Threats, Bribes, and the KKK: The Most Insane Story of the MS Senate Race

HERNANDO, Mississippi — The Senate GOP primary has been a wild ride, but few moments have been as wacky as this one.

When a top Mississippi Democrat accused Lane “L.C.” Murray in a Facebook post of using shady tactics to help Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), Murray purportedly left a threatening voicemail to a Republican state senator who posted about the matter on Twitter. But in a phone interview, Murray, who was formerly a high-ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan, says he actually supports Cochran’s challenger, state senator Chris McDaniel, and isn’t backing Cochran at all.

The saga began when state Democratic Party chairman Rickey Cole said Murray is part of a group of Democratic operatives being paid to get out the vote for Cochran by targeting Democratic voters and using “walking around money” to incentivize turnout.

Then State Sen. Tony Smith posted a screenshot of the Facebook message from Cole raising the allegations on Twitter, prompting Murray to call Smith.

“Tony, this is Lane Murray again—you just hung that dang phone up on me,” Murray says in the voicemail, an audio recording of which was obtained by Breitbart. “You want me to come down there and shove it up your ass? You better get your ass back on that telephone and you better get that shit retracted—what you said I was doing. You understand this don’t you? I know where Picayune, Mississippi, is you son of a bitch. You better get that shit straight on my name.”

Reached by phone early Friday afternoon, Murray says he didn’t threaten Smith—just promised he would beat him up if he didn’t retract a screenshot of Cole’s claims about Murray.

“I didn’t threaten him, I promise. I’m one of your people,” Murray said. “That son of a bitch put something on the blog that wasn’t true about me and I called him and he wanted to be smartass and I didn’t threaten him—I promised to whoop his ass if he didn’t retract what wasn’t true. Now it went viral and he told a lie about me that wasn’t true.”

Later in the interview, Murray did apologize to Smith for the tone of his message.

“I never knew Tony Smith until the other day, and I know everybody in Mississippi,” Murray said. “He hung up on me. What I had tried to tell him is he and I may be on the same side and he put some trash out on me that’s not true. He didn’t want to listen. He wanted to get smart, so I got smart back with him. I apologize for that, but what would you have done if someone put a bald-faced lie that’s going all over the nation about you?”

Murray said he was trying to correct an allegation about him he says just isn’t true. Murray also said he’s a supporter of McDaniel—something he’s never been public about.

“You don’t tweet out something that you don’t verify to be true—at least that I know,” Murray said. “I’m one of your people, there son. I’m one of your people.”

“I’m not publicly [for McDaniel but I am for McDaniel], but I’ve known Thad Cochran for a long time and I’ve known Chris McDaniel for a long time,” Murray added. “I can tell you this, too: Thad’s going to get his butt beat in this race.”

Murray, an ex-Klansman from Natchez, works as a political gun for hire in Jackson, Mississippi. He’s a longtime activist with ties in both parties.

“L. C. Murray of Natchez, Miss., was an outspoken Klansmen in the 1960s, attending banquets and rallies across Louisiana and Mississippi as ‘grand kligrapp,’ the state secretary for the United Klans of America (UKA),” an LSU student wrote in a piece published by the CBS News affiliate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2012.

Murray confirmed his Ku Klux Klan ties to Breitbart News, but refused to discuss the details of it.

“Years and years, ago. Yes sir,” he said when asked to confirm he was once a high-profile member of the KKK.

“You already know about that—no need to go into it,” Murray said when asked for details on his KKK work.

Cole, the state’s Democratic Party chairman, wrote in a Facebook message earlier this week that Pete Perry, the chairman of the Hinds County Republican Party, “is paying James ‘Scooby Doo’ Warren thousands of dollars to funnel to black preachers and others to get-out-the-vote for Cochran.”

“He is working with Lane (LC) Murray and probably also Greg Brand,” Cole added in his message.

“Large sums of cash are being passed around. These guys are old school ‘walking around money’ vote buyers,” Cole wrote.

