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November 14 - 20, 2012

COURTESY RASUL HIJAZ EL

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aSul Hijaz El is many things. He is an African American man of 44. He is tall, of medium build, slim, (but thinks he needs to lose weight), and has just the beginnings of dreadlocks. He spent his childhood in Chicago, but frequently traveled to the Jackson area to visit the many family members that live here. “RaSul” means the messenger in Arabic and is not the name he was born with (that was Robert Cason), but an Islamic man gave him the new name after he adopted the faith. Hijaz El has a biology degree from Tougaloo College and a master’s in teaching education from Jackson State University and currently works as a part-time substitute teacher for Jackson Public Schools. He also attended acupuncture school in Austin, Texas, and is a veteran of the armed services, having served in the U.S. Air Force in the early to mid-1990s. He is also a talented portrait artist known to a small following in Jackson for bringing his subjects to life with pen, pencil and pastels. He won first place for a color drawing in the 2007 Veterans Affairs Creative Arts contest. The drawing, in colored pencil on black paper, is of a cousin and his wife and titled “Unity.” Hijaz El recalls art always being a part

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of his young life. “I remember as a kid, my mom used to draw the fashion pages for papers in Chicago,” he says. “She drew with a ballpoint pen, so that’s why the first thing I picked up was a ballpoint pen.” Unfortunately, not many of Hijaz El’s works are on public display. They are generally given to individuals for their use and enjoyment. Hijaz El doesn’t draw for others; he does so because he has to do it. It is part of who he is. Toni Morrison, the author, said it best, “… the essential thing, the compulsion to create—where you know that if you don’t do it, something dies in you—that’s there or it’s not.” The Smith Robertson Museum does have one of his pieces on display—a magnificent full-size drawing in pastels of two Muslim women, a mother and daughter, in headscarves gazing toward the artist. The daughter grins boldly, while the mother’s expression is one of serenity and contentment. You know their personalities just from the art. “We are excited to have this piece at the museum. The artist is very detailed and captures the true essence of his subject,” Charlene Thompson, the curator of the Smith Robertson Museum, says. “We would very much like to feature more works of art from him.” —Richard Coupe

Cover illustration by Kristin Brenemen

9 Budget Blows

Although Mississippi is looking at more money in the budget for 2013, the looming “fiscal cliff ” in the federal government could be a big hit to the state—it receives about a third of its gross domestic product from federal expenditures. Either way, one area that isn’t looking at increased funding is education. Gov. Phil Bryant said the Mississippi Adequate Education program would not receive full funding in the coming year.

26 Body Art

Jimmy Bogan and his team at Pristine Ink tattoo parlor believe the body is a canvas—and they want to make a masterpiece.

28 Better Bond

Daniel Craig brings a new depth—and age—to 007 in “Skyfall,” the 23rd installment of the Bond film series.

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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

The Southern Strategy’s Last Stand?

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he week before the election, I wrote a column calling for white Republicans to reject the racist “southern strategy” of national politicians pandering for the bigoted vote (and, thus, spreading bigotry when it should be disappearing). As I’d hoped, the southern strategy was upended election night—nationally anyway. Sadly, its demise wasn’t at the hands of the people who had been promoting this nasty political strategy over the years (or their media surrogates like FOX News, Rush Limbaugh and Breitbart). The rest of the country—a wonderful coalition of blacks, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, young voters and a bunch of fed-up white women—stood together to turn back a party that lost its way some years ago, and that couldn’t bring itself to face that it had become a haven for a shrinking base of “angry white guys,” as Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said during the Republican Convention this year. The rest of the country forced a bizarre last stand on conservative white America, which had stood aside and accepted a racist campaign against the president and then apparently went into the evening thinking they were going to win in a landslide, regardless of clear data indicating otherwise. Four years ago, we heard lots of talk of whether America was “post-racial” after biracial Barack Obama was elected, but the ugly bigotry—from the blatant resurgence of the N-word in public to slightly more subtle lies about him weakening welfare work rules pushed by Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and conservative media—really rose to the top while he was the president. We saw an ugly obstructionist movement rise up against Obama like we’ve never seen. Even though the president is fiscally moderate and adopted many Republican ideas, the party seemed more bent on putting him in his place than actually helping the country, or veterans, or auto companies, or small businesses.

Why? We can only guess considering how white the GOP has defiantly remained and how diverse and united the rest of the nation has become around it. Leading up to the election, I hoped this would be the last one with one lily-white party, bankrolled by the privileged, lying to poor whites to get them to vote against their own economic interests. And as the results came in election night, it actually started to

This entire arc of ugly is good for us all, ultimately. feel like the real America had stood up and, with any luck, forced the current Republican leadership to see what it had done to itself and the nation by making deals with unsavory people with hateful ideas. Then, just as President Obama was about to come out Tuesday night and give his acceptance speech, I saw a tweet from one of our interns about a disturbance at Ole Miss. I quickly did a Twitter search and, just as he started speaking, read tweets from black students saying white students were “rioting” at Ole Miss in response to his re-election. God has a wicked sense of humor, I thought, to make a group of Ole Miss students lose their minds again over a powerful black man “beating” them. Or perhaps a greater power wanted us to finally confront these issues head on. Later, I heard about white adults and teens—not just in the

South, although Mississippi and Alabama had the most—tweeting openly about the president as a n*gger, a monkey and even talking about his assassination. And now, it seems, some residents of southern states want to secede. (I suggest they all read the Mississippi Articles of Secession to remember what secession was about the first time, too.) Becoming a post-racial society won’t be easy, nor is achieving and maintaining freedom and equality for all Americans. Just like it was in the 1960s and the 1860s before that, it is going to be messy. We are going to see and hear things that shock us because many people are desperate to feel superior to others and really want a major political party and powerful people to tell them its OK. Remember: Those Ole Miss students who shouted racial epithets and “The South Shall Rise Again” didn’t just have a few beers and become raving lunatic racists willing to put their entire education, and futures, on the line to have some fun. They were taught to think this way. They were raised to believe they are superior, somehow, to Barack Obama. (Those words make me laugh a little even as I type them). In recent months, these young people heard the GOP, dishonest conservative media, and friends and family and maybe some frat brothers, go around lying repeatedly about the president. He’s Kenyan, he wasn’t born in America, he’s Muslim, he’s not a Christian, he’s a socialist, he’s a communist, he ended the National Day of Prayer, he’s a sleeper agent, he’s doing the bidding of a daddy he met once … all lies foisted on the nation by powerful folks who sow division and distrust in pursuit of the almighty buck. Here’s the thing: Hate never ends well. We are damn lucky that no student got hurt or even killed that night at Ole Miss. Right now in our state—with an economy reliant on federal resources—the Ku Klux Klan is resurging even as some so-called “values vot-

ers” are signing secession petitions. Why? Because supposedly smart people have egged them on from years now from the desks at FOX News to Tea Party rallies attended by our own governor. Make no mistake: What happened in front of residence halls at Ole Miss is a societal problem, and everyone who spread false rumors about the president owns a little piece of responsibility for it. Fortunately, this entire arc of ugly is good for us all, ultimately. First, the Republican Party is now openly talking about how to fix its “demographic” problem. (Hint: Lip service won’t work, nor will promoting a hatred of government or calling everything in sight “socialism.” That’s just dumb). Second, racism and bigotry never go away because people decide to ignore it. Many people brand intelligent race discussions “racist” because they don’t want to face the past. Somehow, they think talking honestly about our history, and our problems that resulted from it, makes us look bad. In fact, it is denial and refusal to talk about it that makes us look like we’re living in the 19th century. Denial is never impressive. Meantime, our state is on the bottom economically. Many residents still vote against policies that would help change that because someone powerful convinces them that it is “the other” trying to take their money. This division, cynically created by people who believe they benefit from it, keep the hate and distrust in place—not to mention a bad economy and world reputation. Oh, and it drives our smart young people to move to more tolerant places. While the national GOP is debating how to stop being racist, here in Mississippi people of all races must figure out that we sink or swim together, even as there are people who bank on us never being willing to heal our divides—and profit from it. I just have one thing to say to that: Screw ’em. We can be better than this.

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CONTRIBUTORS

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Ronni Mott

Richard Coupe

Jacob Fuller

R.L. Nave

Kimberly Griffin

Pamela Hosey

Ross Cabell

Bryan Flynn

Ronni Mott came to Jackson by way of D.C. in 1997. She’s an award-winning writer and the JFP’s news editor, where she practices her hobbies of herding cats. She teaches yoga in her spare time. Ronni wrote the cover story.

Richard Coupe, avid fan of the beautiful game, husband, brother and father of four, is still wondering what he wants to be when he grows up. He wrote the Jacksonian.

Reporter Jacob Fuller is a former student at Ole Miss. He covers the city for the JFP. He wrote several news and business stories. Call him at 601362-6121 ext. 22 or email him at jacob@jacksonfreepress.com.

Reporter R.L. Nave grew up in St. Louis and graduated from Mizzou (the University of Missouri),. Call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12 or email him at rlnave@ jacksonfreepress.com. He wrote several news stories.

Advertising Director Kimberly Griffin is a Jackson native who likes yoga, supporting locally owned businesses and traveling. In her spare time, she plots how she can become Michelle Obama’s water holder.

Pamela Hosey is originally from West Point, Miss. She loves to write, read James Patterson novels and spend time with her family. Pamela wrote the arts feature.

Ross Cabell is a Mississippi native and was a feral child until the age of 16. He is teaching himself the English language by writing for the Free Press. He wrote a music story.

Sports writer Bryan Flynn is a lifelong Mississippi native who lives in north Jackson. He lives with his wife and their four cats—and their newborn daughter. Follow him @ jfpsports. He wrote the sports features.

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WHAT SHOULD PRESIDENT OBAMAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TOP PRIORITY BE GOING FORWARD? Tom McWilliams: Jobs. Jobs, and more jobs. We have got to get people working again. Jess Herrington: New jobs and freeing up energy companies during the recession. MsHollypd: Debt must get better. I want to be able to get my Social Security when I get older. I want to be able to retire before 70 years old. Stop giving all this SSI away to people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really need it. Jeremy Polk: Getting rid of the NDAA and indefinite detention. Ralph Watson: 1. Fixing our voting processâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;this day and age we as Americans should never have to wait to vote. We all have Social Security numbers and know how to use phones or mail ballots. 2. Green energy=green jobs. Did you know Mississippi is one of three states that do not have reverse metering legislation? Yet weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the second best zone for solar. 3. Fix the filibuster in the Senate. Michael Kennedy: We must ALL work together going forward on a myriad of issuesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the economy, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equality, health care, securing the Medicare Trust, civil and equal rights for all citizens. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

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Chris Land Sr.: Job creation. Kim Sisson: End the Bush tax cuts now.

for the middle and working class who will actually spend their disposable income, boost local businesses and thereby help create jobs. Use the rest to repair/ improve the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creaking infrastructure. 2. Health care reform. Get whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been done carved in stone and then start work on a rational, equitable, single-payer system (can you tell Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m British?). 3. Keep hammering at equal pay and protecting reproductive rights for women.

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Kathleen Conner Strickland: The environment.

Kiya Beaman: Education. ... It all starts with education @docinmiss The budget. @pookiener Fixing the budget.

Cindy Hornsby: 1. Job creation. 2. Immigration reform 3. Reproductive Bill of Rights 4. Election reform Andrew Forbes: 1. End tax breaks for the 1%. Implement modest tax breaks

@burch_will Bipartisan unity. @UnfilteredInMS Deficit/debt reduction.

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Thursday, Nov. 8 Whole Foods, an organic food market, breaks ground in Highland Village. â&#x20AC;Ś Thousands are left without power in New York City as a norâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;easter storm covers the city in snow. Friday, Nov. 9 The U.S. Supreme Court announces plans to re-examine the law requiring states such as Mississippi to get clearance from the Justice Department to make changes to their voting laws. Saturday, Nov. 10 Students in Bay St. Louis spend the night sleeping outside as part of an event to raise awareness for homeless veterans in Mississippi. â&#x20AC;Ś A furnace explosion in Indianapolis, Ind., kills two people and irreparably damages 30 homes. Sunday, Nov. 11 Mississippi firefighters send aid to areas on the East Coast damaged by Hurricane Sandy. â&#x20AC;Ś Congress calls for answers on Gen. David Petraeusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; affair with Paula Broadwell, who sent threatening emails to Jill Kelley.

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Monday, Nov. 12 The city cancel the groundbreaking ceremony for the Capitol Street two-way project, which was supposed to kick off a major construction project including water and sewer line improvements. â&#x20AC;Ś Racist attacks against foreigners in Greece intensify, agitated by the far-right Golden Dawn party.

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Tuesday, Nov. 13 The Mississippi Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School begins accepting applications for the 2013 session. The program focuses on academic enrichment and leadership development while introducing students to the collegiate atmosphere. â&#x20AC;Ś President Obama meets with labor representatives and progressive groups as part of the process to create a new budget plan. Get daily breaking news at jfp.ms and jfpdaily.com. Subscribe free.

