Once more unto the breach

This is an open letter to Trent Lott, from my bro-in-law, on duty somewhere in the Atlantic…

Dear Senator Lott:

As a native Mississippian, and an excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you.

My primary reason for wishing to change my status from U.S. Citizen to illegal alien stems from the bill which you have endorsed in the Senate. If my understanding of this bill’s provisions is accurate, as an illegal alien who has been in the United States for five years, all I need to do to become a citizen is to pay a $2,000 fine and income taxes for three of the last five years. I know a good deal when I see one and I am anxious to get the process started before everyone figures it out.

Simply put, those of us who have been here legally have had to pay taxes every year so I’m excited about the prospect of avoiding two years of taxes in return for paying a $2,000 fine. Is there any way that I can apply to be illegal retroactively? This would yield an excellent result for me and my family because we paid heavy taxes in 2004 and 2005.

Additionally, as an illegal alien I could begin using the local emergency room as my primary health care provider. Once I have stopped paying premiums for medical insurance, my accountant figures I could save almost $10,000 a year.

Another benefit in gaining illegal status would be that my daughter would receive preferential treatment relative to her law school applications, as well as “in-state” tuition rates for many colleges throughout the United States for my son.

Lastly, I understand that illegal status would relieve me of the burden of renewing my driver’s license and making those burdensome car insurance premiums. This is very important to me given that I still have college age children driving my car.

If you would provide me with an outline of the process to become illegal (retroactively if possible) and copies of the necessary forms, I would be most appreciative.

Thank you for your assistance.

Update:  Protestors at Trent Lott’s Jackson office.   Protestors?  Dang, Republicans protesting?  Who’d a thunk it?

Lott does 180 on amnesty bill

Less than one year after declaring “Security First, Amnesty Never”1 , MS Sen Trent Lott is set to do a complete 180 on passage of the Kennedy-McCain Amnesty Bill.

“Is the current situation in America with legal and illegal immigration intolerable and unacceptable?” Mr. Lott asked. “Yes. Everybody would agree. Is this bill better than the current law? Without a doubt, yes. Are we going to have another opportunity to do this better next year or the next year? The answer is no. We’ve got to do it. We’ve got to do it as good as we can. We’ve got to do it right now.“The only thing that’s unacceptable is to do nothing,” said Mr. Lott, the Senate minority whip. source

Yet, barely seven months after passing the Secure Fence Bill of 2006, “doing nothing” is exactly what the US government has done with respects to border security.

Only two miles of the promised fence have been built. The Secure Fence Bill stipulates:

Within 18 months of the bill’s enactment, the Homeland Security Secretary must achieve “operational control” of our border. The target is stopping all illegal entries of people, weapons, and contraband. That’s certainly an ambitious goal, given the number of illegal aliens entering America from Mexico, but we must achieve it. Our national security depends on it, and to that end, Congress will require the Homeland Security Secretary to report regularly as we strive to attain full control of our border. 2

By my calculation, DHS has 11 months to get the remaining 696 miles built.

The public is quickly reaching the point of complete distrust of the government with respect to illegal immigration. If the same opinion is reached regarding national security, the results could be armed insurrection.

Links from Trent’s website:

1. “Security First, Amnesty Never” (6/1/06)

2. Border Fence Bill (9/22/06)

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Protestors at Trent’s Office

Lott on immigration — (Just in case you’ve forgotten, Senator)

Dear Senator: In your website message dated June 1, 2006, you got it right. The only difference between then and now is 354 days, and two miles of completed fence. This morning, the radio station (Newstalk 1180) played some of your comments from the SC state convention. Those comments sounded a lot like you’ve decided to change your mind on the issue. I highly recommend that you heed the words that you (or your speechwriter) wrote so eloquently one year ago…

June 1st, 2006 -

I was in a minority of 36 Senators voting against the Senate’s immigration reform plan. As written, it’s a bad bill that’s basically an amnesty program for illegal aliens, encouraging more illegal immigration and requiring little additional border security. The stricter House immigration reform bill is better, and now the Senate and House must broker a compromise that secures our border first and then provides a practical, enforceable plan for temporary workers.

Like most Mississippians, I’ve been incensed by the way many illegal aliens have approached this debate, protesting in the streets, waving foreign flags and making demands of American taxpayers. I suspect this is one reason Americans overwhelmingly favor the House approach over that of the Senate and the Bush Administration.

Americans are not opposed to immigration, but we are vehemently opposed to illegal immigration which skirts the law and makes a farce of our borders. More than anything else, Americans see this as a question of national sovereignty and security. We can talk about the economic and cultural effects of illegal immigration and the financial burdens illegal aliens place upon American taxpayers, but the overriding issue is security. Americans want to know who is coming across our border, and they want those who would harm us kept away.

