Sunday news miscellany: Various and sundry politicians, election results and “Hot lead for lunch”.

Like Nowdy, I’ve been relatively scarce from the cyber scene though for different reasons, mine being completely self centered.  I have unanswered emails going back to the middle of last month but I am tackling everything albeit on a slower pace.  The only thing I’ll add is that IMHO a good basher need down time.  😉

Speaking of down time and the fact we’ve talked gun safety a good bit of late on Slabbed I am proud to report I finally found my aim with my 40 caliber pistol yesterday at the local gun club.  I still need more work with my 44 magnum revolver though.  I’ve long enjoyed shooting both skeet and ducks and look forward to doing more of that this fall/winter.

The gang at the range did not hear of our recent gun safety topic at Slabbed in the accidental discharge of the deringer in Cheryl Mintz’s purse at Galatoire’s one week ago last Friday so it made for nice banter.  Earlier this week I got an eye-witness report as it seems everyone knows someone who was there when the gun discharged.  Still, it is never too late for James Gill to weight in on the subject and weight in he did for today’s Times Picayune in a highly entertaining piece that is well worth the read.

Next up is a coast politician that received some well deserved props for doing her job well in Harrison County Circuit Clerk Gayle Parker, who made a fateful decision to inventory and preserve old criminal case evidence early in her first term rather than tossing it out.  The result of that decision in the year 2010 was the Innocence Project helping 2 men wrongfully convicted of rape 30 years ago gain their freedom, a story I noted but did not mention here on Slabbed.   The Sun Herald’s recent editorial on the topic gives a good bit more detail on the job well done at the Harrison County Circuit Clerk’s office.

Yesterday was special election day in Louisiana and I noted the emails via my Blackberry and the early results on Channel 4 last night during the late SEC game. There were no surprises IMHO, especially in Jefferson Parish where John Young easily won the special election to replace Aaron Broussard, who resigned in disgrace early this year. We have not ragged Young too much here at Slabbed but that does not change the fact we are skeptical of how much meaningful change the man will be bringing to a very troubled Parish Government.  In this area actions will speak louder than words.

Next up is a race we did not cover in the Lite Gov race to replace the now NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu.  Current Secretary of State Jay Dardenne is in a run-off against the daughter of class action lawyer Calvin Fayard, Caroline Fayard.  I know nothing about Dardenne but am very leery of Ms Fayard mainly because I think her daddy is dirty.  I know some of our readers asked about this race via email and now that we are down to 2 candidates we may have more on it.

Finally, we have another victim of the NOPD’s post Katrina open season on the storm impacted citizenry, Danny Brumfield receiving a measure of justice with the indictment of two police officers for perjury for lying about the circumstances surrounding his death at the hands of the NOPD.  Here is a snippet from today’s T-P OpEd on the topic:

The 45-year-old grandfather wasn’t a victim of the storm. He didn’t drown in the flood or perish while waiting for rescue as did many others. Katrina didn’t take his life; the police did. Now two New Orleans police officers, Ronald Mitchell and Ray Jones, are accused of lying under oath about the circumstances of his death.

The allegations are disturbing, and they clearly suggest that Mr. Brumfield’s shooting was unjustified. Prosecutors need to pursue this case aggressively.

Indeed they do.

Finally I received an email after the LSU game which basically said head coach Les Miles sucks. To the extent the false start penalties and sloppy, mistake prone play indicate the coach is not coaching discipline within the game, I would certainly agree.  Perhaps the Saints will play better against the Panthers and get us a vital division win.

sop

7 thoughts on “Sunday news miscellany: Various and sundry politicians, election results and “Hot lead for lunch”.”

  1. Less Smiles does indeed SUCK. That was actually worse, even with a win, than the Ole Miss debacle last year. As I suggested in an e-mail to Sop, LSU should do the unheard of tomorrow morning, and fire Miles, even at 5-0.

  2. Aside from his completely predictable meltdown in clock-management situations, Miles’ talented team is seriously undisciplined. The number of penalties alone signify poor coaching.

  3. The story-line of Rich Rainey’s T-P report of Young’s being anointed Jefferson Parish President read:
    “John Young convincingly wins election as Jefferson Parish president”

    My leader line would have read:
    JOHN YOUNG UNCONVINCINGLY SPINS ELECTION WIN AS PARISH PRESIDENT

    Although not verbatim, I had in an earlier post suggested a recitation of tripe that we might hear from Young. The words I imputed to Young were not exact in phrase but similar in hollowness.

    These are some of the actual quotes from Rainey’s story:

    “The election is now over,” he said. “We are changing the way we do business in Jefferson Parish.”

