Louisiana and reality

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    This was e-mailed to me from an embarrassed friend in Lafayette, Louisiana. She is embarrassed because the Democrats that have always run Louisiana make the entire state look bad. . . she votes independent or Republican.


    FROM : Bill Lewis
    Subject: Insight into Integrity: Bush's Fault
    Why we couldn't save the people of New Orleans
    The New York Daily News,
    Sept. 4, 2005
    (Excerpted)

    In the late 1990s, the state's school systems ranked dead last in the nation in the number of computers per student (1 per 88), and Louisiana has the nation's second-highest percentage of adults who never finished high school. By the state's own measure, 47% of the public schools in New Orleans rank as "academically unacceptable."

    These government failures are not merely a matter of incompetence. Louisiana and New Orleans have a long, well-known reputation for corruption: as former congressman Billy Tauzin once put it, "half of Louisiana is under water and the other half is under indictment."

    That's putting it mildly. Adjusted for population size, the state ranks third in the number of elected officials convicted of crimes (Mississippi is No. 1). Recent scandals include the
    conviction of 14 state judges and an FBI raid on the business and personal files of a Louisiana congressman.

    In 1991, a notoriously corrupt Democrat named Edwin Edwards ran for governor against Republican David Duke, a former head of the Ku Klux Klan. Edwards, whose winning campaign included bumper stickers saying "Elect the Crook," is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for taking bribes from casino owners. Duke recently completed his own prison term for tax fraud.

    The rot included the New Orleans Police Department, which in the 1990s had the dubious distinction of being the nation's most corrupt police force and the least effective: the city had the highest murder rate in America. More than 50 officers were eventually convicted of crimes including murder, rape and robbery; two are currently on Death Row.

    Ten billion dollars are about to pass into the sticky hands of politicians in the No. 1 and No. 3 most corrupt states in America. Worried about looting? You ain't seen nothing yet
    "New Orleans has a Democrat Mayor, a Democrat City Council, and a Democrat Chief of Police. Louisiana has a Democrat Governor, a Democrat Lt. Governor, a Democrat Attorney General; 24 of 39 Louisiana State Senators are Democrat, 67 of 105 Louisiana
    State House Representatives are Democrat, there's a Democrat Representative in the House from New Orleans, and one of two U. S. Senators is a Democrat."

    SO YOU CAN SEE WHY IT'S ALL BUSH'S FAULT !
     
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    More on New Orleans and their creative mayor.....

    http://www.azconservative.org/Semmens14.htm

    "The Arizona Conservative", September 30, 2005

    JOHN SEMMENS: Semi-News
    Nagin Defends Use of 'Phantom Police'

    Ray Nagin, mayor of New Orleans, lashed back at critics after the FBI
    discovered that up to 700 so-called members of the city police force simply

    did not exist. Funding for many of these officers was provided by the federal
    government.

    "During the storm and aftermath we'd heard reports that hundreds of New
    Orleans police officers had deserted their post," said an FBI spokesman.

    "Further investigation indicates that these posts had never been manned

    and the funds supposedly paid in wages has disappeared."

    "Sure we overstated the number of officers on the force," said Nagin. "We
    did this to deter crime."

    As Nagin explained it, the phantom officers were used as a decoy to frighten
    would-be offenders. "Just as George Washington lit fake campfires to lull
    the British troops before his surprise attack at Princeton, we in New Orleans
    have employed a similar strategy."

    The effectiveness of Nagin's alleged strategy is in doubt, though. New Orleans

    has one of the highest crime rates per capita in the nation.

    As for what happened to the funds that were supposed to have paid police
    salaries, Nagin asserted that they were used to hire consultants and purchase
    computer software needed to sustain New Orleans' "virtual police force."

    "The software had to be custom made," said Nagin. "It's not something you
    can buy at CompUSA. Software designers don't come cheap. Neither do the
    public relations experts who developed our media campaign."

    The media campaign featured TV spots of various street people implying that
    they could be undercover cops. In one ad, an apparently toothless derelict
    looks into the camera and says "I be watchin' you. So, don't you go misbehavin'."

    Unimpressed by Nagin's explanation, the FBI asserted it will continue its
    investigation.
     
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    OMFG wow. How can that man still be in office he should be in a prison.

    :eek:
     
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    Unbelievable. I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that Nagin was one of those paid consultants.
     
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    If this guy gets voted back into office then we need to reassess the effectiveness of public education in New Orleans...
     
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    You know the really sad part of all this is that no matter how much money, time, and effort is spent it will never be enough. The people in this stare are so uneducated that they will never see how there "elected" officials are robbing them blind.

    This will also be how the evil white man doesnt care enough about the poor blacks in LA and MS. even though more money is spent every year on these same people. The problem is they never see because the crooked politicians of these states take it all for themselves.

    I do have one question. What the hell kind of computer progarm do you need to keep track of ficticious police officers??? especially one that cost the equivalant of 700 police officers. If you figure an average salary of $50,000 a year that comes out to $35 million this guy has one hell of a racket going and I seriously doubt they spent that much money on consultants and computer programs and keep in mind those are onetime expenses this whole thing just makes me sick :puke3: :poop: :poop:
     
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    Lusitania, we were framed. :D

    wait ....


    nevermind.
     

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