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We all sink or swim together

Posted by schroeder915 on December 11, 2006

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Karen Carter won the 2nd Congressional District runoff in Orleans Parish, west of the Industrial Canal.

Why?

Because that’s the base of support for the reforms of state and local government. Organizations like Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans spawned a renaissance of better, more responsive, more transparent, more accountable, and more effective government, from this area of the city.

Who benefits from those reforms?

Everyone! Including you numbskulls on the Jefferson Parish West Bank who have the worst levees in the region. Guess what Jefferson Parish: You’re way, way behind the curve as far as government reform goes. Take a look at the guy running the Parish, and your chief law enforcement officer. Transparent? Effective? Accountable?

If that damned hurricane moved ashore just 20 miles west of Waveland, you’d have been sunk — literally! You almost bit the bullet with Hurricane Rita. As it was, some of your homes did flood from drainage canal overflows. And that rough-shod privately built Harvey Canal was ready to spill over when Hurricane Rita hit.

By cynically voting for the guy with marked bills in his freezer, you’ve hurt all of us. The entire nation is looking at the way you cynically voted for Dollar Bill, overlooking the fact that we’re the ones doing all the heavy lifting. In the end, we’re all being punished by the rest of the nation because of the way you voted.

Think again about where your priorities are West Bank. The same goes for all of you people out there in Kenner.

We all sink or swim together. Maybe it’s time for West Bankers to learn how to swim.

Related:

“Mommy and daddy, why did you vote for the crook?”

Let’s talk about the racial thing, again

Cynicism wins in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana loses

Your Right Hand Thief — Thanks Best Bank!

Update:

Algiers vote:

Karen Carter: 2,201 (precincts on average 70 percent white)
Bill Jefferson: 2,815 (precincts on average 72 percent black)

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Posted in Bill Jefferson, Dollar Bill, Elections, Failure is not an option, Hurricane Protection, Katrina Dissidents, Louisiana, New Orleans, Political Campaigns, Political Corruption, Rebuild New Orleans, United States Congress | 14 Comments »

Let’s talk about the racial thing, again

Posted by schroeder915 on December 10, 2006

I can (almost) understand how black voters might respond to Bill Jefferson’s appeal that he was the victim of a conspiracy by the white Republican attack machine. I don’t condone the attitude, but I can, as I said, (almost) understand it.

I don’t, however, understand the race-baiting and self-righteous calls by people around the country to punish New Orleans. As I’ve said elsewhere, it was Jefferson Parish whites who voted in large numbers for Dollar Bill that put him over the top, choosing to cynically vote for the crook so they could later front a candidate who more closely resembles the complexion of Jefferson Parish after Dollar Bill gets indicted.

There are plenty of whites in this country who vote, against their own self-interest, for corrupt, sideways talkin’ politicians: Tom Delay, Ted Stevens, Mark Foley … George W. Bush for Chrissakes! Is not the privately-managed Iraq invasion, un-reconstruction, and failed occupation, “the most gruesome (and lucrative) manifestation of endemic corruption.” Has the Republican-led Congress done anything about that in the last … oh … three and a half years since the invasion?

That doesn’t mean, of course, that black voters should be absolved of making a poor choice. It’s their choice to make, and I don’t appreciate fully the reasons for that decision. It isn’t my place to say. I probably know and have friends or acquaintences who voted for Jefferson. We ought to be able to have a rational dialog about that choice. We can use this election as a vehicle for better understanding. It isn’t right for whites to tell black Americans what to think and do. The history of white America is too marred by discrimination and violent racism against minorities. It will take a lot more time, and a lot more of an effort at educating ourselves and walking a mile in their shoes, to earn that trust. Some have earned that respect. As a general rule, however, most of us have not.

When I first moved to New Orleans, I fairly soon learned that the difference between racism in the South, in a place like New Orleans, versus other parts of the country, is that here, racism may still happen by way of silent barriers to entry into certain classes of white society even though whites and blacks have far more interaction because everyone lives so closely together, and the cultures are so intertwined. Those barriers of entry into black society also exist for whites, incidentally, and they exist for lower class whites who want access to upper class white society. The race issue is as much about class as it is about race.

