Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Give me that old time religion....

...you know...bestiality, animal sacrifice....the Old Testament stuff....

Report of goat body leads police to Uptown New Orleans, SPCA says

Hey does anybody know where John Georges was this week?

American Zombie: The specter of Jim Crow still haunts the South's fraternity row

You know, I stated in that original story that the allegations of what the DKEs were doing to the goat went unanswered by the goat, itself, but I didn't consider that's because it was ritualistically sacrificed.




Donking a goat is one thing...a horrible thing mind you....but beheading a goat, presumably after you donked it, is a whole new level of depravity.  I guess they didn't want any witnesses.

Remind me to keep daughter as far away from Broadway as possible in the coming years.    

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


...and it's probably too late for salvation

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Perhaps someone outside of LSU needs to audit LSU

John Chavis asks claims contract breach by LSU; LSU seeks proof Chavis was not employed at Texas A&M in January

Ya know?  I begged our state legislative auditor, Daryl Purpera, to conduct an independent (of LSU) audit of Senator Bill Cassidy's billing practices to LSUHSC.  I also begged the state's Inspector General, Stephen B. Street, to do the same.

If these guys aren't seeing a pattern of hazy contracts and potentially catastrophic backroom deals going on within the University, I'm not sure they deserve to hold their respective offices.

So....here's a fucking clue, guys.  Start here.

Unless LSU is going to charm our state's lost youth by offering degrees in tailgating, they may want to look at the institution as something other than a cash-generating, right-wing, political funnel built on the backs of under-educated, disenfranchised, African-American, young men.

A young man whose mother is apparently being indicted for the same crime, fraudulent billing (to medicare/medicaid), our current U.S. Senator just committed.

The selective prosecution in this state from the DOJ to the ODC is more destructive than the actual crimes and corruption being committed by the public.

The fact that Cassidy was supposed to be serving Angola and never showed up is beyond any ironic metaphor I can dream up.

But hey...don't let me ruin your football season, bro'z.  

Friday, March 13, 2015

DHECC - All quiet on the southern front?

Word is that Louis Freeh has brokered a peace treaty between BP and Pat Juneau/Judge Carl Barbier. Not sure what this means for the settlement as a whole, probably not a damn thing in respect to claims actually being paid instead of being logjammed by Freeh and the other court vendors.  495 is here to stay, so between that and Freeh don't expect to see much change in actual claims being paid.

What the peace treaty most likely means is that BP got exactly what they wanted and agreed to stop exposing all the self-dealing Juneau and the PSC have orchestrated....the question is what exactly did BP get.  

BP drops their attempt to remove Juneau, Jessica Batt and her husband (PricewaterhouseCoopers employee) conveniently land jobs in merry old England shipping out the main witness that could be deposed to find out what deal McNamee made with Juneau, the McGladrey whistleblower goes MIA (I hope the person is physically ok), Freeh continues to fucksnu as many claims as he can while billing millions a month along with the other court vendors.....everyone is in great shape except the people who were actually affected by the oil spill.

The burning question....did Barbier concede anything to BP in order to get them to play nice.  I'm sure we'll find out when he decides how much BP will pay in fines.  If he low balls it, you'll know why.

Meanwhile....In-Hale checks in with the latest casualty report:

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "DHECC - One big happy family": 

Why isn’t BP bellyaching about Admin expense? 

Taken from the Discretionary Review Notice. Unlike the appeals these are not numbered page 2 of 17. 


Currently we have 27,340 offers made to the Coastal Property owners with 20,745 Unique Claimants required to sign a release.

Here’s the game once you sign the release you have 6 months to file all other claims. The delays and changing requirements for rental properties have ran out the clock for most of these claimants all by design. These claimants will never see a penny for the lost rental income caused by the spill. 

This is the first DC ruling; now watch the Other Denials numbers grow as these claimants learn about deadlines. 

Patrick the PSC and the Court Vendors saved every dollar these guys charged BP to administrate the settlement plus billions more. 

“The Program denied this claim twice. The Appeal Panel reversed, finding that a claimant may file multiple Coastal Real Property claims for the same property. Here, claimant filed a Coastal Real Property claim with the CSSP in August 2013, was compensated and signed a CSSP Release. The CSSP Release was executed as required by the Settlement Agreement (see Section 4.4.1.0 and Exhibit 26). Once that was done, no further Coastal Real Property claims as to that parcel of real property can be processed. The CSSP Release effects a release of all of the claimant's potential claims save and except for the limited right to assert "additional claims" within six (6) months as provided in Section 4.4.8 of the Settlement Agreement. The Court finds that the reference to "additional claims" in Section 4.4.8 does not include claims of the same claim type relative to the same parcel of land. Thus, a second Coastal Real Property Claim may not be processed and paid on this property. This is how the Claims Administrator has consistently interpreted and applied the Settlement Agreement and the Court agrees with that interpretation.”

