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Britain to EU: Good riddance
by Cal Thomas
Jun 28, 2016 | 140 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Maybe it was those college courses on the history of Europe that soured me on the idea of a united continent. How could a conglomeration of nation states noted for invading each other, pillaging and warring against each other form a union? How could a continent with different languages, cultures and money become a united states of Europe modeled after the USA? Unity is not union. As the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher observed: "European unity has been tried before, and the outcome was far from happy." The euro, which I also mocked at the time it was introduced on January 1, 1999, replaced the French franc (the Swiss wisely kept their franc), the German mark, the Dutch guilder and most other circulating currencies. Thatcher again: "The European single currency is bound to fail, economically, politically and indeed socially..." How prescient she was. A majority of British voters literally want their country back. That sentiment was repeated in interviews with average blokes on the BBC and Sky. They are tired of being dictated to by an unelected and unaccountable elite in Brussels. They are tired of the wave of immigrants who do not assimilate and seem uninterested in becoming fully British. And they are tired of being called names for wishing to preserve what was handed down to them by previous generations who fought and died so their descendants might continue to enjoy the British way of life. Even Queen Elizabeth II, who normally remains outwardly neutral on most political issues, appeared to step in on this one. According to Breitbart London reporter Liam Deacon, there are reports that the Queen "thinks European courts that protect Islamist hate preachers 'denigrate' Britain and has demanded that her dinner guests 'Give me three good reasons' to remain inside the European Union." Already people are comparing former London Mayor Boris Johnson, who led the exit campaign and wants to succeed departing Prime Minister David Cameron, to Donald Trump. Trump had the good fortune and perfect timing to be in Scotland when the voting results were announced. His news conference was carried live throughout Europe and on U.S. cable news networks. Like so many of the British, Trump supporters are sick of the elites dictating to them. They, too, want their country back and are also weary of the names they are called for wishing to preserve what was handed down to them at the price of blood, sweat and tears (to borrow from Winston Churchill). Scottish separatists vow to hold another vote because their leader, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, wants to remain in the EU. But the die has been cast. I suspect the EU will eventually fall apart and the nations that currently comprise it could return to their previous borders and currencies, but it is to be hoped not their previous feuds. A status quo ante would be good news for Vladimir Putin, who has viewed a united Europe as an impediment to his plan to restore "greater Russia." The main lesson for Britain and the U.S. is that the people, properly informed and engaged, don't have to put up with elitist big government whose leaders think they can run people's lives and who callously "import" immigrants from nations that do not have a democratic history, much less practice religious pluralism. We can take back our countries and make them what the founders intended them to be. Britain is on the way to doing so, though the left will not give up easily, if at all. The other shoe may be about to drop in the U.S. this November. (Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribpub.com.)
Learn from 1964 Klan murder case
by Sid Salter
Jun 28, 2016 | 84 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
STARKVILLE – After 52 years, the announcement of the closing of the investigation of the murders of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County by members of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was in many ways anti-climactic. The June 21, 1964 “Mississippi Burning” murders of activists Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney are the subjects of at least a dozen books, four movies and some 128,000 Web page “hits” when the names are plugged into the Google search engine. The trio was detained subsequent to their attempts to investigate of the burning of an African American church and later shot to death on an isolated rural road. Their bodies were buried in an earthen pond dam. Why were they killed? For trying to help the black citizens of Neshoba County register to vote. A massive FBI investigation into the murders of the three civil rights workers produced 21 arrests, 18 indictments and seven convictions on charges of conspiracy to violate the civil rights of the slain trio by men linked to the Klan. But despite those 1967 conspiracy convictions, none of the men implicated in the Neshoba murders ever faced the scrutiny of a state court grand jury considering murder charges against them – not until Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and Neshoba County District Attorney Mark Duncan took the case to trial. In truth, the 2005 