Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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 Once upon a time, Don Rickles took on the Dodgers.....

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Women-Owned Bakery Overcoming Covid-19 Impacts

Beth Bilbo submitted this guest column in honor of Women's History Month. 

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, we are also coming upon the one-year anniversary of Mississippi’s Shelter in Place order. It’s an anniversary that many business owners want to forget due to the abysmal business climate we’ve suffered through. While owning a small business is never easy, it has been particularly challenging during COVID, especially for minority and women owned businesses. To these entrepreneurs, I want to encourage you during these hard times and help lend my voice and advice. 

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Body Found in Park

 JPD tweeted the following statement. 

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Jackson Backstabs Hero

There is no justice in Jackson for a police officer who survived a deadly traffic stop at a South Jackson gas station three years ago.  Two men tried to shoot JPD Officer Mike Tarrio but he managed to kill one assailant and arrest the other one.  He received an "Officer of the Year" award for his heroism.  This being Jackson, such bravery did not go unpunished as Jackson suspended him with pay for over a year.  To add insult to injury, the man who repeatedly shot at him was never indicted for the crime thanks to some bureaucratic bumbling.  

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Robert St. John: Help is on the Way

One year ago today, my life seemed to be at a complete standstill. The global pandemic was shifting into second gear, my city and state were shut down except for essential businesses, and the six restaurants and two bars I had spent 32 years of my life building were all closed. The situation was dire and the future looked bleak. My wife, two children, and I were holed up at our house which I wasn’t sure we’d even be living in a few months down the road. I was doing what I could to help our 300 furloughed team members and the community and state at large, but all future outlooks seemed grim.

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The G-Man Passes

 G. Gordon Liddy passed away yesterday at his son's home.  No cause of death was given. 

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Ole Miss Alumni Food Fight Continues

 The food fight over the University of Mississippi Foundation's investments continues.  Ole Miss alumnus Otho "Bubba" Petit accused the Foundation of cutting sweetheart timber investments with Molpus Woodlands Group in a petition submitted to the Board of Trustees for the Institutions of Higher Learning. 

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Idiot of the Day

The Walmart on Highway 18 in Jackson has been evacuated. Some idiot phoned in a bomb threat.

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Health Department Issues Church Service Guidelines

 The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following guidelines for faith-based services. 

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Fitch Joins Religious Liberty Lawsuit

 Attorney General Lynn Fitch issued the following statement.

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Lumumba Lays It On

Was Kenneth Stokes correct when he called the Mayor "Lying Lumumba"?  Watch Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba shuck the corn in this March 18 interview on the progressive website, Democracy Now.  There is no untruth, half-truth, or quarter-truth he won't tell if it means he can blame someone else for Jackson's water problems.   Watch the video or read the transcript.  They are both posted below with color commentary from yours truly.   Enjoy. 

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Bringing Home the Booze

 Package stores will be able to deliver that favorite bottle of Blanton's Bourbon to your home.  Governor Tate Reeves is expected to sign HB #1135. 

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D.L. Gardner: Trusting God in the Long Run

In a way, faith is sort of like politics, only for the long, and I mean the really long run. The week leading up to Resurrection Sunday is holy for Christians around the world. Be careful who you trust. 

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H-Burg Shut Down Nightclub After Two Shootings

Hattiesburg shut down a nightclub this year after it suffered not two homicides but two shootings on Valentine's Day.  A Chancellor allowed the club to reopen Thursday but only after it agreed to a list of conditions with the city.

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WJTV Investigates Jackson's Water Problems

 WJTV interviewed former Jackson Mayors Tony Yarber and Dale Danks about the Jackson water system. The penetrating interviews provide some much-needed background about Jackson's water problems.

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Here We Go Again.

Watch this video of an interview Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba  gave to the progressive Democracy Now website on March 17.   What is wrong with this picture?

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Three Child Predators Sentenced

 Attorney General Evelyn Fitch issued the following statement. 

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Sunday Morning Sermon

 Decided to work on the yard instead of going to church? Don't feel too guilty as JJ has got you covered.  Enjoy this 1991 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  He asked if one is prepared for a tough answer to prayer.

