Sunday, February 24, 2008

Ol'Johnny's in deep shit, keep him there . . .

Poor John McWalnuts is in deep shit right now, and it's time to move in for the kill on this sleazy fake. It's time to pile on folks. He's got not one, not two, but three separate piles of crapola to explain away; and he just keeps on plugging away with that "I'm an honorable man" crap, and the wingnuts are eating it up. "I'm just a poor victim here, blame everybody else, not me, not me . . ."

For starters there's the NYT story last week with the underlying inference that Ol'Johnny's been messing around with some lobbyist that strangely enough looks like his wife, only 2o years younger. Now that sounds like our very own Senator Vitter, who's girlfriend not only looks like his wife, but has the same name - Wendy. It must lessen the chances of a verbal slip. Anyway, who really gives a damn about whether Ol'Johnny can or could still get it up. He can always claim, like Vittycent, that at least it wasn't no homo. It's a distraction, not a story.

Next, the real story in the NYT article this week was the bringing to light Ol'Johnny's cozy relationship with the K Street and beyond lobbyists. Nothing new here, he's been on the take dating back to the Keating 5 savings and loan shine. For the first time in this present campaign, though, the NYT was able to lite a spark under some talking heads in the MSM and pundit class so that they're now talking about the Maverick's connections to the money boys and girls. For gawd's sake, people, he's dissing lobbyists and most of them are on his payroll campaign staff. Wake up and smell the horseshit. How many sides does this guy have to his mouth?

And the third story to follow is Ol'Johnny's scheme to game the Federal Election Commission's rules on matching campaign funds. Simply put, he opted out during his campaign until he needed to use the possibility of future funds to secure a loan to get enough money to claim he can opt back into the system and stand on his high horse and claim that since he's an "honorable man" that Barack Obama must opt into the matching campaign funding. WTF is that all about?

All three of these tawdry tales exemplify the best of Republican politics. Screw around, go for the money, and game the system when you can. Not only has Ol'Johnny opted into the Bush 43 philosophy of more war, less jobs, more debt, less healthcare, etc, he has co-opted their game plan. It's no wonder the Bush Family Evil Empire considers him worthy to hold the seat for Jeb.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

They Don't Call Him McWalnuts for Nothing

The Wizard of Whimsy

Another artiste worthy of exploring. The Wizard of Whimsy illustrates the often bizarre world of our Dear Leaders, including this one of Dim Son enjoying MardiGras after Katrina.
See more of the Wizard at

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

GOP(er) powerbrokers annoint . . .

So the "GOP(er) powerbrokers . . . are now rewarding (Steve) Scalise for patiently waiting his turn" to run for the LA01 seat in Congress. This news right from Stephanie Grace in this morning's T-P, the straight poop on GOPer politics in the Gret State.
Click here: GOP ready to reward patient Steve Scalise-
If all she says is accurate, then it seems the third time is the charmer for SS, after being shoved aside for Vitty-Cent and Lil'Bobby. They're gonna allow him his turn.
If I were a GOPer in LA01, I'd be pissed-off at being informed the power boys have already decided it's Scalise's "turn" at the trough. Not that any of the other GOPer runners are any better, but it's just downright insulting for the elites in the GOP, presumably those on the RSCC and LCRM rosters, Vitter, Villere, Boise, et al, to tell me who it's gonna be. Even if I'm a wingnut who believes the rich should be richer, homos are gonna destroy my family and there needs to be a 10' wall the entire length of the mexican border, it just ain't right. I can decide for myself who to vote for. Hell, they already confused me enough with that “fusion” slate, labeled the “Pro-Life/Pro-Family”, or whatever that was in the caucuses last month. So yeah, I'm insulted and I want those "powerbroker" boys to spread their money around. I wanta see'em all.
But I'm not a GOPer in LA01, so what do I care if they eat their own. Maybe some of them will just ignore their bosses and stay home, and eat fried squirrel.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Democrats, 70-30% folks.

Don't tell me that folks aren't fed-up with GOPers. Yesterday in Louisiana, for Democrats it wasn't so much that Barack beat Hillary as it was that Democrats whopped Republicans in voter turnout. According to the Secretary of State, yesterday's two primaries drew over 545,000 voters, 384,000+ to the Democrats and 161,000+ to the Republicans. That's 70-30% people!
Click here: Louisiana Secretary of State--Multi-Parish Elections Inquiry

Unless I'm missing something important, those are great numbers. Of course, the GOPer response will be that this election didn't really count for anything, and they'll do better when push comes to shove later on. Right!! But didn't they have Republican State Central Committee members to vote on? Wasn't that important enough to command a greater voter turnout? And didn't they have to show the colors for the race between McCain and Huckabee, between the war-monger and the 'creationist'? It seems to me that the everyday GOPer has given up on the characters they have to choose between for the Whitehouse; and that they don't care about who represents them on the RSCC.

Recall just a few months back, Lil'Bobby was waltzing into the governor's house with a massive GOPer backing, banners were flying, they were drowning in corporate money, and Vitter and his LCRM were in fat city. Now there's a slightly different picture, and things are still changing. Lil'Bobby is in office now, still promoting his now shadowy 'ethics', while involved in his own campaign messup, and refusing to consider any ethical change to the LCRM corporate money man structure. It turns out a lot of that criticism and concern about Lil'Bobby during the primary was true - and it didn't take much time to start finding out.

So back to the numbers. The next important election for me are the primaries in March for the LA01 seat abandoned by Lil'Bobby. I haven't broken down the LA01 from Saturday, but someone who has more patience than me will. And I'll bet they're good. Unless Saturday's numbers were just a complete anomaly, and don't have any predictive meaning, it looks like the GOPer creeping virus in Louisiana might be slowing down. However it's read I take it as a positive step towards returning to progressive sanity.

To me it's looking better every day. Stick at it, and we'll get a Democrat back in LA01.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Chicago 1968-Denver 2008 "NOT AGAIN"

Democrats have a way of being on the high ground and blowing it. Here's hoping that some - at least those of us who were involved that summer - will remember the lessons learned and not repeat it in Denver. Read this piece from Steve Pizzo, and learn . . . .

Chicago 1968 -- Denver 2008
From Steve Pizzo at News For Real
"On August 25 Democrats will gather in Denver for their nominating convention. Ironically it comes precisely 40 years since the party opened it's 1968 convention in Chicago. The 1968 convention was the most significant in my lifetime - until now. The Democratic Party and the nation paid a horrible price for what transpired at that convention, a price we may be about to pay again.The Democratic convention this August faces many of the same issues as Democrats face in 1968. Change vs. same-old, same-old. Machine politics vs. people politics. The will of the people vs. the will of party insiders. They are all in play again." [Read it in full and learn.]
Click here: News For Real

Passing the Baton

Come fall, it looks like we're gonna be facing opposition in the person of John McCain. There are a couple of things we need to keep in the public eye.
In 2000, Bush and Rove slimed McCain in the South Carolina Primary, and then:

Who's gonna be his VP running mate? My bet is on Jeb Bush.

And then the Dim Son will pass the "Baton of Power" to John McCain to hold in trust for the restoration.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Cognitive Dissonance Illustrated

Fun with the Wingnuts at CPAC

At this very moment, the GOPers are having their annual hate-fest in Washington - the yearly Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) -Click here: CPAC 2008 - where all the leading wingnuts gather to praise Ronald Reagan and the Royal Bush Family. Unlike the crazy-hat wingnut party that's coming later this summer to annoint McWalnuts heir, this one is where the "movement conservative" folks get their fill of red-meat, and learn how to hate in a positive way.
One of the early crowd pleasers was the vivacious Ann Coulter, queen of the trash-mouth gobbleheads. She gonna support Hillary in order to drive Democrats into voting for McCain.

There's plenty more, of course, including Dick "Dr. Evil" Cheney, snarling and growling to the cheers of the crowd: "Cheney said that he supported President Bush's national security decisions, which included the approval of waterboarding along with other harsh interrogation tactics. "I've been proud to stand by [Bush], by the decisions he's made," said Cheney, who then asked aloud, "Would I support those decisions today?" "You're damn right I would," he answered himself, to loud cheers."

