29 November 2010

caroline fayard contemplates future

former candidate for lieutenant governor, caroline fayard, posted the following statement on her website www.geauxcaroline.com today:

Fayard Contemplates Future

New Orleans – Caroline Fayard, who garnered 43 percent of votes cast in the November 2nd runoff election for Lieutenant Governor, said that she will carefully consider where she can best contribute to the state of Louisiana.

“I’m extraordinarily grateful to my supporters and volunteers who have helped to make my first run for statewide office possible,” said Fayard. “Going from being a virtual unknown to having over a half-million voters place their trust in a first-time candidate is a tremendous accomplishment, and I’m very proud of the positive campaign we ran.”

Fayard said that her message has always been about giving all citizens in the state a voice, as well as calling on our state government and leaders to be accountable to the hard-working people of Louisiana. Fayard said that she will continue that mission.

“I am honored by the calls I’m getting from people all around the state who are asking me to get more involved in politics. I am listening to them and I will continue to listen. The campaign just ended, and I will think things over during Christmas before deciding where I can make the best contribution as our state tackles very serious challenges affecting all of us.”

Fayard said that she will continue to focus on higher education and the brain drain, corporate accountability and increasing voter participation.

Posted on November 29, 2010.
we had never heard of ms. fayard prior to the lieutenant governor's special election. we didnt pay her any attention either until she made the runoff;

while some aspects of ms. fayard's past professional life are troubling -- such as her work for goldman sachs -- and not counting her obamacare blunder, in the several interviews that we were able to catch, we found her to be a very fascinating and interesting person. we hope to see her in some political campaign again.


27 November 2010

wrong bush in a jar

babs bush "said that she had never, as her son George W Bush claimed in one of more bizarre sections of his new book, placed her stillborn foetus in a jar, saying her housekeeper had."



black friday for willie nelson

el paso times excerpt:
Country music superstar Willie Nelson was arrested Friday morning for allegedly having about 6 ounces [170 grams] of marijuana after his tour bus was stopped at the Border Patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, about 85 miles [137 km] east of El Paso.

Nelson, 77, was traveling from California to Austin, where he owns a ranch.
Nelson was stopped at the checkpoint about 9 a.m.

Border Patrol agents searched Nelson's tour bus and found the marijuana, which Nelson claimed was his, said Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West. [...] West said that Nelson posted a $2,500 [1,888 EUR] bond and was on the road again by 1:30 p.m. Friday.
A court date has yet to be set.
Nelson's publicist Elaine Schock could not be reached for comment Friday, and no changes had been made to Nelson's tour schedule.

His next performance will be today at the WinStar casino in Thackerville, Okla. ~ read more
see also
free willie!!!
related posts
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    26 November 2010

    commercial christmas trees available

    the first christmas trees we've spotted this year went on sale in pineville, la., sometime wednesday, 24 november 2010.

    workers were busy setting up the trees which had arrived moments before we passed by, so no immediate information about pricing was available.

    the trees are located in the parking lot opposite the circle k/shell/subway convenience store.

    click picture to enlarge
    we also saw this temporary roadside advert sign for a&n christmas tree farm in echo, louisiana. the phone number is 318.447.9666.
    see also
    louisiana trekker
    visit a louisiana tree farm this year

    susek drive

    according to a 13 november 2010 piece by the gannett repeater jeff matthews, the city of pineville, louisiana, (actually gilchrist construction company) is presently finishing up work on its susek drive project: work almost finished on pineville's susek drive project or click here to download two page .pdf [55 kb].

    gannett repeated that:

    The $8.6 million project is being funded through federal stimulus dollars.

    Susek has been widened, flattened and resurfaced.