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Bill Crawford: Reeves Signs Incumbent Protection Act

House Bill 1048 didn’t get much fanfare as it moved through the Legislature. Perhaps its impact will.

The bill authored by Rep. Jody Steverson of Ripley and signed into law by Gov. Tate Reeves on March 24 moves the qualifying deadline for most state, district, and county elections up to February 1.

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Back at the Bijou

 The Ten Commandments returns to the big screen next week at Tinseltown and Malco Grandview. Showtimes are posted below. 

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Good News for Restaurants?

 A CDC study reported mask mandates and restaurant re-openings barely affected the spread of Covid-19.  Such news should be welcome, right? Well, not so fast my friends.  In true bureaucratic fashion, the CDC said good was bad and bad was good.  The CDC reported the results of a nine-month study on March 5

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Bedwetter Alert

Bill Maher poked some fun at the placement of social justice warning labels on My Fair Lady and a plethora of other beloved movie classics last week.  Hollywood apparently thinks we are so fragile that we can't watch a movie without a teaching lesson.  You can't make this up. 

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Shooting on 220

 JPD tweeted the following statement. 

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More of the Same

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba repeated the lie that state government does not pay Jackson for its water more than a few times before he was forced to backtrack and admit the untrue nature of his statements.  The Mayor made the false claim as recently as last week to the progressive website Democracy Now.  He made similar remarks in a March 8 local press conference and March 12 in the New York Times

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Clinton Arrests Auto Burglary Suspects

 The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Frank Corder: Outdoor Trust Bill in Jeapordy

 This post was first published in Y'all Politics. Mr. Corder is the editor of the website. 

The Mississippi Legislature is tasked with handling the business of the people, tackling issues of importance that will both improve the State and the lives of Mississippians. When they cannot come together, what’s left is the referendum process whereby the people move an issue forward the politicians refuse to embrace.

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Digital Learning Instructional Coaches Needed

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

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Ewwwwww!!!

 The boo-boo keeps bubbling up around St. Richard Catholic School.  WAPT reported last night:

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Ouch!

 This commercial is almost painful to watch.  Beam me up. 

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Mustard Seed Artists Present Easter Eggs

 Ag Commish Andrew Gipson issued the following statement. 

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FOOD FIGHT!!!

 If you are bored, check out the drama over on the Facebook page of Strange Brew Coffeehouse in Tupelo. 

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Mayor Defends M-Bar

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba defended the M-Bar at a Monday press conference. Three homicides have been linked to the Ridgewood Court nightclub.

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D.L. Gardner: What's Your Plan, Mr. President?

Since Reagan left office, many of us have had to vote against candidates for President. The 2020 election offered grassroots middle-of-the-country voters the opportunity to elect a candidate with a proven track record of making America great again. (Remember, Bill Clinton was the first to use that campaign line!) 

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State Water Bills: More of the Same

 The state of Mississippi paid Jackson $2.9 million for water bills at the Capitol Complex since 2016.  A list of payments are posted below.  JJ obtained the payment schedules through a public records request.

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Shad Busts Another

 State Auditor Shadrick White issued the following statement. 

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Heroine of the Day

 A quick-thinking prosecutor saved a domestic violence victim from her assailant during a hearing.  The hearing was held via zoom.  St. Joseph County (MI) prosecutor Deborah Davis noticed the victim kept looking to the side during the hearing.  She suspected the defendant was present in the victim's home in violation of the no-contact order.  Watch the drama as it unfolds in the video posted below. 

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AG Gets $2 Million for State

 Attorney General Evelyn Fitch issued the following statement. 

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Lie to Media, Rinse, Repeat

How many times can a Mayor lie?  Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba told the New York Times the state of Mississippi does not pay Jackson for water used.   The statement was not true. However, it was not the first time he told this wee little lie.  Check out this March 8 press conference.

