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May 04, 2006

The Barbour of the Confederacy

Scott here...

It's not exactly surprising that Haley Barbour would refuse to issue a posthumous pardon to unjustly convicted civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard.   (And I should say that I happen to share a general principled opposition to pardons in many cases; whatever the question being raised about a given aspect of the legal system, "making it more arbitrary and capricious" is the wrong answer.  When someone is both absolutely innocent of the crime and his conviction was an important symbol of racist authoritarianism, however, these objections obviously don't apply.)    Consider his base.   It's obviously not reasonable to expect Haley, a man willing to seek the support of the Council of Fascist Conservative Citizens, to repudiate that part of Mississippi's heritage, now is it?  (Current headline at the CoCC website:  "Multiracial youth more prone to violence say orthopsychiatrists.")

But, of course, if people like Trent "We wouldn't have had all these problems if Strom Thurmond had been able to preserve apartheid!" Lott and Jeff "white civil rights lawyers are race traitors" Sessions can be proud Republican representatives in the United States Senate, why should Barbour have to cross his racist allies either?

[Cross-posted to L, G &M.]

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Scott, a pardon is this case would have been the ONLY remedy for the injustice against him, since the man is dead and you can't reopen a case on a deceased person.

I agree though, not surprising.

Haley IS among the worse oily pols in the Rethug party, although I be pressed to say whether he or Ken Mehlman is my most despised Rethug Party Chairman.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | May 4, 2006 7:28:53 PM

What exactly is an "orthopsychiatrist"? Inquiring minds want to know!

Posted by: Tom Hilton | May 4, 2006 8:01:21 PM

"Scott, a pardon is this case would have been the ONLY remedy for the injustice against him, since the man is dead and you can't reopen a case on a deceased person."

Oh, yeah--to be absolutely clear, I have a problem with pardons when it involves letting one person go because he seems sympathetic when many people who did the exactly same thing are punished. Cases like this are exactly where pardons are appropriate.

Posted by: Scott | May 4, 2006 8:42:13 PM

"What exactly is an "orthopsychiatrist"?"

I dunno--someone who learned about pyschology by reading The Bell Curve?

Posted by: Scott | May 4, 2006 8:46:20 PM

Well, I was gonna ask about orthopsychiatry too. Since nobody's got answers, I did some googling.

The American Orthopsychiatric Association

I got tired of looking around the site before I could figure out what was up. I leave the rest to the hive mind.

Posted by: zwichenzug | May 4, 2006 10:21:42 PM

It's interesting that the CCC cites an Orthopsychiatric study to bolster their claims. From what I can see of the website (thanks, zwichenzug!), they are pretty good people.

Family therapy, in particular, is an excellent therapeutic approach, since it doesn't realy upon diagnosing pathologies as much as working on the dysfunction of systems to help people.

I doubt The Bell Curve is required reading for them.

Posted by: Stephen | May 4, 2006 10:31:27 PM

Whoa! Scott's here. Hi, Scott!

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | May 4, 2006 11:49:22 PM

The Republican Party has turned into the confederate party. They believe in cheap labor, covert racism, states rights and the least regulation of companies that they can get.

Since they cannot go back to slavery they let inflation gut the minimum wage. Who can live on $205 dollars a week before taxes? Millions of ADULTS make that salary.





Posted by: buckfush | May 5, 2006 12:16:28 AM

Lessee..... governor is elected by a democratic process, makes the decision not to pardon a particular person, you are against pardons, but this one is an exception because it pertains to your favorite cause...race........so now he makes the decision and Scotty's unhappy............boo...hoo.....
Here's a suggestion for Scotty: Get elected and you, too can enjoy the privileges of making executive decisions, too!

Note to Ezra: Hey, let the posters here have the strike function. Fair is fair since no one can type *COUGH* (wacko) effectively.

Posted by: Fred Jones | May 5, 2006 9:47:14 AM

Shorter Fred: Might makes right, unless it involves something that might benefit poor people, in which case it's theft.

Posted by: paperwight | May 5, 2006 10:02:57 AM

Alternative shorter Fred: The decisions of eleteced leaders should be entirely beyond criticism.

Posted by: Scott | May 5, 2006 10:48:58 AM

Revised and extended, Scott: (unless it regards blowjobs in the Oval)

Posted by: TJ | May 5, 2006 11:47:57 AM

Shorter Fred: Might makes right, unless it involves something that might benefit poor people, in which case it's theft.

Shorter Fred: Being duly and lawfully elected give one the right. Elections have consequences.

There, I fixed it for you.

Posted by: Fred Jones | May 5, 2006 4:01:17 PM

Revised and extended, Scott: (unless it regards blowjobs in the Oval)

Revised and extended, Scott: (including lying to the courts and even paying a hefty fine for lying)

Looks like yours needed some work as well...

Posted by: Fred Jones | May 5, 2006 4:03:35 PM

Shorter Fred Jones: no black person can be unjustly convicted of any crime, and therefore no black person can deserve a pardon, even posthumously.

Posted by: Captain Slack | May 6, 2006 7:19:22 AM

Shorter Captain Slack: When you can't argue the merits, pull the race card (even if it's not about race!)

Posted by: Fred Jones | May 6, 2006 9:05:53 AM

Fred really has been hitting the sauce. A white Republican Mississippi Governor refuses to pardon a black civil rights worker known to have been railroaded, and Fred says it's not about race. Okey Dokey.

In other news, Fred says it's inappropriate to disagree with or criticize the actions of elected officials, because they've been elected (apparently, the elections were for "absolute ruler" -- one man, one vote, one time). And yet, I don't see him extending that privilege to Democratic elected officials. Funny, that.

Posted by: paperwight | May 6, 2006 7:37:38 PM

pauperwipe whines about the governor's decision. Governor ignores his useless rants. Reason: governor was elected to represent thepeople in democratic process and pauperwipe was not. Notice that he did not rail upon the District Attorney, the Judge nor the jury who convicted.....only the Republican governor for not single-handedly overturning the judicial system's decision by fiat. How nice!

Now, when the people choose to give the power to make these decisions via a democratic process the elected official has a responsibility to make that decision............not some asswipe in another state who was not elected who thinks that a pardon is a right or something. Result: Said asswipe is pissed because his race preference agenda was not served.

Que Lastima!

Posted by: Fred Jones | May 7, 2006 5:30:10 PM

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