Thursday, March 31, 2016

Storm over Shiloh Park

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Grave robber's fence busted.

Secretary of State Eggbert Hosemann issued the following press release:

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Extra! read all about it!

Get a copy of current issue of Northside Sun. Newspaper knocked it out of the park this week.

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Madison County sues Rudy, Rudy sues county

I sue you, you sue me.  So goes the Ballad of Rudy the Warnock.  Former Madison County engineer Rudy Warnock filed an amended complaint against his former client in U.S. District Court last Thursday as he claimed the county owed him $1.448 million.  Madison County said "we see you one lawsuit and raise you one lawsuit" as it sued Mr. Warnock and his firm in Madison County Circuit Court yesterday.

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Editorial: Legislature should say no to lottery.

Will a state lottery become the pied piper of Mississippi as it plays a catchy tune but leads to ruin? The creation of a state lottery appeared  in the legislature this week as two amendments were attached to other amendments to bills that are still alive. Slipping such amendments into bills at the last minute when no one is looking is how Mississippi wound up with bad ideas such as the beef plant. The creation of a state lottery is no exception but it will continue the tradition of Mississippi yet again shooting itself in the foot.

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Rick Cleveland: The Bulldogs run to the Final Four

When the 77th NCAA Tournament Final Four is completed next Monday, 308 teams will have competed in college basketball's ultimate showcase.

And here's what you need to know about that. Of those 308 teams, only one has been from the Magnolia State: the 1995-96 Mississippi State Bulldogs.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

It's her culture, stupid.

Doesn't this guy get it although it is San Francisco. Video says it all.

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Whistleblower fired?

Update: Copy of termination letter is posted below. 

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the city of Jackson fired an employee who spoke to the media.  The Clarion-Ledger reported:

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Representative and Constable's wives busted for shoplifting spree.

Ridgeland Police issued the following statement and mug shots:

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Lottery amendments appear at the 11th hour.

Two amendments that would create state lotteries were slipped into Senate bills  that were passed by the Mississippi House of Representatives yesterday.   One amendment creates a state lottery and directs the proceeds into a scholarship fund for college students.  Who could be against education, right? The other amendment mandates half of the funds (after expenses) are spent on education while the other half is spent on "infrastructure improvements".   Will the Senate concur or will the bill go to conference?

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

State Auditor claims vindication

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following press release:

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St. Andrew's update

St. Andrew's Episcopal School sent the following update about its water system to parents today:

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Court of Appeals overturns Sun-Herald win against Pickering, hammers Chancellor

The Mississippi Court of Appeals overturned a contempt of court ruling against State Auditor Stacey Pickering today.  Harrison County Chancellor Jennifer Schloegel ruled he was in contempt of court after the State Auditor subpoenaed DMR records during the course of the DMR investigation in 2012.  Gulf Publishing, the owner of the Sun-Herald, sought the records. 

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Tonight at the bijou

Tinseltown presents Tuskegee Airmen tonight at 7:00 PM. Many people gripe about the poor quality of movies now served up by Hollywood.  This is a good one to see. 



Meanwhile, Cinemark let us down by refusing to show another movie that is presented on other Cinemark screens this week:

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75-mile rule approved for nurse practitioners

The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure is changing the maximum distance a nurse practitioner can operate under a supervising physician's supervision from 15 to 75 miles.  The Board filed an amendment to its current regulations yesterday with the Secretary of State.  The Board held up its end of an agreement made with the legislature last month after a bill with similar language passed the Senate Committee on Public Health.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Where the hell have you been, Jimmy Braddock?

Representative Kim Campbell stood up on her own two feet and swung at the Republican monolith last week on the floor of the Mississippi House of Representatives.  She is normally one of the more quiet members of the house, as the black Democrat has gained a reputation for avoiding racial politics while working with members of both parties and races.  However, the airport takeover bill was more than she could stomach so she spoke out against the airport bill during debate.  No punches were pulled as she crucified Republicans who had come to her for help in past years.  Watch the video.  It's always the quiet ones you have to watch out for and Ms. Campbell is no exception.

