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Passion and Politics: Playing Loose with the Truth

Lincoln Cartoon “George Templeton Strong, a prominent New York lawyer and diarist, wrote that Lincoln was “a barbarian, Scythian, yahoo, or gorilla.” Henry Ward Beecher, the Connecticut-born preacher and abolitionist, often ridiculed Lincoln in his newspaper, The Independent (New York), rebuking him for his lack of refinement and calling him “an unshapely man.” Other Northern newspapers openly called for his assassination long before John Wilkes Booth pulled the trigger. He was called a coward, “an idiot,” and “the original gorilla” by none other than the commanding general of his armies, George McClellan.” [Atlantic]

The descendents of those who passionately vilified Lincoln are with us today.   They become particularly noticeable during times when U.S. politics are polarized, polemicized, and full of more propaganda than factual content.  

Case in point: Those “30,000 missing emails” on Secretary Clinton’s server. There are, as we speak, some Internet trolls repeating the claim that Clinton ‘lost’ 30,000 emails during her tenure in the State Department. They’ve got the story bass-ackwards.

“So in 2014, Clinton’s lawyers combed through the private server and turned over about 30,000 work-related emails to the State Department and deleted the rest, which Clinton said were about personal matters.” [Politifact]

The rest of the FBI investigation?

Of the tens of thousands of emails investigators reviewed, 113 contained classified information, and three of those had classification markers. FBI Director James Comey has said Clinton should have known that some of the 113 were classified, but others she might have understandably missed.

Comey said the Justice Department shouldn’t prosecute Clinton because there isn’t enough evidence that she intentionally mishandled classified information. FBI investigators didn’t find vast quantities of exposed classified material, and they also did not turn up evidence that Clinton intended to be disloyal to the United States or that she intended to obstruct justice.  [Politifact]

So, the entire “scandal” doesn’t concern 30,000 emails, those were handed over early in the game; and, it boils down to 3 emails which can’t be shown to have been intentionally mishandled.  Anyone who has been paying attention knows that the investigations were entirely political, entirely overblown, and total malarkey but that’s not the point.  No matter how often the story is fact checked [MMA] [MMA] [Slate] [Star Telegram] [MJ] [WaPo] it is still being pumped by the passionate.

Those in that Basket of Deplorables doing the arm-work to keep the air in that story intended to cause “distrust” of Secretary Clinton are committed to their version – no matter how untrue, no matter how politicized because it’s their version.  Long advised by right wing radio hosts to distrust the media, distrust the ‘establishment,’ and to distrust anything other than the version of events as dispensed by the hosts, they will now easily slip into dismissing any explication which doesn’t fit their personal narrative.  In simpler terms, they don’t care if a statement isn’t true – they’ll find a way to make it that way.

We could add another ten links in the paragraph above to articles debunking the email story (or any other tale for that matter) and the emotional voter will dismiss all as “liberal media.”  Not that they have any idea what the ‘liberal media’ might be – it’s just that they identify as conservative, and the media isn’t enabling their narratives garnered from right wing sources.  Therefore, the media (having been described as liberal on AM radio) must be so. 

If a cavalier dismissal of conflicting information isn’t sufficient, there’s always the conspiratorial element – the ‘liberal’ media must be discredited because “they” are always “hiding something from us.”    Both the Distrust Element and the Conspiratorial Element make up a portion of that Basket of Deplorables – the racists, the misogynists, the bigots, the Islamophobes, the intolerant – which drive some of the support for Trump’s candidacy.

It doesn’t matter how many times the New York Times, or the Washington Post, or any other major news outlet debunks and fact checks Trump’s characterizations of people and events.  These people just aren’t into facts.

Another factor is the capacity of people to filter what they are hearing.  Did Donald Trump say that President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. and is therefore a legitimate president?  Well, they may say slyly, that’s what he said because he had to say it, he just doesn’t really truly mean it.  Interesting that this analysis comes from people who like Trump because “he tells it like it is.”

This isn’t of course to argue that Trump’s 40% support is coming solely from the Deplorables and the Deniers – Secretary Clinton herself acknowledged that there are those for whom our economic system isn’t working.  They’re frustrated, fearful, and in need of assistance not forthcoming from our current political systems.   They’ll vote “against the establishment” whatever that might be (such as Bush, Kasich, etc.) because they want some form of change.

