Saturday, April 20, 2024

No Beulah Land for Ex-Mayor

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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D.L. Gardner: Don't!

Israel has been at war since October 7, 2023, when Hamas fighters in Gaza launched a surprise attack that initially massacred around 1,400 Israeli citizens, soldiers and foreign nationals living there or attending the Nova music festival. The attack started the current Israeli-Hamas war with total death counts from both sides ranging from 10,000 to more than 30,000 due to discrepancies from sources on each side.

Israel has been under continual fire from Iranian terrorist proxies like Hamas, Hezbollah, and Yemeni Houthis for the past 6 months. Last Saturday Iran launched an unprecedented attack from Iranian soil into Israel with hundreds of rockets and drones. Israeli defense forces along with American and other allied forces were able to repel the attacks without any casualties. Iran said the attack was a reprisal for an attack in Syria two weeks earlier that killed two top Iranian generals and four other people at the Iranian consulate in Damascus.

Since President Biden became president, America has been besieged with wars and conflicts against our allies around the world. Within eight months of taking office, Biden scrapped previous plans of an orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan. The debacle of lives lost and materiel abandoned signaled America’s adversaries the weakness of the new administration. Since then Russia has invaded Ukraine, and tensions have risen between Taiwan and China.

Trump’s sanctions on Iran’s exportation of oil have been completely undone. According to Nikkei Asia, “Iran’s exports of crude oil grew by roughly 50% last year to a five-year high of about 1.29 million barrels per day, with the vast majority going to China….” And, China is selling oil to Russia. What else are these three powerful nations collaborating about?

This week senators and representatives have been choosing sides to support in our foreign entanglements. Israel or Iran and its proxies? Russia or Ukraine? China or Taiwan? Remember when the legacy media touted Joe Biden as the most experienced foreign policy candidate in America history?

Oh yeah! How is the Biden administration doing on our southern border? How many single men of military age from China, Russia, Africa and the Middle East have entered America? Where are they now? Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas does not know the numbers. What’s the worst that could happen?

This week in Washington Congress is deciding whether to send military or humanitarian aid or both to Ukraine, Israel, or Taiwan. Not that it matters, but everyone of those dollars come from American taxpayers. Before Biden won the White House, none of those dollars would likely have gone to Ukraine before the war with Russia, or to Israel before the proxy war with Iran. It’s much more likely that those two wars would not have begun if Trump had remained Commander in Chief.

So, our representatives in Washington are playing “Wheel of Fortune” with our hard-earned tax dollars. Foreign powers are dividing up the globe with their 3-dimensional games of chess. And families are sitting around dining tables dividing dwindling dollars between gasoline, groceries, and family emergencies.

Foreign affairs always have huge consequences around the average family table when incompetent policy makers politicize every issue by poll numbers. We may not be fighting wars around the world, but we’ll surely be paying for them. Let’s send one word to President Biden: “Don’t!” He’ll understand.

Daniel L. Gardner is a columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at

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Friday, April 19, 2024

Flashback Friday

 The recent sale of the Mayflower triggered memories of this post from April 22, 2019.  

 A  Naked Man Event (NME)  took place Saturday night in front of the Mayflower Cafe.  An adult male stood at the corner of Roach Street and Capitol Street, caddy-corner to the Mayflower Cafe at 6:45 PM, and proceeded to take off his clothes.  The street theatre performance continued as he proceeded to channel his inner Cassius Clay and jump rope off and on for the next 20-30 minutes.

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Dau Mabil's Wife: Didn't Know of Hearing, Autopsy OK

 The late Dau Mabil's wife said she she did not receive notice of a hearing concerning her husband's remains that was held in Hinds County Chancery Court yesterday.  

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The Epic of Gilmermesh: Guard Sues Gilmer

A prison guard (allegedly) beaten by Barry Gilmer while he was in jail sued the attorney for damages related to an alleged assault that took place in the Madison County jail.  She suffered a broken collarbone, broken rib, and multiple contusions to her face when Gilmer allegedly attacked her as she served him his breakfast in the medical unit.  

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Ah, Tuscany!

Let's go ahead and get this out of the way. It ain't Isola, but Tuscany does have its charm. In his online gathering of information and trivial fact, Mr. Wikipedia tells us the region of central Italy, is known for scenic landscapes, rich history, artistic legacy, and its influence on high culture. Oh, and just like my granny's kitchen, it is known for excellent cuisine. 

