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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.
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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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

The Two Sides of One Coin

How dare LeBron James demand ownership change in the NBA (Donald Sterling, LA Clippers)?1 Doesn’t he appreciate how the owners, in the language of conservatives “the job creators,” have given him and his fellow playmates, food and cars and houses?2 He’s made so much money, he has forgotten that, Charles Barkley’s comments about a “black league”3 aside, he and the rest of the youngsters don’t own the league. He should be glad he lives in a country so generous, so free, and so honest that everyone was perfectly happy with photo-less voting until America started to brown, (a browning) which is now grounds to challenge everyone’s legitimacy. Funny how one guy’s racist comments stirs more collective activity among unionized black millionaires than recently enacted electoral voice-constricting (tying voting to current driver’s licenses), birth-certificate photo ID laws in places like Mississippi. Let the peons fend for themselves as long as they buy our shoes, (and our endorsed products, Lebron and his millionaire comrades are telling us through their largely self-interested activism). Here’s an example of America’s elitist, fragmented, self-absorbed, unionism: You’ll see LeBron in McDonald’s commercials

which necessarily precludes his appearance at McDonald workers’ labor-organizing rallies. No, the more profits McDonalds makes the more mansions Lebron and McDonald’s big shareholders can afford. Despite their abilities to reach high objectives, LeBron and the other players seem restricted (by the base materialism and inexorable greed which is channeling the country into a neo-feudal state) to the low-lying fruit, ousting Sterling. Oh, that they would welcome McDonalds workers into a group that really matters, union membership.

The italicized portions were not part of the original “Letter-to-the-Editor” but have been added since publication. However the letter in (the submitted 195 word version) would have sufficiently conveyed the critique of modern American millionaires, specifically the unionized ones and their tacit support of neo-feudalism.

1 LeBron urges vote against Sterling
Updated: April 30, 2014, 6:50 PM ET
By Michael Wallace |
2 NBA players protest racist talk attributed to L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling
By Ralph Ellis and Steve Almasy, CNN
updated 8:27 AM EDT, Mon April 28, 2014
3 Charles Barkley: Suspend Donald Sterling if he made racist comments
Austin Knoblauch

We will help you with this needless hoop.

How nice of them to help with the needless hoop they created.

Of course none of this was necessary before the neo-confederates in the Mississippi legislature injected a citizenship challenge into the voting process via necessitating presentation of birth certificates to get a “free ID.”

So what’s wrong with the PDA (Public Disservice Announcement)? In fairness, it says that “if you already have an acceptable photo ID” you won’t need another on election day. Here the conservatives cunningly conceal in plain sight a truth that is detrimental to many Mississippians. In the process of telling you what you won’t need, they omit something critical. You can’t get the “free ID” if you have something many Mississippians now have, a current driver’s license. The ad is cute. It even has Mr. Haney, I mean, Mr. Hosemann sitting in a boat with a fishermen telling him that he can use a paycheck stub to get a photo ID. See it’s so simple even a Mississippian or a caveman could do it. But hold it right there. Did he say if you wanted to get a “free ID” you could bring a paycheck stub? Mr. Haney knows that isn’t true. You have to have a birth certificate to get the “free ID,” according to the law that the neo-confederates passed. They aren’t going to give you a “free ID” if you bring in your paycheck stub.
But Mr. Hosemann, like Mr. Haney selling Oliver Douglas doors without knobs or a tractor without wheels, pretends he is selling voting ease to the public when what he is really selling is a Republican constructed complication. For if you lose your driving privilege (which costs money) due to suspension for traffic fines or your Geico auto insurance lapsed and you get a ticket which you can’t pay, you must go through the citizenship challenge (present a birth certificate). In effect Mississippi’s neo-confederates have increased the penalty for unpaid driving penalties.
So in essence in a state, Mississippi, where black families have a fraction of the income of white families, voting has a new poll tax attached to it. People with licenses who can afford to keep them don’t have their citizenship challenged as a step in voting and people who can’t afford them do.

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    Conservatives love to hate the government


    Chris McDaniel, 2014 Mississippi U.S. Senate candidate, may be the best thing for Mississippi. At long last Mississippi would be able to end its secret lover (Strom Thurmanesque) relationship with the federal government.
    McDaniel would back Utah Sen. Mike “Laughing Stock” Lee

    Well paid clowns running interference for the insurance companies

    the next time Republicans decide to shut the government down (like the Tea Party shutdown/Republican employment plan which idled thousands of Utah workers) as a way of showing how they would be willing to widen the doughnut hole for seniors (a hole which Obamacare closes) for freedom’s sake.
    Oh, the government is too large, the constitutional conservatives say, so no one should have a problem with cutting farm subsidies and letting the free market work in Mississippi, right? And, by ending this affair that the people have with their government, Mississippi could help stop the government from forcing insurance companies to allow Mississippians to keep their children on their health policies until they’re 26 or to accept people with pre-existing conditions.
    Yes, Republicans are ideal for America because they know that nothing fails like all that government and/or labor involvement in the market. Just look at those wretched Singaporeans, Japanese and Germans with their economies in total free-fall, totally un-American.

