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Saturday, August 12, 2006

In Furtherance of Good Relations Between LA TECH AND ULL--OUR Common MASCOT

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Well I guess its your former Mascot but when I was in school it was still the Bulldog at USL. I think now yall got a pepper or something. Oh well lets leave that topic before I get in trouble again

Ok for all people that attend ULL(the Former USL) a peace offering for my horrible slur against your fine School. Even though I love LSU I am a LA TECH Bulldog first especially as to funding and when Tech plays LSU. We can all share in our common situation of on a yearly basis getting the Shaft as to funding and attention among other things compared to LSU. However ULM(the former NLU) I still hate yall with a passion so don't expert some Indian or whatever new mascot the NCAA is making yall have now on this blog.

Breaking -People Move To Louisiana and Like it

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PEOPLE LOVE LOUISIANA-CALL THE ADVOCATE SOME GOOD NICE NEWS

You know I have been hearing so much complaining about Louisiana during the last year that I guess I am in shock when someone says something nice about us. I was playing with this Technorati thing and set one of its monitering devices to "Louisiana". Well this headline came up.

State Car Inspection: Another reason to LOVE Louisiana!!!

Its a couple that has moved to our State from Penn and they LOVE it. Can you imagine their reaction if they had happened to move to some place in Louisiana besides Baton Rouge- It would be like Nivernia.-ok only kidding. I am already in trouble making fun of ULL today. Anywho they say:

We are officially residents of the fine state of Louisiana. We had our license plates changed today following the required state car inspection. The state inspection process here is absolutely notjing like Pennsylvania. We drove to the inspection site where we were asked to honk the horn, put on the windshield wipers, turn on the turn signals, put the car in reverse and hit the brakes. They attached a monitor to the gas cap and to the ignition, checked the tires and in less than twenty minutes, both cars had new stickers. The workers at the inspection site put on our new license plates for us, too! We love the plates which deature the state bird, the brown pelican. The fee for the inspection is $18 per car. How can you not love a state like this?

Easy Car inspections, shoot we should put them in a nationwide television ad. Hey it might work. We will save that Congressional seat yet. before the Census They use the words "fine" and "love" (twice) in relation to our state. I mean I am feeling like a person must feel after having human contact after being stranded on a desert Island for 10 years.

In the entry entitled
Eureka! There IS Olive Loaf in Baton Rouge!!!
My quest for the lunch meats that I love had a positive outcome today. While shopping in Albertson's ( the parent company of Acme), I happened upon a man stocking the deli case. He looked like a man who knew his lunchmeats. He was even wearing a hat emblazoned with the name of a local lunch meat company. He was a nice, polite fellow who listened to my most desired lunch meats litany with patience and good humor. While the term "veal loaf" and "plain loaf" held no meaning for him, he smiled broadly at the mention of "olive loaf", drawling words that made me happy, " Yes, m'am, we sure do have that!". And, behold, he produced not only olive loaf but also pimento loaf. These are part of the "Classic Deli" line of his company. The "veal loaf" intrigued him and he has joined the quest, like a lunch meat knight errant, to see if this Holy Grail of sandwich meat can be found south of the Mason-Dixon line.

My gosh out there in Sherwood Forest. See folks we are not in the middle of no where USA like all the complainers that do nothin than bitch say. People from the big North can find things in little ole Baton rouge

You should read all their entries for July and August. They love the food, the people. They are not even complaining about the horrible Baton rouge traffic and Ozone alerts yet.. They went to New Orleans and fell in love with it and that is POST KATRINA NEW ORLEANS It isnt even LSU FOOTBALL Season yet. Wait till they experience that. Wait till they see the rest of the State if they are so blown over by Baton Rouge.

I suppose it is nice to highlight this and realize we are not garbage. I mean the Nation was great after the hurricane. It was no doubt. But after a while the nation lost a lot of patience. Some of this was fair. But much of it wasn't and I found got sort of mean spirited. If you talked about our problems of Coastal erosion you are accused of being a ingrateful ingrate. If you talked about suffering you were viewed as just wanting more. For instance, how many NOLA Expats horror stories do we have to hear. I am sure there must be some our finest that had to leave that are contributing in their new communties. Can't we hear a story about that? IN the World outside Louisiana Rita was a hurricane that hit Beaumont not Louisiana. You ask them about St Bernard Parish and they never heard of it. Lake Charles or Cameron Parish you just get a shrug.

I guess I am tired of apologizing. I am the first to criticize this state but not everything broke down. During Rita and Katrina alot worked. People from my town that worked for Wildlife and Fisheries were down there in New Orleans hours after saving people in New Orleans and else where. This state emergency system went into high gear. In my little ole Parish in North Louisiana we had about 2000 people mostly from St Bernard. Companies gave up Christmas parties to donate and make sure their needs were met. Shreveport had a increase of 20,000 in a week and everyday Louisiana folks stood up. That was repeated in every city in this state big and small but that was never seen on TV. So yeah a lot went wrong but a lot went right too. That should not be forgotten. So I guess its nice to see people that actually like us Louisiana folks instead of being the butts of mean and stupid jokes and sterotypes.

So Welcome Mo and Mary Ellen Glad to have you.

A Little HouseKeeping and Playing Around Here- Don't Worry

If you log in and see things you thought were there but are not anymore do not despair. I am playing around with a few things on my blog. I thought if I was spend all this time talking about certain Pet issues,like Minutegate, immigration policy, American Caging, William Greene, Kookdum, etc, I should figure out a way to get that message out.

I am playing around with this Technorati thing too as you can see in my sidebar. I sort of don't understand that "search my blog thing" since when I put in terms like "american caging" it says no matches. Perhaps that is for these tag things that I am trying to grapple with. That seems important. As usual I am sort of bumping around and trying to make it work and to figure out the whole thing/concept.I am not sure I am doing everything I am suppose to be doing. Anywho

I am also playing around with that translate thing you see or perhaps not see if I decide to get rid of it. It seems not to want to translate the whole blog but if you look at indidual post it does fine. I am still trying different models out. I felt compelled to add it after I noticed this Frenchman seemed to buy the whole Simcox Minuteman propaganda hook line and sinker. All I have to say is Ne me fais pas avaler ça!.

OF course the key is not to clutter up the whole damn page with shiny gadgets. I suppose that can be overblown and is a turn off to people.

As usual with blogger it seems I have to do about two other steps than peole that use for example wordpress do. Any who more post in a bit.

Good Things To Look At This Afternoon

Some quick things on the blogroll I want to highlight

The Anchoress brings us a quite incredible article today from London. It is called Americans will die for liberty. It is written by an English man. If you read this blog I have been sort of disheartened by things said on the left and even now some on the right. Something that were said conservative forums as to muslims was just over the top the last few days. I am embarrased by it. Well, I do know that we are a quick to anger and emotional people. But when we calm down we often have the most sense, compassion, courage, and forgiveness of any nation on Earth. Anywho its a great read.

Oh and on the issue of the bloggers and Forums temparary insanity(some are like that 24/7), go here and see how it was a Muslim that is partly responsible for foiling th plot. They are not all radicals. Its time to remember that thousands of Foreign Muslims are serving with our US troops and dying in Iraq. They are our allies in this struggle. Lets honor that. Maybe Michelle Malkin will quit feeding meat to our worst natures perhaps this week and highlight some of this.

Ok enough of that rant. Called As Seen has another good post called Something worth saying here. It reminds us Republicans and Conservatives that we have or own Koodum Lamont like problem on the right. I agree a hundred percent. Also, let me add this has little to do with where one is politically I find. These litmus test that keep being thrown at us conservatives are from kookdum are in fact I just fed to us in part by people like the Greene/Sheldon/Keyes political consulting machine that send us these email blast and the likes. Read the whole thing but this part is great:Face it, in a real sense, talk radio and the conservative blogosphere have become a bit of an echo chamber. They also can behave badly, as was the case with the neo-Borking of Harriet Miers, the treatment of the UAE during the DPW controversy, and the immigration issue. Amen on this. This has nothing to do with far right versus moderate Republicans. This has to do with being manupliated and having a crazed Daily Kos version of the right that thinks people like Sen Lindsey Grahmn are RINOS.

American Papist brings us news that extreme Feminist went wacko and attacked an Catholic University because of the rectors efforts to adopt a baby that was saved by abortion.

Done With Mirrors had a piece on immigration I am just geeting to link. It is referencing a great article on the immigration issue. I will prob post that article this weekend so go ahead and take a read and gather your thoughts.

Michael Totten has arrived in Israel. Just go read his entries the last few days. He is one of the best and fairest on this conflict.

Anywho time for Lunch and to mow the yard(yuch my allegeries) There is much more on blogroll. Check out my new additions I mentioned in this mornings post.

Welcome To My Blogroll(A Louisiana Flavor)

Well time to add a few people to my blogroll again. This will have a very Louisiana flavor this morning. Even thought the one from Central Louisiana will have a appeal to all the Anglican folk that might come by my little ole blog. I also feel a need especially with the political season now reaching high gear to make sure that the Louisiana folks are more geographically balanced.

