29 January 2009 by Published in: Blogging 5 comments

Kevin Levin has a really good post on his blog today that I commend to you. Be sure to read the comments, as they are critical to understanding Kevin’s point.

Kevin’s had one particular anti-Semitic neo-Confederate nut job–my first nominee for 2009’s grand champion, by the way–who calls herself “JosephineSouthern”, and who cannot resist any opportunity to (a) be insulting and condescending, (b) loudly bang the neo-Confederate drum, and (c) ignore Kevin’s rules for civility as a condition to being permitted to leave comments on his blog. Given that the primary focus of Kevin’s blog is Civil War Memory, his blog is a prime focus for all of these neo-Confederate jerks who so seem to enjoy tormenting him.

It’s a great case study in how blogging brings out both the best and the worst in people. Kevin, while you and I may not always agree on everything, I very much appreciate your willingness to serve as a lightning rod for those loons.

By the way, the 2008 neo-Confederate grand champion, Olaf Childress, paid my site a visit not too long ago and left me a rude and condescending comment. I guess he must have googled himself and found me that way. Thanks for your warm wishes, Olaf. Sorry I deleted your comment and blacklisted your IP address. You will find that you will be unable to post further comments here as a consequence.

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  1. Thu 29th Jan 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Dear God. The Civil War is indeed still being waged…

  2. Fri 30th Jan 2009 at 10:18 am

    It is, among a small minority. But they are very vocal. I see them every couple of months here in Tennessee. One of them actually went to every talk I gave around the area for nearly a year. Same neo-Reb questions and comments, blah, blah, blah. You know, like: Lincoln and Sherman (bad), Yankees (evil), R. E. Lee (next to God), slaves (all loved their masters), states rights (cause of the war), Forrest (should have commanded all the armies).

  3. David
    Fri 30th Jan 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Regarding the confederates of the 1860s, and their neo-Confederate offspring in today’s society, I will simply reiterate, and stand by, that which Ulysses S. Grant stated so clearly and directly:

    “Whatever may have been my political opinions before, I have but one sentiment now. That is, we have a Government, and laws and a flag, and they must all be sustained. There are but two parties now, traitors and patriots, and I want hereafter to be ranked with the latter.”

  4. Brooks Simpson
    Mon 02nd Feb 2009 at 12:41 am

    I don’t think Kevin’s tormented by them. I think he has fun with them. I’ve had stalkers and obsessed nuts go a bit further, and I’ll leave it at that.

  5. Jim
    Thu 14th May 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Is it any wonder that someone like Kevin who writes anti-southern posts religiously draws fire for his biased views? No, it’s completely natural, and Levin should know better, so he must actually want that kind of attention. Kevin keeps getting America’s CW wrong, and it is our duty to challenge his misperceptions.

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