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House passes charter school expansion bill

Empower Mississippi issued the following press release:

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Kemper records going online

Central Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown issued the following press release:

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MSU recruit goes from gold-star to Worldstar

It appears that Mississippi State's prize recruit got violent and stupid recently as he beat up a woman who was on the ground:

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JJ welcomes Mississippi Today

Jim Barksdale's new online newspaper went live today.  Check out Mississippi Today.  The organization hired several veteran reporters and editors.  The website states Mississippi Today is "incorporated in Mississippi as a nonprofit organization on Oct. 3, 2014, and was granted its exemption from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code on March 6, 2015."  Mississippi media and political junkies will recognize some names on the staff:

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Belgian catch & release program gets people killed.

It seems Belgium has its own catch & release program for suspected terrorists. Brace yourself. The Wall Street Journal reported several cases of Belgian authorities dropping the ball when it came to nabbing those responsible for bombing an airport and subway last week:

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Blue family seeks help for burial expenses.

It seemed fitting to post this plea for help on Easter Sunday.  The family of Lonnie Blue, Jr. set up a Gofundme page to assist with burial expenses.  Mr. Blue was killed by a suspect fleeing police last week.There has been a heated debate over police chases since Mr. Blue lost his life but regardless of fault, a family lost their boy and a child lost his father.  The goal is $3,000. Please donate.  Link to Gofundmepage.

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Stamps: Clinton could be another Ferguson, calls for new leadership

Jackson Councilman DeKeither Stamps and several community activists held a press conference Friday at the corner of Capitol Street and Tennessee Avenue. The subject was police chases into Jackson by police departments of surrounding cities. Some highlights of his comments are:

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Thugs attack Sheriff

Several thugs physically attacked Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker and his son at Shuckers a few weeks ago.  The police incident report and mug shots are posted below.  The narrative is on page 4 and the mug shots are on pages five and six.

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Jim Dollarhide celebrates Mississippi

Madison County Coroner Alex Breland, Jr. confirmed what everyone suspected: Mississippi filmaking legend Jim Dollarhide died in a tragic fire at his house last week.   His family posted Harmonies: A Mississippi Overture on Youtube this week.  Mr. Dollarhide produced it for the Mississippi Development Authority back in 1994.  It is a celebration of all things Mississippi and perhaps in a way, of Mr. Dollarhide's life.  Enjoy

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Bedwetter alert

WARNING: POST CONTAINS DISTURBING & GRAPHIC MATERIAL

It seems a case of bedwetting occurred at Emory University recentlyThe Daily Mail (UK) reports:

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Superintendent bill going to the Guvnah

The House passed SB #2438 yesterday on a vote of 79-37.  The bill states:

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#*$&@# animal.

JPD issued the following press release and mug shot:

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Supremes to Dems: Not so fast.

The Mississippi Supreme Court issued this notice tonight:

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New Taxman at DOR

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement :

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Airport bill passes House (Updated)

The airport bill passed the Mississippi House of Representatives this afternoon on a vote of 74-46.  It is currently being held on a motion to reconsider.  The votes are posted below.  All Jackson representatives voted against the bill- except Bill Denny.  He just couldn't help himself.

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Democrats slam Speaker

The Democratic Caucus of the Mississippi House of Representatives issued the following statement:

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Killer gets life in Rankin

Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release :

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Awwwwwwww.....

Feel-good story for the day:

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Vance defends JPD on Clinton police chase.

Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance called out the media for "erroneous" reports about JPD's participation in a Clinton police chase of a shoplifting suspect into Jackson Monday night.  The chase ended when the suspect crashed into a car driven by Lonnie Blue, Jr. at the intersection of Tennessee and Capitol Street. Chief Vance held a press conference yesterday to dispute Clinton PD's statements that JPD participated in the case.  It was also announced at the press conference that JPD will charge driver Donald Jones with second degree  murder once he is released from UMMC for the death of Lonnie Blue, Jr.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Kidd stops the House

Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd issued a temporary restraining order against the Mississippi House of Representatives.  House Democrats have used the age-old tactic of asking for the reading of each bill before a vote is taken in an effort to slow the operations of the House to a crawl, or reduce it to the pace of the Jackson City Council in making decisions.  Representative Jay Hughes, The Oxford Don (although it is Oxford, Mississippi and not Oxford & Cambridge, although in Mr. Hughes' mind he probably does not distinguish between the two Oxfords), petitioned the court to stop the House leadership from using a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious speed reader that can make twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettucecheesepicklesoniononasesameseedbun seem but a blur.

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Fairley indicted!!!

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

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What will MDOC do?

Will  a northeast Jackson carjacker go back to prison? Here is the MDOC record on John Gwegowy Rollins:

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Give Jim Hood some Pace Picante Sauce

A New York federal appeals court slammed Jim Hood . Court documents also show the sister-in-law of the deceased Precious Martin dipping her beak, as she produced what can be termed bogus work for $112,500. Alan Lange covered this case over at Y'all Politics:

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Rick Cleveland: Van Chancellor on UConn

Basketball Hall of Fame coach Van Chancellor drawls on and on in superlatives when asked about Geno Auriemma and his Connecticut women's basketball juggernaut.

Hey, Van, is UConn the most dominant team in sports today?

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Clinton releases video of chase

Clinton police released videos of a chase that  ended in a fatality early this morning of an innocent bystander.  A controversy has arisen since the chase began in Clinton but ended in West Jackson.  Clinton officials and JPD dispute whether JPD was notified of the chase or participated. 

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Graverobber busted

Secretary of State Catbert Hosemann issued the following press release:

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Man killed during police chase

Clinton police issued the following statement:

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Catch & release alert

A Northsider was recently carjacked at a car wash business on I-55 Frontage Road.  The victim posted this message on his or her public Facebook page:

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Monday, March 21, 2016

We got dem Dukes

JPD issued the following press release:

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Shooting suspects arrested in Rankin.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Confirmation hearing? What confirmation hearing?

Mayor Tony Yarber nominated Ward 1 resident James Stanley to the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Board of Commissioners on February 23.  Mr. Stanley possesses a sterling resume: a  decorated combat fighter pilot, many years spent at Ergon in management, and more years spent as an engineer.  City Council President Melvin Priester, Jr. postponed his appointment to the board as he promised at the February 23 meeting that a confirmation hearing for Mr. Stanley would be held a week later. Watch his promise for yourself in this video:

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Easter Egg Hunt

The city of Jackson issued the following statement:

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Bringing the sunshine to asset forfeiture

Steve Wilson reported at Mississippi Watchdog.org:

Gun rights advocate Rick Ward filed several Freedom of Information Act requests in January with the city of Hattiesburg to provide him a list of all the guns seized by its police department since 1991. Some of those guns, Ward says, were taken in violation of state law.

He was told that the information would cost him more than $5,000, at $5 per page. Ward threatened a lawsuit and the city later reduced the price of the records to $78. Now the Mississippi Legislature is considering creation of a free, searchable databases of all seized property maintained by the state.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Remembering the good times

JJ discovered this video of a 1975 party in Belhaven that was shot by none other than Jim Dollarhide.  Many people are bracing themselves for the official news about what happened when his house burned down last week.  However, enjoy this video shot by a young Jim Dollarhide who was obviously enjoying life at the time. 

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The protected v. the unprotected

Peggy Noonan has been providing some of the better observations about the Presidential race in her weekly Wall Street Journal column.   Ms. Noonan is hard to beat for political analysis when she is at  the top of her game.   She pens an interesting hypothesis on the cause of the "anger" that seems to fuel the support for Trump, Sanders, and even Cruz, much to the chagrin of both party elders.  Ms. Noonan writes:

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Jackson Rising: "True monarchs groom their successors."