First let me give an shout out to a very excellent blog in Shreveport Louisiana. I decided that it was time to add a couple of more bloggers ,besides me from Northwest Louisiana, and this blog is at the top of the list. So let me introduce Marshal Fannin. He covers the Shreveport /Bossier area plus has a lot of scoop on the media here. Fun Blog . I shall be referencing this blog quite a bit especially as to this bizaree Shreveports mayor's race we got going on up here. I predict it will be in the top 3 of the most expensive races in the State.

One other blogger from Shreveport. This blog has some state wide following. Let me introduce Between The Lines. This blog is form Dr Sadow, who is a political Science professor at LSU-SHREVEPORT. He not only talks politcal stuff about North Louisiana but has some insight on things going on around the State.

I am adding another blog from Central Louisiana. This blog though will have a certain nationwide appeal to the Episcopal Crowd. This blog is Drell's Descant's from Alexandria. I have mentioned before I swam the Tiber and converted to the Holy Mother Church , I stuck my foot in the river Thames for a while. I have been following his blog for a while. He is very involved in the current trauma in the Episcopal Chruch is experiencing. Also I might add, I think his blog will be enjoyable to the wider Christian audience. So Mr Drell welcome to my my Papist blog. Note he is also involved in the Karios ministry , a ministry that is one of the greatest contributions we have in the Christian Church.

Ok. let me say I am big need of some NorthEast Louisiana blogs. This area of the State is just waiting to be exploited by a good blog. For instance a blog from Lake Providence, Louisiana would have like a thousand hits a day just so people could keep up with monkeyshines that occur there on a weekly basis. I ran across a good blog from the Columbia area that I am trying to located again. So if anyone has any suggestions let me know.

Now to Baton Rouge and particually LSU related matters. This blog roots for LSU and Louisiana Tech. We shall be adding a Tech related fan site next week. Indian High in Monroe and the Former University of Slow Learners(now ULL need not apply) Two good blogs that are LSU related. One is LSUnpredictable that in its own words gives us your not so "expertly" daily allowance of sports. Also one more blog I enjoy and that is Tigersmack.com. Both have enjoyable articles and post. Why we are the subject of Baton Rouge , I find it kinda of suprising that I haveing troubl finding a good politcal blog down there. You would think that some someone that worked in the Baton Rouge would be blogging about what Legislators were reallying doing down their. Real gossip stuff. But I am on the look out still. Anyway from Baton Rouge let me give you a very good blog that tackles State wide matters next.

That blog is Emily Metzgar. She writes for the Shreveport Times as well as beng a Doctorial Student at the Manship School of Journalism in Baton Rouge. Pretty good columns and she has an interesting resume.

Last but not least a very fine blog I discovered this week. That is A View From The Evil Center from St Tammany Parish. I have been looking for a Blog around that area and this one seems to fit the spot. I have enjoyed reading through his past archives.

Well, that is about it for today. Again if people have suggestion on Louisiana blogs let me know. Again I really need some bloggers from the Florida Parishes, NorthEast Lousiana, Jefferson Parish, and especially from the Houma area. I also need another good blog from the Lake Charles/Calcasieu area. Further any CONSERVATIVE friendly blogs from New Orleans would be nice. There are some good liberal blogs there. I want to add some but before I add any more blogs from the Daily Kos-New Orleans Chapter , I want to balance then out and least get a blog that is represent the correct conservative view. Also interested in Catholic oriented Louisiana blogs.

The above blogs will be added today to blog rolling. Up next what is happening on blogroll and some other interesting links.

Friday, August 11, 2006

A Look at the Louisiana Races Part I

Well everyone that wanted to run and serve the great State of Louisiana had till 5:oo pm today to register. So Pondering American intends to take a look at the races. Tonight we shall look at some of the Congressional Races. Tomorrow we shall look at the rest of the Congressional races, theStatewide races and maybe this very interesting and crowded Shreveport Mayor race.

Congressional Races

Lets start of at the top of the State and move down

U. S. Representative, 4th Congressional District-

"Jim" McCrery, Republican-Incumbent of Shreveport
Artis R. Cash, Sr., Democrat of Shreveport
Patti Cox, Democrat of Shreveport
Chester T. Kelley, Republican of Shreveport

Prediction- Easy win for Incumbent Jim McCrery Republican retention

Challengers-

Patti Cox
There have been rumors that a prominent well known female democrat was to challege Jm. Well if that person was Patti Cox color me unimpressed. I mean God Bless her for throwing her hat in the political wing but this isn't exactly a powerhouse we are talking about. From the Shreveport Times-Local environmentalist and business owner Patti Cox announced plans Tuesday to challenge nine-term U.S. Rep. Jim McCrery .....Cox, 49, is founder of PCOX Environmental Assessments, LLC, an environmental management consulting firm in downtown Shreveport.She began her career as an environmentalist working as a geologist for Hughes Environmental Services. In January, Cox co-hosted REBUILD GREEN, Louisiana's first Green Building Conference in Shreveport.
It appears that she lived in California for 16 years according this Dem Meetup site. That will surely be a vote getter up here(sarc).

Artis R. Cash, Sr-
Ahh good ole Rev Cash it appears is the sole African American Democrat. He has some colorful history in his past that recently came to light. He is a minister and big activist in the Shreveport area. I will be surprised if even the Black Dem groups will waste a lot of money on him

Chester T. Kelley
Is a the curious Republican entry that entered the race. Now I have not been in Shreveport this week but this could one of two people. This could be the Chester T Kelly former Airforce guy and owner of Cresent City landing restaurant. Or it could be another Chester T Kelly that seems to be involved in certain curious business ventures. Including this one that is involved in Penny Stocks!!!! That same person seems to be involved in something that has got a lot of people upset, that is some internet Fake Family tree scam. Well I hope this can be clarifyed. I knew I should have headed to Shreveport this week.
UPDATE CHESTER KELLY HAS RESPONDED HERE
Anywho appears the Libertarians were not able to get someone to run up here. Strange since they are represented else where in the State. Well thank God for small blessings


U. S. Representative, 5th Congressional District

Well lets stay in North Louisana and down into Central Louisiana and look at this race.

Rodney Alexander, Republican-Incumbent-of Quitman(Jackson Parish)
Brent Sanders, Libertarian of Alexandria
Gloria Williams Hearn, Democrat of Pineville
John Watts, Other of Bastrop(Morehouse Parish)

Prediction- Rodney Alexander in a pretty easy win. Sorry We SAW THAT- Looks like Rodney is going back in. Stays Republican

Challengers
One thing,I am curious about is this Gloria Williams Hearn. There has been some scuttlebutt whom she might be related too on the Web. She appears to to be part owner of Hearn & Hearn Consultants in Pineville and is a PSYCHOLOGIST. Of note was that she gave $1750 Dollars to Rodney combined for his 2002 and 2004 runs. The Central Lousiana Blogs as of yet have not commented. Perhaps they can give some scoop. However I am confident that this will be a easy retention for Rodney from what I am seeing. The other people running will have hardly no effect.

John Watts-
He is from Bastrop and besides That I am pretty clueless. Hardly no record. Morehouse Parish is exactly the powerhouse of Louisiana politics. Viewed as non factor especially with this "other party affiliation'

Brent W. Sanders-
Well Mr Sanders is representing the Libertarians in this District. OF course that pulls from Rodney some but will be insignificant in the whole scheme of things. Sanders has been involved with the State Libertarian party for a while. I am curious if this is the same Brent Sanders that was in Evangeline Parish that did a run for a State house seat a couple of years back. In fact I am pretty sure it is

U. S. Representative, 7th Congressional District-
Moving down we are now in this very interesting district. This District is comprises much of South West Lousiana. This District also like the 5th has tow very large cities in it as well as an interesting Rural area.

Charles W. Boustany, Jr., Republican-Incumbent of Lafayette
Mike Stagg, Democrat of Lafayette

Prediction- Easy win for Boustany. Stays Republican. I must say this shows the sorry state that the Democrats are in right now in the State of Louisiana. Even thought this district is very conservative in a social sense this District has demographics in it that make it friendly toward Democrats. Boustany is a first termer too and this District was also very affected by Hurricane Rita.

Mike Stagg-
I have talked about Mike Stagg before. It appears to me that he comes out of the Moveon.org/Kos/Dem Underground.com wing of the party. This district like I said might be friendly to Dems but it is not friendly to that kind of Dem. The Republican National Party is lucky IMHO that they will not have to spend precious resources in this district.


OK, we shall look at the other three House Races Tommorow as well as the the Comm of Insurance and Secretary of State race. We might add that Shreveport mayors race to the bunch too



BLANCO UNLOADS ON VITTER ON STATEWIDE RADIO

I intend to do a roundup of the Louisiana Races since qualifying ended about a hour ago but first this.

BLANCO LAUNCHES INTO ANGRY TIRADE ON MOON GRIFFON SHOW

From the TheDeadPelican.com-
BLANCO LAUNCHES INTO ANGRY TIRADE ON MOON GRIFFON SHOW
08/11/06 XXXX 02:00:01 PM CT
If you didn't hear state- wide talk radio host
Moon Griffon this morning, you missed a doozy!
HERE IS THE AUDIO file of Blanco calling into the show and launching into a vicious tirade against David Vitter!
In the interview, the formerly easy- going, mild- mannered governor launches into an angry diatribe against senator Vitter.
Several times, she snobbishly refers to Senator Vitter as "the junior senator."
The first time she calls Dave "Junior," she notes that she was on vacation for a couple of days, when suddenly there was a public explosion, and the JUNIOR SENATOR was spreading "false information!"
MEIN GOVERNOR: SIEG, HEIL!
At several points, she bellows in a disciplinary fashion, like an angry, dictatorial school marm.
"I am not putting up with misleading statements, and Mr. Vitter has my phone number! We're talking about honesty here and this is a dishonest way to do business!"
Strangely enough, the governor claims ownership of Vitter, calling him MY SENATOR!
"I expect for MY SENATORS to be statesman! To be helpful! To be cooperative!" she barks.
"This is not the first time this particular JUNIOR senator has gone public instead of being MATURE!!!!" she wails.
DEVELOPING...


Of course this all over the controversy of this proposed toll booth proposal that incluses I-10 and I-12. One gets a sense though it involves more that that though. Conservative Cajun has a update on the idiotic toll booth thing and whose idea this was. Further in a later update Conservative Cajun gives his view of Blanco's performance on the Griffon Show. He says:
I have a couple of issues with Mr. Rogers’s article, as I believe he is being a bit unfair to Governor Blanco. First of all, Governor Blanco said, “I expect for my U.S. SENATORS to be statesman.” She was not claiming ownership of Senator Vitter, only saying what any of us would say. I expect for my U.S. and State Senators to be statesmen and to be honest and competent. Second, Governor Blanco did repeatedly declare that she too is against putting toll booths on existing interstate highways.....I have to disagree with Mr. Rogers’s assessment that Governor Blanco claimed ownership of Vitter either, though she was apparently very upset with him. Regardless, Mr. Rogers has done a good job of staying on top of an issue that needs to be brought to the forefront of our state media for the citizens of Louisiana.

I ahve to agree with Conservative Cajun a tad here. I listen to the broadcast and didn't think it was bad as The Dead Pelican sort of played it. However I agree with the following also.

Emily Metzgar on her blog has some public thoughts. Basically that they need to keep quiet and keep their disagreements in private. She says in part:
Discord between Governor Blanco and Senator Vitter is increasingly evident and given partisan politics and looming elections this agitating isn’t especially surprising. But going public with whatever their interpersonal issues might be doesn’t do much to help a state whose reputation is already badly sullied by decades of such discord — not to mention dismal performance during last year’s hurricane season.
Quick history review: Anyone remember why Louisiana’s isn’t already getting increased royalties for offshore drilling? It was because of discord among officials/power brokers within Louisiana…
Bottom line: When private spats go public Louisiana loses
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I couldnt help but notice that one my blogroll guys gave their two cents. We Saw That made a comment and in fact managed to bash Vitter and somehow work in a jab to the Patriot Act on a issue that involves Toll Booths. I will pass comment on that. I kinda of agree with Metzgar here. I mean this makes all great theatre and all ,but I do think this public spat between the Governor and Senator Vitter is a little unseemly. I suppose it will get worse.

Let me say I agree with Dr Shadow on who is being more forthcoming. I say Vitter.

I think much more is going on here than just his toll booth question. But returning to that issue. I will just say it is a bad idea.




American Caging Update

Well its been about week since Connie Hair told us that Maureen Otis told her that this whole problem with American Caging was just some paperwork Snafu. This conversation of course occurred on Liberty Post with Connie Hair using her screenname "CAL" on the liberty post forum. Well I decided to look at the internet today to see if American Caging was back in good standing. The Result at the close of business on Friday


Company Information:
AMERICAN CAGING INC 4850 WRIGHT RD STE 168STAFFORD, TX 77477-4121
Status:
NOT IN GOOD STANDING
Registered Agent:
MAUREEN E OTIS3700 BUFFALO SPEEDWAY, SUITE 850HOUSTON, TX 77098
Registered Agent Resignation Date:
State of Incorporation:
TX
File Number:
0118826500
Charter/COA Date:
April 4, 1991
Charter/COA Type:
Charter
Taxpayer Number:
30114634063
LINK
Well as Connie Hair said today, not on a internet forum and talking through an alias, but in a real newspaper that the Minutemans financial situation is simple. "There is no controversy," she said. "There is no impropriety." Also remember that Simcox in that same article "organization hired accountants and consultants in 2005 and set up a "caging" account controlled by a lawyer to ensure that donations were handled property. "Only our auditors and our caging company know exactly how much we've raised," he said. "It's not my job. That's why we've hired the best independent auditors."



Breaking On MinuteGate- Arizona Republic Runs MInuteGate Story- Incredible Comments From People in Charge

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Good Grief. Take some time too read this story on Minutegate from the Arizona Republic. My commentary below.

Minutemen are focus of call for cash audit

Susan Carroll and Dennis WagnerThe Arizona Republic
Aug. 11, 2006 12:00 AM
TUCSON -

The honeymoon is over for the Minutemen.More than 16 months after the civilian border patrol movement took root in Arizona, the co-founders of the original Minuteman Project are feuding publicly, and some former loyalists are calling for detailed accounting of the estimated $1.6 million to $1.8 million in donations the group has received.The two leaders tried for months to keep their split cordial, with Chris Simcox taking over the patrol missions and raising money to build an Israeli-style border fence. Meanwhile, Californian Jim Gilchrist kept the Minuteman Project name and pledged to go after employers in the interior of the U.S. But now, Gilchrist's interior enforcement mission has fizzled, and Simcox has bristled at Gilchrist's new book on the Minuteman Project, saying his former partner is acting like the "lord and emperor" of the movement.

On the ground, some former loyalists are concerned about delays in getting non-profit status and the design of a border fence by Simcox's Arizona-based Minuteman Civil Defense Corp., or MCDC. Simcox has been touting an Israeli-style border fence but so far has erected only 2.2 miles of five-strand barbed wire."There is a lot of dissention through the ranks," said Richard Humphries, who lives in southern Arizona and faithfully attended Minuteman gatherings for more than a year. "When it was a brand new thing, it got a lot of media attention, and people across the country were excited about becoming Minutemen," Humphries said. "But for some reason, I don't know whether it's because of a lack of leadership or what, to a great extent the novelty has worn off."

Accountability Simcox has been dealing with publicity on money matters since a recent Washington Times article said former leaders quit over questions about finances. He said the allegations stem from bad blood with a few former members and urged patience from followers. The organization is in the process of filing for non-profit status and will disclose all the information required by the Internal Revenue Service by the Nov. 15 deadline, he added. Connie Hair, a spokeswoman for the group, said its financial situation is simple. "There is no controversy," she said. "There is no impropriety."Simcox estimated that MCDC has raised $1 million, plus about $600,000 to build fencing along the border but said that he can't be sure of the amount. He said the organization hired accountants and consultants in 2005 and set up a "caging" account controlled by a lawyer to ensure that donations were handled property. "Only our auditors and our caging company know exactly how much we've raised," he said. "It's not my job. That's why we've hired the best independent auditors."Board member and Executive Director Al Garza said he has no idea about its finances. When asked how much money his organization has received in contributions, Garza said: "Oh, geez, I don't know. I don't make it my business. I refuse to even ask for the figures. . . .

They're donations being well spent, I can tell you that."The group's Web site states that donations are not tax-deductible. If the IRS eventually approves MCDC's application for tax-exempt status, donors won't be able to write off contributions because the organization is seeking to become a 501c4, which allows the leadership to lobby Congress.
Keeping trackLast September, Simcox told The Arizona Republic that he already had started the process of filing for non-profit status, but his spokeswoman said this week that they plan to meet all the filing requirements later this month, adding that delays with the complex paperwork has slowed the process. In the meantime, Simcox formed a partnership with the non-profit, Herndon, Va.-based Declaration Alliance, headed by conservative Alan Keyes.Leaders also contracted with Diener & Associates, a consulting firm, to help take the movement to a national level, Hair said, using connections for mass mailings and fund-raising campaigns. MCDC leaders could not say how much Diener, which also has ties to the Declaration Alliance, has made off the partnership. Keyes and the Declaration Alliance have not benefited financially from the partnership, Simcox said.


