Wind damage – this time no flood!

As Sop reported, weather was the big  story here over the weekend.  Governor Barbour described the damage in his home county of Yazoo as looking “like Katrina”.  This photograph, found in the Clarion Ledger’s excellent coverage of the story, is an example of the Katrina-like damage the Governor could see from his helicopter view.

Without any doubt, a tornado is a windstorm; but, What is a Tornado? points out  common misunderstanding about these deadly storms – and the  photograph that follows, one Sop took after Katrina,  points out Governor Barbour was right when he claimed the tornado damage was a Katrina-look-alike:

The most widely-accepted definition of a tornado can be found in, among other sources, the Glossary of Meteorology…corrected in the new Glossary (Glickman 2000).

Tornado — 1. A violently rotating column of air, in contact with the ground, either pendant from a cumuliform cloud or underneath a cumuliform cloud, and often (but not always) visible as a funnel cloud.

Since it is the wind associated with the rotating air column that does the damage, it is the moving air (wind) and not the cloud that constitutes the tornado…. (Doswell, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies; Norman, Oklahoma)

Two look-alike photographs of damage – one from each storm.  Can you guess which storm caused the damage in the photograph below the jump? Continue reading “Wind damage – this time no flood!”

Slabbed checking in for Mr CLS: “Everything is gone…”

Obviously we did well here in the southern part of the state. Nowdy was closer to the action but also should be fine. Not everyone is doing so well though as Elizabeth Crisp of the Clarion Ledger reports:

Ten deaths have been reported: five in Choctaw County, four in Yazoo County and one in Holmes County.

On Sunday, nearly 80 Mississippi National Guardsmen patrolled Choctaw and Yazoo counties – the areas hardest hit. Dozens of state troopers also went to the affected areas to help.

The storms are being called the state’s worst natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Continue reading “Slabbed checking in for Mr CLS: “Everything is gone…””

Not exactly Saturday music but music to my ears – Dexter McCluster #36 pick in the Draft

“The All-American multi-purpose offensive threat for Ole Miss, [Dexter] McCluster was taken by Kansas City with the fourth pick of the second round, the 36th pick overall, when the NFL draft resumed Friday evening…”

McCluster earned first team All-America honors in 2009, when he became the first player in SEC history with 1,000 rushing yards (1,169) and 500 receiving yards (520) in the same season. It marked the second-highest rushing total in school history….

On back-to-back picks in the third round, Buffalo (No. 72) selected defensive end Alex Carrington, a Tupelo native from Arkansas State, and Miami (No. 73) picked John Jerry, an offensive lineman from Ole Miss…

“Ole Miss safety Kendrick Lewis was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs today in the fifth round, joining Dexter McCluster, who was taken by KC in the second round.”

“The San Francisco 49ers chose former Mississippi State running back Anthony Dixon with the fourth pick of the sixth round of the NFL Draft today.”

Just saw another Ole Miss player go in the sixth round, Greg Hardy – a total of  six drafted thus far with Mississippi connections.  Anyone else watching?

New details emerge about Scott Walker’s violent side. Senator Wicker staffer phone whipped and punched with closed fist.

Scott Walker / The Sun Herald

This Scott Walker update brought to you by Lt Gov Phil Bryant: If he’s warm and Republican he’s good enough for the people in Ocean Springs

Margaret Baker is all over the unfolding Scott Walker meltdown with new details about his arrest in Washington DC for assaulting Senator Roger Wicker staffer Eleanore Kelly. I think it is very clear Scott has problems that go way beyond simple boozing to a place far more sinister. And to think, with the full backing of the state and local GOP political machine, this thug came within 96 votes of becoming the Mayor of Oceans Springs. 

Margaret Baker has the skinny

Former mayoral candidate and local businessman Scott J. Walker assaulted a staffer of U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker’s with a telephone in a Washington, D.C., hotel room in the early morning hours of April 11, according to an affidavit filed in the case. 

Walker was charged with simple assault and attempted possession of a prohibited weapon, the weapon of which was identified in the court record as a hotel phone. Continue reading “New details emerge about Scott Walker’s violent side. Senator Wicker staffer phone whipped and punched with closed fist.”

Speaking of soaked:$38million added to Mississippi windpool – Coast Rep. Brandon Jones all wet waiting “for the insurance market to stabilize…”

“As we wait for the insurance market to stabilize, keeping money flowing into the wind pool is critical for thousands of Gulf Coast families and businesses.”

House Insurance Committee Vice Chair Brandon Jones, D-Pascagoula

“Wait”!  How long? What possible incentive is there “for the insurance market to stabilize” when states are willing to pick up the tab?  None.  Nada. Zero.  Just not going to happen!

Mississippi’s return on investment in the windpool since Katrina is an additional 28,000 property owners depending on the State to cover loss from wind damage to their property – 44,000 total, according to the story in today’s Sun Herald.

The state Legislature has passed a bill containing an extra $20 million for the homeowners’ insurance wind pool.

