Thursday, November 16, 2017

Per the Clarion-Ledger...

Jim Hood is waiting on his wife's approval to run for governor.

It's just like Hamlet, ya'll. He wouldn't do it unless she was ok with it.

I'm sure we'll all be shocked when she says yes, right?

Right?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Future Clarion-Ledger Exclusives on Immigrant Detainee

Immigrant Detainee Has Lunch

Immigrant Detainee Watches TV

Immigrant Detainee Buys Groceries

Immigrant Detainee Drinks Milkshake

Immigrant Detainee Walks Down Street

Immigrant Detainee Sings Karaoke

Immigrant Detainee Searches For Bigfoot

Immigrant Detainee Contacts Elvis

Immigrant Detainee Finds Pot of Gold at End of Rainbow

Immigrant Detainee Can Believe It's Not Butter

After what seems like forever, how far are we from seeing these headlines? I know a manipulative sob story when I read one. It's almost like...she's getting exactly what she wants. Fawning press coverage from the state's newspaper, which is owned by a national newspaper brand, which will then be on national wires.

Between that and the distinct "this is Anti-Woman" slant of the last week (keeping up with "Anti-Woman" bills? Who exactly determines that?) it's like...they're setting up a narrative. Who benefits? Other than the state's finest Conway Twitty impersonator, you mean?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Play, in Two Acts

A nice read on Bill Simmon's site, The Ringer, on Sports and Politics.

Sports, Worship and You

It's a nice theory, but I have a better one. But first, read this piece of damage control:

https://twitter.com/Rachel__Nichols/status/833038757410512898

You, sports writer, are a celebrity worshiper.

Of course, you are sympathizing with the underdog! Who happens to be your lifeline to a better life, to more prestige, to more fame for yourself. The tweet above is my exhibit A. Kyrie Irving, if you haven't heard, thinks the Earth is flat. Rachel Nichols is in full damage control mode, but Irving never says he doesn't think the world is round. He rambles a bit about the state of media and reporting. And to someone with a vested interest in keeping the celebrity happy makes sense of it and falls in line for damage control.

She follows up by stating that he did get into Duke, after all. Because no one with screwy ideas could ever go to Duke, right? And it's not like anyone with screwy ideas could ever teach at Duke, right?

Maybe celebrity worshiper is too much. Celebrity enabler is more appropriate.

They feel like they're courageous, but really, I think they're motivated by fear. Fear of losing access to the golden goose. In that, they're now exactly like their political counterparts.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

On Boycotting the Trump White House

It's come to my attention that many professional athletes and White House press corps members (why do they call themselves a corps? Is there a Press Lt. General that they answer to?) are debating or have outright stated that they will not attend events at the White House so long as Trump occupies the Oval Office.

My sincere wish is that they do so.

The practice of athletes visiting the President is semi-monarchical; its unfitting for a republic such as ours to have visits to the Executive Mansion to kiss the ring of a Dear Leader.  The same for the White House Correspondents Dinner. It has devolved into a poor comedy show, and that is something that Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers, James Corden, and Jimmy Fallon have given us enough of on a regular basis. Kill it, and do it quickly.

While we're at it, let's rid ourselves of the State of the Union as an address to Congress. It reeks, as Kevin Williamson has noted for years, of the Queen's Address from the Throne.  It's outlived its usefulness; the President does not need 90 minutes of prime time to get his message out, not with near as many twitter followers as the combined audience of the 3 legacy network's newscasts.

It's a modest proposal.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

An Addition to the Bill Luckett Post Below

Bill Luckett Voted In Tennessee. Meaning he lived in Tennessee long enough to see the point in registering to vote there.

Yes, the man who chided people for leaving Clarksdale and "taking their money out of public schools..." Left Clarksdale, and "took his money out of public schools."

Motes and Beams, Mr. Mayor.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Thought on Clarksdale

The CL did a story on Clarksdale and the Blues.

