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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America’s 100-day dichotomy

Ray Mosby

It really could not have been more stark. On the symbolic 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency, the operant dichotomy of the American people—this country’s division into two mutually exclusive, opposed and contradictory groups—virtually slapped me in the face to the point of almost seeming tactile.

I have some sympathy for the president’s observation that the first 100 days business is a trifle ridiculous, first coined, as it was in a radio address by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, not about his time in office but rather about the 73rd Congress and representing only 3 percent of a two-term presidency.

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Ancient wisdom still applies

Ray Mosby

I came to realize quite a while back that there is just a lot to be learned from old dead Greeks.

And while that is true as it applies to life in general, perhaps nowhere is it as obvious than when it comes to politics as it is practiced in this country today. I’m thinking of making up some bumper stickers: “What this country needs is a few more old dead Greeks.”

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Facts aren’t subject to debate

Ray Mosby
“Most people don’t know what they are doing and a lot of them are really good at it.”—George Carlin
It is a phenomenon that while existing for a very long time, has been increasing at a rather alarming pace throughout greater American society for a while now, and came to a head in the most recent presidential election and its aftermath.
More and more people are increasingly willing to simply ignore, or even deny facts within the formation of their views and opinions about this, that and the other.

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Easter’s very complex simplicity

Ray Mosby

Easter is Sunday morning. Sunday morning the Easter Bunny will make his annual appearance in front yards, weather allowing, and in living rooms if it doesn’t.

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Requiem for a Ranger

Ray Mosby

“A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than he does himself.”— Josh Billings
ROLLING FORK—I was going through some old papers last weekend when I came something that figuratively knocked the wind out of me. Almost exactly 11 years ago this week, I lost a dear friend and memories of him flooded across my mind like a ship’s deck awash in an intemperate sea.
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Dissecting one more dead skunk

Ray Mosby

“The first thing we’re gonna do is repeal and replace Obamacare.”—Candidate Donald Trump
One of life’s more obvious truths was reaffirmed yet again in Congress last week: If you have a stink bug in the house, trying to replace it with a skunk just isn’t going to work out real well.
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A trip down memory lane

Ray Mosby

“I awoke last night to sound of thunder. How far off, I sat and wondered. Started humming a tune from 1962…”—Quoted material by Bob Seeger
I don’t pay attention anymore to things like equinoxes and solstices or their corresponding dates on calendars, because here in the Mississippi Delta, once rather accurately described as “the most southern place on Earth,” it seems more and more as if we only have two seasons now.
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Let’s at least argue right

Ray Mosby

“Be polite, write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war, one observes the rules of politeness,” Otto von Bismarck said. Maybe in your time, Otto, old boy, but not these days, I’m afraid.
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