Monday, November 30, 2020

The Ever-Shrinking Clarion-Ledger

 The staff at the state newspaper is about to shrink even more.  Jimmie Gates is retiring while Giacomo Bologna and Alissa Zhu are moving on to bigger and better things.  That leaves Justin Vicory and Luke Rasmeth as the workhorses with some copy thrown in by Keisha Rowe.  Ouch. 

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Celebrating Sarah.... Sort of

 SEC Shorts actually had some fun with Vanderbilt this weekend.  Such programs would usually be classified as child abuse but well, this is Vanderbilt. 

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Zebulum James Trial Starts Today

 Hinds County convicted killer Zebulum James, now Madison County gets its turn at trying him for murder today.   James went on a shooting spree in Jackson and Ridgeland in 2015, killing two people.  

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MHP Reports 6 Fatalities During Holiday Weekend

 The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement. 

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

C19 Update: Deaths Don't Match Increase in Cases

 Mississippi came close to breaking the 2,000 new cases of Covid-19 infections again yesterday.  The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,845 cases of Wuhan virus and 27 deaths yesterday.   However, 18 of the deaths took place between September and November.  The total number of cases is 151,785. The virus has caused 3,806 deaths.  Nursing home deaths comprise 40% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 121,637 recoveries. 

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Good Guys Win One

 The Israelis took out Iran's top nuclear scientist yesterday in a manner befitting James Bond.  The Daily Wire reported: 

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Sunday Sermon

 Rainy day means a lazy day and that applies even to going to church.  If you decided to be lazy today and feel just a little guilty, never fear, <i>JJ</i> is here.  Enjoy this sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard in 1991.

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Bill Crawford: Should State Take Over History Curriculum?

Gov. Tate Reeves has proposed spending $3 million on a Patriotic Education Fund to educate “the next generation in the incredible accomplishments of the American Way.”

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Funny Because It's True

 Yours truly can personally attest that everything said in this video is true.

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Jake & Elwood Return

 You read that correctly.  The Blues Brothers returns to the big screen tomorrow and Wednesday in Jackson. Movie times are posted below.

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Street Justice?

Terrance Stewart was shot to death at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Woodrow Wilson yesterday. He was 27 years old.  WLBT reported: 

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Like a Boss

 It's not every night that someone challenges the drummer from the audience and actually pulls it off....

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CDC: About That 2-Week Quarantine......

 It turns out those exposed to the Wuhan virus may not need to quarantine for 14 days.  NPR reported: 

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Interpreter Arrested

 Madison County deputies arrested Greg Goldman for aggravated domestic violence Sunday.  Goldman is a well-known sign-language interpreter in Mississippi.  The police report is posted below. 

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Then There Were Two

 Attorney Janice Jackson qualified to challenge Sandra Strain for her late husband's seat on the Madison Board of Aldermen.  The deadline for qualification was Wednesday. 

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#118

 The record continues unabated.  WJTV reported: 

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Christmas Comes to Life on December 18

 


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Ghosts of Thanksgiving Past

 Who can forget one of the most memorable plays ever made by a Hinds CC grad?

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Throwback Thursday (Thanksgiving Edition)

It's that day of the year to give thanks.  Hopefully, you have something to be thankful for on this holiday.  This edition of Throwback Thursday travels back in time to past Thanksgivings as seen in cartoons.  Enjoy.

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Cipher Sues Preacher

The Cipher just dropped a lawsuit against the Reverend Daniel Hollins.  Neither party is any stranger to controversy.  It's Thanksgiving Day and I haven't had time to read all 43 pages of the complaint but if the first couple of pages are any indication, this lawsuit is going to be um, interesting to read.  Take off your mask, pour some egg nog, light up a cigar,  and commence to readin'.  

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Lawsuit: JPD Commander Pointed a Loaded Pistol at Detective's Head

 A federal lawsuit claims a JPD supervisor pointed a loaded pistol at the head of a female detective when she asked him about an investigation.  Martha Dee sued Commander (Ret.) Donald Gater, JPD Chief James Davis, and the city of Jackson for sex discrimination and excessive force yesterday in U.S. District Court.  The complaint states: 

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Liftoff!

 SpaceX shot another 60 Starlink satellites into the heavens last night.  The Falcon 9 rocket was successfully recovered.  Sorry, Brandon.  Watch the launch below.

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Realtor Arrested

Correction: The post originally stated the alleged victim was married to a law enforcement officer. He is actually her boyfriend. 

 Madison Police arrested a local realtor for simple battery yesterday.  

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Robert St. John: Extra Table 2020

Check out this week's recipe posted below. 

This is the season of giving. We give gifts, we give of our time, and we give food. For decades, when Thanksgiving rolled around, I would volunteer my time at a soup kitchen, dishing up turkey and dressing for those less fortunate. Sometimes I’d donate a can or two from my home pantry for my church’s White Christmas canned food drive. But if I am to be completely honest, the cans were something that was usually old, possibly out of date, and most likely a food item I didn’t want. Occasionally, I would give a box of toys to an agency that made sure they got to kids in need. It wasn’t until I founded Extra Table that I realized that those in need of food are just as hungry in the spring, summer, and fall as they are around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Food insecurity doesn’t go away after New Year’s Day.


