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Daily Corinthian Vol. 115, No. 305
2011 Christmas Basket Fund ‘A Community Tradition’
Donations to basket fund near $27,000 The spirit of giving this Christmas season is alive and well in the Alcorn County area. Donations continue to arrive for the 16th annual Corinth Rotary Club/Daily Corinthian Christmas Basket Fund. A $25,000 fundraising goal was set so 1,100 food baskets could be given to local families on Saturday, Dec. 10. It was a record number of baskets and the community has responded in a big way. Baskets were given away based upon the faith the goal would be reached and the faith has now turned into fact with the goal not only being reached, but surpassed. So far $26,930 has been raised. Donations include $100 from A.H. Taylor; and $50 from Lora Ann Huff in memory of Leroy Hopkins. Donations will continue to be accepted through Christmas Day and are a perfect time to make a tribute to a loved one. Contributions to the Christmas Basket Fund can be made “in honor of” or “in memory of” a special person or persons. The tribute will be published in the Daily Corinthian. Donations can be brought by the newspaper office or mailed to: Daily Corinthian, Attn.: Christmas Basket Fund, P.O. Box 1800, Corinth, MS 38835.
CT-A needs young actors for 2 plays BY BOBBY J. SMITH email@example.com
Corinth Theatre-Arts is looking for young actors to take the stage in two upcoming productions. “We’re looking for youth of all ages through 19,” said CT-A Managing Director Tommy Ledbetter. “No preparation or experience is required — all you’ve got to do is show up for the audition and read a page of the script.” Auditions for “The Fisherman and His Wife” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes” will be held Monday, Jan. 2, and Tuesday, Jan. 3, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Crossroads Playhouse. Tryouts for both productions will be held on both dates. “The Fisherman and His Wife” is based on one of the Brothers Grimm’s most famous fairy tales, the story of a good man content with very little and the destruction caused by his dissatisfied wife after an encounter with a magical fish with the power to grant wishes. The cast will require approximately 12 actors. Sponsored by Northside Mini Storage and LINK, “The Fisherman and His Wife will be performed on Friday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. It is also a traveling production, and will be taken to several schools in Please see CT-A | 3A
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Port authority lands grants Funds will build spec building, railroad spur in industrial park BY BRANT SAPPINGTON firstname.lastname@example.org
BURNSVILLE — A pair of improvement projects in the works at the Northeast Mississippi Waterway Industrial Park could pay big dividends for future economic development in the region.
The Yellow Creek Port Authority has received a pair of grants from the Mississippi Department of Transportation Multi-Modal Fund that will be combined with port authority funds to construct a spec building and begin the first phase of construction to connect a rail
line to the barge terminal at the industrial park. TAP Alliance members say the projects will greatly improve the attractiveness of the industrial park to potential industries. The group, which represents economic development organizations and local
governments in Tishomingo, Alcorn and Prentiss counties, is focused on working together to bring new industry and employers to the region by combining resources and strategies for the benefit of all involved. Please see GRANTS | 2A
Retirement of voting printers OK’d BY JEBB JOHNSTON email@example.com
The U.S. Department of Justice has given approval for Alcorn County to stop using the external printer modules attached to the county’s electronic voting machines. Abandonment of the printer attachment has been a trend among Mississippi counties that use electronic voting machines. Prentiss County is among those
that have already stopped using the extra paper trail. The printers were intended to give voters confidence that their vote was recorded by allowing them to look at it on paper, but election officials believe it is rarely utilized by voters. Also, “If you have any trouble, that’s where 99 percent of it is — usually a paper jam,” said Circuit Clerk Joe Caldwell. If the printer runs out of pa-
per before a voter has finished casting his vote, the voter has to wait for the printer module to be reloaded. Removing the printer will reduce those types of delays, Caldwell said. Caldwell said he doesn’t know of any problems that have arisen in counties that have stopped using them. “We still are going to have a paper printout,” he said. “There is a printer made into
the system.” The printer module is an optional add-on that the state purchased when many counties were moving to the electronic touch-screen machines in order to comply with federal law. It allows voters to see their votes through a clear plastic window on the module attached to the right side of the Please see PRINTERS | 2A
ACHS BearBots team competes at regionals BY BOBBY J. SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org
An area school wrapped up the inaugural year of its robotics program by participating in a regional competition. The Alcorn Central High School Technology Discovery BearBots robotics team went up against teams and robots from around the nation in the 2011 South’s BEST Robotics Competition at Auburn (Ala.) University. Over 50 robotics teams competed in the event on Dec. 2-3. The local group finished 19th. The 2011 ACHS BearBots team has four members: freshmen Isaac Byrom and William Odom; a sophomore, Shari Armstrong; and a junior, Joshua Nix. “I was very pleased with our students,” said Lillie Weaver, ACHS Technology Discovery instructor and BearBots coach. “We placed 19th and competed against teams with 20 to 30 members.” The competition required the BearBots to work in pairs Please see BEARBOTS | 2A
The ACHS Technology Discovery BearBots team wrapped up the inaugural year of the school’s robotics program with a trip to Auburn University to compete in the 2011 South’s BEST Robotics competition. The 2011 ACHS BearBots team has four members: freshmen Isaac Byrom and William Odom; a sophomore, Shari Armstrong; and a junior, Joshua Nix.
