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ms state fair controversy news roundup…

Uncategorized — d-ashes on September 27, 2004 at 11:31 am

This is a collection of links from local news sources about the on-going controversy involving a white supremacist’s planned booth @ the Mississippi State fair that I first mentioned here.

Sept 30th

Sept 29th

Sept 28th

Sept 27th

convention center rally…

Uncategorized — d-ashes on September 25, 2004 at 1:04 pm

the collective, downtown jackson partners and hal and mal’s have teamed up to put on a rally for the downtown jackson convention center on october 16th @ hal and mal’s…jen and i just put together the flyer for it…if you want to help spread the word, download it color (3mb) (pdf) and print off a couple of copies and put them around jackson…thanks!!!

whistling…

Uncategorized — d-ashes on September 24, 2004 at 8:17 am

first the good news…bravo and broad street, the restaurants i do web design and computer maintenance for, have thrown their weight, along with 100 or so other local businesses, behind the proposed convention center for downtown jackson…from now until november 2nd they are donating 2 cents of their sales to the project…if you support this measure then eat some of their tasty food and put in your 2 cents as well…

and the not so good news…this article (and this one) gives strong indications that many in jackson aren’t taking richard barrett’s upcoming state fair antics lying down…unfortunately, it also seems as if attendance @ the fair may take a punch this year because of a) boycotts and b) people’s concerns over safety on the fairgrounds…the boycott thing is a bit of a quandary to me…do you not support the entire fair, which is a plus for jackson’s economy, needs good attendance and which doesn’t seem too excited about barrett and killen coming themselves, but can’t do anything about it? that almost seems to play more so into these guys hands…if you go to the fair are you condoning barrett and killen? i don’t necessarily think that’s the case…i think i will go (i have to confess i have a huge affinity for roasted corn) and i probably will not even go by the booth, but am trying to think of some public sign (t-shirt, full body tattoo, etc) that not so much vilifies the racists, but gives the message that there are plenty of people in mississippi that do not feel the way these guys do…we’ll see…more conversation on this front is going on @ the jfp (scroll down)…i think the tone of the discussion there is leaning more towards direct confrontation…not my cup of tea, but get in where you fit in…

and in geek related items, i am 100% microsoft application free now…i’ve been using firefox in place of internet explorer for a while (love it love it love it) and just made full-time switch from outlook to thunderbird @ the beginning of this week…i think thunderbird is worth it if only for its incredibly accurate spam filter, though the calendar plugin is not nearly as robust as outlook is (this will be remedied by sunbird, which while fairly stable is in early stages of development…i’ve messed with it and it looks promising) but for simple event and task management i’ve found it works fine…i’ve been running thunderbird 0.7.3 with no problems, but be advised that people running ver 0.8 are finding new bugs, particularly with the universal inbox…also, i’ve been using openOffice for about 3 months now…i wouldn’t recommend this to hardcore ms office users quite yet, but if you just need word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software without a lot of (what i consider) crazy bells and whistles, it delivers quite well and works enough like ms office there is little new to learn…i actually like openOffice better than ms office because it’s got all the stuff i liked about ms office without all the extra stuff they kept adding and i never used…best of all, every last one of the above apps is FREE…now, that still leaves me running xp as my primary operating system, but that’s the way it’s going to have to be for a while…my web, grahpic design and sound apps have no linux equivalent, i’m too poor to buy macintosh and my success with emulators on linux has not been great…there are some interesting rumors of universal and performance loss-less emulators on the horizon, so the idea of being 100% microsoft free in 2 years or so may be a distinct reality…not that i have anything against microsoft really, i just think these apps actually work better (and that free thing is a big kicker)…

congrats to the g…

Uncategorized — d-ashes on September 23, 2004 at 4:50 pm

graham just called to inform me he got his results in from the bar exam…and he passed…so the little brother is now a lawyer…now we’re gonna find some people to sue 🙂

and half

Uncategorized — d-ashes on September 22, 2004 at 10:51 am

midnight and i was sitting on the steps of the old capitol waiting for george singleton to walk up from the walthall so he could kick it with bobby, melissa, lindsey, josh and i @ soulshine where jaysus was holding his first night of services…it took natalie reminding me that today was the autumnal equinox (and also her birthday) but my body already knew it, i think…sitting on the old capitol stoop, recalling that my last visit there was when eudora welty lay in state, i think i actually felt the summer give way beneath me and i giddily contemplated camp fires, sweaters and low grey evenings with a good book and a glass of cheap red wine…a breeze whispered through the city sleeping before me and all her ghosts slept soundly without and within…damn, i wish thomas wolfe had been there to share it with me…

thomas hamill

Uncategorized — d-ashes on September 21, 2004 at 2:14 pm

thomas hamill, the civilian mississippian taken hostage in iraq and who later escaped his captors just stopped in @ lemCom…general tommie franks is signing his book here today and i imagine mr. hamill stopped in to meet him and take a look at the store, as he is coming here for his own book as well…

just the short, casual conversation that we had was enthralling…he doesn’t feel we will ever ‘win’ in iraq, that the people over there have no interest in acquiescing to the sort of victory we’ve been led to expect…having lived with hostile iraqis in their homeland for almost a month i certainly give more weight to his opinion than most others (i didn’t get the chance to ask how that opinion will affect his vote in november and wouldn’t have felt very comfortable doing so anyways)…you can see a good sized scar on his right arm and his handshake was a little weak, but looking into his eyes there was no denying the strength that he found while in captivity over there…yvonne asked if he ever had any question about getting out of that situation alive and he answered that he just put his life in god’s hands and though he never knew how it was going to turn out, he felt as though he’d been put in that position to eventually tell his story…believe what you want about god and faith, but meet somebody who’s been through what he has and it will make you think twice about it, at least…

unbelievable…

Uncategorized — d-ashes on September 20, 2004 at 9:14 am

i’ve read this article 3 times now and still can’t believe that in 2004 i’m reading some of the things that are coming out of these people’s mouths…i’m not naive about how race relations stand here in MS but these people are talking about CELEBRATING/CELEBRITIZING A MURDER SUSPECT…it’s incredibly sad and despicable and just another knock for my city/state…gonna be hard not to let this one ruin a beautiful day…


well, the day was somewhat rescued…after spending 5 hours repairing some BRAVO! computers joshC came by and we finally beat ‘red dead revolver’ on the playstation 2, had a good game of darts and he let me listen to 2 more tracks near completion on the first LBE full-length album…that still leaves jackson/mississippi to figure out what to do with racists inviting the state fair going public to rally around a suspected murderer…already i’ve heard rumblings from around town from many people incensed by the possibility of such a display, so we’ll see where that takes us…maybe he is innocent, maybe he is guilty, but either way the grand-standing of such an unabashed racist platform @ a public venue such as the state fair is revolting to me personally…such is the price of freedom i guess…

i’m house sitting for scott albert johnson and susan margaret barrett for the next 2 weeks and as i’m typing this am quickly coming to realize that their dogs boo and cash REALLY do not appreciate being ignored in favor of the computer…so it’s off to play with the kids…

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