Saturday, October 31, 2015

Death to the Drones.

A Kentucky judge dismissed the charges against a man who shot down a drone that was hovering over his yard. WDRB reported:

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EWWWWW!!!!!!!

From the corner of Northside Drive and Kimwood.  Make sure you aren't eating anything before you look at this picture.

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WSJ: Health insurance premiums going up next year.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that health insurance premiums will rise next year:

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Correction.

JJ posted a story about a Jackson man who died of altitude sickness in Wyoming.  The story came from the Daily Mail (UK) and it said the decedent was from Jackson, Mississippi.  It even referred to him as a "Mississippi Man".  Well, the Limeys apparently don't know our state abbreviations as the original news story was from a Michigan website that stated "Jackson, MI".  The Daily Mail misread "MI" as representing "Mississippi".  Hmm... does that mean Jackson is now Detroit? Our apologies.

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Les is more for Hinds County Sheriff.

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Clinton bringing back the brick

The City of Clinton issued the following press release:

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Progress: From a chicken in every pot to a ho' in every home.

KIM Waaaaaaaaaaaaaade has some fun with Ms. Addie Lee Green's recent appearance  on WAPT.


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Weill sentences Travelstead to 12 years in prison.

Attorney General Hood issued the following press release:

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Who is the "attorney in Jackson" mentioned in the Watts case?

The  legal world rocked yesterday upon the news that Texas superlawyer Mikal Watts was indicted in Gulfport by a federal grand jury for allegedly trying to defraud the BP Oil Spill settlement.  Mr. Watts is one of the leading plaintiff's lawyers in America.  He was indicted on 95 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, identity theft, and identity fraud. The indictment states the "attorney in Jackson" was used for wire transfers. However, the "attorney in Jackson" was not indicted.  The indictment states he was involved in the case as Watts would wire large sums of money to his escrow account and then he would wire the money to co-defendant Gregory Warren.  The indictment specifies that 29 transactions were made in 2010*:

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Hood busts more bars in Oxford and Picayune

The press releases are flying today. Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Cochran gets $16.5 million grant for Jackson.

Senator Thad Cochran issued the following press release:

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Bert getting closer to having a cold one.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Police seek armed & dangerous suspect

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

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MDOC pulls 240 inmates from Alcorn County jail

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following press release:

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Rankin deputies out in force for Halloween, Jackson changes to Friday night.

 Update: Sheriff Bailey sent an updated list of neighborhoods.

The City of Jackson and Rankin County Sheriff issued the following press releases:

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And Mikal fires back at the feds

Texas superlawyer Mikal Watts didn't take his indictment lying down but fired back at the U.S. Attorney with his own press release that is posted below.  Read it for yourself.

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Feds indict superlawyer Mikal Watts, brother, and others in BP fraud. Who is the Jackson attorney?

Updated 11:30 AM: U.S. Attorney press release included in post. 

A federal grand jury indicted Mikal Watts, his brother David Watts, Greg Warren, Wynter Lee, and several other defendants for allegedly trying to use fraud to gain a share of the BP settlement proceeds arising from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The indictment also alleges that Watts used an attorney in Jackson to further the fraud.   The indictment states:

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Hunter McGee charged with sexual exploitation of minor.

Hinds County deputies charged Jackson resident Barton Hunter McGee with  sexual exploitation of a minor, sexual battery, and possession of marijuana on October 2.  Mr. McGee is 43 years old and lives on Taylor Street in Jackson.  He is currently free on bond.   Judge Priester set bond at $33,000 for the sexual exploitation charge and $50,000 for the sexual batter charge.

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BP & Vietnamese fishermen filed fraud lawsuits against Watts

BP alleged Texas superlawyer Mikal Watts committed fraud in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans in 2013.  The oil company charged that Mr. Watts attempted to defraud the BP claims process as he stated that he represented over 44,000 clients and made other false statements.  Some of the choice allegations are:

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Superlawyer Mikal Watts will be indicted in Mississippi today on phony BP claims.

Update: Yup, Watts is coming to Gulfport.

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Bert Case update

Berrrrrrrrrrrt Case: The comeback begins.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

NAEP: Mississippi fourth-grade reading scores improve, "buck" national trend.

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release:

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Jackson seeks to create entertainment district.

Will bars be able to one day operate 24/7 in downtown Jackson? The City of Jackson will ask the Department of Revenue to designate a certain areas of downtown as a resort area and entertainment district.  The request came before the City Council's Planning and Zoning Committee Monday.  The committee did not vote on the request but decided to study creating the boundaries of a proposed entertainment district and adopting a long-range plan for downtown Jackson.  The city  has never adopted such a plan.  Downtown Jackson Partners will work with the city in creating the long-range plan. 

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Bert is plugging along

Here is the latest update on Berrrrrrrrrrt Case.

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No Comment: Larita edition

This is an actual motion that still floats around on the agenda for the Planning and Zoning Committee for the Jackson City Council.  You can't make this up.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Ole Miss FOOD FIGHT!!!

Daily Mississippi Opinion Editor wants to impeach an Ole Miss Student Senator for defending the Mississippi state flag.  Canton's Sierre Mannie filed a petition on Change.org requests Ole Miss remove Andrew Soper from his position as a member of the University of Mississippi Student Senate.  Mr. Soper circulated a petition last week defending the state flag.  The petition states:

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Klansmen charged with bringing weapons to Ole Miss flag rally

Scumbags gonna scumbag.  The FBI arrested Kyler Campbell and Virgil Dennison for possessing two shotguns on the Ole Miss campus.  The two men protested the vote to remove the state flag on October 22.  They were escorted back to their vehicle by University PD.  The police saw two shotguns in Campbell's truck and things went downhill from there for our two klukkers.  It didn't help that "Campbell had pending felony charges".   The affidavit posted below tells the whole story.

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This house can be yours IF....

the price is right.  Check out this million dollar listing on Craig's List.

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Bert Case update

The lungs are trying to come back online.  Here is the latest update on Berrrrrt Case:

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Monday, October 26, 2015

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Jackson wants to create a new entertainment district.



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Hinds County justice: Get high, kill someone, go home.

A drunk driver who killed a man and injured a paramedic will stay out of jail and spend a few years at home under house arrest. Hinds County Circuit Judge Bill Gowan sentenced Robert Lee Howard, Jr. to 25 years in prison for one count of Aggravated DUI (Death) and another count of Aggravated DUI (injury) but suspended the entire prison sentence on October 20. Howard will serve five years of conditional post-release supervised probation for five years and then serve non-reporting probation for 15 years. Howard is 45 years old and a resident of Jackson.

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OUCH!!!

Just someone wakeboarding in the parking lot at LSU last night. What could possibly go wrong?

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Louisiana constitution protects public schools.... and decimates public universities.

Louisiana provides a horrifying glimpse at what can happen when something is protected in the state constitution.  Unfortunately for Mississippi, too few people want to open their eyes and get that glimpse. The idea of looking at what happened to other states that placed public schools into a budget lockbox has rarely entered the current debate over Initiative 42. Such a self-absorbed lot, are we. The Louisiana constitution "protects" secondary and public education - at the expense of everything else. Supporters of historically black colleges and even LSU cringe every time there is a budget crunch as higher education suffers while public schools are shielded from budget cuts. The Louisiana constitution states:

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Bull would be proud.... NOT!

The players of Scooba got into a brawl during a football game last week:

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Trying to find a future in the Delta.

Washington ____ reporter Chico Harlan paid another visit to the Delta as he published another story on Mississippi poverty in the newspaper's Lost Opportunity in the Deep South series: 

The day of his high school graduation, like so many of the days before, began with chaos. Ruleville Central had pledged to lock its front doors an hour before the ceremony to prevent a crowd overflow, and Jadareous Davis was still at his grandmother’s home six miles up the road, time slipping away. Davis scanned through his mental checklist. Shoes? His older brother hadn’t yet swung by to drop off a pair. Bow tie? Maybe he could borrow one from a neighbor. Pants? Davis wasn’t even sure whether the dress code mandated black or brown, and he called a friend for help.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

WSJ: More health insurance cooperatives implode

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that one of the cogs in the Obamacare machine is falling apart:

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Following the fiber

Cspire is the first internet service provider to offer truly high-speed internet service to Jackson.  Speeds can reach up to 1 gbs.  Here is a progress report based on data found on Cspire's website.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

War update: British attack French, Krauts bomb England

JJ is posting old front pages of the Jackson Daily News from the WWII era to give readers an idea of what 1940 readers read on a daily basis in Jackson.  The only way they received their news was through the radio or newspaper.  There was the Movietone news at the theater but it was somewhat dated when it arrived at the bijou.  Most readers have either watched programs or read books about the Second World War.  However, tv and books do not give one a true feel for how it was to live back then and experience war news as part of one's daily life.  The JDN front pages as the war seems more alive as each front page brought a daily dose of news that seems surreal today.  It is a different way of looking at history and one that I think the reader will enjoy.

