Just another day in a darn busy week

And last night around 11:00pm Slabbed went off line but no one visiting at that late hour had any idea due to the wonders of a global CDN we now use. Even better, I’m now proficient enough in command line Linux to actually diagnose and fix the problem. The exercise brings back memories of using MS-DOS with 5 and a quarter inch floppies and programming in Basic back in 1984.

In any event how about some links. First up for those wanting to find out if government sponsored entertainment events/concerts makes sense financially check this out:

Report: Biloxi concert generated positive feedback but not revenue ~ Mary Perez

I personally have no problems with public funds underwriting civic events once in a while to mark special occasions but anyone that thinks these type of expenditures makes any sort of economic sense doesn’t understand basic finance or economics.

Now some more links, first up from ignorance of the First Amendment is no excuse files:

U.S. Judge Upholds Right to Scrawl Nasty Note on Speeding Ticket Payment ~ Benjamin Weiser

The best of the rest:

Experts: Talk now about drastic changes, or deal with coastal crisis later ~ Bob Marshall Continue reading “Just another day in a darn busy week”

In Mississippi tax breaks and the gang at Port and Harbor in the news

First we have a reader question:

In the Sun Herald this morning on page 3A under “D’Iberville approves tax break to attract business” Joe Cloyd’s CDBG Long Term Work Force housing Riverside senior apartments is asking the city to abate ad valorem taxes for three years. This is not a business that produces or pays any sales taxes and was built with taxpayer money in most part already. Where does it end?

Such things usually end in bankruptcy because the piggies that are hooked into the taxpayer trough rarely stop feeding on their own.

Next up since the Bay St Louis social media policy was topical at last night’s City Council meeting I have this from Eric Goldman.org:

Police Officer’s Facebook Post Criticizing Her Boss Isn’t Protected Speech–Graziosi v. Greenville ~ Venkat Balasubramani

The bottom line is the law in this area is not settled by any stretch of the imagination for public sector employees. Continue reading “In Mississippi tax breaks and the gang at Port and Harbor in the news”

Bill Minor writes about new Port and Harbor Director Ashley Edward. Slabbed compares and contrasts

I think by now everyone paying attention to the hire of Phil Bryant/Haley Barbour political crony Ashley Edwards at the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission, including the PR counter offensive to the negative publicity accorded the Edward’s hire has seen the letters to the Editor at both the Sea Coast Echo and the Sun Herald by Waveland Alderman Lili Stahler referencing a column on the topic by Bill Minor. Of interest to me was the fact the Sun Herald edited the Bill Minor Column on that topic heavily (click and read now as it will soon be gone). And the part of Minor’s column that ended up in the McClatchy chop shop? The part about where the nickname Hancock Parish is derived. Here it is via the Desoto Times Tribune:

Back in my days covering Mississippi for The Times-Picayune, one of my specialties was rooting out corruption in county government. Hancock County (Bay St. Louis) always seemed one of the usual suspects.

Times have changed, at least in who’s in charge politically. Whereas almost every public office-holder back then was a Democrat, or called himself a Democrat, today a high percentage of them are Republicans, even at the county level. How the party switch happened is still debatable, but one way it happened is that Repubs broadly cast the impression Democrats couldn’t be trusted with handling the peoples’ business. In other words, Republicans were the ones in white hats and Democrats were the black-hatted bunch.

A story in the (Biloxi) Sun Herald that caught my eye last week had good old Hancock County back in the chicanery marketplace, the deal this time surprisingly orchestrated by the state’s top Republican, namely Gov. Phil Bryant himself.

There is a reason the Sun Herald does not cover Hancock County investigatively and that reason is on display in the part of Bill Minor’s column that ended up on the cutting room floor.

Boss Hogg crony Ashley Edwards named executive director of the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission

Welp folks, hell must be freezing over as Hancock County has evidently run out of home grown political hacks and cronies to staff one of the local troughs.

Hancock port board endorses governor’s staffer as new director ~ Anita Lee

Hiring unqualified good ol boys to government jobs in Mississippi is nothing new as we’ve been reminded of late of that fact with DMR among other agencies but for a local plum appointment to go to an outsider in Hancock County is unheard of, especially when the board doing the appointing answers to the County Board of Supervisors.  Yes, of late local politics has made for strange bedfellows with Supervisor Steve Seymour crossing party lines to cuddle up with Lynn Fitch over at Scott Walker’s house last year but plucking a Phil Bryant staffer for a $150,000 job that could (some would say should) go to someone with the Ladner surname? OMG!!!

I did not jump right on the emerging story linked in comments by Mad as Hell on Sunday because I knew two things: