Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Tidbit of the Day.

Marlin King served as Jackson's Public Works Director from October 2021 until he was reassigned at the end of August 2022 when Jackson's water system crashed. 

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Did Someone Say NEW YORK CITY???

The bill to create a public utility district for Jackson has created no small amount of controversy.  Lost in all the screaming over incompetence and "colonialism" is public utility districts are quite common nationwide as many major cities divorced their public utilities so they could operate semi-independently.  Heaven forbid Jackson should use something proven to work elsewhere.  Got to protect those sticky fingers and sweetheart deals, right.  

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Robert St. John: An Unbalanced Force in the Foothills

BLACKBERRY FARM— A portion of Newton’s Law of Motion states, “An object in motion remains in motion at a constant speed, and in a straight line, unless acted on by an unbalanced force.” I am not sure if Blackberry Farm has ever been described as an unbalanced force, but for the past 25 years, that is what it has been for me.

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Senate Passes Jackson Utility District Bill

The Senate approved a bill that will transfer control of Jackson's water and sewer systems from the city to a new public utility district governed by a nine-member board of directors.  The bill passed on a 34-15 vote that broke down along party and racial lines.  

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Sid Salter: Hosemann Expected to Take Fight to McDaniel

Back in 2014, Mississippi politicos underestimated Tea Party zealot State Sen. Chris McDaniel and it almost resulted in one of the state’s most shocking political upsets. At the outset, most thought McDaniel was taking on then-incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran as an exercise in building name recognition for a future race.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Watch the Debate

 The House is debating HB #1020 right now.  Watch below. 

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Vetoing the Mayor's Veto

 The legislature continues to tighten the handcuffs on Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba as the Senate passed a bill that will abolish vetoes of no votes.  

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Huh?

 Check out this little passage from the Clarion-Ledger's newest cub reporter, Wicker Perlis, in a story about the Jackson garbage fight: 

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Out-Foxxed

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

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Health Department Fights Back Against NAACP's EPA Complaint

The Mississippi State Department of Health attempted to slap the EPA with a dose of reality as it responded to the agency's investigation of the NAACP's discrimination complaint. The NAACP accused Mississippi of intentionally depriving Jackson of money it needed to provide safe drinking water.  Simply put, the Health Department asked how it could discriminate against Jackson when it gave the city every dollar it requested. 

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Free Cancer Screenings for Women

This post is a public service announcement. 

Registration is ongoing for free cervical, breast and oral cancer screenings and education March 25 for qualifying uninsured and underinsured women.

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Monday, February 6, 2023

Idiots of the Day

 This could have ended real badly for everyone.  Posted on Facebook: 

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It's That Time of the Week

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is holding is regular press briefing.  The press conference is streamed below.  

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ABC: Jackson did not Apply for Water Infrastructure Money in 2022

UPDATE (12:55 PM): There is a strong chance ABC is referring to Hinds County as it did not apply for the funds.  Jackson obtained $47 million. 

 ABC News' Rachel Scott reported Jackson did not apply for its share of over $400 million in water infrastructure funds Congress awarded to Mississippi last year.  The revelation came on yesterday's edition of ABC's This Week.  Check out the story posted below. 

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James Taylor Coming to Brandon

 Red Mountain Entertainment issued the following press release. 

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Sunday, February 5, 2023

Murder Suspect Hangs Himself

Update (2/6/23): MBI is investigating the death.  

Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones issued the following statement. 

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Stokesradio

 Kenneth I. Stokes was on a roll this morning.  The legendary Jackson City Councilman made a rather interesting claim about the relationship between Mayor Lumumba and the state.  He lamented the killing fields of Jackson and admitted he stayed at a hotel in Ridgeland during the New Year's holiday so he could avoid the gunshots.   The show is posted below. I'd report more of what he said but I'VE GOT TO GO!!!

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The Disappointment of Hope

All too often preachers are known for well, preaching fire and brimstone sermons but the late Dr. Frank Pollard said there is another way.  He preached on how a 18 year-old sickly preacher taught the real meaning of the Good Book to an already famous preacher, D. L. Moody.  It's as if someone figured out people might respond better to a message of love than fear.  Enjoy the 1995 sermon posted below. 

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Bill Crawford: Incumbent Protection Act Slims Field

 The Mississippi incumbent protection act worked like a charm. The bill authored by Rep. Jody Steverson of Ripley and adopted in 2021 moved the qualifying date for most state, district, and county elections to February 1st. 