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Robert St. John: Culinary Carpe Diem and Bread, the King and Queen of all Carbs

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Last week I received the sad news that Barbara Thomas, of Barbara’s Home Cookin’ in Franklin, Tennessee, passed away. Thomas opened the popular meat-and-three cafĂ© in the formerly quiet suburb of Nashville in the late 1990s but sold her interest a couple of years ago. Thomas was a native of New Augusta, Mississippi, but claimed my hometown, Hattiesburg— the nearest larger city close to New Augusta— as home. She was a court reporter by trade, who retired from that profession and got into the restaurant business, and the entire Nashville metroplex was better for it.

 


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Sid Salter: Farmers Watching California Pro-Union Law Before Supreme Court

  Despite the fact that Mississippi has not been particularly fertile ground for labor unions seeking new members from new employment sectors, the attention of American farmers, growers, and other food producers will watch an upcoming case before the U.S. Supreme Court with rapt attention.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Idiot of the Day

 What is the first thing you think of when you see a herd of elephants at the zoo?

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Help Wanted

 Does your kid need a job? Koestler Prime is hiring busboys.  Call 601-826-4445.  

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Sheriff Releases Video of M-Bar Murder Suspects

 Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance posted the following picture and video on Twitter.

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Bigger Pie Forum: Will Governor Sign Incumbent Protection Bill?

Bigger Pie Forum authored and sponsored this post. 

The Mississippi House of Representatives has passed, and the Senate is expected to vote this week on HB 1048, a bill to move the deadline for candidates to file to run for office to February 1 of election years.

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Clinton Seeks Auto Burglars

 The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Entering the Gates of Mordor

 Check out this drone footage of a volcano eruption in Iceland. 

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Change Comes to MDOC

 Jerry Mitchell authored this article for the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting. It is reprinted with his permission.

Burl Cain burnished his reputation as a reformer inside the walls of one of the nation’s bloodiest prisons, the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola where stabbings, beatings and killings were commonplace.

And now he faces the battle of turning around another notorious prison, the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, which has been immortalized for its brutal violence in songs, books and landmark litigation.

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Monday, March 22, 2021

Governor to Mayor & New York Times: State Pays for Its Water

Mayor says he was "armed" with wrong information. 

Governor Tate Reeves zinged Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba at a press conference today for the Mayor's statement that the state does not pay Jackson for its water.  The Governor graciously gave the Mayor an escape route from the corner but took strong exception to what the Mayor told the New York Times recently.  The Mayor owned up to his mistake today and said he was given bad information. 

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Mississippi Reaches Million Vaccines Milestone

Half of Mississippi's adults have received at least one does of the Covid-19 vaccine.  Governor Tate Reeves announced today that over 1 million Covid-19 vaccine shots have been administered in Mississippi. Approximately 350,000 Mississippians have received both vaccines while the remainder received the first dose.  

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Councilman Expresses Concerns Over M-Bar

 Jackson Ward 1 City Councilman Ashby Foote wants JPD to "look into" the M-Bar.  WLBT reported:

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Happy Birthday, William Shatner

 William Shatner is 90, yes, 90 years young today.  Here are some of his most memorable scenes. 

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Law Toughens for Embezzlers

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Health Department Pays Jackson Over $360,000 for Water

Lumumba  said state does not pay for water. 

 The Mississippi State Department of Health paid $360,000 to the city of Jackson since over the last three years for water/sewer services.  The payments completely contradict Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba's recent claims the state of Mississippi does not pay Jackson for water.  JJ obtained the payment records through a public records request.

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Trophy Kids Grow Up

 Bill Maher took on the Trophy Generation, Paris Hilton, and Rolling Stone Friday night. Prepare to laugh. 

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Surprise! Another M-Bar Homicide

 SHUT IT DOWN!!!

Yet another homicide took place at the M-Bar last night.  Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance tweeted: 

 

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To Work and Eat Your Own Bread

 The late Dr. Frank Pollard took aim at the welfare mentality as he preached from 1 Timothy 5: 1-21.  If you can't make it to church, enjoy this 1992 sermon. 

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Bill Crawford: Clarke Reed Calls on GOP Senate to Support Private Investment in Conservation

While the media tends to portray Republicans as environmental exploiters, history shows a more balanced reality. From Republican Presidents Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, Herbert Hoover, William Howard Taft, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush to numerous other GOP leaders, Republicans have distinguished records as conservationists.

