Throw me something Mister: Friday links

Bacchus rider banned after allegedly throwing jug of urine at a family on the parade route ~ Nola.com

Brother charged with murder in sister’s death ~ Christina Seube

More dead baby Dolphins in South Mississippi waters ~ Melissa Scallan

OIG Audit: Mississippi improperly diverted dollars meant to prevent alcohol-related crashes ~ Greg Gordon

River Birch prosecutors ask judge to dismiss Valerie Titus’ property claims ~ Manuel Torres

Tulane University hires former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten ~ John Pope

Senator Landrieu recommends Kenneth Polite as new chief federal prosecutor ~ Laura Maggi

Let’s catch up with the Mississippi politicians owned by Team River Birch/Ward/Heebe as we update Turkey Creek and the Port Connector

Folks, we’ve consistently heard the racketeers behind the River Birch landfill owned both land and politicians here in Mississippi and as proof I offer today’s update by the Sun Herald’s Anita Lee on the lawsuit filed by Jerald Ward, mini me to Jim and Butch Ward against MDOT and the Army Corp of Engineers.  The irony of people known inside Mississippi environmental regulatory circles as “wetland pirates” casting themselves as environmental saviors is rich but unluckily for the taxpayers in Gulfport, myself included, the fleecing continues as Mayor George Schloegel and the City have joined the Ward’s lawsuit over the Turkey Creek wetlands, which the Wards wants to fill in to build retail.  The ultimate irony however, is that this land could well be subject to forfeiture when the coming RICO indictments against certain members of Team River Birch are handed down in New Orleans.

To catch our newer readers up, Gulfport Mayor Schloegel is former CEO of Hancock Bank and IMHO it is a reasonable guess that Team Ward had considerable money (from which they may have also paid considerable bribes) with Schloegel and Hancock Bank. That said and regardless of any prior connections between Schloegel and the Wards, when MDOT announced they wanted no part of the Ward family in Mississippi both the Wards and Mayor Schloegel took umbrage and ol’ George marched mini me Ward down to the Sun Herald so they could get the word out. The fly in the ointment is we also got the word out that Schloegel needed a long shower after the association but it appears George prefers the company of racketeers or more specifically racketeers with money.

This brings us to today and Anita’s latest story, which also contains Judge Ozerden’s ruling on Team Corp of Engineers motion to dismiss as she updates the behind the scenes events that have taken place over the past year. My own experience is that criminal prosecutions have a way of making civil litigation from Team Defense evaporate so there is lots of uncertainty inherent to this litigation but we’ll be keeping this case on our radar screens regardless.  Mississippi does not need these flies buzzing around period as we have enough of our own.

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File this one under you live by the sword you die by the sword….

It’s official, drunken MDOT Executive Bully Butch Brown’s career is over as the axe was delivered while Butch was at MD Anderson getting treatment for his cancer.  The bad news for the coast is that we are now on the wrong end of the historical 2-1 split at MDOT.  I wonder if they’ll be moving Wayne Brown out of the palace in Jackson to a construction trailer?

 There has got to be a better way of doing this transportation thing. Maybe like the 49 other states do……..

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Let’s make a deal! MDOT Executive Director Butch Brown takes a plea.

MDOT Executive Director Larry 'Butch" Brown

I suspect there are some in the legal profession that bemoan the fact that the general public just doesn’t get it.  I would submit after reading the comments to the breaking story that MDOT Executive Director cut a deal on his public drunk charge that the public gets it and then some.

For our newer readers Brown is a notorious bully that has about as much finesse as a drunk elephant.  His latest bit of idiocy involved cursing US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood a few weeks back in Biloxi.  He exists in government thanks in part to the nutless wonders that populate our state senate who collectively lack the sack to stand up to a common bully. Continue reading “Let’s make a deal! MDOT Executive Director Butch Brown takes a plea.”

Slabbed Mississippi political news miscellany: Drunken domestic abuse edition.

MDOT Executive Director Larry 'Butch" Brown

We’ve covered the ongoing stories of 2 good examples of how not to behave in political hack Scott Walker of Ocean Springs and executive director Butch Brown of MDOT and there is news regarding both men here in the local press we must highlight for the Slabbed Nation.

Let’s begin with Brown, who was found sleeping at a slot machine at the Beau Rivage last July after a hard night of drinking.  More recently he made a king size ass of himself at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials conference held last week at the Beau directing an expletive filled tirade at Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. The Mississippi Business Journal’s Magnolia Marketplace blog broke the story so it with their coverage we begin as it also adds color to Brown’s July arrest in Biloxi (H/T Yallpolitics):

Back in July, Mississippi Department of Transportation Executive Director Butch Brown attended the meeting of an economic development group at the Beau Rivage on a Thursday night, and got arrested early the next morning for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Continue reading “Slabbed Mississippi political news miscellany: Drunken domestic abuse edition.”

Slabbed news miscellany: Another politician checks into the drunk tank. The Waveland Citizens Fund is shut down. The Sun Herald takes a crack at Simpsongate.

MDOT Executive Director Larry 'Butch" Brown

It seems as though MDOT Executive Director Butch Brown has a gambling problem to go along with his drinking problem folks. Michael Newsom and Geoff Pender have the story for the Sun Herald.  

Brown, 67, was arrested early Friday morning at Beau Rivage casino. According to Biloxi Municipal Court, a Beau Rivage representative asked the court Monday to drop the disorderly conduct charge. A court date of Sept. 13 has been set for the drunkenness charge.  

