Sunday, June 13, 2010

Alvin Greene’s Very Bizarre Victory

How in the world did this man, whom no one ever heard of win an election without ever campaigning? Watching him attempt to do interviews its obvious that he is more than a bit “challenged”, but at the same time you can’t help but feel sorry for the poor guy if you consider his apparent mental state and imagine some asshole out there exploiting him. An article in the Washington Post  states that in a three-hour interview at his home where he lives with his elderly father in Manning SC, Greene could not name one specific thing he’d done to campaign. He admits being “involuntarily” discharged from the military, but would not say why.

I was quite surprised when during the interview, the reporter documented that a news report came on the television about Greene and reported that he’d not entered a plea or been indicted in connection with the obscenity charge involving showing porn to a college girl last November, Greene said:

“I have not been indicted? Indicted? What does that mean?”

His brother had to explain to him that being charged and being indicted are two different things. Now someone explain to me how if he doesn’t even know the meaning of the word indicted, just how does this man intend to function in the Senate? I’d also like to know how it is that he graduated from USC in 2000 with a degree in political science, (which was confirmed by USC).

I’m having trouble even believing he was able to graduate from High School, unless something “happened” to his mental status between 2000 and the present. There are lots of possible events that can alter a person’s mental status, physical trauma, emotional trauma, excessive drug use, stroke, and any number of other things. So… What happened to Alvin? This whole thing doesn’t add up.

Here’s a guy who spent a total of 13 years in the military and was awarded numerous medals, none of which he even talks about. His entire campaign consisted of one campaign flyer he claims to have personally passed around, but when asked how many of them he had printed he says:

“Maybe thousands. Hundreds. Maybe a hundred. I don’t know exactly.”

He doesn’t have a cell phone, or a computer but claims to check his email at the local library “maybe” twice a week. He has been unemployed since he was discharged form the army in August 09, and living on unemployment benefits. Last November when he was hit with felony obscenity charges he was given a court appointed attorney, as is done in cases where people cannot afford to hire a lawyer, yet he suddenly comes up with the $10,400 filing fee in March 2010 to have his name put on the ballot. That makes no sense. He claims it was “Army Money” he’d saved, but if he’d saved that much money during his time in the Army he would not have qualified for a court appointed attorney last November.

Many claim Greene to be a GOP plant, but of course the GOP denies that they had anything to do with it, as does Greene. House majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) stated:

"I would hope the U.S. attorney down there would look at this. There were some real shenanigans going on in the South Carolina primary, I don't know if he was a Republican plant; he was someone's plant."

Vic Rawl’s campaign manager, Walter Ludwig initiated an analysis of what could have happened after Rawl’s completely unexpected loss to Greene. According to Politico , Ludwig cautioned that the campaign is not jumping to any conclusions, but they have already uncovered some “curious” findings. Politico writes:

“According to Ludwig, of the state’s 46 counties, half have a disparity of greater than 10 percentage points between the absentee and election day ballots.

“The election day ballots all favor Mr. Greene. We don’t know what it means,” Ludwig said in an interview. “We did significantly better on absentees than Election Day, which is according to the mathematicians, quite significant. The other reason is, it didn’t happen in any other races on the ballot.”

In Lancaster County, Rawl won absentee ballots over Greene by a staggering 84 percent to 16 percent margin; but Greene easily led among Election Day voters by 17 percentage points.

In Spartanburg County, Ludwig said there are 25 precincts in which Greene received more votes than were actually cast and 50 other precincts where votes appeared to be missing from the final count.”

Well, that’s interesting. I’d like to see official reports on these findings. I looked at Electoral-vote.com 
 to see what they had to say:

“Total Unknown Chosen to Face DeMint Permalink
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is so strongly favored to be reelected that no serious Democrat bothered to file to run against him. As a result, a totally unknown unemployed veteran named Alvin Greene with no money and not even a Website won the Democratic primary. How can this be? Well, Greene is black and so are a large fraction of South Carolina's Democrats. Also, he served 13 years in the Air Force and Army. But he didn't even campaign. DeMint will be reelected in a landslide in November.”

