You’d think Bible-belt Mississippi would know its Genesis.

Mississippi’s gotta-have-it-now attitude is kinda like Esau’s in the book of Genesis, willing to trade the future for immediate gratification. For those of you who might have forgotten the story, Esau comes in starving from a hunt and decides that he wants to have some of the stew that his brother, Jacob, is cooking. He then proceeds to trade his birthright for a meal. Those taxes that the Mississippi Republicans are talking about cutting could be used for public education. But no, some anti-public-education-conservatives are determined to make certain that the public trades the investment in tomorrow for tax-refunds, cruelly using wage poor Mississippians to strengthen the state’s wealth disparity. Looking at things like the GI bill we know how much a society gains from giving itself education and should adequately fund public education.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” Ben Franklin said.

Now would be a good time to take Franklin’s advice and resist the temptation to which Esau succumbed.

WHY FREAK OVER PUBLIC ED IN MISSISSIPPI?

If you felt it was in your best interest to have those around you trail the nation in education wouldn’t you see to it that your public education system is underfunded because “There’s gold in them thar hills”?  Like unto that notion in terms of its opportunity constricting implications for the masses, if you believe that certain people in your environment were innately inferior wouldn’t you work subconsciously if not consciously to use your resources in ways that are not designed to uplift these lost souls, these people predestined for subordinate positions?  That, dear readers, is a description of conservatives, Democratic and Republican, in the state of Mississippi.  Then you have those, the aforementioned rope-supplying capitalists, who see the potential in all humans but see a profit in selective education and for whom the predestination thinking is just a cover for privatization and the myriad of ways to cash in on selective education despite its threat to a democratic republic such as ours.  So it should come as no surprise when you here a Mississippi conservative say, “Don’t you dare force us to adequately fund education.”

Don’t you dare force us to adequately fund education in Mississippi.

That’s the word from the Mississippi legislature, at least from “the second-highest leader of the Mississippi House (of Representatives).” Mississippi House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden in response to an initiative drive to adequately fund public education says, “Don’t change the constitution.” The progressive initiative would bring constitutional pressure to bear on a disobliging conservative party which seems to be willing to do anything to keep Mississippi last in the nation, keeping downward pressure on wages in their neo-feudal paradise. And to show their (tough) love for the less fortunate some Mississippi Republicans were even willing to charge the costs of remedial college courses to Mississippi’s underfunded districts. Conservatives have been against integrated public education from the start and will do anything from sabotaging funding to offering competing proposals through the initiative process to derail progress. Those who dare to adequately fund public education are existential threats to the survival-of-the-fittest paradise conservatives are banking on. The payoff: a portion of charter school profits could be kicked-back to conservatives through campaign contributions and you give them a job or supplier contract when they live office and “forget about it.”

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NEO-FEUDALISM 101

“Republicans are very willing to fund things that work in education,” the Mississippi neo-Feudalists say.  And “[we] are unwilling to put money into a formula that has not proven to be effective and that appears to increase the administrative expenditures more than the classroom, they continue.  And how do we know that adequately funding public education doesn’t work in Mississippi? “It [The Mississippi Adequate Education Program] has been fully funded only twice since being put into law in 1997.”

How do you make certain that the underclass remains entrenched and grows and the wealth disparities are hermetically sealed within your society?  Simply, underfund public education or use a divide-and-conquer strategy known as Charter SchoolsNeo-Feudalists (conservatives) never believed in integrated public education,* voting rights, or Civil Rights, these things are anathema to the old hierarchy.  To these practitioners of the old-time religion, government is the problem for which sabotage is a suitable remedy, like putting Michael Brown over FEMA or Clarence Pendleton over the Civil Rights Commission.  And now we smell of a new anti-democratic weapon masquerading as a gift to the people, a competing public education initiative.  Oh, that the Progressives were as proactive as the Regressives are reactive, we could at long last take one step forward without taking two steps backwards in Mississippi. 

 

*”In the Hollow Hope, Gerald Rosenberg points out that between 1961 and 1970, there was a 242 percent increase in the number of non-sectarian private schools in the Southeast. Theses academies were particularly prevalent in the Deep South, but they existed all over the country. The private academies throughout the South have more in common than racial makeup and founding purpose. Many of them have school mascots that reference the Civil War: the Rebels, the Generals, and the Colonels. These academies operated outside the scope of the Brown ruling. Since the ruling did not apply to them, the creation of these academies was a way to keep segregation intact.  Today, of course, almost no American would openly embrace what was once the reigning ethos of segregated schools. Unfortunately, though, everyday thousands of children in America are educated in classrooms that are just as racially homogeneous as classrooms were prior to Brown.”

- “Brown 60 Years Later: Segregation Academies in the Deep South” by Regina Moorer 

The Village – The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.’s official blog

Charles Barkley speaks from the Big House

Did you see Charles Barkley’s Ferguson comments?* At some point people are gonna notice how much Charles Barkley resembles Stephen of Mississippi’s Candyland from Django Unchained. His defense of a broken, biased policing system is relentless, predictable and understandable. He is high in massa’s house and of course he should be the staunchest defender of the status quo. He of course should be expected to defend Zimmerman when he kills Trayvon and Darren Wilson when he kills Mike Brown. Stephen, I mean Charles, being well situated (wealthy and isolated), couldn’t possibly understand how someone not so well situated could be experiencing a sense of hopeless and disconnection from those more well off , how people could lash out at things that seem permanent and stationary, things that give the impression that all is well, normal. Stephen, I mean Charles, doesn’t have to worry about where he will get the money to pay a traffic ticket in a place, Ferguson, which relies heavily upon traffic citations to meet its budget (“It was the city’s second-biggest source of income of the $20 million it collected in revenues.”),** a place which disproportionately fishes for and nets blacks to pay these fines (“67 percent of the city’s population, but are 86 percent of motorists stopped by police.”) He doesn’t have to worry about a son being stalked and gunned down and having some basketball-star-turned-clown who the media seeks for comments on social issues talk about his son being an aggressor when he’s murdered. So when someone sets something in Candyland on fire you can expect Stephen, I mean Charles, to call them scumbags. Perhaps the real scumbag is someone who defends vigilantism and cops who behave like skinheads (Officer Wilson even came from a police department (Jennings, Mo.) in which a white police officer actually beat a black woman for laughing at him)***
without asking:
1. When does an officer draw his weapon while sitting in his patrol car?
2. When does an officer not write a report about his shooting of an unarmed citizen until after he has a chance to hear what the witnesses have said?
3. When does an officer bag his own weapon after he has shot a citizen?
4. When does a police department leave a gunned-down citizen in the street for 4 hours?
5. What message does leaving a gunned-down citizen in the street for 4 hours send to the community and how closely does that action resemble leaving a lynched man hanging in a tree like some strange fruit?
Abusive police and the people who defend may be the real scumbags. Apologists like Stephen, I mean Charles, curse the fruit and ignore the seeding and cultivation. The fact that he has a microphone with which to announce his pithy conclusions is attributable to his priesthood in America’s true religion, entertainment. Remove the athletic success and it is possible that Barkley would not be prince or priest but pauper and some other priest might be calling him “scumbag.” Something some of those in the big house could never imagine.
* Charles Barkley backs police, calls violent Ferguson protestors ‘scumbags’ by RYAN GORMAN Dec. 2, 2014 AOL.com
** “In Ferguson, Court Fines And Fees Fuel Anger” by Joseph Shapiro NPR August 25, 2014
*** “Darren Wilson’s first job was on a troubled police force disbanded by authorities” By Carol D. Leonnig, Kimberly Kindy and Joel Achenbach Washington Post Aug. 23, 2014

Where was he looking? And what does he mean, “we”?

“We found no one was denied the right to vote in Mississippi,” crowed Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann after Mississippi’s photo ID law was used in June 2014. Yet of the 513 people who cast affidavit ballots in June 2014 in Mississippi, 177, jumped through the newly created photo-ID hoop, returning to prove that they were not guilty of attempted voter fraud by presenting a government-approved photo ID. Of the 513, according to the vote Nazi, Hosemann, “13 had their ballots rejected for other reasons, such as not being a registered voter.” So there you have 323 registered voters who were possibly denied the right to vote.

“We are very pleased with the numbers,” he said. “They reflect Mississippi is able to conduct its own elections.”

“We” definitely doesn’t include the people who were registered to vote but couldn’t or didn’t because someone else decided that their previous efforts to participate in this Democratic Republic weren’t sufficient. In the words of a great Civil Rights activist, “Is this America?”

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Glad Humpty is Gone

So glad all the kings horses and all the kings men failed. Unlike the conservative writer who recently lamented the loss of pre-FDR America,* likening it to Humpty Dumpty, “broken beyond repair,” and deified it as the “system of government originally established to foster capitalism,” I do not long for Humpty. I do not long, Mr. Clueless Conservative, for pre-FDIC America replete with Hoovervilles. I am thankful for socialism which gave us a TVA, FHA, Social Security, and land grant colleges. You may see American socialism as a corruption of government but I, for one, am glad for the redistribution that gave us an Interstate Highway System. I am forever thankful for the redistribution embodied in the roads developed for rural mail delivery. The G.I. bill’s wealth redistribution was a godsend and blessed men with education from which the nation is still deriving returns. We need more of it, higher education subsidies; forward thinking nations do (see Germany). No, if the system before FDR was Humpty Dumpty then may he rest in peace. It is only from the safety of environments enhanced by socialism that some so blindly attack its interspersing. American conservatives are as great advocates of socialism as liberals or progressives.