murder conviction of reputed Klansman Edgar Ray “Preacher” Killen in Philadelphia by a Neshoba County jury for the slayings of Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney was the real moment of high drama. But other moments would follow. The 2009 election and 2013 re-election of another “preacher” as Philadelphia’s mayor – James Young, a veteran Neshoba County African American politician who is also a Pentecostal minister – was a watershed for a community that struggled for decades under the weight of the shadow of the civil rights era murders. Along with the rest of the country, Neshoba County changed over a half-century. Today, Philadelphia is a growing, progressive town with four distinct racial components – whites, African Americans, native Choctaw Indians and the new Hispanic immigrants that work in the poultry and timber industries. Racial harmony in Neshoba County today is comparable to any city in America – and if an honest assessment is to be made, perhaps better than most. I was born in Philadelphia. While I don't return home as often since my parents died, I get back to Neshoba County on a regular basis. I return each year with family for the Neshoba County Fair. I take my grandchildren to Williams Brothers’ store to visit with friends and take home a little bacon and cheese or get a pair of hunting boots. Christmas Eve at Williamsville is a family tradition. My father was the principal at Neshoba Central High School when court-ordered school integration was accomplished. Our family witnessed the death rattles of what was left of the Klan and their ilk during those tense days, but in the end the county and city schools integrated peacefully and successfully. It’s important to note that the change that eventually came to my hometown was not one born of external pressures and influences. What changed in Philadelphia ultimately was the hopes and aspirations of my generation, people who saw the realities of the 1960s and wanted better for themselves and for their children. They came to value the rule of law over the old time “religion” of segregation and racial contempt. Because the investigative trail has long since run cold, because there’s virtually no one relevant left to punish for the 1964 murders, it is past time to close the investigation and move on. But it’s not time to forget what happened that night out on Rock Cut Road. My people in Neshoba County, the majority of them, learned from what happened there in 1964 and grew. But the question that is pertinent now is whether new generations of Mississippians can look at the Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney murders for what they were – an American tragedy – and avoid the newly festering politics of “us” versus “them.” So let the investigation end, but remember the three young men and their sacrifice. (Sid Salter is a syndicated columnist. Contact him sidsalter@sidsalter.com.)
Brexit earthquake hits Britain
by Michael Barone
Jun 28, 2016 | 95 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Earthquakes seldom hit the British Isles. But one did late Thursday night and early Friday morning, as the constituency returns started pouring in on the referendum to decide whether the United Kingdom would remain in or leave the European Union. Most polls had shown a small margin for remain, and betting markets made it an odds-on favorite. Hedge funds went long on the assumption "Remain" would win. It had the support, after all, of Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, the leftist Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Bank of England President Mark Carney and the financial leaders of the City of London. But as the returns came in, Brexit started running farther and farther ahead, toward its eventual 52 to 48 percent victory. If you look at the map of the results, you see that Scotland, which voted 55 to 45 percent against becoming an independent country in September 2014, was voting 62 percent "Remain." Northern Ireland, concerned about relations with the Irish Republic, voted 56 percent "Remain." London, with its large cosmopolitan immigrant population and rich financial community, voted 60 percent "Remain." But in between London's M-25 ring road and the Scottish border, there were only a few splotches of "Remain" support. Manchester was pro-remaining, but Birmingham voted "Leave." The industrial North East, a Labour stronghold that Tony Blair represented in Parliament, voted 58 percent "Leave." So did the Conservative-heavy East Midlands, where Margaret Thatcher grew up. On the doorstep of 10 Downing Street Friday morning Cameron announced he would resign by October and leave negotiating exit from the EU to his successor. That looks likely to be Boris Johnson, mayor of London for eight years until last month, who led the "Leave" campaign effervescently, with an appropriate pause after the horrifying murder June 16 of a pro-"Remain" MP in Yorkshire. That decision will be made by the Conservative Party, most of whose MPs supported "Leave." Johnson, whose toffish self-mockery and humor masks a penetrating mind, would be an intellectually serious and widely popular leader. All the more so if Michael Gove, now justice secretary and "Leave" co-leader, becomes chancellor or foreign secretary. They are a definitive