Elsewhere around the country, neighborhoods are far more segregated, and those daily relationships rarely form. The institutional protections against discrimination may be better observed, but understanding is a far more distant possibility. On the other hand, the more I learn about race in New Orleans, the less I think I know. It’s a highly complex, multi-faceted problem, and made ever more complicated by differences of class.

What I absolutely don’t understand, however, is the seething hatred I’m seeing surface again in the rest of America, and here in Louisiana as well, which reinforces black suspicion of whites, and sends them back into the arms of crooks like Bill Jefferson.

I’m reluctant to post this stuff, but it is, after all, the ugly face of racist America — though it isn’t my America. One can be critical of Nagin and Jefferson (as I have been elsewhere in this forum) without tastelessly and mindlessly stereotyping an entire population.

Comments following a Washington Post article:

That Mayor Nagin supports Jefferson while demanding untold billions of dollars to fix that hell-hole of a city is an insult to every tax-payer in this country. The arrogance required to behave this way is pathological. …

 

The people of LA spoke, they like the lowest common denominator in a politican and that is exactly what they got. …

 

Woe woe woe. Please stop the race baiting. We live in a country were white America has consistently voted against its economic interest for fear blacks might get something whites might not. The modern Republican party is predicated upon the southern strategy. Please cut the self-righteous hypocrisy.

Comments following a Huffington Post report:

Africans should not be allowed to vote. Jefferson is the icing on the cake!

 

Charlie Rangel, Maxine Waters, Ray Nagin, Cynthia McKinney and now Jefferson: all proof that Africans do not have the intellect to vote for a qualifed candidate to represent them.

 

We all know who’s next: Barak Hussein Obama, the most overrated member of Congress. Eliminate the African vote and all he’s left with is you white guilt, lefty, pantywaists. …

 

Of course Jefferson got re-elected. Don’t you know that the money in his freezer was put there as a part of the white racist conspiracy? It’s the same racism that’s preventing Ray Nagin from rebuilding New Orleans! …

 

It’s no wonder the federal government dragged their feet in sending aid after Katrina. Those African idiots deserve whatever they get when they have the balls to return that corrupt, criminal to Congress. …

 

O.J. Simpson, Marion Barry, William Jefferson . . . This is called “enabling,” folks. This can’t be the mountain top. Many African-Americans reflexively defend criminals in their community against the accusations of “the Man.” I guess I can understand it, but it’s just a lasting symptom of social pathology, a residuum of slavery and white racism. It’s not healthy at all. You really have to be sick to vote Jefferson back into office. Very sick. And so the African-American community’s teenagers continue to crash and burn while dad is anonymous and mom lives with her boyfriend du jour while grandma does her(failing) best, and one of its congressmen gets re-elected despite being caught soliciting a bribe on video and storing $90,000 in his freezer.

 

Get well soon, folks. …

This comment following a Chris Bowers MyDD post really hit me in the gut:

The man was found with $90,000 in marked bills in his freezer. I have a hard time justifying, at least in my mind, another dollar in levy fixing.

 

If this is the best LA can do, well then, what W has done is the best they get. …

Well, the problem here is that culpability for the disaster falls pretty damn squarely on the federal government. It would be kind of like if the federal government built a bridge and told you it was safe to drive on. Then the bridge failed, and dozens of cars crashed to the ground. Then the government tells you you shouldn’t have been driving on the bridge in the first place, and you deserved what you got.

Yeah, I’d say it’s true that W has done just about the best he can do. Any ass could do better.

The rest of America should realize that dozens of neighborhoods are dying here. It’s still a wasteland for mile after mile. People who can, are gutting their homes and rebuilding as best they are able. Some are doing it successfully. Most, I’m afraid, can’t manage without the federal assistance compensation they rightfully deserve. The fact that people realize that help isn’t on the way goes a long way toward explaining why there might be suspicion of a federal probe to remove a corrupt politician who, notwithstanding his malfeasance, has for years generally produced for citizens of Louisiana.

