Thursday, July 9, 2020

C19 Update: Hospitalizaitons Surge to New Highs


The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 703 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 44 new deaths.   The total number of cases is 33,591. The virus has caused 1,204 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 22,167 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.  The Rt factor is 1.22.

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Dr. Osterholm Discusses Recent C19 Surge

If you have nothing at all to do today, you can listen to Dr. Michael Osterholm's latest podcast on the Covid-19 virus that is posted below.  Enjoy.

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Governor Vetoes Several Bills

Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement on Facebook.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Tonight's Funny

Comedian Andrew Schulz has had it up to here with the wokesters.  Watch him take a few shots at today's current madness.  Enjoy.

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City Council: Ole Hickory Must Go

The Jackson City Council voted 5-1 to move the statue of President Andrew Jackson from the Josh Halbert Gardens at City Hall to another location.  

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Jackson Violence Update

JPD issued the following statements.

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T'Q is Back in Jail

The feds put T'Quarius Jones back in jail Monday.  The Justice Department charged him with receiving a firearm while under felony indictment.  DOJ issued the following statement:

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DPS Announces New Leadership Team

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement.

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HOA's Sue Lane's Wife in Ridgway Lane Scandal

Nine homeowner's associations sued Pamela Lane in Rankin County Circuit Court Monday to recover funds allegedly embezzled from their accounts.

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Sid Salter: Stennis Legacy Challenged in Wake of Black Lives Matter Movement

The social and cultural ripples from the “Black Lives Matter” movement continue, from the amazing saga of the taking down of the Mississippi state flag to the ongoing debate over moving or removing monuments and changing building names on edifices named for individuals who don’t pass muster through the prism of racial justice.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Stand With Paige

No one is safe from the crazies these days.  In the midst of statue-toppling and virtue-signaling, death threats were issued against storied golfer Paige Spiranac.  What was her alleged crime?

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C19 Update: Record Deaths in Mississippi

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 957 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 44 new deaths.   The total number of cases is 32,214. The virus has caused 1,158 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 19,388 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.  The Rt factor is 1.06.

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Who Got the Money?

The federal government released a list of businesses that each obtained over $150,000 in Covid-19 relief.  The list is posted below.  Fix a drink, toke, I mean smoke a cigar, and enjoy. 

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Delbert Has Virus

Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann's office issued the following statement.

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Beatdown in Jacktown

Shades of the WWE came to Maple Street in Georgetown a few days ago.  Ouch.

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D.A. Tries to Get Bond Revoked for MBar Murder Suspect

Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens asked Circuit Judge Faye Peterson to revoke the bond of Javarius Stewart.  Stewart is a suspect in the murder of Mantrell Shelby at the M Bar Friday night.  Stewart was free on bond after a Hinds County grand jury indicted him in December for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and several other charges.


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Monday, July 6, 2020

Blue's Bloods

SEC Shorts came through for us again during this long, hot summer.  Enjoy.

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The Ecstasy of Morricone

Metallica's favorite composer passed away today.  It can be argued Ennio Morricone had just as great a role as Clint Eastwood in helping the Spaghetti westerns achieve iconic status.  He passed away today at the age of 91. Enjoy some of his music in the clips posted below.

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C19 Update: More of the Same

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 357 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 3 new deaths.   The total number of cases is 31,257. The virus has caused 1,114 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 19,388 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.  The Rt factor is 1.12.

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The Devil Finally Stole the Soul Today

Charlie Daniels passed away today.  He was 83 years old.  Hopefully, he does not stop in Jackson on the way to heaven. R.I.P.

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Sheriff Passes Out Masks

Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance issued the following statement.

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Free Food!

Ag Commish Andrew Gipson issued the following press release. 

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We Are Invincible!

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba threatened to drop the hammer on any business or person who violated his mandatory mask order.  Well, Mr. Mayor, here is a good place for you to start: Mbar Club.

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Firefighter Shot

Jackson Firefighter Lieutenant Otto Love is undergoing surgery right now. He was involved in an automobile accident.  The driver of the other car shot him ten times. More information will be posted when available.

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Too Funny!

Apparently some people need to go to class to learn how to pump gas. ;-)

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C19 Hits the Senate

The Lieutenant Governor's Chief of Staff contracted the Covid-19 virus.  Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann sent this message to State Senators this afternoon:

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Speaker & Several Reps Have Covid-19

 Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn and several representatives contracted the Covid-19 virus.  Speaker Gunn announced in a Facebook video he tested positive for the virus this morning*  He said he is suffering only light symptoms.  

Several State Representatives contracted the Covid-19 virus as well.  State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs sent the following email to the members:

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Sunday Sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard returns to the Sermon on the Mount in this 1991 sermon.  Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Bryant Set Stage for Faith to Supplant Battle Flag

The Mississippi Legislature plowed new ground last week when members heroically voted to banish the Confederate battle flag from the state flag, uprooting a long-time symbolic vestige of our segregationist past.

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

C19 Update: Hospitalizations Hit Another Record

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 990 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 4 new deaths.   The total number of cases is 30,674. The virus has caused 1,107 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 19,388 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.  The Rt factor is 1.14.

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Price of Death in Jackson? $5

JPD issued the following statement.

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Fireworks in Pearl Tonight

The city of Pearl issued the following statement.

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Shootout at Club M. Murder Suspect on Run.

Suspect was indicted last year for aggravated assault on LEO. 

Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance issued the following statement.


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Friday, July 3, 2020

C19 Update: Cases & Deaths Rise, Everything Else Flat

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 914 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 11 new deaths.   The total number of cases is 29,684. The virus has caused 1,103 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 50% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 19,388 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.  The Rt factor is 1.13.

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The More Things Change, the More Things Remain the Same at DPS

It appears little has changed at the Mississippi Department of Public Safety under the new Commissioner. JJ submitted its usual request for a roster of all DPS employees who receive a $1,000 per year clothing allowance. Take a look at the records provided and see if anything is missing.

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Flashback Friday: When Harvey Took on Tate

The Mayor's tantrum over Tate's veto of a "water bill forgiveness bill" brings to mind an old story this website broke ten years ago.  Harvey Johnson found himself in a similar predicament and found a temper tantrum had no effect on then-Treasurer Tate Reeves.   Hizzonour thought he had $6 million in water bonds and included it in his budget.  There was just one problem.  Harvey never actually applied for the money as required by law.  Instead of manning up and taking responsibility, the Mayor threw a tantrum, thinking he could steamroll young Tate Reeves.  Election Man soon discovered otherwise.

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Leg Gives $275 Million to Rural Broadband, Distance Learning

Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement.

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Court Tells Carlos Moore to Pay Up

Carlos the Clown must pay up yet again. The Mississippi Court of Appeals ordered Carlos Moore to pay sanctions of $27,467 after he failed to appear in court for a trial because he had a "speaking engagement" in Texas.  The Grenada attorney has been sanctioned three times since 2017.  Two separate Bars censured and reprimanded him as well.

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Apple Closes Ridgeland Store Again

Apple closed its Ridgeland store yesterday:

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Warren Strain Update

Warren Strain's wife posted a Facebook live video just now. Check out how he is doing. 

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C19 Update: Hospitalizations Set Record

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 870 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 10 new deaths.   The total number of cases is 28,770. The virus has caused 1,092 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 50% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 19,388 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.  The Rt factor is 1.14.

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Tantrum Time!

Little Lord Lumumba's little friends in the Poor People's Campaign compared Governor Tate Reeves to the KKK as he stood next to them at a press conference this morning at the Capitol.  Governor Reeves stirred their outrage after he vetoed a "water forgiveness" bill this week. 

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GOP Praises Furling of the Flag

The Mississippi Republican Party issues the following statement regarding the retiring of the Mississippi state flag:

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State Fire Marshal Encourages Fireworks Safety

Insurance Commish Mike Chaney issued the following statement. 

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Equal Time: Dr. Osterholm Says C19 Precautions do Little Good

Infectious disease expert Dr. Michael Osterholm says wiping down, masking up, and all those other Covid-19 precautions are almost useless. He called them measures to make people feel good.  The video of the interview is posted below.

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Do As I Say............ (Updated)

No doubt these guys will be wearing masks and spacing out from each other, right?

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Bedwetter Alert!

Well, this is a video that will make you look twice.

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Ginn to Lead Mississippi Highway Patrol

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement.

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"Our Healthcare System is at Risk"

Governor Tate Reeves is giving a briefing on Covid-19 right now. The briefing is streamed below.

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Hospitalizations Continue to Surge

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 693 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 9 new deaths.   The total number of cases is 27,900. The virus has caused 1,082 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 50% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 17,242 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.  The Rt factor is 1.14.

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Jackson Under Mask Requirement

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following executive order.

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Can You Dig It???????

Is Antifa coming to Madison or are we witnessing yet another internet hoax?

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Sid Salter: Path to Flag Change Proves Racial Views Evolve W/Life Experience, History

Mississippi’s tense and emotional public debate of removing the Confederate Battle Flag from the canton corner of the state flag evoked some of the more startling lessons of history regarding the evolution of racial views by individuals and by institutions.

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Read 'Em & Weep

The dreaded Bond Bill dropped yesterday.  Feel free to dig through it and post your findings in the comments.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Dumpster Fire!

Comedienne Bridget Phetasy dropped her latest Dumpster Fire on Youtube.  You won't ever look at a candle the same way again.   She takes a few potshots at Hollywood Ho's, statue takedowns, and re-segregation.  Enjoy.

