Mississippi reminds me of Candyland

You know Candyland, that plantation in Tarantino’s movie Django Unchained, a racist domain where house Negroes get special treatment and privileges. Sometimes Mississippi reminds me of Candyland because it’s a place where privileged blacks are the willing accomplices of people with white supremacist’s goals, attacking the aspirations of hard working black people and degrade black upward mobility. A bill to make a government department into a plantation where the overseer determines who has a job and who does not have a job was recently introduced by a black Senator. Sometimes, like Stephen in the movie Django Unchained, blacks, in the service of a dominant white power structure, willingly aid in the mistreatment of other blacks. The bill is Senate Bill 2804 and the role of Stephen was played by Senator Sampson Jackson II. The bill removes civil service protections from all the employees of a department of Mississippi’s state government, the Department of Correction, recently brought Stephen, a character from Django Unchained to mind. Stephen, a slave, had a problem with a person, Django, who appeared to be, like him, assigned to a lower station in society because of his race who yet seemed to be above him or more esteemed than him; Django appeared to be free. Perhaps it was some sense of envy that caused Senator Sampson Jackson II to author a bill to remove the equal protection from so many people with whom he shared a racial history. Maybe it was something else, some hidden emolument some future appointment. Who knows? But you have to wonder why a black legislator, knowing Mississippi’s history of discrimination against blacks, knowing the level playing field that Mississippi’s State Personnel Board provides, would offer a bill to tilt the field, to place so many of the people whose ancestors were systematically deprived into a position where they too can be systematically deprived of their livelihood. In the movie, Stephen tells Django that there will always be a Candyland. Looking at Mississippi and people like Senator Sampson Jackson and Representative Angela Cockerham, Stephen seems to be right.

You can view the bill which was passed here.
SB2804PS(STATE PERSONNEL BOARD)(2)
This is a profile on Stephen, I mean Senator Sampson Jackson II.
Sampson Jackson II
This is a profile of Representative Angela Cockerham who also participated in the destruction of fair employment practices.
Angela Cockerham

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Two American exports that continue to assault the African-American community.

I saw this image and thought What-the-What!!!!
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So this is T.V. in Japan?
Then I remembered why I had this feeling about the Japanese. Then I remembered Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone comments from 1986:


The level of Japanese society far surpasses that of the United States. There are many blacks, Puerto Ricans and Mexicans in the United States whose average level is extremely low.

And then from 1990 you have Justice Minister Seiroku Kajiyama who “compared prostitutes in Japan to black Americans who move into white neighborhoods and ”ruin the atmosphere.”
How could this offensive thinking, this derogatory image make it to Japan? Maybe they traveled from America and still have proponents here.

    Whether at universities in Mississippi

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    Or Oklahoma

    Or emails from police departments in Missouri which

“include one sent in October 2011 that showed a photo of bare-chested dancing women, apparently in Africa, with the caption “Michelle Obama’s High School Reunion.” A June 2011 email described a man trying to put his dogs on welfare because the canines were “mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no … clue who their Daddies are.”

The photos, the videos, the emails make it clear how some feel about African-Americans. And it is clear that these white-supremacists opinions have been projected through-out the world.
And it should come as no surprise that American conservatives who have this estimation of Blacks and Hispanics would find ways or have no problem with schemes that make it more difficult for these sub groups to participate in governing through voting.

And then there is the exportation of jobs right after America began to implement Affirmative Action. So, just as America really began to engage the issue of centuries of economic exclusion of blacks, America discovers globalization which makes advancement opportunities which existed before outsourcing obsolete. Of course this export increased the need for government support as the ability for able-bodied Americans to support themselves, all things remaining equal, became exponentially more difficult.

So can you blame the Japanese for their estimation of Blacks in America?

You have a trade policy which pulled rungs from the ladder of upward mobility combined with image exportation which reinforces age-old concepts of inferiority and superiority. The greatest irony is Black America’s assistance in building and sustaining a country which thinks so little of it, an assistance which takes the form of tremendous purchasing of Japanese products. Japan was subsidized for years by America even as American implemented internal policies which kept employment opportunities and housing opportunities (red-lining) and educational opportunities (separate but equal) away from blacks. America essentially re-built a nation, Japan, which attacked her even while she continued to abuse, brutalize, and exclude members who helped build and defend the country. In the final analysis, Japan’s view of the pecking order and racial characterizations are entirely logical, considering what has been exported. Especially when you remember the strategy of conservatives and the order they seek to maintain with their policies.

