Category Archives: Politics

How to Think–Not What to Think

Gov. Tate Reeves’s preliminary budget amounts to a shot fired over the bow of the legislature’s ship. He wants to make it clear that no elected official can be more conservative–or more like Trump–than he can. Witness the three million … Continue reading

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Where Do We Go From Here?

In this evening’s 60 Minutes interview, former president Barak Obama pushed back against the notion that politicians and social media are solely to blame for the bitterness displayed during the recent election cycle. I think he’s being too nice. Once … Continue reading

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Moving Forward

If you didn’t know this already, we live in a weird place. How else can you explain why Mississippi voters embraced conservatives Donald Trump and Cindy Hyde-Smith–each won with almost 60% of the vote–but voted at roughly a 70% clip … Continue reading

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Request for Prognostications

How close will the presidential election be? Who will win? How long will it take to certify election results? Will either candidate concede without forcing a Supreme Court showdown? How close will the race between Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy … Continue reading

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The Power of Self Deception

Scanning the headlines and leads in my newsfeed this morning offered a great illustration of how manic and polarized our nation has become: the CEO of Neiman-Marcus shows off his new mansion on the same day he lays off employees; … Continue reading

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The Tipping Point

We win! Mississippi is first in something! We lead the nation in positive rate on C-19 tests, which means that we’re actually losers. Surprise. But there may be more bad news on the way. All of Mississippi’s public school districts … Continue reading

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Welcome Back. Honestly.

An old tome fell out of the bookshelf while I cruised through titles searching, ironically, for something new to teach this fall: Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life, by Sissela Bok. Bok’s premise is that we are all … Continue reading

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No Buts

George Floyd’s murder resulted from a depraved heart and a system that tolerates bad policing. It doesn’t matter if he had been resisting arrest earlier. (He had not.) It doesn’t matter if he had been screaming his favorite N.W.A. lyrics. … Continue reading

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Two Weeks In

Well, Dear Bloggers, I had hoped that when we returned from Spring Break we would be able to debate substantive issues: Chacos or Birkenstocks? Boogie board or raft? Real book or Kindle? However, fate has intervened. The pandemic we discussed … Continue reading

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Dealing with Pandemics

I don’t exactly feel confident in the federal government’s response to the coronavirus. It’s hard to have faith in administration that eliminated funding to the CDC’s Pandemic Response Team in 2018 as a cost-cutting measure. Placing faith in Vice-President Mike … Continue reading

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