In an interview with Breitbart News, Perry denied directly giving money to James “Scooby Doo” Warren, and said he hoped the money from a super PAC backing Cochran routed through a company he controls wasn’t being used to pay people to vote. But Perry wouldn’t explain where the $60,000 from the super PAC had gone, and “Scooby Doo” later confirmed to the Clarion-Ledger he was being paid to help Cochran campaign with Democrats.

On Friday morning, black Mississippi conservative radio host Kim Wade of WYAB posted on Facebook that many black pastors throughout the state are “on the take.”

“Ok, here the going rate being paid by the GOP for cross over votes Tues,” Wade wrote. “The bag man is dispensing $5000 a pop. Their contact will pay the pastor $2000 cash if instruction to go out and vote for Thad comes from the pulpit. $1000 cash to the pastor if the pastor allows a 3rd party to make the appeal. Individuals are to be offered $25.00 to vote. Most of that money is usually kept by the pastor and his money contact and they just make the appeal to their members. 

“So if you get the appeal this Sunday. You can take it to the bank your pastor is on the take. If your pastor will take money under the table. He’ll take it off the top of the table.”

Murray said he’s definitely not involved in the Democrat GOTV strategy for Cochran at all. “No sir, no sir.”

Many McDaniel supporters and conservative leaders have called for the state GOP to intervene to stop Cochran’s supporters from trying to bring Democrats into the GOP primary. Ex-Department of Justice Civil Rights Division attorney J. Christian Adams told Breitbart News it’s illegal for Democrats to vote in the GOP primary, or vice versa, if those voters do not intend to support that candidate in the general election in November. The brouhaha has sparked state GOP chairman Joe Nosef to denounce anyone who tries to buy votes—and call for only Republicans who intend to support the GOP nominee in November to vote in Tuesday’s runoff.

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Defense of Child Rapist is Hillary’s Seamus the Dog Story

In a presidential campaign the candidate’s biography is everything. That’s why the media pushed a three decade old story about Mitt Romney’s dog at every opportunity. It’s why they have no excuse but to give Hillary Clinton’s defense of a 41-year-old man who raped a 12-year-old girl the same attention.

In 2012 the entire political world was seized by fascination with a three decade old story about a dog. Back in 1983, Romney put Seamus the dog in a carrier on the roof of the family station wagon. The dog became sick and Romney cleaned it off with a hose and kept driving.

Despite the fact that the story was 1) not remotely political and 2) the definition of old news, Democrats, their media allies and even some of Romney’s Republican rivals decided the story needed much more attention. Throughout 2012 they succeeded in making sure millions of people heard the tale.

The single person who probably did the most to focus attention on Seamus was Gail Collins of the NY Times. By March 2012, Collins had mentioned the story so many times (77 according to this bloggers count) that she felt the need to explain herself. She wrote, “I’ve made a kind of game of trying to mention Seamus every time I write about Mitt Romney.”

Needless to say, MSNBC was all over the Seamus story. If you have lots of time on your hands you can review segments devoted to the story by Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton, Chris Matthews, and Chris Matthews again. To bring things full circle Lawrence O’Donnell discussed the story’s impact with Gail Collins and, in a later hit, discussed it with Dana Milbank who brought along his dog as a prop.

There were also in innumerable number of stories published online about the incident. Here’s one at NPR, an explainer at the Washington Post, another at the Boston Globe, the New Yorker even made the Seamus story it’s cover, albeit with Rick Santorum in the dog house on the roof. David Letterman weighed in and highlighted the story in his monologue asking, “You want that guy in the oval office…Tied his dog to the roof of a car. That’s the guy?”

The campaign to make Seamus a campaign story hit a bump in the road when conservative bloggers, led by Jim Treacher at the Daily Caller, responded by noting young Barack Obama had once eaten dog according to his own biography. But even so the Seamus story never died. Early in the year Newt Gingrich released a web ad mentioning the story and Rick Santorum’s campaign also tried to keep it in the public eye. Later, as their fortunes in the race waned, Seamus’ story was kept alive by the DNC chairwoman. In August was fully resurrected thanks to a comment by President Obama during a campaign stop in Iowa.

