Don’t diddle around with the Constitution

ROLLING FORK — Thanks to election year hype on the always hot button issue of immigration, combined with yet another indication of presidential indifference to the nation’s founding document, I have heard and read more about the 14th Amendment in the past month than I have since a very long-ago Constitutional Law class.

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It might not look like poetry, but…

ROLLING FORK — Quick: Tell me the name of a poet who is (a) not dead and (b) not somebody that some teacher made you read more years ago than you want to remember.

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I wonder if siren chasers have same dreams as me

Sometimes I have bad dreams. I’ve never had PTSD and certainly cannot relate to what its sufferers might endure, but I have practiced newspapering at virtually every level since I was 26 years old and in the course of that have had to view — up close and personal, as they say — a great many terrible scenes. Truly awful scenes. The kind that give you bad dreams.

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And the road goes on…

ROLLING FORK— Twenty-five years. A quarter of a century. A third of the average lifetime. That qualifies as a milestone, I think.

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Just a little tolerance, please

ROLLING FORK— In the great affairs of nation states, perspective derived from individual members of their societies can often be instructive.
A woman prone to the consideration of the philosophical, my late mother once had a friend, a master jeweler friend in Clarksdale, who just happened to be Jewish.
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Truth lost amid hardball politics

ROLLING FORK— Of all the great spectacles inherent within the American political system, few contain the intensity of the passion plays centered around a vacancy on the United States Supreme Court.

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Are we as dumb as we talk?

ROLLING FORK — Have you actually ever paid attention to the things you say and the things that are said to you every day?

Warning: Doing so can be more than a little disturbing to even the ordinary person, and downright traumatic should one be cursed with both lexophilia (being a lover of words) and lack of patience with plain, old-fashioned stupidity.

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Requiem for last of kind

ROLLING FORK — I don’t suppose it should be surprising that a man whose living room’s walls and bookshelves are adorned with artistic depictions of Don Quixote, is a man who would admire the life of John McCain. After all, any linkage of the two characters, one fictional, the other larger than real life, practically screams for the forcing of metaphors like a bad writing school.

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Tracking the political pendulum

Listen. Be still, and sense the beginnings of what may soon be evident to all.

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Friendship trumps partisanship

 

CLARKSDALE —The tone, nothing like what I had half feared and suspected, was set almost immediately.

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