    Plunkett: DSH payments will never be cut. Dems should vote to reauthorize Medicaid now. | Mississippi PEP


    Plunkett: DSH payments will never be cut. Dems should vote to reauthorize Medicaid now. | Mississippi PEP

    Republicans keep projecting their wishes on the future, forecasting that the things for which they long are “inevitable.” They say things like “With one single decision President Barack Obama pulled the rug out from under any moves by Mississippi Democrats to expand Medicaid in Mississippi.” And that undoing his “signature achievement as President” was “inevitable.” Now this bit of prognostication was a conservative Mississippian’s response to the Obama administration’s decision several months ago to delay “cuts to DSH payments” (“Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments are given to hospitals by the federal government to states through Medicaid for caring for the uninsured”).

    Conservatives say this because they see a delay in implementing a shift in payment for indigent care (which they have been successful in labeling a penalty for the states) as a fatal flaw, even getting liberals to adopt the “Luntz” framing. And, although many of the people they, the Crpto-Fascists, count as supporters would die without expansion, they, in clear Atwater fashion, seem perfectly content with repealing:

    Coverage which

    And the pseudo-anti-judicial activists rejoiced in hearing an activist court legislate with under cover of a flimsy explanation like:

    “What Congress is not free to do is to penalize States that choose not to participate in that new program by taking away their existing Medicaid funding”

    effectively revitalizing the old states-rights ideology almost a century and a half after the Civil War settled the issue and challenging Congress’ authority to determine how indigent care will be compensated. In one of the most striking examples of the effect of poor history education in America, the American public voted for people who are actually states-rights proponents as if they, “the people,” have no idea that this was the position of staunch white supremacists who sought to rend the Union asunder. How is Medicaid a new program? How does the Court tell Congress how to aid the indigent?

    It is, indeed, amazing that somehow shifting the funding to compensate providers for indigent care from disproportionate care payments to Medicaid payments can be viewed as a penalty when:

    “Congress had amended Medicaid more than 50 times since its enactment, with a trend of enlarging the population and services covered by the program”

    And none of these expansions were considered penalties? As I said, the Supreme Court conservatives, who acted as neo-confederates, used a flimsy excuse to indulge in some conservative-orchestrated judicial activism.

    Conservatives say that the

    Supreme Court of the United States ruled that states had the legal authority to reject expansion and the federal government could do nothing to penalize states for it.” Of course this was the courts response to “all or nothing.”

    But there is nothing to stop congress from reducing the payments over time regardless of whether a state expands Medicaid or not Mr. State’s Rights, as in “ignoring states’ decisions to expand Medicaid when calculating the DSH reductions, meaning states won’t face a financial penalty for refusing the Medicaid expansion as the reductions could be made without any regard to whether a state expands Medicaid or not. Wishing that the law will go away and funneling your attacks to a hypocrite-judicial-activist, states-rights Chief Justice (whose states-rights ideology lines up with even Mississippi neo-confederates) doesn’t mean that the American people will get rid of a law which addresses




    But back to that wishful thinking about the delay being the unraveling of the Affordable Care Act. The conservative’s argument goes:

    “DSH payments were never going to be cut. One only need to look at the SGR and the annual “Doc Fix” under Medicare to see a perfect example of why,”

    comparing Medicare advocacy to Medicaid advocacy. This is delusional, as the Medicare constituents are not the same as a substantial number of the Medicaid constituents. In their delusions about ObamaCare and their fixation with repealing it, conservative pundits have conflated the two. Medicaid constituents, by and large, are not appearing at Tea Party rallies, trying, asininely, to wreck the people’s government. Wish as the neo-confederates will, the people targeted in “their home districts for voting against providing health care to the most needy” won’t be the people who are vigorously advocating Medicaid expansion. It won’t be the people who know the 7 things Republicans don’t want their working class constituents to know who will be confused about who’s responsible for service reductions to the needy. The non-Republican Medicaid recipients already know who is trying to cut SNAP and WIC benefits, in short assistance to the most vulnerable. They know that wishing that Republicans would actually favor social programs won’t make it happen; they know that wishing won’t make it so.

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    7 things Republicans Don’t want working people to know about ObamaCare

    Both Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel, who are Republicans who want to be one of Mississippi’s Senators for the next 6 years feature anti-ObamaCare rhetoric in their campaign ads. Based on that you can be sure that regular Mississippi Republicans don’t know that

    1. No longer can previous illness or risk for future illness prevent an individual from obtaining health insurance.
    2. Lifetime limits on essential medical expenses are eliminated;
    3. Insurers are prohibited from dropping your coverage or raising your premiums if you get sick
    4. Insurance companies that fail to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on health care must refund the difference to consumers
    5. Women can no longer be charged more than men for individual coverage
    6. Seniors get prescription drug help through the closing of the doughnut hole over the next 10 years
    7. Insurance plans will have to offer preventive care at no out-of-pocket costs

    So why don’t everyday Mississippi Republicans know these things? Because Fox News didn’t tell them and although they live in a Red state, figuratively, for you Matrix fans, they have chosen the blue pill. The shame is that many people who vote Republican and receive government assistance and Mississippi is full of them, don’t know that the people for whom they vote see them as bugs who will come out of the woodwork when they see that they have access to healthcare. 

