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or Kristy Johnson, the current Miss Black Mississippi U.S.A., pageants are an opportunity to inspire change. “I know the crowns are beautiful and everything, the sash and all that, but the opportunity to meet people … and just letting my life platform be actually what my platform is during my reign, I think that (is) the best thing about pageants,” the Jackson native says. Johnson, who was elected Miss Black Mississippi in 2016, received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Jackson State University in 2013 and is currently studying mental-health counseling at Mississippi College. Her platform for the Miss Black Mississippi was “Be Empowered,” and during her run, she hosted summits and did services projects around Jackson and the state to help kids believe in themselves and their communities. “Oftentimes, we always think that you have to do (big things) to ensure that our kids are able to get a quality education, but we don’t look at the smaller things,” Johnson says. The 26-year-old first participated in pageants for her home church, St. Luther Missionary Baptist Church to help raise money. While attending Jim Hill High School, she was Miss Sweetheart from 2008 to 2009. She won Jack-
son’s Miss Hospitality pageant in 2012. Johnson began researching more pageants and came across Miss Black U.S. Ambassador and Miss Magnolia State, and she even did a couple of Miss Mississippi preliminaries. Around 2014, she looked into the annual Miss Black U.S.A. Scholarship Pageant. Though she did not compete that year, she participated in a few more pageants to prepare. Then, in October 2016, Johnson won the right to represent her home state in the Miss Black U.S.A. competition in August 2017. “It was awesome,” she says. “One thing I’ve taken away from it is that you can never think that you’re unable to do anything. … It’s more about your self-esteem and awareness of who you are, like how confident are you to do things.” In addition to her work as Miss Black Mississippi, Johnson is on the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Mississippi’s Youth Advisory Council and is involved in organizations such as Girls With a Dream and Kountry Kidz Inc. Johnson also won the community ambassador award at this year’s Miss Black USA. Johnson will crown the next Miss Black Mississippi at this year’s pageant, which takes place Oct. 21 in Grenada, Miss. —Amber Helsel
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6 ............................ Talks 12 ................... editorial 13 ...................... opinion 14 ............ Cover Story 18 ........... food & Drink 20 ......................... 8 Days 21 ........................ Events 21 ....................... sports 22 .......................... music
10Late to the Courthouse Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith showed up seven hours late for a hearing on domestic-violence charges this week.
12 New Anti-LGBT Law Takes Effect “In reality, the harms of HB 1523 began the moment the law passed, when the state privileged one set of religious beliefs over others and thus violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.” —Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, “Mississippi’s Extreme Attack on LGBT Rights”
22 ........ music listings 24 ...................... Puzzles 25 ......................... astro 25 ............... Classifieds
22 Maren Morris: Beautiful In-Between Read about Maren Morris before her concert at City Hall Live in Brandon on Oct. 19.
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4 ............ Editor’s Note
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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief
‘This Way of Treating Women Ends Now’
ell week for women started with Donald Trump telling employers they can cherry-pick access to birth control out of women employees’ health insurance. It ended with a long line of Hollywood women collectively revealing mega-producer Harvey Weinstein’s apparent habit of, um, “indiscretions.” Through the week, when the president-who-grabs-crotches wasn’t signing away women’s rights, he was complaining about NFL players dropping to their knees when women being forced to our knees is the real problem. To cap it off, the week climaxed with a prostitute exposing a video that offensive Miami Dolphins coach Chris Forester sent her of him apparently sniffing cocaine, putting a “Handmaid’s Tale” imprimatur on a whiplash week for American women. Too many men have long gotten away with harassing and assaulting women for sport, power rushes and gratification, and women have not believed we have the power to speak out, or change things. Why? Because we’re suddenly the liars, the sluts, the difficult beeotches for trying to claim equal time and dignity, not to mention controlling our own bodies and keeping nasty unwanted hands and lips off us. These actions, or inactions, are stacked to favor certain men’s rights to get what they want, and women acquiescing. Take birth control. First, allowing bosses to tell women how not to use their hardearned health insurance (it’s not a gift, you know) is a horrifying overreach of power. And yes, birth-control pills literally save lives. A high-school student I know takes birth-control pills to treat a serious illness. Still, some people think that every egg that passes through women must be
protected like a child that has actually been born, but they are not the mainstream. Most people think saving a woman’s life takes precedence over saving a zygote. Even in Mississippi. It’s why we voted down Personhood. It went far beyond the abortion debate to the desire to control women’s bodies and our right to use contraception for a reason of our choosing. Mississippi women found and shared their voices (especially in this paper) about that bad initiative’s promise to not only ban
Where the rubber meets the road. abortion, even to save the mother’s life, but to eliminate birth-control options and stop in vitro fertilization. It was radical and ridiculous, and we said hell naw, y’all. It’s telling—and on-so-ironic from the Big P-grabber—that Trump’s birthcontrol swipe isn’t over abortion rights, either. It’s over women’s access to contraception even as employers cannot deny men access to Viagra. They get to increase their fun, while women must live with the consequences if men like Trump get their way. That’s where the rubber, pardon the expression, meets the road. Women’s very rights to make our own decisions, including having sex for fun while preventing pregnancy, are on the line. The plot seems to be that women should abstain from sex except when their husbands want it, or un-
less they’re one of those lucky “Handmaids Tale” bad girls that the men sneak out to when they feel like being the biggest damn hypocrites who ever lived. (Hello, Dolphins coach). Or when a Trump, a Weinstein or a Cosby is in a grabby mood. Novelist Margaret Atwood wrote the dystopian “Handmaids Tale” back in 1985 when the religious right first figured out how to gain power and wealth by using women’s rights as a political football. The book painted a future where the crazyright controlled women in the U.S., with men mistreating their own wives, having sex with “handmaids” (single women of child-bearing age) and then sneaking off to do the nasty with lipsticked hookers they also controlled. Oh, and the handmaids who resisted were hanged for all to see. Now, there’s a “Handmaid” Netflix series I can’t bear to watch. It’s too real as we watch what is unfolding in front of us as the grabber-in-chief tells employers they can limit women’s birth-control options. Last week, a (wonderful) man in my office realized the full extent of what the government is trying to do with the birth-control bill, and is shocked because it’s so unbelievable. But, why, he wanted to know? Power over women. Some don’t want to believe that—but look at men like Trump, Weinstein, Cosby and many far less famous to see that too many men are obsessed with doing anything they want with women while leaving us little recourse, and promising to hurt our careers and our reputations if we tell. Not all men, of course, but still too many to count. When I wrote about being raped as a teenager and my absolute belief that I had no recourse, my in-boxes filled with women sharing their stories of rape and harass-
ment with me. Many had never told anyone. These horrific abuses of power haunt all of us. This is what a “rape culture” looks like—many men indoctrinated to believe that they can get away with assault and harassment, and demonizing victims. It’s really simple math—their schemes don’t add up. You can’t build political dynasties around hollow preaching about “killing babies” with abortions and then snatch away the infants’ health insurance and CHIP benefits the second they’re born. You can’t take away women’s right to birth control and then scream at her that she has to perfectly raise all the babies that result and blame her when some of them end up in trouble. When women have babies you want to force them to conceive and then have, you can’t then blame the “single mothers” when the men don’t stick around to help feed and train said children. And you sure as hell can’t go spreading your seed to any woman you can force and then expect women to be chaste unless you said it’s cool. There are real women on the other side of the controllers’ desires, and more of them will get pregnant without contraception. That is math. This week, however difficult for women to live through, did have a golden lining of hope. Women are finding our own power in numbers—to speak out, to say no, to resist. The response to Weinstein is painfully beautiful as one after another woman speaks up, and good men step up to support them (which every non-rapist man should do every single day). As Gwyneth Paltrow—no longer a powerless young actress—said after detailing her own Weinstein episode: “This way of treating women ends now.” Right now. Follow @donnerkay on Twitter.
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News Reporter Arielle Dreher is working on finding some new hobbies and adopting an otter from the Jackson Zoo. Email her story ideas at email@example.com. She wrote the cover story and two news talks.
Zilpha Young is an ad designer by day, and painter, illustrator, seamstress and freelance designer by night. Check out her design portfolio at zilphacreates.com. She illustrated the cover.
City Reporter Ko Bragg is a Philadelphia, Miss., transplant who recently completed her master’s in journalism. She loves traveling and has been to 25 countries to date. She wrote about Hinds DA Robert Shuler Smith’s trial.
Managing Editor Amber Helsel is a Gemini, feminist, writer, artist and otaku. She loves travelling, petting cats and more. Email story ideas to amber@ jacksonfreepress.com. She wrote about Miss Black Mississippi Kristy Johnson.
Web Editor Dustin Cardon is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. He enjoys reading fantasy novels and wants to write them himself one day. He wrote about local food news.
