In case you missed "the largest campaign event in Mississippi history" yesterday in Biloxi, you can see it here. I was not able to go to Donald Trump's rally, so it is nice to have the video available. The turnout looks pretty good, although I suppose there is no way to know how many of those attending are there to see the show or how many really plan to vote for Trump. Trump's appeal, whatever you and I might think about it, appears to be alive and well as we move into 2016.
|Provençal Nativity scene (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The Harrison County courthouse in Gulfport has a nativity scene in their lobby. The American Humanist Association had threatened the county with a lawsuit but recently called it off. Why? Harrison County agreed to allow the addition of a secular display to join the nativity scene. Specifically, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Humanist, Atheist and Freethinking Association was permitted to put up a sign next to the display.
|Historic Wechsler School in Meridian, MS (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
At work, nearly all of my co-workers were convinced it would easily pass. As one woman with a young family put it, "With all the attention this has been getting, it is difficult to imagine how anybody could vote against improving education in our state." I wasn't quite so optimistic. I have learned that our local conservatives have a way of going against what most of us would regard as common sense. Still, I did think Initiative 42 would likely pass.
|Greenwood High School in Greenwood, Mississippi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
At the public university where I work, we have been bombarded with anti-42 messages from the administration. My guess is that such political messaging is not entirely legal, but that certainly doesn't prevent it from happening. Essentially, we have been told that if Initiative 42 passes, state universities will have their budgets cut to make up for the added money going to K-12 education. The not so subtle implication is that passing Initiative 42 could place our jobs in jeopardy or at the very least could deprive us of resources we already don't have necessary to do our jobs.
|Entrance to the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
But seriously, I admit that there have been a couple of years when I forgot to get my flu shot. This is unwise since I work in a busy university setting where I can count on being exposed to nearly every contagious illness that seems to sweep through the students. I need to get my shot not just because I don't want to get sick (which I don't) but also because I don't want to spread it to others. Perhaps I do have a bit of humanism in me after all.