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Jackson issues water conservation notice

The city of Jackson issued the following press release:

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Travelstead faces up to 40 years in prison

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Foote wants to post zoning apps and agendas online.

Jackson Ward 1 City Councilman Ashby Foote proposed placing all zoning applications on the city website within 72 hours after they are submitted to the city.  He also proposed placing all agendas for the Planning and Zoning Commission on the city website as well, 72 hours before a commission meeting.  Mr. Foote submitted the proposal as a resolution.  The resolution was submitted to the city attorney so it could be re-drafted as a proposed ordinance or order. The Planning Committee will address the proposal next week.

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The Web at Renaissance

A picture is worth a thousand words so JJ decided to explain the Mattiace-Costco-MDA web in a picture:

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Bert Case update

Good news for Berrrrrrrrrrt Case yesterday.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Truth in humor

 I found the South Park episode about Whole Foods coming to town.  It is posted below and well, there is a great deal of truth to this parody.

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Priester was going to release suspect in Kendrick murder. Prosecution: What is a felony-murder rule?

Judge Melvin Priester, Sr. reduced the bond for Lauren Shell Blackwell to $500 for the charge of Capital Murder in the death of 81 year-old Lee Kendrick at a preliminary hearing last Monday.  The Pearl resident was shot to death in an a vacant apartment at Cedarstone Apartments in Northeast Jackson on August 31.  Blackwell was denied bond when first charged with murder and auto theft.  Judge Priester also granted bond of $500 for the auto theft charge.  He sought to release her on her own recognizance but awarded a bond upon a request from defense attorneys.  JJ obtained a copy of the hearing transcript.  The transcript gives a clearer picture of what did... and didn't take place in the courtroom that day.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Rockin' the House

The Murrah High School Drum Corps shows some serious chops last week:

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Raymond Ethan Thomas is arrested again

Our favorite psycho just can't stay out of trouble, can he?

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You can't make this up.

I went to City Hall in Jackson and watched the City Council in action.  There was nothing to remind one of the days of Stokes and Louis Armstrong.  Stamps, Priester, Foote, and Hendrix were present.  However, what I saw made me wonder if the city council is actually capable of governing Jackson.  Look at this picture:

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Ridgeland paid $22,500 to company to monitor social media.

The City of Ridgeland paid $22,500 to Edgetheory, LLC from October 2013 to December 2014.  Edgetheory was formerly Leadify, LLC.  Ridgeland hired the company to monitor social media conversations about Ridgeland and take "ownership" of those social media conversations.  Edgetheory also provided "engagement monitoring".  The Madison County Journal reported in October 2013:

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Carl Nicholson is arrested at the jail

Hattiesburg, Southern Miss, and Forrest County playa Carl Nicholson managed to get himself arrested after arriving at the jail to allegedly bail out someone else.  The Hattiesburg Patriot reported:

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Take a break at the Wellness Spa

Long week?  Kids getting on your nerves? Are you a millennial who is worked up over the latest Snapchat fight?  Do you need a short break from the office? Check out the newly-opened Wellness Spa on Lakeland Drive.  Licensed massage therapist Lacey Green  (formerly of the Lakeland Courthouse) offers a variety of services and treatments designed to heal your body and bring some comfort to your life.

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Brown pleads guilty to embezzling from Material Girls

Krista Brown pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement in Madison County Circuit Court on October 6.  A Madison County grand jury indicted her for embezzling more than $25,000 from Material Girls.  Material Girls is a women's clothing store with retail locations in Ridgeland and Flowood.  It is owned by Whitney Giordiano Foster.  She was arrested in Flowood and Ridgeland and charged with embezzling $46,000 from the two stores in her position as manager. 

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Bert Case update

Baby steps for Berrrrrrrrrrt Case.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

The final peek


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Watch out Galaxy, Blackberry going full Android

Blackberry finally decided to break the glass and is going all in on Android.  That means Google Play Store, maps, drive, and certain Blackberry strengths such as the Hub and security will be available on the same smartphone.  It will have a 5.4 inch screen and a sliding physical keyboard. Check it out in these two short videos.