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Twin Peaks Goes Bust

 Twin Peaks announced on Facebook: 

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David McRae: ABLE to Save

 Mr. McRae is the State Treasurer of Mississippi.  He submitted this guest column.

More than one in three Mississippi adults live with some kind of disability, well above the national average of 25 percent. For many of these families, the disabilities come with added expenses, such as higher health care, housing, and transportation costs.

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Oops!

 What is wrong with this picture?

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AG Distributes PPE Seized in Gouging Case

 Attorney General Lynn Fitch issued the following statement.

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D.L. Gardner: Fighting for Faith, Freedom, & Family

 Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security advisor, wrote an op-ed published in the Washington Journal earlier this month calling on Americans to return to “immortal truths upon which America was founded….” 

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Lumumba Lies to New York Times

Mayor says state does not pay Jackson water bills. 

Bedeviled by water problems, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba just could not pass up a chance to smear state government in the New York Times.  There is just one problem.  Nothing he said was true.  The New York Times published a story on Jackson's water crisis on March 12. The article included this little quote from the Mayor:

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No Comment!

 Therese Apel damn near got herself wiped out over by a dangerous curve in Colonial Heights area. Fortunately, the intrepid reporter survived the incident although a vehicle took out the WLBT SUV and part of a house.  

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Rez Gets New Boat Ramp

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

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Feds: Nancy & Zach New Stole Nearly $5 Million in MAEP Funds

MAEP funds used to buy home.

A federal grand jury indicted Nancy and Zach New on 17 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and monetary transactions with  proceeds of illegal activity. The indictment is posted below. These indictments are not a repetition of the DHS scandal but accuse the News of bilking the Mississippi Department of Education for MAEP funds for New Summit schools.

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Back From the Dead

 The tax swap bill is dead, dead, and back from the dead.  Never let it be said Speaker Gunn and his merry band of Gumps are quitters.  The Senate killed their massive tax swap bill this week.  However, Gunn & the Gumps struck back, attaching a new version of their tax swap to a $121 million higher education bond bill.

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Boil Water Notice Lifted

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

AP: Well, Maybe Those Lockdowns Didn't Work After All

 Did lockdowns actually prevent the spread of Covid-19? More than a few people are asking that question.  The Associated Press reported:

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The Suicide of Jackson: Water Billing Edition

A common mantra in Jackson is the city does not have the money to fix its water system.  However, if the city lacks money, perhaps it should look in the mirror.  The inability to serve and collect water bills cratered the system. It is really quite simple.   No revenue equals no money, not mo' money.  The State Veterans Home in West Jackson is one example of Jackson incompetence when it comes to performing basic tasks. 

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Madison Crime Falls

 The city of Madison issued the following statement.

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Robert St. John: Visionaries and Pies

Check out this week's recipe posted below: Chocolate Pie!

Bar owner Neal Bodenheimer is an intrepid trailblazer. It takes courage and nerve to go into an uncharted New Orleans neighborhood devoid of restaurants, taverns, retail, and foot traffic and open a new business. The fact that he opened one of the premier cocktail bars in the country is even more impressive.

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Sid Salter: Highly Anticipated Documentary Offers Fascinating Look at Realities of Autism

A highly anticipated documentary film based on The New York Times bestselling book that was the 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist for general nonfiction will debut March 25 at 6 p.m. at the venerable Oxford Film Festival.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Both!

 Can't decide whether to go the football game or church? Coach Prime has a simple solution: BOTH. 

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Tax Swap Bill Dies

 The Speaker's massive tax swap bill died in the Senate today.  

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CHS Tries to Help Jackson's Water Woes

 Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith issued the following statement. 

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Jackson to Sue Trio for Illegal Dumping

 The city of Jackson will finally sue several companies that dumped millions of gallons of acidic wastewater into the sewer system.  The agenda for today's Jackson City Council meeting includes a motion to sue Gold Coast Commodities, Rebel High Velocity Sewer Services, and Partridge-Sibley Industrial Services.  However, this being Jackson, nothing is ever simple.  The motion includes language to hire the same attorneys that walked away with $30 million in the Siemen's settlement.

