Jul 21

BRICS PLAN TO BECOME “POLITICAL ALLIANCE” TO REFORM THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM

by ZERO HEDGE | JULY 20, 2014   INFOWARS.com   As the world slowly turns against US Dollar hegemony, it appears the BRICS are pressing to fill any gaps. Having created the BRICS Bank “alternate to The West-controlled IMF or World Read more [...]

Jul 21

SENIOR NEWS LINE by Matilda Charles: New Food Guidelines Reveal Cancer Risk

It used to be much simpler to know what to eat. Remember the Basic 7 food groups we ate as children? That became the Basic Four. Then for years we followed the Food Pyramid, which was followed by MyPyramid. More recently we have MyPlate telling us how Read more [...]

Jul 21

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH By Keith Roach, M.D.—Sweating Buckets

DEAR DR. ROACH: I hope you can help me. I am 67 years old and have been sweating profusely from my head for about six years. I believe it is secondary hyperhidrosis. No one in my family has this problem. The sweating seems to happen at all different times, Read more [...]

Jul 20

Sunday Bible Time for July 20, 2014

  BIBLE TRIVIA by Wilson Casey 1. Is the book of Esther in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. Who killed 69 of his brethren, but spared Jotham, for he hid himself? Abimelech, Jeroboam, Uzziah, Horam 3. From Proverbs 25, “Whoso boasteth Read more [...]

Jul 20

Sunday Comics for July 20, 2014

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Jul 19

America is Undermining Nonproliferation by Alexander Scipio

Think for a moment about the logic behind nuclear nonproliferation. America tells its allies and the nations it informally defends that they do not need nuclear weapons because of the American nuclear umbrella, that our nukes will deter any enemy with Read more [...]

Jul 19

Political Cartoons for July 19, 2014

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Jul 19

Hocus—Focus for July 19, 2014

Jul 18

Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales: I Am Not A Childcare Expert But…by Chasidy Hathorn

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales—a place for random chats, the occasional rant, and most of all Southern hospitality. Now, it is time to grab a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and sit a spell with me as we chat Read more [...]

Jul 18

VETERANS POST by Freddy Groves: VA Awaits New Leader

Department of Veterans Affairs chief Eric Shinseki is gone. He resigned after getting caught by the whiplash of the revelation that there were serious problems down the line in the VA, mostly having to do with medical appointments being manipulated, deleted, Read more [...]

Jul 18

THIS IS A HAMMER By Samantha Mazzotta: Fixing a Damaged Roof Shingle

Q: While doing a quick visual scan of the roof, I noticed a couple of areas where the asphalt shingles were chipped or even lifted a little. I didn’t find any leaks in the attic. Do I need to completely replace these shingles? — Don C., via email A: Read more [...]

Jul 17

Microsoft to Eliminate Up to 18K Jobs Over Next Year

By Victoria Craig Published July 17, 2014 FOXBusiness   In a letter to employees early Thursday, Microsoft CEO Sataya Nadella said the tech giant will slash its workforce by as many as 18,000 jobs over the course of the next year, with Read more [...]

Jul 17

Israel says Hamas fires three mortar shells during humanitarian cease-fire window

Fox News Israel’s military says Hamas fired three mortar shells into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip during a five-hour humanitarian cease-fire window Thursday. The Israeli Defense Forces tweeted that the mortar shells hit the community of Eshkol. Read more [...]

Jul 17

Posing As An Adult: The Case of Emily v. Children By Emily Gaither

I babysat as a child, the kind of babysitting I don’t think happens anymore. I was maybe 11 and would watch children from our church, children of people my parents knew, etc…Eleven is probably too young to babysit. I did okay, until one of my wards Read more [...]

Jul 17

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH by Keith Roach, M.D.—Blood Pressure Rises at Doctor’s Office

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have had high blood pressure at times, and my doctor said I have white coat syndrome. I am on metoprolol and ramipril. My blood pressure spikes at times. Recently I didn’t feel right. My blood pressure was reading 200/120, more or less, Read more [...]

Jul 16

More in the War on Words by Tom Darby

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that redefines marriage and replaces the terms ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ with the generic term ‘spouse.’ SB 1306 will take effect on January 1, 2015 and removes limits on recognizing same-sex Read more [...]

Jul 16

Hobby Lobby: the Rest of the First Amendment by Alexander Scipio

In Hobby Lobby, SCOTUS held that the first clause of the First Amendment, the Establishment Clause, prohibits the government from forcing behavior antithetical to one’s religious beliefs: “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of Read more [...]

Jul 16

THE GENESIS OF S&S: OVERCOMING THE IDEA OF THE “NORMAL TEENAGER” by Abby Hathorn

Hey, y’all, this is Abby Hathorn, and I want to welcome you to the very first post…the genesis of Sixteen & Successful. No, you don’t have to be 16. You can be 12, 18 (like me *wink*), 25, 40, 57, 78, 92, or even 116 (like that Arkansas Read more [...]

Jul 16

DOLLARS AND SENSE BY David Uffington: Insurance Coverage for Rental Cars

With the summer travel season upon us, insurance coverage might not be first on your list of ways to save money on vacation — but it should be, especially if your plans involve renting a car. Your credit card likely offers car-rental insurance as one Read more [...]

Jul 16

NOW HERE’S A TIP By JoAnn Derson

¥ Potato salad will have more flavor if you whisk together all the dressing ingredients and add it to the potatoes when they are warm. The potatoes will absorb the ingredients better, and the flavor will develop even more during refrigeration. ¥ Read more [...]

Jul 15

Jews Under Attack World Wide by Tom Darby

Since Operation Protective Edge began a week ago, anti-Israel demonstrations and anti-Semitic incidents have taken place around the world as far apart as The Hague, Hong Kong and Mexico City, where some protesters were seen carrying signs with swastikas Read more [...]

Jul 15

Snowden files: Manipulating polls, netting from LinkedIn, YouTube in GCHQ bag of tricks

RT The UK’s spy agency has developed a number of crafty tools to monitor and comb the web, planting false information when necessary, Glenn Greenwald said while disclosing a fresh batch of Snowden’s files. The tools were created by the Joint Threat Read more [...]

Jul 15

Netanyahu Warns Hamas After Rejection of Gaza Cease-fire Proposal

FOX News Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he is willing to intensify the country’s military campaign against the Islamic militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip after a proposed cease-fire aimed at ending the week-long conflict Read more [...]

Jul 15

THE RICH LOWRY COLUMN: Obama’s Border Crisis

It’s hard to imagine a more apt summation of the lunatic state of the nation’s immigration debate than the split screen over the past weeks. In Washington, most respectable opinion lined up, yet again, to condemn Republicans for not passing an amnesty Read more [...]

Jul 14

Socks for Veterans Fundraiser was a Huge Success!!!

  The “Raise the Steaks” fundraiser was a huge success at Logan’s Roadhouse on Thursday, July 10.  If you missed the fun, please take the time from your busy life and let our troops and Veterans know that their service and dedication Read more [...]

Jul 14

New Bill Seeks to Allow States to Manage Wild Horses by Tom Darby

Across the West, the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service oversee 13.3 million AUMs (Animal Unit Months) on 250 million acres of public land. A month of grazing one cow/calf combination or five sheep costs $1.35 – a fee well below the present-day Read more [...]

Jul 14

The Failure of Half-Measures by Alex Scipio

100 years ago the West created and faced the First World War. Four years later it was concluded by Wilson’s 14 Points rather than through unconditional surrender, defeat, occupation and a new German government. Basically, half measures triumphed over Read more [...]

Jul 14

Clashes in Paris as Thousands March Against Israel Offensive

YAHOO! NEWS   Paris (AFP) – Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip, where a six-day conflict has left 168 Palestinians dead. Several thousand demonstrators Read more [...]

Jul 14

Putin, Kirchner Seek ‘Multipolarity’ in Argentina Visit

YAHOO! News Buenos Aires (AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner called for a multipolar world order as Moscow sought to boost ties with Latin America amid heightened East-West tensions. Putin Read more [...]

Jul 14

SENIOR NEWS LINE by Matilda Charles: Senior Snapshot

The National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Aging have compiled an analysis of seniors age 65 and older, based on the 2010 Census. The information gives a clear picture of who we are and what we’re doing in areas of location, health Read more [...]

Jul 13

Israel Issues New Warning to North Gaza Residents ahead of ‘Short and Temporary’ Campaign

FoxNews.com Israel has warned residents of the northern part of the Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes ahead of what a military spokesman promised would be a “short and temporary” campaign. The Israeli air force dropped leaflets Sunday morning calling Read more [...]

Jul 13

Vladimir Putin meets Fidel Castro in Cuba

The Telegraph    By Philip Sherwell, New York Vladimir Putin, Russian president, meets Fidel Castro, the retired Communist leader, in Cuba Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has met Cuba’s ruling Castro brothers at the start of a Latin Read more [...]

Jul 13

Sunday Bible Time for July 13, 2014

  BIBLE TRIVIA by Wilson Casey 1. Is the book of John in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. On watching Jesus’ arrest and trial, what disciple claimed three times he didn’t know the Lord? Judas, James, John, Peter 3. From Proverbs, Read more [...]

Jul 13

Sunday Comics for July 13, 2014

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Jul 12

Israel Continues Gaza Bombardment, Pushing Death Toll Past 120

Palestinian mosque hit and two people at charity for disabled reported to be among latest victims of Operation Protective Edge The Guardian Israel has vowed no easing of its aerial bombardment of Gaza, which has killed at least 120 Palestinians, Read more [...]

Jul 12

Obama Seeks Brisk Passage of Border Children Funding Bill

By Stephen Dinan  Washington Times President Obama’s new border spending request will pay for schooling, health care and lawyers for the unaccompanied illegal immigrant children surging across the border, officials told Congress on Thursday Read more [...]

Jul 12

Is this Really Who We Have Become? by Alexander Scipio

Interesting column [http://www.hoover.org/research/coming-world-disorder] on the current and likely impact of the foreign policy of the president. More interesting is the idea that Americans never felt the need to protect themselves proactively from Read more [...]

Jul 12

Cooperative Learning, Multiple Intelligences, And No Learning At All by Ron Parlato

If had nine eggs”, said Teresa Jones, the third grade teacher to Melissa Latent, “and you wanted to divide them equally among three of your best friends, how many eggs would you have to give each friend?” “I don’t like eggs”, Melissa replied. Read more [...]

