Bad Night for the Reich Wing – Good Night for America

In what are considered bellweather elections prior to the 2012 contests, Republicans went down on a lot of fronts…

Miss. defeats life-at-fertilization ballot prop

Mississippi voters Tuesday defeated a ballot initiative that would’ve declared life begins at fertilization, a proposal that supporters sought in the Bible Belt state as a way to prompt a legal challenge to abortion rights nationwide.

The so-called “personhood” initiative was rejected by more than 55 percent of voters, falling far short of the threshold needed for it to be enacted. If it had passed, it was virtually assured of drawing legal challenges because it conflicts with the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a legal right to abortion. Supporters of the initiative wanted to provoke a lawsuit to challenge the landmark ruling.

Ohio voters reject Republican-backed union limits

The state’s new collective bargaining law was defeated Tuesday after an expensive union-backed campaign that pitted firefighters, police officers and teachers against the Republican establishment.

In a political blow to GOP Gov. John Kasich, voters handily rejected the law, which would have limited the bargaining abilities of 350,000 unionized public workers. With more than a quarter of the votes counted late Tuesday, 63 percent of votes were to reject the law.

Democrats, unions cheered by election results

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, a folksy moderate Democrat, cruised to victory as expected with about 56 percent of the vote over a Republican and an Independent candidate.

The only bad news? Johnny Dupree lost in his run for Mississippi Governor. Republican Phil Bryant had 59 percent of the vote to 41 percent for Democrat Johnny DuPree, with 43 percent of the votes counted. If DuPree had won, the mayor of Hattiesburg would have been the first African-American to win statewide office in Mississippi in modern times.

 

Hate and the Rise of the Tea Party Republicans 4th KKK

The Tea Party for all intents and purposes is the rise of the Fourth KKK. Don’t let the fact they have given up the sheets for khakis and pinpoint shirts fool you – it’s the same message, and the same old racist evil. Whether it is Bachmann waxing fondly about slavery, or Herman Cain buckdancing and shining  in his travelling Minstrel Show – the message is the same – Hate.

Now over there at conservative central, the usual suspects are in full buckdance mode trying to provide racial cover by claiming the recent “Flash Mob” attacks in Philly are symptomatic of black folks racism. Never mind that the “beat down” videos posted by teens on YouTube and other sites have been around for a few years – and the perpetrators are a cross section of America.

Auto plant worker James Craig Anderson was run over and killed by a group of white teens, prosecutors in Mississippi say.

Auto plant worker James Craig Anderson was run over and killed by a group of white teens, prosecutors in Mississippi say.

Tea Bagger and Republican race baiting, given national coverage and viewership by the likes of Faux News has created the most hostile racial climate in America since Segregation.

Hate crimes are a national problem

The security camera footage broadcast by CNN shows a grisly scene: a black man in Jackson, Mississippi, being fatally run over by a pickup truck after he was viciously beaten in a motel parking lot on a Sunday morning in June. Prosecutors say a group of white teens chose the man at random. They say the alleged ringleader, an 18-year-old now charged with murder, laughed about it afterward and boasted in a phone conversation about how he “ran that n—– over.”

When we’re confronted with such a shocking act of violence, we search for answers. We want to know what’s in the hearts and minds of the attackers. We wonder what motivates someone to extinguish a life for no other reason than the color of the person’s skin. Continue reading

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour Refuses to Condemn confederate Plates

For different reasons, I think the Governor is right on this one. As Governor, he shouldn’t be in the business of regulating what people propose. It’s regulating Free Speech if he does that. Essentially anyone can propose any idiotic thing they want (a Dirty Diaper License plate for instance)…

Getting the State DMV or Legislature to accept it… Is a whole different story.

With that said, however – that doesn’t let Barbour off the hook for his close ties with neo-confederate and white supremacist groups.

Haley Barbour Won’t Denounce KKK Plates

Haley Barbour doesn’t think Mississippi’s legislature will approve the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ proposed license platehonoring Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest—but he’s not going denounce the proposal. The state’s NAACP has called on Barbour to do so, the AP reports, but when asked about it, the governor replied, “I don’t go around denouncing people. That’s not going to happen.” Pressed further, he added, “I know there’s not a chance it’ll become law.”

Needless to say, the NAACP wasn’t satisfied with the response. “I find it curious that the governor won’t come out and clearly denounce” the proposal, the group’s Mississippi president said. “As the head of the state, he shouldn’t tap dance around the question.” The incident comes just months after Barbour sparked controversy by saying that he didn’t remember segregated Mississippi as being “that bad.” For more on the license plate controversy, click here.

 

Confederat Group Wants KKK Plates In Mississippi

A common Urban Legend is that there is a Statue in Washington, DC of Nathan Bedford Forrest – the founder of the KKK.

There is not. The statue often confused for Forrest is actually of Albert Pike, and was put there by the Scottish Rite in recognition of his service to the organization. The story that Albert Pike was a KKK Grand Dragon is probably not true.

With that said – the move to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Mississippi has drawn some ire. Check out the bumper of the car in the picture above of SCV Leader, Greg Stewart…

Confederate group wants Miss. license plate with Nathan Bedford Forrest, early Klan leader

The Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans wants to sponsor a series of state-issued license plates to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which it calls the “War Between the States.” The group proposes a different design each year between now and 2015, with Forrest slated for 2014.

“Seriously?” state NAACP president Derrick Johnson said when he was told about the Forrest plate. “Wow.”

Forrest, a Tennessee native, is revered by some as a military genius and reviled by others for leading the 1864 massacre of black Union troops at Fort Pillow, Tenn. Forrest was a Klan grand wizard in Tennessee after the war.

Sons of Confederate Veterans member Greg Stewart said he believes Forrest distanced himself from the Klan later in life. It’s a point many historians agree upon, though some believe it was too little, too late, because the Klan had already turned violent before Forrest left. Continue reading

That Defective Southern Memory Thing…

Former RNC Chair, and current Governor of Mississippi Haley Barbour’s fond memories of White Citizen’s Councils …

And the reality.

How Things Change... The Old...

The Real Story of the White Citizens’ Council

And New. Former Republican Senator George Allen and Council of Conservative Citizens

Although the term “historical revisionist” seems to have been co-opted these days by committed right-wingers who typically reserve it for liberals who refuse to adhere to the true and sacred American narrative according to Limbaugh and Beck, apparently Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour didn’t get the memo.  In a recent interview with The Weekly Standard, Barbour, who is a favorite of the ultraconservative, race-baiting Council of Conservative Citizens, offered a startling new interpretation of this group’s massive resistance-era antecedent, the arch-segregationist White Citizens’ Council, whose title was subsequently deracinated to become the Citizens’ Councils of America.  When asked how his hometown of Yazoo City, Mississippi came to integrate its public schools relatively peacefully in 1970, Barbour responded:

“Because the business community wouldn’t stand for it,” he said. “You heard of the Citizens Councils? Up north they think it was like the KKK. Where I come from it was an organization of town leaders. In Yazoo City they passed a resolution that said anybody who started a chapter of the Klan would get their ass run out of town. If you had a job, you’d lose it. If you had a store, they’d see nobody shopped there. We didn’t have a problem with the Klan in Yazoo City.”

Mississippi Governor and Former RNC CHair Haley Barobor at Council of Conservative Citizens BBQ

The White Citizens’ Council was formed in July 1954 in Indianola, a little north of Yazoo City in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, by a World War II veteran and plantation manager, Robert B. “Tut” Patterson, and some local businessmen and politicos.  The council organizers had been inspired by a speech by Judge Tom Brady, also a Mississippian, who called on Southern whites to mount an organized resistance campaign against the Supreme Court’s integration decree.  The Council spread across, and ultimately out of, Mississippi, generally attracting the white economic and political elites of the Deep South’s Black Belt counties but later making some inroads among blue-collar whites in the cities as well.

Pledged to maintain white supremacy, the councils foreswore violence but did their best to intimidate blacks who might think about challenging the status quo and to make painful examples of those who did.  Perched atop the local economic pyramid, the councils’ white elites could seriously reduce, if not cut off entirely, the flow of commerce and credit, not to mention employment, to blacks who got out of line.  Council leaders typically made it a point to see that the names of any black persons who had attempted to register to vote or signed petitions for school desegregation made their way to the local newspapers so that whites in the community would know which blacks to fire, turn off their tenant farms, or deny credit.  An Alabama council member summed up his group’s aims quite candidly when he explained, “We intend to make it difficult, if not impossible, for a Negro who advocates desegregation to find and hold a job, get credit, or renew a mortgage.” Continue reading

Morning Joe: Haley Barbour under fire

Former RNC Chair, now Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour’s relationship with the Council of Conservative Citizens – aka the KKK in suits, shines through again. Robinson misses Barbour’s cozy relationship with the Council of Conservative Citizens in Mississippi today.

