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The 13 Best Steinbeck Books
(Note: today's 'Book Booth' also linked to this article.)

Facebook app revealed to be cause of iPhone battery woes

Tampa Bay Times: Scott worst Florida governor in modern times

Don’t Worry, Greg Abbott Cited a White Nationalist for Informational Purposes Only

Hacking the Political Platform: Why One Candidate Is Using Github

A Republican candidate in Mississippi on slavery, pesos and hot 'mamacitas'

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O Mississippi, Where Art Thou?

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Image: Salon Phil Bryant, Mississippi Governor

We're in the middle of a cultural war everywhere in this country, but I particularly feel it here in Mississippi, where I live. I know many wonderful, creative, progressive people here.

Hollywood, however, doesn't see them or have any interest in them because there's no drama in living a happy, normal life.

While the Coen Brothers film O Brother Where Art Thou (Wiki) was well made, it still perpetuated a stereotype of a racist, backward state - in 1937.

Mississippi Burning is a film which takes place in in 1964. This is 2014, 50 years later, and the Mississippi of today is nothing like the Mississippi of 1964 or 1937 - for most people except right-wingers..

I know many wonderful musicians here - Celtic, bluegrass, blues, classical - filmmakers, photographers, painters, sculptors, glass makers, filmmakers, watercolorists, and many more. We have some excellent writers here.

And then there are the 'eternal yesterdayers' - a literal translation from German for neo-Nazi sympathizers - right-wing politicians who long for 'the good old days' of being able to discriminate against anyone for any reason which strikes their fancy. They're still around and their poisonous thinking has, sadly, affected a small percentage of younger people.

The newest attempt of the right-wing 'take America back' crowd (an ambiguous concept if there ever was one) to set us back: legislation which, using the pretext of 'religious freedom', legalizes discrimination against gays.

Here's Salon's take on it:

Mississippi Passed Its Anti-Gay Segregation Bill. Will It Be Struck Down?

O Mississippi, Where Art Thou? (The real, progressive Mississippi Hollywood doesn't write about.)

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Labor union gets help from pastors, students... in Mississippi! "God supports the working man."

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When we think of labor union support, Mississippi doesn't usually come to mind. But it may be time to think again, because a union effort is gaining momentum there.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, labor union workers are finding an ally in the South. The United Automobile Workers are getting help from unusual sources in organizing a Mississippi Nissan plant. The plant employs 5,000.

Nissan management has been pushing their employees harder and harder by speeding up the assembly line, leaving them exhausted and feeling mistreated with no way to stand up for themselves. People are noticing, supporting a "more pleasant place to work" so that workers will feel less pressured, demeaned, and become more productive.

In the words of one longtime employee, now "other people are willing to stand up for you. It takes the fear out of you."

This time, union organizers have help from an unexpected source. Pastors and students across this part of central Mississippi have joined the campaign, championing the workers' cause. From pulpits, at leafleting campaigns outside Nissan dealerships and at auto industry events in Brazil, Geneva and Detroit, these new organizers have a message: God supports the working man. [...]

The UAW is very clearly involved with the pastors' efforts, helping them form the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan...

But for the pastors as well as the workers the organizing drive is not just about union membership. For many, it has become a way to shore up a shrinking middle class. Their campaign, they say, is a modern-day civil rights struggle whose antecedents go back more than 50 years to the days when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, the day after he spoke to striking sanitation workers.

Mississippi's conservative Legislature also has waded into the fray. The House of Representatives earlier this month passed a package of bills that would restrict union organizing, one of which labor leaders say is meant to prohibit pastors and outside groups from protesting with the Nissan workers.

Gee, what a surprise: Conservatives trying to bust labor union efforts. And we know how union members tend to vote come election day, right? (Hint: Democratic.)

African Americans have a history of being more open to unionizing than white workers are, so that may be making the difference here, since most of the plant's work force is African American. It will be an uphill battle, but this is good news. One day, pairing the words "labor union" and Mississippi may not seem so extraordinary.

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Oil spill is impacting economy in Texas City with a ripple effect across the coast

Robot writes LA Times earthquake breaking news article

Turkey Twitter ban is 'a losing battle', expert claims

The divisions behind the Ukraine crisis

Fox News Host: When Will Missing Plane Be Found If It 'Took Us 2,000 Years To Find Noah's Ark'?

Billionaire leaves Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign after racist incident

Why Does Mississippi Want to Execute Michelle Byrom?

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linksCO Gubernatorial Candidate Contemplated ‘Civil War’ Against Obama Administration

After Getting Busted In a Huge Lie Fox News Is Shocked that Lois Lerner Won’t Testify

More Information Emerges On Suspect in Women's Clinic Destruction

Jackson Tragedy: The RNA (Republic of New Afrika) Revisited

Wendy Davis Shows Democrats How to Stand With Their President in a Red State

Media Matters Introduces Mythopedia to Debunk Conservative Lies

China's 'War on Pollution' May End Up Accelerating Climate Change

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Saturday Links

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The Making of the Oscar Statue

Hair Ad in Subway Reacts to Incoming Trains

Republican Says He Won't Vote for Mississippi's 'License to Discriminate' Bill 

CNN Commentator Calls Ken Cuccinelli a Homophobe to his Face

Conservative Pundits Lose It Over Veto of Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill

Florida Offers a Case Study of How ‘Unintended Consequences’ Can Lead to Poverty

AP: Democrat Travis Childers is entering race for Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's seat

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Saturday Links from The Political Carnival

Ukraine Crisis: President's Kiev Offices Abandoned by Police (BBC).

Ukraine crisis: Opposition takes control of presidential compound as Viktor Yanukovych 'flees Kiev'

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych decries 'coup', refuses to quit

Pussy Riot Sochi

Pussy Riot Sochi

Russian deputy PM dismisses assault on Pussy Riot

Venezuela says CNN can stay, a day after saying 'get out'

Union appeals Volkswagen workers' rejection in South

Ole Miss Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Suspended, Noose Suspects from Georgia Kicked Out

Six attorneys general won’t defend their own state’s gay-marriage bans

This Adorable Home Isn't What You Think It Is (PHOTOS)

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