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

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