Saturday, May 20, 2006

Congratulations Mayor Bystander!

I didn't see this coming; but then, I haven't been following New Orleans politics.

Nagin reminded voters that "he had manned his post throughout the ordeal,"

So Nagin gives himself high marks for his leadership during Katrina, huh? Interesting.

From his victory speech:

"It's time for us to stop the bickering. It's time for us to stop measuring things in black and white; yellow and Asian; it's time for us to be one New Orleans."

Gee...then why campaign on racial divisiveness?:

A "raft of well-financed funded white candidates lining up to challenge Nagin, fueled anxiety among black voters that the city's white power structure was aiming to reclaim City Hall, which since 1978 has been occupied by a black mayor."

Nagin at times tapped in to such fears, noting during a meeting with evacuees in Houston that "very few" of his opponents "look like us."

And let's not so quickly forget Nagin's "chocolate city" comment, for which he apologized, in this fashion:

"I'm really sorry that some people took that the way they did, and that was not my intention," the mayor said. "I say everybody's welcome."

So...he's not sorry for saying it; just sorry for the way people "took it the way they did".

As long as we are fixated on "race", like this, we will never "get over it"; we will never arrive at a point where we can behave in a manner that is consistent with the notion that "skin color doesn't matter"; not until we stop obsessing over it and keeping it alive.

I wish him and the people of New Orleans the best of luck and a bright future. Hopefully, one day, that brighter future will include conservative Republican mayoral leadership and voters whose wisdom looks beyond the content of a man's skin complexion.



Anonymous skye said...

Well, the people of NO settled for the gross incompetence and race baiting that they are already accustomed.

Why change now?

Sunday, May 21, 2006 8:19:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

If you keep doing what you've been doing, you'll keep getting what you've been getting. Namely, decades of rule under Democratic leadership. Like, that's helped solve the woes of poverty and racism, there.

Sunday, May 21, 2006 8:49:00 AM  
Blogger Curt said...

Love those pics Word...

When I read about his victory I had to laugh. Those who are used to Government handouts and Government incompetence came out in droves for this hack. It worked. Now the man most responsible for the tragedy of katrina is back for another run...

Just when you think the left can't get anymore ignorant something like this comes around.

Sunday, May 21, 2006 10:20:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

When I heard about his winning the first thing I said was, "Well, they voted him in, so I guess the people of New Orleans deserve him." Then I retracted that statement/thought, because after all, we put up with Clinton for 8 years, most of us conservatives did not vote for him and we didn't deserve him. I'm sure there are many people in New Orleans who are horrified! Those people need our prayers. The other one's can just suffer the consequences of their self-imposed stupidity.

Sunday, May 21, 2006 10:34:00 AM  
Blogger Pamela Reece said...

I wont be suprised at the folks who have yet to return to NO pre-Katrina will never return. He did nothing for the folks and played the blame game for too long to be trusted.

Sunday, May 21, 2006 4:05:00 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

Hi WOrd,

Just a quick Howdy. saw your reply on Mark's Blog.

Like I said, I'm vacationing from his forum. I love discourse, but lately it's been hateful and I finally sucumbed. I hate wallowing in the dirt too. :)

I love our discussions. They are always thoughtful and I learn from you too. Love that. Hopefully we can have more!
I'll stop by again. Hopefully Liam will too.

I think he's exceptional and even more informed about American Politics than most Americans. Very intelligent.

Sunday, May 21, 2006 4:27:00 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

hmmmm... I may have to check out Mark's blog. It's been a while (at least 5 or 6 hours) since I fileted a moonbat.

As for New Orleans, they had bad choices all the way around. On the one hand "Chocolate" Nagin and mass incompetence. On the other Landrieu and another dose of Louisiana corruption.

Sunday, May 21, 2006 8:08:00 PM  
Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

I just couldn't believe when I heard he had won. We do need to pray as Gayle said for the people of N.O. and for the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I sure hope they are spared this year of our hurricane season.

Sunday, May 21, 2006 10:10:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Well, hello there Sheila! What a pleasant surprise. If I knew you were coming over, I would have tidied up the blog a know...change the drapery....roll out the red carpet...moderate my harsh tone toward liberals, and sweep a few disparaging insults under the rug...

Yes, Liam is quite an intelligent and well-spoken fellow.

I haven't read all of Mark's posts nor the comments; so I'm not sure if you were insulted by someone or what. But I have noticed that Mark seems to be going through some rough times in his personal life; and maybe that negative energy is spilling over into his blog posts?

I think his is the place to go to, for an exchange and interplay of perspectives.

