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The last-minute mayor

Posted by schroeder915 on December 15, 2006

Dear Ray Ray:

When USA Today, the newspaper with the highest circulation in the country, posted a story with this headline, “Louisiana Democrat wins House runoff, despite bribery scandal,” did you have second thoughts about your endorsement of Bill Jefferson, man?

Unfortunately, man, you and Bill Jefferson continue to supply excuses to the opponents of giving New Orleans its due share of compensation for damages — yes, compensation, not aid.

How about your weak response to the USA Today Q&A a couple of weeks ago:

Q: Do you believe any of the aid money has been lost through corruption or incompetence?

Nagin: I don’t know if there is any corruption going on. I think when you spend a significant amount of money, you’re probably going to have some fraud or waste.

That wasn’t exactly an answer which would inspire confidence.

You wonder about the reasons why money isn’t rolling into the city (chart). Well, man, where are the friggin’ plans?!! Show us your project worksheets so we know your playbook.

When you said, “We have the most comprehensive plan in the state. … Probably more than you want,” what the hell were you talking about, man?

I’m not talking about the Unified New Orleans Plan — that’s another piece of the puzzle which isn’t completed yet, and which you have barely raised a whisper to support. I’m talking about your plans for infrastructure projects we can get done right now — the broken sewer system, and roads, and gas lines, and yes, armoring levees if the Corps can’t get it done, and street lights, and what about fixing the schools or rebuilding them, and cleaning up public housing so people can live in there while residents and HUD sort out their differences.

What about that meeting in November with the LRA which you skipped out on because, you said, you didn’t have a list of infrastructure priorities. What?

And now, when the LRA tells you it’s only going to give you $100 million … now … now you complain, man?

So, where’s the plan, man!

What about the piggyback money in the GO Zone tax credits for private developers to submit affordable housing projects. That deadline passed in October with barely a wimper from the City Council, and not a peep from you. Hundreds of millions of dollars which will probably leave New Orleans and go to other hurricane-affected areas because you, man, you don’t have a calendar?

So you didn’t like the deadline? Well, man, demand a new deadline. It’s not as though this isn’t the “biggest goddamn crisis in the history of this country”, man.

If you sit on your hands in a corner waiting for a handout, hoping you’ll get noticed, you won’t get a dime. You have to be vocal, and loud, and persistent, and you have to include other voices. You don’t have to go it alone, but hey man, give us an idea what the hell you’re thinking about!

When HUD told public housing residents, “your comments are duly noted, but we will stick with the agenda as noted,” and you said nothing, can you appreciate why we’re all feeling like you’re not on Team New Orleans?

Is the government saying and doing nothing a “market-based” approach to governance, man, or anarchy?

We’re on the same team — that’s right, man– but when you keep doing the no-show routine, and saying stupid shit, and endorsing crooked politicians, and letting important deadlines pass, what the hell are we supposed to do, man, but call you out.

When you said you were glad you were a lame duck mayor, would you perhaps consider, man, giving Ed Blakely or someone else the title?

If you don’t have the stomach for a fight, man, maybe you should retire.

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Posted in Bill Jefferson, Dollar Bill, Failure is not an option, Katrina Dissidents, New Orleans, Political Campaigns, Political Corruption, Ray Nagin, Rebuild New Orleans, Recall Nagin | 1 Comment »

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)

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

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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 »

“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)

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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 »

Urge Congress to support revenue sharing for Louisiana

Posted by schroeder915 on December 6, 2006

In response to an “FP” comment in a previous post, I’m posting the latest campaign initiative by Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans:

For the September 30th election we rallied successfully to VOTE 1-2-3. Constitutional amendments #1 and #2 dealt with coastal erosion. Amendment #3 pertained to levee board consolidation and reform. Levees and Coastal erosion are critically connected. The most important bill to give Louisiana funds to restore our coastline is coming up on Tuesday in Washington. The OCS Revenue Sharing Bill, S.3711 [H.R.4761], will give Louisiana and other producing states a share of offshore royalty payments. The bill will require two thirds vote and if approved go directly to President Bush to sign. …

 

LOUISIANA NEEDS YOUR HELP!

 

For years Louisiana has helped all Americans in many ways. Now she needs the help of Americans to come to her help. On Tuesday, December 5th the US Congress will hear a bill that would give Louisiana a portion of the Oil and Gas Revenues that are produced off her coastline. We need this revenue source to help us rebuild our coast. Please help us by e-mailing the Senators and Representatives from your state to support this measure.

