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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

In 2017, Antifa, a loose collection of left-leaning militant anti-fascist groups, was blamed by many for a series of violent threats mailed to a Virginia organization that hosts Civil War reenactments, as well as a pipe bomb planted at one of its annual gatherings. Now the FBI believes those threats likely didn't come from Antifa at all, but instead from a member of the Civil War reenactment group itself.

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Thank you for blowing the lid off of this one.

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-02-12 01:29 AM | Reply | Funny: 4

MFA:

A search warrant application seeking phone records for Gerald Leonard Drake, a former volunteer at the nonprofit Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation in Middletown, Virginia, was unsealed today in federal court. The filing lays out evidence that Drake, a 61-year-old registered sex offender who has spent time in prison, sent the letters to exact revenge on Cedar Creek after it kicked him out of his unit. The document does not say which side Drake fought for during the reenactments, but email addresses for Drake listed in public records include variations on the word "confederate." . . .

The Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation every year reenacts the Battle of Cedar Creek, an 1864 fight that began with a sneak attack by Confederate troops, but ended with a Union victory. The mailed threats, and a pipe bomb found at Cedar Creek's 2017 reenactment, prompted the foundation to cancel the annual event in 2018.

Reactions from the right were vitriolic. Right-wing media outlets and message board postings blamed the situation on, variously, "lib terrorists," "attention-seeking organizations and anarchists," and "leftists."


#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-12 01:31 AM | Reply

"Thank you for blowing the lid off of this one."

I found this story of interest because I've been to a few CW re-enactments, including the one in Manassas in August:

Anti-History Fury Hits Virginia Civil War Re-Enactment With Threats, Pipe Bombs

After this weekend's events, reenactors"and the spectators and communities who love them"increasingly worry that living history will become the next casualty of America's culture war.

The bomb scare came on the heels of a tension-filled summer, in which Civil War symbolism was a major flashpoint. Following the deadly protests surrounding a Confederate monument in Charlottesville, Virginia, the city of Manassas cancelled its annual Civil War reenactment in August, citing fears of violence. After this weekend's events at Cedar Creek, reenactors"and the spectators and communities who love them"increasingly worry that living history will become the next casualty of America's culture war.


thefederalist.com

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-12 01:43 AM | Reply

OK, I'm coming in from left field here, but I've been patiently waiting (literally) for months for a semi-appropriate thread to post this. Apologies to Gal_Tuesday if this appears to hijack the thread. (Not my intent..)

What Did the Rebel Yell Sound Like?
www.smithsonianmag.com

...In this exclusive clip from the 1930s, Confederate veterans step up to the mic and let out their version of the fearsome rallying cry (4:22)

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-12 01:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I grew up near Yorktown, Williamsburg, Jamestown and was surrounded by Colonial history. I spent most of my adult life in Northern Va. and Winchester, so got to visit lots of CW sites. There's a huge CW reenactment in the Shenandoah Valley every year. It's pretty incredible since it's like a weeklong affair with blacksmiths, farriers, campers in period costume, it's like a festival.

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-02-12 01:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I was literally just talking about the Mexican restaurant right off 81 in Winchester.

Viva la raza!

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-02-12 02:37 AM | Reply

Am I the only person who doesn't remember this?

#7 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-02-12 06:37 AM | Reply

Well, well, well.
Imagine that. These snowflakes making ---- up about their political enemies?
Just like their Orange Fuhrer.

LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP!

#8 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-02-12 07:34 AM | Reply

Also a 61 year old registered sex offender, aka "Trump's base".

#9 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-02-12 07:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Also a 61 year old registered sex offender, aka "Trump's base".

Jeffrey Edward Epstein was an American financier and convicted sex offender who didn't kill himself.

Born: January 20, 1953, Brooklyn, New York, NY
Died: August 10, 2019, Metropolitan Correctional Center (age 66 years)

Harvey Weinstein is an American former film producer and alleged sex offender

Born: March 19, 1952 (age 67 years), Flushing, New York, NY

#10 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-02-12 11:13 AM | Reply

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Am I the only person who doesn't remember this?

#7 | POSTED BY MUSTANG

Of course you don't.

But it won't stop you from smearing them in the future.

When do facts matter to the right?

