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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 6:00 PM
This week, author, political columnist, jazz critic and – to quote his wife – “social mischief maker” Nat Hentoff passed away at his apartment in Greenwich Village “surrounded by family listening to Billie Holiday,” according to his son, Nick Hentoff, on Twitter.
  • PERRY/Wage discrimination
    At the Neshoba County Fair, Republican State Treasurer Lynn Fitch called for the legislature to pass a fair pay act to ensure equal pay for women. Representative Becky Currie (R-Brookhaven) heeded the call and introduced HB818 – an act to provide equal pay for equal work. Representatives Carolyn Crawford (R-Pass Christian) and David Baria (D-Bay St. Louis) cosponsor the bill.  Baria introduced his own bill as well: HB9 – the Evelyn Gandy Fair Pay Act.

    The bills are good politics. Who can argue against equal pay for equal work?
  • BROOKS/The carnival culture
    King David was most compelling when he danced. Overcome by gratitude to God, he stripped down to his linens and whirled about before the ark of the covenant — his love and joy spilling beyond the boundaries of normal decorum.

    His wife, Michal, the daughter of King Saul, was repulsed by his behavior, especially because he was doing it in front of the commoners. She snarked at him when he got home for exposing himself in front of the servants’ slave girls like some scurrilous fellow.
  • LOWRY/Why the media lose to Trump
    The best thing that happened to Donald Trump all week is that BuzzFeed published the raw Russia dossier about him.

    It can’t be pleasant for anyone to see his name associated with prostitutes and a bizarre sex act in print — the principle that all publicity is good publicity can be taken too far even for Donald Trump. But in the media’s ongoing fight with Trump, BuzzFeed’s incredible act of journalistic irresponsibility represented the press leading with its chin.
  • Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Luke 2: 21-40
    Isaiah 9:6 says “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.” These words speak of the Lord Jesus Christ, who came into the world to save us from our sins. The more facts and details we know about Christ the better and safer we will be.  Let’s look together at some truths about him from this passage.

    First, he was born “under the law.” That is one of the themes of this passage. The law is mentioned 5 times. We see Mary and Joseph bringing the baby Jesus to the temple (verses 22-24) to do for him what the “custom of the law required (verse 27).” At the end of the passage we read that they did “everything required by the law of the Lord,” before they left Jerusalem (verse 39).
  • JAN. 15, 1937

    Dr. C. H. Harrison was named as School Trustee here by the Board of Aldermen at the January meeting, his term being for five years. He succeeds Mrs. N. A. Johnson, whose term expired Jan. 1, 1937.
  • HARPER/Obamacare on life support
    “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” President Obama made those promises on multiple occasions while trying to sell the Affordable Care Act to the American people. We now know that neither of these statements turned out to be true. Obamacare has done the opposite of what the president promised when he said, “You’ll find more choices, more competition, and in many cases, lower prices.” What we are seeing across the country is fewer choices, less competition, and skyrocketing premiums. But the full story of Obamacare is more than a string of broken promises - the onerous rules and regulations are causing the law to collapse under its own weight. The simple truth is that it is hurting more people than it is helping. Just two months ago, 8 in 10 Americans told Gallup they want Obamacare either significantly changed or replaced altogether.
  • LOWRY/Obama’s ‘Russian reset’ failure
    President Barack Obama has finally had it with Russia. It only took eight years of cold reality — topped off by the Russian interference in the November election — to make the outgoing president almost cleareyed about the Kremlin.

    Not that Obama is ready to admit error. Asked by George Stephanopoulos on Sunday if he underestimated Vladimir Putin, Obama said no, he had only missed how cyberhacking could be used to meddle in our electoral system — in other words, it was a technical mistake, rather than a fundamental misassessment of a foreign adversary.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/2nd Timothy 4:6-8
    Our Lord came into this world in order to give men new life with God. The apostle Paul is the model of this new life. We see here Paul’s summary of his Christian life as death approaches. He says: “I am already being poured out like a drink offering and the time has come for my departure.”
  • BROOKS/The Snapchat presidency
    Normal leaders come up with policy proposals in a certain conventional way. They gather their advisers around them and they debate alternatives — with briefing papers, intelligence briefings and implementation strategies.

    President-elect Donald Trump doesn’t do that. He’s tweeted out policy gestures in recent weeks, say about the future of the United States’ nuclear arsenal. But these gestures aren’t attached to anything. They emerged from no analytic process and point to no implemental effects. Trump’s statements seem to spring spontaneously from his middle-of night-feelings. They are astoundingly ambiguous and defy interpretation.
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