Friday, November 11, 2011

Rude blankets

Kenner Officials Shirking their Responsibilities 

 Dear Blogger:

Re:  “Kenner voters will go to polls on 3 property tax renewals," by Mary Sparacello, Times-Picayune, November 07, 2011

What short memories the voters of Kenner will have demonstrated, in addition to the extraordinary chutzpah, and incompetence, on the part of the Mike Yenni administration, if any tax renewals would be approved by the voters in the scheduled Nov. 19 election.

As reported in the Times-Picayune on Feb. 9, 2011, - - based on a ruling by Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, Kenner has “illegally” paid life and health insurance premiums for decades -- thanks to the “generosity” of former Kenner Mayor Aaron Broussard -– a current target of a federal grand jury investigation for payroll fraud.

Aaron Broussard, while serving as the mayor of Kenner, authorized in a “memo” -– under the euphemism of the “Executive Pay Plan” -- benefits be paid to himself for life, as well as former council president Nick Baroni – the now multiple count confess felon who defrauded the U. S. Navy in a time of war, and nine other politically connected cronies.

And as far as I know, ”no” attempt has been made to recoup a dime by Kenner officials!  And the most probably illegally paid funds likely run into the millions of dollars!

Furthermore, simply ending the likely “illegally” paid funds does not suffice in correcting the likely abuse of office and the likely misappropriation of funds, and the overwhelmingly apparent conflict of interest as well  -– likely criminal acts.

As a person who has been hounded -– among many others -- for years by FEMA to return, with interest and penalties, Katrina rental assistance, I cannot think of any reason why Kenner has not made a legal attempt in their fiduciary responsibility to recoup funds, in all likelihood,  “illegally” paid to Broussard, Baroni, and others.

That is, if good ole boy politics is not in play on the part of Kenner officials, which would be tantamount to malfeasance.

In addition, given Aaron Broussard’s current embarrassing conflicts, resigning the office of the presidency of Jefferson Parish in disgrace and under highly inappropriate circumstances, and possible criminal behavior, and the criminal background of Broussard’s best pal, who is a fellow world traveler and prayer partner of Broussard, the multiple count confessed federal felon Nick Baroni -– nefarious behavior is undoubtedly suspected.

Dereliction of the duties and responsibilities of public office should never be tolerated by the citizens of Kenner, particularly in such fiscally difficult times.  However, at least, FEMA is exercising, for right or wrong, due diligence to the taxpayers, which cannot be said of Mayor Mike Yenni and other Kenner public officials.

And in the interest of full disclosure, I am the first cousin of Nick Baroni -– the same Nick Baroni who served on the Kenner council for 19 years while the Baroni benefactor, Aaron Broussard, served as mayor of Kenner, La.

Titles of other columns and links to columns of interest regarding Jefferson Parish politics:

“Broussard’s Call for Good Government Regarding Parish Business with Hubbard, and not for the Baronis is Inconsistent” -- by David C. Bellinger

“What Jefferson Parish Gives in Contracts, Parish President Aaron Broussard’s Appointee Tim Whitmer Receives!” –- by David C. Bellinger

"Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court Jon Gegenheimer -- 'Super' Hypocrite--... and Jefferson Parish is A Cauldron of Corruption and Cronyism and Aaron Broussard is a Bully!" -– by David C. Bellinger
{Note: Shortly after above column was published at, the FBI subpoenaed the payroll records from Jefferson Parish for Cherreen Gegenheimer -– wife of Jon Gegenheimer!}

“A Nick Baroni Accolade for Aaron Broussard, or You Got to be Yanking My Chain!” -– by David C. Bellinger

“Connecting the Dots in Aaron Broussard’s ‘Sheikdom,’ also Known as Jefferson Parish” -– by David C. Bellinger

“Mister Bubbles Carwash or Jefferson Parish ‘White’ Wash!” -– by David C. Bellinger

David C. Bellinger can be reached at 404-762-8779
Cell number: 404-408-4561
E-mail address:
Atlanta, GA 

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

That's why they call him Lee Papa 

The Rude Pundit will be appearing at Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's "Words and Music 2011"

Friday November 11

9:30 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
The Impact of the Internet, Good & Bad, on Artists & The General Public  

This session will feature Andrei Codrescu, noted poet, essayist, novelist, and NPR commentator, author of recent article on the danger of the internet in Publisher’s Weekly and the new novel, Whatever Gets You Through the Night: A Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian Entertainments. Andrei is outspoken in his criticism of the freeloading habits of internet sites. 

...  Lee Papa, a Louisiana native better known to bloggers and their audiences as the "Rude Pundit," who has tens of thousands of weekly readers on his mostly left-wing blog site,, and appears regularly on national radio. His book, The Rude Pundit's Almanack, is an OR Books Release.

Saturday November 12

LITERATURE & LUNCH: Punditry in the Global Village Laughing is the best antidote to the depression created by the new messages of woe and horror greeting us on the tube and internet daily. And who better to provoke this healing than the pundits. The discussion will be introduced by Faulkner Society Tall Tales Champion Ken Wells, journalist, humorist, and author of the Meely Labauve series of novels, set in South Louisiana and the recent YA book, Rascal. Featured authors will include Roy Blount, Jr., renowned southern humorist, whose latest book, one of 23 non-fiction classics, is Alphabetter Juice; and Lee Papa, a Louisiana native better known to bloggers and their audiences as the "Rude Pundit," who has tens of thousands of weekly readers on his mostly left-wing blog site, and appears regularly on national radio. His new non-fiction book is The Rude Pundit's Almanack. Warning: Papa is explicit in his commentary on Republicans! Words & Music is balanced in its programming, however, and you can expect to hear from conservatives during the festival, too! For more on these laugh-out-loud funny authors and their work, You can visit Pap's blog at: