Sunday, August 20, 2017

Watching the Watchers or Useless Fact #____.

The Mississippi media has only filed 35 public records complaints since the Ethics Commission began accepting such complaints in 2010.  The Clarion-Ledger led the way with a grand total of 13 public records complaints.  Yours truly came in second with five.  The Greenwood Commonwealth acquitted itself well by coming in third with four complaints.  The rest of the Mississippi media took a dive.  Only one tv station filed a complaint.  14 media outlets filed public records complaints and two of those are Steve Robertson (Scout) and the Mississippi Crime Crier.

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Thawing the Freeze?

What does this picture have to do with Ole Miss?

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Sunday Morning Sermon

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

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Reach for the Ground

It seemed like a good time to post this rather entertaining video since it's Book Weekend in Jackson.  Pete O'Toole gives a funny performance in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell.  The late British columnist was a bit of a rake and somewhat of a sot  so one can imagine Mr. O'Toole having some fun with this role.  Enjoy.

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Bill Crawford: Standards? What standards?

Did you read Geoff Pender's terrific column "Take some aspirin before searching Transparency Mississippi website" in the Clarion-Ledger? If transparency in government spending matters to you, this is a must read.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Medicaid: Clarion-Ledger got it wrong.

The Mississippi Division of Medicaid issued the following statement.

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Wear red!

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Last call to support JJ

It's time for the last call for the annual fund-raising drive for Jackson Jambalaya.

Thank you very much for your support of Jackson Jambalaya and reading the blog over the years. We've come a long way since we started up in 2007.  This blog couldn't have gotten as far as it has without support from the readers.  You've donated money, provided tips, and helped provide information when it was needed.  JJ is asking for your help again this year.

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Read the Clarion-Ledger's attempt to cover the Fortification Street murder.  Notice anything missing from the article?

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Young woman murdered on Fortification Street

JPD issued the following statement. 

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

John Doe gets stay from Supremes

JJ readers will have to wait awhile longer to find out who John Doe is in the Ole Miss NCAA scandal.  The Mississippi Supreme Court issued a stay of the enforcement of Hinds County Chancellor Dewayne Thomas's order that said Ole Miss had to disclose the identity of John Doe.  The order stated:

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Statewide Assessment scores rise for Mississippi children

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release and test scores.

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Judge sets Clark hearing for Sept. 1.

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Convicted wife-beater Brian Clark will face the music on September 1 at 9:00 AM in a Lowndes County courtroom.  Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens set a hearing on Clark's motion to continue his sentencing yesterday.  Clark pleaded guilty in May to aggravated assault-domestic violence.  He literally beat his wife to a pulp in 2013.  Graphic photos of her injuries are posted below.  Clark is a member of the family who owns Clark Oil & Gas.  His uncle is the CEO of Butler Snow.  Clark faces a sentence of two to twenty years in prison.

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Mayor Lumumba issues statement on Charlottesville

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement. 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WSJ: plane logs & Freeze phone calls to escort services match

The Wall Street Journal dug up more dirt in the Hugh Freeze scandal:

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School ratings formula might change.

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.

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Jackson hiring Public Works Director from New Orleans.

It appears Jackson is about to get a new Public Works Director from....... the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board.  The Morning Advocate (BR) reported yesterday:

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Rick Cleveland: This is your brain after football.

High school football hits full swing in the Magnolia State this weekend. College football Saturdays are two weeks away. The NFL season kicks off Thursday night, Sept. 7.

It's here. And in this state that has produced the likes of Walter Payton, Jerry Rice, Brett Favre and so many more, football is a huge and integral part of our culture.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Down goes Doe. Doe wants rematch.

Hinds County Chancellor Dewayne Thomas ordered Ole Miss to release the name of John Doe within seven days.  Judge Thomas issued the order this afternoon after a hearing was held in Hinds County Chancery Court this morning.

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Global Tel*Link settles for $2.5 million in Epps scandal

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release. 

