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Friday Ramblings with Robert

July 30, 2010
tags: BP, illegal immigration, immigration reform, Neshoba County Fair, oil spill
by Robert

BP Taps A Mississippian

BP made a good public relations move this week when they demoted current CEO Tony Hayward and decided to replace him with Bob Dudley, a former Mississippi resident.  Dudley was raised in Hattiesburg before moving to Illinois in high school.  It is no secret that BP has been at the brunt of all sorts of backlash and must have felt the need to change leadership to try to portray a better image than what Hayward has given them during the oil spill crisis in the Gulf.  Dudley of course is an American, while Hayward is British and I think BP made this move for the very reason of trying to salvage any credibility they can in the American market.  It sure would be a strange coincidence that Dudley is the first American to ever lead BP, which just happens to be during one of the worst oil spill disasters in American history.  Hopefully, Dudley will be given a fair chance to rectify the situation and lead BP through this oily mess that it has found itself in.  In this case you have to pull for the Mississippi native to do well even though you may not like the company he works for right now.

Illegals Want Humane Treatment

Immigration advocates rallied at the Capitol yesterday against the proposed talks of bringing an Arizona-type immigration law to Mississippi next legislative session.  To make their point they pulled the Bilbo card, a.k.a the race card, to suggest that Phil Bryant and those who support this as being racist white-supremacists.  When in doubt pull the race card to make your point.  I found this quote to be interesting:

We are only here to work and contribute to society and provide a better life for our families.  It’s not right, we deserve to be treated like humans.

We punish humans in this country for committing crimes, which is exactly what these illegal immigrants are doing every day here.  How can you contribute to society if you are not paying taxes and not doing your socialist part to help everybody out?  It blows my mind that groups like Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance and the illegals they look after want to be treated right by the government, but are not willing to do their own part to enter the country legally.  Hypocrisy at its finest.

Of course Jackson Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba had to chime in as well:

If Mr. Bryant and the rest of the racists want to take us on – so be it, I don’t believe any of these people have the moral authority to pass legislation prohibiting anyone from coming here.

All I have to say about this is that Lumumba would actually know what a racist is, assuming he has mirrors in his house.  Playing the race card on illegal immigration just is not going to cut it if you want to try to actually have a good dialogue driven discussion about this.

No Clues At Neshoba

So I guess we really learned nothing at Neshoba in terms of office positioning for candidates in next years statewide elections.  It would have been nice to get a little bit of clarity on who was running for what, but I suppose we will have to continue to wait it out.  I am sure some are still feeling others out and deciding if they would like to keep their current job or risk it going up against another strong contender in the primary.  We will just have to wait and continue to speculate for now.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2010 10:15 am

    Well said on Lumumba.

  2. Dan Lindsay permalink
    July 30, 2010 10:22 am

    Does Mr. Lumumba not realize that the unemployment rate for African-Americans is now over 15% and 40% for males under 25? Every ILLEGAL working in this country is taking a job that an American citizen can do regardless of color.

  3. July 30, 2010 10:34 am

    I’m sure he’d say its some racist white man society that is the cause of all that…

  4. Mark Mayfield permalink
    July 30, 2010 12:43 pm

    In our country – we have 8M illegal immigrants working, while 15M Americans can’t find a job. In Mississippi alone, 144,000 citizens are unemployed.

    On Aug. 2nd, MIRE (the Mississippi Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement) presents An Immigration Enforcement Forum at the Madison Cultural Center. Doors open at 5:45 pm. Featured speakers are Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, State Rep. Becky Currie, Bill Marcy, Russ Latino, and Kim Wade.

    You don’t want to miss this interesting and informative evening.

    The Obama Justice Department is suing the people of Arizona over their Immigration Law which seeks only to enforce the federal law. MFIRE stands with the people of Arizona.

    MFIRE is a grass roots organization dedicated to educating voters and elected officials about the dangers associated with massive and uncontrolled illegal immigration. MFIRE supports legal and orderly immigration, but opposes illegal immigration.

    The flyer for the forum is on the main page of

  5. John Morgan permalink
    July 30, 2010 11:57 pm

    See you there Mark! Looking forward to it

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