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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:15 PM
This past weekend at the Mississippi Rep ublican Party State Convention, delegates from the assembled counties chose members of the state executive committee, delegates to their national convention and a slate of electors for the Electoral College pledged to presumptive Republican nominee Donald J. Trump.

There were no big surprises or shocking changes. Republican National Committeeman Henry Barbour and Committeewoman Jeanne Luckey both were reelected; a new state executive committee reelected Joe Nosef to serve as Chairman; a majority of state delegates approved a slate of national delegates to the national convention acceptable to Governor Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Trump campaign.
  • Does anybody else have the sense that Donald Trump is slipping off the rails? His speeches have always had a rambling, free association quality, but a couple of the recent ones have, as the Republican political consultant Mike Murphy put it, passed from the category of rant to the category of full on “drunk wedding toast.”
  • PERRY/Governor and 1897 Fair
    The Neshoba County Fair kicks off this week continuing an annual tradition that began as the Coldwater Community Fair in 1889. The Fair runs July 22 through July 29.
  • In the past two weeks, the “war on police” has gone from a metaphor to a reality, with eight officers killed in targeted attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

    The country hasn’t seen anything like it since the early 1970s, when a lunatic fringe of the left undertook a violent campaign against law enforcement.
  • JULY 17, 1936

    A number of visitors were present at the Monday luncheon of the Rotary Club, including a group of Agricultural Extension workers composed of Dr. Jensen of State College, Messrs. Brown and Todd of Meridian and H. O. West of Neshoba County.
  • fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

                                                       — Isaiah 41:10 ESV
  • Paul writes this letter from prison. He is chained in a dungeon awaiting a terrible death. He is being abused this way unjustly. His “crime” is being an advocate of the truth of God in Christ. Yet his main concern is to encourage Timothy to be faithful to the Lord in what he has been called to do. Paul is concerned because Timothy is facing severe trials and Timothy has a propensity to being fearful and discouraged. In these verses we find encouragement for Christians facing difficulty.
  •  EDITORIAL/All lives matter
    Much of the anger over race these last days stems from a failure to realize that multiple sides can be right and can in a free country exist in tension, as we’ve seen played out in some American cities following the shooting deaths of two black men by police and the killing of five police officers in Dallas.
  • PERRY/Libertarians hope
    Some Mississippians are excited about their presidential nominee and they aren’t supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump. The Mississippi Libertarian Party’s eight delegates to the Libertarian National Convention supported former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson as their nominee (although two of the delegates supported other candidates on the first ballot:  software entrepreneur John McAfee and The Libertarian Republic publisher Austin Petersen).
  • President Barack Obama is a lawyer, not a statistician, and it shows.

    After the controversial officer-involved shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, Obama unloosed a series of statistics in his remarks in Warsaw, Poland, to show “racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system” — in other words, racial bias by police, prosecutors and judges.
  • But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

                                                       — Matthew 4:4 ESV
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