Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hurst criticizes Hood over marriage ruling.

Republican Attorney General candidate Mike Hurst issued the following press release:

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JJ's position on the state flag.

Regular readers of Jackson Jambalaya know The Kingfish neither ducks controversy nor any issue. Speaker Philip Gunn's call to change the Mississippi state flag because it contains the Confederate "Stars and Bars" caught me as well as many others by surprise. More than a few readers have asked what I think about The Flag as the debate has dominated the political scene for over a week. It is a fair question. Here is my position on The Flag:

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JPD has a suspect in Walgreen's robbery

JPD issued the following press release:

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Walking down memory lane

Here is a video of the Jackson Zoo shot in the late 1950's that was posted by J.T. Griggs on Youtube.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Mint bankruptcy dismissed

The parties in the bankruptcy case of Mint Restaurant, LLC apparently reached an agreement as the court dismissed the debtor (Mint) today. 

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Longwitz poll shows "dominating" lead.

 Senator Will Longwitz (R-Ruth's Chris) released the following polling memo.

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EARTHQUAKE 2015


We got us another little earthquake this morning.  Facebook is alit with reports from Madison County residents of another earthquake.  The U.S. Geological Survey website reported it was 4 miles southwest of Canton and had a magnitude of 3.2.  Event info on USGS website. Here are some of the FB posts.

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Become a judge, no experience required.

A Rankin County ruckus erupted earlier this month at the regular meeting of the Rankin County Board of Supervisors as the two Chancellors confronted the Supervisors over the promotion of a law clerk to family master.

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Sam wants some green.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Some people are never happy and love to be outraged.

Warning: This post uses the "C" word. 

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley led the charge to remove the Confederate flag from state grounds after Dylann Roof killed 9 blacks at a South Carolina church and posted a white supremacist manifesto online.    However, Salon magazine was not satisfied with her action but instead seemed outraged by the fact it was Governor Haley who was trying to remove the flag.  Eesha Pandit  wrote a column that bristled and dripped with sarcasm and social justice as she attacked every facet of Governor Haley's existence:

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Court says constitution protects the fire as Illinois SERS burns

The Illinois Supreme Court struck down several modest pension reforms recently passed by the legislature.  The Illinois State Employees Retirement System plan is funded at a level of 37% and that is after double-digit market returns for the last five years.  However, the Court ruled that the state constitution barred such reforms.  The Wall Street Journal reported:

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Ouch!



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Friday, June 26, 2015

Boondocks is open.

Boondocks Firearms Training Academy  recently opened in Raymond.* It features various levels of firearms training from basic pistol instruction to advanced training for law enforcement. Chief Instructor Cliff Cargill provided a tour of the facility in this video. 

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Reeves sets trial.

U.S. District Judge Carleton Reeves issued trial instructions as he set trial for the August term in McMullin v. Mississippi Department of Public Safety. Ms. McMullin is a Lieutenant at the Mississippi Highway Patrol. She won a round in her battle to prove that Mississippi Highway Patrol Colonel Don Barry discriminated against her when he promoted Master Sergeant Marshall Pack to the vacated position of Training Director. Plaintiff Leftenant Gayle McMullin is white while Colonel Berry and Master Sergeant Pack are black. She argued -and two courts agreed- she was better qualified for the job. U.S. District Judge Carleton Reeves dismissed her case with prejudice on a motion for summary judgment but the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Judge Reeves and ordered him to hold a trial. Judge Reeves is black and a former president of the Magnolia Bar in Jackson. The instructions are posted below.

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Farewell to Anne Giles

Longtime Hinds County Deputy Circuit Clerk Anne Giles is retiring today.  There is a farewell party for her today from 11:00 to 1:00 in courtroom #7 on the first floor of the Hinds County Courthouse.   Anne is a class act and has been a good friend to this website and the readers.   She would drop what she was doing and find files (and later taught me how to find them for myself) whenever I popped up looking for information on criminal suspects.   She knew the clerk's office backwards and forwards and will be missed.



