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Saturday, August 30, 2014

#HurrricaneKatrina 9 Years Later



 "Don't tell me the federal response was slow when there was 30,000 people pulled off roofs right after the storm passed," Bush said at what was likely his final news conference as president. "You know, I remember going to see those helicopter drivers, Coast Guard divers, to thank them for their courageous efforts to rescue people off roofs -- 30,000 people were pulled off roofs right after the storm moved through. That's a pretty quick response."
I guess it depends on what the definition of a pretty quick response IS.

The Rude Pundit reminds us it's still New Orleans, where justice is moving through the courts slower than Bush's response.
When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, the Orleans Parish School Board and the Louisiana Department of Education saw the disaster as an opportunity to carry out a long-sought goal of dramatically restructuring New Orleans' public schools. They fired some 7,500 teachers and other school employees -- most of them African-American -- and delivered a devastating blow to the United Teachers of New Orleans (UTNO), once Louisiana's largest labor union and its first racially integrated teachers' union.
But the teachers fought back in court -- and they are winning. Next week, oral arguments in their class-action lawsuit over the firings will take place before the Louisiana Supreme Court. The suit claims the school board failed to follow proper procedure in terminating the employees and failed to grant them priority in hiring afterwards.
I guess it's only fitting the lower 9th ward is still struggling 9 years after Katrina.

On Saturday, A Community Voice will stage a Katrina memorial, to remember those who died in the Lower 9th Ward neighborhood when it flooded nine years ago. But they’ll also look at what still needs to be done here to recover.
Gueringer, “Nine years after the storm, we are still saying where did the money go?”
A.C. and Ora Lee Fields note there are positive changes, but they still face the tall grass that surrounds their home.
“And we pay tax, and everything, and I just can’t believe that they ain’t trying to do something for us,” said Ora Lee.
 It's not about a Hurricane, it's about America and how it treats it's citizens. Strike that, it's black citizens.

#Ray Nagin
#New Orleans
#New Orleans Teachers

so the cops are still shooting people (and, yeah, yeah, black-on-black crime), poverty is even higher than it was, the schools are almost all charters (like some Republican wet dream), black men have a 53% unemployment rate, the rents have skyrocketed. As the current and former heads of the African American Leadership progress put it, New Orleans suffers from "the self-medicating illusion of progress."
- See more at: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2014/08/katrina-plus-nine-years.html#sthash.ZFnuzJHt.dpuf
Of course, it's New Orleans, so the cops are still shooting people (and, yeah, yeah, black-on-black crime), poverty is even higher than it was, the schools are almost all charters (like some Republican wet dream), black men have a 53% unemployment rate, the rents have skyrocketed. As the current and former heads of the African American Leadership progress put it, New Orleans suffers from "the self-medicating illusion of progress." - See more at: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2014/08/katrina-plus-nine-years.html#sthash.ZFnuzJHt.dpuf
Of course, it's New Orleans, so the cops are still shooting people (and, yeah, yeah, black-on-black crime), poverty is even higher than it was, the schools are almost all charters (like some Republican wet dream), black men have a 53% unemployment rate, the rents have skyrocketed. As the current and former heads of the African American Leadership progress put it, New Orleans suffers from "the self-medicating illusion of progress."
- See more at: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2014/08/katrina-plus-nine-years.html#sthash.ZFnuzJHt.dpuf
Of course, it's New Orleans, so the cops are still shooting people (and, yeah, yeah, black-on-black crime), poverty is even higher than it was, the schools are almost all charters (like some Republican wet dream), black men have a 53% unemployment rate, the rents have skyrocketed. As the current and former heads of the African American Leadership progress put it, New Orleans suffers from "the self-medicating illusion of progress."
- See more at: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2014/08/katrina-plus-nine-years.html#sthash.ZFnuzJHt.dpuf

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Pinnacle of Hypocrisy Huntsville City Schools Style ~Friday Edition #hsvboe




Principal fired
Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski answers questions from the press following Thursday night's Huntsville school board meeting. (The Huntsville Times/Michael Mercier)


Why is it when a longtime HCS teacher  is accused of violating district policy, everyone immediately calls for her (or his) head, but when a private company does the same thing, or usually something far worseeveryone rushes to defend it? This is indeed The Pinnacle of Hypocrisy.
Pinnacle is a privately run alternative campus that often takes in children who’ve been expelled from Huntsville City Schools.
Huntsville city has no direct authority or oversight of pinnacle

