Wednesday, July 29, 2009
At Monday's meeting the council was trying to ascertain if contact had been made with the mineral board. A city attorney stated that Chesapeake was taking care of it. On the face of it, it seems strange to me that an energy company would be doing this. The purpose of placing it with the Mineral Board is so it will be up for public bids, not so a deal between the city and Cheseapeake can be consummated.
Councilman Long got frustrated and left the meeting to call the Mineral Board himself.
On Tuesday the mayor questioned the council's judgment in putting the land up. A lot of Shreveport residents are unhappy because Twin Cities Development (Chesapeake's leasing partner) refuses to deal with inner city neighborhood associations.
When the mayor stated that the arrangment "undermines" local government and residents' best interests, feathers got ruffled. Councilman Joe Shyne booed the mayor and Chairman Ron Webb immediately gaveled an end to the meeting.
I think the mayor has a point and there is no need to rush into it. If he vetoes it, a vote of 5-2 will be needed to override.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery (STRIKE), 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.
The burial will be conducted with full military honors by soldiers from Fort Polk and an escort by the Patriot Guard Riders.
The cemetery is at 1240 Republican Church Road, south of Blanchard Furrh Road.
Check out the Haynesville Movie website, watch the trailer and read about the people who made the film.
You can also stay in touch with Haynesville on:
Facebook and Twitter.
Honey Mae White was booked into Bossier Maximum and her bond is set at $150,000.
Meanwhile, Pablo Ahbert-Mata, 21, was arrested Saturday night after throwing a beer bottle at someone in Tootie’s bar because the man was wearing a sombrero. He then pulled a knife and acted in a threatening manner.
Pablo’s bond was set at $3,650. Ahbert-Mata admitted to deputies that he is in the country illegally.
The purpose of paying bond is to ensure that the person charged will not flee the jurisdiction. Apparently the system reasons that the 64 year old resident will take her ill-gotten $58 and flee the country, whereas a person who is in the country illegally will not attempt to escape justice.
After all, a (very) few pills in the hands of an undercover officer is much more dangerous than a 21 year bottle throwing, knife bearing “undocumented” person.
If someone comes up with that bond, I’ll bet he’ll be wading the Rio Grande within a day.
Monday, July 27, 2009
What is the deal with the birth certificate controversy? It has actually become a sort of movement, and people seem happy to carry the label ‘birther’.
Examine the facts.
World Net Daily is generating a lot of money in product sales and in donations, so it is easy to understand their continued demand that a ‘long form’ birth certificate be produced.
World Net Daily originally ran stories that the birth certificate posted on the website was a forgery, but later withdrew that claim.
- “A separate WND investigation into Obama's of live birth utilizing forgery experts also found the document to be authentic. The investigation also revealed methods used by some of the bloggers to determine the document was fake involved forgeries, in that a few bloggers added text and images to the certificate scan that weren't originally there.”
DOH spokeswoman Janice Okubo said about the birth certificate posted by the Obama campaign last fall “is considered a birth certificate from the state of
The governor of
- “State law (Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §338-18) prohibits the release of a certified birth certificate to persons who do not have a tangible interest in the vital record," DOH Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino said.
Fukino said that no state official, including Gov. Linda Lingle, ever instructed that Obama's certificate be handled differently from any other.
Fukino said she and the registrar of vital statistics, Alvin Onaka, have personally verified that the health department holds Obama's original birth certificate.
- "Therefore, I as Director of Health for the State of Hawai‘i, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawai‘i State Department of Health has Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures,"
Think about it. The Director of Health and the Registrar of Vital Statistics, the people who are in charge of maintaining these records, certified that they have seen the original and are certifying that Obama was born in
I had a conversation with someone last week who ‘had his doubts.’ I outlined the above facts and his reply was “there are still too many unanswered questions . . “. When I asked what questions he was referring to, he simply trailed off into some comments about ‘he may have traveled on a British Passport and he won’t release his college records because they might show that he was registered as a foreign student . . “.
Some people just won’t give up.Perhaps they would be better served if they turned their attention to the healthcare debate, the stimulus, and a national debt that is out of control.
Even Anne Coulter thinks it's wrong:
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Read the blog post and watch the video, it is disturbing.
Also posted at And So it Goes in Shreveport.
Armstrong isn’t shy about taking on some mega churches and their leaders.
Do church leaders such as Bishop T.D. Jakes, Bishop Eddie Long, Dr. Creflo Dollar, Joel Osteen, or reported homosexual Pastor Ted Haggard truly understand God's Word? If so, why have they become corporate CEO's, allowing money, greed, and materialism to take over their souls? These leaders are whoring God's people from the pulpit, while teaching legions of pimps, crooks, liars, and homosexuals, who pose as pastors, to follow in their footsteps.
In an interview with Channel 5 in Alexandria provided by wesawthat, Armstrong discusses churches in
Armstrong’s books are available at Books A Million and on Amazon.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Joshua Delano at Bayou Perspective is blogging about Bobby Jindal’s latest effort to establish his niche as a frontrunner. FYI, Jindal will be on CBS Face the Nation tomorrow.
Darrell at My God’s Been Good is helping all of us to keep our feet on the ground and realize what is really important in life.
Todd is trying to insinuate, in a very meek manner, that his wife should have removed the wallet from his pants before washing. Todd may be doing some washing himself if he isn’t careful.
I was checking Maggie Lee’s Caring Bridge page this morning and read the update from her father, John Henson. He wrote of coming back into the room at this morning after a cup of coffee in the hospital cafeteria.
For just that moment, I had forgotten that she is hooked up to what must be miles of wiring, tubes and drugs. It wasn’t registering in my sleepy head that she is in the hospital, in a Critical Care Unit where someone must tend to her minute by minute. It somehow escaped me that her body is at dis-ease and has been that way for almost two weeks now. I walked up to her and started to wake her like I’ve done so many times before, but that moment ended and I remembered where we were.
He goes on to express his hope and his prayer.
The gospels show Jesus with such power to look at those who sleep and awaken them with his love and those very words. “Rise up.”
I want the same for Maggie Lee as I look at her. And I know Jesus still says them.
Lord Jesus, speak your words of reveille to her. Call her out of this deep sleep.
Please follow the link and keep up with this wonderful family in their struggle for their loved one. The webpage has had more than 100,000 visitors over the last two weeks. Sign the guestbook and let the family know that you are with them.
(Maggie Lee Henson is one of the students from First Baptist Church in Shreveport who was injured in the terrible accident that took the life of fourteen year old Brandon Ugarte.Maggie is suffering from severe brain injury and is being treated at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.)
Friday, July 24, 2009
The president took the podium at the daily press briefing to say that he had spoken to Sgt. Crowley, the officer who arrested Professor Gates. He went on to say that Crowley and Gates are both decent men, but that blacks are sensitive about such things, and maybe they could all sit down for a beer, blah blah blah.
Bet he wishes he had kept his mouth shut about this one.
The suit was brought by Sue Young Investments through their attorney, Clint Black.
The suit alleges that Twin Cities had agreed to lease 20+ acres on Bodcau Station Road and failed to do so, causing financial harm to Sue Young Investments.
We will keep you updated on these suits.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. July 25th at the 8th Air Force Museum. There will be special guest speakers as well as EOD demonstrations. Riders will visit five locations where they pick up a playing card and have the opportunity to visit a sixth location for a wild card. The cost is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger and there will be a prize for the best poker hand. Also, the first 200 paid registrations will receive free t-shirts.
"Our goal is to make $8,000 for Sergeant Flowers," said Senior Master Sgt. Sanders Louiverre Jr., Barksdale Freedom Riders publicity officer. "As part of our Barksdale family, it's important that we help him out with any unforeseen expenses him and his family have. For people who don't ride or aren't motorcycle enthusiasts they can still donate money to the Sergeant Flowers fund."
All proceeds will go to Sergeant Flowers and his family to help fray the costs of being relocated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. while he undergoes numerous surgeries and physical therapy.