Not to be outdone by his vice, Dim Son stirred the crowd with his rendition of "It's An Upside Down World" with his best line: "Prosperity and peace are in the balance," the president said in speech excerpts the White House released on Thursday night. "So with confidence in our vision and faith in our values, let us go forward ... fight for victory ... and keep the White House in 2008." One thing you've gotta say about Dim Son, his cognitive dissonance is consistent. He doesn't let little things like a busted economy and perpetual war into his lil'head.

To LA01 none of that crapola matters, except for the laughs; and an observation that none of the GOPers running for the seat abandoned by Lil'Bobby were in attendence. Instead, they were all prancing before the River Region Republican Women, a newly formed Nancy Reagan hair-do look-alike group. [It's always amusing to check the Mandeville section of the Times-Picayune each week to see the latest full-page spread on a recent GOPer get together.] None of the candidates said anything new or unexpected. They're for securing the borders and a "free-market" health care system; devoted to "traditional conservative values"; and, of course, cuttin' back on all that government spending, which is caused by them Democrats. Blah, blah, blah . . .

Come'on boys, you can do better than that. Remember you've got an in-house primary coming up in March to see who makes the cut and has to stand against Gilda Reed in May. You've already lost the "moral highground", so you might as well sharpen up on the red meat wingnut crapola coming out of CPAC.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

"Its Got a Bunch of Numbers in It"

"It's got a bunch of numbers in it."
Here's a little sumpin' I overlooked earlier. Directly from Pottersville . . .
"The man who’d once poo-poohed the nonexistent budget of Texas by saying, “It’s got a bunch of numbers in it” at least has his priorities in order. So while indigent, elderly, sick and infirm people get the shaft, at least they have the consolation of knowing that the money that would’ve been allocated to the social service programs on which they used to depend will be used to fund an army of pissed-off Islamophobic virgins.
Oh, yeah, and to further bloat the already-wealthy with another round of tax cuts. As with the outgoing GOP-dominated 109th Congress, which we lib bloggers had predicted would try to grab as many piles of cash and put up as many sawhorses as possible to impede the path to any meaningful progress, Bush’s final budget has many agendas, not a single one of them working to the benefit of more than 10% of the electorate.
It will hamstring any Democratic president coming in with a real vested interest in a competent, responsible government and will be the bad guy in his/her efforts to raise taxes, which is really the best or fastest way to begin balancing the budget that’s been perpetually unbalanced by neverending rounds of tax cuts.
Or this Draconian and most heartless of budgets will give a flying head start to (Lord help us) any Republican that Diebold and the Supreme Court can shoehorn who will no longer feel the need to repudiate Bush and will of course embrace the endless tax cuts and Fuck Everybody But Me and Mine 2009 budget.
Bush’s proposals would last until the end of the legitimate 43rd president’s first term, therefore assuring GOP dominance until after Junior has made millions on the lecture circuit kind of in the way one’s dysfunctional DNA survives one after their death.
If Congress passes this budget, which exceeds last year’s budget by two hundred billion while slashing funding from 151 programs across half the Cabinet while allocating an additional $36 billion for the biggest earmark of all, the military, then that, if nothing else, should give us a reason to clean house this November.
A great way to start would be to take that fat $600 check you'll be getting this May or June and contribute it to a true progressive candidate's candidacy. Granted, your check, unlike Bush's or Cheney's, won't have "a bunch of numbers in it" but still...It's just an idea...
Click here: Welcome to Pottersville

Stay awake, and pay attention, folks

While New Orleans was in the madness of Mardi Gras yesterday, the rest of the country was totally engaged in the SuperduperTuesday Extravaganza. Fortunately I was able to sleep through most of it. This morning, though, is another story. The talking heads have got their drawers all twisted up and are babbling away about Clinton and Obama, and about McCain and Huckabee and Romney. On television, on the internet news, on the blogs, it's everywhere. It's a damn one-trick pony this morning. The troubling thing is that it's gonna happen again this spring, this summer and in November. Please folks, give people a break. At least throw in a couple of blurbs about the rest of the story.

