Thursday, October 4, 2012

WJNT yesterday

Had a good time on WJNT yesterday. I opened with a monologue about Jackson Public Schools. The transcript is posted below. Moved on to MPACT, Hinds County, and the Election Commission. Pete Perry called in and we discusses his arrest by Jerry Moore during an Election Commission meeting in August. Yup. Its discusses at the end of the program. I won't spoil the details for you.

Well, the Jackson Public School board is at it once again. They passed a budget this summer for $86 million which included a property tax increase of 2 1/2 mills. That amount wasn't good enough for the new Superintendent. Dr. Gray came back and submitted a budget request of $88 million with yet another tax increase. No one from the school district, from Dr. Gray on down, had the guts to come face the city council and make the request- they sent it over in writing. Such is their contempt for the taxpayers and the extent of their moral cowardice. The city council balked. Didn't matter because the school board then sued the city council last week for the tax increase. The school board said in their complaint filed in court it didn't matter, that under the law they didn't have to provide ANY notice if the increase was under 4 mills. This is what your school board thinks about you. It doesn't matter what the law says, they don't think you, the taxpayers, should have any notice when they decide to raise your taxes and if anyone says otherwise, they'll go out and pay attorney Dorian Turner $200 an hour to get their way.

Then there is Dr. Gray and the new report cards for schools. The legislature changed the law this year and ordered schools and districts to use a grading system of A,B, C, D, F instead of the system of star through failing where everyone was a champion and no one a loser. Unfortunately the $11,000 a month the district pays to attorney Dorian Turner does not her instructing Dr. Gray on what the new law means because he completely ignored it in a video two weeks ago explaining the system's latest ratings. Not once did this master of all things educational mention A, B, C, D, or F in relation to Jackson Public Schools. Not once. Dr. Gray instead referred to them under the old system: star, high performing, successful, academic watch, low performing, at risk of failing, and failing. He didn't stop there. Dr. Gray states in the video: The Mississippi Department of Education "uses seven classifications to rate Mississippi schools". Dr. Gray says (4:14) "there are no schools at risk of failing or failing. This is a drastic and dramatic improvement." In other words folks, Dr. Gray flat out lied to you and did it while wearing a bowtie.

However, the truth is 82% of JPS middle and high schools are rated for "D" or "F" and 45% of all schools rated "D" or "F". Only 3 middle and high schools are "C" and none are "A" or "B". Dr. Gray does not mention anywhere in the video the letter grades for the schools themselves nor the district. Dr. Gray instead states the district is rated "Academic Watch". He says "We are proud of our accomplishments but not proud of our results." The video then scrolls through all of the schools with their ratings under the old system.

The report cards for all schools are:

A: 3
B: 5
C: 16
D: 13
F: 10

Compare reality to what the press release said: JPS has 18 Academic Watch and 11 Low Performing and no schools labeled At Risk of Failing or Failing. Although JPS has no schools labeled as “Failing” or “At Risk of Failing,” the District overall label is “Academic Watch.” What this means is that although JPS experienced improvement in academic achievement, it did not meet the challenge of academic growth

Unbelievable. If this isn't giving the state a big "screw you" I don't know what is. New rating system? What new rating system. This is just more proof the leadership of Jackson Public Schools is out of control. They don't care about you, they don't care about the kids, and they don't care about the future of Jackson. This is all about sweetheart deals and pimping the taxpayers while strutting around in their suits and carrying their ipads. The Board doesn't think you deserve to know when they want to raise taxes, give hundreds of thousands of dollars to their friends while they squander bond issues, or lie to you when they are told how to tell you your schools are really doing. Meanwhile they have no problem selling out your children into the slavery of illiteracy and ignorance. They think nothing of abandoning the children as long as they have their little piece of turf in MIssissippi and if you say anything, they just ignore you or call you a racist.

Well, I'm sick of it. They can pull all of the games they want but they aren't going to do it in the dark as they've been doing for years. I'm going to keep exposing them on this show and on Jackson Jambalaya. The future of this area, the future of these kids, the future of the parents who do care about their children and are stuck in Jackson is simply too important. Keep it up Dr Gray because before too long, we're going to take this away from you. The Republicans aren't stupid. Many democrats in this town aren't stupid. They see what you've become- a rotten carcass that is eating itself into oblivion. The Republicans are going to step in next year and pass a charter school bill and trust me, they will have their eyes squarely on Jackson when they are writing the bills. So enjoy it while it lasts, Dr. Gray. Have fun Dr. Gilmore Love. Enjoy your sweetheart hire, Mr. Sergeant. Because come next year, you're going to become alot less relevant as we take these children away from you and give them what they need: a damn good education under some leadership that actually cares about them.

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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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