Well I’m sorry to say, but if that is the case, then it doesn’t say much for the “large fraction of black Democrats” in SC. But seriously, I can’t imagine anyone, black, white, or anywhere in between voting for this guy intentionally if they had paid the slightest bit of attention to him. Nor can I imagine voting for anyone I’d never heard of. I wonder if anyone has spoken to this “fraction of voters” and asked them about the election. Anyone out there actually admit to voting for this guy?

CNN had an interesting interview with Greene (Thanks Global for the link.)



(There is something seriously not right with this man.)

So, if Greene is a plant, who’s plant is he and why? Could he be a “Tea Party” plant, or maybe planted by a racist hate group, who knows? While it’s true that many hate group members are also tea party members, it’s also true that not all tea partiers are members of hate groups, but tea parties almost everywhere do have some racist or hate group members, and some more than others.

My question would be who are the players, who is playing who, and what’s the motive? All across the country the GOP has been pandering to Tea Partiers ever since Moose Burger Barbie got their dander up during the 08 Presidential campaigns. Racist hate groups rallied to support the Tea Partiers, not because of any actual political agenda, but because they wanted no part of having any uppity half-breed Negro sashaying his little black ass anywhere in the White House, other than the kitchen. And the Tea Parties were of course rallying with the GOP, as the GOP sucked up to all of them.

Sounds like a big ol’ redneck circus to me, but what about the motives? Could the GOP have been motivated by desperation, possibly enough so they were not willing to take a chance on DeMint losing to Vic Rawl in November? Maybe, but the GOP seemed to have considered DeMint’s re-election was a rather safe bet, SC is a strongly red state.

What about the Tea Partiers and hate groups? Well, there is no question that many hate-mongering racists have flooded Tea Parties groups. If you take a look, the SPLC documents 36 hate groups in South Carolina. The two largest of those groups in SC being Neo Confederates, belonging to the “League of the South”, and the White Nationalists belonging to the “Council of Conservative Citizens”.

Hummm… Could be possible.

The “League of the South” is an interesting lot. Gives me flash backs of “Gone With The Wind” for some reason. The SPLC had this to say:

“The League of the South is a neo-Confederate group that advocates for a second Southern secession and a society dominated by “European Americans.” The league believes the “godly” nation it wants to form should be run by an “Anglo-Celtic” (read: white) elite that would establish a Christian theocratic state and politically dominate blacks and other minorities. Originally founded by a group that included many Southern university professors, the group lost its Ph.D.s as it became more explicitly racist. The league denounces the federal government and northern and coastal states as part of “the Empire,” a materialist and anti-religious society.”

It also says:

“Along with its academics, the league included racist hard-liners from the start. One founding member who still sat on the board of directors in 2007 is Jack Kershaw, a lifelong segregationist who once was an official in the anti-integration White Citizens Councils of the 1950s and 1960s. Kershaw has never hidden his racist views. “Somebody needs to say a good word for slavery,” Kershaw told a reporter in 1998. “Where in the world are the Negroes better off today than in America?”

Sounds like a real nice bunch. Let the white Christian rednecks take over and put all the nigras and “them other non-whites” back in the fields to pick cotton where they belong.

What about the White Nationalists and their “Council of Conservative Citizens”?
From the SPLC:

“The Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) is the modern reincarnation of the old White Citizens Councils, which were formed in the 1950s and 1960s to battle school desegregation in the South. Created in 1985 from the mailing lists of its predecessor organization, the CCC, which initially tried to project a "mainstream" image, has evolved into a crudely white supremacist group whose website has run pictures comparing pop singer Michael Jackson to an ape and referred to blacks as "a retrograde species of humanity." The group's newspaper, Citizens Informer, regularly publishes articles condemning "race mixing," decrying the evils of illegal immigration, and lamenting the decline of white, European civilization.”

Wow, a “retrograde species of humanity”? Really? Not sure I’ve heard that one before, but I’d be willing to bet that none of these assholes are the slightest bit tickled at the new “species” we have as POTUS. Do ya think? Ya spose that might be sticking in their craw just a might?

Shall we read on?

