Friday, January 31, 2020

SEC Drops Hammer on Billings in Ponzi Scheme


The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following statement.

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Health Department Monitoring Coronavirus

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement.

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Teens Robbed at Gunpoint in Ridgeland Hotel

Ridgeland police arrested Ziyan Hopkins and Nicholaus Taylor for participating in an armed robbery that took place at a Ridgeland hotel in December.  Hopkins is the stepson of Hinds County District 2 Supervisor David L. Archie.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Place Your Bets (Updated: Coach Leaving)

Interesting.  The Pearl Public School District just issued this press release:

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Oops!

A tv truck got towed after it illegally parked at a Trump rally.   I can hear it now: "BUT I'M THE MEDIA!!!"  Tough luck.  Too bad it doesn't happen here.  Notice how when there is some hearing downtown, the media trucks park in the handicapped or no parking zones?   NJ.com reported:

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Teacher Pay Raise Clears Hurdle

Leftenent Governor Hibbit Hoseman issued the following statement. 

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Update on Downtown Shootout

Simmons charged w/murder in 3 different cases, never convicted. 

A criminal suspect was shot during his arrest yesterday in downtown Jackson.  Madison and Jackson police officers tried to serve an arrest warrant on Ledrick Simmons in Jackson.  The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations is handling the case. 

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Ouch!

Time for some political porn. Right wing, left wing, this video is just plain funny.  Progressive comedian, as comedians are so want to do, does not tolerate stupidity, especially from New York Times writers.  Yours truly came across this year-old video today and thought you might find it quite amusing. To think political humor is dead today.  Enjoy.

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Shootout?

It appears there was a shootout in downtown Jackson on President Street involving Madison and Jackson Police. It is not yet known how many suspects are involved.

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District Drugs & Mercantile Opens Monday

The District Drugs & Mercantile issued the following press release.

Metro Jackson residents will have a brand-new option for personalized pharmacy care when District Drugs & Mercantile opens in The District at Eastover on Monday, Feb. 3. Promising to reinvent the pharmacy experience, pharmacist and owner Whitney Harris will offer a full range of pharmacy services alongside retail gift shopping. District Drugs & Mercantile will be the only independently owned pharmacy in Jackson.

“People shouldn’t dread visiting the pharmacy,” said Harris. “They shouldn’t have to wait in long lines or feel as though they aren’t being heard. We want our patients—especially those who are sick—to leave the pharmacy feeling better than when they walked through the door and confident that they are receiving the best treatment.”

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Taking Care of Yourself Can be Messy for Millenials

UMC posted the following story authored by Ruth Cummins.

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Accused Doctor Surrenders Medical License

Madison physician Dr. Neelesh Tipnis surrendered his medical license on January 23.   The order states

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Warren Strain Update

Warren Strain's wife provided another update on his condition yesterday on Facebook.

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Former Governor Forms Firm

Jack Weatherly took a break from stuffing his face to report on former Governor Phil Bryant's whereabouts over at the Mississippi Business Journal:

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Governor Gives First State of State Address

Governor Tate Reeves gave his first State of the State Address Monday.   The video and transcript are posted below.  Enjoy.

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Sid Salter: 'Peachment Drama Different for Senators

In what has to date been an almost exclusively partisan enterprise, the Democratic U.S. House majority impeached President Donald Trump last month and walked those allegations across the Capitol to the Republican U.S. Senate, where the trial continues amid tension and high drama.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Inmate Dies of Natural Causes

MDOC issued the following statement. 

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Bus Driver Has Health Problem, Kids OK

The Madison County School District issued the following statement. 

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Mo' Money, Mo' Money, Mo' Money!

The legislature might be giving a pay raise to..... statewide elected officials.  Representative Trey Lamar (R-Moneyland) dropped HB #21 into the hopper.  The proposed salaried are posted below.  The current salaries are in parenthesis.

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Unit 29 Closing

Governor Tate Reeves announced the closing of Parchman's Unit 29 yesterday at his State of the State Address:

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JPD Holding Citizens Police Academy

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Lock & Load: Double Killer at Large (Update: CAPTURED!)

The Hinds County Sheriff's Office issued the following statements about Sunday's double murder in Bolton. 

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Monday, January 27, 2020

75 Years Since the Liberation of Auschwitz.

Auschwitz.  No explanation is needed for one of the most vivid example's of man's capacity for evil.  Posted below is footage of the actual liberation as well as a 2017 Reddit AMA session with an Auschwitz survivor.

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WSJ: Clinton Deseg Model Works

The Wall Street Journal lauded the Clinton Public Schools for its integration model in November:

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Idiot of the Day

A Quitman yewt made the social media rounds when he videotaped himself shooting a pistol across a highway.

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Jackson Boil Water Advisory Now Inoperational

The city of Jackson lifted its boil water advisory. Drink up.

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PERS 2019: Zombie Edition

Zombie PERS continued to plod along as its funding level fell nearly a full point despite a $100 million bailout and a 6.8% rate of return in 2019.   Simply put, the numbers continue to go in the wrong directions as the public employees retirement system defies all attempts to shore up its finances.  PERS released the annual report at the December meeting of the Board of Trustees.  The report is posted below.   

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

And Another

MDOC issued the following statement.

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Dissecting the Telenovela

Nothing like a telenovela to wind away a rainy afternoon.    The guys at Funny or Die took a crack at this esteemed theatrical art form on its Youtube channel.  Enjoy.

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All's Well That Ends Well

A gentleman got his truck and trailer back after it was stolen last week on South State Street in Jackson.  The victim posted on social media;

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Sunday Morning Sermon

Enjoy this 1991 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard if you can't make it to church this morning. 

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Bill Crawford: Coming Together in Jackson?

In his inauguration speech new Gov. Tate Reeves promised, "This will be an administration for all Mississippi," as reported by the Clarion-Ledger. "Governing is about coming together," he said and proclaimed a new motto for his first term, "For. All. Mississippi."

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Water Conservation Advisory Lifted

Boil Water Advisory Remains in Effect

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Nice Work If You Can Get It

The Madison County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to hire Lord Snow for monitoring federal legislation. The Madison County Solons will pay $12,500 per month for the year to Lord Snow.  The contract and video of what can be loosely called a discussion are posted below.  The vote to approve the contract was unanimous.


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Color of Change: Shut Down Parchman

The Color of Change organization issued the following statement. 

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Pour a Drink.

Just a typical Black Sabbath jam is posted below.  Well, typical until suddenly at 5:20 when one wonders if Black Sabbath ever passed through Clarksdale.  Pour a drink and enjoy.

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Water Conservation Notice Issued for Jackson

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Metrocenter Angel Busted for Fraud in 2012

It appears our Metrocenter Mama was busted for some fraud a few years ago.   A Jefferson County jury convicted Emily Sanders of two counts false pretenses in 2012.  Circuit Judge Lamar Pickard sentenced her to serve ten years in prison consecutively but the second ten years was to be suspended if she repaid $130,000 to the victim.

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Coldwater Clerk Embezzled $216,401

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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WLBT: JPD Hires Violent Felon

WLBT reported JPD hired a criminal and wound up arresting him ten days later.  C. J. Lemaster reported last night:

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

New Hope for Metrocenter?

Metrocenter has a new owner.  Emily Sanders announced on Facebook:

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Governor Holds MDOC Presser, Tours Parchman & Walnut Grove

Governor Tate Reeves is holding a press conference right now. The stream is posted below.

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Warren Strain Update

Mr. Strain had a small setback.  His wife posted several updates on Facebook today:

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Read 'Em & Weep

The House Committee Assignments are posted below.  Enjoy.

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Annandale RV Crisis Ends in Small Fines

Navaris say media "distorted" story, unfair to city, media AWOL at hearing.
Wife lobbied Mayor a few days prior to hearing

The saga of the  Annandale RV finally came to close last month.  Richard and Pam Navari lived in an RV parked in their driveway after an electrical fire damaged part of their home last year on Christmas Eve.  The city of Madison cited the parking of the RV for violating city ordinances because the Navaris did not obtain Annandale HOA approval.

Richard Navari pleaded guilty to a violation of the zoning ordinance and contempt of court at a December 17, 2019 hearing.  Madison Environmental Court Judge John Reeves fined him $550 for the zoning ordinance violation and $643 for the contempt of court issued when he failed to appear at a November hearing.  Judge Reeves suspended a 15 day jail sentence for two years.  No media attended the hearing nor reported the outcome. 