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Governor Pushes Parents Bill of Rights in State of State

The transcript and video of Governor Reeves' annual state of the state address is posted below. Highlights: 

- Pushed parents bill of rights in schools

- Reform certificate of need laws

- Touts economic & educational success

Thank you, Lieutenant Governor Hosemann and Speaker Gunn.
 
To the members of the legislature and other elected officials here tonight, thank you. Thank you for your continued partnership and thank you for the tireless work you do on behalf of our great state and her people. 

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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Saturday Night Cinema

 Once upon a time, Hollywood produced award-winning "art movies" such as Lust for Life.  The Vincent Van Gogh biography was nominated for four Oscars as Anthony Quinn took home the award for Best Supporting Actor.  However, it was Kirk Douglas's performance as the tormented artist that deserved an Oscar. 

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There Was Supposed to be a Kaboom!

 Well, we finally got around to shooting down Red China's "weather" balloon.  Finally.  Watch the fun.  Hoorah. 

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The D.A. Goes to the Dogs

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

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D.L. Gardner: Learning to Think Critically

 January 7, five Memphis police officers in a specially trained street crime unit pulled over Tyre Nichols (29) for allegedly driving recklessly, jerked him out of his car and pushed him down onto the ground where they surrounded him, beat him with their fists and batons, kicked him, and sprayed him with pepper spray while their body cameras and a public camera captured the attack. Tyre Nichols died three days later on January 10, from this brutal attack. 

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Friday, February 3, 2023

Feds Slap McClain's Lodge

The USDA said two animals died while others suffered from neglect in several inspections at the popular McClain Lodge on Holly Bush Road in Rankin County.  

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Car Burglars Caught

 The Madison Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Meddlin' Away

 Uh-oh, Trey Lamar is thinking again.  He managed to get a bill passed that requires Jackson to spend all of 1% sales tax funds on water infrastructure.  WLBT reported last night: 

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Thug Gets 18 Years for Beating FIL with Bat

Attack fractured skull, left victim permanently deaf! 

Madison-Rankin County District Attorney Bubba Bramlett issued the following statement. 

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Graham Challenges Crisler

The race for Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham's seat began yesterday and the incumbent wasted no time in trying to get his opponent thrown off the ballot.  

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Aplos to Open Sister Location

 Aplos CEO Alex Eaton issued the following statement. 

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A Compromise for HB #1020

To say the Hinds County criminal justice system has been dysfunctional has been an understatement as "catch & release" and "blessings" are favored descriptions of what passed for Hinds County justice over the years.  A frustrated legislature is taking action this year in the form of HB #1020.  However, 1020 didn't use a sledgehammer for the proverbial nail but instead uses a chainsaw to fix problems no one knew existed while polarizing the races even more.

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28 Years in Ridgeland Interstate Murder

Madison-Rankin County District Attorney Bubba Bramlett issued the following statement and mugshot.

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Street Fight in Fondren?

The Democrats are at the gate and there are a few surprises at who showed up for to race.  State Senator David Blount has gotten might comfortable in his seat but Mayor Lumumba shook things up for him a little bit.  Pastor Dwayne Pickett, yes, the Pastor Dwayne Pickett qualified to run against Belhaven's Great White Father.  

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Marshand Wants Rematch

Never let it be said Marshand Crisler is a quitter. Despite getting drummed by five thousand votes in November 2021, he wants a rematch with Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones. Check out the rest of the Hinds County ballot as there are a couple of surprises. 

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It's That Time of Year

It's Mardi Gras season and you know what that means.  Randazzo's King Cakes are back at Nandy's Candy.Want the real thing? Swing by and get one.    Available flavors are cream cheesepecan praline, and traditional.  You can call and reserve one or pre-order as well. Enjoy.  



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Robert St. John: A Golden Opportunity

 To be successful in the restaurant business it takes total commitment and sacrifice. It's brutal way to earn a living. But for those of us who are bit by the bug, and are totally obsessed, we couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

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25 Years for Molesting Foster Daughter

 Madison-Rankin District Attorney Bubba Bramlett issued the following statement and mug shot. 

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Sid Salter: Restoration of Initiative Process Should be on Voter's Agenda in 2023

 Statewide elections will be on the ballot later this year for all state eight statewide executive branch offices, all state district offices and for all 174 posts in the Mississippi Legislature in addition to county offices and county district offices in all 82 Mississippi counties including district and county attorneys.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Funny of the Day

 Since the late night shows suck, check out some Taylor Tomlinson.  

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Waller Waves Goodbye

 Former Chief Justice and failed gubernatorial candidate Bill Waller, Jr. will not run for Governor.   Speculation ran rampant Mr. Waller would run against Governor Tate Reeves as an independent.  However, Mr. Waller met with his family and chose to stay on the sidelines.   It appears there will be a Mano a Mano matchup between Governor Reeves and Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. 

