Archive for Mississippi

Tea Party Determined to Champion McDaniel in Mississippi


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Persistence, stubbornness, the ability to out-wait and out-dumb all competition … these are the pachyderm compatible qualities that have made the Lipton Brigadiers so easily swallowed by the GOP.

In the race we have loved to watch in Mississippi, Thad Cochran was declared the victor in his hopeful clamber back to another six years in the Senate seat he has done little to distinguish … but ever-so-much of late to remark upon.

Juiceyness speaking. Refresh yourself on the race, the astonishing recall and all things McDaniel and Mississippi here, the Carnival has covered its eccentricities deeply and well.


As has The Rachel Maddow Show, no exception with Steve Kornacki filling in for Ms. Maddow this week. It has the trademark raised Maddow eyebrow of witty pithiness.

Hah! Tea Party Legend In His Own Mind McDaniel just won't give up the fight … even though it's been officially called. Even on Fvx Non News Network. By a cadre of blondes.

… and I still maintain that it's more than a shade possible Rachel was a Ghost Goddess at Laffy, Nicole and Amy's In-Person Gathering of Goddesses Sisterhood L.A. Session! Not to be missed. In fact I'd have a re-listen as well, if you want to indulge now, of Nicole's earlier show Live From Amy's House in Los Angeles … Radio Or Not, that was funny right there, and powerful. I can link you to the podcast here for ease.


Wasn't that The Best?!? From the sweet sounds of The Mamas and the Papas right on through to the amazing dynamics of Nicole Sandler and Amy Simon Live from Cali! That's not just my Air America withdrawal talking, either.

The discussion of hedge fund and Silicon Valley high dollar funding in education is not something you hear a lot about in liberal circles these days … tip of the hat to Nicole's segment with David Dayen - pre-goddesses - for going there.


Diversity in Mississippi - '#HappyMS'



I am always astonished that people who have never been in Mississippi seem to think they know everything they need to know about Mississippi.

They think they know it because they have seen 'Mississippi Burning', have read that is hot and everyone picks cotton for a living, or watched a documentary from someone (I could name names but I'll pass) who swooped in from out of town, spent a few days here, then produced a film which, due to the magic of selectively choosing interview partners and selective editing showed their 'true' version of what Mississippi today is like, which is a distortion.

Take a look at this video produced by Mississippians featuring Mississippians filmed in Mississippi and tell me, once you've watched it, if you still see our state in the same way.

Oh, that guy who looks like Dan Aykroyd? It is Dan Aykroyd, who was here shooting a film and has invested in Mississippi.

And incidentally, We Don't Discriminate. If You're Buying, We're Selling.


Enjoy! Read more about #HappyMS on YouTube. Want to film in Mississippi? Visit the Mississippi Film Office site.


Conference caller: "Black people harvested cotton," Cochran “harvesting black votes”


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Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran's resurrection, er, re-election campaign has further devolved into something nearly unrecognizable. As Rachel Maddow reminds us, the Cochran v. Chris McDaniel primary spectacle has been one of the most bizarre in recent memory. And it just got weirder. Call it Conference Caller Unplugged Unhinged.

But first, your Moment of Maddow:

Recently, there was a conference call held for the national media to address a lawsuit challenging the primary runoff results for the GOP nomination. It was a pretty big call, with nearly 80 participants hopping on the line. On that call was Austin Barbour, a Cochran campaign adviser. He was trying to fend off charges of double-voting-- "people who voted in the Democratic primary and then voted for Cochran in the Republican primary runoff"-- and said this, per Roll Call:

"The time has certainly come in our minds for the McDaniel campaign and their allies to either put up or shut up.”

And then an unidentified conference caller, who was not a reporter, crashed the party and spit up this little morsel:

That person repeatedly said that “black people harvested cotton” and accused the Cochran campaign of “harvesting black votes.” Barbour asked him to stop multiple times, saying he would answer questions from anyone at the end of his statement. [...]

Finally, Barbour apologized and announced he was ending the call, telling national press that they had the contact information for the campaign if they had any questions.

At that point, someone who was possibly a reporter, interrupted to try to keep Barbour on the line. Barbour cut the line.

Then things got even more out of control...

With the Cochran campaign people gone, callers on the line broke into an argument...

... and even more outrageous:

Thirty minutes after the call ended, the call line was still open. Someone was using a soundboard of President Barack Obama’s voice saying “Hey! What’s up?” Someone else was playing the audio from the movie “Animal House.”

Republicans just can't help themselves.

Stay tuned for Mystery Conference Caller, the Sequel, coming to a blog near you!

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Mississippi Mudslinging Ably Covered by Rachel Maddow - VIDEO


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On the heels of Lucian's fantastic reporting on the ground game in Mississippi of yesterday, Give Me That Old Time Discrimination, Mississippi,it was satisfying to see Rachel Maddow take on the carnival of mishappenstances that have plagued the Thad Cochran and McDaniel Hot Southern Mess.

Teabagger McDaniel is now making a concerted fuss. He's not done spreading chaos, corruption and electoral complaints, by far. In fact, you can read the latest here about his inability to accept defeat gracefully. Enjoy Maddow's take on this most bizarre southern political 'situation'.

And a second segment, even better than the first. The significance is lost on no one that this is all occurring on the 50th anniversary of the epic Fight for Rights, Freedom Summer.


Give Me That Old Time Discrimination, Mississippi!



Freedom Summer has just been commemorated here in Jackson, Mississippi. 50 years later, we are still fighting for civil rights here.

For younger people who may not know what 'Freedom Summer' was, the blockquote below is from their website:

In the summer of 1964, hundreds of summer volunteers from across America convened in Mississippi to put an end to the system of rigid segregation. The civil rights workers and the summer volunteers successfully challenged the denial by the state of Mississippi to keep Blacks from voting, getting a decent education, and holding elected offices.

