The last politician in Arkansas to rave about public education being communism was
U.S. Senator Lt. Gov. failed perennial candidate Jim Holt. That brand of nuttiness effectively ended Holt’s political career, and with any luck an old letter to the editor Mike Cook’s dug up might just help do the same for Neo Confederate Loy Mauch.
From Mauch’s Letter to the Editor:
“Public education was forced upon the South during Reconstruction to complete the aim of the radical socialists, which was to destroy Southern conservatism. Their education agenda was to have children read and learn the same material, which in turn leads to their most important aim, to think the same way.” (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 7-4-2006)
Yes, you read that right. State Representative Loy Mauch believes public education is a socialist plot hoisted on the South. In Mauch’s mind, the moment you begin teaching children that 2+2 = 4 then they become indoctrinated tools who will destroy America.
In another Letter to the Editor, Mauch makes it clear that not only is public education Socialist, but it’s also Communist!
“Since public education is one of the 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto, there should be no doubt as to which side of the fence the left-leaning judge who made the recent decision concerning the plight of Paron High School is on.” (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 9-16-2006)
Okay, maybe I’m a little rusty on my history but were communism and socialism even things during reconstruction?
Mercifully, the people of Mauch’s district can do better. They have a great alternative in Democrat David Kizzia, someone who will never embarrass our state the way Loy Mauch does.
For the first time in modern history, Congress is going to fail to produce a farm bill. This in one of the worst farmland drought years in recent memory. The drought has resulted in more than 1,800 counties in 38 states being declared natural disaster areas, and every sector of agriculture has been affected. And House Republicans refuse to act.
The Senate passed a five-year farm bill earlier this summer and has been waiting for the House to act. The House Agriculture Committee passed its own version of the bill, but Speaker John Boehner has refused to take up either bill for purely political reasons. He’d have to pass the Senate’s version of the bill with Democrats, and he doesn’t want to give them that opportunity.
This is the man Rick Crawford voted to put in the Speaker’s chair. This is what a Republican Congress means for America-failed leadership. Crawford can come back to Arkansas and pretend to be working hard on the farm bill all he likes, it won’t change that his own party in the House is responsible for holding farmers hostage for the first time in history. That’s why he’s ducking debates with Scott Ellington. Crawford’s just a rodeo clown and a rubber stamp for a failed Congress, he can’t defend his record so he’s running away from it.
Contribute to Ellington for Congress. Let’s send the clown back to the rodeo.
These SuperPAC clowns aren’t even trying anymore.
Again, this is another cookie cutter ad that will be used to hit state reps and senators across Arkansas, this one from a group called the 60 Plus Association. On the back you find the fine print that tells you they’re talking about the state insurance exchanges along with a multitude of lies about the program. But still it’s pretty obvious they’re counting on Arkansans to be stupid and not know that a state rep is a different job from a Congressman.
The only value Republicans and their allies have is dishonesty. That becomes more apparent every day.
On page 37, Jon Hubbard has something he really wants to get across to us liberals:
And oh yes, my liberal friends, one more thing-
America, love it or leave it!
Seriously, this moron wrote a book with a whole page set aside to say that in big bold letters like that. (Actually, it’s a whole lot bigger than that. My font selection just doesn’t go so high. I think it’s about a 72-font…Oh shit, I’m trying to make sense of it now.)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Gov. Mike Beebe said Tuesday he supports expanding Medicaid eligibility in Arkansas under the federal health care law after officials assured him the state could later opt out, setting up a potentially heated fight with Republican lawmakers as they try to win control of the state Legislature.
Beebe, a Democrat who had said he was inclined to support the expansion, said he decided to back it after receiving those assurances in writing from the federal government. Beebe noted that the expansion will still require support from state lawmakers next year.
“I’m for it,” Beebe said. “I think it’s good for our people because it’s helping folks that don’t have insurance now that are working their tails off. They’re not sitting on a couch somewhere asking for something.”
Major kudos on the framing of the issue Governor. Major kudos.
The way to win this is, first and foremost, to make sure Democrats keep both chambers of the state legislature, so get out and support your local candidates-send ‘em money, make phone calls, knock on doors, get your friends and family out to vote, whatever you can do. After that, when the fight moves to the state legislature that will, hopefully, still be in Democratic hands, Democrats and the Governor will need to put a human face on this issue and make Republicans (and potentially turn coat Democrats) sweat before they dare to cast that no vote.