Associate Publisher Kimberly Griffin is a Jackson native who loves Jesus, her mama, cooking, traveling, the Callaway Chargers, chocolate, her godson, working out, Mississippi University for Women and locally owned restaurants.
Music Editor Micah Smith is married to a great lady, has two dog-children named Kirby and Zelda, and plays in the band Empty Atlas. Send gig info to music@jacksonfreepress. com. He interviewed Grammy Award winner Maren Morris.
Digital Marketing Strategist Meghan Garner avoids crowds and is most often spotted hiding behind a dry martini. She works to help local businesses thrive through JFP’s website building, content marketing, SEO and digital creative services.
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“I think hanging the possibility of deportation over anyone’s head is not productive to their long-term employment prospects… So I think there’s a huge economic benefit related to DACA.” — Rep. Joel Bomgar, R-Madison, on Trump ending the DACA program, at an immigration forum last week.
Wednesday, October 4 Republican Missy Warren McGee wins the House District 102 runoff election against Kathryn Rehner, replacing Toby Barker on the Mississippi House.
Friday, October 6 Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declare states of emergency ahead of Hurricane Nate’s expected landfall. … The Trump administration announces that employers can opt out of no-cost birth control for workers, and he issues sweeping religious-freedom directions that could override many anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and others. Saturday, October 7 Protesters rally across Russia against President Vladimir Putin following opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s call to pressure authorities into letting him enter Russia’s upcoming presidential race.
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Sunday, October 8 Donald Trump demands overhauling the country’s green-card system, a crackdown on unaccompanied minors entering the country and building his promised wall along the southern border in exchange for extending protection for DACA recipients.
Monday, October 9 Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith arrives nearly seven hours late to his pre-trial court date for domestic-violence, assault and stalking charges. … Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt overrides the Clean Power Plan, an Obamaera effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Tuesday, October 10 Attorneys representing Mississippians who challenged House Bill 1523 ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case within hours of the bill becoming state law. Get breaking news at jfpdaily.com.
Fighting for the Right to Vote by Arielle Dreher
oy Harness is a U.S. Army and a National Guard veteran, a recovered drug addict and a Jackson State University student studying for his master’s degree in social work. He has lived through the stress of military life, the depressing depths of addiction, which led to years of homelessness and helplessness—and ultimately a stint in prison for forging a check. “I owed the drug dealer a lot of money. That’s what caused me to write the check,” Harness told the Jackson Free Press. The McComb native says he started using drugs to numb his fear during his military service as well as deal with the pain of his service-related injuries. He went to prison for the forgery in 1986. Harness knew before he was released in 1988 that he had lost his right to vote—he remembers talking about it while he was in prison. “You hear about all this in jail,” he said. “… When I was up in jail, they were letting people out who were able to go vote.” Mississippi state law on who gets to vote after serving time in MDOC’s custody appears rather arbitrary. Twenty-two disenfranchising crimes are listed in a 2009 attorney general’s opinion that clarifies the law. These crimes range from embezzlement and felony bad check to murder and rape. Harness and two other Mississippians are now suing the secretary of state over losing their voting rights. The Mississippi Center for Justice filed the lawsuit, arguing
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Thursday, October 5 The Eudora Welty Library in downtown Jackson closes after a state fire marshal inspection revealed several fire- and life-safety standards violations.
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Three Mississippians sued Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann over the state’s list of disenfranchising crimes that prevent some from voting again.
that the list of crimes is “the last remaining vestige of the infamous plan by the framers of that (1890) Constitution to rob African Americans of the right to vote that they attained after slavery was abolished in the aftermath of the Civil War.” The lawsuit argues that the list of disenfranchising crimes in state law were “those that drafters believed were committed by disproportionately African Americans.” The lawsuit does not seek to strike murder and rape from the list, which a constitutional amendment in 1986. Citing a previous case, Ratliff v. Beale,
“this otherwise quirk collection of crimes was listed in Section 241 because the 1890 framers believed them to be disproportionately committed by African Americans and they chose ‘to obstruct the franchise by the negro race’ by targeting ‘the offenses to which its weaker members were prone,’” the complaint states. Poll taxes and literacy tests were also used to keep African Americans out of the voting booths, but subsequent lawsuits in the 1960s and 1970s helped disband these provisions, along with federal laws. “The package of measures that
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here have been a lot of changes and rumblings happening within the local business community, including complaints about the Homewood Suites going up in Fondren, which some think could harm local business. That got us thinking: What local businesses does Jackson need more of?
A record store-café combo. Morning Bell was gone too soon.
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“The massacre which occurred in Las Vegas is yet another incident that would have been avoided if there were commonsense gun control policies in place.”
“... Religious freedom does not give us the right to treat others unfairly or impose our beliefs on them. However, this law does just that—it purposely targets LGBT Mississippians.”
— U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D, Miss., in a statement responding to whether or not bump stock legislation will get through Congress.
— Jody Owens, managing attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Jackson, on House Bill 1523 becoming law Tuesday.
Beyond Mississippi’s Dark Days of Judicial Injustice by Arielle Dreher
the framers of the 1890 constitution adopted were known as the ‘Mississippi Plan,’” Mississippi Center for Justice attorney Rob McDuff said. “In the years afterwards, many other southern states did something similar, and thereby, putting the nails in the coffin of African American political participation for the next 75 years.” Ultimately, the Mississippi Center for Justice lawsuit maintains that the disenfranchising crimes, except murder and rape, violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment in the U.S. Constitution. Bribery, theft, arson, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, forgery, embezzlement or bigamy are all listed as crimes that come with an added consequence of losing one’s voting rights. This list had a discriminatory impact on African
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts joined hundreds of lawyers and judges in Jackson for the bicentennial of the state’s judicial system.
dents celebrated the state judicial branch’s 200th birthday, along with U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who visited Jackson for the occasion. Beadle was not the first black man to join the Mississippi Bar. A.W. Shadd in 1873 “appears to be the first African-American attorney to be admitted to the bar,” Melanie Henry writes in the “The Mississippi Bar’s Centennial.” More black men joined the bar for a short time, Waller said, until the turn of the century when James K. Vardaman became governor in 1904.
Americans back in the post-Civil War era of Mississippi, and the lawsuit alleges the list still does today. “According to the 2010 census, 35 percent of Mississippi’s population 18 and over is African-American,” the complaint says. “Approximately 60 percent of the people convicted of those disqualifying crimes in the Mississippi state courts between 1994 and the present are African American.” Long-time Discrimination? The Mississippi Legislature adopted two amendments for voters to approve that changed the list of disenfranchising crimes in 1950 and 1968. In 1950, the Legislature submitted an amendment for voters to ratify that removed burglary from the list of disenfranchising crimes.
Vardaman, an ardent white supremacist, once declared, “if it is necessary every Negro in the state will be lynched; it will be done to maintain white supremacy.” He would all but cause the black members of the bar to disappear, Waller said. Henry writes in her book that by the 1920s, Mississippi had 11 black lawyers. It took decades for African Americans to gain representation in the courthouse or the bar again, as the Jim Crow South pressed down on the state’s African Americans who had supposedly gained their freedom at the conclusion of the Civil War. The Civil Rights Movement birthed a new generation of black advocates and attorneys. R. Jess Brown, Jack Young and Carsie Hall were the prominent African American lawyers in the state at the time, Henry writes. Black women had even less representation in the courtroom, and the first black female attorneys joined the Mississippi Bar during the Civil Rights Movement. Civil rights activist Marian Wright Edelman was the first African American woman admitted to the Bar in the state. It was not until 1964 that attorneys tried to seriously prosecute crimes against African Americans—like lynching, Waller said. Even when they were unsuccessful, the prosecutions still laid the groundwork for future convictions. He pointed to the first trial of Byron De La Beckwith, who killed Medgar Evers in 1963, as the turning point. His father, Bill Waller Sr., prosecuted Beckwith for Evers’ murder then even though he received two mistrials. That opened the door for his retrial and conviction 30 years
“At no point did the legislative resolution or the ballot state that the amendment would affect the list of disqualifying crimes or that it would remove burglary from the list,” the complaint says. In other words, voters who ultimately approved the measure did not know they were removing burglary from the list, the complaint says. In 1968, the Legislature adopted another amendment that they passed on to voters to approve, that added murder and rape to the list of disenfranchising crimes, but again, the complaint states that “neither the resolution nor the ballot explained that they were not previously on the list.” Consequently, the rest of the list remained intact, as the attorney general affirmed in 2009. Two prisoners at the
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Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman challenged the section of Mississippi’s Constitution listing the various disenfranchising crimes and lost despite the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals finding that “the state was motivated by a desire to discriminate against blacks,” because the court also found that both the 1950 and 1968 amendments “removed the discriminatory taint associated with the original version.” Lawyers representing Harness and the two other plaintiffs disagree, pointing to the majority-white legislative makeup in both 1950 and 1968. Those two legislative bodies also passed discriminatory legislation that courts would later strike down because of their intent to “avoid desegregated more VOTE see page 8
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Decades of Discrimination On Sept. 27, Mississippi justices, lawyers and law stu-
ore than 100 years ago, in the shadow of the Civil War, black schoolteacher Samuel Alfred Beadle studied for the Mississippi bar exam to become a lawyer with the help of Anselm McLaurin, a Confederate veteran who became governor and a U.S. senator. The first time Beadle tried to take the test in Rankin County, however, the chancellor overseeing the test said he could not take it due to his race. McLaurin was determined, however, and brought another white lawyer, Patrick Henry, who had taught Beadle, with him to the courthouse. That time, the chancellor permitted Beadle to sit for the exam, enduring the follow-up questioning from 26 Jackson lawyers. “Through the ingenuity, the determination and the spunk and gut of these lawyers, they had their day in court. Beadle stood his examination and passed it in outstanding form,” Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice William Waller told a roomful of lawyers and judges at the Jackson Hilton in September. After Beadle passed his exam and withstood the questioning, the story goes, his supporters lifted him on their shoulders and paraded him around the courthouse. “What a beautiful picture of people coming together and working together at a time literally in the shadow of the Civil War,” Waller said. Mississippi’s modestly integrated law sector would not last long, however.
