Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Lt. Kevin Talmadge was charged with felony theft.
District 6 volunteers had collected $556.18 for MDA over the Labor Day weekend. Talmadge left with the money to turn it in to MDA, but never showed up. He later admitted taking the money for his personal use.
Officials say that the man called the sheriff’s office after Elizabeth Mull bit him.
When deputies got there, he said the injury was self-inflicted.
After questioning, Mull admitted to the bite, then changed her story and said that she didn’t do anything to him.
Judge Ford Stinson granted Mull an 18 month protective order against the man, James Leggett, on July 29th.
Leggett is also due in court on October 14th on a criminal misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana & paraphenalia, as well as domestic abuse battery for attacking Leggett in March.
In addition, Leggett was arrested on the 21st of September for DWI 2nd offense.
Mull was charged in 2003 with domestic abuse battery against another man, probably her ex-common law husband. Those charges were dropped.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Ohio provided more than its quota of troops in the War Between the States. Their troops covered the rear at the Battle of Bull Run and served in nearly every major conflict of that war.
The end result, of course, was the loss of state sovereignty and the establishment of the power of the central government to rule over the states.
It is also somewhat ironic that they were perfectly satisfied with that arrangement until the first black president took office.
The photo is of Atlanta burning in 1864 at the direction of Ohio’s General Sherman.
You may read their resolution here.
Or maybe not.
Harvell Ray Jones dropped the backpack, jumped the fence and ran when Tri-Parish Drug Task Force agents and DeSoto sheriff’s deputies closed in on him.
The bag contained 2½ pounds of marijuana, crack cocaine and lortabs.
And Jones' Louisiana ID card.
Reginald Johnson was arrested on the scene for possession of a quarter bag of pot, undoubtedly just purchased from Jones.
Monday, September 28, 2009
LSU won their first four games. Geaux Tigers!
The Saints won their first three games. Geaux Saints!
I found a Good News Website. It’s called Happy News. Really.
The happy news that really grabbed me was this article:
Really, he did. Don’t snicker, this is good news.
I know, I blog a lot on politics and such, so where is the good news there? National, hard to find anything good there. State, about the same. Local – hmm, the Assistant DA smiled at me this morning, which is a miracle considering some of the things I write about them. Maybe he sensed I was being nice this week.
Say something nice about someone . . . . . okay, shout out – Marty Carlson, great columns, Adam Causey, good city hall reporter for The Times, enjoy reading his stuff. Hey Adam, I think I know who’s going to run against Cedric. We’ll save that for another day.
All righty, that concludes my first happy, positive blog post to kick off the week. Hope you enjoyed it. Me, I’d rather get a shot in the, um, hip. (Why do they always say ‘I’ll give it to you in your hip – that ain’t your hip).
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I would argue about the "failure" of the Tea Party movement. If you define success as overthrowing the current government, yes we will fail because we are not trying. However we have great success in getting people active in the political process and questioning a candidate's stance instead of the letter behind their name. In order for our representative republic to work properly, the electorate must be involved. The Tea Party movement is doing that. We are helping people who are concerned about their government connect with each other outside of the traditional political parties and social clubs.
In Baton Rouge we have a great deal of success in defeating bad ballot and legislative issues. Our members testified before house and senate committees to repeal the Stelly tax. We organized phone call and letter writing campaigns to do the same. We spoke out against the Internet tax, bringing several hundred hand written notes into the committee chamber with us. We are actively fighting a local bond issue that would raise property tax and winning. See the cover story of Friday's paper.
It is easy to be cynical and hopeless, but it is much more difficult to fight. These are small victories, but they are a start. Our organization is barely six months old, but we are managing to derail a wildly popular mayor's plans. We must take an active role in restoring our government to the that outlined by our Constitution. This will not happen over night. People are waking up and becoming active and that is all we have ever wanted to do. You may consider that a failure, but I consider it success.
You have a great Tea Party group in your area. Red River Tea Party. The men and women are committed to their community. For years I sat behind my keyboard and complained about every thing that was wrong with the government. Now I am challenging them. In the council chambers, the committee rooms, on the Internet, on the steps of the capital and in the streets. You seem passionate and well read. I urge you to take it to the next level. Get active and help stop this growth of government.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I was doing my early morning blog reading and in my daily visit to Below the Beltway, a libertarian blog, found this older video of neocon Mark Levin trashing Ron Paul. I’m sure you’re aware of Levin, he’s the guy that Sean Hannity calls “The Great One”.
Levin, in an angry response to a caller who dared to challenge him, pointed out that “the framers were not libertarians, they were conservative.”