First, the huge disparity between the respective House and Senate bills means it will be tough for the two bodies to reach a compromise. It will be a sausage making process that won’t be pretty. Chances are, not everyone’s palate will be pleased with the final flavor. But despite the difficult circumstances and painstaking process, Americans want to see a better bill.

Since the security of our border is where there is the most agreement, we should tackle border security first, then work out a tightly constructed temporary worker program – no amnesty and no expedited citizenship.

An overwhelming majority of Americans know that strengthening our border, particularly the Southern border, is the key to curbing illegal immigration. Without border security in place, any plan regarding temporary workers is futile. Until we fully commit all resources necessary to secure our border and enforce our existing immigration laws, we encourage our enemies and show dangerous weakness before the world. In fact, weak southern borders have already gotten us into one war.

Back in 1917, American and British intelligence exposed a proposition by Germany to help Mexico invade the United States and capture Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. The threats presented by the “Zimmerman Telegram,” named for the German minister who authored it, greatly angered Americans and was one reason we entered World War I.

We should take a lesson from history. Like Zimmerman, but far more cruel and dangerous, America’s terrorist enemies today know our southern border is still a vulnerable, soft underbelly. Is it going to take something like a Bin Laden tape urging his fanatical followers over the border to convince us that America’s security is at risk? Every minute we go without tougher border security, we’re inviting a terrorist incursion.

Despite the terrorist threat and Washington’s tin ear on immigration reform, I’m actually optimistic. The American people are well aware of our border insecurity, and they’ve been more vocal about this than any issue in recent memory. Their demand of Congress is very strong but very simple: Do what it takes to secure America’s borders. National security has always been our government’s top priority, and it’s Congress’ job to get it done despite the toughest circumstances. Security first – that’s what Americans want. That’s what Washington should provide.

Time to cowboy up, Trent.

‘Til we meet

If you’ve ever read the late Willie Morris’ My Dog Skip, or if you saw the movie, then you know a lot about what it was like to grow up in Yazoo City, Mississippi, or in any number of small towns across the South. And, it wasn’t much different in the 30′s and 40′s as it was in the 50′s and 60′s. Just the technology was different.

Aline was born in 1928 near Yazoo City, in the heart of the Mississippi delta. Some of her favorite memories were those of walking across the meadow to school, skipping along and holding hands with her little sister, Sarah.

Sarah and her daughter were able to come for a visit over the holidays. The love and laughter shared by the sisters during that visit seemed for a while to peel away the years. The smiles and memories of days gone by were as thick as the scent of honeysuckle on a moist summer morning in the Delta.

I never knew Aline’s husband. He passed away long before I married into the family. But, they raised three daughters and three sons who, all but one, were able to be by her bedside this morning in Pascagoula. I’m sure it would have been all six siblings, but for an April snowstorm in Kansas preventing timely travel arrangements for Marsha.

A couple of months ago, Aline was strong enough to travel back to her home in Pascagoula. Actually, it was to the FEMA trailer located behind her shell of a home which had been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. She wanted to go home. Aline wanted to be in Pascagoula, even if it mean having to stay in a 28 ft. camper while reconstruction on her home proceeded. She wouldn’t have had it any other way. And, when her mind was made up about something, there really wasn’t any use in arguing about it. It was settled. Period.

I asked Janice this morning what she remembered best about her mom. She told me about Aline’s penchant for fishing and for cooking. Gumbo, you understand, just isn’t gumbo unless the roux is right. And the roux won’t be right unless you stir it constantly until it is a smooth and velvety brown. And Aline’s gumbo was always right. The only thing better was her fried chicken.

Christian, who is probably the the most natural fisherman I’ve ever known, told me that he couldn’t keep up with Aline when it came to catching bream and bass. It didn’t matter about the bait, the equipment, whether in a boat or off the dock, or sitting on an overturned five-gallon bucket, fishing off the banks using a cane pole and worms, Aline was going to catch the limit. But, as much fun as it was for her to go fishing, having a large family, it wasn’t just for fun that all those fish were caught. Family income was sometimes unpredictable, and the responsibilities of raising the family often fell on her shoulders. That family loyalty was evident this morning.

Pam and Todd spent a lot of time with Aline over the past year and a half since Katrina. They both took time from work to care for her in this very difficult time. I’ve said before that it is an almost impossible job, often frustrating, very demanding, and at times, thankless. Their contributions to Aline’s final months cannot be underestimated. But, as I mentioned this morning after Aline passed away, each one of the siblings had consistently made valuable contributions to their mother’s well-being. They were there for her, but each one wanted to do more. To each of you, I say, there was nothing more to do. When your mom completed her struggle this morning, she was at peace, and she is now in a better place.