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Break's Over, Kids.

 The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release. 

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Governor: Vaccines for All

 Lord Protector Tate Reeves issued the following statement.

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Monday, March 15, 2021

Jackson Water Recovery Progresses

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Drama of the Day

 March is indeed mad.....

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Land Sues McRae

 Mike Land sued prominent attorney Chuck McRae for legal malpractice in Madison County Circuit Court in January.  The Madison barber claims he hired Mr. McRae to file an alienation of affection lawsuit but the attorney never filed the complaint. 

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Reward Offered for Cole Rowland

 Crimestoppers issued the following bulletin. 

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Jackson Water Recovery Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Jackson Fires at Gun Show (Updated)

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba often expresses his desire to run gun shows out of town.  Unfortunately for the Capital City Gun Show, the Mayor quit talking and started doing as he escalated his war on Jackson gun shows this weekend.  The Jackson Fire Department surprised vendors at the gun show yesterday when the gun show began.  Accompanied by Jackson police, the Jackson Fire Department told vendors they had to pay a $50 "fire inspection fee" for each booth.   Needless to say, the vendors were not too happy about the sudden demand.  The word "extortion" was used more than a few times.

  

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Americans are a Silly People

 Bill Maher called Americans a "silly people" while discussing how China is cleaning America's clock. 

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Can an Enemy Become a Friend?

 Can enemies become friends? The late Dr. Frank Pollard asked this question in the 1991 sermon posted below.  If you missed church today, here is a pretty good substitute. Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Biloxi Legislators Push Innovative Learning in Schools

Incessant innovation is the key to economic growth suggested Martin Wolf in The Financial Times. “Historical experience confirms that growth is a race to the top,” he wrote. “It means exploiting new opportunities that generate enduring advantages in high-productivity sectors and so high wages.”

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Nooooo.........

One of the best boxers ever passed away today.  Marvelous Marvin Hagler's wife posted on Facebook: 

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Feds Arrest Rambo

The FBI issued the following statement. 

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The Ammo Shortage

WJTV "investigated" the ammo shortage and reported the main cause is the cost of metal:

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Jackson Water Recovery Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Friday, March 12, 2021

About That Tax Cut.....

 While the Mississippi House and Senate squabble over the tax swap bill, the battle royale may be for naught.  It appears Congress might have banned states from cutting taxes in the covid-19 relief bill passed this week. Our friends at the Wall Street Journal editorial page reported Tuesday:

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Fish Fries & Falsehoods

Prominent Jackson attorney caught lying in court. 

The hottest story in the Mississippi legal community right now is the Mississippi Supreme Court's opinion that was rendered yesterday in Hyundai v. Applewhite*.  The Court minced no words in ruling attorney Dennis Sweet, III lied about paying a preacher to manipulate juries in order to obtain favorable verdicts.  The opinion states Mr. Sweet and the late Pastor Carey Sparks teamed up to improperly influence juries and lied in court about it. 

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Coalition to Distribute Water Today

 The People's Advocacy Group issued the following bulletin.

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Flashback Friday: Audrey in Her Own Voice

Audrey Hepburn charmed American in My Fair Lady but she made one voice out of two voices - Hers for speaking and Marni Nixon's for singing.  Posted below is a rare clip of Audrey actually singing.  Enjoy this little flashback of America's sweetheart. 

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Jackson Water Recovery Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement.

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ACT Scores Slightly Increase

 The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

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$100,000 Bond for Accused Hit & Run Killer

Madison County Justice Judge Marsha Weems Stacey set bond at $100,000 for Belinda Marshall.  Marshall was arrested Monday for the a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in personal injury or death. 

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Oops!

 What's wrong with this picture at the Clarion-Ledger? 

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Lawsuit Accuses State Senator Stealing Condos from Client

Did a State Senator abscond with an estate?  An estate accused State Senator Ben Suber (R-Braveheart) of embezzling four condos from his client in a lawsuit filed in Lafayette County Circuit Court.  

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Jackson Water Recovery Update

 List of water distribution sites posted below. 

