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Friday, July 4, 2008

Jesse Helms Dies on the Fourth of July!

Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr., five-term Republican US Senator from North Carolina, heralded as a hero by the Neo-Conservatives, died on July 4th at the age of 86.

Heralded as a "staunch conservative" by today's right-wing, he was also an ardent segerationist back in the 1950's and '60's. During his years as an editorial commentator on WRAL-TV in Raleigh, he once referred to the University of North Carolina, a bastion of liberalism during the years of segregation, as the "University of N*gg*rs and Communists". In his later years, he made openly homophobic statements. Jerry Falwell's Liberty University opened the Jesse Helms School of Government in 2005 (Talk about birds of a feather flocking together!).

He was the subject of a number of songs, such as Todd Rundgren's "Jesse", Loudon Wainwright III's "Jesse Don't Like It" and MC Hawking's "Why Won't Jesse Helms Just Hurry Up and Die?"

Here's hoping that the "Old South" dies with him.

Here's some fitting music: Todd Rundgren's "Jessie".
(WARNING: Harsh Language. Not Safe For Work!)

Lyrics to the song are here.

A family safe song, Loudin Wainwright III's "Jesse Don't Like It", is here:

And some nerdcore by MC Hawking:
(WARNING: Harsh Language. Not Safe For Work!)

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