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  • Moss Point resident paints over black fist painted by mayor in front of city hall

    07/02/2020 3:36:01 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 31 replies
    WLBT TV ^ | July 2, 2020 | By Desirae Duncan and Lindsay Knowles
    MOSS POINT, Miss. (WLOX) - A Moss Point man says the mayor’s recent painting in front of City Hall is “racist” and that’s why he painted over part of it Wednesday morning. First thing Wednesday, Loper used black paint to paint of the fist, leaving the words “BLACK LIVES MATTER” alone. —- snip —- “All lives matter but (a) black power symbol is just like the stars and bars in the Confederate flag,” said Loper in a Facebook post. He added that the fist is “racist and not needed in Moss Point.”
  • MISSISSIPPI House Bill 1796 (State Flag; revise with a commission and require words "In God We Trust.")

    MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE 2020 Regular Session To: Rules By: Representatives Gunn, White, Johnson, Anderson (110th), Karriem, Williams-Barnes, Hines, Banks, Paden, Brown (70th), Porter, Mickens, McCray, Foster, Summers, Burnett, Clark, Crudup, Evans (91st), Denton, Reynolds, Scott, Anthony, Gibbs (72nd), Holloway, Ford (73rd), Osborne, Rosebud, Bell (65th), Harness, Walker, Hudson, Taylor, McGee, Faulkner House Bill 1796(As Sent to Governor) AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE COMMISSION TO REDESIGN THE MISSISSIPPI STATE FLAG; TO PRESCRIBE THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMISSION AND TO PROVIDE FOR ITS ORGANIZATION AND MEETINGS; TO PROVIDE THAT THE NEW DESIGN FOR THE MISSISSIPPI STATE FLAG RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMISSION SHALL...
  • WATCH: Mississippi governor signs bill to remove Confederate emblem from state fla

    06/30/2020 4:54:24 PM PDT · by Meatspace · 119 replies
    PBS ^ | 6/30/20 | Emily Wagster Pettus
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — With a stroke of the governor’s pen, Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem — a symbol that’s widely condemned as racist. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday signed the historic bill that takes the 126-year-old state flag out of law, immediately removing official status for the banner that has been a source of division for generations.
  • HC 79 Mississippi House Concurrent Resolution 2020 Regular Session [Mississippi Flag]

    06/28/2020 3:21:32 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 32 replies
    HC 79 Mississippi House Concurrent Resolution 2020 Regular Session passed the House 84 to 35 with 1 not voting. It passed the Senate 36 to 14. Here's the text of the Bill House Concurrent Resolution 79 MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE 2020 Regular Session To: Rules By: Representatives Gunn, Johnson, Karriem, Faulkner, Paden, Hines, Dortch, Denton, Mickens, Foster, McCray, Harness, McGee, Williams-Barnes, Jackson House Concurrent Resolution 79 (As Adopted by House) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION SUSPENDING THE DEADLINES FOR THE PURPOSE OF REQUESTING THE DRAFTING, AND THE INTRODUCTION, CONSIDERATION AND PASSAGE, OF A BILL ENTITLED "AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A COMMISSION TO REDESIGN THE...
  • Mississippi House passes bill to take Confederate symbol off state flag

    06/28/2020 2:14:12 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06 28 2020 | Zack Budryk
    Mississippi’s state House of Representative on Sunday passed a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the state flag, with the Senate expected to pass the measure later today. The lower chamber voted 91-23 to remove the symbol from the flag, which has flown since 1894. It was the nation’s last state flag containing the symbol. The legislation, written by House Speaker Philip Gunn (R), calls for the current flag to be immediately removed, after which a nine-person commission would be appointed to design a new one, Mississippi Today reported. Under the terms of the bill, the commission would recommend...
  • Mississippi governor says he would sign bill to remove Confederate emblem from state flag

    06/27/2020 11:32:09 AM PDT · by Meatspace · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/27/20 | Brittany Shammas
    Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R), who has long insisted voters should decide whether to remove the Confederate emblem from the state’s flag, said for the first time Saturday that he would sign a bill to change the banner if one is sent his way. “The legislature has been deadlocked for days as it considers a new state flag,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “The argument over the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it’s time to end it. If they send me a bill this weekend, I will sign it.”
  • Mississippi appears to have enough votes to change state flag, senior lawmaker says

    06/26/2020 12:09:13 PM PDT · by Meatspace · 58 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/26/20 | David C. Ingram and Minyvonne Burke
    Mississippi lawmakers who want to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state's flag appear to have enough votes in the state Legislature to make the change, a senior state lawmaker said Friday. State Rep. Robert Johnson III, the Democratic leader of the state House of Representatives, told NBC News that all the needed votes “appear to be there."
  • In Today’s ‘Cancel Culture,’ Why Is Former KKK Leader And Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd Still Honored?