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Hosemann Raises $3.5 Million

Republican Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann kicks off his reelection campaign with a formidable $3,517,092 in his coffer, according to a report released today.

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"Stay Out of the Way"

Six young savages armed with AR-15-style firearms robbed the owner of Miketown Comedy Club recently.  You read that correctly.  Six little punks busted into his business and shoved their rifles against his chest, threatening to kill him if he didn't give it all up.  Give it up is what he did.  The victim is just a working guy trying to make a living. Unfortunately in Jackson today, being a good guy merely makes you a target and a target he was that night.  

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DA & Judges Stand Against HB #1020

The Hinds County District Attorney and Judiciary oppose HB #1020.  The bill creates a special prosecutor and judicial district for the Capitol Complex Improvement District, thus removing all CCID cases from the Hinds County judicial system.  

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Monday, January 30, 2023

Fight the Power!

 Sista Rukia and her crowd are going to fight the Capitol Complex bills. 

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Colonizing Ridgeland

Aplos is opening a location in Ridgeland.  Renaissance announced on Facebook: 

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Mayor: Capitol Complex Bills are "Plantation Politics"

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is holding a press conference right now.  The presser is streamed below. 

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Gilbert Gives It Right Back

 Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann's Senior Advisor Casey Phillips issued the following statement.

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Horse Race!

 State Senator Chris McDaniel just announced he will challenge incumbent Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann.  Watch the announcment here.

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Water Bills Going Up, Equity Billing Coming

 Water bills are going to be based upon property values and oh, they are also going to go up.  So said Jackson Water Manager Ted Henifin at a press conference Friday.

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Lieutenant Governor Pushes Crime Initiatives

 Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement. 

Six Senate bills making their way through the legislative process seek to set minimum sentences for some pervasive crimes and reduce theft of public tax dollars.

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Sunday, January 29, 2023

Sheriff Makes Million-Dollar Marijuana Bust

 Hinds County Tyree Jones issued the following statement. 

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Like a Good Neighbor.....

 When does a good neighbor become a bad neighbor?

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Seeing Through a Glass Darkly

The late Dr. Frank Pollard pondered the question of why is there suffering in this world.  Preaching to his clock, the late great pastor tied free will, suffering, and even Stradivarius violins into one of his better sermons that was not even fifteen minutes long.  Some preachers could take a hint.  Enjoy the 1995 sermon posted below.

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Bill Crawford: Argument Against Medicaid Expansion Intellectually Dishonest

Among the flawed arguments made by opponents of Medicaid expansion in Mississippi is this one: Because Medicaid generally does not compensate hospitals enough for what it takes to provide the care, they could actually end up doing worse financially if the state expands the program to cover the working poor.”

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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Hinds Hopefuls

The latest list of Hinds County candidates is posted below.  

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D.L. Gardner: Life in the New World Order

 Long ago there may have been a time when presidents, congresses, and courts governed according to the Constitution. There’s no need to fantasize about returning to those days. 

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Friday, January 27, 2023

USDA: Jackson Zoo Woefully Understaffed

Here we go again.  The federal government caught the city of Jackson running something that was severely understaffed.  In this case, it is the Jackson Zoo.   

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JSU Faculty: No Confidence in President

The Jackson State University Faculty Senate issued the following statement. 

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Ex-Pinelake Youth Minister Going to Prison

 Former Pine Lake Youth Minister Tyler Swaggard will spend the next seven years behind bars after he pleaded guilty exploitation of a child in Rankin County Circuit Court on January 17.  

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Senate Passes Water "Equity" Billing Ban

All but one Jackson State Senator vote against bill. 

The Legislature moved one step closer to banning Jackson Water Manager Ted Henefin's efforts to base water bills on property values today.  

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Lumumba Inc. Tries to Expand

 The race to replace former State Representative Deborah Gibbs will be um, rather interesting.  Mrs. Gibbs was unkind enough to become a Hinds County Circuit Judge, thus creating the vacancy.  The candidates for HD# 72 are: 

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Watson to Run For Re-Election

 Secretary of State Michael Watson issued the following statement. 

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Millsaps President to Resign

 Millsaps College issued the following statement. 

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10 Years for Trafficking Fentanyl

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

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Let the Games Begin

 And..... they are lining up at the gate in Hinds County.  Check out District 1. 