Remember where you get your gas to run your damn 6-ton SUV’s America. Remember that the grain stocks of the entire mid-section of the nation pass through Louisiana. Remember where a quarter of the seafood you enjoy comes from. Remember the debt America and the world owe to poor black neighborhoods of New Orleans which were significant crucibles for an entire culture of jazz and blues and food that has permeated and defined the very essence of what we are as Americans, unique in the world. Think about how economically and physically poor the rest of the nation and the world would be if that all went away. I have news for you — if something doesn’t happen very soon to help out the current generation of New Orleanians so that their knowledge is passed on to the next generation, that culture may very well disappear. What? No Louis Armstrong? No Fats Domino? No Wynton Marsalis? No Aaron Neville? No R&B? No Motown? No Rock & Roll? Consider what might be lost in the next generation.

There is absolutely no justification for anyone to criticize New Orleans unless they’ve been to New Orleans and gutted a house. Period. There begins the understanding.

Blacks and whites — and yes, Hispanics and Vietnamese and Spaniards and Chinese and Japanese and French and Serbs and Armenians and Czechs and Germans and Irish and Italians and more — the whole cultural milieu of New Orleans — we’re all here doing the best we can. Hypocritically heaping criticism on us won’t get our houses fixed. Remember the expression, “there but for the grace of God go I,” before you people go off half-cocked blaming us for making mistakes while we’re fighting for our lives.

Related:

Let’s talk about the racial thing

Posted in Bill Jefferson, Dollar Bill, Elections, Katrina Dissidents, Louisiana, Political Campaigns, Political Corruption, United States Congress | 25 Comments »

Let’s talk about the racial thing, again

Posted by schroeder915 on December 10, 2006

I can (almost) understand how black voters might respond to Bill Jefferson’s appeal that he was the victim of a conspiracy by the white Republican attack machine. I don’t condone the attitude, but I can, as I said, (almost) understand it.

I don’t, however, understand the race-baiting and self-righteous calls by people around the country to punish New Orleans. As I’ve said elsewhere, it was Jefferson Parish whites who voted in large numbers for Dollar Bill that put him over the top, choosing to cynically vote for the crook so they could later front a candidate who more closely resembles the complexion of Jefferson Parish after Dollar Bill gets indicted.

There are plenty of whites in this country who vote, against their own self-interest, for corrupt, sideways talkin’ politicians: Tom Delay, Ted Stevens, Mark Foley … George W. Bush for Chrissakes! Is not the privately-managed Iraq invasion, un-reconstruction, and failed occupation, “the most gruesome (and lucrative) manifestation of endemic corruption.” Has the Republican-led Congress done anything about that in the last … oh … three and a half years since the invasion?

That doesn’t mean, of course, that black voters should be absolved of making a poor choice. It’s their choice to make, and I don’t appreciate fully the reasons for that decision. It isn’t my place to say. I probably know and have friends or acquaintences who voted for Jefferson. We ought to be able to have a rational dialog about that choice. We can use this election as a vehicle for better understanding. It isn’t right for whites to tell black Americans what to think and do. The history of white America is too marred by discrimination and violent racism against minorities. It will take a lot more time, and a lot more of an effort at educating ourselves and walking a mile in their shoes, to earn that trust. Some have earned that respect. As a general rule, however, most of us have not.

When I first moved to New Orleans, I fairly soon learned that the difference between racism in the South, in a place like New Orleans, versus other parts of the country, is that here, racism may still happen by way of silent barriers to entry into certain classes of white society even though whites and blacks have far more interaction because everyone lives so closely together, and the cultures are so intertwined. Those barriers of entry into black society also exist for whites, incidentally, and they exist for lower class whites who want access to upper class white society. The race issue is as much about class as it is about race.

Elsewhere around the country, neighborhoods are far more segregated, and those daily relationships rarely form. The institutional protections against discrimination may be better observed, but understanding is a far more distant possibility. On the other hand, the more I learn about race in New Orleans, the less I think I know. It’s a highly complex, multi-faceted problem, and made ever more complicated by differences of class.

What I absolutely don’t understand, however, is the seething hatred I’m seeing surface again in the rest of America, and here in Louisiana as well, which reinforces black suspicion of whites, and sends them back into the arms of crooks like Bill Jefferson.

I’m reluctant to post this stuff, but it is, after all, the ugly face of racist America — though it isn’t my America. One can be critical of Nagin and Jefferson (as I have been elsewhere in this forum) without tastelessly and mindlessly stereotyping an entire population.

