Wednesday, December 31, 2014

MBJ: How Sanderson saved the PGA tourney

The Mississippi Business Journal published a nice feel-good story about how Sanderson Farms saved the Mississippi PGA tour event and helped Blair Batson Children's Hospital:

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WJNT this morning.

‎We are privileged to host a WWII vet on the show this morning. Call-in number is 601-366-1180. Show starts at 8:05.

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MDOC task force: we need some more sunlight.

The task force charged with reviewing the MDOC scandal and proposing reforms met this week and issued several preliminary recommendations to the way MDOC and other state agencies award contracts.  The task force also proposed placing so-called "consultants" and "government affairs specialists" under the same rules lobbyists must follow.  Some of the recommendations are posted below.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Find this mutt!!!

The owner of this dog posted this message on Facebook: This is my dog, Little Man. He is my heart. I had a friend watching over my two dogs.  When I finally went to get them back, she told me she had  lost him. She lives in the Magee area.  He was lost on Old Tower Road, south of Magee. If anyone has any information I'm offering a $2,500 reward in cash. You will receive the cash as soon as I see him and we will both make the switch.  I am literally heartbroken and haven't stopped crying since I found out he disappeared. 

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Posey will NOT seek re-election

Public Service Commissioner Lynn Posey issued the following press release:

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Rankin crime stats

Here are the November crime stats for Rankin County.

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JJ editorial cartoon.


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Monday, December 29, 2014

And it happens again

Another vehicle drives through protestors blocking a street in Hollywood:

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Holland wants to come back.

Representative Steve Holland (D-Party City) issued the following press release:

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Farish Street: We report, you decide.

 This post was originally published on April 19. Actually it was thought to be published because it was still in the system as a draft. It is now published for your review.

Chokwe Lumumba, Jr. promoted Farish Street development at the March 20 debate at Johnnie Champion Community Center:

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4 year-old rescued from submerged vehicle.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Reading the returns.

Here is the most recent 990 for Mississippi Baptist Medical Center:

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Singing River Saga. Dec. 5: Judge freezes liquidation of pension.

Note: The problems at Singing River Health System (Jackson County) continue to mount. The Sun-Herald has been breaking stories about the troubled hospital system since November. It is important to start from the beginning, so JJ is posting stories about this fiasco starting from several weeks ago, to give readers the history of this story.

The Sun-Herald reported on December 5 that Singing River was stopped from closing down its troubled pension plan.  The newspaper reported:

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The Publisher speaks

Ben Allen hosted Clarion-Ledger publisher Jason Taylor on his show last week.  The show appears each week on WJNT, 1180 AM, at 8:05 AM.



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Alienation defendant: Precious had "no affections to lose"

The fight over who should receive $500,000 from a Precious Martin life insurance policy continued in court this week in State Farm v. Crystal Martin and Brandi Barnett. Ms. Barnett charged that the deceased attorney had numerous affairs when he was alive in an answer to a cross-claim filed by Crystal Martin. The saga began when State Farm filed a complaint for interpleader and asked the court to decide the proper beneficiary for the policy. The life insurance policy named Ms. Barnett as the beneficiary although Precious Martin was married to Crystal at the time of death.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

This morning on WJNT

Mayor Tony Yarber appeared on the show this morning. 


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Ashby Foote to assume office today

‎Ward 1 Councilman-elect Ashby Foote will be sworn into office at 11:00 AM today at City Hall. 

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Latest crime stats

Here are the Jackson crime stats and crime maps for the week ending December 14, 2014.

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This morning on WJNT

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber will appear on the show this morning. Call in number is 601-366-1180. The show starts at 8:05.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Where have we seen this guy before?

Flowood Poh-lice arrested one Eddie Devine for a carjacking at Dogwood yesterday. WLBT reported:

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CL: No bid contracts flourish in state government.

The Clarion-Ledger suffered from a serious bout of investigative journalism last weekend and published several stories about Mississippi government's  addiction to no bid contracts.  Reporters Emily Le Coz and Geoff Pender provided some rather interesting findings that deserve more attention:

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Time to get drunk .

It's that time of year and you know what it means: It's time for my award-winning egg nog recipe:

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WSJ: Blacks fared worse under Obama

The Wall Street Journal argued in a November 3 editorial that blacks have suffered under the reign of President Obama while the plight of other groups have improved:

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Madison Police arrest shooter.

The Madison Police department issued the following press release:

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State Senator Melanie Sojourner gets an opponent & questions the need for hunting licenses.

The Mississippi Business Journal reported:

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Larita needs help

That didn't take long.  Incoming County Court Judge Larita Cooper-Stokes hasn't even assumed office and she is already asking for help.  She asked the Hinds County Board of Supervisors last week to provide $15,000 to hire a "judicial assistant":

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Adding more pieces to the Singing River puzzle.


Want more proof that the Jackson County Board of Supervisors and Chancery Clerk were completely negligent in their duties to oversee the Singing River Health System? JJ obtained the Singing River audits for the last five years through a public records request.  See for yourself the operating loss or profit that is stated in each audit.  These audits were submitted each year to the Supervisors and Chancery Clerk.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Latest city council scrum: Banking.

The best bid may not be the best bid.  Such is the thinking on the Jackson city council.  The city council postponed voting to designate Bancorp South as a depository for the city's public funds at its regular meeting last Tuesday.   Trustmark provides the current depository services to the city.  The Yarber administration accepted bids from Trustmark, Bancorp South, and BankPlus for banking services.  The bids are posted below:

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Singing River Chronicles of Dec. 3: SR to liquidate pension plan.

Note: The problems at Singing River Health System (Jackson County) continue to mount. The Sun-Herald has been breaking stories about the troubled hospital system since November. It is important to start from the beginning so JJ is posting stories about this fiasco that start from several weeks ago so as to give readers the history of this story.

The Sun-Herald reported on December 3 that Singing River Health Systems CEO Kevin Holland informed employees in a letter that the organization will liquidate the pension fund in the near future:

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

WAPT provides more news on the brawlin' brain surgeon

WAPT provided more details on the arrest of Dr. Michael Molleston.  The story includes video from the security cameras at The Belhaven Parking garage.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

MAEP petition makes ballot.

Secretary of State Catbert Hosemann issued the following press release:

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Governor appoints Fisher to head MDOC

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release:

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WJNT this week

Mr. Leland Speed and Ashby Foote, III appeared on the show Wednesday. 


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Common Core teacher uses Common Core writing.

Teacher of the Year. Literacy Specialist.  Such terms describe Phelton Cortez Moss.  Mr. Moss made the case for the Common Core curriculumn in a column published yesterday in the Clarion-Ledger.  It was a column that appeared to be written by someone who is not a "literacy specialist". 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Singing River pension disaster: No excuses.

The Singing River Health System pension fund scandal continues to worsen as it becomes clear the pension fund was ignored and allowed to fall apart since 2009.  Scenes of scared retirees dominate the news as politicians scramble for cover as these same retirees and reporters look for answers.  The Jackson County Board of Supervisors claim ignorance as a "reason" for allowing the financial disaster to take place.  However, the hospital system submitted an audit every year to the Jackson County Board of Supervisors.  JJ obtained copies of the audits from 2009 to 2013 through a public records request.  The auditors stated that Singing River had quit funding the pension but no one paid attention.  The auditors did not do anyone any favors as they buried the details deep in the audits and did not make a serious effort to warn the Supervisors and Chancery Clerk.  What emerges from reading the audits is a picture of a pension fund that was cut off and allowed to die by the Singing River health system administration. 

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Scumbag of the Day. Scumbag for life?

Attorney Generalissimo Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Neurosurgeon (allegedly) smashes windows on doc's car.

Dr. Molleston
The Hinds County Sheriff's office charged Dr. Michael Molleston with malicious mischief yesterday.  Dr. Molleston is a neurosurgeon.   The police report alleges that Dr. Molleston used an object to repeatedly strike an Audi belonging to fellow neurosurgeon Dr. John Davis in the parking lot of the Manship Restaurant.  The incident allegedly occurred on October 1 although it was not reported to police until October 31 (according to the reported posted below).

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Eudora Welty Commons on fire




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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

State denies MDE contract for special needs assessments

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release:

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Dodgeball coming to Jackson.

The city of Jackson issued the following press release:

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Stokes wants his seat back

WLBT reported Kenneth Stokes is at it again:

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Harrison Supe pleads guilty, County Utility Authority director indicted.

The Office of the U.S. Attorney issued the following press release:

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Foote finishes.

106 vote margin. 2,023 to 1,917.  Here are the sheets:

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Singing River audit

Here is the Singing River Audit for 2009 and 2008 as submitted to Jackson County several years ago.  I'm posting this for anyone who wants to ramble through the weeds and see if there is anything noteworthy in these financial statements.

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Material Girls manager arrested for embezzlement.

Ridgeland Police arrested Krista Brown for allegedly embezzling $9,556 from her employer, Material Girls. Material Girls is owned by Whitney Giordano Foster.  Ms. Foster said she was the General Manager of Material Girls and worked at the company for over seven years. 

