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And to think that fine
state of Louisiana used to produce 'Hadacol' which cured all illnesses, but apparently some Democrat politicians, took a little too much.
The stuff seems to have quite a bit of history
Lot of corruption involved, too, but I guess that comment is a little gratuitous...
Louisiana has a long reputation....
....for corruption and illiteracy. But it's very easy to blame it on Democrats. There are plenty of other states with Democratic leadership where you don't see this sort of thing.
yea.. Louisiana has a ''long'' reputation..
Huey P. Long the suis generis...
LOL, inadvertent pun on my part!!
"Blaze" was a pretty good movie though.
Ah....but his legacy still
lives on noting the many old bridges still in use with his name on the entrance steel beam, even one each across the Mississippi in New Orleans and Baton Rouge are still in use.
Remember as a kid traveling on Highway 90 when its surface was partially standard shell/crushed shell. Huey P. won votes by starting a paving project mixing concret with shell dust. Boy, that didn't last, as the concret started buckling after several years.
He had a real con man approach to getting votes, and people loved him back then (before TV). He would answer the telephone with "this is the Kingfish"...he liked to call himself after the character on Amos 'n' Andy radio show. He would say, "every man a king, but no one wears a crown"...."I'm a small fish here in Washington, but I'm the Kingfish to the folks down in Louisiana."
mixing concret with shell dust
the process used from shell dredging put a real hurt on pontchartrain
True story...I was stationed/TDY at Camp Polk, LA for....
...Operation Sagebrush and one of our soldiers got beat up in Leesville by the city police. The next day the Commanding General put the whole city of Leesville and DeRidder Off Limits...LOL. Straightened 'em right up. But they remained off limits for the duration of that Comanding General's tenure at Camp Polk. Louisana got a real taste of the power of a Commanding General Officer.
So, perhaps it's time for adult supervision there;
and do you really think that people like Kathy Blanco and Ray Nagin are up to that job?
Like 'em or not.....
...those people are in because they were voted in (assuming the elections weren't rigged somehow). Under what authority would/can you impose ''adult supervision'' over elected officials who may be incompetent but haven't been convicted of any crimes (or even charged AFAIK)?
And the Federal Government ...
... aka the TAXPAYER, has a right to decide not to give them any more money. Let the locals figure out that if they want help from outside they need to elect competent and credible leaders.
I can't help but remember, Josh...
Josh, I can't help but remember a story that my father told me about growing up in the Depression in NOLA. My grandfather had managed to get a job with the city, and once my father went with him to pick up his weekly pay. Times were hard and he was glad to get the pay. My father told me that right next to the pay table was a table staffed by the Democratic Party organization. Right after my grandfather got his pay envelope he had to go to that table and give a portion of his pay to them. I asked if he was a Democrat, and my father said that he was not. Being young and innocent I asked him why he gave them a part of his pay, as he wasn't one of their members and the little money he made wasn't enough. My father explained to me that if he hadn't made that "donation" he would have lost his job, and he had a wife and 5 kids to feed.
...biological or political family, is alive and well yet today, in more cities than anyone would care to admit.
Every once in a while something leaks out, but is hushed up very quickly.
You didn't have...
In the case I mentioned, you didn't have to be related to anybody, just give the proper party their "cut".
how else are they goign to raise money? It's not like union members are required to support the Democratic Party through their dues or anything... oh wait, they are.
The Democratic Party - support them or, well, you don't have a choice.
Sounds like the "Bosses" in MO and NY
I read the McCullough book about Truman, which went into great detail about the political "machine" in Missouri and how it helped his career get started.
And of course there's the legendary Boss Tweed from New York City. Bloomberg had the Board of Education moved into the building Tweed used to work out of as part of his effort to clean that body up. He felt that the surroundings would serve as a heads-up.
And the corrupt mindset isn't limited to their politicians
The police in NO have been notoriously corrupt forever. My BIL is in private security and at a client's request, he deployed a team to protect a building in NO after Katrina. Two of his guys were shaken down for over $800 in cash by two NO police officers. Fortunately for the victims (and unfortunately for the two cops), they had the entire incident on videotape.