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US: Mississippi (News/Activism)

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  • Mississippi Supreme Court to decide if boy’s legal ‘biological’ parents are two lesbians

    12/09/2017 9:15:48 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 51 replies
    Life Site News ^ | December 8, 2017 | Doug Mainwaring
    The Mississippi Supreme Court heard arguments last week about whether a boy born to a lesbian couple should be legally considered the biological son of his mother's female partner. Because of the nature of the child’s conception and the relationship of the adults in his life, the story is complicated. The two women who were “married” chose to have a child that would be conceived in one of them via anonymous sperm donation. The boy is now six years old. His mother’s “ex-spouse,” who helped raise the child from birth, sought to be recognized as a biological parent when the...
  • Grow Up: Lewis,Thompson to Skip Opening of Civil Rights Museum Because Trump's Going

    12/07/2017 5:46:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2017 | Leah Barkoukis
    Reps. John Lewis (D-GA) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS) announced they will no longer be attending the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday because President Trump will be there. The two African American congressmen issued a joint statement about their decision, arguing Trump’s presence ‘disrespects’ the efforts of Mississippi’s black civil rights leaders. "Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum. The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi. President Trump’s disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants and National Football...
  • John Lewis won't attend civil rights museum opening due to Trump presence

    12/07/2017 2:00:49 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 77 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 7,2017 | By Brett Samuels
    Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) announced Thursday he won’t attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday because President Trump will be there. “President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum," Lewis said in a joint statement with Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.). Lewis and Thompson cited Trump’s past comments about women, immigrants and NFL players who have protested during the national anthem before games, saying his remarks "disrespect the efforts" of civil rights leaders. Lewis had previously said he was reconsidering whether to attend after the White...
  • NAACP: Trump should not attend Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opening

    12/06/2017 6:23:32 AM PST · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 5, 2017 | Brett Samuels
    The NAACP on Tuesday announced opposition to President Trump attending the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this weekend, saying he has created a "racially hostile climate." [Snip] Amos Brown, an NAACP board member and Jackson native, called Trump’s planned appearance "an insult." Trump has repeatedly faced backlash for making inflammatory statements about minority groups and sparked controversy after the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., for saying that "both sides" were to blame. He has been harshly critical of NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest racial inequality, and feuded with the father of...
  • Damaged USS Fitzgerald Loaded in Japan

    11/26/2017 3:55:20 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    gCaptain ^ | November 25, 2017 | Mike Schuler
    The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) has been loaded aboard the heavy lift transport vessel Transshelf and begin her journey to Pascagoula, Mississippi for further repairs. Fitzgerald departed Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka under tow on November 24 begin the heavy lift process in deep water.
  • Lady DACA: Meet the Pro-Amnesty, Bush Bureaucrat Who Became Trump’s Top Pick for DHS

    11/26/2017 9:17:35 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 26 Nov 2017 | JOHN BINDER
    One week after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August 2005, President George W. Bush consulted with his team of crisis advisers and inundated the Gulf Coast with cheap, illegal alien labor. Bush’s August decision to lift the Davis-Bacon wage law made it very easy for contractors to hire cheap labor. Mike Chertoff, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), quickly suspended sanctions on the employers who did hire illegal aliens. The result was another flood – this time not of water, but of illegal aliens, 30,000 of which came to the Gulf Coast to take cleanup and blue-collar...
  • Wicker Caught Between A Poor Voting Record And His Allegiance To McConnell

    11/01/2017 1:48:29 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    mississippipep.com ^ | 10/31/17 | Keith Plunkett
    Mississippi U.S. Senator Roger Wicker continues his effort to get as much distance as possible from his abysmal voting record by attaching himself to President Donald Trump and distancing himself from Mitch McConnell. Meanwhile, Wicker’s campaign surrogates in the state, who have repeatedly attacked Mississippi conservatives, are struggling to find footing as talk of a primary challenge from Senator Chris McDaniel ramps up. Wicker’s effort to reinvent himself in time for campaign season is looking more and more like a case of ‘too little too late’. Focusing on isolating the votes of their favored candidates in order to spin their...
  • Hunter bags rare 36-point buck with crossbow