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Priester reduces bond to $1,000 in Kendrick murder.

Hinds County Court Judge Melvin Priester, Sr. reduced the bond of Loren Shell Blackwell to $1,000 today at a preliminary hearing.  JPD charged her and Walter Lee Young with capital murder in the death of Lee Kendrick.

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PEER on education: Perfumed princes get more money, teachers get less.

The PEER Committee issued a report last week that stated Mississippi spent more money on administrators and contractors but less money on instruction since 2005.  In other words, the generals took care of themselves while the troops suffered on the battlefield for lack of support.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Dumbass of the day.

Meet Bubba:

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Rick Cleveland: Who was Babe McCarthy?


A few years ago, I found myself in northeast Mississippi, in Hill Country, where tiny towns and communities share rich basketball histories.

I had some time to kill and saw a sign pointing in the direction of Baldwyn, home of the late, great Babe McCarthy. I took the turn and 10 minutes later was there.

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Move over, Joe Pisarcik

Someone just took your place on the top of the list of all-time football blunders:

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Bert starting to act up

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Sweet hauls Morgan & Morgan into court

The shysters are about to have a civil war.  Dennis Sweet & Associates sued the law firm of Morgan & Morgan in Hinds County Circuit Court yesterday.  Sweet represents a couple who claimed Morgan & Morgan failed to file a medical malpractice lawsuit on their behalf before the statute of limitations expired.  The complaint states the defendant sued St. Dominic Hospital, Dr. Somprasong Songcharoeon, and Mississippi Premier Plastic Surgery after the two-year statute of limitations expired and thus ruined their chances for recovery. 

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Bert is off dialysis!

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Tomorrow night

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Bye-bye, Javaris

It looks like Northeast Jackson hoodlum Javaris Chambers might stay in jail for a few more years.  MDOC filed a petition in Madison County Circuit Court today seeking to reinstate a four year suspended sentence on Chambers.  Chambers lives on the corner of Jamaica and Wayneland. 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.

Chambers was arrested last week and charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a concealed weapon.  Chambers pleaded guilty in October 2014 to one count of grand larceny in Madison County.  A second count was dropped.   Madison County Circuit Judge William Chapman sentenced Chambers to serve five years in prison, but suspended the last four years pending completion of a house arrest program.  MDOC records state he was paroled on June 23, 2015.  Ridgeland police arrested him on July 2 for allegedly shoplifting at Dillard's.

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Travelstead found guilty

A Hinds County jury just convicted Cameron Travelstead of possession of child pornography.  He was indicted in February 2010.  Earlier post with copy of indictment.  Travelstead will be sentenced in a few weeks.  Judge Jeff Weill presided over the case.  Travelstead was once an employee at First Baptist Church in Jackson.

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Bert looking to move.

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Broad Street Blues

Jeff Good temporarily closed  Broad Street Bakery earlier this week due to water problems.  He had a few things to say about the water problems in Jackson on Facebook:

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Mike Hurst steps up to the plate for Mississippi.



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Sponsored post: Costco & Kemper

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Rankin Sheriff nabs auto burglary ring

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Clinton PD busts forgery ring

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Latest crime stats

Here are the Jackson crime stats for the week ending September 27.  Some highlights:

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Bert Case update

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Washington Supreme Court: State constitution bans charter schools.

The Washington State Supreme Court abolished charter schools in September after it held their funding violated the state constitution. The League of Women Voters, Association of Superintendents, and Washington Education Association (teachers) sued Washington over the funding of charter schools.  They argued the funding of charter schools violated the constitution's mandate for the state to protect the funding of public schools.   The court based its entire ruling on Article IX Section 2 of the state constitution:

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Bert "WILL come out of this"

Here is the news on Berrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrt Case:

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Innovate Mississippi CFO pleaded guilty to embezzlement

Former Innovate Mississippi CFO Tonya Klauser pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement in U.S. District Court on October 21, 2014.  The bill of information states she embezzled $395,484 from Innovate Mississippi.  The embezzlement occured from 2010 to 2013.  Judge Tom Lee sentenced her on September 3, 2015: 

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Antonio Anderson gets 82 months for Highland Village robbery

The Justice Department issued the following press release:

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Innovate Mississippi CFO accused of embezzling $1 million

Innovate Mississippi sued its former accounting firm on October 7 in U.S. District Court for failing to detect alleged embezzlement by its former Chief Financial Officer, Tanya Klauser. The company demands Carr, Riggs, & Ingram, LLP repay all fees and expenses.  Innovate Mississippi is a Ridgeland non-profit company that focuses on helping technology start-up companies obtain venture capital from private investors.  The company charged that CRI should have detected Ms. Klauser's alleged embezzlement:

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Brent Bailey for PSC fund-raiser

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OK Mikey, go get 'em.

