And Now Something Completely Different….

Netflix is slowly taking over the movie world spending billions of dollars annually on its own content in addition to the third party licensed content it maintains. The multimedia library that is available to subscribers is huge and in talking with people I’m finding most, including myself scratch the surface of what is available. While many of you may have now heard of the movie Roma, which is nominated for the Academy Award Best Picture and Birdbox, there are several shows I’ve watched that range from watchable to very good, several of which were recommended to me by friends. Here are some shows/series I’ve watched over the past couple of months:

The Innocent Man, based on John Grisham’s only nonfiction book. (Docuseries – Highly recommend)

Get Me Roger Stone (Documentary – Highly Recommend) Continue reading “And Now Something Completely Different….”

Slabbed’s Word of the Day: Bagman

bagman noun bag·​man | \ ˈbag-mən \

Definition of bagman
1 chiefly British : TRAVELING SALESMAN
2 : a person who on behalf of another collects or distributes illicitly gained money broadly : an intermediary in an illicit or unethical transaction

Bagman – A bagman (or bag man) is a person or paymaster designated to collect or distribute illicitly gained money (“dirty money”), such as bribes to public officials, or money that is collected in a criminal enterprise, such as a “protection racket” or in the running of a numbers racket.

Let’s Hop in the Wayback Machine and revisit Childs v Hancock County Board of Supervisors

Last week on Comment Bump: Mickey Lagasse tapped to be Waveland’s new city clerk I wrote the following:

Last time Mr. Lagasse worked in government he was the Hancock County Building official. I remember his departure was precipitated by a newsworthy event but that event was around 12 years ago. Any additional background in comments would be much appreciated.

Since then Lana Noonan of the Hancock County Alliance for Good Government spent two days going through the Seacoast Echo archives searching for the story I vaguely remember but came up empty. It doesn’t mean anything per se because there was lots of news in Hancock County back in 2006 and the Echo many not have covered it so work remains there, especially if Mr. Lagasse’s (termed “Meal Man Mickey” by certain commenters here) appointment as Waveland City Clerk is ratified as expected. That said, Lagasse’s career in Hancock County politics is long and I found something of interest doing Google searches during a short lunch break last week in the Court case Childs v Hancock County Board of Supervisors. The Plaintiff’s Appeals Court brief contains a nice summary and it is there I start: Continue reading “Let’s Hop in the Wayback Machine and revisit Childs v Hancock County Board of Supervisors”

Comment Bump: Mickey Lagasse tapped to be Waveland’s new city clerk

Lana Noonan left the follwoing comment yesterday evening on the post Developing.

Confirmed by Waveland Mayor Mike Smith—Mickey Lagasse will be nominated to serve as Waveland City Clerk. Not to be accused of not liking Mickey, but does he have the credentials that the outgoing clerk had? She was a CPA and had experience.

Now, Mickey may have all of that. I am not certain of his education and job experience, or what he did for Compton Engineering. Certainly hope so because the City Clerk has a lot of legal responsibilities, lots. For instance reconciling the books of account for the independent auditor to do the annual audit.

When Paula Fairconnetue was appointed City Clerk in Bay St. Louis, the Council had to hire another auditing firm in addition to the independent auditor, to do the reconciliation of the books, because she couldn’t.

Just my opinion, but as one who will be contributing to this salary, our officials should have advertised for a Clerk. If Mickey wanted to apply, fine. Political appointments don’t always work out, and I am being charitable.

Last time Mr. Lagasse worked in government he was the Hancock County Building official. I remember his departure was precipitated by a newsworthy event but that event was around 12 years ago. Any additional background in comments would be much appreciated.

Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: Tallest Man in the Room and Other Stuff

Posted on January 23, 2019

Five foot six inch Sheldon Adelson, the self described “tallest person in the room when I sit on my wallet”, hasn’t forgotten he paid for a war with Iran…not a wall with Mexico. Sheldon, who has increased his net worth a little over a billion dollars per year every year for the last thirty years, is not in the habit of forgetting who owes him. Adelson didn’t come in with $30 Million in the last ten days of the 2016 campaign, when it looked like Trump was dead in the water, because he wanted good government. Adelson wanted our embassy in Israel moved to Jerusalem, the US out of the Iran Deal, and Iran nuked. Not kidding. Listen up.

Iran and Israel. Know at least this much. Iran is not as bad as the American Press says and Israel is not as good. Iran has fought and died for us…in Afghanistan after 9/11. Israel has never put a soldier at risk for the US anywhere anytime. Iran has never received aid from the US and has never been caught spying on us. Israel, took our money ($250 Billion and Counting in 70 years) and our protection and gave us Jonathan Pollard, one of the most damaging spies in US History. Israel has never given us a full accounting of what Pollard took from us and what they did with it. Seymour Hersh and others have accused Israel of giving some of the secrets Pollard stole from us to Russia in return for Russia allowing some Jewish scientists to migrate from Russia to Israel.

Information. Where do we get information on Iran and Israel? It’s almost all from Israel-friendly sources. Murdoch, the son of an orthodox Jewish Mother will not allow anything bad about Israel or good about Iran to be said on FOX, The NY Post, or the Wall Street Journal. MSNBC hosts pretend Sheldon Adelson doesn’t exist and Israel has never done anything wrong. Amyam Mohyeldin was reporting from Gaza on four young boys playing soccer on a beach who were vaporized by two Israeli strikes. His reporting was powerful and effective and he was immediately pulled off the assignment by MSNBC management. MSNBC is owned by Comcast whose controlling shareholder is Brian Roberts. Roberts is Jewish and a frequent visitor to Israel to participate in Maccabee games. Rachel Maddow and the gang have been appropriately timid and manageable since…nobody is willing to go to Gaza or Tehran and actually do journalism. Continue Reading……

Exactly one thought on the deterioration of Drew Brees’ play at the end of this season

The Advocate’s Nick Underhill strongly implied on a podcast last week before the Rams game that Drew Brees had some sort of undisclosed injury. Whatever injury he has wasn’t evident from the film but the deterioration in his mechanics beginning with the Dallas game strongly implies an injury as his first pass against the Eagles illustrated. This is not the first time this has happened, Drew Brees is a warrior who is tough enough to play with a knee needing surgery.

Worse for Brees was that four of his five offensive linemen were also hurt. That every one of them played through the pain is a testament to the pride they all take in their craft. It doesn’t make the loss to the Rams sting any less but it does explain why the offense faded in the last quarter of the season.

Sean Payton is notoriously secretive with player injuries. I imagine if Brees was hurt that news will officially bubble up sometime before the next training camp is done.