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white people received justice in the judicial system. Waller emphasized the importance of his court rewriting and adopting the new Criminal Rules of the Court, an effort now-retired Justice Ann Lamar now spearheads. The Mississippi Supreme Court published the new rules in later in 1994. A decade before Beckwith’s first trial, an all- December 2016, and the new rules took effect in July 2017. white jury had acquitted two white men for kidnapping The rules should iron out deficiencies in the statewide juand lynching Emmett Till in the Mississippi Delta. dicial system, creating a uniform standard for everything from sentencing to bail-bond amounts. Fixing Judicial Deficiencies One part of the rules, for example, say Chief Justice Roberts introduced that if an accused person does not appear Waller on Sept. 27 at the bicentennial celbefore a judge within 48 hours, he or she “Super-lawyer ebration at the Hilton, noting that the state is entitled to a minimum bail bond. judicial system is one year older than the Waller mentioned Judge Keith StarDickie Scruggs federal courts established in the state. rett instituting drug courts statewide in is now disbarred “This year is only the 199th anniversa1999. Starrett worked on criminal-justice lawyer Dickie ry of federal courts in Mississippi,” Roberts reform legislation that the 2017 LegislaScruggs and said in Jackson. “Congress admitted Misture ended up tossing at the last minute, former jailbird.” sissippi to the Union in 1817, but it wasn’t opting for minute changes, instead of until next April that Congress (created) fedthe broader ones that would have helped — Chief Justice eral courts.” inmates coming out of the system access William Waller identification cards and jobs. Waller told Roberts acknowledged the hard work the story of one young mother who had that state court systems have traditionally lost custody of her children due to her done compared to the federal system. crystal-meth habit. “I am always conscious that since the “At the time this picture was taken, she was still in drug earliest days of this country, the overwhelming portion of the legal and judicial business of our citizens has been han- court,” Waller said, gesturing to the slide with the mother’s dled in the courts of our states, and therefore, it is indeed a image on it. “It’s a long-term program, but she already has privilege to help celebrate the 200th year of such work here custody of her children back.” in Mississippi,” Roberts said. Throughout his keynote address, Waller emphasized The Scruggs Era that the state had moved beyond the dark days when only Waller ended his speech noting “the day justice was
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schools,” among other provisions. The lawsuit names Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, McDuff said, because he is the state official responsible for maintaining a statewide list of registered voters. The secretary of state’s office declined to comment on the lawsuit because it cannot comment on pending litigation.
‘I Just Broke Down’ Harness lives in a Jackson apartment and has been sober since 2010, after seeking help from the Veterans Administration hospital for his addiction. Harness said he kept abusing drugs even after his release from prison because he was an addict when he got there. “I can remember my last time using (drugs). I was smoking crack and smoking crystal meth and drinking whiskey and beer at the same time, and I just broke down,”
saved” in Mississippi, when trial attorney Dickie Scruggs attempted to bribe Judge Henry Lackey, which turned into a national scandal and landing Scruggs federal jail time. “Super-lawyer Dickie Scruggs is now disbarred lawyer Dickie Scruggs and former jailbird,” Waller said. Scruggs, now out of prison, devotes resources and time to improving re-entry options for the formerly incarcerated. The federal investigation of the Scruggs scandal also brought a variety of collateral damage—including former Hinds County District Attorney Ed Peters getting immunity to testify against Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter after Peters offered him a million-dollar bribe to throw a Scruggs-related case. Peters, then with DeLaughter as his assistant district attorney, gained national fame for successfully prosecuting Beckwith for Evers’ murder in 1994. Around the same time, Peters and DeLaughter also handled the rape and murder case against Cedric Willis; he served 12 years before being exonerated. While Mississippi courts have come quite far past the dark Vardaman days, representation on the state’s Court of Appeals and highest court for people of color is still rare. Justice Reuben Anderson was the first African American to serve on the state’s highest court in 1985. The Mississippi Supreme Court now has one black justice, Leslie King, whom Gov. Haley Barbour appointed in 2011 to fill a vacancy. Justice Dawn Beam is the only woman on the state’s high court. No black women have served as a justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court to date. The first black woman sworn onto the Mississippi Court of Appeals was Judge Ermea Russell in 2011. Ceola James filled Russell’s seat, and now Judge Latrice Westbrooks occupies that seat.
Harness said. “… I thought was going to kill myself, and I couldn’t kick the habit on my own. I was miserable … I told a friend of mine who took me into the VA.” Harness enrolled in rehabilitation in August 2010 and has been sober ever since. He entered a program for veterans called the Isaiah House, but his experiences getting help at the VA led him to seek further education in social work. He graduated with his baccalaureate degree in social work from Jackson State last spring and will com-
plete his master’s degree in social work in summer 2019, after receiving scholarship to continue his studies. Harness says he wants to help other veterans and Mississippians like him, who got caught up in addiction. The 62-year-old said he is getting good grades in his classes, 95s and above, but he still cannot vote. “I’ve been clean and sober going on eight years, and I am proud of that, and I would still like to be able to vote one day after I got myself together,” he said.
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JPS Students: ‘Takeover’ Could Empty Schools, Fill Jails by Arielle Dreher vocate on their behalf to the board. Joseph Jiles, a junior at Lanier High School, said a takeover might mean the loss of student representation to Stephen Wilson
State of Mississippi takeover of Jackson Public Schools could be devastating to young people, a group of JPS students told reporters outside City Hall Monday. State control of JPS could take away half of their extracurricular activities and affect school attendance and graduation rates, the students said while calling for adults to collaborate better on their behalf. “I feel that with this whole takeover, some kids feel that it’s hard enough as it is, and so this takeover (would be) stripping so much from them (and) would just drive them to actually just give it up,” Dante Moore, the Callaway High School student representative to the JPS Board of Trustees, said. “I don’t feel as a district we would want that. … I feel this takeover, ultimately, it will clear out the schoolhouses and fill up the jailhouses,” Moore said. Student Ambassadors, who represent all seven JPS high schools, called for greater collaboration among all stakeholders in their education as well as for all authorities in the city and state to listen to student voices. “We believe the solution is to maintain local leadership with greater collaboration between JPS, MDE, local leaders, our communities, parents and students to address the problems in our schools,” Moore said. “… We know first-hand the challenges we face detailed in the audit, and we also know the progress JPS has made, but we need more time, collaboration and implementation.” The JPS Board of Trustees just approved a policy to allow student representation on the board this year, and students at each high school elected representatives to ad-
Zion Blount, a Murrah High School senior, spoke out against the impending state takeover of JPS.
the board. “This policy gives us a seat at the table for decisions that directly affect our lives. Will the takeover provide that same opportunity for students to be empowered and to receive technical experience in civic engagement?” he said on Monday. “How will the voice of youth and the community be heard to hold MDE accountable? And if MDE is not successful in improving our schools, who do we appeal to?” Zion Blount, a senior at Murrah High School, agreed.
