Friday, July 31, 2015

R.I.P. Hot Rod

Rowdy Roddy Piper passed away last night.  He beat cancer only to die of a heart attack.  Here are some favorite videos of Hot Rod.

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Can Gov. Fordice whip some ass from the grave?

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Madison County defendant calls his prosecutor the "perfect man for the job"

Update September 1, 2015: County prosecuting attorney Alan Phillips recused himself from the two cases.  A Madison County Assistant District Attorney will handle the prosecution.  

The local news media gave quite a bit of attention to two doctors who were arrested for allegedly hosting a party for teenagers and providing them with alcohol last October.  A pair of Madison moms also drew heavy coverage when they were arrested in Florida for allegedly providing booze to minors and hosting a spring break party at a condo.  However, one case that slipped under the radar took place in Flora as businessman Cliff Torrence got in trouble with the law not once but twice for hosting parties at his home and providing alcohol to teen-agers.

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Dear JRA: Fool them once.....

What the hell is going on over at the Jackson Redevelopment Authority? The Mississippi Business Journal reported:

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Dem. Trust: State falling behind rest of the South.


Note: Brandon Jones of the Democratic Trust submitted this column to JJ. 


The Southern State That Can’t Keep a Southern Pace

Mississippi falling behind in manufacturing isn’t exactly heart-stopping news. In fact, given our state’s long string of economic development failures, it isn’t even a surprise.

Too many times we have seen headlines crystallizing the sad state of affairs of our current economic and manufacturing environment. In just the last two weeks, we have seen two major articles in the state’s largest publications highlighting Mississippi’s dismal performance on manufacturing job creation.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lee Westbrook: I asked Michael Pantin to follow me.

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JPD arrests hotel homicide suspects

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Talking to D.A. Candidate Stanley Alexander

This is an interview with Hinds County District Attorney candidate Stanley Alexander that was on WJNT a few  months ago. 



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Hinds County sample ballots

Here are the Hinds County sample ballots for the primaries next week.  Get out the sharkbats and brass knuckles.  Keep discussion limited to Hinds County.  You guys have been going at it about the Senate race on the Madison thread so keep it over there.

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Counties agree to use MDOC prisoners without pay

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following press release:

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Chancellor refuses to step down from case.

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to remove Rankin County Chancellor John McLaurin from a case as the defendant in the case is his former court reporter.

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A word about the ads.

We have got a few days to go until the first round of 2015 elections.  Thrill of victory, agony of defeat, and all that jazz.  There is no two ways around it but political coverage is going to dominate the news for the next week.  That means you will be bombarded with ads.  It can get irritating but the ads are there for a reason. 

Each ad on this website is a compliment to you, the reader.  Its fun and quite easy to bash candidates.  However, there is a flip side to the equation.  These are the guys who decided to stand for something, to stand up and say "This is who I am and this is what I am about".  There are not many people who are willing to do that.  They are the ones knocking on your doors when its 95 degrees outside in July.  They have to ask for money, go to every social event,  take part in the normal mud-slinging that come with campaigns, have everyone and anyone go through their personal lives, see their personalities dissected on Facebook and Twitter, we won't even go there.  They deserve respect for what they are doing regardless of whether they are right or wrong. 

The ads on this site are user-friendly.  There are no pop-up videos that can't be disabled.  Many of the ads you don't see unless you click on a post.  You don't have to listen to a commercial and wait for your radio show to start.  You have the choice to play the commercial... or not play it.   However, I encourage you to watch the commercials posted, read the material candidates pay to post on JJ, and give them your serious thought and consideration.  As stated earlier, all of these ads are a testament and compliment to you.  Remember, they have come here asking you for your vote. 

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Here is da law

Several people asked on this site yesterday what the law is regarding anonymous political mailers and flyers.  The Secretary of State's office was nice enough to send over the laws Mr. Hosemann cited yesterday in his press conference.  The three statutes are posted below.

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No comment.

Madison County GOP Chairman John Taylor posted this little message on Facebook a few days ago:

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

McRae: What did Fitch spend $200,000 on?


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Lynn Fitch: Over $200,000 in Campaign Finance Irregularities


You would think of all people our State Treasurer would have impeccable campaign finance reports … but you’d be wrong about that.

There are more than $200,000 in discrepancies in Fitch’s campaign finance reports. These include very large unitemized personal reimbursements, large unitemized credit card payments, suspiciously high charges at luxury spas and hotels, and over $120,000 in disbursements for an apparent loan that was never properly disclosed.

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Eeeeeewwwwwww. Lambert Mayor arrested.

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Wolfe gets five years in bankruptcy fraud

U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis issued the following press release:

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Rankin County primary elections 2015

Here are the sample ballots for the Rankin County primaries that will be held next week.  This is your chance to have it out over the Superintendent's race as it seems no else cares about the other races judging by the buzz they've generated.

