Retiring Senator and Doctor Tom Coburn blasted both parties in this parting epistle printed on the pages of the Wall Street Journal:
Friday, January 31, 2014
Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler gave her annual "state of the city" speech last night to an overflow audience at the Madison Justice Complex. Mayor Mary was on her game last night, as she rolled through all expected topics, and then had a few things to say about the proposed Lost Wabbit settlement and the Board of Supervisors.
Here is the complete video from the regular meeting of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors last week. The county gave the website a much-needed facelift.. Here is the agenda for next week. Stokes wants to discuss the libwawy again.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Update: Spoke to Michael Raff. His comments are included below.
Jackson Jambalaya obtained a copy of the final seating chart for Thalia Mara Hall after renovations are completed. Two items of interest:
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Dr. Kimberly Hilliard of JSU provided an update about her university to the Hinds County Board of Supervisors last week. She said the school enjoyed attendance of approximately 10,000 students. She said the attendance goal is 15,000 students in five years. She also said the school should have plans for a proposed 50,000 seat stadium by the "end of the year" (6:50 in video). The video and powerpoint presentation are posted below. Dr. Hilliard stated several more items of interest:
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Third update: Governor Bryant closed all state offices today. Dick Hall just tweeted:
This is to advise that I-20 from Scott County Line thru the Jackson metro area is iced over and we recommend no travel!!Second update: Advice for the day: GET YOUR ASS OFF THE ROADS!!! Drink. Cook. Reinvigorate your marriage. But stay off the damn roads. These wrecks are happening all over the place. Literally.
Update: screw it. They are all closing except for Madison County. Still open.
Bridges icing over. Here are the wrecks. Pulling them off of scanner.
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Monday, January 27, 2014
Jackson Zoo attendance increased in 2013 and the balance sheet improved somewhat as well. JZS lost its accreditation in 2013. JZS appealed the decision. Ms. Poff said she expects a verdict by the end of March.
The Hinds County Board of Supervisors discussed reorganizing county government last week. Board President Darrel McQuirter said the current arrangement was inefficient as 25 departments report directly to the county administrator. The supervisors voted to direct administrator Carmen Davis to review county government and recommend any structural changes. The video is posted below.
Politicians never change. Young, old, black, white, male, female, illterate, or even Harvard-educated, it doesn't matter. It is always about them and their precious little egos. Exhibit A concerns Jackson City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. (Pay attention to the "junior" as we do not want to confuse this politician with his fine parents.) It seems someone wishes to open a charter school in Jackson, yet made the mistake of not approaching Junior on bended knee and kissing his Ivy League ring in return for some indulgences.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
The Blue Cross-HMA fight moved to the legislature, as Senator Videt Carmichael introduced SB #2709. The Patient Protection Act. Senator Carmichael chairs the Insurance Committee. Let's not mince words. This bill is a direct shot at Blue Cross, since Blue Cross enjoys 80% of the health insurance market in Mississippi. Copy of bill and bill status update.
Two Germantown Middle School students earned runners-up honors in a New York Times contest. The New York Times asked high school students to submit raps about the news in 2013. Their rap is posted below. The two young ladies were selected out of thousands of students who submitted such raps. The newspaper selected five winners and thirteen runners-up.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Averyell Kessler came on the show to discuss the $5 ticket surcharges at Thalia Mara recently imposed by the city council. The Northside Sun reported on the surcharge last week. The story is reprinted below with permission of the Northside Sun. I found the video of the city council vote and am uploading it right now. A survey of ticket surcharges at venues across the country is posted below as well. Mrs. Kessler obtained the survey from her booking company. The video of the city council dicussion is also posted below.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
We all know the story. Husband beats the hell out of the wife or kids. Breaks some bones. Someone is a bloody pulp. The police try to prosecute the case only to have the spouse drop the charges. "He got saved", "We are going to counseling", or "He is in rehab". We read about the victim in a few months winding up dead. Senator Will Longwitz's proposed bill (#2629) aims to do something about that problem. Copy of bill
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Patricia Furr, Executive Director of the Hinds County Library System, fired back at critics yesterday in a presentation to the Hinds County Board of Supervisors. Several employees accused her of running a "Jim Crow" system adverse to minorities and the homeless.
