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November 28, 2012

Rarely will you read a column of mine that advocates 1. An expansion of federal government power and 2. A tax increase. This one, however, does advocate these.
The Constitution grants Congress and the federal government the power to regulate interstate commerce. The vast majority of Internet purchases fit into the category of interstate commerce.

November 12, 2012

The tone of the “political” get-together on campus Tuesday night was far too serious for my taste — we all should have been dancing.

November 7, 2012

US House of Representatives race Republican Alan Nunnelee has been re-elected to Mississippi’s first congressional district House of Representatives seat. Nunnelee’s strongest opponent was 37-yearold Democrat Brad Morris, a businessman and attorney from Oxford. Nunnelee will begin a two-year term in January.

US House of Representatives race Republican Alan Nunnelee has been re-elected to Mississippi’s first congressional district House of Representatives seat. Nunnelee’s strongest opponent was 37-yearold Democrat Brad Morris, a businessman and attorney from Oxford. Nunnelee will begin a two-year term in January.

“It’s an exciting night for all our supporters, and it appears I’ll be going back to Washington,” Nunnelee said last night after the election.

November 5, 2012

When reading a recent article in the New York Times about Amazon and its apparent goal of monopolizing the bookselling industry, one sentence in the story stood out as an epiphany to me.
A sentence from the article “Booksellers Resisting Amazon’s Disruption” reads: “Amazon can do many things, but it still cannot let readers examine a book before buying.”

November 5, 2012

Presidential Candidates Barack Obama, Joe Biden: http://www.barackobama.com/ Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan: http://www.mittromney.com/ Virgil Goode, Jim Clymer: http://www.goodeforpresident2012.com Gary Johnson, James P. Gray: http://www.garyjohnson2012.com Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala: http://www.jillstein.org Barbara Dale Washer, Cathy Toole: NO WEBSITE FOUND United States Senate candidates Albert N. Gore, Jr.: http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Albert_N._Gore,_Jr. Roger F.

October 29, 2012

By and large, Amnesty International does good work. They represent the downtrodden and oppressed all over the world and bring attention to otherwise unknown human rights violations. Having said that, in a case currently before the Supreme Court, Amnesty International may have unintentionally blocked future plaintiffs from bringing cases about the U.S. government’s use of warrantless wiretapping.

October 24, 2012

A few weeks ago, I filled out my absentee ballot at the Madison County Courthouse. On the ballot was a race for Mississippi Supreme Court justice. In the weeks since then, I have noticed quite a bit of campaigning for that race.
The more that I think about this race, the more it concerns me. For starters, the incumbent, Bill Waller Jr., is the chief justice of Mississippi. This means it is possible for Mississippi’s top state judge to lose his seat this November.

October 23, 2012

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote a letter to West Lincoln Attendance Center in Lincoln County, Mississippi telling them to stop holding prayers and condemned other religious behavior by the school and faculty as it violates the U.S. Constitution. The ACLU also had problems with various religiously-themed posters found on campus and religious messages given by even the principal Jason Case.

October 18, 2012

I am an Independent voter. I have no party affiliation, and I refuse to vote along partisan lines. I educate myself on the issues each year and cast my ballot according to which politician I think will do a better job, and this election is no different.
Even though I am unashamed to admit that my political views tend to lean liberal, my absentee ballot was checkered with candidates from different parties when I filled it out this weekend. Simply put, the fact that someone calls himself/herself a Democrat or Republican is not enough to make me vote in their favor.

October 17, 2012

The college admissions process is something most of us would never like to have to relive.
It’s a stressful time filling out applications, writing variations of the same personal statement and dealing with the attendant stress of finding a large or small envelope in the mailbox. However, for one girl, though she graduated from LSU this past May, she will have to relive this time of her life in front of the Supreme Court.

October 17, 2012

It’s that time of year again. Time to buy roughly 15 gallons worth of Halloween candy. If you are like me, you tell yourself it’s just in case trick-or-treaters come by, but deep down you really know it’s to consume copious amounts of Reese’s and Milky Way Midnight Darks.
Halloween has always been my favorite pastime. I rarely miss a trick-or-treat opportunity, and luckily with young cousins I still get to relive the childlike wonderment of trick-or-treating.

October 17, 2012

The University of Mississippi was recently recognized by the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksites program for facilitating healthy and active lifestyles for its employees.

The University of Mississippi was recently recognized by the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksites program for facilitating healthy and active lifestyles for its employees. The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is designed to recognize employers who encourage physical, nutritional and cultural wellness within the workplace. This is the second year in a row for Ole Miss to win platinum recognition. Ole Miss was the only university in the state to be recognized by the American Heart Association and was one of only two platinum recipients when it won previously in 2011.

October 17, 2012

“Dude, I’m gonna break your f----n’ arm, then I’m gonna punch you in the f----n’ face.”
Sounds like a holdup, right? Or a mugging? Nope, it’s a police officer working for the NYPD.
But naturally there was a good reason for treating the guy like that. I mean, he must have just been caught running away from a crime scene or resisting arrest or something. Oh, no? He wasn’t even doing anything wrong? Alright, then.

