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I would tell you, but it’s too cheesy. 🤪 At least the heading got your attention right, because who doesn’t love pizza?! You can literally have it however you like! As the title states, I am a 29-year old female born and raised in Mississippi. While MS is definitely one of those states that gets a lot of flack, I was raised on the Gulf Coast where all the casinos are, so I feel like we weren’t too “bible-belt” down there on the coast. I love to lift, and by that, I mean lift this fork into my mouth. I also do love to cook, but I guess it goes hand-in-hand if you love to eat. I’m going to wrap this up, but here’s the gist: 5’4”, speaks Vietnamese fluently, tattooed, holds a masters in healthcare management. And yes, please feel free to go through my post history. You’re gonna do it anyways. 😉
For today's conference, Gov. Edwards will be accompanied by Lafayette-area hospital officials and Joe Kanter from the Louisiana Department of Health.
Today Louisiana passes the 100,000 case benchmark with 101,650 cases being reported. These are only the cases we know about. These are cases with a positive test result. There are undoubtedly more cases out there, not everyone who is symptomatic has been tested, and we know that between 20-45% of people with COVID19 are asymptomatic and do not generally get tested. We know that there is more COVID out there than those that test positive.
2,408 new cases reported since yesterday.
Today we report +16 new deaths, for a total of 3,574. Yesterday we reported 60 new deaths, the highest single-day report of COVID-19 deaths since May. We know deaths sometimes lag behind other numbers. No matter how you slice it up these numbers are very troubling.
In the month of July, we have reported over 400,000+ tests and have greatly expanded our testing in Louisiana and are #1 for the month of July for testing per capita in the country.
We know we have a high prevalence of COVID19 across the state of Louisiana.
I hope that hitting the 100k benchmark shows people we are in a public health emergency, not one that was declared by the Governor himself on his own accord, but one that is happening. This number should be sobering.
Cases are increasing across the state and this is why we are remaining in Phase 2. The mask mandate, limitation of bars, reduction of crowd size limitation to 50 people for social gatherings will continue.
We are nowhere we want to be in Louisiana. We do not want to have to go back to Phase 1 or Phase 0. However, we cannot lose our capacity to provide life-saving healthcare in our hospitals, which his why we have restrictions in place.
We have every reason to believe that if we can get universal compliance with face coverings, social distancing, washing hands, cutting down on travel, with people staying home more often, Lousiana can flatten the curve without having to go back into Phase 1 or Phase 0.
You can recall how previously I said that 3 parishes met the were not considered an area of high-incidence of COVID-19 by CDC's standards, and thus met the qualifications to opt-out of the mask mandate? There are currently no parishes that are not in the high-incidence of COVID-19 category.
The latest resurgence has impacted the ability of our healthcare systems.
OLOL has taken a two-week pause in performing non-emergency medical procedures that require inpatient beds to makes sure they have the beds, and more importantly the staff, they need for COVID19 patients.
Hospitalizations have increased all over the state in Louisiana there I, not one region where it decreasing. Especially concerned for Regions 4,5,6.
Hospitalizations have increased by +4 for a total of 1,585 COVID-19 positive patients hospitalized across Louisiana.
Dr. Amanda Logue, chief medical officer at Lafayette General Health System
Lafayette General Health is the largest healthcare provider for Acadiana but with the volume, they are seeing of COVID19 cases, they are not able to take care of their own community let alone expand services outside.
Actively taking care of patients, and surging as they need to, but are quickly running out space.
Had to transfers patients to Rapides, Baton Rouge, Northern Lousiana, even Mississippi.
Had to decline 87% of requests of transfers into our health system. That is not normal. Do not have the capability or space to take care of them.
Please come to the ER if you need to, do not be afraid to come to seek medical services. We will be here if you need us.
Main campus, largest hospital, Lafayette General Medical Center 1/2 of ICU, and 1/3 of non-ICU beds have patients fighting COVID19.
On May 27th we had 15 COVID 19 patients and yesterday we had 105.
In our whole 5 acute hospital system, we have had 143 patients and that number was only 20 six weeks ago
Seeing the rapid increase in community spread and hospitalizations that follows the community spread.
Please to Acadiana to understand the impact of widespread community outbreaks impacts the hospital system.
Moving elective surges off of the main campus and canceling some altogether. This is the last thing we want to do, some patients are still waiting for surgeries that were canceled in April.
Hospitals are full and the ICU is full.
Some beds are closed due to illnesses to staff.
Do not have enough nurses to staff the beds right now.
Thankful for the nursing teams but the level they are working at right now it unsustainable.
COVID19 has not replaced the typical volume of pattens we normally have like health attacks, strokes, etc. but when you add COVID on top of that it is unsustainable. Normally we can do both, but not when there are surges to this degree.
The only way to prevent recurring surges is to truly flatten the curve once and for all.
Follow the guidelines. Wash your hands. Physically distance from one another. Avoid large crowds. Wear a mask when you leave the house
If you are elder or high risk be especially careful and stay home if you don't have to be out.
Impacting not only COVID19 patients but anyone who wants to seek care in Acadiana.
Dr. Henry Kaufman, chief medical officer at Our Lady of Lourdes
OLOL the hospital is full and ICU is near complete capacity.
This significantly affects normal operations.
for 2 weeks OLOL has almost completely eliminated elective surgeries.
This means if your cardiologist recommends you need a heart bypass or early-stage cancer those operations will be deferred.
Still dealing with the aftermath of people coming in with later stages of diseases due to having to wait from the first surge.
Some people weren't able to get tests they would have, like mammograms, and now they are at later stages than what they would have been caught if these elective procedures weren't postponed.
100s if not 1,000s of women have not been able to get their mammograms and he is worried there is the hidden impact completely unrelated to COVID that we haven't appreciated yet.
This is a real and present danger, the secondary effects of COVID, but how it affects our hospitals and community.
Physicians and team members are doing an amazing job, but they are getting burned out from overwork. Fatigue is a very real problem and this current wave is taxing our abilities for us to provide services.
Thought the second wave would come in the Fall and that there was more time to prepare.
The community needs to realize how compelling and dangerous of an issue this is.
This affects not only the people who are seeking treatment for COVID but also those seeking normal medical services for other needs.
OLOL has 19-20-year-old healthy kids in the ICU without any comorbidities.
Also seeing an increase of 50-60-year-olds without comorbidities in the ICU.
There is no way to tell who it will affect in a severe way. Fortunately, it doesn't affect most people, but it is a very real problem.
Wear your mask. Be smart. Good hygiene. Do not expose yourself to unnecessary risk. Avoid large crowds. Physically distance. It is extremely important right now.
Gov. John Bel Edwards
Testing available in EBR, no symptoms needed, no exposure needed. Please take advantage of the FREE test while testing the available.
You can pre-register at DoINeedACovid19Test.com - please do not register multiple times.
Thanks to the WH Taskforce for putting surge testing in Louisiana.
Working to establish a new surge testing site in the New Orleans area.
Deliberate misinformation campaign about the state inflating numbers by counting every positive test as a positive case. That is not the case, only your first test is counted. Every individual who tests positive only counts as one case regardless of the number of positive test results they may get.
If you have COVID19 in your state you will see cases go up, then hospitalizations, then deaths. It doesn't make sense that you would have hospitalizations and deaths going up without cases having gone up as well.
We have people being irresponsible and we are asking them to stop. No one should pay attention to what these individuals are saying.
We are not perfect, but we've put in multiple redundant systems to make sure the data is accurate, timely, and that we are sharing in a manner to be as transparent as possible.
Encouraged today by the vast majority of businesses and local leaders who are taking this seriously and masking up to protect their loved ones, employees, and the state of Louisiana to make sure we get back on top of the virus as soon as we can.
Asking everyone to take this virus seriously and do his or her part.
No one wants to go back to Phase 1. It shouldn't be necessary to go backward, but the only way to keep us from doing that is if everyone wears their mask when they are outside their home. It is a small price to pay. Be a good neighbor. If nothing else has respect for our healthcare workers who are working months on end.
There is not a safer place than at home. If you go out do so as little as possible. You do not need to go to the grocery store 3 times. Just go one once. If you go do not bring your entire family
If when you'd o go out you practice social distancing, washing your hands, and do not go out when you are sick. We will turn this around.
Comment on the weather
Watching the tropics. We're in hurricane season.
TP 8 is moving across the Gulf Coast towards Texas but there is a risk of heavy rainfall in the S, SW, and Central parts of the state.
Areas south of I-10 could receive between 2-4" of rain and tides are running higher than normal.
Flash flooding is a possibility. Do not drive on any street that could be underwater.
Will monitor Storm Gonzales.
Go to GetAGamePlan.org and prepare for a hurricane.
Preparing for a hurricane is different this season because of COVID19. Encourage everyone to check GetAGamePlan.org to get prepared.
