Monday, December 31, 2012

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Olga's

Reservations available but not required. 601-366-1366

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Don't be quotin' no Faulkner

The offending ad
At least if you want to avoid a lawsuit. Faulkner Literary Estate, LLC has been very busy this year as the Virginia-based company sued The Washington ****, Northrop Grumman, and Sony Pictures over the use of Faulkner quotes in ads and movies. Faulkner filed the suit against Northrup on October 26, 2012 in U.S. District Court in Jackson. Judge Henry Wingate dismissed the case with prejudice on December 12 after the parties settled the case.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

To retire or not to retire, that is the question.

Is he retired or isn't he? That is the question to be asked about Hinds County District 2 Supervisor Doug Anderson. Several supervisors received phone calls over the weekend stating Mr. Anderson is rescinding his retirement.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Oh yeah.

Less than one month to go.

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Celebrate New Year's Eve at Olga's.

 Come to Olga's for New Year's Eve or as Olga wrote:

The greatest blast of the year!
It's New Years Eve at Olga's - where everybody knows your name!
When 2013 comes around you'll be at the coolest bar in town with your friends & family near So book your spot. We've got what you want
From dinner to dancing to drinks, Choose early or late
We'll save you a plate!
Family and Friends music will be the
joined forces of Renegade (Gena Stringer and David Steele) and The
McGee Boys - (Ronnie, Gavin, and Grant!)
What a treat!!
It's New Years Eve - Come celebrate with us!

Reservations are accepted for New Year's Eve.


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NYT thinks young people working is a bad thing

This is how a clueless out of touch liberal thinks. The New York Times apparently thinks its better to go to college, run up a bunch of student loans, and remain unemployed instead of gasp, getting a job and making money:

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Latest crime stats

Here are the latest crime stats available online:

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ayers-Elliot announces candidacy

Cindy Ayers-Elliot announced her candidacy for the senate seat formerly held by the now-deceased Alice Harden in this press release.

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Rooks-Barber fires back at Sun-Herald

Elizabeth Rooks-Barber fired back at the Sun-Herald about its coverage of her contract with the Department of Marine Resources in a letter to the editor a few days ago. Since this website published the original story as well as additional information, it seems only fair to publish her letter in its entirety. Ms. Rooks-Barber is the wife of Madison County Tax Assessor Gerald Barber.

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Movies in Jackson?

Jackson's decline brings one big problem to its citizens:finding basic amenities one expects to have in a city of over 150,000 people. Need to buy a pair of blue jeans? Go to Rankin or Madison County. Want to see a movie? Cross the county lines. However, our city fathers want to do something about this problem. Good for them. I applaud them for it. However, they can't seem to take the easy way on anything as they are talking about a government-private business partnership to bring a movie theater to Jackson. Yup. Senatobia can have a movie theater without government help but these guys have to conjure up grants and other big gummint ideas just so we can go to the movies. Next thing you know, they are going to tell us we have to sell some bonds (and you know what that will mean.). The Clarion-Ledger reported yesterday:

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Local photographer sues publisher over Sweet Potato Queens ebook.

Update: Suit says $150,000 per infringement. Assuming all twenty-one color-glossy photographs with a paragraph on the back of each one were used in the ebook, the requested damages are $3.15 million.

Rankin County photographer Suzi Altman sued Random House Publishing in October in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Mississippi for copyright violations.  She charged Random House used her photographs in a Sweet Potato Queens ebook without her permission or paying her compensation.

The suit alleges Ms. Altman shot twenty-one photographs of different Sweet Potato Queens and "food dishes" for the book authored by Jill Connor Browne.  It is not known if the photographs were glossy or had a paragraph on the back of each one. Ms. Altman copyrighted the photographs in May 2002. She claims she "licensed the use of the photographs to Random House" for use in a "printed edition of a book with a physical spine."  Ms. Altman also states she issued a license to the publisher to use the photographs in an audio book format as well.

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Mobile tornado

Here are some videos I found of the tornado that hit Mobile yesterday

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Mafia in New Orleans

Want a break from all the Christmas merriment today? Here is a post from the archives about the history of the Mafia in New Orleans. Long but fun read. 

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Caesar, Christmas, & Damascus

The Wall Street Journal publishes this decades-old column every Christmas as its lead editorial. It seemed fitting to post it here. Enjoy.

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The true meaning of Christmas

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas (NSFW)

The Kingfish wishes you a Merry Christmas and hopes Santa brings you something in stockings.  Its been a fun year at Jackson Jambalaya and 2013 will bring more goodies to loyal readers of this website. The website will be getting a much needed facelift. There will be some original productions. Then there is the legislature. JJ plans on recording more committee meetings and posting them for all of you to see. Nothing like some good ole sunshine. Having said that, enjoy the post.  This post is not safe for work, not safe for kids, and not safe for anyone in general.

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Maria: Are you incompetent?

Maria Bartiromo asks a Senator if he and the rest of Congress are "incompetent" on CNBC:

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Classic for a reason.

A few of you asked if I will post A Charlie Brown Christmas. Here it is. Enjoy.

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Court appoints counsel to represent Claiborne Frazier

Collection of all posts on the Frazier case

U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Ball appointed public defender Keith Drew to represent Claiborne Frazier. A federal grand jury indicted Mr. Frazier for attempt and conspiracy to commit fraud. Attorney John Collette represents Austin Frazier, while Merrida Coxwell represents Spencer Copeland. The order as well as the conditions of Mr. Frazier's bond are posted below.

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

"Campaign malpractice"

The Washington**** confirms more of what is becoming obvious to everyone: The Romney campaign was repeatedly outclassed and beaten to the punch on media buys. The  **** reports:

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Leontyne

Blast from the past: Leontyne Price. Here are some performances of the operatic legend I dug up on Youtube including a beautiful version of "O Holy Night":

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Whose rights were they worried about?

Connecticut has some of the toughest gun control laws in the county but conversely it also has the weakest laws for dealing with those suffering from mental illness.  There was a push in the legislature earlier this year that would force the mentally ill to take prescribed medications. Some version of this bill is the law in forty-five states.  Needless to say, the proposal generated a GREAT deal of opposition:

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MCPP sets Loome straight



The Mississippi Center for Public Policy purchased distribution rights on JJ.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dr. Smith asks federal court to stop prosecution. Claims no bullet casing from "shooter" found.

Dr. Arnold Smith asked a federal court to issue a preliminary injunction against the prosecution in his capital murder case. A grand jury indicted Dr. Smith for capital murder for his alleged participation in a "murder for hire plot" to kill Greenwood attorney Lee Abraham.  Mr. Abraham represented Dr. Smith's ex-wife in their divorce. 

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Save this mutt.

Email me at kingfish1935@gmail.com if interested.  Owner surrender to the pound, he is about 11 weeks old. He appears to be a jack Russell mix but he will be much bigger, so maybe some shepherd mix.  $95, he will have 1st & 2nd set of puppy shots & be neutered.
Good looking mutt. Nice Christmas present. Someone step to the plate. 

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House for rent.

This house is for rent in Fondren. 1,800 square feet. One-car garage. Fenced-in back yard.  3 bedroom, 2 bath, den, living room, and washroom.  Beautiful hardwood floors. Kitchen appliances are Viking.  Pictures are below. Shoot email to Kingfish1935@gmail.com for more information.

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The Lord's Prayer

The Hinds County Board of Supervisors allows caroling at the meeting before Christmas and then begins the meeting with a prayer. Election Commissioner-Elect Santore Bracey sang the Lord's Prayer. I think you will enjoy watching this video.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bond set for Fraziers at $10,000

U.S. Magistrate Keith Ball set bond at $10,000 for Claiborne Frazier, Austin Frazier, C.E. Frazier, Jr., and Spencer Copeland this afternoon. Merrida Coxwell represented Spencer Copeland, John Colette represented Austin Frazier, and a federal public defender represented Claiborne Frazier and C.E. Frazier.

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DOWN GO THE FRAZIERS!!! INDICTED!!!!!!

Collection of all posts on the Frazier case

A federal grand jury indicted Claiborne Frazier, Austin Frazier, and C.E. Frazier, Jr. on December 12, 2012 for mail fraud and money laundering. The grand jury also indicted Spencer Copeland for money laundering. C.E. Frazier, Jr. is the father of Austin and Claiborne. Mr. Copeland is the step-brother of Austin and Claiborne. The defendants have been taken into custody.

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Casey Phillips: Rising star on the consulting horizon

Roll Call recently published a feature story on political consultant Casey Phillips.  Mr. Phillips is the owner of Red Print Strategies, a D.C.-based firm.  Mr. Phillips ran Dilbert's campaigns as well as several others in Mississippi.  Roll Call reports:

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WJNT last week

Sorry posting late but this is the show from last week.  We discussed Bolivar County and Bennie Thompson. 


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Monday, December 17, 2012

Wakeboarding Santa

Oldie but goodie. This video is from a year ago but hey, its the Christmas season.

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Vote in poll

Update: Here are the results:

Yes. Abolish middle schools. 148 (63%)
No. 44 (18%)
No opinion. 42 (17%)

Since we discuss education quite a bit on this website, I thought I would throw out a different type of poll question: Should we bring back junior high schools and abolish middle schools?

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

DMR paid Madison Tax Assessor's company over $600,000. Feds question the work... or lack of it.

The federal government cited a company owned by Madison County Tax Assessor Gerald Barber in an audit of the Coastal Impact Assistance Program. Mr. Barber and his wife Elizabeth own Barber & Mann. DMR paid the company over $600,000 in fees since 2009 under several consulting contracts according to the Department of Finance and Administration website. The Inspector General states DMR awarded the contracts without accepting competitive bids. Such agreements violate federal law. The Sun-Herald published the report in October.

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Loome on the loose

The Parents' Campaign Nancy Loome blasted charter schools in a column that appeared in newspapers around Mississippi:

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

AFT leader advocates "bar exam" for teachers

Want to improve the quality of teachers in the classroom? The President of the American Federation of Teachers has an idea. Randi Weingarten advocates in a Wall Street Journal column making teachers pass the equivalent of a "bar exam". Naturally there are to be no "bar complaints" filed against individual teachers, mind you but hey, its great at making it tougher to become a teacher.  Did I mention she is a lawyer?  Read on.

