Archive for the ‘Jeff Sessions’ Category

>A Wise Latina Woman…

July 14, 2009

>…knows how to handle a foolish, white racist.

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Jeff Sessions’ past use of the words “boy” and “white folks” (read this) takes me to the “wayback” when I already knew not to use such terms, but apparently he was comfortable with them.

And this? “Sessions was heard by several colleagues commenting that he ‘used to think they [the Klan] were OK’ until he found out some of them were ‘pot smokers.’”

In an interview prior to the hearings Sessions said (referring to the upcoming hearings), “I hope the people of Alabama feel like I conducted myself in way they can be proud of, a fair way, but in a way that didn’t shy away from defending the great legal principles that made America the freest and most prosperous country in the world. It’s difficult to do.”

Nothing you do makes us proud, Senator. Including, well, you know.

Earlier nominee Sotomayor had addressed the Wise Latina comment…

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She is sailing through the process, but it is still informative to watch. I don’t have time to watch it all, but it sure is interesting.

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>Hate Crimes: Sean Kennedy and Jeff Sessions

June 26, 2009

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Remember when I wrote the post about Sean Kennedy? I also referenced it the other day.

To refresh your memory, Sean was killed during a hate crime near Greenville, South Carolina, in march of 2007. He was lured to a car when a guy asked him for a cigarette. Stephen Moller got out of the car and called Sean “faggot” and punched him so hard it broke Sean’s facial bones and separated his brain from his brain stem.

A few minutes later Moller left a message on one of Sean’s friend’s phone: “You tell your faggot friend that when he wakes up he owes me $500 for my broken hand.”

Trouble is, Sean never woke up.

Moller received a five year suspended sentence reduced to three years (with credit for time served). Oh, and 30 days community service.

Why bring this up again?

Because I have just read his mother’s (Elke Kennedy) chapter in Mitchell Gold’s book “Crisis.”

She got the 4:30 am phone call. She rushed to the hospital in disbelief that anything could have happened to her son.

“When I finally got to see my son, my knees buckled. He was lying flat on his back, stitches on his upper lip, blood on his hair and neck, hooked up to a respirator.”

The last word Sean heard was “faggot.”

“At 11:20 pm, …my beautiful Sean was pronounced brain dead. My baby was gone forever. I would never be able to speak with him again, to tell him I love him.”

Even after his death, hate is aimed at his family. How did her church respond?

“After Sean’s death we were no longer welcome at our church. church friends stopped calling – they didn’t want to take sides! We do not belong to any church now. I have been told numerous times by people calling themselves Christians that my son is in hell and that I will go to hell because I love him and I fight for equal rights for all human beings. Although it hurts terribly when people say these things to me, it is nothing compared to the pain of losing my son.”

South Carolina, like Alabama, does not have a hate crimes law that includes sexual orientation or gender identity. Neither does the United States.

We are still waiting to see if an inclusive hate crimes law will be enacted on the federal level, and we can only hold our breath for so long.

Attorney General Holder urged passage of the bill by the Senate, and it could be passed as an amendment to another bill any day. Or not.

Of course Jeff Sessions opened his bigoted mouth during hearings.

But Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the committee, questioned whether data show there is sufficient need to pass hate crimes legislation for LGBT people.

“One of the things that’s important is to know do we have a problem of … noticeable number of cases not being prosecuted in state and local government relating to these kinds of issues that we’re calling hate crimes,” he said.”

First of all, Mr. Sessions, it does not matter whether a “noticeable number” of cases are involved or not. One dead man is enough. Sean’s case was not prosecuted as a hate crime. What if this had been your son, Mr. Sessions, whose brain “ricocheted in his head.”


Secondly, look at the statistics, Mr. Sessions. Yes, hate crimes against gays are up .


This man is dead. He’s part of the statistics. But what you are really saying, Mr. Sessions, is that you don’t give a damn what happens to gay men or the suffering that their mothers go through. That is shameful. But that comes as no big surprise, that’s your party standard.

>Michael Phelps and Jeff Sessions

February 2, 2009

>What do Michael Phelps and Jeff Sessions have in common?