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Work Continues on Jackson Zoo

Work continues on fixing up the Jackson Zoo as it prepares to reopen.  WAPT reported yesterday:

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Mothers' Milk Bank Opens


Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC) State Street center located at 750 North State Street, Jackson, Mississippi now holds the twelfth and latest depot location for Mothers’ Milk Bank of Mississippi within their mother-baby room. Potential donors are asked to first call Mothers’ Milk Bank of Mississippi at (601) 939-5504 for an initial over the phone interview to see if they qualify. Donors are expected to be generally healthy and non-smokers. Once approval is received through the over the phone interview, then approval from the donor’s obstetrician and pediatrician is needed as well as having labs drawn at Mothers’ Milk Bank of Mississippi’s expense. After these steps are complete, donors are approved to drop off their donation at MCEC’s State Street Center depot location where their frozen milk will be kept in a freezer until couriered to Flowood, Mississippi for pasteurization.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Amen!

Comedian Lewis Black had a few things to say about dry counties at his Hattiesburg show last week.  Enjoy.

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Inmate Commits Suicide (Updated)

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

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Lottery Sends $7.6 Million Check to State

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation issued the following statement.

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Leaving Jobs on the Table



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McDade's & Froogel's Sold.

Here we go again.  WAPT reported:

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Back from the Dead

Well, well, well. look who popped up at the Hinds County Board of Supervisors yesterday.  Madison County residents might want to pay attention.

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Sid Salter: Prison Problems Have Been Self-Inflicted Woes for 25 Years

It’s easy to blame the Mississippi Legislature for the state’s current prison system woes, but the truth is that such finger-pointing is inaccurate. The state’s current prison mess has been at least 25 years in the making.

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Chism/Millsaps Poll: Cindy Up By Nine

A Chism Strategies/Millsaps College poll claims Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith leads challenger Mike Espy by nine points.  However, the poll said only 44% of voters approve of her job performance.  The poll also said affordable health care was the most important issue to those surveyed.  Some highlights of the poll are:

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Warren Strain Update


Warren Strain's wife posted an update on Facebook last night:

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Too Funny

Being an equal-opportunity offender is the only way to go as Curb Your Enthusiasm showed Sunday night.  Enjoy.

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MDOC Reports 2 More Deaths

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement. 

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UMC Expands Air Ambulance Service

UMC issued the following statement.

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Is the 13th Check Unlucky for PERS?

The 13th check is considered to be the untouchable third, fourth, and fifth rail in Mississippi politics.  Woe to the politician who even dreams of the number thirteen in Mississippi as the retirees will crucify him on a cross made of thirteenth checks.  While the retirees shriek about protecting the precious thirteenth check, the cost of living adjustment for the public employees retirement system mushroomed to $700 million in 2019, more than tripling in only 15 years.  

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Nooooooo.............

Krystal filed bankruptcy.  Yes.  Krystal.  Please no.  Where else am I going to go at 2 AM when I need something to absorb um, certain additives in my stomach? The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported:


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Shucking the Corn: Othor Cain Edition

Othor Cain dished the dirt on how Little Lord Lumumba is running JPD.   Start at 4:30. Pay attention at 17:00.  Mr. Cain accuses the administration of hiring criminals to work at JPD.  You can't make this up.  Watch and judge for yourself. 

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Can't Sleep?

It's 2 AM and you can't sleep? Check out this Joe Rogan podcast with a sleep expert. Might bore you back to sleep. Enjoy.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Lawmakers Refused to Increase Parchman's Funding, Then Chaos Erupted

This article was authored by Jerry Mitchell and reprinted with his permission.

Understaffed, underfunded and plagued by gang violence, inmates in Mississippi’s Parchman prison have been living in deadly conditions that state lawmakers knew about for decades. Now, everyone is paying the price.


One prisoner strangled another to death while other inmates cheered the killing. Two convicts escaped a dilapidated building by walking out an open door. Maximum security detainees freely roamed hallways, beating and threatening others.

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Rez Update

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

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12 Years in Jail for a Cellphone? Oh Really?

