I spent Lent avoiding negativity online. No more Mr. Nice Guy.

With Lent over, I’m free of that pledge to avoid all things negative. Here’s the result, with some positives sprinkled in:

Is there an Anybody but McDaniel for the Senate group? I’m in.

I never watched “Roseanne” in the 1.0 version. Not going to watch “Roseanne” in 2.0, either. But I do like John Goodman.

If table tennis is an Olympic sport, why not pool?

After years of driving right by the exit, I’ve decided I need to visit the Mississippi Petrified Forest. I’m renewing a childhood interest in rocks and minerals.

One of my favorite memories is of my Uncle Jimmy and me as little kids eating popcorn like dogs out of bowls on the floor in front of Grandmother’s color TV. I’d kill for a picture.

“I’m in Love With a Jersey Girl.” Dang. Did I find a Tom Waits song I like?

A recent Facebook post by a Brandon guy that got retweeted said that “It’s time to elect more Republicans who respect Reagan and less who respect FDR.” Reagan raised taxes as president, signed an amnesty bill for illegal immigrants, and later signed a letter urging a ban on assault weapons. So…

Speaking of guns, the former one-term Illinois congressman and now radio host Joe Walsh claims a “God-given right” to, among other things, own and carry one. Busily checking my Bible…

And speaking of God: Loved what I saw listed recently by somebody as the first question he’d ask in heaven: “So, we can smoke here, right?”

If the majority of your social media posts are related to one specific breed of dog, we probably wouldn’t have a lot to talk about.

As part of Kayne’s Excellent Adventure working in Hong Kong, my wife is about to visit New Zealand for 10 days or so. I hope she doesn’t feel compelled to try anything of the hazardous attractions my nephew Ryan enjoyed so much on his college trip there, like sky diving and bungee jumping, and sticks to visiting Hobbit houses and such.

Have you noticed how a second beer can talk you right into having a third?

Is “Put Me in, Coach,” the greatest baseball song ever? Second-greatest?

As White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders has one of the worst jobs in the country. Fortunately, she seems well suited for that sort of job.

For those of us old enough to remember: the Space Race of the 1960s was fun, wasn’t it?

A woman in Nashville has been indicted on charges that, after getting into an argument with a homeless man who protested about the loud music and exhaust fumes coming from her Porsche SUV, she shot him.

I wish that Tea Party adherents would officially form their own third party rather than insisting on infecting Republicans – who can on occasion be quite reasonable without them.

I found the Facebook posting of a recipe for Resurrection rolls for Easter vaguely sacrilegious. But, hey, cinnamon!

Of despicable “pundits,” who is the despicablest: Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity or Tucker Carlson? Generally I’d say Hannity andCoulter are pretty much in a dead heat, but Ingraham seems determined to close the gap.

It’s good to see Sid Salter, columnist and proud Mississippi State spokesman, back in the swing of things. And I’m glad he’s had the Lady Dawgs to cheer on.

Joe Rogers worked for The Clarion-Ledger, The Tennessean and The New York Times. He can be reached at or on Twitter @jrogink.

Native Mississippian Joe Rogers worked for The Clarion-Ledger, The Tennessean and The New York Times.
Joe Rogers
Native Mississippian Joe Rogers worked for The Clarion-Ledger, The Tennessean and The New York Times.


  • Danny Toad Smith

    April 4, 2018

    Methinks the song to which you refer is John Fogerty’s “Centerfield.”

  • Anonymous

    April 5, 2018

    One of your best, and funniest, by far! Have already read it 3 times.

  • Jill Giddens

    April 6, 2018

    Let’s see…McDaniel is a viper, and I think the bible has some unfavorable things to say about snakes, maybe some of the biblically inclined voters of the Magnolia State should read up on that.
    Roseanne, meh, she’s now added crazy to obnoxious. But John Goodman, what a guy.
    I like Tom Waits version of Waltzing Matilda. Maybe you will too.
    What with the Tea Party and evangelical christians so strongly infiltrating the Republican party, things are getting sloppy in the party. They’re just all over the place!. If the GOP were an actress on a red carpet, they’d violate ever fashion rule imaginable and make the worst dressed list.
    Kayne should check out zorbing when in New Zealand. I’d love to hear your take on it. Think hampster ball for humans.
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders is qualified for her awful job, but it still looks like she’s being eaten alive and might suffer a fatal aneurysm before she can quit and get a book deal.
    I only caught the end of the space race, but what a finish!
    That woman in Nashville should be forced to suck on the exhaust pipe of an Edsel whilst listening to Insane Clown Posse.
    I saw some stigmata cookies on Facebook. Looked tasty.
    I think it’s Laura Ingraham for the win, Joe. Hope she gets canned and puts on 20 lbs. of despair.

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