Attorneys for the Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the national organization of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), have filed a response to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles' (DMV) Motion to Vacate a 2001 decision of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and a 2002 decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Those decisions and resulting court orders instructed the Virginia DMV to begin issuing the specialty license plates bearing the SCV's Confederate Battle flag-themed logo. The original lawsuit, Sons of Confederate Veterans v. Holcomb, was sparked in 1999 when the Virginia General Assembly voted to approve the SCV’s specialty tag, but only after illegally removing the organization’s logo from the plate - the first and only logo ever so censored by the Virginia legislature.
A Jew v. Jew spat that has erupted in the Beach GOP’s governing committee has acquired racist overtones.
Bruce Meyer, brought complaints to the city committee after another Jew, James ’Turbo’ Cohen, called Meyer and X-Congressman Eric Cantor disgusting ‘Jews.’ VNS posted a story of the events at the meeting Monday night, July 6.
Meyer called VNS and objected to a line in VNS’ original story stating he (Meyer) told two black GOP candidates, they ‘were token blacks.”
He asked VNS to contact the two black candidates to confirm he DID NOT make that statement, VNS did contact all involved - two black candidates and a Tea Party activist who was present. They didn’t agree with Meyer. Here is rest of that story.
The three members say Meyer did tell the two black GOP candidates they were ’token blacks.’
The two are Eric Wray, candidate for school board, and Chuck Smith, lawyer and one-time candidate for state house seat. Tea Party activist Waverly Woods was also present when the remark was made.
Smith and Wray said they considered Meyer just joking around. Smith, however, said he was offended. “I have been the target of many racial comments, but that doesn’t make it right or any easier to live with.”
Wray said, “He (Meyer) was joking around.” Wray said he wasn’t offended, however, by the comment, adding “But it was a dumb thing for him to say”
Woods said she was offended and has repeated the remark many times.
Meyer told VNS he doesn’t remember exactly what he said, “but I am not a racist.” He said, “We’re always joking around. They say to me, ‘here is our Jewish cousin’ when I approach.
All - Meyer and the others agree - the ‘token black’ remark was not elevated to the party leadership like the Jewish dispute has been.
2nd District Beach Congressman Scott Rigell, at the urging of wealthy Democrat Jewish contributors has inserted himself in the Jew v. Jew dispute.
At the city committee meeting Monday night (July 6), Rigell presented a resolution and circulated a petition to kick Cohen out of the party at the next meeting Aug. 10. Cohen is also a wealthy and big bucks political contributor to Republican candidates.
Would Cohen have grounds for a civil rights suit for violation of his 1st Amendment free speech rights? Some think not. In fact Rigell doesn't think it's a free speech issue. Cohen had a right to make his 'disgusting Jew' statements, but not under cover of GOP party politics.
Nevertheless, the move promises to cause a major spilt as the party’s rank-and-file object to the GOP leadership’s bullying of Cohen. And members will probably be more sensitive to off-the-cuff remarks about race, in jest or not.
Numerous rank-and-file members are outraged that Rigell ‘would be stupid enough to get involved in such a personal dispute. He’s being a big bully.’
NASTY GOP POLITICS: Beach GOP moving to kick Jew out of the party
Virginia Beach GOP leadership took an unprecedented, historic first step Monday night to kick a prominent, wealthy Jew it has declared an uncompromising troublemaker, who refuses to cow-tow to party mucky mucks, out of the group’s governing city committee.
The GOP leadership has been played like a drum some contend, allowing a sandbox kindergarten dispute to mushroom into a Mid-East-like crisis of religious overtones between conservative and liberal Jewish GOP factions.
The Republican Party of Virginia Beach has taken a role in a personal dispute between 2 prominent Jewish members and entangled itself in a nasty dispute forcing city committee members, including the likes of 2nd District Rep. Scott Rigell, to take sides in a dispute in which there’ll be no winners.
Formal action to ‘kick the Jew’ out of the Republican party is scheduled for next month's city committee meeting on Aug. 10, at which time, the growingly autocratic leadership has promised a full floor debate by the members, many already disenchanted and upset by the party’s meddling in a personal verbal dispute pitting Jew-against-Jew.
Rigell, In an unprecedented meddling in petty party politics, presented the petition that will be consideredAugust 10. (See Petition and Supporting documents distributed by the party Monday night)
Each party to the dispute ‘claims’ the other side started the war of words, which apparently originated in a dispute involving X-GOP House Leader, Rep. Eric Cantor in his losing campaign last year against upset winner, and ‘out of left field’ newcomer, David Brat. it evolved in the personal attack war between Cohen and Meyer. (Virginia News Source, two months before the election ousting Cantor, called him a loser because he’d become ‘irrelevant’ as a politician serving his Northern VA district).
