Sunday, February 28, 2021

Biker Injured in Madison

Correction: The original headline said the biker was killed.  JJ apologizes for the error.  

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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Jackson Water Recovery Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Domestic Abuser on the Lam

A domestic abuser is on the lamb after Jackson Municipal Court Judge Jeff Reynolds ordered his arrest.  Judge Reynolds found Cole Rowland guilty of domestic violence.  Unfortunately for everyone concerned, Rowland violated no-contact orders, violated the conditions of his sentence, and completely blew off the judge. 

 

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Jackson Water Crisis Update

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and Public Works Director Dr. Charles Williams are holding a press conference right now on the Jackson water crisis.  The presser is streamed below.

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Pearl Get's 'Em

 The Pearl Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Sal & Mookies Has Water

 Jeff Good issued the following statement. 

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You Can Have a Great Second Half

In today's edition of Sunday Sermon, the late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on coming back from setbacks no matter how tough they are.  If you played hookey this morning, enjoy.  

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Bill Crawford: Ignoring Crises for Tax Cuts

 Faced with one crisis after another, Mississippi’s Governor and Legislature rise to the challenge with one consistent solution – cut budgets to cut taxes.

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Jackson Water Recovery Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Cancel This

Bill Maher stood up to the cancel culture last night.  A pity more aren't saying what he said.  Enjoy. 

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We Report, You Decide: Income Tax Elimination Bill

The Mississippi House of Representatives passed a bill that will eliminate the state income tax while raising a plethora of sales taxes.  The bill will take a while to digest as it is nearly 400 pages long.  However, never fear, Jackson Jambalaya is here.  The JJ staff took a break from funneling and cooking pastalaya to break down this bill.  The analysis as well as the House leadership's talking points are posted below. 

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Friday, February 26, 2021

It's not the Size but the Size of the Fight....

 Some Oklahoma footballers figured being big and bad was enough to take care of these shrimps.....

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Jackson Water Recovery Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Child Rapist Gets Life Twice

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

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Water Crisis Continues

The water crisis continues in Jackson.  Jeff Good and Dan Blumenthal issued this statement today: 

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(Alleged) Drunk Driver Kills 3 in Rankin

 The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement. 

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Eggheads Announce Easter Egg Coloring Contest

 Ag Commish Andrew Gipson issued the following statement. 

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No More Pigs & Peacocks on Planes

Flyers will no longer be terrorized by so-called emotional support animals.  The Department of Transportation issued a new rule that  allows airlines to limit such animals to service dogs.  The airlines promptly took advantage of the new rules and implemented new restrictions.  The Department stated in a December press release: 

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More Clarion-Ledger Purging

 Well, well, well, The Purge continues.  The Clarion-Ledger kicked the conservative comic strip Mallard Fillmore to the curb:

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Jackson Water Recovery Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement.

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Health Department Office Closed Again Tomorrow

 The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Sullivan: Egbert "Murdered Deputy Brad Sullivan"

Prosecutor: "This was a calculated execution of an entire shift"

Video of entire hearing posted below. 

A would-be cop killer will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Madison County Circuit Judge John Emfinger sentenced Edgar Egbert to serve six consecutive 35-year terms in prison today after Egbert pleaded guilty to six counts of attempted first degree murder. Egbert wounded two deputies and shot at four others with a full-automatic rifle in 2019.  Deputy Brad Sullivan is still partially paralyzed and blind in one eye . 

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State Auditor Issues 2nd-Largest Demand Letter Ev-ah

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Ruined?

 The Landmark building in downtown Jackson flooded last week.   Well, to say it flooded is an understatement.  Watch the video posted below.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Jackson Water Recovery Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement.

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Fentanyl Dealer Busted, Victim Dies

 The Madison Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Food Fight!!! (Stokes Edition)

It was a press conference for the ages as Kenneth Stokes called the Jackson Mayor "Lying Lumumba".  However, the Ward 3 Councilman was just getting warmed up as he said the Mayor was incompetent and had "a relationship with dope boys."  Make no mistake, this was Kenneth Stokes completely unvarnished and unleashed.  

