Wednesday Night Must Reads.

This is now war ~ American Zombie

Does mob cooperation with the feds happen only in the movies? ~ Mark Moseley @ The Lens

Along those lines the 2011 saga of Whitey Bulger has some of those same themes that Mark brings up in his column.  Whitey passed through the Mississippi coast and lived in Grand Isle during some of his time on the lam.

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“The face of the enemy frightens me only when I see how much it resembles me”. Leary and Perret send a nasty gram to Timothy Gillespie at South Coast Today

A couple of days ago I fished a South Coast Today story on the Shelburne Whiskey Distillery from the google cache and published an excerpt of it as the Slabbed Nation speculated why it was pulled.  Last night in comments to that post Rat Bastard did some speculating as to the reason the story was pulled and it looks as if he was right as we visit today with the SouthCoast Today story “Trout Point Complaints” as Mr Gillespie has gone on the record with the back story on why his original report that we highlighted was pulled:

Below is a letter received April 3 regarding a story previously posted on SCT, but withdrawn as a courtesy to the management of Trout Point Lodge. As promised in the past, we have agreed to post complaints they have about SCT coverage of issues surrounding Trout Point Lodge. As we do not track Google cache (or any other archive service) we have no knowlege of what archives exist from any postings, current or removed.

Of course Rat Bastard appears to be spot on with his observation that the story was pulled “and only in Cache because of some of the same tactics that the people at the “point” have used in the past and are currently using with….. some unmentioned blog.”

This is a given and our readers may remember that when Leary and Perret identified former Trout Point Lodge Manager Joyce Case Harlow as having spoken with me, they passed several threats against her to the point where she called me on the phone very upset. THeir harassment of Ms Harlow finally stopped when I publicly advised her to call the FBI.  I mention this because Leary and Perret’s letter to Gillespie seems to indicate they have done likewise to the source for his original story, an unnamed official with the Town of Shelburne Nova Scotia as I again quote from today’s SouthCoast Today story: Continue reading ““The face of the enemy frightens me only when I see how much it resembles me”. Leary and Perret send a nasty gram to Timothy Gillespie at South Coast Today”

Puttin’ the Hammer down: Home elevation horror stories and rumored happy endings (Updated)

Sunday, the T-P’s Hammerman checked in with another good installment covering the Home Elevation Grant boondoggle. It is a long story that I will not rehash today but the bottom line Hammerman found a bit of silver lining to homeowner protections belated added to the program by the Jindal Administration. I will not dispute the silver lining part but there was one part of the story where a huge red flag was raised and I say that as someone who knows a thing or two about construction finance. Let’s highlight it:

Of the 12 busiest elevation contractors, only the two with the richest share of the grants — Orleans Shoring and J-Con/Davie Shoring — have managed to get final payments on more than 80 percent of their projects. The state has signed off on nearly 500 jobs done by Orleans, and on 439 for J-Con/Davie.

The next closest is Coastal Shoring, with 290 jobs that received advance grant payments. But fewer than 60 percent of Coastal’s jobs have received final payment, and there’s a warrant out for owner Jerl Kershenstine’s arrest on contractor fraud charges for allegedly collecting grant money to lift a Kenner house, failing to do the job and refusing to let the owner change contractors. Kershenstine is arguing it’s a false arrest.

More troubling is that Coastal is far from the only firm taking more than six months to finish lift jobs after getting 80 percent of the money up front. The state considers more than a third of the 242 contractors with active, grant-financed jobs “noncompliant” because more than half of their projects are still unfinished six months after they were paid the advance. Continue reading “Puttin’ the Hammer down: Home elevation horror stories and rumored happy endings (Updated)”