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The Scary Democrat Duck


American Civil Liberties Union calls for protest rally at Mississippi Governor’s Mansion

The scary Democrat duck first appeared on my Facebook page, and it was quickly determined the duck was a Democrat because it wanted free food and water. That was confirmed when the duck received endorsements from Sam Hall, executive editor of the Clarion-Ledger, the news staffs of the Clarion-Ledger and Mississippi Today, Bernie Sanders. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and the newest star of the radical left, socialist Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez of New York City. Less than 24 hours later, the scary Democrat duck appeared again (see bottom photo) when he wanted more handouts and free water. I quickly heard from Ricky Cole who noted the duck was a Muscovy Duck and Cole charged I was “harboring an illegal.” As Cole is a former chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party, I was surprised Cole referred to the duck as illegal, instead of just being undocumented. On Facebook I then heard from Wayne Brown, retired Southern District Highway Commissioner.  Brown is a professional engineer and suggested I build a pond for the duck. Brown kindly said he would donate his engineering services to build the pond. With those free labor services, I decided to check to see if the Mississippi Department of Transportation would provide the remainder of the funds to build a pond for the scary Democrat duck. Melinda McGraff, executive director of MDOT, said she would first have to check with Sam Hall and Geoff Pender of the Clarion-Ledger to determine if the pond would be built within 433 miles of the home of Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in Flowood, Mississippi.

Did the scary Democrat duck vote for Thad Cochran in the 2014 Republican primary against Chris McDaniel?

Will the duck be a factor in the 2018 contest for the U.S. Senate between Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, Chris McDaniel and Mike Espy? McDaniel reportedly is claiming the duck was one of the Democrats who supported former Sen. Cochran by voting in the 2014 GOP primary. There are also reports Hyde-Smith called the White House begging for President Trump to endorse her because the scary Democrat duck could seriously impact her candidacy. Espy maintains he is not so sure our duck friend is a Democrat. Espy apparently thinks the duck resembles one of the federal prosecutors when Espy was indicted on 39 counts of accepting more than $35,000 in gifts, trips and favors. Espy was forced to resign as Secretary of Agriculture after he was appointed to that post by then President Bill Clinton.

Of course, the ACLU is undeterred and still plans to hold a protest rally outside the Governor’s Mansion in Jackson. The Clarion-Ledger and Mississippi Today promise to send 282 reporters to cover the protest. The keynote speaker is expected to be Attorney General Jim Hood who will say everything is just ducky with the scary Democrat duck.

A must read even if it is disgusting

The Clarion.Ledger’s “Public Office – Private Gain”

I have never hesitated to criticize journalists and since I started writing again I have taken a number of shots at The Clarion.Ledger. However, let’s give credit where a lot of credit is due. Last Sunday a special investigation by that newspaper’s political editor, Geoff Pender, and reporters Mollie Bryant and Kate Royals, contained an in-depth story entitled “Public Office Private Gain.” That and more is available in the CL’s online edition and we should expect more print stories about the issue next Sunday. It should be a must read by every taxpayer in our state. I’ll have more comments about this in a future post, but for now, congratulations to the newspaper and the three writers who are writing the series. Elected officials using their campaign contributions for personal use is nothing less than a complete disgrace.

Gil Carmichael, R.I.P.

I had met Gil Carmichael several times prior to his race against Mississippi’s political godfather, longtime and powerful Sen. James O. Eastland. I got to know him better when he spent most of one Sunday afternoon in 1972 at my home in Ocean Springs talking politics. At one point during that Sunday afternoon I told the Meridian Volkswagen dealer he should be spending his time campaigning on the Gulf Coast rather than chatting with me about politics. Little did I know in just a few weeks I would become Carmichael’s state campaign manager in his seemingly hopeless and longshot campaign against the powerful Eastland. Initially, Carmichael was kind of a throw away candidate for Mississippi Republicans. In the GOP primary for Eastland’s senate seat, Carmichael’s opponent was James Meredith. Yes, that James Meredith – the same Meredith who almost 10 years earlier had become the first black student to enroll at Ole Miss amidst riots, violence, and one of this state’s ugliest moments. In 1972 Republican leaders in Mississippi cringed at the thought of Meredith being the GOP nominee against Eastland. Thus Carmichael was drafted to run against Meredith. After polishing off Meredith in the

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Dispatches From Pluto: A Very Good Read, A Sad Story

