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Country singer Trace Adkins last night addressed criticism he received for wearing a Confederate Flag earpiece to the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree lighting in New York earlier this week. In a personal note on his Web site, Adkins clarified that he objects to “oppression of any kind,” and that the flag instead represents “remembrance of my Southern lineage.” ”I am a descendant of Confederate soldiers who followed that flag into battle,” he wrote. “To those who view the flag as a symbol of racism, that was not my message and I did not intend offense.”
In his note, Adkins, who is now on USO tour in Japan, advocated an “honest conversation about our Country’s history.” This is the second time in recent months that a Southern musician has attempted to strip the Confederate Flag of its controversial association with the slavery of the antebellum south. And Abraham Lincoln, for one, isn’t buying it:
Explain all you want, Trace Adkins. The Confederate flag represents heritage to you, but hate, racism, and treason to most Americans.— Abraham Lincoln (@Mr_Lincoln) November 30, 2012
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World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.