Sunday, June 4, 2023


There might be a slight problem at White Oak Creek where it crosses Old Canton Road.  

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To Pull or not Pull the Weeds

 The late Dr. Frank Pollard pondered two questions many preachers are loathe to discuss: Why is the church full of lousy people and why do people not go to church?  The First Baptist Church (Jackson) pastor used the question to Segue into the Parable of the Weeds found in Matthew 13. No doubt many a reader has an answer for both questions.  Enjoy the lesson. 

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Bill Crawford: Voters Could Change Triumvurate

 Books, briefs, broadcasts, and blogs provide discourses galore on the growing concentration of wealth and power in America. Mississippi is not estranged from this trend. The transmogrification of the triumvirate of power that controls public policy and spending provides a good illustration.

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Saturday, June 3, 2023

To Strike or not to Strike

What to do about the Mexican Drug Cartels is a rather bedeviling question.  American demand creates a tremendous opportunity for supply, ergo the rise of the Cartels and the fall of the Mexican state.  As Cartel brutality becomes more widespread, some of our Warhawks advocate using the military against the Cartels.  The idea is not without its attraction as the Cartels are undoubtedly no match for Special Forces and surgical weapons, right? However, there may be another side to this equation. Former infantryman Chris Cappy knows a little bit more about combat than the average Warhawk.  He discusses the pros and cons of taking military action against the Cartels in the video posted below.   Fix a drink or consume an edible and enjoy.  

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Express Grain Update: Crabs in a Bucket

 This post is reprinted with permission of the Taxpayers Channel in Greenwood. 

Several creditors have filed administrative or priority claims against the bankrupt Express Grain estate, which as of the March 2023 monthly operating report only had $2,084,758 left in the bank to wind down business and pay remaining claims.

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Help Randy Tyler's Family

A Gofundme page has been created for the family of slain Madison police officer Randy Tyler. Link to page.   He left behind a wife and kids. Please help.

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The Cathead Jam Returns TODAY!!

The schedule is below.  The Jam is at the Cathead Distillery on Farish Street.

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D.L. Gardner: Truth or Consequences

The truth is that consequences are no longer effective deterrences for illegal or immoral actions. What’s the worst that could happen? Politics has replaced law enforcement as well as moral values. Comedy has died because comedy needs steadfast truth and predictable consequences. 

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Friday, June 2, 2023

Government Farmers Market Extends Hours

The Hat issued the following statement. 

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Update on Gluckstadt Manhunt

 The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Credit: WLBT   

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Ms. Julia would be so proud, she might say, "Bon Appetite!"

or how to make Beef Bourguignon

Way back when, as in BFC (Before Food Channel), Boston Public TV station WGBH took a risk and offered former OSS Top Secret Spy Lady, cook book author, and creative developer of an effective WWII era shark repellent that is still in use today, a chance to expose America to the somewhat exotic art of French Cooking.  Julia Child made good use of her 1951 degree from the famed Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris and began entertaining home cooks in the summer TV pilot season of 1962. For the rest of her life, Julia never shied away from telling us when in doubt, we should "Add some butter".

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Manhunt in Gluckstadt

Police are conducting a massive manhunt for Hinds County jail escapee Joseph Spring in the industrial park area of Gluckstadt between the interstate and Highway 51. 

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State Epidemiologist Retires

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Thursday, June 1, 2023

Update on Crossgates Killing (Updated)

 The Brandon Police Department provided more information about the murder of Madison Police Officer Randy Tyler: 

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Former Ridgeland Police Chief Killed in Brandon Shootout

The Brandon shootout reported below ended in more tragedy. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued the following statement. 

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No Grace for Kevorkian

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

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Brandon Police Officer Shot

Update (10:00 AM): Caution tape around house, ambulance arrived at house. 

Update: Officer is alert and speaking. 

A Brandon police officer was wounded this morning during a shootout with a suspect in the Crossgates neighborhood.  

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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Former MDE Director to Plead Guilty in Kickback Scheme

 Former Mississippi Department of Education Director Cerissa Neal submitted a petition to plead guilty to one count of engaging in a monetary transaction with funds gained from an unlawful activity in U.S. District Court today. A federal grand jury indicted Neal, Joseph Kyles, David  Hunt, and Lambert Martin for a bid-rigging and kickback scheme.

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Kickflip of the Day

Meanwhile over in Georgia (although it should be in Florida): 

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It's always fun to listen to shrieks and wails when oxes are gored and the Mississippi Highway Patrol is no exception when the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation decided to hire investigators who were, gasp, not troopers.  

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Robert St. John: Small Town Guy

Small Town Guy


“I cannot forget from where it is that I come from
Cannot forget the people who love me
Well, I can be myself here in this small town
And people let me be just what I wanna be

— John Mellencamp 

I'm a small town guy. I have good friends who live in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and large metropolitan areas all over the country. They thrive in those environments. I get it. I love the access that big cities afford— so much at your fingertips— and for a guy who eats, sleeps, and breathes restaurants, big cities are in my professional wheelhouse.

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Sid Salter: Debt Ceiling Drama Ignores Truth of Fed Spending in Mississippi

At this writing, the debt ceiling drama – the annual political kabuki theater between Congress and the White House over agreeing on the total amount of money that the United States government is authorized to borrow to meet its existing legal obligations – continues in earnest.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

State Fair Dates Announced

Commissioner of Agriculchah & Commerce Andrew Gipson issued the following press release. 

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Car Dealers Endorse Hosemann

 The Mississippi Automobile Dealers Association, representing car dealers across the state, endorsed Delbert Hosemann in his bid for re-election for Lt. Governor today. 