What's the plan if we run out of space, is the plan to shift them to Morial? First off, we are going to make sure that doesn't happen that we don't run into a situation where we cannot provide healthcare. We still have 250 beds at the Morial Convention Center with staffing for 60 with 28 beds currently being filled. We can expand to 60 more beds quickly. Further, much of the investments we made early on created new permanent surge capacity at various hospitals around the state. So we are in better shape than we were before. Frankly, my bigger concern is not about beds, but about staffing. We believe we will be able to make the adjustments necessary and open the surge units, but the bigger challenge is around staffing. It is bigger this time because the surge we are seeing is happening in multiple parts of the country at one time. Hard to draw upon out-of-state staff because of those areas and not willing to give them up because they need them too. We discussed it with the VP last week after a phone email with hospital staff prior. Submitted a request through FEMA and it is currently pending. Looking to us the existing footprints of our hospitals, because it is easier to solve the staffing challenges than open up a new facility that isn't part of the existing footprint. No plan to currently create new facilities, but are working to fill staffing shortages. How much did you request from the FEMA As best as I can recall it was 300 Request to FEMA ranged from phlebotomists, ICU nurses, respiratory therapists, and so forth. I will get you the exact information. Some people in Acadiana and Lafayette, in particular, feel the local agencies and parish governments are not doing their parts to enforce the mandates. What can we do on the state level to drive home how important it is to follow the mandates When you watch Fauci or Birx speak and see what is coming out the CDC, that speak to you about the importance of these mitigations measures and you accompany it with the numbers we are seeing in Louisiana right now, not just cases but hospitalizations and deaths, you would hope the people would be responsible enough, take that into consideration, and they will comply because they understand it is important for those who are valuable, to help the medical community. Even if for some strange reason that is totally incomprehensible that you don't care about COVID you should care about there being capacity in the hospital if you get into a car accident or a family member has a stroke, you want that care to be available. We just need people to focus on the task at hand, do their part, be good neighbors. It is not that we won't force these things but if the people of Louisiana are going to make us enforce all of this we will not be successful. There are 4.6 million people in Louisiana, 10s of 1,000s of businesses if the people of Louisiana are going to sit back and say we will make you enforce every part of this we are doomed. As I mentioned the vast majority of businesses and people are being responsible but there are still too many that are not. So I am directing these comments to those individuals. IF you want to be mad at me, and disagree with me be mad and disagree but do so with a mask when you are outside of your house. Where do you think the deliberate misinformation campaign is coming from? I do not know. I am not personally investigating it. I am doing what I can to make sure no one attaches any credibility to it. This not just happening in Louisiana. This is happening in all of the other states that are having this tremendous resurgence. No one is out there "cooking the books". One thing we would do, if it was safe to do, is open our hospitals up so they could see with their own eyes the people who are fighting for their lives. They would know this is not a made-up number. This is grossly negligent and irresponsible. I am asking people not to do it and for others not to believe it. Are you surprised that bars are the top location for an outbreak of COVID I cannot say I'm surprised, bars were one of the last things opened because we knew the environment is not the easiest to control so people do things safely. It's just the nature of that establishment. Many people go to a bar to stay for several hours, have multiple drinks, and relax their inhibitions. They may have one mindset going in and another coming out. Then there is loud music and so you need to speak louder and release more particles if you happen to have COVID19. Then if you're listening you tend to get closer to hear than you should be. We were hopeful restrictions would work, but for the vast majority of bars, it proved to be too much. This is not just here in Louisiana. It is a WH Taskforce recommendation for our state and other states with high rates of COVID-19. It isalsoa worldwide recommendation. Once South Korea came out of its lockdown they had to shut down every bar in Seoul because they had a similar experience. With staffing being an issue is the Morial Convention center a viable option as a field hospital Dr. Henry Kaufman, chief medical officer at Our Lady of Lourdes: We have physical space, we have beds that are used during the day for outpatient surges. Those can be converted into hospital rooms. We have beds that are typically used for other purposes, and those have been converted to rooms. However, as we see an increasing number of transferrable cases in the community we see our nurses become infected. When a nurse becomes infected the quickest they return to work is 10 days. As a result, there is a huge pool of nurses who are currently out right now. This puts a strain on other nurses and staff in the hospital. So far it is working out, but our nurses are tired. The problem is not needing physical space, it is having enough people in our community to staff those beds to keep our nurses healthy. One way you can prevent yourself from getting COVID is to stay active and healthy, well-rested, and that your immune system is working well. Nurses, physicians, and staff are tired and not taking care of themselves as well as they need. This is a vicious cycle. Everyone is looking for staff right now. We are not at the point of reaching out to non-traditional areas for staffing. We have disucssed calling in retired nurses or those who have moved to other careers who still hold their licenses who could help. Have you thought of reaching out of state for staffing? Dr. Henry Kaufman, chief medical officer at Our Lady of Lourdes: We have contacted local staffing agencies, not many people available, anyone who is employable is employed. Everyone across the country is seeking nursing right now. Yes, we have considered that. Governor John Bel Edwards I've had requests to take national guard soldiers in a medical unit and have them available at the hospitals. But guess where the national guard soldiers in our medical unit work? In our hospitals. So I would be pulling them from one hospital to send them to another hospital around the state. The first thing we did was put out an EMAC request to all other states to see if they had anyone they could offer to address what we need. Exactly zero states offered any staffing. So then you start looking at staffing contractors and we are working that angle now. That is proving to be difficult as well, which is why we continue to work with FEMA on staffing. In regards to the Morial Convention Center, remember that facility is for the less acute patients to allow hospitals to free up space sooner than they would. So once a patient reaches that level of care where they don't need an acute bed, but can't go home, they can go to the Morial Convention Center for care. Having hospitals sending their less severe patients to the convention center is something we are considering. With the testing shortage issue in terms of a turnaround.. I just want to be clear we are doing an extraordinary amount of tests, but it is not a shortage of collection kits. There are reagent issues in the lab that are contributed to longer turnaround times, as well as the sure volume of tests. So of all the tests, we reported today 65% were within the last week. 30% were from the week before. That gives you an idea of the percentage of tests. This greatly impacts our ability to fight COVID-19. If someone waits 7-10 days to find out they are positive and did not curtail their activities, we know they are out there spreading that disease. Plus if it takes too long to get a test result back the contact tracing is too hard. So the turnaround time at the labs is the current challenge, not the testing supplies itself. with turnaround times does this challenge testing congregate settings In congregate settings, we are testing 100% of residents and staff every 2 weeks. We are seeing some delays in getting those results back. Anytime you see that it interferes with our ability to quickly get on top of the situation and appropriately quarantining patients. It is also true for the staff member who goes home at night and interacts with their family. Over the next approx 8-12 weeks it is the goal of the Federal Government to send a rapid point of care tests to every nursing home. We are starting to see those machines arrive in small numbers this week and that will continue. That way tests are administered with results being known within 24 hours. It sounds too good to be true, so we need to make sure the machines come and we have all the testing materials that are needed. Why are casinos not facing additional restrictions? I'm not going to tell you we haven't experienced any issues at casinos but I can say they have been few in number and much more easily removed because you only have only a small number of them operating. Plus it is the most regulated industry in Louisiana so if you go in there and tell them a problem the corrections get made. We know they have been very responsive to any remedial measures we have told them to take. That is why they are open. We believe they can safely operate at the level of occupancy we have described. We want as much of our economy opened as possible consistent with public safety and the health of our people. Where we can operate a business safely we want to do that. Under the limitations, we currently have in place with casinos they can operate safely.
We have flattened the curve before and we can do it once again. We can do it without going back to Phase 1. But everyone must do their part. So if you want the economy open then we must all do our part. Please wear a face covering. Social distance. Stay home when you are sick. Wash your hands often. Watch out for the most valuable. The safest place you can be is at home. Lift one another upon prayer and focus on our blessings. If nothing else let's be thankful for our healthcare workers. Everyone has a healthy and safe weekend. God bless. 👉 NEXT PRESS CONFERENCES Will be Tuesday and Thursday next week at the Capital. If there is a reason to meet at other times, whether related to weather or COVID19, I will let you know.
I live on the Gulf Coast, relatively close to Mississippi. Just saw an article this morning stating the casinos here were planning to reopen soon. For anyone who preferred to go to the casino for their gambling fix, the last couple of months has had at least one upside, and that was the fact that the casinos were closed. I know it eased the temptation for me. I hate to even point out the reopening, as I’m afraid to trigger anyone who’s teetering on the edge, but we all know they were never going to stay closed forever. I think it’s important for people to have a plan in place for when the doors open. Find a way to keep them closed in your mind. Best of luck to everyone. Keep better days ahead of you and not behind you.
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Hey y'all, I am a one-time Mississippi resident really and truly excited to be returning to the state for an internship. I will be working in Biloxi from May 15 - Aug 15. 1) What are some short-term housing options? I have a 20 lb. dog and don't give a rat's ass about anything other than safety. Above a casino, in the country, in a trailer, or an apartment... it's short term living and I am not picky. 2) What is the Gulf Coast like? I lived in the Delta, and never made it down to Mississippi's coast. Are there cities or areas to avoid? What are fun things to do for a young professional who enjoys live music and mind-alteration?
The JonBenet Ramsey Case: Emerging Child Sex-Ring Allegations, Political Connections and a Suspect By Alex Constantine 2000
Contents: Introduction: The Belinda Schultz File
A) The Huey Meaux Connection B) Jerry J. Moore, Houston Real Estate Developer. C) The Prime of Ms Tweet Kimball 2) Supporting Evidence of Child Sex Ring Involvement A) A Brotherhood B) The Belgium Syndrome C) Lawrence Schiller & the Designated Patsy (Ramsey) Introduction: The Belinda Schultz file On March 22, I received a call from Joe Calhoun, a reporter from the Denver area and a recipient of an Academy Award in 1990 for his investigative work on The Panama Deception. For the record, we had talked once before, also by telephone, about the JonBenet Ramsey case, exchanged observations, and thatwas the extent of my past relationship with him. At the time, I had an uncomfortable feeling that Boulder police spokesmen, the cable martinets and investigative “experts” on the case were misrepresenting the facts. Calhoun was in town, Los Angeles, and wanted to discuss the murder in detail. Shortly thereafter, Calhoun, with the bearded, wide-eyed demeanor of an academic on the brink of a discovery, dropped a folder on my desk. For this record, he read a prepared statement:: “I am a freelance journalist who has been covering the JonBenet Ramsey case since its beginnings. There are only a few news conferences in Boulder that I have not attended. At the last news conference, on October 13, 1999, the day after the announcement by Alex Hunter that there would be no charges filed in the Ramsey case following the adjournment of the Grand Jury, myself and a few individuals were given a file.” I was, at this stage, stepping more or less blindly into a quagmire of details after three years of following the public debacle casually on the cable talk shows. Whatever Calhoun had, I was not in the mood for conspiratorial moonshine, but he had been down this road himself the file, containing 23 pages of interviews with a victim of organized child abuse in Colorado and Texas, “was of such a bizarre nature, I was extremely circumspect about regarding it as a collection of genuine documents andconfidential memos. I jokingly referred to it to some of my colleagues as The Blair Witch Project of the JonBenet Ramsey case. I didn’t pursue any of the leads mentioned in the file until recently. Three weeks ago,” Calhoun recalled, “a 37-year-old woman from San Luis Obispo, California came forward with information to Boulder Attorney Lee Hill. She alleged that she came from a family of inter-generational child abuse victims, and had been abused since the age of three by a powerful group of pedophiles, some of whom were associates of the Ramsey family. I dug up the file I had originally obtained in October and decided to give it a second look, since the information contained therein seemed to parallel the information the woman was providing Boulder D.A. Alex Hunter and the police. Upon rereading all of the information contained in it, and cross-referencing names, the entire file had more of a flow of information.” Calhoun came to entertain the notion that the sex-ring allegations surfacing sporadically on the edge of the case might have some merit. “On March 21, I contacted the Pearline, Texas Police Department for verification of the Paul Schultz [child sexual abuse] case mentioned in the file. I was immediately transferred to Detective Bill Colson,. He was unaware of the recent developments in Boulder concerning the 37-year-old woman from San Luis Obispo, California. However, Detective Colson confirmed the following: The case number ‘951302,’ on pages 7 and 14, is genuine, and the woman, Belinda Schultz, currently living in Cypress, Texas, in a notarized statement contained in the file, at the time would [have been] more likely to give information concerning the Ramsey case. And a Boulder detective was in Texas in December, 1997, seeking information regarding Paul Schultz [her estranged husband] and his involvement, if any, in the JonBenet Ramsey case.” Calhoun placed the next call to a private investigator, Char Blaiser, wife of O.J. Simpson attorney Robert Blaiser, at her office in Sacramento, California. Ms Blasier, whose office had been contracted by Boulder police to obtain social security numbers of everyone close to the Ramsey case, reportedly states that the night after the JonBenet murder, a caller claiming to be a member of the Ramsey family told her, “I want to talk to you about Paul,” but disconnected when put on hold. Blasier, Calhoun recalls, “was extremely surprised that I had information in my possession concerning Paul Schultz, and essentially confirmed the information regarding the JonBenet Ramsey case.” “It is clear,” Calhoun says, “from the statements of both Detective Colson and Char Blazer that the Boulder authorities were very interested in a connection between the death of Jonbenet Ramsey and what appears astonishingly to be organized pedophilia on a national level, perhaps with a criminal government license.” Child sex and pornography rings with political ties have been known to exist. In 1995, for example, Linda Rozar, president of Concerned Citizens for Florida and chapter head of the American Family Association, a branch of presidential candidate Gary Bauer’s ultra-conservative Federation, pledguilty to one count of child abuse and two counts of tampering with a witness. She received a remarkably light sentence, one year of probation, and was ordered to see a psychiatrist. In 1986, Linda’s husband Jerry Rozar was convicted of child molestation. So there were precedents. And since the murder, the 1999 Parent of the Year Award, an honor conceived by Congress, was bestowed on a Longmont, Colorado man with connections to a cult that prostitutes young girls, so-called “hookers for Jesus,” and has been charged repeatedly with child sexual abuse. The annual honor was chosen by the National Parents Day Foundation, an organization that has ties to the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, a creation of the Korean CIA and alsovery right-wing. It happens. Nevertheless, a healthy dose of skepticism was called for. Calhoun’s conclusion about the background of the JonBenet case was based, again, on a file of police interviews passed to him at a Boulder press conference. Fortunately, its origin is no longer a mystery. Calhoun has, since obtaining the file, found out that the documents were supplied by a researcher at the University of Denver. The University, says Calhoun, threatened to fire the tenured faculty member if he continued with his investigation of the Ramsey case, and the file was passed along to reporters in Boulder. If the statements of Belinda Schultz and other abuse survivors are correct, Boulder has a serious problem. With Calhoun’s file of leaked affidavits, all that remained was to flesh out a Who’s Who register of predators tied to the alleged killer of JonBenet Ramsey in 1996.