The bill has $20 million in new money for the wind pool from a disaster-reserve fund, plus $18 million to finish previous legislative commitments to the program.

After Hurricane Katrina, many homeowners were unable to get coverage from the private insurers. For them, the state-backed wind pool insurance program was the only option.

Where is the “insurance market” Representative Jones thinks will “stabilize”?  It is certainly not in the six coastal counties covered by the “state-backed wind pool insurance program”.

So, who got “soaked” after Katrina aside from Alabama taxpayers – and other things you can learn from Congressman Taylor’s Charts

Data talk.  If you turn a deaf ear when Mississippi’s Congressman Gene Taylor talks about insurers billing wind damage to the NFIP, never fear.  Dumping wind damage on the government’s flood program was not the only way the wind vs water damage controversy soaked taxpayers and left Congress with surge on its face for opposing Taylor’s legislation.

Listen up, now, as these data tables from the Congressman’s written testimony tell the story.  Follow the link to the data tables and the Congressman’s discussion of what these data indication.

Katrina damaged or destroyed entire neighborhoods of homes and, in some cases, entire communities.

There was no one-size fits all solution to the housing problem.

So, who got soaked? The American Taxpayer.

$ Taxpayer funds allocated to Fema provided Housing Assistance Payments to those who would have received ALE (Alternative Living Expense) from their homeowner’s policy had the wind damage not been attributed to the flood that followed Katrina’s powerful wind.

$ Taxpayer funds allocated to FEMA provided manufactured housing to homeowners with a policy that would have paid to repair the damage to their home if the insurer holding their homeowner’s policy had not insisted the flood damage caused their loss. Continue reading “So, who got “soaked” after Katrina aside from Alabama taxpayers – and other things you can learn from Congressman Taylor’s Charts”

From the sudden wealth syndrome files I offer Powerball winner Christopher Shaw: Slabbed by too much of a good thing?

Christopher Shaw / AP Photo

It is said a picture is worth a thousand words and I think that is the case today as I get a chance to indulge one of my intellectual passions in behavioral finance and its kissing cousin behavioral economics and introduce Missourian Chris Shaw to the Slabbed Nation. Chris, hit the last powerball jackpot catapulting him to the ranks of the hectomillionaires and the top 1% of this nations wealthy. Chris is truly blessed right? Probably not due to a phenomenon termed Sudden Wealth Syndrome but first lets start with the Sarah Wire’s AP report courtesy of Yahoo:  

A Missouri man who won a $258 million Powerball jackpot and plans to use some of the money to pay bills and take his children to Disney World says he hasn’t decided yet if he’ll quit his job at the convenience store where he bought the winning ticket.  

Chris Shaw — a 29-year-old tattooed father of three who was raised by his grandparents in rural southern Missouri — came forward Thursday as the winner of the 10th-largest Powerball jackpot ever. Shaw said he had just $28.96 in his bank account and recently bought a 1998 Ford Ranger from a friend who agreed to let him pay off the $1,000 price $100 at a time. Now, he said, he no longer has to worry about how he’ll pay his friend — or his utility bills.  

“We didn’t come from money. For us it’s just going to be a huge relief to know I’m going to be able to pay my electric bill, my gas bill,” Shaw told the Associated Press. “It’s like a weight lifted. I had bills at home I didn’t know how they were going to be paid.”  

Continue reading “From the sudden wealth syndrome files I offer Powerball winner Christopher Shaw: Slabbed by too much of a good thing?”

A five thousand dollar bribe for Hubbard’s girlfriend on the side: Ray Davezac cops a plea. A Jefferson Parish Political Corruption Update.

In early March a new reader mentioned to me that it was a FBI agent that recommended Slabbed as a resource in the ongoing federal investigation in the cesspool that is known as Jefferson Parish Government. To the extent we tend to gets lots of official traffic (you kids know who you are) I wasn’t necessarily surprised as I was gratified that we are considered worth the read by the good guys. Along those lines I think it was posts such as, It all began with a dime drop to Raphael, where I traced the origins of the current investigation in Jefferson Parish via an interesting racketeering suit filed by a former LaPlace resident Jacqueline Patterson Edwards that got us the notice.

It was also that post which introduced the Slabbed Nation to Ray Davezac, an engineer whose role in what would be the much larger scandal was relatively minor: He helped buy a car for former St John the Baptist Parish President turned felon Bill Hubbard’s paramour in what amounted to a bribe. Today he plead guilty before Judge Barbier for bribing Hubbard Continue reading “A five thousand dollar bribe for Hubbard’s girlfriend on the side: Ray Davezac cops a plea. A Jefferson Parish Political Corruption Update.”

Thursday Music. Special dedication to Scott, Dominick and Craig plus Norma, Newell, Paul and the rest of the enablers

Hell hath no fury than an Sop forced to attend the funeral of a 5 year old girl killed by a drunk driver. Welcome to the Warren suite here at the Inn and to paraphrase the Inn’s chief concierge Boudreaux, Vous êtes des ordures réel. Va te faire f*%tre!