Cohen, opposing Cantor, wrote on a website: "want to keep wealthy Jews away from the GOP? Cantor was a disgusting Jew in the eyes of many Jews.… He is a repulsive political crony who makes wealthy political donor Jews who might support our party gag on reflex. All the worst stereotypes Jews in our conservative community object to… (Cantor) Had the chutzpah to not even come to his old district during the last days of the campaign." Not a statement everyone disagrees with—he was a big upset loser.
At some point, a political hack working for a local school board candidate in October 2014 became upset claiming that Meyer and the GOP were opposing his candidate. The party-backed candidate in that election won, (which in the scheme of things should be irrelevant) but it became ‘fodder’ for a subsequent political rant on the Internet.
In a screen capture shot from a computer, Meyer handed out to the media Monday night, showing Cohen, at some point in the time line, then made the comment: "Bruce Meyer is a disgusting Jew.” Meyer claims that Cohen used an image associating him (Cohen) with former state party leader and losing candidate Ed Gillespie, damaging Gillespie in the Jewish community. Gillespie was opposing Democrat Sen. Mark Warner, and, the Virginia Beach party’s lack of aggressive support was blamed by some for Gillespie’s loss.
Other computer screen shots claim Cohen launched a string of anti-semitic comments toward Meyer and his family to which they became overly sensitized. Cohen subsequently apologized, but his apology has been ignored and rejected.
Cohen said Monday night that Meyer and GOP establishment time lines deleted or ‘edited’ out exculpatory comments Cohen made, using only the inflammatory screen shots distributed by Meyer.
Sources said Meyer launched a campaign involving Democrat Jews against Cohen who went to local GOP politicians and pressured Congressman Rigell to become active in attacking Cohen trying to force his resignation from the party city committee.
Both strong current GOP party members and former high rolling GOP members denounced Rigell for getting involved. “He’s totally stupid. This isn’t the kind of thing an intelligent congressman would get involved in.”
At an earlier meeting Rigell said he was speaking against Cohen as an individual, not as a congressman. Monday night he was introduced as and spoke as a congressman. He presented the petition to kick Cohen out of the city committee that will be debated and supposedly voted on at the Aug. 10 meeting.
To rank-and-file party members the bullying tactics of Longo, Rigell, and the party leadership is very divisive to an already struggling and fragmented party. To outside observers, the entire event was as immature and childish as a kindergarten sandbox dispute. It should never have been elevated to the current level.
One party member told VNS that in 2010, Meyer said two black members, Chuck Smith and Eric Wray, were token blacks. That incident was reported to Longo, the chairman, who took no action on that racial comment.
Cohen’s wealth comes from his property holdings and he is noted for raising Golden Retrievers as companion dogs, some of which he gives away to the needy. He is married to a Catholic, leading to a religious dispute between him and Meyer, which several told VNS was another problem with Meyer. The Meyer-Jewish faction resents Cohen’s religious diversity.
The dispute is now Jew v. Jew v. Cohen’s Christian wife and daughter.
In an email to Rigell on June 23, that Cohen said came from the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Cohen wrote: “Bruce and Connie Meyer are using Democrats in the Jewish Community to bully YOU, our congressman, into doing their dirty work because they can’t do it themselves and they can’t get the Republican party to stoop so low either.
“Is this their representation of the Republican Party you don't want me to be a part of? They are members of our Republican Party City Committee while pandering to Democrats to do their bidding.
“This has now become a highly offensive personal attack against James Cohen’s 10 year old "Christian” daughter, my “Christian” wife and now its not ok for me, a Jew, to marry a Christian woman? Talk about discrimination. Should I be taking this as public as Bruce and Connie Meyer have?
“It appears Bruce and Connie Meyer do not have a problem making anti-Christian statements and disseminating them throughout the Jewish community. Is this now the indication I should be taking this public in order to defend my family and their reputation?”
Monday night when Cohen tried to set up a conciliatory meeting for noon Tuesday with Meyer, he was rebuked.
In fact, Meyer attacked Cohen Monday night in front of reporters, telling him, ‘you aren’t a real Jew. You aren’t a practicing Jew. What synagogue do you attend? Who’s your rabbi?’ Cohen, admittedly not a strong practicing Jew, just smiled at Meyer.
Meyer’s wife then started yelling at Cohen, “Am I disgusting? Is my hair disgusting? Are my clothes disgusting?” She then yelled for Del. Scott Taylor to come over and get Cohen away from her and Bruce.
