30 November 2007
you see, nutty katrina mary landrieu snellings just loves a dumbed down and misinformed electorate. to her thats "keeping it real." and hey this is louisiana and louisiana voters we are talking about here after all, so, we have no choice but to acknowledge that in this respect nutty katrina mary landrieu snellings has the advantage.
one example of a "job" that nutty katrina mary landrieu snellings did and is counting on you to be too dumb to know about or remember is S.2611 the illegal alien shamnesty act. actually its official title was 'comprehensive immigration reform act of 2006.'
this is the bill that would have granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and to add insult to injury would have given them social security eligibility ta boot.
Among the crimes that the Senate amnesty bill would "wipe clean" include:we dont know about you but we dont know anyone who elected nutty katrina mary landrieu snellings to go to washington and give the country away by doing "jobs" like this. nevertheless, senate roll call vote #157 of 25 may 2006 shows a great big 'ol YEA by nutty katrina mary landrieu snellings name.
The faking or "borrowing" of Social Security numbers -- a crime that millions of illegal aliens commit just that to secure work in the United States illegally -- the Senate bill would pardon those who broke that law.
Entering the country illegally, which can be punished by six months in prison and a $250,000 fine; the Senate bill would pardon those who broke that law.
Making false statements on federal income tax forms; each count can be punished by up to a five-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.
Of course the Senate amnesty legislation does offer ONE special privilege to American citizens...
The Senate bill has a provision tucked away in its 600-pages that gives amnesty to employers who have flouted the law by hiring illegal aliens.
we guess nutty katrina mary landrieu snellings is doing a bill clinton here...it's all in the definition of what a "job" is and who you're really working for.
the heritage foundation
senate immigration bill would allow 100 million new legal immigrants over the next twenty years
Posted by wst... at 19:44
29 November 2007
note: in the interest of fairness the city of alexandria did respond within about twenty-four hours of our 20 november 2007 post. we had originally requested the information 190 days previously on 15 may 2007 but didnt post about it until 21 may 2007. so, we didnt feel particularly inspired to rush to our blog and post an update.
the email that we received from the city, containing the laws they claim they are going by is at the bottom of this post. although since we received that email a mayoral assistant in this comment in this thread on central la politics blog specifically referenced La. R.S. 48:701 which after reading that statute we still think the city of alexandria is full of bullshit because prescott road has not "been abandoned or are no longer needed for public purposes."
anyway, we've been fascinated by the ongoing psyop against alexandrians by christus st. francis cabrini hospital, the alexandria mayor with the full assistance and cooperation of the corporate media.
this all began when the city mailed out letters to alexandria residents living near the youth ball park. the reason given was to explore the possibility of the city giving the youth ballpark to cabrini hospital for expansion. as expected this news resulted in citizen outrage in all quarters. what was heartwarming to see was that blacks and whites, rich and poor all came together in opposition to this fiendish plot.
not to be outdone and seizing upon alexandrian's exhaustion of having to deal with the entire matter the alexandria mayor announced that he had an epiphany in that cabrini could get what they wanted after all. it would only cost alexandrians' the use and ownership of prescott road.
alexandrians' being so docile and compliant were unable to see that they had just been played like a cheap violin; hailed the mayor as the savior of the day.
the corporate media has styled their reporting all along that it is an inevitability that cabrini is going to get something from the city, while never bothering to explain to their readers and viewers that legally the city does not have to (and shouldnt) give cabrini one damn thing!
in a recent city council meeting the alexandria mayor explained how the city had done another one of their fantabulous studies to learn that some 80% of the traffic in and around prescott road is related to cabrini. this should tell a reasonable minded person that at least 80% of any revenue generated by the city giving prescott road to cabrini will go to...cabrini.
this is an unabashed manipulation of data because if you did a study of all of alexandria's streets you would probably find out that 80% of the traffic is from people going to and from work and the grocery store and shopping. if anyone did a study of the traffic on the streets around the alexandria mall you would most likely learn that damn near 100% of the traffic there is mall related. now if the mall wanted to expand and a city street was in the way should the city give that street to the mall? using the citys reasoning in the cabrini matter they should. so, starting with alexandria's giving away part of 4th street to rapides general hospital, this is yet another dangerous not to mention unnecessary, precedent to set.
