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Cold Cash Congressman To Lead Katrina Tours

That is Jake Tapper's headline, not mine (but I wish it were). The story is for real, too. I would have sworn it was a Rush Limbaugh parody, but not so.

The Louisiana Democratic Congressman caught on FBI surveillance tapes taking $90,000 in cash has been selected by the Democratic Congressional caucus to lead a delegation from Capitol Hill on a tour of New Orleans next week to "join in prayer with the people of the region, to reflect and remember."

Jefferson has denied any wrongdoing in a case that sparked controversy when the FBI searched his Capitol Hill offices. The cash was discovered in a freezer in Jefferson's home.

"To pick somebody who's clearly having problems is insensitive," says Ken Boehm, Chairman of the National Legal Policy Center, a political ethics watchdog group, "I suppose if Representative Cunningham could get out of federal prison, they could have him lead the tour."

Ironically, Katrina victims will likely remember a previous Jefferson tour of New Orleans when he commandeered a National Guard escort to check on his own home and save his belongings while residents clung to rooftops awaiting rescue, as first reported by ABC News National Correspondent Jake Tapper.

Last week I wrote about the upcoming Katrina anniversary, but I never dreamed this would be part of it.

Update: Glenn Reynolds has a roundup of reaction to Spike Lee's Katrina movie. Here are some quotes from a couple of Brendan Loy posts that he included. (Loy appears in the Lee movie)

Ray Nagin is an incompetent idiot. Here's a detailed explanation of why. Two days before landfall, I predicted that he would be "the mayor who fiddled while New Orleans drowned," and I was right. Yes, there were massive failures at all levels of government -- local, state and federal -- but the single person who bears the most blame, in my view, is Mayor Nagin, for failing to make even a halfway-serious effort at implementing the city's evacuation plan, even though it was 100% clear by the Saturday morning before landfall that if there was ever a time to do it, now is the time. Spike, I gather, intends to focus on Condi Rice's shoe-buying tendencies in tonight's movie, and while that might score political points, it's not the Secretary of State's job to protect American citizens from hurricanes. It is, however, the mayor of New Orleans's job to protect his city's residents by putting long-held evacuation plans into effect...
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I don't mind the inclusion of the conspiracy theories, in the sense that it's good to know how many people believe that, but Spike definitely didn't emphasize the debunking of those theories. His treatment was hardly evenhanded, clearly leaving the impression that these theories are plausible, if not likely. A bit more actual scientific commentary on the plausbility of the theories, and alternative explanations for the "explosions," would have been appreciated. . . . Also: Harry Belafonte is an idiot. But if you're going to include his inane ranting about how Bush doesn't care about poor people and black people, where was the alternative viewpoint saying that it was incompetence, not malice? I know Spike had footage available of someone saying that, because I said it. He just chose not to use it. So Belafonte's crap goes unrebutted, the ridiculous criticisms of Rice go unrebutted, Nagin's comment about "where are the buses" goes unrebutted (the obvious rebuttal being, you let them drown, Mr. Mayor)... yet when people criticize Nagin, it's rebutted by Nagin and others. Very interesting editorial choices, Spike.
Well, what did he expect?


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Why, I think it is a fabuli... (Below threshold)

Why, I think it is a fabulicious idea!

The RNC should pay a "videographer" to follow around behind Rep. Jefferson - you know, like the Democrats shadow Senators Allen and Burns, as we've covered over in Politics - and intermittently splicing in scenes from the FBI video.

Then a final voiceover, with a smiling Jefferson still: "Democrats - for the best Congress money can buy!"

It is a bit sad, though, that Jefferson will go to prison, while Harry Reid remains free.

as i remember, the personal... (Below threshold)
rombo:

as i remember, the personal belongings he retrieved using the national guard, was cold hard cash,kept in the freezer at his house. one of the national guard vehicles got stuck in the mud, necessitating pulling another guard vehicle away from rescuing citizens.

As I remember and correct m... (Below threshold)
Syntax:

As I remember and correct me if I'm wrong history re-writers but the actual death toll of the New Orleans/Katrina disaster was not even a tenth as high as everybody thought it would be. Gee....I wonder why? Hmmmmmm........maybe it was becase the city evacuated? Maybe it was because those that could not evacuate were able to get to te Superdome and the Convention Center? And those that refused to leave? Oh well, they had to be rescued. Of all the Democrat and Republican committees and studies and group think tanks and yada yada yada, Nagin has been cleared of pretty much any wrong doing. Cleared enough to be re-elected. Governor and above....total idiots but Nagin...the man saved lives and you White-wingers can't get over it.

Syntax error. [sorry I don... (Below threshold)
epador:

Syntax error. [sorry I don't know whether that's a 404 or what ever...]

