Big-government Confederates

Why am I not surprised this Confederate-loving state representative from Florida is a Tea Party Republican and former head of the state’s Christian Coalition?

A bill that adds a layer of government and takes away local control passed a House panel controlled by Republicans on Monday.

Yes, Republicans on the House’s Agriculture and Natural Resources committee seemed to contradict their own principles by narrowly passing HB 493 7-6 that would require Florida’s Cabinet to approve any changes to historic sites in the state park system if anyone objects. Currently, all changes are made by administrators working in the parks system or the Florida Department of Environmental Protection after considering local input.

It wasn’t a RINO who sponsored the bill, but Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, the House’s ultra-conservative behind the 2005 “stand your ground” law, among others. He filed the bill in reaction to a request by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War to erect a obelisk honoring the fallen Union soldiers in the Feb. 20, 1864 Battle of Olustee. …

“I think it’s appropriate for someone to come in and question if a competing monument will detract from that historical significance,” Baxley said.  “There’s an expectation in historical monuments of permanency. If you’re going to change things, that’s a policy decision.

“It’s not Southern as much as it’s descendants and individuals who their families died there to avoid the strafing and burning of their state,” Baxley said. “They were defending Florida.”


‘Bama greeks still unsure about desegregation

This might as well have been written in 1964. Welcome to Tuscaloosa, 2014:

A modest proposal encouraging Bama’s fraternities and sororities not to discriminate or segregate on the basis of race died in the student Senate last week—after it was sunk by senators with Greek sympathies, according to several of the bill’s sponsors. …

The proposed resolution was tame as hell; after decrying the school’s longtime “stigma… regarding its legacy of segregation,” it stated that “the Senate supports the complete integration of all Greek letter fraternities and sororities at the University of Alabama, with respect to social diversity among its membership.”

Opponents used a parliamentary procedure to table the resolution before the Senate adjourned from its final meeting. 27 senators voted to kill the bill; 5 voted for it, and 2 voted “present,” according to the Crimson White.

No doubt The Machine played a pivotal role in killing the resolution. For more on the all-white, secret society that wields tremendous influence at the University of Alabama, check out this Esquire article from 1992. Typically that would be considered a dated source, but look who I’m talking about.

The day I visit Kappa Alpha [Order], someone has a Confederate flag hanging in a back window, and there’s a nervous feeling in the air. That’s because fraternity leaders are holding strategy meetings to plan their defiance of the school administration. The university is trying to force integration and other reforms on the fraternities and sororities through a self-evaluation procedure called the accreditation plan. The university has no timetable; but the threat is that stubborn fraternities will lose official recognition — and be forced, some say, to rebuild their mansions off campus.

Christopher “Boo” Haughton, the Kappa Alpha president, can’t really talk for a couple of days, not till the fraternity has figured out its plan of action. He has tousled reddish-brown hair and big, heavy-lidded eyes. He wears boots and jeans and a T-shirt.

He does tell me a little about tradition. Greek life goes back to the time after the Civil War, he says, when the plantation owners sought a place closer than Europe for their boys to learn how to conduct themselves. Boo grew up in Haleyville, a town of five thousand. He’s from old money and says so openly.

“Southerners are a very proud people,” Boo says. “My grandmother tells stories of her mother being a child and throwing day-old biscuits at Union soldiers walking by their house in Pine Apple, Alabama.” He shakes his head. “That sends chills up my spine to think of that. Any association with that war — with what they wanted and what they went through.”

Southerners are not a monolith, Boo. Some of us are embarrassed our relatives were on the wrong side of history. Unfortunately, rednecks like you continue doing your best to keep us in the Dark, er, White Ages.

Oliver Stone validates David Duke

Acording to Haaretz, Oliver Stone said U.S. public opinion remains focused on the Holocaust due to “Jewish domination of the media,” and claims his next film will attempt to put Adolf Hitler and Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin “in context.” He claims he’s been able to “walk in Stalin’s shoes and Hitler’s shoes to understand their point of view.”

So the greatest mass murderers of the 20th Century are in fact misunderstood victims of a Jewish cover-up that involves the U.S. media.


This is what happens when you view everything through a conspiratorial lens — you end up sounding just like David Duke?

Stone should have been marginalized years ago, but just last fall he turned up the reality show Dream School teaching history to troubled students who had either dropped out or been expelled.

I guess Dr. Duke wasn’t available.

King Arthur gets his parking deck

The anticipated, not-so-hidden fees are already emerging for the Stadium Few Want and Atlanta Doesn’t Need.

The $17 million in state bonds to expand a parking deck near the new $1.2 billion Falcons stadium has emerged as one of the biggest surprises tucked into the state budget. Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday it’s been in the works for months. …

“We’re in the business of providing what’s needed for our World Congress Center campus and this would all be a part. And they tell me that parking is not adequate right now. I think the need is justified. We believe this first step is a critical step corporate welfare to our richest citizens,” Deal said.

Alabama opts to remain stupid

No doubt Common Core is imperfect, but at least its goals are aspirational — something Tea Party types won’t abide.

They claim it’s the heavy hand of big government they fear, but in truth their opposition  is all about  imposing a delusional, fundamentalist Christian worldview on impressionable kids.

Alabama appears poised to opt out of Common Core, as you’d expect from a state that consistently ranks near the bottom of the 50 states in public education.

Perhaps that explains why Common Core opponent Danny Hubbard, chairman of the Talladega County Republican Party, doesn’t know who wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

I believe it’s written by a fellow from Montgomery,” Hubbard told The Anniston Star. Or a woman from Monroeville, Ala.

“Mockingbird” joins John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath,” Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451″ and William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” on the list of books deemed  “highly controversial” by the Alabama GOP due to “vulgar language, explicit description of sex acts, incest, rape and host of other sexual perversions.”

They also object to Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” because it dishonors the legacy of a great American: Joe McCarthy. Seriously.

“Now that all the records are out, it’s clear that McCarthy didn’t go far enough,” Hubbard said.

State Sen. Scott Beason, a likely candidate for Congress, agrees. “So we’re comparing the McCarthy investigations of the 1950s, in which he turned out to be right, with the Salem witch hunts,” he said.

Beason said he merely wants balance, pointing to a Common Core textbook’s inclusion of the poem “Hiroshima,” a remembrance of the dropping of the atomic bomb told from the Japanese point of view.

“It doesn’t sound like we’re being very good folks, does it?” said Beason, addding the poem “undermines American values.”

Next they’ll be scrubbing any mention of slavery because it makes Confederate Americans look bad and reflects unfairly on large plantation owners, the “job creators” of their time.

How to neuter rage

A few years ago I witnessed a meltdown, and I saw myself. That was me, sitting in traffic, screaming at no one in particular about something I couldn’t control. I decided to make a change.

So now, whenever I’m stuck in one of Atlanta’s interminable clusterfucks, I don’t yell at the wind. I just talk like Fred Schneider.

It works, when I remember to do it.



You Know You’re NOT From The South … when you compile a lazy, offensive and clice-ridden list like this one.

Let me set the record straight as native of the South. Most Southerners I know:

Are embarrassed by the Confederate flag;

Have never said “Bless your heart”;

Don’t hunt;

Aren’t lazy;

Have never owned a plantation and;

Don’t give a shit about those “Duck Dynasty” yuppies.