Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dem Bones

Came across this scene on Turner Classic Movies while channel-surfing yesterday. Awesome clip. 

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Questions for the Prime Minister

Best political theater on tv and its real.

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Barack Chamberlain?

 Matthew Kaminski wrote a very penetrating column that appeared in the Wall Street Journal a few days ago. Guess Ukraine has learned the hard way not to depend on the U.S. for help:

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Next weekend: George Clinton



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Friday, April 18, 2014

This week on Ben Allen Show

Ben Allen discussed the One Lake plan with John McGowan and Dallas Quinn on his radio show Tuesday. Since this is not a sponsored post, comments are allowed.


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Just a coincidence.


Compare the vocations of members of the Jackson Public School District Board of Trustees to those of other local school board members.  The vocations and district ratings are posted below.  There is a trend. I was not able to obtain the vocations for Hinds and Canton school board members.  Of course, the trend has nothing to do with school performance. Nothing at all.

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Samarion execs indicted in two states

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi issued this press release:

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Remembering the Titanic

Note: Posted this two years ago.  I thought I would post this again since today is the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.  

This week is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.  I thought it would be interesting to pull up the local newspapers to see how they reported the disaster so I went to the Department of Archives yesterday and copied some of the coverage from the Jackson Daily News and Jackson Clarion-Ledger.  The stories are posted below. I apologize for their configuration.  I was copying from microfiche and the newspapers back then were printed using very small columns. Part of the print itself was blurry regardless of the adjustments made on the machine. The stories are posted below. The easiest way to read them is to download them so you can rotate and maximize the view as need be.

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Company was not a good Samarion

Here is an interesting little complaint filed in bankruptcy court in 2011 against Ridgeland-based Samarion, Inc, Samarion officers, and several directors.  The bankruptcy trustee alleged Mark Rodgers and Samer N'Ser raised over $16 million from investors to finance  the creation of a super duper new-fangled hi-tech patient monitoring system for healthcare facilities.  However, the company ended up filing bankruptcy. Here are some nice little excerpts from the complaint.

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Need a good burger? Head East.

We were leaving the Frazier hearing yesterday and just happened to see a chalkboard touting some "bad ass burgers" on the corner of State and Tombigbee.  Being rather famished, we decided to try out the sponsor of this poor man's billboard, One Block East.  There was definitely some truth in advertising.  The hamburger was delicious. The meat was not too spicy but definitely had some flavor.  Nice, butter flavored bun. Blended well with the beef.  The fries were seasoned and slightly on the crispy side.  The menu touts mainly burgers.  The waitress said they were going to expand the menu.  My question is why?  Do one thing and do it well. One Block East does provide take out service.  The phone number is 601-944-0203. 

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WJNT yesterday

Pete Perry appeared on the show to discuss the Senate and Mayoratorial elections. 


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Paying to play at the Rez

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District issued the following press release:

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

60 months!

Judge Keith Starrett sentenced Claiborne Frazier to sixty months in prison, $10,000 fine, and supervised release for three years.

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The Nosef-Tea Party food fight goes national

The public spat between Mississippi GOP Chairman Joe Nosef and the Central Mississippi Tea Party became more public as Breitbart.com picked up the story.  Breitbart reported:

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Real Face of Mississippi Government

Meet the real face of Mississippi government: Frontier Strategies. Frontier is rapidly becoming the gatekeeper for all things political in Mississippi, as it lands state contracts and lobbies for clients while serving as Governor Phil Bryant's campaign manager.  The chart below shows the breadth of the Frontier wingspan. The company was formed by politicos Josh Gregory and Quenton Dickerson in 2003.

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How one town broadened its broadband.

It's no secret Jackson's bid to obtain C-Spire's new high-speed internet services was rejected by the company. The decision means Jacksonians must obtain internet service from either AT&T or Comcast. The speed of AT&T leaves something to be desired and well, let's face it, not everyone is enthralled with Comcast. A situation faced by more than a few cities. Lafayette, Louisiana took care of the problem itself. Lafayette built its own fiber-optic network. Will it be a waste of money or a good return on investment? Time will tell. USA Today reported two years ago:

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Nosef fires back

Mississippi GOP Chairman Joe Nosef issued this statement after the Central Mississippi Tea Party called for his resignation:

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Fatality on Hoy Road

The Madison Police Department issued the following press release:

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Ben Allen show tomorrow: all things Pearl River

John McGowan and Dallas Quinn will appear on Ben Allen's radio show tomorrow on WJNT, 1180 AM to discuss the flooding and the One Lake project.  Very timely appearance.  Call-in number is 601-366-1180.  The show is also available on the Tunein Radio app.  Show runs from 8:05 to 9:00 AM.

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Senate race FOOD FIGHT!!!

There will be a Senate race update in a couple of days but the race turned a little more ugly today.  The knives have been replaced by lead pipes and crowbars.

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Jackson mayoral race edition of We Report, You Decide.

The Jackson Advocate published this letter endorsing Chokwe Lumumba, Jr. for Mayor. Since the newspaper has a limited circulation and does not have a diverse readership, JJ is posting the letter in an effort to help the Jackson Advocate reach more readers.

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Blast from the past

Who can forget this um, line of Bull.  Hard to believe its been 22 years.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Baker slams MDOT

Representative Mark Baker (R-Attorney General) wears out MDOT in this short clip of debate that took place in the last week of the legislative session:

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Argument for argument's sake

Don't feel like blogging today so here is some Flying Circus.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Tonight: Zoo Brew!!!


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Chokwe Lumumba's last interview

Here is Chokwe Lumumba's last known interview before he passed away.  Yes Magazine interviewed him about the upcoming Jackson Rising conference and his plans to transform Jackson.  Some excerpts:

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When the levee breaks.....

Here are some ariel photos of the floodwater around Jackson.  End of Westbrook is included.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Local attorney found dead.

JJ learned that attorney J.B. Goodsell was found dead today at his home by Rankin County authorities.  Sheriff Bryan Bailey said his office responded to a welfare check request by family members. An autopsy is ordered but no foul play is suspected. 

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Morgan Shands & his sister Rachel Shands Buser indicted

A Bolivar County grand jury indicted Morgan Shands and his sister for  embezzling over $613,834 for "his own use" from the Mississippi Delta American Legion Post  #1776.  Mr. Shands and Rachel Sands Buser were charged with two counts of embezzlement.  Mr. Shands is the former campaign manager for then-Lieutenant Governor candidate Billy Hewes.

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CL gets a new look.

Looks like the Clarion-Ledger website a facelift

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Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).


Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.


In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.


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Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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