Richard and Charles live in Lucedale. Pam lives in McComb. Janice and Marsha live in Atlanta. Todd lives in Pascagoula. There are thirteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a number of neices and nephews, cousins and friends. And, as dear Aunt Irma told me at the Thanksgiving reunion at the Lafont Inn a few years ago, we don’t have in-laws in this family, because, we’re all family. All of us will miss her fiercely, until we meet again.

Gingrich the father of Anna Nicole’s Baby? — Fox News Alert

Update #4: “I told you so!”

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) – Larry Birkhead is the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby, according to DNA tests, and the late reality TV star’s former boyfriend emerged from a court hearing Tuesday to proclaim that his daughter would soon be home.

Update #3: “The nude photospread at the link on the first Update will prove without a doubt the fact that I am speaking truth to power.” Blogger Nuke Gingrich’s latest comments come amid charges that his “denial” of being Anna Nicole’s Baby-daddy is in fact a cynical attempt to drive up traffic at his award-winning website. “That’s just ridiculous. There is no evidence to support those charges. I cannot imagine anyone using poor Anna Nicole like that. This photospread is proof positive that I am not the father of Danielynn. Do you see me in any of those photos? I rest my case”

Update #2: “Just give me what I want, and I’ll go away.” Right Wing Blogger Nuke Gingrich has reportedly changed his mind….”I want the house in the Bahamas.”

Update: Planck’s constant has a flicker photospread of anna nicole (sans clothing) in his sidebar. [Welcome WordPress Blog of the day -- thank you readers. ]

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Conservative blogger Nuke Gingrich came forward today and announced that he is not the father of Anna Nicole’s baby, Danielynn Hope.

“There is absolutely no truth to the rumor”, Nuke said, “And I have no idea how the rumor started. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know it was a rumor.”

annanic.jpgAs the looming custody battle heated up, “ Smith’s mother flew to the Bahamas on Saturday to check on the child, but the big question — the identity of the baby’s father — will be decided in a courtroom.” Source

384433538_64963497cc1.jpgNukegingrich, known for his insightful news and comment, and his dry sense of humor, wondered aloud how such a rumor could get started. “Well, after n2l got two straight Top 50 Blog of the day posts, I guess I uhmm, somebody figured they had better do something to attract the search engine bots, this being such a hot story and the cable news networks are all Nicole all the time.”
Developing………………………………..

Thinking about excercise is good for you? Works for me!

Remembering the old ways

I ran across an interesting post over at Republicans & Conservatives that referenced this article from the UK Economist, called “Goodbye to the blues.”

It was a surprisingly upbeat article about the South.  Perhaps it is surprising because of the long-held “Mississippi Burning” stereotypes that seem to be the expected prelude to any article or program talking about this region.  Even the non-threatening stereotypes from Beverly Hillbillies to Andy Griffith portray the South as backwards, and Southerners as dimwitted fools.  You know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t you.

As I was reading the Economist article, I was reminded of the family photographs that I  was able to get at a recent reunion.  Some of the photos were 75 or 80 years old, and showed a picture of a time before rural electricity, telephones, and indoor plumbing, transformed the South from a rural, agricultural society to a manufacturing and service-based suburbia that is not much different than other parts of the country.  If I can figure out a way to digitize the photos, I’ll post some of them here.

Here is an excerpt from The Economist:

Seventy years ago the average income in America’s South was $314 a year. In current dollars that would be about $4,400, meaning that southerners then were about as rich as the people of Botswana are today. Half the workers in the South in the 1930s were farmers, and half of those did not own the land they farmed. Some paid rent. Others, like Matthews, gave their landlord a share of their crop. The average landless cotton farmer made $73 a year ($1,023 today). Small wonder that by the late 1930s a quarter of those born in the southern countryside—black and white—had emigrated to the north or to southern cities.

Matthews lived and worked in Ohio for the rest of his life and died, much lamented, last year. During his lifetime the South was transformed. A political system based on fear and division was replaced by multiracial democracy. Southerners no longer subsist by sweating in fields, but by making cars, pampering tourists or flying urgent packages around the world.

Read the whole thing….

How bout them Dawgs?

Bulldogs Hold Off Wildcats In Overtime, 84-82, To Move Into SEC Semis

gordon.jpg03/09/2007 ATLANTA, Ga. – In a dramatic finish, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (18-12) defeated the Kentucky Wildcats (21-10) by a score of 84-82 in overtime in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament Friday afternoon.

