Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Did Someone Say NEW YORK CITY???

The bill to create a public utility district for Jackson has created no small amount of controversy.  Lost in all the screaming over incompetence and "colonialism" is public utility districts are quite common nationwide as many major cities divorced their public utilities so they could operate semi-independently.  Heaven forbid Jackson should use something proven to work elsewhere.  Got to protect those sticky fingers and sweetheart deals, right.  

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Robert St. John: An Unbalanced Force in the Foothills

BLACKBERRY FARM— A portion of Newton’s Law of Motion states, “An object in motion remains in motion at a constant speed, and in a straight line, unless acted on by an unbalanced force.” I am not sure if Blackberry Farm has ever been described as an unbalanced force, but for the past 25 years, that is what it has been for me.

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Senate Passes Jackson Utility District Bill

The Senate approved a bill that will transfer control of Jackson's water and sewer systems from the city to a new public utility district governed by a nine-member board of directors.  The bill passed on a 34-15 vote that broke down along party and racial lines.  

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Sid Salter: Hosemann Expected to Take Fight to McDaniel

Back in 2014, Mississippi politicos underestimated Tea Party zealot State Sen. Chris McDaniel and it almost resulted in one of the state’s most shocking political upsets. At the outset, most thought McDaniel was taking on then-incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran as an exercise in building name recognition for a future race.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Watch the Debate

 The House is debating HB #1020 right now.  Watch below. 

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Vetoing the Mayor's Veto

 The legislature continues to tighten the handcuffs on Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba as the Senate passed a bill that will abolish vetoes of no votes.  

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 Check out this little passage from the Clarion-Ledger's newest cub reporter, Wicker Perlis, in a story about the Jackson garbage fight: 

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Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement and mug shots.

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Health Department Fights Back Against NAACP's EPA Complaint

The Mississippi State Department of Health attempted to slap the EPA with a dose of reality as it responded to the agency's investigation of the NAACP's discrimination complaint. The NAACP accused Mississippi of intentionally depriving Jackson of money it needed to provide safe drinking water.  Simply put, the Health Department asked how it could discriminate against Jackson when it gave the city every dollar it requested. 

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Free Cancer Screenings for Women

This post is a public service announcement. 

Registration is ongoing for free cervical, breast and oral cancer screenings and education March 25 for qualifying uninsured and underinsured women.

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Monday, February 6, 2023

Idiots of the Day

 This could have ended real badly for everyone.  Posted on Facebook: 

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It's That Time of the Week

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is holding is regular press briefing.  The press conference is streamed below.  

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ABC: Jackson did not Apply for Water Infrastructure Money in 2022

UPDATE (12:55 PM): There is a strong chance ABC is referring to Hinds County as it did not apply for the funds.  Jackson obtained $47 million. 

 ABC News' Rachel Scott reported Jackson did not apply for its share of over $400 million in water infrastructure funds Congress awarded to Mississippi last year.  The revelation came on yesterday's edition of ABC's This Week.  Check out the story posted below. 

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James Taylor Coming to Brandon

 Red Mountain Entertainment issued the following press release. 

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Sunday, February 5, 2023

Murder Suspect Hangs Himself

Update (2/6/23): MBI is investigating the death.  

Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones issued the following statement. 

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 Kenneth I. Stokes was on a roll this morning.  The legendary Jackson City Councilman made a rather interesting claim about the relationship between Mayor Lumumba and the state.  He lamented the killing fields of Jackson and admitted he stayed at a hotel in Ridgeland during the New Year's holiday so he could avoid the gunshots.   The show is posted below. I'd report more of what he said but I'VE GOT TO GO!!!

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The Disappointment of Hope

All too often preachers are known for well, preaching fire and brimstone sermons but the late Dr. Frank Pollard said there is another way.  He preached on how a 18 year-old sickly preacher taught the real meaning of the Good Book to an already famous preacher, D. L. Moody.  It's as if someone figured out people might respond better to a message of love than fear.  Enjoy the 1995 sermon posted below. 

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Bill Crawford: Incumbent Protection Act Slims Field

 The Mississippi incumbent protection act worked like a charm. The bill authored by Rep. Jody Steverson of Ripley and adopted in 2021 moved the qualifying date for most state, district, and county elections to February 1st. 

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Governor Pushes Parents Bill of Rights in State of State

The transcript and video of Governor Reeves' annual state of the state address is posted below. Highlights: 

- Pushed parents bill of rights in schools

- Reform certificate of need laws

- Touts economic & educational success

Thank you, Lieutenant Governor Hosemann and Speaker Gunn.
To the members of the legislature and other elected officials here tonight, thank you. Thank you for your continued partnership and thank you for the tireless work you do on behalf of our great state and her people. 

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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Saturday Night Cinema

 Once upon a time, Hollywood produced award-winning "art movies" such as Lust for Life.  The Vincent Van Gogh biography was nominated for four Oscars as Anthony Quinn took home the award for Best Supporting Actor.  However, it was Kirk Douglas's performance as the tormented artist that deserved an Oscar. 

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There Was Supposed to be a Kaboom!

 Well, we finally got around to shooting down Red China's "weather" balloon.  Finally.  Watch the fun.  Hoorah. 

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The D.A. Goes to the Dogs

 Rankin-Madison District Attorney Bubba Bramlett issued the following statement. 

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D.L. Gardner: Learning to Think Critically

 January 7, five Memphis police officers in a specially trained street crime unit pulled over Tyre Nichols (29) for allegedly driving recklessly, jerked him out of his car and pushed him down onto the ground where they surrounded him, beat him with their fists and batons, kicked him, and sprayed him with pepper spray while their body cameras and a public camera captured the attack. Tyre Nichols died three days later on January 10, from this brutal attack. 