#11 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-02-12 11:18 AM | Reply

Also a 61 year old registered sex offender, aka "Trump's base".
Jeffrey Edward Epstein was an American financier and convicted sex offender who didn't kill himself.
Born: January 20, 1953, Brooklyn, New York, NY
Died: August 10, 2019, Metropolitan Correctional Center (age 66 years)
Harvey Weinstein is an American former film producer and alleged sex offender
Born: March 19, 1952 (age 67 years), Flushing, New York, NY

#10 | POSTED BY MUSTANG

Did you forget Donald Trump?

Also, why are we talking about Trump's buddies Epstein and Weinstein?

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-02-12 11:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

But but what about Crooked Hillary?

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-02-12 12:09 PM | Reply

But but what about Crooked Hillary?

And the child sex ring in the basement of Pizza Hut!

-mustang

#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-02-12 12:11 PM | Reply

Comments from the rightwingers? Crickets.

#15 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-02-12 12:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"The filing lays out evidence that Drake, a 61-year-old registered sex offender who has spent time in prison, sent the letters to exact revenge on Cedar Creek after it kicked him out of his unit. The document does not say which side Drake fought for during the reenactments, but email addresses for Drake listed in public records include variations on the word "confederate.""

It's almost like a writer created this guy out of a bunch of stereotypes.

#16 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-02-12 12:43 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I'm considering joining a battle reenactment group, but I'm torn: Civil War or Viking?

#17 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2020-02-12 01:00 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I still don't get this whole 'heritage' thingy about The South and the Confederacy. Why are these folks still hanging on to 'the lost cause' and a crushing defeat, much at the hands of Grant and Sherman? Most sane folks want to forget bad things that happened in the past, not keep picking at the scabs.

Jews commemorate the Passover, not because of the slaughter, but because they were spared. Christians commemorate Good Friday, because of what happened later that weekend. Confederate memories seem to think that because Grant allowed soldiers at Appomattox to keep their rifles and horses that they won, and that when Lincoln said "With malice toward none..." that the whole thing would be forgotten. Nope...

#18 | Posted by catdog at 2020-02-12 01:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I would rather rather drop acid, smoke a joint and reenact the culture wars of the 60's.. much more fun than playing 19th century soldier.

#19 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-02-12 01:59 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Funny, we have Trump Trolls around here that have been framing antifa for violent white supremacist marches for years.

#20 | Posted by Corky at 2020-02-12 03:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Curb Your Enthusiasm

#21 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2020-02-12 05:39 PM | Reply

I was literally just talking about the Mexican restaurant right off 81 in Winchester.
Viva la raza!

#6 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Was it over by the Apple Blossom Mall or on the old downtown walking mall? If you haven't seen downtown Winchester, it's worth it. Like stepping back in time.

The annual Apple Blossom Festival is pretty awesome, but it's always cold and rainy.

#22 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-02-12 07:37 PM | Reply

There is a sector of US white boys who like being on the side that loses. Something about the drama of living out avenging fantasies inspiring and egging them on. It winds them up tight. Adrenalin is the heroin of stimulants and they are jonesing. Gives them a reason to be mad about how "unfair" it is to surrender when they still have a mad on... much the same way as Hitler felt about Germany's WW1 surrender. Their whine fest over "Lee shoulda nevah dun whut he dun at Appomattox!" There is pride in fighting for a states right to enslave and dehumanize a significant part of its population. The mindset isn't much different than Hitler's boohooing about the "November Criminals" and "Jewish Marxists".

Sore losers.

15% of the global population is caucasian.

Hey white boys... don't overrate your significance. Try as you might... you can't breed fast enough... and yer women want the right to choose.... bwahahahahahahaha!

#23 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-02-13 09:08 AM | Reply

#4 that was disappointing. Sounded like a bunch of whining cats.

#24 | Posted by jpw at 2020-02-13 10:38 AM | Reply

Curb Your Enthusiasm

#21 | POSTED BY 101CHAIRBORNE

Stop crapping on people's lawns.

Curb your Dog.

#25 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-02-13 12:03 PM | Reply

21 | POSTED BY 101CHAIRBORNE

Stop crapping on people's lawns.

Curb your Dog.

#25 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

101Liebourne doesn't own a dog. He, himself is crapping on people's lawns.
He's a feral Trumper.

#26 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-02-14 03:59 AM | Reply

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