Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Editorial: MHA's special little bill is still kicking. Legislature should kill SB #2441.

Update: SB #2441 just passed the House and Senate. 

*MHA bills are SB #2441 and SB# 2588*
* MississippiCan to uses managed-care companies control Medicaid costs
*MississippiCan expands in 2017 to include hospital in-patient services. MHA wants a piece of that action. Guess when its plan proposes to begin coverage?
*SB #2441 allows MHA to operate under a different set of rules than its competitors. 
*Bills passed conference and are awaiting approval by legislature.

The Mississippi Hospital Association suffered some losses in its fight to get some special treatment from the legislature but make no mistake, Frankenstein is alive and well as it fights to create its Medicaid monster during this last week of the 2015 session.  Copy of SB #2441.  Copy of SB #2588.

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Honoring the Boy Scouts

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The Latest "C's".

Here are the latest "C's" given to Jackson metro area restaurants by the Mississippi Health Department since December 9, 2014. The department will reinspect the restaurant within a few days after it receives the failing grade.  The restaurants posted below passed their follow-up inspections unless otherwise noted.  Review individual restaurants on this page.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Brady Eaves: The Ozzman biteth.

It seems the Eaves kids have moved up from terrifying Reunion with Boa Constrictors to doing all things Ozzy.  The Daily Mail (UK) reported on Brady's latest stunt:

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It's Table Turning Monday in Jackson



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Terry Mayor arrested.

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Civil War photos released.

It looks like Civil War nuts will get some War Between the States porn.  The Library of Congress released 77 photos. Link to photos.  Enjoy.

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Abortion protestors show up at Fondren Presbyterian

Local attorney Dorsey Carson stood up to abortion protestors who were yelling at people attending Fondren Presbyterian Church in this video.  They were apparently holding up very graphic posters depicting abortion.  The video is posted with his permission.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bill enhancing gun rights passes



Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following press release:

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Cocaine Cowboys.

Found the  movie on Daily Motion. Buckle your seat belts. It's all true.

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Explaining MHA's push for some good ole boy treatment. (Audio corrected.)

The Kingfish appeared on the Kim Wade radio show last week to discuss the Mississippi Hospital Association's major push for two bills that will allow it to create a health insurance plan for Medicaid patients under a special set of rules, and with $30 million in help from the taxpayers. An update on the bills is posted below:



There is an 18 second lag before the show begins.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Former Guv Musgrove weighs in on the Ole Miss drama

This little column by former Governor Ronnie Musgrove and the esteemed Mr. Ryan Brown appeared in the Huffington Post earlier this week.


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Do some old grudges die hard?

There was once a little court fight between the Delta Health Alliance and an employee.   A Chip Morgan of the Delta Council and UMMC were dragged into the scrum at some point.  Mr. Morgan has been nominated by Governor Bryant to the college board but has not been confirmed and thus  does not yet sit on the board.   Robert Khayat and Dan Jones were employed at Ole Miss and UMMC during this controversy.  It probably has nothing to do with the current war between IHL and Dan Jones.  However, the court file is rather interesting reading on its own and is posted below.  Cigar, drink, read. Enjoy

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Polling report for #1

JJ got its hands on this little report on some polling data for House District #1.

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Insurance chairman lets the $30 million MHA cat out of the bag.

On the Gallo Radio Show this week, State Representative Gary Chism said  the legislature is considering giving $30 million in tax breaks to a proposed managed care plan that would be operated by the Mississippi Hospital Association.  Representative Chism is Chairman of the Insurance Committee.  JJ reported last week:

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Evans says "no mas",

State Representative (D-Country Club of Jackson) Jim Evans withdrew from the race for House District #70.  Challenger Sam Begley lost a qualification challenge at the Mississippi Democratic Party after he argued Mr. Evans did not live in the district. However, Mr. Begley filed a lawsuit last week against Mr. Evans in Hinds County Circuit Court. Copy of lawsuit

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Mayor Yarber declares state of emergency.

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following press release:

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Noel Fritsch caught again.

Our favorite numbskull, Noel Fritsch, spreading around his stupidity in the name of Mississippi gun rights yet again. How many times can he get caught lying before he finally goes away? This has to be an act. Has to be.

