Saturday, February 27, 2016

Showtime at the City Hall

The public comments were as interesting as usual at Tuesday's meeting of the Jackson City Council.  A comment about the nomination of James Stanley to the JMAA Board of Commissioners almost turned into a food fight. Watch the video for yourself. 

So much fail, let me count the ways.

1. Brother Bell says the roads into Jackson are packed with traffic every day at morning and afternoon rush hours.  People making their money in Jackson and taking their money out of Jackson.  Um, perhaps Mr. Bell should actually come watch the traffic.  The traffic is much lighter than it used to be.  I've yet to sit through more than one light cycle at the Pearl Street intersection with North State Street at 8:00 AM for the last few years.  I can remember when the Pearl Street exit was backed up to the interestate.  Too many businesses have moved to the burbs and taken the traffic with them.

2. Brother Bell chastises Rankin for making demands for how its money is spent on the water system and opposes the concept of regionalization.  He even cites Walmart as an example, stating that customers don't get to make demands on Walmart. This little statement fails on so many levels. Ask any Walmart supplier who the real boss is in their relationship with Walmart.  The "customer" makes demands on those suppliers all the time and if they don't yield to those demands, Walmart will go to another vendor.  Customers can force Walmart to honor their demands with their feet.  Walmart probably has the best inventory and sales reporting software system in America.  If customers don't like price, products, or service, they are free to shop somewhere else- and Walmart will almost immediately know it.

Here is where you don't get it, Mr. Bell.  Ayn Rand loved to write "check your premise".  Mr. Bell's premise is that Rankin County is a captive customer.  He said Jackson should give it good service but Rankin can't make any demands.  He forgets that Rankin is seeking to replace Jackson with another supplier- itself.  Jackson's system does have competition: a future one built by Rankin County.  Regionalization means Jackson shares the costs with others.  Rankin County is paying Jackson several million dollars a year.    Mr. Bell thinks Rankin County should be a customer and not a shareholder with skin in the game.  Once again, someone from Jackson is screaming "me,me,me" while everyone else has moved away and moved on.

Oh, don't forget that Mr. Bell was the public works director in a previous administration even though he was not a licensed P.E.  Of course, qualifications rarely mean anything to that crowd. 

3. The airport. Oh this was too rich.  Ridgeland or Madison doesn't have many, if any, blacks on their boards so all-black boards are ok in Jackson.  Yup, I can hear it now.  Ridgeland wants to kick blacks out of Ridgeland so its ok for Jackson to kick whites out of Jackson.  Mr. Bell urges the Mayor not to appoint someone to the JMAA board of commissioners because he is white.  I daresay James Stanley has a better resume than the last twenty nominees to the board but that little fact seems to be forgotten.

Then there is Mr. Dekeither Stamps.   He advocated postponing appointing anyone to the board until after the legislative fight over the airport is over.  Yeah, that is real leadership.  The former soldier and combat veteran wants to delay appointing leadership while in the middle of a battle. If a sergeant or captain goes down in combat, a replacement immediately assumes his position.   Mr. Stamps knows this and is just trying to play politics.  Period. 


Anonymous said...

I reckon I'm slow on the uptake.

It just dawned on me why -- if the mayor was "forced" to make a certain kind of appointment -- he made the one he did.

That white dude has to be 85. He'll punch out, and a vacancy will be filled.

Just sayin

Anonymous said...

The racism that goes on in that room is incredible. The correct response from mayor yarber. "This is not a black or white issue. This is about qualifications". And the guy speaking is a preacher. Guarantee hate is being preached in his church along with many other black churches around town. If a white guy stood up and said this in Madison, Clinton, or Brandon he would be removed from the podium and laughed out of the building. But that's the difference. It's ok to be racist if your black and live in Jackson

Anonymous said...

Does anyone actually watch all of these clips on Jackson meetings? I tried but after a couple of minutes I can't stand it any longer. Nothing there except racist encouraging each other to be even more racist. About the same as watching a Klan meeting.

Double standards said...

It amazes me that a "preacher" can be so prejudice. What would Jesus think of that?

Anonymous said...

Is there anyway to contact this willie bell?

Anonymous said...

This cat named willie bell is about as sharp as a bowling ball. Couldn't manage a lemonade stand. Loves to criticize and put others down. He is super incompetent and has zero credibility. He just can't help himself. I'm not sure he even has a job currently and that's why he is a Reverend. Ha... total joker

Anonymous said...

The best thing I've done in a long time is switch to C Spire fiber and dump Comcast. While there are many reasons why the switch has been so pleasant, the best is C Spire doesn't carry those stupid public access channels. Now I don't accidentally stumble upon one and get nauseated while trying to find the channel change button.

Anonymous said...

8:22 wonder if that might be because Comcast is a 'regulated' utility in the city; gets its license from the city to whom it has to pay a franchise fee - which is of course, part of what they charge the consumer, the citizen of the city. (Not just a situation with jackson, but with all cities).

So - Jackson requires them to put those damned public access channels on Comcast. Also, UVerse I think has to pay the franchise fee and run their self ego channels.

Because C-Spire is a different technology, I am assuming they don't have to get 'permission' from Jackson to serve the city and also doesn't have to pay a franchise fee - relieves them from having to run the city's crap.

Kinda like Uber - get the government out of the regulation, let technology move the processes forward, and we all benefit.

Sorry Comcast. Sorry taxis. Pack it up with the buggywhips.

Anonymous said...

Jackson is a cesspool. What do you people expect to come out of a cesspool? Are you expecting pearls?

Anonymous said...

If the city of Jackson ever faces an immediate, major crisis, whether man made or natural, will the leaders of the city feel entitled to demand or even ask for help from anyone outside the city of Jackson?

Anonymous said...

8:52, they are already demanding help from other people. I saw on the news where some Jacksonians were mad because more cities didn't send them drinking water. They didn't seem to be mad at the elected officials that got them in the mess.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Bell and his ilk will never, ever be satisfied. But I am always impressed by Yarber. He has a very tough job and as usual he handles the situation with grace even when he has to sit there and listen to that idiot Stokes.

Anonymous said...

4:09, He will always set there and listen to Stokes. That is if he wants to be re elected.

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