“In Its Own Words
"God is the author of racism. God is the One who divided mankind into different types. ... Mixing the races is rebelliousness against God."
— Council of Conservative Citizens website, 2001
"We believe the United States is a European country and that Americans are part of the European people. … We therefore oppose the massive immigration of non-European and non-Western peoples into the United States that threatens to transform our nation into a non-European majority in our lifetime. We believe that illegal immigration must be stopped, if necessary by military force and placing troops on our national borders; that illegal aliens must be returned to their own countries; and that legal immigration must be severely restricted or halted through appropriate changes in our laws and policies. We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called ‘affirmative action' and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races."
—Statement of Principles, Citizens Informer, 2007”

(RIght!)

“Like the original White Citizens Councils, the CCC is made up of local chapters, some of which are active in civic affairs beyond the national group's racist agenda. And until the 2000s, some of the group's "uptown" attitude remained, as meetings resembled Rotary Club events more than Klan outings and regularly featured politicians as keynote speakers.”

(Well, if ya can’t lick’um….)

“As evidence of widespread association between Southern GOP officeholders and the CCC mounted, Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson took the unusual step in 1998 of asking party members to resign from the group because of its racist views. A resolution moved through the U.S. Congress "condemning the racism and bigotry espoused by the Council of Conservative Citizens," although it ultimately failed. (Congress had earlier condemned the black supremacist Nation of Islam in a similar manner, but failed to do the same with the CCC. Republican Party leaders, likely embarrassed by Lott's very public connection to the CCC, managed to defeat the censure effort.)


But six years later, many Southern lawmakers were still pandering to and meeting with the CCC — and still pleading ignorance. According to a 2004 Intelligence Report review of the Citizens Informer, no fewer than 38 federal, state and local elected officials had attended CCC events between 2000 and 2004, most of them giving speeches to local chapters of the hate group.”

There’s another list I’d like to see.

Well, if I had to venture a guess on the “Who”, I’d have to pick these guys. After all what better way to attempt to show their disgust for the first black POTUS, than to follow him up with a black “Forrest Gump” for Senator? Hell they’d be pissing themselves laughing over that! (Morons!)  The Why? Intense bigotry, hatred, ignorance? Again, who knows? But whatever the case, more will certainly be forthcoming on this!


Keep the popcorn handy!

8 comments:

  1. Which are the best keynote speakers that have been interviewed at CNN?

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  2. Global Village IdiotJune 14, 2010 at 5:11 AM

    A "Big ole redneck circus" indeed.

    There is no real mystery here, Mz Daisy - the thinking is pretty straight forward:

    Republican (read: white candidate) wants to win election;

    Most white folk are republican in the asylum of South Carolina;

    Most black folk are Democrats in the fields of punishment (see: Ephyra) that would drive Sisyphus mad;

    White candidate knows black folk vote black;

    White candidate 'encourages' less than erudite black candidate to run;

    Black candidate gives stunning interview, the election is already decided;

    Whitey Wins!!!!!

    There are of course other subtle nuances involved, not the least of which is that the South Carolina legislature has a dismal tradition of not acknowledging votes by name - you can be the sleaziest inbred 6-fingered banjo plucker in the State, and get away with voting as if it were still antebellum times.

    With complete anonymity.

    Ask Nikki Haley about her bill changing the rules to make accountability mandatory, which is being held up by Jake "raghead' Knotts as a prime example of an ole redneck circus.

    Toss in a little 'Alvin Greenes campaign manager worked for Uber inbred Joe 'You Lie' Wilson' until late last year, simmer until heated through....

    Meanwhile over in Fort Mill Mayor Funderburk* passed around an e-mail pondering if President Obama is the 'anti christ'. Fuck me, that inbred cesspool is waaaay to close to the North Carolina border, hope the shallow end of the racist gene pool flows south.

    >cue Dixieland<.....look away, look away, look away, inbred fucks....

    Oh, and Jake, is yo Mammy still daydreaming about that 'Mandingo' indecent?


    * I thought Funderburk was a made up name, so I asked Pedagogicles. He scoffed, guffawed and generally dismissed the notion like a Federal Judge all up in Orly's shit over her latest filing, then explained:

    GVI, you forget your history and the proud southern tradition of white wimmenesses losing their cherry to darkie in the hayloft, outhouse or pantry while the men-folk is at a lynchin'; when the devout southerners came home and found their wimmenesses on cloud nine, happy, satisfied and knowing the difference between a southern wee-wee and a real piece of manhood there was usually a question or two asked.