Two-Way Capitol Street Coming by Jacob D. Fuller

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he city says construction will continue as planned on the project to make Capitol Street a two-way downtown thoroughfare, despite canceling the groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning. The ceremony, which the city had scheduled for 10 a.m., was supposed to kick off the major construction project that will begin with water and sewer line improvements. City Director of Communications Chris Mims said the city has not rescheduled the groundbreaking, yet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had sent out invites, and we had several folks that we really needed to be there (who) had scheduling conflicts,â&#x20AC;? Mims told the Jackson Free Press. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we went ahead and decided to cancel and reschedule for another day.â&#x20AC;? The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main goal with the project is making Capitol Street two-way between Gallatin and State streets, in hopes that the change will bring more business and consumer traffic to the street. The city will also replace and repair old water and sewer lines that lie beneath Capitol Street, as well as put in new lighting, signage and bike lanes along the street. Contractors are ready to begin construction later this month on the first phase, which will focus on water and sewer improvements, Mims said. The sewer lines under Capitol Street are old and were likely

part of the approximately $400-million worth of improvements the U.S. Environment Protection Agency is requiring the city

The city canceled a ground-breaking ceremony Monday to begin the project to turn Capitol Street back into a two-way street. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still happening, though.

to do to its sewer system over the next several years. The city had planned the work before it came to an agreement on the recently approved consent decree, Mims said. All the water and sewer work will take place between Gallatin and Lamar streets. The city will also repave that section of Capitol Street once the underground lines

Hear Them Roar â&#x20AC;Ś W omenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issuesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s votesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;were front and center in the Nov. 6 vote. If anyone has any doubt that women make a decisive difference in deciding who leads America, let us put that thought to rest (as we figure out how to elect a woman to the Senate in Mississippi). LOSERS: Of six Republican congressional candidates who made absurd and insulting public comments about pregnancy, abortion and rape, voters defeated all of them. They include: â&#x20AC;˘ Tom Smith, U.S. Senate,

are completed. The city does not plan to repave the rest of Capitol Street for the project. It will TRIP BURNS

Wednesday, Nov. 7 Anti-abortion activists from six states begin their four-day occupation of each of the four corners at State Street and Fondren Place as part of a nationwide campaign known as States of Refuge. â&#x20AC;Ś 700 Ole Miss students gather to hold a candlelight walk after a disturbance on campus on election night.

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Pennsylvania (winner: Bob Casey with 54 percent) â&#x20AC;˘ Linda McMahon, U.S. Senate, Connecticut (winner: Chris Murphy with 55 percent) â&#x20AC;˘ Rick Berg, U.S. Senate, North Dakota (winner: Heidi Heitkamp with 50.5 percent) â&#x20AC;˘ Roger Rivard, State Senate, Wisconsin (winner: Stephen Smith with 582 votes) â&#x20AC;˘ Todd Akin, U.S. Senate, Missouri (winner: Claire McCaskill with 55 percent) â&#x20AC;˘ Richard Mourdock, U.S. Senate Indiana (winner: Joe Donnelly, 49.9 percent)

paint new lines on the portion of the street between Lamar Street and State Street after completing the stretch from Gallatin Street to Lamar Street. The city will use part of a $6 million bond it received from the state in 2010 for water and sewer emergencies on the Capitol Street improvement project.

WINNERS: The 113th Congress will have a record number of women serving. The U.S. Senate will have 20 women (16 Democrats, 4 Republicans), and the House will have 77 (57 Dems, 20 Repubs). â&#x20AC;˘ Four states elected women to the U.S. Senate for the first time: Hawaii, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Wisconsin. â&#x20AC;˘ Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) will be the first openly gay person in the U.S. Senate. â&#x20AC;˘ Mazie Hirono (D-HI) will be the first Asian/Pacific Islander American woman elected to the

U.S. Senate and the first U.S. Senator born in Japan. Hirono is only the second woman of color to serve in the Senate. â&#x20AC;˘ Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) will be the first Hindu American in Congress. â&#x20AC;˘ Formerly the last state legislative chamber without any women, South Carolina elected a woman to its state Senate. â&#x20AC;˘ New Hampshire elected a female governor (Maggie Hassan, D) and an all-woman congressional delegation of two senators and two representatives.

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Further funding for the project includes a $2 million grant from the Mississippi Development Authority and $3.5 million in federal earmarks that require a 20-percent match from the city. Water and sewer work will likely continue through the winter. Crews will begin repaving and relining the streets next spring. The city aims to complete the project in early 2014, Mims said.

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority will also have work to do to get traffic flowing east and west on Capitol Street. In July, the board approved construction to remove the entrance and exit ramps to the JRA-owned Jackson Place parking garage along Capitol Street. The state provided a $2 million grant for the construction. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Jacob D. Fuller at jacob@jacksonfreepress.com.

Budget: First the Bad News by Jacob D. Fuller

Gov. Phil Bryant, center, Lt. Gov.Tate Reeves, left, and state Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, right, received the good news that the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revenues will increase by about $118 million more this year than originally expected.

ing: education. Bryant said the state will likely keep the funding for most state agencies and departments steady in 2013, but will make slight cuts to some programs; however, the only program he mentioned by name that will not receive full funding is the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. MAEP formulates and levels the needs of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public-school districts, then requests that the state match its estimate. Last year, the state provided $260 million less than what MAEP requested. The state has fully funded MAEP only twice since the state Legislature passed it into law in 1997. Bryant made it clear what he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t willing to underfund, though. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think what we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do is cut back on public safety,â&#x20AC;? Bryant said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cut back on MEMA and our Department of Public Safety. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we can cut back on our job creators.â&#x20AC;? The state will likely finish calendar year 2012 with a GDP growth of just 0.25 percent over 2011. Webb expects the housing and automotive industries to lead a growth in GDP of about 1.6 percent in 2013 and 2.4 percent in 2014. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Jacob D. Fuller at jacob@jacksonfreepress.com.

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Bad Outlook for Education, MAEP After the meeting, Bryant made it clear that one area wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t receive additional fund-

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ederal budget cuts would be a huge hit to Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gross domestic product, state economist Darrin Webb told Gov. Phil Bryant and the Legislative Budget Committee at a meeting Monday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get about a third of our GDP from the federal expenditures,â&#x20AC;? Webb said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So that would be a big cut to us.â&#x20AC;? In a state that is arguably the most reliant on federal funds, the Washington debate over the fiscal cliff hits home, Webb explainedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially with the possibility of shrinking revenue cuts to federal programs and/or a continuation of Bushera tax cuts, which will expire Jan. 1, 2013, if Congress doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t act to preserve them. . The good news, Webb said, is that the state can expect $118.3 million more in fiscal year 2013 than it originally estimated. He said the state is at mid-1990s-level employment, and job growth has been slow. The federal uncertainty could keep the economy from returning to pre-recession levels of growth, but recovery in the housing sector and recent booms in the automobile industry will help prevent another recession, Webb said. The growth will likely pick up steam and turn into a 1.6-percent increase from fiscal-year 2013 to 2014 to $5.18 billion in state revenues. Webb said he believes the state will bring in about $118.3 million more in revenues during fiscal year 2013 than he originally estimated. Under Webbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice, the state raised its revenue estimation for fiscal year 2013 to $4.94 billion. That is a 1.4-percent increase from the 2012 income. The general fund will need to grow about 1 percent over the rest of the year to cover the estimate, Webb said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doable, given the current outlook for the economy,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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TALK | race

Ole Miss Fracas Weeks in the Making by R.L. Nave

November 14 - 20, 2012

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an African American female, said tensions between white and black students had been high for months. “They keep saying it was few bad apples, but there was a hundred people out there,” she said. In August, an African American freshman told one of his professors that a racial slur had been scrawled on his dorm room door. Officials reassigned the student to a different residence hall and turned the case over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which launched an investigation. The election of Courtney Pearson as the COURTESY OLE MISS PHOTOGRAPHY

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round the time Fox News Channel was calling the presidential election in favor of President Barack Obama, black students at the University of Mississippi erupted with joy. Some of the black kids mocked their white classmates about the re-election of the nation’s first African American president over Obama’s challenger, Republican Mitt Romney, by chanting slogans from Young Jeezy’s 2008 post-electoral creed, “My president is black.” Midnight was nearing on Nov. 6, after polls had closed on Election Day. One student, who asked not to be identified, said a small group of African Americans, elated about Obama’s landslide electoral victory, started making their way from Kincannon Hall, a seven-story all-male dormitory heavily populated with African Americans, toward the intersection of Rebel Drive and Student Union Drive on the University of Mississippi campus. “F*ck Mitt Romney. Y’all ain’t running sh*t!” exclaimed one black student to a group of dejected white students, captured by a cell-phone camera. A large group of white, mostly male, students came over from Stockard Hall and tried to shout down the black students with the old Confederate rallying cry; “The South will rise again!” Before the night ended, police made two disorderly conduct arrests, one for failure to obey a police order and one for public intoxication. A photograph of a group of white students standing around an individual holding a burning Obama/Biden yard sign was widely circulated on the Internet. After rumors of a riot spread across campus and social media networks, Chancellor Dan Jones responded with a statement the following morning describing the situation as resulting from “students who took a very immature and uncivil approach to expressing their views about the election.” The student who not to be identified,

The day after a tense Election Day protest at Ole Miss, about 700 students came together in a show of unity.

school’s first black homecoming queen also produced animus. Then, an Oct. 26 campus alert notified students of a black male suspected of committing a strong-armed robbery on campus, reportedly of two white women. On election night, the long-simmering emotions came to a boil. Gretchen Higgins had just returned to her dorm room on Election Day when she heard the commotion outside her window and went downstairs to investigate. Higgins, a freshman biology major, witnessed a fight between one black and one white female student after the white student, who appeared to be drunk, said “f*ck Obama” as she passed her black classmate.

Higgins got a whiff of marijuana smoke, and a lot of people in the crowd seemed intoxicated. Earlier that evening, many of the fraternities and sororities had swaps, a kind of social mixer held regularly at Oxford watering holes. She believes the white students, most of whom were male, weren’t necessarily adherents to Republican political ideals or even Mitt Romney loyalists. “I would say more in this case, (they were) anti-Obama. I doubt all those boys knew politics. It was more of a racial thing,” she told the Jackson Free Press in a telephone interview. The same night, 800 miles from Oxford, about 40 students at HampdenSydney College in Virginia shouted racial slurs, threw bottles and set off fireworks outside the Minority Student Union. Jones and other officials condemned the Ole Miss incident that made national headlines as media outlets attempted to draw parallels to the 1962 riot on the same campus after James Meredith enrolled. Meredith encouraged students to remain focused, telling a Biloxi TV station: “Anybody that lets themselves be sidetracked by foolishness, it’s not only something wrong with what they’re mad about, it’s something wrong with them.” The day after the Ole Miss disturbance, We are One, a student organization, held a candlelight walk that attracted 700 students, almost twice the number that had gathered to watch the events unfold on election night. Over the weekend, the same organization erected a racially integrated tent in the Grove on campus for Ole Miss’ home game against Vanderbilt. Higgins, an Illinois native, called the negative publicity unfair. “I mean, our campus is a great campus, so I don’t think we should have gotten the negative judgment that we might be getting,” she said. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.

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Dude, Where’s My Voter Registration? by R.L. Nave

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obert Graham wants answers. Gra- who did not receive information about their ham, the president of the Hinds polling places. County Board of Supervisors, told On Election Day, I voted by affidavit NBCNews.com that while report- ballot and, afterward, dropped by Dunn’s ofedly missing voter information wouldn’t fice to check on the status of my registration. affect the outcome of the Nov. 6 election, The SEMS system had been down all day, he wants an investigaDunn said, so I couldn’t tion into why as many find out my status. as 2,700 people did not During the visit, a appear on voter rolls on female office worker ofElection Day. fered to show me a pile of “We hope to have voter-registration forms some type of answer or marked “need to be some resolution to this scanned” in a corner of problem,” Graham told the circuit clerk’s office, NBC. He didn’t return which I photographed calls for this story. and published online Mississippi NAACP President Graham’s call is the with a story Nov. 6, Derrick Johnson says the latest development in accurately saying they organization received many calls a dispute between the hadn’t been scanned. from people who never received Mississippi NAACP and Dunn and voter information cards. Hinds County Circuit Deputy Circuit Clerk Clerk Barbara Dunn that LaGecha McKinley started Nov. 5. At a press conference the day took issue with my story. before Election Day, Mississippi NAACP McKinley told The Clarion-Ledger: President Derrick Johnson said “there have “‘To be scanned’ has nothing to do with been substantial numbers of individuals voter registration information being inputwho have registered to vote but who have ted into the computer system. ” not been entered into the system.” Hinds County Election Commissioner Johnson’s statement piqued the inter- Connie Cochran backed up Dunn, telling est of this Jackson Free Press reporter, who the Jackson Free Press that the election comregistered through the NAACP and had mission and circuit clerk’s offices worked tonot received a voter information card from gether to enter “thousands” of voter registraDunn’s office. Immediately afterward, I vis- tion information into SEMS. ited Dunn’s office, and an employee said I “I’m sure Amite County has all the was not in the Hinds County database. time in the world to get them put in,” At the time, Dunn said members of Cochran said. “It’s just the lack of time in her staff had worked the weekend before Hinds County. To keep moving forward as the election to get all submitted voter in- far as getting the information (entered), they formation entered into the statewide elec- put the next step of scanning off.” tions management system known as SEMS. While we were still on the phone, I Johnson insisted his organization had prop- asked Cochran to look up my name in erly submitted the registration forms before SEMS. The information was entered, she Mississippi’s Oct. 6 cutoff for registering to said—on Oct. 3. vote for the general election. He said the Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. NAACP had received calls from other voters Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.