Civitans spread Christmas cheer with annual Kids Day BY BOBBY J. SMITH email@example.com
Telephone Pioneer Club member Edna Earl Orr visits with the man from the North Pole during the Corinth Civitans’ annual Kids Day. Edna’s husband, the late Jimmy Orr, was a Civitans member when Kids Day started 35 years ago. The Telephone Pioneer Club works with the Civitans to make Kids Day a reality.
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The Corinth Civitans are doing their part to bring Christmas joy to a group of local children. The Corinth Civitans Club recently held its annual Kids Day — a day dedicated to helping local children have a special Christmas. “Kids Day is one of my favorite times of the year. The Corinth Civitan theme this year is ‘Enriching lives through service’ — what better way to serve the community,” said Civitans President Tina Bugg. “Also it is a great way to put the theme into action by helping share the true meaning of Christmas by helping children.” It all started back in 1976 or ’77, remembered Tommy Stine, a long-time Civitan and current board member. The Civitans wanted to do something to bring a brighter Christmas
to area kids who needed it. It began with two Alcorn County kids and a clothes-buying trip to Belk. This year the Civitans brought their brand of Christmas joy to 12 children, all in kindergarten and first grade at schools in Corinth and Alcorn County, and all chosen by their teachers. The event was held Dec. 14. The days begins when the kids arrive at the Civitans’ regular meeting place, Hillandale Country Club. “We feed them a nice lunch — this year it was chicken tenders and hamburgers — and make them the center of attention,” Stine explained. Right about the time lunch ends, Santa Claus arrives, bringing sacks of “goodies” for the kids and a willingness to sit for pictures and listen to Christmas wishes. Please see CIVITANS | 2A
On this day in history 150 years ago Great Britain gives the United States one week to return the Confederate agents taken from the mail packet Trent. England threatens to recall her ambassador and break of diplomatic relations if the demand is not met.
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GRANTS: ‘It’s great to have land, but without infrastructure it’s an uphill battle,’ Alliance president says CONTINUED FROM 1A
TAP member and Corinth Alliance President Gary Chandler said the rail spur project will begin the creation of approximately one mile of rail line, the first step in connecting NorfolkSouthern’s nearby line with the barge terminal. The total cost of the entire project will be approximately $3-4 million. Phase I of the rail spur project is being funded through $700,000 from MDOT’s multimodal fund, matched by $300,000 from the Port Authority. Phase I is expected to be completed prior to June 2013 and will include
alignment of the rail bed and railed ballast. It is a first step toward the eventually construction of the entire spur. Chandler termed the project a significant first step in the right direction toward making the industrial park even more appealing to potential new industries. “It’s great to have land, but without infrastructure it’s an uphill battle,” he said. Rail access to the terminal is considered key to meeting the needs of many industries that might consider locating in the area. The port authority has also obtained funds
through the MDOT program to be matched by its own funds for construction of a 20,000-squarefoot spec building with the capacity for the installation of a 20-ton crane near the barge terminal in the park. The project is being funded through a $400,000 award to the port authority from the MDOT program, matched by $400,000 of port authority funds. Site work on the project is complete and the port authority is preparing to award the construction project. The building is slated to be complete by June of 2012. The building will be designed to be easily expanded or modified to
meet the needs of any potential industrial client. Chandler said the TAP Alliance has worked closely with the port authority on both projects and is thrilled to see the work being done on the industrial park. He noted that a study commissioned by TAP this year pointed to the industrial park as a key site for industrial development in the region. He said they are continuing to work on new ways to market the site to industries with the goal of bringing new jobs to the region. “The TAP Alliance and Yellow Creek Port Authority are ‘all in’ in terms of working together to pur-
sue necessary infrastructure and to aggressively market the Northeast Mississippi Waterway Industrial Park site in Burnsville. Without the motivation of the YCPA director and its board in seeking and matching these funds, these two projects would not be on the table. In order for our region to thrive and grow, it is imperative that we continue to build on this spirit of cooperation and keep the positive momentum going. Only good things will come of it,” said Chandler. Tishomingo County Development Association Executive Director and TAP Alliance Member Gary Matthews said these types of infrastructure improvements are key to successfully recruiting industry in today’s climate. “Industrial prospects today expect a ready to build on site,” he said. He praised the port au-
thority for stepping up and being progressive in improving the industrial park to make it more attractive. Matthews emphasized that this type of effort is a long-term process that may not result in immediate successes, but will pave the way for the possibility of major success in the future. TAP Alliance member and Prentiss County Development Association Executive Director Leon Hays said they are grateful for the work being done by the port authority at the site. “Yellow Creek Port is a jewel of the area. It’s something we’re all looking to promote,” he said. Hays said TAP is working together to make the area more attractive and competitive in recruiting industry and this project is an example of an effort that can put the area in a more competitive position.