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

MSMS Gets New Leadership

 The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

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Autopsy Ordered on Dau Mabil

Lawrence County Sheriff says no foul play.  

A Hinds County Chancellor ordered the state crime lab to conduct an autopsy on the body of a man found floating in the Pearl River recently.  The identity of the deceased is the missing Dau Mabil. 

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MCPP: Is There Still a Chance for School Funding Reform?

Every year, Mississippi lawmakers debate the amount to spend on education. As important, perhaps, is the question of how to spend the money.

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Dau Mabil's Brother Seeks TRO Over Remains

Update: The Chancellor ordered an autopsy of the body. More to follow. 

 If you are reading this, it means I am sitting in chancery court watching an emergency hearing on the Dau Mabil case.  

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Barber & Cosmetology Boards to Merge

The Mississippi Board of Cosmetology issued the following statement. 

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

End of an Era

 It will soon be a new day at the Mayflower Cafe. 

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Sentenced Reduced for David Lane

 The infamous David Luke Lane caught a break in federal court after U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate reduced his prison sentence.  Judge Wingate's April 16 order states: 

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MHP Wants You!

 Do you have what it takes to be a Trooper at the Mississippi Highway Patrol? Watch this video to see if you do? If so, email MHP at for an application.  

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Robert St John: If Music be Love of Food, Play on

Music has been a constant companion throughout my life. It has accompanied me in times of joy and sorrow and never let me down.

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Sid Salter: In Medicaid Debate, Look at Rapidly Increasing Rural Mortality Rates

As Mississippi legislators head to conference on the state’s first sincere consideration of some form of Medicaid expansion, we’ve heard alarms sounded by the right and the left on why the state alternately should or should not expand Medicaid coverage for the state’s working poor.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

A True Tale of Evil

It was a true tale of evil that was told in a Rankin County courtroom this morning as Rankin County Court Judge David Morrow held a preliminary hearing for Carly Gregg.  The 14 year-old Gregg stands accused of murdering her mother and shooting her stepfather at their home on March 19.  

Posing for the camera?

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Head Goon Brett McAlpin filed a notice of appeal with in U.S. District Court yesterday.  

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Fortification Street Closed

 JXN Water issued the following statement. 

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Mayor: JXN Water Lying Then or Lying Now

 The war of words between Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba escalated yet again today at the Mayor's weekly press conference.  

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Woman Busted for Unemployment Fraud

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Sex, Lies, & Videotape: Ivana Claims Another Scalp

The Ivana Williams scandal claimed yet another um, scalp. The Mississippi Highway Patrol fired Master Sergeant Jeremy Lott after discovering the two troopers exchanged nude photos. MHP terminated Williams in February for sending nude photos of herself to other troopers as well as committing other infractions.  A synopsis of her case is published at the end of this post.  

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Amazon: "We Were Lucky to Find Mississippi"

The Amazon data center project may prove to be a bigger boon to Mississippi than first reported.  An Amazon official told a Millsaps College audience last week the company will hire more than 1,000 people and will invest "tens of billions of dollars" in the project.  

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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Deal of the Day

Looking for a deal on a "starter rifle" for the kids? Palmetto State Armory knocked down the price of several models of the Ruger 10/22 rifle as it placed them on clearance.  

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How to Prepare for a Thief

Eat, drink, and make merry.  Such is the way of our world as it worships the hedonistic lifestyle.  We will live forever after all, right?  The late Dr. Frank Pollard said we will indeed live forever but a judgment will determine what that forever will be.   Enjoy the 1996 sermon posted below as he discusses "soul insurance."  

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Bill Crawford: Senate Votes for Dog to Catch Runaway Car

The dog is awfully close to catching the runaway car – the dog being the Legislature and the car being PERS.

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Going Where No Man Has Gone Before

William Shatner appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher last night.  Needless to say, Captain Kirk stole the show even though he is the oldest person to ever appear on the program.  See for yourself.  Enjoy. 

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Here We Go Again

 More drama at the Hotel O, brought to you by Noah Muthana and Ibrahim Khoder. 

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D.L. Gardner: How Much Longer?

At the risk of sounding a bit too simplistic, the most popular candidate in the 2024 presidential election will win. Those who’ve listened to some of the talking heads know seven swing states will likely decide which candidate wins the Electoral College. The seven swing states are Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, and North Carolina.