Why is it when student's, alumni, and any number of councilmen and officials call to inform the Superintendent he is making a gargantuan mistake changing the name of Lee High School, he acknowledges his mistake and backtracks on his proposal, but when J.O.Johnson High School alumni and students protest, and any number of councilmen and officials call to inform him he is making a gargantuan mistake changing the name of Johnson High School,  he violates district policy and changes the name of not just Johnson but Davis Hills Middle School too?  This is indeed the Pinnacle of Hypocrisy.
 Last night the Huntsville City School Board of Education violated their own policy on the Selection of School, Facility, and/or Property Name (Policy 2.9, presented September 5, 2013) by concluding the process and voting on the new names approximately three weeks before they were allowed to do so.
Why is it public officials, and citizens expressed environmental concerns about unsafe traffic patterns, heavy trucks sharing roads with school buses, and  air quality at two schools located two miles from an active rock quarry in New Hope, but those same officials say the air quality is safe at two schools located less than half a mile from an active rock quarry?  This is indeed the Pinnacle of Hypocrisy.
 Other elected officials speaking against the quarry were Mark Russell, president of Huntsville City Council, Madison County District 3 Commissioner Eddie Sisk, state Sen. Paul Sanford, state Sen. Shadrack McGill, state Rep. Wayne Johnson, Gurley Mayor Rob Sentell, Gurley Councilman Robert Wren.
So much hypocrisy, so little time.

#hsvboe

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Update~ Throwback Thursday #Ferguson Round Up





The fickle, white, male dominated, mainstream media is bored with #Ferguson and #MikeBrown. They have shut this story down tighter than a drum, and moved on to the next, bright, shiny object.  The Revolution may not be televised, but it will continue to be blogged about on RedEye's Page.
 In order to halt any real conversation, one of the tools often used by right wing media is to cast every issue as an either/or. Media Matters has been doing a pretty good job lately of showing how Fox News edited the remarks of President Obama and AG Eric Holder about the situation in Ferguson by eliminating the balance in their statements. They aired only the side of these remarks that was sure to inflame their audience and eliminated the side conservatives might have agreed with.
I  must say Fox News is doing their part.
 It didn’t take long for people to start rallying to Darren Wilson’s defense.  In less than a week, several hundred thousand dollars had been raised on his behalf — with a healthy smattering of hateful racist messages in support, such as “I would have donated double this amount, but you missed his accomplice” — and Fox News had run a flood of false, unsourced stories, claiming that Wilson’s eye socket had been broken, implicitly “proving” that he had been in a heroic struggle for his life.
Only in America can you kill a black teen and earn 6 figures.
When you shoot and kill an unarmed Black teenager, you can expect the racists of America to crack their piggy banks open and reward you a six-figure sum.
Over the weekend, Darren Wilson’s supporters gathered for a rally, and sadly, they had much to celebrate now that it’s being reported that they’ve managed to best supporters of Michael Brown’s family in online fundraising. Indeed, the page in support of Wilson raised $235,010 from 5,902 people before organizers stopped accepting donations on Friday. They surpassed their goal of $100,000 in just four days. They have since opened another fundraising page, which has already amassed more than $100,000.
Meanwhile, a fundraising page in support of the Michael Brown Memorial Fund raised $214,000. According to Brown family laywer Benjamin Crump, “the funds will assist his family with costs that they will acquire as they seek justice on Michael’s behalf.”
What exactly does Darren Wilson need money for? He’s on paid leave, and wherever he is, I presume it’s on the state’s dime. After all, Darren Wilson was concealed long enough to get out of town before the national media arrived.
An Open Letter to the People of Ferguson, Mo.
 "We have felt your frustration at the uncomfortable realization that your protestors have been unfairly branded as looters, vigilantes, and rioters by segments of the ignorant, sensationalist news media".
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.  It's a good thing it wasn't held 50 years later because protesters would have been greeted (snark) with tanks, guns, snipers with assault rifles, dogs,tear gas, and police masquerading as the military.  It's not like the #Ferguson protestors were protesting against  paying taxes or something.

#nojusticenopeace
#BlackLivesMatter

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"And they want us to sing God Bless America?"

I still can't believe our government let this insanity go on for 15 days.  I just can't.




