Wednesday, August 29, 2012

7 Years

Mother Nature has a warped sense of humor, bringing Isaac in on this date. Please keep the residents of Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes in your prayers, as they are flooded seven years to the day after they were devastated from Katrina.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Idiots on Parade 3

Old Akin has awakened the morons around the country. Here are some examples
"Idaho state Sen. Chuck Winder recently justified his opposition to abortion in cases of rape by questioning whether women really know what rape is."

Clayton Williams, TX
“As long as it's inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”
Sharon Angle said a girl who was raped by her father and became pregnant should “make lemonade out of lemons.”

Florida State Rep. Kathleen Passidomo apparently believes that the state's new school dress code will keep children safe from being raped:
"There was an article about an 11 year old girl who was gang-raped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed like a 21-year-old prostitute," she said. "And her parents let her attend school like that. And I think it’s incumbent upon us to create some areas where students can be safe in school and show up in proper attire so what happened in Texas doesn’t happen to our students." (so she deserved rape for dressing wrong?)
Rep. Steve King: I’ve Never Heard Of A Girl Getting Pregnant From Statutory Rape Or Incest
Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield falsely claimed that it was nearly impossible for someone to contract AIDS through heterosexual contact.


WHERE did these empty heads come from? And I'm really scared of the folks that voted for them.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Scuzzbucket of the Week

Why, oh why can't we sterilize idiots? Why are people like this allowed to procreate? This poor child.

From NOLA dot com (yeah, I still visit there occasionally)

A 5-year-old girl from Kenner needed 22 staples to close a gash in her back that authorities said she received when her father used her body to shield himself from a knife attack by her mother. The little girl's parents, Maurice Sparkman, 26, and Kenisha Caples, 25, were arrested Sunday in connection with the incident.

The bloody confrontation started as an argument that occurred sometime Saturday evening at the couple's residence, listed as 341 Clemson Place in Kenner, according to arrest reports. It's not clear what the couple was bickering about, but the quarrel quickly turned physical.

Sparkman allegedly grabbed Caples, his live-in girlfriend, by her hair and threw her to the ground. Caples retaliated by grabbing several kitchen knives and launching them at her boyfriend, the arrest report said.

Sparkman ran upstairs and grabbed the couple's daughter, believing that she might bring a stop to his girlfriend's knife play. He held the girl between himself and Caples.

But an undeterred Caples allegedly grabbed a larger knife and began swinging it at them both "with no regard for the safety or welfare of the child," the arrest report said.

Insert my primal screams here....

Caples was booked with two counts of aggravated battery and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. Sparkman was booked with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and domestic abuse battery, arrest reports said.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Idiots on Parade 2

This week's idiot hails from the show me state of Missouri.

Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy.

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Akin said that even in the worst-case scenario — when the supposed natural protections against unwanted pregnancy fail — abortion should still not be a legal option for the rape victim.

“Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work, or something,” Akin said. “I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”

Friday, August 17, 2012

What Scum of the Earth look like

Update 10/4/2012: NOLA dot com offers some background on the scumbags listed below at this link Be sure to watch the video halfway down the page as well.

Seven suspects in custody for the St. John Shooting two St. John the Baptist officers: Terry Smith, 44, Brian Smith, 24, Derrick Smith, 22, Kyle Joeckel, 28, Chanel Skains, 37, (married to Terry Smith, according to Facebook) Teniecha Bright, 21, and Britney Keith, 23. Missing the picture of Brian Smith (he is still in the hospital) Here's a picture of sweet Brian from his Facebook page. Class act, huh?
Deputies Brandon Nielsen and Jeremy Triche were shot and killed as they interviewed suspects that were believed to be involved in an earlier shooting at a parking lot that injured two other officers. The seven arrested are related to charges related the initial shooting of officers in the parking lot. Those officers were injured, but not killed. Charges involving the killing of the two officers at the trailer park have not yet been made. Joeckel and Brian Smith are in the hospital, and they will go directly to jail upon release. Riverview Trailer Park Landlord Carl Chaisson told WGNO News an unnamed trailer owner was disgruntled over losing his job at the nearby Valero refinery, and as a result, got into a dispute with a deputy near or at the facility.

The dispute escalated, Chaisson said, and shots were then fired at St. John deputies in the area of refinery's parking lot before the shooter returned to his trailer at Riverview.

Responding St. John deputies arrived shortly thereafter, and the trailer park shootout would ensue.

