Saturday, March 29, 2008

Thank You Cliff Cardin

Bossier Parish Historian Cliff Cardin last week unveiled a reproduction of this painting of Mary Bennett Cane circa 1835.
The portrait, painted in Boston before she moved to northwest Louisiana, was discovered by Cliff and his mother Bobbie Cardin, after years of research into Bossier City's 'first family'.
Bossier City, which began as Cane's Landing, dates back to the 1830's when it was the Elysian Groves Plantation of James and Mary Cane.
For a short and very readable history of Bossier City, go to this link on the City of Bossier City website.
A big thanks to Cliff for all his hard work and passion over the years.

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Race for the Fourth

The field of candidates for the 4th Congressional District seat being vacated by Jim McCrery is shaping up.
The Republicans are:
Chris Gorman
Dr John Fleming

Both are solid candidates from a Republican standpoint. Unfortunately, they both seem to support the policies that have put us in such an untenable position in the Middle East. Neither one seems to suggest that we should pay for this war, as we have for every other war in our history. We are borrowing ourselves into oblivion to pay for Bush's adventure, yet neither one of these conservatives addresses the issue. Don't look for anything outside normal Republican talking points from these two.

On the Democratic side, Artis Cash has made noises (no surprise), Patti Cox has talked about it, John Milkovich has announced. Milkovich is an interesting candidate; a pro-life, evangelical Democrat. Look for the Democrats to pour a lot of money into the race if Carmouche is on the ballot.
Carmouche apparently doesn't have a website up yet, but hopefully it is in the works. I'm anxious to see how he addresses the issues.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Redemption of Ignorance

As kids, we were aware that my first cousin's son was different. We were generally 'shooed' away from him, although I can remember him smiling at us.
I don't believe that I ever spoke to him. He stayed at home with his mother, and never attended school. How lonely he must have been. This sounds so cruel (and was), but it wasn't considered so at the time; no one was intentionally cruel to him, no one made fun of him. Due to our ignorance (and that of our society), he was quite totally ignored.
Although Down syndrome was first described in 1866, the disorder wasn't identified as a chromosome 21 trisomy until 1959, when I was 12 years old. Simply put, this means that people with Downs have at least a part of a 21st chromosome.
Individuals with Down syndrome tend to have a lower than average cognitive ability, often ranging from mild to moderate learning disabilities.
Although I learned about Downs over the years, it was purely intellectual knowledge. It took a child to educate me. It took a child to make me, half a century later, cry for my cousin; not for his condition, but for our ignorance and inattention and for his exclusion.

Meet Riley LaBorde, the daughter of Alena & Gerard LaBorde. Riley is a precious little girl, and has a wonderful mom and dad. Here are a couple of Riley's Easter photos.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Angel at the Empty Tomb

Angel sitting at the empty tomb.

Stained glass window from St John Berchman's Cathedral on Jordan Street in Shreveport.

Nothing could better express Easter Sunday for Christians.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Paul Carmouche announces for Congress

Better buckle up, the 4th District Congressional Race just got interesting.
Highly Popular Democratic Caddo District Attorney Paul Carmouche announced today he is running for Jim McCrery's 4th District seat in Congress.
“I am running for Congress because of the people of Northwest Louisiana are ready for change and need a strong, independent voice who will stand up for our values,” Carmouche said in a release to The Times. “I will fight for Louisiana’s working families and work to provide better healthcare for our veterans and reservists, give our middle-class families the tax relief they need, and stand up for Louisiana’s values in Washington.”
Carmouche received his juris doctorate degree from Loyola University Law School. Carmouche and his wife live in Shreveport and have two children.
Information from The Times.

