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We all every one of us must come home again

Posted by schroeder915 on January 30, 2007



13 Responses to “We all every one of us must come home again”

  1. Puddinhead said

    This will absolutely make me the heartless and unfeeling one here, but…..All of us must return? Why?

    I mean, what if “we” don’t want to come back because we like it better where we are? Maybe our tie to New Orleans isn’t as strong as our desire to live in a functioning city.

    But on the flip side, and more to the point…What if the only reason we want to come back at this point in time is because wherever we are now has grown weary of “hosting” us without getting any contribution from us in return? Or because wherever we are now seems to have a criminal justice system that works and can’t be gamed as easily as the one here? Or the community we landed in is having more luck keeping us from preying on it than did the one we lived in here? What if we never had the benefit of someone teaching us when we were young how to take responsibility for our own lives, so we assume it’s up to someone else to provide for us? I’ll charitably speculate that if perhaps 5% of the displaced fit into one of these categories…do we really feel the need to make great efforts to bring that 5% back?

    Just wondering….

  2. Question Fred said

    You did a lot of ASSuming before you even began to wonder. That kind of thinking will keep you and yours wondering for a long long time…

    Speaking of Wondering, look at the crowd that has been Wondering and running their whole lives:

    Who served in the Military?

    It is time we stop letting our sons and daughters and great American fighting forces be the hired guns of Multinational Global corporations. If they want to stay in business, they need to start competeing using Free Market forces. Everyone should come home!!!!

  3. Tex Shelter said

  4. Tex Shelter said

    IT IS TIME TO IMPEACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Lisa Stamos said

    I say we do Impeach

    from the same site:

    . Cooper: White House Barred Negroponte From Saying ‘Global’ And ‘Warming’ In Same Sentence

    During today’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the political manipulation of climate change science, Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) revealed the Bush administration has barred Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte from saying the phrase “global warming.”

    Cooper said he recently attended a dinner party at which Negroponte was speaking, and “word slipped through the crowd he was not allowed to utter the words ‘global warming,’ at least not in the same sentence. Apparently, he was allowed to say the word ‘global’ in a separate sentence, and ‘warming’ in a separate sentence, but not together.” Watch it:

    Digg It!


    REP. JIM COOPER (R-TN): Second, let me mention a dinner party I attended about two months ago here in Washington. The honoree was John Negroponte. He was then the director of national intelligence. He was there to receive an environmental award.

    It was very interesting because in anticipation of his remarks, word slipped through the crowd he was not allowed to utter the words “global warming,” at least not in the same sentence. Apparently, he was allowed to say the word “global” in a separate sentence, and “warming” in a separate sentence, but not together. So it became a little parlor game during his remarks, to see how closely he would fit the words “global” and “warming” and not incur the wrath of the White House.

    I thought this was a sad statement of the current condition of our scientific community when a very eminent statesman like John Negroponte would be so hamstrung by the administration that he would not be allowed to utter the two words in conjunction. I thought that was an indignity to Mr. Negroponte and a sad comment on the level of the Bush administration to so hamstring its talented and capable appointees

  6. Erleichda! said

    Off topic, but you’d asked me to let you know when I’ll be in New Orleans next — I’ll be rolling in the night of Feb. 14, and though I’ll be spending my evenings at the mercy of my friends I’m going to visit, I should have some time to myself during the day Feb. 15 and 16 to roam around. E-mail me at lightenupbaby at gmail dot com if you’d like to meet up.

  7. Steve said

    Amen puddinghead! I think most people would agree with you. I know I do.

  8. Steve is bonehead!! said

    Source: The Guardian (UK), February 2, 2007

    “Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each” by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) think tank, “to undermine a major climate change report” from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). AEI wants “articles that emphasise the shortcomings” of the IPCC report, which “is widely regarded as the most comprehensive review yet of climate change science.” AEI “has received more than $1.6m from ExxonMobil,” reports Ian Sample, “and more than 20 of its staff have worked as consultants to the Bush administration. Lee Raymond, a former head of ExxonMobil, is the vice-chairman of AEI’s board of trustees.” AEI visiting scholar Kenneth Green sent the offer “to scientists in Britain, the US and elsewhere,” in a letter describing the IPCC as “resistant to reasonable criticism and dissent.” On February 5, “another Exxon-funded organisation based in Canada will launch a review in London which casts doubt on the IPCC report.” The review is co-authored by Tad Murty and the event will be attended by Nigel Lawson and David Bellamy.

    There is plenty more here:,,2004230,00.html

  9. Becky said

    Did anyone reading this attend the Bernice Johnson Reagon event? Just wondering how it went.