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Robert St. John: It's a Tough Job but Somebody's Got to Chew It

“A party without cake is just a meeting” –Julia Child

 

It started as a whim. It ended as a quest. A quest that probably added five percent to my total body mass index, an inch to my waistline, and almost put me in a diabetic coma. But it’s what I do. I eat for a living. When it comes to king cake, I took one for the home team.

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Bill Removing Water & Sewer from Jackson Control Passes Committee

Will Jackson permanently lose control of its water and sewer systems? The State Senate Economic and Workforce Development committee passed a bill yesterday that will create a utility authority to operate Jackson's water and sewer services when the water manager finally leaves town.  

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Sid Salter: Global Ag Market Has Substantial Impact on Mississippi Communities

Even before global headlines seized on the fact that for the first time in a half-century, China’s mammoth population was in decline, Fiscal Year 2023 U.S. agricultural trade projections were down overall and specifically down with China.

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The Tale of the Kidnapped Conman

This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

‘He’s too good at lying not to do it’: Alleged conman claims former NFL defensive lineman and ‘gentle giant’ used ‘brute strength’ in kidnapping

A group of ill-advised businessmen and investors, including one of  Mississippi’s own star athletes and former NFL player Jerrell Powe, were done being jerked around.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Dallas Down on Dak?

 Are Dak's days numbered in Dallas? Check out this tweet.  

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Nursing Home Loses Water

Update: Boil Water Notice issued.  

Lakeland Nursing and Rehab went without water today after a water main broke this morning.  

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Sleeping on the Job?

 Was Jackson's Public Works Director sleeping on the job while the water system fell apart? Former Jackson Deputy Public Works Director Mary Carter made the accusation in a wrongful termination lawsuit she filed against the city in U.S. District Court on December 3, 2022.  She claims the city fired her after she criticized her boss in an August 2022 WLBT interview. 

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Rapist Gets 25 Years in Rankin

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

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Monday, January 23, 2023

Guest to Chair Ethics Committee

 Congressman Michael Guest issued the following statement. 

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Pothole: 1, Police: 0

 The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement. 

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Pair Arrested in Crime Spree

 JPD issued the following statement. 

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Bill Protects Right to Record Police

A bill will make it legal to record police officers while creating a 15-foot camera-free zone for the police.  State Representative Jill Ford authored HB #448.  The highlights of the bill are: 

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Ouch!

 Hehehe, you knew it was coming and it did indeed come. SAS just can't help himself.  Enjoy. 

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Sunday, January 22, 2023

Gun-Wielding Suspect Shot to Death

 The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement. 

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Receiver Complains of Foot-Dragging in Madison Timber Recovery

The receiver's clawback lawsuit continues to wind (or is it wither) away in U.S. District Court.  

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"Oh No, Not You Again"

 Welcome mats, the London Blitz, and ice-skating in church were all tied in together by the late Dr. Frank Pollard in the 1995 sermon posted below.  He said something about jumping high on Sunday and walking straight the rest of the week as well.  Enjoy. 

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Bill Crawford: Are High-Cost, High-Wage Jobs Worth It?

A constant theme for governor candidates in Mississippi is job creation. Gov. Tate Reeves is no exception. When he announced for re-election he touted, among other things, his success in growing jobs.

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Saturday, January 21, 2023

Chase Ends in Crash

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement. 

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D.L. Gardner: Don't Store Classified Documents Out in the Street

 Two weeks ago corporate media portrayed the fight over Speaker of the House the mother of all stories in 2023 Washington. The Speaker story would replace the January 6 story that has anchored corporate media news the past two years. Then discovery of classified documents leapt into the lead again, and again, and finally a third time last week and counting, but these documents were all classified during the Obama-Biden administration.

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Friday, January 20, 2023

Friday Night Flick

Tonight's Friday Night Flick is Poolhall Junkies. It is usually hard to find a dvd or stream of the movie but fortunately, Youtube posted it for free.  It has its cheesy moments as well as a few great one-liners but the movie does have one saving grace: Christopher Walken. That little feature alone is worth the price of viewing.  Enjoy. 

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The Perils of Powe

 The Jerrel Powe kidnapping story got more weird.  WLBT reported: 

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New Cyber Unit Gets First Director

 The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement. 

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Dr. Rigsby Suspended..... Again

Dr. Reginald D. Rigsby managed to get his medical license suspended again.  The Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure suspended the medical license of the Gluckstadt physician on December 8, 2022 for inappropriate conduct with a patient.   Dr. Rigsby practiced family medicine.

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UMC Opens Burn Center

 The University of Mississippi Medical Center issued the following statement. 

