Before I head out to the Bay and daddy duty today I wanted to share a few stories that attracted my interest, some of which we’ve previously blogged on.
Nowdy wondered a few times this football season why I didn’t blog on St Stanislaus QB Dylan Favre as I had several posts on him during the 2008 football season. The reasons were many such as not having a life the past 8 weeks due to having a 2 sports son (pee wee football/soccer) and it seemingly raining every Friday night down here for the past 6 weeks. (I guess I truly am a fair weather fan when it comes to football at my Alma Mater) That said I did manage to take in a few games one of which was the clash involving my second favorite High School Football team, the Forrest County AHS Aggies (Congrats to the Aggies on beating West Lauderdale) and last night’s SSC playoff win over Quitman. Watching Dylan Farve play over the past few years has been a real treat. Though he lacks the height to be on the major college A recruiting list someone in college football will end up with a great QB.
Last night the Dylan and the Rocks converted a 3rd and 17 with a pass that would be the envy of half the QB’s in the NFL – a throw on a rope that hit the receiver in the hands in stride. I’ll let Al Jones at The Sun Herald take it from there:
Along the way, St. Stanislaus improved to 10-1 for the first 10-win season in school history, and Dylan Favre continued his onslaught on Mississippi high school passing records with three-single season records.
Favre set records for single season offense yards (4,903 yards), single season touchdowns (47) and touchdowns responsible for (58).
The Rocks now travel to Columbia next week in the second round.
“It was a good win,’’ SSC coach Forrest Williams said. “Now, onto the second round.’’
St. Stanislaus took the opening kickoff and drove 89 yards in 11 plays to take a 7-0 lead on a 10-yard scoring pass from Favre to Joe Klein at the 8:37 mark of the first.
The drive saw Favre convert a third-and-17 from the Rocks 27 with a completion to Boomer Scarborough to the Panthers 38.
I’m in Columbia a good bit professionally so I’ll recommend 2 local restaurants that are very good for those that will be in town early enough to dine before the game.
Fran Ginn’s Backdoor Cafe is located in Columbia’s picturesque downtown area. Since I am a foodie of the highest order and degree I’ll add IMO there is no place in Mississippi with better restaurants per capita than the Bay-Waveland area. The Backdoor could easily compete with the best of the restaurants in the Bay. Fran is especially well known for her homemade desserts, especially the Carmel cake.
Ronnie Lott’s Jacks Family Restaurant on the bypass (the google website URL is incorrect) is a great place to find some stick-to-your-ribs country cooking. It is a favorite of the local blue-collar crowd and for good reason as the food is very good. The parking lot is small but don’t let a filled lot scare you off as the place seats well over 100. There is parking across the street at the donut shop if the main lot is full (which it normally is everyday the place is open).
Next up is the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, specifically the dedication of the new building which is part of a major expansion there. The dedication attracted an all-star crowd including vets such as Bert Stolier, Mickey Rooney and George McGovern and celebrities such as Tom Hanks. We’ll be coming to visit the new attractions very soon. John Pope reports for the Times Picayune:
The 70,000-square-foot structure dedicated Friday cost $60 million. It has a restaurant — the American Sector, the latest culinary outpost of chef John Besh — as well as the Stage Door Canteen, which is designed to evoke, through period costumes and music and live performances, the clubs on the East and West coasts where GIs could rub elbows with celebrities before shipping out.
Also in the as-yet-unnamed building is the Solomon Victory Theater, a 250-seat house showing “Beyond All Boundaries,” a 35-minute movie that uses a host of special effects, including lights, fog, simulated snow and cca rumbling floor, to give viewers a taste of what soldiers felt during the war.
Hanks, a longtime museum supporter who is the film’s executive producer and narrator, said at a pre-ceremony news conference that the movie shows history “in a brand new way” and gives visitors “a tactile appreciation of the war.”
The movie will revitalize the museum, Stolier said. “People will want to come back. (The moviemakers) have done a great job.”
But because the presentation is so effective in showing what combatants endured, “you’ll walk out of that room determined to work even harder for peace,” said McGovern, an opponent of the war in Vietnam who was the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate in 1972. “You’ll never be able to glorify what those men and women went through.”
I’ve never understood the glorifying of plagiarist Stephen Ambrose. I’ve known about Ambrose since I was in my late teens as I personally knew another history professor at UNO. His major academic talent in those days was self promotion which his later life proved he was very good at doing. None of his collegues respected him back in the day, so his “borrowing” of other’s materials without attribution did not surprise me when the news broke.
