02 December 2008 by Published in: Neo-Confederate hooey 16 comments

Regular readers of this blog know that I am constantly on the search for neo-Confederate idiocy, as I believe strongly that fighting this nonsense is one of the greatest services that I can provide.

On January 13, 2008, I made a declaration that the neo-Confederate grand champion for 2008 had been identified and crowned. Well, it turns out that that declaration was very premature, because the true grand champion has emerged. Thanks to Kevin Levin for finding this piece of work and bringing him to my attention.

From the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center, I give you Olaf Childress, the 2008 neo-Confederate grand champion and grand champion hater of the year:

The Last Word
Neo-Confederate ‘Buries’ 14th Amendment
By Sonia Scherr
Intelligence Report
Winter 2008

Don’t expect Olaf Childress to shed any tears when he puts the 14th Amendment six feet under.

And Childress isn’t speaking metaphorically, either. The neo-Confederate stalwart plans to transport a casket bearing a copy of the 14th Amendment from his southern Alabama home to the shores of the Potomac River for burial.

“Naturally, we’ll conduct a little ceremony, and we’ll have a caravan going to Washington, D.C.,” Childress, 76, told the Intelligence Report. “There’ll probably be quite a convoy by the time we get there.”

The vehicle carrying the deceased will be none other than Childress’ “Death to the 14th Amendment” hearse. After buying the 1995 Buick Roadmaster about a year and a half ago, Childress outfitted it with magnetic Confederate battle flags on both front doors and the words “Death to the 14th Amendment” on the rear doors. The back of the hearse directs fellow travelers to his website, www.14thfraud.com. (The 14th Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1868, granted full citizenship rights to all people born in the United States, including former slaves, and barred states from denying any resident “equal protection” under the law. The amendment is one of the legal foundations for desegregation and other civil rights initiatives.)

Childress, a 32-year resident of Silverhill, Ala., population 616, announced the amendment’s upcoming interment in the September issue of his newspaper, The First Freedom (motto: “Inviting the Zionist-controlled media’cracy to meet a rising free South”). Once he’s decided on a date, he said, he’ll publicize the funeral there and in like-minded media sources, such as the white supremacist David Duke Report and “The Political Cesspool,” a white nationalist radio show.

Those looking for a carnival atmosphere need not attend. “Anytime you’re conducting a funeral it should be a somber affair,” he said, “and we’ll try to make it fitting for the occasion.”

For instance, the ceremony will include plenty of eulogies for the 14th Amendment, which according to Childress is illegitimate because it was never ratified. “The Yankee Senate decided they were simply going to ram this down our throats,” he fumed.

Yet Childress believes that states will regain the sovereignty they once enjoyed when the 14th goes to its final resting place. “When we get the thing buried and everybody sees that it’s dead, that’s going to be the end of the 14th Amendment and the end of the federal government as it has existed since 1865.”

His grand plans ran into a roadblock, literally, on the evening of May 29, when Childress, behind the wheel of his hearse, encountered a police checkpoint on Highway 5. As he tells it on his website in a post headlined, “Alabama’s Mossad-trained stooges capture politically-incorrect hearse,” when Silverhill’s police chief asked to see his license and insurance, he informed her that she had no legal right to stop him. He even offered to show her where it says so in the Constitution, a copy of which he just happens to keep in the hearse. But the police chief wasn’t interested. Instead, because Childress refused to sign some papers, she hauled him off to jail. Not only did Childress have to spend the night behind bars, but also police impounded the hearse at Dixie Auto Body Repair. He had to pay $135 to retrieve it two days later.

That wasn’t the end of his problems. According to Silverhill Municipal Court, a judge found Childress guilty on July 2 of resisting arrest, driving without insurance, failing to obey a police officer and driving with an expired tag. Childress has appealed the verdicts to the Baldwin County Circuit Court.

Though Childress says he’s been too busy with his court case to finalize plans for the funeral, he clearly relishes his role as undertaker. His “Death to the 14th Amendment” hearse is a familiar sight around Silverhill.

