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john hugh tate clean water for the local population. Most recently, he went to Honduras to provide medical services, build houses and conduct a Vacation Bible School. “I have a real heart for the world,” Tate says. Tate encourages partnerships across racial and class lines to promote the overall progress and prosperity of the Jackson area. He interned with Mission Mississippi, a Jackson-based group that facilitates conversation for people of different denominations and races, and is a board member for Transformation Jackson, a ministry that connects churches with one another and with other resources that help them complete Jackson-based mission projects. But why start a new church? “There are still many unchurched people in the Jackson metro area,” he says. “That means we need churches that are better at reaching those (who don’t go to church) and more churches that are willing to do things differently such as community outreach. “Bellwether is a different church. We want our church to focus on a very different Sunday morning worship experience,” Tate says, adding that Bellwether uses multimedia and music to engage congregants, and applies the Bible to today. “I believe the call of my life is to creatively communicate the gospel through the church.” —Richard Coupe
24 Vinyl Lives! Hattiesburg’s T-Bones might be one of the last record stores in Mississippi. Have a java with that.
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“I’m a very pro-Jackson guy,” John Hugh Tate says. “I love the history, the diversity and the artistic community. It is such a green city, just ascetically beautiful.” Founder and lead pastor of Bellwether Church in Fondren, Tate is a native Mississippian, but has studied in France and Australia and worked as a legislative assistant for thenRep. Roger Wicker and as a press assistant for Sen. Thad Cochran in the late 1990s. He returned to Mississippi in 2004. Tate, 36, grew up in New Albany. He graduated from Ole Miss in 1997 with degrees in English and French. He worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., from 1997 to 1999, and it was there, while participating in a small Bible study group with the Senate chaplain, that he first felt the call for the ministry. First, however, he earned a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2000 and then went to Harvard Divinity School from 2001 to 2004. He met his wife, Linda, while at Harvard, and they married “in the year the Red Sox broke the curse” of Babe Ruth by beating the Yankees (2004 for those of us less familiar with baseball). He and his wife have two young children: Jack, 4, and Logan, 2. Tate has continued the international portion of his life with mission trips to India and Malawi in southeast Africa to provide
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Auto-theft is on the rise, but some thieves want older cars for their metal, not your new Escalade.
R.L. Nave Reporter R.L. Nave grew up in St. Louis, graduated from Mizzou (the University of Missouri) and lived a bunch of other places before coming to Jackson. Contact him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He wrote the cover story.
Mike Day At Hinds Community College, Mike Day won top cartoonist awards from the Mississippi Press Association and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. He was also a cartoonist for the Hattiesburg American. He drew the cover illustration.
Richard Coupe Richard Coupe, avid fan of the beautiful game of soccer is a husband, brother and father of four. He is still wondering what he wants to be when he grows up. He wrote the Jacksonian and a sports feature.
Ronni Mott Ronni Mott came to Jackson by way of D.C. in 1997. She’s an award-winning writer and the JFP’s managing editor, where she practices herding cats. She teaches yoga in her spare time. She contributed to the cover package and to Body Soul.
Andrew Dunaway Andrew Dunaway knew his friends and family were tired of hearing him talk constantly about food, so he took to writing about it. He’ll do his best to keep it to a dull roar. He wrote a food feature.
Ben Garrott Ben Garrott hails from Winona. When he’s not working to improve children’s mental-health services, he promotes hockeyfree Sports Centers. Ben lives in Fondren with his beautiful wife and lovely daughter. He wrote a sports feature.
Hannah Jones Hannah Jones is a junior English major at the University of Southern Mississippi where she is the managing editor of The Student Printz. She loves chai lattes, Woody Allen movies and sarcasm. Follow her @hb_jonez. She wrote a culture feature.
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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.
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Peace, Prosperity and Tolerance
very December now for about a decade, we have asked the Jackson Free Press staff members to sign hundreds of holiday greeting cards that we send to freelancers, advertising clients, sources, and other friends and acquaintances of the JFP. We have a local artist or one of our designers provide the cover illustration and always say inside: “The Jackson Free Press wishes you peace and prosperity in the New Year.” There’s a lot said in that short message (that co-founder Stephen Barnette came up with, I believe), and it allows us to continue sending the cards after Christmas. (Yes, some of you may yet get yours.) Inevitably, staff members groan a bit when the cards show up from the printer, but these cards have become an annual way for our locally owned company to show our appreciation in a very personal way. They also require a bit of what I enjoy the most about the holiday season: the need to slow down and take time to thank those who have helped us. It’s kind of old-fashioned, really. Fortunately, no one has ever complained (at least to our faces) about the card wishing the recipient “Happy Holidays” on the front. That greeting is very much by design, and it has nothing to do with a so-called “attack on Christmas.” In fact, it has everything to do with tolerance. You see, not all of our freelancers, advertisers, sources, and other friends and acquaintances are Christian (think lovely Lisa Palmer of Summerhouse, a Jewish entrepreneur who sends out New Year’s greetings). Not all of them celebrate Christmas, and many of them choose other spiritual traditions in December and January. As a business that relies on diversity for growth and survival, why would we choose to limit our greeting to only a portion of our readers? It doesn’t make sense. Besides the basic business reasoning, though, let’s take this a bit deeper. Why should we use the word Christmas instead of “holidays” on a greeting card, Christian or not? Do we really think that freaking out over the use of a more inclusive word somehow makes one a stronger Christian and more likely to get past the pearly gates? I don’t claim to have insider knowledge on it, but I’m guessing such ridiculous (and political) temper tantrums might have the opposite effect. The maker might glance over us and think, “Why did you waste all that time on a tempest in a teapot when you could have been performing good works on my behalf?” And who could seriously argue that substituting a tolerant, inclusive word in situations where you might not be talking to a Christian is somehow a slight to Christianity? Come on: In America, we have nearly drowned every spiritual component of this holiday in a sea of commercialism starting at Thanksgiving and usually ending the second we open all the presents and gobble up the turkey (rather than in a reverent, joyful way on the 12th night of Christmas: Jan. 5,
known as Twelfth Night, the eve of Epiphany, the day that commemorates the Wise Men visiting the baby Jesus and his baptism by John the Baptist. See page 12.). Not to mention, many of the Christmas traditions that the complainers embrace were taken from secular and pagan traditions, or are a hybrid at best. Take Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas: the Santa our kids await is a mashup of Christian saintdom, a pagan figure and Cola-Cola’s corporate colors, making him the jolly fellow he is today. And the Christmas (or Yule) tree? More religious-pagan hybridization. And the Yule-Christmas list goes on. My point is not to scare Christians away from Santa and your Christmas tree with these oft-forgotten or unknown facts: It’s to point out how ridiculous the “attack on Christmas” pundits are. Folks, these people are not about preserving the sanctity of Christmas; they are about dividing people. And they are promoting intolerance. What is so wonderful about the holiday season to me is exactly the shared event that it has become: not only between friends and family, but between cultures. I loved making our Muslim intern’s day with her quirky gift bag (yes, with a Santa image on it), and I was delighted when my Jewish co-worker brought a little green dreidel (a Hanukkah top) to my tree-trimming party in New York City. The dreidel goes on my hanging Christmas ring every year alongside a glass pickle, a miniature Barbie, a tiny Pope and a glass cross. To me, it symbolizes the togetherness we can all achieve despite disparate beliefs. Every spiritual tradition worth its salt is about loving and helping other people, regardless of their differences. Sure, try to influ-
ence them toward your tradition with good works and by example if you want, but trying to cut them out of your annual greeting is the height of absurdity. I would go as far as saying that you are making a mockery out of your spiritual tradition when you go along with making a caricature out of something so serious and powerful: inclusiveness. I remember as a teenager back in the 1970s first hearing about Christmas being “under attack.” Back then, well before squawkers on cable TV, anonymous blogs and rant-radio started to use public airwaves to make us hate each other 24 hours a day, the “attack” was the use of an X instead of the “Christ” in the word as a shortening device. “It’s taking Christ out of Christmas!” the ladies at the beauty shop where I shampooed hair would complain bitterly. Guess what? They had no idea what they were talking about (and I’d guess knew little of the Pagan origins of some of our Christmas traditions, either). You see, the “X,” or the Greek letter chi, is the first letter of the Greek word , translated as “Christ.” That is, the use of “Xmas” is arguably much more Christian than putting up a Christmas tree. Of course, the real message here is how silly and distracting all this manufactured crisis is in a time when people need to be figuring out how to get along. There are those who make money off dividing us and others who just get their jollies by spreading hatefulness. Attacking well-meaning efforts at promoting tolerance through the use of two words like “Happy Holidays” is simply a way to make us distrust and mistreat others. And there ain’t nothin’ admirable—or Christian—about such a game. Put that in your card and mail it.