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Thursday, January 19, 2023

Sanders Pleads Guilty to Fraud

 The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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Voodoo Strikes Again

 Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement. 

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Hosemann Tries to Help Hospitals

 Lieutenant Governor Gilbert Hosemann issued the following statement. 

Four bills pending in Senate committees are aimed at helping stabilize hospitals and growing the healthcare workforce in Mississippi. Chief among them is Senate Bill 2372, authored by Senator Kevin Blackwell, which creates a program to provide $80 million in grants to hospitals based on number of licensed beds and care.

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For Sale

Coach Prime's house is finally up for sale.  It can be yours for $1.5 million but don't worry, MDA, MCDEA and Canton are standing by with bonds, TIF's, and all sorts of goodies if you want to purchase this prime tourist attraction.   Marcus Dupree and Nancy New are standing by to offer their free consulting services on how to get the luxury you deserve with alternate means of financing.  Remember, you deserve this home.   The realtor's listing states: 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Kids Sickened by Edibles on the Rise

 Ruth Cummins authored the following post for UMMC. 

The Mississippi Poison Control Center is experiencing a concerning increase in calls regarding children who have found and eaten marijuana-laced candies and chocolates at home, making them sick enough for a trip to the emergency room.

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Sloppy, Just Plain Sloppy, WJTV.

 WJTV finally reported a Hinds County grand jury indicted Beth Ann White: 

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EPA Badgers MDEQ in NAACP Complaint

The EPA brushed off the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality's response to the NAACP's complaint of environmental racism.  The NAACP accused MDEQ and other state agencies of intentionally depriving Jackson of much-needed funds for its water system in a complaint filed with the EPA's new Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights.  

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Robert St. John: Breakfast, Routines, & Bacon

Many of the business books I am familiar with go into great detail about how successful people commit to a rigid routine in their workday. A specific time is set aside for checking emails, another period is devoted to text responses. Some of these experts allot time— down to the minute— for phone calls, meetings, lunch and even the small tasks associated with a day’s work. I am not one of those devotees. Good or bad, I am not one that adheres to a tight schedule. I am always on-time and fairly organized but have no desire to lead such a structured existence, whether in my business, or personal, life. 

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Sid Salter: Familiar Democrat Echoes Heard in Presley's Challenge to Reeves

 In a Jan. 12 email announcing that he is challenging incumbent Republican Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves for the state’s top job, Democratic Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley said in the final paragraph: “If you make me your Governor, I promise you this: I’ll never forget who I am, where I came from, or who sent me.”

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Powe Posts Bond

Jerrel Powe is free after he posted a $100,000 bond in Ridgeland yesterday.  Ridgeland police arrested the former Ole Miss and NFL football player for kidnapping Monday.  

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Robbed!

 Why we can't have nice things reason #__.  

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Bills Aim to Stop Jackson Water Marxism

 Water Manager Ted Henifin's plans to base water bills on property values might be coming to a screeching halt if the Legislature has its way.   State Senator Joel Carter (R-Mardi Gras) authored SB #2338.  The bill states: 

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The Final Score

 The final grades are out.  How did your team fare on its report card? 

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Rev up the Romance

Need to get away from it all but don't want to leave town for some reason? Want to rev up the romance?  Check out Jackson's newest adults-only attraction on the I-55 N frontage road.  

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Monday, January 16, 2023

Coming Soon

Will we finally get to see Jews in Space? A Viking Funeral? You know who on Ice?  What else does Mel Brooks have planned for us?  In case you are wondering, Mel Brooks is about to spring History of the World, Part II upon us.  Check out the trailer.

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Ex-Ole Miss Football Star Arrested for Kidnapping (Updated)

 Ridgeland police arrested former Ole Miss football star Jerrel Powe and charged him with kidnapping today. 

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Community Crime Meeting Tomorrow

The People's Advocacy Institute issued the following statement. 

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14th Child Dies from Covid

 The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

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Clinton Robberies & Burglaries Fall

 Crime fell in Clinton over the last decade and by no small amount. The Clinton police department released the crime stats for the last decade.  Every category of crime dropped more than 60%.  The report is posted below.  Read and weep. 

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Sunday, January 15, 2023

Like a Boss

 So where did Trevor Lawrence celebrate after leading his team from 27-0 down to beat the Los Angeles Chokers?

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Idiot of the Day

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office issued the following statement and pictures. 

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The Power of Mustard Seeds

"Most of us are not wonderful, especially those of us who think we are wonderful."  Thus spaketh the late Dr. Frank Pollard as he preached on faith in the 1994 sermon posted below.  Enjoy today's sermon if you didn't make it to church.  

