Monday, June 17, 2019

Open Thread of Sorts

Going to be tied up for awhile so consider this post to be an open thread about the Ole Miss Chancellor search.  That means the search, not the MSU-Ole Miss rivalry, fighting over The Flag, or whether Ole Miss looks best in powder blue. 

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The Siemens Curse Struck Hemphill


In Jackson, all roads lead back to Siemens and the Hemphill-M.A.C. feud is no exception.  An old lawsuit may explain why Hemphill Construction is going to such lengths to gets its money from  Marcus Wallace.  Hemphill sued M.A.C. after Marcus Wallace withdrew $4 million from a joint checking account without the required approval from Hemphill Construction.  Needless to say, Hemphill was none too pleased by the withdrawal and sued Regions. 

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Homicide on Breton Street

JPD issued the following statement yesterday. 

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Showdown in H-Burg

 Mark Baker and Andy Taggart squared off in a debate  sponsored by the Gulf Coast chapter of the Federalist Society.  State Treasurer Lynn Fitch did not appear.  The complete video and a list of questions asked in the debate are posted below.  The debate took place at William Carey University in Hattiesburg.

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"Look at Me"

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on spiritual showoffs in this 1990 sermon.   If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy today's edition of Sunday Morning Sermon. Enjoy one of his better sermons. 

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Bill Crawford: Foster Pushes Medicaid Reform

Successful DeSoto County small businessman Robert Foster is one of the more conservative members of the Mississippi Legislature, e.g. the American Conservative Union gave him a 95% "conservative" rating in 2018.

Serving his first term as a state representative, Foster decided not to seek re-election but put his name on the ballot for governor. He said his experience these four years is the reason.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

They Built It, Now Come See It

A classic returns to the theatre tomorrow and Tuesday....

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Fight of the Day

Live from New York City......

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Come to Mark Baker Fund-raiser Tuesday

The Mark Baker for Attorney General Campaign will host a fund-raiser Monday night:

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FOOD FIGHT: Siemens Edition

James Covington fired back at Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba on Facebook Thursday after the city of Jackson called him a "sham" contractor in a lawsuit filed against Siemens: 

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Friday, June 14, 2019

DPS Issues Alert for LEO Threat

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement.

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Court Seizes M.A.C.'s Fees

M.A.C. Construction won't be getting paid for work on the North State Street project for quite some time. The Marcus Wallace company is a subcontractor for Neel Shaffer on the project.  However,   Madison County Circuit Judge Steve Ratcliff ordered Neel-Schaffer Tuesday to pay $39,713 Neel-Schaffer owed to M.A.C. instead to creditors Bankfirst and Hemphill Construction.

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Bigger Pie Forum: Out of Whack Salaries at DHA

Imagine a CEO that makes more than Mississippi’s Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer and Secretary of State combined.

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Is Too Sweet Dead?

Our favorite Sovereign Citizen, Robert "Too Sweet" Henderson, is at it again.  Check out what he filed against Hinds County Circuit Judge Faye Peterson this week. Read both pages. 

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Time to Apply for Special Needs Scholarships

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Hood Sues to Stop T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Attorney General James T. Hood issued the following statement.

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Newspaper Reports on Alston Case

The Clarion-Ledger finally got around to covering the Sheldon Alston, Jr. case today.  Sarah Fowler somehow heard about the case and got around to reporting on it today.


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Jackson Will Prosecute Water Theft

Jackson Public Works Director Bob Miller issued the following statement yesterday.

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Andy Taggart for A.G.



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Police Chaplain's Son Arrested for Drug Dealing Again

Madison police arrested Sherman Jenkins at Bruce Campbell field for drug dealing.  Jenkins is the son of Bishop Thomas Jenkins.  Bishop Jenkins is the chaplain for JPD and the Hinds County Sheriff's Office.  Sherman Jenkins is being held without bond in the Madison County Detention Center. 

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Daycare Fraud Costs Over $75,000

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

CHS Asks for Yazoo Flooding Relief

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith issued the following statement. 

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A Part of Jackson Dies......

A sign appeared on the front door of Beemon's Drugs yesterday:

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Jackson Sues Siemens & Minority "Sham" Contractors

Plagued by water billing disasters, facing financial catastrophe due to a failure to collect water service revenue while making bond payments of $7 million per year, the city of Jackson said enough is enough and sued Siemens for $225 million yesterday in Hinds County Circuit Court.  The city also sued several minority "businessmen" such as Marcus Wallace, James Covington, Tom Wallace, and Socrates Garrett for acting as "sham" contractors to manipulate the minority participation requirements. The complaint pulls no punches in opening:

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Tate: In God We Trust



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Sid Salter: 2019 Flood Worse than 1927?