IN-HALE  

Also, I'm curious about this comment Kevin left last night.  Usually, when he leaves comments like this it turns out to have legs.  I'm having a hard time believing a PSC firm could file a claim for losses incurred by their own firm...and if they did was that claim expedited?   


Kevin has left a new comment on your post "DHECC - Comment Bump, March 8, 2015": 


There are class counsel whose private law practices are located within settlement zones where other law practices were found by the DHECC to be members of the Economic and Property Damages Settlement Class (pre-495).

I haven't scoured the massive settlement document, but after a reasonable search I haven't been able to find any language that says the class counsel and their law practices are excluded from the settlement. Would someone please point me to the page(s) in the settlement document?

If there is no such exclusion, can someone be class counsel and their firm be a class member in this settlement? Have any class counsel or their firm(s) received any BEL or IEL awards from the DHECC?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

McGladrey - A round of applause

Hey!

McGladrey employee Jessica Batt is headed to London!

Congratulations!

Update on the Update:  That link won't work unless you're logged in to Linked In.  Wasn't the case last night when I posted this.  Tally Ho!


DHECC - The sound of silence

In case you're wondering...I know you're wondering....the McGladrey whistleblower has gone quiet. The whistleblower's email address is now defunct.

A familiar silence fell across the land...the myriad creatures scurried in the shadows for crumbs while the rats feasted on the bloated carcass.  

Monday, March 09, 2015

The specter of Jim Crow still haunts the South's fraternity row

In the wake of today's scandal surrounding the video which surfaced of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma singing a racist chant (even invoking lynching), the post I made back in January of 2010 about the DKE fraternity that was exiled from Tulane University has been getting a lot of play off Google searches:

American Zombie: The Folly of Youth?

I originally wrote the post during the 2010 New Orleans mayoral election after candidate and now owner of the The Advocate, John Georges, had the chutzpah to declare himself "the black candidate" in the race while simultaneously touting his role as a former Tulane DKE president on his political resume.  My hope in making the post was that Georges would exorcise the demons of his past by denouncing the fraternity's actions and history of racism.  Instead, he simply ignored the entire issue. When opposing mayoral candidate Rob Couhig pressed him about the matter on a WWL-TV candidate forum, Georges wrote it off as simple fodder from blogs that can't be trusted.

I thought it prescient to repost this story today to remind folks that institutionalized racism is still alive and thriving behind the closed doors of collegiate fraternities throughout the South.  Also to point out that the universities themselves should not be blamed.  As evident in my story, Tulane struggled for years to separate the DKE's from the school's namesake going so far as to kick them off campus and not recognize them as an official fraternity.  They existed as an independent entity living off-campus until the cancer finally died out around the late 90's, or at least it went into remission. I would hope it's dead but judging by the impenitent attitudes of the former DKE's in the comment section of my post I would assume an entire new generation of kids are now carrying their fathers' prejudices with them under alternate letters of the Greek alphabet.

My favorite dodge in that comment section was the DKE alum who tried to convince me that the noose in the 1975 yearbook picture was actually a tire swing sans tire:


A "tire swing sans tire" hanging twenty-something feet in the air would lead me to believe all these guys were on the Tulane pole vaulting team.  And how, exactly, did the tire disappear from the noose?  The tire split before the rope did? No one thought to ask, "Hey...you know...we have a noose hanging in our yearbook picture...should we take that down?"  What a load of shit.

University of Oklahoma president David Boren voiced his distaste with the actions of the SAE's but he may have a hard time eradicating the fraternity from the campus if he so chooses.  Once again, I don't want to blame the educational institution itself, the actions of these fraternities do not represent the morals of the body whole.  Anyway, here's the story, reposted:

During this election, my mailbox has been flooded with all sorts of wild claims surrounding our current crop of municipal candidates. While I realize most of those claims are probably coming from opposing political camps, I still felt the need to examine some of the most egregious accusations. The majority of them have turned out either not to be true, or I have found no real way of validating the allegation.

However, some have proven fruitful such as Henry's claim of being President of United Water and Tom Arnold brandishing a gun in the Algiers' Courthouse.

A couple of weeks ago I received an allegation against John Georges which really disturbed me. I searched the internet for more information about the rumor and found that it had already been circulated for months... here and here.

The allegation involved Georges being the member of a Tulane fraternity notorious for its debauchery from hazing incidents to vandalism. Much of the stories were typical fraternity fare, but what distinguishes this frat from the norm is an annual party they threw called "The Debutramp Ball" which involved members of the fraternity dressing in blackface and conducting astonishingly racist acts.

