Walking into a school is always an adventure. You're never sure exactly what you'll find. Will you find bored kids, angry teachers, neglected hallways, and overwhelmingly cluttered or barren classrooms? Schools, in other words, that make you despair that schools can help kids prepare for their adult lives.
Before I sat down to write about John Currence's new cookbook -- Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey -- I surveyed my brown liquor shelf and found just the right courage: a bottle of Willett Rye with one good pump left in it.
Between the Armored Personnel Carriers locking down main streets in major American cities or Special Weapons and Tactics and Special Forces units canvassing our country, if we're not careful, this militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.
In the end, redistribution from wealthy states to poor states is one of our greatest strengths. It makes us all better. But the politicians representing those who need the most help are the very politicians fighting to cut important programs and keeping the federal government shutdown.
Outrageous. And all for what? Because a small faction of snot-nosed kids within the Republican Party cannot accept the outcomes of the 2008 and 2012 elections and the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Road trips, much like hot dogs and apple-pie, embody the American experience. I've often said that the open road sings to me. That was most definitely the case during my most recent road trip on Highway 61, The Blues Highway.
One of the benefits of hitting the shore in autumn is affordable hotel rates, putting dream destinations like Hilton Head, Montauk, Laguna Beach, and even Nantucket within your reach. Here are our favorite American beach towns with fall rates that say, "Welcome!"
My greatest disagreement is with Governor Barbour's view that we will never be able to end racial discrimination and animus in Mississippi or anywhere else. I believe we can and must. And considering how far Mississippi has come in the last 50 years, I believe history is on my side.
I met up with Justin in the small town of Starkville, Mississippi -- the neighboring town of Columbus, which had been my home for the previous three days.
Politicians and commentators from across the ideological spectrum like to invoke the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, as well as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. But it's too easy to breeze past the March's painful historical context.
With this prevalence of low-wage jobs, Mississippi taxpayers are hardly getting a good deal relative to their massive giveaway to Nissan. To secure Nissan's $2 billion investment and the promise of thousands of high-paying jobs, Mississippi provided a variety of subsidies worth fully 65% of what Nissan itself has shelled out for the plant and equipment. This is a stunningly high ratio even by corporate-cozy Southern standards.
Every day we see voters in South that are hungry for more options. The extreme far-right fringe of the Republican Party has a stranglehold on the South. This ideological dominance is holding back much-needed progress.
As an LGBT person, it's an incredible honor to stand with families as they take part in the WE DO Campaign, which consists of LGBT couples applying for marriage licenses in their hometowns. Watch Jenna and Kristen apply for a marriage license in Poplarville, Miss.
For far too long, the South has been dismissed as "unwinnable" when it comes to LGBT rights and, as a result, receives remarkably limited funding. LGBT people proudly call this region home, though, building their lives and families here.
By declining to give a 50-state equality ruling on Prop 8 today, the Court shows that it still doesn't "get it" with regards to treating LGBTs as equal human beings who should have the same rights as other adults.
The workers of South Africa have more freedom than the workers of Mississippi. As long as powerful corporations such as Nissan can use fear and threats to keep workers weak and without a voice, we will not be a land of opportunity for all.