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Not sick enough? Here’s another sickening less-government meal

So the problem was lack of oversight? I mean the whole Mississippi prison contract scandal thing? But in the words of one advocate for less oversight, i.e. removal of the Department of Corrections from Civil Service Protection, “in 2004, the Legislature gave the indicted and former commissioner Chris Epps a temporary removal of MDOC from the Personnel Board.”* And according to the anti-regulation crowd, “What MDOC got in return was hiring, promoting, and decision-making based on favoritism and impure motives rather than merit and competence?” Nevertheless, from the privatization-prison-contract cabal we now get a bill (House Bill 1308) which allows for unexplained hiring and firing as opposed to explanations and justifications and evaluations a.k.a. transparency via a Personnel Board. So much for concern about favoritism and impure motives. And by the way, wasn’t the will-and-pleasure or spoil system at the core of this you-scratch-my- back episode and not Civil Service? Conservatives prove once again they know the best way to fulfill the government-is-the-problem prophecy is to undermine government by making rules and regulations disappear.

* Don’t handcuff new MDOC commissioner: Letters
Patrick Fagan February 16, 2015 – Clarion Ledger

Yes, they loved Romney at Mississippi State

It pained me greatly to see Mitt Romney attract such a large crowd at Mississippi State University the other day. I had convinced myself that because Mississippi State didn’t have a Rebel flag and the playing of Dixie to bar from its stadium on fall Saturday afternoons that MSU was somehow fundamentally different. But the event will perhaps help me begin to get well, overcome my delusion, one that allows the actual conditions in Mississippi to go unchallenged, mentally. The fact that Mississippi State’s head football coach, Dan Mullen, is a Romney supporter makes me wonder about what he thinks of blacks who aren’t football players, truly and how football and entertainment in general is an anesthetic for fans that gives us contentment with the economic system because everything feels so fair in the sports arena. But can you imagine the uproar at Mississippi State if President Obama had lost and came to Mississippi State the way Romney did and was endorsed by the head football coach? Now there is no outrage from the people who did not support Romney the way there would be from the people who did not support Obama because Mississippi has an established order and everybody knows there place. It like for this situation there is a “Whites Only” sign in the minds of Mississippians.

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But back to Mr. 47%, Mitt Romney, a man who has not been asleep but has profited greatly from class warfare, he gained handsomely from the offshoring-wealth-transfer strategy, sending jobs overseas thus reducing American employment opportunities and the derivative upward movement of wages; then Cayman-Isle Mitt called people who don’t make enough to pay federal income taxes, takers (47%). That brings us to the relationship between Romney’s appeal and the deluded thinking about racial supremacy. For many of the Mississippians who voted for Romney for president in 2012, he wasn’t describing them as 47%’ers (white Mississippians who receive disability or welfare or who live on social security don’t see themselves as somebody who a white Republican would be against or criticize for being (non-federal) income taxpayers). No, many of his Mississippi supporters think, in their delusion, “white people are not takers, Romney really wasn’t talking about us.” It’s the old Lee Atwater code.

Another class of Romney voters looks past his criticism of them because he was on their side on the really important things – anti-gay rights, anti-voting rights, anti-abortion. This brings us to religious authoritarianism which will keep Mississippi last. In Mississippi, for many “conservatives” it doesn’t matter how a politician’s economic policies and proposals affect their ability to live middle-class lives, as long as the candidate appears to be right with God. You see, being anti-gay, anti-abortion, and in an Aryan-kind-of-way, anti-voting rights, means that you are right with God and blessed because of it.. That’s the real reason, this drive to dictate the lives of others, that Mississippi is last in so many categories. It is borne of the delusion which is religious superiority. This distraction gives the plutocrats and the neo-feudalists the access to policy making which allows them to wage class warfare undetected by their victims. There is little doubt that if George W. Bush were eligible to run for a third term, he would have carried Mississippi by the same margin that Romney did, because the compelling characteristic of the majority, the Albatross known as delusion, adorns Mississippi’s soul.