BEARBOTS: Team looks to 2012 with plans of working on website CONTINUED FROM 1A
— a spotter and a driver — to maneuver their robot in a series of challenges. While they finished four places away from moving on to the next round, the BearBots quickly shifted their focus to plans for next year’s robotics competitions. “The kids were already making plans and brainstorming in the bus on the way back,” said Weaver. “The minute we finished, they started getting ready for next year.” The BearBots earned this month’s trip to Auburn University by finishing second in the Mississippi BEST Robotics challenge at Mississippi State University on Oct. 28. The focus on robotics is a new thing for Alcorn Central. Weaver started the after-School robotics program on Sept. 17. With the help of her husband Paul, a retired engineer,
and Joel Byrom, father of the BearBots’ Isaac, Weaver and the BearBots have quickly moved from beginners to contenders. They look to 2012 with plans of working on a website and expanding the program to encompass Tshirt design and displays as they go for the more comprehensive Best Award. Another focus is the job of recruiting younger students to the team. Weaver and the BearBots wish to thank John Mocny and their sponsors at Caterpillar for the company’s “more than generous” sponsorship; and the West Corinth Subway. “We are most grateful for those sponsors,” said Weaver. They also wish to thank Rodney Hopper at the Alcorn Career and Technology Center; ACHS Assistant Principal Lisa Wigginton; Superintendent Stacy Suggs and other members of the administration.
PRINTERS: County will see cost savings of about $6k per election CONTINUED FROM 1A
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CIVITANS: Each child gets about $100 worth of shoes and clothing CONTINUED FROM 1A
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Following the Santa session, the Civitans dismiss the meeting at Hillandale and meet the kids at Belk. The kids ride with their teachers, who picked out clothes for their students the day before at the department store. After the stop at Belk, they go over to Joe’s Shoes for new footwear. Each child gets approximately $100 worth of shoes and clothing. Stine said the real value, before discounts from the stores, is more like $300 apiece. When the shopping is done the school day is over, and the kids ride
home in school buses or with their teachers. The Civitans members get to know the true joy of Christmas — the joy of giving. “We enjoy that so much,” Stine said. “It makes my Christmas to be a part of it.” The Civitans thank Corinth’s Belk and Joe’s Shoes for allowing them a discount for the Kids Day program and the community for supporting the Civitans’ efforts through fundraisers and donations. “This is a tradition that I and the club truly enjoy and are blessed every year,” said Bugg.
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Corinth Catholic Church founded by Confederate priest he Rev. John Baptist Mouton, a former Confederate chaplain, was the first resident Catholic priest in Corinth. John Baptist Mouton was born at Maumusso, Loire Inferieure, Frances on March 7, 1831. He studied at the seminary in Nantes and was a pupil of the famous Pere Loyson. He was ordained at Nantes on Jan. 31, 1859. When Father Mouton left France for Natchez, Mississippi, he was going to what was for him, a “foreign” mission field. He reached Natchez May 2, 1859. After studying English for a time at Sulphur Springs, Father Mouton began his missionary journeys in the eastern part of Mississippi. He is sometimes called “the pioneer of the faith” in Northeast Mississippi because he served so many towns and communities in that area. Father Mouton’s missionary journeys extended from Jasper and Smith counties to Tennessee. In traveling through the sparsely-settled areas, he sometimes had difficulty finding food and shelter from the wintery winds for himself and his horse, “Jim.” The priest was sent to Corinth for a time in 1862 when it became apparent that a battle would be fought there or nearby. He received a chaplain’s commission in November, 1862. During and after the Civil War he served elsewhere in Mississippi until 1872 when he helped construct Vicki a little frame church in Corinth and it’s first resident pastor. The Roach became building was 65 by 30 feet and was Family located on the southeast corner of the Branches intersection of Foote and Madison streets. The church was called St. John the Baptist. There were cedar trees in the yard. In 1899 the church, which was considered beyond repair, was torn down and the lot sold. Father Mouton is known to have been pastor in Corinth as late as 1875-1876. In 1877 he was sent to Yazoo City, where he died of yellow fever on Oct. 22, 1879. He was one of the group of six priests and 16 sisters who died of yellow fever in the Diocese of Natchez, during the epidemic of that year. Father Mouton is buried in Glenwood cemetery at Yazoo City. On his tomb are the words “The good shepherd givith his life for his sheep.” The sources for this brief account are many and varied, though the main source was certain records preserved by the Diocese of Natchez, Jackson. These were examined by the writer through the courtesy of the Most Reverend R.O. Gerow, Bishop of the Diocese. An interesting postscript was added to this writer’s notes on Father Mouton in 1959 when she learned the priest’s letters from Mississippi to
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CT-A: ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ will be performed Feb. 17 and 18 CONTINUED FROM 1A
Alcorn County. “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a classic, comic tale of blindness and arrogance. Sponsored by Physicians Urgent Care, it will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 and 18, and 2 p.m. on Feb. 19. The play calls for eight male and four female cast members. Following the cast selection process, rehearsal will begin in mid-January and require about four evenings each week from cast members. For more information contact CT-A at 287-2995 or visit corinththeatrearts.com
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Deaths Alma P. Moore Alma P. Moore died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Memorial Funeral Home.