At one point Cohen did post on the Internet, “Bruce Meyer is a disgusting Jew. Tell Connie (Bruce’s wife) - yes I did say that.” He didn’t say anything about Mrs. Meyer being ‘a disgusting Jew, however. Other than that one incident, there was no other reference to her.
He later followed up in another Internet post: “I sincerely regret that my poor choice of words was used to wrongly imply anything negative about the religious beliefs that Bruce Meyer and I share, and I wish to personally apologize to any fellow Republican who was offended.
"As a Republican, I want to make it clear to anyone in our party and to like minded people reading this who love our country, that I take full responsibility for my poorly stated comments that were inappropriate and were never intended to offend others, as I have come to learn they have.
“I am asking friends to join me and call for a meeting with Bruce and I, along with others, who wish to put an end to the harm that divisive engagement has caused within our party."
Cohen has been work horse in the GOP, providing free office space, erecting huge campaign signs, and donating more than $18,000 in the past years.
VPAP shows contributions from Meyer, an insurance broker, of more than $5,700.
The GOP has been in a self-destructing mode for the past few years: Rank-and-file members rebelling against not having any substantive input or voice in the party's actions, but yet being asked to do all of the grunt work at the polls, putting up signs and serving as laborers for the party machinery.
Because of the dark cloud hanging over city council on May 5, 2015, I asked city council to put a referendum for an up and down vote on light rail.
The last reports that have come in have not supported the need for a light rail system in Virginia Beach, and they have said that this is not a good deal for Virginia Beach.
In Sunday's Beacon, our city treasurer, individually, had an ad supporting a "No" vote for light rail. After reading this, you can see that it is reiterating what I have been saying over the last few years.
This past Friday I watched CNN interview an individual (a black woman) who claimed the flying of the Confederate Battle Flag on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol was a contributor to the awful shooting at the A.M.E. Church in Charleston. I and several others in the room at the time looked at each other in amazement.
Since then, pressure has been applied continuously on the Sovereign State of South Carolina to remove the flag, with both Governor Haley and Senator (Mama's Boy) Graham jumping on the band wagon.
Yet again, the radical liberal left seem not to have gotten the message. I seriously doubt that awful shooting was prompted by the display of a flag. Rather, it was one person's perception of the black community. In fact, the shooter stated as much.
by Larry Henry, VNS Columnist
Ayn Rand wrote Atlas Shrugged. George Orwell penned 1984. If you saw Brazil, you know what’s coming.
Al Qaeda, ISIS, the Taliban, and all the rest of those Islamic nut-jobs want to plant a nuclear bomb in your bedroom. Monetary events worldwide are spinning out of control. China’s stock market is down 30%. Greece and Puerto Rico are out on the streets panhandling. The European Union is a socialist train wreck. And Uncle Sugar is flat broke. Click [Read More] below for rest of the column...
by Ira White - Portsmouth
Following the horrific South Carolina church murders, we are again witnessing politicians and articles touting anti-gun statistics. But theirs are selective and generalized numbers designed by liberal media to avoid the more specific indicators that suggest otherwise. As you read those below, consider one historical item that can offer a crucial compass for the outcome of the anti-gun agenda:
AFTER MANY DECADES, the government's war on illegal drugs has been an utter failure against the profusion of drugs, drug dealers, and drug violence, and has spawned a sophisticated and well-funded criminal market. How does anyone now think a government war on guns – a 2nd Amendment right no less – would fare? Would it not also put the market and the weapons totally in the hands of the criminals?
THE REAL STATISTICS
1. Between 1980 and 2010, 99 mass shootings (4 or more killed) were recorded. All but one of the “successful” mass shootings occurred in areas where armed citizens are banned.
Presidential candidate Barack Obama called for a “civilian national security force”, one as big as all of the nation’s military branches combined.
Now, Al Sharpton is suggesting a path that probably would accomplish that: Nationalize America’s police forces. We have all seen him at the Ferguson, New York City, and Baltimore riots that have taken place in a rush to condemn police officers who were doing their jobs while encountering suspects who were resisting arrest.
While the Baltimore case is still open, investigations have cleared the officers of wrong-doing in both Ferguson and New York. Most interesting is the uniformity of the signs, chanted slogans, and behavior in the crowds at all locations.
Soros has financed such organizations as Black Lives Matter and has bussed paid protesters and rabble-rousers into these powder keg areas. The New American (www.thenewamerican.com) article titled “Justice Department Grants Linked to Cop-Killing Rap Video”, details the U.S. Department of Justice’s using our tax dollars to incite race riots.
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