 

 

The Other Oil Disaster – Real Estate Value On Gulf Drops Through The Floor

The “Redneck Riviera”, the oceanfront properties running from Louisiana over to Florida’s northwestern coast had been a booming area until the Real Estate Meltdown…

Property values are currently running up to 65% below their 2005 peak.

The oil spill, expected to impact the beaches in many of the areas will further devalue properties – possibly forcing thousands of foreclosures as people find themselves sitting on vacation properties worth only 5-15% of what they paid for them.

Oil Spill Expected To Trigger Thousands Of Foreclosures Of Gulf Real Estate

Homes along the immediate path of the Gulf Coast oil leak are forecast to decline at least 30% in value as a result of the environmental catastrophe produced by British Petroleum’s gushing oil well  42-miles off of Louisiana, according to a new forecast by Housing Predictor.

The forecast is being issued after more than a month of research and monitoring the impact of the oil leak, which has poisoned the eco-system along the marshes of the Louisiana coast line and as far east as Alabama. Housing analysts contend that the projected losses in housing value will top that of any oil disaster in the nation’s history and will send tens of thousands of additional homes into foreclosure as a result. Continue reading

First South Africa – Now Mississippi… White Supremacist Murdered – Black Suspect

Against the backdrop of the murder of South African white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche – a black man in Mississippi has been charged with the murder of a homegrown American white supremacist. No motive for the murder of Richard Barrett has been released. The murder of Terreblanche was over his refusal to pay his farm workers money he owed them. While Terreblanche’s murder is rocking South Africa…

This one is a (sad) blip in America.

Black man suspected in death of white supremacist

PEARL, Mississippi (AP) — A white supremacist lawyer found dead in his house had been stabbed, beaten and his body set afire, authorities said Friday.

A neighbor has been charged with murder in the case.

Rankin County Sheriff Ronnie Pennington said lawyer Richard Barrett’s body was found Thursday morning after residents reported smoke coming from his house in a rural area outside Jackson, Mississippi.

Pennington said Vincent McGee, 22, has been charged with murder. Additional charges could be forthcoming, Pennington said, including arson.

The sheriff said McGee had not yet hired a lawyer and the suspect’s mother had no comment when she went to the jail where her son was being held.

Charles Evers, brother of murdered Civil Rights Leader Medgar Evers had this to say – Continue reading

Ending Segregation (Again) in Mississippi

Remember the battles over School Busing?

Mississippi School District Ordered to End Racial Segregation

A federal judge gave a school district in Mississippi 30 days to halt the ‘clustering’ of white students into certain schools and classes, saying it amounted to segregation.

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a Mississippi school district to halt local policies that had allowed some of the district’s schools and classes to become racially segregated.

US District Judge Tom Lee gave the Walthall County School District 30 days to amend its student transfer policy and ordered an immediate halt to the alleged “clustering” of white students into certain classes in Tylertown, Miss., elementary schools.

“The district shall cease using race in the assignment of students to classrooms in a manner that results in the racial segregation of students,” Judge Lee said in his eight-page order.

“The district shall randomly assign students to classrooms at the Tylertown Elementary Schools through the use of a student management software program,” the judge said.

Desegregation Order Dates Back 40 Years

The action stems from a federal desegregation order issued in August 1970 – nearly 40 years ago. The case was closed for lack of activity in 2001. Continue reading

Former RNC Chair, Haley Barbour – “Slavery omission didn’t matter for diddly!”

Current Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, former RNC Chair, and regular favorite at the Mississippi Council of Conservative Citizen’s annual barbecue…

more about “Mississippi Gov. Barbour Thinks Slave…“, posted with vodpod

Miss. Governor Refers to Himself as ‘Fat Redneck’

First there’s national Republican Party chairman Michael Steele, who has come under criticism for his leadership. Steele says he thinks he’s being held to a higher standard because he’s black.

Then there’s a former GOP chairman, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. He disagrees with Steele’s assessment. Barbour says that’s like saying, “I think I’m held to the higher standard because I’m a fat redneck with an accent like this.”

Barbour, a potential presidential candidate in 2012, says party chairmen have been and continue to be judged by results.

Barbour appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Black Tea Bagger Self Destructs in Mississippi

Hat Tip to Skinny over at Booker Rising for this one!

I don’t mean to be the least bit “sexist” about this – but with the spate of conservative women the last two weeks self destructing – one needs to ask if being stupid is a prerequisite to being a woman candidate for the Republican Party.

