Let’s "think dirty": James Gill covers the genesis of the River Birch deal. Slabbed gives a plausible answer.

Today James Gill takes a trip down memory lane via a very good column on the history between Henry Mouton, Team River Birch, and former Gov Mike Foster echoing themes found on these pages around a year ago (and then some). What we found is there is really nothing new under the sun as the scam is pretty much the same as it always was, as the Times Picayune’s Stephanie Grace points out today in her column.

So the abiding question these days in journalistic circles, as planted by Team River Birch via lawyer/Gambit guy Clancy Dubos, is how could the payments to Mouton be a bribe if the payments they made to him began well before Mouton held an official position with the State of Louisiana during the Foster Administration?  The answer is pretty simple, such question is artfully framed incorrectly.  The answer you get often depends on the question so if you ask the wrong question you’ll get a framed answer. Lawyers like Dubos or Slabbed’s original cyber bitch David Rossmiller are skilled at such sophistry.

To the extent I am a seasoned practicing Auditor/CPA that has weird hobbies like speculating in the global financial markets and expanding his knowledge base on arcane subjects like game theory and behavioral economics, I am immune to such cheap mind Continue reading “Let’s "think dirty": James Gill covers the genesis of the River Birch deal. Slabbed gives a plausible answer.”

In this episode of Magnum J.D.: Love is in the air as Magnanimous Magnum shares romanesque romance with the public.

Chris Granger / The Times Picayune

Love is in the air
Everywhere I look around
Love is in the air
Every sight and every sound

And I don’t know if I’m being foolish
Don’t know if I’m being wise
But it’s something that I must believe in
And it’s there when I look in your eyes

Judy Walker gives us a tour of the Brown-Villere Mansion aka “Magnum’s Lair” for today’s Times Picayune in advance of the NOMA Volunteer Committee Home and Art Tour which features the mansion.

Now with all this talk of love, romance and Magnum, my memory banks were stirred as I remembered the last time Slabbed covered love and romance at the Brown-Villere mansion, specifically Continue reading “In this episode of Magnum J.D.: Love is in the air as Magnanimous Magnum shares romanesque romance with the public.”

From the problem with keeping yer lies straight files: Jefferson Parish Councilmen Elton Lagasse and Chris Roberts want you to know they are not crooks.

Margie Seeman would like a word with the Slabbed Nation. Following is the last Citizens for Good Government Email blast in total:

The speeches at the end of the Jefferson Parish Council meeting by Citizens for Good Government Chairman Margaret Baird and myself were on discrepancies between the campaign contributions reported by the councilmen and the amounts shown on the campaign contribution affidavits submitted by contractors. These affidavits are now required to be submitted by any person or firm contracting or proposing to contract with Jefferson Parish, and most are now available online.

In my speech I stated that Citizens for Good Government has been an enthusiastic supporter of this ordinance, which provided for campaign contribution disclosure by contractors, and we commended the Council for passing this ordinance, and also commended Ms. Eula Lopez and her staff for making available online so many campaign disclosure affidavits. Continue reading “From the problem with keeping yer lies straight files: Jefferson Parish Councilmen Elton Lagasse and Chris Roberts want you to know they are not crooks.”

Anita Lee profiles Judge L. T. Senter on the day of his retirement.

I’ll never forget the first time we met with policyholder lawyers after Nowdy and I established Slabbed. One of the things that made that first meet and greet fun for me was the fact the gang of Louisiana based lawyers looked over the state line into Mississippi with a bit of envy for their counterparts here on the coast. It initially puzzled me because to that point the bigger dollar verdicts were coming from the Louisiana Eastern District Federal Courts. When I inquired why that was the response was telling:

You have a judge who isn’t afraid to try cases….

Today Anita Lee at the Sun Herald checks back in with a detailed profile of Judge Senter on the day he retired from the bench in a story that is actually worthy of two posts. Today, Slabbed comes to praise Judge Senter, not to bury him as I quote not from Anita’s story (which is well worth the read) but from policyholder lawyer Judy Guice, whom the Sun Herald quoted in related coverage: Continue reading “Anita Lee profiles Judge L. T. Senter on the day of his retirement.”

"Parting is such sweet sorrow". Thanks Nowdy for the memories…

Shakespeare coined the phrase and it applies as my excitement with the new Slabbed is tempered by the fact I’ll be here without my partner-in-blog for the past 3 years Nowdy, at least for the time being.

In making the jump to the new site I set a redirector on the old site which sends all Slabbed traffic here. Because of the timing of the jump to Slabbed.Org, Nowdy was unable to say a proper goodbye and I regret to say that post was coming whether or not we moved. Earlier tonight I disabled the site redirector so that Nowdy’s farewell for now post could appear first on the website she loved and devoted so much time and energy towards making a success. I use the words “could appear first” because Nowdy has agreed to move all her posts over to the new site and each of her posts, including her last, will appear on these pages shortly after I set the redirector back.  As I said earlier this week I remain forever grateful for her help on the blog and her dedication to the people of the Gulf Coast. Continue reading “"Parting is such sweet sorrow". Thanks Nowdy for the memories…”

Another Jefferson Parish inside fix: Veolia Transportation’s bus bid was 10% high. Once again the taxpayers get shafted.

‘Gate’s insightful comment today on the Veolia Transportation contract can be found here. Rich Rainey’s story for the Times Picayune on this can be found here. Here is a lengthy excerpt from ‘Gate’s comment on the old Mamoulides post I made sticky today:

JE VU…River Birch…

I had commented earlier on this matter with similar feelings that I have now…I am becoming suspect when I read these quotes from Young: Continue reading “Another Jefferson Parish inside fix: Veolia Transportation’s bus bid was 10% high. Once again the taxpayers get shafted.”

From the you’re never too old to stop thinking with the smaller head files I offer legendary Mardi Gras mogul Blaine Kern for the consideration of the Slabbed Nation.

 

Times Picayune Archival Photo: Blaine and Holly Kern

Sued by your own son? If this were a movie project I think the working title could be The Witch that Stole Mardi Gras. Only in New Orleans folks LOL.

Artists tend to lead colorful lives.

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