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A.G. investigating mailers

Secretary of State Diggert Hosemann issued the following press release:

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Move over Kroger & BAM, Goodwill's a' coming to Northeast Jackson.

The Jackson Planning and Zoning Board approved by a 5-4 vote a request for a variance so Goodwill Industries could place a store in Jacksonian Plaza.

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Bill Billingsley on Animal Cruelty



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Grading the restaurants.

Here are the latest "C's" given to local restaurants from April 1 to July 27 by the Mississippi Department of Health.   All restaurants passed their follow-up inspections unless otherwise noted.  What happened to McDonald's?  No less than six of the Golden Arches earned "C's".  Nice job.

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Dorsey endorses Vikki

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Van Sice is now really free.

The killer of school teacher Leigh Ann Ward is now free.  MDOC released him from "earned supervised release" status on July 19.  He was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Ms. Ward in February 2012 and sentenced to six years in prison.    However, he only served 2 1/2 years of the term before MDOC granted him "earned supervised release" status in October 2014.  Such a status meant he only had to report to a probation officer on a regular basis and undergo drug testing. He is now serving five years of supervised probation but is free from MDOC custody. 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

#@$*# just got real in Madison County.

Now we're talking.  Things in Madison just went from a low-intensity conflict to a war.  Check out this flyer about Mary the Puppeteer that hit the boxes today:

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Passing "Lenora's Law"



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JPD issues arrest warrants in hotel murder.

JPD has issued an arrest warrant for Darion Givens in the murder of an unidentified Hispanic male at the American Star Inn on 2655 I-55 South.  JPD charged Tiffany Brister with Accessory after the fact of capital murder and are also seeking Crystal Chancellor for questioning.  Givens is well known to law enforcement.

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Madison County primary elections 2015

Here are the sample ballots for the Madison County primaries as well as the ads for all Madison County candidates who advertised their campaigns on this site.  This is your thread to go at it in Madison County elections.  Yes, that includes you Billingsley and Longwitz knuckleheads.  Tomorrow will be Rankin County.  Thursday will be Hinds County. 

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SOS says unusually high absentee rates in some areas

Secretary of State Eggbert Hosemann issued the following press release:

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Former Material Girls manager arrested in Flowood for embezzlement.

Former Material girls manager Krista Brown was arrested by Flowood police for embezzlement.  Material Girls owner Whitney Giordano Foster filed embezzlement charges and alleged she stole $14,353 from the Flowood location of the store.  Brown was arrested last December by Ridgeland police and charged her with embezzling $9,556 from her Ridgeland store. However, Mrs. Foster told JJ that the amount embezzled at the Ridgeland store has been discovered to be over $28,000. Brown stands accused of embezzling over $42,000 from the two stores.   She is currently free on bond.  She is scheduled to go to trial on the Ridgeland charges on September 21.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Northeast Jackson hoodlum back on the street.

Northeast Jackson residents need to keep an eye out for one Javaris Chambers.  This guy lives on the corner of Jamaica and Wayneland.  He apparently can not stay out of trouble as he was arrested for shoplifting less than two weeks after he got out of prison. Mr. Chambers may be only twenty years old but he has been busy working the criminal justice system in Hinds and Madison Counties over the last two years.  He also runs with a little gang that loves to smash and grab, kick and grab, and commit other acts of crime. These guys are well known to the police of Jackson, Ridgeland, and even Kenner, Louisiana. 

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Right to Life endorses Stacey Pickering

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Our favorite fool is back as is his foolishness.


There is a determined effort to smear Republican legislators through mailers.  The interesting part is the mailers were sent not by the usual Democratic suspects but instead by a group represented by former Chris McDaniel campaign spokesman and our old friend Noel Fritsch.  Nothing like a bumbling braggadocios bully who thinks he is actually a super-genius.  Fritsch the Fool generated some buzz a few months ago during the legislative session as a representative for the National Association for Gun Rights as he repeatedly threatened legislators, backstabbed Senators who sponsored his bills, and made the pages of the newspaper a few times with his antics.   However, this bunch is back and at it again.

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Criminal defense lawyers dominate donations to D.A.'s campaign

Criminals, oops, criminal defense lawyers dominate the list of donors for the campaign of  District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith.  Seven of the top ten donors are leading criminal defense lawyers in Hinds County.  Such names were oddly absent in his 2007 campaign as he depended more on donations from himself and Republicans.  A listing of donations in 2015 reveals the following:

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sheriff Tyrone Lewis: Keeping Promises



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Female suspect sought in hotel homicide

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Bloom County

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When some real men cleaned up Ridgeland

The title of this post almost became "When men were men".  Highway 51 in Ridgeland was once the scene of machine guns, whiskey, torchings, beatings, and all other sorts of nefarious activities.  Some Ridgeland men decided they had enough and fought back.  Even eventual Ridgeland Mayor Hite Wolcott took part in the crusade.  The story as told by one of the ringleaders is posted below.  He is the grandfather of a current candidate for office so JJ will not include the name until after the election.  He is currently in a nursing home and is going through the trials of old age we all must one day.  However, his family recorded his telling of the story when his memory first started showing signs of deteriorating.  Click on images to enlarge.   Enjoy.

