Hey, Mr. Postman, who got “junk mail about heirloom garbage” from River Birch?

Want to know demographic information on the number of voters in Jefferson Parish?

Visit the website of the Parish Voter Registrar, Dennis DeMarco, and pick up a copy of the latest newsletter.

Want to know the cost of sending information at the first class, presorted rate?

Visit savepostage.com.

If every registered voter in Jefferson Parish was on the mailing list, River Birch would have paid $113,305 to send out “junk mail about heirloom garbage”. (273,684 x $0.41.4)

Want to know who got “junk mail about heirloom garbage”?

Sorry, you’ll have to figure that out!

London Bridge is falling down – Windpool Board there to build it up

“London Bridge is falling down…
How will we build it up…
Build it up with silver and gold,..
Gold and silver I have none,
I have none, I have none.”

“The Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association…insures about 46,000 coastal residences with about $7.1 billion in coverage.”

Talk about numbers that will blow you away – according to data from the Census Bureau, 46,000 residences is just slightly less than a third (29%) of the 158,984 housing units in the three coastal counties of the State.  In Hancock County, hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina,when data were collected in 2009,  there were only 15,563 housing units.  Current information on the average value of a housing unit in Hancock County was not available; but, $92,500 was listed as the median in 2000.

The point? Using the data from Hancock County as the basis for a guesstimate,  the number of covered residences and amount of coverage provided seem higher than one might expect from the State’s “insurer of last resort”.

Nonetheless, gulflive.com, reports, “members of the state wind pool board are headed to London this week to seek out low reinsurance rates that will help keep down policyholders’ premiums” – including the member who is Allstate’s Tennessee-based Regional Counsel!  The fox-in-the-hen-house composition of the Board was maintained inHB1500, legislation that converted the Board from an “arm of government” into a private, non-profit entity – obviously without requiring transparency on a website more function than one designed for the Flintstones.

The purpose of the trip is to develop Continue reading “London Bridge is falling down – Windpool Board there to build it up”

Sop again reports on Ex Rel Branch, stock basher style…

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Judge Sarah Vance has busted Allen Kanner’s balls badly as Ex Rel Branch has been dismissed. Nowdy will have the particulars with respect to the insurers named, Allstate in particular. The  Travelers and the insurance bastards at Liberty Mutual skate unscathed.


Slabb O’Leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek: A shameless attempt to set a monthly traffic record

I am he as you are he as you are me
And we are all together
See how they run like pigs from a gun
See how they fly, I’m crying

Sitting on a cornflake
Waiting for the van to come
Corporation T-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday
Man you’ve been a naughty boy
You let your face grow long

I am the eggman
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo g’ joob Continue reading “Slabb O’Leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek: A shameless attempt to set a monthly traffic record”

A bit more about Magnum’s Magnificent Magnanimity. A Jumbo Mortgage on 4717 St Charles Ave?

The Hat Tip goes to a reader for the source doc and JPgoodfella in comments for the skinny as I present the Act of Donation for Magnum’s recent facade donation to the PRCNO.  This sounds almost like a conservation easement.  In any event in the details there is mention of a jumbo mortgage which heightens crash and burn potential by magnitudes IMHO.


First Amendment Rights of a Political Target: A guest post by Carl Bernofsky

One cannot reason with a prosecutor whose fixation on his quarry has blinded him to all else. That is, unless you are a federal judge who can see past the target, put it in proper perspective, and exercise the authority necessary to deny the hunter his prize.

The dogged pursuit of New Orleans attorney Ashton R. O’Dwyer Jr. by U.S. Attorney Jim Letten over a now-famous e-mail currently rests with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which will decide whether to confirm the lower court’s decision to dismiss the case or accede to the government’s demand to try the case in front of a jury.

This case centers around an e-mail sent by O’Dwyer on Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 to Sean McGinn, Case Manager for Judge Jerry Brown of the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. O’Dwyer had filed for bankruptcy and was under court order to request permission to spend money from his Social Security check. Of the five e-mails he exchanged with McGinn that day, one asked McGinn to remind Judge Brown that he had been out of his antidepressant medication for some time and was unable to pay for a refill. That email read in part:

“I could not sleep last night, which I attribute to the effects of abruptly stopping my medication on Sunday, the 24th (my pills ‘ran out’, and I have no money to purchase more). Maybe my creditors would benefit from my suicide, but suppose I become “homicidal”? Given the recent security breach at 500 Poydras Street, a number of scoundrels might be at risk if I DO become homicidal. Please ask His Honor to consider allowing me to refill my prescription at Walgreen’s, and allowing me to pay them, which is a condition for my obtaining a refill.”

When McGinn received that e-mail, he contacted U.S. Marshals, who showed up nearly 9-1/2 hours later that same evening at O’Dwyer’s door, Continue reading “First Amendment Rights of a Political Target: A guest post by Carl Bernofsky”

Junk mail about “heirloom garbage” – surely not!

There are many things we need to preserve for future generations. Space at the dump, however, is one I’ve never considered, but…

Who thought it possible to get junk mail about garbage? Maybe the Zombie had such in mind when he wrote:

I’m about to offer up some opinion and advice to our local politico’s and public figures….for free…Truth is, I kind of feel sorry for them and I think I may be able to help them…

Take a close look at your PR people/firm….Are they telling you the internet doesn’t matter, just concentrate on TV and Print? Are they telling you to ignore blogs, no one reads them and they have no credibility? Are they telling you negative press doesn’t matter unless it makes it on WWL or the TP? Are they charging you an arm and a leg for pathetic astroturfing attempts? If you recognize any of those points….you need new consultants.

h/t to the Reader who shared today’s mail!