Ray Nagin, ex-New Orleans Mayor, Charged With Bribery
3Jan 18, '13 by CrufflerJJI'm sure that it comes as a total surprise, but the former mayor of New Orleans (aka "The Big Sleazy) has been indicted on 21 federal corruption charges.
This is the man who was voted into office back in 2002, promising to root out corruption.
Same as it ever was...same as it ever was.
4Jan 19, '13 by CrufflerJJI can only imagine his legal defense.
Well, you see, your honor, Mayor Nagin was not engaged in corrupt activities. In fact, he was selflessly exposing himself to physical danger while engaged in undercover research on how corruption impacts the poor of New Orleans. Yeah, that's the ticket! Undercover.
1Jan 19, '13 by somenurseoh wow, big shocker, politics and corruption, all meeting up? no way, i don't believe it. Leaders of all types, whether it's a leader of a city, a church, a very large organization, a state, whatever, a nation, a religion, any large group where there is access to money and are in power,
those people do seem to be at a much higher risk to fall prey to immoral behavior.
but, i just wanted to say, i LOVE New Orleans, just love that city, it's like no other, with it's own culture, traditions, history, and i was there within first week after Katrina, too, stayed for weeks, what a heartbreaking disaster. Of all the disasters i've volunteered on, that one probably broke my heart the worst.......the sheer size of the devastation,
the number of deaths,
the whole place being so so obliterated...not just an isolated area,
but, the bulk of the whole area, wiped out, for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles...
still, i don't think NOLA is any more "sleazy" than New York, Chicago, or other huge cities,etc. But, possibly, your definition and my definition of "sleazy" might not match. I always loved that city and it's citizens, always had a great time there.
0Jan 20, '13 by 22gawhitacreQuote from tewdlesAnd what do all those cities have in common? Massive gun laws, high crime, extreme poverty, and run by Democrats for decades.Shocking!
Yeah, like in Chicago, or Detroit, or DC, or ________.
Corrupt politicians with an "entitlement" attitude are ruining our government.
6Jan 20, '13 by somenurseQuote from 22gawhitacreAnd what do all those cities have in common? Massive gun laws, high crime, extreme poverty, and run by Democrats for decades.
Poverty and crime always go together. always, throughout history, in every nation.
You are making a correlation between cities with large poverty, and cities with democratic mayors, and correlation is not the same thing as causation, although, it's a popular thing to do.
New York, one of our nations most crime-ridden cities, had a republican mayor for a long long time,and it's current mayor is not a democrat, either.
Here are some wealthiest cities in the USA,
none especially known for high crime, 7 OF 10 of USA'S TOP 10 MOST WEALTHIEST CITIES usually vote democratically:
San Jose, California (Democrat)
San Francisco, CA (Democrat)
Virginia Beach, VA (Democrat)
Raleigh, N.C. (Democrat)
Seattle, WA (Democrat)
Honolulu, Hawaii (Democrat)
and the % of poverty in a state (not a city, but a state) tend to run highest in states run for eons and eons and eons by republicans:
MOST POVERTY STRICKEN STATES(and their % of citizens living at or below poverty level)
Mississippi 20.6% R
Louisiana 18.6% R
New Mexico 18.1% R
Arkansas 17.9% R
Kentucky 17.3% R
West Virginia 16.9% R
Alabama 16.9% R
Texas 16.3% R
Oklahoma 15.9% R
Tennessee 15.9% R
South Carolina 15% R
Georgia 14.3% R
Arizona 14.2% R
ALL usually run by R governor, and all tend to vote for the R presidential candidate, too, and all suffer the highest % of poverty.
but, generally, cities DO tend to be democratic, and rural areas more republican. Rural areas tend to have fewer college educated citizens and more obese citizens than metro areas, thus, using your logic, (correlation = causation) republican states cause less-educated, obese citizens who are more prone to poverty.Last edit by somenurse on Jan 20, '13
2Jan 23, '13 by BostonTerrierLoverRNLol, glad to know my state (MS) is number 1 at something. (Along with infant mortality, teenage pregnancy, tornado deaths, obesity [on/off], and illiteracy.)
I thought political corruption and racketeering was legal in the Pelican State as long as you were in elected office. Sean Penn couldn't even stay clean down there, "All the King's Men."
It is part of the culture and tradition to rob from poor folks' paychecks and shake special interest groups for loose thousand dollar bills for the occasional beneficial bill pass. Lol, this has been a tough winter on the south,...
so cold the Democrat's have their hands in their own pockets
(don't taze me bro, I vote both ways)
S and SE Louisiana will never change until the voters get a bait of it and strengthen oversight. It was during my lifetime that over 50% of the law enforcement their was cleaned out by internal affairs (FBI Taskforce).
I worked their clinics when the State Medicaid Program would go broke and we couldn't fill our kids' and teens' CANCER or AIDs Rx's!!! Often!! Usually once a year occurrence.
But, now that I understand that money went to better use greasing palms, overseas mansions, and supercars for the elite, I know I'll sleep better knowing I couldn't vote that election that he won (lived in NOLA then) because I was at a fishing tournament trying to raise enough money for Youth Medications, while LA Congress rejected an Emergency Pediatric Medical/Prescription Reimbursement Promise(EMFAP) of $2 million until an agreement on extension could be reached(no other riders). No news coverage ANYWHERE, because they were afraid too.
Wild wild wild. Sad sad sadWhite Collar Crime is not a victimless crime, Crime in the Suites really does hurt citizens, I saw it happen. I knew the victims. We also begged for assistance from Feds where money was allocated for such emergencies, to get a $100,000/mo grant, but it had to be signed by our Gov and regional House Rep, who declined because 25% had to be repaid, and they could have just held that amount out. $75K a month isn't much, but when you consider only filling critical Rx's, it would have helped(Amazingly, the only relief we had was from Pharmaceutical Companies- a real surprise!!)
I am disgusted with the pillaging of those supposed to help and protect, but no word for when it becomes a tradition....wow!
I dread the coming storm of hearing how the BP Oil money is divvied. They'll be lucky if 20% of that dough gets to where it's "kneeded"Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Jan 23, '13 : Reason: Format