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Thursday, Dec. 29 China announces it wants to put a man on the moon. â€Ś Hinds County swears in a new sheriff, Tyrone Lewis. He is the first black sheriff of the county since Reconstruction. Friday, Dec. 30 Wall Street closes almost exactly where it began the year. Despite a volatile year, the S&P ended only 0.04 points below where it started 2011, the smallest annual change since at least 1947, The Wall Street Journal reports. â€Ś Residents of Samoa skip Friday as they move from one side of the International Dateline to the other. To get on the same side of the dateline as trading partners Australia and China, Samoans set their calendars from Thursday to Saturday.
he U.S. Postal Service is in what one might call a tough spot. Since people learned how to pay bills online, parents learned how to tweet baby pictures and companies discovered pop-up ads, the centuries-old agency has tried to cope with lowered revenues by raising stamp prices, moving ser-
in an effort to save money. The postal service argued that most areas have â€œexpanded access locations,â€? such as grocery and office supply stores, which offer many of the same services as traditional post offices. In Mississippi, the Postal Service chose 61 offices for potential closure, including five of the eight post offices in Jackson. Deborah Fetterly, a Postal Service spokeswoman, said at this point she does not know how likely it is that the Jackson post offices will close. â€œTheyâ€™re being studied, but nothing would be closed before May 15,â€? she said. Earlier this month, the Postal Service announced it would not close or consolidate any post offices or mail The North Station post office on Northview Drive is one of processing facilities until May five in Jackson that the Postal Service is considering closing. 15 in response to requests from several senators. In determining whether vices online and making cuts. to close the five locations in Jackson, the Recently, the Postal Service has consid- Postal Service will look at how close the loered stopping Saturday service and only deliv- cations are to other post offices, the amount ering mail five days per week, instead of six. It of revenue they generate and how many cusis also looking at consolidating mail-process- tomer transactions the locations handle. Feting centers, leading to longer shipping times, terly said the Postal Service will also consider but lower costs. if there are alternate locations nearby where In July, the Postal Service announced it customers can conduct transactions, such as would study closing about 3,700 post offices purchasing stamps and mailing packages.
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Sunday, Jan. 1 The DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven becomes the Landers Center after Landers Auto Group agrees to a $1 million deal to rename the center.
Tuesday, Jan. 3 Iowans vote in the first caucuses of the 2012 presidential election. â€Ś Mississippi legislators convene for the 2012 session. Get news updates at jfpdaily.com.
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by Elizabeth Waibel In a statement announcing the potential closures, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said more than 35 percent of the Postal Serviceâ€™s retail revenue comes from expanded access locations and the Postal Service website, usps.com. â€œOur customersâ€™ habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business,â€? Donahoe said in the statement. While Jackson would have several fullservice, traditional post offices left, even with the closures, other communities might not be so lucky. In September, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippiâ€™s Second Congressional District wrote the postmaster general expressing concern about elderly and disabled people in rural communities without public transportation to travel to a post office. He also argued that closing post offices and mail-processing facilities and eliminating Saturday delivery is â€œunconscionableâ€? in light of current unemployment rates. Thompsonâ€™s office was not available for comment by press time. Fetterly said the Postal Service held community meetings in November about closing the Jackson post offices. Input from the community is important, she said, and customers who want to comment on the potential closures can write to Manager, Customer and Industry Contact, P.O. Box 99655, Jackson, MS, 39205-9655. Comment at www.jfp.ms. MIKE DAY
Saturday, Dec. 31 A squirrel monkey named BananaSam is abducted from a San Francisco zoo. A bystander found Banana-Sam about a mile away, coaxed him into his backpack and called the police who returned him safely to the zoo. â€Ś Some Jacksonians celebrate the end of 2011 by dropping â€œSippi the Catfish,â€? made from recycled glass, from a Fire Department bucket truck in front of Hal and Malâ€™s at midnight.
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Wednesday, Dec. 28 North Korea holds a funeral for its â€œdear leader,â€? Kim Jong Il, who died Dec. 17. â€Ś The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cites Huntington Ingalls Industries and five subcontractors for 50 safety violations at a Pascagoula shipyard, and proposed fining the companies more than $175,000.
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hereâ€™s a new restaurant gracing the streets of downtown Jackson that combines fusion sushi, hibachi offerings, and the best martini selection this side of State Street. The doors of Wasabi Bistro are open and ready to wow with fresh sushi fish shipped directly from Hawaii and seafood from the Atlantic Bay arriving daily. Add upscale dinner menu items like French-styled steaks and lamb chops, and your palate is in for a mixed styling of French and Asian cuisine. Sushi chef Ethan Huangâ€”well known in the New Orleans and Hammond, Louisiana, areas for his award-winning sushiâ€”demonstrates his professional sushi skills taking traditional sushi and fusing it with other cuisine styles. Business partner Lina Lynn, who has been in the restaurant business for 13 years, and Huang have been busy creating culinary cuisines, such as extensiveâ€”30 or more to be exactâ€”appetizer choices. From the Wasabi Wonderland, a Thai-style baked lobster with green papaya salad serving as the base, to the delectable unique sushi offerings from their sushi master, to a traditional hibachi meal, there is something for every palate at Wasabi. Along with Lynn and Huang, business partners Tami Munsch and Ronnie Isaac love their jobs. They are responsible for the â€œbar sideâ€? of Wasabi Bistro: in other words, if you like their martinis, drink specialties, or extensive wine list, you can thank them. â€œSpecialty drinks are geared towards the Magnolia State,â€? says Munsch. â€œWe use Lazy Magnolia and Cathead Vodka to keep the focus local.â€? For example, the Red Dragon specialty drink is served in a tiki bowl with a shot in the middle on fire; itâ€™s red and fruity with a lot of â€œkick,â€? according to Munsch. â€œItâ€™s a great specialty drink for two, but then again, who wants to share?â€? says Munsch. Wasabi Bistro is a great dining choice for lunch, a post-work gathering spot, or even a downtown late-night option for drinks and appetizers. With a super fast hibachi grill that can seat 40 and have you in and out in 30 minutes, itâ€™s time to drop your standby PB and J and hit up Wasabi. An inviting outside patio and courtyard area offer the perfect place for anytime, whether to take a break from your everyday workload or to embrace a long, lazy weekend afternoon or evening. Live music will be offered outside during special occasions, too. Itâ€™s also a great place to host a business meeting or even a private party on the patio.
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auto-theft division said that he and officers from the Flowood Police Department visited General Recycling in Flowood, the source of several complaints. Officials said that car-theft victims have complained that metal recyclers crush their cars in as little as an hour of receiving it. Russell said the companies were unclear on the law. â€œThey were under the impression that if the car is over 10 years old, they could crush it without title,â€? Russell said. He said that he told the on-site manager at General Recycling that the law requires companies to get a copy of the carâ€™s titleâ€”no matter how old it isâ€”along with the driverâ€™s license of the person who brings in the car. If the person doesnâ€™t have the title, he or she must sign an affidavit stating that they are the owner. An employee of General Recycling reached Dec. 29 declined an interview but said the company complies with all laws
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and referred further questions to Stan Flint, a local lobbyist for the metals recycling industry. â€œIâ€™m certain thereâ€™s not a problem with stolen cars being crushed,â€? Flint said. Assistant Police Chief Lee Vance said the stolen car-crushing problem appears to be escalating and recommended the department develop a comprehensive plan to protect citizens. Nationwide, metals theft has been trending upward since the economy started trending downward. While the most desirable material is copper, the price of which has increased by 50 percent in the past five years, thieves are also snatching up oldermodel derelict automobiles that are chockfull of potentially valuable steel, iron, plastics and rubber. In 2008, the U.S. Justice Department noted the trend in a report on the effects of abandoned cars on crime-fighting efforts. â€œIt also appears that the value of scrap metal in the form of â€˜auto bundlesâ€™ (bulk crushed cars) has increased in global markets, more than doubling from 2001 to late 2007. Higher prices seem to have been accompanied by growth in the number of U.S. businesses offering to tow junk cars for free,â€? the report states. Gary Bush, the national law enforcement liaison and director of material theft prevention for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries based in Washington, D.C., is a former police officer who also oversees the groupâ€™s Scrap Theft Alert system. He said he has witnessed an uptick in the past few years in the use of ISRIâ€™s theft-alert system, which law enforcement officials, scrap-metal recyclers and private citizens can access for no charge. â€œItâ€™s not the Cadillac Escalade, itâ€™s the â€˜82 sedan Deville sitting on concrete blocks in somebodyâ€™s backyard,â€? he said, adding that thieves will often alter the material before taking it to the junkyard to make it more difficult to identify as stolen. Add
