Apparently, popular sports talk show host Bo Bounds of Jackson has noted another disclosure lapse at the Clarion-Ledger. In a column written by Josh Peters in USA TODAY, veteran Clarion-Ledger columnist Billy Watkins and two others were listed as “contributing” to the Peters article which essentially asked the question, “Who is Hugh Freeze?” The conflicting perceptions are of a football coach who wore his religion on his sleeve or a flawed coach who cheating in recruiting and possibly cheated in his personal life. Billy Watkins of the Clarion-Ledger is the brother of W. G. Watkins, Freeze’s personal attorney. Nothing really surprises me anymore about the state’s largest newspaper that has also been very shallow in its coverage of the NCAA allegations against Ole Miss and the resignation of Freeze. (Editor’s note: In this original post, I said that Watkins had written several columns about the NCAA investigation of Ole Miss. That was not correct and for that, I apologize to Mr. Watkins. My next post will have additional comments about this issue.)
Mississippi neighbor as the next President of the United States?New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu called darkhorse and longshot to be Democratic presidential nominee in 2020 LOL
The Big Easy or easy to get mugged?
Once upon a time, there were three ambitious governors in the neighboring states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. All three were considered hot national political property, all three were Democrats, and all three had degrees from Ivy League schools. There was also no question that Buddy Roemer in Louisiana, Ray Mabus in Mississippi, and Bill Clinton thought they were all going to be President of the United States. Roemer finished third in his re-election campaign for governor, Kirk Fordice derailed Mabus’ reelection bid in Mississippi leaving Clinton as the only one left with presidential ambitions. Interestingly enough, Clinton’s well-known reputation as a womanizer was expected to sidetrack his ambition. I remember being on a commercial flight to Washington, D.C. with Mabus and his security guard when Mabus openly talked about Clinton’s female problems. Mabus thought Clinton would not overcome the problem.Not long after that, but before Clinton won the Democrat nomination to oppose George H.W. Bush, I had a talk with Republican Haley Barbour. Barbour told me he hoped Democrats would nominate Clinton to oppose Bush for the same reasons cited by Mabus. They were
both wrong. More recently, another Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal, was a candidate for president. Jindal was quickly eliminated from the 2016 contest. There are now several news reports of another neighbor who is considered a darkhorse candidate for president in 2020 – New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu. Following the tragic shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise and others at a softball practice in Alexandria, VA, Republicans and Democrats decided to still play the annual charity baseball game at the home of the Washington Nationals. The 19 years I worked in Washington, 14 of which were on Capital Hill, I never once attended the game. I didn’t even attend when Mississippi State’s Ron Polk was the honorary coach of the Republican team at the time Chip Pickering represented our state in Congress. While the charity game is played each year for a good cause, most of those attending are lobbyists, congressional staff, summer congressional interns and just plain political groupies. When I learned that Landrieu flew to Washington to attend the game, I wondered how many murders and other violent crimes would be committed in New Orleans while he was at the game. A few days later, Landrieu was in Miami. As the head of a national organization of urban mayors, he took shots at President Trump and Republicans for not doing enough for cities. Crime didn’t slow down in the Big Easy (easy to get mugged or robbed) or the Crescent City (crime city). Meanwhile the junior Republican senator from Louisiana, John Kennedy, was closer to the truth. During a Senate hearing, Kennedy said New Orleans “is rapidly becoming the murder and robbery capital of the western hemisphere.” Maybe the “western hemisphere” is going a little far, but calling NOLA the murder and robbery capital of the South would be accurate. Murders and criminal violence anywhere in a city is deplorable, but in NOLA it takes place in very nice areas you don’t normally associate with crime – Uptown, the Garden District, St. Charles Avenue, Canal Street and the French Quarter. Am I anti-New Orleans? Not at all. It is a great city. I was born in New Orleans and my three children, all born in Mississippi, are the first members of my family not to be born in the city. I should note, however, that several years ago while in NOLA for a meeting, I was mugged just a few steps from my hotel on St. Charles Avenue. Lucky for me a police officer in an unmarked car was right behind the mugger, made sure I was OK and then drove after my assailants when they fled.
Will Mayor Landrieu now call for a boycott of Dixie Beer?
Would-be presidential dreamer Mitch Landrieu gained a lot of national publicity when he led the city council to take action removing monuments to Confederate president Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard. Billionaire businessman Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints and NO Pelicans of the NBA, and his wife bought a majority interest in Dixie Beer. The Bensons want to build a new brewery and revive Dixie beer, once a famous and successful brand in the city. Surely the mayor who took down Confederate statues will call for a boycott of a beer named Dixie. President Mitch Landrieu. I repeat. LOL