Protecting and expanding Medicaid will, more than anything else, define Governor Beebe’s legacy. I think he realizes that. He’s had time to look around at our surrounding states and see the public policy disasters that the Republican approach to governing has created and he, with a Democratic legislature, has wisely steered our state away from that course. The big fight though is looming and the lives of thousands of Arkansans are literally hanging in the balance. If you ever needed a reason to vote straight Democrat all the way down the ticket, then this is it.
If I was in the Romney camp, I’d be very worried about this:
Reuters) – Sheryl Harris, a voluble 52-year-old with a Virginia drawl, voted twice for George W. Bush. Raised Baptist, she is convinced — despite all evidence to the contrary — that President Barack Obama, a practicing Christian, is Muslim.
So in this year’s presidential election, will she support Mitt Romney? Not a chance.
“Romney’s going to help the upper class,” said Harris, who earns $28,000 a year as activities director of a Lynchburg senior center. “He doesn’t know everyday people, except maybe the person who cleans his house.”
She’ll vote for Obama, she said: “At least he wasn’t brought up filthy rich.”
White lower- and middle-income voters such as Harris are wild cards in this vituperative presidential campaign. With only a sliver of the electorate in play nationwide, they could be a deciding factor in two southern swing states, Virginia and North Carolina.
Reuters/Ipsos polling data compiled over the past several months shows that, across the Bible Belt, 38 percent of these voters said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who is “very wealthy” than one who isn’t. This is well above the 20 percent who said they would be less likely to vote for an African-American.
In Lynchburg, many haven’t forgotten Romney’s casual offer to bet Texas Governor Rick Perry $10,000 or his mention of his wife’s “couple of Cadillacs.” Virginia airwaves are saturated with Democratic ads hammering Romney’s Cayman Islands investments and his refusal to release more than two years of tax returns.
Now look, this obviously doesn’t mean that Mitt Romney is going to get destroyed by Obama in the south. Outside of Virginia and North Carolina, I doubt there’s much for Obama to carry in the region. (Unless you count Florida as the south of course though culturally it’s very different for the most part.) I’d bet most of these folks, rather than voting for Obama like this lady, just stay home. That’s going to be bad news for Republicans down ballot if they do, especially if this turns into a good year for Democrats nationally like it’s starting to look like.
But there’s another point to be made here, and it’s the same point we’ve been making here since 2009. Economic populism will work for Democrats in the south. We just have to start using it in a big way. Yes, we have our, shall we say, cultural issues-translation: a lot of southerners are a bunch of homophobic, racist, religious zealots. The article also mentions prejudice towards Romney’s Mormonism, something I think we progressives should work a bit harder to denounce as ALL prejudice is wrong and we can’t rightly condemn some forms while allowing exceptions, and I think we all really know the main reason why Obama won’t do well in southern states is because of race. (Seriously, you’re really naive if you haven’t figured that out yet. That or just disingenuous.) Still, the south has always been and continues to be a bunch of poor folks bickering with each other over things that don’t really matter while a hand full of rich folks rob us all blind and then step all over us before we realize what they’ve done. Economic populism not only provides a way for Democrats to compete here again, but also, from a social justice standpoint, provides a mean for ordinary Americans living in the south to come together, put down old prejudices, and create a better place for everyone by uniting against and tackling the real problem-the dominance of a narrow economic elite.
Today’s Daily Hubbard comes from page 35:
For those who think socialism is the way to go, then by all means please move to Canada, or France, or any of the other European countries that are now so deep into socialism that they don’t realize what hit them.
Yes, because everyone knows Canada and France are such hell holes. They just don’t realize it yet.
Wow, just wow, we didn’t even make it a full paragraph from the last Daily Hubbard before we hit this gem:
Rescuing American cities and towns from criminal activity should take priority over claims of racial profiling, especially if it means that those involved in these criminal activities are taken off the streets as a result of these actions. This cannot be done unless liberal groups like the ACLU, the NAACP, and other watchdog groups realize that the rights of criminals do not take priority of the rights of the American public, and that these measures are necessary to take back our cities.
Racial profiling is necessary to keep crime under control because black people ruined ‘Merica…
If you have a preexisting condition, you will stand to lose a lot should Mitt Romney become President.
In a Sunday interview, Mitt Romney spoke out for a popular provision in the Affordable Care Act that guarantees coverage for people with preexisting conditions. But his campaign later clarified that he supports a scaled back version of the policy with much weaker protections.
“I’m not getting rid of all of health care reform. Of course there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I’m going to put in place,” the Republican nominee said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “One is to make sure that those with preexisting conditions can get coverage.”
