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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:22 AM
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Obit: Beth Rickey, exposed David Duke
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 09:24 AM by MountainLaurel
I found this particularly relevant considering the state of things today.

Everyone in Louisiana was in her debt, yet Beth Rickey was broke and alone when she died Saturday in a Santa Fe motel room at the age of 53. It was a monstrously sad and unjust end to a life that may have changed the course of Louisiana history. Of all the people who fought to keep David Duke out of public office, Rickey was the bravest and most resourceful.

Perhaps voters would have rejected Duke anyway, but perhaps not. All we can say for sure is that, without Rickey, they would never have known how big a fraud and unreconstructed Nazi he was. The media never had a more prolific and intrepid source.

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She was, for instance, the first to discover that Nazi propaganda was being peddled from his legislative office, and she followed him to Chicago to tape a venomous address he delivered to a group of racist nuts.

Duke's own vanity did him in, too. He always fancied himself an intellectual with great powers of persuasion, and tended to assume that all white gentiles secretly agreed with his views.

Thus he took to calling Rickey at night to talk her round, explaining, for instance, that Josef Mengele was a great scientist who had been misunderstood. She got it all on tape. He could never get away with posing as just another respectable conservative with Rickey around.

http://blog.nola.com/jamesgill/2009/09/james_gill_repub...

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ck4829 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:24 AM
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1. RIP, K&R
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47of74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:46 AM
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2. Love the comments
Espeically from the teabagger who wants to spread the bulls--t about teabaggers and Republicans not being racist.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:04 PM
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6. Yep. The comments are great. What a great lady. So sorry her life ended that way. She was
a hero.
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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:06 PM
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7. that's the Times-Picayune for you
I've stopped reading them because it scares me to know how many mouthbreathers live in my community.
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:11 AM
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3. Beth Rickey was on the Louisiana Republican Party's state central committee
and Duke was a Democrat until 1988.....

Labels don't always apply......
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:20 AM
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4. Compare and contrast: Rickey and Russert
Rickey, who taped Duke's racist remarks, and Russert, whose default setting when he picked up the phone was "off the record." You're an insider politician in a jam? Call Russert and give your excuses a trial run. Tim wouldn't violate the confessional. He wouldn't rat you out. He might even tell you that he didn't think "bitch set me up" would fly as an excuse.
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:52 AM
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5. k*r Bless her heart
If anyone can find it, the Edwards victory speech the night of the election is chilling. He predicts the rise of fascism, that specific term was used, in the United States and talks about how he's just witnessed it. It was very real and very true.

This woman is to be honored, though not in her itme which is very sad.
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