Good evening world from old town Bay St Louis

I don’t have Mr Chaney’s (aka Mikey the Cook) proverbial million dollar beach view but the land lord assured  me they are being gang raped on the wind insurance nonetheless folks.

I finally have a bit of broadband here on the coast which would also explain my relative absence.

Mr CLS was smoking hot today on Yahoo! ALL plus I heard a very familiar old name today in hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb.  Seems his fund has lost its ass and he can’t bring himself to man up and take the blame for it.  Some of us can make money on EDC Danny Boy.  :mrgreen:

I’m feeling particularly ornery tonight….

sop

Say not – delay in Porteous’ Impeachment Trial exposes other “wrinkles”

Generally, posts requiring knowledge of Louisiana political history are written by Sop – but “generally” doesn’t apply to this post.  Generated by Richard Rainey’s Thomas Porteous’ defense says four judges took money from corrupt bond agents, Sop sent me a background email that  suggests there were more “wrinkles” exposed during Operation Wrinkled Robe than those Rainey mentioned:

According to a local lawyer who attended Judge Green’s trial, the Government showed a surveillance video of Judge Alan Green sharing that he shaved his genitalia with Lori Marcotte, before he tried to grope her.  Reportedly, with few exceptions those assembled for the trial were quietly amused by the spectacle of Green’s quasi pornographic debut on the little screen.

Operation Wrinkled Robe sent only two judges to prison despite testimony of  Lori Marcotte, Former Vice President and CEO Bail Bonds Unlimited:

 “You have to give political money to the court, to all the judges. … I’m talking about thousands, not hundreds.”

 One of the two was Ronald Bodenheimer, the other Alan Green – and, Porteous now implicates another ten (10), naming just four, according to Rainey’s article : Continue reading “Say not – delay in Porteous’ Impeachment Trial exposes other “wrinkles””

A World Without Lawyers. The California consumer bar takes a step in the right direction.

I’ve always said the consumer bar could do a better job educating the public about the good the profession does for society, especially after years of being demonized by big business and their lackeys at the US Chamber of Commerce and various special interest trade groups such as the III.

Speaking of the III and Head Shill Robert Hartwig, here is a perfect example of the ol’ fallback line of demonizing trial lawyers after Allstate was literally caught with its hand in the NFIP cookie jar.  Sadly the vast majority of the media is not equipped to tell the kind of in depth story on a complex subject as insurance and how it interfaces with the world of high finance and the legal system.

Instead, helped by lazy reporters happy to uncritically repeat big business talking points, cases such as the McDonald’s coffee case become caricatures with no basis in reality except to the extent the illusions were bought by an equally uncritical public, who generally believe most of what they are told.  The same mechanics are in play today in the Palins, who once were only seen on TV shows like Jerry Springer but are now able to gain a wider public acceptance. Continue reading “A World Without Lawyers. The California consumer bar takes a step in the right direction.”

Katrina’s 3 R’s – Repetitive loss, Repetitive fraud and Repetitive fk-ups!

Despite all the face-saving media spins and agency testimony to the contrary, the NFIP’s “repetitive loss”  properties are the combined result of repetitive fraud and repetitive fk-ups – and it’s past time for FEMA to stop the face-saving cover-up, man-up and address these two very real problems.

Sun Herald Reporter Geoff Pender recently asked current FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, “What, if anything, is being done to improve the National Flood Insurance Program?”

I wanted to start with an overhaul of FEMA regulations and policies first, because the law itself has a lot of what I would call flexibility, in many cases, but our administration and rules and policies are restrictive.

“Restrictive”?  It was the agency’s loose-as-a-goose administration of the WYO program that allowed insurance companies to shovel money out of Treasury following Katrina.

Ignoring the agency’s responsibility for all but inviting $18 billion in debt, some or all attributable to fraud, Fugate went on to say the FEMA needs, “to provide flood insurance because nobody else will do it…” – and, in doing so, left coastal property owners twisting in the wind.