State will face the winner of the Vanderbilt-Arkansas contest on Saturday at 12 p.m. CT. First-team all-SEC selection Jamont Gordon proved invaluable to the Bulldogs in Friday’s affair, scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds to notch his fourth double-double of the season along with hitting a clutch three-pointer [AT THE BUZZER!] to send the game to overtime. Kentucky starting center Randolph Morris dominated the Wildcat offense, scoring a game-high 29 points on 8-of-15 shooting along with a career-high 15 rebounds.

Leading at halftime 34-31, the Wildcats scored a quick two points to begin the second stanza before watching MSU storm out to a 24-6 run. At 57-43, State would hold the largest lead held by either team, before UK slowly chipped away to finally regain the advantage 70-68 at the 3:38 mark.

A series of ties and lead changes would follow in the final minutes of regulation, before UK’s Sheray Thomas would tip in a shot with 28 seconds remaining to put Kentucky on top by two. Freshman Barry Stewart missed an attempt from behind the arc and then UK’s Meeks drew a foul with 5.1 seconds remaining. After hitting his first and pulling UK’s lead to three at 76-73, a second would ice the game for the ‘Cats. However, a UK lane violation handed possession to State. Gordon then ran the length of the court and released a desperation three with 0.9 seconds on the game clock, watching it swish the net just after the buzzer sounded to send the game to overtime. Kentucky gained an early advantage in overtime, but with 3:18 left, Hansbrough scored a vital three-pointer to put MSU ahead 81-80. Stewart scored the final three points for MSU, including one free throw to put the MSU advantage at 84-82 with only three seconds left. Kentucky’s ensuing inbounds pass was deflected by Stewart into Gordon’s hands, finalizing the State victory. The win marked coach Rick Stansbury’s Bulldogs first over Kentucky in over six years.MSU Athletics

This was real sweet! I’m going to be smiling for a few hours.

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Update:  Arkansas defeats Vandy in the afternoon quarterfinal game.  That means that after tonight’s games, three of the remaining four teams in the tourney will be from the supposedly weak SEC Western Division.  March Madness. Love it!

Toyota to build assembly plant in Mississippi

4000 employees, plus thousands more new jobs in support businesses. This is welcome news for north Mississippi which has seen the redeployment of thousands of furniture manufacturing jobs since the passage of NAFTA.

Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi plans a major economic development announcement on Tuesday amid reports the state will become home to a Toyota Motor Corp. manufacturing plant.

The Nikkei, a Japanese business newspaper, said on its Web site Monday that Toyota will build an $880 million sports utility vehicle plant in Mississippi, eliminating sites in Arkansas and Tennessee from contention.

Barbour spokesman Pete Smith, asked if the announcement involved Toyota, responded: “We’re not saying anything about it.” Daniel Sieger, spokesman for Toyota’s North American manufacturing division, said there was “nothing to announce at this moment.”

Mississippi Development Authority officials did not immediately return calls for comment.

Nissan Motor Corp. opened an assembly plant north of Jackson in 2003. The 4,000-employee plant produced about 278,000 vehicles last year.

Officials in three northeast Mississippi counties _ Pontotoc, Lee and Union _ have been trying to market a 1,700-acre site as a possible location for an auto manufacturing plant.

The site, nicknamed “Wellspring,” is about 10 miles northwest of Tupelo. It’s next to U.S. 78, a federal highway that’s scheduled to be designated as Interstate 22.

Source: wkrn.com

Governor Haley Barbour’s press announcement is set for Tuesday, but nobody is officially confirming it. Trent Lott (the hair-do) is scheduled to be in Tupelo on Tuesday (Imagine that).

Barbour’s Democrat opponent in the upcoming election, John Arthur Eaves, is scheduled to make his official announcement of candidacy tomorrow also. But, with the Toyota announcement, nobody will hear him, nor will anyone care. Barbour just got re-elected. Cha-ching.

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Happy Valentine’s Day – Open thread

Mrs. Nuke did real good. I told y’all she got me a 4 1/2″ barrel, I was wrong. It is the 5 1/2″ barrel. Here is the pic:

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Ruger P512MKIII

Woo Hoooooooooo!

Happy Happy Joy Joy.

Hope ya’ll have a good ‘un.

Wednesday Open

Down at the general store….4Dblues is still on a break from posting, but he’s still got some pretty nice hots posted at Terrains of the Heart. This is up near Indianola, MS. I think the sign says, Persimmon Ridge. Cool, huh?

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Life is good.

May God Bless our troops.