Jul 12

Political Cartoons for July 12, 2014

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Jul 12

Hocus—Focus for July 12, 2014

Jul 11

A Family’s Request: Danie’s Second Wind At Giveforward

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Danielle is 22 years old and she has cystic fibrosis, which is a disease that affects mainly the lungs. Danielle had a double lung transplant in 2009 and had 3 1/2 great years with relatively no problems. In June of 2013, her lungs started rejecting the Read more [...]

Jul 11

An Open Plea to Harry Reid’s Family by Tom Darby

Vowing to “do something” about the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby ruling, Senator Harry Reid, who continues to work under a cloud of ethics charges, renewed Democrats’ plans to undermine the high court’s decision by attacking the “five Read more [...]

Jul 11

The MSM, Dr. Frankenstein and its Monster by Alex Scipio

The Media is complaining the Obama presidency, a presidency completely of their own creation, is limiting their access. Typical illiterate liberal. What did they think Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was about? (Did they dismiss it because it was written Read more [...]

Jul 11

Prejudice And The Cotton Plant by Ron Parlato

When I was eight years old a patient of my father’s and a family friend who had moved to Texas sent me a cotton plant.  It was one cotton boll on a brown, dried stem with a few shiny black seeds caught in the fibers.  “This”, said my father, “is Read more [...]

Jul 11

Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales: A Pea Pickin’ Good Time By Chasidy Hathorn

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales—a place to sit a spell and enjoy good coffee and conversation. Don’t you miss the days of porch sitting while pea shelling? As a kid, I absolutely hated it. It was such a process. Pick Read more [...]

Jul 11

VETERANS POST by Freddy Groves: The Devil’s in the Detail

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) to provide transitional housing and support services to veterans with special needs. A $5 million grant will go to 25 organizations (if they reapply for funding) in 11 Read more [...]

Jul 11

THIS IS A HAMMER By Samantha Mazzotta: Water-Damaged Carpet Needs Quick Attention

Q: My apartment’s window air-conditioning unit dripped water from the front left corner for several days before I realized it, and the carpet underneath is soaking wet. How can I dry it quickly? — Chase T., Concord, N.H. A: First off, since you live Read more [...]

Jul 10

In Nevada, “Sin City” takes on New Meaning by Tom Darby

Nevada’s Democratic Congressional Representative’s Steven Horsford and Dina Titus are co-sponsoring a bill that claims to protect women’s health in response to last week’s Supreme Court “Hobby Lobby” decision. Obviously, they’re picking up their Read more [...]

Jul 10

Major Announcement!! Sixteen & Successful by Abby Hathorn

Our very own Real Media writer, Abby Hathorn, has launched her new blog Sixteen & Successful. This blog is designed by a teen for tween and teen girls who are looking for real and modest advice about fashion, beauty, and life.  With Sixteen &Successful, Read more [...]

Jul 10

The Greening in the West by Tom Darby

In an Associated Press-CNBC poll, released in April 2010, only 33 percent of those questioned favored legalization of marijuana while 55 percent opposed it. People under 30 were the only age group favoring legalization, with 54 percent and opposition Read more [...]

Jul 10

Convictions, Courage and Stopping Leviathan by Alexander Scipio

I’m making an analogy here; please allow me the use of referencing America during Vietnam. Looking back it is more than clear that our fight in Vietnam was a mistake, as is any war we refuse to fight to win. One can point to the economic rise Read more [...]

Jul 10

A Genetic Basis For Southern Conservatism by Ron Parlato

Thomas Edsall writing in the New York Times (7.9.14) cites a number of studies which have linked conservatism – especially religious conservatism – to genes: In Obedience to Traditional Authority: A heritable factor underlying authoritarianism, Read more [...]

Jul 10

Posing As An Adult: Teaching Myself About Letting Go by Emily Gaither

I don’t deal well with change or upheaval. No, no, all of you thinking how well-adjusted and not-at-all neurotic I seem, it’s true. I’m sorry to shatter this delicate facade I’ve created. I like certain things to have an air of stability, which Read more [...]

Jul 10

Political Cartoons for July 10, 2014

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Jul 09

The Bouncing Ball of the Gun Debate by Tom Darby

“As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.” ― Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf The Senate on Monday approved a procedural Read more [...]

Jul 09

Why Do Conservatives Become Progressives Internationally? by Alexander Scipio

The American Left always demands we be more peaceful. Like Europe. As in the newest installment of European peacefulness, Ukraine – in a Europe that, since the Goths in the 5th Century, has NEVER stopped killing each other. Consider:         Ukraine Kosovo Srebrenica Northern Read more [...]

Jul 09

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69 To Hold “Socks For Veterans” Campaign

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69 in Columbus has formed a campaign called “Warming Those Who Serve(d): SOCKS for VETERANS.” We are raising money through donations to buy socks for homeless and needy Veterans. Currently, we are partnering with Logan’s Read more [...]

Jul 09

The Redskins–Change The Name to The White Wolves by Ronald Parlato

The name of my prep school football team was ‘The Pelicans’.  None of us liked the name, especially because we played against teams named the Lions, Tigers, Bears, Panthers, and Wolves.  The pelican, said school administrators, had been a proud Read more [...]

Jul 09

The Adventures of the VIP: The 44th Annual Jonesborough Days + Town Facts by Abby Hathorn

Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to The Adventures of the VIP! I hope all of you had a fabulous Fourth of July weekend because I absolutely did! The family and I had a neighborhood cookout, watched the fireworks show in downtown Johnson City, and shopped Read more [...]

Jul 09

NOW HERE’S A TIP By JoAnn Derson

¥ Want to make that summer at-home pedicure last? Don’t skip the base coat or a UV topcoat. The base coat will allow the color to adhere evenly and better. Then the topcoat will protect the color from the sun while giving it a little extra shine. ¥ Read more [...]

Jul 08

An Eye for an Eye in Jerusalem by Tom Darby

                        A Florida teen remains under house-arrest in Jerusalem. Fifteen-year-old Tariq Khdeir was attending a demonstration related Read more [...]

Jul 08

Well, America? Tienanmen or Murietta? by Alex Scipio

  In COMMUNIST CHINA, the commander of an army tank column disobeyed his orders and stopped an entire armored column rather than assault one fellow citizen. In America, paramilitary (our newly-militarized police) and federal “security” Read more [...]

Jul 08

THE RICH LOWRY COLUMN By Rich Lowry: The War on Women

It has long been suspected that the Supreme Court hates women, although it took the court’s 5-4 decision in the Hobby Lobby case to fully reveal its blatant misogyny. The court held that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act forbids the administration Read more [...]

Jul 08

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Jul 07

Christian Ink by Tim Thompson

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Jul 07

Nevada Sheriff: Hold Bundy, BLM Accountable for Standoff by Tom Darby

“If you step over that line, there are consequences to those actions,” Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said. “And I believe they stepped over that line. No doubt about it. They need to be held accountable for it.” U.S. Bureau of Land Management Read more [...]

Jul 07

Relax. It is Only Soccer by Alexander Scipio

I am always intrigued by conservatives whining about soccer as though it’s a diseased illegal alien that only Democrats want within our borders. It’s a game. Games are won on something conservatives like: merit. Why liberals even like it is an unknown Read more [...]

Jul 07

SENIOR NEWS LINE by Matilda Charles—Study: You Can Delay Alzheimer’s Disease

You can forestall dementia by many years by staying mentally engaged and challenged, according to a long-term Mayo Clinic study. The study began in 2004 with nearly 2,000 participants ranging in age from 70 to 89 years old. Most of them had no dementia, Read more [...]

Jul 07

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH By Keith Roach, M.D.—Here’s the Skinny on Artificial Sweeteners

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have questions regarding sugar substitutes. I have come to the overwhelming conclusion that sugar is a poison to the human body. However, I have never read any information regarding the safety of sugar substitutes. My questions are: Read more [...]

Jul 07

POEM-A-DAY: The Dream of a Common Language by Leigh Stein

  after Adrienne Rich   On Wednesdays I take the train past Yankee Stadium, to a place where it is never a given that I speak the language, to a place where graffiti covers the mural they painted to hide the graffiti, to a Read more [...]

Jul 06

NSA TARGETS AS “EXTREMISTS” AMERICANS WHO SIMPLY WISH TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM OPPRESSION

by WASHINGTON’S BLOG | JULY 6, 2014  by Infowars In the wake of revelations about the extent of mass surveillance by the NSA and other agencies, people are trying to protect themselves by adopting encryption and other privacy tools. The Guardian reported in Read more [...]

Jul 06

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi addresses Muslims in Mosul

By Hannah Strange 3:25PM BST 05 Jul 2014   The Telegraph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, emerged from the shadows to lead Friday prayers at Mosul’s Great Mosque, calling on the world’s Muslims to “obey” Read more [...]

Jul 06

Sunday Bible Time for July 6, 2014

  BIBLE TRIVIA by Wilson Casey 1. Is the book of Jehoshaphat in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. In Revelation 8, what’s the falling star called when the third angel sounded? Armageddon, Wormwood, Rapture, Zabulon 3. Who carried Read more [...]

Jul 06

Sunday Comics for July 6 2014

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Jul 06

POEM-A-DAY: A lane of Yellow led the eye (1650) by Emily Dickinson

  A lane of Yellow led the eye Unto a Purple Wood Whose soft inhabitants to be Surpasses solitude If Bird the silence contradict Or flower presume to show In that low summer of the West Impossible to know-   About Read more [...]

Jul 05

NY MAYOR: OBAMA “HAS EVERY RIGHT” TO BYPASS CONGRESS ON AMNESTY

by KIT DANIELS | INFOWARS.COM | JULY 1, 2014     New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio fully supports President Obama’s plan to bypass Congress by using executive actions to further enact amnesty for illegal aliens. During a press Read more [...]

Jul 05

THE SURVEILLANCE STATE: COVERT REVOLUTION

by JON RAPPOPORT | JULY 5, 2014  Infowars.com     “If you or I had a pot full of money and set out to help a community become more prosperous and self-sufficient, we could find a way. When big government steps in with its Read more [...]

