Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Epigrams and Interludes (Covid-19 Edition)

My favorite chapter of Nietzche's Beyond Good and Evil is "Epigrams and Interludes". The philosopher chooses to collect a wide array of various thoughts and place them into one chapter.  I have decided to post my observations about the Covid-19 virus in the same vein instead of writing several posts.  Enjoy.

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Mississippi Breaks 2,000 Patient Barrier

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 88 new cases of the Wuhan Virus this morning.  The total number of cases is 2,003.  The virus has caused 67 deaths.

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Sid Salter: Covid-19 Robbing Us of Opportunities to Honor Departed Giants

One of the real casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic has been our abilities to properly honor the lives of our friends and loved ones. Funerals are indeed on the list of activities limited by social distancing requirements and the rule of 10.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

How China Lied as Its People Sickened & Died

 The national media has pretty much ignored how China blatantly covered up the spread of the Covid-19 virus as thousands of its people died while allowing travelers to infect the world without so much as a warning.   National Review's Jim Geraghty dove into the Covid-19 weeds, rolled around, and created a timeline that reports the depths of Chinese depravity.  An abbreviated version of the thorough timeline is posted below while the full version can be read at the National Review website. Mr. Geraghty wrote: 

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The Do-Gooders Do It Again

The Do-Gooders continue to strike as they work hard to make sure our grocery stores will continue to have shortages. 

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Koestler Prime Open for Bidness


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Governor Holds Covid-19 Briefing

Governor Tate Reeves is holding a press conference.  It is streamed below.

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State Vet Recommends Animal Shelters Suspend Adoptions & Rescues

The State Board of Animal Health recommended animal shelters cease adoptions and intakes during the Governor's shut-down order.  State Veterinarian Dr.  Jim Watson stated in an April 4 memo:

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Almost Live

Gene Gene says it's that time of day.

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1,915 Covid-19 Infections, 59 Deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 177 new cases of the Wuhan Virus this morning.  The total number of cases is 1,915.  The virus has caused 59 deaths. 30% (373) of infected patients have been hospitalized.

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Fake Cop of the Day

Impersonating a cop is never a good idea, especially when the Sheriff pulls you over.

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School Lesson of the Day

Schooling those kids at home right now can be a challenge, even with the aid of modern technology.   Thankfully, the U.S. Navy served up something that is educational and fun.   The Navy provided last week a virtual tour of the U.S.S. Constitution, yup, Old Ironsides herself.  The video is a little over an hour long and is something both children and adults can enjoy.  


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Monday, April 6, 2020

Equal Time (School Edition)

Infectious disease expert Dr. Michael Osterholm thinks closing schools because of the Covid-19 virus is a mistake. He said the negative consequences of closing schools may outweigh their closure.  It is an interesting discussion that starts at 6:00 in the video.

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Health Department: WEAR MASKS!!!

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Driver Gets a Concrete Case of the Stupid

A suspect apparently watched Beverly Hills Cop II a few too many times as he used a concrete truck to run though a few vehicles last Thursday in Desoto County.  Police were forced to fire upon the suspect but he survived.  Video of the  chase and shooting is posted below.

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Covid-19 Model Improves for Mississippi

The University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle lowered its forecast of Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. IHME predicted Mississippi would have 674 deaths in a March 25 paper. The updated forecast states Mississippi will have 237 deaths by August 4. Website. 

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Almost Live

It's that time of day....

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100 New Covid-19 Cases

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 100 new cases of the Wuhan Virus this morning.  The total number of cases is 1,738.  The virus has caused 51 deaths. 334 patients are hospitalized.

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Good Job, Briarwood

Good job, Briarwood.  Way to treat your employees and customers.  Yours truly went to buy some dog food last weekend at Briarwood Pet Store.  It turns out the owners shut down the store while keeping the animal clinic open:

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Save Us From the Do-Gooders

Save us from the dumbass do-gooders.  Check out this message that appeared on social media yesterday:

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Need Some Viewing Relief?

HBO opened the vault and is making 500 hours of streaming available for free.  That's right. Free.  You can't get Game of Thrones but The Sopranos and The Wire are available.  Those two shows are some of the best TV you will ever see. You're welcome.

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The Queen's Speech

The Queen gives one last reminder of what the WW2 generation is made of:

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UMC Wants You!

UMC issued the following statement.

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Why We Can't Have Nice Things

More than a few people were upset when Governor Tate Reeves closed the Ross Barnett Reservoir.  Why can't we fish? Why can't we kayak? A boat isn't hurting anyone? Why did the Governor shut down the Rez?  There is another side to the story. Actually, there are several sides and none of them are good. 



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Equal Time

Posted below is an interesting discussion by an ER doc comparing the use of ventilators to filtered CPAP machines for Covid-19 patients.  Ventilators are rough on a patient and often cause collateral damage.  Covid-19 patients also have a lower survival rate once they are placed on a ventilator compared to overall ventilator patients.    The panelists wonder if patients start going south because the vents are used too early.  Some are experimenting with CPAP machines and report positive results.   The podcast is less than 15 minutes.   

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Sunday Morning Sermon

You really can't make it to church this morning but no worries, JJ has you covered.  Enjoy this 1991 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson).

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Mississippi: 1,638, Hinds: 154

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 183 new cases of Coronavirus this morning.  The total number of cases is 1,638.  The virus has caused 43 deaths. 302 patients are hospitalized.

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Bill Crawford: Trump Changes Tune But Will His Followers?

Personal freedom stands as the most liberal innovation of human civilization. How ironic that it stands as a key political manifesto of today’s conservative movement in America.

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Taming the Savage

Our marble racers take on the Savage Speedway in this week's edition of Formula 1 Marble Racing.  Will Galactic win yet another race or will the Hazers run him off the track? Watch below and find out.  Enjoy.

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Mississippi: 1,455 Infections, 35 Deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 97 new cases of Coronavirus this morning.  The total number of cases is 1,455.  The virus has caused 35 deaths. 283 patients are hospitalized.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Where Are You Going?

Are you people staying put? Google wants to know so it checked your cellphone's location history and compiled a neat little report that is posted below.  It has all sorts of groovy information for the state as well as each county.  Read it and weep.

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Bonnet Carre Spillway Opens Today

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway opened today.  WWL-TV reported:

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Mississippi: 1,358, Hinds: 139

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 181 new cases of Coronavirus this morning.  The total number of cases is 1,358.  The virus has caused 29 deaths. 262 patients are hospitalized. 

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Health Department Stonewalls Again

The Mississippi State Department of Health continues to stonewall on providing information about the Coronavirus.   Coronavirus infection of health care workers has been a major problem as infected workers transmit the virus or are unable to work.  Unfortunately, the State Department of Health refuses to disclose how many Mississippi health care workers are infected with the virus.  

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Need Coffee?

Uh-oh.  Your coffee addiction is kicking in but guess what? Your favorite place is shut down unless it has a drive-through.  Never fear, local coffee tycoon Jasmine Calvert is here.  Her epresso cafe, The Bean Parlor, will deliver that gourmet coffee you so desperately crave to you:

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

PSA

Larry David, yes, The Larry David, wants you to stay at home.

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Scary!

Time to settle the great debate once and for all.....

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Equal Time

Or an opposing view to the conventional wisdom on Covid-19. 
 
Our old friend Karl Denninger over at the Market Ticker website wonders whether hospital workers are vectors for the Covid-19 virus. Karl is no doctor but is just a smart guy who comes up with rather interesting questions..  He penned a post on his website a few days ago that questioned the use of social distancing to fight the Covid-19 virus while positing it was infected health care workers who are becoming vectors.  His post is reprinted below with his permission.

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Katrina'ed Again

The Wuhan Virus continues to flatten New Orleans.  Check out the numbers:

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Throwback Thursday: Granny Got Game

Today's edition of Throwback Thursday will be a little bit different than the usual fare.   Some of our local Grandmothers, even the ones no longer with us, had some serious game back in their day.  JJ took a stroll through time 60-70 years ago.  Posted below are the results of the research. 

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Health Dept. Hides Nursing Home Info, Won't Increase Inspections During Shutdown

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The Mississippi State Department of Health will not increase inspections of nursing homes while they are locked down to visitors.  There are Covid-19 infections at 22 long-term care facilities in Mississippi.

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Mississippi: 1,177, Hinds: 118

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 104 new cases of Coronavirus this morning.  The total number of cases is 1,177.  The virus has caused 26 deaths.  223 patients are hospitalized.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Rez Closed

  The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District issued the following statement today:

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Governor Issues Shelter at Home Order

Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement and executive order.

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Madison Shuts Down

Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler issued the following statement.

