I’ve been out and about with the day job without much time to post of late and though I haven’t heard from Nowdy I suspect she’s been busy with the disaster in Central Mississippi while everyone around these parts is watching an epic environmental disaster unfold with the blowout explosion of the BP Deepwater Horizon, resulting loss of life and oil spill. Like so many people from this area I spent time on the rigs both in the gulf and off the coast of California earning money to put myself through college. Boots and Coots is most likely on the job as the Haliburton era begins with a bang. From the look of things, the house that Dick Chaney stunk up should get a quick payback on that timely $240MM investment. Meantime local businessmen with jobs on the line pray for a miracle.
We have a Louisiana 24 Judicial District special election tomorrow featuring an alleged “despicable corrupt skank” against a private practice lawyer. Both are Republicans though I think only one has a decent shot at consistently upholding the law and not being drug down into the cesspool of corrupt machine politics. The Times Picayune recently ran a Paul Purpura story on the race where it becomes clear Debbie Villio is Sheriff Newell Normand’s political bitch as our boy Newell gets down and dirty on Villio opponent Ray Steib:
In a television commercial this week, her campaign chairman, Sheriff Newell Normand, assails Steib for his criminal defense work, saying he employs smoke screens “to keep criminals out of jail.”
Steib said Tuesday he is concerned about crime, too, and his campaign will respond in kind on television, tying Villio to former Parish President Aaron Broussard, who appointed her to her code enforcement job and resigned in January amid a federal investigation of his administration.
“People are tired of political machines,” Steib said.
Criminal defense has accounted for only about 3 percent of his firm’s income, Steib said. He added that he has backing from about 250 attorneys who want a judge “who understands what lawyers’ day-to-day jobs are.”
“I’ve got the experience,” Steib said. “I’ve got the temperament”.
Steib nails it with his remarks. One does not learn the arts of judicial temperament on ones knees.
Meantime the Times Picayune has a soundboard online of certain of Chocolate guys sillier remarks as everyone gleefully counts down the end of his term. My personal favorite:
If you go look at some of these blogs out there and some of the stories that come from the paper and you read the comments … it’s the most vile, angry people that I’ve ever see.
Indeed my good man you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet Ray Ray. 😉
And folks, if you are interested in the oil spill, a local take on Jazz Fest do like I do and pay a visit to artist also known as Editilla over at The Ladder multiple times daily.