Belinda Schultz, 43, was born to the Zander family, an established, aristocratic family in Louisiana, and grew up in Lafayette, near New Orleans. Her first marriage was to Lanny Slaydon, an oil industry marketer. She had four children before the marriage dissolved in the early 1980s. She moved on to Houston to live with family members, and met Paul Schultz. She describes her ex-husband as a “white supremacist” of the “Christian Identity” strain, and a “mafia hit-man” currently serving time for felony child molestation, sentenced in Brazoria County, Texas, the county seat of Angleton. Prior to their divorce, Paul and Belinda ran Custom Air Products on Hampstead Road in northwest Houston, a business formerly run by Paul’s father, Carlton Schultz. She notes that the business had “Mafia” connections. The company largely served the petroleum industry along the Gulf Coast, but everyday management of the business fell to Belinda because her husband was often incapacitated by a weakness for cocaine and alcohol. They had a child, Nicholas, in 1990. In an affidavit filed with the Pearland, Texas PD, Nicholas recalls that his father used to receive “sugar” and “lots of money: when he pimped his son out to pedophiles frequenting the adult bookstores on Houston’s south side. Belinda’s second marriage crumbled when she began to suspect that he was bisexual and had a gay lover, Tenourio Luga, sometimes “Lucas,” a reputed explosives expert and informant to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, who has provided his services to the Mexican Mafia and CIA. Luga is a suspected drug runner. He has been investigated in the past by the BATF for the stockpiling of firearms and explosives. A) The Huey Meaux Connection
Paul Schultz, according to his ex-wife, was also a coeval of Huey Meaux, the famed record producer and a convicted child molester. On January 30, 1996, the Associated Press reported: “Huey Meaux, 66, was arrested and appeared in court Monday on charges of possession of child pornography and cocaine. He was released after posting bonds totaling $110,000. After police went public with the allegations Monday, two people came forward to say they were assaulted. Meaux then was charged additionally with two counts of sexually assaulting children. Police investigators seized hundreds of videotapes and more than 1,000 photographs last week from offices rented by Meaux at Houston’s Sugar Hill Recording Studio. Meaux formerly owned the studio.”
Huey was charged with possession of drugs and child pornography and two counts of sexual assault on a child. Two weeks after the arrest, Shannon McDowell Brasher, 25, filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against Meaux, alleging that he had plied her with illegal drugs as a prelude to sexual assault, “exploitation and other perverted and unnatural sex acts.” He also persuaded accomplices to assault her and videotaped the acts, according to Ms Brasher. State District Judge Mark Davidson issued a temporary restraining order sought by Brasher’s attorneys, Dick DeGuerin and Wayne Isgitt. The order prohibited the record producer or others from destroying evidence or retaliating against Brasher.
Belinda Schultz’s contention that Meaux participated in a child sex ring is substantiated by Brasher and court transcripts. Belinda’s son Nicholas, age six at the time of Meaux’s arrest, identified the accused in a televised news report. Belinda called Bill Colson, a detective with the Pearland Police Department. Colson did not investigate the sex-ring allegation, though he told her that he would contact Houston police to search for a photo of Nicholas among Meaux’s child pornography collection. Frustrated with Colson’s false promises, she contacted Detective A.D. Wright, the officer in charge of the Meaux case. Wright confirmed a connection between Meaux and Paul Schultz. In addition, according to Calhoun’s file, Officer P.C. Taylor of the CID section produced telephone records indicating that Schultz and Meaux had made “numerous” calls to one another. Houston police offered that they had a “thick file” on Schultz, linking him to several known pedophiles in Houston.
B) Jerry J. Moore, Houston Real Estate Developer One of Paul Schultz’s confederates in the sex ring, according to Nicholas Schultz, was a wealthy Republican, one Jerry J. Moore. Nicholas says that he once accompanied Moore by plane to Colorado. In January 1996, the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced that it sought a $250,000 civil penalty against Charles R. Vickery, former senior chairman of the First National Bank of Bellaire, Texas. The OCC charged that in 1991, Vickery directed the bank to make illicit loans to Houston real estate magnate Jerry J. Moore and corporations owned and controlled by him. Vickery also granted some $50,000 of title insurance premiums paid by Moore on the loans for his personal use. The loans violated federal lending limit law and triggered alarms at the OCC . The S&L was issued a cease and desist order.
Jerry J. Moore is now one of the wealthiest men in Texas. His real estate company was recently bought out for $400 million. He is also active in Republican state politics. Nicholas Schultz maintains that he was taken to Moore’s antebellum mansion, Nicholstone, not far from Dickerson, Texas, and describes the home as a distribution point for child pornography. Huey Meauxwas a regular at Moore’s mansion, according to the boy’s statements.
Moore’s social connections to the Mafia are consistent with the “hit man” allegation raised by Belinda Schultz. Moore’s social circle included: Leonard Capaldi, convicted by the district court in the southern district of Texas on charges of bank fraud and bribery, stemming from his involvement in the April 4, 1986 collapse of Mainland Savings Bank. This S&L lost $300 million. Capaldi was sentenced to the Federal Correctional Institute in Milan, Michigan.
Leading lights of the Mainland Savings scandal: arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, James Bath (a business associate of George W. Bush, recruited to the CIA by George, Sr,), Martin Schimmer (for walking off with Teamster steelworker pension funds), Herman K. Beebe, a known Mafioso. Another gangland chum of Jerry J. Moore is Jack Tocco, a Detroit crime boss. Political ties have included late Texas Governor John Connally and Lloyd Bentson, former Secretary of the Treasury.
The Prime of Ms Tweet Kimball
Another connection to Paul Schultz was the late Mildred “Tweet” Kimball. Tweet lived in a castle on US 85, just south of Denver in a small town called Sedalia. Nicholas Schultz states that he was taken to the castle and molested there by adults. The castle was deeded to Kimball by Merritt Ruddock, a member of the U.S. diplomatic corps, an obscure CIA official and her first of four divorced husbands. Tweet Kimball divorced Ruddock in 1955, and as she explained to a local reporter in 1996: “When I divorced him, he said I’d probably go back to Tennessee and talk about him. He said “If you’ll buy property west of the Mississippi, I’ll help you.” 7, And that’s what I did. She bought a 24-room castle on a 4,000 acre estate, built on a promontory with a view of the Rockies. Ruddock had good reason to buy her silence. He was the immediate deputy of the CIA’s Frank Wisner, the notorious overseer of Nazi recruitment by the agency immediately after WW II. Ruddock was hired by Wisner in 1949. Ray Cline, another notorious Agency stinkbug (the organizer of a support network for George Bush, Sr.’s 1980 campaign. composed almost entirely of former intelligence officers headed by Steven Halper, Cline’s son-in-law), kept close to Ruddock throughout the war. Cline recalls Ruddock as a hard drinker and “a personal manipulator of ideas and people.”
(The Colorado Department of Tourism doesn’t advertise the fact, but the state has a thriving intelligence establishment. Loring Wirbel, an environmental researcher in Monument, Colorado, found that worldwide “intelligence expansion by U.S. agencies has a very real impact on Colorado.
Buckley [Air Force Base] is now the major employer in the Denver metro area, with the classified Aerospace Data Facility section of the base responsible for far more jobs than the public Tactical Air Command portion of the base. The Denver Business Journal estimated in April that classified intelligence spending by NSA and NRO in Colorado may exceed $3 billion annually. Support facilities for Buckley include Falcon Air Force Base east of Colorado Springs, which performs intelligence fusion missions; Lockheed-Martin’s Waterton Canyon plant in southwest Denver, which builds spy satellites and Titan-4 rockets; Peterson Air Force Base, the headquarters of the Space Command; and the aging North American Aerospace Defense Command inside Cheyenne Mountain west of Colorado Springs. Another Air National Guard base outside Greeley, Colorado, is receiving many mobile satellite reconnaissance troops formerly housed at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, part of a mission to make the Colorado Front Range a center of excellence for technical intelligence.”
Merritt Ruddock was not the only member of the family with CIA and Nazi ties. Ms Kimball’s father, according to a note found in the Belinda Schultz file, “Colonel Kimball of Chattanooga, Tennessee, had been a prime mover in the grown of the Post-WWI Ku Klux Klan.” (The repetitious links to Nazism in the testimony of Nicholas Schultz, a 7-year-old boy, recalls his mother’s statement that Paul Schultz is a “white supremacist,” and is obviously among friends.)