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Moss Point Mayor Pleads Guilty, Resigns

 The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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Marks Singer Makes His Mark on American Idol

 Mississippi won the daily double on American Idol Sunday night.  Calvin Upshaw of Marks and Canton's Hannah Everhart earned Gold Tickets to the next round on the popular show.  The 26 year-old Upshaw may have once been incarcerated but he didn't let that mistake hold him back as he wowed Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan. 

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Sid Salter: Infrastructure Woes; After Ice Storms Comes Potholes, Road & Bridge Deteriorations

 No matter where you drive in most of Mississippi in the next few weeks, you will encounter new and challenging potholes thanks to the Great Ice Strom of 2021.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Tate Rescues Jackson

 Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement. 

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Jackson Water Recovery Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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FOOD FIGHT!!!

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba had enough of Ward 3 City Councilman Kenneth Stokes and punched him in the nose at a press conference this afternoon.  This is probably the first time a Mayor stood up to the Ward 3 legend although all probably wanted to do so.  Watch for yourself in the video posted below.  Start at 3:30.

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Death Spiral Continues at the Clarion-Ledger

 Clarion-Ledger  "Top Editor" Mary Irby-Jones will be moving on to bigger and better things.  The "state newspaper" reported: 

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C19 Update: Hospitalizations & ICUs Plummet

Mississippi is enjoying a bit of good news on the Covid-19 front.  The number of Wuhan Virus patients requiring hospitalization or an ICU bed fell to its lowest level since October 16.   However, there are only 2 available ICU beds in the Jackson metro area. 

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Deputy Beats Man With Shovel

Hinds County Deputy Brady Hightower Butler attempted to shovel his way out of a problem with a suspect last week. 

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Flashback: The Debut

Sometimes you think you are ready for the biggest moment of your life only to find....

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Vaccines Cause Drop in C19 Cases in U.K.

 The Wall Street Journal reports the Covid-19 vaccines are bringing Great Britain some relief:

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$500 Reward

 A Northview Drive business is offering a $500 reward for info leading to the recovery of a stolen trailer.  Video of the theft is posted below.

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Senate Passes Economic Development Bill

 Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement last week. 

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Moss Point Mayor to Plead Guilty to Fraud

 Moss Point Mayor Mario King and his wife will plead guilty to fraud charges Wednesday in U.S. District Court. The couple established a bogus charity that was used to buy vehicles and pay off credit cards.  The Justice Department stated in a press release last year: 

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Canton Teen Appears on American Idol

Canton's Hannah Everhart made it to the stage of American Idol last night.  The precocious 17 year-old performed Johnny Cash's The Wayfaring Stranger in front of Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan.  Much hay was made about her strong resemblance to Katy Perry. Indeed, Ms. Perry asked her young Everhart "are you the country clone of me."  The nervous teen replied "something like that."  Watch the fun below. 

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Coach Prime Gets Good News & Bad News

JSU Head Football Coach Deion "Prime Time" Sanders led the Tigers to victory on the gridiron today but his debut was spoiled by yet another incident of crime.  

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Jackson Storm Recovery Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Sharing the Wealth Even When Broke

It appears Marshand Crisler is back at the public trough for some more gummint grub.  The Jackson City Council approved on February 17 a $50,000 contract with his company to help reorganize the billing of the water-sewer department. 

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Do You Know Who You Are?

 The late Dr. Frank Pollard begged the question in this 1992 sermon at First Baptist Church (Jackson).  Enjoy this week's edition of Sunday Morning Sermon.

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Bill Crawford: Republican Bills Weaken Governor

My political godfather, the late Gil Carmichael, fought hard for a new state constitution. A key purpose was to strengthen the office of Governor. He called Mississippi’s chief executive “one of the weakest in the nation.” As one of the pioneers of the modern Republican Party in Mississippi, he would be aghast that the Republican controlled Legislature is actively considering two bills that would do the opposite.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Jackson Provides Recovery Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Local Vaccination Sites Open Tomorrow

 The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Medicare Fines Most Jackson Hospitals for Patient Safety

 Medicare penalized UMMC and several other Mississippi hospitals every year for the last five years for patient safety.   All metro Jackson area hospitals except MBMC were fined in 2021 as well.  Medicare cuts reimbursements to hospitals that have high rates of readmissions or high rates of infections and patient injuries.   

