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.