One of the wonders of this political moment is feminist contentment about the infantilization of women in the name of progressive politics. Government, encouraging academic administrations to micromanage campus sexual interactions, now assumes that, absent a script, women cannot cope. And the Democrats’ trope about the Republicans’ “war on women” clearly assumes that women are […]

Political orthodoxy often masquerades as religious orthodoxy, creating a cynical mix of certainty wrapped in narrow goals for or against topical, often important issues. One of the great gifts of the American republic is free speech allowing people who profess basically the same broad philosophies to starkly differ in public on details of issues. Recently, […]

Leon Panetta has taken a lot of heat for publicly dumping on Barack Obama’s foreign policy while the president is still in the White House. Where’s his loyalty? the critics ask, as Panetta makes the publicity rounds for his new memoir, “Worthy Fights,” which says tough things about Obama’s past policies on Syria and Iraq. […]

I’ve been saying “Sorry” to Bix the Mississippi mudhound a lot lately. “Stop apologizing, Boss,” he said. “Just throw food.” “That would be easier,” I said. “Happy to help.” But it hasn’t helped. I still feel guilty for what I’ve done and what I’ll continue to do. A while back, I wrote about how Bix […]

The niece Chelsey grew up in this column, a recurring character from the time she was born until she graduated college. Then she disappeared, at least from this block of newspaper real estate. “She’s not funny anymore,” I’d joke when readers asked – as they inevitably did – why I no longer wrote much about […]

The Mississippi Department of Education’s school rankings released today come with an asterisk attached. They’re simply not as meaningful as those in the past. The reason is basic: Most students were not actually tested last spring on what they were being taught last year in the classroom. If that sounds illogical, it is, but only […]

Some people I know refuse to watch the news or read the papers these days, and who can blame them? The headlines are depressing and no one seems to be in charge. The stock market rises and falls, playing “now you see it, now you don’t” with your 401(k), the Ebola virus is on the […]

We Coffee Clutchers were soaking up the autumnal ecstasy that was spilling all over the side porch at Arthur’s. It just seemed too glorious a day to sit inside, even just to grouch. After we’d marred the afternoon sufficiently by chewing on Ebola, politicians, taxes, loose dogs and loud roosters, Mark wondered aloud why so […]