Jackson Rising is back. The "progressive" group advocating the Jackson-Kush plan posted a video online spelling out their views in no uncertain terms.  June Hardwick and her partner call for a boycott of all businesses in all of the cities surrounding Jackson.  You can't make this up.  Blacks who disagree with this crowd are internalizing "white supremacists".  Everything is a Klan plot. Kali Akuno produced the video.   Watch it for yourself.  A roadmap of sorts is posted below if you don't want to watch the whole video.  Pour a drink and enjoy. 

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Requiem for a campaign

National Review published a rather penetrating analysis of how Senator Marco Rubio imploded. The essay began with a highly-touted Republican pollster comparing him to Michael Jordan a year ago. The Senator stood in high esteem a year ago:

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Dr. Molleston indicted

A Hinds County grand jury indicted Dr. Michael Molleston in December for felony malicious mischief.   The good doctor is a neurosurgeon.  He was arrested in December 2014 for allegedly using a golf club to smash the windows of an Audi belonging to Dr. John Davis in the parking lot of the Manship restaurant.  The incident allegedly occurred on October 1 although it was not reported to police until October 31.

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MDOC reduces price of phone calls

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following press release:

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SOS shuts down cancer "charity"

Secretary of State Gibbert Hosemann issued the following press release:

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

D.A. battles AG & MBN on behalf of drug dealer

Update: Judge Priester bound Butler over to the grand jury today.  His bond remains at $500,000.

Complete transcript of hearing is posted below. Verrrry interesting reading.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith clashed with the Mississippi Attorney General in Judge Melvin Priester's courtroom two weeks ago over convicted drug dealer Christopher Butler. The AG is prosecuting Butler for alleged consumer fraud. However, Mr. Smith showed up unannounced and unexpected at a preliminary hearing and tried to take control of the case. It was a rather colorful hearing as Judge Priester allowed Mr. Smith to have his say and then shut him down. The District Attorney also announced that he had subpoenaed the AG's prosecutors before a grand jury over the case as well and accused Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents of  doctoring videotapes and trying to frame Butler in a separate case.  Mr. Smith even argued that the Attorney General can not prosecute a case for anything in Hinds County without his consent. Judge Priester postponed the preliminary hearing until today "Because of the raucous and unprofessional behavior by Mr. Smith, District Attorney.."

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Police report: Hightower elbowed ex g/f in the mouth. Police had to restrain him.(Updated)

Video of incident and the police report are posted below. The police report provides more details about this incident.



The fight against domestic violence in Mississippi suffered a blow this week as a simple assault domestic violence charge was dismissed against  former JPD Deputy Chief Brady Hightower.  Ridgeland police arrested Hightower in January in a bank parking lot as he (allegedly) assaulted a female.

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Rez decreases the release

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District issued the following press release:

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Thug hurts deputy during bust

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement:

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Lumumba tries to remove Weill from case.


Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Jr. tried to remove Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill from a case because Judge Weill allegedly filed a bar complaint against his father.    Lumumba sued attorney Toney Baldwin in Hinds County Circuit Court for allegedly interfering with his representation of several clients in Stonewall (Clarke County).  Judge Weill denied his motion.

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Rick Cleveland: Hometown teams

Mississippi is a state of cities, towns and communities that rally around Hometown Teams. One example follows:

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WOW!!!

JJ actually found the Holy Grail of Jackson videos on Youtube this morning:

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Discount Hunting & Fishing closing.



All good things come to an end.  I bought my first pistol at Discount when it was over on Shady Lane by Wingfield High School.  Sorry to see these guys closing.  Service was always good and the staff was always very friendly.  Best wishes to the owners and the staff

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DJP sues former secretary for embezzlement. She fires back.