now, we've been told by the administration that "Cabrini's expansion is good for the entire community; we're literally talking about hundreds of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in economic impact." this all may be true but at what real cost to the citizens? in other words why does the city want to play a part in attracting more diseases and germs to be spread into our community?
in the natural world, sick and diseased animals separate themselves from the herd and go off to be alone. the reason for this is obvious. the human is the only being that stretches out its arms to bring disease and pestilences to its bosom -- all in the name of the almighty dollar. speaking of the dollar, "if the subprime mortgage meltdown and the dollars plight is half as bad as predicted" and god forbid the economy finally collapses and katrina style anarchy engulfs america, then all this cabrini and redflex and baggy pants talk will be moot anyway, because these politicians along with their robber-baron masters and the lawyers will be the first ones strung-up from the lamp posts.
we've given lots of examples of how the corporate media, right here in cenla, instead of being their subscribers and viewers watchdogs and reporting on governmental shenanigans works hand in glove with the government to suppress news to present government in the best possible light.
the most recent example is from this 26 november 2007 report filed by kalb's joel massey. this whole story is written and presented in such a way as to sex up cabrini and make the prescott road scam seem like a good thing, accepted by the community.
this is gael perry. ms. perry's attitude is typical of most americans today. kalb reports that ms. perry lives on prescott road. ms. perry says that she thinks cabrini's takeover of prescott road is "inevitable" and that it doesnt bother her to "have to go down two blocks to go over." ms. perry then states that she knows that "there is older people on this block that have been here for many years and it's gonna be difficult for them..." so in other words the hell with the "older people." they're gonna be dead in a few years anyway right? never mind that it will make their lives much more difficult and when you're talking about "older people" maneuvering around in traffic -- terrifying.
and thats another thing you have to ask yourself...is cabrini still carrying out the mission of their founder and namesake? would mother cabrini approve of exploiting not only old people but any people like this? from what we've read about mother cabrini we think not. to this greedy. megalomaniac corporation that now runs the hospital, st. francis cabrini, her name and likeness are nothing more than a corporate logo. much like ronald mcdonald is to the mcdonalds corporation. so dont feel sorry for cabrini hospital.
now, this guy. sheesh. he needs to be investigated for sure. who is he, what is his, his families and/or business connection, if any, to cabrini hospital. this guy has got to be a cabrini or city sockpuppet. either that or hes so brainwashed there really is no hope for your typical alexandrian. why is this guy allowed to get on the air and virtually repeat verbatim the propaganda lie that its an inevitability that cabrini is going to get either the baseball fields or prescott road; to reinforce the notion that cabrini hospital dictates to the citizens of alexandria.
it's impossible to believe that out of a city of some 40,000 people kalb couldnt find not one person who opposes this give-a-way. maybe kalb did but since we dont sweep the cutting room floor guess we'll never know.
this report of kalb and mr. massey, is so one-sided and pro cabrini and city of alexandria it doesnt even pretend to be fair.
so why is that? well we're glad you asked. ksyl's dave graichen gave us an idea in this post of ours from 27 july 2007. mr. graichen was talking about investigative reporting or the lack thereof when he spoke about "feeling pressure from management having to do with going after anybody who happens to be an advertiser..."
its no secret that cabrini hospital is a major advertiser with kalb. its also no secret that kalb performs so poorly that its parent company media general is trying to unload it. while its certainly unethical what kalb is doing, perhaps, now yuu can understand where they are coming from. kalb is not going to do anything to alienate a major revenue stream.
alexandrians are being lied to and misled left and right. by the city, by st francis cabrini hospital and by the media. the town talk yesterday did print an article mentioning that some citizens were opposed to the cabrini prescott road scam. this must have been the town talk's way of letting cabrini know that they need to rethink their newspaper advertising budget because the discerning reader cant help but notice that the town talk's article ends on a positive note for cabrini.
