Sunday, October 13, 2019

"People Don't Like Honesty"

From the sacred to the profane....  Bill Maher and Howard Stern together..... uncut, unedit, unplugged:

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Last Will Be First & First Will Be Last

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on the parable of the workers who grumbled after being paid the same as each other, regardless of hours worked.  Enjoy today's edition of Sunday Morning Sermon. 

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Bill Crawford: PERS Tries to Stay Invisible Until After Elections

Did you get a glimpse Mississippi's invisible black hole? It briefly appeared over the past year in the Bigger Pie Forum, an Associated Press article by Jeff Amy, and the Jackson Jambalaya blog.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Barricaded Suspect Arrested

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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By the Numbers (Zoo Edition)

Posted below are the most recent financial statements for the Jackson Zoological Society.  Needless to say, they are not pretty.  The fiscal year is from October 1 to September 30.  The final attendance for FY 2019 was 48,114.  It was 73,000 in 2018 and 101,000 in 2017.  Read 'em and weep.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

D.A.-Elect Might Have EEOC Problem

Incoming Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens might have his own share of #metoo problems.  The Appeal, a website dedicated to criminal justice issues, reported an EEOC complaint was filed against Mr. Owens:

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Settled!

The Jackson Zoological Society and city of Jackson settled a lawsuit this morning.  Justin Vicory reported in the Clarion-Ledger:

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Pumpkin Spice Potpourri

Just in case you can't get more annoyed at the deluge of pumpkin spice references that seem to occur earlier every year, here is a completely obnoxious video from the folks at It's a Southern Thing that extolls the virtues of pumpkin spice. Enjoy.

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Homicide by Grove Park (Updated)

JPD issued the following statement.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Sissy Blasts MBN Director

The Chief of Staff at the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics had enough and called it quits this week.  MBN Chief of Staff Allison Killibrew pulled no punches in her resignation letter: 

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Delbert Raises the Dough

The Delbert Hosemann for Lieutenant Governor campaign issued the following statement. 

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Partying in Paris

Never let it be said that the Commissioners for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority don't know how to have a good time.  The spending records of its recent trip to Paris are filled with Eiffel Tower dinners, expensive hotels, and other high-falootin' ways.  Justin Vicery reported in the Clarion-Ledger today:


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The Jackson City Councilman's Creed

The Jackson City Council has been quite busy lately.  However, one little matter escaped the media's attention.  The City Council created it's own creed and passed it at last week's meeting.

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Most of South Has Gone to the Dogs

Mississippi is one of the few states in the South that bans dogs from restaurant patios. A controversy arose this year about restaurants allowing dogs in patios and other outdoor areas.  What is common in other states is illegal in Mississippi.


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Tate Wants to Raise Teacher Pay

This post is a paid advertisement by the Tate Reeves for Governor Campaign. 

Today, at a press conference surrounded by public school teachers in Gulfport, Tate Reeves released his plan to raise teacher pay, become the best state in the country for paying national board certified teachers with the most national board certified teachers, increase teacher supply funding, and more.

"I don’t traffic in false promises of unlimited free money from the government. When I make a promise, I keep it. You can take it to the bank," Tate Reeves said at the event. "This plan represents my commitment to our teachers. It is based on months of research and planning to determine what we can afford, with an eye towards aggressive investment in our educators."

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

MDOT issued the following statement on I-20 closures in Hinds County:

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The Hood Gets Us Some 5G

Lord Protector James Hood issued the following proclamation. 

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Update on North State Street Projects

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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The Ultimate Fan

What was it about Alabama fans bragging about class?

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Sid Salter: Fed Lawsuit Tightens Governor's Race

In a recent column, I wrote about the major time in Mississippi history that an obscure Mississippi constitutional relic from the days of “Jim Crow” laws came to electoral fruition in deciding a statewide election.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

R.I.P., Billy Neville

Billy Neville passed away today at the age of 79.  The founder of The Rogue moved on to the great haberdashery in the sky.  Godspeed, sir.

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Will PERS Need More Money?

Just when PERS clears a hurdle, it runs into another one.  A PERS consultant recommended making several changes to the public employees retirement system that will place it a little  more into the financial hole.  PERS funding level has hovered between 64% and 58% over the last ten years despite two increases in employer contributions and adequate market returns. 

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Supreme Court or Bust!

It appears Butler Snow is practicing the old four corners offense in the Lamar Adams case...

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WSJ: Did USA Swimming Spike Investigations?

Did USA Swimming spike investigations into sexual abuse claims against swim coaches?  It is a question asked by federal prosecutors.  The Wall Street Journal reported last week:

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Funeral Home Busted for Cheating the Bereaved

Secretary of State Hibbit Hosemann issued the following statement. 

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Take the Challenge

Can you survive 24 hours as a Volunteer fan? Take the challenge. 

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Deputy Improves

Praise the Lord.  Deputy Brad Sullivan is off the ventilator.  His brother posted an update on Facebook:

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Salute to Governor and Mrs. Phil Bryant


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Swim Coach Indicted on Two Counts of Sexual Battery. Alleged Victim was Minor.

A Rankin County grand jury indicted Savannah Reis for two counts of sexual battery with a minor on September 18.  Mrs. Reis was arrested Friday and released after posting a $35,000 bond.  The indictment states:

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Is Success a 4-Letter Word?

The Byram-Clinton-Edwards corridor finally opened last week but not to a few grumbles, of course.  We can't stand success in Mississippi.  WAPT reported Thursday:

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Prepare to get slimed at Tinseltown Thursday.....