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able-television networks such as Nick- with high ideals of presenting quality proelodeon and the Discovery Channel grams with an emphasis on arts and educashould serve as economic models for tion. Bravo! now gives us surreal housewives public broadcasting, Gov. Haley Bar- in catfights instead of ballet. A&E gives us bour quipped recently. The governor intro- “Storage Wars,” “Dog the Bounty Hunter” duced his budget last month and, as expected, and “Hoarders.” The Learning Channel now he called for cuts in education, the arts and goes by TLC with a schedule of shows that inMississippi Public Broadcasting. clude “Say Yes to the Dress,” “Sister Wives,” “Mississippi taxpayers should not con- “Strange Sex” and “Toddlers and Tiaras.” tinue subsidizing a television and radio network, so I also again recommend a sharp reduction of 15 percent in the appropriation for Mississippi Public Broadcasting,” Barbour said at his fiscal-year 2013 budget recommendation unveiling. “MPB must rely more on private sponsorship than tax dollars to operate, and the board of directors has committed to more aggressively raise funds to go toward budgeting purposes. This decrease should begin a reduction in funding for MPB “Sons of Guns” is a show on the Discovery Channel. that will ultimately result in its operating on private donations or advertising The two networks Barbour specifically revenues, except for educational program- mentioned as models for MPB—Nickelming used by MDE.” odeon and The Discovery Channel—have A legal obstacle is in the way of this vi- prime-time line-ups designed to attract adsion. MPB can’t sell ads, not the type of com- vertising and viewers. Nickelodeon’s evening mercials you see on television or hear on the shows start with “SpongeBob SquarePants,” radio. Legally, as a member station of the Cor- then moves into its Nick at Nite fare, includporation for Public Broadcasting, a sponsor ing reruns of the syndicated shows “My Wife message is limited in what it can say. It can’t use and Kids” and “That ’70s Show.” An evening adjectives to say how great it is or how bad a watching Discovery might include episodes competitor is. It can’t tell the audience to go to of “American Chopper,” “Moonshiners” and a department store sale or buy a new car. The “Sons of Guns.” understated nature of its advertising is central The cable networks survive partly because not just to retain funding from certain sources, of the old reruns and partly because of the it’s also conducive to maintaining a tone of lower costs of reality programming. Producing calm objectivity. an episode of “NOVA” with its explanatory Republicans have suggested using cable graphics, accurate science and quality sound is networks as an example of how to broadcast going to cost more than hanging out with a the arts, children’s programming and science group of gold diggers—whether it’s the gruff documentaries without government funding. men on Discovery’s “Gold Rush” or the frusThe implication is that the market has a place trated women playing parts on any of Bravo!’s for classical music, ballet, educational shows “Real Housewives” shows. and scientific discoveries. You could make an argument for many But look what happened to A&E, Bravo! of these shows. We get an in-depth look at and The Learning Channel. All started out subcultures and personalities. “MythBusters”
and “Cash Cab” are two Discovery shows that just as easily might appear on public television. Many shows on commercial TV and commercial radio are probably great enough to be on public broadcasting, but much of what we get on cable TV is meant to sell Viagra. The reality-show craze has multiplied out of control; the most popular shows now appeal to the lowest common denominator. I can’t make the argument that the Jersey Shore youth subculture deserves more examination. It’s like the worst of MySpace on steroids and tequila. The other call from Barbour—the one that encourages more private support—would be a tough sell in Mississippi. It’s easy to look at a successful, privately funded public broadcasting system like Oregon Public Broadcasting and assume Mississippi could have the same success. Much is different between OPB and MPB. OPM, started in 1922 as a physics experiment and has had wide support from private donors for a long time. MPB didn’t begin until 1970 and serves a less educated and poorer audience. As the Jackson Free Press reported last May, MPB’s radio coverage was crucial in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. MPB bought much of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency communications equipment, and MEMA relies on MPB’s radio towers that cover the state for its emergency services. MPB takes its public service seriously, with programs like “Quorum,” “Mississippi’s Big Problem” (we’re fat and metabolically challenged) and “Job Hunter.” Some MPB critics in the Legislature complained last year that “Mississippi Roads,” the only show they thought worthy on MPB, had no new episodes. That’s because MPB didn’t have the funding to produce more. Mississippi culture is still showcased on programs like “Sucarnochee Revue” and “Writers.” I haven’t seen anything like that on Nick at Nite or on an episode of “Pitchmen.” Have you? Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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Taking TCI’s Land Back 2012 with no promise of GO-Zone backing. Not only is JRA going back to the drawing board with new proposals, other projects unrelated to the convention-center complex are popping up. They even include a luxury hotel, separate from convention-center plans. Joseph Simpson is planning to build a high-end hotel in downtown Jackson. He would develop a site near the federal courthouse and also re-open the Iron Horse Grill a few blocks away. Simpson briefly described his development projects to the Jackson Redevelopment Authority board Dec. 28 during the group’s regular monthly meeting. His intention is to get $15 million in bonds from the JRA to help fund work for both projects. “I’ve been working on this for a couple years,” Simpson said during a break in the meeting. He said he hadn’t taken the story to the media before last week’s meeting because he wanted to work out all the details first. Simpson said his group, Capital Hotel Associates LLC, plans to build a $55-million, 205-room Westin hotel facing Congress Street. It would be a full-service luxury hotel with amenities such as a spa. Plans call for a nine-story structure on the property where the Mississippi Valley Title building now stands at 315 Tombigbee St. Simpson said crews will have to demolish the old building. The total cost of re-opening the Iron Horse Grill and building the Westin hotel comes to $61 million, Simpson said. He is asking the JRA for $12.5 million in bonds for the hotel and $2.5 million in bonds for the restaurant. The board did not vote on the
A Dearth of Taxes
January 4 - 10, 2012
tions, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, which has an operations center here. The exemptions were for a percentage of ad valorem taxes, or taxes assessed on the value of real estate or property,
t’s no secret that Jackson needs businesses inside the city limits to pay taxes and provide jobs and services. But at a City Council meeting last week, council members debated whether the city is reaping enough economic benefits to make some business tax exemptions worthwhile. At stake was a collection of tax exemptions for companies making improvements, adding equipment or expanding. Instead of paying the full amount of taxes on the value of the improvements, companies can apply for partial tax abatement. That way, they can avoid paying up to 50 percent of what they would normally owe on the improvements. The goal of the abatements is to encourage businesses to stay and grow within city limits, but some Council members said they did not have time to adequately consider granting abatements before the year-end deadline. Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon said Council members should examine the tax abatements in committee before the full council votes to see if the city is getting the benefits it expects. She said she was concerned that many of the 14 tax exemptions the 10 council voted on were going to large corpora-
Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret BarrettSimon voted against partial tax abatements due to a lack of information.
that businesses must pay when they expand or improve their property. Council President Frank Bluntson argued that without tax exemptions, businesses would be more likely to move outside the city to surrounding areas, such as Ridgeland, leaving behind vacant buildings. “If we do what we have to do to keep businesses in the city of Jackson, we pay the
bonds and won’t until the initial vetting and application process is complete. Brookins said this would include examining financial agreeCOURTESY CAPITAL HOTEL ASSOCIATES
ason Brookins, executive director of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority, has the go-ahead to do whatever it takes to get the land across from the Jackson Convention Center out of the hands of developer TCI MS. The JRA board voted Dec. 28, after a lengthy executive session, to give Brookins the authority to take any action regarding the sale and redevelopment of property meant for TCI’s now defunct plans for a convention center hotel. Pearl, Pascagoula, Farish and Mill streets border the downtown lots. “The first step is to negotiate a settlement,” Brookins told the Jackson Free Press. The city and JRA made its initial agreement with TCI in 2007. “Because TCI wanted to develop a hotel, we did things to assist them.” Part of that help included securing a $7 million federal Housing and Urban Development loan designed to encourage urban economic growth. Brookins said he couldn’t comment on reports that TCI never made any payments on that loan. TCI did ask for more funding with bonds, however, asking the city and JRA to foot 100 percent of the bill. The complications and questions multiplied, culminating in JRA’s end-of-the-year push to open a new request for proposals. TCI and one other company, Journeyman Austin Holdings, submitted proposals in December. The JRA rejected both, despite the temptation of possibly securing Gulf Opportunity Zone bonds, or GO-Zone bonds, no longer an option after Dec. 31. The JRA will put out a new request for proposals in the first quarter of
Developers envision a hotel like the Westin Galleria in Edina, Minn., (pictured) in downtown Jackson facing Congress Street.