There is something wrong in America.
 "America is going to have to come to terms with, there’s something wrong that we have money to give military equipment to police forces, but we don’t have money for training and money for public education and money to train our children,"
Who is Darren Wilson?
So many questions! It’s seeping out DRIP, DRIP, DRIP… even after Darren Wilson has tried to scrub his online postings.
Would someone please CNN and Company  they've been Punked again? 
The story was exactly what you would expect it to be. Michael Brown was the aggressor; Wilson was the victim. Brown rushed Wilson and he had no choice but to shoot. And so on.
As it turns out, that story was lifted from a fake Facebook page. Little Green Footballs reports that Jill Meadows posted this on Facebook on August 15th:
 #Ferguson
#JusticeforMikeBrown

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

There is more than a whiff of hypocrisy

From the files of IOKIYAR (It's OK If You Are Republican)
Personal failings should lead federal judge to resign
Legal Schnauzer: The Saga Of Federal Judge Mark Fuller Illustrates The Hypocrisy That Permeates Alabama's "Justice" System

A federal judge was forced to step down in Alabama 12 years ago, apparently over rumors about womanizing. Judge H. Dean Buttram Jr., appointed by Democrat Bill Clinton, quietly resigned after only four years on the bench.

Current U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller is expected to keep his seat, even though he faces criminal charges of battery against his wife in an incident that allegedly started after she accused him of having an affair with a law clerk. Fuller is a Republican appointee, with George W. Bush picking him in 2002.
Breaking News on Mark Fuller's Case

By Donald V. Watkins
©Copyrighted and Published (via Facebook) on August 26, 2014

We have learned that the judges, magistrates, court clerk and chief deputy clerk of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama have all been summoned to Atlanta. These court officials are expected be in Atlanta until Thursday. It is believed that this action is part of an ongoing judicial inquiry into the wife-beating and marital infidelity scandal engulfing federal judge/criminal defendant Mark Fuller.

The spotlight on Fuller's scandal brightened yesterday after I sent a letter to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. The letter exposes the hypocrisy inside the federal judiciary in Alabama and seeks Fuller's removal from the federal bench.

My news sources, who have requested anonymity on this subject due to the sensitive nature of the judicial inquiry, have confirmed (a) the gathering of Montgomery federal court personnel in Atlanta and (b) the accuracy of the information in my letter to Chief Justice Roberts regarding the forced resignation of Judge H. Dean Buttram from the Birmingham federal bench in 2002 for womanizing conduct similar in nature to the misconduct engaged in by Fuller.

Mainstream news organizations have not reported on my letter to Chief Justice Roberts even though they were provided a copy of the letter. Not one such organization in Alabama has engaged in any investigative reporting on the growing Fuller scandal.


Oops Watkins spoke to soon......

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Birmingham attorney Donald Watkins has been on a campaign in the past few weeks to see federal judge Mark Fuller removed from the bench in the wake of the judge's arrest on a domestic violence charge in Georgia earlier this month.
On Monday, Watkins stepped up his efforts in a letter to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. In that letter, Watkins complains about a "flagrant display of hypocrisy in the federal judiciary in Alabama" that Watkins says is due to the judges' political stripes.
 Stay tuned...
#SweetHomeAlabama

Friday, August 22, 2014

Can I Rant?

15 Things We Have to Explain About the Song 'Sweet Home Alabama'




Warning, I am over due for a righteous rant, so what I write today might offend some (not to be confused with all) of you.  All I'm going to say is if the shoe fits....wear it.

And they want us to sing Sweet Home AlabamaNoNo.  And Hell to the No.

I am convinced Alabama is stuck on stupid because it's citizens are fed a constant stream of misinformation. They ride around in their cars and trucks,  listening to so called News Talk Radio all day, then go home and sit in front of their flat screen TV's and watch Faux News distort what they decide, with all spin all the time, unfair and unbalanced. I am trying to figure out when it became the job of the media to keep the the right wing bigots in line, and not report on the crooks and liars?  I repeat, until and unless the fairness doctrine is restored, this state, and this country will continue to be controlled by those who hate President Obama, democrats, liberals, and the ACLU, more than they love themselves.   Sweet Home Alabama has plenty of money to buy military equipment,  but not one penny for teachers (not to be confused with state superintendents), and refuses to expand medicaid.   And that's sad.

RedEye Over and Out....for now.