    Since the white wimmenesses was about half in the bag on some cheap wine, they couldn't get the word 'Thunderbird' out clearly, and the devout southerners promptly went out in search of a black fella named Funderburk.

    Nine months later Fort Mills future mayor was born.

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  3. Global Village IdiotJune 14, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    I am pleased at this time to present the heir apparent to the 'bagger throne, Rick Barber of Alafuckingbama.

    *cue 'Twilight Zone' intro music......*

    "You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas; you've just crossed over into.....the Tea Bag Zone."

    And I thought Dale Peterson cornered the market on idiocy down there. Check out this campaign ad:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iQ7ZDUutU4&feature=player_embedded

    He has the endorsement of Pamela Geller of the 'Atlas Sharted' "Israel owns the United States" blog. Born and raised in Texas. Imagine that, a product of the South.

    I think I got cooties just watching this piece of shit.

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  4. Ben Moore (Montery Sea Otters)June 15, 2010 at 6:47 AM

    This is all very disturbing, but it has all been very disturbing since Obama took office. Racism "seemed" to be disappearing from our landscape. Then Obama got elected and we "hoped" this meant the end of socially accepted racism...instead what we learned is that the millions of racists (sorry to say) were just keeping quiet until they saw someone "who was not like us" to quote his opponents. Mr. Greene does not seem to have the exceptional speaking skills that we usually come to think a Congressman should have. how he got the nomination is beyond me but I bet that if it is some kind of plot by the Republicans we will certainly find out. You cannot hide something like that. I also fear that we maybe sounding like Orly Taitz when we critize his nomination.
    Who knows maybe he will get elected...LOL and end up in the senate for decades to come...serve ole Strom Thurman right if he took over his seat.
    Anyway, I an old fool...in the sixties I thought we were going to have a revolution and we would all come together and love one another, smoke pot. then in the nineties I thought we ended racism and later I believed that people stopped hating gay people. You would think I would learn and sadly I am...I don't see America coming together and being the great enlighted people that we were orginally destined to become. These Tea Partiers and Birthers have sapped all the optimism out me. But I refuse to give up hope just yet...(I just saw my favorite writer on a US postage stamp, Richard Wright..so everything can't be all bad) :)Peace and Love

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  5. Global Village IdiotJune 15, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Well spoken Mr. Moore, unfortunately racism is here for a while longer in bastions like inbred South Carolina, straight through Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kansas and Oklahoma, deep in the heart of Texas and what can we say about Arizona?

    Where it gets dispersed and thinned out it tends to linger like weeds, catching here and there, but eventually getting pulled up by the roots; where you have blanket coverage it is harder to eradicate, hence S.C. and its blatant racist attitudes.

    And not to dampen your hope and enthusiasm, but understand that 'hope and change' has been replaced by 'status quo at any cost'.

    I do not like it either, but Obama is a corporatist through and through - eliminate lobbying and the electoral college if you hope for change.

    Best.

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  6. The guy he defeated, Vic Rawl, has filed a protest.

    Doesn't matter. How are they going to prove anything? South Carolina uses ES&S voting machines, which don't leave a paper trail that you can verify.

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  7. Nameless. The question remains where did Alvin get the $10,000 fee for filing when he didn't have any money? It would be nice if there was some sort of money trail that could be traced back to the republican party.

    If he's legitimate, all the more power to him. I hope he does win and Jim DeMint loses. He'd probably do a better job for the people of SC.

    As far as his interviews. Yes, he seems confused but that could be due to not being used to the cameras. Until more is known, I don't think it is fair to condemn the man. As Jon Stewart said (I think it was Jon), Mr. Greene has part of his duties as senator already down with the obscenity charges against him.

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  8. Global Village IdiotJune 16, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    Sorry A/P, agree to disagree; that cat has more issues than Michael Jackson, and is not fit for duty. That is not a condemnation - merely an observation based on all available documentation to date.

    He has no chance against DeMint, and while Rawl is part of the machine (read: the problem) at least he can find his ass with both hands - he is a small step in the right direction (if he defeats DeMint), while Greene is a vapid mess.

    Best

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