Monday, January 16, 2017

Edbuild: Adjust MAEP to increase funding per student

 Edbuild's recommendations for adjusting the MAEP formula were released today.  The legislature generated much controversy when it hired the company in October to review the formula and determine whether any changes should be made.  The company advised focusing funding on the student rather than the classroom.  It suggested that the legislature should set the minimum base formula per student at $4,840.  The report was just released.  JJ has not had time to review the study but excerpts of the summary are posted below:

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Gene is still lean & hungry for another term

Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee announced last Thursday he will seek re-election.  He made the announcement at a press conference in front of Ridgeland High School.  He touted developing Highland Colony Parkway, building parks, and keeping Ridgeland safe from crime as some of his achievements.   The video of his press conference is posted below.

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Remembering Peter Finney.

Note: This post was written last fall but for some reason, it was not published.  Apologies.

A great sportswriter died last year.  The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Peter Finney passed away in August at the age of 88 years old.  He defined sportswriting for the entire South for several generations. The newspaper's Les East paid homage to the scribe when he passed away:

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Why we can't have nice things reason #___

Update: There were several more burglaries from Renaissance to Highway 51 in Ridgeland earlier in the weekend. Police sources say the same thieves who committed the Renaissance burglaries today are suspects in these as well. There were three similar burglaries at businesses on Highway 51 on Friday night and five more at The Township on Highland Colony Parkway late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.  Video from the security camera at Donut Palace is posted below.

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following press release:

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Jackson crime down nearly 20%


Major crimes in Jackson fell 18.3% in 2016 from 7,773 to 6,351.  The drop included a 20% reduction in property crimes and a 13.5% reduction in violent crime.  The biggest reductions came in house burglaries (25%) and armed robberies (20.5%).  There were also 35 fewer rapes.  Unfortunately, homicides increased to 59 from 53 a year ago.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

R.I.P. Superfly

Superfly Jimmy Snuka left this world today for the great squared circle up in the sky. This video shows him at his best.

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The Return of the Sith?

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.  District 2 Supervisor Darrell McQuirter kept his position as Hinds County Board of Supervisors President with the support of supervisors Robert Graham and Bobcat McGowan.  Supervisor Peggy Hobson-Calhoun was left out in the cold as the new junta booted her from the Vice-President position and awarded it to none other than Robert Graham.

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Social justice crusader or con artist?

Consider this post to be lawyer porn. Grenada attorney Carlos Moore made a splash Friday when he announced on Facebook that he will sue Wayne Parish on behalf of the mother of the late but not great Charles McDonald.   However, Mr. Moore made a different kind of splash up in Coahoma County a few years ago when he was accused of helping his client lie to the court in Hines v. Mascot Planting.  The motion to dismiss that cites all of Mr. Moore's falsehoods is posted below with the relevant statements highlighted in yellow for your convenience.   Mr. Moore agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice after this motion appeared. 

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It's Sunday morning

JJ presents this sermon by the late Dr. Frank Pollard for readers who can't make it to church this morning.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Walker walks away

Leroy Walker announced in the Mississippi Link that he will not run for Mayor of Jackson:

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Bill Crawford: To Ponder or Ignore

Riding the rural highways of Mississippi, it’s easy to see why so many citizens want taxes cut. Vistas of disrepair and deterioration overwhelm. Strapped folk in these areas see little benefit from state spending. To them, every precious dollar they send to state and local governments must seem to disappear down endless holes. They are beyond taxed enough already.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Here comes the lawsuit

It appears Wayne Parish will face a lawsuit over the death of Charles McDonald.

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Milli & Yung's big day out

Milli Silly Montana and Yung Fung Me show off their trip to the gun store in this Youtube video.

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This is not a joke

See the new jumpsuits issued at the Clinton jail.

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Kelly Williams: Regulators gotta regulate

And fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly. That’s why things get built that aren’t needed, cost too much, don’t work, benefit regulated companies, cost taxpayers who pay the regulators, and hurt customers who have to buy from the regulated companies. This is about Mississippi Power’s Kemper County Lignite Plant and the Mississippi Public Service Commission which regulates it. But it’s more about the unintended consequences of regulator’s ambitions and decisions. The PSC is a case in point.

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Hood releases legislative agenda

Attorney Generalissimo James Tiberius Hood issued his legislative agenda yesterday: 

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Get some LL Bean

LL Bean is having a sale right now.  Spend $100 and get 25% off.  The sale ends Tuesday.  Check it out for yourself.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Meet Southside Dee

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement: 

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Stupid crooks of the day

Two knuckleheads decided it was a good idea to rob a gun store in Mapleton, Gawgia:

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Mississippi Baptist Health Systems continues to post losses

Mississippi Baptist Health Systems continued to post operating losses in 2016.   The hospital system has suffered such losses four out of the last five years and Fitch revised its ratings outlook to negative last March.  Baptist revenue has increased but the system still suffered a $3.9 million loss that was nearly double projections.  However, that was an improvement over the previous two years that saw operating losses of $17 million and $29 million.  Baptist is also hurt by some gambling on variable rate swaps on bonds as well. 

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Carjackers sentenced

U.S. Attorney Greg Davis issued the following statement:

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

House passes campaign finance reform

Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn issued the following statement:

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JPD looking for MBMC carjacking suspects

JPD posted the following information and picture on Twitter:

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Hosemann stands up to DHS over election systems

Secretary of State Gibbit Hoseman issued the following statement:

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Rick Cleveland opines on undefeated Lady Bulldogs

Mississippi State's remarkable women's basketball team has made statement after statement in rolling to a 17-0 record and a No. 4 national ranking.

