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“And you didn’t punch her in the face?”

Posted by schroeder915 on December 4, 2006

This was Spud McConnell’s reaction to Bobby Jindal’s remark on WWL last week that he met with the future Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, to discuss the vital OCS revenue-sharing legislation.

No, Spud didn’t ask Bobby Jindal why he couldn’t get his legislation passed, and why Mary Landrieu’s bill is now the only one being considered.

No, Spud didn’t ask Jindal if he was playing politics for the Bush administration, and harming Louisiana’s interests, by trying to lift the federal protection from coastal drilling in other states.

No, Spud didn’t ask why, if other states thought the federal ban prevented them from pursuing coastal drilling, they haven’t already voted to allow drilling in their states, as they’ve always been allowed to do.

No, Spud didn’t ask Jindal why he didn’t work with Senator Landrieu earlier, or Nancy Pelosi, or other Democratic members of Congress, to get his legislation passed, or to have the more generous provisions of his bill inserted into Landrieu’s bill.

No, Spud didn’t ask Jindal about the effects of oil drilling activity on Louisiana’s coast, and why that might be a reason for other states to want the federal ban left in place.

Instead, Spud suggested that a member of the United States Congress, the most important institution in the most-revered democracy in the world, should punch another member in the face.

Jindal should have corrected Spud in no uncertain terms. That he didn’t suggests that he either agrees with Spud, or lacks the courage required to defend our sacred democratic institutions from assault.

Spud McConnell should be fired. Period.

If WWL doesn’t do something to remedy the intolerant stupidity of its hosts, its advertisers should drop their sponsorship of WWL, and/or WWL should lose its public license to broadcast.

There is no longer any room in Louisiana for this type of partisan invective. We have tough problems to solve. People who don’t engage in open, fact-based, civil dialog, asking tough questions of our partisan public officials, belong in the waste bin of Louisiana history.


17 Responses to ““And you didn’t punch her in the face?””

  1. Maitri said

    Isn’t it unsouthern and unmanly to hit a woman?

  2. ashley said

    Piyush will not do anything that may, at any point ever, lose him a single vote. He’ll just tell you to trust W, he’s doing the right thing, and parrot the rest of the party line.

    I can’t believe this muckfook may be the next governor.

  3. That’s why I once suggested you should be happy when they talk about sports, they can’t do any harm when they talk about sports. Well, the move to hire Mike Ditka started on talk radio, but you know what I mean. I’ve listened to Rob Couhig for the last four weekday mornings and today was the first time he didn’t talk about Karen Carter, abortion and gay marriage. Why? Because he was talking about football.

    Still, I can’t believe what the talk show’s done to McConnell. I met him when he was only known as an actor and he seemed perfectly sane. Why would he suggest that Jindal should have started a fight with a woman who’d have kicked his ass?

  4. KamaAina said

    Come to think of it, I was kind of wondering why Piyush remained silent after soon-to-be-ex-Senator Allen had his “Macaca Moment”. I guess he really takes St. Reagan’s “Eleventh Commandment” to heart: “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican”, no matter what outrageous thing he or she may do.

    A Piyush governorship would NOT bode well for the recovery effort, except for those who view it solely as a means to rack up windfall (poor choice of words ;-P) profits. Please find a way to keep it from happening.

  5. katrinacrat said

    Piyush wants to be the Gooberner at all cost! Besides, he has those “Family Values” thingies. One guy I know comes into work and sometimes speaks about what was on WWL. I always have to remind him that he can seek help for that little problem he has. He just laughs like it was a joke!

  6. Yeah, family values thingies. I still think he and his wife staged that birth stunt — it was masterful publicity, but that’s it: it was just publicity. It says nothing about the man’s position on issues, nor his complicity in the killing fields of Iraq.

    Sports? Indeed, sports today is the opiate of the masses.

    Nancy Pelosi could kick his ass and leave that redneck crying that his mama loved him that way too.

    Oh, is Spud a southern gentleman? My mistake.