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The Flag Comes Down

Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement on signing a bill to replace the state flag.


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C19 Update: Hospitalizations Surge

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 680 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 14 new deaths.   The total number of cases is 27,247. The virus has caused 1,073 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 50% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 17,242 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.  Unfortunately, the Rt factor remained at 1.18.

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Shutdowns Cripple Sales Tax Revenues

Most cities in the Jackson metro area lost substantial amounts of sales tax revenue An April when Mississippi was under a strict shut-down order.  Flowood, Jackson, and Ridgeland were the loss leaders as they are the home to most of the malls and shopping centers.

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Governor Vetoes Jackson Water Forgiveness Bill

Governor Tate Reeves vetoed a bill that would allow Jackson to forgive water bills.   He announced on Facebook yesterday:

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Mayor: Mask Up!

"We can shut you down."

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said he will require everyone to wear a mask when in public.  Citations will be issued for violations.  Mayor Lumumba said he is prepared to revoke the licenses of businesses who do not require customers and employees to wear masks. Executive orders implementing the new policy will be issued in the next few days.

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Update on Ridgeland Saturday Arrest

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement.

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Babalu Closes Temporarily

Babalu posted the following message on Facebook:

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C19 Update: More Cases, More Deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 675 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 20 new deaths.   The total number of cases is 26,567. The virus has caused 1,059 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 50% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 17,242 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.  Unfortunately, the Rt factor remained at 1.19.

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Receiver Files Status Report in Lamar Adams Case

SEC Receiver Alysson Mills filed her status report in the Lamar Adams case last Friday.  The report is posted below.

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Zoo Update

The city of Jackson reached an oral agreement with Zooceanarium.  Maggie the Meek reported on WLBT last week:

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Pediatricians: Open the Schools

The American Academy of Pediatricians said children should return to school this fall.  The Academy published new guidance yesterday on school re-openings.  It said the Covid-19 virus behaves differently in children and are less likely to spread infection.  The Academy stated on its website:

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Covid-19 Update

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 361 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 4 new deaths.   The total number of cases is 25,892. The virus has caused 1,039 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 50% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 17,242 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.  The Rt factor fell ever so slightly to 1.22.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on freedom in this 1991 sermon.  Enjoy this edition of Sunday Morning Sermon.

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Bill Crawford: Mandate Masks to Avoid More Lockdowns & Closures

Back in the day you could tell the bad guys by the masks they wore. How ironic that these days it seems to be the other way around. Those not wearing masks are becoming the bad guys.

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Furling the Flag

Mississippi will be getting a new flag.  Y'all Politics reported:

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Ridgeland Officer Injured During Arrest

Bystanders yell at police officers. 

A suspect injured a Ridgeland police officer today during an arrest today.  A video of the arrest is making the rounds on Facebook this afternoon.  The video is posted below.

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Do as I say........

It appears our leaders are all about doing as they say but not as they do if one judges what took place at Martin's two days ago.

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Daily Covid-19 Update

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 465 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 13 new deaths.   The total number of cases is 25,531. The virus has caused 1,035 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 50% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 17,242 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.  Unfortunately, the Rt factor remained at 1.26.

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AG Announces Convictions

Attorney General Lynn Fitch issued the following statement.

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Suspect Arrested in Angel Destruction

Natchez police arrested a suspect in the toppling of the renowned Turning Angel statue in Natchez City Cemetery.  The Natchez Democrat reported:

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When I See the Current Mississippi Flag

Madison County resident Donald Drane submitted this guest column. 

The current (and apparently outgoing) Mississippi flag is offensive, victimizing and represents threats, disrespect and alienation.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Flashback Friday: Target Edition

Just a flashback to simpler times and simpler things.  Enjoy.

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Billy Mounger, Rest In Peace

Senator Roger Wicker issued the following statement.

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Take Home Koestler Prime Tonight


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Only 550 New C19 Cases Reported


The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 550 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 8 new deaths.   The total number of cases is 25,066. The virus has caused 1,022 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 50% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 17,242 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.  Unfortunately, the Rt factor jumped up to 1.26. 

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No Comment! (Corrected)

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Well, this is interesting.   Just another med-mal case litigating its way through the Bog of Eternal Stench.  An attorney had a rather interesting response to one of those responses to the reply to the decree to the order submitted by the motion to move to strike the response to the whatever it was that started all of this.  Enjoy reading the lawyer porn.

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Find This Mutt!

We got us a little mutt lost over by East Northside Drive:

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Cory Wilson Confirmed to 5th Circuit

Senator Roger Wicker issued the following statement.

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Big Plans for Planetarium

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.


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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Health Department Warns Pandemic Worsening

The State Health Department held a press conference on the Covid-19 virus today.  Video of the presser is posted below. Some highlights are:

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Oops!

Sometimes one should not go into the wrong hood.  Waving a rebel flag in West Jackson is probably not a good idea for a white guy.  Wearing a Rising Sun bandana is probably not a smart thing to do in Beijing or a more rural Chinese town.  Wearing a Star of David in... well you get the idea.  One "reporter" took it upon himself to investigate a group of men protecting a Christophe Colombo statute in South Philly.  It didn't exactly turn out the way he planned.

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C-19 Update: It's a New Record!!!

Congratulations, Mississippi.  You set a new record for Covid-19 cases in one day.  The Mississippi Department of Health reported 1,092 cases today, pushing the cumulative total to 24,516.  There were only 8 deaths.  The total number of deaths due to the virus is 1,016 victims.  Hospitalizations surged to a record high as well.  Read the chart and weep.

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Idiot of the Day

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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JMAA Issues RFQ

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority issued the following request for qualifications for the Taxiway Alpha project.

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More Arrests in CCJ Home Invasion

JPD made some more arrests in the home invasion that took place in the Country Club of Jackson several weeks ago.  JPD tweeted yesterday:

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Bigger Pie Forum: Supertalk Gets Super Contracts

Imagine a talk radio network that reaches every county in Mississippi and hosts state policymakers as guests with a large proportion of its advertisements each hour coming in the form of taxpayer-funded public service announcements (PSAs).

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Crank Up the Rach

Few sounds rival that of a pianist touching the keys of heaven.  We are having to endure a great deal of serious stuff right now.  Perhaps it's time to take a break and enjoy what is truly beautiful. 

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SOS: Let People Vote on Flag

Secretary of State Michael Watson issued the following statement. 

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Reward Offered in Canton Estates Murder

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker issued the following statement.

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Gilbert: Change the Flag

Leftenent Governor Hibbit Hosemann issued the following statement.

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Health Dept: We're Not in Good Shape (Updated)

Update: 526 new cases, 22 deaths (Includes 12 deaths from earlier period), 23,424 total cases, 1,011 total deaths. 

 "We're not in good shape", warned State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs at a press conference yesterday after   Mississippi reported its worst-ever statistics for the virus yesterday.

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Sid Salter: Flag is an Albatross Around the Necks of Our Grandchildren

It has been my experience over some 40 years of writing about public policy in Mississippi that we as a people are slow to change, even when embracing change would be to our certain benefit and obstinance about doing so is to our undeniable detriment.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Shameful!

Shaun King must be proud.  Hoodlums tore down the Turning Angel statue in the Natchez City Cemetery today. The Natchez Democrat reported:

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Mississippi Bar 2020 Bar Sanctions

Posted below are the Mississippi Bar's disciplinary actions in 2020.  They were obtained through a public records request. The orders are included as well.

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Funny of the Day

Now that it has been pretty well established that Saltine was the victim of a drunk chick's hoax yesterday, some clowns decided to have a little fun with it on Facebook.

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How the Mob & Greg Sankey Changed My Mind on the Flag

James Tulp authored this guest column.  He is a talk show host for WYAB 103.9 and a former candidate for Congress. Email him at james@wyab.com.

Growing up in New Jersey, we were taught to respond to the Confederate Battle Flag as we would to a sewer rat. History, according to the public school system, was pretty simple- the North was good and not racist, the South was bad and racist.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Meanwhile Up in the Mountains....

While we are tearing ourselves down, the Chinese and Indians are having a bit of a go at it halfway around the world.   Officers gave orders not to shoot at a confrontation that occurred in May.  The troops followed their orders to the letter only too well as you can see in the video posted below. 

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The REST of the Story: Saltine Edition

An attempt to smear a local restaurant on Facebook may have backfired on a young woman.The story begins with this Facebook post. 

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JPD Arrests Couple in Soldier's Murder

JPD tweeted the following statement and mug shots.

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Covid-19 Update: Nearly 1,000 Deaths


The Mississippi State Department of Health provided an update on the Wuhan Virus after several days without an update.  Ancient hardware and software blew up on the Health Department last week.  The total number of cases is 22,287. The virus has caused 978 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 50% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 17,242 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

 Hospitalizations, ICUs, and vents remain close to their record highs.  

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Pandemic Shutdowns Hit Black Businesses Hardest

The shutdowns are hard on all but hardest on black-owned businesses.  The National Bureau of Economic Research stated in a working paper the number of active black businesses fell 41% from February to April.  The abstract states:

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DMV Announces New Schedule

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement.

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Explaining the Covid-19 Virus

A friend who is a science editor for a national publication posted this explanation of the Covid-19 virus on his Facebook page yesterday.  It is reprinted with his permission and apologies for the informal style. 

