It Takes Two

Charlottesville!  They came, they protested, they rioted.

There was a protests led by the neo-Nazis and the Left brought out their big guns (pun) to meet the clubs and shields of the Far Right.  And as one might expect violence ensued.

It was the alt-Right (I will try to stop using this term for it legitimizes hate) and the Antifa head to head…after the smoke cleared our president had to throw his two cents worth in the discussion…..

President Trump doubled down on Saturday’s widely criticized “many sides” statement during a press conference Tuesday at Trump Tower, claiming “there is blame on both sides” in regards to the fatal white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, the New York Times reports. Trump had tried to walk back his original statement on Monday, but on Tuesday he called it “excellent” and a “fine statement,” according to USA Today. He said he didn’t condemn white supremacists on Saturday “because I didn’t know all the facts.” “I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct,” the president said.

On Tuesday, Trump went ever further in his “many sides” argument, condemning the “alt-left” groups that were “very, very violent.” He went on to say both sides—including the side that counts neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK as members—contain some “very fine people,” ABC News reports. “Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me,” Trump said. “Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch.” He said many of the people in Charlottesville just didn’t want to see a statue get torn down, pointing out that both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned slaves. “This week, it is Robert E. Lee and this week, Stonewall Jackson,” Trump said. “Is it George Washington next?”

Not bad for a press conference about infrastructure…but Trump’s observation of “many sides” well DUH!  There has to be an antagonist for there to be a riot.  It is not like masturbation.

It all began around the city’s decision to remove some Confederate statuary….the neo-Nazis/KKK/ white nationalist and others sent out fliers about the protest of the removal and the Antifa decided that they would join in the fun.

About here I have used Antifa a couple of times and most have no idea what I am writing about, right?

Antifa are autonomous anti-racist groups that monitor and track the activities of local neo-Nazis. They expose them to their neighbors and employers, they conduct public education campaigns, they support migrants and refugees and they pressure venues to cancel white power events.

The vast majority of anti-fascist organizing is nonviolent. But their willingness to physically defend themselves and others from white supremacist violence and preemptively shut down fascist organizing efforts before they turn deadly distinguishes them from liberal anti-racists.

The movement traces its roots to the militant leftists who in the 1920s and 1930s brawled with fascists on the streets of Germany, Italy, and Spain. It revived in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, when anti-racist punks in Britain and Germany mobilized to defeat neo-Nazi skinheads who were infiltrating the music scene. Via punk, groups calling themselves anti-racist action—and later, anti-fascist action or antifa—sprung up in the United States.

Of course if you are on the Right then you see these people as disgusting thugs that are looking for trouble…but not the same for the disgusting thugs on the Far Right that are looking for trouble.  Trump has pointed his crooked finger at the Antifa but his assertions are not quite accurate…..

The publication, The Atlantic, explains way better than I……

Source: What Trump Gets Wrong About Antifa – The Atlantic

These days of rising racism then naturally there would be a rise with the Antifa.  The Atlantic again explains the rise in their September issue.

Source: The Rise of Antifa – The Atlantic

Sad to say that our society has come to this….a repeat of the history of the 1920 and 30’s…..Left versus Right in the streets of a town near you.

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Mississippi’s Low Income Workers

There is a movement taking hold that would try to protect low income workers….and Mississippi has it fair share of those, as well as day workers and such.

Original source: civilrights.org

Organizations that advocate for working-class Americans, such as the Institute for Policy Studies and Jobs with Justice, recently formed a coalition called the Inter-Alliance Dialogue to address the needs of low-income workers, minorities, domestic workers, day laborers, and other groups most affected by the recession.

In recent months, employers have been eliminating jobs at a rate of about half a million per month, causing many people to lose their homes and healthcare, especially low-income workers and minorities.

The groups that make up the Inter-Alliance Dialogue are urging Congress to address the needs of low-wage workers, by:

* passing the Employee Free Choice Act to expand workers’ right to organize and improve working conditions;
* enhancing worker protection laws to prevent wage theft and workplace abuses;
* preventing the lending and credit industries from taking advantage of minorities and low-income people;
* implementing fair immigration reform that protects workers and their families; and
* providing equal opportunities for jobs for all workers in the emerging green economy.

Mississippi’s Sex, Drugs And Rock N’ Roll

Well we can start with the Rock N Roll part…..Hwy 61 has been designated as the “Blues Highway”.  So much for Rock.

Sex!  HB 789 would require notification of TANF if pregnancy is discovered.  It reads:

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 43-17-5, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO PROVIDE TEENAGE TANF RECIPIENTS WITH INFORMATION AND REFERRAL TO PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL, PRENATAL HEALTH CARE, ABSTINENCE EDUCATION, MARRIAGE EDUCATION, PARENTING SKILLS, FAMILY PRESERVATION AND FATHERHOOD, AND REQUIRE THOSE TANF RECIPIENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THOSE PROGRAMS; TO PROVIDE THAT AFTER THE IDENTITY OF THE FATHER OF A CHILD OF ANY OF THOSE TANF RECIPIENTS HAS BEEN LEGALLY DETERMINED, THE FATHER SHALL BE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THOSE PROGRAMS; TO REQUIRE THE DIVISION OF MEDICAID TO PROVIDE TEENAGE MEDICAID RECIPIENTS WITH INFORMATION AND REFERRAL TO PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL, PRENATAL HEALTH CARE, ABSTINENCE EDUCATION, MARRIAGE EDUCATION, PARENTING SKILLS, FAMILY PRESERVATION AND FATHERHOOD, AND REQUIRE THOSE MEDICAID RECIPIENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THOSE PROGRAMS; TO PROVIDE THAT AFTER THE IDENTITY OF THE FATHER OF A CHILD OF ANY OF THOSE MEDICAID RECIPIENTS HAS BEEN LEGALLY DETERMINED, THE FATHER SHALL BE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THOSE PROGRAMS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES

Drugs!  And then there is HB 790:

AN ACT TO REQUIRE DRUG TESTING OF ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS IN GRADES SIX THROUGH TWELVE; TO DECLARE LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS RELATING TO STUDENT DRUG USAGE AND THE PURPOSES OF THIS ACT; TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS USED UNDER THE ACT; TO REQUIRE EACH SIXTH THROUGH TWELFTH GRADE STUDENT TO PRESENT EVIDENCE OF HAVING SUBMITTED TO A DRUG TEST RESULTING IN NEGATIVE FINDINGS NO MORE THAN 30 DAYS BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR OR THE DATE ON WHICH A STUDENT SEEKS ENROLLMENT DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR; TO REQUIRE EACH LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD TO ADOPT A POLICY REQUIRING RANDOM DRUG TESTING FOR ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES SIX THROUGH TWELVE AND TO PRESCRIBE CERTAIN COMPONENTS THAT MUST BE IN THE POLICY, INCLUDING A PROVISION REQUIRING A STUDENT’S PARENT TO PAY THE COST OF THE DRUG TEST; TO PROVIDE FOR THE ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN WHEN A STUDENT’S DRUG TEST IS POSITIVE; TO PROVIDE THAT STUDENT DRUG TESTS WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY THE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND TO PRESCRIBE THE MANNER IN WHICH THE TESTING MUST BE PERFORMED; TO PROVIDE FOR THE DISCLOSURE OF POSITIVE TEST RESULTS AND TO REQUIRE INFORMATION RELATING TO A STUDENT’S DRUG TEST TO BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL AND SEPARATE FROM THE STUDENT’S CUMULATIVE FOLDER; TO AUTHORIZE A STUDENT TO PRESENT EVIDENCE OF THE PROPER USE OF A PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION AS AN AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE TO A POSITIVE DRUG TEST; TO AUTHORIZE SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO OFFER IN-SCHOOL COUNSELING OR REFERRAL INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS TESTING POSITIVE FOR DRUGS; TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE STATE BOARD OF HEALTH, TO ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT; TO REQUIRE THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO PREPARE A MODEL RANDOM DRUG TESTING POLICY FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS; TO AMEND SECTION 37-15-9, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROHIBIT THE ENROLLMENT IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF ANY CHILD IN GRADES SIX THROUGH TWELVE UNTIL THE CHILD PRESENTS PROOF OF HAVING A NEGATIVE DRUG TEST WITHIN 30 DAYS OF ENROLLMENT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

Yes you read that right!  It will be madatory testing by the state and the parent will pay.  Personally, I will feed my child poppy seeds until they are coming out of her ears….they make the rules….I will play their game….dumb asses.

South Mississippi Celebrates MLK Day

Barack Obama’s call to community service and a 1994 congressional act that turned the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday into a national day of service translated into seven Mississippi Coast work projects.

Instead of claiming a holiday of rest, more than 150 stepped up to the volunteer plate Monday in Biloxi and Gulfport, many through AmeriCorps programs or Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s MLK observances at the Jefferson Davis and Jackson County campuses.

Fences were built, lots were cleared, seniors’ houses were painted, a soup kitchen received much-needed help and 30 youngsters learned to think about how they might improve their communities now and in the future.

Civil Rights in Mississippi

In a state where civil rights abuses were rampant for over a hundred years, you would think that they would lead in their civil rights protection. Think again! In the 2008 session of the legislature the sate lawmakers are working on a bill to create a Civil rights division with the Attorney general’s office.

Does that mean that abuses in the past were not given the attention they deserved? Of course, it will be spun differently, but IMO, that is exactly what was happening. Mississippi is still suffering from massive civil rights violations. recently a black man was killed by deputies of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. And finally, the family was awarded a settlement for wrongful death. But here is the kicker–land owners will be paying for this violation with higher property taxes.

The people of Mississippi need to be more informed. For centuries, the people of the state have been lead around by their noses by rich influential people. The sad part is they seem to like it. An informed electorate is essential for a democratic government–Mississippi is missing that goal completely.

FYI–if you want to check out the creation of the AG’s civil rights div–it is HB216–in the state legislature.

Mississippi Code of 1972

Did you know that in the state of Mississippi it is a misdemeanor to have more than 1 illegitimate child. Think I lie? check it out.

§ 97-29-11. Illegitimate children; person becoming natural parent of second illegitimate child; jurisdiction.

(1) If any person, who shall have previously become the natural parent of an illegitimate child within or without this state by coition within or without this state, shall again become the natural parent of an illegitimate child born within this state, he or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than thirty (30) days nor more than ninety (90) days or by a fine of not more than Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00), or both. A subsequent conviction hereunder shall be punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than three (3) months nor more than six (6) months or by a fine of not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or both. Provided, however, that for the purpose of this section, multiple births shall be construed to be the birth of one (1) child.

(2) The circuit court of the county in which said illegitimate child is born shall have jurisdiction of any action brought under this section. No male person shall be convicted solely on the uncorroborated testimony of the female person giving birth to the child.