 The Ben Allen indictment dominated the news last week.  Most readers know the story.  Linda Brune provided several boxes of Downtown Jackson Partners documents to the State Auditor and the Clarion-Ledger in 2014 while she was employed as a secretary by DJP.  Reporter Jerry Mitchell had a field day and garnered several front page headlines for his scoop.  However,  the media has not reported that DJP and its former employee have been facing off in several courtrooms. 

Downtown Jackson Partners sued Linda Brune on December 10, 2014 in Madison County Court for allegedly embezzling $40,439.  The lawsuit also states she was "terminated on July 25, 2014 for sharing confidential corporate information with a reporter from the Clarion-Ledger."   Ms. Brune is a resident of Madison County.

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Priester: It's about the land, not Southwest

Jackson City Council President Melvin Priester, Jr. charged last week in a Facebook post that the airport fight is really a battle over who controls the land near the East Metro Parkway.  Mr. Priester wrote:

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Farewell to Keith Emerson

First Bowie, then George Martin, and now Keith Emerson.  A true rock and roll legend died a few days ago, one who was a true virtuoso of the keyboards.  His fingers produced magic.  No piece was sacred nor safe from his creativity.  He produced his own masterpieces and re-worked others.  He combined an unmatched talent with an equally unmatched flair for showmanship. 

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Meet the Dukes, Jackson's own Murder, Inc.

JPD issued the following press release:

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It sucks to be him.

Nothing like seeing a trash-talking, cheating hustler get hustled, except this time, it didn't happen in a pool hall or on the basketball court.

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Good news: The JMAAWPL continues to expand

There is some good news to report in this era of government austerity.  The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Welfare Program for lawyers continues to expand.   Lawyers billed JMAA $130,530 on the January and February claims dockets.  The average monthly bills of $65,265 are an increase of 12% over 2015.   The May Firm and Walker Group send four lawyers to each monthly work session and board meeting as well.

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Homecoming for Suava?

Update: Clinton PD has pending charges against this guy: auto theft, possession of a stolen auto, and auto burglary. He is not going anywhere.

Is (alleged) New Stage Theatre carjacker and attempted cop killer Suava Blair going home? A Hinds County grand jury indicted him on December 10 for carjacking, attempted aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and armed robbery.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Pete Perry responds to Mayor Yarber

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber made quite a stir when he penned some of his frustrations to paper and posted them on Facebook Friday.  Copy of Mayor's remarks.  Sales Tax Commission member Pete Perry responded to his comments in a column submitted to JJ that is posted below*.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Banner speaks!!!

Jackson native and nationally-renowned recording artist David Banner expressed his thoughts on the Mississippi state flag in an eloquent yet colorful manner.  It was not quite to the level of poetry once expressed by Deacon Jones but was much better than the rhyme expressed by Huggie Bear. . Start at 3:50.

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Rez increases discharge

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District issued the following press release.

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Low pay + high costs = pilot shortage.

The pilot shortage continues to hurt airlines as smaller carriers and airports struggle to provide service.  Yahoo News reported this week:

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Friday, March 11, 2016

The Mayor speaks

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber posted this epistle on Facebook:

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Dum-dom's partner charged with capital murder.

Update: Harris turned himself in to JPD. He is charged with two counts of capital murder. 

JPD issued the following statement about the arrest of Anthony Harris. He is charged with capital murder in a double-homicide that took place last weekend.

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Help these mutts


Someone's mutts got out during the rain. A lady posted on Facebook "HELP! I need to find their owner!!!!!!! Please call 601-624-5592. Found in pouring down rain! I have them out running errands with me!!!"

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Worth the wait.



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Dum-dom indicted

A Hinds County grand jury indicted Dominique Matthews on February 26  for the December armed robbery of the Marathon gas station on Hanging Moss.  JJ readers may remember Dum-dom from this video:

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Flooded street bulletin

The City of Jackson issued the following list flooded streets.

