In the simplest terms, State Farm cannot refuse to pay the funds due and owing under the policy, then insist that Plaintiffs rebuild before they are entitled to sue for recovery of the replacement costs.
Most gulf coast residents simply do not have the financial resources to rebuild an entire home to completion without the benefit of the insurance benefits due from their homeowner’s insurer. State Farm could greatly reduce its exposure following hurricanes by simply denying coverage, then insisting that the maximum recovery is the actual caSh value Wlder the policy – normally significantly less than replacement costs – simply because the homeowner hasn’t completed rebuilding the home, which they simply can’t afford to do without the insurance proceeds State Farm withholds.
~Our hearts go out to Mrs Mary Lindsey, Luther, and Cody
–and all close to the Dickinson family who knew and loved Jim.
I first met Jim Dickinson when I warmed up for his band Mudboy and the Neutrons in Memphis in ’81 or ’82. Over the years we would congrooviate occasionally and, though we weren’t close, he always left me feeling like a musician and a friend.
With Lee Baker and Fury Lewis, Dickinson influenced my own musical development deeply and unmistakably, as if I can still smell the bogue in which I learned to swim.
With age he just got better and better and nicer and nicer.
I already sorely miss this man and will never forget him.
“Fuck it, its only music,” said the funniest musician I’ve ever met.
This is where I grew up, where I come from…
I have been watching Sul Ozerden practically all his life. I knew his dad and mother going back to the 1970s. I was always impressed with him and his family, same thing with Louis Guirola. … I am sad about Judge DeLaughter… I hope that is behind us so we can move on now.
There were always two Trent Lotts – one, the Senator who took care of his people; the other Tricia’s husband who cared deeply for his family. Perhaps that’s why the Sunday Sun Herald reports on his post-Senate life in two stories: Life’s busy for Lott… and Lott talks scandal… (another h/t to Steve for the second link)
Hurricane Katrina was a defining event in Lott’s career, one that gave him his finest moment – and thereafter there were no longer two Trent Lotts but one.
…Hurricane Katrina came, and Lott was back in the spotlight. He lost his Pascagoula home to the storm and was suing his insurance company and at the same time working alongside Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, known as “The Quiet Persuader,” to secure billions in federal funds for South Mississippi’s recovery.
The Lotts’ beachfront home in Pascagoula, which the former senator called his “nest egg” hasn’t been rebuilt. Lott says when he’s on the Coast, he is able to stay with relatives. He and his wife Tricia — who had expressed some concerns about rebuilding on the water at the time Lott retired — now have a country home a few miles outside Jackson. Lott said they were buying the property before Katrina, so they used flood insurance money to spruce it up.
Coast residents are planning to show their “party manners” at Congressman Taylor’s upcoming Town Hall meeting, according to this Sun Herald story.
White gloves are not required – but kid gloves may be needed, Frankly, I doubt Gene if-there-was-a-hell-no-button-I’d-push-it Taylor has a pair of either:
South Mississippi Democrats plan to show solidarity and support for U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor at his town hall meeting Monday night, when the congressman is likely to face tough questioning from conservatives in a movement that has pressed officials at gatherings across the country this month.
Conservative Web sites are directing people to attend their representatives’ meetings to grill them about President Barack Obama’s health care plans, the economy and other issues.