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”

Here is another Easter Egg for you Dane Ciolino fans

It could be curtains but them NOPD guys that capped those innocent poeple on Danziger Bridge after Katrina.

“The government is clearly laying the groundwork through this guilty plea and no doubt through other debriefings for a federal civil rights lawsuit that could result in perhaps even a death penalty case being brought against one or more of these officers,” said Loyola Law Professor Dane Ciolino.

Now y’all be sweet in the commentshear.


bifucation dysfunction – State Farm issues Subpoena Duces Tecum to Scruggs Law Firm in Rigsby qui tam

Frankly, the Subpoena Duces Tecum issued to Scruggs Law Firm appears to be nothing more than additional evidence State Farm suffers from bifucation dysfunction.  SLABBED reported the symptoms when they first appeared in the Company’s Motion to Compel in Forked! “Bifurcation for Dummies” (part 1 and part 2)

In that regard, Butler Snow attorney Jeffery Walker’s qualified “requests” beg the question, If you can’t compel it, can’t you at least look it up yourself instead of playing with your (sub)poena?

“If any responsive  Document(s) has been produced to State Farm in connection with McIntosh v. State Farm Fire & Casualty…rather than reproducing it in response to this subpoena, it will be sufficient to cite the Bates number or other identifying label in response to the particular request.”

Bless his heart.  Anyone following Katrina litigation knows State Farm must really, really be needy to keep forking around Judge Senter’s Order limiting the first trial and related discovery to the merits of the Rigsbys’ claim of fraud for the Company to ask Scruggs to make a list of what they already have and drop in the mail: Continue reading “bifucation dysfunction – State Farm issues Subpoena Duces Tecum to Scruggs Law Firm in Rigsby qui tam”

About the financial crisis and free market ideology. Author Michael Lewis mocks House GOP book club.

….they are ideologically aligned with the industry. They want to believe that the free market system can and should work in this country, like it does in other industries. So they don’t understand from an insider’s perspective like I have, what that actually means, and the consequences of that to Americans. ~ Wendell Potter, former Insurance PR Exec.

For the first time in our history, ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington. ~ Bill Moyers

Great ideology creates great times. ~ Kim Jong Il

Now that we are set up lets check in with noted financial author Michael Lewis and a recent talk he gave with Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter:

Recently Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and V.F. contributing editor Michael Lewis sat together onstage in front of an intimate crowd at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and discussed Lewis’s new book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, which tackles the question of what caused the U.S. economy to tank.

You will probably get sucked into Lewis’s hour-long talk, just as the House Republican book group became engrossed in a lecture Lewis gave about the financial collapse. “I was supposed to be there for an hour,” says Lewis in the clip above, referring to his visit with the Hill staffers. “I was there for almost three. And nobody left. And their questions were increasingly: ‘Oh my God, Goldman Sachs did what? A.I.G. did what?’ They didn’t understand it … The minute they started to understand, they were outraged. And I think the more things are explained, the more outraged people will get.” Continue reading “About the financial crisis and free market ideology. Author Michael Lewis mocks House GOP book club.”