ments of Capital Hotel Associates. Simpson is working with Minnesotabased Wischermann Partners on the concept of the hotel. Wischermann operates the Westin Galleria hotel in Edina, Minn., and Simpson said it would operate the proposed Jackson hotel. The architects, construction companies
and other members of Capital Hotel Associates are local, Simpson told the JRA board. Capital Hotel Associates would also use New Market Tax Credits to fund the developments as well as personal investments. Congress created those credits in 2000 to spur new or increased investments into operating businesses and real-estate projects located in lowincome communities. Simpson told the board he’d also like to put some money toward developing a trolley system downtown. “It is something that will change the perception of downtown,” he said. A financial adviser at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Jackson, Simpson is also part owner of Julep and Mint restaurants. Capital Hotel Associates is a separate entity. Before Simpson spoke, board member Brian Fenelon mentioned for the sake of disclosure that he worked with Simpson but had no knowledge or interest in Capital Hotel Associates. The board also discussed creating a strict policy to vet the professionals and consultants it hires. The desire for change is due in part to the many complicated relationships revealed in the TCI convention center hotel deal. For example, Porter Bingham of the Malachi Group is a financial adviser for the city of Jackson who also consulted TCI. In the future, the JRA wants to avoid that type of conflict. A committee is working on a specific process for identifying any potential conflicts of interest or qualification issues. The board will vote on the policy at a future meeting. Comment at www.jfp.ms. by Elizabeth Waibel
price, but we also get the benefit of keeping them here,” Bluntson said. Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes, at his last meeting on the City Council, said Jackson needs abatements to keep businesses in the city, adding that Jackson almost lost Saks a few years ago. Still, he said the companies receiving tax abatements should demonstrate a commitment to the community, perhaps by helping with the city’s summer jobs program. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said the amount of the abatements depends on the cost of improvements the business makes. Some businesses regularly apply for the exemptions. “You’re going to see the same companies over and over, just about every year,” he said. Barrett-Simon said she would normally vote for the tax abatements, but voted against them this time due to a lack of information about how one of them, Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation, had benefited the city in the past. “I don’t think that anybody has showed us that we’re getting the benefit from these tax reductions,” she said. Johnson said that usually the council would get documentation about what percentage of the companies’ employees are Jackson residents and whether they participate in
the city’s summer jobs program, but that information was not attached this time. The council voted 5-1 to pass the tax exemptions, with Barrett-Simon voting against them, Ward 5 Councilman Charles Tillman abstaining and Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber voting against the Milwaukee Electric Tool exemption due to the lack of information about how that company’s tax abatements had benefited the city in the past. The City Council made frequent reference to Stokes’ last meeting after a long tenure on the council. So far, it looks like three candidates have thrown their hats into the race ahead of a Feb. 14 special election. LaRita Cooper-Stokes, Kenneth Stokes’ wife, is a former candidate for justice court judge. Albert Wilson is the founder of the nonprofit Genesis and Light Center. Other local media outlets have reported that the Rev. John Taylor Jr., a gospel singer and organizer for the annual Frank E. Melton Sr. Thanksgiving Dinner, will also run, but Taylor was not available for comment at press time. Another potential candidate, Sacha Moses Hamilton, considered running, but decided last week not to seek the Ward 3 seat. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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New Year, New Start
ecently, the Jackson Redevelopment Authority decided to stop and breathe rather than be bulldozed into making a decision without having all the information they needed for the proposed convention-center hotel. This past week, the organizationâ€™s board went a step farther. Members voted to take any action necessary to wrest the valuable downtown property the hotel will eventually occupy from the jaws of the developer that owns it, TCI. JRA is also considering a strict policy to vet any consultant or professional that it may hire in the future to avoid embarrassing, not to mention potentially illicit, conflicts of interest. We applaud all of those decisions. For too long, Jackson has been held hostage by the sweet deal TCI landed with former Mayor Frank Melton. It seems that without a mayor in its pocket, the developer just couldnâ€™t pull it together without asking the cityâ€™s already overburdened property owners to foot the bill. Itâ€™s about time the city finds someone who will get the job done. Like any decision that involves the money that a convention center hotel will require, the first plan may not always be the best. In the case of TCI, this paper has been pointing out concerns with the company for years (see jfp.ms/hotel). The city of Jackson should be at least as careful when choosing the company it keeps as any one of us might choose someone to assist with our personal finances. That just makes good common sense. Whether weâ€™re looking out for our families, our businesses, our city, or ourselves, it behooves us to take the time we need to fully understand the problem to begin with. Once thatâ€™s identified, we need to maintain vigilance in finding a solutionâ€”and itâ€™s not always the first oneâ€”and then carry the solution through to completion. The strategy is the same for losing weight, changing a bad habit or redeveloping downtown; itâ€™s only the details that change. Jackson has too often jumped on the first bandwagon to make its noisy way through the City Council and the mayorâ€™s office. The results always seem to be the same: delays, cost explosions, more delays, bigger money, ad nauseam. As we turn our attention back to downtown in the coming year, letâ€™s look for new, possibly better solutions that arenâ€™t mired in an antiquated way of economic thinking. Itâ€™s time to get going. Put some fresh, vital energy into downtownâ€™s vacant buildings, for example, by inviting young creatives to make use of the space at cut ratesâ€”make the spaces vibrant instead of vacant. And concentrate on local businesses that employ local people and bring local dollars to the cityâ€™s coffers. Just pay attention, Jackson. It matters.
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Embracing Who I Am
â€™m a fan of MSNBCâ€™s â€œMorning Joe.â€? At the end of every show, in a segment called â€œWhat have we learned today,â€? each of the hosts tells one thing new that they learned on thatâ€™s dayâ€™s show. Itâ€™s always interesting, because as well-read as the hosts are, they still take in some new information almost daily. No matter how old we are, no matter how much we â€œknow,â€? time is the best teacher. If Iâ€™ve found one thing in 2011, itâ€™s that you never, ever stop learning. Everyone talks about resolutions in the new year, but I chose to reflect on those things revealed to me over the past 365 days. I have a lot of anxiety preparing a child for college. My oldest will be attending Jackson State University next fall majoring in biology and environmental science. Sheâ€™s graduating top of her class, and we are all proud of her. But once I started thinking about books, college parties and dorm visitation, I was more flustered than she was on high-school day at JSU. Parents know the feeling of watching a child grow into adulthood. I remember like it was yesterday my daughter sitting in her car seat on my desk at the Jackson Advocate as I conducted an interview. Now, in 2011, we were talking about new vehicles and freshman curriculums. As my oldest pushed closer to higher education in 2011, my youngest daughter had her first birthday. Last year, I learned wrangling with a toddler is a lot of work. I got back into the swing of getting up with the roosters, dressing an already hyper little girl and getting her to day care. I learned that when itâ€™s time, I can pick up where I left offâ€”even if itâ€™s been 14 years. Not to leave out those two boys of mineâ€”16 and 14â€”by any means. In 2011, I learned that even as I try to be a role model, I have to let teenage boys grow into their own personalities. I had to recall when my dad was perplexed at my â€œstyle,â€? when he didnâ€™t understand the new slang or the new music he heard
blaring from my room. At this stage, I know I need to remain firm but approachable enough to where my sons can talk to me about anything. Most importantly, I learned about myself this past year. You guys have read about the ups and downs in my life through my columns and blogs. I spent most of 2010 trying to be what others wanted me to be, whether it was working in the corporate world, working in the community or running a downtown venue. I tried to dress like folks wanted me to. I pulled far away from my music. I bit my tongue for fear of â€œoffendingâ€? someone important. I lived for others as much as I urged people to do just the opposite. But maturity is becoming aware and proud of who you are and embracing it; others be damned. I realized that I missed music. I missed doing something that Iâ€™m damn good at, and I should never have stopped because someone else suggested that it would be frowned upon. In 2012, I will release new music. I learned that some people feel like they canâ€™t take me seriously because most refer to me by my noms de guerre. Regardless of what Iâ€™m doing, whether business, music, or politics, I will always be Kamikaze, Kaz or Kaze to those that know me. If you wish to refer to me as Brad or Mr. Franklin, cool, but if you choose to dismiss me because of my â€œname,â€? then youâ€™re only making yourself look silly. As much as I tried to run from â€œKamikazeâ€? in 2010, I learned in â€™11 that he is just as much a part of me as anything. How can I betray what is a part of me? This year I learned to embrace who I am: a husband, a father, an artist, a businessman, Jacksonian and fighter! Happy 2012 to you all, JFP nation. Hope you take the lessons of 2011 and make them work for you in the new year. And thatâ€™s the truth ... sho-nuff.
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n the ancient Greek comedy â€œLysistrata,â€? the eponymous heroine leads the women of Greece to engage in a very â€Ś intimate protest. The women of Greece refused sexual relations with their husbands until the men declared peace in the Peloponnesian War. Women have engaged in â€œLysistrata protestsâ€? all over the world. It was a Lysistrata protest that preceded the 2006 disarmament of rival drug gangs in Peteria, Colombia, and a 2009 protest by Kenyan women that led to laws aimed at curbing the transmission of HIV/AIDS through prostitution. On Jan. 13, Mississippi will see a Lysistrata protest all its own. Unlike the women of Kenya and Colombia, we arenâ€™t calling for the literal replication of Lysistrataâ€™s methods. Sex as a weapon has a long and fraught history, and calls for the resolution of questions that are far too complicated to be resolved in this column. Instead, we will perform a reading of scenes from the play as part of a protest against the proposed re-introduction of the failed Personhood Initiative in the Mississippi Legislature. Why â€œLysistrataâ€?? Because the time has come for Mississippi women to occupy the political conversation. It is time for us to stand in solidarity and refuse to passively cooperate with a state government that ignores the social and economic realities that punctuate the lives of women in the Deep South. It is time for us to rebel at the ballot box. Mississippi is a hostile place for women and girls. In this state, 52 percent of single mothers live in poverty, and 9.6 percent of women are unemployed, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Those women who can find work are paid 75 cents to every dollar paid to their male counterparts. Women in Mississippi donâ€™t just struggle financially. Mississippi ranks second highest in the nation for domestic violence, and ninth in the nation for murder by intimate partners, according to the latest numbers from National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Yet, as the Jackson Free Press has meticulously detailed, Gov. Haley Barbour released or pardoned four domestic murderers. Mississippi, it seems, doesnâ€™t just pay women 75 percent as much as men, it values them much less than men as well. Is it any wonder, then, that Mississippi has earned the distinction of being only one of five states where women occupy fewer than 15
percent of legislative seats? Just 26 women serve in the Mississippi Legislature, a number that makes our electoral politics only slightly more woman-friendly than Alabama and South Carolina. When Lynn Fitch is sworn in as treasurer this month, she will be one of only three Mississippi women to have held a statewide position. In fact, Mississippi is one of just four states to have never elected a woman to federal office. So what is a Mississippi woman to do? Run for office. Women must occupy the ballots. We must run for office and fight for a place in the political arena. We must demand to be represented in government equally. The status of women in Mississippi will never improve until women have an equal voice in the creation of the laws that guide our body politic. We know how to organize. When Initiative 26 was placed on the November ballot, women across the state organized and agitated. The women refused to allow the men who directed the Personhood Initiative to bend them to their will. It was women who led the charge: Mothers and daughters started Facebook groups and bought yard signs and bumper stickers; college-aged women tabled and protested at every football game in the Grove. Teenage girls turned out with their mothers at events and protests, faced for the first time in their memory with a law threatening their well-being. Now itâ€™s time to take the next step. We must coalesce that energy into a non-partisan, statewide movement to place women in the halls of power, to support male candidates who champion women, and to be a driving force in any debate over proposed legislation that threatens the health and freedom of us and our families. Our Lysistrata moment has come. Will you join us? The â€œNo Means Noâ€? Protest Against Personhood is 6-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at the Eudora Welty Commons (719 N. Congress St.) The protest will include a reading of scenes from the play â€œLysistrata,â€? and performances by local bands. All performances are free. Whitney Barkley is a local consumer-protection attorney, teacher and professional hell-raiser. She lives in Belhaven with her boyfriend, an organizer with the ACLU. Their children will probably grow up to be right-wingers.