“Maybe that (work) was all for naught, because with the (potential) dissolve-ment of the school board, it’s like OK, we’re going to have to re-build, re-plan or re-strategize how to get our voice out there again if it does happen,” she told the Jackson Free Press. Blount said she had read the investigative audit of JPS that the Mississippi Department of Education published in August. While some findings in the audit seem true to her experience, she said, other findings do not. Students indicated that since news of a potential takeover broke, district officials have been cracking down on discipline policies to prepare for a potential takeover. “It’s been harder on students, I will say, and I feel like as far as the takeover is concerned, they are trying to be more preventative,” Jiles said Monday. “And we’re advocating to prevent the takeover; however, they are more bracing themselves for the potential change, I feel like.” Blount echoed that feeling, saying that in terms of discipline and suspensions, she felt like administrators were doing “a zero tolerance thing.” “It’s a response, but it’s not the right answer,” Blount said. “But with more student representation, that’s something where we can really have a direct line to school-board members.” The governor must make the final decision on whether or not to declare a state of emergency in JPS. He will likely decide next week when MDE publishes the accountability grades of districts and schools. Read more at jfp.ms/jpstakeover.
DA Seven Hours Late to Face Rankin County Judge by Ko Bragg
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inds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith was nearly seven hours late Monday to his pre-trial court date for two domestic-violence charges, an aggravated stalking charge, and a robbery charge he faces in Rankin County for allegedly attacking Christie Edwards. Smith was slated to appear at 9 a.m. in Rankin County Circuit Judge John Emfinger’s courtroom, but the district attorney did not walk into the courtroom until minutes before 4 p.m. to appear before a visibly annoyed judge. This is the third trial in the last year with Smith facing off against the State of Mississippi. His earlier trials—for trying to keep Christopher Butler from facing drug and wire-fraud prosecution—ended first in a mistrial and then an acquittal. In circuit court, no one has a predetermined slot—everyone is told to show up at 9 a.m., and defendants wait their turn like it is a walk-in doctor’s visit. But neither Smith 10 nor his lawyer, John Reeves, was present
Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith is back in court, this time in Rankin County.
when Judge Emfinger called Smith’s case number a couple of hours before the lunch break. (No phones or watches are permitted in the courtroom except for those belonging to lawyers, so most times in this story are approximated.) “Have you seen either of these gentle-
men this morning?” Emfinger asked about Smith and Reeves to the lawyers from Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s office who are handling the case. No one had an answer. Emfinger put his glasses on and rubbed his face, which tinted red in the moment. “Do you have Mr. Reeves’ number?” the judge asked. “No,” Assistant Attorney General Stanley Alexander said. Judge Emfinger gave Alexander and his team the lunch break to try to get in touch with Smith and Reeves, and he said he would have his administrative staff do the same. Emfinger called for “defendant Smith” soon after re-adjourning on a presumably fuller stomach, but moved through the court docket when it was clear Smith had not made his way across county lines yet. Reeves showed up in the hours between the end of the lunch recess at 1 p.m. and 3:06 p.m. He was the only male lawyer in the courtroom Monday who did not
have on a suit and tie. Just before 4 p.m., Reeves re-appeared with Smith and two women, one in a black suit with hair so freshly washed you could see the comb marks in her damp locks. Judge Emfinger called Smith up, verified the pre-trial checklist, set dates for evidence to be submitted into discovery, for pre-trial motions to be filed, and another date for said motions to be heard. Nearly a quarter of a day after his client had first been called before the judge, Reeves asked for more time to submit evidence into discovery because Smith is “tied up” with Hinds County cases. “You had ample time,” Judge Emfinger said. “See y’all next Monday.” The trial is set to begin Oct. 23 in Emfinger’s courtroom. The district attorney’s office did not respond to efforts to make contact before press time. Read a longer version of this story at jfp.ms/dafiles. Email reporter Ko Bragg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mississippi’s Extreme Attack on LGBT Rights
ouse Bill 1523 went into effect across Mississippi on Oct. 10. This law is part of a wave of so-called religious exemption laws that are a backlash to the legalization of marriage equality. But even among its peers, HB 1523 stands out as extreme. Under the law, public employees, service providers and business owners can cite personal religious beliefs to justify discriminating against LGBT people, including denying services and service. HB 1523 goes so far as to enumerate three specific religious beliefs that will be protected above all others: First, marriage can only be between a man and a woman; second, sexual relations are “properly confined” to such a marriage; and third, sex is an innate characteristic that is assigned at birth and cannot change. The insidious power of a law like this is that it casts a long shadow over public life, forcing someone to assess whether they will be treated fairly and respectfully in certain situations. Now we face the cruel reality of the law going into effect and the imminent threat it poses to the dignity, health and well-being of LGBT Mississippians. Year after year, the Mississippi Legislature targets LGBT people by proposing laws that are based on fundamentalist Christian beliefs that condemn us. Functionally, the LGBT community does not have the political influence to stop these laws from passing. That’s not because they don’t live in Mississippi; it’s because our community lacks political representation and power. Mississippi is home to 60,000 LGBT adults and an estimated 11,400 transgender youth and adults, 2016 data from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law show. The state is also home to 3,500 same-sex couples, 29 percent of whom are raising children—the highest rate in the nation. With a lack of political power in Mississippi and across the South, we file lawsuits in federal courts to strike these laws down; in our democracy, the courts are supposed to offer recourse when laws violate basic rights. In oral arguments before the 5th Circuit, a federal judge posed a hypothetical situation to Gov. Phil Bryant’s lawyer: If Mississippi passed a law making Southern Baptist the official state religion, would plaintiffs have standing to challenge it? “No,” the attorney replied. The state’s argument boils down to this cruel assertion: Harm begins when we say it does. The harms of HB 1523 began the moment the law passed, when the state privileged one set of religious beliefs over others and thus violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. As is true across the nation, Mississippians hold a broad array of religious beliefs about marriage and sex, including ones that directly contradict each other. Within the Christian tradition alone, the United Church of Christ, my tradition, blesses marriage between same-sex couples while Southern Baptists believes this is a sin. That we get to disagree is in itself a testament to the power of religious freedom. We have the freedom to practice these beliefs in our faith communities and in our private lives. But none of us has the right to use religion to justify discrimination in public life. That’s precisely what the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment guards against, ensuring that the state cannot favor one belief or religion over others and cannot, in effect, creep toward theocracy. Except that’s exactly what HB 1523 does. This is the cycle we must break. And this is why we’ll keep fighting from the public square to the voting booth, and from the Legislature to the courtroom. Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is the executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality. See the longer version of this column at jfp.ms/opinion. 12 October 11 - 17, 2017 • jfp.ms
The harms began the moment the law passed.
It’s Time to Act to Prevent Gun Deaths
f any state needs common-sense gun laws, it is Mississippi. With lawmakers and Americans questioning what to do after the Las Vegas shooting, Mississippians should examine the widespread gun violence here in the state. Mississippi has second highest rate of firearm mortality in the country, second only to Louisiana and tying with Alabama and Wyoming in rankings from 2015 Centers for Disease Control data. A 2013 Center for American Progress study ranked Mississippi as one of the top 10 states with the weakest gun laws in the country. The study found a correlation between weaker gun laws and more firearm deaths, as CDC data already show, as well as more firearm suicides and firearm homicides among women and children. “While this analysis demonstrates a correlation between weak laws and bad gun-violence outcomes, a correlation does not necessarily imply causation,” the report says. “… The correlation between the relative strength or weakness of a state’s gun laws and the rate of various indicators of gun violence in the state, however, should not be overlooked. “This report—as others before it—demonstrates a strong link between state gun laws and gun violence. As we continue the conversation about how to address gun violence in our communities, we must consider the role that state gun laws play in preventing this type of violence.” State gun laws in Mississippi are free-wheeling and carefree—and largely favor the person with
the firearm, not the person being shot at. In fact, despite the 2015 CDC data, in 2016, lawmakers passed a massive piece of legislation, which allowed churches to create armed security teams that will not be held liable if they act against someone committing a “violent felony,” as defined in state law, which includes carjacking and some robbery. That was just the beginning, however; they also expanded conceal-carry laws to those who do not hold permits or licenses in the state. In Mississippi, a person can carry a loaded or unloaded pistol or revolver in a belt holster, shoulder holster, purse, handbag or fully enclosed case—all without holding a license. Law-abiding citizens must get driver’s license; they need to do the same here. The NRA praised the state’s efforts in passing the legislation, but enabling more Mississippians to carry guns without proper licensing seems to be adding another problem to the bigger problem of gun-related violence the state already has. Fighting gunfire with gunfire will only breed more violence and crime in a state and a city like Jackson that desperately needs to embrace smarter crime prevention and policing instead. Politicians at both the state and national levels must start talking about how to bring down our high rates of gun deaths in a constructive way. Expanding gun rights to people who are not licensed to use them is wrong, especially for a state that loses so many of its citizens to gun violence and where guns are purchased and sent to the streets of Chicago and New York City.