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Scot Allen announces his candidacy for House District #59 seat

Scot Allen announces candidacy for State House of Representatives—District 59

I am Scot Allen and I announce my candidacy for the office of State Representative for House District 59. The District is composed of the Reservoir area in Rankin County, part of Flowood, and part of Brandon. I humbly ask for your vote in the upcoming election on January 8th.

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A Christmas Carol

I was going to post "A Charlie Brown Christmas" today but after yesterday, I think I will wait before I post that video. Here is the entire showing of "Scrooge", starring Alaister Sim in 1951. Needless to say, Mr. Sim's Scrooge is a real s.o.b.  Its considered the best version of the Dickens classic although George C. Scott almost stole the role for himself in 1984. Enjoy.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Connecticut shooting thread.

Consider this post to be a thread about the shooting at the elementary school in Connecticut. Our prayers go out to the families there. There is simply nothing to say at a time like this. Feel free to vent, grieve, or post updates here. KF.

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Uh-oh. Stokes. Need I say more?

Stokes wants to appoint Nathan Hargrove to the board of Hinds Community College. Agenda

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A Jackson Christmas tradition fades away

Whispering Pines and Wingfield Estates. Two South Jackson neighborhoods that brought the spirit of the Christmas season every year to the Jackson area as residents put on a festival of lights. Bumper to bumper traffic. Lanterns lining the streets.   A holiday tradition everyone enjoyed. Although the character of South Jackson changed over the last ten years, the Christmas displays continued year after year.  Since neither of us saw the Christmas lights in three years, StilettoGOP and I visited the two neighborhoods last night with videocameras rolling as we did for the "Cruising McDowell Road" post earlier this year. I won't spoil the fun for you. Just watch the videos below.

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Doug Anderson backs disgraced judge as his replacment.

Doug Anderson's daughter said he will support Joe Lewis as his replacement on the Hinds County Board of Supervisors. The same Joe Lewis who was removed from the bench in 2005 by the Mississippi Supreme Court for making inappropriate advances towards several women. Jackie Anderson Woods made the statement during a press conference announcing Mr. Anderson's resignation.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

JPD make arrests in Colonial Circle burglaries

JPD issued the following press release:

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Doug Anderson resigns (Video)

Supervisor Robert Graham called it a "difficult day".    Jackie Anderson Woods announced at a press conference today her father, Hinds County District 2 Supervisor Doug Anderson, will resign from the Board of Supervisors on January 1, 2013. Mr. Anderson was not present.

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Bennie lied to Justice Department about Bolivar

District 2 Congressman did not exactly tell the truth when he sent a letter to the Justice Department protesting school district consolidation in Bolivar County.  The Congressman was quite upset the state would dare do something about one-school districts paying superintendents salaries over $117,000.The Congressman could not resist playing the race card. One can almost imagine him writhing on the floor and foaming at the mouth as he wrote this letter. How dare those white Republicans do something in the Delta. Who do they think they are? The Congressman wrote in his letter:

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From the mailbag, part II

I posted last week an email from a listener who took exception to what I said about majority-black public school districts on the radio last week.  The same person sent these emails prior to sending these emails. Enjoy.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ugh. Just ugh.

Pig's tongue. How does the mutt eat this stuff. Ugh.

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BPF: Study shows Kemper will increase rates $76 per month

Bigger Pie Forum commissioned a study to determine the effect the Kemper project will have on utility bills for residential and commercial customers. BPF stated in a recent post:

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Health Care Symposium tomorrow

The Commissioner of Insurance will hold a health care symposium tomorrow at the convention center. See flyer posted below for more details.

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Majority-black public school districts spend more per student, waste more money, get worse grades

Note: This was first posted on December 4, 2012 but I am bumping it up as I will be discussing some of this on the radio this week as well as my earlier post about Bolivar County schools.

Highlights of post:
-All district report cards reviewed with charts included below. 

-Districts reviewed on # of teachers hired/Total # of employees
-Total spending per student compared by grades and majority race. All federal, state, & local funding dollars is included.
-Statistics are compared between majority-black and majority-white districts. Charts included.
-Districts over 80% of one race are compared to each other. Charts included.

A review of annual report cards for all Mississippi public school districts reveals some uncomfortable trends: majority-black districts in Mississippi spend more money per student, hire a fewer percentage of teachers, and have worse ratings than majority-white districts. The picture worsened for districts at least 80% black. They spend $2,000 more per student than  districts at least 80% white while performing much worse.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

LG releases $5.52 billion budget for 2014.

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves announced the proposed 2014 budget in this press release:

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Let the games begin

Bradley Lum, Bennie Hubbard, Scott Allen and Brent Powell qualified for House of Representatives District #59 yesterday.

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Employee embezzles over $80,000 from church

A police report states an employee embezzled $80,000 from Broadmeadow United Methodist Church in Fondren.

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Latest crime stats

Here are the latest crime reports available online. Sorry, Jackson's have not been updated in several weeks and are still stuck on October 28.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Monken to USM

Excellent choice. I wish Miles would fire Stud and hire him to be his OC but such is not to be. If you want a look at his offense with real talent, watch the 2007 Sugar Bowl. He called the plays in that game against Notre Dame.

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Nothing like road trips

The Tiger Girls got a little bored on a road trip and decided to produce this video:

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Sierra Club attacks Haley

The Sierra Club issued this press release charging former Governor Haley Barbour "failed to disclose his financial ties to corporate giant Southern Company, parent company of Mississippi Power (MPCO).

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Party switch!!!

Mississippi Republican Party just issued a press release stating a politician is going to switch parties:

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JJ looks at Superintendent salaries

Ever wonder what Superintendents make in Mississippi? Check out the chart below.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

WJNT Thursday

Kent & Larry took my Tuesday post about Mississippi education and ran with it on their Thursday morning show on WJNT.

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JPS & bonds, what could go wrong?

The Jackson Free Press published a report on the decision by the Jackson Public School Board to refinance some bonds. It turns out JPS is going down the road taken by the city of Jackson a few years ago: running up the bond credit card to get more cash up front but pay more later than if it had done nothing. The JFP reports:

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Sun-Herald finds more dirt at DMR, good ole boy dirt.

The Sun-Herald's Karen Nelson uncovered more shenanigans in the scandal at the Department of Marine Resources. Ms. Lee reports DMR spent over $1 million of money meant for artificial reefs to lease boats from foundations, including one operated by the Executive Director of DMR:

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Bored?

College football is over. Nascar is on its winter break. What to watch, what to watch. Want some good political theater? The complete episodes of I Claudius are on Youtube. Here is the first episode. No fancy sets, no special effects, no Spartacus sex scenes, just good old-fashioned script-writing. Enjoy.

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WJNT Wednesday

I discussed the post about public education in Mississippi on the show this week. Enjoy. Kent & Larry discussed it on their show yesterday and today. I'll post the recordings to those shows over the weekend.

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WJTV covers Twin Creeks. Haley defends state role to AP.

WJTV covered the Twin Creeks failure and problems at Silicor in this story last night:

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Senator Chris McDaniel honors heroes of Pearl Harbor

Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Jones) honors the heroes of Pearl Harbor in this column submitted to JJ:

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Remember Pearl Harbor

Today we all remember the day the Japs bombed Pearl Harbor. We took our licks, toughened up, and gave them more then they ever bargained for when they pulled off their sneak attack. If interested in a good movie telling the story of the attack, watch Tora, Tora, Tora. It was made back in the 1970's and is far superior to the theatrical piece of garbage starring Ben Affleck a few years ago. This is a link to a gallery of photos taken after the attack at Boston.com. Here is color video of the attack:

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From the mailbag

Seems my little posts about Mississippi education and discussing them on WJNT got someone's attention. Here is the email I received this week:

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Santelli & Liesman spar

What would be a fiscal cliff discussion without Santelli & Liesman going at it in this video?

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Senator Alice Harden passed away.

JJ just learned Senator Alice Harden passed away.  Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued this statement:

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Feds approve Bolivar consolidation. Look at what Bennie supports.

The Justice Department approved the consolidation of Bolivar County school district in a September letter sent to the Mississippi Attorney General. The Mississippi Legislature passed a law this year mandating Bolivar reduce the number of districts from six to no more than three. The law generated much opposition from Bolivar residents.

However, my review of Mississippi school district report cards yielded quite a few nuggets about Bolivar County school districts that didn't make into that post earlier this week. Take a look at some basic facts about these districts below and pay attention to the Superintendent salaries as well as the size of the districts.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Lum announces run for the House.

That is run for the House, not run to the House.  Bradley Lum announced his candidacy to replace Kevin McGee in this press release:

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MCPP. Sign the petition. Oppose Obamacare exchanges.

The Mississippi Center for Public Policy issued this statement and petition:



Our friends at the Goldwater Institute created a short video giving six reasons states should be opposed to the insurance exchanges being set up under Obamacare. While Mississippi is saying yes, 21 states are saying no. Here’s why:

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Wanted: Dead or alive.

Well, actually alive but if dead it won't bother me even though it won't happen.  These thugs posted below are wanted for attacking the manager of the Swell-O-Phonic on North State Street Monday night:

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NYT asks if incentives & tax breaks really pay off for states

The New York Times published a story Sunday on how states are giving major incentive packages and tax breaks to corporations in an effort to recruit industry but are often left holding the bag. The story included an interactive map allowing the reader to see a list of projects and incentives for each state.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Belated Happy Thanksgiving

How did I forget to do this? Enjoy.