    Sidewalks also are being constructed and drainage in the area improved.
    so we had an opportunity to pass through there thanksgiving eve and found it to be pretty much as advertised.

    in the article susek drive resident daniel o'reagan is really pleased and said "they made a neighborhood out of what was basically a rural road." and that's really true too. its not been all that many years ago when there were few people living along susek and no subdivisions that you could zoom over the hills to get a little something of the roller-coaster effect.

    you cant do that now though cos the hills are gone. thanks president obama.

    one observation -- although susek drive is open to through traffic its still a good idea to avoid it if you can -- until its renovation is finally complete -- especially if you're the type who likes to yak away on a cell phone while driving and/or you arent really comfortable driving in conditions where the circumstances are fluid; demanding a quick reaction time for human beings working on the shoulder and in the vicinity as well as tractors and other heavy equipment entering, working on or near and exiting the roadway -- all at the same time.

    we would have preferred to have filmed this standing in the bed of a pick-up (and might do that for the return trip unless someone else does it first).

    there appears to be an annoying bug on the windshield but the likely culprit we discovered later was a smudge on the camera lens.

    although our vid is three minutes and thirty-four seconds long, for now the transit takes around four and a half minutes.

    we trimmed the first forty seconds off cos we were stopped just inside the intersection to let a tractor pass. the rest of the time was trimmed from the end.

    when susek is fully open you will probably be able to shave around ninety seconds or so off.

    the perspective is going west from pinehurst drive to edgewood drive.


    23 November 2010

    ksyl caller becky: david vitter a cosponsor of S.510 fed/homeland security takeover of food supply

    while we're unsure about all of the other stuff that frequent ksyl talk radio caller "becky" was on about, this is the first time that we've heard it mentioned in the msm that senator david vitter is a cosponsor of S.510 fda food safety modernization act -- so we give her props for that.

    we wont hold our breath, but perhaps now someone will question senator vitter -- who, of course, claims to be a conservative republican -- just how he can justify cosponsoring and supporting such a massive expansion of federal authority and expenditure and still claim to be a conservative or even a republican. we're sure others would like to know the chapter and verse from the republican party platform that senator vitter is using as justification.

    Senate Bill 510 vote delayed until after Thanksgiving - Take action now to oppose food tyranny

    (NaturalNews) If there's one thing to give thanks for this year, it's the fact that the Senate floor vote on the so-called "Food Safety Modernization Act" has been delayed until after the Senate's Thanksgiving recess.

    This gives all of us -- the commonsense opponents of S.510 who don't want the FDA having authority over raw milk, seeds and backyard gardens -- another week to flood the offices of U.S. Senators with calls, faxes and emails that express opposition to the bill.

    The jury is still out on the Tester-Hagan Amendment which would exempt small farmers from some of the more tyrannical requirements under the law.

    If this amendment were adopted, it would substantially improve the bill, but even with this amendment, the bill is just another overreaching expansion of Big Government into yet another area of incompetence. (If the government can't run health care worth a darn, how are they supposed to manage the entire food supply?)

    The 1099 paperwork amendment
    As part of this debate over the safety of the food supply, Sen Mike Johanns is making a courageous attempt to kill the new, idiotic 1099 reporting requirement that would require every person running a small business in America to get 1099 forms from Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Costco, Amazon.com or any other retailer where they've spent over $600 in the previous year.

    This absolute nightmare of 1099 paperwork was passed as part of the Obamacare health care reform legislation earlier this year.

    It will turn America's small business owners into paperwork pack rats and criminalize anyone who doesn't spent several hundred hours a year chasing 1099 forms from corporations that are almost certain to refuse to give them to you.

    This is the government's way of penalizing small business owners in America and killing off yet more jobs as a way to destroy the economy.

    This 1099 recall is the only real positive thing being considered in the Food Safety and Modernization Act. And as you've probably noticed, it has nothing to do with food.

    What comes next for S.510
    On Monday, November 29, a vote will be taken on the Harkin amendment, which is merely a rephrasing of the bill with some new wording that came out of committee.

    After that, a vote is planned for the bill itself, meaning S.510 could be passed into law on November 29th.

    Additional debate time might be invoked for various amendments to the bill, as there are some motions still pending (Johanns, Baucus, Coburn). So it's not a given thing that a final vote will happen on Nov 29th.

    Watch NaturalNews.com for more updates on this bill throughout next week. We will continue to rally opposition to the bill.