  10. Actually, haters, the title of the talk is a reference to a gospel/soul song recorded in 1983 by Sweet Honey in the Rock, the acapella singing group Reagon founded in the mid-1970s.

    The event? It was SRO. Reagon was deft and subtle. She went deep. She spoke to New Orleanians, but not about New Orleans, per se. In simplest terms, she taught a history lesson and challenged the assembled body to live up to our mortality. She didn’t *have* to talk about the public housing controversy.

    Bernice Johnson Reagon is a wise woman with an inspiringly integrated complex practice.

  11. f P said

    WHere is schroeder?

    Here is a good read in the mean time. This article does a fantastic job with following up Webb’s rebuttal of the State of the Union::

    How rich people control politics.
    & Purchasing Power

  12. f P said


    It’s probably too good to be true that the U.S. would go from a leader universally despised as a tyrant and criminal to one who is an ex-politician favored to win a Nobel Peace Prize. While psychopathic maniacs in the self-contained alternative universe in which right-wingers reside have nominated a bigoted, bloodthirsty, drug addicted radio clown for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, the likely winner is looking like Al Gore. If for no other reason, Gore will win because the whole world wants to rebuke Bush’s destructive, rogue Regime. Of course, Gore’s vehicle, An Inconvenient Truth, is a documentary that may have far more impact on the world than Bush’s 8 excruciating, illegitimate years in the White House.

    Gore was nominated because his tireless work– including the film– to draw the world’s attention to the dangers of man-made climate change. As Boerge Brende a Conservative Member of Parliament in Norway told the A.P., “A prerequisite for winning the Nobel Peace Prize is making a difference, and Al Gore has made a difference… Al Gore, like no other, has put climate change on the agenda. Gore uses his position to get politicians to understand… I think climate change is the biggest challenge we face in this century.”Today I awoke and read a headline in the Guardian: “Scientists offered cash to dispute climate study.” Did I mention a self-contained alternative world above? It tries spilling over and impacting normal people. With members of that universe, like Cheney and Bush at the healm, it manages to do that a lot.

    Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world’s largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today.Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).Travel expenses and additional payments were also offered.The UN report was written by international experts and is widely regarded as the most comprehensive review yet of climate change science. It will underpin international negotiations on new emissions targets to succeed the Kyoto agreement, the first phase of which expires in 2012. World governments were given a draft last year and invited to comment.The AEI has received more than $1.6m from ExxonMobil and more than 20 of its staff have worked as consultants to the Bush administration. Lee Raymond, a former head of ExxonMobil, is the vice-chairman of AEI’s board of trustees.The letters, sent to scientists in Britain, the US and elsewhere, attack the UN’s panel as “resistant to reasonable criticism and dissent and prone to summary conclusions that are poorly supported by the analytical work” and ask for essays that “thoughtfully explore the limitations of climate model outputs”.

    Climate scientists described the move yesterday as an attempt to cast doubt over the “overwhelming scientific evidence” on global warming. “It’s a desperate attempt by an organisation who wants to distort science for their own political aims,” said David Viner of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.

  13. f P said


    friend Bob Geiger is overjoyed that the Senate finally passed an increase– after 10 years– of the minimum wage. After Democrats defeated a vicious Republican filibuster– compromising on a plan to give more unfair tax breaks to the kinds of people who give Beltway slime (of both political parties) campaign contributions– the bill finally passed 94-3. The 3 ultra-reactionaries who most hate working men and women and refused to vote to an increase are all big shot because they don’t have to face votes in the near future: Coburn (R-OK), DeMint (R-SC), and Kyl (R-AZ)– 3 real monsters.

    Meanwhile, Democrats in the House– along with 68 Republicans who abandoned their reactionary leadership– had the strength to just go pass a clean minimum wage raise without all the bullshit compromises sleazy senators from both parties (virtually all the Republicans all the DLC type fake-Dems) demanded before passing it. Right up til the end, the worst of the corporate whores were still holding the minimum wage bill hostage to a greed that knows no bounds. DLC nightmare Mary Landrieu (LA) wanted to double the expensing provisions from $100,000 to $200,000 and George Voinovich R-OH) somehow thinks protecting millionaires trust funds needs to be tied to a minimum wage bill.

    An even more predatory a monstrosity than either Landrieu or Voinovich is arch-reactionary Mike Enzi (R-WY) who warns that when the bill goes to conference committee with the House, the forces of greed and avarice will give up nothing at all. “I think that what was demonstrated was that our side of the aisle would like it to be more, but we’ll settle for what’s in there, which was done in a very bipartisan way.” Bipartisan? Sure– corporate whores from both political parties are very much a part of the Insider Money Party.

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