The media made a big deal out of a man who was given a 12 year sentence for possessing a cellphone in the Newton County jail.  The national media picked up the story and it was off to the races.  Here we go again, Mean Ole Mississippi is locking up minority suspects and throwing away the keys.  Well, not so fast my friends.  The media once again was too lazy to do its job and find out when Willie Nash would actually get out of prison.  Clue: It's far sooner than 12 years.  Keep reading.

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Find This Truck!


Reward for info leading to recovery of truck and trailer stolen from downtown Jackson. Please share!  The reward is cash, and that is as good as money.

1997 Ford F250 diesel, white in color. Unique looking truck. White brush guard on the front. Black lift gate on rear. Large white toolbox. Spotlight on top of headache rack. Damage to passenger door.  Truck bed was empty when stolen. 

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David W. Lane's Default Judgment Withdrawn

David W. Lane managed to escape a million dollar judgment in Rankin County.  Circuit Judge Dewey Arthur dismissed a $1,238,500 judgement against Mr. Lane Friday.  Lakebend obtained the judgment against Mr. Lane, his father David L., and Ridgway Lane. 

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Yikes!

Every group, every color, every party, every creed has its share of nutjobs. Today's nutjob appeared in where else but Wally World.  The would-be Exorcist could apparently use some exorcising herself.  Warning: Foul language. 

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It's Summertime in February.

Fathom Events provides quite a few treats on the Big Screen.  One of the cinematic delights are performances from the Metropolitan Opera.  Forget Flying Odins and Japanese handmaidens.  The great American musical, Porgy and Bess, will be be on the big screen on February 1 and February 5.  All 3 hours and 55 minutes of it. 

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Rankin Auto Burglary Suspect Arrested

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

Can't get to church because of the water? Enjoy this 1990 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Bill Crawford: GOP Strategist Questions Party

Longtime Mississippi Republicans will remember political consultant Stuart Stevens for his work on early campaigns for the late Sen. Thad Cochran. Since those early races he has become a highly successful media strategist and has helped elect numerous Republican governors and senators.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Westworld Returns in March

HBO finally announced the premiere date of Westworld's third season:

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Bedwetter Alert

A reporter had a meltdown and called the police on a Target Store Manager who wouldn't give him what he perceived to be the sales price for an item. You.can't.make.this.up.  He tweeted:

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Supes to Hire Kenny Wayne

Kenny Wayne Jones is becoming a playa in Mississippi politics.  The former State Senator, Rolex-wearing, bbq-loving CMU CEO is racking up the lobbying clients.  He recently landed the coveted Mississippi State Medical Association.  Impressed by his lobbying prowess, the Hinds County Board of Supervisors is hiring Mr. Jones for his federal expertise.  The agenda for Tuesday's Board meeting states:

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Doctor Arrested for Sexual Battery of Juvenile (Updated)

Update (1/18/20, 2:00 PM): The Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine issued the following statement:

 The Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine (MCAM) is deeply saddened and shocked by the news of Dr. Neel Tipnis’ arrest. Dr. Tipnis has been relieved of his duties at MCAM effective immediately. A thorough and comprehensive background check was completed on Dr. Tipnis prior to his employment at MCAM. The safety of children, including their health and wellbeing, is of paramount concern to all leaders, physicians and employees at MCAM. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and her family during this time.

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The Rising River

The Pearl River continues to rise.  Posted below are shots of the Pearl River at the Spillway Dam and Lefleur's Bluff. 

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Hosemann Forms School Admin Advisory Council

Lieutenant Governor Gilbert Hosemann issued the following press release.

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Electric Coops Help Economic Development



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Water is Wet

Jackson Ward 3 City Councilman Kenneth Stokes raised hell about the management of the Pearl River as the river rises at a press conference at City Hall.

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Pizza Man Fired Upon

JPD tweeted the following statements. 

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Madison Makes Drug Bust

The Madison Police Department issued the following press release and pictures.

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Governor Forms MDOC Committee, Installs Interim MDOC Commissioner

Reeves: "There is a leadership crisis that starts at the top."

First Consul Tate Reeves issued the following statement about MDOC today.

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New Device Helps Obstructive Sleep Apnea

UMC published the following story authored by Ruth Cummins.