~it's a big club and you aint in it...they want more for themselves and less for everyone else ~ george carlin
§ 48:701. Revocation of dedication; reversion of property
The parish governing authorities and municipal corporations of the state, except the parish of Orleans, may revoke and set aside the dedication of all roads, streets, and alleyways laid out and dedicated to public use within the respective limits, when the roads, streets, and alleyways have been abandoned or are no longer needed for public purposes.
Upon such revocation, all of the soil covered by and embraced in the roads, streets, or alleyways up to the center line thereof, shall revert to the then present owner or owners of the land contiguous thereto.
Nothing in this Section shall be construed as repealing any of the provisions of special statutes or charters of incorporated municipalities granting the right to close or alter roads or streets.
§ 48:702. Abandoning certain roads and exchanging property with other property owners
Whenever the governing authorities of any parish or municipal corporation of this state desire to construct a road, street or alley leading to any property of the state or any of its subdivisions, boards, commissions, or political corporations, and it appears that the construction will make it unnecessary to the public welfare to continue any then existing road, street or alley or any part thereof to permit access to or from the public property or to or from any property served by the old road, the parish or municipal corporation governing authority may, by proper ordinance, revoke and set aside the dedication of the road, street or alley, or any part thereof, and exchange it with property owners, so that new roads, streets or alleys or parts thereof, leading to or from any property of the state or any of its subdivisions, boards, commissions or political corporations may be laid out and dedicated to the public use. The property so exchanged shall become private property.
§ 48:712. Methods of disposition of property
The said property may be disposed of by one of the following four methods: (1) revocation of the dedication of the property if it consists of a street, road or alley dedicated to public use; (2) sale of any type of property at public auction; (3) sale of any type of property at private sale; or (4) exchange of any type of property for other property of approximately equal value.
§ 48:717. Private sale
If the governing authority decides to dispose of any of said property at private sale, it shall have the property appraised by an expert appraiser or appraisers appointed by the authority and the property shall not be sold for less than the value so established.
§ 33:4712. Sale, exchange, or lease of property by a municipality
A. A municipality may sell, lease for a term of up to ninety-nine years, exchange, or otherwise dispose of, to or with other political corporations of this state, or private persons, at public or private sale, any property, or portions thereof, including real property, which is, in the opinion of the governing authority, not needed for public purposes.
La. Atty. Gen. Op. No. 1996-4; 1996 La. AG LEXIS 203, *
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA
OPINION No. 96-4
La. Atty. Gen. Op. No. 1996-4; 1996 La. AG LEXIS 203
May 28, 1996
37 So. 2d 851 (La. 1948)
540 So.2d 983, 986 (La. App. 2 Cir. 1989)
544 So.2d 48:712
The City of Westwego, in declaring the property in question no longer needed for public purposes has removed the street from the public domain and is free, in accordance with the strict provisions of law, to dispose of the property either under 33:4712 or 48:712.
John J. Molaison, Jr.
Westwego City Attorney
419 Avenue A
Westwego, LA 70094
RICHARD P. IEYOUB, ATTORNEY GENERAL; Robert B. Barbor, Assistant Attorney General
You have asked for an opinion from this office regarding the right of the City of Westwego to lease property dedicated to the city for use as a street, but no longer needed for public purposes, to a private individual under the terms and conditions of LSA-R.S. 33:4712. The street property in question was never opened as such nor improved.
Your opinion request does not make clear the exact procedure used to effect the dedication of the property to the city. It is assumed, since the property was never opened or improved, that the dedication was statutory in nature and in accordance with LSA-R.S. 33:5051. If so, once the dedication is perfected, the prior owner has divested himself of title and the governing authority is the owner for the benefit of the public. Martin v. Fuller, 37 So.2d 851 (La. 1948). We must also assume that the action of the City of Westwego in declaring that the property in question is no longer needed for public purposes was done with the requisite formalities. As the court in Walker v. Coleman, 540 So.2d 983, 986 (La. App. 2 Cir. 1989) noted, once that determination is made formally, the property becomes a private thing owned by the governing authority and can be disposed of in accordance with law. In this case the City of Westwego is contemplating a lease to a private person, rather than a revocation or other alienation.
