John Manelos City Council

It defies logic that a former BP executive is going to lecture Fairhope citizens about contamination of the Mobile Bay.

Are the citizens of Fairhope suppose to forget about the fact that he personally oversaw the BP “cleanup”?

Is he that SLICK or is it his “good Vibes”?

The BP guy on the paddle board seems to be living up to BP standards. He is blocking comments on his Facebook page.

This is a clear violation of FREE SPEECH and a perfect example why people have such bitter feelings towards BP.


This comment was taken down within a couple hours of being posted on the BP paddle board page.

Lesley PaceyTue, Jul 28, 7:28 PM (12 hours ago)

Mayor Karin Wilson already started the process to revamp the aging sewage system in Fairhope – something that would not have been done without her pushing for change. She is relieved that ADEM and the state attorney general is mandating improvements that she started because city leaders can no longer look the other way while they pollute our bay. Her heart is in the right place. That being said, I find it very disingenuous that someone who by his own admission was one of a select few BP employees to be appointed to head the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster cleanup is suddenly an environmentalist. Where was your concern for Fairhope and Mobile Bay during the oil spill when BP dumped nearly 2 million gallons of Corexit dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico?

As we now know, Corexit made the oil 52 times more toxic. It causes damage to all organs of the body, wreaks havoc on neurological systems and causes cancer. The oil spill sparked a massive health crisis all along the Gulf Coast and these health effects, exacerbated by BP’s unprecedented use of Corexit and deliberately putting cleanup workers, response personnel, residents and tourists in harm’s way to save face and reduce fines is unconscionable. I know many who are sick and who have died as a result of their exposure. These folks were lied to, told it was safe, denied PPE because of how it looked and families were told the beaches were open for business. I have no patience for this. Let’s talk about that for awhile.

Lesley Pacey

Another post that the guy on the paddle board deleted, within minutes, read as follows:

“Correct me if I’m wrong didn’t BP cause the greatest environmental disaster in US history and changed with gross negligence. Corexit was used during cleanup that you are so proud to be a part of.

Negatively affecting millions of gulf coast citizens”.

So the ultimate cover your ass move is to come up with a pledge that eliminates free speech. The Fairhope “good Vibes” Pledge, craps all over Free Speech.

John Manelos City Council

This Pledge is nothing more than a mask meant to conceal, any past history, of those running for office. It eliminates any mentioning of past bad acts or police reports, candidates and incumbents have in their closet.


Please read this while on a paddle board, with wine, while listing to a Jimmy Buffet song, at sunset.

Fairhope “Good Vibes” Pledge?

In this climate of toxic political discussion, where positive ideas are so often lost in a barrage of personal attacks, imagine a world in which candidates running for public office spoke only about their accomplishments, their positions on issues important to their constituents, and their visions for the future. We have an opportunity to do that in Fairhope right now!

Four candidates are vying for election as Fairhope’s Mayor. In his Lagniappe interview, candidate John Manelos said, “I am running a positive campaign and will not say anything negative about our current mayor or any other candidate.”

Sherry Sullivan declared her candidacy a few days later and issued the same pledge.

I have not yet heard those pledges echoed by Incumbent Karin Wilson or the fourth person in the race, Annette Sanders. I hope they will both do that soon – in the Lagniappe and elsewhere in the public media.

If this dream of focusing on issues, not character assassination, is to succeed, it must begin right away. Sadly, just days after the full slate was announced, vitriolic, slanderous claims began appearing online– not written by the candidates themselves, but by their partisans.

So I would hope that all candidates would add one more sentence to their pledge: “Not only do I pledge to personally run a positive, issue-based campaign, I will also publicly repudiate anyone who engages in the practice of attack, innuendo and insults of my opponents in a misguided effort to support me.”

Now, before the cries of “FREE SPEECH!” begin, let me emphasize that voluntarily agreeing to run a clean campaign is NOT a violation of free speech. And no one is claiming that the Constitution doesn’t guarantee everyone’s right to behave like a horse’s … whatever in the name of “helping” your candidate.

But a candidate pledging to stay above the fray—while encouraging others to fling mud on your behalf– obviously violates the spirit of honest, civil debate. And letting your most fervent followers know that you don’t want that kind of “support” would reduce the ugliness significantly.

We have several intelligent, dedicated candidates running for Mayor. Whomever you support, please let them know that you also support their participation in this Fairhope “Good Vibes” Pledge.

Think about it folks what is it “good Vibes” does not want exposed? Hey “good vibes” read this, it is what happens when you deny Free Speech.


This is what happens when you deny or alter Free Speech:


So lets walk on eggs and not discuss the BP history, BP Fraud, or how Alabama is number one in political corruption?

What about the 3B’s and Scary Sherry all being CATALYST.

