Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rick Cleveland looks at upcoming college football season

It is a little known fact that William Faulkner, the most famous Mississippi bard, once played quarterback for Oxford High School, a tall task for someone who stood 5 feet, 5 inches short. This was long before face masks, and Faulkner, history tells us, suffered a broken nose. History tells us a lot more. Wrote Faulkner, ever so accurately : “The past is never dead. It's not even past.”

He was spot-on. We always should heed the past before considering the future, and that's important to keep in mind as we head into the 2016 college football season.

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What is SPLC's real game in Mississippi?

The Southern Poverty Law Center is attempting to knock charter schools out of business in Mississippi.  It sued Governor Phil Bryant, Jackson Public School District, and the Mississippi Department of Education in Hinds County Court recently as it seeks to block the funding of three charter schools in Jackson.  The SPLC is apparently waging a lawfare campaign against charter schools in Mississippi and other states.  SPLC attorney Will Bardwell whines to anyone who will listen that SPLC is not against charter schools per se, just their funding in Mississippi.  Uh-huh.  The SPLC fight against charter schools in New Orleans gives the game plan away.

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The Bennie & Jimmie Show

Bennie Thompson just can't seem to tell the truth about Donald Trump and Clarion-Ledger reporter Jimmie Gates just can't seem to report the truth as well.  The Donald visited Jackson last week.  The Bolton Congressman and our favorite fraudster, Derrick Johnson, did not exactly roll out a welcome mat for Mr. Trump during the press conference they held during his visit:

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

City Council will hire attorney, Admin refuses to discuss anything in public.

The Jackson City Council met today to discuss a sexual harassment lawsuit that was filed against Mayor Tony Yarber and the city of Jackson.  All city council members except Kenneth Stokes attended the meeting.  Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Marshand Crisler represented the Yarber administration.  Some highlights of the meeting are:

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MDE issues RFP

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following notice:

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Cop hitting on teen has a history of trouble

JPD fired officer Darryl Stasher a few weeks ago for trying to talk an underage girl into having sex with him while he was on duty, in uniform, and in his patrol car. The girl videotaped the encounter and posted it on her Facebook page (It is posted below.).  However, this incident was not Stasher's first foray into ****ing up.  JPD fired Stasher in 2010 but civil service reinstated him.  He was also suspended earlier this year.

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MDWFP monthly update

The Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks held its monthly meeting on August 17.  The complete video, all 34 minutes of it, and board packet are posted below.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Bracey amends complaint

Plaintiff Kimberly Bracey amended her sexual harassment lawsuit against Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber and the city today. Mrs. Bracey was the former Executive Assistant to Mayor Yarber.   The original complaint stated:

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Gunn appoints new Appropriations Chairman

Speaker of the Dead Phillip Gunn issued the following statement:

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Spiderman pleads guilty.

Spiderman is going to jail.  Jonathan Dukes pleaded guilty in Hinds County Circuit Court to one count of armed robbery today.  Dukes wore a Spiderman mask while using a gun to rob the Waffle House on Highway 18 in 2014.  He will be sentenced next week.  The case is assigned to Judge Jeff Weill.  The file is posted below.

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Zika & West Nile update

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement: 

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11 years

This is the NWS bulletin for Hurricane Katrina that was published 11 years ago.  The bulletin was unfortunately dead on in its accuracy.

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JPD announces Citizens' Police Academy class

JPD issued the following press release: 

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Bedwetter alert

SJW gets into it with Lyft driver apparently over........... some Polynesian figurine that he attached to his dashboard:


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Bill Crawford: Mississippi needs every federal dollar it can get.

Let’s get real.

Ignore political ideology for a moment.

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Open thread

Trump came to town.  Johnny D went Jim Morrison on a blogger.  Football season is about to start but Ole Miss is in the news for the wrong reasons.  Meanwhile, President Lincoln's favorite song, Dixie, will no longer be played at Ole Miss football games.  Can anything be done to improve the stoplight cycles on Old Canton Road in Fondren? Is Fondren Public still going strong? Check out Goku TV channel on Youtube.  Best kept commentary secret in Jackson.  It's hip, it's urban, and it's raw.  Does Sweet Daddy's have the best gas station bbq in the Jackson area?  Consider this an open thread to comment on anything. 

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It's Sunday morning

Some of you can't make it to church so here is Dr. Frank Pollard (deceased.).

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Good morning


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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fried Chicken & Chainsaws

 Needless to say, local comedians had a field day with Bracey v. City of Jackson, et al.  The lawsuit itself is a disaster for the city regardless of who is telling the truth.  Keep in mind the Mayor has not yet defended himself nor has any evidence been presented by either side.   However, the lawsuit is what it is and provides a great deal of material for those of a humorous bent as can be seen below.  

Warning: Crude language and use of the *** word.

