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

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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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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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