Meanwhile, Gilchrist, whose recent failed bid for Congress in California was run by Diener, is questioning Simcox's use of the company, saying it was not forthcoming with financial records. Beyond that, he declined to comment except to say, "I fired them the day after my campaign was over."Diener officials referred comment to Hair, saying she also works with them. Gilchrist has largely escaped public scrutiny of his books but is facing some of the same issues as Simcox: pending non-profit status and leadership that does not officially draw a salary but pays for travel expenses with donations. He said he has received $162,000 in donations since January and has spent about two-thirds, paying for billboards, travel expenses for speaking engagements and lodging. In 2005, he received $68,000 in donations, he said.Andrea Esquer, a spokeswoman for the Arizona Attorney General's Office, said she could not confirm or deny whether state officials are investigating the Minuteman finances. The IRS also does not comment on investigations, including whether one is being conducted, spokesman Jim McCormick said. Humphries and other members of the MCDC stressed they're concerned about the money and not questioning anyone's integrity.
The futureThe biggest criticism from former volunteers has centered on one of MCDC's major projects, the fence for which Simcox is trying to raise $55 million to build on private land along the border.MCDC has raised about $600,000 for the construction of a border fence, touting on its Web site a barrier with trenches and rolls of barbed wire. So far, the group has erected 2.2 miles of barbed-wire livestock fencing on rancher Jack Ladd's land. Simcox said there are still plans for a fortified barrier on other ranchers' property and pledged to reinforce Ladd's fence with steel vehicle barriers in coming months.Ladd said the fence was never designed to stop people from crossing but has been a big help with the cows."So far, the fence has been very effective, as far as we're concerned, in keeping Mexican cattle from crossing over," he said. Still, Humphries was concerned the fence isn't really fulfilling the Minuteman mission: to curtail illegal immigration. "I know that if I had contributed a bunch of money, as evidently a bunch of people have done, to build a fence to keep out illegal aliens, and my money was spent to put up a five-strand, barbed-wire fence to stop cattle, I wouldn't be very happy about it," Humphries said.Simcox and Gilchrist are moving ahead. Simcox wants to break ground on the new fencing in the coming weeks, and Gilchrist plans to head to Texas to patrol near Laredo.


All the Saints in Heaven where to start with this insanity. Talk about just digging yourself a grave.
"Simcox estimated that MCDC has raised $1 million, plus about $600,000 to build fencing along the border but said that he can't be sure of the amount. He said the organization hired accountants and consultants in 2005 and set up a "caging" account controlled by a lawyer to ensure that donations were handled property."
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Wow, Well that fills us with confidence. Maureen Otis and American caging are the watchdogs over this. No need to ask questions move along nothing to see here. Well, if you have been following this blog you know that at this point American Caging does not exactly speak confidence right now

"Only our auditors and our caging company know exactly how much we've raised," he said. "It's not my job. That's why we've hired the best independent auditors"
First this makes no sense and should be raising a ton of red flags. No one that is charge knows how much was raised? The only folks that know are Maureen Otis and unnamed auditors?

Board member and Executive Director Al Garza said he has no idea about its finances. When asked how much money his organization has received in contributions, Garza said: "Oh, geez, I don't know. I don't make it my business. I refuse to even ask for the figures. . . . They're donations being well spent, I can tell you that.
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Ok, the Executive Director doesn't make it his business to know how much they received in donations but in the next sentence he says those donations are well received.

Leaders also contracted with Diener & Associates, a consulting firm, to help take the movement to a national level, Hair said, using connections for mass mailings and fund-raising campaigns. MCDC leaders could not say how much Diener, which also has ties to the Declaration Alliance, has made off the partnership. Keyes and the Declaration Alliance have not benefited financially from the
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Please, for those late to the game of Course Declaration Alliance is making money. You see Declaration alliance is pretty much all involved with Response Unlimited and ResponseEnterprises and Diener, and William Greene. The people behind Declaration Allinace are making a killing. That is where most of the 80 cents of every dollar goes.

Meanwhile, Gilchrist, whose recent failed bid for Congress in California was run by Diener, is questioning Simcox's use of the company, saying it was not forthcoming with financial records. Beyond that, he declined to comment except to say, "I fired them the day after my campaign was over."
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In fact as has been shown on this blog and on conservative forums, Gilchrist has been using the serves of Response Enterprises till very recently. Also, it seems to me that other actors were still involved that are connected with Fence Gate.

Ladd said the fence was never designed to stop people from crossing but has been a big help with the cows."So far, the fence has been very effective, as far as we're concerned, in keeping Mexican cattle from crossing over," he said. Still, Humphries was concerned the fence isn't really fulfilling the Minuteman mission: to curtail illegal immigration. "I know that if I had contributed a bunch of money, as evidently a bunch of people have done, to build a fence to keep out illegal aliens, and my money was spent to put up a five-strand, barbed-wire fence to stop cattle, I wouldn't be very happy about it," Humphries said.

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Let me remind everyone the Minuteman Pac under control of the same folks has been releasing money all over the place this week. If that money was shifted from this this organization into the PAC we Republicans have got a hell of a problem on our hands. It will be another campaign finance scandal that tar a lot of innocent people and we shall all be under fire for it in the media.


Top Ten Conservative Catholic Pick-Up Lines

This is from a blogger I have been following his blog for about a year. We Saw That highlighted him today. I have been planning on putting him on my blogroll for several reasons. One he is a big Episcopal and is in the know about all the events in that Church. I need a Anglican to complement the Catholics and one evangelical blog I have. Second he is from Louisiana. Which reminds me I need to find good blogs from the following parts of Louisiana. The Florida Parishes, Houma Region, North East Louisiana and especially the Baton Rouge area. Anywho, he also had a very funny joke about New Orleans on his blog yesterday but I felt too guilty to put it up lol. Anyway From Drell's' Descants TOP TEN CONSERVATIVE CATHOLIC PICK UP LINES-

10. May I offer you a light for that votive candle?

9. Hi there. My buddy and I were wondering if you would settle a dispute we’re having. Do you think the word should be pronounced HOMEschooling, or homeSCHOOLing?

8. Sorry, but I couldn’t help notice how cute you look in that ankle-length, shapeless, plaid jumper.

7. What’s a nice girl like you doing at a First Saturday Rosary Cenacle like this?

6. You don’t like the culture of death either? Wow! We have so much in common!

5. Let’s get out of here. I know a much cozier little Catholic bookstore downtown.

4. I bet I can guess your confirmation name.

3. You’ve got stunning scapular-brown eyes.

2. Did you feel what I felt when we reached into the holy water font at the same time?

1. Confess here often?

Thursday, August 10, 2006

The Reason Why Lou Dobbs is So Biased on Immigration?

I never paid too much attention to Lou Dobbs. I thought he sort of did the Wall Street show on CNN. It was only during the Dubai Port deal and his hysterical reporting on it that I started to pay attention to him. I was wondering as to the immigration debate why he was devoting huge parts and on some days the majority of it to immigration and illegal immigration. I also wondered why he was always a crictic of Bush and a cheerleader for all the Minutemen and Tancredo Crowd. The reason I became annoyed with this so called "reporting" was it was clear that it was so overwhemling biased. When I was researching Tancredo the other other day I came across something very interesting.

Tanton Population Control Group -Center For Immigration Studies(CIS) AWARDS Lou Dobbs the 2004 award for excellence in Reporting.
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(Left to Right) Mark Krikorian-Head of CIS, Congessman Tancredo, Lou Dobbs of CNN at the June 10,2004 at the 2004 Eugene Katz Award Banquet in New York

Full description of the event as well as introduction by Krikorian, the Intoduction of Dobbs by Tancredo and Dobbs's remarks here.

By the way Krikorian writes at National review giving us very unbiased conservative views of the immigration debate(Sarc).

Now journalist receive awards all the time and really it is no big deal. But remeber this anti immigration group(noticed I did't qualify that with the term illegal) and offspring of John Tanton who is a radical population control person is something we should look at. The whole remarks are interesting to read, but this part of Dobbs remarks are of great interest:

If we look at our population growth over the course of the past 40 years and do not understand that it has doubled and that based on current trends and that after childbirth and immigration and illegal immigration that this country could reach a population by the end of this century of one billion people. If you don’t understand that, we have further difficulties. Secondly, if we don’t understand that we are importing the population growth of other countries, whether it’s China or Mexico or any country in the world then we have a difficult time addressing the issue of illegal immigration . . . because all of these impacts are fundamental, all of these issues are fundamental, and they’re all interrelated. What kind of economy will we have? It depends upon growth. To hear both the head of the Chamber of Commerce and the head of the AFL-CIO support amnesty, because they believe it’s important to have that low-cost labor force, not only for organization or employment but to support the Baby Boomer generation, who will be retiring, so that they can pay into the Social Security system. This is the kind of reasoning that is going on in individual issues and too many of us are failing to look at the broad relationship amongst these issues. That’s what we’re trying to do on our broadcast, that we will remain committed to doing. In a time when we are in great contests for natural resources and for capital, globally, the impact of illegal immigration will be profound over the course of the next decade. For example in the western states, reservoirs—the principal water source, the Colorado River, is running at 50 percent of its historic levels. Yet population growth continues, and demand continues to climb—with no sight of any kind of abatement.

You see again this debate is not really about illegals. As I have pointed out time after time as well as others the people behind this debate for decades are radical population control people. FAIR,CIS, NUMBERS, ETC are all siblings of the radical John Tanton. They use all sorts of groups to further this radical agenda. That is the reason why there can be no "amnesty" or "guest worker program" because they want no newcomers practically at all. They want to reduce the population of this country to 150 million.If we look at our population growth over the course of the past 40 years and do not understand that it has doubled and that based on current trends and that after childbirth and immigration and illegal immigration that this country could reach a population by the end of this century of one billion people....Secondly, if we don’t understand that we are importing the population growth of other countries, whether it’s China or Mexico or any country in the world then we have a difficult time addressing the issue of illegal immigration . . . because all of these impacts are fundamental, all of these issues are fundamental, and they’re all interrelated.