  7. katrinacrat said

    Gotta admit though, seeing Nancy kick his ass would give me a major case of the giggles!

  8. F P said

    Right now is not the time to be voting on value based issues anyway. We need to frame the upcoming elections in terms that are going to have real effects on people lives. If people want a honest government that get can things done and make the right changes so that the regular people can benefit they should be focusing on economic issues. These are the issues that Republicans and other cozy politicians are afraid of discussing. Lets get everybody discussing the real issues. If we can do that, people will chose correctly.

    For instance, Republicans are against the people of Louisiana on issue like this one : Entergy Holds New Orleans for Ransom “We are heartsick at the losses our communities and employees have suffered,” said Curt L. Hebert,Hebert is a product of the corporate-political revolving door. He was appointed chairman of FERC in 2001 by Bush, but stepped down months later, in September 2001, to take his position at Entergy Corp. He was in charge of lobbying the federal government for aid money after Katrina. That put him at odds with the chairman of the Gulf Coast Recovery and Rebuilding Council, Allan B. Hubbard, whose job it was to explain to Entergy that the feds would not be underwriting the company’s New Orleans reconstruction effort.

    Or consider this story which illustrates how far these guys will go to make money. In 1936, General Motors joined forces with Firestone Tire and Rubber, Standard Oil, Phillips Petroleum and Mack Truck to form a corporation called National City Lines. The purpose of NCL was to use its immense pool of wealth to buy up trolley tracks and clean green electric systems in cities across the US, dismantle them, and replace them with diesel bus lines. The American Heritage “History of Railroads in America” notes that at this point in history quiet, pollution-free, electric train system among several others were totally destroyed.” These General Motors buses were conveniently fueled by Standard Oil and driven on Firestone Tires. Since it is illegal in America to monopolize a market, National City Lines was brought to court in 1949. They were found guilty of criminally conspiring to control the market sales of buses and related products to local transportation companies throughout the country. The Government fined them a mere $5000 for their trust violation, and broke the company apart. But that has not stopped them from finding other more obfuscated and nefarious ways to profit at the environments and our expense.

    The Sad thing is that when these guys don’t find an easy time of getting away with a lot of this stuff in other communities, they end up setting up shops in communities that are less affluent and less likely to put up resistance. Louisiana has more than its share of Big business running profit games behind the scenes with paid for local politicians. And that is why we need to get off the Values discussions and start everybody talking about the economics. What good is a few oil jobs if you lose a seafood industry and thousands of square miles of wetlands only to pay back your salaries in electric and insurance bills?

  9. thoughtcriminal said

    Consider the precursor to the electric car which was also deliberately sabotaged – the electric train, in the 50’s, as documented in the film, “Taken For a Ride. This film displays the tactics that industry players used to destroy public electric train transportation, and that are still in play today.
    The fact that US cities are full of polluting, inefficient diesel buses rather then clean efficient electric trains is a result of auto industry, tire industry and oil industry manipulations of government agencies, city politics, etc. It has nothing to do with ‘the invisible hand of the free market’ or consumer choice. Consider the difference, in economic terms, between “Emerging vs. disruptive technology”. Emerging technology is that which has no existing competition – for example, the birth of the computer industry involved emerging technology – there was nothing like it to compete with. Disruptive technology is technology that destroys an existing market – for example, imagine communications devices that worked on a direct person-to-person basis with no need for an intervening network – a bit sci-fi and very unlikely, but you can see how that would wipe out the cell-phone network cash flows. The fact is that new technologies aren’t developed unless someone sees a significant economic benefit, and as long as the competition isn’t powerful enough to squelch the new products.
    A similar, but less-documented issue, is the relationship between the birth of Prohibition, farm-produced ethanol fuel, and JD Rockefeller’s Standard Oil business practices. Prohibition destroyed the prospect of ethanol as a fuel and secured the market for automobile fuel for the fossil fuel industry. The fact that Rockefeller was a major contributer to the ‘Women’s Temperance Society” which was behind the Prohibition drive gives some credence to this notion. Alcohol consumption never decreased during Prohibition (as in the ‘Roaring Twenties’) but the mob was established (to be fair, some say this is also how Jack Kennedy got established), but the farm ethanol business was destroyed and the future of fossil fuel in the transportation industry was secured.
    Note that Henry Ford’s first vehicles were run on farm ethanol at a time when the major market for fossil fuel was in illumination. Edison’s invention of a practical electrical light was a “disruptive technology” with powerful backers, and it wiped out the illuminating fuel market. Thus, Rockefeller had to find a new market for his oil, and that new market was the transportation industry, and his major competition at that time was biofuels. He therefore had obvious reasons to support Prohibition.