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TALK | business

SBA Loans Level Out After Jobs Act by Jacob D. Fuller

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November 14 - 20, 2012

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be greatly depressed.” Stewart said businesses must meet several SBA requirements to get a loan. First, SBA directs businesses, especially start-ups, to local organizations that provide free help in finalizing business and marketing plans and legal papers. Those requirements help lower the risk for SBA on the loans. “Overall, historically, and it that still holds true, we have very, very, very few loan defaults,” Stewart said. Stewart said the program picked up nine new lenders during the year, signaling positive growth in the loan industry. “This is extremely significant for small businesses in our state,” Stewart stated in a release. “These loans enabled Mississippi small business owners to obtain financing to help them create or retain an estimated 3,755 jobs. Overall, the pace of SBA loan-making is a healthy sign for the economy and the credit markets, and is one of the foundations for ensuring the availability of financing to small businesses trying to establish themselves, grow, and create new jobs.” The top five Mississippi-based SBA lenders in terms of volume for the year were Community Bank of Mississippi, First Financial Bank, Trustmark National Bank, Covington County Bank and Peoples Bank. The top five lenders in terms of dollars for the year were Community Bank, BizCapital BIDCO II, LLC, First Financial Bank, Trustmark National Bank and M&F Bank. Rankin led all counties with $11.01 million in loans. Banks loaned out just over $9 million in Madison, and SBA loans in Hinds totaled $7.54 million. Covington led the counties in total number of loans at 59. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Jacob D. Fuller at jacob@jacksonfreepress.com. TRIP BURNS

fter many of the Small Business of any lender in the state. Jobs Act of 2010’s incentives Ralph Hall, vice president for the SBA expired in 2011, during fiscal department at Community Bank, said that year 2012, the U.S. Small Busi- business owners’ discomfort also played a ness Administration’s Loan Programs set- role in the decreased loan totals in 2012. tled to its lowest lending total since 2008 “Many small businesses delayed makin Mississippi. ing decisions to increase investments in their Small businesses in the state received businesses due to uncertainty of the econo442 SBA loans totaling $132.4 million. That’s the fewest number of loans in Mississippi since 2000, down from 749 in 2011 and 1,138 in 2010. The total amount was the least in the state under the Barack Obama administration and the fourth lowest total since 2002. Janita Stewart, U.S. Small Business Administration Mississippi District director, said the spike in lending over the last two years was due to the temporary incentives the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 gave Community Bank was one of the state’s top lenders of lenders. Among those incenSmall Business Administration-backed loans in 2012. tives was a $30 billion national fund that provided community banks with lending capital at rates as low as my and impending regulations at the time,” 1 percent in 2010—but only if the banks Hall told the Jackson Free Press. went above the 2009 small-business lending With its 75-percent rate and higher levels. SBA also temporarily offered higher loan guarantee, SBA takes on most of the guarantee rates to lenders. risks in SBA-backed loans. Because they can “As a result of (the act), we had loans pass off the risk, SBA lending is attractive to that were made at the 90-percent guarantee community banks. rate during (2010 and 2011), whereas we Hall said without SBA’s backing, lenddid not have that during fiscal 2012,” Stew- ers would never make most of those loans. art told the Jackson Free Press. In 2012, “These SBA Loans are at a slightly SBA’s maximum guarantee fell to 85 percent higher risk due to the lack of collateral. for loans up to $150,000. SBA can guaran- The SBA guaranty mitigates the risks to the tee 75 percent of loans above $150,000, up bank and allows us to approve loans that to the new $5 million maximum for loan, we might not otherwise be able to make,” which the Small Business Jobs Act perma- Hall said. “Many deserving small businesses nently raised from $2 million. would not receive necessary financing for Community Bank of Mississippi buildings, equipment, furnishings, invenloaned $63.8 million to 145 businesses in tory and working capital, if not for the bank the state last year. That was the highest total participating in the various SBA lending loaned and second highest number of loans programs. Economic development would

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An Open Letter to Ole Miss

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s student leaders of The University of Mississippi, we want to respond to the incidents that occurred on our campus last Tuesday night. The hateful, small-minded actions committed by some students are unacceptable and embarrassing; they have tarnished the reputation of the university we love so dearly. This year was special as we celebrated the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50th year of integration. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made substantial strides in race relations since 1962; however, after the re-election of President Barack Obama, a small group of students took to campus streets playing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dixie,â&#x20AC;? shouting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The South will rise again,â&#x20AC;? and screaming racial slurs at their fellow students. This behavior is absolutely unacceptable on The University of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus, and it flies in the face of the university creed. Every single student on our campus pledges to uphold the values of the creed at orientationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including respect for the dignity of each person, and treating others with fairness and civility. And it is every studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsibility to hold each another accountable for living a life that embraces the tenets of the creed. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made progress as a community and as a university since James Meredith bravely integrated our institution, but election night reminded us we still have a long way to go. The University of Mississippi is not a perfect placeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we must not be complacent. We cannot settle for the status quo or think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come far enough. That type of mentality is the reason inequality, injustice and prejudice still existâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and to move forward, we need to have meaningful dialog with one another, face-to-face, not by tweets or text or Facebook. ... Long gone should be the days of self-segregation, of exclusion, of hateful words and of ostracizing someone for being different. To students who believe what happened is somehow acceptable, and to those who partook in hateful speech: you are not welcome at The University of Mississippi. We do not want you here. Our campus is not a safe haven for hate. The University of Mississippi is a campus for all who follow the principles of our creed. We have our work cut out for us, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready for the challenge to keep progressing as a student body and as an institution. We are dedicated to fostering and honoring the university creed not just on campus, but also as representatives for The University of Mississippi around the state, the nation, and the world. Sean Higgins, President, Ole Miss College Democrats, Associated Student Body Senator, College of Liberal Arts; Allen Hamilton, Chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans; Kimbrely Dandridge, President, Associated Student Body; Brian Barnes, President, Interfraternity Council; Kendrick Hunt, President-Elect, National Pan-Hellenic Council; Kate Kellum, President, Panhellenic Council; Lauren Wright, President, Black Student Union; Josh Moore, President, Residence Hall Association

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n his 2002 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;... while the price of freedom and security is high, it is never too high. Whatever it costs to defend our country, we will pay.â&#x20AC;? Regardless of your opinion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the undeniable truth is that these wars have cost us a great deal of money. Since 2002, our annual spending on â&#x20AC;&#x153;defense,â&#x20AC;? security and intelligence has more than doubled to around $1 trillion, while, at the same time, our other domestic discretionary (non-entitlement) spending for infrastructure, education and economic development has grown much more slowly. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, our budget will face continued requirements for many years after these wars end, both in the services we owe to our returning soldiers and in the interest we pay on the money we borrowed to pay for the wars in the first place. Through it all, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve failed to pay for the increased expenditures as we should have; the ideologically motivated Bush tax cuts came at the worst possible moment as we ramped up our American war machine and kept it fed with massive supplemental outlays, high-priced contractor deals and a regrettable two-front â&#x20AC;&#x153;strategery.â&#x20AC;? Now, as a result, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a huge bill to pay, exacerbated, of course, by the Great Recession. Which means the answer to the question of how to balance our budget and pay down our debts has to include ... revenues. Even the state economist for Mississippi is warning about the alternative. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to ask the wealthy in this country to fulfill Bushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pledgeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and pay a little more in taxes.

Wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tax increases kill jobs? A Congressional Research Service reportâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which the GOP in the U.S. House of Representatives tried to bury before the electionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;shows that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no correlation between the top tax rates and economic growth; in the 1950s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s, the top tax rate was 90 percent (today itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 35 percent) and the capital gains rate was 25 percent in the late 1980s through the 1990s (today itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15 percent). Yet those periods saw economic booms (and busts) just the same as weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen under the lower rates over the past 12 years. If the Bush tax rates really drive job creation, how does one explain the net job creation of only 1.1 million jobs over his eight years? The Clinton administration, with higher rates, saw 23 million jobs created. Gov. Romneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most persistent campaign promise was to lower taxes on the wealthy, incorrectly asserting that policy would create jobs. President Obama ran on a clear message to increase taxes on our wealthiest earners while supporting the middle class, and he won a resounding victory in both the Electoral College and popular vote. The mandate could not be more clear. We call on the Mississippi congressional delegation and other Republicans to work with the president on a balanced approach to our budget that increases revenues while continuing to support the working class, middle class and small business job creators as we climb out of a recession that the investor class has already left behind. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for the GOP to make good on President Bushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promiseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ask the wealthy in this country help us pay â&#x20AC;&#x153;the price of freedom.â&#x20AC;?

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XFORD – Mama was right: Money can’t buy everything. A $222 million payroll, the fattest in Major League Baseball, couldn’t buy the New York Yankees a perch in this year’s World Series. They lost their league’s championship series four to zip. President Barack Obama won election last week despite an avalanche of money spent against him by wealthy corporate donors who remain anonymous thanks to the U.S. “Corporate” Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling. By mid-October, the so-called Super PACs created after Citizens United had raised an estimated $660 million. Such groups spent $65 million-plus on television ads in the presidential race, much of it negative and most of it against Obama, before October. On paper, the president and Republican opponent Mitt Romney had comparable campaign chests—nearly $1 billion each; however, some 56 percent of Obama’s individual donors contributed $200 or less. Only 23 percent of Romney’s donors did. Romney billionaire supporters Sheldon and Miriam Adelson together gave $20 million to their candidate, nearly six times the size of Obama’s largest individual contribution. In the world of post-Citizens United politics, however, the cash story isn’t on paper or in the files of the Federal Election Commission. It’s back in the smoke-filled rooms where Antonin Scalia and his blackrobed brethren believe it ought to be. According to reporter Lee Fang in a recent edition of The Nation magazine, spending on federal elections by the pharmaceutical industry alone jumped from $200,000 in 2008 to nearly $10.4 million by the 2010 election cycle. Nearly every penny of it came from anonymous, unreported sources. Big Money did get some results this past Election Day even though it failed to buy the White House or U.S. Senate seats sought by the likes of Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts or held by Jon Tester of Montana. In Mississippi, outside cash played a significant role in Josiah Coleman’s victory over “Flip” Phillips in the state Supreme Court race in northern Mississippi. Only money and the negative ads it buys could explain why a political and judicial unknown like Coleman could beat a seasoned veteran and well-known attorney like Phillips. What trumped money among the voters nationwide who cast their ballot for Obama was a sense that the president’s mission indeed was unfinished and that he deserved another four years to complete it, that he inherited a mountainous mess from his Republican predecessor in 2008 and, over the next four years, faced a solid block of Republican obstructionists in Congress who believed Obama’s defeat was more important than the welfare of the nation.

People across America got it that the chameleon-like Romney was the embodiment of what writer Gertrude Stein meant when she said, “There is no ‘there’ there.” They got it that Obamacare is not the evil embodiment of Soviet-style health care that Republicans and their media water boys at Fox News and SuperTalk Mississippi Radio want us to believe. Obamacare is needed, particularly in places like Mississippi and even if the white voters who carried the state for Romney refuse to accept that truth. Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has said he opposes the expansion of Medicaid envisioned by Obamacare even though it would benefit more than 300,000 of the many needy in this poorest of all states and even add an estimated 9,000 new jobs. Let’s look at the South as well as Mississippi. Most of the states in the nation’s poorest region—a region with a sordid history of voter suppression, racism and oligarchic rule—went solidly for Romney. It’s one thing for bankers, oilmen and corporate magnates to vote for one of their ilk, but quite another to see the (overwhelmingly white) small-business people and blue-collar workers who did the same. Southerners are religious, and I suppose they buy what they hear from the pulpits and right-wing radio. They need to remember what writer Thomas Frank once said: “Values may `matter most’ to voters, but they always take a back seat to the needs of money once the elections are won.” Take Romney: He loved to talk about jobs and his business acumen during the campaign. But, the company he once led, Bain Capital, made a mint by buying and forcing other companies into bankruptcy in part so it could break prior promises of pension and benefits for workers. That’s a fact, and that’s why he preferred to allow General Motors to go into bankruptcy rather than endorse Obama’s auto industry “bailout.” Immediately after last Tuesday’s election, conservative pundits began chirping that the closeness of the vote means Obama has no mandate and that he will be forced to tilt rightward to convince Republicans finally to work with him. They talked as if they were still in their dream world and Republicans had actually won rather than received the repudiation they got. What I saw were Americans standing up to Big Money and telling the world, “We can’t be bought!” I only wish more white Mississippians and other southerners had said the same. A veteran journalist who teaches at the University of Mississippi, Joe Atkins is author of “Covering for the Bosses: Labor and the Southern Press.” His blog is laborsouth.blogspot.com. He can be reached at jbatkins@olemiss.edu.