Dobbs is a full believer in this propaganda. A fact that should be considered in evaluating his "reporting" of this issue and related issues. Today he was ranting against H1B visas? Why? Well I must tell you I dont think it is because of the terrorist threat really. I think it has to do with the above. You see he believes like the man who introduced him , Congressman Tancredo ,that
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(Tancredo receiving Gift from Tenn Chapter of FAIR)

Now, of course this is nonsense. America is not full. In fact in great parts of the World there is a population decline crisis. We see it in Europe, we see it in Russia, We see it in Japan and yes we are seeing it in places like Mexico and even in China. As to resources in the USA, the problem is not population but the use. Water is wasted at great levels here. Much of the use of the Colorado river resources that Dobbs uses as a example is pure waste. For example look at how Israel has made a huge agricultural business out of what once was deserts. All through innovative ways of using scarce water. This waste can and should be reversed. Maybe we should start by not building a hundred new Golf Courses in Nevada that are big wastes of water. As to food supply we keep producing more than ever. We shall produce more food in the next 50 years through technology than has ever been produced.

There will be no one billion people here in the USA. That is all based on faux science and stats. However if people want to have this duscussion Mr Dobbs, lets be honest about it. Quit using this illegal alien issue to hide it.

Further this policy is fraught with risk. Already population replacement levels even in this Hemisphere are at dangerous level. While Population levels in Islamic Countries are exploding. One must ask if it is wise to reduce our population while countries where Radical Islam is expanding are reproducing like rabbits. Who will fund the armies and navys and man them if we reduce our population that far? Can we manage our standard of living if we reduce the population that low? It is dangerous policy in my view that needs to be discussed and not hidden.

Wild Unresponsible Hysteria on the Right

I mentioned this link by the Anchoress on my blogroll roundup. It is a good read showing the irresponsible behavior on the left and the right as to today's and yesterdays events.

I bring this up because I just had to endure this nastiness on this thread where I post at the Free Republic. Please read it, it is quite over the top. I go by Catholicfreeper on that thread and come in quite late to the game. Special ID cards for Muslims? Sick. Let me tell the day I see stuff like that happening I am going to the local Wal-Mart to stock up on my guns and ammuntion. They will be after me next I suspect.

Anyway the Anchoress again is a great read. I have one disagreement with her. Michelle Malkin that she references is not some poor blogger hoping to find some moderate Arab voice to speak up. Malkin's whole tenor on both her blogs is to feed the rabid dogs on the right. I saw this clearly as to Muslims since the Dubai Port deal and it has just got worse. On immigration she advocates and associates with people that are racists. Again appealing to our worst natures that can be exploited by such a complicated and emotional subject as immigration.

Americans should take the following from today. First to realize that we are under attack and at war. Hopefully this will wake some people up in Connecticut as to this Lamont Character that is running for Seneate.

Second, we must stop this stupid bickering from both the left and right. I have been hearing the President of the USA slammed by both sides. I have heard the wildest Conspiracy theories from the Kos Crowd and the Minuteman Crowd about the Patriot act, Jewish influences, and what those camps and new detention centers on the border Really are for. Enough of this. We are at War against Radical Islam not some secret one world order plot and not former President Fox of Mexico.

Third, it is radical Islam we are at war against not all Islam. Remember that Bin Laden and associates wish to make this a war against all muslims. Please we don't need to fall for his plans. We must continue to fight for Iraq and Afghanistan. We must continue to highlight the success stories of the UAE, Bahrain. Oman and other same Moslem nations. We must continue to support places like Algeria etc.

What is happening On My Blogroll

Right Hand Thief brings us a great story about the rebuilding of New Orleans and the politics of it. It is a good story. Depending how much I put on my blog today , I might take a closer look at the article and give my opinion.

Another Louisiana Blogger has done us a service today. We SAW THAT list several Central Louisina bloggers that we can access. In fact Drell Descants is a blog I plan to add on my next Welcome to my blogroll. I intend to add another North Louisiana blogger too. I am still lokking for some good Bloogers especially from NorthEast Louisiana and the Florida Parishes.

The Anchoress has a great post how certtain media and bloggers on the left and right are using this terroritst plot for their own stupid silly agendas. Ame. The lefts reaction was predictiable but still sad. I am sorry to say I am starting to see this Daily Kos type reaction on some blogs too.

Sweetness and Light is bringing us news that Cindy Sheehan might be breaking Texas Election Laws in Crawford Texas.

Mike Huckabee 2008 bring us some news of Governor's Huckabee actions in New Hampshire. I am intending to have a post up late tonight for viewing at the top of my blog for most of tommorow on the 2008 race. A sort of round up of what is going on in the Republican primary.

Conservative Cajun brings us the LATEST GOV BLANCO INSANITY. Good grief please read. Jindal can't get become Governor fast enough for me. Poll Booths on I-10 and I-12 Wtf?

Latest On Terrorist Bomb Plot.

I had already taken off today in case there was complications as to my Grandfather. I was so exahausted I slept straight through to 2 pm this afternoon. So I am just waking up to the plans of this horrific terrorist plot. I will be curious to see how Americans react to this. I sometimes wonder that the only thing that catches our eye as to these things is if they actually succeed. It seems that this quite major. From the Australian Broadcasting Service:

"Pakistan has made a number of arrests, which helped uncover the plot to blow up planes flying between Britain and the United States, Pakistan's foreign office has reported.
The number of people that have been arrested in Britain in connection with the suspected plot to blow up several aircraft is now 24, police have reported.
"Now all those arrested in the overnight anti-terrorist operation have been processed into custody, the total number in custody is 24," London police said in a statement.
"There were no new arrests during the day.
Some airlines have now resumed services after the British Airports Authority (BAA) and air traffic control authorities lifted earlier restrictions on short-haul flights to and from Heathrow.
BAA say 611 flights, roughly half of the daily total at Heathrow, had been cancelled as of 1500 GMT. ....
They include 302 incoming flights and 309 departures.
The inter-connected nature of international air travel means the disruption caused by the chaos at Heathrow has rippled out across the world
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Currently I am listening live to the NEws Reports from Radio Talk Radio Live From London. Try LBC 93.7 or their sister station AM Station LBC NEWS 1152. I am having trouble with the FM stream right now but the AM station is online and giving news.

Paw Paws Fine, Thanks For the Prayers, A Serious Question, And My Long Post On MY Day

Thank you all for the prayers. They helped. My grandfather did great during all the procedures. In fact it appears we caught something just in the nick of time. So again thank you very much. More on this below

First I have a serious question. Can you anyone explain this whole Catholic Hospital thing. I don't think I have got the whole concept down. I mean it is nice that there is a chapel. It is great the Euchurist is there. It pretty nice there are Crucifixes and pictures of the Pope. It is great there are still a few Nuns running around. I like the fact that there is a likelihood of a priest maybe being nearby. I suppose its good that abortions are not being performed at the hospital. However is there suppose to be something more than this happening? From my understanding I can't just pull out my "Hey I am a Catholic Card" so give me 50 percent off my bill. Now that would be nice!!! I don't think there is special Catholic Health Insurance so I can use it at Catholic Hospitals and get good rates. That would be a good idea too. In fact why don't we do that? Is it against the law? Further from the valet parking and the Fountains and the location in town ,it didn't seem like a lot of poor were being served for no cost. Also who owns these hospitals. It appears the Diocese that is always nearly broke isn't getting a cut. Is it a order of nuns? Are all profits put back into the hospital? If so is it cheaper? I am not getting down on the whole Catholic Hostital system , but I am just trying to figure out what makes them Catholic and what exactly their mission is. Also there is a Baptist hospital in Jackson too. Ditto I suppose on the same questions. Just curious. I get the sense that when there were more nuns that you could shake a stick ot they actually ran the hosptial and did alot of the work that we pay people to do now. Heck maybe they were the primative version of the nurse helping to amupate limbs and deliever babies. But as the years went by and the nuns became less of a factor some sort of business enity came in. I am sure it is more than that but I was thinking of that today.

In part this might be the child of the good ole days of Catholic Life in American. When it seemed half of Irelands Priest and Nuns came to service their American Catholic breathen. I get a sense that when we had a ton of Priests, Brothers, and Nuns this system was great. As long as you you were in Mass on Sundays with the Kids and contributed your tithe, the Church was there for you from the Womb to the Tomb to the great beyond. That is you were born in a Catholic Hosptial, received the Sacraments at Church, had your kids receive great private education at a reasonable price, if you were sick you got care at a Catholic Hospital , when you died you were buried at a good price in a Catholic cemetary, and even after death there were prayers and masses galore for your soul. I suggest till we get our voaction numners up we start importing vast amounts of nuns and Priest from African and India where they are in abundance I hear. That system seems like paradise to me.