“Legislation aimed at growing our educated workforce and encouraging our state’s small businesses to thrive and grow are priorities for us. With his past experience as a businessman, Delbert understands the important role car dealers play for Mississippians and the communities we serve,” MADA President Marty Milstead said.

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 Cappaert Manufactured Housing shut its Vicksburg doors recently.  The manufactured housing manufacturer opened in 1987.  


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40 Years for Fentanyl Traffickers

Must serve at least 10 years day for day. 

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

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Springing into Jail is a Family Affair

 Hinds County jail escapee Joseph Spring won't be able to count on one family member for help although there might be a family reunion once he is captured.  

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Do We Put Too Many People in Prison?

This guest column was authored by Mississippi Center for Public Policy President Douglas Carswell. 

Mississippi, it is often said, has an incarceration problem. Our state locks up too many people for too long, we are told.   

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Monday, May 29, 2023

Supremes Hurry Adjudication of 1020 Lawsuit

 The Mississippi Supreme Court agreed to expedite consideration of the appeal of the dismissal of the HB #1020 lawsuit in Hinds County Chancery Court.  

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 Update: Lewis is captured. 

Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones issued the following statement and mug shots. 

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Merry Christmas from the Mississippi Highway Patrol

Update: Aiken was ticketed and arrested only for speeding.  His court date was supposed to be in January but when he lawyered up, the case was postponed until September.  

Never let it be said the Mississippi Highway Patrol doesn't hand out switches and coals for Christmas.  Check out this arrest in Marshall County on Christmas Eve last year. 

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UMMC Graduates Over 900 Students Last Week

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

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Sunday, May 28, 2023

Thieves Strike Out in Madison

 The Madison Police Department issued the following statement. 

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The Unforgiving Hub

The spokes are strong, the wheel turns as it should, but how far will the bicycle go if the hub is weak? Tis the question the late Dr. Frank Pollard asked in the 1995 sermon posted below as he used the parable of the rich fool to illustrate how money corrupts the hub as it destroys yet another life.   Enjoy the brief sermon as Dr. Pollard could say more in 15 minutes than many preachers say in 50 minutes (or more).  

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Bill Crawford: PEER Report on PERS More Bold Than Usual

 You probably missed the Mississippi Legislature’s PEER Committee report on the Mississippi Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). Most of these annual discourses have been worth missing. But PEER’s FY 2022 report issued May 18th was a little more bold than usual.

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Saturday, May 27, 2023

Briarwood 1 Battle to End in a Bang

 The Battle over the Briarwood 1 building will end in a total demolition of the Briardwood Drive landmark.  


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D.L. Gardner: Corruption is not a Crime Under THE LAW

 Special Counsel John H. Durham submitted “Report on Matters Related to Intelligence Activities and Investigations Arising Out of the 2016 Presidential Campaigns” last week.

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Friday, May 26, 2023

Jason Returns!

 No, not that Jason.  Jason's Deli will return tonthe Jackson area. JJ learned the local favorite will set up shop in the old Corner Bakery site on Grandview Boulevard in Madison.  

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Video Shows JPD Cops Tasing Murriel to Death (Allegedly)

Bodycam video shows Jackson police officers repeatedly tasing Keith Murriel until he died.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted former officers Kenya McCarty and James Land for second-degree murder and Avery Willis for manslaughter in Murriel's death.  McCarty's bodycam video is posted below. 

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Now There are Two (Updated)

Update: Mississippi Democratic Party files notice of appeal. 

Political troublemaker Bob Hickingbottom pulled it off.  Special Circuit Judge Forrest Johnson just placed Mr. Hickingbottom back on the Mississippi Gubernatorial Democratic ballot.  The Mississippi Democratic Party refused to accept his candidacy so Hickeydoo went to court to get his way.  

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Memories of Salad Dressings

Do you remember the Jackson location for Steak and Ale? They were on the I-55 N frontage road, beside Blackwell Chevy, probably where the (now closed) Luby’s and Fuddruckers building is. During their time, I must have eaten at Steak and Ale 100 times. Back then, I had a boss from Chicago who was in residence in Jackson for several years during a start-up. He loved the place, and we would do business dinners, sometimes twice a week, because his wife refused to leave Lincoln Park for J-Town and he hated to cook in an empty house.

Thousand Island Dressing

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Hinds County is actually moving closer to getting a new jail.  Sheriff Tyree Jones posted the following statement and photos on Facebook: 

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Thursday, May 25, 2023

Chapitos Indictments Show Drug War Futility

Christina Dent penned this guest column.  She is the Founder & President of End It For Good, a Mississippi-based nonprofit inviting people to support approaches to drugs that prioritize life and the opportunity to thrive. She lives with her husband and sons in Ridgeland.

The recent indictment of El Chapo’s sons for their role in drug trafficking, money laundering, and violent crimes, highlights one more time what US drug policy has illustrated for decades. When the market for a popular drug is forced underground, all hell breaks loose.

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 Meanwhile, over at WJTV's Youtube page.....

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The indictments for former JPD officers Kenya McCarty and James Land are posted below.  The indictments state: 

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Jimbo Gets Justice

Justice won yesterday in Desoto County as a MHP trooper's vendetta against a citizen came to naught. Special Justice Court Judge dismissed speeding, careless driving, and of course, disorderly conduct charges against James "Jimbo" Fischer in Desoto County Justice Court yesterday.    

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Couple Pleads Guilty to $2 Million V.A. Fraud

 The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Former JPD Officers Indicted

 A Hinds County grand jury indicted three former Jackson police officers for second degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Keith Murriel. 

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Is the Mississippi Hospital Association Imploding?

 Is it a coincidence several hospitals are leaving the Mississippi Hospital Association after the organization made a $250,000 donation to Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Brandon Presley? The Magnolia Tribune reported:

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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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