She bonded with her castle and its environs, re-christened Cherokee Ranch, and lived like a European monarch. A tour guide told an AP reporter, “the house has a number of Portuguese tile murals and many examples of parquetry (an artistic inlaid wood design done on furniture). As she describes the lavish contents of several china cabinets, words like Dresden, Spode, Meissen and Waterford slip into the conversations. That bed was built for Charles II, and he actually slept in it. This inlaid cabinet came from the court of Spain, and the pictures represent Aesop’s fables. The libraries are full of first editions, some quite old and valuable. Well, with names like Dickens and Thackeray on the bindings, one would think so.”
Tweet Kimball died in 1999. She had been an active Republican. Kimball served on the Douglas County Planning Commission and the commissioners’ Water Advisory Board, as well as the board of the Douglas County Educational Foundation. She also spent 14 years on the board of the Denver Art Museum as accessions chairman. She was the local matriarch of local Republican party politics and frequently played hostess to the Douglas County Republican caucus.
“Kimball’s castle and ranchland provided an extravagant vehicle for her varied pursuits,” the local County News-Press noted in her obituary last January, “wildlife conservation, a vast, eclectic art collection, politics, innovative ranching, royal relationships and storied social events.”12
2) Supporting Evidence of Child Sex Ring Involvement As Calhoun mentioned, in March of this year, Boulder detectives flew to San Luis Obispo, California, to interview Mary Bienkowski, a licensed family therapist. Bienkowski claimed to have information pertaining to the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation. The woman said that her mother’s godfather is Fleet White, a friend of John Ramsey. The therapist had urged police in Boulder to interview her client: Regarding Bienkowski: CLIENT GAVE BOULDER POLICE NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO ARE WITNESSES IN JONBENET’SDEATH – 2000 Daily Camera A private therapist said Friday she stands behind her client who claims to have crucial information that could help investigators in the death of JonBenet Ramsey. Mary Bienkowski, a licensed marriage, family and child counselor, said her client gave Boulder police specific names of individuals who are witnesses in the killing of JonBenet as well as ongoing sexual and physical abuse of other children. “If they do their job and investigate what needs to be investigated, the rest of the pieces will fall into place, and nobody is going to like what they find out,” she said. “This person wouldn’t be coming forward and risking everything if it were not because she wanted the abuse to stop and wanted to protect other children.” Bienkowski said she has treated her client for the past 10 years for trauma endured as a repeated victim of sexual assault. Because her client had information that a widespread sex ring could have been behind the Dec. 26, 1996, strangulation and beating death of 6-year-old JonBenet, she encouraged the woman to take the information to authorities. JonBenet was found in the basement of her family’s Boulder home. Her parents, John and Patsy, are the focus of a police investigation, although the couple have denied involvement in their daughter’s death. After 13 months of investigating the case, a Boulder grand jury disbanded in October without charges being filed. During an interview Friday with the Daily Camera at a downtown San Luis Obispo coffee shop, Bienkowski blasted the Boulder Police Department for not actively investigating the list of people she said her client believes may have knowledge of who killed JonBenet. She would not divulge the names of those thought to be involved, saying that information should first be given to law enforcement officials. The Whites have not returned phone calls from the Daily Camera. John Ramsey’s attorney has declined to comment on the new information. Boulder police questioned Bienkowski’s client in Colorado for five hours. The FBI interviewed her as well. Detectives also contacted her family and interviewed some of them in California. And then the whole matter was dropped. Bienkowski lost faith in the police and refused to cooperate any further. 13. Who left warnings on her answering machine? The Daily Times-Call in Longmont, Colorado reported in March that a reliable witness “identified the voices as [those] of two women [among others] accused of victimizing thenow-37-year-old [informant]. The woman remains in hiding.” The anonymous callers told Bienkowski: 1. “Hello Mary. This is a very interested party in regards to [your client’s] welfare. [Her] past and her future are of no, of no concern to you. She made an error in judgment when she came to see you and you have caused her nothing but pain and suffering. Her main concern now is her new husband and her family. She has started a life and is going to be moving as far away from you as possible. She belongs with her family and nobody else. She is off limits to you.” 2. [Caller Two]: “Hello. Leave [your client] alone. We take care of our own. Everything. And nothing is any of your business.” 3. [Caller Two] “Hello. It’s high time that you caught on that [the informant] doesn’t have time for your foolishness. Thank you.” 4. [Caller Two] “[She] is going on an extended vacation with her family and while there will seek medical care for her problems. [The woman] has forgotten more than you will ever know.”
[Caller Two] “Hello. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will never hurt us. So leave [her] alone. It’s against the law to disturb the peace. Don’t forget it.”
14. The statement of the informant that JonBenet was killed in a sadistic sex game was upheld independently by forensic specialist Dr. Cyril Wecht, who studied the autopsy file and concluded that JonBenet’s abuse occurred over a period of time. Wecht: “This evidence of abuse, tied literally and figuratively to the cords around her neck and wrist, was enough to draw the conclusion that a sick sex game had gone awry.” But the medical evidence “so far suggested that the vaginal penetration had been a carefully controlled, limited situation not a savage sexual assaults. While the attacker was applying the perverted useof the garrote that pinched the vagus nerve in her neck and eventually shut down her heart and lungs, the young prey had suddenly turned lifeless without explanation, perhaps literally in her abuser’s arms. Wasn’t it likely that the shocked and panicking molester had shaken JonBenet in a futile attempt to return her to consciousness? A few anxiety-driven shakesand a ‘wake up! Wake up!’ had failed to restore her to life, but had inflicted the bruises to the temporal lobes of the brain.” 15. A panel of pediatric experts assembled from all parts of the country states unanimously that JonBenet had injuries “consistent with prior trauma and sexual abuse.” The medical affidavits referred to “past violation of the vagina,” “chronic abuse,” “evidence of both acute injury and chronic sexual abuse.”
Author Stephen Singular, a Boulder native, believed so strongly that organized pedophilia and child porn lurked behind the murder of the child that he published a book exploring the sex ring angle, Presumed Guilty. According to Singular’s publisher, “some highlights of the book suggest that one or both of the Ramsey parents unknowingly exposed their daughter to danger that fateful Christmas night,” and reminds, significantly, “human DNA found on her clothing matched nothing found in the Ramsey home”
Evan Ravitz and Bob MacFarland, Boulder political activists who shared Singular’s perspective on the case, gave eight of the grand jurors hearing testimony regarding the death of JonBenet Ramsey excerpts of Singular’s book, theorizing that that the girl may have been killed by someone involved in a child pornography ring. Ravitz and MacFarland were cited with contempt of court. Ravitz, wearing a crumpled purple T-shirt, explained to District Judge Roxanne Bailin that the leakers planned on petitioning the D.A.’s office to allow them to testify before the grand jury, and present evidence of corruption in the city, including drug dealing and child pornography possibly “related to the slaying and handling of the Ramsey case.”
Child porn is “an important line of investigation that we hear Hunter has stayed away from,” Ravitz told Judge Bailin.18 But homicide detectives considered this angle a “side theory,” yet have acknowledge that the killer “may have been involved in a child pornography ring that operated in or around Boulder and had earmarked JonBenet as a likely subject.” The connection to child pornography with child sex murders is by no means original. In 1997, Jeremy Strohmeyer: 18. Stalked a seven-year-old girl in a Las Vegas casino before murdering her in a restroom. Strohmeyer was an admitted collector of child pornography. “If the pornography connection is true,” the Internet Crime Library observes, “then the murder may have been committed by more than one person as part of a conspiracy.”
The market in Colorado for child prostitution and pornography is a relatively large silent minority. In 1995, the Colorado Department of Human Services filed 5,085 cases of sexual abuse of the 7,931 referred to the agency. Of these,1,160 victims were abused in the state. But the department may investigate a tiny fraction of the actual cases. One-half of one percent of children report sexual abuse, according to Dr. Richard D. Krugman, dean of the University of Colorado Medical School and director of the C. Henry Kemp Center for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
20. a) A Brotherhood In 1997, the Boulder PD contacted Dale Yeager and Denise Knoke at Seraph, Inc. in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, a security consulting firm summarized in sales brochures as “an international company [with] extensive sources throughout Europe, South America, the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia and Africa. Our associates are investigative professionals and former intelligence officers”, and asked them to submit an analysis of the ransom note. Yeager and Knoke claimed without hesitation that Patsy Ramsey was the author, joining the chorus of police and tabloid reporters who kept at the parents, and reported that Psalm 118:27. b) interpreted as the source of the $118,000 ransom demand, “Decorate the festival with leafy boughs and bind the sacrifices to be offered with thick cords to the horns of the altar” is commonly cited by “white supremacists,” who “use the redemption and sacrifice ideas to form a justification for killings.” Despite the neo-nazi nuance, Yeager and Knoke were positively certain that JonBenet’s mother forged the kidnap letter. “Our conclusion,” Yeager offered, “is that you are investigating a child’s murder with ritualistic overtones. Strangulation and sexual assault are most commonly seen in sadomasochism between heterosexual and homosexual adults”. 21. On February 27, 2000, Yeager explained to a CBS 2 News reporter, “What we believe was happening in Patsy’s mind was that her daughter was losing control, becoming a wild rebel. She felt (her daughter) was becoming evil.” 22. Patsy Ramsey did not exactly fit the white supremacist profile, and she certainly wasn’t known to participate in “ritual murder.” Paul Schultz, not incidentally, rings the bell on both counts. He is a member, according to the interviewers of Belinda Schultz, of a “heterodox Christian” cult with Nazi leanings that found its way into the intelligence establishment via the German presence at Tweet Kimball’s castle in Sedalia. The occult Brotherhood of the White Temple, as this sect was known, survives and has reportedly evolved into an underground terrorist cell. The same “faction” that warned Mary Bienkowski to back off? Police investigating the Ramsey case also received warnings. Blood was splashed on Detective Linda Arndt’s front door. The mutilated carcass of a cat was left on Steve Thomas’s front lawn (if his statements have any credibility, given the flagrant distortions in his book on the case, clearly contrived to widen the umbrella of suspicion that has hung over the parents since the smears began). Sergeant Bob Wilson was at home when four high-powered rounds were fired through his bedroom window and nearly hit him. After these events, “there was no follow-up by the police department” Steve Thomas complains, “which apparently regarded bullets, blood and dead cats as minor” 23. Belinda Schultz has tied her ex-husband to a cultic, “white-supremacist” terrorist underground with domestic intelligence connections and the murder of JonBenet Ramsey but despite his resemblance to the killer’s profile, Paul Schultz has not been asked for a sample of his hand-writing. b) The Belgium Syndrome The behavior of law enforcement officials and the media has been odd since the 911 call. John Ramsey was the CEO of a key military-industrial subsidiary, Lockheed, and his daughter had been murdered by a group that claimed to “represent a small foreign faction” (Brotherhood of the White Temple?) Ordinarily, the “Lindbergh Law” requires a “rebuttable presumption” in a high-profile kidnap, particularly one pulled off by terrorists fronting for a “foreign faction,” a widely overlooked point raised by journalist Donald Freed, author of Killing Time, a forensic study of the O.J. Simpson case. Notification of the FBI in a murder case involving terrorists is mandatory, and officers in Boulder did contact Washington. But the Bureau did not respond.