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Farmer's Market Closed Saturday

 Commissioner of Agriculture Andy Gipson issued the following statement. 

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Take Mardi Gras Home

Mardi Gras might have been iced out but you have one last chance to get a little slice of Mardi Gras.  Nandy's Candy has one last batch of Randazzo's King Cakes available for sale in traditional and cream cheese flavors.  Phone reservations are welcome.   They freeze well too.  Enjoy. 



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Senator Wicker: Restaurants Need Covid-19 Aid

This post is a guest column submitted by Senator Roger Wicker.  

With Congress closing the books on impeachment, lawmakers are pivoting back to coronavirus relief, by far the nation’s most immediate priority. Competing proposals have emerged from both parties, and it remains unclear exactly what will be passed into law. But odds are improving that Congress will provide long-needed relief to our restaurant industry, which has been depleted like no other sector over the course of the pandemic.

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Hamil's Keeps Hope Alive

 Hamil's is going to open today and tomorrow.  Don't believe me? Maybe these pictures of Mr. Bob clearing the parking lot will change your mind.   The thought of those ribs makes one wanna believe in something. 

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A Song of Ice & Snow

If you haven't had enough of the ice yet, enjoy these videos of the winter storm that hit Mississippi this week.

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Jackson Provides Drinking Water Tomorrow

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Man (Allegedly) Kills Woman with Sword

 Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement. 

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State Auditor: PERS Faces Rocky Road

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement

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State Fire Marshal Warns of Heating Risks

 Insurance Commish and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney issued the following statement. 

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D. L. Gardner: Whatever It Takes

Are there good, bad, right, wrong, and evil in the world? Most would answer ‘yes,’ but we’ll never see universal agreement on which is what. We need some One to adjudicate that verdict.

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Throwback Thursday: The '51 Ice Storm

Natalie Maynor posted a video of the 1951 winter storm on Facebook yesterday:

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Study: HCQ Can be Used to Treat C19

Drug only useful if taken at onset of infection. 

 It turns out hydoxycloroquine can be used to treat Covid-19 after all.  The American Journal of Medicine reported in its January issue: 

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Jackson Provides Vaccine Saturday (UPDATE: POSTPONED)

Vaccination event is postponed to a later day tbd.

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Don't Be a Hero

Check out the Lakeland Drive exit this morning:

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EL Rushbo, Rest in Peace

 Rush Limbaugh passed away this morning after a long fight with lung cancer.  

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Robert St. John: Snow Day

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Mississippi is closed today. As I type a winter storm has just passed through the entire state leaving a blanket of snow and ice. The people in the northern part of the state have had it much worse up there than we have down here in South Mississippi. Though everything, for the most part, is shut down in my hometown of Hattiesburg.

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The Tale of the $19 Million Surplus

 Since many readers are stuck at home with nothing to do, check out this recording yours truly meant to post a looong time ago. 

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Sid Salter: Will Thorny Med Marijuana Issue Endanger Voter Initiative Process?

In the 2020 election cycle, Mississippi voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of authorizing a medical marijuana voter initiative as outlined in Initiative 65 over the express objections of the majority of legislative leaders.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Here Come the Blackouts

Update (11 PM): Media reporting Blackouts ended for evening. 

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley issued the following statement. 

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Stuck!

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Fun!

 This video is nothing special.  Just some local kids having fun with their dad in the snow....

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Bennie Sues Trump

 Benjamin Thompson sued Ex-El Presidente Donald J. Trump in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. today.  You can guess what the subject of the lawsuit is.  It is posted below.

