Jim Brown: Re-writing Louisiana’s History Flags, Monuments and All!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

RE-WRITING LOUISIANA’S HISTORY FLAGS, MONUMENTS AND ALL!

It looks like it’s time to get out the soap powder in Louisiana. Some elected officials and the state’s largest newspaper are jumping all over themselves to call for the banishment of whatever tattered remnants are left from the aftermath of the Civil War. Not just flags, but monuments, names, Dukes of Hazzard, Aunt Jemima syrup, Uncle Ben’s rice, Gone with the Wind, they all gotta go. The cultural cleansing in the Bayou state has begun.

The current focus of obliterating the past is on the Confederate flag flying about the South Carolina state capitol. Of course the flag should come down, and should have been lowered years ago. But the question is, just how far should government bodies go to pacify those who feel offended by tax dollars being used to maintain past symbols; reminders of a once divisive nation that are an affront to many black Americans.

Actually, despite newspaper accounts otherwise, the Confederate flag never flew above the state capitol in Baton Rouge, both during the time of the Civil War, and in the years afterword. Louisiana adopted its own flag of secession, comprised of a yellow star on a red background. What to see what it looked like? Check out the present flag of Vietnam.

So what happens now? Do reasonable voices want to open up a discussion to learn from history, or will there be an emotional reaction to determine and shape history? Do we purge symbols and inscriptions of the past that causes discomfort to some? Isn’t that what ISIS is doing in the Middle East right now; wiping out monuments that commemorate both the good and the bad of a region’s history? Continue Reading……….

If you’re not reading SRHS Trustee Scott Taylor’s blog…..

Then those of you that get part of your daily news on Slabbed are really missing out. First off I want to give Taylor a WordPress platform tip so that the posts and comment time stamps are expressed in local time. From your dashboard go to “settings”, then click “general” on the sub-menu. On your general settings tab change the timezone to “UTC-5″ from the drop down menu. You can thank me later.

On Sunday, Taylor posted his take on the Board of Supervisor’s recent Public Relations push with legal consultant Billy Guice on the point for the Sups. The post was good but the comments to Taylor’s post, as is often the case on an interactive website, are out of this world and I think are a must read.

My personal opinion is most everyone on the outside looking in at the Singing River financial disaster without a financial dog in the hunt, especially informed financial observers spot the self-serving duplicity in how both the Supervisors and the SRHS Board of Trustees are trying to frame the management perpetrated accounting fraud which lays at the heart of financial crisis that grips the hospital.

At its most basic, both the Sups and the SHRS Trustees are trying to scapegoat the former auditors and the retirees for the bad business practices and fraudulent  financial reporting which occurred under former CEO Chris Anderson’s and CFO Mike Crews’ watch at the helm of SRHS. It is a shame the old time practice of tarring and feathering has gone out of style because I can think of five Supervisors (Stupidvisors in RFP speak) that deserve a good tarring, feathering before being run out of town on a rail. These are strong words but I am an informed financial observer so the bullshit is easy to spot. Let’s start with April Havens over at the Mississippi Alabama Press:

Jackson County supervisors this morning announced they are suing KPMG, Singing River Health System’s former audit firm whose work led to a disastrous $88 million accounting adjustment.

Supervisors today hired attorney Billy Guice on a contingent fee basis to represent the county in its suit against the audit firm.

KPMG has been the scapegoat of choice for both the SRHS Board when the financial fraud (though it was not reported as such by the Mississippi Alabama Press) first came to light back in March, 2014 as County Comptroller Josh Eldridge, reportedly a CPA that previously worked for the State Auditor’s office took point for the Sups spinning the management perpetrated financial fraud just days after Chris Anderson abruptly left Singing River Health for Baptist in Jackson:

“It’s a large adjustment,” county Comptroller Josh Eldridge said.

Board attorney Jessica Dupont noted, however, that the county doesn’t know of a current lawsuit.

The health system is county-owned, and the county backs its debt, but county tax dollars do not fund the system’s operations. The county has five mills pledged in case the health system ever defaults on its debt, but Eldridge noted the system is “not even close” to default.

That tune has since changed with regard to the bonds being in default, such condition also present when Eldridge made those initial statements. Now back to Jackson County’s announcement that they were suing KPMG as Guice literally beclowns himself before the financial and auditing community as he lists two grounds for the suit:

Last week, Guice said the audits did not appropriately disclose the state of the pension in the annual audits. That information should have been presented in the audit highlights at the beginning of the document, he said.

Instead, the most important information was buried in the “notes” section at the end of the audit, he said.

Now at this point I’m going to put on my professional hat as a CPA/Auditor but I’m going to express the concepts in the language used by an 8 year old so that maybe some of this sinks in with the Stupidvisors, who I would highly encourage to run  by their in-house financial expert Josh Eldridge.

The “front part” of the audit is called “Management Discussion and Analysis“. You see boys and girls, in an audit there are two teams. One team is called management. The boys and girls that belong to Team Management work at the hospital. These people include doctors and nurses that cure your bobos and hurts. It also includes the boys and girls that manage the hospital. The other team is called the “auditors” and that team includes the boys and girls that make sure the Hospital reports its cures of bobos and hurts accurately for everyone most everyone for just a few people to see.

Now back to grownup talk for the professionals that read this website. Continue reading If you’re not reading SRHS Trustee Scott Taylor’s blog…..

