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My relationship with scary stories began when I was old enough to understand human speech. My relatives gathered all the time for fish fries, reunions, standard binge-drinking sessions and so on. At the end of such nights, after the adults were drunk, I and the other kids begged our elders t…

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Is there corruption in Washington? Is there corruption in both parties in Washington? Are career politicians among the most corrupt people in Washington? Does politics breed corruption? Do career politicians stick together and cover for the system? 

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I think it is time for all of us to face a very hard truth. The divisions in this country are impossible to fix. No matter what happens on Nov. 3, half of the citizens of this once-great country are going to be uncontrollably angry and ready for a coup. And there is absolutely no way any ele…

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His name was Mark — no, not Mark from the Leader-Call, a different Mark. He was a reporter with The Vicksburg Post. And he was a miserable human being.

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It is 5:37 pm. You just got home from picking up the baby from daycare after a long day’s work. You pull in the driveway and take a deep sigh of relief as you realize that he is not home yet. “Maybe he will be working late tonight,” you think to yourself. Your mind quickly darts around organ…

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In Thursday’s paper, our own Josh Beasley had a column in which he was touting how LeBron James was the greatest basketball player of all-time. Apparently, he had gotten into a social-media argument with our former sports editor Josh “The Guru” Nichols, who thinks Michael Jordan is the great…

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Warning: The words that follow are from the perspective of someone who is rapidly becoming an old fart …

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“Stop riding your bike in our driveway,” I scolded the neighborhood boy the other day. “If you ride that bike into that ditch, your parents will sue us.” 

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STARKVILLE- — Depending on one’s partisan leanings, the latest national furor over so-called “court-packing” started with the failed 2016 Supreme Court nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland. Former President Barack Obama nominated Gar…

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We have less than a month to go until the most important election in the history of the United States takes place, and I have no idea who is going to win. If you believe the polls, then Joe Biden is going to win in a landslide. He might win, but not in a landslide. Four years ago, Hillary Cl…

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People sometimes ask how I choose what to write about each week. There is no set formula. Just about everything that happens, professionally and personally, is viewed as a potential topic. Whatever is still stuck in my craw on Thursday night usually becomes that week’s column, for better or worse.

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Watching how the national media direct questions to Joe Biden and then to Donald Trump is a personal history lesson that found its roots in the sports department of The Vicksburg Post.

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I remember the announcement on the news about the first case of COVID-19 in Mississippi. It was almost like someone pressed a start button, and from that point on, we have been on a never-ending roller coaster ride.  

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Most of the time, when people tell you a story, it’s designed to make themselves look good. If they do make themselves the butt of the joke, it’s usually something relatable and/or silly. People don’t share stories of their own stupidity, and if they do, it’s presented in a way that’s design…

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I was somewhere in Ovett when the District Attorney’s office called. Guy on the other end said he didn’t know whether the girl’s case can make it past the grand jury. The main thing was that it was going to one.

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As if we needed any more drama in 2020, last Friday, left-wing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, setting off yet another political firestorm. I can’t help but picture in my head Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden and their ilk all standing next to the honorable judge…

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Anyone who reads this space regularly (hey, Mom!) knows that I have a veritable menagerie of pet peeves. None cause me to lose sleep or to go into a rage. Most are just observations that entertain me.

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Thursday was the first day in what feels like forever that I felt a cool breeze outside. Just the feeling of fall in the air made me want to get outside to enjoy it, even if it lasted only a few hours, which is typical of September weather in the South.  

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As if 2020 had not generated enough contention in America, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday. Interestingly, RGB, as she was affectionately called, died on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Rest in peace, RGB. You were an admirable justice and you have left a strong legacy …

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What a year, huh? I think of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” in which he calls out notable events and personalities of his lifetime, from the mid-1940s to the end of the ’80s, when the song hit the airwaves. 

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The race and culture war that is being inflamed by the left wing right now is the latest attempt to cause chaos and misery so that people will vote for a change in the presidency. This is how crazy our world has become: The ones who are causing all of the chaos and misery in the country want…

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I watched coverage of the latest police shooting in Lancaster, Pa. — a picturesque area of east-central Pennsylvania known more for its Amish population than most anything else — and wondered how protests erupted over that shooting?

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My appearance on the Dr. Phil show is tentatively scheduled to air this coming Wednesday, Sept. 16. As I wrote last week, I was asked to be on the show because of a column I wrote entitled “The War against White People,” but I had to sign a release saying I wouldn’t write about the appearanc…

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If an offense come out of the truth, better is it that the offense come than that the truth be concealed. — Thomas Hardy, 19th Century English poet/author

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The Prime Minister of the Free State of Yokena, an amazingly loyal reader of this column, described Southern Miss’ football performance last Thursday night as indescribable.

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People need people. In the beginning of time, God said, “It is not good for man to be alone.” As civilization evolved, survival depended on people working together to build communities, raise families and run economies. Good communication skills and emotional well-being depends on regular, h…

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On Monday, Aug. 24, I was a guest on the Dr. Phil show. The show was about racism and will be airing sometime in the near future, but I’m not allowed to talk about it. The show makes guests sign a release that contains the line, “I will not write a book, magazine article, or newspaper articl…

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This column was first published in The Vicksburg Post in 2000 in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to ban prayer at public school events … and the need for it this season is even more obvious. With apologies to the late Willie Morris, who penned a beautiful prayer for the opening of L…

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I just finished reading Christopher Snyder’s book “Hobbit Virtues: Rediscovering Virtue Ethics Through J. R. R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.’” 

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Let’s get something straight. Even with all of his faculties intact, Joe Biden was a horrible presidential candidate. He is a life-long politician who, like most life-long politicians (swamp creatures), has become unbelievably wealthy at the expense of the American people. Life-long public s…

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Remember how you felt 15 years ago today? If you were one of the lucky people in Jones County and the surrounding area, you were hot and miserable. That’s because just about every resident lost electricity. Thousands lost homes, businesses, vehicles, trees, household belongings … Some even l…

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It has been a hard year, hasn’t it? We all know it, and we all feel it. It has been a common theme in my office lately. Everyone is tired. I know that I have probably written on this subject before, but I think it is a topic that is especially relevant today. 

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The news is filled with reports of President Trump’s “assault” on the U.S. Postal Service. Democrats and some in the media say the president is deliberately slowing mail delivery and crippling the Postal Service so that it cannot handle an anticipated flood of voting by mail in the president…