launched his military invasion of the Southern States to prevent their peaceful and democratic assertion of independence, he ushered in a radically different Union than the one the Founders intended. ..."

    Lots more where that came from...

  • matt

    Stupid racist fat old white people suck.

  • Woodley Parker

    Virginians who voted in McDonnell and that homophobic, culture-war baiting asshole Ken Cuccinelli got what they deserved. And Sheila Johnson is a moron for supporting McDonnell, as is Doug Wilder for refusing to support Creigh Deeds. Ye shall reap what ye sow.

  • Wendy Glenn

    OMG!!! But, again, this is the SOUTH, now it might be the Southeast but it is the SOUTH, first and foremost.

  • Darquavianique

    I kinda think BET has done more to dishonor the legacy of black people more than Bob McDonnell's proclamation ever could.

    Creigh Deeds was a tool and a loser from the start. He ran a piss poor campaign and lost because of it.

  • http://rickmangus@aol.com Rick Mangus

    Creigh Deeds was a wimpy pussy and to top it off he was a loser as well!

  • http://rickmangus@aol.com Rick Mangus

    Now grant it the Civil War is long gone but for blacks and the NAACP getting upset is way beyond me. I don't see any complaints about naming street, schools and so on for that racist asshole loser, Malcom X!

  • Doubtful

    "And Sheila Johnson is a moron....." Was that news to you?

  • Doubtful

    Lard for brains Sheila Johnson tried to reinvent a "southern-oriented" history wherein she was the belle of the plantation. It didn't work out so well and is now an ugly scar on the landscape near Middleburg.
    Salmonella Acres or some such...

  • noodlez

    @ Rick Mangus EL-HAJJ MALIK EL SHABAZZ WAS NOT AN ASSHOLE NOR WAS HE A LOSER BECAUSE HE HAVE STREETS AND SCHOOLS NAMED AFTER HIM.

    OF COURSE YOU WOULDNT UNDERTSTAND WHY THE NAACP AND BLACKS WOULD GET UPSET ABOUT IT. YOU ARE A WHITE COCKSUCKER THE ONLY THING YOU UNDERSTAND IS DICKS IN YOUR MOUTH!

  • http://rickmangus@aol.com Rick Mangus

    The NAACP always plays the race card, maybe they need to look into the mirror before making that claim!

    Malcom X, looked at me as a "White Blue Eyed Devil" when in fact he was a raceist, junkie, convicted criminal, to sum it up he was a loser, just like Louis Farrakhan and Elijah Muhammad!

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