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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bill Billingsley states his position on Oxford House

State Senate Republican Candidate Bill Billingsley submitted this statement to Jackson Jambalaya:

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The great shaving ripoff

The Wall Street Journal, yes, the Wall Street Journal, shined a spotlight on the shaving industry and discovered that gasp, using the internet is better and cheaper than following King Gillette.

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Watchdog: Mental Health Board refuses to listen.

So are you so tired of the flag drama that you are ready to go back to an Oxford House post? ;-)  Watchdog.org reported that the Board of Mental Health wouldn't allow Linda Woods to discuss her concerns about the Oxford House program at its regular meeting last week. Steve Wilson reported:

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Mayor Yarber: Look to the future, not the past.

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following statement:

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sojourner tells her flag truth

State Senator Melanie Sojourner (R-House of Seale) issued this statement on the state flag:

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Police arrest grandson in double murder.

Update: The accused killer's mother is a candidate for Justice Court Judge in Jackson County. More information at bottom of post.
 
Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement:

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Sheriff Bailey announces arrest made

Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Court says there is no "two-year" limit on Madison County paying Parkway East bonds.

U.S. District Judge Carleton Reeves denied in April motions for summary judgment filed by Radian Asset Assurance Company and Madison County.  Radian insured $27.7 million in bonds sold by the Parkway East Public Improvement District. The district defaulted on the bonds, but Madison County paid $2.033 million to bondholders for the scheduled payments for two years.  Radian sued Madison County for reimbursement of the payments it made to bondholders after the county stopped making payments.  Madison County claimed it only had to pay the bondholders for two years per a 2005 contribution agreement made between the district and Board of Supervisors.   However, Judge Reeves disagreed with the county and ruled there was no limit of two years on the county's liability to the bondholders if the district defaulted on the payments.   Judge Reeves stated:

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Catch & release, SQUAWK! Catch & release, SQUAWK! Catch & release.

JJ takes a break from the coverage of the flag crisis to cover a mundane topic such as crime.  Another accused murderer is apparently enrolled in the Hinds County catch & release program.  JPD issued this statement today:

On Sunday, June 21, 2015 hrs, Precinct 3 Officers responded to the 200 block of Pin Oak in reference to a shooting with intent. Upon arrival it was learned that a subject identified as Justin Williams (20yr b/m) suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the body. He was pronounced deceased at UMMC.

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Senator Chris McDaniel defends state flag

State Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Rio Linda) issued the following statement on the Mississippi state flag:

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Gilbert weighs in on state flag debate

Secretary of State Eggbert Hosemann issued the following statement:

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The Dad Life

Some dads got together and made this video (gone viral) about being a dad.

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Tate speaks out on flag

Leftenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement:

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McRae: Fitch spent over $80,000 on office.



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The latest crime stats

Here are the latest crime stats for Jackson for the week ending June 14, 2015.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Da Speakah speaks on da flag


Speaker of the House Philip Gunn just issued this statement on Twitter.  Flag supporter Jim Giles speaks his mind in an email as well.

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Alcorn County Sheriff arrested. Fraud ring busted.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following press release:

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And the dog coughs up the homework

State Senator Chris McDaniel filed his campaign finance report today:

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Mint loses its flavor.


Ridgeland restaurant Mint closed down recently and filed bankruptcy.  Patrick Kelly owned the restaurant through his company, Mint Restaurant, LLC.  The company filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 10, 2015.   The petition stated it had less than $100,000 in assets and owed between $500,000 and $1 million.  However, the bankruptcy petition has encountered problems as the company has had problems meeting its obligations under bankruptcy. 