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Here we go again: Uber edition

Some people don't know when to leave well enough alone.  The cabbies are howling about Uber as they are unable to handle the free market.  WLBT reported:

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Meadowbrook repair to take several days

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Oops

Two Sisters Restaurant actually received a mention in the Wall Street Journal today  Commentator Roger Simon wrote:

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Court delays sentencing because wife-beater is going to therapy

Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens postponed the sentencing for wife-beater Brian Clark last week. He pleaded guilty in May to Aggravated Assault-Domestic Violence after he beat his wife to a pulp in 2013.  His order is the fifteenth time the case has been continued.  The order states District Attorney Will Colom did not oppose the continuance. The order is posted below.  Clark is a member of the family who owns Clark Oil & Gas.  His uncle is the CEO of Lord Snow. 

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Court: Hinds County paid $4.3 million to a non-existent company.

Special Circuit Judge Henry Lackey ruled that Hinds County paid $4.3 million to a company that didn't exist.  Hinds County terminated a multi-million dollar radio maintenance contract with Airwave Consultants, LLC in 2014.  Airwave sued for damages caused by the termination in Hinds County Circuit Court.  Judge Lackey ruled that the company had no rights to damages since it never registered as a corporate entity with the Mississippi Secretary of State.  No company, no money. 

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Nutt calls Ole Miss's bluff.

Houston Nutt called Ole Miss's bluff.  Ole Miss said that the former football coach was only interested in money after he sued the school for breach of contract in U.S. District Court.  However, Mr. Nutt offered to settle the case in exchange for a public apology and a donation of $500,000 to establish a sports integrity commission in Mississippi. The settlement dispute is currently moot after the lawsuit was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction last week although Mr. Nutt said he will re-file the lawsuit in state court.

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Dog-fighting ring busted

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement and photos.

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"Loving God Anyhow"

If you can't make it to church, enjoy this sermon from the late Dr. Frank Pollard. Dr. Pollard preached from 1 Samuel 2:12-26.  He had a few words to say about the PTL scandal and the moneychangers in the temple. 

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Shock and awe

WOW!!! Team Targaryen showed up after getting knocked around for a few weeks.  No more misdirection plays or reverses.  Dany used the try and stop it offense and unfortunately for the Lannisters, no one figured out how to stop an honest-to-goodness fire-breathing dragon backed up by a Mongol horde.  Some thoughts on "Spoils of War".

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New Orleans lies while waters rise

Broken turbines and failed pumps dominated the news in New Orleans this week as residents found out to their horror that the Sewerage and Water Board had lied to them for years about the condition of the pumping system while they suffered more flooding.  The Times-Picayune blasted the Board and Mayor Mitch Landrieu yesterday:

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Bill Crawford: Do tax cuts actually help?

The 13-state Appalachian Regional Commission just released its latest county economic status rankings. Mississippi has 24 ARC counties with 12 ranked "distressed," nine "at-risk," three "transitional," and none "competitive" or "attainment." Rankings did not change from last year.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Tomorrow in Belhaven


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Mississippi Department of Public Safety continues to cover-up.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety continues to coverup the federal government's demand for $7 million after DPS was caught misusing DUI-enforcement grants.   Unfortunately, DPS stonewalsl all attempts to obtain information about the dispute.  JJ published proof two weeks ago that DPS has been lying after obtaining the federal demands from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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Attorney fires back at ex-River Hills teaching pros

The Fight in the Hills - River Hills Racquet Club that is- opened on another front.  Courtney and Todd Middleton sued Tom Ostenson in Hinds County Circuit Court  in April after the couple was fired from their tennis pro jobs at the club.  They accused him of using manipulating the board into firing them and made several salacious allegations in their lawsuit.  However, Mr. Ostenson loaded up a double-barrel shotgun and fired a counterclaim for $1.5 million at the Middletons this week.*   Needless to say, the counterclaim tells a story that is completely different from the one told in the Middleton's lawsuit.  This website posted the accusations made by the Middletons so it is only fair to post Mr. Ostenson's response as well as his charges.  Start reading at #7 in the counterclaim posted below.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

