Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Too Funny!

How good is Dave Chappelle? Kevin Hart tells you how good he really is on Joe Rogan's podcast.  Enjoy.

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Dispatch from Pelahatchie: SHOWDOWN!!!

Nutshell version: The Mayor, Aldermen, and Alderwoman fussed and fought for ten minutes before going home.  No action was taken. 

Watch the fireworks streamed live below from Facebook:

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Dispatch From Pelahatchie: Impeachment Edition

It's going to be war tonight in Pelahatchie:

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All Closures End June 1

Governor Tate Reeves his holding is daily briefing on the Covid-19 virus.  It is streamed below.

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Covid-19 Update: 670 Deaths

 The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 313 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 18 deaths today. The total number of cases is 14,044. The virus has caused 670 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 51% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.

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Holy ______!!!

Just a bear following a child down a hill, that's all.

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Let It Flow, Let It Flow, Let It Flow

The city of Jackson apparently released quite a bit of raw sewage into the Pearl River earlier this year.  The Pearl Riverkeeper website reported yesterday:

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Sid Salter: Who Has More Experience Fixing Prisons Than Controversial Cain?

There has been more than a little media tut-tutting over the decision by Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves to hire controversial former Louisiana corrections official Burl Cain, 77, to lead the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

DHS Pays Millions for a Lease It Doesn't Use


The Mississippi Department of Human Services pays rent on its former home even though it no longer occupies the building on North State Street.  DHS moved into the old Skytel buildings on Lamar Street in June 2018.  However, DHS has paid $3.8 million to the landlord in monthly rent since the move.  The lease does not expire until 2027.  DHS thus pays double rent.  JJ obtained a list of the payments through a public records request. 

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MHP Reports 2 Fatalities During Holiday Weekend

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement.

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Warren Strain Update

Warren Strain's wife posted the following update on Facebook yesterday.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Remembering Those Who Sacrificed



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When a Legend is not a Legend

While diving into the Jack Dempsey rabbit hole last week, the Kingfish came across a boxing legend that bore investigation.  It has been rumored and reported for quite some time that boxing greats Jack Johnson and Jack Dempsey once squared off in a secret prize fight in 1921.  The fight supposedly took place in Saskatchewan.   Some experts, including Muhammad Ali, consider Johnson to be the best heavyweight boxer of all time while Dempsey's name needs no introduction even today. Such a bout would have been one of the ages but did it actually happen?

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Sunday Shootout

Meanwhile, over at the track by the junkyard in Madison County....

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WLBT: UMC Expects $100 million Loss

UMC claimed it will lose at least $100 million over the next few months due to the pandemic.  WLBT reported Friday:

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Swim Coach Indictment Withdrawn

District Attorney plans to seek new indictment.

Rankin-Madison County District Attorney John Bramlett withdrew the indictment against Savannah Reis. A Rankin County grand jury indicted her for two counts of sexual battery with a minor on September 18 while she was a swim coach at Performance Elite Aquatics.  She is an elementary school teacher in Madison County but is currently on administrative leave.  The indictment states:

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House Party Turns Deadly

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Ewwww!

Warning: Lewd behavior in video. 

Just another night at the Exxon on Beasley and Adkins.

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Covid-19 Update: Hospitalizations Fall to Lowest Level in 5 Weeks.

 The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 247 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 9 deaths today. The total number of cases is 13,252. The virus has caused 625 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 50% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.

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How New York Suffered 10 Times More Covid-19 Deaths Than California

This story was originally published by ProPublica.  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive their biggest stories as soon as they’re published.  Joe Sexton and Joaquin Sapie authored this story.  This story is a loooong one but well worth reading.  Get two Cohibas and fix a drink.  Enjoy.

By March 14, London Breed, the mayor of San Francisco, had seen enough. For weeks, she and her health officials had looked at data showing the evolving threat of COVID-19. In response, she’d issued a series of orders limiting the size of public gatherings, each one feeling more arbitrary than the last. She’d been persuaded that her city’s considerable and highly regarded health care system might be insufficient for the looming onslaught of infection and death.

“We need to shut this shit down,” Breed remembered thinking.

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Who am I going to be?

Even though churches are reopening, not everyone can make it to church.  For those readers, JJ offers this 1991 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson).  Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Nursing Homes Need More Help as Covid-19 Deaths Mount

Mississippians trust the care of precious loved ones to many wonderful nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. But, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns.

While 13% of the state’s virus cases occurred in long-term care facilities, they had 50% of deaths (the national average is about 33%).

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Equal Time: JP Morgan Says Lockdowns Didn't Help

JP Morgan determined Covid-19 lockdowns caused more harm than good. CNBC's Carl Quintanilla tweeted Thursday:

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No Comment!

Meanwhile over on I-220.....

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JPD Investigates Confrontation

A video of a confrontation between a JPD officer and yewt surfaced on social media yesterday:

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Friday Night at the Fights

Meet Mike Tyson's favorite boxer.  If there was a white version of a rampaging Mike Tyson in his prime, Jack Dempsey would be it.  Dempsey may have become a movie star but he was no pretty boy.  He was a literal hobo, living on the trains while going days without food.  Losing a fight meant literal starvation, so he won.  Dempsey meant destruction, a pestilence of death for his opponents. 