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Hate it when that happens

Convict gets a little surprise in court.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

JJ needs your help

If the past is any indicator, tomorrow will be the day the crazy flyers start appearing throughout the Jackson area.  A favorite tactic of candidates is to place anonymous but um, colorful flyers on windshields of cars in church parking lots. IF YOU SEE SUCH A FLYER, PLEASE SEND THE FLYER OR A PICTURE OF THE FLYER to JJ at kingfish1935@gmail.com.   

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Pickering Palooza

There has been more news in the reaction to the Clarion-Ledger story about State Auditor Stacey Pickering that was published last night.  Mr. Pickering's response was posted here earlier today.  Here is some other coverage and news from other sources.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Gold Coast update: Laurel man shot, Club burns, Governor raids again, Court upholds raids.

A Jones County man was shot in a "scrap" at the Rankin County Gold Coast.  The Jackson Daily News reported on April 6, 1938 that J.H. McBride of Laurel (age: 35) was shot with a twelve-gauge shotgun by Dan McMillan of Morton.  Morton was held without bond.  The shooting took place at the Last Roundup on Casey Lane.

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Stacey responds

Shempbabadoowopbimbamdingdangbam! It has been a boring as hell election season but we finally got ourselves a food fight.  A conniption.  Election controversy even.  And the week before the Neshoba circus.   State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statement:

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Billingsley on protecting Gun Rights


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Deep South Pops is on a mission to cool off Jackson.

Who would guess that watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty would lead to the creation of a Deep South Pops on North State Street?  Fondrenite Jake Franklin was tired of dreaming, got inspired to do something by the movie, and then opened Deep South Pops on June 15.  Deep South Pops serves frozen gourmet popsicles, gelato ice cream,  coffee, and craft beer.  Deep South Pops is open 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM seven days a week and is on the corner of North State Street and Euclid, across from Millsaps College.

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Bloom County

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Clarion-Ledger questions auditor campaign spending. Is there an FBI investigation?

The Clarion-Ledger's Geoff Pender  questioned State Auditor Stacey Pickering's campaign spending and reported there is a possible FBI investigation.  Is this a legitimate story or last-minute campaign hijinks? The newspaper reported:

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Watkins loses round to JRA in court. Liens invalidated.

Developer David Watkins issued the following press release and copy of Chancellor Dewayne Thomas's opinion:

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Zoo gets new giraffe

The Jackson Zoo issued this press release and pictures:

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MHP asks for help in Hervey crash

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement:

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Should this guy be a cop or constable?

JJ does not report on county elections down on the Gulf Coast but there is one little situation that is rather interesting and it involves the smallest of all elections: a constable's race.  It seems a Ronald Weeks is running for Constable in Harrison County.  However, he was terminated by the Biloxi Civil Service Commission and decided to sue the city of Biloxi in Harrison County Circuit Court.  It seems his superiors and a shrink determined that Mr. Weeks gets too attached to female subjects and victims as shown below.  Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway  fired him after a psychiatrist determined he was mentally unfit for duty.

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Jackson going to monthly billing for water/sewer

The city of Jackson just issued this press release:

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Medicaid Expansion turns sour for states.

Medicaid expansion has turned into a budget buster for several states as Paul Volker predicted several years ago.   Oregon is now looking at coughing up nearly $2 billion to cover its Medicaid expansion as the federal spigot covering ten percent of the expansion costs is now closed.  Other states face the same dilemma.  The Associated Press reported this week:

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Do you trust your car?

The Wall Street Journal reported that two hackers were able to hack into a vehicle and take control if it while moving:

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Joy Prom 2015

Mount Vernon Church of Columbus produced this video about Joy Prom.  Joy Prom is held every year and open to any and all individuals with disabilities in the Columbus area.  The Columbus Dispatch published a rather heartwarming story about Joy Prom in 2012JJ appreciates the assistance given by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health in obtaining this video.


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Bloom County

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United Conservative Fund: All talk, no action?

Press releases, Facebook wars, and blog posts.  Such is the record of the United Conservative Fund.  The PAC was formed by State Senator Chris McDaniel as he promised to launch a conservative movement to challenge the Mississippi Republican establishment.  However, campaign finance reports show the UCF PAC has barely raised any money and has not supported any candidates.

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Former Ward 1 councilman Dent Anglin imports Desmond & crew into Northeast Jackson.