    Neo-Confederate, who, me?

    Why does the man in this picture object to this “doctored” photo?


    What’s wrong with the photo? Well, the man, U.S. Senate candidate from Mississippi, Chris McDaniel, says he didn’t speak at the a certain event in August because he was at a meeting of ALEC (remember that name, the American Legislative Exchange Council), and the photo implies that he did before a particular group in August. Why would he be concerned if he spoke before the group which sponsored the event but did it instead in June and in previous years? Who is this group and what does it matter if he spoke before them. Could it be that McDaniel is trying to show that the report about his speaking in August is wrong and thereby discredit the gist of the story which is that he is a neo-Confederate? The group is the Sons of Confederate Veterans and it “promotes the work of present-day secessionists and contends the wrong side won the “war of southern independence.”(Mother Jones) So what’s the problem with the battle flag of Northern Virginia behind McDaniel in the Mother Jones story. McDaniel must appear benign to those who aren’t comfortable with associations with Klan symbols. They simply don’t play as well nationally, if you’re dependent on out of state funding, as they do locally.

    And what does McDaniel have to do with this guy?

    See the Driver's License

    McDaniel Supports

    And what’s that he’s holding aloft in his right hand as he drapes the flag over his right shoulder?
    Why I do believe its a driver’s license. You see this is one of the people at the Tea Party rally who was heckling the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees rally in February, shouting about voter ID. Ms. State Senator Joey Fillingane, an ALEC member, sponsored the petition drive
    (ALEC Initiative) that lead to Mississippi’s poll-tax-citizenship-challenging-photo-ID law. The Tea Party, ALEC, McDaniel, and the neo-Confederates are all part of a network of financial support and resources which has the smell of post-Civil War Redemption movement.

    Wrestl’n Levin or what the heck is a Constitutional Conservative

    I saw this interview and wondered what the heck is he talking about.

    This sent me into a tussle with Mark Levin’s explanation of constitutional conservatism. Those who attack progress and celebrate and long for a return to primitive America, the America of the “Founding Fathers” where Social Security and Medicare didn’t exist and there was no EPA seem to be in love with the America that existed before there was this, in their terms, great “Leviathan” know as today’s American government with an FLSA and government mandates for clean water and meat inspections. “Constitutional Conservatives” feel that America and the states individually for that matter have too much regulation even when it comes to fair and transparent employment practices in government in places like Mississippi where you have to run to the local paper and yell Don’t Privatize State Government.

    But to get into the belly of the beast maybe we should have
    A critique of one of Mark Levin’s (who is a Constitutional Conservative) Monologues

    Odd how this appears to be just another way of running interference for the oligarchs under the guise of being for the common man.

    Democrats are Remarkably Lazy

    Well, how else can you explain the Republican Party’s success at co-opting things Democrats fought to put in place? I referred to the Democratic Party as the originator of things that RepubliCons pretend to support in another piece (Ruining Government(The Great REpubliConned pastime) where I also posit the notion that the Republican plan is to castigate and undermine the functioning of government at every opportunity, as part of a grand privatization scheme benefiting an oligarchic donor class.
    Here is a Mississippi example of this co-opting.

    Look at these pictures

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    These are pictures from Promote the Vote in Mississippi.

    This next picture is a picture of the current Mississippi Secretary of State, Republican Delbert Hosemann congratulating a program participant.

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    The literature from Secretary Hosemann’s website says

    Tightly aligned with the Mississippi Social Studies Framework and developed in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Education, PTV’s curriculum consists of voter education lesson plans and activities developmentally appropriate and unique to each grade level. Along with the lessons, the PTV Mock Election allows students to experience voting for official statewide candidates in a simulated election prior to the actual General Election.

    What’s missing in the “voter education lesson plan” is the part where the students produce a copy of there birth certificate to get an ID to vote, the new RepubliCon wrinkle. The wrinkle is evidence of the difference between the Democratic and Republican parties. The Republican Party having switched characteristics with the Democratic Party, after integration and the influx of blacks into the Democratic Party, is now the party of the “systematic and ingenious discrimination” that the Voting Rights Act was supposed to counter. In Mr. Hosemann, you have a man, co-opting a program, Promote the Vote, begun by a Democrat, Eric Clark, while simultaneously defending voting constrictions wherein people are forced to get birth certificates to vote. Although Hosemann, twisting to sanitize an odorous, offensive law, has come up with some sort of Administrative agreement that contradicts the actual law, restricting access to supposedly “free” IDs means that the IDs are not free and considering the differences in income related to race the law is definitely discriminatory. But perhaps in Mississippi, it doesn’t matter whether Democrats worked harder at not allowing Democratic plans which benefit the common man to be co-opted by Republicans. After all, if your define yourself by allegiance to a symbol of repression, an emblem of class for which race is a proxy, maybe we shall not overcome Lee Atwater’s analysis.

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