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The Rebel flag; dippers wanted; once a Marine

Date published: 6/26/2012

DIXIE DOWN

A federal judge has dismissed a First Amendment lawsuit against the city of Lexington, which banned the flying of the Rebel battle flag by a Confederate heritage group from city-owned poles. The judge's ruling is legally proper in that Lexington barred all private parties from displaying flags from the poles, thus skirting the constitutional pitfall of governmental content discrimination. There will be no flags flown by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and also none by the NAACP or the Daughters of Exalted Lawn Bowlers.

Seekers of Confederata in Lexington will not be dismayed, however. Places of interest include the Stonewall Jackson House, (Robert E.) Lee Chapel, and the VMI Museum, where Stonewall's horse Little Sorrel seems ready to eat oats out of a visitor's hand.

Many fine men died under the Confederate battle flag, but its later use to rally domestic terrorists sullied its pedigree. Perhaps time will bleach away that stain. But for now, the SCV cannot expect much acceptance of the banner.

DIPS, INC.

Gov. McDonnell has announced the expansion of a Chesterfield County "dipping company." Chesterfield is a notable tobacco-processing county, so visions of a line of factory workers rubbing snuff under their lips may spring to mind.

It turns out, however, that the expanding firm, Sabra, is "the country's leading hummus manufacturer" and "a leader in refrigerated dips and spreads." It plans to establish a Center for Excellence to do R&D, invest $28 million, and hire 90 new people.

To which we can only say, "Skoal!"

SEMPER FI

Speaking of food corporations, a kudos goes to Bar-S Foods CEO Timothy Day, a former Marine who just gave $12 million to the National Museum of the Marine Corps. We guess that rates an "Oorah!"