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FOR YEARS, on Sundays, after church, the local Sons of Confederate Veterans met at Johnny Rebs' Southern Roadhouse on Chapman in Orange. Rebel Girl knows this because Steven Frogue, retired Foothill High School history teacher and SOCCCD trustee and Holocaust denier is a member and occasional officer of the chapter and on occasion she researches him to see what he is up to. Frogue is pretty unforgettable. After all, he once brought her a bouquet of roses from his garden and his son Jim was Trump's senior health advisor in the 2016 campaign. You really can't make this stuff up even if you tried. Why would you? High school history teacher + Holocaust denier + college board trustee + Sons of Confederate Veterans = ????
Frogue's chapter is named after James I. Waddell, captain of the Shenandoah, who kept fighting the Civil War until November 1865 when word finally reached him that the war ended in April. During that time Waddell attacked a U.S. whaling fleet in the Arctic. Waddell surrendered in Liverpool and thus presided over the last official lowering of the Confederate flag.
In 2015, five years ago, when Johnny Rebs' finally took down their Confederate flag and replaced it with the American flag, Frogue and the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans stopped meeting there in protest. They began to meet at a steak house in Laguna Hills which doesn't fly any flag at all and they seem to now meet at members' homes. The minutes (posted online) notes that one recent meeting closed this way: "We sang Happy Birthday to General Lee and General Jackson. We sang Dixie while standing shoulder to shoulder facing the Confederate Battleflag."
The Johnny Rebs' outpost in Orange closed last year, after 19 years in business, and since then the fenced off property had been slowly covered over with, as the kids might say, random graffiti. Yesterday, on July 6, Johnny Rebs' burnt down.
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[RB's intrusion:] 20 years ago:
…Right about then, the audience thrilled as one of the videocamera operators initiated an impressive TV studio-style countdown, culminating in the point of a finger at Dorothy Fortune, who then spoke to all the lovely voters out there in the dark. She explained that a group known as the “Sons of the [American] Revolution" would help us to celebrate the 200th anniversary of George “Worshington’s” death. That was Lee [Walker]'s group.
[Note: "Dot" Fortune was one of two women on the original SOCCCD "conservative" "Board Majority" (1996-1998) [the other was Teddi Lorch, who resigned, with her sights on the district's head HR job, which, after a bit of litigation, she secured!]. That group's emergence was engineered by our then-corrupt Faculty union. Among that corrupt union's regulars (and beneficiaries) was Lee Walker, an illiterate English instructor who occasionally dressed up in Revolutionary War garb and/or dropped his pants/shorts.]
More about the SOCCCD faculty union’s bad old days: