Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: The Saudi Refinery Hit – A Slick Piece of Work

Posted on September 23, 2019

Talk about timing… ten days before the opening of the UN General Assembly. Talk about execution… fifty percent of the Saudi Oil Production gonesville with no dead bodies. Talk about putting super heavyweight Buffet Brothers Mike Pompeo and Crown Prince MBS in a funny spot… just sitting there looking at each other waiting for someone to bring food.

It had to be Iran, right? But Trump says Iran’s broke and falling apart. And Trump says he rebuilt our Military and the Saudis bought all sorts of stuff and we and they should have total surveillance on that spot and every square inch of Iran. So Trump could take pictures to the UN like Kennedy’s UN Ambassador did during the Cuban Missile Crisis? Sounds like military malpractice if they don’t have pictures.

I remember reading decades ago that our intelligence agencies could read a car license plate from outer space. And we don’t have proof? In the absence of proof, I believe Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. He says the attack did not come from Iran nor did it come from Iraq with Iranian weaponry. Zarif has been around a long time. He’s US educated and very savvy. He’s valuable to Iran only as long as he has credibility.

Immediately after the hit on the refinery, Pompeo called it “an act of war.” Almost immediately after that, Trump cut Pompeo’s legs out from under him and Pompeo reverted to flower child… “let’s just give peace a chance.” I guess the big fella needs the job. Got to get some groceries. Meanwhile, Javad Zarif has been making the rounds answering questions. In response to questions about the likelihood of a war, Zarif has been consistent: Continue Reading……

Louisiana Eastern District US Attorney Investigation: String of “Big Rig” Sideswipes and an Old Subject Resurfaces

Orders like the one below have been popping up in certain “Big Rig” crash cases where the Plaintiffs are being represented by Vanessa Motta and Joe Bruno:

Thomas v Chambers Doc 220 by Slabbed on Scribd

Word has evidently been slow to filter out there at the Courthouse because such orders are still being issued as recently as last Wednesday: Continue reading “Louisiana Eastern District US Attorney Investigation: String of “Big Rig” Sideswipes and an Old Subject Resurfaces”

It’s fighting Mayor Tommy Schafer to you….

The number one complaint I hear from politicians is how unfair, ugly and viscous social media can be towards those in public service. Fair enough because there is a kernel of truth in that notion but it is also true that a politico acting like an 8 year old can do much more reputation damage to themselves and their community. That is certainly true of Diamondhead and its Mayor fighting Tommy Schafer after last week.

My suggestion to those that were horrified to see the town in the national news would do well to elect folks with a temperament for the the trade.

A vote that will determine the continued existence of the Diamondhead POA is on the horizon. With the sheer number of Louisiana expats living there who hail from a far different political milieu, bareknuckle jackassery potential is off the charts.

Bay-Waveland Schools earns an A on the latest MDE Accredition Results

Folks this never would have happened if Mike Favre had not cut the dead wood out of the school board (and central office) when he took office. Our readers may remember Mayor Favre took a whole bunch of heat when he made those changes. Today he gets to take a bow for doing the right thing and seeing it through. Superintendent Reed and her employees also deserve props for the major improvement.

Also of note was rural Stone County Schools also earned an A. The rural school districts in this state often do way more with less and that is the certainly the case with Stone.

The full results are on Scribd.

It’s not a good sign that when the Fed cuts interest rates…

And the markets still get hammered.

I’ve had some very learned people that are high level institutional financial professionals tell me that when the hangover comes it may be worse than 2008. With the yield curve inversion, to Trump’s ill advised trade wars that he promised were “good and easy to win” to major tax increases on the American people via Trump/GOP tariffs the economic headwinds are undeniable and negative interest rates will not solve them.

The best way for the little people to prepare themselves is to get debt free.

Is the City of Bay St Louis’ plan to buy the Compton Engineering Building Truly a Done Deal?

The last time we heard of Compton and the City mentioned together it involved Bay Taxpayers, Utility Users Stuck Repaying Excessive Post Katrina Engineering Firm Fees. Then again I would term it highly unusual for a City Councilman to negotiate anything on behalf of a strong Mayor charter City but the tape doesn’t lie.

The question I have is under what metric does it make sense to headquarter a police department in the flood zone in a building that was never intended for that purpose? I imagine the flood premiums on the property would be astronomical not to mention the place would be a tear down after it floods again and yes it is a question of when that happens not if it does. This proposed done deal smells like dead fish to me.

The atmosphere right now in the Bay Council is toxic enough there is no telling what will happen next. It has Slabbed’s full attention in fact.