    I'm not against some commonsense improvements in food safety, but to give Big Brother yet more control over seed saving, backyard food production and small organic farms is an outright disaster, not an improvement.

    Besides, as we now know, the problem with e.coli, salmonella and other pathogens in the food supply is really a problem with factory animal farms -- notably cattle and chicken operations.

    That's where these pathogens come from (e.coli grows in the intestines of animals), so cleaning up factory animal farms is the answer to food safety, not invoking the FDA and its food irradiation agenda.

    Why not hand the FDA more power over our food supply?
    It's amazing to see that people are lining up to grant more power to the FDA -- the very agency that has killed more Americans through its corruption, fraud and negligence than any other organization in the history of the nation.

    I've written a full story on this important fact, which details how the FDA is far more dangerous than terrorists and that putting the FDA in charge of our national food supply can only lead to disaster. Read that story.

    Take action now to stop S.510
    Your voice needs to be heard on this issue. The vote on this bill has been delayed until after the Thanksgiving recess, so you have more time to oppose this dangerous legislation.

    Call the Capitol Switchboard and ask to be directly connected to your Senator's office: 202-224-3121.

    You can find other contact information for your US Senator here. ~ source

    link to audio download page


    22 November 2010

    wild geese

    some clips of migratory geese over rapides parish, louisiana heading south.


    21 November 2010

    beaver moon 2010

    couple of decent snaps we got this evening of the beaver moon...

    click picture to enlarge
    the beaver moon rises over rapides parish, louisiana 5:53 pm cst sunday 21 november 2010
    Nov. 21, 12:27 p.m. EST -- Full Beaver Moon. At this point of the year, it's time to set beaver traps before the swamps freeze to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.

    Another interpretation suggests that the name Beaver Full Moon come from the fact that the beavers are now active in their preparation for winter.

    It's also called the Frosty Moon. ~ space.com

    20 November 2010

    ALERT ALL CLEAR: entire east bank of new orleans under boil water advisory: councilmember kristin gisleson palmer

    UPDATE-3 times-picayune:Boil water order lifted across east bank of New Orleans

    and .. uh ... yeah the saints won
    beat seattle 34 - 19 in the superdome.
    The State recommends that you disinfect your water by boiling it for one minute and letting it cool down prior to consumption (including drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, bathing or preparing food).

    Boil water for one full minute in a clean container.

    The one-minute boil time begins after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. (If there is a flat taste, it can be eliminated by shaking the water in a bottle or pouring it from one container to another.)

    "We're uncertain at this point if there was a compromise to the system," said Dr. Takeisha Davis, Regional Medical Director at the Louisiana Office of Public Health. "The major risk is from ingestion, and we think that this risk is very low."

    Davis added, "There is little risk to taking a shower, as long as individuals close their mouths and do not ingest the water.

    However, we recommend that individuals with open wounds or immune system deficiencies take special precautions and avoid showering while the precautionary boil advisory is in effect."

    At approximately 7:00 am on Saturday, the Sewerage and Water Board's chemists and technicians began collecting 28 water samples from sites throughout the East Bank.

    Analysis began at 12:00 PM of all samples. Tests are being conducted at the Board's Water Purification Laboratory.

    Tests will be incubated for 24 hours to determine if any harmful bacteria are present in the samples.

    If the tests show that the water is free of harmful bacteria and has a normal chlorine concentration, the precautionary Boil Water Advisory would then be lifted with the approval of the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH).

    At approximately 10:30 pm on Friday, the Sewerage & Water Board lost 25 cycle power at its main water plant, causing low water pressure (as low as 10 pounds per square inch) throughout the East Bank of the City.

    The Board has restored its 25-cycle power and is also operating on commercial power.

    According to the Board, water pressure has approached near-normal pressure, as repairs to the electrical system at the main water plant are underway.

    The Mayor has ordered an after action report to determine what caused the power failure.

    The City's Office of Homeland Security and the State Department of Health and Hospitals are in contact with hospital, hotel, restaurant, and tourism officials to help ensure continuity of operations.

    For information, citizens can log onto www.nola.gov or www.swbno.org.