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Director Sissy Leaves

Hearing transcript says Dowdy was Giglio-Imparied

Embattled Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy is leaving the agency.  He announced in an email yesterday:

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Former Sheriff's Son Arrested in Stabbing

The son of former Rankin County Sheriff Ronnie Pennington stabbed a woman and proceeded to cut his own throat on December 30.   Rankin County deputies arrested Clint Pennington for aggravated domestic violence. He is currently being held without bond.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Spillway Road Opened

All lanes of Spillway Road crossing the Pearl River are open. 

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General Fitch Shakes Up AG's Office

Attorney General Lynn Fitch issued the following statement.

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Ridgway Lane Cases Consolidated

The Great Consolidation finally occurred in the Ridgway Lane cases.  Rankin County Circuit Judge Dewey Arthur finally said enough is enough and consolidated all twelve cases against Ridgway Lane, David L. Lane, and David W. Lane.  The order is posted below.

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Rednecks Gonna Redneck

It appears Bad Boy Democrat Jamie Franks got into some trouble.   The former Mississippi Leftenent Governor candidate, Democratic Party Chairman, and former State Representative got himself arrested Tuesday morning.  The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported:

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Time to do Some Lootin'

The Hinds County Board of Supervisors are holding a "special" meeting this morning even though the next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday.    Check out the agenda to see what was soooooooo important that the Board couldn't wait until Monday.

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Jackson Gets the Clap

You people are nasty. Jackson managed to rank second in....... drum roll..... wait for it......STD infections.  The Sun (U.S. Version) published a map of the top 20 American cities for STD infections.  Read and weep (after you take that antibiotic, of course):

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Sid Salter: Bryant Never Strayed Far From Deputy Sheriff Roots

Tuesday’s inauguration of newly-minted Republican Gov. Tate Reeves ends a 33-year career in public service in Mississippi by his predecessor, former Gov. Phil Bryant. Or does it?

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Warren Strain Improves

Warren Strain came out of his coma.  He suffered a massive cerebral brain hemorrhage three weeks ago.  His wife posted on Facebook yesterday:

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Like a Boss!

Meet Joe Cool, otherwise known as LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow:

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Lane Closure on Lower Spillway Road

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

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Funny but True

The folks at SEC Shorts wrapped up the college football season with report cards for each SEC team.  Enjoy.

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Deceased Fleeing Suspect was on Parole

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement.

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SWAC-MEAC Baseball Tourney Comes to Smith-Wills

Overtime Sports issued the following press release. 

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Monday, January 13, 2020

From Inside Parchman

JJ received a letter last week that dished the dirt on Parchman.  The allegations made in the letter are unconfirmed so take them for what they are worth. The letter is very troubling if only half or even a third of it is true. 

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Killing on Colonial Circle

JPD tweeted the following statements today.

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It's Going Down Tonight!

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Delbert Says Thank You

Leftnenent Governor Delbert Hosemann issued this statement last week on his last day as Secretary of State. 

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Mike Leach on Marriage

What part of what this guy said was wrong?

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Friday Night Fights

Just another Friday night at the McDonald's on Woodrow Wilson.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

If you can't make to church this morning, check out this 1990 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  Interesting sermon on applause.  Enjoy. 

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Bill Crawford: Ignored Problems Don't Disappear, They Become Crises

"Prison brass warned of dangerous conditions a year ago, but lawmakers did not act," read the headline in Mississippi Today following gang violence and deaths in Mississippi prisons. That was just the latest warning. In 2012, then Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) Commissioner Christopher Epps, now in prison for bribery, pleaded with legislators for more prison guards and higher pay. As reported by the Associated Press, he told legislators that lowest in the nation salaries for his undermanned workforce would only work “as long as we don’t have an uprising.”

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Bridgewaters Sue Lakebend in Ridgway Lane Case

Bridgewaters: Lanes only have "a few hundred thousand dollars in assets."

The crabs in the Ridgway Lane bucket got a little feistier yesterday as the Bridgewaters Homeowner's Association sued to stop the Lakebend Homeowners Association from collecting a $1,238,500 judgment against Ridgway Lane, David L. Lane, and David W. Lane.

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Shocker: LSU Leads in.......... Drinking!

