Monday, January 20, 2003

Josh Marshall has started following the leads on just why George Bush has been sending wreaths to the grave of Jefferson Davis, once president of the Confederate States of America. Okay, the truth isn't very interesting or flattering to the president (it seems that Bush is repaying a favour done him by some not especially savoury southerners in the 2000 presidential primaries). However, everything seems to lead to an organisation named the "Sons of Confederate Veterans". These chaps are concerned with preventing "Heritage Violations" (their capitalisation), that is "Any attack upon our Confederate Heritage, or the flags, monuments, and symbols which represent it". If one detects such a Heritage Violation, it should apparently be reported like this

Whom do you report it to? Your first contact should be your Camp Commander or Heritage Officer. They should in turn report the heritage violation to the Heritage Chairman in your Brigade. The Brigade Heritage Chairman should then contact his Brigade Commander and the Division Heritage Chairman. Heritage violation responses are best handled at the local level, in cooperation with Brigade and Division level officers. A plan of action to deal with the heritage violation should be developed by these Brigade and Division officers, acting in concert with the local camp and member (or other person) that initially reported the violation.
The Division Heritage Chairman should report the violation to the Division Commander, and the SCV’s Chief of Heritage Defense. The Chief of Heritage Defense can call upon the national organization to respond to the violation, if such action is required. The Chief of Heritage Defense is assisted by a members of a Heritage Defense Committee, appointed by the Commander-in-Chief.

For the Chief of Heritage Defense to have a heritage situation officially deemed as a violation by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, he must have consent from the Commander-in-Chief and such other members of the General Executive Council as the Commander-in-Chief may designate, as well as a consensus of the Heritage Defense Committee.

These guys are apparently serious. (Or they at least think they are). Does the Ministry of Silly Walks come into this anywhere? Does it have anything to do with International Whacking Day, perhaps?

(Josh has lots more. I apologise for duplicating so much of his post, but it is simply too funny).

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