50 years later, Mississippi's right wing has come up with a new wrinkle to deny people their rights: a religious justification for discriminating against anyone they want for any reason they want. A store owner can now discriminate against you in Mississippi if you're African-American, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, disabled, not a Christian, gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender, a woman, or for any other reason he or she decides on the spur of the moment is reason enough to deny you goods or services.

Nice, huh? The business owner now has carte blanche to discriminate against anyone for any reason!. It's his/her religion! The business owner can always find a passage in the Bible (the only religion which counts down here for lawmakers) which says it's perfectly okay.

The religionists in Mississippi, led by Tea Party / Republican governor Phil Bryant pushed this law through calling it the 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act'.

As the song goes - 'Jesus died to save our sins...glory to God we're gonna need him again' - this time for another Freedom Summer for Civil Rights, just for different civil rights than were being suppressed in 1964.

Some more information on SB2681 - in this case from the Hell No on 26 and 27 Facebook Page:

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act SB 2681 goes into effect July 1st, 2014. Though masked in the cloak of religious freedom, this law is an open license for any business, if they chose to do so, to discriminate against any individual that does not meet their criteria. Thus, gender, disabilities, race, sexual preference, Atheism and other non Christian beliefs,...can be the basis for refusing you service. All under the guise of religious freedom, this is now legal! Hell No! on Mississippi 26 and 27 invites you to join us and tell Governor Bryant that this law is unconstitutional and the citizens of Mississippi will not accept it. We say Hell No, 2681 has got to go!

How can Mississippi have come to the point that at least one national website is warning its site visitors not to travel here?

BREAKING: GetEQUAL Issues Travel Alert for LGBT Travelers to Mississippi

It's simple: the religionists were losing the battle to suppress without a law saying they could. Now they have one.

However...there are still good people here who have no interest in discrimination.

A few references:

Coalition of Miss. businesses want LGBT customers to know they’re welcome

As SB2681 Passes, A Gay Mississippi Businessman Talks Back to the Far Right

Well, we'll have to see how stupid Mississippi business owners actually are if they decide to discriminate citing this act, but this is what it permits:

From the bill itself: Mississippi SB2681

c) "Exercise of religion" means the practice or observance of religion. "Exercise of religion" includes, but is not limited to, the ability to act or the refusal to act in a manner that is substantially motivated by one's sincerely held religious belief, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.
(d) "State action" means the implementation or application of any law, including, but not limited to, state and local laws, ordinances, rules, regulations and policies, whether statutory or otherwise, or any other action by the state, a political subdivision of the state, an instrumentality of the state or political subdivision of the state, or a public official that is authorized by law in the state.
(3) (a) State action or an action by any person based on state action shall not burden a person's right to exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless it is demonstrated that applying the burden to that person's exercise of religion in that particular instance is both of the following:

(i) Essential to further a compelling governmental interest;
(ii) The least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.
(b) A person whose exercise of religion has been burdened or is likely to be burdened in violation of this section may assert that violation or impending violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding, regardless of whether the state or a political subdivision of the state is a party to the proceeding. The person asserting that claim or defense may obtain appropriate relief, including relief against the state or a political subdivision of the state. Appropriate relief includes, but is not limited to, injunctive relief, declaratory relief, compensatory damages, and the recovery of costs and reasonable attorney's fees.

From Rethink Mississippi

That means businesses in Mississippi can discriminate against LGBTQ citizens in the same manner that they say “no shirt, no shoes, no service.” The shirtless don’t have legal protection from discrimination in Mississippi, and neither do gay, lesbian, or trans individuals. Unless employers have a private non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation, LGBTQ employees can be fired at will.

And here's more: 2 stories from Buzzfeed articles:

Mississippi Approves Religious Freedom Bill, Governor Signs It Into Law
The Chef Who’s Leading The Backlash Against Mississippi’s New Anti-Gay Law

Don't forget to stop by the If You're Buying, We're Selling website.

I mean really, Mississippi - what the hell were you thinking?


Sunday Links



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Will Senator Cochran Be Able to Keep His Seat?

Soldier Trashing Bergdahl Received ‘Other Than Honorable’ Discharge

The Way to Stop Corporate Lawbreaking is to Prosecute the People Who Break the Law

Seattle Pacific University Shooting Hero Debunks The NRA’s Biggest and Most Bogus Claim

Hillary Clinton Takes Out Karl Rove While Destroying Questions About Her Concussion

Conservatives Use Racism To Try To Discredit Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos

Georgia Courthouse is shot up by Sovereign Citizen after GOP backs Bundy, Open Carry

Hero Who Stopped Seattle Shooter Has His Wedding Registry And Honeymoon Paid For By Strangers


Friday Links



Neil deGrasse Tyson: Abraham Lincoln Would 'Turn in His Grave' Over Modern Republican Climate Denialism

Mathematicians Urge Colleagues To Refuse To Work For The NSA

Reid, McConnell square off on money in politics

Cotton Gin Employees Record Supervisor’s Racist Remarks

Robert Reich: GM Executives Should Be Prosecuted

WATCH: Jon Stewart Shreds GOP Hypocrisy on Climate Change and Bergdahl

How Fast Food Companies Steal from Their Employees

Canadians Hunt Gun-Control Hater After Cop-Killing Rampage

Cotton Gin Employees Record Supervisor’s Racist Remarks

Curbing College Rape is Great—What About the More than 50% of Victims Under 18?

Fox News Suffers Worst Ratings In Thirteen Years – And That’s Not Their Big Problem

Artist Stops Oil Pipeline Cold

ALEC spurs states to resist EPA's CO2 power-plant emissions rules