Monday, May 31, 2021

Funeral for Trooper Tomorrow

 Visitation and funeral services for MHP Trooper John Harris will be held tomorrow at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison. 

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Dan Berger: Tabletop Chemistry

 What do you do when you buy a bottle of wine that, for one reason or another, is not to your liking? If the wine is sound and not spoiled in any way, but you just don't like the style, you could always cook with it.

    But that's impractical and costly. Instead, what if you could fix it in your own kitchen? Since you bought it to enjoy and don't relish cooking with a $30 bottle of shiraz, maybe there's a way to make it better.

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Cuban Visits Grocery Store for First Time

It is often said and often true that we take what we have for granted in America.  Few scenes will illustrate such as the video posted below.  A Cuban visits an American grocery store for the first time.  To say he is overwhelmed is an understatement.  Watch out for the onions while watching.  

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Attorney Asks Judge to Withdraw Sanctions

Attorney John Hall, II asked Madison County Circuit Judge Steve Ratcliff to reconsider after the judge fined him $3,804 in a recent trial. 

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Funny of the Day

 What is the attraction of 30A?  A comedian attempts to explain why it is the hotspot of the Florida panhandle.  See if you recognize yourself in the video.  Enjoy.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

 Some keep the Sabbath by going to church while others keep it by staying at home.*  If you are of the latter, enjoy this 1992 sermon presented by the late Dr. Frank Pollard (First Baptist Church - Jackson). 

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Bill Crawford: Guest Took Moral Stand on January 6 Commission

Republican Rep. Michael Guest voted “yes” on the bill to establish an independent 9/11 type commission to study the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

Tonight at the Movies

 Youtube posted a real treat and one that is free.  Check out Cromwell, the story of a man who overthrew the British monarchy and executed King Charles I.  A sober Richard Harris and Sir Alec Guinness are at their best in this classic. The movie is posted below. Enjoy.

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Homicide on Wood Street

 A homicide took place on Wood Street today.  JPD has not released any information but the Street Committee says the deceased* is a well-known Wood Street player. 

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D.L. Gardner: Using Crises to Gain Power & Control

Apparently, all the kerfuffle over wearing masks was due to experts and authorities following political science, not medical science. Paul E. Alexander wrote a compelling article, “Masking: A Careful Review of the Evidence,” February 11, 2021, in the American Institute for Economic Research, documenting research findings from 2020 that proved neither surgical nor cloth masks were effective in preventing the spread of Covid, but also that masks endangered those wearing them.

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Protest of the Day

 Sufficeth to say, it seems a certain Mayor of a city north of Jackson is living rent-free in someone's head.

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Initiative Sponsors Want a Supreme Court Rematch

 The sponsors of two Mississippi ballot initiatives filed a motion to intervene with the Mississippi Supreme Court in City of Madison et al v. Watson as they seek a rehearing in the case. The Court invalidated Initiative #65 after determining the initiative did not meet the constitutional requirements to be placed on the November 2020 ballot.  Section 273(3) of the Mississippi Constitution states no more than 20% of the signatures can come from a single congressional district.  Unfortunately for medical marijuana supporters, the section was passed when Mississippi had five such districts and was not changed when the number of districts were reduced to four. 

Opponents of the decision had fourteen days to ask for a rehearing. Dr. David Allen of Moss Point sponsored Initiative #77 in an effort to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.* MEVI 78** seeks to use the initiative process to implement an early voting period of ten days. Their motions are posted below.  The motion to intervene states: 

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Trooper Killed

 Update:  He is deceased. 


An 18-wheeler struck a trooper during a traffic stop. The trooper is being rushed to the hospital. Madison and Ridgeland place shut down I55 south entrance ramps to expedite his transport. 

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MDEQ: Stay out of Pearl in or below Jackson

 The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued the following statement on May 19. 

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Michael Barone: Some Rotten Underpinnings of Biden's Positive Rating

 On the surface, Joe Biden seems to be doing pretty well. But underneath, there are signs of problems, areas where partisan overstretch threatens the underpinnings of what some are hailing as the new order of things.

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Medical Marijuana Showdown!

 A medical marijuana activist tweeted Tuesday that Governor Tate Reeves better call a special session of the legislature or else....

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Idiot of the Day

 This little episode took place at the McDonald's on Beasley. 