Nor should we forget that there are those who will vote for anyone on the top of the ticket with an R.  There are yellow dog Republicans as well as Democrats.

Hence, this election in 2016 will come down to TURNOUT. Good old fashioned door knocking, phone calling, rides to the polls, TURNOUT.  We can be assured that the Deplorable element will be there, as they were for the mid-terms, and the disaffected will arrive.  It’s a matter of no small importance that Democrats make the same effort to GET OUT THE VOTE.

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Another Serving of Loopy: Nevada GOP fires off the Big Birther

Fruit LoopsAnd just when we thought…maybe, perhaps, just possibly…the Clark County GOP might be functioning in the real world: They fire off a Big Birther.  [Ralston]

Step right up and get your invite to a Las Vegas Event for District 4 candidate Tea Party activist Niger Innis, complete with Nevada’s very own Big Birther.  That would be Wayne Allyn Root, self styled Capitalist Evangelist.  We are to know he is an expert because:

“Wayne’s columns and commentaries are read by millions at popular conservative web sites such as FoxNews.com, TheBlaze.com, TownHall.com, HumanEvents.com, DailyCaller.com, and PersonalLiberty.com. He has made over 5000 media appearances in the past 5 years.”

However, 5000 media appearances on these “popular” (as opposed to accurate and informative) sites hasn’t rendered our Capitalist Evangelist immune from April Fools Day jokes.

“Hannity’s guest was Wayne Allyn Root, who was on to promote his assertion — which he has been peddling since at least 2008 — that he never met Obama when they were students at Columbia and that no one Root knew “at Columbia ever met him, ever heard of him, or ever saw him.” FactCheck.org has pointed out that it’s “absolutely untrue” that nobody has stepped forward to claim they knew Obama as a college student.

After making the Trump-esque claim that Obama has spent “millions of dollars” to keep his records sealed, Root went on to demand that Obama release his college transcripts, then speculated that the reason he hasn’t done so is because he was enrolled as a “foreign exchange student.” That claim has its origins in a fake news article sent around as an April Fools’ joke.” [MMFA]

At the risk of eliminating my chances for being a Capitalist Evangelist, if I counted every blog post I’ve ever slapped up on the Internet then I have nearly as many ‘media appearances’ as the Big Birther, and worse still there must be thousands of former Mizzou students I never met during my time there.   However, the institution did manage to endow me with sufficient reserve to avoid passing along e-mailed April Fools jokes as Revealed Truth.

Mr. Capitalist Evangelist gave us a sample of his philosophy (ideology) in April 2011:

“It’s official. President Obama has declared war on capitalism, which is funny because he never officially declared war on Libya. But our fearless Marxist-in-chief reserves a special brand of hatred for capitalism, entrepreneurship and rich people. Just days ago, Mr. Obama publicly blamed “speculators” for the rising price of gas.”

We might begin with the obvious problem with the analogy —  the President never officially declared war on Libya and one doesn’t officially declare war on a social/economic system.  However, it doesn’t take a “special brand of hatred” to understand that the creation of Commodity Index Funds tends to facilitate speculation in the oil market.  Whether that facilitation is a factor in the setting of actual prices is still a matter of academic debate [Econobrowser] while we attempt to look for the mixture of “hedgers and speculators” in the commodity index markets. [agmrc]

A year earlier, in 2010 Mr. Root was enjoying his limelight with his evangelism:

“On the April 15 Fox & Friends, former Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee Wayne Allyn Root said: “It’s not greedy to want to keep more of your own money. It’s greedy to ask government and the IRS at gunpoint and the threat of prison to steal it from others who earn it and redistribute it to those who don’t. That’s the definition of greed.” He later stated: “I am diametrically opposed to my old college classmate Barack Obama, who seems to think you take it from the people that work all day to earn it, and you redistribute it to those who couldn’t care less, sit on the couch, and watch Oprah all day. That’s not my crowd.”

True to his Ayn Randian Ideology, Root adopts the “Takers + Welfare Queens + Redistributionist” line from the radical right.   Apparently someone forgot to inform Mr. Root that the musings of Ms. Rand are  Fiction.

