I hope everyone enjoyed Halloween. I have less time than yesterday to post but all hell is breaking loose on several fronts. (h/t to several readers and commenters.)
The method to the madness is called building a critter called institutional memory. It comes in handy on days like today. Here are some salient links:
A dispatch from ghouls of Halloween past ~ Jason Berry
Jason has been covering the Wisner Foundation and the MDL OIl Spill litigation for quite some time now. Seeing the intersections between those topics and a certain class action lawyer whose name has showed up frequently on these pages is most gratifying. Speaking of that clique:
Gusman ends controversial flat-rate contract with firm ~ Claire Galofaro
And from the whistleblower retaliation files Sheriff Gusman remains stuck on stupid…..
Meantime the jackassery on the Jefferson Parish Council is hitting full tilt with the gang deciding the voters really do need to have a say so on this hospital deal:
And from the DMR scandal a bit of evidence that lends credence to the theory that State Auditor Pickering role in the investigation was to hinder it and provide cover for the politically connected miscreants that looted the agency:
Like I’ve been saying folks, lowly school secretaries that steal a few thousand dollars are quickly dispatched by the State Auditor and local DA as a general rule. Pickering’s job performance in handling the DMR scandal is best described as pitiful and that assumes he is actually conducting a good faith criminal investigation of the wrongdoing. Note to Auditor Pickering, autumn ends on December 21 buddy.
Next up is the CIAP program the way it is supposed to be run:
State acquires marshland property in Hancock County ~ Mississippi Business Journal
The purchase price works out to $470ish dollars an acre and that sounds about right for marshland. Compare and contrast the above to this similar type of CIAP transaction in Louisiana handled by the Elizabeth Rooks Barber, wifey to Madison County Tax Assessor Gerald Barber where the purchase price was more than double the $470 per acre paid for the Hancock County parcel.
Feel free to add your own links in comments.