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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Louisiana 1927

Louisiana 1927
by Randy Newman

What has happened down here is the wind have changed
Clouds roll in from the north and it started to rain
Rained real hard for a real long time
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline

The river rose all day
The river rose all night
Some people got lost in the flood
Some people got away all right
The river have busted busted through clear down to Plaquemines
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline

Louisiana, Louisiana
They're tryin' to wash us away
They're tryin' to wash us away
Louisiana, Louisiana
They're tryin' to wash us away
They're tryin' to wash us away

President Coolidge came down in a railroad train
With a little fat man with a note-pad in his hand
The President say, "Little fat man, isn't it a shame what the river has done
To this poor cracker's land"

Louisiana, Louisiana
They're tryin' to wash us away
They're tryin' to wash us away
Louisiana, Louisiana
They're tryin' to wash us away
They're tryin' to wash us away

"What has happen down heah is the wind have changed /
Cloud come down from the North an' it started to rain -

Length, breadth, importance in the life and history of mankind: combine these measures, and the Mississippi – Missouri system is unique, primus inter pares – and even in any one of these measures standing alone, it has few peers.

Its tributaries range from upstate New York to Alberta and Saskatchewan, from Georgia and North Carolina to New Mexico and Montana. Its hydrology is unique, and incomprehensible: Mississippi River fluid mechanics are a glimpse of chaos theory in its raw state.

It is the aorta of the continent. And what happens when an aorta fails?

Rained real hard and it rained for a real long time /
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline…

Louisiana 1927 is one of the best and certainly one of the most moving songs ever to come from Randy Newman's pen; as sung by Asleep at the Wheel, carried by Ray Benson's darkling bass, it will cause the bones to move in your body, as when cannon and church bells sound. There is now a prose equivalent: John M. Barry's astounding Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America.

The River rose all day, the River rose all night, /
Some people got lost in the flood, some people got away all right -

The Crescent City, heart and head of the United States' only banana republic, home to Preservation Hall, the Marsalis family, oysters Bienville and Rockefeller, Pat O'Brien's hurricanes, Pete Fountain and Bourbon Street and la Place de St Louis and K-Paul's. Nawlins. Locus of mobsters and music, smuggling and snapper Pontchartrain, of jazz and juju. It nestles in a bowl surrounded by freeways, and above it is the Father of Waters, flowing oppressively by with the cargo of a continent on its back. Above the city. La Nouvelle Orleans is beneath the river's level; dykes and levees hold back the Mississippi as they do the waters of Lac Pontchartrain. Let those succumb at last, and the wrought-iron tracery of the dream city, the frozen fire of Andy Jackson and his restive steed, all will vanish like a dream, drowned forever. Drowned deeper than ever Prospero drowned his book, the magic broken and departed, the American Ariel borne down full fathom five, never again to wing an airy path of fantasy.

That is one end of the arc of danger. It curves from Baton Rouge - New Orleans across and through the Atchafalaya Swamp clear to Lake Charles. All of Acadia, all the Cajun parishes, the land of cypress knees, boudin, andouille sausage, and fais do-do dances of a night, is infiltrated by it. Houma and Morgan City, New Iberia and Lafayette, Crowley and Lake Arthur. At any moment, the whole outfall area could fail of its present structure. The water of the Atchafalaya, forced backward by the surging sea and laid flat by the planing winds, would undo the work of generations. For millennia, the outflow of the mid-continental watershed has swung back and forth like a pendulum. The Mississippi as we now know it, flowing around and above New Orleans, is manmade. For generations, Army engineers from St Louis to Plaquemines have worked to forestall the river's long overdue next swing to starboard, its urge to discharge again for a thousand years through its ancient channel, the Atchafalaya. This matching of will and resource against the Father of Waters goes back to the days when R. E. Lee was a young lieutenant of Engineers, upstream at St Louis. Man's will and it alone has kept New Orleans and Baton Rouge the ports they are today, in place of Thibodeaux or Morgan City. Yet some day, in geologic time, the mightiest works of man will fail and the river surge westwards yet again, free at last.

The River had busted clear through down to Plaquemines; /
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline.

Against this backdrop of mortal danger – the potential that in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, the Mississippi can shake off all the shackles of centuries of engineering, and roar and rampage across the land, devouring where it listeth – Barry has crafted a work that indeed deserved the Parkman.

President Coolidge come down in a railroad train /
With a little fat man with a notebook in his hand. /
President say, 'Hey, Little Fat Man, ain't it a shame, /
'What the River have done to this poor cracker land?'

The two constants of the attempt to manage and live beside and profit from the Mississippi are politics and engineering – and the two intersect in curious ways, especially within the Army Corps of Engineers. Barry, who has co-authored a highly regarded work on cancer research, has the knack of conveying technical concepts in lay language. As the author of The Ambition and the Power: A True Story of Washington, he is equally competent in the sinuous and slimy politics of the region through which the river snakes, and of the Federal government as well.

The 1927 Flood was the culmination of a century of graft, infighting, politicized engineering, and public works boondoggles. Barry begins with the great turf war between James B. Eads, one of Lincoln's point men in Missouri, a self-made tycoon who started as a river salvager, and A. A. Humphreys, one of the ghastliest Union generals (when his division was slaughtered, all that concerned him was the sublime figure he cut on horseback), but before the War the aspiring, and after it, the effective, dictator of the Corps of Engineers.

Barry proceeds to the days of wrath in 1927, in which not only the River was doing its worst. Even as the water rose to the rooftrees of houses, power struggles continued unabated. Barry does a triumphant job with the characters and consequences involved, heroes and villains alike, from the Percys, magnates of the Delta (yes, Walker's family), to Herbert Hoover, whom the Flood made presidential timber, to the Kingfish, Huey P. Long, who rode the ebbing waters to the governorship.

The dislocations of the 1927 Flood had consequences yet incalculable: not least the beginning of the most recent and most momentous of the mass migrations of African-Americans from the Delta to Detroit and Chicago. Barry has excelled in telling this story.

Louisiana! Louisiana…. /
They're tryin' to wash us away, they're tryin' to wash us away….

The Great Flood of 1927 is material for an epic; it has received the epic treatment at last, in a book worthy to be ranked with Prescott and Parkman, with Horgan's Great River and McCullough's work on the Johnstown Flood. This is solid, nuanced, thoroughly researched, and compellingly and brilliantly written. Unless and until John McPhee takes the subject on, and perhaps even then, this will remain the definitive work."

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Yahoo is very much censoring its posts tonight

I will call you out Yahoo...This poster is right....I have been trying to post a message for 45 minutes concerning Louisiana's coastal erosion....But the mere mention of Bush's name keeps my message from being posted.....Tired ass fuckers!!!!

by: throatcrusher 08/31/05 12:38 am
Msg: 107923 of 107969
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Keepin' it real......

You gotta admit AOL does a better job at keeping it real than Yahoo does....This is not my AOL profile but it is a classic example....

You may call me Mistress Gorgeous One
Location Atlanta,GA I'm 23 & Black! I AM NOT LATINA...aight? Get it right B4 U IM me 2! If my attitude is 2 strong 4 U, then bounce now... the rest is worse! I don't luv U HOES, so don't trip
Gender Female
Marital Status I'm Single

Hobbies & Interests Chillin, blazin, drinkin on the weekends
I like chatting 2 Latin, Greek, & Italian MEN. No Mexicans! I don't date BLACK men...and what?! Its just my preference...lol get over it. And Black men...do not waste my time askin me why I date who I date either! You are not that "1 Brotha" who can "bring me back"... Once you've had the rice and beans,you never go back to collard greens! It is what it is, accept it and move on!!!

Occupation College Graduate...now Assistant Investment Broker

Personal Quote GOD created man 1st because...U always need a rough draft before U revise it & make it even better, which is why women were made after men!
"Nothin like a Rican to keep the bed squeakin"
Don't ask 4 a description cause im not describing myself 2 U losers

We go that "extra mile" so that you can also....
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Still think that you can do without Louisiana???

Published: August 30, 2005
The region that produces and refines a major portion of the nation's oil and natural gas was largely shut down by Hurricane Katrina yesterday, further tightening strained energy markets and sending prices to new highs.

As oil companies evacuated offshore operations throughout the Gulf of Mexico, oil production in that region was reduced by 92 percent and gas output was cut by 83 percent.

The latest interruptions in oil supplies are likely to send retail gasoline prices even higher than the current average of $2.60 a gallon. They have prompted the Bush administration to say it would release emergency oil stocks from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve if needed.

"We are still in the soap-opera phase where everyone is still wondering what is going on," said Dan Pickering, the president of Pickering Energy Partners, a Houston-based energy research firm. "The next 24 to 48 hours, as the companies get out to see if there has been any damage, are really going to determine how significant this is."