How to make a disaster worse

The leadership of the city of New Orleans provided a great lesson over the last week in how not to handle a crisis.  9 inches of rain fell on New Orleans last weekend.  Unfortunately for the Crescent City, 16 pumps didn't work (We will get around to the turbines that failed today in a separate post.) and flooding commenced. The city lied and said they were working at full capacity but the city used a different definition for "full capacity."  The Times-Picayune reported:

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Sentencing postponed for wife-beating thug

WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS POSTED BELOW!!!

Sentencing was postponed today for Brian Clark in Lowndes County Circuit Court. Clark pleaded guilty to aggravated assault- domestic violence in May.  He beat his wife, repeatedly banged her head against a wall, and split her head wide open on September 6, 2013.  The gruesome photos of some of her injuries are posted below.  Clark asked the court to postpone his sentencing so he could complete his therapy at a clinic in Pearl, Mississippi.  Clark's family owns Clark Oil.

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Bloomberg: Mississippi has shot at Toyota plant

Mississippi might have a shot at landing another Toyota plant.  Bloomberg News reported:

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Beast gets life for shooting child ten times

Madison-Rankin District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ole Miss to face NCAA on 9/11

Ole Miss posted today the NCAA response to its response to the NCAA notices of allegations.  The NCAA response to the response is posted below.   Ole Miss will appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions on September 11 in Covington, Kentucky.

The NCAA response provides much more information on John Doe's intrigue.  Start on p.77.  First pour a drink and light up a cigar.  You're welcome.

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Nutt retreats to fight another day against Rebels.

Former Ole Miss Head Football Coach Houston Nutt's lawsuit against the university was dismissed today in U.S. District Court.  Mr. Nutt sued Ole Miss and the Institutions of Higher Learning on July 12 for breach of contract that occurred when Coach Hugh Freeze and Athletic Director Ross Bjork allegedly defamed him in conversations with the media.

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G/f got restraining order on Clark in 2016

"I really believed I was going to die."  So states a petition for a restraining order against Brian Clark that was filed in May 2016 in Okaloosa County, Florida by his girlfriend at the time.  Clark is the member of the Clark family who owns Clark Oil.  He pleaded guilty last May in Lowndes County to aggravated domestic assault.  Clark savagely beat his wife and split her head open in 2013.   Earlier post with pictures of gruesome photos of victim's injuries.

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Rick Cleveland: Frazier turned misfortune into fortune

Super Bowl XX was memorable for many reasons, including that Refrigerator Perry, an overweight defensive tackle, was allowed to score a meaningless late touchdown instead of the late, great Walter Payton, who was playing in his only Super Bowl.

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JMAA seeks bids for airport work

Two RFP's for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority are posted below.  The first one is a solicitation for proposals for air service development.  The second one requests bids for terminal upgrade work for the two concourses at the airport.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Not Guilty!

The jury acquitted Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith of all three counts. Attorney General Jim Hood issued this statement:

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Dickinson to leave bench.

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement.

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Will wife-beater get a Get Out of Jail Free Card?

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A scion of a prominent Mississippi oil family faces prison after pleading guilty to brutally beating his wife.  The Columbus Packet reported:

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Dr. Lee Royce to retire from MC

Mississippi College issued the following press release. 

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Monday, August 7, 2017

City repairing I-55N water leak tomorrow

The City of Jackson issued the following statement. 

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State Auditor refers Greentech case to AG

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statement.

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Bodycameras tell the rest of the story.

The video doesn't lie but it can be spliced and diced to show a story that is different from what really happened.  The media jumped all over a Byram arrest last year when a man released video of police tasing and arresting his sister in his front yard.  However, JJ obtained a copy of the bodycam video that tells a slightly different story. 

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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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