Walker, a case dealing with the Parish of Ouachita, held that LSA-R.S. 48:701 was a special law dealing specifically with dedicated streets as opposed to the general provisions of LSA-R.S. 33:4711, which provides for the disposition of other kinds of parish property. The act of the parish declaring that the property was no longer needed for public purposes resulted in a revocation under 48:701 and the property reverted to the contiguous landowners by law. In the case of a municipality, the parallel statute, LSA-R.S. 33:4712, applies. It too, is a statute of general application. Following the logic and ruling of Walker, we must accept that Part V and Part V-A of Chapter 2, Title 48 are special laws that take precedence over the general provisions of LSA-R.S. 33:4711 and 33:4712.
The City of Westwego is located in Jefferson Parish, which is a parish having a population in excess of 325,000 persons based on the 1970 census. Therefor, it is our opinion that LSA-R.S. 48:711, et. seq., applies, since these statutes deal with parish property or "any immovable property . . . title to which is in the public, including . . . streets, roads and alleys". This broad definition could certainly encompass municipal property. LSA-R.S. 48:719 states that this part, (Part V-A), shall apply to parishes of this size and "shall be construed as affording an alternative procedure to that set forth in . . . R.S. 33:4712." It also expressly supersedes 48:701. This is further evidence of the understanding and intent of the legislature to include municipal property within the scope of Part V-A. Coliseum Square Association v. City of New Orleans, 544 So.2d 351 (La. 1989) is instructive, although clearly distinguishable due to the fact of the home rule charter provisions at the core of the case. The decision is indicative of the deference given to larger municipalities to exercise greater control over the use of public property. The rationale of the underlying public policy that encourages a return to consolidated tracts in residential subdivisions if the streets are never developed has less importance in the case of larger parishes and municipalities. When 33:4712 is read in conjunction with the clear language of 48:719, it is clear that the legislature did not intend to effect an immediate revocation, with its attendant transfer of title, in the case of a city located in a parish of this size, upon declaration that the street is no longer needed for public purposes. Rather, the declaration takes the property out of public use and puts it into the category of a private thing owned by the public body with the option to dispose of the property as the governing authority determines is in the best interest of the public. In this case, lease of the property in accordance with the dictates of 33:4712 is an option.
In summary, it is our opinion that the City of Westwego, in declaring the property in question no longer needed for public purposes has removed the street from the public domain and is free, in accordance with the strict provisions of law, to dispose of the property either under 33:4712 or 48:712.
Posted by wst... at 19:00
although sec'y kennedy switched from the democratic party to the republican party (which we think was a mistake) katrina mary landrieu snellings has a documented undeniable pattern of treason and traitorous actions against the constitution and the bill of rights, as shown by katrina mary's votes for including but not limited to: the usa patriot act, the read id act , the military commissions act, the john warner defense act - which amongst other things rescinded posse comitus...katrina mary has unashamedly went along with everything george bush and the rethuglicans have done to destroy this country.
do not be deceived: no true democrat could nor would ever support this landrieu-snellings rat. you will see that coming to katrina mary's defense only the most vile partisan party hacks.
it is imperative that katrina mary landrieu snellings be voted out of the senate and someone else given a chance.
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Posted by wst... at 13:21
28 November 2007
Posted by wst... at 11:01
in an editorial today (see link) entitled 'our view: collaboration girds growth in pineville' which should have been more aptly captioned 'our view: secret collaboration girds growth in pineville' the town talk editors make a good case for drug screening generally and upper management drug testing specifically. oh and in the town talk's case be sure and throw in an i.q. test and a psyche evaluation.
once again the gannett owned town talk shows that (1) it is nothing more than a governmental public relations and propaganda arm. (2) isnt interested and/or doesnt know how in reporting legitimate news and (3) the editors dont even read their own "news" paper.