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Meet & Greet with Tony Greer

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Claude McGinnis passed away

Mississippi Democratic Party Executive Director Ricky Cole issued the following statement:

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Brought to you by ISIS

An ISIS propaganda video appeared on the video.  The video appears to focus on the training of children for combat.  Meet the faces of the future enemy:

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D.A. hires Too Sweet to "consult"

It seems Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith hired our favorite thug to work on his campaign.   Readers may remember Robert "Too Sweet" Henderson.   One of Frank Melton's special drug dealers, oops, I meant kids, who is one bad dude.  He is a convicted drug dealer and has a bad reputation on the streets.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Time to blow up the Times-Picayune

Newhouse continues its war on the Times-Picayine as the New Orleans-based Gambit Weekly reports the newspaper and its website, Nola.com, will merge with Al.com to form a regional media group:

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Shameful.

A Cleveland, Mississippi cop shot a family dog on a leash.   The <i>Cleveland Currant</i> reported on Facebook:

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Everyone calm down.

A police car was seen at one of the Oxford Houses on Northside Drive around 7:30 AM today.  I've gotten several emails and calls about this incident.  I spoke to JPD and it was unfortunately (for the victim) a regular case of smash and grab of the variety that has afflicted to many vehicles in Jackson.  In other words, what took place was an all too common case of auto burglary.  The Oxford House has been criticized for a few things on this website but being a crime victim should not be one of them.  Comments are closed as there is no need for them on this post. 

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JPD arrests Sheriff

Robert Sheriff, that is. JPD issued the following press release:

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The legacy of Precious continues. Crystal Martin tries to seal the case.

Crystal Martin apparently filed a motion to seal the case of State Farm v. Crystal Wise Martin and Brandi Barnett two weeks ago.  The motion to seal itself was filed under seal but Brandi Barnett filed a response Monday that stated it was a motion to seal the case.  Mrs. Martin is the wife of the now-deceased Precious Martin.  Mrs. Martin and Brandi Barnett both dispute who should be the proper beneficiary of a  $500,272 life insurance policy held by Mr. Martin that named Ms. Barnett as the beneficiary. Crystal Martin also said Ms. Barnett lived in a home owned by Precious Martin and accused her of "seducing" her husband as she sued her for alienation of affection. The case has been assigned to Judge Henry Wingate.   The response states:

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Kelly refused house arrest deal.

 Pictures of surveillance video posted below. 

Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest allowed the media to view surveillance videos of Clayton Kelly and Mark Mayfield's visits to St. Catherine's Village.  This correspondent and Geoff Pender (<i>Clarion-Ledger</i>) accepted the invitation and were able to review the videos.  Assistant District Attorney Bryan Buckley would not provide a copy of any video without a court order but did allow us to take pictures of screen shots of the video. *  Mr. Buckley also said that Kelly refused a plea bargain that would have allowed him to serve his sentence under house arrest.  The offer was made before the case was presented to the grand jury.

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Mississippi teaches "How to Party"

From the archives of Mississippi State College:

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Smears, lies, and videotape.

The stones and smears thrown at Linda Woods, Dennis Smith, former WLBT News Director, and myself over the Recovery from Oxford House post are simply amazing.   Anonymous commentors are calling her a meth head and a meth dealer.  Dennis Smith has a house in "East Jackson" and does not live in said house.  I paid Mr. Smith for the interview.  I allowed these smears to go on the website for one reason: to see how far Oxford House supporters would go in smearing other people.

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Thug of the Day

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Slabbed asks "Where's Waldo"

Read the post that rocked the Mississippi political world this week.  No, it's not Clayton Kelly or anything Senate-race related, but instead something our friends at Slabbed posted on Sunday.  Where is Waldo?

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

And..........they're late

Update #2: SOS office told JJ that the report did not appear on the fax servers. Senator McDaniel's FB post disappeared the next morning.

Update: Senator Chris McDaniel stated on Facebook last night that he had faxed his report in on June 10.  

Secretary of State Gilbert Hosemann issued the following press release:

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Remember that Justice Department report on the jail? U.S. Attorney's sister fired by Sheriff.

