Saturday, March 29, 2008
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 Republicans are:
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
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
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
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.
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
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
1203 PM CDT TUE MAR 18 2008
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL
ARKANSAS...SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS...NORTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA...
NORTHWEST LOUISIANA...SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA...EAST TEXAS AND
.DAY ONE...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT...
STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL REMAIN POSSIBLE THROUGH THIS
AFTERNOON...EVENING AND PORTIONS OF THE OVERNIGHT HOURS OVER THE
FOUR STATE AREA. THUNDERSTORMS THAT DO DEVELOP AND REACH
OR EXCEED SEVERE LIMITS...WILL PRODUCE FREQUENT LIGHTNING AND VERY
GUSTY WINDS. SOME OF THE THUNDERSTORM CLUSTERS MAY PRODUCE
DAMAGING STRAIGHT LINE WINDS...AND THEN OTHER ISOLATED SUPER
CELL THUNDERSTORMS MAY BECOME TORNADIC. IN ADDITION...FLASH
FLOODING WILL BE POSSIBLE...MAINLY ALONG AND NORTH OF A LUFKIN...
TEXAS TO FARMERVILLE...LOUISIANA LINE.
SKYWARN SPOTTER...HAM RADIO OPERATOR...AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
PERSONNEL ACTIVATION WILL BE NEEDED TODAY AND TONIGHT.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
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.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
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
Trammell was arrested in Houston after a telephone call with his father and U S Marshals.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
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
- 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 Wired.com 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.