    Citizens can call 311 (and press zero) or 658-4000.
    UPDATE: times-picayune -- boil-water advisory in effect at least until 3 p.m., sunday, [21 november 2010] landrieu says

    ----ORIGINAL POST----

    urgent press release from new orleans city councilmember for district c kristin gisleson palmer:
    Important Boil Water Advisory

    Due to a drop in water pressure last night, the State Department of Health and Hospitals and the Sewerage and Water Board have released a precautionary boil water advisory for the entire east bank of the New Orleans.

    Citizens are urged to boil their tap water vigorously for at least one full minute prior to using it for drinking or cooking (the minute starts when the water begins to bubble).

    This includes water used for brushing teeth, making ice, washing raw foods, preparation of drinks, and water for pets.

    Wait for the water to cool before using it, or store it in the refrigerator in a clean container.

    You should throw away ice made during the time the advisory or notice was issued, as freezing does not kill bacteria.

    This boil water advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

    To sign up for future notices visit www.nolaready.info


    1st kolin kolache festival 2010

    UPDATE: 2nd kolin kolache festival 2011
    ----ORIGINAL POST----

    we've seen this temporary hi-way roadside advert sign announcing what looks to be the 1st kolin kolache festival around for a few days and meant to post it earlier in the week the area code for the phone number in the sign is 318. we hope that the festival is a great success.

    cream cheese kolache
    photograph courtesy besetsny's kountry bakery, hallettsville, texas
    Kolache (also spelled kolace, kolach, or kolacky, from the Czech and Slovak plural koláče) is a type of pastry consisting of fillings ranging from fruits (including poppy seed, raspberry, and apricot) to cheeses and/or meats inside a bread roll.

    Unlike recent American usage, the Czech word "koláče" is a plural word.

    A single pastry is called a "koláč" or "koláček." ~ wikipedia
    kolin hall is located just off la highway 107 (old marksville highway) on booner miller road. booner miller or b. miller road is opposite palmer chapel road.

    19 November 2010

    alexandria, la. attorney edward a. kaplan permanently resigns from practice of law

    Edward a Kaplan Permanent Resignation November 2010


    [T]he ODC is conducting an investigation into several new complaints which allege serious attorney misconduct by respondent.

    Respondent now seeks to permanently resign from the practice of law in lieu of discipline.

    The ODC has concurred in respondent’s petition.

    Having considered the Petition for Permanent Resignation from the Practice of Law filed by Edward A. Kaplan, Louisiana Bar Roll number 7622, and the concurrence thereto filed by the ODC,
    IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Edward A. Kaplan shall be permanently prohibited from practicing law in Louisiana or in any other jurisdiction in which he is admitted to the practice of law; shall be permanently prohibited from seeking readmission to the practice of law in this state or in any other jurisdiction in which he is admitted; and shall be permanently prohibited from seeking admission to the practice of law in any jurisdiction.


    17 November 2010

    S.510 fda food safety modernization act federalizes and places food production under homeland security

    "even if the intent is not explicitly stated as control over all farms -- that is -- what is -- this legislation and they can use that to impose their world view on everyone."

    ~ liz reitzig, secretary, national independent consumers and farmer's association.

    see also "S.510: a clear and present danger."
    (NaturalNews) Senate Bill S 510 Food Safety Modernization Act vote imminent: Would outlaw gardening and saving seeds

    Senate Bill 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, has been called "the most dangerous bill in the history of the United States of America."

    It would grant the U.S. government new authority over the public's right to grow, trade and transport any foods.

    This would give Big brother the power to regulate the tomato plants in your backyard.

    It would grant them the power to arrest and imprison people selling cucumbers at farmer's markets.

    It would criminalize the transporting of organic produce if you don't comply with the authoritarian rules of the federal government.

    "It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one's choice.

    It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God." - Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower

    This tyrannical law puts all food production (yes, even food produced in your own garden) under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security.

    Yep -- the very same people running the TSA and its naked body scanner / passenger groping programs.