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The uptick from 2008 to 2012 was 0.7 percent. Younger Mississippians, those aged 18 to 29, also voted for Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;by 55 percent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are moving the needle slowly in our direction.â&#x20AC;? Cole pointed out that racial polarization lessens for younger people as a whole. At 46 years old, he counts himself among the first generation to experience school integration in Mississippi from the start. Those his age and younger just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the charge on racism that older folks may still have, foretelling a time when race, in general, may not be as divisive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The social distance remains, but it is decreasing,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not trying to be overly Pollyannaish about that. I know we have a long way to go, but we have come quite a long way.â&#x20AC;? Saying that Mississippians are so-called values voters is a default position, Cole said, and says the fault lies with the state Democratsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ineffective articulation of their message. They lose on social issues because they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talked about the hard issues instead. Cole points to the personhood initiative as one where informed voters made their voices heard, and he believes the electorate welcomes that level of discourse, which can be carried to even tougher issues. A CNN exit poll revealed that Mississippians revealed that the top three most important issues facing the country are the deficit, the economy and health care, not social issues such as abortion and gay marriage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that Mississippians arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reachable with a reasoned appeal on the issues,â&#x20AC;? Cole said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that candidates on either side havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t made reasoned appeals. â&#x20AC;Ś We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had campaigns that talk about the issues.â&#x20AC;? Democrats are REPUBLICANS supposed to appeal to 43% people who think, he said, 37% â&#x20AC;&#x153;and we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been do49% ing that.â&#x20AC;? 42% â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just be cute about it. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t out-Re58% publican the Republicans. 50% We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trick the people 58% into voting for us by 50% claiming to be something that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not,â&#x20AC;? he added. 78% â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do have an obli56% SOURCE: CNN EXIT POLLS gation to present our case

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in such a way that it makes the voters think. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś Republicans donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win elections in Mississippi; Democrats give them awayâ&#x20AC;? Cole added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we have been doing that for far too long by, in my opinion, underestimating the common sense of the Mississippi voter.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mississippi Breakdownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; In terms of picking the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presidents, Mississippi took a hard right turn in 1964, casting its lot with Republican Barry Goldwater over Democratic incumbent Lyndon B. Johnson and his Great Society ideals. Back then, it really was all about race: White citizens were loath to give up their supremacy, a fact they confirmed in 1968 when 63.5 percent voted for former Alabama Gov. George Wallace, a rabid segregationist who ran as an independent. The last time Mississippians handed their electoral votes to a Democrat was in 1976, when evangelical Christian and former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter defeated incumbent Gerald R. Ford. Even then, the state wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly an outlier: Nearly every southern state did the same, along with a considerable number of northern states.

Mississippi apparently corrected its temporary lapse of judgment in 1980 when it withdrew support for Carter to galvanize its votes for former actor, union organizer and former California Gov. Ronald Reaganâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and it hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t looked to the left since. The final Mississippi tally Nov. 6 shows a 55.5 percent win for Romney, with 43.5 percent voting for President Barack Obama. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is a classic Mississippi breakdown over the last two decades,â&#x20AC;? said Marty Wiseman, director of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and professor of political science at Mississippi State University. In national elections, Democrats automatically get 40 percent of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s votes, he said, based mostly along racial lines. Thirty-seven percent of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s citizens are African American, and they tend to vote for Democrats about 95 percent of the time. In the final analysis, 96 percent of black Mississippi voters supported Obama. Wiseman puts white Democrats at about 10 percent to 15 percent of the electorate. Factoring in the folks who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t vote, he said, any election where the Democratic

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mong the many names folks have called Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from the Hospitality State to the Cradle of the Confederacyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;political trendsetterâ&#x20AC;? probably doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rank high on many lists. On Nov. 6, 2012, the Magnolia State stayed essentially true to its near four-decade form. Moments after polls closed, pundits hitched the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six electoral votes onto presidential hopeful Gov. Mitt Romneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little red wagon. Voters who went to the polls at the end of the 12-hour voting window barely had time to make it home before TV stations called it for the Republicans. The devilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the details, though. One of the more interesting statistics to come from political wonk Nate Silverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s FiveThirtyEight blog on The New York Timesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; websiteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which political websites nationwide are now using to spot trendsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is that Mississippi has a relatively small percentage of voters that give Republicans their wins on the national level. Romney won the state by 11.8 percent last week, the seventh smallest margin of the states that went red in the U.S. In contrast, Romney won Wyoming and Utahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s votes by 69.3 percent and 72.8 percent, respectively. For his part, Rickey Cole, chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party, believes that the state is inching to the left. Looking at margins of victory for both candidates, Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is 20th from the smallest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were one of the very few states that gave (President Barack Obama) a higher percentage this year than we gave him in 2008,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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MISSISSIPPI: THE 2012 ELECTIONS AND BEYOND from page 17 and Mississippi in particular,â&#x20AC;? Wiseman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Decade after decade after decade, the issues change, but our disdain and resentment toward Washington (is) a constant.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś That disdain has clouded the fact that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind having our hand out and taking all sorts of federal dollars from Washington,â&#x20AC;? he added. Wiseman added that it seems many of the states that supported Romney in this election PERCENT OF DEMOCRATIC/REPUBLICAN are gravitating toward QRQZKLWH VOTERS WHO ARE... ZKLWH attitudes Mississippi has     held about the federal       government for more  than 100 years.      An AP exit poll re      ported that the majority of Mississippi voters said they had made up            their minds months ago. Nine out of 10 white            voters said they voted for Romneyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the highest percentage of white             voters of any state in the SOURCE: NATIONAL EXIT POLLS, 1982-2012 nationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and six in 10 WASHINGTON POST voters said they believed the Republican former â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe that the Civil War was a governor of Massachusetts was more in touch dastardly action by the federal government with people like them. in Washington against the southern states, The racial breakdown played out as well 5(38%/,&$1

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in the tri-county area. Hinds 6/4%"9).#/-% County citizens (who are PERCENTAGE OF 69.1 percent African AmeriTOTAL ELECTORATE DEMOCRATS REPUBLICANS can) voted overwhelmingly, 54% 45% Less than MS - 52% $50K U.S. - 41% 72.2 percent, for the presi60% 38% dent. Rankin County (19.7 MS - 29% 30% 68% $50K - 100k percent black) was Hindsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; U.S. - 31% 46% 52% near opposite, with 75.2 MS - 19% 23% 76% percent voting for Romney. $100k or More U.S. - 28% 44% 54% In Madison County, SOURCE: CNN EXIT POLLS voters look more like the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s average: 55.4 percent voted for Romney, 42.1 percent for Obama. cultural issues than where they stand on soMadison is 38.4 percent black. called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;pocket-bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; issues. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really talk to the average Mississippi voter about Blue and Red any of the environmental issues or economic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Put me down in the column of agree- issues or budget issues or infrastructure issues ing with Marty (Wiseman),â&#x20AC;? said Jere Nash, or health-care issues until you get past the a Jackson-based political consultant, left- social/cultural barrier. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s religion, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gay leaning columnist and chief of staff to former marriage, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reproductive rights, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guns, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gov. Ray Mabus. Like Wiseman, Nash be- affirmative actionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all that stuff mixed in lieves that nothing changed in Mississippi in together, and all of that is more important this election. than other public-policy issues.â&#x20AC;? Nash is pragmatic about why MississipItâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a position that Madison lawyer and pians vote the way they do. The Republican conservative columnist Andy Taggart doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t platform mirrors where most Mississippi vot- specifically agree with, though he says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s geners stand on wedge issues, he said; the Demo- erally correct. Nash and Taggart co-authored cratic platform does not. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mississippi Politics: The Struggle for Power, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you talk to the average voter in Mis- 1976-2006â&#x20AC;? (University Press of Mississippi, sissippi, almost in any geographical area of 2006) and a humorous follow-up, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Missisthe state, it is more important where can- sippi Fried Politics: Tall Tales from the Back didates stand on the whole range of social/ Rooms (Red/Blue Publications, LLC, 2008).

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ing to the Center for Information and Research on Civic ing a Democratic governor. Learning and Engagement at Tufts University. It was a slight Brandon Jones, the executive director of the Mississippi decrease from 2008 levels, when 52 Democratic Trust, which is working to percent of voters in that age range rebuild Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Democratic Party showed up to the polls. Despite the is encouraged by the level of youth slight dip, CIRCLE estimates that if participation witnessed in the election. young voters had stayed home in the Jones, a former state lawmaker from battleground states of Florida, Ohio, Pascagoula who now lives in the capiPennsylvania and Virginia, Romney tal city area, said his party could capiwould have captured the presidency. talize on young peoplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; excitement by Eighteen to 29-year-olds falistening to their problems and not atvored Obama 60 percent to Repubtempting to pigeonhole them. lican nominee Romneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 37 percent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hear them talk about It was a slight but, ultimately, negliwomen in general terms. You hear gible increase for Republicans from them talk about Latinos in genGhali Haddad, a Millsaps College 2008 when Obama locked down eral terms. You hear them talk about biology major, thinks political parties should stop trying to put 66 percent of the same voting deyoung people in the same terms, and young voters into ideological boxes. mographic compared to Sen. John I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mistake,â&#x20AC;? Jones said of McCainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 32 percent. political campaigns. In Mississippi, where many Americans imagine conInstead, Jonesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; organization is doing outreach with servative politics live, the numbers were about the same. high school and college student groups to encourage young Obama lost to Romney by 11.8 percent, one of the slim- people to take leadership roles on issues of importance to mest margins of any southern state, but according to CNN them, which he believes would yield better results than exit polls Obama won 55 percent of 18- to 29-year olds. traditional top-down approach of old hands telling young Democrats, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken beatings in statewide people what to do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You need not wait for a helicopter full elections for the past decade, are hopeful that the trend of Democrats to parachute in and save your little part of the indicates that one day in the near future, young voters state,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. could make Mississippi the first southern state to be in Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. Nave at rlnave@ play in a national election and move state closer to elect- jacksonfrepress.com. COURTESY GHALI HADDAD

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t first blush, Ghali Haddad sounds like a voter whom Republicans wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to invest energy courting. He describes his family as conservative and extols the virtues of the free-market economy coupled with a fiscally responsible government, including his belief that tax cuts could spur economic growth. Yet, Haddad, who describes his politics as libertarian, voted for President Barack Obama instead of Gov. Mitt Romney in the recent election because of the candidatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and their respective Democratic and Republican partiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;divergent views on Mideast policy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of Republicans assume that every person from the Middle East is backward, living in huts. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all terroristsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that sort of thing,â&#x20AC;? said Haddad, a native of Jordan whose family moved to Louisiana when he was 12. Haddad, a biology major at Millsaps College, said the Republican Party has given up the Muslim American community in favor of taking strong pro-Israel stances despite the fact that Muslims share many of the GOPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s social and fiscally conservative values. He represents a perplexing problem for the national Republican Party. While he agrees with some parts of the partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s platform, Republicansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stubborn adherence to a 1950s philosophy on issues ranging from how to deal with Russia to the role of women, has caused young voters like Haddad to resoundingly reject Republican candidates in the past two election cycles. Nationwide, 49 percent of 18- to 29-year-oldsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;about 23 million people altogetherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;turned out to vote, accord-

