Friday, August 29, 2014

My Hero

"Stuck on Stupid". I have that bumpersticker still on my car.

Highlights on Honore's time in NOLA

Honore looks back

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Police Brutality in Minnesota

A black man, sitting on a bench waiting to pick up his kids, is harrassed by St. Paul police. This is disturbing. The cops are acting like they're good guys, but are real turds.

Here is an excerpt from

"According to the police report, St. Paul police officers Michael Johnson and Bruce Schmidt “were called to the First National Bank Building on a report of uncooperative male refusing to leave.” The third female officer in the video has still not been identified. The name of the security guard that Lollie claims made the call was omitted from the police report “due to safety concerns.” Lollie was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process."

The charges were subsequently dropped.

K plus 9

Nine years ago Hurricane Katrina visited the Gulf Coast of the U.S. and wreaked havoc in so many ways and so many places.

The final death toll was at 1,836, primarily from Louisiana (1,577) and Mississippi (238). More than half of these victims were senior citizens.

New Orleans was the major story on most news broadcasts. That's when I decided to create this website to share the storm's affect on the Northshore and Gulf Coast

There have been great strides made during the last 9 years, but some areas are still ghost towns. Parts of St. Bernard Parish there are still empty lots where subdivisions used to be. The Mississippi Gulf Coast was completely flattened as Katrina came ashore from the storm, but it has rebounded quite nicely.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we stayed for the storm. Our observations are at this link.

I have many memories from the storms documented throughout this blog. Just put Katrina in the search box located on the top left of the page.

NOLA dot com has put together an article that talks about population change, economic upturns and "lingering challenges" in the 9 years at this link

Recommended reading and films about the storm and the aftermath can be found here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Police Brutality in the age of cell phones

It's the age of instantly sharing stories via cell phone cameras, something that can be a good thing in these days of police brutality.

This story comes from a Walmart (of course) in Greenville, South Carolina.

Someone called 911 to report a man acting erratically outside of the Walmart. When the deputies arrived, the intoxicated individuals told them "I'm the 911". He then enters the store. In this video, you can see that excessive force was used to "subdue" the man. One deputy punches the suspect seventeen times in the head, while onlookers record the scene and scream at the cops to stop. Finally, a level headed deputy gets the testosterone filled cop to stop beating the suspect:

What ever happened to cuffing the drunk and taking him to jail?

Racists Stupidity

I am over the top in amazement at the stupid, racial things that people in America are saying.

So, I decided to compile a list of the lastest I have run across: (each story is linked to the facts)

Iowa Republican: Immigrant Children May Be “Highly Trained” Muslim Terrorists

Actor Kevin Sorbo (who???): Ferguson unrest let black protesters be the ‘animals’ they ‘truly are’
By David Edwards
Thursday, August 21, 2014 13:38 EDT

Pat Robertson On Ferguson Incident: Maybe Michael Brown Was On PCP

Fox host: Obama staged Michael Brown tragedy, 'in cahoots' with Al Sharpton

Insane GOP Rep. Trent Franks: ‘Obama Signaled Terrorists to Execute James Foley’
Insane GOP Rep. Trent Franks: ‘Obama Signaled Terrorists to Execute James Foley’

I will be posting more as I find them.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Police "doctoring" evidence after murder

St. Louis Police shot Kajieme Powell, a 25-year-old black man 9 times this week for stealing 2 soft drinks. You may have heard about the "shoot me" killing. If that's not bad enough, the video below shows them turning over the body and putting cuffs on him. It's stunning.
I just found out that Mr. Powell was mentally unbalanced......

Watch the eyewitness video

Now here is what happened according to police:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bordain on Ice Bucket Challenge

Questions and Answers about Ferguson

What We Know and Don’t Know About the Michael Brown Shooting in Fergusn
Taken from Time magazine here is information about
what's been going on in Ferguson, Missouri during the past 11 days. For those of you who've not been following the situation.

written by
Alex Altman / Ferguson, Mo. @aaltman82

How did Wilson encounter Brown?

Shortly before noon on Aug. 9, Brown walked into Ferguson Market and Liquor, a convenience store on West Florissant Avenue. He was with a friend, 22-year-old Dorian Johnson. At approximately 11:51, according to a police report, an unidentified officer received a call that a robbery was in progress at the store. But the suspect, who a Brown family lawyer has acknowledged “appears to be” Brown from surveillance footage, was gone when the officer arrived.

Minutes later, Brown and Johnson turned onto Canfield Drive, where they came upon a second officer, Wilson, at 12:01 p.m. At that point, Wilson didn’t know Brown was suspected of committing the robbery minutes earlier, according to Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson. He just saw a pair of people blocking traffic. Ferguson police have provided conflicting reports on whether Wilson received information that Brown was a robbery suspect between the moment that the officer encountered Brown and the fatal shooting.

So what led to the shooting?

It’s unclear and witness accounts differ. What we know is that within about three minutes, Brown was dead of multiple gunshot wounds to the head and torso. Pictures show him sprawled face down in the middle of the street, with a trail of what appears to be blood seeping from his body.

Johnson has said that Wilson ordered them onto the sidewalk and when they didn’t move right away, the office pulled up to Brown. A struggle ensued, and in Johnson’s version of events, Brown was shot from inside the car before they both took off running with Wilson in pursuit. Johnson has said Wilson fired multiple times despite Brown having his hands up.

Other witnesses have provided conflicting accounts, alternately alleging that Brown was shot in the back or while on his knees in a posture of surrender. And Wilson’s version of events is even harder to ascertain, because he’s in hiding: He fled his St. Louis-area neighborhood a few days after shooting and hasn’t spoken publicly. Police have said Brown reached for Wilson’s gun and the shooting occurred during that struggle. It’s unclear why Brown was shot so many times.

Why has it taken so long for details of the shooting to come out?

Wilson’s name was withheld for almost a week out of concerns for his safety. Three dueling autopsies have either been conducted or ordered—the standard one by the local medical examiner, a private one requested by the family, and a third one ordered by federal authorities.

And federal and state authorities have mostly declined to comment on their pending investigations, while leaks have been kept to a minimum, likely to avoid fanning the cycle of violence that has roiled the city’s downtown streets.

Who’s investigating all this?

Multiple authorities at various levels of law enforcement are looking into the shooting. A St. Louis County grand jury is probing the matter. And a federal civil rights investigation is also underway.

Why does violence keep breaking out every night?

It’s instigated by a small faction of what police describe as “agitators.” They mix in with the crowd of peaceful demonstrators, but they’re on the scene to confront cops as much as to Brown. These people are shooting guns, hurling bricks, bottles and Molotov cocktails, and looting and vandalizing businesses. After dark, West Florissant Avenue and the neighboring streets are extremely dangerous, and several people have been shot.

Who’s trying to keep the peace in Ferguson?

On the demonstrators’ side, it’s a diverse collection of pastors, politicians, community leaders, black power groups, and many ordinary citizens who are disheartened by the way in which the violence has subverted the quest for justice. The vast majority of the protesters in the streets are peaceful—at least, until dark.

Riot-gear clad officers from the county and state highway patrol—now backed by the Missouri National Guard—have responded to provocations from protesters with tear gas, flash bangs, and other methods.

What happens next?

A St. Louis County grand jury will begin hearing evidence on Wednesday. But there’s no hard timetable on how long the whole process will take, and it could be weeks or months before the details of the investigation are know, the U.S. Attorney in Eastern Missouri told TIME Tuesday.

Ferguson, Mo.