Northeast Jackson hoodlum Javaris Chambers was arrested a few days ago for being a  convicted felon carrying a concealed weapon.  Chambers lives at 5434 Jamaica Drive (corner of Wayneland and Jamaica).  He currently resides in the Hinds County Detention Center at Raymond.  JJ reported a few months ago:

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Dissecting Initiative 42

Mississippi voters will endure the battle over Initiative 42 as ads and arguments blanket the airwaves, media, and of course, Facebook.  JJ thought it might be a good idea to start from scratch and post the actual proposed amendments that will be on the ballot.

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Another family outing in crime

Some thieves stole several iphones from Bluephone on Old Fannin Road.  The group even used a child to help steal the phones.  Entitlement culture: I see it, I want it, I'll take it because I deserve it. The store posted the video of the crime and pictures of the crooks on its Facebook page.  It is not known if these hoodlums posted their own video on Instagram.  See below for video and pics. Please contact Bluephone if you have any information about these thieves.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

No water at Rez

Update: FIXED!!! Boil water notice is now in effect for The Bold New Rez for 48 hours.

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District issued the following statement:

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"Ya know, I stay strapped."

Meet our next Superstar of crime in Jackson: Dominique Matthews.  He's only been arrested for attempted house burglary but don't worry, this lad has got some serious plans for a career in crime.  Check out his videos and pics from Instagram that are posted below.  He be strappin', rappin', and fappin', all at the same time.*  The boy has got some serious talent. 

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Justice Department says take your dog to school.

The Justice Department issued the following statement on its website:

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Bert Case update

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Soros drops nearly $400,000 in Mississippi and $56,433 to support Hinds DA.

Robert Shuler Smith should change his name to Robert Shuler Soros.  George Soros threw $382,000 into a PAC that spent $56,433 to support the Hinds County District Attorney in the August 4 primary.    George Soros is the sole donor for the Mississippi Safety & Justice PAC.  The PAC spent $147,254 in only two races and has $177,388 cash on hand. 

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Prisoner dies in holding facility

JPD discovered a man dead in a holding cell this morning at approximately 6:00 AM.  JPD Chief Lee Vance announced the death of Jamal Ballard at a press conference today while flanked by Mayor Tony Yarber and other city officials. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation will investigate his death.  Ballard was 29 years old.

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Bert is taking it easy.

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Water breaks out across the city

The city of Jackson issued the following statement:

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Belhaven carjacker arrested

JPD issued the following statement:

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Bert Case update

Here is the latest update Berrrrrrrrrrrt Case.

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Oops!

Hate it when this happens.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

You can't make this up: spoiled brat edition.

The wimpification of America continues.  A third-grader holds an entire school hostage in San Francisco. KCBS (SF) reported:

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Boat ramps closing on the Rez

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District issued the following statement:

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State Auditor: PERS selected Madison for audit.



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Bert Case update.

Time to work on the pipes.

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And Julep's goes to Chapter 7 as well.

Bankruptcy Trustee Henry Hobbs, Jr. asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to convert the bankruptcy petition for Bella Maria, LLC from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7.  Bella Maria, LLC is the corporate name for the now-defunct Julep's Restaurant.  Julep's closed Sunday night. 

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Cherokee files bankruptcy petition

The owner of the Cherokee Inn threw in the towel and filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy petition on September 23. BMI sued Hayes McMillan and his restaurant last year over alleged copyright violations. Mr. McMillan closed the Cherokee in May but that did not satisfy BMI. BMI hounded the Cherokee in court after it closed for damages related to the playing of several songs by a cover band without BMI's consent. Earlier post with copy of lawsuit and more information on BMI lawsuit.