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Nancy Waller, 78, of Corinth, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Magnolia Funeral Home.
Sharon Wiginton Sharon Rose Wiginton of Corinth died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at her home. A memorial service will be announced at a later date by McPeters Funeral Directors.
Bro. Danny Joe Lambert BURNSVILLE — Funeral services for Bro. Danny Joe Lambert, 46, are set for 2 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with burial at Burnsville City Cemetery. Bro. Lambert died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. Born Sept. 3, 1965, he was a respiratory therapist at
Addie Lowrey Addie Lowrey died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Jan. 5, 1924, in Belmont, to the late Bethel and Arabella Credille. She was retired from Wurlitzer and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, David Lowrey; a daughter, Doris McManus; a grandson, Tracey Settlemires; and 14 brothers and sisters. Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Jack Lowrey; a son, James O. Lowrey (Rita), a daughter, Pat Oaks (Roy), all of Corinth; her sisters, Edna Cleveland of Belmont, Amy Goodard of Procter, W.Va., her grandchildren, Tony Lowrey (Brandy), Shannon Palmer (Bradley), Chass Moore (Jeremy), Ashley Blakely, Scott Hayes; her great-grandchildren, Bryce Palmer, Emmaleigh Palmer, Claudia Lowrey, Kaitland Moore, Adam Moore; and a host of other family and friends. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Phillip Caples officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Baptist Cemetery. Pallbearers are David Turner, Jerry Gant, Bradley Palmer, Jer-
ECM Hospital in Florence, Ala., and the Pastor of Spirit and Truth Christian Fellowship Church in Burnsville. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Isbell Lambert; his paternal grandfather, Jodie Lambert; and his maternal grandparents, Archie and Opal Isbell. Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Mary Lambert of Burnsville; two sons, Derrick Lambert (Amanda) of Burnsville and Hunter Lambert of Burnsville; one grandchild, Noah Lambert; his father, Bobby Lambert (Kathy) of Burnsville; two brothers, Scottie Lambert (Lisa) of Corinth, and Donny Lambert of Burnsville; three step-sisters, Teresa Fugitt (Brad) of Rienzi, Melissa Joslin of Corinth, and April Powers (Chris) of Burnsville; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Bro. Barry Bishop and Bro. Randy Isbell will officiate. Visitation is today from 1 p.m. until service time at Magnolia Funeral Home.
G.W. Long RIPLEY — Funeral services for G.W. Long, 77, are set for 2:30 p.m. today at Cedar Mound Church in Ripley with burial at Cedar Mound emy Moore, Ricky Tyson and Timmy Tyson. Visitation is today from 5 until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time.
Patsy Wright GLEN — Funeral services for Patsy Marea Dotson Wright, 56, are set for 11 a.m. today at Berea Church of Christ in Burnsville with burial at Harmony Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Wright died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, with her family by her side at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Born June 7, 1955, she was a homemaker. She loved her family and friends, especially her children and grandchildren. She was a member Wright of Berea Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard H. “Junior” Dotson; and a nephew, Stefen Dotson. Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Bob Wright of Glen; a son, Will Wright of Corinth; two daughters, Marea Wilson (Tommy) of Corinth, and Sarah
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Droke (Greg) of Corinth; two grandchildren, Preston Cline and Olivia Wilson; her mother, Louise Bullard Dotson of Burnsville two brothers, Ricky Dotson (Jane) of Burnsville, and Tim Dotson (Amy) of Iuka; two sisters, Linda Wixom (Rick) of Burnsville, and Shirley Venatta (Greg) of Iuka; her nieces and nephews, Bud Dotson, Wes Dotson, Chris McMeans, Brett McMeans, Allison Binion, J.T. Dotson, Richard Williams, Veronica Degraw, Katie Miles, Trey Wright, Zack Nordan, Lee Nordan; a host of great nieces and nephews; her aunts and uncles, Moise Johnson, Ramona Caveness, Johnnie Ruth Robertson and Franklin Dotson; her great aunts, Eunice Robinson and Justine Hudson; other relatives and a host of friends. Pallbearers will be Bud Dotson, Wes Dotson, Ronnie Garrett, Michael Knight, John Gaines and Ronnie Degraw. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Williams, Brett McMeans, J.T. Dotson and Chris McMeans. Minister Jim Estes and Tommy Wilson will officiate. Visitation is today from 10 a.m. until service time at Berea Church of Christ in Burnsville. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Church Cemetery. Mr. Long died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at his home. Born July 28, 2011, he was a farmer. He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Wesley and Ethel Gates Long; one brother, James W. Long; and four sisters, Lockie Paul, Ludie Herman, Leneda Bennett and Georgette Garner. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ruth Bobo Long of Ripley; three daughters, Gail Orman (Charles) of Corinth, Karin Stewart (David) of Walnut, and Penny Goldman (Brian) of Hensley, Ark.; one son, J.R. Long (Debby) of Ripley; three sisters, Ina Hilburn of Corinth; Sabra Hudson of Glen, Callon J. Burns of Corinth; one brother, Ned Long of Little Rock, Ark.; eight grandchildren, Wesley Orman (Donna) of Corinth, Jason Orman (Laurisa) of Nettleton, Adam Stewart and Dylan Stewart, both of Walnut, Kimberly James of Texas, Ryan Long and Austin Long, both of Ripley, and Gavin Goldman of Hensley, Ark.; and two great-grandchildren. Bro. Billy Studdard will officiate. Visitation began Thursday and will continue until service time at the church. McBride Funeral Home Inc. - Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
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Are public opinion polls really magic? BY ROGER SIMON With the glut of debate stories safely behind us until human beings actually cast votes in Iowa on Jan. 3, the media now shift their concentration to what really counts: polls. Polls are predictions of the future. They are crystal balls. They are magic. Pollsters try to deny this, humbly murmuring about how their magic is a mere “snapshot in time.” But we don’t believe this. Pollsters are wizards, shamans, diviners. They toss numbers around the way astragalomancers once tossed bones to foretell events to come. Increasingly, however, pollsters find it difficult to get people to talk to them. This should not be a surprise. Pollsters call us during inconvenient times when they expect us to be home (the dinner hour, for example) and then can ask all sorts of personal questions about our age, sex, religion, party affiliation, income and whom we intend to vote for. I have never been called by a political pollster and don’t know anybody who has, but I know some pollsters, who assure me they don’t make the numbers up, and I believe them. Pollsters do get people to talk to them. Not vast numbers of people, but pollsters do not require vast numbers. A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, which is highly respected, tells us that “Gingrich and Romney are each favored by 30 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.” Also, the “survey shows President Obama receiving his highest approval rating since March ... (and) the number who disapprove of his overall performance has dipped below 50 percent for the first time this fall.” We are a nation of nearly 313 million people. So how many people did the pollsters actually speak to? If you have extremely good eyes, you can find the answer in tiny type at the bottom of a chart: The Post-ABC poll was conducted by phone “among a random sample of 1,005 adults.” That represents 0.0003 percent of the nation at large. The poll does not tell us how many are registered voters, though it does say in a sidebar story: “The president leads a potential race against former House speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) by 51 to 43 percent among registered voters — in part because of an eight-point advantage among independents.” So the poll must have spoken to registered voters and independents, but we don’t know how many. And, frankly, who cares? Most people do not read the fine print. As I said, this poll has a very good reputation, and I “believe” the results in that I believe they were calculated without any agenda. But in the vast, murky world known as reality, are Gingrich and Mitt Romney really tied 30-30? And, if they are, what different does it make? The primary is not a national contest, but a series of state contests by which the winning candidate amasses a majority of the approximately 2,288 delegates to the Republican National Convention. Does Obama really lead Gingrich by 8 percentage points in a (currently) imaginary matchup? Gingrich’s drop in the polls — one shows him in third place in Iowa behind Ron Paul and Romney — and Obama’s rise have become big media talking points over the last few days. There is little real political analysis anymore. Instead, there are journalists who read polls and try to explain the results: Newt’s drop? Attack ads by his opponents are damaging him, people are learning more about him and don’t like what they are learning. Obama’s rise? The 21st paragraph of a sidebar story to the Post-ABC poll contains a figure that may be of critical importance: “The new survey finds that most Americans are optimistic about their personal finances, even though gloom continues about prospects for the national economy.” People who are personally optimistic are the kind of people who do not change horses in midstream, especially if they feel the stream is strewn with rocks. You can challenge the accuracy of polls. But you can’t challenge their influence. Roger Simon is chief political columnist of politico.com, an award-winning journalist and a New York Times best selling author.
Prayer for today Dear God of peace, help us to sense your presence at all times and to seek your peace. Amen.
