“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone…….”

But there more because I hear Travers Mackel has been poking around Kenner City Hall looking at what sources describe to Slabbed as City Council impropriety. I’m not gonna steal Mackel’s thunder because it’s TeeVee News after all but we should all keep an eye peeled on WDSU next week.

As with most tips I get the the above was partially true and partially false but from a subject matter standpoint it was spot on albeit with the wrong TeeVee station.

Kenner Councilman under question about his take home car ~ Natasha Robin

Nothing like a taxpayer funded ride to the day job huh? Walt Bennetti has a different take over at Click Jefferson.

Mayor Yenni Now Targetting Kenner Councilman Carroll

This is getting good folks.


Friday Miscellany: Mack gets knifed, the second coming of Jesus, Louisiana Republican hypocrisy plus Levees and the NFIP

Whew that was a mouthful. Let’s start with BIll Mack, who cut a deal to testify against the former Goatherder in Chief. Judge Brown gave Mack 20 months, higher than what was requested by the Federal prosecutors for bribing Aaron Broussard.  If my preliminary calculations are in the ballpark, Mack will spend somewhere close to 10 months in a low security prison before hitting the VOA house in New Orleans.

Moving right along Michelle Hunter has been having fun with a guy that is obviously “nuttier than a Chinese fruit cake” who fancied himself as the second coming of Jesus Christ.  Not to minimize the deleterious impacts on the poor woman and child whose house Nike Ablia chose to spread the good word but if I may be so bold as to suggest that Ablia needs a rubber room and medication far more than incarceration.  I speak here as someone who watched a friend afflicted with bipolar disorder crack up (severe sleep deprivation will do it every time) along with those of a close friend that has a brother similarly afflicted that indeed also thought he was second coming of Jesus Christ right on down to wearing a white sheet and a white sheet only.  There but the grace of God…….

Next up is the source of my angst regarding FEMA giving credit for levees in their NFIP calculations and it comes from a somewhat unlikely source in the lawsuit against the Oil Industry filed by the East Bank Levee Authority, mainly the chatter surrounding it. Before we get to that we must highlight politicians exhibiting their ignorance mindlessly bashing trial lawyers:

But state Sen. Conrad Appel, R-Metairie called into question the “hundreds of millions of dollars” the lawyers stand to make on the case if successful.

“I don’t understand why a levee district would hire trial lawyers when we have an attorney general to handle class,” Appel said.

If there is one group the GOP likes to scapegoat more than the poor and Mexican ditchdiggers it is the trial lawyers. Continue reading “Friday Miscellany: Mack gets knifed, the second coming of Jesus, Louisiana Republican hypocrisy plus Levees and the NFIP”

Jim Brown’s Weekly Column: Televise Criminal Trials? Of Course!

Thursday, July 25th, 2013
Perdido Key, Florida


Following the Zimmerman verdict, a number of legal and media voices, hollered, “enough is enough.” Angered by the verdict, no more criminal trials on television, they said. But the Constitution guarantees that trials are public and open to everyone. And what could be more public than televising a criminal trial for the whole world to see?

Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker wrote last week that cameras should be taken out of the courtroom, particularly in high-profile trials. She concludes: “Our mighty respect for the public’s right to know — has clouded our judgment. There may be no way to quantitatively prove that cameras influence courtroom behavior and, possibly, a trial’s outcome. But anyone who’s ever sat in front of a camera knows that it is so.”

Now look, Ms. Parker. The criminal justice system could use some help. A majority of Americans feel that justice often doesn’t prevail. A nationwide poll by the respected Rasmussen Reports, taken just before the Zimmerman verdict, found that only 45 percent of Americans feel that the justice system is fair. Only 34 percent felt the system is fair to the poor. That’s a lot of cynicism — maybe more public trials would help the skeptics gain a little more confidence in a system where they feel that over half the time justice is not served.

America has a strong tradition of public trials. In early colonial America, courthouses were the centers of community life, and most citizens regularly attended criminal trials. In fact, trials frequently became community events. Citizens were knowledgeable about trials, and there was wide participation in the process — especially in rural America, where trials were often scheduled on market day, when local farmers came to town for supplies. Many courtrooms were built to accommodate 300 or more observers. Continue Reading……….