The Times Picayune picks up Five years after Hurricane KatrinaContinue reading “Katrina’s 3 R’s – Repetitive loss, Repetitive fraud and Repetitive fk-ups!”

James Gill again takes soon to be former Judge Tom Porteous to the woodshed.

Folks once again James Gill shows why he is one of the best opinion columnist in the south. Here is a snippet from today’s piece on the continuing Porteous saga:

With a convicted felon on one hand, and Jefferson Parish judges on the other, there’s no way of figuring out who is telling the truth.

Truer words have never been spoken. Redflex will take more of ’em out IMHO.

Gill expertly points out how Tom Porteous’ brand of spread the wealth will not help him in the Senate.  I continue to hear his family continues to be mortified at the spectacle that is Tom as he remains a defiant piggy.

Pigs get slaughtered.

sop

Mississippi’s otherwise “invisible coast”

In that short flight over the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I couldn’t believe what lay before my eyes.

What his eyes saw, however, Sun Herald photographer James Edward Bates captured with his camera.  Bates tells his story in today’s Sun Herald and links to a gallery of 150 his photographs – “Most have not been published before this week”.

The Sun Herald remembers Katrina plus 5: Mississippi

As Aug. 29 recedes into the conscious time of many Americans, the great storm that devastated 70 miles of Mississippi’s Coast, destroying the homes and lives of hundreds of thousands, fades into a black hole of media obscurity.

Never mind that, if taken alone, the destruction in Mississippi would represent the single greatest natural disaster in 229 years of American history. The telling of Katrina by national media has created the illusion of the hurricane’s impact on our Coast as something of a footnote.

The awful tragedy that befell New Orleans as a consequence of levee failures at the time of Katrina, likewise, taken by itself, also represents a monumental natural disaster. But, of course, the devastation there, and here, were not separate events, but one, wrought by the Aug. 29 storm.

There is no question that the New Orleans story, like ours, is a compelling, ongoing saga as its brave people seek to reclaim those parts of the city lost to the floods.

But it becomes more and more obvious that to national media, New Orleans is THE story – to the extent that if the Mississippi Coast is mentioned at all it is often in an add-on paragraph that mentions “and the Gulf Coast” or “and Mississippi and Alabama.”

The television trucks and satellite dishes that were seen here in the early days have all but disappeared.

While there has been no study to quantify the amount of coverage accorded to the plight of so many here or in New Orleans, it is obvious to any observer that the number of news stories on New Orleans is many times that of those focused on Mississippi.

So, why does that matter?

It matters first as it relates to journalism’s obligations to cover human beings whose conditions are as dire as those that exist here.

The depth of the suffering and the height of the courage of South Mississippians is an incredible story that the American people must know. But, in the shadows of the New Orleans story, the Mississippi Coast has become invisible and forgotten to most Americans. Read more…

Slabbed remembers Katrina Plus 5: Determination Billows Along Mississippi Road. By Ben Montgomery of the Tampa

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

KILN, Miss. – Along Highway 603, Bruno’s Bar, with the spray-painted rebel flag on the concrete-block wall out front, is closed. So is the Cajun Connection, the Broke Spoke and just about every other dive on this stretch of sleepy Mississippi country road touched and tangled by Hurricane Katrina.

Even the catfish are belly-up in the farm ponds.

But rising above cattle fields and swampland and this ruined, rugged little town is Roddie Bilbo’s bedsheet tribute to the spirit of the people of Kiln. The effortless homage hangs from power lines, stretched taught with two bottles of spring water, for all of Highway 603 to see.

They do. Folks honk or whistle when they pass, a half-dozen of them by the hour. There goes a family in a Chevrolet Suburban stopping to take a picture. There’s a “woo-hoo!” from a pickup window.

“See, that’s what it does to people,” says Bilbo, eating jambalaya and green beans in his driveway a few nights ago. “It’s been like that since I put it up.” Continue reading “Slabbed remembers Katrina Plus 5: Determination Billows Along Mississippi Road. By Ben Montgomery of the Tampa”