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ne hundred years ago, the Bolshevik Revolution, which began in February 1917, reached its apex in October 1917 when the party met and voted to overthrow the inept and floundering provisional government. For the first time, a self-proclaimed socialist government was formed. From the new government’s founding, it was assailed from within and without. Against all odds, it began carrying out the work it had started with the support from the workers. However, times were not well. A new civil war began. Great Britain, the U.S., France and Japan openly backed the antisoviets, who engaged in tactics of mass brutality, racist killings and torture. Sadly, the soviets begrudgingly began to fight just as dirty against their opponents. Although the civil war was won, the troubles were not over. Joseph Stalin, originally a minor clerk in the Bolshevik party, moved through brutal machinations and Machiavellian double dealing to take leadership of the party. The other members of the party ignored the stroke-weakened Vladimir Lenin, who begged the party to remove Stalin. Lenin had given so much of his health and intellectual power to building a new world only to see it slipping away. Once Lenin died, Stalin moved to consolidate all power under him. Leon Trotsky, who led the leftists in fighting back against Stalin’s authoritarian and dictatorial plans, was chased from the country and eventually assassinated. Stalin began purging those who disagreed, becoming tsar in all but name. He brought authoritarian brutality back to Russian politics. Many look at the October revolution and see an inevitable progression to Stalin, genocide, then failure. Surely the fault must lie with Lenin, Trotsky and the original Bolsheviks. The capitalists argue that the eventual failure of October proves once and for all the superiority of capitalism. Sadly, many on the left defend the entire history of the Soviet Union, including Stalin. They seek a way to defend it all, because they believe to admit any failure is to admit it all failed. This stance is as flawed as the capitalist stance, and does not do justice to the revolutionaries and what they fought for. The revolution did not have to end in Stalin. If not for poor decisions and bad luck, it could have con-
tinued on the trajectory for freedom. Lenin was a brilliant thinker and cunning diplomat who made many poor strategic decisions. Trotsky had a brilliant speech for every occasion, yet he was powerless against Stalin. The Bolsheviks defended their new government bravely, yet too often with brutality. It does not do to deify imperfect people. So why should we remember the October revolution? Why should we honor the revolutionaries at all? Because for a brief shining moment, we saw that a new world was possible. The Soviets brought a strong move to the left, arguing for the ownership of production by the workers themselves. They gave the workers the power to determine their own fate, rather than a factory owner deciding it. There was no tsar tossing them scraps: Here, the people were the power. The peasants who worked the land owned the land. Homosexuality was decriminalized. Education was universalized, free for all. In work and marriage, rights were equal between men and women. The law did not differentiate based on gender. People were free to practice or not practice religion; the church no longer ruled the people as the left hand of the tsar. The rights of religious minorities, chiefly Muslims, were explicitly protected. The revolutionaries punished and opposed anti-Semitism along with its accompanying violence and murder. In our current age of continued systemic racism, inconceivably high economic and income inequality, and sexism, bigotry and intolerance in all forms, October 1917 shows us there is another path. In the unlikeliest of countries where the most brutal of dictatorships ruled, the people rose up and fought back. The revolution failed, falling to the machinations of dictators, the interference of the West and the mistakes of its founders, but for a brief moment, the people shook the world. October 1917 teaches us that it is not a wasted effort to fight. It is not a hopeless struggle. The people fought to build a better world before; we the people can do it again. Criminal defense attorney Andrew J. Williams, Esq., lives and practices in his adopted home of Mississippi. This column does not necessarily reflect the views of the JFP.
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Where Mississippi Lawmakers Stand on Gun Laws, Rights by Arielle Dreher
un regulations, laws and loopholes are back in headlines after a gunman huddled in a high-rise Las Vegas hotel room packed with high-powered weapons and shot hundreds of festival-goers down below, killing 59 of them. The gun industry holds one of the strongest lobbying presences in Washington, D.C., particularly in the White House. In the 2016 election, the National Rifle Association spent more than $54 million, the Center for Responsive Politics data show, including millions to support Donald Trump and to run
negative ads against his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton. Mississippi lawmakers, on the whole, traditionally support gun rights with minimum regulations, and benefit from contributions from the NRA and other pro-gun organizations. In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, the Jackson Free Press assembled details on the gun-related legislation that Mississippi lawmakers in Washington have supported or co-sponsored, as well as how much gun-rights groups have donated to them.
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Sen. Roger Wicker (R)
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From 2013 to 2018, Cochran received $35,500 from gun-rights PACs and individuals, the Center for Responsive Politics data show. Cochran is one of seven co-sponsors of the Firearm Act of 2017, which would prohibit the federal government from requiring race or ethnicity to be disclosed in connection with the transfer of a firearm. The measure has not moved from the judiciary committee since it was referred in July. Cochran also co-sponsored the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. The legislation would allow men and women with conceal-carry licenses to carry concealed weapons in states with similar statutes. The legislation has support from several senators, but it has not moved out of the Senate Judiciary Committee since February. House Republicans support a similar version of the bill. Both Cochran and Wicker voted against expanding background checks on all firearms back in 2015, after a measure came before the Senate following the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. Both Republicans issued statements saying they would not want to vote in favor of measures that they felt were infringing on citizens’ Second Amendment rights. Today, about one in five gun owners obtained a firearm without a background check in the last two years, a new survey from Harvard and Northeastern University researchers found.
Palazzo made headlines in January 2016 when he introduced a resolution to censure then-President Barack Obama’s executive actions on gun control, which expanded background checks. Palazzo said Obama’s actions “to take away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens is just the latest, if not most egregious, violation of the separation of powers found in the United States Constitution.” The Gulf Coast lawmaker has cosponsored more pieces of gun-rights legislation than his fellow Mississippi Republicans in the House this year, including the Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act, which revises various gun laws “that interfere with the right of the people to obtain and use firearms for all lawful purposes,” the bill says. Palazzo has also co-sponsored a measure that would make it easier to transport firearms across state lines. In January, U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, authored the “Protect our Military Families’ 2nd Amendment Rights Act,” which Palazzo cosponsored. The measure would allow the spouse of an armed-forces member to have the “same rights regarding the receipt of firearms at the location of any duty station of the member.” Palazzo also joined several Republicans to co-sponsor legislation to ease regulations and taxes on firearm silencers. From 2015 to 2016, Palazzo received $10,500 from gun-rights individuals and PACS, the Center for Responsive politics data show.
Rep. Trent Kelly (R) courtesy MS House of Representtaives
For the 2018 election cycle so far, Wicker is ranked as the second-highest recipient of gun-lobby funds in the U.S. Senate, totaling $4,700, the Center for Responsive Politics report shows. From 2011 to 2016, Wicker received more than $12,000 from gun-rights gun rights PACs and individual campaign contributions. While the former representative-turnedsenator does not rank at the top of donor lists for gun rights PACs, he is the only Mississippi congressional lawmaker who received a donation from the National Rifle Association of America Political Victory Fund in 2017 for $1,000. On his website, Wicker notes that he opposes gun restrictions. “I do not feel more gun control laws are the answer to the problems confronting our nation,” his website says. This year alone, Wicker supported the repeal of a controversial Obama-era gun-control regulation, which reported certain individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Trump signed that repeal in February. Wicker also co-sponsored legislation with Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., to extend concealed-carry permit privileges 14 across state lines.
Sen. Thad Cochran (R)
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Rep. Steven Palazzo (R)
Remember that congressional baseball game shooting in June? Rep. Kelly was the initial target of the shooter, who came up along the third baseline of the diamond, but missed the Mississippi congressman and hit five others, Kelly told The Commercial Dispatch. Kelly, who has only been in the House for two years, received more than $6,000 in donations from gun-rights individuals and PACs in 2016, when he was re-elected. The NRA Institute for Legislative Action endorsed Kelly during his first election bid, when he ran to fill former Rep. Alan Nunnelee’s spot in 2015. The Tupelo native has not co-sponsored many gun bills this term, but he is a co-sponsor on the wildly popular Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which has 212 co-sponsors to date in the House version. The legislation allows a person who is licensed to conceal and carry in their own state to conceal-carry when they enter an other state with similar statutes. Kelly also co-sponsored, along with over 100 Republicans in the House, a bill that would ease taxes and regulations on firearm silencers.