Posted by wst... at 10:19
27 November 2007
On Nov. 27, 2007, in Annapolis, MD, Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, a spokesman for the Neturei Karta International, ripped into Zionism. He blasted the Zionists for its supposed "fearmongering." He also accused the Zionists of "beating" Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem. His remarks were made outside the U.S. Naval Academy, on Randall Street, near Gate I, close to the waterfront, in this port city. A Middle East "Peace" conference was being held inside the Naval Academy.
For background on Neturei Karta International, see: http://www.nkusa.org/
christian zionist dungbag john hagee: "jesus not the messiah'
Posted by wst... at 22:46
so, the other day we were checking out the 'sites linking to this video' on the watch page on one of our youtube clips and noticed that a blog at the above url had embedded the clip inside their blog.
it looks like the opening post was in may 2007 and until recently hasnt been updated very much. written by someone who calls herself "jess" and lists her occupation as "full time princess" it seems like it could be a fun blog to follow and judging from the bloggers photograph she looks like she could be kinda cute, so...we know you'll want to be sure and click on over and check it out. leave a comment and give her some encouragement.
Posted by wst... at 20:46
they should give this guy another box of bullets and a map to all the cameras...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Police have lost red-light cameras to traffic accidents but never to gun play. "This is the first one that's been shot," Capt. Gordon Catlett said of the wounded camera at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Interstate 640 — one of 15 camera-equipped intersections in the city.
Clifford E. Clark, 47, was charged with felony vandalism and reckless endangerment for allegedly firing at least three rounds from a .30-06 hunting rifle at the camera, knocking it out of action.
He was arrested after patrol officers heard shots around 2 a.m. Sunday, spotted a minivan leaving the parking lot of a closed business and pulled it over. Inside they found Clark and the high-powered rifle.
Clark, now facing a $50 fine if convicted and loss of his rifle, refused to say anything about the incident to police, leaving the motive unclear.
Catlett, who oversees the red-light camera program, said 6,798 drivers have been photographed running the red light at Broadway and I-640 and ticketed since the camera was installed in 2006. Clark was not one of them, he said.
Posted by wst... at 20:41
we wouldnt mind having a house/bunker/bombshelter built out of this....
Inventors: Smith; William H. (Patterson, LA)excerpt:
Appl. No.: 09/396,466
Filed: September 15, 1999
In 1994 I was becoming increasingly dissatisfied with many of the obsolete construction methodologies and materials applications considered to be standard, yet still practiced to this day in 2006.lots more pictures and info at the link
On September 3, 2002 I was awarded a United States Patent entitled: Reinforced Concrete Panel and Method of Manufacture [United States Patent: 6,443,666]. The primary claims recognized and awarded patent protection status related to a new concrete reinforcement technology directed towards the manufacture of high strength concrete panels.
For concrete reinforcement my basic approach is to take chain link mesh (chain link fence material), put it under tension in a mold frame and pour the concrete over it, which encapsulates the wire reinforcement.
Posted by wst... at 18:19
26 November 2007
9:30 A.M. SESSION
ON WRIT OF REVIEW TO THE COURT OF APPEAL THIRD CIRCUIT
Charles C. Foti, Jr., Attorney General,
James C. Downs, District Attorney,
Thomas Carl Walsh, Jr., Thomas Rockwell Willson,
Assistant District Attorneys;
Counsel for Applicant;
THE LAW OFFICE OF J. MICHAEL SMALL,
J. Michael Small;
Counsel for Respondent.
the town talk
la. supreme court hears testimony in amanda gutweiler hypes case
Posted by wst... at 19:28
since our previous gannett/town talk post here went over so well with gannett corporate here, here & here we decided to spotlight another instance of how gannett and the town talk suppress news to manipulate public opinion. for what purpose gannett and the town talk do this with respect to the city of pineville, louisiana is unclear, for now.
on thursday, 15 november 2007 the town talk posted a story captioned 'pineville police catch alleged gang of scam artists' see link or screen grabs here and here.
in that story, the town talk trots out former state capitol bureau reporter and twenty-seven year town talk veteran robert morgan. while it appears that any town talk reporter, staffer and even the person who writes the obituaries could have done justice to the story it appears that town talk editors chose mr. morgan due to his experience and ability so they assigned the story to mr. morgan with a mission to sex up the pineville city government.