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Hurricane Covid Batters New Orleans

The Louisiana Department of Health 6,424 cases of Wuhan Virus and 273 deaths.  1,498 patients are hospitalized while 490 patients are on ventilators.   The statistics are double what they were a week ago.  JJ reported last Thursday "The Louisiana State Department of Health reported 2,355 case of the Wuhan Virus and 83 deaths today.  676 patients are hospitalized while 239 are on ventilators."  The majority of the deaths continue to be patients suffering from diabetes or obesity as underlying conditions.

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Ouch!

The Clarion-Ledger is furloughing all employees making over $38,000 per year.  The employees will be furloughed for one week each month.

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Jackson Shutting It Down Friday

Mayor to shut down gun stores. 

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following Executive Order.  Pay attention to Section 12(b) for a list of essential businesses.

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State Breaks 1,000 Case Barrier, Hinds Goes Over 100

Sawces say more Governor to issue more shelter in place orders. 

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 136 new cases of Coronavirus this morning.  The total number of cases is 1,073.  The virus has caused 22 deaths. The increase is 40 more cases than it has been for the previous six days. 218 patients are hospitalized.

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Sid Salter: Wicker Played Key Role in CARES Act

Most Mississippians are aware of the heroic role that the late Republican Mississippi U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran played in 2005 in literally saving Mississippi and the rest of Gulf Coast by wrestling a $29 billion Hurricane Katrina relief package from his reluctant Capitol Hill colleagues.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Lockdown Logjam

Posted below is a clip of Joe Rogan discussing the pandemic and shutdowns on his podcast today.  He makes some interesting points and nope, there are going to be no cliff notes.  Enjoy.

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Jackson Shutting Down?

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement this evening.

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They'rrrrre Baaaaaaaack!!!

Virus talk got you down? Don't worry, an old friend is back to make things right.  Enjoy.

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Governor Locks Down Lauderdale

Governor Tate Reeves is holding a press conference right now.  It is streamed below.  Govenor Reeves issued a shelter in place order for Lauderdale County this morning.   The press release is posted below as well.

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937 Cases, 20 Deaths

Hinds County has most infections but no deaths. 

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 937 cases of Wuhan Virus this morning as well as 20 deaths. 211 patients are hospitalized. The daily increase has remained steady at 90 cases the last six days.

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Killer Back in Jail

Demarious Banyard is back in jail again.  The convicted killer caught a break this year and got out of prison on February 20 only to get arrested Sunday. Banyard killed a pizza delivery driver in 2003 when he was only 13 years old.  WLBT reported in 2006:

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Virgi Can't Get It Done

Virgi Tries to Throw Contract to Mayor's Father-in-Law

The Jackson City Council rejected an attempt to award a $4,990 security camera contract to the Safewatch Security Systems at the March 17 meeting.  The company is owned by Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba's father-in-law.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Cowabunga, Dude!

Thirty years ago today.......

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Movin' on Up

Cory Wilson to Fifth Circuit, Kristi Johnson to Federal Bench

Senator Roger Wicker issued the following statement.

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Knock It Off!

The Governor is NOT SHUTTING DOWN THE LIQUOR STORES.  A bout of Facebook foolishness broke out a little while ago.  Someone posted that the Governor is going to shut down the liquor stores at 3 PM today.  Needless to say, the fake news is spreading like wildfire on social media.  Yours truly spoke to the Governor's office.   Seriously, just think, people.  People can't go out for recreations right now.  The Governor or Health Department is not about to take away one of the last recreations or vices. Doing so does nothing to fight the Coronavirus and just agitates the population even more. 

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Canton Curfew

The city of Canton issued the following statement.

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MSDH Reports 847 Covid19 Cases

The State Department of Health reported 847 infections and 16 deaths today. 195 virus patients  are hospitalized.  The Department will not report how many are on ventilators.  The pace of new cases reported has been around 90 cases per day for the last five days.

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Doctor Questions Coronavirus Strategy

Is Mississippi making a mistake fighting the Coronavirus? A local doctor thinks so and fears Mississippi’s response to the pandemic endangers doctors and nurses.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Stupid is Strong

We have a tie for the Idiots of the Day award.  Instead of picking a champ, you get to enjoy both.

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Governor Press Conference on Covid19

Governor Tate Reeves is holding a press conference right now.  The stream and his statement are posted below.

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The Coronavirus Singalong Song

Warning: EXPLICIT LYRICS!!!

No pandemic would be complete without its own anthem.  Enjoy.

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Louisiana Coronavirus Update

The Louisiana State Department of Health reported 3,540 cases of the Wuhan Virus and 151 deaths today.  1,127 patients are hospitalized (+200)  while 380 (+45) are on ventilators.   New Orleans continues to bear the brunt of the epidemic as Jefferson and Orleans parishes comprise 60% of infections and 67% of deaths.  However, their share is falling as the virus spreads out among the state. The department also said the vast majority of deaths had diabetes and obesity as pre-existing conditions.

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Covid19 Infections Rise to 758

The Coronavirus continues to spread in Mississippi.  The State Department of Health reported 758 infections and 14 deaths today. 173 virus patients are hospitalized.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

Now you really can't get to church thanks to you know what.  No problemo, JJ has got ya covered.  Posted below is a sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson) in 1991.  He is probably the best preacher Jackson ever saw.  Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Virus Deaths Should Weigh Heavily on Political Leaders

The notion that Mississippians can return to normal life and work by Easter Sunday is poppycock.

What the coronavirus has brought is a new and challenging normal, at least until a cure or vaccine can be developed.

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Bored & Confused

Cabin fever is no doubt setting in among the natives.   Since you can't go to concerts, JJ will bring the concert do you.  Up on deck, one little band from 1970.  Pour some more of that drink you're nursing and enjoy. 

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This is not Going to End Well

Some lawyers just can't help themselves, even during a time of pandemic.

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Louisiana Has Largest Increase in Covid19 Cases

Don't want to die of virus? Lose weight!

The Louisiana State Department of Health reported 3,315 cases of the Wuhan Virus and 137 deaths today.  927 patients are hospitalized while 336 are on ventilators.  Yesterday was the largest jump in Covid19 cases in Louisiana.  New Orleans continues to bear the brunt of the epidemic as Jefferson and Orleans parishes comprise 62% of infections and 70% of deaths.  The department also said the vast majority of deaths had diabetes and obesity as pre-existing conditions.

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MSDH Reports 663 Covid19 Cases & 13 Deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 663 Covid19 infections in Mississippi today.  The virus's death toll is now 13 people in the Magnolia State.  152 patients are hospitalized. 

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Ouch!

The Indians are really cracking down, literally, on those who violate quarantine. 

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UMC Can Test for Covid19

UMC issued the following statement.

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New Orleans Drowning

The Louisiana State Department of Health reported 2,746 cases of the Wuhan Virus and 119 deaths today.  773 patients are hospitalized while 270 are on ventilators.  Jefferson and Orleans parishes comprise 62% of infections and 68% of the deaths. 

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Farmers Market Open Tomorrow

Ag Commish Andrew Gipson issued the following statement.

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Supremes: Courts Must Stay Open

The Mississippi Supreme Court issued the following statement. 

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579 & Rising

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 579 cases of Wuhan Virus.  8 deaths were caused by the virus.

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Flashback Friday

Today's edition of Flashback Friday presents the Jackson International Speedway in Clinton. 

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Covid19 Update

Wuhan Virus deaths continue to climb in the good ole U.S. of A.  There are 1,241 deaths today, 241 more deaths than yesterday. The top ten states are:

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Sing, Sing, Sing!

Stuck at home but miss the music scene? One woman aims to fix that problem by bringing the music to you.  Pour a drink and enjoy.

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UMC Advises on Covid19 & Pregnancy

UMC issued the following press release.

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Governor Holds Press Conference

Governor Tate Reeves is holding a press conference.  It is streamed below.

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Hurricane Covid Slams into New Orleans

The Louisiana State Department of Health reported 2,355 case of the Wuhan Virus and 83 deaths today.  676 patients are hospitalized while 239 are on ventilators.  New Orleans is suffering the brunt of the epidemic while more health care workers become infected. 

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Lamar Adams & Selling Igloos......

How good of a con artist was Lamar Adams? Lamar Adams was so good that he sold timber investments promising 12% returns during a timber bust.  As Lamar shoveled phony timber deeds by the bushel to gullible investors, the timber market in Mississippi was in a ten-year depression. CALPERS lost more than $500 million on a ten-year investment in southern timber while Madison Timber investors enjoyed phony 12% returns,  The Institutional Real Estate website reported in 2018:

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Mississippi Reports 485 Covid19 Cases

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 485 cases of Covid19 virus today.   The virus has killed five people. 31% of Covid19 patients were hospitalized. 