These moments of media insanity can be explained

There are large segments of the main stream media that simply do not get out enough, especially in the U.K.:

This Dildo Flag Was Mistaken For An “ISIS Flag” By CNN ~ David Mack

But it gets even better.  Mention intolerance and homosexuality in the same sentence and otherwise bright people become blithering idiots:

Star Wars ‘reeks of misogyny': SJW satirist punks BBC World Service ~ Milo Yiannopoulos

Seems to me on these hot button social issues all you get are the extremes on both sides which is why I normally tune this sort of stuff out. But since I did this post, here are the two extremes with a bonus of the second link being used for analysis purposes in the CNN ISIS Dildo flag segment.

CNN International reporter Lucy Pawle Spots ‘ISIS Flag’ at London Gay Pride Parade ~ Youtube

ISIS throw man off tall building for being gay, crowd stones him to death ~ Youtube

Closer to home is our pesky state flag. I’m personally in favor of changing it.  A central Mississippi artist has published a few concept designs to twitter, the first one well over a year ago: Continue reading These moments of media insanity can be explained

Election 2015: Harrison Co. Chancery Clerk Candidate Brian Carriere on the Woody Pringle embezzlement

In 2010 it was discovered that the trust accounts of dozens of Harrison County residents had been raided by an attorney responsible for overseeing these accounts.  The Chancery Clerk was required by MS statute to audit these accounts annually, but is allowed to do so more frequently.  John McAdams failed in his duties and responsibilities and the attorney committed suicide when the embezzlement was discovered.

I am running for Chancery Clerk to protect every citizen of Harrison County, especially our most vulnerable.  It is a travesty that this occurred in the first place, but it is even more of a tragedy that the Clerk is claiming he, too, was a victim and that we should credit him for stopping the embezzlement.  The culture of corruption that exists in Mississippi politics MUST end.  We can only do it one office at a time but on August 4 the voters in Harrison County have an opportunity to replace one incumbent with a new perspective.

I promise to be a FULL TIME Chancery Clerk.  I have plans to implement strong control measures to secure your tax dollars and the estates and property of our vulnerable citizens who have been assigned to the Chancery office by the court.  To learn more visit www.votebrianc.com and please vote for Brian Carriere in the Republican primary on August 4 in Harrison County.

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Best thing to happen to the divorce specialized portion of the Bar in US History….

Same-Sex Marriage Is a Right, Supreme Court Rules, 5-4 ~ Adam Liptak

Locally the pipeline of potential new clients begins to fill up and the media is right there documenting the event for posterity.

Supreme Court says same-sex couples have right to marry in all 50 states: Track what’s happening in south Louisiana ~ New Orleans Advocate

I also saw this from the Dallas Morning News via Naomi Martin and Periscope showing the rush at the Dallas County Clerk’s office.

Speaking of Periscope, Slabbed New Media has a new account, which we’ll use occasionally for things like City Council meeting coverage etc. Signing up for Periscope is easy and it all starts with getting a twitter account.

Back to same-sex marriage. Over time the notion that we have second class citizens in the US that somehow deserve less than the full slate of constitutionally afforded protections has been rejected time and again, including today’s Supreme Court ruling. From that perspective I think today’s Supreme Court decision is absolutely the right one.

FUBAR: A Jackson County Political Tradition

More than anything else the events of this week revealed exactly why the Jackson County Board of Supervisors hired Billy Guice. Campaign season can no longer be put on hold for incumbent Supervisors, who hired Guice to run interference for them, ultimately using Guice to throw their own political appointees under the bus in one last effort to save their jobs. The cost to the taxpayers for this political expenditure is $345,000 and counting. I’m fairly certain the retirees that are fixing to get screwed are not very happy with Guice’s recounting of the obvious for the Sups, which has been covered in detail on both these pages as well as the Sun Herald for the past 7 plus months.

Let’s start with the Sun Herald, which was excluded from Bronco Billy Guice’s Wild West Show, a fact they were clearly unhappy about:

Jackson County has spent $345,000 on SRHS probe ~ Anita Lee

Jackson County taxpayers should have saved their money ~ Sun Herald Editorial Board

A short snippet is in order but the entire Op-Ed is fine reading:

Looks as though the Jackson County Board of Supervisors brokered a deal for the taxpayers to buy a wheelbarrow full of fool’s gold for the low, low price of $345,000.

A subscription to the Sun Herald would have saved the taxpayers a ton of money — we don’t see anything in the report about the investigation into the Singing River Health System pension fund that hasn’t been covered in the paper.

Even better Jackson County taxpayers could have saved the S/H subscription and read up on things right here on Slabbed. 😉

Moving right along WLOX got in on the show with the following report which uncritically parrots Guice’s press release that ran in the Mississippi Press, which coincidentally is also a public relations prelude to screwing the SRHS retirees in my opinion:

Attorney Billy Guice gets on bad side of both SRHS executives and retirees ~ Mike Lacy

Poor Billy Guice had no clue he needed firefighting training before taking on this $345,000 no-bid CONsulting job with Jackson County as we turn our attention next to the Jackson County press release disguised as a trio of new reports which ran yesterday in Pravda, err, I mean the Mississippi Alabama Press: Continue reading FUBAR: A Jackson County Political Tradition