Black Tea Bag Princess - Angela McGlowan

McGlowan does damage control on guns

Former Fox News analyst Angela McGlowan’s congressional campaign is just getting started, but one interview she gave as a media commentator is already threatening to cut into her support with a key conservative constituency: gun owners.

Since McGlowan entered the race for Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District Monday, Mississippi blogs have circulated comments she made in an interview last summer suggesting that citizens should provide an inventory of the guns they own on federal tax forms.

Asked by talk radio host Paul Gallo whether she might favor such a measure, McGlowan answered: “I like that. … Why not?”

“I think that the government has the right to know what guns we have in our homes. I’m sorry, I do,” she said. “When you have crazies out there that are stockpiling guns because they believe that we’re going to have some kind of race war, I think that that is a problem.”

What the well dressed conservative Negro wears to a Tea Bagger Function

In the interview, McGlowan insisted that she was a supporter of gun rights and spent several minutes arguing with callers about the registration proposal. One listener told McGlowan that if she decided to run for Congress her candidacy would be “dead on arrival.”

The former television commentator is running in the district currently occupied by Democratic Rep. Travis Childers, where Republicans already have a strong candidate in state Sen. Alan Nunnelee.

McGlowan’s comments first surfaced on the Mississippi blog Y’All Politics, where commenters said she “sounded like a Democrat” and an “ally of Pelosi.” Another state blog, Majority in Mississippi, pointed out that McGlowan advertised her support for gun ownership in both her campaign kickoff and at tea party appearances, with one contributor concluding that McGlowan is “left with either continuing to hold the unpopular position or be a flip-flopper. Neither are positions any candidate would want to be associated with.”

The comments made their way to national conservative blogs, too, with the activist hub RedState questioning whether McGlowan had been effectively vetted her before her speech last week at the National Tea Party Convention.

McGlowan released a statement Thursday afternoon reaffirming that she was “deeply committed to the 2nd Amendment,” saying at the time of the interview she wasn’t familiar with the legislation and was simply making a counterargument.

“Though, I am human and do make mistakes. Last year, as a Fox News political analyst, I participated in Paul Gallo’s radio show and, after admitting that I didn’t have a clue as to what the Blair-Holt Amendment was, made the mistake of talking about a piece of legislation that I knew nothing about, compounded that honest mistake by playing ‘devil’s advocate’, which is how political analysts are trained to provoke debate, and failed to circle back with the audience to make clear my personal, unequivocal support for the gun rights of law abiding Mississippians. And, for these mistakes I am truly sorry,” she said.

McGlowan added that “I can assure the people of Mississippi that, as God is my witness, I strongly oppose the Blair-Holt Act and will fight harder than any human being alive to protect law-abiding Mississippians Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

The interview -

KKK Rally at Ol’ Miss

Hard to believe in this year and time, the fossils still gather. Nor can I believe they get much support from the kids…

Think the one in the red dress is Mississippi’s Republican Governor, Haley Barbour.

Mississippi Rising

First Black Mayor in City Known for Klan Killings

Mayor James A. Young

Mayor James A. Young

Congrats to Mayor James A. Young. Mayor Young is the first black mayor to be elected in the city of Philadelphia, Mississippi.

The city of Philadelphia, Miss., where members of the Ku Klux Klan killed three civil rights workers in 1964 in one of the era’s most infamous acts, on Tuesday elected its first black mayor.

James A. Young, a Pentecostal minister and former county supervisor, was elected mayor of Philadelphia, Miss. on Tuesday.

James A. Young, a Pentecostal minister and former county supervisor, narrowly beat the incumbent, Rayburn Waddell, in the Democratic primary. There is no Republican challenger.

The results, announced Wednesday night, were a turning point for a mostly white city of 7,300 people in east-central Mississippi still haunted by the killings, which captured front-page headlines across the nation and were featured in the 1988 film “Mississippi Burning.”

“This shows a complete change of attitude and a desire to move forward,” said Mr. Young, 53, a Philadelphia native who integrated the local elementary school as the only black student in his sixth-grade class in the mid-1960s. “When I campaigned, the signs on the doors said, ‘Welcome,’ and I actually felt welcome.”

Mississippi has the largest number of black elected officials in the country, but they rarely come from majority-white electorates, said Joseph Crespino, an expert in Mississippi history at Emory University. Mr. Crespino called Mr. Young’s victory “remarkable.”

“I think this speaks well to the town of Philadelphia,” he said. “Residents there have lived with the memory and the trauma of the killings for many decades.”

The city is 56 percent white, 40 percent black and 2 percent American Indian, according to the Census Bureau.

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