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Covid19 Deaths Shoot Past 1,000 in U.S.

1,054 people have died of the Covid19 virus in the United States.  The numbers paint an even more dismal picture.  There were only 152 deaths a week ago (and that included 31 new deaths).  The daily increase skyrocketed to 254 deaths yesterday as the virus spreads.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

You Can't Afford It!

The viral hits keep on coming so in the interest of public service, JJ is bringing you a chill pill. Enjoy.

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Make It 4 & 5

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement.

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Cruising Canceled

Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance issued the following statement.

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3rd Covid19 Death Reported

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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JJ Files Complaint Against Library Board

JJ filed an Open Meetings Act complaint against the Jackson-Hinds Library System Board of Trustees yesterday with the Mississippi Ethics Commission.  The Board took several actions in March 2019 even though a quorum was not present.  The Board also discussed and voted on several items in executive session in August 2019 even though said items are exempted from the Open Meetings Act.   JJ asked the Commission to void all actions taken at the March meeting and August Executive Session. 

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Bored?

Stuck at home with nothing to do? Looking for something new to watch? Check this program out.  Enjoy.

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New Orleans Hospitals are a "War Zone"

Louisiana reports 65 deaths and 1,795 infections due to the Covid19 virus.  New Orleans is the epicenter for the Louisiana epidemic as 66% of the infections are in Orleans and Jefferson parishes.  44 of the deaths are in those two parishes.  The news continues to worsen for New Orleans as the Covid19 wave threatens to swamp New Orleans hospitals.One New Orleans nurse described her hospital as a "war zone."  The Times-Picayune reported:

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377 Cases, 2 Deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health Health reported a second death and 377 cases of covid19.  The second death is former Lexington Mayor Clint Cobbins.

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Sid Salter: Pandemic Will Strain Rainy Day Fund

A lot of Mississippians are lying awake at night these days, worried about their loved ones, worried about their health, worried about their jobs and businesses, and worried mightily about the future of the U.S. economy and what impacts that will have on Mississippi.

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Timing is Everything

Ole Miss sent this email out to prospective donors yesterday.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Equal Time

Believe it or not, one expert suggests we should ignore social distancing so as to strengthen our immune systems.  He says our preoccupation with germs has turned us into a nation of wimps.  See for yourself.

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320 Cases, Governor Cracks Down

Governor Tate Reeves just announced he is suspending dine-in service at restaurants and banning gathering of groups of more than ten people.    The Mississippi State Department of Health.  reported 320 cases of the Wuhan Virus although it has not updated its website. There were only 12 cases on Monday last week. 

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Where Did the Welfare Money Go?

The Mississippi Community Education Center apparently spent millions of TANF funds on fitness trainers, leases, paying famous employees, advertising, and other forms of largess.  The leadership of MCEC is under indictment for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars in TANF funds obtained through DHS grants.  However, MCEC fire back and said it acted under DHS approval and direction. 

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"They're Gonna Kill This Dude, Girl"

A police chase didn't end so well for the driver of a Dodge Charger last week.  Pearl police noticed the car didn't have a license plate on Pearson Road and tried to pull it over.  The Charger took off, got on I-20 East, and sped over 100 mph.  Pearl police chased but gave up.  The suspect got off at the Crossgates exit and managed to flip his car.  Police charged him with felony fleeing, reckless driving, and having no license plate.  A witness managed to videotape the arrest.  The video is posted below. 

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Home-Schooling the Kids

Are you dissatisfied with the online curriculum for your child while they are stuck at home? Do your children need to work on their reading?  A real gem popped up on Amazon.

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MDE Provides Learning-at-Home Resources

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

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Harvard: Mississippi Short of ICU Beds Needed for Covid19

Note: The Mississippi State Department of Health said Harvard used data from 2018. 

The Harvard Global Health Institute estimates Mississippi is woefully short on ICU and hospital beds needed for Covid19 infections.  Harvard compiled hospital data for all states and published the information online.  Epidemiologists estimate 20% of Covid19 patients will require hospitalization.  The Institute estimates Mississippi will suffer over a million infections.  Posted below are the Harvard estimates for Mississippi's hospital and ICU capacity.

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Haley Barbour: Lessons from Mega-Disasters


As our country confronts the coronavirus pandemic, there are lessons we can and should learn from previous mega-disasters.

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Cute Video of the Day

Or how to make a filter mask 101!

The Walker family is definitely making lemonade out of Coronavirus lemons.  Sarah Walker and her precocious daughter produced a video that shows how to make a filter mask at home. Let's face it, no one is buying N95 masks for awhile so every little bit of advice helps.  The video is on Youtube and is posted below. 

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MSDH Reports 249 Covid19 Cases

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 249 cases of Wuhan Virus this morning. However, Mississippi has only suffered one death caused by the virus. There were only 12 reported cases a week ago. 

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Covid19 Testing Sites Announced

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Carjacking Party Ends in Prison

Some carjackers who brazenly live-streamed their own carjacking and police chase on Facebook a few years ago are now serving serious time in prison.  They received their 15 minutes of fame as the video made more than a few headlines not just in Jackson but across the nation on social media. 

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Over 200 Cases in Mississippi

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 207 cases of Wuhan Virus this morning.  Fortunately, there is still only one death caused by the virus.  There were only 12 reported cases on Monday.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

Well, you cats really can't make it to church today so JJ will bring church to you.  Enjoy the 1991 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson) that is posted below.

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Bill Crawford: Maybe We Will Realize We are Better Together

As we hunker down in fear of the coronavirus, not all must be gloom and doom.

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No Comment!

Comedian Norm McDonald had a few things to say about the virus.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

PSA

This post is a public service announcement for the golfers in the Jackson metro area.  Since one country club reported a golfer contracted the virus, cleanliness on the golf course is more important than ever.  The video below may make the difference between life and death on the back nine.

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Mississippi: 140 Cases

Reunion reports a case. 

Here it comes.  The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 60 new cases of the Wuhan Virus yesterday.   There is still only one death reported.  However, more deaths are expected. 

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Health Dept. Recommends Restaurants Shut Down Dine-in Service

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement.

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But I saw it on FACEBOOK!!!!

Social media is getting a little out of hand this week.  Take Corner Market for example.   The store was just going about it's business, trying to serve customers when someone snapped took that dreaded picture and rushed to post it on social media:

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Louisiana Cases Continue to Rise

The Louisiana Department of Health reported 537 cases and 14 deaths caused by the Coronavirus.  There were only 36 cases a week ago.  Department of Health website.  440 cases are in Jefferson, Orleans, and St. Tammany parishes. 

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UMC Announces Fairgrounds Testing, Telehealth App

UMC issued the following statement.

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Need Veggies?

Don't want to fight over avocados and soy beans at the grocery store today? Head over to Broad Street Bakery where wholesalers are trying to sell their produce that was meant for restaurants.  The announcement is posted below.

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Meanwhile, Some Things Never Change

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Mississippi: 80, Hinds: 7, Rankin: 3, Madison: 3

CCJ reports a case. 

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 30 new cases of the Coronavirus yesterday. The total number of cases for Mississippi is 80.  There has only been one death so far although more are expected.

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162

162 and rising.  Such is the death toll for the Wuhan Virus.  Sharyl Attkisson reported on her website that 162 Americans died from the virus. She is kind enough to provide a list of the ages of the victims as well as a fatality analysis that is posted below.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Throwback Thursday

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and a young Johnny Carson.  What could possibly go wrong? 90 minutes of the Rat Pack and the newly-crowned King of Late Night.  Enjoy.

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First Mississippi Covid19 Death Recorded

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement.

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Blackmon Arrested

Madison County Deputies arrested Canton attorney Lawrence Blackmon last night for public drunkenness, public profanity, and failure to comply.  Deputies encountered Blackmon on a drug raid last night. The police report states Blackmon repeatedly cursed and screamed at deputies as he repeatedly used the "F" word.  JJ obtained the report through a public records request.  The report states:

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Need Something to Watch?

Stuck at home and want something educational to watch? Do you want to teach the kids some history in a fun sort of way? Check out a little gem on Youtube.  The Great War channel is dedicated to telling the story of World War I but in a slightly different fashion.  Indy Neidell provides a weekly video that covers the Great War as it unfolded that each week.  Lectures, newspaper articles, videos, and photographs are used to give viewers a similar experience to what you would see if you lived one hundred years ago.  This is a highly enjoyable way of learning history. Enjoy.

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While Louisiana Cases Skyrocket

Update (10:50 PM): 392 cases reported. 10 deaths.  328 cases are in Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Tammany parishes.