  10. Jacob Janison said

    There is great story at huffingtonpost on this stuff:

    “Carter gained a reputation for political ineptitude, even though his actual record in dealing with Congress belied that image. His success rate in getting presidential initiatives through Congress was much higher than that of his predecessors Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, and successors Reagan and Bush. One might expect a president with a majority in Congress to do better than presidents facing the opposition party majorities. But Carter was also close to Johnson’s success rates, and higher than Kennedy’s record. Carter did not like to bargain and remained arrogant and aloof, but at the end of the day, he usually wound up with much of what he sought from Congress. His major problem was that the perception of his leadership did not correspond with the reality of his performance.”

    Let’s repeat that: “the perception of his leadership did not correspond with the reality of his performance.” Millions of dollars of smears and attacks will do that to a man. We see the same happening to others, over and over again, to this day. Ask Michael Dukakis or Al Gore or John Kerry or any of the multitude of victims of the right’s $mear machine.

    We know now that companies like ExxonMobil have created what investigative author George Monboit has called The Denial Industry, consisting of PR attack firms, phony grassroots “astroturf” organizations, think tanks, political front groups and others, all well-paid to confuse the public over the facts of global warming. According to Monboit,

    “By funding a large number of organisations, Exxon helps to create the impression that doubt about climate change is widespread. For those who do not understand that scientific findings cannot be trusted if they have not appeared in peer-reviewed journals, the names of these institutes help to suggest that serious researchers are challenging the consensus.”

    We can see all around us the effect of this kind of operation and the tragic consequences of the resulting delay in dealing with problems like global warming. We can see the effect of similar operations on our health care policies, our disappearing pensions, our low minimum wage, our campaign finance system, our reduced job security and so many other areas.

  11. anti-hypocrit said

    I agree with some of the things you tend to say, however, your consistent use of the term “redneck” when focusing on people who disagree with you really detracts from taking you too seriously. Thet term is disparaging, not unlike another certain term that begins with the letter “n”.
    They both refer to the same type of person, just of different skin color. Same goes to “cracker”, etc. I’m quite sure you would object to the use of the word “nigger”. In fact, I wasn’t going to write it here, but did to make a point.
    You live in New Orleans (I think), as do I. There is no larger population of paranoid, ignorant fools in the entire state than there is here in this city, the vast majority of them being black. How does your continued use of such terms not give license to others to use the “n” word in similar rants? The only thing that separates such words is one is used for white folks and the other for blacks, but they are bnoth equally distasteful and ignorant.
    I know from reading these comments before that you don’t take criticism very well and tend to lash out and be defensive, so, have at it.

  12. BrIan Henderson said

    You know you are redneck if…

    you try to race bait another redneck by comparing the word redneck to another word that does not even come close to being funny in mainstreamed media.

    Do you listen to your talk radio from a smaller radio on top of very large broken radio that is now used as a sort of coffee table? Do you know which one serves you more?

    Answer: The one holding things up. At least you have a place to put your remote and your drink. The other one is full of useless garbage separated by even more commercials of useless garbage.

  13. Schroeder said

    You’re not fooling anyone, anti-hypocrit, with your hypocritical effort to criticize my use of the word “redneck.” All you have to do is go to any truck stop and look for bumper stickers that celebrate a redneck attitude to appreciate the fact that it is used as a badge of pride among a certain population.

