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Well, Councilmen De' Keither Stamps and Councilwoman Larita Stokes voted against a $100,000 change order on the Fortification Street project. Hemphill Construction submitted the change order after it discovered more work was required than the original plans anticipated. A giant hole developed on Fortification. The drainage system required clearing and cleaning as it was filled with trash and debris. The water lines in one area were too close to the surface and require an arched pipe for replacement instead of a regular pipe. Chief Engineer Robert Lee told the council the work was unexpected as it was almost impossible to predict what problems Hemphill would discover as work progressed.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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The city of Brandon will hold a hearing on a moratorium, yes, a moratorium on get this, small business development in downtown Brandon. The city stopped issuing permits earlier this month. See the notice below.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Morgan Keegan victims in Mississippi filed suit against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday in U.S. District Court. The victims allege the SEC did not distribute $100 million to investors defrauded by Morgan Keegan as directed by law. Morgan Keegan paid $200 million for defrauding investors when it sold mortgage-backed securities.
Since the City of Jackson will not post agendas on its website, here is the agenda for today's meeting of the city council. Not much of interest, although Mayor Lumumba is asking the city council to confirm the appointment of Soyonda Green (not to be confused with Soylant Green) as Chief Administrative Officer. Mr. Green was a legislative assistant to Congressman Bennie Thompson and was a Sergeant with the Hattiesburg Police Department in 2009. He is the son of Hinds County Senior Circuit Judge Tomie Green. Not much else of interest on the agenda.
Monday, July 29, 2013
If you can't watch online, Hattiesburg American reported David Breland has been tweeting like hell from the courtroom. Reminds one of the old days of watching the ticker for horse race coverage. His feed is @davidcbreland on Twitter.Click Here to Read More..
Fire up the War on Drugs war machine. The Clarion-Ledger engaged in its annual bout of hysteria over drugs and of course the Governor joined right in. Front page story on prescription drug abuse of course. No less than five stories and op-ed pieces on the dastardly threat to our state. Check out the headlines in the op-ed section: Death by overdose at new heights, Painkillers pose big risk for addiction, and Bryant supports restriction for key painkiller.The newspaper was serious. They rolled out the big guns and had Jerry Mitchell write a story, Technology makes faking prescriptions for narcotics much easier, in the Saturday edition. The artillery barrage before the attack. However, Mr. Mitchell did join in the main assault on Sunday as he interviewed the Governor.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Bankrupt is Detroit but bountiful is the art it possesses. John Fund takes a look at the Detroit art collection in National Review. The collection is probably worth billions - yet any mention of selling it off brings howls of protest as no one wants to make hard decisions. Read on:
The Wall Street Journal published a story Friday about the efforts of the Faulkner Estate to wring every bit of revenue out of the scribe's legacy. The recently reported lawsuits against Sony Pictures and Northrup over the use of Faulkner quotes were only one front in the battle as the copyrights to his work begin to expire in ten years. The estate removed Mr. Faulkner's Nobel Prize medal from Ole Miss and put it up for auction at Southeby's. The medal went unsold. Fortunately. The Journal reported:
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Spoke to the WSJ reps several more times. Didn't deliver last week, today was in improvement. The carrier delivered The New York Times. She has delivered it exactly 3 out of 11 weekends. It being the WSJ. Twice she has delivered the NYT instead. Thank you Gannett. I'm starting to wonder if the carrier is literate. Seriously. Maybe I'll pull a Chane and next Friday night grab one of those orange barrels, put it on the curb, and tape a poster that says "Wall Street Journal HERE" with a big arrow. Of course I'd return the barrel in the morning. If you're a Gannett advertiser, advertise on their websites. Customers can't see your print ads if they can't deliver the paper properly.Click Here to Read More..
Friday, July 26, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
The Hinds County Board of Supervisors rejected the only bid for mosquito spraying last week. The discussion became rather raucous at times as Supervisor Kenneth Stokes tried to push the contract to Hathorn Pest Control while claiming certifications were used to keep blacks from getting contracts.
Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release:
Eric Holder just announced he is going to try and reimpose "pre-clearance" on Texas. The New York Times just reported:
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Updated: Al Hunter withdrew from the race today. (July 24, 2013) Darryl McQuirter qualified.