While Mississippi is suffering a relatively mild outbreak of the Covid19 Virus, the New Orleans area is under assault from that deadly little bug.  The Louisiana Department of Health reports 380 cases and 10 deaths.

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50 Cases but No Deaths in Mississippi

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 50 Wuhan Virus cases in Mississippi but no deaths:

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Adjusting to Coronavirus Reality

UMC issued the following press release authored by Ruth Cummins. 

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Will Coronavirus Bring Winter?

Well, the Wuhan Virus may actually bring one unexpected benefit.  The Fat Man posted today:

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114

The Covid19 virus death count is 114 and climbing.  Sharyl Attkisson reported the latest death toll on her website tonight.  Her list includes the ages of the victims.  Seven deceased victims were in their 50's while two were in their 40's.  The rest were over the age of 60.  

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

ABC Approves Curbside Service

The Booze Board issued the following statement. 

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UMC Prepares for Covid19 Wave

UMC issued the following statement. 

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Jackson Shuts It All Down

The Lord Protector of Jackson, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, issued the following Executive Order (see page 2).

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Awwwww

A poor little bully was starving on the streets.  Check out what happened to him.

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Closing It Down

Georgia Blue is shutting down all of its restaurants during the Covid19 crisis.  The company announced on Facebook:

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Funny but True

There is truth in this meme. 

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Mississippi: 34, Hinds: 6, Madison: 1

Update (2:40 PM): UMC said a nurse contracted the virus. 

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 34 cases of Wuhan Virus.

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Sid Salter: From Polio to Flu to Covid19, History Offers Lesson in Perserverance

As a child in the mid-1960s, I remember standing in a line out the door and into the parking lot of the school building where my twin sister and I received our oral polio vaccine. We stood with hundreds of rural Mississippians in the hot sun, waiting on that magic sugar cube.

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Ridgeland Catches Carjacking Suspects

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement. 

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105 & Rising

The number of Covid19 deaths is 105.  Sharyl Attkisson posts a daily total compiled from CDC reports on her website. All but a handful of deaths are patients over the age of 60.  That little bug is feasting down at a retirement home in New Orleans. It killed two residents and infected more.  Her list includes the age and sex of the deceased. 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

You Were Expecting Albert Schweitzer?

Let's face it, this week has sucked in a major way but there is yet hope:

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Dolts & Dorks

Pennsylvania got reeeeaaal smart and closed down the liquor stores.  The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced yesterday:

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Legislature Suspends Session

The Mississippi Legislature suspended the 2020 legislative session. It will resume April 1.

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Will Attorney Go to the Dawg Pound?

Special Circuit Judge Jeff Weill ordered Attorney Barry Gilmer to appear in Madison County Justice Court tomorrow for execution of his sentence. However, the hearing was continued until May due to the closure of the courthouse.  The Justice Court convicted Gilmer of discharging a firearms towards a dwelling and disturbing the peace.  Judge Weill dismissed Gilmer's appeal after the attorney failed to appear for his jury trial.  JJ reported on December 17, 2018:

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Mississippi: 21, Hinds: 4

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported there are 21 cases of Covid19 in Mississippi.  The county list is posted below.

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85 & Counting

Sharyl Attkisson has a convenient list of Covid19 deaths on her website.  Check out the list. One feature should jump out almost immediately. 

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Wow!

Take a look at Disneyworld today.  A shame this guy didn't play The End in the background.

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis Through Eating

Suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and want to improve your diet? Check out this recipe. 

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Dispatch from Pelahatchie (Victory)

Pelahatchie got it's drug money back.  State Auditor Shad White announced:

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Mississippi: 12 Cases

There are 12 cases of Wuhan Virus in Mississippi.  The Mississippi State Department of Health reported:

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Courts Implement Covid19 Measures

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph issued the following statement.

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Jackson to Declare State of Emergency

Jackson Urban Praetor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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Richard Wright Library Closes

Yet another Jackson library is closing because the building is falling apart.  You simply can't make this up.  The Jackson-Hinds Library System issued the following statement:

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Media infected?

Will the Wuhan Virus infect the media? Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) held a conference in New Orleans a week ago.  Unfortunately, someone who attended tested postive for Covid 19.  Nola.com reported March 10:

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Answering the Covid Questions

What is Covid19? What does it do? Why does it generate so much fear? Public Health expert Alanna Shaikh answered these questions and others in a rather sobering TED Talk last week.  It is one of the better discussions on the virus and well worth watching.  The video is posted below. 

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Israelis Don't Play

Some fool under quarantine decided to go to the train station in Israel yesterday.  It didn't go too well for him:

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Mississippi: 10, Hinds County: 2

Update: A UMC student and a JSU student tested positive for the virus. 

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported more cases of the Wuhan Virus, including two patients in Hinds County.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

Well, you really can't make to church this morning.  Don't worry, JJ has you covered.  Enjoy this 1991 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson). 

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Bill Crawford: Pandemic Highlights Lack of Strategic Planning

To repeat myself, politicians tend to be adept at reactive, tactical political thinking but inept at long-term strategic policy thinking. I wrote about this recently with regard to lack of well thought out, long-term strategies for flood control, transportation and water/sewage infrastructure, and trauma care.

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No Comment!

One clown bragged on Facebook he managed to snag 60 rolls of toilet paper:

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

UMC Shuts It Down

UMC issued the following statement. 

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School's Out for Awhile

The Mississippi Department of Education posted a list of school closings on its website.  Link to closings list. Comments turned.  There are plenty of other posts about the same subject.  

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Drivers Service Bureaus Closed

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement.

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Governor Reeves Declares State of Emergency

Lord Protector Tate Reeves issued the following statement.

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For Your Bingeing Pleasure

Stuck at home and wondering what to binge? Amazon Prime brought back an oldie but oh so goodie.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

6 cases

Health Department is holding a presser right now.   It just announced there are six cases of Wuhan Virus in Mississippi.  I am posting below from the presser. It is live-streamed at department 's FB page.

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Clinton Police Officer Shot

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Three More Mississippi Cases

Update (2:30): A fourth case was just reported.  

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Ground Zero View from Italy

The Wuhan Virus is wreaking havoc in northern Italy as it overwhelms hospitals.   The Journal of the American Medical Association interviewed Dr. Maruizio Cecconi today about the crisis in Italian hospitals.  Dr. Cecconi is the head of anesthesiology & ICU at Humanitas Research Hospital in Lombardy, Italy.  He provides a ground-zero view of what is taking place in Italy.  The video of the interview is posted below.

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Med Marijuana Alternative passes Senate

Mississippi voters will have not one but two medical marijuana initiatives on the ballot in November.  The Senate passed a resolution last night that will place an alternative medical marijuana measure on the ballot.  The resolution passed the Senate on a 34-17 vote. The resolution is an alternative to Initiative 65, which legalizes medical marijuana in Mississippi.

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Majority of Mississippi Children Need Developmental Health Care

UMC issued the following press release authored by Annie Oeth. 

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

No Comment!

This video might be a lesson in how not to fight the Wuhan Virus.

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Costco Comes to Ridgeland.

Costco finally opens in Ridgeland today.  Posted below are pictures taken last night during a preview opening.  Enjoy. 

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MDOC Suspends Visitation

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement. 

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Millsaps Extends Spring Break

Millsaps College issued the following statement. 

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Coronavirus Presser

Health Department's Coronavirus press conference is about to start. This post will be updated during the presser.  Word is state will go to a Level 1 of Concern.

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Senator Roger Wicker: Japanese Justice Holds American Hostage

It was worldwide news when Carlos Ghosn, former chairman and CEO of Nissan, took a daring, overnight flight from Tokyo to Beirut last December and became an international fugitive rather than face what he called the injustice of the Japanese legal system.

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Classy!

Barfights are nothing new but a trio of Jacksonians managed to make the tv news in New Orleans.  WWL-TV reported:

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

State Gets First Coronavirus Case

The Mississippi State Department of  Health issued the following statement.

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Canceled!

The St. Paddy's Day Parade is cancelled due to the Coronavirus. The State Department of Health advised cancelling the parade this morning.  Malcolm White took their advice and made the decision to shut it down. The parade will return next year.

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Interview with a Medical Detective

If you want to learn more about the Wuhan Virus, check out Joe Rogan's latest podcast posted below.  He interviewed Dr. Michael Osterholm, a well-respected Epidemiologist. It is a rather sobering conversation. Watch at least the first 15 minutes. Enjoy.

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Judge Wooten Frees Another Criminal

Hinds County Circuit Judge Adrienne Wooten freed another violent criminal yesterday.  Darnell Turner is serving 45 years for strangling the mother of his child, shooting at her, and hanging her from a bridge. Of course, the thug appealed his sentence. He asked Judge Wooten to grant him a bond while he appeals his sentence.   The ever-so-gracious Circuit Court Judge ignored the Attorney General's objections and said yes, he could go home if he posted bond.  Turner made the $250,000 bond and is no longer in prison.