two-man refutation of the canard that only the stupid and racist supported Brexit. The Labour Party is in worse shape. In May 2015 it lost all but one of its Scottish parliamentary seats to the Scots Nats. On June 23 "Leave" prevailed in the Labour Party's industrial heartland in the North of England. Its only faithful constituency is Corbyn's home turf, the gentrifying precincts of London. He looks likely to be voted out as leader, with no stellar alternative in sight. On a visit to Britain in April, Barack Obama called on voters to remain and threatened that Britain would be "at the back of the queue" in any post-Brexit trade negotiations. Interestingly, the 48 percent constituency for "Remain" closely resembles the 51 percent Obama constituency of 2012. Remain supporters were tilted toward the very highly educated and the uneducated, toward the metropolitan elite and racial and ethnic minorities, toward the very young – and away from the white working class and the relatively old. Both constituencies are geographically clustered, in central cities, sympathetic suburbs and university towns, where so many people drip with contempt for those without the good taste to live nearby. Such people are quick to call Brexit voters racist, and clearly immigration was an issue on many of their minds. Britain has had record immigration, with many low-skill newcomers from Europe, while the EU prevents it from admitting more high-skill immigrants from elsewhere. Angela Merkel's August 2015 decision to allow 1 million supposed refugees into Germany has triggered realistic fears of a flood of violently misogynistic Muslims. Johnson and Gove propose instead a point system like Australia's, to limit intake to those with high skills. Something else motivated the 17 million who voted "Leave" – a healthy nationalism and demand for self-government. Most British laws are now passed by unelected EU bureaucrats in Brussels. You don't have to be a racist to prefer Britain's laws be passed by elected and removable members of Parliament. Were the polls off? Not by much, and mostly because of one thing polls can't forecast – turnout, higher than May 2015 nationally, but more tepid in pro-"Remain" areas and especially high in the pro-"Leave" factory towns and English countryside. Could differential turnout be decisive here, producing a result most elites dread in November? Maybe. Donald Trump, who as votes were counted jetted into Scotland to promote a golf course, probably thinks so. (Daily Corinthian columnist Michael Barone is senior political analyst for The Washington Examiner, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Fox News Channel contributor and a co-author of The Almanac of American Politics.)
AC claims NEMCABB Regional
by H. Lee Smith II
Jun 27, 2016 | 94 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Turns out pitching and defense are keys to victory in the "off season". A month-and-a-half after being eliminated from the Class 3A quarterfinals, the Alcorn Central High School baseball team was nearly perfect in the Northeast Mississippi Coaches Association for Better Baseball Summer Tournament. The Bears (20-11 in 2016) claimed one of the eight regional events over the weekend, going 2-0-1 at the Corinth High School Baseball Complex. Central opened with a 2-0 win over Kossuth — the team that eliminated them 2-1 in the best-of-3 North semifinal — and a 3-0 decision over Tishomingo County on Thursday. The Bears and host Warriors battled to a scoreless tie on Friday, giving AC the title and a No. 1 seed and more than cementing their performance over 21 innings. “Our pitchers stole the show this weekend,” said AC Head Coach Jarrad Robinson. “Mason Morgan, Tate Perriman and Jerod Bronson battled the heat and threw 21 consecutive scoreless innings.” Central managed just five runs over the three games, but the work on the mound and the seven defenders behind it helped make for a successful weekend. “The defense made the routine plays and the big play when we needed it,” said Robinson. “And we had some timely hitting. Winning the regional outright was an added bonus.” Thirty teams took part in eight regionals to set the bracket for this week’s single-elimination championship at the New Albany Sportsplex. Play was scheduled to begin on Monday with 12 contests. Kossuth was scheduled to play Belmont and Corinth drew Grenada. Tishomingo County — the fourth team from the local regional — was to have faced off with Ripley. Play continues today, including the opener for six teams. Alcorn Central is amongst those set to debut today, facing off with Division 1-3A rival Mooreville at 4 p.m. The contest was originally set for a 10 a.m. first pitch. A win would put the Bears in a 8 p.m. contest at 8 p.m. against the East Union-Pine Grove winner. Quarterfinal and semifinal action were scheduled for Wednesday, with the title match at 6 p.m. Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the wishes of the opposing coaches. Win or lose the NEMCABB Summer Tournament, as well as the other summer games played thus far, has helped Robinson assess a team that had six seniors among a 20-man roster in May. “Our young guys have really stepped up and helped us have a strong summer,” said Robinson. “I am looking forward to seeing what this group can do.”