Our friends, Desmond Brown and crew, are back up and running in Northeast Jackson after they were chased out of their convenience store on Northside Drive and attempted to open a store downtown.  WLBT reported on a recent protest in front of the gas station on 714 Adkins Boulevard:

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Only 40% of JPS employees are teachers

 MDE Children First reports reveal a troubling trend for the Jackson Public Schools District as the teachers are making up a smaller share of the JPS workforce.   The most recent report (2012-2013 school year) states only 40% of all district employees are teachers.  This fact stands in start contrast to comparable school districts in Mississippi.  Teachers also make up a much lower share of the district employees than do teachers in the Desoto County, Madison County,and Rankin County school districts.

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Governor orders flag lowered for Tennesse attack

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release:

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Bloom County

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Meet the Hoodlums of Northeast Jackson, Part 2.

JJ discovered this video on Instagram. This little group of punks thought it was cute to shoot up in their neighborhood in Northeast Jackson. Please contact JPD or this website if you can identify any of them.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Governor moves to secure Mississippi National Guard facilities.

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release:

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Meet Senator Longwitz for coffee tomorrow

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Creep of the day

This punk stole the phone of a woman who was in St. Dominic's ICU fighting for her life as she underwent emergency surgery.  He wasn't just satisfied with stealing the phone but instead imagined he was Ulysses and posted his little selfie on her Facebook page. Please notify the police if you can identify him. She survived the surgery.

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Meet Bill Billingsley tomorrow for coffee

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JPD looking for suspect in Ridgewood burglary

JPD issued these pictures and video of the burglary of an apartment at Ridgewood Crossing:

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Say what?

Take a look at the fund-raising numbers for the candidates at the Republican primary for the Southern District of the Public Service Commission.

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Man dies in police custody after Widespread Panic concert (Video)

Updated: Video of deceased placed in ambulance while restrained by police.   Police order person shooting video to stop. 

The Commercial Appeal reported a thirty year-old chemical engineer died in police custody after a Widespread Panic concert in Southaven:

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Yankee reporter discovers how dysfunctional Mississippi is in 1947

The Chicago Tribune ventured into Mississippi in 1947 and commenced to reporting on how a dry state was getting over a million dollars a year in liquor taxes. Clayton Kirkpatrick discovered a world that was dysfunctional as he traveled from the Gold Coast to Vicksburg to the Gulf Coast.  Pay particular attention to his visit to Rankin County.  We will just describe the visit as colorful.

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Editorial: JFP owes JPD an apology.

It has been six months since the deaths of Carolyn Temple and drug-dealing rapper Chris Summers.  One murdered in cold-blood, the other killed in self-defense as he was about to murder someone.  The Jackson Free Press smeared JPD as well as the local media for not giving equal coverage to the Chris Summers death and of course blamed it all on racism.  The JFP has had six months to get the story right but apparently the per-conceived narrative is more important than the facts of the case.  Lest you forget, here is what appeared on the pages of the weekly newspaper:

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Sun-Herald takes shot at Jackson over BP money

The Sun-Herald's Paul Hampton buried his barbs into Jackson's backside as he had a few things to say about Jackson wanting a share of the BP settlement:

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Marines told not to wear uniforms in public.

 The Marine Corps, yes, the Marine Corps,  is reduced by the Obama administration to hiding in its own country.  The Marine Corps Times reported yesterday:

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Rankin clubs too popular, Big Red burns club, Governor sends troops into Rankin again

How big was business at the Gold Coast? Big.  Big enough to make The Dock at its busiest look literally like a Sunday School picnic.  Big enough that the Jackson Chamber of Commerce pulled every string it could with the Governor to shut them down.  The 1938 newspapers show raids,  arson, shootings, and just plain raucousness as the Gold Coast became the whiskey-fueled hydra of Rankin County.  It seemed no matter how many axes and padlocks were used to shut down the clubs of the Gold Coast, the Gold Coast would regroup and become even bigger.   The first article is about a traffic jam at the Woodrow Wilson bridge. (Click on images to enlarge.). 

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Welcome back.

A JJ reader sent theses pictures and video of the last two escapees being returned to the Hinds County jail. 

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Stamps: Do you want to be comfortable or do you want your city fixed?

Jackson Ward 4 Councilman Dekeither Stamps gave some ideas of how he would fix Jackson in this video. 

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Remembering Marine Skip Wells

 Lance Corporal Wells was killed by a Muslim terrorist in yesterday's attack on two military facilities in Chattanooga.  This memorial was placed in front of his high school today:

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Flag debate question: WWRELD?

The Flag Fight continues to rage across the South.  One question that is not always asked is "What would General Robert E. Lee do?  He is praised and hated yet his thoughts on the matter are rarely discussed.  Here are some quotes of General Lee from various works:

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Bill Billingsley on Common Core



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Bloom County

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Sunday prohibition over in Clinton

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Police murder in Stonewall?

Attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba claimed an autopsy shows that a police officer in Stonewall choked a man to death.  The Clarion-Ledger reported:

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The Miami Shootout

Miami, 1986.  A time and place that still sends chills through the law enforcement community even though it took place nearly thirty years ago.  FBI agents unexpectedly got into a shootout with two serial bank robbers. There were two dead agents, two dead criminals, and five wounded agents when the smoke cleared and the blood stopped flowing. The FBI produced a video about the shootout that included a reenactment and a review by several of the surviving agents.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Senator charges MDMH is not holding Oxford House accountable (Video)

State Senator Will Longwitz issued this press release and exhibits about the Mississippi Department of Mental Health and Oxford House:

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Bloom County today

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Meet & Greet PSC Candidate Tony Greer

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Latest crime stats

Here are the latest Jackson crime stats and maps for the week ending July 5, 2015.  Precinct 4 continues to see a decrease in property crimes but unfortunately is experiencing a rise in violent crime.

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And she can vote

Idiot of the day video.  You can't make this up.

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Ronnie strikes out.... again.

Hinds County Chancellor William Singletary chopped down former Governor Ronnie Musgrove's efforts to use the courts to force Mississippi to cough up another $240 million for the MAEP formula with machete-like logic.  

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The story of Sugar Ditch

Sixty Minutes stirred the Mississippi pot thirty years ago with a story on Tunica County.  The story is mainly forgotten, although it received its fair share of attention in 1985.  The video popped up on Youtube, so here it is for your viewing pleasure. 

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Busted for child porn over five years ago, still no decision.

What the hell does it take to get a guy accused of possessing child porn to trial in Hinds County?  Hinds County deputies arrested Cameron Travelstead in 2010.  WAPT reported in February 2010:

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Yes, its real.

Today's installment of Bloom County.

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Updated: Amber Alert for missing child. Possible kidnapping. Additional photo included.

UPDATE at 1:00 PM: Alert is cancelled.  Suspects are in custody. 

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statements:

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Senator Longwitz gets results.



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Crime-stoppers alert for sexual assault perp

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Bilbo's buffoonery

JJ has been posting articles from the archives of the Clarion-Ledger and Jackson Daily News as they've been discovered while conducting research on the Gold Coast of Rankin County. Here is one that made The Kingfish do a double take, triple take, and even a centuple take.  Heavens to mergatroyd.

Senator Theodore Bilbo, former Governor and racist extraordinaire, actually authored a bill to, well, just read the headline and the story. WARNING:  The headline in the article posted below is racist in nature.  This article was published on March 17, 1938. Take particular note of the reporter's tone. One gets the idea that he didn't exactly disagree with the Senator.  Some will disagree with the decision to post this but the past, good or bad, is worth remembering.  This article gives an idea of how far society has come. 

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Four escape from jail. Two re-captured.

Two of four escapees from the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond are back in custody.  WLBT reported:

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Hate it when this happens.

The Blue Angels showed up on the beach in Pensacola last week. They caught a few people by surprise in this video.

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Meet Vikki Mumford for coffee

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Update on cyberstalking of JSU president.

A man indicted in March 2013 for allegedly cyberstalking Jackson State University President Carolyn Myers has not yet gone to trial and has seen his case continued five times. WAPT reported in March 2013:

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Gayle gets her court date against MHP

U.S. District Judge Carleton Reeve assigned a court date to McMullin v. Mississippi Department of Public Safety, et al.  An update in Pacer states:

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Officer ambushed in St. Louis

Officer ambushed and shot in St. Louis this morning.  He was saved by his vest as he was shot in the torso. Video:

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Ashby Foote: R.I.P. Kemper

It has been an expensive few weeks for Mississippi Power (MP).  On May 20, SMEPA (South Mississippi Electric Power Association), a tentative partner in MP’s controversial Kemper Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) plant pulled the plug on its 15% ownership of the plant, necessitating the refund by MP of SMEPA’s $332 million down payment.  June 11 brought more cash draining news as the Mississippi Supreme Court refused MP’s request for a rehearing of the Court’s earlier decision requiring MP to refund to rate payers $281 million from an 18% Kemper related rate increase imposed in early 2013.  Add to that amount another $600 million in IOUs and tack on millions more in future shortfalls of byproduct revenues from the sale of CO2.  Due to plant delays, no CO2 has been produced and the contracts expired on May 1.  Byproduct sales were projected to generate $50 to $100 million per year for the life of the plant.  For financially strapped Mississippi Power, these developments represent an existential crisis.