Anywho, My Grandfather is in good shape thank God. He was St Dominics in Jackson Miss so I made the three hour drive over there today. Again nice hospital. MY grandfather is in amazing shape for 86. It is odd typing that number "86" He looks like he could be 70. I suppose grandparents as a kid are always old but it is quite another thing to wake up and realize they are this old. It is so gradual and then it hits you. I guess I am now realizing that they won't be with me forever. My grandmother is in pretty decent shape but there are more subtle signs that things are starting too slip a little. That is pretty disturbing. Well lets leave this depressing subject

I left the hospital about three this afternoon and decided to stop by the State Capitol. My grandparents took me there when I was a kid, I think like in 81 or 82. So needless to say I don't remember much from the experience except that I thought the building was way cool. Well it is still way cool. The only thing I would perhaps change is the carpet in the House and Senate chambers. That I thought was really blah bordering on not very appealing to the eye. I then proceeded to think it would a nice idea to walk down a few blocks and see the Governors mansion OHH BIG MISTAKE!! I should have drove. I am convinced it must be hotter in Mississippi than in Louisiana for some reason. By the time I reached the Mansion I was about to be exhausted from the heat. Luckly I saw a huge building that turned out to be the Mississippi Republican Party headquarters. So faking that I was in urgent need of "Republican" bumpersticker, I was given admitance to the wonderful 68 degree cooled Republican headquarters. Well Good Grief it appeared the whole place was being staffed by recent Hoddy Toddy Graduates of Ole Miss. While recent frat boy was trying to find me a bumpersticker, I was able to converse with a real smoking cute girl. There is nothing sexier than watching a cute blonde Republican hard at work on the phone setting up a event for our Grand Ole Party in Cornith Mississippi. Ahh why can't all women be like that. Well despite the fact that the Republican Party of Mississippi must spend 3000 dollars a month on air conditioning alone, all that Mr Hoddy Toddy KA of Ole Miss could produce for me was a Bush/Cheney 04 Bumper sticker. Oh well . So out I went again into the heat.

The Governors mansion appears to me to be quite bigger than ours in Louisiana. It looks like this might be because this is also where the Governor's main office is. He has a small one in the Capitol but I am not sure how much that is used. I am sad to report that Governor Haley Barbor did not spot me writhing on the sidewalk, as I was gazing at how the powerful live throught the fence, and ask me to come inside for a refreshing Mint Julip. Perhaps next time. The mansion by the way is a nice appealing building . It is located smak dab in the middle of Downtown Jackson and the grounds take up a entire block. Of interest was the Episcopal Cathedral, smaller than I imagined ,and the Dioceseon office that was flying the Episcopal flag. On the street that that runs along the main entrance to the mansion was the Catholic Cathedral, also smaller than I imagined, and the Catholic Diocese office in a period appropiate building flying the Vatican flag. Both of these edifices that surround the mansion bring forth a sort of romantic Feeling of time and place as one contemplates the symbol of Civil authority surrounded by the Princes of the Church. Both of which had in its past and today intimate connections with Monarchy like Civil Power. However much to my annoyance both Churches were locked. I am not a big fan of Locked Churches. Especially of locked Catholic Churches that are Cathedrals.

A small sidetrack to past topics. Governors Mansion in the South are often very nice affairs. There is a reason for that. That reason is also why one must take with a huge grain of salt the kookiness that the League of the South says as to their wanting Christian Const Government. I find that many of us southernors desire a monarcy type figure to rule us. That is one reason why Southern Governors are so powerful. It is in our genes. The south in the antebellum days was not all the great democracy that League and others portray. In fact if you look closely at the Leagues of the Souths material there is a very strong strain of anti democracy feeling. In a real sense it was a Feudal type system. A system that even I at times find alluring for whatever reason Again it is in the genes I suppose. So lets continue on my tour of this little piece of real estate.

There might be laws regulating what kind of business can be around the mansion. I suppose it is reasonable to believe that the Governor of Mississippi would not like loud bar patrons honking their horns and screaming at 2 am in the morning on all four sides of his house. But if there isn't it struck me as a very good place to have an establishment that would have a great feel and great view. Besides that downtown Jackson is rather unappealing. It, like the rest of the city ,has seen better days. Of historical note the infamous White Citzens Councils of Mississippi had quite a grand office on that block during their heyday. However ,much to the disappointment of my blogmeister friend in St Louis I bet , I did not see such a grand arrogant display of their presence represented by it's offspring the Council of Conservative Citizens. It appears that if they were there ,they are hiding perhaps in some small room in one of the office buildings. I am sure they sensed my presence and were looking at me behind closed curtains in fear, trepidation, and awe that the Pondering American had come to expose them in the belly of the beast itself.

Lastly, I stopped off for dinner in Vicksburg Mississippi. I love Vicksburg. It is my favorite town in the whole state of Mississippi. It is what a a southern rivertown should be. That is more ethnic, more Catholic and Anglican, more old and beautiful, yet have that sort of dirty gritty feel. Even the gaudy casinos contribute to it. I prefer Vicksburg way over Natchez. I recommend that if you are in driving distance of Vicksburg to visit. It is the perfect three day weekend place. The Civil war military park is wonderful and one can spend a great part of your day there. The downtown area and the homes are nice too as well as the old Courthouse. The whole city at times has the feel of a battlefield. Partly because there are civil war monuments and signs designating Union and Confederate lines all over the place. Over dinner I was informed by my friends that there was hope for Vicksburg. That is that some Jews were returning to the Burg. They informed me that it is was well known when the Jews left a town the whole place pretty much turned to hell in handbasket. So perhaps Southern Jewery might again have a small rebirth in a area that was known for it. Anywho great times and I wished I had not been so tired when visiting with them. Returning home was grand because I was able to pick up WWL out of New Orleans. It is nice to have day where the outcome was so uncertain and it turn out to be so pleasant.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

GILCHRIST OF MINUTEMAN PROJECT SAYS STOP BUYING FORD BECAUSE HOT CHICK SPEAKS TWO WORDS OF SPANISH_- BOYCOTT OF I LOVE LUCY PENDING

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Good Grief all right one more post. Please just to remember to read the post below this if you have time. In a way it is related to this I just couldn't resist. I was going thought the Conservative forums when I found this jewel of bizaree behavior of who people tell me is a true conservative leader.

There is a new Ford commercial out that has a goodlooking girl in it. Well she says two words of Spanish and the boyfriend ask who was that. She says basically my ex boyfriend. Good AD. A full description is below. Well one of the people thay contact is Gilchrist head of the other Minuteman Faction. What he says is just beyond belief that you would think it would have to be written on the parady site the Onion.

From The Wash Post(read the whole article it is good)

So this hunky, swarthy, full-lipped guy in a white cowboy hat is tooling down a country road in a red pickup truck. He comes upon a big tree fallen across both lanes. No problem. He off-roads around the obstacle and cruises on.
But in the rearview he spies a dude driving a silver convertible with a dark-haired beauty in the passenger seat. They can't get around the tree.

Cowboy knows what to do. He lassos a chain around the tree and drags that sucker out of the way. Convertible Dude says: "Appreciate it." Cowboy replies: "Anytime."
To this point, the encounter has the usual ingredients of American myth: Nature's vengeance on the frontier. Laconic men, their humming machines and silent women. Cowboy to the rescue.
Then the lady, who looks Latina, addresses Cowboy -- in Spanish.
" Gracias, Manuel."
Cowboy tips his hat.
Driving away, Convertible Dude is puzzled. He asks, "You know him?"
"Yes," she says, in English, with a flirty smile. "He's my ex-boyfriend
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OK well someone at the Post has the bright idea to call up Gilchrist of the Minuteman Project(YOU KNOW THE SANE ONE AND HONEST ONE) Here is his response:

Jim Gilchrist, founder of the California-based Minuteman Project and co-author of "Minutemen: The Battle to Secure America's Borders," thought it was just a another truck ad -- until Bilingual Babe speaks Spanish to Manuel. That made him mad.
"It's part of the Trojan horse domination of our culture. Now they're coming after our language," he says by telephone from New York, where he is on book tour. "It's another steppingstone in a literal takeover of our country, eventually. . . . I'm supportive of a boycott of Ford, because now they'll be complicit."


Attention all Minutemen under Gilchrist. I think it is time to consider a new leader. I mean how in the World do you explain that!!!! If this represents the mainstream thought in the Gilchrist minuteman group then boy I think the train left the station quite a bit ago. This is a Saturday Night Live Script you would think but this was really said. Boycott Ford? Please Please try to explain this insanity. Hopefully Lou Dobbs will ask him this or perhaps Sean Hannity during their next breathless interview with him. IF a average Republican Congressman had said this the media would be having a field day. In fact they should. All explanations in the comment section please. This should be good. I might give a prize for best effort at damage control and BS.

UPDATE-Point will be added to your score if you can go through your entire explanation and not mention the words "La raza" or "open borders lobby"

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Immigration, Tancredo loses it, and how far we have fallen

I have a family emergency that calls me out of state tommorow. This shall be my last post but feel free to drop a email. I will be on the net tonight. My grandfather is having a operation and your prayers would be appreciated. This is a long post but I wish you would read it. I feel it is important. Also most of it is in the words of others, so you will not have to deal with clumsy engagement of the King's English. There are two post I am highlighting. One is current and shows how far we have fallen in political discourse among us conservatives. The Second is a trip down memory lane by a blogger that pegged the problem way back in May. I think both are revelant and perhaps are benefical to look at so we can save ourselves and make something good come out of this mess.

