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Public housing attorney threatened

Posted by schroeder915 on January 29, 2007

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A legal firm representing the federal government issued a gag order against a local attorney who represents public housing residents in New Orleans. The aptly-named firm, “Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann,” ordered Loyola Poverty Law Center attorney Bill Quigley “to immediately cease and desist” from making statements which violate the “Louisiana Rules of Professional Responsibility,” and to “take immediate action to have this recording, the so-called ‘documentary’,” removed from Web sites hosting the audio recording.

I find the selective application of Louisiana’s ethics rules a fascinating curiosity. I was shocked, in the first place, to discover that Louisiana even has professional ethics rules. In any event, it’s truly open to debate whether Quiqley’s statement “that HUD and HANO have been lying to the public” is true or false. Maybe the veracity of their statements really is a matter that should be tested in a court of law.

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Posted in Affordable Housing, Government Corruption, Katrina Dissidents, Media, New Orleans, Recall Nagin, Worst Mayor Ever, Worst President Ever | 6 Comments »

Left Behind: The story of the New Orleans Public School System

Posted by schroeder915 on December 6, 2006

It’s one of the most important films about New Orleans. Go.

Left Behind: the story of the New Orleans Public School System
Tuesday, December 5th
Canal Place Cinemas
7:30 pm.
Admission is $10 and seating is limited

 

A second screening at Canal Place is scheduled for Wednesday, December 6th at 7:30

 

A 90-minute documentary directed by Vince Morelli and Jason Berry which was shot before, during and after Hurricane Katrina, telling the story of three African-American high school seniors as they navigate through their final year in “the worst public school system in America.” The film examines the core of our American values, the framework by which we live, and how our most vaunted beliefs and government policies have played a role in our nation’s shame.

Posted in Film, Government Corruption, New Orleans, Public Schools | 2 Comments »

“Don’t let Mark Foley pat your ass on the way out!”

Posted by schroeder915 on November 8, 2006

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye!

Good riddance to the Republican Party devolution.

Overnight, I feel like my country came back to me. I feel like an American again!

Despite Republican dirty tricks, push polling, negative ads, hassling Democratic households with telemarketing calls, intimidation, and voter fraud, American voters prevailed.

The Democrats needed 15 seats to win control of the House. They got 26!

The Senate is still up for grabs, pending likely recounts, but right now it looks like the Democrats will get enough seats to take control of the Senate as well. Democratic candidates in Virginia and Montana came out ahead overnight as strongly Democratic precinct counts were tallied, giving the Democrats the 6 seats they needed. It’s a vindication of Howard Dean’s 50-state strategy.

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SOURCES: Associated Press, Congressional Quarterly | GRAPHIC: The Washington Post – November 8, 2006

What is this? It’s like 1986 all over again. We have a Democratic Congress, a delusional president, and Daniel Ortega is running Nicaragua again!

Here’s what I want on the agenda:

  • Coastal restoration in Louisiana.
  • Category 5 storm protection.
  • The United States spends more in a month in Iraq than it’s allocated for relief to homeowners in Louisiana. More money is has gone missing to contractors in Iraq than has been spent for relief to homeowners. The money still isn’t getting into the hands of the more than 200,000 New Orleanians left homeless for 14 months. We should do better than that.
  • A serious strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade.
  • A serious Congressional investigation into the lies of the Bush administration to pursue war in Iraq.
  • Require the Bush administration to deliver an Iraq exit strategy.
  • The Fairness Doctrine restored, and an FCC that requires commercial stations to serve local communities better.

Thank you Stephanie Miller for the post title.

Update:

I should note that many kittens were saved as well last night! 😉

 

And now, as Donald Rumsfeld cleans out his desk, he can certainly be sure that “there are known knowns; there are things we know we know.” Just as surely he can now also say, while looking for a new job, that “we also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

 

Rumsfeld should have been fired a long time ago, right about the time he passed blame onto the military for his own failure to get armor to troops by saying, “as you know, you go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.” Unfortunately, it shouldn’t have taken the worst president ever the loss of his party’s control of Congress to learn that he shouldn’t have gone to war in Iraq with the Secretary of Defense he had, but should have listened to the generals, the critics, the real intelligence … his father.

