Should we call it Bastille Day?; Treasury Dept still intends to give Hamilton the shaft; Tom Petty backs away from Rebel flag; Sandblast Stone Mtn?

So today is a big national holiday in France, but are we wrong to refer to it as Bastille Day? This editorial by a frenchmen argues that we are, and apparently the French do not call it that. BUT, doesn’t the day celebrate BOTH the storming of the Bastille in 1789 as well as the new government in 1790??

UGH: Despite the outcry, it looks the the Treasury Department is sticking with its plan to put a woman on the $10 along with Hamilton, instead of replacing Jackson with one on the $20. Frustrating.

Tom Petty has an interview will Rolling Stone in which he distances himself from the Rebel flag. “People just need to think about how it looks to a black person. It’s just awful. It’s like how a swastika looks to a Jewish person. It just shouldn’t be on flagpoles.” Some good common sense from a rock legend.

Well, we knew this would come soon: The NAACP is now calling for sandblasting off the Rebels carved out of Stone Mountain. I can’t see this happening, and I am again on record as saying we need to put these things into context, not remove them. On the other hand, knocking them off that mighty pedestal would make a pretty huge statement!


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