Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Can't Stop, Won't Stop!

My comment to yet another "The people of Louisiana deserve this" thread has been received, but "is being held for approval by the blog owner" (not that there's anything wrong with that - oh, wait). So, I thought I'd share it here.

The 90 grand in the freezer is just the tip of the iceberg for this crooked guy. The people of Louisiana deserve him if they voted for him in the midst of this epic bribery scandal.

Posted by: Tye Caston at December 11, 2006 02:28 PM

First of all, Tye, the people of Louisiana do not deserve Dollar Bill, just as they didn't deserve to be abandoned and ripped off by government at every level. The people of Louisiana, like many in America, are also blindsided by the mainstream press at every turn. For a local example, the Times Picayune only announced today's event featuring — it turns out — a speech by Dollar Bill Jefferson in its morning edition. This, of course, discouraged attendance, especially since the event in question was held at 10:30 A.M. on a weekday. Yes, they are all in bed together and, like our federal government, this truth has never been more obvious - or more arrogantly displayed. Today’s last-minute announcement also ensured that the American public will only see shiny, happy pols, RTA reps and a high school marching band in tonight's blurb on tourist-dependent New Orleans’ re-ignited street car.

Like you, I am disgusted with business as usual down here and am of the opinion that Louisianan — and American — citizens need to be much more proactive, but I also acknowledge that, particularly in New Orleans, they are routinely denied proper educations, legal and infrastructure rights and, most importantly, information. Here and across the Gulf Coast, they also struggle under the psychological and economic weight of life in post-apocalypse times, which is big, but not easy.

So, I was glad to stand at the back of the thin crowd of sycophants and heckle Dollar Bill — "Can I borrow $90,000? Anyone? Dollar Bill?" — while the alleged journalists alternately pretended not to hear me and looked as if they’d contracted a collective case of gas. I was also glad to stand right behind Dollar Bill while he spoke; it served the purpose of making these posers uncomfortable, if only for a few minutes, and gave me the opportunity to represent the true journalists, artists and musicians celebrated and embodied by NolaFugees.com and Antigravity Magazine. I was also happy to give sarcastic thumbs up for the rolling cameras so that some form of protest would be documented, if not televised.

And you?


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