On the run Wednesday: Scott Walker to be sentenced and another Bay St Louis Council meeting

Here is the minute entry on PACER:

Full docket text:
Set/Reset Hearings as to Scott J. Walker: Sentencing reset for 7/23/2014 at 02:00 PM in Courtroom 1 (Hattiesburg) before District Judge Keith Starrett (scp)

I will certainly be there. I hear a few members of the environmental community may also come to observe.

Next up a comment bump on last nights regular Bay St Louis City Council meeting and death by Deferred Revenue:

It will be interesting to know what the outcome was after the council went into executive session last night to discuss Mr. Kolf’s lies to them.

He should be dismissed immediately. The council should take the city back and pull all responsibility away from the mayor.

It is time for the council to take this opportunity and be responsible to the people of Bay St. Louis.

Speaking of that I have this from the Seacoast Echo’s Dwayne Bremer on Twitter: Continue reading “On the run Wednesday: Scott Walker to be sentenced and another Bay St Louis Council meeting”

BREAKING: Janus to cop a plea

Here is the salient minute entry text:

NOTICE OF HEARING as to Michael Janus: Change of Plea Hearing set for 2/10/2014 at 01:30 PM in Courtroom 1 (Hattiesburg) before District Judge Keith Starrett. (scp)

Anita Lee’s writeup on same:

Janus plans to change not guilty plea in public corruption case

Scott Walker gets his wish and will now face these charges alone. It is reasonable to expect that Janus will now be testifying against Walker.

Slabbed presents Scott and Trinity singing Those Were the Days

Live from million dollar row Front Beach Ocean Springs!

Boy the way DMR Foundation played
Fishin’ trips that made the hit parade.
Guys like us we had it made,
Those were the days.

And you knew whose pockets we looted then,
Girls were girls and men were men,
Mister we could use a man
Like Billy Walker again. Continue reading “Slabbed presents Scott and Trinity singing Those Were the Days”

D’Iberville forfeits a cool million. Sponsored by JaWa investments

The shoes are beginning to drop in Walkergate.

D’Iberville must forfeit $1.1 million of $3 million Ocean Expo grant ~ Mary Perez

Meantime the Byrd is still the word.  Margaret Baker uses Alabama changing its retirement statute to exclude certain felons as the example in her story on soon to be former Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd being able to collect his PERS retirement benefits despite copping to a felony.  Slabbed lifers well remember it was the former Dragon Queen Aaron BrousStar that caused Louisiana to pass such a statute back in 2011.

Finally the fog tells me Christmas season has arrived in South Mississippi. How about some lovely music: Continue reading “D’Iberville forfeits a cool million. Sponsored by JaWa investments”

Hehehehe | LOL: Wonder if Ernie saw this coming

SUN HERALD | Editorial: Does CMR appointment meet the spirit of the law? ~ Sun Herald Editorial Board

While the Op-Ed makes some good points the gang loses me very early in the piece.  Here it is:

Zimmerman’s presidency of the nonprofit Coastal Conservation Association’s Bay St. Louis chapter and his membership in the Mississippi Wildlife Federation are pluses, but there is an important question that needs further examination: Does Zimmerman meet the conditions of state law that this seat is to be filled by a member of a nonporfit (sic) environmental organization?

Are they actually suggesting being an active member of the Coastal Conservation Association and MWF aren’t “nonporfit” enough to meet the plain language of the CMR’s enabling statute?  It smacks of elitism folks and that is exactly what it is.  Fact is the average bubba down here much more identifies with environmental groups like the CCA and MWF than Sierra Club or The Audubon Society and I believe it is from those circles the criticisms above are emanating. They are very misguided.

Slabbed will not hold the fact that Ernie likes to be in a relatively pristine outdoor coastal environment where he can hunt and fish and then eat what he hunts and fishes against him.  As I said yesterday he is a fine appointment to the CMR.  Ernie is honest, motivated and active in the community. He comes from a family of such people.

