Especially Gordon and Stephanie last night on Informed Sources. The estimated 1% of the populace that have NPD are found everywhere in society but are often seen clustered together at top of the heap at large institutions like Mayor of a Big City like New Orleans or even POTUS. After all, John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton aka Lord Acton aka Baron Acton nailed it long ago:
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.
This does not mean all such people have Narcissistic Personality Disorder but I would posit that Ray Nagin’s time on the witness stand and his answers to the AUSA Coman’s questions make the most sense when viewed through that prism.
Speaking of prisms, meet the investigative journalist that broke the Ray Nagin scandal wide open in Ole Miss Alum Jason Berry of American Zombie via Clancy DuBos of Gambit:
Hours after a visibly humbled Ray Nagin took his post-conviction perp walk from the federal courthouse, I had the privilege of sitting down with the guy who actually uncovered the steaming pile of dung that became the case of United States of America v. C. Ray Nagin.
His name is Jason Berry. He is a blogger.
That’s right, a blogger broke open this scandal, on a blog called American Zombie (www.theamericanzombie.com). TV and newspaper reporters have crowed about their “scoops” on this story, but the truth is no one had it before Berry. His work continues on other investigative fronts, but he took time out to chat with me about the Nagin verdict.
If I may be so bold as to suggest to Patricia she include the Joe Stagni sexting pic her rendition of his Kenner monument along with the councilwoman Michele Branigan’s hummer photo. 😉 So why do I bring the Kenner politicians monument up? Because Drew Broach checked in yesterday with an update from Kenna brah:
For such a small expense, council members went to great lengths to explain why they were voting 7-0 for the project.
That’s because opposition, even ridicule, erupted after NOLA.com published a story Monday about plans to list politicians’ names on a 7-by-4-foot, green and gold aluminum plaque on the north wall of the City Council chamber. Calls poured in to City Hall, and critics howled on social media.
Folks, of all the people I have met during my 4.9 years doing Slabbed, Patricia ranks as the most interesting by far. Her self description via twitter explains:
Nymphomaniac Anarchist Vinylphile Keeping Politicians HUMBLE via POLITICAL PARODIES
Interesting is an understatement but when she burst onto the Slabbed scene way back in early 2010, things haven’t been quite the same though I think most everyone would agree the change is for the better. Her three concept pieces for Mayor Yenni’s monument in Kenner to its politicians illustrate that which I write. Enjoy.
Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder in which the individual is described as being excessively preoccupied with issues of personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity. This condition affects one percent of the population. First formulated in 1968, it was historically called megalomania, and it is closely linked to egocentrism.
Since we’re talking Kenner politics, one of the worst cesspools of corruption in the entire State of Louisiana, the rumor out of Mayor Yenni’s office is he now only answers to those that call him “The most exalted sultan of Kenner” before genuflecting to kiss his Mayoral ring.
I know some of you freaks out there are Mike Yenni fans but if this doesn’t convince you the boy is completely outta control nothing will.
Today’s installment of documents laid on me by my gabby cousin Slabb O’Leak deals with a parade but this was no ordinary parade folks, no sir. This was a special parade indeed so to refresh everyone’s memories we need to hit the way back machine and head back to February 2010. Our own AROD was cooling his heels in the St Bernard Parish prison, arrest on charges trumped-up by US Attorney Jim Letten, who evidently had the manpower to burn (as also illustrated by Sal Perricone spending large parts of the day playing on the internet) despite the rampant political corruption. Less than a month before, Parish President Aaron Broussard had resigned in disgrace due his own corruption scandal, portions of which are coming to trial in just a few months. Interim Parish President Steve Theriot had already been installed via the bums rush by the Parish Council and had been on the job for around 3 weeks.
And that is certainly the case this week folks as I’ll be on assignment. That doesn’t mean there will be no posts but that will happen on the run and I have some dynamite stuff in the works. There are three items I want to address this morning.
The first is a reader from north Mississippi sent me the following link to Bellesouth’s blog and her coverage of the case involving Dr. Cassandra Thomas of Jackson.
Next up is the Goatherders, specifically the jackass that is their leader Aaron Broussard. Today we learn he will indeed be held accountable for causing the Katrina related flooding of Jefferson Parish by ordering the pump operators from the pumps as Katrina approached. This guaranteed large portions of the East Bank of the Mississippi River would flood from the torrential rains which it did. There are two schools of thought among the flood victims as far as I can tell, the first being most charitable in maintaining Broussard was a complete incompetent nincompoop as Parish Prez that was in way over his head. I do not subscribe to that line of thought personally and will acknowledge this violates a heuristic I frequent use in Hanlon’s razor.