Here is the Ripp Report Pledge:

I am going to tell everyone, who will listen, the truth. I am going to expose corruption, CATALYST/ Scott Boone, the good ole boys, backroom deals and the most nasty corrupt politicians to ever be elected to office. I am going to send a message to women, VOTE OUT the BULLIES OF WOMEN, Burrell Boone and Brown. I am going to expose those who trample on Free Speech, like the BP paddle board guy with “good Vibes”. I am going to document complaints and I will never F—–g give up until the good ole boys, the status quo, are shoved out the door.

If you are looking for “Good vibes”, then get on the paddle board and put your head in the sea, I hope you can hold your breath for a very long time. If you want raw truth, as ugly as it is, then stay tuned to the Ripp Report.

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48 Comments on "OIL “SLICK”"

  1. I know his ex. He has MUCH to hide behind this pledge. How convenient, player.

    Hey Manelos…you made a mistake.
    What about the new wife? She know your m.o.?

  2. https://truthout.org/articles/when-covering-up-a-crime-takes-precedence-over-human-health-bp-s-toxic-gulf-coast-legacy/

    Everything is not alright, I have spent the last 9 years as a Nurse fighting for the People of the Gulf.

    • Francis Ripp | July 29, 2020 at 3:58 pm |

      Thank You ,many people have forgotten about the BP spill and do not know of the lasting effects.

  3. Gigolo is more like it. He better put a lock on that cap gun during the campaign! I feel.sorry for his ex. Awful what he did to her. Shamed her.

  4. Manelos the public doctrine defines public scrutiny of aspiring public officials. If you lied to your wife you will lie to the voters.


  5. Manelos is slicker than eel shit on a wet slip n slide…not to be trusted. Think carpetbagger.

  6. Anonymous | July 29, 2020 at 5:33 pm |

    He is bad news

  7. Oh the irony. It’s okay for a no nothing political hack like Ripp to lecture the good people of Fairhope, but the same village idiot loses his peanut sized mind when somebody else appears to do the same.

    • Francis Ripp | July 29, 2020 at 9:07 pm |

      Here you are again posting under someone else name, typical CATALYST. It appears this post really got ya!

  8. Seems like Mister Man wants to write the rules of conduct to suit his past.

    Nice try guy.

    • “imagine a world in which candidates running for public office spoke only about their accomplishments, their positions on issues important to their constituents, and their visions for the future.”

      BP guy on paddle board sounds pretty patronizing. We are not idiots. I appreciate the fact that Mayor Wilson sticks to accompliahments and vision. She is the only one who has results.

      His innuendos are undermining our Mayor. Doesn’t sound like good vibes to me. Sounds like he makes a good candidate for a politician!

      I don’t need any more lessons from BP guy.

      Concern now is Sherry’s Catalyst backing and the thought of going back to the good ol boy crap. Mayor Wilson has brought the City forward and we do not don’t want to go back to the old regime.

  9. I just love carpet baggers coming in thinking that they are the saviors for this town
    Fact: this town was already nice before they came
    Fact: they moved here because it was already nice
    Fact: the carpet baggers think they made it nice
    Fact: the carpet baggers are ruining this town
    Fact/. They either need to shut up or go back to the places that they ruined

  10. Larry Harmon | July 29, 2020 at 8:32 pm |

    Since you can not refute his policies and goals, you attack the man personally. This is what scoundrels do when they have nothing else. Real classy. You must really fear his candidacy.

    • Francis Ripp | July 29, 2020 at 9:05 pm |

      You need to re read the article it is the BP guy on the paddle board suppressing Free Speech. You want to shoot the messenger.

    • Anonymous | July 30, 2020 at 4:46 pm |

      I just have a problem that Manilow (or how ever you spell his name) is just another KNOW-IT-ALL TRANSPLANT.

  11. Georgia Orwell | July 29, 2020 at 8:44 pm |

    I met John Manelos’ wife. She is lovely. What is the problem?
    I believe that Karin has worked hard but she will never be able to work cohesively with our current council members. IMHO, John Manelos would be a great Mayor that will not bring back the Kant era disasters that may come with Sherry Sullivan. He is not only well educated and extremely informed of the issues, he truly loves Fairhope.

  12. Ole Fairhoper | July 29, 2020 at 10:22 pm |

    I see that picture of him waving his arm at the pier like he built it himself
    Oh goodness! What did we Fairhopers do before these carpet baggers ride in here on their white horses to save us?

  13. No Bafoons or Jack***s this time | July 29, 2020 at 11:23 pm |

    I still cringe when I see these yard signs.
    Really someone tell me why in the world you would ever pull the lever for Kevin Bufoon, or Jack*** Burrell!
    Both of them are so busy scheming to work for the machine and make the Mayor look bad.
    They both disgust me, they simply are not kind, nor decent, and they certainly don’t have the interest of people if Fairhope in mind.
    Disappointed in both of those guys!

  14. Georgia Orwell | July 30, 2020 at 7:56 am |

    What is a ‘step-wife’? I am not familiar with the term.