Sergeant Flowers, who was deployed with the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, stepped on an anti-personnel mine May 11 while his team was clearing a weapons cache. In the explosion Sergeant Flowers lost his right leg below the knee. The blast also completely shattered his left and he subsequently broke his right wrist and hand. After the money is collected, Sergeant Flowers' flight superintendent will present the money to Sergeant Flowers' wife, Elizabeth.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The suit alleges that Twin Cities had agreed to the following lease terms:
3 year primary term-2 year secondary term
Mutually agreed to lease form
$50 p/acre shut in royalty
Release lands below 100 ft. below
base of producing formation
and $15,500 p/net mineral acre for bonus
- A letter confirming this offer dated September 5, 2008, was signed and sent by
TC to DCC, DPH, and other parties.
- On December 12, 2008, Twin Cities through Mr. Neil Brattin told DCC and DPH through Sue Landry, by telephone, that the $15,500 p/acre would not be honored.
- By letter dated January 6, 2009, from Mr. Brad E. Wilkerson, attorney for TC, to
Mr. Don Brice, attorney for DCC and DPH, TC basically refuses to execute and follow
through with the lease and payment. Instead, a new lease at a much lower price is
- By letter dated January 20, 2009, from Mr. Donald Lee Brice, attorney for DCC
and DPH, to Mr. Brad Wilkinson, attorney for TC, a demand is made upon TC to honor
its agreement and close the transaction as agreed to at the September 4, 2008, meeting.
- TC has refused to consummate the transaction to date.
- In default of its agreement, TC is indebted unto the two corporations for damages
DPH $15,500 p/acre X 43.658 = $676,699.00
Wherefore, Petitioner DCC
Prays for judgment against TC in the amount of $940,431.50
Plus interest from date of judicial demand plus court costs.
Wherefore, Petitioner DPH
Prays for judgment against TC in the amount of $676,699.00
Plus interest from date of judicial demand plus court costs.
The plaintiffs are represented by former Judge Dewey E. Burchett, Jr.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Within the nine-state SEC footprint, the SEC Network will be delivered in markets by the local over-the-air carrier of SEC events. In markets outside the SEC footprint, the syndicated programming will air on either local, over-the-air television stations or regional sports cable networks.
Monday, July 20, 2009
If you watch the video, it’s obvious that Obama was introducing Medvedev to members of the American delegation.
If a group of Russians had refused to shake hands with the President of the United States in the presence of the President of the Russian Federation, they would be on the red-eye to Siberia.
Believe what you want, but a picture is worth a thousand words. Please, keep your opposition to this president on real terms, as our country faces very serious problems that require the serious consideration of us all.
This is reminiscent of the videos a couple of years ago claiming that President Bush was snubbed at the G20 summit. That, of course, turned out to be totally untrue.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Maggie is suffering from severe brain injury and is being treated at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Maggie's dad, John Henson, is associate pastor for emerging ministries at First Baptist Church. He has written in his blog about taking Maggie to the church that morning and about his prayer that the trip would be a safe one.
Rev. Henson and his wife Jinny, needless to say, are with Maggie in Jackson.
A page has been set up at Caring Bridge that allows you to check on Maggie Lee's progress and leave comments for the family.
The Baptist Press has an article about the response in Jackson.
Please take time to say a prayer for Maggie and her parents, and visit the Caring Bridge website and let them know you care.
Linkins says: But this is where it gets more interesting. According to his registered address, he lists his business as "Discover Bigfoot." It seems that Mr. Gaudet is also an active member of a community of people searching for the whereabouts of Bigfoot (aka, the Sasquatch). Yes folks. THAT Bigfoot.
Okay, aha! He is interested in Bigfoot, so he’s a nut. He opposes Cap and Trade so that makes anyone who opposes Cap and Trade a nut. AND – he organized the Shreveport-Bossier Tea Party, so that make the Tea Party people nuts.
So Bigfoot is a hobby of his? So what. I went to his YouTube channel and found it entertaining.
Big woop. I had my concerns about the local Tea Party movement and expressed them here, along with my endorsement of what they are doing. My concern was that the local movement not turn into a cheering squad for one party over the other, that it truly remain non-partisan, and that it not turn into a forum for local politicians to gain votes. Gaudet has done a great job of keeping it party-neutral and has a policy of not inviting elected officials to speak. A lot of local Tea Party organizations have marginalized themselves by having politicians speak at their events. Gaudet has not made this mistake, and that is to his credit.