I had heard about these incidents taking place at Tulane before, but I always thought they were isolated items which were most likely blown out of proportion.

I was wrong....very wrong.

I went down to the Tulane library to see what I could find out about this fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon (aka. Dekes). What I found still has my head spinning....a history of unapologetic, cavalier, racist acts which ran for decades up until the late 90's.

The history of the Deke's Debutramp Ball supposedly began in the early 50's when there was a garbage strike in the city. The Dekes, who lived in a house on the 1400 block of Henry Clay, decided to help clean up their street in the wake of the strike. I suppose the fraternity mentality got the best of them and they decided to turn their community service into a party. The idea was that they would lampoon the debutante culture of New Orleans and Mardi Gras balls by throwing the trashiest party they could muster. They dressed themselves in clothes from Goodwill, ate sloppy food like spare ribs, and the king and queen of the ball even arrived at the party in a trash truck at one time.

Sounds like good ole' college fun at first glance.

Somewhere down the line (maybe from the beginning) the party started taking on racist undertones, from dressing in blackface to carrying nooses.

Some of the stories I have heard are horrifying. While they certainly dressed in blackface (pictures to follow), there were also reports of members dressing as KKK members and rednecks with guns. The event eventually spawned a parade down McCallister Street where the frat hired flambeaus and mule drawn wagons driven by African Americans.



One of the more egregious stories claims that the Dekes would spread cotton balls around their house and yard, then hire destitute black men to roam the house and pick up the cotton.

That particular story is conjecture and I couldn't find it documented in the library, but I did find a lot which was documented....even by the Deke's themselves.

In 1987 the parade drew the fire of not just Tulane officials, but the entire community. The City Council and Mayor Sidney Barthelemy were approached to " take whatever steps are necessary and possible" to shut the fraternity down permanently.

Tulane President, Eamon Kelly, had already revoked the Deke's charter in 1984 after finding them guilty of 4 violations of the IFC charter involving hazing, initiation abuse and communtiy complaints.

Kelly's letter calling for the eradication of the Deke fraternity was submitted on the cusp of a particularly rowdy Debutramp Ball.....here is the beginning of Kelly's 1987 letter to the Tulane community:

(Note: I aplogize for the blurred photographs, but the library would not allow me to use a flash when taking these pictures. Click on the image to enlarge.)

Here are some pictures I found of the Debutramp parade rolling down McCallister:



This one is the Debutramp group in front of the Deke House on Henry Clay:


I'm not sure what the poles are but they seem to be a staple prop for the party.

I went through the entire file folder of the complaints against the Deke's from 1930 up to 1996. One of the stranger complaints came in 1978 when Patricia Cade of the Jefferson Parish SPCA wrote a letter to then President of Tulane, Sheldon Hackney, complaining about "the use of a goat" in the frat's initiation practices:

Here is Hackney's response:

I certainly hope it wasn't true either, Sheldon.

I also found a letter to Hackney about the incident penned by a Catholic nun from a nearby church that was about 5 pages long. She was lecturing him about how bestiality would lead to the spiritual downfall of the entire city...it was a fun read.

The Dekes later denied that any sexual activity with the goat actually took place...I could find no comment from the goat.

I went back through the Tulane Jambalaya (their year book) from 1975 through 1987 to see if I could find pictures of the fraternity and the Debutramp Ball. The very first picture I found dropped my jaw:

NOTE: THIS PICTURE CAME FROM THE 1975 YEARBOOK

Yes it is...

This was the fraternity's group picture which they submitted to the yearbook....and the Jambalaya editors published it. Wow.

Apparently the goat ritual continued even after they were exposed in 1978, as this 1979 group picture proudly displays the goat in the middle of the frame:

So back to the allegations at hand.

Georges was certainly a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon when he attended Tulane circa 1979, 1980, 1981. In this group picture he is the guy sitting down in the upper left:

This picture is from the 1981 yearbook, when Georges was actually the president of Delta Kappa Epislon:

Here is a tighter shot:

Looks like they were trying to do some kind of Last Supper theme.

Then I found this photo from 1980 which appears to be the Debutramp event. Georges was either a sophomore or junior when this photo was taken:


I'm not sure what the poles represent, they kind of look like shotguns. It seems like some of the members are dressed like rednecks and the other members are in blackface.

Ok, so the burning question is whether or not Georges is in this photo and if he ever attended this racist party while he was a Deke. I have shown this photo to a couple of people who have seen Georges in person (I never have) and they claim the face in the far left side of the picture is suspect:


I don't know if that is Georges or not, but here's what I do know:

- I know that he was in the fraternity when this picture was taken.

- I know this party occurred every year through his tenure at the frat.

- I know the Deke's were constantly being charged with racist actions all the way up to 1997:

In the End, Where Will Power Lie?
Players might take a lesson from an event that unfolded here largely buried by the Super Bowl hype. Last Friday, members of a fraternity distributed flyers under the doors of white male students at Loyola and Tulane Universities here, inviting them to a rush for Delta Kappa Epsilon. The fraternity's event for Jan. 20, Martin Luther King's birthday, was ''DKE National Holiday.'' The flyer invited recipients to ''Come celebrate the King's birthday with fried chicken from Popeye's, watermelon and a 'forty' '' -- a 40-ounce bottle of beer.
A white student at Loyola showed the flyer to two black friends, Nathan Woods and Ryan C. Holmes. On Monday, Holmes, Woods, their white friend and eight others visited the frat house. Asked their business when they arrived, Holmes said: ''We're here to celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday with you. Where's the chicken?''
There was no violence but Holmes said that he made his point. You can argue that college students reacting to slights and indignities are far less at risk than high-profile athletes who would protest hiring practices. But if 19-year-old students are courageous enough to confront a racial situation, why should millionaire athletes who collectively form a vast power base, tremble in fear?

Riding on the recent endorsement from the New Olreans Tribune ( let me know if you were as bewildered as I was after you read that endorsement, Oyster has commentary), Georges has touted himself as the only person in the mayoral election who can bridge the racial divide. Well...before he performs miracles I think he needs to give us a pragmatic explanation of his affiliation with this organization.

I'm actually sympathetic to the notion of the folly of youth....I did some incredibly stupid things when I was in college (but nothing like this, mind you). I believe in redemption but in order to get there he needs to come forward and condemn the actions of that fraternity....no, he needs to condemn that fraternity entirely....right now he is proudly listing himself as its former president.

I'm still having trouble understanding how Tulane allowed that stuff to go on for decades....all the way up to 1997. That's incomprehensible to me.

I contacted Georges' campaign and asked if he wanted to reply to the story, I received no response. Any repsonse he would like to give, I will post.

UPDATE: a commenter noted that Mayor Barthelemy was not in office until 1986 and he is correct. Here is the bottom half of the letter:

I got the date wrong and have subsequently corrected it.

As for the political hit accusation....you can think what you want, it doesn't change the facts. I wrote this story of my own volition and time, but if you would like to donate to my work there is a PayPal button on the right side of the blog....maybe I can hire an editor to help me with fact checking.

UPDATE 2: I got the name of the party incorrect. The correct name was Debutramp Ball, I called it the Debutrash Ball. I have corrected that mistake in the post.

UPDATE 3:

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "The Folly of Youth?":

Just a point of clarification in your timeline of DKE activities --

On Feb. 15, 1984, Tulane President Eamon Kelly revoked the charter of DKE.

Any DKE actions after 1984 were conducted without any tie to Tulane University, and were independent actions undertaken by a group which had no affiliation with Tulane.

The 1987 parade through Tulane's campus was held without the permission of Tulane (although the group had filed for a New Orleans parade permit). This action was deplored by Tulane officials, and in the letter of April 11, 1987, of which you show only a portion, President Kelly goes on to state that participants in the parade would be prosecuted to the fullest extent, that he was writing to the DKE national organization urging it to revoke the charter of the New Orleans affiliate {the Tulane chapter had already been closed}, and asking the Mayor and City Council to take whatever steps they could to close the DKE house on Henry Clay Avenue.

Hence, it is incorrect to say: "... Tulane allowed that stuff to go on for decades....all the way up to 1997."

Tulane initially banned DKE in 1984, and permanently washed its hands of the fraternity in 1987. Any references to DKE activity post-1984 were not Tulane-related.

What is incorrect is the end of the sentence, "all the way up to 1997." Mea Culpa. However the party originated in the 50's and ran up to 1984, that certainly constitutes decades.

Thank you for pointing that out.

UPDATE 4: I didn't make it explicitly clear in the original post that the yearbook picture with the noose was from the 1975 yearbook...I have corrected that.

UPDATE 5: Eamon Kelly was the President of Tulane, not the IFC.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

DHECC - Comment Bump, March 8, 2015

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "DHECC - Red∞mption?": 

I’m not sure this 495 went through the proper channels. PAJ was to provide an outline then both parties the PSC and BP could argue or appeal. 

It seems very strange that the judge granted or adopted 495 just to vacate the injunction without any changes to PAJ proposal.

Can a legal mind look into the process and confirm it was carried out properly? 

I've been wondering about this as well.  How was it just adopted without any argument from the PSC or Juneau?  Any legal eagles out there have an answer?