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Myrlie Evers-Williams
Myrlie Evers-Williams delivers remarks during the christening ceremony for USNS Medgar Evers
(U.S. Navy photo)
This is normally the spot to keep track of the latest Republican efforts to keep Americans from voting for Democrats by keeping them from voting. There's some of that bad news to talk about, but there's also some good news from earlier this month.
In an honor bestowed on only a handful of individuals, the United States Navy selected NAACP civil and voting rights icon Medgar Evers as the namesake of their newest ship. Christened in San Diego, California on November 12 by his widow Myrlie Evers-Williams, the USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) will serve as a supply ship for the Navy starting in the first quarter of 2012.

"I am just so honored for Medgar and all of the other people who gave their lives in the civil rights movement, particularly those in Mississippi. In my humble estimation, very few of them have received rightful acknowledgment of their contributions," remarked Evers-Williams. "He was a man who did believe in this country, and he believed in his people. He wanted things to be just and fair, and he was willing to work for that."

That work, unbelievably, unfortunately, isn't done yet. But the fight is well-engaged.

In other news:

  • Ohio Democrats have filed enough signatures to put House Bill 194, a repeal of a new election law on that ballot next November. Gov. Kasich's new law shortens the state's early voting period, bans in-person early voting on Sundays, and prohibits boards of election from mailing absentee ballot requests to voters. Because the referendum will be on the ballot, the new law is suspended, and won't be in effect for 2012's election.
  • This is also good.
    UW-Madison has solved its ID crisis.

    University officials announced Monday the school will issue identification cards for voting purposes only to those students who do not already have valid Wisconsin IDs. It will cost an estimated $100,000 over five years.

    Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican legislature passed a strict voter ID law that would have disenfranchised many Wisconsin students. UW-Madison, at least, has figured out how to keep its students from being disenfranchised.

  • And finally, just because it's pathetic, former Rep. (and rejected governor candidate) Artur Davis (D-AL) is at it again. He was last seen editorializing about rampant voter fraud the African-American community, charges for which he offered no evidence. And he's still charging fraud in his community, and still providing no evidence.
    He tells the Daily Caller:"What I have seen in my state, in my region, is the the most aggressive practitioners of voter-fraud are local machines who are tied lock, stock and barrel to the special interests in their communities—the landfills, the casino operators—and they're cooking the [ballot] boxes on election day, they're manufacturing absentee ballots, they're voting [in the names of] people named Donald Duck, because they want to control politics and thwart progress."

    Let's see some proof, or at least some names, Mr. Davis, as to voter fraud actually happening today in significant numbers aside from absentee voter fraud, which is the main source of voter fraud but one about which voter identification laws do nothing.

    Or, Davis is still full of sour grapes because he lost in the primary for the governor's seat and hasn't gotten over it yet.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Any news about the 400,000 Tech... (5+ / 0-)

    university students who may be disenfranchised?  Great news about UW-Madison.

    “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.” President Obama 11/2/11

    by BarackStarObama on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 01:03:41 PM PST

  •  WOW! (9+ / 0-)
    United States Navy selected NAACP civil and voting rights icon Medgar Evers as the namesake of their newest ship.

    I want the next Star Trek to include this ship in the next episode.

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 01:04:02 PM PST

  •  Seems like he's got some inside knowledge. (1+ / 0-)
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    714day

    Probably ought to investigate this guy's Politicking History, eh?

    ..former Rep. (and rejected governor candidate) Artur Davis (D-AL) is at it again. ... "What I have seen ..."

    Notice: This Comment © 2011 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 01:08:16 PM PST

  •  Racial Parity Merely "Not DONE Yet" ??? (3+ / 0-)

    The leading employer of Black men is government, and it's the #2 employer of Black women, because the economy still will not accept Blacks wherever it doesn't have to.

    In 1970 median family net worth, Black families were worth 25% of whites' median. Today they're down to just 5% the white median.

    Blacks on the whole have been losing percentage of their nation's wealth the entire time since Dr. King was still agitating.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 01:17:09 PM PST

  •  The Party of 'NO'thing...the stupidity is beyond (0+ / 0-)

    mind-blowing.

  •  Any Sailors, vets or gadget-freaks goto.... (0+ / 0-)

    ...the Wiki page devoted to the USNS Medgar Evers...Great photo of the ship, click on it get nice big pic...