 

If he had listened to those other perspectives, he’d have known that he shouldn’t have gone to war in Iraq at all. If there’s any lesson George W. Bush should now have learned (and hopefully we as a nation have learned), it’s that critics might actually know what they’re talking about. Those who aren’t willing to listen to criticism, are inevitably going to make mistakes. In this case of Iraq, with more than 2800 American soldiers killed, and more than 21,000 injured, the mistake couldn’t have been more costly.

 

Maybe Rumsfeld can start a new career as the poet laureate.

Posted in Bill Jefferson, Bush is a moron, Failure is not an option, George W. Bush, Government Corruption, Hurricane Katrina, Impeach Bush, Iraq, Katrina Dissidents, Media, Media Democracy, New Orleans, Political Campaigns, Political Corruption, Rebuild New Orleans, United States Congress, Worst President Ever | 14 Comments »

“Don’t let Mark Foley pat your ass on the way out!”

Posted by schroeder915 on November 8, 2006

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye!

Good riddance to the Republican Party devolution.

Overnight, I feel like my country came back to me. I feel like an American again!

Despite Republican dirty tricks, push polling, negative ads, hassling Democratic households with telemarketing calls, intimidation, and voter fraud, American voters prevailed.

The Democrats needed 15 seats to win control of the House. They got 26!

The Senate is still up for grabs, pending likely recounts, but right now it looks like the Democrats will get enough seats to take control of the Senate as well. Democratic candidates in Virginia and Montana came out ahead overnight as strongly Democratic precinct counts were tallied, giving the Democrats the 6 seats they needed. It’s a vindication of Howard Dean’s 50-state strategy.

gr2006110800356.gif

SOURCES: Associated Press, Congressional Quarterly | GRAPHIC: The Washington Post – November 8, 2006

What is this? It’s like 1986 all over again. We have a Democratic Congress, a delusional president, and Daniel Ortega is running Nicaragua again!

Here’s what I want on the agenda:

  • Coastal restoration in Louisiana.
  • Category 5 storm protection.
  • The United States spends more in a month in Iraq than it’s allocated for relief to homeowners in Louisiana. More money is has gone missing to contractors in Iraq than has been spent for relief to homeowners. The money still isn’t getting into the hands of the more than 200,000 New Orleanians left homeless for 14 months. We should do better than that.
  • A serious strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade.
  • A serious Congressional investigation into the lies of the Bush administration to pursue war in Iraq.
  • Require the Bush administration to deliver an Iraq exit strategy.
  • The Fairness Doctrine restored, and an FCC that requires commercial stations to serve local communities better.

Thank you Stephanie Miller for the post title.

Update:

I should note that many kittens were saved as well last night! 😉

 

And now, as Donald Rumsfeld cleans out his desk, he can certainly be sure that “there are known knowns; there are things we know we know.” Just as surely he can now also say, while looking for a new job, that “we also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

 

Rumsfeld should have been fired a long time ago, right about the time he passed blame onto the military for his own failure to get armor to troops by saying, “as you know, you go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.” Unfortunately, it shouldn’t have taken the worst president ever the loss of his party’s control of Congress to learn that he shouldn’t have gone to war in Iraq with the Secretary of Defense he had, but should have listened to the generals, the critics, the real intelligence … his father.

 

If he had listened to those other perspectives, he’d have known that he shouldn’t have gone to war in Iraq at all. If there’s any lesson George W. Bush should now have learned (and hopefully we as a nation have learned), it’s that critics might actually know what they’re talking about. Those who aren’t willing to listen to criticism, are inevitably going to make mistakes. In this case of Iraq, with more than 2800 American soldiers killed, and more than 21,000 injured, the mistake couldn’t have been more costly.

 

Maybe Rumsfeld can start a new career as the poet laureate.

Posted in Bill Jefferson, Bush is a moron, Failure is not an option, George W. Bush, Government Corruption, Hurricane Katrina, Impeach Bush, Iraq, Katrina Dissidents, Media, Media Democracy, New Orleans, Political Campaigns, Political Corruption, Rebuild New Orleans, United States Congress, Worst President Ever | Comments Off on “Don’t let Mark Foley pat your ass on the way out!”