It is time for us to refuse to passively cooperate with government that ignores the realities that punctuate the lives of women in the Deep South.
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Republicans proved they can win elections. Now they must prove they can govern. by R.L. Nave
January 4 - 10, 2012
January, and for the first time since Recon- monious relationship when the Legislature struction, Republicans will also control the convenes in January or if they just wanted state House of Representatives. to get the hell out of Dodge before the winThe GOP literally controls the hori- ter break remains to be seen. zontal and the vertical: As part of his budWhat is clear is that Republicans will get recommendation, Barbour called for have the next five months to prove that pulling the plug on state support for Mis- they’re as good at running Mississippi as sissippi Public Broadcasting, starting with they are at winning elections here. a 15 percent reduction to the agency that funds MPB in the next fiscal year with the The Playing Field hope that MPB can become self-funding. In mid-December, new lawmakers No matter what political parties say gathered in Jackson for a two-day orientaabout the merits of keeping power bal- tion organized by Mississippi Institutions anced, it’s the kind of opportunity that makes political parties salivate. But given the formidability of Mississippi’s challenges, it’s also the kind of situation that should terrify them. Now that they have absolute control, Republicans must govern. The responsibility of turning around Mississippi’s first-in-everything-bad reputation to right: State Treasurer Tate Reeves, first lady Marsha Barbour, falls squarely to their Left Gov. Haley Barbour and Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant before Bryant shoulders. addressed the Mississippi Economic Council’s 2011 Hobnob event. “They’ve never Observers say how the relationship between Gov.-elect Bryant and governed, and we Lt. Gov.-elect Reeves evolves during the session is critical to watch. have,” said State Rep. Steve Holland, a Plantersville Democrat, who’s been a committee of Higher Learning. Marty Wiseman, dichairman for 22 of the 28 years he’s served rector of the Stennis Institute for Governin the Legislature. “Now, the jury is out on ment at Mississippi State University, has how we’ve governed, but I could talk to you participated in the event for years. all day long about all the progress we’ve “I can tell from this group already, made since I walked in the door.” they’re ready to get to work,” he said. “It’s Now that Republicans have control, always funny to watch new legislators. the conventional thinking is that the GOP They want to get to work at 6 o’ clock in will run roughshod with its agenda, turning the morning and work until 9 at night and every conservative fantasy into reality. just do stuff. There are going to be some Or maybe not. Both political parties very unhappy campers.” have indicated a desire to play nicely toIf anyone is concerned about the domgether, and both sides seem resigned that inant party ramming legislation through more will have to be done with less. the process, Wiseman said they should stop In mid-December, the Joint Legislative worrying. Budget Committee passed a framework for The first month of the session will a spending plan that was surprisingly free move slowly as lawmakers get a feel for of acrimony. Whether the fact that the two the capitol and learn their way around the sides were able to agree on a working bud- building and through the lawmaking proget plan is an indication of a coming har- cess. The first thing that had to happen was
n Dec. 20, Haley Barbour stepped to the podium on the 18th floor of the Walter Sillers office building to make his final budget recommendation to reporters—and started hacking away at state agencies. Barbour, whom the state Constitution requires to submit a budget proposal each year he serves as governor, showed no mercy as he called for trimming back funding for education, health care, conservation, agriculture, economic development, prisons and the arts. He proposed reductions for the state’s legislative and judicial branches, too, and even recommended spending cuts for the governor’s office and mansion for his successor, fellow Republican Phil Bryant. In a few days, the conservative bulwark Barbour leaves the governor’s chair after eight years reportedly to return the BGR Group, the Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm he co-founded in the early 1990s, while Mississippi sorts through our budget mess back here on the home front. There’s no guarantee that the Mississippi Legislature, which went into session Tuesday, Jan. 3, will ever vote on a budget that looks like Barbour’s $5.5 billion plan, but the parties likely will draw battle lines along the same philosophical boundaries that Barbour has already staked out. And Barbour’s party will probably get a lot of what they want. In case you haven’t heard, Republicans now control Mississippi. They control the treasury, which means they control the disbursement and investment of state funds. Republicans control the agriculture and commerce departments, which means they control what we eat. They control the audit department, which means Republicans have authority over how government entities use public money. They control the secretary of state’s office, which oversees elections and regulates business in Mississippi. A Republican lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate, which means they control which laws that body considers. A Republican occupies the governor’s seat, which means they have the final say 14 over what bills become laws. Starting in
electing a new speaker on Jan. 3. That person is Rep. Philip Gunn of Clinton, whom the caucus elected in a closed-door meeting in November. Next comes the selection of committee chairpersons, who have the power to let bills die or send them to the floor for votes. Many of the chairpersons will also be new, and they will have to learn their role in the process. “It’ll be a whole lot clumsier getting off the ground than people expect it to be. People think Republicans will come in firing with both barrels. The sheer task of getting organized takes several weeks to get off the ground,” Wiseman said. In addition to just seeing new faces in leadership positions, there will be a noticeable ideological shift in the committee heads as well, Wiseman said. “You get the idea it’s a Republican atmosphere. Democrats, even when they are in charge they tend to be fairly free-spirited, and sometimes you never know which direction they’re going to head. Republicans seem to be a whole lot more organized and a whole lot more regimented by the leadership,” Wiseman said. Since Election Day, Republican leaders have repeated the mantra that under the GOP, the Legislature will pass strong conservative legislation. Wiseman continued: “I would say you are going to get a typically conservative Republican attitude that is going to permeate all legislation. It’s going to take a very Republican tone.” Holland agreed with Wiseman’s assessment, adding that Republicans’ desire to pursue a decidedly conservative agenda will be a distraction early on. “I think we’re going to have to struggle to focus on the real issues that are facing this state,” he said. “We’re probably going to be hit with a barrage of things like drugtesting for welfare recipients, immigration issues and possibly more attacks on the rights of the voter. “We’re going to be thrown more prolife issues if that’s possible. We’ll face Proposition 26 legislatively, I’m sure. Things like that will take up a lot of our time but will not produce a lot of meat and potatoes for our citizenry.”
Barbour’s budget, which he character“With the Republican takeover in the ized as a “return to discipline,” is more or House, some of these types of conservative less a harbinger for partisan battles to come bills that have been passed previously in the over many of the isSenate and have sues Holland outlined: either been altered redistricting, immigradramatically or tion, education, health just killed entirely care and implementin the House will ing a voter-identificaget a second look tion law that voters apwith this newly proved in November. configured leaderDuring past sesship,” Fillingane sions, the Republicantold the JFP. led state Senate passed House Demobills to allow privately crats shot down run charter schools to both the immigraopen in Mississippi as tion bill and have well as an immigration Derrick Johnson, president of the state repeatedly balked bill modeled after con- branch of the National Association for the at the idea of estroversial laws in Ari- Advancement of Colored People, fears tablishing charter zona and Alabama that the Republican-led Legislature might seek schools, arguto roll back civil rights advances of blacks would have required and other minority groups. ing that doing so local law enforcement would suck reto investigate people sources away from they suspect are in the country illegally. traditional public schools. State Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, who authored the immigration bill, said The Battle Lines Republican lawmakers will likely revive For both parties, living within the alboth issues this year. lowance the state budget provides will be
tricky. Gov. Barbour and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee in November adopted a tentative plan for the 2013 fiscal year, which begins July 2012 and is based on only a 0.7 percent increase in revenue. Every year, ideological battle lines are drawn over health care, especially mental-health services and Medicaid, and education. This year will be no different. “If we have a fight over funding, it’ll be over education and health care,” said state Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson. From the looks of Barbour’s proposal, that funding fight seems more of a matter of when not if. In total, the Barbour budget reduced higher-education funding by 2.8 percent to $861 million from $886 million in fiscal year 2012. This included approximately $5.9 million to community colleges (Barbour added that like public broadcasting, community-college athletic programs should some day fund themselves). Meanwhile, Barbour whacked public health by 4.3 percent to $51.4 million from $53.7 million the previous year. Even though he said health care got a “screwing” in Barbour’s budget, Holland said he doesn’t intend to be much of a thorn in the side of the new Republican
leadership in the House—as long as they don’t “take the meat ax” to hammer down spending on social safety-net programs like Medicaid. Holland, who planned to vote for Speaker-designee Gunn, said he hopes that the new speaker will use his expertise from chairing the health-care appropriations subcommittee for 22 years. “I’m going to with every ounce of conciliatory leadership I can muster, get along with these Republicans—they won. I wouldn’t say fair and square, but they won, and I hope they succeed. But when it comes to the least and most vulnerable among us, they’ve got me to contend with before they put the dagger in their heart,” Holland said. Late in the year, Barbour made signaled a need to inject the flow of revenue to the state. In November, he wrote a letter to U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and Lamar Alexander, Republicans from Wyoming and Tennessee, respectively, expressing support for a bill they authored that would allow states to collect sales tax on online purchases. “Fifteen years ago, when e-commerce was still a nascent industry, it made sense More STAMPEDE, see page 16