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Sid Salter: Dem Primary Campaigns in Mississippi Take on a National Flavor

As the Democratic presidential primary came into focus in Mississippi over the weekend, it was interesting to observe just how closely the race in Mississippi mirrored the national narrative.

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Gunn Brags About Alternative Med Marijuana Bill

Speaker of the House Phillip  Gunn issued the following statement.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Senate Approves Pre-K Improvements

Leftenent Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement. 

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Fire!

An 18-wheeler caught on fire on I-55N today:

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MDE Announces Teacher of the Year Finalists

The Mississippi Ministry of Education issued the following press release.

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Vote Tulp Today!

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Rankin Chase Ends in NE Jackson

Rankin County Deputies are searching for four auto burglary suspects after a chase ended at Old Canton Road and Ridgewood Road.  The suspects are considered to be armed and dangerous.




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Meet Cosmo

Meet Cosmo, one big, lovable lug nut.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

The Case of the Lost Soul

Warning: Do not drink or eat while reading this post.

The transmigration of souls apparently took place in Hinds County even though a Chancellor said otherwise.  A woman petitioned Chancellor Tiffany Grove to rule her father had been dead for seven years.  However, this was no ordinary death.  Ashley Johnson claimed Audray Johnson's body was still alive but his spirit was dead, replaced by the spirit of Akecheta Morningstar. Hell, I can't write this post with a straight face.  Just read the order and affidavit posted below. The first two paragraphs say it all.

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Child Molester Gets 25 Years

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

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Open Meetings Act? What's That?

Laws? We don't need no laws! We are the Library Board!  The Open Meetings Act apparently doesn't apply to the Jackson-Hinds Library Board of Trustees as it held at least one board meeting last year despite the absence of a quorum.  The Board also  

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Tulp for Congress



It's time for Mississippi to lead the fight nationally for our 2nd Amendment, for life, and for strong borders. Throughout the history of our state, Mississippians have always been the first to lead on the field of battle. So why is it that too often, our representatives in Washington fail to lead on the issues that matter most to Mississippians? I will proudly be Mississippi's first member of the House Freedom Caucus, and I will make sure that Mississippi is leading the fight nationally for our 2nd Amendment, life, and strong borders.

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Coming to a Port Near You

Who says we can't have a little bit of fun with the Coronavirus? Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Reeves Must Do More than Build on the Past

Running for governor, Tate Reeves touted the successes achieved over eight years with Phil Bryant as governor and himself as Lt. Governor.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

It's a beautiful day outside, the sort of day that makes one want to skip church.  If the reader is so inclined, posted below is a 1991 sermon posted by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Polly Chambers Passes Away

The Mississippi Wildlife Federation issued the following statement.

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Through infrastructure investments like rural high speed internet and the I-14 corridor, vocational education in high schools, and America First trade deals, we can restore the beating heart of our great state!
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To Catch a Thief

The Hemline store in Ridgeland asked for help in identifying the suspect in the video posted below.  Contact the store with any helpful information. 

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Doctor Talks Some Sense on COVID-19

Finally a doctor talks some good sense about the Coronavirus.  Dr. Jeremy Faust, a Boston ER Doc, wrote in Slate that the mortality rates for the virus will probably decline and fall below 1%.  The virus is "relatively benign" for young people although a serious danger to elderly patients who were already sick or had compromised immune systems.  Dr. Faust wrote:

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Mayor Says Zoo Contract Almost Signed

Jackson Mayor and Lord Protector Chokwe Antar Lumumba told the City Council Tuesday night that a contract would soon be signed with Zooceanarium to manage the Jackson Zoo. WAPT reported:

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How Does Mississippi Compare to U.S. Average?



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Bill to Increase Death Benefits Passes Senate

Leftenent Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement. 

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Conservation District Clerk Indicted for Embezzlement

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement.

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Bar Reprimands Carlos Moore

The Mississippi Bar issued a public reprimand to Carlos the Clown.  The Bar stated in the most recent issue of the Mississippi Lawyer:

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Absentee Ballots Fewer than 2016

Secretary of State Michael Watson issued the following statement.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

It's Always the Quiet Ones

Kid gets bullied but thing didn't quite turn out as planned for the bully.  Enjoy.

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Trump Trounces Dems in Mason-Dixon Poll

Sanders cancels Mississippi visit. 

President Trump thrashes both Democratic Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernard Sanders by at least 15 points in the latest Mason-Dixon poll.  50% of the respondents also gave Governor Tate Reeves a favorable rating. SOme highlights of the poll are:

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Nature's Fury

How bad was the storm yesterday? Check out these before and after photos Philip Cothern shot of the Natchez Trace at Rocks Road.

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Court OKs Sale of Lane Home

A Rankin County court approved the sale of David L. Lane's Ridgeland home for $293,000.  The proceeds from the sale will be deposited with the court.

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Bigger Pie: What's Wrong W/Government-Regulated Monopolies?

Nothing if you are one. Like Entergy Mississippi and Mississippi Power. Regulated monopolies are largely protected from competition and are great for their shareholders. Not so great for their customers though. Especially if the regulator (the Public Service Commission) has its thumb on the scale for the monopoly.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Health Dept. Establishes Coronavirus Hotline

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Governor Discusses Coronavirus

Governor appoints new DHS Executive Director

Governor Tate Reeves is holding a press conference right now.  It is streamed below.

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Warren Strain Update

Warren Strain enjoyed a bit of good news last week.  His wife posted on Facebook yesterday:

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Want Healthier Milk?

It is no secret milk consumption has been on the decline for several decades.  However, two segments of the milk industry that actually show growth. "Craft" milk is gaining ground as consumers turn to various forms of milk such as organic, almond, soy, and even unpasteurized milk.   Guess who has the other segment? Coke.  Do you like drinking milk but don't want to drink the large amount of sugar usually found in milk? Check out Coke's Fairlife milk. The Wall Street Journal reported a few months ago:

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Porter Bingham Case Continued Again

Porter Bingham's trial is continued yet again.  A grand jury indicted him recently for bank fraud, money laundering, and wire fraud that were allegedly committed in a $2 million bond sale for Rolling Fork in 2015. The case has been continued five times. 

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Sid Salter: Coronavirus Isn't First Pandemic to Threaten Mississippians.

While the state of Mississippi currently has no known or reported cases, the growing global concern over probable U.S. impacts from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic certainly should not be wasted on Mississippians.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Freeeeeedoooooom!!!

A movie classic comes back to the big screen later this month.  Spartacus, er, I mean Braveheart appears March 22 and 23 at Malco and Tinseltown.  Showtimes are posted below. 

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MDE Issues Coronavirus Guidelines

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.

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Eating to Fight Arthritis

Suffering from arthritis? Try the late Holly Clegg's oven-baked lemon chicken recipe in the video posted below.  It only requires five ingredients and is simple to make.  Bon appetit!

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USM Defends Itself in DHS Scandal

The University of Southern Mississippi issued the following statement on the MCEC scandal. 

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Idiots of the Day

Check out this domestic violence (alleged) case from Hinds County.  Page 5 tells the whole story.  Is there any way both husband and wife can be arrested and jailed for general stupidity?

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Coronavirus Patient Speaks

Load up on water, Pedialyte, & Gatorade!

Who you gonna believe, the media or your lyin' eyes? Carl Goldman is a radio station owner in Santa Clarita, California. Unfortunately, the humorous businessman is also a Coronavirus patient.  He reported his experiences in a Washington ____ essay:

I have the coronavirus. And it hasn’t been that bad....

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Calamari This!

Nothing like a giant squid hanging around a Shell oil platform.  Check out the video posted below.

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CMU Wins Battle Against Rudy

But War to Continue

CMU claimed victory over Rudy Warnock in Federal court today.  Madison County Engineer Rudy Warnock sued Canton Municipal Utilities for $6.3 million in U.S. District Court on in 2017.  Mr. Warnock claimed CMU breached three contracts with his company. CMU hired Mr. Warnock as its sole engineer in August 2016 but terminated him a few months later.  U.S. District Judge Halil Ozerden granted CMU's motion for summary judgment today.

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Anti-Vaxxers to Hold Rally

The anti-vaxxers are having a confab at the Capitol tomorrow. The Mississippi Parents for Vaccine Rights issued the following press release.

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Cooking to Reduce Inflammation

Have a problem with inflammation? The late Holly Clegg said give these three foods a try.  Although no longer with us, her culinary advice is still fresh.  Enjoy the short video.