Congressman Harper has signed on to the most popular gun legislation in the House, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, as well as co-sponsored the interstate transportation of firearms bill that was referred to a subcommittee in February and has not moved since then. Beyond that, the Pearl native has appeared to steer clear of too much involvement with Second Amendment legislation. He is not a co-sponsor on this year’s silencer legislation. In the 2015 to 2016 election cycle, Harper received only $2,000 from gun-rights PACs, the Center for Responsive Politics numbers show. Firearm Deaths in Mississippi:
The number of firearm deaths in 2015
Highest national rate of firearm deaths Source: Centers for Disease Control 2015 Data
Mississippi’s only Democratic Congressmen has not sponsored or co-sponsored any gun-related legislation this term, but the long-time representative advocated for and co-sponsored bi-partisan guncontrol reform. The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2015, sponsored by New York Republican Rep. Peter King, expands background checks and the coordination of data on gun owners. Thompson still advocates for passing the measure, which has not moved out of the Homeland Security Committee since 2015. “The massacre which occurred in Las Vegas is yet another incident that would have been avoided if there were common-sense gun control policies in place,” Thompson said in a statement. “A comprehensive approach to address gun violence should be taken to protect the freedom and safety of all Americans. This starts with regulating bump stocks to prevent semiautomatic weapons to act as if they were automatic. But, our work will not and cannot stop there. Republicans and Democrats must come together to pass the bipartisan King-Thompson legislation to strengthen background checks that will save countless lives.”
Trace Data for Firearms from and found in Mississippi:
Firearms Recovered in Mississippi
Firearms Traced to Mississippi as a Source State
Source: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives 2016 Data
National Gun Owner Statistics:
of American adults own half of the guns in the U.S.
Source: The Guardian report on unpublished results of National Firearms Survey.
of gun owners in U.S. obtained a firearm in past two years without a background check
Source: Harvard and Northeastern University survey 2017.
By the Numbers: Mississippi and Guns Mississippi Church Protection Act: Despite federal efforts to expand gun rights nationally, Mississippi has taken state law into its own hands—widely expanding carry rights in the 2016 legislative session. House Bill 786 opened up carry options for men and women in the state who do not have licenses. In Mississippi, it is legal to carry a loaded or unloaded pistol or revolver on your person in Mississippi in a sheath, belt holster, shoulder holster, purse, handbag or briefcase or a fully enclosed bag if the person is not engaged in criminal activity. Additionally, the legislation allows churches to form armed security forces that are held immune for civil liability if they resist any unlawful attempt by someone to commit a crime of violence defined in state law (which is anything from attempted murder to carjacking or robbery, in some instances). The NRA, which backed the legislation fully, praised Gov. Phil Bryant for signing into law the broad measure.
Firearm and Homicide Deaths: Mississippi is ranked second highest nationally—tied with Alabama and Wyoming—for firearm mortality. In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control reported 589 firearm deaths in the state. Mississippi’s rate of firearm deaths, 19.6, is almost double the national rate. Mississippi also has the second-highest homicide rate in the country, second only to Louisiana. The CDC reported 325 homicides in the state in 2015.
What’s up in Congress now?
resident Donald Trump personally received more than $900,000 in funds from gunrights lobbyists in 2016, as well as benefited from the over $54 million investment from the National Rifle Association, which endorsed Trump in the 2016 election and ran opposition advertisements about Hillary Clinton. Trump rolled back the Obama administration’s expansion of background checks for those that the Social Security Administration reported were mentally impaired recipients in February. Obama had ordered that those individuals be included in a national background-check database. After the Las Vegas tragedy, the NRA and some Republicans said they would support some regulation of the same device the shooter in Las Vegas, who killed 59 people attending a country music concert, used to make his weapon fire faster. Stephen Paddock used a bump stock, which is a piece of plastic or metal that when attached to his semiautomatic rifle allowed the weapon to fire more rounds in less time than a typical semiautomatic weapon. “Devices designed to allow semiautomatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,” a statement from the NRA says. The NRA has put archived scorecards, which grade lawmakers on their gun stances, behind a pay-wall for members only. Mississippi lawmakers who responded to inquiries about bump-stock legislation seem to be open to the idea. “I continue to be shocked and saddened by the horrible scope of the killing and injuries perpetrated in Las Vegas,” Sen. Cochran said in a statement. “As we address the aftermath of this violence, I will carefully review information and proposals regarding how best to respond to this tragic event.” Previously, both Mississippi Sens. Cochran and Wicker supported Republican gun-control proposals in 2016 that focused on people on terror watch lists purchasing weapons. The Senate debated different gun control measures after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., last year. The senators believed suspected terrorists should not have access to firearms but also voted against expanding background checks during that same debate. Before the Vegas shooting, legislation to ease regulations on silencers, which reduce noise when guns are fired, garnered a lot of Republican support in the House. Both Reps. Palazzo and Kelly co-sponsored the Hearing Protection Act of 2017, which eliminates the tax on firearm silencers. But post-Vegas, Congress seems hesitant to act in either direction at this point—at least until the dust settles and the news cycle moves on.
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Local restaurants and chefs submitted dishes for the eventâ€™s West Jackson Food Competition, and a panel of judges and attendees voted separately on first-place and second-place winners. Pictured, left to right: Alan Grove, Nick Wallace, Lee Harper, Clemente Ochoa, Pastor Calvin Waddy, Micah Briggs and Pastor John P. Perkins.
On Saturday, Sept. 16, Common Ground Covenant Church hosted the second annual Taste of West Jackson at Claiborne Park (785 Claiborne Ave.). For the event, local restaurants and chefs submitted dishes for the West Jackson Food Competition, and the church has announced the first- and second-place winners. Taqueria La Reata (1923 Highway 80 W., 601-665-8649) owners Clemente and Angela Ochoa took first place in the judgesâ€™-choice portion of the contest with a meat, bean and lettuce torta. Sarah Stripp of Sarahâ€™s Cakes (who was also last weekâ€™s Jacksonian, Vol. 16, Issue 5, Oct. 4-10) took second place in the judges choice portion and first in the audience choice one with a brown-butter vanilla cake with cream-cheese frosting and caramel sauce. Chi Town Salads and Sandwiches (18395 Metrocenter Drive, 601-6246396) owner Larry â€œFamoâ€? Bernard got honorable mention for a steak hoagie.
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Dialogue Jackson’s October Luncheon is from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The event features projections and conversations with MAE President Tyrone Hendrix, and JPS Director of Partners in Education Thea Faulkner, discussing the future of Jackson Public Schools. $12 per person, $10 for current members; jackson2000.org. Mississippi Poet Laureate Beth Ann Fennelly is a guest speaker at the “Mississippi Poets” lecture at Millsaps College on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
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The AKA Celebrity Lip-Sync Battle is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Hideaway (5100 Interstate 55 N.). The event features performances from local celebrities such as Melissa Faith Payne, Rita B., Maranda Joiner, Othor Cain and more. All proceeds go to Mississippi’s five historically black colleges and universities. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; email melanie@luxelifePR.com; eventbrite.com.
p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Martin’s Restaurant & Bar (214 S. State St.). The rock superband features former members of Widespread Panic, Drive-By Truckers, Bloodkin and more. Doors open at 7 p.m. VIP meet-and-greet includes early access at 6 p.m., appetizers, a wine and beer bar, and a commemorative laminate. Limited space. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601-354-9712; martinslounge.net.
the Oak Ridge Boys, Plain White Ts and more. Additional dates: Oct. 11-13, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. $5 admission, $5 per car, free weekdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; msfair.net. ... The Magic Beans perform at 7 p.m. at Martin’s Restaurant & Bar (214 S. State St.). The Nederland, Colo.-native band’s latest EP is titled “Common Mind.” Doors open at 6 p.m. $10; martinslounge.net.
Mississippi’s Craft Heritage is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mississippi Crafts Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). This by Micah Smith bicentennial event showcases craft skills from the last 200 years in jacksonfreepress.com Mississippi. Features living history portrayals, exhibits, hands-on Fax: 601-510-9019 activities, and the Mississippi TailDaily updates at gating Party with food, cocktails jfpevents.com and craft beers. Proceeds benefit the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi’s Education Fund. Free admission, $20 tailgate party in advance, $25 at the event; email email@example.com; craftsmensguildofms.org.
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Maranda Joiner is one of the performers for the AKA Celebrity Lip-Sync Battle at The Hideaway on Thursday, Oct. 12.
Adam Gussow signs copies of “Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $29.95 book; call 601-366-7619; 20 lemuriabooks.com. The Interstellar Boys perform from 8
The Mississippi State Fair is from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). The fair features livestock shows, pig races, a children’s barnyard, a petting zoo, food and drink vendors, rides, games, and music from Brian McKnight, the Temptations,
The John Alexander Awards Concert is at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The Mississippi Opera concert features performances from the six winners of the annual John Alexander Vocal Competition. $25; call 601960-2300; email firstname.lastname@example.org; msopera.org.
The “Mississippi Poets” lecture is at 7 p.m. at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Beth Ann Fennelly, poet laureate of Mississippi, and James Kimbrell, professor of English at Florida State University, read from their works and discuss the world of poetry today. $10 admission; call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu.
George Porter Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners perform at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). New Orleans-native musician was the bassist for influential funk band The Meters. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 877-987-6487; ardenland.net.