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Dr. Smith sues Jim Hood & D.A. in federal court

Dr. Arnold Smith filed a Section 1983 lawsuit against Attorney General Jim Hood, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson, and Assistant District Attorney Timothy Jones in U.S. District Court Monday. The suit alleges the three defendants acted to deprive Dr. Smith of his fourth amendment rights. Dr. Smith was indicted for allegedly masterminding a murder for hire plot to kill Greenwood Attorney Lee Abraham. Dr. Smith is incarcerated without bond in the Leflore County Detention Center.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Mississippi's health insurance exchange now live

Mississippi's health insurance exchange is now active.  Onemississippi.com is the title for the exchange. 

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Meet the new & improved Archie

Moved up in the family from throwing phones at people & assaulting security guards to this:

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I wish this was a photoshop.

A fine representation of a Canton Public School education:

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Feds to states: No exchange, no problem. We have a fee for that.

Insurance companies providing coverage in states that do not set up a health insurance exchange under Obamacare will pay a 3.5% surcharge on premiums.  The surcharge will fund the creation and maintenance of the federal exchanges for such states.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Yes, he is elected.

Our favorite Congressman, last seen worrying that too many Marines would cause Guam to sink into the ocean, now wants to pass a constitutional amendment to "control" the free speech rights of corporations and businesses since they might oppose ideas he suppports. Can't make this up.

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Supreme Court allows citizens to videotape the police.

Recording a police officer with a cellphone became easier after the Supreme Court let stand a 2011 Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that affirmed the right of citizens to record police officers performing their duties in public. (No. 12-318) The Court denied certiori to an appeal by the State of Illinois on November 26.* The Seventh Circuit decision overturned a fifty-year old Illinois statute making it a crime to record “all or any part of any conversation” without the consent of all parties. The ACLU filed suit after it announced it was going to start recording police officers while in the performance of their duties.

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Ole Miss changing uniforms.

Ole Miss is talking to Nike about new uniforms in 2013. Here are some of the new helmets that are up for consideration. The Gray one is pretty bad-ass.

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GOP Inside baseball

The political junkies on both sides will enjoy this post. Erick Erickson at Redstate declared war on the "consultant class" after election day.  He penned a series of posts naming names and diagramming the relationships.  Erick ramped it up in his latest missile, oops, I meant missive, against the consultants he says are strangling the Republican Party.  Mr. Erickson writes:

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Small school snapshot.

I'm posting a snapshot of Mississippi public schools Monday based on reviewing report cards for a solid week. Here is a quick look at one group: the school districts under 1,000 students.  Enjoy.

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Governor: Twin Creeks "has failed"

The Associated Press reports Governor Bryant said the Twin Creeks project in Senatobia failed and the state is seeking repayment of the $27.7 million loan provided to the company.  AP reporter Jeff Amy writes:

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Banned.

This beer commercial has to be banned somewhere. NSFW.

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Forbes: Mississippi is in a death spiral

Forbes magazine published a list of "death spiral" states. Such a state is considered to be in a death spiral if the number of people receiving income from the government is more than the number of people receiving income from the private sector.

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AP: Twin Creeks money gone for good?

Twin Creeks. Twin Disaster is more like it. Jeff Amy provides more details on the Twin Creeks flop firsts reported on this website several weeks ago. The AP workhorse reports:

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Stuart speaks.

Mississippi native Stuart Stevens defended his management of the Romney campaign in this Washington Post essay:

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Copiah school report card

Here is the report card for Copiah County schools:

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Coming after your 401K?

Looks like 401K plans have a target on their account statements. By some strange coincidence a Danish study criticizing the tax credits for 401K plans appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and Time within 24 hours of each other.

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USM quarterback arrested.

Update: Police change charges against Alford to conspiracy to possess weapon on school campus.

WDAM reports USM quarterback Anthony Alford was arrested yesterday:

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The Parents Campaign digs in on charter schools.

Sorry I have not posted much this week. I've been working on a lengthy research project.  I will post the results Monday and discussed it on the radio yesterday.  Here is a video of Nancy Loome discussing charter schools with a group of educators Monday night in Meridian.  After the 30 minute mark, she goes into overdrive.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Harvey the Grinch

Mayor Harvey Johnson changed the Jackson "Christmas Parade" to the "Holiday Parade" this year.  Application/press release.

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Governor announces education plan

Governor Phil Bryant announced his education plan to Mississippi teachers in a conference call yesterday.  The Governor called the plan "Framing Mississippi's Future, an Agenda for Our Children".

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Jordan schedules Evans hearing.

U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan, III scheduled a restitution hearing for Chris and Charles Evans on December 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM.  Hope this means some jail time will commence.

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Obamacare standoff in Mississippi?

Should Mississippi establish a health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act? Republican Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is creating an exchange while Governor Phil Bryant opposes his actions.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Parker wins.

Parker defeated Nelson in the race to fill the Senate seat formerly held by Merle Flowers.  20 out of 22 precincts are counted. Parker has a 1377 vote lead over Nelson at 61-39.  Two boxes with no more than 400 votes are outstanding. Nelson has conceded.  The forces of darkness were defeated tonight.

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Governor speaking to teachers

Governor addressing teachers on conference call about his education program. I'm tweeting it while I listen. kingfish1935 on twitter.

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Word on the street is....

Brent Powell, the son of Republican elder Billy Powell, will run for Kevin McGhee's seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

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Bomb scare at Hinds courthouse

Apparently we are not immune. 24 bomb threats were phoned in to Tennessee courthouses today. The Hinds County Chancery Court building is circled off right now while the building is inspected.

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FIRED...... finally.

0-12...... SEE YA!!!!


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He's back.

Mike is back and has a few things to say about the election in this classic video.  Warning: Strong and um, colorful language. It was shot the day after the election so Mike threw a bit of a tantrum. Racist language used.  He makes KIM Waaaaaaaaaade sound like a pre-schooler.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Vandals destroy Greenwood Cemetery monuments.

Vandals went on a rampage in Greenwood Cemetery last night. The pictures below show the destruction as many irreplaceable monuments were demolished. The Greenwood Cemetery Association is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the vandals' arrest and conviction. There are many more pictures but those posted below will give you a pretty good idea of the damage. Real sick bastards.

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Warren-Vicksburg schools report card

Here is the report card for the Warren County-Vicksburg school district:

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Chris Evans is still free.

Collection of all posts on the Evans case.

Chris Evans of Evans brothers fame is still walking around free thanks to a series of extensions granted by the federal judge.  Mr. Evans pleaded guilty to charges of bank fraud and money laundering in federal court in 2011. U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan, III sentenced Chris Evans to 168 months and Charles Evans, Jr. to 240 months in prison for bank fraud and money laundering. The two brothers created over thirty companies to defraud over fifty banks to obtain approximately $80 million in mortgage loans. It was the largest case of mortgage fraud ever in Mississippi.

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Mississippi teachers participated in test-taking scheme to obtain teaching license.

 Update: Spoke to MDE and was told they can not suspend the licenses until there is a conviction.

A federal indictment states Mississippi teachers participated in a scheme to obtain teacher certifications using false identification.  The U.S. Attorney indicted Clarence Mumford, Jr. of Memphis and twelve other defendants for allegedly taking the Praxis exam for teachers in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee. The indictment charges the defendants with sixty counts ranging from conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and Social Security fraud, aggravated identity theft, to fraud in connection with identification documents.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Report card for Canton schools

Here is the most recent report card for Canton public schools:

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TED Talk: Talk nerdy to me.

Melissa Marshall gives a very witty and funny presentation on how to present complex ideas in a simple way.... and she does it in four minutes.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Ladies: Shop at home & avoid the zombies


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Friday, November 23, 2012

JR, R.I.P.

JR passed away today.  Here are some of my favorite clips from Dallas:

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Time to get drunk.

It's that time of year and you know what it means: It's time for my award-winning egg nog recipe:

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Uncle Miltie speaks

JJ obtained a copy of an email Desoto County Public Schools Superintendent Milton Kuykendall sent to his employees this week:

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Are the top schools really top schools?

So you think your schools in Desoto and Rankin are sooooooooo good.  Arthur Levine says in the Wall Street Journal guess again.  The suburban schools really don't do that well compared to schools in other countried. Mr. Levine opines:

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Blood & Chrome

Frack the holidays.  Battlestar Galactica is back in a new series posted online in webisodes. Moore is not involved with this project but it still has the BG feel. Set back in the original Cylon war.  Here are the first four:

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Moak: Don't stifle dissenters

Representative Bobbie Moak (D-Bogue Chitto) submitted this column to JJ for publication:

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Press conference of the year

LSU Coach Les Miles answered a question in colorful fashion after the Ole Miss game last week. What set him was a reporter asked him if Russell Shepard was a flop. Yeah, he asked that question. Needless to say, Coach Miles didn't take too kindly to the question.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Blueprint author on WJNT this morning

I hosted The Blueprint author Rob Witwer on WJNT this morning.  The book discussed how the Democrats were flipping states from red to blue and how they were exporting their Colorado model to other states.  This is a show the political junkies will love.  Download his book. Its worth reading.

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Hinds County Schools report card

Here is the report card for the Hinds County Public Schools District:

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FHA: I warned you.

FHA is officially broke.  I warned you ,here, here, and here.  The Wall Street Journal reported last week:

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HCSO tips for Black Friday shopping

The Hinds County Sheriff's Office provided these reminders about shopping on Black Friday:

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Latest crime stats

Here are the latest crime stats available online in the Jackson metro area:

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tomorrow on WJNT

Rob Witwer, author of The Blueprint, will be on the show tomorrow to discuss how the Democrats used technology and non-profits to flip states from red to blue.  Very interesting stuff and I think you political junkies will enjoy this interview.  Here is the show from two weeks ago, the day after the election.  1180 AM at 8:05 AM.




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Awwwww


These little girls are selling pecans by the railroad tracks at the corner of Madison Avenue and Jones in Madison to fight hunger:

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Mississippi GOP fund-raising down this year.

Mississippi Republican Party cash on hand plunged nearly $200,000 compared to the same reporting period four years ago. Finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission state the party only had $42,151 cash on hand on October 25, 2012. The party had $191,801 on October 15, 2008.* The reports show the party has substantially less money than in the 2008 and 2004 election cycles.

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Pearl Public Schools report card

Here is the annual report for Pearl Public Schools.

