The State Police mansion Thursday, Sep 18 2014 

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If you are like me, you probably didn’t know that the taxpayers provide the superintendent of the Louisiana State Police a mansion in which to live. Its located in Baton Rouge on Government Street in the Department of Public Safety Complex.

The mansion has four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Among other amenities, the mansion has a fireplace, patio for entertaining, 3-car garage and is fully furnished by the taxpayers of Louisiana.

Other basic necessities are servants, compliments of the Department of Corrections. Those that have been to the mansion say that one of the inmates dresses as a butler.

The mansion, I’m informed, is well-stocked with food courtesy of the taxpayers. Meals are brought to the mansion either from the nearby state employee cafeteria or are prepared by an inmate chef at the mansion.

Information supplied to me is that construction of the mansion was begun during the Mike “Big Daddy” Foster Administration and finished during the Kathleen Blanco Administration.   It’s easy to understand why Edmonson needs an extra $30k a year in retirement pay to maintain his current lifestyle upon retirement.

If you want to know more about this taxpayer provided mansion, contact your leges. Obviously, they are aware of it because they approve the funding for it every year.

Just thought you would like to know how your tax dollars are being spent.

C.B.

“King of Subversive Bloggers” – James Gill
 

Edmonson Amendment UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!! Wednesday, Sep 17 2014 

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For you, the people!

Tuesday morning District Judge Janice Clark of the 19th JDC declared the Edmonson Amendment to SB 294 unconstitutional.  That should be the end of the matter as all defendants have indicated that they will not appeal her ruling.

See State Treasurer John Kennedy’s comments on the decision here.

Big shout-outs to:

Tom Aswell for uncovering the amendment.

State Treasurer John Kennedy for pushing the issue.

The Retired State Troopers for providing the invaluable grass-roots effort.  I’ve never worked with a more dedicated and savvy group.

Robert Burns for creating a special website and for filming the activities.

State Senator Dan Claitor for bringing the lawsuit (as a taxpayer) whereby the taxpayer rip-off was declared unconstitutional.

Last, but certainly not least, all of the citizens in Louisiana who were outraged by the Edmonson Amendment and made themselves heard loudly and clearly.

This is a huge win for the ordinary citizens of Louisiana.

C.B.

“King of Subversive Bloggers” – James Gill

Why is Edmonson enraged? Tuesday, Sep 16 2014 

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Why the anger?

It’s never a good thing when the head of the State Police becomes “enraged.” A person in such a position should be able to maintain his cool under any circumstance. However, according to Mark Ballard, that’s exactly what happened on Thursday. ( See column here.)

Superintendent of La. State Police Mike Edmonson either initiated or allowed his top staff to initiate the passage of legislation to give him an extra $55k in retirement benefits for the rest of his life. Instead of taking ownership of the problem and fixing it himself, Edmonson is lashing out at others who are trying to stop this taxpayer rip-off.

Edmonson could have easily had the La. State Police Retirement System litigate the constitutionality of Senate Bill 294 in which the Edmonson Amendment was surreptitiously inserted. He didn’t.

When it became obvious that the LSPRS wasn’t going to litigate, State Senator Dan Claitor, in his capacity as a taxpayer, filed a lawsuit to declare SB 294 unconstitutional. Now, Edmonson is unhappy where the lawsuit is headed.

In other words, Edmonson built or allowed a fire to be built and is getting too hot from it. If Edmonson is enraged, the source of his anger can be seen by looking in the nearest mirror.

This entire scandal can be summed up by Sir Walter Scott: “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!”

C.B.

“King of Subversive Bloggers” – James Gill
 

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