 

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Homicide on Pocahontas

 JPD tweeted the following statement Monday night. 

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Sid Salter: Trump continues a long, unfortunate presidential tradition of self-deceptions, lies

 In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Polonius advises his son departing for his university schooling: “To thine own self be true.”

 

As the animosity between embattled President Donald Trump and the media continues to roil, Trump’s Twitter storms and other patently false pronouncements have produced a rather breathless narrative about the scope of Trump’s litany of whoppers, falsehoods, half-truths, self-deceptions, and outright lies.

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Should You Get Up at 4 AM?

 Should you wake up at 4 AM?  

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Man Shoots at Other Man in Ridgeland

The city of Ridgeland issued the followint statement. 

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Judge Accuses Attorney of "Criminal Activity"

Requests mental evaluation for lawyer

A Rankin Judge took the unusual step of filing a bar complaint against attorney Abby Robinson.  The Jackson lawyer accused Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel of retaliation after she filed a complaint against him with the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance.  

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Too Funny

 Best high school football playoff sign ever.

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D.L. Gardner: Great is God's Faithfulness

The prophet Jeremiah warned Judah for more than 40 years to repent or God would allow the dreaded Babylonians to attack them, take them into captivity, and destroy Jerusalem and the Temple. Jeremiah, called the “weeping prophet,” had a tough job. God forbade him from marrying, his message was wildly mocked, and he suffered beatings, imprisonment, and death threats.

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Fire & Blood

 HBO dropped a pretty good trailer for the Game of Thrones prequel.  The series is probably two years away from hitting the screen so HBO was gracious enough to give us a really long trailer.  Pay attention to the voices.  They might sound a little familiar.  Enjoy.

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Old K-Mart Burning

 The old K-Mart on Highway 80 is on fire.   Video is posted below.

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Dr. Woodward Calls for Statewide Mask Mandate

"Everything is going in the wrong direction." 

UMC Vice-Chancellor Dr. LouAnn Woodward said the Covid-19 crisis in Mississippi was the worst it has ever been as she advocated implementing a statewide mask mandate.  She said the hospital system has no more capacity and the state is quickly approaching a hospital crisis.  Watch her remarks in the video posted below.

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Have Fun!

 Check out some of the CDC Thanksgiving guidelines: 

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C19 Update: More of the Same.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 699 cases of Wuhan virus and no deaths yesterday.   The total number of cases is 143,879. The virus has caused 3,676 deaths.  Nursing home deaths comprise 40% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 121,637 recoveries

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CHS Supports Yazoo Pumps

 Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith announced her support for the Yazoo pumps project in a letter addressed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

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Playoffs? Did Someone Ask About Playoffs?

 SEC Shorts takes a look this week at the college football playoffs in a way only it can do.  Enjoy.

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Idiot of the Day

The Richland Police Department issued the following statement on Facebook.

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

The Dave Chappelle Experience

Want to watch something entertaining tonight? Check out Joe Rogan's recent podcast posted below. None other than Dave Chappelle himself showed up in the studio.  He was his usual entertaining self.  Enjoy.

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Out for the Year

Some of us were afraid of this happening when the Bengals drafted Joe Burrow.  The kid has been outstanding literally all year but he has also taken a beating in Cincinnati as he has no offensive line.  His luck finally ran out today: 

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When the Crisis Comes

Dr. Frank Pollard preached this sermon in 1991 but it hasn't aged at all in 2020.  Didn't make it to church today? Enjoy the late First Baptist Church (Jackson) preacher as he discusses what to do when crisis comes. 

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Bill Crawford: Mississippi GOP Becomes What Early Leaders Fought

Forty-three years ago when I first began writing a weekly political column, several focused on the new Republicanism emerging in Mississippi as portrayed by party leaders. They described a surging party intent on building a strong two-party system in Mississippi.

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Oldie but Goodie

What do you get when you combine a gridiron legend with The Voice (and we don't mean Frank)?   Football perfection.  Enjoy. 

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Jackson City Council Primary Winner Voted in Ridgeland Until November

Angeliqe Lee won Tuesday's election to replace Jackson Ward  2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr..  However, the Northwest Jackson candidate voted in Ridgeland as recently as March.  

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New Record for C19 Cases in One Day

 Mississippi set a record in Wuhan virus cases yesterday.  The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,972 cases and 15 deaths yesterday.   The total number of cases is 142,401. The virus has caused 3,657 deaths. While cases and hospitalizations shoot upwards, the daily number of deaths remains relatively flat. 

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Flashback Friday

 What was there to do for fun in Jackson thirty years ago?

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Don't Give Water to the Griswolds While Going to See the Wizard During a White Christmas

 We got us some oldies but real goodies this weekend at the bijou.   

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Ole Miss Alumni Food Fight!

 A food fight broke out in the Ole Miss Alumni Association after several members questioned the investing of Association funds.  The leadership claimed it investigated the claims, found nothing there, and told the main crusader to leave them alone.  Kosciusko attorney Bubba Petit issued the following statement:

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C19 Patients Might Have Immunity After All

 Recovery from Covid-19 virus might just include long-lasting immunity to the disease.  A new but non-peer reviewed study claims Covid-19 victims maintain enough immune cells to prevent reinfection. The New York Times 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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