I hate to burst that bubble, but the founders of our country and the framers of the Constitution were not conservatives. They were revolutionaries. They were, in fact, radical revolutionaries who took up arms against the ruling class and the conservatives who supported that ruling class. The founders of our nation were products of the age of enlightenment, true liberal thinkers with a vision.
Unfortunately, in our day we have people who label themselves conservative and have no idea what it is that they are trying to conserve, and people who label themselves liberal who have no idea of the true meaning of the word.
Thomas Jefferson said that “Every generation needs a new revolution.”
In our day, the new ‘Tea Party’ movement seeks to fit that mold. I’m afraid that by its nature it is doomed to failure.
Perhaps the Tabaggers should remember that the tea that was thrown overboard into Boston Harbor didn’t belong to the people who dumped it. They stole it. They stole the cargo of three ships belonging to private companies and threw it into the harbor. To throw the politically incorrect meter into a tilt, they also dressed as American Indians when they did it.
Sometimes boldness is called for. As Barry Goldwater said in his acceptance speech in 1963, “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”
Why didn’t Barack Obama suffer from shock and awe from the 1.5 million Tea Party marchers in Washington earlier this month? Probably because of the 1.5 million, you would have been hard-pressed to find 100 who voted for him. The march was impressive, but ineffective in achieving its goals.
One recurring theme was the call to stem the tide of socialism, something that they have become keenly aware of since the election of Barack Obama. That's fine, but socialism isn't a new thing. I hope you are all aware that Social Security, Medicare and the Bush Medicare prescription plan are all socialist inventions. If you are ready to lobby for the termination of these, and other, socialist programs I will gladly give you a forum.
I have received criticism in some quarters for having a supportive attitude toward the Tea Party movement. That criticism was directed at me because the Tea Partiers are seen to be largely a republican cheering squad. There is some truth to this, despite their protestations to the contrary. Look at some of the speakers at the larger events and it is quite obvious.
Even with that being the case, I support it. I believe that all protest is good; perhaps that is a remnant of my 60’s upbringing. The true test of the movement will be continued action when we again have a Republican government, and not just protest when we have a Democratic one.
I’ve twisted off onto a different subject, so let’s get back to the original one. The founding fathers were a group of revolutionaries who would, today, be eavesdropped upon and arrested under the provisions of the unpatriotic ‘Patriot Act’. They were not people who would be welcomed in any respectable Washington gathering today.
Keep this in mind when you label yourself – and when you attempt to label others.
Friday, September 25, 2009
I should remove the blog post about the guy who got drunk and raised hell in Haughton, who hasn't done that?
He shouldn't be sandwiched between this guy and the 27 year old who forged checks on his sick grandmother's account.
I promise next week if at all possible to blog nothing but peace and light, positive and happy.
If at all possible.
No, this isn't the American way. Whatever apparatchik in the New Jersey school system came up with this should be fired and banned from ever working around children again.
Mm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama
He said that all must lend a hand
To make this country strong again
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama
He said we must be fair today
Equal work means equal pay
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama
He said that we must take a stand
To make sure everyone gets a chance
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama
He said red, yellow, black or white
All are equal in his sight
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein ObamaYes!
Mmm, mmm, mm
Barack Hussein Obama
Hello, Mr. President we honor you today!
For all your great accomplishments, we all doth say "hooray!"
Hooray, Mr. President! You're number one!
The first black American to lead this great nation!
Hooray, Mr. President we honor your great plans
To make this country's economy number one again!
Hooray Mr. President, we're really proud of you!
And we stand for all Americans under the great Red, White, and Blue!
So continue ---- Mr. President we know you'll do the trick
So here's a hearty hip-hooray ----
Hip, hip hooray!
Hip, hip hooray!
Hip, hip hooray!
H/T to Mostly Cajun, All American and Opiniated
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The rodeo will feature LRCA bull of the year Arrowhead, bucking horse of the year I’m No Angel, and saddle-bronco horse of the year Kickapoo.
Local firemen J. E. Viola, George Chambers, and police officer Randy Adams will take part in the LRCA sanctioned rodeo. Former LRCA champion Clint Gant will be among those competing.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Today’s “Let’s get drunk and kick in the trailer door” arrest report from Haughton (complete with photo)
Deputies say the two go into a physical altercation after Villard refused to leave the victim’s house on Tuesday. As Villard finally left the residence, he kicked in the door and punched out two windows, cutting his right hand, officials said.
He was taken to Willis-Knighton Bossier and treated, then transported to Bossier Maximum Security Facility. Villard’s bond is set at $650.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Phillp Hoffman’s bond is set at $30,000.
The grandmother is in a facility in Shreveport with a debilitating illness, and hasn’t been able to write her name in over a year. Hoffman’s mother has power of attorney and takes care of the grandmother’s account.