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Yes, its been 50 years.

Found this video of the grand opening of the Jackson Municipal Airport.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

DENIED!!!

A federal three-judge panel denied the NAACP's request to set aside the 2011 legislative election results and order new elections in 2013.  The order is posted below.  Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman issued the following statement:

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Clinton report cards

Here is the report card for Clinton public schools. Tomorrow: Pearl.

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Who needs a job?

Check out what these Hostess workers who lost their jobs have to say:

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Who needs college?

Peter Schiff took a camera and microphone to Bourbon Street and asked employees about their college backgrounds.  Get ready.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Jackson Public School Report Card

Here is the JPS report card.  Clinton goes up tomorrow.

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Democratic Trust thanks Chaney

The Democratic Trust of Mississippi sent the following press release to JJ:

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The permanent campaign

Daniel Henninger penned a very good column in the Wall Street Journal Thursday about how the Democrats ground game worked in the presidential election. Contains some nice warnings for the GOP if they want to compete in future swing states:

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Just a matter of weeks

January 25.


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Rankin County School District Annual Report

Here is the annual report for the Rankin County School District:

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The little hospital that does

Reason TV produced this video about a hospital in Oklahoma. What is unique about this hospital is it accepts payments only in cash. No Medicare, non Medicaid, and no insurance plans. The result is the charges for services are much lower than other hospitals.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Madison schools report card is out.

The report cards for Mississippi school districts are out. JJ will post one a day for the next several days. Here is Madison's report.

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Larita at it again.

This time Larita Cooper-Stokes is protesting an animal shelter in her district. Sad part is, the mutts are probably more civilized than she is. Watch the video on WLBT.

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Unions shut down Hostess. (Updated)

Note: Efforts to obtain comments from Sheriffs Randy Tucker, and Bryan Bailey have been unsuccessful. Sheriff Tyrone Lewis comments are posted below.

Thank you unions. My favorite snack. Hostess Cherry Pies. No more since Hostess is turning out the lights. CNN reports:

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bigger Pie Forum: MDA doesn't know who will repay $20 million Twin Creeks loan

Kingfish note: The post is about the Twin Creeks project. I inadvertently wrote "Twin Lakes" in the title. The fault is mine and mine alone. My apologies

Bigger Pie Forum reports the Mississippi Development Authority can not say who will pay for the loan on the failed Twin Creeks project:

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JPS: Stimulus spending for attorneys?

Attorneys have done quite well representing the Jackson Public School District. JJ obtained through a public records request invoices and contracts for school board attorney Dorian Turner and JPS District Counsel Joanne Sheppard. What is interesting is the district has both a lawyer who is an employee and an attorney who represents the school board. Most districts have one or the other but not both.

Ms. Turner sent invoices of $237,836 since January 2010 to JPS. Here are the fees as stated on the invoices*:

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Twin Creeks gone. What about the $20 million?

Amy McCullough reports in the Bigger Pie Forum the Twin Creeks project in Senatobia is no more:

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Charter schools fear-mongering ramps up

A Mississippi ACLU hack, straight from Cal-Berkeley, started up a "Mississippians United Against Charter Schools" page on Signon.org. The usual bromides are tossed out in an effort to smear charter school supporters:

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Dad uses DMR to buy son's land.

Should've put the land in a cousin's name so Tom Hood could say he wasn't family. The Sun-Herald reported:

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TONIGHT: Shrek the Musical



November 12 & 13 at Thalia Mara Auditorium. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Byram PD catches suspect

Looks like one of MDOC's "earned "release" beneficiaries couldn't wait to return to the trade:

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Air Force on "path to weakness"

Jack David and Michael Dunn write on the Wall Street Journal editorial page our fleet of fighters, bombers, and tankers is becoming old, smaller, and just plain worn out:

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Hinds Election Commissioner fires back at Graham & CL

Hinds County District 4 Election Commissioner fired off a letter to Clarion=Ledger reporter Terricha Bradley-Phillips. The reporter wrote a story Saturday stating Supervisor Robert Graham was "investigating" alleged complaints about the elections last week. Earlier post. She also reported Election Commissioner Jermel Clark questioned whether the machines were tampered with after he was clobbered in his re-election bid by 65%-35%. Mrs. Cochran wrote:

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MCPP: State spends $645,560 setting up Obamacare health insurance exchange.

This post is submitted by the Mississippi Center for Public Policy

The Department of Insurance contracted with a web developer to create and enhance the ObamaCare insurance exchange website.  The exchange is being funded through a $3.8 million federal grant, which (surprise!) has led to inexplicably large payments for web development.  The money is going to Vimo, a California operator of exchange websites.  How much is the Department of Insurance paying for basic website functionality?

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Election Commissioner Robert Graham (Updated)

Update: See email posted at the bottom of this post. 

The Clarion-Ledger reported Supervisor Robert Graham said there were "complaints" about the elections:

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Save this mutt

Update: Reader adopted her. Good job guys. 

This is Mia. 4 years old and needs a home with a fenced-in yard.  She prefers to be outdoors. Loves kids. Never jumps on anyone.  She was  abandoned. Email me at kingfish1935@gmail.com if interested. Open up post for additional picture.

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Senator Chris McDaniel on the election

State Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Jones) submitted this column discussing the election:

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Romney Campaign Foxtrots

Watch this video first. Was shot Monday.

 

Update: It was never beta-tested.

The Ace of Spades  argues the Romney campaign's vaunted ORCA project became in reality a Charlie Foxtrot. Read on. Ouch:

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Explaining the Obamacare taxes on real estate transactions

The National Association of Realtors published this brochure on the new taxes coming down the turnpike under Obamacare. A new tax of 3.8% will be levied on some forms of investment income. The brochure states:

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

About those swing states and the 3 million fewer GOP voters

So the GOP turnout Tuesday was 3 million less than 2008. Shocking number to some as it was the subject of talk radio and the blogosphere today. How about we dig a little bit deeper and see how the Republican turnout compared to where it matters: the swing states.

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Judge Green surrenders

Hinds County Senior Circuit Judge Tomie Green withdrew her order reassigning the docket among the four circuit judges.

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Governor hires new education advisor from Barksdale

Dr. Laurie Smith became the Education Policy Advisor to Governor Phil Bryant on November 1. Dr. Smith was the Executive Director of Mississippi Building Blocks, a Barksdale Reading Institute Project. Dr. Smith is also the Executive Director for the State Early Children Advisory Council.


Mississippi Building Blocks is a Barksdale intiative focusing on early childhood education. The organization has lobbied for state-funded pre-school in Mississippi. MBB recently asked for $5 million in state funding to establish a pilot pre-school program. The NE Mississippi Daily Journal reported in September:

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Blast from the past.

Kim Wade and I hosted Adam Schraeger, the author of The Blueprint on WJNT. Feel free to listen to the show as he described in detail how the Democrats were able to flip red states to blue states and then increase their turnout in those states. Earlier post on The Blueprint.

From National Review in 2009:

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Will Live-blog the election tonight.

I'll probably start at 7.  So the first big question: What are you drinking tonight? Post in comments. Use this post for election night comments. Cabernet tonight for me.

Kentucky and Indiana for Romney, Vermont for Obama. Dead even in Florida. Romney wins West Virginia. Coal cost Obama. Will it in Penn? Stay tuned.

South Caronlina for Romney. Obama ahead in Florida BUT two of his main counties came in. Panhandle polls not closed yet.

Time to start.

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Celebrating America.

Its a great day to be an American. Today is for what our ancestors fought and died. This post celebrates all things American. N.S.F.W.

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Midmorning Update from SOS

Mississippi Secretary of State issued this mid-morning update:

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Presidential race thread

Follow me on Twitter today at kingfish1935. I'll be using Twitter when I can't post here. Yes, I will be live-blogging the election tonight.

Ok, here is the deal. Post any headlines you think are worth noting on this thread. No spin, no propaganda, just headlines and noteworthy information. If you don't know how to link here ya go: .  Insert the address in the blank, Insert a title for the link between the ><.  Polls, stats, headlines, videos, and so on.  The type of comments where someone could scroll through and get the latest news from a variety of sources.  Several readers asked me to do this. Enjoy.

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Its Canton. What a surprise.

Just got this message from a Canton voter:

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Contact & election info for Mississippi SOS

The Mississippi Secretary of State issued this press release for election day:

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Your cellphone is your best friend.

If you are voting today and see something that doesn't look quite kosher, take a picture.  If you are in line, as what just happened in Canton, and some women come out and pass out absentee ballots to all the black voters in line, take a picture and send it to kingfish1935@gmail.com. Your identity will be protected.  If you see something funny or unusual, send it in. Now get out, vote, and have some fun.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Hate it when that happens.

Garbage truck driving down the street in Fondren and then BOOM!  Part of the road collapses with the garbage truck stuck in the resulting hole. See pics below.  City crews of course came out there immediately.  Just one problem, Fondrenites had been calling the city for over a week about the problem, with no results.  The reader who sent in these photos provided details in an email (yes, I spoke to him and confirmed the email.).

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Meanwhile up in Desoto.....

A group of candidates battle to see who can be the Superintendent's stooge in Jackson. Check out the direct mail pieces posted below.  If you can't rotate them in Scribd, just download and rotate in adobe. By the way, the Governor did NOT endorse Nelson but that sure didn't stop Mr. Miles "I stood up to the Republicans" Nelson from using the Governor in his mailer.

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Fund raising for JJ.

Thanks for your earlier support of JJ. Your support of this website earlier this year allowed me to get new computers and some other toys for the website.

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Haley prognosticates on tomorrow

Former Governor Haley Barbour gives his thoughts on tomorrow's election in his latest video posted below.

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Early voting stats

It's going to be busy on this website for the next 48 hours. I'm going to live-blog the election tomorrow night. Haven't picked out my wine or what I will eat, but those choices will enjoy serious consideration. Does Tico's do home-delivery? Anyway, the posts are going to be flying today and tomorrow so tune in early and often. Here is a link to the nationwide early voting stats and a link to making your own map:

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

It's time to lie.

