Anti-statue extremism: Houston man charged in bomb attempt

Protesters pull down a Confederate statue. (YouTube, Vice News)

Anti-Confederate statue extremism moved into a new realm Monday when a Houston, Texas man was charged for allegedly trying to plant liquid explosives at a statute of Confederate Major Richard Dowling, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Irish-born Dowling was a businessman, entrepreneur and even helped form the first fire department company in Houston. He’s something of a historical figure in Houston.

On the other hand, the suspect who was arrested Saturday night after he was reportedly spotted by a park ranger was identified as Andrew Schneck, 25. In 2015, he was convicted of storing explosives and was on probation until last year.

When he was caught, according to the newspaper account, Schneck “was holding two small boxes that included duct tape and wires.” When he was bagged, he allegedly tried to drink some of the liquid, but spit it out. Inside one of the tubes was nitroglycerin and hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMDT) which is a “highly explosive compound,” the story noted.

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This report comes on the heels of a week of demonstrations and counter-demonstration s all over the country involving people who want to destroy any types of monuments recalling the Confederacy. Statues have been moved, a couple have been damaged or destroyed, and the hysteria has included vandalism of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The alt-left consternation over anything Confederate has spread to northern Washington state, where officials in Bellingham last week removed signs from the Pickett Bridge and Pickett House, where then-Capt. George Pickett resided while he was assigned by the pre-Civil War army to oversee construction of a bridge in the settlement. Pickett’s problem with history is that he became a general in the Confederate Army, serving along with Robert E. Lee. Both were loyal to their home state of Virginia.

Pickett’s fame – or infamy, depending upon one’s point of view – comes because of his command of Virginia forces at Gettysburg in 1863. His regiment was decimated in what has become known as “Pickett’s Charge” when his troops marched across the battlefield to attack the Union center.

Bellingham is home to Western Washington University and it is considered one of the liberal strongholds along Washington’s I-5 corridor.

There are growing concerns that this extremism has gotten completely out of control, with concerns that the far left movement will demand removal of anything historical having to do with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson or others who owned slaves.


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