And while I don't mind the work-it's really something the state newspaper should be doing more of-some things stood out.

First of all, the mayor, former gubernatorial candidate Bill Luckett, who once tried to insult his way into that office, dismayed the state of the city, and one of the things he pointed to was the school district, and "white flight." One of his gripes was that white families left the school district for the academy, and took their tax dollars with them.

Ahem.

One does not remove oneself from paying school taxes simply because one does not have children attending the public schools.

Clarksdale's population has dwindled over the past several decades-it has seen a 13% drop in population since 2000, mainly through out-migration. Meanwhile, Batesville has seen an increase of 4%, Senatobia 22%, Oxford 60%. This doesn't even factor in the growth of the Memphis suburbs. Why did they all leave? Was it because they just can't be governed by those of another race? Or is it the fact that mechanization has decreased the amount of labor necessary for agriculture, and no other industry was there to take up the slack, and people-of all races-had to find gainful employment elsewhere? Wasn't that the entire point of the article-that the Blues was the main thing keeping Clarksdale alive?

Instead of casting blame at the citizens who stayed in Clarksdale, no matter where they send their children, perhaps the mayor should thank them. After all, if Clarksdale suffers from them not sending them to their schools, how much more would it suffer if they were to pull up stakes and simply leave altogether?

The quote from the mayor is telling. It really reveals how those on the left-and Bill Luckett is on the left, from reading past statements he's made-view citizens. We are not the engines that drive places economically, socially, and spiritually. We are cows to be milked.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

How To Talk To Your Family About Politics This Thanksgiving

Don't.

Enjoy their company. Eat too much. Clean up after yourself.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

So This Has to Happen, Right?

NFL players, after the Josh Brown arrest, pretty much have to refuse to wear the NFL shield, cause otherwise they're all culpable, right? Forget the fines.

That's how this all works, isn't it?

If not, they're hypocrites.

But you knew that.

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Clarion-Ledger Comes out For Kaep

I presume that they now support Tebowing as well, since FREEDOM OF SPEECH Y'ALL!

Spare me your lectures on "Principles," Ms. Pettus. They seem to be selective at any rate. Mr. Kaepernick's kneeling seems to have correlated with his sitting, as he seems destined for the dust bin of history. I can't wait for the '30 for 30' on him, where he will undoubtedly blame his inevitable release not on his cratering skills but on his political stances.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Today's Bit of Media Hypocrisy

Bobby Harrison of the Daily Journal has an article about the confluence between interest groups and legislators. 

You can read it here, and conspiracies abound.

I will be interested to see if Mr. Harrison will also be doing a piece on what influenced Attorney General Jim Hood's decision to forgo his constitutional and statutory duty to defend the laws of Mississippi in the courts. I also will not be holding my breath while doing so. 

I will remind everyone that if any other elected official in the state refused to do his or her duty, Jim Hood would have thrown a library's worth of books at them. And he would be lauded for doing so by the press in our state. But he's Jim Hood, and they're the Mississippi press corps, so I will leave you with a bit of wisdom from ages ago:

He who expects little, is never disappointed.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

All Your Google Searches Belong to Hood

Harmful Content

I'm sure Google searches for Jim Hood will now only tell you he is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being you'll ever know in life.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Oh ESPN...

As I was driving yesterday, I was listening to one of ESPN's numerous talking head radio shows. I can't remember the hosts names, which tells me how deep on the bench they are. One of the things they were pontificating on was Carmelo Anthony's decision to speak out in regards to the recent spate of officer-involved shootings.

The two hosts stated that it was nice to hear an athlete using his celebrity to speak out on social issues. And how great it was that he was using the platform for social change. And how more athletes needed to speak out on societal issues.

And then the wham line.

"No matter what their view."

Hold up. Hang on. Stop. Wait just one freaking minute.

