Per Anita Lee’s story on yesterday’s sentencing of Joe Ziegler, Ziegler claimed he had nothing to do with the foundation but instead was the DMR lobbyist for the legislature. Trinity Walker begs to differ. I’m hoping some of you old DMR salts can help reconcile the difference.
As for Ziegler, other than what he told Judge Starrett yesterday in court that garnered Team Walker’s ire, mums the word as he’s letting his attorney Joe Sam Owens do all the talking: Continue reading
This is what happens when, by design, the oversight board for an agency is structured to be captured out of the gate and people with an economic interest in specific outcomes allow their personal financial interests to trump the public interest:
CMR to allow limited oyster dredging season ~ Steve Phillips
Of course the people with the economic interest in specific outcomes were the same people who brought the public Billy Walker and his reign of thievery. That said there is one person on the CMR who is actually looking out for more than just himself:
Those same concerns were echoed by DMR scientists, as the CMR considered a limited dredging season this year.
“The areas where there’s a high recruitment and a good spat set, I think we need to look at limiting those,” said the DMR’s chief scientific officer, Dr. Kelly Lucas.
Commissioner Ernie Zimmerman said he couldn’t go against that recommendation.
“What scares me to death is letting these fishermen go make a dollar today and take two dollars out of their pocket next year,” said Commissioner Zimmerman.
And those that are only looking out for themselves: Continue reading
And Anita Lee was there when Kerwin Cuevas copped a plea:
Cuevas also said, “The department was being run like it had no oversight and the people in charge ran it like they owned it.”
That one statement sums up the DMR scandal better than anything written before or since. Why Governor Bryant and his legislature refuses to require every state agency to be audited annually defies the imagination…that is until one logically concludes that what we saw at DMR more than likely repeats across every state agency.
As for Cuevas, the man who knew where all the bodies were buried ended up with the best deal.
There is the media and then the media behind the media if that makes sense. The local environmental movement has a wonderful email list where pretty much everyone including those in officialdom are included in the missives.
I’m not gonna kiss and tell beyond saying that as per DMR Executive Director Jamie Miller the electronics aboard the Conservationist were saved. Meantime speculation swirls as to the cause of the accident.
Speaking of the word speculation the fact that it ends with the letters “tion” strongly implies it is derived from the french language, which itself is derived from latin. Here is the latin origin of the word from the good folks over at the Merriam-Webster dictionary:
Latin speculatus, past participle of speculari to spy out, examine, from specula lookout post, from specere to look, look at
Following the Latin word specula in turn leads here, which in turn leads us back to the 5th floor at the Bolton Building but there’s more as in more speculation, because people in the environmental community are openly wondering why the Sun Herald’s DMR beat Krewe has seemingly disappeared. This is a subject which I have no knowledge whatsoever but I do have some insight because I’ve been around the media business long enough to understand how it sometimes works.
Those that want the benefit of that insight should click here. I do not have time to fool with it but the answer could be just a public records request away for any of you that might be motivated to find out for certain.
Interesting that the news accounts of a 65 foot DMR vessel capsizing all referenced a press release that does not appear on the DMR website:
What we do know is the DMR boat was moving Oysters from the polluted waters of the Pascagoula river to the oyster reefs that the CMR routinely allows to be overfished to the point where they are no longer self sustaining. I bet the amount of tax money that is spent on repopulating overfished oyster reefs does not justify the economic impact and I think the economic theory favors that hypnosis.
Now I wasn’t there yesterday when the boat capsized but my various peeks at the Mississippi sound yesterday from here in the Bay did not reveal it to be very choppy, especially for a 65 foot boat. As Eye-Spy points out there has been lots of turnover at the DMR since Miller time began. I am not certain we’ll ever get a straight up account of what caused the accident.
Regarding the first item Slabbed will continue to take an interest a state agency that continues to generate public interest in my readers. Regarding the second I am happy to work with those people that promote a fiscally conservative message. This includes elimination of the Franchise Tax which I am told Lite Gov Tate Reeves is planning to push in the State Senate.
Finally, in other news I am told that the endorsement machine for 24th JDC Division O candidate John Sudderth has ended as the Greater New Orleans GOP yesterday endorsed Thomas Anselmo, Jr. for the 24th JDC Division O seat. Given Sudderth’s murky background I was mildly surprised the Parish GOP executive committee and the Alliance for Good Government have endorsed Sudderth for the Division O seat, which encompasses areas on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. With well over a month to the election I am told Anselmo is closing some of the gap with Danyelle Taylor, who my political sources have identified as the early frontrunner in the race. Both Anselmo and Taylor actually live on the Westbank and politically that is important in Division O.
Today I received a communication from a current DMR Employee. Following is an edited version of what Slabbed New Media was sent.
The was submitted to the DMR hotline as well in response to Miller cleaning house at Department of Marine Resources by the Sun Herald.
I’m going to point out some of the discrepancies and inaccurate statements Jamie Miller has made to the media:
There are a couple of my peeps down here that contacted you to register their displeasure at how this DMR thing worked out. To the extent they took the time to engage your office I think it would be nice if those folks heard back from you or one of your staff. Mac, for example, hit the beach a little over a year ago protesting the systemic corruption and she is not getting any younger. It would be nice if she at least got some sort of communication from you guys acknowledging her letter.
As always I thank you guys up DC way for being in that number here on Slabbed.
There was one document in the last care package that I could not fit with the others yet the leaker thought it important enough to include. I’m hoping the community here can help solve this mystery. The language on Exhibit A leads me to believe this may be part of a section 1031 Exchange but we can’t conclude that based solely on these documents. What we do know was that Team Shumate was doing land transactions right up to the time the larger DMR Scandal broke in the media:
See comments for the answer to the question.