Nuke

The new, new normal

I’ve blogged a couple of times about our personal experiences with Katrina. Recovery has been difficult, and everything is different. And even as things return to a semblance of normality, it’s still very different. I call it “the new normal.”

Thanksgiving weekend 2005, Mrs. Nuke’s mom came to live with us after cancer surgery, and a month long post-op in the hospital. In addition to poor health, she had lost all of her personal possessions in the storm surge. With everything going against her, it didn’t seem like Granny had much of a chance to ever see her home rebuilt.

But, fifteen months have passed since that Thanksgiving, and Granny keeps hanging in there.

Some time ago, I mentioned to y’all that it looked bad for her. We called the family in, and for several days, it was touch and go. She wasn’t ready to give up. But, she was ready to go home. So, all of my wife’s brothers and sisters spent some time trying to figure out how to give her what she really wanted: to go back to Pascagoula. The youngest brother decided to take family leave so he could be her care-giver, and she could see her home being rebuilt, and could be close to her old “stomping grounds”.

Well, today was “going home” day.

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Taco the wonder dog knew something was up

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half-way there, we stop for a pause for the cause, and Granny waves from the back of the van

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We made it in a little under four hours. Granny’s 2 oldest sons take her up the ramp to her FEMA trailer, parked just behind the homesite. Needless to say, she’s pretty happy. I haven’t seen her smile this much in months.

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Here is the homesite. It has been raised 10′, gutted, and re-windowed.

I would guess that at least a third of the homes in her neighborhood have been bulldozed, leaving only the slab. About a third have been rebuilt. And the rest are like Granny — somewhere in the re-building process.

Welcome home Granny.

cross-posted at NowPublic.com

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Mary Landrieu hits bottom, keeps digging

Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu had harsh words for the federal government on the eve of hearings into the progress of rebuilding the Gulf Coast following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Landrieu blamed the government for much of the devastation caused by Katrina and for the slow pace of recovery in Louisiana.

“I often think we would have been better off if the terrorists had blown up our levees,” she said. “Maybe we’d have gotten more attention.”

Landrieu also had strong words for many people in Washington who, she says, unfairly portrays Louisiana as the nation’s most corrupt state.

“Mississippi is actually the most corrupt state in the Union, but you never hear that, because there’s some political undertones about having Mississippi look so good and having Louisiana not look so good at the national level,” she said, echoing a theme put forth the past week by Governor Kathleen Blanco, who said that Mississippi received more aid because its governor is a Republican

Source: wwltv.com

Sorority chick Mary Landrieu has decided that centuries of Napoleanic corruption are too much to overcome, and it’s just much simpler to blame President Bush.

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Friday Open

Mississippi scenes from Terrains of the Heart

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Badge of Honor

wd_grade_f.gifI got a ping from WKB over at Free Republic. Seems that the abortion advocacy group, naral, has given out grades for killing the unborn, and my home state of Mississippi got a big fat “F”. Outstanding. Keep up the good work, Mississippi.

naral factoid: “98 per cent of Mississippi counties have no abortion provider”

Only 2% to go!

Ex-deputy arrested in 1964 race case

I grew up in the river city of Natchez, Mississippi. I remember these times, and these crimes and others like them. It has taken 40 years for the wheels of justice to finally turn. Forty years for an historically oppressed people to see this day. Forty years for this state to finally confront the long injustices.

For the families of Charles Moore, and Henry Dee.

JACKSON, Miss. – A white former sheriff’s deputy who was once thought to be dead was arrested on federal charges Wednesday in one of the last major unsolved crimes of the civil rights era — the 1964 killings of two black men who were beaten and dumped alive into the Mississippi River.

The break in the 43-year-old case was largely the result of the dogged efforts of the older brother of one of the victims, who vowed to bring the killers to justice.

James Ford Seale, a 71-year-old reputed Ku Klux Klansman from the town of Roxie, was charged with kidnapping hitchhikers Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, both 19

Source: news.yahoo.com

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GOP controls MS Senate for 1st time since Reconstruction

from Jackson, MS  Clarion Ledger:

walley.jpgThe Republican Party now controls the state Senate in Mississippi for the first time since Reconstruction – and the ramifications of that will be felt throughout the 2007 statewide elections.

Back in 2002, state GOP chairman Jim Herring said: “The Republican Party is in a position to make solid gains in the Legislature despite some of these gerrymandered state legislative districts that were adopted earlier this year. I think we’ll do well because our ideas are better.”

Herring saw the GOP make steady gains, but Senate parity was not achieved until this week, when state Sen. James “Shannon” Walley, who ran as a Democrat in 2003, said Thursday that he has qualified for re-election as a Republican.