It may be more galling to the radical right wing supporters of Mr. Root and his cohort that the American people aren’t concerned enough about the Government’s (read Democratic administration) to see Revealed Truth.  Surely, the President must be illegitimate.  His birth, his college records, his philosophy “must be” questionable.  Therefore, the results of his elections in 2008 and 2012 “must be” seen as a product of duplicity, fraud, and a alarmingly unenlightened electorate.

So, in the happy environs of a Nevada GOP event a potential candidate for District 4, the Tea Party activist will be paired, — like a nice Chardonnay with a salmon avocado salad — with the Capitalist Evangelist who has called for the repeal of Section 1 of the 14th Amendment [ALPAC], 100% border security before any “path to citizenship,” [ALPAC], and the dissolution of Department of Education SWAT teams. [Blaze]   This latter cause celebré came from a September 18, 2012 Department of Justice action on defrauding the Federal Student Assistance program:

“According to the indictment, from July 2007 to June 2011, the defendants conspired with each other and with others to obtain federal student assistance funds by fraud. Michelle Wright and Mendoza used stolen personal identity information to apply for additional  FSA funds. Some of these individuals were severely handicapped and unable to read or write, let alone attend college.  The defendants recruited straw students and used their own names to apply for FSA funds. Michelle Wright and Mendoza completed the paperwork necessary to obtain the funds. As a result of their scheme, the Department of Education lost more than $285,000.” U.S. v. Michelle Wright et al. (2:12-cr-316-WBS) [DoJ]

That Kenneth Wright was rousted in this action may be mistaken and unfortunate, but being related to a person accused of this kind of  identity theft and $285,000 worth of fraud will definitely draw attention from law enforcement personnel. No, the raid wasn’t related to defaulted student loans, it was about good old fashioned fraud. And, no, the Department of Education doesn’t have its very own SWAT team — local law enforcement personnel carried out the raid.  [WaPo]

If Nevadans in District 4 were hoping for a moderate candidate emanating from the Republican side of the contest, they may very well be profoundly disappointed.  If anyone in the Silver State hoped the Republicans would take the admonishments of the post 2012 election debacle re-branding to heart — it hasn’t happened yet.

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Romney’s Recruits?

The shiny smiles on the faces of presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his endorser, the Guy Who Likes To Say “You’re Fired!” on un-Reality TV in Las Vegas yesterday [Steve Marcus Photo, LVSun] is almost beside the point.  At some point a few of the GOP’s spokespersons need to be wearing a few tread marks.  Mr. Trump, with his racist birtherism and blatant biases, should be one of them.  In this context, Mr. Trump’s ridiculousness is nearly beside the point.  As suggested last evening –after the bland dismissal of Russ Limbaugh’s excoriation of Sandra Fluke and the pedant commentary on Trump’s adoption of birtherism — the point is When Does The Real Mitt Romney Stand Up?

The vaunted GOP capacity to create a narrative and have all the players take assigned roles is imperiled by the expressed need to get very disparate voices to speak to their segments of the voting public.  In order to “win” does Mr. Romney need to cater to the Birthers? To acquiesce to the rabidly anti-gay bigots?  To embrace Limbaugh’s misogyny?  To swear obeisance to the radical rantings of a Ted Nugent?   If he feels this need, then what does that say about his confidence in his own message?

Former Governor Romney wants to focus on “the economy.”  However, that’s a difficult sell at the moment.  Further, his contention that the economy “could have been better” without policies put in place by President Obama packs as little punch as the President’s comments that the economy “could have been a lot worse.”   The Land of Could Have is a minefield.

Mine One: Worse still for the presidential hopeful, the economy is slowly emerging from a deep recession, and his prescription for economic growth is a Financialist’s wet dream replete with De-regulation and Lower Taxes for the top 1% of American income earners.   It’s the Bush Administration’s policy on steroids and European Austerity on amphetamines.   It’s also not clear that Mr. Romney actually believes his own narrative.  Consider this example that’s been getting some play of late:

Halperin: …You have a plan, as you said, over a number of years, to reduce spending dramatically.  Why not in the first year, if you’re elected — why not in 2013, go all the way and propose the kind of budget with spending restraints, that you’d like to see after four years in office?  Why not do it more quickly?

