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The three women sentenced to 25 years in prison after they confessed to stealing at least $1.3 million from Neshoba County taxpayers in an elaborate overtime scheme will serve the remainder of their time in the comfort of their own homes, a special judge initially appointed in the case has ruled.
  • BUCHANAN/Who truly imperils our free society?
    “The Barbarian cannot make ... he can befog and destroy but ... he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true.”

    Hilaire Belloc’s depiction of the barbarian is recalled to mind as the statues honoring the history and heroes of the Republic and of the West continue to be vandalized and smashed.
  • Donald Trump, much to his chagrin, never won an Emmy for “The Apprentice,” but he can now take indirect credit for a clutch of the awards.

    The Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” won eight Emmys on Sunday night, a sweep fueled, in part, by the widely accepted belief in liberal America that the show tells us something about the Trump era.
  • SEPT. 24, 1937

    Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Decease and daughter, Nellie, spent Sunday with their daughter and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher and children in Philadelphia.
    ...

    Little Clara Ann Banks of Durant is spending this week in the home of her grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Banks.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Exodus 5:2-3
    In our passage we see Pharaoh’s response to the command of the Lord to “Let my people go.” This is an offensive thing to Pharaoh for several reasons. This would set Israel’s God as a rival to the Egyptian gods beginning with Pharaoh himself who was regarded as a god. Pharaoh did not want any other gods before him.

    Therefore, this was also a point of honor. This was an assault on his power and authority. To say,
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Exodus 5:1
    Many years ago I recall watching the Disney cartoon Robin Hood. The character Alan-a-Dale was a minstrel whose voice was Roger Miller. I can still remember the words in the song of lament he sung over the dismal conditions at one point in Nottingham: “Every town has its ups and downs; sometimes the ups outweigh the downs; but not in Nottingham.”

    In our text Moses is coming from a happy scene. He had been away from the Israelites for 40 years. God had sent him to Israel to convey the words he had given Moses with respect to their deliverance from Egypt. They had bowed and worshipped the Lord.
  • LOWRY/Dems alluring to Trump for now
    President Donald Trump is looking for a congressional leader he likes. Mitch McConnell has been found wanting, so now the president is flirting with Chuck Schumer.

    Trump sided with Schumer and Nancy Pelosi last week on an agreement to extend the debt ceiling for three months. The Republican leadership in Congress wanted a longer extension, worried that a
  • Recently, a columnist-friend, Matt Kenney, sent me a 25-year-old newspaper with his chiding that my column had been given better play.

    Both had run in The Orange County Register on June 30, 1991.
  • SEPT. 17, 1937

    Mrs. Claud Fair, Jr. and little son, Propts, of Jackson spent the weekend here with Mr. and Mrs. Propts Turner.
  • By setting off a 100-kiloton bomb, after firing a missile over Japan, Kim Jong Un has gotten the world’s attention.

    What else does he want?
  • Donald Trump told us that he’d hire the best people. He didn’t mention that he’d be unable to fire them.

    The president is experiencing a bout of insubordination from his top officials the likes of which we haven’t witnessed in the modern era. It’s not unusual to have powerful officials at war among themselves, or in the presidential doghouse. It’s downright bizarre to have them publicly undercut the president without fear of consequence.
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