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The Return of the Hinds County Follies

 Hinds County Supervisor David L. Archie blasted Supervisor Credell Calhoun for hiring an interim county administrator..... right after Mr. Archie voted for the new county administrator.   Yes, you read that sentence correctly.

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Water Bill Mitigation Bill Passes

 Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement. 

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Good News for Jackson Well Water Connections

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Richland Fire Chief Found (Update)

 The Richland Police announced Fire Chief Brandon Weems is missing. The press conference is streamed live below.

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Robert St. John: Choosing the Perfect Vegetable

 Check out this week's recipe posted below. 

If I could only choose one vegetable to eat for the rest of my life the choice would be easy.

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Shad Gets Daily Double

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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The Lost Year: What the Pandemic Cost Teens

 This story was originally published by Propublica. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive their biggest stories as soon as they’re published.

Everything looks the same on either side of the Texas-New Mexico border in the great oil patch of the Permian Basin. There are the pump jacks scattered across the plains, nodding up and down with metronomic regularity. There are the brown highway signs alerting travelers to historical markers tucked away in the nearby scrub. There are the frequent memorials of another sort, to the victims of vehicle accidents. And there are the astonishingly deluxe high school football stadiums. This is, after all, the region that produced “Friday Night Lights.”

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Sid Salter: With Stimulus Plan Looming, National Debt Fears Remain Part of Debate

  On March 1, the national debt of the United States exceeded $28 trillion dollars. What is the national debt?

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Killer Cuomo Did It Again

 Repeating his deadly Covid-19 nursing home policy, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo forced group homes for the mentally disabled to accept Covid-19 patients, even though the virus is more deadly for such patients. The policy even banned the group the homes from testing for the virus even if the subject was coming from the hospital.  Fox News reported: 

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Update on JT

 There is no sugar-coating it: Things don't look too good for Supertalk's JT.  His daughter posted on Facebook yesterday: 

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No Happy Endings for Massage Therapy Bill

 Massage therapists and law enforcement can breathe a sigh of relief.  A bill that would have abolished the Board of Massage Therapists and all licensure requirements for massage therapists died in a Senate committee last week, truly a happy ending. 

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AG Reaches Settlement with Centurion Filing

 Attorney General Lynn Fitch issued the following statement. 

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Cleveland White Flight Continues

White flight continues in Cleveland after a federal judge ordered the city's two high schools to consolidate in 2016.  A trickle of white flight became a flight as white student enrollment fell by more than a third in only five years after consolidation. 

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Food Fight!!! (Airport Edition)

 The Leftenent Governor and Mayor of Jackson are playing a game of hardball.  WAPT reported last night:

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Hank Aaron Academy Coming to Jackson

 Overtime Sports issued the following statement. 

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Monday, March 8, 2021

Jackson Water Recovery Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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50 Years Ago Today

 It's been 50 years since the Fight of the Century.  Frazier-Ali, Ali-Frazier.  The mere mention of those two names in the same sentence conjures up visions of blood-soaked canvases. How big was the fight? It was so big that not even Frank good get a ticket to it.  To get into the arena, Ole Blue Eyes  somehow conned Life magazine into hiring him as a photographer. Burt Lancaster scored a color commentator gig.  How big was it? The appearance of an unknown Frank Lucas at the fight tipped off the narcs he might be the real "Mr. Big"  as he sat in front of the mobsters. Sit back and enjoy some boxing history.

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It's the Gun Show's Fault

 WJTV "investigated" whether gun shows contribute to the spiraling violence in Jackson: 

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Veterans Cemetery Director Busted for Embezzlement

 State Bean Counter Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Daniel Gardner: We've Come so Far Since Neanderthal Days

Last week, President Joe Biden said that Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, both Republicans, were guilty of “Neanderthal thinking” because they removed statewide mask mandates! It’s reminiscent of Hillary’s calling us irredeemable “deplorables,” or candidate Barack Obama remarking that bitter small-town voters "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

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CDC: More Freedom for Fully Vaccinated

The CDC took a step forward back to normalcy today.  The government agency said individual who are "fully vaccinated" against Covid-19 can socialize with other "fully vaccinated" people without a mask or social distancing. The new guidelines give some more nuggets of good news:

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Schools Lose Students during Pandemic

 The 2020-2021 school year will be forever known as the Covid-19 school year.  As schools struggled to educate their students under unprecedented challenges, their enrollment predictably fell across the board in the Jackson metro area. 