“Every time people wave at it,” he said, “I press the little button that plays ‘Dixie’ on the horns.”

Claiming that the 14th Amendment is illegal and was not legally enacted is, of course, a mainstay of neo-Confederate hooey, and which does not have a single leg to stand upon legally. It is, nevertheless, one of the main rallying cries of the neo-Confederate movement, which means it has to be dealt with. This guy obviously doesn’t get it. Indeed, if this sort of ignorance was not so inherently dangerous, it would be hilarious. However, it’s dangerous, and it’s downright pathetic, and that makes it not very funny at all.

I also had no idea that the Mossad (the Israeli intelligence service, for those unfamiliar with it) was training local gendarmes in Alabama. None. That’s a new one on me…and here I thought they were off dealing with Islamofascist terrorists and regimes sworn to the destruction of Israel, and not training local police forces to pick on neo-Confederates in southern Alabama……

I’m going to go out way on a limb here and guess that our grand champion was not an Obama voter….

Scridb filter


  1. Tue 02nd Dec 2008 at 11:21 am

    You are correct, this fellow deserves the prize. He is nothing more than a racist and anti-semite hiding behind a Confederate battle flag. The moral confusion and race hatred of folks like this has NO place in the study of Confederate history or of the Civil War in general. This abuse of the symbols of the Confederacy dishonors the brave heroes of Franklin and other battles who died trying to protect what they understood American liberty to mean. This bizarre “neo-Confederate” sect has nothing to do with history whatever as there is no historical basis whatsoever for any of their claims. If we are honest about our history we must accept the good of the Confederacy and the bad, and there enough of both. But, more importantly as this fellow so clearly demonstrates, this revisionist “movement” is not about “setting the record straight” regarding black participation in the Confederate service but rather about race hatred and anti-semitism today. It’s an abysmal stain on Civil War studies, and cannot be defended.

  2. Tue 02nd Dec 2008 at 6:16 pm

    I really don’t know what to say to this….

    Maybe GET A LIFE!

    It is because of people like this that Civil War History is shunned by many in the public.

  3. Kent Dorr
    Tue 02nd Dec 2008 at 6:50 pm

    When I hear of stories such as this… I remind myself that allowing these nutjobs loose in our society is another price we pay for our liberty. Perhaps we could start a fund to pay this clowns way to the capital next month to see the first African-American sworn is as President. Im sure he’d love to go.

  4. Bill Satterlee
    Wed 03rd Dec 2008 at 4:10 pm

    All of my life I have heard about some guy that is “too dumb to organize a one car funeral.”

    Thanks for finding him and naming him Grand Champion for the year.

  5. Thu 04th Dec 2008 at 3:38 pm

    1995 Buick Roadmaster that plays “Dixie” when you blow the horn? Its a station wagon I assume (for the casket). Bet it has the optional moon roof for the back seat. That will fetch some dollars on ebay!

    This could only get better if his “ride” was an El Camino.

  6. Lanny Thomas Tanton
    Thu 04th Dec 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Dear Eric,

    Thanks for this entry. I needed a good laugh and you delivered big time. A local Austin, Texas company that makes slick “demotivational” posters (a delightful counterpoint to the positive sophisms seen almost everywhere and available at http://www.despair.com–a great place to go for a laugh) has one that fits this occasion. With a lovely picture of a group of sky divers holding hands in formation, the poster declares the vice/virtue of IDIOCY with the comment, “Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

    Again, best wishes always,

  7. Fri 05th Dec 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Wow. Yes, I think it would be hard to surpass that.

  8. Sat 06th Dec 2008 at 8:35 pm


    I’ve long wanted to see a bumper sticker that proudly proclaims:

    “I’m an idiot, and I vote”

    I think Mr Childress would wear it well.

  9. Tue 09th Dec 2008 at 9:57 pm

    This is funny and sad too. Great blog. I will enjoy reading on past posts related to NeoCon hooey. I’ll check in more regularly now. Thx


  10. Jim Morgan
    Sun 14th Dec 2008 at 9:06 am

    In the words of that great American political philosopher, Bugs Bunny, “What a maroon!”