    (Medgar Evers deserves a bigger ship-namesake...problem is, none of the bigger ones are named after people til ya get to the flattops, and I don't want 'em to build any more....)

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 01:26:30 PM PST

    •  Hopefully that ship will do decades of service (0+ / 0-)

      taking emergency supplies and humanitarian aid to disaster areas etc. instead of supplying the war machine. Hopefully we're about to be done fighting wars. Yesterday would not be too soon for me.

      •  kinda looks like a war machine to me... (0+ / 0-)

        ...made to support the Carrier Strike Groups.

        It seems like it might have some value other than that because of the sort of ship that it is...

        You realize that non-Naval cargo ships are geared towards containers and beating a path in the ocean like giant semis, this ship would be very expensive to operate compared to a civilian ship, in terms of how much it cost to ship each ton of stuff it can carry...

        "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

        by leftykook on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 01:52:20 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Medgar Evers is a true American hero. (3+ / 0-)

    To see the opening of the diary juxtaposed against the 'voter fraud' memes that are still put forward by the same sort of minds that prevailed in the day of Mr. Ever's slaying; there's just nothing to do but keep on keepin' on. Sad damned stuff.

  •  There goes some southern GOP support for (0+ / 0-)

    the Pentagon.  I can see it now...USS Martin Luther King, USS John Lewis, USS Rosa Parks, USS Jesse Jackson, etc, etc.  Of course if a state has a lot of military bases in it, the southern GOP leaders will stick with the Pentagon.  However, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Loiusiana could secede from the pro-Pentagon pact...just letting my mind wander, but you know there will be some grumblings in the southern GOP caucus.

    Show me a politician that doesn't want to gain, and/or hold onto power, and I'll show you one who can't get elected.

    by HarryParatestis on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 01:31:22 PM PST

  •  Has Duncan Hunter come out denouncing this yet? (1+ / 0-)
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    HarryParatestis

    After all he has to keep his racist supporters riled...

  •  My Dad was an honorary pall bearer (3+ / 0-)
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    bythesea, askew, enhydra lutris

    at Medgar Evers funeral. He tells quite the tale of experience. He returned to Mississippi to continue the effort by going into white churches to talk with the all white congregations about supporting civil rights.

    Warner White trip for voter registation 1-22-64 2

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 01:38:13 PM PST

  •  Ship Names (1+ / 0-)
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    quiet in NC

    While nosing around the WIKI page covering the new ship named for Medgar Evers I discovered a list of all the ships in the class, these are their names:

    Lewis and Clark
    Sacagawea
    Alan Shepard
    Richard E. Byrd
    Robert E. Peary
    Amelia Earhart
    Carl Brashear
    Wally Schirra
    Matthew Perry
    Charles Drew
    Washington Chambers
    William McLean
    Medgar Evers
    Cesar Chavez (Still under construction)

    Interesting collection of Americans to name ships after...People of Color, Women, Civil Rights and Labor leaders, certainly an interesting mix....Seems like all the White Boys are important explorers....

    Wonder where's the ships named after Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson?

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 01:41:37 PM PST

    •  Matthew Perry and not... (0+ / 0-)

      Jennifer Aniston?  Or Matt LeBlanc, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow or David Schwimmer?  Clearly, it takes more than having friends to get this honor.  

      •  Uhhh... (0+ / 0-)

        the USNS Matthew Perry is named for Commodore Perry, as in sailing into Tokyo Bay and convincing the Shogun to do business with us, causing the Battle of Tsushima Straight, Teddy Roosevelt's Peace Prize, Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima.  Not to mention the Rape of Nankang, the Bataan Death March and the Sack of Manila.

        ...and the ship and her crew helped out with the disaster relief after the recent Tsunami....

        "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

        by leftykook on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 07:36:08 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  RE: voter fraud and "give me names"... (0+ / 0-)

    He gave you names---Donald Duck!  What more do you want???

    Ha!

    The more you learn the less you know.

    by quiet in NC on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 03:08:48 PM PST

  •  In the war on voting (0+ / 0-)

    we need to play more offense.  

    Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity.

    by David Kaib on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 05:55:26 PM PST

  •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 03:08:05 PM PST

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