Monday, August 3, 2015

Place your bets.



Tomorrow night is the big night.  Make your predictions here. 

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Senator Will Longwitz: Promise



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Editorial: Hinds voters should vote in the Democrat primary tomorrow.

Note: Originally published on July 30, 2015

Elections are almost upon us.   While there are many new faces asking for our votes, there problem of deciding whether to vote in the Democratic or Republican primaries is quite old.  JJ recommends that if one lives in Hinds County, he or she should vote in the Democratic primary next week.

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Sheriff & D.A. discuss courthouse killing

Sheriff Randy Tucker and District Attorney Michael Guest addressed the media about a shooting at the Madison County courthouse in a press conference this morning.   The video of the press conference is posted below.

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Bill Billingsley: Why I oppose Senator Longwitz




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Was the "victim" really a victim? (Updated)

Update: MDOC provided his history to JJ:

 He was booked in the MDOC system twice, in 1998 for sell of marijuana and possession of marijuana in Madison County. He received three years to serve and 60 months probation each count concurrently. He came back into the system  in  2003 for two counts of sell of cocaine, for which he received 10 years each and 5 years probations running concurrent. He was released from probation as of 1/18/2015
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Kendrick Brown was a twice-convicted drug dealer who was facing a third conviction for selling drugs.  His indictments and convictions are posted below.  He was killed this morning in the parking lot of the Madison County courthouse by William B. Wells.  Mr. Wells will have an initial appearance at 10:00 tomorrow morning.  It is thought that Wells shot Brown in retaliation for the attempted murder of his mother this weekend when she was shot in Canton. 

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Pantin responds to robocalls

Madison County Circuit Clerk candidate Michael Pantin issued the following statement:

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Homicide at Madison Courthouse

Update 3: Shooter identified as William Wells.  Courthouse source says Wells went to Brown's house this morning.  Brown was not there  so he went to the courthouse.  Brown walked outside of the courthouse with his attorney to discuss the case.  Wells whacked Brown when they did so.

Update 2: Sheriff Randy Tucker will hold a press conference at his office at 10:00 AM.   Brown was a known and long-time drug dealer.

 Update: A shootout in the parking lot took place. A man was lying in wait for Kendrick Brown to appear in the parking lot.  Brown was scheduled to appear for a status conference.  He was indicted for the sale of cocaine and a conspiracy charge.  The shooter's mother was shot in the thigh this weekend and today's incident was apparently retaliation for what took place over the weekend.  The mother was hospitalized and will survive.  She was supposed to testify against Brown today.  Brown is deceased and apparently was thought to be involved in the weekend shooting.  Brown's indictment is posted below. Original post is below.

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Mississippi Supreme Court blames criminal case backlog on Hinds prosecutors

Blaming the judges for the backlog of cases in Hinds County is a common excuse made for the dysfunctional Hinds County criminal justice system.  However, the Mississippi Supreme Court cast blame last year on the prosecutors and said the judges should take control of the docket away from the District Attorney's office. 

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Meet Stanley Alexander



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Bloom County: The return of Steve Dallas

Stevie does not disappoint.  Click on images to enlarge.

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Governor: "If they want to get rough, that's all right" after Guardsmen shot.

The City of Jackson and the Mississippi National Guard continued the war on the Gold Coast. A soldier was ambushed and shot during a raid while the city declared war on the Gold Coast and began arresting Gold Coast operators found in Jackson for vagrancy.  The stories are posted below from the Jackson Daily News.

The current value of the dollar amounts cited in each story are posted next to that figure in parenthesis.  Apologies are made for the quality of the microfilm. Most of it is readable or can be read if one plays with the zoom function on a computer (much harder on a smartphone).  However, some of it is still just plain unreadable. A synopsis and quotes from each story are posted below, then images of the news story, then another batch of recaps and quotes, then images of the story, and so on.

The Jackson Daily News reported a National Guardsman was ambushed and shot in the hand during a Gold Coast raid on the Gold Cost:

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Geaux, Dent, Geaux. Anglin kicks 'em out.

Dent Anglin is kicking ass and taking names over at his gas station on Adkins Boulevard. A Hinds County Constable showed up at the gas station this morning and evicted tenant Chirag Kharbanda and his crew from the premises. The gas station was in the news recently when WLBT reported local controversy specialist Desmond Brown was operating at the gas station. Several Jackson citizens picketed the gas station.

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Vikki Mumford for Hinds Circuit Clerk



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D.A. getting desperate. PAC with mystery money dumps $22,000 on radio ads.

A political action committee supporting Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith popped up on July 28 and spent $22,000 on radio ads at urban radio stations in the Jackson area. Nsombi Lambright registered the Mississippi Safety and Justice PAC with the Secretary of State.  The PAC then went to WJMI, WKXI, and WOAD and dropped the $22,000 on radio buys.  The ads, schedules, and orders are posted below.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

R.I.P. Hot Rod

Rowdy Roddy Piper passed away last night.  He beat cancer only to die of a heart attack.  Here are some favorite videos of Hot Rod.