The Justice Department investigated the Hinds County detention facilities and issued a report last month that sharply criticized the county over its treatment of inmates.  The media  picked up the report and ran with it as they had themselves a story.  Nothing like the thought of a Mississippi Sheriff mistreating inmates to get a headline.  However, there is always a "rest of the story".  The Rest of the story in this case is the sister of the U.S. Attorney was fired by Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis and currently has an active lawsuit related to her firing in Hinds County Circuit Court.  Earlier post with copy of Justice Department report.

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Win a silencer!


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NY Magazine publishes Ugly, the after-shocks of a Tea Party suicide.

Ugly, the after-shocks of a Tea Party Suicide hit the pages of New York Magazing this week.  Marin Cogan made a serious  attempt to cover the suicide of Mark Mayfield and the Clayton Kelly scandal.  She had access to the family and other sources.  This is some good old-fashioned journalism that is thorough, thoughtful, and well-written. 

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Pantin makes his move for Madison Circuit Clerk


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Recovering from the Oxford House (Video)

The road to recovery from addiction is rough and never easy.  Linda Woods of Starkville has been right there with her loved one, fighting the fight.  There have been victories and setbacks but she has never quit on him.  Her loved one lived at the Oxford House homes in Meridian and Jackson (Forest Park).  He relapsed and is living at a treatment center in Texas. She discussed their experience with the Oxford House in a JJ interview with former WLBT News Director Dennis Smith.

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Proofs of a Conspiracy

Note: This is the post you need to read.  Forget all the spin and Twitter fights about this mess. These are the transcripts of what these guys did in their own words.  

Here are the exhibits submitted by the prosecution today in the sentencing of Clayton Kelly. The first exhibit shows the Facebook chats between the players: John Mary (Bert), Mark Mayfield, Clayton Kelly, and Rick Saeger. It shows the beginning of the conspiracy in February to chats that took place after the video that used a photo of an infirm Rose Cochran was posted. The second exhibit are the statements taken by police from the conspirators.

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MDE wants input on state standards.

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release:

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Broadway & Jackson Live to coming to Jackson.

The Kessler family is bringing Broadway and other live shows to Jackson.  Mayor Tony Yarber and Averyl Kessler announced the following lineup at a press conference held at Thalia Mara Hall yesterday:

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Craigslist sale goes bad in Rankin.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Judge sentences Kelly to 2.5 years (Video).

Judge Chapman sentenced Clayton Kelly to five years in prison but suspended the last half of the sentence and ordered him to serve it on probation.  Judge Chapman noted that his partners in crime received no prison sentences but pointed out that Kelly was already convicted of a felony before he pleaded guilty a week ago to conspiracy to commit burglary.  The complete video of the sentencing is posted below.  Madison Police arrested Clayton Kelly, Mark Mayfield, John Mary, and Rick Sager a year ago for a scheme that involved Kelly taking a photo of a bed-ridden Rose Cochran to use in a political video to attack her husband.

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Joel Bomgar: Great Schools



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What if no one will buy the CO2 of Kemper?

Reporter Eddie Curran produced a bang-up story for Watchdog.org about the Kemper project and presented a troubling scenario: What if no one will buy the carbon dioxide purchased by the Kemper plant? Mr. Curran reported:

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Jackassery alert: Rachel Dolezal edition.

The Jackassery Department of Jackson Jambalaya produced this little video that is a satirical take on the Rachel Dolezal controversy.*

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Clarksdale Stokes is at it again.

Chains. Death threats. Slavery. Klan.  Uncle Toms.   Its all a hot Delta mess up in Clarksdale as City Commissioner Buster Moton goes all Stokes in this press conference. 

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Singing River execs go before grand jury

The Sun-Herald reported last week:

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

No comment.

This video is simply too good to pass up. Consider this post to be one of jackassery.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Farewell to Dracula & The Dream

Two legends died yesterday.

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White Belhaven grad becomes NAACP prez



The Washington ____ reported an NAACP chapter president is um, can we say it here?, white:

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Orals show how weak MHP's defense on racism claim really was.

