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Wayne W. Weidie, Rest in Peace (1941-2019)

Wayne W. Weidie Headshot

Longtime Mississippi journalist, congressional staff member, and governmental affairs consultant Wayne William Weidie, 78, died on August 15, 2019 at his residence in Venice, Florida.  Memorial services will be held in Ocean Springs, Mississippi at 3 o’clock in the afternoon on September 5, 2019 at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home-Ocean Springs. A small service will be held prior in Venice, Florida at Our Lady of Lourdes Church — exact date soon to-be-determined.   

Wayne was born on June 20, 1941 in New Orleans, Louisiana, to the late Alfred Edward Weidie and Dorothy McDonald Weidie.  He and his family moved several times across the southeast United States before settling in Pascagoula, Mississippi, where Wayne graduated from Pascagoula High School in 1959.  

Wayne attended Mississippi State University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 1962, and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order.  He then attended graduate school at Louisiana State University before returning to the family business in Pascagoula. From there he followed his passion of politics and journalism into the newspaper business when he and a group of partners purchased the Ocean Springs Record.   Continue reading

The Scary Democrat Duck

 

American Civil Liberties Union calls for protest rally at Mississippi Governor’s Mansion

The scary Democrat duck first appeared on my Facebook page, and it was quickly determined the duck was a Democrat because it wanted free food and water. That was confirmed when the duck received endorsements from Sam Hall, executive editor of the Clarion-Ledger, the news staffs of the Clarion-Ledger and Mississippi Today, Bernie Sanders. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and the newest star of the radical left, socialist Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez of New York City. Less than 24 hours later, the scary Democrat duck appeared again (see bottom photo) when he wanted more handouts and free water. I quickly heard from Ricky Cole who noted the duck was a Muscovy Duck and Cole charged I was “harboring an illegal.” As Cole is a former chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party, I was surprised Cole referred to the duck as illegal, instead of just being undocumented. On Facebook I then heard from Wayne Brown, retired Southern District Highway Commissioner.  Brown is a professional engineer and suggested I build a pond for the duck. Brown kindly said he would donate his engineering services to build the pond. With those free labor services, I decided to check to see if the Mississippi Department of Transportation would provide the remainder of the funds to build a pond for the scary Democrat duck. Melinda McGraff, executive director of MDOT, said she would first have to check with Sam Hall and Geoff Pender of the Clarion-Ledger to determine if the pond would be built within 433 miles of the home of Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in Flowood, Mississippi.

Did the scary Democrat duck vote for Thad Cochran in the 2014 Republican primary against Chris McDaniel?

Will the duck be a factor in the 2018 contest for the U.S. Senate between Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, Chris McDaniel and Mike Espy? McDaniel reportedly is claiming the duck was one of the Democrats who supported former Sen. Cochran by voting in the 2014 GOP primary. There are also reports Hyde-Smith called the White House begging for President Trump to endorse her because the scary Democrat duck could seriously impact her candidacy. Espy maintains he is not so sure our duck friend is a Democrat. Espy apparently thinks the duck resembles one of the federal prosecutors when Espy was indicted on 39 counts of accepting more than $35,000 in gifts, trips and favors. Espy was forced to resign as Secretary of Agriculture after he was appointed to that post by then President Bill Clinton.

Of course, the ACLU is undeterred and still plans to hold a protest rally outside the Governor’s Mansion in Jackson. The Clarion-Ledger and Mississippi Today promise to send 282 reporters to cover the protest. The keynote speaker is expected to be Attorney General Jim Hood who will say everything is just ducky with the scary Democrat duck.