Jul 05

Political Cartoons for July 5, 2014

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Jul 05

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Jul 05

POEM-A-DAY: The House-top By Herman Melville

  A Night Piece (July, 1863)   No sleep. The sultriness pervades the air And binds the brain-a dense oppression, such As tawny tigers feel in matted shades, Vexing their blood and making apt for ravage. Beneath the stars Read more [...]

Jul 04

The Declaration of Independence 1776

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume Read more [...]

Jul 04

Extremists Sought in Pennsylvania for Inciting Sedition by Tom Darby

Philadelphia — A para-military extremist group has proclaimed its autonomy from the government, and plans to secede. The announcement comes more than year after troops fired on protestors, leaving 72 people dead, including eight civilians. In April Read more [...]

Jul 04

Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales: Happy Fourth to Y’all by Chasidy Hathorn

Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales! Are y’all as excited as I am about America’s birthday? The little family and I have been getting ready for the neighborhood festivities, and we even found some time today to go to the 44th Annual Jonesborough Read more [...]

Jul 04

VETERANS POST by Freddy Groves: VA Health-Care Fixes

                  It was a depressing moment when I read a news release from the Department of Veterans Affairs that disclosed one of the steps being taken to fix the scheduling Read more [...]

Jul 04

POEM-A-DAY: I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear, Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong, The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam, The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves Read more [...]

Jul 03

TRIVIA TEST By Fifi Rodriguez

  1. RELIGION: What are the first three words of the Old Testament? 2. MEDICAL: What is the common name for dentition? 3. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: How many colors are in a rainbow? 4. GEOGRAPHY: How many countries make up Great Britain? 5. Read more [...]

Jul 03

Obama Continues to Divide U.S. through Lawlessness by Tom Darby

Dozens of protesters blocked the road Tuesday, so buses full of undocumented immigrants couldn’t make their way to a U.S. Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, California. About 140 people were flown into San Diego from Texas and bussed to Murrieta with Read more [...]

Jul 03

ISIS And islam: The Threat And The Future by Alex Scipio

Western governments see in ISIS what it is not. ISIS is not a bunch of guys at the bottom of the economic ladder revolting against capitalism or colonial imperialism. ISIS is not a cohort of men clinging to their guns and religion. ISIS is not a local Read more [...]

Jul 03

Posing As An Adult: Further Up The Downward Spiral by Emily Gaither

I have been trying to think of way to write this column in a somewhat organized manner. Some weeks are harder than others in terms of coming up with ideas, but this week presented a more unusual dilemma. I had so many thoughts that I couldn’t decide Read more [...]

Jul 03

Political Cartoons for July 3, 2014

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Jul 03

POEM-A-DAY: After Mandelshtam by Reginald Gibbons

  To the futile sound of midnight church bells, out back someone is rinsing her thoughts in unfathomable universal sky- a cold faint glowing. As always stars are white as salt on the blade of an old axe. The rain-barrel’s Read more [...]

Jul 02

Real Media Welcomes its Newest Contributor, TIM THOMPSON

Real Media welcomes its newest contributor, TIM THOMPSON Tim is a country boy from Montana who found his way to Alabama via Washington State. His BA is in Journalism with an emphasis in photojournalism, and he spent 12 years as a staff photographer Read more [...]

Jul 02

The Progressive Battle against American Business by Tom Darby

Union membership has dropped from 18.5 percent in 1983 to 7.5 percent by 2013 in the private sector and 45.5 percent to 38.7 in the public sector. Because of this, there is an all-out assault on business, both big and small. In 2009, Illinois Governor Read more [...]

Jul 02

The Adventures of the VIP: What Do King Tut’s Tomb, Bettie Page, And 1990s Trapper Keepers Have in Common? by Abby Hathorn

It is fearless, chic, and sexy. It has been worn by many stars throughout the decades. Josephine Baker wore it and had one of the creatures that inspired it. Christian Dior’s 1947 collection had frocks printed with this design. Renowned 1950s pin-up Read more [...]

Jul 02

DOLLARS AND SENSE BY David Uffington: Financial Review at Mid-Year

How is your financial year going? Are you on target with your goals? Halfway through the year is a good time to assess where you are, and where you’re going. Here are some suggestions: ¥ Have you started putting money away for the holidays? No, it’s Read more [...]

Jul 02

NOW HERE’S A TIP By JoAnn Derson

¥ Check your mower to see if you’re cutting your lawn to the optimum height. Generally, cutting grass to 2-1/2 inches will allow it to retain more moisture, requiring less watering, and help shade out weeds, too. — O.F. in Alabama ¥ Got poison ivy? Read more [...]

Jul 02

Red Cross Issues Top Ten Ways to Be Safe When Swimming Over 4th of July Holiday

It’s almost time for the long Fourth of July weekend and many people will spend part of their holiday at a backyard or community pool. The American Red Cross is issuing ten steps people should take to be safe while poolside. A recent Red Cross survey Read more [...]

Jul 02

POEM-A-DAY: from Thoreau by Cole Swensen

  In the essay “A Winter Walk,” which predated the more famous essay “Walking” by a few years, Thoreau paid particular attention to the astonishing array of whites   from fog to snow to frost to the crystals growing outward on threads Read more [...]

Jul 01

Attack on Your Religious Freedom is Far From Over by Tom Darby

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Federal Government can’t make companies pay for emergency contraceptive coverage for employees that could lead to abortions, in violation of their religious beliefs. The case was brought by Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma-based Read more [...]

Jul 01

Mississippi Tea Party Members Will Likely Sit Out U.S. Senate Race by Steve Wilson

From Mississippi Watchdog.com Barring a challenge by Chris McDaniel, tea party members in Mississippi will likely sit out the general election rather than vote for incumbent U.S. senator Thad Cochran.     McDaniel spokesman Read more [...]

Jul 01

THE RICH LOWRY COLUMN By Rich Lowry: Hail to the Redskins!

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s contribution to the Washington Redskins debate is pettifogging absurdity in the service of rank politically correct bullying. A panel of the office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled in favor of plaintiffs Read more [...]

Jul 01

Political Cartoons for July 1, 2014

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Jul 01

Poem of the Day: Troubadour by Mark Yakich

  When I was a boy and my fist Would land into my father’s arm,   I’d cry out, and he’d say Didn’t hurt me none.   He’s been dead six years now, And my work is still to try   To beat myself up And make Read more [...]

Jun 30

Banning American Indian Names in the U.S. Military by Tom Darby

Recently the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the Washington Redskins trademarks on the claim that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans.” This effort was largely sparked by Nevada’s Senator Harry Reid. His support of banning ‘Native Read more [...]

Jun 30

Lt. Calley, My Lai and DHS by Alex Scipio

Boehner is about to file a suit to force the president to obey the law. He may or may not have standing to do so. But there’s a better way, one that we already know works. The root of the problem is: can the president order his branch to ignore or Read more [...]

Jun 30

Poem of the Day: Station 40, Chiriu: the Poet Ariwara no Narihira at Eight Bridges by Debora Greger

  What is sky but water, more water, crossed by eight bridges? Is the ancient poet in a rush to reach land?   No, he’s already one of the Six Immortals. How long before the papery iris-petals he admires wrinkle? They barely Read more [...]

Jun 30

SENIOR NEWS LINE by Matilda Charles: Be Prepared

Even if we don’t have caregivers now, it’s a good idea to look to the future. The Federal Citizen Information Center has a package of information that we — and our caregivers — need to have. The Family Caregivers Kit is free and was put together Read more [...]

Jun 30

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH By Keith Roach, M.D.—Cut the Nerve, End the Pain?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 85 and in fairly good health, but I am in my ninth year of extremely painful post-herpetic neuralgia. Instead of diminishing, the pain is increasing. It could be that the gabapentin (600 mg, three times daily) is wearing off. I tried Read more [...]

Jun 29

Sunday Bible Time for June 29, 2014

  BIBLE TRIVIA by Wilson Casey 1. Is the book of Amos in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Exodus 16, what wilderness did the Israelites come unto between Elim and Sinai? Nod, Lot, Dan, Sin 3. In a letter to Christians at Corinth, Read more [...]

Jun 29

Sunday Comics for June 29, 2014

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Jun 29

Poem of the Day: To Shakespeare By Frances Anne Kemble

Oft, when my lips I open to rehearse Thy wondrous spell of wisdom, and of power, And that my voice, and thy immortal verse, On listening ears, and hearts, I mingled pour, I shrink dismayed-and awful doth appear The vain presumption of my Read more [...]

Jun 28

Obama is ready to mobilize Cochran, his new gun control patsy

BY DANA CRISWELL – June 27, 2014 Mississippi Gun News President Obama has not taken long to signal just how Thad Cochran will repay the debt for the quarter million dollar campaign donation from anti-gun Michael Bloomberg.  A renewed push for Read more [...]

Jun 28

Brooks County Ranchers Worry About Criminal Immigrants

Source:  KRGV FALFURRIAS - Sex offenders, murder suspects and gang members are making their way through the vast rangelands of Brooks County. The Vickers ranch is one of the many land spreads affected by the surge in illegal immigration. Read more [...]

Jun 28

Political Cartoons for June 28, 2014

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Jun 28

Hocus—Focus for June 28, 2014

Jun 27

SCOTUS Upholds Constitution in Three Cases by Tom Darby

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled police may not search the cell phones of people they arrest without first getting a search warrant. The Obama administration and the states of California and Massachusetts, defending the cell phone searches, said cell Read more [...]

Jun 27

Why Does the GOP Think it Can Win by Being Defensive? By Alex Scipio

The constant defensiveness of the GOP does not go un-remarked in this blog (examples here and here.)  This defensiveness, this refusal to go on offense against a statist Democrat Party, is in large part why we continue to lose elections – and Liberty Read more [...]

Jun 27

Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales: Obamacare and Marriage Advice by Chasidy Hathorn

Hey, y’all! I’m so sorry about not sitting a spell with y’all last week, but I was in the hometown attending a funeral. It was bittersweet. Seeing family and friends was great, but seeing them under such sad circumstances was not so great. Deep Read more [...]

Jun 27

VETERANS POST by Freddy Groves: VA Health-Care Fixes

It was a depressing moment when I read a news release from the Department of Veterans Affairs that disclosed one of the steps being taken to fix the scheduling debacle. It hosted an Industry Day to meet with tech vendors about scheduling-system acquisitions. Read more [...]