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

South Jackson/Byram Water Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Car Burglars Caught

 The Madison Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Boil Water Notice Lifted for I-55 Businesses

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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The Lab or the Bat?

The covid-19 pandemic has few peers in affecting human society.  It is natural to wonder how the virus began.  Stifled a year ago, a debate now rages on how the virus originated.  Some experts stated in no uncertain terms the virus jumped from bats to humans.  Joined by the media hive mind, they shut down almost all speculation over whether the virus  originated in a Level 4 lab in Wuhan where the pandemic began.  However, some objective minds continued to question the origins of the virus.  Nicholas Wade blew up the debate with a thought-provoking and well-researched essay published on Medium.

No kook is Mr. Wade.  If you're on the liberal side of things, Mr. Wade is a member of your tribe.  He was a long-time science editor at the New York Times as well as editor for Nature and Science journals.  The article is a looooooong read so you know the drill.  Fix an old-fashioned, light up a Fuentes, and get to work. Some excerpts are published below as well as some commentary by yours truly are posted below. Enjoy.

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Byram Wants a Divorce

 Byram wants a divorce from the Jackson water system.  However, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba hac a few things to say when asked about Byram's plans. WLBT reported:

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Millsaps Announces President's & Dean's Scholars

 Millsaps College issued the following press release. 

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Clinton Police Dispute Facebook Video (Updated)

Post is updated. Two Facebook videos were replaced with Youtube videos. 

 A Clinton woman accuses a Clinton police officer of verbally mistreating her as she tried to take her child to school in a Facebook video. However, the officer said on video the incident was caused by her looking down at her phone and nearly backing into another motorist. CPD responded to the social media fray by promptly posting bodycam videos of interactions with her on Facebook as well. 

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McRae Challenges Kerry on Bank Bullying

 Mississippi State Treasurer David McRae issued the following statement.

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South Jackson Water Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Robert St. John: Gumbo!

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Last week I was in New Orleans enjoying a bowl of gumbo by Lake Pontchartrain— at my go-to place for gumbo— Station 6. They also have some mighty fine smoked fish dip. Actually, they probably have the best two examples of those starters in the city. 

Station 6 gumbo. Credit: Eater New Orleans

 “Best gumbo” is a bold statement in a city that invented the dish. But I feel like I have eaten my share of gumbo all around town and the gumbo at Station 6 may not be your favorite, but it is most certainly my favorite.

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Change is Coming to St. Andrew's

 The Head of School at St. Andrew's Episcopal School is leaving after three years.  Assistant Head of School Kevin Lewis will assume the interim position.  Tom Sheppard penned a letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees: 

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Sid Salter: Courage in Guest's Vote to Probe January 6 Insurrection

 In a state that gave former Republican President Donald Trump 57.8 percent of the state’s 2016 vote for president and 57.6 percent in the 2020 presidential election, Republican Third District U.S. Rep. Michael Guest found the courage to join 35 other Republican members of Congress in voting for an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Salena Zito: This Small Town's Sense of Community is no Accident

 HOT SPRINGS, Virginia -- Where the tidy brick sidewalks end at the edge of the business district, the carnage was jarring. Two cars had their roofs sheared off. Shattered glass was strewn everywhere. In the distance, an older van was upturned, on its roof, alongside two vehicles on their sides and another car in a ditch, completely upside down and touching the creek.

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"So Many Within (JPD) are Full of S***"

 Lawsuit claims Jackson Mayor made above statement about JPD

A federal lawsuit paints a rather unflattering picture of the Jackson Police Department during the tenure of Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba.  Former JPD Deputy Chief Tina Wallace sued Mayor Lumumba, JPD Chief James Davis, and the city of Jackson for sex discrimination and retaliation yesterday. 

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Judge Pulls Jurors Off the Street

 You read the headline correctly.  A Baton Rouge judge literally pulled people off the street after he ran out of jurors.  The Morning Advocate reported: 

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Live From the Courtroom

Watch the Stacey Liddell trial live.   Lidell stands accused of murder after he allegedly shot a 14 year-old boy in the back while he was stealing his bicycle.

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Watch Out for Smokie

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement. 

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Monday, May 24, 2021

Boil Water Notice for I-55 Businesses

 The city of Jackson issued the following notice. 