The most interesting work to me has been molecular and evolutionary. There are many reasons why we can be confident COVID-19 was not designed in a lab, but some of the most compelling are that it is too strange to have been invented by a person. Some of the mechanisms it uses barely work at all. Virologists say that the structure the virus uses to connect to ACE receptors—this is the way it infects cells—is unlike anything they have ever seen.

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Linking Past, Present, and Future

Jan Hillegas authored this guest column.  Guest columns may be submitted to kingfish1935@gmail.com.

U.S. history is full of surges of activity – to end slavery, allow women to vote, organize industries and crafts, integrate public accommodations and schools, establish voting rights for African Americans, end the Vietnam war.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Catch & Release Update: Murder Edition

Crime does indeed pay in Jackson.  Hinds County District Attorney asked Circuit Judge Adrienne Wooten to revoke the bond of a first degree murder suspect even though he later participated in a shootout and is the subject of an ATF investigation for looting a gun store.  Judge Wooten denied the request and kept his bond at $20,000.  

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"I Want To Live"

Stuck at home and can't make it to church? Scared of the virus? No problem.  Enjoy this 1991 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson). 

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Bill Crawford: Trump Spends More than Obama

In December 1985 President Ronald Reagan signed the Gramm-Ruddman Act mandating a balanced federal budget by fiscal year 1991.

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Jackson Holds Zoomer on Siemens Money

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Homicide on Sunset

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Covid-19 Transmission Worsening in Mississippi

The transmission of Covid-19 is getting worse in Mississippi.

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Flashback Friday: When Mississippi was the Boxing Capitol of the World

Note:  This post was supposed to go up last night.  Apologies. 

John L. Sullivan.  The name personifies toughness, a manliness of an age long gone.  The name is spoken with a respect few achieve.  Lombardi comes to mind.  Although primal in nature, boxing is life distilled into its crudest form.   Life batters, life beats down. Life is always standing in the other corner, waiting for the bell.  The ability to take a punch and give a punch is the essence of the human spirit.

For a brief moment, Mississippi was the center of the boxing world.  John L. Sullivan reigned as the last Bare-Knuckles Champion in boxing.  He was the Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali of his time with nary a peer.  

The last bare-knuckles champeenship fight took place Rich in 1889. The  fight to hold the fight was almost as fierce as the fight itself as the Governor went on a mission to stop the fight.  

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Lumumba Bans Chokeholds

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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Man Convicted of Assault at HOA Board Meeting

The War for Culley Lake wound down last week as a Madison Judge fined Ray Phelps for assaulting a woman at a Natchez Trace Village HOA Board meeting last year.  A civil war of sorts has been taking place in Natchez Trace Village over the last few years.  It is rather generational in nature as an old guard has pulled every trick in the book to remain in power on the HOA board.   The two sides have fought in court with the old guard losing every step of the way.  Matters came to a head last year at the annual HOA Board meeting on June 27, 2019.  The police report states:

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Fauci: What We Said About Masks Wasn't Exactly True

We are lying but its for your own good.   Watch for yourself.

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Food Fight!

State DemocratIC Party Chairman Robert Moak screwed things up yet again. 

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Bedwetter Alert: Florida Gator Edition

You can NOT be serious.  The Florida Gators are getting rid of the "Gator Bait" chant.  President Ken Fuchs stated on the university's website:

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Carey Fires Back at Shad

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release and purdy graph. 

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How to Grow Up in a Mob Neighborhood

Joe Rogan's podcast was a real treat yesterday.  Some of the crew members of The Sopranos dropped in for a bit of a chat.  Enjoy.

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Graduation Rates Are Bogus

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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The Stupid is strong with this one.

Every town has an idiot and yesterday was no exception.  Someone decided to show up at the Jackson Mayor's press conference and show off his waistband hardware.  Not too bright.  See for yourself.

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JPD Arrests Another Kidnapping Suspect

Catch & Release! Squawk! Catch & Release!  More MDOC Incompetence.

JPD arrested Kneefe Miller, Jr. for kidnapping, auto theft, and being a convicted felon carrying a concealed weapon yesterday.   JPD also arrested Jordan Collins several days ago for kidnapping and auto theft.

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Barrel Racing & Food Trucks Come to Fairgrounds

Ag Commish Andrew Gipson issued the following press release. 

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Is There Anybody Out There?

If you have access to the feeds or scanners for Atlanta PD, you might want to listen in for awhile.  Listen vewy cawefullwy. 

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Equal Time: Dr. Osterholm Gives C-19 Update

Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Michael Osterholm gave his weekly update on the Covid-19 virus in the podcast posted below.

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JPD Grabs Collins

Jordan Alexander Collins is now a resident of the Raymond Detention Center.  JPD arrested him for kidnapping and auto theft yesterday. 

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Update: Neshoba & Lauderdale Lead C-19 Deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 489 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 23 deaths today. The total number of cases is 19,348. The virus has caused 938 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 51% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 13,356 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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What Does It Take to Get Locked Up in Hinds?

$20,000 bond for murder. What could go wrong?

The tale of the Age of T'Quarius Jones is one for the books, even for the Hinds County Catch & Release program.  Prosecutors are going to ask Circuit Judge Adrienne Wooten to revoke the murder suspect's bond today after he participated in a shootout while free on bond. 

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Sid Salter: Cancelled Neshoba County Fair is a microcosm of COVID-19 realities

Longtime readers of this column know of my deep and abiding affection for the Neshoba County Fair and the old-time political speaking under shade of the old oaks and the tin roof of the Founder’s Square Pavilion.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

12 Raymond Inmates Have C-19

Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance issued the following statement.

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"Will They Cancel Scooby Doo?"

Comedian Bridget Phetasy unloaded her latest Dumpster Fire episode on Youtube yesterday.  She writes for a true smorgasbord of publications: The  Atlantic, Playboy, and the Federalist.  She posts a bi-weekly show on Youtube that pokes fun at everything going on in the world.  Enjoy.

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Sultan of Swindle Going to Prison

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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What If?

Our friends at SEC Shorts came through for the college football junkies yesterday.  Enjoy.

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Covid-19 Update: Still Going Strong

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 353 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 20 deaths today. The total number of cases is 19,348 The virus has caused 915 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 51% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 13,356 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Lamar Wants to Come Home


Who says the pandemic isn't a blessing for some?  Lamar Adams wants to come home due to the possibility of contracting Covid-19 in prison. 

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Collins Back in Jail

Update: RPD transferred him to the custody of JPD for additional charges. 

Well, well, well, look what we have here up in the Madison County Detention Center.

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Monday, June 15, 2020

UMC Tests Plasma as C-19 Treatment

UMC issued the following statement. 

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ACLU's Favorite Place Has a Homicide

A homicide took place at the Canton Estate Apartments in Madison County. WLBT reported:

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Chokwe Surrenders on Open-Carry Fight

The Open-Carry fight is over.  The city of Jackson surrendered on the fight to ban the open-carry of firearms and entered into a consent decree in federal court. The order is posted below.

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A Covid-19 Patient Speaks

This post was written by a local woman who is suffering from Covid-19.    Her name has been changed.

My name is Susan. I am a healthy 35 year old with no known underlying health conditions. I live in Rankin County with my husband and three kids. This is my experience with Covid-19. I am on day 17 and you will find that most Covid patients count their days with this virus in order to keep up with our symptoms and what day it is while we are in quarantine.

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State Auditor: Ed Money Went to the Suits

State Auditor Shadrick Blanc issued the following statement. 

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Indictments Issued in $180 Million Medicare & Money Laundering Scheme

Bolton  man indicted, Gluckstadt pharmacy linked

The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Nothing like a Burr in a Covid Saddle

Joe Rogan & Bill Burr yukking it up about the Coronavirus.  What could possibly go wrong?

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Homicide in Jackson

JPD issued the following statement. 

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The Last Island Fades Away

If you are looking for a new rabbit hole, go no further than Isles Dernieres in Lousiaiana.  Commonly known as the last island, the islands are a sober reminder to nature's fury.  It was Seaside before there was a Seaside until a nasty hurricane killed over 200 people and literally destroyed the island.


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Sunday Sermon

If you couldn't make it to church, enjoy this 1991 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church in Jackson. 

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Bill Crawford: Will Changing Times Change Mississippi This Time?

In 1963, a time of civil unrest and protest, Bob Dylan penned the lyrics to his immortal The Times They Are a-Changin’.

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Bad Boyz, What Ya Gonna Do?

It's Saturday night and that means it's time for Cops. Enjoy.

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Covid-19 Update: No Slowing Down

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 257 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 8 deaths today. The total number of cases is 19,.348 The virus has caused 889 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 51% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 13,356 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Saturday Morning Cartoons

It's time for the Saturday morning cartoons.  Enjoy.

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Chappelle Speaks

Dave Chappelle showed his serious side in a new special.  How serious was he? Mr. Chappelle posted the nearly-half-hour video on Youtube instead of his usual home at Netflix.  Enjoy.

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Standoff in Madison is Over

There was a standoff at a Cypress Lake home in Madison. A woman barricaded herself and her children in her home.   The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Warren Strain Update

Warren Strain's wife posted an update on Facebook yesterday.


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Update on CCJ Home Invasion & Ridgeland Kidnapping

A Ridgeland Municipal Judge denied bond for Deborah Cameron yesterday.  Ridgeland police arrested her Tuesday for conspiracy.  Cameron is linked to a Ridgeland kidnapping and a Jackson home invasion that took place a week ago.