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Armed Robbery Suspect Shot

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement. 

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Bill Crawford: Treasurer McRae Questions PERS Rate Hike

 PERS is in trouble again. The PERS board jacked up the employer contribution rate again. And everybody lived happily ever after.

Not.

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Saturday, January 14, 2023

Deadly Crash near Whitfield

 Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement. 

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D.L. Gardner: What Has Happened to America?

 Last week Victor Davis Hanson wrote, “A Country We No Longer Recognize, a Coup We Never Knew,” carried by The Daily Signal, a publication of The Heritage Foundation. Hanson, a classicist and historian in the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, asked no fewer than 52 questions beginning with “Did someone or something seize control of the United States?” and ending with “We are beginning to wake up from a nightmare to a country we no longer recognize, and from a coup we never knew.”

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Friday, January 13, 2023

Idiot of the Day

 An idiot decided he would start doing donuts as he came out of the Popeyes on Robinson Road.  In an effort to pay tribute to Robbie Knievel,  he took his Mustang airborne but unfortunately landed on top of an employee's car in the parking lot of Furniture City.  Check out the pictures posted below. 

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Medical Marijuana: By the Numbers

 Posted below are the statistics for the medical marijuana program as of January 6.  JJ obtained the statistics through a public records request.

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Water, Water Everywhere

 Meanwhile over on Douglas Drive....

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MDEQ Director Fires Back at EPA & NAACP

MDEQ Director Chris Wells accused the EPA trying to use an environmental civil rights complaint to "divert attention from the city of Jackson's own failures."  The EPA's new Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights is investigating the state of Mississippi after the NAACP filed a Title VI complaint on behalf of several Jackson residents.  The plaintiffs charged the state intentionally deprived Jackson of money it needed to ensure it could provide safe drinking water.

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Partridge-Sibley Claims Vindication

 Partridge-Sibley Industrial Services issued the following statement. 

Partridge-Sibley Industrial Services, Inc. ("PSI") has resolved the investigation of its involvement in the illegal discharges by Rebel High Velocity Sewer Services of Jackson ("Rebel") of industrial wastewater during the period from January 2017 to October 2017.

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Thursday, January 12, 2023

Guest Appointed to Appropriations Committee

 Congressman Michael Guest issued the following statement. 

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Water Fight!!!

 Water Manager Ted Henefin tried to say the new water meters are improperly installed but the contractor was having none of it as he fired right back at Jackson's water savior.   WLBT reported: 

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Ambush! (Update)

Update (1/13/23): Death claimed the second victim. 

Update (8:10 PM): One victim died. 

Several shooters ambushed two individuals at the Exxon gas station on Northside Drive by I-55 yesterday afternoon.  

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Ouch!

Sometimes things are not as bad as they seem.  Sometimes they are actually worse....

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Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Governor Bans Tik Tok from State Devices

 Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement. 

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Partridge-Sibley Pleads Guilty to Illegal Dumping

The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

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Judge: Tear It Down

The Briarwood 1 Building may soon be no more after Jackson Municipal Court Judge Jeff Reynolds ordered its New York owners to demolish the dangerous eyesore. 

 


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Recall Bill Passes Committee

State Representative Shanda Yates (I- No Man's Land) filed a bill that will allow voters to recall Mayors.   The power to recall elected officials does not currently exist in Mississippi. The bill states: 

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Robert St. John: Restaurant People

It is my belief that some people are born with their life’s mission already implanted deep in their DNA. Just as we are wired at birth to like certain foods, musical styles, and activities, I am of the school that believes that careers and interests are hardwired from the start. It’s better that way. We’d all be boring clones and mindless robots if we all liked the same exact things to the same exact degree. The 18th century poet, William Cowper, said, “Variety is the spice of life,” and that’s back when there weren’t many spices that were even available to the general populace. 

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Sid Salter: Hard Road Forward for McCarthy

 American citizens last week learned a new phrase in the nation’s political lexicon, one not heard 14 consecutive times on Capitol Hill since before the Civil War: “No person having received a majority of the whole number of votes cast by surname, a speaker has not been elected.”

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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Hosemann Seeks Re-Election

From the largest tax cut in Mississippi history to major investments in infrastructure and teacher compensation, Delbert Hosemann has tackled a lot in his first three years as Lieutenant Governor.  

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Insurance Department Returns over $7 Million to Consumers

 Insurance Commish Mike Chaney issued the following statement. 