    06/26/2020 10:00:08 AM PDT · by maggief
    GOPUSA ^ | June 25, 2020
    If accepted at the time, the design would have likely revolutionized architecture. ======================================================================== In the early 1500s, Leonardo da Vinci designed a hypothetical bridge for the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. It was rejected. Over 500 years later, an MIT team has recreated the design with a model and have showed that it would have worked. Da Vinci's design incorporates architectural techniques that would have not been seen for another 300 years. ========================================================================== Gretchen Ertl ========================================================================= Researchers at MIT have proven Leonardo da Vinci correct yet again, this time involving his design for what would have been at the time...
  • Mississippi pastor says he was kicked out of church for saying ‘black lives matter’

    06/26/2020 8:07:22 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 26 2020 | Caleb Parke
    A Columbus, Miss., pastor, who is white, was allegedly given the boot by his former church for supporting protests and the idea that "black lives matter" after George Floyd's police-related death, The Christian Post reports. After three and a half years leading The Heights Church, Bishop Scott Volland and his wife, Debra, were voted out by the church's board on June 18 because of differing views on addressing racial issues. "Whether it is saying that 'black lives matter' (as a human fact), or in speaking out to remove racially offensive/insensitive monuments or politicians, I have been informed that my 'agenda...
  • Mississippi gov might not block change to rebel-themed flag

    06/25/2020 9:43:31 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 77 replies ^ | June24, 2020 | Emily Wagster Pettus
    <p>ACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday, for the first time, that he probably would not stand in the way if legislators muster a large enough majority to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.</p>
  • Mississippi Man Charged With Threatening to Kill Congressman

    06/24/2020 7:24:44 PM PDT · by Meatspace · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 6/24/20 | Marie Fazio
    A Mississippi man was charged in connection with a phone call threatening to kill a United States representative and his staffers, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. The man, Newton Wade Townsend, 52, of Brandon, Miss., was charged on Tuesday with threatening a public official. Court records, which only identify the congressman by the initials B.T., said that the threat was made on June 1.
  • Tuesday Primary Thread: 6 things to watch

    06/23/2020 12:53:06 AM PDT · by RandFan · 97 replies
    Roll Call ^ | June 23 | Bridget Bowman, Niels Lesniewski, Stephanie Akin, and Chris Cioffi
    The successor to prison-bound former Rep. Chris Collins and the challenger to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will be decided Tuesday along with nominees for dozens of House seats as six states hold elections. But it may take several days for votes to be counted as states cope with an expected surge in mail-in ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic. Elections in Kentucky, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina and Virginia had already been delayed, while South Carolina’s runoffs for state-level offices were always planned for Tuesday.In New York, Kentucky and North Carolina, which is hosting a GOP runoff for White...
  • GOP rallies around Trump after firing of Manhattan US attorney

    06/22/2020 11:54:23 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/22/20 08:05 PM EDT | ALEXANDER BOLTON
    GOP rallies around Trump after firing of Manhattan US attorney BY ALEXANDER BOLTON - 06/22/20 08:05 PM EDT — GOP rallies around Trump after firing of Manhattan US attorney Senate Republicans on Monday largely defended President Trump following his controversial decision this week to fire Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) said Trump was within his right to fire Berman, who was involved in a number of politically sensitive investigations that touched on Trump and his advisers. “It’s kind of like previous firings, I would say,” Thune said....
  • NCAA bans all championship events in Mississippi over state flag with Confederate emblem

    06/19/2020 11:40:39 AM PDT · by Meatspace · 53 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | 6/19/20 | PATRICK MAGEE
    After the Southeastern Conference took a stand against the state flag in Mississippi on Thursday, the NCAA Board of Governors took it a step further on Friday. The NCAA announced that it is banning all of its championship events from being in the state as long as the Confederate emblem is included on the Mississippi state flag. The NCAA had previously only barred awarding NCAA championship sites that were determined in advance of a tournament in states that displayed the Confederate flag.
  • GOP Senators Say Mississippi Statues at U.S. Capitol, State’s Flag, Are State’s Business (Hyde-Smith: I would support changing the flag)

