Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Last call to support Jackson Jambalaya

It's time for the last call in the annual fund-raising drive for Jackson Jambalaya.  Thank you very much for your support of Jackson Jambalaya and reading the blog over the years. We've come a long way since we started up in 2007.  This blog couldn't have gotten as far as it has without support from the readers.  You've donated money, provided tips, and helped provide information when it was needed.  We are asking for your help again this year.

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Bar files complaint against Robert Shuler Smith

Highlights: 
-Judge Melvin Priester, Sr. filed a bar complaint against District Attorney.  
-Judge Tomie Green  reported Smith to the Bar for alleged incidents of misconduct . 
-D.A. allegedly tried to use his mother to influence Judge Green
-Judge Green accused D.A. of harassing Special Master Amy Whitten

 The Mississippi Bar filed a complaint against Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith at the Mississippi Supreme Court after two Hinds County Judges reported him to the Bar. The actual complaint is posted below. The bar complaint provides the following information:

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AC thief gets jail.

Attorney Generalissimo Jim Hood issued the following press release: 

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Open thread.

This post is an open thread.   Slick Willie spoke at the DNC last night.  John Hinkley, Jr. is getting out of prison.  Jackson is still plagued with JATRAN problems.  The local media STILL ignores the Mississippi Department of Education audit on Jackson Public Schools.  Thank you for the traffic since you met me have that story all to myself, by the way.  It was substantial.  It also appears we will have to wait another week to find out who else will be indicted in the Chris Epps scandal.  Saint Teresa appears in court today.  It is not known if her appearance will be sponsored by any of the local photographers or facial clinics. Meanwhile, Clinton Police arrested a Texas woman who left her child in the car while she went shopping at Walmart.  She allegedly gave them a bogus story.  Her mug is posted below.  Comment away on this and any other topic.

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ATM suspect arrested.

JPD issued the following statement on Twitter:

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Rick Cleveland: Meet the 2016 Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame class

Only in Mississippi will you see two men inducted into the state's sports hall of fame after they have been inducted into the national College Football Hall of Fame.

That's because Mississippi athletes continue to achieve on a national and international level. That’s the case with both Sean Brewer and Wesley Walls, who have gone into the national college football shrine shrine over the last couple of years and will go into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame this Saturday night in the ceremonies at the Jackson Convention Complex.

Brewer and Walls are two members of a diverse and accomplished MSHOF Class of 2016, joining basketball coach Kay James, football coach Jackie Sherrill, basketball standout Larry Smith and football pioneer Willie Heidelburg. I am proud to have witnessed and chronicled all six and have personal memories of each.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

FLIPPED!

Former Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Ivon Johnson will plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy.  Federal prosecutors filed a bill of information last week that charged Johnson accepted bribes in exchange for reducing bonds for criminal defendants.  A notice filed in his case states:

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Dukes gets 25 years in Carolyn Temple murder

Antwain Dukes pleaded guilty to depraved heart murder in the death of Carolyn Temple yesterday in Hinds County Circuit Court.  He also pleaded guilty to armed robbery.   Judge Winston Kidd sentenced him to 25 years for each count.  The sentences will run concurrently.

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Postponed

The Justice Department issued the following statement:

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Who is next?

Who is going to be indicted in the Chris Epps scandal? All kinds of rumors are floating around today.  Stay tuned. Today might get interesting. Open thread. 

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Is Jackson becoming Cleveland?

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority managed to sell $9 million of bonds to finance the construction of a Westin Hotel in downtown Jackson.  The city was even nice enough to guarantee the bonds in a 2014 contribution agreement.  However, JRA is also seeking bids for the construction of a convention center hotel.  Everyone loves a construction party.  However, a former USA Today reporter pointed out in a recent Wall Street Journal column how Cleveland has gone down this path  and reaaaally put itself  on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars in debt. Dennis Cauchin writes:

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Dr. Wright explains what new tests will mean for students

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright posted the following column explaining the school ratings and new tests on the Mississippi Department of Education website:

Beginning April 25, 2016, the majority of Mississippi students will take new assessments aligned to the state’s learning goals. The Mississippi Assessment Program (MAP) will ask students in grades 3-8 and in high school Algebra I and English II to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in areas such as critical thinking, analytical writing, and problem solving.