Romney: … Well because, if you take a trillion dollars for instance, out of the first year of the federal budget, that would shrink GDP over 5%.  That is by definition throwing us into recession or depression.  So I’m not going to do that, of course.

Governor Romney’s comment makes it clear that he does comprehend the formula by which the GDP is derived.

\mathrm{GDP} =
C + I + G + \left ( \mathrm{X} - M \right )

Private consumption + gross investment + government spending + (exports minus imports) yields the GDP.    However, because Governor Romney understands the GDP formula doesn’t mean that the President doesn’t.   And, the President has the support of the leaders of the G-8:

“The leaders did concede somewhat to Ms. Merkel’s position on austerity, acknowledging that national budget deficits had to be addressed. But they added that spending cuts must “take into account countries’ evolving economic conditions and underpin confidence and economy recovery,” a recognition of how much the austerity packages have dampened consumer and political confidence in Europe.”  [NYT]

In short, if government cutbacks undermine consumer confidence then the “C” part of the equation takes a cut as well.   Thus, tossing out epithets like “community organizer” doesn’t necessarily offer any proof that the President doesn’t understand the essential elements of our economy and how we measure it.  This gets us a step closer to Mine Two.

Mine Two:  Is Governor Romney really serious about reducing deficits?  Unfortunately, Governor Romney’s narrative is long on generalities and very short on specifics.  He wants to cut taxes and reduce the deficit.  Not. So. Fast.  Here are the two proposals side by side:

Forbes magazine, not exactly a bastion of liberalism, reported the effect of the Romney plan: “TPC found that repealing the AMT and cutting rates by 20 percent would increase the deficit by more than $3 trillion over the next 10 years, even after the 2001/2003/2010 tax cuts are extended.” (emphasis added)  This analysis renders the continuation of Governor Romney’s remarks all the more incomprehensible.

“So I’m not saying I’m going to come up with ideas five or ten years from now that get us to a balanced budget.  Instead I’m going to take action immediately by eliminating programs like Obamacare, which become more and more expensive down the road – by eliminating them, we get to a balanced budget.  And I’d do it in a way that does not have a huge reduction in the first year, but instead has an increasing reduction as time goes on, and given the growth of the economy, you don’t have a reduction in the overall scale of the GDP.  I don’t want to have us go into a recession in order to balance the budget.  I’d like to have us have high rates of growth at the same time we bring down federal spending, on, if you will, a ramp that’s affordable, but that does not cause us to enter into a economic decline.”  [Time]

What are we talking about here?  The only specific is the elimination of the Affordable Care Act and the Patients Bill of Rights.  What other programs are “like” Obamacare?    If repealing “Obamacare” would add another trillion dollars to the deficit [HHS] or worse, “According to the CBO, repealing the Affordable Care Act would increase the federal deficit by $230 billion over the next 10 years, and by about $1 trillion more in the decade thereafter,” [AOL] then what deficit reduction is Governor Romney expecting?
What else is on the Romney Chopping Block?

“I know Medicaid, for instance – it can be better run by taking the Medicaid dollars, block granting it to the states, and then having the states know that in the future, those dollars will grow at inflation plus one percent.  Of course, there will be an adjustment for changes in poverty level, and population, and so forth, but basically knowing that they have to live within those parameters.  Those kinds of changes save about $100 billion a year.  Just taking federal programs, sending them to the states, and growing them at inflation, or inflation plus one percent, you add these together, you get about $500 billion in savings.”

Let’s look for a moment at the practical implications of Governor Romney’s Medicaid proposal on Governor Romney’s state:

“While McDonough said it is possible for block grants to be structured in a way that adjusts for increased enrollment, he said the kind of block grants advanced by many Republicans has been more along the lines of “Here’s your dough. Good luck. Do the best you can. See you later.’’

US Representative Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican and chairman of the House Budget Committee whose budget Romney has enthusiastically endorsed, has proposed a block grant tied to massive cuts in federal Medicaid expenditures.