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If you are trying to get a gator permit

DO NOT USE FIREFOX!!!!! ONLY USE INTERNET EXPLORER!!!  If you click on the link in Firefox, the website will take you to the program guidelines.  If you click on the link in Explorer, it will take you to the permit application page as it is supposed to do.  Don't bother if you are trying to get one on the Rez, those are completely sold out as are the ones for the Vicksburg area. Nothing like a glitch in the system.  One friend was able to get one but used his Iphone as the site was frozen on his computer.
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Monday, July 13, 2015

How the North kept the South poor

This 1938 Jackson Daily News article tells the story of how the Southern governors fought to level the playing field with the North when it came to railroad freight rates. The railroad commissions  kept the freight rates very slanted towards the North.  Canada, yes- Canada, enjoyed lower freight rates on railroads than did the South; so slanted weighted against the South were the rates.  Thus a builder in New Orleans could get steel shipped more cheaply from Pittsburgh than he could from Birmingham.

These articles report the Southern governors fighting this unfair advantage while the Northern ones did everything they could to stifle their protests. Too bad equal protection jurisprudence was not as developed as it is today. FDR adviser Harry Hopkins pointed out in 1938 that the South faced freight rates that were 39% higher than the North.  Mr. Hopkins said: 

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Pamela Hancock fund-raiser tomorrow night.

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Husband shoots wife in head

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued this press release:

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Bloom County is BACK!!!

One of the best cartoons ever is back. Now if only Mr. Watterson would pick up his pad and drawing pencil again, all would be right with the world. Check it out for yourself.

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Hinds DA candidate Stanley Alexander on WAPT



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Scam alert?

Is there a scam going on down in Hattiesburg, the Coast, and Florida?  Facebook is alight with messages alleging former Democrat operative Richard Buckman has engaged in some dealings that some claim are not exactly ethical.  Dane Maxwell posted these messages on his Facebook page and gave permission to JJ to publish them.  Mr. Maxwell is the President of CMV Investigations and was once a MDOT enforcement officer as well as a Chief of Staff for a Public Service Commissioner.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Watch out.

There is apparently some trouble brewing around the McDonald's on Beasley.  A known reader sent in this email before noon today:

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Washington ____ asks if Tunica blew its chance to escape poverty.

Washington _____ reporter Chico Harlan pondered whether Tunica County completely squandered its day in the sun when casinos boomed for nearly twenty years in that area in a story published in today's edition.  His thesis is Tunica wasted a golden opportunity to lift itself out of poverty after Sixty Minutes showed Tunica to be one of the poorest areas in America in a 1985 story.  Mr. Harlan reports:

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Rankin Grand Jury moves to shut down Gold Coast of East Jackson.

Rankin County authorities claimed they had had enough of the free-wheeling and bootlegging Gold Coast and took steps to shut it down in January 1937.  The Jackson Daily News blared "Rankin Opens Vice War With Arrests" as the grand jury issued indictments on several Gold Coast operators.  The Gold Coast was an area of Rankin County that was bounded by the Pearl River and traversed by Casey Lane, Fanin Road, and Old Highway 49.  Numerous juke joints, nightclubs, casinos, and other dens of iniquity populated what was known as East Jackson.  It was a world of hard drinking, gambling, jukin', raunchy music, and violence.

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No lessons to be learned here.

This letter to the editor appeared in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week:

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Byrd evicted after refusing to move out.

Hinds County Court Judge Larita Cooper-Stokes ordered the eviction of attorney Isaac Byrd from his home on 14 E. Hill Drive in Jackson in April.    Bank of America filed suit against Mr. Byrd in July 2014. The bank foreclosed on the home on January 7, 2014 at a sale on the courthouse steps.  Hinds County deputies and several moving vans appeared at the home on June 30.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

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History v. Heritage

Past issues of the Jackson Daily News yielded a few headlines that tell part of the story about Mississippi's racist past.  It's no secret mob violence ruled Mississippi at times, as blacks were lynched by mobs, morals and civil rights be damned.  However, it is one thing to be told about the lynchings and another to see them plastered on the front pages of the newspaper.  Here are some headlines and articles from the past that are not dead and definitely not forgotten, at least by those who suffered for decades under the rule of Jim Crow and the mob. The Duck Hill lynching gained particular notoriety, as blowtorches were used to obtain confessions in ways that would have made a Sicilian proud.  The German newspapers spared no effort in exploiting Mississippi's racism for its own propaganda, as seen below in one article.  

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From the mailbag

A reader apparently didn't like the fact JJ reported on the story of a Mississippi State Student being convicted of drug dealing as well as his story on winning a pageant at MSU. 

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Jackson Back to School Celebration July 25

Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following press release:

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Greer: Let's keep the lights on.



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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Fatality on Bozeman Road in Madison

 7:30 PM Update: Madison PD issued this update:

 The persons involved in the fatality accident earlier today have been identified.  The deceased driver of the vehicle was identified as Amy Irene James, age 34 of Richland, MS.  A female passenger who was injured was identified as Belinda White, age 57 of Pearl, MS.  An earlier release incorrectly reported a male passenger.  The other passenger injured in the accident was a 13 year-old female.  Both passengers remain at the University of MS Medical Center with undisclosed injuries.  Initial indications are that none of the persons involved were wearing seat belts.

