Mike Chaney in command: Allstate to raise rates another 20%.

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney

The can’t shoot straight gang in Northbrook must be planning their year-end bonuses with extra diligence this year folks as insurance rates are going up again in a state with some of the very highest homeowners insurance premiums in the country. Either that or another ill-advised share buyback is in the offing as the money pit better known as Allstate is hungry for more of your hard-earned money and unfortunately the people of Mississippi elected an insurance lackey as their commish almost 4 years ago so the only open question was how much more price gouging Chaney was going to allow. Continue reading “Mike Chaney in command: Allstate to raise rates another 20%.”

In this episode of Magnum J.D.: Slabbed finds Magnum's long lost brother!

Folks I do believe we may have found the missing link that bridges us from how Magnum could be from both Dayton Florida and Brooklyn New York simultaneously. We have found Magnum’s long-lost brother. The comments to this ABA Journal story well tell the tale.


Monday morning various

I have a busy week ahead as I rebuild the blogroll and continue tweaking the new site not to mention the day job.  I could tell from the traffic count that the French Quarter Fest was certainly a success.  For those wanting to catch up I’ll make things easy. Besides the new material, Telemachus and others were kind enough to leave some great comments on last Monday’s post Let’s connect a few dots that are well worth reading besides the new stuff.

The folks at the Jefferson Report are doing a bang up job with the type of nuts and bolts journalism that makes sites like this one possible. They even left their readers several nice easter eggs courtesy of the Wabbit but there is much more in their recent archives also well worth reading.

I have several things going for post ideas.  One thing that is for certain is another episode of Magnum JD as things are really beginning to get zany at Team Magnum, which lost Jennifer Medley last week.


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.”