Thank God for Maxine Waters

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Halelujuah! Thank You, Jesus, for Maxine Waters.   While too many in the Congressional Black Caucus were getting cozy with their new lobbyist friends, Sistah Maxine introduced a Katrina Housing Bill on the last day of February and got it to the floor in less than a month.  Damn. You Go, Girl.  It just goes to show that some talk the talk, but it takes a real sistah to walk the walk.   Once again, I am impressed by somebody in the Congressional Black Caucus.    Any reservations I may have had on previous issues with her is gone.   Maxine is still my girl.   Her bill, H.R. 1227 is impressively comprehensive and hopefully, will do something for our people left out and left behind in the gulf coast. 

A fellow blogger, YoungBlackMan, and his law student chums just got back from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and told me that the outreach programs, workshops and seminars designed to “help” black folk connect to section 8 and other assistance that they need is just another hustle for some do gooder Negroes that ain’t gettin the job done.   Ain’t nobody without a cell phone, telephone, or cable access going nowhere to find a damn website out in cyberspace to obtain assistance.  

He spent extensive time talking to folks (mostly seniors) and learned that in Gulfport, Miss, the city fathers are planning a wholesale Negro removal program that involves giving public housing residents a voucher of $200.00 bucks to move somewhere else with a “right” to be first in line for “affordable housing” that will be built in place of public housing. 

He ended up in some B.S. workshop and gettin into it with the city fathers and the “Director of Negro Removal.”  Later, walking on the beachfront and looking at all of the devastated housing, he and his friends were racially profiled by “Gulfport’s finest.”  The bastard threatened to arrest all of them if they didn’t get on down the road.   YoungBlackMan, broke him off something proper and said something to the effect of , “Please, Mr. Poeleese Man, take me to jail so I can sue yo azz and pay off my damn Law School loans.”  “Take us all, we could all use the money.” 

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George Betta Shop Around

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SHOP AROUND (For Another A.G.)

sung to the tune of Smokie Robinson’s shop around, traditional arrangement

Just because you’ve become an unpopular President now
There’s still some things that you don’t understand now
Before you show Alberto’s ass the door now
Make up your mind as fast as you can now
My mama told me you better shop around ( for another A.G. )

There’s some things that I want you to know now
Just as sure as the wind’s gonna blow now
Democrats are itchin for a pretext to impeach your can and send Karl to jail now
Before you tell someone else to join the Admin now
My mama told me you better shop around (For another A.G.)

Try to get yourself a bargain, boy
Don’t be sold on a wingnut one
Good-looking guys come a dime a dozen
Try to find you one who’s gonna give you true lovin’ and fall on his sword

Before you take a man and say I do now
Make sure he’s in love with your B.S.  now
Make sure that his love for torture and coverups is true now
I hate to see you disgraced and discredited now (by Karl spilling the beans)
My mama told me you better shop around (for another A.G.)

Blanco bows out

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Kathleen Blanco, Ray Nagin and President Bush are in the same gumbo on the burner; will someone rise from the stew to save New Orleans?

WWLTV.com Governor Kathleen Blanco has scheduled a major gubernatorial address for Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. and sources tell Eyewitness News that she will announce her decision not to seek re-election.Blanco requested television time from stations around the state to make an announcement and no official details were released.Blanco had shown up poorly in several preliminary polls but had recently said she planned on seeking re-election.Several challengers had emerged to take on Blanco. Officially announced candidates include U.S. Representative Bobby Jindal, who was defeated by Blanco in 2004; State Senator Walter Boasso of Arabi, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell; the Reverend Raymond Brown, a Democrat and long-time New Orleans activist, New Orleans businessman John Georges and Libertarian T- Lee Horne III of Franklin.

Democrats are  poised to loose another southern Governor’s mansion unless somebody steps up.  Loosing Mrs. Blanco will affect the shape of the recovery of the New Orleans metropolitan area and African American Democrats should be concerned.

UPDATE: Mrs. Blanco has indeed bowed out and I expect the Lt. Governor, Mitch Landrieu, the brother of Senator Mary Landrieu, to run or Former U.S. Senator John Breaux to announce his candidacy.  