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Singing River: 23 days of cash on hand, Supes want to question MBMC CEO

Note:  The problems at Singing River Health System (Jackson County) continue to mount.  The Sun-Herald has been breaking stories left and right about the troubled hospital system. It is important to start from the beginning so JJ is posting stories starting from several weeks ago and bringing readers up to speed on this crisis down on the coast.

The Sun-Herald reported on December 1 that the Singing River Health System only had 23 days of operating cash on hand.  The newspaper also reported the Jackson County Board of Supervisors wanted to question former Singing River CEO  Chris Anderson about the fiasco that is Singing River's finances. Mr Anderson is the current CEO of Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. The newspaper reported:

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Monday, December 15, 2014

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Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves ok.

The Lieutenant Governor's office issued the following press release:

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Dorsey Carson on education



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Sulton goes down. Six feet down.

Here is the dead suspect who tried to kill police officers yesterday in Ridgeland  yesterday:

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What the hell was going on at Singing River?

The problems at Singing River Health System (Jackson County) continue to mount.  The Sun-Herald has been breaking stories left and right about the troubled hospital system. It is important to start from the beginning so JJ is going to post stories starting from several weeks ago and bring readers up to speed on this crisis down on the coast. Make no mistake, it is a crisis as several hundred employees paid into a pension system only to find they were um, misled and that is putting it mildly.  Here is this story from November 19:

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Tomorrow on the Ben Allen show

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House Dems call for reform of contract process

The House Democratic Caucus issued the following press release:

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Anonymous shows up.

Anonymous is now working the Jessica Chambers case.  See the links below:

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Revisionist history at the Clarion-Ledger?

What's wrong with this picture from today's Clarion-Ledger?

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The numbers don't lie

This little chart from the Wall Street Journal shows what's happened to measles since the anti-vaccination movement picked up steam:

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Dorsey Carson on infrastructure



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Back in jail

Well, well, well. It looks like Tommy Orlando Young got his bond revoked yesterday for failure to appear in court on December 10:

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The TALK of the Town

Last night's show on WMPR was real interesting.  The co-hosts, Malcolm Johnson and Crystal Martin, gave thanks the new CEO for the airport is black.  They even went so far as to repeatedly say the airport was a "plantation" and has been a "plantation" for years.  However, they were just getting warmed up as you will see. Skip the first couple of minutes as its just intro stuff.


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Rose Cochran passed away

Senator Thad Cochran's wife, Rose, passed away. She recently entered hospice care.  Funeral arrangements will be posted when available.  Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement:

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Tommy Young back out on the streets. (Updated)

 Update: Here is this little photo of young Mr. Young that was taken shortly after he got out of jail:

Consider Tommy Orlando Young to be armed and dangerous if encountered in public.  Feel free to use this picture for target practice at the shooting range as there is no copyright protection for the photo.  Thank you, Judge Bill Gowan. Thank you, Robert Schuler Smith.  Thank you all for working together to actually give this guy a bond and put him back on the streets.  Oh, and thank you Judge Houston Patton for not giving this guy a bond. 


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Madison County Journal questions airport study & Warnock's fees.

The Madison County Journal slammed the $1.2 million airport study in an editorial last week.  The newspaper said it the airport will never be built and the true purpose was to generate fees for certain contractors.  Read on.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Epps wants to delay trial.

Chris Epps' attorney John Colette filed a motion seeking a continuance for his federal trial today.  The trial was scheduled to begin on January 5, 2015.  The motion states the prosecution does not object to the continuance.

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New airport CEO: Carl D. Newman

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Cypress Lake robbers convicted

Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release:

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Meet Ashby Foote at Julep Restaurant Friday

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Billingsley to run against Longwitz

Madison resident and overall good guy Bill Billingsley issued the following press release:

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Introducing Dorsey Carson



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Airport gets new CEO today. Questions raised.

The Mississippi Business Journal reported that the Board of Commissioners for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority will announce the name of the new CEO at a press conference today:

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Contact Pamela Hancock for BP Claim

Yesterday the U. S. Supreme Court rejected BP’s Appeal seeking to overturn and end the Settlement.  This is good news for all claimants currently in the Settlement Program and for prospective Claimants who were damaged by BP’s actions, but have not yet made a claim.  We are hoping this will result in the Claims Administration speeding up and completing the processing of the claims that have been filed and are currently in the review process.  This ruling also signals a significant event in the Settlement Process as the deadline for filing of new claims now is set by our calculations as June 6, 2015, or six months from yesterday’s ruling.  This means you need to contact us immediately to see if you qualify.  Many Mississippi businesses have qualified and have received payments.  We do not charge to determine whether you qualify, so why not contact us to see at (601)853-2223?
 
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Dog-fighting ringleader convicted.

Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release:

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WJNT yesterday

Ben Allen interviewed Ward 1 candidate Dorsey Carson for the first half hour while I subbed for Ben and interviewed the other candidate, Ashby Foote, in the second half hour.


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dog-fighting ringleader found guilty.

A Rankin County jury convicted Nathaniel Cooper on one count of dog-fighting and one count of conspiracy.  He received a three-year prison sentence and a $3,000 fine for the dog-fighting charge. He also received a five-year prison sentence and $5,000 fine for the conspiracy charge.  He classified as a habitual offender. The sentences are to run consecutive and he must serve day for day. Earlier post on arrest.

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SNL takes on Ferguson

Saturday Night Live didn't broadcast this sketch but its making the rounds on Youtube.

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Governor Winter endorses Carson



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The latest "C's"

Here are the "C" ratings given to restaurants since September 18 by the Mississippi Department of Health.  The department will reinspect the restaurant within a few days after it receives the failing grade.  The restaurants posted below passed their follow-up inspections unless otherwise noted. 

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Airport commissioners deem they need per diem.

It looks like the Commissioners who sit on the Board for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority want to get paid per diem while traveling on "airport business".  The board meets twice a month in a work session and a regular board meeting.  Board attorney John Walker asked the Attorney General to determine if JMAA could pay Commissioners a per diem expense for while attending trips on airport business.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Wolfe pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud

The Department of Justice issued the following press release:

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Ward 1's on Ben Allen's show Tuesday

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Postponed.

Little Brodrick Robinson was scheduled for trial today for house burglary.  However, Judge Kidd has  a civil trial held over from last Friday, so he canceled his criminal docket today.  The trial was postponed to a later date.  The courtroom Friday was filled with suits, as they tried their case before the learned jurist.  So the suits get their justice while the homeowners of Jackson have to wait for theirs. Nice. Here are some of the other cases against Mr. Robinson:

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Burt & Allen show appears in Rankin County

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Savannah: small city, big port, bigger dreams.

The port of Savannah surged for the last decade  while Mississippi screwed around with the port of Gulport for years.  Bloomberg News reported:

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Today we all remember the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. We took our licks, toughened up, and gave them more than they ever bargained for when they pulled off their sneak attack. If interested in a good movie telling the story of the attack, watch Tora, Tora, Tora. It was made back in the 1970's, and is far superior to the theatrical piece of garbage starring Ben Affleck a few years ago. This is a link to a gallery of photos taken after the attack at Boston.com. Here is color video of the attack:

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Sheriff speaks out on Ferguson

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke slams Eric Holder and others in an address to the National Press Club.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

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Stupid crook of the day

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported that an Oxford resident was inspired by The Million Pound Bank Note:

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Wife & alleged mistress of Precious Martin slug it out in court.

 State Farm v. Crystal Martin and Brandi Barnett will probably be the legacy of the now-deceased Precious Martin as his wife and Brandi Barnett both dispute who should be the proper beneficiary of a  $500,272 life insurance policy held by Mr. Martin that named Ms. Barnett as the beneficiary. Crystal Martin also said Ms. Barnett lived in a home owned by Precious Martin and accused her of "seducing" her husband as she sued her for alienation of affection. The case has been assigned to Judge Henry Wingate. 

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Mississippi does something right. Will it continue to do so?

Is measles making a comeback? Dr.Haider Javed Warraich argues the once-conquered disease is indeed on the rebound, but in areas where parents are not vaccinating their children against the disease. Dr. Warraich asks if the state should mandate such vaccines. He lauds Mississippi for its tough policy against exemptions, but points out some Mississippians want to weaken the law and thus endanger public health. Ironic since Mississippi is probably one of the least healthy states. Dr. Warraich writes:

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

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Social justice in Hinds County

Former Jackson Municipal Court Judge June Hardwick sent a racially inflammatory email about Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill one week before the November 4 election. Apparently the judge does not employ the type of justice she enjoyed from another judge in Hinds County.  Ms. Hardwick wrote:

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Time to answer one of life's mysteries:

What happened to Star Wars? Why did the franchise suddenly decline?  This 2010 L.A. Times interview with former Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz provides some answers:

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Ward 1 precinct results

Here is some political porn for the polijunkies out there.  Here are the precinct reports and summaries for the Ward 1 City Council primary election.  Some quick notes:

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

City responds to Moody's downgrade of Jackson water/sewer debt

Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following press release:

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The indictments erupt in Alcorn County

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following press release:

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$15 X 0 = 0

WLBT reported that local fast-food workers will go on strike tomorrow:

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Phoenix Study presents airport options for Madison County

Here is the airport study presented to the Madison County Board of Supervisors Monday:

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's Carson & Foote

Here are the preliminary totals for Ward 1:

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Pickering to hold press conference in Alcorn County tomorrow.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following press release:

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New baseball stadium for Jackson?

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following press release:

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New airport in Madison?

The Madison County Journal reported the Madison County Board of Supervisors received a study recommending three sites for a new airport.  The Journal published these posts on its Facebook page yesterday:

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Latest Jackson crime stats

Here are the crime stats and maps for Jackson for the week ending November 19, 2014:

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28 years for attempted murder

Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release:

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Meet the OTHER Cochran

There is another Cochran out there.  Can you imagine this guy in politics?

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Tate: Common Core needs to geaux

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves called for Mississippi to abolish the Common Core program in this address at the Stennis Institute luncheon today:

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Note to the readers.

There is a great deal of advertising on this site by the candidates for the Ward 1  City Council election.  Please take the time to watch their videos and read their ads.  The field is a good one.  I  wish we had a field of candidates such as this one in every election for councilman, supervisor, and alderman.  Hell, you can already tell one obvious difference between these guys and most of the city council: they actually have real jobs. They've slogged through the neighborhoods, knocking on doors, asking for votes. Endured the stage fright of debates.  Given up time for work and family and instead given it to you because they thought Ward 1 was worth fighting for on the city council.  They respect you enough to advertise on this site and ask for your vote so please try to show them the same respect and learn more about them on this site as well.  Tomorrow is an important election in Ward 1 so please get out and vote. 

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No bond for Brodrick

Hinds County Justice Court Judge Jimmy Morton refused to set bond for Brodrick Robinson for a trio of charges in Justice Court on November 20.  Mr. Robinson was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm in the commencement of a crime, and possession of a controlled substance.  Judge Morton said Mr. Robinson had not paid a $544 in fines and costs from  previous offenses.  The court ruled that it could not set a bond until the fine was paid and purged.  Mr. Robinson currently resides in the Hinds County Detention Center at Raymond.  He is represented by attorney Darla Palmer.

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Louis tries to pour gasoline on the fire

This recent video of Mr. Farrakhan gets good at 4:00.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

No comment.


Bob Hickey-bottom's car. Ward 1 candidate. 


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NYT posts evidence presented to grand jury in Mike Brown death online.

The New York Times was nice enough to post online all of the evidence presented to the grand jury in the Mike Brown case.  Testimony, police reports, photos, its all there.  Read it all here.

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Benjamin story raises more questions.

Warden, consultant, prison wizard, former state senator, lobbyist Irb Benjamin said his recent resignation as warden of the Alcorn and Grenada County jails had nothing to do with the MDOC scandal.  Emily Le Coz at the Clarion-Ledger followed up JJ post last week about the sudden termination of jail-management contracts by Mr. Benjamin with some new information.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Ward 1 GOP candidates debate

IF you are bored and have nothing to do today,  here is the complete video of the GOP debate for the Ward 1 City Council candidates held Monday night at Bellwether Church.   Enjoy.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Ouch!

Hate it when this happens.

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Milwaukee police chief has a few things to say (video)

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn's comments about race, crime, and protestors on November 6 went viral this week.   The video and transcript are posted below.

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Ali "Paula Deen" Shamsid-Deen challenges election

Losing Hinds County Circuit Judge candidate Ali Shamsid-Deen filed a petition to challenge his loss to Judge Jeff Weill in Hinds County Circuit Court  last Monday.  The Mississippi Supreme Court appointed Neshoba County Circuit Judge Vernon Cotten to hear the challenge.   The county website states the results were:

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving


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Prisoners are money. Keefe: $40.4 million, G T Enterprises: $3.2 million

Time for some MDOC porn. JJ obtained the contracts and payments to Keefe Commissary Network and G.T. Enterprises through a public records request. Keefe earned over $40 million and G.T. over $3 million in gross revenue through MDOC inmate services.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Free admission to Zoo tomorrow

The Jackson Zoo offers free admission on Thanksgiving Day as a thank you to the community! Bring your family to visit with our Zoo family on Thanksgiving! The Zoo is filled with family fun adventure for all ages. Have the kids work up an appetite or come "walk off" the Thanksgiving meal. Either way, the animals will be glad to see you!


The Zoo is open from 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 

The train and carousel will be open ($2.00) 

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WJNT today

The Kingfish discussed all kinds of groovy things such as littering, father-rape, and whether someone who has been arrested is moral enough to kill people.


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Rankin crime stats

Here are the October crime stats for Rankin County:

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Skinner & Larita win

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JA grafittied last night. Racial hoax?

UPDATE:  JJ has confirmed that security cameras at JA and a nearby home show the perp was a white male wearing a hoodie.  Not racially motivated.  

Jackson Academy was vandalized with spray paint last night:

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FB post says man robbed & beaten near Baptist Hospital. Here is the REST of story.

A Facebook post making the rounds claims a woman's husband was robbed at gunpoint and beaten "near Baptist" hospital and accuses JPD of incompetence as well.  However, the police reports tell a different story.

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Ward 1 debate for GOP candidates tonight.

Hinds County Republican Party Executive Committee Chairman Pete Perry issued the following press release:

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Dorsey discusses Colonial tomorrow night

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She did it!!!!!!

Yes, it's true.   State Senator did pay her $500 fine to the Secretary of State.   

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Candidates on rental properties.

I slacked off a little bit and didn't post the rest of the questions from the forum for the Ward 1 candidates for city council.  This particular question dealt with rentals and blighted properties. 

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Barbour to sign tax pledge today

Ward 1 City Council candidate Charles Barbour issued the following press release:

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Alcorn County warden suddenly resigns. Ended contract to run Grenada jail on Oct. 27

Update: JJ confirmed with Grenada County Board of Supervisors President Chad Bridges that Mr. Benjamin informed the board on October 27 that he was terminating the management contract to operate the Grenada County jail.  The letter is posted below.

Original post on November 22, 2014: 

A former lobbyist for Mississippi Prison Industries resigned his position as warden of the Alcorn County jail yesterday.  WTVA reported:

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

I'm just a bill....

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The irony.

Governor Phil Bryant said this about President Obama's Executive Order on illegal immigrants:

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Meet & Greet with Amile Wilson

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Friday, November 21, 2014

WLBT reports on non-prosecuted drug bust

WLBT reported on the dismissed indictment of Marlon Williams last night in this video:

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Governor announces MDOC task force

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release:

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Is there a spoiler in Ward 1?

Bob Higginbottom switched his voter registration to Ward 1 two days before the qualifying deadline for the Ward 1 City Council race.   Hinds County voting records state Mr. Higginbottom was registered to vote at the Medger Evers precinct prior to November 10, 2014.  Mr. Higginbottom became prominent as a defender of Frank Melton during his administration. Hinds County tax records do not show Mr. Higginbottom as owning any property.  He is the only black candidate in the race. His Medgar Evers address was a property owned by Constable John Brown.  The Fernwood property is owned by the Reverend Jeffrey Stallworth.  He does get around. 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Court uphold SOS against Watkins, orders $655,131 payment.

Secretary of State Gibbert Hosemann issued the following press release:

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Wolfe pleads guilty

Marshall Wolfe just pleaded guilty in federal court to bankruptcy fraud. Judge Carlton Reeves scheduled his sentencing for December 8.  Read this earlier post for coverage of his indictment and JJ's reporting of possible bankruptcy fraud in 2009.  The notice of intent to plead  guilty is posted below.

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DA drops prosecution on another high-profile drug bust.... after indictment.

The Hinds County District Attorney  dropped several charges against Marlon Williams after it claimed the state could not meet its burden of proof for conviction.  Hind County Deputies arrested him on March 19 for possession of 25 lbs of marijuana and possession of a handgun during the commission of a felony.  A grand jury indicted him on August 20 on the two charges.  However, the District Attorney filed an order of Nolle Prosequi on September 15 to dismiss the case.  The order stated:

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

To compromise or not compromise.....

Stand your ground or compromise? Tis the question always asked by politicians.   Wall Street Journal political columnist Gerald Sieb reported a substantial increase across the board in the number of voters who favored compromise in a poll conducted by the newspaper.  Mr. Seib wrote:

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WJNT today

The Kingfish discussed Mr. Kenneth Stokes today.

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Want some weed with that oil change?

This is a re-post from March 19. It is your homework assignment today. We will explain why tomorrow.

