Author Archives: Douglas Handshoe

Analysis | Scott Walker guilty plea: Fishin’ trips for Christ on the taxpayer dime.

The many times over the past 7 years or so that I have communicated with a well placed source, invariably the information imparted is also accompanied by restrictions on its use and disclosure of the source. It has occurred to me that I disclose much less about these people, than say the AP, who will describe a source like “someone in government that requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak with the media”.  My description would probably include a janitor and a homeless drunk but Slabbed has built up enough street credibility that we can get by with that.  Even better it help protect the folks that are sharing information.  It is no secret that in the Yenni Building at least one and I think more dragnets have been run trying to figure out the identity of the famous (infamous) Wino of Lafayette Square so I understand the restrictions and manage to thrive figuring ways around them without shutting off the information flow.

All that said I’ll report now that outdoor living during the Polar Vortex was too much, even for the indefatigable Wino, and she died last Winter. Now a moment of silence:

I buried my lead to make a point but from Slabbed’s DMR coverage I would posit it is safe for the reader to assume Slabbed has a kick ass source or two or three on the topic.  These folks are located from Jackson and points south all the way to the Mississippi sound and some of what you’ll read here is reflected in what they have told me and what I continue to tell hear.

First off the bad news as it regards the DMR Foundation Boats. Continue reading

No booze cruises for Thad???

Cochran: ‘I didn’t party’ on DMR boat ~ Anita Lee

I know a few folks up in Stone County that think highly of Myrtis and her hubby. To me the problem isn’t the drinking. Anyone that has been on a private plane like a King Air 90 knows the wealthy owners often provide nice amenities for their guests. A high end boat would not be much different. That said I wonder who all these politicians thought owned these boats? As Orsen Wells once famously said “it stinketh”.

Now that the yacht fleet for the political elites has been dismantled one naturally wonders where the next ugly bump will rise. People like Michael Janus and Scott Walker did not excel at being meek. In the political world there are 10 people just like ‘em behind each waiting for their chance.

The streets here in the Bay turn mean and bitchy…….

If I got a nickle for the number of times someone has threatened to sue me over something I wrote here on Slabbed, I be summering at my chalet in the Blue Ridge Mountains soaking in the hot tub. To be clear I have not received any sue threats but I understand other people here in the Bay have, and over public information like municipal administrative salaries no less. This boorish behavior is ill advised on about 50 different levels.

I’ve mentioned it before, there is a 500 pound gorilla that is sitting in the room every time Mayor Fillingame claims he has “cut to the bone” or maybe better stated, there are a bunch of 75 pound gorillas that together weigh 500 pounds in the room. To this point, most folks have been trying to tackle this subject in a friendly manner, not dropping names for the most part. That changed yesterday here in comments.

Calling this what it really is, the City of Bay St Louis has a friends and family program and the Utility Fund is largely paying for it.  And if Hancock Bank thinks the people of this town should see utility rate increases so the Mayor’s buddies and family can collect a fat paycheck for much of nothing, they have rocks in their head. Sending Mr Bond Trustee to the City Council meeting acting the part of jackass did not change the resolve of the City Council to make things right and that is very encouraging folks. My best advice to Hancock Bank is to stay the heck outta cIty politics and stop interfering with a City Council trying to do the job for which they were elected.

This evening at 6:30 in the City Council Chambers, Councilman Doug Seal is holding a town hall meeting for Ward 1 residents. I hope it will be well attended. I will be there.

Stay tuned.

Today was a good day for Public Interest Journalism in South Mississippi

We all owe a debt of gratitude to Anita Lee for trailblazing this issue. After Scott Walker was sentenced, Anita along with other interested members of the media, including myself, huddled with Team Walker, the US Attorney and Judge Starrett. Subject to certain conditions Judge Starrett granted us access to the Scott Walker sentencing letters. I’ll absolutely have more on this a bit later.

On the run Wednesday: Scott Walker to be sentenced and another Bay St Louis Council meeting

Here is the minute entry on PACER:

Full docket text:
Set/Reset Hearings as to Scott J. Walker: Sentencing reset for 7/23/2014 at 02:00 PM in Courtroom 1 (Hattiesburg) before District Judge Keith Starrett (scp)

I will certainly be there. I hear a few members of the environmental community may also come to observe.

Next up a comment bump on last nights regular Bay St Louis City Council meeting and death by Deferred Revenue:

It will be interesting to know what the outcome was after the council went into executive session last night to discuss Mr. Kolf’s lies to them.

He should be dismissed immediately. The council should take the city back and pull all responsibility away from the mayor.

It is time for the council to take this opportunity and be responsible to the people of Bay St. Louis.

Speaking of that I have this from the Seacoast Echo’s Dwayne Bremer on Twitter: Continue reading