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Victim Dies in Madison DUI Hit & Run

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Long Hot Summer for Mitzi

Judgement Day approaches for one-time Atlanta and Jackson power broker Mitzi Bickers.  The Atlanta Constitution-Journal reported:

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Supreme Court Denies Appeal of Ridgeland Rapist

A Madison County child molester will have to sit in prison for the rest of his life after the Mississippi Supreme Court denied his appeal in April.

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MHP Colonel Retires

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement.

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Health Department Tests Nursing Home Residents for Covid-19

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement.

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Rankin Standoff Ends

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement about the I-20 standoff that took place yesterday.

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Help Wanted

Koestler Prime needs some help:

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2 Steps We've Taken to Lower Covid-19 Risk

David J. Dzielak, PhD. and Robert Wise, Esq. submitted this column. Dr. Dzielak is the former Executive Director of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid.

COVID-19 cases in Mississippi continue apace, with well over 200 new cases a day, and Hinds and Madison counties leading the State with the most cases. Fortunately health care workers have improved treatment techniques since the crisis began so that, according to a recent report of a study in the Wall Street Journal, “after adjusting for age and comorbidities, the overall death rate declined by some 40% from March to April.” Still, we are mindful of incidents that make us wary where peer pressure among friends may mean they are not wearing masks: like the funeral in the hamlet of Baldwyn, Mississippi where 100 attended and 9 ended up infected; or Dr. Dobb’s tale of the hand of cards dealt among friends where everyone left the table with the virus.

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Madison Catches Hit & Run Suspect

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Funny of the Day

Let's face it.  We've had a rather turbulent few months  Drastic times call for drastic measures.  Only one thing is going to lighten up the mood around here right now. Enjoy.

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Nothing Like Family Traditions (Updated)

Update (6/11/2020): Bond was denied at her initial appearance today in Ridgeland Municipal Court. 

Ridgeland police arrested Debra Cameron for Conspiracy yesterday.   The 58-year old woman is a Ridgeland resident.

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The Sewage Must Flow

The city of Jackson issued the following statement.

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Covid-19 Update: More of the Same

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 374 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 21 deaths today. The total number of cases is 18,483 The virus has caused 868 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 51% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 13,356 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Families Claim Police Brutality, Demand Justice

Several families demanded justice for relatives whom they claim died as a result of police brutality in Jackson.  WAPT covered a press conference they held at the law office of Dennis Sweet:

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Recalled to Life

When is a shoe really dead?  One of our favorite cobblers gave the Lazarus treatment to a pair of shoes that was really, really ready for the trash bin.  Amazing what can happen when one doesn't give up at first glance.  This video is why you never, ever throw away a well-made shoe as almost all of it can be repaired.  Enjoy.

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Sid Salter: Unity March Felt Far Different than Past Mississippi Reactions to Racial Injustices

At Saturday’s Starkville Unity March and subsequent rally on the campus of Mississippi State University, I watched and listened. I saw local white merchants bringing cases of bottled water and local white-owned restaurants dropping off food for organizers and the police. I saw many white business leaders, bankers, and civic club members participating in the march and staying for the rally.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Idiots of the Day

This is just too damn funny.  A woman in Chicago was very, no, make that extremely agitated some good guys with guns were defending their store.  Warning: Vulgar language. Enjoy.

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Covid-19 Update: Back Up Again

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 341 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 10 deaths today. The total number of cases is 18,109 The virus has caused 847 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 52% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 13,356 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Commish Pushes Public Comments for Yazoo Pumps

Ag Commish Andrew Gipson issued the following statement.

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Will Killer Go Back to Prison?

What will MDOC do? 

The Mississippi Department of Corrections did not submit a petition to revoke the probation of a convicted killer even though he was arrested for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer nearly a month ago.

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Attorney Criticizes Bar on Racism Statement

Jackson attorney Abby Robinson submitted this guest column. She originally submitted it to the Mississippi Bar as a response to Bar President Amanda Tollison's recent statement on race.

I am attorney Abby Robinson, and I write you to first honor you for having the courage and the audacity to speak to a very serious matter in our country today, "BLACK LIVES MATTER." Your June 5, 2020 message from the Mississippi Bar Association.

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Poetry in Action

Some fine young local lads were inspired to create some poetry set to music in a way that reminds one of Coleridge and even Jim Morrison.  Shades of Elliot's nihilism as well as elements of Nietzsche's Superman appear in their work. Set to an intense rhythmic beat, such poetry is powerful as it combines hope and hopelessness into one video.  Enjoy.

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Tupelo Student Wins MPACT Scholarship


State Treasurer David McRae today surprised a student in Tupelo with a $529 Tell Me Something Good Scholarship to recognize his service to the community during COVID-19. Fifteen-year-old Aidan Wilson has been one of All Saints' Episcopal Church's most reliable volunteers during the COVID-19 crisis, serving those in need nearly every day since March 16.

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Be a Good Neighbor to Greenbrook

Greenbrook Flowers posted the following message on Facebook:

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Covid-19 Update: Ouch!

WHO says asymptomatic spread is rare

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported a record 498 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 20 deaths today. The total number of cases is 17,768. The virus has caused 837 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 52% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 13,356 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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These Heart Rhythm Experts Don't Miss a Beat

UMC published the following essay authored by Gary Pettus.

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Warren Strain Update

Warren Strain's wife posted the following updates on Facebook:

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"When Mississippi Moves, America Moves"

Protests come to Jackson. 

"No Justice, No Peace" echoed down Capitol Street Saturday as thousands of protestors marched against police brutality in front of the Governor's Mansion.  Black Lives Matter Mississippi organized the protest. Video of the protests are posted below.  Watch Calvert White (7:30) in the second video.  He passionately expressed the goal of Black Lives Matter Mississippi. 

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Shooting on Northtown Drive

JPD issued the following statement. 

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WSJ: Covid-19 Overwhelms Wayne County

Rural Mississippi managed to make the front pages yet again.  Wayne County suffers a major outbreak of the Covid-19 virus and the Wall Street Journal took note.  The Journal reported:

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Sunday Sermon

Slept a little bit late today so this edition of Sunday Morning Sermon is for those who overslept and missed church this morning.  Enjoy the late Dr. Frank Pollard's sermon.

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Bill Crawford: Coronavirus Lesson: We Are More Fragile Than Vulnerable

Fragile...the word itself seems frail, matching its etymology from the Latin fragilis, with frag meaning “to break” and ilis meaning “subject to.”

Thanks to the COVID-19 coronavirus, we see many things today more fragile, more susceptible to breaking, than ever before. Many were made that way by our false sense of invulnerability.

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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Attorney: Ball Pointed "Loaded Pistol" at Boykin

To say the withdrawal of an indictment against a white Columbus police officer accused of killing a black suspect generated some outrage is putting it mildly.  Attorney General Lynn Fitch dismissed with prejudice a manslaughter indictment against former Columbus police officer Canyon Boykin earlier this week.  The timing was not exactly stellar as the decision took place while protests against police brutality rage across America.  Boykin's attorney, Jeff Reynolds, stepped up to the plate and defended his client yesterday. 

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Terror in CCJ & Ridgeland (Updated)

A night of terror took place in Ridgeland and Jackson last night as two men kidnapped a man and then robbed his parents. 

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The Ship Continues to Sink

Geoff Pender jumped over  to Mississippi Today.  He must have gotten tired of the abuse and said enough was enough.  How much longer will it be until the "state newspaper" shuts down or stops publishing a print edition? Inquiring minds want to know. 

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Covid-19 Update

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 209 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 9 deaths today. The total number of cases is 16,769. The virus has caused 803 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 51% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 11,203 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Bedwetter Alert

Lord,  please deliver us from the Karens of the world for their mouth make a hurtful noise that is displeasing to many. 

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Jackson Mayor Addresses Protests & Police Brutality

JPD officers reinstated, referred to D.A. for prosecution. 

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.

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Standoff Ends in Clinton

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Equal Time: Covid-19 Barely Affects Mississippi Children


Perhaps it's time to look at the actual facts where Covid-19 and children are concerned.  A debate rages whether to reopen the schools.  Believe it or not, children brush off the virus. No children have died of Covid-19 in Mississippi. Other state report similar results.   There have been only 967 cases of children under the age of 18, a staggering 6% of all cases in Mississippi.  Only 27 children have been hospitalized,  l% of all Covid-19 hospitalizations.  See for yourself.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Dock Never Rocked Like This

Take a break from all the gruesome news out there and check out this video of the Dragon capsule docking with the International Space Station. 

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Irony!

The stars came out for MCEC when the non-profit organization opened its new digs at 750 North State Street last September.  JJ came across this video it shot of the opening ceremony.  To say the video is loaded with irony is an understatement. 


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Jackson Offers TSA Pre-Check Service

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Guest Column: UMMC Accountable to None, Strays from Core Mission

This 2011 column authored by Dr. Heddy Matthias appeared in another publication in a galaxy far, far away. It is reprinted with her permission.   Given the current financial turmoil at UMC, it is still relevant today. 


(The University of Mississippi Health Care is a powerful economic engine, both in the state, and especially in the Jackson metropolitan area. UMHC employs 8600, and has a $1.4 billion impact on the state.)