 

Uhhmm, does this give you any ideas, Joe Lieberman?

Apartheid Yardbirds and the Saints

 

I have lunch with a good friend of mine at Alcorn State fairly often. Not long after we met, we discovered that we had quite a bit in common. Not only were we the same age, but we had both grown up in the 1960’s in the river city of Natchez. We both have two kids, and our daughters attend the same college. Plus, we both have a passion for providing opportunities for young people to grow and excel. Having so much in common, you might have thought we probably would have crossed paths so many years ago in Natchez, but that wasn’t the case.

As with many towns across the South, the lines of demarcation between white and black sections of town were very clearly delineated, and there was very little interaction between the two. That began to change in earnest around Christmas 1968 when a Federal judge decided it was time to bring the full weight of the law behind earlier decisions to desegregate Southern schools. The schools remained closed for an extra two weeks during Christmas vacation, and when they re-opened, school districts had been re-drawn, several schools had been re-named, and life as we knew it in Natchez had changed forever.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It had to change.

I was thinking about this while the chicken was on the grill — marinated in garlic-pepper sauce — and the aroma was, I’m sure, making the neighbors pretty darnqtime.jpg jealous on this overcast and breezy Sunday afternoon. I would check on the bird, and walk back over to look through the french door and keep an eye on the Saints-Eagles game. Mrs. Nuke was so delighted that I was taking care of the entree that she decided to whip up several side dishes; pear salad, green beans wrapped in bacon, dirty rice, and a big bowl of banana pudding (made with big slices of fresh bananas, vanilla wafers, and a cool whip topping). Dang!

Just as Carney kicked the last-second FG to lift the Saints over the Eagles, I was finishing up my second helpings of dinner, and was just about to dig in to the banana pudding. That was about a half-hour ago, and I’m still so full I could pop. Ahhh, life is good.

Those of us who grew up in The South in the 60’s and earlier know a little bit about apartheid. It wasn’t called apartheid. In fact, the first time I even heard that word was about 20 years ago when it started to become fashionable to punish South Africa for its racial policies by having Western portfolio managers dump investments in companies that did business with South Africa. Apartheid is what they called the official government policy of racial separation. It seemed a lot more harsh and brutal than did the segregationist policies of my youth in Natchez, but frankly, I was on the white side of the dividing line, and I really don’t know what it was like for the blacks.

But what started me thinking about this subject was an article from across the pond about Apartheid in Britain. The editorial writer who is discussing the muslim practice of separating themselves from British society, has decided that this constitutes Apartheid. Sorry, but I’ve got to call BS on this one. It is a mistake to equate the individual right of free association with a government sanctioned separation of races. It ain’t the same thing. And, regardless of how I feel about the voluntary separation that muslims are imposing upon themselves, to call it Apartheid is changing the definition of an evil practice and assigning the same motives to a minority.

I’m not letting the muslims off the hook either. If you folks want to separate yourselves from the mainstream societies of your adoptive countries, then fine, so be it. But don’t come hollering about “discrimination” and “intolerance” when I do the same thing. You see, I’ve got the same rights of free association as you claim for yourselves. Plus, if you intend to live in your adoptive country, then reign in your yob kids, and get on the with business of living your lives in a free and open society.

The editorial writer at The Telegraph was spot-on in this paragraph:

It will take compromises, but it will also take a determined signal about what we as a nation will and will not accept. It will require an understanding about what we mean by mutual respect and tolerance. Essentially, it is straightforward. I respect your religion, you respect mine, and we all respect our laws. That means that we respect the universality of our laws, with no special treatment for any one group.

Yup. It sure does. (Oh, how bout them Saints, heh™)

This article was originally published 10/15/06, and is being republished on the eve of the Saints-Eagles rematch on Saturday night, in the ‘Dome.

Bulldozin’ Bluesman

3_john-horton2.jpgJohn Horton III is sitting in the cab of his bulldozer on a cool early December morning in Swift Water, Miss. As the Aqua Farms crew rebuilds a catfish pond, he rehearses alone on his harmonica for the upcoming weekend’s performance. Only the harmonica and his name, in neat cursive just above the breast pocket of his dark-blue uniform, indicate that Horton is an accomplished blues musician.

“I’m a hoss,” the 46-year-old Horton tells me. “I would work between 50 and 100 hours a week. I’ve been bulldozing for 15 years, and no one has anything on me. I can brag about my bulldozing now. That’s my thing. To just play music, I’d have to travel, and I’m not too crazy about travelin’. I’m not goin’ to be braggin’ about my music, though. Sometimes I have to hurry out of my uniform and into my suit with my brim. People don’t believe it because of the way I can play. They say, ‘This guy’s good.’ The bulldozing is good because then I don’t have to sit around wondering if somebody’s going to show up or if somebody’s late.”