    This law would also give the U.S. government the power to arrest any backyard food producer as a felon (a "smuggler") for merely growing lettuce and selling it at a local farmer's market.

    It also sells out U.S. sovereignty over our own food supply by ceding to the authority of both the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Codex Alimentarius.

    It would criminalize seed saving, turning backyard gardeners who save heirloom seeds into common criminals.

    This is obviously designed to give corporations like Monsanto a monopoly over seeds.

    It would create an unreasonable paperwork burden that would put small food producers out of business, resulting in more power over the food supply shifting to large multinational corporations.

    I encourage you to read more about this dangerous bill at the Food Freedom blog.

    Watch this excellent video on NaturalNews.TV which explains S.510 in more detail:

    In addition, the Cornucopia Institute recently sent out an urgent call-to-action email containing the following information:

    How to protest Senate Bill 510

    1) Go to Congress.org and type in your zip code in the box in the upper right hand corner.

    2) Click on your Senator's name, and then on the contact tab for their phone number.

    You can also call the Capitol Switchboard and ask to be directly connected to your Senator's office:


    3) Once connected ask to speak to the legislative staff person responsible for agriculture. If they are unavailable leave a voice mail message. Be sure to include your name and phone number.

    Give them this message in support of the "Tester Amendment" which would exempt small farms from S.510:
    "I am a constituent of Senator___________. I ask that he/she support the Tester Amendment to the food safety bill.

    The Tester Amendment will exempt the safest, small, owner-operator farms and food facilities and farmers who direct market their products to consumers, stores or restaurants.

    Food safety legislation should not create inappropriate and costly regulatory barriers to family farms and the growing healthy food movement in the drive to crack down on corporate bad actors.

    Please support the Tester Amendment and market opportunities for small and mid-sized family farms, and small food processing facilities."
    You may also wish to explain that you oppose the Food Safety Modernization Act in its entirety, and it is a destructive, freedom-crushing law that will destroy the future of food in America.

    Remember, America has already lost control over its money supply to the Federal Reserve (nearly a hundred years ago);

    America has lost its health due to the medical industry and its profit-from-sickness agenda.

    Now we may lose our right to grow our own food and save our own seeds if Senate Bill 510 passes.

    This is a dangerous, tyrannical law that would thrust the American people into an age of darkness and malnutrition.

    It would criminalize many of the very people growing our food and turn food production into yet another corporate monopoly.

    Please take the time right now to contact your U.S. Senator and voice your strong opposition to this bill.
    S.510 is sponsored by senator richard durbin and some twenty co-sponsors including senator david vitter -- who became a cosponsor on 27 may 2010.
    we phoned senator david vitter's washington, d.c. office this morning. surprisingly (or not) he is a cosponsor of S.510.

    we were unable to speak to his "legislative staff person responsible for agriculture," as the staffer who answered the phone said that he was in a meeting.

    we asked him to tell senator vitter, that although we know that he is a cosponsor -- to vote against S.510 or alternatively to vote for the "tester amendment."

    next we phoned senator katrina mary landrieu snellings washington, d.c.office. we were put in contact with olivia phillipe (phonetic), when we asked to speak to the agricultural staff person.

    we requested that she tell katrina mary to vote against S.510 or alternatively, vote for the "tester amendment."

    "the tester amendment"

    we were looking around but couldnt find a copy or the text of the amendment. so we phoned senator jon tester's washington, d.c. office and spoke to very friendly staffer's who said that in basic, it exempted farmers and farms making $500,000 or less. senator tester's office promised to email or send a copy of the text before long.
    meanwhile, the senate voted to agree to invoke cloture to proceed to S.510:

    17 november 2010 senate roll call vote #250
    S. 510--111th Congress: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. (2009). In GovTrack.us (database of federal legislation). Retrieved November 17, 2010.


    15 November 2010

    body of suellen roberts believed found in arizona



    PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona authorities said Monday they discovered the body of a woman believed to be the missing mother of a girl found dead in Louisiana.

    The possible remains of Suellen Roberts, 31, were found in a remote area off Interstate 40 in northwestern Arizona, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

    Thomas Steven Sanders was arrested in Mississippi on Sunday in the kidnapping of Roberts' daughter, 12-year-old Lexis Roberts.

    The girl's skeleton was found by hunters last month in Louisiana. ~ read more


    12 November 2010

    sports illustrated: projects lsu vs boise state in sugar bowl

    also projecting university of louisiana at monroe vs northern illinois in the godaddy.com bowl.



    11 November 2010

    alexandria, la. businessman, retired peabody magnet high teacher dickie sullivan dies

    several clips obtained by wst... from the funeral service of richard john "dickie" sullivan, sr., held on 13 november 2010 from philadelphia baptist church, philadelphia community, rapides parish, louisiana.

    rev. tom jordan with philadelphia baptist church quoted jesus from john the apostle chapter nineteen and cautioned the sons to take care of and love their mother.

    rev. anthony mangun of the pentecostals of alexandria said that mr. sullivan fit the definition the prophet micah gave of what is a good man.

    chaplain sheldon reed of the w.d. fisher masonic lodge and masonic fraternity at buckeye, louisiana, on when is a man a mason? (complete uncut audio)

    mike sullivan delivers the funeral eulogy sermon for his uncle.
    (complete uncut audio)

    steve sullivan performs "daddy are we there yet?" a son sings one final time a song he wrote as a child to his father...

    united states air force honor guard properly folds the casket flag.

    eddie sullivan, a nephew, speaks a few words about his uncle and leads a prayer.

    united states air force honor guard
    Dickie Sullivan Obit
    UPDATE: obituary
    ----ORIGINAL POST----
    wst... is saddened to learn of the passing of richard j. "dickie" sullivan.

    sullivan, was a native of holloway, louisiana and a retired longtime welding instructor at peabody magnet high school and businessman, died on 10 november 2010.

    several of the businesses that sullivan -- together with his wife audette humbles sullivan are known for, include, sullivan enterprises, inc., the sullivan gun and knife show, a watkins distributorship, a cane syrup manufacturing/bottling operation, metal building fabrication and erection, as well as a truck farm.

    sullivan was a veteran of the united states naval service before joining and then retiring from the united states air force.

    besides his widow, audette, sullivan leaves behind three sons, rick of california, steve from the dallas texas area and cliff of alexandria, la., and many grandchildren.

    services for richard j. "dickie" sullivan are tentatively set for 2:00 pm saturday, 13 november 2010 at philadelphia baptist church.

    complete arraignments are expected to be announced shortly after 2:00 pm today from hixson brothers, funeral home.


    veterans day 2010

    click picture to enlarge
    United States Naval Warship BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY BB-62
    Save the battlewagons
    Oliver North
    April 15, 2005

    "There is no weapon system in the world that comes even close to the visible symbol of enormous power represented by the battleship." -- Retired Gen. P.X. Kelly, USMC

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Those words of the former Marine commandant resonate with me. In 1969, gunfire from the battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62) saved my rifle platoon in Vietnam. During her six months in-theater, the USS New Jersey's 16-inch guns were credited with saving more than 1,000 Marines' lives.

    The North Vietnamese so feared the ship that they cited her as a roadblock to the Paris peace talks. Our leaders, as they did so often in that war, made the wrong choice and sent her home. Now, 36 years later, Washington is poised to make another battleship blunder.

    After the USS Iowa (BB-61) and USS Wisconsin, (BB-64) were taken out of active service in 1992, Congress passed Public Law 104-106, a 1996 measure requiring that our last two battleships be kept ready for reactivation. But today's Navy brass wants Congress to repeal the law, strike the ships from Naval Vessel Register -- the official list of available ships -- and donate them to museums.

    The Navy, focusing on a new "strategic vision" called "sea basing," claims that the battleships' proven firepower is no longer necessary for Naval Gun Fire Support (NGFS) -- the kind of mission that saved my Marines three decades ago.

    Adm. Vernon Clark, the chief of naval operations, says that "Marines will be supported by combat air." That's great -- except when bad weather keeps the planes on deck instead of overhead. It also ignores the full range of support that is economically available from well-protected, highly mobile, gun and missile-firing battleships. This is not your grandfather's battlewagon.