More than 15 years ago, under Dr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi Health Care (variously known as UMC, UMMC, UMHC, “University”) began an elaborate and expensive expansion campaign designed to move UMHC away from inner-city, poorly-paying patients to more lucrative private insurance patients in order to better manage its budget. This expansion has included a sophisticated multi-million dollar advertising campaign aimed at “branding” UMHC as the medical institution with care superior to care at non-UMHC hospitals and clinics. The plan has included extensive land acquisition around UMHCʼs main campus, and the building/renting of expansive primary care clinics in Flowood and Madison designed to compete directly with non-UMHC physicians in the Jackson area for privately insured, “bread-and-butter” patients.

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Covid-19 Slams Madison Nursing Homes

Madison County nursing homes are suffering the most severe Covid-19 outbreaks in the Jackson metro area. The Mississippi State Department of Health released a list of infected long term care facilities today as well as statistics for each facility. Nursing home deaths comprise 52% of all Covid-19 fatalities in Mississippi.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Daily Covid-19 Update


Governor announces reopening of DMV offices. Video posted below.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 302 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 15 deaths today. The total number of cases is 16,322. The virus has caused 782 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 52% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 11,203 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Priester Resigns.

Hinds County Court Judge Melvin Priester, Sr. resigned his position today. He submitted a letter of resignation that states he could no longer continue "due to my physical condition." 

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Bond Revoked for Rape Suspect

Why do Patton's cases keep disappearing? 

Barak Patton lost his Get Out of Jail Free Card yesterday after Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green revoked his bond.  Patton was in jail awaiting trial for several felonies when Judge Green reduced his bond to $10,000 on May 22 and placed him under home confinement.* Clinton police arrested him a few days ago for allegedly raping a 14 year-old girl. Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Tina Herron filed the motion to revoke his bond yesterday.  Patton is the nephew of Hinds County Constable John Brown.

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Mississippi to Repay $5 Million in Food Stamp Consulting Fraud

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Neurologist Barred from Practicing Medicine

The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure prohibited Dr. Dannette Dillon from practicing medicine last Friday.  Dr. Dillon is a local neurologist.  A Board investigator stated in an affidavit:

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Warren Strain update

Update:  He is out of surgery and stable. 

Pray for Warren Strain as he is undergoing brain surgery right now.  His wife posted on Facebook:

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Sid Salter: Remembering One of Mississippi's Finest Integration Heroes: Lee McKinney

The struggle for peaceful school integration in Mississippi just over a half-century ago was a time that called for the emergence of quiet heroes – men and women of courage and good will from both the black and white races.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

UMC CEO Leaving

UMC CEO Kevin Cook submitted his resignation today. He will be assuming the COO position at OLOL in Baton Rouge.

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Health Department to Release Names of Nursing Homes with Covid-19 Patients Tomorrow

The Mississippi Department of Health will start posting the names of nursing homes suffering Covid-19 outbreaks tomorrow.  MSDH stated in a press release today:

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Speaker Worries About Covid-19

Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn worried the pandemic may be worsening in Mississippi.  He stated in an email sent to members last week:

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Before You Succeed, You Must First Screw Up

America celebrated the return to space Saturday as SpaceX successfully placed a capsule in orbit.   Elon Musk did something too many corporate egos would never ever never do. He posted a video of SpaceX mistakes.  What various versions of SpaceX rockets die all too often in a rather fiery blaze of glory.  Enjoy.

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Covid-19 Update: 28 New Deaths Reported

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 268 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 28 deaths today. The total number of cases is 15,752. The virus has caused 767 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 51% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 11,203 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Catch & Release! Squawk! Catch & Release!

Suspect arrested for child rape days after Judge Green released from jail on low bond. 
Suspect is nephew of Hinds County Constable John Brown.

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement.

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Jackson Employee Investigated for Online Hate Speech

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Justifiable Homicide in Florence

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Covid-19 Update: 739 Deaths, 15,752 Cases

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 251 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 5 deaths today. The total number of cases is 15,752. The virus has caused 739 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 50% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 9,401 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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America Returns to Space

America returned to the heavens Saturday as a SpaceX mission launched and successfully reached the International Space Station last weekend.  Watch the wonder of it all in the highlight video posted below.  What SpaceX accomplished is truly breathtaking. Enjoy.

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Clinton Will Give Masks to Residents

The city of Clinton issued the following statement.

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You Can't Make This Up: Trooper Edition

It doesn't seem possible but the Mississippi Highway Patrol managed to surpass the Officer Redfruit fiasco from a few years ago.

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Social Distancing?

What social distancing?   ______ Covid-19!!!

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Lumumba Administration Hides Crime Stats Yet Again

The Lumumba administration is hiding the crime statistics yet again.  This is not the first, second, or third but the fourth time the administration has done so. 

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Bill Crawford: Common Sense Needed

As the COVID-19 virus and behavior restrictions linger, frustrations grow, spawning irresponsible reactions by some.

An angry man spewed a glob of spit onto the mask of a Presbyterian minister out shopping in Jackson. In Michigan a man wiped his nose and mouth on a store clerk's shirt when he was told to wear a mask. Also in Michigan a security guard was killed after telling a woman to leave a store because she was not wearing a mask. In Washington a customer and employee had an altercation when the customer insisted, “I'm not doing it because I woke up in a free country.”

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Sunday Morning Sermon

Playing hooky from church? No problem, JJ's got ya covered.  Posted below is a 1991 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  Enjoy.

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

PARTY!!!

It appears there was a helluva party in Madison County tonight.

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MSDH Reports Record New Cases

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 439 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 13 deaths today. The total number of cases is 15,229. The virus has caused 723 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 50% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 9,401 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Protests Scheduled

The struggle is coming to Pearl & Canton:

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Suspect in Murder of 11 Year-Old Arrested

JPD arrested Kemarshon Cassity yesterday for the murder of 11 year-old Jordan McCoy.  Cassity was already a suspect in a double shooting at the Westin Hotel in March.  He was already out on bond when he allegedly committed both crimes.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

MDOC Reports 45 Covid-19 Cases

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

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Covid-19 Update: 710 Deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 418 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 17 deaths today. The total number of cases is 14,790. The virus has caused 710 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 50% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 9,401 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Multiple Shootings in Jackson

JPD issued the following statement.

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Jackson Creates Climate Change Task Force

The city of Jackson issued the following press release. 

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Accused Firebug Gets $500,000 Bond

Jackson Municipal Court Judge Jeff Reynolds set bond at $500,000 for an alleged arsonist. JPD arrested Todd Bryan Higgins for arson and threatening to kill a homeowner.  The court file is posted below.

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Update on DHS Moving Story

It seems a little bit of a correction is in order for the DHS Story posted on Tuesday.  JJ reported the Mississippi Department of Human Services paid rent for the old Sheraton Hotel even though it no longer uses it. 

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

It Appears to be a Case of Maine Justice

People think Mississippi justice is tough.  Shoot, Mississippi has nothing on Maine justice.  See for yourself.

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AG Abolishes Opinions Division

Attorney General Lynn Fitch issued the following statement to JJ:

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Governor's Daily Covid-19 Briefing

Funeral attendance causes Covid-19 cluster

Governor Tate Reeves is holding his daily Covid-19 briefing. It is streamed below.

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Covid-19 Update: 328 New Cases, 23 Deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 328 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 23 deaths today. The total number of cases is 14,372. The virus has caused 693 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 51% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.

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Mayor Extends Curfew for 5 Days

Jackson Urban Praetor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following executive order.

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DA: Revoke Bond of Drive-By Shooting Suspect

A drive-by shooting suspect may be staying in jail for awhile if the Hinds County District Attorney has anything to say about it. JPD tweeted May 27:

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Equal Time: Do Masks Really Work?

Leading infectious disease expert Dr. Michael Osterholm said cloth or surgical masks "protect very little" on MSNBC recently. 

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Too Funny!

How good is Dave Chappelle? Kevin Hart tells you how good he really is on Joe Rogan's podcast.  Enjoy.

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Dispatch from Pelahatchie: SHOWDOWN!!!

Nutshell version: The Mayor, Aldermen, and Alderwoman fussed and fought for ten minutes before going home.  No action was taken. 

Watch the fireworks streamed live below from Facebook:

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Dispatch From Pelahatchie: Impeachment Edition

It's going to be war tonight in Pelahatchie:

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All Closures End June 1

Governor Tate Reeves his holding is daily briefing on the Covid-19 virus.  It is streamed below.

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Covid-19 Update: 670 Deaths

 The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 313 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 18 deaths today. The total number of cases is 14,044. The virus has caused 670 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 51% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.

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Holy ______!!!

Just a bear following a child down a hill, that's all.

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Let It Flow, Let It Flow, Let It Flow

The city of Jackson apparently released quite a bit of raw sewage into the Pearl River earlier this year.  The Pearl Riverkeeper website reported yesterday:

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Sid Salter: Who Has More Experience Fixing Prisons Than Controversial Cain?

There has been more than a little media tut-tutting over the decision by Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves to hire controversial former Louisiana corrections official Burl Cain, 77, to lead the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

DHS Pays Millions for a Lease It Doesn't Use


The Mississippi Department of Human Services pays rent on its former home even though it no longer occupies the building on North State Street.  DHS moved into the old Skytel buildings on Lamar Street in June 2018.  However, DHS has paid $3.8 million to the landlord in monthly rent since the move.  The lease does not expire until 2027.  DHS thus pays double rent.  JJ obtained a list of the payments through a public records request. 

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MHP Reports 2 Fatalities During Holiday Weekend

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement.

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Warren Strain Update

Warren Strain's wife posted the following update on Facebook yesterday.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Remembering Those Who Sacrificed



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When a Legend is not a Legend

While diving into the Jack Dempsey rabbit hole last week, the Kingfish came across a boxing legend that bore investigation.  It has been rumored and reported for quite some time that boxing greats Jack Johnson and Jack Dempsey once squared off in a secret prize fight in 1921.  The fight supposedly took place in Saskatchewan.   Some experts, including Muhammad Ali, consider Johnson to be the best heavyweight boxer of all time while Dempsey's name needs no introduction even today. Such a bout would have been one of the ages but did it actually happen?

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Sunday Shootout

Meanwhile, over at the track by the junkyard in Madison County....

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WLBT: UMC Expects $100 million Loss

UMC claimed it will lose at least $100 million over the next few months due to the pandemic.  WLBT reported Friday:

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Swim Coach Indictment Withdrawn

District Attorney plans to seek new indictment.

Rankin-Madison County District Attorney John Bramlett withdrew the indictment against Savannah Reis. A Rankin County grand jury indicted her for two counts of sexual battery with a minor on September 18 while she was a swim coach at Performance Elite Aquatics.  She is an elementary school teacher in Madison County but is currently on administrative leave.  The indictment states:

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House Party Turns Deadly

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Ewwww!

Warning: Lewd behavior in video. 

Just another night at the Exxon on Beasley and Adkins.

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Covid-19 Update: Hospitalizations Fall to Lowest Level in 5 Weeks.

 The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 247 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 9 deaths today. The total number of cases is 13,252. The virus has caused 625 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 50% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.

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How New York Suffered 10 Times More Covid-19 Deaths Than California

This story was originally published by ProPublica.  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive their biggest stories as soon as they’re published.  Joe Sexton and Joaquin Sapie authored this story.  This story is a loooong one but well worth reading.  Get two Cohibas and fix a drink.  Enjoy.

By March 14, London Breed, the mayor of San Francisco, had seen enough. For weeks, she and her health officials had looked at data showing the evolving threat of COVID-19. In response, she’d issued a series of orders limiting the size of public gatherings, each one feeling more arbitrary than the last. She’d been persuaded that her city’s considerable and highly regarded health care system might be insufficient for the looming onslaught of infection and death.

“We need to shut this shit down,” Breed remembered thinking.

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Who am I going to be?

Even though churches are reopening, not everyone can make it to church.  For those readers, JJ offers this 1991 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson).  Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Nursing Homes Need More Help as Covid-19 Deaths Mount

Mississippians trust the care of precious loved ones to many wonderful nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. But, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns.

While 13% of the state’s virus cases occurred in long-term care facilities, they had 50% of deaths (the national average is about 33%).

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Equal Time: JP Morgan Says Lockdowns Didn't Help

JP Morgan determined Covid-19 lockdowns caused more harm than good. CNBC's Carl Quintanilla tweeted Thursday:

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No Comment!

Meanwhile over on I-220.....

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JPD Investigates Confrontation

A video of a confrontation between a JPD officer and yewt surfaced on social media yesterday:

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Friday Night at the Fights

Meet Mike Tyson's favorite boxer.  If there was a white version of a rampaging Mike Tyson in his prime, Jack Dempsey would be it.  Dempsey may have become a movie star but he was no pretty boy.  He was a literal hobo, living on the trains while going days without food.  Losing a fight meant literal starvation, so he won.  Dempsey meant destruction, a pestilence of death for his opponents. 

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Governor Extends Shelter Order

Playgrounds open with strict guidelines Monday. 

Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement at his daily Covid-19 briefing.  The video is posted below. 

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Nursing Homes Rise to 50% of Covid-19 Deaths

Hospitalizations, vents fall, ICU's stay flat

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 402 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 16 deaths today.   The total number of cases is 12,624.  The virus has caused 596 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 50% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Flashback Friday: The Way Jackson Used to Be

Today's edition of Flashback Friday focuses on how Jackson used to be just a few short weeks ago.  

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Shame! Shame! Shame!

Posted below is video of Mayor Lumumba's staff harassing attorney Lisa Ross before her press conference began yesterday. 

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Bridgewater Asks Court to Throw Lane in Jail

Will David L. Lane go to jail? The Bridgewater Homeowner's Association wants either its money or Lane's forced residency at the Rankin County Detention Center.  A court ordered Lane to liquidate two accounts in March and surrender the funds but Lane apparently has yet to do so even though the deadline was nearly a month ago.  Needless to say, Bridgewater is tired of playing games and wants to turn up the heat on David L. Lane. 

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Arrest? What arrest? (Video)

Mayor Shows up at Ross's Press Conference, accuses attorney of taking advantage of family

Attorney Lisa Ross issued the following statement.

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Brandon Man Severely Injured After Hit & Run

The Taxpayer's Channel reported the following story. 

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Cv-19 Outbreak at Church Kills 3

A Covid-19 outbreak at a rural Arkansas church killed 3 people.  The CDC reported:

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Farmers Encouraged to Enroll for Assistance

Agriculture Commish Andrew Gipson issued the following statement.

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Equal Time: Some Good News for Mississippi

Mississippi reported a record 11,967 case of Covid-19 yesterday. Such a rise is expected as testing becomes more widespread.  However, the media and Facebook doctors focus on cases while health care experts focus on something else: the actual number of patients hospitalized, in ICU's, and on ventilators.  While Mississippi cases rise (due to better reporting), the number of patients requiring advanced treatment has actually improved. 

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Sicko!

A neighbor managed to take a picture of Pearl police officers arrested Keith Reeder:

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

New DPS Commish: Sean Tindell

Burl Cain appointed MDOC Commissioner

Governor Tate Reeves appointed Judge Sean Tindell to be the Commissioner of Public Safety at his daily Covid-19 briefing today.

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Health Department & Hattiesburg Newspaper Have it Out Over Nursing Homes

Should the Mississippi State Department of Health release the names of nursing homes that report Covid-19 cases? Hattiesburg Publishing will square off against the Health Department over that very question today in Hinds County Chancery Court.

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Covid-19 Update: 11,967 Cases, 570 Deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 263 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 16 deaths today.   The total number of cases is 11,967.  The virus has caused 570 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 49% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 570

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Belhaven Carjacking

Updated with video

A carjacking occurred in Belhaven last night.  The landlord stated in an email:

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State Farm Cuts Rates

Insurance Commish Mike Chaney issued the following statement. 

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It Never Hurts to Ask (Updated)

Check out the listing for the former Courthouse Racquet Club on Lakeland Drive:

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Sid Salter: Casino Reopenings Signal Major Boost to State Revenues

Mississippi’s current leadership is taking a page from the state’s not-so-distant past by making the state’s gaming industry one of the first enterprises to be allowed to reopen as the state tries to come out from under the COVID-19 quarantine.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

You Don't Have No Ice Cream!

Pearl Lower Elementary is passing out free ice cream tomorrow:

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Governor Opens Churches

Governor Tate Reeves announced the opening of churches at his daily Covid-19 briefing.  The press conference is streamed below.

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Covid-19 Update: Nearly Half of Mississippi Deaths are Nursing Home Residents

Nursing home update in this post. 

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 272 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 27 deaths today.   The total number of cases is 11,704.  The virus has caused 554 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 49% of overall Covid 19 deaths in Mississippi.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Mask Madness

To mask or not to mask, that is the question that drives men mad so.  Two incidents in Jackson brought out the worst in people on both sides  of the issue.  The first involved a Fondren Presbyterian minister who suffered an assault:

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Guest Column: Did Researcher Find Way to Stop Second Wave of Covid-19?

Local attorney Robert Wise submitted this guest column.

In a world so quickly changed beyond our imagining, we suddenly find ourselves in an age of fever desperate for a vaccine to deliver us from COVID-19. If only we can return to the health, prosperity and comradery of the old world just two months ago. Family weddings, reunions, dinner parties and even funerals? Forget it: we can no longer trust even our dearest friends and relatives not to transmit the virus to us unwittingly unless they arrive wearing medical masks, promise not to hug us, and stay the heck six feet away.

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Monday, May 18, 2020

DHS Audit Post Updated

JJ is working it's way sloooooooowly through the MDHS audit.  The earlier post is updated and will be updated again.  Enjoy (Sarcasm). 

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FOOD FIGHT!!!

Senator compares Rep's removal to "jogging in a neighborhood." 

One of our favorite Senators, Barbara Blackmon (D-Castro's Home) raised some hell last week on the floor of the Senate.  Never at a loss for words, the good Senator surpassed herself with this rather colorful performance.  Watch Senator Blackmon and Senator Bryce Wiggins (R-Bubba Gump Shrimp) tie it up in the video posted below.

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More Charges for Pearl Kidnapping Suspect

The Pearl Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Covid-19 Update: Hospitalizations Fall

Hospitalizations lowest in three weeks. 

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 136 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 7 deaths today.   The total number of cases is 11,432.  The virus has caused 528 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid 19 deaths in Mississippi.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

New York shipped Covid-19 patients to nursing homes. What do you think happened?  The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday:

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Barber Shop Lawsuit Dismissed

A federal judge dismissed a Madison Barber's lawsuit challenging the Governor's closure of salons and barber shops. 

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Equal Time

A team of front-line docs and specialists formed a "consortium that recommends changing how Covid-19 patients are treated.  The "Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Consortium" argues the "severe inflammation (in the lungs) sparked by the coronavirus, not the virus itself, that kills the patient.  Inflammation causes a new variety of acute respiratory disease syndrome (ARDS), which damages the lungs."  However, the WHO opposes their recommendations.

