Fathers, brothers and sons

Ray Mosby

MEMPHIS (Tenn.)— One of the things I am most proud of, take the most satisfaction from, occurred 15 years ago this week, and like a lot of things that really matter, was noticed by practically no one.
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On judging books by covers

Ray Mosby

Until the bizarre little guy who apparently makes daily life a living hell for everyone except his family (the members of which he doesn’t have killed, that is) in North Korea moved up several notches on the nuts with nukes nightmare hierarchy, there was pretty much unanimous agreement that Iran was at the top of that potential radicals with radiation rating.
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Do yourself a favor

Ray Mosby

ROLLING FORK—There are some people in this world who believe that dying is absolutely the worst thing that can happen to a person.
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We have met the enemy

Ray Mosby

“Hello, darkness, my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again..”—Paul Simon

I sometimes think the best metaphor for contemporary America is two neighbors, perpetually and with increasing anger and invective, arguing across a fence about property lines.

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Thoughts on “the Russia thing”

Ray Mosby

Let’s just have a conversation, an honest conversation, you and I. Unfortunately, when the subject is anything related to politics, that’s not as easy as it once was, because folks have drawn their battle lines, aren’t ready to give an inch, and as a general rule are only willing to call folks not in lockstep with their thinking names in increasingly louder but less civil tones.

But whether one is liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican (none of which mean what they used to), perhaps there are some truths that we might agree upon as something akin to ground rules.

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Please, one reality at a time

Ray Mosby

“There’s small choice in rotten apples.”—Shakespeare
I  am really quite tired of re-litigating the last election, and as such I really wish that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton might respectively come to some reconciliation with reality.
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Are you what you read?

Ray Mosby

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”—Groucho Marx
I am of the opinion that you can judge an owner by his books.
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Now hating is self-justifying

Ray Mosby

I guess it really does take one to know one.Charlie Sykes is a bona fide conservative of the Barry Goldwater/Edmund Burke vein. I’m pretty sure he has papers and everything.

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From Russia with malice?

Ray Mosby

Contrary to the old idiom and much to the chagrin of President Donald Trump and his supporters, these days all roads lead to Russia.

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A rose among all the thorns

Ray Mosby

Having just finished what seems Mississippi’s destined to be annual war over public education and its funding (with education losing yet again), and apparently without any scheduled attempt to address the subject anew in the looming legislative session, it occurs to me that one factor in this unbalanced equation which I touched on many years ago might bear mentioning again.

The problem with education in Mississippi—indeed, in the whole country—is that  they are not making any more Rose Schercks. Well, that and the fact that there are not enough homes with mommas and dads in them who under threats of beatings make their kids pay attention to the folks who are trying to teach them something or another.

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