Monday, April 04, 2005


April 3, 2005 -- A HATTIESBURG, Miss., policewoman and her husband found out
the hard way how popular Dave Chappelle's Comedy Central show is -
especially his catch phrase, "I'm Rick James, bitch!" Diane James' husband,
Rick James, is running for Hattiesburg City Council. She wrote to Comedy
Central: "Due to the popularity of the Dave Chappelle show, people keep
stealing our 'Vote Rick James' yard signs ... we would appreciate a small
campaign donation for more signs, as we are working-class people and
financing this campaign out of our own pockets. Each time a sign is stolen,
it costs us $4.75! Every time a 'Rick James' piece runs on your show, we
stand to lose dozens of signs overnight, which end up decorating people's
front yards and dorm rooms ... the yard signs have been spotted at least 100
miles from our home by truckers ... Also, young children on bikes scream,
'I'm Rick James, bitch!' as we drive by in our car with our 'Rick James' car
signs ... People even drive by our home and scream, 'Super Freak.'" No word
on whether Comedy central will pitch in for more signs.

Only in Mississippi.