Halfway through the hurricane season, the storm hit at an especially bad time for consumers, who have seen gasoline prices climb to their highest level in a generation, and adds to worries that oil prices might be hurting the American economy.

Hurricane Katrina could result in insured damages of more than $9 billion, making it perhaps the costliest storm since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, according to Risk Management Solutions, which assesses catastrophes and is based in Newark, Calif. The storm disrupted maritime traffic and trade, as well as caused losses at port and shipping facilities.

Crude oil prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed at $67.20 a barrel yesterday, up 1.6 percent, after touching a high of $70.80 a barrel in earlier electronic trading.

Natural gas futures soared 11 percent after operations at a major hub in Louisiana were temporarily halted. They closed at $10.85 a thousand cubic feet, after reaching a high of $12.07. Disruptions at refineries also pushed futures for gasoline and heating oil to record highs on Nymex. Gasoline contracts closed up 6.9 percent at $2.06 a gallon while heating oil gained 3.9 percent, to $1.91 a gallon.

Producers are currently pumping as much oil as they can and have little spare capacity left to make up for any shortages. While that leaves no margin for major disruptions from hurricanes and other disasters, most analysts cautioned that it would be days before a full assessment of the damage to pipelines, refineries and offshore platforms was completed.

The Gulf of Mexico, which produces 27 percent of the nation's oil and a fifth of its natural gas, is dotted with nearly 4,000 platforms linked by 33,000 miles of underwater pipelines. Over the weekend, oil companies withdrew their workers from 615 platforms and 96 drilling rigs in the gulf.

Oil production was reduced by about 1.4 million barrels yesterday and gas production by 8.3 billion cubic feet, according to the Minerals Management Service, a unit of the Department of the Interior. Since Friday, oil output has been cut by a total of 3.1 million barrels. Along the coast, at least nine refineries were closed in anticipation of the storm. These have a total refining capacity of about two million barrels a day, or 10 percent of the nation's refining output.

Oil companies now have to wait until heavy winds and rain die down before they can dispatch helicopters to survey their deepwater facilities and get an idea of the destruction. That is unlikely to happen before today at the earliest. But in one of the earliest indications of the damage from the storm, Royal Dutch Shell said that tracking devices onboard two offshore drilling rigs showed that they had shifted out of location yesterday. The rigs are contracted to Shell and owned by two companies, Nobel and Transocean. Shell, the company with the largest operations in the Gulf of Mexico, also said yesterday that it would dispatch an aircraft to review the status of its assets in the area.

Valero, the nation's largest independent refiner, indicated that it might be two weeks before it could restart its St. Charles refinery in Louisiana. The refinery was under three feet of water and sustained "minor damage" to its cooling tower, the company said.

Hurricane Katrina is the most severe storm to affect the oil industry since Hurricane Ivan tore through the gulf last September. That storm destroyed seven offshore platforms and cut 7 percent of the region's yearly oil production and 4 percent of its total gas output. It also caused huge damage to the underwater pipeline network, requiring as much as six months to repair.

The ability of refineries to resume production quickly will be another factor likely to weigh on oil markets this week. The largest refinery shut by the storm has a capacity of 493,500 barrels of oil a day and is run by Exxon Mobil in Baton Rouge.

"The crunch is on refineries," said Roger Diwan, a managing director at PFC Energy, an oil consultancy in Washington. "Restarting a refinery is a very delicate operation. These things can blow up. They are complicated, old and cranky.

"If refineries don't start by Wednesday or Thursday, the stock draw is going to be dramatic," he said. "Already, gasoline stocks are low. This will further tighten the market."

The storm forced the temporary closing of crucial oil terminals, including the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, the largest oil-importing port in the United States. The shutdown, which also stopped pipeline deliveries of oil from the port, could prevent about a tenth of the nation's oil imports from reaching refineries.

To make up for any shortfall in supplies, the Department of Energy said yesterday that it would consider lending crude oil from the nation's emergency stockpiles if refiners asked for it. So far, no such call has been made.

Last year, after Hurricane Ivan disrupted production, the Energy Department agreed to lend more than five million barrels to refiners from the strategic reserve, which currently stocks 700 million barrels.

President Bush alluded to the energy situation today during a appearance in El Mirage, Ariz., where he was speaking on Medicare.

"You just got to understand that the situation we got ourselves into, dependency on foreign sources of oil, took a while to get there, and it's going to take a while to become less dependent," Mr. Bush said.

Senate Democrats have pressed the president to use the reserve to help bring prices down.

"If there was ever a time for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to be tapped, it would be now," said Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York.

In response to the storm - and rising prices - Saudi Arabia's oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, said his country, the world's top oil producer, would make sure no one would run out of oil.

"Saudi Arabia stands ready to increase crude oil production immediately to 11 million barrels per day and sustain that level to replace any shortages in the crude oil market," Mr. al-Naimi said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency. "We continue to be in close contact with all our customers, especially, those in the U.S., to assist them with any shortfall in oil supplies."

Refineries might prove more resilient in recovering from the storm than other energy infrastructure, like undersea pipelines or floating oil and natural gas platforms, according to some refining experts.

"This was a big and severe storm and it hit where a substantial portion of our production and refining capacity is concentrated," said Edward H. Murphy, the general downstream sector manager for the American Petroleum Institute, an industry trade group. "Refineries are built to withstand storms."

Almost all refineries in the Gulf Coast area were designed for protection from very high winds, according to S. Frank Culberson, chief executive of the Rimkus Consulting Group, a forensic consulting company that examines energy installations after they are hit by natural disasters.

"Usually the refineries fare pretty well, as long as they batten down the hatches and wait it out," Mr. Culberson said. "There might be damage to some storage or marginal operations, but the main refining units should remain shut down only temporarily."

Some airlines were also concerned about the rising premium they have to pay for jet fuel. Airports in a swath from Atlanta to Dulles outside Washington depend, at least in part, on one refinery in Memphis. Some analysts said that with the Louisiana terminal closed and imports curtailed, the refinery might run out of crude oil stocks within the next couple of days.

Even part of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in Louisiana was shut down, with workers in New Orleans evacuated and operations in Bayou Choctaw, where 72 million barrels of oil are stored near Baton Rouge, closed and evacuated. Other locations of the reserve, in Texas and Louisiana, remained in operation yesterday, the Department of Energy said.

Oil refinery officials, meanwhile, remained cautious yesterday as they waited for an opportunity to send employees back to Louisiana to assess the effects of the storm. Mindy West, a spokeswoman for Murphy Oil of El Dorado, Ark., which operates a refinery in Meraux, La., with normal capacity to process 125,000 barrels of oil a day, said that today would be the earliest the company could examine the refinery.

Adam E. Sieminski, the chief energy economist at Deutsche Bank in New York, said: "The real story is not going to be known until workers can get back on the platforms and assess the damage. Are the platforms still there? Have they been damaged? Are the pipelines still there? Have they moved?"

Jad Mouawad reported from New York for this article and Simon Romero from Houston. Reporting was contributed by Anne E. Kornblut in El Mirage, Ariz.; Micheline Maynard in Detroit; and Vikas Bajaj in New York.

Trust me folks....People who work in oil refineries in Louisiana that weren't affected by hurricane Katrina are working their asses off to provide you with fuel resources....They have been doing this all this week and this weekend....This is nothing that "your" illegal immigrant labor is capable of fixing.....I know of lots of people that came in at 0530 this morning and they are getting off at 2200 (10 p.m.) tonight.....Many of them beat me in to work this morning and were sitting there waiting on me to arrive.....

I should see more of these "Save our Wetlands" bumper stickers on the backs of cars in Louisiana from now on....
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Behind the power curve....Way behind

The time is at hand Louisiana to do something about our coastal erosion....We are at least 20 years behind in trying to slow coastal erosion down....The levee design is not going to protect Louisiana through the big ones anymore...I know inour finite wisdom and understanding when you live on the coast and you suffer through tropical storms the first thing is to build a levee or a seawall to try and stop the water from penetrating land....in all actuality the levee system was built to mainly contain flood waters from the Mississippi from inundating businesses and homes....I can truly understand the reasoning behind it...But that was then and this is now....

We have long been too complacent in the area of coastal erosion....I remember when I was back in high school (1981-1985) and my aunt from Opelousas making a cynical comment about Louisiana not giving a shit about it's eroding coast....She said that "If Louisiana keeps on letting it's coast erode away and not doing a damn thing about it then all people in Texas will have to do is cast a line from their back yards and they will be able to go fishing in Louisiana...." In other words: "This motherfucker will be nothing but gulf water...."

Well we are at that point now and we are marching beyond it....It is time for some serious going back to the ole drawing board on coastal erosion....There should be more people besides me sporting "Save our Wetlands" bumperstickers on the back of their cars.....They are trying to wash you away Louisiana....This makes for good fodder for the media hounds....They love catastrophy and negative sensationalization....This is a matter of life and death folks and it is most certainly a matter of "quality of life"....In seventy years we have lost over one million acres of land due to the eroding coast....Time to be proactive and not just reactive....You can only dodge hurricanes for so long until one up and hits your ass.....

