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Former Reagan Budget Director David A. Stockman in 1986 published a book entitled “The Triumph of Politics: Why the Reagan Revolution Failed,” which pointedly warns of tax cuts during weak economic times by politicians desperate to do anything for a vote. I’m a big fan of Reagan and so was Stockman, but he was independent-minded and spoke truth to power.
  • HAVANA — Ernest Hemingway’s house in Cuba seems like such a healthy place. It is light, welcoming and beautifully situated. There are hundreds of his books lining the shelves, testimony to all the reading he did there. There’s a baseball diamond nearby where he used to pitch to local boys.

    Yet Hemingway was not a healthy man during the latter phases in his life. He was drunk much of the time; he often began drinking at breakfast and his brother counted 17 Scotch-and-sodas in a day. His wives complained that he was sporadic about bathing. He was obsessed with his weight and recorded it on the wall of his house.
  • On Tuesday, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann told Paul Gallo, host of the eponymous radio show on the Supertalk Mississippi network, “I’m going back to the governor and ask him to put the elections bill on the special session.” Hosemann said the bill — which would, among other things, tighten disclosure rules on political action committees, restrict the personal use of campaign funds and require full itemization of credit card expenses on campaign finance reports — was “fumbled by the Legislature.”
  • During an era of headline-grabbing advances in medicine, the United States is experiencing a health cataclysm.

    The latest straw in the wind is last week’s report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that life expectancy for white women declined slightly from 2013 to 2014.
  • APRIL 24, 1936

    Plans are on foot looking toward making a Memorial park or site out of Mound Nanih Waiya in the northeast portion of Neshoba County. Funds for the work have been applied for. The project has been Ok’d  by WPA officials in Washington.
  • Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

                                                     — Hebrews 7:25 ESV
  • If you read through this passage without having studied the book of Habakkuk up to this point, you would be confused as to the meaning. The immediate context is Habakkuk’s request of God to strengthen/preserve his people in the incredibly difficult days that are coming. The overall context is God’s decree of judgment coming on Israel in the form of evil, unmerciful Babylon. This passage is the vision of God necessary for his people to persevere in the midst of this judgment.
  • Last week, evangelist Franklin Graham visited the Mississippi Capitol as part of his 2016 Decision America tour of all 50 states “to hold prayer rallies, to preach the Gospel, and to challenge believers to take a stand and take action… urging Christians to vote, to live out their faith in every part of their lives, and to pray for our nation,” according to his web site.
  • Give Donald Trump credit for planning ahead. He is preparing to be a sore loser.

    Trump’s complaints that he is being undone by a rigged system crafted by a corrupt Republican Party is the dress rehearsal for his campaign’s closing argument should it come up short in Cleveland. Trump will, in his telling, have been stabbed in the back by insiders and be fully justified in wreaking a terrible revenge on the party that he briefly sought to lead.
  • But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.                                                                                       — 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 ESV
  • APRIL 17, 1936

    Richard Molpus and Ronald McGee of Philadelphia were honored recently when the Humanitian Literary Society of Mississippi College elected them to serve on its Anniversary Staff of six members. Molpus was elected Banner Bearer, while McGee is one of the three orators elected.
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