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Jeff Sessions' pro-KKK 'joke' and use of 'boy' in the 1980s

According to a 2002 New Republic article, senator Jeff Sessions failed to get appointed to a federal bench after hearings in the 1980s revealed he had made a pro-Ku Klux Klan comment. Sessions' defense was that it was a joke. And there's more -- such as reports of using the word "boy."

I don't have time to give this a thorough treatment right now. But I thought that those unaware of this would appreciate the irony that Sessions is one of the senators making the most noise about the "wise Latina" remark.

 Here's a link to the article. You can find the comment by searching the doc for "klan." 

http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=8dd230f6-355f-4362-89cc-2c756b9d8102

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I have lost so much faith in

I have lost so much faith in politicians. Some of them are such bloody hypocrites.

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Politics: Poly....many Ticks.

Politics:

Poly....many

Ticks....blood sucking insects

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Jeff Sessions, the US government and hateful words and actions

I am 62 years old and a Vietnam war veteran, who, for good, valid, well-thought-out reasons, too numerous and complicated to explain, or even to list all at one time, within the confines of a single small internet, has spent almost all of my adult life as a loyal registered, active, campaign donating, volunteer work doing, conservative Republican, with a capitol R behind my name.....until midway through the second George Bush administration, when ill treatment of our own wounded and disabled war veterans (my brothers, as it were) by our own cynical government caught my attention, and caused me to re-think my position, and then finally, to be shocked into consciousness by the awareness that torture of prisoners of war, was an official policy of our nation, and driven from the right wing philosophical home I held dear, to find myself where I am today, which is somewhere near political agnosticism, just southwest of left leaning libertarianism, and sitting thinking about where I now stand politically, and knowing that what I am really thinking is that there are mean spirited and hateful and evil people in the world who hide behind not only religion, as is well known and often spoken of, but also behind tempting political dogma of one sort or the other too, and deciding that, hence forth, for the rest of my life, I shall not quietly abide these sorts, including but not limited to, Jeff Sessions.

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there are mean spirited and

there are mean spirited and hateful and evil people in the world who hide behind not only religion, as is well known and often spoken of, but also behind tempting political dogma of one sort or the other too

I have discovered this, too.  But, in my experience, it is difficult to hold them to account because they tend to surround themselves by like-minded people who have a vested interest in protecting their own.

There is truth in Eric's joke (above).