The time is at hand folks.....It's time to get more active in matters concerning your own damn state.....

By Bob Sullivan
Technology correspondent
Updated: 9:17 p.m. ET Aug. 29, 2005

"The very technology that protects New Orleans from flooding has backfired, environmental experts say.

They say the levees that ring the city have led to the rapid decay of nearby wetlands during the past century, removing a crucial buffer zone that once protected the area from hurricanes.

Hurricanes quickly lose force when they hit land, but New Orleans is now vulnerable to violent storms because the land around it has been rapidly disappearing. Today, New Orleans is almost completely exposed to the Gulf of Mexico, said Val Marmillion, a consultant for the America's Wetland group, which is lobbying for the Louisiana coast area.

"There are almost open water conditions around New Orleans now," Marmillion said. "Because of wetland loss some areas of Louisiana are no longer protected at all."

Wetlands act as a "speed bump," slowing down storms almost like dry land does, said Kip Patrick, spokesman for America's Wetland. "They take some of the brunt of the force of the hurricane, weakens the storm like any land mass would."

Sidney Coffee, executive assistant to the governor for coastal activities, said about 1,900 square miles of wetlands have disappeared from the area since the 1930s, and the receding continues at a rate of about 24 square miles per year. The erosion has a direct impact on New Orleans' ability to absorb the blow of a storm like Katrina, she said. For every 2.7 miles of wetlands, storm surges are reduced by about one 1 foot, she said.

"We've tried and tried and tried to tell people this is real, this is happening. This is happening a little bit every day," she said. "But it's a real emergency."

Area residents can see the effects of decreased wetlands even with large thunderstorms, she said. Some area highways now flood regularly just from the day's high tide, she said.

“We've lost so much of (the wetlands), it puts cities at greater and greater risk," Coffee said.

Several factors — most human-made — have contributed to the steady decline of the delta at the bottom of the Mississippi. But most of the erosion is blamed on the levees, which faithfully steer all the water from the Mississippi into the Gulf of Mexico. That prevents occasional flooding, keeping area residents above water most of the time. But one unforeseen consequence of the levees has been to cut off wetlands from their life force.

The regular floods served nature's purpose by feeding the delta, bringing fresh water and sediment that served to sustain life and replenish the wetlands. Without the regular flooding, the wetlands naturally “compact.”

“Simply put, when the land does not have any nutrients and fresh water it dies,” Marmillion said.

Fixing the problem will be costly and time consuming. Area citizens regularly donate old Christmas trees which are strategically placed in the marshes to help retain sediment, but the effort is largely symbolic, Coffee said.

“The entire area has to be re-plumbed,” she said. “You have to build on what you have. It's a very complex solution."

About $14 billion is needed for a variety of projects, including diverting river water and manually depositing sediment. Even still, it’ll take about 20 years to reverse the effects erosion, she said.

So far, only a tiny portion of those funds are being spent. The recent energy bill passed by Congress contains about $540 million to start anti-erosion projects. Another $2 billion, earmarked for Army Corp of Engineers projects, has been proposed as part of a water resources bill currently making its way through Congress.

“This is a very intense effort that would go on to do this,” she said. “But the costs of not doing it are far greater.”

© 2005 MSNBC Interactive

Do you hear that President Bush and congress??!!


"That's the way uh huh..uh huh...I like it!!!" 400 people busted today for meth....Go law enforcement go!!!!! Two points for our side!!! On another note: Why are Blacks looting the shit out of New Orleans??? Stupid asses....If you think this will set your pathetic asses ahead you have another thing coming.....I see why I don't date many Black men....Your pathetic asses are always setting a damn bad example....


Hippocrates believed that climate determined the character of men and nations.....Hmmmmm.....Just might be some truth to that.....

Monday, August 29, 2005

"The battle for our lives, against the elements and the terrific hurricane winds and storm tossed wreckage lasted from 8 p.m. until near midnight. This struggle to live continued through one of the darkest of nights with only an occasional flash of lightning which reveals the terrible carnage about us."

Louisiana 1927--Aaron Neville

- Isaac Cline in his 1945 memoirs, "Storms, Floods and Sunshine"

Proof Positive

That President Bush is arrogant, self-absorbed, self-righteous and makes totally unilateral decisions....Governor Kathleen Blanco asked him back in the month July to come and view the Louisiana coastline for himself so he could clearly see the coastal erosion.....He decided was too much trouble and decided to visit his ranch in Crawford and the state of Iowa instead....When a category 5 storm threatened to inundate New Orleans with catestrophic destruction all the advice he had for our governor and the state of Louisiana is "Flee....Run for your lives!!!" If I were Governor Blanco I'd stay on his azz concerning federal funding to help slow down coastal erosion in Louisiana....In the past 70 years we have lost over one million acres of coastal land....

"Emergency crude oil is stored in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in salt caverns. Created deep within the massive salt deposits that underlie most of the Texas and Louisiana coastline, the caverns offer the best security and are the most affordable means of storage, costing up to 10 times less than aboveground tanks and 20 times less than hard rock mines.

Storage locations along the Gulf Coast were selected because they provide the most flexible means for connecting to the Nation's commercial oil transport network. Strategic Reserve oil can be distributed through interstate pipelines to nearly half of the Nation's oil refineries or loaded into ships or barges for transport to other refineries.

Strategic Petroleum Reserve caverns range in size from 6 to 35 million barrels in capacity; a typical cavern holds 10 million barrels and cylindrical in shape with a diameter of 200 feet and a height of 2,000 feet. One storage cavern is large enough for Chicago's Sears Tower to fit inside with room to spare. The Reserve contains 62 of these huge underground caverns."

With all this in mind....You'd think he'd be a little concerned about the Gulf coastline....But I guess it is hard to keep your mind on your OWN oil supply when you are too busy concerning yourself with stealing SOMEONE ELSE'S....

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Government entities

Bureaucracies at their finest.....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bureaucracy
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Saturday, August 27, 2005

The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak

There a is a big "spirit of fear" that prevails over Black society at large....And it is passed down from generation to generation...I hate being around a lot of Black people because of their weak spirits....Once you hang around them for so long you end up being fearful and discouraged.....A lot of them brag about their fears: "I ain't ever been on no plane"..."You ain't getting me on that water..." Folks we speak things into existence (calling things that be not as though they were)....I was talking to someone that I know just this afternoon after coming from taking my passport photos and they were bragging about how they have never been on a plane or boat but at the same time bragging about how her four sisters were going to Australia....I am confused here....Then why do they read their Bibles so much if they lack faith....The Bible basically says "Just do it..." It never said to be brave or strong (for the victory is not given to the brave nor the strong but the one that endureth until the end)....It says to endure....Not to mention there are plenty of times where the Bible says "Fear not"....People get seasick on ships but yet they still manage to take cruises anyway....
There are tons of people who hate flying but yet we do it all the time....I absolutely hate turbulence and I hate to feel like I am falling....I won't begin even tell you how I am glad that we have don't have to fly anywere to board this next cruise in November...

I think people's spirits are "willing" because even as they project their fears you can still see that glimmer of hope and a flicker of excitement in their souls....It is what they see happening around them that makes them scared....Humans are three-fold and you do have to strenghten and care for the soul just as well as you do for the body and the mind....Even Jesus got tired and down (spiritually and physically) at times....But you have to renew your body, mind and spirit continually....Those are Biblical principles...I did not make them up....These are not just Christian principles....You could ask Ghandi (if he were alive today) or the Dali Lama this and they both would tell you the same thing....

You ain't getting me on that water!!!

Man how many times have I heard this from Black people.....Soooo you mean to tell me that the only ship that you will ever see in your life is the "slave ship"??? Wow....I wonder what our ancestors would think....I was reading this article in the New York Times about a mutiny on a slave ship called the Meermin with slaves and captors going back and forth at one another...The captors allowed some of the slaves to be released to clean (the stuff they seized like spears and other artifacts)....In doing this the slaves seized the ship....BUT THEY COULDN'T EVEN SAIL THE FUCKING THING!!!! THEY DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO GET BACK TO MADAGASCAR...AND THESE WERE SLAVES THAT WERE CAPTURED AND TRADED BY OTHER AFRICANS FOR GUNS AND GOODS....LAWD!!!! LAWD!!! Like their asses weren't gonna be re-captured by those same Africans even if they did manage to make it back to Madagascar.....

