Requiem for the Super 8 Motel Legal Department

Last week I received a heads up that Slabbed’s mortal enemy Daniel “Danny” Abel had died after being struck by a car in a hit and run just before Christmas last year. One would have to imagine the range of emotions that one experiences under such circumstances. I was on someone else’s dime however and unable to indulge anything in the moment.

I knew Slabbed would certainly be publishing on this topic and the pause for reflection was a good thing. Whatever baser emotions we experienced inside Slabbed were gotten out of the way in fairly short order and that is good overall. We would never wish getting hit by a car and then lingering for two months inside a long term care facility during a pandemic on our worst enemy, which Abel would certainly make the short list. That said after news traveled another person Abel had terrorized with shithouse legal tactics described what happened as ‘karma’ to me. Such determinations are above my paygrade.

Ramon Vargas wrote the Obit for the Picayune and it was sourced by all the usual suspects in Abel’s adopted son Shane Gates and his long time friend Eric Paulsen. This much is true about him, he was gold to his friends and had excellent people skills. He was at his best as a lawyer teamed up with the late Wendell Gauthier during the class action bonanza of the 1990s, the worst abuses of which resulted in tort reform. Abel was the political component of that team as he had judges in his pocket and political connections including and especially with former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard.

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I’ll make this short and sweet because the politicians are super busy

Watching the Biden Administration essentially negotiate itself out of a minimum wage hike reminds me of all the times during the Obama years when Biden would help the Democrats negotiate itself out of all sorts of things that would benefit ordinary Americans in favor of big business bailouts with no accountability for the Super Wealthy criminals that cratered the economy. Some things never change folks. It was exactly why a criminal was elected President in 2016.

If the Democrats aren’t careful, the next GOP criminal running under the guise of being a disruptor could easily make the Trump years seem like child’s play. Put another way, sold out ordinary Americans have no incentive to preserve a system that only benefits the Super Wealthy and Big Business. There is no shortage of lunatics like Marjorie Taylor Greene or Paul Gosar or malignant sociopaths like Ted Cruz or Josh Hawley ready to step into that breech.

The days when the American taxpayers subsidize Walmart and McDonalds via the food stamp program because they pay their workers starvation wages needs to end now. And if that means the price of a Big Mac or cheap Chinese trinkets reflects their true cost to produce/sell at checkout, so be it.

A Quick Programming Note

I’ve been away from my office for all practical purposes the last 6 weeks. To say that we’ve been blessed would be an understatement. Physically, what was “half way to home” bit over a year ago has become all the way home. We took a day off from our daily 10K this morning but I still managed to snag my steps on the treadmill while listening to the Chili Peppers. Life is good folks.

Judging from site traffic more than few of you understand the significance of yesterday’s news, which I’m not going into right now. I’ve also been teasing an update to this post and that too is going to happen shortly as I wanted to see what, if anything developed on the docket in advance of the scheduled hearing.

2021 marks Slabbed’s 14th year in continuous publication. The internet hasn’t yet seen the best of us. 🙂

…..that was a long time and no matter how I try
The years just flow by like a broken down dam.

Angel from Montgomery ~ John Prine