Influenced by the recordings of Howlin’ Wolf and Albert King, Horton often spends time on Walnut Street, the famed live music street in Greenville, Miss., “takin’ notes very seriously and thinkin’ about any difficulties I ran into.”

In the third month of performing live, when he was in his early twenties, nerves overwhelmed the musician, so he went to the bar and drank several glasses of gin. Horton passed out two songs into the performance. Ever since, he’s tried to stay away from some of the extreme behavior with which other blues artists have struggled.

“When I came back from Louisiana in ‘87,” Horton says, “everybody had a habit: dope, crack, whatever else. It just made me sick so I had to quit the whole scene. After a couple of months, people had told me I had to come back. I was playing at home one night, and I asked myself, ‘Why waste that talent?’ So I started back performing.”

Since the 1980s, he has opened for B.B. King and Willie Milton, toured New Zealand for two-and-a-half months and developed an uncommon 18-year relationship with a Gibson Flying V guitar named Lilly Mae. Overseas, audiences were so amazed by how tight Horton’s three-piece band was, it was bad for business. “They wouldn’t get up to go to the bar,” he says before bursting into laughter.

“John has a good feel for the blues,” Billy Smiley, Horton’s bassist for 15 years, tells me. “He’s good at improvising, and he has a lot of fun. He’s well known for that Flying V. That’s just not something you see a lot in traditional blues.”

“When I took it to a shop,” Horton recounts, “they knew it was Lilly Mae. Nobody plays that. I think I bought it for $180. Once a guy I play with, Tim, heard it. He was using a $2,000 Les Paul. After about two songs, he was asking to use my guitar. Not all the guitars made by this company have this sound. Only one in a hundred.”

read it all at Jackson Free Press

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A Bible in Jury Room May Mean Another Trial

STARKVILLE – An appeal is certain in Kristi Fulgham’s future. In Mississippi, anyone sentenced to death automatically begins a long appeal process.

However, Fulgham’s appeal may have some other implications centering on a Bible left in the jury room while the 12 deliberated on whether to sentence her to life in prison or death for capital murder.

Fulgham was convicted last week of murdering her husband Joseph “Joey” Fulgham in May 2003 at their Longview community residence. During the sentencing phase of the trial, it was discovered that a bailiff left his Bible in the jury room. When he returned for it, one of the jurors asked if they could keep it. About 15 minutes later, the jurors returned with a death sentence.

Jackson attorney James Lappan, who represents Kristi Fulgham, immediately requested a mistrial. Circuit Judge Lee Howard denied Lappan’s request after asking the jury if the presence of the Bible affected their decision. All the jurors said it hadn’t.

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Thursday in Mississippi

North to the home of the Delta Blues,

South to the home of Dixieland Jazz.

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Ode to Billie Joe

Four D Blues at the Tallahatchie. Good stuff, and more to see at Terrains of the Heart.

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G’nite yall.

Incoming Chair of Homeland Security Wants Open Borders

 

A Mississippi Democrat in line to become chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has warned the nation’s largest uniform supplier it faces criminal charges if it follows a White House proposal to recheck workers with mismatched Social Security numbers and fire those who cannot resolve the discrepancy in 60 days.

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Yes, you read that correctly. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the incoming chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, has decided that it is discriminatory against illegal aliens for their employer to terminate them for being illegal aliens. Never mind that they have already committed several criminal offenses, the least of which is perjury for knowingly signing a false I-9. Never mind that the employer faces stiff fines and penalties for hiring illegal aliens. Thompson plans to bring the full weight of the Federal government down on Employers who are trying to OBEY the law.

Earlier this month, he also said Democrats planned to “revisit” the Secure Border Fence Act mandating 698 miles of fencing on the US-Mexico border and might seek to scrap the plan.


“Tougher and Smarter” was the campaign slogan. With Thompson at the helm of Homeland Security, it is neither.

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It’s November 22nd

I was just commenting about November 22nd, forty-three years ago. 

johnfkennedy50.jpgIt was just after lunchtime when the Principal came on over the intercom, and in a very somber voice (not the same somber voice that was familiar to those of us who just had to know if the Principal really did have an electric paddle), asked for our attention, and made the following announcement.  

“We will be dismissing school early today.  Teachers, I want you to report to the auditorium for a very brief Faculty meeting.  Then, I want you all to go home and pray for our country.”