The Wall Street Journal, yes, the Wall Street Journal, reported yesterday that LSU leads all college football team fan bases in drinking:

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Delbert Announces Chairmanships

Leftenent Governor Dilbert Hosemann issued the following press release.

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The Working Man Finally Rests

Neil Peart died today of brain cancer.  He was 67 years old.  He was simply one of the best drummers who ever lived. Here is some of his best work.  Enjoy.

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Judge Green Blessing: Shoot 2 Kids, Get 10 Years

Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green sentenced a violent thug who shot two small children by UMMC in 2018  to serve ten years in prison.   JJ reported on November 29, 2018:

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Crime Presser Today

Jackson Urban Praetor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is holding a press conference today at 1 to discuss crime.  Hmmm..... Will he fire back at the U.S. Attorney? Will he announce the crime numbers are better? Will he discuss a new crime-fighting initiative?   Stay tuned.

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Mississippi Bar Last in Serving Public Online

The Mississippi Bar Association lags behind the rest of the Southeast in helping consumers file bar complaints or obtaining a lawyer's disciplinary history.  While most of the bar associations make such information available online, Mississippians must still use a telephone and the good ole U.S. Postal Service that once employed Eudora Welty. 

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Too Funny

Somewhere along the way, someone got the bright idea to allow Don Rickles to roast California Governor Ronald Reagan.

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MDOC Moves Prisoners to Private Prison

MDOC issued the following statement.

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State Goes Cougar-Hunting

Mississippi State University is apparently going to hire Washington State Head Football Coach Mike Leach. Kiffin & Leach. This will be almost as much fun as Jackie & Billy.

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Baby Lane Blames Papa Lane

Judge awards $1,238,500 default judgment to Lakebend. 

Thanksgiving Dinner will never be the same at the Lane household after David W. Lane blamed the whole Ridgway Lane scandal on his father in court Tuesday.

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Sanders SPEAKS!!!

It appears Enoch is getting old.

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Warren Strain Update

Warren Strain is still in a coma.   His wife posted an update on Facebook last night:

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Board of Health Stands Against Med Marijuana

The Mississippi State Board of Health issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

It's Just a Joke

Once upon a time, Bill Maher tried to trade smack with Roddy Piper....  Something about the improper use of the word "joke" seemed to set off Mr. Piper and his friends. Enjoy.

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Introducing Madison at Main, Madison's Future Town Square

The city of Madison issued the following statement and renderings. 


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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 December 31.  The report is posted below.

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Steak 'N Shake Coming to Clinton

The city of Clinton issued the followed press release and video.


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Sid Salter: Public Health Care & Retirement System Woes Major Challenges for Leaders

State voters in 2019 chose a new governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and state treasurer along with significant turnover in both the state House and Senate.

There will be new state agency leadership and the legislative committee system will see a substantial reshuffling of the deck in terms of committee chairmen.

All that new political horsepower will be tested quickly. Mississippi’s new executive branch leadership and the Mississippi Legislature face some unavoidable challenges that will prove daunting – and are not problems of their creation.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Ouch!

Golden Globes Emcee Ricky  Gervais said what he really thought about Hollywood at Sunday night's awards.  Too funny to miss.  Enjoy.

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Cute!

Just another day at a local vet clinic.

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New Sheriff in Town

Former JPD Chief Lee Vance took over Friday as Hinds County Sheriff. The command staff will contain some familiar names from JPD:

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FOOD FIGHT, Round XXX

The food fight in The Palisades continues as a band of rebels seeks to overturn the status quo:

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Top Posts of 2019

What did you like on JJ in 2019? Posted below are the top ten posts by traffic last year as well as a few honorable mentions.  Traffic for the website continues to climb.  Thank you very much for reading JJ and making it the top blog in Mississippi.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Senate Race FOOD FIGHT!

Mike Espy, Esquire, is back as Madison County Board of Supervisors Attorney.  Y'all Politics reported:

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Adopt This Mutt. Foster Needed, Too.

Meet Guinness:

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40 Year Partner Sues Watkins Eager

Time for some lawyer porn for the local legal community.  A long-time partner at Watkins Eager sued the firm in Hinds County Circuit Court last week for discrimination.  The complaint is posted below. 

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The Countdown Begins

One week until the champeenship game in college football.  Time to start looking at some of the game coverage. Top Billin' produced some decent videos about the match-up.