For instance, has any one heard much about Dim Son's new BUDGET proposal for 2008. If so, its probably not very much. I've seen nothing on the television "news", but maybe I just missed it. And I've only come across a few articles on the internet "news" sites, and blogger sites. This is important stuff, people, pay attention. Here's a couple of good reads:

The Legacy of Bush II By Robert Scheer
Curb your enthusiasm. Even if your favored candidate did well on Super Tuesday, ask yourself if he or she will seriously challenge the bloated military budget that President Bush has proposed for 2009. If not, military spending will rise to a level exceeding any other year since the end of World War II, and there will be precious little left over to improve education and medical research, fight poverty, protect the environment or do anything else a decent person might care about. You cannot spend well over $700 billion on “national security,” running what the White House predicts will be more than $400 billion in annual deficits for the next two years, and yet find the money to improve the quality of life on the home front.
Click here: Truthdig - The Legacy of Bush II

Bush Budget Would Bring Record Deficits By ANDREW TAYLOR – 1 day ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The record $3.1 trillion budget proposed by President Bush on Monday would produce eyepopping federal deficits, despite his attempts to impose politically wrenching curbs on Medicare and eliminate scores of popular domestic programs.
The Pentagon would receive a $36 billion, 8 percent boost for the 2009 budget year beginning Oct. 1, even as programs aimed at the poor would be cut back or eliminated. Half of domestic Cabinet departments would see their budgets cut outright.
Slumping revenues and the cost of an economic rescue package will combine to produce a huge jump in the deficit to $410 billion this year and $407 billion in 2009, the White House says, just shy of the record $413 billion set four years ago.
Bush's lame-duck budget plan is likely to be ignored by Congress, which is controlled by Democrats and already looking ahead to November elections. His long-term projections are mostly academic since he's leaving office next January.
The president forecasts a $48 billion surplus by 2012, keeping a promise he made two years ago when strong revenue predictions made it look far easier. Now, he's relying on spending cuts — for everything from transportation to Medicare and Medicaid to nonprofit groups that help the poor — to do the job in order to keep his signature 2001 and 2003 tax cuts intact instead of expiring at the end of 2010.
"Our formula for achieving a balanced budget is simple: create the conditions for economic growth, keep taxes low and spend taxpayer dollars wisely or not at all," Bush said in his budget message.
Jim Nussle, the White House budget director, said the softening economy, continuing war costs and the deficit-financed economic stimulus measure soon to clear Congress were responsible for the worsening deficit picture. And he said that the deficits experienced during the Reagan years and Bush's father's administration were far worse when compared to the size of the economy.
"It's a manageable deficit — it isn't the largest in history by any stretch of the imagination — and it's one that can be managed if we get economic growth back on track," Nussle said.
Click here: The Associated Press: Bush Budget Would Bring Record Deficits

So there you have it. Why do the wiseguys keep on saying that Dim Son is concerned about his legacy. His trophy war in Iraq is a bust, he's working on starting a 3rd war in Iran/Israel, he's blown the US economy to hell, and now, instead of learning anything, he's proposed a budget that increases the military spending on weapons - that is to say more money to Halliburton, Bectel, Boeing, etc., etc. - while cutting the medical benefits for those coming home from his trophy wars. Of course - god willing - it won't pass, but the very idea of proposing it and then saying it's "a managable deficit" is appalling. It's one of those "too funny to be true or too true to be funny moments". [One possibility is that Dim Son the Lame Duck is just trying to make one last "run on the treasury" for his monied chronies.]

In Louisiana we're having Congressional elections this spring. I'm in LA01, and, of course, I'm betting it all on Democrat Gilda Reed. My thought is that she'll take one look at Dim Son's proposal and say "what the hell is this crapola?" This is what this proposal means to LA01:

Taxpayers in Louisiana Congressional District 1 (LA01) will pay $209.6 million for proposed Iraq War Spending for FY2008. For the same amount of money, the following could have been provided:

53,373 People with Health Care OR
151,882 Homes with Renewable Electricity OR
6,455 Public Safety Officers OR
4,438 Music and Arts Teachers OR
47,440 Scholarships for University Students OR
21 New Elementary Schools OR
2,519 Affordable Housing Units OR
138,866 Children with Health Care OR
31,669 Head Start Places for Children OR
4,424 Elementary School Teachers OR
3,270 Port Container Inspectors
Notes and Sources Go to Cost of War Counter

Actually, those numbers don't reflect the current Dim Son proposal, but are based on the projections from the 2007 budget, so up the numbers by about 8%. And this is what we in Louisiana have paid for Dim Son's trophy war through 2007, and what could have been.

