Its been a while since the local rumor mill was so juicy…

Yes siree, from low level rot at the County Annex involving allegations of changed tax assessments and deadhead 6-figure employees to rumors of an embezzlement, the local underground news network is chock full of goodies. How about a couple of links:

5 Costly Cases of Church Fraud ~ PSK LLP

Robbing God, Literally: 1 in 10 Protestant Churches Experience Embezzlement ~ Bob Smietana

Prevent church fraud with better controls ~ Steve Thomason, CPA

Consider this an open thread.

Fabled Donut Eater to Hyde Smith Campaign

Been busy as heck folks but I could not let June roll by without sharing that I too love donuts and commenting on this:

There’s been an unexpected staffing shakeup at DMR ~ Paul Hampton

Then there’s Melissa Scallan, the public affairs director who is leaving the agency, perhaps only temporarily. Neither Spraggins nor Scallan would say much.

“Not sure if I can make the announcement as to where Melissa is going,” Spraggins wrote in an email. “Probably can very soon.”

Scallan, a reporter at the Sun Herald for years before going to DMR, simply said we’d have to be patient.

Of course Point Park beat me to it: Continue reading “Fabled Donut Eater to Hyde Smith Campaign”

Are the Dog Days of Summer here early?

They must be folks. Just a reminder to those that think its advisable to toss about wild conspiracy theories about birth certificates or another’s religious beliefs. Politico gives us the background:

Young Trumpies Hit D.C. (And D.C. hits them right back.) ~ Daniel Lippman and Ben Schreckinger

And of course this story is still reverberating across the media landscape because it’s evidently tough being a “Trumpie” in a cosmopolitan place like our Nation’s Capitol. Here is a sampling:

Trump Staffers Can’t Get Laid ~ The Cut

Trump Staffers Complain They Can’t Get Laid in D.C. ~ Spin

Millennial Trump Staffers Complain Yet Again About Being Unfuckable Losers ~ Splinter

Young Trump staffers can’t get laid, and no one feels bad for them ~ Mashable

And of course earlier today even Esquire joined in: Continue reading “Are the Dog Days of Summer here early?”

Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: What’s the Problem?

Posted on June 19, 2018

Is it not enough outrage or not enough responsibility? Or both?

The answer is both.

Benjamin Franklin pointed us in the right direction on September 17, 1787. The Constitutional Convention had just concluded its work. A citizen called out to Franklin as he was exiting the hall

…”what have you given us Dr. Franklin?” Franklin’s response, “a Republic, if you can keep it.”

What Franklin was saying to his questioner is that the Constitution is the beginning of the American experiment, not the end. If the people who hold power act in such a way that is, far and away, contrary to established American values and our sense of right and wrong it is the duty of the populace to become outraged and take responsibility for what they find to be outrageous and, in so doing, change it or end it.

It all comes down to whether you think it’s your country, as much as anybody else’s, and if you do, whether you’re willing to miss a gym workout or yoga class (or, in my case, a Martini) to actually do something about it. Continue Reading……..

Monday Miscellany: I wonder if the local bar has heard of Rule 4 plus Contractor Keith Marquar arrested again

The streets of Hancock County turned a bit meaner last month when former Sea Coast Echo Journalist Dwayne Bremer was sued in Federal Court along with a bevy of Diamondhead City Officials and community activists by former City Manager Clovis Reed. When I saw the news of the suit last Friday night my initial thought was sue Double D? Why in the hell sue Double D? Luckily for everyone I took a peek at the case via PACER and I found two things:

  1. I’m still wondering why in the hell Double D has been sued because I did not see any specific allegations against him in Reed’s complaint as he was simply lumped in with Tommy Scafer and the rest like he was a City official. It won’t take Perry Mason to get Dwayne out of Reed’s Section 1983 civil suit.
  2. How much money did or will Reed or his lawyer spend using a process server to  get the defendants their copy? Some defendants essentially waive service so a process server isn’t needed but with this many defendants I never understand why the local bar doesn’t use the Rule 4(d) waiver process more often. A defendant that waives service of a summons would certainly sign the Rule 4 Waiver and get a bit more time to respond while those that don’t get stuck for the cost of not playing nice.

Moving right along its beginning to look like all the chatter about multiple victims coming forward against local contractor Keith Marquar is the accurate assessment while public speculation that Marquar’s first arrest was somehow retaliation for his Civil Suit against the City of Bay St Louis evaporates. Geoff Belcher did a very good job for the Echo here: Continue reading “Monday Miscellany: I wonder if the local bar has heard of Rule 4 plus Contractor Keith Marquar arrested again”