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I know conservatives don’t understand, but we’ve got joint custody

With oil as cheap as it is now (January 2015) how cheaply will Lisa Murkowski’s corporate masters be able to obtain leases in Alaska? When Lisa refers to Alaskans’ not taking it (government restrictions on drilling), referring to protection of national treasures as a “frontal assault” on her state to whom does she think the land in question, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, belongs? If it belonged to Alaskans exclusively then the Federal government wouldn’t have much of a say in its disposition. But the truth is that the land, the Refuge, belongs to Americans jointly, not just Alaskans. Lisa has no right to give it, the Refuge or access to the resources on it or beneath it, to a few of her closest friends nor compel the federal government to do so. Lisa hides her attempt to plunder the nation’s treasure behind this frame: The Obama Administration is stopping Alaska from deciding what to do with its resources. But those resources are the nation’s resources. The real attack is an assault by the conservatives on the intelligence of Americans in an attempt to take their property.


What is almost comical is the desperation in Lisa Murkowski’s expression, as she wades right through the points made about the nation not needing more oil fields to be opened and exploration companies laying-off workers. Talk about a bridge to nowhere. Why does this remind me of “I can see Russia from my back yard?” Why should Americans hand over natural resources and risk despoiling their country (“a move that could irreparably damage this ecological treasure and harm the Alaska Native communities who still depend on the caribou for subsistence”)* for Lisa Murkowski and her plutocratic puppet masters? America “this land is your land, this land is my land, this land was made for you and me.” Someone has to stop Lisa and her buddies for despoiling things they did not make and can never replace.

*”Obama proposes expanding oil-drilling ban in Alaska wildlife refuge” – by By David S. Cloud LA Times

Governor, that ain’t rain

Do you feel that warm, wet substance on your leg? You got to feel it when someone suggests the state of public education in Mississippi is so fine that funding to equalize schools should only be increased by 2.7 per cent and taxes should be cut.

Is Mississippi 19th in Education?

19th in education,1 that’s what you were supposed to think about Mississippi’s education position, nationally, according to the conservatives (Governor’s State of the State Address 2015). But the number refers to spending as a percentage of “state taxable resources.” Misdirection is the conservatives’ forte. Speaking of spending as a percentage of “state taxable resources.” diverts attention from equality, the lack of adequately funding all school districts, an underfunding which in turn affects the need for college remedial efforts (in neo-feudal Mississippi college remediation has come under attack – read Bricks without straw) and workforce re-training (costlier to re-train workers with learning deficiencies), new business formation (“highly educated areas have above average entrepreneurship rates”)2etc. A state can’t deprive the people of equal education funding and not suffer the consequences in retarded economic growth and human potential, this exhibited in increased crime rates.3

A state can’t deprive its citizens and avoid these consequences, but groups within the state can deprive large segments of equal educational opportunities, profiting disproportionately in a way that shifts wealth upward. But what do you expect from a crowd determined to urinate on your leg and tell you it’s raining. A crowd so disingenuous that they crow about how well Mississippi’s economy’s is doing and never thank Uncle Sugar(see Mike Huckabee government assistance reference) No, they’ll never mention the $97 million in recovery funds to Rankin County, Ms. and the $67 million to Madison County, Ms., or that Mississippi’s economy received over $5 billion in stimulus funding. Despite the evidence, conservatives insist that the ARRA didn’t create any jobs. So when it comes to everything from public education to ObamaCare, who you gonna believe the neo-feudalists and their walking dead sycophants or your lying eyes and those darn numbers? But then again maybe the conservatives are right and what their trickle-down proposals work and the thousands of jobs we were losing when Obama came into office is the way things should be; maybe rain is warm and smells like pee.

1 Gov. Bryant’s full 2015 State of the State speech – Clarion Ledger
January 21, 2015
2 Local labor force education, new business characteristics, and firm performance
Mark Doms a,*, Ethan Lewis b, Alicia Robb c
a Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, United States
b Dartmouth College, United States
c Kauffman Foundation and University of California, Santa Cruz, United States

3. The Effect of Education on Crime: Evidence from Prison Inmates,
Arrests, and Self-Reports
Lance Lochner
Department of Economics
University of Western Ontario
Enrico Moretti
Department of Economics
UCLA

Conservative assassination attempt on the Dream.