Our radfem is at it again. Apparently she is unsettled people actually read her website. Yup. Readership is a bad thing but we did learn a new word: Gaslighting. Warning: Mature subject matter are in her posts. You just can't make this up.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Here are the latest crime reports for Jackson, Byram, Madison, Rankin County, the Rez, Clinton, and Ridgeland. Jackson still does not post crime reports on its website as it did under the Johnson administration. JJ obtains them once a month.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Change if coming to football stadiums across America. The NFL decreed they shalt offer wi-fi service to the fans. What does that mean? Watch the game, get hungry, open an app on your cellphone, order your food, runner delivers it to your seat. Eat. Fortune magazine reported last fall:
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
It appears Joshua Bobo will not get out of jail any time soon. Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest is asking a court to revoke the probation Mr. Bobo received a year ago for an attempted grand larceny conviction in Rankin County. Mr. Bobo pleaded guilty to the charge. This conviction is merely one incident in a growing list of problems with the law for Mr. Bobo.
Don't want to listen to teens or power-users yap on the cellphones during your flight? Make your opinion known to the government as it considers changing the policy. Here are the steps you need to take if you wish to submit a comment to the government. There will be two public comment periods.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
From the Palisades to the Wal-Mart. Ridgeland Police arrested Joshua Martin Bobo after he went on a rampage at a Wal-Mart store. RPD told JJ Mr. Bobo went into the store, jumped the counter, stabbed the clerk with a syringe, drank some peroxide, and then took some pills. Unfortunately for the rest of us, Mr. Bobo was not done as he carjacked a car. He got boxed in somehow and ran back into the store. He was then arrested.
Jason Zebert entered a plea of guilty in U.S. District Court yesterday. The U.S. Attorney charged him with one count of theft of government property and funds. Mr. Zebert currently resides at the Rankin County jail after a
Chancellor held he was in contempt of court for misspending money in an
estate under his care as conservator. The Mississippi Court of Appeals
recently denied his appeal. The court ruled:
The U.S. Inspector General slammed the Mississippi Department of Public Safety for misspending $7.1 million in safety grants from 2007 to 2010 in a little-noticed report issued in Feburary 2013. Funds intended to be used for DUI programs were instead used to support other activities in violation of federal law. The abuse was so bad that the IG said only 5% of the citations issued under the program were for DUI offenses. JJ made repeated attempts to contact DPS officials for comment. The efforts were unsuccessful.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
State Auditor Stacey Pickering zinged the Department of Public Safety in the results of a performance audit released a few minutes ago but found no money was misspent. The report said DPS had very sloppy record keeping and the comptroller "lacked sufficient skills and experience" to manage DPS finances.
Copy of performance audit
Rankin County Animal Control Officer Ken Sullivan and Hinds County Chief Deputy Chris Picou appeared on the show today to discuss dog fighting and the recent bust in Rankin County. Very informative show. I also discussed the comments made by Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. about the proposed charter school in Jackson at the end of the show.
Update: They all filed notices of deposition yesterday. Yup. Precious, Crystal, the school, Ms. Owens, and the good Doctor all have to give depositions.
Our favorite bully sued St. Andrews, as he alleged the school failed to protect his kid from.... bullying. Precious and Crystal Martin filed a lawsuit against the school in October in Hinds County Circuit Court. Mrs. Martin is the daughter of Senior Hinds County Chancellor Patricia Wise. The suit also names Headmaster George Penick and Head of the Lower School Leanna Owens as defendants as well.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Several precincts in NE Jackson ran out of ballots. Spann and St. Phillips are confirmed. Don't know the names of the others.
A sweet second grade girl at Stonebridge Elementary school in Brandon wants "her generation" to help clean up trash and help preserve the earth. This is a 7-year old, and she wrote a letter to her principal stating this. I think this is wonderful for a child this age.