We need a skinny and clean shaven cinematographer to counter the Micheal Moore visage. Perhaps this first effort, as proposed by Jim, would be entitled:

Bill and Me

Keep spinning and living in... (Below threshold)
doctorj:

Keep spinning and living in your little political bubble world. A great American city remains in tatters and the world is watching. The Mississippi coast is empty lots of weeds except for casinos and an occassional condo. I watched Spike Lee's documentary and as a conservative New Orleanian I tell you he told her peoples story. Keep showing the cold heartless base of the present conservative policy. I for one believe better of the American people. You are shoting yourself in the political foot.

I love these "conservatives... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

I love these "conservatives" who manage to parrot every fringe leftist belief known to man.

I didn't watch it, but having watched enough of Lee's work, I can opine that it was dull, meandering, and in desperate need of an editor.
-=Mike

Hmmmm.So. It's my... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

So. It's my habit to tip people when do something for me. Would I get into trouble if I tipped the guy a few bucks?

Hmmmm.Kee... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

Keep showing the cold heartless base of the present conservative policy.

It would probably help if:

1. You didn't re-elect Nagin.
He was pretty ineffectual during the Katrina crisis, and frankly from my vantage point hasn't shown all that much leadership since.

2. New Orleans actually had a comprehensive rebuilding plan in place rather than the hodge-podge it has now. Amazing isn't it? It's been a long endless string of months and there is still not a plan in place. Who do you think is responsible for not having the damn lights on? Bush? Or Nagin?

Leadership isn't a necessity in your local butcher, but it's rather important for a mayoral position.

So who exactly is responsible for rebuilding New Orleans? Who is responsible for creating the rebuilding plan? For setting the priorities? For clearing the debris?

If you respond with something other than "City of New Orleans and it's mayor" then I have little confidence that you really are a conservative.

Brendan Loy gets about 50% ... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Brendan Loy gets about 50% of what he says correct about Nagin but that never stopped anyone from having an opinion in the blogosphere.

The MSM loves him and all he wants is his 15 minutes fame.

And Mike, she's a better conseravtive than you are. At least she doesn't go around blaming the victims.

BTW It's his district peopl... (Below threshold)
Paul:

BTW It's his district people... Who did you expect the dems to pick?

be realistic.

>It would probably help if:... (Below threshold)
Paul:

>It would probably help if:

>1. You didn't re-elect Nagin.

ed do you have any idea that white republicans reelected him?? DO you? Search the archives before you say something so uninformed.

>If you respond with something other than "City of New Orleans and it's mayor" then I have little confidence that you really are a conservative.

Apparently she's not a conservative. Apprently being a conservative today means discarding facts and logic that might make you come to a conclusion that is not in lock step with THE PARTY.

Being a conservative apparently means blaming the victims of a diaster and trashing them at every opportunity.

Being a conservative today must mean you're more interested in the next talking point than good governance.

If that's how you define modern conservatism, then I'll speak for her and say she ain't one.

Yay! More whining from Nawl... (Below threshold)
Toddk:

Yay! More whining from Nawlins. I guess that's what we get to look forward to this weekend huh? Whenever there's post Katrina coverage it's New Orleans this, New Orleans that. Whining must be good for TV since I've seen so very little coverage of the recovery over here in MS. Then again contrasting the recovery of southern Mississippi and New Orleans would make N.O. and the state of LA look bad so let's stick with the whining. Is it back to normal over here? Hell no, and it won't be for years, that's what happens when entire areas get wiped off the map. Has it been without it's problems? Absolutely not, it's not like anybody around here has lots of experience dealing with catastrophes this large so problems along the way are a given. But it's obvious to anybody with a brain that the local and state leadership over here, of all political stripes, seem to at least have a clue about what they're doing. (unlike waaaay too many in NO and LA)

Let's lay off on New Orleans residents reelecting Nagin. It's not like they had much of a choice in the runoff. A spawn of a a-hole politcal family versus an jagoff you already know. I'd go with Nagin given the choice as well. It's really too bad what he's turned out to be considering the potential he showed when first elected.

Hmmmm.@ Paul... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

@ Paul

I see Paul has decides to stick his ass where it wasn't asked for.

1.

ed do you have any idea that white republicans reelected him?? DO you? Search the archives before you say something so uninformed.

Sorry but aren't you a Republican? And quite frankly I don't see what your point is about his having been re-elected by "white Republicans"? Who was the candidate of choice for "black Republicans"? Or are you trying the "but I didn't vote for him" schtick?

But still, he was re-elected right? And that requires something of a majority right? And there wasn't a viable competing candidate right? And it was your party that re-elected him right?

So basically what you want is to shift the blame for Nagin being re-elected to someone else, thereby wiping your hands clean, and use the opportunity to whine about how life sucks and how it's someone else's fault.

Well that's evidently appropriate for New Orleans as of late.

2.

Apparently she's not a conservative.

Perhaps not. There is an amazing variety of views in people who are purportedly conservative. It's even more amazing when a purported conservative wants the rest of the country to come on over, wave the magic wand and return everything to the way it was pre-Katrina.

It's even more interesting when that purported conservative derides our collective "cold heartless base of the present conservative policy". Since I hadn't ever heard there WAS a "cold heartless base of the present conservative policy" I must admit I'm a bit at a loss.