His campaign later told TPM he wasn’t signaling a shift in policy and was instead referring to his existing stance in favor of protections on preexisting conditions only for those with continuous insurance coverage — not for first-time or returning buyers.
“He has a comprehensive reform plan; for instance, his own plan will deal with preexisting conditions but not in the same way that Obamacare does,” a campaign aide said.
Mitt Romney and the Republicans don’t care about people. They care about corporate profits. The good news is that it looks like this could be turning into a really good year for President Obama and Democrats, and that’s a good thing for millions of people.
Harris chimes in later in the post to defend his assertion-that the torn pieces and the mud on it must mean it was a person and not bad weather. Jason Rapert is also quick to jump in to swear the same thing happened to him. Thing is, Harris has made some wild accusations in the past.
First, there were the accusations from a defunct Tolbert piece that the University of Arkansas was threatening him to get him to drop his anti-DREAM act legisation. Here’s the part I quoted from that:
Rep. Justin Harris knew he would have a target on his back when he decided to take on controversial issues such as illegal immigration but he learned this past week just how tough politics can get under the dome in Little Rock as a lobbyist makes a veiled threat involving his preschool business back home.
The University of Arkansas had made no secret that are opposed to HB1008, a bill sponsored by Harris that would exclude illegal immigration from receiving in-state tuition. That is why Harris was taken back by a statement from UA Vice Chancellor for Government and Community Relations Richard Hudson.
According to Harris, Hudson approached him last Monday and said, “We know you have 12 undocumented workers students at your preschool.” Harris took this as a veiled threat that he better drop his bill or they would use this information to put pressure on him.
In that same blog post, I also detailed the outlandish allegations Harris made against his opponent last cycle, Earl Hunton:
My snooping around eventually landed me a contact with a former reporter for the now defunct White River Valley News by the name of Steve Foster. Foster told me that the story the Blue Hog Report carried was something he had reported on back in the 2010 campaign. At one point on the campaign trail, Foster attempted to ask Harris about the apparent hypocrisy in campaigning against government spending while taking so much money from the government while Harris was at an event. According to Foster,Harris responded by having his wife call the police. After that, Foster said he had to spend a good amount of time arguing with a cop over what the 1st Amendment said.
But that wasn’t the worst of it. While speaking with Foster’s Harris’s former opponent, Earl Hunton, I heard another story that was even more serious in nature. While on the campaign trail, Hunton said he was talking with a few voters and a woman approached him to say that she couldn’t vote for Hunton because he had “struck a child.” Hunton said that was untrue and asked where she had heard that. From Justin Harris, she said. Hunton, understandibly enraged by the slander, called Harris and left a voice mail threatening to “deal with him personally” and sue him for libel if he kept spreading the story, something Hunton told me he knew now he probrably shouldn’t have done. (But hey, if someone was running around telling people I hit a kid, that’d be my first reaction too.) From there, Harris reportedly called the fire department, telling them his gas lines had been cut and the dogs let loose, and that his opponent had threatened to kill him. (I was so flabbergasted by that that I had to have Hunton repeat that part of the story to be sure I had heard correctly.)
Eventually, Hunton said he confronted Harris directly about all this, reportedly on the day of the Arkansas-Alabama game, and Harris changed his story saying that Steve Foster (a former child abuse investigator) was actually the one who had struck the child. Beyond the bizarreness of all this, if Harris had actually seen someone strike a child, as someone running a preschool, isn’t he supposed to report it? I may be wrong on that, but I know the standard applies for public school teachers at least, and should be the decent thing for anyone to do. Personally though, I think the guy should consider himself lucky that Mr. Foster didn’t file a lawsuit. It’s one thing to throw mud at your opponent, even something so low as this, it’s another to bring a private citizen into the matter. On top of all that, if you thought someone was trying to kill you and your gas lines were supposedly cut, wouldn’t you file a restraining order or something?
Over the course of the campaign, this bizarre behavior continued, with Harris accusing Hunton of sending people after him, including Foster, who was trying to do his job as a reporter. Hunton and a number of other folks tried to alert the press to the goings on but say they were basically snubbed by the Democrat Gazette…
This man really seems to have a serious persecution complex, that or he’s just an A class whiner. Then again, you kind of have to figure that something’s wrong with anyone who thinks that anything as pure and innocent as Scooby Doo would have something to do with Satan.
On page 34, Attila the Geezer continues to show us just how scary his mind really is:
On the issue of working to bring the crime rate in America under control, once our troops have completed their job and returned home, we can deploy them into high crime areas, and along our southern borders, a duty for which our state militia or National Guard was originally intended. This might appear to some to be police state tactics, but drastic times call for drastic measures.