ESPN has given any sports figure who holds a worldview that is not in line with the coastal elite a beating since they've gone full-on social justice warrior. Mike Wallace, Curt Schilling, Chris Brussard, Matt Birk-all got raked over the coals by ESPN due to their beliefs. They've gone so far as to give a courage award to Bruce Jenner, in a year when a college basketball player played through a brain tumor and an amputee combat vet won marathons. They've turned an Entertainment and Sports Programming Network into the Entirely Social Justice Network.

Do not tell me that you want people speaking out "no matter their beliefs."

Mr. Schilling was unavailable for ESPN to get his comment. I assume he was busy picking his jaw up off of the floor.

Friday, July 8, 2016

So Samson Doesn't Know If He's Running For Governor

Yeah, listening to his interview about "large campaign donors" and "tax breaks for the corporations" tells me he's really leaning toward not running, you know?  SARCASM.

Since he's so unconcerned about social issues, here are a few business issues he should ask.

Should the power of the state be used to compel a person to violate their conscience?

Should the state have oversight of medical operations that require invasive procedures? (Like a certain Dr. Gosnell)

Should the state fine businesses for not using someone's "preferred pronouns?" (Yeah, that's the new thing. It's happening in New York)

Should the state start regulating churches and require that they deviate from their teachings and beliefs? (As was mentioned here on Wednesday in Iowa)

These are questions that an honest state media would ask him. But (spoiler) they won't. Instead, he'll get to pontificate and will always get the last word in. Unfortunately, his opponent will probably be Tate Reeves, who's probably woefully unprepared for the onslaught that he'll face. After all, Hood is pretty much it on the left. There's Brandon Presley, who really, really, really wants you to know about that no-call list, ya'll (The PSC is basically a remnant of the state's 1891 anti-business and, oh yeah, racist constitution, and like your appendix, it might need to come out at some point). But Hood's got the trial lawyers in his pocket, and they're gonna sink or swim with him.

I can see his announcement now. The groundwork has been laid, the move back to Houston, the little law office he's renting. Can't run as an outsider from Jackson, after all. The whole spiel about fighting the robber barons for the little guy. The faux-centrist but-really-trying-not-to-offend-Democratic-intrest-groups-while-not-offending-conservatives schtick. He's thought on it, he's prayed on it. He's going from Samson to Hamlet. He feels that he's got to, for the good of the state. All he'll be missing is R2-D2 with a hologram of the Princess saying he's our only hope.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Voltaire (Supposedly) Was Right

Voltaire supposedly said, "Show me who you can't criticize, and I'll show you who rules you." While I'm not enough of a French Enlightenment scholar to tell you if he actually did say that, I do believe that's generally true.

Which brings me to HB1523, the favorite whipping boy of the state press. Remember that the bill carved out religious beliefs that were to be respected by the state, and could be used as a defense?  And that the press got the vapors from the mere idea that people might need protections from the government telling their churches what they could and could not preach and believe in?

(Never mind that the federal government has a similar law.  I can hear them now-"But it wasn't meant to protect Christians!" they cry.  Yeah, wipe your tears with the 14th Amendment.)

*AHEM*

This is where they're going.  You didn't really think it was all about who could use which toilet, did you?

Monday, June 13, 2016

Hood says he's short $ to defend 1523

Translation: Those sweet, sweet out of state campaign dollars ain't gonna get themselves into his account, folks.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Cultural Revolution, Then & Now

CNN has an article written by a former Red Guard in Mao's Cultural Revolution.

I read this, and I went back to Charlie Mitchell's article from a week or so ago.  Remember I said I had more thoughts?

As Red Guards, we subjected anyone perceived as "bourgeois" or "revisionist" to brutal mental and physical attacks.
.... Others accused her of being a Christian because the character "Ji" in her name could refer to Christianity.
.... Not long after, she was sent to the cowshed -- a makeshift prison for intellectuals and other "bourgeois elements" -- and suffered all kinds of humiliation and abuse.
 ...Nobody was safe and the fear of being reported by others -- in many cases our closest friends and family members -- haunted us.
... When I saw a student pour a bucket of rotten paste over our school principal in 1966, I sensed something wasn't right.
...My generation grew up drinking wolf's milk: we were born with hatred, and taught to struggle and hate everyone.  Some of my fellow Red Guards argue that we were just innocent children led astray. But we were wrong.