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Archie Goes After Credell Again

David L. Archie picked up where he left off this morning.  The Hinds County District 2 Supervisor called District 3 Supervisor corrupt and a few other adjectives at a press conference this afternoon on the steps of the Hinds County Courthouse. 

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Dan Berger: Remembering Clendenen & Bruce

Check out this week's wine recommendation. 

Within the last 10 days, the world lost two of the most important figures in California's wine history when Jim Clendenen and Dr. David Bruce passed away.

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"You're a Sissy"

 It's David L. Archie.  'Nuff said.  Enjoy.

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Do as I Say.....

Grant Callen, the CEO of Empower Mississippi, lamented the cutthroat nature of today's politics on the pages of the Clarion-Ledger recently:

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Rant of the Day

 An Austin gentleman recently visited the Bold New City and came away with a rather strong impression that he posted on Youtube. Enjoy. 

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Sunday Morning Sermon

 What is "it"?   The late Dr. Frank Pollard opened his sermon with that question as he related stories from boot camp and even Jerry Clower.  Enjoy this 1992 sermon.  

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Bill Crawford: Legislators Should Take Smarter Approach to Ballot Initiatives

 Not much excuse for the debacle invalidating the people’s vote on medical marijuana. The governor and legislative leaders have known about the problem with the constitutional amendment initiative for years, but they did nothing. Now, the Mississippi Supreme Court has called their hands and invalidated the initiative process and, as a consequence, the Initiative 65 results.

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

New Water Meters on the Way

 The Jackson City Council voted to get us some new new-fangled water meters.  WAPT reported: 

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Bigger Pie Forum: The Intiative Process is Dead, Now What?

 Bigger Pie Forum authored and sponsored this post. 

Justices of the Mississippi Supreme Court are often accused of avoiding controversial rulings ruling on a procedural aspect of the case, never having to arrive at the merits of the matter.

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"We've Got the Healthiest Homeless People"

 KIM Waaaaaaaaaaaade got on a rhetorical roll Wednesday as he said what he thought about the zombies roaming the interstate frontage roads in Jackson.  If you missed it, it is posted below.

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Friday, May 21, 2021

South Jackson Water Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Former Sheriff Passes

 Former Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason passed away due to cancer. May he rest in peace.

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Vive la Resistance!!!

 The medical marijuana people are gearing up for battle after the Mississippi Supreme Court threw out I-65 last week. They created  a Facebook page  a Facebook page while one gentleman spoke rather passionately about the subject.  He can't be too bad as whatever his faults are, he did work some Metallica into his screed. Enjoy.

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Michael Barone: Reform Prosecutors May Hang on, but National Democrats May Not

 This week's Democratic primary election for Philadelphia district attorney could presage outcomes in the 2022 and 2024 elections, but not in the way the winner would like. 

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Put Up or Shut Up?

 The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority delivered an ultimatum to Jackson commentator Othor Cain: Put up or shut up and oh, save everything you got.  

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

South Jackson Water Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Tim-ber! Baker Boyz Indicted

 It's now the Baker Boyz turn to go down the road once traveled by Lamar Adams.  Federal grand juries indicted former Baker Donelson attorney Jon Seawright  and lobbyist Brent Alexander for securities fraud in the Lamar Adams case.  The grand jury indicted Seawright for bankruptcy fraud as well.



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Cleared!

District Attorney defends prosecution. 

 Two former JPD officers were acquitted of murder charges without even presenting a defense. Hinds County Circuit Judge Faye Peterson granted a motion for directed verdict for Desmond Barney and Lincoln Lampley. A grand jury indicted them after the death of 62 year-old George Robinson two years ago. 

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Trademart to Host New Outdoor Expo

The Hat issued the following press release. 

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Mayor Mary Wins Mayfield Lawsuit (Updated)

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves threw out the Mark Mayfield estate's lawsuit against the city of Madison and Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler. The dismissal closes the final chapter on the 2014 U.S. Senate race in Mississippi.

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Lane Train, Anyone?

 Need a college football fix? The folks at SEC folks are back. Amusement parks, anyone?

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News Sue Accountants

Did the Families First welfare scandal occur because the green eyeshades were greenhorns? Nancy New and her son Zach accused their former accountants, Williams, Weiss, Hester, & Company of negligence in a lawsuit filed in Hinds County Circuit Court on May 3.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted the News last year for embezzling federal and state welfare funds. 