So what they (slaves) had to do was set some of their captors free so they could allow them to sail the ship....All the slaves got was set-up and recaptured and many of them killed because the captors sent out messages in bottles to the Dutch Army basically saying "These fools ("neggers" is the actually word they used) don't even know where they are much less know how to sail a fucking ship...What they are going to do is a few of them are going to go ashore and light three fires...If the rest of the slaves back on the ship see the smoke then that means they have made it safely back to Madagascar so the rest of the slaves are safe to come off the ship...." They got set up....So much for making the women and children (captured slaves) feel safe huh Black men???

Who's sailing your ship??? The Bible says: "First cometh the natural and then the spiritual..." Things in the natural realm pretty much mirror the spiritual realm....If you can't even chart your own course in life then you obviously don't have control of your life....You are not in control of your ship....We seem to always need the White man's intervention on pretty much everything....Still to this very day Blacks are scared of water and don't even learn how to swim....White people clown us out their asses about this all the time....Scared to get on boats and it was a boat that carried our assses over here...Lawd...Lawd.....I love taking cruises because it allows me to reflect upon this...Instead of being captured I am being pampered....The opposite of FEAR is FAITH....

Chemical burns

My head is a mass of chemical burns from the relaxer my beautician put in my hair yesterday...Yeah I know what all black women know you are NOT supposed to scratch your head at least 24 hours before you go and get a relaxer.....It opens up (or damages) the skin pores and the chemicals will settle in and burn your scalp...But I wanted to get my hair done to take passport photos today as we are taking our Thanksgiving cruise to Mexico....Wow....And to think some people DO ENTER countries LEGALLY....And unlike the typical redneck I won't be going to Mexico looking for drugs particularly meth.....

Thursday, August 25, 2005

These rubber arm bands are becoming popular now days.....I see plenty of adults wearing them at work nowdays....I gave these five away since my main priority was donating to the wetlands fund.....The kids LOVE them....
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Monday, August 22, 2005

Look at this puppy....I think Vicente Fox sent her over here to pee all over my rug....It's a conspiracy!!!! Look at her...She's SLOPPY DRUNK in this picture.....LOL....
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A Breath of Fresh News

Bush's Ambassador to Mexico Is Sometimes Undiplomatic

Published: August 20, 2005

MEXICO CITY, Aug. 19 - A year ago, Ambassador Antonio O. Garza Jr. was best known here as an affable patron of the arts and a good guest on the upper-crust cocktail party circuit. He was an old friend and political ally of President Bush, the favorite son of a Texas border town, a man with a quick smile who was hard to dislike.

But in the last six months Mr. Garza has become the voice of a tougher United States policy toward Mexico, sharply criticizing its government for failing to control drug violence on the border and temporarily shutting the consulate in Nuevo Laredo to make his point.

His new, muscular role was evident on Wednesday when the Mexican Foreign Ministry leveled a broadside at him for a speech in which he said violence between drug cartels on the border threatened to undermine investment, tourism and the quality of life in both countries.

"Some have said that I ordered the shutdown to punish the Mexican government for its failure to control violence in the region," Mr. Garza said Tuesday as he accepted the University of Denver's Distinguished Diplomat Award. "And in a sense that's true, and I've been clear, my primary responsibility as ambassador is the safety of United States citizens, and I won't hesitate to take action when they are at risk."

Gerónimo Gutiérrez, Mexico's assistant foreign affairs secretary for North America, shot back, saying Mr. Garza's statements were worrisome and unwelcome. "His selection of words was frankly unfortunate and do not fit with the role of an ambassador," Mr. Gutiérrez said.

Later, a spokesman for President Vicente Fox said the administration stood behind the statement. Sean McCormick, the State Department spokesman, said Mr. Garza regretted his choice of words and "would probably tell you that he would use some different phrasing."

The dispute was the latest in a series of diplomatic uproars suggesting that the governments of Mr. Bush and Mr. Fox, after what seemed a promising start, do not get along very well.

Mr. Fox was the first foreign leader Mr. Bush called on after being elected president. Since then, the countries have divided sharply over the Iraq war, and plans for immigration reform have stalled. More recently, officials have had harsh words for one another about a wall being built to keep migrants out of San Diego and about off-the-cuff remarks by Mr. Fox about the unwillingness of blacks to take menial jobs.

Then there have been clashes about a Mexican postage stamp depicting a stereotypical black cartoon character, vigilante groups patrolling the United States side of the border and the decisions of New Mexico and Arizona in recent weeks to declare their borders disaster areas.

For his part, Mr. Garza has stayed out of many of these debates, but he has been unrelenting in his criticism of the Fox government for failing to control drug violence, especially in Nuevo Laredo. He has issued two warnings to American tourists to avoid the region.

Mr. Garza declined a request to be interviewed. A State Department official familiar with Mr. Garza's thinking said the ambassador had not changed his style but had responded to the wave of crime on the border, where he was born and reared, in Brownsville, Tex.

"He's genuinely concerned about the growth of narco-traffickers and kingpins, not just along the border, but other places in Mexico, and the perception that not enough is being done about it," said the official, who insisted on anonymity for diplomatic reasons.

The official added: "Ambassador Garza has often said the Mexicans shouldn't use this unfortunate choice of words as an opportunity to take their eye off the ball. They don't have a public relations problem, they have a public security challenge."

Mr. Garza's more outspoken demeanor has coincided with his high-profile marriage to María Asunción Aramburuzabala, the heiress to the Corona beer empire and part-owner of one of Mexico's television networks. Their whirlwind romance last year and their marriage four months ago provided grist for society gossip columnists for months.

The union was seen here as a melding American political might and Mexican money, a cross-border alliance not to be trifled with. But in an interview last spring, Mr. Garza made it plain that he did not intend to let his marriage influence his job.

For Mexican officials it is Mr. Garza's relationship with Mr. Bush that may be more important. Since he is a political appointee whose friendship with the president goes back to Texas political races in the 1980's, his words are quite nearly given the weight of Mr. Bush's own.

Jorge Castañeda, a former foreign minister who is running for president, said Mr. Garza's closeness to Mr. Bush was one reason his words caused such a stir.

"His rhetoric, I think, has been rather unfortunate," Mr. Castañeda said, "and perhaps it would be useful for the State Department and Ambassador Garza to concentrate on the substance rather than grandstanding in public. In general there is nothing easier in Mexico than U.S. ambassador bashing. It's a national past time, and he's inviting it, really, a great deal."

I'm soooo glad that someone else is telling it like it is...Good going Antonio Garza...MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2005

In John Hagee's footsteps...

Churches seeking marketing-savvy breed of pastor

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

A year ago, the Rev. Scott Schlotfelt was weighing job offers from three churches smitten by what he had to offer.
But they weren't talking about his preaching or counseling skills. What they were seeking, like a number of churches across the United States, was some savvy marketing. And like a growing number of pastors, consultants, and volunteers, Mr. Schlotfelt was eager to do some branding for the Lord.

"I've kind of had a heart for marketing, [and] I think a lot of churches are looking for outreach" specialists, says Schlotfelt, outreach pastor at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, Md. He received his undergraduate degree in marketing, then studied for the ministry and helped congregations build up their images through advertising in Las Vegas and Amarillo, Texas.

"It's the medium of marketing that's used to get a message across [in today's culture], whether it's an election or you're trying to sell a product," he adds. "But in this case, we're just trying to hear the hope of a new life that is eternal."

To succeed, a number of denominations and local congregations alike are seeking marketing know-how, whether among church staff or from from hired experts.

Churches' outreach to potential members as summer winds down. The United Methodist Church, for instance, will make its largest media buy of the year starting Aug. 30 - a four-week, $4 million effort. To get that marketing know-how, they're turning to those who know how to sell cars, houses, and other commercial products.

"The church in more ways than not is mirroring Wall Street and the world and Madison Avenue," says H. B. London, vice president of pastoral ministries at Focus on the Family, a national resource network for evangelical Christians. "We're [lagging] behind them to a certain degree, but we're using all their techniques."

In the past decade, several firms have honed a niche by providing churches with marketing professionals for hire. Aspire!One, a marketing firm in Sycamore, Ill., has branched out to serve church clients - who might need one mailer or an entire brand identity - alongside its corporate ones. At Church Marketing Solutions, Inc. in Centreville, Va., which offers low-cost marketing, 4 out of 5 staffers have masters in business degrees. At the headquarters of Outreach Inc. in Vista, Calif., 120 employees have brought corporate-style marketing to thousands of congregations.

Seeking a snazzy web site

Meanwhile, some churches with sufficient resources are doing as Mountain did and dedicating in-house staff to marketing. Six-month-old Kinetic Christian Church in Charlotte, N.C. noticed what the Rev. Scott Johnson was doing with lively images on the website of an Indianapolis congregation. On that basis, recruiters hired him away to Charlotte.

"They saw what I'd been doing and said, 'What you've been doing there, we want you to do it here,' " Mr. Johnson says. Now an associate pastor, he uses his graphic-design background to create images for outreach marketing campaigns.