    In 1983, the USS New Jersey was the best support available to the Marines after their barracks were bombed in Beirut. During the "tanker war," in the mid-1980s, every time the USS Iowa steamed into the Persian Gulf, the Iranians ceased hostile action.

    During Desert Storm, cruise missiles launched from both the USS Missouri (BB-63) and the USS Wisconsin attacked scores of targets deep inside Iraq; and an entire Iraqi Naval Infantry unit surrendered to one of the USS Wisconsin's unmanned aerial vehicles. Unlike any other naval vessel, battleships combine survivability, speed and immediate, heavy firepower.

    The Navy claims that the "firepower problem" -- Marines call it "steel on target" -- will be solved by new, 5-inch Extended Range Guided Munitions (ERGM). Under development at great cost since 1996, the Government Accountability Office said in 2004 that the ERGM program is rife with cost overruns and that "its problems have led to test failures and delays."

    In truth, the ERGM should have been scrubbed in March 2000, when the Marines told Congress that neither ERGM nor any other 5-inch round would meet Marines' lethality requirements. Worse still, a May 2001 internal Navy report admitted that ERGM won't meet Marines' volume of fire requirements, either. Both needs can easily be met by existing 16-inch guns on the battleships.

    Navy planners insist that a new DD(X)-class of ships -- also still in development -- will surpass battleships' NGFS capabilities. But on April 1, 2003, Marine Commandant Gen. Michael Hagee testified that our nation's expeditionary forces "will remain at considerable risk" for want of NGFS until the DD(X) joins the fleet "in significant numbers." Since then, the Navy has reduced the DD(X) buy from 24 ships to five. This leaves Marines high and dry unless Iowa and Wisconsin are available for rapid reactivation.

    Even if the Navy ordered more of the DD(X) class -- at $2 billion to $3.5 billion each -- these small, thin-skinned vessels are highly vulnerable to "sea skimmer" missiles. And a terrorist action, like the 2000 attack on the USS Cole -- which crippled the destroyer and killed 17 -- would do similar damage to a DD(X).

    Naval officers admit that heavily armored battleships are practically impervious to such strikes, but claim that what the DD(X) lacks in armor it will make up in stealth and speed. To embattled Marines that just means their nearest naval gunfire support will be far out at sea and traveling at high speed -- neither of which contribute to accurate "steel on target" for troops fighting ashore.

    Our Navy currently has no capability for providing the lethal, high-volume firepower that would be required if -- God forbid -- we should have to land Marines on the coasts of Iran or North Korea, or in defense of Taiwan.

    When the Marines assaulted Um Qasr at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003, they had to rely on naval gunfire from an Australian frigate.

    The Navy's answer is to wait six years for the costly, unproven ERGM system and a half-dozen or fewer, yet-to-be-built DD(X) ships. But America's enemies may not wait that long. And America's taxpayers may not want to pay the price -- in blood or treasure. The DD(X)-ERGM experiments are estimated to cost between $12 billion and $16 billion.

    It would take less than two years to reactivate the Iowa and Wisconsin. The battleships are 10 percent faster than the still-conceptual DD(X). They each bring to bear 12 5-inch and nine 16-inch guns -- capable, with new munitions, of firing accurately to nearly 100 miles. The two battleships can also carry nearly twice as many cruise missiles as all the DD(X) hulls combined. All that firepower is available for $2 billion -- the cost of one DD(X).

    Sometimes, as I tell my grandchildren, older is better. In the case of the two battlewagons, older is not only superior, it's also a lot less expensive.

    Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist and the founder and honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance.


    09 November 2010

    wood ducks

    look fast. a glimpse is all you're going to get of migratory wood ducks hightailing it into rapides parish, louisiana.

    unfortunately, right now many of these fine creatures are going to be disappointed to learn that most of their regular roosting areas are dry as a bone and water sufficient to dabble in is very scarce.