The rationale behind elevating the story was never very hard to discern. It made Romney appear callous in a way that was easy to understand, even for people who were not political. Americans may not have had a clear sense about Romney’s business dealings or his history on health care reform but they understood pets. Seamus was a story driven by the elite to nudge low information voters away from Mitt Romney.

So here we are a couple years later and the pre-campaign book tour by Hillary Clinton is off the ground. Polls show she is, by far, the most popular Democrat who could run. And then, earlier this week, a reporter at the Free Beacon published audio of Hillary reminiscing about her defense of a 41-year-old man who raped a 12-year-old girl. Not only did Clinton agree to take the case when asked, she seems to have gone all out for a client she knew at the time was guilty. Worst of all, she blamed the victim in an affidavit filed with the court:

In a July 28, 1975, court affidavit, Clinton wrote that she had been informed the young girl was “emotionally unstable” and had a “tendency to seek out older men and engage in fantasizing.

“I have also been told by an expert in child psychology that children in early adolescence tend to exaggerate or romanticize sexual experiences and that adolescents in disorganized families, such as the complainant’s, are even more prone to exaggerate behavior,” Clinton said.

Today, in a story at the Daily Beast, the victim of the rape claims those representations to the court were lies. The Beast reports, “The victim vigorously denied Clinton’s accusations and said there has never been any explanation of what Clinton was referring to in that affidavit. She claims she never accused anyone of attacking her before her rape.”

Already we have a story that utterly surpasses Seamus the dog in terms of cruelty and therefore also in terms of impact on a candidate’s biography. A woman who has built her political identify in no small part on her role as a defender of children and who is the most likely inheritor of the Democrats “war on women” campaign theme may have lied to a court to defend a 12-year-old’s rapist. That is a devastating charge.

But layered on top of Hillary’s questionable behavior in the case itself is her bizarre demeanor when discussing it a few years later. She makes jokes about the fact that her client passed a polygraph test. She is amused by the stupidity of the crime lab. This isn’t a low moment in her career. She clearly sees it as a win for herself with none of the famous Clinton empathy which made her husband so charismatic.

And that’s still not all. On top of Hillary’s questionable behavior in the case and ice cold attitude toward the 12-year-old victim in retrospect, there is compelling evidence the media suppressed the story in 2008 fearing that it might impact Hillary’s chances in the presidential race.

On top of that, the Library from which the audio was taken has now told the Free Beacon it must remove the recording from its site because, apparently, the Beacon forgot to fill out some form it says it was never provided. The fact that the author of the letter to the Beacon was a Hillary Clinton donor seems like another angle on the story ripe for further investigation.

This is quite simply a devastating story which cuts the heart out of Hillary Clinton’s biography. It’s potent for the same reason the Seamus story was. It doesn’t require any political expertise to grasp. Child rapists are scumbags and lawyers who make things up to protect them from jail time are repulsive to most Americans. Will Gail Collins make a “kind of game” out of mentioning this incident every time she writes about Hillary Clinton? I wouldn’t bet on it but someone certainly should.

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Review: Musician Jacob Snider Shines at Room 5 Lounge

Shortly before 9 p.m. on Thursday night, a surge of people arrived at the Room 5 Lounge in Hancock Park, an intimate bar and performance space on the second floor of an Italian restaurant. Friends, family, and fans packed the room to see musician Jacob Snider, the New York-bred artist now living in Los Angeles, play a short set. 

Snider’s profile has been steadily rising in the New York and Los Angeles music scenes; while studying music at Columbia University, NPR affiliate WXPN began playing his music on the radio, and named him Best New Artist. KCRW in Los Angeles invited Snider to play School Night!, a popular showcase for emerging young artists. In his short career, he has shared the stage with Matisyahu, Bobby Long, and the Civil Wars, and was recently selected by BMI to perform at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.

“He’s a very smart, interesting guy,” said Tony Berg, a record producer who worked on Snider’s forthcoming LP. “He played a show [in Los Angeles] last month that really blew everyone away. I’ve never seen him play without a band before, but it should be good.”