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Food Fight at the Health Department

The Mississippi Justice Institute issued the following press release.

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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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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Beatdown in Beauty Supply

This little fracas took place at a beauty supply shop down in Gulfport.  A woman apparently got caught in a state of purloin when her purse was dumped.  Things went downhill from there.  Enjoy.

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Shad White: Bringing Sunshine to DHS

Last week when agents from the State Auditor’s office made six arrests in our Mississippi Department of Human Services (DHS) investigation, we put a stop to a multimillion-dollar public embezzlement scheme. We worked quickly and quietly over the last eight months to uncover this fraud. When we had proven the case against those six people, we brought the case to light immediately and put a stop to it before any additional money flowed to those individuals.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

Does the beautiful weather make you want to play hookey from church?  No problem.  JJ will bring church to you.  Enjoy this 1991 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson). 

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Bill Crawford: Could Republican Meddling Impact Democratic Primary?

The Republican primary set for March 10th offers few real contests.

President Donald Trump will easily overwhelm Bill Weld and Roque De La Fuente in the presidential primary.

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Funny of the Day

Shades of Firing Line comes to mind when watching Johnny Carson discuss inflation.

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Fire Marshal Recommends Closing Eudora Welty Library

The Jackson Fire Marshal recommended closing the Eudora Welty Library Tuesday night.  He said water leaks continued to plague the building.  The State Fire Marshal shut down the building in 2017 due to water damage and leaks.  

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Midnight Volleyball?

Did state welfare money pay for Southern Miss volleyball courts? What is Families First? How did the Dibiases hook up with Families First? Such questions were asked recently as the media continues to unravel the DHS embezzlement scandal.

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SOS Restricts Public Records Access

Getting public records from the Secretary of State will first require going to the bank.  Forget using plastic, checks, or yes, even cash.  The Secretary of State will only accept  a money order, cashier's check, or corporate check for public records.  So much for it being the year 2020. 

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Mayor is a Bernie Bro

Jackson Mayor and First Consul Chokwe Antar Lumumba endorsed Bernard Sanders for President:

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Med School Increases Diversity

UMC issued the following press release authored by Gary Pettus.

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Warren Strain Update

Warren Strain's wife posted some good news on Facebook yesterday:

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Raymond Child Molester Gets 15 Years

A Raymond child molester will be going to prison for 15 years.  Jimmy Allen Page of Raymond pleaded guilty in Hinds County Circuit Court Tuesday to sexual battery and gratification of lust. The indictment states he molested a five year-old girl in 2015 and continued to do so until 2018.  He also molested an eight year-old girl in 2018.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Docs Urge Taking Precautions Against Coronavirus

State health officials warned Mississippians to take precautions against coronavirus even though there are no cases in Mississippi.*

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Soc Tries to Get Attorney's Fees from Jackson in Siemen's Lawsuit

The Siemen's lawsuit is not yet settled but Socrates Garrett wants the city of Jackson to pay his attorney's fees.  The city announced a $90 million settlement with Siemens last week and has been dismissing defendants from the case left and right.  However, Jackson has not yet filed a motion to dismiss against Siemens.  The city dismissed Garrett Enterprises from the lawsuit but Socrates is not going away quietly.

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What Keeps Mississippi Students from Pursuing High Tech Careers?



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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Visit, Just Don't Drink the Water

Worried about cartel violence at the Mexican resorts? Don't be troubled for one simple reason: the cartels own many of them.  A Mexican cartel expert said recently on the Joe Rogan podcast that the resorts are safe because the cartels own them.   Ed Calderon discusses this little aspect of Mexico in the five-minute clip posted below.  Enjoy.

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Stupid Cop/Crook of the Day

A Madison County grand jury busted a Canton police officer for insurance fraud.   The indictment alleges Toni Borden falsely reported to an insurance company she was involved in an accident in an effort to obtain insurance proceeds.  The Attorney General is prosecuting the case.  The indictment is posted below.

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Commish Pushes 1st Responder Health Trust Fund

This guest column was authored by Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney.

When I consider some of the most important jobs a person can hold, firefighter quickly rises to the top of my mind. Firefighting, for some, is a profession: a noble one that requires time, physical strength and stamina. For others, it is a voluntary service to their community and neighbors, still strenuous and demanding. Police officers and other first responders hold equally important jobs in our communities.

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June's Pet Murder Suspect Gets 5 Years for Stolen Gun in Project Eject


The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Sid Salter: Remembering Oliver Triplett

How does one capture the contradictions and complexities of the life of Forest attorney Oliver Beamon Triplett, who died last week at the age of 81?

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

WOOOOOO!!!

Happy 71st Birthday to the original Nature Boy.  Celebrate his life by watching a few videos posted below.

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MCEC Cuts Back

The Mississippi Community Education Center cut loose most of its employees a couple of weeks ago.  The layoffs come as no surprise after top officials were indicted for alleged embezzlement earlier this month.   The email posted below was sent to employees. 

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Fighting the Crud

UMC issued the following press release authored by Annie Oeth.

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Tulp Takes Town Hall Pledge

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for the 3rd Congressional District.

Today, I was pleased to be the first- and so far only-Republican in the race for the US House of Representatives, MS-03, to sign the Town Hall Pledge.

It's very simple: The citizens are the boss. The citizens pay the salaries of members of Congress and they get to decide who they want to hire and fire.

According to the Town Hall Project, my opponent, Michael Guest, has not held a single Town Hall event his entire time in office.

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Snapshot: Cleveland White Flight

White flight continues in Cleveland public schools.  White enrollment fell by a third in only five years after a federal judge ordered Cleveland's two high schools to consolidate.   Ironically, most of the white flight took place in the high school. 

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Former Jones Supe Convicted of Embezzlement

State Bean Counter Shad White issued the following statement yesterday.

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Mexican Mayhem Continues

Former Mexican police officer Ed Calderon told Joe Rogan he expects the American military will be forced to intervene in Mexico in a few years.  The Cartels have literally become the government in several areas of Mexico.  They beat the government recently in open battle and the current Prime Minister has adopted a hands-off policy towards the Cartels even though Mexico experienced its most violent year ever last year (Sound familiar?).  Enjoy the rather interesting discussion.

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Wooten Springs Convicted Shooter

Hinds County Circuit Judge Adrienne Whooter granted an appeal bond to Deangelo Morment.  A jury convicted Morment of aggravated assault after he shot a man and woman at a gas station on North State Street in 2013.
JJ reported August 2, 2018:

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Fitch Names Solicitor General

Attorney General Lynn Fitch issued the following statement. 

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Will He Stay or Will He Go?

JSU President Dr. William Bynum may not be leaving JSU after all.  Clinton Police busted Dr. Bynum and JSU Art Professor Shonda McCarthy earlier this month for trying to obtain the services of a prostitute.  Dr. Bynum resigned his position.  However, Dr. Bynum may remain employed by the university.

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What is Going on at Little Footprints?

The Little Footprints Day Care Center allegedly kicked a family out after the mother dared, dared mind you, to ask to see the video of her child after the little tot came home bruised. WJTV reported:

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sweet Child of Mine

HBO dropped a new trailer for Season 3 of Westworld last week.  The show returns on March 15. The trailer is promising and introduces Aaron Paul into the show.  The showrunners said the maddening timeline jumping that ruined the second season will be no more.  Thank goodness.   Enjoy the trailer.

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Don't Try This at Home

Nothing like someone dying for a cause, even if he is a flat-earther:

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Super Bowl Sermon


If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  Dr. Pollard faced the challenge feared by most Sunday night preachers every year: Super Bowl Sunday.  Dr. Pollard handled the challenge in rather good humor.  As for the game, the Giants  won when the Bills missed a field goal on the last play of the game.  

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Bill Crawford: Flood Spotlights Need for Strategic Policy Thinking

Politicians tend to be adept at tactical political thinking. How do I win the next election? How do I get this project my financial backers want approved? How do I keep special interest groups on my side? And so on.

Strategic policy thinking to solve systemic and long-term problems, well that’s another story.

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Losing Your Marbles, Lap by Lap

Meet your new addiction: Marble racing.  Watch for yourself. 

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Receiver Challenges Seawright Bankruptcy

Baker Donelson attorney Jon Seawright might not be able to protect himself in the bankruptcy court after all.  SEC Receiver Alysson Mills challenged his bankruptcy petition earlier this  month.  Her complaint is posted below.  Some Madison Timber porn for those following the case.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

The Color Purple Returns Sunday

The Color Purple returns to the big screen Sunday.  Check below for showtimes.

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Check Out the K9's Tomorrow

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release. 

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No Comment.