Freed reports that someone in a lofty position assured the FBI and Lockheed Martin Security “prior to the 911 call that any report coming from Boulder “would not affect ‘national security,'” and directed to “let the police handle it.”
25. Freed coined the phrase “Belgium Syndrome” after the recent refusal of Belgian officials and the justice system to respond to a series of child murders, “not because they were involved in the murders, but because they were involved in their own way in pornography, child sexuality and related elements, some of which are not even illegal but all of which would be death sentences for their careers.” Fleet White, in his letter “to the people of Colorado,” maintained: “It is our firm belief that the District Attorney and others intend to use the Grand Jury and its secrecy in an attempt to protect their careers and also serve the conflicting interests of powerful, influential and threatening people who have something to hide or protect.” 26. “Conflicting interest” may explain the inertia of detectives in Boulder when the photo of the young beauty contestant turned up in the home of a child pornographer in Columbus, Ohio suspected of involvement in the abduction of another Colorado girl. James Partin, 35, was arrested in December, 1997 for selling child pornography on the Net. Police searched Partin’s home and found a newspaper clipping about the 1983 kidnap of Beth Miller,14, and a map of Idaho Springs marked with several X’s. The girl vanished after a jog near her Idaho Springs home, and Partin lived in the area at the same time. Boulder police announced that they would contact the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to learn more about the Ramsey photo in Partin’s collection, but a local newspaper reported that they “do not believe that Partin had any involvement” in the slaying. “It’s not a high priority,” police spokeswoman Leslie Aaholm assured reporters.
Did the DA’s reluctance to question Partin about the JonBenet picture suggest an unwillingness to solve the case? Pornographic photos of JonBenet were posted on the Internet.28 In his August 6, 1998 resignation letter, Boulder Detective Steve Thomas openly accused then police chief Tom Koby and other officials of sabotaging the case: “During the investigation detectives would discover, collect, and bring evidence to the district attorney’s office, only to have it summarily dismissed or rationalized as insignificant.
The most elementary of investigative efforts, such as obtaining telephone and credit card records, were met without support, search warrants denied. The significant opinions of national experts were casually dismissed or ignored by the district attorney’s office, even the experienced FBI were waved aside.” Thomas was ordered not to question certain witnesses, “and all but dissuaded from pursuing particular investigative efforts. Polygraphs were acceptable for some subjects, but others seemed immune from such requests. Innocent people were not “cleared”, publicly or otherwise, even when it was unmistakably the right thing to do, as reputations and lives were destroyed. Some in the district attorney’s office, to this day, pursue weak, defenseless, and innocent people in shameless tactics that one couldn’t believe more bizarre if it were made up.” c) Lawrence Schiller & the Designated Patsy (Ramsey) Denver reporter Joe Calhoun takes aim at Lawrence Schiller, the made-for-TV “expert” who denounces all sex-ring allegations in shrill terms. “Schiller, along with talk show hosts and the more ‘responsible press,’ appear to be preparing the public for an indictment of Patsy Ramsey for the murder of her child,” Calhoun says. The patsy would be Patsy. ” According to a source in Boulder, the script reads that the much physically and mentally traumatized Patsy Ramsey went to her daughter’s room that night and found that she had wet the bed and in a fit of exasperation and rage struck the child and accidentally killed her and then was assisted by her husband to try to cover up the crime. ” The bed-wetting scenario, repeated in best-selling books on the case and many a talk show, is insupportable upon a moment’s reflection: it entails a belief, Calhoun points out, that Patsy Ramsey “stuck her child in the head, killing her, and then tied a garrote around her neck and sexually violated her daughter’s corpse to cover up the crime.” TO BE CONTINUED
2019 regional recruiting coverage - state of Mississippi
This is a test run of something I’m considering doing over the summer – regional profiles for our 2019 recruiting. Most of these will be over the summer as we go through camps, but I figured Mississippi would be a good place to test out this type of post. Please use this post as a place to let me know if you are interested in this kind of thing over the summer. Also, feel free to use this as a space to make suggestions in regards to the subreddits’ recruiting coverage. Mods are currently doing some year end evaluations with the major growth in the sub, and we always want to keep this as user-oriented as possible. There will be an announcement in the near future regarding other Gator topics for the subreddit, so please keep the comments on here related to recruiting. On to Mississippi recruiting for 2019. Some small background on Mississippi recruiting, without getting into the dirty aspects of funneling money through the casinos and all that fun stuff: Players rarely go under the radar or unnoticed in the state, so most of the big names are already out there in some form or other. The locals are insane about football coverage, and the top talent tends to stand out pretty nicely. Finally, the coaching staff sent out a huge chunk of offers last night. This was the coaching staffs’ first group of offers sent out after having some time to settle in and evaluate targets. Every one of those offers is likely going to be one of the top guys on the UF board for the 2019 class. Mississippi recruiting in 2018 is well below average. There are only 4 four-star players, and one guy who is high three-star. In fact, there is only one player (Malik Heath) who has a player rating of .9000 or higher. To contrast, the 2016 Mississippi class had 9 four-stars and 2 five-stars. There were 10 players ranked .9000 or higher. 2019 is the exact opposite and insanely talented. It’s easily the top state of Mississippi class since 2016 and actually looks a little deeper on paper. There are currently 12 four-star players, all ranked .9000 or higher. The top three have the talent to get a fifth star when all is said and done. The reason I’m making a post about this is that I expect some major Mississippi recruiting out of our coaching staff this next cycle. Both of the Mississippi teams are in the middle of a coaching transition, with Moorhead coming in from Penn State and Matt Luke spending his first year as an actual head coach. Dan Mullen and staff likely have some of the best relationships with these players in the country. Our biggest opponents outside of the in-state schools for the top level players are going to be Alabama and LSU, who have raided the top talent in the state in the past. Here is a list of the guys who I think could have mutual interest with Florida. Many of them hold both a Mississippi State offer (meaning they likely have relationships with Mullen, Billy G, Hevesy, Grantham, and/or some of the other staff coming from Mississippi State) and an offer from Florida (meaning that even if it was Mac who offered them, they have shown enough interest to post the offer.) Nakobe Dean – OLB – This guy is a 5 star talent and should have already been offered by us. It’s insane that he wasn’t. Particularly with our needs at LB. Mullen just offered him the day after the early signing period, so clearly Mullen gets it. We will have to battle almost every team in the southeast to get him, but we need one or two guys like this at OLB somewhere in the 2019 cycle to make our 3-4 work. Nathan Pickering – DE – Another major battle with every southeast team, and another position that we are going to be heavily pushing for a ‘primo’ player in 2019. Our front 7 talent is as low as I’ve ever seen, and the 2018 class is behind in that area as well. Charles Moore and Jerrion Ealy are both guys anybody would love to add, but are likely to stay with the in-state schools. Ealy is also expected to be a top 10 draft pick for the MLB. Donte Starks - ILB – He is a top-100 player from the gulf coast. He received a UF offer the day after the 2018 early signing period ended, which is a clue that we are going to be making a huge run at him. Byron Young – DE – A top 200 player with size (6’5, 250) that was one of Mullen’s first offers at UF. Another front 7 guy that we would love to add. De’Monte Russell – DE – Haven’t seen a UF offer yet, so I’m not sure if he’s a target or not. This guy is a major player that was being recruited by Tim Brewster at FSU. His lead recruiter at Mississippi State is Greg Knox, so maybe that would help us if Knox officially comes over to UF. Zach Edwards – ILB – We are still in the 4-star players and here’s another major front seven guy. He’s from Starkville and will be a tough pull from MS State, but his lead recruiter there was Grantham. Brandon Cunningham – OT – Finally in the three stars (and I skipped a few 4 star guys), but he is currently committed to Miami. Clearly there is some interest in playing in Florida. It will be interesting if we make a run at him, because I don’t see a Florida offer yet. Jarrian Jones – S – This guy is a superstar that lives within a few miles of me. Just picked up a UF offer along with Starks right after that early signing period ended.
Casino Vet Employee looking for advice relocating.
Hey everybody! My name is Anthony, I’m 27 and have worked in the casino industry and F&B in general for 8+ years. I’m from New Orleans, and currently work in the Mississippi Gulf Coast. My story goes like this, I took a vacation with my Ex of 3 years to Vegas a little over a year ago to attend the MTG Grand Prix. I’ve since been back once more and absolutely fell in love with the place. I’m no stranger to intense temps, and accustomed to big city life and even crime. I appreciated the diversity of people out there. It felt like home to me. Flash forward to the present, I have rigorously been flinging out job apps and I’m guessing due to my experience have gotten many interviews. My problem is just about everyone wants me to come in for interviews I can’t make because I haven’t relocated yet. I assumed the solution would be to just go ahead and move. Unfortunately, it is proving difficult to do so without a guaranteed job lined up here. I am 100% convinced I will, but how to make this all work is The conundrum that is plaguing me. Best option I have is my almost 6k in savings in my bank account I’m trying to put up as some form of collateral. Any advice would be appreciated immensely! Hope to be out there with you guys soon!
After the bomb drops, the world is divided into two fractions; on the one side are the evil Euracs, and on the other, the Pan-American Confederacy. Parsifal (Michael Sopkiw, Blastfi ghter) is sent by the President of the Confederacy (Edmund Purdom, Absurd) into the wasteland that was once New York; in an effort to rescue the last fertile female on the planet, the beautiful Giara (Valentine Monnier, Monster Shark). Extracting the key to mankind’s survival will not be easy; as they battle mutants, treacherous Confederacy personnel and the lethal Euracs that infest the barren and brutal landscape. Sergio Martino (Hands of Steel) delivers one of Italian exploitation cinema’s fi nest post-apocalyptic entries with 2019: After the Fall of New York. A gung-ho, blood-splattered tale of one man’s quest for humanity’s Holy Grail.