    10/28/2017 8:01:55 PM PDT · by Strac6 · 48 replies
    Stan Ethredge had monitored the deer for years. He owns hundreds of acres and watched from his deer cameras as the deer’s antlers grew six points about four years ago. They were normal size and shape then. This season, when it came back, its antlers had changed. They were a mass of twisted tines and knobby bases. Ethredge decided to hunt it. "As soon as I got the crosshairs on him, I shot," Ethredge told the Clarion-Ledger. "He's eluded me for years, so I didn't want to let him get away. I shot him as soon as I got the...
  • Mississippi school drops Jefferson Davis to rename itself after Barack Obama

    10/18/2017 4:29:54 PM PDT · by NRx · 112 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10-18-2017 | Barney Henderson
    A school in Mississippi is dropping its connection to the American Confederacy's only president, Jefferson Davis, and renaming itself after President Barack Obama. Davis International Baccalaureate Elementary School in Jackson will be renamed Barack Obama Magnet IB following a vote. The move, which when approved will come into force in the next academic year, was proposed by parents and approved by a majority of students, parents, faculty and staff members. Ninety-eight percent of the students who attend the school are African-American.
  • At Mississippi school: Goodbye, Confederacy. Hello, Obama

    10/18/2017 1:37:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 18, 2017 | by Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press
    JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi school is shedding the name of the Confederacy's only president and will instead be named for the first African-American president of the United States. Davis International Baccalaureate Elementary School in Jackson was named decades ago for Jefferson Davis. In a move proposed by parents, the school with 98 percent African-American enrollment will be renamed for Barack Obama in the next academic year. The PTA president announced the planned change at a school board meeting Tuesday.
  • A School Named After Jefferson Davis Will Be Renamed After Obama

    10/18/2017 8:38:50 AM PDT · by kevcol · 39 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | October 18, 2017 | Henry Rodgers
    “Jefferson Davis, although infamous in his own right, would probably not be too happy about a diverse school promoting the education of the very individuals he fought to keep enslaved being named after him,” Davis Magnet IB PTA President Janelle Jefferson told the board. Jefferson said the school, where 98 percent students are black, wanted to rename the campus after Obama “to reflect a person who fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves.”
  • University of Mississippi to rebuild Confederate statue despite student protest

    10/17/2017 6:42:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    redalertpolitics.com ^ | 10/16/2017 | Isaiah Denby
    The University of Mississippi is replacing a Confederate statue on campus which was damaged by a pickup truck last month. Now, students are outraged after learning that the Confederate statue on the Oxford campus will be rebuilt. Ole Miss student groups are coming together to protest the forthcoming restoration. The University of Mississippi NAACP chapter released a statement in collaboration with the Students Against Social Injustice (SASI) in which they lambasted Ole Miss for their decision to fix the damaged statue instead of retiring the controversial artwork. “The repair and continued display of this monument by the University of Mississippi...
  • GOP Sen. Thad Cochran grappling with illness

    10/16/2017 5:23:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 90 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 16, 11:16 AM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is continuing to grapple with a urinary tract infection that has delayed a planned return to Washington, his office announced on Monday. The GOP veteran, 79, has been absent from Washington for a month. Cochran’s chief of staff, Brad White, made the announcement in a statement issued by Cochran’s office. White said Cochran’s wife told him late Saturday that the infection had returned. His office had said last week that Cochran would return to work on Monday. […] Cochran’s health has been the subject of speculation in Washington, fueled by his extended absence and tweets by...
  • Why did Biloxi pull ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ from the 8th grade lesson plan?