Michael Phelps took a hit and now he’s taking a hit. Maybe we should just charge this off as youthful indiscretion. I mean, the guys 23 years old. Who, by that age, has not taken a hit off a bong? You don’t have to answer.

Now we really will remember Michael for his stellar performance at the 2008 Olympics and, well, his human beauty. I mean, just watch. The music, coincidentally, is Contagious (key phrase, “You make me feel so high”) by Avril Lavigne.

Jeff Sessions, on the other hand is much older. He doesn’t have the excuse of being youthful as a reason for making a stupid statement. And I am pretty sure he has been doing it since his 20’s.

Anyway, he said, in referring to the New Deal, “It didn’t work. Unemployment was as high after they started all these make-work programs as it was before. Now people liked it, and they felt Roosevelt had done something, but the long-term bitter fruit of it was not so good.”

Check your facts, Jeff. Unemployment dropped from 24% to about 14% between 1933 and 1940. I don’t think the families of those who went from having an unemployed provider to an employed provider would consider that “bitter fruit.”

So, which long-term bitter fruit is he referring to?

TVA? this still exists, making it “long-term.” My power comes from TVA, as does a lot of people’s in North Alabama. Nothing bitter there.

WPA, PWA and CWA? Well the agencies are not still around, but the infrastructure projects that were completed while providing jobs to millions are still around. Many of those projects need repair, like bridges and such, but the bitter fruit is that Sessions and other Republicans won’t vote for it.

FDIC? Still around. As banks are folding people who have deposits in them might appreciate the FDIC.

Social Security Act? First payments were in 1942, but the Agency was created in 1933. I know a lot of people who depend on their social security check to survive. I doubt they are bitter about that.

Fair Labor Standards Act. Still around. gives us the 40 hour work week.

So, what do Michael Phelps and Jeff Sessions have in common? Nothing, but give me any excuse to feature Michael Phelps on this blog and you will see him here. Maybe the same could be said for any opportunity to point out the stupidity of Jeff Sessions.

Jeff Sessions and Bob Riley in Gay Paree

June 18, 2007

Jeff Sessions and Bob Riley and some others are in Paris, France, “Sipping champagne on the bank of the Seine” the Birmingham News says, trying to persuade the French to do business in Alabama.

Remember not too long ago our republican led, war starved country was renaming things like Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast, in the House of Representatives cafeteria, to so much anti-French fanfare. They called for boycotts of French wines and French cheeses, and everything French. During the 2004 presidential campaign an anonymous Bush advisor told the New York Times that Kerry “looks French,” to persuade voters that he was anti-American.

Oh, last year the House quietly returned to the use of “French Fries” and “French Toast.” Young lovers resumed “French kissing” (as if they ever stopped. What would a “Freedom kiss” be like anyway?) and the makers of French’s Mustard breathed a sigh of relief. John Kerry returned to looking “New Englandish.”

My how things change. Why, with German steel maker ThyssenKrupp AG coming to the state, and now luring the French, Alabama could become a virtual melting pot of its own, with all kind of outsider and foreign influence affecting out state. Our leaders may not like them, but we will take the money coming from “Old Europe ,” to use the term that Rummy used to dis the French and Germans when they wouldn’t support the War in Iraq, as it was called back then.

Jeff Sessions in Gay Paree. Now there’s a picture.

>Jeff Sessions and Bob Riley in Gay Paree

June 18, 2007

>Jeff Sessions and Bob Riley and some others are in Paris, France, “Sipping champagne on the bank of the Seine” the Birmingham News says, trying to persuade the French to do business in Alabama.

Remember not too long ago our republican led, war starved country was renaming things like Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast, in the House of Representatives cafeteria, to so much anti-French fanfare. They called for boycotts of French wines and French cheeses, and everything French. During the 2004 presidential campaign an anonymous Bush advisor told the New York Times that Kerry “looks French,” to persuade voters that he was anti-American.