I hate exit polls. I hate the "experts" sitting there on election night telling us what will happen before the votes are counted and I especially love it when they look stupid.  I dug up this old column from one of my favorite columnists, Mike Royko.  Mr. Royko urged people to lie to exit pollsters after they voted.  Some drive-time DJ's liked his column so much they read it on the air.  Next thing you know, the experts were looking pretty stupid as their exit polls were completely wrong that night.  Here is the column and if confronted by an exit pollster this week: LIE!!!:

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WSJ has a few things to say about Benghazi

The Wall Street Journal editorial page provided a very detailed column on the entire Benghazi debacle yesterday. (Italics are from WSJ, bold lettering is my emphasis):

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Too little too late or coming on strong?

If you are so inclined to watch, here is a speech given by Mitt Romney yesterday in Englewood, Colorado. Some are calling it his best speech of the campaign.  Much sharper than what he gave during the primaries.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Save this mutt.

GOOD NEWS: Owners claimed her. 

From Craig's List on October 30: "This dog was hit this morning on 469 north on Florence in front of southern oaks sub up from high school. Florence pd picked it up. They will only keep her for 5 days until putting her down. If you have any idea who she belongs to please call Florence pd."

Get off your butts and foster or adopt this one. 

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Likely Chokwe voter steals Republican's furniture.

((Channeling Kim Wade)) Likely Chokwe voter steals Rebublican Brian Perry's furniture off of his front porch in Belhaven in this video:

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4 retired principals & Mayor endorse Shearer

Four retired Madison County Schools principals and Ridgeland’s mayor endorse Janet Shearer for Madison County School Board, District 3. Miss Ann E. Smith and Kathy Rigsby, former principals at Ann Smith Elementary; Dr. Cheryl M. Stone, former principal at Highland Elementary; Lee Boozer, former principal at Ridgeland High School; and Mayor Gene McGee  encourage you to join them in supporting Janet with your vote on November 6.

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1940 census finally online

Bored and want to have some fun? The 1940 census was posted online this year.  Gives some interesting information about your family members.  Enjoy.  Link to 1940 Census

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Blue Angels in Jackson

The Blue Angels visited Jackson in 1963 for the opening of then Thompson-field.  A Mr. Tommy Griggs posted the video on Youtube.  Enjoy.

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Time for a laugh

Sick of the elections? Ready for them to be over? Here is a different look at the two candidates. Warning: Very crude Language, cursing, and general jackassery.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

WLBT looks at JPS salaries

Cheryl Lassiter scrutinized the salaries of Jackson Public School officials last night in this report and compared them to the slightly larger Desoto Public School District:

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Village Voice claims it owns "Best of" label

Will the Village Voice sue the Jackson Free Press?  Check out what the Village Voice has been doing in a courtroom in another state over the "Best of" label:

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Bigger Pie: As the KiOR stock turns....

Amy McCullough reports in Bigger Pie Forum the stock price of KiOR changed after a Columbus newspaper changed its story.  Mississippi issued an interest-free $75 million loan to the company to construct a plant near Columbus.  Ms. McCullough writes:

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Voter ID food fight between Governor & Democrats

The Clarion-Ledger reported yesterday the Governor thinks voters should voluntarily show their ID at the polls next week as a form of "protest":

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bill Marcy at Gloria's Kitchen tomorrow

The Marcy campaign sent this press release:

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Meteor last night

Kaptain Kangaroo managed to get this shot of a meteor streaking across the sky last night.

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WJNT this morning

Halloween edition. Had some interesting music and clips. Discussed JPS, Dixon called, then moved on to Mayor's race, Crechale's, Presidential race, and a call from Gloria.  Enjoy.


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Notice anything?

This is a screenshot of Politico today. Notice anything?

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

JPS School Board changes its mind & makes deal with state.

The Jackson Public School Board voted 4-3 today to accept an agreement with the Mississippi Department of Education so it could keep its accreditation after voting 4-3 yesterday to reject the same agreement. However, the decision was met with strong protests by several board members who argued the agreement took away the district's right to appeal. The department said it would revoke the district's accreditation by November 1 if the district did not ratify the agreement.  Earlier post

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JPS keeps accreditation.

The Jackson Public School Board reversed itself and voted 4-3 to accept an agreement with the Department of Education concerning its special education program.  The agreement allows the Jackson Public School District to keep its accreditation.  More to follow later as I upload the complete video and write a full post. 

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Someone is freaking out

Michael Moore and Moveon.org released this video. NOT SAFE FOR WORK OR KIDS!!!

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Marcy: The Delta deserves better

Republican Congressional candidate Bill Marcy released this commercial attacking Bennie Thompson this morning:

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Wow.

Nothing like have a shark swimming around your front porch during a hurricane:

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Unbelievable.

JPS School Board rejects settlement with state by a 4-3 vote. JPS could lose its accreditation Thursday.  Apparently the Board and attorney Jim Keith don't want to forfeit the right to appeal in a settlement as they think they can win in court. Nice. How much more money will be wasted by this broke district on a legal fees?

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The word on the street is....

Bill Marcy will be releasing a nice little commercial tomorrow morning.

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Jaeger & corndogs

Latest political ad to go viral:

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Legislators still SLRPing at the trough

The 2012 annual actuarial report states the funding level for the "Supplemental Legislative Retirement Plan" (SLRP) fell to 68% from 73% in 2011. The legislature passed SLRP in 1999. The plan gives legislators retirement benefits that are 150% of what state employees receive under PERS.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Letters for Lattimore

If you want to send a letter of encouragement to Marcus Lattimore, here is the address:

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Let's not leave the children out.

Looks like the Obamabots now borrow a trick from Hitler and Kim Il Jong II and make an ad using children and if you don't vote for Obama, the kids are blaming you. They say so.  See for yourself*.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

I've got a fever

Great use of the cowbell in this song.

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Dumb & dumber

I might as well post this. These two idiots earned it.

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Interesting little email about the Waller-Banks race.

Here is an example of the pressure that was put on Vicki Slater, a Madison attorney who is also chairwoman of the Mississippi Association for Justice (trial lawyers group),  to drop out of the race against Republican Congressman Gregg Harper.  A prominent local attorney involved in Democrat Party politics urged her in this email to drop out of the race.  Needless to say, she apparently followed his advice.  What was interesting was he urged her to drop out to help Earle Banks in his race against Chief Justice Bill Waller.  Read for yourself. Its actually pretty good reading and I don't mean that in a bad way.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Sanders SPEAKS!!!

The crime is bad. Tax hikes are coming. Sewage in the Pearl River. However, have no fear. In this time of crisis, here is a voice from the past we call all turn to:

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

PERS funding level drops to 58%.

Collection of all posts on PERS

The annual PERS actuarial report states the funding level for the Mississippi Public Employees Retirement System fell to 58% at the end of the 2012 fiscal year. PERS has been under scrutiny for several years as the funding level fell over several years even though contributions from employees and employers were increased. What is even more troubling is the deficit between contributions and payments to retirees jumped to $641,704,000. PERS earned a return on investments of only 0.6%. PERS investments are $19.8 billion.

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Benghazi is a right-wing conspiracy. Um, yeah.

Check out this tweet from the JFP yesterday:

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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SH: No homecoming parade for Austin.

The Sun-Herald provided an update on the special-needs 14 year-old student assaulted at George County High School last week:

" LUCEDALE -- Austin Stokes, the 14-year-old special needs student who was assaulted at George County High School last week, wanted to go back to school Tuesday, but his mother said the principal asked that Austin wait until Thursday.

"He wanted a day or so, so he could plan something for Austin's return," she said. But she said she wasn't sure what.

According to Lori Ann Dees, the principal also said Austin would not be welcome on the football team's float in Tuesday night's homecoming parade.

Dees said Austin had been invited to ride the float by a mother of one of the football players. The theme was to have been anti-bullying and Austin was excited to accept the invitation, she said.

But Dees said the principal who called told her rumors that Austin was hit by a football player caused such a stir in the Athletic Department that it would not be possible for Austin to ride the float.

"He said he felt it would cause more problems if he rode on the float with the football players," Dees said. "Austin was disappointed, but I asked him what he'd like to do instead of the homecoming parade, and he said he'd like to go to the county fair in Pascagoula. So that's what we're going to do."
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This website did post it was a football player who hit Austin. The student was listed on a previous roster of the football team. The mother posted on her FB page it was a student. This website has attempted to contact the mother several times with no success.

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Bigger Pie looks at Silicor deal using Governor Bryant's own standards.

Amy McCullough writes in Bigger Pie Forum about the start-up problems of Silicor and its $94 million state and local tax incentive packages. Silicor is a startup solar silicon and aluminum byproducts manufacturer that received a nice $75 million loan from Mississippi to open a plant in Columbus. Ms. McCullough reports:

"The company has had problems since the Mississippi Legislature approved $75.25 million on Sept. 2, 2011. About 12 days later the company -- then called Calisolar -- laid off 80 employees at its California solar cell manufacturing plant. It changed its business model and rebranded itself as Silicor Materials in March 2012....

The solar industry as a whole is struggling. See Bigger Pie Forum's post: "Should MS learn from its mistakes and prevent solar 'beef plants'?" "Lack of market assessment" was named by then-state Auditor Phil Bryant as one of the main pitfalls of the beef plant in his 2005 report on "what went wrong and how to prevent the same thing from happening in the future" called a "A Limited Review of the Mississippi Beef Processor's Cull Cow Project
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Rest of post about Silicor at Bigger Pie Forum.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Alice Walker bans her books from Israel

Mississippi author Alice Walker will not allow her novel The Color Purple to be published in Israel. The Blaze reported:

"Alice Walker, author of the Pulitzer-prize winning novel “The Color Purple,” says she is refusing to allow an Israeli publisher to release her book in Hebrew, because she believes Israel is an “apartheid” state. In a letter she wrote to the Israeli publisher Yediot Books and posted Sunday on the website “Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel,” Walker leveled strident accusations, characterizing Israeli policies as being “far worse” than the U.S. before civil rights...." Article

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MSU porn

Here is some S&M porn for Mississippi State people:

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Latest crime reports

Here are the latest crime reports for Jackson, Byram, Madison, and the Rez:

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Live-blogging the debate tonight.