The same visuals - for example, a plug in a socket as a metaphor for prayer - light up the big screen when the congregation gathers for worship in a former movie theater. On the side, he teaches church professionals from as far away as Florida and California to use graphic-design software in their own marketing efforts.

More business background

For many in church leadership, corporate-style marketing is nothing new. Among males enrolled in seminary in 2000, the most common educational background was technical science, including business, communications, and computer science, according to a study by the Center for the Study of Theological Education at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York. (For women, it's social science.)

Another factor: almost 2 in 3 seminarians are over 30 years of age, according to 2003 data from the Association of Theological Schools, which means church leaders often have had business experience.

Thinking in terms of customers and markets, however, might not always bring out the best in a church leader, according to Jackson Carroll, a professor emeritus of religion and society and former director of research at the Pulpit & Pew Project at Duke University in Durham, N.C. He cites the example of Southern preachers who took up the cause of civil rights in the 1960s despite vehement local resistance.

"It didn't help marketing at all," Professor Carroll says. "People left churches in droves when pastors or leaders in the congregation took a strong stand in favor of integration, [but] they did it anyway."

Today, he says, pastors who make marketing a top priority run the risk of fostering "a congregation that refuses to deal with issues of individual or social justice because it might offend someone."

"Go therefore ..."

Others, however, see marketing as a necessary part of Christ Jesus' great commission: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations" (Matt. 28:19, New Revised Standard Version).

"Marketing and the church, they go hand in hand [because] we're called to bring our message to a community," says Kristal Dove, operations manager at Church Marketing Solutions. But she says not all church leaders should be involved.

"We basically make it so ministers can focus on people and not have to worry about this stuff," Ms. Dove says.

But in the opinion of Mr. London of Focus on the Family, any church leader's success depends at least in part on bringing the best of corporate-marketing tactics to bear on a righteous cause.

"Nearly every pastor is a salesman or a marketer of one kind or another because ... we have a philosophy to sell," he says. "The best marketers and best salesmen will have more converts, will have more people, will take in more money.... Evangelicals are marketers because they're really passionate about their product."

This puppy is getting tooooo spoiled!!!
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Aug. 21, 2005, 12:51AM

Violence on the rise in county on border
Kidnappings and home invasions linked to ransoms or drug disputes
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle Rio Grande Valley Bureau

ROMA - The brush-covered hills of Starr County have long been a place of struggle and conflict, where settlers fought off Comanche raiding parties and dealt with bandits, gunrunners and bootleggers. And the Wild West atmosphere persists in this remote ranching and commercial center on the Texas-Mexico border, where 57,000 residents are spread over 19 small, isolated towns.

Native American shamen still gather hallucinogenic peyote cactus in the hills for use in religious rituals, sharing the back roads with drug smugglers who have long used the county as a major transit point.

And today, as Mexican drug cartels battle for control of trafficking corridors across the river, Roma and Starr County are experiencing a dramatic increase in violence, officials say, including kidnapping for ransom. Rings of kidnappers have operated for years in Mexico and Latin America, preying not only on the wealthy but on middle-class workers as well.

Since the beginning of the year, local lawmen and FBI agents have been working to solve nine kidnappings by unknown assailants, as well as five violent home invasions by so-called ''pseudo cops," groups of armed bandits who pose as police, said Kennedy Salinas, an assistant Starr County district attorney.

Although police have developed several suspects, no arrests have been made in any of the nine kidnappings.

''What I've learned from these ongoing investigations is there's been a border war with drug cartels vying for power between Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros," Salinas said, "and this area is a place they want."

The latest kidnapping took place this month at a Roma business, where a group of masked gunmen burst in during business hours and abducted a woman related to the store's owners, county officials said. The woman was returned unharmed the next day, and law enforcement officials say a ransom — one source said $240,000 — was paid.

No suspects have been arrested in the Roma kidnapping or in a similar one in the county seat of Rio Grande City in June.

The kidnappings have frightened local residents.

''I'm sure everybody who's heard about it, they are nervous. It could happen at any time to anybody," said Starr County District Clerk Juan Erasmo Saenz.

He added: ''There are so many different stories; either they are related to drug trafficking, or just people after money since they know some people have money."

'Won't file charges'
FBI agent J.L. Cisneros, based in McAllen, said some of the kidnappings in Starr County and neighboring Hidalgo County are connected to the drug trade. In many instances, investigators are given little information by the victims or their families.

''A lot of times it's over drug debts," the FBI agent explained, adding that family members are frequently taken to Mexico and held hostage until the debt is paid.

''The frustrating thing for us is we may get the victim back, and they won't file charges," Cisneros said. "They don't tell the whole story, for fear of being prosecuted themselves."

Kevin Hiles, mayor of Rio Grande City, agreed that kidnappings are sometimes related to criminal activity of the victims. "I like to say some people are victims of their own crimes, and some are victims of crime," he said.

But he was quick to add that the area is facing the same dangers as other communities along the Rio Grande, from Brownsville to El Paso.

''This is a result of us being on a border where there's two nations. It does have an impact, it does concern people, and you modify your lifestyle," Hiles said. ''It's not like the old days, when you keep your house unlocked. You have to take certain precautions."

Released unharmed
While some of the kidnappings are believed to be drug-related, some are not.

Police in Rio Grande City say the June 15 kidnapping of Rosa Lopez, the wife of the owner of a local electric supply company, was not related to drug activity.

''In this case, it's someone who is well-regarded in the community, a good family," said Noe Castillo, assistant police chief in Rio Grande City. ''It's a scary thought this is going on, but there is no evidence to say this is drug-related."

A number of armed, masked men knocked on the family residence late at night, and tackled business owner Leonel Lopez as he opened the door, Castillo said. The businessman was threatened, hit and bound with duct tape. His wife and her 2002 model Jaguar sports sedan were taken from the home.

Car was destroyed
The woman was released unharmed late the next night near the county line, and her car was found abandoned and burned in a local park, Castillo said.

''As far as we know, no ransom was paid," Castillo said.

The kidnap victims are often reluctant to talk about their abductors, who have threatened retaliation if they report the crime.

And while there have been no arrests in the kidnapping cases, law enforcement officials in Starr County were heartened by a stiff sentence handed down earlier this month in a home invasion that took place last October.

In that case, 15 armed men, wearing masks and identifying themselves as FBI agents, kicked in the door of a home 12 miles outside of Rio Grande City. The ''pseudo cops" terrorized a young housewife and her two children as they ransacked the home, looking for a cache of drugs and money.

First charged

On Aug. 12, state District Judge Alex W. Gabert sentenced one of the robbers, Gaston Garcia, 21, to a 50-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery. He is the first of 15 men charged in the incident to be prosecuted, officials said.

Garcia, from Edinburg, pointed a gun in the face of a 9-year-old girl and threatened to kill the child unless cash and drugs were handed over.

''They pushed around the mother, slapped her a little bit, and then both mother and daughter were taped up with duct tape," said Carlos Delgado, an investigator for the Starr County District Attorney's Office. ''They took several weapons, and a little bit of cash."

Delgado believes the ''pseudo cops" were looking for a stash house where drugs and money were stored by drug traffickers and instead went to the wrong house.

''I believe they hit the wrong place, they were looking for drugs and money, and there was none," he said, adding the family members are law-abiding, working people.

Kennedy Salinas, the assistant district attorney, said the stiff sentence reflects the growing anger over the violence.

''People are concerned, and they want to see justice done to these individuals. We can say this comes with the escalating violence on the border," he said. And until the kidnappers are caught, local residents are left to wonder who the criminals are, and who their next victims could be.

''This is tough, you don't know what to think," said Dante Guzman, manager of the Wash and Lube in Roma. ''But I think it's a group of kidnappers. They don't want to work any more, so they're doing what's easy."

At City Hall in Rio Grande City, City Secretary Holly Guerrero said, ''I am not worried.

''I think they're pretty target specific," she said, adding the kidnappers were after ''people who have available funds, not people like me who work from month to month."


Black men behaving badly---again

It is still hazadrous to be a black woman even in the 21st century.......I see why I am NOT serious about a relationship at the moment....Although constant companionship would be nice I just don't care to share my toys with anyone else at the moment....I don't have to share my toys with my son because he has his own toys...And besides the world (to include black men) treats black women differently....I know women of other races and ethnic groups have been raped and killed but pound for pound black women have historically been the ones that have caught the most hell....Lawd at White women doing stupid shit for Black men....Dum asses....Sigh....Now remind me folks that I have to go and take my depo-provera shot on Tuesday.....Sigh....Thank God for depo.....I don't want to be late...

"Miss Thang" staking her claim to the couch....
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This is the only thing that should be coming out of MEXICO---Sadie---not meth or illegals....
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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Cajun Fireman

A Cajun fireman came home from work one day and said to his wife:
"Y'know sumpin, we have a wonderful new system at defire station.

