GEOFF PENDER: Welcome to the Capitol. Cover the children’s ears.

There are times when the Mississippi Legislature is a stately affair, with members following rules of decorum steeped in history, calling each other “gentleman” and “lady” and asking politely, “do you yield?”

Then there are times like these, when the Legislature — particularly the House — resembles a bunch of kindergarteners who’ve had too much sugar. On Friday one lawmaker noted for the record “I might pop him in the mouth” of another who wouldn’t be quiet while he talked.