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Re-elect Sheriff Tyrone Lewis



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Can Gov. Fordice whip some ass from the grave?

JPD issued the following press release:

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Madison County defendant calls his prosecutor the "perfect man for the job"

The local news media gave quite a bit of attention to two doctors who were arrested for allegedly hosting a party for teenagers and providing them with alcohol last October.  A pair of Madison moms also drew heavy coverage when they were arrested in Florida for allegedly providing booze to minors and hosting a spring break party at a condo.  However, one case that slipped under the radar took place in Flora as businessman Cliff Torrence got in trouble with the law not once but twice for hosting parties at his home and providing alcohol to teen-agers.

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Dear JRA: Fool them once.....

What the hell is going on over at the Jackson Redevelopment Authority? The Mississippi Business Journal reported:

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Dem. Trust: State falling behind rest of the South.


Note: Brandon Jones of the Democratic Trust submitted this column to JJ. 


The Southern State That Can’t Keep a Southern Pace

Mississippi falling behind in manufacturing isn’t exactly heart-stopping news. In fact, given our state’s long string of economic development failures, it isn’t even a surprise.

Too many times we have seen headlines crystallizing the sad state of affairs of our current economic and manufacturing environment. In just the last two weeks, we have seen two major articles in the state’s largest publications highlighting Mississippi’s dismal performance on manufacturing job creation.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lee Westbrook: I asked Michael Pantin to follow me.

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JPD arrests hotel homicide suspects

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Talking to D.A. Candidate Stanley Alexander

This is an interview with Hinds County District Attorney candidate Stanley Alexander that was on WJNT a few  months ago. 



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Hinds County sample ballots

Here are the Hinds County sample ballots for the primaries next week.  Get out the sharkbats and brass knuckles.  Keep discussion limited to Hinds County.  You guys have been going at it about the Senate race on the Madison thread so keep it over there.

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Counties agree to use MDOC prisoners without pay

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following press release:

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Chancellor refuses to step down from case.

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to remove Rankin County Chancellor John McLaurin from a case as the defendant in the case is his former court reporter.

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A word about the ads.

We have got a few days to go until the first round of 2015 elections.  Thrill of victory, agony of defeat, and all that jazz.  There is no two ways around it but political coverage is going to dominate the news for the next week.  That means you will be bombarded with ads.  It can get irritating but the ads are there for a reason. 

Each ad on this website is a compliment to you, the reader.  Its fun and quite easy to bash candidates.  However, there is a flip side to the equation.  These are the guys who decided to stand for something, to stand up and say "This is who I am and this is what I am about".  There are not many people who are willing to do that.  They are the ones knocking on your doors when its 95 degrees outside in July.  They have to ask for money, go to every social event,  take part in the normal mud-slinging that come with campaigns, have everyone and anyone go through their personal lives, see their personalities dissected on Facebook and Twitter, we won't even go there.  They deserve respect for what they are doing regardless of whether they are right or wrong. 

The ads on this site are user-friendly.  There are no pop-up videos that can't be disabled.  Many of the ads you don't see unless you click on a post.  You don't have to listen to a commercial and wait for your radio show to start.  You have the choice to play the commercial... or not play it.   However, I encourage you to watch the commercials posted, read the material candidates pay to post on JJ, and give them your serious thought and consideration.  As stated earlier, all of these ads are a testament and compliment to you.  Remember, they have come here asking you for your vote. 

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Here is da law

Several people asked on this site yesterday what the law is regarding anonymous political mailers and flyers.  The Secretary of State's office was nice enough to send over the laws Mr. Hosemann cited yesterday in his press conference.  The three statutes are posted below.

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No comment.

Madison County GOP Chairman John Taylor posted this little message on Facebook a few days ago:

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

McRae: What did Fitch spend $200,000 on?


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Lynn Fitch: Over $200,000 in Campaign Finance Irregularities


You would think of all people our State Treasurer would have impeccable campaign finance reports … but you’d be wrong about that.

There are more than $200,000 in discrepancies in Fitch’s campaign finance reports. These include very large unitemized personal reimbursements, large unitemized credit card payments, suspiciously high charges at luxury spas and hotels, and over $120,000 in disbursements for an apparent loan that was never properly disclosed.

If we can’t trust our State Treasurer Lynn Fitch with her own campaign finances, how can we trust her with the taxpayers’ finances? And perhaps more importantly, what information is she hiding in these suspicious campaign finance reports?

“Our campaign finance laws need reforming. These practices are illegal under federal campaign law and should be under Mississippi’s. But a law shouldn’t be required for Lynn Fitch to do the right thing. I challenge Lynn Fitch to live up to her promise of transparency and come clean on these questionable expenditures,” said Republican candidate for Treasurer David McRae. Check her spending for yourself:

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Eeeeeewwwwwww. Lambert Mayor arrested.