The federal government, which now pays a fixed share of states’ Medicaid costs that automatically rise in response to a recession, would instead dole out a set dollar amount that would increase each year with inflation and US population growth.”  [BostonGlobe]

Sending the funds to the states, and giving them “flexibility” sounds fine in the general sense, but it’s devastating in the real world.  For the umpteenth time, federal spending can be an automatic stabilizer during economic downturns, and if the pressures for enrollment go up in a state, then if the federal government can ease the burden on states (and individuals) that frees up money for other consumer expenditures until we get into the rebound.   The only constituency served by the Romney proposal to block grant Medicaid payments appears to be those who are ideologically disinclined to provide assistance to states to provide health care for those in poverty.

Worse still, the Romney proposal doesn’t even address some practical considerations which are widely acknowledged, for example:

“First, the block grants don’t grow at the rate of health care inflation (which far outpaces inflation in the broader economy). Second, the grants don’t adjust to account for an aging population that will become more and more expensive to treat. Currently, Medicaid costs are expected to grow at nearly 7 percent a year. The Ryan plan would cap the growth of the federal block grant at roughly 3 percent. Romney, in an astonishing assault on the poor, has said he’d put the cap as low as one percent.

Under the slightly-less-cruel Ryan plan, the federal contribution would be cut by one-third by 2021 – sticking states with $150 billion in unfunded healthcare obligations.

As CBO puts it, “federal payments for Medicaid under the proposal would be substantially smaller.” Even assuming that flexibility creates some cost savings, CBO writes, states would not have enough money to maintain Medicaid as it currently exists. They’re likely be forced to “decrease payments to Medicaid providers, reduce eligibility for Medicaid, provide less extensive coverage to beneficiaries, or pay more themselves.” [RS] (emphasis added)

Mine Three: Not to put too fine a point to it, but thus far the specifics offered by the Republican candidate (1) add — not subtract — to the federal deficit, and (2) do so at the expense of the elderly poor, the disabled, all while slapping a hefty  $150 billion unfunded obligation on the states.  Further efforts by interviewer Halperin to get Governor Romney to be more specific beyond cutting Amtrack, PBS, national parks, the endowment for the arts, and other small programs were ultimately unsuccessful.   The Governor’s attitude seems to be “we’ll know when we get there,” — wherever that might be.

It’s hard to have confidence in a message when it (1) counteracts your stated intent, (2) may have unintended economic consequences especially at the state and local levels, and (3) is predicated on a negative, i.e. we can’t have nice things because we’d have to borrow money to get them.  The last item is itself predicated on a bit of misinformation.  No, the Chinese don’t “own us.”  The U.S. has $15,692,368,000 in public debt [Treas] approximately 32 cents of each of these dollars is owned by federal trust funds like Social Security, and Americans own about 54% of our public indebtedness.   Of all our public debt?  China owns about 12%. [FC]

If this is beginning to sound like a muddle, it is.  Governor Romney’s stepping on his own economic messaging.  His deficit reduction proposals don’t reduce the deficit.  His spending cut proposals predominantly cut into our social safety net.  [RS] His tax proposals are almost as vague as his spending cut plans.

It is almost as if he believes that if his generalities are sufficiently sparkly they will blind voters into giving credence to his economic “expertise.”  Should that not be enough, then perhaps he does need a coalition of the Birthers, the Transcripters, the Misogynists, the Raving Ranters?

References and Recommended Reading:  “The complete Romney interview transcript,” Time, May 23, 2012. Forbes, “Romney Tax Plan Would Add $3T to the deficit over a decade,” Feb. 29, 2012. “How Romney Would Slask the Social Safety Net, ” Rolling Stone, Feb.1, 2012. “Romney Proposals would require massive cuts…” CBPP, May 21, 2012.    U.S. Department of the Treasury, Data Center.

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Overnight Express: News and Views Roundup

Not quite together with Heller (R-NV): “Heller, through his statements and votes in Congress, has consistently supported limiting or eliminating the ability to conduct government business in any language other than English. Heller has sponsored legislation to limit election ballots to English-only, to mandate that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid only be filled out in English and to make English the official national language. Heller also supported a bill to end birthright citizenship.”  [LVSun]   There appears to be just one little problem with Senator Heller’s “outreach” to voters in the Latino/Hispanic community — his proposals don’t exactly match his record.