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Gipson says guns in courthouses are nothing new

Representative Andy Gipson (R-Glock) submitted the following column to JJ.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Doctor kidnapper indicted.

A Hinds County grand jury indicted Andre Kennedy on February 26 for kidnapping, armed robbery, and burglary.  Kennedy and his accomplice Edwin "Guttalife" Robinson kidnapped a doctor from his Ridgewood home early on a Saturday morning, May 16, 2015.  A doctor who just happened to be a competitive shooter.  The indictment states the charges are terror-enhanced.*  The case is assigned to Judge Jeff Weill.

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Rick Cleveland lauds Ennis Proctor

Ennis Proctor this July will become only the eighth Mississippian inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame. Trust me: No administrator, here or anywhere, could be more deserving.

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Jackson issues water restrictions

The city of Jackson issued the following press release.

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Lock & load in Jacktown. Murder suspect on the loose.

Lock and load.  A murder suspect is on the loose.  Consider him to be armed and dangerous.   JPD issued the following press release and mug shots.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

DJP stands up for Ben Allen

Update (6:45 PM): Copy of Ben Allen indictment.

Original post (3:54 PM): Downtown Jackson Partners issued the following press statement:

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Pickering fires back at Robert Shuler Smith, D.A. signed for "receipt of audit case file"

Update (6:46 PM): District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith texted Howard Ballou  "This is an ongoing investigation and he (Mr. Pickering) is welcome to come testify under oath." 

Original post (3:03 PM): State Auditor Stacey Pickering defended two employees indicted by a Hinds County grand jury in a press release that is posted below.  Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith is prosecuting them for allegedly obstructing an investigation of Ben Allen and his use of funds as Executive Director of Downtown Jackson Partners.  Pickering minced no words and provided several documents with the statement.  Earlier post with copy of indictments.

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Senate tax cut plan moves forward

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following press release:

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Governor appoints Linda Coleman to bench

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement:

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Breaking: Allen indicted (UPDATED)

Update (10:38 AM, 3/11/16): Cases is assigned to Judge Winston Kidd. Judges Jeff Weill and Tomie Green recused themselves. 

Update (6:40 PM): Copy of indictment is posted below.   The indictment charges him with ten counts of embezzlement and mishandling of Downtown Jackson Partner's funds.  The indictment also charges him with spending DJP money on Mayor Tony Yarber's inaugural gala. 

Original post (10:40 AM) Multiple sources have confirmed to JJ that Ben Allen was indicted on ten counts.  It is not yet known what the specific charges are but sources say they are related to this Jerry Mitchell story that appeared in the Clarion-Ledger in 2014.  More information will be posted when available.

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Officer shot.

 Update from Facebook: Thank you for the continued support & prayers for officer Abe Gines Jr. He was treated & released. Thank God for protection.

A JPD officer was shot while responding to a robbery call at 220 Edgewood Terrace. He arrived at the scene and saw a door was breached. He announced himself and entered. A man stepped out of a room and began shooting. The officer was grazed but suffered no serious injuries. JPD and k-9 units are now searching for suspect in surrounding area.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

YES!!!


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Election night thread, Michel projected winner

Will Trump crush Cruz? Will Cruz pull off the upset? Can Bill replace Will or will the ex-Champeen take back the title? Stay tuned. Election night is upon us.

9:50 PM Senate race update:

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Mess in Madison?

Secretary of State Hibbit Hosemann issued the following election day update:

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Lock and load!!!

A murder suspect is still on the loose after escaping from the Warren County jail last week.  The reward for his capture is now $26,000.  The Warren County Sheriff's Office posted this message on Facebook:

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Vote today

Consider this the Presidential Primary post. The Trumpster wowed 'em in Madison yesterday while Cruz paid homage to all things catfish and the giant cross in Florence.   Kasich be-bopped through here last week although he met with "The Party" instead of the voters.  Can't trust the folks with pitchforks, you know.  We got to see Bill himself grace us with his presence as Fondrenites oohed and ahhed.  Bernie? Who dat be?  Bernie didn't even visit the state. Oh well.  Here is a round up of the primary news:

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Deputy State Auditor & Investigator indicted

Copies of indictments are posted below.

