Daily Archives: September 19, 2011

Does John Fleming represent you? Does he “look” like you? Does he identify with you?

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Folks I’ve prepared tax returns since the late 1980’s and worked as a CPA for small businesses both larger and smaller than Louisiana Representative John Flemming’s fast food empire. Back in the 1990s when tax rates were higher 6 figures folks like John absolutely paid more in taxes. Our budget was balanced and the economy was booming.

It is not that Republicans like Fleming are clueless that is scary as plenty of politicians are dumber than posts, even those that manage to run their own businesses. It is that politicians like Fleming are willing to take uncalculated and indeed reckless chances with the economy just so they won’t have to pay more for the mess they created that scares me. Continue reading

Acute Council Coulrophia Epidemic, Epicenter District 3: A Lockemuptight guest post.

For the lucky citizens who were not in attendance at the August 31, 2011 Jefferson Parish Council meeting you should be counting your lucky stars. Many attendees got acutely ill as it seems longtime Waggaman civic activist, George Peterson, is himself  possibly showing signs of becoming another scary Council Clown.

For those unfamiliar with George Peterson a short review is in order. George has been the ever so valiant Waggaman citizen who for years  at Council meetings had criticized District 3 Councilman Byron Lee for not spending the majority of River Birch’s $700,000 landfill mitigation fund on the citizens of Waggaman. Especially those citizens and respiratory sufferers living in close proximity to the onerous, odorous River Birch landfill.

 However, a few weeks ago Mr.Peterson himself became a candidate for Council District 3. Shortly thereafter, during a Council ‘s heated debate with members of the CFFG,  involving the new contract to operate the JP landfill expansion,, Mr. Peterson started to show signs of  clownishness. Mr. Peterson ranted  on how the JP landfill was mismanaged by CDM contractors,  who oversee the operators by treating the foul odors and scaring the birds away, and endorsed IESI to manage the new expansion. He also stated how all the foul odor was solely coming from the JP landfill and definitely not from the the River Birch dump. So Mr.Peterson, if what you say is true what was the intention and purpose of River Birch’s $700,000 mitigation fund? Continue reading

From the sordid past that just won’t die file: Corporate predator State Farm lied to the Illinois Supreme Court in landmark case.

That landmark case is Avery v State Farm and we have a few post on it here dating back to 2008.  As I remember State Farm defrauded its own customers with auto policies via aftermarket parts.  They lost and kept losing until the election for Supreme Court where they managed to get their whore, Lloyd Karmeier elected and ol’ Lloydie was the deciding vote in tossing the case from the Illinois Supreme Court.  Well folks it turns out State Farm was using straw men and front groups to fund their whore and it is seeing the light of day.  From the Chicage Tribune:

Lawyers in a class-action case accuse insurance giant State Farm of defrauding the Illinois Supreme Court by covering up its support of the Republican candidate in the most expensive state judicial race in U.S. history.

Those attorneys, including former television star and U.S. senator Fred Thompson, allege State Farm lied and mislead the court, hiding its “extraordinary support of Justice (Lloyd) Karmeier’s campaign and to thwart Justice Karmeier’s disqualification.”

A petition was filed last week, asking the court to reconsider its decision to void a $1 billion verdict against State Farm. The petition is based on an investigation by former FBI agent Michael Reece. Continue reading

Jim Brown

Friday, September 19th, 2011
Perdido Key, Florida

ARE WE BETTER OFF 10 YEARS LATER POST 9/11?

The world around us has changed dramatically in the past 10 years. When the 9/11 attacks blindsided America, two billion people — one third of the world’s population — were glued to television and computer screens, watching the attacks unfold. There was no Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube to update the tragic events of that historic day. Since then, the country has modified how it communicates. But is America’s world view any different? Are we better prepared for future terrorist attacks, and if so, at what price? How much are we willing to compromise our civil liberties for greater security? And who in our government is asking these critical questions or trying to develop reasonable answers to them?

Our country bounced from reacting to a few Saudis who brought down four planes with box cutters to an all out war in Iraq. Looking back and with the knowledge we have now, was it a disastrous mistake to invade Iraq. Yes, Saddam Hussein was a tyrant, who brutalized and killed his own people. These atrocities are still happening in other Arab nations, and in a number of African countries as well. But is it America’s role to be the world’s peacekeeper at whatever cost? Continue reading

Wisdom……..

Even those that do not believe only need change a few words to make the idea fit nicely.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

Amen.

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