I will be live-blogging the final debate tonight. Yes, final is the word. I don't think we can take many more of these mano a mano scenes. I expect the President to stay aggressive. Interesting to see what Romney will do as he hasn't said much about foreign policy and its the one area where a challenger is at a disadvantage. Feel free to comment as the debate goes. The big question is when do I eat this Krystal apple pie. Discovered them last week. Reminds me of how good they used to be at McDonald's before they started baking the damn things. Deep=fried, filled with apples, makes you think you are a little kid without a care in the world as you think mom is the greatest because she got you in one in the drive-through right after she picked you up from school. Anyway, I digress.

Its time. We are who about to die salute you.

No chest bumps. Figured they would be broh's by now. Going straight to Middle East and Libya. Bob bringing back Romney's quotes about Libya. Nice move by Romney to congratulate the President on killing Osama. Obama comes back with "brought the boys home" theme. Obama sounding presidential in his answer but gets off Libya real quick. Compares cost of Libyan intervention to Iraq. Good point. Romney a little shaky. Romney going into the laundry list. Gender equality? Um, even the so-called moderate Muslims don't believe in that goal. Romney mentions Egypt but leaves out brotherhood talking about tearing up the peace treaty with Israel. Obama is on the attack but Romney is taking it in stride. Romney letting him slide on Libya. Um, did everything possible? Ok. Romney coming back on Russia. Uh oh. Just mentioned Obama's comments to Russia about waiting until after the election.

President said you have to be clear on foreign policies. Romney can get him here on yes he was clear to Russia: we wouldn't oppose them, clear to Iran that we would stop Israel, and so on. At this point they are both landing punches.

Time for Syria. President says "organizing international community." Um, like Russia? President's rhetoric on Syria doesn't match the facts on the ground. Um, Mitt, what if there are no "responsible parties" in Syria? They won't admit that little fact. Here we are back on Libya again. Will Romney let him skate again? Back to Syria. Romney says no no-fly zones in Syria. Smart. Americans are war-weary. Bob brings up Mubarak. No regrets about telling him to go? Um, Obama is begging Romney to bring up the Muslim Brotherhood and what they are doing. Yeesh. Protect rights of women? They are attacking women in Egypt. They are running out the Christians. Will Romney respond? Now Obama is saying we have to "do things at home as well"? Obama flubbed that one. Now Romney responds on Egypt. Romney walks away from Egypt. Damn. Will he take a swing instead of presenting a policy paper? Now he is bringing up budget cuts and debt? Weak. Obama is giving more specifics on foreign policy as Romney did on the economy. Round to Obama.

What is America's role in the world. Expect them both to sing kumbaya here. Is Romney afraid of being called mean? Starting to look like it. He finally hits him on Obama's silence on the aborted Green Revolution. Obama taking credit for ending war in Iraq. Romney has yet to mention the surge, which is what really solved the problem. Obama now claims to be Israel's best friend. Will Romney respond to that one? Here we are back on the economy and the President is going to his well-used cliches. Obama throwing punches about Bush and Cheney. Did they land? Now Romney responds about the economy. Obama gave Romney a chance to play to his strength, which he is doing BUT NONE OF THIS IS ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY! Nice line about Latin America. Now we are talking about schools and teachers' unions?

This is where moderator should jump in and bring them back to foreign policy. NOW we are debating education. Will Mitt hit him on education? Chicago would be a good start. Obama backstabbing the kids who used vouchers in DC is another one. Now we are debating who wants to hire more teachers. Give me a break. Where is the moderator? He finally puts a stop to it but here we go again on education. we are halfway there.

Bigger military. Where does the money come from? No one points out our fighters are 40 years old. Not to mention our equipment is worn out after ten years of war. Here we are fighting over deficits and budgets. Obama needs to realize by fighting over the economy he is giving away his advantage to Romney. Brings up navy. Did Obama say horses and bayonets? Oooooooook.

Isreal and Iran. Obama opens up defending Israel. Operative phrase though: "If they are attacked". President points out state of Iranian economy. Good point. Good rebuttal is to point out there are two Iranian economies- one for the Quods and one for everyone else. Quods is doing just fine. Romney sounding tough on Iran, comparing them to apartheid and genocide "incitation". Obama sounding presidential again. Not being flippant, sounding sober and reasoned. Romney brings up green revolution. Nice jab. Mentions daylight quote. Obama looks ready to pounce. Response is to call Romney a liar. Oooook. Oh damn, it just got real. Mentions Romney's investments. Obama throwing punches. Will Romney?
"They noticed that you skipped Israel". Nice jab. He's letting him get away with the China comment. Now they are trading shots on general foreign policy. Damn. We still have 30 minutes or so to go. Is Obama really saying "I would take that shot"? Oh you did, did you? I'm giving slight edge to Obama at this point in the debate.

Afghanistan. Romney commits to bringing troops home by end of 2014. Surge been successful. The Afghans troops are shooting our troops. Never mind. Wow. Dick Morris agrees with me. WHAT? Did Obama just say "we were bogged down in Iraq"??? That begs for a retort. Will Romney let it slide? Bob does what Romney won't: brings up the arrest of the doctor who helped us. Will Mitt hit Barack on that one? At this point probably not. I need to hurry up and get to the fourth glass of this red zin. 15 more minutes. Ugh.

Um, HOW did we get this far into a foreign policy debate on China? Whoah. Did Bob just ask about drones? Yup and Mitt agrees with Obama's use of them. WOW, did we actually get to China with just a few minutes to go? Yes, we did. Obama says we will insist they "play by the rules". Um, hard to do when they own so much of our debt. China wants the world to be free and open? Um Mitt, that is when they get to ignore the rules. A little over five minutes to go. I want to eat that apple pie. Almost there. Romney brings up China not playing by the rules. Romney finally on firmer ground discussing China. Probably because its more of an economic argument. Obama gets personal again with Chinese investments. Oh please. Lets look at Obama's pension. I bet there are plenty of Chinese investments in that portfolios. Now Obama is attacking Romney. Where is the Romney who said Obama put 50 years of tax breaks for oil companies into one year for green energy? Now we are arguing over auto bailouts. Sigh. Back to arguing over economics. We are going to close by who wants to hire more teachers? ARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

"I think we all love teachers". FINALLY!

Closing statement time. Please like me. Romney held his own at times in this debate, took shots in others. I give this debate to Obama. No knockdowns, nothing like the first debate, but edge to Obama but both appeared to be sober and serious.





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USM player's mom deals with heckler

USM football player's mom has to leave after she went off on someone heckling her son. Needless to say, some yokel at the game recorded the outburst and then of course posted it on Youtube. Sorry about the title embedded in the video. I didn't do it and frankly, I'm not changing it as I want people to see how some "fans" treat the parents of these players. Looks like racism to me but that's just me.



Now if the team would have some of this mom's passion, maybe they would not be um, winless.


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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Senators push single-sex classes

Senators Kay Bailey-Hutchison and Barbara Mikulski promoted single-sex education on the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal last week:

"Studies have shown that some students learn better in a single-gender environment, particularly in math and science. But federal regulations used to prevent public schools from offering that option. So in 2001 we joined with then-Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Susan Collins to author legislation that allowed public schools to offer single-sex education. It was an epic bipartisan battle against entrenched bureaucracy, but well worth the fight.

Since our amendment passed, thousands of American children have benefited. Now, though, some civil libertarians are claiming that single-sex public-school programs are discriminatory and thus illegal.

To be clear: The 2001 law did not require that children be educated in single-gender programs or schools. It simply allowed schools and districts to offer the choice of single-sex schools or classrooms, as long as opportunities were equally available to boys and girls. In the vast and growing realm of education research, one central tenet has been confirmed repeatedly: Children learn in different ways. For some, single-sex classrooms make all the difference.

Critics argue that these programs promote harmful gender stereotypes. Ironically, it is exactly these stereotypes that the single-sex programs seek to eradicate.

As studies have confirmed—and as any parent can tell you—negative gender roles are often sharpened in coeducational environments. Boys are more likely, for instance, to buy into the notion that reading isn't masculine when they're surrounded by (and showing off for) girls.

Girls, meanwhile, have made so much progress in educational achievement that women are overrepresented in postgraduate education. But they still lag in the acquisition of bachelor's and graduate degrees in math and the sciences. It has been demonstrated time and again that young girls are more willing to ask and answer questions in classrooms without boys.

A 2008 Department of Education study found that "both principals and teachers believed that the main benefits of single-sex schooling are decreasing distractions to learning and improving student achievement." The gender slant—the math-is-for-boys, home-EC-is-for-girls trope—is eliminated.

In a three-year study in the mid-2000s, researchers at Florida's Stetson University compared the performance of single-gender and mixed-gender classes at an elementary school, controlling for the likes of class sizes, demographics and teacher training. When the children took the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (which measures achievement in math and literacy, for instance), the results were striking: Only 59% of girls in mixed classes were scored as proficient, while 75% of girls in single-sex ones achieved proficiency. Similarly, 37% of boys in coeducational classes scored proficient, compared with 86% of boys in the all-boys classes.

Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tenn., the winner of the 2011 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge, went to a 81.6% graduation rate in 2010 from a graduation rate of 55% in 2007. Among the changes at the school? Implementing all-girls and all-boys freshman academies.

In Dallas, the all-boys Barack Obama Leadership Academy opened its doors last year. There is every reason to believe it will follow the success of the first all-girls public school, Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School, which started in 2004. Irma Rangel, which has been a Texas Education Agency Exemplary School since 2006, also took sixth place at the Dallas Independent School District's 30th Annual Mathematics Olympiad that year.

No one is arguing that single-sex education is the best option for every student. But it is preferable for some students and families, and no one has the right to deny them an option that may work best for a particular child. Attempts to eliminate single-sex education are equivalent to taking away students' and parents' choice about one of the most fundamentally important aspects of childhood and future indicators of success—a child's education.