Durant, Anthony lead USA basketball roster


by The Associated Press
Jun 27, 2016 | 104 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
NEW YORK -- Kyrie Irving took one last shot on the flight home from the NBA Finals, hoping LeBron James would play in the Olympics. James isn't going to Rio, and neither are many more of basketball's best players. The Americans think they'll be just fine with who they have. "We should be heavily favored," Golden State's Klay Thompson said. "I mean, 12 NBA stars, very unselfish guys, very versatile team, we definitely should be favored. It's a disappointment if we don't win gold." The U.S. selected the roster Monday, led by Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, it hopes can do that for the third straight time. Durant and Anthony are the only players with Olympic experience after a number of stars, including James, decided to skip Rio. Also chosen were: Golden State's Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes; Toronto's Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan; Indiana's Paul George; Chicago's Jimmy Butler; Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins and the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan. Irving was the MVP of the 2014 Basketball World Cup on a U.S. team that included Thompson, Cousins and DeRozan and easily won gold. The Americans should roll into Rio as the favorites. Yet they won't look as imposing as expected after the withdrawals of NBA MVP Stephen Curry and All-Stars such as Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and James Harden. "As far as the talent goes and the level of play, I'm pretty sure that that's still going to be the same," Anthony said. "We don't have as many of the big-name guys that we've had before, but I think so far this is a great group of guys and they're hungry. They want to play." USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said having a national team pool, which he began in 2005, always has the Americans ready for player losses. There were 31 players in this year's and he had to go deep into it — and eventually even beyond it — to find 12 as the usual factors that can knock players out were joined by the Zika virus and other concerns in Brazil. Anthony said he talked to doctors and people who have been to Brazil about the risks of the mosquito-borne virus. "Prior to this year, in the past we dealt with things like free agency, injuries, personal issues that might prevent someone from moving forward. This year it was exacerbated by circumstances beyond anyone's control, and that was the reality, the speculation and the circumstance in Rio," Colangelo said. "So somewhat more challenging, but at the end of the day, and this is important: This is not about who isn't here, this is about who is here." Anthony becomes the first U.S. men's basketball player to appear in four Olympics. Durant set a U.S. record by averaging 19.5 points in London and also was the MVP when the U.S. won the 2010 world championship. "Shoot, when you're playing with the best players in the world, it makes it easy," Durant said. "I'm just going out there and playing my game. They take all the pressure off of me." Duke's Mike Krzyzewski will coach the Americans for the third and final time, tying Henry Iba's team record. He will lead a team with strong NBA credentials — nine were All-Stars this season — but a little short on international experience after the withdrawals. James would have joined Anthony with a fourth selection. He pulled out last week after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA championship. Irving said winning a gold medal would be even sweeter, and he attempted to convince James to chase it with him. "Hey, I tried," Irving said. "I tried to get him to come and after we won the championship told him — I was kind of nudging him on the plane, I was like, 'So are going to play USA?' He just didn't know at the time and I gave him a lot of space because, I mean, he's been playing basketball every single year for a long length of time." The heaviest losses came at the point guard spot, where Curry passed on making his Olympic debut after knee and ankle injuries in the playoffs. Former Olympians Paul and Westbrook also pulled out and what was a position of strength became so depleted that Lowry was added last week even though he wasn't even a member of the pool. But Colangelo focused on the strength of the team that was selected, adding he and Krzyzewski are excited about the challenge of working with new faces. "Their credentials speak for themselves and now it's just a matter of coach having some time with the group, because there's so many new people, just getting everyone to blend in," Colangelo said.
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