Comments following a Washington Post article:

That Mayor Nagin supports Jefferson while demanding untold billions of dollars to fix that hell-hole of a city is an insult to every tax-payer in this country. The arrogance required to behave this way is pathological. …

 

The people of LA spoke, they like the lowest common denominator in a politican and that is exactly what they got. …

 

Woe woe woe. Please stop the race baiting. We live in a country were white America has consistently voted against its economic interest for fear blacks might get something whites might not. The modern Republican party is predicated upon the southern strategy. Please cut the self-righteous hypocrisy.

Comments following a Huffington Post report:

Africans should not be allowed to vote. Jefferson is the icing on the cake!

 

Charlie Rangel, Maxine Waters, Ray Nagin, Cynthia McKinney and now Jefferson: all proof that Africans do not have the intellect to vote for a qualifed candidate to represent them.

 

We all know who’s next: Barak Hussein Obama, the most overrated member of Congress. Eliminate the African vote and all he’s left with is you white guilt, lefty, pantywaists. …

 

Of course Jefferson got re-elected. Don’t you know that the money in his freezer was put there as a part of the white racist conspiracy? It’s the same racism that’s preventing Ray Nagin from rebuilding New Orleans! …

 

It’s no wonder the federal government dragged their feet in sending aid after Katrina. Those African idiots deserve whatever they get when they have the balls to return that corrupt, criminal to Congress. …

 

O.J. Simpson, Marion Barry, William Jefferson . . . This is called “enabling,” folks. This can’t be the mountain top. Many African-Americans reflexively defend criminals in their community against the accusations of “the Man.” I guess I can understand it, but it’s just a lasting symptom of social pathology, a residuum of slavery and white racism. It’s not healthy at all. You really have to be sick to vote Jefferson back into office. Very sick. And so the African-American community’s teenagers continue to crash and burn while dad is anonymous and mom lives with her boyfriend du jour while grandma does her(failing) best, and one of its congressmen gets re-elected despite being caught soliciting a bribe on video and storing $90,000 in his freezer.

 

Get well soon, folks. …

This comment following a Chris Bowers MyDD post really hit me in the gut:

The man was found with $90,000 in marked bills in his freezer. I have a hard time justifying, at least in my mind, another dollar in levy fixing.

 

If this is the best LA can do, well then, what W has done is the best they get. …

Well, the problem here is that culpability for the disaster falls pretty damn squarely on the federal government. It would be kind of like if the federal government built a bridge and told you it was safe to drive on. Then the bridge failed, and dozens of cars crashed to the ground. Then the government tells you you shouldn’t have been driving on the bridge in the first place, and you deserved what you got.

Yeah, I’d say it’s true that W has done just about the best he can do. Any ass could do better.

The rest of America should realize that dozens of neighborhoods are dying here. It’s still a wasteland for mile after mile. People who can, are gutting their homes and rebuilding as best they are able. Some are doing it successfully. Most, I’m afraid, can’t manage without the federal assistance compensation they rightfully deserve. The fact that people realize that help isn’t on the way goes a long way toward explaining why there might be suspicion of a federal probe to remove a corrupt politician who, notwithstanding his malfeasance, has for years generally produced for citizens of Louisiana.

Remember where you get your gas to run your damn 6-ton SUV’s America. Remember that the grain stocks of the entire mid-section of the nation pass through Louisiana. Remember where a quarter of the seafood you enjoy comes from. Remember the debt America and the world owe to poor black neighborhoods of New Orleans which were significant crucibles for an entire culture of jazz and blues and food that has permeated and defined the very essence of what we are as Americans, unique in the world. Think about how economically and physically poor the rest of the nation and the world would be if that all went away. I have news for you — if something doesn’t happen very soon to help out the current generation of New Orleanians so that their knowledge is passed on to the next generation, that culture may very well disappear. What? No Louis Armstrong? No Fats Domino? No Wynton Marsalis? No Aaron Neville? No R&B? No Motown? No Rock & Roll? Consider what might be lost in the next generation.

There is absolutely no justification for anyone to criticize New Orleans unless they’ve been to New Orleans and gutted a house. Period. There begins the understanding.

Blacks and whites — and yes, Hispanics and Vietnamese and Spaniards and Chinese and Japanese and French and Serbs and Armenians and Czechs and Germans and Irish and Italians and more — the whole cultural milieu of New Orleans — we’re all here doing the best we can. Hypocritically heaping criticism on us won’t get our houses fixed. Remember the expression, “there but for the grace of God go I,” before you people go off half-cocked blaming us for making mistakes while we’re fighting for our lives.

Related:

Let’s talk about the racial thing

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“Mommy and daddy, why did you vote for the crook?”

Posted by schroeder915 on December 10, 2006

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Rather than offer empirical facts to prove a point, the threshhold of debate for right-wing reactionaries is name-calling. Unfortunately, I’m not very good at name-calling, but I am pretty good at “hacking” (as one commenter observed).

So I’m going to “hack” some numbers here for that right-wing denier who attempted to disparage me for a “lack of any objectivity,” rather than offer up his own evidence to prove that white voters in Jefferson Parish did not, in fact, vote for Dollar Bill Jefferson, with the cynical expectation that they’d have an opportunity to vote for someone more appealing to Jefferson Parish voters (ahem … white and Republican, that is) if Dollar Bill is indicted.

After “objectively” “hacking” the voter returns for the 2nd Congressional District race, I found that majority white precincts in Jefferson Parish voted about 4 to 1 for Jefferson. By contrast, white precincts in Orleans Parish voted about 20 to 1 for Karen Carter.

Majority black precincts in Jefferson Parish voted about 40 to 1 for Bill Jefferson, and in Orleans parish, the ratio was about 8 to 1 for Jefferson.

Since I’m missing about a half dozen precincts that were redistricted after the 2000 US Census, I may revise these numbers later if I have more time to “hack” (but it’s very time-consuming).

Suffice it to say that Jefferson Parish voted for Bush over Kerry in 2004, and Bush over Gore in 2000. I’d bet money that there probably isn’t another election in recent history in which white Jefferson voters went for the same candidate as either black Jefferson voters, or black Orleans voters.

Once again, I’d just like to know how those white Republicans in Jefferson Parish explain to their kids how they voted for the guy who had $90,000 in marked bills in his freezer.

Related:

Adrastos – Dollar Bill Wins

 

Moldy City – Post-Election Stuff

 

World Class New Orleans – What I Have to Say about Bill Jefferson defeating Karen Carter

 

Ashley Morris – Same as it ever was

 

Your Right Hand Thief – Thanks Best Bank

 

Hurricane Radio – Crooks Keeps Winnin Blues

 

The G Bitch Spot – Results (and view her previous post in which an indexed card diagram suggests that Louisiana voters might start choosing better candidates if we had more prunes and holy water in our diet)

Posted in Bill Jefferson, Dollar Bill, Elections, Katrina Dissidents, Louisiana, Political Campaigns, Political Corruption, United States Congress | 12 Comments »

“Mommy and daddy, why did you vote for the crook?”

Posted by schroeder915 on December 10, 2006

061209cd2_prelim_400px1.jpg

Rather than offer empirical facts to prove a point, the threshhold of debate for right-wing reactionaries is name-calling. Unfortunately, I’m not very good at name-calling, but I am pretty good at “hacking” (as one commenter observed).

So I’m going to “hack” some numbers here for that right-wing denier who attempted to disparage me for a “lack of any objectivity,” rather than offer up his own evidence to prove that white voters in Jefferson Parish did not, in fact, vote for Dollar Bill Jefferson, with the cynical expectation that they’d have an opportunity to vote for someone more appealing to Jefferson Parish voters (ahem … white and Republican, that is) if Dollar Bill is indicted.

After “objectively” “hacking” the voter returns for the 2nd Congressional District race, I found that majority white precincts in Jefferson Parish voted about 4 to 1 for Jefferson. By contrast, white precincts in Orleans Parish voted about 20 to 1 for Karen Carter.

Majority black precincts in Jefferson Parish voted about 40 to 1 for Bill Jefferson, and in Orleans parish, the ratio was about 8 to 1 for Jefferson.

Since I’m missing about a half dozen precincts that were redistricted after the 2000 US Census, I may revise these numbers later if I have more time to “hack” (but it’s very time-consuming).

Suffice it to say that Jefferson Parish voted for Bush over Kerry in 2004, and Bush over Gore in 2000. I’d bet money that there probably isn’t another election in recent history in which white Jefferson voters went for the same candidate as either black Jefferson voters, or black Orleans voters.

Once again, I’d just like to know how those white Republicans in Jefferson Parish explain to their kids how they voted for the guy who had $90,000 in marked bills in his freezer.

Related:

Adrastos – Dollar Bill Wins

 

Moldy City – Post-Election Stuff

 

World Class New Orleans – What I Have to Say about Bill Jefferson defeating Karen Carter

 

Ashley Morris – Same as it ever was

 

Your Right Hand Thief – Thanks Best Bank

 

Hurricane Radio – Crooks Keeps Winnin Blues

 

The G Bitch Spot – Results (and view her previous post in which an indexed card diagram suggests that Louisiana voters might start choosing better candidates if we had more prunes and holy water in our diet)

Posted in Bill Jefferson, Dollar Bill, Elections, Katrina Dissidents, Louisiana, Political Campaigns, Political Corruption, United States Congress | Comments Off on “Mommy and daddy, why did you vote for the crook?”

Republicans can’t “get’r done” for Louisiana

Posted by schroeder915 on December 6, 2006

Despite the campaign of fear-mongering by “conservative” talk show hosts on WWL, WIST, and “the new 995” about how Louisiana’s prospects would diminish under the soon-to-be Democratically-controlled Congress, it turns out that the real problem is that the Republicans can’t get’r done for Louisiana.

Ever since Americans across the country fired the Republican Party from Congress, the message by local partisan talk show hosts has been that the OCS oil revenue sharing bill absolutely had to pass now, during the Republican Congress, before Democrats take over control in January.

Until then, Republicans still have a majority in the House and Senate which they could use to get’r done by passing the OCS oil revenue sharing bill for Louisiana.

Recognizing that they didn’t have enough votes today to pass the bill, House Republicans dropped the bill for a possible vote later this week.

I don’t care which party gets the bill passed. Radio hosts are playing a dangerous game of political football with the future of Louisiana and her residents by choosing Republicans over Democrats, and that’s just plain bad for Louisiana. We’re above politics now. What matters more than party affiliation here is Category 5 storm protection and coastal restoration.

Posted in Elections, Entercom, Katrina Dissidents, Louisiana, Media, United States Congress, Wetlands Restoration, WIST, WSMB, WWL, WWWL | 9 Comments »

Republicans can’t “get’r done” for Louisiana

Posted by schroeder915 on December 6, 2006

Despite the campaign of fear-mongering by “conservative” talk show hosts on WWL, WIST, and “the new 995” about how Louisiana’s prospects would diminish under the soon-to-be Democratically-controlled Congress, it turns out that the real problem is that the Republicans can’t get’r done for Louisiana.

Ever since Americans across the country fired the Republican Party from Congress, the message by local partisan talk show hosts has been that the OCS oil revenue sharing bill absolutely had to pass now, during the Republican Congress, before Democrats take over control in January.

Until then, Republicans still have a majority in the House and Senate which they could use to get’r done by passing the OCS oil revenue sharing bill for Louisiana.

Recognizing that they didn’t have enough votes today to pass the bill, House Republicans dropped the bill for a possible vote later this week.

I don’t care which party gets the bill passed. Radio hosts are playing a dangerous game of political football with the future of Louisiana and her residents by choosing Republicans over Democrats, and that’s just plain bad for Louisiana. We’re above politics now. What matters more than party affiliation here is Category 5 storm protection and coastal restoration.

Posted in Elections, Entercom, Katrina Dissidents, Louisiana, Media, United States Congress, Wetlands Restoration, WIST, WSMB, WWL, WWWL | Comments Off on Republicans can’t “get’r done” for Louisiana

The Dollar Bill printing press

Posted by schroeder915 on December 5, 2006

Right-click and “save as” to start your own Dollar Bill printing operation (869 KB PDF):

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Don’t let ’em sit too long — they’ll get freezer burn!

Posted in Bill Jefferson, Dollar Bill, Elections, Katrina Dissidents, Political Campaigns, Political Corruption, United States Congress | 5 Comments »

“Please do something”

Posted by schroeder915 on November 6, 2006

The Times-Picayune:

Officials appeared to be deeply moved by emotional testimony of Katrina victim Gloria Muhammad. In testimony both familiar and wrenching, Muhammad, 60, told of being evacuated to Houston, robbed there, and returning to Hammond to live with her 19-year-old daughter.

She said she and thousands more are nearing emotional exhaustion, flirting with thoughts of suicide.

“Please do something,” she pleaded. “Talking time is over. We need action.”

If George W. Bush and the Republican Party wanted the recovery to move faster, you can believe it would happen. It isn’t enough to claim credit for fulfilling basic federal obligations to pay off flood insurance claims and clean debris off of the streets. Very little money has actually gotten into the hands of people who need it. Only 18 homeowners have received federal grants to help rebuild their homes thus far, for a total of $693,215. A number of excuses could be made for why this travesty is being allowed to happen, but fundamentally, there’s absolutely no presidential directive to get things moving. It’s getting late in the game for people who’ve been living wherever and however they can.

We need to get people back into their homes. We need residents to be able to participate in rebuilding the city. We need to rebuild a city that’s prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.

We need to stop allowing hypocritical, crank-addict, sexual-deviant religious zealots, and elitist boneless chickenhawks to define the agenda for this nation. It’s time to move this country forward, and New Orleans will be considered the measure for how we’re doing as a nation.

There is a revolution underfoot. Your vote for a Democratic majority in Congress will be the first victory. Answer Ms. Muhammed’s plea, and the plea of hundreds of thousands of other Katrina victims still languishing while waiting for assistance.

Do something. Vote.

  • The Times-Picayune has a great election guide.
  • The Louisiana Secretary of State’s guide to constitutional amendments on the ballot.
  • The Times-Picayune recommendations on the constitutional amendments (not a PGR endorsement).
  • Find out where to vote by entering your address (or call 1-800-883-2805).

Finally, here’s a little cold cash for your vote.

dollarbilljeff_front_sm01.jpg

Posted in Bill Jefferson, Congressman Jefferson, Democracy, Dollar Bill, Elections, Government Corruption, Impeach Bush, Katrina Dissidents, New Orleans, Political Campaigns, Rebuild New Orleans, United States Congress | 11 Comments »

“Please do something”

Posted by schroeder915 on November 6, 2006

The Times-Picayune:

Officials appeared to be deeply moved by emotional testimony of Katrina victim Gloria Muhammad. In testimony both familiar and wrenching, Muhammad, 60, told of being evacuated to Houston, robbed there, and returning to Hammond to live with her 19-year-old daughter.

She said she and thousands more are nearing emotional exhaustion, flirting with thoughts of suicide.

“Please do something,” she pleaded. “Talking time is over. We need action.”

If George W. Bush and the Republican Party wanted the recovery to move faster, you can believe it would happen. It isn’t enough to claim credit for fulfilling basic federal obligations to pay off flood insurance claims and clean debris off of the streets. Very little money has actually gotten into the hands of people who need it. Only 18 homeowners have received federal grants to help rebuild their homes thus far, for a total of $693,215. A number of excuses could be made for why this travesty is being allowed to happen, but fundamentally, there’s absolutely no presidential directive to get things moving. It’s getting late in the game for people who’ve been living wherever and however they can.

We need to get people back into their homes. We need residents to be able to participate in rebuilding the city. We need to rebuild a city that’s prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.

We need to stop allowing hypocritical, crank-addict, sexual-deviant religious zealots, and elitist boneless chickenhawks to define the agenda for this nation. It’s time to move this country forward, and New Orleans will be considered the measure for how we’re doing as a nation.

There is a revolution underfoot. Your vote for a Democratic majority in Congress will be the first victory. Answer Ms. Muhammed’s plea, and the plea of hundreds of thousands of other Katrina victims still languishing while waiting for assistance.

Do something. Vote.

  • The Times-Picayune has a great election guide.
  • The Louisiana Secretary of State’s guide to constitutional amendments on the ballot.
  • The Times-Picayune recommendations on the constitutional amendments (not a PGR endorsement).
  • Find out where to vote by entering your address (or call 1-800-883-2805).

Finally, here’s a little cold cash for your vote.

dollarbilljeff_front_sm01.jpg

Posted in Bill Jefferson, Congressman Jefferson, Democracy, Dollar Bill, Elections, Government Corruption, Impeach Bush, Katrina Dissidents, New Orleans, Political Campaigns, Rebuild New Orleans, United States Congress | Comments Off on “Please do something”