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Friday Ramblings with Robert

August 27, 2010
tags: 2010 House, Barack Obama, Barney Frank, Bennie Thompson, Bill Marcy, bio-fuel, Haley Barbour, Hurricane Katrina, MS-01, MS-02, Nancy Pelosi, special session, spice, Steny Hoyer, Travis Childers
by Robert

Back In Session: Spice and Bio-fuel

The Mississippi Legislature will be back in town today for a special session called by Governor Barbour to address a couple of key issues that need to be addressed.  The two big issues at hand are the banning of synthetic marijuana, commonly known as spice, and putting together an incentive package for a bio-fuel company to build up to 3 plants across the state.  Many local municipalities have already banned spice in their communities and the state is looking to unify it all and push forward a statewide ban on the product that has similar effects as smoking regular marijuana.  Having seen all the cities come out against spice, I think it is good that the state will just go ahead and put down a uniform state ban on the stuff.  It may not be real marijuana, but it is close enough and still has many of the same effects and should be banned.  The bio-fuel project centers on job creation and bringing more industry in the state and i believe it is hard to argue with that.  People need jobs in the worst kind of way right now and this will only open up more opportunities for those that are on the job hunt in our state.

What Are Marcy’s Chances?

Bill Marcy by far is the least talked about Republican running for Congress in Mississippi.  Most of the attention centers on north and south Mississippi, but Marcy has quietly put together a reputable campaign to challenge Bennie Thompson.  The deck is stacked against Marcy, and it would probably be one of the biggest upsets in the country, but this has the potential to be the closest race Thompson has had since 2002 when he was challenged by Clinton LeSueur.  The polls will not be packed with Democratic voters come November and that is really an advantage to a Republican candidate, especially in such a heavily Democratic populated district like MS-02.  I really like Marcy’s chance to give Bennie a scare in November and I hope he is able to get voters out in support of him in the district.

Hurricane Katrina: 5 Years Later

Sunday will mark the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting the Gulf Coast.  The residents on Mississippi’s Coast have come a long way from then, but many have not and the scars and evidence of Katrina’s wrath live on.  The media, naturally, has centered most of their anniversary coverage on New Orleans and how things were and are there now.  Perhaps it is better that Mississippi has largely been ignored.  When things are done as close to right as can be in the circumstances nobody wants to watch or read about it.  It will take a very long time before things are ever close to being back to the way they were before, but it is safe to say it is something that no one will ever forget that lived through it.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those on the Mississippi Coast who are still living with the aftereffects of Katrina and are still trying to put all the pieces back together.

Travis Childers and The Ball and Chain

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Travis permalink
    August 27, 2010 1:38 pm

    I know this comes as a shock to some but the constitution doesn’t give the right to ban marijuana. They understood in the 20s that they didn’t have the power to ban alcohol, so they ammended the constitution. What changed between the 20s and the 30s? I’m not advocating marijuana, but if we pick and choose what parts of the constitution we want to follow, then we are no different than the liberals who twist it to meet their needs.

  2. ejcjordan permalink
    August 27, 2010 8:21 pm

    The aftermath of Katrina was the most stressful time in the lives of many of us who survived those days, weeks and months. However the brightest spot was the great efforts of our elected officials from the local level all the way to Haley Barbour. Our Senators Lott and Cochran plowed all new ground when it came to seeking aid for our state.
    If one reads Karl Rove’s book Courage and Conviction it is very humbling to see what great praise he has for our state in being organized, prepared and every ready to impliment plans and programs to help those in need. Rove shines a big light on Barbour and makes a painful comparison between our state and our neighboring state of Louisiana. He reports on the inner bickering between LA Governor Kathleen Blanco and the inept mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin and writes about what we all knew but the national media would not report upon….That it was Blanco and Nagin that held up the immediate help from the Federal government, not Bush. It is disgraceful that forever and ever history will refer to Katrina as a failing effort by George W. Bush when it clearly was just Louisiana politics as usual! Yes, we have survived but in our hearts of hearts we are still very wounded from the ravages of Katrina and most of us feel we will never see a full recovery due to the destructive economic efforts of Obama, coupled with the oil spill and its impact on our
    current deilicate state. The reconstruction and rebuilding of the Coast would be muc h further down the road if the insurance industry were not allowed to act with impunity.
    And while many of us applaud the virtues of Capitalism we do not believe the insurance
    industry should be exempt from compliance with laws affecting all other industries regarding monopolies….that is the culprit.

  3. September 7, 2010 12:54 pm

    They are delusional for thinking a ban will do anything, but grow the black market even more. Way to go.

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