Oh, last year the House quietly returned to the use of “French Fries” and “French Toast.” Young lovers resumed “French kissing” (as if they ever stopped. What would a “Freedom kiss” be like anyway?) and the makers of French’s Mustard breathed a sigh of relief. John Kerry returned to looking “New Englandish.”

My how things change. Why, with German steel maker ThyssenKrupp AG coming to the state, and now luring the French, Alabama could become a virtual melting pot of its own, with all kind of outsider and foreign influence affecting out state. Our leaders may not like them, but we will take the money coming from “Old Europe ,” to use the term that Rummy used to dis the French and Germans when they wouldn’t support the War in Iraq, as it was called back then.

Jeff Sessions in Gay Paree. Now there’s a picture.

Roots of Distrust, Seeds of Trust

April 29, 2007

More on that later, but first:
I borrowed this from Sack Sessions. It’s an easy way to feel better this weekend.

HOW TO START EACH DAY WITH A POSITIVE OUTLOOK
1. Open a new file in your computer.
2. Name it “Jeff Sessions”
3. Send it to the Recycle Bin.
4. Empty the Recycle Bin.
5. Your PC will ask you……………….
“Do you really want to get rid of “ Jeff Sessions?”
6. Firmly Click “Yes.”
7. Feel better.

Go to Sack Sessions to find reason we need to get rid of Jeff Sessions (as if you don’t already know). http://sacksessions.com/

And this from Australia’s Herald Sun, via The Birmingham News:

They asked Larry King: How often have you lost your cool with a guest?” Replied King,” Not often…I’d have to go all the way back to George Wallace, governor of Alabama. He walked in ponpously to our TV station, Channel 4 in Miami, and said ‘I don’t see any blacks working here.’ And I said, ‘They own the station. They’re out to lunch.’ It started from that, then we started arguing.” Way to go, Larry!

Erica Young is a rare breed. She lives in Bessemer, teaches in Hoover, schools her kids in Homewood, frequests Southside and downtown Birmingham, visits family in Center Point and thrift shops in Midfield. Too many people in the metro area, she thinks stay in their own little worlds.” These words begin the front page article in The Birmingham News today about trust. Her comments are part of an article titled Can We Trust One Another, about Birmingham’s path forward and the challenges we face. Read the articles here: http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2007/04/can_we_trust_one_another.html


I give a tip of the hat to Erica because she has for years worked to improve our city of Bessemer and now the whole metro area. Thanks Erica. Speaking of improving Bessemer, and the efforts of Erica, the Jonesboro Community Gardens had its second workday last Saturday and we planted more shrubs and mulched the plantings.

In the weeks to come arbors will be built, and a walking path established. During the summer a gazebo will be built. In the meantime, come and enjoy what is there.

>Roots of Distrust, Seeds of Trust

April 29, 2007

>More on that later, but first:
I borrowed this from Sack Sessions. It’s an easy way to feel better this weekend.

HOW TO START EACH DAY WITH A POSITIVE OUTLOOK
1. Open a new file in your computer.
2. Name it “Jeff Sessions”
3. Send it to the Recycle Bin.
4. Empty the Recycle Bin.
5. Your PC will ask you……………….
“Do you really want to get rid of “ Jeff Sessions?”
6. Firmly Click “Yes.”
7. Feel better.

Go to Sack Sessions to find reason we need to get rid of Jeff Sessions (as if you don’t already know). http://sacksessions.com/

And this from Australia’s Herald Sun, via The Birmingham News:

They asked Larry King: How often have you lost your cool with a guest?” Replied King,” Not often…I’d have to go all the way back to George Wallace, governor of Alabama. He walked in ponpously to our TV station, Channel 4 in Miami, and said ‘I don’t see any blacks working here.’ And I said, ‘They own the station. They’re out to lunch.’ It started from that, then we started arguing.” Way to go, Larry!