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MDA on Kior: "We have the ability to make them make full payment on that loan"

$70 million in Kior loan money turns into $600,000 for Mississippi.  The Republicans made hay out of the beef plant fiasco, now it is their turn to take some lumps although both Democrats and Republicans overwhelmingly voted for the Kior project.  It is now time to look at what MDA had to say about the project while it was merely a proposal instead of a failure.  Amy McCullough reported in a 2011 Mississippi Business Journal article:

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Jackson airport pays nearly a million dollars per year to lawyers.

Attorneys have billed over $3.4 million to the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority since 2012.  JJ obtained the monthly billings through public records requests and reviewing claims dockets.  The years have been good to law firms that represented JMAA.  The overall budget for JMAA in 2014 was only $17.8 million.  The billings are:

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Bert Case update

Here is the latest update on Berrrrrrrrrrrt's condition:

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Come out and meet Chris Walker

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Rick Cleveland: Greatest baseball player in Mississippi history



This was 53 years and several months ago at the old Mississippi Southern College baseball field just off Highway 49 in Hattiesburg. Delta State College was about to play MSC in baseball. I was 9.

My dad was on the field talking to a tall, broad-shouldered man in a gray flannel uniform with a green cap. Dad waved me out onto the field.

“Rickey,” my daddy said, “I want you to meet the greatest baseball player in Mississippi history. This is Coach Boo Ferriss.”

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Supes to Stamps: You changed 'em, you fix 'em.

The Hinds County Board of Supervisors told Jackson City Councilman Dekeither Stamps that he needed to take his complaints about precinct changes to the Jackson City Council.  Mr. Stamps charged two weeks ago at a Jackson City Council meeting that the Hinds County Election Commission was moving and closing precincts.  The Hinds County Election Commission recently proposed moving eleven voting precincts.  Gone was the bombast and aggressive manner as a much more subdued councilman appeared before the supervisors Monday as they explained to him that it was the city who changed the precincts when they originally served both the county and city.

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Clinton arrests Walmart robbery suspects (Updated)

10:20 update:  Clinton Police arrested Ashton White last night at an apartment complex off Savannah Street in South Jackson. White had been wanted in connection to three home burglaries in Clinton.

The Clinton Police Department announced the following arrests and seeks the public's help in finding a suspect:

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Bert sits up.

Berrrrrrrrrrrrt Case actually sat up yesterday and made it to a wheelchair although he was not able to drag race down the floor. Not quite there yet. Here is the latest update:

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

PEACE!!! (Video)

The city of Jackson and the Mississippi Fair Commission settled their dispute over security for the Mississippi State Fair today in Hinds County Chancery Court.  The two sides negotiated for over four hours today.  The two sides emerged with Chancellor Denise Owens at 1:15 and announced the crisis was averted.  Jackson will provide ten JPD officers while the Fair Commission will pay for another ten JPD officers as well.  The Fair Commission and Jackson will seek funding from the legislature in the upcoming session for security at the 2016 Mississippi State Fair, Dixie National Rodeo, and other state events. The Chancellor thanked them for working towards the agreement and she appreciated it as a "fairgoer". 

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Highland Village manager says more changes are coming

Highland Village manager Masa Liles addressed the LeFleur East forum two weeks ago to discuss the changes taking place at Highland Village.  She said high-end retailers would be coming to the shopping center and that while "change is hard" but change can be good as well.  She said Highland Village is a "one of a kind" shopping center. 

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Sheriff Greg Waggoner supports Mike Hurst for AG



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Bert Case update

Here is the latest on Berrrrrrrrrrrt:

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Kior alchemy turns $70 million into $600,000

Kior really did engage in alchemy, just not the type promised by the Mississippi Development Authority.    WTVA reported that the state will get less than one million dollars for the sale of the equipment:

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Bloom County

When we last left our hero Opus, he had finally found his winning wedge issue: two spaces after a period.  However, things never go as intended in Bloom County .

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Kior sold but how much money did Mississippi get back for its $75 million?

 Update: MDA provided this statement to JJ: "Until the receivership proceedings in Lowndes County Chancery Court are completed, Mississippi Development Authority is unable to comment."

The Columbus Dispatch scooped everyone and reported that the Kior plant finally sold:

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West Rankin fires back at Jackson

The West Rankin Utility Authority asked a Hinds County Court to throw out Jackson's notice of appeal.  Jackson filed a notice that it intended to sue the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and West Rankin after DEQ awarded a permit to construct a wastewater treatment facility to West Rankin last month.

