From the Secretary of State's office:
Thursday, January 31, 2013
If you have been under a rock as I have been for the last week or so, there is a squabble between Tulane, the City of Madison, and Jackson State University. JSU wanted to open a satellite campus in Madison. Tulane and the city were not too happy about it as the city had gone to some trouble to recruit Tulane. Naturally the Parkway East Gods, otherwise known as Dick, Bob, and John Bell, were probably very happy to lease space to JSU and get some money for their little boondoggle. Pays just as well as getting tips from bagging groceries or FDIC bailouts. If it alienates the Queen, so much the better.
The Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House issued the following press release yesterday on their support of early childhood education.
UMC is apparently giving raises to clinical employees as it announced in this email.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
WLBT news director Dennis Smith appeared on the show today. I should say Colonel Dennis Smith, Esquire, as he is a retired Army helicopter pilot and a member of the bar. Mr. Smith announced his retirement this week. Here is the recording of the show and below the recording is a tribute written by one of his former employees. Enjoy.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
State Auditor Stacy Pickering will appear before the House Appropriations Committee tomorrow to discuss flaws in the MAEP formula. Mr. Pickering questioned how reliable several factors such as daily attendance used to calculate funding for MAEP. It seems not all attendance counts are equal. Mr. Pickering stated in a letter to state leaders in September:
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
or Factchecking the JFP. Apparently her Laddness had what she considers to be a customer-unfriendly experience with the Hinds County Library System. At the end of an article about expanding access to local library, Ms. Ladd had a beef with the Eudora Welty Library as she was not allowed to renew her books over the phone:
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Gotta love it. The Board of Supervisors for the Madison County Branch of Butler Snow unanimously passed a resolution last night to sell $1.5 million in bonds for a Park for Nowhere. The Madison County Journal reported last week:
The Washington **** reported on the little government program that could.... keep going and going and going as President Obama, Republicans, and Democrats have tried to kill funding for the Columbus Foundation. Unfortunately for the would-be budget cutters, Senator Cochran saved the program each time. Mississippi GOP elder Jim Herring served as on the foundation's board of directors as Vice-Chairman until recently. The newspaper reported:
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
Judge Henry Lackey, yes, that Judge Lackey, disqualified Brunini law firm attorneys Joe Sclafani, Chris Shapley and David Kaufman, from representing attorney Robert Germany and his firm, Pittman, Germany, Walsh, in a legal malpractice case last week. All Hinds County Circuit judges recused themselves from the case. Judge Lackey ruled "the Brunini Law Firm has a substantial conflict of interest to the Plaintiffs" when he removed the firm from the case.
A federal grand jury indicted former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin for bribery, kickbacks, fraud, and other offenses. No sense in regurgitating the indictment so here it is. A shame he and Morial can't be cellmates. Ray, don't let the door hit ya on the way into jail.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
James "Tiberius" Prince, III, Publisher of the Neshoba Democrat and Madison County Journal sent this column after a little discussion about the Second Amendment broke out yesterday on this website. We thank him for his contribution.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Note: Who can forget this blast from the past?
U.S. Magistrate David Sanders dismissed a lawsuit filed in federal court by Dr. Arnold Smith against Jim Hood yesterday. Judge Sanders ruled the lawsuit will interfere with an "ongoing state criminal prosecution of the plaintiff on charges of capital murder" and it must be dismissed under the Anti-injunction Act.
Updated with crime reports from Reservoir Patrol. Most inclusive crime reports post ever published on JJ as we now have the reports from Rankin County SO and Reservoir Patrol along with the crime stats for Jackson, Byram, and Madison.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Note: Check out this debate on Facebook. Senator Will Longwitz sponsored a bill to protect the identities of concealed carry permit holders. Madison County Journal owner Jim Prince is leading the charge against the bill in the debate. Needless to say, the lobbyists for the Mississippi Press Association are trying to kill the bill.
Check out the information below about the CEO of Gannett. The same Gannett that decided to publish the names and other information about concealed carry permit holders in New York.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
George Melloan wrote a penetrating column in the Wall Street Journal last week about how the Fed is forcing the economy to paint itself into a corner. Worth reading for both sides:
The year-end "fiscal cliff" tax deal sent shivers through the bond market, driving the price of 10-year Treasurys to the lowest level since April. There was a good reason. The stubborn resistance by President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to spending cuts left no further doubts about their lack of interest in the nation's No. 1 economic problem, massive federal deficits.
