Change some of the names and you got Jefferson Parish…..

You know folks maybe I was being a bit hard on Mike Fawer for bringing the Renee Gill Pratt portion of the Dollar Bill Jefferson saga to trial.  Make no mistake, Fawer abrasive style will insure Gill Pratt gets the book thrown at her but the testimony this past week gives the public another good peek into the way business is conducted in the NOLA metro area thus the title of this post.

For our many readers that are not in this area who are hooked on our Jefferson Parish coverage we’ll start with a must read in the Times Picayune story Gill Pratt racketeering trial offers glimpse into inner workings of a political machine. The unbridled greed is breathtaking and provides probably the best reason for banning earmarks since it appears most of it is looted out by cronies of corrupt politicians who are incapable of making an honest living.

Next up is T-P columnist Stephanie Grace who wrote a column on the testimony of two DaimlerChrysler execs in Gill Pratt’s trial last week. This is also a must read as Grace describes the impact of these prosecution witnesses on the Judge and jury: Continue reading “Change some of the names and you got Jefferson Parish…..”

Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana…….

I saw this headline today in the Times Picayune and since I’m very short on time this morning and it inspired me somewhat it today’s morning post. Since the subject matter is Jamaca and the Chocolate guy lets mix in some Harry Belafonte with David Hammer’s Times Picayune story:

Day-o, day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan’ go home
Day-o, day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan’ go home

Work all night on a drink of rum
Daylight come and me wan’ go home
Stack banana till de morning come
Daylight come and me wan’ go home

Mayor Ray Nagin has said he remembers only one trip paid for by his former tech chief Greg Meffert, a 2004 family vacation to Hawaii, but records show the mayor and his family flew first-class to Jamaica in November 2005 on Meffert’s vendor-provided credit card.

The cost of the airfare to Montego Bay for Nagin, his wife Seletha, their sons Jeremy and Jarin, and daughter Tianna was $6,532 — all covered by technology contractor NetMethods.

Unlike the Hawaii trip, there’s no evidence that Meffert or his family accompanied the Nagins to Jamaica. Continue reading “Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana…….”