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Yes, Hillary was an enabler
by Rich Lowry
May 29, 2016 | 61 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Donald Trump's philosophy is never to use a scalpel when a meat ax is available, and so it is with his attack on the Clinton scandals of the 1990s. And yet, in slamming Hillary as Bill's "enabler" and daring to invoke the allegation of rape against Clinton, Trump is again demonstrating his unsurpassed ability to needle his opponents and expose their vulnerabilities. Hillary Clinton's self-image as a feminist champion has always been at odds with her political partnership with a serial womanizer. Hillary tends to get a pass, because the 1990s were long ago, the media often scold anyone who brings up the scandals, and most politicians hesitate to talk about someone else's marriage. Unconstrained by these boundaries, Trump is hitting her with his characteristic abandon. Hillary's defenders say this is tantamount to blaming her for Bill's infidelities. Of course, she's not responsible for his philandering. But as a fully vested member of Bill's political operation, Hillary had as much interest in forcefully rebutting allegations of sexual misconduct as he did. The Clinton campaign in 1992 reportedly spent $100,000 on private-detective work related to women. The approach, when rumors first surfaced, was to get affidavits from women denying affairs – the reflex of most women is to avoid exposure – and, failing that, to use any discrediting tool at hand. Hillary was fully on board. When a rock groupie alleged that a state trooper approached her on Gov. Clinton's behalf, Hillary said, "We have to destroy her story." When the Star tabloid subsequently reported that Clinton had affairs with five Arkansas women, including Gennifer Flowers, the Clinton campaign waved affidavits signed by all them denying it. (This is what Clinton had advised Flowers to do in a taped conversation.) Then Flowers admitted to a 12-year affair. Hillary did the famous "60 Minutes" interview with Bill as he delivered a lawyerly denial of the 12-year allegation (he later admitted having sex with Flowers once). Hillary joined strategy sessions over what verbiage to use in the interview. After Bill's election, state troopers told of how they had procured women for him, and one of the procured was Paula Jones. When she came forward, she was abused as trailer-park trash, even though her story of a gross come-on by Clinton in a hotel room was completely credible. Hillary apparently didn't spare a moment's thought on why her husband the governor would have wanted a private meeting with a 24-year-old state employee. She interviewed superlawyer Bob Bennett to handle the Jones sexual-harassment suit and insisted on a hard-line defense. Bennett spread rumors of nude pictures of Jones and had another lawyer subpoena men to try to find evidence of Jones' alleged promiscuity. Hillary was even more instrumental to the defense in the Monica Lewinsky case, setting the tone of the White House response in her "vast right-wing conspiracy" appearance on "Today." The allegation the Clintons have never truly grappled with is Juanita Broaddrick's charge of rape. Her story has been consistent over the years; she told people about the alleged assault at the time; and her account includes details that accord with what other woman have said about encounters with Bill. Perhaps you think Hillary had to stand by her man, or she correctly calculated that the broader political project – both of the Clintons and of liberalism – justified waging political war against a few inconvenient women. Even so, there is no doubt that Hillary compromised herself, by the standards of feminism 20 years ago, and even more by the standards of today. Is there anyone more "privileged" than a white male who is a governor and president? Even if you don't believe the worst, Bill didn't live up to contemporary norms of consent, to put it mildly. If consistency mattered, feminists would demand safe spaces whenever Bill Clinton approached a college campus. Hillary's answer to Trump's offensive is telling – nothing. Sometimes there's just not a good answer. (Daily Corinthian columnist Rich Lowry can be reached via e-mail: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com.)