Update (10:44 AM, 3/10/16): Attorney Hiram Richard Davis, Jr.  represents both defendants. 

A Hinds County grand jury indicted David Huggins and Karei McDonald for "first degree hindering prosecution by obstruction" on February 26, 2016.   Mr. Huggins is the Deputy State Auditor and Mr. McDonald is an investigator for the Office of the State Auditor.  The indictment states the two acted together to "hinder the prosecution" of Ben Allen.  

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St. Andrew's getting the lead out.

The water at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Jackson has "higher than normal" amounts of lead. The school announced the test results in a letter sent to parents of lower school students last week. The letter is posted below.

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Auditor employees indicted

A Hinds County grand jury indicted Deputy State Auditor David Huggins and Investigator Karie McDonald.  The Clarion-Ledger reported the indictments were related to an investigation about Downtown Jackson Partners.

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Senate race open thread

We got ourselves a Senate race tomorrow in Northeast Jackson and Madison County as Bill Billingsley and Walter Michel face off tomorrow at the polls.   Feel free to comment below. 

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JPD seeking murder suspect

JPD issued the following press release about a double homicide that took place on Fontaine Avenue (NOT Fontaine in NE Jackson):

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Pitiful

College students at the University of Pittsburgh left a campus speech in tears after a speaker said something they didn't like.  Where is my safe space?  The Pitt News reported:

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JPD seeks murder suspect.

JPD issued the following statement and mugshots:

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R.I.P., Mrs. First Lady

Nancy Reagan passed away.  She will be missed. 

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Clarion-Ledger is showing you the money

The state newspaper has been engaging in a serious bout of investigative journalism in the last few Sunday editions.  It took aim at our seriously weak and ineffective campaign finance laws.  Some call Mississippi campaign finance "legalized bribery".  The Clarion-Ledger  began its series on February 20 with this story:

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Politico: Mississippi is "craziest state" for telemedicine

Thank you, Politco.  The ehealth section of Politico Pro picked up JJ's "Shameful" post from Thursday:

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

About those jobs on the coast.....

Anita Lee reported in a Sun-Herald blog post that a company just won some nice incentives from the legislature to create jobs on the Gulf Coasts has been laying off workers at its Gulf Coast operations.  Ms. Lee reported:

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Teams Rubio & Trump form up in Mississippi

From the email bag:

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Document downpour on Med Board

It's time for a document downpour for the weekend. JJ posted several emails written by members of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure yesterdayJJ does not want to be accused of cherry-picking so here is the entire batch of emails JJ received from the Board after submitting a public records request.  Read through all 683 pages to your heart's content.  The batch includes emails, transcripts of the telemedicine hearing, and other correspondence pertaining to the telemedicine issue. 683 pages, although much of the documents are duplicates.  However, do not fear, for the Kingfish provided a road map for you to navigate through the batch. 

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Voting reforms pass House

Secretary of State Gigbert Hosemann issued the following press release.

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STONEWALL!!

The Jackson Public School District has no records or invoices for professional services that were provided during the $118 million refinancing of bonds that took place in 2015.  The District paid $1.2 million in fees to lawyers, financial advisers, and other parties to conduct the transaction.  The same issue only generated nearly $550,000 in fees when it was sold back in 2007.  JJ tried to obtain the invoices for the professional service fees through a public records request.  However, JPS claimed it had no copies of invoices or other records for such services.  Earlier post.