America once dominated educational attainment among developed countries, but we have fallen disastrously in international rankings. As we seek ways to offer the best education for all our children, in ways that are better tailored to their needs, it seems not just counterproductive but damaging to reduce the options. single-sex education in public schools will continue to be a voluntary choice for students and their families. To limit or eliminate single-sex education is irresponsible. To take single-sex education away from students who stand to benefit is unforgivable.

Ms. Hutchison, a Republican, is the senior senator from Texas. Ms. Mikulski, a Democrat, is the senior senator from Maryland.


I strongly support single-sex education, especially in the lower grades. Look at the unwed birthrates in Mississippi. 70% in Hinds County. Probably higher in the black community. Some counties have rates of nearly 90%. Let that sink into your brain for a minute. Compare the graduation and dropout rates between boys and girls in Mississippi. Some of these schools such as Wingfield and Provine had graduation rates in the 50's but when you examine them by sex, the male graduation rate is in the 30's. That's right. At some schools barely a third of the boys graduate. Boys growing up on the streets, no dads, no positive male role models, yet we expect the teachers to just fix everything. Separate the children by sex until high school and try use same-sex teachers when possible, especially for the boys.

You can pay for it now.... or pay for it later when Chris Epps says he needs more money.

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Residents upset city piping sewage through playground

You may remember this video about raw sewage pouring onto Sheffield Drive after a city pipe busted:



Well, the city decided upon a temporary solution: Set up a pump that operates 24/7 and makes a Who concert seem quiet and then pipe the um, stuff, through the yard of a pre-school and then the playground at Parham Bridges:



Earlier post with more details of the sewage problem

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Shearer discusses school board & education basics

On November 6 voters will elect two members to the Madison County School Board. If you are registered to vote, the following information about school board elections and your current school board may be helpful to you.

The school board districts are population-based, but are not the same as county supervisor districts. (Canton has its own Canton Separate School District.) Your district is indicated on your voter registration card.

Madison County School Board members do not serve a particular attendance zone or list of schools. Board members are called to make decisions in the best interests of the entire school system and all Madison County taxpayers.

School board members serve staggered six-year terms. Districts 1 and 2 were on the ballot in 2010. District 5 will be up for election in 2014. Districts 3 and 4 are on the ballot now.

The current board includes the following:
Ken McCoy, representing District 1 since 1996: McCoy is division manager for a major biotechnology firm.
Bill Grissett, representing District 2 since 2004: Grissett is a retired police officer and currently works in the computer industry.
Philip Huskey, representing District 4. Appointed in January 2011, Huskey is running for election to the board and is unopposed. Huskey is an attorney.
Shirley Simmons, representing District 5. Simmons has over 20 years of service on the board and is a well-respected member of our community.

I was appointed to the board in December 2011 as the member for District 3, and I am a candidate for election to the office on November 6.

As the only woman on the board with school-age children, I bring a fresh and relevant perspective to the position, while my experiences as a registered dietitian working in health and wellness provide me with key insight into issues vital not only to school performance but to general well-being and growth. Additionally, as an active community volunteer and a working artist, I bring the passion, dedication and imagination to help create an environment where all our children can flourish.

If I am elected, my goals include: implementing comprehensive long-range planning, ensuring academic excellence at all levels (including gifted and advanced placement education), promoting fiscal responsibility, advocating for a healthy school environment and supporting education in visual and performing arts.

I hope I can count on your vote. Our children are counting on us.

To learn more about my service on and goals for the Madison County School Board, like my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/JanetDShearer.

by Janet Shearer, candidate for Madison County School Board, District 3.

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Is it time?

The dreaded and feared Certificate of Need law appeared at the Mississippi Supreme Court this week. This time the victim is UMC:

"JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has refused to reconsider its ruling that the University of Mississippi Medical Center must follow the state's certificate-of-need law.

The court today denied requests to revisit its June ruling.

Mississippi's CON law limits where hospitals can locate and expand and what services they can provide.

The court ruled UMMC, as a competitor in the hospital marketplace, must abide by the same CON laws as the other 100-plus hospitals in Mississippi. However, the court said state health officials can determine when UMMC must do so.

UMMC said it was not subject to the CON law. St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital, Health Management Associates and Mississippi Baptist Medical Center took the view that the laws apply to UMMC as to all hospitals."


Perhaps its time to get signatures and put abolishing the CON law on the ballot.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Football player accused of hitting half-paralyzed 14 yr-old with cerebral palsy

Second Update: WLOX published this story on its website. The story includes an interview with the victim and his mother. The victim says the whole thing started when he was called a retard. The Superintendent issued this statement:

"It has also come to our attention that some person(s) have reported to the traditional and social media and have displayed photographs as well as given partial or inaccurate accounts of events believed to have happened at our school. Because of confidentiality rights of our students, we cannot publicly respond to the charges and accusations that some people have made. We have been and continue to cooperate with all law enforcement agencies as this incident is investigated, and we encourage the public to allow the official agencies to take such action as the law allows and is deemed appropriate by those agencies. Out of respect to our students and George County, we encourage no further gossip on social media sites"


JJ stands by everything posted as I consider my sources to be very reliable.

Update: Spoken to reliable sources in George County. It is alleged the defendant hit him in the face with one punch. The one punch was enough to knock him out of his wheelchair and put him on the ground. It also alleged the disabled student threw or dropped a coke can (CP victims have poor muscular control) and said the word "bitch".* The case will probably be handled in Youth Court. It seems the only applicable charge may be simple assault as there was no weapon used nor is there an attempted murder statute.

Original post: Warning: This stuff is graphic and the pictures are bloody in nature. No way to sugar coat this as a football player in George County is accused of beating up a half-paralyzed kid suffering from cerebal palsy. The Sun-Herald reported:

LUCEDALE - Authorities have confirmed a complaint has been lodged alleging a special-needs student was assaulted by another student Thursday at George County High School.

Shonna Pierce of the George County Sheriff's Office said deputies were told an unnamed student allegedly thought the disabled student had thrown a soda can at him so he beat up the wheelchair-bound student. (KF note: That is the story given to my sources as well as the disabled student called him a name.).

A hospital emergency room called the sheriff's office about the incident, but since it happened on a school campus, the school resource office is leading the investigation at the present, Pierce said.

School security chief Al Hillman said any information about the incident would have to come from the district superintendent's office.

The district office could not be immediately reached for comment Friday morning.

The injured student reportedly was released from the hospital.

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These photos and messages are from the mother's Facebook page. She encouraged people to share them. Here are her messages:

This is my 14 year old son Austin Stokes. He attends George County High and was beaten by a senior twice his size. Austin has cerebral palsy and he is only able to use the right side of his body as the left side is paralyzed. I was told by officials that SIMPLE assault is the only charge the attacker will be charged with. Austin suffers from seizures, is legally blind and could not defend himself. The offender has not been arrested and I ask, how is this fair? Where in the world is it ok to punch a special needs child in the face?? He was hit so hard that he became airborne, spun around and busted his mouth on the concrete and was unconscious!! Something has to be done.

We are home and Austin is resting.. I will make sure that boy gets what he deserves. There is never a reason for someone to put their hands on a disabled kid. Jeffery Blackston is a piece of shit!!!!!


A pic of the alleged perp is posted at the bottom of the post.
*I hesitated to quote the word "bitch" but I did not want the victim to be accused of making a racist remark when he clearly did not do so.

Last note: Dear Jim Keith, there are plenty of good lawyers down on the coast that can represent this district.







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Democrat activist has Republican Chairman arrested. Fair or foul?

It was never a good sign on Dallas when Lieutenant Harry McSwain appeared on the scene as it usually meant J.R. have someone threatened or arrested. Hinds County Constable Jerry Moore is quickly acquiring the same reputation as in August he arrested Hinds County Republican Party Chairman Pete Perry.

The Hinds County Election Commission met in August to discuss the redistricting of Election Commissioner districts for the November Election. Supervisor Robert Graham was pressuring the commission to approve them as quickly as possible. Two precincts over 90% black were added to the district while one that was almost evenly divided between blacks and whites was removed.

The arrest warrant stemmed from an incident at a June meeting of the Election Commission. Hinds County resident Ineva May-Pittman addressed the commission (A JJ video of Ms. Pittman is posted below from a meeting of the Board of Supervisors.). At some point an argument ensured between Ms. Pittman and Commissioner Connie Cochran. Mr. Perry was sitting between the two individuals. Ms. Pittman alleged in charges filed against Mr. Perry that he “interrupted her public presentation and that he called her a “bad” word.) Mr. Perry said his warrant stated the charge was "general assault". It is important to note there have been no allegations of physical contact.

Mr. Perry told JJ the August meeting began 45 minutes late. He said shortly after it began, Mr. Graham entered the meeting with Constable Moore in tow. Constable Moore announced he had a warrant for Mr. Perry's arrest. Mr. Perry said the constable would not allow him to finish the meeting but instead took him into custody. Constable Moore promptly took him to Judge Sutton's courtroom where Mr. Perry sat for over 2 1/2 hours until Judge Sutton allowed him to post bail. The meeting was over when Mr. Perry was finally allowed to leave custody.

This is not the first time Mr. Graham or Constable Moore have been accused of abusing the legal process. Attorney Dennis Sweet alleged the constable illegally kicked open the door to a home and took a child from a grandmother in the Vance case in federal court. Hinds County resident alleged Mr. Graham used a Hinds County Deputy to have him removed from the Tougaloo precinct last year on election day even though he was a poll worker.

Mr. Perry reported the incident on my radio show two weeks ago. He discusses it at the end of the show at 41:00.



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Haley on the second debate

Former Governor Haley Barbour analyzes the second presidential debate in this video:


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Joel Gill killed in wreck.

Just got word that former Congressional candidate and Pickens Mayor Joel Gill was killed in a car wreck. Prayers for his family.

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JFP-Tea Party FOOD FIGHT!!!