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was rarely front and center. For Latinos, their power,” Chandler said. however, the stark differences between the In an analysis released Nov. 7, the candidates on immigration policy repre- Pew Research Center concluded that the sented a referendum on how the candidates minority groups that propelled Obama to would work with Hispanics. victory—African Americans, Asian AmeriMurguía points cans and non-white to Obama’s execuHispanics, who reptive order to halt resent 37 percent of deportations of certhe population—will tain immigrants as make up half if not a key factor in swaymore of the populaing Hispanics to his tion by 2050. These corner. Meanwhile, nonwhite groups Romney’s espousal currently make up of a “self-deporta41.1 percent of Mistion” immigration sissippi residents, acpolicy and his ties to cording to U.S. CenBill Chandler, director of the one of the architects sus figures. Mississippi Immigrant Rights of Arizona’s unpopuCarlos GutiAlliance, says a coalition of lar-among-Hispanics errez, who served minorities and young progressive whites poses a threat to the immigration crackas U.S. Commerce state’s traditional, conservative down, made it difSecretary under white power structure. ficult for the RepubPresident George lican to gain traction W. Bush and as with Latinos. Romney’s chief Latino outreach strategist, Bill Chandler, executive director of blamed Romney’s loss on the GOP primathe Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alli- ry process when candidates are pressured to ance, said the voting behavior of ethnic stake out more conservatives stances on isminority voting blocks in Mississippi sues to appeal to the so-called values voters also mirrors the national trends. In 2008, who vote in the primaries. Latinos overwhelmingly voted for Obama Gutierrez, who is Cuban American, over Sen. John McCain. Latinos, taken explained to CNN: “They were scared with Democratic-friendly voting trends of the anti-immigration talk. They were among African American and Asian Amer- scared of xenophobes. It’s almost as if we’re icans, and young whites, worry white con- living in the past.” servatives in Mississippi, Chandler said. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. “That represents a serious threat to Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com The GOP faithful seemed not to educate themselves on the reality of women’s issues, choosing instead to simply follow the party line regarding women’s reproductive rights. “It was kind of like the blind leading the blind to me,” she said. “… You are so willing to support the party that you don’t care that the policies that the party is advancing is not within the best interests of someone that you say that you love.” Becoming more informed on the issues, primarily because of the ubiquity of information via the Internet, guided voters’ decisions regarding the economy as well, Wooten said. “Obama didn’t have anything to do with this,” she said about where the blame should fall for the economic mess the country is in, and that information is freely available—from the beginning of the crash under the George W. Bush administration to the obstructionism of the Republicans in Congress during Obama’s first term. “We, as Americans, are kind of tired of having politicians attempting pull the wool over our eyes,” she said, a fact the voters demonstrated at the polls. “(Republicans) wanted us to believe that what they were telling us was the truth, … that we would be so unlearned that we would not have the ability to

see what actually had taken place.” “People are waking up and becoming more involved in the political process, becoming more aware,” she added. Voters understand that politics have a direct impact on their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Race remains a complicating factor in Mississippi, Wooten said. “Republicans feel that (their) party is for white folks,” she said, resulting in the party pushing everyone who doesn’t fit that description into the Democrat’s camp, then painting the Democratic Party as the African American party. “In fact, that’s not true,” Wooten said, and it only takes looking at the data to see who benefits from social programs advanced by Democrats: people of all races. In Mississippi, upper-income people do not define the majority, and what’s true in Mississippi is true throughout America. “(Republicans) are really disillusioned, to a certain extent,” she said. “… They’re not taking into consideration what their constituents really need.” “It’s not about black or white,” she added. “It’s about people and life’s circumstances.”

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rom the beginning, no matter what the clueless pundits said about how close the presidential race would be, there was one huge thing standing in the way of a Republican taking the White House: the Latino vote. On Election Day, Latinos voted for President Barack Obama over challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 71 percent to 27 percent, according to an analysis of exit polls the Pew Hispanic Center conducted. Latinos also represent a growing portion of the electorate, ticking up to 10 percent of voters this year from 9 percent in 2008 and 8 percent in 2004. Even Cuban Americans, who have historically been cool to Democrats, gave Obama a surprising 48 percent of their votes (52 percent voted for Romney) contrasted with Obama’s 35 percent of the Cuban vote in 2008 and U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s 29 percent Cuban support when he ran for president in 2004. “In one of the closest presidential elections in years, the battle for the Latino vote was no contest at all. There is no doubt from our own poll results that the president’s positions on the issues … more closely mirrored the Latino electorate and were among the key reasons for the president’s historic showing among our community,” said National Council of La Raza president and CEO Janet Murguía in a press statement. In an election that most observers and the candidates themselves considered a referendum on the economy, immigration

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Taggart was executive director of the Mississippi Republican Party and chief of staff to former Gov. Kirk Fordice, a Republican. “Mississippians, and southerners in general, are very strongly driven by their social views,” Taggart said. African Americans, however, tend to be conservative on social issues, yet will still vote Democratic, he pointed out. Mississippi’s voters did as Taggart expected, sending their congressional incumbents back to Washington, D.C. On the national level, the results took him by surprise. “I really thought ’til late into the night that Mitt Romney was going to win the election,” Taggart said. He thought the Republican candidate gained enough momentum after the first presidential debate (where Obama had a less-than-stellar performance) to carry him to victory. “I just missed it.” The outcome didn’t surprise Nash. He checked Nate Silver’s blog “four or five times a day,” he said. Republicans could have saved themselves a bit of shellshock if they had done the same: Silver gave President Barack Obama a 90.1 percent chance of winning the election before the polls closed Tuesday, and he accurately predicted how the electoral college would vote in every state, including Florida, which took until Nov. 10 to put its 29 electoral votes in Obama’s column. For the foreseeable future, meaning the next couple of decades, Taggart believes it will be very difficult for Democrats to win statewide office in Mississippi, with the exception of the state Attorney General Jim Hood, who has the power of incumbency behind him. Mississippi will be a “reliably red state in national politics,” Taggart said, “I don’t see any change in terms of partisan makeup,” Nash said of his look at exit polls in the state. “I do think it is possible to rally a majority around progressive, specific progressive public policies. The groups that opposed the personhood initiative in 2011 show that you can bring all kinds of groups to the table on a specific public policy. The people who have opposed charter schools have shown that you can bring Republicans

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spread the base, the tent, as wide as possible and begin to appeal to African American and to Hispanic voters. If they do that, then the Democratic Party has problems.â&#x20AC;? Nash doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the shift affecting Mississippi, yet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The demographic changes that you see happening in the country, with Asians, with Hispanics, with young folks, you just arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seeing in Mississippi,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a slight gender gap, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only because women support the Republicans less than men support the Republicans,â&#x20AC;? Nash said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the 15-point differential that you see in other states.â&#x20AC;? Overall, Mississippi women voted 53 percent for Romney, while 58 percent of men voted for the Republican. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would not agree with the premise that the nation has changed in some sort of systemic way from a demographic standpoint and that Republicans canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t regain our footing,â&#x20AC;? Taggart said. He agrees that the groups that carried Obama to victoryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Hispanics, African Americans, women and young peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;have not been strong in the Republican camp of late. But, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;assuming that demographic is accurate, that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry me at all from the standpoint of being a Republican and our ability to take our message to the voters.â&#x20AC;? Taggart believes that nationally, Republicans have a presentation problem, not

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ans.â&#x20AC;? Issue No. 2, Cole says, will be for-profit charter schools. The next national election for Mississippi is in 2014, with Sen. Thad Cochran up for re-election that year. The NAACP is suing over current redistricting boundaries, which could push some statewide legislative elections up from the scheduled 2015 timeframe. Regardless, Cole intends that the party is ready to field a solid slate of Democratic candidates to counter the swing to majority Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the statewide offices and state Legislature. He also has an eye on municipal and county seats. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our problems in Mississippi are not unique,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the states in the South have had similar losses or greater losses. â&#x20AC;Ś We are in the transition to a truly competitive two-party system in Mississippi.â&#x20AC;? Forward When it comes to prioritizing issues, one thing seems clear: The state of gridlock inside the beltway is a big part of the problem, and the president and Congress need to get it resolved quickly. The economy and the federal debt is the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 1 priority in the opinion of voters and political experts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somehow, the very concept of compromise has got to be re-injected into the

legislative process,â&#x20AC;? Wiseman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we walked out of convention hall in 1787 in Philadelphia, we had spent several sweaty months working through compromises to even write a Constitution. And the whole darn thing, the way this unique government with three branches and three levels works is through compromise. It will not work any other way.â&#x20AC;? Wiseman said working together was imperative in the face of the looming â&#x20AC;&#x153;fiscal cliff,â&#x20AC;? which will make cuts without any considerations and end the Bush-era tax cuts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We better figure out how to compromise in a hurry, because as compared to a lot of elections where you have a lame duck to do a little bit of cleanup work and so forth, that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the case this time,â&#x20AC;? he said. The voterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are also concerned about health care, and that means figuring out how and where to get on board with Obamacare, which means accepting $9 billion in federal dollars for Mississippi. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re past all the election rhetoric, hopefully, everybody will sit down and figure out a way to get it done,â&#x20AC;? Wiseman said. And getting it done is exactly what the voters have asked for in this election. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about performance in office,â&#x20AC;? Nash said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś Now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re up to the task.â&#x20AC;?

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’ve always been fascinated by tattoos and the bold people who use their body as a canvas in order to showcase their life or passions in art. This summer, I finally had my first tattoo done by Madison Nevels at Pristine Ink. It is of a quill pen in which the feathers transform into birds and the flying birds into books. Beneath, it reads “Free Spirit.” After being “inked,” I felt liberated. And yes, the rumor is true—once you received one, you definitely want to get more. Walking into any tattoo shop can be intimidating, especially if you have no clue what you want as your first tattoo. I shopped around and Jimmy Bogan started tattooing informally at age 19. Now he owns Jackson’s first African American-operated tattoo parlor. felt most comfortable at Pristine Ink. (I’m not sure if it was the Marilyn Monroe artwork on the wall or the humorous list of rules and regulations.) I witnessed the staff at Pristine Ink showing patience continued to build his clientele and reputation at House of with a little guidance she could one day become a great as well as enthusiasm about creating a new work of art. Pain in Byram. With his rapidly growing customer base and young artist. “The only problem at the time (was that) Jimmy Bogan, the owner of Pristine Ink Tattoo, a thirst for owning his own business, Bogan decided to step she was attending the University of Southern Mississtarted tattooing at age 19. “I was completely clueless of out on his own. sippi. The distance was just too far for it to work out,” what I was doing at the time,” he says. “I ordered a cheap “I never gave up hope, I was deeply intrigued by Bogan says. So in the fall of 2010, Nevels transferred to tattoo kit online and starting tattooing my friends out of the industry and knew it was something I wanted to Jackson State University for a closer commute. While my house.” (Bogan does not recommend anyone to start do as long as I could. I worked as hard as I could every continuing her studies majoring in biology/pre-dental tattooing this way.) day and saved every single dollar I made and in Septem- she worked hard as an apprentice and in June 2011 she He eventually landed an apprenticeship at Ink Injec- ber of 2009 I opened the doors to Pristine Ink Tattoo,” began tattooing professionally at Pristine Ink Tattoo. tion in Richland. When the owners parted ways, Bogan he says. Bogan smiles as he speaks about his business and “I now have two other amazing artists that work partners. “Together we became Jackson’s first licensed, with me who are just as passionate about tattooing as I African American-operated tattoo shop,” he says. “We work together as a unit. We are more than just am, and we are striving every day to become one of the best shops in town.” tattoo artists at a shop, we are a family. We work to make John W. Craig Jr., 28, was born in West Memphis, each other better, all while trying to make a name for Ark. He has been tattooing for nearly three years now. the shop and break any negative stereotypes the tattooing He got his start in this business as an apprentice for Dark industry may have.” Dimensionz back in 2008, after working as a profession“We love what we do and hope to continue to al tattoo artist for about a year. grow as people and artists all while continuing to meet “I saw great potential in John’s artwork and and make friends with the great residents of Jackson, needed someone with his talents to help make Mississippi, and its surrounding cities—one tattoo Pristine Ink a successful shop,” Bogan says. “I at a time.” asked him would he like to join the team and the rest is history.” Visit Pristine Ink Tattoo at 5735 Interstate 55 N., Madison Nevels, 21, of Jackson, started out the Suite C.; call 769-251-0569; or go to Facebook. same way Bogan did—she ordered a kit and started com/PristineInkTattoo. You can also follow the tattooing on her own. After meeting Nevels during artists of Pristine Ink on twitter: @pristine_ink; an interview process for an apprenticeship position at Bogan has come a long way since his first tattooing kit. @itattoo; @johnnyink; @madd_ink. Pristine Ink, Bogan felt she had a lot of raw talent and

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Here Comes The Boom PG The Perks Of Being A Wallflower PG13 Taken 2

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Daniel Craig brings new dimensions to James Bond in “Skyfall,” the 23rd film in the franchise.

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ne of my Facebook friends posted this quote by Edgar Allan Poe: “There is no exquisite beauty … without some strangeness in the proportion.” Somehow Poe’s quote seems appropriate in describing “Skyfall,” the 23rd spy film in the James Bond franchise that begun 50 years ago with Sean Connery in “Dr. No.” “Skyfall” is an exquisite film that teams suspense, remorse, and dysfunction in the MI6 family with snappy banter and inventive direction. After more than a score of films, “Skyfall” takes 007 to the highest level in the franchise and resurrects a new and better Bond. How is this for suspense? Bond (Daniel Craig) in a signature cut-to-form-fitting suit, wearing an earpiece and armed with a black revolver, searches an apartment. He documents for M (Judi Dench), who is on the other end of the earpiece, what he sees and doesn’t find. “The hard drive is gone,” he says. Bond tries to save one of the agents who is down, but M commands him to follow the killer instead. The film then jumps to the hustle and flow of Istanbul, chases across rooftops of the grand bazaar and winds up on an elevated train heading for a tunnel. Bond engages in hand-to-hand combat with the bad guy on top of a train after trying to maul him with a Caterpillar tractor. M directs another agent (Naomie Harris) to take “the bloody shot,” even though Bond might be collateral damage. The agent shoots, and Bond falls into an abyss. “Let the sky fall; when it crumbles, we will stand tall, face it all together,” croons Adele in the film’s signature song. We see Bond in a visual montage of swirling images of his life. The story is about the crumbling MI6 institution. The court of popular opinion attacks the old ways of espionage. The political powers believe that M is a relic and brings in Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) to transition the old to the new.