A verse to share And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. — Luke 2: 10-11
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Paul shows his party’s weakness weakness of this ReRepublican presipublican field that it dential candidate hasn’t even been able Ron Paul is in a bid to produce a respectto make history in able out-there liberIowa. Can he become tarian. the first marginal, Paul can be a winconspiracy-minded Rich some figure in his ircongressman with an Lowery ritable, absent-mindembarrassing cataway. log of racist material National ed-professor Review Invariably wearing a published under his suit jacket that looks name to win the caua size or two too big, he has cuses? In 2008, the surest way stood out in the debates for to get applause in the Re- his knowledge and for his publican primary debates entirely consistent worldwas to excoriate Ron Paul. view applied to any probThis year, the Texas liber- lem, politics be damned. tarian stands much closer He gives listeners reason to the emotional center of to smile or nod a couple of gravity of the party in his times every debate, and reacondemnations of govern- son to wonder if he has been ment spending, crony capi- reading too much Noam talism, the Federal Reserve Chomsky. He tends to bring any and foreign intervention. He brings 100-proof moon- conversation back to the shine to the GOP cocktail malignancy of U.S. foreign party. It can be invigorating policy. In the final debate in and fun, if you ignore the Iowa, he rambled on about how worries about the Iranasty adulterants. The fight over Ron Paul nian nuclear program are isn’t a battle for the soul “war propaganda,” but if of the Republican Party so the Iranians get the bomb much as for its standards. that they’re not developing, Throughout his career, Paul that’s entirely understandhasn’t been able to distin- able, since we’re “promotguish between fringy cranks ing their desire to have it.” and aboveboard purists. He Jeane Kirkpatrick famously has taken a principled anti- condemned the “Blame government position and America First” Democrats; associated it with loons and would that she had lived bigots. It may be the ulti- long enough to condemn mate commentary on the the “Blame America First”
libertarians. In the debate, Paul went on to warn against a push “to declare war on 1.2 billion Muslims,” as if a country that has resorted to force of arms to save Muslims from starvation (Somalia), from ethnic cleansing (Bosnia, Kosovo) and from brutal dictators (Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya) is bristling with an undifferentiated hostility toward all Muslims. This isn’t an expression of an anti-interventionism so much as a smear. It goes beyond opposition to American foreign policy to a poisonous view of America itself. Paul never knows when to stop. He lets his suspicion of centralized power slip into paranoia worthy of a second-rate Hollywood thriller about government malevolence. In January 2010, he declared: “There’s been a coup, have you heard? It’s the CIA coup. The CIA runs everything, they run the military.” On his latest appearance on the radio show of the conspiracymongering host Alex Jones, he opined that the alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador on U.S. soil was “another propaganda stunt.” He exclaimed that the latest defense bill authorizing the indefinite deten-
tion of enemy combatants will “literally legalize martial law” (yes, “literally”). Paul’s promiscuousness with his ideological bedfellows — he hails members of the John Birch Society for their fine educations and respect for the Constitution — accounts for the disgrace he brought on himself with his newsletters in the 1980s and 1990s. As journalist James Kirchick exposed, they were full of race-baiting and rancid Israel-bashing. Paul maintains he didn’t know what was being written in the first person under his name. To this day, he says he doesn’t know who wrote the copy. Has he asked? During some dozen Republican debates, not one journalist thought to query Paul about the newsletters that would be disqualifying for anyone else. Iowa caucus-goers are protective of their pre-eminent place in the nominating process. If they deliver victory to a history-making Ron Paul, no one should take them as seriously again. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. He can be reached via e-mail: comments.lowry@ nationalreview.com.
Islam — the world’s big winner this year his nation’s back on For the 30 years a century of secularsince “The McLaughism and embraced a lin Group” began to form of Islamism. run on network teleMuslim Uighurs vision, the Christmas seek to rip China’s and New Year’s shows largest province have been devoted to Patrick away from Beijing the conferring of anBuchanan and establish an East nual awards. Turkestan. Muslims The first award on Columnist in the North Cauthe Christmas show is casus seek to strip “Biggest Winner.” This year, clearly, one of Dagestan and Ingushetia the world’s big winner was out of Russia. In Iraq and Afghanistan, Americans are — Islam. For this was the year in retreat and Islamists are when what Catholic apolo- celebrating our eviction. While all the world has gist Hilaire Belloc predicted in 1938 would be the “sec- heard of the atrocity against ond period of Islamic pow- Muslims in Srebrenica, er” became manifest to all that world ignores the desecration and destruction of mankind. From Morocco to Paki- Orthodox churches and castan, a great awakening is thedrals in Kosovo and the occurring. And perhaps the ethnic cleansing of Serbs by most dramatic example of the Muslim Albanians that Islam rising again came in President Clinton brought Egypt, with the fall of the to power. Worldwide, the Muslim 60-year-old military dictapopulation has surpassed torship. With the ouster of Hosni Catholicism as the world’s Mubarak after weeks of largest religion, with 48 demonstrations in Tahrir members of the U.N. GenSquare, the West hailed the eral Assembly now boasting a Muslim plurality or macoming of democracy. But democracy delivered jority. India, with 150 million a rude shock. In the first round of voting, over 60 Muslims, has more than percent of all Egyptians cast both Egypt and Iraq. Rustheir ballots for either the sia, with 25 million, has Muslim Brotherhood or the more Muslims than Libya radical Islamist Nour Party and Jordan combined. of the Salafis. In the second China has more than Syria. round last week, 75 percent Five percent of Europe is Muslim, and the numbers voted Islamist. In Tunis and Tripoli, too, continue to rise. And as with Christianthe overthrow of autocrats revealed a silent majority ity when it was surging in the 16th and 17th centuries, sympathetic to Islamism. Recep Erdogan, the most Islam is marked today by important Turkish ruler militancy and intolerance. since Kemal Ataturk, was a From Nigeria to Ethiopia, candidate for Time’s Man Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan of the Year as he turned and Pakistan, Christians