this must be the case because only sixteen days previously, on 30 october 2007, town talk reporter karina donica filed a story 'former police captain files pineville suit over records' [screen grab here] about how retired pineville policeman kenneth johnson had requested pineville police blotter records for september 2007 (although ms. donica doesnt bother to explain to her readers that the records requested by capt. johnson were police blotter entries) and was denied those records by the city of pineville through its attorney mark vilar.
so therefore, if it is the city of pineville's position which mr. morgans own "news" paper had only a few weeks before reported that the pineville police blotter isnt public record, it would seem that the first question that an honest reporter would have had for pineville in this instance, is why are these arrests a public record and not the other and also why is pineville pushing this as a news story? something is just not adding up.
of course the answer could be that the town talk reporters and editors dont bother to read their own "news"paper.
perhaps now that media general owned kalb is finished beating maj. mike slocum over the head they can find their way across the bridge and ask these questions. dont hold your breath.
Posted by wst... at 15:02
24 November 2007
yesterday when we where watching the arkansas @ lsu game we recorded a couple of clips to post on youtube. we thought that lsu was going to win. so, when lsu lost 50 - 48 in the 3rd. overtime, we thought the point of posting game vid clips was moot.
we did manage to post this clip of an lsu 2pt. conversion play but that was while the game was still in progress. we also managed to post this clip of lsu's first over time possession. like the first clip we had started uploading it while the game was still going on.
earlier today, someone who goes by the youtube username bamajock22 and who must have seen the 2pt. conversion play clip, messaged us through youtube to ask:
Hey - did you record the whole game? Can you post a clip of where The Mad Hatter was yelling "I'm the head coach" - I think was in the last couple minutes of regulation.this is where it pays to be lazy, because we hadnt yet erased our dvd r/w.
there must be some interest in this clip because its only been live a few hours and has already had over 100 views.
so, without further adieu heres lsu coach les miles "are you kidding me? i'am the head coach." clip:
for some mysterious reason videos uploaded to youtube and google video for that matter, arent very good quality despite that when we play clips on our pc with a media player are clear and distortion free.
Posted by wst... at 20:04
~ source ~
~the farmer's almanac
XXXIV bayou classic
southern -vs- grambling
* grambling coach eddie robinson tribute 'every man a tiger: the eddie robinson story' 12:30 pm. cst ~ nbc [video: trailer]
southern leads the series 17-16, and claims the longest winning streak, 8 games from 1993-2000. ~ source
1:11 pm cst grambling kicks the ball off.
1:16 pm touchdown southern, 80 yd. drive, extra point good 7 - 0.
1:29 pm touchdown grambling, extra point good 7 - 7
1:41 pm touchdown southern, flag #43 southern unsportsmanlike conduct, extra point good 14 - 7
1:53 pm southern sacks grambling qb. end 1st. qtr.
1:57 pm begin 2nd. qtr.
2:15 pm grambling #19 intercepts southern, first turnover.
2:23 pm southern #7 intercepts grambling.
grambling #73 sacks southern qb.
2:40 pm end 1st. half, southern 14 grambling 7
3:10 pm begin 3rd. qtr.
3:50 end 3rd. qtr. southern 16 grambling 7
4th. qtr. southern 19 - grambling 7
grambling scores 19 - 13.
4:32 pm southern scores a touchdown , extra point good 22 - 13, 1:19 remain in game.