True, at the Shreveport-Bossier Tea Party website you can find some blogs containing some pretty extreme views. Again, so what? It is an open forum and members are free to post their views and opinions, and yes, even write blogs. I expressed my thoughts on the forum, as others have. The important point is that the direction of the local Tea Party events has been, so far, exemplary.
You will continue to find a link to Shreveport-Bossier Tea Party in my sidebar.
Sorry Mr. Linkins, to use a great southern expression, that dog don’t hunt.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
From And so it Goes in Shreveport, Surprise, surprise – the Senate votes to exclude themselves from the Obama Health Care Plan.
Greg Aymond at Central La. Politics says that it’s time for a public option in healthcare.
Todd agrees with him.
Avman doesn’t think so at the Louisiana Conservative.
Neither does Red Stick Rant.
Alexandyr Kent at Louisiana Movies is blogging about, you guessed it, movies. If you are a movie buff, you don’t need to miss his blog.
Jeff Sadow has some thoughts about Mitch Landrieu’s ambitions and Bobby Jindal’s plans.
Sherri Talley is asking ‘Is it Y’all or Ya’ll?”
Appropriately, her colleague Gerry May is blogging on the death of Walter Cronkite, a giant in his field.
And that’s the way it is . . . .
Friday, July 17, 2009
From the commentary on the YouTube channel where it was posted:
Killed in action the week before, the body of Sergeant First Class John C. Beale was returned to Falcon Field in Peachtree City , Georgia , just south of Atlanta , on June 11, 2009 . The Henry County Police Department escorted the procession to the funeral home in McDonough , Georgia . A simple notice in local papers indicated the road route to be taken and the approximate time.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
New Leases Posted since December 2008
Bienville - 607
Bossier - 6,851
Caddo - 6,881
Claiborne - 829
DeSoto - 1,445
Webster - 265
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Is it? I don’t believe that her remarks were hard core racism, but they were incredibly stupid.
We are all racist at some level - often the white people who are claiming 'I don't have a racist bone in my body' (usually to a black person), are the most guilty.
In the south, we’re just a generation away from Jim Crow. When I started school in 1953, the idea of whites and blacks attending school together was a pipe dream. When I graduated from high school in 1965, it was approaching, but not yet accomplished. I never sat in a classroom with a black person until my freshman year in college.
We’re just a couple of generations away from lynchings in Bossier Parish. My grandfather, who was born in 1883, knew of a spot on Linton Road where blacks were lynched during reconstruction. He knew of one particular tree, because his mother told her children not to play near there, and why.
I have no idea if there is any historical record of this happening here, but I know that it did.
When people in the south make noose ‘jokes’, they need to be aware of what they are doing and why it is so offensive to their black neighbors.
(Yes, I understand it's free speech, and that you have a right to say it. I would only encourage you not to.)
Southern trees bear strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.
Pastoral scene of the gallant south,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.
Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Louisiana, and more particularly Cajun Country, is about to introduce a major player to the country music world in the person of James Dupré.
I found James on YouTube a few months ago; at one point I posted a couple of his videos on the sidebar of the blog. The native of Evangeline Parish started his YouTube channel 2 years ago this week. He has 6,619 subscribers at this point and has had 276,830 channel views.
James is in Nashville this week completing his first album.
He has a number of videos of his covers of various country stars on his YouTube channel. Check it out, I promise you will find the visit enjoyable.
Below is a video of some of his original work, a song entitled ‘Memories of Heaven’.
Cryer was indicted in 2006 for 2 counts of tax evasion. The IRS claimed that Cryer had dodged pay over $73,000 in income tax by setting up a trust to receive some payments. In July of 2007 the IRS reduced the charges to willful failure to pay income tax returns. In this case, Cryer claimed that he owed no taxes, and was acquitted on both counts.
