Saturday, June 27, 2015
More On The Battle Flag, For What It's Worth.........
Sent in by one of my readers:
Take it with grain of salt if you want. Just wanted to share.
As I talked to my friend the other night, a few more details of what happened to him in regards to the recent hysteria over the "flag" have come to light.
The day before this all happened, Wednesday, his company's internet system went down all day - but the cable TV and land-line phones still worked.
His high speed internet service is carried by the same wire that has the capacity to also provide basic telephone and cable-TV programming. How can the TV work but internet be out? The cable company said that he was nuts, and had a router / modem problem. Basically treated him like an idiot, had no idea of what the issue could be, and that he was the only one that was experiencing it. Magically, right at 6:00, they both came online. Just as the store closed.
He thought it odd and thoroughly irritating, but beyond the hassle of no connectivity he thought nothing of it. At least, until Thursday.
After seeing the news of the orders to remove flags all over the South, Wednesday evening, he and his wife were posting items they had in stock on eBay. The problem was, they were getting pulled down, as fast as they could list them. The reason, was that the sale of Confederate items on eBay, were in "violation of eBay's terms of service." More specifically, eBay stated: "eBay has made a decision to no longer permit Confederate battle flag listings...we believe that the image of the flag itself has become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism."
Nazi memorabilia is still all over the place, but any reference to the CSA is verboten! Using a few different tricks, they did manage to get a few to stay up - for how long is up in the air.
In the morning, he got an email from his three major suppliers - Confederate flags of any type were no longer available. He then called each in turn, offering to buy up their remaining stock. Oddly, each gave him the exact same answer. One company took it one step further and said Confederate flags were not for sale because they were ..."quarantined."
That's when the hair went up on the back of his neck. That's a rather OFFICIAL term for the "independent and voluntary" discontinuing of a legal product by major retailers. That's when he hit the web.
Typing up Confederate flag + buy yielded NO hits - NONE! To top it off, all of the sponsored ads, that link to related products, that are usually there to generate revenue for Google, were missing as well. He had a hell of a time finding anything that managed to slip past the censors. While I was there, he had a local newspaper call. In the course of conversation, he mentioned the Google thing to the reporter. When the reporter did a search and came up empty, ads and all, all he could say was; "Well, that's strange."
An hour before the store opened, the phones started ringing - everybody wanted / needed a "General Lee" flag. When the doors opened, it was a steady stream of people looking to buy a CSA flag, of one type or another. Some were buying stuff just to resell at a profit, others to get one because someone said they weren't allowed to have one. The width and breadth, of the cross section of people that came in to get one, was the most amazing to him. Some..., well some, just scared the living hell out of him - not in a crazy eyes, wackadoo way either; but by been-there, done-that, people-in-the-know way. Those people when asked, said that this was a test - a trial run of sorts. For what exactly, no one really knew - or would say.
Then, he started putting together all the events:
Potentially, a pre-emptive denial of service attack, in regards to information - internet and phone service had occured but the local news affiliate was still available. He had a disruption, regarding communicating to the outside world but was afforded the luxury of receiving cable-TV.
Dissemination of information control?
Potential disruption of commerce due to denial of service attack?
A disapproved item is suddenly unavailable for unknown reasons, why?
If someone can do this to just a flag, what else can they shut down?
Denial of information. Certain info on Google just vanishes down the memory hole?
Major retailers, by the dozens, suddenly have an attack of conscience? When was the last time a corporation dropped a product line, without trying to recoup at least some of its costs? Somebody with the power to strong-arm major corporations, disrupt communications, and control information has exerted a tremendous amount of effort, to pull down a flag. I wonder whom that might be????
Another item of note would be a conversation he had with another retailer of flags, in a more populated area down in a Southern locale. This shop owner was in fear that he was going to be the next, "Memories Pizza" for selling the CSA flag. The man was genuinely afraid that the "Brown Shirts of the Obamawaffen SS" would descend on his business and shut him down. So he dropped the sales of CSA flags altogether. This is pure Alinskyism, at its darkest.
Then, there is the other issue of the TPP getting rammed through, while this controversy dominates the news. There is speculation, that this will have a direct impact on healthcare in this country as well, essentially making all generic products illegal. Only brand name stuff from now on, Comrade . With the verbal gymnastics that Roberts went through to push Obamacare, the skyrocket, of health-care cost just got its fuse lit. Antonin Scalia, was the only dissenting judge, and his retort about the decision is scathing!
The Lib's are about to understand the consequences of their electoral actions.