4:37 pm regulation play ends...the 34th bayou classic is history...southern university prevails again over grambling...====final score southern u. 22 - grambling 13.====
southern u. leads the series 18 - 16
flashback to 1976 and bayou classic iii
1976 news documentary footage pre & game highlights of bayou classic iii
half-time highlights include the grambling state university tiger marching band & the fantastic marching band from jaguar land.
bayou classic brings families, friends and memories together
Posted by wst... at 02:44
21 November 2007
much to their credit the gannett owned lafayette daily advertiser has devoted a lot of space to news stories about what lafayetters are going through in relation to lafayettes' criminal government springing upon the citizenry the redflex red-light scam and the so called safe speed vans scam. (see link)
however, despite being owned by the same company, despite the fact that gannett's louisiana owned "news" papers routinely share stories and reporters - one example of this is this story by the town talk's karina donica that recently appeared in the gannett owned monroe news star, we havent seen not one jot or tittle in the town talk about what is a major news story in lafayette. according to google maps lafayette is only 89 miles from alexandria and receives significant traffic from central louisianaians who go there to shop; etc. so, this is certainly news that central louisianaians would deem important.
dont you think that if the town talk and gannett were truly interested in reporting news and doing their civic duty that they would naturally feel that alexandrians certainly would need to know whats happening in lafayette in order to make better informed decisions about whats shortly going to be instituted here?
yet the gannett owned town talk reports nothing. why do you suppose this is? one reason could be because the town talk editorially came out in favor of the redflex scam and that the town talk editors dont want you compare whats happening only 89 miles away to see how stupid they are.
this is a prime example of how big media companies such as gannett suppress news from one region to another in order to shape public opinion and knowledge.
sure, we visit the town talk online because its free but we never click on any advertisers link and we make it a point not to shop with any of their advertisers. if you subscribe to the town talk or regularly purchase it, why are you paying earned money to gannett in order to be brainwashed and lied to?
20 November 2007
as luck would have it we dont currently have a copy of a contract that redflex has with a louisiana muncipality but we do have a copy of the contract that redflex has with the mountains recreation and conservation authority, a public entity of the state of california. and its a doozy. you can download the 31 page .pdf here.
all we had to read was this first "whereas" in the recitals to see how this scam operates. do you see the deception? redflex has EXCLUSIVE "knowlege." this means that the city wont even know what information and databases redflex is compiling on you, who or what they are sharing or selling the information to and you wont be able to find out from the city under a public records request either.
a shocking comment made by the city attorney mr. johnson was when he said that "as soon as redflex can get all that to me (the above mentioned information) i intended to present it to the council IN EXECUTIVE SESSION." now this statement should immediately send up red flags! the first thing you have to ask yourself is why is the city being so secretive? what is the city hiding and what is it about redflex and this spy camera scam that the city doesnt want you to know?
RS 42:6.1 is the statute that governs the exceptions to open meetings. the only possible provision that might apply is 42:6.1A(3) which states: Discussion regarding the report, development, or course of action regarding security personnel, plans, or devices. how could this possibly apply? after all, they're just talking about simple red-light cameras right? you run a red-light and get your picture taken and a citation in the mail right? we're not talking about security protocols for a presidential visit or security measures for the d.g. hunter power plant. or is there a lot more to all this, that the city isnt telling you about and that the city doesnt want you to know? we think its a lot more to it than what the city would have us believe.
you dont have to possess a degree in psychology to figure out that this is all about making money. one clear example is the statements made by councilman louis marshall. you can almost see the dollar signs in his eyes when he goes on about "the reason why i ax'd that this be put in the committee, while i was down in new orleans...listening to the television there...jefferson parish had if iam not mistaken 16,000 tickets paid, only two were contested...this could be something that could be another revenue source for the city." so there ya have it! just like we've maintained all along its about the money. after councilman marshall made the above statement and after a period of time elapsed he must have thought that he should add this bit in just to cover himself "and at the same time you could be making a lot safer for the city..." mmhmm.. now if councilman marshall would have been thinking foremost about safety that would have been what he mentioned first instead of as an afterthought -- because safety, it is an afterthought.
if you really think this bunch whether its the mayor, the city council, the chief of police or redflex really gives one damn about you or your families safety please leave us a comment and let us know what kind of drugs you're on.
speaking of the mayor (and if this guy ever leaves politics he should really go to hollywood and pursue a career in the movies coz hes quite an actor) gave his obligatory spiel against cameras. this was so reminiscent of his little speech he gave against the baggy pants ordinance which you might remember he allowed to become law anyway knowing full well that its wrong. so dont count on hizzoner to come to the rescue and dont pay any attention to what he said coz its all bullshit, just an act and as hes already shown that as long as its politically expedient, he will sell you down the river in a heartbeat.
