Bay Council again becoming interesting to watch

What I am getting right now are accounts of last night’s meeting but I feel safe in saying the taxpayers of the great state of Mississippi could well save money if the Ethics Commission would open a branch office at Highway 90 and Main Street in Bay St Louis.

I want to see the show for myself before I comment further but it appears these gatherings of City Council members that have respectively included developer Jim MacPhaille, former Mayor Les Fillinagme, former City Attorney Don Rafferty and current Mayor Mike Favre have gotten out of hand. It seems like yesterday…..

Unanimous Mississippi Supreme Court Decides Columbus Mayor and Council Violated Open Meetings Act ~ Mississippi Justice Institute

Today [9/7/2017], the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that the Mayor and City Council of Columbus violated the Open Meetings Act when they previously met in prearranged, non-quorum size gatherings to discuss public business, intending to circumvent the Act. This is the first time the Supreme Court has ever addressed the issue of whether meetings of public officials in less than quorum numbers violate the Open Meetings Act. The Mississippi Justice Institute represented The Commercial Dispatch in the appeal.

“This is a huge win for the citizens of Mississippi and for open and accountable government,” said Mike Hurst, Director of the Mississippi Justice Institute. “People are tired of backroom deals and secret agreements by government officials that affect their lives. The Supreme Court’s opinion puts public officials and bureaucrats on notice – you cannot circumvent the law and do the people’s business behind closed doors anymore. Today’s decision is a monumental victory for transparency in government.”

[Link] to actual decision Continue reading “Bay Council again becoming interesting to watch”

With the events of the past few days…

Folks we have been treated to a bevy of National type news stories over the past five days that tie together most every theme in these strange times we live. To kick start things let me introduce the folks in Steubenville, Ohio because they are as some good people to blame for the tariff related hits to Mississippi’s agricultural sector:

When the Politics of Anger Prevail ~ Areza Naraghi

Is this a case of slaves turning on each other? I can see that from reading the article. Then again blaming hard working Mexicans for one’s own laziness seems to be the fashion these days. If there aren’t enough decent jobs in Ohio one naturally wonders if these whiners ever considered moving to a place like Lucedale, Mississippi, where they can work on a large farm doing back breaking labor for 10-12 hours a day outdoors since the Mexicans have it so well down here in the sweltering heat. I think I’d rather have the Mexicans since they’re not afraid of hard work.

On the other hand the modern day democrats like Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and company are Wall Street tools so there really wasn’t much of a choice in 2016 for the blue collar set, lazy or not.

Moving right along I posted this yesterday to a more thoughtful Facebook discussion featuring well known local conservatives and liberals and it deserves to be highlighted again: Continue reading “With the events of the past few days…”

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……..