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.

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.

The Good Ol’ Boys have Cut a Deal for an Office….

This is one of those you can leave the political party out of it because anyone who vote for this guy after what he did to Pascagoula can only have their head completely stuck up their own asses. [For those interested in knowing what Maxwell’s dad did to the folks in Vancleave click here.]