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Robert St. John: Mom

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The more time I spend as a parent the more I appreciate my mother and the job she did raising my brother and me. I’ve had it easy. Her road was much tougher. She married at 21 and was widowed at 33. She was left with two boys, a house under construction, and an art degree. She scaled back the house plans, went back to school, got her Masters degree, taught private art lessons, and sold her art to friends, at art festivals, and in gift shops to keep us afloat in the first few years after his death.

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Sid Salter: Contradictions Abound in Mississippi Medicaid Debate

 When it comes to the provision of public health care in Mississippi, the partisan political considerations have changed little since Democratic former President Barack Obama signed his Affordable Care Act into law.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

South Jackson Water Update

 The city of Jackson issued the following statements.

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Salena Zito: Town Saved by Fracking Fears Biden Will Kill Its Prosperity

Thirty years ago, Jason Capps was a young man with ambition, but when he looked around this town near Pittsburgh, where he grew up, all he saw were opportunities slipping away. The coal mines where his father worked were dying; the glass, steel and manufacturing industries were on their last legs.

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Gilbert Supports I&R Reform

 Leftenent Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement. 

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Found!

 Smoke is back with his owner.  A Good Samaritan returned him     

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Hey Mayor, Here is Some Science

 St. Anthony said yesterday those vaccinated against Covid-19 don't need to wear masks.  The Hill reported: 

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On the Prowl

A March 24 home security video shows four thieves hitting a Northeast Jackson gated community at 2:30 AM.  A group of four armed men hit Meadowbrook Highlands and a Douglas Drive home last week.

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Mayor Keeps Mask Mandate in Place

The mask mandate will remain in place in Jackson for now.  Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba announced he was keeping the order in place at his weekly press conference today.  The Mayor said:

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Dan Berger: Tips for Serving Wine with Food

 Wine purists will tell you that the wine you choose for a dinner should match the food that's on the table. Others say, "Poppycock! Drink anything you like with any food." Riesling with steak? Hey, if you like it, go for it.

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Gunn Asks for Special Session

 The Speakah issued the following statement. 

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David McRae: Check Mailbox for Scholarship Giveaway

This month, the Mississippi Treasury launched a statewide scholarship giveaway, so I’m asking you to take a look in your mailbox for the official scratch-off postcard!

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JJ Files Complaint Against JMAA

 JJ filed an Open Meetings Act complaint against the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority this morning this morning with the Mississippi Ethics Commission.  The Kingfish attempted to see the minutes of the Board of Commissioners last week but was denied access last week.

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Mistrial in Massage Therapist Case

 Attorney John Curtis Hall, II will have to pay $3,804 in jury costs after a Madison County Circuit Judge ruled he improperly addressed a jury last week.  

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Still Looking for Dog, $1,000 Reward

 Hunter Crisler is still searching for his canine companion, Smoke.  Hoodlums stole his Escalade from the Bulldog parking lot last week.  Losing the SUV sucks but Smoke was in the vehicle when it was stolen. 

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Where is the Doom?

It's been six weeks since the CDC Director engaged in a whinefest on national tv as she warned of "impending doom" from Covid-19.  An emotional Dr. Rochelle Walensky cried out at a March 29 briefing: 

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Sunday Morning Sermon

 Break out the time-lines, the fancy schmancy diagrams, and your other favorite tools for interpreting Revelation.  The late Dr. Frank Pollard (First Baptist Chuch-Jackson) preached from Revelation 5:6 in this 1992 sermon. Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Reform & Expand Medicaid to Save Lives

Had a date with the “widow-maker” last week, but the Lord spared me, with help from government subsidized health insurance.

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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Funny of the Day

 Dear Social Justice Warriors, this is how you do it......

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Miracle on Monticello

 The good Lord protected his flock last night. WLBT reported: 

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Still Struggling

The Clarion-Ledger's Justin Vicory reported Jackson spends over $60,000 per month on its zoo: 

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Michael Barone: British Labour Problems Could Hurt Democrats, Too

 Five years ago next month, British voters, in the largest turnout ever, voted to leave the European Union by a 52% to 48% margin. It was an unexpected result, and a harbinger of Donald Trump's even more unexpected election as president five months later.

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D.L. Gardner: Biden is Destroying Jobs & Businesses

 Please, go back to work! Those who were working before the pandemic, who lost or left jobs because of the pandemic, and who are able should go back to work. America needs everyone to go to work. 