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Governor Extends Shelter Order

Playgrounds open with strict guidelines Monday. 

Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement at his daily Covid-19 briefing.  The video is posted below. 

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Nursing Homes Rise to 50% of Covid-19 Deaths

Hospitalizations, vents fall, ICU's stay flat

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 402 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 16 deaths today.   The total number of cases is 12,624.  The virus has caused 596 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 50% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Flashback Friday: The Way Jackson Used to Be

Today's edition of Flashback Friday focuses on how Jackson used to be just a few short weeks ago.  

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Shame! Shame! Shame!

Posted below is video of Mayor Lumumba's staff harassing attorney Lisa Ross before her press conference began yesterday. 

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Bridgewater Asks Court to Throw Lane in Jail

Will David L. Lane go to jail? The Bridgewater Homeowner's Association wants either its money or Lane's forced residency at the Rankin County Detention Center.  A court ordered Lane to liquidate two accounts in March and surrender the funds but Lane apparently has yet to do so even though the deadline was nearly a month ago.  Needless to say, Bridgewater is tired of playing games and wants to turn up the heat on David L. Lane. 

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Arrest? What arrest? (Video)

Mayor Shows up at Ross's Press Conference, accuses attorney of taking advantage of family

Attorney Lisa Ross issued the following statement.

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Brandon Man Severely Injured After Hit & Run

The Taxpayer's Channel reported the following story. 

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Cv-19 Outbreak at Church Kills 3

A Covid-19 outbreak at a rural Arkansas church killed 3 people.  The CDC reported:

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Farmers Encouraged to Enroll for Assistance

Agriculture Commish Andrew Gipson issued the following statement.

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Equal Time: Some Good News for Mississippi

Mississippi reported a record 11,967 case of Covid-19 yesterday. Such a rise is expected as testing becomes more widespread.  However, the media and Facebook doctors focus on cases while health care experts focus on something else: the actual number of patients hospitalized, in ICU's, and on ventilators.  While Mississippi cases rise (due to better reporting), the number of patients requiring advanced treatment has actually improved. 

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Sicko!

A neighbor managed to take a picture of Pearl police officers arrested Keith Reeder:

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

New DPS Commish: Sean Tindell

Burl Cain appointed MDOC Commissioner

Governor Tate Reeves appointed Judge Sean Tindell to be the Commissioner of Public Safety at his daily Covid-19 briefing today.

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Health Department & Hattiesburg Newspaper Have it Out Over Nursing Homes

Should the Mississippi State Department of Health release the names of nursing homes that report Covid-19 cases? Hattiesburg Publishing will square off against the Health Department over that very question today in Hinds County Chancery Court.

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Covid-19 Update: 11,967 Cases, 570 Deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 263 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 16 deaths today.   The total number of cases is 11,967.  The virus has caused 570 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 49% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 570

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Belhaven Carjacking

Updated with video

A carjacking occurred in Belhaven last night.  The landlord stated in an email:

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State Farm Cuts Rates

Insurance Commish Mike Chaney issued the following statement. 

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It Never Hurts to Ask (Updated)

Check out the listing for the former Courthouse Racquet Club on Lakeland Drive:

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Sid Salter: Casino Reopenings Signal Major Boost to State Revenues

Mississippi’s current leadership is taking a page from the state’s not-so-distant past by making the state’s gaming industry one of the first enterprises to be allowed to reopen as the state tries to come out from under the COVID-19 quarantine.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

You Don't Have No Ice Cream!

Pearl Lower Elementary is passing out free ice cream tomorrow:

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Governor Opens Churches

Governor Tate Reeves announced the opening of churches at his daily Covid-19 briefing.  The press conference is streamed below.

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Covid-19 Update: Nearly Half of Mississippi Deaths are Nursing Home Residents

Nursing home update in this post. 

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 272 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 27 deaths today.   The total number of cases is 11,704.  The virus has caused 554 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 49% of overall Covid 19 deaths in Mississippi.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Mask Madness

To mask or not to mask, that is the question that drives men mad so.  Two incidents in Jackson brought out the worst in people on both sides  of the issue.  The first involved a Fondren Presbyterian minister who suffered an assault:

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Guest Column: Did Researcher Find Way to Stop Second Wave of Covid-19?

Local attorney Robert Wise submitted this guest column.

In a world so quickly changed beyond our imagining, we suddenly find ourselves in an age of fever desperate for a vaccine to deliver us from COVID-19. If only we can return to the health, prosperity and comradery of the old world just two months ago. Family weddings, reunions, dinner parties and even funerals? Forget it: we can no longer trust even our dearest friends and relatives not to transmit the virus to us unwittingly unless they arrive wearing medical masks, promise not to hug us, and stay the heck six feet away.

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Monday, May 18, 2020

DHS Audit Post Updated

JJ is working it's way sloooooooowly through the MDHS audit.  The earlier post is updated and will be updated again.  Enjoy (Sarcasm). 

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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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