Hinds County District 2 Supervisor David L. Archie just can't help himself.  This message popped up on the Facebook page of Hinds County Administrator Jennifer Riley Collins this week:

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Wendy's Employee Kills Fellow Employee

The Pearl Police Department issued the following statement. 

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State Senator: It's Time to Hold Insurers Responsible on Cancer Care

This post is a guest column submitted by State Senator Angela Hill

A cancer diagnosis is devastating, no two ways about it. Every year in Mississippi, more than 15,000 people will find out they have cancer. Along with their families, they will face many health, financial, and emotional burdens. While fighting cancer is never easy, insurance companies are making things worse by improperly denying cancer treatment. My fellow legislators and I have an opportunity to step up and change that.

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Jackson Announces Debris Removal Plans

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Driver in Walmart Shooting is Killer Blessed by Green (Updated)

Update: Paul Barnett arrested for shooting firearm at Walmart. See below.

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement and mug shots about a shooting that took place at Walmart on Grandview Boulevard tonight.

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We Report, You Decide

Did State Representative Doug McLeod beat his wife? The Sun-Herald obtained bodycam footage of the arrest of McLeod for domestic violence charges last year.  George County deputies.  A Justice Court Judge acquitted him after his wife testified he did not hit her.  The video is posted below. 

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Siemens Fires Back at Mayor

Siemens issued the following statement after  Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba announced a settlement of $90 million with the company.

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Baptist Hospital Killer was Catch & Release Grad

Surprise, surprise.  The man who killed two Baptist Hospital employees yesterday is a graduate of the Hinds County catch & release program. 

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Priester Speaks

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. was nice enough to break down the Siemens settlement on his Facebook page for the rest of us:

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Funny of the Day

You.can't.make.this.up. Check out Cooperation Jackson's comments on the flood.

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Remaining Unit 29 Prisoners Moved

Prisoners caught w/7 shanks, 10 cellphones, bag of weed in move

Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement yesterday.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Break Out the Tissues

Onions.  Make sure you don't cut any onions while watching this video of a woman receiving a Valentine's Day present from her late husband.  

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City Announces Siemens Settlement

Jackson & Siemens Settle Lawsuit for $90 Million

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba holding a press conference on the Siemens lawsuit.  Watch the press conference below.

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Something BIG is About to Happen

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba sent out the following press release last night. 

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James Tulp: America First is Antidote to Socialism

This post is authored & sponsored by James Tulp, GOP Candidate 
for US House House of Representatives, Mississippi 0-3.

Socialism is coming. Whether it’s in 4 years or 8 years or 12 years, the movement behind Bernie Sanders and AOC is here to stay. 70% of Millennials say they would vote for a socialist, which is terrifying when you consider the fact that Millennials are very close to being the largest voting bloc in the country.

It’s astonishing how few Republican elected officials are willing to address the obvious question: why is socialism on the rise?

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Rez Continues to Fall

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

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Double Murder at Baptist Hospital

A man murdered two people at Baptist Hospital this morning and later killed himself at a cemetery in Pearl.

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Idiot of the Day

Flowood police arrested Reginald Graham for marijuana possession early Sunday morning on Lakeland Drive.  Graham is a Hinds County Reserve Deputy.  The police report is posted below.

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Wow!

First human jetpack?  Check out this one-man flight over Dubai.  For at least a minute, this was his world. 

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

How does MS job growth rate compare to US average?



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Jackson Lobbyist Contract Up for Renewal

Up on the agenda tonight at a meeting of the Jackson City Council is the lobbying contract for Quincy Mukoro.   Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba placed the contract's renewal on the agenda at an earlier meeting but tabled it when he couldn't round up the votes.

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Dairy Farmer Tries to Baaaaaaaaaaaan Goat Milk

Some of our betters cottoned up to the idea of banning the sale of raw goat milk in Mississippi.  Mississippi law allows goat farmers to sell up to 9 gallons of raw goat milk on their farms.  People buy it to make cheese, produce soaps, and of course, consume.  Well, a dairy farmer just happens to chair the House Agriculchah Committee so he did what comes naturally to those in power: He wrote a bill to wipe such farmers out of existence.  Representative Bill Pigott (R-Land of the Moos) authored HB #609.  The bill states:

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River Continues to Fall

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

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Shots Fired at WLBT Reporters in Flood Areas

Some hoodlums in Northeast Jackson shot at WLBT reporters last night.  Maggie Wade posted on Facebook:

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Bedwetter Alert!!!

Nothing like a tough guy who turns into a crybaby.

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Scenes of a Flood

Rick Guy sent Kingfish1 into the sky and shot some video of some of the flooding around Jackson yesterday.  The video and some still photos are posted below.

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Cresting

Video of Governor Tate Reeves' press conference today is posted below. 

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

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Keep Kids out of Flood Water!

It is a shame that it has to be said but.... KEEP YOUR DAMN KIDS OUT OF THE FLOOD WATER!!! THAT MEANS YOU!!!  Hinds County EOC Director Ricky Moore admonished parents, especially over on Sheffield Drive, who are allowing their kids to play in the water:



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The Destruction of Pride

Unfortunately, many people are unable to make it to church this morning.  Enjoy this 1990 sermon on pride presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Photography from a Flood

Posted below are various videos taken in the last 24 hours of flooding around Jackson.  Feel free to send your pictures and videos to kingfish1935@gmail.com. 

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Flood Update: Crest Forecast Lowered

Watch Governor's Sunday Morning Press Conference Below. 
River was 36.3 feet at 10:00 AM.

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

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Bill Crawford: Mississippi Ignores Conservative Taxing

As you lurch over another crevice in your favorite rural highway, here are some facts you can use to dull your senses. That apparently works for our state leaders.

Mississippi has the third lowest gas tax rate among the 50 states. The lowest is Alaska at 14.4 cents per gallon. Second is Missouri at 17.4 cents. Then comes Mississippi at 18.4 cents.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Spillway Peak Outflow to Occur at 6 AM

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

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Rez to Releases More Water, Free Storage Available

Governor Tate Reeves Declares State of Emergency.  Video posted below. 

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

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Sandbags Available Tomorrow

Sandbags and sand will be available from 8 AM to noon tomorrow at Michael Avalon Street. It is open for another half hour.  However, it is apparently taking a while to get sandbags.  A friend posted on Facebook:

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Good Luck!

Tickets to Dave Chapelle & Joe Rogan's New Orleans show just went on sale:

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Jackson Orders Evacuation, Rez Update

The city of Jackson issued the following statement.

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"No bail, no jail" for DHS Defendants.

The DHS scandal welcomed the "no bail, no jail" movement to Hinds County last week.  District Attorney Jody Owens didn't request bail for any of the defendants, thus none of them had to post bail, not even those accused of embezzling millions of dollars.  They were simply released on their own recognizance. 

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River Overruns Ratliff

Rick Guy took out Kingfish 1 yesterday and shot some photos of Ratliff's Ferry.  Check out the Pearl River as it rises over Ratliff's Ferry. 



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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Too Funny

Nothing like good ole natural disaster drama.....

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Sandbagging 101

Getting some sandbags tomorrow? Sandbagging newbs might want to watch this quick tutorial on how to sandbag properly.  Of course, sandbagging should not be confused with shammin'.

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Flood Update

Update (6:45 PM): Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba declares a state of emergency for the city of Jackson.

Posted below is a list of streets that are predicted to flood if the Pearl River rises to 38 feet.  Interactive map.

If you need sand bags, the city of Jackson was gracious enough to provide sands and bags.  Bring your own shovel and definitely bring your own back because guess who is going to be filling those bags? You are!  Nice to see the Mayor has finally become a do it yourself anti-government conservative.  Sandbags are available for pickup Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4225 Michael Avalon Street.

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38 Feet! (Updated)

 Rez to hold more water to delay flooding.

We are going to get some flooding in Jackson.  The Pearl River is going to rise to 38 feet:

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Hambrick Killer Goes Free in Two Years

Arkel Coleman, the killer of Erick Hambrick, will go free in May 2022.    Coleman will not even serve ten years for Hambrick's murder at the Waffle House on High Street in 2015.

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New Summit Schools Changing Leadership

New Learning Resources, Inc, issued the following statement.  It is the parent company of New Summit School.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

SOS Touts DMV Plan

Secretary of State Michael Watson issued the following statement.

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Dispatch From Pelahatchie (Court Edition)

Pelahatchie Mayor Ryshonda Beechem filed a Bill of Exceptions in Rankin County Circuit Court yesterday.  The bill names the Town of Pelahatchie as the defendant.

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Chaney Pushes Balance Billing Reform

Insurance Commish Mike Chaney issued the following statement.