Today’s Daily Hubbard actually makes me think while reading page 33…
Term limits must be implemented to guard against the stranglehold upon the American taxpayer by these career politicians…
You know, I’m an opponent of term limits. But I would agree that Jon Hubbard IS the best argument for them.
In today’s Daily Hubbard, found on page 30, Hubbard hands the liberal bashing over to…Khrushchev?
The baby boomer generation remembers the prediction made by Nikita Khrushchev, the Russian premier during the 1950s and 60s. He predicted that the United States would destroy itself from within and that Russia would not need to fire a shot. Perhaps he could see even then that this nation was weakening and primed to be destroyed from within by a progressive liberal movement that was already underway.
Yeah, didn’t a progressive liberal by the name of John F. Kennedy make Khrushchev blink in the Cuban Missile Crisis?
Okay, make sure you’re sitting down for this one. In today’s Daily Hubbard, Attila the Geezer explains to us why, I can’t believe I have to write this…He explains to us why….God I’m going to have to apologize on behalf of white people again because of this clown…He explains why…Oh screw it, just read it for yourself on page 26-27!
The integration or our public schools was a major challenge that was designed to close the gap between blacks and whites in the area of education. After the initial shock of this decision, it was understood that by bringing blacks and whites together in a common school system, it would eventually be a good thing for everyone. One of the stated purposes of school integration was to bring black students up to a level closer to white students. But, to the great disappointment of everyone, the results of this theory worked exactly in reverse of its intended purpose, and instead of black students rising to the educational levels previously attained by white students, the white students dropped to the levels of the black students. To make matters worse, the lack of discipline and ambition of black students soon became shared by their white classmates, and our educational system has been in a steady decline ever since. This is not a racist statement, but a valid and realistic evaluation of what has happened to our public schools. On totally unexpected result of public school integration was that along with the decline in educational achievement in this country came a dramatic rise in crime over the same period.
Blacks are stupid, undisciplined, lazy, and commit crimes and integration made white kids all those things too…Who thinks like this? Seriously? Who thinks like this? David Duke?
You know the news by now, Hudson Hallum is resigning and pleading guilty, and some folks are going with him:
The U.S. attorney’s office has announced that four men, including Democratic state Rep. Hudson Hallum of Marion, pleaded guilty today to felony conspiracy to commit election fraud in Hallum’s special election victory last year. The case charges paying for bundled absentee ballots.
All four appeared today in federal court and were released on their own recognizance. The others were Hallum’s father, Kent Hallum, a car dealer; West Memphis police officer Sam Malone and West Memphis City Councilman Phillip Carter.
Allegations of election fraud have plagued Hallum since he was elected, and I’ve got to admit I didn’t think there was anything to it. Just another example of how wrong I can be sometimes. Regardless, as most of you know by now I have a very low tolerance for any sort of fuckupery, so no sympathy. I do think, judging from the statements Hallum’s put out and from looking back on some things that this is more a case of stupidity than being a criminal mastermind or something. Shame to see what could have been a promising career snuffed out like that. But I’ll give him this, Hallum is at least taking full responsibility for his actions and falling on his sword here. Again, low tolerance for fuckupery, but I can respect that. It’s better than piling more lies on top of the existing ones and playing the victim while your close supporters continue to take to social media to protest your innocence against all the evidence like a certain other former Democratic candidate I could think of.
There’s no Republican running for this seat and it’s too late for Dems to get another candidate so now either Green candidate and professional huckster Fred Smith wins or Hallum, whose name is still on the ballot, wins and a special election is called, which seems more likely to me. Yeah if I were the constituents of this district, I would feel cursed. Personally, count me in on the Draft Kim Felker movement for the next go around. I mean she did call all this from the start, and she was a damn good candidate. Yes those of us looking for party unity last year were pretty ticked at her for not helping Hallum, but she was right and we were all wrong, you gotta acknowledge that and tip your hat to it. I don’t know if she’d be willing to run, but I hope she is-she was a damn good candidate in the primary, very progressive, and I don’t think anyone would ever question that she’s ethical and would be a breath of fresh air in that district. So like I said, consider this the start of the Draft Kim Felker movement.
As for what this means for control of the Arkansas House, it certainly makes holding it one seat trickier, and let’s face it, we’re talking about a House majority next year that could be insanely close, assuming we defy expectations and keep it. This just makes a strong offense that goes after vulnerable Republicans like Hubbard, Mauch, Biviano, etc. all that more important.