Mean Joe Would Like a Word With You

The truth may be out there about South Carolina Mystery Candidate Alvin Greene, but darn if anyone can find it. Jim Clyburn, who singlehandedly keeps SC from being a total loss to the Republic, has called for an investigation into whether Greene’s a plant, and an SC pol has helpfully explained what went wrong:

State Sen. Robert Ford, D-Charleston, who lost his gubernatorial bid Tuesday, said race could have played a role. The Democratic primary electorate is majority black, as is Greene, but not [Senate primary opponent] Rawl. “Vic Rawl had money, but he didn’t have enough. He wasn’t able to identify himself with black voters,” Ford said. “No white folks have an ‘e’ on the end of Green. The blacks after they left the plantation couldn’t spell, and they threw an ‘e’ on the end.”

Er, sorry. We’re supposed to say something clever here, but our jaw just rolled under the table.

Clyburn calls for probe in Senate race [Charleston Post and Courier, via Political Wire]

Maybe he’s British, what with all the gratuitous vowels.


To whit:


On origin: “The name of this family is not of Saxon or Scandinavian origin as its present form might suggest, such as Wood, Vale, Green, etc., names taken from localities and found in almost every country of modern Great Britain. During the 12th & 13th centuries flourished a number of minor Barons (i.e., not possessing more, or as much as, thirteen knight’s fees and a quarter) bearing the name of Dela Greene (or Grene) in Co. Northampton.

Sir Henry Greene, Lord of Buckton, may be counted with these by three facts; First, that on one of his seals attached to an Indenture now in the archives of the British Museum, is found the inscription—‘Sigill (Henri) ci Grene, Milit,’ (this in old English characters); Secondly, that the said Sir Henry held his lands in capite by the same service as the feudal lords before mentioned, i.e., by lifting up the right hand on Michaelmas Day wherever the King should be in England (Harl. MSS.); Thirdly, all these claim much the same family alliances (as found on their various records and on their tombs). Tracing the name further back, we find the name De la Grene replaced by Del Grene (the latter seems to have been one of the latest of the Lords of the township of Newsholm) and before the Norman Conquest the name of Greene disappears all together and we are said to find Grini or Del Grini in counties York and Northampton. This would show the great antiquity of the family as well as suggest a Latin origin. It is worthy of note that a patrician family existed at Rome, shortly after the Roman conquest, of the same name, and that the name is still borne by certain nobles in the northern part of Italy near Belluno.

In addition to the above memorandum are a few notes on the opposite upper corner of the chart; the first giving names and baptisms of the children of John Greene, who emigrated to the American colonies, and others referring to General Nathanael Greene of the Revolutionary Army and descendant of said John; also to that line of his descendants who settled in New Hampshire (records now partially erased); and to the Gardiner Greenes and Copley-Greenes of Boston. In another handwriting is a note relating to the Greenes of Ireland on the authority of Burke, being endorsed, “signed by Sir Bernard Burke.” It has special interest in connection with the recently published pedigree following “Greene’s Norton, Northamptonshire,” where descent is claimed by this Irish branch from the Northamptonshire family, though proof is not conclusive.

Stupid racist.


Onion headline: Massive Flow of Bullshit Gushes from BP Headquarters

Me, I’d be honored to carry on the name of my plantation slaveholders.

Ah, found the jaw.

These kinds of results are expected in a state whose Democratic party apparatus and supporters could all be stuffed into a telephone booth.

@nojo: Just when I think I couldn’t be more embarrassed to be from SC.

Alvin’s talking live to Keef right now. Self-destruction on tap.

Interview finished, Alvin’s head intact. Dude’s definitely not a pro, but we knew that going in. Then again, dude doesn’t seem like someone with a passion to blow a five-figure filing fee on the race.

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