Although having understanding of scripture is a true blessing for some, it’s also the point where many get left at the dock and the boat sails away. Two things anyone can find and read if they only had time for God and his words is the fact two things are made clear. Everyone will be known by the works they do. The works are what produces the fruit of labor. The second thing which can be known is that a person’s works will in fact follow them after this physical life is over. Your works are all you take with you. The righteousness of your works weave the clothing you wear in heaven. And since there isn’t any gender in angels any nakedness  shouldn’t be too big of a problem getting to the day of judgement.


The entire world must contend with corruption. It costs honest citizens hundreds of thousands of dollars per year and saps trust in public and private institutions. Recently, Fortune Magazine covered a study by two public policy researchers—Cheol Liu of the City University of Hong Kong and John L. Mikesell of Indiana University—who looked the rate at which public employees in each of the 50 U.S. states had been convicted on federal corruption charges from 1976 to 2008 to determine which state was the most corrupt in the union.

According to the study Mississippi, The Hospitality State, is more a hostile State and clearly has not been all that hospitable to its citizens over the past 30-plus years. The state had the highest ratio of public workers who were censured for misuse of public funds and other charges and the hard numbers for—federal convictions—to control for differences in spending on law enforcement and the rigor of state corruption laws. While these numbers don’t lie, Mississippi officials were none too pleased to top this list.

CV: To the least billions being stolen and spent on Mississippi is done so by fraud, extortion and murder. The State auditor’s for the last 20 years just can’t find anything corrupt about it.


As the state’s top corruption fighter, Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering argued in an interview with Fortune that the study relied on old data and didn’t take into account the state’s anti-corruption efforts.  “This is dated material that goes back to 1976 until 2008, the year I was sworn into office,” said Pickering.

Pickering argued that many Mississippi laws have changed with the state legislature putting in an investigative arm into the state auditors office. “I’m the only state auditor in the entire country that has a law enforcement function. I’ve actually got a division in my office of gun totin’, badge wearin’ CPAs, lawyers, and investigators,” he said.

This allows Pickering to more aggressively pursue white-collar criminals. Pickering also argued that, since he often works with federal officials when pursuing crooked public servants, as Pickering pointed out, his office received the National State Auditor Association (NSAA) Excellence in Accountability Award for a Special Project to minimize fraud during both the post-Katrina rebuilding efforts and during the spending of the 2009 stimulus package money. Pickering’s office will also receive the David M. Walker Excellence in Government Performance and Accountability Award, sponsored by the National Intergovernmental Audit Forums and the Government Accountability Office for its efforts in fighting fraud during times when the federal government was spending big dollars in the state.

But at the end of the day, any way you cut it, Mississippi has had far too many corruption convictions over the past 30 years. The state is making strides, however, and perhaps in a decade we’ll see the fruits of that labor.

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