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Bill for children with special needs passes

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement:

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Who was right: the Judge or the Public Defender?

Here is the first audio clip of the showdown that took place last week in the Hinds County courtroom between Circuit Judge Jeff Weill and the public defender's office. The complete audio recording is posting in several clips and also one complete recording.   The Judge and Public Defender waste no time in starting their fight in this clip.

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This week on WJNT

The Kingfish discussed the firing of Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones and SB #2441.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bounds: No "malfeasance or personal gain" found by 2014 audit of UMMC.

A February 11, 2015 letter from IHL Commissioner Hank Bounds sent to Stacey Pickering contained an interesting little paragraph in closing:

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Zoning Commission today at 1:30

The Zoning Commission for the city of Jackson will meet today at 1:30.  Yes, the Colonial Country Club site will be on the agenda.

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Race-baiting at the JFP?

The Jackson Free Press tried to tie controversy in the courtroom of Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill to, drum roll......, Ferguson.  Yup.  Read for yourself.

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Latest crime stats

Here are the latest crime stats for Jackson for the week ending March 15, 2015.

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Ben Allen Show discusses charter schools.

Mississippi First's Rachel Canter discussed charter schools and their opening in Mississippi on the Ben Allen show last week.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Judge Weill issues order on PD contempt.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill issued the following order regarding the findings of contempt he issued against Public Defenders Michelle Purvis and Greg Spore. Judge Weill also ordered the sound recording made by the court reporter (for making transcripts) be made a part of the official record.

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Stephanie Parker-Weaver, Rest in peace.

Stephanie Parker-Weaver passed away.  She suffered greatly over the last few years from cancer and other illnesses.  Combative at times, while always standing for what she thought was right, is the best way to describe her. May she finally get peace from the pain. 

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Tyner withdraws from PSC race

Attorney Mitch Tyner issued the following press release:

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Dan Jones firing: A Tale of Two Audits?

Posted below is an audit of UMMC completed in September 2014.  Sources told JJ the audit found major problems in contracts and procurement.  IHL conducted another audit recently and supposedly discovered Mr. Jones allegedly ignored most of the recommendations from the audit and blew off guidance (my word) from IHL.  Sources say that was the main reason for the termination.  Some observations I made about the audit are posted below.   

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Crime victim victimized by system.

Welcome to the state of crime victim notification in Hinds County that ignores the law. The victim of a savage beating and armed robbery by Keifer's three years ago drove down here (she lives three hours away) last week to attend the sentencing of the thug who pleaded guilty to the crime.  Just one problem.  Her email says it all:

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Ho-hum.

Just an old story from the Mississippi Business Journal back in 2011. I just felt like posting a blast from the past for the pure heck of it.

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Weill or Purvis? We report, you decide.

Uncle Bennie weighed in on the public fight between Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill and the Hinds County Public Defender's Office.  Judge Weill held Hinds County Public Defenders Michelle Purvis and Greg Spore in contempt of court last week.  Purvis and her employees packed the courtroom and then held a rally outside the courthouse in front of the media.  Uncle Bennie asked the Justice Department to investigate.  This drama will probably continue for quite some time.  However, there is a case that provides a good look at both sides of the dispute.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

MHA Prez pushes SB #2441 on radio

This is a recording of Mississippi Hospital Association CEO Tim Moore's interview with Paul Gallo last week.  Some highlights of the interview are:

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Update on Claiborne County hanging

The FBI issued the following statement yesterday:

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Funny.

A friend made this comment on his Facebook page about the Islander Oyster House:

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IHL issues statement on Dan Jones termination.

The Board of the Institutions of Higher Learning issued the following statement:

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Nicaragua to Miami to Baton Rouge to Mena

Double-Crossed.  A movie about Barry Seal, Medellin Cartel, CIA,  Baton Rouge, drug and gun running, and a slimy Italian federal judge named Frank Palozola.  Now available on Youtube and posted below for your Saturday night viewing pleasure.

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Fund-raiser for Bill Billingsley

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Dan Jones: Fired!

Couldn't see this one coming.   Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones sent this letter to Ole Miss supporters yesterday.

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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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