Biloxi police records say Brown was “intoxicated and unconscious” at a slot machine at 5:43 a.m. on Friday. Casino security woke Brown and “he became extremely belligerent and caused a big disturbance within the casino in view of numerous other people,” police records say, and that he “repeatedly refused to cooperate with officers on the scene.”  

Mississippi is the only state that elects its transportation commissioners and I could spend several posts detailing the systemic corruption and lack of oversight at MDOT but the Sun Herald has already done a great job of doing that. Suffice it to say former Natchez mayor Butch Brown is just the type of stuffed shirt drunk for the job of running MDOT day to day. The shame is I could never connect his son’s bond work to TheRiot and Coastal Securities but it isn’t because of a lack of effort here at Slabbed.  😉 Continue reading “Slabbed news miscellany: Another politician checks into the drunk tank. The Waveland Citizens Fund is shut down. The Sun Herald takes a crack at Simpsongate.”

Cruising the coast with Butch and Baby Butch Ward: Poor, poor, pitiful me

Jerard Ward / The Sun Herald

I’ve had one of those famous Slabbed moments of serendipity where events have connected thus I feel compelled  to write a post on the topic especially when news stories which I’ve been holding close marry well with seemingly unrelated events and involve the Slabbed Nation’s Jefferson Parish Branch.

Let’s do this chronologically and go back to last month to begin with our post on the MDOT Port Connector Road and the related eminent domain issues as it involved the Ward family landholdings along I-10 in Gulfport:

The environmental agreement MDOT reached with federal agencies would forever end proposals for commercial development just south of I-10 between U.S. 49 and Canal Road. The agreement also would allow MDOT to go forward with construction of a state port connector road from I-10 to U.S. 90, a route crucial to the port’s plans for expansion.The road would destroy 162 acres of wetlands. In exchange, MDOT plans to buy and place 1,638 acres in perpetual conservation easements. The state Department of Marine Resources would own the land, but about 447 acres on both sides of Turkey Creek would be managed by a nonprofit, the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain.

Enter Mayor Schloegel who is concerned over the impact to the city’s tax rolls:

Schloegel said the Ward family, who owns about 1,000 acres of the land, had plans to open Creosote Road south of I-10 from Prime Outlets west to Canal Road.

“It’s my understanding that a good bit of this area is in a wetlands zone, but also that there is approximately 400 acres that is high and dry,” the mayor said….

As our Jefferson Parish friends well know the Ward family is used to getting what it wants. In Louisiana they own (or at least rent) every NOLA area pol down to Mr Mayor Elect himself so it would naturally follow they would aggressively try to protect their investment and vision for the wetlands in Turkey Creek area but I’ll admit to being a bit surprised when less than a week later Anita followed up with another story, this one originating from the Sun Herald building itself as Mayor Schloegel brought a new Ward into the picture, Jerard “Baby Butch” Ward to plead his daddy’s case and it is there we stop next:

An owner of about 1,100 acres south of Interstate 10 says he is the victim of a “federal land grab.” Continue reading “Cruising the coast with Butch and Baby Butch Ward: Poor, poor, pitiful me”

Cruising the coast with Butch Ward and MDOT. New Port Connector gobbles up Ward and the Turkey Creek watershed.

Anita Lee at the Sun Herald sets the table as all the finest are assembled, from the elected crooks that run MDOT to Jefferson Parish garbage guy Butch Ward as well as former Hancock Bank CEO turned Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel. The issue is the undeveloped lands south of I-10 between the Canal Road and US Highway 49 exits, a large parcel of which is owned by Ward. The local citizenry, most of whom are minorities, should be grateful the plan wasn’t to open a landfill there. Rather it was to be additional retail space to compliment the Outlet Mall but that conflicted with the path of MDOT’s new North-South expressway to Wiggins and points beyond being coordinated with the improvements at the State Port. Here is a snippet:

The environmental agreement MDOT reached with federal agencies would forever end proposals for commercial development just south of I-10 between U.S. 49 and Canal Road. The agreement also would allow MDOT to go forward with construction of a state port connector road from I-10 to U.S. 90, a route crucial to the port’s plans for expansion.

The road would destroy 162 acres of wetlands. In exchange, MDOT plans to buy and place 1,638 acres in perpetual conservation easements. The state Department of Marine Resources would own the land, but about 447 acres on both sides of Turkey Creek would be managed by a nonprofit, the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain.

Enter Mayor Schloegel who is concerned over the impact to the city’s tax rolls:

Schloegel said the Ward family, who owns about 1,000 acres of the land, had plans to open Creosote Road south of I-10 from Prime Outlets west to Canal Road. Continue reading “Cruising the coast with Butch Ward and MDOT. New Port Connector gobbles up Ward and the Turkey Creek watershed.”

We have a lot of out of state readers who no doubt wonder…

Exactly what it is that makes Mississippi this nation’s armpit, Numero 50 baby!

It started with a group of de-slaved nabobs in the Delta determined to hold on to their morally bankrupt pre-civil war way of life, where tactics like political disenfranchisement (as in the rest of the State) were excellent ingredients for keeping the populace under educated and in poverty. Throw in a proclivity for electing every government position down to dog catcher and not only do we march to the beat of a different drummer here we’re marching down the middle of the drainage ditch instead of the parade route. Mississippi does lead the nation in the export of human capital.

So as the only state that elects our transportation commissioners shouldn’t we expect the double self dealing along with the senseless squander of taxpayer dollars? Good job Brownie! In keeping with the recently musically based slabbed theme I’m moved to song. This one is dedicated to Butch Brown: (The rest of you keep shaking your heads thanking God we’re here tending to last place.)

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