A Wish List for DV Legislation that he intends to work hard on whatever package of bills Hood intends to propose. Sandy Middleton, executive director of the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl and a regular victim’s advocate at the capitol, wasn’t quite as reticent to speak, although she, too, indicated that nothing was written in stone, yet. Until advocates know who will be chairing committees, Middleton said, it’s unproductive to finalize strategy and a specific action list. That doesn’t mean she’s without a wish list for legislation. Middleton mentioned three areas where additional legislation would help protect victims: strengthening confidentiality laws for shelter records; going statewide with a batterer’s intervention program; and giving victims of domestic violence an easier path to divorce. Regarding strengthening confidentiality for shelter records, Middleton said that much of the information victims provide to shelters or victims’ advocates, such as where they’re living, could put victims in danger if it were to fall into the wrong hands. Additionally, she’s not thrilled to provide abusers potential ammunition against their victims to be used in child custody or divorce proceedings. Mississippi courts, she indicated, frequently side with attorneys representing batterers in such cases instead of with their victims. “It’s important to develop trust,” Middleton said of the relationship between shelters and their clients. Victims need to know that the details of their lives are safe with the people and organizations they have turned to for help. In 2009, the center spearheaded an effort to bring a batterer’s intervention program to the Jackson area, and its ANDY CHILDERS
ith all the new faces in the Mississippi Legislature this year, advocates for new and strengthened laws to protect victims of domestic violence are being non-committal about the specific legislation they plan to introduce during this year’s session. Women’s advocates all seem to agree on one thing, though: Former Rep. Brandon Jones, D-Pascagoula, will be missed. During his tenure in the state House of Representatives, Jones sponsored several bills to help protect domestic-violence victims, including one to strengthen the state’s stalking laws and another to add strangulation to the list of aggravating actions that increase a domestic assault charge from a misdemeanor to a felony. Jones’ passion for the issue came from his constituents’ outrage when, in 2008, Gov. Haley Barbour suspended Michael Graham’s life sentence for murdering his ex-wife, Adrienne Klasky. (Graham was one of four domestic murderers the governor pardoned during his tenure.) Graham spent years abusing and stalking Klasky. Then, on April 7, 1989, he pulled up alongside her and shot her in the head as she was waiting for a light to change in downtown Pascagoula. Jones went as far as introducing a bill to add accountability to the governor’s pardoning powers, such as getting advice from the parole board and providing notification to the victim’s family. That bill, unlike many others he introduced, went nowhere. “He was a tremendous leader on this issue,” said Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, about Jones. “I’m hoping to find someone who can pick up the mantle.” On the Senate side of the state capitol, Blount has also sponsored numerous domestic-violence bills; however, he would not reveal a game plan for the 2012 session. The senator indicated that Attorney General Jim Hood generally led the charge on those issues, and although they have spoken, Blount was keeping mum. Hood did not respond to our request for an interview. “We haven’t finalized everything,” Blount said, adding
program is still the only one of its kind in Mississippi. The program has succeeded everywhere the CVP has instituted a program, and Middleton said that she would like to see Mississippi adopt the intervention model statewide, providing additional resources and covering a wider area than the CVP can hope to do. “It’s a proven program,” she said, citing a recidivism rate of less than 1 percent for the hundreds of men and women who have completed the program offered through the CVP. Judges sentence batterers to attend the 12-week program in lieu of putting them in jail or simply setting them free. Unlike anger management, the BIP focuses on examining and changing batterers’ core beliefs toward their victims. The program gets to the root of the belief systems—power and control issues, for example, or male privilege— that keep the cycle of violence in place, thus allowing for fundamental changes in thinking and behavior. Regarding the state’s stringent divorce laws, Middleton doesn’t see a lot of hope in pushing for laws friendlier to victims; however, that doesn’t keep her from advocating for change. Divorce is often the final bit of power a batterer can keep over his or her victim, she said, and Mississippi’s laws don’t make divorce easy or affordable. “The offenders are just having fun,” she said of batterers who often drag out divorce proceedings for years, forcing their victims to spend thousands of dollars and hours reliving traumatic events. “It’s victimizing them all over again.”
by Ronni Mott
to exempt startups like Amazon.com from or raise local taxes to make ends meet but is collecting and remitting sales taxes in states skeptical that any kind of tax increase will where they had no facilities,” Barbour make it onto the House floor. wrote. “Today, e-commerce has grown, “I don’t think there’s anything that and there is simply no longer a compelling we’re going to vote on that’s going to raise reason for government to continue giving revenue,” Baria said. online retailers special Barbour’s successor treatment over small has already indicated businesses.” that he’s cold to the Barbour said that idea. “To say it is time states should be alto raise taxes on the lowed to collect taxes items that we’re buying however they see fit, on the Internet now, in and warned that failure the worst economy in to “level the playing modern history—it’s field” could put Main just something that Street retail operators I’m not in favor of,” out of business. Bryant told WTOKThat Mississippi’s TV in Meridian. notoriously anti-tax Rep. Rita Martinson, R-Madison, Some Republican Republican governor wants to establish schools in legislators like Rita Mississippi. She also believes called for what some lawmakers should debate the issue of Martinson of Madiconsider a tax increase online sales tax in committee. son think lawmakers understandably raised should at least debate eyebrows and distanced the issue in commitBarbour from notable members of his own tee. “It’s not fair for existing businesses to party. Phil Bryant, Barbour’s lieutenant be burdened with collecting the taxes and governor and successor, balked at the idea. have their competitors online not have to Barbour also noted a state Department charge tax; however, I think people benefit of Revenue report showing Mississippi’s by not paying taxes online, so there’s a fine November revenue collections estimates line that we’ll have to cross on that,” Marfell below the estimate by 1.5 percent, or al- tinson said. most $4.9 million. A few days later, he sent a letter to legislative leaders and the Joint The Conflicts Legislative Budget Committee, whom he Eventually, Republicans will hit their cautioned against relying on a $20 million stride and start behaving like the party pharmaceutical legal settlement to shore up that’s in charge. When they do, a numthe state budget. ber of Democratic-allied groups fear that “I urge you to not be misled to think Republicans will proceed with putting in this $20 million in legal-settlement funds place a radical conservative agenda. represents a windfall for budgeting purAs part of its 2011 legislative agenda, poses; it does not. The state must repay the the Mississippi Tea Party outlined issues it majority of these funds back to the federal expects the Legislature to address: “illegal government. The federal government is en- immigration,” state sovereignty, education titled to reimbursement of its share of over- reform, “unconstitutional welfare propayments. I urge you not to include these grams” and performance-based budgeting. funds in your legislative budget recommenThe prominence of the Tea Party and dation for FY 2013,” Barbour wrote. other far-right activist groups has blacks Anticipating a budget fight with House worried. In early December, about 300 Republicans, David Baria, a Democrat people met for the Black Leadership Sumfrom Bay St. Louis, said lawmakers could essentially face the decision to cut teachers More STAMPEDE, see page 19 ADAM LYNCH
by Elizabeth Waibel
Of Mergers and MAEP
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As in years past, the upcoming legislative session is likely to leave Mississippi’s public schools inadequately funded.
s the Mississippi Legislature writes the 2013 budget, funding for public schools is likely to be up for debate. Specifically, legislators will consider how much funding to put toward the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which makes up the bulk of public K-12 funding. Although law requires the Legislature to fund the program, it rarely does. The 2012 budget left MAEP underfunded by $237 million, and this season’s budget discussions aren’t likely to reverse course and provide full funding. The Department of Education estimated that funding MAEP—the formula for adequate funding for public schools—will cost more than $2.2 billion. Gov. Haley Barbour’s budget recommendations allot just under $2 billion for the program, a 2 percent cut from fiscal year 2012.
What Is MAEP?
The Joint Legislative Budget Committee, chaired by governor-elect Phil Bryant, has recommended level funding for MAEP—no cuts, but nothing to get funding up to “adequate” levels either. Barbour’s budget recommendations also figured in a 3 percent reduction in funding for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, which oversees the state’s public colleges and universities, and a 2 percent cut to funding for community colleges. The Legislative Budget Committee recommended cutting the IHL budget by just under 2 percent. As he did in 2009, Barbour called for consolidating the state’s three historically black universities and merging the Mississippi University for Women with Mississippi State University. When Barbour proposed the mergers last time, students, alumni and legislators criticized the plan, which was ultimately dropped.
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The Mississippi Adequate Education Program, or MAEP, is a formula the state uses to figure out how much money each school district needs. The Legislature passed the program in 1994; it is intended to ensure that poorer school districts with fewer local resources—but often more needy students—get enough money to operate well. The Legislature has only fully met MAEP’s budget requirements three times in the last decade.