    JUST WHERE HAS YOUNG BEEN THE LAST SIX AND -HALF YEARS I ASK ! INSTEAD OF VOTING IN CONCERT WITH HIS CORRUPT COUNCIL CLOWN COLLEAGUES 99% OF THE TIME, WHY DIDN’T HE COME TO THE FOREFRONT OF LEGITIMATE REFORM WHILE HE HAD A VOTE ? THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE…ABSTAINING ON OCCASION, JOCKEYING FOR THE “GOOD GOVERNMENT SUPPORT” TILL THE DEAL WITH CAPELLA WAS MADE WOULD NOT AND COULD NOT CAMOUFLAGE THE FACT THAT HE IS ONE OF THEM !

    Young made a special point of saying that he would end “back-room deals” and “secret commissions” in the administration.

    RIGHT. THOSE DEALS WILL BE MADE IN PUPPET MASTER DA PAUL CONNICK’S BACK-ROOM. THE SECRET DEALS WILL REMAIN SECRET WITH CONNICK; YOUNG WILL NEVER KNOW ANYWAY.

    “I will be a public servant who listens to you and responds to you,” he said.

    I DON’T KNOW ABOUT ANYONE ELSE BUT IF YOU’VE SEEN THE DEGREE OF CONTEMPT YOUNG HAS PROJECTED TOWARD MARGIE SEEMAN AND MARGARET BAIRD OF THE CFGG AT COUNCIL MEETINGS, GIVING THEM 5 MINUTES AND CURTLY REMINDING THEM THEIR TIME IS UP, WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE THAT HE IS TALKING TO SERVANTS !

    Finally, I read with dismay, if not disbelief, this bit of information:

    Theriot, a retired state legislative auditor, has said he will help the new president with the transition.

    AND WHAT TRANSITION HELP MIGHT THAT BE ? CONVERTING RIVER BIRCH STOCK OPTIONS INTO CASH ? IF YOUNG NEEDS HELP FROM THERIOT ON HOW TO RUN THE OFFICE OF THE PARISH PRESIDENT THEN YOUNG IS AS CLUELESS AS HE LOOKS ON TV AND ACTS IN PERSON…AND THE TAXPAYERS OF JP ARE IN FOR THE REPLAY OF AARON BROUSSARD AND A WHOLE LOTTA MORE SOS !

  4. Right on ‘Gate. Nothing will change much in Jefferson Parish Government as a result of “cahonniless” Young.

    To cut to the chase ( unless something monumental happens to change course) John Young = Aaron Broussard #2 .

    BUSINESS AS USUAL IN JEFFERSON PARISH.

    THE FIX IS IN.

  5. I respectfully disagree with Columnist James Gill’s Op-Ed statement in this AM’s “Times-Pick-Your-Nose” that “Anyone with a permit is entitled to carry a concealed weapon in a restaurant…” Indeed, Louisiana Revised Statutes, Title 14, Section 95.5, specifically provides that it is unlawful to possess a firearm while on the premesis of an alcohol beverage outlet.Mr. Gill “missed” a few other points: (1) Louisiana Revised Statutes, Title 14, Section 94, prohibits the “illegal use of weapons or instrumentalities”, which includes the “criminally negligent discharging of a firearm”. If one is “under the influence of alcohol”, I submit that such a circumstance would represent a prima facie case of “criminal negligence” if a loaded gun were to fall out of one’s purse and discharge inside a crowed restaurant. (2) The “threshold” for revocation of a concealed handgun permit as a result of alcohol consumption is very low: .05% according to Louisiana Revised Statutes, Title 40, Section 1313. However, if the permit holder is neither tested nor arrested, then the law is frustrated, as it was in the case of Ms. Mintz and her husband Mr. Bauman (to whom the gun heis wife was carrying – a derringer – was registered) Friday before last. This whole affair was incompetently handled by “law enforcement”. The reason it resonates with me is because of my past and more recent “troubles” with “the law”. My guns have been confiscated; my concealed-carry permit has been revoked; but I have not been convicted of any crime. The people who made these decisions are “thugs with guns and badges” who I have been unable to bring to justice. But Ms. Mintz and Mr. Bauman and the thugs with guns and badges continue to possess firearms and to carry them concealed, while I have been denied the return of my own property to my house for home protection. I feel like I’m living in Goddamned NAZI Germany. Ashton O’Dwyer.

  6. Today as I went about my travels I would ask who did you vote for Parish President in Jefferson. Of course most said, Young! I asked if they knew anything about him and most said he was a good republican.

    Sorry folks if he is a republican, he is not a good one. He was & is part of all that is wrong in East Jefferson. He is not changing anything to do with your protection from floods as the existing pump stations must be over 50 years and most probably have not been updated to comply with 33 CFR 208.10 or any of the Engineering Regulations & Manuals that dictate their construction, operation & maintenance. Move to high ground folks!! The snake is still in the grass and the alligators are growing in number!

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