When she notice checks missing from the checkbook, she contacted Barksdale Federal Credit Union and put a stop payment on them.
The checks were all located and the inked fingerprint on the checks was matched to Phillip Hoffman. The aggregate loss to Barksdale Federal Credit Union is $3,941.18.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
A motion for continuance was filed yesterday on behalf of Charles Rodgers Pilkinton, who was scheduled to be in court on September 28th to begin trial. The motion asks for the case to be continued until January.
Pilkinton is accused of killing 66 year old Raymond Tobin. Investigators said that Tobin was seeing Pilkinton’s estranged wife. Officers were called to a disturbance on Inda Street in November of last year and found Tobin shot in the head and slumped over in the driver’s seat of his car. Pilkinton was arrested at the scene and charged with 1st degree murder, a charge which was later reduced to 2nd degree.
Pilkinton’s son-in-law was a supporter of and a contributor to DA Schuyler Marvin, so Marvin asked the State Attorney General to take over the case, which he agreed to do.
Lance David Thamm
In another case, Lance David Thamm (pictured here) was also set to go to trial on September 28th, but due to a scheduling conflict his attorney, Pam Smart, asked the court to reschedule. The trial is now set for March 1st.
DA Marvin has filed a notice of intent to seek death penalty with the court.
Thamm is accused of killing his 17 month old daughter, Isabella, by jamming her head into a door jamb.
The baby was crying and fussing and it apparently got on Thamm’s drug-riddled nerves. Thamm and his wife, Vanessa Ferris, both had a history of domestic abuse. Thamm’s son by a previous marriage was taken away from him by a Texas court a couple of years ago.
· Killed by Her Protector
· Thamm Charged Twice for Domestic Violence
· Mother of Murdered Child on Probation
· Guest Blog from Isabella's Mother
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The United States Secret Service and the Louisiana State Police are making inquiries into an incident where Steven Fornea, 34, of Minden, was arrested September 10 at the Dixie Mart in Homer.
Fornea got into an altercation with a woman in the parking lot, and asked her who she voted for for president. Happens all the time, I'm sure. Apparently she gave the wrong answer, and Fornea saw fit to mention something about killing Barack Obama.
To make matters that much better, he punched out the glass on a car that pulled into the parking lot.
He should have stayed in Minden.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover was on his way to a forum at a school on 70th Street when he saw a red light flashing in his rearview mirror. Glover pulled over for the Monte Carlo, but when the driver realized that his 'detainee' was the mayor, he decided to take off.
Now the pursuer became the pursued. The mayor followed the car through a couple of neighborhoods and into Highland, meanwhile calling the 'real' police.
When the car finally stopped at a residence on Jordan Street, police - the real ones - arrested him.
The man identified himself as a volunteer firefighter in Red River Parish.
Monday, September 14, 2009
“Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months,” said a statement released this evening by his publicist, Annett Wolf. No other details were given.
In 2006 he threw a tantrum backstage because (drum roll) he didn't win.
Beyonce showed some class by calling Taylor out to the stage to share her moment.
Here are Kanye's sore loser remarks in 2006.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
With Senator David Vitter’s announcement Friday that he had secured $1,000,000 in government funding for CIC, the time has come to look at the pros and cons.
They didn't wink, they blinked
When the idea was first pitched, CIC was to be the civilian support component of the Air Force Cyber Command. We were told that Cyber Command would bring up to 10,000 new jobs to the area. When the location of Cyber Command became uncertain, we were still assured. Mayor Lo Walker said it was a ‘done deal’. CIC Director Craig Spohn said that "he's seen winks and nods from Air Force bigwigs."
He also said"Cyberspace is where the next big threat to industry, individuals and national security is."
"Artillery and nuclear missiles will not be the weapons of the future.”
The Bossier Parish Police Jury was just as optimistic and hired a high powered Washington lobbying firm to secure Barksdale as headquarters – at a cost of $15,000 per month.
That didn’t work out too well. The Air Force decided not to create a new command after all, and incorporated the cyber operations into a command at Lackland AFB in Texas.
Global Strike Command, however, did stand up at Barksdale recently. It is concerned with those missles that ‘will not be the weapons of the future’.
CIC says that they are adjusting to support the current mission.
Cash Cow or White Elephant?
According to Spohn, when CIC opens in a couple of months a full complement of industries will be on the ground to support its mission, both for the private sector as well as the military. “I’m in discussions with corporations like Microsoft, Dell and Cisco that have expressed willingness and interest in setting up labs and doing manufacturing here,” Spohn says. “So in addition to the knowledge-based workers we’ll have in terms of research, we’ll have people in the manufacturing community who build things like virus protection and intrusion protection software, hardware components that live on a network and monitor its activities. We’re going to have a broad range of activity here, and it’s some pretty sexy science.”