Jun 27

THIS IS A HAMMER By Samantha Mazzotta: Outdoor Pest Control

Q: Some kind of animal — I’m not sure if it’s a deer or a rabbit or what — is nibbling away the leaves on many of my plants in the yard and garden. What’s the best way to keep these critters out of my yard? — A Reader, via email A: Wildlife often Read …

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Jun 26

How the GOP Beat the Tea Party in Mississippi by Tom Darby

A poll conducted by WPA Research, between June 9th to June 10th, showed Mississippi state Senator Chris McDaniel up eight points, outside the margin of error of 4.4 percent, over Senator Thad Cochran a little less than a week from Tuesday’s runoff election. The Read more [...]

Jun 26

Great Powers and Civilization by Alex Scipio

Great Powers are those nations that throughout history have shown themselves both able and willing to order the population of the globe by slicing and dicing territory and nations to their desired ends, or by keeping the peace through treaties and trade, Read more [...]

Jun 26

Posing As An Adult: A Synopsis of Emily By Emily Gaither

I realized last week that it had been six months to the day that I moved out of my house and moved into my apartment as a swinging, single bachelorette. I think I might be letting down the legacy of the swinging, single bachelorettes that forged the previous Read more [...]

Jun 26

SENIOR NEWS LINE by Matilda Charles: Why Join AARP?

At some point in our lives, we will get an invitation to join AARP, the organization for seniors. This likely will coincide with our 50th birthday, a point many of us don’t want to acknowledge. The AARP mail is ignored, maybe for a week, maybe for 10 Read more [...]

Jun 26

PAW’S CORNER By Sam Mazzotta: Why Does Cat Keep Hiding in Closet?

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I cannot keep my cat “Jess” out of the closet! Even though I keep the sliding doors closed, as soon as I open them to get something, she jumps right in and hides in the very back corner. How can I stop this? — Frustrated in Fresno DEAR Read more [...]

Jun 25

The IRS Scandal Continues to Grow and Grow by Tom Darby

Even as Congressman Paul Ryan ripped into IRS Commissioner John Koskinen during an appearance before Congress last Friday for not being forthcoming, the Commissioner failed to mention how the agency used the services of an email archiving company, even Read more [...]

Jun 25

DOLLARS AND SENSE BY David Uffington: Staging Your Home for Faster Sale

If you’re ready to sell your home, you have lots of competition. Staging can go a long way toward making your home stand out, resulting in a faster sale at the price you want. Before you put your home on the market, ask your real-estate agent for suggestions. Read more [...]

Jun 25

The Adventures of the VIP: Local Fashion Advantage 2014 with NYC Fashion Designer Hilton Hollis

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The VIP attends the second-annual Local Fashion Advantage in Carthage, Mississippi! Do y’all remember when the VIP attended the first ever LFA? Fix yourself a glass of sweet tea and refresh your memory here. Oh, Read more [...]

Jun 25

NOW HERE’S A TIP By JoAnn Derson

¥ “The best way to get a bloodstain out of clothing is by dousing the stain with hydrogen peroxide and washing as usual. For clay stains, you absolutely must have a Fels-Naptha bar. It looks like a bar of soap, and you wet the material and rub in the Read more [...]

Jun 25

United Way Begins Summer Fan Drive

COLUMBUS, Miss.  – Temperatures are already beginning to rise in Northeast Mississippi. Most of us adjust our thermostats to cool off, but some residents of Lowndes County do not have that luxury. To assist them, United Way of Lowndes County has teamed Read more [...]

Jun 24

Obama’s Manufactured Humanitarian Crisis by Tom Darby

A federal judge says putting fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border may be discriminatory. The 2006 federal law orders the construction of fencing or a wall along the most vulnerable portions of the nearly 2,000-mile southern border. Judge Beryl Read more [...]

Jun 24

Questions for Democrat Candidates for Office by Alex Scipio

In debates, speeches, town halls or other candidate forums, Democrat candidates must be asked serious questions that don’t provide wiggle-room. THEY work for US when elected. Here are ten questions I’d like to hear asked of and answered by Democrats without Read more [...]

Jun 24

Garden in the City by Jeanie French

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Many city dwellers would like to grow more of their own food but aren’t sure how to begin.  For three years, I grew tomatoes and herbs in pots on apartment terraces in Las Vegas, which is one of the most challenging climates for growing I’ve ever Read more [...]

Jun 24

THE RICH LOWRY COLUMN By Rich Lowry—Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Man

Frederick Douglass gave one of the great July Fourth orations in American history. Speaking in Rochester, N.Y., in 1852, he hailed the accomplishments and ideals of the Founders, before denouncing the nation’s departures from the faith of the Declaration Read more [...]

Jun 24

Political Cartoon for June 24, 2014

Jun 24

COLLECTING By Larry Cox—Vintage Fans

Q: I grew up in West Texas before the era of air conditioning. We had electric fans scattered throughout our house to help us survive the summer heat. I still have three of them, all from the 1930s and ’40s. Are they considered collectible? — Sue Beth, Read more [...]

Jun 23

Harry Reid’s Money Woes by Tom Darby

Senator Harry Reid is fixated with the Koch brothers. It’s hard to describe the nonstop onslaught against the billionaire brothers especially when he goes on tirades like this: “The Koch brothers and other moneyed interests are influencing the Read more [...]

Jun 23

IRAQ: TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT by Alex Scipio

Too many people think stuff is more complex than it is. This allows them the conceit that only serious, detailed and “nuanced” approaches can be undertaken. Usually THEIR serious, detailed and “nuanced” approaches, interestingly enough, approaches informed Read more [...]

Jun 23

TRIVIA TEST By Fifi Rodriguez

1. GEOGRAPHY: What kind of creatures were the Canary Islands named for? 2. FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: Who once said, “There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you”? 3. MOVIES: In which movie was the following line Read more [...]

Jun 23

STRANGE BUT TRUE by Samantha Weaver

¥ It was Martin Luther King Jr. who made the following sage observation: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ¥ If you head up to the top floor of the U.S. Supreme Court building, you’ll find Read more [...]

Jun 22

Sunday Bible Time for June 22, 2014

  BIBLE TRIVIA by Wilson Casey 1. Is the book of Ahijah in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. Which book may be summarized, “Yes, salvation is by faith, but faith without action is useless”? Romans, Titus, James, Jude 3. Who platted Read more [...]

Jun 22

Sunday Comics for June 22, 2014

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Jun 22

Play Better Golf with Jack Nicklaus for June 22, 2014

Jun 21

RUSSIA REIGNITES THE PROXY WAR: PUTIN OFFERS “COMPLETE SUPPORT” TO IRAQ PRIME MINISTER SCORNED BY OBAMA

Because clearly one can’t have a global proxy war without China, and certainly without Russia   by ZERO HEDGE    Info Wars Two days ago, before it was formalized that the US tacitly, if not explicitly, now supports the removal of the Read more [...]

Jun 21

Approval of Obama’s Handling of Immigration Falls to 31%

Americans’ approval falls eight percentage points since August by Justin McCarthy   Gallup WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ approval of President Barack Obama’s handling of immigration has dropped to 31%, one of the lowest readings since Read more [...]

Jun 21

Area Events at Baptist Golden Triangle for July

CPR Classes are offered at Baptist Golden Triangle twice each month, at 6 p.m., in the Patient Tower. Classes will be held July 7 and July 21. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Education Department at (662) 244-2498 or 800-544-8762, ext. 2498 or Read more [...]

Jun 21

Mississippians Need to Prepare Now for Hurricanes

JACKSON, Miss., Friday, June 20, 2014 – Hurricanes are strong storms that cause life and property threatening hazards such a flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes. The American Red Cross urges everyone to update their family evacuation plan, Read more [...]

Jun 21

Brooking to Head Student Success Center at The W

COLUMBUS, Miss. – Dr. David Brooking has been named to lead Mississippi University for Women’s Student Success Center, which will focus on retaining and graduating students. The center, which will be fully staffed and centrally located on campus, Read more [...]

Jun 21

Political Cartoons for June 21, 2014

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Jun 21

Hocus—Focus for June 21, 2014

Jun 21

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH By Keith Roach, M.D.—Not All Back Pain Improves With Rest

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have had lower-back problems almost all my life. Many doctors and therapists have examined it, with almost no success. Recently my attacks have been fewer and milder, even if the bed is not quite right. I can live with it, but a new Read more [...]

Jun 21

Poem of the Day: To America by James Weldon Johnson

  How would you have us, as we are? Or sinking ‘neath the load we bear? Our eyes fixed forward on a star? Or gazing empty at despair?   Rising or falling? Men or things? With dragging pace or footsteps fleet? Strong, Read more [...]

Jun 20

Obama, Pena Nieto discuss U.S. influx of Central American minors

By Mark Felsenthal   Reuters/Yahoo News WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama spoke on Thursday with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto about a strategy to deal with a flood of children coming from Central America to the United States, the Read more [...]

Jun 20

Gallup: Public Confidence in TV News at All-Time Low

By Michael W. Chapman   cnsnews (CNSNews.com) – Public confidence in television news is at an all-time low, according to a survey released today by Gallup. Only 18 percent of the Americans surveyed expressed either a “great deal” or “quite Read more [...]

Jun 20

The Debate over WMD’s in Iraq Continues by Tom Darby

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly confronted former Vice President Dick Cheney after he and his daughter, Liz, published an op-ed blasting President Barack Obama over his handling of Iraq. The pair wrote in The Wall Street Journal that “rarely” has a president ever Read more [...]

Jun 20

Yankee Stadium, the “House that Ruth Built”, is now gone. A requiem (2008) by Dick Mahoney

What the Red Sox-Yankee rivalry means to me: Watching the final game at Yankee Stadium on 9/21/08 brought back a flood of memories, especially as I watched the excellent pre-game ceremonies. As each former Yankee was introduced, childhood games at Read more [...]

Jun 20

VETERANS POST by Freddy Groves: Getting Quicker Appointments

Since the appointment scheduling/delayed care debacle hit the news, “steps” are being taken to fix the problems. If you need care, there are a few options. Accelerating Care Initiative — Clinics will expand to include night and weekend hours, with Read more [...]

Jun 20

THIS IS A HAMMER By Samantha Mazzotta: Safe Edging Using a String Trimmer

Q: I don’t have a lot of experience with yard work, but I’m trying to save money by doing much of it myself. I’ve figured out lawn mowing, but how can I get the edges trimmed? I don’t want to buy an expensive edger. — Sarah in Mobile, Ala. A: A string Read more [...]