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Wolfe gets five years in bankruptcy fraud

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Rankin County primary elections 2015

Here are the sample ballots for the Rankin County primaries that will be held next week.  This is your chance to have it out over the Superintendent's race as it seems no else cares about the other races judging by the buzz they've generated.

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A.G. investigating mailers

Secretary of State Diggert Hosemann issued the following press release:

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Move over Kroger & BAM, Goodwill's a' coming to Northeast Jackson.

The Jackson Planning and Zoning Board approved by a 5-4 vote a request for a variance so Goodwill Industries could place a store in Jacksonian Plaza.

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Bill Billingsley on Animal Cruelty



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Grading the restaurants.

Here are the latest "C's" given to local restaurants from April 1 to July 27 by the Mississippi Department of Health.   All restaurants passed their follow-up inspections unless otherwise noted.  What happened to McDonald's?  No less than six of the Golden Arches earned "C's".  Nice job.

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Dorsey endorses Vikki

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Van Sice is now really free.

The killer of school teacher Leigh Ann Ward is now free.  MDOC released him from "earned supervised release" status on July 19.  He was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Ms. Ward in February 2012 and sentenced to six years in prison.    However, he only served 2 1/2 years of the term before MDOC granted him "earned supervised release" status in October 2014.  Such a status meant he only had to report to a probation officer on a regular basis and undergo drug testing. He is now serving five years of supervised probation but is free from MDOC custody. 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

#@$*# just got real in Madison County.

Now we're talking.  Things in Madison just went from a low-intensity conflict to a war.  Check out this flyer about Mary the Puppeteer that hit the boxes today:

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Passing "Lenora's Law"



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JPD issues arrest warrants in hotel murder.

JPD has issued an arrest warrant for Darion Givens in the murder of an unidentified Hispanic male at the American Star Inn on 2655 I-55 South.  JPD charged Tiffany Brister with Accessory after the fact of capital murder and are also seeking Crystal Chancellor for questioning.  Givens is well known to law enforcement.

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Madison County primary elections 2015

Here are the sample ballots for the Madison County primaries as well as the ads for all Madison County candidates who advertised their campaigns on this site.  This is your thread to go at it in Madison County elections.  Yes, that includes you Billingsley and Longwitz knuckleheads.  Tomorrow will be Rankin County.  Thursday will be Hinds County. 

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SOS says unusually high absentee rates in some areas

Secretary of State Eggbert Hosemann issued the following press release:

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Former Material Girls manager arrested in Flowood for embezzlement.

Former Material girls manager Krista Brown was arrested by Flowood police for embezzlement.  Material Girls owner Whitney Giordano Foster filed embezzlement charges and alleged she stole $14,353 from the Flowood location of the store.  Brown was arrested last December by Ridgeland police and charged her with embezzling $9,556 from her Ridgeland store. However, Mrs. Foster told JJ that the amount embezzled at the Ridgeland store has been discovered to be over $28,000. Brown stands accused of embezzling over $42,000 from the two stores.   She is currently free on bond.  She is scheduled to go to trial on the Ridgeland charges on September 21.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Northeast Jackson hoodlum back on the street.

Northeast Jackson residents need to keep an eye out for one Javaris Chambers.  This guy lives on the corner of Jamaica and Wayneland.  He apparently can not stay out of trouble as he was arrested for shoplifting less than two weeks after he got out of prison. Mr. Chambers may be only twenty years old but he has been busy working the criminal justice system in Hinds and Madison Counties over the last two years.  He also runs with a little gang that loves to smash and grab, kick and grab, and commit other acts of crime. These guys are well known to the police of Jackson, Ridgeland, and even Kenner, Louisiana. 

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Right to Life endorses Stacey Pickering

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Our favorite fool is back as is his foolishness.


There is a determined effort to smear Republican legislators through mailers.  The interesting part is the mailers were sent not by the usual Democratic suspects but instead by a group represented by former Chris McDaniel campaign spokesman and our old friend Noel Fritsch.  Nothing like a bumbling braggadocios bully who thinks he is actually a super-genius.  Fritsch the Fool generated some buzz a few months ago during the legislative session as a representative for the National Association for Gun Rights as he repeatedly threatened legislators, backstabbed Senators who sponsored his bills, and made the pages of the newspaper a few times with his antics.   However, this bunch is back and at it again.

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Criminal defense lawyers dominate donations to D.A.'s campaign

Criminals, oops, criminal defense lawyers dominate the list of donors for the campaign of  District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith.  Seven of the top ten donors are leading criminal defense lawyers in Hinds County.  Such names were oddly absent in his 2007 campaign as he depended more on donations from himself and Republicans.  A listing of donations in 2015 reveals the following:

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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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