Here, I mostly have an amen chorus. At first, I thought I'd go out and find people to debate with; but now I find I like it nice and quiet here, for reasons that I saw Tug mention over at Mark's. It's time-consuming to debate all the time; especially when there are many blogs to check out each day, let alone reading the regular mainstream news, then trying to sit down and pick up a book.

But you are always welcomed to come by here and keep me in check. (^_~)

Sunday, May 21, 2006 10:19:00 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

My Dear,

Mark wasn't the one. He's been very silent lately. He IS going through some stuff.

No, certain commenters just finally got to me with all the REALLY negative angry Rude stuff.

No it's not his fault. I'm sure it was me.

I notice that you have the same "flavor" of "We're" the Good Guys.LOL So no relief here! LOL

However, I may lurk and throw a post your way every now and then. Always helps to have the Moderate View. Of Course even a moderate looks extremely left in these places. :)

Monday, May 22, 2006 3:59:00 AM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

According to those from Louisiana Mike is right. Apparently Nagin was the lesser of 2 evils if you can believe that. Yikes!!!

Monday, May 22, 2006 8:51:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

certain commenters just finally got to me with all the REALLY negative angry Rude stuff.

That's too bad. You should stay there and post. People can only push your buttons if you let them. If someone is rude, it's more a reflection of that person, than a characterization of you.

I notice that you have the same "flavor" of "We're" the Good Guys.LOL So no relief here! LOL

No...just some of the flavor; I cook my own dish. And if you hang here long enough, I think you will see that I am center-right, but not extreme right.

I've broken with conservatives over Harriet Miers, the Dubai Ports Deal, and now there are far right conservatives who are pushing me back to the center over the handling of illegal immigration.

Monday, May 22, 2006 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger mormonbradybunchdad said...

Do you do the cartoon balloons? What program do you use?

Monday, May 22, 2006 2:24:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Hey! Good to see you again!

I have my own program, but find it hard to use. This one's a free online service which goes well with a flickr photos account.

Monday, May 22, 2006 2:32:00 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

Thanks Word,

The official feeling I get is peaceful here. Thanks I think I will stay and contribute.

I promise to officially stay center left. I am in most things anyway.

Just remember, "Bleeding Heart Liberal with Fiscal Conservative Tendencies" That's me!

Monday, May 22, 2006 3:30:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

You know...if I had the time to debate and run the type of hangout Mark has at his place, with visitors from the right and the left, I'd invite you to be a blog contributor.

Susan Estrich makes a very good, practical-rational point.

Essentially though, an exchange of ideas and not living in an ideological bubble, will only strengthen you. It's like the difference between a seasoned warrior who bears scars and the old wounds that had schooled his swordarm; and the inexperienced warrior who's never seen combat, but has only developed his fighting skills through lectures and hypothetical practice situations.

Don't ask why I chose this as an analogy. I'm sure I could have thought of something better suited...if I had to think about it a little harder.

Why don't you have a blog?

Monday, May 22, 2006 11:21:00 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

Amen for Susan.

She's absolutely right. All of us moldies should be tyring to produce rational thinking on the web in the midst of Youthful naive rheteric.

The reason I don't have a blog is because in this last year, I made a major move from the East Coast to the Midwest. Major job Change. And some travel this winter for the job.

I thought about it for sure. I'm just not sure I could be as intelligent in my postings as you. The man who is "Center Right" to my Center Left". I admire your intelligence and enjoy your analysis.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 6:29:00 AM  
Blogger mormonbradybunchdad said...

Thanks for the comic bubble program!!! I got some funny pictures of me shooting an alligator now!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 7:55:00 AM  
Blogger capslockf9 said...

What is a human. The human is composed of electrons, protons, quarks, gluons, and other things. The human is a thing. Electron exchanges in the synapses of this thing creates thought. Thought gives this thing an ego. This ego conceptualizes many evil. Amoung many evil concepts are self-importance, race, superiority over other "things", nationalism, mis-placed pride, patriotism, dominance over everthing that God created, special preference from a god that it invented for its own use, self-righteousness, etc.. The ego is selfish. All misery is caused by ego. The immaterial entity in this glob of matter is divine spark, spirit, soul, life force or any term you chose. That entity is us. We are is not a body with a soul, but a spirit with a body. When life functions cease the body will die and disintegrate and the ego concepts will disappear, but we will live forever. Introspect will reveal that we are love, compassionate and valorous. The spirit is selfless. The mind can be used for much benefit. Ego-beings use the mind evil-ly. Spirit-beings use it to serve all. Ego-maniacal concepts are detrements to manifestation of The Great Spirit intent.
Thank you for your time, my brother.
Alejandro Garcia

Friday, May 26, 2006 7:42:00 PM  

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