The Hinds County Sheriff's office busted a drug operation at Williams Complete Car Care on 1555 W. Northside Drive tonight.  Deputies seized 25 lbs. of marijuana (street value is $6,200), a handgun, cash, scales, and other paraphernalia. This was the third drug bust made by Hinds County deputies today and the fifth one this week.  Deputies arrested Marlon Williams (35), Joshua Holly (29), Curtis Bozeman (33), and Odarron Washington (22).  The charges are possession of marijuana with intent to distribute while in possession of a firearm.

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Frank Williams indicted for NE Jackson burglaries

A Hinds County grand jury indicted little Frank Williams on three counts of house burglary in October.  JJ reported Mr. Williams' criminal history in an earlier post.  The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Jeff Weill. He is represented by Hinds County public defender Michelle Purvis.  Mr. Williams lives at 5326 Clair Street.  He was "no-billed" twice by grand juries earlier this year.  He has been arrested several times for suspected burglaries and aggravated assault.  The indictments charge him with committing house burglaries against the following homeowners:

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Judge denies Mayfield petition.

‎Madison County Justice Court Judge McKinley denied Robin Mayfield's petition at a probable cause hearing against three Madison police officers.   He said the statute cited by Mrs. Mayfield, 97-17-93, did not give the court the power to issue citations. Mrs. Mayfield's lawyer and brother, John Reeves, did not appear in the courtroom. More to follow. 

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Spiderman nabbed

‎JPD just took Spiderman into custody. 

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Stokes makes Google Earth

Google Kenneth Stokes's home address and voila:

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Monday, November 17, 2014

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Stokes unleashed

 Update: The home is owned by a Fabian Nelson according to Hinds County landrolls.

750 Parks Road Place sits just outside of Byram in a nice neighborhood. The house has become a major eyesore, however.  The house lacks a roof. The resident clear cut over 100 trees and left nothing but stumps in their place.  The neighbors complain to the county.  The county decides to take action.  Nothing could go wrong, right?   Enter Kenneth Stokes and the lawyer for the homeowner.  Well, here is a preview of a later post.  Stokes, cross-burnings, and picking on someone because he is black.  What could possibly go wrong? See for yourself.

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Governor issues budget recommendations

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release:

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Politico burns Mississippi

A writer from the Kaiser Health News blasted Mississippi's rejection of Obamacare in a "Letter from Mississippi" published in Politico.  Sarah Varney makes some good points but engages in a little bit of advocacy journalism as there is one thing missing from her story: interviews from the other side.  In this case, the other side are people who oppose establishing Obamacare or expanding Medicaid in Mississippi.  Having said that, the article is fairly in-depth in nature and worth reading.  Some excerpts:

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NYT questions state's use of private prisons.

The MDOC scandal made it to the national media.  The New York Times reported:

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Oops!

State just can't get any respect from the media.

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Democrats call for MDOC hearings

The Mississippi House Democrats issued the following press release:

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You can't be serious, Gator edition.

Sports Illustrated just reported that Florida fired football head coach Will Muschamp. His firing might have something to do with plays like this one that took place yesterday:

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Sponsored: Ashby Foote will attack wasteful spending.

Ashby Foote has experience at attacking wasteful spending at the highest levels in corporate America.   He is committed to bringing that insight and ‘sunlight” to Jackson’s city finances if elected to represent Ward 1 on the Jackson City Council.  Here is an example from an op ed he authored in the Clarion Ledger in July 2012.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

And they vote

This is scary.  I wonder how well these brats would know the answer to these questions if we had a draft.

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Sanders SPEAKS!!!

Hello Peoples.  Here is another edition of Sanders Speaks for you Caucasians.

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Chris Epps is...... the Untouchable

or so he thinks.  Indicted? No problem.  Wear gold Rolex to court.  Lose house and condo? No problem.  Lose cars? No problem. Just go get another Benz. Yup, the day after Mr. Epps appeared at his arraignment last week, he went out and got another Benz. Wife got to have a car, you see.  The Clarion-Ledger reported:

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Ashby Foote fund-raiser

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Br'er Haley and the T** B***

It looks like Br'er Haley  got into a briar patch of his own making.  Politico reported:

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Wicker elected to Senate leadership

Senator Roger Wicker issued the following press release:

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WSJ gives Mississippi its place in the sun on a no-bid contract.

No bid contracts seem to be the norm instead of the exception in Mississippi.  The Wall Street Journal gave Mississippi some nice publicity yesterday.  It seems our Department of Education awarded a no-bid contract for Common Core testing after it was rejected by the contract review board.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The field is set for Ward 1.

The deadline for qualifying for the race to replace Quentin Whitwell was at 5:00 PM today.  The candidates are:

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Bomb threat at airport

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following press release:

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The splendor of St. Peter's Cathedral in Jackson

Raphael, Murillo, and Michelangelo echo through St. Peter's Cathedral in downtown Jackson.  Father Charles Oliver supervised its construction in 1900.  The red brick building sits across from the Governor's Mansion, its stained glass a window into the Christian past.  The stained glass windows are copied from the works of Raphael and other masters. The cathedral was completely renovated in 2009.  The marble for the altars came from the same quarry used by Michelangelo.  Jackson Jambalaya commissioned local photographer Rick Guy to photograph the cathedral. The pictures of the stained glass windows were shot during the day unless otherwise specified.  Many thanks to the Catholic Diocese of Jackson for its cooperation in this project. History of the cathedral.  

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Rankin Crime stats

Here are the September 2014 crime stats for Rankin County:

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Holiday? What holiday?

WAPT reported Northpark Mall will open on Thanksgiving Day:

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remembering our Veterans

Here is an off-beat story of sorts as told by a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge.

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Inmate gets 20 years for prison attack.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Amile Wilson Meet & Greet for Lake Trace tonight.

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MDOC contractor fires McCrory, claims Epps said hire McCrory for $12K per month.

Management & Training Corporation (MTC) stated in a press release it terminated its relationship with Cecil McCrory, and threw former MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps under the bus, in a statement issued yesterday.  The Seethespending.org website states MTC earned  $104,668,361 from MDOC to operate several prisons.  MDOC payments to MTC do not appear on the website of the Department of Finance and Administration.*JJ obtained a copy of the statement from MTC and posted it below. The emphasis added is mine.

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Madison: don't park on the grass.

Don't park in your front yard if you live in Madison.  The Madison Board of Alderman adopted the International Property Maintenance Code last week.  The Board also amended  Section 302.8.1 (p. 8 below) to include :

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Mrs. Mayfield files charges against Madison police officers in Justice Court.

Robin Mayfield filed trespassing charges against three Madison police officers on November 3 in Madison County Justice Court.  She is the wife of now-deceased Mark Mayfield.  She accused officers Vickie Currie, Scott Dean, and Chuck Harrison of entering her home without permission after she reported her husband's suicide on June 27, 2014.

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Governor Bryant appoints new banking commish

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release:

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The slap heard round the world

Stupid ***** of the day.  Warning: language. 

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KiOR files bankruptcy, excludes Columbus plant, misses payment to Mississippi.

 The death spiral continues.  KiOR issued the following press release:

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Ashby Foote: Veterans Day



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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Leon Lett, move over

Dumbass of the day, make that year, in last night's Oregon-Utah game:

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Farewell Sherri Hilton

‎She passed away last night. Visitation Monday at Breeland funeral home in Canton from 5 to 7. Visitation again Tuesday at 1:00 followed by service at 2:00. All at Breeland.

State Treasurer Lynn Fitch issued this statement:

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Joshua Cecil McCrory represented MDOC employees, EMCF in lawsuits

Joshua Cecil McCrory apparently represented MDOC, MDOC employees, and Keefe Commissary services in MDOC-related lawsuits. He is the son of Cecil McCrory.  A review of federal court filings revealed Mr. McCrory's role as an attorney in these lawsuits:

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The District at Eastover announces loft apartments

The District at Eastover issued the following press release:

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There she blows

Lelia Drive this morning.  Too bad its not oil.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Governor creates task force to review MDOC contracts

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release:

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Cecil jumping in?

Looks like Representative Cecil Brown (D-Xanadu) is taking some baby steps towards running for Public Service Commissioner.

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Time for a break

We've had some major serious stuff happen the last 24 hours so here is a break: Out-squatting the squatter.

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Latest crime stats

Here are the crime stats for Jackson for the week ending October 19, 2014:

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Governor orders review of all MDOC contracts.

MDOC issued the following press release:

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Epps & McCrory free on bond. US Attorney: scheme continued for nearly a decade.

U.S. District Judge Keith Ball set bond at $25,000 each for defendants Chris Epps and Cecil McCrory.  A grand jury indicted the pair in August for 49 counts of various charges, although the indictment was sealed until today.  The charges are listed in the press release posted below. Mr. Epps resigned his position as MDOC Commissioner yesterday while Mr. McCrory resigned his position on the Rankin County School Board earlier this week.  The scene in the courtroom was surreal as one of the most powerful men in state government stood as a defendant at the mercy of a judge. Both men appeared in suits as they were not in custody. 