Jun 20

Poem of the Day: Love in the Morning by Annie Finch

  Morning’s a new bird stirring against me out of a quiet nest, coming to flight-   quick-changing, slow-nodding, breath-filling body,   life-holding, waiting, clean as clear water,   warmth-given, fire-driven kindling Read more [...]

Jun 19

The Weakness of the U.S. Power Grid by Tom Darby

Last Tuesday, the country of Yemen suffered a total blackout after al-Qaeda sabotaged key power lines in the eastern province of Marib. The power lines were attacked twice the day before. The attack brings to mind one in which several transformers were Read more [...]

Jun 19

Article 2, the Commander In Chief and Going to War by Alex Scipio

An intriguing column addresses the original intent of requiring a Congressional Declaration of War, but it does not address what really is the central question: the definition of “war.” Is “war” simply “combat” which is how it currently seems to Read more [...]

Jun 19

Robotics And Ethics–The Smart Car by Ron Parlato

Google’s self-driving car will be roadworthy by the end of this year, and it is revolutionary.  We have known that the day would come when human drivers would be replaced, but perhaps not too soon.  The automated car will reduce accidents, improve Read more [...]

Jun 19

Posing As An Adult—Dating: Not for the Faint of Heart By Emily Gaither

From the time I was 15 until the time I was 22, I was always in a relationship. A couple of those were repeaters, even; I’ve never been very good at saying goodbye. I truly had no real idea of what it was like to just “be,” alone, until my early Read more [...]

Jun 19

Political Cartoons for June 19, 2014

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Jun 19

Fenway Park Celebrates 100 Years by Dick Mahoney

On April 20, 1912, Boston’s Fenway Park officially opened with a 7-6, 11 inning win over the New York Highlanders.  The Highlanders would become the New York Yankees in 1913, but even then there was something special about the Boston-New York rivalry. Read more [...]

Jun 19

SENIOR NEWS LINE by Matilda Charles: Negative Social Interactions

Health Psychology journal recently published a study update that looked at the role of negative social interactions in hypertension. Negative interactions? By that, the authors meant “exchanges or behaviors that involve excessive demands, criticism, disappointment Read more [...]

Jun 19

PAWS CORNER by Sam Mazzotta: Why Train Dogs to “Stay”?

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I understand why I should train a dog to “sit” or “come,” but why do training books always want you to teach them to “stay”? Doesn’t telling them to sit mean the dog should stay there? — Peter L., via email DEAR PETER: “Stay” is Read more [...]

Jun 19

Poem of the Day: Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas, 1914 – 1953

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do Read more [...]

Jun 18

The Adventures of the VIP: Celebrating Two Years of Fun, Fabulousness, & Adventures By: Abby Hathorn

Hello, VIP readers, and welcome back to The Adventures of the VIP! Before I get distracted with unpacking and doing laundry from my last adventure, I have something very special to share with y’all. Can y’all guess what it is? Hm….think think think….Okay—here’s Read more [...]

Jun 18

Do Democrats REALLY Want to Win in 2016? by Alex Scipio

I’ve spent a career in tech sales. Every so often an RFP comes along you really want your competitor to win: It is just too onerous and restricted to make a profit – let the other guy lose his shirt on it. Obama has energized the Democrat Far Left Read more [...]

Jun 18

The New Progressive Target: Veterans by Tom Darby

In 2009 the Department of Homeland Security, through its Office of Intelligence and Analysis published a report titled “Rightwing Extremism.” The report states that ultra conservatives form the biggest threat to the security and safety to the United Read more [...]

Jun 18

DOLLARS AND SENSE BY David Uffington: 10 Ways to Protect Your Money, Identity

With the ever-increasing number of scams and ID thefts, a periodic review of how we protect ourselves is a good idea. A recent issue of the FDIC Consumer News outlines 10 ways to guard our personal information and money. 1) If it sounds too good to Read more [...]

Jun 18

NOW HERE’S A TIP By JoAnn Derson

¥ Add a cinnamon stick or softener sheet to your vacuum bag when you change it. As you clean, you will distribute the good smell throughout your home. ¥ To ripen a green tomato, wrap it in a sheet of newspaper or place it in a paper bag. It can then Read more [...]

Jun 18

BOOKS — Recommended Reading— The Pickled Piper” by Mary Ellen Hughes & “Death on Eat Street” by JJ Cook

The Pickled Piper” by Mary Ellen Hughes “Death on Eat Street” by JJ Cook (Berkley Prime Crime, $7.99 each) Reviewed by Ealish Waddell Sometimes there’s nothing as tasty as a good cozy mystery, and two recent food-themed titles offer Read more [...]

Jun 18

Poem of the Day: With Passing Wonder I Notice the Tracks of an Animal by David Biespiel

  It comes out of the language of nothing I recognize Though it is something in you, at least as I keep looking at you   And you turn back to me. I ought to have guessed From the simple order of the tracks that you knew Without Read more [...]

Jun 17

Polls: Americans Call WH ‘Dishonest’ on Benghazi, Oppose Closing Gitmo

Guy Benson     Townhall.com President Obama’s job approval and favorability ratings have sustained a nasty beating in recent days, with a trifecta of polls released last week reflecting record lows on the latter measure. Now, fresh numbers on Read more [...]

Jun 17

House Steps Up IRS Probe Over Missing E-mails

Gregory Korte and Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY   WASHINGTON — House Republicans stepped up their investigation of the Internal Revenue Service on Monday after the tax agency said it lost copies of more than two years worth of e-mails at the Read more [...]

Jun 17

Obama’s Gun Control through Executive Order by Tom Darby

Last week, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, “The president’s goal is to look for opportunities to act administratively, unilaterally using his executive authority to try to make our communities safer.” This followed a question and Read more [...]

Jun 17

Political Cartoons for June 17, 2014

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Jun 17

THE RICH LOWRY COLUMN By Rich Lowry: Math Is Math

For people who use the word “science” as a bludgeon and trumpet their strict commitment to fact and reason, the Obama administration and its supporters are strangely incapable of rational analysis of new climate-change regulations. President Barack Read more [...]

Jun 17

COLLECTING By Larry Cox: Early Paperbacks

Q: Several years ago I began collecting early paperback novels. Most had cover prices of about 25 cents and included Western, detective and science fiction. I was attracted mostly by the covers, which could be quite lurid. I now have about 200 paperbacks, Read more [...]

Jun 17

Poem of the Day: Life’s Ironies by Jane Miller

  Life’s ironies irritate my afternoon hours like wool. One, I’m in a foreign country in my own head; two, I’m sometimes lonely living with two women; three, people are having sex in shop windows but we haven’t made love in weeks; four, the more Read more [...]

Jun 16

Q&A: What You Need to Know About ISIS in Iraq

Kelsey Harkness / @kelseyjharkness  The Daily Signal Four letters are topping headlines around the world: ISIS. Pinned at the center of the crisis in Iraq, it’s hard to read or watch the news without hearing the name. Despite shaking Read more [...]

Jun 16

Schools Demand Control Even at Senior Graduations By Tom Darby

He’s a successful student, yet his high school administration refused to allow him to speak openly about his faith at his graduation. Yet that didn’t stop California’s Brawley Union High School senior Brook Hamby. “In coming before you today, Read more [...]

Jun 16

Seconds before the slaughter: Global horror at images of Iraqi army deserters who were rounded up at gunpoint

By DAMIEN GAYLE      Daily Mail   Islamist militants in Iraq have boasted of slaughtering dozens of Iraqi soldiers captured in the fighting which has consumed the country in recent days. Pictures posted on a militant website appear to show Read more [...]

Jun 16

Must 2014 be 1914 Redux? by Alex Scipio

                This is, “http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/america-stay-out-iraq-10662, “ an excellent commentary worthy of reading & understanding. But it is a broader Read more [...]

Jun 16

STRANGE BUT TRUE by Samantha Weaver

¥ It was novelist Tom Clancy who made the following sage observation: “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.” ¥ Charlie Chan, the fictional Honolulu detective, was created in 1919 by novelist Earl Derr Biggers. The Read more [...]

Jun 16

Birmingham’s Rickwood “Classic” and a “Small World” Story by Dick Mahoney

Originally Printed on May 23, 2013 For a special treat for baseball fans, I recommend the “Rickwood Classic”, at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama.  This year’s Classic, the 17th overall, will be played on May 30, at 12:30 P.M. between Read more [...]

Jun 16

TRIVIA TEST By Fifi Rodriguez

1. TELEVISION: Which television sitcom was set at the Stratford Inn? 2. GEOGRAPHY: Where is the Bay of Fundy? 3. SCIENCE: How much faster does sound travel in water than in air? 4. MATH: What is the origin of the word “zero”? 5. ENTERTAINERS: Read more [...]

Jun 16

Poem of the Day: What Are They Doing in the Next Room by Bruce Smith

  Are they unmaking everything? Are they tuning the world sitar? Are they taking an ice pick to being? Are they enduring freedom in Kandahar?   Sounds, at this distance, like field hollers, sounds like they’ll be needing Read more [...]

Jun 15

Lynyrd Skynyrd – God & Guns

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Jun 15

Happy Father’s Day

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Jun 15

Sunday Bible Time for June 15, 2014

  BIBLE TRIVIA by Wilson Casey 1. Is the book of Lamentations in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. Which book may be summarized, “It really is true, Jesus Christ is God Himself”? Matthew, Mark, Luke, John 3. In Esther 2:17, Esther Read more [...]

Jun 15

Sunday Comics for June 15, 2014

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Jun 15

Play Better Golf with Jack Nicklaus for June 15, 2014

Jun 15

Poem of the Day: My Father’s Hat by Mark Irwin

Sunday mornings I would reach high into his dark closet while standing on a chair and tiptoeing reach higher, touching, sometimes fumbling the soft crowns and imagine I was in a forest, wind hymning through pines, where the musky scent of Read more [...]

Jun 14

For Flag Day: Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance

Jun 14

Political Cartoons for June 14, 2014

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Jun 14

Hocus—Focus for June 14, 2014

Jun 14

Columbus Air Force Base News for June 14, 2014

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Jun 14

EMCC PRESENTS PATHWAYS, PROGRAMS IN WEST POINT

WEST POINT – There is more than one way to obtain the skills employers want. And East Mississippi Community College’s Manufacturing Technology and Engineering team was in West Point last night to present the various pathways to those skills. “We’ve Read more [...]

