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Big Bad Breakfast & Ajax top categories in Mississippi Magazine’s readers poll

Mississippi Magazine has its readers poll Best of Mississippi out.

Congratulations to Big Bad Breakfast for the number one breakfast, and Ajax for best cornbread. Oxford also got best downtown area.  Oxford newcomer Soulshine got best pizza.

As is usual with readers polls, there’s some head scratching moments– it’s really sad if Newks is […]

Are you surprised? (some details the media is missing in that interracial marriage poll)

Also while I was gone, Public Policy Pollster, a pollster in North Carolina released a poll of Mississippi Republicans (identified by voting in Republican primaries) that focused on presidential and gubernatorial politics (Mississippi likes Barbour 37% and Bryant 63% in the Republican primary. Surprise).  They threw in a question about the legality of interracial marriage:

Do […]

Mississippi may commemorate war criminal on state license plate

As y’all may have heard, the Sons of Confederate Veterans are seeking a state license plate commemorating Nathan Bedford Forrest. The image above (from BaloonJuice via Ta-Nehisi Coates, who headlines his post with the obvious Faulkner paraphrase) pretty much highlights the problem, but then there’s the whole Klan founding war criminal thing:

Nathan […]

Your tax dollars at work, at Miss. SuperTalk Radio

CottonMouth points to a great resource– SeeTheSpending.org, where you can find out what various parts of state government spend, by category, department, or (most interestingly) vendor.  Their website promises to put county, school, and city numbers up in the future.

CottonMouth learned of the degree to which the state is funding SuperTalk radio.  The […]

Rep. Snowden says the Miss. state House Dem. leadership effectively killed Arizona-style immigration bill

Rep. Snowden, a Republican from Meridian, writes on a Clarion Ledger blog how the bill was passed and effectively killed at the same time.  I hope hie’s right (although I don’t think this is exactly a Hobson’s choice):

Thomas Hobson rented horses from his 17th Century livery stable in Cambridge.  In order to keep his “inventory” fresh and not over-used, the crafty Englishman rotated his stock, and made it his strict rule to rent only the horse in the nearest stall, which always was the most rested.  Although forty mounts for hire might be stabled at any given time, a prospective customer was allowed to rent only the animal in the lead stall, or none at all.

A “Hobson’s Choice” offers only one viable option.  In reality it is a “take it or leave it” proposition, and if there are multiple apparently available choices, they are mere illusions.

The Billy McCoy Democratic leadership adroitly dealt House Republicans a “Hobson’s Choice” last Thursday afternoon.   With blinding speed, the Senate-passed, Arizona-style immigration enforcement bill was amended in the House Judiciary A committee and rushed out for a quick floor vote.  Following a brief explanation and no debate, the amended bill passed the full House 77-40.  All Republicans and most RWD’s (rural white Democrats) voted for the bill, with a handful of white Democrats joining the Black Caucus in opposition.

Sound fishy?  It should.  The House version of the bill, a 25-page (776 lines) “strike-all” amendment unveiled for the first time at the mid-afternoon Jud A committee meeting, was deliberately designed never to become law.  While purporting to “crack down” on employers who knowingly break the law by hiring illegal aliens, in reality the House amendment could severely penalize even those Mississippi employers who in good faith try their best to comply with the law.

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Snowpacalpyse in North Mississippi

We’ve got at least five inches of snow on the ground up here in Oxford, and I’m contemplating how much sledding I’m going to do tomorrow.

(Meanwhile– what? Is that John T. Edge judging in Iron Chef?)

Gov. Barbour revises and extends his remarks about the Citizens Council

And so now, having seen his presidential ambitions declared “toast” by some “conservative bloggers” for “urinating on the third rail of race”, Gov. Barbour decides its time to revise and extend his remarks from yesterday about the contributions of the Citizens Council to racial reconciliation during the civil rights era:

When asked why my […]

A repeat blog recommendation: 12th Chancery District Blog

I want to repeat my recommendation of the 12th Chancery District blog run by Chancery Judge Larry Primeaux.   It is one of the most useful law-related blogs I have encountered , with accurate checklists for use in the judge’s court (including citations to the cases and statutes on which the checklists are based), […]

“What is this? Someone from Mississippi is making me look stupid?”

The quote is writer Kevin Sessums, author of Mississippi Sissy interviewing Eliot Spitzer.

Spitzer asked Sessums about his accent, and Sessums said he was from Mississippi. A few moments later:

Q. Your early legal crusades against AIG and the mutual fund scandal were harbingers of the financial collapse coming our way because of very […]

Southern Foodways Barbecue Trails series launches Mississippi Trail

The Southern Foodways Alliance has a series of websites called “trails” where they collect food-related oral histories.  There’s a gumbo and a boudin trail in Louisiana and a Delta tamale trail in Mississippi, for instance.  Each trail has an introductory essay, a map, and individual oral histories where a cook talks about the food […]