Neither St. John deputies nor Louisiana State Police, the leading investigative agency, would confirm Chaisson's claims about the motives.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

August musings

Charlotte - the founder of the NOLAFemmes blog (where I occasionaly write) - has penned an eloquent post about what the months of August and September mean to those of us in the New Orleans area. Here's an excerpt:

August and September are the months I dread the most. They’re the hottest and most humid months in a city that’s often hot and humid and they are the most likely months to host hurricanes, with September 10 being the peak of the season. Although we New Orleanians bitch and moan about the humidity and heat we are a stalwart clan so we slog through these wretched months the only way we know how: dancin’, drinkin’ and singin’. We go to Satchmo Fest early to get seats under the tents and under the oaks and settle in for an afternoon of lawn chair bump-and-grind while keeping a firm grasp on our Abita’s.

Please go here to read the entire work, it's beautiful .

Window Wednesday

Gretna Louisiana - October 2011 - Gretna Fest

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A letter to Newhouse

an email sent late Sunday from outgoing Times Picayune report Kari Dequine Harden.

“Gonna try to move forward and find something to believe in again. Not that he gives a rat’s ass, but I decided I would let Steve Newhouse know my reasons for an early departure.”

Dear Mr. Newhouse,

Today is the day I jump off of your sinking ship once known proudly as The Times-Picayune.

I thought I’d be able to go down with it, but I don’t even recognize the ship anymore. Without being held hostage by severance, benefits, or much of a paycheck, I’m drowning for no good reason.

I have no desire to work for bosses who treat their hardworking, dedicated, and irreplaceable employees in the unforgivable manner I have witnessed firsthand over the past three months.

You have betrayed my most esteemed colleagues, my city, my belief in journalism, and my belief in people.

No numbers, statistical trends, academic theories, or self-serving editorials and articles will make me buy the argument that this is the inevitable way of the future. Not here. Not now. Not in this way.

Need I remind you we were profitable? This paper had good years left in it. Great years. Adjustments may have been necessary, I realize, but I will never believe this is all happening because The Times-Picayune could not have survived if you left us alone just as you had done for decades prior.

We would have found a way. And made you a profit the entire time.

Or, there were serious buyers with serious cash who would have taken over. You could have just sold us. But again and again, you refuse. Why? Are you planning on writing us off as a loss? Would that serve your unbridled greed in some sort of inheritance tax scheme? Is our website intentionally horrid?

To have a once respectable, reliable news source taken away so that billionaires can try to squeeze out a few more millions at the expense of a city’s well-being is criminal.

If you do not know what you are taking away, allow me to remind you.

From New Orleans, a city already with odds against, you are taking our historical record. You are taking away a source of news that has been relied upon to document it all–magnificent and mundane–and to hold police and publicly elected officials accountable. This city is worse off for the loss. We will struggle, new sources will emerge and serve the city in positive ways–but do not for a second think that this isn’t a devastating blow to everyone. Competition included.

Some of things we covered were tedious, painful, and marginalized–but important. The present, history, and future of our city are at stake. And in a city facing significant challenges–from ingrained corruption and the highest per-capita murder rate in the country, to environmental armageddon and crumbling infrastructure–we need to read every detail. Every dollar of taxpayer money spent. Every issue. Every day. And to hear it from people who are experienced and have the best interests of the city at heart.

From us, you are not just taking away jobs, you are taking away identities. Purpose. Role in community.

This is not a job that you can leave at the office. We gave up our name, our neck. And we loved our jobs because we believed we genuinely contributed to a more informed, educated, and enlightened society.

From journalism as an industry, you are taking a gem of a newspaper that was respected, read–in print!–and, yes, profitable. Changes may have been in our future, but nothing like this. This paper had soul and heart and traditions and devotion. We were not perfect, and I believe fully in healthy competition, but we were usually decent, often good, and sometimes great. It was a newsroom of an era past, full of characters and quirks and curiosity and gray-haired grouches. There was passion. And humor. Ego, for the most part, was checked at the door.

You have made it abundantly clear that you do not care about quality in journalism. You have made it abundantly clear that you do not care about New Orleans.

But remember that respect from the community–especially ours–is not something you can buy back. (Not that being respected concerns you, as made clear with the single verbal valuation of “noise.”)

You have made it most definitely clear that you do not care about quality journalism in New Orleans. I predict that within two to three years, three days of print will turn into zero days of print and there will be another massive round of back-stabbing layoffs.

I, for one, will not be buying any more newspapers from you. I will not be visiting your atrocious website.

I am eternally grateful for the experience I have gained in my time with your company, but the company I worked for no longer exists.

Signing out,
Kari Dequine
The Times-Picayune

Monday, August 13, 2012

Idiots on Parade 1

I don't like to get political, because I believe everyone is entitled to their ideas and choices.

However, when politicians get downright stupid - as a lot of GOP-ers have been doing - I have to let off steam.

So my first edition of "Idiots on Parade" stars none other than that oh-so ultra sensitive John Boehner, who has said that our President has caused the drought and should claim responsibility.