Jun 14

March of Dimes Recognizes Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle’s Top Mother/Baby Care

COLUMBUS, Miss., June 12, 2014 – Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle has been named as a top hospital for delivery care by the March of Dimes. The recognition is for being among the leading hospitals nationally to reduce the number of elective Read more [...]

Jun 14

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH By Keith Roach, M.D.—Careful Diet Vital for All Diabetics

DEAR DR. ROACH: Can you tell me why there is so much emphasis on small portions for diabetics or prediabetics? If you are watching carbs and are extremely underweight, is there still a reason to limit portion sizes? — C. ANSWER: The majority of people Read more [...]

Jun 14

Poem of the Day: Christabel BY SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE

PART I ‘Tis the middle of night by the castle clock, And the owls have awakened the crowing cock; Tu—whit! Tu—whoo! And hark, again! the crowing cock, How drowsily it crew. Sir Leoline, the Baron rich, Hath a toothless mastiff bitch; From Read more [...]

Jun 13

Remind me: WHY did we invade Iraq? By Alex Scipio

Watching Baghdad fall I am intrigued by those still justifying the Bush invasion. Mostly at this point by arguing Saddam had to go. Really? Why? Saddam was a brutal thug. He was NOT a religious nut. He kept Al Qaeda types away from power mostly by Read more [...]

Jun 13

King Crossword for June 13, 2014

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Jun 13

MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL CITY OF COLUMBUS, MS—JUNE 17, 2014

We encourage all citizens of Columbus to attend this meeting of the Columbus City Council, which will be held at the Columbus Municipal Complex (1501 Main Street), and which will begin at 5 p.m.           Read more [...]

Jun 13

Nevada Called ‘Police State,’ During Illegal Seizure by Tom Darby

If someone with a gun stops you and takes your money, you would you call the police. But what if the person taking your money also has a badge? California resident Tan Nguyen won $60,000 from a Las Vegas casino. On his way back home, Humboldt County Read more [...]

Jun 13

Teacher Performance–Shape Up Or Ship Out by Ron Parlato

A Superior Court judge in California recently struck down teacher tenure and thus struck a blow against venal, irresponsible unions and provided a long-overdue victory for parents who want and deserve a quality public school education.  The tenure Read more [...]

Jun 13

Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales: Fence Weaving and Painting by Chasidy Hathorn

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living! Today on the blog we are going to chat about the fence project at the new house and take a peek inside my mudroom, which is a work in progress…but then again…my entire house is a work in progress! Sweet Read more [...]

Jun 13

Columbus Air Force Base News

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Jun 13

SPECIAL MEETING THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL CITY OF COLUMBUS, MS JUNE 16, 2014 2:30 P.M.

The meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m., Monday, June 16, 2014, in the Conference Room of City Hall, located at 523 Main Street, Columbus, MS, as Ordered by the Mayor and City Council.   Read more [...]

Jun 13

VETERANS POST by Freddy Groves: Women Veterans React Differently to TBI

Treatment of veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury has been difficult because of the many symptoms that the illness presents. Now add another barrier … there are differences in symptoms between men and women. Women veterans with TBI suffer from chronic Read more [...]

Jun 13

A Reflection: Spring Training’s Ever Changing Atmosphere by Dick Mahoney

Each year, with the approach of spring training, I reflect on the time period from 1978-2003, a 25-year span that will be forever young and vivid in my memory.  I think of the rich experiences I have derived from those visits to the various sites Read more [...]

Jun 13

THIS IS A HAMMER By Samantha Mazzotta: One-Sided Windows Won’t Come Clean

Q: I clean my apartment windows every week, but I can’t clean the outside. If I lift the window and reach around outside, I can just get the bottom part of the window. We’re in an upstairs unit, so I can’t reach them from outside. Any solutions? — Frustrated Read more [...]

Jun 13

Poem of the Day: The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, 1809 – 1849

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore — While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. “ ’Tis Read more [...]

Jun 12

Breaking News: 14TH FLYING TRAINING WING COMMANDER SELECTED FOR NEW ASSIGNMENT

  COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – The commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing has been selected for his next assignment following his two-year tour here.After two years leading the 14th FTW, Col. Jim Sears will pass command to Col. Read more [...]

Jun 12

Lowndes County Board Of Supervisors Meeting Agenda For June 13, 2014

We encourage all citizens of Lowndes County to attend this meeting of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, which will be held at the Lowndes County Courthouse (205 2nd Avenue North), and which will begin at 9 a.m. Read more [...]

Jun 12

The Ramifications of Being Just a ‘Shareholder’ by Tom Darby

As a writer, I’m constantly at odds with how certain words are misused in the media, by politicians, organizations and individuals. One of those words that give me pause each time I hear it is ‘stakeholder.’ Recently I read a posting from a Read more [...]

Jun 12

Boehner – Close the Bank by Alex Scipio

On the off-chance that exists that Cantor is – belatedly – learning how the game is played, I doubt that the GOP hierarchy gets it yet. It has seemed for two decades that the GOP establishment has an ingrained inferiority complex; that being in the Read more [...]

Jun 12

Posing As An Adult: After While, Crocodile by Emily Gaither

So, the first part of this is going to make me sound like a terrible person. I hate Father’s Day. There, now that you’re shocked and disgusted with me, let me explain. Since my father died four years ago, I’ve developed an aversion to all things Read more [...]

Jun 12

New Law Names Aberdeen Lock and Dam for Don Waldon, Former Tenn-Tom Administrator

Columbus, MS – The U.S. Congress has recognized Don Waldon, a former Administrator of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority, and a long-time proponent of the waterway by renaming one of its locks and dams in his honor.  The legislation Read more [...]

Jun 12

CAFB: SECURITY FORCES CONDUCTS FIELD SOBRIETY TRAINING ALONGSIDE STARKVILLE POLICE

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Jun 12

Political Cartoon for June 12, 2014

Jun 12

SENIOR NEWS LINE by Matilda Charles: Keep Your Cool

Everyone needs to take steps to stay safe in hot weather, but seniors especially need to be careful. Our internal “temperature gauge” doesn’t work the way it used to, and becoming overheated can sneak up on us, with dehydration right on its heels. Here Read more [...]

Jun 12

The Legacy of John Michael Paveskovich: Sept. 27, 1919 – Aug. 13, 2012 by Dick Mahoney

The dash between those two dates represents a life well-lived and well-loved by generations of baseball fans in New England and beyond. His death, at age 92, marks the passing of a Red Sox legend. Numerous tributes, even from Yankees fans, poured in for Read more [...]

Jun 12

PAW’S CORNER By Sam Mazzotta: 6-Year-Old Wants to Train Elephants

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My 6-year-old son, after a class trip to the circus, has informed me that he wants to be an elephant trainer when he grows up. I’m personally against keeping any animal in captivity, particularly endangered elephants, and certainly Read more [...]

Jun 12

Poem of the Day: Kubla Khan BY SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE

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or, a vision in a dream. A Fragment.    In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. So twice five miles of fertile Read more [...]

Jun 11

Common Core and Teacher’s Tenure Take a Drubbing by Tom Darby

Last Thursday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed into law a bill making her state the third to drop the Common Core standards. Instead of using Common Core for the short-term while forming new standards, the state will immediately revert back Read more [...]

Jun 11

Abby In the City: Blue Plum Fun & Reviving My Adventures By Abby Hathorn

Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to “Abby in the City”! Have you been on any good adventures lately? Attended a fun festival? Explored your own city? Enjoyed a local concert? Well, I did all three of those things this weekend – and more – at the Read more [...]

Jun 11

DOLLARS AND SENSE BY David Uffington—Nightmare Scenario: Computer Data Lost

All the data on your computer is only one glitch away from being lost. Be it a hard-drive crash, virus, electrical storm or power surge, everything you have on your computer could vanish in an instant. While most newer computers have internal backup Read more [...]

Jun 11

Anderson to Become Dean of Arts & Sciences at The W

COLUMBUS, Miss. — A veteran faculty member and department chair will become the new dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Mississippi University for Women. Dr. Brian Anderson, currently professor of political science and chair of the Department Read more [...]

Jun 11

NOW HERE’S A TIP By JoAnn Derson

¥ J.D. of Massachusetts writes: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and a chamomile tea bag in a pan of medium hot water. Let cool slightly and soak feet for up to 10 minutes. Follow up with foot powder or deodorant. ¥ Cucumber is a speedy diuretic. Try snacking Read more [...]

Jun 11

BOOKS — Recommended Reading “The Fights on the Little Horn: Unveiling the Mysteries of Custer’s Last Stand”

“The Fights on the Little Horn: Unveiling the Mysteries of Custer’s Last Stand” by Gordon Harper (Casemate Books, $32.95) Reviewed by Larry Cox Gordon Harper was 20 years old and a minor-league baseball player when he mistakenly got off a Read more [...]

Jun 11

A Baseball Tragedy Revisited! What Would Shakespeare Have Written? by Dick Mahoney

Editor’s Note: Some sections of this article are intentionally italicized to differentiate between historical facts and the writer’s opinion. Prologue: In early June of 2008, I traveled with my best friend from our days at Boston College, Bill Read more [...]

Jun 11

Poem of the Day: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

  Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having Read more [...]

Jun 10

RSP NEWS June 10, 2014-A Special D-Day Story by Tom Darby

RSP NEWS June 10, 2014-A Special D-Day Story by Tom Darby   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2VNOnFCbxo Read more [...]

Jun 10

New VA Audit: 100K Vets Experience Long Waits for Care by Tom Darby

Despite President Obama being ‘madder than hell,’ the resignation of Eric Shinseki and congressional probes, the Veterans Affairs Department says more than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and Read more [...]

Jun 10

BREAK IT UP by Alex Scipio

Often I post this anecdotally, almost in passing, but I am serious: the US is too big to save. From Dodd-Frank, creating the controlling laws and regulations for American banking entirely outside the scope, purview and oversight of the ONLY body allowed Read more [...]

Jun 10

THE RICH LOWRY COLUMN By Rich Lowry: #HASHTAGIDIOCY

It takes a nearly impenetrable obtuseness to conclude that the most salient thing to know about University of California Santa Barbara killer Elliot Rodger is that he was a white male who didn’t like women. Yet many liberal commentators have managed Read more [...]