Hinds County Interim District 2 Supervisor Al Hunter qualified to run for the seat today while his brother withdrew from the race as well. Mr. Hunter earlier promised not to run for the seat when appointed. Supervisors Kenneth Stokes and Robert Graham both said they were appointing replacements for Phil Fisher and the late Doug Anderson who agreed not to run for the seats.No matter. What are promises between friends.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Updated with response from Mayor
Alex Holloway reported Saturday in the Starkville Daily News that Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba withdrew from a case due to health reasons. Mr. Holloway stated:
Hope for the Delta? The New York Times asked the question this morning in a story about the Delta. Yup, the Delta has been discovered by the Yankee press.... again. The story focuses on the success Teach for America has had and the spillover effects. A reversal of the dreaded brain drain. The NYT reports:
Sunday, July 21, 2013
I've toyed with the idea of re-posting some JJ pieces from the archives. Sort of a weekly or twice a week feature. We've picked up quite a few new readers along the way and it might be fun to introduce them to some of the blog's history. Here is the first one: How Faye Peterson threw a case. Enjoy.Click Here to Read More..
WLBT reported Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham said the county will not pay for the Democratic and Republican primaries in the elections to replace the late Doug Anderson and Phil Fisher on the Board of Supervisors. However, he appeared to back down a little in a letter posted below. Stokes said the parties could take the county to court.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Congratulations to the Faulkner Estate as it managed to find itself compared to Sharknado after a federal judge dismissed its complaint against Sony Pictures. Truly a feat worthy of the scribe as the Judge threw out a complaint that was on a par with Tara Reid's acting. Or should I have written it had as little logic as Tara Reid's brain? Or was the foundation for the complaint as jiggly as her... well, there are so many different comparisons one can imagine when Sharknado enters the picture but you get the idea.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham told the Hinds County Republican and Democrat parties the county will not pay for primaries for the supervisor special elections for Districts 2 and 4 in November. Both parties recently announced they will hold primaries and runoffs for the two elections to replace Phil Fisher and the late Doug Anderson. The letters are posted below.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
I'm going to write up the story later, but here is a video from the Monday meeting of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors. The Board rejected the lowest bid for mosquito spraying after Mr. Hathorn of Hathorn Pest Control threw a hissy fit over not getting the contract. He demanded, no, that is not right, he told the board to award him the contract without accepting competitive bids. The board rejected the winning bid and took no further action. Too bad Phil Fisher wasn't there. He would've straightened out any vendor who told the board to do something. Enjoy.
Note: Attorney Cory Wilson will appear on WJNT at 8:05 this morning to discuss the verdict.
Looks like we got ourselves a rematch in Canton. A judge threw out the results of the alderman's election in Ward 1 and ordered a new one be held. The Governor will select the date. The Clarion-Ledger reported:
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
"A circuit judge has ordered a new election in the Canton Ward 1 Democratic primary challenge that Ray Rosemand lost to incumbent Rodriguez Brown by four votes."
Monday, July 15, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
The Clarion-Ledger published a story written by Brian Eason that was rather critical of Jackson's website. Mr. Eason pointed out in a fit of showing contempt for the people of Jackson that the city does not post minutes of city council meetings on its website. Such practice is common in large cities. Jackson used to publish the minutes but stopped doing so within a couple of months after Harvey assumed office in 2009. Hmmm.... now why would a Mayor quit posting minutes right after he assumes office? Nary a peep out of certain local publications about that change in policy.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
Judge Kidd granted the injunction against the open carry law as being "unconstitutionally vague". The injunction is in place until the legislature "reviews, amends, or clarifies HB2." The court said it:
The home at 1910 Eastover Drive was robbed again in the last 24 hours. Thieves struck the house two weeks ago and shot a woman who was watching the house as the owners were away. The thieves also killed the dog. The victim survived and is recovering from the injury.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Fixing a pothole near you. Ron Chane's crusade to fix potholes in Jackson made the British newspapers. He didn't make Page 3 (and do we really want to see him on Page 3?) but he did make the Daily Mail. The newspaper reported:
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Senator Jim Bean passed away Monday. Here is an outtake from the video we produced about him in December. It's one of those clips that was very good but was cut on the editing floor. Very emotional moment for Mr. Bean and showed his character.