I know that I am not schooled in the inner workings of the Beltway, so I'm hoping that someone out there can help me understand how our President caused this drought. Anyone?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Help for Homeless Pets

A tornado that rolled through Mississippi last night destroyed several buildings at the St. Francis Animal Sanctuary in Tylertown, Mississippi.

Two buildings were destroyed and one dog was killed. Dogs were set loose on the property by the storm, but may have been secured by now.

They are asking for volunteers, blankets and food. Volunteers with heavy construction equipment and chainsaws are especially wanted. Call 601-222-1927 to volunteer. Cash donations are also needed. The address is SFAS, 97 Obed Magee Road, Tylertown, MS 39667.

Update August 15th: The Humane Society of the United States has given a $4,000 grant to the Sanctuary and is building 12 kennels .

From a volunteer of the Sanctuary via Facebook:

I will be going to for noon tomorrow (August 11) to make a pick-up of any donations and then on to Good Dog Naturally and The Scrubby Puppy before heading up to SFAS. If you are in western St. Tammany and are able to donate items, please take them to those drop off points.

St. Francis Animal Sanctuary (SFAS) is the largest no-kill companion pet sanctuary in the Southeast United States. SFAS is a forever home to more than 400 companion pets annually.

SFAS not only rescues pets, we give compassion and hope to struggling families. In 2009, SFAS has given shelter to more than 150 beloved pets whose families lost their jobs or homes and are no longer able to provide for their pets.

If you have any money donations, please make the checks out to: St. Francis Animal Sanctuary and I will pick those up at the drop off points. As soon as I get to the sanctuary, I will be doing blessings of the animals, people and grounds. I'm a minister and that's my first priority - God's blessings to all.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Scuzzbuckets of the Week

Dr. Melvin Morse of Delaware, who specializes in near-death experiences in children was arrested this week after his 11 year old daughter told authorities that she was punished by "waterboarding," police said. Morse wrote a book about the near-death experiences in children entitled "Closer to the Light" in 1991.

Authorities were first alerted to allegations of abuse in July when they went to Morse's home in the city of Georgetown. Morse was accused of grabbing his 11-year-old daughter by the ankle, dragging her across a gravel driveway into the home and spanking her, police said. Morse was arrested at that time and posted a bond. The 11-year-old was interviewed by detectives.

During the interview, the girl spoke about other alleged abuse and talked about a punishment she said her father called "waterboarding," the Delaware State Police said.

The girl told police that her father would hold her face under a running faucet, which caused the water to shoot up her nose. The punishments happened at least four times over a two-year period. The girl's mother, Pauline Morse, witnessed some of them and did nothing, police said.

Pauline Morse faces charges of reckless endangerment, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child.

Here is an interview where this monster was interviewed by Larry King in December of 2010

Bad Driving’s Greatest Hits

Over an hour of car crashes from Russia.

Lesson of the Day

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Window Wednesday

Harrah's New Orleans Hotel

I can identify all but one of the flags flying, which depict the city of New Orleans and Louisiana's history. I JUST CAN'T figure out the 2nd from the left flag, which resembles an Australian flag. Can anyone help?

Here's what I came up with:

Top Row: United States Flag, Louisiana State Flag, Municipal Flag of the City of New Orleans, Flag of the French Republic

Bottom Row: Spanish Royal Flag, _________, Canadian Flag, British Union Jack

Time Wasters

As if the Olympics weren't enough of a time waster for those of us who work while the games are being played live, those devils at Google have come up with interactive doodles at their home page.

I just played basketball here

You can run the hurdles here

Here's an insider story on the Olympic doodles.

Their other interactive doodles can be found here!

Check out tomorrow and hopefully they'll have more time wasters for us.

post script: you can buy merchandise with your favorite Google doodle here.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Scuzzbucket of the Week...not

Since originally posting this, I have had a change of heart. The guy is pretty rough on the puppy but he DID drop it off at a shelter. I can't really call him a scuzzbucket when there are plenty of REAL scuzzbuckets running around out there.

Don't know this bastard's name, but maybe someone will come forward to I.D. him.

From WWL via Facebook:

WWL Radio shared Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (CAAWS)'s photo.
Please share this around - Not a hoax. This man threw a puppy over a fence at an animal shelter in Baton Rouge. They have not caught him yet.