In April of this year Cryer filed suit in the United States Tax Court. The government responded by saying that Cryer owed owes $848,806.00 in Federal income tax plus $615,384.37 in section 6651(f) penalties for fraudulent failure to file tax returns, $212,201.50 in section 6651(a)(2) penalties for failure to timely pay the taxes, and $43,044.84 in section 6654 penalties for failure to timely pay estimated taxes.
Again, Cryer disputed the amount, claiming that he owes no taxes at all.
Cryer has a website, Truth Attack, that fully explains his views on tax laws and their constitutionality.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
As I have stated before, I am not a Democrat nor am I a Republican. Although I have libertarian leanings, I believe that once a libertarian joins a political party, he becomes his own enemy. I am an independent in the true sense – I depend on no party to dictate my philosophy.
I watched for the last 30 years as the Democratic Party made itself irrelevant in the south. It began when Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights bill in 1964. Richard Nixon seized on it and the Republicans and Democrats basically made a trade. The Republicans got the Democratic South and the Democrats got the solidly Republican black vote.
Ironically, the Democrats made themselves irrelevant in the south (so far as national elections go), and now the Republicans are making themselves irrelevant in the rest of the country.
Look at the numbers: 30% of voters will vote Republican no matter what. Ditto for the Democrats. That leaves a broad 40% section of the country who will decide elections based on the people running and their confidence in those people.
Republicans ‘got it’ for a while. During the Reagan years they picked up a lot of popularity. In 1994 Newt Gingrich and his Contract with
That’s when they stopped getting it. In 8 years The Republican President and Congress doubled the national debt, something they admirably kept under control when Bill Clinton was President.
Republicans, who are self-styled guardians of our constitutional rights, gave the Bush administration carte-blanche on legislation that invaded those rights. Of course, the shoe is on the other foot now and some are re-thinking their beliefs. Too late, the cow is out of the barn. If you ever concede protections (habeas corpus, search and seizure, etc.) to the government in the name of security, you have paid with your liberty.
Don’t look for a Democratic administration to ‘undo’ any of this – they love it. Just as the Republicans did, they will cite ‘national security’. As Benjamin Franklin said, if you give up your liberty for security, you deserve neither.
The unholy alliance between the Republican Party and the religious fundamentalists is becoming unraveled. That is a good thing, as this was a deal with the devil on both sides. It resulted in a political mantra of ‘family values’ from the party. The problem is, the people (those who are not blinded by party), understand that the definition of true family values is that you value your family. You don’t have to endorse one political ideology over another to do this.
The Republicans loved ‘family values’ as long as it got them votes; when push came to shove, however, they failed to live up to the brand they had adopted.
Only in the case of Congressman Mark Foley did the party demand, and get, a resignation. This was because in addition to liking boys, he liked underage boys.
Senator Larry ‘Toe Tapping’ Craig served out his
sentence term. In the cases of Senators Vitter and Ensign and Governor Sanford, the party has suddenly developed some libertarian feelings, claiming that it’s none of our business what they do. Very few have called for these sleazebags (that’s what they are) to step down.
David Vitter is raising huge amounts of money and will probably be re-elected with the help of the Louisiana Republican machine. The fates of Ensign and Sanford remain up in the air.
Yes, I get it, Democrats aren’t pure either. I am aware of Bill Clinton, Gary Condit and Barney Frank. The difference is, they have not assumed the mantle of moral superiority that the Republicans have. Yes, Democrats are big spenders and believe in government solutions. That is their brand, and they live up to it. At least they are honest.
As to the Republicans, they have one goal – to gain power at all costs. What they just don’t seem to get is that the broad range of people around the country just aren’t buying it. (
The people have heard the cries of ‘small government, lower taxes’ and ‘family values’ from the GOP while they spend like drunken sailors and some of their leaders display the morals of jackals – with impunity. The people aren’t as stupid as
The Young Republicans have just elected Audra Shay as national chair. Audra was the center of controversy last week when her facebook remarks came to light. When a commenter said something about getting rid of these 'mad coons and illegals', Audra replied 'You go Eric. lol.'. Sure sounds like she was endorsing a racial slur to me. She doesn't get it, neither do the Young Republicans who elected her.