* Socialism continues to corrupt government: Letter
Oliver B. Triplett III, Forest November 6, 2014 ~ CLARION LEDGER

Hosemann responds to editorial criticizing voter ID lawMississippi Business Journal

 

Hosemann responds to editorial criticizing voter ID lawMississippi Business Journal

What’s most disturbing is the slimy way this southern gentleman tries to slither away from his fellow snakes by talking about how he’s done everything possible to make the theft of voting rights fair.  He’s sought all the permission possible to demonstrate the cleanliness and fairness of  his state’s destruction of voting rights (already registered voters must now show photos of themselves to vote otherwise don’t bother showing up even though you are a citizen who has already registered).  And to top it off he thinks, like the character Bele in an episode of Star Trek, who thought it was obvious that he was superior because he was white on the left side of his body and his enemy was black on the left side of his body, it should be obvious that Mississippi is not like Texas or those other photo ID states.  He actually thinks that simply because there are no suits filed against Mississippi, yet, then what Mississippi has done is fair and honest, that Mississippi is superior. that because of superficial attributes, Mississippi is really substantially different from the other disenfranchisement extremists.

And it suits  Mr. Hosemann’ s ignorance in the service neo-confederate-voter disenfranchisement  to not  address Professor Alan Draper’s reminder: 

Less than 10% of voting age whites in Mississippi do not have a driver’s license while almost 30% of voting age blacks are without one. That is, eligible black voters are three times as likely as whites to lack the most common form of government-issued ID required to vote.” 

 

Mr. Hosemann talks about people who showed up to vote not the pool of eligible voters.  No if he were to be honest, Mr. Hosemann would admit that his efforts are most pernicious to those who aren’t colored right.

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“The Republican Party brand sucks and so people don’t want to be a Republican and for 80 years, African-Americans have had nothing to do with Republicans.

Who the H-E-double hockey sticks is he and to whom is he talking to?
And why 80 years? 2014 – 80 = 1934; Would FDR, JFK, and LBJ have anything to do with those 80 years? (the years and the administration which brought us Social Security, CCC, Rural Electrification, Medicare, the SEC, FDIC, etc. or how about Civil Rights and Voting Rights)

He is the Junior Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul who talks to the public as if it were completely ignorant of the Republican Party’s history of the last 40 plus years from Ronald Reagan’s big (black) buck story

to George H. W. Bush’s Willie Horton ads or Jessie Helms the black-man-is-taking-white-men’s-job ads. He would be laughed off the stage by the whites in his audience if they were intelligent enough to know that the Republican Party’s problem is not that blacks have the “perception” that “no one in the Republican Party cares.” The Republican Party’s perception problem among blacks is based on the Republican Party’s behavior and philosophy including its ability to get its rank-and-file members to routinely launch recreational attacks on government. The party morphed into the anti-Civil and Voting Rights party. Rand is right about the perception and was wise enough not to call it a misperception. The lack of Republican Party popularity in the black community is based on perception of Republican Party strategy.


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Blacks elitists abetting racist’s plans(Black overseers)

When I see George Flaggs’, Vicksburg, Ms.’s African-American mayor’s advocacy for photo ID,1 I think of Fannie Lou Hammer response to Lyndon Johnson’s proposed compromise on democratic participation: “we didn’t come this far for no two seats.”2 When I hear prominent local African-American officials in Mississippi’s capital city call the law “painless,”3 I think did we “come this far for two seats,” even as the spiritual descendants of the Dixicrats fight to prevent Medicaid expansion, successfully imposing disparate impact.  When I see the initiative that led to photo ID in Mississippi and realize that the people who signed the petition didn’t show photo ID when signing the petition, I think did we come this far for “two seats?”  When I see prominent members of the African-American community fighting to save an incumbent Republican U.S. senator4 who cast his lot with anti-ACA stalwarts, I think maybe we have come this far for “two seats.”  Race is a proxy for class. True class warfare is exposed when “less than 10% of voting age whites in Mississippi do not have a driver’s license (“the most common form of government-issued ID required to vote) while almost 30% of voting age blacks are without one.”

So when you see the following, remember the blacks in this commercial are working for someone who has been totally silent on voter constrictions and hasn’t done a thing to help expand Medicaid for the poorest state in the union. And whereas the actors in the commercial are getting paid and there are blacks who support voter suppression and the party that created it, other blacks are disproportionately affected by both of these exclusions. This exposes the survival-of-the-fittest mentality of black leadership even toward the people who are most likely to vote, when given a chance, for them. And whereas Senator Cochran was once dubbed the “King of Pork,” mind you even as blacks in Mississippi were still among the poorest in the nation and plants shut down and moved oversea, since President Obama has been in office Cochran has been about as useful to the state as Ted Cruz or Mike “laughingstock” Lee of Utah.

1. Mississippi Senate race muddles voter ID debate
ByJacqueline AlemanyCBS NEWSJune 23, 2014, 6:57 AM

2. 50 years later, right to vote still threatened: Column
Alan Draper 5:18 p.m. EDT August 26, 2014
Fannie Lou Hamer’s demand of protection for blacks’ right to a political voice still rings true today.

3. Mississippi sails through voter ID test
Emily Le Coz, The Clarion-Ledger 8:35 p.m. CDT June 3, 2014

4. G.O.P. Senator Courts Blacks in Mississippi Primary Race
By ASHLEY PARKER and JONATHAN MARTINJUNE 20, 2014

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