This is a recording of the oral arguments made at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the post about discrimination at the Mississippi Highway Patrol that was posted yesterday.  Needless to say, the judges brought out some pretty interesting facts that were not mentioned in the opinion (Strippers, anyone?).  The MHP lawyer also took a pretty good beating as the judges nearly laughed him at of court because his case was so weak although they recognized he was doing the best job he could. 



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Trailer park gonna trailer park.

The only question is whether this video was shot in Terrebone Parish or New Iberia. Terrebone seems to be the likely candidate although Cutoff might merit consideration.

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Court to Mississippi Power: No rematch.

The Mississippi Supreme Court denied Mississippi Power's request to reconsider the court's decision to strike down a rate increase approved by the Public Service Commission. The opinion is posted below.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Clarion-Ledger Publisher leaving

Clarion-Ledger publisher Jason Taylor is leaving.  The newspaper announced:

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Is the Mississippi Highway Patrol leadership racist or is it merely "bumbling" and "fumbling"?

 Highlights:
-Background of controversy. Plaintiff more qualified.  Other applicant was fired and reinstated twice but faced no background check when applying for job.
-Judge Reeves dismisses case and reasons why.  Makes plaintiff appear to be engaging in conspiracy theories without presenting real evidence.
-Fifth Circuit reverses and provides substantial amount of evidence ignored by Judge Reeves
-Trial scheduled for August
-Editorial comments
-Copies of two decisions and links to evidence.


Colonel Don Berry
A Leftenant at the Mississippi Department of Public Safety won a round in her battle to prove that Mississippi Highway Patrol Colonel Don Barry discriminated against her when he promoted Master Sergeant Marshall Pack to the vacated position of Training Director.  Plaintiff Leftenant Gayle McMullin is white while Colonel Berry and Master Sergeant Pack are black.  She argued -and two courts agreed- she was better qualified for the job.  U.S. District Judge Carleton Reeves dismissed her case with prejudice on a motion for summary judgment but the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Judge Reeves and ordered him to hold a trial.  Judge Reeves is black and a former president of the Magnolia Bar in Jackson. 

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Broadway is Back.

The city of Jackson issued the following press release:

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Spinnakers away

It's time for a little change of pace. Shown below are two cool videos of  kids competing in the US Sailing Area D semi-finals held at the Jackson Yacht Club. The videos were recorded using a drone. The video starts near an anchored Catalina yacht serving as the Committee Boat where signals are being given for the 5 minute start with flags and horns. The drone hovers over the start as kids on Lasers cross the line and then shoots out a mile away over the Rez toward the windward mark. Near the windward mark, the video picks up shots of kids racing the 420’s still heading upwind to the mark, and then of the older teens on J-22’s with Spinnakers out who have rounded the mark and are heading back downwind toward the leeward mark of the four leg race for the three separate fleets.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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Yahoo Homes: Jackson 6th fastest shrinking city.

Yahoo Homes ranked Jackson sixth on its list of the "15 fastest shrinking cities".  It stated:

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Hurst Fundraiser Monday night.

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Ethan Thomas appeals restraining order

Raymond Ethan Thomas is appealing a domestic abuse protection order issued against him in April in Madison County.  Madison County Court Judge Marsha Weems Stacey issued the order after Thomas was charged with witness intimidation and larceny-trespass after he went onto his wife's property and took her two golden retrievers.  He is currently free on bond.  Mrs. Thomas filed for divorce against Mr. Thomas in March.  Mr. Thomas has several past scrapes with the law.   A status conference on the appeal is scheduled for June 15.  Mr. Thomas submitted the file and record to the court under seal.   JJ reported in April:

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Same Siemens, same complaints in Arkansas?

Outrageous water bills. Meters improperly installed. The wrong meters installed. Do these complaints sound familiar? The city of Monticello, Arkansas is apparently experiencing the same problems as Jackson in replacing its water meters. Arkansas Business reported:

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Singing River report: No theft or embezzlement. Um, what about fraud?