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Madison PD seeks "person of interest"

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement and photos:

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Go, Gowan, Go.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Bill Gowan sent accused killer Darion Givens back to prison for four years. Givens was recently arrested for armed robbery.  Givens was arrested  a year ago for murder and was denied bond but was mistakenly turned loose where he allegedly and quickly went back to his life of crime. 

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Arrest made in Nuns' murder

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement and picture :

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Hattiesburg Mayor grabs camera

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree apparently shoved a camera held by The Hattiesburg Patriot as he attempted to ask the Mayor some questions on a public sidewalk:

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$22,500 reward for nun killers.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following press release: 

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Attorney says City of Jackson fired her because she was white

A former Deputy City Attorney for the City of Jackson says she was fired in December 2014 because she was white.  Lara Gill sued Jackson in U.S. District Court Wednesday for damages suffered caused by her wrongful termination and discrimination.

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Jackson issues notice of proposed milleage increase

The city of Jackson issued the following press release: 

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Madison wine store robbed

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement:

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Teen killer going to prison

Attorney Generalissimo Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Mayor responds

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following statement:

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Former assistant sues Yarber for sexual harassment

Former Jackson employee Kimberly Bracey sued Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber in U.S. District Court today for sexual harassment.  The complaint also names the city of Jackson and several John Does as defendants. The complaint is posted below and is um, rather salacious in nature.  The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan, III.  Mrs. Bracey is represented by the law firm of Watson & Norris. Today is going to be a wild one for the Jackson media.

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Hinds Deputy Arrested

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release: 

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Court boots Stallworth from airport lawsuit

Reverend Jeffery Stallworth will have to take his fight to stop the state takeover of Jackson's airports back to the airwaves after a federal judge kicked his lawsuit out of court.  Reverend Stallworth sued Governor Phil Bryant in April to stop the transfer of ownership of Jackson's airports from Jackson to a regional board of commissioners appointed by various officials and governments.

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$20 billion and counting

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce estimated that the value of homes flooded last week was over $20 billion.  BRAC issued a report last week that provides a preliminary analysis of the damage caused by the catastrophe that took place last week.  Some highlights of the two-page report are:

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The Jackson Budget Follies continue

Jackson Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr.  made several recommendations about how to fix Jackson's budget problems recently.  Most of these suggestions will sound very familiar to JJ readers.  Compare Mr. Priester's favorite option to what JJ posted a year ago.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Butch Evans indicted in Chris Epps scandal

Another domino fell in the Chris Epps scandal today.   A federal grand jury indicted Butch Evans for one count of fraud and one count of bribery on July 13, 2016.  Evans is a Ridgeland insurance agent.  The indictment was unsealed today and alleges the Evans paid kickbacks to Chris Epps in exchange for insurance policies Evans sold to MDOC employees.  The case was assigned to Judge Henry Wingate. The indictment states:

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Update on Carl Reddix case.

U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate recused himself from presiding over USA v. Carl Reddix.  The case was reassigned to Judge Daniel Jordan, III.

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Fund-raiser for Kenny Griffis


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This is no mirage

Progress on Court Street.  See for yourself.

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Priester: Make the Godfather move

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. laid out possible options for Jackson after the Moody's downgrade on his Facebook page:

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Rick Cleveland: Meet the Possum Bowl

If you've never heard of Mississippi's Possum Bowl, you might want to listen in...

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Jackson Zoo loses accreditation (Updated)

The Jackson Zoo resigned its accreditation with the American Zoological Society last Friday.  The AZA confirmed the Zoo's resignation and its website reflects the change.

Update (4:28 PM): The Jackson Zoo issued the following press release: 

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Homicide victim crashes into playground

JPD issued the following press release:

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Ridgeland PD launches FB page

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following press release: 

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D.A. charges A.G. had him arrested as a pre-emptive stike

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith turned up the heat on Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood last Friday.  The D.A. accused the Attorney General of arresting him because two of the A.G.'s prosecutors feared the D.A. was going to seek an indictment against them from a Hinds County grand jury.  Mr. Smith was arrested in June on six misdemeanor counts of improperly helping defendants and using a grand jury to intimidate a Circuit Court judge.

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Cockrell arrested

The Madison Police Department issued the following press release and mug shot:

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Leadership 101

Our friend Kamikaze was none too happy about the Brandon amphitheater project and said so on Facebook:

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District 72 thread (Jackson & Ridgeland)



We got us an election tomorrow in District 72.  Three contenders fight to join the madness that is called the Mississippi Legislature.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Found.

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement:

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Mayor appoints Judge Sutton to the 1% Sales Tax Commission.

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following statement:

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Flood donation suggestion

Bins, boxes, containers. Flood victims in Louisiana need them. I saw it first-hand this weekend. They are trying to salvage what they can and often don't have anything for storage.

Sent from my BlackBerry Passport

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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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