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mit to discuss problems facing African have some veteran members who know Americans in Mississippi, but foremost on how to use the rules, the Stennis Instituteâ€™s everyoneâ€™s mind were the results of the re- Wiseman said. â€œYou have a very skillful cent election. black caucus. Their numbers are too big to â€œWithin 30 days, weâ€™re going to see a ignore. Thereâ€™ll be a role for them.â€? radical restructuring of state government Most notably, Democrats will have an like weâ€™ve never seen before,â€? Derrick John- opportunity to make their presence felt on son, president of the Mississippi branch of the budget. To pass a spending bill, a mathe National Association for the Advance- jority of House and Senate members must ment of Colored People, told the summit agree, which means they will need some crowd at the Jackson Convention Center. Democratic votes as well. â€œWithin 30 days, itâ€™s going to look like If a particularly objectionable budget 1962,â€? Johnson added. plan comes to the floor, the minority party Johnson, along can slow the process with several other by having a bill read prominent blacks, in full the maximum believes that the number of times alstate could return to lowed by the rules or an era when whites request a time-conwielded power and suming roll-call vote. blacks were relegated Baria, who to second-class citiswitched from the zenship. Senate to the House In a state that this election, said already trails other Democrats should states in a number of stick together and quality-of-life areas, that he is willing to and where blacks lag During the last legislative session, Sen. do anything in his behind their white Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, unsuccessfully power to block a counterparts in many pushed a controversial immigration budget he thinks is of those same areas, bill modeled after laws in Arizona and too extreme. Alabama that required law officers to various Republican- stop people they believe to be in the The new senled branches of state U.S. without documentation. Fillingane ator added that the government could said the immigration law and other composition of the make life difficult for conservative legislation will get a second House wonâ€™t deter look this session. African Americans in him from introducthe years to come. ing insurance-reCivil-rights groups fought unsuc- form legislation such as a policy holdersâ€™ cessfully, albeit vociferously, against the Bill of Rights to protect against unfair instatewide ballot measure that will require surance-claim practices that he said were citizens to brandish a state-issued ID card widespread after Hurricane Katrina dewhen they vote that they believed sought to stroyed his and thousands of other homes quash voting by blacks, Latinos and other on the Coast. groups of Democrat-leaning voters. Progressive-minded Mississippians The issue passed and is now the sub- fear that a far-right agenda would include ject of a U.S. Justice Department review. redrawing a more GOP-friendly electoral Fillingane, the state senator who led the map when the Legislature takes up redispush to place the initiative on the ballot, tricting again next year, consolidation of said voter ID and state legislative redistrict- school districts and even more inadequately ingâ€”something the divided Legislature funded public schools. failed to accomplish last year and one of State Rep. Kelvin Buck, a Democrat the first orders of business of the new ses- from Holly Springs, doesnâ€™t believe that besionâ€”have to pass U.S. Department of coming more combative with Republicans Justice muster. is necessarily in Democratsâ€™ best interests, Fillingane noted that the U.S. Su- though. â€œI donâ€™t see how much more conpreme Court upheld a similar Indiana law tentious it could be,â€? Buck said. from which Mississippiâ€™s proposal was â€œbasically cut and pasted.â€? The Unknowns But itâ€™s not just blacks wringing their One of the biggest unknowns going hands. Advocates working on education, into the session is the relationship between mental health, domestic violence and ju- Phil Bryant, Speaker-designee Gunn and venile justice issues worry that funding for incoming Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who prevital safety-net programs could be cut out sides over the Senate. The three Republican of the budget. leaders will be intimately involved in passâ€œWeâ€™re going to push for things that ing legislation. are important to us,â€? Rep. Brown said of Wiseman said fences might need the Democrats. â€œIf we are besieged by this mending between Bryant, a close ally of Tea Party legislation that we perceive to be Senate Pro Tem Billy Hewes, and Reeves, radical, we will push back against that.â€? who defeated Hewes in the Republican priWith just a slim six-vote lead in the house, Democrats can clog legislation and More STAMPEDE, see page 20
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mary contest for lieutenant governor. in and wave a magic wand to fix everything “I don’t think the Republicans are go- any more than we were.” ing to be quite as lock stepped as they were Maybe it was holiday spirit, but under Haley (Barbour) members of both parbecause he did all their ties said in December thinking for them for that enough common eight years,” Holland ground exists to do the told the JFP. hard work of running Gunn and what his the state without being role will be is the bigger disagreeable. question mark. “The state of MisMartinson called sissippi has been here him the leader of the a long time. We have House conservative periods where things caucus. “Philip is a very go well and periods even-tempered, mild where things don’t go Bay St. Louis Democrat David man, but he’s got a back- Baria served in the state Senate so well. The majority bone of steel,” she said. but ran successfully for a House of the members will be “He’s quiet, but I don’t seat in the 2011 election. Despite Republicans and that’s think he will rule as an his party losing control of the fine; they won the elecHouse, he doesn’t regret the autocrat. I think he’ll be decision, saying that he’s in no tion. I’m sure they’ll do more like a moderator. worse position than he was under whatever they think is Now, he’s not a moder- the GOP-ruled Senate. the right thing to do,” ate person—don’t get Brown said. me mistaken on that.” Baria, who said evWith majorities in both houses and the eryone at the Capitol wants to create jobs governor’s mansion, it’s safe to assume that in the state and see Mississippi prosper reRepublicans have an opportunity to impose gardless of party identification, put it more whatever vision of Mississippi they want. plainly: “We probably won’t be able to agree “I’m an optimist; I look to be pleason what the problems are,” Rep. Brown antly surprised.” said. “They’re not going to be able to come Comment at www.jfp.ms.
Lessons from the Past
by Donna Ladd
hink it’s strange that the now-lilywhite Republican Party was the choice of freed slaves in the 19th century? It’s simple, really: It was a very different Republican Party. The then-pro-slavery and segregationist Democratic Party (then called “Dixiecrats” in the South) basically switched parties with Republicans in the 1960s after conservative Barry Goldwater led the national Republican Party away from supporting issues considered friendly to African Americans, attracting former white Democrats who were disenchanted with their national party’s support of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As then-President Lyndon Johnson, a Democrat, put down his pen after signing the legislation, he turned to his two aides, Bill Moyers and Jack Valenti, and said, “We have lost the South for a generation.” In essence, the Party of Lincoln became the Party of Strom. (Strom Thurmond was the segregationist leader of the Dixiecrats.) To his credit, President Johnson signed the act anyway, making segregation and Jim Crow laws unconstitutional in schools, the workplace and facilities that serve the public, and prohibiting unfair and unequal voter-registration requirements used to keep African Americans from voting. In the years following, first Richard
Nixon and then Ronald Reagan employed what is now known as the “southern strategy” to get white southerners to vote for Republicans based on not-so-veiled racism such as (inaccurate) rhetoric about “welfare mothers” and Willie Horton. Political strategists Haley Barbour and Lee Atwater are famous for perfecting the strategy for Republican candidates. In 2005, then-Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman famously apologized to the NAACP at its national convention for trying to lure white voters by exploiting racist beliefs. “Some Republicans gave up on winning the African American vote, looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization,” Mehlman said. “I am here today as the Republican chairman to tell you we were wrong.” Sadly, many candidates continue the practice of wink-wink racism to this day, by campaigning against “welfare mothers” and (presumably black) teenage mothers and in support of potentially discriminatory and costly voter-identification laws, despite overwhelming evidence that it is excessive and unneeded regulation. This continued use of the southern race strategy Mehlman apologized for perhaps explains the GOP’s ongoing challenge to diversify its ranks.
Republicans have not controlled the Mississippi House since Reconstruction. And they were very different Republicans.
