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Texas rebels secede from reality with claim that American flag more racist than Confederate

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A group of Texans attempting to build a memorial to the Confederate war dead in Orange claim that the controversy around their plan to fly 32 Confederate battle flags — eight prominent ones, and another 24 to represent the Texas regiments that fought in the war — is “overblown,” The Washington Post‘s Peter Holley reports.

According to the spokesman for the Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans, Marshall Davis, “all we want to do is honor our war dead. We want to honor our heroes. We don’t want to impede anyone from honoring their heroes, their veterans and their war dead. We would like the same tolerance and courtesy.”

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The purpose of the eight large flags isn’t to antagonize drivers on nearby Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, but to increase the memorial’s visibility from neighboring Interstate 10. According to a flyer seeking donations, “your support will enable passengers in over 55,000 cars per day see Confederate Flags flying proudly in the Texas breeze.”

David Moore, Lieutenant Division Commander of the Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans, told the Post that the flag shouldn’t be seen as a symbol of slavery, because the Civil War was actually fought over state’s rights, and the South only joined in the fight after it was “invaded by Northern troops.”

“We’re not a hate group or anything like that,” he added. “My great-grandfather joined the Confederate army and he didn’t own any slaves, so why did he fight? It was to preserve his family, his children and his state’s rights.”

The group’s spokesman, Davis, agreed — but went one step further, claiming that “the American flag flew over a slave nation for over 100 years. The Confederate flag flew over a slave nation for four years. By comparison, the American flag is 25 times more a slave flag.”

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An Orange native who fought the construction of the memorial, Meredith Morgan, said that no matter what the Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans claim the flag represents, it has been unambiguously “adopted by white extremist groups [as] a symbol of hate.”

“How do we explain to our children that this monument only represents the divide of the United States in the directional sense?” she asked. “In its best form, the flag is still a symbol of division and rebellion.”


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BUSTED: Trump-loving sheriff tried to murder deputy who caught him on tape making racist remarks

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A North Carolina Sheriff and Trump supporter reportedly plotted to murder a man who had a tape of him making racially offensive remarks, reports the Raleigh News and Observer.

Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins was indicted Monday, based on a recording of Brindell advising a man on how to kill a former deputy who accused him of racist language.

According to court records, the sheriff told another person to “take care of it” and “the only way you gonna stop him is kill him.”

He instructed him to get rid of the weapon. “You ain’t got the weapon, you ain’t got nothing to go on,” Wilkins said. “The only way we find out these murder things is people talk. You can’t tell nobody, not a thing.” The conversation took place in 2014.

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Judiciary Democrats schedule Trump ‘corruption’ hearing on ’emoluments and profiting off the presidency’

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The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a "corruption" hearing on President Donald Trump's business practices.

The committee on Tuesday, which is controlled by Democrats, posted a notification about the hearing on its website.

The hearing is titled "Presidential Corruption: Emoluments and Profiting Off the Presidency." It is scheduled for Sept. 23 at 2 pm. A witness list was not immediately available.

Trump's opponents have argued that he has violated the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution by profiting off foreign dignitaries who visit his hotels and restaurants.

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House GOP loses yet another incumbent as California’s Paul Cook announces retirement

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Another day, another retirement for House Republicans.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Rep. Paul Cook R-CA) is heading for the exits and retiring at the end of his term in 2020.

Instead of serving in Congress for another term, Cook will run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the congressman's chief of staff tells the Los Angeles Times.

Even though Democrats made major gains in California during the 2018 midterm elections, Cook's district will be difficult for the party to pick up. Cook last year won reelection with 60 percent of the vote and his opponent wasn't even a Democrat, but fellow Republican Tim Donnelly.

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