Iraq War Blogswarm

Read the article over at The Wounded Bird. I can't improve on it.
Statement of Purpose:
This blogswarm will promote blog postings opposing the war in Iraq and calling for a full withdrawal of foreign occupying forces in Iraq. Five years of an illegal and catastrophic war is five years too many. On the March 19 anniversary of the conquest of Iraq by the Bush Administration, there needs to be a loud volume of voices countering the pro-war propaganda from far too many politicians and corporate media outlets.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Hazardous Weather Outlook March 18

Hazardous Weather Outlook
1203 PM CDT TUE MAR 18 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Cyber Command Organization Chart & List of Units

Air Force Cyber Command today released some details of just what the command will look like during the interim period before a permanent base is named for its headquarters.

Provisional commander Maj Gen William T Lord stated that the command is working on a budget, detailing organizational realignments and establishing policies and procedures.

Part of the article published today on the AF Cyber Command website is below. Go to the website and read the entire article for a lot more detailed information. For a list of new units to be created and reassigned to Cyber Command go here.
"The proposed organizational structure of the command calls for a headquarters, a Numbered Air Force, to be designated as 24th Air Force, and then four wings with more than 65 squadrons assigned to those wings collectively, to include units from the Reserve and Air National Guard. The headquarters will oversee the Air Force Network Operations Center and through the NAF, will command an Air and Space Operations Center. These functions serve to set policy, enforce standards and guide the rest of Air Force in its daily cyberspace operations. "
There will be four wings within AFCYBER to include the creation of a new Electronic Warfare Wing and a new Cyberspace Wing. Joining the new wings will be the Air Force Information Operations Center, located at Lackland AFB, Texas, which will be re-designated as the 688th Information Warfare Wing. Finally, the 67th Network Warfare Wing, located at Lackland AFB, Texas, will round out the command. "

Friday, March 7, 2008

Moonshot Doesn't Pay for Streakers

What are the thought processes involved when you decide, at midnight, to take off all your clothes except a jacket and run through downtown Shreveport? It was cold but the jackets sort of ruined the purity of the exhibition.

Joardae Dejon Lewis and Louis Robinson probably had plenty of time for contemplation in the Shreveport City jail today.

The two were arrested Thursday night after they were spotted by a patrol officer in the 600 block of Marshall Street. They mooned one person as they proceeded north on Marshall. They were arrested two blocks away.

Story in The Times

Frosty is Dead

After a day of snow, the sun is shining and most has melted. The snowman, a creation of Nicki at Harrah's Louisiana Downs, is a victim of global (or at least local) warming.

Still Snowing In Bossier Noon March 7

These pictures were taken in Benton at the Bossier Parish Courthouse entrance and parking lot at noon Friday.

Snowing in Bossier Parish

Sorry about the shaky hand - I'm not a pro at this. 8 AM and it is snowing. Yesterday was 70 degrees.

Snow in Northwest Louisiana?

The National Weather Service says 1 to 2 inches today, starting with rain and then some sleet. Here is the radar at 7 AM Friday. If it comes, we'll post pictures.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Nun to be Deported

With up to 20,000,000 illegal immigrants in the country, the Department of Homeland Security - specifically ICE - has a full plate when it comes to rounding up and deporting undesirables from our shores. What better place to start than right here in Northwest Louisiana?
Sister Cristina Angelini says she sometimes misses her hometown near the Adriatic Sea in Italy, but not enough to return before her God-ordained mission is complete. She may not get that opportunity.
Angelini, a nun with Shreveport's Our Lady of Sorrow congregation, says she may be deported March 26 although she has supplied U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services with proper documentation. She is legally here and is director of E. Renzi Child Development Center on Overton Brooks Road. Parents of children who go there are calling for a congressmen to intervene. The 39-year-old, who also worked as a librarian at St. Joseph Catholic School in Shreveport, has been in the United States since 2001 on a five-year visa for religious workers. She says she applied for permanent residence — known as a green card — in 2005. A USCIS letter told her she must go, she says, but an e-mail said her application is moving through."It's kind of frustrating because we're trying not to do anything against the law," she said Wednesday.