The old adage ‘fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me’ seems to apply here. The people were fooled by the Republicans in the last decade. If Republicans are able to make gains in the next few years, they had better live up to what they profess, because this is probably their last chance.
Most of the blogs I link to are in Louisiana. I may look at including more national sites.
Mostly Cajun, All American and Opinionated gives us zen teachings and Laws. I really like this blog. This guy can be cranky and is somewhat a smartass. Sorta reminds me of . . . . me. Suspect Device believes that most U. S. Senators are assholes. That’s hard to disagree with.
The Louisiana Conservative is lamenting Obama’s Cruel and Unjust War.
I encourage you to read Margaret and Helen. That really is them in the picture in the header of the blog. If you are conservative, they will probably offend your sensibilities.
Todd bucks the local blogosphere and speaks out with his views on healthcare. Don’t miss Gerry May, the news anchor at KTBS in Shreveport. Gerry has a very active bunch of commenters.
Kiss My Gumbo is written by Greta Perry, the self-styled Princess of Positive. She’s a hoot. Your Right Hand Thief comments on the election of Audra Shay as chair of the Young Republicans.
Conservative Drink has received a lot of national attention after producing tapes of Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover telling a citizen that when the police stop you, your rights are suspended. Conservatism in Exile comments on that issue.
There is something in the water in Alexandria that produces prolific bloggers. Some of them get a little cross with each other at times, but I think that only improves their product. Check out We Saw That, Alex Cenla's Rants & Ravings, Central La. Politics and Cenlamar.
Stuff Cajun People Like is self explanatory.
Bayou Perspective is written by Josh Delano, a Louisiana native who is attending school in Houston. Josh appears on Jeff Crouere’s radio show in New Orleans on a regular basis.
The Norla Blog and The Old River Road are on vacation. They are apparently smarter than the rest of us.
For some reflection and inspiration, check out My God's Been Good.
Last, but not at all least, is our friend across the river, Pat Austin at And So it goes in Shreveport, from whom I shamelessly stole this idea of a roundup of blogs and blog news.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I'm not young and I'm not a Republican, but I'll jump in anyway. When the two major political parties, whom I disdain, are not fighting with each other they seem to fighting with themselves. We should have heeded the advice of George Washington, who said in his farewell address:
Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind, (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely
out of sight,) the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the
interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates
the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one partagainst another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection.
But we didn't listen and this post isn't about that, so I will not get on my soapbox.
Audra Shay of New Orleans has been considered a shoo-in for election as president of the Young Republicans. A 'young' Republican is anyone aged 18-40. Democrats stop being young when they are 36.
One of her stands has been that the party should embrace all technology and the internet to reach everyone possible. Personally, she has reached out and the results have not been stellar.
Audra got into a discussion on Facebook in which a commenter said:
“Obama Bin Lauden [sic] is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals...”
To which she replied:
“You tell em Eric! lol.”
A couple of Republican friends called her out and questioned the exchange. She deleted them from her Facebook friends. Now it is impossible to find Audra anywhere on the social networks, as she is apparently attempting to clean up those little internet footprints.
That exchange and some cute noose talk have given pause to many. One state delegation has asked her to withdraw. She has a lot of powerful support, however, including our own Bobby Jindal and Congressmen Steve Scalise, Bill Cassidy and Joseph Cao.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out tomorrow.
You can find more details on the exchanges at The Conservatist and at The Guardian.
Forever was cut short by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who decided that the resolution will not get consideration in the House.
"If the idea is to praise the life and work ... then why not do that [in some other way]?" Pelosi said. "A resolution, I think, would open up to contrary views that are not necessary at this time to be expressed in association with the resolution, whose purpose is quite different."
Pelosi has enough fights on her hands without this one. Love her or hate her, you have to admit that she is an astute politician.
Maybe next time Lee will check with the home office before she puts herself in an untenable position.
Friday, July 10, 2009
"Under the current draft of the Democrat healthcare legislation, members of Congress are curiously exempt from the government-run health care option, keeping their existing health plans and services on Capitol Hill. If Members of Congress believe so strongly that government-run health care is the best solution for hard working American families, I think it only fitting that Americans see them lead the way. Public servants should always be accountable and responsible for what they are advocating, and I challenge the American people to demand this from their representatives."