    For the record, however, not all of us who voted against THE ONE did so in solidarity with the likes of Mr. Childress. Some of us actually had good reasons.

    Jim Morgan

  11. Wed 31st Dec 2008 at 7:39 am

    Fighting Neo-Confederate Idiocy might imply that this “Bizarre 14th Amendment Freak” is an Example of Across the Board Southern Behavior.

    For the Millions of Southerners who Have led Exemplary Lives, Who Have Served their Country in Combat in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan; and Who Have a Heritage Passion Equal to that of the Author….WE Have a Problem of Being Thrown in the Kettle with Idiots, No Matter What Part of The Country They are Located.

    I am the Founder & Moderator of Two Military Web Sites. One of them covers a Military Intelligence Unit from Germany (www.6910th.net) that has 1,400 Members, from After WWII Era of 1947 until 1974, when the Unit was Disbanded and Consolidated into other Units. The Other Site is New with 45 Descendents of the 3rd NC Cavalry Engaged in a Heritage and History Project. The Heritage Web Site may result in a Collobrative Effort of a Book or Manuscript Covering in Detail the History of the 3rd North Carolina. I am a Combat Veteran from Vietnam, with Nephews and Friends Who Have Done Several Tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Know This – “The Constant Search for Neo-Confederate Idiocy” that You Fight, However Noble, Can be as Dangerous as a Two-Edged Sword. I am “Spammed” Weekly by my “Northern Friends” with Insulting Southern “Red-Neck” Cartoons and Jokes about “Southern Idiots”. Yeah, these are the same Northern GI’s who have found Problems and Issues where they live, and are now found in different Southern States by the Millions. As the Old Parable says about “Looking for Riches” – They are Often Found in Your Own Back Yard. The Same Goes for Idiots.

    My Passion is Research of the Troopers of the 3rd NC Cavalry, Visiting the Battlefields they Fought around Petersburg & Richmond, and Bringing Together the Descendents of that Regiment – locating Photos and Letters of the Members. From Pvt. Julian Shakespear Carr of my Ancestors Company, to many of the Officers who led the Unit – The History is Rich with Stories of Action and Achievement. Send me an e-mail at Carolina_Bob@Yahoo.Com for a Very Close Look at the Cavalry War around Petersburg and Richmond.

    Bobby Edwards

  12. Sun 25th Jan 2009 at 11:31 am

    Noticing that all of the posts on this site agree that I’m just an ignorant relic from the past , I invite y’all to march down here as a company of dedicated New World orderlies in lockstep formation and attend my presentation before a circuit court jury on Feb. 2, 2009 at 9am, Courtroom 4, Bay Minette, Alabama. And don’t forget to pack your tolerance – always a week’s supply of tolerance. And, uh, “diversity.” You wouldn’t want to contradict YOURSELVES, now, would you? For I am, definitely, by comparison with every post on this forum, somewhat… “diverse,” no?

  13. Talmadge Walker
    Thu 30th Apr 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Some people make me embarrassed to admit I’m from Alabama. Great site you got here though.

  14. Sat 09th May 2009 at 3:25 pm

    A question…Having been elbow deep in my family genealogy, I find myself the descendant of right around 40 Confederates, the vast majority being from Old Virginia.People like our friend Olaf give people like me a bad name, and make it really hard to have any sort of civil discourse on the late unpleasantness, as it is sometimes called. Interestingly enough, there is a valid point of view from the Southern side, and it is well worth discussing. But, yahoos like this make it VERY difficult, IMHO. I would be interested in your take on this.

  15. Sat 09th May 2009 at 9:54 pm


    There is no question that there is a valid point of view worthy of discussion from the Southern side, but these yahoos have so corrupted it that it’s all but impossible.


  16. Sun 10th May 2009 at 3:13 am

    Would you be willing to start a thread on that? Also, Virginia has a pretty good start on the 150, it seems. On their website is a webcast section with the first meeting at the University of Richmond. ayers, gallager et al did quite well with this. Have you seen it?

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