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Jackson Under Boil-Water Notice

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Campbell's Seeks Help

 Cambell's Bakery owner Mitchell Moore created a Gofundmepage to help the longtime bakery:

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Appointments Available

 Comcast is still down so posting is limited. The Governor just announced on Facebook:

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Monday, February 15, 2021

Open Thread

 Comcast decided to take a temporary snow vacation so this post will be an open thread. Fire away. 

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Funny But (Almost) True

 You just knew Gorilla Glue wouldn't escape the notice of SNL.  

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Happy Valentine's Day

JJ wishes you a Happy Valentine's Day....

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Sunday Morning Sermon

Staying home from church because of Icemageddon? Don't worry as JJ has you covered.  Enjoy this sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard in 1991 at First Baptist Church (Jackson).  

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Bill Crawford: Privatizing Jobs Undermines PERS

Unintended consequences? Or a deep state conspiracy in Mississippi? 

That specter arose with bills introduced in the Mississippi Legislature to privatize Alcohol Beverage Control services and the operation of state parks.

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David L. Archie Arrested for Domestic Violence

 Hinds County District 2 Supervisor David L. Archie was arrested Friday for domestic violence.  Jackson Municipal Court Judge Jeffrey Reynolds ordered his arrest after holding a probable cause hearing.  

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Flashback: Snow Falls

 If you think the weather is going to be bad, flash back to Jackson around 100 years ago:

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Double Homicide.... Again

 JPD issued the following statement. 

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Senators Vote to Acquit Trump

 Mississippi's Senators issued the following statements. 

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The REST of the Story (Weed Edition)

74! 74! 74!  Supporters of medical marijuana screamed that number during the debate over a Senate medical marijuana bill this week.  They claimed Initiative 65 got 74% of the vote last November.  There is just one problem with that claim: It isn't true.  

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Domestic Violence & Kidnapping at Madison Shopping Center

 The Madison Police Department issued the following statement.

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And Another

 Therese Apel is live-reporting a probable homicide on Archer Avenue, off of Savannah Street.  Her stream is posted below. 

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Funny of the Day

Ex-Arkansas Razorbacks Head Basketball Coach Nolan Richardson opens up about Larry Bird.  Enjoy.

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Jackson Airport Gets $3.7 Million Grant for Covid Response

 Senator Roger Wicker issued the following statement. 

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Campbell's Closing in Belhaven

Campbell's Craft Donuts announced on Facebook it will close its doors Sunday.  Best wishes to a family that tried to make a go of it during the year of pandemic.

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Thieves Hit Star Store (Video)

 Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement. 

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Weed Wars: MIDNIGHT STEEL CAGE MATCH!!!

Update (2/12/21):  Senate passes heavily amended bill in the wee, small hours of the morning. 

Update (12:33 AM): Med Marijuana debate begins.  

Update (12:01 AM_: Senate convenes.  Let the games begin. 

Update (11:48 PM): Senate adjourns til 12:01 AM. 

A medical marijuana bill died earlier on the floor of the Mississippi Senate earlier today buuuuuuuut it is coming back for a rematch.  Will it pass? Will the man from Arkansas get his way? Is the Senate on the take? Watch below at 11:45 tonight. 

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So Soon? Hambrick's Killer Goes Free

His name was Erick Hambrick.  His name was Erick Hambrick.

The killer of Erick Hambrick is back on the street.  Read that sentence again.  The killer of Erick Hambrick is back on the street. Arkel Coleman did not even serve five years in prison while his victim sleeps forever in the grave.

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State Senator Tries to Pass Mississippi Fairness Act

 State Senator Angela Hill (R- King Cakeville) submitted the following guest column. 


The Mississippi Fairness Act (SB #2536) will prevent biological males from dominating female-only sports. It should be a no-brainer, a slam dunk in Mississippi right? Wrong. I’ve filed this bill for the past 2 years in the Mississippi State Senate. It was never given a chance last year as Senator Dennis  Debar refused to bring it up for a vote in the Education Committee last year.  I amended another bill in the Senate last year, but Representative Richard  Bennett tabled it in the House Education committee.  Men in both chambers of a strongly Republican-controlled legislature killed the bills to protect women competing in sports.Status & text of bill.