Former Canton Municipal Utilities general manager John Wallace sued three CMU board members in U.S. District Court yesterday for reverse discrimination. CMU fired Mr. Wallace on June 4, 2013, on a 3-2 vote. He served in his position for 35 years. He is represented by attorney Lisa Ross. Mr. Wallace accused board members Landres Cheeks, Cleotha Williams and L.C. Slaughter of violating his civil rights and sued them personally. Mr. Wallace also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order requiring CMU to reinstate him as general manager.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Update: Senator Bean passed away Sunday. It seemed fitting to bump up this post from a few weeks ago. Little did I know when I posted this video fate would take a turn for the worse. I'm honored to have met the man and produced this video about him.
Original post on June 26, 2013: JJ produced this video for the Mississippi Primary Healthcare Association in honor of former Senator Jim Bean. MPHA presented the video at a January luncheon honoring former Senator Jim Bean. He still lives in Hattiesburg and was a pleasure to meet. Very classy gentleman. He took the lead in passing legislation establishing primary health care centers around the state. I am very proud of producing this video as it honors someone worthy of respect and presents several positive messages. Enjoy the video.
So you think your life sucks. You're about to find out how much it really sucks. Meet Alex, a Euro. Alex meets girl. A few weeks later they sell everything they own and buy a sailboat. They have spent the last several years sailing from Europe to the Caribbean to Florida. Did I mention he picked up sponsors along the way? The couple naturally has a blog chronicling their um, endeavors. Can you really call this an endeavor? Warning: Some of the pics are not safe for work, children, or San Francisco Democrats. If you are feeling particularly dangerous, check out the February 2012 posts. Here is some video of their travels:
Monday, July 8, 2013
Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd extended the temporary restraining order preventing enactment of the "open-carry" law until July 12, 2013. Judge Kidd will hold a hearing on that day to determine whether to convert the TRO to an injunction or determine whether the law is actually constitutional. See my Twitter feed at kingfish1935 to read an account of today's hearing. Here are some pictures provided by the AP. Rogilio Solis (AP) took these photos.
Judge Kidd will hear arguments today on the temporary restraining ordered he issued June 28 against enactment of the new "open carry" law. HB2 author Andy Gipson (R-The Wild West) sent these thoughts about the legal scrum to JJ and gave permission to use them:
Sunday, July 7, 2013
You can keep your insurance. Your premiums will not rise. Blah blah blah. Louis Radnofsky reports in the Wall Street Journal there will be some nasty cases of sticker shock under Obamacare:
Special Chancellor Larry Buffington ordered Hinds County to turn over to Jackson Jambalaya a copy of the settlement agreement between the county and Motorola. Hinds County sued Motorola in 2009 for damages. Hinds County claimed Motorola allowed Ridgeland and Madison to "bootleg" off of the radio system.* The case settled for an undisclosed amount in 2011. It is not known how much money Hinds County or its attorney, Precious Martin, received in the settlement agreement. Attorney Curt Crowley represented Jackson Jambalaya.
Friday, July 5, 2013
Check out how Afa and Sika played when they appointed replacement supervisors for Districts 2 and 4 to the Hinds County Board of Supervisors in this video. The two pulled the item from the agenda and moved it up to the beginning of the meeting. The agenda is posted below. What you see in the video took place right after the public hearing section on the agenda. All you need to see is the first two minutes of the video.
The United States spends more on education than all other countries yet gets poorer results. Suprised? CBS News reports:
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Renee Tatum lost everything she owned in the fire that wiped out the Lakeshore Pointe Apartments by the Ross Barnett Reservoir. She is a nail tech at Images Hair Salon. If you are interested in helping her and her three children, here is the information you need:
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Update: Mississippi Supreme Court just refused to issue an emergency stay of Judge Kidd's ruling. Copy of decision
Hinds County District 4 Constable Jon Lewis issued a statement concerning his alleged participation in a motion filed to stop implementation of the "open-carry law".
Monday, July 1, 2013
The Hinds County Board of Supervisors just appointed Al Hunter to represent district #2 and Robert Walker to represent district #4. Both are black. Mr. Hunter is a contractor and Dr. Walker was Chief Administrative Officer under Frank Melton.
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Thieves broke into six cars at Briarwood Presbyterian Church Saturday afternoon during a carnival. The church was hosting the fund-raiser for The Little Lighthouse. The Little Lighthouse is a school for children with disabilities under the age of six years old. The Little Lighthouse does not charge tuition and uses teachers and therapists to serve the children.
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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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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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