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Water Manager Wants to Base Water Bills on Home Assessments

Maybe Lenin was right about capitalists and ropes. Jackson Water Manager Ted Henefin hasn't backed off his idea to base water bills on property assessments.  Mr. Henefin promoted the idea again at a private forum Sunday organized by Jeff Good.  Some of the businessmen present (not all) supported Mr. Henefin's suggestion.  WLBT reported: 

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Where's the Brick Wall?

 Warning: Language not safe for work, school, or Kiffinites. 

To say Georgia came out ready to seek and destroy last night was an understatement. The only thing missing was a crybaby insult before the game.   Speaking of pre-game, check out Coach Kirby Smart's locker room speech to his footballers before they took the field. 

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Monday, January 9, 2023

Toni Johnson Pleads Guilty, Goes Home

 Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens issued the following statement. 

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PERS Goes Mud-Ridin' in 2022

PERS went mud-riding yet again in 2022 as its financial picture continued to worsen thanks to seesaw between retirees and active employees that becomes more unbalanced every year.  Although the markets killed in 2022, investment gains in 2021 kept the bad news from being worse.  

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New State Senate Maps Posted Below

Posted below are the Senate maps for the Jackson metro area after redistricting.  It appears David Blount picked up some more Northeast Jackson at Walter Michel's expense.  There are some other changes but if you want to find out if you got switched around, check out the maps.  JJ will post the maps of the House of Representatives later this week. .

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Judge Shuts Down N. Jackson Slum Hotel

 A Jackson Municipal Court judge shut down the Extended Stay Studio 7 Hotel on I-55 Frontage Road in North Jackson after finding the hotel was unfit for human habitation.  Hotel owner Anilkumar Patel pleaded guilty to code violations but managed to avoid going to jail.  

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Sunday, January 8, 2023

Farish Street Fire

 A building is on fire near the corner of Amite and Farish Streets.  Pictures and video are posted below.  The building once home to Star Steam Laundry.  The address is 212 North Farish Street.

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Water Update: Meet the New Boss(es)

Jackson's new water management team now has a website. 

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Stokesradio Returns

 Jackson Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes returned to the radio this morning on WOAD.  The legendary Councilman began the show in prayer as he thanked God for his blessings.  Mr. Stokes discussed his recent bout with Covid and then of course, moved on to discussing Jackson's water. Money quote: "They about to get $600 to $800 million dollars. You know they about to steal it" as he pushed for a new water plant.  He closed by talking about the upcoming Martin Luther King parade.

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Blood of the Overcomers

Mincing no words, the late Dr. Frank Pollard preached some unvarnished word straight from Romans  3:23-26 while working together blood transfusions, Amazing Grace, and  the late Coach Johnny Vaught in is own special way.  It's a rainy day so many of you probably played hooky from church.  Enjoy the 1994 sermon. 

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Bill Crawford: Bipartisanship v. Factionalism Kicks Off New Year

 Right out of the gate in 2023 the juxtaposition of images was stark.  

There were Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic President Joe Biden standing next to each other in Kentucky praising the bipartisan infrastructure bill. There were Republican and after Republican in the House disparaging the bill and condemning McConnell and 18 other Republican senators who voted for it. (Sen. Roger Wicker was one of them.)

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Saturday, January 7, 2023

We're Number 1 (Unfortunately)

Jackson successfully defended its title as America's Murder Capital in 2022 even after homicides declined 13%.  WLBT reported yesterday: 

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D.L. Gardner: What Will We See in 2023?

What will we see in 2023? “Past performance is not indicative of future results,” is a caveat for buying and selling stocks, but not for predicting what President Biden and his administration will do this year. In fact, President Biden and his bureaucratic entourage will likely stay the course he laid during his first two years in office. 

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Friday, January 6, 2023

Funny of the Day

I'm sorry. I'm really sorry, so sorry.  Trust me, I'm sorry.

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Senator Wicker Defends Omnibus Bill Vote

Senator Roger Wicker issued the following statement. 

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MLEOTA Gets New Training Director

 Mississippi Public Safety Commish Sean Tindall issued the following statement. 

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Feds Want to Ban Non-Compete Clauses

Will rule free Mike Land's barbers? 

The Federal Trade Commission is interested in banning non-compete clauses - all of them.  The FTC posted on its website yesterday: 

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Mayor: $800 Million for Jackson (Updated)

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba announced the federal fairy godmothers bestowed $800 million upon Jackson at a press conference yesterday . 

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Thursday, January 5, 2023

Closed!

 Flowood's only movie theatre closed tonight. The parking lot was completely empty just before 10 PM and there was a note on the box office thanking everyone for their support.  It was probably only a matter of time before it closed thanks to Covid and five other movie theaters in the metro area.  Saw many a movie there over the years. Thanks for the good times.  