The first is a Called as Seen post on the immigration issue and ever present Congressman Tancredo. I am not just highlighting his post because he linked to me lol. I think his post is aptly titled. It sums up the whole way many of us "conservatives" have felt we have been treated by this self proclaimed "base". The Title of the Post is Shut up, Tom Tancredo explains. Basically Called as Seen is talking about Tancredo's Press release. Go to his blog and read it. It is quite a press release. I urge you to read the whole thing. Tancredo bascially tells Our President the we all voted on to stay in the White House and shut up. You see the President of the United States feelss he has something still to say. In fact he is coming to us to speak to us. Tancredo says "We’re trying to brand this as a fight between the Reid-Kennedy bill and the Republican bill. Nothing will do more to destroy our progress with voters than to have the Republican President follow us hearing-to-hearing arguing for the Reid-Kennedy approach.” Congreesman Tancredo from Colorado, this Louisiana boy respectfully says put a sock in it. If the President of United States that we voted on and the leader of the Free World wants to come to the towns where you are speaking to have his voice heard well more power to him. Called as Seen said exactly what I have been thinking but can't put into words:
"That said, it is not so much Tancredo's agenda that makes me see red. I have my disagreements with other people, like Internet Esquire (over Iraq). My partner on this blog and I first came across each other in a disagreement over reactivation of the Iowa-class battleships. But these disagreements have had a quality that has been in very short supply from the Tancredo-Malkin crowd: Respect.I'm sorry, but when your response to a person's disagreement with you is to tell them to shut up, it means you do not have much of an argument.

Why does Tancredo fear the Administration making its case for a comprehensive bill? Is it because recent events (and polling) have shown that the President's approach might be passed into law if it is explained?Tancredo has not only revealed that he lacks class or respect for those who disagree with him and wants to be able to freely demagouge a serious issue, he's also revealed that he doesn't have the guts to have a fair debate with the President of the United States. That says a lot more about Tancredo than it does President Bush."

Exactly. So well said if you ask me. Respect is the thing that has largely been missing from this debate. I have been voting Republican all my life for the most part. How people that dare question the extreme hardline approach in this debate have been treated is awful and unexcuseable. We have been told that we are part of some mythical open border lobby. We have been called trolls on internet forums, called spineless, and traitors. Well, I suppose if Bush can handle it as well as carrying on the weight of the World on his shoulders I can take a few barbs. There have been other Republicans that have been brave under these barbs. Governor Huckabee, Senator Grahmn , and Senator Brownback just to name a few. But what has happened has been unexuseable. Respect is the key. I and other conservatives I feel are still in a tad of shock that we are being called RINOS. Let me give you a tad of a warning. Many of us are taking names right now and we have long memories. That is not some threat. But why should you be trusted when you have turned on so many of your fellow conservatives like a pack of rabid dogs.The important factor is not where you are at on this immigration issue but how you have conducted yourself. That goes for officials, bloggers, media, and other people in the public square.

This has been noticed by other bloggers. I have never met the Anchoress but I have been in politics long enough to realize that the way she views things is very much the way vast numbers of people view political things. The exception being that the Anchoress is tuned into the political scene more than most are. Her post on immigration here is the best I have seen and shows what I am struggling with and this nation has to struggle with. She was quite honest about this problem we have allowed to ferment for years. Just a part of her wonderful post:
John Paul II used to say that. In encouraging Solidarity, in evangelizing, he would say, “you have to deal with the world as it is, not as you would ideally like it to be.” He was right. And the world right now - as it is - is in flux, due to a systemic lack of interest in addressing this problem for decades. Point the finger at the government - every part of it. Point the finger at ourselves, too, for tuning this problem out for too long.

That also means we can't blame it all on the illegals either. We have used their talents and labor too for decades. You just can't break up families en mass without giving consideration to them or respecting their humanity. There is culpulbility on our part too. Sorry to say that. Americans hate blaming themselves. But justice demands it. It also needs to be considered when coming up with a solution and dealing out punishiment.

But I digress. It was amazing to see how this Catholic lady from up north was treated. Really it is not shocking in retrospect because we were getting the same treatment. And this was the good ole days. It is far worse now. I think her observations are important to look back on. On May 12 2006 she posted in part of a great post:There is a terrible toxicity to our political and social exchanges - there is little real thought and lots of shrieking going on, lots of noise, little real discourse and precious little honesty. There is no way to debate because - no matter which side tries to get serious - a well-thought-out discourse is immediately shot down by the other side with a one-line-sneer, usually a specious one, that distorts or misdirects and never allows a thought to go forward. The disrespect between “sides” is staggering, and completely unproductive. But non-productivity seems to be what people like. It’s “safe.” If you don’t do anything, you can’t get blamed, right? More kicking things down the road. Let the guy who actually wants to take some action bear the brunt of your fear, your insecurity, your anger, your scorn, your impotence. If he doesn’t do it all perfectly, he’s a bum. That was May 12th!!!! The good ole days really. I wasn't being accuse of being a part of a plot back then. She also said in that post :The roiling hate that is the driving force behind the MSM and some parts of the blogosphere and so much more cannot produce anything good. All of these negatives cannot create a positive. I can’t be the only one who is feeling increasingly ill - not ill-at-ease, but physically ill.
Well thank God, The Anchoress didn't pack in talking about politics as she was announcing she was going to do. She like the rest of us took a deep breath and dared to state our views. On May 15th the Anchoress when refering to a opinion piece on a "conservative" internet site that equated the ease of deportation of the Mexicans to Hitler's final solution said:Sadly, I’ve read similar sentiments on conservative forums all day. That’s where this unhinged, over-emotional rage-train is headed, folks. If this is representative of the current conservative fever-swamp, then I guess I will have to say pardon me, I guess I’m not a conservative, after all, and take one step leftward. Sadly it has gotten worse. If people don't want to be called racist then quit associating and giving approval to people that make such statements. Has anyone seen what Mexicans are described as lately. There is countless talk of how dirty they are and the diesases they carry. There are cartoons that describe them as parasites and leeches on the system. There is talk about how they are part of a plot to take over the Government and talk of their morality. Take a deep step back people. Look at your history that for all that is holy. That is freakin 1936 except it was a German man saying those things. It is has become unhinged.

On May 17th in a post entitled Blog meltdowns, egos and echo chambers:The fascist is whoever is trying to shut you up, shut you down, dis-employ you, silence you, cripple you or marginalize you for the crime of daring to fall out of step with the party and the conventional wisdom. Beware of them.
I also paraphrased St. Paul, who wrote, “all that I hate I am become…”
It seems that “all that some conservatives hate they are becoming…” thanks to the spitting emotionalism that has attended the issue of immigration for the past month or so. The issue, of couse, has been growing for 30 years, but now some want their solutions applied right now, this very instant, and you’d better not disagree, or you will be dismissed, de-linked or otherwise cast-aside
. Of course it has gotten much worse since then. ON the echo chamber effect and also what is somewhat related to how people use the concept of astroturfing on the net:the internet has a capability of enlarging, the truth is most people surfing the blogs and sites find the ones they like and linger there, in the echo chambers of a few favorite spots, and thus they shrink their worlds. They begin to believe the illusion that because 80 or 800 or 8,000 people frequent the same site and jaw the same sentiments, that there are a whole lot more people agreeing than disagreeing with them. That, in fact, a breathtaking number of people - MOST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, even - believe what they believe. I see this all the time. I go into these forums and people tell me "that my GOD Deport them all build a wall deport large and small". Well, it seems when you sit down over a beer or dinner with people and this subject comes up, I don't exactly hear those extreme sentiments. However the Anchoress was on to something. This applies not only to the net but to talk rdio and cable news. On blogs she said:The thing is, and I’m being serious, here…that sort of ongoing harangue, completely devoid of respect, of a willingness to take half-a-loaf and call it a win…that’s the stuff that could in the end WEAKEN the influence of the blogs. Stomp your feet and find any solution but yours to be insufficient, and eventually you look like a crank, and people stop paying attention....Imagine being president and having to hear from an advisor that one-issue people, with one-issue perspectives are demanding a perfect (and probably undoable) action on their one-issue, or they’ll toss you overboard, because the other thousand things you got right no longer matter. That they’ll commit electoral suicide rather than accept a compromise. Hasn't that prediction come true. Look how an arch conservative like Cannon was treated. The Pence bill, in which I think is too extreme but I am willing to take and agree on as a compromise is derided. All its supporters and those who wish to bring it into the public sphere are told to shut up and be quiet.