Taxpayers in Louisiana will pay $3.5 billion for the cost of the Iraq War through 2007. For the same amount of money, the following could have been provided:
884,063 People with Health Care OR
2,515,747 Homes with Renewable Electricity OR
106,925 Public Safety Officers OR
73,509 Music and Arts Teachers OR
785,786 Scholarships for University Students OR
352 New Elementary Schools OR
41,723 Affordable Housing Units OR
2,300,146 Children with Health Care OR
524,558 Head Start Places for Children OR
73,276 Elementary School Teachers OR
54,171 Port Container Inspectors
Notes and Sources Go to Cost of War Counter

Besides more dollars for guns and ammo, and less health care for returning veterans, the proposed budget of Dim Son also cuts or fails to even increase for inflation all domestic social services programs, all education programs, and all infrastructure funding. It means that we the people, here in LA01 (and the rest of Louisiana) will receive less Federal funding. All of this results from the GOPer mantra of more guns, less food, lower taxes, less health care, every man for himself, blah, blah . . . .

If we're lucky, Democrats in Congress will get some backbone and tell Dim Son to take his budget and shove it. Then, come November, we'll elect a Democrat president, a huge majority in Congress, and begin taking giant steps to clean up the GOPer catastrophe and bring these United States of America back from hell.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

LA01 is not a safe-seat for GOPers

Thomas Frank published a book in 2004 entitled What's The Matter With Kansas? The book is a native son's look back at the political and social revolution in his home state, and his attempt to unravel the question: Why do so many Americans vote against their economic and social interests? Why do poor farmers and factory workers vote for movement conservatives whose objective is to consolidate all the small farms and send factory jobs overseas? Who do the poor vote for those who favor the rich? And the answer, while complex in its strategy and implementation, is actually quite simple. They were conned. They were conned into voting emotionally, not rationally, for voting based on their fears and prejudices, and not on what is sound policy for the future security of their families.

With changes of names and places, the book could just as well be entitled: What's the Matter with Louisiana? Or, to be more precise, with Louisiana's First Congressional District (LA01). For a superb analysis of the political demographics of LA01, and "how it came to be that way", read the 3-part series by YatPundit published on January 14th - 16th. Click here: YatPundit. While not in complete agreement with his views on the "physical" rebuilding of Western St. Tammany, the observations on the political mind-set are right on the mark. When I moved to Mandeville from New Orleans 10 years ago, a neighbor suggested right off that I remove my FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS VOTE REPUBLICAN bumper sticker. It is noticeably worse today. There is absolutely an unearned and undeserved GOPer arrogance on the Northshore.

Today is MARDI GRAS, and while we in south Louisiana will spend the day playing and drinking and getting ready for the beginning of Lent tomorrow, the rest of America is participating in the SuperduperTuesday extravaganza. By late tonight, squeezed in between the final parades and the mounted police sweep of Bourbon Street, and the televised meeting of the Courts of Comus and Rex, we'll be told who won, who lost, who lost but really won and who's still in or out; and we'll be bored senseless by the talking heads. By that time, I'll be asleep.

Saturday is the presidential primary for Louisiana, not today. We may or may not still have any voice in the ultimate choices of candidates by then, but I hope folks here still take it seriously and get out to vote. According to the sample ballot from the Secretary of State's office, there is still a full spectrum of both Democrat and Republican candidates, including the drop-outs, so there are choices to be made. Click here: Louisiana Secretary of State--Precinct Ballot Data Inquiry That is unless some are scratched beforehand.