Last October, The Jackson Clarion.Ledger interviewed Richard Grant, author of Dispatches from Pluto:Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta. Unfortunately at the time, I just gave a quick read of the story and forgot about it. About the same time there was a review of the book by Boyce Upholt, who was identified as a writer based in Cleveland, MS. I did not read Upholt’s review until much letter. Early in his review, Upholt writes, “A man (Grant) ventures into desolation and sends back missives to the more civilized world.” In my opinion, it is only a so-so review and does not do Grant’s book justice. Later I noticed in The Clarion.Ledger the book ranked at the top of the list of books being read by Mississippians. At the time I was not one of them. Dispatches from Pluto was one of the books I received for Christmas from my youngest son who lives in Washington, D.C. A book about the Mississippi Delta, racism and many other problems of the region was even a little surprising that it was sent by that particular son. He was born in Mississippi but attended school in D.C. from the fourth through twelfth grades. He came back to Mississippi for college and returned to D.C. to work where he has lived ever since. That Grant and his girlfriend, now his wife, made it to Mississippi is almost a strange story in itself. It is almost a story of an odd couple taking a strange journey to Mississippi. Grant

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SEC Media Days – Bonner Asks Mullen About State Flag

Surprise! Surprise! MSU beat writer questions Mullen about state flag; newspaper’s flag obsession continues in Birmingham

Tuesday afternoon, it was MSU head coach Dan Mullen’s turn before the hundreds of media, from all over the South and nation, gathered in Birmingham for the annual SEC Media Days. After being asked more than a dozen questions about the Bulldog football program and upcoming season, the next-to-last question was asked by Michael Bonner, The Clarion-Ledger’s beat writer for MSU. None of the other reporters asked Mullen about the state flag, but to nobody’s surprise, Bonner asked Mullen about it. The newspaper has already reported the position of Mullen, head basketball coach Ben Howland and the university on their view that the state flag should be changed. If you think that Bonner was not told by his editors to ask the question, please contact me about the island I have for sale in the Gulf of Mexico.

The next morning, Wednesday, Bonner’s story about Mullen and the flag appeared at the top of the front page, the news front page, not the sports section. In the first paragraph of his Wednesday article, Bonner wrote the flag debate “reached SEC Media Days Tuesday.” It reached the event because Bonner asked the flag question. For some strange reason, the other reporters only asked Mullen about the Bulldog football program and the SEC – the purpose of SEC Media Days. The story also noted in Mississippi State’s official response on the flag a week earlier, MSU president Mark Keenum noted in 2001, when the statewide referendum on the flag was held, the MSU Faculty Senate voted overwhelming to change the flag. Let’s face it. The faculty senate at MSU or almost any other university would vote for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders for president.

After Bonner’s front page story, on the sports front page, CL columnist Hugh Kellenberger, previously a beat writer at Ole Miss, took his shot at Mullen on the state flag question. The headline to his column said “Mullen not leading on flag issue.” Mullen is paid a lot of money to win football games at Mississippi State, not to endorse The Clarion-Ledger’s constant drum beating to change the flag. When Mullen was asked about the state flag, by a Clarion-Ledger reporter, Kellenberger wrote in his column that Mullen “totally fell apart.” I watched Mullen’s entire comments at SEC Media Days. In his response to Bonner’s question about the state flag, in no way did Mullen “totally fell apart.” The Clarion-Ledger and others often repeat that the NCAA will not allow postseason events to be played in the state because of the flag.

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Fast and Loose With “Worked for Former U.S. Sen. John Stennis”

Another left-of-center writer, David Dallas of the Mississippi Business Journal, has jumped on the bandwagon to change the state flag. Along the way in his column, Dallas also takes cheap shots at Lt. Governor Tate Reeves. Perhaps we should review Dallas’ own credentials. At the end of each column he writes for the MBJ, the publication notes that Dallas “worked for former U.S. Sen. John Stennis.” Just as there is truth in lending and truth in advertising, there should be truth in journalism credentials. As someone who worked on a congressional staff for 14 years, I would argue that if you worked for a U.S. Senator that means you worked on his personal Senate staff, his staff in the state or even his committee staff since Stennis was chairman of two powerful committees. You could even stretch working for Stennis to being on his campaign staff for one of his re-election campaigns. In fact, Dallas’ so-called “work” for Stennis came after Stennis had retired and was living back in Starkville. Dallas, who also worked at the Stennis Institute, was paid by Mississippi State University. As a graduate student at MSU, Dallas and two other State students took care of Stennis 24 hours per day. Stennis was in very poor health after he retired and before he died. Dallas and the others drove Stennis to his home in Starkville provided by MSU, drove him to church, took him to Stennis’ hometown of DeKalb, pushed his wheelchair and was generally a personal assistant to Stennis.

Calls Lt. Gov. Reeves “Tater” 12 times

In his recent column about the state flag, Dallas called Lt. Gov. Reeves “Tater” 12 times. That’s pretty disrespectful and tacky, at best. In praising House Speaker Phillip Gunn as “courageous to a point” for Gunn supporting Mississippi changing the state flag. He notes that Gunn is “sincere enough with his Christian love and faith.” Is that a suggestion that those on the other side of the issue cannot have Christian love and faith? Dallas adds that the “hate-base” has been the backbone of the Mississippi Republican Party. Evidently Dallas’ graduate education did not teach him that the South’s most racist governors, Ross Barnett (Miss.), George Wallace (Ala), Lester Maddox (Ga) and Orval Faubus (Ark) were

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