However, his “no new taxes” allegiance to Grover Norquist et. al. is pleasing to the ears of members of the business community who’ve not yet figured out that in order to support the Republican economic policies to which Governor Romney and Senator Heller adhere, you have to believe that giving the big tax cuts to the top 0.5% of income earners in the U.S. will magically trickle down to local economies.  Small business owners who rightly see themselves as “job creators” seem to have conflated their interests (increasing demand) with the “job cremators” in the ethereal upper reaches of the Wall Street casino who are essentially Financialists for whom actual job creation isn’t a priority.

Not quite a birther?  Republican hopeful Willard M. Romney will be in Las Vegas, NV for a fund raiser ($2500 per) at the Trump International Tower, with The Birther Donald Himself. [RGJ]  It seems Mr. Romney isn’t concerned by The Donald’s foray into the realms of irrationality. “The standard the Romney campaign seems to be advancing here is that it’s OK for the candidate to appear on the same stage as a loon, as long as that loon doesn’t say the thing that makes him loony in the candidate’s presence. And if he does, the candidate can merely disavow it later.” [Salon]  The disappointed birthers may now be busying themselves questioning the President’s college transcripts. [LAT]

Listen Up, and get connected: “None of that matters. Not one whit. The only thing that is going to matter is whether or not Republican astroturf organizations like TruetheVote, Republican governors like John Kasich, Rick Scott and Scott Walker, and Republican True Believers will team up to suppress the vote in enough states to guarantee a stolen election.”  [More at Crooks & Liars] Think this really isn’t happening: Try this egregious example from Ohio.  Governor Rick Scott (FL) has a plan to purge individuals from that state’s rolls. [Think Progress] There’s a lovely example of a inexplicably purged voter in that state as well.

We Didn’t Start the Fire: And why the GOP can’t extinguish its War on Women.   Good litany and explanation here.

Another Romney Theme Another Chart Debunking It:  The GOP is hauling out the old chestnut about Democrats “hollowing out the military” with decreased defense spending.   This canard has worked for them before, but won’t now if this little chart gets enough attention.  Note that the Iraq/Afghanistan warfare spending is shown in red, and that the other chart elements do not decrease.

Financialism can be the cruelest form of capitalism:  Watch what’s happening with American Airlines.   “The parent company of American, AMR Corp., is seeking to cut labor costs by tossing employee contracts where no agreement has been reached. Closing arguments in U.S. bankruptcy court wrapped up Friday; a judge said he expects to rule by June 22.” [MiamiHerald] American has been told to cut labor costs by 20%, meaning a loss of some 13,000 jobs [HuffPo] From last January: “Airline giant AMR, the parent company of American Airlines and American Eagle. AMR, which filed for bankruptcy in November, last week announced plans to retain the advice of Bain & Co., the consulting firm where Romney worked before co-founding private equity firm Bain Capital in 1985.”  [ITTimes] Oh, and did we mention that the pension fund, once an industry gold standard, has come to grief, “the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. slapped liens on $91 million in AMR property after the company paid only $6.5 million of a required $100 million contribution to the plans.”  [HuffPo]

Financialism is often painful — for the financialists:  “JPMorgan dips into cookie jar to offset London Whale losses.” Gains from the sales could provide about 16 cents a share of earnings, about one-fifth of the bank’s second-quarter profit, analysts said. But rather than creating new value for investors, the transactions merely shift gains in securities from one part of the company’s financial statements to another.” [Reuters]  (emphasis added)  As one SEC consultant remarks — dumb move #1 playing with derivatives the company didn’t fully understand, dumb move #2 selling off high value securities they can’t replace….  Do these people really want us to believe they need “de-regulation?”

And, then there’s Citigroup “the biggest U.S. bank to have regulators reject its capital plan this year, dismantled a board committee created during the credit crisis to police the disposal of toxic and unwanted assets. ” [Bloomberg]   This, while it still has queasy mortgages, and loans to Spain and Greece on its books?   Even some big funds are getting bitten, Dewey &LeBoeuf has filed for bankruptcy… with more strain on the Pension Guarantee System.

Recommended Reading:  “How black WWII vets helped lead the Civil Rights Movement,”  The Grio;  unfortunately there’s this article in the same source — “KKK invites North Carolina town to a Whites Only cross burning.”   A semi-sweet ending to the story of a slave cemetery in Georgia in the AJC.

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