New law prevents gun confiscation

Here’s an interesting article from Tennessee,

(AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A person who legally possesses a gun would not have it seized during periods of martial rule under a proposal that has been signed into law by the governor.

The measure was signed by Gov. Phil Bredesen on Thursday and takes effect immediately.

One of the more troubling Katrina stories for 2nd amendment advocates dealt with the seizure of firearms in the aftermath of the storm in the greater NOLA area.

Now, we didn’t see anything like that here in Pike County. Of course, the storm damage around here, as bad as it was, didn’t compare to the flooding in NOLA, or the wind/wave damage on the MS Gulf Coast. Still, the new Tennessee law is a good start.

Please feel free to email this article to your MS legislator of choice.


NAIS deadline is March 16

The USDA has proposed a rule to require all farms and ranches where animals are raised to be registered in a federal database under the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) for existing disease control programs. The draft rule covers programs for cattle, sheep, goats and swine. It also sets the stage for the entire NAIS program to be mandated for everyone, including anyone who owns even one livestock animal (for example, a single chicken or a horse). Learn more about the legislation in The Truth About the Animal ID Plan.

It’s critical that the USDA and Congress hear from the hundreds of thousands of people who will be adversely affected by the NAIS program. This includes not only animal owners, but also consumers who care about local and sustainable foods, taxpayers who object to wasteful government programs and advocates for a safer food system.

STEP 1: Submit comments to USDA online or by mail. The comments must be received by the USDA by March 16, 2009.

Find out how you can help at The Happy Homesteader

TARP money

Fox has published a list of banks receiving TARP money. It includes Regions Bank.

None of the other retail banks in the McComb area are on the list as of 1/31/09.

Bank of America Corporation
Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
Citigroup Inc.
The Goldman Sachs Group
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Morgan Stanley
State Street Corporation
Wells Fargo & Company
Bank of Commerce Holdings
1st FS Corporation
UCBH Holdings, Inc.
Northern Trust Corporation
SunTrust Banks, Inc.
Broadway Financial Corporation
Washington Federal Inc.
BB&T Corp.
Provident Bancshares Corp.
Umpqua Holdings Corp.
Comerica Inc.
Regions Financial Corp.

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Security Breech at SMCC

Pike County Times has learned that a computer security breech at Southwest MS Community College has been discovered which exposes personal and confidential information, including social security numbers, for over well over 3000 current and former students. Sources have told PCT that the cached files from SMCC have been published to the internet without normal security protocol, no encryption, and no restriction of access.


Dr. Jim Storer ousted as City Administrator

The Enterprise Journal is reporting that City Administrator, Jim Storer, was relieved of his duties tonight in a 3-2 vote of the McComb city board.

“Selectmen Wade Lamb, Bobby Maddox and E.C. Nobles in favor of Storer’s firing and Selectmen Johnson and Robert Earl Smith dissenting.

Selectmen in favor of Storer’s removal said after the meeting they felt Storer had failed to keep them in the loop regarding city business.”

read more at E-J

Bobby Maddox–don’t even think about putting up one of your campaign signs in my yard next time around.

This is a boneheaded move.

The people of McComb deserve better.

Power outage in Pike County

McComb E-J interviewed Jim Hedges of Entergy regarding power outages in Pike, Walthall, and Amite counties. An estimated 6500 households and business have lost power, and Hedges told E-J, “it’s going to be several days” before power is fully restored in the area.

“More people have power than don’t have power, and I hope it remains that way throughout the duration.” …
“There have been times where we have been restoring power, but for now, we’re just scouting.” “With the wind, it’s just not safe for us to get our buckets out there.”

We’re operating on generator power here in Edgewood subdivision. Hopefully,power will be restored soon. But, remembering the post-Katrina outage, a day or so shouldn’t be too bad.

To the linemen of Entergy and Magnolia EPA, “Thanks for all you do. Be careful out there.”

Katrina +3: Waiting on the Big Swede

Gov. Haley Barbour issued a state of emergency declaration for the southern part of Mississippi on Thursday afternoon due to the potential threat coming from Gustav, “The Big Swede.”

“Now is the time to prepare yourself, your family and your friends,” Barbour said in a statement.

Barbour also urged “all Mississippians to please take this storm seriously. One of the most important lessons we learned after Hurricane Katrina was that there is no substitute for awareness and self-help, especially in the days before a hurricane is predicted to hit.” link

We’re ready. I think. Still have a few loose ends to tie up, but most of the preparation has been done.

Related: from E-J — Pike BOS declares state of emergency

Hang in there, folks. It’s going to be an interesting week.
In the meantime, be sure to enjoy some great college football.
Go Dawgs!