 

The Problem
Between 1932 and 2000, coastal Louisiana has lost over 1,875 square miles of land. Approximately 24 square miles of Louisiana land turns into open water each year. The primary and unintentional cause of this land loss is the system of levees that has been built to prevent the Mississippi from overflowing its banks. This results in 120 million tons of sediment flowing into Gulf of Mexico and off the continental shelf. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which devastated the entire Gulf Coast of Louisiana, accelerated this process by converting approximately 217 square miles of marsh to water.

 

The Solution
Louisiana has created the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA), which is composed of a diverse group of stakeholders in this process. CPRA is currently conducting public hearings on its comprehensive plan for coastal redevelopment. By constitution amendment the state has dedicated all revenues from Offshore Oil and Gas revenues to go towards restoring the coastline, which will be overseen by CPRA. Louisiana has the potential to receive $200 million over the first ten years and more in later years as the revenue sharing provisions would expand to new wells.

 

Why Louisiana Matters to Everyone

 

Oil and Gas Industry
9,300 miles of pipelines cross the marshes of coastal Louisiana. The network of energy facilities located in and around the Louisiana wetlands produces or transports nearly 1/3rd of the nation’s oil and gas supply, and is tied to 50% of the nation’s refining capacity. 80% of the nation’s offshore domestic oil and gas supply is transported through these wetlands.

 

Water Transportation
10 major navigation routes are located in South Louisiana. 5 of the busiest ports in the US, ranked by total tons (469 tons), are located here. This represents 19% of annual US waterborne commerce.

 

Fisheries
Louisiana is by far the nation’s largest shrimp, oyster, and blue crab producer and provides 26% of the commercial fish landing in the lower 48 states.

 

Habitat
The North American Flyway passes directly over south Louisiana. More than 5 million migratory waterfowl spend the winter in Louisiana’s marshes. The Mississippi River provides drainage for 41% of the continental US.

 

Please help us by contacting your senators and representatives today. We need your help. URGE them to support the OCS Revenue Sharing Bill.

 

Thank you very much.

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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 »

The Dollar Bill printing press 2nd run

Posted by schroeder915 on December 5, 2006

I’m getting behind on posts, but there are a number of things that need to be addressed this week. At the top of the list:

1) Pass an OCS oil revenue sharing bill for Louisiana.

2) Defeat Bill Jefferson in Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District.

Other things I want work on:

1) A review of the 2nd Community Congress.

2) Follow up on recent media posts with letters to various authorities and public officials.

In the meantime, I’m working on a revision of the previous Dollar Bill, and I’ll post a PDF of that revision so people can print their own cold cash to hand out around town.

Give me your ideas for revisions.

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How corporate control kills media democracy

Posted by schroeder915 on November 10, 2006

If Entercom management was so concerned about making more room in its schedule to rebroadcast its local content, it could have started by killing that sack of hot air, Rush Limbaugh, who they broadcast in the middle of the day on WWL 870 AM, and simultaneously on 105.3 FM. Instead, Entercom management just dumped the entire progressive Air America Radio format on WSMB 1350 AM.

Now there are three stations broadcasting the same content.

That’s three of the six stations in New Orleans owned by Pennsylvania-based Entercom management. If Entercom were so interested in New Orleans affairs, why not just give a neighborhood organization programming control of one of those stations. Neighborhood activists fighting to rebuild this city sure as hell know more than WWL hosts about what’s going on here.

I still haven’t received a reply from Entercom management why the decision was made to kill Air America Radio, and how that decision really serves the community.

An AAR employee who answered the phone said that Entercom management called Air America just yesterday to say that they were dropping the format. I find that interesting, since Air America content was killed just after it was clear that the Democrats won the Congress.

Is this how our democracy is supposed to work? Silence the critics when they start making sense to the electorate, and start winning elections?

This is a perfect example, right in our own backyard, of how corporate money can kill media democracy.

We need less corporate control of the means of communication. Our democracy suffers when corporate interests decide how citizens should think.

Let’s reclaim our airwaves.

Tell Entercom and WWL that they should either dump Rush Limbaugh, or restore Air America Radio (or do both!). If they want more room for their local content on WWL, they should find the time on WWL, and on the WWL Web site, not on other radio stations.

If Entercom so values local content on its stations in New Orleans, when admittedly, New Orleans residents need more information to rebuild their lives, homes, and neighborhoods, then Entercom should broadcast more original news and interviews on its other stations, not simply re-broadcast the same content over and over again.

WWL: Ask for Todd Manessas, 593-6376 (leave a message if he doesn’t answer)

Entercom: 866-490-3153

The Times-Picayune: letters@timespicayune.com

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