Jun 10

Political Cartoons for June 10, 2014

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Jun 10

EMCC BENEFITS FROM AMERICORPS VISIT FOR SECOND YEAR

SCOOBA – For the second year in a row, an AmeriCorps NCCC team worked hard to make improvements at East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus. The six-person team from the National Civilian Community Corps arrived in Scooba May 20 and Read more [...]

Jun 10

Baptist Board Member Selected Hospital Association Trustee of the Year

POINT CLEAR, Ala., June 5, 2014 – Columbus businessman and Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle board member Allen Puckett has been selected Distinguished Hospital Trustee of the Year by the Mississippi Hospital Association. Puckett Read more [...]

Jun 10

MOMENTS IN TIME: The History Channel

¥ On June 27, 1939, one of the most famous scenes in movie history is filmed — Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara parting in “Gone With the Wind.” The scene also was shot using an alternate line, “Frankly, my dear, I just don’t care,” in case the film Read more [...]

Jun 10

COLLECTING By Larry Cox

Paint Cans Q: My uncle was a professional house painter and saved cans from some of his jobs, especially if the paint brand was rare or unusual. I am helping his family downsize, and we now face the decision of what to do with about three dozen cans. Read more [...]

Jun 10

Poem of the Day: A Dream by William Blake

  Once a dream did weave a shade O’er my angel-guarded bed, That an emmet lost its way Where on grass methought I lay. Troubled, wildered, and forlorn, Dark, benighted, travel-worn, Over many a tangle spray, All heart-broke, Read more [...]

Jun 09

SPECIAL MEETING THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL CITY OF COLUMBUS, MS JUNE 10, 2014 1:30 P.M.

The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in the Old Courtroom of City Hall, located at 523 Main Street, Columbus, MS, as Ordered by the Mayor and City Council. Read more [...]

Jun 09

Nevada Senator Warns Administration Over Land-grab by Tom Darby

The battle over Nevada’s public land continues. Senator Dean Heller is warning the Obama administration against designating the Gold Butte region of Clark County as a national monument. Gold Butte is the same area where Cliven Bundy and the Bureau Read more [...]

Jun 09

RSPNews June 9, 2014—A Wild “Life” Story by Tom Darby

RSPNews June 9, 2014—A Wild “Life” Story by Tom Darby   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3asmEDmmBlc Read more [...]

Jun 09

TRIVIA TEST By Fifi Rodriguez

1. HISTORY: Who was the United States’ first chief justice of the Supreme Court? 2. U.S. STATES: Which state would you hail from if you were called a “Tar Heel”? 3. MEDICINE: What is the common name for the medical condition called epistaxis? 4. Read more [...]

Jun 09

STRANGE BUT TRUE by Samantha Weaver

¥ It was American writer and philosopher Elbert Hubbard who made the following sage observation: “Many a man’s reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.” ¥ You probably know that the king cobra is one of the deadliest snakes: Read more [...]

Jun 09

Cash for College Textbooks!

Cash for college textbooks!   I am looking for current (non-custom edition) college textbooks and unused access codes. Do you need cash for the summer??   Contact Connie— 662.574.4254  (call or text) Read more [...]

Jun 09

Poem of the Day: Edgar Allan Poe—A Dream Within a Dream

Jun 08

No Evidence of ‘Credible Threat’ to Bergdahl: Feinstein

By Kathleen Hunter     Bloomberg The Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman said she’s not convinced there was a “credible threat” against the life of freed Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl that motivated the White House to keep its plans secret. “I Read more [...]

Jun 08

Sunday Bible Time for June 8, 2014

  BIBLE TRIVIA by Wilson Casey 1. Is the book of Miriam in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. Which book may be summarized as, “Bad times do not change the nature of God”? Judges, Job, Jeremiah, Jonah 3. From 2 Chronicles 9:11, Read more [...]

Jun 08

Sunday Comics for June 8, 2014

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Jun 08

Play Better Golf with Jack Nicklaus for June 8, 2014

Jun 07

Political Cartoons for June 7, 2014

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Jun 07

Hocus—Focus for June 7, 2014

Jun 07

EMCC BREAKS GROUND FOR NEW STUDENT UNION IN MAYHEW

MAYHEW – Dr. Paul Miller, vice president of East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus, was a busy man Friday as his team managed five simultaneous events. The first week of Camp AMP, which teaches students in middle and high Read more [...]

Jun 07

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH By Keith Roach, M.D.: Key Signs Indicate Legionella Bacteria

DEAR DR. ROACH: I became extremely sick and was taken to the hospital. My physician thought I had regular pneumonia. I was so dehydrated that they couldn’t find a vein. I was intubated and had trouble getting enough oxygen. I had dialysis. My family was Read more [...]

Jun 07

Poem of the Day: My Brook by Helen Hay Whitney

  Earth holds no sweeter secret anywhere Than this my brook, that lisps along the green Of mossy channels, where slim birch trees lean Like tall pale ladies, whose delicious hair, Lures and invites the kiss of wanton air. The smooth Read more [...]

Jun 06

RSPNews June 6, 2014—D-Day Edition by Tom Darby

RSPNews June 6, 2014—D-Day Edition by Tom Darby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpCEb7I67i8 Read more [...]

Jun 06

Russia Continues to Provoke; U.S. Continues to Cave by Tom Darby

“On the afternoon of April 23, a U.S. Air Force RC-135U flying in international airspace on a routine mission over the sea of Okhotsk was intercepted by a single Russian Su-27 Flanker,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said. “The Read more [...]

Jun 06

Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales: Slender Man and Puppies Saved by Grace By Chasidy Hathorn

I make no apologies for being clean, neat, and organized. Those “e-cards” that make excuses for messy houses, dirty dishes, and unfolded laundry are plain nonsense. At the end of the day, it is a choice. One chooses to watch TV over folding clothes, Read more [...]

Jun 06

The Federal Reserve Explained In 7 Minutes

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Jun 06

War and Reality by Alex Scipio

Wars are won only by inducing inconvenience to an enemy (American Revolution, War of 1812, Vietnam, etc.) or by destroying the enemy (Civil War, WWII). Creating a cease fire every other week, worrying about disarming – rather than utterly destroying Read more [...]

Jun 06

RSPNews for June 6, 2014—Westboro Baptist Church by Tom Darby

RSPNews for June 6, 2014—Westboro Baptist Church:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDC0eRYA9Tk Read more [...]

Jun 06

Baptist Golden Triangle Receives Heart Association Award

Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Receiving Center – Silver Plus Level Recognition Award. The award is based on how well the hospital met certain Mission Lifeline compliance Read more [...]

Jun 06

VETERANS POST by Freddy Groves: New VA Health Program Draws Praise from Vets

The spotlight on delayed medical care at a number of Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers has overshadowed some recent good news about the VA’s PACT program, its method of providing personalized primary care. PACT (Patient Aligned Care Teams) Read more [...]

Jun 06

THIS IS A HAMMER By Samantha Mazzotta: Funky-Smelling Porch

Q: I have an enclosed front porch that has a moisture and mildew problem. Even on days that are just humid, not rainy, the porch smells musty and mildewy. There also is a carpet across the porch floor that stays damp. If I take up the carpet, will that Read more [...]

Jun 06

Poem of the Day: My Yoko Ono Moment by David Trinidad

for Nick Twemlow It’s annoying how much junk mail comes through the slot & accumulates at the foot of the stairs   mostly menus from restaurants in the neighborhood   endlessly coming through the Read more [...]

Jun 05

RSPNEWS for June 5, 2014—Music Calms the Savage Beast by Tom Darby

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iFA7yfOSlw   RSPNews for June 4, 2014 (click) Read more [...]

Jun 05

A New Land Grab in the Land of Enchantment by Tom Darby

New Mexico has a new ‘wilderness area’ containing 500,000 acres known as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. It’s located next to the Mexican border and has five mountain ranges with prehistoric rock art and more recent historic Read more [...]

Jun 05

Radical Islamists Or Muslims–Who Are We Fighting? by Ron Parlato

I never thought badly about Islam until the Age of Terrorism.  I lived in India during the 1971 war with Pakistan, knew that the two countries had fought before, and had read the history of Partition; but never assumed that it was about religion per Read more [...]

Jun 05

Posing As An Adult: Stress and Perspective By Emily Gaither

We’re all stressed. They’ve even named a headache after it now, and if you ask almost anyone how they are, they’ll say “stressed.” It’s almost like the catch-all for conversation. It used to be “fine,” which will elicit no further response, Read more [...]

Jun 05

MS United Methodists Domestic Violence Training/Stop Hunger Now

  LEARNING AND MISSION Domestic Violence Training and Stop Hunger Now  June, 4, 2014 – Jackson, Miss. – Mississippi United Methodists will participate in learning and mis­sion workshops on Thursday, June 5, at the Jackson Convention Read more [...]

Jun 05

Political Cartoons for June 5, 2014

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Jun 05

SENIOR NEWS LINE by Matilda Charles: New Gadgets Designed With Seniors in Mind

Finally, manufacturers and retailers are paying attention to seniors! More and more of them are creating gadgets that will help us with small tasks every day. Here are a few I found online: ¥ Is it getting harder to put the key in your front door Read more [...]

Jun 05

PAW’S CORNER By Sam Mazzotta: Too Many Pets?

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Is it possible to have too many pets? My neighbor’s two children were proudly showing off their numerous house pets during their first-communion party a few days ago. They have four budgies, two rabbits, a cat, a dog and an iguana! Read more [...]

Jun 05

Poem of the Day: Flight 214 by Sally Bliumis-Dunn

  The news is still falling in our kitchen like invisible rain   as we eat the pink salmon, the lettuce, the mashed potatoes.   Because now everything glistens. The candles, the soft   folds of red Read more [...]

Jun 04

Obama’s ‘Climate Change’ Speech Leaves Army Cadets Cold by Tom Darby

There was a real chill as President Barack Obama told the Class of 2014’s United States Military Academy at West Point that fighting “climate change” will “help shape your time in uniform. “Keep in mind, not all international norms relate directly Read more [...]

Jun 04

American Foreign Policy: Ideology vs. Critical Thought by Alex Scipio

America’s establishment foreign policy figures on both sides of the aisle need to take a step back from their ideology and… THINK In the below Condi supports Russian youth wanting more liberty & opportunity. Good. Now… THINK about my next Read more [...]