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Pilot shortgage continues to afflict airlines

The pilot shortage is hurting airlines that serve smaller markets such as Jackson.  Republic Airways filed for bankruptcy in no small part due to the shortage.  The Wall Street Journal reported last week:

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Board of Medical Licensure agrees to ease Nurse Practitioner restrictions

The Senate recommitted the bill expanding the "Nurse Practitioner radius" from 15 to 75 miles in Mississippi.  Nurse Practitioners had not been allowed to work more than 15 miles from their supervising physician.  Senator Terry Burton announced the Board of Medical Licensure agreed to change its regulations to the 75-mile radius.  He said the new regulation will appear on the Board's website in 28 days.  Senator Burton also said there is currently no limit on how many Nurse Practitioners can be supervised by a physician.  There had been a common assumption that state law imposed such a limit but Senators Burton and Dean Kirty said the actual laws did not have a limit. Burton's bill was a committee substitute for a similar one sponsored by Senator Angela Hill.

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29-18

Airport bill passes Senate on a vote of 29-18. The bill was amended to remove the language giving the Governor the power to appoint nominees provided by Jackson, Rankin County, and Madison County.  Here are the actual votes:

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Mississippi is on deck

Update: Bill Clinton will be in town this afternoon.

The Presidential race moves to Mississippi next week and Mississippi is actually getting some attention.  For all the gnashing of teeth over protracted nomination fights - elections can be soooo messy - it is nice to actually have a voice in the primary fights.  It's  much better than in elections past when the fight was over after South Carolina.  Here are some updates.

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SHAMEFUL!!!

 A fight over the use of telemedicine rages behind the scenes at the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure.  Telemedicine is used by tens of thousands of patients in Mississippi as its growth has exploded over the last few years.  However, emails and other correspondence show the Board has been waging its own war on telemedicine as it seeks to control the market and limit its use.  One board member even calls his employer "shameful" for offering telemedicine to its employees. The Executive Director chews out the board attorney for daring to offer an opinion whether some forms of telemedicine are legal. Other emails show the lengths the board has gone to to regulate the market while avoiding the rules it must follow in doing so.   JJ obtained emails through a public records request. 

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

You can't make this up.

Apparently banning segregationist practices is the new white supremacy.  The Daily Tennessean reported last month:

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Dilbert: Democrats screwed it up.

Secretary of State Catbert Hosemann issued the following press release:

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Knuckleheads.

It seems our fearless leaders in the Mississippi House of Representatives voted to expand the vaccine exemptions available to children today.  The measure passed nine votes and had thirty-three sponsors.  The bill will allow parents to obtain vaccine exemptions from out of state-doctors.

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Rick Cleveland: Wesley Walls and the hard knocks of football

Far be it from me to become involved in the Academy Awards controversy about the lack of nominations for African American actors. I hope the people voting know more about it than I do.

Fact is, I only know what I like and what touches me. And one of the 2015 movies that touched me most was “Concussion” – a film starring the immensely talented Will Smith, which dealt with the catastrophic effects of repeated concussions for professional football players.

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Cabbies sue city over taxicab ordinance

Several taxicab drivers who wish to start their own taxicab companies sued the city of Jackson today in Hinds County in Hinds County Chancery Court.  They claim Jackson's taxicab licensing ordinance is unfair and keeps them from obtaining a license.  The case has been assigned to Chancellor William Singletary.

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Senate improves charter school law

Leftenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following press release:

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Executioner secrecy bill passes Senate

Attorney Generalissimo Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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MBML Executive Director retiring.

Dr. Vann Craig will retire from his position as Executive Director for the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure on March 24.

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Airport has land for lease.

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority issued the following press release:

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Madison drug bust

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement and mug shot.

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Should telemedicine serve doctors or serve patients in Mississippi?

Disruption is the new buzzword in corporate America as old business models are blown up and new ones created on an almost daily basis with the advent of the smartphone. Few things are immune to the technology tidal wave that is sweeping across the economy and the practice of medicine is no exception. Meanwhile, government is often ill-suited to handle such disruption and often does not know what to do. Mississippi is no exception as shown in the fight over telemedicine. It is a fight that is little understood or covered by the press but may impact what healthcare options are available to Mississippians.

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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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