October 7, 2012

This week marks 50 years of integration at The University of Mississippi. It is important that we take time to reflect on the progress the university has made to transform its obstinate outlook during the civil rights movement to a more open and accepting place.  Looking beyond the university, it is much more important to focus on the accomplishments of black alumni as they have followed the legacy of James Meredith in opening up a once closed society.

October 2, 2012

There is something pleasing about seeing items placed in a list and categorized in some sort of order.
There are lists for everything these days. Some lists are fun and offer nothing more than bragging rights.
For instance, I will happily claim that I went to the No. 1 tailgating school and experienced the Grove (to understand the importance of that, you must know that I went to Mississippi State for my undergrad). Other lists, however, seem to be of utmost importance.
A list that constantly plagues law students and law schools alike is the law school rankings.

September 18, 2012

 
Every theme park under the Walt Disney banner is for kids. Granted, when defining the word “kids” as far as Disney and age are concerned, the numbers span a broad spectrum. Anywhere from one to 100 comes to mind.
The Magic Kingdom is a place where fairy tales come to life – where Cinderella’s castle is the center of the universe, and you can discover a multitude of whimsical lands that spark the imagination and urge you to go and explore the magical creatures that live there.

September 14, 2012

On Oct. 1, 1962, James Meredith became the first black student at The University of Mississippi. Before and after his official enrollment, violent riots and hate shook the campus and took the focus off of what Ole Miss was known for at the time — the most successful football program in school history.

On Oct. 1, 1962, James Meredith became the first black student at The University of Mississippi. Before and after his official enrollment, violent riots and hate shook the campus and took the focus off of what Ole Miss was known for at the time — the most successful football program in school history.
THE FOOTBALL

September 5, 2012

Since President Obama is in the midst of election mode, he has amped up his attacks on the rich in order to pander to lower-income voters. The president continues to call for an expiration of the Bush tax cuts for those who make over $250,000.
While that is more than what the vast majority of Americans make, it is a far cry from his fight to raise taxes on the millionaires and billionaires only. According to the IRS, 2.7 million Americans earn more than $250,000 a year, but only one-tenth of those make more than $1 million.

September 3, 2012

“The university is respected, but Ole Miss is loved. The university gives a diploma and regretfully terminates tenure, but one never graduates from Ole Miss,” is a quote from alumnus Frank Everett that hangs from the wall of the Student Union. 

“The university is respected, but Ole Miss is loved. The university gives a diploma and regretfully terminates tenure, but one never graduates from Ole Miss,” is a quote from alumnus Frank Everett that hangs from the wall of the Student Union.
In the midst of tough economic times, the University of Mississippi has been incredibly successful in raising funds through private donations, so much so that the 2012 fiscal year was the second-best fundraising year in the 165-year history of the university.

August 28, 2012

Winning a Southeastern Conference championship, finishing fourth in the NCAAs and competing in the Olympics is quite the resume for any track athlete. But that was just the last four months for Ole Miss sprinter Isiah Young.

 
Winning a Southeastern Conference championship, finishing fourth in the NCAAs and competing in the Olympics is quite the resume for any track athlete. But that was just the last four months for Ole Miss sprinter Isiah Young.
 
And he’s not satisfied.
 

July 24, 2012

 
With over 200 locations across the four corners of the United States and every where in between, Pita Pit has found a new home in Oxford.
Located on North Lamar Boulevard, right off the square, owner of the new Pita Pit, Jack Brighenti, thought this would be the perfect location to provide healthy eating to both students and the Oxford community.
He is the owner of two other Pita Pits, which are located in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. His newest location is the first to open in the state of Mississippi.

 
With over 200 locations across the four corners of the United States and every where in between, Pita Pit has found a new home in Oxford.
Located on North Lamar Boulevard, right off the square, owner of the new Pita Pit, Jack Brighenti, thought this would be the perfect location to provide healthy eating to both students and the Oxford community.
He is the owner of two other Pita Pits, which are located in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. His newest location is the first to open in the state of Mississippi.

July 17, 2012

Despite the recent repeal on President Barack Obama’s health care law by the U.S. House of Representatives, a group of 11 people, including Gov. Phil Bryant, have decided to take matters into their own hands. 

 
Despite the recent repeal on President Barack Obama’s health care law by the U.S. House of Representatives, a group of 11 people, including Gov. Phil Bryant, have decided to take matters into their own hands. 
The group, made up of politicians and attorneys, is suing the federal government on grounds that Obamacare is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett in Hattiesburg set a bench trial date in October to hear the case. 

July 17, 2012

David Williams plead guilty to manslaughter and kidnapping inveiglement of Demetria Bracey Monday morning.

 
David Williams plead guilty to manslaughter and kidnapping inveiglement of Demetria Bracey Monday morning. Williams will serve 25 years on both counts, with the possibility of having the last five years suspended following a mental evaluation.