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because he was a Democrat. called the Provincial Freeman. “In the organization of the Later, Shadd moved to Vicksburg, House, the contest was not between Miss., winning a seat in the House in white and colored but between Dem1871 and serving until 1876 when ocrats and Republicans. No one had Democrats wrested control of the been elected, at least on the RepubliLegislature. That same year, Democan side, because he was a white man crats redistricted Lynch out of his or because he was a colored man but congressional seat as well. because he was a Republican,” Lynch After Reconstruction, Lynch went wrote in his memoir. on to serve as Republican State ExIn 1871, Lynch was tasked with ecutive Committee chairman and as reapportioning the state’s six congresa delegate to the Republican National sional districts. He faced two options. Convention. In 1884, Lynch became The first was to make six Republican the first African American to deliver districts but with his party having only the keynote address at a major party’s slim majorities in two. The other opnominating convention, and he later John R. Lynch was born into tion, which he eventually favored, was slavery and served as one of the traveled the world as an officer in the to make five Republican districts and last Republican House speakers U.S. Army. concede one to Democrats. Later in life, Lynch became disenin Mississippi before Democrats His time as speaker was brief. assumed control of the body and chanted with his once-loved RepubliAfter Lynch ran successfully for Con- held it for more than a century. Isaac can Party. Of his disappointment, he gress, another African American Re- D. Shadd (not pictured), also African wrote: “The author is of the opinion publican, Isaac D. Shadd, became American, replaced Lynch as a that a large majority of the colored Speaker of the House. speaker. Americans will affiliate in national Little about Shadd’s life, much elections with the Republican party less his time in the Legislature, is known. Born in Delaware, when that party will again assume the championship of huShadd and his sister, Mary, immigrated to Ontario, Canada, man rights regardless of race or color.” sometime between 1850 and 1851 around the time ConLynch died in 1939 in Chicago; Shadd in 1896, regress passed the Fugitive Slave Act. portedly in Greenville. Together, the siblings ran an antislavery newspaper Comment at www.jfp.ms. PUBLIC DOMAIN
hen Republican John R. Lynch won a seat in the Mississippi House, the Legislature had a lot of important rebuilding to do after the Civil War, including schools and other public buildings. In fact, state government needed to entirely reconstruct and reorganize itself. “To accomplish these things, money was required. There was none in the treasury. There was no cash available even to pay the ordinary expenses of government,” Lynch wrote in “Reminiscences of an Active Life,” his memoir, available at the Leland Speed Library at Mississippi College. Born in 1847 to a white father and mixed-race slave mother in Louisiana, Lynch managed a photography business in Natchez. His first education came as a result of eavesdropping on lessons taught at the all-white school across the alley from his shop. In April 1869, Gov. Adelbert Ames appointed Lynch justice of the peace; he was 21. The same year, Lynch became the youngest House speaker and the first black man to hold the leadership post. Even as a Republican in a state that the party of Lincoln controlled in the years after the war, Lynch’s nomination for the speakership was far from a sure thing. In “Reminiscences,” Lynch recounts how several members of his caucus refused to support his speakership. It took several days and a personal plea from Republican former Gov. James Alcorn, who by then was serving in the U.S. Senate, to break the deadlock. The fracas did not embitter Lynch, who remained a staunch loyalist through his life. He reportedly later declined to serve in the Cabinet of President Grover Cleveland
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ep. Earle Banks, D-Jackson, chaired the Mississippi House Juvenile Justice Committee last year, but accepts that with Republicans running the Legislature, much will change. “I doubt I’ll be the new chair,” Banks said. The new speaker of the House might choose to make the committee smaller than the 25 members it had last year. Banks said the speaker could choose to combine committees or even eliminate some. He is not sure yet what will happen to the Juvenile Justice Committee. But that won’t stop Banks from pushing for reform. Banks wants change in alternative schools and youth detention centers. “I have concerns about what is happening with these children,” he said. Banks observed that several other committees formed during Speaker Billy McCoy’s tenure are in danger. The Republican leadership could change the make-up or the existence of the Tourism, Gaming, Forestry, Medicaid, Marine Resources, and Ports and Harbors committees. He is also looking at realistic outcomes. Democrats will introduce legislation this session that calls for parental education, for example. “These (juvenile detention centers) are not places for parents to put children if they are having problems,” he said. “We need more parental responsibility.” The Juvenile Justice Committee accomplished a lot over the past four years, most notably passing a law in 2010 that requires juveniles under age 18 who are charged with a misdemeanor or non-violent felony be tried in juvenile courts. But the adult justice system still handles cases of juveniles who are 17 or younger and commit violent felonies. Still, many youth charged with crimes in Mississippi see youth court justices now. A Campaign for Youth Justice report released earlier this year lists Mississippi as a state reforming its laws, specifically referring to the 2010 legislation. “This law is a major victory for the people of Mississippi and for numerous community organizations that supported its enactment, including the
Mississippi Coalition for the Prevention of Schoolhouse to Jailhouse, the NAACP, and Mississippi ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center,” the report states. Sheila Bedi, deputy legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, said her organization will work on three legislative issues this year in Mississippi. They are the following. • Statewide reform of juvenile detention centers to conserve taxpayer dollars, reduce unnecessary imprisonment and duplication of services, and provide better outcomes for court-involved youth. • Allow youth convicted of felonies to apply to expunge their records if certain conditions are met to decrease the chances that these youth will face barriers to education and employment. • Ensure that any charter school legislation ensures that prospective charter schools are transparent, accountable and accessible to all students. Nsombi Lambright, executive director of the ACLU of Mississippi, said her organization would follow several issues in the Legislature this session. “We’re concerned about any type of policy making it easier for students to be arrested or expelled or a policy that places more police officers or security guards at schools,” Lambright said. Based on complaints the ACLU gets from parents all over Mississippi, students get expelled for behaviors that should merit a suspension instead. Lambright said too often children are expelled or sent to an alternative school or even arrested for minor non-criminal offenses (such as drinking alcohol or curfew violations). More police presence on campus increases those odds. Lambright said she would like to see more resources for juvenile detention centers to make them more appropriate places for children, including training for security officers. She’d also like to see more resources for alternative education programs. The State Department of Education recently released a guide for such programs that spells out what is needed, she said. Find the guide at mde.k12.ms.us.
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T-Bones is a coffee shop, lunch destination and a congregation point for music lovers in Hattiesburg.
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said. “When you come into our record shop, you’re dealing with nine people who really want to serve you. Nine times out of 10, we know customers by name, and they know us by name. It’s a real testament that we don’t wear any nametags.” T-Bone’s is also a member of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores, or CIMS, a group of music businesses that have earned a reputation for their contributing to their communities and participating in the music industry. CIMS only recognizes 45 record stores in the nation. Davis said he is excited about the opportunities T-Bones now has. “With the CIMS designation, we’re part of a larger collective, so we’ve been able to receive more product at a (lower) price and also push the limits of what music stores normally have,” he said. In many ways, T-Bones has become the hub of Hattiesburg’s music and culture scene, not only housing the latest music
merchandise but also hosting live concerts, comedy shows and poetry readings. Members of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers frequent the store to perform poetry. Hattiesburg’s stand-up group Hub City Comedy has hosted two events at T-Bones since August. The bands Gashcat and Members of Morphine have recently played there, and Blue Mountain is scheduled to perform Jan. 20. “T-Bones has come a long way in the nine years that we’ve had it, from rolling with the café to expanding the vinyl and now carrying turntables,” Crumpler said. “The future holds a mixture of many things, including adding a breakfast menu, expanding space, delving into books and diversifying the record selection even further. We want to have what you are looking for and when you are looking for it. We want to be a shop where you can come and spend the day.” JULIAN BENSON
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Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
of the state, adjudicated criminally insane for burning her father, we are told. And yet, this most unlikely of protagonists carries the story and provides the fire in the film. After a unique title sequence, the action begins with the rendering of a guilty verdict against journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) for 15 counts of aggravated libel of businessman Hans-Erik Wennerstrom (Ulf Frieberg). To preserve whatever remains of the magazine he owns with Erika Berger (Robin Wright), his sometimes lover and editor, he resigns from his post. He accepts a job from aging industrialist Henrik Vanguard (Christopher Plummer) to investigate the murder of Henrik’s niece, Harriet. It’s a cold case, happening more than 40 years ago when the dys-
functional Vanguard family controlled old Sweden and shaped its industrial growth. Blomkvist can’t do the job alone and requests assistance. Henrik’s lawyer hires Salander to assist him. Salander did the investigative report on Blomkvist, and she knows things about him that no one else does. They investigate all the family members, from Henrik to his nephew Martin (Stellan Skarsgard), who runs the company, to the Nazi-sympathizers. It’s a despicable bunch of family members, Henrik says. Rooney Mara gives a breakout performance. You can hardly recognize her from her role as Erica Albright, Mark Zuckerberg’s girlfriend, in “The Social Network.” As Salander, Mara is a silent crusader, a dragon slayer, guided by her own moral compass in a corrupt system where she has been wronged. She’s wary and flawed. She’s absolutely transfixing. Craig’s performance lifts those around him. His character centers the plot, but Craig doesn’t overtake the film. He holds back the charismatic charm of James Bond. His character is wounded, and he rebuilds his confidence from Salander. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is a stunningly well-made thriller. Fincher trims back some of the original story to keep the momentum flowing forward. This movie is more bleak, visceral and atmospheric than its well-crafted Swedish counterpart directed by Niels Arden Oplev. Fincher doesn’t soft-pedal the personal violations Salander experienced from her legal guardian or the traumatic violence young women experienced 40 years ago from a serial killer. It’s raw and gut wrenching, where the Swedish version was cold and polite. This picture says that Salander is a brutal wretch who gets the dirty jobs done. “I am insane,” she tells her legal guardian (Yorik van Wageningen) with a blowtorch in her hand. But there is a touch of poetic lyricism in the cold isolation of the remote Vanguard island, where fire meets ice. That leads us into the second film in the franchise, “The Girl Who Played With Fire.” I can’t wait to see Salander back in action.
by Jessica Mizell
â€˜Grunge was an Adjectiveâ€™
COURTESY CROWN ARCHETYPE
COURTESY LYONS PRESS
doormen to managers, to the actual musicians themselves, the book brings complex human characteristics to some of the most famous musicians ever. If nothing else, anyone who has ever had anything to do with a music scene will relate to the stories of house parties, young love, police confrontations and trying to get a band noticed any way possible. â€œWhen I first played with them, they werenâ€™t even called Nirvana,â€? Dale Crover of the Melvins says in the book. â€œThey were in between names. â€Ś They wanted to have their stuff on tape so they could shop it around and find a drummer. They got a record deal instead.â€? â€œEverybody Loves Our Townâ€? starts at the beginning of the emerging Seattle music scene, highlighting bands like the U-Men and Green River. Thus begins the long list of bands that spawned from those two, either by members actually moving to other bands or by the many groups they inspired. Yarm also chronicles the Sub Pop label and its creators, with honest (and sometimes brutal) accounts of bounced paychecks and bands stranded in the middle of nowhere. Because itâ€™s an oral history in print (the format is strictly quotes), readers may find the seemingly endless list of bands with interchangeable and rotating band members a bit daunting at the beginning. Luckily, Yarm tells us which band the interviewee played for (or which member they dated, for example). From Green River to Malfunkshun, TAD, Mother Love Bone and Skin Yard, to the beginnings of Soundgarden, Nirvana, Hole and so on, you will come away Melvins, ?1A<X[[Ta7XVW[XUTQ^cc[Tb from the book with a deep knowledge of the scene and a detailed idea of whoâ€™s who. The book will bring readers a little closer to some of the more mysterious music figures. It certainly gave me a more well rounded idea of musical icons such as Kurt Cobain, Andy Wood, Layne Staley and their mutual failed struggles with addiction. Weighing in at more than 500 pages, this is not a book that most will fly through. Instead, think of it as a welcome addition to the coffee table collectionâ€”or the avid music fanâ€™s night stand.
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