Although it’s a new test, these concepts will be familiar to students. Our teachers have done an outstanding job of helping students meet higher academic guidelines for the past five years. MAP will measure what students are learning and inform parents and teachers whether students are meeting expectations for their grade level.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Indictment: Former State Rep's wife paid kickbacks to Epps (Updated)

Original post: The Justice Department indicted Teresa Malone for one count of attempt & conspiracy and a count of bribery of a public official.  The indictment is not yet available but JJ obtained this copy of the cover sheet:

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Lovely Starkville home for sale



This charming Southern Style two storied custom home is located on a hill with view of a lake in the back, in an exclusive Starkville subdivision (only 11 home sites).

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Drug testing company CEO charged in Epps scandal

The U.S. Attorney's office in Jackson issued the following press release:

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D.A.'s office moves quickly on accused child sex trafficker

Stupid is as stupid does and stupid describes Pierre Smith, Jr.  Smith got a break in May after he was indicted last year for cocaine possession while possessing a firearm.  Smith struck a deal with the prosecutor that allowed him to avoid going to jail by entering a pre-trial intervention program.  Fast forward to this month and Smith decided to party in New Orleans with women but in this case, partying meant  child sex trafficking.  New Orleans police arrested him on July 13 for sex trafficking.  The victims were two teen-aged girls who Smith forced into prostitution.   Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Michael Henry moved to revoke Smith's pre-trial agreement two days after his New Orleans arrest.  Mr. Henry stated in his motion:

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UMMC fined $2.7 million

The University of Mississippi Medical Center issued the following press release:

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Maywood Mart tries to kick out Pizza Hut.

Will Pizza Hut continue to operate in Maywood Mart? Pizza Hut of America, LLC is trying to stay in its current location facing I-55N while landlord Maywood Mart Tei Equities, LLC is trying to terminate Pizza Hut's lease.  Pizza Hut sued Maywood Mart in U.S. District Court on April 11. 

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Why we can't have nice things

The Pearl Police Department posted this statement and accompanying photos on Facebook:

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Madison attorney's candidacy for Election Commissioner meets the grave.

 A Madison County attorney had a bit of a conniption at last week's meeting of the Madison County Board of Supervisors last week when things didn't go her way.   Janice Jackson attempted to qualify for the District 1 Election Commissioner election but failed to submit her qualifying papers to the Chancery Clerk before the deadline.  She asked the Board to accept her candidacy but the Board rejected her request.  The Madison County Journal reported:

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Wikileaks strikes again. (Updated)

Wikileaks is having some fun with the Democrats and that is putting it mildly.  Wikileaks posted this message on its website:

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JRA comes through for Westin Hotel project, Jackson guarantees bonds.

It appears the Jackson Redevelopment Authority managed to sell $9 million of urban renewal bonds to fund construction of the Westin Hotel project that had stalled.   An official statement was registered yesterday with EMMA* that stated eight maturities were sold.  The project's progress stopped last month as it awaited funding from JRA.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Update on Avalon prowler

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Police have person of interest in Rankin County homicide.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement:

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Recused!

Hinds County Chancellor Denise Owens recused herself from the charter school lawsuit yesterday.  Read this post for more information about the lawsuit.  That leaves the following Chancellors available to hear the lawsuit: Thomas, Wise, and Singletary. Stay tuned. 

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Republicans reward failure & then wonder why they lose.

Republicans love to say that only in government does someone get rewarded for failure.  However, an article in National Review makes the case that the Republican Party has its own share of trough-feeders who fail and fall upwards.   The author calls it the "Republican-industrial complex has turned missteps into millions" in an allusion to Ike's classic term.   Polijunkies and Democrats will enjoy reading this essay that is rather thorough in nature.  Matthew Sheffield writes:

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Mayor to hold town hall on race & police

Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following statement: 

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Prisoner murdered

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following press release:

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Teen killed trying to steal car

JPD issued the following press release:

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Time for some good news

One East Baton Rouge Parish deputy gets to go home to his family.

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Lock & load: Rez prowler edition (UPDATE)

Update (4:45 PM): Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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JMAA CEO Becomes Chairman of Airport Executives Group

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority issued the following press release:

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Bill Crawford: Republicans Struggle to Find Smart Way to Budget

"Starving the beast” is a popular conservative approach to governance.

“If they (legislators) don’t have the money, they can’t spend it,” one Republican operative explained, strongly endorsing this approach.
 
True enough, but as another longtime Mississippi leader told me, “‘Starve the beast’ is not a smart way to govern, in fact, it isn’t governing at all.”

