Rep. Wilson Also Had To Apologize After Attacking Strom Thurmond’s Illegitimate Daughter

From TPM:

Flashback to mid-December 2003, when Essie Mae Washington-Williams came forward with the bombshell that she was the illegitimate daughter of the recently-deceased patriarch of South Carolina politics, Sen. Strom Thurmond.

Rep. Wilson, a former page of Thurmond’s, immediately told The State newspaper that he didn’t believe Williams. He deemed the revelation “unseemly.” And he added that even if she was telling the truth, she should have kept the inconvenient facts to herself:

“It’s a smear on the image that [Thurmond] has as a person of high integrity who has been so loyal to the people of South Carolina,” Wilson said.

Of course, Williams’ story was entirely true — and never really in doubt. Thurmond was 22 and Williams’ mother, a black maid working in his family home, was 16 when Williams was born in 1925. Thurmond supported Williams financially for decades.

Sports Column FAIL

A sports writer takes a look at what Jaycee Dugard missed in sports while she was busy being kidnapped and raped for the past 18 years:

It doesn’t sound as if Jaycee Dugard got to see a sports page.

Box scores were not available to her from June 10, 1991 until Aug. 31 of this year.

She never saw a highlight. Never got to the ballpark for Beach Towel Night. Probably hasn’t high-fived in a while.

She was not allowed to spike a volleyball. Or pitch a softball. Or smack a forehand down the line. Or run in a 5-footer for double bogey.

Now, that’s deprivation.

Can you imagine? Dugard was 11 when she was kidnapped and stashed in Phillip Garrido’s backyard. She was 29 when she escaped. Penitentiary inmates at least get an hour of TV a day. Dugard was cut off from everything but the elements.

How long before she fully digests the world she re-enters? How difficult to adjust to such cataclysmic change?

More than that, who’s going to explain the fact that there’s a President Obama?

Dugard’s stepfather says she’s going to need a lot of therapy — you think? — so perhaps she should take a respite before confronting the new realities.

So, Jaycee, whenever you’re ready, here’s what you’ve missed:


Kelly sent in her lunch for today:

Spent the long weekend in New Orleans and had two of my favorite things for lunch a couple of days we were there.

Oysters on the half-shell with beer from Felix’s Oyster Bar ( – Felix’s is a family favorite. The couple beside us at the bar that day found a pearl in one of their oysters.

From the French Maket Cafe the next day I had boiled shrimp (crawfish were out of season and I just needed to taste that flavor!) They wisely have a vat of boiling water with crab boil in it sitting in front of an open screen right on the street and I’m sure it lures countless numbers of people in looking for the same thing I was that day. My mouth was on fire after finishing this plate.. DELICIOUS.

In Boulder, Co one of our favorite lunch stops is Tibet Kitchen ( where I always feast on Momos. These are beef, and delicious.