The show began almost a half-hour late, but no one minded. A hush fell over the by-now large crowd as Snider wordlessly took the stage. 

He proceeded to run through a tight, focused set, changing up instruments between almost every song. Snider began his set with what he later told me was an electric Indian banjo, and then switched to guitar. For his third song, a cover of Neil Young’s “Bad Fog of Loneliness,” he switched to piano, and it was on the piano that Snider really shined. With clear, piercing vocals complimenting his excellent playing, he ran through the cover with confidence and conviction. The crowd loved every minute.

Much of Snider’s original music is characterized by intricate melodies and complex harmonic arrangements. Perhaps no song embodies Snider’s style more than “I Am Not Alright,” the fourth tune he played during his set. Playing both a keyboard and his electric Indian banjo simultaneously, Snider sang: “I’m in the wrong, I have the right/although I wanted it all to be alright/there is something in my blood and/I am not alright.”

After Snider finished playing the jazzy tune, a man in the back of the room yelled out, “Who are you?”

Snider took it in stride. “My name is Jacob… Jacob Snider.” Then he laughed. “Gotta have one heckler or it’s not a good show.” The crowd laughed with him.

After he played a few more songs, the show was abruptly over. At about 40 minutes, the only criticism I had was that it should have gone longer. Still, everyone went home happy. When the show was over, Snider got a huge round of applause.

Breitbart California caught up with Snider after the show. He said he moved to Los Angeles last August, and has been steadily writing and recording music since. He explained that his record producer, Tony Berg, taught him how to play the electric Indian banjo, and he also spoke about his influences; Nick Drake, early Bjork, and the Cocteau Twins are what he’s listening to right now. Snider also said he”ll support his upcoming LP release with more shows in the area.

Snider looks to be poised for big things in the Los Angeles music scene, but it’s his bio that puts it best: “As his artistry becomes the foreground, there are seemingly no limits for what is to come.”


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Tipping your waitress is the latest sacrilege against union power

Writing at the Washington Times, Mike Paranzino chronicles the latest Big Labor crusade, this time against tipping.  When I first saw the headline, I spent a few moments frowning and trying to remember what arcane business or high-finance practice might have become known by the nickname “tipping.”  I even briefly considered the possibility that unionized agricultural workers were going after the old drunken prank of cow-tipping.  

But no, Paranzino is talking about the simple and time-honored practice of tipping waiters and waitresses, not some Wall Street maneuver.  Here’s a fun little exercise: take a moment before reading on, and try to guess why labor unions would have a problem with tipping – a major source of income for hard-working people, including a lot of young people trying to pay their way through college.  

Ready for the answer?

Leading the charge against tipping is Saru Jayaraman, co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a labor union front group known for its raucous protests of restaurants and aggressive lobbying for the labor agenda.

While tips are one of the very features that make restaurant jobs attractive to workers, Ms. Jayaraman has no time for anything that suggests pay for performance — a big union no-no. As she recently told the University of California, Berkeley’s alumni magazine: “Ultimately, this system of tipping needs to go.”

She repeated that position recently in Seattle, where the Seattle Times reported Ms. Jayaraman “described tips as institutionalized sexism” and added the “best option, she suggests, is to eliminate tips.”

The startled Seattle Times writer noted Ms. Jayaraman was using “rhetoric making her sound like socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s twin sister.” When even Seattle liberals are shocked by labor movement radicalism, we should take note.

Fear not, because City Councilmember Kshama Sawant is on the case, too:

He was right, though: The other person waging war against tips is Ms. Sawant, a leader in the Seattle campaign to raise the minimum wage, who complains: “We don’t want any worker to be beholden to the mood of the customer on any given day.” As businesses are hit with government-mandated wage hikes, one way to keep customers despite the inevitable menu price sticker shock will be to reduce or eliminate tipping.

That would please Ms. Jayaraman, who recently told a Ford Foundation panel: “No portion of anybody’s income should be tips because tips are not wages.” (The Restaurant Opportunities Centers United has received more than $2 million from the Ford Foundation to advance the labor agenda.)