In what would be his final studio album, the inimitable Mississippi blues legend B.B. King in 2008 covered the 1927 Bessie Smith classic “Backwater Blues” in a style that made the heartbreaking tune all his own: “I climbed up on the high lonely hill, Oh, I climbed up on the high ole lonely hill; And I looked down at the house; Baby, where I used to live.”

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Trump Nominates Mississippi Vet to 5th

U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith issued the following statement. 

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Rankin Chase Ends at Airport

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement yesterday.

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UMMC Partners with Capital Ortho

UMMC issued the following press release.

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Baker Spells Out A.G. Platform

The Mark Baker for Attorney General Campaign issued the following statement.

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Sheldon Alston, Jr. Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Domestic Violence, Goes Home

- Alston will likely only serve 18 months in prison. 

Sheldon Alston, Jr. will go to prison for three years.  The young scion of the Alston family pleaded guilty yesterday to aggravated domestic violence in Union County Court.  However, Circuit Judge Kelly Luther allowed Alston to remain free on bond and ordered him to report to the Lafayette County jail in two weeks to begin serving his short sentence.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Live from New Albany

If you are reading this post, it means I am sitting in the courthouse in Union County. 

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Crime Snows Under Snobiz

A poor Jackson woman just wants to sell snow cones.  She doesn't want a hand out or a "gummint check."  Nope. She just wants to sell snow cones to her community, you know, the capitalist way. Unfortunately, crime is keeping her from doing so.  WJTV reported this weekend:

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Palmer Finally Files

Darla Palmer finally filed her campaign finance report.  The Hinds County District Attorney candidate submitted the report on May 29 - 19 days after the May 10 deadline.  She reported contributions of $12,353.  Her two opponents are Jody Owens and Stanley Alexander.  There is another reporting deadline today.

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The Investment Kill Zone

Is the Investment Kill Zone real? A theory that the Big 3 tech companies, Google, Facebook, and Amazon, are killing innovation and start-ups as they become monopolistic.  Noah Smith opined in Bloomberg:

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McRae for Treasurer



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Houston Homicide

JPD tweeted the following statement.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Idiots of the Day

Some local talent apparently wishes to compete for the Jackson Darwin of the Year Award.

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How a Good Man Messes Up

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached from Genesis 13: 1-13 in this 1990 sermon.  Something for the readers who couldn't make it to church this morning. 

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Bill Crawford: It's Not Socialism Unless We Say It Is Socialism

Antidisestablishmentarianism.

Yes, it really is a word. Back in the day we thought we were something because we could spell what we thought to be the longest word in the dictionary. Didn’t really know what it meant, but we had the spelling down.

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Man Killed on Clinton Blvd.

Update: JPD arrested Jonathan Hawkins and charged him with vehicular homicide and felony leaving the scene  of an accident.


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D + 2: Liberation

The Allies liberated the first French city the day after the Normandy invasion.  Take a step back in time to the pages of the Clarion-Ledger to see the world of our grandparents the week of D-Day.  Posted below are several pages of the June 8, 1944 edition.  Read about one Mississippi who won a Purple Heart and another who graduated top of the class at West Point.  Check out the patriotic-flavored ads. One ad gives an idea of the shortages faced by American consumers.  Oddly enough, the State Democratic Party held a mighty contentious convention.  More news about the fighting in Europe was reported as well.  Enjoy.

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Sam Britton for Secretary of State



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Homicide on Tifton

JPD issued the following statement.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Governor Requests Disaster Relief for Coast

Governor Phil Bryant asked the federal government to issue a federal fisheries disaster declaration for Mississippi. The Governor argued the second opening of the Bonnet Carre spillway will wipe out the harvest of oysters, shrimp, and crabs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The letter is posted below.

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McDowell Murder

JPD tweeted the following statements.

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Is a Black Golfer Good Enough for Mississippi Even When He is a Champ?

The first black golfer to win a PGA Tour event is apparently not good enough for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.  There are 15 white golfers in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.*  The list includes a wearer of the Green Jacket and a woman who won the LPGA twice.   However, it also includes golfers who only achieved success in Mississippi amateur tournaments or were recognized for PGA leadership.



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Gas Station Robber Gets 20 Years

Rankin-Madison District Attorney John Bramlett issued the following statement.

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Flashback Friday: D+1

The Normandy invasion continued 75 years ago today.  The soldiers who survived the bloody assault on the beaches pressed forward.  Posted below are several pages from the June 7, 1944 edition of the Clarion-Ledger.  They give you an idea of what our grandparents saw as they woke up on that summer morning. 


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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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