If any of this sounds familiar, it's because scenes like this are taking place all over colleges across the US. I don't know if Mr. Mitchell has missed this, but the rest of us haven't.  Little Cultural Revolutions have gone from school to school, demanding apologies for slights real and imagined (many imagined).  Many have thrown temper tantrums in restaurants and malls. They have forced university presidents to resign, speakers to leave campus, and generally made fools of themselves by demanding "Safe Spaces" that resemble Daycare Centers more than anything else.

(Lest you think I'm kidding, one school's safe space had coloring books.  COLORING BOOKS.  I guess wombs were unavailable.)

So when people demand protection, these are the types we're thinking of.  They're one encouraging word from President Obama or Senator Sanders from trying to carry it out here.  Why do I say that?
Fifty years on, however, I am worried by the increasing leader-worship we see in state media, similar to the ideological fervor that surrounded Mao. 
I'd add to that "Victim Worship," which is the quest that so many take to top each other's victimhood, and is aided and abetted by the media.  I saw that the Whole Foods in Austin was accused of making a cake with a...less than tactful message regarding the gentleman's orientation.  It turned out that the gentleman had added the message himself.  Had it not been for a video of him checking the cake at the checkout line, that company would likely already be deluged by protesters. It's not like an outlet like Gannett would hesitate to run the story with a minimal amount of fact checking, since it feels true.

CNN's article can be found here.  The protesters can be found...pretty much anywhere in America, sadly.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

What is Political Correctness?

I was reading the Daily Journal and Clarion Ledger today, and saw Charlie Mitchell's op-ed on PC.

Now, I think Charlie is one of those well-meaning guys who just doesn't see things for what they are.  I was intrigued by his assertion that PC is little more than politeness, which it probably was back in the 1970s when you could get away with saying the N-word on TV.  Can you imagine such a thing today?  I can't think of a time when the word has been uttered on TV outside of hip hop since an episode of Law & Order (Original Flavor) in the early 1990s, uttered by Courtney B Vance, until the American Crime Story OJ series. (Also featuring Mr. Vance.  Admittedly, it would have been impossible to not use the word in that series, with much of the defense being based around the use or non-use of the word.)

But today?  It would seem that Mr. Mitchell, who is a professor of journalism at Ole Miss, has missed out on the Social Justice Warrior.  Maybe it just hasn't hit Ole Miss yet.  But it's hit Missouri, with the school president forced to resign.  It's on many of the Ivies and Potted-Ivy schools.  They rail against privilege, most of which exists in their heads.  They mostly suffer from Selma envy, wishing they could measure up to their grandparents.  (I don't suffer from this problem.  I figured out long ago I'd never measure up to them.)

What's going on at the American college is similar-eerily so-to China's Cultural Revolution.  Started in 1966, it sought to replace what Mao thought of as the ills of society.  He described them as the Four Olds.  These were the Old Culture, Old Customs, Old Thoughts, and Old Habits.  His followers forced people to self-criticize themselves, admitting to "crimes," and destroyed anything they considered emblematic of it, such as priceless artifacts, manuscripts, and other treasures.

If this sounds familiar, it's EXACTLY the SJW playbook.

So when people are Anti-PC, this is what they are.  It has nothing to do with manners, which is what Mr. Mitchell seems to think it is.  It's not about not acknowledging the past.  It's all about combating the Thought Police, before we're all in front of a committee apologizing for something that happened before we were born, or when we were small children.  It means not allowing people to be destroyed because they don't want to associate themselves with something they feel violates their conscience.  Bryan Adams, after all, was allowed to not do business with Mississippi because of his conscience.  Many of us just wish we were given the same allowance as Mr. Adams.

