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.

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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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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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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.

Flags of Our Fathers – Montford Point Marines

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I want to thank reaganite for posting this entry at GCP. Great article, great website, and great deeds from the “greatest generation.” Semper Fi, gentlemen.

Back home in Jackson, where I was the first Negro Marine admitted to the Corps from Mississippi, I had to wait out the period until a sufficient amount of the camp had been completed. There was one special requirement the Marine Generals insisted on. “If we must admit them, and train them, we reserve the right to demand that every Negro who wants to become a Marine, must have an education either in college, or must have completed his high school courses.” It was the one regulation we later came to love, because intellectually, we were smarter than 80 percent of the white Marines. We had college graduates … college Professors, college teachers … high school graduates … and in the end, the highest number of Marines (20) to be sent to Montfort Point, in a group, were from Jackson, Mississippi.

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The case for Voter ID

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Interesting story in today’s NYT makes the case for Voter ID. Here’s an excerpt:

MACON, Miss., Oct. 5 — The Justice Department has chosen this no-stoplight, courthouse town buried in the eastern Mississippi prairie for an unusual civil rights test: the first federal lawsuit under the Voting Rights Act accusing blacks of suppressing the rights of whites.
The action represents a sharp shift, and it has raised eyebrows outside the state. The government is charging blacks with voting fraud in a state whose violent rejection of blacks’ right to vote, over generations, helped give birth to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Yet within Mississippi the case has provoked knowing nods rather than cries of outrage, even among liberal Democrats.
The Justice Department’s main focus is Ike Brown, a local power broker whose imaginative electoral tactics have for 20 years caused whisperings from here to the state capital in Jackson, 100 miles to the southwest. Mr. Brown, tall, thin, a twice-convicted felon, the chairman of the Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee and its undisputed political boss, is accused by the federal government of orchestrating — with the help of others — “relentless voting-related racial discrimination” against whites, whom blacks outnumber by more than 3 to 1 in the county.
His goal, according to the government: keeping black politicians — ones supported by Mr. Brown, that is — in office.

(h/t pharmboy)

Marion County Teen Defies Ban on Battle Flag

From the Ocala Star Banner

On Monday, sophomore April Brenay, 15, began to circulate a petition among students urging that the school do away with the dress code policy banning clothing with the Confederate flag. On Wednesday, Brenay wore a Dixie Outfitters-brand shirt with a Confederate flag on the back and the message: “If this flag offends you, you need a history lesson.”

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