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Supremes Strike Down I-65

6-3 is a double-edged score in Mississippi. It once meant Mississippi State: 6 Alabama 3 but today it means  Queen Mary: 6 Medical Mary Jane: 3.     The Mississippi Supreme Court struck down Initiative 65 on a 6-3 vote. The initiative legalized medical marijuana. 61% of the voters approved I-65 in a referendum last November.  The Court held: 

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Pitiful!

 Northsider Brad Clanton posted pictures of the closed Charles W. Tisdale library of Northside Drive.  Blame everything in the pictures on the city of Jackson.  He posted on Facebook: 

 

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No Mas, No Masks

 The CDC said ditch the mask, well, it sort of said that.  The CDC announced yesterday: 

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Flashback Friday: Flying Fortress Edition

A blast from the past flew into Hawkins Field yesterday.  A B-17 Flying Fortress and some of its WWII friends were on display.  Aviation aficionados could ride in a plane for the measly price of $800.  Photographer Rick Guy shot some photos for JJ.  Enjoy.

 

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Here We Go Again

Did the Jackson Fire Department suffer more water problems while fighting a fire a Pebblecreek Apartments yesterday? WJTV's Gary Burton reported: 

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

JMAA Keeps Minutes from The Kingfish

 Yours truly visited the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority this afternoon in an attempt to see the minutes for the February 10, 2020 meeting of the Board of Commissioners.  JMAA refused access to the minutes in violation of state law.  

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Effort to Become $6 Million Man Fails

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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EPA Discusses While City Council Ducks

 Collection of all posts on EPA order.

 EPA representatives vaguely discussed an EPA order  at the Jackson City Council meeting Tuesday. The EPA issued the Emergency Administrative Order against the city's water treatment system after it found a pattern of neglect, malfunctioning equipment, and incompetence when it inspected Jackson's water treatment plants a year ago.  Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba hid the existence of the order until the media reported it a few weeks ago.  The EPA provided hardly any new information Tuesday while City Council members refused to ask questions. 

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Armed Robbery on Eastwood Place

 A pair of thugs terrorized three young women in Northeast Jackson last night.  The father of one victim reported on social media:

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$1,000 Reward

 Be on the lookout for this dog that was stolen along with his owner's SUV from the Bulldog tonight: 


 

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Colonial Restarts

 Good news.  CNBC reported: 

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Favre Still to Repay State in Full

 Brett Favre hasn't repaid all of the TANF funds he received through Nancy New organizations.  The Clarion-Ledger reported: 

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CDC Blows it on Outdoor C19 Transmissions

It appears the CDC blew it yet again.  The CDC said it recommends the unvaccinated wear masks outdoors in most public settings.  However, the New York Times threw cold water on the claim yesterday while some studies suggest less than 1% of all Covid-19 transmissions may occur in outdoor settings.  The Times reported:

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Robert St. John: The Next Generation

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This year marks my 40th year in the restaurant business. I got into this business after flunking out of college in 1981. Though I have always worked. I mowed lawns until I got my first, real, full-time job at 15 as a radio station disc jockey. When it came time to declare a major for my freshman year in college, I chose communications since all my experience was in radio to that point. However, I had no clue as to what I wanted to do with my life.

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Einstein of the Day

 Thanks alot, pal. 

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Sid Salter: If Biden Means Tough China Talk, Wicker's SHIPYARD Act is a Good Place to Start

 In his “interim” national security document issued in March, President Joe Biden sounded sharp concerns about China, and he ramped up that tough talk in his first address to a joint session of Congress in April.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Terror in Northeast Jackson

Correction: The crimes took place after 3:30 AM, not in daylight as first reported.

Terror struck Northeast Jackson yesterday as four armed men hit homes Meadowbrook Highlands and Leftover yesterday. 

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Salena Zito: Facing Democrats' Opposition, U.S. Steel Cancels Billion Dollar Investment

 BRADDOCK, Pennsylvania -- Exactly two years ago, U.S. Steel Corporation announced that the company would turn its Mon Valley Works operations into a key source of lightweight steel for the automotive industry.  At the time, local leaders and company officials called the investment "transformational."

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Commish: Calm Down, We've Got Gas, More on the Way

 Ag Commish Andrew Gipson issued the following statement. 