And, while most Louisiana political wiseguys view LA01 as a safe GOPer paradise, that may not be the case since Hurricane Katrina. Again, according to the Secretary of State's records, there are: 167,336 registered Democrats; 160,438 registered Republicans; and 105, 146 registered other party. I'll vote Saturday in the Democratic primary, but that's not what I'll be watching.
I'll be looking at the numbers in the Republican Primary, and trying to make some sense of them; and I hope other Democrats will do likewise. How do the Republican voters break-down, from uber-right, to right, to moderate, etc.

For the GOPers, Saturday is just a prelude to their closed primary on March 8th for their presumed safe-seat in Congress. I'm looking forward to watching Scalasi, Burns & Morris battle it out scratching for the wingnut vote. And then I'm looking forward to Gilda Reed taking back LA01 for the Democrats in May.

My Decision is Barack Obama

In January 1953, my deep south 4th grade teacher lined us up to walk two blocks to a classmates house to watch the inauguration of President Dwight Eisenhower on his new black and white television. It was the first time I gave any thought to who was leading these United States of America, and actually the last for many years. I had too many other things on my mind. And for me the remainder of the '50s dragged on in black and white.

I turned 18 in 1960, graduated high school, left home and went off to college at Tulane University in New Orleans. There I met wonderful and diverse new people, teachers and students, some of whom challenged many of the ideas I had accepted growing up. It was a time of enlightenment for me and, to be honest I resisted much of the new thought because it flew in the face of my southern roots in Mississippi and Georgia. Racial equality, social justice for all, women's rights, what the hell were these all about? Everybody had his own place in my little world, and these ideas sure didn't square with that! My redneck world had structure, dammit.

That November, the junior Senator from Massachusetts, John Kennedy, came from nowhere and was elected president of these United States. I was finally beginning to wake up and take notice. And at his inauguration in January 1961, I found myself once again glued to a black and white television. Only this time, I actually listened to his words, and for the first time saw the leadership of these United States not as a bunch of stuffy old men, but as young and vibrant and enthuiastic. His final challenge to us all, to "ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country", was an inspiring invitation to participate in the future. It changed my life in a profound manner.

This past week, images and recollections of JFK have consumed the news, as one after another of the Kennedy family, friends and supporters have reached out to give their support to Barack Obama in his quest for the Democratic nomination. Its been stated over and over ad nauseum that John Kennedy was the face and voice of a whole new generation of Americans. Younger to be sure, but not based so much on youth as on a new vision of what America was and could be again in the future.

I agree that Barack Obama is the best person to lead us into the future at this most critical time in American history. He is the new voice, the person to remind us of what America was, and what we can be again in the future. So I will vote for Barack Obama in the Louisiana primary, and I will support him in November.

Monday, February 4, 2008

On Saturday, vote for "The Two Elizabeths"

Come Saturday in Louisiana, we get to vote in a presidential primary. My vote will be in the Democratic column, though I still haven't settled down to one person, and not from lack of trying. Truthfully, after reviewing all the donkeys and their families, etc., my Dream Ticket, and a sure winner in November would be the two Elizabeths, "Elizabeth Edwards and Elizabeth Kucinich". Those two could make a difference in these United States of America.

Louisiana Primaries Could Make a Difference Posted on Feb. 5, 2008 by Lamar White, Jr
Although political pundits have suggested that we should expect a low turn-out for this Saturday’s Presidential primaries, there is reason to believe that the results of this primary, particularly for Democrats, could make a difference. Both Hillary Clinton’s and Barack Obama’s campaigns have indicated that they may be visiting Louisiana later this week. If ground operations shift to Southern states, which seems likely given the amount of delegates Texas offers, then we’ll likely become a battleground, both for symbolic and strategic purposes.
Click here: Louisiana Primaries Could Make a Difference « CenLamar: Essays, Articles, and Commentary On Life in Louisiana

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Let's Get It Right This Time

Louisiana's 1st Congressional District finally has a chance to stop being a foot-stool, get it right and send a representative to the Congress of these United States who is intelligent, competent, charismatic, and committed to progressive values. We need Gilda Reed.