    My ancestors were probably Irish “rednecks.” There’s really nothing wrong with that. In its historic meaning, the term made reference to hard-working people who were independent thinkers, and who could recall their history of escaping from the oppression of landlords and monarchs. Indeed, much of the character of America can be attributed to the general attitude reflected in these immigrants:

    “The character traits of the Scots Irish — loyalty to kin, mistrust of governmental authority, and military readiness — helped shape the American identity.”

    It’s really pretty ridiculous to compare the word “redneck to the “N”-bomb, since the latter was used as an epithet of one race against another — a far more egregious assault, since it carried with it a history of murderous oppression, e.g., lynching.

    “Redneck,” however, was used by the white upper class against the white working class, principally as a simple pejorative to prevent the classes from mixing socially.

    But times have changed. Whites should by now have learned to not use the “N”-bomb because of the extremely loaded reference back to the days of violent racism. Blacks who use the word in reference to other blacks are irresponsible, in my opinion, and should be castigated for doing so.

    No one I know uses the term “redneck” anymore to refer to a working class person. It implies an attitude more than an occupation — an attitude borne of ignorance, and a dismissal of educated, informed discussion (as is the norm among moderate liberals). That attitude is also one which arose, in particular, in parallel with the Republican southern states strategy started by Nixon to peel away southern Democrats by using a subtly racist appeal. That’s why rednecks so often display the union jack confederate jack as a symbol of pride. Incidentally, I don’t have a problem with the union jack confederate jack as a symbol of respect for confederate soldiers, but I do take issue with it used as a racist symbol, or even used to represent a rebel attitude (which borders on treason — we fly one flag in this nation as a symbol of our patriotism, and to fly anything else is profoundly disrespectful to all those who fought for this nation’s wars for liberty for all her citizens).

    Wikipedia has what I think is a more nuanced and modernized etymology of the term “redneck”:

    Newfound prosperity allowed rednecks to cling to their old ways and reject the status quo of modernity. In the 1990s, when Jeff Foxworthy drawled “you might be a redneck …” he wasn’t just needling folks who had ever “fought over an inner tube.” In one of his stand-up routines, Foxworthy summed up the condition as “a glorious absence of sophistication.” According to Slate columnist Bryan Curtis, “Foxworthy was also preaching to the newly minted white middle class, those who had ditched the pickup for an Audi and their ancestral segregation for affirmative action.” According to University of Georgia professor James C. Cobb, “Now, feeling relatively secure and closer to the mainstream, they rebel against acting respectable, embracing this counterculture hero—the ‘redneck’ who is what he is, and doesn’t give a damn what anybody thinks.”

    As for your remark that I “don’t take criticism very well and tend to lash out and be defensive,” you’ll have to provide examples, so we could examine what I was “lashing out” against.

  14. And yes, Spud McConnell is a redneck!

  15. union jack said

    The Union Jack is the British flag. I think you must have been referring to the Confederate battle flag or “the stars and bars” as it is often referred to.

  16. You’re right. My bad. I meant to say the Confederate Jack, dixie flag, Navy Jack, CSA flag, rebel flag. You get the point.

  17. If Congressman Jindal doesn’t know why the House Bill most likely would have not been approved then he definitely doesn’t need to be Governor or quite possibly a member of the U.S. Congressional delegates….Think offshore oil drilling Congressman not to mention that when the 11oth Congress took over we would have had to start from scratch…..A lot of other states are not open to offshore drilling off their coasts…..Kudos to you Senator Landrieu…You’re still my dwirl (not a typo)!!!! Don’t blame Senator Landrieu for finally getting the job accomplished….This state saw two generations pass before they were even able to correct racist Leander Perez’s greedy blunder (aka “Leander’s meander)….We got the short end of the stick to the tune of a 50 billion dollar loss thanks to him…..If Louisiana, who has historically done a little with a whole lot would finally, in her entire existence do a lot with what we’ve got, I’ll be once and for all astonished……

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