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Sex, Lies, & Videotape: Ivana Williams Scandal Spreads

Fallout from the Ivana Williams scandal continues to spread at the Mississippi Highway Patrol. MHP fired Master Sergeant Julius Hutson on April 2 after it discovered he asked Williams to send him nude photographs of her to his phone even though he was her superior.  Williams sent him several nude photos.  MHP terminated Williams in February when it discovered she sent nude pictures of herself to several troopers.  

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Flashback Friday: When Haley Tried to Fix PERS

Years of kicking the can down the road has caused a mess over at PERS.  The Board of Trustees voted to increase employer contribution rates 5%. The legislature throws tantrums without offering solutions.  Governor Haley Barbour created a study commission in 2011.  The Commission issued a report and several recommendations on reforming PERS.  Many of the capitol clowns were not in office when the report was issued so JJ's December 15, 2011 story and the Commission's report are posted below. 

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DPS Gets a New Watchdog

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement.

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MHSAA: Be Good, but not too Good.

 It appears MHSAA does not want Mississippi athletes competing at the national level.  Check out Rule 7.22 in the 2023-2024 handbook. 

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Shrimp And Grits

I do not claim to know the origins of the dish most of us call Shrimp and Grits. Some say it came from the coastal areas of Louisiana and others say the Tide Water or Low Country region of the Carolinas. Does it matter? All I know is the dish is mighty fine eating and I have a pretty good way of making it.

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Who is the Real Hotel O Owner?

 JPD arrested Ibrahim Khoder this week and charged him with committing perjury in the Hotel O case.  

Hotel O. More pictures posted below. 

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MCPP: Falling Behind on School Choice

 Mississippi is now entirely surrounded by states that have either passed, or are in the process of passing, laws that will give every family school choice.  A proposal to do something similar in our state never even made it to a full vote in the legislature.

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Throwback Thursday

 Let's step back into the 1980's.  The scene: everyone's favorite restaurant.  Notice anything different? 

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Tips for Filing Insurance Claims after Storms

Insurance Commish Mike Chaney issued the following statement. 

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Former JPD Cop Charged in Parkway Murder

Murder suspect Marcus Johnson was arrested in Louisiana yesterday.  JPD issued the following statement Tuesday: 

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

JXN Water Responds to Mayor

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba claimed last week Jackson would have to raise garbage collection fees because JXN Water is doing a poor job of collecting payments.  Well, JXN Water said not so fast, my friend, and issued the following statement: 

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Fitch Addresses Goon Squad Sentencing

 Attorney General Lynn Fitch issued the following statement. 

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Goon Squad Sentenced

The Goons were sentenced this morning in Rankin County Circuit Court.  The proceedings are posted below, courtesy of WAPT. 

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Robert St. John: Pizza Ground Zero

BARBERINO-TAVARNELLE, TUSCANY— Naples is the birthplace of pizza. It’s an ancient and historic seaside city that can be a little scary at times these days, but it is Ground Zero for the savory pie the world has come to love. The Neapolitan version has been around Southwestern Italy for more than 500 years. Pizza eventually travelled across the Atlantic and through Ellis Island in the late 1800s. The first restaurant to sell pizza in America was Lombardi’s in New York.

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PERS Bill: Dead Once, Dead Twice?

It is a truism in the Mississippi Legislature that a bill can die three deaths before it is truly dead.  Such applies to the PERS "reform bill" the Senate killed last week. 

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Sid Salter: State's Prison System History Begs to Break Recidivism Cycle

After more than 40 years of reporting and writing about crime and punishment in Mississippi, I’ve seen the pendulum swing from “get tough” to “out of sight, out of mind” to “who’s making money off the system now?”

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

MAEP Food Fight!

 The House & Senate are squaring off over the MAEP formula.  

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 Can you spot the mistake in this Clarion-Ledger story about the airport takeover that was published last week? 

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Wanted: Pearl Thief

 The Pearl Police Department issued the following statement and pictures. 

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WSJ: Gen Z Works With Its Hands

 Generation Z is saying to hell with four-year degrees and student loans as its members instead "pick up the tool belt."   The Wall Street Journal reported April 2: 

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Rockin' the Eclipse

 Well, we kind of missed the eclipse yesterday thanks to some clouds that refused to cooperate with our plans.   Enjoy the heavenly event in all its glory in the videos posted below.

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Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).

Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.

In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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