Bond is no longer the Teflon warrior of the old days. He feels his aches and pains. His hand shakes when he shoots at a target, and he drinks too much. He also looks scruffy, the way Al Gore did after the 2000 election. M, however, hasn’t changed. She’s ruthless and bulldog tough. One of her former agents, Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), wants her out of the game for good, and Bond has to decide which side he’s on. M doesn’t make it easy for Bond. He risks his life repeatedly and performs fabulous, dangerous actions; yet M still orders Bond’s co-worker to “take the bloody shot.” A consortium of creative talent backs “Skyfall.” The script, by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan, provides more than exotic locations. It develops character relationships, and the audience comes to understand Bond and why he is such a good agent. (Spoiler alert: Bond is Scottish). The great cinematographer Roger Deakins (“Barton Fink,” “Fargo,” “O’Brother Where Art Thou?” and “House of Sand and Fog”) makes a visual centerpiece, and Sam Mendez (“American Beauty,” “Road to Perdition,” “Revolutionary Road”) does a sensational job directing the movie, weaving in mystery and revelation. Bardem is flamboyantly bad as Silva. The scene where he tickles Bond’s throat is one of many high points. Craig, one of the great actors of our generation, zaps it back at him. I felt torn in my allegiance between the two. French actress Bérénice Marlohe, the new Bond girl, adds a coquettish, sensual spark. Dench is the grand dame of the film. “Skyfall” is undeniably gripping, slambang fast, charged with suspense and sexuality—everything we expect from the best of the franchise. Thomas Newman’s original practically lays you out all by itself. This picture gets the job done. In fact, there is a strangeness in the proportions, which gives this film a unique beauty. It’s a bloody good show.

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WEDNESDAY 11/14

THURSDAY 11/15

Enjoy local cuisine at the Eleven14 pop-up party at Jackson City Hall.

Shop local this holiday season during Fondren Unwrapped.

SATURDAY 11/17 JSU takes on Alcorn at the Magnolia Heritage Classic in Lorman.

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State Sens. David Blount, John Horhn and Hillman Frazier, and State Rep. Cecil Brown speak at the Jackson 2000 Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). RSVP. $12, $10 members; email bevelyn_branch@att.net. … Mississippi Museum of Art curator Robin Dietrick speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601-576-6998. … The pop-up party Eleven14 is from 4-6 p.m. at Jackson City Hall (219 S. President St.); features local food, games and music. Free; visit eleven14.org. … A.J. Croce, son of Jim Croce, performs at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. For ages 18 and up. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 800-745-3000.

THURSDAY 11/15

Shop and dine during Fondren Unwrapped from 5-8 p.m.; includes a Christmas tree lighting with carols at Duling Green and a concert at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (621 Duling Ave.). Free; call 601-981-9606. … Fondren Art Gallery’s (3030 N. State St.) art show featuring Millsaps students is from 5-9 p.m. Larry Brewer performs. Free; call 601-981-9222. … “Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove” kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Coliseum; runs through Nov. 18. $15-$45; call 800-745-3000. … Magnolia Speech

The Handworks Holiday Market opens at 9 a.m. at the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.); continues Nov. 17. $7, children 12 and under free, group discounts available; visit handworksmarket.com. … Wolfe Studio’s (4308 Old Canton Road) Holiday Open House begins at 10 a.m.; runs through Dec. 24. Free admission; call 601366-1844. … The Belhaven Street Arts Festival is from 5-9 p.m. on Belhaven Street. Free; call 601-813-4084. … The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents “Chamber I: Haydn’s 73rd” at 7:30 p.m. at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church (305 N. Congress St.). $16; call 601960-1565. … The POUR Canned Food Drive Concert is BY LATASHA WILLIS at 9 p.m. at Abeba; benefits Genesis Food Bank. Bring three cans JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM for a $3 discount. $7 ages 18-20, $5 ages 21 and up; find “POUR FAX: 601-510-9019 - Can Food Drive” on Facebook. DAILY UPDATES AT … Nameless Open-mic feaJFPEVENTS.COM turing Mr. Fluid is at 9 p.m. at Suite 106. $5 admission, $3 to perform; call 601-720-4640. … “The Warm-up” Soul Bowl Pre-game Affair is at 10 p.m. at ISH Grill and Bar. $75 table of four, $100 VIP booth of six; thewarm-up.eventbrite.com.

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FRIDAY 11/16

School’s Celebrate Magnolia Drawdown is at 7 p.m. at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.); space limited. $150 per couple; call 601-922-5530. … Mary Gauthier and Scott Nolan perform at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. For ages 18 and up. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 800-745-3000. … The play “Southern Hospitality” is at 7:30 p.m. at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon); runs through Nov. 18. 30 $15, $10 seniors and students; call 601-825-1293.

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The 12K’s for the Holidays Race and Festival is at 7:30 a.m. in Fondren; benefits the Good Samaritan Center. $35 in advance, $40 race day, free fun run; call 601355-6276. … The St. Jude Give Thanks Walk is at 9 a.m. at Winners Circle Park (100 Winners Circle Drive, Flowood). Fundraising encouraged; email brian.stewart@stjude.org. … Christmas on Ice kicks off at 10 a.m. at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison); includes a skating rink and slide. Open through Jan. 6. $15 (skates included); visit christmasonice.com. … The JSU Tigers take on the Alcorn Braves at the Magnolia Heritage Classic football game at 2 p.m. at Alcorn State University (1000 ASU Drive, Lorman) at the Spinks-Casem Stadium. Ginuwine and Marsha Ambrosius perform after the game. $25-$50, discounts for students and children, parking $10 and up; call 601-877-6822 or 800-745-3000. … Taste of the Arts is at 7 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Creator (1445 Clinton-Raymond Road, Clinton). $15, Arts Council of Clinton members free; call 601-924-4634. … The Wild Cat Behind the Scenes Tour is at 8:30 p.m. at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). For ages 16 and up. $60, $50 members; call 601-352-2580, ext. 241.

Raphael Semmes performs at Taste of the Arts Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Creator.

SUNDAY 11/18

Jackson Irish Dancers’ Mostly Monthly Ceili is at 2 p.m. at Fenian’s. Free, donations welcome; call 601-592-9914.

MONDAY 11/19

The Jackson Touchdown Club Meeting with Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage is at 6 p.m. at River Hills Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). $30 non-members; call 601-506-3186. … Pianist Dr. Kate Boyd performs at 7:30 p.m. at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Free; call 601-974-1422.

TUESDAY 11/20

Bring your kids to Turkey Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). $4-$6; call 601-576-6000.

WEDNESDAY 11/21

The Third Thursday Art Reception is from 5-8 p.m. at View Gallery (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 105, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-856-2001. … Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. $27.50 and up; call 800-745-3000. … Food for the Soul 2: Spoken Word and Music Edition is at 9 p.m. at Soul Wired Cafe; includes a soul food buffet. $5 cover before 10 p.m.; call 601-863-6378. More at jfpevents.com and jfp.ms/musicvenues.

Events at OhhMy! Gifts and Things (103 E. Main St., Florence) through Nov. 30. Appointment required. Free; call 601-914-9581. â&#x20AC;˘ Christmas Card Photos. Staff will take a photo and email the file to you for printing. â&#x20AC;˘ Letters to Santa. Children write a letter to Santa that staff will deliver during Storytime with Mrs. Claus Dec. 7. Supplies included.

#/--5.)49 Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perspectives of Empowerment: How Graphic Design Affects Black Americaâ&#x20AC;? Nov. 14, 2 p.m., in the Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building, room 166/266. JSU graphic design professor and JFP pioneer Jimmy Mumford is the speaker. Mumford is this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recipient of the Humanities Teacher Award. Free; call 601-979-7040. â&#x20AC;˘ Passport Application Program Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Student Center, room 2122. The New Orleans Passport Office and the Jackson U.S. Post Office are taking applications for new passports or renewals. Bring an original birth certificate and two passport-sized pictures. $135 application fee; call 601-9791609 or 601-331-4180. Events at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). Registration required; seating limited. Free; call 601-979-2795; mssbdc.org. â&#x20AC;˘ Marketing for a Small Business Nov. 15, 1-3 p.m. Learn the importance of marketing, strategies and concepts. â&#x20AC;˘ How to Develop a Business Plan Nov. 20, 1-3 p.m. Topics include industry research, identifying target customer groups, developing a marketing plan and startup costs. Mississippi State Conference NAACPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Convention and Policy Institute Nov. 15-17, at Whispering Woods Hotel and Convention Center (11200 Old Goodman Road, Olive Branch). The theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your Power. Your Decision. VOTE!â&#x20AC;? Topics include civic engagement, criminal justice,

economic empowerment, education and health. Sponsorships available. $125, $75 students and youth; call 601-353-8452 or 601-248-2190. Advanced Financial Management for Nonprofits Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St.). The workshop covers budgeting and planning, tax issues and internal or external reporting requirements. $179, $89 members; call 601-9680061; msnonprofits.org. Military Open House Nov. 15, 4-7 p.m., at University of Phoenix, Jackson Campus (Stone Creek Blvd., Flowood). Veterans, active duty service members and their families learn ways to prepare for life after the military. Includes discussions, networking with employers and refreshments. Free; call 601-664-9510. Precinct 3 COPS Meeting Nov. 15, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems. Call 601-960-0003. Unlocking Millsaps Nov. 17, 9 a.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Prospective students and families tour the campus, sit in on classes, speak with faculty and learn more about admission requirements. Lunch included. RSVP. Free; call 601-974-1050. Homebuyer Education Class Nov. 17, 9 a.m., at Jackson Housing Authority (2747 Livingston Road). Topics include personal finances, home inspections and the role of lenders and real estate agents. The class is required to qualify for a Jackson Housing Authority loan. Free; call 601-3620885, ext. 115.

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Citizens Police Academy Registration. The Jackson Police Department seeks applicants for the program held Dec. 3-10. Learn the police department’s public safety and crime prevention methods. Free; call 601-960-1389.

7%,,.%33 Zumba Fitness Classes, at Dance Unlimited Studio, Byram (6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram). The Latin-inspired aerobics classes are held weekly. Visit peurefun.com for schedule information. $5; call 601-209-7566. Remembrance: Pregnancy Loss and Early Infant Death Support Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. , at University Physicians Pavilion (1410 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in room MO-16. Free; call 601-984-1921.

&!2-%23-!2+%43 Jump Start Jackson Fall Farmers Market Nov. 17, 8 a.m.-noon, at Battlefield Park (953 Porter St.). Free; call 601-898-0000, ext. 118; Find “Jump Start Jackson/My Brother’s Keeper, Inc.” on Facebook.

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Food Service Industry Night

Nature Nuts Preschool Program Nov. 21, 10-11 a.m., at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton), in Price Hall. For children ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children. Registration required. $8, $5 members; call 601-926-1104.

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November 17

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with Featherface Monday

November 19

2-for-1 Drafts Tuesday

November 20

2-for-1 Beer Specials Highlife, Highlife Lite, PBR, Schlitz, Fatty Natty Open Mic w/ Jason Turner

Wednesday November 21 KARAOKE w/ DJ STACHE

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11 am-10 pm & Sat 4-10 pm

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Kuchipudi: Indian Classical Dance Recital Nov. 16, 7-9 p.m., at Power APAC Elementary School (1120 Riverside Drive). Aditya Anukula and Akhila Takkallapalli perform. Free; call 601-960-5387.

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619. • “The Hunters: Brotherband Chronicles” Nov. 14, 4 p.m. John Flanagan signs books. $18.99 book. • “Tupelo Man: The Life and Times of George McLean, a Most Peculiar Newspaper Publisher” Nov. 15, 5 p.m. Robert Blade signs books; reading at 5:30 p.m. $40 book. • “My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read and Shop” Nov. 16, 5 p.m. Barry Moser signs books. $23.95 book. • “Juke Joint” Nov. 17, 1 p.m. Birney Imes signs books. $45 book. • “Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats” Nov. 19, 5 p.m. Kristen Iversen signs books; reading at 5:30 p.m. $25. • “You Be Sweet: Sharing Your Heart One Down-Home Dessert at a Time” Nov. 20, 5 p.m. Amy Lyles Wilson signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.99 book. • Lemuria Story Time. Saturdays at 11 a.m., children enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free. “A Twist of Fate” Nov. 17, 1-2:30 p.m., at The BookShelf (637 Highway 51, Suite AA, Ridgeland). Mark Johnson signs books. $14.95 book; call 601-853-9225.

Fall Reading Challenge: 500 Pages for Fall, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Children in grades K-5 are encourage to read 500 pages worth of book through Nov. 24 to receive a free meal from Subway of Pearl and a prize from Lemuria Books. Call 601-932-2562.