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PPP Changes Open Door for More Businesses

 Llewellyn Jones authored this article for the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting. It is reprinted with MCIR's permission.

The federal Paycheck Protection Program has provided life support to Mississippi rural hospitals facing bankruptcy and closure.

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$11,500 Reward in Murder Case

 Crimestoppers issued the following bulletin. 

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Dan Berger: Ode to Zin

 Younger people (under age 45?) say zinfandel is a dark red wine that's bold, brash, thickly rich, soft and sweet-ish; that has slightly Port-y aromas and high alcohol content; and that should be sipped immediately after release by itself. Food is optional.

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Governor to End Extra Unemployment Benefits

 Governor Tate Reeves announced on Facebook: 

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The REST of the Story: Jackson Finances

 Jackson's coffers are almost empty thanks to white flight taking its money to the suburbs.  Such is the excuse national and local media make in explaining way Jackson's water problems.  However, such a blame game ignores reality.  Jackson gets more money than ever but managed to mismanage its water/sewer department into virtual bankruptcy. 

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Mayor Eases Jackson C19 Restrictions, Creates Temp Recreation District

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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Tim-ber!!! Judge Chops Down Baker Donelson's Motion to Dismiss

 Baker Boyz used firm escrow accounts in Ponzi scheme

The SEC Receiver's federal lawsuit against Baker Donelson, Jon Seawright, and Brent Alexander will proceed after U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves dismissed their motion to dismiss last week. 

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Sunday, May 9, 2021

He's Back!

 Dave Chappelle popped up on the Joe Rogan show yesterday to rap with Joe as only he can.  Enjoy. 

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Last in Line!

 White restaurant owners must go to the back of the line for Covid-19 relief.  The Small Business Administration is administering nearly $10 billion in aid for restaurants, nightclubs, and other service industry businesses.  However, the SBA placed minorities and women at the front of the line.  The guidelines state:

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Sunday Morning Sermon

 It's that time of the week.  Yardwork, laziness, and yes, hangovers may have prevented you from going to church this morning.  For those interested in playing catch-up, a 1992 sermon of the late Dr. Frank Pollard (First Baptist Church - Jackson) is posted below.  Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Can Mississippi Stop Rural Brain Drain?

“Our country is in the throes of a most painful and unpredictable transition,” contended Maria Kefalas and the late Patrick Carr in Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America. “Too many young people in their twenties and thirties are leaving.”

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Oops!

 Secretary of State Michael Watson issued the following statement. 

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D.L. Gardner: America is not a Racist Country

Is America a racist country? Oddly enough, two people of color with high positions in government, but on opposite political sides, agreed within 24 hours that America is not a racist country. 

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Friday, May 7, 2021

Manhunt Ends in Capture

 Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement and mug shots. 

 

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Retaliation for Tax Evasion?

The former Chief Financial Officer of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority sued her former employer, several John Does, and Commissioner Lawanda Harris in U.S. District Court in February for wrongful termination.  Ametrius Branson claims the Board of Commissioners fired her in retaliation for reporting Ms. Harris's airport income last year.

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Ridgeland Street Theatre

 Just another day in Ridgeland.....

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Bedwetter Alert!

 A reporter apparently likes to meltdown on live tv.  

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Belhaven Moves Closer to Special Tax Increase

 The Greater Belhaven Community Foundation issued the following statement in its newsletter.

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Throwback Thursday: Rock & Religion

 or when Elvis and Billy Graham came to town. 

Once upon a time, both Elvis and Billy Graham visited Jackson in May 1975.  

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Salena Zito: Coal Workers Union Doesn't Always Represent Coal Workers' Values

GRAYSVILLE, Pennsylvania -- When coal mine employee John Morecraft heard last Monday that United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts approved of President Joe Biden's plan to move the nation's energy industry away from fossil fuels, Morecraft said he anticipated the news would be misconstrued.

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Insurance Scam Alert

 Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney issued the following statement. 

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Woman Shot and Beaten on Council Circle

A hoodlum beat and shot a  Fondren woman as she was going to work yesterday. 

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Montana: Get Back to Work!

Loafing pay abolished, return to work rewarded

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Hell Unleashed on Earth

 A suicide drone shot some amazing footage inside, yes, inside, the tornado in Yazoo County yesterday.  Check it out.

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Shad Gets Two More

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement.