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Madison Landfill is On Again.....

but Legislature may rescue Madison County

Opponents of a proposed Madison County landfill on County Line Road enjoyed a temporary victory in their fight to stop the county from having a third landfill. NCL attorney John Brunini (Butler Snow) stated in a February 2 letter sent to MDEQ: 

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Payback Bill Passes

 The House overwhelmingly passed a bill yesterday that strips the Governor's authority to operate the Division of Medicaid.  

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Mason-Dixon Poll: Voters Approve of Governor

 A Mason-Dixon poll reports Governor Tate Reeves approval rating is 56% while Mississippians still support former President Donald Trump.

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Honored by Wall Street, Ignored by Jackson

The Wall Street Journal published Leland Speed's obituary Saturday.  To say he was known in the financial community is an understatement. 

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

It's the Signs

 Crime is out of control because of.............

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Real Soprano > The Sopranos

We took y'all on a Nightwish binge a few weeks ago.   Check out the band's first singer, Tarja Tarunen.  She blows away Sarah Brightman in this version of Phanton of the Opera. The opera singers slay the pop singers almost every time they get on the same field.  The metal riffs are a nice um, enhancement as well. Enjoy.

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CDC Team Recommends Sending Kids Back to School

 A team of CDC scientists recommended reopening schools for in-person learning in the Journal of the American Medical Association in an article published on January 26.  The article cites a Mississippi study that reported schools are not superspreaders if mitigation measures such as masking and distancing are followed.  The article states:

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Senate Passes Corrections, Transparency Reforms

 Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement yesterday. 

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Robert St. John: Restaurant Honeymoons

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There are two types of honeymoons. The relational kind that one experiences as a newlywed, full of bliss and joy, and the foodservice variety one endures as a new-restaurant owner filled with stress and obstacles. In each case— whether it’s a long-term marriage, or a long-lasting dining concept— one hopes that the result at the other end is a successful one. 


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Tantrum!

 A JSU basketball player threw quite the little tantrum during Sunday's game against Southern University.

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Sid Salter: Navy Shipbuilding Future Impacts Ingall's Shipyard

 The numbers are full of contradictions when one considers the future of U.S. Navy shipbuilding and the impact that industry has on our nation and state.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Coalition Tries to Stop Yazoo Pumps

 Audubon Mississippi issued the following statement.

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Mississippi Walmarts Get Vaccine

 Governor Tate Reeves announced 31 Mississippi Walmarts will administer the Covid-19 vaccine.  Will your Walmart carry the vaccine? Check the list below.

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Blessed Accused Killer Kills Again (Allegedly)

Murder suspect blessed by Judge Tomie Green in 2019 murder.

  JPD arrested Augena Funches yesterday. for the murder of Kiana Singleton on I-220 last month. She is ineligible for bond because she was out on bond for a previous murder charge.

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Poll: Governor has 65% Approval Rating Among GOP

 A Y'all Politics poll reports the Governor and Lieutenant Governor enjoy strong approval ratings among Republicans in Mississippi.  The poll was conducted among 600 voters in the 2020 Republican Party primary.  The poll also gave strong approval ratings to Governor Tate Reeves for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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And..... They're Off to the Races

 Take a look at who's running for what in Jackson.  Let the games begin.

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City Council Discusses JPD

 The Jackson City Council is holding a meeting right now on JPD morale.  You can watch it here.

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D.L. Gardner: Hearing & Seeing What They Expected

Very few people are critical listeners or observers. Most see and hear whatever they expect and then move on. On the other hand, as a friend said years ago, you have to believe it, i.e. reality/truth, before you can see it. 

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Monday, February 8, 2021

When Will the Chain Finally Break?

The hate is so strong with these two, it's a wonder they didn't kill each other during the show.  Fortunately, tension can make for some great music and in this case, it probably produced the best live version of this song.  Enjoy.  