Notice the name of the website and its logo on the top left of its page? 88 Films. This Italian film maker also created a movie called Hands of Steel. This doesn't ring any specific bells except for the Holy Grail talk. Which I believe is currently Meghan Markle. MM. Today is Marathon Monday apparently. The Boston Marathon. Well this movie is said to be influenced by another movie that seems much more related to possible future events. A movie that was made in 1981 but takes place in 1997. 22 years ago.
Escape from New York is a 1981 American post-apocalyptic science-fiction action film co-written, co-scored and directed by John Carpenter. The film is set in what was then the near-future year of 1997, in a crime-ridden United States that has converted Manhattan Island in New York City into the country's maximum security prison. When Air Force One is hijacked by terrorists and crashes into New York City, ex-soldier and federal prisoner Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is given 24 hours to rescue the President of the United States. Carpenter wrote the film in the mid-1970s in reaction to the Watergate scandal. After the success of Halloween, he had enough influence to begin production and filmed it mainly in St. Louis, Missouri on an estimated budget of $6 million. Debra Hill and Larry J. Franco served as the producers. The film was co-written by Nick Castle, who had collaborated with Carpenter by portraying Michael Myers in Halloween. Escape from New York was released in the United States on July 10, 1981. The film received positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success, grossing over $25 million at the box office. The film was nominated for four Saturn Awards, including Best Science Fiction Film and Best Direction. The film became a cult classic and was followed by a sequel, Escape from L.A. (1996), which was also directed and written by Carpenter and starred Russell but was much less favorably received. Plot In 1988, following a 400% increase in crime, the United States government has turned Manhattan into a giant maximum-security prison. A 50-foot (15 m) containment wall surrounds the island, and routes out of Manhattan have been dismantled or mined, while armed helicopters patrol the rivers, and all prisoners there are sentenced to life, with no means of leaving. In 1997, NATO is engaged in an escalating war with the Soviet Union across much of Europe, which threatens to imminently become a global nuclear holocaust. While traveling to a peace summit between the United States, China and the Soviet Union, Air Force One is hijacked by a domestic terrorist posing as a stewardess. The President is given a tracking bracelet and his briefcase (containing an audiotape describing the secret to using nuclear fusion for power generation) handcuffed to his wrist — a move which could defuse hostilities and bring peace between the Superpowers. He makes it to an escape pod, and lands in Manhattan just before Air Force One crashes, killing everyone else aboard. Police are dispatched to rescue the President. However, Romero, the right-hand man of the Duke of New York (the top crime boss in the prison) warns them that the Duke has taken the President hostage, and that he will be killed if any further rescue attempts are mounted. Commissioner Bob Hauk offers a deal to Snake Plissken, a former Special Forces soldier convicted of attempting to rob the Federal Reserve in Denver, Colorado: if Snake rescues the President and retrieves the cassette tape, Hauk will arrange a presidential pardon. To ensure his compliance, Hauk has Plissken injected with micro-explosives that will rupture Snake's carotid arteries within 22 hours; if Snake returns with the President and the tape in time, Hauk will have the explosives neutralized. Snake is sent into Manhattan in a stealth glider, landing atop the World Trade Center. Snake tracks the President's life-monitor bracelet to a vaudeville theater, only to find it on the wrist of an insane old man. Convinced that the President has been killed, he radios Hauk, only to be told that he will be shot down if he tries to come back out empty-handed. Soon afterwards he meets "Cabbie," a long-serving New York taxi-driver who has been driving the streets of Manhattan for 30 years and somehow managed to remain in the city after its conversion to an open prison. Cabbie takes Snake in his armored taxi cab to Harold "Brain" Hellman, an adviser to the Duke and a former associate of Snake's, who is a brilliant engineer and has established a base in New York Central Library with an oil-pumping engine and a small refinery, which keeps the remainder of the city's cars and machinery running. Hellman betrayed Snake during a long-ago robbery plot and Snake is tempted to shoot him, but Brain tells Snake that the Duke plans to unify the gangs in a mass exodus across the heavily guarded Queensboro Bridge, using the President as a human shield and a map Brain has created to avoid the landmines. Snake backs off, but forces Brain and his girlfriend Maggie to lead him to the Duke's compound at Grand Central Terminal. He finds the President, but is captured by the Duke's men. While Snake is forced to fight in a deathmatch with Slag, a prisoner, Brain and Maggie kill Romero and flee with the President. As Snake kills Slag, the Duke learns of Brain's treachery and rallies his gang to chase them. Snake, Brain, Maggie, and the President race to the World Trade Center in an attempt to use Snake's glider to escape from Manhattan. After a group of crazies destroy it, the group returns to the street and encounters Cabbie, who offers to take them across the bridge. When Cabbie reveals that he has the secret tape (having traded it to Romero earlier for his hat), the President demands it, but Snake keeps it. The Duke pursues the group onto the bridge in his customized Cadillac, setting off mines as he tries to catch up. With Brain navigating through the minefield, Snake manages to avoid most of the explosives, but the cab hits a mine and is blown in half, killing Cabbie. As the group flees on foot, Brain is killed when he steps on another mine. Maggie refuses to leave him. She stands in the middle of the road, shooting at the Duke's car until he runs her down, killing her. Snake and the President reach the perimeter wall, and the guards raise the President on a rope. The Duke opens fire on the wall, killing the guards and forcing Snake to dive for cover, but the President shoots the Duke dead with one of the guard's machine guns. Snake is lifted to safety, and the micro-explosives in his neck are neutralized. As the President prepares for a televised speech to the leaders at the summit meeting, he thanks Snake for saving him and tells him that he can have anything he wants. All Snake asks for is how he feels about the people who died saving him, but the President only offers half-hearted regret. As Snake walks away in disgust, Hauk offers Snake a job as his Deputy — Snake demurs, neither saying yes or no. The President's speech commences, and he offers the contents of the cassette; to his embarrassment, the tape is Cabbie's cassette of the song "Bandstand Boogie". As Snake walks away, he intentionally tears the magnetic tape out of the cassette reel, with the actual message that was intended to be delivered by the President. Development Carpenter originally wrote the screenplay for Escape from New York in 1976, in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal. Carpenter said, "The whole feeling of the nation was one of real cynicism about the President. I wrote the screenplay and no studio wanted to make it "because, according to Carpenter, "it was too dark, too violent, too scary, and too weird." He had been inspired by the film Death Wish, which was very popular at the time. He did not agree with this film's philosophy but liked how it conveyed "the sense of New York as a kind of jungle, and I wanted to make a science fiction film along these lines". Casting AVCO Embassy Pictures, the film's financial backer, preferred either Charles Bronson or Tommy Lee Jones to play the role of Snake Plissken to Carpenter's choice of Kurt Russell, who was trying to overcome the "lightweight" screen image conveyed by his roles in several Disney comedies. Carpenter refused to cast Bronson on the grounds that he was too old, and because he worried that he could lose directorial control over the picture with an experienced actor. At the time, Russell described his character as "a mercenary, and his style of fighting is a combination of Bruce Lee, The Exterminator, and Darth Vader, with Eastwood's vocal-ness." All that matters to Snake, according to the actor, is "the next 60 seconds. Living for exactly that next minute is all there is." Russell used a rigorous diet and exercise program in order to develop a lean and muscular build. He also endeavored to stay in character between takes and throughout the shooting, as he welcomed the opportunity to get away from the Disney comedies he had done previously. He did fin necessary to remove the eyepatch between takes, as wearing it constantly seriously affected his depth perception. Pre-production Carpenter had just made Dark Star but no one wanted to hire him as a director, so he assumed he would make it in Hollywood as a screenwriter. The filmmaker went on to do other films with the intention of making Escape later. After the success of Halloween, Avco-Embassy signed him and producer Debra Hill to a two-picture deal. The first film from this contract was The Fog. Initially, the second film he was going to make to finish the contract was The Philadelphia Experiment, but because of script-writing problems, Carpenter rejected it in favor of this project. However, Carpenter felt something was missing and recalls, "This was basically a straight action film. And at one point, I realized it really doesn't have this kind of crazy humor that people from New York would expect to see."He brought in Nick Castle, a friend from his film school days at University of Southern California who played "The Shape" in Halloween. Castle invented the Cabbie character and came up with the film's ending. The film's setting proved to be a potential problem for Carpenter, who needed to create a decaying, semi-destroyed version of New York City on a shoe-string budget. He and the film's production designer Joe Alves rejected shooting on location in New York City because it would be too hard to make it look like a destroyed city. Carpenter suggested shooting on a movie back lot but Alves nixed that idea "because the texture of real street is not like a back lot." They sent Barry Bernardi, their location manager (and associate producer), "on a sort of all-expense-paid trip across the country looking for the worst city in America," producer Debra Hill remembers. Bernardi suggested East St. Louis, Illinois, because it was filled with old buildings "that exist in New York now, and [that] have that seedy run-down quality" that the team was looking for. East St. Louis, sitting across the Mississippi River from the more prosperous St. Louis, Missouri, had entire neighborhoods burned out in 1976 during a massive urban fire. Hill said in an interview, "block after block was burnt-out rubble. In some places there was absolutely nothing, so that you could see three and four blocks away." As well, Alves found an old bridge to double for the "69th St. Bridge". The filmmaker purchased the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge for one dollar from the government and then gave it back to them, for the same amount, once production was completed, "so that they wouldn't have any liability," Hill remembers. Locations across the river in St. Louis, Missouri were used, including Union Station and the Fox Theatre, both of which have since been renovated, as well as the building which would eventually become the Schlafly Tap Room microbrewery. Filming Carpenter and his crew persuaded the city to shut off the electricity to ten blocks at a time at night. The film was shot from August to November 1980. It was a tough and demanding shoot for the filmmaker as he recalls. "We'd finish shooting at about 6 am and I'd just be going to sleep at 7 when the sun would be coming up. I'd wake up around 5 or 6 pm, depending on whether or not we had dailies, and by the time I got going, the sun would be setting. So for about two and a half months I never saw daylight, which was really strange." The gladiatorial fight to the death scene between Snake and Slag (played by professional wrestler Ox Baker) was filmed in the Grand Hall at St. Louis Union Station. Russell has stated, "That day was a nightmare. All I did was swing a [spiked] bat at that guy and get swung at in return. He threw a trash can in my face about five times ... I could have wound up in pretty bad shape." In addition to shooting on location in St. Louis, Carpenter shot parts of the