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Hinds County Bloodbath

What's going on at the Hinds County Board of Supervisors today? Check out below for a running list of accomplishments.

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A.G.-Elect Announces Senior Staff

Attorney General-Elect Lynn Fitch issued the following statement. 

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Will Madison County Like Mike?

It appears Mike Espy, Esq. is poised to return as the attorney for the Madison County Board of Supervisors. Y'all Politics reported Friday:

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Madison Police Officer Passes

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Tune in Tomorrow

Check out the agenda for the Hinds County Board of Supervisors meeting tomorrow.

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The Righteous Stuff

Staying home to watch the Saints game but feel a little guilty for missing church? Never fear, Sunday Morning Sermon is here.  Enjoy this 1990 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist-Jackson. 

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Bill Crawford: Can Civic Education Save Democracy from Social Media?

As two of the three branches of government become more and more politicized, the posture of the third will play a crucial role in how our federal government works.

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

MDOC Update

Everyone knows the story.  Parchman is out of control right now as law enforcement struggles to regain control of the prison.  Five inmates have died this week while the Commissioner shows her incompetence as she sends out BS press releases that remind one of Baghdad Bob. Posted below are social media pictures and videos that give one a better idea of what is taking place. Some of it is pretty graphic. Meanwhile, the Governor checks out as he praises MDOC staff and law enforcement on Twitter.  Food for thought: Would we have any clue what was going on in Parchman if the inmates didn't have smartphones?




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Friday, January 3, 2020

The End of The Elite

The aroma of the Elite's signature hot rolls faded away on Capitol Street this week as the Jackson landmark shut its doors New Years Eve.   A darkened sign stands over what used to be a permanent fixture of downtown Jackson.  Heck, the Elite was downtown Jackson but as happens to many other restaurants, it declined after 98 year-old Mr. Pete died. 


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Fifth MDOC Murder. Where is Governor? (Updated)


Another inmate was murdered at Parchman this morning.  The Clarion-Ledger just reported:

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He Gone

-Live press conference posted below. 

MSU fired Head Football Coach Joseph Moorhead This morning. The university issued the following statement.

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New Year Brings New Resolution to Missisisppi: Prioritize Workforce Development

Garrett McKinnis, Executive Vice-President of the Skills Foundation of Mississippi, authored this sponsored post. 

Each year, New Year’s resolutions offer an opportunity to turn over a new leaf and make positive changes. Today, there are simply not enough people with the skills needed to rev up economic growth. The newly elected leaders have made their resolutions to prioritize workforce development, which means Mississippi has a chance to refocus and re-energize workforce training efforts statewide. 

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Lockdown at MDOC

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Boomer This

SEC Shorts is back for one more installment as the SEC shined last weekend. 

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Deadliest Year for Dallas Since 2005

Murder is out of control in Dallas.  Police ranks are down 700 officers over the last few years and the District Attorney said he won't prosecute a plethora of crimes.  Meanwhile, crime is up as Dallas suffered 209 homicides in 2019.  WFAA reported:

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Moody's Says Mississippi Lacks Reserves for Recession

Is Mississippi government prepared to withstand the next recession? Moody's doesn't think so.  The ratings agency published a report last month that reviewed state rainy day funds and found Mississippi wanting.  The AP reported:

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Palisades FOOD FIGHT!!!

The food fight in the Palisades continues.  What began as the shocking disclosure of Ridgway Lane embezzlement has turned into a full scale civil war.  A group of homeowners claimed the Lane embezzlement occurred because the Board was derelict in its duty to monitor HOA accounts.  Flyers were circulated among the neighborhood.  However, the HOA Board fought back with it's own email.

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Sid Salter: Poultry & Forestry Remain Bedrock of Mississippi's Strong Agricultural Economy

While Mississippi has made great strides in attracting new capital investment and in bringing new technologies to existing industries, the bedrock of Mississippi’s economy continues to be agriculture – specifically poultry production and forestry.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Bye, Pelicia

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

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New Year's Mayhem in Jackson

It's been a deadly 24 hours in Jackson.  JPD tweeted the following statements:

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Ramp Closures at the Rez

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

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Trollfest '09

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.


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Trollfest '07

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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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