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Friday, February 3, 2023

Feds Slap McClain's Lodge

The USDA said two animals died while others suffered from neglect in several inspections at the popular McClain Lodge on Holly Bush Road in Rankin County.  

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Car Burglars Caught

 The Madison Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Meddlin' Away

 Uh-oh, Trey Lamar is thinking again.  He managed to get a bill passed that requires Jackson to spend all of 1% sales tax funds on water infrastructure.  WLBT reported last night: 

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Thug Gets 18 Years for Beating FIL with Bat

Attack fractured skull, left victim permanently deaf! 

Madison-Rankin County District Attorney Bubba Bramlett issued the following statement. 

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Graham Challenges Crisler

The race for Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham's seat began yesterday and the incumbent wasted no time in trying to get his opponent thrown off the ballot.  

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Aplos to Open Sister Location

 Aplos CEO Alex Eaton issued the following statement. 

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A Compromise for HB #1020

To say the Hinds County criminal justice system has been dysfunctional has been an understatement as "catch & release" and "blessings" are favored descriptions of what passed for Hinds County justice over the years.  A frustrated legislature is taking action this year in the form of HB #1020.  However, 1020 didn't use a sledgehammer for the proverbial nail but instead uses a chainsaw to fix problems no one knew existed while polarizing the races even more.

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28 Years in Ridgeland Interstate Murder

Madison-Rankin County District Attorney Bubba Bramlett issued the following statement and mugshot.

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Street Fight in Fondren?

The Democrats are at the gate and there are a few surprises at who showed up for to race.  State Senator David Blount has gotten might comfortable in his seat but Mayor Lumumba shook things up for him a little bit.  Pastor Dwayne Pickett, yes, the Pastor Dwayne Pickett qualified to run against Belhaven's Great White Father.  

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Marshand Wants Rematch

Never let it be said Marshand Crisler is a quitter. Despite getting drummed by five thousand votes in November 2021, he wants a rematch with Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones. Check out the rest of the Hinds County ballot as there are a couple of surprises. 

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It's That Time of Year

It's Mardi Gras season and you know what that means.  Randazzo's King Cakes are back at Nandy's Candy.Want the real thing? Swing by and get one.    Available flavors are cream cheesepecan praline, and traditional.  You can call and reserve one or pre-order as well. Enjoy.  

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Robert St. John: A Golden Opportunity

 To be successful in the restaurant business it takes total commitment and sacrifice. It's brutal way to earn a living. But for those of us who are bit by the bug, and are totally obsessed, we couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

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25 Years for Molesting Foster Daughter

 Madison-Rankin District Attorney Bubba Bramlett issued the following statement and mug shot. 

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Sid Salter: Restoration of Initiative Process Should be on Voter's Agenda in 2023

 Statewide elections will be on the ballot later this year for all state eight statewide executive branch offices, all state district offices and for all 174 posts in the Mississippi Legislature in addition to county offices and county district offices in all 82 Mississippi counties including district and county attorneys.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Funny of the Day

 Since the late night shows suck, check out some Taylor Tomlinson.  

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Waller Waves Goodbye

 Former Chief Justice and failed gubernatorial candidate Bill Waller, Jr. will not run for Governor.   Speculation ran rampant Mr. Waller would run against Governor Tate Reeves as an independent.  However, Mr. Waller met with his family and chose to stay on the sidelines.   It appears there will be a Mano a Mano matchup between Governor Reeves and Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. 

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Hosemann Raises $3.5 Million

Republican Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann kicks off his reelection campaign with a formidable $3,517,092 in his coffer, according to a report released today.

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"Stay Out of the Way"

Six young savages armed with AR-15-style firearms robbed the owner of Miketown Comedy Club recently.  You read that correctly.  Six little punks busted into his business and shoved their rifles against his chest, threatening to kill him if he didn't give it all up.  Give it up is what he did.  The victim is just a working guy trying to make a living. Unfortunately in Jackson today, being a good guy merely makes you a target and a target he was that night.  

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DA & Judges Stand Against HB #1020

The Hinds County District Attorney and Judiciary oppose HB #1020.  The bill creates a special prosecutor and judicial district for the Capitol Complex Improvement District, thus removing all CCID cases from the Hinds County judicial system.  

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Monday, January 30, 2023

Fight the Power!

 Sista Rukia and her crowd are going to fight the Capitol Complex bills. 

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Colonizing Ridgeland

Aplos is opening a location in Ridgeland.  Renaissance announced on Facebook: 

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Mayor: Capitol Complex Bills are "Plantation Politics"

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is holding a press conference right now.  The presser is streamed below. 

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Gilbert Gives It Right Back

 Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann's Senior Advisor Casey Phillips issued the following statement.

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Horse Race!

 State Senator Chris McDaniel just announced he will challenge incumbent Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann.  Watch the announcment here.

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Water Bills Going Up, Equity Billing Coming

 Water bills are going to be based upon property values and oh, they are also going to go up.  So said Jackson Water Manager Ted Henifin at a press conference Friday.

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Lieutenant Governor Pushes Crime Initiatives

 Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement. 

Six Senate bills making their way through the legislative process seek to set minimum sentences for some pervasive crimes and reduce theft of public tax dollars.

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Sunday, January 29, 2023

Sheriff Makes Million-Dollar Marijuana Bust

 Hinds County Tyree Jones issued the following statement. 

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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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