Friday, May 30, 2008
So far he's voted against the Agriculture Bill because it provided too much food for poor people, including BTW lots of folks who now can't afford food because the Bushies sent their jobs overseas. He's voted against the Veterans Bill that would have provided better education funding for veterans, because too many soldiers might prefer getting an education to being cannon fodder - but he does tout the funding for a Veterans Hospital in New Orleans as if he brought home the bacon. [Actually since he didn't serve, he should follow McCain's admonition and just shut the fuck up on veterans issues.] He voted against the Foreclosure Prevention Act because we can't have interference with predators gobbling up folks homes. Screw homeowners, we gotta protect those banks. And he voted against the suspension of purchases for the Strategic Oil Reserves. Keep buying oil at top prices and keeping if off the market so the prices will stay high. Then he bitches about not having a national energy policy - so we need more drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve, the Everglades, and coastal waters.
Maybe he's just not been in Washington long enough to know that the Presnit does have an energy, it's called getting the fuck off oil. Check out Click here: Daily Kingfish ... A Progressive Political Blog For Louisiana ... Ryan sez it all and gives references.
But that's OK, since more drilling won't have any adverse effect on the environment. According to numbnuts Scalise, since Louisiana hasn't been screwed up and polluted by oil drilling, we need to do all we can to fuck up Alaska and the Everglades and the California Coast . . . Of course, anything supporting more oil drilling will continue to sell in LA01 - new Regional home of the mighty Chevron . . .
Perhaps Steve needs to consider taking the first step . . . . . . .
Just take a deep breath and let it out . . . . .
Thursday, May 29, 2008
They were after all just little lies, just what we needed to jump-start the taking down of the Evil Saddam. We did, though, have to get lots of folks to tell those little lies.
4000 dead, so what! It worked! And, everybody got on board - except that little rat Scottie.
My Man had to have his war, and we never coulda done it without a few little twisters here and there.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Haven't read his book, and doubt that I'll waste the time. He's just the latest worm to try to turn a few bucks off his misadventures in the House of Bush. Harriet Meiers is no doubt swearing out of her born-again thin-lips because Scottie beat her to it. Remember August 6, 2001, at the Crawford Ranchero . . .
And Scottie's buds in the Gang of Liars. Oh yeah, Scottie wasn't alone in the shit. Poor Karl's up to his knees in other poo right now, and probably pissed Scottie got the jump on the money-maker. Karl needs that lawyer money more than ever. But fuck Karl, John Conners needs to get Scottie under oath.
Might as well name'em all. There's probably gonna be a string of exposes, but Scottie got the running start . . . We need some subpoenas out there.
He did, of course, stand up and take the heat for Big D, so it seems fair that he gets first shot at the easy money. Doesn't keep him from being a slimebag, though, then or now. Nobody likes a liar, or a mouthpiece for a liar . . . but then nobody likes a snitch much either . . .
Friday, May 16, 2008
But Chevron also brings with it some ugly baggage.
Even though the Bushiviks are publically rebuking the military dictatorship in Myanmar for it's Katrina-Like performance following the recent cyclone, Chevron is continuing to help finance the junta by refusing to sell off its investment in the Yadana natural gas and pipeline operation.
The original American partner in the pipeline venture was Unocal, which was sued by EarthRights International for millions because the pipeline was built with slave labor - people forced into labor by the military junta. As soon as that lawsuit was settled, while Condi Rice was on the board of Chevron, the Unocal interest was bought by Chevron. And, because Unocal was in business before the Bush sanctions, Chevron was grandfathered in and allowed to continue doing business in Burma. Since then it is the profits from Yadana gas and pipeline projects that have financed the military control in Maynmar (Burma).
Once again OIL and GAS are at the core of the problem. Human rights organizations have called on Chevron to sell off its investment in Myanmar, but Chevron's CEO David O'Reilly has refused, calling its project an attractive asset. "Somebody's gonna do it, so why not us?" Chevron did, however, generously pledge $2Million (tax deductible) in relief after the cyclone. And well it could, since its reported profits for the 1st quarter 2008 was $5.17Billion.
And while relief is starting to trickle into Myanmar since the cyclone, the military is still very much in charge, and Chevron is continuing to play their part in financing that military.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Just making sure they spelled his name right . . .
"The votes were symbolic, in their strong bipartisan support, of lawmakers' frustrations at not being able to agree on anything more substantive in response to public anger over near $4 a gallon gasoline and oil prices in the $125 a barrel range."