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YouTube warrior fail.

Mr. I GOT A RIGHT TO OPEN CARRY A GUN WHEREVER I WANT TO gets owned by a very professional police officer in this video.  What our right-wing YouTube warrior was actually doing was openly carrying a .22 semi-auto version of an H&K MP-5 hoping for a confrontation with law enforcement, so he could shoot the video and then become an instant hero on YouTube.  He didn't get what he wanted.  Needless to say, he got owned by the cop. 

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Stion falling short.

The woes of Haley green projects continue.  Watchdog.org reported that the Stion plant in Hattiesburg is falling well short of projections.  Steve Wilson wrote:

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Techdirt: Hood "bizarrely" blames Google

The techie website Techdirt published some interesting commentary on the fight between Google and Attorney General Jim Hood. Google is accusing Mr. Hood of being the sock puppet for the Motion Picture Association of America. Google is apparently not just content to beat Mr. Hood in court, it wants to expose what it considers to be a full-fledged conspiracy between the Attorney General and Hollywood to wage war against internet, i.e. Google. Techdirt posted:

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This week at La Brioche


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MDE asks Governor to declare emergency in Tunica

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release:

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Recalling polio

I came across these old newspaper articles about past polio outbreaks in Mississippi.  They were published in the 1930's.  They give a better idea of what Mississippians faced before vaccines were available.

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A dying Quarles accused Desmond Brown of burning him to death in 2012


A homeless Clay Quarles died of severe burns in Jackson in 2012 and accused Desmond Brown of killing him with hot coals.  Quarles died two weeks after suffering severe burns to over 70% of his body.  Brown has been the subject of much controversy this year as he falsely claimed to be an owner of a convenience store where a JPD officer was shot.   Police reports obtained by JJ through a public records request show that police interviewed both the victim and suspect but no further action was taken on the case.  Mr.   The entire file is posted below.

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Watch the debate

The South Carolina House of Representatives is currently debating whether to taking down The Flag. Watch the debate at this link.

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Jackson lands solar facility.

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following statement:

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Where does Pat Nelson's money come from?

Campaign finance laws? Who needs campaign finance laws when no one enforces them? Representative Pat Nelson (R-Kuykendall) has reported receiving nearly $200,000 in contributions and never specified who donated the money.  Mississippi law requires candidates to report the source of all contributions over $200.  Mr. Nelson reported the following non-itemized amounts since 2012:

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Lee Westbrook endorses Michael Pantin for Madison County Circuit Clerk.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

LSU survives the guillotine

I somehow forgot to post this but it is important to some.  Ole Miss fans had reasons to celebrate for a short time recently as the Louisiana legislature recommended cutting LSU's budget 82%.  Times have come a long way from the days when The Kingfish placed LSU on a pedestal and made it the largest university in the Southeast, 11th largest in the nation, and imported top faculty such as Robert Penn Warren.  Nola.com reported on March 25:

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Hood takes on the EPA

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Taking it to the streets.

Violence apparently runs in the same circles of  seventeen-year old Kenyatta Robinson. The girlfriend  of the accused killer posted a street-fight video of herself on Facebook.

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Pageant winner pleads guilty to drug dealing

Pageant winner Magrish Balasubramaniam pleaded guilty to possession with intent to sell a controlled substance in Madison County.  He was caught last year with a large quantity of "synthetic LSD".  The plea agreement states he is to be sentenced to twenty years in the custody of MDOC but thirteen years of the sentence is to be suspended.  He is represented by attorney Dennis Sweet.

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Starbucks raises prices after hiking miminum wage

Coffee prices are going down and many coffee shops are cutting their prices.  However, Starbucks is instead raising its prices as it also gave a minimum wage increase earlier this year. The Wall Street Journal reported:

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MDH poster child charged with homicide

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Monday, July 6, 2015

PRVWSD might charge leasehold fees for piers and docks.

It happens.  You buy your dream home on the water of the Ross Barnett Reservoir.  The next step is to buy that boat and a structure to store the boat.  You've paid your leasehold fees and are living life fat and happy until you read the Clarion-Ledger this morning.  It seems the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District might start charging leasehold fees for docks, slips, and boathouses that are on the water.  The newspaper reported:

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MHP : 125 DUI arrests during holiday weekend.

