Sunday, April 22, 2018

Westworld Returns Tonight

Westworld returns tonight.  If you want a refresher or haven't watched the first season, Alt Shift X posted a pretty good summary on Youtube that also provides a few easily-missed but crucial details. The video is posted below.

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Idiot of the Day

The Brandon Police Department issued the following statement. 

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Sunday Morning Sermon

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon given by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.

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Bill Crawford: Handicapping the 3rd District Race

June 5th primaries to begin choosing who will fill the 3rd District congressional seat abandoned by Rep. Gregg Harper are six weeks away. Six candidates are seeking the Republican nomination, two the Democratic nomination.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Checking the 990's

Posted below are the 990's for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Opera, Ballet Mississippi, New State, Inc., and the Jackson Zoological Society.

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Suspect shoots at JPD

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Rockets roar into Raymond

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Huh?

The Jackson Mayor made this statement about the Rez at his press conference about the Jackson Zoo last week.

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Go see Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

Sergeant Stubby: An American Hero, is now playing at local theaters and deserves your support.   The movie is about one lonely pit bull pup who was adopted by a Doughboy as he went through boot camp during The Great War.  His master snuck him along to France where he became a hero in the trenches.  It is showing at Malco, Tinseltown although it did not receive the best showtimes (posted below).  Go see this movie.



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Begley fires back at Moak

Jackson attorney and Democratic activist Samuel Begley issued the following statement. 

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Mason Dixon: Hyde-Smith fares better against Espy.

A Mason-Dixon poll states that newly-appointed U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith handily beats former Congressman Mike Espy in a runoff.  However, the same poll claims that State Senator Chris McDaniel trails Mr. Espy by a narrow margin.  The poll reported a large number of undecided voters, 46% and 40%, in each poll. The sample was 625 voters.  The poll is posted below.  Demographic information is posted on page six.

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Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday travels back to the early 1960's at Central High School.   Enjoy these videos. 

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Gilmer goes to the dogs

Attorney Barry Gilmer was charged with willful discharge of a firearm toward a dwelling and disturbing the peace today.   He surrendered to the Madison County Sheriff's Office.  His bond is $1,000.  The police report is posted below.

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Court reverses Ridgeland on Costco

The Mississippi Supreme Court struck down the Ridgeland zoning ordinances that were created to help Costco.   JJ is currently reviewing the opinion but here is the key point:

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NOW we start.

Former Congressman Mike Espy and Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton submitted their qualifying papers for the U.S. Senate special election in November to the Secretary of State today.  

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MUDFIGHT!!!

Never say the Democrat don't know how to have a good time with an election.  Posted below is a letter that was sent to the Mississippi Democratic Party Executive Committee.   It appears the residency of a Senatorial candidate might be in dispute.

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Remembering Barbara Bush

This video says it all.  Enjoy. 

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Catfight turns deadly

JPD issued the following statements: 

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Watch 'em go at it live.

Watch the Third Congressional District candidates debate tonight.  Americans For Prosperity sponsored tonight's debate and is streaming the event live on Facebook.  The streaming video is posted below.

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Update on Davis Magnet carjacking case

Daniel Henry currently awaits trial nearly two years after he was arrested for carjacking and shooting a mother who was dropping off her child early one morning at Davis Magnet Elementary.   The story began on May 6, 2016.  WLBT reported:

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Plantin' at Parchman

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement and video.

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Remain calm. All is well.

Jackson State University issued the following statement.

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The Shapley's divorce is final.

The Koestlers and Shapleys issued this statement yesterday:

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Sid Salter: Will South Dakota case bridge new revenue for Mississippi?

As state officials scramble for resources to address infrastructure concerns in the wake of the closure of over 100 Mississippi bridges deemed unsafe by federal authorities, the stance of some of those same state officials on collecting Internet sales taxes seems particularly relevant.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fundraiser for Jeff Weill


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Chief Judge on COA to retire

The Mississippi Court of Appeals issued the following statement.

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By the numbers......

Fundraising reports for the candidates in the Third Congressional District race were due last weekend.  Read 'em and weep.

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Shapley's settles

The War of the Shaps is apparently over.  U.S. District Judge Carleton Reeves dismissed all lawsuits between Mark and Mary Shapley and Koestler Inc. yesterday.  The Shapleys and Koestler family were brawling in court over who had the right to the "Shapley's" restaurant name. 