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Losing the Streets (Video)

 Just a typical lawless day on the streets of Jackson.....

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Jackson Water Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Be Aware That You Need to be Aware

 Bill Maher said something that need to be said Friday night.  Did he talk about Trump? Covid-19? Biden? Qanon follies? Nope.  He took on something else completely different from the usual fare. 

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Sunday Morning Sermon

 Gotta respect a Baptist preacher who quotes Rodney Dangerfield in the middle of a sermon.  If you are enjoying a lazy spring day instead of going to church, enjoy watching the late Dr. Frank Pollard present this 1991 sermon.

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Bill Crawford: Reeves' Hasty Move Risks Lives

Confused or concerned by Gov. Tate Reeves hasty move to lift COVID mask mandates?

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

NYT Busts Killer Cuomo

 It took awhile but the truth of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's killing of senior citizens is emerging.  The Governor sent Covid-19 infected patients to nursing homes last year.  The virus spread among senior citizens.  Lawmakers and other parties questioned the policy.  However, the  New York Times reports the Governor changed reports and concealed the true nature of the disaster:

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This Aged Well

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba wants $47 million from the Legislature to repair and improve Jackson's water treatment plants.  Well, if the Mayor goes a beggin' for money, he should hope the Governor and Legislature overlooks a certain little scene from last summer.  JJ reported on July 2, 2020: 

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Sissy Busted Again

John Morgan Dowdy was once again busted for drugs.  Ridgeland police arrested Dowdy Thursday for trafficking, conspiracy, and selling controlled substances. 

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Friday, March 5, 2021

The Jacktown Jiggle

 Just another day in Chokwe's Jackson.....

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Football Friday

JJ posted a short video of Hartfield Academy's seventh-grade quarterback Jaxon Jenkins performing some drills.  The post was meant in good fun but of course, some clowns took it waaaaaaaaay too seriously.  Posted below young Jenkins in action on the gridiron.  His peers may catch up one day but hey, it's better to be the one giving the punishment than the one getting it. Enjoy. 

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Jackson Water Recovery Update

 Jackson Public Works Director Dr. Charles Williams is briefing the media on Jackson's water recovery.  The presser is streamed below. 

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Court Approves Butler Snow $9.5 Million Settlement in Lamar Adams Case

 Butler Snow will pay $9.5 million to the SEC Receiver in the Lamar Adams case.  U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves approved the settlement on February 25.   

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Enter Your Child in the Savings Shootout

This post was submitted and sponsored by State Treasurer David McRae. 

And she dribbles, shoots, and scores – a scholarship!” For twelve lucky students, that will be the announcement they’ll hear over the intercom during the upcoming state basketball tournament.

For many Mississippians, sports can be the motivation and the means through which they achieve their college dreams. But sports scholarships can be hard to come by, and most families can’t afford to rely on such good fortune. College Savings Mississippi, however, empowers you to plan ahead, and we’re using the state basketball championships to assist families in doing just that. 

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Jackson Asks Leg for $47 Million for Water Infrastructure

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba asked the Legislature to appropriate $47 million to repair and improve Jackson's water/sewer system.  Jackson is suffering from its third week of water problems after the February ice storm.  The short letter and a list of projects are posted below.  Read and weep. 

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Jackson Water Recovery Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Coming Back

 Guess what popped up on Amazon Prime tonight?

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Turning the Corner

 Jackson Public Works Director Dr. Charles Williams is holding a press conference right now on the city's water crisis.  It is streamed below.

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Landfill Bill Goes to Governor

 State Representative Jill Ford pulled it off.  The Legislature passed a bill that will limit the number of landfills in a county.  Representative Ford introduced the bill in response to a controversy that broke out in Madison County over a third landfill. 

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Vaccine Eligibility Expands

 The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Seventh-Grade Slinger

 Watch this Hartfield Academy kid throw a football. 