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are being made the victims of Muslim pogroms. And as with Christianity in the 16th and 17th centuries, Islam is a house divided, between Shia and Sunni. If demography is destiny, the future would seem to belong to Islam. Consider. The six most populous Muslim nations — Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nigeria and Turkey — had a total population of 242 million in 1950. By 2050, that 242 million will have quintupled to 1.36 billion people. Meanwhile, Europe’s fertility rate has been below zero population growth since the 1970s. Old Europe is dying, and its indigenous peoples are being replaced by Third World immigrants, millions of them Muslim. Yet there is another side to the Islamic story. In international test scores of high school students in reading, math and science, not one Muslim nation places in the top 30. Take away oil and gas, and from Algeria to Iran these nations would have little to offer the world. Iran would have to fall back on exports of carpets, caviar and pistachio nuts. Not one Muslim nation is a member of the G-8 economic powers or the BRICfour emerging powers — Brazil, Russia, India, China. In the 20th century, the world saw the rise of the Asian “tigers” — South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong. Where are the Muslim tigers? A few years back, the gross domestic product of the entire Arab world was
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only equal to Spain’s. Take away oil and gas, and its exports were equal to Finland’s. Measured by manufacturing power, the Islamic world, though more populous, cannot hold a candle to China. And while Islam was a civilization superior in some ways to the West from the 7th to 17th century, somewhere that world began to stagnate and decline. So the question arises: If Islamism is capturing Libya, Tunisia and Egypt, and will capture other Muslim nations as the Arab Spring advances, where is the historic evidence that these Islamic regimes can convert their states into manufacturing and military powers? Where is the evidence that Islamist regimes, such as Sudan and Iran, can deliver what their peoples demanded when they brought down the dictators? And if, like the communist regimes of the 20th century, they cannot deliver the good life that the rebels sought when they dumped the tyrants, what will follow Islamism, when Islamism inevitably fails? In the long run, does Islamism really own the future of the Islamic world? Or has the clock begun to run on the fundamentalists as well? Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” He is an American conservative political commentator, syndicated columnist, politician and broadcaster.
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Daily Corinthian • Friday, December 23, 2011 • 5A
ROACH: After pursuit, general broke up army into smaller commands CONTINUED FROM 3A
FEMA to give partial credit for substandard levees JACKSON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is taking comments on a proposal that would give partial credit for substandard levees in drawing flood zones and figuring flood insurance rates. It’s not clear how much relief the plan, open for comment until Jan. 30, would offer. But it’s a break from past policy, where substandard levees were treated as if they didn’t exist. FEMA is reassessing levees nationwide, partly as a result of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. As problems turn up, the old rules had threatened to hamper development in some areas, raise federal flood insurance premiums, and force more people to buy flood insurance.
Alcorn seeks grant for notification system CORINTH — Alcorn County has applied to the state for money to install a countywide emergency notification system. Emergency Management Director Ricky Gibens said that it would take $50,000-$60,000 to install hardware and software. Corinth city government and schools have an emergency notification system in place. The system sends voice or text telephone messages to anyone who registers. Households would purchase the receivers through a local retailer for about $30 or less. Gibens says the grant would help provide receivers to underprivileged and elderly people. Through the system county residents could be alerted to weather emergencies, derailments, floods, wildfires, law enforcement emergencies and even notices like road closures.
Racial bias case returned for trial ABDERDEEN — A federal appeals court has overturned the dismissal of a Clay County woman’s racial discrimination lawsuit against a Starkville bank. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Wednesday sent the case back to federal court in Mississippi for trial. Carol Vaughn alleged in her lawsuit that she was fired by Woodforest Bank because she is white. A Mississippi judge dismissed the case, saying Vaughn did not have enough proof that her termination was racially motivated. The 5th Circuit said a jury, not the judge, “must decide whether Vaughn’s race was the real reason she was fired.”
his native Niocese of Nantes had been destroyed by the incendiary bombing of that city in 1944 during World War II. This information was obtained for her by O.S. (Sammy) Smith Jr. of Corinth while he was studying in France as a Fulbright student.