October Luncheon: The Future of Jackson Public Schools Oct. 11, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). MAE President Tyrone Hendrix, and JPS Director of Partners in Education Thea Faulkner are the guest speakers. $12; jackson2000.org. Fall Dialogue Circles Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Youth Media Project (125 S. Congress St., Suite 1330). Dialogue Jackson hosts facilitated discussion groups for people from diverse backgrounds to discuss social issues over three weekly sessions. Email todd@jackson freepress.com; jackson2000.org.
COMMUNITY Millsaps Forum: Reflections on Drawdown Oct. 13, 1 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). In Ford Academic Complex, room 215. Katharine Wilinson discusses “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.” Free; millsaps.edu. Community Job Fair Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-noon, at The Prosperity Center (215 McTyere Ave.). Jacksonians learn more about available positions in the Jackson area. Business attire required. Free; email email@example.com.
KIDS Pumpkin Adventure Oct. 11-14, Oct. 18-21, Oct. 25-27, at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Visitors can go on hayrides, eat milk and cookies, visit museum exhibits, choose a pie pumpkin to take home, and more. $7; msagmuseum.org. National Fossil Day Celebration Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The event features paleontology activities, a scavenger hunt, an opportunity to meet a paleontologist and more. $6 for adults, $4 for ages 3 and up; mdwfp.com. Youth Art Poetry Justice Slam Oct. 14, 6-9 p.m., at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.). The poetry slam features music, art, door prizes and more. Prizes awarded for best youth justice piece. Register in advance. Free; find it on Facebook.
FOOD & DRINK Food Truck Friday—Halloween Oct. 13, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Smith Park (302 W. Amite St.). Participants are encouraged to wear their costumes and purchase food from local food trucks. Free admission; find it on Facebook. Acumen Wine Dinner Oct. 18, 6-9 p.m., at Char Restaurant (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142). Includes four-course menu with pairings featuring selections from the Napa Valley winery. $75 per person; find it on Facebook.
SPORTS & WELLNESS New Summit Fall Festival & 5K Oct. 14, 8 a.m., at New Summit School (1417 Lelia Drive). The festival includes games, jump houses, a costume contest, a 5K race, a one-mile fun run, and more. Registration at 7:30 a.m. $15 wristband, $25 5K, $15 fun run; newsummitschool.com.
Run to the Latin Beat 5K/Health Fair Oct. 14, 8 a.m.-noon, at Old Trace Park (137 Old Trace Park, Ridgeland). The 5K race includes health screenings, a fun run, Zumba classes, and more. $20 for adults, $10 for ages 12 and under; runtothelatinbeat.com.
Gospel Comedy Show Oct. 14, 7-10 p.m., at New Jerusalem Church (5708 Old Canton Road). The stand-up show features performances from Small Fire and Amia Edwards. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; find it on Facebook.
Buddy Walk & 5K Oct. 14, 8:30 a.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Blvd., Pearl). Includes a walk, 5K, one-mile fun run, silent auction, and more. Proceeds go to Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society. $20 for adults, $15 for child, $30 5K, $20 fun run; cmdssbuddywalk.com.
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Mississippi State Fair Oct. 11-13, 11 a.m.10 p.m., Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). The fair features livestock
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Congratulations go out to the Mississippi Valley State University football team this week. The Delta Devils notched their first win of the season in a 38-31 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Thursday, Oct. 12
NFL (7-25-11 p.m., CBS): The NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles travel to the NFC South-leading Carolina Panthers in what could be a playoff preview. Friday, Oct. 13
College football (6 p.m.-1 a.m., ESPN): No. 2 Clemson travels to Syracuse before No. 8 Washington State heads south to face California, as two top-10 teams try to avoid Friday the 13th bad luck. Saturday, Oct. 14
College football (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., SECN): The MSU Bulldogs come off their bye week to host BYU. … College football (2:30-6 p.m., SECN): The University of Mississippi looks to avoid a fourth consecutive loss while hosting a tough Vanderbilt squad. Sunday, Oct. 15
NFL (noon-3:30 p.m., FOX): The New Orleans Saints come back from a bye week looking to win their third
STAGE & SCREEN “Walking Out” Oct. 11, 7 p.m., at Malco Grandview Cinema (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). The survival drama stars Matt Bomer and Bill Pullman. Includes a Q&A with producer Brunson Green. $7; crossroadsfilmsociety.com. AKA Celebrity Lip-Sync Battle Oct. 12, 7-10 p.m., at The Hideaway (5100 Interstate 55 N.). The event features local celebrities such as Melissa Faith Payne, Rita B., Maranda Joiner, Othor Cain and more. Proceeds go to Mississippi’s historically black colleges and universities. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; eventbrite.com. “Unframed” Auditions Oct. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). Actors prepare a two- to five-minute monologue to audition for the next season in the “Unframed at New Stage” series. Free; newstagetheatre.com.
game in a row when they host the Detroit Lions. Monday, Oct. 16
NFL (7:30-11 p.m., ESPN): “Monday Night Football” features an AFC South showdown with the Tennessee Titans, who are third in their division, hosting the fourth-place Indianapolis Colts. Tuesday, Oct. 17
MLB (Time TBA, FOX or FOX Sports 1): Tune in for game four of the American League Championship Series, as one team could sweep its way into the World Series. Wednesday, Oct. 18
MLB (Time TBA, TBS): Game four of the National League Championship Series is the earliest that an NL team could reach this year’s World Series. Now that Mississippi Valley State has won, there are only two major teams from our state still looking for a win his season. Mississippi College and Jackson State University have a combined 0-11 record so far.
shows, a petting zoo, food and drink vendors, rides, games, music and more. $5 admission, $5 per car, free weekdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; msfair.net. The Interstellar Boys Live Oct. 13, 8-11:30 p.m., at Martin’s Restaurant & Bar (214 S. State St.). The superband features former members of Widespread Panic, Bloodkin and more. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; martinslounge.net. Hurricane Benefit Orchestra Concert Oct. 12, 7:30-8:30 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). Professional musicians and local university faculty and students perform. Proceeds go to the American Red Cross. Donations suggested; find it on Facebook. Breaking Benjamin Unplugged Oct. 12, 8 p.m., at City Hall Live (1000 Municipal Drive, Brandon). The multi-platinum rock band performs. $33 admission; ticketmaster.com.
Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) • Country & Blues Rock for Recovery Oct. 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m. The benefit for the McCoy House for Sober Living features a silent auction and music from Todd Thompson & the Lucky Hand Blues Band. $25; ardenland.net. • Whiskey Myers Oct. 13, 9 p.m. The country band’s most recent album is titled “Mud.” The Steel Woods also perform. $12 in advance, $15 at the door; ardenland.net. • Cabaret at Duling Hall: Alexander Awards Concert Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Opera concert features performances from the six winners of the annual John Alexander Vocal Competition. $25; msopera.org. • Jammin’ for J.C.—A Memorial & Benefit Jam Oct. 17, 7-10 p.m. The jam honors the late J.C. May and raises money for his wife. Musicians include Lisa Mills, Grayson Gapps, Malcolm Shepherd and more. $10 minimum donation; centralmississippibluessociety.com. • George Porter Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. New Orleans-native musician was the bassist for The Meters. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; ardenland.net. Woofstock 2017 Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park (1398 Lakeland Drive). The festival includes music, food vendors, games, raffles, a pet costume contest, pet-training demonstrations, and more. Free; find it on Facebook. From the Ganges to the Mississippi: A Concert of Indian Music Oct. 15, 3-4 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). In the Ford Academic Complex recital hall. Sitar player Vishwanath Shenoy, mridangam player Avinash Ananth and other guest musicians perform. Free admission; millsaps.edu.
LITERARY & SIGNINGS Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) • “Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition” Oct. 13, 5 p.m. Adam Gussow signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $29.95 book; lemuriabooks.com. • “The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road” Oct. 17, 5 p.m. Finn Murphy signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.95 book; lemuriabooks.com. Mississippi Poets Oct. 17, 7 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). In Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex. Beth Ann Fennelly, poet laureate of Mississippi, and James Kimbrell, professor of English at Florida State University, read from their works and discuss the world of poetry today. $10 admission; millsaps.edu.
EXHIBIT OPENINGS Mississippi’s Craft Heritage Oct. 14, 10 a.m.5 p.m., at Mississippi Crafts Center (950 Rice Road). Features living history portrayals, exhibits, hands-on activities and more. Also features “Mississippi Tailgating Party” with food, cocktails and craft beers. Free admission, $20 tailgate in advance, $25 at event; craftsmensguildofms.org. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.
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Oct. 14 - Saturday Bonny Blair’s - Travelin’ Jane 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Char - Bill Clark 6 p.m. Drago’s - Ronnie McGee 6-9 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Big Money Mel & Small Change Wanye 10 p.m.