On May 17th 2006 the Anchoress said:But what I am seeing from several bloggers, is something more along the lines of (I’m paraphrasing), “these are the sorts of animals George W. Bush and his cultists and want to let stay in our country!” What I am seeing is nothing less than rank demagoguery meant to foment hate and fear and to keep others in a a whipped up state of frenzy. It is needlessly provocative and could end up encouraging some tragic behavior......The right has a disproportionate number of Christians in its tent, and Christians are supposed to know a thing or two about forgiveness and second-chances. By the light of Christ, a whore is not forever a whore and a thief is not forever a thief. Are we conservative Christians going to forget our own second chances - some of them known only to God and ourselves - and declare that while we might not always be wretches, “an illegal is always an illegal and there is no mercy, no chance to be something more…”
I can’t believe that. Can’t accept it. Won’t be part of it. Our Lord demands more from us than a shrill dehumanization of what He has created, some demagoguery and a quick look-away as we shout, “ship ‘em back! Bad! All Bad!”There are no negatives in Christ
. Yep can't agree more. Of course this has just gotten worse and worse. How is this different than sites on the web that keep breathless records of criminal atriocties committed by african americans? I haven't still received a answer to that one. Ditto for her statements on what Christian Conservatives should be feeling. I mentioned the above and it was called liberal Catholic bleeding heart drivel. Unfreaking Believable. On how we are often mischaracterized by our supposed conservative friends:Oh, I can hear lots of howling right about now from the “you bleeding heart RINO, didn’t you see all those Mexicans marching on May 1st?” crowd. Yeah, I saw ‘em. I saw all the A.N.S.W.E.R. folks and rabble-rousers too. And I have no patience for the “storm the gates” mentality. I’ve never said that no one should be “shipped back.” I’ve never said a fence shouldn’t be built.
However, these people we are talking about are in fact, people - created creatures loved into being, just like you and me and your kids and mine. These are not soul-less zombies undeserving of your regard or your humane respect. I am no bleeding heart, but I do believe in
treating human beings like human beings and not like evil, distrustful sub-humans, walking around stealing our breathing air - and I am very disappointed, more than I can express, to see some blogs wave around a terrible story and pronounce breathlessly, fervently, “they’re all like that! And they’re coming here! And George Bush wants them here! And this is all you’re going to get from these people!” Amen. This is nothing to be ashamed about by the way. This isnt liberal or some bleeding heart stuff. Its is at the heart of my Conservative politics. It was at the heart of Ronald Regan's vision. It is my Catholic and Christian faith. If Tancredo and the hysteria crowd don't like it fine. But I am not shutting up. And neither is the President.


A must read post was on May 22 called the The Essential President Bush. I can only quote parts but I urge conservatives to reread this for a major reality check. In talking about the first signs of rebellion among the base as to the Myers nomination:At that point Bush, unchanged in essentials, might have wondered if his conservative “base” had become a bit over-confident and loose-hipped, so cock-sure of their majority (not that congress used it) so certain of their own brilliance that they were beginning to believe they didn’t need him; that he wasn’t conservative enough, after all, and that the next president was going to be the solid, “uncompassionate” conservative they’d really wanted all along.....Then of course, the DPW debacle was launched and once again the far-right, his “base” went beserk, again, for very dubious reasons. Buster was the one who pointed out to me, then, that in this matter President Bush was being entirely consistent with who he had always been and that his defense of the sale was not unsound, nor unprecedented. The right didn’t care! They stomped their feet and went DU again. Even Rush Limbaugh couldn’t control them....And now, the Great Big Immigration Imbroglio of ‘06 has turned “the base” quite vicious. President Bush is no longer simply a moron or an idiot to his base, he is a bad man. He is a bad American. He is a bad president. Everything he does now, is wrong. As yesterday’s WSJ pointed out, Bush is closer to the deified Ronald Reagan on this issue than anyone on the right wants to admit. And they’d never do to Reagan what they are doing to Bush. Let’s look at a few Reagan quotes on the nature of those “far-right” conservatives, mmkay? I am not posting those quotes go to the link and read them. I think the "base" would be quite shocked. Lets continue:Ever stop to think maybe the president feels his base has abandoned him, that uncontent with 75%, they’ve simply moved beyond reason? Ever stop to think that while you’re calling the president every despicable name in the book and demanding his fealty or you’ll “teach him a lesson,” that perhaps there is a lesson you need to learn? Amen again. The "base" seems to me has forgotten how it was to be in the minority. That all compromise is evil. Evil. I have actually heard that term used as to the Bush plan, the Cannon plan and now the Pence plan.

On May 26th the Anchoress had a post entitled “Illegals” hysteria & the place I can’t go. She said in part:It’s all a plot and a conspiracy, you see…nothing could possibly simply be about stupid and lackluster career politicians trying to finally, finally, finally do something about an issue no one has wanted to touch for 30 years and doing it haphazardly, fearfully and imperfectly, and with the usual suspects trying to add their own flourishes, which must always be batted down, whether the issue is illegal immigration or almost anything else.
No, no. It’s a plot! It’s a conspiracy, meant to bring down America and put the conservatives in their place! To create a permanent underclass! To enlarge government, create more victims and raise our taxes! (what nonsense…we’re in a freaking war and spending more than ever, yet our revenues are growing thanks to the tax cuts…it’s funny how, when it suits a need, suddenly taxes will have to be raised…)
Maybe I should launch a conspiracy theory of my own…say…oh, something silly, like maybe this hysteria is just the conservatives doing everything they can to foment enough discord and discontent to create the “demand” for a third party candidate
. Anchoress let me say, that perhaps as to that last line you were on to something.Aside from the legal and moral ramifications of trying to “round them all up -” I got out of the car thinking, are they forgetting that we are talking about human beings, here? Many of whom have been here for years, initially through legal means, and who have created lives? People with lives and families who - like how they got here or not - are HERE and are mostly contributing to society in positive ways? Honestly, the folks on the radio sounded extremely narrow and over-the-top. The humanity of the illegals seemed as unmentionable to them as the humanity of a baby-in-utero is to a feminist. Conservatives listen to what she said in May and look at where we are on this August day. We can't talk about right to life issues from the womb to the tomb and treat millions of people as non human. We are creating a climate that will destroy us. The sad fact is it has gotten so much worse. This isn't liberalism, it is basic Western Moral Ethics.I wonder why it is that we do not, today have a well-run, functional immigration program to handle the huge influx of people who wish to live here. Why aren’t we WORKING on creating such a program? Why isn’t that part of any immigration bill - the reform of the INS?
We’re going to need our immigrants as the boomers retire and weigh heavy on our SocSec system and their children barely reproduce at replacement levels. Why can’t we bring back the idea of Ellis Island - create an Ellis Island West, so to speak which would prevent the “illegality” of our immigrants
. Well sadly I think we are a lot more wiser now in August than we were in May. It appears that there sin of crossing the border without proper papers is not the real issue.

Finally one other post I want to highlight that she did. That Can we say “Ellis Island West?”

I have written about some of the illegals who go to my church, who have lived here for many years, established themselves as best they have been able, have learned English, worked hard - they haven’t complied with the broken INS system, but they have become as model citizens as they might be under the circumstances. They come to church each week with mannerly children, impeccably turned out - the father is at daily mass every morning, and every day before he leaves for work he prostrates himself before the Tabernacle. Yeah…he should just be shipped back. Illegal is illegal and that’s all that matters. But what am I saying? I forgot, I’m a Catholic, I can’t be credible on this issue, because all we Catholics care about are asses in the pews and money in the collection basket. The Anchoress mentions the Catholic Bashing that she noticed that was going on. Since I hit it hard with Tancredo the other day, I on purpose didn't highlight a lot of those parts. But the Catholic Bashing has gotten worse. Some done by so called Christian conservatives. I frankly am sick of it and will not stand by and allow it to go unanswered. I have spent countless hours talking about what the Church's position is. I have pointed it out in the Catechism , in Scipture, and numerous Church documents. What do I get in response? Basically stupid anti Catholic slander that bests even the most vile Jack Chick cartoon book. I feel we are living back in the days of the Know Nothing party. It has been a big lesson to me. How quickly the Catholic Church is hailed as a friend and then demonized in the next minute by some. Like I said I am keeping track. This is my faith. A faith if called on hopefully I would die for if needed. I don't take this slander lightly. Again though it has gotten so much worse.No normalization, no reasonable examination of a person and his life and his circumstances…no plea bargaining…“no excuses, illegal is illegal…ship them all back…” might sound pithy, moral and right to some. But it is offering no solutions beyond a fence - it considers no reform. Some of these high-minded moralists betray something in themselves when they write - as some have in the ’sphere, all their principals really demand is the “rounding up and shipping out” of millions of people, the distruption of established families, a wall and a guard standing a post with a loaded rifle.
In some ways the breezy categorizing and dismissing of the human beings involved in all of this sadly brings to mind
these Phelps disasters who see only “fags” and “fag enablers sinning away grace and messing with the wrong God.

Isn't that true. To sum it up we are becoming what we hated. I as a Catholic am a big believer in redemption in grace. I experience everytime I am granted absolution and when take my Lord and Savior into my hand and into my body each time I go to mass. We need to some massive grace now. I know this blog has become quite a attack dog lately. Well, I am sorry if that is unseemly to some. But this Catholic Blogger doesn't mind mixing it up and calling a spade a spade. Many of us have been told to shut up. Just like Tancredo has told the President. Well we are not going away. I love this party and too much is at stake. Much more is at stake than just this immigration issue also. In essence we are not going away.


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