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Mississippi: Neshoba County Fair: Travis Childers #MSSen


Neshoba County Fair

The Neshoba County Fair has been held each year since 1889 in Neshoba, Mississippi, northeast of Jackson, southeast of and close to Philadelphia, MS.

More on the fair here.

In addition to entertainment, a midway, a watermelon-eating contest, and horse and mule races, there are political speeches. I videotaped several this year.


Here is the first: Travis Childers, Democratic Party candidate for the US Senate, who is running against the incumbent, Republican Thad Cochran.


Tea Party, Today's Bull Moose or Bullsh## Party?


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It happened before with these very same Republicans -- well the ancestors of these very same Republicans. And history just may be replaying itself.

Take the unlikely comparison of Teddy Roosevelt and his Bull Moose Party with another Teddy (Rafael 'Ted' Cruz) and his Tea Party. Don't roll your eyes. I said "unlikely."

Set your 'way back' time machines to 1912. Republican voters of the day couldn't decide between the sitting Republican President William Howard Taft and former President Teddy Roosevelt. When the convention backed Taft, Roosevelt stormed out and formed his own party -- the Bull Moose Party and joined in the general election against Democrat Woodrow Wilson AND Taft.

Taft and Roosevelt came away with a combined popular vote of 50% whereas Wilson ended with 43% of the vote. Many historians believe that the Bull Moose Party split the Republican vote there by leading to Wilson's victory although there are some who believe he would have won anyway.

Now return to today. The Republicans are publicly and privately in dispute. There has been a hijacking of the overall leadership by today's Bull Moose party, only now it's called the Tea Party. Will they go off into different camps, part ways and see what happens?

If you know your history, you know that the Bull Moose experiment didn't last very long. It had a few gasps of life, but after a few years it was pretty much gone. A flash in the pan.

Perhaps the GOP will learn from it's ancestors as well as the recent MSNBC - Wall Street Journal poll that they need to mend from within, or both could be doomed. Will clearer minds prevail over the wackadoos? Only time will tell but Lawrence O'Donnell explains it pretty well below.


Hey Crazy Lady, For Your Next Miracle Will You Become A Total Ass?


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Right Wing Watch. With a name like that, I had to see what I was missing while reading Sanity International (everything not right wing). So I dropped by. I was sure I would find something eye opening, and you know what? I did.

An Arizona family that fled the US by boat only to be lost at sea is planning to leave again, once again by boat. Back in August, the Gastonguay family cited “abortion, homosexuality [and] the state-controlled church” as reasons for leaving the US to the island nation of Kiribati.

Christian Right radio host Kevin Swanson says it is appropriate to attend a same-sex wedding but only as long as you hold up a sign calling for the happy couple to be put to death.

Conservative activist and Fox News contributor Jesse Lee Peterson is angry about the growing political clout of African Americans and women, and he believes President Obama, Al Sharpton, Jamie Fox and Oprah Winfrey used the official commemoration of 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom to spread anti-white racism and socialism.

But that wasn't the big story. Oh, no. Not by a long-shot. That honor belongs to this story:

Self-proclaimed television prophet Cindy Jacobs recently told her followers that her faith once caused a woman to re-grow a cheek bone in seconds and that she was able to self-heal a grapefruit-sized tumor caused by Satan.

If you want some ding for your dong, some bang for your buck and some tooti for your fruity, here she is in all of her religious glory:


Opponents of Obamacare "are following in the footsteps of Southern segregationists half a century ago."


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The headline above is a quote from an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times by Nelson Lichtenstein who teaches history at UC Santa Barbara, where he directs the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy.

In that op-ed he makes the case that President Obama's Affordable Care Act is at the center of a new fight using old tactics, or rather, old ugly tactics. Lichtenstein reminds us of the 1950s battle for civil rights that included ending segregation at public schools and putting a stop to Jim Crow racism.

But in Congress, the Southern delegation was against federal support of such things. And today, he writes, the GOP-- especially "those hailing from the old Confederacy"-- are using the same tactics used by Southern segregationists.

