I am Tom Freeland, a lawyer in Oxford, Mississippi. The picture in the header is my law office. I'm on Twitter as NMissC

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If you’re going to tell me about the South, I’d hope you have been there

George Packer has a piece  in the New Yorker that should have carried a tag line I’d occasionally see in business letters that always struck me as weird:  “Dictated but not read.”

He’s telling us about the South, heavily reliant on W.J. Cash and the continuing delusion that the South is a monolith of angry […]

Yes, really! Transparent clown pants filled with bugs!

Dr. X’s post is so good I have to quote the whole thing:

What Next for Blagojevich?

Transparent clown pants filled with bugs. You think I’m kidding?   No, I am not.

I hope Dr. X. has generous notions of fair use.  You have to go back to Ross Barnett (or perhaps Cliff Finch?) to […]

Daily Journal reports that Nunnellee is closing in on a decision to run against Childers…

… but then says that sitting legislators have a poor history of success in Mississippi congressional races.  I’m mildly dubious that his status as a legislator is really a problem.  He does have a bad case of taking-forever-to-decide about running in the past, but seems headed that way now.  He’s doing a “listening tour” […]

The NY Times Chronicles A Descent Into Hell

The first use of waterboarding and other rough treatment against a prisoner from Al Qaeda was ordered by senior Central Intelligence Agency officials despite the belief of interrogators that the prisoner had already told them all he knew, according to former intelligence officials and a footnote in a newly released legal memorandum.

The escalation […]

Some Internet Responses To The Torture Memos Release

‘You asked me once,’ said O’Brien, ‘what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.’

The door opened again. A guard came in, carrying something made of wire, a box or basket […]

Correction: That unethical Southaven alderman did not come out ahead.

Last week, I wrote about Paul Ollar, a Southhaven alderman who got tagged with a $500 fine for taking a $1350 consulting fee from a company doing business with Southaven.   He’d voted to approve paying on the company’s contract, thus clearly violating the state’s pretty straightforward ethical rules.

I concluded from the newspaper […]

Dan Froomkin meditates on how the Washington Post (where he works) got it wrong so long…

In a long and excellent post about torture and the Bush administration, Dan Froomkin compares a recent story in the Washington Post and the same facts reported three years ago by Ron Suskind in his book The One Percent Doctrine. The front page story in Sunday’s Washington Post

reported that “not a single significant […]

Jackson Jambalaya adds local government links

In a sudden and unexpected outburst of usefullness, Kingfish at Jackson Jambalaya has added a really nice list of links to local government databases and other resources to the top right sidebar of his webpage.  Here’s his list, which I gather will be permanently afixed to the upper left corner (well, permanently until he […]

Some notes on Judge DeLaughter’s motions and a response to Alan Lange

In an interesting post, Alan Lange reads the pile of motions in the DeLaughter case and notices that they present an attack on the offenses relating to the alleged bribery scheme (that is, the mail fraud and bribery counts) but not the count based on lying to the F.B.I.

He’s right, of course, and […]

WLBT stories on the Democratic Executive Committee fight

YallPolitics has two WLBT stories (with quite similar content, although the second story has a bit more) that can be viewed here. Jamie Franks is onscreen in both.