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
Condoleezza Rice: “Don’t sanitize history by taking down monuments”
The Washington Examiner recently reported that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice criticized efforts to tear down monuments to Confederate leaders because she doesn’t believe in sanitizing history. The first black woman to serve as secretary of state told the newspaper, “I am a firm believer in ‘keep your history before you’ “. Rice added, “When you start wiping out your history, sanitizing your history to make you feel better, it’s a bad thing.” She added our nation’s founders should be viewed in the context of their time instead of through the prism of modern values. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were slave owners, but the United States is the greatest nation on earth because of these founders. Robert E. Lee was a great American despite being the commander of the Confederate Army. Of course, the good sense exhibited by Rice will not impress Mayor Mitch Landrieu, a Democrat, who pandered to black New Orleans voters by leading the charge, with approval from the city council, to take down the statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard and Confederate States President Jefferson Davis. Instead of taking down those statutes, Landrieu would better serve New Orleans if he did something about the rampant violent crime in the city. If you are waiting to read the comments of Rice in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Daily Mississippian, Mississippi Todayor the Times Picayune in New Orleans, you will have a long wait. Mississippi Today is an interesting case. Alan Lange, the owner of the political site Y’all Politics, wrote a column taking Mississippi Today to task for being a “tax shelter extraordinaire”. He ridiculed the news site’s claim to be nonpartisan. I agree. Mississippi Today is about as nonpartisan as The New York Times, Washington Post andMSNBC.
A slow news day or just another chance to take a shot at Trump?
The headline on Jerry Mitchell’s story in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger said, “Comey leaves LA in a Mississippi jet.” And that’s a big deal? After being fired by President Trump as FBI
(Editor’s note: Packing up, moving, unpacking and getting my computer on line again has prevented any recent commentary from being published. I apologize to readers of the WeidieReport and I’ll do better now that I’m up and running.)
New Orleans is truly one of America’s great cities. While I have lived the majority of my life in Mississippi and Washington, D.C., I was born in New Orleans. I graduated from both high school and college in Mississippi, but also attended high school and college in Louisiana as well. My oldest son was the first member of the Weidie family to be born outside of New Orleans (Pascagoula). In many ways, post-Katrina, New Orleans is better than ever. After the devastation of Katrina, the economy has roared back and thanks in no small part to charter schools, K-12 public education has made great strides. Tourism is booming and major conventions are booked far into the future. However, a very serious and dark threat hangs over the city. Violent crime in NOLA is out of control. Unlike some cities, the violent crime does not know the usual boundaries. In Mississippi, south Jackson and parts of west Jackson are very high crime areas as opposed to the rest of the city. Even in Washington, D.C., the worst crime is mostly confined to southeast D.C. and those areas south of the Anacostia River. In New Orleans, violent crimes frequently occur in very nice neighborhoods such as the Garden District, along beautiful St. Charles Ave., Uptown, on Canal Street and in the main areas of the French Quarter. Mayor Mitch Landrieu should worry about major crimes in NOLA instead of spending $1 million dollars to take down a statue of Robert E. Lee and even more money to take down more statues honoring other Confederate generals. Just a few months ago some of NOLA’s famous restaurant and lounges were the scene of armed robberies. The restaurants, as well as their customers, were victims. This is not to even mention the more than $5 million it cost to fix a huge sinkhole at the foot of Canal Street. Sooner or later there is going to a terrible tragedy involving numerous tourists or others attending one of the many conventions that are held in the city. NOLA is on borrowed time if something is not done to bring violent crime under control.
One of the major landmarks, among many, in our nation’s capital is the National Cathedral. It is the second largest cathedral in the United States and sixth largest in the world. Funeral services for three presidents have been held at the National Cathedral as well as memorial services for several more presidents of the United States. Five or six of my fraternity brothers from time to time keep in touch via email. One of them and his wife went to Christmas services at the National Cathedral. After the service, they walked around waiting for the crowd to clear. They noticed two stained glass windows in honor of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Next to each stained glass was a notice from the Dean of the church. The notice said that the Dean of the National Cathedral is demanding that the stained glass windows honoring Lee and Jackson be removed because the Dean “doesn’t want to insult blacks.” My longtime friend and fraternity brother considered writing the Dean a letter demanding that he also remove the large statue of George Washington at the front door of the Cathedral. After all, Washington was a slave owner. He also felt the Dean should start an effort to remove the Washington and Jefferson Memorials as well. In his email to us my friend suggested the Dean is a “jerk”. I agree. Another friend who received the email about the demand of the Dean of the National Cathedral also had a good suggestion. He said the Dean should stop accepting U.S. currency because of these words on our currency, “In God We Trust”. On the other hand, maybe we should just be happy that the Dean of the National Cathedral is not the president of Washington and Lee University, one of our nation’s very best universities.
True to form, New Orleans City Council votes 6-1 to remove Lee monument and three other Confederate statutes
With the mid-December vote by the NOLA City Council to remove four monuments related to the Confederacy, the efforts by Mayor Mitch Landrieu were overwhelmingly ratified by the council. After the vote, Landrieu was quoted as saying, “The Confederacy, you see, was on the wrong side of history and humanity.” A black member of the council