"We are buying the most expensive crude oil in the history of the world and storing it," said Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. "When American consumers are burning at the stake by high energy prices, the government ought not be carrying the wood."
Click here: Print Story: Congress urges Bush to halt oil reserve shipments on Yahoo! News
[More to come on our new neighbor Chevron.]
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Followed later on by the sweet voice of Aaron Neville on the Gospel Stage in his first appearance in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina . . . welcome home Aaron . . .
Then there was the happy music and antics of Kermit Ruffin, makin' everybody feel welcome and sassy . . .
Naturally there's visitors . . . Pearl and The Two Janes from The Big Apple . . . there ain't nuthin' like the real thing, gyrls . . . . .
Young Mr. Derek Trucks. Damn, take me back, take me back, to the Allman Brothers and Dickie Betts. He's gettin' there . . .
While campaigning for GOPers in Mississippi, ole Dick spilled the beans. The Pentagon is fast-tracking the development of the “Baghdad Zoo and Entertainment Experience, a massive American-style amusement park that will feature a skateboard park, rides, a concert theatre and a museum.” The firm designing the project also developed Disneyland. The financier, Llewellyn Werner, has admitted that he is doing the project not to help Iraq, but because he wants to make boatloads of money: Click here: Think Progress » Cheney: Bagdad’s Disneyland-Style Amusement Park Is Evidence That Things Are Going ‘Swimmingly’ I
The Pentagon is also now backing a $5 billion plan to create a “zone of influence” around the new $700 million U.S. embassy. The area will include luxury hotels, a shopping center, and condos in an effort to “transform” the Green Zone into a “centerpiece for Baghdad’s future.”
I hate to be a sour-puss, but shouldn't we be rebuilding America - like New Orleans - before we spend billions Americanizing Baghdad?
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Pearl and I spent the last two weekends at JazzFest - every day but one and we spent that showing some friends from the Big Apple around the Big Easy. So, after voting early Saturday morning, we didn't know the news until late Saturday night; and we almost didn't tune in because we were anxious about the outcome.
Gilda Reed is/was such a great candidate for the LA01 seat. She's the first in many years that all of us could really love, believe in and support with our heads and our hearts. And for the first time in 30 years, we in LA01 could have had a representative in Congress who truly cares about us, and would courageously work for the common good of the folks in LA01. There was more than just a glimmer of hope for the miracle.
But alas, it wasn't to be. And we are all saddened by the outcome. The 25% Gilda received was better than past selections, but not enough to overcome the apparently locked-in mind-set of the GOPers in this District. Gilda will get over it, and will continue the good fight; and we who supported her will get over it and continue to rage against the machine.
The real loss here is to the rest of LA01, to those who didn't support Gilda, and to those who just didn't care enough to vote. There is no doubt that Gilda was the better qualified candidate, that she was better educated and informed about the issues that really matter to the voters in LA01, or that she was better situated to begin truly working for us on the very first day she entered Congress. But what the voters chose instead is the GOPer's third string bench-warmer, the computer tech who got his turn only because he was loyal enough to the party to step back while their Rhodes Scholar stars - Vitter and Jindal - used LA01 to pad their resumes for higher office.
We all have GOPers friends, or family, and those I've spoken with can't or won't say why they voted for Scalise in this election. When asked about issues, the answers I get are almost all consistent with the positions taken by Gilda. They know better, but they still vote as they are told by the GOPer powers, the business lobby, the insurance lobby, and on and on ad nauseum. Early on in this race, the GOPer controlled Times-Picayune wrote that the State GOP was supporting Scalise in this race, not Tim Burns, who himself was clearly better qualified for the job. Scalise's only qualifications were that he was a 100% rock solid conservative, he was 100% pro-life, and that he voted against all, that is all, taxes. No matter that he had a couple of ethical ambiguities. If he stands by his declared positions, then he takes nothing useful to LA01 to Congress. He will simply be another obstructionist face in the ever dwindling GOP minority; and that precludes him from having any meaningful voice on issues relevant to LA01.
He's said he will follow in the footsteps of Lil'Bobby Jindal and work for recovery aid. But he's even confused on who worked for aid to Louisiana. It wasn't Lil'Bobby, but Mary Landrieu who did the heavy lifting for recovery aid. So if he's really following in Lil'Bobby's footsteps, perhaps he really means he'll be an absentee in Congress while he runs for the Senate after the GOPers abandon Vitter in 2010. After all, LA01 is just a rung on the ladder . . .