It was bound to happen and it finally did. The JFP and the Tea Party locked up into a scrum that covered several websites. This particular food fight started four months ago when JFP reporter R.L Knave interviewed several representatives of the Central Mississippi Tea Party. CMTP President made a comment that will not be easily forgotten by more than a few people:

"Lane: I'm really going to set you back here. Probably the biggest turn we ever made was when the women got the right to vote.

What do you mean?

Lane: Our country might have been better off if it was still just men voting. There is nothing worse than a bunch of mean, hateful women. They are diabolical in how than can skewer a person. I do not see that in men. The whole time I worked, I'd much rather have a male boss than a female boss. Double-minded, you never can trust them.

Because women have the right to vote, I am active, because I want to make sure there is some sanity for women in the political world. It is up to the Christian rednecks and patriots to stand up for our country. Everyone has the right to vote now that's 18 or over (who is) a legal citizen, and every person that's 18 and over and a legal citizen should be active in local politics so they can make a change locally, make a change on the state level and make a change in Washington, D.C.

#God bless America."
Interview, Video of quote (Note to JFP: Do yourself a favor and include the question as it will make it appear as though you are not "selectively editing")

The ever-shrinking Times-Picayune picked up the interview and the story gained legs recently. Alex McDaniel tried to figure out why it "re-ignited" in a blog post yesterday on the Clarion-Ledger website. Her Laddness could not resist commenting on the CL website and kindly instructing her as to why it stayed alive as I'm sure more than a few people appreciated the irony of her comments.

Enough was enough and Ms. Lane issued a press release posted on Keith Plunkett's Mississippi Pep blog that didn't mince any words. The words "hid" and "crafty editing" were used. Here it is in its entirety:

"Central Mississippi TEA Party President Janis Lane responds to Jackson Free Press smear campaign.

October 17, 2012--Janis Lane, President of the Central Mississippi TEA Party (CMTP) released today the following response to a recent smear campaign by the liberal publication the Jackson Free Press (JFP).

Earlier this year, Lane and two other CMTP officials agreed to participate in an interview with the left leaning publication. However, the reporter and the JFP photographer hid from the interviewees that they were video taping the interview. JFP editors have now conspired to discredit the TEA Party by crafty editing of the secretly recorded video to take out all context. It is also suspect that the editor’s of the publication would begin promoting the video 4 months later just prior to November elections.

Lane had this to say:

“While I attempt not to respond to ridiculous charges, I feel that I must address these despicable acts of the liberal publication Jackson Free Press to smear the Central Mississippi TEA Party and our efforts. The editors of this publication have stepped beyond simple political leanings into the realm of “attack dog” journalism. This is proof the liberal media in Mississippi will stoop to new levels of low to ‘create’ news, and to try anything to fight the conservative landslide that is taking place in Mississippi.

We were not told the interview was being recorded by video, and the angle of the shot clearly shows that it was being hidden from us.

The video version of the interview is an heavily edited portion that shows me making a statement in jest to badgering by the reporter about gender and whether women should be in politics. My response was ‘tongue in cheek’ and I gave a ridiculous answer, both in words and tone, to what I found to be a ridiculous premise.

I attempted to challenge his ridiculous line of questioning about men controlling women with an equally ridiculous statement about a women’s right to vote. It was my mistake to respond to his attempts to bait me, and to try to use sarcasm to prove my point of how outrageous his questions really were.

This only further proves that JFP has no commitment to journalistic standards, and they only serve to play “gotcha” politics for cheap publicity. After all, it is obvious that I believe women have a place in politics, or I wouldn’t be doing what I do every day to participate in the political process.

It is unfortunate that an opportunity for better understanding is manipulated by the writers and editors of JFP in order to further advance their liberal agenda in Mississippi. It is because of cheap stunts like this that everyday hard working Mississippians stay away from the political process. We at CMTP are a group of hard working and involved citizens trying to make a difference for our state and country. It is shameful that there are people like those at JFP that work against people who want to be involved in solving the problems that we all face.

I am committed to the TEA Party’s cause of Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility, and Free Markets. I remain committed to lead our Tea Party to be active in local issues, statewide issues and national issues. I hope people will not allow this to damper their willingness to participate in the political process. I hope they will join us to help fight against this type of blatant manipulation and misinformation.”

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The Central Mississippi TEA Party was originally formed as the Mississippi TEA Party in February of 2009. CMTP believes that we are Taxed Enough Already and that the federal government is too big and intrusive. CMTP stands for Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility and Free Market Principles."


Well of course Madame DeLadd couldn't let that go unnoticed and had a few things to say in a comment:

"Funny. Clearly because this story has gone viral internationally, Janis Lane now -- months later -- is claiming that was secretly recorded in the interview she did with Ryan with our photographer and her camera right there in her face. She claims that we are trying to "smear" her because we quoted her in a Q&A interview and that we're "liberal," coincidentally falling back on using a label that segregationists back in the day loved to fling--along with "communist" and "socialist"--on journalists or anyone in our state supporting the African American right to vote. "

Figures. She just has to use the segregationist tag. When she is buried one day her soul will probably call the undertaker a segregationist if the coffin is not black but I digress as we have a good food fight going on here. Then the scrum, having invaded wordpress, the Clarion-Ledger, Jackson Free Press, and Facebook, now moved over to Twitter. Here we go:

Keith Plunkett ‏@Keithplunkett RT @MississippiPEP: Central Mississippi TEA Party President Janis Lane responds to Jackson Free Press smear campaign. 17 Oct

Donna Ladd Donna Ladd ‏@DonnerKay @Keithplunkett @mississippipep hahaha Secretly recorded with a recorder in her face?! Saying crazy stuff in an interview? Hilarious. Hahaha

Keith Plunkett ‏@Keithplunkett @DonnerKay I've spoken with all 3 of them and they all say they had no idea it was being recorded and the video taping was never mentioned.

Donna Ladd Donna Ladd ‏@DonnerKay @Keithplunkett I bet. ;-)

@Keithplunkett It was scheduled interview w/ cameras & recorders in full view. Remarkable they think that accusation changes what she said!

17 Oct Donna Ladd Donna Ladd ‏@DonnerKay @Keithplunkett Other funny thing: They didn't complain when story/video came out in June. Just now when getting international attention. smh

Keith Plunkett ‏@Keithplunkett @DonnerKay only can say what I was told. It did appear to be a strange angle.

Keith Plunkett Keith Plunkett ‏@Keithplunkett @DonnerKay at any rate, she understands she should have never tried to respond with biting sarcasm. That was most definitely a mistake. Details

Keith Plunkett Keith Plunkett ‏@Keithplunkett @DonnerKay maybe back then they considered the source wasn't worth a response.

Donna Ladd Donna Ladd ‏@DonnerKay @Keithplunkett "strange angle"? lol. No hidden cameras. Here come the black helicopters. Why doesn't she just apologize for her "sarcasm"?

Donna Ladd ‏@DonnerKay @Keithplunkett She'd sound a whole lot more credible than in trying to stir up a conspiracy theory about an interview she consented to. smh.

Donna Ladd Donna Ladd ‏@DonnerKay @Keithplunkett Right. As much as Kim Wade has whined about the JFP over the years. More like: Didn't want people to see it.

Donna Ladd Donna Ladd ‏@DonnerKay @Keithplunkett Is the PEP site yours? Looks like you're stating as fact that we "hid" something from her. You know that for a fact?

Keith Plunkett Keith Plunkett ‏@Keithplunkett @DonnerKay As I read the statement she did.

Keith Plunkett Keith Plunkett ‏@Keithplunkett @DonnerKay via the statement: "It was my mistake to respond to his attempts to bait me, and to try to use sarcasm to prove my point"

Donna Ladd Donna Ladd ‏@DonnerKay @Keithplunkett Who wrote this? "the reporter and the JFP photographer hid from the interviewees that they were video taping the interview."

Donna Ladd Donna Ladd ‏@DonnerKay @Keithplunkett And this: " JFP editors have now conspired to discredit the TEA Party" Who publishes PEP?

Donna Ladd ‏@DonnerKay @Keithplunkett Not talking about the statement. I'm talking about the stuff stated as fact above it. Did you write it, Keith?

Keith Plunkett Keith Plunkett ‏@Keithplunkett @DonnerKay I publish @MississippiPEP. This was a verbatim statement issued through PR. Not an op-ed.

Donna Ladd Donna Ladd ‏@DonnerKay @Keithplunkett So you didn't write the first two paragraphs before her statement: "smear campaign," saying we "hid" stuff & we "conspired"?

Donna Ladd ‏@DonnerKay @Keithplunkett As the "publisher" of your site, you have to be careful about stuff like that.

Donna Ladd Donna Ladd ‏@DonnerKay @Keithplunkett If they wrote top part, you need to learn to post other people's garbage & make it clear you didn't make factual statements

Donna Ladd Donna Ladd ‏@DonnerKay @Keithplunkett And I don't see your name anywhere on the page.

Donna Ladd Donna Ladd ‏@DonnerKay @Keithplunkett No. Send me release, & I'll compare to part on your site: "released today the following response to a recent smear campaign"

Donna Ladd Donna Ladd ‏@DonnerKay @Keithplunkett The first two paragraphs at the link before her statement. Did you write them or not? Easy answer, Keith. Yes. No.

Donna Ladd @Keithplunkett It reads like you're accusing us of those things, if you don't get that by now.

Keith Plunkett ‏@Keithplunkett @DonnerKay my original content has my name, face and contact info on it.

Donna Ladd Donna Ladd ‏@DonnerKay @Keithplunkett Not on the blog post I saw and PDF'd.

Donna Ladd Donna Ladd ‏@DonnerKay @Keithplunkett If it has your face on it, all the more "evidence" that you wrote intro paragraphs. Just a hint. Be careful abt how repost.

Keith Plunkett Keith Plunkett ‏@Keithplunkett @DonnerKay point taken. several other contributors as well. Not just me.


Wow. After reading all that, I think I need to get an early start and make a batch of my egg nog six weeks early. That or go find a grog bowl.

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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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