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Blah, Blah, Blah Cranked Up

 Meanwhile over in The Fondren today.....

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Jackson Water Treatment Plants: Help Wanted

Jackson's water treatment plants needs some hired help and needs it fast. The EPA slammed Jackson for failing to staff the water treatment plants with qualified employees.  The lack of employees placed the neglect of the water treatment system under the EPA's microscope. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba told WLBT last week it is hard to hire the much-needed personnel:

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Robert St. John: To the Graduates of 2021

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It’s graduation season. Granted, this year’s high school seniors have experienced an extremely weird junior and senior year. But the conclusion of this once-in-100-years craziness is nearing an end. It seems that is this part of the world we are, once again, hosting graduation ceremonies with caps, gowns, cords, and commencement addresses. The world might have been a little better off for the lack of the latter, as I am sure no one ever remembers what was said during their graduation ceremony’s commencement address. 


 

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Sid Salter: Amid 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Movement, Court to Hear Gun Rights Case

  Taking an ironic cue from the “sanctuary” movement used by mostly liberal communities that decided to take stands against enforcement and implementation of federal and state immigration laws and policies with which they disagreed, the Second Amendment Sanctuary movement was born in recent years.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Nature's Fury

 A scary sight in The Fondren today: 

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Trees Blocking Roads in Rankin and Clinton

 Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement. 

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Cobblin' Away

 Not all cobblers are created equal. Such reality means some are going to badly botch a pair of shoes.   Fortunately, there are great shoe repair professionals such as our man Steve at Bedo's Leatherworks in Virginia who turn their craft into artwork.  Watch a master work his magic on this pair of screwed-up Aldens.

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20 Years

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

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News Indicted Again in Consolidation Move

Correction: The post originally stated the indictment covered the embezzlement of MDE funds.  That was not the case.  JJ apologizes for the error. 

A Hinds County grand jury re-indicted Nancy and Zach New in March for embezzlement, conspiracy, and making fraudulent statements.   The grand jury indicted the mother and son last year for the same charges.  The new indictment consolidates the cases and allows the District Attorney to prosecute both defendants at once.  The indictment charges they illegally funneled millions of dollars in government funds through a non-profit company to New Summit School: 

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Long May He Reign

 Prepare for the ascension of Carlos the Clown:

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Science is Cool

Is there a Planet X? Thoughty 2 explores the mystery at the edge of our solar system. Enjoy.

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Chutzpah Defined: Mayor Says We Are "Ill-Informed" About EPA Order.

The coverage of Jackson's problems with the EPA must have gotten under Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba's skin because he ran to WLBT's Maggie Wade for yet another softball interview last week.  The Mayor was at his misdirectional best as he blamed the public and media for being "ill-informed" about an EPA Emergency Administrative Order: 

 

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Wow!

 To say Pearl and Brandon caught a break is an understatement.  Check out this picture of Pearl last night.

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Ewwww!

The state of Mississippi might need to set up a water buffalo outside the Sillers building this morning.  Check out what came out of the faucets today. 

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Splashdown!

 The SpaceX Dragon crew returned safely to Earth in the wee small hours this morning.  The four astronauts spent the last six months on board the International Space Station.  The video of the night-time splashdown and capsule recovery is posted below.

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Foolishness in The Fondren

Check out what Fondren diners have been forced to endure lately. As usual, the city of Jackson offers nothing but excuses.

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BOIL WATER NOTICE LIFTED

UPDATE: BOIL WATER NOTICE LIFTED. 

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Courage Does not Equal Comfort

 The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on courage and comfort in the 1992 sermon posted below. It's a rainy day so play some hookey from church, kick up the feet, and enjoy the sermon. 

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Bill Crawford: Mississippi Population Loss No Laughing Matter

Well, in population anyway. Last week the Census Bureau released its 2020 population figures for each state.

“The South region of the United States led the nation in population growth with an increase of 10.2% from 2010,” explained the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. But, Mississippi (joined by West Virginia and Illinois) headed the other way.

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Funny of the Night

Take a break and enjoy some Bill Bailey.

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Water, Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink

 The Kingfish and one Pete Perry appeared on KIM Waaaaaaaaaade's radio show Thursday to discuss Jackson's water problems.  The audio is posted below.  Enjoy. 

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Jackson Water Update

 The city of Jackson 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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