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Ambush!

Three thugs ambushed two thugs at a Woodrow Wilson gas station Saturday.  The result was the deaths of Christopher Lee and Justin Partee.  The video is posted below. 

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Taking the Shot

Thinking of getting the Covid-19 vaccine but worried it will be a big hassle? Cast aside your doubts.  The Health Department created a speedy system for administering the vaccine  that is quite efficient.   To show how easy it is, The Kingfish got the vaccine Friday.

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Help Wanted (Lawyer Edition)

More than a few barristers read this website.  With that in mind, this post asks for their help.  A friend is enduring the first year of law school out of state.  Since y'all have been in the real world for more than a few years, what classes do you recommend for the second and third years of law school? Y'all are the ones who've had to go before the judges, write the briefs, and put up with troublesome clients.  What advice would you give for someone planning those formative years?  Serious comments only.  The facetious ones won't be approved. ;-)  Any advice is much appreciated.  Comment away. 

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Idiots of the Day (Funeral Edition)

 It's generally not a good idea to prank an armed robbery for a Youtube video in public.  NBC News reported: 

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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Initiative Fix Moves Forward in Senate

 The Senate Committee on the Mississippi Constitution took all of two minutes to pass a resolution that will amend the initiative and referendum procedures in the Mississippi Constitution on February 1. 

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Coming Soon....

and not a moment too soon.  Heaven knows we could use a laugh. 

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Sunday Morning Sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard took on the Klan in this 1991 sermon. If you didn't go to church this morning, here is a chance to play catch-up. Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Unchecked AI Threatens Civilization

“Have no doubt, algorithms can do all sorts of wonderful things. But, they cannot incorporate judgment or common sense into their processes.” So I wrote in 2010 about our growing dependence upon algorithms.

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Supremes to California: Open the Damn Churches

Court: State plays favorites during pandemic.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down California's ban on in-person church services although it ruled the state can limit the number of people attending such services.  The Wall Street Journal reported: 

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Therese Apel: Bloody Friday in Jackson

 WLBT's Therese Apel called yesterday "Bloody Friday" after two people were killed and two children were shot.  Violent as it was, Bloody Friday was just another night in the 2021 edition of Jackson. Apel gave voice to her weariness in a Facebook video.

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Lumumba Cancels Dixie National Parade

 Ag Commish Andrew Gipson issued the following statement. 

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Destroya Destroys

 Check out what New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell just did: 

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AG: Candidates for County & Muni Offices Must Live in District for 2 Years

What about Angelique? 

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch ruled all county and municipal candidates must meet residency requirements for at least two years.  However, the opinion did not mention a statute in direct conflict with the opinion.  

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Senate Passes Teacher License Reciprocity & Loan Repayment Bill

 Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement.

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Johnson Kills Marsy's Law

 Marsy's Law for Mississippi issued the following statement.

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They're Baaaack

 Look who qualified to run for the Mayor of Magnolia.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

House Abolishes Massage Therapy License

 Will Senate approve? 

Massage therapists will no longer need a license in Mississippi if HB #1315 becomes law.  The bill abolishes the Board of Massage Therapy and all licensure requirements for massage therapists.   It passed the House yesterday.

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Mayor Holds Crime Presser

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is holding a press conference on crime right now.  It is streamed below.

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Senate Passes Broadband Bill

 Leftnenant Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement.

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Food Fight! (Gamestop Edition)

 An I know What Is Best for You gummint official got in it with Kevin O'Leary over the Gamestop shorts last week on CNBC: 

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Mississippi Gets $5 Million in Opioid Settlement

 Attorney General Lynn Fitch issued the following statement. 

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P.T. Barnum: Belhaven Edition

 It appears Hizzoner the Mayor gave the game away when discussing the proposed Belhaven community improvement district last night.  WLBT reported: 

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Judge Rejects Plea Bargain in DHS Scandal

 A defendant in the DHS scandal tried to plead guilty buuuuuuuuuut Hinds County Circuit Judge Adrienne Wooten had other ideas. 