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Be on the lookout

A delivery driver was shot last week in an attempted carjacking that took place on River Oaks Boulevard in Jackson on July 4.  JJ obtained a description of the suspect.  WAPT reported:

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Rankin Sheriff beaten on Gold Coast

I am working on some posts this morning and am posting this 1939 American Mercury article about the Gold Coast of Rankin County as it is pretty entertaining and gives a straight shot of our history in 100-proof fashion.  Well, entertaining until one gets to the part about the savage beating of the Sheriff.  Meanwhile, the Governor tried to crack down and the Hedermans opposed the Governor for doing so. Judges looked the other way and the notoriety continued. American Mercury reported:

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Update on MHP discrimination case

Lieutenant Gayle McMullin, MHP Colonel Don Berry, and their respective attorneys met recently to discuss settling a race discrimination lawsuit Ms. McMullin filed against the Department of Public Safety.  The minute entry in the case states:

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Be careful.

The federal government released this video showing the dangers associated with the improper use of fireworks.  The question that should be asked is whether this video is a safety video or is it a "how to" video for kids that want to experiment with fireworks.  We report, you decide. 

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Knocking 'em out.

"If this man could fish like he could talk, the world would probably smell like a giant sardine."  We are taking the day off along with everyone else so here is some of what some of us were forced to endure on family trips. 

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Rankin Constable killed in Gold Coast shootout

JJ is stepping back in time and bringing back some of the history (some would say infamous history) of Rankin County.  Here is another article from the archives of the Clarion-Ledger that tells the story of two duelists who managed to kill each other.  One bright day in the middle of the night, two dead boys got up to fight....   The newspaper reported on August 29, 1946:

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Condi plays Amazing Grace for Independence Day

Condoleeza Rice and Jenny Oaks Baker played a nice duet version of Amazing Grace for Independence Day on piano and violin in the video posted below.  Enjoy.

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Meet Kelly Williams, Esquire

Madison County District 3 Justice Court judge candidate Kelly Williams penned this essay introducing herself to the voters. 

WHY I’M RUNNING…

As I continue down the campaign trail, one of the questions that I'm asked frequently is: "why should I vote for you?" So I wanted to take a minute and tell everybody why I'm running for Madison County Justice Court Judge, District 3. There are actually a couple reasons why I think I'm well-suited for the position. Like I said, some people already know and if you've already heard it, then please just bear with me.

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Governor sends troops into Rankin County

The Jackson Daily News reported on June 23 that the Governor sent 150 guardsmen into the Gold Coast of Rankin County armed with axes and guns to destroy illegal booze and gambling machines.  The newspaper reported that "the finest of whiskies stood in puddles on the ground" after the raid.  The daylight raid caught the nightclubs by surprise as they had no time to hide their illegal wares.  The troops destroyed over $100,000 in merchandise.*

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cheryl brings her A game to child molestation hearing.

WLBT's Cheryl Lasseter brought her A game today as she questioned the family of an accused child molester at the Madison County Justice Court.

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Madison dealer of synthetic LSD gets 15 years

20 year-old Madison County resident Kaleb Chhabra pleaded guilty to possession with intent to sell a Schedule I controlled substance on June 26 in Madison County Circuit Court. Circuit Judge John Emfinger approved the plea bargain. Chhabra received a prison sentence of 20 years but five years was suspended. He will also serve five years of supervised release once he completes his prison sentence. A second count was dropped by the District Attorney.

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Line of the day

Colt is in bankruptcy and a representative for an Indian tribe interested in purchasing the company gave this great line:

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BP to pay another $1.5 billion to Mississippi

Governor Phil Bryant issued this press release:

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bootleggin' in Mississippi

JJ found a real treat on Google books: an online partial but free edition of Mississippi Moonshine Politics: How Bootleggers and the Law Kept a Dry State Soaked by Janice Branch Tracy.  Learn more about the author and the book on this Facebook page.  The book can be downloaded on Amazon. 

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This says it all.



Bye-bye In Living Color and Dukes of Hazzard. Pulled from tv today.

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Ethan Thomas arrested for stalking a constable.

Our favorite psycho is back in the news again.  Madison County constable Matt Shackelford  pressed stalking charges against Raymond Ethan Thomas.  His affidavit states that Mr. Thomas was parked in front of his house.  Mr. Shackelford arrested Thomas in May for charges pressed by his wife.  The couple are seeking a divorce in Madison County.  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.

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Slipping through the cracks: our criminal justice system at work.

Flowood police arrested Roderick Carter early on February 13, 2015 for armed robbery after he and his girlfriend tried to rob a convenience store on Lakeland Drive.  A Rankin County grand jury indicted him in April for three counts of armed robbery and three counts of a felon in possession of a firearm.  He currently resides in the Rankin County jail as he was denied bond.

However, he was convicted of a felony in Hinds County in 2014 and received a suspended sentence of nine years in prison with one year to serve but was given credit for time served so he was released in 2014. Unfortunately, his probation has not been revoked and it appears under the new law (HB #585) passed last year, MDOC may not be able to revoke his probation.  

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Trollfest '09

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.


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Trollfest '07

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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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