We are placing “David A. Farrell at-Large” in partial abeyance, for now

Dear Reader,

Six years ago we began this little blog as just a way of having something to do during retirement, and we have come now to where a large number of people each day go to this blog and read some story they are interested in. It’s not a lot, but one time we had 2,000 hits in one day, when the Picayune school board said they were going to make WRJW pay a fee to broadcast Tide football games, which was perhaps the biggest story in our short six-year career here. The board quickly reversed its decision. In the six years, we have had over 70,000 hits. There’s no doubt that the Internet has changed the way America gets its news. Now, large corporations don’t have the monopoly on communication and news they once had.

We are taking an extended leave for a vacation to see some of America. If we do not do it now, we won’t do it before it’s our time to go. We are not saying that we won’t post future stories that interest us as we travel. But as the title of this blog indicates, we will post what only interest us, and nothing esle. We are burnt out on politics, as we think most folks are. Look for a few travel pieces along the way. You will probably notice over time that we will morph into a travelogue site. There will also be some sit-down interviews with some interesting people who have something real interesting, and of value, to say. We are tired of interviewing and listening to politicians. We are headed in a different direction, a new path.

You can continue to navigate the blog; it will be open; there are a lot of stories here, and a lot of historical stories that are still interesting to read, especially the story on Roseland Park Community in the 1940s and 1950s. We received more comment on that than any other piece we did, and we still get comments from people who remember those great days in little Picayune, when Roseland Park was out in the country on Route 2.

We have browsed the Internet a lot looking for good stories over the last few years. So we know where to get the good news. Drudge remains the preeminent site for getting an overall view of what’s on the net, and what’s going on. The list of UK newspapers on that site is invaluable. The British press actually does a better job of reporting in-depth on what really matters in the U.S. than our mainstream media. World Net Daily is a good source, so is CNS, and now Newsmax.

Pat Buchanan remains, in my estimation, the best columnist writing today. His terse, pithy small paragraphs frame the issues in a way you can grasp. (As an example read his column today about America’s danger of breaking up: http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/america-no-longer-1-nation-1-people/).

Believe it or not CCTV, which is free, gives a good overview of international news, and that’s right, it is a Chinese media entity.

Most media outlets want to charge you for the news, so it is not easy to find free sites that deliver good journalism. The Wall Street Journal remains in my estimation the best media outlet in America today. That does not mean we agree always with their editorial viewpoint, but as far as gathering, daily, the news and presenting it in an organized manner, they have no equal, and they charge, too. They have 1,500 highly paid journalists. We believe they are committed to finding the truth and reporting it, and remember, that is what good journalism is all about, reporting the truth so Americans can make up their mind based on the correct information. The Jerusalem Post remains one of the best ways to find out what’s really happening in the Middle East and in Israel.

We thank all of you for your encouragement and help during our tenure here. We are not saying that we won’t do it again, but for right now, we say, “Sayonara!”

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Watch Out! Santelli has another rant!


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OBITUARY: Vivian Ilone Baker McDonald

PICAYUNE, Miss., Sat., July 12, 2014 — Funeral services for Vivian Ione Baker McDonald, 67, of Picayune, who passed away Wednesday, July 9, was held Saturday, July 12, todayat Union Baptist Church, 1628 West Union Road, Picayune. 

Vivian McDonald:

Vivian McDonald: Oct. 29, 1946 – July 9, 2014.

Burial was in Lee’s Chapel No. 2 Cemetery under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home. 

Bro. Brian Tatum officiated the service. 

A native of Leetown Community, she was a registered nurse at Crosby Memorial Hospital for 42 years. Vivian was the first Employee of the Year at the hospital. Vivian was a member of Union Baptist Church. She was a devoted Christian and wife. Vivian will be missed by all who knew and loved her. 

Survivors include her husband of 36 years, John Andrew McDonald; her parents, David William Baker and Ola Lee Baker; her brothers, Daniel Owen Baker and wife Fay, Lanny David Baker and wife Mary Jane, and Winfred William Baker and wife Patty. 

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Buchanan asks if GOP can stage a comeback in 2014, 2016 like Nixon pulled off in 1968?


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Netanyahu says Gaza attack will continue and expand


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“Apes” opening impressive


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New “Ape” movie said to be extremely violent; see trailer; critics say best one, so far


Works best; best trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sHMCRaS3ao&feature=kp

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Is Scooba ready to make more history?

East Miss. head coach Buddy Stephens played and coached at Pearl River Central before going to East Miss. He's won two national championships at East Miss. in three years. He was national champion last year too. Can he do it again? Many say Why Not?Photo by Mitch Deaver.

East Miss. head coach Buddy Stephens played and coached at Pearl River before going to East Miss. He’s won two national championships at East Miss. in three years. He was national champion last year. Can he do it again? Many say, Why Not? Photo by Mitch Deaver.

By Scott Walters,

The Dispatch, Columbus, Miss.

Everyone likes to talk about football in the summer.

 Lately, as anticipation has grown for each new season, a familiar question has been asked … “Will EMCC be THAT good again?”