If you know of any stores that could donate biodegradable trash bags, please let me know in the comments below. Anyone in the Crossgates/Brandon/Flowood area, I can get donations picked up.
The results are in and you spoke: you want your weed. JJ conducted an online poll last week that asked if you thought Mississippi should legalize marijuana. Only 36% of you voted no. Results surprised me a little. Here they are:
Civil war broke out in Leflore County as the supervisors tried to depose the board president. They voted to do so but there is just one problem. The president refused to step down. Then the fun really started. The Taxpayers Channel reported:
Monday, January 13, 2014
To raise taxes or not to raise taxes. Such is the question facing Jackson voters tomorrow. There is no two ways about it. Jackson's infrastructure is falling apart: sinkholes, mini-gushers in the middle of the street, disintegrating clay pipes. The can has been kicked down the road so many times Jackson is running out of road... literally and figuratively. How will you vote tomorrow?
Sunday, January 12, 2014
The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following press release:
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
In-network? Out of network? Which hospital should I use? Does my insurance company cover my doctor? Such questions about health care may be irrelevant in Mississippi if the legislature passes a proposed "any willing provider" bill. The bill has not yet been introduced although JJ obtained a copy of the draft. It is posted below. The bill will bar insurance companies from using "network status" to determine reimbursement rates for health care providers. The bill will also force health insurance companies to accept "any willing health care provider" in a geographic area who meets the plan's qualifications.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
You just can't make this up. More gold on the radfem website* from the women who can't understand why women stay away from her. She takes man-hatin' to a whole new level. She argues in this post there is no way a woman can possibly enjoy sex with a man. Keep reading. This is a glimpse into radical feminist thinking.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
An HK MP-5 was stolen from the vehicle of a member of the JPD SWAT team overnight. Thieves were able to bypass the alarm system in the vehicle and then steal the weapon. The weapon was not secured in a lock box as is standard procedure. MP-5. A nice, little toy.Click Here to Read More..
Hopefully he will not be the same as the old boss. The Hinds County Board of Supervisors elected Darrell McQuirter as President. He replaces Robert Graham. The board previously elected a president every January to a one-year term. The board voted 4-1 to rotate the presidency among every supervisor every 9 1/2 months.
Got Obamacare and then went out and had a baby? Good luck getting that child covered under your new plan. The Associated Press reported last week:
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Library employees and Hinds County Supervisor Kenneth Stokes teamed up today as they accused the management of the Hinds County Library System of engaging in Jim Crow practices against black employees and patrons:
Monday, January 6, 2014
Dr. George Pittman recently passed away after a short fight with pancreatic cancer. He was once the Chairman of the English Department at Mississippi College. What can be said about the man? He was a true ambassador for all things Stratford. Simply put: the professor loved Shakespeare.
This essay was written by Kelley Williams. He serves on the board of directors for Bigger Pie Forum.
Mark Twain advised: "Never argue with an idiot. He will bring you down to his level and beat you with experience," and "Don't interrupt a fool when he's making your point."
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Friday, January 3, 2014
More Katrina fraud? The federal government awarded $653 million to the Gulf Coast Regional Infrastructure Grant Program for the purpose of developing and implementing infrastructure in the six coastal counties. HUD audited the Katrina relief money and said the state misspent the money on appraisals and wastewater plants that were not needed. The report charges:
A federal judge shortened the sentence of "terror lawyer" Lynne Stewart. The Obama administration asked U.S. District Judge John Koeltl to release her on the grounds she will likely die in 18 months from breast cancer. She only served four years of a ten-year sentence.
In late November, the Board of Directors of the College Savings Plans of Mississippi met to discuss the future of the Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Plan (better known as MPACT). Treasurer Lynn Fitch and the College Savings Board decided to temporarily close MPACT to new enrollees in September 2012. The Treasurer's office then hired an actuary to perform an audit, which raised serious questions about MPACT's sustainability.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
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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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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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