Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: Real and Present Danger

Posted on October 1, 2019

The present mess, also known as the Trump Administration, cries out for resolution. Immediately. The Country cannot continue without a functioning Executive Branch. Right now, we do not have a functioning Executive Branch.

We are running the risk of war, by miscalculation, or a crash in World Financial Markets followed by Depression. It’s that serious. I am not an alarmist by nature. I have not felt the sense of real and present danger at any other time.

There is a deal available. It looks like this:

ONE. Vice President Pence Resigns Immediately.

TWO. President Trump Resigns Immediately Following Pence’s Resignation and agrees to accept no pension or Past President’s office or staff.

THREE. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, under the Constitution, succeeds immediately to the Presidency and, as her first acts as President, receives the Resignations of Pence and Trump and immediately issues Presidential Pardons to Pence and Trump for any and all violations of Federal Law that occurred during their respective service as Vice President and President.

FOUR. President Pelosi announces she will not be a candidate for President in 2020.

FIVE. All of the above actions (resignations and pardons) could be accomplished virtually simultaneously at the same time and place. Deal done. Pardons issued. Trump and Pence gone. Continue Reading…….

Southern District PSC Candidate / Pascagoula Mayor Dane Maxwell loses control of City Council

Time is short folks but this latest turn of events bears mentioning as Tuesday’s meeting has now made the news both on WLOX and the Sun Herald. The quote WLOX snagged from retiring Police Chief/new City Manager Kenny Johnson sets things up nicely:

“I think the council stepped up and showed confidence in me to lead not only the police department but to lead the entire city,” Johnson said. “I want to make sure that things are done properly, that we’re running like we’re supposed to run, we’re working within the perimeters of our form of government and make sure that happens moving forward before someone else is appointed to take my place.”

Slabbed corresponded with a member of the audience associated with the Speak Up Pascagoula Facebook page who indicated exactly what Margaret Baker wrote for the Sun Herald that Mayor Dane tried his hand at forcing out the Chief along with two other officers and ended up getting the chief promoted to City Manager. In this type of Mississippi home rule charter the Mayor is essentially the chief councilman at large with ceremonial duties and one vote (not to be confused with the Mayor Alderman “Weak Mayor” form of home rule). Without a council majority Maxwell has been neutered as a political force in Pascagoula.

No meeting account would be complete without a show of bad sportsmanship and according to the Citizen that wrote to Slabbed the award for that would go to Mayor Dane’s wife, who evidently did not react well to the vote to install Johnson as City Manager.

Folks there has been a lot lacking in Mayor Dane’s performance as a politician in his hometown. Maybe that is why he is running for Southern District PSC. The people that know him best there in Pascagoula will be the first to tell you he is no bargain as a politician.

Slabbed will be having a bit more on the Southern District PSC race very soon.

Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: The Saudi Refinery Hit – A Slick Piece of Work

Posted on September 23, 2019

Talk about timing… ten days before the opening of the UN General Assembly. Talk about execution… fifty percent of the Saudi Oil Production gonesville with no dead bodies. Talk about putting super heavyweight Buffet Brothers Mike Pompeo and Crown Prince MBS in a funny spot… just sitting there looking at each other waiting for someone to bring food.

It had to be Iran, right? But Trump says Iran’s broke and falling apart. And Trump says he rebuilt our Military and the Saudis bought all sorts of stuff and we and they should have total surveillance on that spot and every square inch of Iran. So Trump could take pictures to the UN like Kennedy’s UN Ambassador did during the Cuban Missile Crisis? Sounds like military malpractice if they don’t have pictures.

I remember reading decades ago that our intelligence agencies could read a car license plate from outer space. And we don’t have proof? In the absence of proof, I believe Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. He says the attack did not come from Iran nor did it come from Iraq with Iranian weaponry. Zarif has been around a long time. He’s US educated and very savvy. He’s valuable to Iran only as long as he has credibility.

Immediately after the hit on the refinery, Pompeo called it “an act of war.” Almost immediately after that, Trump cut Pompeo’s legs out from under him and Pompeo reverted to flower child… “let’s just give peace a chance.” I guess the big fella needs the job. Got to get some groceries. Meanwhile, Javad Zarif has been making the rounds answering questions. In response to questions about the likelihood of a war, Zarif has been consistent: Continue Reading……

Louisiana Eastern District US Attorney Investigation: String of “Big Rig” Sideswipes and an Old Subject Resurfaces

Orders like the one below have been popping up in certain “Big Rig” crash cases where the Plaintiffs are being represented by Vanessa Motta and Joe Bruno:

Thomas v Chambers Doc 220 by Slabbed on Scribd

Word has evidently been slow to filter out there at the Courthouse because such orders are still being issued as recently as last Wednesday: Continue reading “Louisiana Eastern District US Attorney Investigation: String of “Big Rig” Sideswipes and an Old Subject Resurfaces”

It’s fighting Mayor Tommy Schafer to you….

The number one complaint I hear from politicians is how unfair, ugly and viscous social media can be towards those in public service. Fair enough because there is a kernel of truth in that notion but it is also true that a politico acting like an 8 year old can do much more reputation damage to themselves and their community. That is certainly true of Diamondhead and its Mayor fighting Tommy Schafer after last week.

My suggestion to those that were horrified to see the town in the national news would do well to elect folks with a temperament for the the trade.

A vote that will determine the continued existence of the Diamondhead POA is on the horizon. With the sheer number of Louisiana expats living there who hail from a far different political milieu, bareknuckle jackassery potential is off the charts.

Bay-Waveland Schools earns an A on the latest MDE Accredition Results

Folks this never would have happened if Mike Favre had not cut the dead wood out of the school board (and central office) when he took office. Our readers may remember Mayor Favre took a whole bunch of heat when he made those changes. Today he gets to take a bow for doing the right thing and seeing it through. Superintendent Reed and her employees also deserve props for the major improvement.

Also of note was rural Stone County Schools also earned an A. The rural school districts in this state often do way more with less and that is the certainly the case with Stone.

The full results are on Scribd.

It’s not a good sign that when the Fed cuts interest rates…

And the markets still get hammered.

I’ve had some very learned people that are high level institutional financial professionals tell me that when the hangover comes it may be worse than 2008. With the yield curve inversion, to Trump’s ill advised trade wars that he promised were “good and easy to win” to major tax increases on the American people via Trump/GOP tariffs the economic headwinds are undeniable and negative interest rates will not solve them.

The best way for the little people to prepare themselves is to get debt free.

Is the City of Bay St Louis’ plan to buy the Compton Engineering Building Truly a Done Deal?

The last time we heard of Compton and the City mentioned together it involved Bay Taxpayers, Utility Users Stuck Repaying Excessive Post Katrina Engineering Firm Fees. Then again I would term it highly unusual for a City Councilman to negotiate anything on behalf of a strong Mayor charter City but the tape doesn’t lie.

The question I have is under what metric does it make sense to headquarter a police department in the flood zone in a building that was never intended for that purpose? I imagine the flood premiums on the property would be astronomical not to mention the place would be a tear down after it floods again and yes it is a question of when that happens not if it does. This proposed done deal smells like dead fish to me.

The atmosphere right now in the Bay Council is toxic enough there is no telling what will happen next. It has Slabbed’s full attention in fact.