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Harriette Gives Em Up

Yes, it's true.  Megan is making Harry get rid of his guns.  The esteemed British publication Page Six reported:

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Walmart Killer Injures Rankin K9

Coventin convicted of manslaughter in 2010 Jackson Walmart homicide

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Covid-19 Update: 11,296 Cases, 521 Deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 173 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 11 deaths today.   The total number of cases is 11,296.  The virus has caused 521 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 48% of overall Covid 19 deaths in Mississippi.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Sunday Morning Sermon

"He knows he's Moses but thinks he's Jack Nicklaus"

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on What it is to be a friend of God in this 1991 sermon.  If you're stuck streaming church services during the pandemic, check out this gem from Jackson's past. 

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Bill Crawford: When Worlds Collide, Reality Can Change


As our worlds collide over the coronavirus, the surreal 1962 novel of that name by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer comes to mind. The novel “When Worlds Collide” portrayed the surreal phenomenon of another world crashing into earth. Old earth did not survive, but a new earth did.

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Yankee Go Home

NYT: New York infected America with Covid-19 Virus

New York City was the Covid-19 volcano whose lava infected the rest of the country.  The New York Times reported:

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Surprise: Sales Tax Revenue Tanks


Jackson, Flowood, and Ridgeland took a beating on sales tax revenue during March when the Covid-19 shutdown was in full swing.  However, not all Jackson metro area cities lost money as several reported increases in sales tax revenue at the same time.  Check out how they did for March:

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Farce of the Day

WARNING: VIOLENT & GRAPHIC LANGUAGE!!!


A video of two um, sex workers, kidnapping and robbing a local bum is making the rounds on Facebook.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Governor Names Interim MDA Director

Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement. 

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Wanted: Used Push Lawnmower

The Jackson Zoo was forced to go a'begging yesterday:

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The Return of the Squench

Tattoo parlors can reopen, Fishing tourneys allowed. 

Governor Tate Reeves is holding is daily Covid-19 briefing.  It is live-streamed below.

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Covid 19 Update: Closing in on 11,000

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 318 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 13 deaths today.   The total number of cases is 10,801.  The virus has caused 493 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 47% of overall Covid 19 deaths in Mississippi.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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ACLU Sues to Free Convicts

The Mississippi Center for Justice and ACLU issued the following statement.

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Banks Beats Back Election Challenge

Karl Banks beat back an election challenge from Jim Harreld in Madison County Circuit Court recently.  The former District 4 Supervisor beat Harreld by 51 votes in the November general election.  Special Circuit Judge Lamar Pickard ruled Harreld did not prove that there were enough illegal votes cast for Banks to change the results of the election.  

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China Donates 100,000 Masks to Mississippi

Agriculture Commish Andrew Gipson issued the following statement. 

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Reds Threaten Lynn

The Chinese Communist government is not too happy over the efforts of Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch and other politicians to hold it accountable over the Covid-19 Virus.   The government's newspaper, Global Times, stated today:

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Oops!

Look at what popped up today at an office building in Jackson.

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Governor's Daily Briefing

Governor Tate Reeves is holding his daily Covid-19 Virus briefing.  The presser is streamed below.

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MDE: Connect All Students

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.

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Mississippi Covid-19 Update: Back Up Again

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 393 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 15 deaths today.   The total number of cases is 10,483.  The virus has caused 480 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 47% of overall Covid 19 deaths in Mississippi.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Leg Passes Bill to Help Small Businesses

Leftenent Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement.

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Bigger Pie Forum Interviews Jeff Good

Local restaurateur Jeff Good talked about how he started Bravo! and the current state of the restaurant business in an interview with Bigger Pie Forum.  

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Y'all Politics Poll: Voters Approve of Governor's Performance

A Y'all Politics poll reports Governor Tate Reeves' approval rating is 83%.  The Mississippi political website reported:

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Lucky Idiots of the Day

This video of a woman who survived ramming three police cars popped up on Youtube today.  How the hell did she live?

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Domestic Assault & Chase in Madison

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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40 Years Ago

Henry enjoyed his last day as a wise guy.

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State Breaks 10,000 Barrier

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 182 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 8 deaths today.   The total number of cases is 10,090.  The virus has caused 465 deaths.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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UMC Closes Lakeland Courthouse

UMC is closing the Lakeland Courthouse:

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Hood Threatens Businesses

Former Attorney General Jim Hood warned Mississippi businesses about reopening during the pandemic. WJTV reported:

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Sid Salter: Governor's Powers Changed Little Since 1890 Constitution Adopted

So a Mississippi governor and the state’s Legislature disagree over constitutional powers and responsibilities when it comes to how the state utilizes and expends the $1.25 billion in funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. For those familiar with the state’s history, is that development particularly shocking or surprising?

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Clarion-Ledger & MCEC Are Going to Court

The Clarion-Ledger and Mississippi Community Education Center are going to war in Hinds County Chancery Court.  MCEC is fighting to block a Clarion-Ledger public records request submitted the DHS. Clarion-Ledger reporter Giacomo Bologna asked DHS to provide several records  in March:

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Madison Chase Ends in Canton

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Mayor Orders Curfew, Mandatory Masks

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is holding a press conference right now on the Covid-19 response.  It is streamed below.

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Victim's Attorney Objects to Treatment of Alleged Child Molester

A Jackson Municipal Court Judge finally issued a no-contact order to a JPD officer arrested Saturday for child exploitation. Attorney Lisa Ross stated in a press release:

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Daily Covid-19 Update


The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 234 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 22 deaths today.   The total number of cases is 9,908.  The virus has caused 457 deaths.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Bedwetter Alert!

Save us from the Karens. (Fixed)

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IRS: Legislators Can't Double-Dip

Jim Hood strikes out again.

The IRS put a kibosh into the double-dipping plans of some freshman legislators. Y'all Politics reported:

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Note from Management

Quit trying to inject Trump into every single comment or post.  Such comments will not be approved when it has nothing to do with the subject of the post.  Before you get too bent out of shape about it, I had the same policy with Obama.  Some people tried to inject Obama or yes, Obamaphones, into every thread here regardless of the subject.  Those comments weren't approved and yes, those readers got just as mad. Quit letting the presidents live in your head.

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Jackson Accident Turns into Pearl Homicide

A parking lot argument in Jackson turned into a deadly chase that ended in a homicide in Pearl Sunday night.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

More Docs Question Use of Ventilators in Covid-19 Fight

More doctors are questioning the use of ventilators in treating severe Covid-19 symptoms.  Ventilators are rough on a patient and often cause collateral damage.  Covid-19 patients also have a lower survival rate once they are placed on a ventilator compared to overall ventilator patients.  The Wall Street Journal reported today:

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Senate Reconvenes Tomorrow

Hearings scheduled. 

Lieutenant Governor Hibbit Hosemann issued the following statement.

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Governor Extends Unemployment Benefits

Health Department to test all nursing home residents. 

Streamed below is Governor Tate Reeves daily briefing on the pandemic. The Governor extended unemployment benefits. The order is posted below.

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Covid-19 Update: 48 Fewer Hospitalizations

Correction: The post originally stated there were 108 fewer  hospitalizations.   Yours truly misread a "9" as a "3."

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 173 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 5 deaths today. The total number of cases is 9,674. The virus has caused 435 deaths. More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.

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Have a tip for JJ?

If you want to send a tip to JJ and really want to cover your tracks, download the Wickr app to your phone.  Wickr uses end to end encryption and the messages are set to blow up within a time period that is set by the sender.  Messages are not stored.  Wickr does not even have the encryption keys. It is used by dissidents living under authoritarian regimes worldwide.  Kingfish is Kingfish1935 on Wickr.  It can also be used on a laptop.  Of course, you can always send a good ole fashioned email (minus the rye) to  kingfish1935@gmail.com.

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Mental Health Challenges of Social Distancing

UMC issued the following press release authored by Ruth Cummins.

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Food Fight: Shad v. IHL Grand Poobah

The IHL Commissioner and State Auditor sparred last week over the DHS scandal. Commissioner Dr. Alfred Rankins demanded State Auditor Shad White change a section of the DHS audit that said the IHL Board approved a $5 million lease of a wellness center between the USM Athletic Foundation and MCEC.  Mr. White called his bluff and raised him as he not only refused to change the report but slapped the Commish down with his own minutes.  The DHS audit states:

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

JPD Cop Arrested for Child Exploitation

JPD arrested Patrolman Mark Coleman last night  for child exploitation.   Coleman is a 28-year veteran and long-time patrolman in Precinct 3.  Jackson Municipal Court Judge released him on a $50,000 bond. 

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Burning Down the World to Save It

Is the total lockdown of society during the Covid-19 pandemic necessary?  What if the same public health benefits could be achieved with more limited lockdown?  The National Bureau of Economic Research asked and answered that very question in a working paper published last week.  The Bureau determined sheltering only the elderly would jump-start the economy while saving almost as many lives as the total lockdown models currently used.

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Mississippi Covid-19 Update

Vents remain flat, hospitalizations & ICU's fluctuate

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 123 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 9 deaths today.   The total number of cases is 9,501.  The virus has caused 430 deaths.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Sunday Morning Sermon

Enjoy this week's edition of Sunday Morning Sermon.  The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached from  Ephesians 1: 19-23 in this 1991 sermon.  