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Jackson's Water Crisis: What You Need to Know

Here is what you need to know about the Jackson water crisis. 

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Throwback Thursday: The South Jackson Tornado

Death and destruction visited South Jackson in the form of a tornado 55 years ago.   The tornado killed a dozen people in Jackson and wiped out structures such as Candlestick Shopping Center.  The old newspaper stories are posted below.

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Former Bay Springs City Admin Going Up the River for Embezzlement

 The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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AG Stands Up to Congress

 Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch issued the following statement.

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Jackson Water Crisis Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

There Was a Kaboom!

 Elon's Musk's illidium p.u. 36 explosive space modulator suffered a rapid unscheduled disassembly event today.  Watch the video of Starship SN10 at 10:24:00.  

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Emfinger Moves to Court of Appeals

 Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement. 

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More Water Problems

The city of Jackson suffered more setbacks in its fight to restore water service. 

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Food Fight!!! (Presidential Edition)

 The Tater and Uncle Joe had a bit of a squabble today after the President accused Governor Reeves of "neanderthal thinking. President Biden told reporters:

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Teacher Pay Raise Bill Alive

 Leftenent Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement. 

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Delbert: Not So Fast, My Friend

 The House of Representatives rushed through its tax swap bill last week.  The bill will abolish income taxes while raising a multitude of sales taxes.  The House approved the bill the day after it was introduced and approved in committee.  However, a sage Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann said slow down, we are going to check this out before we even consider a vote.  Luke Ramseth reported in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

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Health Department Remains Closed

 The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Robert St. John: Toasting Every Day Away

Check out this week's recipe. 

If someone were to put a contract hit out on me, it might be the easiest termination in hitman history. I’m not that hard to track down. Every morning I am in town I can be found at our breakfast joint sitting in the same seat, at the same table, at the same time, eating almost the same thing. I am a creature of habit when it comes to mornings and breakfast routines. Every once in a while, I’ll order pancakes or French toast, but usually it’s eggs, bacon, hash browns, and wheat toast. Occasionally, I’ll substitute the toast for a biscuit because I believe we make the best biscuits in town.

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Sid Salter: China Tradeoff Resolution Critical for Mississippi Farmers

 For Mississippi farmers, the transition between the administrations of former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden could not be more impactful on any topic more so than in agricultural trade with China.

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Rez Board to Discuss 471 Land Use Change

 The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting this morning at 9:30 AM.  Check out the agenda posted below.  The meeting will be streamed live on Facebook.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Jackson Water Crisis Update

Mayor appears on national television.  

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Governor Ends Mask Mandate

 Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement. 

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

 Sal and Mookies announced it will be closed today. The restaurant opened yesterday but unfortunately the good news was short-lived.  The restaurant announced earlier today that it will open at 4 PM.  Unfortunately, the Jackson water system did not cooperate.  Sal and Mookies just announced it will not reopen today thanks to a lack of water. 

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15 Got Him 30

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

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Rick Whitlow, R.I.P.

 Rick Whitlow passed away this morning after a battle against cancer. He was a class act. Rest in peace, gentle soul. Our condolences go to his family. 

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YP Blasts Tax Cut Fight

 This column is reprinted with the permission of Y'all Politics. 

If 2020 taught us anything in Mississippi it was that when Republicans come together and lead, big things can happen in the Magnolia State.

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Jackson Water Recovery Update

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Jackson Offers Vaccines Saturday, Volunteers Needed

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Madison Biker Dies

 The Madison Police Department issued the followings statement. 

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Get Well, Jeff

 Jeff Good just can't catch a break.  He posted this message on Facebook: 

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Governor: No State Bailouts

 This column was submitted by Governor Tate Reeves. 

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Blind Leading the Blind?

 Guess who the Hinds County Board of Supervisors appointed to be the Interim County Administrator? 

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Teacher Pay: The REST of the Story

 A teacher complained about low teacher pay on the pages of the ever-shrinking Clarion-Ledger recently.  Leland High School teacher Alexandra Melnick opined: 

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Houston, We Have a Problem

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

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Trollfest '09

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.


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Trollfest '07

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

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

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

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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