Here is the original post shared by WWL:
Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (CAAWS)

Can anyone identify this man who viciously threw a young puppy over our fence while there was a gate right next to him! We will post the video as soon as it is available and will be contacting the news stations. We will also post the photos of his truck too. This occured on Saturday at our shelter here in Baton Rouge, LA. We are a no kill shelter and are limited on space dependant on room at our shelter, we only house 13 dogs and 12 cats there, and the amount of foster homes we have. We usually have 30 dogs and 60 cats in our programs at any given time. Only one puppy was dumped. The leash is in his other hand

RIP Marvin Hamlisch

His name isn't familiar to anyone under 50, but whenever I hear Marvin Hamlisch, I hear songs from the movie "The Sting", starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

Hamlish was a prolific composer and won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards.

He was 68 years old. If you're curious about other movies Mr. Hamlisch contributed to, here are a few in no particular order:

A Chorus Line

The Goodbye Girl

The Sweet Smell of Success

The Way We Were

Sophie's Choice

Ordinary People

For more credits, here is his "official" website.

Thanks for the memories, Mr. Hamlisch.

Deliberate Mistakes or Ineptitude?

I am continually amazed at the lack of compassion - or is it outright stupidity - of the "news networks" on television lately. I don't watch TV that much, except for the Saints games and the Olympics. But I get emails that cover things that I missed from eschewing television. (is that good grammar?). Here's what went down lately:

CNN mistakenly aired a map of India's Punjab province today after mentioning that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley had been confirmed to speak at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Governor Haley's parents are both from Punjab and raised Haley as a Sikh.

"It was a mistake," a CNN spokesperson told POLITICO.

CNN played an excerpt from Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young" after a segment Monday on the shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconson, prompting a familiar apology from the network.

Last week CNN played Pink's "Stupid Girls" ahead of a segment about Sarah Palin.

"We aired a song from a guest’s playlist on the morning show following a three-minute commercial break and before a segment on presidential politics, unrelated to the Wisconsin shooting," the network said in a statement today. "Given the news of the day, this was regrettable and we apologize to our viewers.”

And here is what the FAUX News Network - Lord please get rid of these assclowns - Fox News host Gregg Jarrett asked a nephew of one of the victims, "Have there been any prior acts of violence against members of the temple? Any anti-Semitic acts?"

Anti-Semitism is discrimination directed toward Jewish people, not Sikhs. Representatives of Fox News did not respond to a request for comment regarding the error.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Heidi Wys Toro = Hater

I am all for freedom of speech, everyone has their opinions. But the racist hatred directed toward our president should not be tolerated. ESPECIALLY when the person using their pent up hatred is employed by the United States

Heidi Wys Toro - the main advisor to House of Representatives President Jenniffer Gonzalez - has earned $630,000 since 2008 for her services as an administrative consultant, according to records with the Comptroller’s Office.

Several legislators are demanding that Wys step down or that Gonzalez ask for her resignation.

Gonzalez said it is impossible for her to monitor the social media accounts of all those who work for the House of Representatives.

“The expressions disseminated are not acceptable, do not represent my sentiments and are the exclusive responsibility of those who wrote them,” Gonzalez said. She also urged all employees to be more cognizant of what they write and to respect the rights of others.

It is not the first time that Wys has sent tweets about Obama.

In response to a July 30 tweet by a Puerto Rico online newspaper, Wys urged reporters to follow an investigation to probe the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate.

Wys, who is white, also said in another tweet that she is not racist and that her favorite nieces are black,(is that like "some of my best friends are black" kind of comment?) but added that she does not support Obama.

“I fight Obama with all the strength in my heart and passion as a descendant of germans!!” she wrote on July 30.

On June 18, she sent another tweet to Obama in response to a general invitation to have dinner with the President.

“Wah! Wah! I feel like vomiting! Dinner with a guy borned in Kenya and claims he was borned in Hawaii!” she wrote, with some misspellings.

Heidi is just a wee bit in need of psychological help, don't you think?

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

To the Saints Fans who go to the Dome

From NOLA blog Humid City

OK Saints Fans, it’s YOUR turn to play head coach. Roger Goodell has banned Sean Payton for the year, but he can’t ban his image, nor can he ban 77,000 fans! Print out this handy Sean Payton Head and bring it to every game you attend!
Glue it to a sturdy cardboard sheet and cut it out! Add some eye-holes and string and you can wear it like a mask! Not good at crafts? Just glue it to a stick and wave it around. Got some spare cash? Make a huge poster! Make extras for folks who don’t internet! Pass them out to those fans down front who are most likely to be on camera or in line of sight with players! Have a blog or website of your own? Link or cross-post this to maximize our Paytonality on opening day! Go NUTS with ‘em!! It’s time to Sean Up (And Get Crunk) and show Roger Goodell who we are and where we stand!!
This photo was taken from Bloguin and was undredited on their site. It is most probably copyrighted by someone, so don’t be a jerk and try selling these!

Windows Wednesday

Taken in Covington, Louisiana at the annual Three Rivers Art Festival