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Bill Crawford: GOP Leaders Make Up

Following a week-long hormonal brawl and a legal shootout over who would control $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus funding, Mississippi’s top leaders got together last Thursday saying, aw shucks, we didn’t mean it, we’re best buds.

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Daily Covid-19 Update

Hospitalizations flat, ICU's & vents rise

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 288 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 12 deaths today.   The total number of cases is 9,378.  The virus has caused 421 deaths.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Back to the Future

Check out Joe Rogan's podcast with futurist Elon Musk if you are up for some lazy listening this weekend.  Musk discusses his neuralink project that is developing brain implant technology.  They also rap about the Coronavirus, quarantines, a world without verbal communication, space, and other interesting topics.  Musk means the conversation will be anything but boring.  Enjoy.

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Things Aren't as Good as They Used to Be

A common complaint throughout the generations is that things are not made as well as they used to be. Jon Shanahan explains on his Youtube channel, The Kavalier,  that the old adage really is true. Many popular brands once known for their quality wound up selling themselves down the river as they became afflicted with a case of the cheap. 

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Jackson Reopens May 15 w/Restrictions

Mayor blames burbs & Governor for "forcing my hand."

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is holding a presser that is streamed below.

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Salons & Gyms Reopen Monday w/Restrictions


Governor Tate Reeves is holding is daily briefing on the Covid-19 virus. It is streamed below.

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Record: 404 New Cases

Hospitalizations fall, ICU's & vents at lowest level in a month.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 404 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 13 deaths today.   The total number of cases is 9,030.  The virus has caused 409 deaths.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Senate Meets on Helping Small Businesses

The Senate Appropriations Committee is holding a hearing (streamed live below) on a proposed grant program supporting small businesses in Mississippi using funds from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund.

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Oops!

It looks like our wanna-be Bully managed to get himself thrown in the pokey for his Facebook tirade:

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Speaker Stonewalls

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann professed their love for transparency last week as they sparred with the Governor over $1.25 billion in CARES Act money.  However, true to form, the Speaker was for it before he was against it.

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Clinton Wins Fight Against Wiggins

City of Clinton officials and lovers of historic preservation have won a significant victory in the revitalization and preservation of historic Olde Towne Clinton.



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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Tomorrow Night: Pavarotti

No opera singer owned the stage in our lifetimes as did Luciano Pavarotti. The Metropolitan Opera is streaming a classic performance for free each night while the Met is closed due to the pandemic.  Tomorrow night's selection is La Boheme, starring the King of the High C's and Renata Scotto. 

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Senate Holds Hearing on Unemployment Benefits (Streamed)

or bayoneting the wounded ;-)

Leftenent Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement. The committee hearing is live-streamed below.

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Governor Cuts Deal w/Speaker & Lt. Governor

The Governor's daily Covid-19 briefing is streamed below.  The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 262 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 22 deaths today.   The total number of cases is 8,424.  The virus has caused 396 deaths.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website. 

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Where to Eat?

Here are a list of restaurants opening up this weekend for limited dine-in service in the Jackson metro area.  Feel free to add any you know of in comments or email to kingfish1935@gmail.com.

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Apology!

James Warren, Jr. apologized for some comments he made on Facebook recently.  He is a supporter of Greta Brown-Bully.  He said in an earlier video he was not scared to shoot people who were talking about her on social media.  He made some other rather colorful and threatening remarks in the same video.  However, he apologized yesterday:

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Block Party Shoots at Police

The stupid virus broke out in Canton Sunday night as some folks didn't take to kindly to the police breaking up their block party.  WLBT reported:

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Commish: "We Do Not Have A Food Shortage"

Mississippi Farmer's Marketplace created to connect farmers directly to consumers. 

Commissioner of Agriculture Andrew Gipson is holding a press conference right now about the food chain in Mississippi.  It is streamed below. He is not wearing a hat.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Last Duel

Lost in all the hoopla over MJ, Kobe, and Lebron is a duel that took place between two greats: Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins.  It's the final game of the conference semifinals.  The winner gets to face the surging Bad Boyz from Detroit.  The scene is the Boston Garden.  The score was tied up when Dominique & Bird took over the game and put on a show for the ages.  No quarter was taken nor was any given.  Enjoy.

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Favre Repays Welfare Money

Updated with Brett Favre statement. 

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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First Veterans Home Covid19 Death

The Mississippi Veterans Affairs Department issued the following statement.

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Governor's Daily Briefing

Tax Filing Deadline pushed back to July 15. 

Governor Tate Reeves is holding his daily Covid-19 briefing right now.  It is streamed below. 

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Mississippi Reports over 8,424 cases of Covid-19 while deaths climb to 374.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 217 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 32 deaths today although 5 of the deaths occurred in April.   The total number of cases is 8,424.  The virus has caused 374 deaths.  The number of patients hospitalized or in ICU beds fell yesterday.

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Additional Charge Filed Against Greta Brown-Bully

The charges are piling up against Greta Brown-Bully.  JPD charged her today with drive-by shooting today in the murder of Larry "Caveman" Lee on April 24.  She was already charged with murder for his death.   The alleged murder took place in the parking lot of her liquor store, the Toast & Sip, on Medgar Evers Boulevard.  Ms. Brown-Bully also owns Bully's Restaurant with her husband and is the daughter of Hinds County Constable John Brown.

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JPD Investigates Chase

JPD issued the following statement.

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Judges Announced for "Tell Me Something Good" MPACT Scholarship

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State Treasurer David McRae today announced the nine judges who will be evaluating submissions for the "Tell Me Something Good" Scholarship Program. Each week in May, a Mississippi PreK-12 student will be awarded a $529 College Savings Mississippi scholarship for doing good in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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"I ain't scared to shoot no more."

 WARNING: GRAPHIC, VIOLENT, & RACIST LANGUAGE

The arrest of Greta Brown-Bully for the alleged murder of neighborhood neer-do-well Larry "Caveman" Lee has been the subject of more than a few spirited discussions on Jackson talk radio and social media posts.  Well, a supporter of the Ms. Brown-Bully took strong exception to what has been said and made a few remarks of his own on Facebook.

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Sid Salter: School Closings Expose Mississippi's Broadband Deficiencies

In 2019, Corona was a popular beach beer rather than a deadly respiratory virus and no Mississippian had really ever seriously contemplated a development in which public schools, community colleges and universities would be closed, and academic content would be delivered through online means.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

83 Years

It's been 83 years since the Hindenburg combusted, killing 36 people.  The disaster closed the door on one form of air travel and hurried the advent of passenger airplanes.  The Hindenburg's fate is memorialized in footage posted below. 


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Rez Parks to Reopen

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

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Legislature Returns Thursday

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement. 

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Governor's Daily Covid-19 Briefing

Governor Tate Reeves is holding his daily Covid-19 Virus briefing.  The press conference is streamed below.

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Covid-19 Update: 32 New Deaths & 330 New Cases

Lauderdale County reports 33 deaths. 

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 330 new cases of the Wuhan Virus as well as 32 deaths today.   The total number of cases is 8,207. The virus has caused 342 deaths.   Yesterday was the highest number of deaths caused by the Coronavirus in one day in Mississippi.

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Salons Protest Over Shutdown

Hair stylists and barbers are protesting the shutdown of their industry during the pandemic.  Lindsay Cash, the owner of Vamp Salon in Jackson, is leading the charge as she submitted this letter and petition to JJ.  Ms. Cash stated:

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Governor Lacerates Legislature

Governor Tate Reeves fired back at the Legislature on Facebook Sunday:

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Clinton Opens Court Tomorrow

The city of Clinton issued the following statement. 

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Break Out the Stitches

Some snitches in Missouri are mightily worried right now. The Daily Mail (U.K.) reported:

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Governor: Restaurants to Reopen

Governor announces limited reopening of restaurants, parks.

Governor Tate Reeves is holding his daily Covid-19 briefing.  It is streamed below.

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Breaking Down the DHS Audit (Updated May 18)

Ok, gang.  We have us here a brand-new shiny audit of DHS provided by Mr. State Auditor himself, Shad White.  I am reading through the audit right now and posting some of the more interesting findings.  However, JJ is going to let you have some fun.  The Governor's daily briefing will interrupt the review so feel free to read it yourself and post what you think is interesting in the comments.

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Director's Family Came First at DHS

 Audit: Millions in welfare money shoveled to Director's family & friends. 
Press conference streamed below. 

State Auditor Shadrick Blanc issued the following statement. 

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How To Live Without Football

Our friends at SEC Shorts provide some much-need humor about the whole situation. Enjoy.

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41% of Covid-19 Deaths are Nursing Home Residents

Nursing home residents are 41% of all Coronavirus deaths in Mississippi even though they comprise only 12% of all cases.

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Oops!

Someone over at WAPT wasn't paying attention.

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Delbert Hosemann: Legislature Poised to Appropriate Funds Quickly, Transparently

Since COVID-19 forced a temporary recess in the Legislative session, I have been video conferencing with Mississippi’s K-12 students. In one recent AP government class, a student asked: how many constitutional rights do we have to give up during a pandemic?

That’s a poignant question for any State leader.

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Barber Sues Governor & Queen

A Madison barber sued to block enforcement of Governor Tate Reeves' order closing salons and spas.  Mike Land opened his barber shop in violation of the order last week only to be greeted with a visit by the Madison police who ordered him to shut it down.  Mr. Land and his band of barbers sued the Governor and Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler in U.S. District Court Sunday. 

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