Bell 1 rings - we put on our jackets.
Bell 2 rings - we slide down de pole.
Bell 3 rings - we jump on de ingine and we's ready to go.

From now on, when I says 'Bell one' I want you to strip naked. When I
says Bell two' you jump on de bed. When I says 'Bell tree' we's gonna
mek love all tru denight.

"The next night he came home and shouted. 'Bell One' and she stripped
naked. 'Bell Two' and she jumped on the bed. 'Bell Tree' and they
started to make love. After a few minutes the wife yelled out "Bell
Four". What de hell is 'Bell Four'?" he asked.

She replied: "Roll out more hose, you ain't no where near de fire!"

I love it when Whites get arrested for meth....

Finally some good news for a change....I actually scour the newspapers for this stuff....When crack was ravaging the black communities no one really gave a phuck....All blacks got was criminal charges, criminal records, take downs, jail and got shot and killed.... "Although crack is a form of cocaine it is impure and more addictive..." They were quick to argue....Whites were doing cocaine and all they got was a slap on the wrist, crisis management and drug intervention programs.....Meth is taking the nation by storm and several states (ie Arizona and New Mexico) have declared a state of emergency due to drug cartel wars that are holding the U.S./Mexican border captive...This even includes Senator Bill ("my state is illegal alien friendly") Richardson who can't but help to shake his fucking head, throw up his hands and yell for help....But yet Whites STILL think that MEXICANS PLAY FAIR.....Ya'll fuckers are going to learn the hard way....You won't be happy until you are over-run with drug cartels and gangs that will have your asses cowering in fear....Now low Whites and illegal trash are going down "like rats with the ship" thanks to good ole meth...."Viva la meth!!!!" is their cry...."Hasta la vista" is my cry....So long SUCKERS!!!!! Good work law enforcement, DEA, FBI and the DA and federal prosecutors....If you don't like what I have to say then click the phucking "x" on the top right hand corner of your screen....In Louisiana we don't need drugs nor do we want them running rampant in our state....So take your crack and crank binging asses along with your illegal Messycan gardener/supplier of meth from Mexico and move the phuck out of this state.....Southern states already lag behind and your two-week meth binges shole don't help uplift us at phucking all....My advice to law enforcement personnel is: ARREST!!! ARREST!!! ARREST!!! PROSECUTE!!! PROSECUTE!!! PROSECUTE!!!

DEA arrests 160, breaks up 3 major drug transportation rings
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Drug enforcement agents have arrested some 160 people in four U.S. cities and two countries and have broken up three major drug transportation rings with international ties in a 10-month drug-trafficking sting revealed today.

The Drug Enforcement Administration said the people arrested were involved in 27 U.S. distribution groups that have moved enough methamphetamine into the United States to have provided the drug to more than 22,700 users a month.

Arrests in the sting — dubbed Operation Three Hour Tour by the Drug Enforcement Administration — were made Thursday in Los Angeles, New York, New Haven, Conn., Des Moines, Iowa, the Dominican Republican and Colombia. Other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies also participated in the sting. More arrests could occur, the DEA said.

"The streets from Bogota to Los Angeles are no longer a free trade zone for the criminals arrested today," DEA Administrator Karen Tandy said in a statement. "Rest assured: The DEA will be relentless in targeting drug traffickers and their illicit money until they no longer have the assets or means to put their poisons into the hands of our children."

The three Mexican and Colombian drug transportation organizations and their U.S. counterparts smuggled and distributed 4,000 pounds of cocaine, 20 to 30 pounds of heroin and more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine monthly throughout this country, the DEA said.

The agency calculates that 545 grams of methamphetamine produced one pound of product and a single gram is enough for one hit. The DEA said those figures are on the high end of methamphetamine use.

Along with the arrests, officers seized 52 firearms, including a .50-caliber assault rifle with armor piercing ammunition, confiscated 10,000 doses of Ecstasy, 58 vehicles, 216 pounds of marijuana and $5.5 million in cash.

The announcement of the arrests came a day after the Bush administration announced new efforts to battle methamphetamine abuse, including a training laboratory for police agencies and $16.2 million in grants to focus on treatment of addicts.

Some more good news.....

Police bust meth traffickers....Authorities: Smuggling ring one of the largest they've encountered; Mexico likely source....

"They are essentially trafficking in Mexican methamphetamine, bringing it across state lines and into Louisiana," U.S. Attorney Donald Washington said at a news conference Friday....Washington applauded the law and domestic efforts, but said imports from Mexican "super-labs" will continue to grow as the demand and price of meth rises....Methamphetamine is the rising star in terms of drug trafficking in the United States...."


People that ingest drugs that are made with Red Devil lye, ethyl ether, battery acid, lantern fuel, denatured alcohol, and anhydrous ammonia are idiots anyway and don't need to be in polite society....HUFFERS ARE EVEN MORE STUPID....Huffing isn't nothing but a cheap man's (mostly illegal Mexicans do this) high that quickly fries your brain....Dum azzes!!! Thanks to you assholes eventually EVERYTHING FROM GLUE TO LIQUID PAPER TO PAINT, ASPIRIN,PICKLES AND KETCHUP will be locked up behind the counter.... I say make Texas a penal colony and toss all these losers there....

State rights and union secession are looking better and better to many people nowdays....I'd back my governor if he or she was pushing to seceed from the union....Why should I pay for states who allow the rats to take over the ship?!! Other than an act of God (or nature) should we be helping other states fund pathetic azz crisises....If you can't get a hold on what goes on in your fucking state why should my tax paying dollars help to subsidize the shit??? We don't have an illegal alien crisis here in Louisiana....Even when the Asians come and try and "dump" (charge prices less than fair market value) their seafood on us in Louisiana we charge them heavy fines...We also read the packages and if it doesn't have "Certified Cajun" product on it we don't even buy it....If you quit buying what they are selling you'd be surprised how quickly they will go away....Trust me folks..It works....Meth is becoming an increasing epidemic in the United States because there is a high demand for this shit....I tell my son this every day and it is NO LIE....I tell him NEVER to do drugs....Because all you are doing is "bank-rolling" (supporting) some illegal who will then pay a coyote to help him get cross the border into the United States and he will still call you "nigger" while he sits there and does meth with his low White trash girlfriend....I am telling my son no lie....It happened to me in 1993.....

Is this shit getting complicated enough for you???

Published: August 19, 2005
DOUGLAS, Ariz., Aug. 18 - Spent shells litter the ground at what is left of the firing range, and camouflage outfits still hang in a storeroom. Just a few months ago, this ranch was known as Camp Thunderbird, the headquarters of a paramilitary group that promised to use force to keep illegal immigrants from sneaking across the border with Mexico.

Now, in a turnabout, the 70-acre property about two miles from the border is being given to two immigrants whom the group caught trying to enter the United States illegally.

The land transfer is being made to satisfy judgments in a lawsuit in which the immigrants had said that Casey Nethercott, the owner of the ranch and a former leader of the vigilante group Ranch Rescue, had harmed them.

"Certainly it's poetic justice that these undocumented workers own this land," said Morris S. Dees Jr., co-founder and chief trial counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., which represented the immigrants in their lawsuit.

Mr. Dees said the loss of the ranch would "send a pretty important message to those who come to the border to use violence."

The surrender of the ranch comes as the governors of Arizona and New Mexico have declared a state of emergency because of the influx of illegal immigrants and related crime along the border.

Bill Dore, a Douglas resident briefly affiliated with Ranch Rescue who is still active in the border-patrolling Minuteman Project, called the land transfer "ridiculous."

"The illegals are coming over here," Mr. Dore said. "They are getting the American property. Hell, I'd come over, too. Get some American property, make some money from the gringos."

The immigrants getting the ranch, Edwin Alfredo Mancía Gonzáles and Fátima del Socorro Leiva Medina, could not be reached for comment. Kelley Bruner, a lawyer at the law center, said they did not want to speak to the news media but were happy with the outcome.

Ms. Bruner said that Mr. Mancía and Ms. Leiva, who are from El Salvador but are not related, would not live at the ranch and would probably sell it. Mr. Nethercott bought the ranch in 2003 for $120,000.

Mr. Mancía, who lives in Los Angeles, and Ms. Leiva, who lives in the Dallas area, have applied for visas that are available to immigrants who are the victims of certain crimes and who cooperate with the authorities, Ms. Bruner said. She said that until a decision was made on their applications, they could stay and work in the United States on a year-to-year basis.

Mr. Mancía and Ms. Leiva were caught on a ranch in Hebbronville, Tex., in March 2003 by Mr. Nethercott and other members of Ranch Rescue. The two immigrants later accused Mr. Nethercott of threatening them and of hitting Mr. Mancía with a pistol, charges that Mr. Nethercott denied. The immigrants also said the group gave them cookies, water and a blanket and let them go after an hour or so.

