Other Voices | Wednesdays Wars: Netanyahu and Boehner – The Unctuous Manipulator and the Useful Idiot

Published on Jan 26, 2015

These two were made for each other. Yiddish describes them best. Netanyahu is a schnorrer, the perpetually uninvited guest that always wants more. Boehner is a schnook, the not-so-bright dupe. Skulking around in the shadows for six weeks, Boehner and Netanyahu hit upon a scheme to benefit each other individually and undermine American foreign policy.

The vehicle: an invitation from Boehner to Netanyahu to address a Joint Session of Congress on February 11. Netanyahu said, “Make it March 3.” Boehner, the perfect schnook, dutifully complied. No heads up was given to the Democratic leadership in Congress or to the White House. Legal? Yes, but absolutely unprecedented.

Netanyahu has an election in Israel on March 17. It’s going to be close. A high-profile speech and a poke in Obama’s eye helps him with his base back home. Why not weasel an invitation out of Boehner to address a Joint Session of Congress where he can insert himself into American foreign policy and try to queer any possibility of peace breaking out with Iran? Plus, the timing is elegant … two weeks before the election back home.

In Netanyahu’s mind, isn’t that what people like Boehner are supposed to do for people like him. Serve Netanyahu’s needs as directed. No need to worry about Obama. He’s already given Netanyahu all he could and, he’s so yesterday. Right, Bibi?

We’ll see.

Boehner is a completely incompetent Speaker of the House. Continue Reading…………

About all this yammering about Greece……..

I have yet to find much honest coverage of the events surrounding the Greek elections in the US media, which paint a superficial portrayal of state v state politics that is somehow symptomatic of a deep social divide in Europe. What this is really about is the big investment banks trying to make good on ill advised loans by beating the crap out of ordinary Greek citizens by impoverishing huge numbers of them via forced austerity.

If you want to understand what is going on in Greece, Zerohedge is a great place to start:

In depth coverage can be found here.

Slabbed exclusive: Pictures from a SRHS Board of Trustees meeting

But first I have this because I was frankly surprised to see such an Op-Ed today:

SUN HERALD | Editorial: Administrators, not health care providers, jeopardize SRHS ~ Sun Herald Editorial Board

The bottom line here is upper management at SRHS is reverting to the only thing they know how to do well, which is a dog and pony show. The problem is doing so while insider double dealing is leaking out makes the gang look like fools. I can’t imagine the Sun Herald earned any brownie points today in the executive suite at SRHS. The truth sometimes hurts.

Now for that Slabbed exclusive in those Board of Trustee meeting pictures. All hell is breaking loose and the eyes of the state are upon us. Since Slabbed is famous for getting pictures we got some, with an assist from the artist formerly known as Nowdy: Continue reading

Tuesday Roundup: “We were robbed by the system”

There are four weeks of the year I do not have time for much more than the day job. This is one of those weeks so here is what I read this morning as I make my way out the door:

Former employees speak out about class-action lawsuit against Singing River Health System ~ Patrice Clark

WLOX.com – The News for South Mississippi

Former state senator Tommy Robertson charged with embezzlement ~ Michelle Lady

Good thing the JPSO handled the case of Mitch Landrieu’s stolen Jeep or it would’ve been chop shopped:

Crime reaches mayor’s doorstep: Vehicle stolen from Mitch Landrieu’s house recovered ~ Ken Daley

There are other stories out there concerning Mrs. Benson’s past that I won’t go into but there is also a public record as today’s New Orleans Advocate explores:

As Gayle Benson faces vetting by NFL, NBA, past lawsuits may raise questions ~ Ramon Antonio Vargas

Finally:

Audit suggests St. Bernard civic center head helped herself to $60K in public funds ~ Richard Thompson

Slabbed Solves Bay St Louis Dumpstergate with one photo

And Saturday night on the way to the ball the gang discussed:

  1. Taxpayer subsidized trash service for a few Old Town Merchants.
  2. Setting up a payment plan for the multitude of Chamber of Commerce members that do business with the City who have not been paid in months.
  3. Let them eat cake.

Photo is below the jump. Continue reading

Comment Bump: Here’s more culture of corruption for ya Stacey. ;-)

I would argue that the audit approach of the Office of the State Auditor, Financial Audit and Compliance Division, County Audit Section with regards to non-compliance with GASB 61 is fundamentally flawed:

The Financial and Compliance Audit Division, the largest division in the agency, is divided into five sections: Education Audit Section, State Agency Audit Section, County Audit Section, Electronic Data Processing (EDP) Audit Section and Report Processing Section. This division is responsible for conducting and overseeing audits of public entities.

Facebook Photo | SRHS Queen Stephanie Barnes Taylor

Facebook Photo | SRHS Legal Services Queen and Chief Compliance Officer Stephanie Barnes Taylor

The audit and inherent risks contained in the County audit is at owned hospital component units for those counties that have them, as they are magnitudes larger financially than the primary government. They have also been allowed to operate in secret by law, which is a red flag in my opinion in terms of fraud risk assessment. As a matter of Governmental GAAP, this would be one of the basic reasons GASB 34 (now GASB 61) was promulgated as the overall financial risk would lie with the larger entity, oftentimes a “component unit” whose failure would cause far more financial carnage than the failure of the primary government. We’re seeing this play out over in Jackson County right now.

Currently in Mississippi, the Auditors office allows the counties to not consolidate their component unit hospitals, Forrest Co and Jackson Co being two examples, with the OSA or private county audit firm expressing adverse opinion on the component unit column of a multi-column financial presentation. The opinion is so complicated as to be next to worthless to all but the CPA practitioner community and lawyers.

To the extent the taxpayer backed financial guarantee related to their hospitals at the county level is material to the Primary government and unrecognized, County auditors are skating on very thin ice from a liability standpoint with such a presentation, which I would argue is fundamentally misleading. I would hope the gang up in Jackson would be having this discussion internally but based on an Anita Lee story from a few months back my guess would be no for reasons I will not elaborate upon. I’d be happy to be proven wrong there.

None of this is a comment bump folks but I needed Mr. Pickering’s attention. I’d like to point out all these cultures of corruption are happening on your charge and watch sir. From chat gres in comments:

Back to SRHS and the compliance department.

Stephanie Barnes Taylor was the Chief of Legal Services and the Compliance Officer for SRHS until 2014.

In 2010 SBT founded The Fruition Group LLC. Continue reading

Sunday Open

Local:

Critics take complaints over city clerk’s raise to Waveland aldermen ~ Geoff Belcher

Bay harbor commissioner resigns ~ Dwayne Bremer

Sports:

Rita Benson Leblanc???

Tom Benson has long harbored doubts about heir apparent Rita, friends say ~ Ramon Antonio Vargas

Business:

Chiquita-Charlotte divorce may cost up to $40 million ~ Jen Wilson

Bitcoin and the Digital-Currency Revolution ~ Michael Casey & Paul Vigna (Subscription required)

Heckuva job Barackie! Continue reading