Collection of all posts on PERS
The Democrats announced at a press conference yesterday they are opposed to any changes in the Public Employees Retirement System. The Clarion-Ledger reported:
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The average rate for return for MPACT investments is 4.8% and three points below the target rate of 7.8%. However, the actual rate of return beat the S&P 500 and the Russell 2000 ever since its inception in October 1997 by five points. The S&P 500 declined 0.26% and the Russell 2000 declined 0.23%. However, the annualized rate of return for the S&P 500 was 4.32%.*
Monday, January 14, 2013
Collection of all posts on the Frazier case
Austin Frazier and Spencer Copeland filed motions to continue their respective trials last week in federal court. A federal grand jury indicted Claiborne Frazier, Austin Frazier, and C.E. Frazier, Jr. in December for conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The grand jury also indicted the Fraziers and Spencer Copeland for conspiracy to commit money laundering. Copy of the seventeen-page indictment
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Treasurer Lynn Fitch announced at a press conference, an actuarial firm found "twelve areas of concern" in the Mississippi Prepaid College Savings Tuition program, in a report commissioned by the MPACT Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees suspended registrations in the program in August 2012. There are over 22,000 participants enrolled in MPACT. The Board has not met since September and and is not scheduled to meet for January.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Treasurer Lynn Fitch will hold a press conference today to discuss her legislative agenda and the results of the MPACT audit. The MPACT Board of Trustees suspended new registrations in the college tuition savings program and ordered a financial audit of the program.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The same Clarion-Ledger that hired the Executive Director of the Democratic Party as an assignment editor, is the same Clarion-Ledger that now refuses to publish pro-charter school letters. Surprised? Followers of the education debate over the last twelve months have seen the Clarion-Ledger act as the propaganda machine for Nancy Loome of the Parents' Campaign, as it regularly publishes letters by Ms. Loome and Claiborne Barksdale. No shocker there, as the long-time editorial page editor was married to the communications director for Jackson Public Schools and always neglected to inform his readers of that fact. However, the newspaper's unethical conduct continues after David Hampton's retirement, as it refuses to print responses when its education darling decides to play schoolyard bully.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Lucien Smith, Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Bryant, and Dr. Laurie Smith, Education Policy Adviser for Governor Bryant, appeared on the show this morning to discuss the Governor's education proposals. The audio is posted below.
Sixty Minutes broadcast this story on the reaction of New Orleans' citizens when Newhouse Publishing announced it was scaling back publishing of the Times-Picayune to three times a week and laying off scores of employees.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Someone adopt this puppy. Sister-in-law is driving in rural Madison County this afternoon when she came across this poor little thing in the middle of the road. Belonged to a litter of stray mutts. Mother herded off her pups away from the road and could not be caught. Adopt this puppy. He's a mutt. Stray. So that means no shots, no nothing. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.Click Here to Read More..
JJ has learned Sam's Wholesale Club on County Line Road will be leaving Jackson and moving to Madison. Jackson business and community leaders made a serious effort to keep the store from leaving the Bold New City but to no avail.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Update: The video has been added to this post. Just watch it. You won't believe what you see.
Yup. The Hinds County Board of Supervisors voted to hire Firnist Alexander as a lobbyist. The website for the Mississippi Bar reports Mr. Alexander is disbarred.
60 Minutes reported how iPads are used to help autistic children in the classroom setting in the video below. Developers have created a multitude of apps that unlock the world of autism and make it easier for children with the condition to communicate.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
It seems a bit of controversy has finally entered the House #59 race. A Brent Powell supporter, Rodney Keith (who we will call "Powelltool from now on, my apologies to Tool Academy), took it upon himself to challenge the residency of Republican candidate Bradley Lum.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Karl Denninger of The Market-Ticker appeared on the show yesterday to discuss the fiscal cliff fiasco and the ramifications for the economy. Last segment we discussed a little known change in the tax law called FATCA. Apparently the embed player is going into autoplay when this site is opened so here is the link to the show.
I asked readers last July to consider adopting this boxer puppy. Well, the readers responded and one of you did indeed adopt this mutt. A reader who already owned a Boxer adopted Max. You can see for yourself in the picture below how tough life is for Max right now.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
UPDATE: The suit was withdrawn today. JJ confirmed this action with the Rankin County Circuit Clerk.
The Circle Bend Homeowners Association sued Brent Powell for nonpayment of homeowners' association dues in Rankin County Court in August 2012. Mr. Powell is a candidate for House of Representatives District #59. The election will be held on January 8.
Hinds County District 2 Supervisor Doug Anderson rescinded his resignation in a December 28, 2012 letter to Board President Robert Graham. Mr. Anderson cited "overwhelming calls" from his constituents as the reason for his decision in the letter posted below.
No sooner had the Board of Directors for the Department of Marine Resources suspended Executive Director Bill Walker without pay, than Deputy Director and former Representative Danny Guice said he wanted the job. The Sun-Herald reported this weekend:
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Another Mississippi business sold out. The Wall Street Journal reported:
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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.
Note: Security provided by INS.