Spohn said at one point that he even has plans to build an additional 380,000 square feet of offices to house educational, research and manufacturing operations near the base.
When asked about specifics, however, Spohn cites ‘secrecy’. Since Spohn has assured us that the current building will be filled to overflow and that it will be necessary to build another, then we will assume that the Center can pay it’s own way as it goes.
I hope Mr. Spohn realizes that the identity of the companies locating there cannot be kept secret. Better to tell us now, without getting into specifics, who the companies are and what sort of revenue they will generate for CIC in the near and distant future.
The City of Bossier City, the Bossier Parish Police Jury, a couple of million dollars of taxpayer money and ‘secrecy’ just cause some uneasiness in certain quarters.
For more local views on CIC, read Professor Jeff Sadow’s comments in his blog post Government must cut cyber venture capital losses now and Marty Carlson’s column in the Press-Tribune Contrary to some popular misconceptions, the Cyber Innovation Center is not a one-trick-Pony.
Marty, I hope you’re right!
Friday, September 11, 2009
So far, no records have been removed and no arrests have been made.
Maggie Lee For Good began as a facebook group when Kelly Alamon posted the idea on Maggie Lee's Caringbridge website. She thought it would be great to have 1300 people commit to a good deed. Within 24 hours, the group had increased to 1500 people and the goal of 13,000 members was suggested.
Maggie Lee For Good is well on its way to reaching that goal. Thank you for your interest and for joining us in remembering this amazing young lady whose tragic death reminds us all that life is precious and kindness matters.
The name Maggie Lee For Good comes from her favorite Broadway play, Wicked, whose song, "I Have Been Changed For Good," was sung at Maggie Lee's Celebration of Life Service on August 6th at FBC, Shreveport.
Maggie Lee was the kind of young lady who creatively loved people. Whether it was asking her mom to pull over and buy a hamburger for a homeless person or sticking up for a friend, she made the world a better place with her presence.
Our hope is that whether you bake cookies for a lonely neighbor, donate your time at a homeless shelter or food kitchen or just take the time to listen to your kids as you drive them home from school, that October the 29th will be a significant day for you.
Lindsey left the restaurant without paying but left her purse, which contained her wallet, her ID and a bag of marijuana. When she went back in to claim it, she was arrested.
You don’t think the whole restaurant incident was contrived to have her Miss Teen Louisiana title stripped and in the process receive national attention? Soon after the incident, she contacted Playboy and the rest, as they say, is history.
I don’t know, you judge from the mug shot (yes, that is a mug shot) – was this a girl who was about to lose her title or was it someone who had just accomplished her first major PR coup?
In any event, Evans says that her parents are supportive of her decision to take off her clothes for the world.
“My mom says if she had the opportunity to do this when she was my age, she would’ve jumped aboard. And that’s exactly what I did.”
Indeed, and what parent wouldn’t want their daughter posing nude in Playboy?
And, as one commenter to The Times noted, she is probably the most famous person ever to come out of Blanchard.
Haughton and Princeton, eat your hearts out.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Plain Dealing HS Principal gets felon convicted of stealing from school board to announce football game
The Marshal asked for no special treatment and was offered none.
I expressed my views at the time and won't beat a dead horse. I do have to admit that his statement to the officer that he was speeding because he was lost was a bit bizarre. He was on I-20 westbound looking at the Shreveport skyline. Lost?
There are some interesting comments on the original KTBS article that you might want to read.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The five were convicted for stealing up to $1,000,000 from the school board in several scams. They were ordered to pay restitution.
D. C. Machen, who was assistant superintendent in charge of administration during the period, has since been named superintendent by the School Board.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
When I read this article in the Press Tribune it just made me wonder about some of our public officials' thought processes. (Remember, these are the same guys who told us that Cyber Command was a 'done deal' and proceeded to build a $100,000,000 white elephant CIC.)
In discussing growth, parish engineer Butch Ford said “No matter what race you are, when you are looking at your kids, you are going to go where the best schools are."
I don't know how race got into it. Perhaps that's an invitation to some of the Lower Socioeconomic people to consider a move to Bossier.
Sure, we have our share of colorful people, folks like the Cucumber Guy and the Poop Girl, but overall we are a solid, conservative bunch.
The article is correct, with the new Global Strike Command at Barksdale, we will see an influx of people in the next year or so. Hopefully, they will come to love Bossier as much as we do.
As Ford said, "Give them a Wal-Mart and a good school, and they will come."