    10/14/2017 11:31:15 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 43 replies
    SunHerald ^ | October 12, 2017 | Karen Nelson
    The Biloxi School District got complaints about the wording in “To Kill A Mockingbird” — an American classic being taught in 8th grade English Language Arts classes — and pulled it from the curriculum. It was an administrative and department decision, a member of the school board said, and not something that the school board voted on. It happened Wednesday or Thursday. Kenny Holloway, vice president of the Biloxi School Board said, “There were complaints about it. There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books. “It’s still...
  • Leftists Hate Church Charity Raffle (Because Guns)

    10/14/2017 6:04:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 13 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In a virtue signaling display common on the left, the Washington Post published an article critical of a church for raffling two rifles for charity.  Amy B. Wang, a writer for the post, made a national story of the dislike of a leftist for the raffle of two AR-15 type rifles.Image from oxfordeagle.comFrom jacksonville.com: “I had a kid approach me: ‘Would you like to join a raffle? We’ve got two AR-15s.’ And I’m like, whoa,” Belden-Adams said. Just the Sunday before, a gunman had opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and wounding...
  • [Dem] Congressional staffer charged with filing false security clearance forms

    10/11/2017 5:59:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/11/17 | Clarence Williams
    Prosecutors charged a top congressional staffer Wednesday with filing a false security clearance form nearly a year after he pled guilty to failing to pay taxes, officials said. The Justice Department alleges that Isaac Lanier Avant, chief of staff to Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Democratic staff director for the Homeland Security Committee, “willfully made a false statement” on security clearance forms in 2008 and 2013, officials said in a news release.
  • Bannon will back primary challenges against EVERY Republican running for Senate re-election (tr)

    10/09/2017 4:21:44 PM PDT · by be-baw · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 9, 2017 | Nikki Schwab
    Bannon will back primary challenges against EVERY Republican running for Senate re-election next year except Cruz - as Trump's former strategist hatches plan to boot McConnell from majority leader job Ex-White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is planning a political assault on six Republican Senate incumbents, running for re-election next year Previously, Bannon had looked to oust Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss Now he's expanded that list to take on every Republican running in 2018, except Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas With Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., retiring, Bannon is already looking at Tea Party favorite,...
  • Hurricane Nate: Latest images show flooded Biloxi casinos, storm surge in Alabama, Mississippi

    10/08/2017 3:06:44 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    Al.com ^ | October 8, 2017
    Hurricane Nate is lashing the Gulf Coast, leaving in its wake life-threatening storm surges and flooding. The northern eyewall of Hurricane Nate moved onshore at the Mississippi coast Saturday night after its first landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River Saturday night, according to the National Hurricane Center. At landfall, the storm was a Category 1 with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. NHC said the storm surge along the Mississippi coast could reach 11 feet, with 9 feet along the Alabama coast, including Mobile Bay.
  • Could Mississippi Be the Next Alabama?

    10/06/2017 2:22:10 PM PDT · by EliRoom8 · 26 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 4 | Caitlyn Huey-Burns
    After Alabama Sen. Luther Strange's defeat last week in a Republican primary runoff, the national spotlight turned west and onto incumbents in Nevada and Arizona already facing intra-party challenges next year. Yet just over the nearest border, a Mississippi state senator with something of a vendetta against the party’s establishment was feeling empowered to mount another insurrection. Chris McDaniel came close to defeating U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in 2014, and is now weighing a bid against Republican Sen. Roger Wicker. McDaniel monitored the Alabama runoff up close, appearing there in support of eventual victor Roy Moore and getting face time...
  • Hurricane Nate

    10/05/2017 8:49:41 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 328 replies
    NHC/NOAA ^ | 10/5/2017 | NHC/NOAA
    Tropical Storm Nate is emerging from Honduras into the Western Caribbean. Forecast models are in agreement that Nate will continue into the Gulf of Mexico. Oil companies have begun evacuations of offshore platforms. Nate is forecast to reach the northern Gulf Coast this weekend as a hurricane, and the threat of direct impacts from wind, storm surge, and heavy rainfall is increasing from Louisiana through the western Florida Panhandle. Hurricane and tropical storm watches, as well as a storm surge watch, have been issued for a portion of the northern Gulf Coast, and residents in these areas should monitor the...