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Discover Series–Adults-only Craft Class Nov. 15, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Choose from leather, fused glass or glass blowing. $25; call 601-856-7546. Basic Knife Skills Class Nov. 18, 4-6:30 p.m., at Viking Cooking School (1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Registration required; space limited. $69; call 601-898-8345. Hoot and Holler Day Camp Nov. 20, 9 a.m.noon, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Children in age groups 5-7 and 8-10 explore the museum’s galleries and participate in hands-on activities. Registration includes supplies and a snack. $45; call 601-960-1515.

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free; call 601-960-1515. • Look and Learn with Hoot Nov. 16, 10:30 a.m. The educational opportunity is for ages 4-5. Please dress for mess. • Unburied Treasures: Greatest Hits Nov. 20, 6 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall. Dr. George Bey talks about Mayan polychrome ceramics. Canta Grupo Santa Ana performs. Ridgeland Rendezvous Nov. 15, 5-7:30 p.m., at Southern Breeze Gallery (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5005, Ridgeland). See works from Lee Gibson. Free; call 601-607-4147. Turkey Tuesday Nov. 20, 10 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Enjoy family fun and special activities for all ages. $4-$6; call 601-576-6000. Open Space Nov. 19, 7 p.m., at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). The Mississippi Improv Alliance hosts. Local creatives are welcome to participate. Free; call 601-497-7454.

"%4(%#(!.'% “Stuff The Bus” Food Drive through Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., at local Kroger stores. Donations go to Mississippi Food Network. Locations include on Highway 80 in Clinton Nov. 14, on Highway 80 in Brandon Nov. 15 and on Highway 51 in Madison Nov. 16. Call 601-540-6467. Toys for Tots Call for Volunteers. Ages 21 and up for registration and distribution, and ages 16 and up for sorting are welcome. Call 601-960-1084. Adoptathon Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Tractor Supply Company (102 Baptist Drive, Richland). Adopt dogs or cats in foster care, and enjoy refreshments. All animals have been spayed or neutered, are up to date on shots and have received flea medication. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to events@jacksonfreepress.com or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out jfpevents.com for instructions.

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Doing What They Do LAURA MEEK

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opherMan is a band that doesn’t quite fit in. Instead of writing about break-ups or boozing, the Jackson-area indie-rock band puts its experience with God at the central focus of its music. However, these guys aren’t your typical Christian FM radio band, as they will tell you. “We wanted to incorporate what we thought was good music, and lyrically write the experiences we had,” guitarist Chandler Wood says. “I can’t stand to listen to the radio. It makes me sick. You can tell when something is fake. It’s just boring, and it’s not true.” TopherMan is made up of keyboardist, bassist and vocalist Cameron Wood, 21, guitarist and back-up vocalist Chandler Wood, 19, and drummer Josh Westbrook, 21. The group released its first self-titled album in June 2011 after brothers Cameron and Chandler returned from living in South Carolina. They recorded that album in Nashville with engineer Brandon Shattuck. The group got its start when Cameron and Chandler started performing worship music in the church they attended in Florence, Miss. The brothers then started writing their own songs and performed together first under the name The Wood Brothers in 2003. The brothers eventually wanted a change of direction from the singer-songwriter sound of The Wood Brothers. They then dropped the name, added a few members and formed TopherMan. After some line-up changes, the

Topherman seeks to challenge the normal worship platform in Christian music with the EP, “SEEK.”

brothers brought in their old friend Westbrook to the group as drummer in 2006. The band has been a three piece ever since. The “SEEK” EP, self-released on Aug. 14, straddles the line between indie-rock and worship music. Chandler says this was no accident: “We wanted to challenge

people in the church to think outside the norm, as far as the worship platform.” The group gleans influences from bands outside the typical Christian music circles. Chandler cited acts such as Mute Math, Cool Hand Luke and post-rock groups such as Explosions in the Sky. The four-song EP is an eclectic mix, from the Arcade Fire-style epic “Going It Alone” to the more strippeddown “Glory unto Him.” At around six minutes long, the instrumental “Creation” is where the bands post-rock influences come into play. Chandler says feedback from “SEEK” has been great so far, but as of now, they have no plans on releasing a follow-up. The brothers will be leading worship at Restoration Church in Flowood, which opens Jan. 20. Westbrook and Chandler will continue making music under the post-rock project, Host of Captives. “The thing is TopherMan is basically ending as far as the name goes, but we aren’t trying to make a big deal out of it. We will keep the Facebook up and still post what we are currently doing,” he says. “It’s never been about the name, anyway. It’s just a collaboration of us, doing what we want to do.” Download “SEEK” on iTunes and other major mp3 sites, or purchase a physical copy from tophermanband.com. Visit noisetrade.com/tophermanband to download “RESEEK” for free. Also find the band on Facebook.

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by Garrad Lee

Jackson R&B Crooner Releases New EP

Kerry Thomas’ new EP reveals a greater command of his guitar-playing and musicmaking abilities.

With these new songs in hand, on Oct. 16 Kerry dropped his solo debut, “Eye of the Storm,” a seven-song EP with one bonus track. The EP features all original tracks from Kerry that follow a concept and tell a story. “It is a metaphor for relationships,”

he says. “Storms are always moving like relationships.” The intro to “Eye” opens with the sounds of thunder crashing and rain falling. As the storm seems to pass, Kerry, alone with his acoustic guitar, sings “peaceful serenity/that’s exactly what you bring/what more can a man ask for/ask and I receive.” Just like with a hurricane, Kerry finds calm and peace in the eye of the storm. He sets the tone for the rest of the EP, asking “can we stay in the eye of the storm?” It is a longing that is informed by the knowledge that the eye of the storm doesn’t last forever. The next several songs maintain this tenuous feeling of peace. In “10 More Minutes,” Thomas sings, “I don’t want this to end/will you please stay for ten more minutes?” With “Halfway There,” Kerry laments on the concerns with entering a relationship while giving himself to his woman, but not too fast as he warns. “Say Yeah,” a collaboration with Laurie Walker, is a classic Kerry Thomas track, with prominent guitar and smooth lyrics about the joys of stepping out in public with his woman. He even begins to see a future with his woman, complete with “a

dog and some kids” on “Epiphany.” However, the eye of the storm begins to pass with “Miss my Ms.,” a heartbreaker where Kerry asks, “Can we ever go back to the way it was?” He knows the answer to that question, especially after seeing his lady in public after the breakup. By the time the “Outro” begins, Kerry is singing about the all too familiar themes of loss, pain, and the inability to see the future. The thunder and rain comes back, and that is where the listener is left. “Eye of the Storm” presents the fairly simple and classic theme of boy meets girl, boy loves girl, boy loses girl. The storm metaphor is a good way to go about dealing with the issue and the music makes the presentation all the more appealing. Kerry’s guitar playing is on display, and there is enough extra instrumentation to keep the short and sweet EP entertaining. I hate to use this term, but it is neo-soul at its finest from one of Jackson’s premiere singers. “Eye of the Storm” can be purchased via the iTunes store, Amazon.com, and Rhapsody. Follow Kerry Thomas on Twitter @realkerrythomas and visit kerrythomasmusic.com for the latest updates and show announcements. 33

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added more and more original material to his impressive repertoire of covers. This is where he has really grown as an artist. COURTESY KERRY THOMAS

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couple years ago, I wrote about an up-and-coming R&B singer named Kerry Thomas, who also goes by the name KT. Of course, we, being the good friends we are, christened him with the nickname Killa Thug. It’s funny because it couldn’t be any further from the truth. Kerry began his musical journey with an acoustic guitar and a list of songs by artists like Musiq Soulchild that he would play at open-mics and any poetry, hip-hop or soul event that would have him. I wrote in the aforementioned column about being there the first night he played at Dreamz JXN for a Forever Friday event and being overly impressed (and perhaps a bit jealous) with the response from the female members of the audience. Just him, his guitar (which he was still learning to play), his songs and the crowd. Seeing Thomas perform now, the first thing that stands out is the exponential increase in his guitar playing abilities. While in the beginning he was comfortable with the instrument, he now owns it, making it more an extension of his talent as opposed to simple accompaniment. Now, Kerry has

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Wednesday, November 14th

Lane Rodgers (Dining Room)

FRIDAY 11/16 Sam Silva and The Good with Joey Plunkett (Red Room)

Thursday, November 15th

NOLA Brewing Co. presents The Colin Lake Band( Dining Room)

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Friday, November 16th

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Saturday, November 17th

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Pub Quiz w Erin and Friends (Dining Room & Brew Pub)

(Piano) 7-10, No Cover

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Adverse Effects

It is vital to talk to a physician about the side effects of medications.

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iss Jones first came to my office two months ago complaining of chest pain. After evaluating her, I determined she suffered from severely elevated blood pressure. A heart test called an electrocardiogram (EKG) was abnormal. I sent her to the emergency room in an ambulance. Miss Jones underwent a three-day hospitalization for a mild heart attack and untreated elevated blood pressure.

The hospital then discharged Miss Jones on blood-pressure medication. She also received medication for elevated cholesterol, and instructions to follow up with my office for monitoring. Initially, Miss Jones was compliant with the medication, and her blood pressure and cholesterol remained at controlled levels. But on her last visit to my office, her blood pressure and cholesterol were severely elevated again. That was

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• Are there any dangerous side effects that I should know about? • What should I do if I suffer an effect? • If I have side effects, are there other drugs I can take?

as aspirin or Tylenol can also cause these potential side effects, as can natural or herbal supplements and medications. A medical provider must first give a person a full medical evaluation before starting them on a new medication. I can’t emphasize this enough. I’ve been through scenarios—such as when working out at the gym—where someone whom I have never seen as a patient asks me to call him in some medications. I explain that evaluations are vital to ensure safety for anyone taking medication. Each medication has a most common possible side effect, and a licensed provider knows what necessary tests to perform before prescribing it. We are also aware of follow-up intervals with proper testing and questioning for possible adverse symptoms to further ensure safety for our patients. In most cases of adverse reactions, simply stopping the medication and changing to a different agent can ensure safety. It is imperative to follow up with your provider as recommended, and report any adverse symptoms. Miss Jones got the message, started taking her medications and now has good results for her follow-up evaluations. During her last appointment, she told me that she now understands that medication properly monitored for side effects are safe, and saving her life.

#OMMONGENERALSIDEEFFECTSYOUSHOULD IMMEDIATELYREPORTTOYOURHEALTH CAREPROVIDER WHENTAKINGMEDICATIONS (Although many side effects are not harmful, they can be a sign of danger.) • • • • • • • • • • •

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• What are the possible side effects of this drug? • Which side effects am I most likely to have? • How soon will the side effects start? • How long will the side effects last? • Will the side effects go away by themselves? • Can I do anything to prevent the side effects? • Do I need to have any tests to monitor for side effects?

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(Remember, the only dumb question is the unasked one.)

when she revealed to me that she was no longer taking the medication due to concerns of side effects. But, side effects are far worse if you don’t take the medication. I often have to stress this concept to patients. Miss Jones, for example, is a 48-year-old secretary who admitted she spent most of her workday on the Internet. This allowed her a great deal of time to read every possible side effect of her medication, which led to her becoming noncompliant with the medication. I told her that the chances of having side effects from the medication are far less that the chances of her having side effects (such as a heart attack or stroke) from her elevated, untreated blood pressure and cholesterol. I also told her that she was fortunate to walk out of the hospital the last time. She may not be so fortunate the next time. Every medicine has some side effects or risks associated with its use, according to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, which is an executive agency of Great Britain’s Department of Health. The agency’s report, found at mhra.gov.uk, also states that the benefit of taking medication prescribed by a physician is expected to be greater than the risks of suffering any unwanted side effects. Over-the-counter medications such

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LIFE&STYLE | dining

Let Us Do the Cooking by Dustin Cardon

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f you just can’t stand the thought of cleaning up 12 different pots, pans and casserole dishes, let local Jackson restaurants take care of you Thanksgiving Day. Here are the restaurants and caterers offering Thanksgiving service.

Broad Street Baking Company & Cafe (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601-362-2900) Orders must be placed by Nov. 18 and picked up by 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Full menu of meats, specialty bread, sides, salads and even dessert. Items include pork loin, ovenroasted honey glazed Smithfield ham, fried turkey breast, breakfast biscuits, brioche, Struan bread, pumpkin cheesecake, bread pudding and honey pecan tart. Campbell’s Bakery (3013 N. State St., 601362-4628) Taking orders until they are full. Offering desserts off their regular menu: donuts, pastries, cupcakes, cakes (carrot, chocolate, strawberry, iced tea and Italian créme) and cookies (sugar and peanut butter.) CHAR Restaurant (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601-956-9562) Orders need to be placed 24 hours in advance. The restaurant will be closed Thanksgiving Day. Menu includes corn bread stuffing, creamed spinach, mashed sweet potatoes and whole pecan pies. You can also purchase regular menu items in bulk; however, no modifications, please.

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Crazy Cat Bakers (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 173, 601-362-7448) Crazy Cat will take orders until they can’t take any more. Pick up items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21. Desserts only: sweet potato pie, spiced apple cake with caramel glaze, chocolate chip bourbon pie, carrot cake with lemon-infused icing and bread pudding with brandy-butter sauce.