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MDE forms Student Testing Task Force

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.

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Butch Evans to plead guilty in Epps scandal.

Guy "Butch" Evans will plead guilty on April 24 in U.S. District Court before Judge Henry Wingate. A grand jury indicted Evans for one count of bribery and one count of fraud in 2016 in the Chris Epps scandal.  A recent filing in the case states:

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Woman's body found by Woodway

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Governor appoints Gowan replacement.

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement.

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Zoo consultants questioned fund-raising campaign

The Jackson Zoo commissioned the consulting firm Shultz & Williams to study the ability of the Jackson Zoo to fund a major facelift.  The recommendations were not encouraging  as S&W recommended that the firm not proceed with a $15 million capital campaign until the zoo's future was more secure.  The report's executive summary is posted below. 

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Canton High School student arrested for threats

WLBT is streaming a press-conference in Canton right now.  It is posted below.

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Matchbook Monday

Welcome to Matchbook Monday.  There are some true gems of Jackson's past posted below.  Feel free to add your stories or any information about them in the comments section.  Enjoy these blasts from the past. Readers can email copies of any old matchbooks they might have to kingfish1935@gmail.com.

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A Firm Foundation



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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Noooooooooo!!!!! R. Lee Ermey, R.I.P.

Statement from R. Lee Ermey's long time manager, Bill Rogin:

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Marcus Agitates Council

M.A.C. Construction owner Marcus Wallace had a few things to say to the City Council about public works contracts last week.  The video is posted below.

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Sunday Morning Sermon

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached from Psalm 33 in this 1989 sermon. 

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Bill Crawford: A Tale of Two Headlines

The same information released by State Auditor Stacey Pickering resulted in two quite different headlines.

"Study: Economic development incentives paying off for state," read the headline in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

"Auditor: Failed economic projects cost Mississippi taxpayers $185M," read the headline in the Clarion-Ledger.

Both are accurate, both based on the same report by Pickering, but both convey very different perspectives. So, too, do the stories.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

"You're not woke, you're just a douchebag."

Bill Maher is hitting his stride with this free speech thing.  Enjoy.

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Priester speaks on Zoo

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. penned his thoughts about the Jackson Zoo's future on Facebook this week: 

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James Tulp: The Gospel is Hate Speech

Let’s define our terms. While one could write a series of books on the gospel of Jesus Christ according to the Bible, the apostle Paul defines it most succinctly in Romans 1:16 as “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes”. And for those who don’t? We’ll address that later.

What about hate speech? One of the biggest problems with it is the lack of an agreed upon, objective definition. That’s because it is inherently subjective. Earlier this week we saw Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, while testifying before Congress, attempt to emphasize the necessity to police hate speech in one breath, then struggle to define hate speech in another.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Greg Brand: There they go again.

"There you go again" emerged as a single defining phrase of the 1980 presidential election between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. The phrase has endured in the political lexicon in news headlines and articles, as a way to quickly refer to various candidates, operatives or a political party bringing certain issues up repeatedly during debates, campaigns. In the context of current Mississippi politics, a paraphrase of that often used Reagan response applies to the actions of leaders, operatives and pundits of today’s MS GOP.

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Progress!

Smith Park reopens today.  Check out how it looked after the barricades were removed this morning.

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Friday at the Fights

Just some local lads pugilizing.  Cousin or no cousin, he probably should have paid him back.

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Whit Hughes raises over $300,000.

The Whit Hughes for Congress campaign announced it raised $304,354 since January 17.  More than 450 individual donated to the campaign.  The campaign issued the following press release. 

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Throwback Thursday

Speaking of Muhammad Ali, once upon a time, the Heavyweight Champeen of the World visited Jackson......

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Stamps steps away from Finance Committee

Jackson Ward 4 City Councilman De'Keither Stamps announced his resignation this evening as Chairman of the Finance Committee.  The letter he submitted to City Council President Charles Tillman is posted below.

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Need a plumber?

If you need a plumber to work on gas lines, give Quentin Jones a try.  Unfortunately, it can be hard to find a plumber who will do such work in Jackson.  The city makes it difficult to get a license to do such work.  Quite a few plumbers will work in Jackson but are unable to work on gas lines.  Mr. Jones is very good and reasonable on price.  You can reach him at 601 906-5683. 

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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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