White House shopping around for new AG

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 HAT TIP: POLITICO.COM

By: Mike Allen
March 20, 2007 03:35 PM EST

President Bush this morning telephoned Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, one of the few remaining Texans who came to Washington for Bush’s first term, to try to buck up his friend after word leaked that GOP officials operating at the behest of the White House have begun seeking a possible successor.

The president called Gonzales from the Oval Office at about 7:15 a.m. “They had a good conversation about the status of the U.S. attorney issue,” deputy White House press secretary Dana Perino said. “The president also reaffirmed his strong backing and support for the attorney general.”

A Republican source said Tuesday that Bush is “unmoved” and that Gonzales will not be pushed or fired, but instead will depart if he concludes he has lost his effectiveness because of the furor over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

At the same time, the president will be prepared if Gonzales steps aside. Republicans close to the White House continued to discuss potential replacements, including John Danforth, an Episcopal minister and former Republican senator from Missouri. “I think it is going to come down to who is willing to take the job,” said an official close to the process.

Among the names floated Monday by administration officials were Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and White House anti-terrorism coordinator Frances Townsend. Former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson is a White House prospect. So is former solicitor general Theodore B. Olson, but sources were unsure whether he would want the job. 

On Monday night, Republican officials said two other figures who are being seriously considered are Securities and Exchange Committee Chairman Chris Cox, who is former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and is popular with conservatives; and former Attorney General William P. Barr, who served under President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993 and is now general counsel of Verizon Communications.

Perino Tuesday denied that the White House is searching for possible successors to Gonzales. “Those rumors are untrue,” she said.

Republican sources also disclosed that it is now a virtual certainty that Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty, whose incomplete and inaccurate congressional testimony about the prosecutors helped precipitate the crisis, will also resign shortly. Officials were debating whether Gonzales and McNulty should depart at the same time or whether McNulty should go a day or two after Gonzales. Still known as “The Judge” for his service on the Texas Supreme Court.

In a sign of Republican despair, GOP political strategists on Capitol Hill said that it is too late for Gonzales’ departure to head off a full-scale Democratic investigation into the motives and timing behind the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

“Democrats smell blood in the water, and (Gonzales’) resignation won’t stop them,” said a well-connected Republican Senate aide. “And on our side, no one’s going to defend him. All we can do is warn Democrats against overreaching.”

A main reason Gonzales is finding few friends even among Republicans is that he has long been regarded with suspicion by conservatives who have questioned his ideological purity. In the past, these conservatives warned the White House against nominating him for the Supreme Court. Now they’re using the controversy over the firing of eight federal prosecutors to take out their pent-up frustrations with how he has handled his leadership at Justice and how the White House has treated Congress.

Complaints range from his handling of immigration cases to his alleged ceding of power in the department to career officials instead of movement conservatives.

Without embracing Gonzales, Republicans pointed out that presidents are free to replace U.S. attorneys at will. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) noted on MSNBC that some of those who were replaced “haven’t whined or complained about it” and added, “I think that there’s a lot of politics, but I don’t think it’s just on one side.”

But officials on Capitol Hill said that after the Justice Department failed to turn over a batch of e-mails about the prosecutors on Friday as expected, Republican senators became less likely to defend Gonzales or the White House. They feared the delay signaled more damaging information was in the pipeline.

“We have a crisis where there doesn’t need to be one, and now Democrats have an issue where they can open up the subpoena floodgates,” said an exasperated Republican aide. “Once these investigations start, there always ends up being a lot of messy collateral damage.”

Now the White House is girding for a confirmation battle at the same time it is coping with Democrats’ threats to subpoena aides to Bush, including senior adviser Karl Rove.

Among the contenders to replace Gonzales, Chertoff is a former U.S. circuit judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Philadelphia. Before that, he was confirmed by the Senate in 2003 as assistant attorney general for the criminal division.

Under this scenario, Chertoff’s successor at the Department of Homeland Security might be Townsend, who now works in the White House as assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. Townsend held senior Justice Department posts under Attorney General Janet Reno during the Clinton administration and is also a potential nominee for attorney general.

Republican sources said other widely respected Republican lawyers have been considered for attorney general, although some of them may not be interested in taking the job.