film in Los Angeles. Various interior scenes were shot on a sound stage; the final scenes were shot at the Sepulveda Dam, in Sherman Oaks. New York served as a location, as did Atlanta, to use their futuristic-looking rapid-transit system. In New York City, Carpenter persuaded federal officials to grant access to Liberty Island. "We were the first film company in history allowed to shoot on Liberty Island at the Statue of Liberty at night. They let us have the whole island to ourselves. We were lucky. It wasn't easy to get that initial permission. They'd had a bombing three months earlier and were worried about trouble". The simulated wire-frame effect Carpenter was interested in creating two distinct looks for the movie. "One is the police state, high tech, lots of neon, a United States dominated by underground computers. That was easy to shoot compared to the Manhattan Island prison sequences which had few lights, mainly torch lights, like feudal England". Certain matte paintings were rendered by James Cameron, who was at the time a special effects artist with Roger Corman's New World Pictures. Cameron was also one of the directors of photography on the film. As Snake pilots the glider into the city, there are three screens on his control panel displaying wireframe animations of the landing target on the World Trade Center and surrounding buildings. Carpenter wanted high-tech computer graphics, which were very expensive, even for such a simple animation. The effects crew filmed the miniature model set of New York City they used for other scenes under black light, with reflective tape placed along every edge of the model buildings. Only the tape is visible and appears to be a 3D wireframe animation. Reception Escape from New York opened in New York and Los Angeles July 10, 1981. The film grossed $25.2 million in American theaters in summer 1981. The film received generally positive reviews. As of March 3, 2019, it had a rating of 87% on Rotten Tomatoes from 60 reviews, with the critical consensus "Featuring an atmospherically grimy futuristic metropolis, Escape from New York is a strange, entertaining jumble of thrilling action and oddball weirdness". Newsweek magazine wrote of Carpenter "[He has a] deeply ingrained B-movie sensibility - which is both his strength and limitation. He does clean work, but settles for too little. He uses Russell well, however". In Time magazine, Richard Corliss wrote, "John Carpenter is offering this summer's moviegoers a rare opportunity: to escape from the air-conditioned torpor of ordinary entertainment into the hothouse humidity of their own paranoia. It's a trip worth taking". Vincent Canby, in his review for The New York Times, wrote, "[The film] is not to be analyzed too solemnly, though. It's a toughly told, very tall tale, one of the best escape (and escapist) movies of the season."In his review for the Chicago Reader, Dave Kehr, wrote "it fails to satisfy–it gives us too little of too much". Cyberpunk pioneer William Gibson credits the film as an influence on his novel Neuromancer. "I was intrigued by the exchange in one of the opening scenes where the Warden says to Snake 'You flew the Gullfire over Leningrad, didn't you?' It turns out to be just a throwaway line, but for a moment it worked like the best SF where a casual reference can imply a lot." Popular videogame director Hideo Kojima has referred to the film frequently as an influence on his work, in particular the Metal Gear series. Solid Snake is partially influenced by Snake Plissken. In Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Snake uses the alias "Pliskin" to hide his real identity during most of the game. J. J. Abrams, producer of the 2008 film Cloverfield, mentioned that a scene in his film, which shows the head of the Statue of Liberty crashing into a New York street, was inspired by the poster for Escape from New York. Empire magazine ranked Snake Plissken #29 in their "The 100 Greatest Movie Characters" poll. DVD releases Escape from New York was released on DVD twice by MGM (USA), and once by Momentum Pictures (UK). One MGM release is a barebones edition containing just the theatrical trailer. Another version is the Collector's Edition, a two-disc set featuring a High Definition remastered transfer with a 5.1 Stereo audio track, two commentaries (one by John Carpenter and Kurt Russell, another by producer Debra Hill and Joe Alves), a making-of featurette, the first issue of a comic book series titled John Carpenter's Snake Plissken Chronicles, and the ten-minute Colorado bank robbery deleted opening sequence. MGM's special edition of the 1981 film was not released until 2003 because the original negative had gone missing. The workprint containing deleted scenes finally turned up in the Hutchinson, Kansas salt mine film depository. The excised scenes feature Snake Plissken robbing a bank, introducing the character of Plissken and establishing a backstory. Director John Carpenter decided to add the original scenes into the special edition release as an extra only: "After we screened the rough cut, we realized that the movie didn't really start until Snake got to New York. It wasn't necessary to show what sent him there." The film has been released on the UMD format for Sony's PlayStation Portable. Blu-ray release On August 3, 2010, MGM Home Entertainment released Escape From New York as a bare-bones Blu-ray. Scream Factory, in association with Shout! Factory, released the film on a special edition Blu-ray on April 21, 2015. Novelization In 1981, Bantam Books published a movie tie-in novelization written by Mike McQuay that adopts a lean, humorous style reminiscent of the film. The novel is significant because it includes scenes that were cut out of the film, such as the Federal Reserve Depository robbery that results in Snake's incarceration. The novel provides motivation and backstory to Snake and Hauk — both disillusioned war veterans — deepening their relationship that was only hinted at it in the film. The novel explains how Snake lost his eye during the Battle for Leningrad in World War III, how Hauk became warden of New York, and Hauk's quest to find his crazy son who lives somewhere in the prison. The novel fleshes out the world that these characters exist in, at times presenting a future even bleaker than the one depicted in the film. The book explains that the West Coast is a no-man's land, and the country's population is gradually being driven crazy by nerve gas as a result of World War III. Comic Books Marvel Comics released the one-shot The Adventures of Snake Plissken in January 1997. The story takes place sometime between Escape from New York and before his famous Cleveland escape mentioned in Escape from L.A. Snake has robbed Atlanta's Center for Disease Control of some engineered metaviruses and is looking for buyers in Chicago. Finding himself in a deal that's really a set-up, he makes his getaway and exacts revenge on the buyer for ratting him out to the United States Police Force. In the meantime, a government lab has built a robot called A.T.A.C.S. (Autonomous Tracking And Combat System) that can catch criminals by imprinting their personalities upon its program in order to predict and anticipate a specific criminal's every move. The robot's first test subject is America's public enemy number one, Snake Plissken. After a brief battle, the tide turns when A.T.A.C.S. copies Snake to the point of fully becoming his personality. Now recognizing the government as the enemy, A.T.A.C.S. sides with Snake. Unamused, Snake sucker punches the machine and destroys it. As A.T.A.C.S. shuts down, it can only ask him, "Why?" Snake just walks off answering, "I don't need the competition". In 2003, CrossGen published John Carpenter's Snake Plissken Chronicles, a four-part comic book miniseries. The story takes place a day or so after the events of Escape from New York. Snake has been given a military Humvee after his presidential pardon and makes his way to Atlantic City. Although the director's cut of Escape from New York shows Snake was caught after a bank job, this story has Snake finishing up a second heist that was pre-planned before his capture. The job entails stealing the car in which John F. Kennedy was assassinated from a casino before delivering it to a buyer in the Gulf of Mexico. Snake partners with a man named Marrs who ends up double crossing him. Left for dead in a sinking crab cage, Snake escapes and is saved by a passing fisherman named Captain Ron (an in-joke referring to Kurt Russell's 1992 comedy, Captain Ron). When Ron denies Snake's request to use his boat in order to beat Marrs to the robbery, Snake decides to kill him. When Snake ends up saving Ron from the Russian mob who wants money, Ron changes his mind and helps Snake. Once at the casino, Snake comes face-to-face with Marrs and his men, who arrive at the same time, ending in a high-speed shootout. Snake gets away with the car and its actress portraying Jackie Kennedy, leaving Marrs to be caught by the casino owner, who cuts him a deal to bring his car back and live. After some trouble, Snake manages to finally get the car to the buyer's yacht, using Ron's boat, and is then attacked by Marrs. Following the firefight, the yacht and car are destroyed, Marrs and Captain Ron are dead, and Snake makes his escape in a helicopter with the 30 million credits owed to him for the job. In 2014, BOOM! Studios began publishing an Escape From New York comic book by writer, Christopher Sebela. The first issue of the series was released on December 3, 2014 and the story picks up moments after the end of the film. BOOM! released a crossover comics miniseries between Snake and Jack Burton titled Big Trouble in Little China / Escape from New York in October 2016. Sequel Main article: Escape from L.A. A sequel, Escape from L.A., was released in 1996, with Carpenter returning along with Russell, now also acting as producer and co-writer.
[Intro] I'm a 41 year old mom and have been on reddit for almost 4 years...
I just found this sub and find it amaz[on]ing. (Did I just do that? Yes, I did, yeesh. ) I'm a database analyst for a casino on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. I survived Hurricane Katrina, the BP Oil Spill, and every humid summer of South Mississippi since 1979, when I moved here. I love books, I dabble in gaming (and I mean, dabble), I adore my children, and love trivia, especially about books and movies. I love to cook, but I want to learn to cook well and I love reddit! That's the short version. Definitely comment or ask questions. I'll be here all day!
According to the search feature this comes up every once in a while, but the sub didn't seem to have all that much activity so I'll just this post it anyways.... =P I got a job offer yesterday for a position that ostensibly requires me to be based in the the Jackson area. This is so that I can be in reasonable proximity to a good portion of greater Mississippi, northern LA, and East Arkansas. Lots of travel, good money, and I think I'm going to take it. I'm originally from Fayetteville, AR but have lived in Little Rock and Jonesboro at different times. I can't imagine Jackson being all that different than Little Rock, but I've only driven through Jackson a few times before. I would love if there were some areas around Jackson with a similar feel to Northwest Arkansas. If any of you know what I'm talking about, I would love some feedback. I've been trying to read up on the area and a lot of old posts highly recommend the burbs (Ridgeland/Madison/Flowood/Brandon). Do you have any advice on areas to live? I'm mulling over an apartment in order to familiarize with the area, but I'm not opposed to renting a house either. I have a great dog that I'd love to bring down right away but the family offered to watch her while I get settled. I'm not really a free spirit hipster or anything like that, but I guess I appreciate some of the arts and culture stuff. I'm trying to be more active and love being outside.
Rapid fire bullet questions to get things started:
What makes the Jackson area special?
Would you do anything different if you were new and have previously moved to the area?
Best ways to meet people in the area?
What is fun to do? Is there a nightlife?
There seems like decent stuff within driving distance, gulf-coast, Casinos, etc. What is worth the time?
Are there running trails/bike trails/ or decent parks?
What gyms could you highly recommend?
Best Internet Service providers or mobile networks in the state? ex. Sprint sucks balls in Arkansas, but is great in KCMO.
I'm a huge CFB fan. Who do the fans in Jackson seem to favor? Ole Miss, Miss St, LSU?
Demographically, are there many young active people in the metro area?
Talk about whatever you like really. No more wall of text, if you guys have any questions. I'll check this thread out pretty often over the next few days. So feel free to AMA.
