Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Johnny Rebs' Burns Down

Photos from Orange City FD's Facebook page

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.

"Welcome to the south"
"Welcome to the South."

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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 Fortunewho 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.
            The lights dimmed; then four of the Sons, including two musketeers, marched the colors up the left aisle. Meanwhile, Lee, along with a bugler and a fifist, tooted stoically up the right aisle. When they reached the back of the room, Lee played his drum. Then a woman warbled the national anthem. Trustee Padberg said something about “honoring our war dead”; this was followed by a moment of silence….
[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 unionAmong 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: 



Anonymous said...

Lee Walker--with the "union made" label. Too bad it didn't fit.

Anonymous said...

The dark side of this county never dies.
It's stunning to think that Frogue made it onto the SOCCCD board thanks to our faculty union.
The same can be said about Lorch, Wagner, Padberg, Williams, and even Fuentes.
Unfucking believable.

Anonymous said...

Yes, how does an "educational" institution attract such wanta-bees? They will sting.

Still, someone like Jim Wright continues with students and staff at heart.

Bob said...

The IVC and SC Senates sued the BOT on two occasions for discussing issues in closed session that were not on the formal agenda. Violations of the Brown Act. And the Superior Court of Orange agreed with the faculty. The new Faculty Association and the two Academic Senates prevailed in both law suits.

8-14: do you regret all the lying?

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Goals and Values and Twaddle

blather: long-winded talk with no real substance*
The whole concept of MSLOs [measurable student learning outcomes] as the latest fad in education is somewhat akin to the now discredited fad of the '90's, Total Quality Management, or TQM. Essentially, the ACCJC adopted MSLOs as the overarching basis for accrediting community colleges based on their faith in the theoretical treatises of a movement.... After repeated requests for research showing that such use of MSLOs is effective, none has been forthcoming from the ACCJC [accreditors]. Prior to large scale imposition of such a requirement at all institutions, research should be provided to establish that continuous monitoring of MSLOs has resulted in measurable improvements in student success at a given institution. No such research is forthcoming because there is none….
The Accountability Game…., Leon F. Marzillier (Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, October, 2002)
In the summer of ’13, I offered a critique of the awkward verbiage by which the district and colleges explain their values, goals, and objectives —aka SOCCCD'S G&V (goals and values) blather.
I wrote a post each for the district, Saddleback College, and Irvine Valley College efforts. (See the links below.)
This verbiage—stated in terms of “values,” “missions,” “goals,” “visions,” and whatnot—is often badly written. It is sometimes embarrassingly trite.
It occasionally communicates something worthwhile.
No doubt you are familiar with the usual objections to jargon. Higher education, too, has its jargon—an irony, given typical college-level instruction in writing, which urges jargon eschewery.
Sure enough, SOCCCD G&V blather is riddled with jargon and with terms misused and abused. For instance, in the case of the district’s dubious blather, the so-called “vision” is actually a purpose. Why didn't they just call it that?
As one slogs through this prattle, one finds that "visions" tend to be awfully similar to “missions,” with which they are distinguished. The latter in turn are awfully similar to “goals,” which must be distinguished from “objectives.” But aren't goals and objectives pretty much the same thing?
These perverse word games will surely perplex or annoy anyone armed with a command of the English language. In fact, readers will be perplexed to the degree that they are thus armed. Illiterates, of course, will be untroubled.
Here's a simple point: the district and colleges’ G&V blather tends to eschew good, plain English in favor of technical terms and trendy words and phrases (i.e., it tends to be bullshitty and vague). Thus, one encounters such trendy terminological turds as “dynamic,” “diversity,” “student success,” and “student-centered.” Even meretricious neologisms such as ISLOs and “persistence rates” pop up, unexplained, undefended.
Does anyone see a transparency problem with all of this? Shouldn't the public, or at least the well educated public, be able to comprehend statements of the colleges' goals and values?
In the case of the district, to its credit, all it really seems to want to say is that it wants to teach well and it wants students to succeed. Admirable!
So why all the ugly, common-sense defying, buzzword-encrusted claptrap?

Districtular poppycock: our “vision” and our “mission” and our tolerance of twaddle - July 31, 2013

THEY BUZZ: Saddleback College's "Mission, Vision, and Values" - August 4, 2013

IVC’s vision, mission, and goals: nonsense on stilts - August 5, 2013

THE IRVINE VALLEY CHRONICLES: no ideas, just clichés & buzzwords - Sep 30, 2013

*From my Apple laptop's dictionary