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Defendants want to move Lumumba wrongful death lawsuit

A Jackson doctor and North Jackson Medical Clinic are trying to move a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the children of deceased Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, Sr.  out of the Jackson metro area.  Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Jr. filed a wrongful death action against St. Dominic Hospital, North Jackson Medical Clinic, and several doctors in February in Hinds County Circuit Court.  Attorneys Dennis Sweet, III and Dennis Sweet, IV are representing Mr. Lumumba.  The case is assigned to Judge Winston Kidd.

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Disabled woman murdered in Rankin County

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement: 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Feds bust Reddix in Chris Epps scandal

4:00 PM update: U.S. Magistrate Keith Ball set a $10,000 unsecured bond for Dr. Reddix. Dr. Reddix was represented by attorney Lisa Ross. He admitted to the court that he is currently undergoing treatment for alcohol abuse.


The U.S. Attorney's office  issued the following press release:

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D.A. appeals to Supreme Court. Who did he try to bring before grand jury?

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith  asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to dissolve a court order barring him from participating in cases.  Mr. Smith was arrested and charged with six misdemeanor counts of improperly helping criminal defendants. Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill issued the order shortly after the arrest took place.   The D.A. also asked the County Court of Hinds County to unseal several documents that he claims will help his case. The various motions provide new information and a look at what has been taking place behind the scenes in Hinds County.  Mr.  Smith apparently tried to bring one judge before a grand jury.  The filings are posted below. 


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Rick Cleveland: Red & Blue v. Maroon & White

I have on my desk a perfectly preserved game program from the Mississippi State-Ole Miss football game played Nov. 24, 1945. On page 1, it tells us about school colors: “For Ole Miss, Red and Blue; for Mississippi State, Maroon and White.”

That hasn't changed. Most everything else has.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Trial date schedule for accused killer of Carolyn Temple

 Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill set trial for the capital murder prosecution of Gerome Moore on September 12 at 9:00 AM.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted Moore for the shooting death of Carolyn Temple in January 2015.

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MDE moves back to Jackson

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release: 

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Uh-oh

Check out this building behind the King Edward hotel:

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Don't forget to vote.

The Clarion-Ledger is conducting a poll for your favorite reporter and other forms of media coverage.  Vote here.  
Remember, this is Mississippi so vote early and often.  It is not known if absentee ballots are available.  

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Bedwetter alert


The blog Hypeline reported that some bedwetters in Cleveland freaked out over the police living in campus dorms during the Republican National Convention:

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Lyin' Loome is at it again.

The release of the school accountability ratings last week drove the Parents' Campaign's Nancy Loome into a frenzy last week as she sent out several blast emails blasting everything.  Ms. Loome is the Executive Director and lobbyist for the non-profit organization funded by Jim Barksdale and Dick Molpus. She blasted the Mississippi Department of Education. She blasted legislators. She blasted her fellow lobbyists.  She blasted standardized tests.  It is not known yet if she blasted herself.  She sent out the first email early last week:

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JPD nabs carjacking suspect

JPD issued the following statement:

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"These officers were intentionally targeted and assassinated."

Louisiana State Police Colonel Mike Edmondson briefed reporters about the attack and provided a great deal of new information and photos at a press conference today.  Three officers were killed yesterday.  One East Baton Rouge Parish deputy is fighting for his life while another faces more surgeries.

 Start watching the video at 11:30.  Colonel Edmondson takes viewers through the timeline and diagram at 18:00. It is a very informative part of the briefing.  He takes the readers through the attack.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Recalled to Life

Can you stand some good news?  A group of men spent sixteen years restoring a B-29 Superfortress.  It made its first flight since restoration yesterday.  Fightersweep.com reported:

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Suspect (allegedly) kills ex by hitting her with SUV

JPD issued the following press release and mug shot:

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The good ole boys at MBN settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Does MBN have a good ole boy culture of crude sexual jokes, harassment of female employees, and a dreaded "Perkins Scale"? that rates women based on looks? The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics settled a sexual harassment suit last month for undisclosed terms.  MBN Special Projects Officer Mary Katherine Sullivan sued MBN on September 4, 2015 for alleged acts of sexual harassment committed by MBN Deputy Director Mike Perkins. 
Ms. Sullivan alleged in her complaint:

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Feds bust pay to play in D.A.'s office.

It appears defendants were paying bribes to Hinds County prosecutors to reduce bonds. The U.S. Attorney filed a bill of information in U.S. District Court Friday that alleged Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Ivon Johnson and an unnamed co-conspirator fixed bonds for criminal defendants in exchange for cash payments.  The bill of information states:

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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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