Thinking of the Republican response to President Obama’s state of the Union address, think of a bullet in a revolver aimed straight at the temple of the American Dream. What happens when there are not enough progressives to knock the gun down? Why should democracy lovers listen to Iowa U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, when if she had her way $285 million in aid to Iowans and $495 million in aid to Mississippians through the department of education would not have been available, thwarting an opportunity to climb the ladder in America. She, like recent Mississippi U.S. Senatorial candidate, Chris McDaniel who came within a whisker of winning, favors abolishing the Department of Education. How’s that for economic development considering Ben Franklin’s assessment; education pays the best interest. And then there’s the Department’s anti-discrimination duties which considering the Republican party’s attraction to racist (See Steve Scalise and Chris McDaniel speaking engagements) reveals the true nature of the conservative attack on public education even on the state level (see MAEP in Mississippi), an anti-egalitarian attack which has been in the bloodline of conservatism for some time and has been a particular attraction for southern conservative whites since Nixon because of it’s extreme virulence for minorities. If the conservative bullets find their mark, democracy suffers and a Neo-Feudalism takes it place.

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Biblical backing for current government policy?

Eureka!!! Eureka, “unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be less required” Of course this “conservative” interpretation of the good book, substituting less for more, the very book that some conservatives want to make the state book, is why we have American laws which allow wealthier Americans to stash money in the Cayman’s and Switzerland. It is the reason social security taxes still max out at $118,000, leaving those under that amount paying the tax on a greater share of their earnings than millionaires and billionaires and those making hundreds of thousands of dollars; less must be required. The “conservative” biblical interpretations are the reason the state of Mississippi turns it back on Medicaid expansion, “as you have done it unto the least of these you have done it unto the undeserving worldly.” In the “conservative mind,” Genesis should be interpreted literally, but the Gospels are, like beauty is, in the eye of the beholder. After all, who would give their son for the world’s salvation, like some bleeding heart liberal? Clearly an unadulterated socialist.

Maybe Mississippi’s last place position is profitable.

Maybe directing attention towards making the bible the official state book and placing “in God we trust” on the State Seal, are expressions of self-righteousness, comforting on the one hand to those who rely heavily on symbols but the actions are diversionary on the whole. Those who direct the government in this manner take on the persona of holy men directing public policy. Political priesthood bona fides established, “conservative” leaders who undermine acceptance of federal assistance to expand Medicaid or erect new voting requirements are less likely to have their judgment challenged. After all, how can holy men mislead the religious? The “conservative” leaders, as opposed to Mississippi’s poor and middle class, have an economic interest in the status quo, a crypto-neo-feudalistic system, profiting as a result of their positions. The wolves clothed as sheep are so comfortable in their disguise that they snarl those who oppose them “can get off their butts and move somewhere else.” And those comforted by the religious gestures roar approvingly, content with a vicarious moral superiority, their reverence for symbolic gestures distracting them, facilitating the shackles of last place.

The inspiration for this post was a very informative piece in the Clarion Ledger, “Why are Mississippians conservative?” by Robert S. McElvaine, Elizabeth Chisholm Professor of Arts and Letters and chair of the Department of History at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

Poor and Middle-Class Conservatives snake-charmed by social issues

It’s so easy to hide your attacks on the needy in Mississippi and still get their support. You’ll see no decrease in support for U.S. Representatives Greg Harper or Steve Palazzo in their Mississippi House districts despite the house rule changes for which they voted which places survival of the needy at risk. “The rule hampers an otherwise routine reallocation of Social Security payroll tax income from the old-age program to the disability program. Such a reallocation, in either direction, has taken place 11 times since 1968.”* A good many of the conservatives in Harper’s and Palazzo’s district probably voted for Mitt “47%” Romney, too, never realizing that Mr. Laissez Faire “legally” places money offshore thus avoiding taxes in ways that the majority of them cannot. It is so easy for “conservative” politicians to hide their actions in plain sight because they play the mesmerizing social issue tunes so well, Gadsden-flag shrouded, snake charmers playing the government-can’t-do-anything-right song all the while directing the government toward the embrace of self-enriching privatization schemes, i.e. no-bid Halliburton contracts, Black Water, prison privatization etc., making certain that the rags increase and the riches are concentrated.

* “On Day One, the new Congress launches an attack on Social Security” by Michael Hiltzik January 6, 2015 LA Times

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