'The great white hope'
by Pat Buchanan
May 29, 2016 | 49 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
"Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group ... death rates in this group have been rising, not falling." The big new killers of middle-aged white folks? Alcoholic liver disease, overdoses of heroin and opioids, and suicides. So wrote Gina Kolata in The New York Times of a stunning study by the husband-wife team of Nobel laureate Angus Deaton and Anne Case. Deaton could cite but one parallel to this social disaster: "Only H.I.V./AIDS in contemporary times has done anything like this." Middle-aged whites are four times as likely as middle-aged blacks to kill themselves. Their fitness levels are falling as they suffer rising levels of physical pain, emotional stress and mental depression, which helps explain the alcohol and drug addiction. But what explains the social disaster of white Middle America? First, an economy where, though at or near full employment, a huge slice of the labor force has dropped out. Second, the real wages of working Americans have been nearly stagnant for decades. Two major contributors to the economic decline of the white working-class: Scores of millions of third-world immigrants, here legally and illegally, who depress U.S. wages, and tens of thousands of factories and millions of jobs shipped abroad under the label of "globalization." Another factor in the crisis of middle and working class white men is the plunging percentage of those who are married. Where a wife and children give meaning to a man's life, and to his labors, single white men are not only being left behind by the new economy, they are becoming alienated from society. "It's not surprising," Barack Obama volunteered to his San Francisco high-donors, that such folks, "get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them..." We all have seen the figure of 72 percent of black children being born out of wedlock. For working class whites, it is up to 40 percent. A lost generation is growing up all around us. In the popular culture of the '40s and '50s, white men were role models. They were the detectives and cops who ran down gangsters and the heroes who won World War II on the battlefields of Europe and in the islands of the Pacific. They were doctors, journalists, lawyers, architects and clergy. White males were our skilled workers and craftsmen – carpenters, painters, plumbers, bricklayers, machinists, mechanics. They were the Founding Fathers, Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Hamilton, and the statesmen, Webster, Clay and Calhoun. Lincoln and every president had been a white male. Middle-class white males were the great inventors: Eli Whitney and Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and the Wright Brothers. They were the great capitalists: Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford and J. P. Morgan. All the great captains of America's wars were white males: Andrew Jackson and Sam Houston, Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, U.S. Grant and John J. Pershing, Douglas MacArthur and George Patton. What has changed in our culture? Everything. The world has been turned upside-down for white children. In our schools the history books have been rewritten and old heroes blotted out, as their statues are taken down and their flags are put away. Children are being taught that America was "discovered" by genocidal white racists, who murdered the native peoples of color, enslaved Africans to do the labor they refused to do, then went out and brutalized and colonized indigenous peoples all over the world. In Hollywood films and TV shows, working-class white males are regularly portrayed as what was once disparaged as "white trash." Republicans are instructed that demography is destiny, that white America is dying, and that they must court Hispanics, Asians and blacks, or go the way of the Whigs. Since affirmative action for black Americans began in the 1960s, it has been broadened to encompass women, Hispanics, Native Americans the handicapped, indeed, almost 70 percent of the nation. White males, now down to 31 percent of the population, have become the only Americans against whom it is not only permissible, but commendable, to discriminate. When our cultural and political elites celebrate "diversity" and clamor for more, what are they demanding, if not fewer white males in the work force and in the freshman classes at Annapolis and Harvard? What is the moral argument for an affirmative action that justifies unending race discrimination against a declining white working class, who have become the expendables of our multicultural regime? "Angry white male" is now an acceptable slur in culture and politics. So it is that people of that derided ethnicity, race, and gender see in Donald Trump someone who unapologetically berates and mocks the elites who have dispossessed them, and who despise them. Is it any surprise that militant anti-government groups attract white males? Is it so surprising that the Donald today, like Jess Willard a century ago, is seen by millions as "The Great White Hope"? (Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book "The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.”)
Former Lady Tiger inducted to HOF
by Blake D. Long
May 28, 2016 | 62 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One of the most outstanding women’s basketball players to ever put on a Northeast Mississippi Community College uniform has taken her rightful place among the greatest athletes in the Magnolia State. Phyllis Stafford Dilworth was elected to enter the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Sports Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony for the class of 2016 was held last month at Hinds Community College’s Clyde Muse Center.  “Phyllis is so deserving of this,” said Northeast president Ricky Ford. “I had the honor of coaching Phyllis and she represented Northeast as a great athlete and student at the highest level. I’m pleased that she is getting this recognition for her efforts and talents.” Dilworth became the fourth representative of the Lady Tigers in the MACJC Sports Hall of Fame. She joined current Northeast coaches and former student-athletes Brenda Mayes and Kunshinge Sorrell-Howard plus her mentor in Ford. “It puts me up there with special people,” Dilworth said. “It shows that someone has trained you to do well like Coach Ford pushing us to be excellent women on and off the court.” Dilworth was an integral part of the most successful two-year period in program history. The Lady Tigers amassed a 65-1 overall record during her tenure with their only loss in the 1986 national championship game. Northeast entered the postseason during her freshman campaign with a 20-0 record and kept its unblemished streak intact by capturing the second of six consecutive MACJC state championships. The Lady Tigers extended their phenomenal year with convincing wins over MACJC North Division rivals Itawamba Community College, East Mississippi Community College and Northwest Mississippi Community College to win the regional title. Dilworth was one of three Northeast standouts on the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Region 23 Tournament team after claiming the crown over the host Lady Rangers. Northeast returned to Howard Coliseum in Senatobia for the NJCAA National Tournament and moved into the championship contest against Odessa (Texas) Junior College. The Lady Tigers finished just shy of perfection with an 80-69 loss to the Lady Wranglers. Dilworth and her Northeast teammates never faltered during the 1986-87 campaign. The Lady Tigers started the year as the top ranked squad in the entire country held that position throughout the duration of the season. Northeast, which had five eventual NCAA Division I signees in its starting lineup including Dilworth, compiled an undefeated mark of 34-0 and captured the school’s only national title in any sport. Dilworth was the difference during the Lady Tigers’ second straight NJCAA Region 23 championship matchup. She had a double-double with 31 points and 14 rebounds against Utica Junior College in the title tilt at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College. Northeast beat Casper (Wyo.) College, Kilgore (Texas) College and Moberly Area (Mo.) College before capturing the crown with a 68-64 decision over St. Gregory’s (Okla.) College. The Biggersville High School graduate became Northeast's second first-team NJCAA All-American following that season. Dilworth was also a two-time MACJC All-State and NJCAA All-Region 23 selection during her stellar tenure with the Lady Tigers. “It’s very rewarding to me after so many years for someone to honor the things that I was able to accomplish,” said Dilworth. “It’s going to be a tremendous blessing. I’m ecstatic and excited.” Dilworth completed her career at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) under the watch of legendary headman Van Chancellor. She was part of a pair of NCAA Tournament squads during her time with the Lady Rebels from 1987-89. Ole Miss hosted second round games in the NCAA Tournament during both of her years. Dilworth’s jumper with 1:13 remaining in the game lifted the Lady Rebels to a 74-68 victory versus the University of Houston (Texas) in her inaugural playoff game. Louisiana Tech University eliminated Ole Miss in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen at Austin, Texas, to complete the junior campaign for Dilworth, who wore jersey No. 10 for the Lady Rebels. She led Ole Miss farther into the NCAA Tournament as a senior and was rewarded by the Southeastern Conference’s distinguished coaches with All-SEC second-team accolades. Dilworth and the Lady Rebels reached the NCAA Elite Eight for the third time ever with triumphs over Old Dominion (Va.) University in Oxford and North Carolina State University at Auburn, Ala. Ole Miss was consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally during Dilworth’s two years. The Lady Rebels finished at No. 12 in the Associated Press (AP) poll following both of their postseason runs from 1988-89. Dilworth had the highest field goal percentage on the squad for two consecutive seasons. She made 137 shot attempts for a 54.8 percent ledger during the 1987-88 campaign and then tallied a solid 52.2 percent mark one year later.
BMC begins construction of facility
by Jeff York
May 28, 2016 | 54 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Blue Mountain College officials recently announced that construction of their Baseball/Softball Sportsplex facility is now under way. Engineers, heavy equipment operators and truck drivers from Xcavators, Inc. are now on site at the North Mississippi Christian college, preparing the foundation of the collegiate complex. The 34-acre complex located one-half mile from campus, was donated to BMC by Tippah County neighbor, Profile Products in exchange for the mineral rights to 37 acres across from the site of the new fields. Profile Products, located approximately two miles from the BMC campus, is known for its industry's best-selling inorganic soil amendments for sports fields, golf courses and landscapes which are used in Major League Baseball and the National Football League. BMC originally broke ground at the facility in December of 2012, but the project was later put on hiatus. With weather permitting and ideal conditions, the complex is expected to be complete and ready for practice by the Fall of 2016. The Blue Mountain College baseball and softball teams have used the facilities at BNA Bank Park in New Albany, Miss. the last several years as their home playing fields. Blue Mountain College Athletics Director Lavon Driskell said, "To see the work continue on our baseball and softball sportsplex is very thrilling because this was a dream and a plan for BMC, and to see it come to fruition is exciting." Work at the site will continue through the summer with the official opening coming at a date to be announced.
Texas A&M rallies past Ole Miss

by The Associated Press
May 28, 2016 | 66 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HOOVER, Ala. --- Pinch-hitter Walker Pennington hit a three-run, go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and Texas A&M beat Mississippi 12-8 on Saturday to advance to the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game. The Aggies (44-14) are seeking their first SEC Tournament title. They'll face Florida or LSU on Sunday in the championship game. Texas A&M scored five runs in the eighth and two in the ninth to erase an 8-5 deficit. Pennington hit his fourth home run of the season to left field off closer Wyatt Short. Errol Robinson had four hits and four RBIs for the Rebels. Texas A&M closer Mark Ecker worked two scoreless innings for his sixth save, leaving two runners on in the ninth. Short, who had allowed only seven earned runs this season, gave up six in two-thirds of an inning.
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