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Ridgeland suffers Tomie Green's "blessing"

Ridgeland's "serial robber" who was arrested last week was turned loose by Judge Tomie Green after he was convicted of two counts of armed robbery.   Ridgeland police arrested Blessed Adams for  strong-armed robbery, possession of marijuana, failure to yield to the police, and simple assault last week after he maced a clerk and then stole money from Old Canton Liquor and Wine.  Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal called him a "serial robber".  The Madison County Journal reported:

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Free!!!*

Someone managed to leave the Raymond Detention Center yesterday:

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The Wire meets Mississippi

Check out this post from the Facebook page of the Pike County Sheriff:

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Parish bond set at $50,000

Wayne Parish will have a chance to go free after Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd set bond for him this morning.  Parish was indicted for murder in the shooting death of 17 year-old Charles McDonald last June.   Parish attorney Merrida Coxwell requested a $50,000 bond.  Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith unexpectedly appeared for the prosecution.  He said he did not object to the bond.  He told the court that he learned of "the existence of a video of the incident three days ago" and had not had time to review it. Anxious friends and family packed the small courtroom as they anxiously waited to see if Parish would receive a bond. 

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Wrapping up the RSS trial

Here are some odds and ends  about the Robert Shuler Smith trial that ended last week.

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Should Mississippi tax internet sales?

Vote in the new poll on the right side of the page.  Mississippi needs money, as usual.  An "Amazon sales tax" is up for discussion at the capitol right now.  Should Mississippi tax internet sales? Vote early and often.  

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Wanted: Southside Dee

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement:

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Treasurer Lynn Fitch Announces 4th Annual College Savings Mississippi Art Contest

Today, registration opened for the fourth annual College Savings Mississippi Art Contest. Running January 9 through February 28, 2017, students across Mississippi can compete for over $3600 in Mississippi Affordable College Savings (MACS) scholarships by submitting an original piece of art on the theme, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

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Parish's son accuses D.A. of "grandstanding"

Update: There were two outstanding warrants for McDonald's arrest at the time of the shooting. One involved a police chase. The motion for bond states that he was "involved in a house burglary and almost shot by homeowner." See motion posted below.

"Criminal is what I think is going on and what has happened to my dad" said the son of accused killer Wayne Parish.  He was indicted for murder in the shooting death of 17 year-old Charles McDonald last June. The shooting occurred when McDonald jumped out of his mom's car and ran away when she attempted to take him to Henley-Young Youth Detention Center. Parish confronted McDonald as he broke into a secretary's car.  Security camera video shows a struggle over the gun taking place when McDonald was killed. JPD declined to arrest him at the time.  The police report is posted below.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Arctic blast from the past

So you think the weather was rough this weekend? Check out this front page of the Jackson Daily News:

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Bill Crawford: Trump tweets unnerve Lott

“He is very capable of doing a switcheroo really quick, which can be a good thing or it can not be.” This was former Senate Majority Leader and Mississippi Senator Trent Lott talking about president-elect Donald Trump. 

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Welcome to Jackson

Check out this invitation:

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It's Sunday morning

Iced in and can't make it to church? JJ brings church to you as it presents this sermon by the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Is it time to cancel the F-35 program?

National Review asked that question this week in a scathing essay.  The alleged multi-service fighter plane is plagued by costs overruns, delays, safety problems, and -get this- part of the plane is now obsolete since it has taken so long to roll out into full-scale production.

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The crashes keep coming

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement:

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Friday, January 6, 2017

List of iced-over Rankin roads

Update: Spillway Road is open.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement:

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Find this mutt!!!

The dog is chipped and has a collar.  Lady belongs to long-time Jackson resident Mr. Jim Stuart.  He was walking her around Christ United Methodist Church on Old Canton Road and she got loose and took off running.

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Shooting at Panera

There was a shooting this morning at Panera Bread at Renaissance.  The shooter is in custody.  Both the shooter and victim were employees.  The victim suffered a non-life threatened wound.  Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal said the scene is under control.  More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Update: Shooting was in parking lot.   Victim is in critical condition.  WLBT posted this picture of the suspect:

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Tulane is closing Madison campus

Tulane's Madison experiment is ending.  An email sent to students yesterday announced the Madison campus of Tulane University is closing.

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RSS trial wrap-up: the texts

The Attorney General presented introduced into evidence a series of text messages between Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith and Clarion-Ledger reporter Anna Wolfe.  Nothing like seeing what one really thinks in his own words.   The relevant ones are posted below. 

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Was it murder? We report, you decide.

 WARNING: GRAPHIC & VIOLENT VIDEO FOOTAGE

Security camera video at Performance Oil on McDowell Road shows a struggle taking place between Wayne Parish and Charles McDonald before McDonald was shot to death on July 21, 2016.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted Mr. Parish for first degree murder in the death of 17 year-old McDonald on October 28.  A confrontation took place between the two men at the business when McDonald tried to steal a car.

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The Picnic passes away

The New York Mississippi Society posted this notice on its Facebook page:

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The Closing

Everything happened pretty quickly at the courthouse today so JJ is just now posting the videos of the closing arguments in the trial of Robert Shuler Smith.  Judge Larry Roberts gave each side one hour to present its final case.  Assistant Attorney General Marvin Sanders opened for thirty minutes.  Attorney Jim Waide and Mr. Smith presented their side for an hour and the prosecution closed with a final thirty minute oral argument by Assistant Attorney General Bob Anderson.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Clinton bomb threats cleared

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement:

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Mistrial!!!!

Judge Larry Roberts declared a mistrial in State v Robert Shuler Smith. Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement:

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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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