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Absalom, Absalom – Sutpen, the Nietzschean Ubermensch

February 16, 2012

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On my first trip to the Mississippi, looking over the vast, flowing white cotton fields; and after reading Mississippi state history, I was amazed at the story of plantation owners, like Faulkner’s fictional Thomas Sutpen, who came from the East to realize great wealth from the rich bottom land of the Delta.  Many of these […]

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Rant: Muscle Cars

February 13, 2012

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I had a muscle car once – a 1965 Pontiac GTO, with 389 cubes, 360HP, 4-barrel carburetor, a three-on the floor Hurst transmission.  I was hot s@%&. My buddy, Joe DeLoreto, from work,  racing tuned it and showed me how to power shift – you never take your foot off the accelerator when shifting.  “Pay attention”, […]

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Rereading Old Books – Discovering the Present

February 10, 2012

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 Charles Dickens was born on Feb. 7, 1812, and died June 9, 1870. His obituary in The New York Times began, “The death of Mr. Charles Dickens creates a greater gap in English literature than the loss of any other one man could have occasioned. He was incomparably the greatest novelist of his time.” A […]

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At Week’s End for February 3, 2012

February 3, 2012

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As we continue the trend of discussing crime in our community, it is imperative that citizens are educated. It is easy for a police department or a city to handle the problem of crime with a panicked response. Sending every available officer out onto the street with no plan or direction is pure folly. It […]

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Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk for January 30, 2012

January 30, 2012

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Crime. It’s what everyone is talking about in our community. It’s in the papers, on television and everywhere you look in the media. It is the topic that most of the community is worried about. But, Lowndes County is different than most communities. Instead of pointing fingers and complaining while doing nothing, our community has […]

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To the CCVB: Please Get a Lawyer Fast

January 24, 2012

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If there was ever a group in the history of humanity who needed to hire a lawyer, it is the CCVB. Last night’s meeting continued to be a “battle royal” with enough comedy to fill 20 Mel Brooks’ movies. Like a bad acid trip, it all starts out fine and then collapses into an abyss […]

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Tempest in a Teapot: The CPD Promotions

January 24, 2012

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The Columbus Civil Service Commission meeting of January 19, 2012 left more questions than answers for the officers of the Columbus Police Department. The meeting, marked by confusion, anger and at least one citizen filleting the department, could not have come at a worse time for Chief Selvain McQueen. With crime perceived as being out […]

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Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk for January 23, 2012

January 23, 2012

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Wow…What a last two weeks! It has been insane. The Madhouse known as Real Story Publishing (RSP) is in the home stretch, and we will be in print Wednesday. We are still finalizing which stores we will be available in and will publish a list as soon as we can. Remember, ask your local convenience store […]

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The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” Speech

January 16, 2012

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The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream” Speech during the Freedom March delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in […]

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Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk for January 9, 2012 – The Real Story is Coming to Print!

January 9, 2012

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On January 25, 2012, there will be a new newspaper in town. The Real Story is going into print and coming to a store near you. As time progresses, we will make subscriptions available, and our paper can be delivered to your mailbox. The first order of business will be starting our marketing campaign this […]

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Free Speech

January 9, 2012

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I am continually appalled that restrictive speech codes still persist at American universities.  I had thought that the Sixties liberal, post-modernist, PC establishment was retiring, passing on, freeing up academic discourse.  Better freedom by default than no freedom at all.  Not true.  They are still there in full force. In an article in today’s Washington […]

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SADA: The Sounds Of Opportunity Knocking

January 6, 2012

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by Invino Veritas In its beginning, the great empire of Rome was a republic. The Roman Senate, for the most part, stayed out of the affairs of the people. This worked pretty well for a while. But somewhere along the way, the empire changed its perspective and took up democracy. The Senate became involved with […]

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All’s Quiet on the County and City Front

January 4, 2012

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Our new year entered quietly, as our County and City governments started business Tuesday in an almost genteel manner. The morning opened with a splendid Inaugural Ceremony in the upper level of the Trotter Convention Center and closed with a mild, subdued City Council meeting in the evening. The morning’s events centered mostly on the […]

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Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk for January 2, 2012: Happy 2012

January 2, 2012

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As we enter a new year, it is always a good time to consider the craziness of what has happened the year or years before. It is spiritual time of self-reflection and a time of great renewal. It is a time where sentiment and wide-eyed optimism meet. It is the splendor of the excitement of […]

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The Last Days of the Republic

December 28, 2011

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by Invino Veritas A few days ago, as I was sitting at work working on a printer, I opened up my Google editor, as I often do when I get ideas and things that I want to talk about pop into my head. I had spent the last couple of weeks marveling and wallowing in […]

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Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk for December 26, 2011

December 26, 2011

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The presents are unwrapped, and the food is all eaten (well, most of it)… but Christmas is still on everyone’s mind. Many people are off work or school today, and others are just staggering back to the grind knowing that the New Year is just around the corner. 2012 is barreling upon us like a […]

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Welcome to the Twilight Zone: December 20, 2011 City Council Meeting

December 21, 2011

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Tuesday’s Columbus City Council was highlighted by the Twilight Zone, otherwise known as the Citizen Input Agenda. Once again, council proved it has no real understanding how to conduct business in regard to professionalism. Even after being advised by the City Attorney to take a problem to executive session, Mayor Smith and City Council could […]

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All’s Well that Ends Well is Not Well: The December 19, 2011 CCVB Meeting

December 20, 2011

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When is a good idea not a good idea? When it comes from a politician. Monday’s CCVB meeting was a true example of how a wonderful idea can get lost in the minutia, and how politics is still a smelly game. Good intentions are never enough to cover a bad practice. The CCVB meeting opened […]

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Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk for December 19, 2011 – MY OH MY… What Large Nepotism Rules You Have!

December 19, 2011

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Welcome to another crazy installment of Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any crazier with the Columbus City Council, the “nuts-o-meter” is now officially off the charts. After a Police Chief’s hiring process that could only be described as the “inmates running the asylum,” the Council has flipped its […]

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At Week’s End – The Uninformed Electorate

December 16, 2011

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Many political observers have commented that the American electorate is more uninformed than ever; that rational assessments are trumped over and over again by preconceived, subjective notions.  Totally unfounded conspiracy theories abound.  People vote on appeal and image, and respond to emotional issues that have less to do with their future economic and social well-being than […]

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Mississippi’s “EGREGIOUS ERROR”

December 14, 2011

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This is the “Real Story” of the Brian Holliman murder trial. This isn’t about Holliman’s guilt or innocence. From all I’ve read and followed, he probably is guilty and deserves to be punished for his crime. This is about the Judicial System in Mississippi, in particular, Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee and Oktibbeha Counties and the District […]

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The “Professional” Chief Selection Process

December 9, 2011

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Last night, City Council’s Chief of Police interview process was a mixture of embarrassment and ineptitude that would borderline somewhere between embarrassing and surreal. In what should have been a major event, the Columbus City Council demeaned themselves, and had the meeting at 4pm — televising it on public access television.  Not counting city officials […]

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Does Southern Hospitality Still Exist?

December 8, 2011

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Does Southern Hospitality Still Exist? Dotti Lanais Chapman I have spent the better part of my life living in the South and love many things about this part of the country.  However, I have really begun to notice a changing trend in how we interact with one another. There used to be a time when people […]

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December 6, 2011 City Council: All is Quiet

December 7, 2011

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Sometimes the silence can be like the thunder — Bob Dylan Tuesday afternoon’s City Council Meeting was memorable more for what was not said than for what was spoken. On Tuesday morning, the local media outlets received the following announcement: Special Meeting The Mayor and City Council City of Columbus, MS December 8, 2011 4:00 P.M. Please […]

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The December 5, 2011 Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Meeting: The Road Goes on Forever and the Party Never Ends

December 6, 2011

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Tuesday’s Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting still chugged along with no compromise from the smaller, but equally unsatisfied crowd. The battle over closing Co-Op Road was no nearer to being resolved than it had been at the November 30th meeting; high emotions and dissatisfaction were the order of the day. Local Attorney Hal McClanahan […]

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Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk for December 5, 2011

December 5, 2011

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New look with the same attitude! The Real Story website received a radical make-over to better serve our readers. The new design makes the site more pleasing to the eye and easier to maneuver. Please tell us what you think of it, and what you think would improve it further. The object is a pleasurable experience […]

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A Simply Complicated Mistake: The Co-Op Road Mishap

December 2, 2011

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When is a road, not a road? When the road is given away, and one of the parties involved thinks it has been done in good faith, but finds out that the other side had no idea what was happening. The November 30th meeting of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors had such an awkward […]

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Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk for November 28, 2011

November 28, 2011

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As 2011 comes to a conclusion, it appears that the world, and not just America, is showing a need to grow and to expect better from our governments. Egypt and indeed, the entire Middle East have been shaken to the core. Will the new leaders be better than those they replaced? It is hard to […]

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At Week’s End: November 18, 2011

November 18, 2011

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Tuesday’s City Council Meeting rammed home how the citizens of Columbus have more than a few problems to deal with regarding their city government. Even the simplest of tasks seem difficult or at least more frustrating for both city employees and citizens. What should be easy is now complicated, because of the lack of direction […]

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Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk for November 14, 2011

November 14, 2011

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After closing out a very calm county election last week, we can all get ready for the City of Columbus to drive the news industry this week. Tuesday’s Council Meeting should be a strange mix of, “Have we seen this movie before?” and a collective dive into the abyss. After trying to pawn their responsibility […]

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