I’d like to acknowledge the recent care packages that I’ve received and thank those of you that sent them. I thought the pictures of Billy Hewes were a hoot. On that topic I will only say that I will not be running the pictures though I do appreciate the nice person spending the time to get them to me.
Hurricane Sandy litigation is heating up and I need to see about getting Nowdy back in one way shape or form to cover the litigation because it has a local bent and it is getting nasty:
Hartford Unit Faces Racketeering Suit on Sandy Claims ~ Christie Smythe
William Treas of the Metairie law firm of Nielsen Carter and Treas is a defendant in the suit. Nielsen Carter and Treas are the primary law firm for the National Flood Insurance program. The litigation after Hurricane Katrina here including the Louisiana based whistle blower suit Ex Rel Branch featured some of these same players so this has a family feud like quality that is undeniable. (Certain of the archival posts on this topic and Hurricane Katrina can be found here and here.)
There are times when you see something on the society pages that causes a double and then triple take. The party hosted by Cathy and Rivie Cary for their daughter featuring a “definite French flair, with Versailles being a focus” that included models dressed in period regalia and a party tent decorated like it was Versailles is one of those. For vittles they even had a lobster tree and this does not include the multiple big name bands.
The irony of course is these would have been the same class of people most likely to lose their heads later on during the French Revolution. I personally don’t waste time worrying how the rich and famous spend their wealth but I’m frankly at a loss as to why anyone would want to put it on such public display. I’m personally having a hoot reading the associated snark on Twitter. NOLA.com does not allow comments to such articles.
shut down commenting to the article, no doubt after snark appeared there in response to the account of the party.
Feel free to fire away in comments here.
January 2nd, 2015
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
DUTCH MORIAL – A SPECIAL LOUISIANA POLITICIAN!
I drove down to New Orleans for a funeral service last week. I find myself attending a growing number of funerals each year as I get older and as and long time friends pass away. I’ll turn 75 in May of this New Year, so my memorial visitations will no doubt continue and grow. My trip last week was for a reinterment; a re-burial of an old friend who passed away 25 years ago this week. His family wanted to rebury him into a new family tomb.
Former New Orleans Mayor Ernest N. Morial has a special place in Louisianan history. He was “Dutch” to everyone who knew him. He held many titles in a long list of firsts. He was the first black graduate of the L.S.U. Law School back in 1954. As a lawyer, he was the first black assistant U.S. attorney. His career in elective office began in 1967 when he became the first black Louisiana legislator since Reconstruction. He went on to become the first black Juvenile Court judge, the first black judge on the state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal, the first black mayor of New Orleans, and the first African American inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame.
Dutch supported me in all of my statewide elections while he was living, including my unsuccessful race for governor in 1987. After that defeat, we formed a New Orleans-Baton Rouge law firm along with a number of high profile attorneys including former Federal Judge Fred Cassibry. Dutch held his own court on Monday nights during football season, where a number of local politicians would gather at the home of Dutch’s good friend and mentor, steel executive Jerry Glazer. Besides football and good food, Dutch would keep the group laughing with his numerous stories of breaking the racial barriers in public office. Continue Reading………..