Erica Young is a rare breed. She lives in Bessemer, teaches in Hoover, schools her kids in Homewood, frequests Southside and downtown Birmingham, visits family in Center Point and thrift shops in Midfield. Too many people in the metro area, she thinks stay in their own little worlds.” These words begin the front page article in The Birmingham News today about trust. Her comments are part of an article titled Can We Trust One Another, about Birmingham’s path forward and the challenges we face. Read the articles here: http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2007/04/can_we_trust_one_another.html


I give a tip of the hat to Erica because she has for years worked to improve our city of Bessemer and now the whole metro area. Thanks Erica. Speaking of improving Bessemer, and the efforts of Erica, the Jonesboro Community Gardens had its second workday last Saturday and we planted more shrubs and mulched the plantings.

In the weeks to come arbors will be built, and a walking path established. During the summer a gazebo will be built. In the meantime, come and enjoy what is there.

Sessions to Have Competition

April 9, 2007

Yesterday I mentioned the Sack Sessions web site (http://www.sacksessions.com/ ) and alerted you to a link over to the left to that site. Today the site was mentioned in an article in The Birmingham News titled “Democrats looking for a challenger to Sen. Sessions.” Sessions has been an embarassment to this state, if for no other reason, his resemblace to a character from Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In. If you don’t remember, you are too young.

The article lists various potential candidates, among them State Senator Vivian Davis Figures and State Agricultural Commissioner Ron Sparks. Sparks, who has successfully run two statewide campaigns, looks to me to be the stronger candidate. During his most recent campaign he was on For the Record and he was very persuasive in making his points about agricultural trade with Cuba and other issues.

In 2004, Alabama saw an economic impact from trade with Cuba of over $300 million. In 2005, Cuba purchased about $140 million in products from Alabama creating a $400 million economic impact for the state. In 2006, Cuba bought almost 1/3 of its entire US purchases from Alabama. I have for a long time been a proponent of normalizing relations with Cuba, our embargo does nothing but hurt the people of that country.

In this picture Ron Sparks is giving Pedro Alvarez, the CEO of Alimport (who determines which North American products will be imported to Cuba) a cooking lesson with Alabama catfish.

In Sparks last election in 2006 he received 701,000 votes across the state. In Sessions last election in 2002 he recieved around 793,000 votes. The senate race is always a much higher profile race, so it is not surprising that Sessions would get more votes, especially considering the Republicans were thought of favorably in 2002. Now the political scene is different, and I believe Sparks could make up that difference and we could send a Democrat to Washington. He is in his second term as Agricultural Commissioner and can not run again. He would not have to give up his current office to run

It’s not too early to start thinking about these things.

>Sessions to Have Competition

April 9, 2007

>Yesterday I mentioned the Sack Sessions web site (http://www.sacksessions.com/ ) and alerted you to a link over to the left to that site. Today the site was mentioned in an article in The Birmingham News titled “Democrats looking for a challenger to Sen. Sessions.” Sessions has been an embarassment to this state, if for no other reason, his resemblace to a character from Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In. If you don’t remember, you are too young.

The article lists various potential candidates, among them State Senator Vivian Davis Figures and State Agricultural Commissioner Ron Sparks. Sparks, who has successfully run two statewide campaigns, looks to me to be the stronger candidate. During his most recent campaign he was on For the Record and he was very persuasive in making his points about agricultural trade with Cuba and other issues.

In 2004, Alabama saw an economic impact from trade with Cuba of over $300 million. In 2005, Cuba purchased about $140 million in products from Alabama creating a $400 million economic impact for the state. In 2006, Cuba bought almost 1/3 of its entire US purchases from Alabama. I have for a long time been a proponent of normalizing relations with Cuba, our embargo does nothing but hurt the people of that country.

In this picture Ron Sparks is giving Pedro Alvarez, the CEO of Alimport (who determines which North American products will be imported to Cuba) a cooking lesson with Alabama catfish.

In Sparks last election in 2006 he received 701,000 votes across the state. In Sessions last election in 2002 he recieved around 793,000 votes. The senate race is always a much higher profile race, so it is not surprising that Sessions would get more votes, especially considering the Republicans were thought of favorably in 2002. Now the political scene is different, and I believe Sparks could make up that difference and we could send a Democrat to Washington. He is in his second term as Agricultural Commissioner and can not run again. He would not have to give up his current office to run

It’s not too early to start thinking about these things.