And considering that Bush & Co. have been spending money faster than water flows from the Hoover Dam, I can't help but wonder at just what specific "cold heartless base of the present conservative policy" she's talking about.

3.

Apprently being a conservative today means discarding facts and logic that might make you come to a conclusion that is not in lock step with THE PARTY.

Well since I'm no longer a Republican because I rejected the conclusion that being in lockstep with the PARTY was a good thing, I'd suggest you reconsider this criticism because it really just makes you look like a hypocritical wanker.

That's something else to thank Australians for: Wanker, an adjective for all times, all seasons and some specific people.

4.

Being a conservative apparently means blaming the victims of a diaster and trashing them at every opportunity.

No being a conservative means laughing at people who can't come up with a reconstruction plan this many months after Katrina. And it is laughable.

Even the mythical "let's bulldoze the whole f**king thing and start over!" plan would at least have the advantage of being a plan.

Let's face facts here. There are plenty of things New Orleans could have done, and still could do that would have made major impacts. But the City didn't do them because the mayor is Nagin and by definition that means the Mayor of New Orleans is an incompetent asshole.

Right off the top of my head:

A. How about a City plan to takeover private insurance policies? One major, to my mind, issue with rebuilding is the difficulties that people have had in getting the money necessary to rebuild because the insurance companies were yanking people along. How about the City takes over the private insurance policies, pays the homeowner immediately the amount that the policy should pay and offers a very low interest loan for additional funds to complete the rebuilding of the home. Then the City uses it's attorneys to hammer the money out of the insurance companies.

Wouldn't that help a lot?

B. Perhaps in combination with "A" above the City simply uses bulldozers to take down entire blocks and truck the refuse en masse to a predetermined location outside the City to stack the junk until it can be sorted out and detailed for permanent dumping or recycling.

Isn't a major problem the difficulties in dealing with the massive amounts of storm damaged materials and refuse? Wouldn't it be far easier to simply bulldoze it down, cart it away and start off with clear land? Wouldn't that make it far easier to restring the power and phone lines? Rebuild the water and sewer infrastructure?


5.


If that's how you define modern conservatism, then I'll speak for her and say she ain't one.

Nice strawman, but I'm not buying it.

Some of the residents of New Orleans seem to think it's my fault their life sucks ass. No it isn't my fault. It's not my fault the water isn't working. It's not my fault there's no power. It's not my fault there's a mountain of crap where a city used to be. It's not my fault that I'm utterly unconvinced that either Nagin or Louisana's idiot govenor are capable of properly using whatever federal funds they get their grubby hands on.

And it's most especially not my fault that I laugh whenever I look back at that claim that New Orleans needed hundreds of billions of dollars to be rebuilt. What New Orleans needs to be rebuilt is a reconstruction plan and **leadership**.

And it's particularly not my fault that, in terms of leadership, New Orleans is the modern equivalent of the Black Hole of Calcutta.

So go ahead and bitch away Paul. I've frankly avoided you like the plague because I'm utterly uninterested in your particular problems. But that didn't stop you here and it won't stop you in the future. So all I can say is:

Frolic.

Compassionate Conservatism:... (Below threshold)
Syntax:

Compassionate Conservatism: You people don't give a shit about the lives lost, the lives dispaired, the lives ruined, the businesses lost. You just don't care. All you care about is hating Liberals like some sick pedophilia. Obsessive compulsive disorder. Read the Republican/Democrat Committee findings, Nagin was cleared. Your own politicians cleared him. He saved lives which is something you don't give a shit about because they're all niggers to you. No scratch that, they're all Liberals because you use the word Liberal with the same venomous bigotry as the word nigger. Like the Nazis did to the Jews, like the south did to the blacks, you do to Liberals. What a bunch of sick fucks!

Hmmmm.@ Syntax... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

@ Syntax

1.

Read the Republican/Democrat Committee findings, Nagin was cleared. Your own politicians cleared him.

Really? Got a link?

And what exactly did they clear him of?
The failure to actually force and evacuation of the city when he was requested to by the President?
The failure to employ the vast array of school and municipal buses to move people out of the city?
The failure to notify FEMA that he was using the Convention Hall as a staging area?
The failure to actually leave his hotel room and do his fricking job?

Inquiring minds would like to know.

2.

He saved lives which is something you don't give a shit about because they're all niggers to you.

No actually the only people who call African-Americans "niggers" are Democrats like Lt. Gov. Cruze Bustamente.

The only racists you'll find around here are liberals.

3.

Like the Nazis did to the Jews, like the south did to the blacks, you do to Liberals.

Why would anybody bother?

You're already irrelevant with neither significant influence or power. Even your pet candidate Lamont has run as fast has his legs will carry him away from your like. And with the liberals singular inability to actually reproduce with any semblence of alacrity, you guys won't be around all that much longer anyways.

Besides. Where else would conservatives get a pool of useful mouth-foaming illogical nitwits like liberals? You can't just go to Wal-Mart for that sort of thing you know.




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