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Sheriff Tucker Speaks

Madison County Sheriff Randall Tucker issued the following statement about the ACLU settlement.

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Mark Baker Takes on Hood

At the national level, we are watching Democrats attempt to use impeachment as a political weapon against the President of the United States. It is a transparent political hit job by a party that has failed to gain the support of the people. Here in Mississippi, Democrat Jim Hood is pulling straight from the party playbook.

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When There Is No Hope

Enjoy today's edition of Sunday Morning Sermon as the late Dr. Frank Pollard preaches from Ephesians in this 1990 sermon. 

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Bill Crawford: Brain Drain a Gross Problem

Brain drain in Mississippi is gross. That's what Phil Hardwick wrote in the Mississippi Business Journal.

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Last Night at the Fair....

Meanwhile, at the Mississippi State Fair last night.....

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Priester Speaks!

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. provided more information on Jackson's water/sewer billing fiasco:

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Swim Coach Indicted for Sexual Battery

A Rankin County grand jury indicted Savannah Reis for sexual battery.  The booking information is posted below.

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PROTEST!!!

A student uprising is afoot at Ole Miss after the university announced IHL Commish Glenn Boyce will be the new Chancellor:

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PERS Results Delayed

PERS watchers will have to wait a few extra months to learn how well the retirement system performed last year.  PERS will release the annual valuation reports in December.  The reports are traditionally released in October.  However, such will not be the case this year.   The reports provide valuable information on PERS such as funding levels, rate of return, and the retiree population. 

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Guest Gets Challenger

WYAB talk show host James Tulp issued the following statement yesterday. 

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Youtube's War on History Continues

Youtube demonetized The Great War channel recently.   The channel  dedicated to telling the story of The Great War but in a slightly different fashion.  Indy Neidell provides a weekly video that covers the Great War as it unfolded during that week.  Lectures, newspaper articles, videos, and photographs are used to give viewers a similar experience to what you would see if you lived a century ago.  This is a highly enjoyable way of learning history. Perfect for that brand new Ipad or smart tv you got for Christmas. The channel has over one million subscribers.  However, Youtube suddenly demonetized the channel without explanation or warning.

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4 Plead Guilty in Chris Epps Case

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Rebel Boyce

It appears IHL Commish Glenn Boyce will become the Chancellor of Ole Miss tomorrow.  Yes, that would be the same Mr. Boyce who led the search for the new Chancellor.  I just luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuv Misssss-ippi. 

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Throwback Thursday

Ice capades at the State Fair, anyone?

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Improving

The family of Madison County Deputy Brad Sullivan reports his condition has somewhat improved.  His brother posted on Facebook:

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ACLU & Madison Co. Try to Seal Settlement

The ACLU and Madison County are trying to seal a settlement agreement in federal court.  The two sides recently settled a lawsuit over the use of roadblocks in Madison County.  The motion for protective order states:

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Swim Coach No Longer Suspended

USA Swimming reinstated the coaching privileges of Savannah Reas.  USA Swimming suspended PEAQ Coach Savannah Reis from the association on July 24.  The organization is the national governing body for swimming in the United States.  USA Swimming's website states that it suspended Mrs. Reis due allegations of misconduct. 

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Camp Shelby Casualties

Update:  22 soldiers were injured during a night jump at Camp Shelby. The AP reported:

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Spoiled Brat of the Day

Dr. Phil had a good one a few days ago.  You just can't make this up.

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Pearl Cross Country Team Cleared

The Pearl Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Beer Coming to JSU Games

Jackson State University announced several game-day "enhancements" on its website:

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Jim Hood: Sleazy



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ACLU and Madison Sheriff Settle

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker and the ACLU will enter into a consent decree over the use of roadblocks in Madison County.  The ACLU accused the Sheriff of using roadblocks to target blacks in a 2017 lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.  Some highlights of the proposed consent decree are:

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Sid Salter: Cruz Playing Purity Politics in Opposing Ozerden Nomination

While most people aspire to the assurance that judges are first and foremost fair and unbiased in their rulings, President Donald Trump’s nomination of Southern District U.S. Federal Judge Halil Suleyman “Sul” Ozerden of Gulfport to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has evoked a far different response from some segments of the far right led by Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

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Double Killer Gets Double Life

Rankin-Madison District Attorney John Bramlett issued the following statement and mug shot.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

One Last Day at the Zoo

The Jackson Zoological Park closed temporarily yesterday.  Photographer Rick Guy visited the zoo and took some pictures yesterday.  Enjoy.

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Firefight in Gluckstadt... Literally

A brouhaha over fire protection is developing in Gluckstadt.  The city of Canton asked the Madison County Board of Supervisors to de-annex the area covered by the Gluckstadt Fire Department from Canton.  The Gluckstadt Fire Department responded on Facebook:

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UMC & Merit Help Patients in Madison County

UMC released the following story authored by Ruth Cummins. 

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Stonewall!

Good luck trying to get crime reports from the city of Jackson.  JJ submitted a public records request for the latest UCR reports to Jackson on September 10.  Well, here we are, more than fourteen days later and yet no crime reports.    Truth is, the Lumumba administration has made it much tougher to find out the true state of crime in the city. 

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What Do You Think? (Poll Edition)

 A Chism Strategies/Millsaps College poll says Mississippians favor background checks for firearms purchases while a slight majority approves of deporting illegal aliens when caught.  Some other key findings of the poll are:

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Thalia Mara Revenue Increases

The city of Jackson issued the following press release. 

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Trollfest '09

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.


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Trollfest '07

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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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