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Pearl Double Shooting Suspect Charged as Adult

 The Pearl Police Department issued the following statement. 

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And They are at the Gate

 The candidates are a'qualifying to run for something.  Posted below is the current list of Republican candidates who have qualified to run for state office in the August GOP primary. 

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Hope Returns

 Where there is Hope, there can only be..........

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Forest Hill Fireworks

 This post was almost called "Miracle of the Day."  A shootout took place at the gas station in front of Forest Hill High School recently.  Apparently some yewts never heard of proper gun safety.  Watch and you will see why. 

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Guest Column: Mississippi's Deer not for Sale

Hunting, wildlife conservation, and gun ownership in the United States are special. Unlike in Europe, where wealthy landowners and royalty held certain rights to hunting, wildlife, and guns, Americans are the beneficiaries of robust public trust ownership principles. Because of lessons learned hundreds of years ago, every whitetail deer, turkey, quail, alligator, fish, and other wildlife species that is in this great state belong to ALL of us. Unfortunately, some folks, including those charged with representing the public and safeguarding our wildlife for hunting and their associated economic benefits, would like to change that.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Governor Qualifies to Run for Second Term

 Governor Tate Reeves qualified to run for re-election yesterday at Mississippi Republican Party headquarters in Jackson.  

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Fairgrounds Ceases Water Distribution

 Ag Commish Andrew Gipson issued the following statement. 

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Funny of the Day

 Did Mississippi State commit plagiarism? The Bulldogs took advantage of some Illini desperation in the final moments of the Reliaquest Bowl. 

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Robert St. John: Local Hopes

 NEW ORLEANS— The practice of making New Year’s resolutions is something that has never interested me. I guess I have just always assumed that I could make a vow to myself on any day, and if it’s something that I really need to do, or a practice that I need to start implementing, then I shouldn’t wait until January 1st to get to it.

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Missing (Update: FOUND in Florida!)

 State Representative De'Keither Stamps' 17 year-old daughter has gone missing in Alabama.  

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Sid Salter: State Ag & Forestry is $9.7 Billion Economic Development Project

 Just three months back, Mississippians celebrated Gov. Tate Reeves’ announcement of a $2.5 billion aluminum mill project in the Golden Triangle that promised 1,000 jobs at an average salary of $93,000. 

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Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Closing Soon

 Barrelhouse will soon be locked up and out of stock. The restaurant posted on Facebook: 

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No Comment

Social media can be a dangerous thing sometimes to one's self. Exhibit A: A Jackson City Councilman. 

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Catch & Release! Squawk! Catch & Release (Belhaven Edition)

The Capitol Police caught a trio of carjackers last week on Fortification Street near the interstate.  Sadly, one of the suspects was only 16 years old.  Sadder still is he has been under indictment since 2020.  

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Let the Games Begin

Secretary of State Miguel Watson issued the following statement on qualifying for office in Mississippi.

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Free Pet Resource Clinic Saturday in Jackson

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

Residents are welcome to attend a free pet resource clinic this Saturday courtesy of the Best Friends Animal Society. The clinic will provide Jackson residents with vaccines, microchips and supplies for their beloved pets. 

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Monday, January 2, 2023

Meet With Legislators at Prayer Breakfast

 Mission Mississippi issued the following statement. 

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Cap Police Grab Carjackers & Suspect in Doordash Murder

 The Capitol Police caught a trio of carjackers in Belhaven Wednesday.  One of them was arrested and charged with murder as well.

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Chuck Stinson Passes

 Chuck Stinson passed away.  He was 60 years old.  Yours truly used to enjoy listening to Chuck and Doug on The Score every morning (even if Doug occasionally stranded his wife at the airport.).  Condolences to his family and friends.

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Water Update

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Water, Water Everywhere. NOT!

 Water problems continue in Jackson.  WAPT reported: 

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Sunday, January 1, 2023

Rag Dolls and Logic

What do the three R's - rag dolls, righteousness, and Romans - have to do with each other? Watch the late Dr. Frank Pollard's 1994 sermon to find out as he preaches from Romans 3:21-24.  Quite a few readers are probably recovering from um, celebrating New Year's Eve so enjoy the make-up sermon. 

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Ouch!

 Check out this picture of the collapsed Jackson Pointe Bridge in Woodville. 

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Bill Crawford: Can State Count on Rosy Outlook?

 The turning of the year is traditionally a time to look ahead. For state government that “look ahead” horizon tends to be pitifully short. Especially when it comes to finances.

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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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