For the last three decades, LA01 has sunk deeper and deeper into the abyss of the uber-right conservative beast, and look what it's got us. From Bob "family-values and admitted adulterer" Livingston to David "family-values and hoe-monger" Vitter to Lil'Bobby now "Mr. Ethics violater" Jindal. All three of those GOPers have used LA01 voters as a footstool for personal political advancement, and walked away from LA01 when their next opportunity came along. The last, Lil'Bobby, even carpet-bagged himself into LA01 for the "sole" purpose of replacing his mentor Vitty-Cent, and then was a no-show in Congress for his last year while making his next move up to Goobner of the Gret State. It would be nice for a change to have a Congress(person) who actually gave a damn about LA01. For some inciteful and well-written commentary on Louisiana GOPers, check out Click here: Liberty and Justice for all! and the always enlightening Click here: Daily Kingfish ... Lord knows Louisiana needs it ...

And, from the looks of things the GOPer offerings this time around are no better than those of the last two decades. The candidates, Steve "Mr. Homophobic" Scalise, Tim "pro-life until after birth" Burns, and Ben "Falwell-aryan" Morris perform as institutionally trained GOPers. They trivialize meaningful issues and play to their respective "prejudice" bases. The best of the GOPer potential candidates, Kevin Davis, had the personal integrity to stay above the fray and continue his excellent job of rebuilding St. Tammany Parish since Hurricane Katrina.

Which brings us to Gilda Reed. Now here is a person everyone in LA01 would be proud to have as their Representative in the Congress of these United States. She is not in this race for her own personal glory, or to use LA01 as a stepping-stone for moving on up the political ladder. Her long record of achievement already speaks volumes to her leadership ability and sense of personal and community responsibility. When elected to Congress, she will stay, build seniority, and become the powerful and thoughtful representative that LA01 needs for the future.

Let's get it right this time, folks. The GOPers have been using LA01 and feeding at our trough for two decades now. Let's elect someone who will look out for us, instead of themselves. Vote for GILDA REED.

Friday, February 1, 2008

What Do We Do Now?

Now that John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich and Chris Dodd have withdrawn from the Democratic Quest for the Whitehouse, the voices of populist ideals have been horse-whipped and mostly disappeared from open discussion. We are left to decide between two voices of corporate America. And, after listening to last night's "love-in" between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, it really doesn't seem to matter who takes the lead in their dance. Today some are advocating they run together, though opinions differ between "Tweedledee-Tweedledum" or "Tweedledum-Tweedledee". Here are some thoughts from The LA Times:

Clinton, Obama gently debate Iraq in Hollywood
The Iraq war reemerged Thursday as a dividing line between the two major Democrats remaining in the presidential contest, as Barack Obama used a Los Angeles debate to argue he has the judgment to lead the nation out of war and Hillary Rodham Clinton asserted that she has the gravitas to do the same.The debate, sponsored by The Times, CNN and Politico and held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, was the first one-on-one meeting between Clinton and Obama. It was also the last before Democrats in 22 states, including California, vote Tuesday.
Click here: Los Angeles Times: Clinton, Obama gently debate Iraq in Hollywood

And, assuming that Ole John McWalnuts gets the GOPer nod, we have this to look forward to in the fall. Ann Coulter: McCain nomination would make me a 'Hillary girl'
It seems as though the latest game among conservative pundits is to play "can you top this" in seeing how far they can go to proclaim their distaste for Senator John McCain. Radio talk show clown Rush Limbaugh drew media attention to himself last week when he suggested he might not support McCain if he became the Republican nominee. Now Ann Coulter has upped the ante, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity that if John McCain is the Republican nominee, she's supporting Hillary Clinton. [Is she driving Democrats towards McWalnuts?]
Click here:

All things considered, perhaps its time to bring back one of the old demons of politics, the venerable RALPH NADER, who, by the way, has just announced that since John Edwards' departure, he is "considering" a new "Run for the Roses" in 2008. I know many folks feel he's just gonna screw the Democratic candidate "again", but I disagree with that notion, and with the notion that he screwed Al Gore in 2000. If you take the time to study where he stands on most issues, you'll find that throughout his long career he has consistently stood up for the people and always against corporatism. And, for good measure, he could bring along Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson for VP. I'm giving it some thought.