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Friday Ramblings with Robert

April 15, 2011

An Absolute Disgrace

When the soldiers who die for this country come home to their final resting place they should be honored and remembered for the service they have given.  Staff Sergeant Jason Rogers of Brandon made that ultimate sacrifice for this country and instead of allowing his family to honor and grieve his loss, one extremist group will try on Saturday to disrupt his funeral and stage a protest.  The members of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, KS are no strangers to many as they have made it a mission to go around to protest at funerals for fallen soldiers.  Sadly, the leader of this radical group, Fred Phelps,  is actually from right here in Mississippi, Meridian to be exact.  Westboro’s number one issue is with homosexuality and claims that God is having soldiers killed as punishment for this.  To prove their point they show up at military funerals with signs that read “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.”  Let that sink in and imagine how you would feel if you were at a friend or family member’s funeral after they had just given their life for this country and saw that.  The families do not deserve that and I hope that many will show up in support of Staff Sgt. Rogers family and counteract any demonstration that the radicals of Westboro Baptist Church have planned.  I understand that the Patriot Guard Riders, a group that travels the country attending military funerals, will be there to show their support and they have a great deal of experience dealing with this group.  The funeral will be at 3:00 Saturday at Pinelake Baptist Church on MS 25 (Lakeland Dr.) in Brandon for anyone interested in showing their support for the family by blocking any protest that may occur.

The 3 Judge Panel

We knew it could eventually come to this and now we have our 3 judge panel to handle the redistricting mess.  I think we have a pretty fair panel filled with experienced judges who will see this thing through to a fair result.  Sure they were all appointed by Republican presidents, but keep in mind judges are held to a high standard and should not play party politics from the bench.  Obviously nobody really wins when something like this heads to a panel of judges, but the best we can hope for is a fair outcome and I think at the end of the day this group of judges will do just that.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. YAdababoo permalink
    April 15, 2011 11:25 pm

    It is unacceptable that our elected officials could not reach a settlement. Now all their Lawyer Buddies get to bill the State ( tyaxpayers ) for their services.

    We should demand the resignation of all the representatives, Rep and dems.

  2. rubradog permalink
    April 16, 2011 10:56 pm

    Only a small number of legislators control the workings of redistricting. Why would you want to fire every one of the members of the legislators for something that was basically a creature of Billy McCoy, Tommy Reynolds, Ed Blackmon, Phil Bryant, Hob Bryan and Terry Burton? The NAACP filed the lawsuit and named Haley and Delbert as defendants so this is just one of many cases where they have to go to court. It is routine business. Tommy Reynolds intervened in the case and Terry Burton has asked to intervene. Both are represented by lawyers being paid with “private” funds.

    • YAdababoo permalink
      April 17, 2011 9:04 pm

      The Idea that the legal battles are not being funded with taxpayer money is a bit misleading. For example, if the MHA or any other association is paying legal fees, do you not think that those costs will eventually be paid by the customers of those businesses represented by the associations. The MHA represents Quasi-tax funded entities known as Hospitals.

      It’s a bunch of politicians spending the money of hard working Mississippians.

      • Ivehadbetter permalink
        April 19, 2011 12:23 pm

        This is a bit of a stretch.

        • YAdababoo permalink
          April 19, 2011 1:47 pm

          I understand that my comment is a broad concept. Eespecially when it is true that eventually all business costs are passed on to the customer. But the fact is, regardless of how the costs are ultimately distributed, if our elected officials would do their jobs, without all the posturing, this would already be resolved without any additional pass through costs to the taxpayer.

  3. rubradog permalink
    April 16, 2011 10:57 pm

    oops, “members of the Legislature”

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