Pictures are indeed worth 1,000 words. Here is Bill Walker enjoying the company of his grandson while keeping an eye on the Beach Protest held outside the Stacey Pickering Fundraiser:
As RFP pointed out in comments Warren was kind enough to link Slabbed’s coverage of the fundraiser and I thought that was nice.
Next up is the mystery lady that emerged from Joe Cloyd’s house to photograph the Beach Protest and the media contingent that was covering the event.
Next up is a pic that is certain to warm the hearts of CPA/Auditors across this great land:
Michael “Da Noose” Newsom was also present and accounted for at yesterday’s beach party and he wrote a good account of the event for the Sun Herald. After nabbing the story he left thus the head count discrepancy between his and Warren’s piece as a few folks showed up after Da Noose left. Here is a panoramic view of the scene when Da Noose was loose. (Sorry Michael, I couldn’t resist):
And of course Mac was back in town:
Here is neighborhood resident Briley Richmond III lending his support to the cause:
Butler Snow’s John Harral (on the left) emerges from the party to speak with WLOX’s Dave Elliot.
And of course Harral and Slabbed’s own Bobby Truitt share a mutual scalp on their resumes.
It’s raining so hard…..(ooops wrong post sorry)
Finally here is the press statement that was sent out yesterday:
To the good people of Mississippi.
Please consider this statement the unofficial statement from the group of people known by some as the Slabbed Nation, The Sun Herald Snake Nation or the SEA (SCREWED ENOUGH ALREADY) PARTY. We are just concerned taxpayers who want change.
We are gathering on East Beach in Ocean Springs with permission from the city to protest this fundraiser being hosted by people who we think are in conflict with the Auditor Stacey Pickering who is in the middle of investigations involving the DMR, Dr. Bill Walker, Scott Walker (who lives right next door at 435 East Beach Blvd which was raided recently by the Auditors office and the FBI), Walkers private nonprofit Marine Resource Foundation and others that are known and unknown to the public.
Also the host and owner of this residence is Mr. Joe Cloyd part owner of Frontier Gulf Coast, a company who was recently given a no bid public relations contract for work at the DMR. The conflicts are many and Stacey Pickering should know better.
We also object to how Pickering has handled the “negotiated settlement” with Bill Walker and his foundation pertaining to the boat lease scandal that was revealed to the public last Friday as part of the 2013 Audit Exceptions Report. While others in this report from throughout the state were sent to prison, placed on probation, and/or made to pay full restitution for as little as $100.00, Walker was not punished at all or made to pay any monetary restitution after being served with a formal demand from the Ms.Auditor in the amount of $1,074,519.97. He instead turned over two 30 year old boats that he paid nothing for. To further insult the intelligence of the taxpayers Walker was allowed full credit equal to the original purchase price of some 4 year old equipment removed from the boats prior to the sale and kept by DMR. This equipment was originally paid for by the DMR in an amount of almost $170,000. The only recovered money in this matter was from the sale of the boats in the amount of $126,000 which is about 12 cents on the dollar.
Auditor Pickering bragged the other day in his speech at the Neshoba County Fair “WE HAVE 50 PUBLIC OFFICIALS INDICTED OR AWAITING TRIAL.” What we want to know is WHY NOT BILL WALKER ? This is but one of many issues we have with career politicians being more concerned for the party they belong to instead of the people they represent. Stacey Pickering is here tonight with the money changers and he should be ashamed.
We are a grass roots movement of many professions from the area that wants something done about the embezzlement and misuse of our hard earned tax dollars at the DMR and all other state agencies now. WE ARE MAD AS HELL AND ARE NOT GOING AWAY.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has ~ Margaret Mead