My thoughts are incomplete on this, and it's late at night.  I may later add to this.  But it's miles to ride before I sleep.

(That's an old poem, written before I was born.  I hope it's ok to use it.)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Obama Thinks MS & NC Laws Are Wrong

Brian Terry and Christopher Stevens were unfortunately unavailable for comment.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Our Greatest Investigative Journalist

Jerry Mitchell, Mississippi's Greatest Investigative Journalist (TM), has a twitter.

And like all of our esteemed media in Mississippi, he is up in arms about allowing guns in church.  He tweeted out this afternoon a picture of the New Bethel Church celebrating being allowed to carry in the church house.  He's sending the picture out to show how ignorant all these Mississippi yokels are, ha ha ha!  Look at the dummies with their NRA stickers in the parking lot!    


There's just one problem. Ok, two.

The first is the picture wasn't even taken this decade.  A quick google image search by Mississippi's Greatest Investigative Journalist (TM) would have revealed it was taken in 2009.  I say this because of the number of fake meme generators out there has gotten to the point where my default assumption is "if it looks to good to be true, it probably is."

And the other thing Mississippi's Greatest Investigative Journalist (TM) missed?

The picture is from Kentucky.

I know how you feel, Jerry.  I've been taken in by images, too.  But then, I'm not Mississippi's Greatest Investigative Journalist (TM).  I'm not the one who's virtue has to be signaled.  And I'm not the one who has to show all of his colleagues that "I'M NOT LIKE THOSE PEOPLE."

I'll leave you all with this thought from Jerry, Mississippi's Greatest Investigative Journalist (TM):




I guess an accurate one would be nice, too.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Best Thing About Religious Freedom Bill?

Boy, has it let the Clarion-Ledger (and its smaller cousins throughout the state) signal its virtue.

From Pender (Cue old man voice-"Why aren't they trying to fix jobs and education!") to the 50 op-eds they've run each day (IT'S SHARIA LAW YA'LL!!!), you'd think this was the only thing that the legislature did this year. That's not counting the fact that the only person who's even told you exactly what the bill does is Forest Thingpen.  Same thing in North Carolina with the bathroom bill.

Of course, the front page of the CL this morning without the RF bill?

Armed Robbery in Jackson.
Violence against Hispanics increasing ("group claims," which means its probably due to the number of Hispanics increasing, but don't let simple logic get in your way)
Confederate Flag lawsuit (sorry guys, they can only be outraged by one thing at a time)
Shea Patterson
Sentencing in the Epps/McCrory scheme
Calhoun County inmate without trial

Oh, and there's a special feature on...the Clarion-Ledger staff. Cause any reporter's favorite subject to cover is themselves.  I guess when you spend most of your day looking down the nose of the rest of the state (and make no mistake about it, there are two reasons the CL is all-HB1523, all the time:  the first is that it's useful propaganda by their political wing, the Democratic party, and the second is they get to show they're not like those people to their friends on the stenography circuit) while your circulation is circling the drain, you have to make it seem that you love this state and you just want to see it succeed.  After all, they live in Jackson-where there are daily sinkholes, and they can't pave the streets properly, and did I mention it's one of the ten most dangerous cities in the US...shouldn't we all want success like that?

They don't want it to succeed.  If Mississippi succeeds, that means that you horrible bigots are succeeding.  They are actually enjoying writing about you trashy hillbillies. Secretly, in the places they don't like to talk about at cocktail parties, they love that we've passed a religious freedom bill.  After all, they've got to feel superior to someone.  

(A note-probably too late-is that the bill is flawed, but I've truly enjoyed the insanity its put on the left.  After all, now Bryan Adams has to answer why he played Egypt and Dubai-who aren't gay friendly-but won't play Biloxi.  Oh, wait, he won't.  That requires more than stenography skills.)