    06/17/2020 12:27:30 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 17 2020 | PENNY STARR
    Republican Senators from Mississippi were pressed to speak about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) letter to the Joint Committee on the Library on June 10 asking that 11 statues of Confederate soldiers be removed from the U.S. Capitol. WJTV in Jackson, Mississippi asked GOP Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith about Pelosi’s effort and whether or not they also stood by the state’s flag, which has a field with the Confederate flag design: 12 News reached out to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) about whether he’s in favor of removing Mississippi’s statues in the U.S. Capitol building.
  • IHL college board to approve relocating Confederate monument from heart of Ole Miss campus

    06/15/2020 6:47:10 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 19 replies
    Mississippi Today ^ | 06 15 2020 | Adam Ganucheau
    The board of trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning, during its Thursday meeting, is expected to consider and approve a plan to relocate the Confederate monument at the University of Mississippi. Several sources close to IHL board members told Mississippi Today on Monday that the 12-member board, amid statewide and national protests about racial inequities in government and Confederate iconography, will vote to approve the university’s plan to move the monument at its Thursday morning board meeting. The meeting will be held virtually, and a meeting agenda will be released on Wednesday. Several representative bodies comprised of University of...
  • Mississippi cops launch manhunt for gunman who 'shot and killed a beloved deputy, 77, who was working to help raise his grandchildren after their mother died'

    06/13/2020 1:58:43 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 13 2020 | MAXINE SHEN
    Mississippi authorities are on a manhunt for a suspect who fatally shot a sheriff's deputy after grabbing the cop's gun while he was taken into custody. The Hinds County Sheriff's Office said in a tweet that Joaquin Steven Blackwell, 22, of Magee, Mississippi, is 'armed and dangerous' after having fatally shot a Simpson County Deputy Friday afternoon in Mendenhall, Mississippi. The Jones County Sheriff's Department identified the deputy as being James Blair, 77, in a Facebook post Friday, noting he was 'Shot and killed in the line duty' and his end of watch date.
  • MS: Man accused of trying to kill two Wheeler residents

    06/08/2020 5:48:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Daily Journal ^ | 4 June, 2020 | William Moore
    BOONEVILLE - A man is recovering in a Memphis hospital after a Good Samaritan shot him as he assaulted a female. Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar said deputies responded to an altercation in the Wheeler area Tuesday night but were unable to locate the suspect. A resident called 911 around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and said he was near the Wheeler Head Start following the suspect from the night before. "The caller stayed on the line as best was possible keeping the dispatch posted on the suspect's location and direction of travel as well as his erratic behavior," Tolar said. When...
  • Tropical Storm Cristobal

    06/05/2020 10:28:53 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 135 replies
    NOAA/NHC ^ | 5 June 2020 | NOAA/NHC
    Cristobal has started to move toward the Gulf of Mexico after stalling over Campeche Mexico. Tropical Storm and storm surge watches have been issued along the Northern Gulf of Mexico coast. Most of the convection is located to the east of the storm. Satellite Imagery NHC Public Advisories NHC Discussions New Orleans Radar Loop Lake Charles LA Radar Loop Mobile AL Radar Loop Houston/Galveston TX Radar Loop Buoy Data with Storm Track overlay
  • Police: Junior High Teacher Zachary Borenstein Defaced U. of Mississippi Monument

    06/03/2020 3:19:33 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 3, 2020 | TOM CICCOTTA
    Protester Zachary Borenstein was arrested on felony charges of defacing a monument on the campus of the University of Mississippi on Saturday. Borenstein reportedly teaches geometry to junior high school students in Hollandale, Mississippi. In response to the vandalism, the university has decided to relocate the monument. According to a report by Campus Reform, Zachary Borenstein, a geometry teacher at Simmons Junior-Senior High School, was arrested on Saturday after he allegedly defaced a campus monument with spray paint. Borenstein, a graduate of the University of Mississippi, allegedly painted the words “spiritual genocide” on a Confederate monument on campus. Borenstein faces a felony charge for...