So, to sum up, Big Labor and its socialist allies don’t like tipping because:

1. It links pay to performance.  More skilled, industrious, and appealing wait staff earn more money.  That’s anathema to the degenerate philosophy of both the modern labor movement and the hard Left.

2. It establishes the primacy of the customer over the worker.  Workers learn that pleasing customers brings rewards.  For God’s sake, tipping is almost pure capitalism.  It’s a wonder liberals don’t faint dead away when they see diners leaving a few bucks on the table for their waitress.

3. It insulates service industry workers from government control over wages, and may present business owners with a way to get around economy-crushing socialist labor laws.  Yes, tips must be reported as taxable income, but they don’t get rinsed through the payroll deduction system in quite the same way as salaried income, making waiters and waitresses distressingly aware of exactly how much they’re paying in taxes.  Perhaps more crucially, as Paranzino points out, unions can’t enlist government to automatically siphon union dues out of gratuity income.

4. Tipping can make people at the lower end of the job ladder feel happy with their work, positive about their future, and empowered to create their own success.  It helps people climb into the middle class.  Service people making good money in tips don’t feel like exploited drones who need left-wing politicians to rescue them from the ravages of economic liberty.  We can’t have that.

5. And, just to throw it in there because the union operative brought it up, there’s the “sexism” of attractive female wait staff bringing in more tip money.  That might sound silly, but if this anti-tipping crusade gains national traction, I’ll bet you hear it more often.  

The service industry in Seattle is fighting back, with a group called Tips Are Wages.  A fascinating lesson in economics, the true cost of hyper-regulation, and the hidden agendas of so many who claim to speak for the Little Guy (and Gal)  await anyone who gets involved in this battle.

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Tribute to ‘Mr. Padre’ Tony Gwynn, A Part of San Diego History

“In the end, truly, Tony Gwynn’s greatest achievement was not that he was so admired or emulated, but that he was so loved,” wrote Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times.

San Diego and Padres icon Tony Gwynn, affectionately known as “Mr. Padre,” died on Monday. A tribute to honor his memory took place at Wednesday night’s Padres game, the first home game since Gwynn’s passing. Thursday, San Diegans were asked to don their best Padres gear or colors in honor of the San Diego icon.

The outpouring of love for Gwynn has been quite amazing to watch. Many are the stories of those inspired by the life of this much loved, legendary man. Throughout the week flowers have been left by those touched by his life, gathering around his statue at Petco Park.

At Wednesday’s game Gwynn’s number 19 was cut into the grass, and Padres players displayed a home plate patch with the number 19 over each one’s heart. According to Breitbart writer and professional sports anchor Kevin Scholla, Gwynn’s San Diego State players were present at the game. An Aztec ballplayer in his college years, Gwynn is listed on the university’s website as head coach, in his 12th year leading their team.

The Padres won the game Wednesday night, a fitting end to a night dedicated to a man who, according to Plaschke, “turned down millions of dollars to spend his entire 20-year career in San Diego.” Plaschke met and came to know Gwynn 27 years ago when Plaschke began his reporting career. He describes Gwynn as he remembers those first two seasons he spent in the Padres locker room, “witnessing a unique combination of greatness and grace, toughness and kindness, heavenly skills and earthly touch.”

With a swing described as artful and pure, Hall-of-Famer Gwynn hit a remarkable .338 and in 1994 came just shy of .400 at .394. In his 20-year career Gwynn was elected to fifteen All-Star games and received eight National League batting titles. “Tony was once-in-a-lifetime – the greatest hitter in the last 50 years of baseball” said Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler according to the Union-Tribune.

“Aggressive free swinger with good bat speed and power potential” reads a Houston Astros scouting report posted by Adam Navarette who called Gwynn one of the all time greatest hitters.

True to form, at the 1999 All-Star game at Fenway Park, Gwynn led a tribute to Ted Williams. Gwynn then stepped up along with Mark McGuire to support Williams as he threw out the first pitch to Carlton Fisk according to ESPN’s report of the event.

According to 10 News, a public memorial will be held at the stadium, June 26 at 7:19 p.m.

Photo: Larry Goren/AP

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