Federals Occupy Corinth (Part 1) Source: Alcorn County Family History Volume I On June 1st the Federal forces, under Gen. Halleck (who had commanded the Federal Army since Shiloh) marched into and across town to Corona College. There, they met Mrs. Gaston, who had remained to protect the property. She disclaimed any knowledge of which road the Confederates had taken and objected when a United States Flag was hoisted to replace the yellow hospital flag which the college had flown since April. Gen. Halleck ordered Gen. John Pope to pursue the Confederates. A Union Cavalry column
caught up with the Confederate rear guard in Tuscumbia bottom late in the afternoon. They met strong resistance. The Confederates crossed the river and burned the bridge leaving sufficient force to prevent reconstruction. Next morning the Federals went up stream to a narrow place in the river, felled trees and crossed. While the artillery engaged the Confederates at the bridge, the infantry began a flanking movement. Seeing they were about to be trapped, the Confederates withdrew toward the south with the Federals continuing to press their rear. From Booneville,
Gen. John Pope wired for support; but Halleck replied, “The main object now is to get the enemy far enough south to relieve our railroads from danger of immediate attack. There is no object in bringing on a battle if this can be obtained without one. I think by showing a bold front for a day or two, the enemy will continue to retreat, which is all I desire.” Restrained by Gen. Halleck’s attitude, the Federals halted their pursuit at Twenty Mile Creek near Baldwyn. They remained there for eight days before returning to Corinth. When the pursuit ended, Gen. Halleck be-
gan to break up his army into smaller commands. Two divisions were sent north to Bolivar; two moved west into Memphis; and Buell was sent east toward to Chattanooga. One division was assigned to Corinth. Vicki Burress Roach is a professional genealogist and special columnist for the Daily Corinthian. Send queries to: Alcorn County Genealogical Society, Attention: Vicki B. Roach, P.O. Box 1808, Corinth, Miss. 38835-1808. The Alcorn County Genealogical Society’s website is www.avsia.com/ acgs.
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US concedes errors in Pakistani deaths BY LOLITA BALDOR Associated Press
WASHINGTON — After 10 years of war in Afghanistan, a persistent lack of trust between the U.S. and Pakistan still complicates operations along the critical Afghanistan border and was a key factor in the errant American airstrikes late last month that killed 24 Pakistani troops. U.S. officials on Thursday accepted some blame for the deadly incident that infuriated Pakistani leaders, prompting Pakistan to shut down key supply routes for the war and further eroding America’s already rocky relations with Islamabad. The Defense Department briefed reporters Thursday on the conclusions reached in its investigation into the November incident. But the U.S. did not
apologize, despite the embarrassing series of communications and coordination errors. And as of Thursday afternoon, it had not briefed Pakistani leaders on the results of the investigation. Pakistan refused to cooperate in the investigation. And the U.S. report — placing some of the blame on Islamabad — is likely to only increase their fury, hamper any hope of rebuilding the relationship and delay the opening of the supply routes. In a Pentagon briefing, Brig. Gen. Stephen Clark, an Air Force special operations officer who led the investigation, made it clear that U.S. forces were fired on first and acted in self-defense. But he acknowledged that efforts to determine who was firing on the U.S.
troops and whether there were friendly Pakistani forces in the area — the primary questions in any cross-border incident — failed because U.S. forces used inaccurate maps, were unaware of Pakistani border post locations and mistakenly provided the wrong location for the troops. There is “an overarching lack of trust between the two sides” that keeps them from giving each other specific details on troops or combat outpost locations, Clark said as he went through a blow-byblow account of the events that began late on Nov. 25 and continued overnight. U.S. and NATO commanders, Clark said, believe that some of their military operations have been compromised when they’ve given details and locations to the Pakistanis.
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Walmart pulls formula after Missouri baby dies COLUMBIA, Mo. — Walmart and health officials awaited tests Thursday on a batch of powdered infant formula that was removed from more than 3,000 stores nationwide after a Missouri newborn who consumed it apparently died from a rare infection. The source of the bacteria that caused the infection has not been determined, but it occurs naturally in the environment and in plants such as wheat and rice. The most worrisome appearances have been in dried milk and powdered formula, which is why manufacturers routinely test for the germs. Walmart pulled the Enfamil Newborn formula from shelves as a precaution following the death of little Avery Cornett in the southern Missouri town of Lebanon. The formula has not been recalled, and the manufacturer said tests showed the batch was negative for the bacteria before it was shipped. Additional tests were under way. Customers who bought formula in 12.5-ounce cans with the lot number ZP1K7G have the option of returning them for a refund or exchange, Gee said.
Package arrives one year late WINTER BEACH, Fla. — An Arkansas woman finally has proof that she bought her mother a Christmas gift last year.
The package Mary Beth Mauldin sent via the United States Postal Service last December finally arrived in Florida on Dec. 16 — one year and six days after it was mailed from Greenbrier, Ark. Mauldin visited the post office numerous times over the past year to try to track the package. The box contained a gift card and a flannel nightgown for her mother, Mary Lou Shelton. Post office officials who say they aren’t sure what caused the delay. Shelton also got some additional holiday cheer when her daughter’s Christmas card arrived this week, three days after it was mailed from Arkansas.
Darryl Worley song to raise money for wildlife ATHENS, Tenn. — Who knew that the song many are familiar with as the theme to “The Andy Griffith Show” had lyrics? The song is actually called “The Fishing Hole” and it has been re-recorded — words and all — by country singer Darryl Worley of Hardin County, Tenn. to benefit state wildlife agencies. Fans who want the song can text the word FISH to 50555. In exchange for a $10 donation added to their phone bill, they will receive a ringtone of “The Fishing Hole.” In Tennessee, the donations go to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation to help repair damage from recent natural disasters. That includes restoring levees, replacing damaged equipment and re-stocking fish.
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