 For the past three off-seasons, that question has been met with the same response “Heck, why not?”

 East Mississippi Community College has dominated the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College ranks the past three seasons. The Lions have gone 32-2 en route to winning the 2011 and 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association national championships.

 When EMCC won its first title in 2011, the Lions wanted to re-write the history of a downtrodden program. With the 2013 national championship, EMCC made its claim as one of the best programs in the MACJC. Only in-state rivals Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. and Northwest Mississippi C.C. have won multiple NJCAA titles.

 Now the Lions want to stake a claim as one of the best in NJCAA history.

 Butler County C.C. (Kansas) leads the way with six NJCAA football national championships. Blinn College (Texas) has four titles. Both schools have a sequence of back-to-back championships. However, neither school has a stretch of three titles in four seasons.

 Last season, EMCC led the NJCAA with an average of 62.2 points per game. The Lions set a new standard with 7,327 yards of total offense. EMCC also set a new single-game record in a 90-7 home victory against Coahoma C.C.

 Defensively, EMCC led the NJCAA in sacks with 67 and finished second with 30 interceptions. The Lions finished second nationally by allowing 9.8 points per game, which included a school-record five shutouts in 12 games.


 In his first six seasons as coach, Buddy Stephens is 56-10. EMCC has won five MACJC North Division championships in six seasons and the school’s first three state championships (2009, 2011, and 2013). The 12 wins in 2011 and 2013 are school records and are the only undefeated seasons in program history.

 In a league perennially driven by parity, the question is how could this happen? Furthermore, how could it happen at a school where the football program has had a losing record 85 percent of the time?

 For starters, Stephens is one of the most brilliant offensive minds this writer has had the privilege of covering. In the Lions’ hurry-up, no-huddle offense, the quarterback is supposed to have seven options. Once the ball is snapped, one of the quarterback is supposed to choose one of those options in four seconds.

 Defensively, Stephens has hired proven coordinators and given them the freedom to run the show. William Jones ran the defense in Stephens’ first five seasons. Last season, that unit was even better under Jordan Lesley. The Lions also caught good fortune in that they went four seasons without major staff changes.

 The MACJC always has been built on dynamic offensive playmakers and high-scoring games that put fans in the seats. EMCC has taken the same approach to building a tenacious defense.

 EMCC also has benefited from difficult times at other schools. NWCC, the bell cow for so long in the northern part of the state, will feature its third coach in three seasons this fall. The previous hire — Brad LaPlante — won one game in his only season and lost to EMCC 79-7 at home. Itawamba C.C. coach Jon Williams resigned earlier this year after four seasons. Williams was 1-3 against EMCC. The Lions outscored the Indians 167-54.

 In 2011, the MACJC eliminated recruiting districts. For the previous 20 seasons, each of the MACJC’s 14 institutions could protect 22 student-athletes in their districts. Now any player is free to go to any MACJC institution.

 Essentially, EMCC is throwing the best party in the state on an annual basis. The Lions drop the business card on the table and immediately become the front-runner for any athlete in the state.

 Five Laurel High School players played for EMCC last season in the state championship victory against their hometown school, Jones Junior College. The former Golden Tornadoes are playing for national championships, while Jones will have its third coach in four seasons this fall.

 EMCC isn’t apologizing, and it shouldn’t. Each school had the right to emphasize football when the recruiting districts went away. EMCC pumped even more money into the sport and Stephens continues to assemble a tireless staff willing to recruit every inch of the state.

 Prior to the state championship game last season, retiring Jones coach Ray Perkins admitted his staff wasn’t going to recruit north of Interstate 20 due to manpower and expense. EMCC would laugh at such a notion. If the best player in the state was on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Stephens would have that kid’s address in his GPS.


 We lost track of the original question — How good will the Lions be in 2014?

 The roster includes five quarterbacks, including three who earned player of the year honors in high school. Former Starkville High standout Preston Baker will have the running back position on lockdown. The receiving corps will be younger yet deeper. Some say this might be the best offensive line EMCC has assembled.

 As long as Lesley is in charge of the defense, there is no reason to expect a drop-off. The Lions have seven players on The Clarion-Ledger’s list of the 22 Most Wanted Junior College recruits, which was released earlier this month.

 On Sunday, JCGridiron.com ranked EMCC No. 1 in its preseason rankings. The Sporting News has EMCC No. 2 in the nation on its list. Offensive lineman Jamal Danley and defensive lineman D.J. Jones made the magazine’s Super Sophomores list.

 Expect more of the same. If you need to talk to a senior college football coach this fall, get a coveted sideline pass to an EMCC home game at Sullivan-Windham Field, which is the state’s best facility, but we won’t list that in the pluses.

 EMCC will dominate most Thursdays. Their players then will take official visits on Saturdays and tweet pictures from campuses throughout the nation. Don’t think that kind of stuff is lost on 17- and 18-year-olds.

 The 2014 MACJC season can be handicapped as the last three seasons have been — the “haves” versus the “have nots.” However, in this state, there is only one “have.”

East Miss. intends to keep it that way.

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