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Michael Guest Fundraiser Tonight at Table 100




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EPPS and McCrory indicted. Feds allege McCrory paid off Epps mortgage for sweetheart deals.

Copy of indictment is posted below. 

Highlights: 
-McCrory spent over $350,000 (allegedly) to pay off  Epp's home mortgage
-Epps awarded numerous no-bid contracts to companies owned or represented by McCrory. 
-Feds seek forfeiture of all Epp's properties, cars, and funds for tax evasion. 
-Epps & McCrory had a kickback scheme making monthly payments based on "consulting" fees. 
-Epps and McCrory used a money laundering scheme  
-McCrory served on the Penitentiary Committee in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1990-96.

A federal grand jury indicted former MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps and former Rankin County School Board President Cecil McRory on 49 counts of fraud, tax evasion, .  Here are the highlights from the indictment:

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Epps & McCrory to be arraigned today on 49 count indictment.

The U.S. Attorney issued the following press release:

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Epps' buying of properties raises questions

I am working on the post right now and it will take some time to scan and upload the documents, but here is the nutshell version.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Breaking: McCrory resigns, PEER report critized MDOC for no-bid contracts with McCrory

Update: JJ confirmed Mr. McCrory is linked to the federal investigation for former MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps. 

Rankin County School Board President Cecil McCrory resigned his position yesterday. Mr. McCrory owns several companies that provide telephone and commissary services to prisons such as G T Enterprises of Ms, Correctional Communications of Ms, and Mississippi Correctional Communications.  A 2011 PEER report criticized MDOC for issuing  a "no-bid" contract to G T in 2007 even though it was legal.  The report stated G T  was the largest provider of canteen goods for MDOC.  MDOC awarded a similar contract to Keefe Commissary Network, LLC in 2008. 

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Epps quits

MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps today.  JJ has confirmed he is indeed the subject of a federal investigation. 


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WaPo: How the Republicans took the Senate

The Washington *#$% published an excellent story on how the Republicans took the Senate. There is even a blurb on the McDaniel-Cochran race. Long read but worth it for the polijunkies.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Election night thread. Weill kicks ass. Skinner & Larita to runoffs?

This is the election night thread.  Will the Tea Party help Childers beat Cochran?  Will Ali and his barbarian hordes run Weill back to Lelia Drive? Can Skinner keep his seat and his tan? Will the Republicans take the Senate? Stay tuned.

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Rules? What rules?

Ali Shamsid-Deen peeps are handing out these sample ballots at the Belhaven College precinct:

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Mayor Yarber: Ban the box

Mayor Tony Yarber just issued the following press release:

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The Branding of the Queen?

These flyers about Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler appeared on cars in several church parking lots last Sunday:

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Monday, November 3, 2014

RIP Click

Tom Magliozzi of Car Talk died today.  Listened to his show on NPR for years. He will be missed. Here is one classic: The Andy Letter:

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Ward 1 candidates on crime.

The Lefleur East Foundation held a forum for the candidates for Ward 1 City Council.  Former WLBT news director Dennis Smith moderated the event.  JJ is posting the video of the forum by question.  Here are the candidates on crime.

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SHE DID IT!!!

Melanie Sojourner actually filed her annual campaign finance report:

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Amile Wilson: Flooding



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Was "baby" killed in a "high speed chase"?


Keisha Redmond accused JPD of killing her 15-year old daughter Keonna in a "high speed chase".  Keonna died in a stolen car that crashed into a tree after police stopped the car.  JPD states the driver drove off in the car after the police officer got out of the car and that there was no chase.  However, JJ obtained a picture of the deceased that casts "baby" in a different light.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Get out a box of tissues.

The Daily Mail (UK) published a story recently about how an elderly man lay dying in the hospital- until his dog was found.  The newspaper reported:

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Can't deal with men? Kill 'em all. Radfem cra-cra.

Our favorite little radfem is back to write about her vision of Utopia: a world without men. I mean this lady is talking about euthanizing  most men and lowering their life spans of those who survive.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

State judicial election committee tells Shamsid-Deen to stop illegal campaigning.

The Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention issued a cease and desist against Hinds County Circuit Judge candidate Ali Shamsid-Deen, as well as a cease and desist order yesterday.  The committee ordered Mr. Shamsid-Deen to stop using campaign materials that are "misleading" and imply that "he is the incumbent Circuit Court Judge."  The order and press release are posted below.  The committee states Mr. Shamsid-Deen ignored the order.   The committee also ordered Mr. Shamsid-Deen to stop using materials showing his picture along side that of Travis Childers.  Mr. Childers is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate.

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Rankin burglars caught

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

Halloween is never complete without this guy.

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Stay out of Eubanks Creek

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued the following press release:

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Are taxes too high? What would you cut?

Here is the second question asked by former WLBT News Director Dennis Smith in the Ward 1 forum Tuesday night.  Mr. Smith asked "Do you feel property and personal taxes are too high for residents of Ward 1 and if so, what areas of the budget would you cut in an effort to reduce the taxes?"

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Get caught with stolen guns, get a no-bill to pass Go and stay out of jail.

There was no small amount of controversy after JJ published a list of individuals that the Hinds County grand jury did not indict during its September session.  One particular case was that of Chirag Kharbanda (Not to be pronounced Kowabunga), the owner of the Jubilee gas station at 905 Northside Drive in Jackson.  He was charged with:

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Tip411 is now live in Jackson

You can now use the text function on your cellphone to report crime.  Tip411 is now active in Jackson.  Simply text your tip about suspicious activity to 847411 and begin message with
"JPD".  This tool allows police officers to respond to the person providing the tip without learning his identity.  More information is posted below and on the city website at jacksonms.gov.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ali Shamsid-Deen: Let the white folks leave Jackon

A Circuit Judge doesn't just handle criminal cases, he must also adjudicate those of an economic nature.  Hinds County Circuit Judge candidate Ali Shamsid-Deen penned quite a few racially inflammatory columns in the  Jackson Advocate back in the 1990's.  Here are some choice quotes from a column he wrote on August 6, 1992 that delve more into the economic realm. Enjoy.

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Ward 1 forum: First Question

 Note:  Video is fixed.

The Lefleur East Foundation held a forum for the candidates for Ward 1 City Council Tuesday night.  JJ recorded the entire session and is posting video segments of the forum.  Here is the first question: "What do you think is the most pressing need facing Jackson and Ward 1?"

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State sues architects over public health lab "flaws"

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Strain is in.

Warren Strain will be the new Alderman-at-large for the city of Madison.  Mr. Strain is the only candidate who qualified before the 5:00 PM deadline today.  He will assume the seat vacated by John Howland on the Madison Board of Aldermen.  Mr. Strain is the spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

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Raymond man gets five years for child porn

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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AP: Another half a billion smackers for Kemper

The Associated Press reported Kemper costs are going up again:

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WJNT today

Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill appeared on the show.


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Meet the candidates

The candidates to replace Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell appeared at a forum held by the Lefleur East Foundation. Former WLBT News Director Dennis Smith came out of retirement for one night to moderate the event. The video of the debate will be posted in segments for each question. That style of posting was popular last year for the Madison Mayoral debate as most of you preferred it to one long video.   Here are the opening statements.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Petition for probable cause filed against police officers in Mayfield case denied.

Update: Judge Emfinger denied the petition.

JJ obtained through a public records request a copy of the charges Mrs. Robin Mayfield filed against three Madison police officers on October 17, 2014.  The state entered a petition for a probably cause hearing against Madison police officers Dean Scott, Chuck Harrison, and Vickie Currie.  Mrs. Mayfield alleged they committed the offense of "unlawful entry without permission" onto her property.  Mrs. Mayfield is the wife of Mark Mayfield.  Mr. Mayfield committed suicide shortly after he was arrested by Madison police for allegedly helping Clayton Kelly take pictures of Rose Cochran in her room at St. Catherine's Village.

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Mrs. Waller dies

The Office of the Courts sent out this press release:

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PERS funding level improves

PERS Board meeting set to begin. PERS will announce the funding level at this meeting. Portfolio grew to $25 billion off an 18% return on investment. Good numbers. The variable is the growth in retirees. ‎ I estimate it to be around 4,000. That is the highest growth in several years if true. However, the funding level should increase one to two points. Stay tuned. Update:

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Gibbert on voting

Mississippi Secretary of State Dilbert Hosemann issued the following press release:

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Meet the Ward 1 candidates Tonight

The City Council set December 2, 2014 as the date for the special election.


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Watch the game from a different view

ESPN provided a new way to look at the LSU-Ole Miss game from Saturday night. All the post-game ribbing aside, this is a pretty cool way to watch the game. No commentary, no commercials, just a totally different way to watch it. Skycam video of the game.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

One NE Jackson hood is off the street. (Updated)

One NE Jackson thug is off the street. Police arrested Brodrick Robinson last week for possession of a stolen firearm.  He is currently in police custody.  Mr. Broderick has been a busy little boy over the last few years as he has been repeatedly arrested for various crimes.  JJ obtained his criminal history through a public records request.  It is posted below.  JJ first reported on Mr. Robinson in the recent post Hoods of Northeast Jackson.

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Killer gets life in Rankin

Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release:

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Coffee with Ashby Foote


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To police or not to police......

Indian convenience store owners are complaining about a lack of police presence at their stores.  The Clarion-Ledger reported last week:

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Someone doesn't like losing

This Rebelette throws a tantrum from hell last night:

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BEAST!!!

Josh Robinson went into beast mode yesterday:

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Changes coming to WLBT

JJ has confirmed that WLBT news director Wilson Stribling will return to the morning show tomorrow.  He hosted the show as co-anchor before assuming the job of assistant news director.  He replaced long-time news director Dennis Smith upon Mr. Smith's retirement last year.  He will replace Brandon Artiles.  Mr. Artiles left WLBT Friday to join WLBT alumni Katina Rankin and Paul Williams at the Fox affiliate in Memphis. A reader sent this email about changes at WLBT:

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Billy remembers the game

Here is nice interview with Billy Cannon that was broadcast this week. Something for the readers who like stories told by the old-timers.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

McDaniel responds to ruling

The Chris McDaniel campaign issued the following press release:

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Supreme Court to Chris McDaniel: You lose

The Mississippi Supreme Court denied Chris McDaniel's appeal and ruled that he filed his challenge to the Republican primary after the twenty day deadline. Justices Coleman and Lamar dissented.

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Tonight at New Stage: All the Way

New Stage Theatre presents the regional premiere of ALL THE WAY by Robert Schenkkan. Awarded the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play, New Stage is proud to be one of the first regional theatres, fresh off its Broadway run, to present this thrilling political drama, about Lyndon Baines Johnson’s first year in office. ALL THE WAY will run October 21-November 2, 2014. In addition, New Stage has partnered with the MS Humanities Council to present a series of panel discussions under the title “America at the Turning Point: Conversations on All The Way”. Information on those panel discussions is included in the press release.

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State Auditor: MAEP formula flawed

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following press release:

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Ali "Paula Deen" Shamsid Deen: Clarion-Ledger uses "trusted Negro intellectuals"

Nothing like a blast from the past when running for office.  If we can kick Paula Deen off the air for something she said twenty years ago with a gun in her face or run some politician out of town for old writings (I don't have a specific example in mind, it just sounded good when I wrote it), then we an enlighten you on what a certain candidate for Hinds County Circuit Judge wrote on the pages of the Jackson Advocate back in the 90's.  This was a good one. 

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The good ole boys strike back.

Nothing like a little competition to scare the hell out of the good ole boy network as Uber dared to grace the city of Oxford with its presence. One would think a progressive city such as Oxford would welcome a company that brings competition to taxis. Such is not the case in the land that time forgot. What is Oxford's response to Uber? Throw 'em in jail. That will show 'em. We don't need no new-fangled ideas he-unh in Misissippi. Everything works just fine.  The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported:

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The Fall of the Tribe of Hotty Toddy

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

FBI warns journalists about ISIS...in America

The FBI sent this alert out to news organizations and journalists this afternoon:

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Driver arrested

The Madison Police Department issued the following press release:

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No comment

Rebekah Staples took a look at the Mississippi blogosphere and etched her observations onto her blog.  It contained some interesting statements.



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Here comes the Guv

The money comes out for the Guv tonight:

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Fannin Mart owner indicted for tax evasion

A Rankin County grand jury indicted Steve Page for sixteen counts of tax evasion on October 6, 2014. Mr. Page operates Fannin Mart Restaurant on Lakeland Drive.  The indictment claims Mr. Page claimed only $61,830 in revenue while actually earning $285,631.  It also alleges he only paid $5,543 in sales taxes to the state of Mississippi and Flowood when the tax bill should have been $25,702- a difference of $20,155.   The indictment states Mr. Page "did business as Fannin Mart of Flowood, LLC".

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WJNT this morning

Hinds County Court Judge Bill Skinner appeared on the show.


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Madison PD looking for hit & run driver

The Madison Police Department issued the following press release:

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No-biller arrested again for murder.

Looks like one of our No-billers is back in custody for murder- again.  WLBT reported:

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Ali "Paula Deen" Shamsid Deen goes into Uncle Tom mode.

Here is another installment of the Ali Shamsid Deen Chronicles-  -The Uncle Tom edition. Hinds County Circuit Judge candidate Mr. Ali Shamsid-Deen wrote in the Jackson Advocate on August 15, 1991 a column in which he had a few things to say about Black conservatives.  Kim Wade, brace yourself: 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bomb threat suspect taken into custody

The Madison Police Department issued the following press release:

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Whining over the wine

It seems the Germanys are at it again in court.  Attorney Bob Germany sued attorney Barry Gilmer and several other parties over the sale of his wine collection.  Mr. Gilmer represents his ex-wife Ginger.   Mr. Germany accused  Ginger and the defendants of selling his wine collection for $203,500 without his consent as well as keeping the proceeds of the sale.  Mr. Germany claims the collection was worth more than $400,000.

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Bo knows hair

These pics are making the rounds on the message boards. Meet Bo Wallace's hairstylist:

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Rockin' the Rock.

Some people apparently had too much fun in Little Rock last weekend.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Mayfield's wife files tresspassing charges against Madison PD (Updated with statement from Mayor.)


Ridgeland Police confirmed to JJ that Robin Mayfield filed trespassing charges against three Madison police officers last Friday.  She is the wife of Mark Mayfield.  Mr. Mayfield committed suicide in June after he was arrested by Madison police.  MPD accused him of conspiring with others to help Clayton Kelly gain access to Rose Cochran's room at St. Catharine's Village so Mr. Kelly could take photos of Ms. Cochran.  The pictures were to be used in videos that would attack her husband, Senator Thad Cochran.  Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler issued the following statement:

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The Fall of the Tribe of Hotty Toddy

And there arose to the north of Eden a tribe called the Hotty-Toddys, who were also called metros. And the Hotty-Toddys were very displeasing; they didst place centerpieces on their banquet tables, and didst exalt themselves much. And they didst glorify the southern kingdom of the past.

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Madison County School District: J.B. posted nude pics of three students online

Original post with copy of complaint.

The Madison County School District provided a few more details in its response to a lawsuit filed by the family of an expelled student.  The district transferred "J.B." from Germantown High School to the alternative school in Canton after he posted a nude picture of a 14-year old student on Instagram.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

We report, you decide: Ebola edition

Who is missing from this list?

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Shell-shocked

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin after the um, game:

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Noonan: Can anyone handle the truth?

Peggy Noonan has a gift of seeing the big picture and illustrating it in a way as few others can.  Which is the bigger threat, Ebola or the attitude of our public servants towards the rest of us?  She makes some interesting points in this October 3 column:

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Bomb threat earlier today at Madison Central

Madison police issued the following press release.  The school is CLEAR.

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Update on our rescue

Here is a video of the boxer I rescued a few weeks ago.  As you can see, he has figured things out and is living the good life.  He had hookworms, heartworms, and more than a few infected flea bites when I got him in West Jackson.  He's moved from giving up on life to assuming the role of a spoiled brat.  See for yourself.

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Court awards $6.492 million against Bruister

Attorney Nick Norris issued the following press release:

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Raymond Echols graduated at Chastain yesterday

Some REALLY bad dudes went on a crime spree yesterday that began at Fortification Street and ended at Chastain Middle School although one scumbag is still at large.  WLBT reported:

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The business owner v. the politician... on business.

 The Meridian Star reported Peavey Electronics is closing one plant in Mississippi.  Mr. Peavey told the newspaper it was much harder for him to compete and that the state is not "business friendly" while the Governor could not believe the business owner could think such a thing.  Terri Ferguson Smith reported:

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Career burglar gets 50 years

Rankin-Madison District Attorney issued the following press release:

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WJNT today

Former WLBT news director Dennis Smith appeared on the show to discuss all kinds of groovy topics such as father rape, litterin', and the draft.


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D.A. files contempt motion against Sheriff's employees. Omerta?

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Schuler Smith filed a motion for contempt of court against Hinds County Chief Deputy Chris Picou and HCSO Spokesman Othor Cain Monday. WLBT and other media outlets published a list of cases that were recently "no billed" by the Hinds County grand jury. The D.A. said the employees were "published prohibited grand jury material to the media via WLBT, WJTV, 901. FM, and Othor Cain's blog".

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Grand jury refuses to indict.

Here are the "no bill" lists returned by the Hinds County grand jury this year.  A prosecutor presents a case to the grand jury.  The grand jury will return either a true bill (indictment) or no bill (no indictment) for the suspect.  The first two pages are from the most recent meeting of the grand jury and have generated no small amount of controversy downtown because the media has usually failed to examine such lists.  Some observations:

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Happy Anniversary

Olga and Yuri enjoy their 25th wedding anniversary today.  Here is a remembrance of their wedding day:

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Meet the hoods of NE Jackson

Someone is doing the Lord's work.  WLBT reported a man on a bicycle was shot last night:

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Stormfronts in the Delta

A Gretchen Moss of Greenville shot these pictures after the storm passed through the Delta yesterday. Enjoy.