The Salvadorans testified against Mr. Nethercott when he was tried by Texas prosecutors. The jury deadlocked on a charge of pistol-whipping but convicted Mr. Nethercott, who had previously served time in California for assault, of gun possession, which is illegal for a felon. He is now serving a five-year sentence in a Texas prison.

Mr. Mancía and Ms. Leiva also filed a lawsuit against Mr. Nethercott; Jack Foote, the founder of Ranch Rescue; and the owner of the Hebbronville ranch, Joe Sutton. The immigrants said the ordeal, in which they feared that they would be killed by the men they thought were soldiers, had left them with post-traumatic stress.

Mr. Sutton settled for $100,000. Mr. Nethercott and Mr. Foote did not defend themselves, so the judge issued default judgments of $850,000 against Mr. Nethercott and $500,000 against Mr. Foote.

Mr. Dees said Mr. Foote appeared to have no substantial assets, but Mr. Nethercott had the ranch. Shortly after the judgment, Mr. Nethercott gave the land to his sister, Robin Albitz, of Prescott, Ariz. The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the siblings, saying the transfer was fraudulent and was meant to avoid the judgment.

Ms. Albitz, a nursing assistant, signed over the land to the two immigrants last week.

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"It scared the hell out of her," Margaret Pauline Nethercott, the mother of Mr. Nethercott and Ms. Albitz, said of the lawsuit. "She didn't know she had done anything illegal. We didn't know they had a judgment against my son."

This was not the first time the law center had taken property from a group on behalf of a client. In 1987, the headquarters of a Ku Klux Klan group in Alabama was given to the mother of a boy whose murder was tied to Klansmen. Property has also been taken from the Aryan Nations and the White Aryan Resistance, Mr. Dees said.

Joseph Jacobson, a lawyer in Austin who represented Mr. Nethercott in the criminal case, said the award was "a vast sum of money for a very small indignity." Mr. Jacobson said the two immigrants were trespassing on Mr. Sutton's ranch and would have been deported had the criminal charges not been filed against Mr. Nethercott.

He criticized the law center for trying to get $60,000 in bail money transferred to the immigrants. While the center said the money was Mr. Nethercott's, Mr. Jacobson said it was actually Ms. Nethercott's, who mortgaged her home to post bail for her son.

Mr. Nethercott and Mr. Foote had a falling out in 2004, and Mr. Foote left Camp Thunderbird, taking Ranch Rescue with him. Mr. Nethercott then formed the Arizona Guard, also based on his ranch.

In April, Mr. Nethercott told an Arizona television station, "We're going to come out here and close the border with machine guns." But by the end of the month, he had started his prison sentence.

Now, only remnants of Camp Thunderbird remain on his ranch, a vast expanse of hard red soil, mesquite and tumbleweed with a house and two bunkhouses. One bunkhouse has a storeroom containing some camouflage suits, sleeping bags, tarps, emergency rations, empty ammunition crates, gun parts and a chemical warfare protection suit.

In one part of the ranch, dirt is piled up to form the backdrop of a firing range. An old water tank, riddled with bullet holes, is on its side. A platform was built as an observation post on the tower that once held the water tank.

Charles Jones, who was hired as a ranch hand about a month before Mr. Nethercott went to prison, put up fences and brought in cattle to graze. He has continued to live on the property with some family members.

But now the cattle are gone, and Mr. Jones has been told that he should prepare to leave. "It makes me sick I did all this work," he said.

Ms. Nethercott said she was not sure whether her son knew that his ranch was being turned over to the immigrants, but that he would be crushed if he did.

"That's his whole life," she said of the ranch. "He'd be heartbroken if he lost it in any way, but this is the worst way."

It gets even better....

New York State cannot give low-income people who are elderly, blind and disabled less benefit money just because they are immigrants, even though the federal government has stopped paying its share, a state judge ruled in a decision released yesterday.

Friday, August 19, 2005

The "puppy" shower.....Gifts for the new arrival....Her name is Sadie....

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It looks soooooo good that I could eat some tonight....It's pronounced "Ree shard" and not "Rich ards"......
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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Aww.......Cute puppy isn't it??? Which one is real???
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Cute puppy...I wonder if corey will let me name him Vicente...
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Corey is just sooooo excited about the first day of school...
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I happen to WANT to see the video of Colin Ferrell...When I found out this video tape involved him doing a sistah...I was like "aw hell yeah"...I got to see this...Hey America....I thought this was the land of "equal opportunity"?!!! Why does the video of Paris Hilton and the video of Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson get shown and NOT this one??? Even the R-Kelly video was downloaded by the thousands....Well doing the hard math, Black women-White male relations are the most taboo of all relationships in America...So of course the judge is gonna impose an injunction....I saw pictures of this black woman...She is quite attractive....Colin Ferrell should be proud.....

On another note....A black woman got three years jail time for stalking Katherine Zeta-Jones because she was sooooo obsessed with Michael Douglass and so she sent Kathrine death threaths....Lawd isn't that sentence kinda stiff....These were just letters....HELLO!!! She definitely was a candidate for psychiatric counseling....but I think the jail time was a bit too much....Lawd...How many black celebs have been stalked by White psychos and it didn't even make the papers much less got the psychos anything other than a restraining order....Again this is part of America's fear of Black female sexuality....This woman was obviously a NUTCASE...Come on....Look at Michael Douglass now days...He looks fat, funky and flabby....Hell take a look at his big ass stomach and those flabby ass jowls...Geesh....She could have gone for being obsessed with a much sexier celebrity....Even Paul Newman looks better than Michael Douglass and Paul is 80!!!! The woman should have been sued due to lack of better taste NOT sentenced to three years in jail!!!!

Comment les harticots??? "Les haricots ne sont pas sales...."
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Race, Islam and terrorism

Race, Islam and terrorism

Most African-Caribbean men who become Muslims do so because it gives their lives hope and meaning

Robert Beckford
Tuesday August 16, 2005
The Guardian

I met a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo at a university function at the end of the summer term. A well-educated academic, he had escaped the civil war engulfing his country. In the middle of our conversation on the state of Africa, he reminded me that there were "many well-educated white males engaged in acts of terror" in his country.
He was not referring to suicide bombers but to middle-class corporate executives who fund warlords and low-rank politicians in exchange for access to diamonds and other precious minerals. Their act of terror was to be party to the ethnic cleansing, rape, child abduction and murder conducted by the renegades they financed. Conscious of the dangers of stereotyping, I replied: "Surely not all white males involved in business in Africa are bad? I'm certain many get involved in business with the best of intentions but are seduced by the lure of profits."

Introducing the subject of "race" into the analysis of any area of social conflict can enlighten or obscure the real causes of distress. And this perilous pathway has been followed in some of the news coverage of young black men and domestic terrorism.
The Jamaican origins of Jermaine Lindsay, one of the July 7 suicide bombers, has prompted some to ask why a disproportionate number of black males are attracted to extremism. Lindsay, 19, had spent the vast proportion of his life in England, which made tenuous the tabloid obsession with his place of birth. Intriguingly there was less of a clamour over the ethnicity of Richard Reid, the notorious "shoe bomber", who had a white mother and a black father. In the case of David Copeland, the white, racist, homophobic nail-bomber, there was no analysis of a potential relationship between ethnicity, extremism and terror.

Black men converting to Islam should be placed within the religious context of their communities, where religion still matters. African-Caribbean men and women continue to turn out in large numbers for religious activities. But Islam is able to do what the black church cannot - attract black men.

I have spent most of my working life in conversation with African-Caribbean converts to Islam. Two relationships stand out. I have an ongoing dialogue with an artist who converted in the mid-90s. His journey began when he listened to tapes of African-American Muslim preachers while at graduate school in America. The tapes made a clearcut link between a commitment to Allah and black liberation from poverty, drugs, gangs and meaninglessness. His first visit to a predominantly African-American mosque was life-changing. Hundreds of smartly dressed black men full of self-belief, black pride, purpose and respect immediately became role models.

This is still the case today. Many black men, including Reid and Lindsay, were impressed by Islam's African-centred preaching and positive association with blackness. After all, one of the most powerful icons of the 20th century, Malcolm X, made the journey from Christianity to Islam in search of black redemption. My artist friend says mainstream Islam provides him with a social awareness and commitment to justice that is mostly ignored in black churches.

I have a nephew who recently converted while serving a prison sentence. Spending an inordinate amount of time alone in his cell, he took to reading the Bible and the Qur'an to pass the time. Intrigued by the notion that Islam was the last testament, God's final revelation, he pursued his interest by attending lessons with the imam assigned to the prison chaplaincy. Convinced, he became a devotee.

It was clear to me that the daily regime of Islam provided him with the tools for personal discipline and an interest in intellectual thought. He gained qualifications while inside and, most importantly, became completely dissociated from criminal activity. Having left prison, he continues to live devoutly, and is employed in a management position.

