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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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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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Click Here to Read More..
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
WJTV covered the Twin Creeks failure and problems at Silicor in this story last night:
Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Jones) honors the heroes of Pearl Harbor in this column submitted to JJ:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.Click Here to Read More..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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*:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. Your identity will be protected. If you see something funny or unusual, send it in. Now get out, vote, and have some fun.Click Here to Read More..
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.).
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.
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:
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!!!:
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.
((Channeling Kim Wade)) Likely Chokwe voter steals Rebublican Brian Perry's furniture off of his front porch in Belhaven in this video:
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.
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:
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
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.Click Here to Read More..
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?Click Here to Read More..
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.
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.
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.
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." Article
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.
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.”
Rest of post about Silicor at Bigger Pie Forum.
Bigger Pie Forum has purchased distribution rights on Jackson Jambalaya
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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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