Cao to NOLA, I Know You're Hurting, But Too Bad...

You know what guys, I know the stimulus bill has passed the House, and will more than likely pass the Senate, but I just need to rant for a little. I know this may not be a very substantive diary, but I just had to put "thought to paper" before my head explodes.

Here goes:

I still royally pissed by this Rep Cao from NOLA, I know that he is just one of many, but I may live in Dallas, but MY HOME IS IN NEW ORLEANS!!! My family evacuated during Hurricane Katrina.  My grandmother died from a heart attack thanks to Katrina.  My large extended family was displaced for almost 2 years because of Katrina.  All except me, my mom, and 3 of my sisters are not living in NOLA.  All my family has since moved back to NOLA.  It's been over 3 years since Katrina, and guess what, in my aunt's block alone, there are still houses that were abandoned, that still have the symbol letting the rescuers know how many bodies/living/dead are in the house.

In the area of the city where Cao and the Vietnamese population in concentrated, there used to be at least 5 schools, they have either been demolished, or they are still boarded off and gated off. The schools that are still available are the private schools in the uptown area, where most of the white population of NOLA lived.  Pre-Katrina, there was over 15 public schools open in the ninth ward alone, where most of the blacks lived (my family and I lived in the lower ninth ward as well), currently, there are 18 public schools open in all of New Orleans .

What was once a thriving tourism industry is still not where it was.  The cost of living has gone up, but the pay rates have not (an extra $13 would come in handy I bet).  If you are not a skilled professional like I am (I'm a Medical Technologist/Microbiologist), then you have limited resources when it come to finding a job.  You could probably chose to live outside the city, and just drive in, but oh wait, that involves an extra expense for gas (another cold way to utilize $13).  The levees are not really up to code, and yes there were potholes before Katrina, but being underwater for almost 2 weeks will cause even more corrosion.  There is some highway construction being done, but only along the evacuation route.  

The city used to be able to rely on tourism dollars, but now it only the big ticket showcases that brings in funds and jobs, and even that is temporary.  Mardi Gras only happens about 2 weeks a year, The Jazz Fest is only 2 weeks, hell even Essence Festival is only 3 days long.

I know that the stimulus was not meant to solve all these issues, but if Rep Cao knows his district is hurting, and he let the national Republican party browbeat him to vote against it (particularly when he said he would), then he has written his obituary in term of being re-elected in NOLA., because ya know what why do you think Jefferson kept being elected, in the beginning he did good things for the city, so the people voted for him.  As long as he did what was right for our city, we voted for him.  Once his corruption came blatantly obvious, he was voted out, and Mr. Cao was voted in.  NOLA is called the Big Easy, so yeah we are pretty laid back, but when you have our backs we have yours.  If Cao had at least stuck to his convictions to help the people of NOLA, then I actually think that he may have had a chance to be re-elected.  

In the future, I hope Mr. Cao stand will up for the people of NOLA, and not succumb to the pressure of his GOP brethren.

Okay, rant over back to regular scheduled programming where the well to do repub/conserv, thumb their noses at the people who are really hurting.

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I still royally pissed by this Rep Cao from NOLA, I know that he is just one of many, but I may live in Dallas, but MY HOME IS IN NEW ORLEANS!!! My family evacuated during Hurricane Katrina.  My grandmother died from a heart attack thanks to Katrina.  My large extended family was displaced for almost 2 years because of Katrina.  All except me, my mom, and 3 of my sisters are not living in NOLA.  All my family has since moved back to NOLA.  It's been over 3 years since Katrina, and guess what, in my aunt's block alone, there are still houses that were abandoned, that still have the symbol letting the rescuers know how many bodies/living/dead are in the house.

In the area of the city where Cao and the Vietnamese population in concentrated, there used to be at least 5 schools, they have either been demolished, or they are still boarded off and gated off. The schools that are still available are the private schools in the uptown area, where most of the white population of NOLA lived.  Pre-Katrina, there was over 15 public schools open in the ninth ward alone, where most of the blacks lived (my family and I lived in the lower ninth ward as well), currently, there are 18 public schools open in all of New Orleans .

What was once a thriving tourism industry is still not where it was.  The cost of living has gone up, but the pay rates have not (an extra $13 would come in handy I bet).  If you are not a skilled professional like I am (I'm a Medical Technologist/Microbiologist), then you have limited resources when it come to finding a job.  You could probably chose to live outside the city, and just drive in, but oh wait, that involves an extra expense for gas (another cold way to utilize $13).  The levees are not really up to code, and yes there were potholes before Katrina, but being underwater for almost 2 weeks will cause even more corrosion.  There is some highway construction being done, but only along the evacuation route.  

The city used to be able to rely on tourism dollars, but now it only the big ticket showcases that brings in funds and jobs, and even that is temporary.  Mardi Gras only happens about 2 weeks a year, The Jazz Fest is only 2 weeks, hell even Essence Festival is only 3 days long.

I know that the stimulus was not meant to solve all these issues, but if Rep Cao knows his district is hurting, and he let the national Republican party browbeat him to vote against it (particularly when he said he would), then he has written his obituary in term of being re-elected in NOLA., because ya know what why do you think Jefferson kept being elected, in the beginning he did good things for the city, so the people voted for him.  As long as he did what was right for our city, we voted for him.  Once his corruption came blatantly obvious, he was voted out, and Mr. Cao was voted in.  NOLA is called the Big Easy, so yeah we are pretty laid back, but when you have our backs we have yours.  If Cao had at least stuck to his convictions to help the people of NOLA, then I actually think that he may have had a chance to be re-elected.  

In the future, I hope Mr. Cao stand will up for the people of NOLA, and not succumb to the pressure of his GOP brethren.