That was it.  She didn’t say so, but we knew something unusual had happened.  She then led us in The Lord’s Prayer, and we were dismissed.  About halfway on my walk home, one of the neighbor kids runs outside of his house and yells, “Hey Nuke!  ‘Ja hear the news?  Kennedy’s been shot!”

Apartheid Yardbirds and The Saints

I have lunch with a good friend of mine at Alcorn State fairly often. Not long after we met, we discovered that we had quite a bit in common. Not only were we the same age, but we had both grown up in the 1960’s in the river city of Natchez. We both have two kids, and our daughters attend the same college. Plus, we both have a passion for providing opportunities for young people to grow and excel. Having so much in common, you might have thought we probably would have crossed paths so many years ago in Natchez, but that wasn’t the case.

As with many towns across the South, the lines of demarcation between white and black sections of town were very clearly delineated, and there was very little interaction between the two. That began to change in earnest around Christmas 1969 when a Federal judge decided it was time to bring the full weight of the law behind earlier decisions to desegregate Southern schools. The schools remained closed for an extra two weeks during Christmas vacation, and when they re-opened, school districts had been re-drawn, several schools had been re-named, and life as we knew it in Natchez had changed forever.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Eventually, it had to change.  Whether it was for the better, the historians will decide.

I was thinking about this while the chicken was on the grill — marinated in garlic-pepper sauce — and the aroma was, I’m sure, making the neighbors pretty darnqtime.jpg jealous on this overcast and breezy Sunday afternoon. I would check on the bird, and walk back over and the french door and keep an eye on the Saints-Eagles game. Mrs. Nuke was so delighted that I was taking care of the entree that she decided to whip up several side dishes; pear salad, green beans wrapped in bacon, dirty rice, and a big bowl of banana pudding (made with big slices of fresh bananas, vanilla wafers, and a cool whip topping). Dang!

Just as Carney kicked the last-second FG to lift the Saints over the Eagles, I was finishing up my second helpings of dinner, and was just about to dig in to the banana pudding. That was about a half-hour ago, and I’m still so full I could pop. Ahhh, life is good.

Those of us who grew up in The South in the 60′s and earlier know a little bit about apartheid. It wasn’t called apartheid. In fact, the first time I even heard that word was about 20 years ago when it started to become fashionable to punish South Africa for its racial policies by having Western portfolio managers dump investments in companies that did business with South Africa. Apartheid is what they called the official government policy of racial separation. It seemed a lot more harsh and brutal than did the segregationist policies of my youth in Natchez, but frankly, I was on the white side of the dividing line, and I really don’t know what it was like for the blacks.

But what started me thinking about this subject was an article from across the pond about Apartheid in Britain. The editorial writer who is discussing the muslim practice of separating themselves from British society, has decided that this constitutes Apartheid. Sorry, but I’ve got to call BS on this one. It is a mistake to equate the individual right of free association with a government sanctioned separation of races. It ain’t the same thing. And, regardless of how I feel about the voluntary separation that muslims are imposing upon themselves, to call it Apartheid is changing the definition of an evil practice and assigning the same motives to a minority.

I’m not letting the muslims off the hook either. If you folks want to separate yourselves from the mainstream societies of your adoptive countries, then fine, so be it. But don’t come hollering about “discrimination” and “intolerance” when I do the same thing. You see, I’ve got the same rights of free association as you claim for yourselves. Plus, if you intend to live in your adoptive country, then reign in your kids, and get on the with business of living your lives in a free and open society.

The editorial writer at The Telegraph was spot-on in this paragraph:

It will take compromises, but it will also take a determined signal about what we as a nation will and will not accept. It will require an understanding about what we mean by mutual respect and tolerance. Essentially, it is straightforward. I respect your religion, you respect mine, and we all respect our laws. That means that we respect the universality of our laws, with no special treatment for any one group.

Yup. It sure does. (Oh, how bout them Saints, heh™)

Every Vote Counts

grail.jpgNow, I’m in a real quandry. I saw a story on Yahoo News that made me think of the line, Bring Out Your Dead!. Oh, that’s an easy one, you say. Monty Python should be the logical choice.
So, what’s my quandry? Well, what about Kareem Abdul Jabbar as the Apocalypse Guy wearing the king-size sandwich boards in Stephen King’s The Stand? stand021.jpgOr, Gary Sinese standing in from of the Vermont research center that has the words “All dead here” scrawled across the bricks?

stand041.jpgSee what I mean? It’s a real Quandry. All because of a little story about dead people voting in St. Louis. I know they vote in Mississippi, so I guess I’m not real surprised to find out that they vote in Missouri too. They probably vote in all states that begin with the letter “M”. The strange thing is, they all seem to vote for Democrats.

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