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Hickory Pit (1491 Canton Mart, 601956-7079) and Haute Pig (1856 Main St., Madison, 601-853-8538) Offer barbecue pork, beef, ribs, chicken, ham and turkey by the pound and party packs. They also offer delicious cakes and pies that can be ordered at any time. High Noon Cafe (2807 Old Canton Road, 601-366-1513) On Wednesday, 11:30 p.m.-2 p.m., High Noon will have a vegan Thanksgiving menu including sweet potato casserole, green beans, chick’un dressing and gravy, corn, possibly carrot cake and pumpkin cheesecake. Making a

Jammin Beignetz (111 N. Wheatley St., Ridgeland, 601-856-2112) Order by Nov. 19. Offering smoked turkey, prime rib, cranberry relish, Creole dressing and sweet-potato praline soufflé.

Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601360-0090) Place your pre-orders by 5 p.m. Nov. 21; credit card number required to hold your order. Pick up for all items is Wednesday, Nov. 21 by 5 p.m. The Thanksgiving menu includes a roast-it-yourself sweet tea-brined Tanglewood Farms heritage turkey with gravy kit or porchetta. They also have Karl’s root beerbraised turnip greens, JJ’s loaded mashed potatoes, coffee sweet potatoes, Ryan’s smoked USDA

Bon Ami (Maywood Mart, 1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 230, 601-982-0405) Orders must be placed by noon, Nov. 16. Bon Ami cannot accept cancellations after this date. Pickup date is Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 11 a.m-2 p.m. The restaurant will be closed Thanksgiving day. Catering menu includes seafood gumbo, cornand-crab bisque, chicken-and-artichoke soup, lemon-pineapple or strawberry congealed salad, Grand Marnier ambrosia, herb roasted turkey, apple pecan stuffed pork loin, Aunt Mable’s corn bread dressing, sweet potato crunch, squash soufflé, corn pudding, pineapple casserole, spinach Madeleine, old-style green-bean casserole, chunky apple-cranberry sauce, Bon Ami strawberry cake, Mona’s chocolate sheet cake, Nannie’s pecan pie and chess pie.

variety of fresh baked goods like dinner rolls and bread. Accepting special orders at least five days in advance. Popular requests include pumpkin pie cheesecake and mud pie.

Nov. 21. Menu is online at strawberrycafemadison.com. Offering appetizers including spinach and artichoke dip, hummus and the Strawberry Picnic which includes baked brie, strawberries, salami, strawberry preserves and crackers. They also have apple and Vidalia onion, and apple and butternut squash soup. Cafe sides, entrees and desserts include sweet potato smash, baked apples, green-bean casserole, garlic mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, café relish, pork tenderloin, smothered chicken, beef tenderloin, glazed boneless ham, pork shanks, key-lime and caramel pie, strawberry mascarpone, German chocolate cake and bread pudding. Bread selections include pumpkin, banana, strawberry, blueberry and cinnamon, and Mississippi spice and lemon poppyseed muffins. Sugar’s Place Downtown (168 W. Griffith St., 601-352-2364) Order by Nov. 19. Roasted and fried turkey, ham, corn bread dressing, green beans, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, collard greens, broccoli and cheese casserole, potato salad, giblet gravy, peach cobbler, lemon cake and chocolate cake. Taste of the Island Caribbean Takeout (436 E. Capitol St., 601-360-5900) Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance. Menu includes jerk chicken, curried chicken, oxtails and jerk ribs. T’Beaux’s (941 Highway 80, Clinton, 601831-7778) Order by Nov. 20. Fried turkey and anything else you need.

Plenty of Jackson restaurants are serving up the bird, so you don’t have to.

Julep Restaurant and Bar (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105, 601-362-1411) Orders must be made in advance and can be made 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 20. Menu includes turkey, herb-crusted tenderloin, strawberry-pecan salad, crawfish and corn bisque, Cajun caramelized carrots, chocolate ganache cake, Bailey’s Irish cream cake, strawberry cake, key-lime pie and derby pie. They also offer items like breakfast casserole, quiche, smoked Gouda grits and banana nut bread for a Thanksgiving brunch. Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Road, 601373-7707) Order by 5 p.m. Nov. 18. Meats include fried or smoked turkey, smoked beef brisket or smoked pork roast, or small or large dinner packages that include one meat, two vegetables (greens, cabbage, yams or macaroni and cheese) and a roll or corn muffin. You can also order sides like corn bread stuffing or yams by the half pan (feeds 15) or the full pan (feeds 30). McDade’s (Multiple locations, Woodland Hills, 653 Duling Ave., 601-366-5273) Order by noon Nov. 20. Bring in your own turkey or ham, and the meat department will smoke it for you. (Woodland Hills location only.) All locations also offer meat trays, dressing, various types of casseroles, like sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, vegetables (collards, turnips, green beans, lima beans and peas) and various baked goods like cakes, pies and rolls. Olivia’s Food Emporium (820 Highway 51, Madison, 601-898-8333) Order by 6 p.m. Nov. 19. Pick up items by 2 p.m. Nov. 21. Pre-orders include small and large sides and smoked, ovenroasted or fried turkeys for home-preparation.

cheddar mac & cheese and oyster and corn bread dressing. Paul Anthony’s Butcher Market (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 100, 601981-7559) Classic Thanksgiving fare including turkey and sides. Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-936-3398 or 515 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601-898-3600) Primos will accept orders until Nov. 21, and orders must be picked up by Nov. 23. With their “Pick Up a Holiday” special you can order a dinner package that includes turkey or ham, corn bread dressing and gravy, large vegetable order (sweet potatoes, squash, butter beans, green beans, macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes or broccoli au gratin), cranberry sauce, 12 dinner rolls and your choice of pie (lemon ice box, sweet potato or pecan). You can also place individual orders of any of the items above as well as breakfast items, breads, cheese straws or bursts, and cakes (German chocolate, caramel, Italian cream, pineapple-coconut, red velvet, strawberry, pound, lemon pound or sugarfree pound). Rainbow Whole Foods Co-operative Grocery (2807 Old Canton Road, 601-366-1602) They offer organic, vegan and vegetarian options, including Tofurky. You can also order special items like real turkey and various types of homemade bread through customer service. Bakery items require three days advance notice and meats require 10 days notice. Strawberry Cafe (107 Depot Drive, Madison, 601-856-3822) Order by Nov. 19, and pick up by

Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St., 601353-1180) Place to-go orders by Monday, Nov. 19. Pickup day is Wednesday, Nov. 21 by 2 p.m. Wellington’s at the Hilton (1001 E. County Line Road, 601-957-2800) Order at least 48 hours in advance. Pick-ups are Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 19-21. “Thanksgiving To Go” packages include roasted turkey, Brenda’s corn bread dressing, giblet gravy, sweet-potato casserole, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, Mississippimud pie and apple pie. Items can also be purchased a la carte.

/0%.4(!.+3')6).'$!9 Fairview Inn and Sofia’s Restaurant (734 Fairview St., 601-948-3429) Offering a brunch menu from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Currently booked but accepting reservations for waiting list. Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road, 601957-2800) Served in the Grand Ballroom, the hotel will host annual Thanksgiving buffet. No reservations required. Marriott Jackson (200 E. Amite St., 601969-5100) Open 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m. with an a la carte menu and no reservations needed. Petra Café (2741 Old Canton Rd., 601366-0161) Home-cooked Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine. 11 a.m. to midnight. Ro’Chez (204 W. Jackson St., 601-503-8244) Orders by Nov. 19. Take home menu with all the fixings includes smoked prime ribs or smoked turkeys. Also open for three-course brunch, Noon and 2 p.m. seatings. Reservations required. Add others at jfp.ms/thanksgiving2012.

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PIZZA The Pizza Shack (925 E. Fortification 601-352-2001) New locations in Belhaven and a second spot in Colonial Mart on Old Canton Rd. in Northeast Jackson. Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the fried ravioli. Bring the kids for ice cream! Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) More than just great pizza and beer. Open Monday - Friday 11-10 and Saturday 11-11.

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ITALIAN BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Award-winning wine list, Jackson’s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami. STEAK, SEAFOOD & FINE DINING Islander Seafood and Oyster House (601-366-5441) Seafood, po’boys and oyster house. Casual fine dining that’s family-friendly with a beach vibe. Crab’s (6954 Old Canton Rd., Ridgeland, 601-956-5040) Crab’s Seafood Shack offers a wide variety of southern favorites such as fried catfish and boiled shrimp. Eslava’s Grille (2481 Lakeland Drive, 601-932-4070) Latin-influenced dishes like ceviche in addition to pastas, steaks, salads and other signature seafood dishes. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch Street, 769.251.5222) Fine dining at its best. SOUTH OF THE BORDER Babalu (622 Duling Ave., 601-366-5757) Fresh guacamole at the table, fish tacos, empanada, smoked pork sholders, Mexican street corn. Jaco’s Tacos (318 South State Street) Tacos, burritos and quesadillas. Tex-Mex at its finest and freshest. La Morena (6610 Old Canton Road Suite J, Ridgeland, 601-899-8821) Tortillas made fresh order. Authentic, Mexican Cuisine (not Tex-Mex). Mexican Cokes! Fernando’s Fajita Factory (5647 Hwy 80 E in Pearl, 601-932-8728 and 149 Old Fannin Rd in Brandon, 601-992-6686) A culinary treat traditional Mexican.

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MEDITERRANEAN/GREEK Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma. BARBEQUE Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork along with burgers and po’boys. Haute Pig (1856 Main Street, 601-853-8538) A “very high class pig stand,” Haute Pig offers Madison diners BBQ plates, sandwiches, po-boys, salads. COFFEE HOUSES Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, www.cupsespressocafe.com) Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi.

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BARS, PUBS & BURGERS Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland 601-899-0038) Best Burger of 2012, plus live music and entertainment! Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or daily specials. Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And don’t forget the fries! Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and Irish beers on tap. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, beer selection. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Pan-seared crabcakes, shrimp and grits, filet mignon, vegetarian sliders. Live music. Opens 4 p.m., Wed-Sat Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot.

VEGETARIAN High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jackson’s own strict vegetarian (and very-veganfriendly) restaurant adjacent to Rainbow Whole Foods.

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t was another tough week for college football teams in Mississippi with one exception. Last week was SWACtastic for Mississippi as all three SWAC teams won this past weekend. This season started with such hope and promise but seems to be ending with disappointment. All the colleges and universities that are Division II and lower finished their seasons after this week. Southern Miss (0-10) continued its historic losing season with a 34-6 defeat to SMU. The Golden Eagles have two more chances to get a win this season against UTEP and Memphis. How bad is USMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season? The Southern Miss former record for most losses in a season was eight back in 1976. I bet you are wondering when the last time USM didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win a game in a football season. You have to go all the way back to 1925 when the Golden Eagles finished 0-6 and the only other winless season was 0-3 in 1916. Mississippi State (7-3) lost for the third straight week with 37-17 to LSU. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 7-0 in the first quarter lead, which just angered the Tigers.

FRIDAY, NOV 16 College football (8:30-11:30 p.m. ESPN 2): Hawaii travels to the mainland to face the Air Force Falcons, who with a win become bowl eligible. SATURDAY, NOV 17 College football (11:20 a.m.-2:30 p.m. CBS): Mississippi State looks to break their three game losing streak against Arkansas who must win to keep their bowl hopes alive. â&#x20AC;Ś (2:30-6 p.m. CBS) Ole Miss takes on LSU as the Rebel are down to their final two shots to reach six wins. SUNDAY, NOV 18 NFL (3-6 p.m. Fox): The New Orleans Saints look to keep their playoff push alive as they travel to the west coast to face the stumbling Oakland Raiders.

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MONDAY, NOV 19 NFL (7:30-11 p.m. ESPN): Two of the top NFC teams face off as the Chicago Bears head west of face the San Francisco 49ers in what could be a playoff preview.

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TUESDAY, NOV 20 College football (6-9 p.m. ESPN 2): Midweek MACtion comes your way with the Akron Zips taking on the Toledo Rockets. WEDNESDAY, NOV 21 NBA (6:30-8:30 p.m. ESPN): Western conference playoff teams from last season meet as the Oklahoma City Thunder host the Los Angeles Clippers. Have no fear; I am leaving you in the hands of the man I want to grow up to be like: Dr. S. I always wanted to say this: The doctor is in. Follow Bryan Flynn at jfpsports.com, @jfpsports and at facebook.com/jfpsports     

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n terms of Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s re-election, â&#x20AC;&#x153;four more yearsâ&#x20AC;? means different things to different people. But if election night indicated anything, the American people are definitely in for four more years of a sassy and stylish White House. In her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first term, Michelle Obama captured the hearts of fashionistas from sea to shining sea with her classic, yet adventurous style. She is often heralded as the most stylish first lady since Jackie O. One of the main reasons America is so taken with Mrs. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s style is that it remains relatable and achievable. She regularly wears items from affordable lines such as J. Crew, turns to American-as-

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