some think that these cameras only take still pictures. wrong. these are full motion cameras and if you had watched the presentation that redflex representative charlie buckels gave to the city council back in the spring you would have known this. [video here]
so do you really want some perv sitting in a computer room thousands of miles away making rude comments about your wife's ass or your daughter's tits? not to mention where all this video is being stored and shared with.
the bottom line is that this is a colossal scam.
national motorists association
10 reasons to oppose red-light cameras
corporate crime reporter
louisiana most corrupt state in the nation
public works / zoning committee - video
the mayor says that the city has come up with alternatives namely, the "revocation of prescott [road]." the mayor says that city chief operating officer kay michiels, had a study done that shows that most of the cars on prescott road and wainright are cabrini workers and/or related to cabrini.
the mayor says that the "big obstacle" is relocation of utilities. thats funny we thought the "big obstacle" was under what legal statute the city is planning to operate under to effect such a transfer. in may 2007 we asked the city to explain and clarify under which specific statute they plan to operate under and as of today they have never bothered to respond to our request.
we dont think that the city plans to operate within the law. it looks like this will be a done deal and the city and cabrini knows that they can get away with it too, because no one in the media or the community will bother to ask any questions.
so, like we originally predicted, citizens of alexandria will one morning open up their alleged newspaper and turn on kalb's jambalaya program to learn that prescott road now belongs to st. francis cabrini hospital.
Posted by wst... at 16:27
UPDATE: S.2272 was signed into law by president bush on 12 march 2008
Title: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service known as the Southpark Station in Alexandria, Louisiana, as the John "Marty" Thiels Southpark Station, in honor and memory of Thiels, a Louisiana postal worker who was killed in the line of duty on October 4, 2007.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 10/31/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Latest Major Action: 11/16/2007 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
S 2272 RS
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
October 31, 2007
November 15, 2007
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service known as the Southpark Station in Alexandria, Louisiana, as the John `Marty' Thiels Southpark Station, in honor and memory of Thiels, a Louisiana postal worker who was killed in the line of duty on October 4, 2007.
(a) Designation- The facility of the United States Postal Service known as the Southpark Station in Alexandria, Louisiana, shall be known and designated as the `John `Marty' Thiels Southpark Station'.
(b) References- Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States to the facility referred to in subsection (a) shall be deemed to be a reference to the `John `Marty' Thiels Southpark Station'.
Calendar No. 506
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service known as the Southpark Station in Alexandria, Louisiana, as the John `Marty' Thiels Southpark Station, in honor and memory of Thiels, a Louisiana postal worker who was killed in the line of duty on October 4, 2007.
Reported without amendment
19 November 2007
LOUISIANAsee link for the other 49 states
Worst Speedtrap: Woodworth
Dishonorable Mention: Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Metairie
louisiana most corrupt state in the nation
speedtrap.org links here
news stories and editorials about speed traps
ALEXANDRIA CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR COUNCIL AGENDA
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2007
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS – 5:00 P.M.
23) To consider final adoption of an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into a Professional Services Agreement with Daniel T. Smith for planning services in the Planning and Economic Development Division’s.
Posted by wst... at 11:28
18 November 2007
thomas cicardo is the retired chief of the alexandria, louisiana police department. after his retirement in 2003, chief cicardo wrote a book called 'because they could.' set in the fictional city of alemette, it is loosely based on his thirty years as a police officer.
chief cicardo, also has two new books to soon release: 'deadly ride' a murder mystery and 'the 15th license' set in new orleans, louisiana.
Posted by wst... at 23:01
heres a few complete but unofficial returns from several state representative and state senator races. complete list is at the link.
eric lafleur defeated donald newton, grandson of outgoing, term-limited state senator "doc" hines.
looks like yvonne dorsey of purple circle and colomb foundation infamy defeated jason decuir by 93 votes
Posted by wst... at 10:07