Changes in the Young Administration: The view from the gutter

Over the holidays I had a chance to visit with one of the many voices that is the composite source on all things Jefferson Parish that we call the Wino of Lafreniere Park. (The Wino has also has been know to frequent Lafayette Square as well.) One of the results of that visit was the New Year’s day special that disclosed Chris Cox was leaving as Team Young’s Chief Operating Officer. The gang at the T-P was kind enough to throw Slabbed a hat tip the next day for breaking the story before putting out detailed accounts of the changes. Let’s start with those:

John Young’s top aide, Chris Cox, leaving for district attorney’s office; replacement named ~ Ben Myers and Paul Purpura

With Chris Cox leaving, Jefferson Parish Council members praise a trusted administrator ~ Ben Myers

And then the obligatory wet kiss introduction to Cox’s replacement:

Jennifer Van Vrancken Dwyer is named Jefferson Parish’s new chief operating officer ~ Adriane Quinlan

I’m glad Van Vrancken got that wet kiss because she has indeed done well in the senior ranks of the Young Administration.  Slabbed has long been keeping tabs on everyone at the top of the Young heap and Van Vrancken’s name previously appeared on these pages when I dispelled the unfortunate rumors that were then rampant in certain Jefferson Parish political circles surrounding her love life.  In fact my research indicates that Van Vrancken is a typical New Orleans lady that is committed to her family and tries to keep to the straight and narrow path.  And while we did not discuss this I feel certain even the Wino would agree with that statement. That said the Wino made three observations about John Young’s new COO that are worth sharing for the sake of contrariness: Continue reading “Changes in the Young Administration: The view from the gutter”

Jim Brown’s Weekly Column: Duck Dynasty Controversy – Did We All Get Suckered In?

Thursday, December 2nd, 2013
Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Did the Duck Dynasty and the A&E folks see us coming or what? For weeks, America has been consumed with the saga of head Duck Phil Robertson and the pros and cons of his right to rants and raves about homophobia and his experiences with neighboring African Americans, who, according to Phil, were happy as a lark in Red Neck country when he was growing up.

Now don’t take this as a knock on being a red neck. I point to mine with pride. I’m from Ferriday, Louisiana, home of Jerry Lee Lewis, country music star Mickey Gilley and Reverend Jimmy Swaggart, among other notables. Ferriday is stone’s throw, metaphorically speaking, from West Monroe in Northeast Louisiana where Phil and all the Dynasty family hang out.

I bought my first duck call, a Duck Commander, from Phil, back in 1975 when I really took to duck hunting. I had a good-sized slough in the front forty of an old plantation site I had restored on Lake Concordia just across the Mississippi River from Natchez, Mississippi. In winter, ducks coming down the Mississippi River flyway flocked to that slough, and they were there for the taking. That is, if you knew how to bring them in with a duck call.

Ole’ Phil had opened up his shop in a dilapidated shed, where he spent 25 years making duck calls from Louisiana cedar trees. And make no mistake — his duck calls were the best. If you knew how to twill your tongue as you blew into the cigar shaped wood instrument, all the while saying “hut”, “quit” or “ut,” you could make a variety of ducks glide right towards your decoys. Phil’s duck calls were a significant factor in making me a pretty darn good duck hunter.

And don’t be mislead. Phil ain’t no dummy. He turned down a chance to play professional football for the Washington Redskins, and holds a Masters Degree in Education. Continue Reading……………..