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Curfew in Jackson

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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MACS Holds Art Contest for Students

 State Treasurer David McRae announced the MACS Art Contest for Mississippi children:

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Witherspoon Moves to Tanzania

 Former Magnolia Mayor Anthony Witherspoon moved to Tanzania to start a tourism business.  The embattled former Mayor announced the relocation on social media: 

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Put Chick-Fil-A in Charge

 More than a few people have said the government should put Chick-Fil-A in charge of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.  Well, a hospital in South Carolina actually did just that.  The State newspaper reported: 

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Robert St. John: A Mad Day Out

 This week's recipe: King Cake Bread Pudding

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of the Beatles. Anyone who knows Beatles history knows that on July 28, 1968 the Fab Four took a break from recording “The White Album” and spent the entire day with two photographers travelling all over London on what is now referred to as the “Mad day out.”

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Payback!

 The Legislature moved one step closer to yanking control of the Division of Medicaid from Governor Tate Reeves yesterday.  

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Sid Salter: Jewish Legal Scholar's Memoirs Recall 1970's Sojourn from Bronx to Mississippi

 Professor Howard Ball, the distinguished political science scholar, first came into my orbit on Friday, Sept. 10, 1976, when he was 39 and I was 17 during my senior year of high school.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Flashback: Leland Speed in His Own Words

Leland Speed appeared with me on WJNT waaaay back in 2012.  He talked about his tenure at MDA, education, flood control, the building of the Rez, and his father's reign as Mayor of Jackson. Enjoy.

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JPD Holds Crime Presser

 JPD is holding a press conference right now on gun violence in Jackson. The presser is streamed below.

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Kaboom!!!

Update (3:00 PM): There was definitely a kaboom. 

SpaceX is about to launch the SN9 vehicle.  The mission is streamed below.  

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Druggist Sentenced, Must Pay $34 Million

 The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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Hmmmmm.......

 Well this is interesting.  The nomination of MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath has been submitted to not one, but two committees.  

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Slow Down!

 There is apparently a reckless driver frequenting the Northside.  These accounts appeared on social media: 

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Archie Stepson & Accomplice Go to Prison for Ridgeland Robbery

 A pair of teen-agers are going to spend some time in prison after they pleaded guilty to robbing a group of high school students at gunpoint a little over a year ago.   Ziyan Hopkins pleaded guilty to conspiracy while Nicholas Taylor pleaded guilty to conspiracy and armed robbery in Madison County Circuit Court. 

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Monday, February 1, 2021

Equal Time: Was a Lab Reponsible for Pandemic?

Did a Wuhan lab accident cause the Covid-19 pandemic? Bill Maher discussed the possibility with really smart couple Brett Weinstein and Heather Heying on his HBO show Friday night.  

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D.A. Supports Parole for Manson Family

The new Los Angeles District Attorney did not oppose parole for a member of the Charles Manson family.  You read that correctly.  NBC News reported yesterday:

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Flashback: Leland, the Revolutionary

Few people today know it but Leland Speed was a revolutionary in the world of finance. Congress allowed investors to buy portfolios of commercial properties in the 1960's known as Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).  REITs were considered to be money-losers before Mr. Speed came along a decade later.  Applying the business savvy that served him so well over the years, he transformed REIT's into a mainstay on the stock exchanges. 

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Aberdeen Mayor Guilty of Embezzlement

The Mayor of Aberdeen stole from the public purse.  WTVA reported: 

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We Report, You Decide.

 JJ found compelling video evidence that Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene might not be so crazy after all:  

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Crime Alert

 A reader on Northampton Drive sent in this tip about some crime in the area:

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Grand Gulf Nuclear is Key Energy Asset

 Mississippi Energy Institute President Patrick Sullivan authored this sponsored post.

A local writer recently questioned Mississippi’s need for the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson. The writer cites the cost and duration of recent upgrades and outages at the facility as reason to question its economic benefits to Entergy Mississippi’s almost half million customers.

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Trollfest '09

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.


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Trollfest '07

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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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