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In a recent article, I mentioned that not all attacks should have a response of deadly force. The question of when to use deadly or not to repel an attack is complex, with many factors to consider. For this article, I will discuss using a less lethal weapon known as orthochlorobenzalmalonitr…

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I just turned 51 years old last week. Something about this birthday feels a little different for me. Perhaps it is because so many of my friends have been sick, and I have lost a few who were around my age, this birthday is feeling more somber. I have always been transparent with my feelings…

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This month, federal enhanced unemployment benefits ended for out-of-work individuals across the nation. (They had already ended in Mississippi, where Gov. Tate Reeves refused to continue participating in this program due to its adverse impact on labor force participation.)

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Here we are, the first week after the surrender in Afghanistan. I won’t beat that dead horse. But I guarantee its corpse is already starting to stink. So, where do we go from here? How do we prevent more of this tripe from happening over and over again?

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I’ve had two or three people ask me, “What ever happened to Harvey Warren’s column?”  Considering that combined, Warren wrote for The ReView of Jones County and then Laurel Leader-Call for about a decade, it’s actually kind of sad how few people have actually inquired about  it.

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A feeling of helplessness — a daze — overcomes the senses on the first morning waking up in our own personal hell. Seeing massive trees that have stood watch for generations ripped from the soft, soggy earth by nature’s fury will numb the senses. The overwhelming feeling of the small forest …

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Publisher’s note: This is the column I wrote a few days after the Sept. 11 tragedy. It was published by the Laurel Leader-Call on Sept. 17, 2001.

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On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Americans have witnessed what would have been completely unbelievable 20 years ago. Our president, military and intelligence agencies lost a war to the Taliban and forfeited the nation of Afghanistan along with $85 billion of the latest technological weaponry…

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The final rotten cherry on top of this turd sundae are 13 warriors blown to pieces in our — as that paragon of disgrace Gen. Milley defined as — a “retrograde” from Kabul.

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Good or bad, right or wrong, Americans by the hundreds of thousands have bid farewell to the COVID-19 virus. COVID fatigue has not only taken over, it has won.

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It’s Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 and as I’m writing this Kabul, Afghanistan is still a mess. We’ve lost 13 Americans killed, and an unknown number wounded. Unknown, because this pretender to the presidency and his handlers make sure information comes in dribs and drabs. The numbers are subject to …

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One week from today will be the 20th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in American history. For anyone over the age of 25, it is a day we will never forget.

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It all started long before we thought it started. Why did they hate us so much that they would cross many lands and oceans to attack and kill us? Hate and fear are driving the world insane. 

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STARKVILLE — University of Southern Mississippi Professor Emeritus James Crockett, now an adjunct professor of accountancy at the University of Mississippi, perhaps enjoyed a bit of serendipity in bringing his latest book to market in the same year that the entire nation witnessed a Mississi…

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For about a decade from 1996 to 2006, I would, like clockwork, drop my column off at the old Leader-Call building on Beacon Street, now Leontyne Price Boule- vard. And every time I did so, I would think, “What a god-awful, depressing place.” The front desk always seemed to be manned by an un…

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Years ago, I received a call from the presidential campaign of a very powerful GOP hopeful. A longtime member of the establishment, he was attempting to understand “our brand of conservatism.”

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According to recent Census Bureau data, Mississippi is one of just three states that lost population, seeing a slight decrease of -0.2 percent from 2010 to 2020. (The other states that lost population are Illinois and West Virginia.)

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HOMER, Alaska — Leilani and I journeyed to the AK Diamond J Ranch near Homer, Alaska, on Kachemak Bay on the southwest side of the Kenai Peninsula for the wedding of Rachel Klimetz to Jimmy Wingerter on Aug. 19 — and it was worth every moment of travel to “The Last Frontier.”

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Bad news regarding crime seems to be the most frequent and persistent topic of any news source. Due to this depressing fact, one may consider that we are living in the most crime ridden era in history. Almost anywhere you look, violent crimes are taking place at what seems to be at an unprec…

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I’m a veteran of the Vietnam War. No hero. No medals for valor. Just a kid doing his duty and his job. As I’m writing this, it’s Monday, 16 August 2021. I woke up this morning at 01:30 unable to stay in bed or go back to sleep, my PTSD triggered by the mess unfolding in Afghanistan.

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We all knew that it was going to be bad. We knew that as soon as Joe Biden was allowed to steal the presidency in the sham election of 2020, the country was going to spiral out of control. However, I don’t think anyone thought it would happen quite this fast.

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Donald Trump doesn’t have a political bone in his body. Joe Biden was born and molded in the pure clay of politics. He’s a career politician. Trump’s supporters love that he is not a politician, and Biden’s supporters love left politicians and social causes.

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Last week, something happened that left me feeling a tiny bit terrified but a little liberated at the same time. I was cellphone-less for a weekend, and it was only semi-useful for the next few days.

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In a recent interview, NBC News’ Chuck Todd, host of the once-admired “Meet the Press,” claimed that there was no liberal media bias. He said it with a straight face, saying there never has been, isn’t now and is, more or less, a talking point the Republicans have mastered.

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Yes, I am a crazy fanatic NASCAR fan. I love the smell of racing fuel and watching those loud cars — especially the one with the 9 on the door — go around in circles for hours at a time, and I have been lucky enough to attend many races over the last several years. I am also very thankful th…

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I’ll go out on a limb and make the statement that most people carry or have access to weapons that they have designated for use if their safety is threatened. The list of weapons ranges from knives, pepper spray and tasers to pointy object things on a keyring and of course firearms. 

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I attended a presentation by a state lawmaker promoting himself here in Jones County. It was a gambit to gauge support for a run at national office. He wasn’t a Democrat. 

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When I graduated from high school in 2011 and community college in 2014, my grandfather Anthony Wilken was there.

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The Biden Administration just can’t figure out why so many people are refusing to get vaccinated against COVID. The answer is quite simple:

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PHILADELPHIA — With no active political races and a fairgrounds population returning after a 2020 hiatus caused by the global COVID pandemic, this summer’s return to the Neshoba County Fairgrounds was wonderful but there was an underlying tone that things had not quite returned to normal. 

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What are the most powerful weapons you possess in regards to preventing yourself from being a victim of a crime? Is it your firearm(s), pepper spray, key chain with the cat-ear spikes or your martial-arts skills? My opinion is none of these or any other physical weapon. The most powerful wea…

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My goodness, I am always amazed when I read comments about controversial subjects on social media.

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Last week, we ran a front page story with the headline “Toddler Torture.” The headline was about as accurate of a description for what two small children had to endure as we could come up with. In his story, Mark Thornton wrote that those children had been taped to a wall and forced to watch…

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The Centers for Disease Control recently released a report showing overdose deaths rose to a record 93,000 for 2020, right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.