Here's one of the tactics House Republicans have resorted to:

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And, as in the 1950s in the case of civil rights, the Supreme Court has inadvertently given opponents — this time of healthcare reform — a green light. In 1955, the high court declared that desegregation should proceed with "all deliberate speed," which integration opponents interpreted as permission to drag their feet. In 2012, when the Roberts court ruled that states could reject the large expansion of Medicaid called for in the original Affordable Care Act, virtually every Republican legislature and governor in the South did just that, spurning the chance to enroll hundreds of thousands of their residents in the new federal program. [...]

Just as hostile local officeholders half a century ago thwarted voting rights and the integration of schools and public facilities, so too are many governors and the health officials they have appointed doing everything they can to stop the implementation of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges this fall.

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens added his two (non)cents: "Let me tell you what we're doing. Everything in our power to be an obstructionist." How democratic of him.

There are organizations and volunteers called "navigators" who are doing the very important work of trying to help those who have no insurance-- many who don't speak English-- to get through the often complicated process of signing up for coverage. And guess what Republicans are doing about that?

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That's right, they're screwing with the navigators, making them jump through all kinds of hoops in order to delay, hinder, or outright stop their efforts.

They'd rather that people in need of care go without it, because seeing President Obama's plan fail is more important to them.

Denying their fellow Americans the chance to prevent and treat illness takes precedence over reaching out (remember that?) to help them stay alive (remember "right to life"?)... which especially affects people who look and sound "different" from the powerful white guys with the money and means to care for their own families (remember "family values"?).

Impeding the navigators at the expense of the health and welfare of American men, women, and children is their priority, even though the navigators are "truly the civil rights workers of our day whose dedication and hope will help transform the insecurity of millions into a set of healthcare rights and thus crack the massive resistance still faced by so many of the poor and uninsured."

Had enough yet, voters?

Get lost, Republicans, come back 60 years ago!

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1981 AUDIO- Lee Atwater on Southern Strategy: "You can’t say 'nigger,' that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights."


A must-read report by The Nation includes 1981 audio of Lee Atwater while he was working in Ronald Reagan's White House. He was interviewed by Alexander Lamis, a political scientist at Case Western Reserve University. Campaign consultant Atwater explains how Republicans could win the vote of racists without sounding racist themselves:

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

Jaw-droppingly, appallingly, painfully stomach-turning.

States' rights. Sound familiar?

Much more here.


UPDATED- NBC Calls Alabama for Santorum & Mississippi Too


Just announced per Rachel and Chuck Todd. More when I get it.

Ugh. Mississippi goes for the Frothy One. Santorum makes me want to urp. NBC called it at 10:50p. Link when I get it.

Via AP-

In Alabama, with 76 percent of the precincts counted, Santorum was pulling 35 percent of the vote, Gingrich had 30 percent and Romney 28 percent.

Returns from 92 percent of Mississippi's precincts showed Santorum with 33 percent, Gingrich 31 percent and Romney 30.

Rep. Ron Paul, the fourth contender, made little effort in the states on the day's ballot.

There were 107 Republican National Convention delegates at stake today, 47 in Alabama, 37 in Mississippi, 17 in Hawaii caucuses and six more in caucuses in American Samoa. (Hawaii caucuses are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at 40 locations statewide. For a list of locations, go to


Why the Right Wing Is Frantic: More Minority Babies Than White Babies Now Born in America


Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my buddy Mark Karlin:

[T]his Associated Press (AP) headline strikes an anxious fear in so many US citizens who believe in white "American Exceptionalism": "Census Shows Whites Lose US Majority Among Babies."

BuzzFlash at Truthout has commented about this trend before and why it is part of the frenetic offensive against democracy that we see taking place, including an onslaught of state efforts to restrict voting in a way that will disproportionately disenfranchise the elderly, the disabled, the poor, minorities and students. [...]

Republicans are trying to offload government programs and power into the hands of "white wealth" as quickly as possible. Otherwise, they will face the power shift implied in the opening of the AP article [...]

For the hardcore older, white, Christian Republican, democracy that is inclusive of all Americans must be dismantled as quickly as possible, both politically and economically.

You can read the whole thing here.

And this goes right back to our 2010 post: VIDEO- Rachel Maddow Show: “Be afraid, white people! The black people are coming for you!”

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