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Sid Salter: Is Corporal Punishment Greatest Problem Facing Noxubee County Schools?

State Rep. Carl Mickens of Brooksville is from the northern part of Noxubee County. A former Noxubee County circuit clerk and justice court judge, Mickens is a second-term Democratic lawmaker who is apparently quite popular with his home county’s voters.

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MSU Syllabus Explained

JJ posted a syllabus from an Ag seminar class at Mississippi State University Monday. The syllabus had been floating around on social media and drew no small amount of criticism as an example of communist/collectivist/liberal/animal rights ideology/fill in the blank for your personal fear  used to indoctrinate college students.  MSU Communications Director Sid Salter stated in an email to JJ:

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Not Ready for Masterpiece Theatre Presents

There's been enough crime and sordid misdeeds reported over the last few days. It's time to spruce up this place with some culture.  Look down.  Enjoy. 

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River Rises Again

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

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JSU Settles with Former Head Football Coach

Harold Jackson walked away with a $170,000 check in October 2018 after he settled a lawsuit against Jackson State University and IHL.  JSU fired the former head football coach in 2015 when his team achieved a 6-11 record.  Coach Jackson sued the school for breach of contract.  JJ obtained a copy of the settlement agreement through a public records request.

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Bigger Pie Forum: What's Wrong with How Mississippi Regulates Utility Bills?

What’s wrong with how Mississippi regulates electricity rates? The short answer: No one in the process represents only the customers – the everyday Mississippians who pay their electric bill.

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MCEC Asks Court to Unfreeze Bank Account, (Updated)

Update (4:35 PM): Judge Peterson vacated the injunction without prejudice. 

Update (12:15 PM): State Auditor Shad White filed a petition today asking the court to dismiss the injunction freezing MCEC's Regions bank account.  The petition is posted below in the court file. 
 
The Mississippi Community Education Center asked Hinds County Circuit Judge Faye Peterson yesterday to lift an order freezing its bank account.  Judge Peterson froze the account last week when MCEC Executive Director Nancy New was indicted for allegedly embezzling $4.15 million in grant funds received from the Mississippi Department of Human Services.


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Monday, February 10, 2020

Who You Gonna Believe, Your Lyin' Eyes?

Friday night saw a rather interesting exchange on Friday night's edition of Real Time with Bill Maher.  Mr. Maher posited that one President Donald J. Trump used his State of the Union speech to gasp, recruit black voters.  Enjoy watching his panelists engage in some rather interesting mental gymnastics to refute his claim.  Forget the usual presidential politics, this is just downright funny regardless of party.   Enjoy.

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Faulty Wiring Caused Clinton Fire

Insurance Commish Mike Chaney issued the following statement. 

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Sex, Drugs, & JSU (Video)

JSU President resigns. 

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement.

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No Comment!

Check out what made the syllabus of one ag class at Mississippi State University.

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Dayumn!

What happens when high winds meet a plane trying to land in Birmingham?

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State Auditor Meeting FBI Tomorrow

State Bean-Counter Shad White issued the following statement.

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"Pennies from Loafers"

Saturday Night Live had some fun with Friday night's Democratic debate last night.  Enjoy.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

It's a beautiful pre-spring day and some readers will want to play hookey instead of going to church.  No problem. Enjoy this sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson) from 1990. Dang, he laid the wood at 7:00.  Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Gunn Sticks to Guns on Retirees

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn is right to bow up about state retirees serving in the Legislature.

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

"Have You Had Math Class?"

It is never a good idea to ask Nick Saban a dumb question.

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Mississippi Wins a Round on Flooding Lawsuit

Leftenent Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement.

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Former Little Footprints Worker Arrested

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker issued the following statement.

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Warren Strain Update

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

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Too Funny!

We've had some pretty heavy-duty news for a couple of days with more to come.  Time for a break. Check out this Nashville "chef" as he attempts to boil crawsfish.

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State Auditor & DA Hold Presser on DHS Scandal

State Auditor says amount allegedly embezzled could grow. 

State Auditor Shad White and Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens are holding a press conference about the DHS embezzlement scandal right now:

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Feds on DHS Scandal: Don't Look at Us

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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DHS/MCEC Embezzlement Alleged to be $4.15 Million

Davis & McGrew Released without Court's Approval, Bench Warrant's Issued
Alleged embezzlement is $4.15 million

Shockwaves tore through Mississippi yesterday after the State Auditor arrested the former Director of Human Services and several others for embezzlement, fraud, and conspiracy.  The defendants include MCEC Executive Director Nancy New and her son Zachary.  Brett Dibiase, the son of the Million Dollar Man, made the list of the accused as well. State Auditor Shad White accused New and others of embezzling $2 million in government funds for personal use. 

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Justice Dept. Announces MDOC Investigation

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Former DHS Director Arrested

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Governor Announces MDOC Commish Criteria

First Consul Tate Reeves issued the following statement. 

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Mayor Defends His Man

Calls out Councilman Aaron Banks

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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Overpaying? The Jackson Way Continues.

Who will lobby for Jackson?  Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba placed Quincy Mukoro's lobbying contract on the agenda for yesterday's meeting of the City Council. The contract was up for renewal but the Mayor tabled it until the February 18 meeting.  Several sawces said the Mayor did so when he realized he did not have the votes to get the contract renewed.

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Sid Salter: Weed Politics in Mississippi

Mississippi is one of three states that will vote on some type of marijuana-related referendum in the November 2020 elections – the others being New Jersey and South Dakota. Up to eight additional states could get referendum before their votes in 2020, but so far only three states are certain to pose marijuana questions to their citizens this year.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Meet the Madness

Since the medical marijuana debate is heating up, it's time to post one of the most definitive movies on drugs ever made.  Enjoy.

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Encore Presentation of Porgy & Bess, Live from Met Tomorrow

A real treat hits the movie screens in the Jackson metro area tomorrow.  The great American opera, Porgy & Bess, returned to the Metropolitan Opera last Saturday. This is not a movie. Malco and Tinseltown theatres graced us with a simulcast of the live performance.  It was simply an awesome performance.  Angel Blue rocked it as Bess.   If you didn't make it Saturday, there is an encore presentation tomorrow at the two theatres.  The Kingfish was very proud of y'all as the Saturday show sold out.   Tired of tier 4 performances? Go buy a ticket and support some top-notch culture.  Enjoy the videos are posted below.

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State Auditor: MDOT Can Save Money

State Auditor Shadrack White issued the following statement and report.

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Oink! Legislators Continue to SLRP.

It is that time of the year to discuss SLRP.  SLRP is appropriately named for a special benefit the legislators voted themselves many years ago.  Nothing like a bunch of pigs slurping away at a taxpayer trough.  The legislature created SLRP in 1989 to give themselves extra retirement pay not available to other state employees.  Call it time and a half pay for doing half of the work- if that much.

Apologies for the non-diversity among the pigs.

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Sal & Mookie's Coming to Madison

Jeff Good, yes THE Jeff Good, issued the following press release. 

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UMC to Offer Free Breast & Cervical Cancer Screenings

UMC issued the following statement. 

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Rush Reveals Big C Diagnosis

El Rushbo announced on the radio today he has advanced lung cancer.   Video of his announcement is posted below.  Start at 46:30.

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Update on McDade's/Froogels Transition

Robert's Company posted an update on social media about the status of :

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This IS a Drill!

The city of Jackson issued the following statement.

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Three Murders Last Night

JPD issued the following statements. 

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Bernie Passes

Bernie Ebbers passed away.  The Wall Street Journal reported:

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

It's Halftime

Don't want to watch the Super Bowl halftime show? Watch this alternative programming that ends when the halftime show ends.

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The Concept of Peace

Let's face it, some people aren't going to go to church on Super Bowl Sunday.  ;-)  This post is a public service for those who will play hookey and want to ease the guilt.  Enjoy this 1990 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard of First Baptist Church (Jackson). 

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Bill Crawford: Despite Cash Infusion, PERS' Ship Keeps Sinking

Here we go again at PERS, the state employee retirement system.

Despite last year's promise to legislators that a boost in employer contributions would right the ship, the ship sank again in FY 2019. The latest Actuarial Valuation Report (delayed until after the election) showed PERS' unfunded pension liability jumped up $1 billion, from $16.9 billion to $18 billion.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

"Check Ball"

Once upon a time, an NBA rookie trashed MJ a year or two after he retired.  Something about he could easily beat MJ one on one.  Soon afterwards,  MJ showed up at the Bulls practice and simply said "check ball."  Watch the rest. Start at 2:50 in first video.

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Governor Releases Budget

Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement as well as his budget yesterday. 

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Mayor Urges Medical Community to Help Stop Spread of Coronavirus

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.

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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.