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Need to renew your license today? Bad news.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following press release:

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Perv gets 12 years

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Sanders SPEAKS!!!

This episode seemed appropriate on Columbus Day.

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Former Madison Deputy indicted

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following press release:

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Council rejects Mayor's lobbyists

The Legislative Committee of the Jackson City Council rejected the hiring of two Jackson lobbying firms last week.  Ward 6 Councilman Tyrone Hendrix made motions to hire Hayes Dent Public Strategies and Cornerstone Government Affairs Group.  Each motion died for lack of a second.  City Council members Melvin Priester, Jr. and Charles Tillman were present while Margaret Barrett-Simon was absent.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Eeeewwwwwwww!!!!!

Between the McDonald's and Walmart on Old Hammond Highway and Airline Highway in Baton Rouge.  Clue: Need to have one of Jerry Clower's old rat killin's.

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Dawgs #1, Rebs right behind

The AP College Football rankings are out:

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Harkins fund-raising

It looks like State Senator Josh Harkins (R-Gold Coast) is passing the hat this week:

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Author: Playing music improves learning

Does music raise IQ? A Wall Street Journal essay argues that listening to music has little effect on a child's performance in school but playing a musical instrument does improve performance. Joanne Lipman writes:

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Friday, October 10, 2014

WJNT this week

Jackson City Council President DeKeither Stamps appeared on the show.


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Guest sends another perv up the river

Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release:

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Ashby Foote jumps into Ward 1 race.

Northeast Jackson resident Ashby Foote issued the following press release:

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SI finds Mississippi State. Will the curse do so as well?

Sports Illustrated published a nice little story about the Mississippi State University football program and its recent success on the gridiron:

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Sojourner still has not filed report.

State Senator Melanie Sojourner still has not filed her campaign finance report. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann levied a $500 fine against Ms. Sojourner for failing to file the report earlier this year.  The State Senator requested a waiver of the fine as she claimed tornado damage to her home that took place last fall prevented her from filling out the report.  However, the Secretary of State's office informed this correspondent that the fine can not be waived until the report is submitted. Ms. Sojourner is the only member of the legislature not to file the required annual campaign finance report this year.

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No Comment

Check out the voice mail greeting on the Hinds County Coroner's phone:

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sheriff Bailey gets his man

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release concerning the animal cruelty case reported this week:

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Judge: Dr. Smith unfit to stand trial

Note: Who can forget this blast from the past?

It looks like Dr. Smith will escape prosecution via the insanity route.  The Greenwood Commonwealth reported:

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Jackson Zoo announces MSU partnership. Financial condition improves.

The City of Jackson issued the following press release:

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Madison resident arrested for threatening Rudy

Rudy Warnock filed simple assault charges against Chuck Shelby last week. Mr. Warnock claimed that Mr. Shelby threatened to "get him" and "destroy his family". Mr. Shelby became upset at an earlier meeting of the Madison County Board of Supervisors after he learned the board was going to appoint a replacement for outgoing supervisor Ronnie Lott.

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NY Times columnist: Give civil rights protections to pedophiles

Margot Kaplan, an Associate Professor at Rutgers School of Law, thinks that the Americans with Disabilities Act should be broadened to include pedophiles.  She even wrote a column stating her ideas that appeared on the pages of the New York Times

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Quentin quits

Jackson Ward 1 Councilman Quinten Whitwell submitted his letter of resignation today to the Jackson City Council.  Mr. Whitwell had said that he would not resign until October 31.  Meanwhile, Charles Barbour announced his candidacy for the position.   The Street Committee also says Northsider Ashby Foote will jump in the race in the next few days as well.

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PEER report questions Port of Gulfport job claims

PEER stated in a letter to Representative Cecil Brown (D-Geritol) that the Port of Gulfport Restoration Program has created only a few jobs after  HUD granted permission to the Mississippi Development Authority to redirect $600 million of Hurricane Katrina-related housing relief funds towards the restoration and repair of the Port of Gulfport.  MDA claimed the transfer would create 2,586 jobs "created or retained".  The port had 2,058 jobs prior to Hurricane Katrina.  However, there is PEER states that such is not the case:

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And they want your money

$$$$.  Yes, there is something online called "Missy from Mississippi".  Free turkey leg if you can actually watch this video all the way through without um, stopping.

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Naomi has the cra-cra

Feminist thinker Naomi Wolf goes off the deep end:

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Owner surrenders dog after beating video goes viral

Update: Sheriff Bailey said the dog was turned over to his department. Dog will be evaluated by a vet.

This video of a man spanking, beating, striking, hitting -whatever you want to call it- his dog made the social media rounds tonight:

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Warren Strain running for alderman.

Madison resident Warren Strain announced his candidacy for the position of Madison Alderman at large.  The seat became vacant after the Madison County Board of Supervisors appointed Madison Alderman at large John Howland to the replace Ronnie Lott.  Ronnie Lott vacated his seat after assuming the office of Chancery Clerk.  Mr. Strain created a Facebook page for his campaign.  Mr. Strain is the communications director for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

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Sanders SPEAKS!!!

Another installment of Sanders Speaks for you Caucasians.

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Senator Cochran: Fighting Obama & amnesty

Barack Obama says his policies are on the ballot November 4!
On Thursday, President Obama had a moment of honesty: he said, “I am not on the ballot this year, but every single one of my policies are on the ballot.” It's true: this election is about who supports the President’s policies over the last six years, and who believes we need to change those liberal policies if we are going to get America back on the right track. 

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Watchdog looks at the Dome

Watchdog Mississippi takes a look at JSU's proposed Taj Mahal, otherwise known as the $200 million domed stadium. The story reveals a few uncomfortable facts about the actual reality surrounding the proposal:

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

WSJ: The might of Mississippi football

The Wall Street Journal published a story Friday lauding the "Might of Mississippi Football":

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STUPID!!!

Bama fan gets stupid yesterday at the game:

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Congrats to Rebels

They took Bama's best shot today and won.  Rebs have a chance at a championship season.  One game at a time.  Saban has a 24-hour rule for a reason.  Just remember 1997 LSU-Florida.  Ole Miss won a game yesterday.  A game.  It can beat the rest of the teams on its schedule if the team stays focused and that includes the fans.  And yes, LSU got its ass kicked last night.  Too bad it won't mean the end of Miles.  Meanwhile,  Katy Perry celebrates below (sound turned off):

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Friday, October 3, 2014

The Haunted Fields of Mississippi


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The question everyone wants answered....

Will Mr. Palmer lead PIMCO?

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Jackson addresses animal control problem

Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following press release:

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Grand jury slams Sheriff

The Grand Jury issued a report on the Hinds County Jail yesterday. There is no way to sugarcoat it: the grand jury said Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis was "incompetent" in running the jail.  The brief report is posted below.  However, there is one very curious statement made by the grand jury.

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Governor fund-raising for Michael Watson

Looks like the McPurge does not apply to the Governor as he will attend a fund-raiser for State Senator Michael Watson.  A Bart Edminston sent out an invite via email and text message to various Gulf Coast Republicans this week. The message states:

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Jury awards $600,000 on JRA retaliation

Local attorney Nick Norris issued this press release:

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Habitual criminal & locker room thief gets 45 years.

Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release:

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Constitutional Clayton is indicted. (Updated)

Update: Indictment added below. This post was first published 6:08 PM yesterday. 

A Madison County Grand Jury indicted "Constitutional Clayton" Kelly on one count of burglary, one count of attempted burglary, and one count of conspiracy to commit burglary.

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Meet Ali "Paula Deen" Shamsid-Deen

or..... Hinds County Circuit Judge candidate Ali Shamsid-Deen proves he can successfully use "n****r" in a sentence.  Here is what JJ published four years ago about the would be jurist:

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Never gets old.

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Belhaven is literally a great neighborhood.

The American Planning Association awarded the Greater Belhaven neighborhood a place  on its 2014
list of "Great Places in America".  The APA's website describes the area and history:

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Does JSU need a dome?

It seems JSU can't seem to find a way to make a new Taj Mahal work without our paying for it. The Clarion-Ledger reported:

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Tomorrow.... for one day only.


This movie is a real treat on the big screen.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Wood Brown resigns

Rankin County Supervisor Wood Brown resigned this morning.  Mr. Brown is retiring for medical reasons. 

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Amile Wilson fund-raiser tomorrow night


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Latest Jackson crime stats

Here are the Jackson crime stats and maps for the week ending September 21, 2014.

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Bigger Pie's Kelly Williams: Turtles & Kemper

A myth is a widely held false belief. An ancient Chinese myth says the world is flat and rests on the back of a great turtle which in turn rests on a greater turtle, and so on. It's turtles all the way down. Today this means endless fantasies or fabrications one on top of another.