Okay, rant over back to regular scheduled programming where the well to do repub/conserv, thumb their noses at the people who are really hurting.

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This Little Light Of Mine...

So today, while I was watching some of the coverage of Blago-gate, I got to thinking that just a little over 1 month ago Barack Obama became the first African American to be elected President of United States.  I tell ya, with all this, to quote Rachel Maddow, "Guilt by Proximity" coverage of the "Hot" Rod governor of Illinois that the MSM has been doing lately, the SoS drama, the "angry left" that wasn't drama and whatever "problem for Obama" news of the day, I'll admit, I lost some of the glow from election night.

So while the conservative pundits, media, columnist, bloggers, and even the so called MSM continues to overblow the scandal du jour, I've found a way to keep my light shining...YOU TUBE.  I went to you tube and searched for election night coverage, I was specifically looking for the network coverage from MSNBC where it had the Obama supporters singing along to "Signed Sealed Delivered" after Obama won.  

Of course, I got caught up in other coverage of Obama's victory that people posted, which always seems to happen when you're searching  youtube, and you know what, my light is back.  Man, I truly believe that what we Americans, all Americans, did on November 4, 2008 was a wonderful thing, not just for us, but for the global community.  

I know to some it may seem like I'm choosing to live in la la land, but for a little while at least, I refuse to let the media, Repubs, strategist, etc take the joy of these moments from me.  I mean think about it, right now, literally, the history of tomorrow is currently being written today, and I am damn well not gonna miss it, or spend most of my time fretting about the scadal du jour.

Likes the song goes: "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine!  ... Won't let Satan whoosh it out, I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine"

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Once You Go Black...Pollsters Underestimating African American Voter Turnout

I think many pollsters and MSM type will be very surprised by the African American(AA) turnout this year.  Due to the historic nature and interest in the election by AA, I really believe that AA turnout will be phenomenal.  

Let me tell ya why...

I'm guessing that as in the rest of America, African Americans are in the minority when it comes to blogging.  But, that does not mean that African Americans are not paying attention to this election in other ways.  So how else are African American voters getting information about politics?  Well it's a combination of news, print, internet, etc, but I would say that many AA get our political fix from Urban radio shows.  Now, I bet not many of the MSM or white people in general listen to Urban radio. People like Tom Joyner, Michael Baisden, Steve Harvey, to name a few, who are nationally syndicated urban radio personalities.

I'm telling you, ya'll should check these shows out one day. All they talk about daily seems to be this election, and Barack Obama. They are on point when it comes to registration, voter suppression, and GOTV.

Not only that, there are AA church groups, fellowships, greek organizations, NAACP who are all doing all that they can to GOTV, and help elect Barack Obama. Trust me when I tell you that this election cycle, you won't have to worry about the turnout of AA voters. It's the voter suppression tactics that will be attempted that will need to be watched out for. And even on that subject, Urban Radio host daily talk to their listeners about voter registration and voter purges.

There are a lot of Urban Radio stations, they may not individually have the numbers that Rush or Hannity have, but as a whole, they reach a lot of young people, AA, other "urban voters".

Don't underestimate AA voters this year, you will be in for a surprise. This won't be another "why didn't AA turnout" type of election. This is our time, this is our moment."

These are what I would call the top 3 nationally syndicated AA radio personalites.  

1.  The "Fly Jock": Tom Joyner TJMS: The Tom Joyner Morning Show Estimated listeners: 10 million.  For more on Tom Joyner check out his wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Joyner

2.  The "King of Comedy": Steve Harvey  The Steve Harvey Morning Show

3.  The "Bad Boy of Radio": Michael Basiden  The Michael Baisden Show

For the best all-around, I highly recommend TJMS: The Tom Joyner Morning Show It's the oldest and the best.

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PP AD: John McCain Indifferent to Sexually Abused Children

I just saw this on Ben Smith's Politico Blog.

For all those who said that Barack Needs to Hit Back at McCain for the "Sex-Ed Ad" Well looks like Planned Parenthood has Obama's back.

A couple of days ago, the McCain campaign released an ad basically insuinutaing that Obama wanted to teach Sex-Ed to Children "before they learned to read".  Of course we all were really pissed and disgusted by the blantantly, untrustful, and just damn gross dishonesty displayed by the McCain campaign.

Many of us here was saying that Obama needed to respond HARD and FAST.  I agreed that the campaign should respond swiftly, but I wasn't sure if it was a good idea for Obama himself to oversee the attack.  I thought that it would just be bad for Obama to get in the gutter with the McCain campaign.  I always figured that it would be better if some outside entity hit McCain over this issue. Well it seems like Planned Parenthood has steppped up to the plate.

Check out their new ad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvpFUYTVi Lw
(Sorry guys don't know how to embed video)
http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0 908/Planned_Parenthood_defends_Obama_att acks_McCain.html#comments

Per Ben Smith:

Planned Parenthood Action Fund has a tough new ad responding to McCain's attack on Obama's support for some sex-ed for kindergartners. The ad defends Obama, and suggests McCain is indifferent to the plight of sexually abused children

Ben did not specify where this ad would be shown, but a reader noticed the ad in Planned Parenthood's YouTube account

I read somewhere that the Obama campaign has signalled to Liberal 527s and the like that they would not be adverse to them taking on issues against McCain, and that the campaign itself was preparing to get tougher in their strategy against McCain.

I guessing and sorta hoping that the attack has begun.

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Obama Hitting Not Hard Enough...or Too Late

First Diary guys, so sorry if it's not up to snuff.  Here goes:

With the release of Obama's new "Embrace" ad, hitting John McCain on being a "Washington Celebrity", some people are saying that the Obama campaign is hitting McCain too late, or not hard enough.  I disagree.

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