He has a petition on his website. Sign up here if you believe any member of Congress who votes for a government run health care plan should be forced to participate in the plan themselves?
Thursday, July 9, 2009
She is the first person from Louisiana to serve as president of the 2,000 member organization.
Her husband, 26th JDC Judge Ford Stinson, Jr. went with her to Boston to swear her in.
This is an honor not only for Suzanne but for all of us.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The Browns were sued again last week by Bronwyn Stonecipher and several other people. The allegations are basically the same as listed in the other suit. Twin Cities Development is also named in the suit.
They are claiming breach of warranty among other things.
The attorney representing the plaintiffs is J. Todd Benson, who also represents the plaintiffs who filed last year.
Last year's suit is dragging on in endless litigation, as I am sure this one will.
H/T Gerry Mays
Monday, July 6, 2009
I have been blessed (?) by Pat Austin at And So it Goes in Shreveport who tagged me for the Honest Scrap Award.
This is the way it works. I must tag seven other lucky bloggers and then I must write ten honest things about myself.
Now Pat didn't mention it, but I am taking this seriously, like one of those chain e-mails that tell you if you, for instance, tag seven people in the next seven minutes you will receive a fortune by the end of the day, and if you don't, doom and despair will be at your doorstep.
I'll do it, I'll sell out seven blogger friends just in case. That's the easy part.
And the winners are:
Now for the ten honest things:
- I enjoy blogging. The world needs to hear my views.
- I love the comments on My Bossier. I have a robust bunch of opinionated people leaving those opinions (for the most part criticizing those vaunted views of mine).
- Grandchildren are the greatest thing in the world. (This goes along with Pat’s #9 – hang in there Pat, revenge is a dish that is best served cold!)
- I truly love Bossier Parish. I was born here 62 years ago from a line of people on my mother’s side who were here when Bossier became a parish.
- I love politics, especially Bossier Parish politics. That’s not to say that all Bossier Parish politicians love me.
- I love Louisiana, flaws and all. It is undoubtedly the most unique state in the union.
- I have two great kids, both successful and productive. I love them even more because they give me grandchildren.
- I am thankful for a wonderful bunch of friends and acquaintances.
- I hate neckties. I am glad that I don’t have to wear a coat and tie any more. I believe that tying a piece of cloth around your neck is a ridiculous thing to do.
- I will get revenge on Pat Austin for tagging me, when she least expects it! Refer to #3.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
The Times has an interesting article about Domestic Violence cases in today’s paper.
Domestic abuse has not decreased, but the number of victims who report the crime is increasing, according to
On average each month, Shreveport police make 95 domestic abuse arrests, Bossier City police make 66 arrests and Bossier sheriff's deputies make between 10 and 15 arrests, the law enforcement agencies reported.
But some victims get cold feet after the report is made.
At least half of all victims in domestic abuse cases request — to no avail — the charges against their partners be dropped, according to the Caddo district attorney's office.
Since 1985, those who are abused do not have the option of dropping charges.
But the District Attorney does
Consider this individual:
*Unsure of conviction or sentence in these cases.
Meanwhile, in Bossier Parish
These are just the criminal charges – they do not include several applications for domestic abuse protection filed against him and by him.
Other than hearings on probation violations throughout 2006, 2007 and 2008, he had no more arrests (at least in Caddo or Bossier – I don’t have access to his entire record).
In April of 2009 he did get three tickets in Bossier Parish:
- Speeding 55 in a 45
- No MVI Nol-prossed
- Window Tint Nol-prossed
The deputy who wrote the tickets noted on all three “Poor Attitude”. Imagine.
The speeding 55 in a 45?
· Defendant xxxxxx xxxxxxx present in open Court, entered a plea of guilty, and was duly and legally sentenced by the Court to pay a fine of $30 and Court cost or serve 5 days in jail, to be paid within 30 days. (Craig)
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Saturday, July 4, 2009
STANDARDS of RESPECT
The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are:
- The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
- The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
- The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard
- The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
- The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
- The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.