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The Monument Dedication to Jim Silver Raises Question About Public Dialog At Ole Miss

The University of Mississippi dedicated a monument today to professor James Silver, near where he lived on faculty row. This was a commendable project of law professor John Robin Bradley.

James Silver was a history professor at Ole Miss from the 40s into the 60s. He became nationally known when, after the Meredith crisis, [...]

Salon weighs in on Forward Rebels, football, Lee Habeeb, and talk radio…

The cartoon is from Marshall Ramsey.

The Salon piece, by Andrew Leonard, really doesn’t add much to what Rick Cleveland wrote in the Clarion Ledger.

It begins:

Like most liberal Berkeley, Calif. residents, I am an avid follower of Southeastern Conference college football, which means I often find myself spending my lunch hour [...]

Rick Perry: Warren Buffett “really doesn’t have an understanding of what’s going on in the real world.”

This is on CNBC:

Reporter:  I want your thoughts on the Buffett rule, and it goes to some of this class warfare issue.

Rick Perry:  I think this gets right down to the real problem that we’ve got in Washington DC is an administration that is listening to people who really don’t have an [...]

Today’s pick-a-punishment for misbehaving Justice Court judges…

Here’s the statement of facts, in full:

In September 2007, Judge Bustin executed a felony arrest warrant for David C. Lema, charging him with kidnapping his own child. The warrant was based upon an affidavit filed by Lema’s ex-wife, who claimed primary physical custody of the child. Judge Bustin, who is a licensed attorney, [...]

The Mississippi Supreme Court in Learmonth asks whether it can hear the question…

In January, the Fifth Circuit certified a legal question to the Mississippi Supreme Court in Sears v. Learmonth:

We hereby certify, on Sears’ unopposed motion, the following determinative question of law to the Supreme Court of Mississippi:  Is Section 11-1-60(2) of the Mississippi Code, which generally limits non-economic damages to $1 million in civil cases, [...]

Chancellor Jones writes and asks for civility but possibly asks to end debate

This morning, the email below from Chancellor Dan Jones went out to a large number of Ole Miss folks.

I am ambivalent about it.  I agree with what he says about anonymous attacks and threats.  On the other hand, there is no doubt that Pete Boone’s position makes him a public figure in Mississippi.  Just in the sense of operating an enterprise with a budget of the size of the athletic department, he operates one of the largest public institutions in North Mississippi.  There is obviously a place for public debate about how that job is being performed.  The letter closes by saying:

I regularly review the performance of all those who report to me, including Mr. Boone. But I cannot and will not engage in any sort of review in response to a public campaign to force his removal.

A debate worthy of attention is about who we are as a university family. Will we remain civil, reasonable people?

I agree that any discussion about this should be civil and should not involve improper threats (if by “threats” the email means language like, “Improve things or I will withdraw support,” that is not an improper threat).  I don’t like how ugly this sort of discussion gets.  But I don’t agree with apparent implications in this email that public debate about this public institution is somehow wrong, and I hope it doesn’t mean that the response is to dig in deeper rather than consider what might need to be changed.

The full email is below the fold.

Dear Ole Miss Family,

The Ole Miss Creed begins: “The University of Mississippi is a community of learning dedicated to nurturing excellence in intellectual inquiry and personal character in an open and diverse environment. As a voluntary member of this community, I believe in respect for the dignity of each person; I believe in fairness and civility.”

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To solve the current economic dilemmas: What we need now is a Venn Diagram…

… showing what is needed and what is politically possible, and we can find our solution in the place where they overlap, right?

Paul Krugman reports a Venn Diagram for the Eurozone (and I’m going to note that the more I read about the problems there– of a European economy without a European central [...]

Picture this: MRIs and images from your brain

The video from which the image above was taken involves images reconstructed from MRIs of subjects watching movie clips. On the left is what the subject saw, on the right what scientists at UC Berkley reconstructed. The reconstruction reminds me of very early photography…

…and presumably, just as with that, the resolution [...]

Tuesday Morning Various

Kingfish raises questions– lots of questions!– about the developer the City of Jackson chose for a hotel next to its convention center.  He’s been moving more and more into reporting, attending and putting up video on various state government meetings. The NY Times has a good story about a Virginia innocence case, of [...]

RIP Leonard McClellan, lawyer who did important work in Oxford in the 70s and 80s

Jinny Kilgore, who runs the Elder Law Program at North Mississippi Rural Legal Services here in Oxford, wrote me to remember Leonard McClellan, who was at legal services in the 70s and 80s.

Leonard was 61.  His funeral was yesterday at Saints Junior College in Lexington, with resolutions read by NMRLS, Bennie Thompson, and [...]