    • Anonymous | July 30, 2020 at 4:43 pm |

      A step wife is what the kids call their dad’s new wife. They don’t want to use the word “Mother” so they insert “Wife” to emphasize that the step wife is daddy’s new wife and NOT the new mother.
      Clever, eh?

  15. Anonymous | July 30, 2020 at 8:26 am |

    He’s claiming 5o fix things he knows are already handled.

    I am now publicly calling him out for engaging in the practice of misleading the public into thinking he is the one that will fix what Mayor Wilson has already accomplished.

    Let’s see if he acknowledges this fact and tells the truth.

  16. I see where Manelos thought by putting F——g in his opening statement was cool. Well, it’s not John Manelos to use anything close to that word. Very typical of outsiders that come here. We don’t want anyone who uses that language to be here in Fairhope much less than be in public office. Yes, unfortunately we have a few that do and we are working on getting rid of them as we speak.

    • Anonymous | July 30, 2020 at 5:34 pm |

      Sounds sexy
      Does he kiss his new wife with that mouth?

    • Next you can claim or not claim to be a Christian. BUT, either way you do not have to use bad language to kick off your campaign or in fact not in any other situation. Way to introduce yourself to us. No smart! What’s next?

      • Chris Mathews | July 31, 2020 at 6:48 am |

        What’s next? Well for starters he can keep talking dirty to me. I kind of like it and it gives me a tingly feeling up my leg

        • You get the tingly feeling, too, Mathews? So do I when I hear Burrell speak at a council meeting

  17. Anonymous | July 30, 2020 at 4:47 pm |

    I see the Catalyst signs with Sullivan signs.
    Where can I gt a Wilson sign?

  18. I just like the current mayor. I moved here two years ago. I have seen her try and plan for sewer improvements ro no avail because of the three bees.
    I will vote for Karin and against the bees.

  19. Rhonda Puckett | July 30, 2020 at 6:25 pm |

    I don’t think the mayor is the problem.
    Just my humble opinion
    The council is another story altogether. We are going to vote them out.

  20. I am just ready for a new city council.
    It is time. These guys have dumped on Fairhope and padded their wallets. Brown built a dream home on our dime.

  21. Catalyst will be flushed into the bay as it has let the raw sewage be flushed into the bay
    But Catalyst and raw sewage are the same
    Here is looking at you Scott Boone along with your stepdad

    • Naughty! But hey, Boone is the same as the stuff that goes into the bay from the sewage plant as in raw untreated sewage caused by overflow caused by overgrowth because the council are owned by the builders and the council screws the town

  22. Has anyone derermined the selker of the land for 2.6 million?
    He allegedly kicked back some to BBB.

  23. The new voters are like 10k?
    For real?
    How do the incumbent council peeps get re-elected after growing the town irresponsibly?

    • Anonymous | July 31, 2020 at 9:52 am |

      They get re-elected because when they buy the houses in those sprawling subdivisions, the real estate agents tell them to vote for the Catalyst candidates

  24. Manelow endorsed Burrell.


    • Faux Candidate endorsed by Catalyst | July 31, 2020 at 2:45 pm |

      Mabel is endorsed Burrell? ThTs enough for me. I now do not like him
      He is just a faux candidate put in the race to force a runoff

  25. I live in Quail Creek and I will not support Wilson- I will support Sherry Sullivan. Wilson has not supported Quail Creek subdivision nor the golf course in any way. I suppose we live on the wrong side of hwy #181. Myself and 5 other houses have a drainage problem created by rain runoff coming from the golf course. After 5 cancelled, scheduled meetings, Wilson finally shows up and before she even gets back to see the problem, she is yelling that run off is the residents problem in every case – without even looking at the problem. It cost me $7,000 to fix THE CITYS PROBLEM! However; when Firethorne subdivision ( not in the city at that time) had the same type problem, the mayor authorized a concrete drainage system and redirected the runoff to protect them. It’s obvious to me, she puts no value on Quail Creek subdivision nor the city’s own golf course.

    • Hey all you Quail Creek residents. Is this person one of the rude ass people who pull out Dangerously in front of you only to drive 10 mph less than the speed limit. Stay your butt in Quail Creek if you are? Karen Wilson will always do what’s right for Fairhope and not what’s right for Burrell and the scumbags. Sounds like you need to get on a paddle board too!

    • Francis Ripp | August 3, 2020 at 4:04 pm |

      The council makes those decisions and drainage issues due to golf course have existed since it was built.So a vote for Sherry is for going backwards to good ole boy deals and development approval for Firefly? Really would it surprise you to know Councilman Catalyst Boone has an interest in Firefly? Your drainage issues are the result of how business is done.

      • Boone has an interest in that cookie cutter overpriced subdivision? Another reason why Boone MUST be voted out.
        This council enriched itself at OUT expense

  26. Dear Mr Ripp,
    The comments on your posts are longer than the posts themselves.
    What does this mean?

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