The Sun-Herald reported that the Jackson County Board of Supervisors stated the problems with the Singing River Health Systems was some bad investments made by the pension fund.  Nobody took any money. Case closed. Now leave us alone.  The newspaper reported:

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The past v. the present.

American Pharoah v. Secretariat.  The Wall Street Journal produced this video comparing the two horses' performance at the Belmont.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Mutual of Omaha presents....

a trip to a Wal-Mart. 

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Yazoo murder solved

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following press release:

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Kelly pleads guilty to conspiracy

Judge William Chapman dismissed all motions filed by Clayton Kelly today.  Kelly is submitting an open plea to conspiracy. Sentencing is next Monday at 9:00 AM.

One little fact ignored or forgotten by everyone.  Burglary convictions in Madison County usually carry a sentence (on average) of five years.  What sentence do you think he should receive? Standard sentence? Time served? House arrest? Probation?

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MDE provides info on special needs schollies

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release:

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Epps & McCrory sentencing delayed.

‎The sentencing for former MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps and Rankin County prison tycoon Cecil McCrory is postponed. Both defendants were scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate. 

Kingfish note: These two defendants will probably be sentenced at the end of the prosecution of this scandal so as to make sure they cooperate.

Sent from my BlackBerry Passport 

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Meet the Anderson "Administration"

or "Wanted: Assistant to the Head Lettuce Washer".  Did Representative Jeramey Anderson (D-Boys State) watch Coming to America too many times?  The Tulane grad is the youngest member of the Mississippi Legislature.  Check out the Anderson "Administration" and judge for yourself. 

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About last night

How does one describe last night's episode? Disgusting? Riveting? A slow crescendo to a rousing finale? All of the above?  Some thoughts on what took place last night.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

No comment. Roadblock edition.

A "xxxxxxx Badazz xxxxx" was a little mad on Facebook and posted this message and photo:

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Today's humor

This Sovereign City attempts to enter a courtroom with a camera and finds things don't go too well for him.

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Gun control's War on Women.

Look at this face.

Source: Courier-Post
Now read the story.   The Courier-Post reported:

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Yes, it is true.

It has been thirty years.

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The Clayton Kelly circus starts next week.

The circus comes to Canton, Mississippi next week.  Yes, that's right.   The trial for State of Mississippi v. Clayton Kelly begins Monday.  Circuit Judge William Chapman will hear motions and begin the process of seating the jury.  The court file is posted below.  The witness list is rather interesting as District Attorney Michael Guest subpoenaed former Chris McDaniel for Senate campaign manager and State Senator Melanie Sojourner (R-Palm Beach Tanning Salon).  Some observations and highlights of of the court file are:

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Deal of the day

If you are looking for a decent AR-15, Gunbuyer.com has a pretty good sale for the Smith & Wesson sporter version.  Shipping is included in the price but it must be shipped to someone who has an FFL. Email me if you need to contact someone to handle the exchange for you.  This is a reputable dealer and I have known people who purchased this rifle through the site.  Their merchandise arrived within five business days.  Here is the ad.

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Latest crime stats.

Here are the Jackson crime stats for the week ending May 17, 2015.  Its a mixed bag of results for precinct four.  House burglaries (YTD) are down more than 40% and grand larceny is down by 60%.  However, aggravated assault is up 30% and carjacking is up 60%.  However, the percentage is somewhat skewed as the total number of carjackings increased this year from 6 to 10 incidents.  The crime maps are included as well below.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Auditor charges DPS Chief of Staff improperly helped son.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statement:

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Court tells Commission Judge has rights. Weisenberger remains suspended with pay.

The Mississippi Supreme Court denied the request from the Commission on Judicial Performance to reconsider its decision to suspend Madison County Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger without pay.  The Court suspended him with pay in March but the Commission sought to reverse the ruling. 

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Dumbass of the day.

Enjoy. 

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Superintendent gets raise & contract extension for getting back to where he started.