Story in The Times

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Madjerick Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

Lucien Trammell, the man who fled Shreveport after the shooting of Shreveport Police Officer John Madjerick, pled not guilty today to a charge of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.
Trammell was arrested in Houston after a telephone call with his father and U S Marshals.
Trammell's next court appearance will be on April 30. He is being held at Caddo Correctional Center on federal charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
The feds charged Trammell after Judge Ramona Emanuel set an unusually low bond in the case.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Warm today - Snow tonight

Balmy 71 degrees today. Snow tonight - expect accumulation on bridges and overpasses. Could be slippery Tuesday morning.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Coke-o-pelli's Spurs Shreveport to Punish all Clubs

Thanks to rapes and beatings at Kokopelli's downtown and the failure of authorities to directly address the problem, Shreveport bars and clubs will have to add licensed security guards, install outside surveillance cameras and be more forthcoming about the identity of managers under suggested changes to the city's liquor license laws.
The proposals are part of a 56-point plan offered by Police Chief Henry Whitehorn to address safety concerns at clubs, particularly watering holes in downtown Shreveport.
The safety plan includes seven suggested law changes and 49 recommendations for clubs. The recommendations include using ID verification machines and cover how to handle concerns of people living near clubs.
"A lot of clubs mean well, but a lot of them don't have the experience," said Cpl. Russell Collins, of the Shreveport Police Department.
Collins, who handles alcohol and sexually oriented business licensing, created most of the safety proposal.
From The Times

We published our thoughts on this when it was first proposed to copy New York's 58 point plan. Apparently, 2 of the points were lost in Cpl Collins' rendition. It will be interesting to see the originial New York plan and compare it to the current Shreveport plan.
Our article is here, if you'd like to refresh your memory.

Chief Whitehorn is Wrong

Cyber Command Recruiting Video

Cyber Command: The Competition

There is stiff competition for the permanent home of the Air Force Cyber Command. Here is a breakdown of the competition to Barksdale.
  • Yuba City, California, is 170 miles from Silicon Valley, America's technological heartland.
  • Hanscom Air Force Base, 15 miles northwest of Boston, is convenient to Route 128 high-tech firms, Harvard and MIT. It provides worldwide support for the Air Force's Electronic Systems Center.
  • Hampton, Virginia, is only 200 miles from the Pentagon and the nerve centers of U.S. government. It is home to the Air Combat Center and the Air Force Global Cyberspace Integration Center.
  • Pennsylvania would like to host Cyber Command, but no specific location has yet been proposed. Pennsylvania has several Air National Guard installations, but no remaining Air Force bases.
  • Michigan would like to host Cyber Command, but no specific location has yet been proposed. Michigan has several Air National Guard installations, but its Air Force bases closed in the 1990s.
  • Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas is the home of Combat Airlift.
  • Located in southern Illinois near St. Louis, Scott Air Force Base is home to the Air Mobility Command and the Air Force Communications Agency. It's crawling with geeks.
  • Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, is the home of Air University, the Air Force's center for professional military education.
  • Keesler Air Force Base of Biloxi, Mississippi, has a strong tradition of electronics and radar operations. It's a major meteorology center, too: The next storm it tracks could be a network one.
  • Megan Lucas, president of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce in Nebraska, told three reasons to pick her city: "We have the infrastructure, dual power grids and dark fiber."
  • U.S. Rep. (D-Texas) Ciro Rodriguez explains the high-tech acumen of his community: "The robust cyber-security research community ... has transformed the Alamo City into a national leader on the subject."
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, is home to one of the U.S. Air Force's largest bases. Centrally located and close to high-tech research facilities, it's well-equipped to host Cyber Command.
  • Colorado's Cheyenne Mountain, constructed 600 meters underground, is the former home of NORAD. Currently on warm standby, it could be the perfect place for the Air Force Cyber Command headquarters.
  • Hill Air Force Base is an Air Force Materiel Command base located near Ogden, Utah, about 30 miles from Salt Lake City.