Which brings us to Mississippi Power's Kemper County Lignite Plant boondoggle. Kemper's fantasy is that worthless lignite can be turned into a syn gas substitute for natural gas in an experimental plant and burned in a slightly modified conventional natural gas plant to produce electricity cheaper than from natural gas.

Kemper's fantasy rests on two other fantasies. One, that the experimental plant would cost $2.2 billion and produce syn gas that would be cheaper than natural gas. Actual cost so far is $5+ billion. No syn gas yet. The higher the plant cost, the higher the fantasy syn gas cost.

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Gimme, gimme, gimme.

The annual dog and pony show at the state capitol, otherwise known as the legislative budget hearings, is upon us as state agencies make their annual trek to the Woolfold Building to beg for mo' money.  The schedule is posted below.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Morgan & Morgan unplugged

Mr. John Morgan of Morgan & Morgan um, takes his case "to the people" in this rally for weed in Florida.  WARNING: Explicit language. Not safe for work, kids, or Janis Lane. ;-) 

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Richard Sellers wants Ward 1 seat.

Northeast Jackson resident Richard Sellers issued the following press release:

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

JJ needs your help

There is a map of New Orleans on Judgmentalmaps.com. It would be fun to create one for Jackson soooo..... since I am slowed down a little bit, you guys are welcome to make suggestions for such a map in comments or emails.  Have some fun. See below for an example.

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Bennie's Brother-in-law indicted

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following press release:

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Still out sick.

Been under the weather the last couple of days. Actually, that is an understatement.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Out today.

Out sick today. Enjoy the weather. Go to Keifers, go picnic, go to the range. Be back tomorrow.

Sent from my BlackBerry Q10.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Madison County lawsuit: student posting nude pics of fellow student online is protected free speech.

A Madison County family filed a lawsuit against the Madison County School District in U.S. District Court last week after their son was expelled from Germantown High School earlier this year.  The complaint states a female student sent a nude picture of herself to "one or more" students via their cellphones.  The plaintiffs state the school expelled their son for posting the picture online while at school and assigned him to the Academic Options Center. They argue the district violated his rights to free speech and freedom from cruel and unusual punishment.  

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Charles Johnson to Hood: Come get me. (Video)

Mr. Charles Johnson apparently will not appear before a Lauderdale County Grand Jury:

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dragon launched

Update: Video of successful launch added. 

A launch of the Space X "Dragon" is scheduled for 11:45 tonight.  Watch below for the live stream.    The ship will carry cargo to the space station.

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McDaniel Campaign is "excited" about appeal.

The Chris McDaniel campaign issued this request for funds yesterday:

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Newspaper price hikes?

A reader just sent me this email about her Clarion-Ledger subscription:

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Friday, September 19, 2014

New Summit keeps climbing.

The sounds of children playing fill the air as New Summit School Headmaster Dr. Nancy New prepares to celebrate the expansion of her school. New Summit serves students who have special educational needs. Some have learning disabilities, some need tutoring, some are autistic, and some are just plain too smart for regular schools. Why a student comes to New Summit doesn't matter as much to Dr. New as does her mission: educating the child to the best of his ability.

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No comment.

Call it the Chokwe Lumumba dress code. This little picture was taken yesterday at the work session of the Board of Commissioners for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority.

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McDaniel steps up to the plate & files appeal.

State Senator filed his appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court tonight.  Today was the deadline for filing such appeals.  The brief is posted below.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Y'all's Lange wins at the Court of Appeals.

Local attorney Jane Tucker provides a valuable service on her law blog as she published and dissects the opinions handed down by the Mississippi Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.  There were interesting cases decided by the Court of Appeals this week. Ms. Tucker notes:

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How to keep your Taj Mahal

The Wall Street Journal posted a rather interesting video on Dan Bilizerian's felon father and how he stayed in "Taj Mahal" mansion for twenty years after the SEC imposed a $62 million civil judgment against him.  He was also convicted of multiple counts of fraud.

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Madison PD arrests rape suspect

The Madison Police Department issued the following press release:

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Monthly airport update: Delta rises, traffic down


Here are notes and observations from the August meetings of the Board of Commissioners for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority. The main item of interest for the general public seems to be the market share of the airlines servicing the Jackson area.  I pulled the relevant document out of the board packet and posted it below.  The Southwest tremors continue to be felt as Delta's market share increased from 42% in June to 46% in July.

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The latest "C"s

Here are the "C" ratings given to restaurants since July 7 by the Mississippi Department of Health.  The department will reinspect the restaurant within a few days after it receives the failing grade.  The restaurants posted below passed their follow-up inspections unless otherwise noted. 

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NASDAQ to KiOR: See ya

NASDAQ notified KiOR it will delist the company stock on September 23.  The company reported in an SEC filing:

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Netflix suggestion

Looking for something to watch on Netflix?  Try Cocaine Cowboys.  If you like it, there is Cocaine Cowboys II and Cocaine Cowboys Reloaded. Preview is posted below.

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Fund-raiser for Judge Jeff Weill.

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Republicans to True the Vote: Pay Up!!!

The Republican Party of Mississippi filed a motion seeking $82,118 in attorneys' fees and additional costs from True the Vote.  True the Vote is a non-profit organization concerned with "voter integrity".  True the Vote sued the Republican Party, Secretary of State Gibbert Hosemann, and various counties in an effort to obtain complete access to the unredacted poll books used in the Republican primary for the Senate.  Judge Nancy Atlas ruled against True the Vote but denied the Republican Party's request for sanction. 

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Huffpo: The family that changed the Senate race

The Huffington Post published an article and a video of a roundtable discussion about the role the Barbour's played in the outcome of the Senate race. Its an interesting window into how the Senate race is viewed at the national level. 

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FINRA fines & suspends former Morgan Stanley broker in Jackson office.

FINRA fined former Morgan Stanley broker Steven Wyatt $12,500 and suspended him for four months in a consent agreement issued last July.* The agreement states Mr. Wyatt purchased shares of Morris Innovative, a medical device company, without his employer's knowledge and then secretly  directed several Morgan Stanley clients to invest their money in the same company.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Y'all come back now, ya hear?

These Southern women provide some lessons in lexicography in this edition of the Dixie Download.

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Hate it when that happens

Alcohol, making out, football game, what could go wrong?

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KiOR rising?

Someone explain this trend. No SEC filings. No news reported.

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The Great Dunes of Sulphur

Few are aware of the eighth wonder of the world that exists in Madison County: The Great Dunes of Sulphur Springs.  This short video will provide a tour of the dunes and some little known facts.

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Corder clueless?

Mr. Frank Corder wrote this little passage over at Y'all Politics:

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Remembering Joan Rivers

Peggy Noonan penned this little memorial of her dear friend.  It is recommended reading.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

National Review tackles why the South lost.

Dr. Mackubin Thomas Owens of the Naval War College took on the South's Civil War strategy in an essay published in National Review.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Second Amendment sale

JJ is helping a friend sell some rifles.  Take a look below and if interested, shoot an email to kingfish1935@gmail.com. Thanks.  Friend has FFL so you will have to fill out the paperwork. So sorry. ;-) 

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Federal prosecutor recognized for Evans case

U.S. Attorney Greg Davis issued the following press release:

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Update on City Council race.

Not much has changed since our last update.  Dorsey Carson is moving fast as one would expect someone who has run for office before to do.  Amile Wilson is making the rounds and announced his candidacy as well.  Charles Barbour has been making phone calls.  A Richard Sellers is expressing interest as well.  There is no date for the special election until the current councilman formally vacates the position.  Others are looking into running but nothing concrete to report. 

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Whooooooooo will it be?

Several Republican sources said the Mississippi Republican Party was going to hire Kirk Sims as the new executive director.  The scuttlebutt went along the lines of Senator Wicker tried to get the Governor to hire him back as he was once Chief of Staff.  The Governor said no. However, Mr. Sims was going to parachute into the job over at MSGOP.  Cottonmouth ran with the rumors in a post yesterday.

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Auditor on MAEP: We can't trust the numbers.

Mississippi State Auditor issued this letter on the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP):

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Jackson crime stats

Here are the latest crime stats for Jackson for the week ending August 31, 2014.  Most crime stats improved. However, business burglaries still continue to rise on a year to date comparison.  House burglaries continue to fall. The crime map has a date of September 3, 2014 so it might differ from the Comstat report.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Carjacker can um, jack away for 35 years.

Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release:

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WMPR FOOD FIGHT!!!

Local community activist Gilbert Sturgis will slug it out with Charles Evers and WMPR today in front of Hinds County Chancellor Dewayne Thomas at 1:30.  Mr. Sturgis asks the court to order WMPR to allow Mr. Sturgis to resume his weekly radio show on Thursday nights.  The station allegedly banned him from appearing on the station after a confrontation between Mr. Sturgis and Jackson City Council President DeKeither Stamps took place on-air during the August 28 show. 

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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