The Jackson Public School District Board of Trustees gave Superintendent Dr. Cedric Gray a four-year contract extension and a $5,000 a year pay raise last month.  The board cited a large reduction in failing schools and other factors in support of the pay raise and extension.  However, a review of the school ratings over the past three years shows that JPS fell and the recovered to the level of abysmal performance that was prevalent during Dr. Gray's first year of employment.

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New York Times investigates "sober living" homes.

The New York Times questioned whether the little-regulated but government-funded sober living homes are run properly.  The investigation delved into the world of recovery homes in New York City and found all too often that recovering addicts were encouraged to relapse so they could qualify for more government aid.  The newspaper reported:

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Begley fund-raiser

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Drug arrests in Rankin

Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Pittman stands up for illiteracy with encouragement from Superintendent.

Civil rights activist Ineva May-Pittman criticized the third grade reading tests and asked parents to sue the state over the results in comments made at the May 19 meeting of the Board of Trustees for the Jackson Public School District of Jackson in the Magnolia State of Mississippi.  Superintendent Dr. Cedric Gray encouraged opposition to the law and tests as well as can be seen in the video posted below.

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Farewell to WJNT.

It was fun while it lasted.  The weekly Jackson Jambalaya Hour on WJNT is no more.  It was a fun run for three years.  I sadly received the call from the general manager a few weeks ago informing me of the decision.  He said the station would be selling the 8-9 block on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to sponsors as it is earlier in the week.  It was a learning experience and anyone who thinks doing a radio show is easy hasn't tried putting one together.  I started with literally no training and no clue of how to do one.  Rush Limbaugh, I was not.  The hardest part for me was listening to tapes of my own shows.  It was probably six months before I could listen to one of my own tapes more than a few minutes.  I also had bad habits such as saying "ok" too much.  However, it is nice being able to sleep later on Wednesday mornings.  Thank you for the support and for those of you who want to comment and say the show sucked, you are probably right. I said it a few times myself.  Thanks for the calls and the support.


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Moodys: Obamacare helps & hurts hospitals

Moody's Investor Service reported that Obamacare has both helped and hurt hospitals in states that expanded their Medicaid programs.  Bad debt went down but medical costs went up as Medicaid reimbursement rates don't cover all expenses associated with a Medicaid client.  The Wall Street Journal reported this morning:

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NYT: Sheriffs say work center closures could cost $21 million.

Update: MDOC issued a response to JJ that is posted at the bottom of this post. 

The New York Times took a critical look at the decision to remove inmates from all county work centers by MDOC Commissioner Marshall Fisher.  Alan Blinder (not the Alan Blinder) reported:

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Coffee with Stanley Alexander


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It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues held over at New Stage

Let the Good Times Roll!

Thanks to the support of the community, the current run of It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues has sold out all performances through Sunday, June 7. The theatre made the decision to add five additional performances.

Additional Performances: Wednesday, June 10 thru Saturday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 14 at 2 p.m.

From African chants and Delta spirituals to the urban electricity of a Chicago nightclub, from dusty back roads bluegrass to the twang of a country juke joint, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues is a stirring retrospective of blues classics that summons the soul of American music. Over two dozen musical numbers are included, among them I’m Your Hoochie-Coochie Man; Goodnight, Irene; Fever; Walkin’ After Midnight; The Thrill Is Gone and Let the Good Times Roll

 

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Amile Wilson teams up with Melody Gardot to produce video

Grammy-nominated artist Melody Gardot and our own Amile Wilson produced the music video, Preacherman. It was filmed in Madison County and used Canton residents.  The video is a tribute to Emmett Till and his legacy.  

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Update on the Carolyn Temple case

Here is an update on the prosecutions of the three men accused of killing Carolyn Temple.  JJ is tracking these cases.

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Suspects confess to Waffle House murder

JPD just issued the following press release:

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Last night's episode.

Damn. That is all I can say.  Last twenty minutes were totally mind-blowing.

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Nine illegal aliens arrested for ID theft.

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).


Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.


In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.


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Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS
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