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Protestors demand right to piss at convenience stores

You.Can't.Make.This.Up. A group of protesters demanded public bathrooms at convenience stores yesterday as Councilman DeKeither Stamps debuted in his new starring role as Stokes Junior. WLBT reported:

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Bert Case update

Not yet time for the Recovery Tour but Berrrrrrrt Case is hanging in there:

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Farewell to Julep

Julep Restaurant and Bar shut its doors tonight.  It is sad to see this establishment became a casualty on the restaurant battlefield.  The food was good.  Brad the Bartender gave great service.  The fried green tomatoes, the hamburger, the sweet potato fries, the food was just plain good.   It had a great location.  However, the restaurant filed for bankruptcy in May and was apparently unable to survive.

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Coaches change tackling as they tackle the new rules.

Action and reaction, such is the nature of warfare.  The NFL and NCAA are changing the nature of football as they pass more rules favoring offense, limiting defense, and targeting targeting.  Oddly enough, football coaches are borrowing a few ideas from rugby and Australian rules football as they seek to help defenses regain their edge.  It is no coincidence that the rise of Seattle and Ohio State to championship status began when they imported the different style of tackling.  The Wall Street Journal published a thorough article on the "new" style of tackling:

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Bert Case update

Here is the latest update on Berrrrrrrrrrrt:

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Helicopter parenting or helicopter destruction?

Are we raising a generation of kids that are spoiled brats or simply and literally nurtured to death? Dr. Peter Gray, Professor of Psychology at Boston College, posits in Psychology Today that helicopter parenting is ruining kids and leaving them unprepared for life.  Students seek mental help for the most trivial of matters and are unprepared to accept responsibility for their own failures in the classroom.  Dr. Gray writes:

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Bert Case update

Berrrrrrrrrrrrt is still hanging in there.  Here is the latest update.

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Nice

Local artists displayed their work of social commentary at Fondren Park last night:

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Cindy Hyde-Smith sues JPD

The Mississippi Fair Commission sued the Jackson Police Department in Hinds County Chancery Court this afternoon.  The Fair Commission asked Chancellor Denise Owens to order JPD to provide police protection outside the fairgrounds that are in downtown Jackson.  A hearing will be held Tuesday at 9:00 AM.  The Fair Commission argues:

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Mayhem at Maywood

This message was posted on a neighborhood bulletin board today. JJ confirmed its authenticity with the author.

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Stamps goes after Connie Cochran

Jackson City Councilman DeKeither Stamps attacked Hinds County Election Commissioner Connie Cochran last week during a meeting of the city council.  The race card was played and Stokes could not resist jumping in to help his colleague play it.  The Hinds County Election Commission is changing some precincts.  Some precincts do not comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.  Some of the polling places have notified the county that they do not want to continue to be used for elections.  Then there are the fire stations.  The Election Commission has been trying to move polling places away from the fire stations because there is no air-conditioning, no heat, and little parking.  A miserable experience for everyone concerned.  Doesn't matter.  It was the 1960's all over again at the Jackson City Council.  Watch for yourself:

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Update on Bert

Here is the latest update on Berrrrrrrrrrt Case:

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How can smaller cities compete?

The Baton Rouge Business Report examined the challenges facing the Baton Rouge area in an excellent article published this week.  The city has lost several corporations such as Amedysis, the Shaw Group, and Albermarle. BRBR asks whether cities such as Baton Rouge can even compete against "first-tier" cities. Keep in mind the city has a major university downtown and an major airport that is one hour away.    This article should be required reading for all business and political leaders in the Jackson metro area. Some excerpts:

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Victim of racism? We report, you decide.

The New York Post reports:

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The scam that is Ashley Madison

The Daily Mail (UK) showed further proof that Ashley Madison is nothing more than an online scam as well as a lesson to Nigerians in how to scam the internet. The newspaper reported:

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Madison PD arrest man for enticement of a child

The Madison Police Department issued the following press release:

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The King is dead, Long live the King.

It seems the more things change in Madison County, the more they stay the same.  The Madison County Journal reported today:

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Governor Phil Bryant supports education



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Bert Case update

The long slog towards recovery continues.  Here is the latest update on Berrrrrrrrrrrt's condition:

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Socrates defends minority set-aside contracts

Socrates Garrett defended minority set-aside contracts in this Youtube video.  The video was recorded at a business development conference.

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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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