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  • louisiana drought 2010

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    06 November 2010

    fall back & 11-6-10 meme

    national geographic

    For most Americans, daylight saving time ends in 2010 at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 7, when most states fall back to standard time.

    Time will spring forward again on March 13, 2011, when daylight saving time resumes.

    The federal government doesn't require U.S. states or territories to observe daylight saving time, which is why residents of Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands won't need to turn back their clocks this weekend.

    Where it is observed, daylight savings has been known to cause some problems....read more


    05 November 2010

    cenla news: departure slated for chief tully

    very, very interesting.


    mike magnoli: thomas steven sanders sought in lexis kaye roberts catahoula parish, la. murder investigation

    UPDATE 15 november 2010 body of suellen roberts believed found in arizona.

    UPDATE: 15 november 2010 thomas steven sanders caught sunday 14 november 2010 at the flying j truck stop in gulfport, mississippi.
    thomas steven sanders

    katc's mike magnoli reports on the catahoula parish sheriff - fbi joint press conference held at alexandria, la. yesterday, concerning the investigation into the death of lexis kaye roberts a twelve year old girl whose remains were recently found by hunters in a rural area of catahoula parish, la.

    if you have any information about thomas steven sanders and/or the 2001 kia spectra with damage to the passenger side contact:
    Catahoula Parish Sheriff
    301 Bushley Street
    Harrisonburg, LA 71340

    Phone: (318) 744-5411

    Fax: (318) 744-5568

    or the fbi at


    or https://tips.fbi.gov


    the dead pelican down

    UPDATE: 2:11 pm the dead pelican is back up.

    hmm this looks like it could be serious. we have an email in to chad if we hear back we'll update.


    04 November 2010

    tropical storm tomas forecast to head into the atlantic between cuba and hispaniola

    500 AM EDT FRI NOV 05 2010


    500 PM EDT THU NOV 04 2010



    LOCATION...16.6N 76.0W


    03 November 2010

    black copter

    sometimes when the weather is cloudy & overcast w/ low visibility, like it is today, the louisiana air national guard or someone, will route flights in to camp beauregard lower to the ground and a bit faster than usual.

    they fly back and forth all the time. under the most favorable conditions a lot higher and in formation.



    flash back: handy speed checker device at libuse la

    UPDATE: via the dead pelican we learn from katc that they are called a "mobile speed monitoring trailer" and that the st. landry, parish sheriff is getting them too:

    Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz said, "The trailer will be placed on parish roads to monitor and record all traffic passing during a specific time period.

    The trailer is powered by solar panels and has a board computer that logs speed, time and date of all vehicles passing it.

    The trailer is also equipped with a message board to display messages during the speed monitoring or during emergencies.

    The trailer's computer can be downloaded to computers at the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office.

    The trailer's on board computer breaks down the number of vehicles passing by percent speeding and percent not speeding but also gives exact numbers on what time and date the vehicle passed the trailer."
    each trailer costs $18,389.00 to purchase katc reported.

    there may be other machines like this around the parish but this is the only one we've seen.

    located just east of the bank of jena, highway 28 east at libuse, louisiana.
    originally posted 10 september 2010


    state of la v christopher bryan chenevert 3rd circuit reverses conviction; orders acquital in gun rights case

    while mr. chenevert was wrong to have had a few "toddies" and shot off his pistol at three o'clock in the morning -- especially when there are elderly neighbors around who frighten easily -- the greater sin was the rapides parish sheriff's office + the rapides parish district attorney and 9th jdc judge john c. davidson's much ado about nothing prosecution.

    what the rpso should have done was taken otis mr. chenevert and tossed him in the tank to sleep it off then around noon booted him out on the street. that would have been the end of it. no one, except maybe mr. chenevert, but especially the taxpayers, would have been out much..

    with this case you can see how they are willing to squander tons of taxpayer dollars and time, the resources of our police and court system over nothing -- while all the while casting a blind eye at all the political, governmental and elite white collar criminals and corruption which continue unabated and unchallenged.

    State of La. v. Chenevert 2nd Amendment Case 03 November 2010

    source link 3rd circuit court of appeal