Most African-Caribbean men converting to Islam do so because it is a religion with a capacity to give their lives hope and meaning. This is not a new idea. As long ago as 1888, the Caribbean educator Edward Wilmot Blyden argued that Islam was more respectful of black culture and easier to translate into Caribbean culture than Christianity.

There will always be a few captivated by extremist versions of Islam that exploit the continued disaffection and marginalisation of working-class black youth. After all, with as little potential for social mobility as their migrant grandparents, it is difficult to sell them the New Labour dream of living in a meritocratic "stakeholder" society.

As is the case with the white middle-class corporate executives who see no ethical boundaries preventing them from working for exploitative multinationals in Africa, which displace and destroy the lives of tens of thousands, there will always be a small number of impressionable converts, from the poorest communities, who are lured on to the paths of unrighteousness.

· Robert Beckford is a lecturer in African diasporan religions and cultures at the University of Birmingham


There is that word again---"Culture"....It goes a long way....Of course the Black churches and Christianity fail to reach many blacks out there--especially Black men....Christianity made many elements of Black culture "taboo"....Many whites in America try and "clown" almost all aspects of Black culture....They claim that all we do is sit around and eat chicken and watermelon....Everytime there is an article out concerning KFC or something of the sort they come out of the wood-work in droves to laugh and sneer....But In Louisiana the Cajun way has always been to turn "soup" into "Gumbo"...The more people try and put us down the harder we fight to take their negatives and turn it into something positive....After all we Cajuns were run out of two countries before we even made it to Louisiana....In Louisiana we just sit down and with pencil and paper come up with a bomb set of lyrics that when added to a Zydeco or Cajun beat becomes a song about chickens...."Follow me Chicken...." or "They Stole my Chicken...." C'est si bon....Et toi!!!! Currently listening to Clifton Chenier's "Hello Rosa-Lee"....That song is the bomb....

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Back to School

The kiddies are going back to school tomorrow....I guess they had to have a back to school 50 dollar notebook computer sale in Virginia for this event....Which turned into the almighty "cluster fuck".....It couldn't have been more organized than that???This was no "airport convention sale"....These people believe that there was going to be a thousand ibooks and a lot of them seriously wanted to get their hands on one of them.....First come first erved means nothing if there is no organization and only caos and confusion.....People were stampeding others...Geesh....Try the local computer stores (service, sales and repair) people...You can get a used notebook for 200 bucks...It beats nearly getting crushed over one for fifty bucks.....

On another note....Lawd some folks do stupid things to just turn their lives into a tail spin....What is the matter with folks in the South nowdays??? Jury duty is becoming so hazardous....White women shooting corrections officers over some five time loser(escapee).....Wonders never cease....Which lets you know that about 98 percent of human behavior is "socialized" behavior....None of that shit about the Devil made me do it...This dum ass woman made her own choices....She had a good career going and threw the shit all away over some deviant.....Lawd!!!! Can you say "weak-willed"?!!! It shows you how Blacks and Whites see things from a diferent prospective than one another....No Black woman would have done anything like that for his ass and he very well knows this shit....Blacks and Whites figure out the "hard math" both differently from one another....Pardon the language but it is done for dramatic effect as killing someone and being on the lam is pretty much a dramatic event for "everyone" involved...

Here is a Black woman doing the "hard math"....
Convict: "Hey baby I'm going to stand trial in court tomorrow...I want you to be there in the courtroom and I have this plan....What I want you to do is grab the gun off of one of the corrections officers and I want you to shoot and kill one of those fuckers....Okay??? I need you to do this for me baby...."

Black woman: "Aw hell nawl nigger....That might mean me going my ass to prison for murder...What is wrong with yo phucking ass?!!! Hey Ray-Ray come and get this phone and talk to Tyrone...This motherfucker talking crazy shit again...."

White woman doing the "hard math".....
Convict: "Hey baby I'm going to stand trial in court tomorrow...I want you to be there in the courtroom and I have this plan....What I want you to do is grab the gun off of one of the corrections officers and I want you to shoot and kill one of those fuckers....Okay??? I need you to do this for me baby...."

White woman: "Okay baby....I'll do anything for you....Whatever you want....You know I just want us to be together forever..." (deedoop dee dooo...deedoop dee dooo)


Sunday, August 14, 2005

This product

This product really doesn't work that well at all....It fits over your CD and has an orange ring around it....If it did work well it would have been a "godsend".....

I need a vacation

Yeah...I know I just took one in February....But my daddy has scheduled a cruise for November....But remember we always take a family cruise in November so since we moved our family cruise up to February we were about due for one.....The lady that planned the cruise who works with my daddy wanted us to wait until February to take it so that other families could hang out together....It was cool....Her husband just passed away as he was waiting on a liver transplant....He had a seizure and blacked out at the wheel flipping his car over and breaking his neck in three places...Rest in Peace.....You left a world and a lifetime of memories behind for your family to enjoy....

Computer Blues

Yes....I'm a member of AOL since 1996...AOL keeps re-inventing itself so how could I ever leave?!!! NEVER PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET.....Same goes for the internet and you too Yahoo...Smiles (all smiles).....
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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Say it ain't so Dubya!!!!

Many Texas schools fall short of 'no child' goals
900 campuses across the state — 52 of them here — fail to meet federal progress targets

Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

Students at 900 Texas schools, including 52 in HISD, have failed to meet federal improvement standards, state education officials announced Thursday.

The number of failing schools, which includes more than 100 charter campuses, is double last year's total. Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, schools that receive federal poverty aid must show "adequate yearly progress" toward having all students pass their state's tests in reading and math, and graduate on time by 2014. Schools that fail to do so face various sanctions. Science test scores will be factored in next year.

The law, signed by President Bush in 2001, was designed to give parents a way to get their children into better schools. Those schools identified as failing two years in a row are required to pay to bus students to better schools if they wish to transfer.

Those that fall short three years running, such as HISD's Lee High School, must provide free tutoring from private providers to students who choose to stay at the school.

Across the state, middle and high schools had a harder time this year meeting the standards than elementary schools. Math scores were mostly to blame. Twenty of the 52 failing Houston schools were high schools and 19 were middle schools.

"We clearly have a lot of work to do in our secondary schools," HISD Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra said in a written statement. "It is not acceptable that so many of our secondary schools are not meeting the federal standard."

Friday, August 12, 2005

"The war interfers with fruits and vegetables from California....Even Florida isn't dependable anymore...."
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"As for the Commander, he is my husband...Fred is my husband and will always be....it is one of the things that WE fought for....." spoken like a true Bush bot....Faye Dunnaway actually backed out of this role because she considered her character to be too weak...But Margaret Atwood personally called her and asked her not to back out of the movie.....
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Now where to could they possibly be taking all those Black men???
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Fertility drugs....Notice the jars of food shaped exactly like "baby food" jars......."That's enough!!! You're getting the best!!! There's a war going on you know!!!"--Aunt Lydia
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The "unchosen ones"---ie 'darkies' and other forms of low-lives.....
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The "Chosen ones"....Republicans ought to be proud....Such fine specimens....
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Yes it could happen...The self-righteous "Bush bots" will bring it about.....By the way do you see any Black women (or women of color) as being picked???
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"Global Warming is a Myth..."

POWERED by Republican think tanks

Go back to your lives folks....There is nothing to see here.....Apparently the "Bush bots" think that even the weather can be bought....What does the NOAA have to say about global warming??? We all know this latest opinion on global warming was bought and paid for..... My goodness...I do believe that Dubya is not as religious (spiritual) as he claims to be....How long has this man been a christian?!!! All throughout the Bible it states that God would do(and did do)all kinds of things to the earth because of the "hardness of men's hearts" with a lot of these things pertaining to fire and heat....Dubya must not have yet gotten to the Book of Revelation in his daily Bible readings.....Again, how long has this man been a Christian?!!! Revelation 16:8 and 16:9 "And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.....Of course they won't repent (repent means to turn away from certain abominable behaviors)....They are full of arrogance that is why they blaspheme(deny the truth) God and lack accountability for their actions...Hell Bush is ALWAYS RIGHT...Just ask him....Aren't we so privledged to have such a leader in the White House who so far has NEVER BEEN WRONG in over four years?!!! "All hail King George" is what they say....But like that old spiritual song goes George "It won't be water but fire next time..."

Thursday, August 11, 2005

The knowledge

"The world does not pay for what a person knows. But it pays for what a person does with what he knows."--Laurence Lee

Guess it it time for me to support think tanks and also other organizations.....My whole eight years that I was in the military I supported faithfully the Combined Federal Campaign.....
Membership has its privledges....It is true that most think tanks are backed by republicans....

My current memberships:

1. http://www.cajunfrenchmusic.org/

2. http://www.americaswetland.com/

3. http://www.lafolkroots.org/

4. http://www.audubon.org/