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or some in the music industry, there I suppose, if I had made it on one of those is no clearer evidence that times have programs,’” she says. “But I like that I had changed than country artist Maren to slug it out, play the sh*tty shows for noMorris. The Arlington, Texas, native body at a sports bar on a Sunday night and released her self-titled EP in August 2015. have those lows.” Less than two weeks later, it had garnered As for the reason behind her success, more than a million streams on Spotify, Morris says she attributes it to the same auopening the floodgates for Morris. thentic, heartfelt songwriting that first drew In the span of two years, she signed her to country music. For her, that means with Sony Music Nashville; put out her writing about where she is in life—“that platinum single, “My Church,” and gold beautiful in-between of not being … naïve single “80s Mercedes;” and released her label debut, 2016’s “Hero,” which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. She also scored 2017 Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist, Best Country Album, Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance, the latter of which she won. With her sweeping success, many media sources and new fans labeled Morris an out-ofnowhere upstart. “Everything you’ve never heard of is always an overnight sensation,” she says with a laugh. In truth, Morris, 27, has been a professional musician for Country artist Maren Morris performs for more than a decade, and in recent City Hall Live in Brandon on Oct. 19. years, her work as a songwriter in Nashville led to cuts with artists such as Kelly Clarkson and Tim McGraw. or immature, but also not being ready for At the same time, Morris says that she kids or whatever,” she says. doesn’t mind when people mistake her for “Audiences, they know when you’re an overnight success because her supporters trying or when you’re putting a hat on, like know what she is about. More importantly, you’re playing a character,” Morris says. “I she knows herself. didn’t want to put anything on the album “It’s nice to really be not so much of a or any lyric down on paper if it isn’t somenew artist anymore,” she says. “I’ve estab- thing that personally happened to me or I lished myself and my music and also my haven’t personally felt. … story. I’ve had time for people to really get “I think it’s refreshing when they hear to know me and me get to know them— something like ‘My Church’ or ‘Drunk everything from touring bars around Texas Girls Don’t Cry’ or ‘Once,’ and can say, when I was 12 to trying out for every TV ‘Oh my god, that’s me. That is exactly talent show in existence.” what I’m going through right now or what Morris says the television route is par- I’ve been going through.’ You have those ticularly funny for her because, at age 21, fans, hopefully for life, because they were it seemed devastating to try out for shows there when you went through that mosuch as “American Idol,” “The Voice” and ment and so did they.” “America’s Got Talent,” and have them turn her down. In the end, though, she Maren Morris performs at 8 p.m., moved to Nashville and began writing for Thursday, Oct. 19, at City Hall Live (1000 other artists, all the while developing into Municipal Drive, Brandon). Ryan Hurd the artist that she is today. also performs. Tickets are $23 at ticketmas “So for the ‘overnight’ people, it’s ter.com, and doors open at 7 p.m. For more like, ‘No, I could have done it overnight, information, visit marenmorris.com.
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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
“I am more interested in human beings than in writing,” said author Anais Nin, “more interested in lovemaking than in writing, more interested in living than in writing. More interested in becoming a work of art than in creating one.” I invite you to adopt that perspective as your own for the next 12 months, Libra. During this upcoming chapter of your story, you can generate long-lasting upgrades if you regard your life as a gorgeous masterpiece worthy of your highest craftsmanship.
Scorpio actress Tara Reid told the magazine Us Weekly about how her cosmetic surgeries had made her look worse than she had been in her natural state. “I’ll never be perfect again,” she mourned. I bring this up in the hope that it will inspire you. In my astrological opinion, you’re at a tuning point when it’s crucial to appreciate and foster everything about yourself that’s natural and innate and soulfully authentic. Don’t fall sway to artificial notions about how you could be more perfect than you already are.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
I didn’t go to work today. I woke up late, lingered over a leisurely breakfast and enjoyed a long walk in the autumn woods. When I found a spot that filled me with a wild sense of peace, I asked my gut wisdom what I should advise you Sagittarians to attend to. And my gut wisdom told me that you should temporarily escape at least one of your duties for at least three days. (Escaping two duties for four days would be even better.) My gut wisdom also suggested that you get extra sleep, enjoy leisurely meals and go on long walks to spots that fill you with a wild sense of peace. There you should consult your gut wisdom about your top dilemmas.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
A snail climbed to the top of a big turtle’s shell as it was sleeping under a bush. When the turtle awoke and began to lumber away in search of food, the snail was at first alarmed but eventually thrilled by how fast they were going and how far they were able to travel. “Wheeee!”, the snail thought to itself. I suspect, Capricorn, that this little tale is a useful metaphor for what you can look forward to in the coming weeks.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
“If these years have taught me anything, it is this,” wrote novelist Junot Díaz. “You can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.” That’s your plucky wisdom for the coming weeks, Aquarius. You have arrived at a pivotal phase in your life cycle when you can’t achieve liberation by fleeing, avoiding or ignoring. To commune with the only kind of freedom that matters, you must head directly into the heart of the commotion. You’ve got to feel all the feelings stirred up by the truths that rile you up.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
J. Allan Hobson is a scientist of sleep who does research at Harvard. He says we dream all the time, not just at night. Our subconscious minds never stop churning out streams of images. During the waking hours, though, our conscious minds operate at such intensity that the lower-level flow mostly stays subliminal. At least that’s the normal state of affairs. But I suspect your dream-generator is running so hot right now that its stories may leak into your waking awareness. This could be disconcerting. Without the tips I’m giving you here, you might worry you were going daft. Now that you know, I hope you’ll tap into the undercurrent to glean some useful intuitions. A word to the wise: The information that pops up won’t be logical or rational. It will be lyrical and symbolic, like dreams.
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
In his book “The Logic of Failure,” Dietrich Dorner discusses the visionaries who built the Aswan Dam in Egypt. Their efforts brought an abundance of cheap electricity to millions of people. But the planners didn’t take into account some of the important effects of their innovation. For example, the Nile River below the dam no longer flooded its banks or fertilized the surrounding land every year. As a result, farmers had to resort to chemical fertilizers at great expense. Water pollution increased. Marine life suffered because of the river’s diminished nutrients. I hope this
thought will motivate you to carefully think through the possible consequences of decisions you’re contemplating. I guarantee that you can avoid the logic of failure and instead implement the logic of success. But to do so, you’ll have to temporarily resist the momentum that has been carrying you along. You’ll have to override the impatient longing for resolution.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Are you primed to seek out new colleagues and strengthen your existing alliances? Are you curious about what it would take to infuse your best partnerships with maximum emotional intelligence? From an astrological perspective, the next nine weeks will be a favorable time to do these things. You will have opportunities to deepen your engagement with collaborators who cultivate integrity and communicate effectively. It’s possible you may feel shy about pursuing at least one of the potential new connections. But I urge you to press ahead anyway. Though you may be less ripe than they are, their influence will have a catalytic effect on you, sparking you to develop at an accelerated rate.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
“I was satisfied with haiku until I met you,” Dean Young tells a new lover in his poem “Changing Genres.” But Young goes on to say that he’s no longer content with that terse genre. “Now I want a Russian novel,” he proclaims, “a 50-page description of you sleeping, another 75 of what you think staring out a window.” He yearns for a story line about “a fallen nest, speckled eggs somehow uncrushed, the sled outracing the wolves on the steppes, the huge glittering ball where all that matters is a kiss at the end of a dark hall.” I bring Young’s meditations to your attention, Gemini, because I suspect that you, too, are primed to move into a more expansive genre with a more sumptuous plot.
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Too much propaganda and not enough real information are circulating through your personal sphere. You’re tempted to traffic in stories that are rooted more in fear than insight. Gossip and hype and delusion are crowding out useful facts. No wonder it’s a challenge for you to sort out the truths from the half-truths! But I predict that you will thrive anyway. You’ll discover helpful clues lodged in the barrage of bunkum. You’ll pluck pithy revelations from amidst the distracting ramblings. Somehow you will manage to be both extra sensitive and super-discriminating.
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A journalist named Jenkin Lloyd Jones coined the term “Afghanistanism,” which he defined as “concentrating on problems in distant parts of the world while ignoring controversial local issues.” I want to urge you Virgos to avoid engaging in a personal version of Afghanistanism. In other words, focus on issues that are close at hand, even if they seem sticky or prickly. Don’t you dare let your attention get consumed by the dreamy distractions of faraway places and times. For the foreseeable future, the best use of your energy is HERE and NOW.
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Published on Oct 11, 2017
Where Mississippi Lawmakers Stand on Gun Laws, Rights? pp 14-15 • DA Smith: Late for Court, p 10 • In the Wake of HB 1523, p 12 • Taste of W...