Next up is Dollar Bill Jefferson and the stiff price he may pay for his crimes. The US Attorney plans to recommend 27-33 years at the Grey Bar Hotel for Dollar Bill next Friday. Jonathan Tilove at the Times Picayune has the details:
Jefferson, 62, will be sentenced by federal Judge T.S. Ellis III on Nov. 13.
The prosecution’s sentencing memorandum suggests that Jefferson, who served 18 years in Congress, may have hidden resources and “poses a significant risk of flight,” and ought to be immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service after sentencing at the Alexandria, Va., courthouse.
If Ellis follows the U.S. attorney’s office recommendations, Jefferson would face by far the longest prison term ever imposed for congressional corruption, dwarfing the sentences meted out in such famous scandals as Abscam, Koreagate and Wedetch.
Next up is Judge Joan Benge and the in-depth report from the Times Picayune on her ouster from the bench. I thought some of the commentary on the story was very good though I remain undecided if the punishment truly fit the act:
Benge, a Kenner resident, was snagged by the FBI in 2001 during its investigation, known as Operation Wrinkled Robe, of corruption at the Jefferson Parish Courthouse. Then-Judge Ronald Bodenheimer, Benge’s colleague in the Jefferson Parish district attorney’s office before they were elected to the bench, was a target of that investigation.
FBI agents secretly recorded telephone conversations between Bodenheimer and Phillip Demma, then a reserve deputy who had a personal injury lawsuit pending in Benge’s court.
The lawsuit stemmed from a minor wreck between Demma and another motorist in Metairie in 1998 in which Demma claimed he cracked a tooth. Through wiretaps, the FBI caught Demma urging Bodenheimer to sway Benge’s ruling in his favor. Demma wanted Benge to award him $20,000.
Both sides in the case agreed the other motorist was at fault, and Benge had only to decide whether the wreck caused Demma’s cracked tooth and, if so, an award amount.
After the Nov. 29, 2001, trial, the FBI recorded a conversation in which Benge called Bodenheimer to discuss an array of judicial matters that included the Demma case. Were it not for Demma’s attorney, John Venezia, Benge told Bodenheimer she would give Demma nothing, according to the conversation transcripts.
Yet, a week later, Benge awarded Demma $4,275. Weeks later, at a Christmas party, Benge told Venezia that she awarded Demma money only because of him. The Judiciary Commission suggested Benge was repaying Venezia for his monetary support in her judicial campaign months earlier.
Bodenheimer, whom Benge considered her judicial mentor, later pleaded guilty to federal charges unrelated to the Demma case and received a 46-month prison sentence. Demma also pleaded guilty to federal charges, including to conspiring with Bodenheimer to fix the case.
Benge was never charged with a crime, but the FBI and federal prosecutors provided the Judiciary Commission last year with information gathered during the Wrinkled Robe investigation for review of possible ethics violations. The commission initially opened a file on Benge after reading accounts of Demma’s guilty plea in The Times-Picayune in April 2003.
While the attorney who prosecuted the case recommended Benge be suspended without pay for six months, the commission said she should be removed from the bench.
Finally from the mean streets of blogging I offer this. You gotta give Alan props for leaving the comments up and for highlighting the Main Street Justice piece. Outing a blogger is a big no no here at Slabbed however and is something we’ll never do.
Finally from the even a broke clock is right twice a day file I offer this. The Fort Hood tragedy was horrific beyond description. Even worse IMHO is stereotyping an entire religion based on the actions of one of its very troubled adherents. Mankind is unfortunately most capable of very dark deeds whether it be companies like State Farm, Nationwide, Farm Bureau, Allstate, USAA etc hosing homeless policyholders, or European Christians gassing millions of Jews and other undesirables in the 1940s. The ignorance on display in some of the comments to the post represents a classic case study in cognitive bias also known as burying your head in the sand. To the extent weaker minds have fallen for the meme on Muslims and violence means to me Osama Bin Laden and his ilk are actually winning the war from a propaganda standpoint. Simply put, fostering a wider conflict where it does not in reality exist serves the purposes of our enemies.
On tap for tomorrow, AIG’s financial woes continue to worsen and a few insurance Commishs clearly see it. Of course we’ve been all over it for months. Happy Saturday to the Slabbed nation.