Jun 04

Abby in the City—Real Media: It seems like just Yesterday… By: Abby Hathorn

Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to Abby In the City! Can you believe it? I have been writing for Real Media for almost two years. Wow! Time really does fly when you are having fun. It seems like just yesterday I was writing my first newspaper column Read more [...]

Jun 04

DOLLARS AND SENSE BY David Uffington: Home Freezers

A home freezer can be a good bargain over the long term, but buying a freezer also can be a major expense. Here are some things to consider in deciding whether having a freezer is the right move for you. Capacity: How much do you need? The rule of Read more [...]

Jun 04

NOW HERE’S A TIP By JoAnn Derson

¥ Going to the beach for your vacation? Here’s a handy hint to take great care of your swimsuit. (They get more expensive all the time!) Pack at least two suits and bring a box of baking soda. Soak suit for 15 minutes in a baking soda and water solution, Read more [...]

Jun 04

BOOKS — Recommended Reading: “The Last Dark: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant”

“The Last Dark: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant” By Stephen R. Donaldson (Penguin, $35) By Chris Richcreek Was it worth the wait? It’s a question fans often have to ask themselves when they embark upon a multiple-book fantasy series. Read more [...]

Jun 04

Poem of the Day: Stilling to North by Arthur Sze

  Just as a blue tip of a compass needle stills to north, you stare at a pencil   with sharpened point, a small soapstone bear with a tiny chunk of turquoise   tied to its back, the random pattern of straw flecked Read more [...]

Jun 03

The Progressive Playbook on ‘Caring’ by Tom Darby

President Barack Obama’s “Summit on Concussions,’ suggests another progressive president’s attempt to ‘protect players from injury.’ Theodore Roosevelt hosted a similar summit on October 9th, 1905 at the White House for coaches and other representatives Read more [...]

Jun 03

European Right Wing Parties–Not Fringe At All by Ron Parlato

Ultra-conservative parties won impressive victories in the recent elections for the European Parliament.  The UKIP party in the UK won a resounding 28 percent of the vote; the National Front in France 23 percent, and the Danish People’s Party 23 percent.  Read more [...]

Jun 03

Political Cartoons for June 3, 2014

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Jun 03

THE RICH LOWRY COLUMN—VA Health Care’s Socialist Paradise

For the left, the Department of Veterans Affairs is how health care is ideally supposed to work. No insurance companies, no private doctors, no competition — just the government and the patient. The VA is an island of socialism in American health Read more [...]

Jun 03

MOMENTS IN TIME—The History Channel

¥ On June 22, 1611, after spending a winter trapped by ice in present-day Hudson Bay in Canada, the starving crew of the Discovery mutinies against its captain, English navigator Henry Hudson, and sets him, his teenage son, and seven supporters adrift Read more [...]

Jun 03

COLLECTING By Larry Cox: Vintage Valentines

Q: During the 1950s, one of my first jobs was working at a Texaco service station in a suburb of San Antonio. I began collecting such things as oil cans, signage, maps and premiums. I have several boxes of these items in storage, and I wonder what they Read more [...]

Jun 03

Poem of the Day: The Pink Crosses by Amanda Auchter

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico   In this wild city, we are bones scattered in the valley’s grave. An apron, a white tennis shoe, a face gone missing. A mother leans over the dust   scattered in the valley’s grave. An apron around Read more [...]

Jun 02

It’s the Game, Not the Gun, the Knife or the Car by Tom Darby

It is exhaustive work, calling out the national media for its inaccurate reporting especially when it concerns the Progressive agenda. This time it’s the murders that happened on and near the University of California, Santa Barbara campus. From Read more [...]

Jun 02

Auditions for “The Glass Menagerie” were a Success

  Daniel Talley, Jennifer Beneke, and Laura Beth Berry audition at St Paul’s Episcopal Church on Sunday for the fall production of “The Glass Menagerie” produced by the Tennessee Williams Tribute Volunteer Committee  at the W Rent Auditorium Read more [...]

Jun 02

Why the Left always Destroys Jobs by Alex Scipio

I have noted before that the widely-held belief that the Left and the Right in America have the same goals is incorrect. They also define the “Middle Class” differently, which allows each to “fight for” the “Middle Class,” yet support Read more [...]

Jun 02

Why Raised Beds? by Jeanie French

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Real Media Welcomes our Newest Contributor, Jeanie French! Many people think of gardening as back-breaking work, and it can be.  I am a disabled gardener, and it has been a challenge to continue to garden as my disability (scoliosis) has progressed.  Read more [...]

Jun 02

A Request from Shaw’s Pit Bull Rescue

Shaw’s Pit Bull is a proud supporter of Real Media! Have you always wanted to help us, but don’t have the money or resources to donate? Please consider helping us by contacting companies that sell dog food or brand-name dog food companies and Read more [...]

Jun 02

TRIVIA TEST By Fifi Rodriguez

1. TELEVISION: What was Shaggy’s real name on the “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” animated series? 2. U.S. STATES: What is the only state that can be typed on a single row of a keyboard? 3. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is a young swan called? 4. PSYCHOLOGY: Read more [...]

Jun 02

STRANGE BUT TRUE by Samantha Weaver

¥ It was famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright who made the following sage observation: “Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions.” ¥ According to statisticians, about 200 people a year die while watching — not playing Read more [...]

Jun 02

Poem of the Day: Verge by Mark Doty

  A month at least before the bloom and already five bare-limbed cherries by the highway ringed in a haze of incipient fire -middle of the afternoon, a faint pink-bronze glow. Some things wear their becoming: the night we Read more [...]

Jun 01

LAPD adds drones to arsenal, says they’ll be used sparingly

The LA Times      By JOEL RUBIN The Los Angeles Police Department has acquired some eyes in the sky. On Friday, the department announced that it had acquired two “unmanned aerial vehicles” as gifts from the Seattle Police Department. The Draganflyer Read more [...]

Jun 01

Five of the Most Dangerous Taliban Commanders in U.S. Custody Exchanged for American Captive

And now for the rest of the story! From The Weekly Standard BY THOMAS JOSCELYN The Obama administration announced today that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban for several years, has been freed from his captors. Reading the stories Read more [...]

Jun 01

Sunday Bible Time for June 1, 2014

BIBLE TRIVIA by Wilson Casey 1. Is the book of Colossians in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. Which book may be summarized as, “The end of the world as we know it”? Proverbs, Ephesians, Hebrews, Revelation 3. From Acts 22, where was Paul Read more [...]

Jun 01

Sunday Comics for June 1, 2014

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Jun 01

Play Better Golf with Jack Nicklaus for June 1, 2014

Jun 01

Poem of the Day: From the Telephone by Florence Ripley Mastin

Out of the dark cup Your voice broke like a flower. It trembled, swaying on its taut stem. The caress in its touch Made my eyes close.   About This Poem “From the Telephone” was originally published in Poetry magazine in August Read more [...]

May 31

Bilderberg at 60: inside the world’s most secretive conference

If you don’t know what this is about, you should: Topics on the agenda for the three-day summit first held on 29 May 1954 will include: does privacy exist? From The Guardian by Charlie Skelton It’s been a week of celebrations for Henry Kissinger. Read more [...]

May 31

State Department confirms American suicide bomber in Syria

From Fox News: The State Department confirmed Friday that an American man named Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha launched a suicide bombing against Syrian government troops Sunday, an attack believed to be linked to an Al Qaeda-backed militant group. Spokeswoman Read more [...]

May 31

Lowndes County Board Of Supervisors Meeting Agenda For June 2, 2014

We encourage all citizens of Lowndes County to attend this meeting of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, which will be held at the Lowndes County Courthouse (205 2nd Avenue North), and which will begin at 9 a.m.   Read more [...]

May 31

Political Cartoons for May 31, 2014

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May 31

Hocus—Focus for May 31, 2014

May 31

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH By Keith Roach, M.D.—How Old Is Too Old for Colonoscopy?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 75-plus-year-old female in excellent health. My doctor’s comment on my most recent annual physical results was: “Great results on all tests. Excellent report.” My question: Is it necessary to have another colonoscopy at my age and Read more [...]

May 31

Poem of the Day: My 71st Year by Walt Whitman

 After surmounting threescore and ten, With all their chances, changes, losses, sorrows, My parents’ deaths, the vagaries of my life, the many tearing passions of me, the war of ’63 and ’4, As some old broken soldier, after a long, hot, Read more [...]

May 30

Columbus City Council Meeting Agenda For June 3, 2014

We encourage all citizens of Columbus to attend this meeting of the Columbus City Council, which will be held at the Columbus Municipal Complex (1501 Main Street), and which will begin at 5 p.m.     Read more [...]

May 30

Your Local School District — America’s Real Food Deserts by Tom Darby

First lady Michelle Obama put out a call against a Republican proposal that allows a delay in enforcing her new school lunch standards. “The last thing we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids’ health,” she complained. “Now Read more [...]

May 30

How Many More, America? by Alex Scipio

A culture is made of shared moments. Of traditions. stories around the dinner table,  campfires, traveling cross country in a car. It is these moments that make a nation from a geography. Tonight (25 MAY 2015), I watched the celebration and memorialization Read more [...]

May 30

Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales: Happy Birthday, Please Hold by Chasidy Hathorn

Today is my birthday, which means I survived to tell another tale. Take that insurance company who doesn’t want to cover my blood sugar testing supplies—I’m still here so get that appeal case moving along. *Special Note For My Insurance Company* Read more [...]

May 30

Great Oak Farm — Natural Produce Produced Nature’s Way

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Great Oak Farm Natural Produce Produced Nature’s Way The Great Oak Farm Story: Our family became tired of not knowing what we were eating with processed foods and a list of unknown chemicals. We decided that talk is cheap and sought to feed Read more [...]

May 30

VETERANS POST by Freddy Groves: Deported Veterans Can Return in Coffin Part II

Hundreds, perhaps thousands of foreign-born U.S. military veterans who have been convicted of crimes and served their time in prison have been deported, despite living legally in the U.S. since childhood. They are dumped in the country of their birth Read more [...]

May 30

THIS IS A HAMMER By Samantha Mazzotta: A Naturally Clean Home

Q: I’m making a move away from using unnecessary chemical