Editorially Slabbed is against any form of fossil fuel extraction in the Mississippi sound.  That said you can’t hold the fact Ernie has not formed an opinion on this issue against him, mainly because he is brand new and certainly has much to learn.  I’d submit that an open mind is a good thing in fact as I’ll remind everyone of Nowdy’s classic post circa December 2009, A mind is like a parachute. If it doesn’t open, you’re f#@%*d! because it applies here. Continue reading “Hehehehe | LOL: Wonder if Ernie saw this coming”

Tuesday Open: Stick a fork in it!

File this one under canceled.

A&E airs final episodes of ‘The Governor’s Wife’ early Sunday without warning ~ Chelsea Brasted

It was that bad and that is saying something for reality TeeVee, which is generally bad.

From the Jefferson Parish Hospital front Parish Councilman Chris Robert’s, despite being sued personally for defaulting on his business loans is suddenly a hospital financial expert.

HCA, critics disagree over how much it would pay in taxes on Jefferson hospitals
COUNCILMAN ROBERTS QUESTIONS HCA FIGURES ~ Jeff Adelson

In Jefferson Parish hospitals lease competition, Children’s and HCA spar over property taxes ~ Ben Myers

The bottom line is HCA will pay property taxes while Children’s will not so this latest bit of BS from Team Children’s is how much over zero will HCA benefit the Parish via payment of property taxes.

Next up a two pack from the Sun Herald on the DMR Scandal:

Auditor wants secret court proceedings in public records case; Sun Herald objects ~ Anita Lee

And from the business must be a little slow in Hattiesburg files:

Judges switched in DMR criminal case ~ Anita Lee

Feel free to add your own links in comments.

Laying down their cards: “What’s next with DMR investigations?”

Yesterday Paul Hampton and Karen Nelson teamed up in a What’s Next with DMR piece for the Sunday Sun Herald and in it the paper laid a few cards down on the table.  You see folks, I have a source that has been pretty accurate for certain aspects of the DMR investigation and one of the last things this person shared with me was that the public records that are subject to the Sun Herald’s lawsuit against DMR that were subsequently subpoenaed by the US Attorney to thwart the paper getting access to them contained absolutely no smoking guns or evidence of additional illegal activity.

If that is the case then the natural question that comes to mind is exactly WTF Stacey Pickering and company are doing defying the orders of Chancery Court Judge Jennifer Schloegel to turn those records over for the inspection by the Sun Herald.  Yesterday when the Sun Herald laid a couple cards down it also confirmed something else the same source mentioned to me, namely that many of the documents sought by the Sun Herald were already in their possession via leak.  Here is the salient excerpt:

But through records leaked to the newspaper, the Sun Herald learned about a few things Walker bought through the fund — a $27,500 sponsorship for the 11th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment in Washington, D.C.; a work computer for the daughter of a friend and neighbor employed by the DMR; and the hiring of special contract workers.

Nothing in the above indicates illegal activity IMHO, perhaps a wasting of tax dollars but nothing illegal on its face.  Worth noting is these records have been gathering dust for almost a year and evidently neither the State or Feds had done anything with them until the Sun Herald gained court ordered access. This is another factor as to why that Federal subpoena for those public records is such a curiosity. Continue reading “Laying down their cards: “What’s next with DMR investigations?””

A couple of thoughts about yesterday’s DMR Indictments….

I hope everyone noticed the Scott Walker/Michael Janus indictment was captioned First Superseding Indictment, which means Walker and Janus have known for some time they were charged with federal crimes.  I am told plea talks broke down thus yesterday’s torrent of federal and state charges including the first revision to the alleged crimes involving the City of D’Iberville perpetrated by Walker and Janus.  I thought the Mississippi Press using Scott Walker’s Ocean Springs DUI booking photo for their story on the federal indictments of he and his daddy Bill Walker was precious.

Meantime over at Trinity Walker’s blog Worn One Time there has been no much activity since Team Walker toured Alaska back over the Summer.

Who likes a good perp walk? Luckily for everyone the Sun Herald put a video up on YouTube of yesterday’s parade of former DMR employees facing state charges:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCvi6Ctz1K8

Meantime Justin Mitchell checks in this morning with an update from downtown Gulfport for the Sun Herald: Continue reading “A couple of thoughts about yesterday’s DMR Indictments….”