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Ok so I'm interested in this tournament in mississippi next month at beau rivage, its a 300k gtd, its during the gulf coast poker championship and the 300k is listed for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and it says its event 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D, does that mean it will be four separate 300k gtd tournaments or does that mean that it will only be one 300k gtd tournament that will run that whole weekend, thanks, sorry I'm a little confused, never played a tournament at the casino before
Here's the deal. I live in Denver Colorado. Couple of years ago the state of Colorado legalized recreational use of marijuana, since then there has been a mass migration to the state. The city has also been undergoing a lot of gentrification. When you combine 200 people a day moving to the city of Denver and all the new buildings are luxury apartments, it puts the squeeze on blue collar people like myself. I paint houses for a living, I also teach music at the School of Rock. I make about 15 dollars an hour and work about 60 hours a week. Annually I make roughly $23,000 a year. When I moved back to Denver after attending the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles I was able to get a studio apartments for $500 a month. That's totally doable on many salaries. But this past year it's not been the case. The building I live in was purchased by an investment company who are going to renovate the entire building. The process for doing this first is denying the renewal of a lease. Every single person that lives in the building when their lease expires they are unable to sign a new lease for a year 6 months or even month to month. This is a very large building with over 500 units, of various sizes from Studio, one bedroom, and 2 bathrooms. I would like to move back into the same apartment I live in now, but the rent will be $950. Based on what I make a month and what I make a year that's more than 35 % of my income. The fact is you can't find an apartment anywhere in this city. Way more people are moving here than the city can hold, and Apartments don't stay on Craigslist for more than 12 hours. I've spent over $250 in the past month on credit checks only to be denied because I don't make enough money or they just simply decided to rent to someone else despite my credit score being in the 700s. I could get a roommate, move into a one or two bedroom... but I've had nothing but bad experiences in the past with roommates, bed bugs, being stolen from, bed bugs, destroying the property, bed bugs, skipping out on the rent, bed bugs, completely disappearing (once she left her dog with us and just simply disappeared for 2 months no rent) bed bugs. I can't trust other people especially with my wild and crazy Golden Retriever which I love to death. I also really cannot justify paying $1000 for a studio apartment, I know times are changing and soon this will be the norm due to inflation but it just happened within one lease, and wages haven't caught up yet. So here's my plan. I am selling my Honda Civic I've had for almost 10 years. I recently purchased a Toyota Tacoma which I will find a camper or bad ass topper. I am selling five out of my 7 Instruments including an upright bass, 5 out of 6 amplifiers, an 88 weighted key synthesizer, my pedalboard, one of my computers, my television, and really anything I can sell. My sister has agreed to let me use some of her storage space that I will use for my futon one of my bases, and anything else I can't sell. I'm going to keep: an army duffel bag and a 2 backpacks, about a dozen or 20 pairs of socks, four or five pairs of underwear. A pair of jeans 2 pairs of cargo shorts and a pair of dress pants as well as two dress shirts and about 10 t-shirts, 2 hats a pair of dress shoes and a pair of sneakers, a hoodie, a jacket, and 3 belts. In one backpack will have my laptop and charger, as well as some random things that I will need. The other backpack will contain most of my hygiene things shampoo soap razor blade, first aid, basic bathroom essentials. My duffle bag will be full of most of my clothes. ( I'm a graduate of a pristine military academy and I've had to do some field training exercises with everything in your wall locker in the same type of double bag) a longboard skateboard, my Mexican Fender Jazz Bass, a neo fender rumble 40, an army cot with pad. A tackle box which will be used in a toolbox for very basic tools such as the allen wrenches I need for my bass and skateboard crescent wrench hammer, screwdriver, utility knife. I will keep a super awesome Tupperware bowl that I have that I can use to microwave anything from potatoes to ramen noodles, as well as what is a hobo knife ( it's got a spoon and a fork like a camping knife) The paint company I work for does not do interior work and they close in the winter time. They have a shower in their headquarters, as well as a coffee machine. I have put in my two weeks notice at my music teaching job so that I can work overtime hours Painting until the end of Painting season (my birthday November 22) I will sleep in the truck, get up in the morning use my company's shower to shave n shit, I'll use their kitchen to make coffee and then go paint houses until it gets dark when I can go to a coffee shop or bar to internet my troubles away and charge my phone and computer. I will get a p.o box at the post office, and use my brother or sister's address for anything I need shipped. I will take the opportunity to crash at or use a shower at a friends house which I'm sure I will take advantage of at least once a week. It's going to start getting cold and I might have to crash at houses more often as the cold sets in. As soon as the Painting season is over I will start... Phase 2: "it's all about that bass" of my homelessness journey. Not having to pay for rent and working overtime hours I will have a small fortune saved up. Phase 2 I will travel to various cities that are known for having a music scene along the south. I will stay in each city crashing in Walmart parking lots and using coffee shops and bars for Internet and electricity to charge my phone and computer. I will get a gym membership at a chain gym (such as Ballys or 24 hour fitness) so that I may use their showers. I have acquired passes to the National Association of music merchants or NAMM convention in Anaheim California the third week of January. this is a huge deal and an expo like this I can make many more connections (this will be my third appearance and third useing different route of pass... what I mean is you can't buy a ticket and you can't just walk in, you need to be invited. You are issued a pass through a person who is either a merchant or buyer as a visitor. They need your information as they will scan your ID to verify your authenticity... fucking sweet!) I will stay in Los Angeles for 1 to 3 weeks. I went to college there and my ex wife still lives there. I can find a lot of jam spots and crash on many couches. I will go to Las Vegas NV, where I will craigslist myself deep into their music scene. I will try to acquire and get get a casino as I am a complished musician that is very good at sight reading. I will travel to Austin Texas where I have several connections in the music industry and I will make several more over the period of 1 to 3 weeks. I will travel to New Orleans where I am almost guaranteed (but nothing in life is guaranteed) to meet hundreds of amazing jazz musicians. I will spend time in Nashville Tennessee, and maybe from what I hear Athens Georgia has a great music scene. I will be using credit and craigslist as well as Facebook and Twitter to network as much as I can. I will try to secure an audition for a cruise ship while I'm in the Florida area. One of my best friends is a an old senior citizen who is one of the best musicians I've ever known he's in the same boat I am in being gentrification- ized... ated...ed... he can't make his rent on a fixed income because he's retired. ( he has a joke about how he's moving to LA... lower Alabama, apparently there's some great places to rent on the Gulf Coast) I will definitely be meeting up with him and trying to secure a casino gig near Biloxi Mississippi. Phase 3 "the wrap up" looking at everything I've experienced, I still have a job in Denver with a 401k that starts back up in March painting houses. Maybe the rental market will come back down to reality. Maybe they will offer me a raise seeing that I've lived homeless, and that they need to paint a record amount of houses and they have to pay their best manager a living wage. Other people in the city of Denver will go through the same thing I just went through. But if that doesn't work out I will have months of job offers and exploring experience in my pocket. Many people tell me I might not come back from New Orleans. I was there on tour with a band before Katrina. Only two cities I've ever visited have I said the words " we don't NEED to go back to Colorado. We could stay here, find jobs and get an apartment" and those cities were New Orleans and Hollywood California, and I lived in Hollywood California for several years. If I get a well paying job at a casino in a cover band I might not come back, I might just end my journey and set up shop. Who knows maybe I'll get a gig on a cruise ship and be able to live rent free for 6 more months. Maybe I'll find a job in the public school system in Las Vegas they're currently having a teacher crisis. Maybe I'll patch things up with my ex wife and stay in Los Angeles. Maybe I'll meet the love of my life in Austin Texas, maybe everything will fall apart and I'll have to stay in Macon Georgia doing things I never thought I would do for money. While I'm not really a hopeless homeless person, I have many skills and I work very hard. An unlikely inspiration for a musician is Arnold Schwarzenegger, I will live by his keys to success. Believe in yourself, never give up, work hard, and give back. It really stinks that I can't afford to live in the city my family has lived in for decades. I'm sick of being called an asshole for telling people to stop moving here, but really we can't support all these people. This city is losing someone who volunteers their time for free every week to teach people how to play in a jazz group. (come on down for the jazz jam at strange grounds on S Broadway every Saturday night) Menver is losing a teacher and a blue collar painter, it's losing one of its natives. But you have to make the best of a bad situation, maybe I'll fall flat on my face maybe I'll come out king of the mountain... I don't know and that's life.
4th Due South Tattoo Expo - Biloxi, MS USA - March 23-25, 2018
Due South Tattoo & Art Expo is the first of its kind to ever hit the Gulf Coast. It brings a real sense of the Tattoo Community with a lot of Southern flair. Due South Tattoo & Art Expo will be held at the Golden Nugget Biloxi Casino & Resort on March 23rd -25th where southern hospitality will be on full display ranging from atmosphere, charm and entertainment. Due South Tattoo & Art Expo is hosted by Matt Stebly and Twisted Anchor Tattoo Gallery of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. http://www.duesouthtattoo.com/https://www.tattoosanonymous.com/threads/4th-due-south-tattoo-expo.160/
So I work at the biggest casino on the gulf coast of Mississippi as a Valet. I love the job and I love working nightshift (we call it graveyard). On an average Thursday night, absolutely nothing interesting or eventful happens, but I guess it technically wasn't Thursday anymore, but early Friday the 13th, things got wtf really fast. I had been talking to a crazy hot drunk girl (perks of the job) for a while. I had mentioned how slow graveyard shift usually is. Five minutes after saying this a hairy, heavyset, shirtless man comes walking out the door from the casino to the valet area I was working at that night. He turns around to face the casino and does the most impressive double flip off I've ever seen to six of our upper level security guards. (These would be the guards that break kneecaps in the heist movies.) He then proceeds to turn around, lower his pants, and stick his butt to the glass of the door. He loudly (and drunkenly) shouts, "Come walk this out, bitches!" After seeing the rear of this obese drunkard's hindquarters, the security guards pace grows from a menacing walk into a fast walk. He then proceeded to run into the prohibited Valet parking area. He never quite got his pants all the way back up, so he's more like waddling with his butt hanging out. I was confused at this part as to why he was running for a dead end. The only thing that was there was the barrier and then a two story drop into the water. Security, knowing this, goes back to their menacing walk stance and walks towards the man slowly. Then the crazy jumps. He jumps off the side of a two story parking garage into the conveniently placed Gulf of Mexico. Security didn't see him jump, nor did they expect him to go olympic diver over the side, so they were perplexed to see that he had vanished. They later found him running towards the casino in nothing but his underwear. Somehow he lost his pantaloons during the swimming trip. Security gets him and hands him over to the police when they arrive. Then the girl he was with walked up to me to ask if I could call security to find her keys. I asked her if she knew that he had jumped and said, "Yeah. That's cool. I need my fucking keys." I laughed at her response and called security for her. She was not pleased to hear that his pants were never found because her keys were in there. Great night. TL:DR A guy pulled down his pants and jumped off a two story parking garage and his girlfriend didn't care.
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