“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.

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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”

“He’s a ruthless little bastard”

Posted by schroeder915 on November 6, 2006

Richard Nixon said that.

Who was he was talking about? Saddam Hussein possibly?

That would be a good guess, and you’d be warm.

That “ruthless little bastard” was Donald Rumsfeld. He’d have to be for him to shake hands with Saddam Hussein after Hussein started using chemical weapons against Iran, and later against the Kurds.

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But if Rummy thought it was okay back then, and now Saddam is sentenced to hang for the crime of gassing the Kurds, shouldn’t Rummy be sentenced as an accomplice? Especially since United States complicity in actions like the gassing of Iranian Shiites goes a long way toward explaining why the United States is so vilified in that part of the world.

On Radio Nation yesterday, columnist Sean Gonsalves quoted an Iraqi woman who said “a third of us are being killed, a third are fleeing, and another third are widowed.” It’s easy to have a war on the other side of the planet while we go on hoarding the world’s oil so we some people can blissfully drive 6-ton SUV’s to church. When did gluttony become a Christian family value? Is gluttony one of the family values shared by Mark Foley and Ted Haggard?

It’s time for the United States to recognize how much of the rest of the world sees our government, not as a beacon of hope welcoming the tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free, but more like a Colossus “with conquering limbs astride from land to land.”

A nation of educated people can elect intelligent leaders to both win wars when we are attacked, and show a humanitarian face to the world to win over the hearts and minds of those who yearn to be free.

It starts with your vote for accountability in government.

It requires your vote for a different kind of leadership in Congress.

Democrats are the true liberals, fighting to defend the middle class, and Democrats are the true conservatives, fighting for fiscal sanity and a rational foreign policy.

It’s the Republicans in Washington who have given us the quagmire in Iraq, and added trillions to the national debt.

Don’t you think we can do better than that?

Vote for a Democrat in your district on November 7th.

Posted in Government Corruption, Impeach Bush, Iraq, Katrina Dissidents, Political Campaigns, Political Corruption, United States Congress | 8 Comments »

“He’s a ruthless little bastard”

Posted by schroeder915 on November 6, 2006

Richard Nixon said that.

Who was he was talking about? Saddam Hussein possibly?

That would be a good guess, and you’d be warm.

That “ruthless little bastard” was Donald Rumsfeld. He’d have to be for him to shake hands with Saddam Hussein after Hussein started using chemical weapons against Iran, and later against the Kurds.

handshake300.jpg

But if Rummy thought it was okay back then, and now Saddam is sentenced to hang for the crime of gassing the Kurds, shouldn’t Rummy be sentenced as an accomplice? Especially since United States complicity in actions like the gassing of Iranian Shiites goes a long way toward explaining why the United States is so vilified in that part of the world.

On Radio Nation yesterday, columnist Sean Gonsalves quoted an Iraqi woman who said “a third of us are being killed, a third are fleeing, and another third are widowed.” It’s easy to have a war on the other side of the planet while we go on hoarding the world’s oil so we some people can blissfully drive 6-ton SUV’s to church. When did gluttony become a Christian family value? Is gluttony one of the family values shared by Mark Foley and Ted Haggard?

It’s time for the United States to recognize how much of the rest of the world sees our government, not as a beacon of hope welcoming the tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free, but more like a Colossus “with conquering limbs astride from land to land.”

A nation of educated people can elect intelligent leaders to both win wars when we are attacked, and show a humanitarian face to the world to win over the hearts and minds of those who yearn to be free.

It starts with your vote for accountability in government.

It requires your vote for a different kind of leadership in Congress.

Democrats are the true liberals, fighting to defend the middle class, and Democrats are the true conservatives, fighting for fiscal sanity and a rational foreign policy.

It’s the Republicans in Washington who have given us the quagmire in Iraq, and added trillions to the national debt.

Don’t you think we can do better than that?

Vote for a Democrat in your district on November 7th.

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Halloween 2006

Posted by schroeder915 on November 1, 2006

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A Skeleton Krewe member in costume handed me what is now one of my most-prized Mardi Gras throws.

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Photos. Video.

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